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Bayelsa Violence: PDP Demands Oshiomhole’s Prosecution

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APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole. Image: Guardian Nigeria

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to immediately arrest the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, for questioning and prosecution for incitement.

The party says the violence and arson being perpetuated by APC agents in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital, on Friday, was in furtherance of Oshiomhole’s inciting call that no governor would be sworn-in in Bayelsa state, contrary to the judgment of the Supreme Court.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday, the PDP says Oshiomole’s statement was a direct call for sedition and violent subversion of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the statutory authority of the Supreme Court and the mandate of the people of Bayelsa state.

The party, therefore, calls for his immediate arrest for prosecution for inciting violence and arson in the state.

The statement reads, “Nigerians can recall that our party had on Thursday cautioned Oshiomhole over his utterances and apparent plots to cause violence and a breakdown of law and order in the state.

“The world however watched with horror as APC agents, chanting APC slogans, assaulted the people of Bayelsa state, set the PDP secretariat in the state ablaze, attacked the premises of Radio Bayelsa, vandalized vehicles and equipment, took over major highways and attacked travellers, all in the bid to violently subvert the judgment of the Supreme court and forcefully take control of the state.

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Kano APC Suspends National Chairman Ganduje Over Corruption Allegations

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje, has been suspended from the party.

Ganduje was suspended by members of his ward, the Ganduje Ward in the Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State on Monday.

His suspension followed alleged corruption charges levelled against him by the state government.

Recall that the Kano High Court had said Ganduje will, on April 17, 2024, be arraigned on charges bothering on allegations of bribery, diversion, and misappropriation of funds, including the purported acceptance of $413,000 and N1.38bn in bribes.

The Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Haruna Dederi, who confirmed the development, said Ganduje would be arraigned alongside his wife and six others.

The accused individuals, as listed in the writ of summon, include Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Hafsat Umar, Abubakar Bawuro, Umar Abdullahi Umar, Jibrilla Muhammad, Lamash Properties Ltd, Safari Textiles Ltd, and Lesage General Enterprises.

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Tinubu Congratulates Tunde Onakoya On New World Chess Record

President Bola Tinubu has congratulated Tunde Onakoya on setting a new world chess record and sounding the gong of Nigeria’s resilience, self-belief, and ingenuity at the square of global acclaim.

Lifestyle Nigeria reports that Onakoya broke the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon on Saturday, after playing for over 58 hours and winning every match in tow.

A statement made available by the President’s Spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, said: “President Tinubu celebrates the Nigerian Chess Champion and founder of Chess in Slums Africa for the rare feat, but especially for the reason driving this compelling demonstration of character, which is raising funds for African children to learn and find opportunity through chess.

“The President states Mr. Onakoya has shown a streak customary among Nigeria’s youth population, the audacity to make good change happen; to baffle impossibility, and propel innovations and solutions to the nation’s challenges, even from corners of disadvantage.

The President affirms that Nigeria’s youths have demonstrated in all fields, including Afrobeats, Nollywood, the pulsating skit-making enterprise, education, science, and technology, that great exploits can truly come from small quarters.

“President Tinubu commends the inclination of Nigerians – across artificial partitions – for unity, once again exemplified through their undiluted support for this epoch-making endeavour.

“The President assures all citizens that his administration remains strongly committed to creating and expanding opportunities for the youth to explore and exercise their abilities and become the symbols of greatness our nation represents into the future.”

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APC Group Felicitates Okotete At 40 – Lifestyle Nigeria

A leading support group of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC Alliance Network for Democracy has congratulated Hon Stella Okotete on the occasion of her 40th birthday anniversary.

In a statement released to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday by the national coordinator of the group, Dr. Ozurumba Ekwesiocha, the group said Hon. Okotete is a young amazon who has distinguished herself in several fields of human endeavors.

At the local government level, Hon. Okotete was once elected Councillor in Ughelli-North Local Government Area of Delta State between 2008  and 2011.

At the state level, she was appointed as the Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) now known as (SDG) between 2011 and 2015.

At the Federal level, she was once the National Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress’s Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC).

She was also nominated into the 2023 Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Transition/Inauguration Committee to head the Secretariat, Planning and Monitoring Committee.

As the Executive Director in charge of Business Development at the Nigerian Export and Import Bank (NEXIM-Bank) before her ministerial nomination in 2023 by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Hon. Okotete has promoted the application of local contents in ways and manners which have turned many manufacturers into exporters.

In all the positions she has held so far, Hon. Okotete has never been found wanting in the discharge of her official duties as she had always maintained decorum, self-respect, transparency and accountability both in her private and public conducts.

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ECOWAS Budgets $4M for Humanitarian Actions in Nigeria, Others

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The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS has announced a number of methods to tackle humanitarian crises across West African states.

Dockaysworld reports that this was disclosed by the ECOWAS Commissioner on Human Development and Social Affairs, Professor Fatou Sow Sarr at the weekly ECOWAS press conference in Abuja on Friday.

Professor Sarr spoke about the department’s mandate to ensure development in four aspects including humanitarian, culture, education and science.

While speaking on the humanitarian and youth programs she disclosed the activities of ECOWAS in the past year and plans for the current year including programs and budgets.

Speaking on the humanitarian crises across states, Prof Sarr said,

“In 2024, ECOWAS has released 9 million dollars for internally displaced people, refugees, asylum seekers, as well as for the communities that welcome them (i.e. all 15 countries)
ECOWAS has allocated $1 million for stabilization in Nigeria (victims of terrorism, displaced people, injured people, rehabilitation and strengthening community resilience ).
Out of a fund of 25 million dollars intended for the fight against terrorism Nigeria, Burkina, Mali and Niger), ECOWAS has reserved 4 million dollars for humanitarian actions.
ECOWAS emphasizes prevention, we have a disaster reduction strategy and tools such as the observation, monitoring and alert center which allows ECOWAS to monitor displaced populations and floods, to anticipate problems. and better manage crisis situations.”

She went on to stress the focus on developing youths across countries for actualization of future goals. She said,

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Kano APC Suspends National Chairman Ganduje Over Corruption Allegations

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje, has been suspended from the party.

Ganduje was suspended by members of his ward, the Ganduje Ward in the Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State on Monday.

His suspension followed alleged corruption charges levelled against him by the state government.

Recall that the Kano High Court had said Ganduje will, on April 17, 2024, be arraigned on charges bothering on allegations of bribery, diversion, and misappropriation of funds, including the purported acceptance of $413,000 and N1.38bn in bribes.

The Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Haruna Dederi, who confirmed the development, said Ganduje would be arraigned alongside his wife and six others.

The accused individuals, as listed in the writ of summon, include Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Hafsat Umar, Abubakar Bawuro, Umar Abdullahi Umar, Jibrilla Muhammad, Lamash Properties Ltd, Safari Textiles Ltd, and Lesage General Enterprises.

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Tinubu Congratulates Tunde Onakoya On New World Chess Record

President Bola Tinubu has congratulated Tunde Onakoya on setting a new world chess record and sounding the gong of Nigeria’s resilience, self-belief, and ingenuity at the square of global acclaim.

Lifestyle Nigeria reports that Onakoya broke the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon on Saturday, after playing for over 58 hours and winning every match in tow.

A statement made available by the President’s Spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, said: “President Tinubu celebrates the Nigerian Chess Champion and founder of Chess in Slums Africa for the rare feat, but especially for the reason driving this compelling demonstration of character, which is raising funds for African children to learn and find opportunity through chess.

“The President states Mr. Onakoya has shown a streak customary among Nigeria’s youth population, the audacity to make good change happen; to baffle impossibility, and propel innovations and solutions to the nation’s challenges, even from corners of disadvantage.

The President affirms that Nigeria’s youths have demonstrated in all fields, including Afrobeats, Nollywood, the pulsating skit-making enterprise, education, science, and technology, that great exploits can truly come from small quarters.

“President Tinubu commends the inclination of Nigerians – across artificial partitions – for unity, once again exemplified through their undiluted support for this epoch-making endeavour.

“The President assures all citizens that his administration remains strongly committed to creating and expanding opportunities for the youth to explore and exercise their abilities and become the symbols of greatness our nation represents into the future.”

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