Makinde To Akpabio: FG Didn’t Give States N30bn Each

Mohammed Shosanya

Oyo State Governor and Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, ‘Seyi Makinde,says there is no truth in the claim by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, that states of the federation got additional N30 billion each outside of their statutory revenue allocations, to address food insecurity in their states.

The governor,who stated this on Thursday,noting that Oyo State has not got any N30 billion from the FIRS or the Federal Government and that his government has been and will always be open and transparent to the people of the state.

Makinde added that he has been doing everything to cushion the effect of the economic hardship on the people.

He warned that leaders should instill confidence and hope in the citizenry in this trying time rather than playing blame game.

Makinde stated this in Iseyin, where he commissioned the newly-renovated multi-billion Naira Iseyin Central Mosque facilitated by legal icon, Ahmed Raji, SAN, hailing the religious harmony in Oyo State as being exemplary.

He added that apart from Oyo State not getting N30 billion from any agency or department of the Federal Government, he could say the same for his colleague-governors as vice chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF).

Governor Makinde decried Akpabio’s reliance on unverified reports, clarifying that it was impossible for states to get funds from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), since all revenues go into the Federation Account and belongs to the Federal Government, states and the local governments.

According to Makinde, the only fund that Oyo State got from the Federal Government outside of statutory allocation was N2 billion out of the N5 billion promised to all states in the wake of the removal of fuel subsidy, adding that the Federal Government had even been asking for the refund of the N2 billion.

Makinde added that his government has been doing its best to mitigate the hardship on residents of the state, having been first to announce and implement measures to cushion the effect of the hardship through the Sustainable Action for Economic Recovery (SafER).

He said: “This is a very difficult period in our nation’s history because all of us are aware of what we are going through economically. But for us as an administration, I can say we are the first in Nigeria to announce and implement measures on the 9th of June 2023, to cushion the effect of this policy through SAfER.

“We have been doing our bit. And the reason I came here is for us to talk to ourselves and intensify prayers. So, this is one of the edifices through which we can reach God, though we have done our bit.

“We have health insurance for our own people, we gave farm inputs to our farmers but, at this stage, we need to cry to God.

“For the workers, we have been paying a wage award; N25,000 for workers and N15,000 for pensioners, and we have paid for close to six months.

“Only last week, I announced an extension for another six months so that we can have the time to conclude the discussion on minimum wage.

“Well, we know there is much to be done and we will continue to do everything within our power to support our people through this hard time.

“This is not the time to play politics, as we have real issues that deserve real solutions. But yesterday, I saw the video and read in the news where the Senate President, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, made a statement, though he said it was unverified report, stating that the state governments received additional N30 billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, outside of our statutory allocation, in the last few months, to address food security.

“Please, listen to me loud and clear. I can speak for Oyo State and can also speak for any of my colleagues. This is because, as the Vice Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, I know when things are happening.

“If I want to play politics, I will keep quiet and let this slide, but I am not going to let this slide.

“FIRS cannot give money to any state. It is not possible. All revenues accruing to the country goes into the federation account and it is distributed to all tiers of government. The FG does not give states money. The money in the federation belongs to all of us; it does not only belong to the Federal Government.

“So, if the Senate President, who is the number three citizen in this country, could be quoting an unverified report, people are looking at us as leaders. This is the period that we are supposed to give confidence to our people. It is not the period to start playing politics or to start looking for scapegoats.

“We need to engage with our people. If our policies are not working, we need to listen to the people and amend. So, if the Number Three Citizen had nothing but unverified report, why did he need to say it? Does his statement give confidence to the people or solve the problem of hunger and anger in the land?

“Let me say it clearly: as for Oyo State and for most of my colleagues, there is nothing like N30 billion being given to states for food security and I stand to be challenged.

“Yes, the Federal Government promised the states N5 billion and out of that, it only gave N2 billion and they are even asking that the N2 billion should be refunded right now.

“It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to manage the fiscal situation in Nigeria and manage the inflationary trend we have in the country right now.

“We have been transparent about everything we are doing here and this is the time for us to stay together as a nation to solve the problems we are facing.

“It is not the time to engage in blame games and propaganda. Hunger and anger are real and, as leaders, we must address them.”

NNPP: Kwankwaso, Aniebonam Factions Renew Political Rift

Mohammed Shosanya

A faction of the New Nigeria People’s Party( NNPP) loyal to Boniface Aniebonam, founder of the party has labelled former Governor of Kano state, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as an ingrate, who is trying to hijack the party’s structure after using it as a platform to contest for presidency in 2023.

The North Central Secretary of the party, Philip Haruna, while addressing a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja, said he personally introduced Kwankwaso to the NNPP founder, Aniebonam on the condition that he would be compensated with N100million if he successfully convince him to allow the use of the platform to contest the 2023 presidential poll.

Although Haruna admitted that it was a gentleman agreement at the time, he revealed that Kwankwaso reneged on the agreement having failed to sail through in the general elections.

He accused Kwankwaso of betraying the party’s trust, noting that the introduction which he ochestrated pitched him against the founder of the party, which happened prior to the general elections.

He said: “I’m here today to let the whole world know nothing but the truth about the plans of Senator Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso to overheat the National Polity by using every illegitimate means to Highjack NNPP from Dr. Boniface Okechukwu Aniebonam (A Southern Nigeria High Chief) who gave him NNPP as a platform to Contest in 2023 as a Presidential Candidate.

“I want the associate of Senator Kwankwaso, the President of Nigeria His Excellency Sen. Ahmed Bola Tinubu and well-meaning Nigerians to please ask Senator Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso two simple question which is, when was the party registered and when did he join the party?

“Of course they are people who have been managing and running this party for the past 21 years before Senator Kwankwanso joined in 2022.

“Recognizing the unwavering crisis that has been rocking our great party New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP)….. It’s therefore the right time for me to speak out.

“I have been keeping quiet for so long because I was the one who introduced His Excellency Senator Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso to the Founder of NNPP my Father and mentor, Dr Aniebonam Okechukwu Boniface.

“I wish to say it unequivocally that Kwankwaso promised to pay me N100 Million Naira as my Consultancy fee if I succeeded in getting Dr Boniface Aniebonam convinced to give him NNPP as a Platform to Contest 2023 Election as a Presidential Candidate but I know he might like to deny this because it was a purely gentleman agreement because I trusted him, one of his loyalist the defunct national secretary of NNPP Dipo Olayokun once told me that Kwankwanso said he did not discuss how much is to pay me

“I want Nigerians and his associate to ask him, how much did he pay the man who introduced him to the founder of the New Nigeria people’s Party (NNPP) not even a dime was given to me”.

Edo 2024:Anamero Submits APC Governorship Nomination,Promises Good Governance

Mohammed Shosanya

One of the frontline candidates in the 2024 Edo Governorship election, Hon. Anamero Sunday Dekere, has submitted his nomination and expression of interest form at the headquarters of the All Progressives Congress.

He said,this step underscores the critical importance of ensuring the selection of a candidate who garners widespread acceptance across all three senatorial districts of Edo State.

He advocated the need for unity within the APC, which he says will reflect a deep commitment to fostering cohesion and solidarity as they venture into the electoral arena.

His supporters said Anamero’s submission of the nomination forms signals his unwavering determination to lead Edo back to the APC fold if nominated.

Hon. Anamero reiterates his confidence in his ability to secure victory for the party and is poised to engage with constituents across Edo State following the primaries.

With a clear vision for the state’s future and a steadfast commitment to service, Hon. Anamero embarks on this journey with optimism, ready to champion the aspirations of the people and steer Edo towards prosperity.

Kano Governor Denies Pact With Tinubu On Supreme Court Verdict

Mohammed Shosanya

Kano State Governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf has denied entering any agreement with Presidency prior to 12th January, 2024 Supreme Court judgment on Kano Election Petition where he emerged victorious.

A statement by the Governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, described a document trending on social media indicating a four term agreement between the Governor and the presidency as “imaginary piece deviod all iota of truth.”

The statement quoted the governor as saying that:”For the purposes of emphasis, the rather fake agreement saying Governor Yusuf has accepted to cross carpet to the ruling APC, jettison purported claim to dissolve or allow the five emirates, discontinuing demolition of illegal structures and establishment of Kano Elders Council should be disregarded. ”

“The Governor would like to make it abundantly clear, that having secured his mandate through popular votes of the good people of Kano, and certified by a fair affirmation of Supreme Court judgment, he would not be intimidated by any political opportunist.

“Let me also remind those political jobbers hiding under the leniency of Mr. President that whatever political decision or direction that would be taken in Kano will be determined within the confines of the rule of law and executive powers vested in the office of the Executive Governor.”

The statement reads in part: “We debunk the rumour and state that no amount of blackmail will distract His Excellency Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf from delivering his laudable projects and programmes for the good people of Kano state.”

“Also worthy of note, the establishment of Kano Elders Council is a personal initiative of the Governor, which is aimed at finding lasting solutions to all solvable problems affecting the state socio-economic and political development. Hence, the Governor Yusuf was not under pressure to form the council.”

“Our attention has been drawn to a misconception making round on the social media indicating an agreement between the presidency and Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf in the aftermath of the Supreme Court Judgment that affirmed the mandate of His Excellency.

“I wish to categorically state that Governor Yusuf did not enter any agreement or condition with anybody before the Supreme Court Judgment. I therefore urged the public to dismiss the fallacy being orchestrated by enemies of progress.

‘It is on record that my lord, the Justices of the Supreme Court delivered a landmark Judgment with justice, equity and fairness and largely protect the integrity of the judiciary. ”

The governor also expressed sincere appreciation to the President and Commander in Chief His Excellency Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR for allowing the level playing ground for justice to prevail through non-interference with the judicial process.

The president has demonstrated profound leadership quality by ensuring fair play despite being pushed by some undemocratic elements from Kano and beyond.The President is a true democrat who will not undermine other political parties in the interest of his party.

“Let me state and emphatically so that Governor Yusuf has no prior agreement with the President. However, the president should rather be appreciated for maintaining neutrality, peace, and stability in Kano.

“No doubt, the refusal of the president to carry out the wishes of some prominent members of his party has brought about enduring atmosphere in Kano. On this single act, the good people of Kano will continue to appreciate Mr. President and pray for him to succeed in his administration.”

I’m Still Speaker Of Ogun Assembly -Oluomo

Mohammed Shosanya

The impeached speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo has insisted that he remains the Speaker of the Assembly despite the ‘purported’ impeachment.

Addressing a press conference at his official residence, Friday evening,Oluomo insisted that the 18 lawmakers who signed his impeachment notice did not follow the due process of law.

He said he was served the notice of impeachment on Wednesday and that he has replied his colleagues on Friday, despite having till tomorrow to respond.

The lawmaker representing Ifo I State Constituency, also revealed that he has approached a Federal High Court to determine weather he could be removed in that ‘Gestapo and coup’like manner’.

Atiku Challenges Tinubu On NNPC $3.3bn Emergency Crude Repayment Loan

 Mohammed Shosanya
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has challenged President Bola Tinubu-led administration to explain to Nigerians what happened to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) $3.3 billion emergency loan.
Atiku,who said Tinubu’s administration owes Nigerians an explanation for the loan, explained that the Federal Government had last year, precisely on August 16, 2023 through the NNPC secured a $3.3 billion emergency crude repayment loan, which according to the NNPC, was to help give support to the Naira and stabilize the Foreign Exchange market.
In a statement,Atiku said that the curious thing about the transaction is that up till now, the Federal Government continues to keep mum about it, and the only information available to the public on the mega deal is coming only through unofficial sources from the NNPC.
“The deal is supposed to be a crude-for-cash loan arranged by the African Export-Import Bank.According to information available, a Special Purpose Vehicle called Project Gazelle Funding Limited is driving the deal, and it was incorporated in the Bahamas.
“The SPV is the borrower,while the NNPC is the sponsor, with an agreement to pay with crude oil to the SPV in order to liquidate the loan at an interest rate that is a little over 12 per cent.
“What is even more confounding about this deal is why the Federal Government would register a company in the Bahamas, knowing full well the recent scandal of the Paradise Papers that involved that country.
“Curiously also, Nigeria’s current Barrels Produced Daily (BPD) is 1.38 million, and according to the Project Gazelle deal, Nigeria is to supply 90,000 Barrels of its daily production, starting from 2024 till it is up to 164.25 million barrels for the repayment of the loan,” Atiku said.
He lamented that the figure involved in mind boggling, adding, “this is where the details get disturbing because Nigeria’s benchmark for the sale of crude per barrel in 2024 is $77.96. A simple multiplication of that figure by 164.25 will give us a whooping $12bn.”
Atiku said that it is on this note that Nigerians are calling on the Federal Government to speak up on this shady deal.
“It is inconceivable that the Federal Government will lead the country to take a loan of $3.3b with an interest rate that is not more than 12 per cent, but with estimated repayment amounting to $12bn.
“That is a humongous differential of about $7b between what is in the details of the deal on paper and what indeed is the reality.
“There are questions to be answered on the integrity of this deal, and we earnestly request the Federal Government to talk directly on these cloudy details behind the deal,” he said.
Atiku said that they are demanding on behalf of the ordinary people of Nigeria, that the Federal Government provides answers to the following questions.
“Has the Federal Government accessed the loan?
“Is the loan in the government’s borrowing plan as approved by the National Assembly?Who are the parties to the loan, and what specific roles are they expected to play?
“What are the conditions to the loan, including tenor, repayment terms, the collateral, and the interest rate?
And, lastly, why register an SPV in the Bahamas knowing the recent scandal of the country’s notoriety for warehousing unclean assets?” Atiku asked.
Aiyedatiwa Picks Olayide Adelami As Deputy Governor

Mohammed Shosanya
Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State has named Chief Olayide Owolabi Adelami as the deputy governor of the state.
His name has been submitted to the state House of Assembly For ratification.
Adelami was Deputy Clerk to the National Assembly until he retired in April 2018.
The position of the state Deputy Governor became vacant on December 27, 2023 when the former deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa was sworn in as the substantive governor of the state following the demise of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
Adelami was a governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress APC,i n 2022 in the state.
He hails from Owo, Ondo State, the home town of the late Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
Aiyedatiwa Dissolves Cabinet

Mohammed Shosanya

Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has dissolved the State Executive Council he inherited from the late Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

This was conveyed in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ebenezer Adeniyan on Wednesday morning.

The dissolution takes immediate effect, while all affected cabinet members were ordered to hand over to their senior public offices in the various ministries or parastatal agencies.

The statement reads in parts: “The Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has dissolved the State Executive Council, with immediate effect.

“All members of the Cabinet are to immediately hand over to the Permanent Secretaries or the most senior administrative officers in their respective offices.

“Also, all Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) and Special Assistants (SAs) are relieved of their duties, with immediate effect.

“All the affected officials are directed to hand over all government properties in their possession.”

The Governor, however, appreciated the affected officials for their services and contributions to the development of the state.

Speaker’s Impeachment Not Targeted At Governor Abiodun-Ogun Assembly

Mohammed Shosanya

Ogun State House of Assembly has disclosed that the removal of Olakunle Oluomo of Ifo I State Constituency is not targeted as at the governor of the State, Dapo Abiodun.

The new Speaker, Oludaisi Elemide said that the Assembly waited for the decision of the Supreme Court on the election of the state governor before effecting the removal of the immediate past Speaker.

Addressing journalists after he was sworn in as the new Speaker,Elemide said the impeachment would have been done long ago, but for the awaited judgment of the Supreme Court on the election of the Governor.

He,however,said that the Assembly will work against anybody who prevents then from performing their legislative duties.

He further revealed that the Assembly under his leadership will not be a rubber stamp as was being alleged under Oluomo.

Elemide said: “We will want to appreciate His Excellency, we thank God for the just decided Supreme Court judgment, if not for that, I think this thing would have come up long (ago), but we want him to be fully concentrated.

“In as much as we are congratulating him, we are saying the new set of leadership we have is the leadership that will henceforth direct and rule over the house.”

“By the grace of God, Insha Allah, Dapo is our governor till May 29, 2027 and we are not out to fight the governor or do anything, but we are here in the interest of the masses, and we are working against anything that will not allow us to perform our duties.

“Often time, you people have been saying ‘it is a rubber stamp House, it is a plastic house’, we want the right thing to be done in the house.”

Earlier, 18 lawmakers of the Assembly impeached the former Speaker, alleging gross misconduct.

According to a list of office released by the Assembly, Oluomo was accusses of embezzling monies meant for the lawmakers.

He was particularly accussed of embezzling ‘philanthropic gesture’ extended to the House by Senator representing Ogun West, Solomon Olamilekan Yayi, amongst others.

The lawmaker forced their ways into the Assembly complex and the hallowed Chambers to impeach the speaker.

The gate to the Assembly which was under lock and key was broken while some of the lawmakers were also seen having difficult times with some security operatives who had been drafted to the Assembly.

One of the lawmakers, Adeyanju Awoso took the function of the mace bearer as he came into the hallowed chamber with the mace and was seen holding the mace in front of the Speaker.

A few other lawmakers also manned the two entrances into the hallowed chamber whn the new Speaker came in a sat for less than one minute, before adjourning the plenary to a week.

Elemide also used his bare hand as the gavel, he banged the table following the suspension of the plenary.

The Speaker said the peaceful removal of Oluomo was a demonstration of being law abiding citizens, adding that they have only exercised their powers under the laws.

“We are law abiding legislators and that’s is why you have not seen violence all these while.

“We have our rules and orders in the House and it gives us the right to select, elect our Speaker. The Speaker is not in any way higher than members, he’s just the first amongst equal and whoever the members say is their Speaker, is their Speaker.

“That is what we have demonstrated this afternoon. We just want to pass it to the whole world that there’s been a change in the leadership of this honourable house.

“And at least, 18 out of 26 members have unanimously signed, supported and picked me as their new Speaker, I am not there boss, I am only the one that will speak for them, guide their interest, and protect their interest. That is what we have just done.”

According to a Notice of Impeachment signed by the 18 lawmakers, including lawmakers from both the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Oluomo was impeached in line with Section 92(2) (C) of the Constitution.

His impeachment, according to the notice endorsed by the Clerk of the House,was also in line with Order 11of the Standing Rule of the House of Assembly.

Oluomo was accused of high handedness, lack of focus and transparency, arrogance, poor leadership style, financial misappropriation, and inciting members against themselves.

“Sequel to the gross misconducts above mentioned and in consonance with Section 92(2) (C) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Order 11 of the Standing rule of the House of Assembly, we the undersigned duly elected members of the 10th Assembly of Ogun State House of Assembly move for the impeachment of Mr. Speaker, Rt Hon Olakunle Taiwo Oluomo with immediate effect.”

The 18 lawmakers include; Hon. Adeyanju Adegoke Olusesi, Hon. Akingbade Jemili, Hon. Lawal Samsideen Adekunle, Hon. Ayodele Wasiu, Hon. Lamidi Olatunji, Hon. Awolaja Dickson Kolawole, Hon. Adeniran Ademola Adeyinka, Hon. Elemide Oladaisi, and Hon Bello Mohammed.

Others are: Hon. Adesanya Oluseun, Hon. Atobatele Lukmon, Hon. Waliu Ifedolapo, Hon. Amosun Yusuf, Hon. Babatunde Tella, Hon. Soneye Damilola, Hon Adeleye Lukman, Hon. Ajayi Bolanle Lateefat and Hon. Kashamu Rasheed.

Aiyedatiwa To APC Members:Ondo Governor’s Seat Not Vacant

Mohammed Shosanya

Ondo State Governor,Lucky Aiyedatiwa has declared that there’s no vacancy in the governor’s office in the state.

He spoke on Monday at stakeholders meeting of the party held at The Dome at Alagbaka, Akure.

Addressing members of party, Aiyedatiwa advocated the need for unity among members of the party in order for the party to win the coming gubernatorial election in the state.

He said: “We must all come together as one family to work together for the progress of our party, knowing for sure this is an election here for us.An election to the office of the governor of ondo state, even though the seat is not vacant currently.

“Let us work together In oneness and in peace so that our party, APC will continue to govern this state.It is important for me to tell you that as leaders of our party, we must put behind us the events of the last few months and come together as one big family for the progress of the APC and the development of our dear state.

“To me, what happened in the past was just politics. It was not a fight; it was not a battle; it was mere politics and I can say that I did not take any offence from that. The most important thing for us is to remain as one big family. There should be no division in our party.

“There is the need to make our party stronger and that necessitated the idea of this enlarged stakeholders meeting to bring everybody on board. Our party leaders and members are critical stakeholders that we cannot afford to neglect.

“There have been complaints from many of our party officers at local levels of not being carried along in the scheme of things. That must now be a thing of the past. All our party officers from ward to local government to state levels will be given the recognition they deserve.”