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Amaechi Praises Late Gu Ake’s Values, recalls ‘I was governor by divine mandate’

Posted on October 31, 2016. Filed under: news, Press Release | Tags: |

Amaechi Praises Late Gu Ake’s Values, recalls ‘I was governor by divine mandate’

rt-hon-chibuike-rotimi-amaechi-and-his-wife-judith-right-with-wife-of-late-chief-gu-ake-middle-at-the-funeral-of-the-deceased-on-fridayFormer Rivers State Governor and Minister for Transportation Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has hailed former Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party in Rivers State, Late Chief GU Ake as a peace loving man who contributed immensely to human capital development.

Amaechi stated this at Erema, Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni Local Government Area of the state, during the burial ceremony of the Late Chief Godspower Umejuru Ake, on Friday. The late Chief Ake was an ally of the Transportation Minister. He was also a former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly in the first Republic.

Amaechi who also acknowledged the role played by the Late Chief G.U Ake in his guber ambition explained that many whom the elder statesman assisted in life turned against him before his death.

“Chief was a very peace loving man and a peaceful man; the way he walks and the way he talks you will know that he never liked violence. A lot of us seated here today have benefited from chief in one way or the other. Starting from Chief Rufus Ada George and Dr. Peter Odili, my former boss. After God, Chief contributed in making Dr. Peter Odili deputy governor and contributed to also making him governor. So chief helped to make governors after God”.

“After Dr. Peter Odili became governor, Chief helped to make me governor. I will tell you one lesson I learnt from chief. He said people will continue to betray you so let it not worry you. A lot of people that were chief’s friends betrayed him. Chief taught me that where there is no God there will be no peace. I thought Chief would die when Felix Obuah “Go-round” betrayed him. If you all remember “Go round” was shot in his privates, the first man that rushed to me was Chief G.U Ake, he gave me an ultimatum that I must fly him (Go- round) out to South Africa for treatment and I brought the money, he was flown abroad and was treated, but today “Go round” has betrayed Chief.”

“We must look at what has happened to our own leader, our own father. A child in Omoku (Chief’s home town) went to court and lied against Chief, and removed him because they had power of the Presidency. I know chief very well and was close to him, chief was a good adviser, he was not greedy, and he died a Rivers man. All those he helped are not here. I owe him nothing than this respect and to continue to be a member of his family,” Amaechi said.

Recalling his victory as the then Governor of Rivers State, Amaechi said his victory was through a divine mandate and not by shedding of human blood, adding that one of his greatest successes recorded as governor was that Rivers State did not experience killings and human massacre as it is currently prevalent under the present administration.

He said, “See Onelga, the beauty of the country. See how bad the road is. See Omoku, a desert. People are being killed and slaughtered everyday, and there is a government in place.”

“One thing I am proud of is that as a governor, both my enemies and opponents stayed alive. They have killed so many of Chief’s supporters and are still killing chief’s supporters.  All you people owe chief is to chase out all these people in 2019,” he said.

 

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Withhold Assent to Amended CCB/CCT Act – CNPP Urges Buhari

Posted on October 30, 2016. Filed under: Press Release |

…Urges NLC, TUC, Others To Join Forces Against NASS’ Action

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has strongly condemned the amendment to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Act by the National Assembly (NASS) and urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign the amended Act.

The CNPP also called on well meaning Nigerians and the Civil Society groups in the country, including the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), to mount pressure on Mr. President to withhold his assent to the said amendment.

The umbrella body of all the registered political parties and associations in the country, in a statement issued on Sunday and signed by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, noted that the CNPP’s decision was taken after a careful study of the amendment and the circumstances surrounding the controversial move.

Parts of the statement read: “We are taken aback that just months after it initially suspended the move to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Act, the National Assembly subtly passed the amendment Bill into law.

“When the plan by the National Assembly to amend the Act first became known to members of the public, there was deafening outcry, which forced the lawmakers to suspend the move.

“The CNPP, just like many other Nigerians had thought that the National Assembly by the suspension of the earlier move to amend the CCT/CCB Act was a sign of good days ahead where the lawmakers respect the majority opinion of their respective constituencies.

“But the subtle passage of the amendment Bill is an indication that the National Assembly is serving the interest of its principal officers, and not that of the Nigerian people who unfortunately elected this crop of lawmakers, so insensitive to the core issues bothering the ordinary citizens”, the CNPP observed.

The Conference also noted that “The speed with which the amendment was carried out at a time some principal officers were accused of false declaration of assets is an indication of the interest it intended to serve.

“We therefore urge President Muhammadu Buhari to withhold his assent by not signing the amended Act into law as the circumstances surrounding the amendment shows it was done in bad fate and the action of the National Assembly amounts taking over executive powers to the detriment of the Constitutional principle of separation of powers. It must be noted that appointment of the staff of the CCT and CCB are clear executive powers, which the National Assembly cannot be allowed usurp.

“We equally call on the Civil Society groups and all well meaning Nigerians to mount pressure on Mr. President not to sign the amendment as doing so would mean that the National Assembly would become a place of refuge for former governors and political officeholders who make false assets declarations. It then means that all they need to evade prosecution would be to be elected as Senators or as Members of the House of Representatives.

“CNPP, therefore, condemns the amendment in strongest terms as we regard it as a rape on the principle of justice and an ambush on the ongoing trail of some principal officers of the National Assembly over alleged false assets declaration fraud.

“This same National Assembly that have delayed the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which could create jobs for many unemployed Nigerians was quick to amend the CCT/CCB Act, arrogating to itself the power to control both the CCB and CCT, because it serves their interest”, the CNPP said.

 

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Bad Governance Retrogressing Rivers Fortunes -Dakuku

Posted on October 30, 2016. Filed under: news | Tags: |

Hon. Dakuku PetersideBad Governance Retrogressing Rivers Fortunes -Dakuku

 

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 elections in Rivers State, Dr Dakuku Peterside says bad governance by the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration was retarding the progress of the state.

Dr Dakuku who stated this during the formal reception and public declaration of former Executive Director (Finance and Administration) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Henry Ogiri for the APC at Abua/Odual last weekend, said Rivers people were already tired of the government in the state.

dr-henry-ogiri-dr-peterside-and-sen-magnus-abeAccording to him, “Rivers state is in reverse gear because of bad governance. The bad governance in the state is telling on the people and they are aware that this government is not for them.

“Ogiri got to the top and saw the bad governance in the state and decided to return to his original political fold to meet with his friends and those who he played politics with earlier.

“Ogiri was part of those who helped PDP in the 2015 elections in many ways than one and they know it.

“The coming re-run and 2019 elections will prove that the government of Rivers state is not leading the people well, which is why Ogiri left them.”

Dakuku, who is also the Director-General of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) berated the Wike-led government of being unable to maintain several infrastructural facilities built by the immediate past administration of former Governor Chibuike Amaechi

“Wike cannot maintain the infrastructure Amaechi put on ground. Look at the health centres and schools, the overseas scholarship, among others. Instead he has introduced tax regime in secondary schools that are supposed to be free. Rivers state is indeedcross-section-of-apc-faithful-at-the-rally retrogressing.

“Companies are not here anymore. They are packing and leaving in droves because of bad governance, high tax and insecurity. The people are aware of this downturn in the fortune of the State and have consequently rejected Wike’s government.”

At the event, Dr Ogiri, who decamped with more than 2,000 supporters, tore his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) membership card and campaign cloths of Governor Nyesom Wike, saying it was over for him as far as the PDP was concerned.

dr-ogiri-speaking-at-the-eventFormer Governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, who was represented by Senator Magnus Abe, blamed Gov. Wike  for introducing violence into politics in the state but assured that it will no longer be a lucrative venture.

The former governor said Ogiri had made the right decision in joining the APC.

Source: Dakuku Peterside Media Office

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“Drop Rtd Justice Ndu, Wali from NJC Ethics C’tee or face mass action” – APC warns NJC

Posted on October 30, 2016. Filed under: Press Release |

“Drop Rtd Justice Ndu, Wali from NJC Ethics C’tee or face mass action” – APC warns NJC

image001The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has noted with shock the recent appointment of two well-known PDP sympathisers, foot soldiers and close associates of Gov. Nyesom Wike as members of the 10-man Judicial Ethics Committee of the National Judicial Council (NJC) with a mandate to review the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers in the country.

The APC in a statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Senibo Chris Finebone identified the two individuals as Retired Justice Iche Ndu and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Bar. Okey Wali SAN.

The statement reads: “The APC vehemently rejects the inclusion of these two individuals in a critical committee such as the Judicial Ethics Committee of the NJC charged with an all-important task of reviewing the code of conduct for judicial officers. Indeed, their inclusion underscores the unwillingness and unpreparedness of the NJC to buy into the anti-corruption drive of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. The APC views this action by the NJC as the height of insensitivity and brazen resistance to the efforts by the government to sanitize the Nigerian judiciary.

 

“The Chairman of NJC and Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed and the rest of the Council members cannot feign ignorance of the overt political leanings of Iche Ndu and Okey Wali as PDP and Gov Nyesom Wike’s political facilitators whose activities and influence on judges are presently under investigation. We make bold to state that this obvious display of indiscretion by the Honourable Chief Justice and the NJC smacks of inexplicable thoughtlessness, befuddles the mind and sears through good conscience.

 

“For the record, retired Justice Iche Ndu and Okey Wali are unarguable ardent supporters of the Rivers State governor who have been variously named in petitions bothering on compromising of various judges and the petitions are subject of ongoing investigations. Therefore it is disturbing that the NJC would blatantly ignore the unfolding events around the two individuals and perniciously appoint them into a very sensitive job of reviewing code of conduct for judicial officers.

 

“Therefore, the APC calls on the NJC and its Chairman, Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed to drop retired Justice Iche Ndu and Bar. Okey Wali SAN from the NJC 10-man Judicial Ethics Committee without delay. The APC hereby serves notice to the NJC to do the needful immediately or face a well-mobilised and long-drawn protest by the APC which will include occupying selected locations in Port Harcourt and Abuja.”

 

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Save Lagos Group raises alarm over violation of Lagos tenancy law

Posted on October 29, 2016. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: |

Save Lagos Group raises alarm over violation of Lagos tenancy law

*Set to offer free legal assistance to vulnerable tenants

A civil society organisation, the Save Lagos Group has raised an alarm over widespread abuse of the Lagos State Tenancy Law by house owners in the state, with a call on the state government to live up to its obligations of enforcing the law.

According to the Save Lagos Group, there is the need for the state government to save tenants in the state from house owners who have found an habit in flouting the law which stipulates that prospective and current tenants must pay only six months rents.

The Save Lagos Group in a statement issued on Friday by the Convener, Comrade Adeniyi A Sulaiman and the Director, Media and Strategy, Comrade Olaolu Oladipo also lamented that home owners have been conniving with some legal practitioners to obtained fictitious judgments that are used for eviction purposes.

The group also alleged that some unscrupulous police officers also engage the legal practitioners and the house owners to carry out the illegality of evicting hapless tenants, saying the practice is usually carried out on Sunday morning when the victims would be caught unaware.

They (Sulaiman and Oladipo) also indicted some of the legal practitioners for their refusal to follow the law by issuing quit notices before the expiration of the tenancy of the occupier, a move the Save Lagos Group considers as illegal and wicked.

The law was enacted by the immediate past administration of Mr. Babatunde Fashola in 2011 to regulate the relationship between the house owners and their tenants.

Save Lagos Group pointed to a case involving two land ladies, one Mrs. Onatade and Alhaja Bilikisu Adesina of number 9 and 11, Ezekiel St, Off Toyin Street Ikeja; Lagos respectively.

Specifically, the group accused the two house owners of issuing quit notices to their tenants before the expiration of their tenancy.

The two tenants, Ms Deborah Ogunlade and Mrs. Yetunde Labode are said to be the latest victims in the hands of the two house owners who are currently harassing them by plotting to obtain a ‘Jankara’ eviction order against them.

Rather for the lawyers to the house owners, to follow Section (24) of the Lagos Tenancy Law which guides eviction of the tenants, they have opted to perfect their scheme in an illegal way by securing the eviction order without bringing the affected tenants into the picture.

A document from one of the house owners, Oyesola Oyewo obtained by the Save Lagos Group indeed confirmed the fears of the civil society organization as the quit notice indeed was issued before the expiration of the Ogunlade’s tenancy.

A closer look at the document shows that while the notice was issued on April 25th, while the tenant received it on 1st of June 2016.

On the hand, the counsel to the other house owner, Mr. Ayo Adebosin claimed to have issued a quit notice on Labode on the 27th of June 2016 but Labode received it in August though her rent lapsed on July.

Commenting on the development, the Save Lagos Group stated that “These are clear breaches of the law by the home owners that must not be overlooked by the relevant authorities. What is even more pertinent is the desperation on the part of the house owners to recover the said property by hook or by crook.

“While calling on the state government to be more alive to its responsibilities in ensuring that the provisions of the law are strictly adhered to by the concerned stakeholders, we are also using this platform to called on the lawyers and their clients to desists from these illegal acts of intimidation of their tenants or else, the provisions of the law would be invoked on them.”

This is coming just as the Save Lagos Group has expressed its desire to apply legal action to right the wrongs being carried out by the house owner by offering free legal services to the affected tenants in their bid to secure their fundamental rights to shelter.

The rights violation victims contacts are;

Deborah Ogunlade—08033700738

Yetunde Labode–08023818476

 

 

Adeniyi A. Sulaiman                                                 Olaolu Oladipo

(Revolutionary Alfa)                                                Director, Media and Strategy

Convener                                                              

 

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Princewill Does It Again, Breaks More Records with the Movie 76’

Posted on October 23, 2016. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: |

Prince Tonye T.J.T Princewill’s soon to be released (Nov 25th) Nollywood production, “76” has once again made headlines.

“The highly anticipated movie had it’s equally eagerly anticipated European premiere at the BFI London Film Festival held over the weekend and just like the experience in Canada, tickets were sold out days before the screening. Prince Tonye was during the same period, a guest on BBC’s Focus Africa. No Nollywood movie has done Toronto and London back to back in the same year, until now. Showing made in Nigeria, can truly go global” said Wabiye Idoniboyeobu, Chief Media Aide to Prince Tonye  Princewill in a statement today..

76′, according to the statement “being the only Nollywood movie selected for the festival represented Nigeria in style and got great reviews from a host of local and internationally recognized movie critics. The stars came out in glittering form in the London’s West End to celebrate the launch of a film that has been described by the UK press as “visually textured, educational, and thoroughly entertaining; a movie not to be missed.”

The film stars many renowned and notable Nollywood megastars Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme, Ibinabo Fiberesinma, Memry Savanhu, Daniel K Daniel (two time African best actor 2016) and the awesome Ada Ofoegbu in her groundbreaking role as “Aunty Mary”. Additionally attending were Executive Producers Adonijah Owiriwa (also in the movie) and Popular Politician himself, Prince Tonye Princewill with his family in tow and a host of other glitterati from the elite London red carpet circuit.  At the centre of this very gripping romantic thriller is the charismatic, ‘Captain Joseph Dewa’, played by Ramsey Nouah who is indicted by the military for his alleged role in the notorious failed Nigerian coup of 1976.

“The evening was well attended and witnessed a crowd reaction of delight, full appreciation and immense satisfaction.  Without a doubt, the highlight of the evening was the last minute arrival from Heathrow Airport of the movie’s respected Director – Izu Ojukwu, who only just got his visa and made it in the nick of time to attend the post screening Q and A session, to rapturous applause.

“The Toronto and London film festivals are a build up to the Grand Premiere of the movie holding on the 3rd of November in Lagos. It has also been selected as the closing film on the 18th of November at the African Film Festival also holding in Lagos. The move is set to hit cinemas in Nigeria and the rest of Africa on the 25th of November and has also been specially nominated to show in major festivals in Germany, Dubai, South Africa, India, the US and other parts of the world” the statement concluded

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Lingering Bodo/ Bonny Road: Group Says Federal Gov’t Must Act On NlNG’s Offer Or Face Legal/Civil Battle

Posted on October 22, 2016. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: |

Lingering Bodo/ Bonny Road: Group Says Federal Gov’t Must Act On NlNG’s Offer Or Face Legal/Civil Battle

The Bonny Kingdom Advancement Front, BKAF, a socio-economic and cultural advocacy group in Ancient Grand Bonny Kingdom of Rivers state has said they will explore legal and civil means to ensure the Federal government accept its part on NLNG’s offer to provide 50 percent of the funding (about N60 billion) for the completion of Bodo/Bonny road.

In a press release signed by the Secretary of the body, RexLawson A Hart it reads:

“NLNG offered FG N60 billion for Bonny-Bodo Road on February 3 2016. NLNG called on the Federal Government and relevant agencies, including the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to partner it in the development of Bonny-Bodo road a long-standing government project which will help improve the infrastructure in the Niger Delta.

Before the Senate Committee on Niger Delta in Abuja, NLNG restated its offer to provide 50 percent of the funding, worth N60 billion, provided the partnership was accepted and matched by the Federal Government .

According to Kudo Eresia-Eke, General Manager, External Relations Division, the road will better the lives of the thousands of Nigerians, mainly from the Niger Delta living on Bonny Island, as well as other Niger Delta residents in Ogoni, Okrika, Eleme, Andoni, among others.

Prior to the 2015 election build up former President Jonathan gave assurance when he received in audience the King of Bonny Kingdom, HRM King Edward Asimini William Dappa Pepple XIII ‎and his delegation at the Presidential Villa. He explained that major lapses in the first procurement of the Bodo Bonny road, was responsible for the stalling of the project, first awarded 11 years ago under the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, leading to its‎ eventual cancellation under his administration.

President Jonathan while responding to some of the demands put before him by his Majesty, ‎said on the Bonny bodo road, “I won’t want to bore you with details of the lapses in the first procurement of the Bodo Bonny road, why the contract didn’t hold was because there were major lapses. It is almost like the story of the East West Road that was awarded without proper design and so with time it got stuck. We just had to come back and that is what happened to the Bodo Bonny Road, we are now going back to proper procurement, proper design, proper cost and this time God willing once we start we will not stop again.”

However, it is unfortunate that this project is yet to be completed after 12 years. In any project, a time frame is established by the bidders. The winning bid is obliged by the contractual laws to complete it on schedule and before you publish a bid, the project should have a final design, you do not go to the construction phase without a final design.

The completion of a project is not by luck or God’s will. It is just respecting the contractual obligations established, agreed and signed by the parties involved, which we think parties involved didn’t adhere to professionalism and world best practice. The road transverses a swampy terrain was known to the Consultant who executed the design and the design work should reflect this fact. That the project is still uncompleted after 12 years goes to the Guinness book of records and is a pity and shameful, an affront disregard and abuse on the goodwill of Bonny Kingdom.

Procurement is a primary phase of any project and it is un-excusable to talk about faulted procurement after 11 years and handing over the site keys to the executing Contractor and probably after paying the Contractor about 90% of the project cost for works not executed.
Bonny people were expectant on the completion of the Bodo/Bonny road, while we were still hopeful, Federal government flagged off the Federal Polytechnic of oil and gas Bonny, jettisoned the ongoing construction of Bodo/Bonny road which was under construction for more than 11years.

Well, as a people we took it with a smile, we celebrated and gave accolades to the federal government, for most of us we had put into consideration the consequence which the oil and gas polytechnic poses to the latter, The historical Bodo/Bonny road was at that the time 30% of its initial design and execution.

Be that as it may, how well would a Federal Polytechnic of oil and gas flourish without a road linking it to the urban cities, with the menace of sea piracy would our federal poly see the light of day, would the campus of the fed poly flourish with students from the hinterlands or the school is expected to be for only Bonny people who are used to traveling by engines and fibre through the creeks. That was our constructive thought as it were.

The Federal Polytechnic saw 90% completion in less than 3 years; this was because there was a political will by the President Jonathan led administration to see to its execution. The Bodo/Bonny road is essential not just for Bonny kingdom, also for the economical benefits of our national coffers.

It is arguably true, an undeniable fact that the Bodo/Bonny road is not on a quagmire for economical reasons, but as a result of zero political will and timid political extensor of the Bonny people. As sad as it may sound, the federal government, both past and present lack the political will and sincerity to execute the bodo bonny road and as a people we lack the political gladiators/frontrunners to deep into the mucking waters of national politics to lobby and drive home our demands as we have seen in contemporary politics.

We have not only been marginalized, we have been measured, scaled, weighed and then prioritize. We call on the federal government, President Muhammad Buhari and the minister of Transportation to look into the Bodo/Bonny road, resurrect all efforts for its completion, and muster the political will and sincerity to liberate the Bonny kingdom and the plight we have suffered for more than 15years.

It is quite worrisome and alarming that all capital projects that would be of great benefit to the Bonny people are either abandoned or uncompleted. Federal housing estate Bonny didn’t see the light of day, Bonny Ring road was flagged off but currently a shame, The Federal polytechnic of oil and gas which is 90% completed but currently not operational but laying to waste and the list goes on and on.

This is really sad for a kingdom that contributes so much to our National GDP and if these issues raised are left unaddressed, we would no longer keep mute and watch. Bonny people might resort to legal, civil and democratic means to drive home our demands. We call on all agencies involved to act fast and now, Bonny kingdom refused to be prioritize’.

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Timi Frank a disgrace to APC- South-South leaders

Posted on October 22, 2016. Filed under: Press Release |

Timi Frank a disgrace to APC- South-South leaders

Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in South-South geo-political zone on Friday defended the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, describing him as “a strong and competent leader”

“Chief John Odigie-Oyegun knows his substance. He is working closely with President Muhammadu Buhari in the fight against corruption in the country” the leaders said.

They also praised the national chairman for freeing the party from factionalism, vested interests and authoritarianism.

In a statement in Yenegoa by the chairman of South-South APC Leaders Forum, Chief John Harry, the leaders commended Oyegun for promoting progressive values, respecting progressive views and keeping members of the party together.

“Oyegun is a man of impeccable credentials. He is a highly trained technocrat. We are blessed to have him at the helm.”

They also dismissed the opinion of Mr. Timi Frank, saying it is essentially a figment of his own imagination and that of his cohorts.

The leaders said in a big party such as the APC, conflicts were inevitable.

“There is no political party in the world that does not have its own internal crisis. A political party has its own internal mechanism to put its house in order. It is disgraceful for Timi Frank to ridicule his office. It is also a dereliction of his duty. It clearly shows that the man does not understand his office or the party.”

The astonished leaders described the action of Frank as regrettable and a betrayal of Oyegun and the South-South people.

“Mr. Timi Frank is a disgrace to APC. He lacks the ability to manage the party’s relationship with the general public. His incompetence is setting our party back” they said.

They accused the deputy publicity secretary of the party of playing politics of the stomach.

“Timi Frank should learn to respect leadership. A responsible leader should not take side on matters affecting his party. Frank’s utterances and attitude are geared towards causing disunity in the party”.

The leaders listed personal envy, vaulting ambition and gluttonous appetite for personal power as reasons for Frank’s actions.

“Is he saying the party is promoting corruption? Is he saying the party is not supporting President Buhari in his fight against corruption? Is he saying the party came to power to propagate corruption? Is he not part of the leadership? Where he sees leadership failure that overwhelms his capacity to correct, the honourable thing to do is to resign and not fanning embers of discord. Timi Frank should find stop acting deceitfully. He should find another way of currying the favour of his sponsors.”

They urged Frank to show respect for the elderly.

“Where was Timi Frank when Oyegun carefully crafted a winning formula that dislodged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from power? Where the national chairman is not in control of the party, it would be interesting to ask who controls Timi Frank. He should declare his sinister motive. Timi Frank belongs to a faction that wants to destroy the APC. His loyalty is not with APC or the national chairman but an interest outside the party. The APC is one indivisible party” they said.

Sent in by Godwin Ogan

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EFCC: Femi Fani-Kayode’s Life in Danger

Posted on October 22, 2016. Filed under: Press Release | Tags: |

EFCC: Femi Fani-Kayode’s Life in Danger

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) once again lived up to its billing of being used by the current administration for the sinister purposes of silencing the opposition under the guise of fighting corruption.

As expected and as earlier stated in his press statement, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode had already raised the alarm that he was going to be rearrested by the EFCC as the organisation whose operations have become easily predictable have graduated from being an investigative body meant to serve the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians to a vindictive institution willing to do the biddings of some vengeful cabal whose existence even the wife of the president confirmed recently.

Let it be on record that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode was held for 67 days in EFCC custody who used questionable orders from magistrates to perpetuate their illegality. While in their custody he suffered all forms of abuses, trauma and even physical attacks from some of the agents of the Commission. Their thinking was that all these torture and torments would be enough to silence him. But rather than being silenced, Fani-Kayode, to the consternation of his traducers, has remained faithful to his position right from the pre-election periods that this is a regime of evil men whose only purpose for wanting power was to waste their perceived enemies, their family members and all those associated with them.

Is that not why despite the urgent need to tackle the economic recession they have plunged the country into, they have concentrated all their efforts on dealing with all members of the opposition and perceived enemies even including Honourable Justices of the Supreme Court.

The re-arrest of Fani-Kayode is needless as much as it is reckless.

Immediately after he was granted bail by the courts, obviously to the disappointment of state agents, he had been on a recovery therapy as recommended by his doctors having suffered untold hardship in the hands of the EFCC. But realizing that their plans to torture him into silence did not work, the Commission immediately swung into action again by sending him another round of letters of invitation for some other imagined charges to which his lawyers responded promptly by informing the EFCC of his health conditions.

Despite this, the Commission filed their fresh case against him at the Federal High Court Abuja in the Charge No. FHC/ABJ140/2016 earlier this month but despite the presence of Fani-Kayode’s legal team, the EFCC were neither there nor did they send any representative nor was their legal team in court. The case was consequently adjourned to November 10, 2016 (Please, see attached).

We are therefore aghast but not surprised that this latest action of the EFCC is in sync with the script writers of this whole episode to silence Fani-Kayode by hook or by crook. Words have filtered to us from credible sources within the presidency and the security agencies that the ultimate aim of those who are behind the former minister’s travails is to apply “extreme measures” on him. We have also been told that in security circles, that means to have him killed through the use of some poisonous substances that would break his health down irreversibly and eventually kill him even months after he might have been released so that the suspicion would not be at the doorsteps of state agents. If not, why allow Nenadi Usman (former minister of State of Finance) and Director of Finance in the PDP Campaign Organisation, Danjuma and others charged alongside Fani-Kayode to go and only him was re-arrested in the court premises?

Our fears now are that nothing is beyond this government of sadists and fascists. We call on the good people of Nigeria, democrats and lovers of this great nation to rise and demand that no Nigerian should be persecuted or assassinated based on his beliefs and or opinions on critical national matters.

We are watching very closely, and should anything untoward happen to FFK, Nigerians of course know who to hold responsible even as we demand for his immediate and unconditional release now!

Thank you.

Jude Ndukwe

SA (media) to Chief Femi Fani-Kayode

 

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Judiciary wing of the wailers go for Amaechi’s jugular

Posted on October 22, 2016. Filed under: Opinion | Tags: |

 Judiciary wing of the wailers go for Amaechi’s jugular

“He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.” – John Milton (1608 – 1674)

By Chris Finebone

As soon as the Department of State Services (DSS), in obedience to relevant laws of the land relating to arrest and detention, released arrested Justices on personal recognition within 24 hours of arrest, a certain mixed feelings enveloped yours truly. Over time, the mixed feelings quickly transmuted into a cross breed of fear and eeriness.

The reason for what looked like my needless worry was because going by the peculiar tendencies of our countrymen to convolute the air especially when caught in the act of doing evil; I very well knew that corruption will fight back with an uncommon ferocity never known before. After all, the bursting of judicial corruption in Nigeria was unheard of, and probably thought of as impossible, before now. Indeed, my major concern was that those arrested and released so swiftly would have sufficient time and company of evil associates who will present to them pages and options of scripts taken from their ignoble book of mischief on how to fight back. They will also provide legal assistance and deep purses to take the fight to President Muhammadu Buhari and his government.

It only took a few hours before one of the embattled Judges, Justice Adeniyi Ademola dispatched a letter into the media space in which he strenuously blamed the Attorney-General of the Federation [AGF] and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami for his woes. According to the judge, “A DSS official finally informed me that my arrest was based on these three allegations; petition of Hon. Jenkins Duvie dated 4th of April 2016 to the National Judicial Council (NJC); granting bail to Col. Sambo Dasuki and the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu; and using my office to secure my wife’s appointment as the head of civil service, through Senator Bola Tinubu.”

Ademola said he saw his arrest as revenge from Abubakar Malami, whose arrest and detention he ordered over a professional misconduct while he was judge in Kano between 2004 and 2008. Indeed, story for the gods!

In his hurry to concoct an alibi, Justice Ademola conveniently forgot to expatiate on the petitions he acknowledged were written against him but rather dwelled copiously but disingenuously on the red herring he created around the AGF. The reasons for dragging in the national leader of the APC, Alhaji Ahmed Bola Tinubu and AGF Malami are many. He wanted the sympathy of BAT and his followers and in Malami, Justice Ademola found a fitting personality right in the heart of the Buhari government who he can use to blackmail the President and his government. Is there a better way for corruption to fight back than this?

Just as Nigerians were conditioning themselves to the emerging melodrama by Justice Adeniyi Ademola, another embattled judge of the Supreme Court, Justice John Inyang Okoro and his collaborators in Akwa Ibom and Rivers State were concluding a different episode in what has now become the grand epic movie in which the central theme is the get-him-at-all-cost quest for Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation in the Buhari government.

In a self-deprecating letter to the CJN and widely circulated in the media, Justice John Okoro rambled, huffed and puffed about how Amaechi approached him to pervert justice in the 2015 governorship election matters of Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Abia States. He claimed to have mentioned the matter to the CJN at the time but never bothered to follow the prescription of the law in such a circumstance which required him to put it in black and white to his boss and also report to security agencies. In his hurry to manufacture lies, a supposed experienced Supreme Court judge conveniently forgot the provisions of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission Act 2000; 23(1) which says: “Any public officer to whom any gratification is given, promised, or offered, in contravention of any provision of this Act, shall report such gift, promised or offer together with the name, if known, of the person who gave, promised or offered such gratification to him to the nearest officer of the commission or police officer.”

Not a few Nigerians have raised questions about the highly mendacious and self-incriminating letter by Justice John Okoro. What will be the basis for Amaechi to approach Justice Okoro to pervert justice in the Akwa Ibom governorship matter when he could not have been enlisted on the panel as an indigene of Akwa Ibom State? What really is the nexus between his wild allegations and what the DSS has accused him of? As men of the law, why is it that neither Justice Okoro nor the CJN followed the provisions of the law if an attempt was made to bribe a Supreme Court judge?

Following on the heels of Justice John Inyang Okoro’s spurious allegations, came yet another letter by another Supreme Court judge, Justice Nwali Sylvester Ungwuta. Again, Ungwuta took refuge under the name of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi who he shamelessly concocted white lies against, claiming the Minister attempted to bribe him to pervert justice in electoral matters. Ungwuta also dragged in Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu to further confer the toga of credibility on the plot by the shamed judges to square up with the PMB government and possibly halt the war against corruption as it relates to the judiciary.

Today, what has become very apparent is that there were several well organised rehearsals by these embattled and alleged bad eggs in the judiciary to hit back at the very heart beat of the Buhari administration as corruption fights back.

We know that the idea is that the easiest way to hit at the very heart of a strongman is to harm his favourite offspring. Same persons who are hell bent on humiliating the PMB government continue to explore from their mischief box. They started with avenging the defeat of their man, which seems to be failing. Now, they have turned on Amaechi and that will also fail.

It is also worthy of note that all those who have been rueing their loss of the 2015 Presidential election have quickly regrouped to exact their pound of flesh from the very undisputed game changer and driver of the PMB victory which ensured the effective consignment of their Man Friday, the Otuoke man, to the backwaters of history. And that man is Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi CON.

The flurry of activities in Government House Port Harcourt has since heightened. We have heard plots to air CCTV footages. But all those insidious plans cannot be more than the previous plots. They failed then, they will fail now. Those evil iron-cast conspiracies will all lie in ruins. It is a matter of time. For them, Amaechi has become the proverbial alligator pepper that must be ever present in every brew by traditional medicine men.

Chris Finebone is the APC Publicity Secretary, Rivers State

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