Pioneer chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Chief Isaacs Kekemeke, weekend, said the party would emerge victorious at the October 10, 2020 governorship election in the state regardless of the crisis rocking the party.
Kekemeke, while making this known in a questions and answers session with newsmen on the ongoing crisis the state, stated that on several occasions had the progressives wriggled out of crisis to win elections in the state even in 1983.
He, therefore, tasked leadership of the party to quickly adopt the right approach to resolve the ongoing crisis in the party amicably.
He said, “I believe APC is strong enough to win any election in this state, particularly I am so sure we will win the next governorship election on October 10, 2020.
“The problem we have is that there are so many silent members, who are inactive and largely excluded. And that is the reason we have been advocating that members should shoot their shots and let all of us belong to this house that is APC.
“We used to be one in 2014 and 2016 when I provided leadership. This is also a challenge to the party’s leadership in the state, they have to be broad-minded and large-minded; and try to put everyone together irrespective of whatever personal tendency or group that they belong.
“I have raised it many times in the Advisory Council; I think and believe that the chairman of the party listens to that counsel. What we will continue is to drum it into everybody’s ears that APC is still the party; then we have many excluded, silent and inactive members.
He continued, “I know that when the primaries get close and activities even up, many party members will be mobilized. This state remains an APC state and we have problems with the leadership style, keeping in charge of the party, that notwithstanding, APC still remains stronger.”
Our Leaders Told Us Jonathan Isn’t Muslim, He Brought Boko Haram, Northerner Confesses
The video of a Northerner sharing his view on Nigeria’s 2023 presidency is going viral.
The young man is trending for demanding a power shift from the North to the South next year.
Dressed in a native attire with a cap to match, he accused Northern leaders of misleading the people.
The citizen is a supporter of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
He recalled they were told that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan was not a Muslim.
He also said the former leader was accused of being the mastermind of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
Parts of his words: “We were deceived during the time of Goodluck (Jonathan) that he was not a Muslim.
“We were told he was the one that brought Boko haram. Tribalism always happens when it comes to elections.
“Look at our northern brothers that have been in government for years, what good have they done for us?”, he quipped.
How Three Ex-bank Workers Planned With Hackers To Steal N20bn – Witness
The trial of three former workers with the First Bank of Nigeria facing attempted fraud charges before a Lagos State Special Offences Court, Ikeja, continued on Wednesday.
The defendants, Ozioma Ugorji, 35; Ugwu Emeka, 32; and Obike Chukwuka, 38, were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission for allegedly attempting to steal N20bn from the bank.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the defendants conspired to tap into the bank’s server to grant access to a syndicate.
They were, however, apprehended by the EFCC on March 6, 2021, following an intelligence report.
During cross examination by one of the defence counsel, Uchenna Ozoagbo, a prosecution witness, Adamu Dahiru, told the court that the defendants were apprehended after one of them connected a laptop he collected from the syndicate to the bank’s server.
He said, “They conspired to give access to a fraudster to defraud the bank of over N20bn. The report we gathered was that the money was in the cloud and they needed to bring it out.
“The second defendant (Emeka) had a meeting with the syndicate at a hotel.
“When the first defendant (Ugorji) was arrested, he made a statement that he was introduced to the syndicate by the third defendant (Chukwuka) and that they had communicated with someone from the headquarters.
“The second defendant made a statement that a laptop was given after several promises that he should connect the laptop to the bank’s system.
“When he was on duty, he connected the laptop to the banking system, but during the connection, the I.P. of the laptop was picked up and the system was destroyed.”
The judge, S.O. Solebo, adjourned the case till October 5, 2022, for continuation of trial.
ICPC Clarifies Discovering Billions In Buratai’s Home
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Friday clarified report that it recovered N170 million cash, $220,965, G-Wagon from the residence of Nigerian Ambassador to Benin Republic, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
Reports had it that the ICPC recovered N1.85 billion from a house and office said to belong to Buratai in Abuja.
The huge sum said to have been recovered was part of the billions of naira earmarked for the purchase of arms and ammunition by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
But the spokesperson of the commission, Azuka Ogugua, denied that the house belonged to Buratai.
According to Ogugua, facts available indicates that the property is owned by owner of K Salam Construction Company, a military contractor.
“The attention of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been drawn to some inaccurate and concocted reports in the media about the seizure of multibillion-naira cash, dollars, Rolex watches stockpiled in an Abuja property.
“The Commission wishes to state that ICPC operatives raided a property in Wuse 2 of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, on Thursday, 16th June, 2022 between 5:00pm and 12:00am on suspicion of money laundering. Facts available for the time being indicates that the property is owned by owner of K Salam Construction Company, a military contractor,” Ogugua said.
The Commission added that it recovered N175,706,500; $220,965; G-Wagon; 2022 editions of BMW and Mercedes Benz cars; customized mobile phones; several designer wrist watches, three Rolexes, and some property documents from the house.
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