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Fayose calls Buhari, Aregbesola greatest curses to Nigeria, Osun

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A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has described President Muhammadu as the greatest curse that has ever afflicted Nigeria.

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The former Minister also made similar remark about the governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola.

Fani-Kayode, who has been in the news over his attacks on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC, administration on social media, did not, however, give reasons for his comment.

The former spokesperson of Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign, said this via his twitter handle.

According to him, “The greatest curse that has ever afflicted Nigeria is the absentee and sickly @MBuhari.

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“The 2nd greatest curse is@raufaregbesola in Osun.”

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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.

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Mr. Fayose dissolved state cabinet a month ago

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.”

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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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Gov Akeredolu nominates late Olusegun Agagun’s brother as commissioner

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, has forwarded the names of prospective commissioners that would form the cabinet of his government.

In the list sent to the state house of Assembly for screening, were names of the younger brother of the late former governor of the state Olusegun Agagu, Femi, son of the late former governor of the State, Chief Adebayo Adefarati, Adegboyega amongst others.

Others include a media consultant, Yemi Olowolabi, Taofiq Abdulsalam, Rasheed Badmus, Prince Solagbade Amodeni, Saka Ogunleye, Mrs Omowumi Olatunji-Edet, Ojogo Donald, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, Funso Esan, Wale Akinterinwa, Pastor Emmanuel Igbasan, Alhaji Olurimisi Ismaila, Prof. Bayonle Ademodi, Lola Fagbemi, Otunba Timilehin Adelegbe and Kola Olawoye.

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The state house will as from next week begin the screening and confirmation process of the nominees.

See the names of the prospective commissioners below

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Pete Edochie’s son Yul, releases video, raging about poor leadership as he declares intention for Anambra governorship

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Yul: Pete Edochie's son releases video to declares intention for Anambra governorship

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Yul Edochie, Son of veterian actor, Pete Edochie, is set to hit the Nigerian politics hard with his latest video lamenting how bad governance has ruined the country.

Young Edochie’s destination is Anambra Government House, as he aspires to become governor.

Recall that he had earlier declared his political intention 2 weeks ago, and now has backed it with a video.

The actor, in the new video said he hated to see his people suffer, and has made up his mind to contest in the governorship election in Anambra state come November 18th 2017.

In the video, where he spoke in English and Igbo dialect, Yul appealed to Nigerians to vote for him as he is the change they need.

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He said, “I don’t understand why my people are suffering. I do not understand why there are so much hardship, so much suffering in the land. In a state where there’s so much. Why are people suffering?

“Leadership is all about giving people the good life, eradicating poverty and giving the people the best.

This leadership qualities will only be achieved by young vibrant intelligent and decisive leaders.”

Yul: Pete Edochie's son releases video to declares intention for Anambra governorship

With father Pete

See video…

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Osinbajo tasks APC govs to think outside the box to improve their states

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Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Acting President has urged state governors of the All Progressives Congress to think out of the box in a bid to meet up with the social welfare of their people.

Osinbajo noted that the present ruling party promised better life for Nigerians and they must deliver it.

He said this during the Federal Government-Progressive Governors Forum in Birnin-Kebbi, the Kebbi State capital.

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Mr. Osinbajo, who reminded the governors of their campaign promises, said two-third of Nigerian population were poor and needed social welfare scheme to be implemented to better their lives.

According to Osinbajo, “That is why in the budget, we have N500 billion for social welfare. If states think out of the box, like Lagos, Kebbi, Jigawa and other states who used their initiative, we can improve their lives”.

Speaking on insecurity, he said there was no doubt that Boko Haram insurgents had been decimated.

He said, “The tasks before us is how to ensure their attacks is totally stopped. The task before us is how to ensure IDPs returned to their homes in Bama and live their normal life”.

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