The Movement of Unity and Progress says a former Military Governor of the old Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Umar, is not a member of a new political movement, the ‘National Consultative Forum’. Umar, a social critic, is the Chairman of the Kaduna-based MUP. The NCF had announced its formation on Wednesday and the former governor and some other prominent Nigerians were named as members. Umar was listed alongside a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba; a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’abba; a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Obadiah Mailafia; rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), Obi Ezekwesili, amongst others. But a statement issued on Friday by Chris Ephraim, a member of the MUP, on behalf of
Asking me to step down is ridiculous, says Akeredolu Governor Rotimi Akerodolu The Ondo State Government has described as ludicrous a recent claim by one of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirants, Chief Olusola Oke that he made overtures to Governor Rotimi Akerodolu to step down for him ahead of the election. Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr Doyin Odebowale, who stated this added that such statement made by Oke to journalists after the submission of his nomination and declaration of interest forms in Abuja, should excite not only sympathy but also a grave concern for perception of some public figures. Oke, the controversial Unity Forum candidate claimed that he had been “reaching out” to the Governor
APC‘s statement linking PDP to Hushpuppi irresponsible, says Saraki Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has slammed the ruling All Progressives Congress linking him with Nigerian fraudster, Ramon Olurunwa Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi. Saraki’s spokesman Yusuph Olaniyonu described the APC statement as “irresponsible and cheap politics.” Saraki was reacting to a statement issued on Saturday by the deputy national spokesperson of the APC, Yekini Nabena. “The EFCC, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit and other sister agencies must investigate money laundering reports linking some PDP leaders and financiers to the Dubai-based international criminal ring,” Nabena said. “That the PDP leadership turned Dubai into their ‘Strategic’ meeting place ahead of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria and ‘Hushpuppi’s’ affinity with the PDP leadership is not mere coincidence,” he
Ondo guber poll: Dogara heads PDP screening committee PDP has appointed former speaker Mr Yakubu Dogara, as the chairman of its screening committee, for the Ondo State governorship primaries. Former Speaker Yakubu Dogara By Emmanuel Oloniruha The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed the immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, as the chairman of its screening committee, for the Ondo State governorship primaries. The appointment is contained in a statement issued by its National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) in Abuja on Wednesday. Akobundu said that the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) approved the nomination of Dogara and four others to serve on the screening gubernatorial committee. Other members of the committee, according to Akobundu, include Sen. Zainab Kure, Fred Agbedi and Ndubuisi Agwuama while Rev.
Taraba Govt declares 3-day holiday for LG poll By Gabriel Yough Taraba Government has declared three-day public holidays to enable residents of the state participate in the local government council poll slated for June 30, 2020. The holiday would be observed between Monday June 29 and Wednesday July 1. This was contained in a statement by Alhaji Hassan Mijinyawa, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Darius Ishaku, on Monday in Jalingo. “The public holiday is to enable civil servants to travel to their respective wards and vote during the local government election slated for Tuesday, June 30, 2020. “The governor also urged people of the state to be orderly, law abiding and conduct themselves peacefully while discharging their civic responsibilities,” he said. Meanwhile, a coalition of Civil Society Organisations under