More than 120 lawmakers have appended their signatures for
the impeachment of President Goodluck Jonathan,
immediately House reconvenes in December, Vanguard
Mohammed Zakari, chairman, House Committee on Media
and Public Affairs, while reacting on it said “the notice of
impeachment was not on the order paper today but I’m not
foreclosing that some other things took place.”
On his part, Leo Ogor, deputy House Leader who urged
members to jettison such plans, argued that the notice of
impeachment is inconsequential, as the President had no hand
in what transpired at the National Assembly.
“The President is unaware so bringing it (impeachment) up is
going to be defeated. The President has done no wrong,
impeachment should not even be part of the issue,” he
The lawmakers Vanguard further gathered that appended
their signatures are of the APC extraction.
Ahead of the 2015 presidential election, ex-Anambra State governor, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has said that Buhari, the leading aspirant on the platform of APC, is no match for President Goodluck Jonathan.
Ezeife said he was certain that the President would defeat Buhari in 2015 with a wider margin than he did in 2011 – if the retired general emerges the presidential candidate of the APC.
In his words, “Jonathan appears to be a tool in the hands of God. God does everything with a purpose and it doesn’t appear God has finished with Jonathan.
Others can contest for the Presidency, at least, that will make money to flow around to poor people.
There will be no change in Aso Rock after the 2015 presidential election.
“There will be no contest. Buhari is no match for Jonathan. This is a clear case…
“Look at how Ebola ended in Nigeria. They are still battling with it in America. Look at the level of development that is going on.
The man (Jonathan) always acts as if he doesn’t know what he is doing but he will be doing everything right.
“Now we are talking about ceasefire with Boko Haram.
Those who said they would make Nigeria ungovernable have failed.
Nigeria is still governable and Jonathan is governing it.”
Ezeife, who spoke to PUNCH, added that none of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the APC can defeat the President in 2015, and added that Jonathan had divine backing.
Jonathan has already been adopted as the presidential candidate of the PDP while Buhari, who was the first runner-up in the 2011 presidential election, is the top contender for the APC’s presidential ticket.
Governor Ayodele Fayose has again cried out on the expensive nature of the newly built Government House in the state built by his predecessor, Dr Kayode Fayemi. Fayose said that Fayemi spent about N50m on just two beds in his and his wife’s bedroom.
Earlier in the week, Fayose had accused Fayemi of spending a whooping sum of N3.3b on the new Government House.
In a statement made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday was signed by his Special Assistant on Information and Social Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka., Fayose said that what was spent on the two bedrooms, their toilets and bathrooms was in the region of N100m.
The statement titled “N3.3bn new Government House Is Fayemi’s Show of Wickedness To Ekiti People,”
The statement said that Fayemi was insensitive to the suffering of the people for spending such huge sum for an“out-of-this-world luxury” provided with over N3.3bn borrowed funds for Fayemi, his wife and children and will not weep for the state and its people.
“How can a responsible government use borrowed funds to provide this kind of luxury for the governor and his family alone in a state where a lot of people cannot afford to feed more than once in a day?The statement read in part, “Between Fayemi and his wife, what was spent on their bedrooms, toilets and bathrooms will be in the region of N100m.
“People should ask the former governor what was really wrong with the abandoned governor’s lodge used by his (Fayemi) predecessors?
“Shouldn’t such funds expended on the hilltop edifice have been used to resuscitate the moribund textile factory in Ado-Ekiti that was turned to lock-up shops to provide employment for our teeming youths?
“Also, was Fayemi living in that manner of opulence before he became governor? Was he sleeping on a body-massaging bed and bathing in an electric-controlled Jacuzzi?
“Here is Fayemi, who could not pay workers salaries, owing them two-month salaries before he left. A Fayemi, who out of sheer wickedness refused to pay pensioners N2.4bn pension and gratuities; N400m workers leave bonus, N700m subventions to parastatals and tertiary institutions and remit N2.4bn four months’ cooperative society’s deductions from workers salaries preferring to use N3.3bn borrowed funds to provide luxury for himself, his wife and children alone.
“This is wickedness!’’
“The governor would have preferred to sell out the property and use the fund to provide basic amenities and employment opportunities for the people.”
“That’s also the reason he (Fayemi) refused to renovate the Governor’s Office, leaving it in a state of disrepair because he knew that he was not going to use the office during his second term.
“Also, contract for the maintenance of the property was already awarded for N150m per annum.
“When we visited the Government House for the first time yesterday, Mr Governor was like; how I wish I can sell off this place or turn it to commercial use? It is simply wicked for a governor to be more interested in this manner of ostentatious comfort at the expense of the people.”
Fayose, according to the statement, wondered “if the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, whom Fayemi and his so-called progressives claimed as their role-model, lived in any government house, much less of building an Emperor-like house for himself.”
“Did the late Adekunle Ajasin build a monarchical government house for himself? Did Baba Lateef Jakande live in any government house? These are great Yoruba sons, who recorded landmark achievements as premier of the old Western Region and governors of Lagos State and the old Ondo State respectively.
“The duo of Ajasin and Jakande were able to impact tremendously on their states because they did not like to waste public funds on the provision of luxury for themselves.”
The statement said that “left for Governor Fayose, he won’t use that aristocratic government house because it is a symbol of oppression in itself.”
“He(Fayose) will prefer to live where Ekiti people can easily see him, touch him, eat with him and discuss the progress of the state together.
“But abandoning it would amount to colossal waste of public funds; but Governor Fayose will not hide himself from the masses.”
However Fayemi’s media Aide has moved to quickly deny the allegation saying that Fayose is a dramatist seeking attention. He advised the Governor to quit acting and start governing “I have taken a guided tour of that place and I don’t think I have seen such an outcry.
“I don’t know where they got their figure from; it sounds absurd. I ‘ll advise them to stop this theatre of absurd. Governance is a serious business and I am appealing to them not to reduce it to a joke.
“They are turning Ekiti into a circus show and they should stop it. It is childish and puerile for them to have come up with that figure. There is nothing ostentatious about Dr. Fayemi’s lifestyle: the lodge is there as a property of the state.
“Whether Fayose stays there or not is his cup of tea. The new government house is a legacy building. Dr. Fayemi did not go with it to Isan-Ekiti; it is for the state. It is not about personal aggrandisement; it is a befitting edifice for the state. Go to other states of the federation and see their government houses. Ekiti state deserves the best.”
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye has assured Nigerians that the country will overcome all the current security challenges including terrorism, unemployment, economic turbulence as well as the prediction of the collapse of the nation before 2015.
Speaking at the church’s National Headquarters in Ebute-Meta, Lagos where he conducted a worship service themed:
“A Sure House”, the man of God said rather than being troubled over these challenges, Nigerians should move closer to God, who has the ultimate solution to every challenge of life.
Pastor Adeboye who was represented by his Special Assistant on Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola said that since human efforts have failed to restore hope and peace in the country, it is crucial to seek divine intervention to numerous challenges confronting the country.
In his words: “The prayer that a new Nigeria will emerge by our father in the Lord is a prophetic word regardless of whatever the nation is going through now.
You will recall that Elisah prayed and prophesied in the midst of uncertainty and we see the result.
We trust God that history will repeat itself in Nigeria too.
Nigerians should shun all forms of unrighteousness, move closer to God with their heart and not with mouth and diligently seek the face of God in prayer”.
He emphasized the need for those in positions of authority to seek the face of God in everything they are doing while also admonishing the followers to adhere to the basic truth and biblical doctrines.
Speaking on the growing housing deficit in the country, Pastor Odesola said effective policies should be developed to address this as it is done in other parts of the world, adding that provision of affordable houses can address several social challenges in the country.
A chief of the All Progressives Congress,Rotimi Fashakin, said GeneralMuhammadu Buhari(retd.) has pledged to serve only one term four years if he is elected as the President of Nigeria in 2015.
Fashakin, who was the national publicity secretary of the defunct CPC, told PUNCH that Buhari would do for Nigeria what the late Nelson Mandela did for South Africa.
He said the motive behind Buhari’s fourth shot at the presidency was his desire to rescue Nigeria from corruption, stabilise it and then hand over to a younger person, who has the capacity to lead the country.
In his words:
“Gen. Muhammadu Buhari would do a term of four years then hand the power over to somebody younger. You can take that to the bank.
He is going to be the stabilising factor in Nigeria. Nigeria needs a strong leader like Buhari, who is in the mould of Mandela, who stabilised South Africa.
“That is what Buhari is going to do and four years are enough for him to do that.
After stabilising the nation, he will hand over to somebody younger, whom he would have groomed.
This is why we are asking Nigerians to give Buhari a chance. He has the capacity, temperament and courage to rescue and stabilise this country.
Just four years of Buhari, Nigeria will not remain the same.”
Fashakin added that it would be a disservice to the nation if Buhari is denied the chance of governing the country in 2015.
He assured that there is no doubt that Buhari would defeat Goodluck Jonathan at the February 14, 2015 presidential election, adding that most of those who voted Jonathan in 2011 would vote Buhari in 2015.
He said,“In article 20 of the APC constitution, consensus is the most preferred way of choosing our leaders because in consensus all interests are considered. That is democracy.
It’s a welcome development that we are working towards a consensus.
“We pray that the best will happen in that scenario so that Nigerians can be given the benefit of enjoying a new lease of life come 2015.