• PDP sends delegation to DSS DG as agency holds Abaribe

    PDP sends delegation to DSS DG as agency holds Abaribe

    Olusola Fabiyi, Leke Baiyewu and Chidiebube Okeoma

    The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has sent a delegation to the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Lawan Daura, over the spate of arrest of its members, Saturday PUNCH learnt in Abuja on Friday.

    The membership of the delegation, which is being shrouded in secrecy, is said to comprise top leaders of the party and some state governors.

    The decision to send the delegation to the head of the top security outfit was taken at a meeting held by the leadership of the party with members of the Ekiti State Governorship Campaign Committee in Abuja on Thursday night.

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    Saturday PUNCH learnt that the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, was among those at the meeting.

    Secondus, who confirmed the sending of the delegation to Daura, however, refused to give details of those in the delegation and issues slated for discussion.

    He said, “We have sent a delegation comprising our governors to the DG of DSS over the spate of arrests of our members.

    “Yesterday, they picked up a former Governor of Benue State, Mr. Gabriel Suswam, and today, they arrested Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.  We can’t reach them and even their loyalists can’t reach them.

    “Now, the clampdown has indeed started. But how many of our members are they going to arrest, just because they (the government and the ruling party) are afraid of losing the (2019 presidential) election?

    “Maybe they will arrest all of us and put us into jail. Nigerians are watching and the international community is also watching.”

    Meanwhile, the party has asked the DSS to release the senator representing Abia South in the Senate, Abaribe, immediately.

    Abaribe was arrested in Abuja on Friday at a popular hotel located at Maitama District.

    The DSS had yet to issue any statement on the reason behind the arrest.

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    But in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Friday, the PDP lamented that the “Gestapo-styled” arrest of Abaribe has further confirmed its earlier alarm that the Federal Government had commenced what it described as a clampdown on the opposition and perceived opponents of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid.

    Ologbondiyan said, “The clampdown on Senator Abaribe is feared to be in furtherance of the moves to intimidate and emasculate members of the National Assembly who are known for their outspokenness against the constitutional violations and misrule of the APC administration.

    “The PDP notes that the Federal Government has given no reasons for the arrest and detention of Senator Abaribe, who has been kept incommunicado without access to his lawyers and associates.

    “The party also notes the apprehension of Nigerians following numerous alleged plots by the Federal Government to frame other lawmakers, including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, as well as Senators Dino Melaye and Shehu Sani.”

    Ologbondiyan asked the DSS to immediately declare Abaribe’s whereabouts, as well as the charge against him.

    In a related development, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has accused the DSS of arresting Abaribe because he signed  Nnamdi Kanu’s bail bond.

    A release issued by MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, on Friday,equally accused the DSS of clamping down on those who were opposed to Buhari’s second term bid, especially Christians.

    “We know that his (Abaribe’s) humiliating arrest was because he signed the bail bond of Nnamdi Kanu and his eloquence in defending the cause and interest of Ndigbo and Christians in general,” the statement read in part.

    Meanwhile, it was learnt that operatives of the Department of State Services on Friday night laid siege to Abaribe’s residence at Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja.

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    The operatives arrived at the Zone E end of the estate and cordoned off the street around 5:45pm.

    A source told our correspondent that the operatives later raided the building after a search warrant was presented to Abaribe. The raid was still ongoing as of 9pm, according to a source.

    The source said, “They are still here (at 8:54pm) raiding the house. They produced a search warrant and the feelers we are getting is that they are in search of exhibits traceable to the (proscribed) IPOB. We also learnt that his comment that N30bn was smuggled into the 2018 budget by some officials in the executive ruffled some feathers and embarrassed the government.”

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  • Odigie-Oyegun Inaugurates Kano, Jigawa APC State Chairman

    Odigie-Oyegun Inaugurates Kano, Jigawa APC State Chairman

    In what appeared one of his last official assignments, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Friday evening inaugurated the Party’s Kano and Jigawa State Chairmen, Abdullahi Abass and Hon. Ado Sani Kiri, respectively.

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  • We are in support of restructuring, Osinbajo says

    We are in support of restructuring, Osinbajo says

    Olalekan Adetayo and Dayo Ojerinde

    Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the present administration is not opposed to restructuring as being canvassed in many quarters.

    He said the administration was in support of any form of restructuring that would benefit Nigerians.

    Osinbajo stated this while addressing traditional rulers from Ekiti State at the palace of the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, on Wednesday.

    His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, made the transcript of the Vice-President’s speech available to journalists on Thursday.

    Osinbajo said Nigeria needed peace more than any other thing at this time.

    He berated those who he said derived satisfaction in ethnic and religious politics in order to divide the country.

    He said Nigeria was better off as a united country.

    The Vice-President said, “I want to say that this country is strongest, this country is best when we are one, when we are united. It is a united country that can make a difference. We are fully in support of any form of restructuring that will benefit the people of our country.

    “That is why, for example, the President just signed this into law, a bill which enables Houses of Assembly to be autonomous; so that their finances are autonomous. This is some form of devolution of powers.

    “We are also keenly supportive of anything that gives a measure of independence for states so that the states can realise their own potential and do very well for themselves in every way. The President is keenly supportive of all of those things.

    “So, for us, unity is important, peace is important.”

    Osinbajo noted that there was nothing politicians would not say especially as the nation approaches elections.

    He, however, said the present administration was committed to keeping the nation as one and ensuring that no life was lost during electioneering.

    “As we approach the elections, people say all sorts of things even in order to win elections, in order to gain ascendancy.

    “There is nothing they cannot say or do; there is no type of statement that cannot be made.

    “But we believe very strongly that keeping our country together, keeping our people as one, and ensuring that no life is lost in the process of the elections is so important to us,” he added.

    Osinbajo said President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to the development of all the states of the federation irrespective of the political party in charge of the states.

    He said that was why Ekiti State had been benefitting from the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme despite being a Peoples Democratic Party state.

    He cited the N-Power programme under which he said 3,339 young graduates from Ekiti State had been employed.

    He said the beneficiaries had been assisting the state as teachers, extension workers and health workers.

    Osinbajo disclosed that additional 8,600 graduates had been pre-selected and would be engaged at the end of this month, therefore bringing the number of beneficiaries in the state to 11,000.

    The Vice-President added that 10,664 beneficiaries from the state had also received micro-credit from the Federal Government of Nigeria under the SIP.

    Another 10,688 people, he said, were benefitting from the Conditional Cash Transfers in the state by receiving a monthly benefit of N5,000.

    “These have been done, as I said, because the President’s view is that we must not play politics with the health and welfare and prosperity of our people. No politicking.

    “That is why despite the fact that this is not an APC state, all of these benefits have been given to these people, the indigenes of this state because they are Nigerians,” he said.

    Osinbajo expressed the belief that if the candidate of the APC, Kayode Fayemi, was elected the state governor in the July 14 governorship election, the state would be better for it.

    He said the country needed devoted and serious-minded people to be in the saddle.

    “I want to say that nothing comes easy; you need people who are devoted, people who are serious-minded, dedicated to the work of improvement and development. That is what our country needs today.

    Meanwhile, a  former president of the Nigeria Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba, President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, John Nwodo and Niger-Delta Activist, Anko Briggs, have taken a stand for restructuring.

    The Publisher of Sahara Reporters,  Omoyele Sowore, will on June 28, join other speakers at the Voice of Reason leadership colloquium, on the  theme, ‘Restructuring: A Panacea For Justice and Peace of Nigeria, the Imperative for a People’s Constitution.’

    According to a statement jointly signed by the Convener of the Group, Dr. Goke Omisore and the Chairman, Media and Publicity Committee, ‘Deji Osibogun, the programme will be chaired by Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, as well as co-founder, Eko Hospitals, Dr Sunny Folorunso Kuku.

    Other speakers expected at the event, which will hold at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos, include Social Entrepreneur, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji; Col. Tony Nyiam (retd.); son of a former Nigeria Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Dr. Abdul Tafawa Balewa; International Trade and Investment Lawyer, Nathasha Akpoti and Secretary-General of Lower Niger Congress, Comrade Tony Nnadi.

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  • APC chairmanship: Oshiomhole unopposed as govs head for consensus

    APC chairmanship: Oshiomhole unopposed as govs head for consensus

    The All  Progressives Congress, APC, was last night putting finishing touches to tomorrow’s ‘coronation’ of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as its new national chairman in the nation’s capital city that has been suffused in an air of political festivity.

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  • I will subject President, Govs, others to party supremacy if elected as APC national chairman — Oshiomhole

    I will subject President, Govs, others to party supremacy if elected as APC national chairman — Oshiomhole

    Former Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that he will ensure party supremacy if elected as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress at its National Convention scheduled to hold on Saturday.

    He stated this on Wednesday in Abuja when he had an interactive session with APC young stakeholders.

    Oshiomohole stressed that it was the duty of political parties, particularly a governing party to have policies on the economy, social policies and policies that would determine how the society is organised and run.

    He maintained that if elected, he would subject the president and other elected officers to the dictates of the party.

    He specifically said that his leadership would be clear on issues of the economy and governance and would promote core values of progressive governance.

    “My hope is that, if by the special grace of God I become the APC National Chairman, we will need to be very clear about all these and other issues.

    “Anyone elected on our platform, including the President will be expected to conduct government and governance in a way that promotes the core values of progressive governance,” he said.

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    He decried the promotion of ethnic and religious matters by major political parties in the country.

    According to him, the whole idea of seeking election on a party’s platform is to share binding ideas and to positively impact on people’s well being.

    Oshiomohole said it was unfortunate that we were yet to have any serious political platform where the agenda was to debate policy choices.

    “To me, this is what a political party should represent. It is not only meeting during elections, but meeting from time to time to discuss policy options,” he said.

    He assured that if elected as APC next national chairman, he would subject everyone to the dictates of the party’s Constitution.

    “We will remain faithful to the manifesto of the party on the basis of which we were elected by the Nigerian people.

    “I believe that everything considered, we are still the favourite party, but we must not take the support of the people for granted.

    “My task is to be able to assist government at all levels to work in a way that will reflect the core values of the APC.” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Oshiomhole would be contesting the APC national chairmanship position at the party’s national convention slated for June 23.


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  • How citizens can curb the excesses of SARS

    How citizens can curb the excesses of SARS

    During the colonial era, the police force was set up to oppress and intimidate the Nigerian people, coerce and extort taxes from them and prevent them from challenging the ruthless exploitation of the human and natural resources of the country by the British colonial regime. For instance, not less than 55 women were brutally killed by the colonial police during the Aba women’s peaceful marches against excessive taxation in 1929. Twenty years later, 21 Enugu coal miners were also killed by the police while protesting against the slave wages paid by the colonial regime.

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  • Trump says he will sign executive order to avoid family separations

    Trump says he will sign executive order to avoid family separations

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would sign an executive order to keep migrant families together at the border with Mexico, amid an escalating uproar over the separation of children from their parents.

    Heart-rending scenes and sounds of crying children taken from their families have aroused a firestorm of opposition to Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

    After long insisting that Congress alone could solve the problem, the Republican president seemed ready to take the matter into his own hands.

    “We are signing an executive order in a little while,” Trump said at the White House, noting that he hoped it would happen in parallel with legislation passed by Congress.

    “We are going to keep families together. But we have to maintain toughness, or our country will be overrun by people, by all of the things that we don’t stand for,” Trump said at a meeting with cabinet members and Republican lawmakers.

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    The US House of Representatives is due to consider a bill on the issue Thursday.

    Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday the legislation will resolve multiple issues in dealing with the high flow of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers, including the practice of separating families.

    More than 2,300 children have been taken from parents since May 5 under the current policy.

    Trump blamed the past administrations of George W Bush and Barack Obama for not doing more to resolve the problem on their watch.

    “This has been going on for many, many years. We’ll see if we can solve it. This is not something that happened just now,” he said.


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  • Why Buhari ignored nPDP —Presidency

    Why Buhari ignored nPDP —Presidency

    ABUJA—THE decision by President Muhammadu Buhari not to meet with the aggrieved members of New Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, who joined forces with All Progressives Congress, APC, to dislodge PDP in 2015 elections was to show respect to the APC, a top presidential source has said.

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  • Ekiti 2018 : Osinbajo, Tinubu, Oyegun lead party chieftains for Fayemi election

    Ekiti 2018 : Osinbajo, Tinubu, Oyegun lead party chieftains for Fayemi election

    Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, led creme de la creme in the All Progressives Congress to Ekiti to kick-start the campaign for the candidate of the party in the July 14 governorship election, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

    Addressing the crowd at the Oluyemi Kayode stadium, Ado-Ekiti, venue of the mega rally, the Vice President charged all Ekiti indigenes to vote out the Peoples Democratic Party.

    “It is time to bring to an end, the government of the PDP and vote for the APC and our candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi in the July 14 governorship election.

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    “With APC in government, era of sufferings in Ekiti is over, do not try to give the PDP another chance, we shall provide adequate security before, during and after the election to guarantee your safety.

    “Ekiti is about to experience a new progress‎ and development, but if Ekiti people wished to benefit from the progressives blessings, let everybody vote for Fayemi,”he said.

    The National Chairman of APC, Chief Odigie Oyegun, appealed to all Ekiti indigenes and party members to ensure that they vote out the Ayo Fayose-led PDP administration in Ekiti.

    He said Fayemi was the only candidate in the forthcoming governorship election ‎that could deliver the people from hardship and suffering.

    “I wish to appeal to all Ekiti people that APC is only party that can change your sufferings to abundant blessings and progress.

    “We are counting on Ekiti people to vote for Kayode Fayemi to change the lives of the civil servants and pensioners,”he said.

    The National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, charged all Ekiti indigenes to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and give the administration of Gov. Fayose a red card.

    “Though, I did not register in Ekiti, but I have my voter card, I want to appeal to all Ekiti indigenes to collect their PVC and vote for Fayemi.

    ” We are sure that Ekiti people are wise and intelligent, and they want a better life, but anybody who desires a good life must take steps to improve his or her lifestyle.

    ” I want to encourage you to vote for Kayode Fayemi, because we have modify him, he is now smart, intelligent and ready to serve Ekiti people better,”he said.

    The mega rally was attended by Southwest Governors and dignitaries including; ‎Abiola Ajimobi, (Oyo), Ibukunle Amosun, (Ogun) Rauf Aregbesola; (Osun) and Alhaji Kassim Shettima of Borno state.

    Others are ; Yahaya Bello, (Kogi); former Gov. of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomole; Ondo state Governor, Barr. Rotimi Akeredolu; Alhaji Ahmed Abdulfatai, (Kwara) Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Mustapha Boss ; and Deputy Chairman of APC South West, Chief Pius Akinyelure, among other notable party chieftains.


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  • Trump’s many trade wars: a roundup

    Trump’s many trade wars: a roundup

    A full-blown US-China trade war looms after President Donald Trump threatened tariffs on another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, prompting Beijing to denounce his “blackmail” and warn of retaliation in kind.

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