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Boko Haram: Clark Urges Jonathan To Replace Adamawa, Borno, Yobe Govs With Military Administrators

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SoEVanFormer Federal Commissioner for Information and Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, yesterday, called for the suspension of all democratic institutions in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states to allow the military take full control until peace and order is restored in the affected states.

Speaking to newsmen in his Asokoro residence, Abuja, on Thursday, Clark, who is a delegate at the ongoing national conference, specifically charged his kinsman, President Goodluck Jonathan, in accordance with his constitutional powers, to declare a full scale state of emergency in the three North-East states similar to what happened in Plateau and Ekiti states during the Olusegun Obasanjo administration.

The elder statesman added that the abduction of 270 female students would not have been possible “under a protective military regime in these states”.

Clark said: “This in effect means that all democratic institutions should be suspended to permit the military exercise full control until peace and order returns.

“Securing and safeguarding the lives of the citizens of Nigeria is a more sacred duty than political considerations.

“There is nothing like partial declaration of a state of emergency in the 1999 Constitution; what Section 305(c) of the 1999 Constitution contemplates is the recourse to ‘extraordinary measures to restore peace and security’ where there is ‘breakdown of public order and public safety’.

“The current situation in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states no doubt epitomises complete breakdown of law and order, with dangerous incursions to the Federal Capital Territory.

“What happened in Plateau and Ekiti states where full declaration of state of emergency, that saw Gen. Olurin and Gen. Ali taking over the reins of state administration, were not of greater dimension and scale than the hundreds of innocent lives and property lost to the activities of insurgents in these frontline states.

“These conditions are still prevalent in the frontline states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in greater scale and ferocity. This makes it extremely mandatory for the President to address this scourge decisively.

“The time to act is now Mr. President. Declare an extension of the state of emergency in the frontline states on full scale in exercise of your constitutional powers”.

He also took a swipe at Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, over the memo he wrote to his fellow northern states’ governors, saying the letter was nothing short of treasonable felony for inciting northerners against the Jonathan-led Federal Government.

According to the prominent South-South politician, statements by a democratically-elected governor and a retired military officer accusing the Federal Government of committing genocide against northerners under the guise of fighting terrorists was not only callous, bizarre, insensitive, impenitent, unimpressionable, but very irresponsible.

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  2. Jim

    April 26, 2014 at 4:25 am

    But this man was former finance minister? I am surprised he didn’t know that event in Plateu and Ekiti hasn’t play up here. No crisis of leadership which should ve warrant gov removal besides no sitting gov can prevent such adoption of students cos they the governors depnds soley on federal government for their own protections. So pa Clarke Gov ve no influence in their domain take note

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

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Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory

Eyitayo Jegede

Eyitayo Jegede, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the October 10, 2020, governorship election of Ondo State, has challenged the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the exercise.

Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.

The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.

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Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.

He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

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AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George

Bode George

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.

The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.

He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.

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“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?

“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”

 

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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