Atiku gives reason for Fulani herdsmen, Tiv farmers crisis

A former Vice-President and presidential aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday said the clashes between Tivs and fulani herdsmen were caused by misunderstanding.

Atiku stated this while speaking with journalists during his visit to a first-class Chief, His Royal Highness, Abu King Shuluwa in Makurdi.

Atiku who is the Zege Mule U Tiv (protective shield of Tiv nation) said stopping herdsmen and farmers clashes in Benue was a simple thing to do.

“Traditionally over a number of years, Tiv and Fulanis have coexisted. I believe that what is happening of recent can be attributed to sponsored misunderstanding between Tivs and Fulani herdsmen and we have always done our best to resolve the conflict.

We have always sat down to resolve the conflict. As Zege Mule U Tiv, I have spearheaded many meetings to resolve conflicts.”

The former Vice-President said that if voted into office, he would look for better ways to stop the clashes.

Asked if he would work with anyone who would emerge as the party candidate in the forthcoming primary, Atiku said the only way all the presidential aspirants would work together after the party primary was to have free, fair and credible primary election

He said he and other aspirants had been looking forward to the primary election holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on October 5 and 6, 2018.

He noted that he would abide by the decision of the delegates if the primary was conducted without manipulation.

Whoever emerges the party candidate in Port Harcourt we will support him if the primary  election is free, fair and credible.”

In his remark, Shuluwa said Tiv people had no issue with the Fulani, stressing that those attacking and killing the Tiv people were not Fulani of Nigeria origin.

“The Fulani that you see fighting the Tiv people are not the Fulani that we know and I have always said this. We don’t know where these crop of Fulani come from. The Fulani who are indigenes of Nigeria can never fight a Tiv man.

“As time goes on, all our differences will be healed up. We will make sure that the Fulani that are non Nigerians don’t come into this land.

“That one I can assure everybody. But we have nothing against the Fulani generally.”

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ICYMI: We opted for indirect primaries after consensus failed –Ogun APC

APC-logoThe Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Chief Derin Adebiyi, said the party has opted for indirect primary in the state when it appeared that the consensus and the direct options might not work.

It was known to us  that the party initially settled for the consensus arrangement but had to embrace the direct option when the former was rejected by some members.

He added that the state chapter of the party had to dump direct primary following an obvious reality that the national secretariat of the party was not forthcoming with an up-to-date membership register and cards.

Adebiyi said, “We actually opted for the consensus arrangement in Ogun State after the NEC meeting in Abuja but we later discovered that the arrangement did not go down well with some of our people; so, we settled for direct option

“Many state chapters complained that they don’t have an up-to-date register of their members and the national executive promised to provide it and the membership cards.

“Since the registration that we did between 2014 and 2015, nobody had been given membership card and the register had yet to be provided by our national body.”

The party chairman explained that his one-week trip to Abuja to get the necessary materials did not yield any positive result.

Adebiyi added, “The national executive promised to provide all the materials within one week. I was in Abuja throughout last week (penultimate week) from Monday to Saturday; we did not get either the register or the membership cards.

“I then made up my mind that the national leadership of the party is not ready for us on the issue of direct primary. Therefore, when we got home, I informed my executive about the situation.

“We therefore made up our mind that the direct option would not be an alternative to the consensus which was also no longer feasible in many areas.”

We have now decided that we will go for indirect primaries because we already have our delegates on the ground.”

Peacemaker stabbed by fighting neighbour

 

INEC reveals why Osun gov election is inconclusive

 

Osun election: Seek legal redress, Saraki tells PDP, Adeleke

President of the Senate and Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party’s Presidential Council on Osun State Governorship Election, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has faulted the declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission that the results of the election held on Saturday were inconclusive.
Saraki, in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, expressed dismay over the decision by the INEC to declare as “inconclusive” an election in which a candidate won the highest number of votes and fulfilled the condition for a geographical spread.
The Senate President advised the PDP and its governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, to seek a legal interpretation of the situation with the results and the decision taken by the INEC on it.
He said, “In my lay man’s opinion, the INEC was wrong in declaring the election as inconclusive because the votes in certain polling units were cancelled. The decision of INEC to cancel the election in those areas after voting had taken place means INEC had already excluded the votes in these areas from the election process and therefore those units should have no place in the overall results.
“My opinion would have been different if the election in the affected units did not take place at all, maybe as a result of malfunctioning of the card reader machine or unavailability of the electoral materials. Since the voting took place and was cancelled, only the courts could reverse the initial decision by INEC to cancel the votes in these areas.
“That is why I call on our party and its candidate to seek a further legal interpretation on this decision by the electoral body. One cannot but wonder whether if the places were reversed and the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress was the one leading in the election, the INEC would take the same decision it has taken now.”
Saraki stated that it was necessary to also call on INEC to display “courage, boldness, independence, neutrality and patriotism” in order to send signals to the world at large that Nigeria’s electoral system had come of age and that its democracy had matured.
He added, “The electoral body needs to reassure all and sundry that the 2019 election and other elections will be free of manipulations and undue interference.
“The INEC should note that the Osun gubernatorial election is not only about that South-western state. It is about our country and the entire world is watching. Our national interest is at stake. The integrity of our electoral system is at stake. The reputation of the electoral body is at stake. The future of our democracy is on the line.
“The way INEC conclusively handles the Osun election will determine global expectations from our political process. It should, therefore, ensure that the wish of the Osun State electorate eventually prevail.”

Wall Street finally taught Zuckerberg the lesson he deserved

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This week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally got the whack across the nose that many had hoped Congress would give him back in April.
The social media giant’s stock price took a spectacular nose dive Thursday after the company forecast a slowdown in the rate of new user signups. Analysts reckon Facebook’s limp response to the European Union’s recently enacted digital privacy laws also soured investors on its near-term financial future.
While Zuckerberg spent the first half of 2018 listening to but not really hearing complaints about how Facebook mishandles user data, it’s a good bet he’s listening now. All told, Thursday’s trading vaporized $119 billion of the Menlo Park, Calif., company’s market value. That’s roughly the equivalent of the gross domestic product of Kuwait.
Public patience with Zuckerberg’s often unconvincing — and at times duplicitous — statements about the heroic lengths Facebook goes to to protect user data appears to have come to an end. A rolling tide of revelations this year about persistent privacy breaches has eviscerated Facebook’s credibility on the issue. People have been logging off in droves.
Facebook has long claimed that its mission is to develop social infrastructure and — *gag* — build community. That no longer passes the giggle test. What they really want to do is follow people around the internet, collect and organize what they learn and sell that information to the highest bidder.
To the three people who don’t realize it already: Facebook doesn’t think of you as the customer; they think of you as the product.
Congress raked Zuckerberg across the coals this spring. It made for satisfying viewing but ultimately came to nothing. No one in Washington appears up to the task of regulating America’s favorite time-waster.
Now the market has done what government failed to do — discipline Facebook for its bad behavior. It was the largest one-day stock drop ever and the most epic price correction in the history of Silicon Valley, an industry that knows a thing or two about making investors’ money disappear.
Facebook is far from the only tech company with delusions of grandeur.
Zuckerberg himself took a $15.4 billion hit to his net worth. The general attitude seems to be that he had it coming. Somebody, somewhere, had to cut the hoodie-clad 34-year-old down to size.
Like all the digital economy’s most respected entrepreneurs, Zuckerberg never had much time for questions about his motivations or intentions. From the beginning he cultivated a rules-don’t-apply-to-us culture. Whether it was the sudden, unannounced changes to the site’s layout or the frequent sneaky tweaks to your privacy settings, Facebook seemed to have a policy of ignoring all criticism and plowing ahead. Their motto said it all: Move fast and break things.
The Facebook crew was smarter than the crowd. They were more productive and could see further. They could imagine a future that most people weren’t creative enough to conjure or sharp enough to engineer. Speed was an invaluable asset and destruction the price of progress. Whether the public bought into their particular vision of the future was of no concern.
Facebook is far from the only tech company with delusions of grandeur. “We don’t believe in limits,” Apple CEO Tim Cook is fond of saying. “Apple has made products for years that people didn’t know they wanted and now they can’t live without.” That’s certainly true, and impressive, but you don’t need an MBA to see how an industry with that attitude could end up a little too convinced of its own invulnerability.
The Silicon Valley success narrative is as familiar to us now as a Greek myth. The hero, also known as the founder, goes off into the wilderness to meet his destiny. Everyone tells him the task he has set for himself is unachievable — it can’t be done. He does it anyway and is rewarded with glory and wealth beyond imagining.
Proving the cynics wrong is an integral part of the tech visionary’s hero journey. But the Greeks knew what the Silicon Valley founder cult apparently hasn’t considered — pride goeth before the fall. The road runs out for everyone.
“Move fast and break things” worked for a long time. It stopped working Thursday.
Facebook’s comeuppance is often what befalls companies that perceive their mission to be more grandiose than simply delivering a great product at a fair price.
As the economist Milton Friedman said, “A corporation’s social responsibility is to make as much money as possible while conforming to the basic rules of the society, both those embodied in law and those embodied in ethical custom.”
Maybe Mark Zuckerberg should make that Facebook’s new motto.
Matthew Hennessey is an associate editorial features editor at the Wall Street Journal. His book “ Zero Hour for Gen X: How the Last Adult Generation Can Save America from Millennials” (Encounter Books) is out Aug. 14.

Court Order RUNTOWN To Appear In Court Or Go To PRISON

  • maxresdefault.jpgAn Abuja High Court has fixed 8th August, 2018 for Runtown to appear and give reasons why he should not be sent to prison for disobeying Court Injunction made on 10th May, 2018.

This was revealed by a statement released by Eric Many.
It reads;
“Recall that we served a Contempt Warning from Court on Runtown on 4th July, 2018 after he defied Court Order and released a song. Rather than heed the Contempt Warning and retrace his steps, he issued a Press Release in which he argued that the Injunction had expired. The Injunction was to stop things until the hearing of our Motion seeking to freeze activities until a decision on his status (whether he had discharged his obligations to us or not) is taken. It barred him from performing or releasing songs for the time being’.
The statement went on to add that, ‘the legal advice we received was that Runtown was wrong in his interpretation of the Rules of Court he relied on since he was already served with our Motion and was represented in Court on 31st May, 2018 when the Court adjourned to 27th September, 2018 to hear the Motion and the one filed by Runtown himself! To turn around after that day to proceed to do what the Order barred him from doing, and what the Motion served on him (adjourned in his presence) seeks to stop, is unjustifiable under the 7-Days Rule he relied upon. That could probably apply to a person against whom an interim injunction was obtained without more’.
‘Based on this, we have done two things: One, we have obtained a ‘FORM 49’ against him to explain why he should not be sent to prison, especially when he continued to publicize fixtures for shows in Canada, Namibia, Europe etc and threaten to release more songs, both actions in defiance of the Court Order. The application (now fixed for 8th August) has been served on him  as ordered by the Court. Two, since we will not allow him to continue to mock the Court Order we have applied and obtained a new Injunction to stop his actions to protect the Contempt Case. The new injunction bars him from his threatened defiant actions in Canada, Namibia, Europe etc. We believe the new Injunction has not also ‘expired’ and hope he respects the Court this time.
Please bear in mind that our main case in Court boils down to whether Runtown has discharged his monetary obligations to us and delivered one Album to us as spelt out in our Contract. He has responded, so it will be good to allow the Court to decide what each party filed. Let both sides apply restraint. As we always say, Ericmany Limited will continue to follow the judicial process. We have confidence in the Rule of Law and will continue to patiently follow the due process until the wrong done to us by Runtown after our heavy investment on him is redressed”.