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Obaseki Hijacks Oshiomhole’s Loyalists, Moves To Take Over Edo APC Structure

Ahead of the 2020 governorship election in Edo State, the cold war between Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Godwin Obaseki, Edo State governor, is getting intense as key leaders of the party in the state are divided over the duo.

According to Daily Independent’s findings, though Oshiomhole and Obaseki have always denied the existence of any rift, many leaders of the party in the state at the weekend confirmed that there was now a no-love-lost relationship between Oshiomhole, the two time Edo governor and Obaseki, whom he installed as his successor in 2016.

Sources said though Obaseki waged war against key leaders of the party who served as Oshiomhole’s foot soldiers in 2016 to secure victory for APC, he has recently made a U-turn by wooing them back to his side, a development which has infuriated Oshiomhole, the ex-labour leader.

The cold war between Oshiomhole and Obaseki began shortly after the 2016 governorship election in the state as the governor, upon assumption of office, barred many of Oshiomhole’s foot soldiers from receiving the same privileges they used to enjoy under Oshiomhole’s administration.

It later manifested during the 2019 general elections as loyalists of both men fought to get the party’s tickets.

Obaseki, who will likely seek a second term, wanted to have his loyalists and members of his political group, especially at the state House of Assembly, who would help him actualise his ambition and consolidate his grip but Oshiomhole was not disposed to that as he also wanted his loyalists in the state Assembly.

This led to the party holding two primary elections in the state after the one conducted by the state executive was cancelled by the national body of the party.

One of our sources, who served as commissioner under Oshiomhole in his second term, said many of the loyalists on Obaseki’s side have been granting interviews recently lambasting Oshiomhole for his “alleged highhandedness and asking him to stop distracting Obaseki from performing his role as the democratically elected governor of the state”.

Speaking with Daily Independent, a loyalist of Oshiomhole, who confirmed the rift, said in recent times, Obaseki has sponsored some of Oshiomhole’s loyalists abroad and also offered contracts to many of them.

“There is no denying the fact that all is not well between the two. While Obaseki is trying to assert his authority and take charge of the affairs of the party, Oshiomhole is using his influence as the party’s national chairman to counter all his moves.

“In recent times, Obaseki has succeeded in wooing some of Oshiomhole’s loyalists to his side. One of them is Chief Charles Idahosa, a former political adviser to Oshiomhole. When Obaseki came in, he waged war against many of these leaders.

“One of them was Idahosa. If you recall, at a time, Idahosa made a public announcement that he is suspending his political activities. It took the intervention of Oshiomhole to make him rescind that decision.

“Now Obaseki has succeeded in wooing Idahosa to his side. He even sponsored him abroad recently, aside other largesse. He (Idahosa) in turn has been speaking ill of Oshiomhole,” he said.

When contacted, Anselm Ojezua, Edo State chairman of APC, said though he was not aware of any crisis between Oshiomhole and Obaseki, some party members in the state were wishing for that in order to benefit from it.

“I am not aware that there is a rift between the governor and the national chairman, but I know that some of our party members may actually wish that to happen so that they can benefit from it,” he said.

Delta, Akwa Ibom Received Largest State Allocations In 2018

A new report by the Economic Confidential has disclosed that the federal government, 36 states and the 774 local government councils in Nigeria shared a total sum of N8 trillion from the Federation Account in 2018 in spite of the shut-ins in several oil installations during the period.

The allocations were made after the monthly meetings of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) in 2018.

The current sources of revenue flow into the Federation Account are revenue collected by agencies of the federal government with little or no contributions from states and local government councils.

While the federal government and its agencies under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari received a total sum of N3.48 trillion, the other tiers, states and local government councils, shared a total sum of N4.5 trillion in 2018. Meanwhile, in 2017 the federal government and its agencies had received N2.5 trillion while the other tiers of government shared N3.3 trillion.

In its annual detailed investigative report with a table of figures, the Economic Confidential disclosed that among the state recipients, Delta is ranked first as the highest recipient of gross allocation with a total sum of N285 billion in the twelve months of 2018.

It is followed by Akwa State N272bn, Lagos N260bn, Rivers N237bn and Bayelsa N192bn. The five states cornered over a quarter (25 per cent) of the total allocation for the states and local government councils in Nigeria in 2018.

Among the 10 highest recipients from the Federation Account in 2018 included Kano State which got N183bn, Katsina N138bn, Oyo N131bn And Kaduna N131bn

The report further disclosed that Edo and Ondo, which are oil-producing states, got N112bn and N108bn respectively while another state in the South-South, Cross River State, merely received N91bn

The Economic Confidential, Nigeria’s intelligence economic magazine, gathered that factors that influence allocations to states and local government councils from the Federation Account include: Population, Derivation, Landmass, Terrain, Revenue Effort, School Enrolments, Health Facilities, Water Supply and Equality of the beneficiaries.

The revenue generating agencies to the Federation Account are the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

The revenues come from Export Crude Sales, Domestic Crude Sales, LPG, NLNG, Petroleum Profit Tax (PPT), Company Income Tax (CIT), Withholding Tax (WHT), Import Duty, Excise Duty, Royalties, Gas Flared and miscellaneous oil revenue such as Oil Prospecting License and oil Mining Licence.

The Economic Confidential which is circulated at the monthly meeting of the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) has been publishing the monthly FAAC figures since January 2007.

It also publishes the Annual States Viability Index (ASVI) which measures the likely survival of states on their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) without relying on federally collected revenues, especially from the Federation Account.

Base Your Criticism On Facts, Saraki Replies Tinubu

Senate President Bukola Saraki has charged the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to dwell on facts in his criticism of the leadership of thae Senate.

Tinubu had, in a statement on Monday, defended his role in aligning with the APC in the choice of preferred candidates for the leadership of the two chambers of the federal legislature in the emerging Ninth Assembly.

The APC chieftain also knocked the leadership of the Senate for working at cross purposes with President Muhammadu Buhari on key government policies, particularly, the processing of the annual budget.

But Saraki, in a statement Abuja by his media adviser, Yusuph Oloniyonu, decried what he described as Tinubu’s “quarterly attacks” on the President the Senate.

Saraki said the APC leader’s statement contained untruth, fallacies and misrepresentations, adding that it was another effort to sell a concocted narrative about the Eighth National Assembly and its leadership.

The statement said: “First, he alleged that national budgets were delayed, distorted, padded, new projects introduced, funds for projects reduced, “to halt progress of government”.

“It is unfortunate that a man like Tinubu who had been in the Senate (though for 22 months and under a military regime) should not have a better understanding of how the legislature works.

“The passage of budgets is definitely not the exclusive responsibility of the leadership of the Senate.

“Most of the work is done by the various committees. These committees are headed by Senators representing different parties.

“It is the level of co-operation between the committees and the MDAs in the timely defence of the budget proposals and the ability of the two chambers of the National Assembly to reconcile their figures that usually determine how soon the budget is passed.

“To put the blame of budget delay on the Senate President or Speaker can only be mischief, or at best, playing to the gallery.

“It is also a known fact that any so-called delay in the passage of budgets under the Eighth National Assembly is traceable to the refusal of heads of MDAs to defend the budget proposals for their agencies on time.

“Last year, the President himself had to direct the Secretary to Federal Government to compel heads of MDAs to appear before the National Assembly committees following the report made to him by Dr. Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

So, if a man like Tinubu is spreading this falsehood about budget passage and delay being deliberately orchestrated by the National Assembly leadership, one wonders whether he tries to even understand what happens in the federal legislature at all or is that the only thing that is of interest to him is ‘jockeying and maneuvering for influence’, as he puts it.

“To further make the points here clear, we invite Tinubu to look at the records of the time of submission of budgets and their passage since 2010 and he will see that with the exception of the 2013 budget which was passed on December 20, 2012, all the budgets have been passed between March and May of the same fiscal year.

“This should give him a better understanding of the fact that the date the Appropriations Bill is submitted to parliament and the readiness of the MDAs to defend the proposals submitted, as well as timely agreement on the figures by both chambers of the National Assembly, are the main determining factors in when the budget is eventually passed. So, Tinubu should see that the facts cannot support his spins and fake narrative”.

Saraki challenged Tinubu to cite specific instances where the Senate President and the leadership of the legislature sought to pad the budget with pet projects, as alleged.

Taking the APC leader to task about the allegation, Saraki charged Tinubu to be graceful enough to substantiate this allegation, insisting it was careless, irresponsible and callous.

Demanding that Tinubu withdraw the said statement, Saraki said it’s the constitutional responsibility of the National Assembly to review the proposals sent by the executive and where it deems necessary, it is within the power of the legislature to make changes.

Rivers Now Almost Always In The News For The Wrong Reasons, Laments Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, has lamented that Rivers State is now “almost always in the news for the wrong reasons”.

Amaechi stated this in his Easter message on Sunday, and implored the people to “find our way back to the path of a glorious future”.

He also urged Rivers people and other Nigerians to have hope and a renewed commitment to wait till the resurrection morning.

”In a season like this when we mark the most important festival in the Christian calendar, it is wise that we don’t forget there are people we owe love, care and understanding,” he said.

”No doubt, our state has endured a tortuous political season, which saw political parties jostle and cajole Rivers people to make choices. Our state, which was known and respected as the Treasure Base of the nation, is now almost always in the news for the wrong reasons.

This is not the Rivers State of our dreams. We must find our way back to the path of a glorious future. I am one of you, therefore, as your father, son and brother, i beseech you to be of good courage and join hands to build and restore the glory of our state.”

He urged people of the state to imbibe the lessons that the Easter season brings, such as the transformation of Christ from betrayal, torture and death to a glorious triumph on the Resurrection Morning.

“Let’s also remember that one of the lessons that we can take out of the Easter experience is the suffering, shame and despair of the Apostles, yet they were resolute in truth, bound by love and remained a united family until the morning of resurrection. Surely and truly, there is hope for all our hopelessness as the Cross of Christ, which represents His sufferings and death, an atonement for our sins for the sake of love are all virtues we all must imbibe this season,” he said.

”For us as Rivers people, this is a moment for sober reflection and forgiveness. I will not hesitate to implore that we all ask God for forgiveness and mercy for all the things done or left undone and from the citizens for the pain and anguish that they have brazenly suffered which most times are unreported. The persistence of gang violence, kidnappings and killings in parts of the state has dealt a telling blow on the psyche of the people. People no longer feel safe or sleep with their two eyes closed.

”For those of us who feel a sense of personal loss as a result of the last electioneering in the state, I say ‘don’t despair, you have vital work to do in the Rivers project’. Believe me, with wisdom and patience, you will own the future.

”Always remember that the task of enthroning a party into power is not as high a calling of patriotism than the task of making personal sacrifices for the peace and general good of the state.

Therefore, I appeal to all who truly love our dear Rivers state, to join hands in building the state irrespective of their party affiliations.

”No amount of provocation or even threats should challenge the Rivers spirit of oneness, unity and harmony in you. To the youths, I urge you not to see crime as an escape route from the difficult times we are going through in Rivers state today. I am confident that with resilience and prayer, you can always pull through.

Remember, resurrection comes in the morning, therefore have hope and a renewed commitment to wait till the resurrection morning.”

Osun To Recruit 2,000 Food Vendors For School Pupils

Osun to recruit 2,000 food vendors for school pupils Apr 22, 2019 3:18 AM
Osun to recruit 2,000 food vendors for school pupils
Osun State Government is set to employ 2,000 food vendors, in a bid to enhance the Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme also known as O’MEALS.

The vendors will join others in the preparation of meals for the public school pupils across the state.

Programme Officer of the scheme, Mrs Olaniyan Kehinde, who stated this during an interaction with applicants at the O’MEALs secretariat complex in Osogbo, the state capital, commended the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for opening another window of employment opportunity for women in the state.

Olaniyan, who lauded the efforts of the administration for sustaining the scheme, said the employment opportunity will further help to empower women.

She acknowledged the administration of Governor Oyetola for demonstrating genuine commitment to women and children development since assumption of office. 

Olaniyan noted that the scheme had helped to banish the scourge of unemployment and poverty among women since it was founded.

She described the success recorded since the establishment of the scheme as unprecedented particularly in alleviating poverty in the society.

“Governor Oyetola has approved the recruitment of another set of food vendors (caterers) who will be preparing nutritious meals for our pupils in every school day across the state.

“As we all know, this scheme is aimed to banish poverty, unemployment, hunger and increase primary school enrolment as well as encourage local and state-wide economic growth.

“The recruitment exercise was conceived to empower unemployed women in the state and to eradicate poverty, and hunger. 

“This initiative will to complement the efforts already put in place as the new vendors will be trained and exposed to skills that can avail them the opportunities of being self-independent and self-reliant.

“We are planning to recruit 2,000 fresh set of caterers while some of the old ones will be relieved.

“So, we are going into synergy with the new beneficiaries with some of the old ones who have been found worthy in the course of discharging their duties.”

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