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Assembly Crisis: Ekiti Sliding Back To Dark Days Of Violence – Senator

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OLUBUNMI ADETUNMBI

OLUBUNMI ADETUNMBI

The member representing Ekiti North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Olubunmi Adetunmbi, has justified the continued absence of the 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers of the Ekiti State House of Assembly from the state.

Adetunmbi, in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, asked the affected lawmakers not to heed the call by Governor Ayodele Fayose for them to return from their self-imposed exile, saying the governor’s assurances that he would provide adequate security for them is deceptive.

He said, “The ‘ousted’ speaker of the Assembly has said that all the other exiled lawmakers would not return to the state until their safety is guaranteed by the governor of the state. His official lodge and the homes of many of them had reportedly been besieged by hooded security agents.

“Though the governor on his part has urged them to come back assuring them of their safety, his body language and bravado does not align with this assurance, therefore one can understand the insistence of the APC 19 to stay away until the court intervenes.

“The 19 lawmakers have taken the right step of defending the Constitution by seeking judicial redress as well as writing the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the Minister of Finance on the illegality in the screening and confirmation of the governor’s nominees for Commissioners for Justice and Finance respectively”.

The senator explained that “the entire world is watching closely to see if evil will be allowed to overcome good in the state”.

He appealed to all well-meaning Nigerians to rise against the “tide of impunity” in the state, which, according to him, was sliding “back to the darks days of violence”.

Adetumbi also called on “everyone, including Ekiti in the Diaspora, political class, professionals, chief security officers, the media, clergy and all citizens to speak out as one to condemn the raging siege of impunity and executive lawlessness” in the state.

According to the senator, there is no better and “appropriate time for all these critical stakeholders to unite in halting this gradual descent into anarchy and the desire of a few undemocratic elements to haul the state over an evil precipice”.

While appealing that Ekiti does not deserve to go down this path of infamy, Adetumbi alleged that an atmosphere of impunity and gross disregard for provisions of the constitution holds sway in the state now.

The senator, who pointed out that the constitution provided for independence of different arms of government, expressed sadness that the state executive had been “allowed to wreak havoc” on other arms of government.

He said, “First, it was the Judiciary that was assaulted; now, it is the turn of the state’s legislature to experience unwarranted attacks. When both are finally cowed, it may be the turn of the people of the state to feel the wrath of executive rascality!

“The signs are bad for democracy in Ekiti and indeed Nigeria”, he added.

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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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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

Governor Fayemi

Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.

The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.

Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”

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The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.

Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.

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