Sen Sani says “It is Condensed Lies and Falsehood” as Electoral Panel Chair alleges being offered bribe by him

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The Chairman of the APC Electoral Panel that superintended over the party’s just concluded primaries in Kaduna State, Mr. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen has accused Senator Shehu Sani of offering the committee N10 million bribe to get an affirmation for his controversial automatic ticket.

But in a swift reaction, Senator Sani dismissed the allegation as “condensed lie and falsehood,” saying that he had no need to offer any body any bribe.

Speaking with journalists, Mr. Iduoriyekemwen alleged that Senator Sani tried to offer the bribe through a member of the committee in order to influence the outcome of the recently held primaries.

He said: “The only person in Kaduna State who offered me money was Senator Shehu Sani, through one of my committee members who was told to inform me that N10m gift was set aside for the committee chairman. I said we didn’t need the money. I asked them what the money was for. Even after the primaries, before the announcement of results, Senator Shehu and his men put pressure on us to come and take the money. He called me several times, but we made it clear to him that we don’t need cash inducement at all.

“He (Senator Sani) tried to convince me that he was the sole candidate and that was why I must accept the money. I told him point blank that I was in Kaduna on assignment for the National Working Committee, with a brief to do free and fair primary elections for duly-cleared candidates.”
Mr. Iduoriyekemwen, who was also a former Majority Leader of Edo State House of Assembly and one-time board member of the Niger-Delta Development Commission(NDDC) also expressed readiness to forward the telephone number of his committee member, through whom the pledge of N10m offer was announced to the leadership of the panel.

The Electoral Panel Chairman also expressed satisfaction with the manner in which the election was conducted, describing it as “peaceful, orderly and rancour-free.”

But reacting to the allegation, Senator Sani said he had no reason to offer anybody any bribe.

A statement signed by Senator Sani’s political adviser, Suleiman Ahmed said the allegation was the handiwork of some unnamed officials of the Kaduna state Government who were bent on tarnishing the name of the senator.

“The attention of the distinguished Senator Shehu Sani has been drawn to a fresh regime of lies disseminated and peddled by the APC Kaduna Central primary panel chair as supported by elements of the Kaduna State Government that distinguished Senator Shehu Sani had, through a proxy, offered to “Bribe” the chair of the electoral panel with the sum of N10m which he “rejected.” That is nothing but a condensed lies and outright falsehood.

“The distinguished Senator never delegated anyone to act on his behalf as far as the mischievous allegations are concerned.

“The distinguished senator had made it publicly known before the illegal primaries that he would not partake in an exercise that clearly violated the rules of the party and a court order obtained by the Governor’s candidate Uba Sani.

“The APC primary election committee was hosted and monopolized by the state governor’s aide in a hotel. It’s inconceivable that the senator will contemplate engaging in such an unwholesome and immoral act.
“The position of the distinguished senator remains that the so called primaries were illegal and nothing but a futile premeditated exercise aimed at producing Uba Sani as the party’s candidate.

“The said ‘bribe’ is an afterthought and nothing but a work of fiction by a panel that did the bidding of Uba Sani and his cohorts. Distinguished Senator Shehu Sani remains the only candidate cleared to contest the Kaduna central APC,” he said.

What does the Nigerian govt have against persons with disability?

By Abdulmumin Giwa

Persons with disabilities have issued a one week ultimatum for the federal government to sign the bill prohibiting discrimination against them urgently, requesting the law makers to immediately transmit it to the presidency for assent.

This was stated by the executive director of Gender and Disability Advocacy Inclusion Center (GADIAC), Rabi Yusuf Gezawa that led other groups of people with disability to the NUJ Kano Secretariat where they were received by the Chairman, Abbas Ibrahim.

“Failure to do the needful from now till the end of next week will result to the massive mobilization of our members across the country for sit-out campaigns at various locations in the major cities of the country” she declared.

She explained that the population of people with disability in Nigeria is approximately 25 million and Nigeria is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) but yet there is no legal policy to involve them in the Development Agenda.

“In fact, it has been an 8-year long nightmare as the Nigeria Disability Bill has not seen the light of the day from the 5th to the 6th to the 7th and now the 8th Assembly, each time been refused assent by the President. It begs the question “what does the Nigerian government have against persons with disability?”” she stated

Gezawa further said that persons with disabilities in Nigeria face countless discrimination daily on account of their disabilities, particularly challenges in mobility, access to healthcare and education, physical and emotional abuse and neglect. They are in dire need of a law with an appropriate institutional framework to protect them.

Elrufai lied, I did not ask him to recall Shehu Sani -President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has denied claims that he asked the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, to punish Senator Shehu Sani by initiating his recall from the Senate.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement issued to journalists on Sunday.

El-Rufai had, in a leaked memo, warned President Buhari that there will be serious consequences if the senator representing Kaduna Central should win a return ticket to the Senate in 2019.

The governor claims in the memo that at a point the President had directed him to recall Shehu Sani because of his many atrocities.

But Garba Shehu in the statement said neither did the President receive the leaked memo, nor did he asked el-Rufai to deal with the senator.

He said Buhari would never usurp the role of party leaders by directing that a party member should be punished.
The statement read, “The Presidency wishes to distance President Muhammadu Buhari from a letter currently in circulation, which alleges that the President had authorized a governor or anyone else for that matter to ‘deal with traitors and disloyal members of APC, especially Senator Shehu Sani.’

“We wish to confirm that the President is not aware of any such letter, let alone authorizing anyone to deal with any party member.

“Given President Buhari’s record, it is inconceivable that he would usurp the role of party leaders and instruct anyone to punish a party member.

Atiku Seeks Support As Other Contenders Congratulated Him

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has accepted his nomination as presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and told party member that it was time to find solutions to challenges facing the nation.
The 72-year-old Fulani-born business tycoon and politician, said PDP had been able to articulate the problems facing Nigeria and it was time to come back to power in order to address the problems.
Abubakar, who scored 1,532 votes to defeat 11 other PDP heavy weights, said that his victory was a landmark in the history of the party.
The party, he said, had never conducted a much better primary since the enthronement of democracy in 1999.
Abubakar, who was Vice President to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 – 2007, said: “WE have witnessed the most critical and transparent primary in the history of the party.’’
He said it was time for members of the party to come together to support his ticket as he could not do it alone.
The PDP candidate said that he was prepared to consult with all players in the party to ensure the success in the 2019 elections.
He appealed to co-contestants to support him in the fight to win back power from APC.
The Chairman of PDP, Chief Uche Secondus, has said that in the just concluded Presidential Primary of the PDP, there was no victor and no vanquished.
Giving a speech after the declaration of Atiku Abubakar as the winner of the polls, Secondus said that all the aspirants in the election won the election.
Secondus insisted that the process being free and fair, had all the aspirants contesting as brothers, adding that although a winner has been declared, the credibility of the process was a victory for PDP and all the aspirants.
He called on the aspirants to keep true to their congratulatory message to Atiku Abubakar, urging them to work together as one bloc to ensure that the PDP clinches power in 2019 and save Nigeria.
Secondus also used the opportunity to call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to “learn from the Presidential Primary of the PDP and know that election can be free and fair”
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BREAKING: Atiku Win’s PDP Presidential Primaries

By Abdulmumin Giwa

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has emerged winner of the People’s Democratic Party PDP presidential primaries that is holding in Porthacourt with 1,653 votes out of the 3,274 accredited delegates.

He is followed by the Governor of Sokoto state Aminu Tambuwal who got 693 votes followed by the Senate President Bukola Saraki with 317 votes.

The highly expected Sen Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso had 158 votes only.

Some of the PDP presidential primaries result are as follows:

Atiku Abubakar 1,653 Votes.

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal 693 Votes

Bukola Saraki 317 Votes

Kwankwaso 158 Votes

Dan Kwanbo 111 Votes

Sule Lamido 96 Votes

Ahmad Makarfi 74 Votes

Kabir Tanimu Turaki 65 Votes

David Mark 35 Votes

Jonah Jang 19

Void Votes 68

The counting has finished and other processes will commence soon.

Six month in jail or N50K fine for spreading Naira notes at events

Mobile courts are now to summarily try those bastardising the national currency, the naira, the Bankers Committee said on Thursday.

This is reported by the News Agency of Nigeria NAN recently.

The report said that the committee said those who “spray” naira notes at parties risk going to jail for six months or earning a fine of N50,000 after trial by mobile courts that would be deployed nationwide.
Cantral Bank of Nigeria (CBN) spokesman Isaac Okorafor said the police and the Ministry of Justice would be involved in the operation, adding:

“If a celebrant is dancing and you spray him/her, you may go to jail from the party venue because the law enforcement agents will be there, waiting to arrest you.

“It is the duty of law enforcement agencies to catch offenders and take them to court. Our collaboration with the police will intensify as we move to implement the mobile court for offenders.”

Admonishing Nigerians on how to use cash as gift, Okorafor said: “If you want to give, put the money in an envelop, and give it the celebrant. Let’s know that anybody hawking and writing on the naira will face six months in jail or N50,000 or both.”

Managing Director of First Securities Discount House (FSDH) Merchant Bank Mrs. Handa Ambah said people selling naira notes would be punished.

She said: “We need to let them know that this is money. The fact that you cannot spray money at parties does not mean that you cannot put money in an envelope and pass it to the celebrants.”

APC Insists On Shehu Sani Despite Elrufai’s Blackmail

By Abdulmumin Giwa

The national body of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, insists that it had cleared Sen. Shehu Sani as the party’s only candidate to contest for the Kaduna Central Senate seat in the coming 2019 elections.

This is seen the reward for his loyalty and undaunted commitment to the party as well as being the most qualified candidate to pull voters to the party come 2019 general elections.

Although Kaduna governor Nasir Elrufai had already anointed his own candidate, Malam Uba Sani, his current Political Adviser, the national APC still insists on Sen Shehu Sani.

All efforts by governor Nasir Elrufai to convince the party and the presidency of Sen Sani’s disloyalty and denigrations to the president were totally disregarded even after compiling a compendium and submitting.

Elrufai’s odd opposition to Sen Shehu Sani has become too pronounced since the issue of a Senate committee in-charge of loan procurements rejected a loan proposed by the Kaduna state governor. He publicly accuses Sen Shehu Sani of refusing to provide funds for the state as the reason for his non performance.

In the compendium of denigrations written against Sen. Shehu Sani by Elrufai, he accused him of litany against President Buhari, APC and his person as Kaduna state governor.

Recently there were documents doing the rounds that the APC had cleared Uba Sani which the party outrightly dismissed as fake.

The national publicity secretary of the ruling APC, Yekini Nabena, has called on people to disregard “fake documents making the rounds” that the party had cleared Uba Sani.

Speaking to newsmen on Friday, Mr Nabena said the party only cleared Shehu Sani for the Kaduna Central ticket.

“Uba Sani stands disqualified. Any document regarding his clearance is fake. The only candidate APC cleared for Kaduna Zone 2 is Shehu Sani,” he said.