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‘I don’t need you to win Oyo’ ‘Want you to mend fences with Amaechi’ (insiders recall Tinubu’s meeting with Makinde, Wike)

A source has revealed to papermacheonline the details of the meetings between Governor Nyesom Wike, Governor Seyi Makinde and the APC presidential flagbearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu towards 2023.

 

Tinubu was claimed to have accepted that he needs the total support of Wike to win the South South but gave some conditions regarding Rotimi Amaechi which he gave the Rivers State Governor the reason for them to settle their differences.

 

In his words to the Oyo State governor, the APC stalwart confessed his admiration but pointed out that he doesn’t really need help to win Oyo State, but calls for every support Makinde could render.

 

 

Wike while giving details to newsmen on his meeting with Tinubu claimed its in the interest of Nigeria, but those in the know revealed that the Rivers governor came with his own demands and conditions which the Tinubu group is critically going through.

 

 

The Tinubu group is said to have advised that the party give all supports to the flagbearer in Oyo state, Senator Teslim Folarin thus not considering working with the Oyo State governor other than on personal terms and agreement.

 

It is believed that the PDP governors are not willing to work with Atiku, their party’s presidential candidate for obvious reasons.

 

In a twist to the whole plan, the Atiku campaign group recently made the Oyo State governor, Makinde the Vice Chairman of its campaign group.

 

 

Top aides of Governor Makinde while being probed by papermacheonline to know the stand of their principal in the coming elections claimed all the plans and mode of operation of Governor Makinde will soon unfold.

 

 

 

Amaechi May Dump APC! Insiders Reveal

There are strong indications that the former Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi is perfecting plans to dump the APC where he contested its presidency ticket for another party.

 

 

This is coming from what is tagged the former Minister’s fury towards the public romance of Governor Nyesom Wike and top members of the APC.

 

It is a known fact that Wike and Amaechi are sworn enemies.

 

 

Some loyalists of the former Rivers State Governor hinted that the public romance with Wike by some APC chieftains was seen as a plot to ridicule him in what he termed a move to get back at him for contesting the APC presidential ticket.

 

 

The flagbearer of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is alleged of the plot to ridicule Amaechi who came second in the primary election to select the presidential candidate of the APC.

 

 

It was alleged that the Tinubu camp bypassed Amaechi and plan to work with Wike to achieve victory in the presidential elections.

 

 

Tinubu’s camp were said to have realised Amaechi cannot be trusted, judging by past experience and have decided to work with Wike.

 

 

There is also an angle of Magnus Abe who is said to be one of Tinubu’s ‘boys’.

 

 

Loyalists of Amaechi are claimed to be wrapping up plans to dump the APC and pitch their tent with another party.

 

 

The PDP, who has Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as its flagbearer is tipped as their next destination.

 

 

It is said there’s a plan for Atiku to meet Amaechi so they can both reach a conclusion before Amaechi can unveil his move.

 

Governor Nyesom Wike had earlier stated he could invite anyone that pleases him for his commissioning after the noise that greeted his invitation of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State to commission some projects in Rivers.

 

In the past few weeks, APC strong members likeGovernor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto,  Kayode Fayemi, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and some others have met with Wike in a manner considered as a romance for him to work with APC.

 

 

 

 

Concerns Over The Health Of The Olubadan, To Be Flown Abroad (reveals palace source)

There is concern over the health of the new Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun as palace sources hinted that the monarch would be flown abroad any moment soon.

The 42nd Olubadan who was installed on March 11, 2022 amidst fanfare is said to have been battling an undisclosed ailment which sees him moving in and out of hospitals for the past few weeks.

 

A source from the Ali-Iwo compound, family house of the King reveals to papermacheonline that ‘Kabiesi’s sickness is related with his age, you know he is in his 80s, we are waiting for an approval from the Oyo State Government before we fly him to the United Kingdom for treatment.

 

The first indication about the monarch’s illness came some weeks ago when one of his children married in London, the King was absent and was represented by his younger brother, Senator Kola Balogun.

 

Oba Lekan Balogun was a former Presidential Aspirant on the platform of Social Democratic Party(SDP),he was also a Gubernatorial Candidate for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State in the present political dispensation and a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the Fourth Republic before he ascended his father’s throne as the 42nd Olubadan of Ibadanland.

‘we still chatted some days ago’ Wole Arisekola Mourns Lagos APC Chieftain Kemi Nelson

The Publisher of Street Journal Magazine, Mogaji ‘Bowale Oluwole Arisekola has expressed shock over the passing away of Chief (Mrs) Kemi Nelson, whose death was announced on Sunday.

The public affairs analyst and celebrity journalist in a statement he personally signed on Sunday described Mrs. Nelson’s death as “unfortunate, disheartening and sad”.

He said:

“I learnt about her death with deep shock and grief. Mrs. Kemi Nelson gave her best in strengthening APC and in any struggle in life she believed in. She was unwavering in her quest to deepen the nation’s democracy through her diligence, dedication, resilience, loyalty and sacrifice.

“Truly a friend’s death is a great sorrow for all who truly loved her. I sincerely mourn her friendship. Since our paths crossed during the AC presidential campaign in 2006, a day will not pass without talking to each other on the social media. Kemi Nelson chatted with me till last week Friday.

“She was a committed All Progressives Congress member, an epitome of decency who contributed immensely to the development of the party in Lagos State and at national level. She was an embodiment of humility and selfless service. She will be greatly missed.”

Arisekola added: “She was not only cerebral, unassuming, bold and articulate, she was also a progressive-minded personality. The APC women leader was a successful corporate player, who opted for public service and worked for the good of her people till the last.

“Only few people knew she was indisposed, but were hoping and praying that she would come out stronger and better. We were shocked to hear of her death. It is a sad news. It evokes a deep feeling of loss and sadness. She died with a lot of ideas, zeal and vision that could help in building a better Nigeria.

“I urge her family members, Lagos State government, the broader APC fold and Nigerians to take solace in the fact that the late Mrs. Nelson contributed to the entrenchment of democracy in Nigeria through her participation in politics and her steadfastness.”

The statement noted: “Her advocacy for women’s rights, social justice and genuine development marked her out as a true progressive. She was such a sweet and great soul, beautiful outwardly and in character, a leader who believed the society can be reformed for the common good. She was one of the fruits of the struggle to ensure a better participation in politics. The best tribute the people of Lagos State can pay to her is to sustain her good work of touching the lives of the weak and poor. May Allah grant her Aljaanah fidarous.”

EFCC On The Trail Of Akpabio’s Men; Arrests Scott Tommey For N80B Intervention Funds

The Economic Financial Crimes Commission EFCC has arrested another associate of the former Minster for NDDC, Chief Godswill Akpabio, Scott Tommey.

 

Tommey’s arrest came some weeks after the commission picked up former gubernatorial candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Nsima Ekere.

Scott Tommey’ is alleged to have use his company, Osmoserve Global Limited to perpetrate fraud and launder money for former Minister, Godswill Akpabio.

 

He was said to have been arrested to explain his role in the 80 billion naira intervention fund to states under the NDDC during covid.

 

As at the time of filing this report, Tommey was said to have been released on administrative bail, but sources hinted that his phones and passport are with the EFCC.

 

Ardo Babayo Kumo, another man known to be close to Akpabio and the permanent secretary to the NDDC was also arrested some weeks ago, bringing to fact that the commission has beamed its searchlight on activities during the tenure of Godswill Akpabio who vacated the office to contest for the APC’s presidential ticket.

 

 

Rivers State Begins Prosecution Of Amaechi Over $50m Fraud

Rotimi Amaechi

Former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi is in more trouble as the Rivers State government has finally slammed a nine-count charge of stealing, cheating and conspiracy on him.
In a suit marked PHC/CR/2022, filed on the 7th of June, the Nyesom Wike led Rivers State also listed the Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Tonye Cole, Sir Augustine Wokocha, Dr Chamberlin Peterside, Sahara Energy Resources Limited, NG Power-HPS Limited and Cenpropsaroten Hotel Management as the former governor’s co-defendants.
According to the statement in the charge sheet signed by C.F. Amadi, the Director of Public Prosecution for the Attorney-General of Rivers State, in count one, the state said Amaechi and his co-defendants “sometime between 2011 and 2012 at Port Harcourt within the Port Harcourt Division of the High Court of Rivers State did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to stealing the sum of $274,563,599.59USD”.
The document said the money was a proceed from the sale of 70% equity held by the Rivers State Government in the power generation asset at Omoku Gas Turbine, Eleme Gas Turbine and Afam Gas Turbine Phase 1to NG Power-HPS Limited.
In Count two, the state alleged that Amaechi and his co-defendants within the same period “stole the same amount of money being proceeds from the sale of 70% equity belonging to her in the power generation assets at Omoku, Trans-Amadi, Eleme and Afam Gas turbines.
The state in count three said Sahara Resources Limited, NG Powers-HPS Limited within the same period with intent to cheat agreed to purchase from Rivers State Government 70% equity held by the state in the power generation assets in the four turbines in the sum of $302,960,000USD.
The state said the companies actually took possession, management and control of the said power generation assets upon payment of the initial sum of $274,563,599.59USD, but refused to pay the outstanding balance of $28,400,000USD due to the state.
In the count four, the state alleged that Amaechi and his co-defendants within 2011 and 2012 conspired by fraudulent means to affect the market price of the four power generation assets of Rivers State.
She said the defendants offered the assets for sale exclusively to Sahara Energy Resources Limited, NG Power-HPS Limited (subsidiary of Sahara Energy Resources Limited) and Tonye Cole (Director) instead of by means of open competitive bidding prescribed under section 52 (3) of Rivers State public procurement law number 4 of 2008.
The state further in count five alleged that Amaechi, Sahara Energy, Cenpropsaroten Hotel Management and Cole within the same period “did conspired by fraudulent means to affect the market price of Olympia Hotel, Port Harcourt by offering the said Olympia Hotel, Port Harcourt for concession exclusively to Sahara Energy Resources Limited and Cenpropsaroten Hotel Management (subsidiary of Sahara Energy Resources Limited) and Tonye Cole (Director) instead of by means of open competitive bidding prescribed under section 60 (1) of Rivers State Public Private Participation in Infrastructure Development Law number 5 of 2009.
Rivers also in count six accused Amaechi, Sahara Energy, Cenpropsaroten Hotel Management and Cole of conspired among themselves to commit felony by stealing $1million being concession fee the defending companies paid to Rivers State Government for the concession of Olympia Hotel for a period of 40 years.
The state in count eight alleged that Amaechi and Sahara Energy about December 1, 2014 conspired among themselves to commit felony by stealing the sum of $53,095,602.05USD from Rivers State USD account number 006489429 with Access Bank, Bank road Branch, Port Harcourt.
The offence were said to be contrary to section 421, 422, 516A and 383 of the Criminal Code Law, Law of Rivers State of Nigeria, 1999.

 

Credit: The Street Journal

How Oyebanji Wins Ekiti Governorship Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Biodun Oyebanji, the winner of the Ekiti State governorship election.

The Returning Officer for the election, Prof Kayode Adebowale, who is the Vice Chancellor, the University of Ibadan, announced the results.

Adebowale said, “Oyebanji, having scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and returned elected as the governor-elect of Ekiti State”

The APC scored 187,057 votes to defeat its closest rival, the SDP, which garnered 82,211 votes, the PDP, which got 67,457 votes and 13 other parties which participated in Saturday’s governorship election.

 

Out of the 360,753 votes cast, the total valid votes in the election were 351,865.