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The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has said he sacked 252 of his aides and not that they resigned as being claimed.

The governor, in a statement on Sunday, said this in reaction to the claim by the aides that they dumped Tambuwal over his request that they must leave the All Progressives Congress for the Peoples Democratic Party.

Reacting to the development through a statement, Tambuwal said: “According to the reports, one Alhaji Ibrahim Haske, a former Special Adviser to the governor, who described himself as ‘spokesman for all the aides,’ announced at a news conference in Sokoto on Sunday that the aides returned to the All Progressives Congress (APC), instead of working under a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government.

“The so-called press conference and the claims by Alhaji Haske, are not only false but are symbolic of the brinkmanship that that political APC has come to be known for.

“To set the records straight, the over 200 aides were relieved of their appointment by Governor Tambuwal, who had directed the termination of the appointments of all special assistants. It was a move to afford political appointees the chance to make an honourable choice of their partisan directions and allegiances, considering the political developments in the state.

“It must also be noted that the sack affected only Personal and Special Assistants, not Advisers, as has been erroneously insinuated.

“Ever since the publication of the false news in sections of the media, some of the prominent former aides of Governor Tambuwal, have come out to state the facts as they really are.

“In a statement Sunday evening jointly signed by Hon Umar Bature (former Special Adviser), Mustafa Shehu (former SSA media), Maiakwai Abubakar (ormer SSA), Dr Aliyu Inname (former SA Contributory Health Scheme) and, Hon Bashir Gidado (former SA PPP) on behalf of 200 others, said: ‘We write to inform the public that contrary to a statement credited to us that we resigned from the services of the Sokoto State government, all appointees were actually relieved of their appointments by His Excellency Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, in his effort to reinvigorate government operations and services.’ The decision was officially communicated by the Director General, Media & Public Affairs to the Governor Malam Abu Shekara. We have accepted the decision in good faith and expressed our sincere gratitude and appreciation to His Excellency for giving us the opportunity to serve our dear state in different capacities. While we look forward to future opportunities to serve the state on similar or other capacities, we wish to place on record that we are solidly behind the decision of His Excellency, Gov Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, and all of us to join the PDP as the only viable political vehicle to achieve the goals of the people of Sokoto State.’

“It must also be explained that through the week, a number of SAs, engaged actively in the APC and loyal to Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko had reported to the Secretary to the State Government ( SSG’s ) office to claim their salaries. It is in the light of this dishonourable conduct that Governor Tambuwal sought to offer them a chance to make an honourable exit.

“The declaration of resignation by the SAs is, therefore, an unfortunate afterthought and an attempt to grandstand.”

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Polaris Bank Takes Over Skye Bank, CBN Assures Depositors Of Cash Safety

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Following the withdrawal of the operating licence of Skye Bank Plc, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), in consultation with the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), has established a bridge bank known as Polaris Bank, to assume the assets and liabilities of the defunct bank.

CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, who disclosed this on Friday, said the strategy was for the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) to capitalise the bridge bank and begin the process of sourcing investors to buy out AMCON.

“By this decision, the licence of the defunct Skye Bank is hereby revoked.

We wish to assure all depositors that under this arrangement, their deposits shall remain safe and that normal banking services shall continue in the new bank on Monday, 24th September 2018, to enable customers to transact their businesses seamlessly.

“Thus, all customers of Skye Bank shall be automatic customers of the new bank and their accounts and records duly purchased by Polaris Bank,” Emefiele explained.

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BREAKING: CBN Revokes Skye Bank’s Operational Licence

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has withdrawn the operating licence of Skye Bank, The Cable reports.

Umar Ibrahim, chairman of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), made this known to journalists on Friday.

More details will be provided shortly…

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Osun Guber: Don’t Kill Yourselves Over Who Becomes Governor, Only God Gives Power — Ooni Of Ife

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has warned youths against political violence before, during and after the Osun gubernatorial election coming up on Saturday.

Oba Ogunwusi gave the warning during the courtesy visit of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Iyiola Omisore to his Palace, on Thursday, in Ile-Ife.

He said: “It is only Almighty Allah that has the power to elevate whoever He wants to the post. For He is in Heaven doing what pleases Him”.

According to him, people don’t need to fight each other over getting to a post, but should rather allow God’s will to come into perfection.

The royal father, therefore, appealed to all and sundry to maintain peaceful coexistence in the forthcoming election, saying there is no gain in blood shedding.

Earlier, Omisore lauded the Ooni for his fatherly role and for supporting his aspirations to rule the state.

Omisore also thanked Ife and Osun indigenes, for rallying around him in his campaign and appealed to all and sundry to support him by casting their votes for him during the election.

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