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FAYOSE: ATTACK ON TINUBU IS AN ATTACK ON YORUBA RACE
The governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose has condemned the plot by some elements of the APC to humiliate and embarass the party’s national leader Asiwaju BolaTinubu.
He states that, although he is not a member of the party, but he speaks as a yorubaman, and he does not think it to be wise to humiliate a prominent stakeholder of the party. It is his position that, irrespective of political affiliation, no leader of the yoruba nation must be vilified unduly, especially by the same people who humuliated our past leaders like Obafemi Awolowo, Adekunle Ajasin, Bola Ige, Bisi Onabanjo, Lateef Jakande and others.
Fayose condemned the recent protest by some youths against the APC leader at the party’s national secretariat for demanding the resignation of the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun over his role in the Ondo governorship primary which was won by Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN).
He stated that it is unfortunate that Tinubu is now being vilified by his fellow kinsmen that he brought up politically.
He related this conspiracy against Tinubu to the recent news that insinuated that, Tinubu tried to prevent the vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo’s emergence as running mate to president Buhari.
He said, ‘I therefore condemn this conspiracy against Asiwaju and I admonish those that are hoping to make political benefits from it to have a rethink.
DSS CLASH WITH WIKE OVER JUDGE’S ARREST
Members of the Department of State Services DSS stormed rivers state today in the early hours of the morning in an attempt to arrest a judge.
The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, stated that the DSS threatened to shoot him for intervening.
Wike displayed his displeasure with the actions of the DSS and stated that he would not allow such impunity in the state. He argued that the DSS tried to abduct the judge.
The governor added that, things ought to be done the right way and in accordance with the rule of law no matter the cost.
He further stated that the state is under siege, and he suspects fowl play. ‘They are trying to do something funny in this state, probably to declare a state of emergency.’ he says.
He warned that the actions of the security operatives were dangerous to the country’s democracy and that, he is not sure President Buhari is aware of the actions of the police and the DSS.
WITHDRAWAL OF CASE AGAINST SARAKI & EKWEREMADU SENDS SIGNALS.
The sudden withdrawal of the criminal charge of forgery against Saraki and Ekweremadu by the FG has ignited thoughts in the minds of some citizens. Some say it is a political strategy.
The Whistler reports that, close presidency sources have revealed that the rift between the president and the All Progressive Congress national leader, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu might have informed the rapprochement between president Buhari and the duo of Saraki and Ekweremadu.
It also reported that an anonymous source stated, ‘This is all about power play. President Buhari has eyes fixed on 2019. With the fallout with Tinubu, there is need for him to bridge gaps and dropping the forgery case is one smart move as Saraki, in particular, will be beholden to the president.’
JUSTICE ADENIYI ADEMOLA ARRESTED BY THE DSS
At about 1am, Saturday 8th October, 2016, operatives of the Department of State Services DSS invaded the homes of two justices – Justices Walter Onnoghen and Sylvester Ngwuta – as well as two judges of the Federal High Court, Justice Adeniyi Ademola and Nnamdi Dimgba.
It was learnt that the DSS operatives surrounded the houses of the judges for hours before they eventually broke in, searched the houses extensively and whisked away with justice Ademola at about 5am.
Close colleagues of the judges confirmed to punch that, the security agents presented search warrants of doubtful authenticity with incorrect names. But the reasons for the invasion are not yet known.
It was also alleged that they beat up Justice Dimgba’s brother during the operation.
The DSS could not be immediately reached for comments but the only relating information on ground is that, both justice Ademola and Justice Dimgba ordered the release of suspects in the custody of the DSS; an order which they refused to comply with.
It was also learnt that, on Friday, in Gombe, the security agency arrested justice Muazu Pindiga who was the first chairman of the Rivers state election petition tribunal, before he was changed midway into the hearing of the dispute arising from the 2015 governorship election in the state.
IMF LOANS AT 0% INTEREST RATE: WILL NIGERIA INDULGE?
On october 3, 2016, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a modification of the mechanism governing interest rate setting of Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust (PRGT) facilities and set the interest rates to zero on all Fund concession loans under the PRGT for the next two years through end December 2018. Under the modified mechanism, rates will continue to be at zero for as long as and whenever global interest rates are low.
The IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, made this announcement on Thursday during the on-going IMF/World Bank 2016 General Meeting in Washington D.C and stated that, the decision was taken in order to provide continued support to Low-Income Countries (LICs) amidst the current challenging global environment.
Meanwhile, on Friday, in an interview granted by the minister for finance Kemi Adeosun, at the on-going IMF/World Bank general Meeting, the honourable minister, Mrs Adeosun, made it known that the FG has made significant progress in negotiations with African Development Bank (AfDB) and World Bank for a budget support facility. There was no mention of sourcing funds from IMF. She reassured Nigerians that the Buhari administration is on top of its game and working tirelessly to bring the country out of recession.
TINUBU Vs. OYEGUN CONTINUES.
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun who is the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress and who has been accused by the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of having received bribe with regards to the 2016 Ondo state APC governorship primary has responded to the accusations and described it as a reckless and baseless allegation fashioned to insult and attack his person and his reputation.
Oyegun stated thus, ‘In all the primaries conducted under my watch as national chairman, I have strived to ensure a free, fair, transparent and credible process. The 2016 Ondo state APC governorship primary was not an exception. There must be internal democracy in the party and our constitution must be respected by all’.
He also stated that, ‘Nobody has the kind of money that can buy my conscience or make me cause injury to an innocent man.’
The APC Ondo state national chairman, generally denied all the allegations made against him, and also specifically denied all specific allegations accordingly. He said he was setting the record straight in view of the misinformation and false reports that have been fed to the media and that have pervaded the public space.
Oyegun appealed to leaders and members of the party at all levels to explore internal dispute resolution mechanism in addressing their perceived grievances instead of resorting to the media to vent their spleen.
There has not been any response by the party’s national leader Bola Tinubu on this.
That’s it for todays news flash…
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