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=>How We Rigged Fayose Into Office – Ekiti PDP Secretary -National Mirror
Secretary of the Ekiti state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Temitope Aluko on Sunday opened a can of worms as he gave an insider account of how the military was used to rig the 2014 Ekiti State governor election that Ayo Fayose won under PDP. Aluko, who was the Chief Returning Officer and signed the results for the election, also disclosed how former President Goodluck Jonathan, gave Fayose $37 million cash to prosecute the governorship election. The embattled Secretary of the Ekiti state chapter of PDP, made the disclosure in Abuja, stressed that he was forced to come forward with the revelations because Fayose betrayed him and derailed from the original plan they had for the development of the state. Aluko had also testified in camera before the military panel that investigated the role of the military in the Ekiti election. According to Aluko, who said he was part Fayose’s inner cycle during the election, alleged that Jonathan initially gave the incumbent Ekiti governor a first tranche of $2 million in March 2014 for the primary election. READ FULL NEWS….
=> Fayose reacts to $35million claim – Punch
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the expelled former State Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Tope Aluko, as a new distraction from the All Progressive Congress in Ekiti State. The governor, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said Aluko was already beclouded by his desperation to seek revenge against him because of his refusal to make him his Chief of Staff, such that he (Aluko) was not mindful of committing the criminal offence of perjury. He said, “For Aluko to be taken seriously, he must first have to report himself to the police to be tried for perjury and committed to prison for three years, since what he is now saying is different from what he said under oath at the Election Tribunal being the only witness called by the PDP and Governor Fayose. “If after giving evidence under oath at the tribunal that the Election was free, fair and credible and that security agents, including soldiers performed their duties creditably well, saying something else more than one year after is an admittance by Aluko himself that he is not a stable character.READ FULL NEWS
=>Metuh’s Torn Statement Linked Jonathan To N400m – EFCC – Punch Details have emerged about what the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, allegedly wrote in the torn statement which he made under caution while in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on January 5. The statements of the operatives who were said to have witnessed the incident and the “incidence record book” which gives details of the occurrence were part of the documents filed along with the charges of destruction of evidence preferred against him by the EFCC before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja. The court papers obtained by our correspondent on Sunday indicate that five operatives of the commission witnessed the incident which was said to have happened on January 5, 2016, the day the PDP spokesperson was arrested. Metuh allegedly tore his statement on January 5, 2016 while being investigated for an alleged fraudulent receipt of N400m from the Office of the National Security Adviser and money laundering allegation involving a separate sum of $2m. The court documents indicate that the pieces of the torn statement have been kept with the commission’s exhibit keeper. READ FULL NEWS
» Nigeria Requests $3.5Billion Loan From World Bank- Financial Times
Nigeria has asked the World Bank and African Development Bank for $3.5bn in emergency loans to fill a growing gap in its budget in the latest sign of the economic damage being wrought on oil-rich nations by tumbling crude prices. The request from the eight-month-old government of President Muhammadu Buhari is intended to help fund a $15bn state deficit, which has been deepened by a hefty increase in public spending as the west African country attempts to stimulate a slowing economy. It comes as concerns grow over the impact of low oil prices on petroleum exporting economies in the developing world. Azerbaijan, which last month imposed capital controls to try and halt a slide in its currency, is in discussions with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund about emergency assistance. Nigeria’s economy is Africa’s largest and has been hit hard by the fall in crude prices — oil revenues are expected to fall from 70 per cent of income to just a third this year. Finance minister Kemi Adeosun told the Financial Times recently that she was planning Nigeria’s first return to bond markets since 2013. But Nigeria’s likely borrowing costs have been rising alongside its budget deficit. A projected deficit of $11bn, or 2.2 per cent of gross domestic product, had already risen to $15bn, or 3 per cent, as a result of the recent turmoil in oil markets. READ FULL NEWS
=>President Buhari reveals major headache in anti-corruption war – Punch President Buhari lists judiciary as his major headache The Nigerian president, who spoke on Sunday, January 31, 2016, through his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, noted that the nation’s judiciary remains his major headache. According to The Punch, Buhari disclosed that his travails in courts up to the level of the Supreme Court in his three previous attempts at becoming the President showed clearly that the judiciary needs urgent reforms. “On the fight against corruption vis-à-vis the judiciary, Nigerians will be right to say that is my main headache for now. “If you reflect on what I went through for 12 years when I wanted to be the President, I attempted three times and on the fourth attempt through God and the use of technology, it was possible for Nigerians to elect an APC candidate as President. “In my first attempt in 2003, I ended up at the Supreme Court and for 13 months I was in court. The second attempt in 2007, I was in court close to 20 months and in 2011, my third attempt, I was also in court for nine months. “All these cases went up to the Supreme Court until the fourth time in 2015, when God agreed that I will be President of Nigeria,” he stated. READ FULL NEWS….
=>Aftermath Of The Boko Haram Terror In Borno Yesterday (Graphic Pictures)
=>Zika virus: We’re conducting tests on mosquitoes —FG -Vanguard
As part of preventive measures against possible outbreak of Zika virus, the Federal Government says it has put measures in place to ensure that the virus is not transmitted by mosquitoes in the country. This is coming as the Director General of the World Health Organisation, WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan is convening an International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Zika virus today in Geneva, Switzerland, to ascertain whether the Zika virus outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern. Meanwhile, German researchers say they have developed a diagnostic test that can accurately detect the Zika virus in humans. Previously, there was no way to diagnose the illness apart from appearance of the distinctive symptoms. In a telephone chat with Vanguard, the Director-General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, Prof Abdulsalam Nasiru, said already the Federal Government has put in place mechanisms to stop the Zika virus from entering the country. READ FULL NEWS….
=> Boko Haram burns several children to death in Borno -Nigerianeye
Nigerian-based terror group, Boko Haram, was alleged to have burnt some children to death when the militants overran Dalori, a village four kilometres outside Maiduguri, where about 80 residents of the community were killed on Saturday night. The Area Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency in Borno State, Mohammed Kanar, said 86 bodies were picked up in the village on Sunday. Hospital sources added that no fewer than 70 persons were receiving treatment in hospitals around the area. A resident who managed to escape the attack, claimed that screams of children could be heard from burning houses as the embattled villagers ran in confusion to exit the village as the destruction raged. Also, a survivor, who said he hid on a tree, stated that he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, AP reports. On Sunday, while some residents had managed to return to their houses which had been razed, one of our correspondents observed that some burnt bodies and others, riddled with bullets, littered the streets and some burnt houses in the town. One of those who had returned to the village on Sunday told one of our correspondents that insurgents including suicide bombers attacked the town, which also spilled over to the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps around the village. READ FULL NEWS….
=> The things I learnt from Fayose — Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu – Naij.com
Abia State governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has listed some virtues to include courage, identifying with the people and how to handle intricate political issues as some of the things he has learnt from the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, which are helping him in his political life. The Abia governor, who spoke at the weekend during the burial ceremony of his mother which Fayose attended, noted that he had visited Fayose twice in the last seven months and gained some insight as far as leadership and holding political power are concerned. In a statement in Ado-Ekiti yesterday by Governor Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Ikpeazu said, “Governor Ayodele Fayose is a courageous man, a voice for the voiceless, a defender of the weak and defencelss, a brother, a leader, a friend and a leader of the people. “A consistent man known for speaking out the truth all the time. He told me few things that worked for me perfectly in this state. He is a man I love and respect so much and I salute his courage . “He has been governor twice and he is far experienced. He has encouraged me in deed, character and in words. I pray t hat God will give me the opportunity one day to be able to show my appreciation to him and how I feel about him. He is a man I love and respect so much and I salute his courage,” Ikpeazu said. In his remarks, Fayose described the Igbo people as not only industrious, but dogged. He said he named one of his sons Chukwuemeka many years ago to show how much he appreciates the Igbo people.READ FULL NEWS….
=>TY Bello Photographs An Agege Bread Seller Into Fame –
An unknown Agege bread seller accidental fame all thanks to TY Bello, A pretty Agege bread seller walked by the set of TY Bello’s photoshoot and like she said, “Magic happened!” Talk about being at the right place at the right time. According to the prolific photographer, everyone thought she is a model but that’s not the case. Her appearance on the photo was pure coincidence. TY Bello is determined to find and help her kick start a modelling career. She said: “WHO IS SHE. Every one has been asking if this lady is a model .. It was just perfect coincidence … She just happened to be walking by while I photographed . It happened so fast .She definitely SHOULD be a model. .. I’m happy to help her build a portfolio if she’s interested .She’s so beautiful and photographed so well. I’ll find a way to track her down somehow . You guys can also help” SOURCE
=>Lil Kesh & His Brother Step Out In Matching Outfit…
Music star Lil Kesh, born Keshinro Ololade stepped out on Sunday alongside his elder brother, Keshinro Pelumi on Sunday. The two Keshinro brothers rocked an Ankara print with different style. Can you see any resemblance?SOURCE
=>Davido To Give N2Million To Most Loyal Fans
“The Money” crooner Davido,just posted a tweet about giving out 2 whooping million naira to his most loyal fan.
=>Nadia Buari And Her Man Play With Their Twin Girls (photo)
The actress who gave birth to twin girlslast year has kept the identity of her baby daddy a secret as well as her babies faces..She shared this and wrote: U don’t know affectionate till u’ve met them.#TotalBliss#TogetherIsMyFavouritePlaceToBe!#Heaven
Famous Wazobia FM on-air-personality, Omotunde Adebowale popularly known as Lolo1 who recently called out on fellow comedienne Princess on Instagram, finally speaks on her marriage and divorce. Addressing the issue of her broken marriage, the comedienne and radio host added that although her husband is a very private person but admitted that they are going through a divorce. She said: “My husband is a very private man and I wouldn’t want to put him out there. It’s not something he appreciates or cares about. We’re presently going through a divorce, but we have mutual respect for each other. We will do all we can to protect and nurture our lovely kids. We are also actively involved in the lives of our children.
=> Oritse Femi threatens to arrest His manager and his mother
Following the ongoing drama between famous Nigerian music artist Oritse Femi and his estranged manager Danku, over claims that he is the brain behind the many successes of the music Taliban, Oritse Femi has threatened to arrest him. In an exclusive chat with, Oritse Femi condemned the ex-manager over the allegations and in a twist vowed to retrieve every of his belongings with his ex-manager. When asked what the ex-manager wants from him after they have parted ways, Oritse Femi said: “All of a sudden, he just left the house. He left with my money that was in his account. I did several shows and people have paid the money into his account as my manager.” In another interview with Punch, Oritse Femi disclosed that he will arrest both Danku and his mother adding that his estranged manager still wears the clothes he bought for him till date. READ FULL NEWS
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