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EXPOSED: HOW FORMER ZAMFARA STATE GOVERNOR YARI N60.8B STATE FUND

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The battle against corruption, particularly; diversion of public funds for personal aggrandizement and usage, is such that should be commended by all and sundry.
It would therefore be an understatement, to refer to President Mohammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign, as a welcomed development.
The war against corruption in Nigeria remains an idea capable of launching Nigeria unto the next level of development, more importantly when such crusade is not selective, but spreads across past and present politicians, who have actually cornered states’ contracts and wealth for their personal use. It is important to note that many have been caught in the act, many facing prosecution, while some are still being trailed by anti-graft agencies; such as EFCC.
As at yesterday, a report quoted EFCC chaiman; Mr Magu, as saying over 30 past commissioners; in Kwara have had their traveling documents seized, for alleged corrupt practices. This is no doubt; a good step in the right direction, especially if they are guilty of such allegations.
It is however worrisome to see many, who have been adjudged to be corrupt, through diversion of public funds; still walking freely on the streets.
Upon this premise therefore, the present administration and corruption fighters; EFCC, has been called upon, to investigate former Zamfara State Governor Yari, how over N60bn public funds was stolen during his administration. He is enjoined to also explain to the whole world how he spent N60.8B promissory Note (PN) approved by the Senate and issued to Oil Marketers and State Governments.
Many are left in total dismay that, through out Yari’s tenure as governor of Zamfara State, no infrastructural development,not to talk of health intervention programmes were executed.
The state plunged into a height of insecurity, and as a result of that,alot of youths without expected education resorted to banditry and other vices.
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Breaking: Tribunal Sacks Dino Melaye As Senator Representing Kogi West

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Biodun Okeowo

The election that saw Dino Melaye emerging as Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district has been nullified.

Senator Melaye’s election  was cancelled by the Kogi State National Assembly/State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.

The nullification was announced on Friday, August 23.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission  (INEC), Melaye polled a total of 85,395 votes to defeat his All Progressive Congress (APC) opponent who scored 66,902 votes.

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The result was however contested on the grounds of irregularities, overvoting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act by the APC candidate, Sam Adeyemi.

According to reports, the three-man panel led by Justice A. O. Chijioke, in a unanimous judgment on Friday, accepted Adeyemi’s ground and ordered for another election in the senatorial district.

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Oyo House Of Assembly Finally Confirms Seun Fakorede As Commissioner

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The Oyo State House of Assembly has confirmed 27 year-old Oluwaseun Fakorede as commissioner.

Fakorede was appointed as commissioner for youth and sport despite a protest by party stalwarts earlier today.

Governor Seyi Makinde had sent Fakorede’s name to the Assembly alongside that of Professor Raphael Afonja, and Faosat Joke Sunni in a list of his second batch of cabinet nominees.

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The three were screened and approved on Thursday, August 21.

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Announcing the approval, the  Speaker of the House, Adebo Ogundoyin, praised Governor Makinde for nominating the commissioners-designate.

Hesaid: “The Oyo State House of Assembly has confirmed 27-year-old Fakorede Seun Temidayo of Ibarapaland and two others as commissioners of the Oyo State Government.”

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Governor Makinde In Dilema Over Future Of Oyo’s Youngest Commissioner-nominee

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Seyi Makinde

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, is currently in a dilema over the future of one of his commissioner-nominees, Oluwaseun Fakorede.

Fokorede’s appointment initially celebrated in Oyo State has now turned controversial leading to a face off between groups.

While a group is opposing the nomination of 27-year-old, the other group is supporting his nomination as a commissioner.

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The anti-Fakorede group is made up of members and leaders of the ruling party who have hinged their protest on claims that Fakore’s father had defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) and worked against the success of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the elections.

The group, which comprises party leaders, elders and women urge lawmakers not to screen or confirm his nomination adding that his nomination  negates the sharing arrangement by the leaders to cover the interest of all the regions and zones of the area.

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