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The Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, yesterday vowed to jail Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, if reelected.

Fayemi spoke during the declaration of intent to contest for Ekiti State governorship seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

Fayose, he stated, will be made to account for the gross mismanagement of the state’s resources and allocation in the last four years.

Fayemi, who was governor between October 2010 and October 2014, shocked the crowd by bringing out a red card from his pocket, which he symbolically showed to Fayose and the Peoples Democratic Party.

He said the red card is an answer to the White Paper issued against him by the Fayose regime, which indicted him of financial impropriety and banned him from holding public office for 10 years.

Traffic was grounded for about four hours in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, where a massive crow turned out to hear

Fayemi speak on his readiness to win Ekiti for APC in the July 14 governorship poll.

Fayemi said the state has retrogressed sharply in the last four years he left office, adding that his bid to run again was motivated by the need to “rescue Ekiti people from bad governance, want, hunger and poverty.”

He lamented the suffering of teachers, state civil servants, local government workers and pensioners, who are being owed backlog of arrears of salaries, allowances and benefits.

According to him, Fayose owes core civil servants six months, local government workers 10 months, community health workers 10 months; pensioners, 10 months; teachers, 10 months and students, bursaries of over three years.

Fayemi said Fayose has no excuse not to pay workers’ salaries and pensioners benefits having collected two tranches of bailout funds, two tranches of Paris Club refund cash and Budget Support Funds for thirteen months.

He also disclosed that latest records from the Debt Management Office showed Fayose has borrowed N56 billion since coming to power in October 2014 with nothing appreciable to show for it.

Fayemi vowed that Fayose would be brought to justice at the end of his tenure on how he has managed all the funds received from the federal government on behalf of the state.

The former governor was joined by his wife, Bisi; former deputy governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu; Nigeria’s Ambassador to Hungary, Dr. Eniola Ajayi; and other officials who served in his administration to the APC secretariat where he officially informed party leaders of his intent to run.

After declaring at the secretariat, Fayemi and his train moved to the nearby Jonathan African Church, Ajilosun, Ado-Ekiti, where he addressed another crowd waiting for him on his agenda for the state.

He said all APC members who had joined the governorship race are eminently qualified to occupy the state’s number one seat saying anyone who emerges as the flag bearer would be supported by all.

The minister declared that everything humanly, constitutionally and legally possible would be done to win Ekiti State for APC at the next governorship election.

Fayemi said: “When I come before you, it is with profound need for the unfinished business, we need to complete what we started, reclaim our land and restore our land.

“Anywhere Ekiti people go, people subject us to questions that what is wrong with you Ekiti people?

“We thought you are educated, we thought you are exposed, how do you come up with a character like this as governor?

“It is time to put a stop to that; it is not about title, it is about sacrifice and whatever it will take us to free Ekiti from these criminal and rapacious brigands, we will do it.

“We are here to inform Ekiti people that we will never abandon them. We will never hesitate to leave the comfort of Abuja. It is high time to come home and help our vulnerable people.

“We will do everything that is required to win Ekiti back. They will accuse us of using federal might.

“Although power belongs to God and he gives it to whoever He wishes, we will use bottom power, middle power. That is why they are jittery.”

Fayemi described the White Paper of the Fayose administration, which indicted him of financial impropriety and recommended him for a 10-year ban from holding public office, as an “ordinary tissue paper.”

The minister said: “Every time I move around, I see the suffering and penury our people are going through.

“I saw their pain and pangs of not knowing where the next meal will come from.

“That is why we must tell the man who is shouting around that he has a White Paper, we have a red card for him and his party.

“We will ensure that he will end up in jail.”

Fayemi described Fayose as a “pathological liar” for claiming that the debt he (Fayemi) left behind was responsible for his (Fayose’s) inability to pay workers’ salaries and pensioners benefits as and when due.

The ex-governor explained that he took a N25 billion bond from the Capital Market in December 2011 with which he executed capital projects, adding that he had repaid N14.5 billion at the time he left office in October 2014.

Dismissing the opposition’s claim that he hates workers and teachers, Fayemi stressed that workers enjoyed most during his administration when they enjoyed salary increase three times.

Apart from this, he said workers were sponsored to local and overseas seminars, teachers got Core Subjects Allowance, Rural Teachers Allowance and no worker was sacked.

To party members, Fayemi said: “Whoever wins the primary, we will all support him.

“Don’t run down any aspirant.

“Let us desist from hate speech because all aspirants are promoting our party.

“Party members should not use abusive and intemperate language and I want to suggest to our party leaders to come out with a code of conduct to check this.

“If we don’t do that, we run the risk of damaging our brand (APC).

“You are free to market your aspirant and leave the judgment to our delegates.

“They (delegates) want our party back in power and we must respect their judgment.

“Any aspirant who does not respect the rule, I will take him as an agent who does not want the good of our party.

 

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Good Brains Are In APC, Yet Nigeria Is Not Working —– Peter Obi Mocks El-Rufai

Peter Okunoren

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The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, yesterday reacted to a statement credited to the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai that there is no single thinking brain left in the PDP.

He mocked the Kaduna governor; saying, “All the good brains are in the APC (All Progressives Congress), yet the country isn’t working.”

Obi, who was also a former governor of Anambra State, spoke in Abuja while appearing on ARISE News Television.

Recall that El-rufai’s comments followed backlash by the PDP in which he was called to order over his statement describing Peter Obi as a “religious bigot.”

Addressing the matter, Obi stated, “Well, all the good brains are in APC, but the country is not working. The good brains are in APC, yet the country is collapsing. That’s all I can say.

“When APC came, this country was growing at six percent, since they came, look at where we are! Everything has headed south, not one item is positive.”

The vice presidential candidate stressed that in 2015, APC came to campaign with a bundle of lies and presently, instead of the ruling party telling Nigerians if they had been able to fulfill their promises, they were spinning more lies.

Obi further regretted the country’s debt burden and carpeted the APC-led administration for not curbing the trend.

He explained, however, that while he was not against borrowing, there must be a purpose for it, and that this must be explained to Nigerians.

According to him, “We are using almost 60 percent of our revenue to service debts. We are borrowing more. The Nigerian financial system, National Assembly, everybody is flying to London for a road show to borrow more money. This is what we should be discussing, what is this money going to be used for? Not discussing whether Peter Obi comes from Anambra or Imo.”

The vice presidential candidate also commented on the ongoing conversation on the minimum wage and said while he wasn’t speaking for the presidential candidate or the party, he said there was a need to sit down with labour, look at the income of the nation and the various states and determine the appropriate figure.

“Personally, I do not believe that somebody from Lagos should pay the same thing with somebody from Ebonyi State. If you go all over the globe, there is no place where two states pay the same salary even America,” he said.

On the search on Atiku by the security agencies, he said that the opposition leaders were not only targeted and persecuted, but the ruling party was turning the whole thing into a childish affair.

Obi said what the PDP was concerned with now was to bring the country back to where it used to be.

He said his principal, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, would prioritize security, national unity, education, and job creation if elected president of Nigeria, saying the country is broken, that another four years of the All Progressives Congress (APC) should be beyond the contemplation of any right thinking Nigerian.

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MUST READ: The Intimidating Profile Of Lagos APC Guber Candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

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The All Progressives Congress Governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu is no doubt one of the most popular gubernatorial candidates in Nigeria at the moment, he’s also perceived to be well accepted by the people and highly favored to become the number one man in the state come 2019.

However, it appears that so many Lagosians knows little or nothing about him or his antecedent except for his exceptional anointing by the Lagos APC Godfather and National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu (JAGABAN).

To this end, PorscheClassy News brings to you the complete profile of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Lagos APC Guber Candidate.

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His appointment as the Acting Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget less than a year after he joined the trailblazing administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Special Adviser on Corporate Matters in 2004 took the political circuit unawares.

Civil servants wondered who the upwardly mobile chap that impressed this headhunter of a governor in such a short time was. Politicians were curious to unravel this whiz kid.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu took the public interest in his personality and his skills set in his stride.  He chose to prove his mettle on the job by rolling up his sleeves and bringing his expertise in finance and management notched in over two decades in the private sector to play.

The results were fantastic.

In government-speak, the budget Commissioner was the “headmaster” who wielded the big stick against non-compliance with budgetary limits and held the votes of charge that gave life to expenditures.

The new man on the block slipped into the role as if it was a customized suit.  Ministries, departments and agencies met a friendly enforcer and creative provider of solutions to the challenging task of managing the economic development of Africa’ s fastest growing economic hub.

Tracking and providing intelligent analysis of Internally Generated Revenues (IGR) by the various government agencies and parastatals, including the Board of Internal Revenue (BIR), for executive consideration and policymaking; as well as preparation and publication of the Lagos State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy (LASEEDS) are some of his commendable contributions.

The opportunity gave him a helicopter view of the economic challenges facing the 12 million residents and turned him into a passionate executor of the Lagos State Economic Development Strategy.  Only God knew that someday he would respond to the call of the people to apply these solutions to a population that has now grown to 24million.

‘Give me a place to stand, and I will move the earth’, the legendary words of Archimedes, the ancient scientist who discovered the lever, turned out to be prophetic for Sanwo-Olu at the ministry.  His deft management of the fulcrum on which Governance oscillates made him shine for all to see and he quickly established his reputation for quick thinking and fast execution.

The consensus that he was an asset to the administration is the most logical rationale for his deployment to ministries in need of critical management during the second term of the Tinubu administration.

If in doubt, take this count:

2006: Appointed the Commissioner for Commerce & Industry with the responsibility to engage his primary constituency, the private sector to partner with the government to create jobs, ensure industrial harmony and boost investment.

2007: Appointed the Commissioner for Establishment, Training & Pensions. His pioneering records include the scale-up of collective bargaining as a platform for wages reviews, timely payment of salaries and pensions and the introduction of the Civil Service Framework in collaboration with the Head of Service. Perhaps the most record-breaking event was the establishment of the Lagos State Pensions Commission.

The vibrant energy and hands-on style of Sanwo-Olu explain why he had his hands full during the Babatunde Raji Fashola administration that he served diligently between 2007 and 2011.

You do not need to wonder why Sanwo-olu was involved in the establishment of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, the New Projects Initiation & Promotions Committee, the Lekki Free Trade Zone and chaired the Consultants Board. These interventions have given him the institutional memory to understand why and how the present agencies of the Lagos State government were formed and how to manage them to give Lagosians the best possible values.

His appointment as the Managing Director of the Lagos State DevelopmentProperty Corporation by His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode is a remarkable feat demonstrating that the three helmsmen of Lagos State in the last 19 years of democracy – Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN and Akinwunmi Ambode – have found him worthy to be called upon to add value to governance in the state.

His most recent impeccable record of diligent public service is, of course, the LSDPC. Notably, his regal perch as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Lagos State Development Property Corporation (LSDPC) turned the fortunes of the corporation around with increased innovation and efficiency, thereby justifying his 2016 appointment. Babajide’s business process re-engineering acumen enabled his task of reducing the housing deficit in Lagos State.

As a result, several housing projects commenced in the Victoria Island-Lekki axis within few months of his resumption, while similar projects – Courtland Villa, Igbokusu Lekki and Bayview Estate, Elegushi Lekki to mention a few were executed in quick succession, under the Joint Venture and Private Public Partnership (PPP) model operational in the State. One of the flagship interventions of the LSDPC under Sanwo-Olu’s watch was recommencement of work on the abandoned 122-unit Lekki Apartments, which is currently near completion.

While his role at the LSDPC has been adjudged admirable and widely applauded by stakeholders across the State, Babajide has proven to be an administrator with a Midas touch.

Despite the very deserving and overwhelming accolades attracted by his strings of successes at LSDPC and previous duty posts, Babajide has never shifted his focus from the bigger picture of delivering greater value to the people of Lagos State

The LSDPC restructuring tagged ‘Project Eagle’ implemented under his leadership has become the model for public sector institution repositioning in Nigeria, and a valid pointer to the state’s commitment to operational efficiency.

The consequent outcome of the methodically implemented re-engineering process is a visible transformation in the internal ethos and external outlook of the corporation. This produced a crop of highly trained, mentored and motivated civil servants in the LSDPC; ready to create value for Lagos State and Taxpayers.

Born into the illustrious Sanwo-Olu family of Lagos Island on June 25, 1965, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has grown to become a symbol of integrity; hard work, diligence, selflessness, and empathy that are second nature to his worthy family. He is a product of the marriage between Pa. Simon Sanwo-Olu of 65, Omididun Street and Madam Omotunde Ajoke Cole of Idoluwo Street, both in Lagos. Young Babajide had the privilege of proper and quality upbringing, which has continued to guide his path through life.

A respectable example of the best of two worlds, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu is a private sector tested hand and a public sector reformer. His experiences straddle the two distinct, but connected pillars of every great economy.

Babajide has a very enviable banking career where he rose to the position Deputy General Manager (DGM) at the First Atlantic Bank (now part of First City Monument Bank). Babajide served as financial advisor and investment Banker to several blue chips and multinational companies and initiated many impactful transactions that created multiple positive effects on the economy.

Beyond the interesting highlights of his banking career, he also supervised notable Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE)-led privatization projects; such as concession of the Aluminum Smelter Company (ALSCON), National Arts Theatre, Lagos International Trade Fair Complex, acquisition of Ikoyi Hotels Limited and the Federal Government Debt Conversion Programme.

Without any doubt, Babajide left the private sector with countless learnings and skills that differentiated him in the public service, but liquidity management and investment policy articulation could be considered his most valuable takeaways from the banking sector.  His role as a Treasurer at Lead Merchant Bank between 1994 and 1997, later Head, Foreign Money Market at United Bank for Africa and Treasurer at First Atlantic Bank, made him central to institutional survival and adroit at resources utilization.

Prior to his banking career, he worked (Post – NYSC) as a Seismic Surveyor with United Geophysical Nigeria Ltd (a seismic data acquisition company) in a role which took him around the whole Niger Delta and Lake Chad region prospecting crude oil for Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC)and NNPC between 1989 and 1991.

Babajide also tried his young hands on a start-up business like every entrepreneurial mind and adventurous youth.  He started a company with his funds called “Dial a Plumber” and the venture suffered within its first 18 months. In retrospect, Babajide thinks the venture failed because of a combination of factors, which creating a conducive climate for business operations would have addressed. Although this is not to exonerate his naivety, involving in that undertaking made him understand that Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) require a considerable amount of government support and doggedness on the part of the promoters.

In recognition of his multi-sectoral experience, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has become a highly sought-after boardroom frontrunner, whose insights and perspectives are coveted by public and private sector companies. Between 2011 and 2016, he was chairman of Baywatch Group Limited, First Class Group Limited, Beryl Shelter Limited, and earlier, Lagos State Consultants Board. He also served on the board of Department for International Development (DFID/DEEPEN) Fund, Caverton Offshore Services Group Plc, Light Level Nigeria Limited, Lagos State Security Trust Fund, and the Lagos State Tenders Board.

As an innovation and solution-driven mind, it is to his credit that the policy framework and structure that established the Lagos State Security Trust Fund was set-up as a frontal solution to the security challenges of Lagos State. He applied the same rigour of tackling security challenges in the state to untangle the chaotic public transportation problem by modifying the setting up of Lagos Asset Management Limited (LAGBUS).

Babajide is an alumnus of the prestigious Kennedy School of Government, London Business School and the Lagos Business School. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Surveying & Geo-Informatics and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Lagos. His early education was at Government Demonstration School, Gbaja, Surulere and Ijebu-Ife Grammar Secondary School, Ijebu-Ife, Ogun State.

Outside of formal education, Babajide has attended several high-profile pieces of training and leadership courses at some of the leading institutions in the world, especially in Europe, USA, and Asia. He also boasts the membership of the Nigerian Institute of Directors (IOD) Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), and Fellowship of Nigeria Institute of Training and Development (NITAD).

It is unexpected that Babajide’s enterprising career in the private sector, defining roles in public service and selfless contributions to the society would not have attracted international recognition and accolades at home, but as a man attired in modesty, these awards and laurels are encouragements that keep him on the path of service to God and humanity.

Some of his laurels include the ‘LSDPC Impactful Leadership and Recognition Award’, ‘Young Christian Fellowship Appreciation Award’, ‘National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives Gold Mentor Appreciation Award’, ‘University of Lagos International School Parents-Teachers Association Recognition & Appreciation Award’, Nigerian Union of Teachers Excellence Award for Contribution to Upliftment of Education’ and University of Lagos Alumni Association Merit Award for Outstanding Commitment and Contributions to National Development.

A devout Christian and family-focused man, whose marriage to Dr. Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, is blessed with lovely children, Babajide in addition to his love for public speaking, is a member of numerous prestigious clubs which include Ikoyi Club 1938, the Island Club, Yoruba Tennis Club, and the Clear Essence Health Club.

 

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Alleged N7.65bn Fraud: Court Revokes Orji Kalu’s 11-Year Bail, Orders Him To Surrender To EFCC

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A Federal High Court in Lagos has revoked the bail it granted a former governor of Abia State, Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu in 2007.

Justice Mohammed Idris made the order following Kalu’s absence without permission from his alleged N7.65bn fraud trial.

The judge ordered Kalu, who is believed to be in Germany for surgery, to surrender his travel documents to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) upon his return to Nigeria.

Kalu was also ordered to surrender himself to the EFCC within 24 hours of his return, failure of which he would be arrested.

Justice Idris held: “Due to the circumstances, I am constrained to revoke the bail granted to the first defendant (Kalu).

“The first defendant is, however, permitted to continue with his medical treatment abroad unharrassed by law enforcement agencies.

“Upon the first defendant’s return to the country, he shall at the point of entry surrender his passport and other relevant documents to the EFCC.

“He shall also submit himself to the EFCC within 24 hours of his return, failing which he shall be arrested and detained by the EFCC.”

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