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Sen. Adamu calls for forensic audit of NASS budgetary allocations

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A federal lawmaker, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu (APC-Nasarawa), has called for probe into budgetary allocations to the National Assembly.

Adamu made the call while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Sunday.

He said an audit had become necessary in view the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki’s refusal to vacate his seat after defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to him, Saraki’s refusal to vacate his seat after defecting to a minority party could be because he has something to hide.

He said, “I call for a forensic audit of the finances of the Parliament which has been thoroughly messed up under the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki.

“We did not know what Saraki’s agenda is. As we go through this tenure of his, the more we see things being unearthed.

“For him to refuse to move or leave the chair, there must be a reason for it.

“As the Chairman of the National Assembly, there is so much that he is doing that we want to take a look at.

“If he is clean let him move away and accept that there should be a forensic audit of the national assembly funds under his watch. Simple. Let him move so that we will see what he is sitting over.

“We have seen his unbridled ambition. We have seen now that even though the odds are so much against him, he went to a party that is now losing ground and that is now a minority in the National Assembly.”

On continued call by the leadership of the APC for Saraki to vacate his seat, Adamu said “it is pretty obvious that Saraki’s influence has diminished completely.

“Because he has lost the respect and confidence of majority of senators and well-meaning Nigerians, but he’s just latching on to that seat because of the privileges he enjoys.

“Ordinarily, Saraki needed not wait for any pressure to be mounted on him before he resigns from his position as Senate president.

“You cannot command any respect or assert your authority as a leader when majority of those you’re supposed to lead have lost confidence in you and are opposed to your leadership.

“So, if he is a self-respecting person, he does not even need anyone to ask that he should throw in the towel because he and his PDP have lost majority in the Senate.”

He stressed that, Saraki was entitled to aspire for any office, including that of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

However, he said, “but he should not try to destroy the system just because he wants to realise that ambition at all cost.”

On who succeeds Saraki, if he exits his seat as President of the Senate, the lawmaker said, “you do not cross a bridge before you get to it.

“All the speculations about the purported rift is aimed at dividing us and distracting us from our determination to assert the interest of our party which enjoys the majority in the Senate.”

He added that the lawmakers were united and that the party had the goodwill of Nigerians in view of progresses being made in different sectors of the economy.

While citing the party’s victory in recent Senatorial by-elections in Katsina, Kogi and Bauchi states, the lawmaker said it was a sign of victory for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) come 2019.

“They were the clearest pointers to the victories that would be recorded by President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) during the 2019 General Elections.

Adamu further said that his party’s victory was not only “remarkable”, but pointed to the confidence that Nigerians had in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

He said the victories recorded would boost government’s effort to accelerate empowerment of the ordinary citizens in order to reduce the level of poverty in the land.

The senator stressed the need for the APC to galvanise all its teeming members, especially members of Mr. President’s cabinet to accelerate the pace in executing capital projects as another avenue for deepening the rising public confidence in the administration.

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2019 presidential debate: Ezekwesili, Moghalu, Durotoye speak on Atiku, Buhari’s absence

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The five candidates present at the presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), have reacted to the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar form presidential debate.

DAILY POST reported earlier that President Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku, shunned the event.

While Atiku had in a statement given Buhari’s absence as his reasons for boycotting the debate, the APC candidate, Buhari did not give any reason behind his absence.

However, candidates present at the debate; Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) have condemned Atiku and Buhari for their absence.

Reacting during the debate, Moghalu said the first reason Buhari and Atiku are not around for 2019Debate is arrogance, adding they have taken Nigerians for granted.

According to him, “There are two reasons they are not here: Arrogance: They believe Nigerians will always come to them. They have a sense of entitlement but not a record of service to the people of Nigeria.

“They cannot answer the questions to be asked tonight.

Durotoye in the other hand said “Atiku and Buhari’s absence means the future is here. “

He also connected their absence to pride, saying pride comes before a fall.

Also, Ezekwesili on her part said: “Atiku and Buhari have simply announced their exit from the governance of this country following their absence from the debate.”

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PDP speaks as Atiku boycotts presidential debate, says ex-VP ready to face Buhari

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Saturday declared that its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar was ready to face President Muhammadu Buhari in a debate any day or place.

PDP stated this while reacting to Abubakar’s failure to take part in the debate, following Buhari’s refusal to show up.

The presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) had President Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku, counterpart conspicuously absent.

While Atiku had in a statement explained his reasons for boycotting the debate, the APC candidate, Buhari was yet to make any official comment for refusing to attend.

Candidates present are; Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party (YPP)

However, PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a tweet wrote: “The peoples candidate, @atiku, cut short his trip to @usa to debate @Mubari. Sadly, @MBuhari failed to turn up

“@atiku will debate @MBuhari any day, anytime and anywhere including the Banquet Hall of Aso Rock.”

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The mother of billionaire businessman, Omofemiwa Ibrahim is dead.

The septuagenarian died in a fire accident at her Victoria Garden City (VGC) residence on Saturday.

Mrs Ibrahim was pronounced dead at the scene after the arrival of fire fighters.

Her corpse has been deposited at the morgue.

Madam Ibrahim moved to VGC to be close to her billionaire son after she was released by kidnappers in 2011.

She was kidnapped in Igbotako, Ondo State and released in Sapele, Delta State after her family paid millions of naira as ransom.

Jimoh Ibrahim has confirmed the incident.

A source close to him told DAILY POST that Ibrahim was “very sad” about the development.

Ibrahim, who is currently in London, was said to have been informed earlier in the day.

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