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PDP Secondus Accused Of Siphoning N10 Billion

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PDP Secondus Accused Of Siphoning N10 Billion

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC), has been accused of mismanagement of N10bn generated from the sale of forms for four years.

 

The country’s anti-corruption agencies, EFCC and ICPC have been petitioned by one of the chieftains of the party over the matter.

 

The petitioner, Prince Kassim Afegbua, alleged that the leadership has mismanaged close to N10bn which accrued from the sale of nomination forms for the presidential, gubernatorial, house of assembly and senatorial elections from 2017 to date.

 

Responding to the petitioner, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the claim as “spurious” and “irresponsible”.

 

“The PDP did not raise Afegbua’s fictitious sum of N10 billion as alleged by him. For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP generated the sum of N4.6 billion and raised a budget for its expenditure, in line with all known financial regulations of our party.

 

“This budget passed through the organs of our party and received the approvals from the NWC, the governors’ forum, the Board of Trustees as well as other organs of the party.

 

“As a law-abiding political party that respects the doctrine of rule of law and transparency, the budget was presented to the National Executive Committee (NEC) where it also received a final approval,” the party stated.

 

The petitioner, in a statement, said, “Much of the financial transactions of the PDP under Prince Uche Secondus have been shrouded in mystery.”

 

He said in the event the anti-graft agency delayed in carrying out its investigation, he would have no option but to seek legal redress in the law court.

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Niger Delta Leaders Laud Timipre Sylva

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Niger Delta Leaders Laud Timipre Sylva

Niger Delta leaders on Saturday praised the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, for liberating the country’s petroleum sector from its quagmire.

 

They also praised the minister for playing a crucial role in the development of Nigeria.

 

“Chief Timipre Sylva is committed to the development of Nigeria. He will always support the Niger Delta region through thick and thin”.

 

In a statement in Yenagoa, the leaders praised Sylva for the zero-fuel queues situation in the country and the ongoing Nigerian Oil and Gas Park Scheme (NOGAPS) at Emeyal, Ogbia LGA in Bayelsa State.

 

They commended the minister for defending the interests of the Niger Delta people, changing the image of Nigeria for the better and attracting International Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMS) and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) to the petroleum sector.

 

READ ALSO: $350,000 Bribe: I Never Offered EFCC Boss Any Money, I Was Never Detained – Akpabio

 

The leaders also hailed Sylva for creating jobs for the people, placing greater emphasis on the distribution chain, indigenous capacities for the oil and gas industry as well as choosing courses which tend at least to a better and more desirable development of the country’s petroleum sector.

 

Signed by the chairperson of the Niger Delta People’s Movement (NDPM), Mrs. Ibifuro Tatua, the leaders applauded the former Bayelsa State governor for his honest leadership, dogged commitment to principles in the practice of politics, the rule of law and the best democratic tradition of fairness and justice.

 

“Chief Timipre Sylva should be applauded in his quest to bring about economic and social development in the country.”

 

The leaders who met in Yenagoa for three hours commended the astute politician for opening up local manufacturing in the country, improving the environmental condition of the oil producing areas and making the South-South geo-political zone, particularly Bayelsa State proud by his achievements in politics.

 

“Chief Timipre Sylva and other ministers have done South-South proud. The zone has never had it so good in terms of provision of amenities and infrastructure,” they said.

 

The statement emphasized sound business policy, creative power of the petroleum economy and operations of the petroleum industry.

 

“Chief Timipre Sylva is travelling on the road that leads to success.”

 

The leaders called on critics to emulate the virtues of Sylva by pursuing peace, progress and development.

 

“In spite of the current financial crunch, the Federal Government is up to date in its obligations to the Niger Delta region”.

 

The leaders also advised critics of Buhari’s appointees from the South-South geo-political zone to join Nigerians, home and abroad, in celebrating the achievements of the petroleum resources minister.

 

“Chief Timipre Sylva will continue to seek what is best for the good people of the Niger Delta region” the statement said.

 

Chief Timipre Sylva is one of the most ardent promoters of the unity and development of the Niger Delta region

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People Are Reporting Killing Like It Had Never Happened Before – Garba Shehu

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People Are Reporting Killing Like It Had Never Happened Before - Garba Shehu

……Forging Certificate is More Critical Than Terrorism

 

Senior Special Assitant to President, Garba Shehu, has said that the way killings are being reported under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is like it had never happened before.

 

Garba Shehu explained that killings had been in existence since forever and President Buhari seems to be a target in the way it is being reported now.

 

Garba Shehu said this on Channels’ Politics Today, on Friday night while answering questions on the ongoing controversy surrounding the embattled Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, said that those who “stand in criticism of the minister are not willing to forgive him.”

 

READ ALSO: Buhari Will Not Sack Pantami – Garba Shehu Responds Nigerians

 

Garba Shehu, reacting to comparison of Pantami’s case to alleged forgery that consumed former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said the cases are different and opined that the latter was more critical than the terrorism accusation against Pantami.

 

He also stated that if Pantami forged a certificate before coming to office, the attitude from the Presidency would have been different. The Presidency has been hit with heavy criticisms following the backing of Pantami in the midst of terrorism comments, which the minister said were utterances made in ignorantly, stating that he is now more mature and knows better.

 

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$350,000 Bribe: I Never Offered EFCC Boss Any Money, I Was Never Detained – Akpabio

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Late Smear Campaign Against Akpabio: The Unrevealed Truth

The honorable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has debunked news making round that he offered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC boss, $350,000 to cover up for his corruption case.

 

Senators Godswill who described the news as a piece of fabrication, stated that he was never invited for questioning EFCC, Abudrasheed Bawa, neither was he detained by the financial commission as being reported in the news.

 

Recall that a national newspaper, (not Nationalwatchng), had reported that the former governor of Akwa-Ibom state was invited by the EFCC and detained for two hours, upon which, he offered the EFCC boss Abdulrasheed Bawa, Three hundred and Fifty thousand dollar ($350,000), to drop the corruption charge.

 

In a press statement sent to Nationalwatchng, by the Chief Press Secretary to the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Anietie Ekong, said; “For the information of the general public, the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has no reason to offer bribe to the new Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa and never did.”

 

The statement further stated; “On Wednesday, April 14, 2021 the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio through a telephone call sought audience with the new Chairman of the EFCC to discuss the transfer of funds belonging to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in respect of the 3% statutory remittances from Oil and Gas Companies in the custody of the EFCC. President Muhammadu Buhari had since December 2020 approved the transfer of monies earlier paid by International Oil Companies into the CBN/EFCC account now to be transferred to the CBN/NDDC account.

 

“The Distinguished Chairman granted the request for 10.00am but due to other exigencies, the Honourable Minister requested for a change of time to 11.30am whereupon the Chairman amended the request to 12noon due to his busy schedule. The two Senior Officials met and had a robust discussion and the Honourable Minister received very intelligent and useful input from the EFCC Chairman, Abdulrashed Bawa on the ongoing forensic audit of the NDDC.

 

READ ALSO: Pantami Alleged Involvement In Death of Ex-Gov Of Kaduna, Patrick Yakowa, CAN Reacts

 

“However, the discussion was inconclusive since the Minister needed to attend a security meeting with select South-South/South-East leaders and Governors in the Office of the National Security Adviser then slated for 1.30pm of the same day. Both Officials resolved to reconvene same day by 5.00pm to conclude their interactions. The Honourable Minister returned to the office of the EFCC Chairman at about 5.45pm and departed thereafter at about 6.20pm after very resourceful deliberations.

 

“There was no issue of detention and Senator Akpabio could not have carried $350,000 into the office of the Chairman of the EFCC as he went there without a bag or a container. The EFCC Chairman Bawa gave useful and intelligent advice on the methodology of achieving success in the ongoing forensic audit of the NDDC. The Honourable Minister sought the cooperation of the EFCC to actualize recoveries of further 3% levies due to the Commission still being owed by some Oil and Gas Companies.

 

“The meeting between the duo was not arranged by the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN and for the umpteenth time, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs did not bribe the Honourable Attorney-General with $5 million as alleged to get Mr. Effiong Akwa elevated to the position of the Interim Administrator of the NDDC. It could be recalled that the appointment of Mr. Effiong Akwa was duly made by Mr. President in obedience to an exparte order of court in suit number ABJ/CS/616/2020, before the Federal High Court, Abuja which restrained named Members of the Interim Management of the NDDC from carrying out their duties until the application for an order of Mandamus was argued and disposed off.

 

“In that suit, the Court had ordered that the headship of the NDDC should be handed over to the most Senior Director pending the conclusion of the suit. The most Senior Director at that time happened to be Mr. Effiong Akwa, who, months earlier had replaced the late Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Chief Bassey Etang who passed on in May 2020 after a brief illness, and the originators of the suit did not replace the late Chief Etang with Mr. Akwa as a party in the suit hence his emergence as the Interim Administrator. How then does the name of the respected Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN come into the appointment of the Interim Administrator that was clearly a child of circumstance?

 

“The above explanation is to disabuse the minds of the general public against the falsehood peddled by the authors of the false and malicious publications. The general public is hereby advised to discountenance the said publication as it is propelled by persons whose stock-in-trade is politics of blackmail now occasioned by the very serious progress made in respect of the on-going Forensic Audit of the NDDC.”

 

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