Sunday, 26 August 2018


Information reaching our desk seems to indicate that the outgoing governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha may had reached an agreement with Senator Hope Uzodinma to dump his son-in-law Uche Nwosu's governorship ambition and back Senator Hope Uzodinma to enable him Okorocha replace Hope in the Senate.

Unconfirmed reports has it that Uche Nwosu would gradually be stepping down his campaign and may turn his focus to the Nkwerre, Nwagele, Njaba Federal Seat which is already being eyed by the Deputy Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly Ozuruigbo who had been campaigning furiously for Uche Nwosu's gubernatorial ambition in what pundits viewed as a way of saving the Federal Seat for himself.

Following pressures from within and outside the state to jettison the succession plot, Okorocha would lose out of power and his only way to remain relevant would be if he could go to the Senate after he steps down next year.

However, with Hope Uzodinma being offered an automatic ticket by the presidency, Okorocha, it is believed has been forced to make the agreement with the Oru-East former Governorship aspirant who had suspended his governorship ambition just months ago after he was offered a chance to return to the Senate following defections from the ruling party.

Hope Uzodinma is a member of the Coalition that was formed within the Imo State APC to fight Okorocha's self-succession plot but with this suspected twist, it seems there have now appeared to be serious cracks in the Coalition.

We will keep you updated as events unfold.


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Saturday, 25 August 2018

The Freedom of Information Bill is Under Siege

Channels TV was fined N5 million in the month of July 2018 for refusing to be the propaganda machine of the government against National Assembly and Senator Bukola Saraki.

Kiss FM in Lagos is dying in silence. Cool FM is complaining. City FM along Ogba-Ikeja road in Lagos is about to die due to over FINE.

A radio station in Ibadan was fined N500,000 because a jingle critical of Fulani Herdsmen was aired therein.

Star FM in Ogun State is currently in dilemma.

Sweet FM in the gateway state is battling to retain its licence. Wazobia FM must declare all guests to feature in their programmes to NBC or face FINE.

The frequency of Rhythm FM has been suspended five times in 2018 for refusing to stop inviting some Public Analysts critical of President Buhari.

Today, Ekiti TV and Radio are under lock and key because the state Governor, Ayo Fayose exposed how results were altered and rigged during the July 14th governorship elections in the state against the wishes of the people.

As usual, Some, due to party sentiment, clapped when Ekiti TV and Radio were shut. Hope someone is getting something Nigeria.......

The Gbenga Aruleba of Fucus Nigeria AIT was suspended from his programme because of pressure from NBC

Raypower political platform was fined 500,000 naira for running live commentary on national assembly imbrigo ie on the day of mass defection at the Senate
The list is endless

Benue Gov, Ortom Gets Court Permission To Serve APC, Oshiomhole

A Makurdi High Court presided over by the Hon. Justice Theresa Igoche on Friday granted leave to the Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom, to serve the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole his writ of summons in Suit no: MHC/280/2018.

Counsel to Ortom, Mr Samuel Irabor, moved an ex-parte application seeking the leave of the court to serve the defendants at Abuja outside the Benue State Judicial Division.

The judge found merit in the application and granted leave for the defendants to be served at the APC National Secretariat, No. 40, Blantyre Street, Wuse II, Abuja.

Once served with the writ of summons, the defendants have 30 days to enter appearance and file their defence.

Governor Ortom, among other things, claimed that the defendants assassinated his character and damaged his reputation when in an APC sponsored press conference held on Friday, 27th July, 2018, Oshiomhole accused him of having a hand in the death of 2 Catholic priests and their parishioners at Mbalom community on the ground that one of the priests had preached a ‘very critical sermon’ against him.

Ortom is therefore seeking the following reliefs:

(a) A DECLARATION by this Honourable Court that the Defendants’ allegations and publication of 27/07/2018 against the Plaintiff are false, mischievous, unsubstantiated, defamatory and libelous of the Plaintiff.

(b) AN ORDER directing the Defendants to publish simultaneous retractions/apologies in respect of the said defamatory and libelous publication against the Plaintiff in the Sunday editions of 10 National Dailies circulating within Benue State as well as paid advertorials to the same effect on the prime time beats of the Nigerian Television Authority, Channels Tv, TVC News, African Independent Television, Independent Television (ITV), Benin, Radio Nigeria, Radio Benue and Harvest FM.

(c) COST of the suit.

(d) AN ORDER of the Honourable Court awarding the sum of #10,000,000,000.00K (Ten Billion Naira) only as damages in favour of the Plaintiff and against the Defendants jointly and severally for the defamation and libel of the Plaintiff’s character and reputation by the Defendants.

(e) AN ORDER OF PERPETUAL INJUNCTION restraining the Defendants, their officers, privies, assigns, surrogates or agents howsoever called from further defaming and libeling the Plaintiff’s character and reputation.

ANY OTHER ORDER(S) that the Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstance.


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

PDP Welcomes Saraki, Abdul Fatah, Ibeto

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) welcomes the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, the Kwara State Governor, Megida Ahmed Abdulfatah and the Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, Alhaji Ahmed Ibeto, to its fold.

The party says the coming of Senator Saraki, Governor Ahmed and Alhaji Ibeto could not have been at a better time than this when our nation requires the input of genuine patriots that will save her from an impending decline.

The PDP notes the harassment and intimidation that the duo of Senator Saraki and Governor Ahmed had suffered from the lords in the disintegrating All Progressives Congress (APC) which they helped to build and nurtured to win elections.

Senator Saraki, in particular, has conducted the affairs of the Senate in reflection of the wishes of the silent majority of Nigerians and had emerged a hero of democracy.

The party has no doubts that Senator Saraki, Governor Ahmed and Alhaji Ibeto will contribute immensely to the new order that engender good governance in our nation.

The PDP assures all returning members of all the rights and privileges accruable to every member of our party.

Furthermore, the PDP calls on all Nigerians who are desirous of rescuing our nation from the incompetent administration of President Buhari to rally with party of choice, PDP, ahead of the 2019 elections.

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

APC Queries Saraki, Gives Him 48 Hours To Respond

The All Progressives Congress has queried Senate President Bukola Saraki and given him 48 hours to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against him for violating the party’s constitution.

In a resolution signed by its National Secretary, Mai Maila Buni, the APC accused Dr Saraki of breaching Article 21 of its constitution and engaging in anti-party activities.

Among several other allegations, the APC claimed that the Senate President “encouraged and facilitated by providing an enabling environment for the defection of some senators who are members of the APC to the other opposition parties”.

It also claimed that Dr Saraki “deliberately refused to screen nominees for appointments submitted by Mr President who are members of the party”.

“This has caused untold embarrassment and ridicule to the party and the government,” it said.
The party further accused the Senate President of causing avoidable delays in the budgetary process and passage of the appropriation act into law.

It also claimed that despite efforts to address grievances to reconcile aggrieved members, he worked against the process and encouraged the formation of an association which sought to impersonate and pass off the name of the party.

The APC dissolved its executives in Kwara State on Monday after it, among other things, said some members of the executives in the state participated in a rally calling on the Senate President to defect to the Peoples Democratic.

In its query to Dr Saraki on Tuesday, the APC accused him of organising the rally and of embarrassing the party.

Furthermore, the APC attributed delays in the budgetary process on the Senate President.
“You used the office of the Senate President to cause avoidable delays in the budgetary process and passage of the appropriation act into law thereby frustrating the implementation of the party’s manifesto and programs and frustrating the APC led Federal Government in the actualisation of the campaign promises of the party,” the APC said.

According to the statement, failure by the Senate President to respond to the queries will attract sanctions.

Why I Defected From APC To PDP – Saraki’s Full Statement

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has explained the reason for his defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a statement signed by him on Tuesday, the Senate President explained that he defected after extensive consultations and after efforts to ensure a harmonious existence in the APC proved futile.

 Read his full statement below:

I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This is not a decision that I have made lightly. If anything at all, I have tarried for so long and did all that was humanly possible, even in the face of great provocation, ridicule and flagrant persecution, to give an opportunity for peace, reconciliation and harmonious existence.

Perhaps, more significantly, I am mindful of the fact that I carry on my shoulder a great responsibility for thousands of my supporters, political associates and friends, who have trusted in my leadership and have attached their political fortunes to mine.

However, it is after an extensive consultation with all the important stakeholders that we have come to this difficult but inevitable decision to pitch our political tent elsewhere; where we could enjoy a greater sense of belonging and where the interests of the greatest number of our Nigerians would be best served.

While I take full responsibility for this decision, I will like to emphasise that it is a decision that has been inescapably imposed on me by certain elements and forces within the APC who have ensured that the minimum conditions for peace, cooperation, inclusion and a general sense of belonging did not exist.

They have done everything to ensure that the basic rules of party administration, which should promote harmonious relations among the various elements within the party were blatantly disregarded. All governance principles which were required for a healthy functioning of the party and the government were deliberately violated or undermined. And all entreaties for justice, equity and fairness as basic preconditions for peace and unity, not only within the party, but also the country at large, were simply ignored, or employed as an additional pretext for further exclusion.
The experience of my people and associates in the past three years is that they have suffered alienation and have been treated as outsiders in their own party. Thus, many have become disaffected and disenchanted. At the same time, opportunities to seek redress and correct these anomalies were deliberately blocked as a government-within-a-government had formed an impregnable wall and left in the cold, everyone else who was not recognized as “one of us”. This is why my people, like all self-respecting people, would do, decided to seek accommodation elsewhere.

I have had the privilege to lead the Nigerian legislature in the past three years as the President of the Senate and the Chairman of the National Assembly. The framers of our constitution envisage a degree of benign tension among the three arms of government if the principle of checks and balances must continue to serve as the building block of our democracy. In my role as the head of the legislature, and a leader of the party, I have ensured that this necessary tension did not escalate at any time in such a way that it could encumber Executive function or correspondingly, undermine the independence of the legislature. Over the years, I have made great efforts in the overall interest of the country, and in spite of my personal predicament, to manage situations that would otherwise have resulted in unsavoury consequences for the government and the administration. My colleagues in the Senate will bear testimony to this.

However, what we have seen is a situation whereby every dissent from the legislature was framed as an affront to the executive or as part of an agenda to undermine the government itself. The populist notion of anti-corruption became a ready weapon for silencing any form of dissent and for framing even principled objection as “corruption fighting back”.

The persistent onslaught against the legislature and open incitement of the people against their own representatives became a default argument in defence of any short-coming of the government in a manner that betrays all too easily, a certain contempt for the Constitution itself or even the democracy that it is meant to serve.

Unfortunately, the self-serving gulf that has been created between the leadership of the two critical arms of government based on distrust and mutual suspicion has made any form of constructive engagement impossible. Therefore, anything short of a slavish surrender in a way that reduces the legislature to a mere rubber stamp would not have been sufficient in procuring the kind of rapprochement that was desired in the interest of all. But I have no doubt in my mind, that to surrender this way is to be complicit in the subversion of the institution that remains the very bastion of our democracy. I am a Democrat. And I believe that anyone who lays even the most basic claim to being a Democrat will not accept peace on those terms; which seeks to compromise the very basis of our existence as the parliament of the people.

The recent weeks have witnessed a rather unusual attempts to engage with some of these most critical issues at stake. Unfortunately, the discord has been allowed to fester unaddressed for too long, with dire consequences for the ultimate objective of delivering the common good and achieving peace and unity in our country. Any hope of reconciliation at this point was therefore very slim indeed. Most of the horses had bolted from the stable.

The emergence of new national party executives a few weeks ago held out some hopes, however slender. The new party chairman has swung into action and did his best alongside some of the Governors of APC and His Excellency, the Vice President.

I thank them for all their great efforts to save the day and achieve reconciliation. Even though I thought these efforts were coming late in the day but seeing the genuine commitment of these gentlemen, I began to think that perhaps it was still possible to reconsider the situation.

However, as I have realized all along, there are some others in the party leadership hierarchy, who did not think dialogue was the way forward and therefore chose to play the fifth columnists. These individuals went to work and ensured that they scuttled the great efforts and the good intentions of these aforementioned leaders of the party. Perhaps, had these divisive forces not thrown the cogs in the wheel at the last minutes, and in a manner that made it impossible to sustain any trust in the process, the story today would have been different.

For me, I leave all that behind me. Today, I start as I return to the party where I began my political journey, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

When we left the PDP to join the then-nascent coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014, we left in a quest for justice, equity and inclusion; the fundamental principles on which the PDP was originally built but which it had deviated from. We were attracted to the APC by its promise of change. We fought hard along with others and defeated the PDP.

In retrospect, it is now evident that the PDP has learnt more from its defeat than the APC has learnt from its victory. The PDP that we return to is now a party that has learnt its lessons the hard way and have realized that no member of the party should be taken for granted; a party that has realized that inclusion, justice and equity are basic preconditions for peace; a party that has realized that never again can the people of Nigeria be taken for granted.

I am excited by the new efforts, which seeks to build the reborn PDP on the core principles of promoting democratic values; internal democracy; accountability; inclusion and national competitiveness; genuine commitment to restructuring and devolution of powers; and an abiding belief in zoning of political and elective offices as an inevitable strategy for managing our rich diversity as a people of one great indivisible nation called Nigeria.

What we have all agreed is that a deep commitment to these ideals were not only a demonstration of our patriotism but also a matter of enlightened self-interest, believing that our very survival as political elites of this country will depend on our ability to earn the trust of our people and in making them believe that, more than anything else, we are committed to serving the people.

What the experience of the last three years has taught us is that the most important task that we face as a country is how to reunite our people. Never before had so many people in so many parts of our country felt so alienated from their Nigerianness. Therefore, we understand that the greatest task before us is to reunite the county and give everyone a sense of belonging regardless of region or religion.

Every Nigerian must have an instinctive confidence that he or she will be treated with justice and equity in any part of the country regardless of the language they speak or how they worship God. This is the great task that trumps all. Unless we are able to achieve this, all other claims to progress, no matter how defined, would remain unsustainable.

This is the task that I am committing myself to and I believe that it is in this PDP, that I will have the opportunity to play my part. It is my hope that the APC will respect the choice that I have made as my democratic right, and understand that even though we will now occupy a different political space, we do not necessarily become enemies unto one another.

Thank you.
Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON
President of the Senate