INEC officials storm NASS to serve Dino recall notice
INEC officials on Tuesday arrived the National Assembly Complex to notify the embattled lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, on the petition the commission received from his constituents to recall him. The officials, who dropped loads of documents at the door to Melaye’s office, waited while the lawmaker was in the Senate chamber. It was observed that Dino’s office was under lock and key, while his aides were not around to receive the notice. Dino had on Monday said the 90-day deadline set for INEC by Section 69 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) has expired. He also alleged that it was only after several attempts at his life had failed that “they” resorted to this sham process of recall.
Buhari, Osinbajo, others set to storm Abia
President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun and other big wigs of the party are expected to participate in the party’s mega rally in Abia State. The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Comrade Benedict Godson told newsmen on Monday in Umuahia, the state capital after the inauguration of the party’s Contact, Mobilization/Rally Committee that the event would hold in the state capital in October. According to Godson, the rally was preparatory to the party’s efforts to woo more supporters ahead of the 2019 general election. “We are not going to promote godfatherism, but to present candidates based on their acceptability by the people who will elect them through a credible primary,” he said.
Pirates kill two in Bayelsa waterways
Gunmen, suspected to be pirates, have attacked a passenger boat in Bayelsa State, killing two persons. It was gathered that the bandits, who struck along the waterways of Brass Local Government Area (LGA), left many passengers critically injured. A passenger, Saddam, who survived the attack, said the incident happened near the Obama Flow Station, in Okoromo, Nembe Local Government Area. He said: “One of the deceased is called Pale (male) and he hails from Akipelai community in Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa state.
Obi to Obiano: don’t hide non-performance under N7b demand
Former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi has urged his successor, Chief Willie Obiano, to tell the people what he has done for them in almost four years, rather than use “the non-existent” demand for N7 billion as an excuse to hide his non-performance. Obi was reacting yesterday to a statement credited to Obiano that the former governor demanded N7 billion from him. Responding through a statement by his Special Adviser, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, the former governor said Obiano was using the campaign period to sponsor people on different media platforms that he (Obi) asked for N7 billion from him (Obiano). Obi said the governor’s claim was false.
Court dismisses Fani-Kayode’s bid to transfer money laundering trial
A Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday, dismissed an application by a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-kayode, seeking transfer of a money laundering case against him. Fani-Kayode, who was also the Chairman of Media and Publicity Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Organisation during the 2015 general election, is standing trial alongside a former Minister of State for Finance, Nenadi Usman. Also joined as defenfants are – former National Chairman of the Association of Local Government in Nigeria ( ALGON ), Yusuf Danjuma, and a company, Jointrust Dimensions Limited. The accused were arraigned by The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC ) on a 17- count charge of money laundering.
NASS resumes after two-month recess
The National Assembly (NASS) resumed from its two-month annual vacation on Tuesday. The two legislative chambers – Senate and House of Representatives – are expected to work on several bills and other matters of national importance when plenary resumes. In the House of Representatives, two important bills are to pass through third reading during plenary. The first is on the contentious National Roads Fund Bill, while the other is the Medical Residency Bill.
Restructuring: States step up push for more powers
Advocates of more power for states seem to be winning their age-long battle. Their position is being vindicated at the various consultations on restructuring organised by the All Progressives Congress (APC). In the North, which an elderstateman yesterday said was not afraid of restructuring, some states supported the devolution of power, a rework of the revenue allocation formula and a united Nigeria. It was all at the APC’s restructuring consultation in North West (Sokoto), North Central (Ilorin) and North East (Bauchi). Kwara, Kogi and Niger states were in Ilorin. Bauchi, Gombe and Yobe had their session in Bauchi. Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states met in Sokoto for the consultation on Nigerians’ position on restructuring, which many believe is the antidote to the dismemberment of Nigeria. The common position in all the centres is that there should be devolution of power from the Federal Governemt to states.