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Obaseki: “God gave me power. If he wants me to return I will continue”

Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor, claims he has confident that he will be re-elected to power as Governor of the state because “power comes from God.”

This was made public by the governor on Wednesday, in an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, where noted that he is a man of peace, not a violent person.

The Governor made this statement in response to instances of insecurity in the state which have been attributed to the coming elections.

Governor Obaseki also spoke with regards to long raging the political rift within his party the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, adding that he is not distracted, adding that his focus is on developing Edo State.

He added that though there are issues in the Edo State chapter of the APC, those issues can be revolved within a democratic setting. Added that things are made worse by persons that are bent on compelling him to succumb to their wimps and caprices.

He continued to emphasize his optimism that the rule of law will prevail in the affairs of the State and that his confidence was based on the fact President Muhammadu Buhari will allow the rule of law to guide the affairs of the state.

‘Buhari Not Probing Kyari’s Office’ Presidency Debunks Rumour

A report that President Muhammadu Buhari cancelled about 150 memos authorised by former Chief of Staff, the late Mallam Abba Kyari, was incorrect, the Presidency said last night.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu urged Nigerians to ignore the report in a statement.

It reads:

“The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to media reports alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled a number of memos and appointments signed off by his former Chief of Staff. Not surprisingly, these reports have quoted unnamed sources.
“There is not a grain of truth in these reports and Nigerians should please ignore the insinuations behind them.

“President Buhari was duly re-elected by Nigerians in February 2019. He has not and will never cede to anyone else, that power and trust given to him by the Nigerian people.”
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Declare Kanu’s Seat Vacant Now’ Abia Youth Tells Lawan

Abia North Youths Vanguard (ANYV) yesterday called on the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan, to declare vacant, the seat of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, following the expiration of the constitutional one third legislative days of absence from sitting.

The group argued that since the embattled senator who has been in prison custody since December 5, 2019 following his conviction by a Lagos Federal High Court on a N7.2bn fraud charge, has been absent from the senate, his seat ought to have been declared vacant.

According to a statement signed by Comrade Sunday Kalu and Uchechukwu Orji, President and Secretary of the group respectively, said Kalu has breached section 68 (f) of the 1999 Constitution which recommends that the seat of a lawmaker be declared vacant if he or she is absent from sitting for more than one third of legislative days in a year.

The Senate had through it former spokesperson, Senator Godiya Akwashiki said, “there is no provision in the constitution that says the seat of any senator facing prosecution or convicted at a lower court be declared vacant,”

Kalu, who is the Senate Chief Whip, has continued to enjoy all his entitlements, including salaries while in prison even without performing any legislative duty.

Uzodinma Abolishes Pension Payment To Ex-Governors, Others

Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo, has assented to a bill repealing the law that created pension allowances and gratuities for former governors, deputy governors, assembly speakers and deputy speakers.

Signing the bill into law in Owerri on Friday, the governor noted that the erstwhile law runs contrary to the 1999 constitution as amended, which stipulates that a pensioner must have worked for at least 10 years and must be up to 45 years of age.

He regretted a situation where some of the beneficiaries of such payments also get huge amount of money as salaries and allowances in other positions they occupied such as serving as senators or members of the House of Representatives.

“Apart from the inconsistency of such a law to the provisions of the ground norm, which is the Constitution of 1999 (as amended), this has led for a very long time a precedence that does not encourage diligence and prudence in service delivery,” the governor said.

He, however thanked the State House of Assembly for rising to the occasion and embracing totally the desire of government to strengthen the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) base of the state.

He assured the people of the state of his commitment and desire to grow an economy that will stand the test of time.

On his part, Speaker of the Imo House of Assembly, Chiji Collins, said that the house of assembly presented two bills for the governor’s assent: the Bill on Imo State University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and Bill on the Repeal of Pensions and Gratuity.

He said that the Bill on Pensions and Gratuity has long been repealed in many states of the federation when it was discovered to run contrary to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

Present at the signing of the bill into law were the Dep. Gov. Prof. Placid Njoku; the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Amara Iwuanyanwu; the Majority Leader, Uche Ogbuagu and other members of the House, as well as some members of the State’s Expanded Executive Council.

Resume Lagos-Abuja flights – Sanwo-Olu begs FG

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commenced moves to get the Presidential Task Force(PTF) on COVID-19 to allow flights from Lagos to Abuja to resume considering the growing impact of the closure of the airports on the state’s economy.

According to the governor, the industries most “significantly” affected by the lockdown include the aviation industry as well as the entertainment, hospitality and transportation industries.

Recall the that the Federal Government had on March 23 shut all international airports in the country. The shutdown was later extended to the closure to all airports in the country, banning all local and international flights.

Governor Sanwo-Olu made this statement during a webinar hosted by FSDH Merchant Bank on Friday. The webinar, titled, ‘A global pandemic: local realities and peculiarities – a view from the frontlines’, was anchored by the Chairman, FSDH Holding Company, Mr Hakeem Belo-Osagie, and the bank’s Managing Director, Mrs Hamda Ambah.

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