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VOL. 26: NO. 63766

MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

APC, PDP attack INEC over

Bauchi, Adamawa gov polls

INEC backing PDP in BauchiAPC; Allegation laughable — INEC

INEC explains why Atiku can't inspect election materials

•It’s wrong for INEC to disobey court order on Adamawa poll – ARDO

•Buhari won’t influence, change results — PRESIDENCY

TEARS FOR CRASH VICTIMS...

STORY

ON PAGE 5

PDP asks INEC

to declare 8

Tambuwal, Sokoto

gov-elect

•As pressure mounts

on electoral umpire

‘Why Deji 14

Adeyanju,

Charlyboy

parted ways’

ABOVE: Mourners of victims of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane

react during the mass funeral at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa,

Ethiopia, yesterday. The crash of Flight ET 302 minutes into its flight to

Nairobi on March 10 killed 157 people on board and caused the worldwide

grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft model involved in the disaster.

Photo: AFP. LEFT: Cross section of mourners, during a candle light

procession, Saturday, in Lagos, for late Pius Adesanmi,who died in the

plane crash. PHOTO: Kehinde Gbadamosi.

UTME: Biometric

Verification only

mode for allowing

candidates into

exam centres

—JAMB 9

RIVERS: N-Delta

militants split over

Amaechi, Wike

COLUMNISTS OWEI LAKEMFA 33 SOBOWALE 31 HENRY BOYO 32

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Mr & Mrs


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POCKET CARTOON

VICTORY LUNCH—From left: Wife of the Deputy Governor-Elect, Lagos State,

Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat; Lagos State Governor-Elect, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu;

wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari; wife of the Vice President,

Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo and wife of Lagos State Governor-Elect, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-

Olu, during a victory lunch by Mrs Aisha Buhari, at Oriental Hotel, Lagos,

Saturday night.

APC, PDP attack INEC over

Bauchi, Adamawa gov polls

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru, Omeiza

Ajayi & Dirisu

Yakubu

ABUJA — The ruling

All Progressives

Congress, APC, and the

main opposition Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

were at the jugular of the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, weekend, accusing

the electoral umpire of bias

and favouritism in recent

elections and planned

supplementary polls.

The APC, which

expressed worry over the

f o r t h c o m i n g

supplementary elections,

INEC’s decisions on Rivers

and Bauchi states, accused

INEC of favouring the PDP

in its decision to continue

collation of the

governorship election in

Bauchi, instead of holding

a re-run in Tafawa Balewa

Local Council as it earlier

announced.

It alleged that Barr.

Festus Okoye, chairman of

INEC’s fact-finding

committee sent to Bauchi,

is a friend of Speaker of

the House of

Representatives, Yakubu

Dogara, who hails from

Tafawa Balewa Local

Government.

In a quick respnse, Mr

Okoye dismissed the

APC’s allegations as

laughable because, as he

said, he has neither met nor

worked for Dogara, adding

that INEC was not

interested in who emerged

governor in any of the states

other than carrying out its

constitutional duties.

Also, the PDP accused the

electoral umpire of denying

its presidential candidate,

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

access to election materials

as ordered by the tribunal,

and was working with the

APC and the Presidency to

frustrate it at the courts, an

accusation the INEC

dismissed as balderdash

because it is yet to receive

the court order.

This is as Dr Umar Ardo,

a former special assistant to

both President Olusegun

Obasanjo and Vice

President Atiku Abubakar,

advised the electorate in

Adamawa State to boycott

Saturday’s supplementary

election in the state,

faulting the decision of the

INEC to proceed with the

exercise in spite of a court

order to the contrary.

How INEC is favouring

PDP in BauchiAPC

In a lengthy statement by

its National Publicity

Secretary, Mallam Lanre

Issa-Onilu, the APC

berated INEC as well as

the PDP for what it

described as an unholy

alliance between both

bodies regarding next

Saturday’s supplementary

elections as well as the

commission’s decision on

Bauchi and Rivers states.

“The electoral process

was suspended in Rivers

State in a very fraudulent

circumstance,” the party

also added.

On the supplementary

elections, APC listed its

concerns about the various

states where the exercise

would hold.

On Benue, the APC

claimed that its candidate,

Emmanuel Jime, obtained

the highest number of votes

via the usage of the card

reader but noted that

INEC declared the

governorship election in

Benue State inconclusive,

citing an insufficient

margin in votes obtained by

the APC candidate, Barr.

Emmanuel Jime, and the

PDP candidate, Governor

Samuel Ortom.

“Even though the PDP

claims a bogus lead of over

81,000 votes, reports

strongly established that

this dodgy figure is an

aggregate of ‘votes’

obtained by subterfuge, not

from the numbers recorded

by the card reader.

“There were cases in

Logo, Gwer-West,

Vandeikya, Guma, Buruku

and Gboko Local

governments where the

card reader was not used.

In Guma, a local

government predominated

by the APC, zero votes

were allocated to our

candidate by thugs loyal to

the governor of the state, as

agents of the party were

chased away and election

material diverted and ballot

papers thumb-printed for

the governorship candidate

of the PDP.”

In Rivers, the APC said it

was concerned and deeply

troubled by the “unholy

alliance between Governor

Nyesom Wike, PDP and

INEC to prevent Rivers

people from electing a

candidate of their choice by

imposing Wike, the PDP

candidate on them.

“It was glaring that Wike

was losing until INEC

stepped in to halt the

process apparently to save

Wike from impending

defeat. INEC must put a

halt to this madness and

brazen illegality.

“As a party that was solely

at the receiving end of the

killings in Rivers State, the

APC believes that the

proactive steps taken by

security agents to

checkmate a repeat of the

2015 killings and

destruction, is

commendable and should

be applauded by all peaceloving

people.

“We report that in most of

the LGAs in the state,

voting had concluded,

results declared at the

polling units and collation

had begun before the

abrupt suspension of the

process. INEC does not

have the power under our

Electoral Act to suspend

elections that have already

been concluded.

“We suspect that INEC

might be working to

surreptitiously bring in

cooked up results credited

to Obio/Akpor LGA to skew

the election in favour of

Wike. We vehemently reject

this anti-democratic move.”

In Plateau, it said “our

comfortable lead is

unassailable” and urged its

members, supporters and

the entire Plateau electorate

not to be complacent, “but

remain focused as we

prepare for the

supplementary election

that will give our

performing candidate,

Governor Simon Lalong a

second term in office to

consolidate on his first-term

achievement.”

In Kano, the APC said the

PDP was deluding itself on

its non-existent electoral

chance in Nasarawa local

government area, claiming

that Kano will remain an

APC state after the

supplementary election.

The APC also boasted

over its chances in Sokoto

and Adamawa states re-run

polls while rejecting the

INEC decision on Bauchi.

INEC announced on

Friday night that a new

returning officer will

resume the collation of the

Bauchi governorship

election results tomorrow. It

also amended the

cancelled votes in four

polling units in Ningi local

council from 25,330 to

2,533. The decision meant

that the commission may

announce the winner of the

election thereafter.

INEC’s Okoye is

Dogara’s man, says APC

“We reject INEC’s

decision on the

governorship election

results from Tafawa Balewa

local government area in

Bauchi State, as signed and

announced by the electoral

body’s National

Commissioner and

chairman of its Information

and Voter Education

Committee, Festus Okoye.

Continues on Page 41

By Bose Adelaja, Ebun Sessou, Yinka

Latona,

Chiamaka Uba & Dickson Omobola

2019 Polls: Security agencies and 2019 polls (3)

I

am in support of it

a l t h o u g h

the military shouldn’t

have any business with

electioneering. The

peculiarity of our politics

dictates that the military

was needed to prevent

most of our desperate

politicians from turning

the election to an

opportunity to shed

innocent citizens’ blood.

Mr. Oluwashina Ishola

Tourism promoter

Military involvement

in the electoral

process in Nigeria was not

unexpected. Nigerian

politicians and their thugs

are not easy to contain,

especially during polls.

However, when the military

is despatched, they must

be fair to all. They must

keep watch and keep away

intruders. It should not be

in opposition states alone

but in danger zones.

Mr.Julius Adegunna

Publisher

From my point of

view, involvement of

the military is for the good

of Nigerians. It was to

make the elections free

and fair. Prior to the

elections, some people

had planned to cause

mayhem but the military

which thwarted the plan.

In other words, the

elections went well apart

from few hitches.

Mr. Obasi Peter,

Artisan

There is nothing

wrong with this

judging from the killings

of innocent Nigerians

before the elections. Such

killings would have

extended to the elections

if not for the presence of

the military.

Nigerians have nothing

to worry about as safety of

lives and property is key.

God bless Nigeria.

Mr. John Kponwaye

Artisan

The

military

involvement is for

security purposes. Aside

this, some people may

have taken the law into

their hands to protest the

outcome of the

presidential election

thereby fomenting

trouble during the

governorship elections

but the involvement of

the military went a long

way to avert this.

Mr. Michael Francis

Building designer

THE involvement of

the military, especially

in the Southern

part of the country was

very obvious this time.

Our law is clear on the

role of various security

agencies but the army

was very visible in their

actions and words. I am

not among those, who

are saying that they

should not be involved in

the maintenance of law

and order during elections

but their roles

should not undermine

the electoral process.

Mr. Rufus Obomenfo,

Worker


6—Vanguard, MONDAY, MACRH 18, 2019

Nigerian-born Imam Alabi, survivor of New Zealand mosque attack, narrates ordeal

Asurvivor of the Christchurch

massacre, Alabi Lateeef, has

narrated how a heroic

worshipper at one of the targeted

mosques seized an empty rifle

discarded by gunman Brenton

Tarrant, and then used it to

chase their attacker away.

Alabi Lateef said he was

praying with others inside

Linwood Masjid, the second

mosque attacked last Friday by

self-confessed white

supremacist Tarrant, when he

Robbers

invade NYSC

lodge in Delta,

shoot 3

By Perez Brisibe

I SIOKOLO—THREE

National Youth Service

Corps, NYSC, members

serving at Ethiope East

Local Government Area of

Delta State, are currently in

critical condition after

gunmen attacked them

when they were returning

to their lodge at Isiokolo.

The incident occurred last

Friday.

Giving details of the

incident yesterday, a

security source at the

Isiokolo Police Division

said the victims were

rushed to a private hospital

by members of the Isiokolo

local vigilante outfit after

they were shot by the

hoodlums, who

dispossessed them of

phones, cash and other

items.

“The corps members

sustained gunshot

wounds from a locallymade

cut-to-size gun

used by the hoodlums and

they were later referred to

the Eku-Baptist Hospital

for further treatment,” the

source who spoke on

condition of anonymity,

stated.

Meanwhile, Ethiope

East council Chairman,

Chief Faith Majemite, has

vowed to bring the

perpetrators to book,

charging security

agencies in the area to

swing into action and

apprehend the culprits.

The council boss gave

the charge at the Eku-

Baptisit Hospital during a

condolence visit on the

victims.

She said: “I have asked

the medical doctors on duty

to ensure that the corps

members get the best

medical attention as the

council will be handling all

their medical bills.

“I want to also assure

residents of the council that

the security agencies have

been placed on their toes

towards ensuring that the

culprits are arrested and

brought to book.”

heard gunshots.

“Straightaway I stopped my prayer,

peeked through the window and

found a person with, you know,

machine gun and heavy dress,” he

told news website Stuff.

“By the time I looked at the floor

and saw three dead bodies, then

realised oh, this must be something

else. This is a terrorist attack.”

Alabi said he told worshippers to

duck and then described how he

and a “brother” decided to confront

the attacker during a lull in the

By Ola Ajayi

IBADAN—AS investigations into

the murder of a member of the

House of Representatives, Mr.

Temitope Olatoye, who was shot

dead by gunmen at Lalupon area

of Lagelu Local Government,

Ibadan Oyo State, Chief Whip of

Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr.

Olafisoye Akinmoyede, who is

being quizzed by the Police has

said he knew nothing about the

murder of the lawmaker.

Akinmoyede said late Temitope

Olatoye aka Sugar, who

represented Lagelu/Akinyele

Federal Constituency before his

death during the governorship

and House of Assembly March 9

elections, was his political ally who

he respected a lot.

The detained lawmaker, in a

statement by his media assistant,

Mr. Segun Olawale, said the fact

that he and the deceased were in

different political parties did not

translate into political rivalry that

would cost him his life.

Akinmoyede, who contested the

Lagelu State Constituency for a

gunfire.

“By the time he got there

(outside the mosque) the

bullets were finished and the

gun was used,” Lateef

recounted.

The pair noticed Tarrant had

left the spent rifle on the

ground as he returned

towards his car. So Lateef’s

unnamed fellow worshipper

seized the initiative and

grabbed the rifle, following the

attacker to his car and using it

second term on the platform

of All Progressives Congress,

APC, but lost to the rival

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, has since been in

detention at the State

Criminal Investigations

Department, Iyaganku,

Ibadan, for alleged

involvement in the incident.

He said: “Although both of

us are from rival political

parties, Sugar was my friend,

brother and long time

political ally. We were

together in APC for a very

long time before he defected

to the African Democratic

Party, ADP, the platform he

contested Oyo South

Senatorial election on.

“I am a man of peace and

this can be attested to by my

political associates, my

colleagues in the House of

Assembly and, indeed, the

people of my constituency.

The fact that Sugar and I

were not from the same

political party does not mean

that we should be at

to smash the vehicle’s back

window before running away.

Their actions may have

saved further casualties, as

Tarrant was apprehended by

two armed police officers not

far from Linwood mosque

soon afterwards, while

driving his car with a visibly

smashed back window.

Tarrant used Facebook to live

broadcast his initial assault on

the Noor Mosque, where at

least 40 worshippers were

I have no hand in Sugar's death

—Oyo Assembly Chief Whip

Edo traditional ruler kidnapped

By Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN—THE

Enogie

(traditional) of Ukhiri in lkpoba-

Okha Local Government Area of

Edo State, HRH Godwin Aigbe

Osayande, has been kidnapped by

gunmen.

The heavily-armed five-man

gang stormed his Ukhiri

palace on Benin-Abraka Road

and shot sporadically into the

air before abducting him from

his living room to an unknown

eachother’s

throats.

“Incidentally, we were not

contesting the same political

office. While he contested

the Oyo South Senatorial

seat, I contested the Lagelu

State Constituency for a

second term.”

...says he

wasn't arrested

Contrary to earlier reports

that he was arrested by the

state police command, he

argued that on receiving a

call from the headquarters

of the State Police

Command at Eleyele,

Ibadan, his attention was

needed in connection with

Sugar’s death.

He said he honoured the

invitation by voluntarily

walking to the police

command since he knew that

he was innocent as far as the

incident was concerned.

He stated that the

unfortunate killing of

Olatoye did not happen at

destination.

The hoodlums, who came

with an unregistered car,

were said to have completely

burnt down their own car and

left the Enogie’s palace with

his Nissan Sunny car, while

the Benin traditional ruler

was placed at the back seat

murdered and dozens more

wounded.

In that opening attack, footage

from his broadcast showed Tarrant

mercilessly spraying bullets inside

the mosque and then returning

to his car to fetch a new rifle.

He then walked back inside and

started shooting again. Footage

from the attack also shows at least

one worshipper at the Noor

Mosque, who was gunned down

while trying to charge Tarrant

during his rampage.

L E G A L

BALL: Action at

the Abuja Lawyers

League 2019.

PHOTOS: Gbemiga

Olamikan.

his polling unit, Ward 7, Isale

Osun, where he had earlier

cast his vote and that there was

no crisis whatsoever while the

voting lasted until the arrival

of the federal lawmaker in

Lalupon town from his Alape

Village with his “boys” which

resulted in the electorate

scampering for safety.

According to him, “it was not

long after that I heard

exchanged of gunfire between

Olatoye’s boys and some

people at the Lalupon motor

park which eventually

culminated in his being shot.

“I am therefore surprised by

the reports in a section of the

media to the effect that I was

arrested by the Police. I must

state that I was never arrested.

I reported myself to them

voluntarily upon receiving

their call.”

Akinmoyede, a former

Chairman of Lagelu council,

called on the Police to intensify

their efforts and do thorough

investigations with a view to

finding the legislator’s killer(s).

as they zoomed off.

He was said to have been

taken through the Abraka Road

end towards Delta State.

The Enogie is a retired Police

Chief before ascending to the

throne of his fathers. The Police

has since moved into action with

a view to rescuing him unhurt.


Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019—7

Edo Police nab suspects

over Afuze attack

By Gabriel Enogholase

B ENIN—HOODLUMS

involved in the killing of

four policemen in Afuze

Divisional Police Headquarters

have been arrested and would

be paraded today by the Police.

In a statement by Special

Adviser to the state governor on

Media and Communication

Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, the

state government said proper

briefing of the operation that led

to the arrest of the suspected

killers will be given during the

parade.

According to him, “it is a bit of

closure that the Police has

apprehended some of those

suspected to have attacked the

Police station.

“Though we hear a good

number of the suspects have

been apprehended, we hope to

get more information when the

Edo State Commissioner of

Police, Muhammed

Danmallam, briefs the press

tomorrow(today).”

He said the Governor Godwin

Obaseki-led administration was

committed to protecting lives

and properties in the state and

would never allow criminals

have a free reign in the state.

His words: “The state

government is committed to the

security of Edo people and

residents in the state. The

incident in Afuze is

condemnable and we

commiserate with the affected

families.

“We also hope that the speed

at which the suspected culprits

were arrested will bring some

closure to the families, even as

we await the full briefing from

the police commissioner.”

He was uncommon breed, says widow of Prof Pius Adesanmi

OLUMUYIWA Balogun-

Adesanmi, wife of late

scholar and columnist, Professor

Pius Adesanmi, who died in the

ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane

that crashed last week, killing all

the passengers and crew

members, has said, among others,

her late husband was an

uncommon breed.

In a statement from their base in

Canada, Mrs Balogun-Adesanmi

said: “I have no words to describe

the depths of my pain on the

untimely passing of my husband,

Pius Adesanmi. He was an

extraordinary scholar, husband,

devoted father and a fine

gentleman.

“He was an uncommon breed.

He wrote about human rights,

gender equality and human

dignity. He practised what he

preached. I am a living witness to

the kindness of his soul and love

for others.

“Pius Adesanmi enjoyed

spending time with his family and

friends. Our daughter Tise’s

words often tugged at his heart

every time he needed to travel. He

Recall that a gang of criminals

attacked the Afuze Divisional

Police Headquarters, Owan East

Local Government Area of Edo,

compensated for his regular

absences by being generous with

his time. He was witty, funny and

a joy to behold.

“My family and I have been

touched by the incredible

demonstrations of support and

waves of condolences sent our way.

I have learned about people of all

ages and backgrounds, who never

met Pius Adesanmi but broke down

in tears when they learned of his

death.

“I am comforted by the sheer

enormity of the lives he touched.

He lived and died in pursuit of a

better world. He lived and died in

service to Africa.

“Nigeria was dear to his heart

and he longed for Nigeria’s

development. Pius Adesanmi was

also a Canadian citizen and deeply

appreciated the blessings of

making Canada home.

“I appreciate the tremendous

support from the Canadian and the

Nigerian governments. The

administration, students and

faculty at Carleton University have

been exemplary in our moment of

grief. The academic community in

killing the Divisional Police

Officer and three other

officers on duty.

4 C’River communities

razed in communal conflict

By Emma Una

C ALABAR—FOUR

communities in Biase Local

Government Area of Cross River

State were, yesterday, razed

following a communal conflict with

neighbouring Ikwo community of

Ebonyi State.

The villages razed include

Egbor, Ipene and Abanwan

communities, all in Biase Local

Government Area of the state.

A source in the area told

Vanguard on phone that the

Ebonyi warlords invaded the first

community, Egbor as early as 4a.m.

yesterday, where two persons were

reportedly killed before razing the

community and from there moved

to Ipene, which they razed since

the people had escaped before

their arrival.

From Ipene, they moved to

Abanwan, where they also killed

two people before setting fire on

the village.

A Vanguard source, who prefers

anonymity, said the people of

Ipene heard gunshots suspected

to be machine guns in the wee

hours of the day and suspected an

attacked. They left the community

before the warlords arrived.

According to t he source, “as we

speak, all of us are in the bush. We

started hearing gunshots at about

4a.m. in the neighboring village,

Egbor, and we suspected that

something was wrong because after

the Orugbam people were sacked

from their communities last

year, they promised that they

will bring their associates from

Ebonyi State.

“You know that immediately

Orugbam community was

burnt down last year, they

moved to Unwana, Afikpo and

the surrounding Ebonyi

communities.

“We did not know that they

were planning to use them to

attack us until this

morning(yesterday). Egbor

has been completely burnt

down with two people killed.

“By the time they arrived

Ipene, because we heard the

gunshots, our people had

moved into the bush so they

came and did not meet

anybody. What they did was

to raze down every building

standing in Ipene before

moving to their main target,

Abanwan where they killed

two people and also burnt the

place.”

He recalled that Ebonyi

people had always wanted to

take over the oil plantation in

Egbor and were often assisted

by Orugbam until the latter

was sacked last year.

He added: “The problem

has always been the oil

plantation in Egbor where

Ebonyi people have always

come to exploit and they have

always been assisted by

Orugbam.”

Canada, Nigeria and around

the world has been immense in

their tributes.

“I applaud all individuals and

institutions around the world

that have held or plan to hold

vigils, processions and other

events to mark my husband’s

transition.

“I thank all local, national and

international media

organisations for their

professionalism in the coverage

of the unfortunate crash.

“Our extended family

neighbours, and friends from all

areas of human endeavour have

stood solidly by us. I am deeply

grateful. Mo dupe, E se pupo,

Merci. Thank you.

“Pius Adebola Adesanmi, the

whole family misses you. I miss

you. I miss your laughter,

ebullience, reassuring presence

as well as the effervescence and

incandescence of your person.

“Bola, you were an uncommon

star in the firmament of God’s

creation. Oko mi, sun re o (sleep

well, my husband). O daro o.

Goodnight, Okun ‘Bola.”

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Sokoto gov-elect

PEOPLES Democratic

Party, PDP, yesterday,

urged Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, to

save its time and resources

by declaring Aminu

Tambuwal winner of the

election held on March 9.

The party, which stated

this while reacting to claim

by the umpire that it was

under pressure to declare

the governor winner of the

polls, said given the

margin of victory recorded

on the first ballot, there was

no reason not to declare

Tambuwal duly elected.

Spokesman of the party,

Kola Ologbondiyan, said:

“Our position has not

changed and we insist that

His Excellency, Governor

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

should be declared winner

of the governorship

election in Sokoto State.

“If we go by the figure of

votes collated so far, the

governor has satisfied the

provisions of the law

because he won clearly in

almost all the local

governments of the states.

“What are they waiting

for to declare him duly

elected? We are a party that

has respect for the laws of

the land. So, we advise our

members and supporters to

remain calm because at the

end of the day, victory is

ours.”

Pressure on INEC

Meanwhile, barely a

week to the March 23 date

for the supplementary

governorship election in

some states, pressure

continues to mount on

INEC to declare Governor

Aminu Tambuwal the

winner of the March 9

guber poll in Sokoto State.

There were indications

over the weekend that the

tension in the seat of the

Caliphate may worsen if the

incumbent governor who

was enjoying a clear lead

in the poll is denied victory.

A top politician from

Sokoto who spoke on

condition of anonymity,

said tension was building

up in the state over fears of

plans to undemocratically

stop Tambuwal for another

term in office.

Our source alleged that

though the governor

appears to be the popular

choice of his people as

shown in the collated result

of the guber poll, the power

brokers of All Progressives

Congress, APC, were bent

on taking the state which

they consider strategic to

the party’s future political

plans.

Our source said: “The

powers that be should

declare Tambuwal as the

authentic winner of the

March 9 governorship

election in Sokoto State. The

collated result showed that

•As pressure mounts on

electoral umpire

he won the election by the

simple majority, which is

what the constitution

provides. They should not

set the seat of the Caliphate

on fire.

“Remember that even

President Muhammadu

Buhari won his election by

the same simple majority.

He was declared winner,

even when elections were

yet to be conducted in areas

where the exercise could not

hold because of one reason

or the other.

“A common man on the

street of Sokoto knows that

Tambuwal won the election.

There were so many hurdles

the APC which controls the

centre put before him ahead

of the election but he

surmounted them all. So,

what they could not get

democratically, they want by

all means through the back

Minimum wage: FG in dilemma over

inadequate budgetary allocation

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

ABUJA—THE Federal

Government appears to

be in a dilemma on how to

source funds to pay the new

N30,000 minimum wage to

workers.

The development is

generating tension as the

government fears that this

might lead to another round

of crisis between it and

organised labour.

Vanguard reliably gathered

that between N200 billion

and N300 billion is required

annually to handle the

payment of the new N30,000

minimum wage but the

Federal Government budget

of about N150 billion is said

to be grossly inadequate to

take care of the workers’ new

salary structure.

Though the Federal

Government has indicated its

willingness to pay, having

assured workers, the

calculation by appropriate

ministries shows that the

government requires about

N300 billion annually to cover

all agencies of government.

More worrisome is the fact

that both the Senate and

House of Representatives

have recommended the

N30,000 but government

appears to be in a big mess

because it doesn’t have that

amount in the budget.

It was further gathered that

with N150 billion, some

agencies of government such

as the National Youth Service

Corps, NYSC, will not have

money to pay salaries.

A competent source in one

of the ministries told

Vanguard that serving

members of the NYSC are

supposed to be paid the

N30,000 new minimum wage

and additional ten percent of

the N30,000, which makes it

N33,000 monthly.

The source further said that

with the present budgetary

allocation, the corps members

may not be part of it.

door in collaboration with

INEC.”

Over the weekend, this

newspaper gathered that

there were fears in the PDP,

of a plan by the ruling party

and INEC to repeat what

happened in the Osun

governorship election

where the PDP lost to the

APC under controversial

circumstances.

A video recording

between the INEC Admin

Secretary in Sokoto and a

collation officer which

trended over the weekend

further escalated fears of

interference in the coming

supplementary election.

The video which was in

Hausa but translated to

English, showed an

exchange between the

INEC Admin Secretary in

Sokoto and the collation

officer.

Speaking on condition of

anonymity, the source told

Vanguard that it was

expected that adequate

budgetary provision should

be made, taking cognizance

of the relevance of workers

in all the agencies and

parastatals that are expected

to benefit from the new salary

payment.

“We had expected that the

economic team of the federal

government should make

adequate budgetary

provision for the payment of

the new wage. In fact, what

is required is between N250

billion and N300 billion.

“As it stands now, the

budget of about N150 billion

will not take care of the new

salary payment. Even the

NYSC members are not

captured in the new

payment. The corps

members are supposed to be

paid the N30,000 plus ten

percent of the amount which

makes the total package

N33,000 per month."

Give us power,

Elumelu begs Buhari

• Says domestic investors should

benefit from national assets

By Emma Ujah,

Abuja Bureau Chief

CHAIRMAN

of

Transnational

Corporation of Nigeria

(Transcorp) Plc, Mr. Tony

Elumelu, has appealed to

President Muhammadu

Buhari to give priority

attention to the electricity

sector of the economy.

Speaking at the 2018

Annual General Meeting of

the group, in Abuja, weekend,

Elumelu said: “Let him help

us with power,” arguing that

constant power supply would

drastically reduce the cost of

doing business in the country

and make economy more

competitive.

With poor electricity supply

across the nation, corporate

organisations and individuals

have had to spend huge sums

of money on diesel and petrol

to fuel their generators.

Transcorp spent a

whopping N1.292 billion as

energy cost in the year under

review, according to the

company’s Annual Report

and Financial Statements.

Elumelu noted that the

N701 billion Power Payment

Assurance Plan, PAP, initiative

of the Federal Government

under the management of the

Nigeria Bulk Electricity

Trading, NBET, Plc greatly

improved liquidity in the

sector but noted that the

problem of huge unpaid

invoices of Power Generating

Companies, GENCOs,

persisted in the fiscal year.

This challenge, he said,

must be addressed by the

Federal Government to

significantly impact the

receivables of the GENCOS,

gas suppliers and

transporters in the sector.

The Trasncorp boss also

urged President Buhari to

make it possible for Nigerian

investors to benefit from the

nation’s assets.

“Let him encourage

domestic investors to benefit

from the assets of this nation,’’

Elumelu said.

The Federal Government

had announced plans to sell

some of the national assets,

although details of that

programme have not been

made known.

Transcorp power

plant

Transcorp Power Ltd,

operators of Transcorp Power’

s 972 megawatts gas-fired

plant at Ugheli , Delta State,

was described as one of the

subsidiaries with great

positive effects on the group’s

performance in the year under

review.

The chairman said the plant

had consistently led power

generation companies in the

country in terms of electricity

generated and wheeled unto

the national grid.

According to Elumelu, “the

company has remained the

stabilizer among the power

generating companies by

provision of black start, free

governor and a number of

other ancillary services .

“The five-year period given

to the Gencos to meet their

respective minimum

generation targets lapsed in

2018. Transcorp Power

surpassed its generation

target of 670MW well before

the five-year timeline.”

He said when the Bureau

of Public Enterprises, BPE,

carried out its capacity test, it

confirmed the feat of 680MW

achieved by Transcorp Power

Plant, thereby qualifying it to

be de-listed from companies

that will continue to be

subjected to postprivatisation

monitoring by

the bureau.

Transorp Oil &

Gas activities

On the company’s inroad

into the oil and gas sector, the

chairman said its subsidiary,

Transcorp Energy Limited,

would continue its push

towards the development of

OPL 281 oil block and

fulfilling work obligations

under the Production Sharing

Contract, PSC, entered into

with Nigerian National

Petroleum Corporation,

NNPC.

He said: “This was further

enhanced by NNPC’s

extension of Phase I of the

exploration period by two

years.The extension has

given us additional time to

complete our work

commitments under that

phase and ultimately deliver

on our work obligations

under the PSC.”

According to Elumelu,

those activities were critical to

achieving the company’s

objective of discovering

hydrocarbons in commercial

quantity and the resultant

conversion of the Oil

Prospecting Licence to an Oil

Mining Lease, OML.

During the 2018 review

year, the chairman said that

the subsidiary also held

significant engagements with

Socoil Holdings Ltd which

later transformed to Efora Oil,

with the engagements

ending in an understanding

on the key issues that led to

litigation by both parties.

He told shareholders that

the two parties entered into

renegotiations for assignment

of the 40 per cent participating

interest in OPL 281 to Efora

and the Joint Operation

Agreement that would

govern and advance the

partnership for the

development of the oil block.


Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019—9

Army redeploys top generals in

fresh shake-up

By Kingsley

Omonobi &

Joseph Erunke

ABUJA—THE Nigerian

Army has redeployed

some senior officers,

according to the spokesman,

Col. Sagir Musa, in a

statement, yesterday.

According to Col. Musa,

Major-General H.O. Otiki has

been redeployed to 8 Division

in Sokoto as General Officer

Commanding, GOC.

He said Major-General

S.O. Olabanji, GOC 8

Division had been moved to

Infantry Corps Centre as

Commander under the new

posting.

Brig.-Gen. H.I. Bature was

moved from 34 Brigade to

Headquarters Training and

Doctrine Command as

Director Examinations and

Brig.-Gen. T.O. Olowomeye

from Headquarters 33

Brigade to Army

Headquarters Department of

Civil-Military Affairs as

Director Civil Military Affairs.

In a similar vein, Brig.-Gen.

B.A. Mohammed was moved

from 23 Brigade to Martin

Luther Agwai International

Peace Keeping Centre, as

Deputy Commandant and

Brig.-Gen. U.M. Bello from

Headquarters, Training and

Doctrine Command to 63

Brigade as Commander.

Brig.-Gen. M.T. Durowaiye

was moved from Directorate

of Army Transformation and

Innovation to 33 Brigade as

Commander.

Others are Brig.-Gen. S.B.

Kumapayi from Army

Headquarters Department of

Civil-Military Affairs to

Headquarters 14 Brigade as

Commander and Brig.-Gen.

N.M. Jega from

Headquarters 2 Brigade to 9

Brigade as Commander.

With the latest postings,

Brigadier-General K.O.

Aligbe, Commander, 16

Brigade, was moved to the

Defence Headquarters as

Acting Director Liaison

National Assembly.

According to him, Brig.-

Gen. A.K. Ibrahim was

moved from 14 Brigade to

Army Headquarters

Department of Administration

as Deputy Director, Veteran

Affairs Department Retired

Officers’ Cell and Brig.-Gen.

G.T.O. Ajetunmobi was

moved from Headquarters

Command, Army Records to

31 Brigade as Commander.

Brig.-Gen. O.G. Onubogu

was also moved from Army

Headquarters Department of

Army Policy and Plans to

Headquarters 16 Brigade as

Commander while Brig.-

Gen. O.M. Bello was moved

from Nigerian Army Resource

Centre to Headquarters 6

Division as Chief of Staff.

Brig.-Gen. Z.L. Abubakar

was moved from National

Defence College to 32

Brigade as Commander and

Brig.-Gen. A.A. Orukotan

from Nigerian Army

Resource Centre was moved

to Headquarters Command

Army Records as Chief of

Staff.

Prices of fuel, kerosene

rose in February — NBS

By Emmanuel

Elebeke

NATIONAL Bureau of

Statistics, NBS, has said

the average price for refilling

a five kilogramme (kg)

cylinder for Liquefied

Petroleum Gas, otherwise

known as cooking gas,

increased by 1.37 per cent

(month-on-month) to N2,

067.68 in February 2019,

compared to N2,039.82

recorded in January.

But the bureau also said the

price decreased by -4.09 per

cent, year-on-year when

compared to the N2,155.97

recorded in February 2018.

According to the Liquefied

Petroleum Gas (Cooking

Gas) Price Watch for

February 2019, released by

NBS, it stated that the

highest average price for

refilling a 5kg gas cylinder

in Bauchi was N2,500.00,

Cross River N2,450.00 and

Adamawa/Borno N2,400.00.

The data on the other hand,

further revealed that Osun

with N1,811.11; Kaduna,

N1,725.00; and Enugu,

N1,680.00, represented

states with the lowest

average price for the refilling

of a 5kg cylinder of cooking

gas.

Similarly, the average price

for refilling a 12.5kg cylinder

for cooking gas decreased by

-0.77 per cent (month-onmonth)

and -2.04 per cent

(year-on-year) to N4,244.91

in February 2019 from

N4,277.86 in January 2019,

the statistical agency stated.

It pointed out that Akwa

Ibom with N4,700.00; Abia,

N4,688.89; and Cross River,

N4,759.09, were states with

the highest average price for

refilling the 12.5kg cylinder

of cooking gas, while Oyo,

N3,805.88; Ogun N3,835.7;1

and Kano, N3,775.00, paid

less.

In the same vein, the

average price per litre paid

by consumers for household

kerosene decreased by -0.27

per cent month-on-month to

N305.55 in February

compared to N306.28 in

January as well as increased

by 5.85 per cent (year-onyear)

when compared to the

N288.57 recorded in

February 2018.

Also, Plateau with average

price of N335.55; Anambra,

N332.22; and Enugu,

N329.17, had the highest

average price per litre of

kerosene for the period,

while Gombe, N265.74;

Niger, N268.42; and Lagos,

N274.35 paid the lowest

average price per litre of

kerosene.

Meanwhile, states with

the highest average price per

gallon of kerosene were

Jigawa, N1331.25; Borno,

N1325.00; and Katsina,

N1305.00, while those with

the lowest average price per

gallon of kerosene were

Niger, N1,110.00; Kogi,

N1,051.43; and Bayelsa,

N1,105.00.

UTME: Biometric verification

only mode of allowing

candidates into exam centres

—JAMB

By Joseph

Erunke

ABUJA—AS the 2019

Universal Tertiary

Matriculation Examination,

UTME, begins from

Thursday, April 11,Joint

Admissions and

Matriculation Board, JAMB,

has said biometric verification

would be the only mode of

allowing candidates into

examination centres.

To this effect, the board,

which made its position

known in its weekly bulletin

made available to newsmen,

yesterday, appealed to

examination officials and

candidates to take note before

they find themselves to

blame.

“Biometric verification will

be the only mode for the

admittance of candidates into

the examination centre.

“Exemption mode is not

allowed for any candidate.

Therefore, no biometric

verification,no examination,”

the board warned.

In the bulletin, JAMB also

warned officials that “no

candidate should be kept

waiting if he or she cannot

be verified, saying such

candidate should be directed

to contact JAMB.

He added: “There is no

other attendance register

apart from the biometric

verification. Biometric

verification will also serve as

attendance register during

examination.

“Photo albums will only

carry pictures with no

marking points for either

Present or Absent. All

examination officials,

including the security agents

are to ensure compliance

with all guidelines, rules and

regulations on the

examination.

"Strict adherence to the

guide on compulsory

biometric verification of

every candidate is required.’’

Recall that JAMB had

explained earlier that the

introduction of Biometric

Verification Machine, BVM,

was one of its attempts “to

get rid of all forms of

malpractice in the conduct of

its UTME.

“It is a security mechanism

used for authentication of

candidates’ identification as

it provides access to

individual’s data based on

physiological characteristics.

“The core value of a

biometric verification process

lies in its ability to provide

extra layers of security and

protection against

counterfeiting and

impersonation."

Amaechi tasks incoming

Transport minister to deliver

on rail project

By Rosemary

Onuoha

LAGOS—MINISTER of

Transportation, Rotimi

Amaechi, said weekend he

hoped the next minister in

charge of the ministry

would deliver ongoing

projects in the railway

subsector.

Amaechi, who spoke

during a routine inspection

of the ongoing Lagos –

Ibadan standard gauge

project being undertaken

by the China Civil

Engineering and

Construction Company,

CCECC, tasked the

contractor to complete the

civil works before the

commencement of rain.

Speaking against the

backdrop of fears that many

of the present crop of

ministers might not make

the next cabinet, Amaechi

said should he fail to make

the government, whoever

would take his position in

transport ministry would

pay attention to the rail

sector.

He was, however, quick

to add that his

reappointment was the

prerogative of the president

who had the statutory powers

to appoint ministers.

He said: “If you watched

me as governor, I was

always restless at delivering

on my responsibilities. I

pray whoever would be the

Minister for Transport

should have the same

passion and focus on that

responsibility.

“I know as a minister, it is

stressful. I’m stressed up

and all that. But as a

minister you have a

responsibility that the

president has passed to you

and you must deliver.

“The second thing is that

the economy of Nigeria can

be driven most importantly

if you can link the seaport

to the hinterland because

when these cargoe come,

they must go.

"The more you are able to

move goods and cargoe to

the hinterlands, the more

you create jobs; and the

more economic growth you

have."

The inspection took the

team, comprising officials of

the ministry and Nigerian

Railway Corporation,

NRC, from the railway

compound at Ebute-Meta,

Lagos, to the end of the

project in Ibadan.


10 — Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

S’West APC wants Sanwo-Olu,

Abiodun, others to uphold

tenets of progressives

IBADAN—THE

All

Progressives

Congress, APC, in South-

West, has congratulated

Lagos State Governorelect,

Mr. Babajide Sanwo-

Olu and his Ogun State

counterpart, Mr. Dapo

Abiodun on their victory in

the just-concluded

governorship elections.

The party also

congratulated Lagos State

Deputy Governor-elect, Dr.

Obafemi Hamzat; his

Ogun State counterpart,

Mrs. Noimot Salako-

Oyedele; all senators-elect

and their counterparts in

the House of

Representatives in the

region on their successful

election.

APC National Vice

Chairman, Mr. Bankole

Oluwajana congratulated

them in a statement he

issued in Ibadan yesterday,

tasking all the newly

elected officers on the

platform of the APC to

uphold the tenets and

values of the progressives.

Even though it lost

governorship election in

Oyo State, the APC won

two states where

Peacock, Turkish airlines partner

to boost cargo, air freight

PEACOCK Aviation

and Allied Services

Limited in collaboration

with Turkish Airlines Cargo

has agreed to deliver

efficient cargo services to

boost Nigeria’s air freight

sub-sector.

According to a statement,

the Executive Chairman of

Peacock Aviation, Aare

Segun Phillips, led the

partnership which was

unveiled on March 12,

while the Turkish Airlines

team was led by the

General Manager, Lagos,

Mr. Yunus Ozbek, in the

presence of representative

of Wema Bank Plc, which

are the financial partners to

the deal.

The strategic partnership

with the Turkish mega

carrier follows yearlong

negotiations, which

culminated in the

appointment of Peacock

Aviation as its sole

appointed cargo agent

across the Nigerian

territory.

governorship election held

in the geo-political zone; 51

seats in the House of

Representatives election

out of 71 while it cleared 14

seats in the senatorial

contest out of 24 seats.

Likewise, in the House of

Representatives contest,

the breakdown shows that

in the South-west, APC

won four seats in Ondo

State; six in Osun State;

nine in Oyo State; six in

Ogun State; 20 in Lagos

State and cleared all six

seats in Ekiti State.

Also, in the senatorial

contest, the party won one

seat in Ondo State; three

in Ekiti State; two in Osun

State; two in Oyo State;

three in Ogun State and

three in Lagos State,

thereby affirming APC’s

political control in the geopolitical

zone.

With this performance,

Oluwajana noted that the

South-West “is the nerve

centre of progressive

politics in Nigeria. We,

thus, urge all those elected

on APC platform to uphold

the tenets and values of the

progressive politics the

zone is known for.”

The deal guarantees

shippers in Nigeria the

lowest possible air freight

rates on a wide range of

general and special goods

on the airline’s vast global

route network.

Announcing the

partnership, Phillips said:

“Peacock Aviation and

Turkish Airlines bring

immense strategic values

to the table. We have a large

customer base and a strong

presence across Nigeria

while Turkish Airlines

boasts a vast global route

network, high technology

equipment, and huge

capacity to handle all sizes,

nature and types of cargo

worldwide. It’s a win-win

for everyone, particularly

our customers.”

On his part, Ozbek said:

“We have a longstanding

relationship with Peacock,

which is a very professional

company. That’s very

important for us because

Turkish Airlines is the flag

carrier of Turkish Republic.''

BUILDING COLLAPSE: LASG demolishes 17

defective buildings in 3 days, more to go

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni, Kingsley

Adegboye & Monsuru

Olowoopejo

LAGOS—IN

the

ongoing demolition of

defective buildings, the

Lagos State Government

has pulled down about 17

out of the 150 marked as

defective buildings on the

Island since the exercise

commenced last Friday.

The exercise is aimed at

preventing another loss of

lives and property following

last Wednesday’s disaster

that claimed no fewer than

20 persons including 16

pupils of Ohen Nursery

and Primary School in Ita

Faaji area.

According to Mrs. Titi

Ajirotutu, an official of

Lagos State Building

Control Agency LASBCA,

in a telephone conversation

with Vanguard, said five

buildings were brought

down by the agency on

Friday, six on Saturday,

while another six were

equally demolished

yesterday, bringing the total

number of demolished

structures so far to 17.

The demolition of

defective buildings had

commenced last Friday,

with the pulling down of a

four- storey building on 60A

Freeman Street, Epetedo,

47 Smith Street, 16 Apatira

Street, 28 Apatira Street, 39

Alli Street Ita-Faaji,

21Okediji Street, 34 Seriki

Street and 33 Ojo Giwa

Street.

Also on Sunday, another

five structures were

removed by the LABSCA

enforcement team on 45

John Street, 16 Egatin

Street, 27 Inabiri Street, 28

Elegbata Street in

Apongbon and 199,

Tokunbo Street.

Mr. Omotayo Fakolujo, an

official of LASBCA, said

during the demolition on

Friday, that the property

owner had been served

several notices which dated

back to 2013.

Disclosing that over 150

houses on the Lagos Island

have been marked for

demolition, Fakolujo said:

“On the Lagos Island, we

have over 150 houses

marked for demolition. We

have removed over 30 in

the last one year and we are

going to be removing them

in phases.

“What we are trying to do

is to remove occupants from

all these structures that have

been marked for demolition

so that no life is lost in

Lagos. For now on Lagos

Island alone, we have a

clear court approval for 80

structures to be demolished,

and we will do it in phases,

systematically from Friday

so that life will be

comfortable for Lagosians.

“We will remove three

(Sunday) yesterday on

Lagos Island. And for the

houses that are still

occupied, we are going to

evict the occupants of the

structures because their life

is more important to us.”

Noting that the agency is

•Vows to invoke Section 74 of URPD Law on erring property

owners •SERAP wants victims, families compensated

•As Onitiri commiserates with victims’ families

Senator-elect for Lagos East Senatorial District, Mr Bayo Osinowo

displaying his Certficate of Return after presentation by INEC in Abuja.

With him is Dr. Basirat Gowa (2nd right) and others.

monitoring to ensure that

new structures are built in

compliance with standard

rule, he noted that in the

past three years, there is no

new structure that has gone

down in the state.

According to him, “This is

because the state’s materials

testing laboratory is doing

due diligence to those

structures and the state

building control agency

through its certification

department is also playing

its role well. But we need to

do foundation proof for over

70 percent for the old

structures that are over 25

years old to ensure that they

are still structurally sound.

LASG to invoke Section

74 of the URPD Law

After obtaining court

injunctions on 80 distressed

buildings on Lagos Island,

the State Government

warned owners and

developers of marked

distressed buildings to

remove them forthwith or

risk forfeiture of the property.

Commissioner for Physical

Planning and Urban

Development, Rotimi

Ogunleye, who gave the

warning

while

commiserating with the

families of victims of the

collapsed building urged

residents to co-operate with

government in ridding the

state of distressed

structures.

According to Ogunleye

150 distressed and defective

buildings in different parts

of the state had been marked

as distressed, of which 40

had been demolished in the

first phase, while 38 others

were slated for the second

phase prior to last week’s

unfortunate incident.

“In some instances where

the owners and occupiers

have been duly served with

statutory notices and

evacuation, people secretly

returned to re-occupy the

buildings despite the

sealing of the structures by ,

LASBCA.”

He vowed that the State

would invoke Section 74 of

the Urban and Regional

Planning and Development

Law on forfeiture against

any owner or developer

whose negligence leads to

building collapse.

SERAP

Following the impacts of

the deadly and catastrophic

building collapse in Lagos

and Oyo States, last week,

Socio-Economic Rights and

Accountability Project

SERAP, has urged

governments of both states

to take immediate action to

address the numerous

ongoing human rights

infractions by taking

meaningful steps to avoid

further damage to the

human rights of the people

affected as well as

compensate victims and

families of affected persons.

A statement by SERAP,

yesterday, through its

Deputy Director, Kolawole

Oluwadare, said: “The

Lagos State Governor,

Akinwumi Ambode and Oyo

State Governor, Abiola

Ajimobi should ensure as a

matter of priority, access of

victims and their families to

effective remedies in a

transparent manner,

specifically, access to justice,

adequate compensation,

reparation, and guarantees

that incidents like these can

never happen again.

“We condemn the collapse

of a three-storey building in

Ita-Faaji area of Lagos

Island with over 20 people

including school children

reportedly dead and 45

injured, and the collapse of

a two-storey building in

Ibadan, Oyo State, with

some people reportedly

injured.

“We stand in solidarity

with those affected and

ready to help by providing

free legal advice, assistance

and support in order to

ensure that justice is not

only done, but also seen to

be done in these cases.”

According to SERAP:

“These tragedies point to

weak enforcement of

building regulations and

oversight by the two states

and urgent need for

effective action and reforms.

SERAP is concerned that the

responses so far by the

governments of Lagos and

Oyo states have been

insufficient to deal with the

massive extent of the

human costs of the

incidents.”

Onitiri commiserates

with victims’ families

Meanwhile, the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

Lagos Central Senatorial

candidate in just concluded

election, Chief Adesunbo

Onitiri, has commiserated

with families of children and

residents who lost their lives

in the collapsed building at

Ita Faji area.

Onitiri in a statement

described the incident as

highly regrettable and a big

disaster to the entire people

of Lagos State.

More victims to be

discharged today

Meantime, the Medical

Director, MD, Lagos Island

General Hospital, Dr.

Ismaila Igbanikale,

yesterday, said all the

patients from the Ita-Faaji

collapsed building to the

hospital are all responding

well to treatment and some

may be discharged today,

March 18.

Speaking to Vanguard

Igbanikale, said: “We have

presented the figures

through the Commissioner

of Health, Dr, Jide Idiris at

press conference. We

received about 45

patients and out of those

patients, seven were

taken to LUTH, LASUTH,

four to Gbagada General

Hospital, three at

Onikan, one to LUTH.

One was taken to Igbobi,

while 29 were treated in

our hospital. As at

Saturday, we had seven

children and two adults. So,

nine out of the 29 we treated

are still with us. It will be

less by Monday, (Today)

when the consultants

review them.''


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Daniel makes U-turn, defects to APC

By Daud Olatunji

A SUPPORTERS BEOKUTA—

of

the former governor of

Ogun State, Otunba

Gbenga Daniel have

prevailed on him to rescind

decision to resign from

partisan politics and join

the All Progressives

Congress, APC.

Daniel, former Director-

General of Atiku Abubakar

Campaign Organisation,

in the just-concluded

Presidential election, had

announced his retirement

from partisan politics in a

letter written to the national

chairman of the People's

Democratic Party, PDP,

Uche Secondus intimating

him of decision to retire from

partisan politics.

The supporters who cut

across the 20 local

My election ordained by God — ABIODUN

By Daud Olatunji

IPERU

REMO—

GOVERNOR-elect of

Ogun State, Mr. Dapo

Abiodun has said he would

not have emerged as

governor-elect if man were

to be God.

Abiodun made the

remark yesterday during a

special Thanksgiving

Service at St. James

Anglican Church, Iperu-

Remo, Ogun State, held to

commemorate his election.

government areas of the

state, converged on his

residence, yesterday, to

express their disapproval of

Daniel's decision to quit

partisan politics.

The supporters who

arrived the former

governor's private resident,

at 'Asoludero' Court in

Sagamu GRA, however,

asked Daniel to lead them

to the All Progressives

Congress instead of

quitting politics.

On their request for him

to lead them to the APC the

supporters based their

demands on the fact that

they had worked towards

the emergence of the

governorship candidate of

APC in the state, Dapo

Abiodun.

Vanguard gathered that

Daniel had convened a

stakeholders’ meeting

The governor-elect, who

spoke after a sermon

delivered by Arch. Bishop,

Ecclesiastical Province of

Lagos and Bishop of Remo,

Rev. Olusina Fape,

described his victory as a

“gift from God.”

Abiodun said despite his

acrimonius experience

during

the

campaign, his absolute

faith in God which he

described as mountainmoving

faith worked for

him. He said: “Even, the

under the umbrella of

“OGD” Political Family to

formally address his

loyalists over his exit from

politics.

Some of those who spoke

at the meeting included;

former Chairman of Ogun/

Osun River Basin, Iyabo

Apampa ; former Director-

Deneral of Ladi Adebutu

campaign Organisation

,Waliu Taiwo, former

Special Assistant to

Daniel on Youth,

Ifekayode Akinbode and

Senatorial candidate of

the People's Democratic

Party, Jelili Amusan

among others.

Earlier, Daniel at the

meeting had informed the

audience that his

assignment in Ogun

politics as well as that of

Nigeria as a whole had

been completed and was

unbelievers believe that

this victory was ordained by

God.

“People asked me, Dapo,

what has been driving you,

how have you held on. And

I told them it is my absolute

faith in the almighty God.”

“I always refer to the

book of Mark 11:23.

Honestly, if man were God

I would not have been

here.

“Today, what I want you

to take home from here is

that we should never give

By Ola Ajayi

IBADAN—IN order to

prevent re-occurrence

of building collapse which

has become rampant across

the country, building

experts have advised

Nigerians to engage

services of relevant experts

before embarking on

construction.

The advice was given by

Engr Sam Adeleke, Chief

Inspection Team, Council

for the Regulation of

Engineering in Nigeria,

ready to quit politics "when

the ovation is loudest."

One of the party stalwarts,

Akinbode led other

members of the OGD

Political Family to prostrate

for Daniel, while women

held his legs, pleading

passionately that he

should not leave politics

instead lead them to APC.

In his reaction after the

meeting, Daniel told

newsmen that his people

have spoken and he has

nothing else to say.

His words: "Basically,

they said I could resign

from PDP. They said I must

lead them to APC and also

said I can not retire from

politics, that is the

summary of what I heard ".

When asked if he is ready

to go to the APC , Daniel

said: "What else can I say?

My people have spoken".

up because many times

when we suffer

disappointment, it is just an

avenue to close a window

for a double door to be

opened.”

He however, pledged to

run an equitable and

transparent government

when he assumes office on

May 29.

Abiodun said: “I want to

assure you that, we would

lead an equitable and a

transparent government

which will create a public,

private partnership for all,

so help me God.”

Oyo State while reacting to

the recent collapsed

building at Shogoye, Bode,

Molete area of Ibadan

where eight people were

rescued by a combined

team of security agents.

While

saying

investigations on the causes

of the tragedy continued

yesterday, he warned

people to avoid the

temptations of cutting

corners during building

construction, saying the

consequences far

outweigh the cost they

INEC assures voters of free, fair

supplementary poll in Ekiti

PDP faults polls, heads for Tribunal

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

AIndependent

DO-EKITI—THE

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, has

expressed readiness to

conduct a free, fair and

credible supplementary

election in Ekiti East

Constituency 1 of the state

on March 23.

Recall, the election was

suspended by INEC on

March 9, when the House

of Assembly and

governorship elections

were held across the

country, with results in other

25 constituencies already

declared.

INEC said the election

will hold in five polling

units in the constituency, in

line with the directive of the

National Chairman of the

commission, Prof.

Mahmoud Yakubu.

The battle will be between

Mr. Juwa Adegbuyi of the

All Progressives Congress

and the incumbent

candidate of the Peoples

Democratic Party, Ojo-Ade

Fajana.

Speaking with journalists

in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, the

Acting Resident Electoral

Commissioner, REC, in the

state, Dr. Muslim Omoleke,

said: “We are prepared for

the election and we won’t

deviate from the practice of

fairness and neutrality to all

political parties.

“We will meet the

security agencies this

week and brief them on

how the conduct will look

like, so they can plan their

own strategies on how to

deliver a free, fair and

credible election on

Saturday.

“We have received

materials from the

headquarters and they are

being kept in the Central

Bank of Nigeria, the

materials are under safe

custody.

“We want to assure our

voters that we won’t let

them down. Let them come

out massively and vote and

we assure that their votes

will count.''

..PDP faults polls

Meanwhile, the PDP in

the state has faulted the

general elections

conducted in the state,

describing it as a “charade,”

and unacceptable to

democratic principles.

PDP State Chairman,

Gboyega Oguntuwase said

the presidential, national

and state assemblies

elections in the state were

characterised with

electoral malfeasance

and barefaced rigging

allegedly perpetrated

by APC

ELECTIONS: Ota community

laments distance to polling booth

THE people of

Olosun in Ado-Odo

Ota Local Government in

Ogun State have cried out

over the distance of a

polling booth to their

community.

They noted that the

distance of the polling booth

in the area to Olosun was

too far which made many

people not to vote at the last

general elections.

Community leader of

Olosun Italaje, Kunle

Bolujoko, said the problem

was not good for

democracy as many people

with Permanent Voters

Card

were

disenfranchised.

He said people of the

community were unable to

exercise their franchise

during the presidential and

governorship elections.

IBADAN BUILDING COLLAPSE: Property owners

urged to engage professionals in built sector

are trying to cut.

Adeleke, urged people to

always engage the services

of qualified engineers who

are licensed by COREN in

the construction of

buildings in order to avoid

similar disaster in the state.

He said: "It is better to

avoid what caused this

building collapse. We can't

tell you yet what actually

caused this until we finish

our investigations. When

an incident like this occurs,

the first question that people

would ask is the engineer.''

Bolujoko said: “We have

written letters to the state

INEC and the units

involved. We have been

told that we have to go to

Abuja. It is bad for the

people

“You have to trek for

one hour fifteen minutes.

We are ready to take the

issue to Abuja because

we cannot continue like

this.”

A 60-year-old resident

Alhaja Tawa Kareem also

said, “We need to trek

for over one hour to get

to the nearest polling

booth and that is too

difficult for us especially

women and old people

too.

“Many did not vote

because of the stress of the

distance and it has been so

in the past eight years of

the two previous elections.”

Olosun itamaje comprises

50 Community

Development Associations

with an average of 300

houses in each of the CDs.

Another community

leader, M. Ogunleye,

said it was sad that the

area, despite closeness to

Lagos was having such

an issue.

“We share border with

Kola, Ikola and Ayobo. In

2007, we requested for it

and all efforts are abortive

up till today. We have met

with notable politicians in

Ogun State, Local

Government Chairman

and INEC officials but

efforts are abortive so far,”

Ogunleye said.


12—Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

Jonathan denies quitting PDP

FORMER President

Goodluck Jonathan,

has described as fake, news

published by an unknown

website, alleging that he

had quit the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP.

A statement by

Ikechukwu Eze, Media

Adviser to Dr. Jonathan,

yesterday, said “Our

attention has been drawn

to a fake story published by

an unknown website,

alleging that former

President Jonathan has

quit the PDP. Obviously, this

is a fabrication borne out of

mischief as the publishers

of the fake story claimed

that the former President

made the statement while

being interviewed by

Nigeria News Agency,

NNA.

“There is absolutely no

way the former President

could have spoken to a

non-existent news agency,

as none in the country goes

by that name. For the

avoidance of doubt, Dr.

Jonathan has no reason at

this time to resign his

membership of PDP, the

party under which platform

he became Deputy

Governor, Governor, Vice

President and President.

“Those who derive

pleasure in spreading fake

information had better

occupy themselves with

more productive

endeavours."

Don’t blame army for

involvement in elections

—Bayelsa dep gov

DEPUTY governor of

Bayelsa State, Rear

Admiral John Jonah (retd),

has urged Nigerians not to

blame the army for its

involvement in the 2019

general election.

Jonah spoke weekend at

Elebele in Yenogoa during

the inauguration of some

projects in the 16 Brigade

Barracks otherwise known

as “Tukur Buratai Camp”

located in the community.

The deputy governor said

he had investigated the

army involvement in the

elections and found that

what they did was in line

with the directive of Lt

General Tukur Buratai, the

Chief of Army taff.

He appealed to

Nigerians to continue to

support the army which he

described as a stabilising

factor, to discharge its

duties.

PDP to IGP: Emulate army, probe

police atrocities in Rivers elections

By Egufe

Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT -

PEOPLES Democratic

Party, PDP, in Rivers State,

yesterday, charged acting

Inspector General of Police,

IGP, Mohammed Adamu,

to probe perceived

misconducts of his men

during the governorship

and state House of

Assembly elections in the

state like the Nigerian Army

is currently undertaking.

Rivers PDP Chairman,

Felix Obuah said: “We

commend the Chief of

Army Staff, COAS, Lt Gen

Tukur Buratai for

inaugurating the Major

Gen T.A Gagariga led

committee to investigate

allegations of misconduct,

including assassination

attempt on Governor

Nyeson Wike by soldiers

over 2019 general election.

“We call on the IGP,

Adamu to institute a similar

panel to probe involvement

of the Rivers State FSARS

and its gang of police

operatives in organised

invasion of polling units as

one of the alleged victims

of the SARS shouting, Dr.

Freddy Gberege, a lecturer

at the Ken Saro Wiwa

Polytechnic has died of

gunshot wound.”

Obuah said the PDP had

accepted March 15,

position of INEC regarding

the elections in Rivers as a

substantial representation

of the true state of the

electoral process before the

suspension.

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RIVERS: N-Delta agitators split over

Amaechi, Wike

By Emma Amaize,

Regional Editor,

South-South

PORT HARCOURT-

ACTIVISTS and

former agitators in the

Niger Delta, were

weekend, divided over

Minister of Transport, Mr

Chibuike Amaechi and

Governor Nyesom Wike of

Rivers State, with regards

to the governorship

election in the state, which

was suspended by the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC.

While agitators under the

auspices of 21st Century

Youths of Niger Delta and

Agitators with Conscience

called on President

Muhammadu Buhari to

put Amaechi, under control

before he plunges the

nation into another fullblown

oil war, Ijaw People’s

Development Initiative,

IPDI, led by Austin Ozobo

and Niger Delta Security

Watch Organisation of

Nigeria, NDSWON, led by

Dickson Bekederemo,

called on all Ijaw sons,

daughters and elders of

Rivers State to support

Amaechi in his quest to

enthrone equity by

ensuring Awara

Biokpomabo of Africa

Action Congress, AAC,

emerged governor of the

state.

The pro-Wike agitators in

a statement by self-styled

“General” Izon Ebi, said:

“There may be a full-blown

oil war, if our rights,

aspiration and

determination as a people

to use our Permanent

Voters Cards, PVCs, to

choose or elect our

preferred candidate and

representatives are further

trampled upon.

“We want to warn that

anything short of declaring

the will of Rivers people,

who came out in their

numbers, devoid of

intimidation and killings,

stood out to ensure that

their PVCs count must be

respected. Anything short

of the peoples’ will would

lead to a full-blown oil war

on the Nigerian economy,

until this administration

elapses.

“We condemn in strong

terms the desecration of

democracy in Rivers State

and Niger Delta by the

Minister of Transport and

the Nigerian Army and

caution President Buhari to

hold him back.

“The Nigerian Army has

allowed itself into partisan

politics, thereby, degrading

our once proud and

respected armed forces to

disrepute by indulging in

ballot box snatching,

intimidation of the people,

to the extent of barring and

refusing international

observers from monitoring

the elections in Rivers State

because of partisanship

and self-aggrandizement.

“It is so shameful that a

government that prides

itself on integrity and

fighting corruption would

allow itself to be ridiculed

by indulging in election

rigging and its army,

snatching ballot boxes,

intimidating and trampling

on the people’s dignity and

liberty to freely choose their

leaders in a democracy.

“We are bold to say that

election rigging and

intimidation of the people,

not to freely exercise their

rights in a democratic

process, to freely choose

their representatives and

leaders, is worse than

corruption.

“In areas where a rerun

will be conducted, we urge

Rivers people to come out

en mass to vote

Biokpomabo to balance the

political equilibrium in the

state. We caution security

men to tread with caution,

not to truncate the fragile

peace in the region.”

Activist tasks Bayelsa, Rivers govts on

insecurity on East-West Road

By Samuel

Oyadongha

Y ENAGOA—

RENOWNED Niger

Delta environmentalist,

Alagoa Morris has called

on the governments of

Bayelsa and Rivers states

to help stem the rising

wave of kidnapping on the

East-West Road, especially

on the Ahoada, Elele and

Emohua stretch of the road.

Morris, who is the

Bayelsa State Coordinator

of Environmental Rights

Action, noted yesterday in

Yenagoa, with concern that

travellers are being

kidnapped, killed and

ransom collected without

police doing anything to

stop the trend.

He said: “Though the

government of Rivers State

had at some times

intervened and invaded

the area to stem the tide of

criminality, unfortunately,

the gang kidnapping fellow

Nigerians on the East-West

Road are engaging in full

operations without security

check.

“Agreed that the issue of

kidnapping which started

in the creeks has now

become the business of

some Nigerians all over the

country; the East-West

Road was relatively safe

until about two years or so

ago. Somehow, armed

robbery incidents were

reported once in a while on

the East-West Road in the

past, not the new

dimension of kidnapping.

“To some extent, the

danger posed by highway

robbers were tackled by the

security agencies, which

reduced the menace to

relatively low levels.

Unfortunately, the gang

kidnapping fellow

However, pro-Amaechi

groups, said urged INEC,

yesterday, “not to bow to

any intimidation and

ensure that Biokpomabo is

declared the winner in the

governorship election in

Rivers State, which was

suspended by INEC due to

security reasons, but now

going to restart, since he is

already leading.”

They said: “It may shock

you to know that since the

inception of democracy

from 1999 till date, the Ijaw

ethnic nationality of Rivers

State has not occupied the

political seat of

governorship, despite its

dominant population.”

“It is, therefore, morally

unjust and abominable for

any Ijaw youth, man,

woman or elder to oppose

the quest of Amaechi in his

determination to enthrone

political equilibrium in

Rivers State.

“We are aware that some

of our Ijaw youths, activists

and elders are under the

payroll of Rivers State

Government. It is our

concern that we should not

sacrifice our Ijawness on

the altar of quest for

stomach infrastructure. The

effort of Amaechi to

enthrone an Ijaw man as

Governor of Rivers State is

noble and commendable."

Nigerians on the East-

West Road, especially the

section after Ahoada

between Elele and

Emohua Local

G o v e r n m e n t

headquarters, is gradually

becoming like the Boko

Haram in the North

Eastern part of the

country.

“So many persons have

become victims of

kidnapping on this section

of the road. While it was

gratifying to hear that some

victims were rescued by the

police when a popular

commercial bus was

attacked not long ago, one

would think that the

authorities have done


C

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Kaduna killings: Politics hampering

efforts to punish perpetrators — Buhari

A BUJA—PRESIDENt

Muhammadu Buhari

has decried the level of

damage done by politics in

securing the lives and

property of Nigerians across

the country.

President Buhari said this

while condemning

Saturday’s attack by

gunmen, which left at least

nine persons dead in Nandu

Gbok community in Sanga

Local Government Area of

Kaduna State.

“If the people resist

government’s efforts to hold

the perpetrators and their

sponsors accountable, it

would be very difficult to bring

the violence to a permanent

end,” the president was

quoted as saying in a

statement by his spokesman,

Garba Shehu.

He added: “Everything is

politicised in Nigeria,

including the efforts to bring

offenders to justice, because

their people will rise up in

arms to resist their arrests and

prosecution.”

Gunmen invaded Nandu

Gbok community in the early

hours of Saturday and shot

sporadically, burning down

about 30 houses in the

process.

President Buhari urged

those behind the violence in

Kaduna to come to terms with

the fact that mutual violence

has no winners, but losers on

both sides of the conflict.

He said: “I am deeply

troubled by the fact that

sanctity of life is now treated

with such reckless disregard

that people derive joy in

shedding the blood of others

or perceived enemies.

“Inhumanity has replaced

compassion in the hearts and

minds of the perpetrators of

these atrocities. No

responsible leader would go

to bed happy to see his

citizens savagely killing one

another on account of ethnic

and religious bigotry.

“Violence cannot be the

solution to these persistent

conflicts as long as people

resort to deliberate

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provocations, revenge and

counter revenge.”

According to him,

communities involved must

put their shoulder to the

wheel to find a lasting solution

to the crisis as government

remains committed to

protecting its citizens.

The President insisted that

lack of cooperation by those

PDP, PDM drag Al-Makura before

elections tribunal in Nasarawa

By David Odama

LAFIA— SENATOR

Suleiman Adokwe of

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP and Peoples Democratic

Movement, PDM, senatorial

candidate, Abdullahi Agwai,

in Nasarawa State have

dragged governor of the state

and Senator-elect, Umaru Al-

Makura, of All Progressives

Congress, APC, before

elections tribunal in the state.

The duo are challenging

the election of Al-Makura as

the Senator-elect for

Nasarawa South at National

and State Houses of Assembly

Election Petition Tribunal

sitting in Lafia.

Counsel to Adokwe, Israel

Usman, revealed this to

newsmen immediately after

filling a petition on behalf of

his client, yesterday in Lafia.

According to him, they are

challenging the result of the

election that declared Al-

Makura as the Senate-elect

due to alleged electoral fraud

that characterised the

declaration of the February 23

election results.

He said: "The votes of our

client in Lafia, Keana, Obi

and Doma were illegally

cancelled by Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, just to

ensure that Al-Makura wins.

All the cancellations were

illegal.

"Therefore, we prayed the

tribunal to declare it as such

and announce our client as

the true winner of the election.

"If all the cancelled results

involved might frustrate the

government’s efforts towards

finding a lasting solution,

especially if those efforts were

politicised.

He described hate, bigotry

and prejudice as “deadly

poisons that have infected the

human psyche on such scale

that people now don’t have

any moral inhibitions about

were returned, proper

collation were done, our client

would have the highest votes

in the election."

He, therefore, said if proper

collations were done, his

client would lead with more

10,000 votes.

Also, counsel to Wanche,

after filing a petition on behalf

of his client in Lafia, said the

petitioner was challenging

the omission of his party's logo

and the candidate’s name

from the February 23 election.

He said: “As results of the

omission, we prayed the court

to declare the election of Al-

Makura and February 23

elections illegal, hence the

omission of PDM logo and

order for by-election.

"It is unconstitutional to

exclude any party or

candidate who has fulfilled

all the necessary

requirements from

participation in any election.

We believe that we would get

justice from the tribunal,

because our client was

illegally sidelined from the

election.”

NSCDC begins clampdown

on illegal private guards

outfits in Kogi

By Boluwaji

Obahopo

L OKOJA—NIGERIAN

Security and Civil

Defence Corps, NSCDC,

has commenced

clampdown on illegal and

unregistered private

guards outfits in Kogi State.

State commandant of the

corps, Philip Olushola,

made this known at the

commencement of training/

seminar for private guards

companies personnel

already registered with the

agency.

Olushola also warned

against the use of foreigners

as private guards either at

home or in the company,

noting that such

taking life.”

President Buhari also

appealed to the warring

communities to stop

frustrating efforts of the

National Emergency

Management Agency

(NEMA) to deliver food,

medicines, and temporary

shelter to the victims of the

violence in urgent need of

assistance.

development was not only

illegal but undermined the

security position of the

country.

He said the training,

which was part of the

agency’s mandate in

regulating the activities of

private guards, will ensure

that they (private guards)

have enhanced

performance, and are

better equipped and

effective in the discharge

of their duties to the public.

He said: “The first batch,

which commenced training

(last Thursday) will be

trained on intelligence

gathering and beat duties,

crowd control, access

control, human relations

and ethics of the job."

Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019—13

PDP rejects Kogi

election results

•Says democracy has been murdered

By Boluwaji

Obahopo

LOKOJA —PEOPLES

Democratic Party, PDP,

in Kogi State has rejected

the results of the just

concluded general election

in the state, describing them

as complete murder of

democracy.

Deputy chairman of the

party in the state, Sam

Abenemi, who spoke,

yesterday, at the

stakeholders' meeting of the

party in Lokoja, claimed the

elections were marred by

snatching of ballot boxes at

gun point by sponsored

thugs.

In a statement entitled “We

reject the murder of

democracy in Kogi State,”

Abenemi said democracy

had been murdered in Kogi

State.

He said: “The presidential,

National Assembly,

supplementary National

Assembly elections and the

state Houses of Assembly

elections may have ended

several days ago in our dear

state.

"We in the Kogi State PDP

are still shocked by the

desperation displayed by

APC-led administration in

the state, the role of security

agencies, like police,

military and Independent

National Electoral

Commission (INEC).

“The exercise may have

ended and formally

declared conclusive by

Benue guber re-run,

academic exercise, waste of

time — CSO

By Peter Duru

M AKURDI—

CENTRE for

Transparency and Social

Justice, CTSJ, yesterday,

claimed the Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC,

scheduled governorship rerun

election in Benue State

would be an academic

exercise and a waste of time

and resources.

Executive Secretary of

CTSJ, Hundu Bunde, said in

Makurdi that “the parameter

INEC used in declaring the

last governorship election in

Benue inconclusive has

defied logic.

"How can INEC declare an

election inconclusive on the

grounds that the figure of

registered voters in Polling

Units, PUs, and wards where

elections were cancelled or

did not hold was 121,019?

"INEC is completely aware

and is in possession of the

records. which clearly

indicated that the number of

Permanent Voters Cards,

PVCs, carrying persons in

the 179 Polling Units affected

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INEC. The charade did

not end without clearly

validating initial concerns of

PDP and majority of Kogi

people about the

willingness of INEC to

conduct credible elections.

"The elections did not only

take us several years

backwards in our political

evolution, aside the civil war

of 1967. Nowhere in Kogi

State has ever witnessed the

heavy militarisation of towns

and villages by the APC like

was witnessed during

elections.

“It is, therefore, pursuant

to the various infractions

which characterised the

election process that the

Kogi State PDP rejects in it

entirety the outcome of the

elections in Kogi State

While good governance,

vigorous campaigns usually

herald elections in Nigeria,

Kogi State became a theatre

for rigging and electoral

violence amongst other

infractions obviously

because the APC led

administration has failed to

meet the yearning and

aspiration of the people,

substituted democracy for

‘Gun Crazy.

“Kogi people would also

recall that the PDP has

repeatedly raised the alarm

about arms importation into

the state, training of thugs

as vigilantes, an unholy

romance between serving

members of the state cabinet

with INEC officials."

by the cancellations is just

over 60,000 while the margin

of lead is 81,554.

“We are still in shock over

what INEC did in Benue

State and other parts of the

country where re-runs have

been scheduled because the

parameter used in declaring

the election inconclusive is

skewed from the begining,

which casts doubts on the

sincerity of INEC as an

unbiased umpire.

"PVCs collected in the

affected PUs should be the

the emphasis and not the

number of registered voters

since majority of the voters do

not have PVCs and it was

easy for the INEC to know

from its records rather than

embarking on an academic

exercise, waste of time and

resources in Benue State in

the name of rerun.

“It is obvious that the PDP

governorship candidate won

the election with 81,554 votes

and APC can never upturn

it. It is unfortunate that INEC,

because of its ineptitude,

wants to drag the entire state

through another tortuous

electioneering process.”


14 — VANGUARD, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

NNPC declares N12bn trading surplus, despite rise in

pipeline breaches

By Michael Eboh

A N BUJA—THE

i g e r i a n

National Petroleum

Corporation, NNPC,

yesterday, declared a

trading surplus of N12.13

billion in its financials for

December 2018.

In a statement on its

Monthly Financial and

Operations Report for

December 2018, signed

by its Group General

Manager, Group Public

Affairs Division, the

NNPC said its positive

financial performance in

the month under review

was in spite of disturbing

reports of breaches on its

assets.

Ughamadu attributed

the positive swing to

higher revenue numbers

posted by the NNPC’s

upstream subsidiary, the

Nigerian Petroleum

Development Company,

NPDC, which was

targeting a 500,000

barrels per day, BPD,

crude oil output by 2020.

He cited NPDC’s

continuous revenue

drive arising from recent

average weekly

production of 332,000

BPD as the main driver

‘Why Deji Adeyanju, Charlyboy parted ways’

By Luminous

Jannamike

A BUJA—MONEY

matters appears to be

at the centre of a rift

between maverick

entertainer, Charles Oputa

a.k.a Charlyboy, who is also

the chief convener of a good

governance advocacy

group, OurMumuDonDo

Movement, and a popular

activist, Deji Adeyanju,

Vanguard can confirm.

Nigerians were shocked

to learn of Deji

Adeyanju’s resignation

from the group he coconvened

to hold

government accountable;

upon which he was

arrested severally and put

behind bars for criticising

the policies of the Federal

Government.

“Dear Nigerians, , I have

resigned my membership

of OurMumuDonDo. I no

longer have confidence in

the leader of the movement,

CharlyBoy. He betrayed the

cause while I was away in

of the positive outlook.

Ughamadu stated that

there appears to be no letup

in the activities of

vandals, who in December

last year, pushed pipeline

breaches across the country

by a whopping 34

percentage point.

prison and compromised

with the oppressors. Thank

you,” he had written on

Twitter

Vanguard gathered that

other reasons behind the

breakup of the two partners

within the civil society

space, had to do with

Charlyboy’s alleged

disregard for due process

and accountability in the

handling of the finances of

the movement.

His deafening silence

during Deji’s recent

incarceration was perceived

by some members of the

group as a sign of betrayal

and compromise with those

behind Adeyanju’s travail.

However, in an exclusive

chat with our

correspondent, Charlyboy

dismissed the allegations

against him as cheap

blackmail; noting that Deji’s

grouse had to do with his

refusal to transform the

group into a platform for

seeking personal financial

gain.

Hesaid: “Ignore him

According to him, within

the period of December

2018, 257 pipeline points

were vandalized out of

which one pipeline point

failed to be welded and six

(Deji), I am not prepared

to share any money. We

are not in the business of

sharing money. We are

not a political party. What

we are doing in the group

is struggle for a better

nation. Deji was at my

residence a day before his

social media rant. He

didn’t tell me anything

about his planned

resignation from the group.

If he had real issues against

me, he would have raised

them when he came over

to my place.”

On his silence during

Deji’s recent detention,

Charlyboy said he had no

comments to make to the

press.

Meanwhile, a top

member

of

‘ OurMumuDonDo’

Movement, who pleaded

anonymity, defended

Charlyboy, saying he has

not betrayed the struggle as

claimed by Deji in his social

media post.

However, he stressed that

Charlyboy’s handling of

pipeline points were

ruptured, adding that this

was compared to 197

breaches on its pipelines in

November last year.

He said: “Despite, the

the group’s finances

without openness and

accountability was a turnoff

to members.

The source said, “Part of

the reasons behind the rift

between them is

Charlyboy’s refusal to

follow due process in

running the affairs of the

movement. The issue of

transparency and

accountability is at the

centre of it. A lot of things

are unknown to the project

team. This has been

creating some level of

unease.”

He cited the recent

financial support

OurMumuDonDo got from

some international donor

agencies to advocate for the

signing of social contracts

between the electorates and

the politicians seeking

elective positions before

voting in the just

concluded general

elections as a case that

was yet to be resolved.

The source lamented, “We

cannot be criticising others

activities of the pipeline

marauders, the NNPC

continued to diligently

monitor the daily stock of

Premium Motor Spirit,

PMS, otherwise called

petrol, to achieve smooth

distribution of petroleum

products and zero fuel

queue across the nation.”

outside without following

some of those things

internally. Do you what it

means, if you get XYZ

million Naira for a

campaign in Sokoto or

Anambra and the project

team spends about 20

percent and the rest is

unaccounted for?”

He however dismissed

claims that Deji was

disenchanted with the

movement because his

plans for financial gains

were unmet.

“Deji was not even

around when we got that

(Social Contract Initiative)

funding. He was in prison,”

he said.

On Charlyboy’s

conspicuous absence in all

the ‘Free Deji Adeyanju’

campaign members of

OurMumuDonDo staged

to secure the release of their

detained comrade, the

source said it was rather

personal.

Efforts to reach Deji

Adeyanju to speak on the

issues between him and

Charlyboy proved abortive

as at press time because his

phones were switched off.


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Political assassins on prowl in Imo

•Fear grips community leaders

•Monarch reacts

•As tension rises over control of state funds

By Chidi Nkwopara

& Chinonso Alozie

OWERRI—NO fewer

than three persons

were reportedly killed by

armed hoodlums at

Nekede, Owerri West Local

Government Area of Imo

State, at the weekend.

Confirming the story

exclusively to Vanguard

yesterday, Mr. Kelechi

Obilonu, the elder brother

of one of the deceased, Mr.

Chidi Obilonu, recalled

with grief that “the gory

incident happened about

7.30pm, Thursday

evening, at Umuoma

Nekede autonomous

community”.

Obilonu recounted: “The

second victim of the attack,

Mr. Cyracus Ekejiuba is a

native of Isiekenesi, Ideato

South Local Government

Area of the state and a

tenant in our place. The

suspected assassins

stormed the beer parlour

where my late brother and

some others were having

their drinks.

“The hoodlums opened

fire on the people and

snatched phones. The shot

silenced Ekejiuba who

came to buy his need in the

shop. As people struggled

to leave the beer parlour,

the hoodlums shot my

brother in his hand but he

tried to run away from the

scene. The armed men

gave him a hot chase.

“Three or four other

members of the gang

blocked my brother. He

was shot a second time in

his back but he kept

running. He later fell at a

spot and when the

hoodlums saw where he

was lying, they shot him a

third time near his ear, as if

to ensure that he did not

live to tell the story. The

hoodlums ran away

thereafter.

“When I got to the scene,

I quickly called some of the

policemen from Nekede

Division. I was privileged

to have their numbers and

they responded in good

time. When they noticed

that my brother was dead,

they detailed one of them

to follow me to the morgue

where we deposited him.

“I was still at the mortuary

when some of my relations

called to tell me that the

police had apprehended

some of the hoodlums that

carried out the

condemnable act. At the

police station, I was told

that six of them had been

arrested.

Obilonu said the

suspects have mentioned

the name of an alleged high

profile figure they claimed

to be working for.

“The person’s Personal

Assistant, PA, has been

picked up by the police.

People know who the

figure is and the police say

they have gone to his

house twice, as at the time

of the interview, without

getting him. I will resist the

temptation of mentioning

the man’s name now”,

Obilonu said.

Monarch reacts

Reacting to the incident,

the traditional ruler of

Umuoma Nekede

autonomous community,

Eze Morrison Eke, has

described weekend’s

killing of some of his

subjects by suspected

political assassins as

“despicable, senseless and

gross disrespect for the

sanctity of the human life”.

Eze Eke made his

feelings known yesterday,

in a telephone interview

with Vanguard.

“Naturally, I feel very sad

about the loss of precious

human lives in my

community. After the

incident, I had to summon

an emergency meeting of

my people and I sounded

a serious note of warning

to each and every one of

them to desist from

anything that would bring

them in direct confrontation

with the laws of the land”,

Eke said.

Fear grips

community leaders

In another development,

fear has gripped

community leaders of an

Imo community over the

whereabouts of three

persons suspected to be

bombers arrested during

the just concluded

governorship/House of

Assembly elections in

Ikeduru Local Government

Area of Imo State.

Vanguard gathered in

Owerri that the military

arrested the suspects at the

collation centre, Central

School in Iho, Ikeduru

Local Government.

Imo State Police Public

Relations Officer, PPRO,

Orlando Ikeokwu however

told Vanguard that the

suspects have not been

released and that they

were still with the military.

He said: “The suspects

are presently with the

military. We are going to

take them from the military

on Monday. So, it is not

true that they have been

released.”

Tension over control

of state funds

Meanwhile, the battle

between the outgoing

governor of Imo State,

Rochas Okorocha and the

governor-elect, Emeka

Ihedioha over the control of

the state's funds has begun

to breed tension in Imo

State.

The Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, in the state led

by Charles Ezekwem had

raised an allegation that

Okorocha had engaged in

continued withdrawal of

state funds to the tune of

over N17 billion from about

four different banks.

The state government has

insisted that Ihedioha does

not have the powers to stop

banks where Imo State

funds are domiciled from

dealing with Okorocha.

It should be recalled that

in 2011, when Okorocha

was declared governorelect,

he (Okorocha) issued

a statement warning banks

from having any dealings

with his then predecessor

Ikedi Ohakim.

Trouble started when the

governor-elect, Ihedioha at

his maiden press briefing

in Owerri, warned that

banks dealing with

Okorocha would be doing

so at their own risk. He also

asked members of the

public to be wary of doing

any government-related

business with Okorocha.

The PDP under Ezekwem

also alleged that Okorocha

was tampering with major

government properties in

order to create difficulties for

the incoming

government.

Some of the withdrawals

according to Ezekwem

occurred between

Tuesday, March 12 and

Thursday, March 14, 2019.

He said: "Governor

Okorocha had made major

withdrawals from Access

Bank, Zenith Bank, Unity

Bank and Skye Bank

amounting to over N17

billion.

“We are aware of the

rampant issuance of

Certificate of Occupancy (C

of O) to family members

and friends of Okorocha’s

family. The party warns

those involved that they are

doing so at their own peril."

Responding, Okorocha

through his Chief Press

Secretary, Onwuemeodo,

said: “Chief Emeka

Ihedioha who was declared

winner of the governorship

election in the State by Prof.

Francis Ezeonu-led INEC

in Owerri does not have the

right or locus yet, to harass

or give directives to the

financial institutions in the

state over their dealings

with the state government."

Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019—15

Presidential Election:

Ndigbo spoke their minds

through ballots

—Ohanaeze

By Peter Okutu

A BAKALIKI—THE

apex Igbo

organisation, Ohanaeze

Ndigbo, weekend said no

matter the outcome of the

last presidential election in

the country, the people of

the Southeast zone spoke

their minds through the

ballots and would do that

again if given a second

electoral opportunity.

In a statement issued in

Abakaliki by Prince Uche

Achi-Okpaga, National

Publicity Secretary,

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the

group while reacting to

Chief George Moghalu's

comments against

Ohanaeze Ndigbo for

endorsing PDP’s

presidential candidate,

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in

the last elections added that:

“Those who are now

working against the

majority interest of the

people just because they are

picking some crumbs

falling from the presidential

table, will be victims of

posterity, l bet you.”

According to the

statement : “Ohanaeze will

not be tempted to join issues

with people like Chief

George Moghalu who

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dwell in whipping up

sentiments and want to use

Ohanaeze’s name to attract

cheap political relevance

and attention.

“Perhaps, Chief Moghalu

has become the

spokesperson of the APC

and ended up contradicting

himself by saying that

power is taken and not

given.

"You see, when power is

taken from the people, it

becomes illegitimate but

when it is given by the

people through the process

of free and fair exercise of

their mandate in an

election, it becomes

legitimate.

“In true democracies,

power is usually in the

hands of the electorate and

not the elected or the rulers

and you do not take power

from them. Instead, they

give it through the exercise

of their mandate. Recall the

words of former President

Goodluck Jonathan, “My

political ambition is not

worth the blood of any

Nigerian.” The staccato and

alarming flow of the blood

of Nigerians clearly vitiates

the entire process of the

2019 presidential election

and has unfortunately

taken Nigeria many years

backward."

Ugwuanyi preaches peace, unity

after polls

FOLLOWING

the

successful conclusion

of the general election in

Enugu State and the

overwhelming victory

recorded by the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, in

the state, Governor Ifeanyi

Ugwuanyi has appealed to

members of his political

party to promote peace and

unity and show love to one

another irrespective of party

affiliations.

Ugwuanyi stated that now

the election is over,

politicians in the state

should invoke their

Christian faith, go back and

unite with their perceived

enemies, show love to them,

so that the prevailing

peace for which Enugu

State is known will be

adequately sustained.

The governor who spoke

when the jubilant people of

Igbo-Eze North Local

Government Area paid him

a congratulatory visit at the

Government House,

Enugu on his re-election,

said: “As the father of Enugu

State, I want peace, I want

unity, we have handed

everything over to God, the

election is over and it has

ended in praise”.

Promising to continue to

serve with the fear of God,

Ugwuanyi added: “As

Enugu State is known for

peace, I would want this

peace to endure. I want

Enugu State to remain a

reference point for peace so

that we can make rapid

progress and get what is

due to us”.

Ugwuanyi who thanked

the people of Igbo-Eze

North LGA for their

overwhelming support

during the elections, asked

God to bless them, assuring

them of his administration’s

commitment to continue to

advance the cause of

development in the area to

improve their living

standard.

Earlier, the council

chairman, Comrade

Uwakwe Ezeja told the

governor that they came in

their numbers to thank God

and congratulate him on his

resounding victory at the

polls, and reiterated their

unalloyed support and

loyalty to his

administration.

In his speech, the Patron,

Enugu State Council of

Traditional Rulers, HRH

Igwe Simeon Okosisi Itodo

of Essodo Kingdom, Aji,

Igbo-Eze North L.GA,

commended Ugwuanyi for

the development projects

his administration has

attracted to their area,

pointing out that the

massive votes the people

had given the governor was

as a result of the love they

have for him.


16—Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

VISIT: Governor of Osun State, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola (middle); his deputy, Mr. Gboyega Alabi (4th

right); Ambassador of China, Dr.Zhou Pingjian (4th left); Councellor of the Embassy of China, Mr

Zhon Xikang; Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Prince Oluwole Oyebamiji (3 rd right); Chief of

Staff, Dr. Charles Akinola (2nd right); Head of Service, Dr. Gboyega Oyebade (2nd left); Finance Supervisor,

Mr. Bola Oyebanji and Supervisor, Federal Matters, Mrs Idiat Babalola, during the ambassador's

visit to the governor to strenghten relationship and promote exchanges at subnational levels of

Government, at the State Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, weekend.

Group to Obaseki: Stop 2nd term campaign,

focus on Gelegele seaport project

-

By Elizabeth

Uwandu

BENIN CITY-THE

Concerned Edo

Youths for Good Governance

have admonished

governor Godwin Obaseki

to concentrate on concluding

the Gelegele seaport

industrial park projects he

promised the people of the

state than campaigning for

a second term.

While faulting the

ongoing celebration by the

state government over the

24 House of Assembly seats

won by the All Progressives

Congress (APC) in Edo

State which according to

the government was the

first time such feat was

achieved in the state, the

group asserted it was an

indication that neither the

governor nor his handlers

are conversant with the

political history of the state.

The group in a statement

signed by its Director of

Publicity, Dr Calistus

Osamoyi, reminded that "

during the administration

of governor Lucky

Igbinedion, the PDP won

the entire 24-member

House of Assembly and

that was why Patrick

Obahiagbon, was referred

as Leader of the House

then instead of Majority

Leader since the minority

party then which was

ANPP did not have a

member in the House. This

was during the second term

of governor Igbinedion

2003-2007.

"So the state government

should stop celebrating 24/

24 as if it was the first time it

happened. We urge the

governor to stop this

campaign for a second term

and focus on completing the

Gelegele sea port project

which he promised. Because

we are worried that up till

now nothing has happened

in the site, the same way

weed has taken over the

proposed industrial park site

after over 20 communities

donated their lands for the

project.

"We want to remind the

Okowa's victory, manifestation of will of

Deltans —Adiotomre

ASABA—THE Delta

State Coordinator,

Neighbourhood to

Neighbourhood (#N2N)

Campaign Organization,

Hon. Jonathan Adiotomre,

has described the victory of

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as

the manifestation of the

collective will of Deltans.

Adiotomre stated this

while reacting to the reelection

of the governor in

Asaba.

He commended members

of the group, PDP faithful

and the entire Deltans for

Edo ADC candidate urges members to keep

faith in party

By Alemma Aliu

BENIN

CITY—

THOUGH elections

are over with not too

impressive outing, the

African Democratic

Congress, ADC, candidate

governor that Comrade

Oshiomhole who made

him governor was able to

win 18/18 in his second

term due to the work he did

in Edo state and not

through social media

propaganda. As concerned

citizens of the state, we

urge the governor to focus

on his job and stay away

from sychophants who will

tomorrow abandon him.

"All these noise about 24/

24 is unnecessary because

every body knows that if

their efforts and

commitment towards the

return of Governor Ifeanyi

Okowa to the Government

House, Asaba, saying that

the governor’s re-election,

would herald more

prosperity for all Deltans in

line with the SMART

Agenda.

His

words:

“Neighbourhood to

Neighbourhood

Campaign Organization

went round the state

canvassing for votes for our

amiable governor, Senator

not for the doggedness of

Oshiomhole and his

person, APC would have

died in Edo state. The

members of the State

Assembly won their

elections due to their

connections with their

constituents and not

because of Obaseki

because Edo people are yet

to see any meaningful

achievement so far apart

from what we saw during

the administration of

Oshiomhole" it stated.

Ifeanyi Okowa. We thank

God that our efforts paid off

with the re-election of the

Governor. Indeed, we

achieved results”.

The Governor’s aide

congratulated Senator

Ifeanyi Okowa and other

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, candidates for their

victory in the March 9, 2019

election, even as he

advised those who lost to

accept their fate and join

hands with the governor

and winners to move Delta

State forward.

for Oredo federal constituency

in the February 23,

2019 general elections,

Hon. Omo Osagie Efosa

(aka Mighty Man) has

urged members and supporters

of the party not to

lose faith saying the future

of Nigerian politics lies in

the ADC.

In a message to

members of the party in the

state, family members,

friends and religious

leaders, the party leader

assured that the ADC was

already going back to the

drawing board with a view

to coming out with new

strategies to market the ideals

of the party which he

said would take Nigeria

out of the woods to be at

par with her contemporaries

in the comity of nations.

According to him, "I

appreciate everyone for

your great support, morally,

financially, through prayers

and otherwise; it is God that

gives power, God gives the

best. He gives to whoever

he wishes.

"I know that this state

belongs to us all. I plead

with my supporters and

friends to avoid violence;

especially youths; they

should not offer themselves

for politicians to use to

perpetuate violence. Don't

make yourselves available

to be used for violence by

politicians whose children

are abroad because we are

a family; if they ask you to

go into violence, ask them

to bring their children."

Crisis-struck Sudan signs deals

for $300m with Arab funds

Sudan has signed deals for loans worth $300

million with regional Arab funds, authorities

said on Saturday, as the government struggles to

cope with an economic crisis and nearly three

months of street protests.

The finance ministry agreed a $230 million loan

with the Abu Dhabi-based Arab Monetary Fund

to support the balance of payments, the ministry

said in a statement.

A deal for a second loan worth $70 million was

signed with the Arab Trade Financing Program,

whose shareholders include the Arab Monetary

Fund and which is also based in Abu Dhabi,

according to a statement from Sudan’s presidency.

The deals were signed as President Omar al-

Bashir and other officials including the central

bank governor met Arab Monetary Fund Director

General Abdulrahman Al Hamidy in the capital,

Khartoum.

A worsening economic crisis in Sudan triggered

frequent demonstrations across the country since

Dec. 19 in which protesters have called for an end

to Bashir’s three-decade rule.

Black Box shows similarities between

Lion Air, Ethiopian Airlines crashes

T

he Ethiopian Air Boeing 737 Max crash had

similarities to the Lion Air plane that went

down off the coast of Indonesia about five months

ago, according to the nation’s transport minister.

A preliminary study of the flight data recorders

show “clear similarities between Ethiopian

Airlines flight 302 and Indonesian Lion Air Flight

610,” Dagmawit Moges said Sunday at a press

conference in Addis Ababa.

The findings will be subject to further

investigation, and a preliminary report will be

released within 30 days, she said.

The Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed March 10

minutes after it took off from Ethiopia’s capital,

killing all 157 people on board. The accident

prompted most of the world to ground Boeing’s

737 Max on safety concerns.

CBA’s shareholders accept

merger with NIC Group

Kenya’s Commercial Bank of Africam, CBA

said weekend that its shareholders had

accepted a share swap with NIC Group, paving

way for its merger.

The two banks first announced their planned

merger in January, in which current NIC Group

shareholders would own 47 percent of the merged

entity and CBA shareholders owning 53 pct.

“As a result of the share exchange transaction, it

is proposed that NIC Group will acquire sole

control of CBA and its subsidiaries,” CBA said in

a statement published in Kenyan newspapers.

South Africa’s rand recovers as

trade deal hopes rise

South Africa’s firmed early on Friday, reversing

some of its losses from the previous session

with demand for emerging market currencies

boosted by new signs of a trade deal between

China and the United States.

At 0730 GMT the rand was 0.41 percent firmer

at 14.4800 per dollar compared to a close of

14.5400 overnight in New York.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke by telephone

with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

and the two sides made further substantive

progress on trade talks, Xinhua news agency said

on Friday.

Bonds also gained with the yield on the

benchmark paper due in 2026 down 3.5 basis

points to 8.725 percent. Stocks opened firmer, with

the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s Top-40 index up 0.35

percent to 49,712points.


Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019 — 17


18 — Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

Limiting number of political parties

One of the myriads of problems that

bedevilled the 2019 general elections

was the unwieldy number of political

parties that contested the elections.

The Independent National

Electoral Commission, INEC, registered

91 political parties and placed

79 presidential candidates on the

ballot.

Apart from increasing the cost of

our elections, it led to the printing

of ballot papers that were so long

they were difficult to handle. This

obviously accounted for the large

number of invalid and cancelled ballots

which, in turn, resulted in an unprecedented

number of inconclusive

elections, especially during the Governorship

and State Houses of Assembly

elections.

Efforts were made by the military

regimes during their transitions to

civil rule to limit the number of parties

and candidate for elections. In

1989, all political associations were

forced into two platforms – the Social

Democratic Party, SDP and the

National Republican Convention,

NRC. But in 1998, the General Abdulsalami

Abubakar transitional regime

registered only three political

parties – the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP; the All Peoples Party, APP

and Alliance for Democracy, AD.

It was due to the legal battle

mounted by the late Chief Gani

Fawehinmi, the founder of the National

Conscience Party, NCP, that

threw open political party registration

to “all comers”, the All Progressives

Grand Alliance, APGA and

NCP being among the beneficiaries.

Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution

provides for freedom of association,

while Section 222 lists conditions

for a political association to get registered

as political parties. These

include registering the names and

addresses of its officers with INEC,

throwing open its membership to

all Nigerians, registering a copy of

its constitution (and any alteration

of it) with INEC, ensuring it is a

national political party and having

its headquarters in Abuja. The

INEC is obligated to register any

group that meets these conditions.

Attempts by the various Chairmen

of the INEC to de-register some

political parties which did not win

elections were severally reversed at

the courts.

It seems as if many of these political

platforms are merely on a political

jamboree and jobbery. They constitute

a huge waste of time and public

resources. We call for the amendment

of the Constitution to allow

political parties to be registered to

contest elections at local government

and state levels and graduate to the

national level depending on their

growth and ability to create alliances.

If we also factor in the principle of

proportional representation, many

political parties will become more

serious, fight harder to win elections

to survive and grow. The winnertakes-all

syndrome works against

smaller political parties, encourages

corruption and impunity and turns

officeholders into monsters.

It is time we sat down to sanitise our

party system and make party politics

more result-oriented.

OPINION

Anchor borrowers’ programme as bragging right

By Johnson Momodu

AMID intense electioneering, ahead of

the just-concluded general elections, the

All Progressives Congress, APC-controlled

Federal Government legitimately marketed

its achievements to persuade a mandate

renewal. The Anchor Borrowers’ Programme,

ABP, conceptualised and driven by the Godwin

Emefiele-led Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,

was one such flagship achievement.

Launched in Birnin Kebbi on November 17,

2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari, the

programme was aimed at stimulating scaledup

production in the agricultural sector

through provision of farm input both in cash

and kind to small-holder farmers, to improve

farm yields. Additionally, the programme was

designed to stabilise supply of input to agroprocessors

to specifically address the nation’s

balance of payments on food import and

export.

The small-holder farmers supply their

products to the agro-processors (anchors) that

pay the cash equivalent into the farmers’

accounts. According to Emefiele, more than

32 states and the Federal Capital Territory,

FCT, had enlisted for the programme, resulting

in the disbursement of more than N55 billion

to about 250,000 farmers. Specifically, the

implementation of the programme had, from

inception, been under strict coordination of

the Presidential Task Force on Rice and Wheat

Production, acting in collaboration with the

Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural

Development.

According to Emefiele, ABP had closed the

gaps between local rice production and

domestic consumption and has been

complementing the Growth Enhancement

Support, GES, Scheme of the Federal Ministry

of Agriculture and Rural Development by

facilitating the transformation of farmers

under the scheme from subsistence to

commercial farming.

Remarkably, the transformation can be

measured in terms of numbers of beneficiaries

and the ancillary jobs that have been created

along the value chains. Late last year, Emefiele

said at the annual bankers’ dinner that about

2.5 million jobs had been created countrywide

through the programme. Read him: “As at

October 2018, a total number of 862,069

farmers cultivating about 835,239 hectares,

across 16 different commodities, have so far

benefited from the Anchor Borrowers

Programme, which has generated over 2.5

million jobs across the country.

“It is in light of the success of the Anchor

Borrowers Programme with regard to

cultivation of rice and maize that the

Monetary Policy Committee in its last meeting

on November 21, 2018 recommended that the

Anchor Borrowers Programme be applied to

other areas such as palm oil, tomatoes, and

fisheries, to mention a few. The CBN recently

introduced the Real Sector Support fund, a

facility meant to provide cheap funding at no

more than nine per cent to new projects in the

Agriculture and manufacturing sectors, aimed

at boosting output and creating jobs.”

In another development, Acting Director of

the Department of Corporate

Communications of the CBN, Mr. Isaac

Okoroafor, revealed that in 2018, N36.37

billion was disbursed to 155,732 farmers, while

N12.57 billion was paid to 27 farmers in the

first half of 2017; bringing the total

disbursements since the introduction of the

programme to N91.90 billion. He had further

stated that more than 412,037 small holder

farmers were beneficiaries in 36 states and the

FCT, adding that there were 13 state

government anchors and 127 private-led

anchors.

Okoroafor also said that ABP loans repayment

so far was N12.19 billion, adding that

the programme had created over 500,000

jobs, while adding two million tonnes of rice

to the domestic rice supply. More

significantly, he had noted that the volume of

rice importation into the country had

drastically declined in 2018, judging by

figures obtained from various official

sources.

According to him: “Figures obtained from

India and Thailand, which are dominant rice

exporters to Nigeria, indicate that as at September

2018, Thailand exported about 5,161

History and posterity will

not forget Emefiele as he

takes his place in the

pantheon of economic sages

that had greatly impacted the

economic wellbeing of their

nations when they were given

a chance

tonnes of rice to Nigeria, while India exported

only a paltry 426 tonnes to Nigeria as at July

2018. CBN had not allocated any foreign

exchange for the importation of rice and we,

therefore, attribute the achievement to the

concerted efforts of FMARD and Rice Farmers

Association of Nigeria, RIFAN.’’

This vigorous programme, dubbed as the

rice production revolution by the Minister of

Information, Culture and National

Orientation, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has

become a veritable anchorage for predicating

a series of quaint assessments of the Buhari

administration. The CBN command-room guru,

Emefiele, must take his essential place in the

history of this great accomplishment. This is

one of the numerous achievements that should

ordinarily and meritoriously recommend tenure

renewal for public officers that are savvy in the

matters of economy, politics and general

administration.

But Nigeria is unfortunately afflicted by the

prehistoric fault lines of ethnic, religious and

geo-political considerations in the management

of public finance as well as the overarching

general administration that is characterised by

social and political interactions. The Buhari

administration, just re-elected for another fouryear

tenure, has a great opportunity to overhaul

our anachronistic “North versus South” faultline

by redirecting country and governance

away from the subsisting philosophy of regional

supremacy through apparently-skewed privileged

access to the so-called national cake.

Enlightened Nigerian publics will all be living

in self-denial if they claim ignorance that

Emefiele’s tenure expires on June 3, this year.

He is expected to take a bow after a brilliant

outing, except President Buhari decides to renew

his appointment. His reappointment is thus at

the mercy and pleasure of the president whose

electioneering benefited hugely from the

utilitarian programmes and achievements of the

CBN under Emefiele’s watch. The governor has

defined his eon through the magnitude of his

command-room sagacity and intellection of the

delicate business of central banking.

Even if Emefiele’s tenure is not renewed, history

will be kind to him and posterity will not forget

him as he takes his place in the pantheon of

economic sages that had greatly impacted the

economic wellbeing of their nations when they

were given a chance, especially in moments of

national anxiety, to perform.

Continues online

•Mr. Momodu, a public affairs analyst, wrote

from Benin City, Edo State


Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019 — 19

Decline in TB rates to persist as foreign investors trigger 575% oversubscription

•External reserves hit 5weeks high at $43bn

By Babajide Komolafe

THE steady decline in interest

rates on treasury bills, TBs, offer

in the primary market since last month

is expected to continue this week when

the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, roll

over N48.6 billion worth of maturing

bills.

Last week the apex bank sold N89

billion worth of TBs in the primary

market at lower stop rates. Stop rate for

the 91-Days bills dropped by 15 basis

points (bpts) to 10.75 percent from 10.9

percent in the previous auction held on

February 27. The stop rate on the 182-

Days bills also dropped by five bpts to

12.5 percent from 13 percent in the

previous auction, while stop rate for the

364-Days bills dropped by 152 bpts to

12.85 percent, the lowest since August

last year, from 14.37 percent in the

previous auction in February.

Financial Vanguard analysis of

primary market TB auction since

January revealed a two month

downward trend in rates.

Between the first auction on January

16 and the auction held last week

Wednesday (March 13), stop rate on 91-

Days bills dropped by 25 bpts to 10.75

percent last week from 11 percent on

January 16. Stop rate on 182-Days bills

fell marginally by six bpts to 12.5

percent last week from 13.1 percent on

January 16. The biggest decline was

recorded by the stop rate for 364-Days

bills which fell by 215 bpts to 12.85

percent last week from 15 percent on

Continues on page 21

MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

IFRS 9 implementation

burdens insurance firms

•Delays 2018 financial results

By Rosemary Onuoha

SHAREHOLDERS as well as other

stakeholders of some insurance

companies will have to exercise

longer patience waiting for the 2018

full year financial results as many of

the companies came under the

burden of implementation of the

International Financial Reporting

Standard 9, IFRS9, in the 2018

financial year as against initial

scheduled period of 2020.

Although some investors are of the

opinion that the delay could prevent

them from taking positions on some

insurance companies as and when

due, they see the implementation of

IFRS as a welcome development

saying that insurance companies

have delayed the implementation for

too long.

that it is worrisome that the insurance

sector is yet to commence

implementation of IFRS, which is a

universal standard, when the banking

sector have commenced two years ago.

Also speaking to Financial

Vanguard, Director, Supervision,

NAICOM, Mr. Barineka Thompson,

said that the IFRS 9 is a universal

standard and not a regulation of

NAICOM, and as such, the regulator

cannot compel insurers to commence

implementation because it is what they

have to do naturally.

However, some insurance companies

have besieged the Nigerian Stock

Exchange, NSE, with notices of late

submission of financial results due to

the sudden implementation of the

IFRS 9.

For instance in a notice to the

Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE,

African Alliance Insurance stated,

“African Alliance Insurance Plc wishes

to notify its esteemed shareholders

and other stakeholders that the

company has obtained the approval of

the NSE for the extension of time to

file its audited financial statements for

the period ended March 31, 2019.

“The extension of time to file the

aforementioned accounts has become

imperative to give the company time

to comply with NAICOM’s recent

guideline on the implementation of

the new IFRS9 accounting standard

which was initially scheduled to

commence in 2020. Following a

Continues on Page 20

Commencement of

implementation

Information gathered by Financial

Vanguard reveals that the National

Insurance Commission, NAICOM,

at a meeting with insurance

companies last month, mandated

them to commence implementation

of IFRS9 with effect from 2018 full

year financial report.

Speaking on the development, Mr.

Patrick Ajudua, a shareholder, said

•Mohammed Kari, Commissioner for Insurance

•Funmi Omo, MD, African Alliance

Changing geopolitical

environment offers growth

opportunities for businesses

— Standard Bank

22

EQUITIES:

Analysts forecast

mixed performance

TBanks in efforts to address

gender disparities

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FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Continues from Page 19

stakeholders meeting with

NAICOM held in February,

insurance companies have

been advised to embrace

implementation of the IFRS9

and make necessary

adjustments in its ongoing

audit exercise.”

Similarly, Mutual Benefits

Assurance Plc’s notice to the

NSE stated, “Mutual

Benefits wishes to inform its

valued shareholders,

investing public and key

stakeholders that the

company may be unable to

meet the deadline of March

31, 2019, to file the audited

financial statements for the

year ended December 31,

2018 in line with the listing

rules of the exchange. As an

entity subject to a primary

government regulator,

NAICOM, and being an

insurance organisation, we

are affected by the adoption

and implementation of

IFRS9 which deals with

financial instruments and

IFRS 4 on insurance

contracts.

“Our primary regulator

NAICOM only recently

released the guidance on the

implementation of the two

accounting standards and

held the consultative

meeting with the industry on

February 12, 2019. These

events have affected the

finalization of our audited

financial statements and we

envisage that the primary

regulator would not have

approved the financial

statements by March 30, 2019.

The results will be published

as soon as we obtain the

approval of the primary

regulator.”

Investing

community

Also, Royal Exchange Plc

stated: “The management of

Royal Exchange Plc would

like to advise our esteemed

shareholders, key

stakeholders and the

investing community that

from available information,

the company will not be able

to submit its 2018 audited

financial statements for the

year ended December 31,

2018 as well as the unaudited

financial statements for the

period ending March 31, 2019

to the Nigerian Stock

Exchange within the

timeframe required by the

NSE.

“As a holding company with

five different subsidiaries,

the audit exercise for the

group is yet to be concluded

due to the adoption of IFRS

4. NAICOM recently issued

guidelines

for

implementation of the

standards and held a

stakeholders meeting with

insurance companies on

February 12, 2019. The

implementation of these new

IFRS 9 implementation burdens insurance firms

•Segun Omosehin, MD, Mutual Benefits

accounting standards will

undoubtedly delay the

completion of the audit

process and submission of the

As an entity subject

to a primary

government

regulator,

NAICOM, and

being an insurance

organization, we

are affected by the

adoption and

implementation of

IFRS9

2018 audited financial

statements and consequently

the unaudited financial

statements for the period

ending March 31, 2019.”

On its part, Veritas Capital

Assurance stated, “Veritas

Kapital Assurance wishes to

inform its valued

shareholders, investing

public and key stakeholders

that the company may be

unable to meet the deadline

of March 31, 2019, to file the

audited financial statements

for the year ended December

31, 2018 in line with the

listings rules of the Nigerian

Stock Exchange.

“As an entity subject to a

primary government

regulator, NAICOM, and

being an insurance

organization, we are affected

by the adoption and

implementation of IFRS9

which deals with financial

instruments and IFRS4 on

insurance contracts.”

Staco Insurance Plc stated,

“Staco Insurance wishes to

notify the NSE, our esteemed

shareholders and other

stakeholders that the

company has obtained the

approval of the exchange for

extension of time to file its

audited financial statements

for the year ended December

31, 2018 on or before June 30,

2019.

“The extension of time to file

the 2018 audited financial

statements is imperative as

the company is in the process

of obtaining an approval of

the audited financial

statements for the year ended

December31, 2017 from its

primary regulator, NAICOM.

In addition, the

implementation of IFRS 9 on

financial instruments and

IFRS 4 on insurance

contracts would occasion a

delay in the finalization of

the company’s 2018 audited

financial statements,

thereby resulting in a delay

in the submission of the 2018

audited financial statement

to the Exchange”

Others include Universal

Insurance Company Plc

which said, “The

management of Universal

Insurance Plc hereby

notifies its shareholders,

stakeholders and the

investing public that the

company approached the

NSE and requested an

extension of time to file the

company’s audited financial

statements for the year

ended 31 December, 2018.

The company being an

•Ben Ujoatuonu, MD, Universal Insurance

insurance company subject to

a primary regulator,

NAICOM, is affected by the

directive on the adoption and

implementation of IFRS 9 on

financial instruments and

IFRS 4 on insurance contracts.

The company’s auditors

subsequently advised the

company that the

implementation of the two

accounting standards would

delay the completion of the

audit process and would

further cause a delay in the

submission of the 2018

audited financial

statements.”

Law Union and Rock

Insurance stated, “Law

Union and Rock Insurance

wishes to inform its

esteemed shareholders and

The company being

an insurance

company subject to

a primary regulator,

NAICOM, is

affected by the

directive on the

adoption and

implementation of

IFRS 9 on financial

instruments

the investing public that due

to issues relating to the

recently introduced IFRS 9

conversion required for the

preparation of the 2018

audited financial accounts,

COVER

there may be a delay in the

filling and publication of the

audited accounts beyond the

regulatory timeline as

required by the Nigerian

stock exchange.”

Also, Guinea Insurance

stated, “The board of directors

and management of Guinea

Insurance wishes to inform

the general public that it will

be unable to submit its 2018

audited financial statement

within the regulatory timeline

of March 31, 2019 as required

by the NSE.

“Guinea Insurance being an

insurance company is subject

to a primary regulator,

NAICOM, and is affected by

the adoption and

implementation of IFRS9 on

financial instruments and

IFRS 4 on insurance

contracts.”

Shareholders reaction

Speaking further on the

development, Ajudua said

that shareholders are ready

to exercise patience and give

insurers ample time to

commence IFRS 9

implementation because it

will distinguish strong

players from the weak ones.

He said, “I am aware that

many insurance companies

have been getting ready to

commence implementation

of IFRS in 2020. However,

the directive to commence

implementation of the IFRS

9 now is for the interest of

the companies. However,

this will negatively affect

companies that are yet to

gather their acts together. I

know that some companies

won’t be affected by this

because they have been

getting ready long before

now.”


Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019 — 21

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Decline in TB rates to persist as foreign investors trigger 575%

oversubscription

Continues from Page 19

January 16.

The above trend is

driven by massive

oversubscription (excess

demand) for TBs fuelled

by foreign portfolio

investors seeking to take

advantage of the high

interest rate regime in the

nation’s fixed income

market.

This is reflected by the

88 percent increase in

dollar injection by foreign

portfolio investors

through the Investors

and Exporters (I&E)

foreign exchange

window, which rose

to $3.07 billion in the first

two months of the year

(January and February)

from $1.63 billion in

Q4’18.

This massive inflow

triggered 532 percent

oversubscription in the

primary market TBs

auction held by the CBN

on February 27. The CBN

offered and sold N115

billion worth of TBs while

total subscription stood at

N727.35 billion.

This trend was repeated

last week, with the

primary market auction

recording 575 percent

oversubscription. While

the CBN offered and sold

N89 billion worth of bills,

total subscription

(investors demand) stood

at N600.52 billion.

Confirming this

development, analysts at

Lagos based Cowry Asset

Management Limited

said: “Amid demand

pressure from the foreign

portfolio investors, we

saw stop rates fall across

tenor days: 91-day, 182-

day and 364-day

maturities.”

They projected that the

huge demand for TBs will

persist this week when

the CBN offers maturing

TBs worth 48.6 billion, as

well as further

moderation in stop rates.

“In the new week, CBN

will rollover T-bills worth

N48.57 billion, viz: 91-

day bills worth N3 billion,

182-day bills worth N8.39

billion and 364-day bills

worth N37.18 billion. We

expect their stop rates to

fall amid buy pressure.

Amid the N169.44 billion

bills maturing, we expect

yields to further moderate

given the declining stop

rates.”

In a bid to mop up the

excess liquidity from the

unmet demand for TBs in

the primary market

auction, the CBN on

Thursday held secondary

market (Open Market

Operations, OMO) TB

auction, which recorded

23 percent

oversubscription. Total

public subscription to the

N350 billion worth of bills

offered by the apex bank

stood at N429.5 billion

while the apex bank sold

EXTERNAL RESERVES VS CRUDE OIL PRICE

N400.48 billion.

In response, cost of

funds rose marginally at

the end of the week with

average short term rates

rising by 1.8 basis points

(bpts).

Data from FMDQ

showed that interest rate

on Collateralised (Open

Buy Back, OBB) lending

rose by 2.0 bpts to 11.17

percent last week from

9.17 percent the previous

week. Similarly, interest

rate on Overnight

lending rose by 1.6 bpts

to 11.67 percent last week

from 10.08 percent the

previous week.

This trend may persist

this week in the face of

further liquidity mop by

the CBN in response to

maturing OMO bills

worth N169 billion during

the week.

External reserves hit

5weeks high at $43bn

The naira appreciated

further last week in the

I&E window as

the nation’s external

reserves rose to five

weeks high of $43 billion

on Thursday.

According to the CBN

the external reserves

recorded a weekly

increase of $381 million

last week to $42.987

billion from $42.606

billion on Thursday

March 7.

The $42.987 billion

recorded last week,

March 14 represents the

highest level since

February 6 when the

reserves peaked at

$42.991 billion. The rise

in reserves may be

unconnected to the huge

dollar inflow from foreign

investors through the I&E

window since the

beginning of the year.

Last week, the volume

of dollars traded in the

I&E window dropped by

58 percent to $1.7 billion

from $4.1 billion the

previous week.

However, the naira

sustained its upward

trend in the market since

last month. According to

FMDQ, the indicative

exchange rate dropped

further to N360.18 per

dollar last week from

N360.42 per dollar the

previous week,

translating to 24 kobo

appreciation for the

naira.

PRIMARY MARKET AUCTION RESULTS

INTERBANK INTEREST RATES


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FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Changing geopolitical environment offers growth

opportunities for businesses — Standard Bank

By Babajide Komolafe

STANDARD Bank of

South Africa, the parent

company of Nigeria’s Stanbic

IBTC Bank Plc, has called on

African businesses to leverage

the growth opportunities

offered by the changing

geopolitical realities triggered

by Brexit and the trade tension

between the United States and

China.

The bank noted that beyond

the growing division and

unilateralism behind the US,

China trade tension and

Brexit, there is increasing shift

towards integration and

multilateralism in the

developing world, which

present opportunities for

partnerships and growth.

“Every corporate and every

country needs to be aware of

changing geopolitical realities

and the opportunities that

these present for new

partnerships and growth,”

says Vinod Madhavan, Head

of Trade at Standard Bank, in

a presentation entitled,

“Technology steadily

deepening international trade

as global multilateral

leadership shifts East”.

He said, “the United States–

China trade war has already

seen China, the world’s largest

consumer of soya beans, halt

imports from the United States.

This presented a huge

opportunity for countries like

South Africa. While Australia,

in the end, was the main

beneficiary of this shift, other

opportunities are likely to arise

for Africa. Similar opportunities

are also likely to emerge with

both the United Kingdom and

the European Union following

Brexit. African businesses and

governments would do well to

begin positioning themselves

to leverage these

opportunities.”

Citing the opportunities

offered by emerging market

credit stress, he said: “This is

especially so for financial

services organisations able to

help corporates distribute risk

across both their own balance

sheets while also broadening

distribution to other

development and trade finance

institutions. Standard Bank for

example, uses its South African

balance sheet as credit risk

intermediary for trade across

the continent. Beyond its

balance sheet the bank is also

able to broaden distribution by

working with multilaterals

such as the African Export-

Import Bank, African

Development Bank or the

International Finance

Corporation.

“Emerging market credit

stress also presents an

opportunity to re-configure

lending and risk distribution

relationships within the

developing world. The signing

of the African Continental

Free Trade Area, AfCFTA,

agreement increases the

opportunity for the continent to

significantly increase intra-

African lending and risk

distribution. Botswana’s

recently announced $600

million Zimbabwe loan

provides an example of how,

post-AfCFTA, local African

markets will more likely be

even better positioned to

understand and manage

African debt and risk. “When

one overlays these

developments with

technology, even more of what

we currently consider risks

could, in fact, become

opportunities.”

From left: Registrar/CEO, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, CIBN, Seye Awojobi,

FCIB; Group Managing Director/CEO, Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe, President/Chairman of

Council, CIBN, Dr Uche Olowu, FCIB and Deputy Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc,

Roosevelt Ogbonna during the stakeholder engagement visit to Access Bank by CIBN.

AMCON mulls disengagement of

non-performing AMPs

ASSET Management

Corporation of Nigeria,

AMCON, has hinted that it

would disengage Asset

Management Partners, AMPs,

that cannot cope with the

speed and enormous

challenges of debt recovery

expected by the corporation.

Managing Director/Chief

Executive Officer, AMCON,

Mr. Ahmed Lawan Kuru, who

gave this hint added that the

corporation may assign more

accounts to AMPs that have

shown aggression and zeal

based on the review of the

AMP scheme so far. He was

speaking at the 2019 edition

of the AMCON/AMPs

Interactive/Feedback session

in Abuja.

AMPs, are consortiums

appointed by AMCON after

a rigorous selection process

with specialist skills required

Union Bank hosts Financial Markets Dealers Association meeting

UNION Bank recently

hosted the quarterly

general meeting of the Financial

Markets Dealers Association,

FMDA, in Lagos.

The meeting was an

opportunity for treasurers of

Money Deposit Banks, MDBs,

market players and their

institutions to exchange ideas,

share information and deepen

business relationships for the

development of the financial

markets.

Union Bank’s Head of

Corporate Banking and

Treasury, Mr. Emeka

Okonkwo and other Senior

Executives were joined by

dignitaries including the

Governor-elect of Lagos State,

Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu

represented by Mr. Yomi

Oluyomi and the President,

Chartered Institute of Bankers

of Nigeria, CIBN, Dr. Uche

Olowu.

The programme featured an

informative presentation by an

economist, Dr. Doyin Salami on

the topic ‘Navigating the Next

Level for the Economy and

Markets’. Dr. Salami shared

insights into the 2019 economic

outlook, to assist market

players and Union Bank

customers as they position

themselves for the year.

Delivering his remarks, Mr.

Okonkwo, who spoke on behalf

of the CEO of Union Bank,

highlighted the key role of the

FMDA in boosting the growth

and development of the

financial markets and the

Nigerian economy. He also

stated; “This year, we expect

the economy to be influenced

by a number of trends on the

global and local scenes.

Therefore, a key element of our

success as individual

organisations and also at the

macroeconomic level, is insight

into the potential impact of

these trends on the financial

markets and economy.”

to ensure recovery and debt

resolution; banking, legal,

valuation and accounting.

Kuru said that collaborating

with AMPs became

necessary because

AMCON has a total loan

portfolio of over 12,000 loans

of various sizes and sectors

that are still lingering many

years after the corporation

was established. He stated

that when this is compared

to AMCON’s staff strength,

it became obvious that the

corporation surely needed a

strategic approach to

improve coverage, recovery

and results.

Kuru also disclosed that the

AMPs are currently handling

over 6,000 accounts within

AMCON portfolio. Although

in terms of weight, the

accounts, which have been

outsourced to AMPs

constitute only 20 percent

or N740billion of the total

EBA portfolio of

N3.7trillion. AMCON he

insisted places equal

importance on the recovery

efforts as they count towards

the achievement of the

corporation’s core mandate.

Heritage Bank

tasks HB LAB

start-ups on

ICT leadership

HERITAGE Bank Plc has

charged applicants of

HB Lab start-ups to support

Nigeria’s aspiration and

roadmap to become a leading

Information Communication

Technology (ICT) hub in

Africa.

Executive Director of the

bank, Jude Monye disclosed

this at the launch of the

maiden edition of the new

innovation-driven concept, HB

LA, in Lagos.

Monye commended the 10

teams of contestants who

made it to the LAB, whilst

charging them to replicate the

Rwanda’s ICT digital tech

system feats.

He, however, canvassed for

indigenous production of

advanced technological

systems, as against leaving the

core job in the hands of

foreigners.

Addressing the applicants,

Monye said, as usual, the

financial powerhouse is known

for supporting and sponsoring

investment ideas that have the

potency of challenging the

status quo with the motive of

impacting positively on the

critical sectors of the nation’s

economy.

According to him, the

management of Heritage Bank

is always seeking viable

business ideas that could

compliment the fiscal policies

of the government with the

ultimate aim of growing and

developing the aggregate

economy.

“At Heritage Bank, we help

aspiring entrepreneurs to

create, preserve and transfer

wealth. What we are gathered

here for today, is another

moment of innovation-driven

concept that is expected to

provide start-up enterprises

with enabling environment,

resources and support

required to innovate and

accelerate impactful solutions

for the economic development

drives,” he said.

For this maiden edition,

Monye explained that

Heritage Bank has ceded the

professional handling of the

12-week competition to a

consultancy firm adding this

was done to allow for

professionalism, fair-play and

objectivity.

He further stated that his

management was not really

particular about any sector of

the economy, as the winner

could emerge from any

industry as long as his

proposal is strong enough to

impact positively on the

various sectors. His words:

“We are not zeroing in on any

particular idea or industry; we

are more interested in the

result achievable in different

sectors.”


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Equities: Analysts forecast mixed performance

By Nkiruka Nnorom

THE equities market may

witness a mixture of

bargain hunting and sell

pressure this week with

bears set to dominate the

market yet again, capital

market operators have said.

The operators, however,

said that the release of 2018

financial results, which has

already started coming in,

would dampen the sell-offs,

resulting in a mixed

sentiment.

Bearish sentiments last

week dragged the

benchmark All Share Index,

ASI, down by 2.4 percent to

settle at 31,142.72 points as

the index posted losses on

four of the five trading days

despite positive earnings

releases by some listed

companies.

Also, the market

capitalisation dropped by

N291.5 billion to close at

N11.6 trillion.

Commenting the outlook for

the week’s session’s,

analysts at Afrinvest

Securities said: “Consequent

on the losses recorded on four

By Peter Egwuatu

THE African Private

Equity and Venture

Capital Association, AVCA, has

revealed that African Private

Equity, PE, has remained

robust with the total value of

fund raising increasing by 12.5

percent to USD2.7 billion in

2018 from USD2.4 billion in

2017, indicating investors’

ongoing confidence in African

PE.

ACVA, in its annual study

presenting PE fundraising,

deal and exit activities for

2018, stated that the total

value of African PE

fundraising between 2013 and

2018 was USD17.8billion and

the median size of final closed

funds over the same period

was USD123million.

Data from the report shows

that 1022 reported deals worth

a total of USD25.7billion took

place from 2013 to 2018. While

trading sessions during the

week, we expect to see some

bargain hunting in early

trades next week, supported

by positive earnings release

on some counters.

Nonetheless, given the

paucity of foreign portfolio

participation in the local

bourse, we anticipate that the

By Peter Egwuatu

UNITED Bank for Africa

Plc, UBA, has

reported a 7.0 percent rise in

gross earnings at N494.0

billion, compared to N461.6

billion recorded in the

corresponding period of

2017.

The Bank’s total assets

grew significantly by 19.7

percent to an unprecedented

N4.9 trillion for the year

under review.

In a filing at the Nigerian

Stock Exchange, NSE,

weekend, the bank said it

overcame the challenging

lingering bearish sentiments

would drive a negative

close.”

Similarly, analysts at Vetiva

Capital said: “Despite a few

positive earnings releases,

the market sustained its

negative performance.

Although, we foresee bearish

sentiment continuing next

week, we expect the sell-offs

to ease off leading to a mixed

week.”

However, Cowry Asset

Management expects the

market to close marginally

up as investors take

advantage of low prices,

positive corporate earnings

and dividend pay-out.

UBA grows assets, deposits, gains market

share across Africa

business environments in

Nigeria and across key

markets in Africa, posting a

Profit Before Tax of N106.8

billion, a 2.4 percent growth,

compared to N104.2 billion in

2017 financial year.

Profit After Tax rose by 1.4

percent to N78.6 billion,

compared to N77.5 billion

recorded in 2017. Due to

lower foreign exchange

trading income, Operating

Expenses grew by 4.1

percent to N197.3 billion,

compared to N189.7 billion in

2017.

Commenting on the result,

the Group Managing

African private equity fund raising rises 12.5% to $2.7bn

the value of PE deals dropped

marginally in 2018 to

USD3.5billion from USD3.9

billion in 2017, the number of

PE deals encouragingly

reached a six-year peak of 186

in 2018.

In terms of sectors,

Information Technology,

Consumer Discretionary and

Consumer Staples accounted

for almost half the total

number of PE deals last year,

reflecting the attractiveness of

businesses that capitalise on

Africa’s growing consumer

market. Notably, Information

Technology’s share of deal

volume has significantly

grown in recent years, nearly

doubling to 19 percent in 2018

from only 10 percent two

years prior.

Tokunboh Ishmael, Chair of

the AVCA Board and Co-

Founder and Managing

Director at Alitheia Capital,

noted: “As the 2018 Annual

African Private Equity Data

Tracker shows, private equity

activity on the continent has

remained relatively stable in

2018. We have witnessed

strong and sustained growth

in the consumer-driven and

technology-focused sectors

and anticipate this trend to

persist over the next few

years.” Enitan Obasanjo

Adeleye, Director and Head

of Research at AVCA, added:

“African PE continues to

present

exciting

developments and we are

encouraged by the increase in

fundraising in 2018 relative to

the previous year. The data

from the annual Data Tracker

shows that investors remain

bullish about Africa’s

prospects and we are proud

to continue educating and

informing local and

international investors about

opportunities on the

continent.”

Director/CEO, Kennedy

Uzoka noted that the year

2018 was important for the

Group, as it gained further

market share in many

countries of operation. More

so, the CEO was excited at

strategic achievements made

in the year, including the start

of wholesale banking

operations in London, as it

seeks to leverage the

Group’s unique network

across Africa. UBA also

opened its 20th African

operation.

“Defying the relatively

weak economic growth in

Africa, earnings were

positive and we grew our

balance sheet by 20 percent,

driven by the 23 percent

growth in our deposit

funding.

In a period of economic

uncertainty, we have focused

on retail deposit

mobilization, with exciting

results. We recorded a 48

percent year-on-year growth

in retail deposits,” Uzoka

said.

Uzoka remained confident

that the Bank’s performance

would be even stronger in

the years ahead and

shareholders would enjoy

even greater dividends, as

the Group is well positioned

to take advantage of

imminent fiscal reforms

across many economies in

Africa, a positive outlook

which should stimulate new

opportunities

in

infrastructure,

manufacturing, agriculture

and resource sectors.

Also speaking on the

performance, the Group

CFO, Ugo Nwaghodoh said

that the improving mix of the

Bank’s funding base and

asset pricing, reinforce a

positive outlook on Net

Interest Margin (NIM) and

broader balance sheet

efficiency.

“Whilst considerable

investment in people, digital

transformation and channel

enhancement masked cost

efficiency gains within the

year, with cost-to-income

ratio at 64 percent, we are

convinced that our diligent

execution of new initiatives

will ensure the reduction of

Cost to Income Ratio (CIR)

towards our medium-term

target,” Nwaghodoh said.

2018: Access

Bank records

21% growth in

asset base

By Peter Egwuatu

ACCESS Bank Plc

announced its audited

financial results for the full year

ended December 31, 2018

showing an increase of 21 percent

asset base to N4.95trillion in

December 2018 from N4.10 trillion

in December 2017.

The Bank’s audited results

which were released to the

Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE

on Friday also showed that Gross

Earnings rose15 percent

to N528.7 billion in 2018,

compared to N459.1billion in

2017, with interest and noninterest

income contributing 72

percent and 26 percent

respectively.

Loans and Advances

totaled N2.14trillion as at

December 2018 as

against N2.06trillion in 2017.

Customer deposits increased by

14 percent to N2.57 trillion in

December 2018, from N2.25 trillion

in December 2017.

Capital Adequacy (CAR)

remained adequate at 20.8

percent, taking into consideration

the regulatory transitional

arrangement of IFRS 9

implementation. On a full impact

basis, CAR stood at 19.9 percent.

The Bank recorded 58 percent

increase in Profit After Tax (PAT)

to N95.0 billion from N60.1 billion

in the corresponding period of

2017.

Profit Before Tax (PBT) for the

period was N103.2billion,

showing32 percent growth from

N78.2billionin 2017 while Return

on Average Equity (ROAE) stood

at 19.0 percent with a Return on

Asset of 2.1 percent in 2018.

Commenting on the Bank’s

performance during the period,

Group Managing Director/CEO,

Herbert Wigwe said, “2018

marked a significant year of

progress for the Bank amidst an

unfavourable macro climate. We

made solid progress throughout

2018 in line with our 2018-2022

five-year strategy, and we remain

committed to the achievement of

our strategic imperatives going

forward; as we continue to invest

in our people and technology in

order to improve operational

efficiency and service touch points

with earnings growth in 2019.”

According to him, the

contribution of the Bank’s

subsidiaries to Group profits

grew 116 percent

to N27.9billion, underlined by

the effective implementation of

overall strategy.

“The merger with Diamond

Bank will enable us to fully

entrench ourselves in the retail

market with a view to lowering

our funding cost.”

This transaction is anticipated

to be completed by April 2019,

resulting in the creation of an

enlarged, efficient and digitally

led tier 1 retail banking

franchise” he stated.


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Banking Feature

•L-R, Bimbola Wright, Head, Coverage & Corporate Banking FBNQuest Merchant Bank; Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, FirstBank;

Olusola Oworu, Independent Non-Executive Director, FirstBank and Irene Netimah, Company Secretary, FirstBank at the Bank’s

celebration of the International Women’s Day and launch of its First Women Network initiative in Lagos during the International

Women’s Day.

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

WOMEN, today, are

accepted as pillars of

the smallest economic unit, the

family. From them, great

people, both male and female,

have been birthed. This shows

that women are forces to be

reckoned with in terms of

nation-building and economic

development. However, the

special qualities possessed by

women have been downgraded

and played to a minor key due

to ignorance on the part of most

and lack of concern or

appreciation by others. Hence

the establishment of structures

of inequality against women, as

opposed to men, has come to

generate the phenomenon of

gender disparity.

Gender disparity is the

differences in women’s and

men’s access to resources,

status and well-being, which

usually favour men and are

often institutionalized through

law, justice and social norms.

This has become a

cankerworm eating deep into

society and creating an

unbalance in economies

worldwide.

Disparities in gender are

caused by traditional and

cultural factors such as the

preference for boys; the

obsolete mentality that women

are too fragile to perform

serious work and manage top

positions; less empowerment;

unequal pay for equal work

compared with that of men;

and poverty. These lead to

infant mortality, low access to

prenatal care and maternal

mortality, little or no access to

education, female genital

mutilation, illiteracy, human

trafficking, violence against

women, sexual assault and

rape and child marriage.

Global efforts to create

gender-balanced economies

One of the greatest global

focal point in the movement for

gender parity was the creation

of the International Women’s

Day (IWD), celebrated on

March 8 every year. This day is

used to celebrate the social,

Banks in efforts to address

gender disparities

economic, cultural and political

achievements of women and to

mark a call to action for

accelerating gender parity.

The World Bank recently

published a report titled:

“Women, Business and the

Law 2019: A Decade of

Reforms” which looked at

legal reforms to help women’s

economic inclusion.

The business and the Law

index for women in the report

showed that ten years ago, the

global average score for

movements against gender

disparities was 70.06 and since

then 131 economies made 274

legal changes towards gender

equality leading to a 4.65 point

increase in the average global

score, to 74.71 today.

According to the study, “the

average improvement was the

highest in the South Asia

region, followed by East Asia

and the Pacific and the Sub-

Saharan Africa region. The

Middle East and North Africa

region had the smallest

movement towards gender

equality, over the past 10

years. In Sub-Saharan Africa,

the most reforms were in

starting a Job and getting

married.”

Banks and gender disparity

in Nigeria

In the Nigeria, one of the

most significant efforts

towards gender parity was

Nigerian Sustainable Banking

Principles, developed and

introduced by the Central

Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and

the banks in 2002.

Among other things the

principles mandated banks

and financial institutions to

make provisions for women

empowerment.

“We will promote women’s

economic empowerment

through a gender-inclusive

workplace culture in our

business operations and seek to

provide products and services

designed specifically for women

through our Business

Activities”, the apex bank

stated.

First Woman Network

Driven by this industry

commitment and in

commemoration of the 2019

IWD, themed: “Balance for

Better”, First Bank of Nigeria

Limited recently launched the

First Women Network. The

network is aim at to

increasingly address the

gender challenges in the

workplace and help women

reach their maximum

potentials, especially career-

We will promote

women’s economic

empowerment through

a gender-inclusive

workplace culture in

our business

operations and seek to

provide products and

services designed

specifically for women

through our Business

Activities

wise.

The initiative buttressed

FirstBank’s commitment to

driving the Central Bank of

Nigeria’s (CBN’s) Sustainable

Development Goal (SDG) on

increased women

representation in all banks.

The First Women Network is

centred on six pillars which

are: Career Management,

Personal Branding,

Mentoring, Welfare and

Support, Financial Planning &

Empowerment and

Networking opportunities.

Speaking at the launch of First

Women Network, advocates

for gender parity

recommended strategies to

achieve global balance in

gender parity.

Chief Executive Officer/

Managing Director, Standard

Chartered Bank, Bola Adesola

said: “FBN Women’s Network

Initiative is not a silver bullet

to creating the first female

CEO of the bank, it is about

opportunity.”

Addressing women at the

gathering, Adesola said:

“There are just three things I

want to throw out there. The

first thing is that to thy own

self be true. You need to

determine your level of

ambition. I think the second

thing is about purpose onus.

Know who you are, what you

want for yourself, how are you

going to achieve that purpose?

The third thing is your

connectivity and networking.

We need to be intentional and

deliberate in our journey to

success”.

Speaking on the way forward

for young women,

Independent Executive

Director, FBN, Cecilia

Akintomide, said: “Deliver.

Whatever assignment you

take, you don’t need to take

every assignment but if you

take, you must deliver. The

second step to achieving your

goals is for you to be ready.

Work on yourself. Inform

yourself. Right now you don’t

win by being prepared for

today, you win by

understanding today and how

you got to today and letting

that give you an understanding

of the future. That is what

makes you win today. Be

daring. You know for me life is

fun. We take things too

seriously.”

Similarly, Adia Sowho,

Managing Director and Vice

President Commercial at

Mines, said: “I think it is

important to know the arena

you are playing in. I am going

to select from a couple of

points. One is because you are

going to plan your exit from

that environment and two

because you are also trying to

understand your stakeholders

and I think it is also good to be

truthful at least in

understanding that we do live

in a gender-based society and

we would place judgment

when you are there. You must

look at where you are and the

goal you are trying to achieve

and you need to be clear about

what you can achieve.”

On her part, Lampe Omoyele,

Managing Director/Chief

Executive, Nitro 121 said: “I

will like to split these in three

Vs. The first V is Vision. Have a

picture of what you would like

to be in the future and then

work towards it. The second V

is values. Ultimately whether

you are a female or male what

is going to sustain you is your

character and the values you

live to. The third V is what I

call Verve and it speaks about

enthusiasm in things that we

do.

“For the gender balance issue

to be resolved there has to be

courage. Do not say “this is

happening because I am a

woman”. You have courage

that you are brave in terms of

taking risks within the

organization that you are in

and if things do not appear to

go well do not play victim.”

Past efforts of FBN on

gender disparity

Furthermore, the First

Woman Network was initiated

to complement FirstBank’s

products designed to

empower women and thus

enhance gender parity. These

include FirstGem, which was

launched in 2016 with the aim

of driving financial inclusion

and all-round development of

women through genderadvancement

programs

wrapped around savings

culture, financial literacy, loan

management and building

investment portfolio.

Since its creation, the bank

has disbursed N57.06 billion

to over 81,000 individuals and

businesses owned by women in

Nigeria. This has provided

opportunities for women to

create a savings plan and

culture that guarantees them

financial freedom and safety

for the future. It has enabled

women to create wealth for

themselves and their families

from various investment

platforms offered through the

product. It has created an

avenue for women to have

access to soft loans to support

their aspirations and economic

development in their different

fields of endeavour. It has

offered opportunities for

women and girls to have access

to financial tools and resources

and has enhanced women

lifestyle needs.


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Nigerian crude oil for April has been slow to sell, with offer levels

providing little value compared with rival grades from the Mediterranean, North

Sea and Latin America — Femi Asu, in PUNCH, March 7, 2019, p 33.

THAT was in the first

paragraph of a report

titled “Nigeria’s crude oil sales

slow as competition grows”.

Asu went on to quote one of the

largest stakeholders in global

crude sales, S&P Global Platts

saying “Buyers have pulled

back quite a bit and we may be

in for a bit of a waiting game

on the Nigerian front.”

For those who might not know

what is going on and its

connection with the advocacy

for the extension of Mr.

Emefiele’s tenure as CBN

Governor, let me quickly

summarise now and explain

later.

The bottom line is this: The

2019 Budget is now absolutely

worthless – even before the

National Assembly, NASS,

returns to start consideration

of it and before President

Buhari signs whatever is sent

to Aso Rock into law. The

budget has been torn into

shreds by activities in the

global crude oil market which

are totally outside Federal

Government’s control. Here

are the reasons why.

First, the budget was based

on export of 2.3 million barrels

of crude per day for every

month of the year at

estimated $60 per barrel.

Now, it is certain that Nigeria

could not have shipped out

2.3mbpd even if we want

because of an agreement

within by the Organisation of

Petroleum Exporting

Countries, OPEC, to cut

production. Each member

nation was given its quota

which must not be exceeded.

Nigeria’s quota is 1.7mbpd or

26 per cent less than budget.

That has knocked off billions

of dollars from the expected

revenue from crude in 2019

unless price of crude oil rises

by the same percentage.

Despite the occasional increase

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Why we need Emefiele now more

than ever

of crude price to almost $70, the

revenue shortfall will still be

significant.

Second, exports in January

and February were less than

1.7mbpd each month; March

is also unlikely to go beyond

that figure. So, with the first

quarter, Q1, almost ending,

the unfavourable variance

recorded on the crude account

already points to serious

trouble ahead, Certainly,

there will be considerable

pressure on the exchange rate

very soon.

Third the factors which are

now depressing the Nigerian

crude sales will not end in

April. An old American

classmate with huge

investments in oil and a good

research staff when contacted

last week confirmed the story

about Nigerian crude running

out of favour with buyers.

According to him, Nigeria will

be lucky to export 1.5 mbpd

from now until December. One

can only hope that he is

wrong; because at that rate,

the economy in 2019 is flirting

with another recession.

Fourth, even if a recession

is averted, another foreign

exchange crisis might just be

right around the corner and

we might be fighting to keep

the exchange rate from hitting

N500/USS1 as we

experienced two years ago. It

is well-known among

economists that the quickest

way to destroy a country is to

first of all destroy its currency.

A worthless currency will

sooner create more havoc than

Boko Haram, herdsmen and

the cattle raiders in the North

because it will devastate

everyone. We came close to one

collapse at that time and only

the measured interventions by

the Central Bank, headed by

Godwin Emefiele brought us

back from the brink.

Apart from external factors,

the elections just concluded,

unlike the relatively peaceful

2015 exercise will most likely

create political and social

tension for at least the rest of

the year. The disputed

presidential election, in

Changes which

can cause

turbulence in

the modern

global economy

take place at the

speed of people

sending

computer

messages

particular, will surely keep

foreign investors away until it

is resolved. Those badly

needed dollars will not be

arriving in Nigeria soon; now

that we need them more than

ever. More pressure will be

mounted on the exchange

rate.

Fifth, the external global

economic situation is

disturbing and their

consequences for the

Nigerian economy are

uncertain. To the best of my

knowledge, nobody in this

government is really giving a

great deal of thought to the

repercussions of slowing global

economy for Nigeria. Our

largest trading partners all

seem to be slowing down all at

once. But, two events outside

our shores point to the need for

Nigeria to have some measure

of stability in its monetary

policy management.

One is BREXIT. Great

Britain, unless a last minute

miracle occurs is about to

leave the European Common

Market in a move that will destabilise

the European

economy in ways that are not

clear to the Europeans

themselves. One thing is

certain; it will not be without

problems. And when Europe,

the world’s largest trading

bloc, sneezes, the rest of the

world must reach for nasal

balms. Almost invariably such

continent-wide crises result in

currency crisis. With so much

uncertain, experience has

demonstrated that the

countries which survive the

global turbulence best are

those which stabilise their

monetary policy management.

Changing the guards when

trouble looms creates two sets

of uncertainties – the external

uncertainty and the

management uncertainty.

The United States provides

a good example. Mr Alan

Greenspan was the Chairman

of the Federal Reserve Bank

for nineteen years; he served

three different Presidents.

The economy experienced its

first major crisis during his

first term in office. He rose to

the challenge and was able to

bring some measure of sanity

to the system. He was allowed

a second term to enable him

consolidate on the reforms he

had introduced. He was still

engaged in solidifying the

reforms when the global

Banking Crisis erupted. But,

he was also nearing the end

of the second term. Instead of

taking a risk with a new hand

Greenspan was allowed to

continue. There is one good

reason.

Changes which can cause

turbulence in the modern

global economy take place at

the speed of people sending

computer messages.

Information and data move

just as fast. And because no

country is isolated central

bankers must constantly keep

in touch with each other. Being

well-networked has, therefore,

become a vital attribute of the

governor of any national bank.

It is indispensable in a crisis.

Emefiele, at the moment, is the

person with access to the global

network of central bankers.

With the other uncertainties

facing Nigeria, the least we can

do is to remove one – don’t

bring a new manager to lead

the monetary policy team.

At a time like this, the “devil”

that you already know is far

better than the ‘saint” you

might be considering. There

can be only one excuse for

making a change under the

circumstances. The incumbent

must have been an absolute

disaster. In my opinion,

Godwin Emefiele is actually the

best performing officer in a high

post in the last four years. He

is not perfect. Nobody is. But,

as a leader, he combines

intelligence, integrity, courage

and diligence in measures not

observed in the office of

Governor of Central Bank in

a long time.

BUSINESS

Sidelining of MfBs will undermine Nigeria’s

financial inclusion strategy — Bowen MfB

By Providence Emmanuel

WHAT are your views

about the subsector

especially now that the first

quarter is almost concluded?

I expect the sub sector to be

stronger in implementing the

financial inclusion strategy for

Nigeria and this would be done

through the agent banking

model. I expect that the

association would be able to put

in place and implement our own

agent banking strategy that

would enhance the sub sector

into achieving its financial

inclusion strategy. I expect

more engagement with

government agencies that have

In this interview, Managing Director, Bowen

Microfinance Bank, MfB, Limited, Mrs. Adebimpe Ogunleye,

lamented the alleged sidelining of MfBs in the implementation

of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy. Excerpt:

economic empowerment

programmes for our target

market, the economically active

poor.

What is the subsector doing

with regards to the CBN’s

circular on recapitalisation,

among others?

Since the circular came out,

we have been having

engagement meetings trying to

look at options available to us.

Above that, we have made

representations to the central

bank directly, on the issue of

recapitalisation because if MfB

is suppose to do financial

inclusion, we understand all the

challenges and issues which

actually has led to the increase

in the capital base with different

classes of MfBs. But we are

saying there is a point to which

you increase to that you entirely

bury the idea of microfinance. For

us in the industry, we have made

representations at the CBN, we

are doing advocacy through

stakeholders who are close to the

sector to also speak about this

matter. We are expecting a

downward review of the new

policy and the second thing is

that, we are discussing in various

ways with CBN.

Our position is that, if we are

supposed to be a channel for

financial inclusion, which is the

way it is all over the world,

whatever CBN wants to do with

the NIRSAL MfB that it is

putting in place, our position is

that you cannot be a policy

maker and policy driver. Instead

of setting up another national

MfB, why would the CBN not

look at the NIPOST offices and

say NAMB, how can you

collaborate with NIPOST offices

to enter into the rural area and

empower the people? The

commercial banks are supposed

to look at the MfB sector and

empower them to affect the

economy because we are located

in the rural area where these

people are. They do not have the

capacity to go down low at a go.

Imagine any of the deposit banks

having 20 to 30 unit MfBs under

them, facilitating them with all

necessary requirement to go

and function in these rural areas.

Do you imagine the development

that go on in the community

areas. Also, they don’t need to

spend money to go there; they

are only driving the right

channel to achieve the goal

there. That is the way it is

supposed to operate.

Microfinance banking is our

area of specialisation, it is not

their own, we are supposed to

be their area of target; they are

supposed to empower us to

achieve the financial inclusion

goal of the federal government.


32 — Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

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Tortoise folklore and national leadership

(A tribute to Pius Adesanmi)

THE article “Tortoise

Folklore as Metaphor of

National Leadership” is

published again, this week, as

a humble tribute to Pius

Adesanmi, a celebrated

African Intellectual beacon

who regrettably eclipsed

much, much too early, in the

fatal crash of Ethiopian Airlines

Boeing 737 MAX in March

2019. Please read on:

“Prof. Pius Adesanmi, a

budding literary icon was

guest speaker at the “Second

State of the Nation” lecture

organized in November 2012

by Pastor Tunde Bakare-led

Save Nigeria Group.

Adesanmi, who was a Director

of African Studies at Carlton

University, Canada, chose the

title “Reparations: What

Nigerians Owe the Tortoise”

as his theme. I invite you to

share in an experience that

turned out to be an insightful

and sobering verbal interactive

satire.”

“Adesanmi skillfully

humorously, personified the

traits of the Tortoise (Ijapa, in

Yoruba folklore) as primary

motifs to embellish his canvass

on the Nigerian predicament.”

“The defining character traits

of tortoise in the narratives, are

those of greed, selfishness and

such other odious, antisocial

behavior. Adesanmi tickled

the memories of his clearly

matured audience with three

such ‘tales by moonlight’

tortoise stories. The menu

included the popular story in

which Ijapa (tortoise), against

strict instruction, succumbed

to temptation to taste the

sumptuous meal, which the

‘babalawo’ (native doctor) had

specially prepared to facilitate

the pregnancy of tortoise’s

wife, Yanibo. “

“The punishment for Ijapa’s

greed was a steadily bloating

stomach; the tortoise’s

consequent desperate

lamentation for pardon

(babalawo mowa bebe) and

the chorus, (alugbin rin) have

remained resonant over the

years, and the audience did not

require any invitation before

they chorused the full melody

and lyrics of that song, in step

with the storyteller!”

“The second telltale of Ijapa’s

antisocial culture and greed

was his contrivance to corner

for himself all the fruits from

the only tree that remained

productive in Ijapa’s famineravaged

village. Instead of

strictly intoning the usual

melody that would release his

individual ration of one coconut

meal a day to drop on his back,

the selfish tortoise’s contrived

deviant refrain demanded that

all the potential output of the

coconut tree which should

serve the whole community

should drop on him in one fell

swoop, so that he would corner

the market and make

substantial profit from selling

his surplus to the starving

community!”

“Adesanmi also defines

Ijapa’s ingrained ingratitude

and selfishness, in another

story in which tortoise sets out

to cheat the bird family, who

were invited for a feast in

heaven. In a show of

comradeship, all the birds

donated some of their feathers,

so Mr. Tortoise could fly with

them to the party in heaven;

nonetheless, Ijapa insisted on

taking the new name of “All of

you” before the trip to heaven;

however, since all offerings at

the party were was usually

prefixed with ‘this is for all of

you’, the tortoise consequently,

mischievously cornered to

himself all the refreshments

and gifts provided to the

terrestrial guests.”

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

By Naomi Uzor

THE Raw Materials and

Research Development

Council, RMRDC, weekend, said

the aims and objectives of

Manufacturing Equipment Expo,

NME, are being met as companies

in Nigeria are now using locally

available raw materials and

fabricated machineries.

Disclosing this at the closing

ceremony of the of the 2019 edition

of the Manufacturing Equipment

Expo, NME, and Manufacturing

Partnership for African

Development, mPAD, tagged

“Optimizing Value Chain to

Maximize Growth and

Competitiveness in the

Manufacturing Sector”, the

Director General, Raw Materials

and Research Development

Council, RMRDC, Dr. Hussaini

Ibrahim said during the

exposition, the council realized

that a lot of companies were now

using locally available raw

materials and have been making

efforts at also using locally made

fabricated machinery to produce

a few products that are in the

market.

Ibrahim who was represented by

“Of course, the hungry birds

were very displeased with this

fraudulent arrangement, and

so, before the return journey

back home, each bird took

back the feathers they had

earlier happily lent to Mr.

Tortoise; Ijapa therefore,

inevitably, tumbled from

heaven in a near fatal fall to

earth with broken bones and

a badly fractured shell as his

ultimate reward for his greed!”

“The common denominator

in the above stories is Tortoise’s

immutable ethos to cheat and

Adesanmi

pleads that we

should once

again become

our brothers’

keepers, and

urgently

enthrone the

ethos of the

greater good for

the community

as our abiding

mantra

corner the common wealth or

muddy the waters for other

citizens after having his fill.

The attendant opprobrium of

shame or even severe personal

injury was never a deterrent.”

“Adesanmi argues that the

simplistic nature of tortoise

stories was not only bedtime

entertainment for our children,

but also served as easily

comprehensible symbolic

markers for moral rectitude

and the reinforcement of

positive communal values. In

this process, our children

would become ingrained with

socially supportive behavior

rather than succumb to the

NME Expo: Companies now use locally available

raw materials, machineries — RMRDC

the Director, RMRDC, Mrs Zainab

Hammanga, said within the three

days of the exposition, the council

had real time industrialists and

long time manufacturers who told

the council about their problems

and successes in the

manufacturing industry.

“In that way, a lot of audiences

have gained so much in the process.

We had organisations like Nigeria

Export Promotion Council, the

Nexim Bank, the Development

Bank of Nigeria, whereby these

people were able to tell them about

government’s efforts in trying to

help, especially the SMEs. They

temptation of selfish and

unbridled treasury looting at

the expense of other members

of society.”

“Our current experience as

a people mirrors with great

fidelity tortoise’s ‘me only’

culture, as the communally

forbidden fruit of antisocial

behavior encapsulated in the

tortoise’s DNA has regrettably

become the main menu on the

table of our leaders. The fear

of repercussion either in terms

of shame or personal injury has

since been erased by the

ineffective or non-existent

sanctions that accompany such

antisocial behaviour. Thus, our

leaders have completely

hijacked the intellectual

property of Mr. Tortoise, and

have become impervious to

shame as they wallow in

antisocial behaviour with such

impunity that would make the

tortoise ethos seem as mere

rascality!”

“Consequently, Adesanmi

argues that we owe a debt to

make reparation payments to

Ijapa in the same manner that

plagiarized intellectual

property attracts sanctions,

which may include

compensations!!”

On the other hand, our

erudite storyteller admonishes

that the converse of tortoise’s

antisocial ethos is the adoption

of socially supportive and

inclusive behaviour, where

leadership is primarily

dedicated to the service and

satisfaction of the common

good. Such ‘pro-people first’

ethos is discernible, according

to Adesanmi, from the

example of the tall themes of

Chief Awolowo’s 1955 budget

speech, part of which reads as

follows:

“Of our total expenditure of

£12.45 million, not less than

82.6 per cent (capital budget)

are trying to move the local content

up the ladder. You will agree with

me now that if you go to the

supermarket, you will find alot of

made-in-Nigeria products on the

shelves of our international

supermarkets as well as our local

supermarkets.

“The result of the advocacy drive

for NIRAM expo has helped in no

small measure to improve our

Foreign Direct Investment, FDI,

through foreign partnerships and

investments in local industries as

well as the enhanced exportation

of value added raw materials and

products” he stated.

President, Manufacturers

Association of Nigeria, MAN,

Engr. Mansur Ahmed disclosed

that the association is already

is devoted to service and

projects, which directly caters

for prosperity and general

welfare of our people i.e. health

(10.7%), education (27.8%), (5.4

per cent agriculture).”

“Nigerians may contrast

such a people friendly budget

with the current arrangement,

where consumption accounts

for about 70% of the federal

budget, while education,

health and agriculture,

cummulatively account for less

than 15% of total expenditure.”

“Obviously, the giant

educational and social welfare

strides of Awo’s ‘life more

abundant’ philosophy were no

accidents and the

socioeconomic benefits derived

therefrom still remain

meaningful today.”

“In consternation, Prof.

Adesanmi reminds us of the

Patriarch’s philosophical song,

which loosely translated,

means “the same rain falls on

sugarcane and bitter-leaf; the

sugarcane takes its own rain

and travels the path of

sweetness, while bitter-leaf

takes its own share of the same

rain and travels the path of

bitterness”. Similarly, the rain

of oil falls on Dubai and falls

on Nigeria; the rulers of Dubai

use their own share to create

a path of sweetness, while their

Nigerian counterparts

condemn their own people to

the path of bitterness, lack and

hunger. Every week, “the

Federal Executive Council

chambers in Aso Rock

becomes the meeting point of

tortoise ‘wannabes’, as

hundreds of billions are shared

out of the national cake to

friends and cronies, while 99%

of Nigerians still go to bed

hungry”.

“Ultimately, Prof. Adesanmi

pleads that we should once

again become our brothers’

keepers, and urgently

enthrone the ethos of the

greater good for the

community as our abiding

mantra!”

ECONOMY

making contributions at the

continental level and has been

given a leading role in the

establishment of African

Manufacturers Association, AMA.

“This was a fallout of the Intra-

African Trade Fair, IATF, held

recently in Cairo Egypt. I was

elected the chairman of the interim

committee saddled with the

responsibility of birthing this Pan-

African body that would provide

the platform for African

manufacturers to collectively

address the challenges confronting

sustainable industrialization of

Africa and trade among ourselves.

The Director General of MAN was

also elected as co-secretary in

conjunction with his Kenyan

counterpart,” he disclosed.


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The state of being a Nigerian

NIGERIA is blessed with

very intelligent and even

religious people. Thus, in our

National Anthem, we pray God

to help us build a nation where

peace and justice shall reign.

But at critical times, such as the

2019 elections, many abandoned

their intelligence and switched to

the mode of the stupid; peeled off

the clothes of the informed and

donned the toga of the illinformed.

Some pan-Africanists I know

became ethnic jingoists and

experts in ethnic profiling. That

was when they wanted to make

uninformed arguments on who

owns what portion of the country,

or made outrageous claims that

were not backed by any shred of

evidence or historical fact. They

distort history and claim that a

racist like Lord Lugard who left

Nigeria in 1919 and died in 1945,

is their witness.

Yet, this set of Nigerians who

pollute the country with their false

claims, would go to church

claiming to be Christ-like, lay

claims to being their brother’s

keeper and loving their neigbour

as themselves. Who told them the

brother praying beside them in

church who happens to come from

a different part of the country is

not their brother or neigbour?

Some of them will go to the

Mosque claiming to be Muslims,

yet will not abide by the saying

that to be a Muslim, you must

treat other people the way you

would love to be treated. The

Prophet (Peace be upon him) said

in the hadith: “None of you (truly)

believes until he wishes for his

brother what he wishes for

himself.”

Our traditional religion says:

first cut yourself the same

measure you want to inflict on

another person to know how it

feels. I know there are those who

will attack me that I am preaching

morals when the issue is politics.

True, but what is a human being

without morals? How can we be

humans if we do not have values

and ethics that can differentiate

us from animals?

The philosophy of ‘Every man

for himself, God for us all’ is a

bankrupt one. It is a dog-eat-dog

philosophy which, as human

beings, we should have outgrown.

All Nigerians I know, endorse

Martin Luther King, Jr’s words:

“I have a dream that my four little

children will one day live in a

nation where they will not be

judged by the colour of their skin,

but by the content of their

character.” But if I paraphrase

and say: “I have a dream that

Nigerian children will one day

live in a nation where they will

not be judged by their ethnic

origins, but by the content of their

character” there will be sharp

disagreements.

Yet, the reality is that no

Nigerian chose his ethnic origin

himself; he was simply born into

it. So how do you seek to punish a

human being for what he had no

hand in deciding? Why should a

person be guilty of his ethnic

origin?

I argued somewhere else that

while a Nigerian can change his

name, religion, trade, profession,

abode, friends or political party,

he cannot change his origins.

While he can even change his

nationality or claim to originate

This is the

time for us all

to begin

building a new

movement with

a new song for

a New Nigeria

from Israel, Atlantis or Mars, that

would not change his ethnic

origins.

Hunger and an uncertain future

is why many involve themselves

in such demeaning campaigns.

Tragically for us, those who sit at

the table feeding fat on our

common resources promise the

hate campaigners some crumbs,

and feed them fears of a bleak

future.

Parochial or selfish interest is

why amongst a large section our

leadership, the concept of what is

right or wrong depends on who is

involved or who benefits. Many

of our men of truth yesterday are

today’s liars.

A man yesterday makes a

forceful, brilliant and intelligent

argument, and today completely

contradicts his argument; and

you point out the contradiction,

and he says ‘You don’t

understand.’ Of course I don’t,

how do I understand a human

being that abandons all

principles?

There is enough for the needs of

all Nigerians, but not the greed

of all. The rich cannot continue

to get richer at the country’s

expense while the poor get poorer.

Yet, as Nigerians, we can

collectively ensure that: “The

economic system is not operated

in such a manner as to permit the

concentration of wealth or the

means of production and

exchange in the hands of few

individuals or of a group.”

Nigerians can guarantee a

country where: ”the security and

welfare of the people shall be the

primary purpose and

responsibility of government.”

This will be in contrast to the

abandonment of the people, and

the wholesale slaughter we

witness across the country.

Collectively, we can ensure that:

“discrimination on the grounds of

place of origin, circumstance of

birth, sex, religion, status, ethnic

or linguistic association” are

things of the past. We can

collectively build a new nation

where there will be no right to

hunger, where everybody will

have a right to shelter, work and

healthcare, and the children, a

right to education.

As I indicated by using quotes,

these are not my original quotes

or ideas, these are contained in

our Constitution. So all we need

do, is push a different narrative

and agenda, not those of elites

whose interest is to keep

Nigerians divided so they can

monopolise our collective wealth.

When Nigeria hosted the

Second Black and Arts Festival,

FESTAC, in 1977, we adopted the

1937 poem, For My People, by the

African-American, Margaret

Walker as the festival theme song.

It runs: “Let a new earth rise. Let

another world be born. Let a

bloody peace be written in the

sky…Let the martial songs be

written, let the dirges disappear.

Let a race of men now rise and

take control.”

It is time to actualise this song.

The Nigerian people need to rise

and take control in line with our

Constitution which states that:

“Sovereignty belongs to the

people of Nigeria from whom

government through this

Constitution derives all its powers

and authority.”

Yes, we can call those

professional politicians who

exploit us and mortgage our

collective future and that of our

children, to order. We can change

our narrative from one in which

the voters queue, the thugs stuff

the ballot box and our professors

announce the results, to one in

which the will of the people shall

prevail.

We do not need to be entrapped

in the old, dilapidated structures

where people deceive people and

promises are cancelled. This is

the time for us all to begin

building a new movement with a

new song for a New Nigeria.

PDP’s peculiar victory in Oyo State

By Oludayo Tade

THE 2019 general elections have shown

the growing evolution and sophistication

of the Nigerian electorate. Despite obvious

lapses and controversies of inconclusiveness

in some states, these elections have shown

enlightened awareness and voter

differentiation between political parties and

personalities, ethnic and religious flags against

their desire for good governance. The 2019

voters spoke with their votes, sending some

opportunistic politicians who turned

themselves to demi-gods into the dungeon of

social and political insignificance. They

replaced their loquacity with reticence.

The political godfathers had a run for their

position and were forced to come down from

their high horse to beg for forgiveness and

allow their manipulation game to continue.

In some states, they negotiated favourably with

compromises but the pacesetter state would

not have such external incursion again. The

ruling party had been complacent with the

thought that the gap-toothed jinx-breaker

governor held the magic wand until he was

thrashed by Dr. Kola Balogun in Oyo South

Senatorial District. Not even the eight House

of Representatives seats and two senatorial

tickets won by the APC were guarantee of the

gubernatorial and state assembly elections. As

it turned out on March 9, three-time serial

loser and the umbrella party candidate,

Oluseyi Makinde, defeated a former deputy

governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, a political

neophyte to become the governor-elect.

The victory was a confirmation of the

understanding of the law of power by the

Ibadan political warlords led by High Chief

Rashidi Ladoja who midwifed the first

successful political alignment of opposition

politicians of Ibadan extraction which edged

out and silenced the bad marketer of APC and

their political products. The wall of Jericho in

Oyo State was bound to fall in 2019. The

remote and immediate causes were crystal

clear to political watchers and analysts, but

not so to the leader of APC in the state. The fall

of the walls of Jericho was occasioned by both

enemies within (Iku-Ile) and without (Iku-ode).

The caustic derision of categories of persons,

disrespect of tradition, imposition of

candidates, over-rating of self, unfriendly

policies and workforce catalysed the fall.

The APC leader violated extensively the

fourth law of power which preaches to those in

power to say less than necessary. In his book,

48 Laws of Power, Robert Greene states thus:

“Powerful people impress and intimidate by

saying less. The more you say, the more likely

you are to say something foolish.” Harvesting

and working on these loopholes of the APC

leader, there was no retreat or surrender for

the rampaging opposition party after bombing

the incumbent governor’s Senate dream. But

that victory alone cannot get them into the

Agodi Government House. They needed

collaborative efforts of people of like minds

who wanted a common enemy out of the way.

A former governor of Oyo State from

Ogbomoso, who had boasted that the APC will

not benefit from a disorganised opposition as

it did in 2015, started the coalition talks by

approaching his boss, Senator Rashidi Ladoja.

After meeting a few opposition gubernatorial

aspirants with agreement to reconvene after

the presidential and national assembly

elections, the political tactician of

Ogbomosoland courted a better deal with the

ruling party.

Adopting a similar strategy utilised to court

Christopher Akala from Ile-Ife, Osun State in

2018, the APC leadership organised a

nocturnal standby flight for the Ogbomosoborn

former governor. By the time he returned

from Abuja, the song had changed. He

jettisoned the opposition group, abandoned his

gubernatorial ambition and announced that

he will to work for the candidate of APC,

Adebayo Adelabu (penkele meesi). This move

partly contributed to the fatal blow of APC in

the polls and it was alleged that the former

governor sold his people for pittance. Those

holding this position forget that in politics,

there is no permanent friend, only interest is

permanent. Ladoja’s group forged ahead and

was able to secure the commitment of Senator

Olufemi Lanlehin (ADC), Sarafadeen Alli

(ZLP), Bolaji Ayorinde (SDP) to drop their

gubernatorial ambition and support PDP’s

Seyi Makinde. This did not come without

compromises of forming a government of unity

By midwifing this coalition,

Senator Rashidi Ladoja has

elevated his political worth,

respect and honour; they have

showed that a people united

can never be defeated

if Seyi emerges victorious. The time the

coalition sealed its deal was the last week into

the poll and hit the APC below the belt. It was

this last minute coalition that secured victory

for PDP in 28 out of the 33 local governments

in the state. In the House of Assembly elections,

PDP reversed the fortunes of APC, clinching 26

seats while APC won five and Akala’s ADP won

one seat.

Unlike Christopher Omisore who secured

the maximum votes needed for APC’s triumph

in Osun State in 2018 via the instrumentalities

of the state, Christopher Akala’s political forte

suffered a major blow; the votes did not come

as expected. Akala even managed to win with

over a thousand votes in his Ogbomoso North

stronghold (APC=14,442; PDP=13,035).

Although Akala delivered his area, the expected

huge votes did not come. The Osun model

crumbled. As PDP was coasting home to

victory after eight years off, lives were lost,

voters were intimidated when subtle vote

buying failed; ballot boxes were snatched and

results were burnt by sponsored hoodlums.

Notwithstanding these, the voters in Oyo State

sent a strong message to overrated political

merchants within and outside the state of their

avowed resolution to break the jinx breaker.

By midwifing this coalition, Senator Rashidi

Ladoja has elevated his political worth, respect

and honour. They have shown that a people

united can never be defeated. The outgoing

kòselèri (it has never happened before) second

term jinx breaker has been demystified as

kòlèselémó (it can never happen again) by this

comprehensive defeat.

Now that the reigns of ‘constituted authority’

are over, we all need to learn from the mistakes

that cost Shehu his Senate ticket and his party,

the state. The gap-toothed leader will be pained

for daring the people and suffering a peculiar

mess. Adebayo Adelabu, the grandson of Goke

Adelabu suffered peculiar mess and got

silenced by the Ladoja coalition. Seyi Makinde

should learn from this. This APC’s ‘peculiar

mess’ is the proverbial cane used in beating

the senior wife that was kept in the ceiling for

the younger wife. He must keep his agreements

with the state, constitution and the coalition

that piloted his victory. He needs to arrest the

decay in public health and education and boost

the economy. He must select the best of heads

to work with him. He is younger and the energy

should show with pro-people policies. People

have begged that voters should allow, Seyi o

Seyi (allow Seyi to be the governor). Seyi must,

therefore, not fail to deliver. The governor-elect

must be magnanimous in victory because

failure is an orphan. The ‘otoge’ coalition of

Ladoja will enter history book as one that

caused the son of penkelemeesi a peculiar

political uppercut and shattered the jinxbreaker’s

attempt to break another jinx.

•Dr Tade, a sociologist, wrote via

dotad2003@yahoo.com

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OSA MBONU-AMADI

08070524223

osaamadi@yahoo.com

Bidemi, Uthman exhibit jointly at Alexis Galleries

By Osa Mbonu-Amadi,

Arts Editor

From 16 to 22 March 2019,

two Nigerian rising stars

in painting, Joseph Bidemi

and Yemi Uthman will be

holding a joint exhibition of

their works at Alexis

Galleries, Akin Olugbade

Street, off Idowu Martins,

Victoria Island Lagos.

Thirty-year-old Bidemi is an

impressionist whose works

are heavily influenced by his

childhood experiences,

especially the story of his

mother who died giving birth

to him. As a result of that,

Bidemi became passionate

with portrayal of women’s

faces in many of his

paintings. “I am an

impressionist by style. My

work borders on emotion. I

play with colours –laying

patches of colours together to

create forms and images,” he

says.

Coming from a polygamous

family, Bidemi says he

experienced a lot of negative

emotions when he was

growing up. “It was the

longest wait of my life to get

liberated. By that, I mean just

getting out of what I called a

cage where I saw constant

emotional and verbal abuse.

You can imagine a father

having about 13 children. So

the only way to put them

under control is to verbally

abuse them, to make them

feel intimidated. Most

fathers in polygamous homes

are very hard to please.

Being the last born anyway,

I experienced a little bit of

love and attention, even

though it was a divided

attention.”

By Osa Mbonu-Amadi

Former Editor of Sunday

Guardian, Jahman

Anikulapo, has identified the

somewhat elusive lady

captured in a subtle

photograph with Professor

Wole Soyinka at the launch of

his latest book, Quis Custodiet

Ipsos Custodes? (Who keeps

Watch over the Watchmen?),

at the Freedom Park, Lagos

last year.

Vanguard’s Arts & Reviews

had last week Monday

published an in-depth

descriptive story titled

Encounter with Professor Wole

Soyinka. The story which

attracted a lot of comments,

responses, and accolades from

readers was published with a

photograph in which a white

elderly lady and the Nobel

Laureate were holding each

other’s shoulders like lovers.

The writer had interpreted the

evocative picture which

formed the crux of the story,

and rightly so, as a meeting

between “Professor Wole

Soyinka and an uncommon

fan.”

An excerpt from the story

had painted the scene of the

photo thus:

“Throughout the event, my

Bidemi’s father was a

successful businessman who

wanted him to be a doctor,

but Bidemi, who had started

drawing when he was two

years old, loved art. When his

father saw his interest, he

encouraged him to pursue

his dream.

Facial expressions,

emotions, and body

language are familiar

features of his works,

featuring his new series:

Insecure, Unveiled (xiv) and

The Royal Guard.

Bidemi’s art is known for

its dynamism in colour with

special emphasis on

portrayal of women’s faces.

Women play a central role in

his compositions, which also

allows him to connect with

everyone and everything.

The artist is greatly mused

by the anthropology of

to achieve tactile realism

juxtaposed with subtle lines

and bold strokes of vibrant

colours.

He was born and bred in

Jos, Plateau, his mother’s

home state. He comes from

Oyo State but resides in

Lagos where he is currently

practising as a full-time studio

artist. He graduated in 2012

from Ahmadu Bello

University, Zaria, Kaduna

State, with a Bachelor’s

degree in Fine Arts,

specialising in drawing and

painting.

Bidemi’s works are

privately collected in Nigeria

and internationally. He also

has a couple of his works in

the collection of King

Mohammed VI of Morocco.

Yemi Uthman, on his own

part, is a monochrome

painter. He had recently

started adding colours to his

paintings, producing

fascinating masterpieces.

Women and children are his

key influences.

With Truth, he reintroduces

himself and provides a rich

indigenous platform for his

life and work, transiting from

figurativism to landscape art.

Yemi Uthman is an

impressionist and realist

painter. The artworks

featuring in the exhibition

are from Uthman’s new body

of works consisting of series

such as Essential Scarcity,

Reflection and Entertainers.

Uthman is a full-time studio

artist, practising at Dutchman

Art Studio located in Ikeja,

Lagos. He has participated in

various art exhibitions both at

home and outside the country.

For this exhibition, Alexis

Galleries is partnering

with Down Syndrome

Foundation Nigeria, DSFN, a

non-governmental association

of children with Down

Syndrome, DS. Most kids with

Down Syndrome are

neglected or abandoned by

their parents and society due

to certain negative beliefs and

myths that tend to stigmatize

them and their family. Some

are also abused physically and

sexually, and in some cases,

denied their rights to life.

Patty Chidiac-

Mastrogiannis, founder &

director of Alexis Galleries,

prides herself on her ability

to create awareness about

kids with Down Syndrome.

Down Syndrome

Foundation Nigeria is

committed to bridging the

gap between Down Syndrome

cases and the rest of the

society through a support

system that seeks to integrate

them into the mainstream of

society. This commitment is

rooted in the firm belief that

if given the necessary

encouragement and enabling

environment to grow like

others, people with DS can,

and do actualise their

potentials and live fulfilled

lives.

Part of the proceeds from

this exhibition will be

donated to the DS

Foundation.

The exhibition is supported

by Tiger, Pepsi, Mikano,

Amarula, Delta Airline,

Nederburg, Cobranet

Internet Service Provider,

Cool FM, Wazobia TV, Art

Café and The Homestores

Limited.

Encounter with Professor Wole Soyinka: Jahman

Anikulapo indentifies woman in picture

camera followed Soyinka.

When it finally came to an end,

I trudged among the crowd

clicking the shutter button of

my camera as he stood with

one important dignitary after

the other. Other guests in the

crowd seemed to be people to

whom Soyinka was an idol.

They milled and swarmed

around him like flies, each

striving to engage him in

conversation or touch him.

“Suddenly, I saw one elderly

white lady approach him. She

came and stood before

Soyinka, looking up to him

with misty eyes. Soyinka,

being a highly sensitive

person, must have noticed

that he had an uncommon fan

before him, for he left every

other person and faced the old

lady.

“Slowly, the arms of the old

lady moved up and rested on

Soyinka’s shoulders. Soyinka

held her shoulders too. A Bible

verse (Luke 2: 25-32) flashed

through my mind. It was a

scene where a man who had

been waiting all his life to see

•Joseph Bidemi

I am an

impressionist by

style; my work

borders on

emotion; I play

with colours –

laying patches of

colours together

to create forms

and images

emotion. He enjoys the

distinct movement of the

palette knife which he uses

•Professor Wole Soyinka and Yaffer Schuster, Artistic

Director of Africa-Israeli Stage.

Jesus the Messiah before his

death finally met Him…

“They stood like that for

what seemed like eternity,

communicating beyond the

medium of words. I shoved

through the little crowd, got

closer to them and raised my

camera, perfectly framing the

blissful old lady and Kongi on

the LCD screen of my camera.

Then my shutters clicked

several times in multiple shots.

I reviewed my shots and

realised that I had taken an

award-winning shot with half

the head of Jahman Anikulapo

and a certain young lady’s full

view at the background. The

look on the lady’s face was

non-descript – she was subtly

eyeing the old lady as one who

was jealous.”

Reacting to the story,

Jahman Anukulapo wrote on

ARTS JOURNO, a WhatsApp

page of Arts and Culture

journalists:

Good take, Osa.

Thanks for sharing.

That woman is Yaffer

Schuster, Artistic Director of

Africa-Israeli Stage.

She was in the country then

on the invitation of Crown

Troupe and me. She has been

an acquaintance of Wole

Soyinka since the 70s, but

they hadn’t seen since about

FESTAC (1977!).

She wasn’t expecting to run

into the man (Soyinka) at all

in the course of her working

visitation. So you are right; it

was a magical moment for the

two of them – like some old

lovers. Even I witnessed it...

Great eagle-eye reportage

there. Well done.”


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OSA MBONU-AMADI

08070524223

osaamadi@yahoo.com

Finding meaning in Pius Adesanmi’s self-prophesied death

By Ogaga Ifowodo

Perhaps ‘tis kinder that vultures toil

To cleanse torch-bearers for the soil

Than eagles bare their living bone

Chained to an eternity of stone . . .

Kinder that, lured by cleansing rites

He fell, burnt offering on the heights

— Wole Soyinka

IN the high noon of the

ninth day of March 2019,

Dr Pius Adesanmi, professor

of literature and African studies

at Carleton University, Ottawa,

in Canada, posted the

rather foreboding verses of

Psalm 139: 9-10 on his Facebook

wall: “If I take the

wings of the morning and

dwell in the uttermost parts

of the sea, even there your

hand shall lead me, and your

right hand shall hold me.”

This has been rightly interpreted

as Adesanmi’s

foretelling of his death, especially

when read together

with the epitaph in his own

hand composed six years

earlier:

“Here lies Pius Adesanmi

who tried as much as he

could to put his talent in the

service of humanity and flew

away home one bright

morning when his work was

over.”

Fly away home he certainly

did on the 10th of March

2019. In the morning of that

day, I woke up from a dream

with the ominous sense that

someone very close to me

had died. For one inclined

to the Freudian approach to

dreams, who takes them as

the continuation of waking

life and so as the unrestrained

but distorted expression

in semi-consciousness

of the desired or the repressed

— in other words,

one who would say upon

waking “it is only a dream”

— this was quite disconcerting.

I just could not banish

my fear of the demise of

someone dear no matter

how many times I muttered,

“It is only a dream.”

This was the dream: I am

asleep, with the bedroom

door closed. Then I’m impelled

to open my eyes and

turn my face to the door,

which opens on its own accord.

A tall man, around

middle-age, in orange overalls,

the sort worn by Shell’s

oil-field workers, is standing

at the threshold. It appears

all he desires is that I notice

his presence for as soon as

he is sure I’ve seen him, he

disappears, without uttering

a word.

And I’m overwhelmed

with the feeling that what I’d

seen was the ghost of a relative,

that he had come to bid

me farewell. But the only

person close enough to me

to ground that fear, a cousin

more like my older brother,

had long retired from Shell

and though still indirectly

connected to the oil giant in

his present employment,

was, the ancestors be

praised, hale and hearty as

I quickly ascertained. So, it

was really only a dream after

all.

Except that it wasn’t. Dead

was another brother, Pius

Adebola Adesanmi, with

whom I share no family

blood ties, our shared human

blood and twenty-fiveyear

friendship, sealed by a

common citizenship and

love of our hapless country

being as strong.

The Shell motif? Maybe

because I had the dream in

Shell’s residential estate in

Warri, and that in Adesanmi’s

only volume of poems,

The Wayfarer and Other Poems

(2001), Shell is portrayed

unflatteringly for the

havoc it does to the flora,

fauna and people of the Niger

Delta. Like the multitude

plunged into inconsolable

grief on learning that

Adesanmi, travelling under

his Canadian passport, was

on the Ethiopian Airlines

Boeing 737 Max 8 that

crashed six minutes after

take-off from Addis Ababa

for Nairobi, killing all

aboard, the futility of denial

— “No, it’s not true . . .

Pius can’t be dead . . . he is

not dead,” etc. — swiftly led

to rage.

But rage against a machine,

fragmented upon its

thunderous impact with

earth, some parts aflame,

was useless. Still, I raged,

blurting out a first mourning

cry via Facebook and

WhatsApp, two of the social

media platforms he used so

effectively and endearingly

as a witty, acerbic and penetrating

critic of Nigeria’s

politicians, priests, and sundry

powers, of even their victims,

the masses, whom he

often saw as too docile and

complicit in their oppression.

“What or who do I curse?,”

I cried? “The day? The plane?

The makers of the new technology-driven

aircraft on

which my friend and my

brother was flying from Addis

Ababa to Nairobi? Ah,

death! And the stealth and

many ways it comes! But it

should never ever have set its

sights on Pius, again, having

tried and failed last year.

Ah, Pius, you survived that

road accident, and marveled

that you did: ‘I still don’t know

how and why I survived,’ you

wrote to me. And death

shamed that you had proved

stronger than it on the road

stalked you in the air. Ah, Pius,

Pius, my brother Pius . . . From

the campus of the University

of Ibadan, to the campuses of

Penn State University, State

College, Pennsylvania, and

Cornell University, Ithaca,

New York, to that visit to Jersey

City in 2007 when I was

finishing my dissertation

(here’s the photo of us together

on the Hudson River

Walk), and all the places too

many where we were together

alone or with mutual

friends . . .

I can’t bring myself to say

rest in peace and yet I must

wish your restless, fecund,

passionate and patriotic (how

much you ached and wrote

to save Nigeria!) soul eternal

rest. Well, then, rest. You did

more in your short life than

many can living the fullness

of their days. Rest in peace,

my friend, my brother.”

But back to that premonition

of death: Professor Adesanmi,

having consciously

chosen the career of a public

intellectual, set about it with

uncommon zeal. He gave his

life to the people, whether as

one of the most widely read

and admired columnists to

come from his country with a

rich history of intellectualscum-writers-and-social-critics,

or as teacher and mentor

to younger scholars.

Late Prof. Pius Adesanmi

In all of Adesanmi’s engagements,

scholarly, social

or otherwise, he exuded an

unmistakable secular conviction.

So why did he turn to the

Bible to announce his death?

And, really, was it just in order

to give notice that he was

flying away and that wherever

he might end up, even if in

the uttermost parts of the sea,

God (Nigeria having failed

him) would comfort him? I

think it is beyond that. A full

reading of Psalm 139 reveals

a man still irrevocably bound

to the land that vexed him to

death. He had railed and

wailed relentlessly about every

inanity of his people, but

the more he lampooned and

satirized and coldly analyzed

the more things degenerated.

What was left but to seek a

realm and a presence more

assuring than his headstrong

country? Where to find solace

but in a return to his Catholic

boyhood, and the words of

another poet, King David?

We may argue if Adesanmi’s

work was really done,

even accuse him in our grief

and guilt of offending the living

by “choosing” to die, as

Ali Mazrui accused Christopher

Okigbo, another writer

who famously foresaw his

own death — “If I don’t learn

to shut my mouth, I will soon

go to hell: I, Christopher

Okigbo, together with my

iron bell” — and went to meet

it at the Biafran warfront.

But read verses 19-22 of

Psalm 139 and you would see

that despair drove Adesanmi

to fly away, to directly ask God

to “slay the wicked,” the “men

of blood,” God’s “enemies.”

Indeed, the vehemence of

David/Adesanmi’s utterance

towards the end belies the

soothing comfort of God’s

hand and ineluctable presence

sought at the beginning.

“Do I not hate those who hate

you, O LORD? And do I not

loathe those who rise up

against you?” As if his intent

could yet be mistaken, he declares:

“I hate them with complete

hatred; I count them my

enemies.”

The enemies of Nigeria are

the enemies of God, be they

Christians or Muslims or nonbelievers;

though as an altar

boy Adesanmi had a special

hatred of the sanctimonious

money-changers, mammonworshippers,

miracle-peddlers

or, simply put, scam artists

who also go by such

names as General Overseers,

Men (mostly) of God but

women also, who litter every

street with “churches,” the

names of many too ridiculously

funny to evoke any sense of

awe or the Almighty.

I began these brief reflections

with an epigraph taken

from Wole Soyinka’s elegy for

Christopher Okigbo. I’ll end

with John Milton’s poem “Lycidas.”

Milton saw the death

by drowning of his friend Lycidas,

a priest, as analogous

to the degeneration of the clergy

in 17th Century England,

which being a self-avowed

Christian country, symbolized

the degradation of the

polity.

Adesanmi loved Nigeria to

death, sang in full throat the

many-strained and straining,

plainly draining, sad song of

our even more degraded land

than Milton’s England. “Lycidas

is dead, dead ere his

prime,” without leaving “his

peer,” Milton moaned, and

added: “Who would not sing

for Lycidas? / He knew Himself

to sing, and build the lofty

rhyme. / He must not float

upon his watery bier / Unwept,

and welter to the parching

wind, / Without the need of

some melodious tear.”

Our only solace is that Adesanmi’s

life underlines the

saying, “It is not how long but

how well,” for had he lived a

hundred and forty-seven

years and not a mere fortyseven,

he might not have given

a better account of himself.

Since he achieved in five

decades what many can never

hope for living the fullness

of their lives, who would not

sing for Adesanmi? Why

shouldn’t we pause from our

mourning cry and sing instead

for a pious soul prematurely

gone to join the ancestors?

Adieu Pius.

Ifowodo, lawyer, poet,

writer and rights activist,

was Assistant Professor of

English at Texas State University

and author of

“History, Trauma, and

Healing in Postcolonial

Narratives”. His most recent

volume of poems is

“A Good Mourning”.


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APC, PDP attack INEC over

Bauchi, Adamawa gov polls

Continues from Page 5

While the close

relationship between

Festus Okoye who chaired

the fact-finding committee

and Yakubu Dogara of the

PDP is well known, hence

inappropriate for the factfinding

exercise for Bauchi

state, INEC has failed to

adhere to the fundamental

principle of fair-hearing by

not inviting our agents

during the hearing to

ascertain the circumstances

leading to the cancellation

of the Tafawa Balewa local

government election result.

INEC’s decision is illegal

as the electoral body and

contravenes the provisions

of the Electoral Act 2010 as

amended

We reiterate that

according to Nigeria’s

1999 Constitution (as

amended) and INEC

Guidelines for 2019

General Elections, the

electoral body is not

empowered to reverse any

decision taken at the

Collation Centre by the

Returning Officer

appointed for that purpose.

Such decisions can only

be reversed by a court of

law, especially when INEC

cannot approbate and

reprobate.

Also, a national officer of

the APC, Yekini Nabena,

and the Bauchi State APC

Chairman, Mr. Uba Nana,

spoke in like manner.

At a press conference in

Bauchi, Mr. Uba said:

“The fact-finding

committee chaired by Dr.

Festus Okoye, the national

commissioner and

chairman of Information

and Voter Education

Committee, denied fair

hearing to APC as a

political party whose agents

were not invited during

hearing of the facts leading

to the cancellation of the

results of Tafawa Balewa

LGA. Any decision taken in

violation of fair hearing is

illegal, null and void.”

Nana claimed that no

justice can be done by the

committee chairman, who

is interested in the whole

issues and the instant

circumstances.

He said this was proved

by the fact that PDP and Mr

Dogara, on Facebook, preempted

the outcome of the

committee’s finding before

formal publication by

INEC.

The APC chairman said

that the decision of INEC

based on the committee’s

report was already prayed

for at the Federal High

Court, Bauchi in Suit No.

FHC/BAU/CS/18/2019 filed

by Bala Mohammed and

PDP against INEC.

“Unfortunately, the extant

decision of INEC reversing

the cancellation of Tafawa

Balewa Results was earlier

sought for but refused by

the court in the said suit at

interim stage. Now INEC

has granted what was

refused by the court of law

in the interest of injustice,”

he said.

I’ve never met Dogara –

Okoye

When contacted, INEC

National Commissioner,

Barr. Festus Okoye, denied

any relationship with

Speaker Yakubu Dogara,

saying they had never had

any dealing before.

He said: “That is very

laughable. I have never

met the Speaker in my life,”

adding that INEC has no

interest in who emerges the

governor of any state as its

preoccupation is to deliver

on its constitutional

mandate.

INEC has no interest in

the outcome of the Bauchi

Governorship Election. The

interest of the Commission

revolves around making

sure that the procedures

and processes leading to the

declaration and return of

the winners of election

conforms to constitutional

dictates, the law and the

regulations and guidelines

of the commission.

“The Reports of

Investigation Committees

and Fact-Finding

Committees of the

Commission are reports

and can only become the

findings and decisions of

the Commission when

considered and adopted by

the commission.

“The Investigation

Committee that considered

the issues surrounding the

collation of results for

Tafawa Balewa Local

Government interviewed

the Registration Area

Collation Officers, the

Electoral Officer for Tafawa

Balewa Local Government

and located the critical

documents relating to the

election. APC, PDP, PRP

and NNPP attended and

canvassed their positions at

the stakeholders meeting

which was also attended by

the Commissioner of Police

and the State Director of

DSS.

“The Investigation

Committee was only

charged with the

responsibility of making

determination on whether

original and or duplicate

result sheets at the Polling

Units and the Registration

Areas exist with which to

regenerate the ones carted

away and or destroyed by

armed gangs during the

collation process in Tafawa

Balewa Local Government.

APC, PDP, PRP and NNPP

agents signed the results at

the Polling Units and the

Registration Areas.

“Moreover, the result from

7 Registration Areas out of

11 relating to Governorship

election had been collated

before the armed gangs

disrupted the process. So,

the issues were

straightforward. The

Commission will complete

the collation process on

Tuesday using original and

or duplicate result sheets

for Local Government

Collation and that is the

decision of the Commission.

“I find it out of place to

respond to personal attacks

and insinuations that are

not backed with cogent and

verifiable facts and

evidence. I am 34 years

post-call and the speaker

of the House of

Representatives is my

junior.

“Other than seeing him

on television, I have only

seen him physically from

a distance and only once

in a workshop. I was never

an ex-solicitor or a present

solicitor to the speaker.

Those making the

allegation cannot produce

one piece of paper I signed

as a solicitor or one

payment I received as a

solicitor.

“It will serve the country

better if people remain on

issues and refrain from

making wild allegations

that have no substance

whatsoever.”

Why we didn’t allow

Atiku inspect election

materials

Meanwhile, the INEC

has clarified its decision not

to allow the PDP

presidential candidate

inspect election materials.

Atiku headed to the court

after losing the February 23

election to President

Muhammadu Buhari of

the APC and filed an

application to compel

INEC to grant him access

to materials used for the

election and the court

granted his prayer.

However, the PDP said

INEC has refused to obey

the ruling of the appeal

court for Atiku to inspect

documents and materials

used for the election.

“There is a deliberate

and wicked ploy by INEC,

acting in cahoots with the

APC to frustrate the peoplebacked

resolve by Atiku

Abubakar and the PDP to

timeously file and mention

our petition at the

Presidential election

Tribunal, and by so doing,

ambush the case,” Kola

Ologbondiyan, spokesman

of the party, said in a

statement.

“It is imperative to inform

Nigerians that upon

obtaining the lawful order

of the Court, directing

INEC to forthwith, avail

Atiku Abubakar and the

PDP copies of all the

documents and other

materials used for the

Presidential election, our

legal team wrote to the

INEC Chairman on the

11th and 12th of March

2019 respectively, causing

the Order to be served on

INEC and requesting

access to the said

documents and materials.

“Despite being served

with the Order and several

follow-ups, the leadership

of INEC has refused to

grant the PDP and Atiku

Abubakar access to the

materials and documents,

notwithstanding the

urgency of the matter.

“This action by the

leadership of INEC has

further exposed that it has

been heavily compromised

by the Buhari Presidency

to rig the February 23, 2019

Presidential election and to

frustrate the quest by

Nigerians to reclaim the

mandate from President

Muhammadu Buhari and

CATHOLIC BISHOPS—Procession of Catholic Bishops, during the First

Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at

the Resource Centre, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Abuja, yesterday.

save the nation from the

crisis of an illegitimate

government.”

The party accused the

leadership of INEC and

APC of seeking to frustrate

the court option, seeing that

“the documents and

materials will expressly

show that Atiku Abubakar

clearly won the election by

the votes directly delivered

at the polling units across

the country as well as

expose how the

commission and the Buhari

Presidency manipulated

the results for President

Buhari.”

We haven't received

court order – INEC

Asked to react, Rotimi

Oyekanmi, spokesman of

INEC Chairman, Professor

Mahmood Yakubu, told

TheCable that INEC will

comply with the court

directive “if and when the

commission receives the

order.”

His words: “It is common

knowledge that since the

declaration of the results of

the presidential election,

the commission has been

busy with the multiple

activities associated with

the national assembly,

governorship, state houses

of assembly and federal

capital territory elections.

“Only last Thursday, the

commission presented

certificates of return to

senators-elect and House of

Representatives Memberselects

including PDP

members. Nevertheless,

the commission will comply

when the due process is

followed.”

It’s wrong for INEC to

disobey court order on

Adamawa re-run– Ardo

Dr Umar Ardo, in a

statement, Sunday, in

Abuja, Dr Ardo said: “I just

read a news item that a Yola

High Court has issued an

order on INEC not to

proceed with its March 23

scheduled rerun election in

Adamawa State but the

commission is ignoring the

order, stating that the court

lacked jurisdiction over the

federal establishment and

would therefore go ahead

with the rerun election.

“In my opinion, if it is

actually true a court indeed

issued an order and INEC

refused to comply then

INEC is clearly at fault. It

is not only wrong but is a

clear path to anarchy.

Because if a court of

competent jurisdiction

gives an order, and it is

duly served, then we are all

duty bound to obey, no

matter how fallible that

order may be. This is an

irreducible element of due

process of rule of law on all

citizens, bodies and

authorities in society. To

come up with any selfinterpretation

of law as

excuse of disobedience is

simply self-serving, to say

the least. The court

obviously knows the

provisions of the law and

the extent of its jurisdictions

when it gave the order.

Under the Nigerian

constitution, it is not for

INEC nor for anyone else’s

for that matter, but for the

court’s, to interpret the

law”, he said.

According to him, since

the electoral umpire would

not respect the court order,

the Adamawa electorate

would do well to also

boycott the exercise.

“Consequently, if indeed

a court has issued an order

to INEC and it is duly

served, I strongly advise

that INEC complies with

the order if it does not want

to throw our society into

anarchy. INEC not

complying will only further

complicate issues and

project the commission as

pursuing a predetermined

agenda. If INEC has an

issue with such an order it

should appeal against it

within the due process of

law, but to ignore it blatantly

just because it doesn’t

agree with it is the highest

act of impunity. If we all

ignore and act against court

orders that we don’t agree

with, then we’ll have no

society to cohabit in. I am

sure neither the court nor

the society would

congratulate INEC for

disobeying court order. That

is my candid opinion and

advise to the commission.

“But if INEC insist on

disobeying this order then

I advise all concerned

political parties and the

Adamawa electorate, as

law abiding bodies and

citizens, to boycott the

exercise, not to indulge in

INEC’s act of impunity and

allow the commission to

trample the order all by

itself”, he stated.

Dr Ardo, who who was for

several times a

governorship aspirant on

the platform of the PDP, was

first appointed in 1999 to the

office of the Vice President

as Special Assistant (States

and Local Government

Affairs). He was

reappointed as Special

Assistant (Research and

Strategy) to the President

and Commander-in-Chief

in 2003.

Supplementary polls:

Buhari won’t influence,

change results——

Presidency

Meanwhile, the

Presidency, last night,

cautioned against what it

described as “a lot of the

hate spewing, incitement to

violence and the polarizing

statements by so-called

political leaders.”

The Presidency also said

it rejected unfair and

ridiculous criticisms of

President Muhammadu

Buhari’s apparent

disinterest in the upcoming

elections in some states by

party members who

wrongfully assume that the

President will abuse power

by changing results to

favour them.

A statement by the Senior

Special Assistant to the

President on Media and

Publicity, Malam Garba

Shehu in Abuja, stated that

past Presidents of Nigeria

were known to interfere in

inconclusive elections, and

that it was the reason why

party members appear to be

upset that the same thing was

not happening again in the

present situation in the

country.

According to the

presidential aide, “President

Buhari is a different kind of

leader. He swore to defend the

constitution and will not veer

off from that.”

He further said, “The

constitution of Nigeria gives

the President no such powers.

It is unfair and ridiculous to

criticise President Buhari for

not going against the

constitution.

“Party members in states

where there will be

supplementary elections then

need to be reminded that they

need to work hard to earn their

people’s votes, rather than

expect President Buhari to

manipulate INEC in their

favour.

“Interestingly, while

members of the ruling APC

party were criticising the

President for not interfering

on their behalf, members of

the opposition were

condemning the President

based on their assumptions

that he would definitely

interfere, as many in the

opposition did while in

power.”


42—Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

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Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019—43

Electronic voting way out

of violence —Stakeholders

By Dennis Agbo

E Society NUGU—CIVIL

groups and

media stakeholders have

advocated the adoption of

electronic voting system as

way of curbing electoral

violence and enthroning

credible elections in

Nigeria.

The stakeholders made

the recommendation in

Enugu, weekend, during

the presentation of report

on the election violence

monitoring in the South

East hub by the Women Aid

Collective, WACOL, in

partnership with the

International Foundation

for Electoral Systems, IFES.

The stakeholders stated

that apart from violence

associated with logistics of

Polls: Religious leaders

hail Okowa, lawmakers

By Chancel

Sunday

B OMADI—THE

Christian Community

Platform, CCP, a body of

religious leaders, has

congratulated Gov Ifeanyi

Okowa of Delta state, his

deputy, Barr Kingsley

Otuaro and Sen. James

Manager over their

victories at the general

elections in the state.

The body also

congratulated Hon.

Nicholas Mutu, Hon. Leo

Ogor, Hon. Kenneth Ogba,

Hon. Oboro Preyor and all

lawmakers on the platform

of the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, in Delta South

Senatorial District, who

clinched victory at the polls.

Adviser to CCP and state

treasurer, Pentecostal Fellowship

of Nigeria, PFN,

Bishop Sam Oyede, sent

the congratulatory speech to

Okowa and PDP lawmakers

in Delta South over the

weekend.

He described Okowa’s

Samsung has transformed

Nigeria into FPSO

construction hub —NCDNB

By Ediri Ejoh

LAGOS—THE Nigerian

Content Development

and Monitoring Board,

NCDMB, has declared that

Korean shipbuilding giant,

Samsung Heavy

Industries, SHI, has

transformed Nigeria into a

hub for fabrication and

integration of Floating

Production Storage

Offloading, FPSO, unit in

Africa.

Speaking to journalists in

Lagos on the local content

milestones in Nigeria’s oil

and gas industry, the

Executive Secretary of

NCDMB, Mr. Simbi

Wabote stated that the

massive investment of SHI

in Lagos is a major

breakthrough in the

implementation of local

content in Nigeria.

Wabote said the

ballot papers, the high cost

of its production and

distribution, the present

electoral paper balloting

was subject to manipulation

and electoral fraud.

Lead presenter of the

report, Dr Malachy Ochie

noted that the 2019 general

elections were

characterised by obvious

vote-buying and electoral

violence across states in the

South East.

“Reports from our

monitors concentrated on

the electoral process. There

were voters intimidation by

thugs, the monitors could

not gain access in major

coalition centres.

Overzealous security

agents dealt with our

monitors as well,” Ochie reported.

victory as well deserved,

stressing that with joy and

gladness the body congratulated

the PDP.

“One thing I want to thank

God in the life of Okowa is

his love for God and his doggedness;

He is a man who

has his heart for the things

of God.

“We must understand that

Delta state is PDP and PDP

is Delta state, and no man

can change it because we

have a format and speak one

voice, and that is what will

also come to play in 2023”,

he said.

Organizing/planning committee

chairman of CCP,

Apostle Liberty Usiayo, expressed

gratitude to God for

answered prayers, stressing

that all candidates CCP

adopted in the state clinched

their victories.

He tasked the Okowa administration

to remember the

church in the scheme of

things, including in times of

political appointments in the

state.

successful construction and

local integration of the

Egina FPSO in the

company's fabrication yard

in Lagos was a key success

story in the Nigerian

content initiative.

“Under the local content

implementation we have

seen a major breakthrough

with the massive

investment by Samsung in

Lagos. The successful

construction and

integration of the FPSO for

the Egina project is worthy

of mention, and this is a key

success story and going

forward this singular asset

will bring about massive

revenue to the country as

we expect other African

countries to take advantage

of this facility than going

outside the shores of the

continent for FPSO

construction,” Wabote

explained.


44 — Vanguard, FRIDAY MARCH 18, 2019

By Dirisu Yakubu

ABUJA- Following

the lowest turnout

of voters for a

presidential election put

at 34.7% on February 23,

the matter of voter

apathy worsened in the

March 9 governorship

election with more than

half of those who came

out for the presidential

election turning their

backs on the ballot box

on that day.

With the Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC yet

to conclude the

elections, it is generally

estimated that the

turnout in percentage

terms would notably put

a dint on the country’s

electoral culture.

With the issue still

resonating Vanguard

drew the opinion of a

number of civil society

activists on the issue and

their profound

responses were centred

on the increasing threat

to Nigeria’s democracy

culture by the country’s

political actors.

Constitutional lawyer,

Mike Ozekhomhe,

Awal Musa Rafsanjani,

head of Transparency

International, Nigeria,

Eze Onyekpere,

Executive Director at

the Centre for Social

Justice and a host of

others, cited a number

of reasons that

culminated in the voter

apathy witnessed in the

governorship polls held

on March 9.

Ozekhome blamed

logistic hitches on the

part of the Independent

National Electoral

Voter Apathy: Are Nigerians turning

against democracy?

•Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

Commission, INEC,

amongst other factors

for the development.

He said: “The

unexpected shift of the

elections a few hours to

voting by INEC on

account of flimsy

logistics excuses

alarmed many

Nigerians. Many

Nigerians who had

travelled to their

respective places to

vote, but were forced to

return to their bases

could not make it back

a second time.

“Secondly, the

unprecedented

militarization of the

entire presidential

electoral process in

which we witnessed

Nigerians being killed

like chicken, even in

their homes, was so

frightening and it

became a deterrence.

Added to this is

President Muhammad

Buhari’s earlier mandate

to the military, to shoot

at sight any ballot box

snatcher.”

He continued: “The

gruesome murder of one

INEC official, Mrs.

Amachree and many

other Nigerians told

many Nigerians that the

elections were not worth

dying for. The brazen

daylight manipulation

and rigging of the

Presidential elections

finally brought it home

to most Nigerians that

even if they voted, the

votes would not count,

and indeed would not be

counted.”

On

his

part, Onyekpere faulted

the sequence of

elections as fixed by

INEC as one of the

reasons voter turnout

was abysmally low

during the governorship

elections.

According to him,

”There was no need to

unveil the big

m a s q u e r a d e

(Presidential election)

before the others

because the people were

bound to lose interest.

When you play a soccer

tournament for instance,

the final is played as

the last match. Will it

make any sense to play

a quarter final match

after the final must have

been played?” he asked

rhetorically.

Onyekpere also cited

Unresolved Issues: What INEC will do this week

ABUJA: With 2019

proving to be the most

stretched out election

season in contemporary

Nigeria democratic

experience, Nigerians

will this week again put

focus on the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC as it works to

resolve lingering issues

from the record number

of inconclusive

governorship elections.

The focus would be on

Bauchi, Rivers, Sokoto,

Kano, Adamawa,

Benue and Plateau

States where the

commission was

indecisive on

projecting winners

during the

governorship elections

that took place in 29

states on March 9.

Monday, 18th March:

Series of meetings

with stakeholders as

INEC checks its level of

preparedness for

Saturday’s

supplementary

elections.

Tuesday, 19th March:

D-Day on Bauchi

Last week, the

governorship election

processes in Bauchi

State could not be

completed, a

development that made

the returning officer to

announce that there

would be a

supplementary election

to resolve the

stalemate.

At the weekend, INEC

however approved the

resumption and

conclusion of the

collation of results of

Tafawa Balewa Local

Government Area in

relation to the

Governorship election

as the duplicate and

original Registration

Area results are

available.

It also approved the

resumption, conclusion

and announcement of

the result of the Tafawa

Balewa State

Constituency.

At the end of Tuesday,

INEC should be able to

pronounce the winner

of the governorship

election in the state.

Before collation was

halted, the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP

was having a marginal

lead before the

inclusion of Tafawa

Balewa Local

Government Area

which is the

constituency of

Speaker Yakubu

Dogara of the House of

Representatives.

Wednesday 20th

March:

Decision on Rivers

On the 10th of March

2019, the Commission

suspended all electoral

processes in Rivers

State having

determined that there

was widespread

disruption of collation

of results of the

elections conducted on

the 9th day of March

the violence recorded in

some parts of the

country during the

Presidential election as

a reason some voters

chose to stay indoors

two weeks later.

“The violence in places

like Lagos and Rivers

called into question our

preparedness for civil

engagement in this part

of the country,” he

added.

Also speaking, Auwal

Ibrahim Rafsanjani,

Executive Director,

Civil Society

Legislative Advocacy

Centre, CISLAC blamed

voter apathy on what he

called “pessimism” on

the part of some

Nigerians that their

votes were going to

count.

He also stressed that

doubt on the part of

By Omeiza Ajayi

2019. Subsequently, the

Commission set up a

Fact-Finding

Committee to assess the

situation and report

back within 48 hours.

With INEC now

resolving to continue

with the process, the

election management

body is expected to on

Wednesday issue

detailed timelines and

activities for the

completion of the

election.

Thursday and Friday:

Movement of sensitive

and non-sensitive

materials to affected

constituencies for the

supplementary

elections in the five

states.

Saturday, 23rd March

Supplementary

Elections would hold in

about five states

including Adamawa,

Benue, Kano, Plateau

and Sokoto.

voters that

governors would

work for the

people, informed

their decision to

boycott the

exercise.

“ Voters in large

numbers did not

believe there

were sufficient

reasons to come

out and vote.

Some of them see

the governors as

not doing enough

and so coming

out to vote was a

big challenge.

“Again, the

militarization of

the elections

added to the activities of

political thugs as

witnessed in the

Presidential election

made some people lose

interest in the entire

process. This was the

experience in Rivers,

Lagos, Imo and Akwa

Ibom where violence

almost marred the

polls,” Rafsanjani

stated, even as he

counselled politicians to

do away with the

practice of “do or die

politics.”

Adding his voice to the

discourse is Inebehe

Effiong, Convener of

the Coalition of Human

Rights Defenders.

In his words, “Voter

apathy is an indication of

lack of confidence in the

electoral process. The

Presidential election did

not meet acceptable

democratic standard.

This partly accounts for

the lower voter turnout

in the gubernatorial

election.

“Another reason is that

so much power is

imbued in the Nigerian

Presidency. The

President is expected to

be patronizing. We need

to devolve more

constitutional powers to

the states to make the

centre less attractive.”

Effiong called for more

involvement of the

youths in the political

process, saying “I

believe that the voting

population in Nigeria is

not sufficiently

enlightened. We need to

continue to educate

voters on why they

should participate in the

electoral process.

”Let me also add that

the postponement of the

Presidential election

made it impracticable

for many people to vote

in the gubernatorial

election. Those who

travelled from different

destinations to vote

could not return to do so,


Vanguard, FRIDAY MARCH 18, 2019 — 45

Ogboru’s loss: Delta APC war

gets messier

APC election agents refuse to back

petition against Okowa

By Perez Brisibe

Aweek after the All

Progressives

Congress, APC lost

the governorship election

in Delta State the party

has predictably gone to

war with itself with

members engaged in

trading blames over the

loss.

The APC won only two

out of the 25 local councils

in the state during

February 23 and March 9

elections namely, Ughelli

North and Ethiope East

which are the home

council of the senator

representing Delta

Central senatorial district,

Senator Ovie Omo-

Agege, Olorogun O’tega

Emerhor and the party’s

governorship candidate,

Chief Great Ogboru.

The blame game came to

the fore last weekend

when party chieftain

and convener, Coalition

of Delta All Progressives

Congress, APC Support

Groups, Daniel Ekiugbo,

asked Ogboru not to

consider the court option

as he said that the party

lost the election fairly

because of the diversion

of an alleged N3 billion

campaign fund.

Beyond the assertion by

Ekiugbo, party sources

also gave vent to the

claim that an estimated

N30 million budgeted for

the mobilisation of each

local government did not

get to local party

organisers intact.

Upon the claim that they

were starved of funds

during the election, party

agents it was learnt are

now refusing to offer the

information that Ogboru

requires to back his

petition.

The kernel of Ogboru’s

petition is the allegation

of over voting in many

Local Government Areas

of the state. Ogboru has

sought to win sympathy

that the results of the

election exceeded the

card reader accreditation

which he has circulated to

critical members of the

party and stakeholders in

the state.

However, his effort to

gather the results

endorsed at the collation

are now being frustrated

as many of the APC

agents are refusing to

turn in their documents to

Ogboru and the party.

“You can imagine them

asking me to provide the

results from my area

when they did not relate

with us during the

elections. They behaved

as if we did not exist

during the election and

refused to provide us with

money and now they are

asking for documents, but

Great Ogboru

I am no longer obligated

to him,” one party agent

was quoted as saying.

A party official who spoke

on the condition of

anonymity said that it

had now become the

refrain of party agents to

deny Ogboru access to

the documents.

Vanguard, however, could

not confirm if the APC

agents were acting on the

prompting of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP or

were just being

retaliatory.

It has been claimed that

N3 billion was provided

for the election by two

high ranking Federal

Government appointees

for the election.

Publicity secretary of the

party in the state,

Sylvester Imonina who

was the only senior party

official who agreed to

speak on the issue,

however, sought to play

down the issue yesterday.

Other very prominent

party members when

contacted on the

unfolding development

either begged not to be

quoted or refused to

respond to the issue.

Imonina who also

disclosed that some

individuals within the

party embarked on antiparty

activities during the

March 9 governorship

and House of Assembly

elections in the state have

slammed over 20 suits

against the Jones Erue

led executive of the party.

Speaking directly on the

allegation of diversion of

the N3 billion campaign

fund, he said:

“There is a difference

between approval for a

particular sum of money

and release of that money

as such money of such

was given to anyone of

the party.”

He said: “This is

blackmail just to bring the

name of the governorship

candidate and all those

who are working for the

good of the party to

disrepute. That is their

aim because they feel the

likelihood of them being

reappointed is very slim

hence this mudslinging.

“These are individuals

who never contributed

anything to the funding of

the party and they are in

court all over the place

having refused to

withdraw their cases

despite the Vice

President’s plea to them

and the fact that what

some of them needed in

the area of sharing of the

state executive was given

to them.”

Continued war

Shedding light on the

continued impasse,

Imonina said: “What

actually happened was

that some persons from

Delta North felt not

happy with these

aggrieved individuals

who are from Delta

Central having queued

behind them to fight

against the aspiration of

the governorship

candidate.

“So, when they saw the

way the agreement was

drafted, they felt angered,

accused them of being

greedy, withdrew and

asked to be negotiated on

their own terms and this

stalled the agreement

that was brokered by the

Vice President.

“Having not succeeded

in their ploy, they went

from one court to another

and as we speak now,

they have about 20 cases

in the court just to make

sure that they scuttle the

party and render the

machineries of the party

incompetent.”

Impunity remains widespread in Nigeria

—US State Department

*Says judiciary being suppressed by executive

*laments ‘repression of freedom of expression’

By Charles Kumolu

THE US Department

of State has said

there is widespread impunity

at all levels of government

in Nigeria, lamenting

that adequate measures

are not in place to

curb official recklessness.

It also said the independence

of the judiciary was

being suppressed by the

executive arm of government,

adding that political

leaders influenced the judiciary,

particularly at the

state and local levels.

The agency’s Bureau of

Democracy, Human

Rights and Labour, said

these in its Country Report

on Human Rights

Practices for 2018.

The report which reviewed

critical sectors in

Nigeria observed that pervasive

corruption affected

all levels of government

and the security agencies.

Specifically, the statement

focused on human

rights, anti-corruption,

election and political participation,

transparency in

government, discrimination,

societal abuses, child

labour and minimum age

for employment, trafficking

in persons, press freedom,

freedom of association,

freedom of worship,

and freedom of speech

among others.

The report reads: “Impunity

remained widespread

at all levels of government.

The government

did not adequately investigate

or prosecute most of

the major outstanding allegations

of human rights

violations by the security

forces or the majority of

cases of police or military

extortion or other abuse of

power. The government

took steps to investigate alleged

abuses but fewer

steps to prosecute officials

who committed violations,

whether in the security

forces or elsewhere in the

government.

“Although the constitution

and law provide for an

independent judiciary, the

judicial branch remained

susceptible to pressure

from the executive and legislative

branches. Political

leaders influenced the judiciary,

particularly at the

state and local levels.

‘’Understaffing, underfunding,

inefficiency, and

corruption prevented the

judiciary from functioning

adequately. Judges frequently

failed to appear for

trials. In addition, the salaries

of court officials were

low, and they often lacked

proper equipment and

training.

“There was a widespread

public perception that

judges were easily bribed

and litigants could not rely

on the courts to render impartial

judgments. Citizens

encountered long delays

and received requests

from judicial officials for

bribes to expedite cases or

obtain favorable rulings.

‘’Although the Ministry

of Justice implemented

strict requirements for education

and length of service

for judges at the federal

and state levels, no requirements

or monitoring

bodies existed for judges

at the local level.

“ This contributed to corruption

and the miscarriage

of justice in local

courts. The constitution

and law provide for an independent

judiciary in civil

matters, but the executive

and legislative branches,

as well as business interests,

exerted influence and

pressure in civil cases. Official

corruption and lack

of will to implement court

decisions also interfered

with due process. The law

provides for access to the

courts for redress of grievances,

and courts may

award damages and issue

injunctions to stop or prevent

a human rights violation,

but the decisions of

civil courts were difficult to

enforce

Freedom of expression,

press

“Although the constitution

and law provide for

freedom of speech and

press, the government frequently

restricted these

rights. In an August press

release, Human Rights

Watch , HRW, expressed

concern over threats to

press freedom, saying recent

arrests and detentions

of journalists and activists

in the country suggested

a disturbing trend

toward repressing freedom

of expression.

“The constitution entitles

every individual to

“freedom of expression, including

the freedom to

hold opinions and to receive

and impart ideas and

information without interference.

“Although federal and

state governments usually

respected this right,

there were reported cases

in which the government

abridged the right to

speech and other expression.

“Freedom House’s annual

survey of media independence,

Freedom of

the Press 2018, described

the press as “partly free.”

A large and vibrant private

domestic press frequently

criticized the government,

but critics reported being

subjected to threats, intimidation,

and sometimes

violence.

Transparency

in government

“Although the law provides

criminal penalties for

conviction of official corruption,

the government did

not implement the law effectively,

and officials frequently

engaged in corrupt

practices with impunity.

Massive, widespread,

and pervasive corruption

affected all levels of government

and the security

services. The constitution

provides immunity from

civil and criminal prosecution

for the president, vice

president, governors, and

deputy governors while in

office. There were numerous

reports of government

corruption during the year.

“EFCC arrests and indictments

of politicians

continued throughout the

year, implicating a significant

number of opposition

political figures and leading

to allegations of partisan

motivations on the part

of the EFCC.’’

Ethiopian Airlines black boxes

show similarities to Lion Air crash

— Ministry

ETHIOPIA said on

Sunday the crash of

an Ethiopian Airlines

plane that killed 157 people

had “clear similarities”

with October’s Lion Air

crash, according to analysis

of the black boxes recovered

from the wreckage

of the March 10 disaster.

Both planes were Boeing

737 MAX 8s, and both

crashed minutes after

take off after pilots reported

flight control problems.

Concern over the

plane’s safety caused aviation

authorities worldwide

to ground the model,

wiping billions of dollars

off Boeing’s market

value.

Investigators are trying

to determine why the aircraft

plunged into a field

shortly after take off from

Addis Ababa, searching

for possible similarities to

an October Lion Air crash

that killed 189 people.

“It was the same case

with the Indonesian (Lion

Air) one. There were clear

similarities between the

two crashes so far,” Ethiopian

transport ministry

spokesman Muse Yiheyis

said.

“The data was successfully

recovered. Both the

American team and our

(Ethiopian) team validated

it. The minister

thanked the French government.

We will let you

know more after three or

four days,” he told Reuters.

In Washington, U.S. officials

told Reuters that

the U.S. Federal Aviation

Administration and U.S.

National Transportation

Safety Board have not validated

the data yet.


46 — Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

PISCES; Those of you who are more firmed are in for a

rewarding day. In whatever you do today it is important

you don’t forget both immediate and far future.

ARIES; You will have more to gain keeping both your

personal and financial secrets. Take good advantage of

your sex appeal to enhance your love life positively.

TAURUS; You are becoming more determined to the

betterment of your cause. However this is not the right

time to re-arrange (and/or) re-plan your finances.

GEMINI; Giving priority attention to either day-today

working activities or long term career related issue

is not bad at all but you must be as practical as possible.

CANCER; It will be wrong to drop ambitious plans

along your career line because of minor disappointment.

Take your good friends more seriously.

LEO; Time is fast approaching for an important actions

concerning your career and/or business lines. Don’t

allow friends to mislead you. Be very practical.

L E I S U R E

TAKE HEART — ELLA RANDLE

Surround yourself with people that reflects

who you want to be and how you want to feel.

Energy is contagious.”- Take Heart Quotes-

Being rejected, let down, or betrayed can trigger feelings

of sadness, anxiety, or anger. It’s important to

acknowledge these feelings and stay away from situations

which triggers such happenings. Ella Randle

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

SAYINGS OF

OUR PEOPLE

One thread for

the needle,

one love for

the heart. ~

Sudanese

proverb

By Kola Fayemi

VIRGO; It is good to express yourself gracefully , but it

is equally good to watch what you tell others so that you

don’t promise what you can not deliver.

LIBRA; The best for you today is to give priority attention

to practical way to improve on your working pattern

and encourage better understanding at work.

SCORPIO; It is nice to rely on yourself but nobody can

be an Island on his own; meaning that you will need to

be as co-operative as necessary to be successful today.

SAGITTARIUS; Good advice from the veterans within

your base of operation will go long way to get things

done the proper way to the betterment of your cause.

CAPRICORN; If you take good advice from your tried

and trusted friends you will not have cause to regret but

if you become reckless it would back-fire. Be loving.

AQUARIUS; Either you like it or not, domestic related

issues will become prominent on your mind. Career and

financial affairs can bring you unexpected success today.

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

Send your date and place of birth to the Astr

trological

Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, Apapa, Lagos

Was I born on a Tuesday?

Dear Joshua,

I want you to tell me the day of the week I was born, how the

planets lined up when I was born and what both immediate

and far future have for me.

Friday, Mina.

DUDU in “ROLLING HOT” By A.O. OLAIDE

Dear Friday,

You were born on a Monday as indicated by your horoscope

data as given here under. I hope you will take what you will

find seriously and utilise them.

THEHOROSCOPE DATA

DAY OF BIRTH=MONDAY

SUN SIGN = CANCER ;SUN IN 6TH DEGREE OF CAN-

CER.

MOON SIGN = ARIES ;MOON IN 24TH DEGREE OF

ARIES

STELLIUM SIGN = LEO

MERCURY IN 1ST DEGREE OF LEO*

VENUS IN 22ND DEGREE OF LEO*

MARS IN 17TH DEGREE OF LEO*

JUPITER IN 22ND DEGREE OF SCORPIO

SATURN IN 3RD DEGREE OF CAPRICORN

URANUS IN 14TH DEGREE OF LEO*

NEPTUNE IN 4TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO

PLUTO IN 2ND DEGREE OF VIRGO

NORTH NODE IN 8TH DEGREE OF LIBRA

SOUTH NODE IN 8TH DEGREE OF ARIES

NUMBERS OF PLANET HOSTED BY GROUP OF STAR

SIGNS (ACCORDING TO QUALITY & ELEMENT) ARE;

CARDINAL = 3 FIXED =6 MUTABLE = I

FIRE = 5 EARTH = 2 AIR = NONE WATER = 3

PUSHFUL INFLUENCE = 50%

NON-PUSHFUL INFLUENCE = 50%

FINAL DISPOSITOR (PLANET AT HOME)= AMBITIOUS

SATURN

THE FUTURE TRENDS

For the past few years you have entered an endless cycle of

material success. And your 44thyear on earth is meant to be

a powerful turning point with major emphasis placed on

MONEY and LOVE. Talking of money, it will come through

your work . However the great challenge here is how to hold

on to your profits as there are indications of you expending

too much of your funds on either women or woman.

It is not clear if it is on business or your normal responsibilities.

But mind you if it is on business you will need to tarry a

while because such may not yield the desired result. Actually

if you go into joint venture with a woman during your 44th&

45thyears on earth you are more than likely to be cheated; to

be fore warned is to be fore armed.

Romantic aspect of it is if you don’t want another wife you

will need to be very careful; as romantic escapade can result

to avoidable trouble and/or sorrow (God forbid). Please take

me very seriously here, Please! Please!! Please!!!

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By Lawrence Akapa


Fulham 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool

return to

top of table

Liverpool returned to the top

of the Premier League but

needed James Milner’s late

penalty to avoid dropping

points at Fulham.

Leading through Sadio

Mane’s 11th goal in as many

games in all competitions, the

visitors failed to put a limited

Fulham side away, allowing

the hosts back into the game.

A dire defensive mix-up

between defender Virgil van

Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson

gifted Ryan Babel an equaliser

against his former club on 74

minutes.

But Fulham keeper Sergio

Rico then made an equally

poor blunder, dropping

Mohammed Salah’s curling

shot and fouling Mane as the

Senegal forward went for the

ball.

Substitute Milner calmly hit

his penalty down the middle

as Rico dived right, sending a

relieved Liverpool back to the

top for the first time since late

February.

Genoa 2-0 Juve

Juve omit

Ronaldo, lose

first Serie A

match of season

Juventus - minus

Champions League hero

Cristiano Ronaldo - fell to their

first Serie A defeat of the

season as they suffered a shock

loss at Genoa.

Former Juve player Stefano

Sturaro curled in the opener

in the 72nd minute before

Goran Pandev made sure of

the win for the mid-table side

with a powerful finish nine

minutes from time.

“I expected a different

Juventus,” said coach

Massimiliano Allegri referring

to the 1-1 draw earlier in the

season.

“We did not put in a good

performance.”

Juve had last lost in the top

flight on 22 April 2018 and this

season had dropped points on

only three occasions prior to

Sunday’s game.

The home side made a good

start when Christian Kouame

forced a good save from former

Genoa goalkeeper Mattia

Perin before they had penalty

decision overturned by VAR.

Rangers 0-1 CS Sfaxein

Rangers bundled

out of Confed Cup

Following their 1-0 loss to

Tunisia’s CS Sfaxein in

their final Group B

game of the CAF

Confederations Cup yesterday

at the Nnamdi Azikiwe

Stadium, Enugu Rangers have

exited the Cup competition.

The first half produced very

little in terms of goal mouth

action with both sides

squandering possession in the

final third.

The home side did see more

of the ball, but they struggled

to create any real openings as

the half ended goalless.

Sfaxien started to find their

feet in the second half and saw

more of the ball which allowed

Tottenham Hotspur have

told Real Madrid that they

will have to break the transfer

record if they wish to sign

Christian Eriksen.

Eriksen was wanted by

Zinedine Zidane during his

first spell in charge at the

Bernabeu between 2016 and

2018 and, according to the

Daily Star, the Spanish giants

are readying a fresh approach

for the summer window.

Despite the 27-year-old

allegedly turning down three

separate contract offers,

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Rangers

them to take the lead in the

73rd minute courtesy of a

strike from Nadhir Korichi, 1-

0.

Rangers tried to find their

way back into the match and

controlled the flow of the game

after going behind, but they

could find no equaliser.

The result, combined with

Group B’s other result on

Sunday which saw Etoile

Sahel beat Salitas 1-0, means

Sfaxien finish top of the

standings with 12 points.

Etoile Sahel are second with

ten points while Rangers, in

third with five points, and

Salitas, last with four points,

exit the cup competition.

Tottenham tell Madrid to pay £200m for Eriksen

Eriksen

Super Eagles striker Anthony

Nwaekeme scored the

winner for Trabzonspor as they

beat Erzurumspor 1-0 in a Turkey

Super Lig encounter played on

Everton 2-0 Chelsea

Chelsea top four hopes dented

Everton produced one of

their best results of the

season to dent Chelsea’s

bid for a Premier League

top-four finish.

Richarlison headed them

into the lead after Kepa

Arrizabalaga parried

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s

header into his path.

Gylfi Sigurdsson sealed the

win, scoring at the second

Nwakaeme scores winner for Trabzonspor

attempt after Arrizabalaga

had saved his penalty.

Chelsea remain sixth, three

points behind fourth-place

Arsenal and a point adrift

of Manchester United.

Eden Hazard went close for

the Blues with a curling

effort that came off the post

and Jordan Pickford made

a great save to deny

Gonzalo Higuain.

Saturday.

The 29-year-old striker

increased his goal tally to eight

after his brace against

Kasimpasa on Monday, March 4.

Nwakaeme was handed a

starting berth by coach Hamza

Hamzaoglu as Trabzonspor

aimed to continue their quest to

seal a place in Europa at the end

of the season.

After a goalless first period,

Nwakaeme and his Trabzonspor

teammates pressurised the

opposing defence constantly.

The breakthrough eventual

came in the 64th minute when

Nwakaeme converted a ball

through to him by Caleb

Ekuban.

The Nigerian forward was in

action for all 90 minutes but

could not add toTrabzonspor’s

lead as they held on for a narrow

away win at the Kazým

Karabekir Stadium.

Foreign athletes embrace

Lagos Media Marathon

— as Ubani insists on registration standard

leaving him with just 15

months to run on his existing

deal, Spurs still value him at

£200m.

Real would therefore have to

surpass the £198m sum

handed over by Paris Saint-

Germain

to

sign Neymar from Barcelona in

August 2017. The report

indicates that Barca have

shown an interest in Eriksen,

but the Ajax academy product

will only consider a switch to

dethroned European

champions Real Madrid.

Oshoala scores

as Barcelona beat

Atletico Madrid

Super Falcons star Asisat

Oshoala was again on target

for Barcelona Femení in their 2-

0 away win against Atletico

Madrid Femenino in a Liga

Iberdrola encounter played

yesterday.

The 24-year-old was on target

as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad

in their previous encounter

played during the week.

Oshoala continued her good

goalscoring form at the Wanda

Metroplitano Stadium which

will host the 2019 UEFA

Champions League final.

The Nigerian forward was given

a starting spot after her heroics

against Sociedad.

She however failed to convert

numerous chances which came

her way in the first half and it

ended goalless at the break.

The first edition of the Lagos

Media Marathon is

already taking a global outlook

as foreign nationals from at

least seven countries have

already entered for the race.

Athletes from South Korea,

Ghana, United States, United

Kingdom, Canada, China and

South Africa have thrown in

their hat to be part of the

historic race fixed for May 1.

The registration for the Lagos

Media Marathon is still

ongoing on its official website

lagosmediamarathon.com .

Also, physical forms are being

collected at the various

designated centres including

the Teslim Balogun Stadium

and.the Sports Writers

Association of Nigeria, Lagos

branch Office inside the

National Stadium in Surulere.

Tony Ubani the chairman of

the Organising committee for

the Media race thumped

up.the enthusiasm being

showed towards the Lagos

Media Marathon.

While commending the

passion from the public, Ubani

however reiterated that those

to be recognised and accorded

free registration as media

practitioners are card carrying

members of the Nigeria Union

of Journalists, NUJ or its

affiliate bodies.

He also added that students

of Mass Communication and

journalism related courses are

the only ones qualified for the

free registration and

consolation prizes set aside in

the Students category

“I will want appeal again to

all journalists who intend to

participate in the Media

Marathon who are not cardcarrying

members of NUJ and

its affiliate to regularize their

membership before the race in

May,” said Ubani

Over six million Naira will be

won by various winners in the

maiden Lagos Media

Marathon.

According to the initial

breakdown of cash prizes

released by the organizers, the

male and female journalists

who emerge top in their

respective 10km races will be

taking home N1m each while

the runners-up in the media

category will be picking up

N.5m each.

Oshoala

Asisat and her Barcelona

teammates needed a win to cut

down Atletico’s lead to three

points.

Barcelona are aiming to

continue their hunt for the league

leading position with Atletico

Madrid.

The Nigerian eventually

delivered the opening goal of the

encounter in the 65th minute

when she nodded in a corner

kick.


Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

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