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Akeredolu Bolts To Lagos To Make Peace With Tinubu, As 7 Commissioners Set To Dump Ondo Governor

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state is jittery ahead of the public pronouncement of his suspension by the party’s National Working Committee NWC for anti-party activities.

The Ondo State governor has consequently dashed to Lagos to make peace with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, vanguard reports.

I am not in a position to tell you the reason for the visit, all I know is that Oga will be in Lagos later tonight”, an aide of Governor Akeredolu said. Also, Akeredolu according to sources in Akure would join other south-west governors to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari who is billed for a state visit to Lagos today.

It was gathered that he left Akure, the Ondo state capital yesterday by road after some notable leaders of the party including the immediate past national vice chairman of the party in the south-west, Pius Akinyelure intervened in the festering cold war between the APC national leader and Akeredolu.

Reports had it that he would denounce the statement by his aide, Otito Atikase who accused Tinubu and the party national chairman Adams Oshiomole of being the brains behind Akeredolu’s yet to be confirmed, but undenied suspension from the party.

Since Akeredolu saw President Muhammadu Buhari in company of the Ekiti state governor Kayode Fayemi after the last election, fresh moves to explain to the president, reasons for the APC dismal performance have been reportedly thwarted by the cabals at the Presidential Villa.

According to Vanguard, it was learnt that the likes of Akinyelure impressed it on Akeredolu that the best bet for him was to make peace with Tinubu and other leaders and stop being heady. It was gathered that some party leaders from the south-west would join him at Bourdilon, the residence of the national leader of the party.

Meanwhile, reports had it that no fewer than seven commissioners are set to shift their allegiance from Akeredolu to an alternative candidate for the 2020 governorship election being groomed by the cabals in the Presidency.

The commissioners it was learnt do not want to sink with him ahead of the 2020 election and they have shifted their allegiances to other governorship aspirants who have infiltrated Akeredolu cabinet.

It was also gathered that since the suspension saga became public, the party former governorship aspirant, Dr Segun Abraham has started oiling his campaign machinery while another prominent party leader Olusola Oke and a loyalist to President Buhari, lfe Oyedele who is presently the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company.

Oyedele and Abraham are banking on making two of the commissioners their deputies and the affected commissioners are recruiting other cabinet members to support them. Two other commissioners are equally positioning themselves as deputy governorship aspirants to either Oyedele and Abraham using the religious card.

Sources said that Oke may be asked to step down for Oyedele who is the choice of the aides to the President while he may be given the senatorial slot in 2023. Findings showed that the national coordinator of the APC House of Representatives members-elect Bunmi Tunji Ojo of Akoko North West/ North East Federal Constituency has been coordinating for Femi Gbajambila as speaker of the House of Representatives is equally eyeing the deputy governorship slot with Oyedele.

Oyedele was said to have been responsible for the upkeep of many of the commissioners who earn a paltry N296, 000 monthly salary. A member of the House of Representatives elects told Vanguard that Oyedele gave each senatorial candidate in the state N2m each before the election was postponed and another N2m when the election finally held.

” Do you believe that when the governor dumped all the Senate and House of Representatives candidate somebody sent money to all the candidates because they were all stranded. Vanguard learnt that he first gave N500,000 to each of the House of Representatives candidates before the election was postponed and another N1m each after while each of the House of Assembly members received N350,000. He said;

“Akeredolu did not give us a dime for the election, we were stranded financially. He only gave N2m to some of his loyalists during December to buy rice for the party members in our constituencies. Some candidates were even sidelined and were not given the money to buy rice. ”

Ordinarily the Northern senatorial area of the state was expected to spend 8 years but Akeredolu has turned the entire North to Owo and the rest of the Akokos marginalised so why clamour for 8 years for Akeredolu when others are marginalised. We are not bothered if North is shortchanged or not; what we are after is a quality material who believes in the party, not himself and his family alone.

Source: Vanguard

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BREAKING: Sigh Of Relief As Electricity Workers Suspend Nationwide Strike

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The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has suspended its strike embarked upon on Wednesday to draw the federal government’s attention to the plight of its members.

Following a meeting with officials of the federal government, the union accepted to discontinue the one-day-old strike.

According to the National President of NUEE, Comrade Joe Ajaero, who confirmed the outcome of the meeting to THISDAY, the workers’ grievances were conclusively addressed.

He said that all the concerns of the union and its members were addressed at the talks which lasted till the wee hours of today.

“We have concluded deliberations and all issues were addressed, but we are awaiting implementation. Meanwhile, our strike action is suspended,” Ajaero said.

Following the expiration of the 21 days ultimatum issued by NUEE to the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, to implement their demands, and the failure of the minister to dialogue with the union before the ultimatum which lapsed midnight Tuesday, a nationwide blackout was imminent as electricity workers began indefinite strike Wednesday morning.

The strike led to the shutting down of most of the offices of Distribution Companies (Discos) across the country.

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Trouble Brews In FIRS As Workers Rejects Fowler’s Handover To Aina, Demand Handover To Senior Director

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Twenty-four hours after the change of guard at the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), members of staff of the Service have given the authorities till Friday for the most senior director to take over as acting chairman.

Mr. Babatunde Fowler handed over to Abiodun Aina, Coordinating Director, Domestic Taxes Group after President Muhammadu Buhari named Muhammad M. Nami to replace him as chairman and sent his name to the Senate for confirmation.

According to a communique sent to the Acting Executive Chairman, the workers, under the aegis of the Joint Union Council of FIRS, threatened that they cannot guarantee industrial harmony after Friday if Aina continues to act as chairman.

The FIRS claimed that Aina, “does not have the basic qualification/requirement (HND or BSc) to be employed into the Service.”

Besides, the union said Aina’s appointment to the position of Coordinating Director “was against the provision of Section 2.19 of FIRS Human Resource Policies and Processes which states as follows: Appointment to the post of Coordinating Director shall be made by the Board on the recommendation of the Executive Chairman.”

Aina’s appointment they claim should “be open to all confirmed Directors of the Service and it shall be competitive based on experience, competence, and seniority, as he was never a director in the Service rather a Senior Special Assistant to the erstwhile Chairman of FIRS.”

They also claimed that “his name is not on the seniority list of confirmed FIRS staff and FIRS directors on the staff nominal roll rather on the list of Contract Staff of FIRS.”

At the end of the emergency meeting, union members resolved that “in accordance with the Presidential Directive, the seniority list should be followed and the appropriate person be directed to act, pending assumption of duty of the New FIRS executive chairman.

“That if by close of work on Friday, 13th December 2019, no action is taken to this effect, Union will no longer guaranty further industrial harmony in the system.”

The communique was signed by Okere Samson (JUC Chairman); Idris Hassan Abdulrahaman (JUC Vice-Chairman); Lekwot Friday Thomas (JUC Secretary); Jimoh Idowu; Kenechukwu Oliver; Shehu M.D; Esther Acheme; Jane Akinbami; Abba Dalhatu; Akpabio N.M; Ajoge J.Y; Akorga Lucy; Ohiwere Ahmed A; Abubakar Abeni; Hussaini Moses; Nwoha Godwin and Habiba Adekunle.

The union leaders sent copies of the communique to Finance Minister Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nígeria President and his Nigeria Civil Service Union counterpart.

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FG Has Commercialized Christian Marriage —- PFN Cries Out Over New Law That Mandates Couples To Pay N51,000 Before Getting Married In Church

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The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has expressed fury over the new law by the Rauf Aregbesola led Ministry of Interior that mandates the payment of N30,000 by Churches to conduct statutory marriages and N21,000 for each marriages certificate.

PFN has alleged that churches are being targeted by the Federal Government following the new marriage certificate law introduced by the Ministry of Interior.

PFN’s National President of the fellowship, Rev.(Dr.) Felix Omobude who lashed out at the Ministry of Interior over the imposition of a compulsory N30,000 charge license for Christian worship centers for the conduct of statutory marriages in churches and N21,000 for each marriage certificate alleged that it is an attempt to commercialize Christian marriages in the country.

Omobude called on the Federal Government to shelve the unpopular policy which he said is exploitative and targeted against Christian marriages in the country. He added that they will use every legal means to stop the new marriage certificate law.

He said;

“This is very unfair and to the best of our understanding, the new law is targeted against the Church because the Traditional and Islamic weddings are exempted from paying the new marriage certificate fees.

“PFN is at a loss as to why Church Marriages should be in the exclusive list of the nation’s constitution. The PFN, therefore calls on the Federal Government to immediately shelve the unpopular policy targeted against Christian marriages in the country.

“If the Ministry of Interior is in dire need of funds, it should look elsewhere and resist the temptation of placing an extra financial burden on the Christians and their churches.”

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