POLITICS

Osinbajo’s Aide Relocates Out Of Presidential Villa, Tradermoni, Others Moved To New Ministry

– Osinbanjo’s aide relocated out of Presidential Villa – Northern forces plot for 2023 presidency, Sidelined Osinbajo – TraderMoni, others moved from Osinbajo office to New Ministry ABUJA – The raging power tussle for the Presidency in 2023 may have again led to the relocation of some aides of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbanjo out of the Presidential Villa. On Monday, September 16, the Federal Government set up a new economic team. President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Prof. Yemi Osinbajo chairman of the Economic Management Team in his first term. In previous administrations, the position was held first by the Vice President and, thereafter, by the minister of finance. Osinbajo [Read]

Saraki, Kwara govt lock horns over distribution of educational materials to schools

ILORIN – Kwara State Government and former President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki are at each other’s necks over the distribution of instructional materials to public secondary schools in Kwara central senatorial district. The government positioned that the erstwhile Senate President jumped protocol by taking the materials to schools directly without carrying the ministry of education along. The state also added that personal identities of the former Senate President were emblazoned on them, stressing that it was not aware of the distribution of these instructional materials. But Saraki countered that the state government’s position, stating the the ministry has misconceptions about the true picture of the processes involved in [Read]

Reps threaten Onyeama for refusing to honour invitation, invite Air Peace boss for commendation

ABUJA – The House of Representatives has accused the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, of refusing to honour the summons by the lawmakers to address them on the spate of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa. The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, in his remarks after a long debate on the attacks at the plenary on Tuesday, told that house that the information at his disposal has it that the minister failed to answer several invitations by the Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Buba Yusuf. “It is unfortunate that in all those occasions, the minister has not responded to the Chairman’s invitations , ” he said . The speaker [Read]

Xenophobia: Ogun Citizens Top List of Nigerian Returnees [SEE FULL LIST HERE]

Ogun State has 30, the highest number, out of the 187 returnees evacuated from South Africa last week. Imo came second with 28 citizens. This came out from the profiling of the returnees, escaping from xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The profile showed that the first batch of the 187 returnees are from 16 states of the federation. Chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja today. She appealed to state governments to support the returnees. Already, letters of appeal have been sent to the states to solicit for their interventions, Dabiri-Erewa said. Bank of Industry (BOI) and some telecommunication companies [Read]

Minimum Wage: Again, FG fails to reach agreement with Labour [SEE DETAILS]

ABUJA – The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) and the Representatives of the Federal Government have again failed to reach an agreement over relativity and consequential adjustment for the implementation of the new minimum wage. Mr Alade Lawal, JNPSNC General Secretary, Trade Union Side, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the organised labour will decide on a next line of action towards the issue of the minimum wage, saying in due time, Nigerians would be informed. “The meeting is deadlocked, we found out that the Federal Government officials are not serious about it at all, we are suspecting fowl play or a hidden agenda somewhere. “We [Read]

2019: Jubilation in Ibadan as Makinde floors Adelabu again at tribunal

IBADAN – The anxiety that gripped members and chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State over the verdict of Governorship Election Petition Tribunal eased out on Monday as the petition of Chief Adebayo Adelabu, the APC governorship candidate was thrown out. There was wild jubilation by chieftains and members of PDP when the Tribunal Chairman held that the petition of APC lacked merit in its entirety Justice Sirajo Mohammed held that Engineer Oluseyi Makinde was validly elected in compliance with electoral law. The judge held that the petition of Adelabu lacked merit all things considered. He said that his grouse was not in compliance with electoral law. [Read]

Fulani herdsmen from Chad, Niger to benefit from FG’s livestock plan – Gov Bala

Fulani herdsmen from Chad, Niger and other neighbouring countries will benefit from the National Livestock Transformation Plan, the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has said. Mohammed, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, said since Fulani herdsmen are nomadic, it would be inappropriate to deprive them from benefitting from the livestock plan just because they are not from Nigeria. The initiative will be 80 per cent funded by the Federal Government while the states would provide 20 per cent counterpart funding and the grazing land. The governor, whose state is among those that will be part of the initiative, said Fulani exist in many countries across [Read]

Xenophobia: South Africa apologises to Nigeria

ABUJA – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has apologised to the Federal Republic of Nigeria over the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa. The apology was tendered to President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House, Abuja by the two special envoys the South African leader dispatched to Abuja on Monday. “We met a short while ago with President Muhammadu Buhari to convey our President Ramaphosa’s sincerest apologies about the incidents that have recently transpired in South Africa. “Those incidents do not represent what we stand for as constitutional democracy in South Africa and the President has apologized for these incidents and he has also instructed law enforcement agencies [Read]

Why I am dumping PDP for APC ~ Former Kogi speaker, Olafemi

LOKOJA – There are strong indications that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi state may have it difficult to dethrone Governor Yahaya Bello from the Lugard House in November Governorship election as the big wigs of the party are set to decamp to the All Progressive Congress (APC). It was reliably gathered that some strong members of the party paid a courtesy called on governor Yahaya Bello in Abuja and promised to decamp and work for his re-election in November. Sources close to the Lugard House also disclosed to us that one of the strong members of PDP in the state and former acting governor of the state, Chief [Read]

Tribunal upholds PDP assembly members’ seats in Oyo

IBADAN – The House of Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Ibadan on Sunday upheld the elections of two People’s Democratic Party (PDP) assembly members in Oyo State. The three-man tribunal led by Justice D. M. Igyuse upheld the elections of Hon Olasunkanmi Babalola (PDP-Egbeda State Constituency) and Hon. Akeem Adeshina (PDP- Iwajowa State Constituency). The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the duo were dragged before the tribunal by their All Progressives Congress (APC) opponents in the election to challenge their emergence. Babalola, the Deputy Majority leader of the assembly, was dragged to the tribunal by Olalekan Usman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), while Adeshina was challenged [Read]

Police warn against illegal assembly as NANS ‘relocates’ to Ekiti

EKITI – The administrative machinery of the National Association of Nigerians Students (NANS) will relocate to Ado-Ekiti in response to the killing of two students of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti ((FUOYE), its National Secretary, Comrade Yusuf Farouk, has said. The students last Tuesday protested in Oye-Ekiti over incessant power outage in the community, leading to an attack on the convoy of the governor’s wife, Erelu Fayemi, while on an empowerment and advocacy tour to engage with women in the local government. They were said to have engaged the security operatives detailed with the governor’s wife in a clash. Two persons were killed and several others injured. Over a dozen of [Read]

BREAKING: President Loses First Lady

TUNIS – Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG at PRESS TIME has it that the wife of Tunisia’s late president, Beji Caid Essebsi died on Sunday, as Tunisians were voting to elect his successor less than two months after his death. Chadlia Farhat, Essebsi’s widow, died at the age of 83, their son said without details. “My mother Chadlia, widow of Béji Caïd Essebsi, is dead, God bless her,” their son Hafedh Caïd Essebsi said on Facebook. Listwand recalls that Mrs Essebsi, 83, in July welcomed many heads of state who had come to pay their respects to her husband who died at the age of 92, after having been [Read]

Trouble in PDP As Mass Defection Looms After Tribunal Verdict

There is trouble in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party following former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s loss at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal on Wednesday. The development, it was gathered, has made some members of Board of Trustees of the PDP to travel to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday (today) to engage in what one of our correspondents gathered was tagged ‘‘strategic consultation’’ with Atiku. The meeting, it was learnt, was necessitated as a result of wrangling among senior members of the party. Investigations also showed that the allegation by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, that some governors of the party were visiting President Muhammadu Buhari [Read]

Join us or start preparing for 2023 – Abiodun tells Akinlade

ABEOKUTA – Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has described the judgement by the Ogun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal as the triumph of rule of law; victory for democracy and further validation of the mandate bestowed on him at the polls. In a statement signed by Kunle Somorin, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abiodun said he remained magnanimous in victory and extended, once again, a hand of fellowship to all opposition elements in the State and called on the opposition Allied Peoples Movement to forget about 2019 gubernatorial elections and join hands with his government on its Building Our Future Together agenda. He advised that rather than [Read]

Osun govt sacks 422 civil servants for certificate forgery

OSOGBO – The Osun state government has approved sacking of civil servants involved in acts that breach the service’s rules and regulations. A statement signed by the state Head of Service, Festus O. Oyebade on Friday, September 13 disclosed that the state Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has approved that civil servants who violet the rules of the service should be disengaged from the service. The state government had between 2013 and 2015 eganged a private organisation to conduct staff audit during which different levels of infractions were discovered. The statement made available to newsmen on Friday evening reads, “Due to paucity of fund in the state and the attendant huge wage [Read]