The Senator representing Kogi West District, Dino Melaye, on Thursday described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letters to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, as “a misplacement of anger”.
Obasanjo had accused the lawmakers of reckless spending, abuse of office and fixing and earning salaries and allowances far above what the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, approved for them.
He also asked the National Assembly to open its financial books for scrutiny by external auditors.
Reacting to the former president’s letter, Senator Melaye told journalists in Abuja that bribery and corruption was introduced to the hallowed chambers of the National Assembly during Mr. Obasanjo’s administration between 1999 and 2007, especially when he sought an amendment to the constitution to allow for tenure elongation aka third term.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, FCT, queried the timing of the letter, wondering if it was not an attempt by the ex-president to cover up and distract attention from the federal government’s plan to re-open investigations into the Halliburton and Siemens corruption allegations.
Melaye said, “I have tremendous respect for President Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo.
“Elder statesman, respected pan Africanist and committed patriot.
“I went through the letter written to all Senators and members of the House of Representatives.
“The letter I can see is a misplacement of anger. Our leader is mistaken the 8th National Assembly as the same Senate Assembly that defrauded him in 2007. I mean those that collected his money and refused to implement the 3rd term agenda.
“I appeal to Baba that we are not the ones please.
“After nine years of that bribery saga, the first of its kind, I expect forgiveness to have taken place”.
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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