Politics

Is Kwankwaso back to the PDP? Which Governor has been accused of training militia, after Apostle Suleman? and more…

Breaking news from Vanguard late last night said, “Breaking: Kwankwanso, 10 Kano state lawmakers dump APC for PDP”

This news seems to have emanated from this handle @APCNEWSTV

Recall that just a year ago, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Kano State chapter had initiated moves to suspend him over what it termed anti-party activities.

However, an unverified twitter handle supposedly belonging to the Senator tweeted this shortly after:

It remains to be seen whether or not this is true but one thing is sure, 2019 is surely going o be interesting!

Again from Vanguard we have this headline: El-Rufai training militia, he’s after me, Apostle Suleman cries out

The Omega Fire Ministries, Tuesday, accused Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai of masterminding the recent series of spurious allegations of infidelity against its General Overseer, Apostle Johnson Suleman.

The pastor has also been recommended for a probe by Stephanie Otobo, his accuser who petitioned Lagos police.

It will be recalled that two days ago, a second accuser, Queen Esther came into the picture as reported by Premium Times but interestingly she’s said to be first seeking the protection of the Kaduna State Government from Mr. Suleman and “his team of magicians.” The pastor is insisting on this as being evidence that the Kaduna state governor is after him. We’ll keep watching this one.

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), has decided to now honour his summon by the Nigerian Senate.

The Acting Public Relations Officer, NCS, Joseph Attah,said the CG would do the right thing. It remains to be seen if the Comptroller General would appear before the Senate in full NIgerian Customs Uniform by 10:30 am, Today as requested. Thisday also reports that the Nigerian Presidency has made Moves to Avert this Face-off Between the Senate and Customs Comptroller General.

Kano has announced five grazing reserves established to curb recurring clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the state.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said in talks with the newly elected officers of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders ‎Association, it was no longer fashionable for herdsmen to wander through the length and breadth of the country searching for pasture.

He said the state government would provide mechanised boreholes, fodder and other facilities in the reserves to prevent them from roaming in search of animal feed.‎

The governor said more than 60 herdsmen were trained in Turkey for animal insemination to improve reproduction in cattle and in line with international best practice.‎

“2019” is here as Voter Registration, PVC Distribution Begins in April for 2019 Polls

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it would kick-start preparations for the 2019 general election with the continuous voters’ registration and distribution of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) in April.

Also the commission gave an update on the growing number of political associations seeking registration as political parties ahead of the 2019 general election, saying it has now reached 85.

EFCC has tendered a List of Beneficiaries of Slush Funds Allegedly Deposited by Alison-Madueke in Court but will wait until March 23 for the Federal High Court to rule on the admissibility of the list.

This is part of the ongoing trial of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dele Belgore, charged with money laundering.

Belgore is standing trial alongside a former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman and a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is said to be at large.
They were first arraigned in February, but were subsequently re-arraigned on March 13, following the amendment of the charges to include the name of Alison-Madueke.

EFCC intercepts N49m at Kaduna Airport

According to the information, the money was contained in five unmarked and unaccompanied large black coloured Buhu sags. “Upon examination, the bags were found to contain fresh crispy Naira notes of N200 denomination in 20 bundles totaling N40 million and N50 denomination in 180 bundles totaling N9 million with seal purportedly emanating from the Nigeria Security and Minting Plc (NSPM) as seen in the labeled sealed packs. The EFCC spokesman said investigation into the case was in top gear to unravel the culprits behind the attempted illegal movement of the cash.

EFCC arrests Jonathan’s godson over N2bn payment

The EFCC said, “He was arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in connection with alleged possession of funds running into N2bn, suspected to be funds siphoned from the NDDC while serving there as an adviser. Turnah, widely believed to be a godson of former President Goodluck Jonathan, served in the NDDC between 2012 and 2015.

“Preliminary investigations by the EFCC threw up deposits made in his personal and company bank accounts in excess of N2bn. A search conducted in his houses in Port Harcourt and Yenogoa, yielded useful documents.

“Turnah has made useful statements to the EFCC and will be arraigned as soon as investigations are concluded.”

Turnah is not the only relative of the former President that is under investigation by the EFCC.

Jonathan’s cousin, Robert Azibaola and his wife are currently facing charges before a Federal High Court in Abuja for allegedly receiving $40m from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.)

Saraki, Dogara Visit Buhari, Say He’s Doing Well

According to Saraki, they were not only glad that the president was back to his duty post but was also doing his job. He listed issues discussed in the meeting to include: resolutions passed when Buhari was away, including the approval of Eurobond, the confirmation of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, screening of ambassadorial nominees, the ongoing budget process and the stability of the Niger Delta.

Saraki promised that the National Assembly was committed to passing the 2017 budget this month, explaining that the lawmakers were working hard to meet the March deadline set for the passage.