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Buhari’s aide in certificate scandal, Reps issue arrest warrant

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The House of Representatives has issued an arrest warrant on Okoi Obono-Obla, the Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel, SPIP, on Public Assets Recovery for shunning the committee.
The committee is also investigating allegations of discrepancy in the educational qualifications of Obono-Obla.
The House Adhoc Committee investigating the legality and modus operandi of the special presidential panel mandated the Police to compel Okoi Obono-Obla to appear before the committee on its next adjourn date of Thursday May 24 2018.
It would be recalled that the adhoc committee was set up sequel to a motion considered by the House on March 2, 2018.
A member of the committee, Bode Ayorinde (APC, Ondo) described Obono-Obla’s action as an attempt to frustrate the activities of the committee.
The chairman of the Adhoc Committee, Aliyu Pategi (APC, Kwara) condemned the persistent failure of Obono-Obla to honor three earlier summons.
Pategi revealed that the committee in its last meeting invoked section 89 of the 1999 Constitution.
He added that the committee in course has received numerous petitions from the public questioning the academic qualifications of the Adviser to the President.
Pategi disclosed further that the committee wrote to the West African Examination Council WAEC and the University of Jos to investigate the allegation.
Also speaking on the matter, Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Imo), pointed out that the chairman of the special presidential panel’s WAEC result reads Ofem Okoi Ofem instead of Okoi Obono-Obla.
Okechukwu who disclosed that the committee also wrote to the University of Jos, said the institution confirmed that chairman of the panel entered the University with a Mary-nulled college Secondary school statement of result with the name Ofem Okoi Ofem.
The committee therefore queried the discrepancies on the name indicated on Obono-Obla WAEC certificate and wondered if the chairman of the panel used someone else’s result to gain admission into the University.
He urged members of the panel to investigate the allegation of certificate forgery against Okoi Obono-Obla and directed the Clark of the Adhoc committee to furnish the panel with copies of the petition.
The committee subsequently adjourned hearing to Thursday 24th of May.
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JUST IN: FG suspends Nigeria Air indefinitely – Minister

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The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Wednesday, announced the suspension of the planned national carrier, Nigeria Air.

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I will contest Lagos governorship election – Jimi Agbaje

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The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 gubernatorial election in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, on Wednesday, September 19, finally announced that he has an ambition to lead the state on the platform of the same party in 2019.

There had been speculations on whether Agbaje, who narrowly missed the chance to govern the state in 2015, would still seek election.

Agbaje reportedly told journalists in Lagos that he would seek election in the state in 2019.

“It is true that initially I did not want to re-contest, but I had so many people urging me to run,” he said.

Agbaje, the 2015 governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos state, on Monday, September 3, urged the party to conduct free, fair and credible convention to avoid rancor ahead of the 2019 elections.

A statement by Fidelis Soriwei, a spokesperson of Seriake Dickson, quoted Agbaje as having stated this when he paid a condolence visit to the state governor, Seriake Dickson, in his Toru Orua country home.

The visit was to condole the governor over the death of his mother, Goldcoast Dickson, who died of lung cancer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas, in the United States at the age of 72.

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Lagos APC members protest James Faleke’s re-election bid

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Some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ikeja Federal Constituency, Lagos State, on Monday staged a peaceful protest against the re-election bid of Rep. James Faleke.

Faleke, member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives is positioning himself for re-election in 2019 elections. He had in 2016 gone to contest the deputy governorship seat in Kogi, his state of origin.

The protesters, who chanted different solidarity songs against Faleke, a two-term member of the House of Representatives, said that he had not represented the constituency well.

They carried placards with inscriptions such as “Faleke, go back to Kogi, Ikeja say no to you”, “90 Shops in Kogi, Go back to your Kogi”.

Others read: “16 years of representing Ikeja with no constituency benefit”, “Dear Tinubu, the People of Ikeja, Ojodu, and Onigbongbo say no to Faleke” among others.

One of the leaders of the protesters, Solomon Johnson, said that there were so many capable and vibrant youths, men and women that could represent the constituency.

Johnson, a leader in Ikeja APC said that the protest was to tell the leadership of the party that the residents would not support the re-election of Faleke to the House of Representatives.

“He has been in power in the last 18 years and we feel he has done enough,” Johnson said.

According to him, since the lawmaker has gone to contest Kogi Deputy Governorship Election in 2016, the legislative seat should be given to another individual in the person of Mrs Toke Benson.

He urged Faleke to concentrate on strengthening APC in Kogi rather than seek re-election by transferring his voter register back to Lagos.

“It will be a slap on the people of Ikeja Federal Constituency if Faleke is forced on residents, we have able youths that can represent the constituency and we have found Mrs Toke Benson.

“Since the party is interested in promoting women participation, Toke Benson is qualified, she is a lawyer and well known. Enough of impunity. Give us Toke Benson and we will deliver Ikeja for APC,” Johnson said.

Another leader of the protesters, Hope James said, “The entire people of Ikeja want a change. The attention of Faleke has been in Kogi. Our people have not been benefiting from that office.”

James, one of the APC stalwarts from Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area, alleged that the lawmaker had not been representing the constituency well.

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