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The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) John Odiegie Oyegun has asked supporters of the party to ignore those that cast aspersions on the President and the party saying that the Buhari led administration has come to heal their wounds.
Oyegun who spoke in Lokoja Saturday at a mega rally to receive decampees from the PDP to APC was apparently referring to ‎the popular former leaders of the country Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida and their popular letters as well as the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Nigeria candid advice to the President.
The national chairman described President Muhammad Buhari as the messiah that has come to liberate Nigerians.
While Oyegun was receiving some very prominent sons of Kogi State into the APC mostly from the PDP he said, “They say we are quarreling in APC, they say we are fighting but everyday serious people are trouping in to the party; the winning and progressive fold with the change agenda.”
He scored the Government of President Muhammad Buhari high for the courage in diversifying the economy from oil based to agro based economy within two years.
He admitted that though Nigerians have been facing hard times in the country people have also been saying a lot of senseless things about the party and about their leader the President.
“Don’t listen to them. I want to tell you that this nation God sent a messiah, God sent President Buhari to heal the wounds of this nation.
“Today we don’t depend on oil anymore but on Agriculture for the sustenance of this country. We are almost self sufficient in rice production.
“Today we are building a new rail way system that will pass through Lokoja . A totally new rail way system. Today the power in this country has stabilized at 7000Mwtts that is only the beginning of good things that are yet to come.”
According to him the people of Kogi State should be grateful to God for giving them a youthful Governor who is energetic and always organizing saying that he has brought a new down to the State.
“When this young man sits at meeting with us he is always restless, he is always energetic, he is always full of Ideas, he is always organizing.
“Today I am in the first rally since he settled down and I can feel the energy; the new energy in Kogi State. I congratulate you.”
“Let me tell you, he is one of the greatest supporters of our President, he is one of the most loyal supporters of our President.”
He said with the quality of the mammoth crowd he has seen he is convinced that the day Buhari declares interest to contest the 2019 election Kogi State would be one of the major sponsors.

“I want to encourage because what I have seen today I will go and tell the President. This is a wonderful crowd, it is a young and energetic crowd. I have no doubt leaving here that the day President Buhari indicates interest for a second term, Kogi State would be one of the major sponsors.”
Governor Yahaya Bello of the State congratulated the decampees even as he encouraged them to work hard for their new party.

“I am welcoming all PDP members that decamped to APC today when you come in work and work, this is your home, this where you belong. You have decided to sin no more. Those that are still in PDP are the sinners.”
He said at the moment the APC is the only party in Kogi State as all the people that matter in PDP have dumped the party for the APC because of the good works of President Buhari.
“As a matter urgency President Buhari must contest in 2019 and all of us starting from myself, the 24 APC Governors are ready to support you under the able leadership of chief Odigie Oyegun and the current NWC members.”
He also canvassed for Oyegun’s leadership to be given the chance to continue with all the members of the national working committee.
Bello pointed out that the NWC members have shown quality, courageous and fearless leadership.
“We in Kogi State and the entire youths across the country, the women across the country we are supporting the President to run in 2019.
“You can be rest assured that Nigeria and Kogi State would be delivered from the evil of the past.”
The chief of Staff to the Governor Edward Onoja said as part of the political achievement Bello when they came they had only 8 House of Assembly members as minority but at the moment they have 19members as majority.
“APC had about 100, 000 members today we have over 500, 000 members.
Prominent politicians who joined the APC included a former Governorship candidate of PDP Jibrin Isah Echocho, two term senator under PDP Smart Adeyemi, a popular PDP stalwart from the central Yahaya Karaku.
About nine House of Assembly members who crossed over to APC and many others who displayed their brooms in APC colour.
The Confluence Stadium will filled to capacity in the Mega rally which it’s organizers say is a sign of the tsunami to come.
In all the speeches no mention was made of the current leadership struggle for the soul of the party whereby the north central zonal lea‎dership sacked the 3c members of the State executive along with its chairman.
Bello had earlier announced replacement for the sacked leadership barely 24 hours after the National executive debunked the dissolution.

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FG mulls reversal of Fuel price (PMS) as organized labour mounts pressure

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The Federal Government may be planning to reverse the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to N160 per litre if the pressure being mounted by the organised Labour on the Federal Government is fruitful.

At the end of the resumed negotiations between government and the labour movement Friday night, the Federal Government indicated willingness to consult widely with the view to reviewing the price downward.

The indication shows that   the new price might be unveiled at the resumed meeting slated for December 7.
The Federal Government said the period between now and then would allow it embark on a wide range consultation over Labour’s request.
Labour had insisted that the pump price must be reviewed downward to N160 before negotiations can proceed on the hike in electricity tariffs and deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.
Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, who disclosed this at the end of the latest meeting between the Federal Government and organised Labour on the recent increases in the pump price of petrol and electricity tariff, added that the meeting agreed to let the government side consult with their principal and every relevant authority on the request of the Labour
He stated: “The message from the organised Labour is clear; they want a reversal of the pump price of PMS. The parties have agreed to let the government side consult their principal on that. We will consult the President, minister of Petroleum and the Economic Management Team.”
The minister noted that though it was no longer the responsibility of government to fix the pump price of PMS as it had been deregulated, the matter still fell within the realm of the economy.
On the issue of the electricity tariff, Ngige said the committee working on it, headed by the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, already had an interim report and would use the opportunity created by the adjournment of the meeting to undertake field visits to the different Distribution Companies (DisCos) in Nigeria and come back with a more comprehensive report.

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INEC chair: Lawan denies taking N2b bribe to confirm Yakubu

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INEC chair: Lawan denies taking N2b bribe to confirm Yakubu

By James Ojochegbe

The president of the senate Ahmad Lawan has denied collecting any gratification of N2b to facilitate the confirmation of the INEC chairman as alleged by an online publication.

This contained in a Statement issued in Abuja by his special Adviser on media Ola Awoniyi.
The statement reads, “The attention of the Office of the Senate President has been drawn to a report by SaharaReporters alleging that a group led by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, collected N2billion from Professor Mahmood Yakubu to facilitate the confirmation of his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari to a fresh five-year tenure as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“It is noteworthy that the publication, as always with its ridiculous fabricated reports, could not even expand the entertainment of its readers by providing the names of members of the fictitious group and where the group operates from.
“To be sure, that group exists only in the mischievious imagination of the writer of the fiction.”
The Statement enjoined Nigerians to ignore the report as yet another incident of hallucination by the comical characters operating the fabricated news platform.

“The online medium has long earmed its notoriety as a purveyor of fake news with high profile public officials as its targets. 
“It is well known that only the President can nominate a candidate for appointment or reappointment as Chairman of INEC.
And only the Senate as a body can confirm or reject the appointment, after due screening of the candidate.
“The parliamentary process for the confirmation of nominations by the President is open and involves all distinguished senators.
“The Senate President is only a presiding officer of the Senate and does not lead any group in or outside the august chamber that acts in any way to circumvent the processes of the Senate. “We reassure Nigerians that the Senate President did not receive any gratification, in his or behalf of others, to help Professor Yakubu get a second term as chairman of INEC.”

He challenged SaharaReporters and the sponsors of the false publication to provide whatever evidence that they can in support of their glib claims, failing which Nigerians should dismiss the report as another cheap blackmail from a platform that has no reputation for credible reportage and ethical journalism practise.”

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What seemed like a barefaced denial by the Federal Government on the alleged Lekki killings have refused to gel in the midst of various reports and reactions triggered by the shooting.

This was just as the minister of information and culture Lai Mohammed demanded that CNN be sanctioned for publishing the report that is contrary to Government’s position.

The minister, who addressed reporters in Abuja almost 24 hours after the report was published, stated that it was one-dimensional and lacked balance.

However, the Cable News Network (CNN) would not accept that as it reacted to the comments by Lai Mohammed, on its investigation into the shooting that took place at the Lekki Tollgate in Lagos.

The CNN maintained that it did not rush to publish the report as it ensured due processes were followed, which included thorough research.

“Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it,” a spokesperson for the American-based news agency was quoted as saying in an email on Thursday.

Reacting further the CNN on its website stated that the report, titled ‘How A Bloody Night Of Bullets And Brutality Quashed A Young Protest Movement’, was based on testimony from dozens of witnesses, as well as photos and video obtained and geolocated by the news agency.

Though the Nigerian Army confirmed that soldiers were deployed at the venue where peaceful #EndSARS protesters had gathered on October 21, it insisted that nobody was killed.

The army has also continued to insist that no live ammunition was fired at the protest ground, stressing that only blank bullets were used to disperse the demonstrators.

CNN on Wednesday released an investigative report alleging that the Nigerian army used live bullets on protesters during its intervention in the #EndSARS protests in Lekki, Lagos state.

The international media outlet also unveiled the identity of a protester who reportedly died on the night of the shootings.

CNN said a forensic probe of the bullet casings recovered from the scene of the incident revealed that live bullets were fired at the protesters

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