APC Denounces Timi Frank, Says He’s Not A ‘Party Chieftain’

The All Progressives Congress, APC, says Timi Frank, who was suspended as its deputy national publicity secretary in 2016, is

The All Progressives Congress, APC, says Timi Frank, who was suspended as its deputy national publicity secretary in 2016, is no longer an important member of its fold.

APC said this after reading Frank’s scorching criticism of the Muhammadu Buhari administration and the party as failing to provide Nigerians with the change it promised.

Among many other accusations in an open letter he released earlier on Sunday, May 20, 2018, Frank had said Buhari “replaced rule of law with rule of force”, making life “worthless” for Nigerians while failing to address killings and rampant corruption under his watch.

“I would first of all like to use this opportunity to formally apologise to Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the immediate past President of Nigeria, for all the tantrums and mistreatment orchestrated by me against his person while he held sway at the helm of affairs of our great country,” read a part of his letter.

“Indeed, I and many others may have misunderstood Jonathan’s silence for weakness and thus pushed harder to malign his person and portray him as a weak leader.

“Having achieved the change agenda, it is now crystal clear, that the change we had clamoured for is not the change we got. Under your [Buhari’s] tenure the rule of law has been replaced with the rule of force. You have injected fear into the society. People who voted for you to save them from corruption and ineptitude have been barred from speaking up against the myriads of evil and wicked acts being perpetrated by officials in your government.

“Unfortunately, corruption is in the upward swing under your watch. This is why I had to apologize to Jonathan since events of the last three years have shown the former president was a better leader. People freely expressed themselves under Jonathan’s administration without fear of being branded cultists’ sponsors, gunrunners or aiding murderers. But not so under this administration.

“Under Jonathan, Nigerians enjoyed freedom of speech, association and right to hold dissenting views including organising and partaking in protests against unwelcome government policies. All these are no go areas today. Does it mean Jonathan was a better democrat? It is a fact that no member of the APC which was then in the opposition before 2015 was jailed or harassed for expressing dissent.”

However, responding in a brief statement on Sunday evening, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, said Frank had long ceased to be an important member of the party.

“Our attention has been drawn to a report on the online newspaper, The Cablein which one Timi Frank was addressed as a ‘Chieftain’ of the All Progressives Congress, APC,” Abdullahi said.

“We wish to correct the wrong designation and remind the newspaper and indeed the general public that Timi Frank has since November 2016 been suspended as a member of the APC following a recommendation of an APC disciplinary committee and subsequent ratification by the Party’s South-South Zonal Executive Committee.

“Hence, whatever position Timi Frank holds or canvasses is done in his personal capacity and has no bearing on the APC.”

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Throwback: “Osinbajo Is My Problem”- Jonathan Cries Out In Secret Meeting With Pentecostal Pastors In Abuja

Ruffled by the momentum generated by the nomination of Pastor Yemi Osinbajo as General Mohamadu Buhari’s running mate, President Goodluck

Ruffled by the momentum generated by the nomination of Pastor Yemi Osinbajo as General Mohamadu Buhari’s running mate, President Goodluck Jonathan is asking a group of Pentecostal pastors to help him avert what he fears could be an impending loss in next month’s presidential polls.

Osinbajo, a prominent cleric with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, law professor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN emerged APC’s presidential running mate last month giving President Jonathan and the ruling party, PDP, what is being described as sleepless nights, by sources.

Specifically last Thursday, the President held a meeting in Abuja, with a number of Pentecostal pastors led by Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel, with the main agenda being how to fashion out ways to solve the “Osinbajo” problem.

Sources at the meeting confirmed that President Jonathan confessed in a rather rattled and humbling manner that “Osinbajo is my problem.”

According to those at the meeting, the President added that “everything was okay until APC picked Osinbajo.”

This is coming against the background of wild speculations that APC is an Islamist party and that General Buhari is a religious fundamentalist-which has become one of the main planks of the PDP presidential campaign. While PDP chieftains and supporters have continued to characterize APC as an Islamist party, APC leaders have consistently dismissed such as unfounded, baseless and a scare tactic by the PDP.

Many observers say the nomination of a prominent Pentecostal pastor from the fastest growing church in Africa by the APC may have effectively doused such speculations and the attempt to label the party as one with an islamization agenda.

There has been a rather conscious attempt to make next month’s presidential polls a religious one especially in the Southern part of the country where there is a much larger Christian population, observers say.

At the meeting organized by the Executive Secretary of the National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) John Kennedy Okpara, President Jonathan poured out his mind that running against a leading Pastor of the RCCG, who is also known to be very close to the much reverred General Overseer of the church, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, is an uphill task.

Sources at the meeting, said Jonathan was ruffled and much distracted as he confessed to the challenge to him, of the APC naming such a person as Osinbajo as General Buhari’s running mate.

In response, the Pastors led by Bishop Oyedepo assured the President at the meeting that they would, “starting from today,” use every device possible including social media, the pulpit and influence peddling, to campaign in support of President Jonathan and against the Buhari-Osinbajo ticket.

Before the meeting with the President, sources said the pastors held a meeting on the same day to strategize and agree on how and what they would present  to the president.

At that pre-meeting, some Pentecostal pastors suggested that they use the opportunity of the meeting afforded by the President to express their genuine fears on growing insecurity in the North with Boko Haram killing and attacking Christians and other innocent Nigerians.

But Bishop David Oyedepo, the most influential pastor at the meeting interrupted the idea, insisting that the meeting was to encourage and strengthen President Jonathan ahead of the elections and not to discuss compelling national issues of concern to majority of Nigerians.

While some of the pastors were shocked and disappointed that Bishop Oyedepo would not allow them to raise important issues bothering most Nigerians, they decided to keep silent not to be seen as spoilsports.

And later after meeting the president, the pastors gathered together again on the same day to device strategies they will use to campaign against Buhari/Osinbajo, with the main scheme being to label the ticket as an Islamist one.

Some of the pastors also suggested that they can influence Christians that the position of Vice President is not an effective one, and that having a Christian hold it makes no difference, although the Nigerian constitution and the order of precedence makes the office the next in rank to the president.

Indeed as if carrying out the resolve, members of the Winners Chapel said Bishop Oyedepo has already started using the pulpit to achieve the goals set out at last Thursday meeting in Abuja.

Some of the members said yesterday Sunday January 18, Bishop Oyedepo raised a prayer point that an Islamist would not become the President of Nigeria in the polls coming next month to the chagrin of many of the church attendants on Sunday.

Jonathan’s Appeal To Pastor Adeboye: The Cry Of A Drowning Man, By Amaechi Agbo

“For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear

“For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”– Romans 13 vs 4
 
When former President Goodluck Jonathan called to the General Overseer (GO) of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adebayo to call the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo who is a revered pastor in the church to order him to halt his continuous exposure of malfeasance that took place under his tenure, it became clear that they would stop at nothing to conceal their misdeeds.
 
The rot and unbridled corruption perpetrated by Jonathan and his officials are simply unprecedented that it would be an anomaly and injustice if they are not called out.
 
He seems to have been pricked the most by Prof Osinbajo’s speech at The Platform, a programme organised by the Covenant Christian Centre in Lagos which he said three persons stole $3 billion (N1 trillion) in the Jonathan administration.
 
Not happy with the revelation, they asked the Vice President to name the persons involved if his claims were true and he did. He listed Jide Omokore, Kola Aluko and the former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison- Maduekwe as the three persons involved. Since his response, we have not heard from Jonathan and his cohort.
But that is one of many revelations about the immediate past government and also one of many which he did not say to Pastor Adeboye. Earlier in March this year, the VP also explained to Nigerians how the Jonathan administration shared N150 billion two weeks to the 2015 elections while it spent a paltry N14 billion on agriculture in 2014; N15 billion on transportation and only N153 billion on infrastructure in three years.
 
No country where would such looting spree as witnessed under Jonathan be hatched and executed with cruelty would not lead to economic contraction and a disjoint in economic flow.
 
It is disheartening that instead of calling his crooks who milked this country dry and aborted her promising future to return the loots they had pillaged for their selfish benefits, rather the former President is adding a needless burden on a clergy who knows very much that the Vice President is only saying the truth.
 
Just in case the former president and his media jokers have forgotten, in March this year, the federal government released the list of looters of which more are expected to be released soon to the Nigeria populace. Expectedly, the named looters never went to court to challenge the list. Only two did.
 
The only worrying situation we have at hand is that the courts in the land have not been proactive enough in the federal government’s anti-corruption fight, otherwise many people walking on the streets in the country should be cooling off in various jails in the country serving various jail terms for their self aggrandizement while in office. 
 
If indeed, Vice President Yemi Osibanjo’s revelations were untrue as Jonathan’s uninformed media aids posited, one would have expected Goodluck Jonathan to do the needful – go to court and claim damages. But alas, he decided to dabble in pettiness seeking favour where he has none. 
 
The law is clear on the defamation of character and as an educated man, one would have expected him to explore this option. Like the saying goes, that one does need not wear glasses to check what is on the wrist. 
 
In releasing the list of the looters in March, the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammad said “The decision by the APC-led government to reveal the names of the alleged looters and the funds allegedly stolen is in response to the opposition party, PDP’s, challenge to the government to name those alleged to have looted the country and destroyed the economy.
 
“This list is just a tip of the iceberg, and the APC did not make these cases up as some of them currently have cases in court.
 
“We insist that Nigeria was looted blind under the watch of the PDP and that the starting point in tendering an apology is for them to return the loot.
 
“We will not stop talking about the massive looting by the PDP. They brought Nigeria to this sorry pass.”
 
The federal government through the culture and information ministry released the following names, inter alia, as looters of Nigeria treasury under the unfortunate leadership of last administration:
 
Former NSA Sambo Dasuki: Based on EFCC investigations and findings alone (this is beside the ongoing $2.1 billion military equipment scandal), a total of N126 billion, over $1.5 billion and 5.5 million British Pounds was embezzled through his office. A good number of these monies were simply shared to persons and companies without any formal contract awards.
 
Former Petroleum Resources Minister,  Diezani Alison-Madueke: In just one of the cases the EFCC is investigating involving her, about N23 billion is alleged to have been embezzled. She is also involved in the Strategic Alliance Contracts of the NNPC, where the firms of Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko got oil blocks but never paid government taxes and royalty. About $3 billion was involved. The Federal Government is charging Omokore and Aluko and will use all legal instruments local and international to ensure justice.
 

I never describe Malabu as presidential scam, mischief-makers after me — Adoke

By Mohammed Bello Adoke My attention has been drawn to the above captioned publication by one Samuel Ogundipe in the

By Mohammed Bello Adoke

My attention has been drawn to the above captioned publication by one Samuel Ogundipe in the Premium Times of May 5, 2018. The publication which can at best be described as ‘fake news’ is nothing but an elaborate attempt at dressing up falsehood to pass as truth and substituting reality with fiction in order to misinform undiscerning members of the public, denigrate my person and cause disaffection and ill-will between me and my principal, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR who gave me the rare opportunity to serve this great country in the capacity of Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

The false and malicious publication by Samuel Ogundipe placed heavy reliance on a so called recorded telephone call placed by one Carlarmaria Rumor of RAI Television in Italy on November 5 2015 wherein I was quoted to have stated that:” Dan Etete collaborated with some Italian Oil workers to divert some funds to foreign accounts in an illegal move that betrayed the spirit of a tripartite agreement which the Nigerian Government entered into with Italian oil giant Agip-Eni and Royal Dutch Shell on the one hand and Malabu Oil and Gas limited on the other hand.”

I want to place it on record that I did not grant any telephone interview to Carlamaria Rumor or any other person in respect of OPL 245 Settlement Agreement. The said Carla Maria is unknown to me, has never spoken to me and I could therefore not have granted her a 1 hour 17 minutes phone interview. I have checked RAI Television website, but the said Carla maria Rumor is not listed either as a TV or print journalist with RAI Television. This is clearly a case of a phantom RAI journalist that exists only in the figment of the imagination of Samuel Ogundipe. Furthermore, Micheal Nomah whom Ogundipe claims to have contacted to react to his fake story is also unknown to me and has never represented me on any legal issue.

Ogundipe’s malice and mischief became quite evident when he stated in his publication that: “Mr Adoke, AGF from 2010-2015, admitted that Mr Etete, an ex-convict, was actively involved in the talks held between Nigerian government officials, representatives of Agip-Eni, Shell and other players. This indicates that Mr Adoke recognised Mr Etete as the owner of Malabu Oil and Gas and dealt with him accordingly, thereby sidestepping Mohammed Abacha and other beneficial owners of the controversial oil firm, “thereby giving the impression that I deliberately choose to deal with Dan Etete to the exclusion of other known beneficial owners of Malabu Oil and Gas Limited.

He however did not reckon with the fact that since 2001, Dan Etete had been the only person that engaged successive governments on behalf of Malabu Oil and Gas Limited. He was effectively the alter ego of the company to knowledge of all government officials involved in the negotiation and implementation of OPL 245 Settlement Agreement. Mr. Mohammed Abacha only appeared on the scene when the Settlement Agreement had been executed and implemented. However, realising that his claims to part ownership of the shares in Malabu Oil and Gas Limited amounted to a shareholder dispute, I accordingly advised him to go to court to assert his claims as the court was the only proper forum to effectively resolve such shareholder dispute.

Mr Ogundipe also went to great length in the publication to impute improper conduct on my part by alluding to the so-called “cozying up and offering Millions” to the phantom Ms Rumor. However, any discerning mind would see through his tissue of lies. What will be the motive for asking for a ‘relationship’ from a person that I have never met or spoken to in exchange for information that was not exclusive to me and already in the public space? Nigerians know that I am not a stakeholder in Malabu, Agip-Eni or Shell, neither did I benefit from the proceeds of the sale of OPL 245 by Malabu Oil and Gas limited. If indeed if I was given 2.2 million Dollars for the OPL 245 transaction as alleged by the EFCC, why would I be offering to give the money to the imaginary journalist? How on earth would any one believe that I could talk so carelessly and recklessly to a journalist that I had never met in person, when indeed, I am fully aware of the clandestine plans to nail me at all cost? It is simply incredulous.

Mr Ogundipe also alluded to the existence of a tape, which according to him forms part of the Exhibits in the Milam/Italian proceedings. I first heard of the existence of such a tape in a publication by Vrij Nederland 26th October 2017 with the caption: “Shell in Nigeria: Corrupt Constructions.” I caused my Solicitors to write to Vrij Nederland protesting the libelous publication and requested that they disclose the tape, and details where the alleged interview took place, including relevant date. Vrij Nederland declined to name their sources and the disclosures requested by me on the alleged tape despite my absolute denial of the interview alleged.

The disclosure requested was to afford the parties interested in the tape recording to subject it to forensic analysis to determine the genuineness of the recorded tape and of the telephone interview alleged. I am informed by objective sources as well as sources from the Italian proceedings that the content of the alleged tape recording of the supposed interview on many aspect of the interview with the “Report” ‘appears (on the face of it) wrong and out of question to such a point,’ to the extent many top ranking officials of the party engaged in the current Milan/Italian proceedings, believe my voice/content of the tape recording of the interview alleged have been manipulated by the Report Journalist cited in the Premium Times Publication. The Party referred is understood to be currently seeking technical expertise from phonic court experts to test whether the voice in the file of the interview as utilized by the journalist has been fabricated. This is in addition to my absolute denial of the tape recording and the telephone interview with the Report journalist as alleged. But Ogundipe did not deem it necessary to exercise such caution in his publication because of his burning desire to satisfy his paymasters. He threw caution to the wind and made sweeping statements and conclusions that not only defy logic, but also cannot stand objective scrutiny.

It is clear to me that Journalists in the mold of Ogundipe have taken the seeming inertia on the part of our courts to grant punitive damages as a licence to libel and defame people at will. One is minded to caution that the consequences of this kind of yellow journalism will not go unpunished for long. Our Courts are gradually waking up to this challenge and before long; the likes of Ogundipe and those who offer them platforms to carryout their nefarious activities will be held accountable through the legal process.

I therefore want to appeal to well meaning Nigerians especially my colleagues, friends and family who read the fake story and were alarmed by the extent of malice and falsehood therein to disregard the story in its entirety and be mindful of the fact that Ogundipe’s publication was only designed to achieve the followings:

(a) pitch me against my Principal, His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR whom I hold in high regard with a view to causing ill will and disaffection between us;

(b) down play the significance of the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja Coram Hon. Justice Binta Murtala Nyako which upheld the extent of presidential powers under our Constitution and declared that I acted within the confines of the Presidential Directives/ approvals given to me as a Minister of the Government of the Federation and therefore incurred no personal liability for implementing the OPL 245 Settlement Agreement, and

(c) denigrate my person, attract public opprobrium and lower my estimation in the eyes of right thinking members of society.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

But since his publication is based on malicious falsehood, he has failed to achieve his objectives and has in the process opened himself and the Premium Times up for a libel suit.

I therefore give Samuel Ogundipe and the Premium Times 48 Hours notice within which to retract the offending publication, tender an unreserved apology in the Premium Times and two other National Newspapers with wide circulation in Nigeria, failure upon which I shall not hesitate to instruct my Solicitors to immediately commence legal action against them to redress this unacceptable conduct.

Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, CFR

Thousands gather in Borno to welcome Ali Sheriff back to APC

Maiduguri, the Borno state capital was on Friday, agog with activities as politicians of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)

Maiduguri, the Borno state capital was on Friday, agog with activities as politicians of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) turned out en mass to welcome the defecting former national chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Ali Sheriff.

Mr. Sheriff was a founding member of the APC before he left the party in 2014 following his strained relationship with both his political godson and present governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, as well as some top national leaders of the party.

While he was in PDP, he was criticised heavily by many APC leaders for his roles in the formation of the terror group, Boko Haram; allegations he denied. That, however, did not deter the APC from welcoming him back to the party.

Mr Sheriff decided to return to the party following his controversial stint as the national chairman of the PDP before he was later removed last year.

The former Borno State governor had not set his foot at the government house, Maiduguri, since he left office in 2011 till Friday. He was almost accorded the status of an outcast following his fight with his predecessor.

Mr Sheriff, a former governor of Borno State between 2003 and 2011, later joined the then ruling PDP as one of the presidential campaign coordinators of the former president, Goodluck Jonathan, in 2015.
PDP
After Mr Jonathan lost the election, Mr Sheriff emerged the acting chairman of the PDP and was able to jump-start it back to prominence before he was sacked by the Supreme Court after a bitter leadership tussle.

Since his removal from the PDP national chairmanship seat last year, Mr. Sheriff has continued to distance himself from the party even as rumours were flying that he may return to the APC.

But before his return, Mr. Sheriff had to settle with the state governor, Mr Shettima, whom he helped to power in 2011, before they eventually became avowed political adversaries.

The two Borno leaders reconciled their nearly seven years of cold war on Wednesday at a peace meeting brokered by Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari; Kashim Imam; and Babagana Kingibe in Abuja.

Following the truce, the Borno leaders agreed to consolidate their new found friendship by coming to Maiduguri to present themselves at a special APC stakeholders meeting where the future of the party would be forged.

Mr. Sheriff, who was in town alongside Kashim Imam and other top APC leaders, stormed the government house, Maiduguri, venue of the meeting, amidst cheers from admirers who took to the side of the roads leading to government house to hail the former governor.

In his usual manner, the former PDP national chairman electrified the cheering crowd by spraying some Nigerian currencies which sent many of them scrambling to grab the naira notes.

At the government house, the APC stakeholders assembled at the Multi-purpose hall to welcome the former governor and some of his returnee loyalists.

Mr Sheriff did not come back with his loyalists alone. He also brought the 2015 PDP governorship candidate in Borno state, Gambo Lawan, with him.

Mr. Lawan contested against incumbent governor Shettima, who defeated him in a landslide victory.

APC Will Not Tolerate Indiscipline – Ali Dalori

Despite the truce, there seemed to be some air of distrust amongst the uniting party politicians as several speakers, especially those that were met in the house made suggestions that they were not yet at home with the re-union.

The Borno State APC chairman, Ali Dalori, in his welcome address, said the party was happy to have some of its former and new members joining them.

He however warned that despite the brokered truce, the party would not tolerate any form of irresponsibility from any of its members “regardless of his or her position or status in the party.

“We shall not condone and act of indiscipline from any one as far as this party is concerned,” he said.

Need to Tackle Hunger in Borno – Imam

Kashim Imam, a three time governorship candidate of the PDP before he eventually deserted the party in 2011 to form a protest alliance with former governor Sheriff’s ruling All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) in the state, was amongst the early speakers at the event.

“As leaders of our dear state, we must tell each other the home truth, that there is hardship and hunger in our land,” he said. “And it is time we all come together to see what we can do to help our people out of this unfortunate situation. We must all work hand in hand for the restoration of peace in our state”.

Mr Imam called on all members to forget about the past and work together as a family.

It Is Time to Develop Borno – Ali Sheriff

Against the expectation of many attendees at the APC stakeholders meeting, Mr Sheriff turned out a more matured politician when he, rather than dwell on past bickering, preached unity, peace and development of Borno State.

Mr Sheriff, who sat beside Mr Shettima, was greeted with thunderous applauds when he stood up to say he has forgiven everyone and had put the past behind him.

He also preached the need for all stakeholders to embark on massive voter registration exercise which he said would be the yardstick that determines the volume of government projects in the state.

“Today is a day of unity; I have forgiven everyone and I want to state it here that I have put the past behind me and bygone is bygone,” he said.

“What should worry us more now should be the development of our dear state, Borno. It is time for us to rebuild Borno.

“I left this party as an ordinary member and joined the PDP to become its national chairman. Experience has taught me, during my time as the national chairman of the PDP, that states get more federal government attention if they cast more votes in favour of the federal government.

“We have to, from today onward, embark on massive voters registration exercise so that majority of our people can get registered in such a manner that we would give nothing less than a million vote to our presidential candidate come 2019.”

Nothing More To Worry About – Ndume

The former majority leader at the Senate, Muhammed Ndume, who spoke on behalf of the members of the National assembly from Borno State, said the return of Mr. Sheriff into the fold of the APC was like 70 per cent of their political problems being solved.

“It is time for us to all come together and rebuild our party and our state because now we have lesser problems in our hands,” he said.

“We all know those behind our major political problems in this state; but now that they are on our side, I guess our problems have been solved substantially.”

He however, pointed out that the party cannot progress without the due regards to a clear leader of the party and the state.

“We must not make mistake about loyalty to our one and only leader for now, who is no one else but His Excellency, Kashim Shettima,” he said.

We Shall Resist Imposition – Mr Shettima

Mr. Shettima, in his address at the APC stakeholders meeting, said the euphoria that greeted the return of Mr Sheriff back to the party in the state, would not set aside the party’s respect for internal democracy and rule of law.

He also said that the party would not tolerate any form of imposition of candidates especially during the wards and local government congresses of the party which is expected to commence tomorrow.

“We are all aware of the development that is unfolding in our great party; which is the ruling party both in the state and at the federal level”. As a party that was built on the principle of internal democracy, the national headquarters has directed the conduct of congresses beginning with ward congress that will hold by 6th May 2018.

“As we all know it is our duty to respect the constitution of our party and adhere to the rules of internal democracy; so let me assure all of us here that we are not going to deviate on this noble path. So all our actions shall be guided strictly by the provisions of our constitution in a free and fair environment and a level playing field for all members of the party.

“Members are equally expected to play the game according to the rule, devoid of any form of hatred and acrimony – after all, it is a family affair.

“Permit me, at this juncture, to welcome our new entrant and returning members of this great party – Gambo Lawan, you are welcome back home.

“Borno is a traumatized society and we all need to coalesce into a union to face these challenges of insecurity and under-development,” Mr Shettima said.

Against insinuations that the sharing of office within the party may have been one of the conditions that led to the truce between Mr Shettima and his predecessor, Mr Sheriff, the governor in his speech clearly stated that no one will emerge as an anointed candidate in the coming congresses of the party.

To emphasise his seriousness, he quoted relevant sections of the APC constitution that insisted that all vacant party offices can only be filled during congresses of the party either by election, or by affirmation of support by delegates should there be any consensus candidate.

The governor also urged party leaders at the local government to return to their respective local government areas in order to participate in the wards and local government congresses that will soon commence.

SCL Elections, Cambridge Analytica shut down after Facebook scandal

British marketing research firm, Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, SCL Election, are shutting down operation after being caught in

British marketing research firm, Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, SCL Election, are shutting down operation after being caught in a major scandal of misusing users’ data obtained from Facebook.

In a press release late Wednesday, the firms blamed negative media coverage that followed revelations of their alleged misuse of over 15 million Facebook users’ data which they allegedly obtained from the social networking giant under false pretense.

Cambridge and SCL Elections “filed applications to commence insolvency proceedings in the U.K. The company is immediately ceasing all operations and the boards have applied to appoint insolvency practitioners Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP to act as the independent administrator for Cambridge Analytica,” the statement said.

The statement added that media “siege” had “driven away virtually all of the company’s customers and suppliers” and “as a result, it has been determined that it is no longer viable to continue operating the business, which left Cambridge Analytica with no realistic alternative to placing the company into administration.”

Different accounts said it was possible that as many as 87 million users’ data might have been collected in the Facebook scandal linked to Cambridge Analytica in a ruthless bid to profile prospective voters and target them for campaign ads in several countries, especially the United States.

Internal company documents made public by some Cambridge Analytica former employees alleged that SCL Election was involved in questionable election practices in Nigeria since 2007.

During the 2015 elections, Cambridge allegedly deployed scare tactics to dissuade potential voters of Muhammadu Buhari after being contracted by an unnamed businessman with ties to then-incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, the UK Guardian reported.

President Buhari and former President Goodluck Jonathan

Mr Jonathan denied asking any businessman to contract Cambridge Analytica for him and also denied entering into any contract with the marketing firm.

The companies addressed the allegations contained in the wave of scrutiny they received, saying “Over the past several months, Cambridge Analytica has been the subject of numerous unfounded accusations and, despite the company’s efforts to correct the record, has been vilified for activities that are not only legal, but also widely accepted as a standard component of online advertising in both the political and commercial arenas.”

In further denying the allegations, the companies said an independent investigator who was hired to probe the companies’ practices found no wrongdoing.

“In light of those accusations, noted Queen’s Counsel Julian Malins was retained to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations regarding the company’s political activities. Mr Malins report, which the Company posted on its website today, concluded that the allegations were not ‘borne out by the facts.’ Regarding the conclusions set forth in his report, Mr Malins stated:

‘I had full access to all members of staff and documents in the preparation of my report. My findings entirely reflect the amazement of the staff, on watching the television programmes and reading the sensationalistic reporting, that any of these media outlets could have been talking about the company for which they worked. Nothing of what they heard or read resonated with what they actually did for a living,'” the statement said.

The company maintained its innocence but said it would shut down notwithstanding after losing all its clients and suppliers and discovered that its brand had been irreparably damaged.

“Despite the company’s precarious financial condition, Cambridge Analytica intends to fully meet its obligations to its employees, including with respect to notice periods, severance terms, and redundancy entitlements,” it said.

How Jonathan’s Aides Embezzle $6m Yearly From NPA – Okonjo-Iweala

Former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has revealed how some powerful aides of immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan embezzle $6

Former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has revealed how some powerful aides of immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan embezzle $6 million yearly from the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) charges.

In her recently released book, “Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines”, Okonjo-Iweala said she became a target of very powerful interests after she sought and got approval from Jonathan for the implementation of the ports reforms, which include the abolishing of a Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) a regime which importers argued added costs to them for duplicate services.

Excerpts: “During my second month in office in September 2011, the issue of port congestion Okonjo-Iwealawas brought to the attention of the Economic Management team by members of Nigeria’s organised private sector, especially the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) as a serious impediment to doing business. Importers were irate about a Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) regime which they argued added costs to them for duplicate services.

“They said that their cargos were already being tracked by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) from origin to destination, so then; there was no reason for the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to collect this charge. Upon enquiry, we learned that charges totalled about $6 million a year, so this was consequential. I had never seen this money remitted to the treasury and, in fact, had not known of the existence of the CTN. We recommended that the CTN be abolished immediately.

“On October 14, 2011, the Minister of Transport and I sent a memo to the President that outlined the short, medium and long term problems of Nigeria’s ports, proposed solutions and requested approval for implementation shortly thereafter. Then the problems began. I received an anonymous text telling me the port reforms were bad and harmful and I should rescind them. I learned that some agencies such as the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and others that had been told to develop alternative collaborative arrangements with the Customs to take care of their responsibilities while staying out of the ports were not happy and were lobbying to be let back into the ports.

“About six weeks into the implementation of the port reforms, in early December 2011, I received a message that a top-ranking presidential aide wanted me to stop by his office anytime I was in the Villa.”

The former Director of World Bank further disclosed that she was locked out of the Villa for refusing to obey the order given by the unnamed influential aide in Jonathan’s administration to restore the CTN with immediate effect.

 

Jonathan To Inaugurate Ekiti Flyover Tomorrow

Former President Goodluck Jonathan will be in Ekiti state on Wednesday to commission the first flyover in the state which

Former President Goodluck Jonathan will be in Ekiti state on Wednesday to commission the first flyover in the state which was constructed by Ayo Fayose's administration.

Fayose gave the hint on Monday when okada (motorcycle) riders drawn from the 16 local governments’ areas stormed Ado Ekiti, the state capital, for a solidarity rally to drum support for the governorship ambition of his deputy, Professor Kolapo Olusola.

While addressing the okada riders, Fayose called on Nigerian youths to vote for only those who share their believes, aspirations and concerns and vote out the President who believe they are good-for-nothing and lazy as President in 2019 election. He then dropped the hint that Jonathan would be in the State tomorrow.

Journalist Ahmad Salkida shares details on Missing Chibok Girls

Journalist Ahmad Salkida who regularly reports on the Boko Haram insurgents has shared more details on the Chibok Girls, 4 years after

Journalist Ahmad Salkida who regularly reports on the Boko Haram insurgents has shared more details on the Chibok Girls, 4 years after their abduction.

Writing on his Twitter, Salkida said the details are a result of 3 months of investigation.

He shared how the Goodluck Jonathan administration botched an opportunity to rescue the girls just at the last minute.

4 of 5 processes he was involved in to see to the rescue of the girls, he said, a swap deal was almost done, but the government always failed to move forward.

Speaking on the 113 girls still in captivity, Salkida said just 15 are alive today.

It will be difficult for the 15 to be rescued, he said, because they have been indoctrinated and married off, and Shekau now has no power over them.

See the Twitter thread below:

Jonathan should be docked, says Oshiomhole

Former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan should be docked if the Peoples

Oshiomhole

Former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan should be docked if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) insists that prosecution of suspected looters is selective.

According to Oshiomhole, Jonathan should be docked for approving money beyond his powers and spending same in a way that was not accounted for.

Oshiomhole spoke to newsmen in Benin City at the weekend shortly after attending the wedding  of the daughter of the member representing Ikpoba Okha/Egor federal Constituency, at the national assembly, Hon Ehiozuwa Agbonayima.

The former Edo Governor also faulted the calls by the PDP that the National Assembly should approve the $1bn the federal government wants to spend on security.

He said the PDP spent well above that sum without going to the national assembly.

On the condemnation that trailed the release of looters’ list, Comrade Oshiomhole said names of looters should be made public as it was the right of Nigerians to know the level of rot that transpired.

Oshiomhole urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be ruthless in going against those alleged to have looted the nation’s resources.

He alleged that hired writers were made to challenge him when he first raised alarm over the money that was looted from the treasury.

“I hear them say prosecution is selective. Maybe they are right because if they are not, maybe President Jonathan should be on the dock. He approved money beyond his powers and spent it in a way that is not accounted for.

“I think that if other Nigerians don’t understand the power of transparency, the right to know, the media should uphold that right and defend it. What was stolen was not from private purse; the house that was destroyed was not a private residence.  We are talking of resources which if it is distributed on basis of equality divide by 180 million people you will be a lot richer.

“I think my only complain is that the federal government should go more ruthless because they are a lot of people who should be in court who are not there because when I was still in the office and I said the kind of money they stole was huge in dollars, they paid hired writers to say how do I know.

“I know that we cannot be lamenting today without understanding that the treasury was burgled yesterday. It is like someone sneaked into your kitchen and took everything out and you woke up he tells you am sorry I stole the pot of soup, in fact, I broke the pot. Should we continue like that?

“I think the promise of democracy is that good or bad the people have the right to know and that is the starting point and particularly important when that armed robber of yesterday is trying to do face surgery so that he looks different.  Some are jumping the boat to wear new face, to change identity, and to change their finger print so that they can come back. I think the people have the right to know and If any of them think that what has being said is not true, they can go to Court”

“All of them who are involved and those who they are looking for they should put everything in public domain and that is the promise of democracy and it is about you. Just by virtue of being in a winning party, they helped themselves so much. One of the acting chairmen of PDP, Makarfi, I used to respect him so much, I heard him saying that the reason they did not indict Diezani was that the money missing and everything that was done Goodluck approved.

“If President approved that money, should it be stolen and not go into the federation account. Is that the reason the PDP led senate and a sub –committee led by Markarfi cannot say it is not the minister but President Jonathan?.

“Jonathan may have immunity against prosecution, but he doesn’t have power to appropriate what  the national assembly have done. Right now, they are now saying the national assembly should approve the $1 Billion the federal government is going to spend on security, but this is a party that spent well above that without going to the national assembly at all,” Oshiomhole

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