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March 9 elections: APC leader, Tinubu meets MC Oluomo, others

All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday met with leaders of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Lagos state.

Notable among those in attendance were state Treasurer of the Union, Musiliu Akinsanya (aka MC Oluomo).

MC Oluomo was attacked at an APC rally in Ikeja on January 8, and was immediately taken to Eko Hospital, following injuries he sustained.

DAILY POST gathered that at the meeting, which held at the former governor’s residence in Ikoyi, Tinubu called for peace before, during and after the governorship and state houses of assembly elections.

He said Lagos being a cosmopolitan city should always be seen in a positive light and must not witness violence in any form.

The APC leader also urged the union chieftains to call their members across the state to order.

Violence was recorded in some parts of Lagos during the February 23 elections.

Also, there was tension in certain areas of the metropolis over alleged threat to Igbos over election matters.

The battle in Lagos is between APC’s Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Poeples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Jimi Agbaje.

Last week, Tinubu ordered the party leaders in Lagos State to ensure the party secures maximum votes on Saturday.

Speaking to stakeholders after a closed-door meeting with members of the Governor’s Advisory Council, GAC, at the secretariat of the Independent Campaign Group, in Ikeja GRA, he lambasted party chieftains for failing to deliver maximally during the presidential and National Assembly polls.

Ex-governor Jang didn’t embezzle N2bn – EFCC witness tells Court

A witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Sylvester Chung Davou, yesterday told the Plateau State High Court that the controversial N2 billion allegedly misappropriated by Senator Jonah David Jang, the then governor of the state was not true.

According to Davou, the then governor was not a signatory to the Plateau Project One that demanded the loan of N2 billion.

Besides, he explained that the said N2billion loan from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was captured in the handover note by Jang to the incoming administration of Governor Simon Lalong on May 29, 2015.

The witness, who made the revelation during cross-examination by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) lead counsel to Jang was once an Accountant-General during Jang and rose to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development in the state.

The case is that of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against Senator Jonah David Jang and the accountant in his office, Mr. Yusuf Gyang Pam.

Davou said that the money in question was not pocketed by Jang as an individual.

According to Davou: “I did not say that the N2billion was borrowed by former Governor Jonah David Jang in his private capacity as governor of the state. I did not also say that Jang was a signatory to the Plateau State Project One Account.”

Another EFCC witness, Mr. Habila Dung, who could not complete his testimony before the case was adjourned on December 10, 2018 said that he had never witnessed the disbursement of monies termed as classified expenditure when Jang was the governor of the state.

He disclosed this when Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), counsel to EFCC led him in evidence-in-chief.

Dung, a retired Permanent Secretary, Cabinet and Special Services, had testified that Pam withdrew tens of millions of naira in a series of memos, bank mandates and statements tendered as evidence.

He finished his evidence yesterday carefully led by Jacobs.

The Judge, Justice Daniel Longji, having listened to all the parties, adjourned the matter to today for continuation of hearing.

March 9 elections: Why Ugwuanyi deserves resounding victory – Enugu group

An Enugu-based group, the Mandate Renaissance Initiative’, has called on the electorates to shun apathy and troup out en-mass to vote for good governance in March 9, 2019 governorship and state Assembly elections.

Speaking during a mobilisation meeting of the group in Enugu Wednesday, the patron of group Dr Felix Ugwu enjoined the members to mobilise the people of their areas to participate in the electoral process in other to deepen the subsisting democracy in Nigeria.

They said all effort must be put in place to ensure that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi recorded a resounding victory in the polls.

The US-based management consultant said that without democracy, Nigeria will be doomed adding that if the likes of governor Ugwuanyi are elected in any democratic setting, a great positive change will be experienced.

Dr Ugwu, who applauded the godly spirit with which Ugwuanyi has been piloting the affairs of Enugu state, said the Governor represents peace and good governance.

According to Ugwu, “we are promoters of good governance and as such are committed to the re-election of Ugwuanyi who has within the last three years shown great will and capacity to manage the state’s human and material resources.

“The people of Enugu state should show their appreciation for a peaceful Enugu state, human capacity development and social infrastructure which the Ugwuanyi’s leadership has accomplished by voting for him to be elected for a second term.”

In his speech earlier, the coordinator of the group and the Administrator of Udi South Development centre, Hon. Ifeanyi Agu said that Enugu people have not had it rosier until the emergence of Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

He called on his members to carry the message to all the nook and cranny of the state to ensure that Gov. Ugwuanyi, the man with the wand is given a second chance to accomplish his lofty programmes for the people of Enugu state.

Nigeria gets new UN appointment

Nigeria on Tuesday assumed the Chairmanship of the African Group at the United Nations for the month of March 2019, succeeding the Republic of Benin.

The Nigerian Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof. Tijjani Bande, took over from his counterpart from the Republic of Benin, Jean-Claude do Rego, at a ceremony at the African Union Observer Mission in New York.

Bande pledged Nigeria’s commitment to strengthening the African continent.

The Nigerian envoy also said his focus as Chairman of the African Group would be to convey the views of the African Union at the United Nations and globally.

“The focus of the Mission of Nigeria is to help to continue the work of consolidating Africa’s position on a number of common important issues from the point of view of the continent.

“These positions are questions like Security Council reform, positions we take in relation to the Status of Women, and issues relating to Peace and Security around the globe.The whole idea is to strengthen the African voice.

“The voices actually are of the African Permanent Representatives but occasionally, collectively, we need to make a statement for the continent and to defend the continent’s interests,” Bande said.

The Ambassador/Permanent Observer of African Union to the United Nations, Ms Fatima Kyari-Mohammed, said the Chairmanship position of the African Group was very important in projecting Africa’s voice at the United Nations.

Fatima said: “The monthly leadership allows us to have somebody that can help us with the coordination of the various priorities for that month.

Osinbajo explains why Buhari can’t Islamise Nigeria

ice President Yemi Osinbajo, has again assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari can’t Islamize Nigeria.

Osinbajo explained that he is a “born again Christian” and the Vice President, as such Buhari can’t Islamize the country.

Speaking during a Town Hall meeting in Aba North Local Government Area of Abia State on Tuesday, Osinbajo disclosed that Buhari doesn’t interfere with the religions of those around him.

The Vice President maintained that Nigeria was too big for an individual to impose a religion against their wish.

According to Osinbajo: “One of the reasons our members have not benefited from most of our programmes is because the Government is not APC.

“Come Saturday by the grace of God, we shall change the present day government and enthrone APC through Uche Sampson Ogah.

“The PDP want to use the media to claim that APC does not favour Christians. The president is a Muslim, I’m a Christian.

“A born again Christian for that matter. Nobody can Islamize Nigeria because there is absolutely nothing like that.

“Buhari has no intention of Islamizing Nigeria. He is a man who doesn’t interfere in anybody’s religion.

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