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Dogara speaks on APC reconciliation but says he won’t beg for ticket

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Dogara speaks on APC reconciliation but says he won't beg for ticket

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has stated that he knows his constituents would vote for him even if he contested on the platform of a zero party.

Mr Dogara, who is believed to have joined the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), stated this while receiving his constituents at his Abuja residence.

He also revealed that he was asked to beg for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Truly, I have decided that I will not contest election again. They said they would give me a ticket in the APC but that I must go and beg for it. I said I did not need the ticket. In politics, I have never gone to anybody’s house to beg for a ticket.

“My ticket is my people. I have assured them that even if I run under a zero party, my people will vote for me. So long as it is Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa (constituency), even if we run under zero party; we will win by God’s grace.”

“We have thrived well in many political battles in the past and this one too, we shall overcome it. Nobody can threaten us or tell us that we cannot contest the election in a political party we spent our resources to establish; only God can stop us.”

“I (have) heard your voices and the voice of the people is the voice of God. We are in politics to serve and not to be served. As I said, if it were for myself, I will quit because truly I am tired and even thought of stepping aside. But we must run an election so long as our people say so.

“I have seen the forms you brought. I don’t know how you got it but I must thank you for this sacrifice. Left for me; I will appeal that you give me some time to go and consult further.”

The speaker added that he had not told his supporters in the APC what he intended to do and explained how he gave the APC the condition to pacify some federal lawmakers before he could reconcile with the leadership of the party.

“Even when they were talking about reconciliation in the APC, we told them that even if I would be given a free ticket in the APC, so long as they did not do justice to Senator Sulieman Nazif, Senator Isa Hamma Misau, Honourable Ahmed Yerima, Honourable Aminu Tukur, Honourable Maryam Bagel and others, I would not accept it. I even said that if they would do justice to these people I would be satisfied.”

PREMIUM TIMES reported that the speaker had already purchased the PDP nomination form but he was reportedly presented with another by the visiting constituents.

The Bauchi politician was first elected to the parliament in 2007 as a member of the PDP, Nigeria’s ruling party from 1999-2015. He defected to the APC in 2014 as part of the new-PDP bloc that revolted ahead of the 2015 elections.

He has long been identified as amongst those expected to leave the APC, but he declined to make this public unlike Senate President Bukola Saraki and a host of other top APC politicians who abandoned the ruling party in recent months.

This loss appears the biggest since the ruling party lost Mr Saraki to the PDP late July.

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N500 healed my friend of depression — Reno Omokri

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Reno Omokri on Twitter Saturday narrated how N500 healed his friend of depression.

He said this while trying to enlighten his followers on depression and how someone will know if he/she is depressed.

He said in series of tweets:

“Depression is REAL. But BEFORE you take anti depression drugs, try this. Stop thinking about YOU. Think about the less privileged. Take 24 hours to FORGET YOURSELF and do something for them. Then see if you are still depressed after the experience.

I met someone who thought he was depressed. I sent him money. He received the bank alert and got INSTANT HEALING. My point isn’t to trivialise depression. But before taking anti depression drugs, make sure you are really depressed and not just broke.

Many people are LONELY, HEARTBROKEN, BROKE, DISAPPOINTED, DISILLUSIONED, REJECTED & JILTED. But they have allowed MODERN SCIENCE to deceive them that they are DEPRESSED. Don’t allow a one time temporary EVENT become your life long permanent DESTINY.

When I was in university, a friend of mine was depressed. I traveled to Benin to tell his dad. His dad said there has NEVER been depression in their family, but I should take this ₦500 (it was 94). Behold, that ₦500 healed my friend of depression.”

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Taiwan legalises Same Sex Marriage, first in Asia

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In what has been touted as the first in Asia, Taiwan’s parliament legalised same-sex marriage on Friday as the government survived a last-minute attempt by conservatives to pass watered-down legislation.

Lawmakers comfortably passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to form “exclusive permanent unions” and another clause that would let them apply for a “marriage registration” with government agencies.

The vote — which took place on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia — is a major victory for the island’s LGBT community and it places the island at the vanguard of Asia’s burgeoning gay rights movement.

Thousands of gay rights supporters gathered outside parliament despite heavy downpours, waving rainbow flags, flashing victory signs and breaking into cheers as the news filtered out. In recent months conservatives had mobilised to rid the law of any reference to marriage, instead putting forward rival bills that offered something closer to limited same-sex unions.

But those bills struggled to receive enough votes. Gay rights groups hailed the vote on Friday, saying the ability to apply for a “marriage registration” — known as Clause Four — put their community much closer to parity with heterosexual couples.

“The passage of Clause Four ensures that two persons of the same-sex can register their marriage on May 24th and ensure that Taiwan becomes the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and to successfully open a new page in history,” said the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights.

Two years ago Taiwan’s top court ruled that not allowing same-sex couples to marry violates the constitution with judges giving the government until May 24 to make the changes or see marriage equality enacted automatically.

The law does not bring full equality with heterosexual couples — it only allows for biological adoption, for example, and marriages with foreigners are not recognised.

 

 

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EFCC arrests 22 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Delta

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Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Advance Fee Fraud Section, Abuja Headquarters in collaboration with men from the Benin Zonal Office in an operation on Friday 17, 2019 arrested 22 suspected internet fraudsters during an early morning raid at Sapele, Delta State.

Working on intelligence reports, the suspects, who are between the ages of 18 to 30 years, were smoked out from their hideout in an early morning operation.


A day earlier, the operatives from Abuja had arrested two suspected internet fraudster in Ughelli, Delta State.

Items recovered from the suspects include lap top computers, iPhones, phones, ATM cards and three exotic vehicles. The cars are Benz C350, Benz ML 350 and Chrysler 300.

The raid on the internet fraudsters is one in the series by operatives of the Commission in line with the directive of the acting Executive Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu to rid the entire country of internet fraud and cyber crime.

The suspects have made useful statements and will be charged to court as soon investigations are completed.

 

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