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Saraki, Dogara Slam Bisi Akande Over ‘Unbecoming’ Allegation

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Bukola-Dogara

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has debunked claims by the former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande that their election as Senate President and Speaker was facilitated by oil barons.

They described the allegation as baseless, false and unbecoming of a respected statesman.

In his reaction, Saraki said: “Ordinarily, we would have ignored the report credited to Chief Akande but for the sole reason that some undiscerning readers might mistake the fiction for the facts. We wish to state unequivocally that it was wrong and mischievous for the statement by Chief Akande to link what happened on the floor of both chambers to some unnamed oil barons. We dare say that the entire story was the figment of the imagination of the author and we make bold to state that in the 7th Assembly, Senator Bukola Saraki was Chairman of the Senate Adhoc Committee which exposed the fraud and mismanagement in the oil sector.”

Also speaking on the issue, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara said that his election and acceptance was as a result of his capacity, experience, spirit of team player, incorruptibility and his progressive mind and which endeared him to his colleagues.

“The allegation by Chief Akande is unbecoming of a well-respected elder-stateman and a former Interim National Chairman of the APC,” a statement signed by Dogara’s Special Adviser, Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, said.

“We challenge Chief Akande to name the so-called oil barons whom he alleged sponsored the election of the Speaker and in case Chief Akande does not know, the first investigative motion adopted by the 8th House of Representatives under the leadership of the Rt. Hon. Speaker was to investigate the allegation of fraud in the oil-swap contract awarded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

“A resolution instituting investigation into the allegation was passed with a resolve to constitute an Ad-hoc committee to investigate the NNPC, as well as its subsidiary, Pipelines and Products Marketing Company over the swap contracts. How then can the House under the leadership of Mr. Speaker order investigation into activities of those who allegedly sponsored his election. So, Chief Akande`s allegation is unfortunate and uncharitable.”

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4 Comments

  1. domjay

    June 30, 2015 at 9:58 am

    bisi akande is almost running mad.

  2. bora

    June 30, 2015 at 11:23 am

    @Domjay u lack moral obligation to av called an elder statesman such name,this man is old enough to be ur grandfather,where were dogara. D saraki when these people are sacrificing their tym nd position in order to achieve the changes de want in Nigeria governance.Note dis,ther is n element of true in papa statement nd it’s just a tip of advice,we shall all see let’s just be patient we will soon know where each nd everyone belongs.

  3. domjay

    July 1, 2015 at 12:27 am

    in short Amanda is mad man

  4. domjay

    July 1, 2015 at 12:30 am

    I mean akanda is totally mad

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

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Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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