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NDU BARTH, Port Harcourt

 

Former Military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has explained why he is in the 2015 presidential race on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said if elected president, he would galvanize the economy and cause a general turnaround in Nigeria. He said he would also provide gainful employment for the masses of jobless Nigerians.

 

MUSA BABA AHMED, Abuja

 

*Says suspected thugs scaled the fence

The face-off between the executive arm and the legislature, especially the House of Representatives may be far from being over following the insistence of the Inspector General of Police, Abba Sulaiman that he does not recognize Hon. AminuWaziriTambuwal as the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives.

The IGP who appeared before the House Committee on Police Affairs on Wednesday stated that the argument as to whether Hon. Tambuwal is still the House Speaker or not is before the court, and as such he could not comment on it.

The intrigue began when the Police Chief referred to the Speaker as “AlhajiAminuTambuwal”, to the exasperation of lawmakers who insisted he must retract the statement and address the office of the Speaker properly.

Hear him: “in the process of safeguarding the security of the National Assembly on the 20th of November, we collaborated with the National Assembly Sergeant-at-Arm according to laid down procedures where members were being asked to identify themselves before they could be allowed into the premises”.

“And at the gate there, a tear gas exploded when ‘AlhajiAminuTambuwal’ was being asked to identify himself. We still don’t know the circumstances surrounding the explosion and we are investigating it”, Mr. Abba said.

He stressed further, saying that he acted based on credible information to deploy his men to the NASS on the said day, adding that the action was also due to what happened on the 19th when Rivers State governor RotimiAmeachi and other APC supporters besieged the Force Headquarters and promising to do worse things the following day; including going to the National Assembly.

The IGP insisted that there were reports that those who scaled the fence on that day were thugs who came with some of the lawmakers.

On whether the alleged the so-called thugs include the lawmakers who resorted to scaling the fence after being locked out by the Police, he said that actions that were taken were based on the need to forestall breakdown of law and order as witnessed recently in Bukinafaso.

“We acted on credible information about suspected thugs who wanted to invade the Assembly, and because we didn’t want what happened in Bukinafaso to repeat itself here, we had to take stringent security measures”, the IGP said.

Lawmakers were however furious on the manner in which the Police Chief addressed the person of the Speaker as a mere Alhaji whose name has no protocol and national significance whatsoever.

In his reaction, Chairman of the Committee, Hon. UsmanKumo called to IGP to order insisting that the Speaker and his office must be respected and addressed accordingly.

Seeing that the IGP was intractable, Hon. Hakeem Muniru (APC Lagos), demanded that “the IGP must retract his statement calling the Speaker, ‘AlhajiAminuTambuwal’ or I take my leave as I would deem this seating as an illegal one. Because I can’t participate in a hearing where the office of the Speaker through whose authority we are having this meeting is not even recognised by an appointee of the Executive”.

Hon. Victor Nwokolo (PDP Delta) said: “I agree with the earlier speaker on the issues at stake which has to do with the IGP retracting his disrespectful statement about the office of the Speaker”.

The Chairman of the Committee having failed to obtain compliance from the IGP told his colleagues that he would report back to the House what transpired and therefore adjourned the hearing until further notice.

 

AARON AMEH Abuja

 

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will spare no effort to ensure that every validly registered voter gets his/her Permanent Voter Card (PVC) to be able to exercise his/her franchise in the 2015 General Elections.

In a press statement made available to the media on thursday signed by Mr. KayodeIdowu, the chief press secretary to the Chairman INEC.

He said the Chairman, Professor AttahiruJega, gave the assurance on Thursday last week when he played host at the Commission’s head office to Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West and Central Africa, Dr. Mohammed IbnChambas.

…Army Chiefs insist on extension of Emergency Rule

… To discuss Reps Police face off today

After about eight hours Marathon closed door meeting with Service Chiefs, Senate yesterday failed to resolve extension of emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

Senate had twice met behind closed door in absence of Service Chiefs last week but the Senators mostly from the North disagreed on the extension of Emergency Rule.

AHMED MARI, Maiduguri

Over thirty people were killed, several others injured in Maiduguri when two female suicide bombers detonated bombs at LayinWayakawoka street behind Monday market Maiduguri.

An eye witness who does not want his name in print said there were twin bomb blasts where two female suicide bombers detonated the bomb.

AHMED MARI, Maiduguri

•Scores killed as Boko Haram captures another town in Borno

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, yesterday urged Northern Elders to match their words with action if Nigeria must end current security challenges in parts of the country.
CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor stated this while speaking at a two-day roundtable meeting with Special Advisers on Religious Affairs from the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it will no longer condone the deliberate, unwarranted and sustained vicious attacks on the person and office of the President, the institutions of democracy and the unity of the nation by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

PDP National Publicity, OlisaMetuh in a statement on Tuesday said the PDP will no longer fold its hands while the desperate desire of the APC for power unchains undisciplined impulses and actions posing a threat to the very survival of democracy and the nation.

Business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, former Education Minister, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili and 31 other Nigerians are among those listed as the Most Influential Africans by an international magazine, New African.
Ezekwesili is listed for her influence in Civil Society and Activism. She is one of the founders of Transparency International, used her voice to speak up for those who could not, as she demand #BringbackOurGirls. Slowly but surly this message went viral and the world began to listen.

MALACHY UZENDU, Deputy Editor, Abuja, with agency report

•We’ll resist your plans to rig 2015 polls —PDP

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has described as “plainly implausible and a witless afterthought” the reasons given by the Department of State Security (DSS) for invading the party’s data centre in Lagos on Saturday.
The party described the DSS also known as SSS as a shameless apologist of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
APC stated this just as PDP vows to resist APC in the alleged cloning the of Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC).

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