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Dariye Trial: N1.2b Ecological Fund Was To Finance Obasanjo’s Re-election – Witness

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Senator-Joshua-DariyeA Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Abuja, on Monday heard how the Plateau State Ecological Fund was provided to fund the re-election campaign of former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003.

A defence witness, Mr. Geoffrey Teme, made the disclosure during cross examination by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN).

Teme, who was the Majority Leader in the Plateau House of Assembly from 2003 to 2006, said the information was provided by former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, to the House Committee set up to investigate the petition filed against the governor by the EFCC.

SEE ALSO: REVEALED: How Ex-Gov. Dariye Shared N1.2b Ecological Fund – Witness

According to the defence witness, the then Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, invited all 24 members of the House to the National Assembly in 2004.

“We were asked to pass a vote of no-confidence on Dariye. There was a conflict as we did not see anything in the law for us to pass a vote of no-confidence against him.

“His reason was that there was inefficiency on the part of the governor”, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the witness as saying to the court on Monday.

He also told the court that upon their arrival in the state, when they were still deciding on what to do, the whole party structure was dissolved.

“A state of emergency was declared and an interim government was formed”, he added.

Teme, who was charged along with Dariye and prosecuted in Lagos with other members of the House, was later discharged.

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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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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.

The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.

Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”

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The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.

Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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