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Leaked memo mere internal routine, don’t make a mountain of it- Kachikwu
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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has attempted to play down the enormity of his now-viral leaked memo in which he wrote President Muhammadu Buhari detailing serious disagreements with Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), describing it as merely part of regular internal routine exchanges.

In his reaction, Kachikwu described the leak and circulation of the internal memo as “distressing”, noting that the memo was merely part of routine exchanges he regularly shared with the president about “developments in parastatals under his supervision”.

The minister’s reaction was delivered by the spokesperson for the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Idang Alibi.

Alibi said the letter was aimed not at discrediting Baru but at “improving efficiency and deepening transparency in the oil and gas sector for continued investor confidence”.

 

This explanation comes hours after a three-page letter which Kachikwu wrote to Buhari on August 30 went viral.

Part of the statement read, “It is most distressing to the ministry of petroleum resources that a confidential communication to the President on the performance of one of its parastatals can be made public.

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“The focus of the communication was on improving efficiency and deepening transparency in the oil and gas sector for continued investor confidence.

“It is noteworthy that the President has been fully supportive of the efforts of the Ministry to entrench good governance and accountability in the oil and gas sector.

“The Ministry of Petroleum Resources remains focused on achieving measurable progress in the implementation of the ongoing oil sector reforms in line with the mandate of the President”.

Kachikwu’s memo which sparked the controversy was dated 30 August and titled, “RE: Matters of Insubordination and Lack of Adherence To Due Process Perpetuated by GMD NNPC-Dr. Baru”. The memo had the reference number, (HMS/MPR/001/Vol.1/100).

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Ex-Gov Elechi cites Umahi’s mis-governance as reason he dumped PDP for APC

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The immediate past governor of Ebonyi State, Martin Elechi, has given mis-governance by incumbent Governor Dave Umahi as one of the reasons he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on which platform he governed the state for eight years.

Elechi who dumped the PDP for the All Progressives Congress also blamed “injustices and lack of internal party democracy” in his former party as warranting his exit.

Elechi gave these reasons at the occasion of his formal defection to the APC in Abakaliki on Friday.

He was addressing APC members among whom were the party national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, and the acting party chairman in the state, Eze Nwachukwu among other chieftains.

He said, “The change we all clamor for is finally here with us; we are heralding the dawn of a new era in the Ebonyi body polity.

“The APC has come to salvage the decaying political values caused by the misgovernance of one man (referring to Umahi) who have lost focus on what political leadership and governance entails.

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“A man who prefers to embark on unrealizable elephant projects that have no direct bearing on the lives of the people.

“We built an international market with about 8,000 lock-up shops which are still not given out to the market men and women who need these shops and our Governor embarked on the construction of shopping mall.

“The Governor abandoned Oferekpe gigantic water scheme and we hear that he is now embarking on the construction of tunnel while our children are out of school due to the inability of parents to pay their school fees and pensioners being owed months of arrears”.

Others who defected alongside with Elechi to the APC were his wife, Josephine, and a number of others

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#ANAMBRADECIDES: PDP wants Obiano disqualified for campaigning at polling unit

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#ANAMBRADECIDES: PDP wants Obiano disqualified for campaigning at polling unit

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the disqualification of Governor Willie Obiano from the ongoing governorship election in the state.

The party on its official Twitter handle on Saturday accused the governor of campaigning openly during the elections at his polling unit, in contravention of the electoral laws.

The party said, “Governor Willie Obiano and Gubernatorial Candidate of the @ApgaHQ was seen campaigning openly at his polling unit. This is a violation of electoral law. We call for @inecnigeria to disqualify him from the contest”.

Another handle belonging to the PDP, ‘PDP Vote and Stay’, also alleged that INEC result sheets were seen at a hotel in Abuja.

According to the handle, “What is INEC RESULT Sheets doing at ROCK VIEW HOTEL ABUJA?
CAN SECURITY AGENTS investigate ROOM 309 of ROCK VIEW HOTEL, ABUJA RIGHT NOW?”

The election which was characterized by voter apathy witness different turnouts in different parts of the state.

While some areas witnessed fairly large turnout with election materials arriving on time, there was low turnout in other parts, with electoral officers seen sitting idly.

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Officials of the Department of State Services have arrested a man for trying to buy votes during the election, as there were allegations that some political parties’ agents were sharing cash, slippers, and cooked rice among other items in efforts to sway the electorates.

 

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Meek Mill reportedly out of solitary confinement, transferred to another Prison for general population

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Meek Mill’s request to get out of solitary confinement seems to have come true after TMZ on Saturday morning reported that the rapper has been moved to another prison meant for general population.

According to the News platform, an official at the State Correctional Institution in Chester, PA said the rapper was just transferred to the prison and out of Camp Hill. He says the Philly rapper is currently in general population and has his own cell.

This comes days after news surfaced that Meek was going to go crazy if he continued to be held in solitary confinement. The lawyers said prison officials were worried about Meek interacting with other inmates, so they had to put him in solitary because it’s the only way they could protect him and keep him safe.

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Meek Mill’s been sprung from solitary confinement and moved to another prison with greener pastures … literally.

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An official at the State Correctional Institution in Chester, PA tells TMZ … the rapper was just transferred to their prison and out of Camp Hill. He’s now in general population and he has his own cell.

We broke the story … Meek wanted out of solitary because he feared it would take a severe toll on his mental state.

Meek can now hit up the yard in the morning or afternoon. He can ball out on the court or go for a jog. Should he fancy himself with a book, he can read it at the on-site library or in his cell. Gym time will depend on which job he ends up taking … which, by the way, pays 19 cents an hour.

He’ll be assigned a job and has 2 choices — cleaning cells or cooking.

Meanwhile, the judge who sentenced Meek Mill to 2-4 years for violating probation from his 2009 drug and weapons case is being investigated by the FBI.

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