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NDDC: Akpabio Has Caused Huge Damage To N’Delta, He Should Be Sacked – Monarch

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Agitation heightened in the Niger Delta, weekend, over the Federal Government inability to constitute a substantive board for the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.

This is as the traditional ruler of Idjerhe kingdom, Delta State, HRM Obukowho Monday Whiskey, demanded the immediate sack of Godswill Akpabio, Minister of the Niger Delta

The monarch who hinged his call for the sack of the minister to what he described as the none performance of the intervention agency the in region, also decried the litany of abandoned NDDC projects in the region.

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He told newsmen that all efforts to speak out against the ills of the commission against the region and to draw the attention of President Mohammedu Buhari to their plight has not yielded any result.

He appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue the Niger Delta, adding that all multi-national organisations operating in the region should relocate their headquarters to where the resources is sourced.

He said: “I believe the happenings in the NDDC are not new to anybody in this region. President Muhammadu Buhari must come to the rescue of the Niger Delta people at this critical time. If giving agencies to ministries is to make it more effective, then the intention to domicile NDDC with the ministry of Niger Delta has failed completely.

“Because we have come to notice that it was domiciled in the Ministry of Niger Delta for political reasons, so that one individual can dictate the pace of development or economic empowerment of individuals and organisations in the entire oil and gas producing states of the country.

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“The honourable minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, has done a lot of damage to the region of the oil producing communities, and as a result of that I have no hesitation to tell Mr.President to sack the minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio now.

“Looking into what he has done in the past three years, we have a enough reasons to believe that the common wealth of the people of the Niger Delta is what individuals are squandering and we cannot continue on that path.

“If you recall, the NDDC Act 2000 have no place for sole administrator or interim management committee. We left the stage of interim management committee to the stage of Sole Administrator. You are all aware that Distinguished Nigerians, notable sons and daughters of the oil producing communities were nominated by Mr.President.

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“They were screened and confirmed by the National Assembly. It behoves on Mr. President to live up to his constitutional responsibilities by inaugurating the already screened and confirmed board of the NDDC under the chairmanship of His Excellency, Dr. Pius Odubu and Olorogun Bernard Okumagba.

“What is happening here in the NDDC is a shame. As I speak ,there are notable projects that are supposed to be ongoing in the Idjerhe kingdom, a notable oil and gas kingdom in the Niger Delta region and nothing is happening.

“Some many NDDC projects scattered all over the kingdom that are abandoned. In the face of this, I cannot preside over a kingdom where all projects are abandoned and I go to one corner and be clapping for one individual,” he concluded.

READ ALSO: Akpabio’s Attitude On NDDC May Fuel Fresh Crisis In N’Delta, Group Warns

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Oshiomhole Clears Air On Calling Makinde ‘Over Hyped Social Media Gov’

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Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to tweets disparaging Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

Oshiomhole denied calling Makinde ‘an over hyped social media governor’.

The tweets ascribed to Oshiomhole denigrated the governor amongst other issues.

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However, the former, in a statement signed by his media aide, Victor Oshioke on Sunday, distanced himself from the handle.

The former APC National Chairman described the Twitter handle as fake.

According to the former Comrade governor, the handle is not operated by him or any of his aides.

The statement reads: “The attention of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has been drawn to a series of tweets from a twitter account @A_Oshiomhole commenting on recent national issues. Specifically, there was a tweet that originated from this account on January 20, 2022 which seem to insinuate that H. E. Seyi Makinde, Executive Governor of Oyo State is an “Overhyped Social Media Governor.”

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“We wish to alert the general public that this twitter account is fake as it is not operated by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole or any of his aides.”

The APC chieftain stressed that he holds Makinde in high esteem; hence has no reason to disparage him privately or publicly.

Let it be on record that all tweets that have originated from this account or will originate from it in the future do not represent the opinions or sentiments of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.”

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Oshiomhole also disassociated himself from some Twitter handles carrying his names and photographs.

Some of them are: @adamsoshiomhole, @Oshiomhole, @adamsosh, @_adamsoshiomole, @adamsOshiomhol, @Adamsoshiomol4, @Adamsoshiomol5”

Disclosing his handle, the former APC National Chairman said his “official handle which will be verified soon is @aoshiomhole.”

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Matthew Ashimolowo Appoints Son As UK Resident Pastor, Hints At ‘Retirement’

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Founder of the Kingsway International Christian Centre, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, has appointed his first son, Tobi Ashimolowo, as Resident Pastor 2 of the KICC in London.

This is as he briefly hinted at his own ‘retirement’.

Tobi will be assisting his mother, Yemisi Ashimolowo, who has been the resident pastor at the church for a long time.

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A video posted on the Facebook Page of a Christian platform, Church Gist, on Sunday, showed Ashimolowo making the announcement to the excitement of the congregation.

In the video, Ashimolowo said, “In a very major way from this morning, we will no longer have one resident pastor. Yemisi has always been our resident pastor, so she will be Resident Pastor 1. Our new resident pastor is Pastor Tobi Ashimolowo. So, he is our Resident Pastor 2, he has to take some serious responsibility from now on. These guys are retiring their father.”

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He prayed that his son will be anointed and favoured by God, and that God will use him to draw his own generation to God, and to shake systems.

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Tobi is one of Ashimolowo’s two sons. He founded the Vault, a high-end store for men’s wear and accessories.

The KICC is a Pentecostal church which has branches in Europe, America, Africa including Nigeria. It started in North London in 1992 by Reverend Matthew Ashimolowo.

According to the KICC website, the church is “the largest growing church in Western Europe”. The church claims that it builds its members by investing in “the socio-economic and spiritual needs of multi-cultural communities and our overall desire and commitment to live our lives based on the teachings of Jesus Christ”.

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Nigeria vs Tunisia: NFF Under ‘Fire’ Over Buhari’s Video Conference With Super Eagles

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The Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, has come under fire for allowing President Muhammadu Buhari to address the Super Eagles.

Buhari had addressed the Super Eagles of Nigeria via a video conference, ahead of their match against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.

The Super Eagles will today tackle Tunisia in a knockout stage match at 8pm in the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon.

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The President spoke with Coach Augustine Eguavoen, Captain Ahmed Musa , Amaju Pinnick, NFF President, and others

Mentioning two of the players, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon, President Buhari urged the Super Eagles to continue making Nigerians happy, not only by winning the second round match, but to eventually lift the trophy.

Reacting, former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, wondered why NFF allowed Buhari speak with the Super Eagles before an important match.

READ ALSO: AFCON: Eguavoen Bars Pinnick, Others From Super Eagles’ Dressing Room, Gives Reason

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The socio-political activist recounted how Buhari spoke with Anthony Joshua and Eagles in the last AFCON, and they all lost their matches.

In a tweet, Omokri wrote: “Oh oh! Why did NFF allow Buhari speak with the Super Eagles players now! What is wrong with NFF?

“Have the forgotten what happened after he spoke to Anthony Joshua? Or Eagles in the last AFCON? Please we want to win. This nonsense must not repeat itself!”

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