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Embattled former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has given reasons for her decision to resign from her position in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.

In her resignation letter obtained by The PUNCH, the former minister noted that she was shocked by the outcome of the investigation done on the allegation that her NYSC certificate which she had earlier tendered as Commissioner for Finance in Ogun State was not genuine. She said not until the scandal broke out she never knew the certificate was not genuine.
Buhari had, on Friday, accepted the resignation of Adeosun as minister of finance. He also approved the Minister of State Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, as her successor.
Adeosun’s letter read in part, “Let me commence by thanking you profusely for the honour and privilege of serving under your inspirational leadership.
“It has been a truly rewarding experience to learn from you and to observe at close quarters your integrity and sense of duty. “I have, today, become privy to the findings of the investigation into the allegation made in an online medium that the Certificate of Exemption from National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) that I had presented was not genuine. “This has come as a shock to me and I believe that in line with this administration’s focus on integrity, I must do the honourable thing and resign. “Your Excellency, kindly permit me to outline some of the background to this matter.
“I was born and raised in the United Kingdom, indeed my parental family home remains in London. My visits to Nigeria up until the age of thirty-four (34) were holidays, with visas obtained in my UK passport. “I obtained my first Nigerian passport at the age of thirty-four (34) and when I relocated there was debate as to whether NYSC Law applied to me. Upon enquiry as to my status relating to NYSC, I was informed that due to my residency history and having exceeded the age of thirty (30), I was exempted from the requirement to serve. Until recent events, that remained my understanding.
“On the basis of that advice and with the guidance and assistance of those, I thought were trusted associates, NYSC were approached for documentary proof of status. I then received the certificate in question. Having never worked in NYSC, visited the premises, been privy to nor familiar with their operations, I had no reason to suspect that the certificate was anything but genuine.
“Indeed, I presented that certificate at the 2011 Ogun State House of Assembly and in 2015 for Directorate of State Services (DSS) Clearance as well as to the National Assembly for screening. Be that as it may, as someone totally committed to a culture of probity and accountability I have decided to resign with effect from Friday, 14th September, 2018.”

She also thanked Buhari for his patience in finding the truth in the matter. She stated, “Your Excellency, let me conclude by commending your patience and support, during the long search for the truth in this matter. “I thank you again for giving me the honour of serving under your leadership, it is a rare privilege, which I do not take for granted.“As a Nigerian and committed progressive, I appreciate you for your dogged commitment to improving this nation.” Thanking the President for the opportunity to serve she said, “Your Excellency, It has been an exceptional privilege to have served our nation under your leadership and to have played a role in steering our economy at a very challenging time. I am proud that Nigeria has brought discipline into its finances, has identified and is pursuing a path to long term sustainable growth that will unlock the potential in this great economy.
“Under your leadership, Nigeria was able to exit recession and has now started to lay the foundations for lasting growth and wealth creation. Repositioning this huge economy is not a short term task and there are no short cuts, indeed there are tough decisions still to be made but I have no doubt that your focus on infrastructural investment, revenue mobilisation and value for money in public expenditure will deliver growth, wealth and opportunity for all Nigerians.
“I thank His Excellency, the Vice President and my colleagues in the Federal Executive Council for the huge pleasure and honour of working with them. I also thank most specially, the team in the ‘Finance Family’ of advisers and heads of agencies under the Ministry of Finance. Your Excellency, this group of committed Nigerians represent a range of backgrounds, ethnicities and ages.
“They have worked well above and beyond the call of duty to support me in the tasks assigned. The diversity in my team and their ability to work cohesively to deliver reforms, convinces me that Nigeria has the human capital required to succeed.”
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As the gale of defection continues to sweep across the country, over 1000 members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos State, have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at an empowerment programme organized by the member representing Ajeromi/ Ifelodun Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Rita Odichimma Orji.
Speaking while receiving the defectors at the playground of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Ajegunle, the lawmaker welcomed the APC members into the PDP fold and assured them of full integration into the activities of the party.


She commended them for the courageous decision in dumping the APC.
“The party has failed to deliver on its promises to Nigerians. It is clear, beyond any reasonable doubt that since the inception of the APC-led administration, the nation has continued to grapple with loads of socio-economic and political problems.

” It is worrisome that today there is so much division in the country unlike before, while bloodletting and spates of killings of innocent Nigerians and other acts of violent crimes have become the order of the day, mainly due to the cluelessness and leadership failure of the APC-led federal government.
In her remarks, Mrs. Maina, a member of the PDP Board of Trustees (BOT), charged the defectors to be loyal to the party and to work in synergy with other members to ensure the victory of the party in coming elections.
In his response, leader of the defectors and a former chieftain of APC in the area, Chief Tajudeen Balogun, said that they were forced to dump APC over inability “to implement its promises to bring the much talked about “change” to impact on the lives of Nigerians.
Orji empowered over 230 youths and women in the area with sewing machines, fish drying machines, professional make-up tools, motorcycles, cars and other items.




President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Yusuf Magaji Bichi as new Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS).
His appointment takes effect from September 14, according to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
The statement was silent on the fate of Matthew Seiyefa who as the most senior Director in the (SSS), was named acting DG on August 7, following the sack of Lawal Daura by then acting President Yemi Osinbajo, for unauthorised invasion of the National Assembly and was promptly arrested right inside the presidential by men of the Nigerian Police Force.
The Presidency was reported to have reversed all changes/postings made by Seiyefa, insisting he was only on acting capacity.
Bichi, according to the statement, is a core Secret Service operative.
“He attended Danbatta Secondary School, the Kano State College of Advanced Studies and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he graduated with a degree in Political Science.
“The new Director-General began his career in the security division of the Cabinet Office in Kano, from where he joined the defunct Nigerian Security Organisation (NSO), the precursor of the present DSS.

Source : the sunnewspapers



The likelihood of governor Akinwunmi Ambode becoming the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 elections in Lagos State seems to be becoming certain following a new development today.

A rally which was to herald the campaign of Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State has been called off.

Sanwo-Olu was reported to be the candidate favored by the godfather of the state’s politics, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who is said to have a disagreement with Ambode.

According to a chieftain of the party, the rally for Sanwo-Olu was canceled after they received an order ‘from our Leader’ that it should not hold at the Blue Roof situated in the premises of Lagos Television (LTV).

He said the decision may be as a result of the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on the political crisis in Lagos State



Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday totally played down speculation of the rift with the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying reports to such effect were untrue.

Both the social and traditional media have been flooded with news of a major rift between Tinubu and Governor Ambode over an alleged disagreement on the second term bid of the Governor.

Addressing party faithful in Epe during the election of delegates for the Presidential primary election and national convention of the party, Governor Ambode said the reports indicating a fight between him and Tinubu were out of place and that there was no fight anywhere.

“I want you to know that there is no fight anywhere. The National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and my good self we are not in any fight, we are not in any controversy.

“We are praying to God that the best is yet to come and the best will be what Lagos State deserves and I want you to just continue with your prayers that at this time, God will show His hand and make sure that everything that is of blessing to Lagos State and also blessing of Epe will come to pass,” Governor Ambode said.

He specifically commended all the leaders and party faithful who contributed to the success of the delegates’ election in Epe, saying APC remained the party to beat in Lagos and Nigeria.

“We have just concluded our Delegates’ Election in Epe Local Government and by consensus, we have picked our three delegates that will be going to the National Convention come October 6 for the Presidential direct primaries and the convention for all other people.

“I want to say a very big thank you to all our delegates that are present here; I want to say a big thank you to all our leaders that have also supported us to make sure that this event has come and is done very successfully.

“I want to reiterate once again that our party, All Progressives Congress (APC) remains the party to beat; we are the party at the national level and we are going to remain the party in the State,” the Governor said.

At the event which was held at APC’s Secretariat in Aiyetoro, Epe, Alhaji Shakiru Seriki (Bamu), Otunba Bode Alausa and Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, the State’ Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, were elected as national delegates from Epe division which comprises of one Local Government Area (Epe) and two Local Council Development Areas (Eredo and Ikosi-Ejirin).

The party leaders and faithful in the division also took turn to affirm their unalloyed support for the second term bid of the Governor.

They include the Chairman of Epe Local Government, Adedoyin Adesanya; Chairman of Eredo LCDA, Saliu Adeniyi; Chairman of Ikosi-Ejirin LCDA, Samson Onanuga: party chairman in Epe Local Government, Otunba Kehinde Adeniyi;

State Welfare Officer, Alhaja Abiodun Bankole; former member of House of Representatives representing Epe, Hon Bola Gbabijo and member of Lagos State House of Assembly representing Epe Constituency II, Segun Olulade.

Others are APC Women leader in Epe, Mrs Iyabo Adegboyega; LGA party secretary, Alhaji S.A Owolomose; youth leader, Abdul Ibrahim; Otunba Bode Alausa, Akin Oladipupo, among others.

Youths in the division also staged a peaceful protest displaying placards of various inscriptions to affirm their support for the Governor’s second term bid.


‘The publisher of Sahara Reporters online daily outlet, Mr Omoyele Sowore, was purportedly disfavored and tear gassed at the royal residence of the Ooni of Ife, Enitan Ogunwusi, after supposedly declining to prostrate to the ruler.’ *Culled From Opera News*

Due to my easily irritated nature and, of course my love for getting things done in a jiffy, I have always hated the symbolism and unnecessary ceremonies involved in meeting a dignitary, and this is probably the reason I declined visiting the Baale of Ilasa during ‘The Cultural Day Event’ in my secondary school. But this does not mean that ceremonious positions such as the Emirs, Ezes, and Obas should not be accorded the respect they deserve. Should I ever meet a Monarch, be rest assured that I would pay obeisance because our culture dictates so.
There are many things we need to change about our various cultures in Nigeria, but the respect we accord to our traditional rulers is obviously not one of these things. These traditional institutions are among the few links we have to our heritage, and ancestry in a world quickly evolving by globalisation.

The Queen of England wields little political power when compared to the Prime Minister, but this does not give any individual the impetus to disregard her, and that is why the cliché ‘The Queen Can Do No Wrong’ continues to be popular in this twenty first century.
If our colonial masters can respect their traditional institutions and authorities despite their technological advancements and superior standard of living, I see no reason why we should not follow suit.

I am an ardent supporter of Omoyele Sowore, and in fact, I think his campaign slogan ‘Take It Back’ is the best I have seen in a while. But in this case, all I can say to him are the popular words Nigerians use to express disappointment ‘O boy, you fuck up’.
I blame Sowore for the fracas that ensued when he refused to accord the Ooni of Ife his due respects because as a fellow Yoruba man, he is familiar with the dictates of the Yoruba culture and its intricacies.
It is unwise for one to argue with a king, most especially in his own palace. No matter one’s grievances, a monarch should always be respected.
We learn everyday, and I sincerely hope Sowore, and other Nigerians have learnt a good lesson from this.


BREAKING! Femi Otedola To Run For LAGOS GOVERNORSHIP SEAT… As He Accepts PDP Governorship Ticket!!!


This piece of news is both a welcome development and an irony. It is the former in the sense that Mr Femi being a billionaire, will most likely never loot public funds. Looting and embezzlement of funds have been plaguing this country since independence because politicians occupying public positions use their power to further their selfish goals, and also to enrich themselves. It is not uncommon for many of them to become extremely rich overnight when they are in any position of note. This malaise is in virtually all levels of government, and it is highly disheartening to see this people misuse public funds without a care.
But in the case of a billionaire like Femi, Lagosians can rest easy (if he is elected) knowing that taxes being collected are in the hands who has no reason to steal. Truth be told, he is one who can be said to be tailor made for Lagos but what is likely going to work against him is his lack of experience in governance.

What makes his appointment an irony is the fact that no primary election was conducted. It is high time political parties, and the so called political god fathers stopped imposing their personal candidates on Nigerians. Democracy denotes freedom of choice and it is partially restricted if a particular set of people who form the minority keep imposing candidates on the majority or masses. If a candidate feels he or she is suitable for any position, the person should be made to pass through the due processes involved before contesting an election. After all, gold is not gold until it is tested by fire.

In conclusion, our democracy however farcical it is must be preserved by making sure we try to put the right people in the right places, and above all, the respect for rule of law must continually be upheld. I do not know if Otedola is the Mr Right for Lagos State, but I surely do wish him well.