PDP demands extension of time for PVC collection, accuses INEC officials of frustrating collection

PDP demands extension of time for PVC collection, accuses INEC officials of frustrating collection

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to extend the collection of Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) by three days.

 

In a statement by the party, ‘this demand is predicated on reports across the nation that some compromised INEC officials at the collection centers are deliberately refusing to issue the PVCs to voters thereby frustrating millions of registered voters from getting their voters cards’.

The PDP believes that this deliberate refusal to release the PVCs is part of the wider plot by the APC to disenfranchise millions of Nigerians and frustrate their eagerness to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 16 Presidential election and elect-in the peoples candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

The PDP demands explanation from INEC for turning back registered voters who went to collect their PVCs and directing them to come at a later date for an exercise that is programmed to end on Friday.

Information available to us shows that the APC has plans to use the uncollected PVCs to allocate votes to President Buhari.

The PDP therefore calls on the leadership of INEC not to plunge the election into a needless controversy but to redeem itself by extending the closing date for the collection of the PVCs by three days.

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President Buhari throws shade at Obasanjo

President Buhari throws shade at Obasanjo

President Buhari has taken a dig at ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo who is working hard to get him out of office.

 

While speaking in his office when he received the Ondo State Council of Obas in Akure, President Buhari said that he is only seeking a second term in office and not a third term like some people did and failed woefully. His comments has been seen by many as taking a dig at ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo who sought for third term but failed to actualize it.

 

Tolu Ogunlesi, the Special Assistant on Digital/New Media, quoted  the president as saying

“We have just finished one term and are seeking a second one. After that, the constitution doesn’t permit any more. There are some who tried looking for more but they did not succeed. We should learn from their mistakes.”

Businessman, Nicholas Emenike bags 7-years in jail for N4.4m fraud (Photo)

Businessman, Nicholas Emenike bags 7-years in jail for N4.4m fraud (Photo)

The Enugu Zonal Office of EFCC has secured the conviction of a businessman, Nicholas Emenike for advance fee fraud.
Emenike who owns Raso Construction Company Limited, was on March 27, 2017 arraigned at an Enugu State High Court, on a two-count charge of obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N4,467,500.

His ordeal began in 2015 when he was reported to the EFCC by a complainant who alleged that Emenike deceived him into supplying rods for the execution of a multi-million naira building contract he claimed to have won.
After supplying the rods, Emenike issued a post-dated cheque, which was returned unpaid.
Investigation by the EFCC, however, revealed that Emenike was never awarded any contract, as there was no document to support his claim. It was further established that he sold the rods and diverted the proceeds to his personal use.

He had pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

The prosecution team led by Ani Ikechukwu Michael opened its case by calling two witnesses and tendering nine exhibits. Delivering judgement on January 4, 2019, Justice C.C. Ani found him guilty on count one bordering on obtaining by false pretence, and discharged him on count two, bordering on issuance of dud cheque, and sentenced him to seven years in prison

Nantes demand payment from Cardiff City over the £15m transfer of missing striker Emiliano Sala

Nantes demand payment from Cardiff City over the ?15m transfer of missing striker Emiliano Sala

French club, Nantes have reportedly demanded payment from Cardiff City over the £15m transfer of missing striker Emiliano Sala.

The Argentine striker who was Premier League club Cardiff’s record signing after he was sold by the French club, went missing after the Piper Malibu N264DB that was carrying him with pilot David Ibbotson on board from Nantes, France, to Cardiff crashed into the English Channel on 21 January.

According to BBC Wales, Cardiff withheld the first scheduled payment until they are satisfied with the documentation.

It is now claimed that Nantes are threatening legal action if they do not receive a payment within 10 days.

A source at Cardiff says they will honour the contract, but not until they have clarified “all the facts.”

BBC Wales has learned the transfer fee is due to be paid in installments over three years with his former club Bourdeaux also entitled to a cut of the fee, thought to be 50 percent after Sala was on their books from 2012-2015 before joining Nantes.

Cardiff are said to be “surprised” Nantes have made the demand while attempts are being made to recover a body from the plane wreck that was carrying Sala and pilot Ibbotson.

This comes just days after wreckage from the plane carrying Cardiff City footballer was discovered in the English Channel with a body which is yet recovered.

Jubilation As Saraki’s N5m To Ailing Actors Is Disbursed

Jubilation As Saraki?s N5m To Ailing Actors Is Disbursed

Just as he promised, the national president, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) Mr. Ejezie Emeka Rollas has begun to make good his promise of judiciously using the N5m donated by the senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki to the Actors Guild Foundation (AGF) for ailing actors.
Some of the beneficiaries that have been given temporary relief are excited and thankful to the senate president for the gesture. Some of them include veteran actress, Mrs.Patience Oseni; Mr.Tunde Alabi; Mr.Stanley Okoronkwo; Mr. Haruna Mohammed and Mrs. Obiageli Molobe.
Oseni who spoke through her daughter, Dr, Mrs Augusta Akomolafe has this to say: I am very garetful. I commend all the actors for their contributions towards my mother’s health. At the moment she cannot walk but we are hopeful that she would be fine. She had a stroke and as a result, I had to drop out of my priofession to help her.
I thank Emeka Rollas for this kindness, may God continue to bless them.”
Tunde Alabi
“I really appreaciate Emeka Rollas and his group; they are not basing their gesture on tribal sentiments. It is across board and I thank him for that. Chief Chika Okpala (Zebrudaya) came all the way from Enugu to visit me and gave me cash gift. But what the generalty sent did not get to me because of a member’s death in Lagos. I am yet to hear from them. My sickness is not natural. I was attacked spiritually by a fellow artist, an old man at the NCCAC because of a soap opera, ‘Palace,’ which is back on air. In all I thank God.”
 Jubilation As Saraki?s N5m To Ailing Actors Is Disbursed
Mr. Haruna Mohammed Umar
“It was tremendous. I have been trying to reach Emeka Rollas but network has not helped matters. They have really tried and I am grateful. I am waiting for the doctor’s response. They say I should return on Tuesday for check up.
Jubilation As Saraki?s N5m To Ailing Actors Is Disbursed
My problem began when somebody mistakenly gave me caustic soda instead of water to drink and as I try to vomit it out, another person gave me water, the reaction became so bad that I had to be operated on. I can hardly drink water and eat but I am optimistic that when I see the doctor on Tuesday, I will get better. I remain grateful to the actors guild.”
Jubilation As Saraki?s N5m To Ailing Actors Is Disbursed
Mrs.Obiageli Molobe
“I am very grateful I give God the glory. In 2016, I was struck with stroke. I stayed three months in hospital in Lagos. I was admitted on September 14th and discharged in the first week of December. I had to stay with my son in Agege. On December 29, I travelled to the east. I had to learn how to walk like a baby again. It was not easy.
Jubilation As Saraki?s N5m To Ailing Actors Is Disbursed
In May 2018 I returned to Lagos and on December 2nd, I gave a thanksgiving. Though, now I can walk but it seems I am carryin g a big load but I cannot still cross the road. I thank Emeka for this kind gesture and I pray God to continue to bless him and his team.”
While thanking the senate president for his kindness, Chairman of the foundation, Mr. Segun Arinze said: “ The whole essence of the foundation is caring for one another. It will not only be beneficial to the older generations but also for the present ones. Because of their incapacitation, they are unable to work and since they cannot work, they cannot pay dues that would help them when the need arise. This is a better initiative than going cap in hand begging for assistance whenever they fall ill. This gesture by the senate president will go a long way in helping a lot of them that are incapacitated. I thank the senate president again and I encourage other good spirited Nigerians to follow in His Excellency’s footsteps. It is a great kindness to the Nollywood family and we appreciate it.”
While also appealing to other good spitrited Nigerians, corporate bodies and well wishers to support the foundation, National President of the guild, Mr. Ejezie Emeka Rollas has assured
that the gesture would go round and the actors who have been bringing happiness serenading television screens would be up and about doing what they know how to do best.

Photos: Appreciating the Armed Forces of Nigeria

Photos: Appreciating the Armed Forces of Nigeria

The Armed Forces of Nigeria have fought on land, any form of invasion by terrorists. With no eair and sea, with bravery confronting the enemies in battle. They put themselves in harm’s way to defend our country against criminals whose mission is to destroy everything our nation represents. They have recovered territories captured by insurgents. Many captives are set free, returning to their native land on daily basis. They also keep continuous watch over them to prevent and to hostilities in sight, they are surrounded in continuous daily fighting. They stand by their pledge to keep the territorial integrity of our dear nation and her people. The Armed Forces of Nigeria are heroes, they would rather die fighting than to let the nation down.

They also fight to preserve the economy of the nation by preventing militants from carrying out their heinous act through kidnapping and Pipeline vandalism.

 

Photos: Appreciating the Armed Forces of Nigeria

 

Bandits on rampage are neutralised on regular basis they are prevented from causing more havoc in communities all around the country.

They miss holidays, and other big moments in the lives of their family members. Though we will never be able to fully repay their efforts, but it’s our responsibility to try. The dedication displayed by these individuals is unparalleled. We are blessed to have these brave men fighting to keep our homeland safe.

 

Photos: Appreciating the Armed Forces of Nigeria

 

Photos: Appreciating the Armed Forces of Nigeria

 

 

In the face of war, They are strong, brave to face what lies ahead. They are our brothers, friends, sisters and children. They are fathers and mothers too, they deserve our love, respect and appreciation. Their families pray daily hoping to see their loved ones again. Some make it back while others don’t. They deserve more than we give, they deserve our honour.

 

Photos: Appreciating the Armed Forces of Nigeria

Photos: Appreciating the Armed Forces of Nigeria

 

Just a few weeks ago the nation mourned a young pilot who fell to the cold hands of death while in battle. Mrs Perowei Jacobs became a widow only 3 weeks after marriage. He is one of the many soldiers who paid the supreme price to keep us safe. What sacrifice are you making for Nigeria?

 

Photos: Appreciating the Armed Forces of Nigeria

 

Our brave men sacrifice their health, safety and comfort to keep you and I safe, losing their lives in pursuit of peace which we all enjoy and often take for granted.

 

Photos: Appreciating the Armed Forces of Nigeria

 

In some parts of the western world, On commercial flights, members of the armed forces and veterans irrespective of their rank are called on board before other passengers and appreciated while everyone around clap their hands in appreciation of their service to their nation.

Some shops including restaurant give discounts and rebates on purchases and tickets respectively as a way of appreciating them..

Different days and events are set aside for these honourable men for all the go through to keep their nation together. to mention a few:

  • Memorial Day: A day of remembrance for those who have died in service for the nation.
  • Armed Forces Day: A time set aside to pay tribute to the military personnel who currently serve in the nation’s Armed Forces.
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day: A time to thank military spouses for being the backbone of the families who support the troops.
  • Victory in Europe Day: Commemorating the end of the World War II.

Photos: Appreciating the Armed Forces of Nigeria

 

POSSIBLE AREAS WHERE THE PUBLIC COULD APPRECIATE THE ARMED FORCES OF NIGERIA

Discounts on electricity tariff for AFN barracks units and formation by distribution companies of Nigeria.

Donations of wheelchairs, prosthetics and crutches to incapacitated veterans.

Discounts on medical bills and treatment for AFN and their families in renowned public and private hospitals.

Accelerated visa processing privileges at embassies

‘Don’t take offence at words of El-Rufai, a man of doubtful sanity’ – Reno Omokri ‘apologises’ to the international community

Read the piece by Reno Omokri below.
Today, I woke up in shock to watch a television interview by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State, on the Nigerian Television Authority where he threatened Nigeria’s friends with death if they intervened in Nigeria. 
His exact words were “we are waiting for the person that will come and intervene (in Nigeria), they will go back in body bags.” Shocking as his words may be, this is vintage El-Rufai, a man who talks carelessly, especially when he is off his medications. 
I first encountered Nasir El-Rufai in 2009 when he was living in exile in the United States and the next year, he appealed to me to help him write a letter to foreign governments, calling on them to INTERVENE in Nigeria (the very thing he is now preaching against today). In case he wished to deny, I have the emails and I am a meticulous record keeper. 
This latest instance of hypocrisy is the most recent in a long line of hypocritical actions by a man who has no morals and acts without conscience. Permit me to give a few instances of his previous acts of hypocrisy. 
On October 1, 2015, Nasir El-Rufai falsely alleged that former President Jonathan spent a whopping ?64 billion on Independence Day celebrations, during his tenure when in fact only ?333 million was spent.
After he was exposed as a liar, Nasir El-Rufai neither apologised nor showed any remorse. It must be stated that it was the Secretary of the Government of the Federation under the Muhammadu Buhari Government that exposed El-Rufai’s lies.
Nigerians may also recall that on September 10, 2014, this same El-Rufai falsely accused former President Jonathan and former CAN President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of founding and funding Boko Haram to the tune of N50 billion. 
Prior to that, he had repeated the same lies at an event at Portcullis House in Parliament, England, where his lies were the object of scorn.
Interestingly, this same Nasir El-Rufai, who is notorious for spreading falsehood, engineered the arrest and prosecution of one Audu Maikori, who erroneously tweeted about some killings in Kaduna that had not happened and almost immediately apologised after he learnt of his errors.
So widely known is El-Rufai’s hypocrisy, that he is treated with disdain by even the cabal ruling Nigeria on behalf of Muhammadu Buhari. 
His former boss, Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, who brought him to the limelight, had this to say about Nasir El-Rufai in his book: My Watch Volume 2 as follows:
“Nasir’s penchant for reputation savaging is almost pathological. Why does he do it? He is brilliant and smart. I grant him that also. Very early in my interaction with him, I appreciated his talent and brilliance. At the same time, I recognised his weaknesses; the worst being his inability to be loyal to anybody or any issue consistently for long, but only to Nasir el-Rufai. 
He barefacedly lied which he did to me against his colleagues and so-called friends. I have heard of how he ruthlessly savaged the reputation of his uncle, a man who was like, in the African setting, his foster father. I shuddered when I heard the story of what he did to his half-brother in the Air Force who is senior to him in age.”
Given such an evaluation, the international community is advised to treat the fellow with the contempt he deserves. The world may do well to note that El-Rufai is a man who boasted that he had paid public funds to marauders who killed his own people of Kaduna state, because he shares an ethnic affinity with them. 
So let me, as a Nigerian citizen, apologise to all friends of Nigeria, who have been threatened by this reckless fellow. Your friendship with Nigeria is appreciated by Nigerians and this flippant fellow does not speak for us in any capacity at all. 
Those views are his private views and they cannot bind Nigeria’s armed forces not mislead them to fight our international friends and partners. 
Finally, I urge Nasir El-rufai, who today threatened foreign friends of Nigeria of going back in body bags if they intervene in Nigeria, to rather urge the Buhari administration to stop releasing ‘repentant’ Boko Haram
members and use the body bags he referred to on them instead.