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Eze Blasts Atiku’s Lawyers, Media Aides for luring Atiku into the unnecessary battle

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Erstwhile media aide to Atiku Abubakar, the PDP Presidential candidate and former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze has hailed the affirmation of the electoral victory of President Mohammadu Buhari by the Supreme Court.

In a unanimous judgment delivered on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, the apex court had struck out the appeal brought before it by Atiku/PDP challenging the victory of President Mohammadu Buhari/APC for lacking in merit, thereby affirming the earlier decision of the Presidential Election Tribunal which confirmed the authenticity of the victory of Mohammadu Buhari and APC in the last presidential election.

In a statement circulated to media houses, Eze said the judgment has laid to rest all speculations and uncertainties expressed by the PDP and media jobbers on the fate of Buhari and the APC at the Supreme Court. He described the victory as monumental, stressing that Nigerians were never perturbed about the security of their confidence on the Presidential Appeal Panel led by the CJN, Ibrahim Tanko.

Chief Eze, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress commended the steadfastness and commitment of the judiciary to manifestly serve justice on the matter amidst the massive and intimidating threats from those he said do not mean well for the country. Recall that the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) in connivance with the PDP and the PDP caucus at the HOR had mounted a stiff opposition against the Supreme Court on the constitution of members of the panel to hear the Atiku/PDP appeal for excluding a justice of the apex who has been hired to do their bidding.

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“Gone are the days when judicial officers are stocked like pieces of furniture and receive orders and prohibitions from politicians to serve their whims and caprices. President Buhari has given the judiciary free hand to operate and Nigerians have since moved on with him,” Eze said.

Eze berated Atiku’s lawyers and  media aides for luring him into the needless legal battle even when they knew he had no good case. He said Alh. Atiku Abubakar would have saved himself some resources and embarrassments if he had listened to his wise counsel contained in an earlier statement wherein he made it categorically clear that he had very little or no evidences to prove his claims before the court.

He said “the Supreme Court judgement has vindicated my position that Alh. Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party have no case”. Eze further said the PDP would have long accepted defeat at the polls and responsibly move on with their roles as opposition, constructively criticising and offering advice to government where necessary.

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He commended Nigerians for their continued support for the APC led federal government and urged them to be committed to national ideals, stressing that President Buhari mean well for Nigeria. He tasked the youth to tap into the very many opportunistic possibilities embedded in the schemes and programs of government to turn their fortunes for greater good.

Eze informed Atiku and the PDP that a lot of progress have been made in the fight against corruption and terrorism; strive for food sufficiency, Transportation and other sectors under the APC led government. He said the president’s commitment in strengthening bilateral ties with key economies is thoughtful and strategic to national development.   He added that Buhari’s recent visit to Sochi and his trip to Saudi Arabia will be of immense benefit to the country.

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze urged Atiku to  work in synergy with Mohammadu Buhari in his quest to reposition the country and set her on the path of progress through friendly policies and programs.

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Why I Closed Kastina State Land Borders-Gov. Masari

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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

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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

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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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