I won’t go on terminal leave for any reason– Jega

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The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, has said he does not have any plan to embark on terminal leave.

This was contrary to unsubstantiated report that Jega would proceed on a forced terminal leave on March 1.

But Jega’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kayode Idowu, denied this saying his boss was busy preparing for the conduct of the elections.

He said, “Jega is busy preparing for the elections and you are asking about terminal leave. Does anyone planning to conduct elections go on terminal leave? There is nothing like that.”

Idowu had in an interview on a TV programme monitored in Lagos, on Tuesday, said Jega’s appointment was not guided by civil service rules and would serve until the end of his tenure on June 30.

He said the postponement of the elections would make INEC better prepared for the elections scheduled for March 28 and April 11.

Idowu also denied the report that Jega had resigned his appointment due to pressure from the Presidency.

Idowu said, “No, that’s (resignation) is not true, he has not resigned. He didn’t resign. It is a mere rumour.”

Similarly, the minority leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, said Jega could not be asked to go on a terminal leave because he was not a civil servant.

He said, “I do not consider the Chairman of INEC as a civil servant subject to civil service rules the same way I, as a member of the House of Representatives, is not a civil servant. There is a difference between a civil servant and a public servant or officer. Jega falls under the latter.”

However, it was learnt that by norm, political appointees had at several times in the past been ordered to go on terminal leave even though they were not civil servants.

The provisions of Public Service Rules 100238 states that officers are required to give three months notice of their retirement from service terminating on the effective date of their retirement. This means Jega might be forced to proceed on terminal leave before the elections.

For instance, the tenure of Jega’s predecessor, Prof Maurice Iwu, was due to expire on June 13, 2010 but on April 28, 2010, President Goodluck Jonathan, ordered Iwu to proceed on terminal leave

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Presidency, PDP reject card reader for election

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There were indications that the Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party were already commencing tactics aimed at frustrating the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to make use of card readers for the 2015 elections.

Investigations by our correspondent in Abuja on Monday and Tuesday, indicated that the ruling party and the Presidency were already looking at the possibility of mobilising Nigerians to demand that the use of card readers for the election be stopped.

This is coming as a former National Chairman of the ruling party, who is now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said there were signs that the PDP was not interested in holding the elections.

Rather, Ogbeh said, the party was still hell-bent on foisting interim government on Nigeria.

A source in the Presidency, who spoke on condition of anonymity with our correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday, said that both the Presidency and some members of the National Working Committee of the party had been asked to continue to either condemn the use of the card readers for the elections or also that the commission be told to allow Nigerians to use the Temporary Voter Card instead of the Permanent Voter Card for the election.

He said, “We are not comfortable with the card readers. For example, we have not seen any and we don’t know how it works.

“What will happen if the card readers fail to work? We have not even been told that they would not fail. And if they fail, what would happen. I think the issue of card readers must be re-examined.”

The commission had said that it would introduce card readers for voters’ accreditation in order to verify the rightful owners of PVCs.

It said that the device would eliminate impersonation and voting by proxy during the elections.

Meanwhile, the Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Amadi Ali, on Monday criticised the electoral commission for the postponed elections.

He said the electoral body was not fully ready for the polls.

Ali, who spoke at a press conference which was also attended by the Director of Media and Publicity of the organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, also criticised the use of card readers for the elections.

He said, “There are also reports that the PVC readers are not fully distributed and tested. How can INEC handle cases of faulty card readers?

“Do they have a credible plan B in situation where voters line up and the card readers refuse to work? Ballot boxes are reportedly inadequate. Adequate training of INEC’s members of staff for the election had not been concluded and other problems facing INEC.

“Quite clearly the shift in election date is meant to save INEC from monumental embarrassment. I would like to reiterate that the PDP is ready for the election any day.”

But Ogbeh in a statement, insisted that the PDP was not ready for the elections and advised Nigerians to reject any call for the installation of ING by the government.

He said that the letter sent to the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, by the National Security Adviser, Col. Dansuki Sambo (retd.), in which he asked for elections postponement by six weeks must be properly digested by Nigerians.

Ogbeh said, “Does this not suggest that we should expect high level theatric manipulation as the six weeks get closer to convince us that another six weeks will be necessary?

“Isn’t this a ploy to ensure we enter May 29 without an election on the grounds of a nationwide instability? Doesn’t this then give credence to the rumours, and indeed, the declaration in a rowdy press conference four days ago by Dr. Doyin Okupe that they have no intention of handing over to Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)?

“Isn’t this leading to the strongly rumoured Interim National Government? It is time for all Nigerians to take heed that there is a stormy and dark clouds ahead.”

He said that Nigeria had been reduced to children’s playground where individuals and groups presumed that they could name on their own without recourse to the constitution and the slightest respect for the 170 million Nigerians.

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Jonathan’s Six Week Marshall Plan for Which Election was Postponed Leaks

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Contrary to the make believe by the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki that the military will be prosecuting a six weeks war against the Boko Haram insurgents group in the north east and therefore would not be able to provide security if the 2015 general elections were to hold as earlier scheduled in February, Abusidiqu has learnt from very reliable sources that the six weeks postponement of the election as announced by INEC was actually to enable the Jonathan government carry out a marshal plan aimed at winning the 2015 presidential election at all cost.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega had on Saturday announced a shift in the 2015 general election earlier scheduled for February 14 and 28.

Announcing the commission’s decision, Jega said said the elections have to be postponed after the nation’s security agencies indicated to the commission that they were not available to support the elections planned for February 14 and 28.

He said security agencies told INEC that they were commencing a six-week special operation due to start February 14 against Boko Haram insurgents in the north eastern corridors of the country and would rather not be distracted by the elections.

This decision by the security forces, he said, rendered INEC’s readiness and hitherto insistence to go ahead with the elections a risky venture.

But impeccable sources told Abusidiqu that the postponement was necessitated by the impending defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was facing had the February 14 election date stood.

Jonathan, one of our source said had in the last few weeks commissioned agencies within and outside the country, including the United State, Israel and Canada to conduct opinion poll on who is likely to win the 2015 presidential election between him and APC rival, General Muhammadu Buhari. But in all of the poll results, Jonathan was roundly defeated by Buhari, a development that did not go down well with the presidency.

The source said the best result the Jonathan had in one of the opinion poll was 40%, while Buhari had the worst score of 60%.

Abusidiqu recalls that several opinion polls organised in Nigeria, most of which were spearheaded by individuals and groups loyal or sympathetic to President Jonathan returned Buhari with the highest number of polled votes. The latest of such poll was the one organised by Africa Independent Television (AIT), which was pulled down as Buhari was leading with about 79% on the grounds the site was undergoing maintenance. The TV station was to claim days later that Buhari supporters hacked the polling site, a claim experts discovered was forged and manipulated to discredit Buhari.

It was on this basis that the plot to postpone the election was hatched so as to give the PDP more time to perfect its rigging plan.

The plot initially was the use the none collection of Permanent Voters Card (PVC) as the basis for the postponement of the election, but when it became clear that this was not going to work, following the insistence by INEC that it was ready for the election, the Service Chiefs were brought in to use security as the determining factor.

The Jonathan govt, using the military and their security report as a kill to get Jega to postpone the election for six weeks as requested by the service chiefs have put together a six weeks marshal plan with which it will perfect its plans to win the election.

The first among the marshal plan of the govt is to revive the 2011 support for President Jonathan by using state resources to curry as many people as possible to support Jonathan the same way he was supported in the last election.

Also included in the marshal plan is to actualise the greed of northern traditional ruler where Buhari is believed to have more support than the president by bribing them with huge boxes of hard currencies and promises of oil wells if President Jonathan is returned to office.

The marshal plan also contained strategies for the rigging of the election with the use of soldiers tointimidate voters on the day of election and rig the votes. This plan seem to have already commence as the Nigerian govt allegedly began a three-day meeting with commanders of army formations in Kaduna today.

With an audiotape of how Ekiti election was rigged by top government functionaries, this should not really come as a surprise.

The Jonathan govt as part of the marshal plan is also planning to win over as many disgruntled PDP members as possible. This they hope to achieve by dangling huge sums of money before them with the believe that many of them have gone broke, especially since the conduct of the party primaries last year.

The govt is also considering the option of intimidating the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega as well as the states resident electoral commissioner to do to the bidding of the PDP.

The plot is to get Jega to quit his job aa the commission’s boss and replace him with a less independent minded person who will do the bidding of the PDP.

The source who is privy to this details said the Jonathan govt are very confident that with this marshal plans to be executed with the next few weeks, the presidency is as good as won for President Goodluck Jonathan. However, if all the plans fail, then come the option of an interim government which the army headed by the Chief of Army Staff, General Kenneth Minimah will work out.

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Glam Africa held a casting call

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Glam Africa UK on Monday held a casting call to select models for the forthcoming Glam Africa Fashion Night (GAFN) event. Twenty two (22) models out of over 70 were finally selected by the judging panel comprised of Glam Africa CEO Chioma Onwutalobi, ace photographer Eric Jorrin and Deigh Alex of Deigh Alexander Modeling Agency.

All models performed a simulated runway walk for judges demonstrating that they can walk in high heels while also exhibiting all requisite requirements – symmetry, confidence, height, strength, etc.

A list of the 22 selected models will be released shortly by the organisers. Selected models will be entered in an online public voting completion to select the final 10 models that will grace the catwalk at Glam Africa Fashion Night (GAFN) on Sunday, 22nd, February at Porchester Hall, Bayswater, London.

Model with judges

 

Selected 22 models with judges

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An Open Letter to Senator John Kerry and President Barack Obama – Re: The Nigerian Elections and Boko Haram

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February 9, 2015

Dear Senator John Kerry:

I have decided as a 39 year old Nigerian Citizen that has lived in Nigeria all my life to write you this letter – one that I am equally copying to President Barack Obama and Ambassador James Entwistle based on your press statement of February 7, 2015 that read thus:

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The United States is deeply disappointed by the decision to postpone Nigeria’s presidential election, which had been scheduled for February 14.

Political interference with the Independent National Electoral Commission is unacceptable, and it is critical that the government not use security concerns as a pretext for impeding the democratic process. The international community will be watching closely as the Nigerian government prepares for elections on the newly scheduled dates. The United States underscores the importance of ensuring that there are no further delays.

As I reaffirmed when I visited Lagos last month, we support a free, transparent, and credible electoral process in Nigeria and renew our calls on all candidates, their supporters, and Nigerian citizens to maintain calm and reject election-related violence.”

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First, considering your comments and expressed concern about the elections in Nigeria, which was also the prime focus of your last visit to Lagos last month, I would like to present you with the table below – the contents of which I believe your research desk on Nigeria should have been able to provide you with already:

As you would notice, Sir, April seems to have become the official election date in Nigeria over the last 4 election cycles [the 1999 elections was supervised by the Military] in the same way November has always been the case with the U.S. [for all the ones I have followed in my adult life], and this has been the case under Three Different Presidencies – those of Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, late Umar Musa Yar-Adua, and the incumbent, Goodluck Jonathan. These four elections – always supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC] has done these under three different Chairmen – Abel Goubadia, Maurice Iwu and Attahiru Jega – there is therefore an established pattern here – proving this trend has nothing to do with a season or an individual but the process.

Second, I am equally concerned that your country being the lead-propagators of Democracy around the world that constantly insists on the rights of all citizens to count in a democracy do not seem to concern yourself [at least not within your press statement] with the possible impending disenfranchisement of 23.71 million Nigerian Voters by INEC – being the number of registered members of the electorate that the agency as at February 5, 2015 had not yet provided with their Permanent Voters Cards [PVCs] – as shown in the table below, this number represents a staggering 60% of the voters turn out in the 2011 Presidential elections:

Seriously, how come the same INEC that begged Nigerians in 2010 to allow it postpone the elections by almost 105 days for the same reasons of not being able to provide the citizenry with Voter’s Cards now seem ever so willing to run along with this election despite several opposing views in that regard as demonstrated by elder statesmen, political action groups and even political parties – seemingly looking like as though only the lead opposition party – All Progressives Congress [APC] seemed willing to work along with INEC to deny these 23.71 million voters of their rights to vote.

Third, it is also noteworthy that this same Obama administration as exemplified by the actions and body language of the State Department under yourself and Senator Hillary Clinton has consistently played the politics of non-committal towards Nigeria in the last 5-6 years considering the massive security challenges the nation has faced in the course of that period – rather issuing positions via those connected to your office ranging from “the Nigerian Government is corrupt and unwilling to fight Terrorism” to “We cannot sell ammunitions to Nigeria to fight Terrorism because we are concerned about the safety of such equipment” yet today, your department and nation now have a problem with a push of these elections’ dates even though the same security challenges which you have abandoned Nigeria to face is now the official reason adduced by INEC and the security forces for these postponements.

I am therefore tempted to ask you the following questions:

  • “If the U.S. was so interested in the peace of Nigeria and knew that elections was a very important part of that, why has the US consistently refused to offer to Nigeria the same commitment and support that it is currently offering to Iraq, Syria, Yemen versus ISIL even though today, Boko Haram could have arguably taken more lives than ISIL in the last couple of months?”
  • “Is there any available statistics anywhere in the world suggesting that “the Nigerian Government is more corrupt than those of Iraq, Syria and Yemen that would warrant for those nations to receive the sort of support they are getting from the U.S. in fighting terrorism that your nation is currently denying Nigeria?”
  • So how come all of a sudden, the U.S. seems more interested in the Nigerian Elections beyond helping Nigeria to fight Terrorism which if it had done well would have helped Nigeria to be better prepared to hold the elections as scheduled?

Four, I would urge your department to desist from giving more impetus to already growing notion within the Nigerian Polity that “The U.S. government actively supports the Nigerian Opposition and would prefer to have a Nigerian of Northern-Nigerian origin with a Muslim Religious background to become the next President of Nigeria in order to help maintain a certain political balance within the Nigerian Polity” – and I am sure that one sure way to distance yourself from this misconception would be for you to respect the Nigerian Constitution by allowing the people of Nigeria to determine their own fate within the ambits of that same constitution by refusing to sign-up to the propaganda being spread by the opposition and their partners within civil society and intellectual class – at home and in the diaspora – that suggests the incumbent government has other ulterior motives aside those given by INEC and indeed other Nigerians, using myself as an example of such people, as I have already enumerated within this letter as the real reasons why a push in these elections’ dates has been necessitated at this time.

Five, those suggesting to your office and indeed the Obama administration that these postponements are similar to efforts to truncate our Democracy similar to the June 12 polls should be deemed a bunch of Alarmists and nothing more because while the that election indeed took place; and a winner was well-known to all before it was infamously annulled, this oncoming polls has not yet taken been conducted neither can the opposition provide you with any verifiable poll – local or international – even remotely suggesting that it will these elections – and as I see it, claiming victory in an election that has not yet been held would be tantamount to heating up the polity ahead of the polls that could result in a repeat of the post-2011 elections pogrom that led to the systematic killing of 800 Nigerians; burning down of 350 Churches; and displacement of 65,000 Nigerians – all within the space of about 3-4 days!

 I close by reminding you of the comments you made while you were in Lagos last month thus: “So let me be clear: Anyone who participates in, plans, or calls for widespread or systematic violence against the civilian population must be held accountable, including by ineligibility for an American visa. Violence has no place in democratic elections, and I can guarantee you that the perpetrators of such violence would not be welcome in the United States of America.”

I dare say that this would be a good time for you, your department and the Obama administration to remind the various parties in these elections that you are very serious about that statement.

I thank you for your generosity in taking my comments to heart.

Yours faithfully

Favour B. Afolabi
Founder and President, Online Republic Media
Lagos, Nigeria.
@favourafolabi

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Buhari Campaign Faults New NIS Recruitment Exercise

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The All Progressives Congress presidential campaign organisation has raised the alarm over the latest call for applications from Nigerian youths for recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), describing it as a continuation of the despicable scamming of jobless youths by the government.

The organisation said in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by Director of Media and Publicity of the campaign,  Malam Garba Shehu, that this latest attempt, being supervised by a presidential committee,  came on the heels of the March 15, 2014 exercise which ended in disaster across the various centres in the country.

The statement said aside the payment of N1,000 from each of the 520,000 applicants, there were very shoddy preparations made for the exercise.

Shehu said it was shocking that the input of the NIS was not sought as the Comptroller-General of the NIS, Mr. David Paradang, revealed at the National Assembly hearing that, for all his years in the service, there had not been a time that the recruitment of personnel in the inspectorate cadre was done outside the NIS.

In other words, Shehu said the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Abba Moro, solely supervised the botched recruitment exercise which resulted in the death of  19 Nigerian youths, whose only transgression was that they trusted their country for employment.

“Furthermore, in a desperate move to placate the victims and still make Moro keep his job – for obvious political reasons – President Goodluck Jonathan promised each family of the dead victims, three automatic jobs. Meanwhile, on October 14, 2014, seven months after the tragic incident, there was a protest march in Benin City against the unfulfilled presidential promise. One of the Victims, Mr. Timothy Omoagbon, said since the death of his wife, life had been unbearable.

“It would be recalled that before the March 2014 scandalous exercise, there was also a recruitment exercise some years ago (under President Jonathan) which was marred by accusation of lopsidedness and nepotism. Also four of the victims – Patience Omezie, Kasim Suleiman, Okojie Arabamen, Godwin Morka – have jointly filed a suit against Moro. Among their prayers is a declaration by the court that Moro is unfit and improper to hold public office in Nigeria having regard to his callous statement that the Nigerians who died and those injured during the exercise were careless.

“That Moro is still in charge of the interior ministry is an attestation to President Jonathan’s unwillingness to subsume narrow political interest under national interest.

“What is, however, galling in the entire saga is that another recruitment exercise is being planned when the actors in the last tragic exercise have not been penalised for their questionable conduct. The president made promises that he knew was mere bogey; it is akin to dancing on the grave of the dead.

“We consider this act as insensitive, callous and reprehensible. The Nigerian people do not deserve this ignoble treatment from their leaders. The promise of employment ought not to be as a result of the loss of lives. The welfare of the citizenry, in the legible stipulation of the constitution, still remains the primary responsibility of any government. We hold the Jonathan administration accountable for this failure. This has proven as a confirmation of the administration’s legacy of scandalous impudence.

“On our part, we promise to respect the dignity of the Nigerian people; we shall conduct the affairs of state that under our government, no Nigerian shall be oppressed. Welfare of the citizens shall remain the cornerstone of business as leaders,” shehu said.

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Elections: Nnamani, Nwobodo Dismiss APC’s Threats as Wild Goose Chase

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 Former Senate President,  Ken Nnamani, and former governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo, on Sunday in Enugu foreclosed the possibility of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) or any other political party routing the ruling PDP in the forthcoming general election,  insisting that Nigerians have already made up their minds to retain their support for the ruling party.

The two PDP leaders who addressed a Large crowd of party supporters during a campaign rally at the headquarters of Enugu South council of the state noted that their party was sure of victory in the March 28 presidential/National Assembly election as well as the April 11 gubernatorial/state assembly election.

According to them, the opposition parties were only engaging in a wild goose chase as Nigerians have become much wiser and cannot be deceived by the opposition’s deceptive words.

Specifically,  Nwobodo said there is no opposition in Enugu State as far as the forthcoming election is concern and warned all members of the PDP that left the party to contest elections in other political parties that they were merely wasting their time.

Nwobodo however urged such people to return to the PDP fold as the umbrella of the party is big enough to accommodate their various interests.

The former governor also expressed confidence that the governorship candidate of the party, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, will continue with the good works of Governor Sullivan Chime, having distinguished himself creditably as a true member of the PDP and three-time member of the House of Representatives, who has held important portfolios including his current position as Chairman, House Committee on Marine Transport.

On his part, the former Senate President decried the antics of fifth columnists within the party, especially in Enugu East senatorial district and charged party members to be watchful and not to relent until victory is achieved.

Nnamani stated that Enugu South Local Government Area was a fortress for the PDP having produced the likes of himself and Senator Jim Nwobodo, adding that the good works of Governor Sullivan Chime have made it easy for the party to coast to victory in the forthcoming elections.

In his own speech, the governorship candidate of the party, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi thanked all the stakeholders of the party, especially the delegates that voted for him during the governorship primary election for their overwhelming support and assured them of his resolve to continue with all the policies and programmes of Chime’s administration for the overall interest of Enugu State.

Ugwuanyi told the people to vote for all the candidates of the PDP including President Goodluck Jonathan, himself and Hon. Chime Oji, amongst others, adding that as members of one political family, he will do his best to provide more dividends of democracy to the people of Enugu State, ‘if voted into power’.

Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State in his speech urged the people to support and vote for President Goodluck Jonathan, Ugwuanyi and all other candidates of the PDP for them to continue to enjoy the services of the party.

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Alleged Shooting of Abia Lawmaker a Hoax, Says Otti’s Campaign Team

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 The campaign organisation of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Alex Otti, has denied involvement in the alleged shooting of a state lawmaker, Hon Darlington Nwokocha, describing it as a hoax.
Addressing a news conference in Umuahia yesterday, the Director of Special Duties of the campaign organization, Chief Nwaka Inem, said Otti and his team were taken aback by the insinuation that the shooting came from Otti’s camp.

Hon Nwokocha, who is a serving member of the Abia State House of Assembly and PDP candidate for Isiala Ngwa North/Isiala Ngwa South federal constituency was allegedly shot by gunmen attached to the  APGA candidate.

“We have no hand in that (alleged shooting). It is them shooting themselves,” he said, adding that those who “stage managed” the incident wanted to create a sense of panic among the people.

He also said the scenario of shooting was created to confuse the general public and make it appear as if Otti has become the aggressor whereas he has been the target of “orchestrated attacks by PDP.

“Despite these orchestrated attacks against our candidate and his resolve not to retaliate, it is very unfortunate that the PDP propaganda machine has now invested a wicked tale that APGA’s candidate, who has been the helpless victim of heir aggression, is the aggressor,” he lamented.

In an open letter to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) signed by Inem, the campaign organisation stated that it was alleged that Nwokocha was shot various times by unknown gunmen attached to the convoy of Otti.

“We want to state categorically here that Otti as a peace loving man, has never been linked in any way with violence all his life, so one wonders how on earth he will authorise the shooting of Nwokocha when they have nothing in contention at all level, be it politically or economically,” he said.

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Ajimobi: Workers’ Welfare Best Promoted under Me

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Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has cautioned civil servants to be wary of the campaign gimmicks of the opposition, describing his administration as the best worker-friendly in the history of the state.

The governor stated this in a statement issued in Ibadan on Tuesday by his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo.

He said the workers should not fall prey to the antics of his political opponents, particularly the two former governors currently in the gubernatorial race, who, he said, had been peddling false claims that they were workers’ messiah during their administrations.

Ajimobi noted that former Governors Rashidi Ladoja and Adebayo Alao-Akala had been bandying false credentials of being the best thing to have happened to civil servants during their tenures.

The incumbent governor is the standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the April 11 governorship election, while Ladoja and Alao-Akala are contesting under the platform of the Accord and Labour Party respectively.

Going comparative, the governor said that salaries of civil servants in the state had been reviewed upward twice between 2011 and 2014 which, he said, had made his administration the best thing to have happened to civil servants in the state.

For instance, he said the least paid civil servants on Grade Level 01 step 08 now receives monthly salary of N22,194.43 as against N10,875 under the administrations of Ladoja and Alao-Akala.

According to him, while civil servants on Grade Level 16 step 8 received monthly salary of N72,828 between April 2007 and May 2011, they are now receiving N158,683.75. The same situation applies to Grade Level 08 step 08 which now attracts N48,314.23 as against N29,146 under the administration of Ladoja and Akala.

“For discerning minds, this will clearly show that Ladoja and Akala are only out to tell lies so as to infiltrate the ranks of the workers who are earnestly yearning for the continuation of the Ajimobi administration,’’ he said.

As a testimony to the friendly disposition of civil servants to his administration, Ajimobi noted that the state had not recorded a single strike by the workers in the last four years.

“This is clearly a departure from the past when workers used to embark on incessant industrial actions during the two preceding administrations to press home their demands for salary increase and other welfare packages,’’ he said.

Governor Ajimobi also said that right from the inception of his administration, salaries of civil servants were being paid on the 25th of every month until the Peoples Democratic Party-led federal government threw states into difficult financial situations.

“It is also on record that this administration had paid the 13th month salary for three years consecutively aside other welfare packages such as upward review of car and housing loans, local and foreign trainings, free transportation for workers to and fro office, among others.

“One thing that gladdens our heart, however, is the fact that workers in Oyo State are among the best exposed. They are aware of the paucity of funds which has made it impossible for many states across the country to meet their financial obligations. But, in the face of this difficulty, Oyo State is not owing workers salaries.

“The civil servants are too sophisticated and intellectually endowed to be deceived by reactionary elements who had been there before but never used the opportunity to benefit them in any way,’’ he said.

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Tambuwal: I will Exploit Abundant Mineral Resources in Sokoto If Elected

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 The Speaker of the House of Representatives and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, on Tuesday reaffirmed his commitment to exploit the abundant mineral deposits in the state, if elected.

Tambuwal made the remark at the APC governorship campaign rally in Illela Local Government Area of the state.

According to him, this was aimed at diversifying the economy of the state, thereby creating jobs for the teeming unemployed youths in the state.

He stated that this was to reduce overdependence on oil revenue and further generate income for the state.

Tambuwal pointed out that various feasibility studies had been conducted by the state government in that regard and if elected, would redouble efforts to boost the revenue base of the state.

“Already the state government has identified certain mineral resources for exploitation and if elected, I will intensify efforts to see to the actualisation of the dream,” Tambuwal said.

He expressed joy with the large turn out of people for the rally, saying it was an indication that the people of Sokoto were solidly behind the APC in the forthcoming elections.

Tambuwal called on the people of the area to come out en masse and vote for APC candidates at all levels in the general elections.

In a remark, Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, called on the people to vote for the APC for more dividends of democracy.

He assured the people of the state that Tambuwal would deliver the goods, if given the mandate.

The governor disclosed that his administration had already commenced the construction of the Illela International Border Market in Illela town.

Wamakko said the state government had already released N1 billion to the contractor for the commencement of the project, saying his administration was determined to make Illela Border Market a model in the country.

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