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EFCC grills former Kwara governor, Ahmed

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The immediate past governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has been invited to the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for interrogation.

Ahmed governed the state between 2011 and 2019.

The former governor, in a short statement made to Premium Times, said the invitation was to clarify specific transactions and decisions taken while steering the ship of the state.

“Yesterday, I was at the Ilorin Zonal office of EFCC on invitation. During the session, I clarified specific budgeted transactions and board-approved decisions of a government body while I was governor. No allegation of fraud was made against me. I have since returned home,” he wrote.

Ahmed’s successor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, had inaugurated panels to probe the sales of state-owned properties and assets starting from 1999.

He also inaugurated another panel to look into the finances of local governments and their activities since 1999.

These panels have indicted some officials under the previous administrations.

Also, the former Commissioner for Finance under Ahmed, Ademola Banu, was arraigned for alleged N411 million money laundering.

He was arraigned alongside Travel Messenger Company Limited and one Olarewaju Adeniyi, on nine counts before Justice Babangana Ashigar of the Federal High Court, Ilorin.

The immediate past chairperson of state Scholarship Board, Fatimah Yusuf, and two others who were allegedly involved in bursary fraud, were arraigned before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of the State High Court, Ilorin.

According to the EFCC, the trio were arraigned on a seven-count charge for their alleged involvement in bursary fraud in the state, to the tune of N50 million.

However, none of those mentioned had been convicted.

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Why I dumped APC, Kano party chieftain, Doguwa

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Why I dumped APC, Kano party chieftain, Doguwa

A former Senator representing Kano South senatorial zone, Senator Mas’ud El-Jibril Doguwa, on Friday, said he is dumping the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC because the party’s policies were anti-people oriented.

Doguwa in a statement made available to newsmen in Kano, said he resolved to dump the party alongside his supporters because the party’s policies do not align with their political ideology.

The former Senator said the party prioritize policies that cause more harm than good to the ordinary citizens of this country.

The close ally of the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, however, announced their return to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

According to him, “we have discovered, after careful appraisal of the activities of the APC governments, that many of their policies are anti peoples oriented, which do not align with our political ideology. They prioritize policies that cause more harm than good to the ordinary citizens of this country.

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“Based on the foregoing therefore, we heed to the instruction of our elders and the advice of our political associates, to hereby announce that, we as a group have taken the bold decision to return to our political base, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to continue as full pledged members.

“We have taken this decision without any prejudice or malice to any individual or groups of persons.

“This decision is consequent upon a series of wide-range consultations with our people who believe that APC, at all levels, does not take advantage of our long-standing experience in politics and governance. As members of the APC, we feel we are being grossly underutilized, as we are rarely involved in any forum to discuss and share our experiences for the development of the Party, the State or the Nation.

“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. We believe that, in politics, as in other fields of human endeavour, activity ranks paramount. If you make players in any given field redundant, they are bound to struggle to create activities for themselves, somewhere outside the party. Experienced politicians do not want to stay idle.

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Factional NNPP dissolves NWC, affirms Kwankwaso’s expulsion

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Factional NNPP dissolves NWC, affirms Kwankwaso’s expulsion

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) recently made significant decisions during its meeting on May 27, 2024.

Among the resolutions announced, the NEC dissolved the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Mr. Ajuji Ahmed and Mr. Dipo Olayokun, appointing Dr. Agbo Gilbert Major as the new National Chairman and Comrade Oginni Olaposi Sunday as National Secretary.

The NEC also upheld the six-month suspension of Governor Abbah Yusuf of Kano State and confirmed the expulsion of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso from the party.

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These actions were taken following the party’s adherence to its constitution and the findings of its Fact Finding Committee (FFC) and Conflict Resolution Committee (CRC).

Additionally, the party emphasized its commitment to transparency and legal compliance, particularly in supporting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with relevant information on alleged financial improprieties involving party members.

Furthermore, the NNPP reiterated the sanctity of its 2022 amended constitution and reaffirmed the leadership at its national headquarters in Abuja, located at Willands Plaza, Wuse Zone 4. The party emphasized that no other parallel offices would be recognized as the National Headquarters.

The communique, jointly signed by Umar Jibril and Omolara Johnson, underscored the party’s commitment to electoral transparency, calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to update its records to reflect the new leadership under Dr. Agbo Gilbert Major and Comrade Oginni Olaposi Sunday.

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Factional NNPP NEC insists Kano gov remains suspended for six months

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Factional NNPP NEC insists Kano gov remains suspended for six months

The suspension placed on Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State as a member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has not been lifted, the party has said.

According to the NNPP, the suspension of the governor from the party will remain till December.

The party made the disclosure in a statement by the Party’s National Secretary, Mr Oginni Olaposi Sunday in Abuja.

Sunday disclosed that the party would be holding a strategic stakeholders meeting in Abuja later this month to address pressing internal matters affecting the party, adding that all party leaders and elders across the country are expected to attend.

Sunday explained that critical issues affecting the 23 years old political party would be discussed and strong decisions taken to further reinforce the expulsion of its Presidential Candidate in the 2023 general election, Rabiu Kwankwaso; Elder Buba Galadima and the entire national working committee led by Dr Ahmed Ajuji.

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He further stated that the stakeholders meeting is very important to the leadership of NNPP for the advancement of democracy and development of the party ahead of the 2027 general elections.

“The personal commitment of all stakeholders and elders in terms of capacity and participation shall be of great advantage to the success of the meeting.

“All members, most especially those holding very sensitive positions of great responsibilities are compulsorily mandated to attend this coming meeting.

“All elected members on the platform of NNPP should equally understand the consequences of anti-party activities ahead of the 2027 general election if they boycott the meeting.

“And for the record, Kwankwaso, Galadima and the entire members of the Former National Working Committee led by Dr Ahmed Ajuji remain expelled from the NNPP.

“Also the Governor of Kano State, Abbah Yusuf remains suspended till December,” he stated.

According to the national secretary, the NNPP’s constitution is supreme for all members without prejudices to the grand norm of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“It is our hope that INEC would take responsibility to respect the essence of internal democracy and inherent objectives for growth and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria,” he added.

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