In Their Attempt To Break Me, They Have Made Me Stronger, I Will Resume Work At The Senate When I Am Strong Enough, Senator Dino Melaye Says

The embattled chairman of the Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi), yesterday, explained why he will not resume at the Senate today.

The Kogi lawmaker said he was not strong enough to resume work at the senate. He, however, said he had bounced back to the chagrin of those who sought to seal his lips from speaking out against tyranny, politics of oppression and blackmail.

Melaye’s running battle with the police over allegation of gun running landed him in hospital from where he appeared in the courts on a stretcher.

In a message tagged ‘Thank you Nigerians’ he personally posted to our correspondent via WhatsApp, he said he would continue to speak the truth. It reads: “Someone once said that rock bottom is good solid ground and a dead-end street is just a place to turn around. In the last few weeks, I have been taken to the good solid ground at the rock bottom and they couldn’t go further.

I have been brought to the dead-end street but with you standing by my side, I have turned around and bounced back to the chagrin of those who sought to seal my lips from speaking out against tyranny, politics of oppression and blackmail.

“They unleashed an endless barrage of physical, psychological, metaphysical and emotional torture and assault on me, but, through the power of the Most High, and you the good people of Nigeria, we have once again seen the triumph of truth over lies and good over evil.

“The state unleashed its raw power on me and released 200 man-strong fully armed policemen – on a man without a knife or a bullet. It did this because I called injustice by its name and called for accountability.

For this they sought to break my spirit and destroy me permanently,” he said.
On the failed move to recall him, Melaye said, “While in the dark and unable to fight for myself, they sought to take my mandate, which you had freely given to me.

But you answered back and quenched deceit in its wake. You stood resolute and unflinching and defended your mandate to me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. In their attempt to break me, they have made me stronger,” he said.

-DailyTrust

I Joined APC At The Risk Of My Second Term In Office And I Will not Leave APC For Gold Diggers, Governor Rochas Okorocha Says

Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has admitted that he joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), at the risk of his second term in office.

This was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, on Tuesday.

The Governor also insisted he would not leave APC for “gold diggers”.

“Okorocha is one of the principal founders of APC. And when he took the mainstream of APGA to join the merger that gave birth to APC, he was not under any pressure to do so. He even took that action at the risk of his second tenure.

“He became the propeller of APC in Imo and the whole of South East. Mobilizing people for the party in Imo, Ebony, Abia, Enugu, and Anambra States. He was the rallying point. And he did that in the overall interest of the South-East and indeed, APC.

“If Governor Okorocha did not take good percentage of APGA to APC, the party would not have had the kind of national spread it has till today. For that reason, they called him all sorts of derogatory names which Nigerians all know, including Alhaji in Government House, Okoro-Hausa, and Rochas Buhari.

“When the APC came for campaign in 2015 in Imo and all the states in the South-East he was the point man. Today, APC has become the party to envy. Nobody is again talking about Rochas and Buhari going to use APC to Islamize the Igbos.

“Today too, the same people who called him names have begun to market falsehood against him including the fake story of his leaving APC for APGA. All these could show the level of frustration on the side of the ten-man Coalition. They are been hunted by their inglorious actions.

“One may also wish to know that while the unfounded story of the governor leaving APC is yet to dry, they have also come up with another funny one, that the governor is in coma. These people do not know God and of course they are afraid of both the present and the future.

“They won’t be allowed to reap where they never sold. Their deceit will expire in no distant time. And no Landlord leaves his house for unfaithful tenants. The name Rochas is the fibre of APC in Imo and the whole of South-East.

“And anybody who says it is not true should tell Nigerians why it is only in Imo you have APC governor, 24 out of the 27 House of Assembly members, three House of Representative members and one Senator, in the whole of South-East. Time will tell what happens in APC in Imo and the whole of South-East,” the statement read.

-DP

A Former President Claimed To Have Spent $16Billion On Power Project In Nigeria, Where Is The Power, President Muhammadu Buhari Queries Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday wondered what former president Olusegun Obasanjo achieved after spending huge amount on power.

He spoke with reference to the failed $16 billion power project under the Obasanjo administration.

The President made the assertion while hosting members of the Buhari Support Organisation led by the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja..

Buhari, who did not mention Obasanjo’s name, asked, “where was the power after a former president claimed to have spent $16 billion on the project?”

Recall that the House of Representatives had, in 2008, described the $16 billion spent on power by Obasanjo’s government as a colossal waste, blaming it on “poor budget planning and a lack of proper oversight by relevant bodies”.

More to follow…

-DP

Forget About Seeking Re-Election In 2019 Until You Restore Sanity In The Country And Secure The Release Of Leah Sharibu, CAN Tells President Buhari

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek a second term in office.

CAN said this on Tuesday while commiserating with the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) as it conducts mass burial for the two priests and parishioners killed by the Fulani herdsmen in Benue State recently.

Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant on media to CAN President, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, in a statement described the present moment in Nigeria as a trying time for the church.

“We also urge all Christians to identify with the Catholic Church in its nationwide peaceful protest against senseless killings in Nigeria”, it noted.

CAN asked the Nigerian security agencies to rise up to the security challenges in the country.

It expressed dismay that killing of innocent was assuming global embarrassment with mass burial being carried out at all times without a country like Nigeria fighting a war.

The statement added: “CAN calls on President Muhammadu Buhari not to forget his 2015 campaign promises including fighting insecurity and keeping Nigeria united and upon which Nigerians overwhelmingly voted for him.

“Buhari’s government should not fold arms and watch misguided Nigerians, mostly Boko Haram and herdsmen promote killing as a past time in the name of politics and ethnics while solution appears very elusive.

“CAN is disheartening to note that criminal Fulani herdsmen, bandits, kidnappers and other hoodlums have reduced Nigeria to a Banana Republic.

“This development is unacceptable and we call on all well meaning people anywhere in the world to join hands in praying for the deliverance, freedom and liberty from this self inflicted bondage.

“CAN asks President Buhari to suspend his re-election bid until he restores sanity to the country while ensuring the release of Leah Sharibu, the remaining Chibok girls and other abductees from the captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists”.

-DP

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo And Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, Break Down In Tears As The Two Catholic Priest And 15 Other People Murdered By Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Are Buried In Benue State

Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi could not hold back their tears during the mass burial of two Catholic Priests, Rev Fathers Joseph Gor, Felix and 15 others in Benue on Tuesday.

They were among those killed by gunmen believed to be herdsmen in Gwer East LGA of the state last month.

Donned in a black kaftan, Osinbajo who tried to fight back emotion during his speech, consoled with people of the state over the unfortunate incident.

The VP who was recently in the state, reassured people of the state that the federal government was doing all within its power to end the senseless killings of innocent citizens in the state and other parts of the country.

He sympathised with the state governor, Samuel Ortom and the people of the state over the sad and unfortunate incident.

He also prayed God to give the bereaved families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Amaechi, on his part broke down in tears as he sighted the caskets being lowered into the graves.

He was seen repeatedly using a handkerchief to dab his tears.

-DP

Nigeria Police Arrests Key Members Of The Gang That Carried Out The Horrific Offa Robbery

The Police have arrested key members of the gang that attacked banks in Kwara.

The robbery left many residents and policemen dead.

On Monday, a statement released to PRNigeria confirmed the arrest of two of whose photos were realeased.

The statement reads: “Sequel to the Publication of the Pictures of the Offa Bank Robbers in the Media, We have being getting several Credible leads from Good Citizens of Our Country as a Result, IRT teams deployed by IGP Ibrahim Idris to Kwara, Ondo, Osun, Oyo and Ekiti States were able to arrest 2 More Gang-leaders of the Deadly Bank Robbery who’s pictures were circulated by the Media.

“The Confessed Gang-leaders Arrested are
1) Kunle Ogunleye aka Arrow 35yrs native of Kwara State who was arrested yesterday in Oro town in Kwara State.

“2) Micheal Adikwu, a native of Apa LGA Benue State and a dismissed police CPL who was arrested by the Police in 2012 and charged to Court in Kwara State for Compromising by releasing some wanted Armed Robbers. He had spent three years in prison and subsequently found his way out in 2015 and became a notorious armed robber. He was arrested again by IRT Operatives in Kwara State two weeks ago.

“All suspects arrested among others have confessed to the Offa Bank armed robberies and murders, They are assisting the IRT teams in Arresting more of the bank robbers as the police continue the investigation.”

-DP

Senate President Bukola Saraki Is A Serial Killer And Slave Master, IGP Idris Come To Our Rescue, Kwara People Say During Protest In Ilorin

Many people were pictured today staging a protest at Adewole in Ilorin central in support of IGP Idris.The protesters were pictured shouting ‘Saraki is a killer’, ‘IGP come for our rescue,’Saraki is a slave master’ and more.

 

-TrezzyHelm

Nigeria Needs A Six-Year Single Term For President And 5 Vice Presidents, Each From The Six Geopolitical Zones, Former CBN Governor, Charles Soludo, Says

“The tenure of office of the President shall be a single term of six years,” Soludo said. “There shall be five Vice Presidents. One from each of the six geopolitical zones.”

A Nigerian economics professor and a former Governor and chairman of the board of directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Chukwuma Soludo, on Monday called for a single term of six years for the country’s presidents.

He made this call at the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, Anambra State, while speaking at the south east summit on restructuring Nigeria.

He also suggested that the country should have five vice presidents, each representing a geopolitical zone.

Pointing out that presidents should serve for a single term and the years of the term should be extended from four years to six years, Soludo said: “The tenure of office of the President shall be a single term of six years.

“There shall be five Vice Presidents. One from each of the six geopolitical zones.”

Soludo’s comments come as a reawakening of calls by notable Nigerians for the restructuring of the country.

Also speaking at the summit was the President of the Ohaneze, John Nwodo, who called for equality in the affairs.

The summit was attended by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana; Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano; Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, former APGA Chairman, Victor Umeh; Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Niger Delta leader Edwin Clark, amongst others.

It was earlier reported that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) threatened to disrupt the summit on the grounds that Biafra is non-negotiable.

The statement released by the IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, in Enugu tate threatening to disrupt the summit read in parts: “All we want is referendum not restructuring; we want Biafra not Nigeria.

“We have buried too many people; we have lost too many souls; we are pained by the innocent people that are still languishing in illegal detention all over Nigeria and we are enraged by the betrayal of those we call socio-political leaders. Only the total restoration of Biafra will suffice; anything else is mere waste of time.”

-SR

You Have Betrayed Us, I Regret Supporting You To Emerge As Senate President, Senator Ali Ndume Tells Senate President Bukola Saraki

Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south, says he regrets supporting Bukola Saraki to emerge senate president.

Speaking on Hard Copy, a Channels Television programme, the lawmaker accused Saraki of targetting those who oppose him.

In March 2017, the lawmaker was suspended for “embarrassing” Saraki and Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west.

Ndume had demanded that the upper legislative chamber investigate the allegation that a vehicle imported without appropriate customs documents belong to Saraki while he also moved for a probe into the allegations of certificate forgery levelled against Melaye.

During the television programme, Maupe Ogun, the presenter, had asked the senator If he regrets supporting the senate president and he said: “Yes, I do. Look at the senate now, we have been reduced to unbearable level of integrity, just because of few people, few person, that is wrong.

“I don’t want to be individualistic about it. We put the leadership there for Saraki; if you want me to be specific about it, and then it turns out to be another thing. We have senator’s president now, instead of senate president.”

Ndume said his relationship with Saraki went sour because of his love for the truth.
He maintained that he has a cordial relationship with his colleagues at the upper legislative chamber.

“I speak the truth a lot even if I’m alone, and I stand by it. We started with the issue of Magu, I was with you on national TV and that is history now, then we came out and the second issue was that of the car importation, and the issue of Dino Melaye’s certificate and then I was shockingly suspended for 180 days and it was not the committee that recommended that,” he said.

“My colleagues did not not know about the report that was used to suspend me illegally and unconstitutionally for 180 days. That’s why I went quietly to court and you see the response of my people then.

“It is not fair for one among equal to take himself up, and use, take advantage of the gavel to rule instead of to lead, instead of to preside, that is what the constitution says. The senate president is to preside, he doesn’t even have a vote, he has no voice.

By the time you accept being the senate president, you have lost your right to some extent as a senator until the senate ties, that is when you come in to break the ties. This is not the case, as senate president will say, ‘I direct so so so and my members…’.

“I mean, it’s very unfortunate, I personally did not expect this. That is how we got it wrong, because once an individual thinks he owns the senate, and he dishes out the direction, and dishes out what he thinks, you’ll always get it wrong… 108 heads are better than one. But for now, senate at certain point is like Dino and Saraki. It is very unfortunate.”

-TheCable

I Am Going To Restructure Nigeria Immediately I Become President In 2019, In PDP, We Regard It As One Of The Most Important Things We Have To Fix, Ahmed Makarfi Says

Ahmed Makarfi, former National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has revealed what he plans to do if he becomes President in 2019.

The former Kaduna State Governor said he would ensure the restructuring of Nigeria with immediate effect.

Makarfi also lamented that government institutions have been designed to serve those in power and not the citizens.

He told Punch: “I don’t want to politicise the issue but it is something that we cannot run away from. In the PDP, we regard it as one of the most important things that we have to fix.

“If I am lucky to be elected by Nigerians, I would make sure that we immediately discuss the nature and timeframe for restructuring.

“Restructuring is institutional. For a long time, the institutions of state, such as security, have been designed to serve those in power and not the citizens. We must remove them from economic domination.

“What new thing is the current government offering? The only new thing is that we are going backward; they are not even building on the gains of the past. I am sure that many Nigerians would prefer yesterday to today in terms of the government in power.

“In school, if a student is asked to repeat a class, such student would learn and try not to repeat the mistakes of the past. We know where we erred and we have learnt our lessons.

“Now, we are dealing with people who don’t even agree that they are making mistakes. Thus, the issue of them learning and getting better is not there.”

-DP