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N9bn Oil Pipeline Security Contract: Jonathan Govt Funding Ethnic Militias To Scuttle Polls – APC

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jona-apcThe All Progressives Congress has accused the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration of sponsoring ethnic militias to foment trouble before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.

The opposition party hinged its claim on the N9bn reportedly paid out to some ex-militants and ethnic militias recently, as settlement to scuttle the polls.

APC made the allegation via a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to the party, the protests by members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, last week, seeking the sacking of INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, was orchestrated by the federal administration as part of its continuing efforts to sabotage the elections.

It said the next group that had been mobilised to protest against Jega and the use of card readers for the polls was the Oodua Peoples Congress, which is also a beneficiary of the N9bn payout, “ostensibly for pipeline protection, but in reality to prepare the ethnic militias for their reprehensible role in scuttling the elections”.

The statement alleged that more ethnic militias were to be enlisted by the Jonathan administration to continue the protest against Jega and the card reader, which it said was to give the impression that Nigerians want the INEC boss sacked and are also against the use of card reader.

The party expressed sadness that a president, who inherited a united nation, had done everything he could to divide the country along ethnic and religious lines, including allegedly patronizing ethnic militias, to champion sectional interests at the expense of national unity.

It wondered why the president would pay N9bn to a handful of people at a time of great economic downturn and falling Naira, as well as in a situation in which many states could not even afford to pay their workers because of dwindling allocations from the federation account.

“A profligate government that has been bribing people with dollars and ferrying huge funds around practically to buy votes has outdone itself by paying out all of N9bn to a few Nigerians, with less than three weeks to the elections.

“Shortly after the payment, some self-serving groups started organising protests that, for all intents and purposes, are being orchestrated to scuttle the polls. This is a shameful show by the Federal Government”, APC 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

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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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