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Ex-Newswatch staff drag Ondo APC guber aspirant Jimoh Ibrahim over 24-month outstanding salaries

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A group of Newswatch Magazine ex-staff members has called on the Senate President, Senator Godwin Akpabio and other principal officials of the Red Chamber to prevail on Senator Jimoh Ibrahim to pay them the 24-month salary he is owing them.

Senator Ibrahim shut two of his media houses in 2016, the National Mirror and Newswatch daily and paid off the workers Two-third of their entitlements.

He, however, retained the Newswatch magazine, which he used for publicity in his 2016 campaign for governorship election in Ondo State. He was the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in that election. At the time he contested that 2016 governorship election, he was owning the Newswatch magazine workers more than a year’s salary.

The salaries arrears had accumulated when he ran two post-graduate degrees at Cambridge and Oxford universities in Britain. Even till date, Jimoh Ibrahim did not officially close down the Newswatch magazine. The 2016 Ondo State governorship election took place in the last quarter of the year.

The workers were still going to office till the first quarter of Year 2017, in the hope and expectation that the publisher would pay them their salaries. If he was no longer interested in publishing his magazine, he did not say and did not officially disengage the staff. So, the workers intermittently reported to work in dwindling number till March 2017.

When it dawned on the workers that an end had come for the magazine, one of them, Tajudeen Adigun, a senior assistant editor, took the case to the Office of Public Defender in Lagos, asking them to compel Jimoh Ibrahim to pay the 24 months salaries he was owing them.

All efforts to serve Jimoh Ibrahim the petition to pay the magazine’s workers were frustrated. Attempt to paste the petition on the wall of the magazine was equally met with stiff resistance and threat of violence by his goons at the office premises.

At this point, the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos Council, was approached to come to the aid of the magazine’s workers and help appeal to the Senate President to prevail on Senator Jimoh Ibrahim to pay their salaries.

As we speak, one of the ex-workers, Aderotimi Adedoyin, has suffered partial stroke and bedridden. He is in need of money for treatment and to sustain himself.

Senator Ibrahim is today a face of Nigeria’s democracy, as he was recently elected chairman of inter-parliamentary body worldwide. Regrettably, he has not demonstrated that democracy must be for the good of people, as he has treated the Newswatch workers as expendable who should be used and dump.

What he has done is display utter distain for the workers, which also negates international labour law.

The Senate is the highest legislative body in Nigeria that must champion making laws that will expand horizon of people’s freedom, increase people’s comfort and reduce poverty. Regrettably, Senator Jimoh Ibrahim is not using this yardstick. Rather, he is opposite of the ideals that the Senate stands for.

The leadership of the Senate must, as a matter of fundamental duty, tell Jimoh Ibrahim not to soil or dent the good image of the chamber. He should be told expressly, to pay the entitlements of his ex-Newswatch magazine staff members..

 

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Tajudeen Adigun – 08039180360

Adedoyin Aderotimi – 08038358391 Partial Stroke

Busayo Salako – 08082522140

Taiwo Schulz – 08028776449

Idowu Taiwo – 08183559331

Kayoed Makinde – +13177847977

Yemi Adurotoye – 08055447307

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“Stop the Tension in Rivers,”Jonathan Calls for Truce As Fubara, Wike’s Rift

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Goodluck Jonathan has expressed serious concern over the rift between Nyesom Wike and his preferred successor, Governor Siminalayi Fubara

The former president has called for peace as the duo have intensified their attacks in Rivers state, with Wike insisting Fubara cannot take over his structure

Jonathan has urged the duo to end the political tension in Rivers as he noted that their rift has affected the development of the state.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has waded into the political crisis rocking Rivers state. As reported by The Nation, Jonathan called on Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers state and his predecessor, the current minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, to stop the escalation of political tension in Rivers.

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EXCLUSIVES: Aregbesola vows never to prostrate for Tinubu

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It is not just a political tug-of-war but chamber of egotism where former Osun state governor Rauf Aregbesola flaunts the confidence
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It is not just a political tug-of-war but chamber of egotism where former Osun state governor Rauf Aregbesola flaunts the confidence of a ripping seed in the political school of thoughts.

A move by some political influencer in presidency to settle the matter between the political master and his apprentice, in the names of President Bola Tinubu and Rauf Aregbesola but all efforts to end the growing battle proved abortive by nobody but the egoistic  former minister who believed he is more of a godfather than prostrating to the Jagaban Bogul!

A source told The PAPERS that he was asked to prostrate for the President the moment he saw him after having access to the president in Aso Villa.

“He was in Aso Villa with some politicians and he was told to prostrate for the president while others will join him to apologise to the president and settle the matter but he said never he can’t prostrate for Tinubu and those people were stunned and left him alone in the battle. Tinubu saw Aregbesola and greeted him casually and nobody could speak for him and all access was blocked immediately.

In the latest development, Aregbesola felt has been sidelined in the ruling party feels it is important for his political career to dump APC.

Recently, All Progressives Congress in Osun, Prince Adebayo Adeleke, affectionately known as Banik, who came hard on the former governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for making himself instrument of balkanisation and destruction in the progressive fold, stating that the former governor could no longer be regarded as a governor produced by the party.

Sources within Aregbesola camp told The PAPERS that the former Osun state governor will announce a new party for defection before July as many factors in APC frustrating reconciliation.

“Aregbesola is no longer in APC, I can tell you that. But we are waiting for official announcement of the next party for defection,” said our source.

“For now, there are possibilities of joining  SDP or AD, but only a matter of time, but he’s not joining PDP as speculation rises.”

Banik expressed this opinion recently at the senatorial meeting of the party in Osun Central held at the party secretariat, Ogo-oluwa, Osogbo, when making clarification to some statements attributed to the National Secretary of the APC, Senator Ajibola Basiru ( SRJ).

According to Banik, “Statement made by our National Secretary, Senator Basiru Ajibola SRJ was poorly reported. He didn’t say Ogbeni Aregbesola had ceased to be a former governor of the state. What he said was Ogbeni had by his past anti-party activities and continued combative attitude to the party cut himself away from us, hence it is safe to say he is no longer part of the party. We in APC know Aregbesola is no longer our member.”

The former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs recalled how Aregbesola mobilized his lieutenants and supporters to work against the party during presidential, governorship and other elections, as well as how he mocked the party for its electoral misfortune at the Supreme Court.

Banik said a committed member of the party, particularly a former governor and minister should not have engaged in brazen anti-party activities as Aregbesola did, advising the Ijesa-born politician to seek political truce with his leader and benefactor, President Bola Tinubu, if he is still interested to be accorded the deserved respects within the party.

 

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Jimoh Ibrahim cries out, says Ondo APC guber primary was a fraud

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Ondo South Senator, Jimoh Ibrahim has lamented the outcome of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ondo 2024 governorship primary
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Ondo South Senator, Jimoh Ibrahim has lamented the outcome of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ondo 2024 governorship primary election held on April 20th 2024, describing the exercise as a “mega fraud” that would end at the Supreme Court.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Ibrahim said the primary election did not hold in 159 out of 203 polling units across the three senatorial districts in Ondo State.

He insisted that Kogi State governor, Ododo Ahmed Usman, who was the Chairman of Ondo State Primary Election Committee, fraudulently declared Lucky Aiyedatiwa winner in cahoots with the former Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege.

Armed with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s report, the lawmaker disclosed that he has filed a complaint at a Federal High Court in line with provisions of the Electoral Act, which stipulates that “complaints arising from primary election be filed within 14 days”.

In the INEC report which Jimoh personally made available to journalists, the primary election did not hold in 15 out of 18 LGAs in Ondo.

Ibrahim further alleged that Ododo and Omo-Agege changed the date of collation of results midway to allow them perfect the “electoral fraud” in favour of the incumbent governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

To buttress his point, Jimoh pointed to a letter written by Ododo, which was addressed to the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akure, purportedly changing the date of collation on the day of the primary election.

Parts of the letter, which was sighted, reads: “Please refer to our letters on the above stated subject matter, dated 5th April, 2024 with Ref. Number APC/NHDQ/INEC/19024/016 wherein we requested for a change in the State Collation Centre.

“We are writing to further inform the Commission of the postponement of the collation of election results for the All Progressives Congress, APC primary election, which is scheduled for 20th April, 2024. The postponement became necessary due to unforeseen circumstances regarding the submission of results from the Local Government Collation Centre Officers.

“Despite our best efforts to ensure timely collation, most of our Local Government collation officers will arrive late, as a result of logistic challenges which have led to a delay in the collation processes.”

 

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Aregbesola dumps APC, mulls on SDP, AD

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Going by the recent comment by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Osun, Prince Adebayo Adeleke, affectionately known
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Going by the recent comment by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Osun, Prince Adebayo Adeleke, affectionately known as Banik, who came hard on the former governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for making himself instrument of balkanisation and destruction in the progressive fold, stating that the former governor could no longer be regarded as a governor produced by the party.

Sources within Aregbesola camp told The PAPERS that the former Osun state governor will announce a new party for defection before July as many factors in APC frustrating reconciliation.

“Aregbesola is no longer in APC, I can tell you that. But we are waiting for official announcement of the next party for defection,” said our source.

“For now, there are possibilities of joining  SPD or AD, but only a matter of time, but he’s not joining PDP as speculation rises.”

Banik expressed this opinion recently at the senatorial meeting of the party in Osun Central held at the party secretariat, Ogo-oluwa, Osogbo, when making clarification to some statements attributed to the National Secretary of the APC, Senator Ajibola Basiru ( SRJ).

According to Banik, “Statement made by our National Secretary, Senator Basiru Ajibola SRJ was poorly reported. He didn’t say Ogbeni Aregbesola had ceased to be a former governor of the state. What he said was Ogbeni had by his past anti-party activities and continued combative attitude to the party cut himself away from us, hence it is safe to say he is no longer part of the party. We in APC know Aregbesola is no longer our member.”

The former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs recalled how Aregbesola mobilized his lieutenants and supporters to work against the party during presidential, governorship and other elections, as well as how he mocked the party for its electoral misfortune at the Supreme Court.

Banik said a committed member of the party, particularly a former governor and minister should not have engaged in brazen anti-party activities as Aregbesola did, advising the Ijesa-born politician to seek political truce with his leader and benefactor, President Bola Tinubu, if he is still interested to be accorded the deserved respects within the party.

 

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‘You don’t exist… I determine your existence’, Fubara to Rivers assembly members

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Siminialayi Fubara, governor of Rivers, says the existence of members of the state house of assembly is based on his recognition.
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Siminialayi Fubara, governor of Rivers, says the existence of members of the state house of assembly is based on his recognition.

Fubara spoke on Monday when some political and traditional leaders from Bayelsa state visited him at the government house in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers.

The Rivers governor said members of the state assembly do not “exist”, adding that he decided to “give them a floating” through a peace deal initiated by President Bola Tinubu.

Fubara said he accepted the peace accord on the understanding that there was a relationship between him and members of the state house of assembly.

The Rivers governor said he has shown restraint in the political crisis rocking the state despite his powers, adding that the other party did not show such.

He lamented that daily, his supporters suffer intimidation and attacks in the state.

“Those group of men who claim that are our assembly members are not assembly members — they are not existing,” Fubara said.

“I want it to be on record. I accepted that peace accord to give them a floating. That is the truth.

“There was nothing in that peace accord that is a constitutional issue. It is a political solution to a problem.

“It has gotten to a time when I have to make a statement that they are not existing.

“Their existence is me allowing them to exist. If I de-recognise them, they are nowhere.”

In the past few months, members of the Rivers state assembly and Fubara have been at loggerheads.

In October 2023, the assembly commenced impeachment proceedings against the governor.

The impeachment notice was later withdrawn in December 2023.

On several occasions, the assembly has overridden the decision of Fubara not to sign certain bills passed by the lawmakers led by Martin Amaewhule, the speaker.

In January, the Rivers assembly overrode the decision of Fubara not to assent to four bills earlier passed by the lawmakers.

In March, the assembly again overrode Fubara on the passage of some bills.

In April, the assembly did the same for the local government amendment bill.

On Monday, the assembly overrode the Rivers governor on the passage of the public procurement amendment bill.

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‘I’ll return PDP to power if elected’

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Frontline contestant for the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Segun Akinwumi, has said that he has what it
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Frontline contestant for the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Segun Akinwumi, has said that he has what it takes to reposition the party and return it power in Ekiti if given the chance to lead the party.

Unveiking his agenda for the party at a Press Briefing in Ado-Ekiti, Akinwumi said the PDP had gone underground in Ekiti and requires a visionary and purposeful leadership like him to bring it back to recony.

Top on his agenda is to return the PDP to power in the 2026 urging all loyal members of the party to achieve the herculean task.

“We can and we will defeat the ruling party in the 2026 governorship election in Ekiti .the PDP is already in the doldrum, we need someone capable to bring us out of the doldrum.

“We are an inch closer to the government house, we have some of our members in government now who will vote for us at that time”

Akinwumi, who served in many ministries as commissioner in the state said that he remains the preferred choice of the PDP members in Ekiti.

He described all the PDP leaders who has ruled and governed the state as excellent leaders who has landmark achievements for people to see.

Responding to allegations of anti-party levelled against some PDP leaders, including former Governor Ayo Fayose, Akinwumi, promised the issue would be sorted out and that any anti-party activities from their members will soon be a thing of the past.

According to him, if elected as the preferred PDP chairman in Ekiti, party members will comply with the ethics, rules and regulations of the PDP, including Fayose.

He, however commended all loyal PDP members in Ekiti, to stay strong that they will take over government in Ekiti in 2026.

 

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