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APC cautions govt. appointees on inflammatory statements

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday charged government appointees to stop making statements that could further worsen the relationship between the Executive and the Legislature.

Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, APC National Publicity Secretary, gave the advice in a statement issued in Abuja, saying that such utterances could derail the party’s effort to make peace between both arms of government.

Abdullahi said the party was making concerted efforts to resolve the lingering rift between the Executive and the National Assembly and called on appointees to do same.

The party specifically urged Prof. Itse Sagay, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC) to exercise restraint in his comments.

According to him, the party also charged him to desist from making utterances that may be misconstrued as an attack on the institution of the National Assembly.

“We believe the comments attributed to Prof. Sagay are uncalled for, regrettable and could further complicate the relationship between these vital arms of government.

“The party wishes to reiterate its earlier position admonishing all elected or appointed government officials to desist from utterances that may ruin efforts to build a harmonious relationship between the two arms of government.

“Prof. Sagay should not operate outside this admonition.

“Our expectation would be that as a Law Professor of repute, Prof. Sagay would appreciate the need not to denigrate the institutions of democracy, be it the executive, legislature or judiciary,’’ he said.

Abdullahi said the party objected to the Professor’s call on the Senate to withdraw invitation extended to him.

This, he said, was unacceptable and potentially injurious to the peace efforts by the party, especially on the background that he was appointed by the APC government.

He said the party acknowledged the fatherly role being played by President Muhammadu Buhari to resolve outstanding issues with the National Assembly by setting up a committee led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

He further charged government appointees to help the Vice President makes friends that would make his job easier.

Abdullahi expressed happiness with its recent meeting with the Senate caucus and confidence that all the issues raised would be addressed.

He also urged the National Assembly to further intensify its efforts to ensure timely passage of the 2017 national budget.

Sagay had earlier referred to the confirmation of presidential nominees by the Senate as a mere exercise.

The Senate, in a unanimous decision, had on March 28, stood down the confirmation of 27 Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for two weeks following the statement.

Most lawmakers saw Sagay`s comments on the senate’s power to confirm nominees of the president as disrespectful, uncouth and a lack of recognition, coming from a Professor of Law.

The constitution had clearly stated that heads of agencies and some officers must be confirmed by the Senate before appointment.

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Onnoghen’s trial: YPP slams Buhari govt over ‘hypocrisy’ on CJN’s case

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Young Progressives Party, YPP, has described call by the Federal Government for the resignation of Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, as hypocritical.

In a statement on Saturday in Abuja, National Publicity Secretary of YPP, Mr. Olawale Egbeola, advised the presidency to allow the rule of law take its course without interference.

Egbeola said the rule of law remained one of the fundamental pillars of democracy and should not be subjected to intuition or the will of an individual or group, adding that anything short of this would be an invitation to anarchy.

He said: “The Young Progressives Party, YPP, strongly condemns any acts of corruption by any individual or group irrespective of ethnicity, religion, social status or gender, but is of the firm belief that the law is supreme and is the basis upon which the war against corruption should be fought and won.

“The recent allegation over declaration of assets against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, is sad, especially coming at a time we are about to go into a general election that will ultimately define the destiny of our great country.

“We also observe that the haste by the Federal Government in calling for the resignation of Justice Onnoghen is highly hypocritical, especially coming from a government renowned for overlooking allegations of corruption against cabinet members.

“This only goes to confirm the comment made by Senator Shehu Sani that the Presidency fights corruption using insecticides when it comes to the opposition, but apply deodorant when it comes to members of his cabinet.”

Egbeola noted that the APC-led government, “with an unacceptable reputation of flagrant disregard for the rule of law, should desist from arm twisting relevant agencies within its control.”

According to him, the Presidency should allow the wheel of justice to move smoothly without interference, “rather than the current desperation that is beginning to suggest to Nigerians a conspiracy to get rid of Justice Onnoghen by all means.

“While time is irrelevant in the fight against corruption, the verdict of whether he is guilty or not is exclusively the prerogative of a competent court of law and the Young Progressives Party is calling on the Federal Government to first allow the internal disciplinary processes of the National Judicial Council, NJC, which is a body saddled with the responsibility of taking disciplinary actions against erring judicial officers, to be completely exhausted.”

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Anambra monarch donates campaign vehicle to Buhari

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His Royal Highness, Igwe Dennis Ezebuilo, an Anambra monarch on Saturday in Abuja donated a Toyota Hilux vehicle to President Muhammadu Buhari for his campaign.

Ezebuilo said that he made the donation in appreciation of the sterling performance of Buhari since he assumed office.

The paramount ruler of Amanuke kingdom, Awka-North, Anambra State, said that the re-election of President Buhari would consolidate his achievements.

According to the monarch, the president has done well in the areas of infrastructure, anti-corruption, transport and economy.

He said the donation was to help facilitate movements during campaign for Buhari, who he said, deserved a second term in office.

Ezebuilo said that the president’s determination to ensure transparency in governance was commendable, and a path to securing a better future for the country.

The Igwe called for massive support for the President’s anti-corruption drive, stressing that alleged corrupt public officers had been prosecuted and billions of naira in stolen funds, recovered.

He said that the success of the whistle blower policy was laudable, stressing that a continuity in this direction would restore sanity in Nigeria.

Mr Mahmoud Mohammed, the Director of the Buhari/Osinbajo campaign office, who received the donation at the office in Abuja, commended the monarch and promised to ensure that the vehicle was used for its purpose.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Igwe then handed the keys to the vehicle to Mohammed.

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2019 polls: Kaduna PDP raises alarm over destruction of Atiku’s billboards

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Kaduna State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Deputy Campaign Coordinator, Comrade Danjuma Bello Sarki has condemned the destruction of its Presidential and Governorship candidate’s billboards by suspected thugs working for the APC.

Recall that suspected thugs destroyed campaign billboard meant for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and its governorship candidate, Mallam Ashiru ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari’s arrival in Kaduna, Friday.

In a statement signed on Saturday, Bello blamed agents of the leading political party for the billboard destruction.

“It has come to our notice that the billboards and other mementos of our presidential candidate, His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and that of our governorship candidate, Hon. Isa Ashiru, mounted at strategic points in Kaduna metropolis and other local governments have either been vandalised, destroyed or completely removed by suspected agents of a leading political party in the state.

“We are not unaware of the fact that after our last gubernatorial campaign rally at the Trade Fair Complex in Kaduna, that some parties seeing the sea of heads that turned up has become jittery and desperate to save themselves from the glaring rejection by the people of the state.

“The resort to violence as shown by the pulling down of our billboards to give the false impression that there’s no opposition party in Kaduna State is one of ways the APC is trying to get over this shock but this is highly condemnable.

“We call on the security agencies to act quickly to save the state from brigandage and lawlessness.

“We call on our teeming supporters to keep the faith and not to lose hope as the journey to rescue the state from tyranny, oppression will soon be over,” he added.

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