The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has dissociated himself from disparaging statements being circulated online against some APC chieftains in the South-South geopolitical zone and mischievously credited to him.
The acrimonious comments follows Omo-Agege’s absence at the meeting of South-South leaders in Abuja where a resolution was reached for the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to be replaced.
Omo-Agege is believed to be an ally of Oshiomhole’s.
Following the meeting various online quotes have been attributed to Omo-Agege among which was a twitter comment that read thus:
However, Omo-Agege has denied such statements. Specifically, the Deputy President of the Senate attributed the statements to the handiwork of fifth columnists and agents of destabilization masquerading as his supporters.
According to him, such disparaging remarks borne out of sterile imaginings of mischief-makers against stalwarts of the party from the South-South zone or any part of the Federation can never emanate from him.
Senator Omo-Agege who also doubles as APC South-South Leader, noted that some enemies of the region were hell-bent on causing disaffection in the South-South.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Deputy President of the Senate did not make any disparaging remarks against any personality from the South South geopolitical zone.
“For the records, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege would like to be left out of whatever mischievous scheme or deadly politics being played out by some unscrupulous characters in the region for whatever selfish reasons.
“His focus, as he has always stated, is to bring qualitative development to the South-South for the benefits of all the people.
“He would not be distracted by the antics of social media rats who continue to abuse the privilege offered by the social media to publish falsehood against him with the aim of setting him up against other leaders in the region.
“We implore all well-meaning supporters and media houses to always verify sources of statements before circulating such as fifth columnists abound everywhere.”
INEC postpones bye-elections in three states over coronavirus
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed bye-elections for senatorial districts in Bayelsa, Imo, and Plateau states over coronavirus.
Festus Okoye, a spokesman of the electoral body, announced this in a statement on Thursday.
The affected districts in Bayelsa are Bayelsa central and Bayelsa west where Diri Duoye, the governor, and Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, his deputy, vacated in February.
The seat for Imo north district became vacant after the death of Benjamin Uwajumogu and in Plateau south, the death of Longjan Datong made the seat vacant.
“Section 26 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) empowers the election commission to postpone any election in the event of an emergency or national disaster,” Okoye said in the statement.
“The Commission is compelled to take this step in recognition of the fact that all major activities in the electoral process involve large gathering of people. These include the conduct of party primaries, campaigns, stakeholder meetings, training, and deployment of election and security personnel, movement of accredited observers and journalists, congregation of voters and other stakeholders at polling units, as well as the collation centres.
“While the Commission acknowledges the rights and desire of citizens for effective representation, there is an over-riding public interest in ensuring the health, safety and well-being of all stakeholders.”
INEC said the timetable and schedule of activities for the postponed bye-elections would be released as soon as the coronavirus is brought under control.
Mimiko: Politics in Nigeria is monetised
Olusegun Mimiko, former governor of Ondo state, says Nigeria’s politics is monetised.
Mimiko spoke at the opening ceremony of the birthday celebration of Odia Ofeimun, a poet.
Themed “Taking Nigeria Seriously: A Conference In Honour of Odia Ofeimun”, the event held at the University of Lagos, on Monday.
Commenting on Ofeimun’s foray into politics, he said Nigeria’s politics is monetised and sadly, there are no hopes for people like the poet.
“Ordinarily, the volume of the work he has done should have had him enough.. even had enough resources to aspire.. but you know in this country, we do not reward scholarship,” he said.
“If Odia, with his cerebral and oral endowment had had the opportunity to demonstrate what intellectuals can do in governance, perhaps we’ll be getting closer to a Nigeria of our dreams.
“You know there are some poets in government, they do well in governance. If it were a serious nation, he (Odia) would have been a governor but you know our politics is monetised that there seems to be no hope for the Odias of this world.”
The former governor argued that restructuring is the only way forward for Nigeria’s “failed economy”.
“Nigeria will never move forward until it is restructured,” he said
He said though he believes in a big Nigeria but the “Nigeria that is centrally governed can not move forward”.
He noted that people like the celebrant, at their prime, really had dreams for the country and it reflected in their work.
“They were the revolutionaries and they spent a lot of their time putting their thoughts out, “he said.
“Where are we today? We thought that in a couple of years, the Nigeria of our dream will come to pass, a country that is progressing, a country that accurately addresses the fundamental needs of people.
“But we are not there yet. But we will keep striving, hoping. Some of us have rested our hope in a restructured Nigeria, perhaps, once it is restructured, we will be able to move forward.
“In a Nigeria that is restructured where merit will take its position, our country will move forward.”
On his part, Ofeimun said Nigeria is used to being a country that lacks planning.
He said if the country is taken seriously, things will change.
“Nigeria has gotten used to not planning. People who do not plan, like they say, are planning to fail. That is where we are, we seem to have been planning to fail for too long,”he said.
“We must learn how to organise. The societies that are successful are the ones who organise at every level. If you are professionals you organise properly and you do not allow non-professionals to command the value in a community they don’t belong to.
“We must make all Nigerians, ethnic groups free if we want the country to be free. Nigerians are largely unfree. Our people are generally oppressed, at traditional levels and that creates the basis for the freedom in modern society in general.”
Rauf Aregbesola, minister of interior, Femi Falana, human rights lawyer and
Biodun Jeyifo, a retired professor of Comparative Literature and African and African American Studies at Harvard University were among the dignitaries in attendance.
Presidency: Lagos APC Taunts Bode George, Asks Him To First Provide Leadership At Home
The Lagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress, (APC), has dismissed the 2023 presidential bid of the former Deputy National Chairman, Peoples’ Democratic Party, (PDP, Chief Bode George, saying he is a politician who has no relevance in the politics of Lagos State.
The party expressed disappointment in Geroge for blaming his political misadventure over the years on former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu.
The Publicity Secretary of the party in Lagos State, Seye Oladejo urged George to provide leadership at the state chapter of the party before thinking of leading the entire country.
He said, “Our attention has been drawn to the purported presidential ambition of Chief Bode George through newspaper interviews.
“The dreamy Nollywood ambition itself would ordinarily not have been dignified with a response, but for his focus on his political nemesis, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
“Our candid advice is that Chief George should first provide leadership in his homestead before venturing beyond. His inability to deliver his polling units during elections speaks volumes about his electoral value.
“His major selling point of having become a governor at 42 years and the not so glorious stint at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) should best be confined to the dustbin of history’.
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