AMBODE: What I Told Igbo Leaders – Oba of Lagos
AS outrage greeted the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu’s alleged death threat and curse that Igbo will drown in Lagos lagoon within seven days if they did not vote for the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, the Oba, yesterday, said he was misquoted and clarified what he told Igbo leaders, who visited him.
In a statement by Chief Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, Opeluwa of Lagos, the traditional ruler said he called on Igbo chiefs to show appreciation to Lagos State by supporting his candidate, Ambode, for continuity of excellence as they had earlier promised.
Fayose’s Impeachment: Ekiti Deputy Governor, Governor’s Aides Lead Citizens To Occupy Assembly
Some concerned citizens of Ekiti State and particularly members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday laid siege on Ekiti State House of Assembly following the rumour that the 19 All Progressives Congress, APC, lawmakers in the assembly were planning to hold a sitting on Monday to impeach Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The concerned citizens had converged on the Assembly as early as 8.30 am and took over the complex.
They blocked all major roads leading to the House with the motive of preventing the APC lawmakers from gaining access.
2011 Bonga Spill: 168,000 Fishermen In 350 Delta, Bayelsa Communities Impacted
The Bonga 2011 oil spill from an offshore oil field operated by Shell Nigeria Production and Exploration Company, SNEPCO, affected 168,000 victims in 350 communities in Delta and Bayelsa states.
Chief Howells Levi, paramount ruler of Olobia community in Koluama, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa State, said in Yenagoa that the oil spill victims were fishermen ordered by oil industry regulators to withdraw from fishing activities to avoid catching contaminated fish.
He lamented that the fishermen, who were deprived of their livelihood while the oil spill response and cleanup activities lasted, deserved to be compensated for the loss of their income.
Fear Of Post-Election Violence Of Slows Maritime Business
The Nigerian Maritime industry may have this week, functioned at less than 30 per cent, as a result of the March 28 presidential election and its results, with most operators consciously keeping their eyes on security and protective measures.
Traffic within Apapa, the nation’s major port area, unlike a week ago, was very thin, as several port users, who travelled out of Lagos were yet to return, while those around merely come to work to ‘talk politics’, do half-day, and go home.
Buhari Visits Owerri
Barring unforeseen circumstances, President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) will visit Owerri today on a thank you tour.
A Government House statement, which brought this to light, was signed by Governor Rochas Okorocha’s media aide, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, and made available to media men in Owerri.
“His Excellency, General Muhammadu Buhari, the President-elect on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, will be visiting the state to thank the people and government of the state for their unalloyed support that contributed greatly to his resounding victory at the polls on March 28, ” Onwuemeodo said.
PDP Hit By Gale Of Defections
Gale of defections has hit the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the party’s defeat in the March 28 Presidential election.
In Gombe state, the Majority leader State House of Assembly, Mamman Alkali, over fifty Personal Assistants and Special Assistants to Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and thousands of PDP members yesterday defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In Jigawa state the former Governor, Saminu Turaki, the current Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mahmud Gumel were among many who dumped the PDP for the APC at a ceremony in Gumel yesterday.
In Kebbi state, Commissioner of Commerce, Sani Yusuf joined the APC along with others.
Saminu Turaki,. 2 Ex-Senators Decamp To APC In Jigawa
Former Governor of Jigawa state Senator Saminu Turaki is among those who have decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Jigawa on Monday.
Senator Turaki who decamped the PDP along with the Deputy Governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Ahmed Mahmud Gumel in Gumel town was also joined by other decampees including former Senator Muhammad Baban Beta who represented Jigawa Northwest Senatorial district from 1999 to 2003 and Senator Muhammad Dudu who represented Jigawa North-East Senatorial district from 1999-2007.
Buhari Has A Chance To Prove He’s Not A Religious Bigot – Makama
Top member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State and former chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Chief Samuila Danko Makama says the victory of General Muhammadu Buhari and President Goodluck Jonathan’s prompt show of goodwill amount to victory for democracy.
“Buhari will have to put his agenda for change on a fast track. We expect him to take Nigeria from third to a first world country. He should execute his promises with as much passion as when he was making them. He has just four years in the first instance to do this. Some of his promises were to wipe out insurgency, tackle corruption, and create jobs. He has a record of integrity which he must not betray. He and his officers must be accessible”, Samuila Makama said.
Vote PDP Only, Orji Tells Electorate
Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has appealed to Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] members in the state to ensure that they vote for the governorship and House of Assembly candidates in the state during the April 11 polls.
We Have Lost 56 Members In Rivers – APC
Besides, over 150 others were victims of harassment, said the party. It accused security agents and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of complicity in the situation.
At a news conference in Abuja, APC National Publicity Secretary Lai Mohammed said the development had become worrisome, considering the fact that these killings were “in the full glare of security agents”.
Mohammed is concerned that the killings have increased ahead of the weekend’s governorship and state Assembly elections.
He queried why nobody had been arrested by security agents for the killings.
I Never Threatened Igbo Over Ambode – Oba of Lagos
The Oba of Lagos has denied a statement credited to him that any Igbo who refuses to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode, would drown in the Lagoon.
A statement by his spokesman, the Opeluwa of Lagos, Chief Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, said Oba Akiolu’s use of the word “lagoon” was proverbial and was never intended as a threat against the Igbo in Lagos.
The statement reads: “My attention has been drawn to a publication in a national newspaper where HRM Oba Rilwan Akiolu was alleged to have threatened Igbo in Lagos to make them vote for Ambode.
“Last Sunday, all honorary Eze Ndigbos in Lagos paid a courtesy call to HRM Oba Akiolu. At the meeting, the visitors praised the Oba for his fatherly support for and cooperation with Igbo in Lagos.
“They assured him of their continued good neighborliness with other tribes in Lagos and support everything that’ll further strengthen that harmony.
“Oba Akiolu on his part acknowledged the enviable performance of Governor Fashola and his contribution to the growth of investments in Lagos.
“He gave the assurance that he is not disturbed or angry with the Southeast and Southsouth votes for President Goodluck Jonathan as perceived by the Eze Ndigbos.
“The Oba thereafter called on the Igbo chiefs to show appreciation to Lagos State by supporting his candidate Mr. Ambode for continuity of excellence as they had earlier promised.
“He assured them of his continued support and assistance where needed and the meeting ended with the traditional breaking of kolanut, alligator pepper and bitter kola and pouring of libation on the ground.
“It was within this context that the tradition of Lagos with regard to the lagoon came up. It was noted that whoever works against the throne and the interest and peaceful co-existence of Lagos would end up in the lagoon as per tradition.
“Oba Akiolu stated further that the Igbo people have not betrayed the throne. Lagos has also not betrayed the Igbo people. Lagos has done so much to make the Igbo comfortable and to prosper.
“For this, we expect reciprocal respect and understanding. The Oba of Lagos prays that the lagoon and the throne will continue to bless and protect all those who reside and visit Lagos.
“Oba Akiolu is the father of all, irrespective of tribe, religion or political persuasion. In Lagos, we have an old traditional proverb that relates to the Lagoon. The Lagoon is unique to Lagos.
“The proverb stresses the need for unity and understanding when you do business in an environment and in this case when you live and do business in Lagos. Oba Akiolu prays for peace for the land of Lagos and prosperity for all its inhabitants.”
Saturday Polls: No Going Back On Card Reader – INEC
THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has maintained that it will not allow manual accreditation for Saturday elections.
The commission, in a statement in Abuja yesterday, said unlike in the presidential and National Assembly elections where the commission relaxed the rules, Card Readers will be used for governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections.
Consequently, the commission also revealed that it has worked on identified challenges that faced the operation of the Card Reader during the last elections.
The statement by the commission’s secretary, Mrs. Augusta C. Ogakwu, explained that there was no way the commission would suddenly replace the provisions in the books.
Boko Haram Kills 24 In Borno Village
Militants, who disguised as preachers, killed about 24 people and injured several others in an attack near a mosque in Borno State village, Kwajaffa, a military source and witness said yesterday.
The attackers arrived in cars late on Sunday and gathered people to a mosque in the remote village, pretending to preach Islam. They then opened fire on them, a witness – Simeon Buba – said.
The suspected Boko Haram gunmen opened fire on villagers and torched a number of buildings.
A resident, Ahmad Ali, told Agence French Presse (AFP) that roughly two dozen assailants, who were “obviously Boko Haram fighters”, stormed the village of Kwajaffa at dusk yesterday and ordered residents out of their homes.
Locals thought the Islamist insurgents “were going to preach and leave”, but in fact they “opened fire on the crowd”, Ali said.
He said the death toll could likely passed two dozen, but no other witnesses could be reached immediately to confirm the figures.