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Buhari mourns Pupils who died in Lagos Building Collapse

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Buhari govt wants teachers' retirement age raised to 65 - Minister

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has  mourned pupils, who unfortunately died at the school building collapse, which occurred at Itafaji, Lagos Island on Wednesday.

In a statement posted on his personal Twitter handle, Buhari said he is extremely saddened by the news of the collapsed building, and it touches him to lose lose precious lives in any kind of mishap, particularly those so young and tender.

“I’m extremely saddened by the news of the collapsed building in Itafaaji area of Lagos. It touches one to lose precious lives in any kind of mishap, particularly those so young and tender. May God grant everyone affected by this sad incident fortitude and succour.

I charge the Lagos State Government to do all that is needful, so that such tragic developments do not recur.”

 

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KANGAROO COMMISSION: We Stand By Our Position, Says APC Bayelsa State Chapter

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On the 7th of March, 2019, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bayelsa State Chapter, took a clear stand on the constitution of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, by the Governor of Bayelsa, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, on the reported violence that marked the Presidential and National Assembly Elections in the State.

According to the Chairman of the APC in Bayelsa State, Barrister Jothan Amos, the fundamental reason for the Party’s stand is simple: The constitution of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry by Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson is clearly targeted against the leadership and members of our great party. This was made clear by Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson himself, who has made no attempt to conceal his visceral prejudice in his pronouncements before, during, and after the constitution of his so-called commission. To ensure that the Commission did his complete bidding, he singlehandedly hand-picked all the members of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry who are loyal only to him.

Dickson’s outbursts have been hardly surprising. Neither is his kangaroo commission. As the leader of the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, he is a highly interested party in the polls. It is a well-known fact that he applied every machination to give his party undue advantage during the Presidential and National Assembly Elections, in undisguised attempts to circumvent the wish and mandate of the people of Bayelsa State.

The Party’s Chairman insists that the Party has been notified of a purported invitation to the former Bayelsa State Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Professor Nelson Brambaifa and other leaders of our party to appear before it. This invitation by this partisan Commission is designed and contrived to embarrass, abuse and infringe on the fundamental rights of our members to political affiliation.

Interestly, the said invitation clearly omitted the alleged complaints or allegations made against these leaders of the Party, and is therefore a clear breach of the principle of fair hearing. It is also clear that Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson is determined to employ the commission as a tool to actualise his intention of witch hunting the leaders and members of the APC in Bayelsa State.

Dickson he says, may have carried out his threat, but, as usual, his intention to harm our people will fail.

Therefore, the APC in Bayelsa State considers the invitation to our leaders provocative and the height of irresponsibility. If Governor Dickson wants to live his life by drama, we are wise enough not to follow him to the theatre. We stand by our position of March 7, 2019. That position, for the avoidance of doubt, bears repeating:

“Dickson is a major player and beneficiary of the general elections. Yet, he is inaugurating a Commission of Inquiry. This is clearly against the rules of natural justice. A man cannot be a judge in his own case. More than that, the general elections were federal elections governed by the Electoral Act. As a matter on the Exclusive Legislative list, the state government has no role to play. On these grounds, we reject Governor Dickson’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry.

“Accordingly, the APC in Bayelsa State urges its members not to heed this dubious invitation, nor have anything to do with the commission. The Electoral Act has already prescribed the relevant punishment for any offence that has to do with the elections. This strange Judicial Commission of Governor Dickson is a witch-hunt with our members as the target. Under Dickson, our members have always been victims of needless, provocative and clandestine aggression.”

We will not allow it. Bayelsa State belongs to all of us.

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OurMumuDonDo Movement sacks Charly Boy for accepting bribe from Festus Keyamo

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OurMumuDonDo Movement has asked Charles Oputa, otherwise known as, Charly Boy to step aside as convener and trustee of Omudodu Youth Foundation and Chairman of OurMumuDonDo Movement.

A letter issued by Adebayo Raphael, National Secretary of OurMumuDonDo Movement, written on Friday, noted that the decision followed an emergency meeting of the movement held on Friday.

Charly Boy was accused by Deji Adeyanju of collecting money from Festus Keyamo, Director, Strategic Communications, of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, to sabotage the work of the group.

THE FULL LETTER

22 March 2019

Mr. Charles Oputa (CharlyBoy)

Chairman

Omudodu Youths Foundation (OurMumuDonDo Movement)
Abuja

Dear Sir

RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU STEP ASIDE AS A CONVENER AND A TRUSTEE OF OMUDODU YOUTHS FOUNDATION AND CHAIRMAN OF OURMUMUDONDO MOVEMENT

The above refers:

Following an Emergency General Meeting which held today, 22 March 2019, to address the slew of scandalous materials attributed to you, and your subsequent public avowal to have engaged in amoral pecuniary dealings with the spokesperson of General Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Festus Keyamo, whom the OurMumuDonDo Movement has been publicly and completely critical of, the management of the OurMumuDonDo Movement, in a bid to save the movement from public ridicule, unfortunate collapse and also reinstate public confidence, has decided on the following:

  1. Thatyour amoral and illicit dealing with the oppressors during a period when one of our fearless comrades, Deji Adeyanju, was banished to a hellish hole in Kano State for his fearless criticisms of the oppressors, represent a flagrant violation of the Foundation’s moral, ideological and constitutional focus.
  2. That your unscrupulous hamartia has not only affected the credibility of the OurMumuDonDo Movement but also the myriads of conscientious and genuine Activists, Right Groups and Civil Society Groups in Nigeria.
  3. That we have come to the doleful conclusion that you step aside as a Trustee of the Foundation and as the Convener of the OurMumuDonDo Movement within 24hours starting from the moment you receive this letter today, 22 March 2019. Failure to comply with this recommendation shall leave us with no other option but to ask members of the public to cease any further dealing and interface with you, and we shall not hesitate to take all necessary lawful steps to ventilate our remonstrance and ensure that the credibility of this Foundation is protected.

We must mention that this decision is not borne out of any personal vendetta but rather a fervent commitment to salvage the OurMumuDonDo Movement from public ridicule and imminent collapse.
Your honorable compliance will be highly welcomed.

Yours faithfully
Adebayo Raphael
National Secretary
For: OurMumuDonDo Movement

 

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INEC Gives Certificates Of Return To Governors-Elect March 27, Clarifies Issues On Rivers, Others

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed 27th 28th and 29th March for the presentation of Certificates of Return to Governors-elect, according to its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Barrister Festus Okoye.

Speaking at a media briefing held at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, the Federal capital Territory (FCT) earlier today, Okoye said the certificates will be presented by National Commissioners (NCs) supervising the respective states and will be assisted by Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) and Legal Officers of the Commission. But the precise date for the presentation in each state, he added, will be made known by the RECs in consultation with the NCs.

However, the date for the presentation of Certificates of Return to winners of the State Houses of Assembly elections will be announced in due course.

Okoye also informed journalists that the Commission will conduct supplementary elections in 18 States on 23rd March. According to him, security agencies gave the Commission their assurances of adequate security and professional conduct at a meeting between the two parties held on 19th March in Abuja.

He said all observers and media organization already accredited to cover the 2019 general elections are free to observe the elections, and will be given unimpeded access to polling units, collation and material distribution centres.

He said: “The INEC situation room will be activated on Saturday 23rd March. Nigerians can reach the Commission via its social media platforms. The Commission encourages all registered voters in the areas where elections will be conducted to come out and cast their ballots. We also appeal to all stakeholders for continuous support.”

On the pending court cases in Bauchi and Adamawa States, Okoye said: “The Commission has conducted governorship elections in 29 states and returns have been made in 22 states. While the election was suspended in Rivers, it was declared inconclusive in 6 states, namely Bauchi, Adamawa (North East); Benue and Plateau (North Central) and Sokoto and Kano (North West).

“The supplementary governorship election earlier scheduled to hold in Bauchi state is now a subject of litigation which was initiated by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Mohammed A. Abubakar. An interlocutory injunction to suspend the process has been served on the Commission by the Federal High Court, Abuja. While the Commission has complied in accordance with its policy to obey all court orders in deference to the rule of law, it has also taken urgent steps to vacate the order and dismiss the action.

“Following the inconclusive governorship elections in the 6 states, the Commission fixed supplementary elections for the 23rd of March 2019.

“It should however be noted that the litigation and consequential order only affect the collation of results for the governorship election in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area. Consequently, the supplementary elections will proceed as scheduled on Saturday 23rd March in the other 15 Local Government Areas of Bauchi state, as well as the Kirfi State Constituency Supplementary Election in Kirfi Local Government Area.

“Similarly, the Adamawa State High court issued an injunction restraining the Commission from proceeding with the supplementary election following the application by the Movement for the Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD), a registered political party which did not take part in the main election. While the Commission has also complied with the order, it has equally taken steps to vacate it and dismiss the action.

“Notwithstanding the legal action over the Supplementary Governorship election, elections will hold in Nassarawo/Binyeri State Constituency in Mayo – Belwa Local government area where the election had to be countermanded following the death of a candidate before the polls, as well as the supplementary State Constituency election and Uba/Gaya State Constituency in Hong Local Government Area.”

On Rivers, the National Commissioner averred that the Fact-Finding Committee set up by the Commission to visit the state and investigate the circumstances surrounding the violent disruption of the electoral process on 9th and 10th March, which compelled the Commission to suspend activities, submitted its report which established certain facts.

The report, he explained, revealed that “while election could not hold in a few areas, it was successfully concluded in others with the declaration of winners in 21 state constituencies. Collation was (also) ongoing at the time of the suspension of activities.”

To that extent, Okoye announced the activities and timelines lined up for the resumption and conclusion of the process. According to the timetable, separate meetings with the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) and stakeholders have been scheduled for 29th and 30th March respectively in Port Harcourt.

The Commission will issue Guidelines for the resumption of collation of results on 1st of April at its headquarters in Abuja, while the revalidation of polling agents and observers for the collation of results will take place in Abuja and Port Harcourt between 25th and 31st March.

The resumption of collation and announcement of results will take place between 2nd and 5th April. Supplementary election will hold where necessary on 13th April, to be followed by the announcement of results of all supplementary elections between 13th and 15th April. Outstanding Certificates of Results will be issued latest by 19th April.

 

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