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PDP Wants EFCC To Probe Bello Over Alleged Multi-billion Naira Fraud

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Bello Faces Corruption Charge As Court Freezes Kogi's N20b In Sterling Bank

Trouble is brewing for Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello for his alleged involvement in money laundering running into billions of naira of state funds.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe Bello for the alleged fraud.

The party’s call to the EFCC followed an allegation by a civil society organisation the Ant-corruption Network that Bello squandered billions of naira of public funds.

In a statement on Thursday by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party challenged the governor to speak out on the allegation.

The Anti-corruption Network had alleged a series of financial dealings by the governor, including using certain officials of the Kogi State government as well as private individuals and firms to siphon, launder and cart away billions of naira meant for the development of Kogi State.

The PDP said that the revelations by Anti-Corruption Network ostensibly explained why the people of Kogi State had been impoverished and why no concrete development had taken place since the governor assumed office in 2016.

The statement said: “Governor Yahaya Bello is demanded to provide answers to revelations made by the anti-graft body, which is in the public domain, that he has been laundering billions of naira in several tranches through award of contracts to non-legal persons as well as inactive companies with no transaction descriptions and due process certification.

“The APC (All Progressives Congress) poster boy should answer to revelations by the Anti-Corruption Network that he laundered over N3.7 billion through one Abdulsalami Hudu; in addition to billions of naira allegedly laundered through other individuals including certain Umar Comfort, Jimoh Aminu, Philip Salau, Bello Ibrahim among others.

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“Also, Gov Yahaya Bello should answer to allegations by the Anti-Corruption Network that he siphoned billions of naira through award of contracts, without due process, to Southbridge Integrated Services Limited to the tune of N624 million, in addition to five other companies which allegedly got between N22 million N129 million respectively.

“It is indeed disheartening that such funds were monies meant for infrastructural development, provision of healthcare, education facilities, road construction, payment of salaries and pension and other benefits, which have been deprived the people since the inception of the Bello administration.

“Against this background, our party calls on the EFCC, under its new leadership, to immediately commence an investigation by inviting all those mentioned in the report as well as prosecute any individual or company indicted in the matter.”

The PDP also urged the EFCC to equally commence an investigation into the activities of the governor as well as the account records of his administration, with a view to prosecuting him immediately he leaves office at the end of his tenure, if indicted.

The party said nobody should be allowed to hide under the cover of immunity to get away with criminal pillaging of public resources entrusted into their hands.

“It is also instructive to state that the immunity clause, as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended), does not prohibit the investigation of a sitting governor or the prosecution of his aides, officials or cronies, who were used to steal public funds”, the statement noted.

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Binani Floors Ribadu As Apppeal Court Declares Her APC Governorship Candidate In Adamawa

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Binani Floors Ribadu As Apppeal Court Declares Her APC Governorship Candidate In Adamawa

Senator Aishatu Dahiru Binani is the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Adamawa State, an Appeal Court sitting in Yola, Adamawa State capital, has declared.

The court presided over by Justice Tani Yusuf Hassan set aside the judgement of a Federal High Court which nullified the governorship primary and declared that APC has no candidate for the 2023 governorship election.

A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, who contested but lost the ticket of the party had challenged Binani’s victory in court.

READ  ALSO: Court Disqualifies Binani As Adamawa APC Governorship Candidate

He had filed a suit to seek nullification of the primary conducted on May 27. Ribadu, who hinged his suit on alleged votes buying, over-voting and delegate inducement, asked the court to disqualify Binani and declare him the candidate of the APC in the state.

He sought an order restraining APC from submitting Binani’s name to INEC as the governorship candidate of APC on the grounds that she had emerged from an invalid and unlawful exercise.

After the nullification of her candidacy, the senator challenged the ruling of the lower court at the appeal court.
APC and Binani through their counsel, Sule J. Abul and Sam Ologunorisa, filed a notice of preliminary objections and counter-affidavits.

While APC challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter, Binani in her preliminary objection argued that Ribadu’s suit was not properly constituted.

She described the suit as incompetent, contentious, rancorous and contained allegations of fraud, commission of a crime, and that it cannot be heard or determined by way of the originating summons.

In its judgement on Thursday, the Appellate court ordered that Binani’s name be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) immediately.

 

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PDP Crisis Worsens As G-5 Governors, Others Meet, Change Name

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PDP Crisis Worsens As G-5 Governors, Others Meet, Change Name

The agitating five governors of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) led by their Rivers State counterpart Nyesome Wike and others met on Sunday in Lagos.

They identified themselves as the Integrity Group .

They also promised to take a position on the crisis rocking the party.

Addressing newsmen before going into a closed door meeting, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State said the Integrity Group was the face behind the struggle within the PDP.

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Makinde said: “We are here this morning to hold a meeting of the Integrity Group within our party, the PDP. You’ve heard of the G5 that is the five PDP governors. The G5 is all about the Integrity Group.

“You can see us, five serving governors, as the face of this struggle but the leaders and elders of the party that you see here are the people behind those faces.”

 

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Akpabio Loses Senatorial Bid At Appeal Court As Ekpoudom Wins

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Akpabio Loses Senatorial Bid At Appeal Court As Ekpoudom Wins

The attempt by former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godswill Akpabio to return to the upper legislative chamber has suffered a major setback.

The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal has set aside the judgment of Federal High Court Abuja which previously approved his status as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.

A three-member panel of justices read by Justice Danlami Senchi on Monday held that Akpabio failed to file a proof of arguments within the time provided by the rules.

The panel further ruled that Akpabio, being a presidential aspirant of the APC, could not participate in the valid primary of the party held on May 27 and monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which produced Udom Ekpoudom as a candidate.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had on September 22 asked INEC to reinstate Senator Akpabio as APC’s candidate, being the candidate nominated by the party in the second primary of June 9.

 READ ALSO: Court Orders INEC To Recognise Akpabio As APC Senatorial Candidate

The lower court had directed that INEC accepts the former Minister of Niger Delta as the APC flagbearer.

The court also ordered that INEC publish Akpabio’s name as APC senatorial candidate for Akwa Ibom North/West senatorial district in 2023, stating that the Commission acted illegally by refusing to accept and publish the former governor’s name when it was submitted to it by the APC as its candidate.

Justice Emeka Nwite who delivered judgment held that Akpabio was validly nominated as the Akwa – Ibom North/West Senatorial District candidate of the APC from the primary conducted by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) on June 9, 2022.

The trial Judge faulted INEC for electing to monitor the May 27 primary, conducted by an illegal faction of the party led by Augustine Ekanem as against the June 9 primary authorized conducted by the APC NWC.

 

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