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At last, PDP confirms Sambo as GEJ’s running mate



Days after the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as its sole candidate for the 2015 presidential election, a new twist to his possible vice presidential candidate has been introduced. While what appeared reprieve came the way of Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo yesterday as the party officially confirmed him as President Jonathan’s running mate for 2015.
Posters pairing the president with the national chairman, Dr Adamu Mu’azu also yesterday surfaced in strategic areas of the capital city, Abuja.
Regardless of the Jonathan/Mu’azu posters, however, the PDP has insisted that the current vice president was part of the winning team and had the confidence of President Jonathan to carry on with him as one presidency.
There had been musings in political circles that Sambo’s job was under threat, following covert moves by some influential northern powerbrokers within the party to displace Sambo. No less than three northern governors have been linked with the pressure being put on President Jonathan to drop his deputy as running mate for the 2015 presidential election.
The Mu’azu twist is the latest move made in this bid. The inability of last Thursday’s PDP NEC meeting to expressly state the status of the vice president had heightened speculation that Sambo’s job was still under threat. But Mu’azu has dismissed the posters, saying mischief makers were behind them.
The PDP, in a statement issued yesterday said Sambo remained part of the position it had taken on the president. The ruling party said the Presidency was one. The statement, signed by the party’s national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, aside describing Sambo as part of the party’s winning team ahead of the 2015 election expressed confidence in the vice president.
The statement read, “There is no doubt whatsoever that the Vice President has the implicit confidence of the President. The PDP is therefore very pleased that they are working together in actualising the transformation agenda to the popular acclaim of both Nigerians and the international community. “We wish to place on record as well that the 66th NEC meeting of our great party, which endorsed President Jonathan as the sole candidate of the PDP for the 2015 general elections, responsibly reasoned and anchored this decision on the outstanding performance of the Jonathan Presidency, of which Vice President Sambo is an integral part. “This motion, which was unanimously endorsed by NEC, left no room for any form of speculation, as Senator Jim Nwobodo who seconded it expressly commended both the President and his Vice for lifting the banner of the PDP very high, while praying the NEC to approve the motion.”
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Why I Closed Kastina State Land Borders-Gov. Masari



Land Borders

The Kastina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has explained why he closed the land borders of the state.

The governor had ordered the closure of the borders and also placed a ban on large gathering in public and religious centers in a bid to curb the possible spread of coronavirus in the state.

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Explaining his action, Masari stated that movement of people into the state is strictly prohibited with effect from 6:00 am on Saturday, March 28, adding that fuel tankers and vehicles carrying food items and other essential commodities will be allowed into the state subject to screening and test at the point of entry. People are however at liberty to move within the state.

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Kastina State shares borders with Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna and Zamfara, and with the Republic of Niger to the north.



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INSENSITIVITY: Femi Gbajabiamila-led House Of Representatives Takes Delivery Of Exotic Wonder On Wheels Amidst Global Fight Against Coronavirus



The insensitivity of Nigerian lawmakers has always been a talking point in the polity and among members of the public.

In the past, they have been frowned at for appearing to make laws that favour them, while failing to enforce those that seem mass-orientated.

The recent acquisition of state of the art cars for themselves at a time that the world is literally mourning countless deaths from the coronavirus pandemic is an all time low for the Gbajabiamila-led House of Representatives.

As if oblivious of happening in the world, the lawmakers threw caution to the wind, embarking on an acquisition of  400 units of 2020 Toyota Camry car tagged utility vehicle or official cars.

Chairman of the Committee on House Services, Wale Raji, who confirmed delivery of the cars declined to respond to further enquiries.

However, findings revealed that not less than 400 units of the V6 Limited Edition variant of the car was purchased for members of the House of Representatives at an undisclosed rate.

Further findings on the website of Toyota revealed that each of the vehicles  depending on the variant, has a price tag of between US$25,000 to US $35,000, excluding the cost of shipping and custom duties, which is said to be about 100 per cent of the actual cost of each unit.

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Those with higher specification could cost in the following range: XLE at $29,455, XLE V6 at $34,580, XSE at $30,005 and XSE V6 at $35,130.

As you read, the cars some of which have been allocated are packed at different parking lots within the National Assembly Complex, true to a resolution reached at a sitting by the legislators in an executive (closed-door) session on February 5,  during which they resolved to purchase the cars.

The cars, which originally belongs to the National Assembly, are usually auctioned to the lawmakers after four years.

Already, about 14 Toyota Land Cruiser Prado sports utility vehicles have already been handed out to presiding as well as other principal officers and chairmen of select House committees.

Giving a breakdown of how the vehicles are shared, a member of the House, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said, the 400 saloon cars would be allocated to each of the 360 members and some top management staff, Chiefs of Staff to the (two) presiding officers as well as some of their special advisers and assistants.

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The source said, “I was told 100 have already arrived and they are sharing them to new members who are not chairmen and deputy chairmen (of committees). The next batch will be for returning (ranking) members who are neither chairmen nor deputy chairmen. The last batch will go to ranking member with appointments.”

The Committee on House Services and the National Assembly Management, led by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, had constituted a joint committee to oversee the acquisition, verification and distribution to the lawmakers.

The Committee on House Services, which also exists in the Senate, serves as the protocol and welfare department.

The joint committee was set up as some members had alleged that the National Assembly had become a “dumping ground” for smuggled and refurbished automobile.

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Ifeanyi Okowa Honours Late Idowu Timi




What respect can the dead ask for, but a proper burial and respect of their memory?

This was what late Idowu Timi of the Afinaware quarters in the Patani Local Government Area of the state got on Saturday, March 14 when she was laid to rest in Delta State.

Activities to mark the celebration started on Thursday, March 12 with Service of Songs at the residence of Hon. (Dr.) Tonye Timi at Liberty Estate, GRA Core Area, Asaba, while the all-night wake-keep was held at her family quarters in Otouware, Patani LGA before the funeral service and internment at Hon. Timi’s compound in Afinaware quarters.

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The colourful event which attracted the high and mighty in the state saw the presence of the first citizen of the state, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his deputy, Deacon Kingsley Otuaro.

Late Timi died on November 15, at the ripe age of 88.  Fioteidor Timi, one of the sons of the deceased who spoke about his mother said she did not leave millions behind in her safe, but left behind enduring legacies worth much more than millions.

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