There is a fine line between determination and desperation…. – Princewill

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what was your perception of Nollywood before you became a film maker? ‎

I must admit, I thought it was just fun and games. But it is hard work. These Nollywood people are something else. The foundation they have built is with little or no support from government, yet they’ve put Nigeria on the world map and contributed to increasing our GDP. They are our cultural ambassadors, our escape, and our lives. Three industries – banking, religion and Nollywood – work in Nigeria, albeit with lots of room for improvement. You just simply have to hand it to them.

How much has this view changed?

In recent years, new kids on the block are knocking on the door. They are bringing in new money, fresh faces, wide international interest and very new techniques. They are asking the tough questions and challenging the status quo. Kunle Afolayan and Izu Ojukwu in film, Chioma Ude of AFRIFF and Wangi Mba Uzoukwu of Africa Magic in the aggregator platforms, Kene Mkparu and Nnaeto in new cinemas. Change is inevitable. Let me not forget Adonis Production, of course in production. Those of them who don’t try to think that they are better than Nollywood seem to be making it. I think the trick is to tweak, not to try to take over. Nollywood is Africa and Africa does not need to be re-invented. What is changing now is that Africa’s voice, courtesy of Nollywood, is getting a lot louder. A few years ago, we had four cinemas in Nigeria. Now, we have 24 and by the end of the year, we will have 30. Not to talk of new cinema investment that is on its way. In Rivers State, we have a well-known local saying, “I dey there better pass them say.” Something is happening in Nollywood. If you blink, you will miss it.

What’s the toughest part of putting a movie together?

Getting the money. Too many of us who can help don’t. Too many who can lift up the next African Steven Spielberg, the next Spike Lee or the future Oprah Winfrey, see them as irrelevant, because they don’t get it. This industry is the next best thing. As politicians become more and more unpopular, less and less news will be watched and more and more movies will give Nigerians the escape they need. Our entertainers are already becoming more influential than our leaders. The brands get this. Nigerians need to get it too. Very few industries afford our youth the freedom that this one does. It speaks to their souls. We all need to understand that.

Politics, business and film making, how do you marry all these? ‎

There is a link – youth empowerment. So, once you see it from that perspective, it shouldn’t surprise you. I love to create jobs, to get people working, watch them slowly building and feeding their families. Politics for me is what to do, the business has taught me how to do it because by virtue of listening to and telling the real Nigerian story, I understand why things need to be done. I am driven in all these areas. But at my core, the engagement of the younger generation encompasses all. It’s not work for me.

How do you balance them with family?

Good question. That is the hard part. But I have the most amazing family ever. They are my biggest fans, so my work is theirs. From my wife to my kids, to my siblings, to my parents, we are all in this together. They just loaned me out. It’s not a life choice, it’s just a project. And very soon, my work will be done.

‘Kajola’ is Nigeria’s first science fiction movie. What was the story behind it?

I came in as executive producer after the same team I worked with on ‘Nnenda’ brought this unique project to my attention. Adonis Production is synonymous with good stuff and so I naturally took a keen interest. But what appealed to me with ‘Kajola,’ was the tale of two cities, two classes, the rich and the poor. It resonated powerfully and I simply had to be part of telling that story. Trying new things is also one of the signatures of the Adonis team, so being a part of the crew that brought you the first full science fiction feature film was not an accolade I could reject.

What’s on your mind when you are making a movie?

It is, what message am I sending? To me, Nigeria’s, Africa’s biggest challenge is re-orientation. I want to use film to get you to have a rethink. I want you to use film to escape from the stress and I want to use film to keep people busy. ‘Nnenda’ was about orphans, ‘Kajola’ was about the poor while ‘76’ is about Nigeria. My hope is that as people watch these powerful films, they see what I saw, escape from the day to day hassles and then immerse them in how life should be. If we succeed, we will get more youths empowered and that is the ultimate goal. Over 200 cast and crew were used in ‘76.’ Apprenticeship programs that took place on set. Up and coming actors then, are now winning best actor awards now. Top directors today were associate directors then. We want to give to the industry. Not simply to take away from it.

Which has been the most challenging of your works to realize?

No doubt, ‘76’ by far. It’s the first movie we did on celluloid, first movie to be shot in an army barracks, first blockbuster in our pack, first movie to do a private screening within post production. First this, first that. But as it was challenging, it has also been very rewarding. To see the child grow into a man leaves a smile on the face. All in all it took us seven years to get here. I am my own worst constructive critic, but I can look back on ‘76’ and say, wow, we tried!

Why don’t you commercialise your movies?

We will. Content, as one media executive here told me, is king. It always has value, just like time. Nobody is in possession of any of our rights – yet. We will choose very carefully before we decide, but very soon, our films will be available for your viewing pleasure. You can count on that. Having said this, it is not all about the money. Alliances need to be built and we are almost there.

How are you able to fund other projects without commercialising them?

By taking small bites and not biting more than we can chew. Also by taking our time to get it right, when we can. The search for cash is a skill by His grace. It is neither by sheer strength nor by might. You can easily run into bad debts whilst searching for good money, especially if you talk to the wrong people. We handle long term money. So we have minimum pressure. As we build the right teams, funding for other projects will emerge, while revenue from existing ones will come back. Film making is a business.

At what point did you decide to do ‘76’ and what motivated you?

‘76’ is a game changer. It’s a new chapter in storytelling and the fact that it is based around real events is even more fascinating. So as a story, we already knew we had something there. I had worked with Izu Ojukwu on ‘Nnenda’ before and so I knew his pedigree. He is meticulous, prudent and world class. So I knew that with Adonis production in the lead, nothing could go wrong. That was why I got involved. The movie went over budget but that was due to changing locations twice and the need to satisfy military protocols. Let’s just say, getting the permission to shoot in a barracks was not as easy as we thought.

What was your experience getting the cast to fit into the 1976 setting?

That was the job for others. Mine was to give it a final nod and wink. Seeing the movie now, they put round pegs in round holes. Rita Dominic performed out of her skin, in her role as the officer’s wife. Chidi Mokeme, I am sure will make many new fans with what was an excellent portrayal of the life of a soldier in 1976. Of course it is now no secret what Daniel K Daniel is made of. He and Ramsey Nouah struck a bond on set that showed up in the final product. Ramsey killed it. He was out of this world. And the list goes on. I couldn’t be happier than with the cast and crew of this film. I love them.

The actors changed physically and all that over the seven-year period. How did you manage that?

Don’t let the makeup fool you. The cast were only there for six months of filming. One month prior to that was military drill exercises for the male cast. They wanted them, not acting like soldiers but actually being soldiers. That put them in very, very sound physical shape. This was critical for the authenticity of the movie. I know six months is an eternity in Nollywood but we wanted to build a family. And I think we did that. We had weddings, birthdays, child dedications and funerals on set. We had it all.

Why did it take seven years to do it?

For a variety of reasons. First, it was an idea in Izu’s head that required support. Adonai, the CEO of Adonis Production provided it. They then began to build on that until they felt they knew something that Princewill’s trust could add, which is where I came in. That process took a few years. Then you had a green light from us for pre-production which required the crew to now recreate 1976. First location was Adamawa, then Ibadan, before the Mokola barracks became our home. Refurbishing the cars, repainting the houses, putting the props in place and shooting without viewing all meant that time and lighting was critical to outcome. Months were exhausted. We spent a relatively short time shooting compared to pre-production and post-production. Due to the fact that we shot on celluloid, post production is in Munich, Germany. Good soup, na money kill am. [sic] [Laughter]

 When you are not making movies, doing politics, business or being a philanthropist, how do you occupy your time?

I watch movies, play video games and listen to music. Running away from the girls is also a full time job. So many very pretty women, but I only have eyes for one, Rosemary.

In all you have done, what is the biggest thrill for you?

Running for governor, politics. It has the biggest impact, the largest reach. They say it’s dangerous, but not for me. I want to make things happen. Not watch things not happen. And politics is what gives you the opportunity. If you can’t stand the real heat, stay out of the kitchen. Unfortunately, we have allowed the lunatics take over the asylum so principled performers like me who are not mad enough to loot and kill are at a disadvantage. I’d rather lose than kill and steal, and people with money don’t have the guts to fight the system because the system can and does break them. The people are helpless. Remove the lunacy from politics and Nigeria will explode into the next level. But that will require the resolve of civilized Nigerians, an uncompromising international community and institutions devoid of interests. A long shot yes, but a choice we must make sooner or later.

When you ran for governor, what were your chances?

If we had an electoral body that meant what it said, people with resources who cared enough about their country to keep their promises and politicians who realize that their actions have equal and opposite reactions, I would have won. Without a card reader, we don’t stand a chance. With a card reader, we do. The three major parties had a debate, the first of its kind in Rivers State and I practically wiped the floor with Wike and Dakuku, without breaking a sweat. As the Labour Party candidate, I was being called by PDP and APC members to say, it was a landslide. I would make the best governor amongst us. But that is not what wins – because the people don’t vote. So I guess, my portion is to be the best governor Rivers State never had. Life goes on.

Are you likely to contest again?

No. Even if the people want me, the system either does not want me, or refuses to put in place basic fundamentals for people like me to emerge. Twice now I have put everything on the line for my state with little or no support from people who will benefit most from my emergence. How many times will I run for the same position at such a high price? There is a very fine line between determination and desperation and I will not cross it. If youth empowerment is truly my passion, I will find other ways to execute it and other people to support to be governor of Rivers State. Let me make it clear though, I will not quit politics or my supporters, but I am not desperate to be governor. Let us all make the bed we will lie in.

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Doing Things the Wrong Ways and Expecting Different Results

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The Greater London Authority Elections – where Londoners will vote for a new Mayorof London and Members of the London Assembly – is on 5thMay 2016.

Yet, I, members of my family and many Londoners (including anybody who belongs to the British Commonwealth) voted today, 21stApril, 2016, about 2 weeks away.

Why? This is because many voting households and individuals, who have opted to vote by Post because of convenience, received their Postal Voting Packs today. This benefits and eases the stress on the elderly, the pregnant women, the handicaps and invalids, who otherwise may find it a strainto go physically into the voting centres on 5thMay 2016 to vote physically. This system of voting, including online voting, has been on for several years. It has not been abused, as far as I know, in the UK. Even if you decide to vote on the day in the voting centres, you will vote peacefully, fairly, freely, easily, without fear to your life and property. Since I have been voting in the UK, I have never spent more than 5 minutes in a voting centre. The Election officials are there, the Voting List is up to date and can never be manipulated.

As soon as you turn 18, which is the voting age, you almost always automatically receive a letter from the Authorities, reminding you and urging you to register, either online or by post. What a world, what a society where law and order, fairness and equity, sincerity and honesty rules.

I have not been intimidated; the candidates or their canvassers go from door to door, no matter the weather or the distance, to solicit for your vote; there are no big political rallies, thereby eliminating thuggery and intimidation; there are no inducements from the candidates and their supporters for you to vote for them; your choice is based on issues of concern to your well-being and your community. What a life!!!

I wish things could be like this in Nigeria in my lifetime, but I sincerely have no hope for this to happen. It is a long shot, a very long shot, mainly because the society itself does not want it to happen. We want to do things the same ways, which have not been working for us, and still expect different better results.Historical experience and common sense has proven this is impossible.The degenerate politicians and the corrupt ruling elite prefer it that way, because it is to their advantage and benefit, as it allows them to oppress their people and loot the treasury; the people/followers prefer it the old, primordial way because the politicians and the ruling elite say that is how it should be, despite gaining absolutely nothing from that same old corrupt and manipulative system. Very sad!

The degenerate ruling elite refuse to change and educate the people on how things should be done; the people do not want to hear the truth and be educated as to what their rights as a people should be; neither do they care, but want God to come down and save them from their oppressors and killers.

The way I see it, it is Man’s inhumanity to Man. If a minute set of people decide to keep the lives of their majority people in perpetual obeisance, oppression, poverty of material and soul, ignorance and desperation, I don’t see what else it is.

However, such had happened in many countries of the world, from Russia to Britain to even America. What happened eventually? The people eventually overcame, and many lives of both the elites and the masses were lost, but the most painful and glaring were the lives of the oppressive elites. They were the known and famous, and they suffered the most, in reputation, materials and pride; the people who lost their lives in the struggles to free themselves were anonymous, but the People were victorious.

This is a warning to our ruling elites; history will always repeat itself. Invest in the future of your people, your future generation; the Earth is the Lord’s, not Man. If the rope is uncomfortable, the chicken will not find it easy either to perch on it. The elites are slowly finding that out now. They must be made to find this out faster. Man is not born to serve or be oppressed by another Man, only God is Man born to serve.

The Truth Always!

 

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Ingenico Group deploys a cashless Revenue Collection solution in Kenya

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PARIS, France, April 22, 2016/ — Ingenico Group (Euronext: FR0000125346 – ING) (www.Ingenico.com), the global leader in seamless payment, deployed, jointly with its local partner Tracom, a Revenue Collection solution in the County of Nyeri in Kenya.

This initiative was sponsored by Equity Bank and reinforces the emerging cashless-based culture by collecting County fees such as parking, land rates, business permits, market stall fees through electronic payment. Its benefits include stronger accountability for funds collected and effective cost reduction thanks to a fully electronic process.

People in Nyeri can now save time: instead of waiting in long queues, they can pay the County fees from the area of operations without wasting time commuting. In fact, County agents, equipped with Ingenico wireless smart terminals with a specific Revenue Collection application, can now simply collect payments when arriving at the business premises.

“We selected Ingenico Group and its local partner Tracom as they have shown a strong expertise in providing innovative solutions to strengthen cashless payment behaviors,” explained Andrew Wakahiu, General Manager-Agency Banking, Equity Bank. “This Revenue Collection program has been successful because it relies on a technology that is both simple and secure. No more paperwork, complex processes or cash management issues in the agent network; it’s a real game changer for the County administration.”

Equity Bank, a leading regional banking institution, has partnered with Ingenico Group and Tracom for the past few years to deploy cashless programs in East Africa. This has been part of a global strategy which aims to deepen Financial Inclusion among the local population. Equity Bank has been a pioneer in Branchless Banking where local merchants became trusted agents, offering the unbanked population a full banking portfolio (including account ownership and management as well as savings and credit) through a simple agency banking application on Ingenico iWL smart terminals.

“We are proud to be Equity Bank’s partner on this governmental program,” commented Luciano Cavazzana, Eastern Europe & Africa Managing Director for Ingenico Group. “We are demonstrating that our technology is not limited to traditional payment but is open to a wide range of new opportunities. Through this initiative, Tracom and Ingenico Group addressed administrative challenges by providing a quick and convenient fees collection solution to better anchor cashless habits in Kenyans’ daily lives.”

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Pakistani, Cameroonian migrants arrested after entering Nigeria illegally

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News reports have revealed the arrest of two migrants, a Pakistani and a Cameroonian, after they had reportedly entered Nigeria via a bush path.

The Pakistani identified as, Sahid Mahmood and a Camerounian, Nji Hagis Chi, were reportedly arrested by the Nigerian Immigration Service in Cross River State.

The reports reveal that Mahmood had allegedly been smuggled into Nigeria, illegally through a forest path in Etung Local Government of Cross River state.

The suspect had reportedly been smuggled on a motorcycle through the forest path, into Etung from which he had then entered Ikom via Lagos but had been apprehended by Border Immigration Officials at Yahe village, Yala Local Government Area of Cross River which shares a boundary with the Republic of Cameroon.

Mrs. Funke Adeuyi, the Cross River State Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service, during a briefing with the media, on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, revealed saying:

“We are collaborating with other security agencies to thoroughly screen the man to make sure he is not on the wanted list of any country before he is sent back to his country because we have to be vigilant during this critical time in the country why somebody from Pakistan should want to come into the country through bush path,” she stated.”

Mrs Adeuyi added that Mahmood had been arrested alongside, Chi who is reported to be his accomplice, stating that the Cameroonian revealed that he had met Mahmmood at a bus station in Ikom, and had decided to play the role of a guide to Lagos.

She said:

“He was not found with anything incriminating but had enough hard currency on him to do anything he wanted to do, so we are wary of his movement in Nigeria because he has no reason to be in this country.”

Mrs Adeuyi also revealed that the documents on Mahmood had indicated that he had originally been headed to Douala International Airport in Cameroon, adding that there was nothing on the Pakistani that served as a reason to visit Nigeria.

The Pakistani and the Cameroonian are reportedly set to be screened thoroughly before their repatriation to their countries.

Although she revealed that the force has found several means by which the country can be accessed illegally, Mrs Adeuyi warned individuals and motorists to be mindful of the security risks aiding and abetting foreigners into the country, would present.

She also made it clear that any person found smuggling people into Nigeria illegally would be arrested as an accomplice, and would be prosecuted accordingly.

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Two pregnant women reportedly collapse, die during teachers verification

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News reports have revealed the unusual and untimely deaths of two pregnant women who reportedly collapsed and died during a teachers verification exercise in Bauchi State.

The unfortunate incident if reported to have taken place, yesterday, April 5, 2016,while they had been waiting to be screened by the Verification Team from the office of the Account General of the Bauchi state government.

Vanguard reports that the two pregnant women whose names have been withheld, had been among over 6,000 teachers in the state who had been asked to assemble at the state local government education secretariat for their verification screening before they would be able to collect their salaries.

An eyewitness, Abubakar Yusuf, who is a teacher at the Baba Didi primary school, reportedly revealed to Vanguard that the first woman, who had been seven months pregnant at the time of her death, had fainted due to the congestion in the crowd.

The crowd of desperate teachers had been pushing to be verified, which had triggered heavy congestion during the exercise.

Mr Yusuf said:

“Some of the people who came early were lucky enough to be verified, but as the crowd kept increasing, people began to push each other. In the process, an unidentified pregnant woman fainted and went into a comma.

“Another pregnant woman also collapsed and had a miscarriage instantly. The two pregnant women were rushed to the hospital for treatment. We later heard that they died.”

May their souls rest in peace.

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Billionaire calls for worldwide abolition of death penalty, says its “barbaric”

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British billionaire, Richard Branson has called for the abolition of death penalty across the world following the  Amnesty International global report on death sentences and executions, which was released on Tuesday, April 6, 2016.

The report revealed that at least 1,634 people were executed in 25 countries in 2015, which is over 50% increase from the 2014 figure.

Branson described the capital punishment as “inhumane and should have no place in any society. Those are non-negotiable beliefs.”

According to the report, which shows that the 2015 statistics is the highest recorded by Amnesty in the last 25 years, nearly 90 per cent of the executions carried out last year were just in three countries – Iran, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.

Al though it is believed that China execute more people more than the three countries, it is not included in Amnesty’s number of recorded executions because the country does not release official figures on capital punishment.

Giving a US case study and lamenting the erroneous conviction of innocent persons, Branson said over 150 death-row inmates in the US have been freed in the last decades.

He said: “It doesn’t take much to understand how fraught with problems the death penalty is. Last year, I wrote about the case of Richard Glossip in the US state of Oklahoma, a man widely believed to be innocent of the crime he was sentenced to die for. Richard came within minutes of lethal injection, and is still facing an uphill battle proving his innocence against a criminal justice system that hates admitting error.

“More than 150 death-row inmates in the US have been exonerated and freed in the last decades, but many only after decades on death row, fighting unethical prosecutors, incompetent lawyers and politicians who presume the public wants them to pull the trigger or flip the switch.

“I hope a new generation of political leaders will take a clear-eyed view of this problem.

“I can’t say it often enough. It’s time to abolish the death penalty for good, in the US and around the world.”

In what appears to be a glim of hope and progress, the report said four countries abolished death penalty for all crimes and expunged it from their law books in 2015.

The countries include Republic of Congo, Fiji, Madagascar and Suriname.

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21-yr-old commits suicide over guilt of abortion after listening to Ed Sheeran’s “Small Bump”

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News reports have revealed the untimely death of a single mother after she committed suicide following feelings of guilt stemming from an abortion she had carried out.

Jade Rees, 21-yr-old single mother of one, had reportedly killed herself after struggling with her decision to have an abortion weeks earlier.

Rees had reportedly terminated her pregnancy after the father of her unborn child had ended their relationship of five months, moving on to date another woman.

The reports reveal that her decision had left her ”upset and distressed” and three weeks later, Rees had taken her life after reportedly listening to Ed Sheeran’s song, ‘Small Bump’ which had been recorded in response to a friend’s miscarriage at five months of pregnancy.

Rees was reported to have left a handwritten note addressed to her parents and her two-year-old son, explaining the struggles she had faced following the scarring the procedure.

Further investigations revealed that Rees, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, had a long history of eating disorders and depression since she had been 14 years old.

Rees had also reportedly been on antidepressants following her anorexia diagnosis, but had been taken off the drugs following her pregnancy with her son in 2013.

The reports reveal that Rees had coped exceptionally well with her break up with her son’s father only four months into her pregnancy, turning out to be a doting mother.

Rees had met her last boyfriend in 2015, splitting from him after she had taken in and in devastation, had terminated the pregnancy in October 2015.

Rees’ mental state had reportedly gotten worse following the incidents, hitting a climax when she had visited a bar she frequented with her ex-boyfriend only to learn that he had asked her to be banned by the Landlord.

The reports go on to reveal that Rees who had taken an overdose of drugs initially, without informing anyone, or seeking medical attention, had taken another overdose 48 hours later, before she had been rushed to the Royal Oldham Hospital’s A&E department, where she had been discharged two days later.

Dr Easodhavidhya Elango, a trainee psychiatric specialist, at the hospital revealed to the inquest how she had gotten to know Rees, following her first visit.

Speaking with inquest, Dr Elango said:

”She told me about the abortion she had just three weeks earlier, and how the split from her ex-partner had been very distressing for her. She told me she believed he had a new girlfriend and was struggling to come to terms with it.

“She denied having any past medical history or any form of psychotic illness. When I asked her about this, she said ‘For God’s sake, I have a son to look after. She told me she regretted taking the overdose, and promised to keep herself safe.”

Unfortunately, Rees had reportedly hung herself a couple of days later.

May her soul rest in peace.

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NIGERIA: PDP to approve 2-year term for Chairman at May convention

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It has emerged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will approve a two-year tenure for the its incumbent National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff at the party’s forthcoming national convention, Vanguard reports.

At the convention scheduled to hold on May 21, 2016, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, the party is supposed to appoint another chairman as Sheriff’s three-month rule would be over by then.

Report said PDP Governors want Sheriff to continue as Chairman because he has been running the party with his money since he took over the mantle of leadership, and given the current position of the party it would be difficult to find a replacement for him.

According to the newspaper, besides the National Chairman, other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, some of who came on board in 2012 with former National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, would be replaced.

Pulse recalls that apart from the Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, who took over from Sam Sam Jaja, the National Secretary, Adewale Oladipo, who took over after Prince Olugunsoye Oyinlola was removed and the National Auditor, Adewale Adeyanju who replaced Bode Mustapha as the National Auditor, others came with Tukur.

It was also gathered that PDP members would approve the zoning of position of national chairman to the South-West once Sheriff’s two-year term expires.

The PDP, according to report, will also ratify the position of NWC, and National Executive Committee, NEC, which zoned the 2019 presidential ticket to the North.

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NIGERIA: Tambuwal visits PDP chairman

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Sokoto Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on Wednesday 6 March 2016 visited the home of the state chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma, to commiserate with his family over the recent fire incident which razed his house.

The visit is interpreted in some circles as a deft move by Tambuwal considering the political differences between the PDP and the Governor’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Conducting the Governor round the burnt premises, Milgoma said the incidence has caused much damage to the building, but expressed gratitude to God that no life was lost.

Tambuwal urged the chairman to take heart and consider what happened as act of destiny. He prayed to God to ensure such bad incidence does not occur again in the future.

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Senators vow to block attempt to impeach Senate President

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Senators loyal to the Senate President Bukola Saraki have vowed block any move to impeach their leader over his trial at Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Saraki is facing a 13-count charge of alleged false asset declaration levelled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.

The senators, represented by Senators Rafiu Ibrahim and Samuel Anyanwu, representing Kwara South and Imo East respectively told newsmen on the sidelines of the tribunal sitting that they consider Saraki’s trial as an attempt by the leading All Progressives Congress (APC) to blacklist him before the Nigerians

“We have since discovered that the trial of the senate president is a mere attempt to blackmail him and make him look bad in the court of public opinion. No more, no less. A dispassionate analysis of the proceeding of the CCT yesterday has pointed to the fact that the APC-led executive is still embittered against Dr Saraki over the manner of his election as senate president,” Ibrahim said.

The senators, numbering 12, including his deputy, Senator Ike Ekeremadu, and about 90 lawyers attended Saraki’s trial on Wednesday, April 6.

“For those calling for the impeachment of the senate president, we urge them to avail themselves of the provisions of the law relating to such a sensitive step. They will have to produce as many as 100 senators to achieve that aim. As long as they don’t have the majority, the call is a tall dream that will remain a figment of the imagination of the groups and their sponsors,” the senators said.

Pulse recalls that during previous sitting Saraki was accompanied to the tribunal over 80 senators.

In his ruling, the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, ruled that during  the examination of the first prosecution witness would continue during the next trial and to be immediately followed by his cross examination.

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