Lai Mohammed is a liar – Atiku

Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has described the federal government’s accusation that he is a saboteur as false. He described the information minister, Lai Mohammed, as a ‘liar.’ Atiku was reacting to an earlier statement by Lai Mohammed that the former vice president and his party, PDP, were plotting to sabotage the Buhari administration. “Either by themselves or via their proxies, the PDP and its presidential candidate are doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari Administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable, especially through their public utterances…

Election Tribunal: PDP candidate, Ashiru, wants recount of Kaduna governorship votes

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate in the 2019 general election, Isah Ashiru, yesterday filed an application before the the state governorship Election Petition Tribunal, seeking the recount of the votes cast during the March 9 poll. The incumbent state Governor, Nasir el-Rufai of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), having polled 1,045,427 as against Ashiru’s 814,168 votes. Ashiru is challenging El-Rufai’s victory at the tribunal on the grounds that the election was characterised by…

Reps reject bill restricting public officials from foreign medical trips

The House of Representatives voted out a bill seeking to regulate medical trips being embarked upon by public officials. The lower legislative chamber voted against the bill when it came up for debate during Tuesday’s plenary. They had passed it for second reading last year. The bill seeks to “amend the provisions of the National Health Act, 2014 to regulate international trips for medical treatment by public officers, to strengthen the health institutions for efficient service delivery; and for related matters.” The lawmakers argued that the legislation breaches the right…

Terrorists are now Nigeria’s Commanders-in-Chief, says Bakare

The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Sunday, May 12, submitted that bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers, killer herdsmen and looters have become the commanders-in-chief of Nigeria. The cleric said his stance was due to their overwhelming presence across the country and the inability of the relevant authorities to stop their activities. According to him, the whole nation is under the control of terrorists and they are in charge. His words: “It is evident that the bandits; criminals, killing people every day; those kidnapping people over…

Bayelsa govt asks INEC to postpone November 2 governorship poll

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it is considering appeal of the Bayelsa State government to shift gubernatorial election slated for November 2 this year. INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu stated this yesterday at a meeting with stakeholders from Bayelsa State at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja. The delegation, led by Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah (rtd.) told the commission that the date clashed with the state’s yearly thanksgiving service, which is backed by law and which has been observed for the past seven years. He said…

Buhari hosts Saraki, Dogara, Lawan, others to Iftar meal

• As military dissociates self from call to overthrow govt President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday evening, hosted the leadership of the National Assembly to dinner to break the day’s Ramadan fast. Present at the dinner were Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Ahmed Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila among others. Speaking at the Iftar dinner (breaking of fast), President Buhari said he hoped for a better working relationship between the two arms of government in the 9th National Assembly, and added that the nation deserved better than…

I have no apologies tackling godfather of Lagos politics – el- Rufa’i

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i, yesterda said he feels neither remorse nor need for apology for his comment on defeating the Lagos State godfathers. Governor el-Rufa’i had penultimate Saturday in Lagos recommended ways to retire godfathers in the country, pointing out that the template had worked in Kaduna state. The governor boasted that he defeated and retired four political godfathers in Kaduna State, saying the feat could be replicated anywhere, including Lagos State. He added that the fact that only one million out of the six million registered voters in…

Why May 29 inauguration will be low key – Lai Mohammed

The Inauguration for President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term on May 29, 2019, will be a low-key event, said Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture. Addressing State House correspondents on Monday, Mohammed said a more elaborate event would be held on June 12 which is the new date for Nigeria’s Democracy Day as announced by Buhari in 2018. He explained that it was not financially advisable for the country to hold two major celebrations within a two-week interval. According to Mohammed, invitations have been sent out to world leaders…

I’m quitting Senate by 2023 – Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, declared that he will retire from the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly in 2023 after serving for 20 years. He said he won’t seek re-election into the Senate in 2023, noting that God has been kind to him, raising him to address enormous challenges faced by his people. Ekweremadu who spoke in Enugu yesterday at an event to mark his 57th birthday said “as I prepare to further represent you by your mandate for the next four years, let me seek your…

NSITF crisis: Buhari backs Ngige, redeploys Kokori

The Presidency said the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, had the backing of President Muhammadu Buhari in all the actions he (the minister) had taken concerning the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), including the controversial appointment of Mr Austin Enejamo-Isire to “replace” Chief Frank Kokori as the chair of the board of the NSITF. Enejamo-Isire will be inaugurated on Monday (today). The Presidency added that a former labour leader, Kokori, on the other hand, had also been appointed by Buhari on the recommendation of Ngige to…

Saraki kicks as EFCC seizes his Ikoyi houses

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has tackled the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over the seizure of some of his residential houses located in the Ikoyi area of Lagos. The seizure is coming less than a week after the anti-graft agency launched a fresh probe against the senate president over allegations of money laundering. The EFCC is investigating Saraki’s earnings during his time as governor of Kwara state. Saraki governed the state between 2003 and 2011 before proceeding to the senate. But the senate president has maintained that the action…

Battle for Kano: Again, Ganduje flouts court order, presents staff of office to new emirs

… Offers Sanusi II three options • New emirs appointed before court order – Ganduje • Wudil rejects inclusion in new Gaya emirate • As emir Sanusi returns to hero’s welcome after London trip Flouting a court order that restrained him from taking further action, Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, yesterday commenced presentation of staff of office to newly appointed emirs. On Friday, a Kano High Court sitting at Ungogo, had ordered the governor to maintain the status quo and take no further action on the controversial breakage of…

Ex-speakers, deputies in Kano to get ‘life’ pension

The Kano state House of Assembly has approved life pension for its ex-speakers and deputy speakers. The Assembly passed the ‘Pensions Rights of Speaker and Deputy Bill’ during plenary on Tuesday. The bill, if passed into law, will also provide for foreign medical trips and new vehicles every four years for the duo. The bill states the life pension is “provided that either the speaker or the deputy do not hold any paid elective or selective appointment.” According to the bill, “any person duly elected as Speaker or Deputy Speaker…

Sen. Adeleke smiles as court grants him N2m bail

An Abuja magistrate’s court has granted bail to Ademola Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun state governorship election. The court granted him N2 million bail after his arraignment on Tuesday. Adeleke, who currently represents Osun west senatorial district, was charged to court for alleged certificate forgery. The Police had said they have fresh evidence against the Senator, prompting his detention on Monday. In the charge filed at the magistrate’s court, the Police accused Adeleke of forging a letter of attestation and result from Mustlim Grammar…

Senate Presidency: I’m in race to win – Ndume

Ali Ndume, former Senate Leader, has expressed optimism that he would emerge as the Senate President in the ninth national assembly. The Senator, who spoke with journalists in Lagos on Monday, said there was no time the All Progressives Congress (APC) asked him not to run for the position of senate president. According to him, Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the APC, had explained that the party only recommended Ahmad Lawan as the preferred choice and had not imposed him on the senators. “I have written the party, indicating my…