Osun Governor, Oyetola yet to Name Cabinet Nearly 9 Months After Inauguration

Nearly nine months after his inauguration as the governor of Osun state, Adeboyega Oyetola is yet to name his cabinet.

Oyetola,however, said he will soon send the names of Commissioner-nominees to the state House of Assembly for screening. The governor disclosed this on Monday during a chat with journalists at his Iragbiji country home. He said only members of his All Progressives Congress (APC) will be considered for appointment into his cabinet.

He said,“I will run the all-inclusive government because my party will have a say. Bringing members of other parties may create a problem. I will listen to ideas from them. We have given the party the opportunity to pick the commissioners.”

“I will welcome ideas from other parties. The process has commenced. We will look at the list. I will also screen before I send it to the House of Assembly. The process had commenced. It will be completed”.

On the plans to address the security situation in the state and region, he said, “In the area of security, South West to launch new security outfit soon. Not less than 200 vehicles would be donated to the security agencies. We are also bringing into the security local people especially to monitor our forests”.

Oyetola was sworn in as the governor of the state on November 27, 2018 following his victory in the controversial gubernatorial election in September, an election that was condemned by local and international observers for irregularities and violence. His closest rival,Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenged the outcome up till the Supreme Court. The apex court dismissed Adeleke’s appeal on grounds of technicalities.

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PDP Governors Say Nigeria Army Has Descended Into Criminality

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum has blamed the Nigerian Military for the insecurity in the country.

The Forum in a statement issued by the chairman, the governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson on Monday condemned the killing of three policemen in Takum, Taraba state and a commercial motorcyclist in Abia state both last week by soldiers.

The statement said the Army has abandoned their constitutional responsibilities and descended into criminality.

The statement reads in part, “These killings have in recent times taken another gruesome dimension and this nonchalant attitude is not only wicked, malicious, unprofessional and cowardly; it is totally unacceptable to the people of this country.

“We wish to reiterate that the killings are unnecessary. It is very pathetic that the Nigerian Army would abandon their constitutional role of defending the borders of the country from external aggression to descend into such lowly criminality.

“It is sad that a security personnel, who is paid and maintained with tax-payers’ money, could turn around to kill the person he was paid to protect. The Forum calls on the federal government to redress the situation immediately, as this portrays signs of inefficiency and irresponsibility.

“We implore the federal government to adequately compensate the families of victims and ensure justice is served on the culprit”.

It would be recalled that a former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mike Ejiofor earlier in May on Channels Television alleged that soldiers are behind kidnappings in the country.

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Former INEC Chairman, Jega Deregistered PRP, Disobeyed Court Judgement – Balarabe Musa

A former governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa has said the the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega refused to obey court judgement ordering the reinstatement of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) after it was deregistered by INEC under his watch.

Musa, the chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the PRP disclosed this in Kaduna on Monday when he fielded questions from journalists in his residence. He said the party then had to sue Jega for contempt of court. The BOT chairman said he learnt about Jega’s entry into the party in the media.

He said the former INEC chairman is welcomed to the party but called called for caution from party members.

“We have to exercise care and caution because who is Prof. Attahiru Jega? Prof.Jega was the INEC chairman, and under his chairmanship, PRP was deregistered. It became a big struggle for us.

“We approached the court, and the court restated the party. But we have to sue the INEC chairman for contempt of court because when the court gave the judgement that our party should be restated, he refused to give us the recognition.

“The same person is coming to the party he once deregistered. He is welcome because we cannot reject him and since our party is a public property and open to everyone, he is welcome” he said.

Jega had two weeks ago announced his membership of the PRP.

Edo APC Crisis: Obaseki to Reconcile With Oshiomhole

Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki has assured that the rift between him and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole would soon be resolved.

Obaseki who spoke at the thanksgiving for the 80th birthday celebration of a former national chairman on APC, John Odigie-Oyegun in Benin city, the Edo state capital on Monday said he has no fundamental differences with his immediate past predecessor except what he described as handiwork of third parties.

“I thank you very much for the remarkable homily by Archbishop Augustine Akubeze, Catholic Archbishop of Benin Metropolitan See. I listened very attentively and I have taken every word in your remark to heart and very seriously. I want to assure you that we are in pursuit of peace and we will have peace in Edo State.

“We have met – me and my predecessor in office – and fortunately, we do not have any fundamental issues. And because we do not have any fundamental issues, I believe that whatever third parties are trying to propagate, I am sure we can talk over it. I assure you that very soon things will return to normalcy in Edo State” he said.

The governor announced that the soon-to-be completed Civil Service Training Centre will be named after Oyegun in recognition of his contributions to the state and country.

 

He said, “For your contributions and what you have done for our dear state, I have decided to name the public service academy, which is under construction, after you. We know your passion for public service; we know and acknowledge the contributions you made to the public service in Nigeria. Therefore, we have decided to name this edifice, which will be completed within the next 60 days, by the grace of God, after you. President Muhammadu Buhari will come and commission the academy, with you standing beside him. It will be known as the John Odigie-Oyegun Institute for Public Administration.”

The institute, according to the governor, is on “three floors and is made up of large training rooms that will host 220 people. Two halls hold 118 people each. There are seven training halls that will host 58 people each.  There is a library, a sick bay, a cafeteria and 12 offices. This facility at any point in time can hold and train a minimum of 900 people. It will be the largest facility for training public servants in Nigeria.”

Army Fears Retaliation From Police For Killing of Officers, Directs Travelling Soldiers to Wear Mufti

Fearing retaliation for the killing of three police officers in Takum, Taraba state last week from members of the Nigerian Police Force, the Chief of Army Staff, Brig. Gen. Tukur Buratai has directed military personnel on Internal Security (IS) to wear mufti when travelling.

In a letter dated August 9,2019 titled, ‘Need for troops to be circumspect in dealing with members of the Nigeria Police’, marked AHQDAIOPS/G3/240/232 signed on behalf of the COAS by Brig. Gen. F. Omoigui, the COAS advised formations and unit commanders to educate their troops on the need to be cautious when dealing with members of the Police.

The letter reads, “In the aftermath of the unfortunate incident involving troops of 93 bn, Takum and members of the Intelligence Response Team of the NPF at Ibi LGA of Taraba State on August 6, 2019, inciting and inflammatory comments are being made by the NPF on the regular and social media platforms.

“This is capable of inciting the rank and file of the NP to exhibit aggressive tendencies against NA personnel. Accordingly, all troops on IS (Internal Security) duty as well as personnel travelling in and out of uniform are to be circumspect in their conduct to avoid escalation.”

“Consequently, formations and unit commanders are to educate troops to be cautious in their dealings with members of the NP in view of this development. Troops travelling on pass are to endeavor to do so in mufti”.

PDP Sweeps Bayelsa LG Polls

The candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been declared winners of all 8 chairmanship and 105 councillorship seats in Saturday’s local government elections in Bayelsa state.

According to the Bayelsa State Independent Electoral Commission (BYSIEC),44 political parties participated in the election except the All Progressives Congress (APC) that boycotted the election citing partisanship nature of the BYSIEC which it alleged was dominated by PDP members.

A breakdown of the results announced by BYSIEC includes, Diepreye Ubarugu of the PDP polled 42,539 votes to beat other contenders to emerge Chairman of Kolokuma-Opokuma LGA; while Alali Embelakpor was declared winner of Sagbama Chairmanship election with 96, 468 votes.

Kia Nigeria polled 107,150 votes to win in Southern Ijaw, Victor Isaiah the caretaker chairman for Brass Local Government Area won with 28,667 votes, while Ebinyo Turnah the caretaker chairman for Ogbia Local Government Area was returned as elected chairman with 17,661 votes.

Alalibo West was returned as winner in Nembe Local Government Area polling 54,562 votes, while Oropaye Nimizua was returned elected as the Mayor of Yenagoa City with scored 89,831 votes.

Bertola Pereke, was declared winner of the Ekeremor Local Government Council election, polling 62,529 votes to emerged winner.

Group Wants Soldiers Involved in Killing of Policemen Prosecuted, Says Army Dancing Over the Graves of Fallen Officers

The Centre for Change Initiative has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to prosecute soldiers involved in the alleged killing of three policemen and a civilian.

The President of the group, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, made the call in a statement,said the soldiers should be prosecuted for murder to serve as deterrent to others.

The statement said, “The images of the savage killings which have gone viral are quite reminiscent of Boko Haram operations.

“It is surprising that instead of the army to be remorseful for the senseless killings that portray it as aiding criminality, it has engaged in dancing over the graves of the gallant officers, who were credited with successful anti-kidnap operations by calling them suspected kidnappers. We have not heard a word of condolence to the families of the killed policemen from the army.

“We reject any attempt to sweep this high crime under the carpet by setting up an investigation that will lure us into forgetfulness.We demand immediate identification of the officers involved and their prosecution for murder immediately.

“This is the only way to prove to the world that Nigeria has not become a total jungle. We pray for the souls of the officers and send our heartfelt condolences to their families.”

The police authorities last week announced that three police officers and a civilian were killed in an encounter with soldiers on the Ibi-Jalingo highway in Taraba on Aug. 6.

The army and police authorities have since constituted a joint investigation panel to probe the incident.

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