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Defection: Dogaras dilemma
Sat, 11 Aug 2018

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House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, is biding his time to switch from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) because his future party does not currently enjoy a comfortable majority in the chamber, The Nation gathered yesterday.

It was also learnt that the Speaker and PDP lawmakers are considering the adoption of the method used by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal when he was the Speaker ahead of the 2015 elections.

During that period, Tambuwal covertly romanced with the opposition while clinging to his leadership position nominally on the ticket of the PDP.

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Sources said Dogara has already accepted the terms offered him by the PDP, including a return ticket to the House in 2019 and retention as Speaker if he is re-elected.

It is understood that Dogara has completed 95 per cent of the defection formalities.

“I can tell you that Dogara has not defected because he is trying to adopt the tactical style of ex-Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. He is waiting till the last minutes before defecting,” a source familiar with his plan said yesterday.

“The Speaker is being diplomatic in his approach because he does not enjoy a comfortable majority in the House, and with the way the APC is going about its desperation to sack the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and Dogara, he has to manage the House terrain very well.

“Even the Deputy Speaker, Lasun Yusuf, is not yet with Dogara on the defection. The situation in the Senate is not the same as the House.

“Dogara is already using this period of recession to reach out to members and build consensus.

“So far, the Speaker has completed all the defection processes which can be put at about 95 per cent. All his followers in Bauchi State have defected to PDP. They are only waiting for their leader.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “The PDP has accepted all the terms of Dogara bordering on a return to the House and the retention of the office of the Speaker if he wins his re-election.

“It is left to him to decide on when he will formally join the party. What I am sure of is the fact that he might defect on or before the PDP primaries of which date has not been fixed.”

When contacted, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, Mallam Hassan Turaki, was not forthcoming on the fate of his boss.

The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) stipulates that party primaries be held between August 18, 2018 and October 7.

Apparently to beat the INEC timetable and accommodate prospective defectors, the leadership of the PDP has relaxed the time frame for new members to contest elective positions in the general elections.

The opposition party, in anticipation of high profile defectors into its fold, had scaled down the deadline from 180 days to 30 days. Even at that, the party has also made provisions for waivers to allow members contest elections in less than 30 days of joining the party.

Expectations about the Speaker’s imminent defection have reached a feverish pitch at the national headquarters of the PDP, even though none of its top officials was ready to comment on the matter yesterday.

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Godfathers at war with godsons
Sat, 11 Aug 2018

Theirs is a classic instance of the instability of human relationship. They start out as dotting fathers and submissive sons only to end up as foes with rivalry as fierce as that of the biblical David and his rebellious son, Absalom.

From Senator Godswill Akpabio and Senator Aliyu Wamakko to Senator George Akume and Senator Musa Kwankwaso, it has been the case of a seemingly affectionate relationship turning into a nightmare as godsons and godfathers engage one another in fierce battles for power and influence.

The recent gale of defections by politicians across party lines has acted as a reminder for a tradition that dates back to the nation’s political history as political godfathers are pitted against their godsons ahead of the 2019 general election.

From Akwa Ibom to Kano, Sokoto and Benue, the line is being drawn for supremacy battles as godfathers appear determined to prove that they are still in control of their respective states by deploying every weapon in their arsenal towards wresting power from their estranged godsons.

Their godsons, on the other hand, are bent on proving that they are no longer the political neophytes they once were by deploying the political weapons at their disposal to teach their erstwhile benefactors some bitter political lessons if that is the only way to maintain their hold on their domains.

With the political atmosphere now charged in the aforementioned states, all is set for a tough battle for power, pride and relevance.

AKWA IBOM

Prior to the 2015 election, former Akwa Ibom State governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, and the incumbent governor, Udom Emmanuel, enjoyed a relationship that was the envy of many. Their relationship had begun in 2013 when Akpabio, who was then the governor of Akwa Ibom State, sacked the Secretary to the State Government, Umana Umana, after the latter declared his ambition to contest the state’s governorship election in 2015. In Umana’s place, Akpabio appointed Emmanuel who until then was an Executive Director on the board of Zenith Bank Plc.

Their cordial relationship saw Akpabio endorsing Emmanuel as the PDP candidate in the 2015 governorship election, which he eventually won. The days immediately following Emmanuel’s inauguration as the governor of the state saw him displaying incredible loyalty to his boss. In his inaugural speech, Emmanuel showered encomiums on his benefactor, describing him as an uncommon achieve. Thereafter, he renamed the Akwa Ibom State International Stadium previously named Nest of Champions, as Godswill Obot Akpabio International Stadium.

A few months after, however, cracks began to emerge in their relationship. This was after an invasion the Department of State Service (DSS) carried out on the Government House in Uyo where they claimed to have found a stockpile of dollars allegedly belonging to Akpabio. The development was said to have generated a lot of bad blood between the two as Akpabio believed that he would not have been so accused without the sitting governor knowing about it.

While they were able to manage the ensuing crisis, Akpabio, at a public function earlier in the year, came down hard on his godson when he gave conditions upon which he would support him for a second term. Akpabio said he would only endorse Emmanuel’s re-election and rally support for him if the policies and programmes of the administration were not discriminatory against the Ikot Ekpene geo-political zone.

“2018 is less than one year to election. All is not well. Don’t allow anybody to deceive you that all is well,” Akpabio had said. “If the hotel in Ikot Ekpene rots after so much money had been expended on the project, would that be a good thing? That road from Uyo to Ikot Ekpene is still the way it was. In the 2018 budget, what is the percentage for Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District?”

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EFCC grills two Benue officials
Sat, 11 Aug 2018

The EFCC yesterday grilled two Benue State Government officials in connection with huge withdrawal of N23, 429, 938, 951.52 from the state accounts.

Those questioned are a Director of Finance and Accounts in the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Gbaigyo Emmanuel, and a cashier, Andoor Festus.

The EFCC also discovered that another suspect, Agbo Amada, has been dismissed by the state government to “avoid making him available for interrogation.”But The Nation could not confirm this.

The list of the accounts where the withdrawals were made was released yesterday by the EFCC.

The accounts and the funds are as follows:

Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs—N792, 039,884.00 (Sterling Bank —0017836093)
Joint State and Local Account—N1, 367, 043, 651.52(Fidelity Bank—5030058730)
Benue State Government House— N1, 916, 635, 206.00( UBA-1017348051)
Benue State Bureau of Internal Service and Special Service—N11,827, 455, 250 (UBA—1007540119)
Benue State Bureau of Internal Service and Special Service—N5, 886, 237, 150( First Bank—2023788057)
Benue State Bureau of Internal Service and Special Service—N1, 640, 527, 540 (Zenith Bank—1010653167)
The state government during the week accused the EFCC of freezing its accounts. The action was roundly criticised by opposition parties, many groups and the Governors’ Forum.

On Thursday, the accounts were defrozen.

Alluding to the freezing of the account, another source in EFCC yesterday said: “The EFCC is not out to shut down the government in Benue State. We have been conducting investigation in the last two years. There is no political witch-hunt in any manner.

“All we did is to caution withdrawal from these accounts with ‘Place No Debit’ which does not last more than 72 hours.

“Despite the fact that the EFCC uncovered massive withdrawals from these accounts in tranches of N10million, top government officials have continued to divert funds paid into these accounts from the Federation Account.
“As an anti-graft agency, the EFCC has the obligation to check diversion of public funds and money laundering.

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Nine killed in fresh Benue gunmen attack
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
Armed men struck afresh at Tse- Ujo village, in Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue State on Thursday killing 10 persons, according to residents. The hoodlums invaded the village at about 8am allegedly in search of a rival gang member but left disappointed as they did not find him.They were said to have returned in the evening and when they still did not find their target, decided to vent their anger on innocent villagers, shooting indiscriminately.The police said yesterday that nine were
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Our breasts, our asset FEMINIQUE with Isioma
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
FEMALE breasts come in various sizes and shapes, depending on how nature has endowed each individual. It is a very important part of the female body. Ideally, it should not matter how big or small a ladys breast is. What should matter is how she cares for it.Looking closely at a ladys dress sense, if the breasts are not well packaged and the right kind of brassiere worn, it could completely destroy her entire posture.Naturally, a teenagers breast is firmer. That is one reason some men desire tee
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Daura may threaten Nigerias democracy Dangiwa Umar
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
Aformer military Governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (rtd), has expressed fear that the sacked Director General of Department for State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, may constitute a threat to Nigerias democracy, if the Federal Government fails to investigate him.Colonel Umar said Daura had in the last three years of leading the DSS created for himself, a government within a government in Nigeria.The former governor, in a statement yesterday, said Dauras sack is not enough, bu
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NASS invasion: Presidency plotting to indict, jail us, say Saraki, Ekweremadu
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, alleged yesterday plan by the Federal Government to implicate them and some of their colleagues in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Tuesdays invasion of the National Assembly complex by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).They said the alleged plan also entails sending them to jail as part of effort to remove them from the leadership of the Senate.Saraki and Ekweremadu said in a statement through thei
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Akpabio: Ex-Senate minority leader steals defection show
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
WHATEVER doubt was left about the defection of former Akwa Ibom State governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) was erased on Tuesday with the announcement of his resignation as the minority leader at the upper chamber of the National Assembly. In a statement issued by his media aide, Jackson Udom, Senator Akpabio was full of gratitude to the leadership, the minority leadership, all distinguished senators, the Peoples Democ
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Oshiomhole to Saraki: Youll be impeached legally, not with thuggery
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday got an ultimatum from the All Progressives Congress (APC): resign now or be impeached.The APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, warned that the party would have no option than to commence action to impeach Saraki should he continue to cling to office after defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).And Oshiomhole declared that the planned impeachment process would follow the law and devoid of thuggery.He spoke at a press conference in Abuj
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APCs call for my resignation is wishful thinking, says Saraki
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
Senate President Bukola Saraki last night said that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other people demanding his resignation are merely dreaming and engaging in wishful thinking.He vowed not to throw in the towel.They will continue to dream about their planned removal of the Senate President. They will need 73 Senators to lawfully remove Dr. Saraki and they will never get that in the present eight Senate, Saraki said in a swift response to Oshiomholes threat yesterday that the APC would get him impea
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Helen Paul, Miyonse Amosu become Ajinomoto ambassadors
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
POPULAR comedienne, Helen Paul and professional chef and former Big Brother Naija contestant, Miyonse Amosu have been named brand ambassadors of Ajinomoto Umami seasoning.Speaking at the factory tour and unveiling of the duo, Managing Director of the company, Mr. Junichi Niki, said Helen Paul and Miyonse would connect with consumers and deepen public awareness on the benefits of the brand. He also reiterated that West African Seasoning Company Limited (WASCO), an affiliate of the Ajinomoto Group
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NIGERIAN POLITICS: More than entertainment
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
LATE Fela Anikulapo-Kutis description of the daily life of an average Nigerian as Suffering and Smiling has remained the lot of the masses in the seeming entertaining series of brouhahas that have engulfed of Nigerian political space.Although the current episodes called defections is more of a game of ego than of principles a power play that involves severance of alliance, collective migration of politicians from one party to another for majority stake in some States and the Federal Houses of A
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WE HAVE MORTGAGED VEHICLES, HOUSES FOR MY PRESIDENTIAL AMBITION FILMMAKER EUNICE ATUEJIDE
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
HOW has your aspiration for the position of president of Nigeria been so far’Thats a simple question but its a very complicated question because there are so many links to that question. In terms of acceptance, I have been seriously pleasantly surprised at the level of acceptance both from the men and the women. Nigerians are not so put-off of the possibility of having a woman at the helm of our affairs. I am looking forward to doing so much work so that they can even see the values of lead
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Introvert blogger, OloriSupergal comes loud in new book
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
POPULAR blogger and media personality, Tosin Ajibade, popularly known as OloriSupergal has said she is content to face the world on her own terms.The focus has just been me basically, the blogger who recently published and launched her book, From Social Misfit To Social Media said to The Nation.Everybody wants something different. I want to be different from the rest of the world.On the success of her career on social media, she said she didnt envisage it. Im really grateful that everything has
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Humblesmith plans big for Osinachi concert
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
WITH backings from Lagos State, Tummy Tummy, PGK and Federal Inland Revenue Services, Humblesmiths Osinachi concert may be the next big show in town.To make it big, the Highlife Pop crooner is expected to be joined by other top artistes, many of whom featured in his recently released Osinachi album. The artistes include Tiwa Savage, Davido, Olamide, Rudeboy, Patoranking and many more.Raised in Abakaliki but found musical fame in Lagos, Humblesmith who is also called the Golden Prince of Africa h
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Ibadan Playhouse to stage Soyinkas The Trials of Brother Jero
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
THEATRE company, Ibadan Playhouse has set out plans to stage Wole Soyinkas Trials Of Brother Jero on Sunday, August 26, 2018.Speaking to The Nation, Ropo Ewenla, of Ibadan Playhouse said that the play will be staged at the Little Theatre of Lagos Country Club, Ikeja, Lagos.According to him, Lagos-based theatre group, Crown Troupe of Africa will interpret the play.As a way of bringing back the theatre culture, Lagos Country Club in recent times have played host to theatre performances.The post Ib
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DAVIDO announces jets arrival, releases new song
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
AFTER months that he announced he bought a private jet, hip hop music star David Adeleke on Thursday flaunted a picture of the stairs of a jet on Twitter. With the words, Lagos, Nigeria stamped on the picture, the star who is more popuar as Davido, tweeted Online.Over the past few months, there have been reports that Davido purchased a jet worth millions of naira.Also, on Thursday, Davido also announced via his Instagram account that his new single, Nwa Baby would be dropping the next day (Frida
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Group nominates Ugwuanyi for Best Governor Award
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
An Abuja-based group, Security Watch Africa, has nominated Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State as the Best Governor on Security Matters and for Best Security and Safety Conscious State Government in Africa.Mr Patrick Agbambu, Managing Director of the group also disclosed that the Police Command in Enugu State was nominated for the Best Pro-active Police Command in West and Central Africa award.Agbambu, who presented the letters of nomination in Enugu on Friday, said that the Commissioner of Pol
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I am heeding to popular call Sokoto APC aspirant
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
An All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirant in Sokoto state, Alhaji Farouk Malami Yabo said that his ambition was informed by the call from patriotic citizens in the state to serve them.He described the ruling APC as strong political formation that was far from a push over.He however, hinged his focus on fast tracking opportunities and policies that would support the actualisation of positive blue print and rolling plan to launch the state on the path of transparency, accountabilit
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African Muzik Magazine Awards out with 2018 nominees
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
AS the 5th edition Texas-based African Music Awards (AFRIMMA) inches close, organisers have announced nominees for the different categories of the show, now branded AFRIMMA Awards and Music Festival.The list reflects a would-be keen competition among African musical heavyweights like Davido, Wizkid, Fally Ipupa, Diamond Platinum, Ali Kiba, Khaligraph Jones , Mr Eazi, J Hus, and Hiro who have all earned nominations for their brilliant performances in the year under review.While fresh talents like
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Education Reform: Obaseki okays training on community engagement
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
As part of efforts to integrate communities hosting Edo public schools in the ongoing reforms in the education sector, Governor Godwin Obaseki has ratified the training of Social Mobilisation Officers on community engagement and participation.Acting Chairman of the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and Special Adviser to the governor on Basic Education, Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe, disclosed this to journalists in Benin City, the state capital.According to Dr. Osa Oviawe, the training pr
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Times RITA DOMINIC dazzled at the AMVCAs
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
AS the sixth edition of Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards draws near, one of the side attractions to look out for is the red carpet moment where celebrities have made glamorous statements with their attires.In all the years of the awards ceremony, one celebrity who has stood out with a tradition of making memorable fashion statements is Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic.Recall that at the AMVCAs debut in 2013, Rita showed out in a fabulous silk, one shoulder flare-sleeved number by House Of Moofa
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RMD, others tasks managers on leadership
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
VETERAN Nollywood actor Richard Mofe-Damijo, Sam Adeyemi, Niyi Adesanya, and other top shots have tasked task Business Managers on the need for Leadership roles in the society.This call was given at the two-day mentorship event tagged Niyi Adesanya Leadership BootCamp which was organised by Fifth Gear Consulting in Lagos.Other speakers at the event included John Obara, CEO, Systemspecs represented by Deremi Atanda, Executive Director, Systemspecs, Ubong King, renowned Public Speaker, Iview Marti
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How regulatory agencies are killing businesses
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
Mallinson Ukatu is the Managing Director/CEO, Mallinson and Partners. In this interview with Emmanuel Udodinma, he speaks on the challenges faced by the manufacturing sector, amongst others. Excerpts:The land use charge policy by the Lagos State government led to heated debates with businesses seeking a review. How does this policy affect you as a manufacturer’The law is not favourable for manufacturing industries. The argument here is that in some areas where the manufacturer has construct
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Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
Sat, 11 Aug 2018
Introduction One of the major challenges faced by SMEs is lack of standardisation in the daily operation. Even after preparing a Business Plan as a prerequisite for Start-up, it is important to have SOPs for the core activities of the business. This will assist the business in producing products that meet up to required standards all the time.What is Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)’A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is a set of written instructions that document a routine activity of a
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