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Defection: Gov Tambuwal in alleged Bribery Scandal

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DEFECTION: GOV TAMBUWAL IN ALLEGED BRIBERY SCANDAL

Daily Hint  2/8/2018

Governor Aminu Tambuwal, who dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, has been accused of offering monetary inducement to engineer the State lawmakers’ defection to his new party.

The stunning allegation of bribery came from a member of the state House of Assembly, listed among those who refused to defect with the governor to PDP.

According to the legislator, a staunch supporter of former Governor Aliyu Wammako, he was offered N13 million by Governor Tambuwal’s camp as an enticement to defect from the APC.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the lawmaker claimed to have rejected the money while insinuating that the 18 other members who left APC for PDP with Tambuwal may have accepted the offer.

Though the report described the claim as unverified, it however said the Assemblyman, who did not want his name in print for obvious political reason, maintained that 11 other members of the house shunned the monetary incentive from Governor Tambuwal.

“We were offered N13 million each to move to the PDP. I, along with 11 other members of the house declined the offer and remain in the party with which we were elected.

”We remain loyal to APC, our leader Sen. Aliyu Wamakko and President Mohammadu Buhari. We cannot join PDP because we cannot return to darkness which the opposition party represents, having experienced the light in APC”.

“No amount of intimidation, political harassment as well as monetary inducement will make us change our political stand.

“We are happy with the recent political development in our state and we will continue to work towards promoting the lofty ideals of our party,” he said.

The Lawmaker said he and 11 other colleagues rejected the inducement to decamp to the PDP because ‘we have our names to protect’

“We have since embarked on house to house sensitization to our teeming supporters on why we remain in our party and why we want them to remain politically committed.”

“We want everybody to remain loyal to our party leaders, shun political thuggery and violence because as progressive we must be seen to be promoting peaceful co-existence for the overall political growth of our party “he said.

He called on APC teeming supporters to participate in the ongoing continuous voters registration exercise.

“Anybody that offers you money, collect it because it is your money that is supposed to be used in providing democracy dividends but diverted for selfish interests,” he said.

A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tambuwal, 52, dumped the APC for PDP in a carnival-like ceremony in Sokoto on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

However, his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto, has reportedly chosen to remain in the APC. – NAN

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Service Chiefs Arrived Maiduguri in Preparation to President Buhari Visit to Borno

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Service chiefs arrived Maiduguri in preparation to President Buhar’ visit to Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Chief of Defense Staff (CDS),General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Arny Staff ( COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya,, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal, Isiaka Anao Chief of Naval , (CNS), Auwal Gambo Staff, Rear Admiral and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba Alkali were in Maiduguri to discuss security situation in the Northeast. in preparation to the President Muhammadu Buhari visit to Borno

On arrrival of the service Chiefs they proceeded straight to the headquarters Joint Tasks force Operation Hadin Kai where they went into closed door meeting that lasted for over 2 hours.

The President during the visit is expected to address the troops of Northeast Joint Task Force, Operation Hadin Kai at the Maimalari Cantonment

Speaking in an interview with newsmen shortly after the close door meeting, the Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor said assured Nigerians that the military is determined to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

The reason why we are here to re-strategize and address the problems facing the troops

Chief of Defence Staff led Service Chiefs and Inspector General of Police to headquarters Theatre Command ahead of President Buhari’s visit.

The CDS said their visit to the Theatre is to strategize and address the security problems facing the people of the Northeast and the entire country, adding that ,the greatest challenge before the military and other security agencies is how to restore peace in the entire region, and stressed the need for collaborative effort to end the crisis.

In welcome address, before the close door session,, the acting Theatre Commander Joint Taskforce Operation Hadin Kai Major General Felix Omoigui said that the Theatre had recorded numerous success which led to economic activities to thrive in many liberated areas of the northeast.

The Chief of Defence Staff was accompanied on the visit by Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouq Yahaya, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Auwal Gambo, Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali, Chief of Defence Intelligence, Principal Staff Officers from Defence and Service Headquarters.

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Just in: Former Special Adviser to president Jonathan, Ali Gulak Assassinated

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Just in: Former special adviser to president Jonathan, Ali Gulak assassinated

By Daily Hint News

Former special adviser to president Goodluck Jonathan on politics, Ali Gulak has reportedly been assassinated by unknown gunmen in Owerri, the capital of IMO State.

Confirming the sad incident to our reporter, a former classmate of the slain politician who is also a PDP stalwart in Adamawa State, Dr. Umar Ardo said, “I just confirmed the sad and gruesome murder of my friend and classmate, the former special adviser political to president Goodluck Jonathan.”

According to Ardo, Gulak was assassinated in the night by yet to be identified gunmen in Owerri.

Gulak was a one time speaker of Adamawa State house of assembly and former special assistant to the vice president.

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Army Confirms Death of COAS, General Attahiru in Kaduna Plane Crash

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Army confirms death of COAS, General Attaihiru in Kaduna plane crash

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army has on Fruday confirmed the death of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Ibrahim Atahiru who died in a plane crash in Kaduna .

The Army in a statement signed by its Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, said.

Army Confirms death of COAS, Lt. Gen Attahiru in Plane Crash,he said ” the Nigerian Army regrets to announce the passing away of its Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru . The sad event occurred following an air crash in Kaduna which also claimed the lives of 10 other officers including the crew”

The statement said “the COAS was en-route Kaduna from Abuja on Friday, 21 May, 2021 when the unfortunate incident happened.”

“Details of the sad incident and burial arrangements will be communicated soon”, General yerima added.

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