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Political Office Holders From 25LGs In Niger Protest Unpaid N1.74 bn Severance Allowance

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Mu’azu Babangida AliyuCouncillors and other political office holders from the 25 local government councils in Niger State on Monday protested over the failure of Gov. Babangida Aliyu to settle their severance allowance amounting to N1.74 billion.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 499 protesters, including vice chairmen, supervisory councillors and secretaries, besieged the state Ministry for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs in Minna, demanding the payment.

Yahaya Shehu, the Chairman of the Councillors Forum in the state, who led the protesters, told newsmen that they took the option after the prolonged communication with the government on the matter had yielded no result.

“We are 274 councillors, 175 supervising councillors, 25 vice chairmen and 25 secretaries that are being owed.

“We were compelled to call an emergency meeting on 27th April 2015 over the balance of our severance and furniture allowances after many write-ups and appeals.

“We have written several letters and paid several courtesy calls on the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, the Secretary to the State Government, Speaker of Niger state House of Assembly and the Leadership of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria.

”All we received are deceitful assurances and promises, and the total amount owed each of us is N3. 5 million”, he said.

NAN reports that the two Permanent Secretaries for the ministry, Musa Ija and Mamman Rijau, declined comment on the matter, saying that it was only the commissioner, Garba Tagwai, who has the authority to speak to the media. (NAN)

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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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