Tuesday, December 11News That Matters

Author: Francis Ibikunle

You Are Parading Fake Governorship Flag, PDP Tells Kashamu​

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday lampooned Senator Buruji Kashamu, saying he is brandishing alleged fake PDP gubernatorial flag in Ogun State. The party, in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, described as the height of ridicule, Kashamu’s purported presentation of himself as Ogun governorship candidate of the PDP for which he had to organise his own sham campaign rally, rented an audience and presented alleged fake PDP flag to himself. The party added that the authentic PDP flag had been handed to its candidate, Ladi Adebutu, by the PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus. The opposition party accused the lawmaker of acting out the plot of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to destabilise the PDP. It said the APC

Dogara Labels Govt’s Cash Distribution Before Elections As ‘The Highest Form Of Corruption’

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Speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives, Right Honourable Yakubu Dogara, has condemned the distribution of cash to Nigerians just before the general election by public officials, stating that no matter how noble the intent is, such endeavours amount to vote buying and inducement, which is a clear case of corruption. He made the remarks at a public hearing organised by the National Assembly Joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Political Parties Matters on Vote-buying and Improving the Electoral Processes in Nigeria on Monday. According to Dogara, the act of inducing the public with cash in exchange for their votes is a fraud that is covered within section 124 (1)(a);(b);(c); Section(124)(2)(4)(5) and Section 130 of the Electoral Act. He a...

Politics: Why We Must All Get Involved – Outside The Box By Alex Otti

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A few friends hosted a dinner in my honour at Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos yesterday. I’m taking liberty to share excerpts of my speech with readers today. Today, I’ve chosen to talk about the low level of participation in our nation’s political process especially amongst our educated elite, professional class, young people, the clergy etc. I remember with great nostalgia, the vibrancy and political activism of the then irrepressible National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS. I am reminded of the public agitations which gets me wondering about what happened to us that we have not only been cowered into political disengagement and apathy but have allowed our political process to be hijacked by professional politicians and Lilliputians, not to mention their handpicked go

Sowore’s Supporters Detained By Lagos CP For Pasting Posters

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The Lagos State Police Command has arrested six supporters of Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC). The Police accused them of breaching the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency laws by pasting posters at night and damaging campaign posters belonging to candidates of other political parties. However, Olagokun Banwo, popularly known as 'Proficient', who led the team, denied damaging posters of other political parties. Speaking on the incident, Banwo said: "We were arrested for pasting Sowore's posters, but we didn't tear posters of any other party. How can we, who are part of those calling for the arrest of those damaging campaign posters, go about committing the same offence?" When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer, Lago...

Beaufils: ISIS W’Africa Behind Attacks On Nigerian Military

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British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms Laure Beaufils, has said ISIS West Africa, and not Boko Haram, was responsible for the rise in insurgents’ attacks in the North-east. Beaufils said the federal government must pay attention to the new development. Speaking exclusively to THISDAY ahead of the United Nations Anti-Corruption Day, which holds today, Beaufils said there were no quick wins in the fight against corruption. She added that part of the successes the cooperation between Nigeria and the UK had recorded in the fight against graft was the over £70 million Malabu oil loot that had been returned to the nation’s treasury. Shedding more light on the war against insurgency, especially, the recent rise in attacks on military formations in the North-east, Beaufils s

PDP Accuses Presidency Of Blackmail, Condemns Freezing Of Peter Obi’s Accounts

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the presidency of "attempting to blackmail" Peter Obi, its vice-presidential candidate for the 2019 general election, claiming that Obi's accounts had been frozen. The party also claims that aside Peter Obi, the accounts belonging to his wife, his family members and their businesses were also frozen. This was contained in a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council issued on Saturday. According to Ologbodiyan, since Obi's nomination, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had made "failed attempts to destroy his reputation". The statement read: "The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) decries the stoppage of transactions on all accoun...

Ex-Generals’ Plot Against Buhari Is Treason – Moh’d Lawal

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Engineer Mohammed Lawal is a long time political associate of President Muhammadu Buhari. He has been with him since 2003, when Buhari joined politics to contest the presidential election on the platform of All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP). In 2015, he was made the deputy director of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Council. In an interview with VINCENT KALU, Lawal, who is a member of the Board of NNPC, warned that the gang up by ex-Generals and other political actors against Buhari amounts to treason. READ ALSO: Buhari will retire ex-generals against him in 2019 – Mohammed LawalThe gang up against the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari is becoming broad. Within the week, some retired Generals met in Abuja, their agenda was on how to stop the president. In th