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NNPC subsidy claim meant to cover stealing of trillions by ‘presidency cabal’ — PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as fictitious the claim by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that it spends N24 billion monthly and N774 million per day on subsidising pump price of fuel for Nigerians.

The party, in a statement on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the figures as fictitious.

It said it was ”cleverly fabricated to retire the already exposed stealing of trillions of naira by Presidency cabal and APC interests in secret oil deals”.

The PDP said it is duplicitous for the NNPC to claim a sudden surge in fuel purchase expenses at the same time that the nation faced the ”harshest fuel shortage across the country with Nigerians paying exorbitantly for the product.”

The PDP also called on the Buhari-led administration to come clean on the subsidy issue, which it claimed it had abolised but had apparently re-introduced without appropriate endorsement by the National Assembly.

“Nigerians are shocked by moves by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled Federal Government to cover huge fraud in the Presidency by declaring that it spends a humongous N24 billion monthly (N774million per day) to subsidise fuel in the country. The APC-led Presidency is drawing its deceptive proclivity and concealment of fraud too far; and to think that such is hatched in a sector that is under the direct supervision of President Muhammadu Buhari as minister of petroleum affairs is most disheartening.

“This is the same Presidency that claimed to have abolished fuel subsidy payments and even accused the immediate past administration of alleged corruption in its subsidy management. It is therefore strange that the same government can pull out unimaginable figures and claim it is the cost of subsidy enjoyed by Nigerians.

“How come that with such humongous sums, Nigerians are still paying as high as N250 to N300 per liter on fuel in various parts of the country? We have since charged the Buhari-led Presidency to come out clear on the truth on the administration of subsidy under its watch. The question is; why is the Federal Government cloaking the subsidy regime in secrecy if not to conceal its duplicity?”

“Nigerians need to know; who in the Presidency approved the spending of the said N774million per day as fuel subsidy and who are the benefiting companies? Is the subsidy captured in any appropriation instrument of the National Assembly? What is the cost of landing imported fuel to the depots and at what exchange rate? Where are the details of the subsidy pay-out and the negotiating options and contracts?”

The party also made reference to the claims made by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, detailing questionable deals under NNPC boss, Maikanti Baru.

“In reeling out its figures, the Presidency has forgotten that Nigerians are still waiting for its explanations on the leaked memo showing alleged corrupt oil contracts at the NNPC to the tune of N9 trillion ($25billion dollars).

“The Presidency has also refused to offer explanations to the alleged involvement of its officials in various sneaky oil subsidy deals and reported diversion of N1.1trillion worth of crude last year to service APC interests.

“Our take is that Nigerians must be told the truth at all times and not be made to suffer for the fraud being perpetrated by APC interests and the cabal at the Presidency.”

2019: Fresh crisis hits PDP as Jerry Gana, Adeniran, Orubebe, Turaki, others dump party for SDP

Three former ministers are leading an exodus of top members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after efforts to heal the wounds of the last national convention of the party hit the rocks.

Ex-Information Minister Jerry Gana,ex-Education Minister Tunde Adeniran and ex-Niger Delta Minister Godsday Orubebe  are moving to the  Social Democratic Party (SDP) which is merging  with the  Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Peoples Salvation Party (PSP) to form a formidable party ahead of next year’s elections.

More chieftains of the PDP are expected to join them, The Nationgathered yesterday.

The Olusegun Obasanjo-inspired Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) is in  talks with the SDP to work together.

The likes of Gana, Adeniran and Orubebe,all founding members of the PDP, are still displeased with what they see as the hijack of the party by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and others during the party’s last national convention.

Adeniran was defeated in a bitter  chairmanship election by Wike’s candidate, Uche Secondus.

A  high powered committee headed by  Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State to reconcile  the aggrieved members could not help the situation.

The aggrieved party chieftains launched into a  marathon meeting/negotiation with the leadership of SDP on Thursday night in Abuja for a merger.

The meeting ended  early yesterday with the the signing of  a Memorandum of Understanding  by the coalescing group at Ladi Kwali Hall in Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.

Joining Gana from the PDP are a former Military Administrator of Katsina State, Sen. Joseph Akaagerger; a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Peter Godsday Orubebe; Chief Mike Oghiadhome, who was  a former Chief of Staff to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan; ex-Governor Saminu Turaki of Jigawa State; and ex-Minister of Defence, Dr. Olu Agunloye and a former Deputy Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Dare Emiola.

Also teaming up with SDP are a former member of the House of Representatives, Dr. Junaid Mohammed; Sen. Bassey Ewa Hensaw;  a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Olamide Oni; Supo Shonibare (South-West Zonal chairman of SDP), Hon. Dipo Olaitan (a former leader of the Alliance for Democracy in the House of Representatives); a former Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Kehinde Ayoola;  Amb. Yemi Farounbi; leaders of the Middle Belt Forum; Mr. John Dara; the leaders  of the National Intervention Forum led by Dr. Tafawa Balewa; Amb Bejide; Shehu Gabam who gave the vote of thanks.

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae is a stalwart of the SDP.

Although ex-Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State and a former Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ibrahim Mantu were part of  the preliminary talks, it was unclear why they were not at the signing of the MoU.

A highly placed source in the group said:”As a matter of fact, Mantu propped up the name of a party which should be included in the merger but it was rejected. He attended the initial meeting but by the time  the MoU was signed, he was not there.

“We are hopeful that he will  be at our subsequent meetings. Some of our leaders are suspecting that Mantu may chicken out  because he has been begging Adeniran and Gana not to leave  PDP.

The MoU entered into by the leaders  was  obtained yesterday by The  Nation.

Jointly signed by Falae (for SDP) and Prof. Gana (for Movement for a New Political Order),  the MoU reads in part: “Whereas on the 12th Day of February 2018, a joint resolution was adopted at Sheraton Hotel Abuja, for working together to ensure the emergence of a new and credible political order to deepen democracy, good governance and genuine development, with peace, security and social justice. The said meeting also  unanimously resolved to build:

a)a restructured, balanced equitable and truly functional Nigerian Federation:

b)a humane, free, seIf-reliant and democratic society;

c) a dynamic, productive, transformed and sustainable economy;

d) a just, fair, egalitarian and peaceful nation

e) a land of bright and full of opportunities for all Nigerians; and

f) a national culture of raising good leaders through effective mentoring;

“Whereas, it was also agreed that the proposed movement shall be directed,  driven and defined by such core values as:

1. Justice, fairness, equity and progress;  2. Democracy, good leadership, good governance and sustainable development; 3. Transparency, integrity, truth and honour; 4. Accountability and zero tolerance for corruption; 5. Respect for human dignity, human rights and sanctity of human life;; and 6. Peace, security, harmony,  cooperative solidarity, within the rule of law; and 7. International cooperation for a common humanity within a secure and peaceful order.

“Whereas, the movement further resolved to be inspired and motivated by the ideals of social democracy, with great emphasis on:  the triumph of social justice; the  nobility of human dignity; the  harmony of fairness and equality; the power of working together in solidarity; the excellence of good governance, driven by good leadership; the wisdom of reforms and transformation far beyond mere growth; the horror of poverty, demanding eradication; the dignity of prosperity; the imperative of democracy and the security of peace with justice

“Whereas with due reference to these objectives, core values, and ideals, a Strategy Committee was mandated to search for a suitable, popular, meaningful and widespread platform, with a name that already resonates with the people and to make appropriate recommendations; and

“Whereas, the Strategic Committee, comprising representatives from all the six geopolitical zones of the Federation, have met  and submitted their report, unanimously recommending the adoption  of  Social Democratic Party(SDP) vehicle by the movement for a new political order:

“Therefore, we hereby resolutely agree to: (a) Fuse together into one political form; (b) adopt the Social Democratic Party(SDP) as the political vehicle for the fused political formation; (c) Convene a non-elective convention for Saturday, 14th April, 2018; (d) authorize the National Working Committee to serve as the Interim Management Committee until the said convention;  Set up a National Steering Committee of 12 members to guide the Interim Management  Committee during the transition period; Raise a Constitution Review Committee to consider all necessary amendments to the party constitution.”

Speaking with our correspondent last night, Dr. Junaid Mohammed said: “Those involved in SDP are the Peoples Redemption Party(PRP), Peoples Salvation Party(PSP), the Social Democratic Party(SDP) and some elements of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). It was like a merger but we do not want to call it so because the All Progressives Congress(APC) has destroyed the concept of merger.

“I am an optimist, I believe SDP will make a great impact. The main reason I want to be associated with it is because it is ideologically driven. Even it was not ideologically driven before, it has to be ideologically driven.

Asked if some governors and National Assembly members have subscribed to SDP,  Mohammed added: “It is not compulsory to have governors or members of the National Assembly in a party  to succeed. There are about 65 to 67 parties thereabout in the country. In terms of electoral performance, most of the parties are not on ground. The two parties which have led the country are not doing well. They have impacted negatively on the economy and our political life.  A three-party or a four or five -party system will be better.”

A top source in the SDP said: “The SDP has been approached by the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) which has been founded by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. We are hopeful that our ongoing talks will be fruitful.

“We share common ideals with the CNM on how to move the nation forward.”

PDP: Dapchi parents in pains but Buhari feasting in Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of abandoning parents of the kidnapped Dapchi schoolgirls to their fate.

The party said while the parents are wailing, the president is “busy feasting” with chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja.

A total of 110 students of Government Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe state, were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents who raided the school last week.

In a statement on Tuesday, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP spokesman, said while the girls are still missing, Buhari and his party chieftains are busy with re-election agenda.

“It is appalling that while the parents of the 110 abducted Dapchi schoolgirls are still wailing and insurgents driving into deeper recesses, the president and his party men are busy feasting in the presidential villa and plotting their 2019 campaigns; of course, with funds meant for the well-being of the people and our nation,” the statement read.

He added that Buhari’s mandate of protecting lives had been reduced to a “cosmetic dispatching of ministers and persons with no knowledge of security, on mere fact-finding missions”.

Ologbondiyan said: “Today, Nigerians are daily slaughtered and taken as captives because those who have the direct mandate to protect them are more interested in 2019 re-election ambition while the citizens are left to whatever fate befalls them.

“Nigerians are worried that he has now allowed himself to be holed in the safety and luxury of the presidential villa while citizens are being slaughtered and taken captives by marauders and insurgents.

“Painfully, Nigerians are yet to see any concrete action taken by the Buhari presidency to apprehend the perpetrators of the gruesome killings in Benue, Taraba, Zamfara, Adamawa, Borno, Plateau, Nasarawa and Yobe, among other states, where our citizens are being hacked down by marauders and insurgents.”

The PDP, therefore, urged Buhari and the APC to understand that Nigerians “now know the truth” and “can no longer be swayed by propaganda and false claims with which the APC hoodwinked the nation in 2015”.

N400m ‘fraud’: You have a case to answer, supreme court tells Metuh

The supreme court on Friday affirmed the decision of the court of appeal, Abuja, which dismissed the appeal on no-case submission filed by Olisa Metuh, former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Metuh is standing trial for allegedly receiving N400 million from the office of Sambo Dasuki, former national security adviser.

Delivering the judgment on the consolidated appeal filed by Metuh and his company, Destra Investments Limited, Justice Ejembi Eko, held that the appeal was incompetent.

The judge held that the appellants failed to obtain leave of the court as specified by section 233 (2) of the 1999 constitution before filing the notice of appeals.

This section of the constitution compels a would-be appellant to seek leave of the court when filing an appeal against an interlocutory decision, on the grounds of mixed law and facts.

“The appellants have failed to adhere to this portion of the constitution,” he said.

“Therefore, we have no reason not to affirm the May 25, 2016, judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja. This consolidated appeal is hereby dismissed for being incompetent.”

The court of appeal had earlier dismissed the appeal for being incompetent, thereby upholding the March 9, 2016, ruling of the trial court dismissing the appellants’ no-case submission.

Metuh, who had been complaining of ill health as he continued his defence at the federal high court, Abuja, was on February 5 brought to court on a stretcher.

Okon Abang, the judge, had adjourned Metuh’s trial until March 14, on the grounds of his ill health.

Secondus says Buhari is practising ‘nuclear nepotism’

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has accused the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is practising “nuclear nepotism”.

Secondus alleged that for one to be given an appointment at federal level, the person must be a native of Daura, the president’s hometown in Katsina state.

He said the outcome of the All Progressives Congress (APC) 32 months in power is not what Nigerians bargained.

Secondus said the APC has left the presidential villa spiritually but would move out physically in 2019.

He also said Nigeria was sitting on a keg of gunpowder waiting to explode, adding that only the PDP could save it.

Secondus spoke when he led members of the PDP national working committee (NWC) to the party’s caucus at national assembly “to rub minds and see how we can save this country.”

“I have come with members of the NWC of our party to thank you for the mandate you gave us at the successful National Convention last year and to charge you to redouble your efforts for the eventual humiliation of APC in 2019,” Ike Abonyi, Secondus’ spokesman, quoted the PDP chairman as saying.

“People are being killed on daily basis, nuclear nepotism is in vogue, you have to come from Daura to be appointed into a federal position.

“Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gun powder waiting to explode, only the PDP can save it.

“This is the time for all to stand up to save this country and all eyes are on PDP to lead the way, I am ready and determined even to be arrested for us to regain our liberty in this land.

“What we have ruling Nigeria today at the villa is a broken party and a broken government, spiritually APC has already left the villa, what we must fine tune is the physical accomplishment.”

We are not sure about 2019 elections, says PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has questioned the credibility of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct a free and fair election in 2019.

Uche Secondus, national chairman of the party, expressed his reservations on Wednesday, when a United Nations (UN) delegation visited him at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

According to Secondus, the PDP, in its 16 years in power, was guided by the rule of democracy while conducting elections.

He said since it assumed power, all the elections conducted by the APC “came with huge question mark”, causing fear in the minds of Nigerians.

“Over the years, we were in power as a party for 16 years to be precise. We midwived and deepened democracy. In the last 2015 election, we lost and conceded defeat, without attempting to go to court,” Secondus said.

“On record, it is the first time it has ever happened in this country. We did not go to court and our candidate did not go to court.

“We realised it was democracy and the will of the people. But we have fears today that since APC came to power, all the elections we have conducted came with huge question mark.

“As a matter of fact, this (INEC) is the only electoral body that has conducted elections several times and they (government) will call for a re-run when it is not in their favour.

“Look seriously in the area of free and fair elections that guarantee security. This is a point that must be noted by the UN body that what they have done in the past; the electoral umpire and the federal government have not guarantee free and fair elections. We are very very worried whether 2019 will be free and fair.

“The entire country is worried, not only PDP, it is across the board. All the other political parties are very worried because of what is happening today in the country.”

Edo school land grab: Clear conscience dreads no accusation – Obaseki’s aide chides PDP

The Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, has urged the Publicity Secretary of the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Mr Chris Nehikhare, to remain calm while the investigation into complaints of the conversion of a school land to private use by members of the PDP in the state, continues.In a statement issued in Benin City, Osagie said “someone with a clear conscience, no matter how close the range of an accusation is to him, dreads no accusation” and asked why members of the Edo PDP are running helter-skelter over the complaints.

“Since the Edo State Government issued a press statement expressing its resolve to investigate the complaints of the illegal conversion of the land belonging to the Anglican Girls Grammar School, to private use by the erstwhile and ill-fated Peoples Democratic Party-led government in the state, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Edo State and the entire camp of the party have known no peace and have lost sleep,” Osagie said.

He queried that “If Nehikhare and other remnants of the dying PDP are sure that they did not share or appropriate the school land, then why are they jittery?”

He explained that “The Edo State Government received complaints of land grab from concerned Edo people and the government is investigating the matter.

“Nehikhare and his co-travellers, hunted by their age-old and tainted shadows, have become paranoid, behaving like children that are terror-stricken and have been hopping about on the internet like viruses, over the complaints.”   

The governor’s spokesman emphasised that if the PDP members are sure that they did not build on the land of Anglican Girls Grammar School, they need not run helter-skelter.

Osagie stressed that “The Edo State government is undeterred by the sudden feverish behaviour of the PDP members and will follow due process in unravelling the people that illegally converted a school property to their private use.”

He assured that “while the government is open about all its processes and procedures, we will rely on valid and verifiable documents on the true dimension of the AGGS land and not the oral claim by Chris Nehikhare that his chairman, Dan Orbih, lives a few metres away from the school land.”

He asked: “Is PDP the ministry or agency in charge of lands in Edo State? Is the party the custodian of land data of the state? The PDP lacks the credibility and beleivability to tell Edo people the true dimension of the AGGS land.”  

Reject ‘plot’ to hike pump price, PDP tells Nigerians

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Nigerians to reject any attempt by the federal government to hike the pump price of petrol.

There have been reports that the current administration is planning to increase the price of petrol but Ibe Kachikwu, minister of state for petroleum resources, has assured Nigerians that the price would remain at N145 per litre.

Kola Ologbodiyan, spokesman of the PDP, said any further increase in fuel price would be “inhuman and unacceptable”.

He added that hike in fuel pump price would be an indirect tax on Nigerians, thereby increase their suffering.

He called on government to come up with a clear explanation on “oil subsidy payment” under the administration and “illegal lifting of N1.1 trillion worth of crude using unregistered companies”.

He said in December, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo informed Nigerians that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had been paying subsidy on fuel.

Ologbondiyan said the federal government was yet to tell Nigerians who the beneficiaries of the subsidy were, the amount involved and who authorised the payment.

“Any increase in fuel pump price would be an indirect tax on Nigerians to fund APC interests and, considering the pains Nigerians have suffered under this … government, this intended hike will be callous,” he said.

“It is now clear to all that this APC-controlled government will never act in the interest of Nigerians. All the actions and policies of APC, in their close to three years in office, have been targeted against Nigerians and there are no signals that they will change.

“We, therefore, urge Nigerians to reject this plot to raise the prices of petroleum products even as they gear towards using the next election to end the misrule of the APC.”

Another PDP rep defects to APC

Another member of the House of Representatives from Edo State, Johnson Agbonayinma, has dumped the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

In a letter read by Speaker Yakubu Dogara at plenary on Thursday, Mr. Agbonayinma who was loyal to the ousted chairman of the PDP, Ali Modu-Sheriff, alleged that he had been sidelined in the party.

He said after Mr. Sheriff lost at the Supreme Court, his colleagues in the house and his former party “shut the door against him”.

Present in the chamber to receive him was the deputy governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu, who was once a member of the House of Representatives.

Reacting to his defection, the deputy minority leader, Chukwuma Onyema, expressed joy over the exit of Mr. Agbonayinma, describing it as a great relief.

“It’s like getting rid of a cancer” he said.

The PDP caucus did not urge Mr. Dogara to declare the seat vacant.

The three members include Nnanna Igbokwe who just defected on Tuesday, Mr. Agbonayinma who just defected, and Ben Nwankwo, who had already declared for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in Anambra state.

PDP has lost six of its lawmakers to other political parties in 2017 alone.

The defection of Mr. Agbonayinma brings the number to seven.

The earlier defectors were Edward Pwajok (Plateau), Adamu Kamale (Adamawa), Hassan Sale (Benue), Zephaniah Jisalo (FCT), Yusuf Tijjani (Kogi), and Nnanna Igbokwe (Imo).

FG building new prisons for PDP members – Secondus

The Peoples Democratic Party, on Tuesday, alleged that the Federal Government was building more prisons.

It also said that the government was planning to descend on PDP members in 2018.

The National Chairman of the party, Mr. Uche Secondus, stated these in Abuja at the opening of a two-day retreat for members of the newly elected National Working Committee of the party.

Secondus warned that those building the prisons might be the occupiers, adding that it was wrong for the Federal Government to be persecuting members of the PDP because of their refusal to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

He said, “We learnt that they are building more prisons. Let them go ahead and build more. They will be the one to stay there.

“We learnt that they are coming after our members in January. Let them continue. How many people will they put in jail?

“They should stop intimidating people. They should remember that almost everybody they had put in jail wrongly came back to become President.

“This is because they were jailed unjustifiably. So, if they are persecuting us, let them continue. But we will not withdraw the ultimatum we gave them to quit Aso Rock in 2019.”

Secondus stated that it was wrong to assume that the PDP was not ready to fight corruption, stressing that the regime of former President Olusegun Obasanjo established institutions that he said “are currently waging a war against graft in the country.”

The PDP chairman added that the former President did not spare members of the PDP then, unlike now when he alleged that the ruling party “protects its members.”

“We stabilised the structure to fight corruption. Obasanjo, a PDP President, started the fight against corruption. He fought our members. But unlike now, no matter how corrupt you are, if you don’t want to be arrested, just defect to the APC,” he added.

Speaking when he received members of the Board of Trustees of the party earlier, Secondus called on the Federal Government to stop intimidating members of the party.

He said, “APC should stop intimidating our leaders. We will no longer take it; enough is enough. They don’t need to attack us; they should fulfil what they promised us.

“Enough of this; we are not in a military era. What I am telling them is that God is not sleeping. When the time comes, the people will speak through their votes.

“We handed over freely in 2015 and they should be prepared to hand over to us. No amount of intimidation will distract Nigerians.”

Secondus condemned the alleged harassment of the former President of the Senate, David Mark, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

“There is nowhere in the world where a former Senate President has been harassed like this before,” he added.

While receiving former chairmen of the party, led by Ahmadu Ali, Secondus restated that he and members of the NWC would not be intimidated, adding that they would have zero tolerance for corruption and imposition of candidates.

The Chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, explained that at no time did members of the BoT support Senator Ali Modu Sheriff while the latter was leading the party.

Jibrin called on members of the party to unite and support the Governor Seriake Dickson-led reconciliation committee.

The BoT, however, recommended that the new NWC should visit all chairmanship aspirants that lost the bid to emerge as the chairman of the party and their key supporters.

It equally recommended that the new NWC should “deal with the various petitions; organise a retreat for all party organs; revisit the issue of the new party secretariat; revisit the biometric registration of members and avoid anything that will lead to unnecessary court cases.”