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N950m Campaign Funds: I’m Ready To Stay With EFCC For Years To Prove My Innocence – Shekarau

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Ibrahim ShekarauThe immediate past Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, yesterday denied receiving N25 million of the N950m campaign fund shared at his residence before the 2015 general elections.
Mr. Shekarau had last week, while acknowledging receipt of an invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to appear at its Zonal office in Kano State in connection with the funds, said a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Aminu Wali, pleaded to allow use of his (Shekarau’s) house for the sharing of the campaign fund.
Insisting that was all he knew about the money, the ex-minister, who spoke to newsmen at his Mundubawa residence in Kano shortly after he was released by the anti-graft agency following his questioning, said he was ready to defend himself of any accusation before any commission and or court of law.
Explaining that somebody mentioned his name among the top members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that were given N25m each to campaign for the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Shekarau said, “I and the person who indicted me went to the EFCC. I challenged him before the EFCC to prove the allegation but in his response, he said since it was directed that every top PDP member in the state should be given N25 million and that he had received his own share, he assumed that I was also given my own share. Then I told the EFCC that even if it is one naira that I was accused of collecting, I will not pay until it is proved.
“Whoever gives me the money should come out and explain where, when and how he gave it to me and anything short of that, I am ready to stay with the EFCC for years until the allegation is proved”.
He said the EFCC has searched his house and did not find anything incriminating against him.
Mr. Shekarau, a two-term Governor of Kano thanked his supporters, saying he was not suspecting anybody behind his ordeal.

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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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