Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu and the Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, are before a Senate panel to discuss the clash between EFCC and DSS officials. The clash began when operatives of the EFCC attempted to arrest former head of NIA, Mr Ayo Oke, and the…
From: Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
A strong indication emerged, on Friday, that the endorsement of the Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Bimbo Ashiru, as the consensus gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by Ijebu/Remo, Governorship Agenda Elders, has pitched the commissioner against the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun.
The development, Saturday Sun gathered, may have forced the Commissioner to resign from his position, on Friday.
Ashiru, it was further learnt, announced his resignation during the state executive council meeting presided over by the governor, on Friday morning, to the surprise of not a few members of the cabinet.
It was also gathered that Ashiru’s decision to join the gubernatorial race, may not have gone down well with the governor, having earlier declared support for Ogun West person to succeed him in 2019.
Saturday Sun was reliably informed that the once robust relationship between Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Ashiru, may have finally hit the rock, as the governor expressed his displeasure with Ashiru over his ambition.
According to an insider, the governor practically disallowed Ashiru to ride with him in the lift at the Governor’s Office at the end of exco meeting.
The source, equally told Saturday Sun, that Ashiru rebuffed every persuasion by his colleagues to drop his ambition and simply told them “we shall meet on the field”.
He was also said to have boasted that as soon as he declares his governorship ambition, his backers will raise nothing less than N2b to prosecute his ambition.
Ashiru, had been picked on Wednesday by the Agenda Elders ahead the former deputy governor, Segun Adesegun, Senators Adegbenga Kaka and Olorunmbe Mamora, and other five aspirants after they underwent screening before a four-man committee led by Chief Olu Okuboyejo.
He is expected to battle for the APC governorship ticket with aspirants from other zones later in the governorship primaries to be conducted by the ruling party.
Meanwhile, Ashiru could not be reached as at the time of filing this report, to confirm his resignation and comments on the matter. For over two hours, the network answering machine of his line was saying “busy”.
— 14th December 2017
From Chidi Nnadi, Enugu Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has announced that policies and measures adopted by his administration to plug leakages in revenues accruing to the state have started yielding results with the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) up from N14 billion in 2016 to N18 billion as at October this year….
— 14th December 2017
The head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas called Thursday for fresh protests across the world against US President Donald Trump’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “We demand the Islamic world make every Friday a day of anger and revolution in every capital and city until we bring down Trump’s decision,” Ismail Haniya said….
— 14th December 2017
Mr Saleh Dunoma, Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has warned airport users to be mindful of the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) camera at the nation’s airports. Dunoma gave the warning at the Anti-Corruption Sensitisation Programme organised for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Aviation Sector Workers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International…
— 14th December 2017
From: Rose Ejembi, Makurdi Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has presented a budget of N178, 377,811,608.00 billion to the state House of Assembly for the 2018 fiscal year. The 2018 budget is about N5 billion lesser than the 2017 budget of N183,368,780,499.00 Governor Ortom presented to the House of Assembly last year. Christened a Budget…
Entertainment— 13th December 2017
By Damilola Fatunmise What is happening between Tekno and American hip hop star Drake? That is the question on every observer’s lips as Tekno, who is currently in the US has been flaunting images of him and the Canadian on social media. “Though details are still sketchy, word is rife that inspired with the success…
South-West Report— 14th December 2017
• Controversies still trail legendary Yoruba author, 50 years after death From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure The late Daniel Olorunfunmi Fagunwa widely known as D. O. Fagunwa was a great writer, author and researcher. He became popular through his great literary works in Yoruba Language. His name still rings bell not only in his Oke-Igbo hometown…
Abuja Metro— 13th December 2017
By Magnus Eze As the world marked the International Day of Persons Living with Disabilities (PLWDs) on December 3, series of activities were organised by the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and Disability Rights Advocacy Centre (DRAC) during the week in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). CCD in collaboration with Open Society Initiative for…
Oriental News— 13th December 2017
…Students, party men roll out drums for former governor From Chidi Nnadi, Enugu As the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) began preparations for its 47th convocation, the Senate of the premier university selected nine prominent Nigerians to be conferred with the institution’s doctorate degree, honoris causa. As time progressed, about 70 academic egg-heads retired into…
Features— 13th December 2017
Being the lecture delivered by Professor Placid C. Njoku, at the 8th convocation lecture and silver jubilee of Michael Okpara Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State Nigeria’s fundamentals Nigeria is today at the crossroads. Its large stock of 32.7 billion barrels of proven crude oil reserves is the primary base of its mono-commodity economy,…
Literary Review— 9th December 2017
Dr Kayode Kofoworola is a poet, literary critic and lecturer in the Department of English, University of Lagos, Akoka, where he teaches English Literature, Literary Theory, World Literatures. Recently, he moderated a session on “Is the Critic Dead in Nigeria’s Literary Firmament?” at the 2017 Lagos Books and Arts Festival (LABAF). He was also a…
Lifeline— 14th December 2017
•Auto dealer who lost 20 cars worth N100m says, I’m finished By Job Osazuwa and Bianca Iboma A tanker laden with 33,000 litres of diesel yesterday unleashed huge losses on some residents of Festac Town in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State. The accident, which occurred around noon, did not claim any life….
Education Review— 12th December 2017
• Non-academic staff flex muscles over N23b allowance sharing formula By Gabriel Dike Industrial actions have continued to stalk Nigerian universities. And the pandemic moves from one shape, name and coloration to the other. By the time the government blocks one resentment from one labour union, another breaks the dam wall and causes another leakage…
Marketing Matters— 30th November 2016
It was a unique gathering of major stakeholders in Nigeria’s marketing industry when the Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) rolled out the red carpet to celebrate outstanding achievers at the 2016 ADVAN Awards for Marketing Excellence at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, last weekend. The event threw up new champions who would bask in the…
TSWeekend— 8th December 2017
By Tony Ogaga Happily married comedian, OAP and actor, Ushbebe (Justice Nuagbe), has come a long way. After cutting his teeth working with award winning comedian, AY, as his protege, he has successfully carved a niche for himself as one of Nigeria’s hottest contemporary rib crackers and has gone on to establish his own annual…
Interestingly, the delicate issue of human rights has, over the years in Nigeria, resonated to a pitch that, today, one can comfortably adduce that more needs to be done for Nigeria to have a clean slate. A time was when a radical Afrobeat musician called Fela Kuti composed and sang a song titled “Human Right is…
Dear Honourable Minister Sir, the recent disheartening development in Nigeria’s tourism industry, particularly at Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) informed the urge to write you this open letter. Indeed, against our prayerful intention and expectations to reap accelerated tourism growth under this administration and under your watch, we are surprised that the multiplication of rot,…
If the question is asked, would the PDP win the 2019 election? The answer is yes. However, they need to ‘shine their eyes.’ If they don’t, they will miss their way to victory. And this would be due to blurred vision. What do we mean? First of all this. The South-West must be told in…
Femi, your write-up, Come Let’s Reason Together, in Daily Sun, Thursday, December 7, 2017, was beautiful. Keep it up. – Azuazu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. 08032329091 You made my day You people can be funny. You mean no more whistleblowing or some got missing? Anyway, you made my day with your piece. – 08034505095 Timber…
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has the proverbial lion heart and has dared where people dreaded. Things that even military governments could not dare in the state, Rochas waded through them, unscathed. The seeming impossible move of sending bulldozers to Ekeukwu market in Owerri, for which the people cried blue murder, has become history….
This column does not, as a matter of policy, comment on government and governance in Imo, my home state. However, it could, when the unusual takes place, relax this policy momentarily in order to be a part of a compelling history. Since the advent of BROKEN TONGUES in 1999, Imo has featured only twice in…
Below are what other cast of reviewers said about the book, “Views from America: A Sojourner’s Memoirs- A Repertoire of Action for Nigeria’s Development”: “Views from America, A sojourner’s memoirs by Dr. Acho Orabuchi is the ultimate primer for socio-economic, political and service-driven leadership. It is a must read by lawmakers and politicians alike, who…
The People’s Grassroots Association for Corruption-free Nigeria (PGACN), after a survey of Nigerian history, came to the conclusion that fighting corruption from the top has been a losing struggle for nearly 60 years. That’s how it resolved to attack the menace from the bottom. The logic, of course, is that if the bottom is clean,…
Have you ever wondered why so many people crave for watermelon and why it is a favourite fruit for many? It is because watermelon is a super nutritious fruit in every sense of the word. Watermelon, botanically known as citrullus lanatus, is a native of Africa, originating in the Southern African region. It is a popular fruit in Nigeria. Watermelon grows well in temperate regions, which explains why it grows very…
Cervical spondylosis can put once life in jeopardy. The discomfort and distress that comes with this health condition is without equal. The agony that follows cervical spondylosisis able keep the victim crying all day and night that known pain killer may not be able to abate.. More than 85 percent of people older than age…