Sunday, 29 November 2015

No going back on Kogi run-off — INEC

The commission’s Deputy Director of Voters Education and Publicity, Mr. Nick Dazang in an interview with Punch in Abuja on Saturday said that The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has maintained that the planned Kogi State governorship supplementary election scheduled for December 5 will take place.

He said:

“We are prepared for the election and we are not thinking of either postponing it or cancelling it. In fact, we have prepared a supplementary budget for the election.
“The budget is for the conduct of the election and it will cover expenses such as accommodation, allowance and other logistics for the election.”
He said the budget has already been submitted to the commission’s chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu.
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Dangote to construct a 500 Megawatt power plant in Kano, Jigawa, others

In a deliberate attempt to support local economy and wealth creation, Aliko Dangote has promised to construct a 500 megawatt power plant for Kano, Jigawa, Kaduna and Katsina States. The Chairman and CEO of Dangote Group of Companies made the pledge through his representative, Engineer Mansur Ahmed, the executive director stakeholders management, at the 36th Kano Trade Fair held in Kano. In his address, Engr. Ahmed noted that without power industries and commerce will cripple and businesses seriously decline as has been the situation in Kano State.

He further revealed that they were currently discussing with the Kano State government on the megawatt power supply and final agreement will be signed soon. Engr. Ahmed made it known that Dangote has built over a hundred borehole across the state and the theatre health facility at Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital which was posponed due to discrepancies and would soon take off in the next few weeks.

Dangote group has done quite a lot of intervention across the federation,he added, sighting the example of Ebola case were the group spent over a billion naira to control it's spread and another billion naira support to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, especially in the north east. Engr. Ahmed also disclosed that the nutrition program of Dangote Group is aimed at ensuring that Nigerian children grow up vibrant and intelligent.
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PHOTOS: Mob Stripped & Beat Armed Robbers In Ogun

Nigerians are always ready to mete out jungle justice to the men of the underworld who want to live like kings in the jungle. According to reports, these armed robbers were caught on Saturday morning at Olowotedo Mowe along Lagos Ibadan express way Ogun state. They were mercilessly beaten by the angry mob before being handed over to the police.

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Stock Fraud Suspect Dies In EFCC Custody

A suspect under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is dead. Arowofela Olufemi, who was in the custody of the EFCC, at about 5.30 am today, November 28, 2015 complained of chest pain and was rushed to the nearby Military Hospital but gave up the ghost before doctors could attend to him.

The cause of the sudden death is yet to be ascertained even as the corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the mortuary of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. The family of the deceased has already been notified of the incident while the matter had been reported at the Onikan Division of the Nigeria Police.

Olufemi was arrested following a complaint by the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, alleging that he was involved in the fraudulent conversion of dividend warrants to the tune of over N100million. In deed, he was picked up at the bank while attempting to cash stolen dividend warrants.

After his arrest and detention, he was offered administrative bail but could not produce a surety to perfect his bail.
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Kogi Governorship Crisis: Audu’s Camp Rejects Son

The tussle over the replacement for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Kogi State, the late Prince Abubakar Audu, got messier yesterday as his camp rebuffed calls for his son, Mohammed Audu, or the first runner-up in the party’s governorship primaries, Yahaya Bello, to be given the ticket. Audu died on November 22, 2015, a day after the governorship election in the state, of undisclosed causes.

There had been calls by eminent Nigerians, including a former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, and APC lawmakers in the state house of assembly for the party to hand the ticket to Audu’s son, Mohammed.
In fact, posters of the late politician’s 43-year-old son have started circulating in the state. The Independent National Electoral Commission had advised the party to produce a fresh candidate to replace Audu.

INEC also fixed December 5 for a supplementary election in 91 polling units after it declared the November 21 poll inconclusive. In response, APC said it would hold fresh primaries to produce a new candidate. Reports said APC had picked Yahaya Bello, who came a distant second in its governorship primaries.

Audu’s followers at a press conference in the Kogi State capital, Lokoja, yesterday said he specifically told them to support his running mate, James Faleke, if he failed to make it. Head of Media, Prince Abubakar Audu/Faleke Campaign Organisation, Dr. Tom Ohikere, said Audu issued the instruction on his death bed. He said Audu believed that Faleke was best suited to carry on with his vision and warned against any attempt to impose a candidate on the state chapter.

Ohikere also accused President Muhammadu Buhari and INEC of planning to foist a Muslim candidate (Bello) on the state chapter. He also alleged that some powerful forces prevailed on INEC to declare the election inconclusive after they learnt of Audu’s death on Sunday morning.

According to Ohikere, the presidency and APC leadership cannot claim to be unaware of the provisions of the law, whereby a running mate to a deceased candidate in an ongoing election steps in as the party’s flag bearer.
“But it has been a grand conspiracy between the party leadership and the Presidency to ensure that a Muslim is used as a replacement to late Prince Abubakar Audu, who died on November 22.

The state will not only catch fire, but the late Prince Audu will rise from the grave and unleash terror on anyone involved in this conspiracy. “Let me open up to you now. Our political mentor and father, late Prince Audu on his death bed, gave instructions to us (his followers), that should he not make it, the baton must be transferred to his running mate, Faleke, whom he (Audu), said is capable of carrying on with his vision. “I want to categorically tell you that the party/executive’s conspiracy started when they heard that Prince Audu was dead.

In an ulterior move to stop a non-Muslim (Faleke), from stepping in, the INEC returning officer was quickly directed to declare the result inconclusive,” he stated. Audu’s camp also disagreed with the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on his position in respect of the crisis. The AGF had at a conference in Abuja advised APC to present a fresh candidate to pick up the mantle.

He also said the camp had studied the various opinions canvassed by lawyers on the matter.
He, however, said Audu’s camp would not accept a situation where APC chieftains would prefer to back Wada to get a second term instead of backing Faleke to step into Audu’s shoes. Ohikere, who stressed that the AGF’s observation was a ‘pure script reading,’ said, “I don’t agree with the AGF on his position regarding the nomination of another candidate by the APC. I however agree that a supplementary election can be proceeded with by INEC.”

“I’m amazed by the welter of opinion canvassed by several leading legal icons on this seemingly thorny issue. Some have called for a fresh election, others have argued otherwise while some have posited that the victory of APC should be, wholesale, donated to PDP’s Capt Wada. “Surprisingly, all these arguments seem to have overlooked the provisions of section 187 (1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended.

This provision states: ‘In any election to which the foregoing provision of this part of this chapter relates, a candidate for the office of governor of a state shall not be deemed to have been validly nominated for such office unless he nominates another candidate as his associate for his running for the office of Governor who is to occupy the office of Deputy Governor……’ “I am tempted to expound the above provision of the constitution applying or adopting the literal and grammatical approach to its interpretation.

It therefore follows that in the Kogi State governorship election of 21st November, 2015, Hon. Faleke was an associate candidate in that election. Methinks that the election, having proceeded and results released or declared before the demise of the main candidate, the associate candidate must, constitutionally, be entitled to step into the shoes of the (deceased) main candidate.

“Clearly, the raison d’être for insertion of the provision of section 187(1) into the constitution is for such situation as has played itself out in Kogi State with the demise of the governorship candidate before the conclusion of election, but after the commencement of polls.
“It is not in doubt that at the time of the occurrence of the death of Prince A. Audu, Hon. Faleke had acquired vested right to the votes cast in that election alongside his party (APC).

To my mind, the provisions of section 36 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, espoused by the AGF as the applicable provision, is absolutely inapplicable to the facts and the stage of the election during which the death of the main candidate occurred.

For the avoidance of any doubt section 36(1) of the Act provides: ‘If after the time for delivery of nomination paper and before the commencement of the poll, a nominated candidate dies, the chief national electoral commissioner shall, being satisfied of the fact of the death, countermand the poll in which the deceased candidate was to participate and the commission shall appoint some other convenient date for the election within 14days.’

“Contrary to the foregoing provision, election or polls have commenced and been concluded in majority polling stations and results declared, bringing the situation much closer to that anticipated and provided for in section 181 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
“Consequently, it is my well considered view, in the circumstances, that it will accord with the wisdom of the draftsmen of the constitution to allow Hon. Faleke who was not just a candidate of APC in that election, but who has acquired vested rights in the results declared to simply nominate a running mate who will conclude the process along with him,” he added.

Ohikere further advised the Presidency and APC’s national leadership to, for the sake of peace and unity the state is currently enjoying, suspend moves capable of undermining the provisions of the law on “selfish ground.” He also accused Bello of parading himself as the new candidate on the basis of his closeness to Buhari.

However, none of Buhari’s spokespersons could be reached as they were said to have travelled with the President to Malta for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Faleke had through his lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), written INEC, asking it to declare him governor-elect since he had a joint ticket with Audu. APC members of the state house of assembly had on Friday threatened to impeach any candidate produced by APC if he or she wins the election. However, APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, yesterday said the party would take an appropriate position by announcing Audu’s successor after the seven days prayers for the repose of his soul in line with Islamic doctrine.

In a response to an SMS on why the party is delaying the announcement of his successor, Odigie-Oyegun replied: “We will speak on Monday after the seven-day prayers for Prince Audu.”
Also yesterday, APC youths blocked Itobe bridge in Ajaokuta, linking Kogi West and Central with Kogi East over the governorship candidacy crisis. The protest caused a heavy traffic for many hours. When
contacted, the state command’s spokesman, William Aya, said he had heard about it and was trying to obtain a confirmation from the area commander.
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Kogi 2015: Faleke Rejects Yahaya Bello As Audu's Replacement

The All Progressives Congress (APC) running mate in the deadlocked governorship election in Kogi State, Mr. Abiodun Faleke has opposed the party’s choice of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as replacement for the late Prince Abubakar Audu. This disclosure was made known in a second letter written by Faleke yesterday to the party’s national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. According to Faleke, he is not prepared to give up his ‘mandate’ for any reason whatsoever.


“While reiterating and adopting the position of our client as highlighted, expressed and conveyed in our first letter, permit us, most humbly, but frankly to add the following points on behalf and instruction of our client, that is to say:

(i)The Issue involved is that of constitutional, formal and legal imperatives, rather than political expediency. In the eyes of the Constitution and the law, our client is the governor-elect of Kogi State. There is no gainsaying this fact. It is a truism that cannot be discounted.

(ii) It is the duty of the APC to champion the actualization of its mandate, as well as that of our client. In this wise, we most humbly advise and caution that the party should be minded of the Ides of November, because the idea being sold to the APC by the INEC to go and hold a supplementary primary election for the purpose of bringing forth a governorship candidate to contest a supplementary election in 91 polling units is saturated with deleterious legal and constitutional landmines. We posit without any hesitation that at this stage, INEC and all the political parties that took part in the concluded election have reached a point of no return. Thus our client can neither be jettisoned by the APC, nor can a new or fresh candidate be imposed on him as his Principal. The law also does not recognize this type of supplementary election in 91 polling units, with total number of eligible voters with PVCs not more than 25,000 or thereabout. Otherwise, if the law and Constitution allow it, Kogi State would end up holding a supplementary election, which would also produce a supplementary governor. Put bluntly, there cannot be any legitimate Governor of Kogi State who would emerge from the supplementary election (outside our client) with a maximum of 25,000 votes, assuming all the registered voters with PVCs cast their votes for the anticipatory supplementary governor will also be likened to a Governor of 91 polling units.
May we quickly draw your attention to Section 179 (2) (b) of the 1999 Constitution which states:

“(2) A candidate of an election to the office of Governor of a state shall be deemed to have been duly elected where, there being two or more candidates-

(b) He has not less than one-quarter of all the votes cast in each of at least two-thirds of all the local government areas in the state.”

Continuing, he said: “It was the contention of PDP that the then Deputy Governor-elect, Boni Haruna automatically became and assumed the position of governor-elect. The PDP took the matter to court and, at the end of the legal pilgrimage, the Supreme Court agreed with the PDP. Then the Deputy Governor-elect, Boni Haruna, not only assumed position as Governor, but spent two terms in office. With very high respect, we do not expect the APC to do less.

“When the late Umaru Yar’Adua was terminally sick, some leading members of your party in coalition with some decent forces in the country, bandying the ‘doctrine of necessity’ championed the cause of the then Vice President, Goodluck Jonathan to be appointed President. At the end of it all, the National Assembly acceded to this clarion call and Vice President Goodluck Jonathan metamorphosed to acting President. Thereafter, he became substantive President for six years. The point being made by us is that if we could rely on the doctrine of necessity and maximally utilize same to make Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, the sitting President, it then goes without saying that both INEC and the APC must submit themselves to the doctrine of constitutional imperative and/or necessity to allow our client to be Governor -elect of Kogi State."
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PHOTO: Bayelsa Governor, Dickson Campaigns With MTN Recharge Cards

I came across this in bayelsa and it's not funny. It's a 400 mtn voucher and it's given free in some communities. PDP will not wreck this country, say amen

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Looted Funds That Have Been Returned Are With CBN

Public funds that have so far been returned by some past government officials who looted the treasury while in the saddle are currently with the Central Bank of Nigeria, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.

It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had while speaking during an interactive session he had with members of the Nigerian community in the Islamic Republic of Iran disclosed that some past government officials who stole public funds had started returning parts of their loot to government coffers voluntarily.

Buhari did not disclose the identities of the former government officials who have so far returned parts of the looted fund or the amount returned to the public treasury.

But SUNDAY PUNCH’s investigation revealed that the money is with the CBN, although the amount could not be immediately ascertained at the time of filing this report.

It was also not certain yet the purpose for which the money would be utilised.

Although there are speculations that the return of the monies could be part of a plea bargain arrangement that will see the ex-officials returning their loot quietly without being prosecuted, it was also learnt that the President might not have made up his mind on the matter.

When contacted on Saturday, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, confirmed that the looted fund was being returned to government coffers through the CBN.

He said only the apex bank could speak on how much had been returned to the government.

He said, “The looted fund is being returned through CBN. Only the bank can speak on the procedure, and how much has been returned so far.”

When further asked if the President was considering pardoning those who have returned their loot or they will still be prosecuted, Adesina replied, “The President has not made a declaration on whether those who returned money voluntarily would still be prosecuted or not.”

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, had told journalists at Friday’s Federation Accounts Allocation Committee meeting in Abuja that the Federal Government had yet to put a specific figure to the amount of money so far returned by those who looted the treasury, saying the process was still ongoing.

According to her, when collated, the funds would be returned to where they were stolen from.

The minister said, “There is no figure on the funds being returned yet. The process is ongoing. When it is completed and the accounts are available, they would be returned to where they were stolen from. We haven’t come to that yet.”
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DSS Warns Of Planned Boko Haram Attacks In Abuja

Department of State Security 'Service' (DSS) has warn of impeding terror attacks in Abuja, notification given to Christian and Islamic body to keep their members on alert.

It is well...
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Photo Of Governor El-Rufai Sitting On The Floor During A Town Hall Meeting

The commissioner of health kaduna state standing stressing a point, while the Executive Governor of kaduna state Mal Nasir Ahmed El rufai is sitting on the floor listening during the 2016 town hall budget meeting at Hassan Usman Katsina House Kaduna.

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Governor Amosun Offers Automatic Employment To 12 First Class Graduates

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has announced automatic employment to 12 first class graduates of the Tai Solarin University of Education, TASUED.

Governor Amosun announced this, on Saturday, while speaking at the 6th and 7th Convocation and 10th anniversary ceremony of the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
He added that his administration was ready and committed to doing all that is necessary to make certificates of higher institutions in Ogun State, the most sought-after in Nigeria.

The governor noted that the greatest legacy anyone can bequeath to the coming generation is a good education adding that “it is easier to govern an enlightened and educated populace.”
Governor Amosun also promised to continue with his administration’s commitment to providing top notch facilities in tertiary institutions in Ogun State.

The governor said his administration will continue to build more hostels of residence and lecture rooms in order to ensure better learning conditions and forestall negative indoctrination of the students.
The Ogun State governor also enjoined the graduands to be aware of the responsibility they now have to the society as a whole.

“I charge you all to remember that you are now transitioning into shapers of other destinies as you go into the world to contribute your quota. It is your responsibility as teachers to ensure that the younger people put in your trust are well developed both in character and learning.

“Moreover, I want to charge you to be responsible, industrious, dependable and humble. You should ensure that you are good ambassadors of this great citadel of learning in all you do.

“You should also comport yourselves with dignity in whatever situation life may place you and in a manner befitting of products of the foremost University of education in Nigeria,” Governor Amosun said.

Speaking earlier, the Vice-chancellor of TASUED, Mrs. Oluyemisi Obilade noted that the institution was the first University of Education in Nigeria, the 2nd in Africa and the 8th in the world adding that its vision was "to be a one-stop shop for all educational needs and preferred University of education globally."

Obilade also noted that 5,970 graduands were being conferred with First degrees, out of which, twelve (12) graduated with First class Honours while adding that nothing has added more glamour to the school's 10th anniversary than the quality of individuals who were honoured with honorary doctorate degrees at the event.

The event witnessed the conferment of honorary doctorate degrees to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria; late Chief Mrs. HID Awolowo and
Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest
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Funny Photo Of Bola Tinubu, Fashola & Ambode

You can't talk about the history of Lagos without mentioning the names of APC Chieftain Bola Tinubu,Minister with highest portfolio Fashola and incumbent Governor of Lagos state Ambode.One word for the photo above
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PHOTOS: Dele Momodu Visits VP Osinbajo

Dele Momodu is a Nigerian Journalist/Publisher, polemicist, businessman, philanthropist, actor and motivational speaker, Pays Condolence to VP Osinbajo on the demise of his grandmother-in-law HID Awolowo , see photos from the event below.

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Photos Of Governor Fayose Cutting Meat In The Kitchen

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose on Saturday shared pictures of him cutting meat in the kitchen.He captioned the pictures: “Governor Chef Ayodele Fayose”

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PHOTOS: Igala People Of Kogi State Protesting Over The Replacement Of Audu With Bello

Igala people of Kogi state protesting, due to the replacement of late Prince Abubarkar Audu with Yahaya Bello {a.k.a fairplus} of ebira..

Mod..where hath thou...

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Saturday, 28 November 2015

PHOTOS: Dr Goodluck Jonathan At Governor Dickson’s Rally In Yenagoa

Former President Goodluck Jonathan at grand rally of the governorship campaign of Governor Seriake Dickson in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

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Lagos to boost office of the public defender

Read the press statement below...
The Lagos State Government has pledged its commitment towards boosting the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) to perform optimally as part of efforts to ensure the protection of the rights of the people.
Attorney General of the State and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, who made the pledge while meeting with the State leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode would focus more on people-oriented policies and give the OPD maximum support.
While describing the NBA as a veritable platform for all stakeholders in the legal profession to learn, exchange ideas and retool, Kazeem advocated for a more cordial working relationship between the NBA and the State's Ministry of Justice.
Revealing the passion of the State Government to work with the association in order to uplift the quality of justice delivery in the State, Kazeem expressed his desire to meet members of the Bar periodically and proposed a quarterly parley with the Bar in order to foster stronger ties with members of the Bar.

He expressed his intention to introduce more active communication channels, adding that his preferred mode of communication in conformity with present times would be through electronic means, which he said conveys messages faster.

The Lagos AG, however, requested for the database of the members of the Bar and reiterated his intention to use information technology to drive his agenda.
Responding, the leadership of NBA pledged to support the policies of the State Government so long as they will better the lot of the people of Lagos State.
They also sought Kazeem's assistance in getting the Judiciary to give adequate notice to members of the Bar whenever the judges, for any reason, would be unable to sit.
They also urged the State Government to consider building more courtrooms in the Badagry division of the Lagos State High Court.
Besides, the Bar leaders implored Kazeem to ensure prompt payment and upward review of the subvention to NBA.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Yinka Farounbi, Chairman of Ikeja Branch; Mr. Dofun Adetunji- Chairman, Ikorodu Branch; Mr. Chris Okoye, Chairman Badagry Branch; and other executive members.
NOVEMBER 27, 2015
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How to Report Any Nigerian Policeman Asking For Bail Money

The Nigerian Police Force, NPF has announced that bail is free in the country.

The NPF has also released contact details of the Compliant Response Unit, CRU where Nigerians can drop their complains if they're ever asked to pay bail. You can also drop other complaints using the contact details.

Free bail.jpg
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How to Report Any Nigerian Policeman Asking For Bail Money

The Nigerian Police Force, NPF has announced that bail is free in the country.

The NPF has also released contact details of the Compliant Response Unit, CRU where Nigerians can drop their complains if they're ever asked to pay bail. You can also drop other complaints using the contact details.

Free bail.jpg
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PHOTO: Trailer Falls On Ojuelegba Bridge,Lagos

A trailer fell this morning on Ojuelegba bridge,Fadeyi area in Lagos.Thank God there were no vehicles or bikes around it at that moment.
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I Won My Election Clean And Clear – David Mark

Ex-Senate President, Senator David Mark has reacted to Saturday’s ruling of the Appeal Court which voided his election by declaring that he “won the election convincingly”.

In a statement forwarded to DAILY POST by his media assistant, Paul Mumeh, the immediate past Senate President expressed faith that he will still win even if the election was conducted a hundred times.

The Appeal Court had in its verdict on Saturday ordered a re-run of the Benue South Senatorial election. The appeal was brought by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC in that election, Daniel Onjeh.
Mark, while charging his people not to be deterred by the verdict but be strengthened ahead of the re-run, said he has “no doubt that his constituents would turn out en masse to vote for him again.”

Continuing, he said, “Whatever the situation may be, one thing I know is that my people are solidly behind me . They also appreciate the fact that I have done more than enough to lift up Idoma nation to a position of eminence in the contemporary political history of Nigeria.

“I won the election clean and clear. If we go back to the polls 100 times , I will still win convincingly.”
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Things To Know About Yahaya Bello, APC's Replacement Of Late Audu

Below are things you should know about him:

1. He was born on the 18th of June, 1975 to the family of Alhaji Bello and Hajiya Hauwa.

2. He hails from Igbirra, Okene local government area in Kogi central senatorial district.

3. He attended Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) primary school, Agassa in Okene LGA and finished in 1989.
After he finished from secondary school in 1994, he enrolled for the IJMB programme at the Kaduna State Polytechnic, Zaria. He spent five months on the programme and passed the exams with 12 points with which he was offered admission at the Ahmadu Bell University, Zaria to study BSc Accounting.

5. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the same institution.
6. He did his one year National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) programme at Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) in Abuja.

7. He is a businessman and the Managing Director of FairPlus International Ltd.

8. He is the chairman of Kogi Youth Arise Forum.

9. He is also a Chartered Fellow of Association of National Accountant of Nigeria (ANAN).

10. He worked at the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission where he rose to the position of Assistant Chief Accountant.

Alhaji Yahaya Bello Adoza (Fair Plus) is an astute business man and the Managing Director of FairPlus International Ltd and also the Director of Kogi Youth Arise Forum.

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Pirates Attack Polish Ship In Niger Delta, Kidnap 5

Pirates attacked a Polish-owned cargo vessel off the Nigerian coast and kidnapped its captain and four crew, Polish authorities said, in the first documented incident of its kind in almost year in some of the deadliest shipping lanes on earth.

The Cyprus-registered Szafir was boarded overnight by armed men in two boats, who looted the 10,000-tonne container ship, operator EuroAfrica said.

The as yet unidentified kidnappers had made no demands so far and Poland was liaising with Nigerian authorities, its Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told a news conference in Warsaw on Friday.

The kidnapped sailors also included other officers, which made the ship impossible to navigate.
"The rest of the crew, 11 people, are still on the ship and they are safe... The ship suffered some damage," Waszczykowski said.

The ship was anchored around 30 nautical miles (56 km) off the Nigerian coast, and the operator was arranging for a new crew to take it back to port.

Nigerian authorities were not immediately available for comment.

Security experts class the waters off Nigeria as some of the deadliest on earth, with pirates based in the country often targeting oil tankers as well as hostages to ransom.

But the region has seen no documented attacks since February when a crude carrier was boarded, with the ship's Greek deputy captain killed and three crew members taken hostage.

Polish Maritime Minister Marek Grobarczyk said the safety procedures of all Polish companies operating in the area would be reviewed to ensure sailors' safety.
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Photos From The 2015 Nigeria Technology Awards

Hello Friends, was there at the Award Dinner Ceremony of the Maiden Edition of NIGERIA Technology Awards (NiTA), 2015

The Ace-Olivia Hall, City Mall, Onikan, Lagos

Dinner Table

Fruits @ the event

Cocktail Stand

Faces @ The Red Carpet, Initial Plan was Green, but was change last minute

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Mustapha Audu's Wife Curses Sugabelly; Defends Husband Over Rape Accusations

Wife to Mustapha Audu, Sugabelly's alleged rapist has taken to Twitter to curse Sugabelly for lying against her husband and saying he raped her and caused her to be gang raped when she was just 17 years old.

According to the story Zahra, Mustapha's wife is telling, Sugabelly was a troubled teenager with a history of mental illness. Zahra says she is an obsessive compulsive liar, a lady that stalked her when she first got married to Mustapha.

Zahra insists Sugabelly was not raped and she prays Sugabelly experiences all she claims she has lived through. And also, every single person who has accused, enabled, spread this rubbish stories about her husband, that she prays from her soul that they will have their karma. Every single person who feels that at a time when they, the Audu family should be grieving that they need to deal with this nonsense.

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