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2015 Intrigues that split North.


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More facts have now emerged on how the Second Republic Political Adviser, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, led some northern elders to form a parallel body within the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF).

The emergence of Yakasai-led Northern Elders Council, Sunday Sun gathered, might not be unconnected with the drama that played out during the last meeting of Northern Elders Forum held in Kaduna on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 under the leadership of Ambassador Yusuf Sule Maitama. The NEF had written to the Northern Traditional Council for a joint meeting to discuss the state of insecurity, unemployment and poverty in the country, and the north in particular.

The letter dated December 2, 2013 was written by the Chairman of the Elders’ Forum, Ambassador Maitama, and it was entitled, Request for the Gracious Approval of His Royal Eminence to Hold a Joint Meeting of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), and the Council of Northern Traditional Rulers.

However, a sharp disagreement ensued when a top security Chief represented by General Sarki Yaki Bello (Retd), Governors of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda, his Niger State counterpart, Muazu Aliyu Babangida, represented by his deputy, Ahmed Musa Ibeto, and Kaduna State’s Mukhtar Ramalan Yero stormed the venue of the meeting without a formal invitation.

Consequently, some officials of the elders’ forum requested that the uninvited guests be walked out of the meeting, but some elders opposed the motion, insisting that the three governors and the representative of the security chief should be allowed to attend the meeting. While some members of the elders’ forum felt that the embarrassment meted out to the concerned officials was unwarranted, those on the other side of the fence saw their intrusion as an insult to the group. After a prolonged disagreement, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, was said to have politely walked the representative of the security Chief and the three governors out of the meeting on the insistence of the elders before Maitama was given the go-ahead to read the letter to the audience.
Sunday Sun gathered that the formation of NEC as a parallel body to the NEF was the fallout of the drama that ensued during the meeting. Deputy leader of the NEF, Dr. Paul Unongo, an elder statesman from Benue State, told Sunday Sun that the invasion of the meeting by the security chief’s emissary and the governors was most insulting to the elders because they came as uninvited guests. “When we organized the meeting based on the letter we had written to the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar , we decided to come to Kaduna. But on arrival, we saw people we didn’t invite. We saw government delegations and governors.

And strangely, they are governors from mainly one political party. We also saw some security personnel. We suspected that this was a very unusual development. Why the huge presence of government, a political party and security men? We felt that this was a discussion between fathers and children. So we felt it was funny,” Unongo said. The Northern Elders’ Forum has consistently maintained that President Goodluck Jonathan should not seek re-election in 2015 since he refused to obey the zoning arrangement for the presidency. They also blame the pervasive poverty and general insecurity in the country on the present administration.

Unongo, a member of the PDP, further stressed that any attempt by the President to return to power would amount to an abomination, threatening to join All Progressives Congress (APC) for the sole aim of ensuring the defeat of PDP and President Jonathan in the coming polls.
“What is happening now is an abomination. Why should we keep on extending tenure? It has destroyed the much needed harmony. Nigeria is bigger than any one of us. And, of course, it is not as if President Jonathan is doing anything fantastic or an incredible thing that nobody else can do. So, he wants us to go to sleep and allow him to do another four years with all the problems, all the agitations, insecurity, cry of marginalization in the country? It is time for the north to produce the next President,” he insisted.

On its part, the NEC has affirmed its total support for the emergence of President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo in the next presidential race. Yakasai, while inaugurating the NEC last week, pointed out that recent statements on national issues by elder statesmen in the country were too inciting, adding that their responsibilities was to make peace and ensure the progress of leaders rather than to tear the people and the country apart.

He said it was based on the need to make peace in the country that the new group emerged. According to him, the aim of establishing NEC is to protect the socio-economic and political interests of the north as well as the corporate existence and stability of Nigeria as a whole.
Yakasai also applauded the excellent working relationship between President Goodluck Jonathan and his deputy, Alhaji Mohammed Namadi Sambo. “As political leader of the North, Vice President Namadi Sambo has shown total loyalty and dedication to Mr. President. We urge them to continue to work together in harmony in the interest of our nation. We are ready to partner with groups and individuals from all parts of the country who believe in dialogue, mutual respect, harmony and peaceful coexistence,” Yakasai added.

But in a swift reaction to the formation of the parallel elders’ group, Professor Ango Abdullahi, a former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) told Sunday Sun that the new groups were errand boys carrying out their masters messages. “They are hunters’ dogs, they are meant to run an errand, they have no electoral values, but some of us that have electoral value will continue to remain in the NEF,” Abdullahi said.

From NOAH EBIJE, Kaduna

Source: Radio Biafra.

I Was Tempted By Three Presidents To Leave APGA, But I Refused, Says Gov. Obi.


 

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Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State on Saturday said three presidents had at different occasions attempted to lure him to join the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but that he declined their overtures.He, however, mentioned only two of them – Olusegun Obasanjo and the late Umaru Yar’Adua.President Goodluck Jonathan is the third president under the current democratic dispensation and in whose government Obi, a retired bank chief executive, is serving as an honorary adviser on financial matters.Obi made this known at a National Executive Council meeting of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Awka, Anambra State capital.He said, “I was tempted by three Presidents to leave APGA. The first was President (Olusegun) Obasanjo. The second was President (Umaru) Yar’Adua, who invited me and the (then) Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, but I didn’t join (the party). They told me you (Obi) have the future, you have this…” the governor said.Information Nigeria reports that at the NEC meeting, Gov. Obi’s appointment as the National Leader and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party, which was vacated by Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu on his death two years ago, was ratified.The NEC also appointed 30 members of the BOT, including six women. It, however, stepped down the inclusion of former Minister of Health, Dr. Tim Menakaya, as a member of the BOT following objections raised by some members.Meanwhile, February 15, 2014, has been scheduled as APGA’s national convention.
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Source: Radio Biafra.

OFFICIAL : President Jonathan Announces Bamanga Tukur’s Resignation As PDP Chairman.


 

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By Saharareporters, New York

President Goodluck Jonathan finally presented the resignation letter of embattled party chieftain, Bamanga Tukur, to the 63rd meeting of the National Executive Committee of the  Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the party’s secretariat in Abuja today.

The president took the unusual step of reading Mr. Tukur’s resignation letter to members after pulling it out of an envelope.

He praised Tukur, who was also present at the meeting, and said that he had not committed any crime to warrant his forced resignation promising to give him a bigger assignment.

Saharareporters sources stated that the President hopes to make  Mr. Tukur Nigeria’s ambassador to China in coming days.

Saharareporters had revealed last night that Mr. Tukur’s resignation will be made public today at the NEC meeting after he was barred from a crucial caucus meeting at the Aso Rock Villa yesterday.

A new chairman of the party will emerge next week Monday according to President Jonathan.

Disgusting As Nigeria Itself, Only 29.17% Out Of 296,827 Candidates Achieved Minimum Benchmark In WASSCE.


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West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) released November/December 2013 result, Only 86,612 ( 29.17 per cent) out of the 296,827 candidates that sat for the November/December 2013 made the minimum benchmark of credits in five subjects including English and Mathematics.Mr. Charles Eguridu announced the result on Thursday at the council’s headquarters in Yaba, Lagos, the Head of Nigerian National Office (HNO).He the performance was a marked decline in candidates’ performance compared to the last two years. In 2011, 36.07 per cent made the benchmark, while in 2012 it rose to 37.97 per cent. When asked what was responsible for the decline, Eguridu suggested that it may be because of the reduction in the quality of teaching and learning.Eguridu, however, added that the council is planning workshops for interested state governments to learn tips on how to better prepare their candidates for the examination, particularly the May/June version.“WAEC is a mirror. WAEC is not responsible for what happens in the school system. We are not supposed to regulate the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom. Perhaps there has not been proper learning on the part of learners and teaching on the part of teachers.“However, to improve quality, from January next year, we will partner with state governments that are willing to open their doors to us to run a clinic to assist in giving them feedback on how candidates should be taught; how to do proper continuous assessment and how to answer questions,” he said.Speaking on the council’s efforts to check examination malpractices, Eguridu said new scanning devices would be used in centres next year to prevent candidates from taking foreign objects into the examination halls.“Beginning with the May/June 2014 WASSCE, the council is deploying cutting-edge technology in the conduct of its examinations, by using contactless Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Smart Card, for easy and accurate identification, automated attendance register, instant malpractice reporting and effective post examination management,” he said.Giving more statistics, Eguridu said

38,260 candidates (12.88 per cent) have their results withheld because of complicity in examination malpractice. He said they will be investigated by the Nigerian Examinations Committee (NEC), the organ of the council that deals with the conduct of examinations.Another 8,433 candidates also have some of their subjects not released due to technical errors that Eguridu said was likely caused by the candidates or cyber cafes where they registered.

Source: Radio Biafra.

NCP Denies Reports of Merger With Other Parties, Says It Remains A third Force And Sole Alternative.


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By Saharareporters, New York

The National Conscience Party (NCP) has refuted claims in the local media that it had merged with some parties in a bid to contest robustly in the 2015 general elections.

The refutation came at a press conference held in Lagos yesterday. Speaking on behalf of the party, its general secretary, Ayodele Akele, denied a statement in the media about the party’s merger with other parities. The statement was credited to the NCP’s national chairman, Yunusa Tanko. Mr. Akele said that top officials of the party had received a series of calls seeking clarification about the authenticity of the report.

Media reports had quoted Mr. Tanko as stating that the NCP had begun discussing terms of alliance with other parties. The other parties in the alleged merger plans include the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), Labor Party (LP), and the Socialist Democratic Party (SDP).

While dispelling the report, Mr. Akele however admitted that the party chairman had raised the option of a merger during the party’s last National Executive Council (NEC) meeting. He added that he had expected the chairman’s suggestion to invite media attention.

“After [Mr. Tanko’s] embarrassing speech, I took him up immediately in the presence of some other NEC members where he said his intention was to provoke the alliance talk, but I told him it is dangerous as his intention could be misconstrued and that it is likely to be reported by the media. As fate would have it, my worst fear was confirmed as the story [has been] in the headlines since Saturday,” said Mr. Akele.

He added: “The position of NCP that I inherited and the wishes of the members that has not changed is that we cannot lose our identity, our hard-earned reputation, or our robust manifesto on the altar of alliance or merger with any political party. We remain a third force and the most credible party and platform, Nigeria’s foremost political party and the only party that can be trusted.”

The NCP scribe disclosed that the only merger talks ever envisaged by the party was brokered by Femi Falana at the formative stages of the new APC, adding that the idea failed because NCP members were opposed to mixing with any parties that hold visions different from the manifesto of the NCP.

“Ever since making our position clear to the Falana-led group, they have stopped inviting us to their meetings till date and we are not interested,” Mr. Akele said. He revealed that the manifesto handed down by the late Gani Fawehinmi, who founded the party, embodies a “10-care program for the masses,” adding that it remained the NCP’s bible.

Mr. Akele warned that no individual or body could railroad NCP members into any merger or unholy alliance.

Also reacting to the media reports, NCP chairman, Mr. Tanko, clarified that he had sought the opinion of executive members on the idea of entering into alliance with other parties with similar visions. He denied that the NCP was in any process to merge with other parties.

“I only enunciated alliance with parties that share similar visions, not outright merger,” Mr. Tanko said.

APC We’ll return Rivers’ oil well if voted in.


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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has promised the people of Rivers State that it will ensure the return of all its oil well ceded to other states, if voted into power in the 2015 general elections.

This was even as the senator representing Rivers South-East gave reasons why the Governor of the state, Hon. Rotimin Amaechi, ditched the PDP for the APC. Rivers State Acting Chairman of the APC, David Ikanya, told the gathering at Eleme, during the inauguration of executive officers of the newly formed Save Rivers Movement, SRM, at Eleme Local Government Area, that should the party comes into power in 2015, it would correct all the injustices of the past.

He decried the injustice that have been done against the people of the state, saying the party would return all the oil wells that hitherto belonged to the state, but that has been forcefully transferred to other states.

“If voted into power in the next election, we shall ensure that all oil wells belonging to the state, which have been forcefully taken over by other states, are returned to the people of the state. We shall correct the injustice,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Down Stream) Senator Magnus Abe, has said that Governor Rotimi Amaechi, joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rescue the people of Rivers State from injustice, persecution and alienation that has become increasingly worrisome in recent times.

Speaking at the Eleme inauguration ceremony, Abe lamented that Governor Amaechi and some well meaning leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, tried repeatedly to draw the attention of the National Working Committee, NWC, the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan to the injustice that was being meted out to the governor and the people of Rivers State to no avail.

Source: Radio Biafra.

$49.8b ‘missing’ oil money: Governors insist on probe.


 

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Vice-President Namadi Sambo shifted yesterday the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting fixed for tomorrow.

But governors are planning a meeting of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) for tomorrow to demand answers to the nine posers they have raised on the state of the economy.

Consultations were on yesterday on the need for a emergency session of the NGF in Abuja.

The governors are likely to hold a briefing in Abuja after the NGF session.

 

They were determined to find out at the NEC session how about $49.8billion oil sales proceeds was not remitted to the Federation Account between January 2012 and July 2013. The governors may insist on a probe, it was learnt.

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi raised the alarm over the “missing” fund in a memo to President Goodluck Jonathan.

The postponement of the meeting was contained in a notice titled “Cancellation of 9th (53rd) NEC meeting” from the secretariat in the Office of the Vice-President.

It reads: “Please, I am directed by the Vice-President and Chairman of the Council to inform Your Excellency that the NEC meeting scheduled for Thursday, 12th December 2013 has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances.

“A new date will be communicated to you.”

No reason was given for the postponement. A source said the shift followed security reports on the likelihood of the governors creating a scene on the nine posers they raised for the Presidency to address.

A governor, who pleaded not to be named, said: “We have got a notice on the postponement of the NEC meeting due to unexplained unforeseen circumstances. We know that the shift was based on fears by the Presidency because certain matters on the state of the economy are now in the public domain.

“The revelation on the alleged diversion of $49.8billion from the sale of oil has caused more tension among the governors. For the CBN Governor to have confirmed that only 24 per cent of the revenue from oil proceeds was remitted into the Federation Account is scandalous.

“The issue at stake is beyond party leanings. We are all disturbed by this disclosure from the CBN Governor in a memo to the President.”

Another governor said: “Sambo was being “tactical” in shifting the meeting because President Goodluck Jonathan is away in South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s burial and he will not want the NEC meeting to degenerate to an embarrassing level for the government in the absence of the President.

“They are trying to device means of managing the situation in a manner that there would be a soft-landing bend for the Federal Government. We are however wiser than that,” he added.

The governors plan to meet on these nine issues and come up with a position on the state of the economy.

Another source said: “They can postpone NEC meeting; they cannot stop us from talking on how the economy is being run. Why will the Federal Government present 2014 Budget without consulting NEC? Why will NNPC not remit $49.8bilion oil proceeds and the government is keeping quiet?

“In 1980, we were talking of missing N2billion but now it is $49.8billion that cannot be traced. Someone needs to talk to the governors if we are truly practising Federalism.”

The posers raised are:

•Was $50billion oil money not remitted to the Federation Account? Where is the money?

•Is Nigeria broke or not;

•Why was the NEC consulted before the 2014 budget was presented to the National Assembly;

•How much has Nigeria earned from its oil sales in 2013 and what percentage of the budget is funded by these receipts?

•Is it really true that $5b is missing from Excess Crude Account

•How much oil does the country produce per day?

•Clarification that the benchmark price for oil in the 2013 budget is $79?

•Is it a fact that crude oil was sold at prices that hovered around $110 throughout the year?.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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