Budget Padding: CSOs to protest, submit petition against Dogara, Jibirin, others

download-4A coalition of civil society organisations led by Conscience Nigeria and Center for Public Accountability, in partnership with other 30 civil society organization groups, will begin a protest in Lagos to compel the EFCC or any other anti-graft agency to probe  principal officers at the House of Representatives regarding budget padding.

In a statement signed by Comrade Tosin Adeyanju, Executive Director, Conscience and made available to pressmen, the group urged Nigerians to join them as they set to embark on a road walk to the EFCC office in Lagos to submit a petition on the need for Speaker Dogara,Hon Jibril and House of Reps leadership to be investigated and prosecuted over budget padding scandal.

According to the group, the activities would be a national movement which would be kick-started in Lagos and extended to other states of the federation until justice is done.

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“The program is slated for 10am on Monday 29th August while Convergence Point will be St. Gregory College Junction by Awolowo way, Ikoyi from where there will be a March to the EFCC Office at 15, Awolowo Way, Ikoyi before Falomo Round About.

“We call on all well-meaning Nigerians in Lagos and tax payers to Join in this walk against corruption in the House of Representatives and give their full support to this call for accountability in our body polity.

“ The Civil Society organisation also invites media houses to come and cover this historic walk.”  Adeyanju noted

Ondo 2016: Sheriff’s PDP faction moves governorship primary to Ibadan

The Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday said it was ready to hold its primaries for the Ondo State governorship election on Monday.

Rather than hold the primary in Ondo, it is scheduled to hold at the zonal headquarters of the party in Ibadan, Oyo State.

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The move, it was gathered, followed the inability of the faction to get the state executive committee of the party to host the event. The state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, belongs to the rival Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP.

“The National Working Committee of the party has taken over the organisation of the primary and it will now hold in Ibadan,” spokesman of the faction, Yemi Akintomide, said on Sunday.

“It was the decision of the committee on the Ondo State governorship primary headed by Ahmed Gulak that the primary be moved to Ibadan, the zonal headquarters of the party.”

Mr. Akintomide said the move did not offend any section of the Electoral Act or the party’s constitution as it would be held at the zonal office of the party.

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Those contesting on the faction’s platform are Olusola Ebiseni, Niran Sule-Akinsuyi, Abiye Ademuyegun, Bamiduro Dada and Jimoh Ibrahim.

The aspirants had gone through a screening exercise chaired by Yunusa Mohammed which held at the party’s national secretariat on Thursday.