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No Cause for Alarm on Defection from PDP -Tukur.


…Says Decampee Members’ll Soon Return

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has allayed fear over the defection of some members of the party into the All Progressives Congress (APC).

PDP national Chairman, Bamanga Tukur

PDP national Chairman, Bamanga Tukur

Tukur said with the measures being put in place in the PDP along with President Goodluck Jonathan, those who defected from the PDP would willingly return into the party at the nick of time.

He said the PDP has, indeed, been welcoming more members into its fold from across the federation compared to the number of those who had defected.

The PDP Chairman said going by the undercurrents within the political circles, PDP would swell with influx of new members next year, as according to him, many members from the opposition camp had already signified resolve to join the PDP.

Tukur made this known in London Wednesday in a chat with a team of Nigerian Professionals based in Europe, led by Dr Edwin Olabamiro who paid him a visit.

The professionals had sought audience with the PDP Chairman on their interest to return to Nigeria with a view to offering their expertise in diverse fields for the growth of the country.

The PDP Chairman said he was pleased with the resolve by Nigerians in the Diaspora to henceforth put Nigeria at the center of their considerations, as he expressed gladness on their desire to start looking homewards.

Tukur told the professionals who are mostly on medical, information technology and Engineering lines that the PDP has always been in pursuit of reforms to make it stronger as the ruling party. He said a stronger PDP would always produce a stronger national leadership, and hence, a more vibrant economy.

He disclosed that PDP, in the most recent time, has been undergoing a process of rejuvenation, which he noted many had interpreted as crises. According to him, the ruling party would emerge stronger, more virile and fully prepared to surpass its attainments at the end of the wrangling among members.

Said he, “The PDP remains a party with the largest spread and tested strength to win elections any day any time. I thank you all for this visit, while I urge our members all in Nigeria not to be brow beaten by images of political delusion that confront them every day from different quarters.

“The PDP is at home to contain all forms of harassment by the opposition, either vaunted or intended. If it is a game of number in any election, you can always count that the PDP would have it greater.

“The good thing is that if 5 people move out of PDP into the other party, even by a dint of propaganda, the Party takes in more than 500 at a time, as replacement. The electorate in Nigeria trust the PDP more than many people are aware.

“As the Chairman of PDP, let me say that we may not be having it smooth in the party at the moment, The Party and Mr President are not relenting on holding consultations with the aggrieved members.

“At the end of it all, PDP would be the better and more prepared to do greater exploits. Our members should, therefore, savour the period of the yuletide and not allow any issue to keep them distracted and depressed”.

Source: African Examiner.

Jonathan Approves National Institute of Construction Technology for Anenih’s Home Town.


The African Examiner

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the establishment of a National Institute of Construction Technology in Uromi, home town of Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih.

Vice President Sambo (R) in a handshake with Chief Tony Anenih on the occasion of a special thanksgiving mass at the St Anthony’s Catholic Cathedral, Uromi, for the 80th birthday of Anenih.

Vice President Sambo (R) in a handshake with Chief Tony Anenih on the occasion of a special thanksgiving mass at the St Anthony’s Catholic Cathedral, Uromi, for the 80th birthday of Anenih.

Vice President Namadi Sambo announced the approval at the weekend in Uromi on the occasion of a special thanksgiving mass at the St Anthony’s Catholic Cathedral, Uromi, for the 80th birthday of Anenih. The birthday was celebrated in Abuja with pomp and ceremony on August 4, this year.

Sambo said the establishment of the institute was in appreciation by the Federal Government of Anenih’s invaluable contributions to the socio-political and economic development of the nation.

Describing him as “our dear elder statesman, father and mentor,” the vice president paid glowing tributes to Anenih’s life of commitment and dedication to the service of God and humanity, adding that his life personified hard work and resilience.

Sambo recalled Anenih’s political exploits from the defunct Second Republic through his leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the defunct Third Republic to the formation and growth of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he (Anenih) currently chairs the Board of Trustees, concluding that he (Anenih) is a fighter in the political arena and stickler for peace, unity and stability of the nation

He stated that Anenih is a staunch believer in truth, pointing out that his exemplary life of hard work, commitment, sincerity and love of God is worthy of emulation.

According to him, “As a mark of appreciation for the contributions of this great man, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has graciously granted approval for the establishment of the National Institute of Construction Technology in Uromi.”

The audience applauded the announcement.

Anenih, who said he could not thank God enough for keeping him in good health at 80, expressed his deepest appreciation for the gesture by the Federal Government under the able leadership of President Jonathan.

He also thanked distinguished Nigerians, among them Nigeria’s former Ambassador and member of the BoT of the PDP, Hassan Adamu (Wakili Adamawa), the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Ogiadhome, State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Hon Victor Ochei, for attending the thanksgiving mass.

Despite Boko Haram, Yobe Council Polls Witness Large Turnout – PREMIUM TIMES.


Photo: Premium Times
by PREMIUM TIMES

Voters across Yobe on Saturday turned out in large numbers to cast their votes to elect chairmen and councillors of the 17 local government areas in the state.

A News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who visited some polling booths in the capital Damaturu as well as some local government areas reports that scores of people lined up at the various polling booths as early as 7 a.m. to accredit and cast their votes.

A correspondent, who also visited Bamari, Kalalawa, Ajeri, Gaidam and Bukarti towns, also reported large turnout of voters.

There was, however, heavy security presence in all the polling booths as well as major streets in Damaturu with a combined team of soldiers, police, civil defence corps and immigration officers watching over.

Shops and other businesses were closed while restriction on movement was imposed throughout the state from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Reports from other parts of the state also spoke of security build up to forestall any unforeseen circumstances.

Only 10 parties participated in the polls while the major opposition party in the state, the PDP, boycotted the election.

Speaking to journalists after casting his vote, the state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, said the conduct of the election had proved skeptics wrong on the security situation in the state.

He blamed “mischievous politicians’’ for raising false alarm of a possible breakdown of law of order in the state.

Yobe is one of the three states under emergency rule following the activities of the Boko Haram.

“We know what is going on here because we are here on the ground. We know the security situation in our state that is why we went ahead to conduct the election,” Mr. Gaidam said.

The governor said that from the reports he received, eligible voters cast their votes peacefully in all the 17 local government areas in the state.

“You can see we have gotten relative peace when I was coming here; I inspected about three areas and the elections were going on peacefully and I am sure we will conclude it safely.

“So, I think politicians should stop making noise since they are not on ground. We are the ones on the ground; anytime this kind of thing is happening, they should call us to give them the true positions of things on the ground,’’ Mr. Gaidam said.

Also speaking to journalists, a member of the House of Representatives, Goni Lawal, described the election as successful, adding that many people came out to cast their votes.

Mr. Lawal said that he went round about 10 local government areas to inspect the conduct of the polls and found that a large turnout of voters was recorded in the many areas.

Femi Bafunsho, Chairman Justice and Equity for All, an NGO, who was observing the conduct of the polls, said the turnout in most polling units was commendable.

The Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission, Hannatu Binyat, said that reports received from across the state indicate a peaceful conduct of the elections.

(NAN)

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

#Ejigbo2 Sodomy Update: Lagos Assembly Sets up Ad Hoc Panel.


By SaharaReporters, New York

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday set up a panel to investigate the sodomization of two women, a tortuous video of which spread on the Internet recently.

A source with knowledge of the House yesterday said that the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, commissioned an ad hoc committee to commence immediate investigations into the situation.

Confirming the development, the leader of the Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, who led a protest to the House on Monday, told SaharaReporters she has been alerted about the establishment of the committee.

Heading the committee is Mr. Ajibayo Adeyeye, the Majority Leader.  Other members are Mrs. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, who represents Mushin I Constituency, and Mrs. Omowunmi Olatunji-Edet of the Oshodi-Isolo II Constituency.

Among those to be invited by the committee in its fact-finding exercise include Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, who is the chairman of Ejigbo Local Council area; market leaders at the Ejigbo central market, where the incident is reported to have taken place; head of police division in charge of the zone of the incident, as well as civil society representatives.  The committee is expected to report its findings soon.

Yesterday, after showing the tape depicting the horror to a group of people to raise more awareness and concern yesterday, protest groups trouped to the Assembly to demand a thorough investigation, and justice.

In a statement recently, the Chairman of the Ejigbo local government, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, admitted that the incident took place in his area last February.  He said that the sodomized woman is the wife of a palm wine tapper and the other lady in the torture, her stepdaughter. He said he had handed over to police for proper and thorough investigation.

However, police investigation has not progressed much.

“With this State House panel, we hope that the perpetrators are found and brought to justice,” said one of the protest leaders this morning.

B’Haram, David Mark recounts enormous financial loses, says enough is enough.


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We’ve spent enough fighting insurgency – Mark

Senate President David Mark yesterday took stock of the enormous resources pumped into fighting insurgency in some states, declaring that, “enough is enough.” He disclosed this during  a tour of his Benue South senatorial district at the weekend.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, Senator Mark also restated his resolve and total commitment to humanity and the nation even as he  bemoaned the unabating socio-political  and security challenges  facing the country.
Senator  Mark urged Nigerians to use this festive season to seek the face of the Almighty God to overcome the lingering security challenges.
Represented by his wife, Helen, the Senate President urged the people to preach love and peaceful co-existence,  urging prayers for leaders to be guided by God’s wisdom in piloting the affairs of Nigeria.
“My visit is not only to felicitate with you this season, but to also remind you as patriotic Nigerians, the need to seek God’s intervention in our country. We have witnessed series of violence. We have lost many of our loved ones on account of violent attacks.
“It is high time we say enough is enough. Our resources are hugely spent on security in order to maintain law and order across Nigeria. These resources would have been channeled to some other developmental needs. With God’s  wisdom and guidance, Nigeria will overcome her challenges and make the nation a better place for all,” he said.
Mark also pledged: “I will not deviate from the service to our fatherland and I urge every Nigerian to be part of this crusade. All we need is to return to God and He will answer us.”
Elated by the large  turn-out in this year’s constituency annual visit, he emphasized that the food items including bags of rice and clothes be distributed across the wards in the senatorial district and advised that they should be shared specifically to  the less-privileged, widows and the aged.
In their remarks, chairmen of the nine councils, who spoke through the Chairman of Otukpo Local Government, Dr. Innocent Onuh, commended Senator Mark for the love of his people and pledged to make service delivery to the citizens the cornerstone of their administrations.

From ADETUTU FOLASADE-KOYI, Abuja

We’ve spent enough fighting insurgency – Mark

 December 23, 2013 1 Comment »

From ADETUTU FOLASADE-KOYI, Abuja

Senate President David Mark yesterday took stock of the enormous resources pumped into fighting insurgency in some states, declaring that, “enough is enough.” He disclosed this during  a tour of his Benue South senatorial district at the weekend.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, Senator Mark also restated his resolve and total commitment to humanity and the nation even as he  bemoaned the unabating socio-political  and security challenges  facing the country.
Senator  Mark urged Nigerians to use this festive season to seek the face of the Almighty God to overcome the lingering security challenges.
Represented by his wife, Helen, the Senate President urged the people to preach love and peaceful co-existence,  urging prayers for leaders to be guided by God’s wisdom in piloting the affairs of Nigeria.
“My visit is not only to felicitate with you this season, but to also remind you as patriotic Nigerians, the need to seek God’s intervention in our country. We have witnessed series of violence. We have lost many of our loved ones on account of violent attacks.
“It is high time we say enough is enough. Our resources are hugely spent on security in order to maintain law and order across Nigeria. These resources would have been channeled to some other developmental needs. With God’s  wisdom and guidance, Nigeria will overcome her challenges and make the nation a better place for all,” he said.
Mark also pledged: “I will not deviate from the service to our fatherland and I urge every Nigerian to be part of this crusade. All we need is to return to God and He will answer us.”
Elated by the large  turn-out in this year’s constituency annual visit, he emphasized that the food items including bags of rice and clothes be distributed across the wards in the senatorial district and advised that they should be shared specifically to  the less-privileged, widows and the aged.
In their remarks, chairmen of the nine councils, who spoke through the Chairman of Otukpo Local Government, Dr. Innocent Onuh, commended Senator Mark for the love of his people and pledged to make service delivery to the citizens the cornerstone of their administrations.

Source: Radio Biafra.

WSJ: Bernanke Gets Mixed Grades as Fed Tenure Ends.


By Elliot Jager

The Federal Reserve’s inability to achieve a robust recovery raises questions about what more — or different — outgoing chairman Ben Bernanke could have done, according to a Wall Street Journal assessment of his tenure.
Bernanke’s eight-year term ends Jan. 31. If confirmed this week by the Senate, Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen will replace Bernanke at the helm.
Coming into the chairmanship in 2006, Bernanke was disinclined to pursue interventionist policies. As a student of economic history he was, nevertheless, “passionate” about the failure of the Fed to intervene during the Great Depression of the 1930s,according to New York University Economics Professor Mark Gertler.
Confronted with the worst economic downturn — which began roughly between the summer of 2007 and the beginning of 2008 — since the Depression, Bernanke came to pursue the interventionist policies that have characterized his stewardship.
He pumped cash into the financial system, kept interest rates as low as possible and oversaw the purchase of $3 trillion in bonds. These “controversial” policies “averted an economic calamity,” according to the Journal.
The central bank’s cheap-credit policies were intended to help create jobs. Unemployment currently stands at 7 percent, up from 4.6 percent when the crisis began, but down from 9 percent in 2011.
By way of comparison, the rate of unemployment in the eurozone, where central banks are less-interventionist, stands at 12.1 percent, according to the Journal.
The dollar’s value against foreign currencies has held steady roughly since 2007, under Bernanke.
His policies have seen inflation averaging 2 percent since the crisis. Aggregate government spending, excluding entitlements, has fallen 6.1 percent.
Still, economists are debating why the financial system has not bounced back more vigorously.
Some blame the aftershocks of the housing bubble and say earlier Fed interest policies contributed to the crisis.
Bernanke has argued that in Britain, Sweden, and Australia, where more restrictive interest-rate policies were in place, housing booms were far more volatile.
Others believe the failure can’t be attributed to Fed policy or to any single factor but to chronic and multifaceted labor and productivity conditions.
Under Bernanke, the central bank has tried to guide overall fiscal policy which is made by the president and Congress. He met regularly with lawmakers and White House officials urging “less fiscal restraint in the short run alongside more deficit reduction in the long run,” according to the Journal.
His advice was mostly disregarded.
Bernanke’s policies avoided an economic meltdown, but the Fed alone was not in a position to grow the economy despite undertaking extraordinary interventionist measures, the Journal concluded.
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EFCC, Unhappy With El-Rufai Acquittal, To File Appeal.


 

By Saharareporters, New York

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), has decided that it will pursue an appeal in a higher court against last week’s decision of a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja which acquitted a former Minister, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.
In a statement, the commission expressed dismay at two separate court losses it suffered last Friday, the other being the Supreme Court acquittal of the former Chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Chief Olabode Goerge and five others.

“Without going into the merit or otherwise of the Supreme court ruling, it is unfortunate that the apex court disagreed with the decision of the two lower courts—the Lagos High Court and the Court of Appeal—which upheld the conviction of the accused persons based on the evidence presented by the Commission,” the statement said.

“While this turn of event is saddening, the Commission as a law abiding institution always respected judicial pronouncements and this will be no different.”

It described the decision of Justice Sadiq Umar that the Commission failed to establish a prima facie case against El-Rufai as being “against the weight of the evidence” it had presented to the court.

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