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JUST IN: Why Osinbajo’s helicopter crashed – AIB

The Accident Investigation Bureau, AIB, has released the preliminary report of the helicopter accident involving the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

The Commissioner, AIB, Mr. Akin Olateru, on Wednesday said the investigation was still ongoing but that among other causal factors, the crew lost visual contact with the ground at landing due to a “brownout.”

According to him, brownout is caused by landing in a dry, sandy environment.

“Caverton Helicopters Limited did not conduct site survey of the landing field prior to the flight and did not carry out safety and risk assessment,” he said.

A helicopter conveying the Vice President to a campaign rally in Kogi State had crash landed in Kabba on February 2.

Nobody died or sustained injury in the crash.

Ogun violence: Amosun kicks as APC threatens to punish him after polls

The All Progressives Congress has vowed to punish the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, for allegedly instigating thugs that attacked the leaders of the party, including the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, at the presidential rally in Abeokuta on Monday.

The crowd at the rally pelted Oshiomhole with stones and water sachets when he introduced Dapo Abiodun as the governorship candidate of the APC in Ogun State.

Other leaders of the party, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, were booed at the campaign, which was marred by violence involving the APC and the Allied Peoples Movement’s supporters.

The spokesman for the APC Caretaker Committee in the state, Mr Tunde Oladunjoye, had on Monday alleged that the hoodlums who disrupted the rally were sponsored by Amosun.

Expressing regrets at the disruption of the campaign, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement on Tuesday said those responsible for the “premeditated attacks” would be dealt with.

The party said the sanction would be delayed till after the elections.

The statement said, “This is one act of indiscipline too many. The APC will not condone acts of indiscipline, indiscretion and anti-party activities from any party member no matter how highly placed.

“The party will review this gross misconduct of deliberately positioning thugs to attack and embarrass the President and the party leadership. The party will take a decision on this matter immediately after the elections.

“It must be stated that party supremacy and discipline, according to our constitution, are not matters of choice but binding principles which must be adhered to by all party members.

“The APC is a party known for discipline, justice, fairness and equality hence any plan to destroy what this party stands for would be rejected. No single person will be allowed to put his personal and selfish interest ahead of the wishes of the people of Ogun State and elsewhere.”

The APC said the decision of the National Working Committee on post-primaries remained unbendable.

“Post-primaries, the decision of the National Working Committee to uphold the wishes of party members is unbendable. Therefore, whatever means being presently deployed by persons intending to undermine the wishes of the people for personal gains will not be tolerated.

“We urge our teeming party supporters and members not to be disturbed by Monday’s condemnable incident. We urge all to continue trooping out en masse for our remaining campaigns and vote massively for all and only the APC candidates in the forthcoming general elections,” the statement added.

Although Issa-Onilu did not mention the governor’s name in the statement, the Publicity Secretary of the pro-Amosun APC faction in the state, Wole Elegbede, when contacted on the telephone, described the threat by the national leaders of the party as a media trial and jungle justice.

Elegbede, who spoke with one of our correspondents,said, “It is common for the National Working Committee of the party to subject members of the APC in Ogun State to media trial and jungle justice.”

He added, “The dissolution of the APC executive in the state was done without inviting us to face any disciplinary committee in accordance with the constitution of the party. They just announced the dissolution in the media. That is nothing but media trial and jungle justice. They have started again. This issue of disciplining the governor of Ogun State will end up the same way. We believe that it will end up the same way: Jungle justice and media trial.”

He also blamed the national leadership for the protests and the disruption of the rally.

He said, “The APC, Ogun State chapter under the leadership of Chief Derin Adebiyi, will not like to reply anyone. But what happened involved the APC supporters in the state. Some supporters are aggrieved over the emergence of Dapo Abiodun as the governorship candidate, while some like it.

“But our APC supporters are happy with President Muhammadu Buhari and are ready to vote for him in the forthcoming election.

“As you can see, all the APC supporters agree to vote for Buhari, What really happened could be traced to the emergence of Dapo Abiodun as the governorship candidate.”

When asked whether his faction of the APC was happy with the development or not, he said, “No dedicated member of the party will be happy at such development. What happened was caused by the leadership at the national level.

“What happened was not planned by anybody. It was not planned by the governor, and it was just a spontaneous reaction from aggrieved members who do not like the emergence of Dapo Abiodun.”

Meanwhile, the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has called on electorate in the state to ignore Amosun’s comment that they should not vote for APC’s candidates except President Buhari.

Osinbajo, who did not mention Amosun’s name, described those who promote other parties while still claiming to be members of the APC as “bad cutlasses.”

The Vice-President spoke in Yoruba language during a town hall meeting held at the palace of the Ebunmawe of Ago Iwoye in Ijebu North Local Government Area, Oba Abdulrazak Adenugba.

Osinbajo also reiterated same while speaking with some traders at Olabisi Onabanjo Market, Ota Osun in Ijebu Ode.

The town hall meeting was held on the sidelines of a door-to- door presidential campaign held in Ogun East Senatorial District.

The Vice-President later solicited votes from the residents of Ijebu, explaining that only the APC meant well for the people.

Osinbajo said, “Vote for the APC alone in all the elective offices because, we don’t know of those who are meddling or promoting another party because any one caught in such act can be described as a bad cutlass.

“Vote for the APC alone in all elective offices, Remember that ‘ Oju kan ladani , ada toba loju meji tidii adakada’ (a cutlass has only one sharp edge. Anything short of that makes such a cutlass a bad one).

“You need to vote for the APC because, even, the most hardened enemy of President Muhammadu Buhari knows that he is not a thief nor is he corrupt. And secondly, you have to vote for us because of the many things that we have in store for you.”

Those things, he said, included “the N -Power scheme which presently has a capacity of 500 in this area and this will be increased to 1,500 when we win the coming election.”

“Another is the ‘tradermoni’ and market money scheme which is targeted at empowering traders and whenever you pay back the money given to you, another will be given to you.

“Another is employment for the youth which is as well very important among others.”

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Unusual weather caused Osinbajo’s chopper crash – Caverton

The helicopter which conveyed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo from Abuja to Kabba in Kogi state, crash-landed as a result of unusual weather conditions.

Caverton Helicopters, owners of the aircraft, said this in a statement issued on Saturday.

Osinbajo was on a campaign trip to Kogi when the chopper crash-landed in Kabba. There were no injuries recorded during the incident.

The vice-president came out unhurt and immediately continued his business in the state, receiving a warm welcome from residents as he was driven through the town.

Josiah Choms, Caverton managing director, said investigation into the incident has commenced.

“An Augusta AW139 Helicopter, under management by Caverton Helicopters was involved in a mishap on landing in Kabba, Kogi State around 3pm today (2nd February 2019) as a result of unusual weather conditions,” he said.

“There were no injuries to the passengers or crew on board and they were all quickly and safely evacuated.

“The relevant authorities have been duly informed and an investigation into the incident has commenced. We will, of course, support the authorities as required.:

In a statement, the media team of the vice-president also confirmed that investigation was underway.

Lalolu Akande, media aide of the vice-president, said Stephen Ocheni, minister of state for labour, senior presidential aides, security officials and the crew were on board the ill-fated aircraft.

“We are grateful to God for His protection and safety, and we thank the crew and security personnel for their prompt response and service. We are also grateful for the tremendous expressions of concern and affection, as well as prayers from all,” he said in a statement.

“As is procedural, a full investigation into the causes of the incident would be conducted by aviation authorities.”

The crash was the second the vice-president was involved in within eight months.

Next Level continues, says Osinbajo after surviving second air crash in eight months

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the Next Level engagements will continue, despite surviving an air crash in Kogi state on Saturday.

The accident is the second air mishap the vice-president will survive in eight months, after surviving the first in June 2018.

The professor of law and pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) returned all glory to God for keeping him and his team safe.

“All thanks and glory to God, the chopper we boarded today from Abuja just crash landed in Kabba, Kogi State, and the entire crew plus myself are all safe,” Osinbajo said.

“We are continuing with our Next Level Engagements and plans for Kogi State.”

On June 7, 2018, the chopper conveying the vice-president from the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja, was forced to land few seconds after take off.

At the time, Laolu Akande, VP’s senior special assistant, explained that the vice-president avoided using his chopper from Gwagwalada where he had gone for an official assignment back to the Presidential Villa due to “technical reasons.”

He said the vice-president returned to the Presidential Villa by road and continued with his schedule.

“VP Osinbajo attended the graduation ceremony of Nigeria Customs Senior Course in Gwagwalada today (Thursday June 7, 2018),” he had tweeted.

“On his way back, it was decided, for technical reasons, not to fly the chopper that had brought him to the venue. He drove back to the Presidential Villa and continued his schedule.”

Osinbajo has continued his campaign in Kogi state, following the accident.

BREAKING: Osinbajo’s helicopter crash-lands in Kogi (video)

The chopper carrying Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and members of his team crash-landed in Kabba, Kogi state.

This was disclosed by Laolu Akande, senior special assistant to the vice-president on media and publicity.

The vice-president is safe.

“VP Osinbajo’s Chopper crash lands in Kabba, but he and the entire crew safe. He is continuing with his engagements and plans for the day in Kogi State,” Akande said via Twitter.

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‘We can’t leave government for thieves’ — Osinbajo attacks PDP at Lagos rally

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says corrupt elements in the opposition are desperate to regain power but the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration will not leave for thieves.

Osinbajo said this on Sunday during his house-to-house campaign in Ifako-Ijaiye local government area of Lagos state.

He said grand corruption, which plagued the 16 years administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contributed to the lack of infrastructure for Nigerians.

The vice-president said the Buhari-led APC government would focus on jobs for youth, power and providing enough resources to financially empower petty traders and business owners.

Traffic was at standstill as thousands of residents, including party faithful, market persons and the Arewa community, trooped out to receive the vice-president.

“The difference between us and the PDP is that we don’t steal government resources. We use it for the people. We earn less and we spend more on the welfare of people than the previous government,” he said.

“Everybody know Buhari is an honest man. He will not steal public fund. We shall continue to fight corruption so that we can have enough money to provide infrastructure. We have to build on the foundation we have laid.

“The corrupt people will be jailed. That is why the corrupt elements in the opposition are desperate to regain power. We can’t leave government for the thieves.

“You should vote for APC because it is the only party that can do the job. We should not allow PDP to return to power.”

Osinbajo said the issue in the coming election was creation of jobs for youth, more power supply, provision of infrastructure.

“The next level will be much better than today. More power will be available to the people and there will be more infrastructure,” he said.

“Too much corruption have retarded our progress. That is why Buhari is fighting corruption. If there is no corruption, there will be money to carry out the developmental projects.

“Buhari will fight for young and old. He will not allow anybody to steal public funds. Government will decentralised power so that there will be adequate and efficient distribution of power in the country. Government will provide adequate electricity supply for the household, artisans, corporate organisations and business enterprise.”

Osinbajo said this on Sunday during his house-to-house campaign in Ifako-Ijaiye local government area of Lagos state.

He said grand corruption, which plagued the 16 years administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contributed to the lack of infrastructure for Nigerians.

The vice-president said the Buhari-led APC government would focus on jobs for youth, power and providing enough resources to financially empower petty traders and business owners.

Traffic was at standstill as thousands of residents, including party faithful, market persons and the Arewa community, trooped out to receive the vice-president.

“The difference between us and the PDP is that we don’t steal government resources. We use it for the people. We earn less and we spend more on the welfare of people than the previous government,” he said.

“Everybody know Buhari is an honest man. He will not steal public fund. We shall continue to fight corruption so that we can have enough money to provide infrastructure. We have to build on the foundation we have laid.

“The corrupt people will be jailed. That is why the corrupt elements in the opposition are desperate to regain power. We can’t leave government for the thieves.

“You should vote for APC because it is the only party that can do the job. We should not allow PDP to return to power.”

Osinbajo said the issue in the coming election was creation of jobs for youth, more power supply, provision of infrastructure.

“The next level will be much better than today. More power will be available to the people and there will be more infrastructure,” he said.

“Too much corruption have retarded our progress. That is why Buhari is fighting corruption. If there is no corruption, there will be money to carry out the developmental projects.

“Buhari will fight for young and old. He will not allow anybody to steal public funds. Government will decentralised power so that there will be adequate and efficient distribution of power in the country. Government will provide adequate electricity supply for the household, artisans, corporate organisations and business enterprise.”

Town hall meeting: Why I’m contesting again – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said his second-term bid was the desire of the national executive of the All Progressives Congress.
Buhari, who spoke during a live presidential town hall at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, on Wednesday evening, stated that his re-election bid was aimed at fulfilling the manifesto of his 2015 campaign.
The APC presidential candidate said, “I said it much earlier at the National Executive Committee of our party that if my party recommended me to its executive, I would contest. I did that to save time and wide discussions among members of the party.
“So, those who felt very strongly about it left the party and the party nominated. Why? It is because I felt that the three fundamental objectives we campaigned in 2015 are still relevant.
“We want to remind Nigerians to see when we started — 2015 — where we are now, what we have been able to do in between this time of three and a half years with the resources and time available to us.”
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, also speaking on the party’s presidential mandate, said the President needed another term to consolidate on the gains of his administration.
“We campaigned on three fundamental issues, namely the economy, the fight against corruption and security. In those three respects, we believe that we have laid very strong foundations and I very strongly believe that we are on to much more progress if given a second opportunity.
“I very strongly take the view that the period of three and a half years, in particular, has been one where we have managed to turn around a lot of what was inherited in the previous 16 years.
“The previous 16 years were, in my view, a period during which a lot of revenue came in and very little appeared to have been done. We believe the foundations we’ve laid in agriculture and infrastructure really deserve a second term for completion,” Osinbajo said.

Osinbajo breaks silence on Onnoghen, says he feels sad

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says President Muhammadu Buhari did not know about plan to arraign Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), until Saturday evening.

Osinbajo said this on Wednesday while speaking at the third Online Publishers Association of Nigeria (OPAN) conference in Abuja.

The CJN is accused of false assets declaration. A petition was written against him by Dennis Aghanya, a former aide of Buhari.

He was absent when the trial began on Monday at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). A high court has stopped the proceedings from going on.

Osinbajo said he is sad about the development.

“I feel very sad that is going on at all,” the vice-president said.

He said Buhari has asked that no individual should interfere with what the institutions are doing.

“President Muhammadu Buhari, his whole approach is that, institutions should just do their work. I can tell by fact, that he did not know about this until Saturday evening,” the vice-president said.

“He did not know that there will be any kind of arraignment till Saturday evening. He has said categorically don’t interfere with what the institutions are doing. Sometimes it has consequences like we have today.

“My take is that I rather not have a situation where members of profession are being tried for an offence. I don’t feel good about it, as a matter of fact, I feel very sad about it, that is going on at all. But that is my position on it but I want to say that this is the way it works.”

He said although the chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) is new, he has gotten “specific instruction”.

“In the case of the Code of Conduct Bureau chairman, where these things are reported to, he is new, he is barely three weeks on the job but the specific instruction is that if you receive a petition, however it is [you have to] go through the process,” Osinbajo said.

He urged online publishers to go into the “facts of the matter” on any issue.

“Justice is slow and unfortunately and it is interfered with it. I will like the online publishers to go into facts of the matter,” Osinbajo said.

Osinbajo: How fake news about strippers almost put me in trouble with my wife

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has narrated an experience he had with his wife Dolapo as a result of a fake news story about him.

Speaking during a BBC world service conference on countering fake news, Osinbajo recalled how the said story nearly caused trouble between him and his wife.

He recalled that a blog had posted a picture of him intertwined between two strippers with a headline ‘Osinbajo caught with strippers’.

Osinbajo said the story in question was manipulated to portray him as being with the strippers whereas they were “fully clothed” in the original picture he took with them.

The VP said: “I have been one of the targets of fake news and it can also sometimes cost you marital peace. I got a call from my wife recently and she said, ‘Yemi what are you doing with strippers’. I said ‘what do you mean by strippers?’

“So, I read a story in a famous blog that said, ‘Osinbajo caught with strippers’. And there was a photograph of me sitting between two perfectly clothed ladies but underneath this picture, the same ladies were not wearing much.

“In checking, the photographs with these two ladies at an entertainment event were taken when they were perfectly clothed but by the time the story was put out, it was as though I had taken a photo with them at the time they were not clothed at all.”

Osinbajo said while he wasn’t in the picture where they were not wearing clothes “with just the caption, the stories gave the impression that I was in the company of these ladies at a point when they were doing their business.”

Osinbajo in Austria for Africa, Europe Heads of Government meeting

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will participate in the Africa-Europe High Level Forum with other African and European Heads of States and Government in Vienna, Austria.

Vice President’s spokesman Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the forum was hosted by the Austrian government on behalf of the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU).

Osinbajo would be speaking on the theme of the forum, ‘Taking Cooperation to the Digital Age’ holding from December 17 and 18th.

According to the organisers in the EU and AU, the forum would promote innovation and digitalisation as important enablers of future development, so that everyone can benefit from the ongoing digital transformation.

It would assess how the partnerships between Africa and Europe contribute to this goal and complement the ongoing implementation of the joint declaration of the 2017 Abidjan Summit between the AU and the EU.

The declaration among other things highlighted the importance of unlocking the potential of the digital economy for Africa and Europe.

It also aimed at contributing to the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs.

In Vienna, Osinbajo would hold a town-hall meeting with the Nigerian community in Austria; and also attend several bilateral meetings with European government leaders.

Some of the European government leaders are the Prime Minister of Czech Republic, Andrej Babis; Prime Minister of Finland, Juha Sipilä; the Federal Chancellor of Austria, Sebastian Kurz; and the UK Minister for Africa, Harriet Baldwin.

Osinbajo would also meet with top officials of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

I’m not Buhari’s spare tyre, says Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says he is not a spare tyre to the president, emphasising that his roles as the number two citizen are spelt out in the constitution.

Osinbajo said this during the vice-presidential debate organised by the Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).

He said this differs from the constitution of other countries.

Asked how taking the job of the vice-president has been since he assumed office over three years, Osinbajo said the demand of the role has since increased his grey hair.

He, however, said despite the herculean nature of his job, it has also been rewarding.

“I am sure that those who know me quite well know that my hair was not this grey when I started out in 2015. So really, it has been tasking,” Osinbajo said.

“And it has also been an incredibly rewarding experience especially looking at it from the point of view of the ability to do the things that one wanted to do all along as an individual.

“The role is one where you are in many senses the chief adviser to the president of the country and possibly the one person that would represent him when when he is absent for a meeting and even when he is absent for a longer period.

“So there is a sense in which the role of the vice president is one that very closely mirrors the role of the president in very profound ways.

“But our vice-presidency is different from that of other countries. Because unlike other countries, even countries that have similar constitutions, our own constitution actually specifies role for the vice president. The vice president is the chairman of the national economic council…that is a constitutional role.

“In some senses, those who say the role of the vice president is like a spare tyre have it wrong because they are probably looking at other jurisdictions. In our jurisdiction, there are specific roles that the vice-president is entitled by law to perform.

“The vice president is also the chairman of the NCP, that is the national council of privatisation , the vice president is also statutory chairman over 22 parastatals and agencies and these are defined by law.

“That role is one that a good degree of trust is required between the president and the vice president. The role of the vice-president is one which also requires, I think, a great deal of patience because you may not always agree with the policies.”

Peter Obi mocks FG’s anti-graft war, says ‘You can’t shut down your shop and be chasing criminals’

Peter Obi, vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says corruption can be fought aggressively while at the same time attention is paid to the economy.

Taking on Yemi Osinbajo, vice-presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at a debate organised by the Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), Obi faulted the government’s economic policy.

“In 2015, unemployment and underemployment was 24%, today it’s 40. In 2015, we were attracting N21 billion in foreign direct investments, we attracted only 12 last year. That means it’s going low. Our GDP was 520 in 2015, and per capital was 2, 500, today it’s under 1, 900. If you look at our stock market, it has lost over N2 trillion in one year,” he said.

“You are not creating jobs, you are not doing the right thing, and you are just fighting corruption. You can’t shut down your shop and be chasing criminals.”

On Wednesday, the former Anambra governor had also described the government’s fight against corruption as a disaster and not an economic policy.

Responding, Osinbajo said government would not be able to do all it wants if corruption is not eradicated.

“If you allow criminals to steal all the inventories in the shop, there will be no shop.

“And what has happened in Nigeria in the past 16 years is what the World Bank told us that the major cause of our poverty is corruption. So, let me say that there is no way we can minimise what has happened. You can’t minimise corruption. If you minimise it, we run the risk of completely… in fact the argument is lost. We cannot do what we want to do unless we are able to minimise corruption or eradicate it completely. This is what we are trying do.”

Obi, Osinbajo debated alongside Ganiyu Galadima of ACPN, Khadijah Abdullahi of ANN and Umma Abdullahi-Getso of YPP.

The event held at the congress hall of the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.

Petrol will sell for N220 or higher if we remove subsidy, says Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says petrol could sell for N220 or more if the government removes subsidy on the product.

Osinbajo said this on Friday during the vice-presidential debate organised by the Nigerian Elections Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).

He said the government cannot remove the subsidy because of the effect it would have on Nigerians.

“The NNPC is the sole importer of petroleum. So, it is from the balance sheet of the NNPC that the subsidy is being taken,” he said.

“Now, let me say that if today, you are to remove subsidy, petrol price could go as high as N220 per litre or higher.

“There is no country in the world, not even the wealthiest ones that don’t run some type of subsidy or the other.”

Interestingly, Osinbajo had in August, 2016 said the federal government had saved N1.4 trillion for not paying oil subsidy.

“With the deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector, there has been a significant increase in the availability of petrol throughout the country for the savings of N1.4 trillion on subsidy payments alone,” he had said.

In December 2016, he also said subsidy removal had offset a burden of not less than N15.4 billion monthly from the federal government.

Osinbajo: PDP will never return to power

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the difference between President Muhammadu Buhari and other presidential candidates for the 2019 elections is that the president will not steal or allow stealing.

Osinbajo made the declaration in Lagos on Saturday at the flag off of his door-to-door campaign in the Centre of Excellence.

Addressing the crowd, the vice president said there were leaders who would steal and those who would use the country’s money for the common good, noting that Buhari belonged to those who would use the country’s money for common good.
“We should not allow those who have stolen our money in the past to come back. They stole all the money and they want to come back. People are saying, enough is enough.

“In four years, PDP spent $383 billion. And they want to come back, 16 years is enough.
“After 16 years of ensuring that the country did not make progress, they want to come back. They will never come back,” he said.

Osinbajo said that Nigeria’s greatest problem was corruption and not planning because without money you could not executive any plan; hence the need to stop those who had stolen in the past from returning.

The vice president said the door-to-door campaign was more effective in reaching out to the people, saying it goes a long way in speaking directly to the people about the plans of the government for the people.

Also speaking, the Director-General of the Prof Yemi Osinbajo Support Group, Pastor Yomi Kasali, said the organisation had raised 900,000 canvassers for Lagos State.

He explained that each canvasser was expected to meet with 50 people.
The vice president later visited some parts of Sogunro community, Ogba in Ikeja Local Government to seek support directly from voters in their homes

APC rep says lawmakers ‘collecting signatures’ to impeach Osinbajo

Ehiozuwa Agbonnayima, a house of representatives member from Edo state, says some lawmakers are collecting signatures to impeach Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker failed to disclose those plotting Osinbajo’s removal but said it is over allegations of not following due process.

The lower legislative chamber had indicted the governing board of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) chaired by Osinbajo over “illegal approval of N5.8 billion north-east intervention fund.”

In its report, an ad-hoc committee set up to investigate alleged corruption at NEMA had said N5,865,671,939.26 was approved and released from the consolidated revenue fund account following Osinbajo’s approval without a go-ahead from the national assembly.

Osinbajo has since denied any wrongdoing in the approvals.

Addressing national assembly correspondents on Tuesday, Agbonnayima accused “disgruntled politicians” of being behind Osinbajo’s ordeal.

“Signatures are being collated for the impeachment of the vice-president, the reason being the outcome of the NEMA investigation,” the lawmaker said.

“There are political gladiators trying to heat up the polity. I enjoin them to do only those things that will promote unity and happiness of our great country.

“I urge all of us not to heat the polity as elections draw nearer. Our campaign must be driven by issues and not on vendetta politics. We are more united as a people with love and service to humanity.”

STEPS TO IMPEACHING A PRESIDENT OR VICE-PRESIDENT

According to section 143 of the constitution, the following steps are required to impeach the president or vice-president.

  • A notice of an allegation in writing signed by not less than one-third of the members of the national assembly would be presented stating that the holder of the office of president or vice-president is guilty of gross misconduct in the performance of the functions of his office, detailed particulars of which shall be specified.
  • Within fourteen days of the presentation of the notice to the president of the senate (whether or not any statement was made by the holder of the office in reply to the allegation contained in the notice) each house of the national assembly shall resolve by motion without any debate whether or not the allegation shall be investigated.
  • A motion of the National Assembly that the allegation be investigated shall not be declared as having been passed, unless it is supported by the votes of not less than two-thirds majority of all the members of each House of the National Assembly.
  • Within seven days of the passing of a motion under the foregoing provisions, the chief justice of Nigeria shall at the request of the president of the senate appoint a panel of seven persons who in his opinion are of unquestionable integrity, not being members of any public service, legislative house or political party, to investigate the allegation as provide in this section.
  • Where the report of the panel is that the allegation against the holder of the office has been proved, then within 14 days of the receipt of the report at the national assembly shall consider the report, and if by a resolution of each house of the national assembly supported by not less than two-thirds majority of all its members, the report of the panel is adopted, then the holder of the office shall stand removed from office as from the date of the adoption of the report.

Nigerian banks have to reform to survive what is coming, Osinbajo warns

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says there is a need to reform Nigerian banks for them to meet up with the inevitability of the Fintech revolution.

Speaking at the ongoing first ever Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg on Thursday, the Osinbajo said there are no plans to take the banks’ lunch, but the banks have to reform to survive.

He said the “Fintech companies, as you know, are challenging some of the old laws on banking and all of that”.

“The major issue is that technology is clearly going to disrupt the financial space, and is doing so already, so banks have to reform,” Osinbajo said.

“They have to invest in some of the Fintech companies themselves, and they have to see this revolution as inevitable.

“I think that what we are seeing today is the reform around that space, and many of the banks are looking up and understanding that this is going to happen, and it’s already happening”.

He, however, allayed the fears of the banks by saying the government is, and will, work with them, the regulators, and the Fintech companies to ensure development in the sector.

“I think the first thing is to allay the fears of the bank that lunch isn’t being taken away. Banks, of course, are jittery about some of what is happening in the Fintech space,” Osinbajo added.

“They need to be assured that this isn’t about taking their lunch but that we cannot avoid what is coming to us now.

“What we are saying is that payment system, lending, all sort of financial systems, even insurance are happening much faster.

“So we have to change regulation and we must ensure that we give space to these tech companies because what is happening is that there is a quick convergence between technology and financial products.

“So much faster than many of the banks are able to cope with, so what we are trying to do is work with the banking system, the Central Bank of Nigeria for example, we are sitting with the Fintech companies, banks, and the telcos.

“The telcos are in this space now and many of them are challenging some of what used to be traditional banking businesses.”

Osinbajo, who spoke alongside the presidents of Ghana, Guinea, and South Africa, on the presidential panel in Johannesburg, acknowledged that there is a regulatory challenge in the financial space.

Shaku-Shaku : Osinbajo under fire from Peter Obi, Murray-Bruce

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been put to task for placing shaku-shaku dance rehearsals as a priority at a time his government has reportedly helped Nigeria become the poverty capital of the world.

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP vice-presidential candidate, Peter Obi and Senator Ben Murray-Bruce threw the challenge in response to reports quoting the vice-president as saying that he was set to learn the in-style dancing steps, Shaku-Shaku ahead of the forthcoming election.

Speaking at a book launch in Abuja at the weekend, Osinbajo had noted how a politician garnered votes through his dance steps and intimated that he was set to follow suit.

“I can never forget my dear friend in one of the states who just danced his way through the campaigns; all he did was dance; he did nothing else but dance and he won 250,000 votes. “So myself and Kabir are now learning Shaku Shaku; we have to learn; who knows what will win,” he said.

Obi while speaking with reporters after returning from Dubai where he interfaced with PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and other party strategists, said that for the Atiku team, what was paramount was “spending our time with the best minds on how to start creating jobs and putting food on people’s table and not learning how to dance Shaku Shaku”. According to Peter Obi,

“I know Vice President Osibanjo is a gentleman and may not have made such a comment. However, why I am not against people dancing or learning how to dance “Shaku Shaku”, as I believe it is one of those things that is keeping our people going on in these very difficult times, I believe that the crossroads that we have found ourselves in as a nation requires sober reflection.

“For me in particular, this period calls for sober reflection not dancing or learning how to dance as there are many challenges facing our nation at the moment.

Not the least being recently having our country named the world headquarters of extreme poverty with over eighty seven million people. Worse still, millions more are losing their jobs, with four million by the third quarter of this year alone.

“Millions of Nigerians go to bed hungry not knowing where the meal for the next day will come from, hundreds of thousands risk death by crossing the Sahara and the Mediterranean Sea to wherever they can make a living.

“These and other challenges are indicative of the dire straits facing us as a nation today. And these are what we on the Atiku team are spending our time with the best minds on how to start creating jobs and putting food on people’s table. We must get Nigeria to start working again for the good of everyone,” the former governor stated.

Senator Murray-Bruce in a tweet said it was incongruous that the vice-president would be devoting his priority to dancing when his government had forced the country into negative financial indicators.

The Bayelsa senator in a tweet on his twitter handle on Monday morning said: “Under your watch, 11 million jobs created by other administrations have been lost,

Naira has lost 80% of her value and Nigeria has been named the world headquarters for extreme poverty, yet @ProfOsinbajo’s priority is learning ‘shaku shaku’ dance? I would laugh if I wasn’t so sad.”

The vice-president’s spokesman, Laolu Akande did not answer his phone when Vanguard sought his response on the issue yesterday and neither did he respond to a text message on the issue sent to him.

Osinbajo celebrating bailouts as achievements, says Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), says it’s a colossal shame to see Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo celebrate bailouts as an achievement.

Speaking at the ACPN press conference in Lagos on Monday, and unveiling her party’s roadmap for winning the 2019 presidential elections, Ezekwesili said Buhari’s legacy is the destruction of Nigeria’s wealth.

“Let us talk about the present administration; what is the primary legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari? It is the destruction of our nation’s wealth — presiding over the worse economic recession Nigeria has seen in decades,” she said.

“Even now that the economy has come out of recession, the growth is as sluggish as its government. Four out of every 10 adults are either unemployed or underemployed and Nigeria is now the poverty capital of the world.

“In the midst of this, its vice-president was celebrating last week at the Nigerian Economic Summit (NES24) that handing bailouts to state governors who cannot pay salaries is an achievement.

“Wow, what a big shame, what a colossal shame!”.

She said she is now a politician and she’s in the polity as a candidate, so Nigerians no longer have to choose between “the devil and the deep blue sea”.

Ezekwesili, who served as vice-president of the World Bank, said she was a cabinet member before she was 40 years old, adding that power has never and can never confuse her.

She said she terminated the powers of the minister — her own power as a minister — to discretionarily allocate mining licences.

The former minister, who said that she understands economics and nation-building, said she will lift a minimum of 80 million Nigerians out of poverty if voted into power in 2019.

Osinbajo: I’ve gone to supreme court 12 times to fight for restructuring

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says he has been fighting for the restructuring of Nigeria for many years.

He said some of those presently clamouring for it had opposed it years ago.

Osinbajo made the comment on Saturday during the ninth public lecture of Sigma Club at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.

He said: “Let me explain my position clearly. I am not just an advocate of restructuring, there is no other government in Nigeria that has actively pursued restructuring such as we did when I was attorney general in Lagos state.

“People talking about restructuring, if you ask them what they meant by restructuring? They won’t even know what it means and that is the problem we have to face.”

The vice-president narrated how he pursued issues of restructuring to the supreme court.

He said: “We started with fiscal restructuring, which is more of resource control. Should states control their own resources? We went to the supreme court. They argued that each state should control its own resources.

“The states that argued in favour of autonomy for states to control their resources were the oil producing states in the country and Lagos State, while some others argued on the other side because they want to share oil money.

“We lost at the supreme court. The supreme court said no, that you cannot control your resources. If you are an oil producing state, take 13 percent extra, which is derivation.”

He said Lagos further argued that it had ports that served the entire nation, so the state should also take 13 percent derivation which the supreme court objected.

Osinbajo said that further argument led to the introduction of onshore and offshore law, which enabled the state to share from onshore resources.

“All this time, this was 2000, some of those people, including the presidential candidate of PDP, who is talking about restructuring, was the vice president then,” he said.

“They opposed every step we took. Of course, we were taking the federal government to court then. They opposed every step.

“The next thing we did was that the states should be able to create their own local governments, which is autonomy of states.

“So, we created 37 new local governments in Lagos. The president then, Chief Obasanjo, seized our local government funds and said we could not create new local governments.

“If you ask those people now talking about restructuring, none of them has done anything compared to what we have done. So, I am not a latter-day convert to restructuring.

“I am an active practitioner of restructuring, and I have gone to the supreme court 12 times to test restructuring.”

Restructuring: Osinbajo trying to revise history, says Atiku

The Atiku campaign organisation has accused Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) of trying to revise history over the role Atiku Abubakar played in the actualising of restructuring.

Osinbajo had said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) opposed the restructuring of the country when he was vice-president.

Reacting, the Atiku campaign organisation released a statement which read: “Given that restructuring has become the major issue in the 2019 elections and given that Prof Osinbajo and his boss have been speaking discordant tunes on restructuring, we can understand their desperation to revise history, however, it is impossible to revise documented history.

“Professor Osinbajo needs to be reminded that there are well documented accounts in the Nigerian media chronicling Atiku Abubakar’s support and struggle for restructuring.

“To set the records straight, we recommend to Professor Osinbajo the article ‘Nigeria: 6-1 Onshore-Offshore Jurisdiction Verdict’ written by Jide Ajani, then the Political Editor of Vanguard Newspapers and published on July 13, 2001.

“In that piece, which is still available online, Vanguard Newspapers chronicled the successful efforts of His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, to restructure the revenue allocation formulae to allow littoral states of the federation benefit from off shore oil proceeds. Ironically, it was precisely Mr. Osinbajo’s boss, Muhammadu Buhari, who as military dictator, cheated these states of their just due by military fiat.

“It is also common knowledge that the six geopolitical zones structure which all parts of Nigeria benefit from today is the fruit of the collaborative efforts of His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, the late Alex Ekwueme and other patriots.

“Their efforts at restructuring Nigeria are captured in the Hansard of the 1995 Constitutional Conference, which is a public document and is still available at the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Professor Osinbajo may want to familiarise himself with that document.

“The question we want to ask Professor Osinbajo is this – why do he and his boss constantly resort to rewriting history? Why can they not campaign on their achievements? Is it that they are forced to campaign on subterfuge because they have no achievements to campaign on?

“President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo promised to make N1 equal to $1. They vowed to create three million jobs per annum. They promised to pay the unemployed a “job seekers allowance”. They said subsidy was a scam. They also said that they would defeat Boko Haram.

“Nigerians want to know if these promises have been kept. They are not interested in fairy tales about how Atiku Abubakar did not support restructuring because they know that he is and was and will always be an active promoter of restructuring.”