Some Residents of Kuje Area council have expressed the fear of being disenfranchise in this year’s general election.
They made their position known while interacting with journalist at the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission , INEC, in Kuje Area council of the Federal Capital Territory.
According to them, haven registered during the continuous voters registration centre since 2017, their continued visit to the commission’s office for the collection of their permanent voter card have not yielded positive result.
Those who succeeded in collecting their PVCs in the ongoing distribution exercise complained of slow pace of the process, a situation they say could discourage some prospective voters who may not have the patience of waiting in the long queue
By Saminu Sani
President Muhammadu Buhari says that contrary to fears in some quarters, his administration is committed to a review of the National minimum wage.
The President who said this before inaugurating the technical advisory committee on the implementation of an increase in the national minimum wage on Wednesday at the Aso Rock Villa, noted that the last time workers salary was reviewed was in 2011.
To this end, the federal government has made adequate provision in the 2018 budget appropriation to the national assembly for a new minimum wage.
While noting that the trapatite committee set up in November 2017 to consider a national minimum wage and make recommendation to government was done in good faith, noted that there will be a salary review for those who are already earning above the new minimum wage.
The 24-man committee has Bismarck Rewane as chairman while Ben Akabueze will serve as secretary.
By Saminu Sani
Nigerians have joined the rest of the world in ushering in the year 2019.
In Nigeria, many Christians took to their various churches where night vigils held to herald the new year.
While some Nigerians took to the churches, there were others at city centres and parks where official countdown concerts took place.
The One Lagos Fiesta was one of the events put together to usher in the new year, with various artists and performers thrilling revelers who thronged to the venue of the fiesta put together by the Lagos state government.
And when the clock struck 12am signaling the berth of a new day, Nigerians across the country especially in Lagos, took to the streets in jubilation. At certain centres around Nigeria’s economic hub, major firework displays lit up the skies as each-one bad the other “Happy New Year”.
By Saminu Sani
The Director of Media of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, FESTUS KEYAMO, has criticised the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for asking AMINA ZAKARI to recuse herself from her appointment as the chairperson of the Collation Centre Committee for the general elections.
Reacting to the controversy trailing the appointment of the national commissioner by the Independent National Electoral Commission, KEYAMO condemned the allegations of partiality by the opposition party.
He insisted that the ruling party was in support of credible elections and the Federal Government would ensure a free and fair process as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The APC presidential campaign spokesman said the PDP had no right to dictate to the nation how to run elections and democracy.
By Saminu Sani
Former President Goodluck Jonathan says there is hope and future for Nigeria, a statement by his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, was quoted as saying.
Jonathan stated this on Tuesday in his New Year address to Nigerians ahead next month’s general elections.
“All I just want to say is that there is hope and a future for Nigeria. We do not just have a New Year, we have a New Opportunity,” he said.
According to the former President, 2019 offers the citizens a new opportunity to aspire for the realization of the dream of a prosperous nation.
He also called on the citizens to “be better citizens who join hands with our fellow Nigerians, irrespective of region and religion, to bring Nigeria ever closer to the dreams of our Founding Fathers.”
While admitting that the nation is faced with numerous challenges, he is however optimistic that Nigeria would surmount them by God’s grace and our collective fidelity to the “Nigerian Dream.”
He wished Nigerians a Happy New Year on behalf of his family.
BURATAI INVITES EDITORS to MAIDUGURI…each gets N500k for Xmas
Last week Army spokesman, Lt. Col SK Usman, at the behest of Army chief Buratai, invited 40 journalists, few bloggers mostly those covering the NE and editors, to Maiduguri. All expenses paid. It was a meeting that had two phases. He met with Heads of NGOs and officials of UN agencies in the NE. The theme for the media? To implore the media to take it easy and not pursue “negative”. Stories about how the military high command are stashing funds meant for soldiers, allowing them to die like hens when in combat with Boko. The dinner was open, questions were taken, there was photo shoot, then d media went into a private room. I must point out that two or three editors who were “not trusted” were left out of the Naira rain.
One of those they accuse was Babajide Otitoju of TVC. Usman personally accused him of ” demoralizing” troops. (check his wall) Babajide was there at the diner. Sources, including few who attended, told me each got N500,000. Buratai said it was not bribe but for the holidays. Not sure if the NGO’s got anything. I know every editor present but won’t list them here, listed Babajide because he hinted on his wall.
Are you aware the military has spent more on media, propaganda, damage control than they use to just feed the soldiers, we not talking weapons.
By Abdulmumin Giwa
Recently in Kano members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have received an invitation from the state’ Police Commissioner to which they promptly responded.
They explained that the Movement’s contingent that went to see the CP were warned never to stage any peaceful protests again or face his wrath.
Responding to what looks more like a reckless threat, the Islamic Movement has issued a statement signed by the president of the Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa in response saying…
Members of the Coalition of Kano State Markets Associations have promised total support and loyalty to the candidacy of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 election with a solemn declaration that they will do everything possible to ensure his success in the polls.
The Association which made the pledge during an interactive session on Sunday with the Executive Secretary Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund), Dr. Abdullahi Baffa Bichi, vowed to mobilize electorates with a view to ensuring that Buhari returns to power with an overwhelming victory.
Chairman of the Coalition, Alhaji Uba Zubairu Yakasai, in his welcome remarks said that the Coalition is the umbrella body of all the market associations in the nooks and crannies of the state.
Alhaji Uba Yakasai, commended the laudable initiatives of the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari, in the area of security and new policies for the creation of conducive environment for business development and expansion.
Many of the representatives of the Market Associations who spoke reaffirmed their commitment to support the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the coming elections. They equally, appealed to the government to support the traders who suffered a loss as a result of the fire and flood incidences in the various markets.
In his remarks, Dr. Abdullahi Baffa Bichi, who is also the Director General of the One 2 Tell Ten, Buhari Support Group Movement (BSG), said the essence of the dialogue was to identify the needs of the traders with a view to forwarding it to the Federal Government for consideration. He assured the traders that the Federal Government is making elaborate arrangement to assist the victims of the inferno and other disasters.
The Director General told the traders that Buhari had a good intention for the country and its citizens and a vote for him would be a vote for the progress of the Nation. He said Kano state is the home state of Buhari, being the state giving the highest votes in all his political sojourns.
He disclosed that already a philanthropist had requested for the list of fifty petty traders from across the state whose businesses collapsed for support and life line so that they can return to their businesses.
Dr. Bichi also urged members of the Coalition to take advantage of the federal government’s business and investment opportunities initiated towards improving their business and commercial activities. He assured that President Muhammadu Buhari is very much committed to the Nigerian project, promising a lot of goodies to consolidate the gains of democracy in the country.
By Saminu Sani
The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says its decision to expel the Ishola Balogun Fulani-led executive in Kwara State has not changed.
The party said this in a statement on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu.
It noted, “We wish to restate the National Working Committee (NWC) decision to expel the erstwhile Ishola Balogun Fulani-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Executive in Kwara State.”
“This is in view of widespread misinterpretations given to a judgement of an Ilorin High Court on Wednesday.”
The ruling party explained that the decision to expel Ishola Balogun Fulani and others was within the powers of its NWC which investigated and deliberated on their alleged anti-party activities.
It explained further that direct primaries were used to elect party candidates in Kwara for the 2019 general elections, stressing that state executives had no role to play in the primaries.
“Only candidates that emerged from the direct primary exercise conducted by the NWC inaugurated committee was submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“These candidates remain the authentic flagbearers of APC,” the party added.
It, therefore, urged the people of the state and members of the party to remain unrelenting in their collective efforts ahead of the forthcoming polls.
Meanwhile, the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has inaugurated a caretaker executive committee for the party in Imo State.
The caretaker committee which is chaired by Prince M.O. Nlemigbo has Ugochukwu Nzekwe as its vice chairman and Dr Love Ineh as its secretary.
Other members include Enyinna Onuegbu, Canice Moore, Josephine Nnoha, Paul Opara, Linus Ineoha, and Nicholas Osuagwu.
The APC National Chairman asked the caretaker committee to be reconciliatory in their actions and hit the ground running in view of the elections.
He revealed that the party’s leadership would flag off the campaign of the governorship candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma, on Friday.
In his response, Nlemigbo promised to carry along all party stakeholders in the state to ensure party unity and victory in the state during the elections.
By Umar Hunkuyi
The Supreme Court has finally brought to an end the leadership crises bedeviling the Independent National Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria IPMAN on Friday 14 December 2018 when it finally affirmed the leadership of Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo as the chairman. The court also ruled that he be paid N2m damages by Obasi Lawson for the displacement he caused him throughout the court sessions he had attended on the matter since he challenged his election.
Addressing newsmen on the matter, Okoronkwo described the former leader of the association as flouting the orders of the court by refusing to accept him as the chairman of IPMAN.
He further explained that he was elected chairman of the association on 10th of May 2014 but was sued to court by Obasi who wanted the court to declare him as leader of the association without any justifiable reason and the court finally decided against him.
Earlier, the Federal Appeal Court confirmed the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja in a judgment with suit number FCT/HC/1479/2016 delivered on 28th of May 2014 declaring Okoronko as the elected leader of the association.
Lawson was the first to rush to court after being elected seeking the court to enforce his chairmanship on a three years term and the court at that time judged in his favor. The constitution was amended subsequently during the reign of Aminu Abdulqadir and the term in office was changed to five years. Lawson then came up insisting that he wants the court to allow him complete another period of two years to make his term in office five as well. He then sued the leadership to court but the judgment came against him confirming Okoronkwo who contested against him as chairman for which he appealed further at the Federal Appeal Court in Port Harcourt. He also lost the case at that level for which he went to the apex court.
A past leader of the association Sharif Abubakar Usmaniyya gave more light on the leadership style of the association saying it operates on a North, South and West regional basis, with each region producing a leader after the other. “The Northern region is split into two, North West and North East due to its size when compared to the other regions making four regions. These are the regions from which leaders of the association are elected” he said.
Chinedu Okoronkwo is the chairman of IPMAN but is being opposed by Obasi Lawson who is also from the same region and from the same town with him called Arochukwu. In the meantime, Okoronkwo’s term in office will finish by March 2019 from which the leadership will return to the north region.
Okoronkwo has expressed satisfaction with the verdict of the Supreme Court on Friday. He explained that the truth is clear and the case is simple without complications. He called on members of the association to put their heads together and set aside all differences in order for the association to foster forward. “We are all brothers because we belong to the same trade and we must unite to help one another” he said.