The Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Tuesday alleged that the All Progressives Congress, APC, was behind the postponement of Saturday’s elections.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Tuesday alleged that the All Progressives Congress, APC, was behind the postponement of Saturday’s elections.
OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it is going to immortalise late Adamu Ciroma, Alex Ekwueme, Solomon Lar and other deceased founding fathers of the party.
Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has expressed fears that no Nigerian is safe under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former minister and a fierce critic of Buhari’s government stated this in reaction to the travails of Senator Dino Melaye.
The move to recall Melaye had failed on April 28 after the people of his constituency refused to participate in the confirmation of signatories exercise organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the recall of the senator.
However, Senator Melaye is yet to extricate himself from the barrage of police problems hanging on his neck.
He was on Wednesday arraigned before an Abuja Magistrate Court on a strecher from hospital, was granted bail of N90 million but got rearrested by police right at the court same day.
On Thursday, police again arraigned him before a Kogi State Magistrate Court, where he was denied bail and was asked to remain in police custody for the 39 days.
READ ALSO : Police bundles Melaye on stretcher to Kogi court
In his reaction, Fani-Kayode, who recently mocked the embattled senator for all he has suffered under Buhari whom he supported against former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, argued that the only offence Melaye committed was his criticism of Buhari’s leadership.
He wrote, “This is nothing but cruelty and wickedness.
@MBuhari, have you not humiliated and disgraced
@dino_melaye enough? And all because he had the guts to oppose you? Call your thugs to order and do not allow them to kill this man! If you can do this to a senator then no-one is safe!”
…Says FG can’t solve nation’s energy sector challenges alone
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday said the quest by the country to achieve energy security can no longer be left for the Federal Government to address alone, just as he revealed plans by the State to attain 24-hour power supply through generation of 3000megawatts of electricity by 2022.
Speaking at Lagos House in Ikeja after receiving the report of the Embedded Power Technical Committee constituted by the State Government with representatives from the public and private sector, Governor Ambode said while the Federal Government continues in its efforts to resolve the power crisis, the sustainable solution going forward would be the pulling together of commitment and resources of all stakeholders in the power value chain.
While explaining the rationale behind the embedded power initiative of the State Government, Governor Ambode said the major bane of the power situation in the country has always been with transmission, adding that the initiative was designed to permanently resolve power crisis in the State and by extension in the country.
He said: “The reason why we embarked on this initiative is that we believe strongly that if the power problem is solved in Lagos, it is technically solved in the whole of the country and so because Lagos has more or less tested a solution that works, we can scale this up and also address it on a national scale.
“The problem of power in Nigeria is the problem of transmission and that is the truth. Yes, we have generating companies and we have distributing companies and they say power is in the hands of the private sector but we know technically that that is not totally true.
“We also know that transmission is hundred per cent owned by government but we have tested here in Lagos and we have been able to provide 48 kilowatts of power without transmitting it which means that we generate and then distribute.
“So, if that works for 48 kilowatts, can we put Lagos into clusters and actually use embedded power initiative to drive the business of Lagos? That is what this initiative is all about and I want to thank all the stakeholders for submitting their business template into what government sees as the right step to take so that we can join hands together to say in the next two to five years, we can actually power Lagos and then grow our GDP.”
Governor Ambode said the target of the State Government is to generate up to 3,000MW of power through accelerated deployment of various embedded power plants in strategic locations in the State within three to five years.
Out of the 3000MW, the Governor said 350MW would be delivered by Q1 2018, additional 850MW by Q4 2018, and the balance of 1,800MW not later Q3 2022, while the State Government will support the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) to be signed between the Distribution Companies and the embedded power providers, to enhance bankability of the projects.
He said the embedded power will be distributed off-grid within Lagos State through the network of Eko and Ikeja Distribution Companies, while the State Government will support the Distribution Companies in upgrading their distribution infrastructure and installation of smart prepaid meters in the areas where embedded power is deployed.
Other areas of collaboration, according to the Governor, would include support for collection, appropriate legislation and enforcement of power theft laws.
Besides, Governor Ambode said his administration will collaborate with operators of oil blocks in the Lagos area to accelerate the extraction of gas feedstocks for power generation, adding that alternative sources of fuel would be explored to sustain uninterrupted power supply in the medium to long term, including partnerships on investments in gas pipeline infrastructure through the State’s owned oil and gas Corporation – Ibile Oil and Gas.
While recalling the success of the Light Up Lagos Project with installation of over 47,000 poles of street lights, and connection of about 67 communities in the Ibeju Lekki axis to national grid after about six years off grid under the rural electrification project, Governor Ambode said another 32 communities in Badagry which have not had access to electricity for over sixteen years would be connected to the grid within the next 21 days.
Responding on behalf of Distribution Companies (DISCOS), Chairman of Eko Distribution Company, Mr. Charles Momoh commended Governor Ambode for the embedded power initiative, saying it was the best thing that has happened to Lagos State in recent times.
He also expressed the confidence of DISCOS in the ability of the Governor to see to the success of the initiative.
Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo, said he was confident that the implementation of the report holistically would address electricity problem in the state.
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has led a four-man legislative team to visit President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on vacation in London.
Others on the team include, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Lasun Yusuf and Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan.
The team left for London on Wednesday morning to meet with President Buhari who has extended his vacation indefinitely to attend to his health.
A source at the National Assembly confirmed this to Channels Television.
The president had on February 5, 2017 written to the National Assembly informing the lawmakers of his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of a series of tests recommended by his doctors.
Buhari has also maintained that he would only return to Nigeria when his London doctors certify him well enough to do so.
It would be recalled that the President had on January 18 written the National Assembly, notifying the legislature that he was proceeding on a 10-day leave and temporarily transferring presidential power to Vice-president Yemi Osinbajo.
The leave was supposed to last 10 work days, between January 23 and February 6, according to the letter transmitted to both chambers of the National Assembly.
The president, whose real medical condition remained unknown, was expected to arrive the country on February 5 for resumption of work on February 6.
But the extension of his vacation means vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, will continue to exercise presidential powers until he returns to the country.
John Alechenu, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress said it welcomed the judgement of the Appeal Court that replaced Jimoh Ibrahim as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the forthcoming Ondo election.
It said it has always been prepared to oust the PDP from the state no matter who the party’s candidate is, as such, Jegede’s appearance on the scene will not make a difference.
Deputy National Secretary of the APC, Mr. Ogi Ngofa said this while speaking to newsmen at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday…
Former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Mohammed Sambo Dasuki (retd) is set to storm the Supreme Court to press for his freedom denied him by the federal government after three different High Courts in Abuja had admitted him to bail in the criminal charges filed against him by the government. Former National Security Adviser, NSA, to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Col. Sambo Dasuki The ex-NSA had on Wednesday at the Court of Appeal in Abuja lost his bid to enforce his freedom after he had secured bails on all the charges against him. Dasuki’s lawyer, Mr. Ahmed Raji (SAN) confirmed that appeal papers have been put together to be filed at the apex Court to challenge the judgment of the Court of Appeal and the High Courts that gave judgment to government on the re-arrest after bail. Raji said that there are sufficient grounds for his client to approach the Supreme Court to seek the enforcement of his freedom from detention ordered by the federal government after he had been granted bail by three Judges who are prosecuting him on the charges. Dasuki said that he was not afraid of trial in the charges against him as a former National Security Adviser but added that the proper thing must be done by government by respecting the bail granted him lawfully but courts. He claimed that since government had approached court in his matter, the same government must be fully ready to abide by court decisions in the interest of justice and the rule of law. The ex-NSA had been admitted to bail by three different High Courts in Abuja but he was re-arrested on December 29, 2015 by operatives of the Department of the State Services (DSS) on the alleged order of the federal government and had since been held incommunicado. However, the government in its defence in a motion on notice filed in court claimed that Dasuki being a Crown Prince of Sokoto Caliphate had large sympathizers across the length and breadth of the country who may jeopardize his trial if allowed on bail. Dasuki had asked the high courts and the Court of Appeal to stop the federal government from further prosecuting him in the criminal charges until the bail granted him is obeyed and also pleaded that the courts should no longer grant indulgence to the federal government having been in contempt of the courts by the refusal to allow him freedom after the bail. In a unanimous judgment of the full panel of the court delivered by Justice Abdul Aboki, the Appeal Court upheld the submission of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which put Dasuki on trial, that it was not in contempt of any court order because the re-arrest of the appellant (Dasuki) in December last year was not at its (EFCC) instance. Justice Aboki said that from the submissions of the appellant counsel, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN) and the EFCC counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), the bail condition granted Dasuki was perfected on December 29, last year and that a warrant of release to that effect was served on the Comptroller of Prisons in Kuje, upon which he was released. On his re-arrest by the operatives of the Department of the State Security Service (DSS), the Appeal Court agreed with the Abuja High Court that the re-arrest cannot be turned to a disobedience to its order on bail because the court bail was not targeted at the DSS when it was granted. The appellate court also said that the EFCC which put Dasuki on trial on criminal charges at the FCT High Court cannot be held responsible for the action of DSS on the ground that the two agencies are different entities established by different Acts and vested with different powers. Besides, the Appeal Court said there was no existing order against the re-arrest of Dasuki and that since there is no existing order, there cannot be a disobedience to a non-existing court order. The court held that the appellant ought to have established the terms of court order on the bail clearly to indicate in clear terms, the agency that can be held for contempt if the order is violated. In the appeal, the court said that form 48, which deals with contempt of court, was not served on either EFCC or DSS and as such, the two agencies cannot be held liable for the offense of contempt. Justice Aboki therefore held that there was no violation of any court order either by DSS or EFCC in respect of the bail granted Dasuki on December 18, 2015 and his subsequent re-arrest on December 29, 2015 by DSS operatives, shortly after he perfected his bail condition and secured freedom. However, the Appeal Court warned that court order must be obeyed and the issue of bail was a right to any person charged to court, adding that any act of disobedience to court order by government is injurious to smooth running of the society and it is an invitation to anarchy. Dasuki had approached the Court of Appeal praying it to set aside the ruling of an Abuja High Court which exonerated EFCC from his re-arrest shortly after he perfected his bail conditions. He asked the appellate court to void the ruling of the High Court and set it aside on the ground that DSS and EFCC are both agents of the Federal Government which is the complainant in the charges against him at the high court.
LOKOJA – Kogi State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Awwal Imam has berated some APC stakeholders from the state calling for the probe of the state governor, Yahaya Bello, over alleged anti-party activities at the party’s national secretariat . Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi State Imam who attributed the action of the selected APC leaders from the state to the governor’s refusal to ‘ascend’ to their godfatherism ego, and ‘pampered’ their high level of greed said the governor’s refusal to ‘submit’ the state to their control as had been done by past governors, bruised their ego, thus, the reason for their selfish attack against him. Dino Melaye Imam who stated this in Lokoja yesterday, said all those selected to head the probe panel were those confronting the state governor, especially the leader of the committee, Senator Dino Melaye, who has been attacking the governor for not allowing him to produce the Secretary to the State Government, Commissioners from the western district as well as members of the Local Government administrators. According to him, “Melaye’s grudges started when he (Melaiye) asked the governor to allow him produce all local government caretakers from the district, which the governor refused. This action of the APC stakeholders in Abuja is never a surprise to us because their interest is how they will corner all the political appointments to themselves without considering the interest of other members of the party. “It is laughable when someone who has been given the opportunity to produce the SSG of the state is still demanding for other positions as if he is the only member in the party. “The same stakeholders have earlier claimed that they don’t recognised the Yahaya Bello’s led administration. We wondered why such people are busy in Abuja crying fowl over the lauded appointments made so far by the governor. “In all fairness, the governor, without minding their actions, has approached them on several occasions for dialogue but their selfish interests could not allow them. Instead, they were out to pull the state down”. However, the leader of the probe panel, Senator Dino Melaye has said that he is not in conflict with the governor but would prefer the governor to retrace his step and follow the right path. Melaye who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media, Gideon Ayodele, said the activities of the governor runs contrary to the ethos of a true party man; the reason why the party is calling him to order. He said the governor through his disposition has shown that he lacks basic understanding of the state politics and needed to be guided on the right path before he plunges the party into disrepute. “Senator Melaye has no personal grudges with the governor. If he (Bello) turns back and follows the right path, he will enjoy the highest esteem of the senator. The governor is treading on the wrong path, and there is the need to bring him back to reality”.
The General Overseer of Pentecostal Canaanland Mission Inc, Ajao Estate, Lagos, Pastor Nick Medo-Uwa, does not mince words on national issues, he is a preacher of righteousness who has been calling for selfless service among the leaders. Medo-Uwa, in this interview with INNOCENT OKONKWO, speaks on the state of the nation; this year’s ‘Laughter Programme’ of the church and other issues.
Hon. Solomon Ahwinahwi , is representing Ughelli North/Ughelli South/Udu Federal Constituency of Delta State in the National Assembly, in this interview with Correspondent, MUSA BABA AHMED in Abuja, the PDP lawmaker speaks on the agenda of Eighth Assembly and other issues.