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My decision based on what I want from politics, says Okupe as he declare loyalty for Accord Party

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The former Senior Special Assistant former President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, has announced his affiliation with the Accord Party.

Not quite long ago, Mr. Okupe make a shocking exit from Peoples Democratic Party on occassion that the party lacks what it takes to survive the current tide of politics in Nigeria. He went as far as spelling doom for the party, as well as saying the ruling party APC is heading for greater downfall. He called APC and PDP expired drugs.

Declaring his latest move on Facebook Tuesday, Okupe said his decision was informed by what he stands to gain in politics.

Okupe’s statement reads: “Following various consultations with political associates, family and friends I have decided to formally join the ACCORD Party.

“My decision is based on deep reflection on who I am and what I want from politics.
To me politics does not begin and end with winning or losing elections. It’s not about big or small parties either. It’s also beyond personal relationships or endearing associations or friendships.

“There exists in our communities several platforms on which such affiliations and sentiments can be sufficiently gratified. To me, Politics is about, Service to the people, policies and ideologies that will serve the best interests of the greater majority of the society, Forthrightness and accountability, Honour and Integrity.

“I am not desperate to be anything anymore. But I am desperate to find and work with other Nigerians especially our young and vibrant upcoming politicians, to establish a political incubator to breed a new generation of leaders who will do things right, maintain high ethical standards and abhor greed,avarice, selfishness and impunity.

“Most of our national parties presently and in the past were put together with a false sense of national spread but majorly, irrespective of how they came to power, end up being inequitable and manifestly exists to serve the interests of a minority few and/or that of a tiny section of the country.

“I want to belong to a political party that will be able to publicly state it’s position on troubling national issues like, requests for self determination by a section of the country, resource control, federalism and Restructuring, Religious intolerance, atrocities of fulani Herdsman, unequal standards in national university admission policy, and many more.
Any political party that does not have an openly stated position or Stand on these issues is a mere association of elites coming together only to feather their own nests or at best a deceptive political contraption put together by a few to seize power for a few and for the benefit of a few.

“An official date of declaration by me and my numerous supporters in Ogun state will be announced shortly.

Accord Party was formed by the former Governor of Oyo state, Chief Rashidi Ladoja at the verge of last governorshipelection in Oyo state.

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See list of new Ekiti commissioners appointed by Fayose

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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti on Friday appointed new council members of the executive arm.

Mr. Fayose dissolved state cabinet a month ago

The appointment of the new commissioners was contained in a statement by Fayose’s Special Adviser on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.

The full list of new Ekiti state commissioners are:

  • Barrister Kola Kolade- Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice
  • Hon. Ayo Alabi- Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs
  • Hon Lanre Ogunsuyi- Information, Youths and Sports
  • Hon Taye Otitoju- Lands
  • Hon. Gbenga Olajide- Budget and Planning
  • Hon Jide Egunjobi- Education, Science and Technology
  • Chief Tunde Ogunleye- Water Resources
  • Olayinka Ogundayomi- Women Affairs.
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Fayemi, Fasola, Ngige denies receiving pension from state govts as ex-govs

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Three cabinet members of the President Muhammadu Buhari, who were former state governors have said they are not earning pensions from their state pulses.

They are ministers of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (former Lagos governor), of Mine and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi (former Ekiti governor) and of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige (former Anambra governor).

Speaking on behalf of Mr. Fashola, his Special Adviser on Communication, Hakeem Bello, said the minister recently clarified that he had no reason to ask the Lagos State Government to stop paying him a pension when from the outset he never accepted it.

When asked if the power minister would also ask the Lagos State Government to stop paying him pension, just like the Senate President, Bukola Saraki did, Bello replied, “The minister spoke on Hard Copy, a programme on Channels TV on Friday. In that programme, he said you don’t ask them (Lagos State Government) to stop what you never accepted in the first place.

“This your question was one of the questions they asked him during that TV programme and what I told you was his response.”

Ngige also denied receiving double emoluments from the federal and state governments.

Ngige had made a similar denial last year following a public outcry against public office holders receiving double emolument as former governors and as serving senators.

Ngige said that the petition by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project to the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, in which he was mentioned only showed that proper investigation was not carried out before his inclusion as a beneficiary of double pay from the government or it was inspired by mischief.

Ngige denied drawing double emoluments from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federal Government or the Anambra State Government since he was elected and appointed at various times into public offices contrary to media reports.

Ngige said that apart from two utility vehicles that were given to him some years ago, he had not accessed the privileges approved for him by the constitution as a former governor of Anambra State.

Ngige, who made the comment in a statement on Tuesday, said that he had not received the severance benefits approved for former governors and their deputies by the state assembly.

He said, “I wish to put it on record that since I left office in 2006 as governor of Anambra State; throughout the four years I spent in the 7th Senate (June 2011-2015) and currently as the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment with effect from November 11, 2015, I have never drawn a dime even in the intervening period that I was not in public office, as salary, emolument and pension from the Anambra State Government’s coffers.

“In fact, I have not received any severance benefit as prescribed in the Anambra State House of Assembly law on pensions and other welfare and benefits for former governors and deputy governors, 2006, and amended 2013. Aside the two utility vehicles given to me some years ago, I have not accessed any of the privileges and other lawful trappings due to the office.

“It is worth stating for the avoidance of any doubt that the Supreme Court affirmed that I was entitled to these benefits in their landmark judgment in Mike Balonwu and others Vs Anambra State Government, which declared me governor, de facto and de jure between 2003 and 2006.”

The minister said that he was aware of the position of the law, the moral implications of receiving double emolument which was also against virtues of honesty and transparency being pursued by the government.

Also, Fayemi said he had not even received his severance package from the Ekiti State Government as approved by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission since leaving office in 2014.

In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, Fayemi, who is now Minister of Mines and Steel Development, said he had not received any kobo as pension.

Fayemi had challenged SERAP to apologise to him for including his name among former governors receiving double remuneration or face legal action.

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Kogi Assembly speaker resigns over fear of impeachment

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Kogi Assembly speaker resigns over fear of impeachment

Kogi State House of Assembly Speaker, Umar Imam, has resigned, over fear of being impeached Wednesday at plenary session.

When contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to the speaker, Ali Yakubu, who neither denied nor confirmed the development, said there was a proclamation on Tuesday evening convening the assembly for a special sitting on Wednesday.

He said, “Let’s wait for official confirmation from the house today.”

The House was enmeshed in serious fracas on Tuesday when hoodlums invaded the house during a plenary session and beat up a member, Elder Friday Sani.

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