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Rep Members Collating Signatures To Impeach Osinbajo, Lawmaker Alleges |RN

                                          Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

 

A member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Johnson Agbonayinma, ‎representing Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency, Edo State, has alleged that some members ‎are collating signatures with the aim of impeaching Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

Agbonayinma made the allegation while addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday.

The lawmaker said, “Some political gladiators and media houses” were ‎sponsoring fake news against Osinbajo.

“The reason is because of the NEMA investigation,” he said.

Agbonayinma,‎ however, failed to name‎ those behind the campaign against the Vice-President, saying they include disgruntled members of the All Progressives Congress.

The House had probed the activities of the National Emergency Management Agency in the North-East, during which it indicted Osinbajo and the Director-General of the agency. (Punch)

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Tinubu, Osinbajo Must Leave APC, Says Adebanjo |The Republican News

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Biyi Adegoroye

Elder statesman and Afenifere Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has challenged the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the All Progressives Congress (APC), National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to pull out of the APC having been “used and dumped” by the party and President Muhammadu Buhari, whom they helped into power.

In an exclusive interview with Sunday Telegraph, Adebanjo said since President Buhari has failed to fulfil all his pre-election promises to the South-West, who were moved to vote for the APC and the President, the most auspicious thing to do for Tinubu was to pull out from the government.
“What can we say other than for the same Tinubu, who took us there to take us out? Has he asked the Vice President to resign? I don’ look favourably at Tinubu for still keeping the ACN into the APC. What have we got out of it? The fact that he is sidelined is known. What could be keeping him there? A party which he helped to put into office is now doing things against its own people- what a world?”

Asked whether Tinubu was misled into the merger that culminated in the emergence of APC, he said: “No. No. No. I won’t agree with that. Tinubu knew so much and we told him enough. He only thought he could teach his grandfather to suck-egg. Don’t say he was ignorant at all.
“I believe Tinubu has an interest that is not known to us at all, to think that Buhari can help which he will never do. That is why I quarrelled with Tinubu that he should open his eyes and put our liberty in the hands of Buhari.”

Asked his thoughts on the 2019 elections, Adebanjo said: “I’m not looking forward to 2019, under this arrangement. I am a lone ranger in this regard; even within my party, they know me. They have their reasons, but my own reason is that the government of the day will rig elections if they are still there. If they promise they are going to change things, the moment they get there, it is zero as we have heard in the past.”

He said the President does not keep his words. “Look at President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been promising restructuring since 2007. If you will recollect, Afenifere supported Buhari in 2007 on the premise that he was going to restructure the country. In 2014, he came with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and made the same promise but the moment he got the presidency, he has changed. I am too old now to be lured into an election under the premise that you will do a restructuring. If you believe in it, do it now,” he said.     (New Telegraph)

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VP Yemi Osinbajo Has Been Turned to ‘Worst Devil’ By ‘Juju’ In Aso Rock – Chief Adebanjo

 

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Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

Chief Adebanjo advised the VP to step down in solidarity with late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s struggle for true federalism. He also said that President Buhari’s integrity was gone. In his words;

 

“When a man who has integrity authorises his AGF to go and meet a criminal in a strange land and then reinstates that criminal? It’s a pity.”

On Osinbajo he said; “Don ’t mind that one. I have told him to remember the son of who he is. His father and I were the followers of (Chief Obafemi ) Awolowo on federalism.

He was born in federalism. And when he was the Attorney General in Lagos, he took Obasanjo to court over local government allocation that was depriving Lagos. He won the case up to the Supreme Court. Now, he is the Vice -President.

It just reminds me of what Reuben Abati wrote that there is something wrong; the moment some people get to Aso Rock, there is a juju there that turns the good people among them into the worst devils.

He should have resigned. I say that without any hesitation. The Vice – President — I know him from his youth — highly intelligent and highly qualified.

A professor who is very sound. He has a job of his own. He is not jobless Why shouldn’t he resign? He went there with the thought to serve, maybe thinking of the West that, if there are any excesses of the President, he would be able to check it.

No! He was brought into wealth and he was silenced because of office. So, the Vice – President has no excuse. Tinubu has no excuss, particularly the Vice – President, who is a professional in his own right. He knows about all these ills. He has fought against them before. All these things are going on and you are seeing it?”

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Herdsmen To Pay For Grazing Reserves, State, Community Police Will End Killings – VP Osibanjo

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                          Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Lekan Adetayo, Leke Baiyewu and Olaleye Aluko

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday stated that the Federal Government lacked the powers to seize land from states for the establishment of grazing reserves or livestock production centres.

Osinbajo also announced that herdsmen would pay for the services to be rendered by the proposed ranches or grazing reserves by the government.

He stated these at the opening ceremony of a two-day summit on national security organised by the Senate in Abuja.

Also in attendance are the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.); the service chiefs and senators.

Osinbajo said, “Let me reiterate that on no account will any land be seized or forcefully taken to create ranches or grazing areas. All insinuations to that effect should be disregarded. No one is giving land to herdsmen, as is being falsely alleged.

“Instead, it is in our view that states that are willing and have set aside land for development should cooperate with willing investors in commercially-viable, government-supported ranches or livestock production centres for commercial use.”

The VP however pointed out that some states, especially in the North, had duly gazetted grazing reserves.

According to him, a majority of these grazing reserves are degraded and without pasture or water, especially during the dry season.

He added, “There is also a clear sense which I think must be appreciated, that the Federal Government cannot dictate to states what to do with their land. This is so because the Land Use Act of 1978 puts land under the control of governors on behalf of their states.

“Also, the Supreme Court in the case of the Attorney General of Lagos State versus the Attorney General of the Federation in 2004, held that the use of land resources and permits for such use lie firmly in the hands of state governments. Even for use of federal lands in the states according to the Supreme Court, building or development control permit must be sought from the governors of the states.”

Osinbajo noted that grazing routes leading to these reserves must also be secured.

He said for the grazing reserves to be effective and operate effectively, they should be operated as ranches or livestock production centres on a commercial basis.

Osinbajo said, “The ranches will have adequate water from boreholes, salt points and pasture. The locations would serve both as forage points and centres for providing extension services to boost animal care, feeding and veterinary facilities, and even abattoirs. Because the ranches are commercial ventures, cattle owners will pay for their use.

“It is important to note that by and large, in consultation with stakeholders, all agree that where adequate provision is made on a commercial basis, there is no reason why there won’t be cooperation to use those ranches because there are both economic and social benefits for everyone, including herders.”

Osinbajo said apart from states that had gazetted grazing areas, 13 states had agreed to allocate 5,000 hectares of land for ranching or livestock production.

He also stated that decentralisation of the Nigeria Police Force and creation of state police were some of the ways to go in tackling the herdsmen and farmers’ violence in the country.

The VP said, “The first is that the nature of our security challenges is complex. Securing Nigeria’s over 923,768 square kilometres and its 180 million people requires far more men and materials than we have at the moment. It also requires a continual re-engineering of our security architecture and strategies. This has to be a dynamic process.

“For a country our size to meet the one policeman to 400 persons, the United Nations prescribed ratio, it would require nearly tripling our current police force, far more funding of the police, military and security agencies is required.

“Secondly, we cannot realistically police a country the size of  Nigeria centrally from Abuja. State police and other community policing methods are clearly the way to go.

“Thirdly, we must intensify existing collaboration with our neighbours in the Chad Basin, especially border communities, to prevent the movement of small arms, and disarming armed pastoralists and bandits who go through our borders day after day.

“Lastly, we must avoid the dangers of allowing these conflicts to become  religious or ethnic conflicts. This is the responsibility of political, religious and all other parts our leadership elite in Nigeria.”

Osinbajo dismissed the claim that President Muhammadu Buhari was indifferent to the killings by Fulani herdsmen because he is Fulani.

“Let me preface this by saying that every Nigerian is entitled to adequate security from government for their lives and livelihoods. Government may slip in that responsibility often but I must say never deliberately. Every killing demeans us as a people. Every killing undermines the authority of the state.

“This is why the suggestion sometimes that because President Buhari is Fulani, he has ignored the killings by herdsmen is both untrue and unfair. In any event, herdsmen and farmer clashes resulting in deaths have been with us for at least two decades. And I have worked with him for three years now, and I do not know of any one issue that has given him more concern or on which he has spent more time with security chiefs as this particular issue.”

In his speech, Saraki stated that the summit was convened as a matter of national urgency.

“We are here because in the face of escalating threats to the peace and security of our dear country, it becomes necessary to put heads together, share ideas and map out strategies to see us out of the current predicament,” he said.

The Senate President pointed out that what Nigeria needed was a leadership that would douse the tension in the country

He said, “What our country needs at this time is leadership that will work to douse the flames and reduce tension in the land. It is essential that we lower the barriers in our actions and rhetoric, and refrain from playing politics with a crisis situation in which Nigerians’ lives are being lost, tragically and needlessly, on a regular basis.”

Saraki recalled that the Senate on November 30, 2017, inaugurated the Ad Hoc Committee on Review of Security Infrastructure in the country as the Senate was “increasingly concerned at the spate of crises and insecurity in many parts of the country and knew that we needed to do something about it.”    (Punch)

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2019: Buhari/Osinbajo Endorsement Posters Flood Abuja Streets |RN

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Major streets of Abuja were, on Thursday, adorned with campaign posters endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for reelection in 2019.
The posters were pasted on structures located on major streets as well as bus shelters.
The posters also has the picture of “Comrade Felix Ubokan”, with the words: “ We endorse you for 2019: Courtesy: Niger Delta Youths, Women and Security Movement For Buhari/Osinbajo”.
The posters are coming less than 24 hours after a former governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu, said he had ”absolute confidence and was exceedingly proud of the excellent job, Professor Osinbajo is doing as Vice President of Nigeria.”
Mr. Tinubu’s statement was in reaction to speculation that he may be picked by Mr. Buhari as his running mate in 2019.
The APC national leader said a report to that effect by SUN newspaper is a “classic case of utterly and irredeemably-fake news”.
Mr. Osinbajo has so far not made any comment regarding the 2019 election or his fate if the president chooses to seek re-election.
That, however, is not the case with Mr. Buhari.
He has so far tacitly shown on two occasions that he may be seeking reelection in 2019.
Addressing a group of Nigerians resident in Cote D’ Ivoire two weeks ago, Mr. Buhari said he arrived the meeting late because he had to wait for the two governors in his entourage, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom and Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi states.
“This is why I came along with them so that when we are going to meet you, when you are going to meet the rest of Nigerians, if you tell them that their governors were in the company of the president, I think that will be another vote for me in the future,” Mr. Buhari said.
Mr. Tinubu also accompanied him on that trip.
Mr. Buhari while in Kano last week also revealed that he may re-contest.
At a State Banquet in his honour, the president said, “I know the elections (2019). If they are to be free and fair, if it is a question of numbers, if it is a question of allowing people to make their choice, then I think the people of Kano are in my pocket.”
”I am overwhelmed by the reception the people of Kano offered to me. This has indicated that I can still win an election in Kano. The people of Kano are aware of the tremendous job we did on security and agriculture.” (PremiumTimes)

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IGP Meets Osinbanjo Over IPOB, Slams Wike |The Republican News

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              Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday met with the Inspector General of Police, Idris Abubakar, over the crisis between the Nigeria Army and the Indigenous People of Biafra in Abia State and some parts of Rivers State.

The IG also berated the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for claiming that men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad were armed robbers.

Speaking to State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting which lasted almost an hour, the IG said the aim of the meeting was to ensure the security of all Nigerians.

Asked to be specific about strategies he was adopting as regards events in the South-East, he said all critical stakeholders which include governors were being engaged to find a lasting peace.

He said, “Obviously, one, is to deploy policemen across the country, two, we are in touch with the state government, trying to mobilize the political leadership to be able to intervene where necessary on how to lessen the tension in the South-East.

Repeated clashes between Nigerian soldiers and IPOB agitators led by Nnamdi Kanu, forced Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to declare a three-day dusk-to-dawn curfew in the state.

The police boss also described as nonsense, Wiki’s allegation that the reported killing of a SARS officer during a foiled kidnap operation on Monday in the Oroazi area of the state was a confirmation that his men were involved in armed robbery and kidnapping.

Idris said, “He (Wike) has the right to self-expression. You know he is a governor.”

Asked if he was not denying the allegation he replied, “Of course I have to deny that, that is nonsense. I have to deny that.

“If a policeman was killed will you say he was involved in crime? I think you are mixing two different issues. A policeman was killed in Rivers in connection with this IPOB issue, is different from saying policemen are involved in crime. You cannot say someone that was attacked and killed is the one involved in crime.”

When reminded that the governor alleged that the dead policeman was one of the three men that were suspected to be members of SARS who were attempting to kidnap someone and he died in the process, the IGP replied, “Who is the person they were attempting to kidnap?

“I just want you to read between the lines. If you have leaders making sweeping allegations obviously it does not make sense.”  (Punchng.com)

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The Senate Declares War On Osinbajo |The Republican News

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– Suspends confirmation of Presidency nominees  

– Asks acting president to withdraw statement

From Fred Itua, Abuja

Iwhat could be described as an open declaration of war, the Senate, yesterday, passed a resolution block consideration and confirmation of appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The executive drew the ire of the lawmakers following a comment by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that executive appointments did not require legislative approval based on Section 171 of the Constitution.

The position of the Senate, followed the unveiling of a letter sent to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, requesting the Red Chamber to confirm Lanre Gbajabiamila as the substantive Director-General of the National Lottery Commission (NLC).

Prior to it, the Senate had a closed-door session, which lasted for almost an hour, where the senators reportedly discussed extensively the “flagrant refusal by the executive to implement resolutions passed by the Senate.”

As soon as it reconvened, Ahmed Yerima from Zamfara State raised Order 14 of the Senate Standing Rules and argued that since the acting president had already concluded that the Senate lacked the powers to confirm nominees, there was no need to acknowledge any letter from the executive on issues related to confirmation.

The Senate, accordingly, resolved to suspend any confirmation of nominees from the executive until issues relating to the power of the Senate to confirm were resolved.

It also passed a resolution and re-enforced its earlier position that all nominees rejected by the Senate should be relieved of their duties, with particular reference to the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu.

Following his rejection for the second time based on the Department of State Services’ (DSS) report, Osinbajo had declared that Magu did not need senate’s confirmation to become substantive EFCC boss.

But at plenary, yesterday, senators said Osinbajo must withdraw his statement.

Saraki who presided, in his concluding remarks, told Osinbajo to ensure that all resolutions passed by the Senate were implemented.

Saraki said: “This is a matter that we have to address and put behind us. As a society, we cannot pass laws and they will not be obeyed. These resolutions passed by the Senate must be adhered to by the acting president or we hope that he takes appropriate actions.”

Also, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu said the executive must obey the contents of the constitution.

“Let me make it clear that this has nothing to do with the Director-General of Lottery Commission or Ibrahim Magu, but about our constitution. One of the features of the Senate is the power of confirmation. The framers of the Constitution gave the power to the Senate.

“If the law says that an appointee requires confirmation, we must obey what the law says. The executive must follow the provisions of the constitution,” Ekweremadu said.

In his contribution, George Sekibo urged his colleagues to take a firm position and reject any attempts to weaken the National Assembly.

“A careful look at what is happening will tell Nigerians that they are trying to indirectly take over our responsibilities. The main function of the National Assembly is to make laws. The clearing of nominees from the president is one of the major functions of the Senate.

“All the various laws made to establish agencies of the Federal Government state that we will confirm nominations into such bodies. When an acting president says that the Senate has no powers to confirm, I wonder if he is familiar with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“In a civilian democracy, there is nothing like an executive order. You cannot wake up and issue executive orders. You cannot also wake up and tell nominees to take over the office. This goes contrary to the provisions of the constitution.

“If the acting president said we do not have the powers to confirm and he is sending a name that we confirm, then what do we do? Senate should place a suspension on the nomination until we determine whether we have the powers to confirm.”

Isa Misau from Bauchi State accused the executive of always blackmailing the National Assembly to do its bidding.

“It’s like they do not want this National Assembly to function properly… The National Assembly is being blackmailed. They have stormed the house of the deputy president of the Senate and the House of the appropriation committee chairman. They lied that it was the police that carried out the raid. But we know that it was the EFCC. It is the time we challenged the executive whenever they attack us,” he declared.

Sam Anyanwu, who warned that legislators might move against the leadership of the Senate if it failed to take a drastic action against the executive within 48 hours, also asked lawmakers to shun any invitation from the EFCC.

Dino Melaye who is currently fighting to fence off a recall warned the executive to stop “playing blues and dance reggae.”

“The executive must stop approbating powers to itself. This is a republic that our founding fathers fought for. In this same chamber, we invited the acting EFCC chairman for a job interview and he failed. We rejected him.

“As I speak, Magu is still parading himself as EFCC chairman. Now, the same executive is sending a name for us to confirm. We confirmed RECs before we went on break. They have sworn-in some people and have refused to do same for others. This Senate leadership must act and take a position. It is time for the Senate to apply force. I am moving a motion that it becomes abominable for the Senate President to read another confirmation letter until the integrity of this Senate is respected by the executive.”

Senate Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye, warned against destroying the institution of the Senate.

“These are frightening times. This is because of many Nigerians, including many of us here, put our lives on the line to ensure that we have democratic governance in Nigeria. We need to remind the Republic that the difference between the military and a democratic regime is the existence of the legislature,” he said. (The Sun)

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