Thursday, 28 July 2016

Sheriff, Oladipo, Metuh, others move to stop PDP convention

Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja will today hear a motion for an interlocutory injunction seeking among others, an order stopping the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled for August 17 in Port Harcourt.
The judge on Tuesday, granted the applicants, who are mostly members of the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the party, leave to have the application heard during the court’s long vacation.
The applicants are Sheriff, Prof. Wale Oladapo (National Secretary); Dennis Alonge-Niyi (Deputy National Youth Leader); Alhaji Bashir Maidugu (Deputy National Legal Advier); Mrs. Hanatu Ulam (Deputy National Women Leader); Alhaji Lawal Dutsima Anchi (Deputy National Auditor); Chief Okey Nnadozie (Deputy National Organising Secretary) and Chief Olisa Metuh (National Publicity Secretary).
The respondents are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the PDP.
The applicants said the interlocutory injunction is intended to preserve the res pending the determination of a substantive suit they filed on July 4 in which they argued among others, that by virtue of the PDP Constitution, their tenure expires in 2018.
The nine plaintiffs said they filed the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/464/2016 for themselves and on behalf of the Executive Committee/National Working Committee of the PDP.
The Sheriff faction of the party filed the interlocutory application on July 20 shortly after the Ahmed Makarfi faction announced August 17 for the party’s national convention.
They specifically want the court to stop the party from going ahead with the planned national convention pending the determination of their substantive suit.
Justice Abang had, while granting the applicants’ motion ex-parte for leave to have the application heard during vacation, said he ordinarily would not have granted it, but for the urgency involved.
“It is deserving to be heard during the vacation by the judge nominated by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. But whether it will succeed is another issue entirely,” the judge said
He scheduled hearing of the application for today and directed that the issuance of hearing notices on both respondents – the PDP and INEC.

Punish those liable, says Gowon

Former Military Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon yesterday called for stiff penalty for anyone found guilty of the padding.
He said punishing those found wanting after investigation would deter others.
Speaking with reporters last night at the Health Caravan and Award ceremony at Ile Ife in Osun State, he wondered why issue had become the order of the day.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi was conferred with the Royal Ambassador for Hepatitis Advocacy in Nigeria by the Seham Health Care Foundation at the event.
Gowon said: “If that is true. If anybody is doing that (budget padding), the person should be checked and stopped to ensure that such does not occur in the future. We didn’t it do it during my time. We had Chief Obafemi Awolowo in-charge of our finance during my time and he taught us to survive without borrowing. Such (budget padding) should stop, there is no point doing that.”
The former Head of State also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to firm up the ailing economy to alleviate the suffering.
Advising Nigerians to cooperate with the Buhari administration, he said the Buhari administration was doing everything possible to resolve the nation’s economic challenges.
He said: “Let the current authority find a way out of the current economic crisis. Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has been telling us what they have been doing to get the economy strong again. She said all will be well by September. Let’s wait till then.
“I left government a long time ago, so I may not really know what the problem is. The current administration should do whatever they can to solve to economic challenges. They should find a way to restore confidence in the citizens and the nation at large by fixing the economy.”


The final burial rites for the late former Nigeria coach, Stephen Keshi will begin today in Benin City, even as the Federal Government said it will stage a hero’s funeral for him after the Rio Olympics later next month.
“We don’t want a haphazard burial for such a great patriot, that is why the minister of sports, Solomon Dalung, has said the FG will play its own part after the Olympics”, declared the Special Adviser, Media, to the Sports Minister, Nneka Ikem Anibeze.
“We will unveil details after the games.”
The Keshi family is however, going ahead with the burial plans beginning with a Church Service today at the St. Paul Catholic Church, Benin City by 9am.
The body of the ‘Big Boss’ as Keshi was fondly called will then be moved to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, where a novelty match will be held in his honour, followed by his body Lying In-State for his numerous admirers to pay their last respect.
The match is being organised by his former team-mates led by Austin Eguavoen, who has also captained and coached the national senior team.
From Benin, the body moves to Asaba, the Delta State capital, where his body will again lie in state at the Stadium named after him by former Delta State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Nnebisi Road.
From Asaba, the body will leave for Illah, his homestead.
Meanwhile, Togo FA president, Guy Akpovi will lead a strong delegation for the burial rites of the former Hawks of Togo coach.
Keshi made history when he coached lowly-rated Togo to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday confirmed that the final rites would now be confined to Edo and Delta States.

Jibrin calls Dogara ‘shameless fraud’, says he’ll never apologize

Abdulmumin Jibrin, former house representatives chairman on appropriations, has told Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the federal house of representatives, that he “will not and will never apologize to a shameless fraud in high office who has glaringly abused public trust”.
In a statement he released by himself on Wednesday, Jibrin said he had approached the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on a date to submit his petition against Yakubu Dogara, the speaker.

I will not and will never apologize to a shameless fraud in high office who has glaringly abused public trust like speaker Dogara&3 others
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He stated that he would not withdraw his allegations against Dogara, and three others members of the house leadership.
“Speaker Dogara has threatened legal action on me. Quite predictable. I know he will rush to court in order to invoke the house rules that matter in court can not be heard on the floor,” Jibrin said.
“He failed to realise that the law is not intended to protect corrupt people. It is such a shame. I have responded to their allegations rather than respond to mine, he is rushing to court. I stand by my allegations, I will not withdraw them.
“I am happy to announce that my lawyers have officially approached the EFCC and the ICPC towards working out a date for me to personally submit my petition against speaker Yakubu Dogara, deputy speaker, Yusuf Lasun, whip Alhassan Doguwa and minority leader Leo Ogor.
“I believe once a date is agreed with the anti-corruption agencies we would have begun the process of making these characters pay for abusing their office,” he said.
Dogara on Wednesday gave Jibrin a seven-day ultimatum to withdraw his allegations and apologise or face legal action.

Asari Dokubo’s wife dies in road crash

Zainab Asari Dokubo, wife of Mujahid Asari Dokubo, founder of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), is dead.
She was reportedly involved in a motor accident while on her way to Ibadan, Oyo state capital, for a religious programme.
Details of her death are still sketchy, but Rex Anighoro, spokesman of the NDPVF leader, confirmed the tragic incident.
“I have been at the mortuary all day. I saw so many dead bodies; some very young, some old,” he told TheCable.
“Life so wonderful, yet like vapor, like illusion. It is due dew! My heart skips. I am speechless. I am tired, I can’t even eat.”
In a statement issued by the Oyo state Muslim community, Ishaq Sanni, head of the association, described the deceased as a devout Muslim.
Sanni said she died alongside one of her friends.
“She was a member of many Islamic organisations in Ibadan including Oluyole Muslim community under the Imamship of Imam Mudashir Bada,” he said.
“It is interesting she was coming to her preferred town Ibadan when she met her destiny.
“She was survived by four children Amirah, Hassan, Hussain and Osama.
“May Allah accept her multifarious and multidimensional jihad as acts Ibadah and admit her to jannat Firdaous.”

Budget padding scandal: House group wants Dogara, Jibrin, others probed

A group in the House of Representatives, the “Transparency Group”, on Wednesday demanded the investigation of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, and others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged padding of the 2016 budget.
The lawmakers made this known in Abuja while briefing journalists.
They insisted that Mr. Dogara and other principal officers mentioned in the budget padding scam, and Abdulmumin Jibrin, former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations, be investigated by relevant “external” government agencies.
Mr. Jibrin had alleged that the 2016 budget was padded by Mr. Dogara and other members.
Speaking on behalf of the Transparency Group, Musa Soba (APC-Kaduna), claimed that about 113 signatures had been collected from lawmakers from the six geopolitical zones and across party lines before Sallah break.
According to him, this is to compel the speaker to explain noticed discrepancies in the budget.
“We call for an external investigation into the matter, to enable us know if our principal officers are guilty or not.
“For this group, we say the budget was padded and as such, the budget being a document that belongs to all Nigerians, it is no longer an internal affair,” Mr. Sabo said.
He called on the speaker to desist from making Mr. Jibrin’s allegations look like a problem of the house.
He maintained that henceforth, the speaker, the deputy speaker, the majority whip and the minority leader should confront the allegations made against them as individuals.
“We urge the leadership of the House of Representatives to stop presenting the 2016 budget padding allegations as the problem of the entire house.
“Let those at the centre of the controversy answer to all the allegations made against them individually and collectively in line with legal practice and our criminal justice system,” Mr. Soba added.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Naira in stability contest against dollar

The Naira on Wednesday struggled to maintain stability against the dollar at the parallel market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.
The Nigerian currency opened at N377 and closed at N378 against the dollar by Wednesday afternoon, a rate it had maintained for two days running.
The naira weakened further against the Pound Sterling but retained its rate with the Euro as it exchanged for N492 and N413, from N490 and N413 it posted on Tuesday.
At the Bureau De Change (BDC) segment of the market, the naira closed at N375, N490 and N405 against the dollar, Pound Sterling and the Euro, respectively.
The naira also depreciated further at the official interbank rate as it exchanged at N330.12 to the dollar.
Currency traders said the market was still suffering from liquidity challenges, adding that an intervention from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) could ease the challenge.