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Enugu Assembly vs ECTDA: Onoh finally appears before lawmakers

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The misunderstanding between the Enugu State House of Assembly and the Chairman, Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, ECTDA, Dr Josef Onoh came to an end on Thursday following Onoh’s appearance before the House.

DAILY POST reports that both parties were thrown into a misunderstanding weeks ago after the ECTDA boss was reported to have failed to honour an invitation by an adhoc committee set up by the House.

However, Onoh was at the State Assembly on Thursday, where he appeared before a committee of the whole, during which he denied snubbing the State lawmakers.

He said he was rather indisposed when the invitation came owing to some other State functions, prompting him to delegate someone else.

While entertaining questions from the lawmakers, Onoh said, “I did not disrespect the House; in no form have I disrespected the House, nor did I turn down the invitation of the House.

“I didn’t turn your invitations down, the only thing is that the staff we sent came empty-handed because we didn’t give him any document to present to the committee. I never said that the House wanted financial inducement.”

“None of the invitations was turned down; any insult on the House is an insult on my person,” said Onoh who is a former member of the Enugu House of Assembly.

Meanwhile, in what appears to be a clarification, the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi said the House was not comfortable with the developments that followed the invitation of the ECTDA boss.

He said Onoh was invited to have a discussion with the House on issues bordering on multiple taxation, adding that at no time did the issue of “summon and land grabbing” come up.

Ubosi, who doused the tension in the House, extolled Onoh’s work in the agency, remarking that Onoh’s father contributed greatly to the creation of Enugu state.

He clarified that, “It was only on the allegations of extortion of levies and double taxation. The House is not happy with your attitude because you were a member of this House of Assembly who served well as House Committee chairman on appropriation and the records are there. I remember your father fought for the State House of Assembly and for the state, same as my grandfather.

“We don’t have issues with you. We are happy with your duty as the Chairman of Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority because I know that it’s not easy. Our invitation was just a meeting which turned into politics and you are a young man with a future, this is not good at all.”

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EPL: They don’t have identity – Richards, Shearer slam Man Utd after defeat to Leicester

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Former Premier League stars, Micah Richards and Alan Shearer have slammed Manchester United following their 4-2 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday.

Leicester defeated Man United at the King Power Stadium, thanks to four goals from Youri Tielemans, Caglar Soyuncu, Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka.

Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford did score for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side against Leicester.

“They don’t really have an identity,” Richards told Match of the Day.

“With Man United of the past, you know they had wingers, getting strikers into the box, midfielders running into the box also.

“But now, it looks like they are trying to keep everybody happy [in terms of] players. Individually, you have seen what they have got – [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Paul] Pogba, [Bruno] Fernandes, these players should be shining.

“[Jadon] Sancho has come in, Rashford has come in and scored a goal [against Leicester], [Anthony] Martial scored a goal a couple of weeks ago. It’s an array of talent, but they don’t know what they are doing with the talent.

“Now, Ole has to make some harsh decisions. Whether he leaves some of his big guns out, puts one on the bench or just goes back to basics and finds the plan for how to get this team playing together.”

On his part, Shearer added, “That was Man United’s problem last season, they didn’t invest in that position. ‘It’s the same again [this season].

“There’s no-one in there to really press and take control from the front. You can’t do that in the Premier League.

“They will always score, Man United, because of the brilliance they have going forward. But you cannot press if you haven’t got that aggression.

“If you don’t know what to do, then you’ve got to sit back and be compact as a team. The team that I saw [on Saturday] didn’t know whether to go or whether to sit. When they did go, it was half-hearted and not as a team.”

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Congress: Crisis brews in Bauchi APC as members reject imposition of chairman, others

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Fresh crisis is looming in the Bauchi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the emergence of its State chairman and other officials.

DAILY POST reliably learnt that members are poised for a showdown with top party men, including a former Speaker, Right Honourable Yakubu Dogara and Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, over imposition of party officials.

The situation has led to a palpable tension among members of the opposition party in the State following the secrecy and cover-up that highlighted the party’s Saturday’s State congress.

There was tight security at the party’s State secretariat located on Maiduguri road in Bauchi metropolis to prevent any untoward event.

A source informed DAILY POST on Saturday that party leaders in the State were holding a meeting with stakeholders on the way forward.

The meeting, according to the source, was summoned to iron out certain grey areas over who got what in the State executive council of the party in order to avoid any potential crisis.

It was gathered that while Malam Adamu, who is the leader of the party in the State was insisting on his anointed candidate becoming the next party chairman, members rejected a candidate brought forward by Dogara.

It was further learnt that Adamu’s preferred candidate was not being accepted by majority of members who alleged that he was not an active member of the party, which lost power in the state in 2019.

Another source informed that a faction of the party is seeking continuation in office for the outgoing incumbent caretaker chairman, Alhaji Uba Nana, which is being opposed by many party members.

Those opposed to Nana’s emergence as substantive chairman of the party based their opposition on the ground that he was in office when crisis hit APC in the build up to the 2019 general election, which saw some chieftain leaving the party and its eventual ouster from government by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

A member of the outgoing caretaker committee of the party, who spoke with journalists on condition of anonymity, said that party leaders were doing everything possible to avoid another round of crisis.

When asked what the leaders were doing, the outgoing official simply said, “What we are doing is a top secret of the party. As soon as we are done, we will let you know what we want you to know.”

DAILY POST had reported on Saturday that a party stalwart, Alhaji Sunusi Baba Takko, advised the party to ensure fairness, equity and justice in the conduct of its state congress with a view to avoiding a repeat of ugly experience in the party.

According to him, only fair play, justice and level playing ground for all contestants would enable APC to be well positioned ahead of the 2023 electives for to wrestle power from the PDP.

“All stakeholders of our great party must play politics of inclusiveness if we must win in 2023 and beyond. Unity of purpose should be our watchword because a house divided against itself cannot stand,” Baba Takko declared.

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APC Congress: Gadaka emerges Chairman in Yobe

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Muhammadu Gadaka has emerged as the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), in Yobe State

He emerged through consensus.

Gadaka alongside 35 other executive members of the party were endorsed to lead the ruling party in the next four years after more than 890 delegates from the 178 electoral wards endorsed them.

Senator Osita Izunaso, Chairman Yobe State APC Congress said the adoption of the consensus method was in line with the party’s constitution.

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“Whenever there is a consensus, you do not work with ballot papers again, you can only use the yes and no votes”, he said.

The new APC Chairman in Yobe State, Muhammadu Gadaka in his acceptance speech, pledged to carry all members along, as well as work for the unity, progress of the party and its members.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan congratulated Governor Mai Mala Buni for conducting successful ward and local government congresses recently in the State, noting that the successful State congress of the party was another feat.

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“There is no one single protest or any petition to question the validity of these congresses. Today, it was repeated, that means it has always been unity, solidarity and peace in Yobe,” Lawan said.

Yobe State Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention planning committee Chairman Mai Mala who congratulated the new APC executives in the State, also charged them to commit themselves for the unity of members.

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