Saraki To Oshiomhole: You Have Lost Moral Right To Remain In Politics

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki on Wednesday hit out at the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, saying that he had lost moral right to remain in politics.

Speaking with journalists in Ilorin during the sixth remembrance prayer for his father, Saraki said Oshiomhole had ‘no locus standi to talk about morality in today’s Nigeria’s politics.

“That must be a joke coming from Oshiomhole talking about moral ground. I think Oshiomhole has no locus standi to talk about morality today. Oshiomhole is somebody who has been told to have been collecting not even naira but dollars from candidates and he is being accused by his party’s aspirants and governors. I don’t think he has any moral ground, even to continue to be in politics, not to talk about being a chairman of a party.

“I remember in those days, even Oyegun, they never accused him of something like this. I have left that party. I’m sure the President, based on integrity, knows the right thing to do. So, on moral ground, he cannot speak.”

The Chief Press Secretary to Oshiomhole, Mr. Simon Ebegbulem, could not be reached for comments.

He neither picked the calls placed on his telephone nor responded to a text message from one of our correspondents.

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Adams Oshiomhole May Be Sacked Any Moment From Now, As Bukola Saraki Puts President Buhari On The HOT Seat

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has stated that Nigerians are eagerly awaiting how President Muhammadu Buhari will handle the serious allegations of bribery levelled against the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, over the conduct of the just concluded primary elections in the party.

The Senate President, made this known in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Thursday, which was made available to Post-Nigeria.

Saraki also described the threat by the former Edo State Governor to sue him over his statement that he (Oshiomhole) oughts to quit politics on moral grounds, over the allegations against him, as an empty boast, because he (Saraki) will be ready to meet him (Oshiomhole) in court, any day and any time.

“Nigerians are waiting to see how the President will handle the serious allegations against his party Chairman. We expect the President with his anti-corruption campaign, to institute thorough and transparent investigation into the allegations against his party Chairman.

“The failure of the President to get to the root of the matter, will finally destroy his ability and that of the party, to continue to talk of any anti-graft battle. The President should let the investigation be thorough, open and transparent. This is no time for any cover-up”, he stated.

Saraki maintained that until the outcome of a thorough investigation is known to Nigerians, and the APC Chairman is cleared of the allegations against him, Oshiomhole is not on a firm ground to talk about morality, or fight against corruption.

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Embattled Oshiomhole Declares War On Saraki, Gives Senate President ‘Quit Notice Order’

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has said that Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s continued stay in office is unacceptable to the party.

The APC National Chairman, also said that it would be strange if the ruling party is experiencing “graveyard peace”, against the backdrop of recent events in the APC.

Oshiomhole made this disclosure when he appeared on Arise Television.

He added that the APC is prone to controversies, because it is a large party.

Recall, that last week, Oshiomhole was detained by the Department of State Security Services, DSS, and grilled for 9 hours, after some Governors alleged that he received bribes during the party’s primary elections across the country.

In his reaction, Oshiomhole disclosed that although the aggrieved members were allowed to grumble, but the party has moved on, and has put in place internal procedures for reconciliation.

“We have finished our primaries and we have submitted names to INEC, and there are internal procedures for reconciliation, and we are working on them.

“We are a large governing party, and it will only be strange if we are having graveyard peace. People are allowed to grumble, and grumbling is allowed. We should move on and find solutions.”

Asked whether the party still has plans to remove Saraki, he replied: “I think it is about morality.

“We just had an election in the US. The Democrats won more members in the Congress. Without much ado, the Leadership of the House changed. This question did not have to arise. Saraki belongs to a minority party; as it stands today, in the Senate.

“The truth about democracy, is that it is a game of numbers. It is unacceptable that minority provides Leadership over majority.”

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89 Senators ‘Missing’ Today, As Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Takes Drastic Decision On The Floor Of The Senate

The Senate, on Tuesday, adjourned for a week, following the inability of the Red Chamber to form a quorum.

The Chamber needs at least 38 Senators out of 109, to carry out Legislative activities at plenary, but it was observed that 20 members were seated at the commencement of the day’s session. This implies that 89 Senators were missing from today’s Legislative sitting.

The Minority Whip, Senator Phillip Aduda, who moved the motion for the adjournment, citing order 10 (3) of the Senate Rules, explained that most of the members were not at plenary, because they went on oversight functions.

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, seconded the motion for the adjournment, stressing that the order cited by Aduda, barred the Senate from carrying out any Legislative duties, if members are not up to 38.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, put the motion to a vote, and members overwhelmingly backed it.

Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, thereafter moved for the adjournment till Tuesday, November 20.

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TENSION!!! Buhari’s ‘Ruthless’ Men Give Atiku, Saraki, Obasanjo, Others, The Biggest Challenge In Nigeria’s Democratic History

The Buhari Media Organisation, BMO, has challenged the main opposition figures in the country, to name any previous Nigerian government, that has done more than the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, to empower the less privileged.

This it says is because never have the masses across the country enjoyed so many social intervention benefits from the government at the centre.

The BMO said this in a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, which was sent to Post-Nigeria, on Thursday.

It argued that contrary to claims from the opposition, millions of Nigerians living below the poverty threshold, are gradually getting a new lease of life under Nigeria’s first real social welfare schemes.

“We make bold to say there is no government in modern Nigeria, that has consciously and painstakingly formulated policies that have direct impact on the masses across the country.

“Initiatives like Farmer Moni, Market Moni, and Trader Moni, have touched the lives of no fewer than 1.1 million people across the 36 States of the Federation, and the FCT.

“809,000 Nigerians alone have benefitted from Trader Moni loans, ranging from N10,000 to N100,000, with a repayment window of six months”, it said.

The BMO wondered which previous administration considered it fit to make petty Traders have access to loans as high as N10,000, and on repayment pave way for them to receive N15,000, until they are able to get up to N100,000.

All these, according to the group, speak to the pro-people stance of President Buhari, who has never left anyone in doubt about his love for the masses.

The BMO added: “We should not forget the Conditional Cash Transfer, under which the most vulnerable in the society, as well as the poorest of the poor, have been receiving N5,000 monthly.

“This is one social safety net scheme that has had positive impact on the lives of over 209,000 beneficiaries, in about 19 States at inception, in 2015, but is now set to reach 503,055 households, with the disbursement of the recovered $322 million Abacha loot.

“The National Home Grown School Feeding programme is the largest in all of Africa, and is at present in 26 States.”

It added that many elements of the Federal Government’s social intervention programmes, were time tested World Bank’s poverty alleviation projects that worked across the world.

Four Police Officers Arrested In Connection To Alleged Assassination Attempt On Ekweremadu

Nigeria Police Force have arrested Four officers in connection to the alleged attempt made on the life of the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu.

According to a statement signed by the lawmaker’s spokesperson, Uche Anichukwu, gunmen evaded security agents and gained entry into his home around 4 am on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

One of the members of the gang was eventually apprehended before any damage could be done and handed over to the Police.

While responding to the incident late on Tuesday, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, disclosed that the four officers arrested were on duty at Ekweremadu’s residence at the time of the incidence and have been arrested and detained pending investigation.

A personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) who was also on duty at the same time is also in detention.

Attack on Ekweremadu’s home not an assassination attempt – Police

Moshood also revealed that the alleged assassination attempt was actually a robbery as the lawmaker’s neighbour had previously been robbed by the same gang yesterday morning. He revealed that the neighbour, identified as Haliru Adamu, lost his cell phones and jewelry to the gang.

“Investigation so far carried out in the incident does not have any link to assassination attempt,” he said.

The Police spokesperson also revealed that the apprehended member of the gang, identified as Mohammed Yusuf, is assisting in hunting down other members of the gang who escaped after the failed attack.

“The suspect has been assisting the police in the investigation into the matter. We have intensified efforts to arrest other suspects who escaped from the crime scene,” he said.

How I escaped assassination – Ekweremadu

While narrating the attack to fellow lawmakers during plenary on Tuesday, Ekweremadu failed to give a detailed account but revealed that there was commotion in his room before one of the attackers was arrested.

He said, “It was about 4 am this morning. Some people evaded the security in my house and got all the way to my room where I was sleeping with my wife.

“There was a struggle, there was a fight, with heavy commotion and by the grace of God we eventually caught one of them. The rest escaped.

The lawmaker also expressed displeasure with how the Police responded to the case, noting that he’d been largely ignored by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

He narrated, “The annoying aspect of it or the one that is worrisome is that at that point I called the Inspector-General of police (IGP), his phone was off. I called some of his aides, their phones rang out and nobody replied, till now. I called DIG operations, till I left my house, nobody showed up.

“I now had my people invite the DPO in charge of Apo police station. We didn’t see him till about 5:30, he sent his 2nd-in-command who came and he saw the dangerous weapons that they left behind, he left and sent that the DPO was coming. Until I left my house by 9 am, the DPO had not come.”

Senate President Bukola Saraki expressed worry at the lukewarm reaction from the Police and urged the Force to not be partisan with the way it treats cases.

2019: Saraki, Secondus Reveal Why Atiku Will Defeat Buhari

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who is also the Director General of Atiku Abubakar Presidential campaign committee have declared why the former Vice President will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

They said the people were fed up with the All Progressives Congress, APC, and were eager to vote the current government out.

The duo spoke in Abuja when they inspected the party’s presidential campaign office in Maitama preparatory to the start of the nationwide campaign.

Conducting the Senate President round the campaign complex, the National Chairman said that the rebranded and repositioned party was ready to go to Nigerians with issues when the campaign begins.

According to a statement from his media office and signed by Ike Abonyi, the National Chairman said that the party hopes to have a very successful electioneering just like their just completed primaries that was climaxed with the landmark National Convention.

The Senate President said: “Everything is set for the party to conduct one of the best presidential campaigns in history as Nigerians are anxiously waiting for the party”.

“Every hand must be on deck to see off the All Progressives Congress, APC, to save our democracy and rescue the country.”

He was accompanied on the inspection of the campaign office by members of the National Working Committee of the party and other critical stakeholders.

More House Of Representatives Members Dump APC, With Immediate Effect, Ahead Of 2019

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has lost another four of its Members in the House of Representatives, to other political parties.

The Lawmakers, Dada Awoleye (Oyo State), Segun Williams (Ogun State), Lawali Hassan and Adedapo Lam-Adesina (Oyo State), announced their defections on Tuesday, during plenary.

While Awoleye defected to the Accord Party, AP; Williams, Hassan, and Lam-Adesina, defected to the Labour Party, LP; Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; and Action Democratic Congress, ADC; respectively.

Recall, that more members of the ruling party have defected in the last one month.

Buhari Sends Emergency Document To Saraki, Makes Major Request

President Muhammadu Buhari, has transmitted the 2019-2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, and Fiscal Strategy Paper, FSP, to the Bukola Saraki-led Senate for consideration and approval.

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, read Buhari’s cover letter on the document to members at the plenary, on Tuesday.

The MTEF/FSP, when approved by the Legislature, will form the basis for the 2019 Appropriation Bill.

 

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Dino Melaye Cries Out, As Saraki’s Deputy, Ekweremadu, His Entire Family, Escape Death

Senator Dino Melaye, has quickly reacted to the assassination attempt on the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, earlier today, in Abuja.

Ekweremadu and his family were almost killed after a gunman gained access to their residence, but was subdued in time by Security.

Dino Melaye took to Twitter to state: “Just spoke to Senator Ike Ekweremadu. There was an attempt to assassinate him about 4am this morning. One of the assains was arrested after serious wrestling. He has been handed over to the Police, in Apo Police Station. We are in perilous times, but God will continue to be God.