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In the military, INEC boss and his team would be executed – Bode George *Why put Tinubu’s boy in charge of IT?



In military tradition, Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and all the key players who bungled the February 25 presidential election, at the last hour, would have been lined up and executed.

But since they are not military men and Nigeria is in democracy, the minimum punishment they must get is to be shown the exit door out of the commission and probably asked to account for the huge investments the country sank in the project.

These were the views of Bode George, former National Vice Chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as he weighed in on the performance of Yakubu and his team, while describing it as completely shambolic, as when he appeared on Arise Television on Saturday.

The elder statesman, who rose to the position of Commodore in the Nigerian Navy (NN), serving as former Governor of Ondo State, during Nigeria’s military era, wondered how the INEC boss could have put up such a dismal performance, waiving off the excuse of “technical glitches,” which the commission gave for failure to perform as promised Nigerians as laughable.

The failure of the commission to upload results electronically from the Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BIVAS) machine, which was at the centre envisaged magic of the commission in the run to the election, has seen it come under intense attacks of a groundswell of Nigerians.

Joining in the resounding echoes of condemnation across the country, George, who spared any kind words for the electoral umpire, argued that from his military background as an Engineer of more than 50 years, the excuse was untenable, adding that a lot of water must have passed under the bridge in the execution of the election.

His words: “I served in the military and got to the rank of a General. Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Last week Saturday was a shock to me and in particular as an electronic engineer for 53 years in active practice. Now, the Chairman came out to say there were some hitches that disrupted the electronic transfer of results. Hitches in a digital system? That was absolutely shambolic and laughable.

“If I was not an engineer I would have probably have bought into it. And I said to myself, I want to forgive him because Prof. is an expert in history who went to the best schools in this country – Ahmadu Bello University and then, went to Oxford and Cambridge. What else would he want?

“If he was working for a private company and on the D-day, and eight hour, the system that you’re presenting to the stakeholders and the shareholders (fails), he would have been fired. The worst part of it, because I’d asked this question before. Who is in charge of the IT. We have now discovered that he was first of all a commissioner in Lagos State. He was commissioner for Science and Technology.

“His name is Femi Odubiyi. He’s the man in charge of the IT of INEC. How did he become commissioner in Lagos? Who put him there. And then, who put him in the INEC? Now, if Prof. Yakubu had concluded that there was some glitches, why is that man still there? Look, we’re toying with the future of this country, we’re toying with the future of our children.

“Somebody was there on the D-day and at the eight-hour. In the military, he would have been executed for such misbehaviour. Now, you want to reinspect the BVAS and the same man – you haven’t told us what were these hitches, what created them, what caused them and he’s still sitting down there. If the Chairman cannot fire that fellow, then the government should fire both of them.”


BREAKING: Mother of all strikes! D-Day, October 3! *Stockpile food, essentials – NLC, TUC   



The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Tuesday, announced midnight Tuesday, October 3 as the date for the commencement of total strike by their workers to get the Federal Government accede to their demands to end the current sufferings of their members and Nigerians at large.

The two labour centres representing the organised labour in Nigeria, which arrived at the decision after they had met separately at their local levels directed their affiliates to mobilise for protests from October 3, saying they took the decisions were approved at the meeting of the joint National Executive Council of the two unions on Tuesday, September 26, in Abuja.

Joe Ajaero, President of the NLC, speaking on behalf of his group, while urging Nigerians to stock their homes ahead the total strike, bemoaned the situation where the government had ignored the demands of the workers, saying it “substantially failed to meet its demands after the removal of fuel subsidy,” added that adding that the grace period given by the two labour centres had expired.

The organised labour, is demanding wage awards for public workers and a new minimum wage, apart from the removal of tax exemptions and allowances to public sector workers, provision of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, the release of modalities for the N70billion for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and immediate reversal of all anti-poor policies of the Federal Government.

The union, which on September 5th and 6th, the NLC embarked on a two-day warning strike which led to the partial crippling of economic activities in some states and gave the government a 21-day ultimatum to meet its demands, is also demanding a stop to the increase in public school fees, the release of the eight months withheld salaries of university teachers and workers as well as the increase in Value Added Tax (VAT).

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BREAKING: Total strike looms! *NLC, TUC, finally meet, agree on action



The Federal Government, may have finally lost the move to stop the impending strike by organised labour, or at least mitigate it by dividing its membership, following a meeting of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), hitherto in disagreement over the issue.

In fact, the two bodies representing the junior and senior workers in Nigeria are reportedly meeting currently to announce a statewide indefinite strike, a move coming about three weeks after the NLC held a warning strike on Tuesday, September 5, and Wednesday 6, 2023, without the TUC, which it explained was to call attention of the FG to the painful suffering of Nigerians, particularly workers.

However, indications, suggests that having agreed to come to an understanding in the interest of the working masses of Nigeria, both camps, having also met separately in their different local organs, decided to hold a joint press conference at 3 p.m. on Tuesday to announce an indefinite nationwide strike in response to the FG’s failure to address the suffering and other socioeconomic hardships caused by the removal of subsidies on Premium Motor, PMS, commonly known as petrol.

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Tinubu will shock Atiku and his gang – APC *Why meeting with Biden didn’t hold



Having met with Joe Biden, at a parley of the G20 group in India, it was unnecessary for President Bola Tinubu to hold another session with his US counterpart at the recent United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, the All Progressives Congress (APC), explained on Monday.

Felix Morka, spokesman of the party, in a statement, also explain other issues in a quick riposte to the attacks of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who claimed that the POTUS avoided Tinubu at UNGA because he did not want to be associated with the putrid stains trailing his Nigerian counterpart.

Morka, National Publicity Secretary of the party, also dismissed Atiku’s claims through his spokesman, Phrank Shaibu that fuel subsidy, which the Tinubu administration said it has jettisoned having dismissed it as a drain on the nation’s resources, had returned through the backdoor, saying the payment of the mark up in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), in August, was to ensure stability.

Hear him: ”Shaibu’s claim that fuel subsidy is back is not correct. The government’s intervention to ensure some measure of price stability and predictability does not amount to the return of the ruinous fuel subsidy of the recent past.

“Lifting the Visa ban on Nigerians by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities should ordinarily make any well-meaning Nigerian happy. Diplomatic rapprochement between Nigeria and UAE authorities is ongoing and details of outcomes will soon be made public.

“The matter of the proposed meeting with United States of America President Joe Biden does not even require elaboration. Having met with President Tinubu on the sidelines of the G-20 Nations summit in India, another meeting with President Biden during the United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA) had become unnecessary and was not even on President Tinubu’s schedule, contrary to preliminary indications on the matter.

“Nigeria is facing pressing challenges that require focused efforts and undivided attention. Issues such as economic recovery, security of lives and property, infrastructure development, and social welfare demand continuous, sustained and innovative efforts.

“President Tinubu is committed to ensuring an inclusive, honest, transparent and accountable governance system. We encourage citizens to actively participate in democratic processes, ventilate their views, and contribute constructively to national conversations. As the discerning people that we are, we remain confident that Nigerians will continue to differentiate between genuine, constructive and development-oriented criticisms and those driven by self-interest, mercenary considerations and disruptive political agenda.

“While we urge Nigerians to ignore purveyors of fake news and other inanities, it is obvious that Shaibu and his likes will stop at nothing in their desperation to distort facts and give oxygen to their politically knocked-out principal. But that can only worsen his infamy in the light of the President’s determined commitment and strides to improving the social and economic conditions for all Nigerians.

“The PDP and all its agents of misinformation should know by now that no amount of sleazy propaganda, muckraking, lies, half-truths, misrepresentations, misinformation or disinformation will confer the presidency of Nigeria on their candidate.

“Nigerians have freely chosen our party, the APC, and President Bola Tinubu, to continue to steer the ship of state. And the President is making good his campaign promises to deliver purposeful leadership to remake Nigeria, open the economy to rewarding investments, promote inclusive growth, create jobs, secure lives and property and renew hope for a vibrant future.”

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