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PDP aspirants sign peace treaty ahead of Chairmanship election

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The Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) Chairmanship Aspirants on Tuesday signed a peace agreement as part of their commitments toward a successful and violent free national convention on December 9.

The National Chairman, PDP National Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, at the occasion held at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja, advised contestants in the elective positions to reduce hardship of the convention.

He said that though the party is not averse to consensus, it would not impose any candidate or force any decision on anybody.

“Yes, we want the convention to be transparent, free and fair.

“We also want the convention to be conducted in good enough time because keeping delegates for two days will be big issue.

“So, it will be in order if people talk among themselves, especially where lower positions can be resolved at home by contending forces; so that those positions that are highly competitive, maybe the one that we involve elections.

“Even if it is a single candidate there will be election, but you know that PDP as a family must talk to one another and try to minimise the hardship of the process,” Mr. Makarfi said.

Mr. Makarfi described the accord as a code of conduct and idea of the contestants.

He added that the event had confirmed pledge of the aspirants to work together and support whoever wins.

He also denied rumours that PDP governors and party leaders wanted to impose an aspirant, saying their focus is how to go into the convention in unity and come out as one family.

Rasheed Ladoja, speaking for the eight aspirants, assured that the convention would be smooth, would not break the party or cause members to defect from PDP.

He said that all the aspirants had been working to ensure that their supporters “do not heat the polity.”

“We are trying as much as possible to ensure that our supporters conduct themselves in a way that they do not annoy other supporters, not to talk of other contestants.

“We would try as much as possible to contrive our quota to the convention and the party in general before, during and after the convention.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the agreement was signed by the aspirants and their Campaign Director Generals.

Aspirants who signed were Raymond Dokpesi, Jimi Agbaje, Taoheed Adedoja, Tunde Adeniran, Uche Secondus, Gbenga Daniel and Rasheed Ladoja.

Meanwhile, Bode George, who was the only aspirants not present at the occasion according to Mr. Makarfi, had sent his apology and promised to sign the accord as soon as he is back in Abuja.

Some of the contents of the document include to support whoever emerges as the National Chairman of the party as long as the process is transparent.

“No aspirant shall leave the party or encourage his or her supporters, promoters etc. to do so, as a result of the outcome of the National Chairmanship Election at the elective National Convention;

“Any breach of the 2015 zero expenditure policy of the party, which prohibits the use of monetary inducement including lodging of delegates and providing money for votes, shall not be tolerated in the 2017 National Elective Convention and shall be a ground for disqualification on or before the 9th December, 2017.″

Any aspirant/sponsor/ supporter/financier, proven to have done anything contrary to the agreement “shall be disqualified from contesting the National Chairmanship election.”

Source : (NAN)

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Court Orders Release Of Sen. Ndume From Kuje Prison

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Court Orders Release Of Sen. Ndume From Kuje Prison

Ali Ndume

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to Senator Ali Ndume who was detained in prison on Monday following the failure to produce Abdulrasheed Maina in court.

This was made known by the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Friday, November 27.

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He stated that he chose to grant the senator bail based on his record of good behaviour before the court, notwithstanding that the other grounds of his bail application failed.

Justice Abang granted bail to Senator Ndume pending the hearing and determination of the Borno South Senator’s appeal filed at the Court of Appeal to challenge Monday’s order.

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We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD

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We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD

NNPC boss, Mele Kyari

The Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has expressed that the corporation deliberately shut down the nation’s refineries because they became unsustainable.

The GMD disclosed this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Upstream in Abuja.

He pointed out that the NNPC was unable to supply crude oil to the refineries, adding that the Excravos pipeline is the only one the NNPC managed to sustain through the contracting process.

He went on to express that it is practically impossible to run pipelines at their optimum capacity.

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“For instance, to run Kaduna and Warri refinery, you need to deliver 170,000 barrel of oil per day so that both will operate at 70 percent capacity,” he said.

Kyari said that at the moment, it only had over 5,000 kilometers of pipelines with 13 fuel depots, which according to him must be protected to forestall the activities of vandals.

“And I can tell you today that except the Atlas cove to Ibadan line and also the Portharcourt to Aba line, none of these pipelines is serviced.

“We cannot flow product into these lines, the cheap one is to say they are aged but the real reason is that the level of activities of vandals on these lines is gross, monumental, and profound.

“At every point within a month we fix 80 vandal points, the option is to shut them down and the result of having one depot is what we have seen in Lagos,” he said.

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Lai Mohammed Denies Announcing N5m Hate Speech Fine

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Minister Of Information, Lai Mohammed, Denies Announcing N5m Hate Speech Fine

Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has denied that he announced the increment of the speech fine from N500,000 to N5 million.

He made this known in a counter-affidavit in response to a suit filed against him at a federal high court in Lagos.

Recall that some months ago, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) announced an amendment to the broadcasting code, where the increment of the new fine was announced.

Recall that weeks after the announcement, NBC fined Nigeria Info FM for alleged hate speech after interviewing Obadiah Mailafia, former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who alleged that a northern governor is one of the leaders of Boko Haram.

However, Human Rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong proceeded to the court to challenge the fine.

Also Read: BREAKING: NBC Fines Radio Station N5m For Hate Speech

However, in the affidavit deposed by Sunday Ojobo, an official of the Information ministry, the minister said he never announced the increase of the hate speech fine.

“Paragraph 19 is denied. The 2nd defendant (Mohammed) did not announce an increment in any fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5,000,000 or any other because there is a governmental body or institution mandated to regulate and enforce the Nigerian Broadcasting Code,” an affidavit deposed to by a Litigation Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Sunday Ojobo, reads.

The minister further stated that the constitution allows for human rights to be suspended for the sake of national interest.

He wrote, “The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides for derogation from fundamental rights in the interest of public safety, public order and for the purpose of protecting the rights and freedom of other persons.”

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