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Party awaits court ruling on Zamfara congresses

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Sani Shinkafi, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara, says no court order restraining the party from conducting congresses.

Mr Shinkafi stated this at a news conference in Gusau on Sunday while commenting on the November 13 ward congresses conducted by the party in the state.

The APC leadership in the state, under the Governor Bello Matawalle faction, led by Hassan Nasiha, conducted congresses in the 147 wards of the state on Saturday.

Ten local governments party chairmen in the state had taken the APC to court to contest their sacking from office before their tenure ended.

The APC National Caretaker and Convention Committee announced the dissolution of party executives in the state on June 28, shortly before Mr Matawalle defected to the APC.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on November 9 in Gusau, the case was adjourned until November 17 for a ruling.

The APC leadership under former Governor Abdul’aziz Yari-led faction, in a statement, however, urged its members in the state to boycott the congresses organised by Mr Matawalle’s faction to respect the court order.

Kabiru Marafa’s faction had conducted parallel ward congresses in parts of Gusau and Tsafe local governments.

Mr Shinkafi stated, “Therefore, as far as I am concerned, the order does not mean to stop the APC leadership in the state from conducting its congresses. I am therefore calling on the people of the state to ignore any comments from those who don’t want political stability to reign in the state.”

He added, “We have only one lawful APC leadership in the state with Gov Bello Matawalle as the leader in the state.”

(NAN)

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Nigeria not at dead-end, will overcome challenges – Dogara

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The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Sunday expressed optimism that Nigeria would soon overcome its security challenges.

Dogara, who stated this in his keynote address at the House of Justice Annual Summit held in Kaduna, urged Nigerians not to rest on their oars until the country over the challenges.

He said: “These security challenges, as deeply disconcerting as they are, they are not strange. There is no nation on earth that has not been tried or tested. Every one of them has come to moments of national peril. We can put an end to the moral vandalism that flows from all spots of bedlam across the face of the nation.

“No season lasts forever, therefore this cup shall pass if we all do our bit such as we are doing at this summit in order to keep the promise of this great country alive.

“For us to leave this Nigeria, our country that we cherish and hold dear, for others to defend is not cowardice, it is apostasy to the Nigerian creed. For those who think Nigeria has arrived at a dead-end, let us disappoint them by turning the end into a bend. We can do it!

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“I need neither remind us that national security is a subject matter on the lips of all Nigerians now. I am further comforted by the recognition by House of Justice, in their thesis, that this insecurity challenge is surmountable, its enormity notwithstanding.”

The ex-speaker said ...-civil war situation in Nigeria had been largely calm except for limited instances of armed robbery.

Dogara added: “For about two decades the security situation has become unhinged. Killing, maiming, and the destruction of property have become commonplace daily occurrences.

“These manifest in the form of the Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping , militancy in the Niger Delta, the activities of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) secessionists in the South-East, banditry, farmer/herders clashes, cattle rustling and ethnoreligious conflicts among others. These, each sufficiently vicious in its own right, have combined to compound the quagmire of insecurity that pervades Nigeria now.”

By: Yemi Kanji

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Keyamo brands #EndSARS panels illegal, confirms Twitter agreement with Nigeria

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The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, on Sunday questioned the legality of the judicial panels of inquiry set up by state governments to investigate cases of police brutality across the country.

Keyamo, who appeared in a programme on Channels TV, was responding to a question on the Federal Government’s position on the leaked report by the Lagos judicial panel of inquiry.

He said: “I will not answer this question as a sitting minister.

“I will answer this question as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and so, I am entitled to my own opinion. This is not the Federal Government’s position.

“For me, that panel was an illegal panel.”

The minister’s comments came days after the panel in its report indicted the operatives of the Nigerian Army and Police for complicity in the shooting of #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate on October 20 last year.

Keyamo also revealed that Twitter has agreed to all the conditions laid out by the federal government regarding its operations in Nigeria.

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The minister added: “The reason why the President took that step is to recalibrate our relationship with Twitter and not to drive them away from our country.

“That recalibration, we have started it and the President graciously added me to the committee.

“We also set up a technical committee to interface with Twitter and come up with a lot of conditions for them to fulfill for us to lift the suspension.

“It was Twitter that reached out to the Federal Government to say they want to know what and what they can do to straighten up the relationship with the Federal Government and so, we have gone far but I may not, at this forum, let out a lot but we gave them a lot of conditions and they have agreed to all the conditions.”

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‘Why Nigerians can’t trust PDP to rebuild Nigeria,’ VON chief, Okechukwu

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The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, on Sunday explained why Nigerians cannot trust the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on its plans to rebuild Nigeria.

Okechukwu, who spoke with journalists in Lagos, said the PDP cannot be trusted to rescue Nigeria based on its antecedents.

He said: “How can Nigerians trust our sister political party, the PDP, given their antecedents riddled with trust deficit? We know that times are hard; methinks it’s better to allow APC to fix Nigeria. Where does one start from?

“Let’s start from PDP-In-house, by listening to Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo; ‘I handed over N11 billion in fixed deposit and N800 million in current account when I left as national chairman after seven months. I don’t see what was done with that money.

“Millions were raised to finish our national headquarters; we don’t seem to have a trace of where all that money went. Our headquarters is yet to be completed. Today we don’t even have a party account. We have to get back to strict monitoring of our party accounts.

“Our internal audit department needs to be strengthened and supported by the party leadership. Very strict sanctions must be imposed on the mismanagement of party funds.

“I suggest that we include inviting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to probe erring officers and members and prosecution of those found culpable. This is the only way to create a deterrent.”

The VON chief also recalled how a former Commissioner for Information in Edo State, Kassim Afegbua, alerted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the monumental corruption in PDP.

Okechukwu added: “Can we forget the squandermania of $23 billion Greenfield Refineries – one meant for Lagos, one for Kogi, and one for Bayelsa? A golden opportunity cost to our economy.

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“Recall that on March 19, 2015, Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) queried Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, then Minister of Finance thus, ‘May we under the Freedom of Information Act 2011, request for the full disclosure of transactions concerning the three Greenfield refineries and petrochemical plant contract awarded on May 13, 2010 by President Goodluck Jonathan to Chinese State Construction and Engineering Corporation Limited (CSCEC), at $23 billion meant to be located at Bayelsa, Kogi and Lagos States.

“Secondly, why are they dead on arrival as six years down the line, neither the three Greenfield refineries nor petrochemical plant is under construction. The three Greenfield refineries one understands, on completion were to add 750,000 barrels per day capacity to Nigeria’s refining infrastructure and create over a million jobs.

“The Greenfield Refineries fiasco happened when our Excess Crude Account had over $40 billion dollars the China State Construction Corporation even upped their equity to 80 percent. The unfortunate outcome is that $15 billion is fleeced off our national treasury annually for the importation of refined petroleum products for over a decade.”

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