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Ambode merits second term, not ministerial slot – CUPP tells Tinubu, Buhari



A political group known as the Coalition for United Political Parties (CUPP) has called on the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to resist any attempt made by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to back down from his second term in office bid and accept any ministerial post.

In a statement signed by its 1st National Spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, released to the media on Friday, CUPP stated that the people of Lagos must firmly resist the rampaging army of modern day slave-drivers who misrepresent democracy with civilian tyranny.

The group believed that President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, have not done enough to calm the raging tension between Tinubu and Ambode.

However, the group charged Ambode to maintain his position and always believe in the mandate of the people of Lagos irrespective of Tinubu’s stand on his second term bid in 2019.

“We therefore urge Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to take a stand and be counted among the democrats. He must realize that the fate of Nigeria’s commercial capital rests upon his shoulders and that he is ultimately answerable to a vast majority of Lagosians who will want to know why he jettisoned the mandate freely given to him without as much as a whimper.

“The people of Lagos must firmly resist the rampaging army of modern day slave-drivers who misrepresent democracy with civilian tyranny.

“Lagos is nobody’s personal fiefdom,” the statement said.

”The CUPP has watched with keen interest the unfolding political drama in Lagos State where the vaunting interest of one man is threatening the political stability of the commercial centre of Nigeria while the President watches uncaringly with toothpick in between his lips.

“The same party which promised change; having a chairman with labour background and a President who undeservedly ascribes integrity to his name, idly stands by while one man sustains his stranglehold on Lagos; apportioning political offices and dictating who becomes and who does not become what in Lagos State. This is the colour of the APC democracy!

“Reports emanating from several reliable sources from meetings held to tighten the grip of the National Leader of the APC on the treasury of Lagos State include such obnoxious conditions that Governor Akinwumi Ambode must sign an undated resignation letter which he would submit to the APC leadership before he would be supported to run for his second term in office.

“The reverberating silence that has greeted this inexplicable impunity shows that the highest echelon of the party, including the President and the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, are party to this hideous violation of the age-long tenets of democracy.

“Needless to mention the grand plot to sustain the institutionalized plundering of the resources of Lagos State.

“The second condition is that the Governor would not be involved in the nomination process of all the candidates of his party for the House of Assembly. Such crude disenfranchisement insults the person of Ambode and denigrates the office of the governor. This is also to ensure that his impeachment goes through easily if he declines to sign the resignation letter.

“While the last condition is that the Governor will always have to consult the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and obtain his approval whenever he wants to carry out any major project in Lagos State.

“It is a sad day for democracy; and mostly unfortunate that our democracy has been so trivialized that it has been privatized with the stake and aspirations of the people of Lagos state rendered inconsequential.

“It neither surprising that the usually garrulous National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiohmole couldn’t find words for the travesty playing out in Lagos state nor is it strange in the least that the President who feigns ignorance even in issues of national importance is mum to the ridiculing of democracy in Lagos state.

“Apparently, it is convenient for the President to continue to play the ostrich in the misguided hope that Tinubu will be the political asset he needs to keep his doomed second term bid alive in the South West.

“Soon Mr. President and his party will realize how much they have squandered their goodwill and abused the mandate given by Lagosians and Nigerians. “Sadly, under APC, Lagos has become a study in infamy. There is no better definition of voodoo politics than for a person who does not enjoy the mandate of the people to be the person dispensing the mandate. This is an all time low and shows that the APC is a political party by day and a ravenous cult group by night.

“Sitting comfortably to share the common patrimony of all Lagosians without batting an eyelid as to the feelings and reactions of Lagosians is the height of impunity.

“It was such full blown exhibition of arrogance and mean-spiritedness occasioned by the serial looting of the commonwealth of Lagosians that led the National Leader of APC to declare in one of their disorganized campaign outings in Osun State that he was richer than Osun State.”

By Augustine Akhilomen

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PDP Berates Former INEC Chairman, Jega Over Comparism Comment



The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has berated the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, for comparing All Progressives Congress (APC) with the party.

The party cautioned Jega, not to further infuriate Nigerians by trying to dry-clean the APC, despite the alleged unbearable devastation the APC has brought to the nation in a space of six years.

The PDP asserted that trying to compare the APC to the highly productive and development-oriented PDP is an unpardonable disservice to the nation and calls to question the sense of judgment of Professor Jega.

The PDP further holds as worrisome that Prof. Jega, who only recently and rightly so, described the APC and the Buhari administration as a failure, is now attempting an image laundering with such a warped comparison, just a few weeks after he was offered a juicy appointment as Chairman of Governing Council of University of Jos by President Buhari.

PDP, in a statement by spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said, “It is indeed unfortunate that Prof. Jega, as a professor of political science, could portray an ignorance of the manifest contrasts between the robust fortunes of our nation under the PDP and the wasteland she has become under the APC.

“Perhaps the Professor needs to be reminded of how the PDP worked hard to revamp our nation’s economy, paid off our huge foreign debts and went ahead to grow the economy to become the largest investment hub in Africa as well as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, with Fitch B+ rating; only for the APC to wreck the economy and turned our nation into the world poverty capital and a debtor country in a space of six years.

“Prof. Jega must also be reminded how the PDP reinvigorated the private sector with new businesses and employments springing up in critical sectors of telecoms, aviation, agriculture, manufacturing, oil and gas, education, retailing, hospitality, healthcare and banking among others.

“Today, under the APC and Buhari, these gains have been wrecked with massive closure of businesses, which saw over 60 million Nigerians losing their means of livelihood, with alarming 33.3 per cent unemployment rate and over 82.9 million more and about 25 million families not being able to afford their daily meals as our country ranks 98th out of 107 in Global Hunger Index, due to the obnoxious policies of the APC and President Buhari.

“Perhaps the former INEC chairman has forgotten how the PDP stabilized our fiscal economy and handed over our naira to the APC at N160 to a dollar only for the APC to wreck our currency to a dismal N510 to a dollar.

“He may have also forgotten how the PDP handed over the cost of fuel at N87 per litre and how the APC has hiked it to N165 per litre with attendant pressure on our economy.”

The party invited Professor Jega to note how the PDP ran an all-inclusive and transparent administration that guaranteed freedom of speech, equity, fairness as well as free and fair elections, which he attested to; and how the APC, had been running a massively corrupt, insensitive, divisive and exclusionist administration that has destroyed the national cohesion and turned the nation into a battlefield.

“As a professor of political science, Prof. Jega ought to know that while the PDP is an ideologically based political party, the APC is just a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) operated on the basis of deception and that is why it has failed in all ramification and now fizzled in the eyes of the law,” the party said.

The PDP noted that the roles which Prof Jega played in bringing this party and administration into office are still fresh in the hearts of Nigerians.

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Lagos Records Six COVID-19 Deaths Daily In One Week -Sanwo-Olu




Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday revealed that Lagos has recorded six COVID-19 deaths per day in the last one week.

As a result, he implored residents to sit up and observed all the COVID-19 protocols while organizations, event centres, and religious groups ensure compliance for all those coming into their facilities.

Providing COVID-19 update in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu said: “From the beginning of the outbreak in February 2020 to date, Lagos State has recorded a total of 64,032confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of this number, 56,336 have recovered in the community, 2,755are currently being managed actively in the community.

Over the course of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, about 5,029patients have been admitted into our various COVID-19 care centres in Lagos. We have, sadly, recorded 390fatalities in Lagos State, 30of which have taken place in this current 3rdwave of the pandemic.

Essentially, we have recorded on average 6deaths per day since last week.”

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Hushpuppi: FBI Has No Right To Arrest Kyari Without Following Due Process -Ozekhome




A prominent lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), says the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has no right to come to Nigeria to arrest Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Abba Kyari without going through an extradition process.

Ozekhome stated this on Monday during an interview on Arise TV, where he said that this is not the first time Nigeria will be having a case of extradition.

Recall that Kyari was indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the fraud case against Ramon Abbas aka Hushpuppi in the US.

The indictment was followed by an order for his arrest. This was issued to the FBI by the United States Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California.

He also lamented that the issues involving Kyari, Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Igboho, and the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu are all happening at the same time.

“When America demanded Abba Kyari, I heard people say FBI can now arrest Abba Kyari. No, you cannot do that. Nigeria is a sovereign country for crying out loud, no matter how down in the doldrums we have become.

“FBI cannot simply come here and pick up Abba Kyari. You must go through the extradition process as established in the Extradition Act of the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004. You have to look at Sections 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of the extradition act.”

“In 1963, Chief Anthony Enahoro was being looked for by the Federal Government of Alhaji Tafawa Balewa. They accused him alongside Obafemi Awolowo and others of committing a treasonable felony. Enahoro found his way to London through Ghana. He ran away.

“So, the Labour Party with their new head, Harold Wilson made it a big deal and using the media very heavily to clamour that Enahoro be not extradited to Nigeria.

“But the government of Harold Mcmillan who was the Minister was caught in between and in betwixt as to the respect for human rights of Anthony Enahoro and not to hurt Nigeria as a political deal. But at the end of the day, Enahoro was extradited to Nigeria and he was tried and jailed for 15 years. It was the Gowon regime that released him and Awolowo and put them in key positions in government so as to drive the country’s progress. So, extradition, therefore, did not start today.

“Going through extradition, the Attorney General of the country has a crucial role to play under the Extradition Act, he and a magistrate, or under Section 251 of the Constitution, a judge of a federal high court.

“The country requesting for extradition, like the US, must make a formal request through its consular or representative in Nigeria, that we want this man in our country.”

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