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Call your appointees to order, Fayose tells Buhari

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Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, yesterday urged President Muhammdu Buhari to call his political appointees to order, especially presidential appointees who wield the larger-than-life attitude as it could endanger the nation’s democracy.

Fayose, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Idowu Adelusi said if they were not called to order, their action could endager democray.

While stating that the economy had collapsed and the people are suffering, Fayose warned the president to note that Nigerians are discerning and the wool cannot be pulled over their eyes any longer, adding that their patience is fast running out.

“Governance has been reduced to a theatre of the absurd. These appointees of yours are needlessly and embarrassingly flexing muscles and are heating up the polity; they appear to be having fun and regaling themselves at the expense of the nation. “The economy has collapsed and the people are suffering. There is hunger and anger never before witnessed in the land.

Yet, Presidential appointees are preoccupied with trivialities and inanities. Wearing of uniform has suddenly become a Supreme Court matter. Why a man who will not wear uniform went to take a uniformed job beggars belief.

“How someone who has so little respect and scanty regard for an organisation like the Nigeria Customs Service should be made to head the same organisation must baffle right-thinking Nigerians.

“In other societies where people have a sense of decency and decorum, people with such irreconcilable differences would honourably resign their position.

“And where a government finds itself unable to effectively govern, as we appear to have here on our hands, it behoves the head of that government to do the needful,” he said. The governor said Nigerians are beginning to believe that Buhari had lost grip of government.

He said his wife, Mrs. Aisha Buhari’s allegation that a cabal had taken over the government was now cogent, noting that the president’s defence that his wife belongs to “the other room” now rings hollow in the ears of Nigerians based on current happening.

He said: “The saying is that he who appoints can also disappoint. Your appointees are your creation and it is an aberration when they become greater and more powerful than you. Mr. President, the tail is wagging the dog right now. You must take effective and firm action to reverse this ugly and unwholesome trend.

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Ex-IGP, Onovo, lauds Ugwuanyi’s visionary leadership

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Former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onovo has extolled leadership virtues of Enugu state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, describing him as a visionary and “wonderful” leader, whose style of politics was sincere, inclusive and resultoriented. Speaking at a flag off ceremony of the construction work on the all-important Ogonogoeji- Ndiagu-Akpugo rural road, from Atavu Bailey Bridge to Afor Onovo, which had attracted many leaders of “Nkanuland”, Onovo expressed delight that after years of neglect by past administrations, Ugwuanyi was able to remember the people of the area by commencing work on the road.

The former IGP, who applauded Ugwuanyi for keeping faith with his promise to construct the road shortly after he inspected it, regretted that the road had not witnessed any development in the past. Besides, he commended the governor for his commitment to good governance, transparency, accountability, peace, justice and fair play, noting that the governor was able to utilize the lean resources of the state to pay workers’ salaries and retirees’ pensions and still execute massive development projects across the three senatorial districts of the state, especially in the rural areas.

This, Onovo among others said had earned Enugu state the enviable status of “the safest state in the country”, saying “I am happy to be here to identify with you, Your Excellency.” Also speaking, Chairman of Nkanu West Local Government Area, Hon. Henry Okenwa also thanked Ugwuanyi for numerous development projects his administration was executing in the council especially the Agbani- Amurri road, which was witnessing development for the first time in the past 100 years.

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Group upbraids Imo lawmakers for rejecting LG autonomy

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A group, APGA Mass Mobilization Movement (APGA3M) has condemned rejection of the local government autonomy by the Imo state House of Assembly. Speaking with newsmen in Owerri, Coordinator of the group, Comrade Ikedi Nwanwa described the lawmakers’ decision as shocking and unbelievable, wondering why a group of people who claimed to represent the people would take a decision which was completely at variance with the wishes and aspirations of the people.

A visibly angry Nwanwa, who called for protest and shut down of the House, lampooned the House members for turning themselves into choristers who gather to sing Okorocha’s praises with Speaker Acho Ihim leading the pack as choir master. According to him, “the decision of the Imo Assembly is shameful treacherous.

This is the height of sycophancy. We are compiling the names of the House members who voted against the people which we will make public for their constituencies to understand the kind of people they sent to the House.”

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INEC ad-hoc staff to take oath in Cross River

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Cross River State yesterday said all ad-hoc staff to be used for the conduct of the 2019 general election will have to swear to an oath of neutrality. This was disclosed by the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Frankland Briyai, during the monthly meeting of federal establishments in the state. He said it was necessary to remind them that they would be used by the commission as Supervisory Presiding Officers (SPOs) during the elections and appealed to them to ensure neutrality during the election.

“All ad-hoc staff will swear to an oath of office and this is because we want to ensure that the coming elections are different in every respect. INEC uses staff of federal establishments because they are believed to be more neutral and have broader horizon, having come from other states of the federation,” he said. “I am appealing to all election officials, including the federal government staff not to compromise in carrying out their election duties.

They should respect all the ground rules so that there can be outcomes that represent the will of the people. This is INEC’s main objective for using unbiased officials like you to conduct elections,” the REC said. Briyai, who used the forum to give a rundown of activities of the commission in the state, said about 78,539 voters had so far been registered, while 16, 6944 PVCs had been distributed and 5,344 PVCs were yet to be collected since 2015. Earlier, Chairman of federal establishments in the state, Dr. Fred Chucks Okoli of the Federal Character Commission, said the purpose of the meeting was to unite members and to work for the progress of the country and the state in particular.

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