The Nyako Supporters Group (NSG) has called on the Adamawa State House of Assembly to impeach the state governor, Senator Mohammed Umar Jibrilla, for flouting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) regulation on funding of governorship campaign in the 2015 general elections.
The state coordinator of the group, Alhaji Aminu Adamu, made the call while briefing newsmen in Yola, the state capital yesterday.
The group decried the revelation by the governor recently that he received a mind-boggling sum of N500 million from former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, through one Alhaji Jauro Turaki, during the 2015 gubernatorial campaign in Adamawa State.
Adamu said the donation violated Section 91(3) 9 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
Quoting the section, he said: “Under Section 91 (3), the maximum election expenses to be incurred by a governorship candidate shall not exceed N200 million.
“We look at it as a breach of the said section of the law and therefore call on the State House of Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against Gov. Mohammed Umar Jibrilla or we will go to court to remove the governor.
“While sub section 9 of the same electoral Act states that no individual or other entity shall donate more than N1 Million to any candidate, a candidate who knowingly act in contravention of this section commits an offense and on conviction shall be liable: in the case of a governorship election to a fine of N800000 or imprisonment for 9 months or both”.
While expressing regret that the governor could be ignorant of the law, Adamu described Jibrilla as an ingrate, who has bitten the finger that fed him.
He added, “It is not a secret that the governor rode on the structure of former Governor Murtala Nyako to become governor. We found it disgusting that N500 million has made him to transfer his loyalty to Atiku. If his problem is such money, the NSG can give him more than that. Our concern is not whether Bindow’s loyalty is to Atiku or whosoever, but for him to stop embarrassing the state. I found it very difficult to believe in the past that the allegation of our governor not being educated is true, but his actions are convincing facts that he is not properly educated.
“It still beats my imagination that the same Atiku, who is today his political lord, had sponsored Alhaji Mijinyawa (Yayaji) his political godson for the same governorship position and if not for Nyako’s structure, how could he have won the primaries?
“He forgot when Atiku frustrated him by refusing to fund his campaign and Nyako supporters still stood by him until his victory. Let us not make politics look like prostitution; yesterday the governor told the whole world that Nyako made him governor. It is not up to six months and now Atiku has made him governor. Maybe after another six months, he would transfer his loyalty to Osinbajo”.
Gov. Jibrilla, had while addressing some elders of Jimeta Community in Government House last week, said he had no regrets nor apology for switching loyalty to the former vice president, claiming that Nyako did not contribute any fund to his campaign.
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
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.
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.
AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says 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.
“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.”
Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.
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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