Kano state Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has described as unfortunate the attack on a group of All Progressive Congress (APC) supporters by members of the Kwankwasiyya group of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) while on campaign in Bebeji/Kiru Local Government Area on Thursday.
He called on security agents to fish out perpetrators of the attack, which left at least five persons dead and other seriously wounded.
According to him: “The Kwankwassiyya group has continued to brazenly attack members and supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
“The latest just happened on Thursday when they attacked our members while on a special prayer session in Bebeji local government area which was organised for peaceful conduct of the forthcoming general elections in the country, leaving some party members dead and others with injuries.”
In a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba, Ganduje accused the Kwankwasiyya PDP thugs of being behind the attack.
According to him: “They attacked our peaceful supporters under the watchful eyes of their leader, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, who was on a campaign rally in the area, brandishing all sorts of deadly weapons, attacked the prayer session, which is being organised by member representing Kiru/Bebeji constituency, Hon. Abdulmumini Jibrin Kofa for meanness free polls.”
The attack, the statement, he lamented: “is the latest in series by the Kwankwasiyya ruffians in an apparent attempt to put a clog in the wheel of progress toward ensuring free and peaceful election in the state.”
The Governor lamented: “The group is superficially venting its anger on members and supporters of the APC, having gotten a sign of defeat at the polls, as part of a calculated attempt to scamper peaceful 2019 elections.”
He prayed for the departed souls and condoled with the bereaved families, just as he also prayed for the quick recovery of those injured during the heinous attack.
Ganduje also directed security agencies “to fish out perpetrators of the monstrous blitzkrieg with a view to ensuring that they are dealt with accordingly.”
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on the leaders of the All Progressives Congress to accept the reality that their party will not be on the ballot for the 2019 general elections in the state.
This is as the state chapter of the APC accused the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers of mocking it over their expected absence on the ballot papers in Saturday’s National Assembly elections.
Wike urged the leaders of Rivers APC to accept the judgment of the Supreme Court as the will of God, saying that nobody can resurrect a dead horse.
The governor made the call on Thursday in a state broadcast on the rescheduled presidential and National Assembly elections slated on Saturday.
The governor said, “Truth be told, the Supreme Court has spoken. Independent National Electoral Commission has confirmed. It is the will of God and there is nothing anybody can do to return the APC to the ballot for the 2019 general elections in Rivers State.
“But this, I believe, is not the end of life for the APC in Rivers State. There is always another day and as political leaders, we must have the courage to accept the reality, know when to stop fighting for nothing and tell our followers the simple truth, even if it may sound bitter.
“I would, therefore, advice my brothers in the APC to endeavour to put their house in order, allow the prevailing peace to continue and prepare for 2023.
“Let me assure everyone that the collective interest of our state will continue to guide our actions and we shall continue to accommodate everybody irrespective of party affiliation in our schemes of governance.”
However, the Director General of Tonye Cole Campaign Organisation, Chidi Lloyd, explained that while INEC had continued to exclude the APC in the state from the ballot, the state PDP had been mocking the main opposition party in the state.
Lloyd said, while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt that though justice could be delayed, it would never be denied.
“While the APC in Rivers continues to be unjustly excluded by INEC from the ballot, we continue to be mocked and taunted by the PDP. But justice will come. Though delayed, it (justice) will not be denied,” he stressed.
You’re probably thinking that you know everything there is to know about the Rooftop Concert Series You’re saying to yourself, it started in 1986 and was on for 9 seasons and starred Andy Griffith.
Just because you can do something, should you? Samsung thinks so. Its second experimentally screened phone taps into its hardware R&D and production clout to offer something not many other companies.
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The Rooftop Concert Series began in 2010 when four Provo residents (Sarah Wiley, C. Jane Kendrick, Mindy Gledhill, and Justin Hackworth) met together to discuss ways they could get more people to come downtown.
Ccity has to offer one obvious starting point was the music that was being made played, and performed in Provo. How about concerts on the roof someone said and the Rooftop Concert Series was born.
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The exploration of space stands as one of humanity’s greatest achievements. While history has hailed the men and women who reached the cosmos, and those who helped them get there, much of the infrastructure that sent them skyward lies forgotten and dilapidated.
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And how does Apple’s biggest phone compare to the Note Edge? Well, both remain unwieldy to grip, and the Note Edge is wider. However, the edged screen nuzzles into my hand better and those software tweaks mentioned above give it the advantage. However, just like the stylus, there’s a while before you get the knack of all the little provisions Samsung’s made to ease users into this screen size.
Roland Miller has spent nearly half his life chronicling these landmarks before they are lost forever long been obsessed with space as a child, he dreamed of being an astronaut.
Its curves are subjective and divisive; my friends and colleagues have offered up reactions ranging from outright bemusement to adoration. The screen looks great, with the punchy contrast and sharpness that’s been a Samsung flagship mainstay for years. We’ll get back to that edge, but it’s the headline part of a 5.6-inch Quad-HD+ display.
Make this secondary menu transparent, allowing me to maintain all that screen space. The ability to shrink the likes of Chrome and Google Maps to a popup window and layer it on top of other apps is also useful I’d love to see something similar on the iPhone 6 Plus continues to clear away.
If you’re looking to learn more about the stylus uses, I’d advise a quick read of Brad’s Galaxy Note 4 review, because the setup is identical here. Yes, there are TouchWiz bits running on Android 4.4 KitKat.
But let’s focus on what’s different here: that edge. There are two display modes you can flit between: a slender, unassuming bar that can display a customized message and a more substantial column that attempts to offer extra functionality, notifications or context-dependent.
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While I’m not a huge selfie taker, you’ll have to ask our Senior Selfie Editor, but I do take a whole lot of photos with my smartphone.
When it’s expanded, the UI is a basic row of icons, which you can navigate with a little swipe. This may look a little unusual, but swishing through the various mini-screens is immensely satisfying.
And how does Apple’s biggest phone compare to the Note Edge? Well, both remain unwieldy to grip, and the Note Edge is wider. However, the edged screen nuzzles into my hand better and those software tweaks mentioned above give it the advantage.
However, just like the stylus, there’s a while before you get the knack of all the little provisions Samsung’s made to ease users into this screen size.
The screen is marginally smaller than the Note 4, despite the cranked-up pixel count. Like the Note 4, text pops a little more, and pictures you take with the 16MP camera are obviously better replicated on the Note Edge’s screen.
Well, both remain unwieldy to grip, and the Note Edge is wider. However, the edged screen nuzzles into my hand better and those software tweaks mentioned above give it the advantage.
National Chairman of the All Progressives Party (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, says the party will not allow thuggery and ballot box snatching during the general elections.
Oshiomhole stated this on Thursday in Benin while briefing newsmen after he met behind closed doors with leaders of the party from the 18 local government areas of Edo. He also said that the party had no intention to rig the elections.
“We had a special meeting; we met as APC family to reaffirm our commitment to ensure we do what is expected of us as leaders to mobilise the people of Edo to vote for APC and President Muhammadu Buhari.
“In Edo, we are used to one man, one vote; so, we will not allow thuggery and ballot box snatching,’’ he said
Oshiomhole said Buhari had demonstrated that “he is a trusted and honest leader and therefore, deserved a second term to complete his development agenda’’ in the country.
“We have promised to give Buhari a second term and based on the track records of APC governments in Edo, I believe Buhari will win,” he said.
Also speaking, Gov. Godwin Obaseki said his administration recorded successes within a short time because of the support he got from the president.
“Edo is an APC State and there is no doubt about it.
“The Buhari led administration has been supportive to us and granted all our requests; he has assured that he will do more for us,’’ the governor said.
Obaseki assured that the people of the state would vote for APC, expressing confidence that the state would deliver one million votes to Buhari.
There are indications that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is working with elements in the presidency to remove the five governors who defected to All Progressive Congress (APC). The aim of this move is to weaken the second term ambition of the opposition against President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
PDP and its agents are seeking to remove the five governors through an exparte court order to the effect that the seats occupied by the governors belong to the party and not the governors as individuals. On obtaining the court order, it was learnt that the governors would immediately be removed from office pending the outcome of an appeals they might lodge.
Given light to this allegation is Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, one of the five governors who left PDP, has alleged that there are move yesterday to effect their removal, as he accused the PDP of double standards and clear violation of the law.
The governor who spoke through his Director of Press, Ahmad Sajo cited the case of Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State who defected from the All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP in 2009, on whose platform he was elected to the PDP without suffering any legal injury. He also cited the case of Governor Mahmud Shinkafi of Zamfara State who left the ANPP to the PDP also without any legal obstacle.
It was also held that the PDP had ironically used the Supreme Court judgment on Atiku to defend the defection of Shinkafi and Yuguda to the PDP.
“The ANPP gave him (Yuguda) a platform and when he became governor, they came around and wooed him and he changed party to PDP, they didn’t go to court. So, is it when people leave PDP that they have committed an offence, but when people leave other parties and come to PDP it is not an offence. As far as we are concerned, that is double standard and they should know that the Supreme Court has already ruled on this matter, which is the case of Atiku Abubakar and the Federal Government.
“The vice-president of the country left the PDP and went to ACN, he was taken to court for him to lose his seat as vice-president, but the Supreme Court ruled that he (Atiku) cannot lose his seat simply because he left PDP and went to ACN, and he completed his tenure as vice-president.
“They have no case, but what we are worried in this matter is the double standard. If they can condone other governors leaving their parties for the PDP, they should be prepared to accept the fact that people are going to leave their party for other parties.”
The Peoples Democratic Party National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, has flatly debunk the allegation.
There are indication to the effect that plot is been made to remove Rotimi Amaechi. Source confirmed to Vanguard Newspapers, one of Nigeria leading media, that the legal team of PDP is to press the case for Amaechi’s removal using the legal dispute between Governor Rotimi Amaechi and former Governor Celestine Omehia as precedent.
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Multiple sources close to some of the governors affected confirmed the move yesterday with the assertion that the presidency and the PDP had assembled a legal team comprising 12 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs to lead the charge. The legal team will be led by a senior SAN from the South-South. Contacted on his participation in the legal move the SAN blurted yesterday “who told you, who told you” before cutting off the phone.
Besides Governor Nyako, the other governors being targeted by the legal action include Governors Amaechi of Rivers State, Rabiu Kwankwanso, Kano; Aliyu Wamakko, Sokoto; and Abdulfatah Ahmed, Kwara.
It was learnt that the legal team was yesterday shopping for a friendly judge to give an exparte order to the motion being prepared to the effect that the seat occupied by the governors belong to the party and not to the governors as individuals. The task of the team would be to use the Supreme Court order on which Amaechi came to power in October 2007 where the court held that it was the party that was elected into office and not Omehia. That case arose from internal dispute over the validity of the party’s candidate for the election.
Flaying the move yesterday, Governor Nyako held that the Supreme Court had laid the precedence in 2007 following the defection of Atiku Abubakar from the PDP to the former Action Congress Nigeria, ACN, that somebody elected to executive office cannot be removed on the basis of his defection.
PDP accused of double standard
Governor Nyako accused the PDP of double standards to the effect that the party had encouraged opposition party governors to defect to the PDP in the past in the knowledge that there is no legal encumbrance to such moves.
Claiming ignorance of the move yesterday, Metuh, the PDP national publicity secretary said yesterday: “I am hearing it for the first time from you. But remember that the president is discussing with the governors and the party cannot take any position until when the peace move is over and in politics, don’t rule out anything. This peace move you don’t know how it will end.
“This is the PDP, this is the biggest party in Nigeria that can accommodate all national interests, we fight for the unity of this country.” Cull from Vanguard Newspapers
ASUU President had said in a press briefing this afternoon that the union will never be cowed in submitting to the government until all their demands are met.
“We shall bow only to what we as academics are convinced will serve the interest of Nigeria and its people, no matter their ethnic, religious or class origins. This is where we stand. We shall never be cowed,” Nasir Faggie, the leader of ASUU said.
We will keep you up to date as development unfold.
Boko Haram attacked the Airforce Base and other part of the state capital at 3am this morning, as bomb and gun fire could be heard.
Other place attacked include the Maiduguri International Airport, the newly constructed trailer park, residential and public buildings, and military checkpoints.
An eye witness account said he saw some military operational vehicles carrying dead bodies to the hospital at about 6am, the dead bodies were suspected to be security agents killed during the attack”.
Army spokesman Ibrahim Attahiru confirmed the attacks and said one of the attacks struck near the city’s airport but he was not able to provide further details.
There are no independent confirmation as phone network has been shut down in Borno state since May, when a state of emergency was declared in the area.
In response to the attack on the capital by Boko Haram member, the state government has today imposed a 24-hour curfew on Maiduguri, the state capital.
In a statement release to the media, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Jidda announced the government decision in Maiduguri. He said the curfew was imposed after consultation with the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army.
“During the period of curfew, government pleads with all citizens to remain calm.
Only vehicles on emergency calls and essential services are allowed to move while the curfew will be lifted as soon as situation improves.
The imposition of the curfew is necessitated by an attack in Maiduguri by people suspected to be Boko Haram members in the early hours of today”, said Jidda.
The latest attack jolted the city residences and cast doubt on military claims that Boko Haram have been pushed into remote, more rural parts of the northeast.
Meanwhile, the military on Saturday said they would tighten security in communities near Nigeria’s northern and eastern borders with Chad, Niger and Cameroon due to fears about Boko Haram strikes over the Christmas and New Year period. It said the shutdown would help block militants from coordinating attacks.
Boko Haram has been fighting to impose islam across Nigeria.
President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday night met with two aggrieved governors of the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) who last week declared they did not join the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governors are Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Babangida Aliyu of Niger state, who were previously among the group of seven aggrieved nPDP governors.
However when the ‘New PDP’ announced last week that it was merging with the APC, the two governors dissociate themselves from the merger, saying they would await the outcome of their meeting with Mr. Jonathan.
The five governors who joined the APC were Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto).
Before the commencement of the meeting with the President, there was yet another meeting that started at 7.30pm and lasted for 1 hour, at a separate venue within the presidential villa.
In attendance were the Vice President Namadi Sambo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim and the following governors; Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Theodore Orji (Abia), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Martins Elechi (Ebonyi), Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Idris Wada (Kogi), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and the deputy governors of Niger and Kaduna.
On conclusion of this meeting, the president and the aggrieved governors’ meeting commenced at the First Lady’s Conference room.
We will keep you posted on the outcome of the meeting.
Popular Nollywood Yoruba actor, Saheed Balogun is said to have dragged his ex-wife, Fathia Balogun,who is also an actress to court over the use of his surname ‘Balogun’, insisting she dropped the name and revert to her maiden name.
Saheed and Fathia Balogun were once married with three children, before the marriage hit the rock few years back.
Saheed is said to have approach the court to stop his ex-wife from using his surname, after she bluntly refused to do so.
It will be recalled that in an interview she granted in 2011, Fathia said: “My name is Fathia Balogun and it’s going to remain so for life. Nobody can ever change that or stop me from answering that name.”