The investigation into the governor’s handling of N21.3 billion started in 2016 but wasn’t made public until Monday, July 30, 2018, barely a week after Ortom dumped the APC for the PDP.According to the EFCC’s report, Ortom ordered the withdrawal of N21.3bn from four government accounts between June 30, 2015, and March 2018.Even though about N19 billion was earmarked to be paid to six security agencies that had been deployed to address the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the state, the EFCC disclosed that only N3 billion was paid with the rest unaccounted for.The EFCC investigation also revealed that Governor Ortom failed to pay salaries despite withdrawing the sum of N1.3 billion for that purpose from the Joint State Local Government Account.
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar says President Muhammadu Buhari would have ordered his arrest if he had evidence of corruption against him.In a statement issued on his behalf by his campaign organisation, Abubakar said his emergence has thrown the camp of Buhari into confusion.He also dismissed the allegation of the Buhari Campaign Organisation that he clinched the ticket of the opposition party as a result of financial inducement.Abubakar said while he came out the top in a keenly contested exercise, such could not be said of Buhari.“We are not surprised that there is confusion in the President’s camp. We expected that they would be thrown into a catatonic state knowing that HE Atiku Abubabakr’s emergence automatically means the coming end of their ignominious reign,” he said.“That much was admitted by the President’s former running mate, Pastor Tunde Bakare when he praised the emergence of HE Atiku as an ‘Eagle’ and ‘a
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Monday, threatened to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over what he described as attempt by some people to take over the structure of the party and sidelining those who have been toiling to keep the party together.Speaking with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, Fayose alleged that the plot to sideline him and other leaders of the party was as a result of their support for Governor Aminu Tambuwa’s ambition.His words: “We have no regret aligning with Governor Nyesom Wike to support Governor Tambuwal for the presidential ticket and no apologies either.Fayose “We kept the party alive and strong when most men became ladies. We never compromised.If any group feels it can do it alone, we will see how far they can go. “I may renounce my membership of the party if the need arises.“In the main time, I and
The United States Department of Justice has denied having any record that indicates that Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has a pending lawsuit in the US.In an email to our correspondent on Friday, a spokesperson for the US DOJ, Peter Carr said, “Thank you for reaching out to us. I have checked the public court records, and they do not show cases filed against a defendant named Atiku Abubakar.”This was stated as a response to SUNDAY PUNCH’s request for information on whether Abubakar is wanted in the US in connection with any issue of money laundering.The mail also asked the department to confirm whether Abubakar has been banned from entering the US and if there is any court case against him concerning the
The Anambra State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday alleged that the workers’ contributory pension funds deducted from their salaries since 2014 is no where to be found.The NLC Chairman in the state, Mr Jerry Nnubia, stated this while presenting his address to mark the 2018 World Day for Decent Work held in Awka, the Anambra State capital.Nnubia said the state’s NLC had on several occasions called on the government to account for the missing money but nothing had been done.While urging the state government to stop deducting such money from workers’ salaries, the NLC chairman warned that if the situation was not addressed immediately, workers in the state would be left with no other option but to “go to the trenches.”He said, “The leadership and members of the NLC Anambra State Council, therefore, wish
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, not to dump the party.Fayose on Monday threatened to dump PDP, over what he described as attempt by some people to take over the structure of the party and sideline those who have been toiling to keep the party together.Speaking with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, Fayose said: “We have no regret aligning with Governor Nyesom Wike to support Governor Tambuwal for the presidential ticket and no apologies either.“We kept the party alive and strong when most men became ladies. We never compromised. If any group feels it can do it alone, we will see how far they can go. “I may renounce my membership of the party if the need arises.“In the main time, I and others will continue with our consultations while watching the turn of events.“We cannot but
The Senator representing Ekiti South, Biodun Olujimi, PDP, has warned lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress, APC, against beating the drum of war over an attempt to remove the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.Olujimi, who is coming in as the next Senate Minority Leader, said that Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan as a principal officer and one of the oldest members of the eight assemblies should be conversant with the workings of the National Assembly with regard to what it takes to remove presiding officers.We reported that Lawan had told the leadership of the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari, that the party’s Senate
Two United States senators, Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have raised concerns about the credibility of elections in Nigeria following allegations of political interference in the latest governorship polls. Coons and Booker said in a joint statement that though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had been commended by observers for its conduct of the recent polls, concerns remained about the prospects of free and fair elections in the country.
The statement read, “As members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, we are troubled by reports of incidents of political interference and intimidation of voters, journalists, and civil society observers in Nigeria by some security agencies and political party supporters. Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and a key U.S. partner on the continent.