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Peace Agreement Didn’t Include Shielding Jonathan From Probe – Kukah

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Mathew Hassan KukahThe Bishop of the Sokoto Catholic Diocese and member of the National Peace Committee, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has denied that the peace agreement signed prior to the 2015 presidential election by former President Goodluck Jonathan and then Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), included a deal shielding alleged corrupt public officials from probe.

The clergy and public commentator on socio-political issues, who has been in the news recently for his comments regarding President Buhari carrying out probes, clarified that the peace agreement was to ensure the leading political gladiators in the concluded polls put Nigeria first and not do anything to jeopardize the existing peace.

Apparently piqued by the various interpretations given to his call on Mr. Buhari to ensure his anti-corruption war follows due process, the Catholic Bishop slammed Nigerians for believing news reports “from the gutter” and the things that make them “salivate”.

According to him, people are making up their stories about what both President Jonathan and General Buhari agreed upon.

“On that day, I read out the full text of the agreement. It was published widely in Nigerian newspapers. So, did you journalists not read it and did Nigerians not read it? Where are these mischief makers manufacturing their lies from?” he queried.

There is a widespread belief the peace agreement imposed certain conditions on Buhari, for instance, that if he emerged winner of the polls and is sworn in as President, he would not probe the Jonathan administration.

It was also speculated that the former president conceded defeat on the mutual understanding that neither he, nor his administration’s officials, most of whom are perceived to have corruptly enriched themselves and cronies, would be tried for corruption.

“I don’t understand how those who already have an idea of what General Buhari stands for will turn around and impute the things they are imputing”, Kukah fumed in response to the speculations. “The focus on the agreement was that they would do everything in their power to put Nigeria first and that they would accept the results of the elections. They both agreed but of course with the caveat that they are seen to be free, fair and credible”.

He insisted that “No one said anything about probe or any other thing that might follow. This is why it is astonishing but not surprising that some mischief makers will jump out and say that I am shielding President Jonathan from probe. I am disappointed but not sad. We can do better than this with some level of honesty”.

On the purpose of the committee’s meeting to President Buhari about two weeks ago inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Kukah insisted that it had nothing to do with Jonathan as widely believed and urged Nigerians to be cautious of how the poke their noses in the affairs of the ex-president.

“How can President Jonathan’s name feature in our discussion? First, the media reported a day before our meeting that President Jonathan and President Buhari had had a meeting two days earlier. Both men are former heads of state and president. I imagine that President Buhari must be laughing at all this nonsense by those who are publicly wearing and displaying their ignorance as a garment of honour. A former president is a former president and we the ordinary people must be careful in poking our noses in their affairs”, 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

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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