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2015: Amaechi Calls For Lesser Military Role In Politics

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Amaechi-360x2251Governor of Rivers State and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has advised the Nigerian military to play lesser role in political activities so as to allow the civilian populace exercise their civic responsibility in an atmosphere devoid of rancour and acrimony as well as undue influence.

Amaechi spoke on Friday evening when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Kenneth Minimah, led a delegation of top ranking army officers to pay a courtesy call on him at Government House, Port Harcourt.

The governor said, “The military needs to play lesser role in politics. I have said that severally. I am sure you will ensure that the relationship between the military, civilians and politicians is cordial, such that the 2015 elections would not be controversial”.

He expressed appreciation to the Nigerian Army for its role in the fight against militancy and criminality in Rivers State, while appealing to the 2 Brigade, Nigerian Army, to leverage on its strong security networks to help stamp out kidnapping in the state as the continued activities of the kidnappers could crumble the fast growing economy of the state.

Amaechi said, “We have a peaceful co-existence in Rivers State with the military. And we cannot claim to have fought militancy if not for the support of the 2nd Brigade, Bori Camp. There was a period it was so bad, they had to get more soldiers from outside to join the soldiers here in Rivers State. After that, you could freely drive around peacefully until recently.

“The situation in Rivers State is gradually going back to what it used to be in 2006, 2007, and 2008. It is not the cause of the brigade commander or the army. The problem is that, politicians are back and they have brought back the boys. They say they are freedom fighters, now what are they fighting for?

“I have argued that the reason for which the militancy was set up was to get the Presidency to the South-South region. We no longer hear about resource control. And if we cannot control our resources, then we need to go back to our houses and allow the government in power to govern the state”, he said.

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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
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

Governor Ganduje

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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