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Sacked 75-year-old Minister Who Built N30 Mosque For Herders

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Some Nigerians were perhaps slightly surprised by the dismissal of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Sabo Nanono, especially by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who is not wont to sacking underperforming members of his cabinet since he came into power in May 2015.

But Buhari on Wednesday sacked Nanono (Kano State) and his Power counterpart, Saleh Mamman (Taraba State), according to presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.

Adesina also announced that the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abubakar, has been redeployed to the Ministry of Agriculture while the Minister of State for Works, Abubakar Aliyu, is to take over as Minister of Power.

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“I wish to reiterate once more, that this process shall be continuous,” Adesina had quoted Buhari as saying, adding that the decision was taken after “critical self-review” of the performances of the two ministers.

The two dismissed ministers were in August 2019 sworn in as part of the over 40 ministers who make up the current Federal Executive Council.

Kano-born Nanono, 75, was sacked amid plans by the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to recover grazing routes across the country.

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The PUNCH had earlier reported that Buhari ordered the review of 368 grazing sites in 25 states despite widespread criticisms against open grazing and its attendant security consequences.

The 17 Southern governors had kicked against open grazing and given September 1, 2021, as the deadline for states in the region to sign Anti-Open Grazing Bills into laws.

Nanono was sacked months after a memo conveying his approval of N30m for the construction of a ‘Friday’ mosque for herders became public knowledge.

The memo, dated December 10, 2020, which leaked in May 2021, showed that FMARD under Nanono approved the contract of the building of the mosque to El-Shukhur Multi-Buz Nig. Ltd, despite the fact that a search through the 2020 budget by The PUNCH showed that no mosque construction was stated in the ministry’s estimates.

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Many Nigerians had flayed Nanono for the action of building a mosque for herders with taxpayers’ funds, saying he should also build a church for displaced Christians and a shrine for displaced traditionalists.

FMARD under Nanono had confirmed the leaked memo as being authentic and stressed that it built the mosque for livestock farmers sacked from their settlements by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.

“To put the facts straight, the memo is authentic and appropriate in all ramifications.

“It is original and was issued by the ministry for the construction of a worship centre for a community of livestock farmers who were sacked and displaced in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents and are being resettled in Ngarannam/Mafa Local Government, Borno State,” the Director of Information, FMARD, Theodore Ogaziechi, had said in a statement.

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Nanono was born in the Gabasawa Local Government Area of Kano State on April 11, 1946, according to information available on the ministry’s website.

“He attended Zakirai and Gwarzo Primary Schools, Birnin Kudu Secondary School, Government College Kano from there he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration in the year 1972.

“Also in 1977, he obtained his Master’s Degree in public policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison USA.

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“The ex-minister also attended an Advanced Management Course at Harvard Business School, Boston Massachusetts In 1994.

“He was a university lecturer, civil servant, a farmer, a banker who rose to the position of Managing Director of African International Bank.

“He also attended several courses, conferences, workshops and seminars within and outside Nigeria. A fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria became the Chairman and board member of numerous organizations in Nigeria and married with children,” the citation read.

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Delta 2023: New APC Leaders’ll Lead Party To Victory – Chieftain

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A chieftain of All Progressives Congress ,APC, in Delta State, Dr. Iyke Odikpo, has said with the emergence of the new party leadership in the state, the party is poised to take over governance in Delta in 2023.

Odikpo, Council Member of Federal University of Technology, Akure, and party leader from Aniocha North Local Government Area, expressed confidence in the new state executives.

He said this in a statement by Mr. Clement Nwaeme on behalf of his Media Office.

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The statement reads: “On behalf of my supporters, the Delta Renaissance members and stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress (APC) Delta State, I sincerely congratulate Elder Omeni Sobotie on his emergence as Chairman of the Party in the state.

“Elder Omeni Sobotie is experienced and strategic politician with over 30 years of active politics and at different times served the state as Political Adviser and Commissioner. His contribution to the growth of opposition politics is indeed a renaissance in the state and very notable, hence his new dispensation as APC Chairman will no doubt be eventful in view of his in-depth knowledge of Delta State political dynamics.

“Let me also congratulate those who emerged as members of the State Working Committee (SWC), including Chief Paulinus Akpeki (Delta Central Senatorial Chairman), Hon Adizue Eluaka, (Delta North Senatorial Chairman) and Mr. Austin Oribioye (Delta South Senatorial Chairman).

“The contributions of leaders across the three senatorial districts towards the successful transition of leadership is profoundly applauded.

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“To Chief Engr. Hyacinth Enuha (Onowu of the Universe), you have continued to be a stabilizing factor and conscience of the party with your inestimable wisdom as ingredient of cohesion mostly needed in the party. Keep up the spirit as we work for a wholesome party.

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“Exceptional commendation goes to His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Senate President for his display of unique leadership and stabilizing role in Delta APC and Nigeria. His organizational skills, effective leadership with extra ordinary humility and listening capacity before making informed decision has been very impactful, this largely helped achieve the harmony that heralded the peaceful state congress.

“I want to specially thank Olorogun Otega Emerhor, foremost leader of the party for unalloyed magnanimity and unprecedented desire for peace in APC, Delta State. Leadership is a burden but only those with high sense of proclivity can relentlessly understand that there’s time for everything. A time for war and a time for peace.

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“Also worthy of mention is Distinguished Senator Peter Onyelukachuchwu Nwaoboshi, your advent into APC is an unprecedented boost to the quest towards APC take over in 2023. Undoubtedly, as a ranking Senator with far reaching insight of PDP modus operandi and major player in recent past cannot be discountenanced but a great asset to APC in Delta State. The days ahead will be very interesting as we match forward to our collective push to Osedebe House.

“Hon. Temi Harriman is a recurrent personality with deep desire for APC take over in Delta State and has continuously pursued noble ideals towards this realization quietly and consistently in Delta South. Your committed efforts is highly commendable.

“The outgoing SWC ably led by Prophet Jones Ode Erue is highly commended for huge contribution towards the Party’s stability against all odds.

“Ushering this new era of progressive renaissance in Delta State, I urge stakeholders across board to work relentlessly towards sincere and genuine reconciliation, setting aside personal interest and upholding the larger essence of greater Delta State bearing the popular advocacy for a better Delta State.”

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JUST IN: Court Bars Orbih, Ogbeide-Ihama, Otsu, Others From Participating In PDP Convention

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Edo State High court sitting in Benin City on Friday restrained the National Vice Chairman (South-South) of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Dan Orbih and the State Secretary of the party, Hilary Otsu from participating in the forthcoming Convention of the party scheduled for October 30th and 31st 2021.

The court also barred member representing Oredo Federal Constituency), at the House of Representives, Omoregie Ogbeide Ihama, Mr. Oduwa Igbinosun and Mr. Friday Enaruna, excluding the PDP which was also listed as 12th Defendant in the suit

Justice Joy Okeaya-Inneh gave the interim injunction on Friday in a motion ex-parte filed by Chief Idehen Manfred Ekundayo, Mr. Stanley Iduoze and Odior Omadimhe (Claimants).

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Others are Kayode Ogunubi, Hon. Samuel Saiki, Vincent Ekpomhoriri Umoru, Leslie Ebozoje, David Okoh Aigbodion (also known as Arizona) and Abdulkareem Kassim, all listed by the court as Defendants in the suit.

In the suit marked B/218/os/2021, Justice Okeaya-Inneh restrained “1-11th Defendants from attending, participating, or voting at the National Convention of the 12th Defendant (PDP) to elect members of its National Working Committee, NWC or an other Governing body, which Convention is fixed for the 30th and 31st of October 2021 or fixed for any any other date, pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice herein.”

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The court also granted “an order of interim injunction, directing the 12th Defendant (PDP), its servants, Officers, agents, or otherwise whosoever to deny admittance to the 1st-11th Defendants at the National Convention of the 12th Defendant (PDP) scheduled for 30th and 31st October 2021 or any other day and ensure that the 1st-11th Defendants do not vote or participate in any shape or form at the National Convention of the 12th Defendants scheduled for 30th and 31st October 2021 or scheduled for any other date(s), pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice herein”.

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According to the enrolment order of the court, Justice Okeaya-Inneh granted leave to the Claimants to serve the concurrent originating summons on the 12th Defendant, outside the jurisdiction of the court at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, namely at the National Headquarters of the 12th Defendant (PDP) being Plot 1970 Michael Okpara street, Wadata Plaza, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja.”

The court also granted leave to the Claimants/Applicants to serve the originating summons and all other accompanying processes in the suit on the 1st-11th Defendants by substituted means, to wit, by Advertisement in a National Newspaper.

The court, cited the salient pressing issues raised in the processes before the court and ordered accelerated hearing of the Motion-On-Notice.

The court further directed the Bailiff of the court to effect service as a matter of urgency of “all the processes in the suit on the 1st – 11th Defendants and thereafter adjourned the hearing on the suit to November 2, 2021.”

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Anambra Guber: Soludo Mocks Andy Uba, Says APC Candidate Afraid Of Meeting His People

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The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Prof Chukwuma Soludo, has mocked his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Senator Andy Uba, over his inability to flag off his governorship election campaign.

Soludo in a press release by the director of media of his campaign organization, Mr C. Don Adinuba, said the delay for the flag off of Uba’s campaign was because he was afraid of meeting the people of Anambra State to answer questions about his past actions.

Recall that Senator Uba had twice rescheduled the flag off of his campaign, citing the insecurity in the state, and on one occasion, suspended it in honour of the killing of Dr Chike Akunyili, husband of former information minister, Prof Dora Akunyili.

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The Soludo Campaign Organization had dismissed Uba’s claim for suspending the campaign, saying the suspension had nothing to do with the state of security. It said Uba rather suspended the campaign because he was frustrated that President Muhammadu Buhari had refused to attend the rally, and there was no indication that the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo would attend either.

Mocking Uba, Soludo in the release said: “The APC purported candidate has been running away from the good people of Anambra State for weeks because he is afraid of his own shadow in the state.

Uba is very afraid of Anambra people, the very people he wants to rule by all means.

“In fact, his fear of ndi Anambra borders on phobia because of what he has done to the state since his days in the President Olusegun Obasanjo administration when the state witnessed abduction of the sitting governor and his so-called resignation from office.

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“The forced movement of the governor to the Okija shrine in the dead of the night to swear an oath of critical and perpetual allegiance to a tiny clique of so-called godfathers, the mayhem of November, 2003, are part of the reason he doesn’t want to meet the people.”

Soludo said by claiming that the security situation is not good, Uba and his group are passing a vote of no confidence in President Muhammadu Buhari who is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and to whom all security and intelligence services in the country are answerable.

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“Uba’s inability to hold rallies springs from his growing unpopularity and outright rejection not only by the people of Anambra State but also by top members of his own party, including President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige who is the APC founder in the state and National Inland Waterways Authority chief executive George Moghalu.

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“After all, Professor Soludo, who was attacked on March 31 in his hometown of Isuofia in Aguata Local Government Area is holding huge rallies all over the state, touring two local government areas daily, together with the fearless Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano.”

The release also added that it was unfair for Uba to claim that he scored a whole 320,201 votes to win the primary election of his party on June 26, 2021, when the entire APC membership in the state was not up to that, nor did anyone come out to vote on that day.

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