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Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister of Aviation, has shared pictures of a visit to the residence of Ali Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.

Fani-Kayode shared the pictures on social media amid the backlash that his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has caused.

President Muhammadu Buhari hosted the ex-minister at Aso Rock when he was formally received into the ruling party.

Many had criticised Fani-Kayode over the move as he was one of the fiercest critic of Buhari and the APC.

Back in April when Pantami was under fire over some comments he  made in the past, Fani-Kayode had labelled him a terrorist and asked Buhari to fire him.

“He (Pantami) is a religious bigot, an ethnic supremacist, an unrepentant jihadist, a lover of bloodshed, carnage and terror and a psychopathic and clearly insane individual.”

“Pantami is not fit to be a minister of the Federal Republic, but he is also not fit to walk our streets freely,” he had said at the time.

But last night, Fani-Kayode said he and Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara spent hours at Pantami’s residence discussing the “way forward”.

Below are Fani-Kayode’s recent tweets.

“It was an honor and privilege for my friend and brother Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state and I to have been invited to dinner at the beautiful home of my friend and brother Professor Isa Pantami, the Hon. Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, last night.

“We were there until the early hours of the morning, we had a wonderful time and we discussed crucial national and international issues and the way forward. Thanks for having us my brother.

“Together we shall continue to build bridges of peace, unity, love and understanding in our country, fight the war against terror and restore the glory and greatness of Nigeria. Great things lie ahead!”

[DailyTrust]

Saturday, 18 September 2021 13:35

Gbenga Daniel Hints At Running For Senate In 2023

A former Governor of Ogun State,  Gbenga Daniel, has hinted that he will be contesting for Senate in 2023.

Daniel had, in February, joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) and was received by five APC governors at his Sagamu residence.

He was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari in March at the presidential villa, Abuja, alongside another defector and a former Speaker of House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole.

Daniel, fondly called OGD by his political followers, was the Director General of Atiku Abubakar Presidential campaign in 2019 election. Atiku contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Daily Trust reports that shortly after OGD joined APC, there were speculations that he would be contesting for Ogun East Senatorial poll in 2023.

This, he has confirmed to a gathering in Sagamu on Friday.

He said he has been under pressure to run for “national offices in 2023.”

The former governor, who also is Chancellor of the Political Leadership Training Institute (POLA), spoke at the Continuous Political Education Programme of POLA with the Theme, “Understanding Democracy, Quality Representation and Political Management.”

He established POLA, a leadership and good governance training institute, for youth and emerging leaders shortly after he left the office in 2011.

Speaking at the event, Daniel bemoaned poor representation at the National Assembly, especially from the South West.

He said he had read news and watched videos calling on him to run for some national offices in 2023.

He said the occasion was not meant to react to the clamour, but he agreed with the reasons alluded by his supporters.

Daniel said, “I have read the news and watched videos from diverse groups and individuals who have been calling on me to run for some National offices in 2023; while this is neither the time nor the occasion to react to such clamour, I agree mostly with their reasons.

“The position that only those with the required capacity should be allowed to make laws and sanction policies that affect the lives of the citizens cannot be over-emphasised not just in Ogun State but the entire country.

“The National Assembly plays a vital role in our democracy and requires the best of vibrant intellectuals our nation has to offer.

“Laws made must be in tandem with the goals to create a better society for the people, one not just rooted in the ideals of good governance, but forged with the mindset of the advancement of the present inventions and future innovations.”

[DailyTrust]

Nollywood actress Nkechi Blessing Sunday has opened up on how a sister set her up just to confirm her virginity status at age 16.

In a lengthy conversation on rising web show, #WithChude, the controversial celebrity opened up to host and co-founder Joy, Inc., Chude Jideonwo, about why she felt strongly about the Baba Ijesha rape saga that happened earlier in the year.

Nkechi revealed that she was once a victim of attempted rape herself.

Recounting her story, Nkechi said, “When I was about 16 or 17, I had this sister who I used to tell that I was a virgin but she would always say that I was lying because I was wild.”

Nkechi went further to narrate how she was perceived wrongly because her mum sold alcohol drinks. “Though my mum had a beer parlour as at that time, she was so strict with her kids that you couldn’t see them messing around.”

Continuing, she said, “On this day, she invited me out with her boyfriend. I was cool with it but then it started to seem as though she wanted to set me up with her boyfriend to confirm if I was still a virgin or not. They brought drinks and I drank them. She stood up, left, and said she would be back. Then, the guy stood up and sat beside me. My mind immediately went to the fact that my mother didn’t believe I was a virgin. I was scared to death but I knew I needed to do something. Next thing, I summed up the courage to leave and the guy held me down and said ‘you’re not going anywhere’. Then, I asked him, ‘uncle, you wan rape me?’ This statement startled him and then he let me go”, she said.

Making reference to the Baba Ijesha case, she said, “I can only imagine what that 14-year old girl was going through. No sane human being will hear such a thing and be happy with it, unless he/she was also a child molester”.

The mother of one also spoke fondly of her mother saying she had single-handedly taken care of her and her siblings even before she lost her father in 2014.

In her words, “she has been a father and a mother”.

[Nation]

Music superstar 2Baba has declared he is a work in progress as he clocks 46.

On his Instagram handle, Innocent Idibia shared loving pictures he took with his wife, Annie, who recently accused him of improper relationship with his first baby Mama, Pero.

Though 2 Baba has maintained stoic silence over the social media outburst of Annie, his younger brother, Charles, has taken her up, describing the mother of two as controlling and manipulative.

2 Baba wrote on the pictures: “I know I’m not without mistakes neither am I perfect but we keep learning and working and striving to become best versions of ourselves.

“It is well
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ME.
MAY THE ALMIGHTY GUIDE ALL OF US AND PROTECT OUR HOMES.”

The father of seven also shared a video where his daughter teased him for still looking like a teenager in his forties.

[Nation]

Saturday, 18 September 2021 13:20

UN Assembly: Buhari leaves for New York Sunday

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), will depart Abuja on Sunday, September 19, 2021, for New York, United States of America, to participate in the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement in Saturday titled, ‘President Buhari attends UN General Assembly in New York’.

According to the statement, “Buhari will address the Assembly during the General Debates on Friday, September 24 when he will speak on the theme of the conference ‘Building Resilience Through Hope – To Recover from COVID-19, Rebuild Sustainably, Respond to the Needs of the Planet, Respect the Rights of People and Revitalize the United Nations,’ and other global issues.

“In the course of the Assembly, the Nigerian leader and members of the delegation will partake in other significant meetings such as; The High-Level Meeting to Commemorate the Twentieth Anniversary of the Adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action on the theme ‘Reparations, Racial Justice and Equality for People of African Descent.’

“The delegation will also participate in Food Systems Summit; High-Level Dialogue on Energy; and The High-Level Plenary Meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.”

Buhari will also hold bilateral meetings with several leaders of delegations and heads of International Development organisations.

He will be accompanied to New York by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami; and Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor.

Also on the President’s delegation are: National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar; Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire.

The President is expected back in the country on Sunday, September 26.

[Punch]

At least over 30 politicians have visited the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, in London, the United Kingdom in the last two months.

Tinubu, who celebrated his 69th birthday in March 2021 and command an arguably large following of political loyalists, has been rumoured to nurse presidential ambition in 2023.

Tinubu’s health has been a subject of controversy of late but in a press statement on July 31, 2021, his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman, said though the former Lagos State Governor was out of Nigeria, he was not hospitalised as claimed by some reports (not by The PUNCH).

“He (Tinubu) is out of the country at the moment. He will be back shortly,” he said, adding that his boss was “hale and hearty”.

In an effort to dispel the overwhelming rumour about Tinubu’s reported ill health, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, told reporters in Lagos on August 4, 2021, that he visited Tinubu in London and took photos with him.

Sanwo-Olu said, “Yes, indeed, I am the one you saw in the picture that I took when I visited our leader in London just to dispel all of the rumours that were flying around that he was sick and hospitalised.

“You saw him (Tinubu). He is well, he is healthy and we conversed. We talked about what is happening in our party, what is happening in the nation and just to say to him that all is well.

“I went to see things for myself. It is just to put the mind and heart of people to rest that there is nothing for us to worry about,” the governor disclosed.

In recent years, the UK has become a choice destination for the Nigerian elite including the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who frequent London for medical tourism while perpetual industrial actions, lack of modern equipment, failure of government to pay doctors’ salaries, amongst others, mar Nigeria’s health sector.

On August 12, 2021, presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad, shared photos on Facebook that showed Tinubu leaning on a walking stick as he posed for a shot with the President, who was also in UK at the time for medical check up.

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, subsequently confirmed that Buhari visited the APC chieftain in London.

In a statement by his Media Office, Tinubu described the President’s visit as “friendly and welcome one”, adding that, “By this gesture, Mr. President has, again, demonstrated his personal thoughtfulness and humility; defying the erroneous commentaries peddled by his critics.”

Following Buhari’s visit, scores of politicians and loyalists of the APC leader including governors, senators, amongst others have jostled to visit him in London as seen in viral photos after such visits.

Aside from Sanwo-Olu, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; his Ekiti State counterpart, Kayode Fayemi; as well as Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje, have visited Tinubu in London in the last two months.

In the entourage with Ganduje are his wife Hafsat Ganduje; their son, Umar Ganduje; three lawmakers as well four other members of the Ganduje’s family.

Others who also visited Tinubu in London include House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; ex-Governor of Ogun State and current Senator representing Ogun Central, Ibikunle Amosun; former Governor of Borno State and current Senator representing Borno Central, Kashim Shettima; and member representing Gubio, Kaga and Magumeri Federal Constituency of Borno State, Usman Zanna.

Also on the list are Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Obafemi Hamzat; Chief of Staff to Lagos State Governor, Tayo Ayinde; Deputy Chief of Staff to Lagos State Governor, Gboyega Soyannwo; Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab; former APC National Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire.

Others are Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa; Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation, Temitope Adewale; Chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Nureni Akinsanya; as well as Chairman of the House Committee on Overseas Investments and Sustainable Development Goals, Sylvester Ogunkelu.

The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Adetokunbo Abiru; Senator Adeola Solomon from Lagos West; Senator Opeyemi Bamidele from Ekiti Central; Senator Adelere Oriolowo from Osun West; and Senator Mohammed Sanni from Niger East also visited the ex-Lagos governor in London.

Chairman of Isolo Local Council Development Area, Adebayo Olasoju; another politician, Adekunle Akanbi; and popular Fuji musician, Wasiu Ayinde, popularly called KWAM 1, also visited Tinubu in London.

Though Tinubu’s spokesman had said his principal was “hale and hearty”, the APC leader continues to receive dignitaries, mostly serving politicians, in his London home, with many Nigerians wondering the purpose of the seemingly unending visits.

Some critics of the visitors have also taken to social media to ask whether the serving politicians funded their UK trips to check on Tinubu with taxpayers’ money.

Tinubu, who was Lagos State Governor between 1999 and 2007, is the husband of the Senator representing Lagos Central, Remi Tinubu.

The former governor was one of the major players in the formation of the ruling APC before the 2015 election that brought in Buhari as president.

Saturday, 18 September 2021 07:57

Cultists Attack Okonjo-Iweala’s Father

The Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, HRM Obi Ifechukwude Aninshi Okonjo II, has said he and his convoy survived cultists’ attack during their visit to Otulu Ogwashiku-Uku, Delta State where he went to offer prayers on Friday.

 

The Obi and members of the Council of Ogwashi-Uku were said to have visited Otulu Ogwashi-Uku on September 17, 2021, where the traditional ruler met members of the community, prayed with them and discussed issues.

Recall that the traditional ruler is the father of Prof. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

 

A statement signed by the spokesperson to the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, Prince Greg Okwumbu, and sent to LEADERSHIP on Saturday morning, said at the end of the visit and when the Obi was departing, cultists and thugs allegedly imported into Otulu who was aware of the visit attacked members of the entourage who were at the rear of the convoy.

He, however, said the sponsors of the attack were well known and will be punished accordingly.

The statement pointed out that the thugs also attempted to forcefully seize a gun belonging to a law enforcement member who escorted the Obi on the visit.

 

“It is important to note that members of the press accompanied the Obi on the visit. Also law enforcement agents from the Office of the Area Commander and the Brigade Command in Asaba were also there at the visit and witnessed everything that happened.

“The people who sponsored the thugs are known to us and will be brought to Justice,” the statement added.

 

 

Leadership

Saturday, 18 September 2021 07:45

NNPP chieftain, Olusegun Bamgbose is dead

Barrister Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq, National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, and a chieftain of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, is dead.

 

Bamgbose died in the wee hours of Friday after a brief illness.

One of his close friends and associate, Steve Ikechi, confirmed the sad news.

Bamgbose was the Principal Head, God’s Own Chambers, a legal team based in Aba, Abia State.

He had also declared his interests to run in the 2023 presidential election under the umbrella of the NNPP.

Also reacting to the sad news, Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy & Development (FENRAD), whose legal team he headed, described Bamgbose as a strong voice on matters of good governance and human rights advocacy.

Comrade Nelson Nnanna Nwafor, Executive Director of FENRAD, told DAILY POST that Bamgbose was “richly endowed with political sagacity and was consistent in holding governments to account as he lent his voice to the most critical of national and local issues.

 

“Through his intervention and actions, government relaxed many unpopular policies. He was a fine gentleman, very hardworking, a lovely husband, father and friend to all.

“His humble mien, approach and disposition endeared him to many. Throughout his stay on earth, he was truly committed to the promotion and protection of environmental, human and democracy rights which aligned with FENRAD’s goals.

“We made many wins working together through his wise and ever-ready counsel. He led and piloted our legal department with such impeccable professionalism as a lawyer properly called.

“We are indeed pained by this loss and pray that God, in this trying time, grants his family – immediate and extended – the fortitude to bear this huge loss; same we also pray for on his friends, learned colleagues and those who by this exit are pained.

“Barr. Olusegun Bamgbose will be terribly missed.

 

“May his gentle soul find rest in the bosom of the Almighty. Adieu to the great iroko, an icon and a towering legal luminary!”

 

 

 

 DailyPost

A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced one Prophetess Edina Lovely-Worleru to life imprisonment for preparing a love potion for her client, one Onyaema Bright Worlu, who laced the concoction in a meal that poisoned and killed her lover, Isreal Georgewil. The trial Judge, Justice Adolphus Enebeli, while delivering judgment on the matter which started sometime in 2012, found the two women guilty of manslaughter.

 

The duo were charged for murder over the death of Georgewil, but the judge, having considered the facts presented by the parties and the relevant laws of administration in the Rivers State criminal code, convicted and sentenced Worlu and Lovely- Worelu to life imprisonment without an option of fine. According to Enebeli, the prosecution was able to prove their case with the state ment of the first defendant, Bright-Worlu, at the police station where she voluntarily stated that she administered the said love potion to her man-friend.

 

She added that the love potion was prepared by her prophetess in order to make the deceased grant any financial request she makes, pointing out, however, that she didn’t know that the concoction would kill him. The court held that Bright – Worlu could not prove that she was ignorant that the supposed love potion could kill Isreal Georgewil. Lovely-Worleru had described herself as a Prophetess with a spiritual church in Rumuche community in Emouha Local Government Area of the state, just like the late Georgewill was also a prophet in another spiritual church within the community. Reacting to the judgement, the Principal Prosecution State Counsel, Chidi Ekeh, said the judgment means justice for the deceased and his family, and for the state and the country at large.

 

 NewTelegraph

The Ogun State House of Assembly Friday called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), to investigate the former Managing Director of Ogun State Property and Investment Corporation, (OPIC), Babajide Odusolu, over an alleged N2.5 billion fraud.

 

The Assembly said Odusolu, a former special adviser to the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, had been indicted by the report of its Committee on Public Accounts and Anti-Corruption on investigation into the activities of OPIC between 2015 and 2019.

The lawmakers had last year invited Odusolu to appear before them over alleged misappropriation of funds and sharp practices perpetrated at OPIC under his watch.

The Assembly, therefore, called on the anti-graft agency to investigate and recover into the state’s coffers, the unaccounted balance of N2, and 579,771,717.71 which happened during Odusolu’s tenure as the MD of the Corporation.

 

Receiving the report of the Committee on Public Accounts and Anti-Corruption during the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the Assembly also directed Odusolu to pay back the sum of N40 million that was unaccounted for in 2019 into the State Government’s purse within six months from today (Friday).

The Assembly equally recommended the reversal of all transactions including the 8.2 hectares of land at Isheri sold in favour of Rainerhill Internationals Services Limited, a subsidiary of Pesianas Group in the twilight of the last administration at the undervalued price of N164 million, stating that it was not done in the best interest of the state; hence all relevant title documents issued in favour of the aforementioned company  in relation to the land was declared null and avoid.

 

 NewTelegraph

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