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Adeyemi Tells Lawmakers, Governors, Others To Declare Assets If They Mean To Fight Corruption

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Adeyemi Tells Lawmakers, Governors, Others To Declare Assets If They Mean To Fight Corruption

Lawmakers, governors and other public office holders should declare assets if the current administration really means to fight corruption, the Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District, Smart Adeyemi, has said.

Adeyemi spoke while contributing to a legislative debate on a bill to repeal “Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and enact the Money laundering (Prevention. And Prohibition) Act to provide comprehensive legal and institutional framework for prevention and prohibition of money laundering in Nigeria.”

While supporting the bill, the lawmaker submitted that it would allow government to probe public officers on their unexplained wealth, assets and property at home and abroad with possible recoveries.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Umar, Sadiq Suleiman representing Kwara North Senatorial District.

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Adeyemi insisted that no country develops without accountability of her public officers, hence, all those who have property abroad should be made to tell Nigerians how they acquired them.

He stated that the administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) should be more determined to fight corruption.

“There is no doubt that the present government has fought corruption than any government in the history of this country.

“There is no doubt that billions of dollars and pound sterling have been siphoned away from our system to foreign countries especially by those who have held political office in time past.

“In seconding this bill I want to say we must also look at how we can enlarge the net in apprehending those who have siphoned money from this country.

“In essence this bill must take into consideration public office holders and their immediate families who have property abroad to give account of how they acquired these property.

“Many people who have held public offices in time past siphoned money abroad where they acquired property in the names of their wives and their children.

“I want to submit that there is a need to do an x-ray of all those who have held office in Nigeria to look at how they have acquired their property and their children and families, that is the only way we can be seen to be fighting corruption.

“Any public office holder in the past and present who have property abroad and their children and their wives. It is not out of place for this bill to be all encompassing so that we can know those who have acquired property abroad with their children.

“Nigeria is bleeding now, we must take the courage to ensure they release some of the property they acquired.

“I said this without any contradiction, I don’t have any property abroad neither my children. Anybody that has acquired property who has held public office before should give account.”

Earlier, sponsor of the bill, Senator Umar, Sadiq Suleiman explained that the legislation seeks to repeal the extant Act and enact the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2021 to provide a more comprehensive legal and institutional framework for the prevention and prohibition of money laundering in Nigeria.

He said the bill had captured the changing patterns and manifestation of money laundering as an offence, which includes investment or funds transfer made or obtained fraudulently into legitimate businesses to make the illicit funds difficult to trace.

After contributions by other senators, the bill scaled second reading.

 

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Saraki Joins Presidential Race

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Saraki Joins Presidential Race

Former Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday declared his interest in the 2023 presidency.

Saraki’s declaration is coming after former National Leader of the All Progressives Congress Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Ebonyi Governor Dave Umahi; Senate Chief Whip Orji Kalu and former Imo Governor Rochas Okorocha declared similar interests.

The former Kwara Governor said he had a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.

Saraki, born on December 19th, 1962, is the son of Second Republic Senator, the late Olusola Saraki.

He was first elected into the Senate in 2011 and emerged Senate President in 2015.

READ ALSO: Okorocha Declares Bid For Presidency In 2023

On his official Facebook page, Saraki said: “Earlier, I replied to a follower of mine on Twitter who like thousands of you has been clamouring for a united front to #RescueNigeria.

“As we prepare for the journey ahead, I hope we can all join hands to get the ticket of our great party, PDP, and build a nation that works for all of us.

“Join me to make our communities safer and provide real opportunities for you and your families. I have a strong record of delivering and experience in making tough decisions.

“Let’s build a new Nigeria that works for EVERYONE!”

 

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Adebayo Sues For Peace In Ekiti APC Primary

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Adebayo Sues For Peace In Ekiti APC Primary

As the All progressives Congress (APC) members in Ekiti State go to polls on Thursday to elect their gubernatorial candidate in the June 2022 election, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo has called for a rancour-free election.

In a statement on Wednesday by Special Assistant on Media, Ifedayo Sayo, the minister sued for peace amongst party members, urging them to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner.

According to him, the primary is a family affair and nobody must stand in the way of the party in ensuring that the election is hitch-free and peaceful.

He also called on the party leadership to ensure a level-playing ground for all the aspirants, saying equal treatment for the aspirants would make reconciliation easy at the end of the election.

The former governor admonished the aspirants not to see the election as a do-or-die affair, pointing out that they must put the interest of the party above other interests.

He called on the aspirants to accept the outcome of the primary in good faith and resist the temptation of being used against the party in the coming elections.

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The minister said as a leader, he would queue behind the majority decision in the primary to ensure the unity and oneness of the party.

The minister lauded the performance of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led government which has raised the bar of governance and made the party the toast of the good people of the state.

He assured that whoever emerged from the primary would continue the good work of the APC administration if elected in the June governorship election.

 

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Posters Urging Jonathan To Run For President In Lagos, Abuja

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Posters Urging Jonathan To Run For President In Lagos, Abuja

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, former President Goodluck Jonathan is apparently still under pressure to run for the number one office in the country.

Currently, there are posters in some parts of Lagos State and Abuja urging him to contest for the presidency.

According to the information on the posters, which have the inscription, “Please Run, Nigerians Are Calling Again”, a group known as Greater Nigeria Ambassadors (GRENA), are behind them.

Although Jonathan is yet to throw his hat into the ring, there are reports that he is being considered by a section of the presidency and some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the presidential ticket of the party come 2023.

READ ALSO: Our Presidential Ticket Open To Jonathan – APC

The former president has been very frequent at the seat of power, hobnobbing with his successor.

This has created anxiety in the ruling party, which has other presidential aspirants from the South, should APC decide to zone its presidential ticket to the region.

Last year, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had alleged that the APC was wooing Jonathan but the APC responded saying he was free to contest on its platform.

Jonathan has been absent from key PDP functions of late. He did not attend the party’s convention, which held late last year.

 

 

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