Nigerian News from Leadership News Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:51:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Don’t Succumb To Intimidation, Jonathan Urges PDP Members Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:51:18 +0000 President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to succumb to the intimidation of other parties in their quest to win the 2015 elections.

He made the remark at the launch of the PDP Ward Volunteer Scheme as well as workshop and strategic meeting of the party in Abuja.

He said the party is the largest in the country with presence in all the wards across the country and had done very well.

He said the party was not marketing itself which created the chance for the intimidation by other parties.

Jonathan said that in spite of the agreement reached by state governments to establish local airports to boost commerce and integration only PDP states built domestic airport.

He added that PDP states had built more state universities than the others, adding that the party would always defeat the opposition in the presentation of scorecards.

“We cannot allow those who have not done as much as we have done to intimidate us,’’ he said.

The president said, “PDP is the only party that can bring peace in the country,’’ adding that those who had nursed grievances were the people coming to seek election.

He said: “You cannot bring peace if you do not have an open heart. You cannot give what you do not have.

“We have shown clear leadership. Before we came in telephone was the preserve of a few, but now some people even have bags of telephones.’’

Jonathan urged PDP members to be proud of the party and charged the volunteers and other elected officials to project the interests of the party and defend them.

He said that the leadership of the party would communicate major decisions of the party to the grassroots for effectiveness.

“We all have to work hard because if we work hard, we will win most of the elections in 2015,’’ he said, and urged contestants for state assembly election to market the party using their grassroots links.

He said the opposition was launching several attacks against the president because they believe that once the office of the president was ridiculed, they would silence the rest.

The President thanked Dr Ifeanyi Ubah for initiating the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), and the good work the organisation had done for the party.

He urged the group to continue with the good work.

Earlier, Ubah, who organised the programme, said the workshop was meant to assemble all the aspirants and party officials to re-strategise towards winning the 2015 polls. (NAN)

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Netanyahu Says U.S Speech Not Intended To Disrespect Obama Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:33:28 +0000 Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said that his planned address to the U.S. Congress on Iran’s nuclear programme was not intended as a sign of disrespect to President Barack Obama.

Netanyahu said this when he addressed the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, Washington DC, a think tank
Reports say the speech has caused a public rift between the two leaders.

“The speech is instead intended to speak up about a potential deal with Iran that could threaten the existence of Israel.

“I have a moral obligation to speak up in the face of these dangers while there is still time to avert them,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu pointed to the strong alliance between the U.S. and Israel and explained that it would not be in Israel’s interests for the alliance to become a partisan issue in the U.S. (dpa/NAN)

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N16m Project: Court Awards N3.2m To Plaintiff Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:29:46 +0000 An FCT High Court on Monday ordered Messrs SF Ventures Nigeria Limited (Defendant) to pay N3.2 million to Messrs Uwenton Nigeria Limited (plaintiff).

Delivering judgment, Justice Ajoke Adepoju, said the payment was necessary since there was an agreement to finance the project by the plaintiff before its commencement.

“I have considered the conduct and argument of the plaintiff and the defence counsel; by the agreement, the defendant is to pay the plaintiff what he invested, that is, the capital investment.

“The return investment, that is, the profit of N3 million is not visible because the project was not completed as agreed upon by the parties to a lintel level.

“Also, the plaintiff did not produce independent evaluation of the work done to warrant the profit as agreed upon on 50/50 sharing formula,’’ Adepoju said.

The judge also awarded payment of N100,000 to the plaintiff as damages and struck out his claims for all damages incurred by him since the beginning of the matter in 2012.

The judge said she was not in agreement with the defendant’s Counsel, Mr Kenneth Omoruogbe, that the plaintiff breached any agreement but that the defendant was liable for the breach of trust.

According to her, if the balance of the capital investment is not paid to the plaintiff on time, the defendant will be liable to additional 10 per cent profit to the plaintiff.

Earlier, Counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Tony Idahor, told the court that his client, Uwenton Nigeria Limited, had invested N10 million in the project.

He also said that there was an agreement between the two parties to share the profit after execution of the project.

Idahor said a projected net profit sum of N6 million was agreed to be shared on 50/50 basis between the parties involved in the execution of the project.

He added that at the end of the transaction, the defendant failed to make good his promise.

“We are in court to recover the balance of our investment as agreed to before the commencement of the project,’’ Idahor said.

Earlier, Counsel to the defendant, Mr Omoruogbe told the court that the plaintiff did not invest the total amount of N10 million agreed upon by the parties.

He said the plaintiff only invested N9.3 million and that the project was not completed to the lintel level as earlier agreed by the parties.

He added that since the plaintiff did not complete the money and the project was not complete to the agreed level, there was no profit made on the project.

“Our position is that we do not owe anybody because the plaintiff frustrated the project,’’ Omoruogbe said. (NAN)

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Scarcity: NNPC To Import Over 1bn Litres Of Petrol In March Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:25:24 +0000 The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Monday began fresh measures to halt what it described as artificially induced petrol scarcity noticeable in some parts of the country.

To this end, the corporation said it planned to import more than one billion litres of petrol in March to address short fall in supply

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Group Managing Director (GMD), NNPC Dr Joseph Dawha, in conjunction with the Chief Executive Officers of the NNPC subsidiaries, began detailed monitoring of fuel stations in Abuja.

Others in the exercise are the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Mr Farouk Ahmed, and the Managing Director of Pipeline Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr Haruna Momoh,

Also in the team was the Director of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mr George Osahon.

Dawha said the exercise was to checkmate hoarding and panic buying of petrol, particularly in Abuja, Lagos and its environs.

The GMD said there was enough petrol in the nation’s stock to take care of the need of motorists.

He said as the supplier of last resort, the corporation was doing everything within its mandate to alleviate the avoidable hardship caused by the situation.

The Executive Secretary, PPPRA, said the problem was more of artificial because there were enough products.

“ The problem we have is not really with the supply because there is enough supply .

“The PPMC has almost more than 800,000 metric tones that will be arriving in the month of March which is over a billion litres in terms of our daily consumption.

“Other marketers are also bringing in their cargo so by the end of the week, hopefully, everything will be clear.

“I think we should just encourage the people to desist from panic buying; things are going to be very okay,” Ahmed said.

The Managing Director of PPMC said the corporation had more than enough of the products in the stock for the entire nation.

Momoh explained that there was a good build up till April and with this build up, “we are very confident that we will not have any problem in terms of supply.

“There are challenges with distributions; we will continue to handle those challenges and we try everything possible to make it seamless, smooth and as stable as possible beyond April,” he said.

He said the agency was putting in measures place to address other challenges beyond April.

He said that the other challenges which other marketers, who happened to be the other half in the chains of supply, would be addressed by the PPPRA.

The Director of DPR said the agency had measures to address hoarding and hiking of pump price above official price.

Osahon said the agency would collaborate with the security agencies to force marketers to sell products at the regulated price.

“We are going to get the law enforcement agencies to force them to sell and at the regulated price.

“We are doing that at several filling stations around the country; we are doing that to support PPMC and PPPRA and make sure that these things ease off as soon as possible,” he said.(NAN)

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NNPC To Import 1 Billion Litres Of Petrol In March Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:37:42 +0000 NNPC is to import one billion litres petrol in March to address the shortfall in supply of the product, PPRA Executive Secretary Farouk Ahmed says.

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Naira Close On Monday At N197 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:04:52 +0000 The naira closed on Monday at N197.80 to a dollar at the inter-bank foreign exchange market, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says.

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Al-Makura’s Gesture To IDPs Belated and Pregnant – PDP Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:01:04 +0000 The Nasarawa State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura’s donation of relief materials to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and move to resettle them in their ancestral homes as belated and politically motivated.

In a press statement signed by the state chairman, Chief Yunana Iliya, the party questioned why it took the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration in the state over two years to reach out to affected persons and communities, adding the move was suspect coming a few weeks to the general elections.


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Ayogu Eze’s Hope For Enugu PDP Guber Ticket Dashed Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:00:07 +0000 Federal High Court, Abuja, dismisses suit filed by Sen. Ayogu Eze seeking to be declared PDP governorship candidate for Enugu State.

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Gov Ahmed Warns Against Jega’s Removal Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:16:23 +0000 Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has listed the consequences of removing the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega before the rescheduled general elections.

Alhaji warned that any attempt by President Goodluck Jonathan-led government to remove Jega, before the elections would have a reverberating effect on the nation’s hard- earned democracy.

He added that Jega’s ouster at this critical time of the country’s democracy would cast a serious doubt on the commitment of Jonathan towards conducting credible, free and fair elections.

The governor spoke with journalists in Ilorin yesterday shortly after he met traditional rulers from Ilorin Emirate and commercial taxi drivers at the All Progressives Congress campaign office, Mandate office, Adewole, Ilorin.

The monarchs numbering about 600 and the taxi drivers had during the meetings endorsed Ahmed for a second term in office.

Ahmed had earlier solicited the support of his visitors for the presidential candidate of APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari during the March 28 election.

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Oyo Teachers Support Ajimobi’s Second Term Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:01:13 +0000 Teachers in Oyo State under the auspices of Teachers for Good Governance [TGG], have commended the Abiola Ajimobi administration for its overall development of the state, particularly as it affects the welfare of teachers.

The teachers in a statement in Ibadan on Sunday signed by Comrade Yisau Ahmed and Mrs M.O. Alao, said going by the numerous enduring achievements of the Ajimobi administration and its support for teachers’ welfare, teachers in Oyo State had resolved unanimously to support the re-election bid of Governor Abiola Ajimobi for a second term,so the good works would continue for the betterment of all.


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