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Only female Resident Electoral Commissioner designate finally gets appointment letter

REC’s lone female designate finally gets appointment letter

By Hamza Idris 
At last, Dr. Asma’u Sani Maikudi, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) designate from Katsina State finally got her appointment letter last night.

Daily Trust gathered from reliable sources that Dr. Maikudi was asked to report at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), this morning and was subsequently given her letter of appointment.

Sources at INEC headquarters in Abuja said she would be sworn-in this afternoon alongside her colleagues cleared by the Senate.

Dr. Maikudi’s letter was reportedly hijacked by a “cabal at the Presidency,” who allegedly felt she should not represent Katsina State at INEC.

The development had elicited backlash from various quarters, including CSOs and women groups.

She is the only female among the 27 people nominated by President Muhammadu, in March.

Speaking with the Daily Trust, Dr. Maikudi confirmed the receipt of her appointment letter today.

“I received a call last night and when I went to the SGF office, I was given my letter of appointment. We would be sworn-in later today, Insha Allah,” she said.

Dr. Maikudi’s travails came to the fore soon after she passed all stages for the appointment, including clearance from the DSS, the Code of Conduct Bureau and confirmation by the Senate on July 20.

It was gathered that though President Buhari pencilled her for the post based on merit, some forces at the Presidency were allegedly not comfortable with her representing Katsina State.

The Senate had divided the 27 nominees into two batches for screening and confirmed the first 15 on June 1.

On July 20, the Senate confirmed eight of the remaining 12 nominees, including Dr. Maikudi and deferred the nomination of four others.

All her seven colleagues got their letters thereafter from the SGF office after approval from the Presidency. They included Mr Sam Olumekun (Ondo), Prof. Riskuwa Shehu (Sokoto), Kassim Gana Gaidam (Yobe), Jibrin Zarewa (Kano), Prof. Samuel Egwu (Kogi), Mr. Mike Igini (Delta) and Abdulganiyu Raji (Oyo).

Those whose confirmation was deferred included nominees from Niger, Kebbi, Zamfara and Lagos states over some contentious issues.

Source: Daily Trust

​At last, Osinbajo assigns portfolios to new ministers

At last, Osinbajo assigns portfolios to new ministers

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Acting President , Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday assigned portfolios to the two new ministers he inaugurated about 22 days ago .

The two new ministers are Stephen Ocheni ( Kogi ) and Suleiman Hassan ( Gombe ) .

The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity , Mr . Laolu Akande , announced the development on his Twitter handle .

Ocheni was named Minister of State , Labour and Employment ; while Hassan was named Minister of State , Power , Works and Housing .

“There are now two ministers of state in Power , Works and Housing ministries ,” Akande said .
Source: The Punch

​Airman who killed lover to die by hanging

Airman who killed lover to die by hanging

The Nigerian Air Force has sentenced to death by hanging Airman Kalu Bernard, for killing his lover , Solape Oladipupo , aka Shomzy Shomzy, on March 12 , 2017 .

The judgment , which started 9am on Tuesday , dragged till 4 pm when it was stood down before the panellists reconvened at 7 .30 pm .

Reading out the 70 -page court findings , which lasted for about two hours , the Judge Advocate, Flight Lieutenant M .A. Umoh , listed the eight – count charges against 21 -year -old Kalu to include murder , house breaking , impersonation , attempted murder , among others .

The defence counsel, Abimiku Ewuga , urged the court to temper justice with mercy , saying the accused was his family breadwinner .

The President of the court, Gp. Capt . Elisha Bindul , who found the accused guilty in six out of the eight counts, sentenced him to death by hanging , subject to the confirmation of the conveying authority .

Ewuga later told reporters that he would appeal the judgement .

Kalu had on March 12 , 2017, killed Oladipupo at her Corporal and Below Quarters, Compound 9, Air Force Base, Makurdi , on the suspicion that she was in a love relationship with another man .

He had broken into Oladipupo ’s home before shooting her in the neck at close range .

Source: The Punch

The many PDP myths

The many PDP myths
By Abu Najakku 

Last weekend, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), still smarting from the beating it received at the 2015 general election, regrouped at Eagle Square Abuja at a non-elective convention. The party had broken into two with a faction led by each of the former governor of Kaduna state, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi and former governor of Borno state, Senator Modu Ali Sheriff. PDP’s attempt to hold a convention in Port Harcourt in May, 2016 was prohibited by a court which also ruled in favour of Modu Sheriff as the authentic chairman of the party. However, a recent ruling by the Supreme Court handed the party’s leadership to Senator Ahmed Makarfi. So, there is a chance that PDP will pick up the pieces and cohere again, which is a plus for our democracy.

Nonetheless, there are a number of myths clouding the PDP skyline. A leading PDP myth was that they were going to rule Nigeria for an unbroken period of 60 years! Well, we all know that this myth has been shattered because the party was thrown out of power after 16 years miserable years. To be sure, when the PDP was formed in 1999 by the likes Chief Alex Ekwueme, Mohammed Abubakar Rimi, Chief Solomon Lar, Professor Jerry Gana, Bola Ige, etc., it held great promise but alas, it was taken over by outsiders and by 2003, it had ceased to be the peoples party conceived by the founders.

The party continues to brandish itself as the largest party in Africa, even though it doesn’t know how many members it has, which is just another myth. When one of its former chairmen, Chief Okweselieze Nwodo attempted to digitise its membership, he was removed from office. Obviously, the PDP prefers to bandy imaginary figures regarding its strength and capturing the data on computer would have exposed their fallacies. Ask PDP, how many members has it.

The number one thing that accelerated the departure of PDP from governance in 16 instead of 60 years was its failure to solve the very problems it promised to tackle, on top of a debilitating culture of corruption that it promoted and this brings us to another myth about the PDP. It is that the party and its members are being witch hunted by the current administration. Notwithstanding the recoveries of millions of Dollars, Naira and Pounds as well as ill-gotten property made by this government, the PDP continues to protest the innocence of its thieving stalwarts. No one who had observed how PDP exercised power during these 16 years would believe that they are innocent when it comes to the management of our national resources.

So, contrary to what its old face, former President Goodluck Jonathan, spiritedly submitted at the Eagle square this past weekend, corruption was alive and well during his administration. His unremitting defence and exoneration of Diezani Alison-Madueke, “Nigeria’s best Minister of Petroleum”, of allegations of corruption turned out to be silly and embarrassing. Neither her nor the NNPC, which she superintended was innocent of those charges and with continuous scandalous revelations at the UK and US ends of the intercontinental investigations, it is hard to see how this mammy oil will avoid conviction. Remember, the PDP wanted to build a second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport at the cost of N64 billion! They PDP wanted to construct a gate at the Vice President’s new residence at the cost of N7 billion! We are still constructing the Umar Musa Yar’adua expressway that connects the city of Abuja with the airport even though the PDP awarded the contract in 2009!

The latest myth about the PDP is that it will return to power in 2019, I don’t know what makes them believe so. The party is still behaving like its old self and unless it wakes up to the current reality, it will spend the sixty years it gave itself, not in government but in opposition. Instead of building new rail lines, the PDP spent billions of Naira trying to breathe life into a century-old, expired railway system. Although the PDP awarded contracts for the renewal of the expressways in the South East, none of them had been done because the money had been stolen.

Another myth is that PDP will return to power with Atiku Abubakar at the head of its ticket. Atiku is in and out of political parties seeking their tickets to contest the presidency and he has been running since 1992! Is Atiku no longer part of the problem? Is he now part of the solution? Have the bigots in the southern part of Nigeria ceased to see the Fulani as the cause of our national problems? Because I need to remind them that Atiku Abubakar is a Fulani man and speaks only Fulfulde when he is in Adamawa! On the other hand, their nemesis, Muhammadu Buhari, does not even speak Fulfulde. How can the likes of Femi Fani-Kayode allow the presidential ticket of the PDP to be zoned to those “morons and devils” up North in 2019?

Be that as it may, Atiku Abubakar is unelectable. Atiku cannot win the North West and South West. The North West and South West zones will not vote for Atiku because he is permanently damaged by the perception that he is corrupt and desperate for the Presidency. Of course, he will do well in the South East and the South South because for them the All Progressive Congress is a humiliation and so any alternative candidate will be welcomed. But Atiku is a hard sell in the North and his stunning stance on restructuring lately will finally sink him.

The question Nigerians will still ask the PDP is how was it possible that the party did not solve a single national problem despite the quantum of resources that accrued to it from 1999 to 2015?

Source: Daily Trust

Igbo stand to lose N3tn to another war, Okorocha warns Igbo leaders to call KANU to order

Biafra: Kanu deceiving Ndigbo, says Okorocha

By Chris Oji (Enugu) and Okodili Ndidi (Owerri) 

•‘Igbo ‘ll lose N3 trillion to another war

•Governors: Anambra election will hold

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha yesterday warned the Igbo not to fall for the deception of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu over the actualization of Biafra.

He warned that the Igbo would lose not less than N3 trillion assets and cash should there be another war.

Okorocha, who spoke at the presentation of staff of office and Certificate of recognition to traditional rulers, lamented that traditional rulers had kept mute while the cloud gathered over activities of Biafra agitators.

He said: “On IPOB, the cloud is gathering, nobody is talking, even our traditional rulers, pastors and leaders. This is bad for our people. If you will remember vividly that few years ago, during the civil War, it was a similar story. That was how it all started. At that time, we believed that the Ohafia warriors would be able to fight and disseminate the North”.

Okorocha added: “Now we are being deceived that IPOB will drive away Nigeria and give us Biafra. Even our Pastors, men of God and some leaders in the rural areas, nobody is speaking out against this action and the song of war is coming gradually like a desert encroachment. We fought the war and it was believed that the Igbos would learn from it but they still went ahead and developing the resources of other regions.

“There are five million Igbo living outside the shores of Igbo region. Any form of war will cause the Igbos over three trillion naira loss in properties and assets. No sane person will spread the message of division and war because it does not benefit the Igbo in any way. I urge you traditional rulers to speak against it and educate your people on the true state of things. Igbo need to build bridge of unity across the nation”.

Enugu, Southeast governors yesterday in Enugu, resolved to support holding election in Anambra State in November.

It was a reaction to the declaration by IPOB that there would be no election in Anambra.

At the meeting were South East Governors Forum chairman and Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi; host Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Governor Rochas Okorocha Imo State;Governor Okezie Ikpeazu  of Abia State and Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State who was represented by his deputy Nkem Okeke.

The governors appealed to stakeholders for a peaceful governorship election in Anambra State, assuring that they were solidly in support of the forthcoming poll.

Umahi, who read the communique also said the Apex-Igbo Social Cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo briefed them on the latest on the quit notice given the Igbo by a coalition of Northern youths.

They assured that they were in torch with the Igbo residing in different parts of the North over the quit notice with the firm assurance that they were making efforts to ensure that  no Igbo lives are in danger or threatened.

The governors hinted that they received a presentation from Geometric Power Company and commended Professor Barth Nnaji for the wonderful presentation.

Source: The Nation

Shocker! Woman suffers disease which makes her beg for sex every time 

Shocker! Woman suffers disease which makes her beg for sex every time 

A young woman has revealed the details of her painful struggle with a condition that leaves her constantly sexually aroused.

Amanda McLaughlin, 23, from the United States, has lived with the problem for 10 years and says she has to beg her fiance JoJo for sex every day to relieve her symptoms.

The condition, called persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), causes pain in her legs and pelvis that is so bad she is unable to work and rarely leaves her home.

Now Ms McLaughlin has spoken of her ordeal as part of a documentary for BBC Three’s Living Differently.

It’s not fun to be aroused all the time,” she said. “It feels like you’re about to orgasm and then it never goes away.”

Ms McLaughlin’s symptoms began when she was just 13 years old but she was not diagnosed with PGAD until six years later.

Her mother, Victoria, admitted that she and her family did not understand her daughter’s condition at first.

“When she first became sexually active, she was having sex a lot,” she said. “My whole family just thought she was a wh**e.

“I doubted her completely — I still feel guilty.” Victoria is now very supportive of her daughter, as is JoJo.

Amanda said: “Relationships are really hard to keep with this problem. But he never once has judged me, he never made me feel bad about working. It was love at first sight.”

She added that her condition affects the couple’s sex life ‘tremendously’.

“You’d think that you could have sex and it would just go away, but it doesn’t,” she said.

“Sometimes I will be crying and begging him to have sex with me just to relieve some of the pressure that I have down there.”

JoJo said: “When she first told me, I didn’t know how to feel about it; but I liked her, so I was prepared to jump in.

“The more I can learn, the more I can help her. I’ll help her so she can get anything she needs.”

Amanda currently takes 30 different types of medications to ease the pain caused by her condition. She also uses ice ‘inserts’ to ease her pelvic swelling.

Assistant professor of neurology at Michigan University, Dr. Priyanka Gunta, who is currently treating Amanda, said: “Because it’s such a rare diagnosis and there’s been such little research, we don’t know exactly what causes it. We suspect it’s multifactorial.

“I don’t have a quick cure for this, but we’re going to be trying a few different therapies.

“I’m very hopeful that we can get her functioning better.”
Source: DailyMail

Ondo workers reject incomplete September 2016 salary

Ondo workers reject modulated salary
Posted By Damisi Ojo 

Labour unions in Ondo State have kicked against the state government’s plan to pay fractional parts of their outstanding salaries and pensions from the second tranche of the Paris Club fund.

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), in July, confirmed the receipt of N7.6 billion by the state as part of the Paris Club refund.

The governor pledged not to spend the money until a meeting was held with labour leaders on the modality for payment.

At a recent meeting with the labour unions, he hinted that only 75 per cent of the amount received would be expended on the payment of salary arrears while the balance would be for capital projects.

Akeredolu inherited six months’ salary arrears – from August 2016 to last January – from the immediate past administration of Dr Olusegun Mimiko, when he assumed office in February.

He had settled last August salary with five months still outstanding.

At the meeting with labour leaders, Akeredolu said the remaining fund in government coffers, after some deductions, such as the local government share and 25 per cent of the amount, would not be enough to pay the September salary.

The governor suggested that workers at all grade levels be paid 80 per cent of their salary for last September.

But the offer of modulated salary payment was rejected by the labour leaders, who pleaded that the governor should source for fund to pay the balance of one full month salary to all categories of workers.

It was learnt that when the governor objected to the suggestion of workers to look for another source to complete the amount needed for the payment of last September salary, estimated at N500 million, the labour leaders insisted that rather than accept modulated payment, the government should make 100 per cent payment to the number of workers the money could pay.

The labour unions, under the auspices of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), expressed surprise when the state’s Accountant General reportedly told them that his office had computed 80 per cent salary to all workers, in line with the governor’s directive.

In a letter to the governor labour leaders in the state – Mrs Bose Daramola, Mr Sola Ekundayo and Mr Sunday Adeleye – the labour unions demanded a full payment of the last September arrears.

They urged the government to device whatever means possible to pay the salary arrears without delay.

They said: “Modulated payment or fractional payment in whatever form is unacceptable to Ondo State public servants and pensioners.

“It is mandatory that the state government should look inward to augment and pay the September 2016 salary in full to all workers and pensioners in the state.
Source: The Nation