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Secondus Warns PDP over its National Convention




Secondus Warns PDP over its National Convention


The fear that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national convention may not hold as scheduled surfaced yesterday, as the suspended National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, warned against going ahead with the convention slated for 30th and 31st of October, 2021.


Secondus, who threatened to use the court to nullify the decision, action or step taken at such Convention, argued that because of the pendency of his case at the Court of Appeal, all preparations for the convention amounted to contempt of court.


Secondus’s position was stated in a letter dated 21st of October, 2021, addressed to the acting Chairman of the party, Yemi Akinwonmi.


The letter, which was written on behalf of Secondus by his lawyer, Tayo Oyetibo reads, “having been served with an application seeking to restrain the holding of its National Convention pending the determination of the appeal filed by Prince Uche Secondus, the PDP would be embarking upon a collision course with the court if it proceeds to hold the National Convention before the hearing and determination of the Application.


“Should such contumacious conduct of holding the National Convention before the hearing and determination of the Application be embarked upon by the Party, however, we shall not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law against all national officers of the Party that are responsible for such conduct of contempt of court.



we would on our part, swiftly take steps to invoke the jurisdiction of the court to nullify any decision, action or step taken at such Convention.”


The letter drew the attention of PDP to the fact that as a result of the judgment delivered by the High Court of Rivers State whereby Prince Uche Secondus was, inter alia, restrained from performing the functions of the office of National Chairman of the PDP, an appeal has been filed and entered against the judgment at the Court of Appeal, PortHarcourt Judicial Division.


The letter said: “In addition, an Application on Notice has been filed in which Prince Uche Secondus is seeking, inter alia, the following orders:


“An order of injunction restraining the PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY, the 6th Respondent herein, whether by itself, its officers, servants, agents and or representatives from holding or conducting its National Convention scheduled for 30th and 31st October 2021 or any other date, pending the hearing and final determination of this appeal.



“AN ORDER that the parties to this appeal, Particularly the Appellant/Applicant and the Respondent (Peoples Democratic Party) shall maintain the status quo ante as at 22 August 2021, when Appellant/Applicant was occupying the office of National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, pending the hearing and final determination of this appeal.” 


In the letter, Secondus explained that the application has since been served on Akinwonmi and other Respondents in the appeal.


He lamented that “notwithstanding the service of the Application for an injunction, it has come to the Notice of our client that the PDP and its officers continue to prepare to hold the National Convention on 30 and 31 October 2021”


The letter drew attention to the fact that “where a suit is brought to enjoin certain activities of which the defendant has notice, the hands of the defendant are effectually tied pending a hearing and determination even though no restraining order or preliminary injunction be issued.”


The letter further said that “the conclusion to be drawn from all the cases is that after a defendant has been notified of the pendency of a suit seeking an injunction against him even though a temporary injunction be not granted, he acts at his peril and subject to the power of the court to restore the status wholly irrespective of the merits as they may be ultimately decided.



The general practice is that on the application for an order for interlocutory injunction, all activities affecting the res are automatically terminated as a mark of respect to the court before whom the application is pending. …if…parties to the suit senselessly rush their tortious trespassory activities…in the spacious belief that that would promote their unfounded claims to the res. Nothing can be farther from the truth. Such heedless posture is, to say the least, a fragrant disrespect to the court. It clearly, in my opinion, amounts to intransigence for a party against whom an order for an injunction is sought to intensify his interference with the res.



“The court cannot be hoodwinked by such impropriety of unlawful acts in relation to the res….Nor can the person in such disrespect be allowed to take advantage of his default and flagrant intransigence.”



Simple Actions President Bola Tinubu Must Take Now by Olufemi Aduwo



Simple Actions President Bola Tinubu Must Take Now by Olufemi Aduwo

Simple Actions President Bola Tinubu Must Take Now

by Olufemi Aduwo



Simple Actions President Bola Tinubu Must Take Now by Olufemi Aduwo




Very Short Term:



The golden rule when you face a crisis of any sort is to allay fears of those concerned, including you, the leader. Fear kills more than bullets.







Mr. President, sir:





1. Get on the television and radio and reassure Nigerians that you are on top of the situation. It should not be a long speech at all but maximum of five minutes. Translate the speech into as many local languages as possible. Let the governors and parliamentarians do the same to percolate to the grassroots.





2. In that speech, plead for more understanding. Tell Nigerians you will address them again, in four weeks latest, on measures to address the situation. Reassure them that you will tackle the situation decisively. Take the advice I will give you here to your cabinet and the National Council of State so they can make inputs and perfect them.





3. Announce cuts in government expenditure especially the lifestyle of political leaders. Sir, don’t you wonder how Nigerians who bear these unbearable inflation survive? It’s not rocket science, Mr. President. The first rule under hyper-inflation is to go back to that rudimentary economics taught in the secondary school: Scarcity, Scale of Preference, Choices, Opportunity Cost.

This present crisis doesn’t need economic experts to solve. We only need to apply common sense!



(a) Prices are soaring because of scarcity.

(b) Our money can no longer buy all the things we used to buy.

(c) We now have to make a scale of preference. We need the things we need (not want) on a scale of preference. Non-essential things are off that list right away.

(d) We now make choices (priorities), purchases within that scale. This means that even not all the items that make that scale will make it in our Naira allocation.

(e) We now increase our earning to cover those items on that scale (remember they are essential) but even essential things vary in terms how essential. Some can tarry for a while.








When in hyperinflation, don’t panic. Panic will complicate the problem. And may even kill. Smile broadly. Then, Think. Plan. Be honest. Have that will power.

That is how we have been surviving. Every poor, even illiterate Nigerian family heads; this is what they have been doing, sir. They may not know any economic terms, but that’s what they do. And I am writing here, as a social crusader with common sense; it is for you as the head of the Nigerian household economy, just do the above. Expenditure saved is income earned. It starts from you, Mr. President.







That moves us to the short term.







Short Term (After one year)



1. Stop all new civil projects at the federal level for the rest of the year. Advice states to do the same. Divert money saved to agriculture. It takes between three to eight months for most food crops in Nigeria to be ripen for harvest. Thank God, the food crisis is happening at the very beginning of the agric season. And, sir, a farmer that doesn’t plant at the beginning of the farming season, won’t reap anything at harvest time. That’s what Adam Smith meant in his ‘Theory of Factors of Production’. It doesn’t need PhD to understand and apply, sir.





2. Continue funding of already approved civil projects so that real income will not shrink in the blue collar sector. Do mostly direct labour so income can circulate to Nigerians.





3. Import strategic food e.g. rice, beans, tomatoes, pepper, groundnut oil, etc. There is no shame in this, sir. It’s food first in the hierarchy of needs. Whatever it will take in the short run, make food available to Nigerians. Don’t go into who caused the food problem, for now. ‘Ebi kii wo inu, ki nkan mii o wobe’. (A hungry person will not listen to any other thing except you give him or her food). The dead don’t eat food.





4. NNPCL must start pushing locally refined petrol (and diesel for the real sector). Meanwhile, give NNPCL dollar at controlled rate to import fuel. Call it subsidy or whatever name, if you like. Peg the sales to control prices and monitor ruthlessly. We are in serious crisis. Be ruthless, sir. Some people have said you can fast track Dangote. Anyhow. Just make fuel available, sir. Again, Adam Smith! Production!





5. Identify growers of major foodstuff and support them directly through state governments.





6. Release CBN probe report and government white paper. Sir, you are wasting too much time on this!







Medium Term (12-18 months):

1. Probe the banking sector and follow up with an enabling law to jail culprits.

Trial should be through Tribunals, not courts. Trial should be statute barred so that in ten months, the Supreme Court can give final judgments. From Tribunal to Appeal Court, to Supreme Court!

I know many of them are your paddy. But they have had enough, sir. Tell them ‘O To Ge’ (It’s enough). They will understand, if they are honest. They have bled Nigeria for too long. Nigeria must not die in your hands. Sing Sonny Okosuns hit track to them; “Which way Nigeria”.

Let’s  save Nigeria. So Nigeria won’t die





2. Start Civil Servants Miscellaneous Offences Tribunal to jail corrupt civil servants. Like the bankers, the civil servants will also understand. Those doing the damage in the system are not more than two per cent of civil servants! You know this, Mr. President.





3. Rejig the National Food Policy to plan how we can be food sufficient. Sir, we have not been able to feed ourselves in Nigeria. Bible says a man not able to feed his family or household is not fit to head that family. It means if you are president and the nation is not self-sufficient in food production (not food importation), then you are not fit to be president, sir. I am not the one saying so, sir. It’s God. You are the Head of this household called Nigeria now by His grace. God has blessed us too much. What we cannot grow in Nigeria does not exist!





4. License new agric banks (at least 10 of them, facing agriculture funding squarely). They must be operational before the end of this year, nationwide.

To hell with all these criminal banks! License at least 50 small medium industry banks and 50 agriculture micro finance banks to start operations before December 2024. Commercial farming should be the goal here. They must be monitored to stay within their portfolios.





5. Make 40 modular refineries strategically located nationwide to be operational. State and local governments can save 50 per cent of their allocations for four months to own not more than 20 per cent equity in these small refineries within their states. This will not only solve the petrol problem on time but also serve as IGR for them in the near future.





Long Term (2 years and above):

1. Sustain medium-term policies highlighted above. In strategic road mapping, execution is key, sir.

(2.) Resume civil works in the public sector to create employment and incomes.

(3). Start agro processing for exports. No export of raw agriculture products again.

(4). Rejig all Federal Universities of Agric to face agriculture, or scrap them.  State governments should start Universities of Agric. A state like Ogun with excess varsities and polytechnics should convert quite a number of them to Agric varsities with emphasis on practical training. All polytechnics should be converted to technical universities to work out how to manufacture so many things that we import, preparatory to banning their importation. Local industries cannot survive if we don’t ban these imports.





(5.) Sir, Adam Smith is turning in his grave, cursing Nigeria. We are poor because we do not produce, our taste is strictly for what we don’t produce! We can never be rich like that, unless we go into banking, politics or religion! Each time Nigerian Customs says it has made billions of Naira, I cry. They should make income from excise income (exports) not imports. Imports increase the need for dollars! Exports bring in dollars! Common sense nah.



(6.) Ban frivolous imports. Notice should have been given right now that in 12 months, these useless imports ‘are gone’. They are the ‘subsidies’ that must be ‘gone’, not the one on petrol. In the real sense, Mr. President, you actually ‘subsidize’ these frivolous items; toothpick, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. name it. Enter any supermarket or market, 80 percent of goods there are bought with dollars. So, when dollar goes up, the prices must go up. Sir, ban them! Don’t follow Reno Omokri’s lame advice that Nigerians should boycott imported goods. Omokri lives abroad. We here can only buy what we see. Enabling laws are needed here, so that if you display banned commodities, you go to jail. Please expand this for effective implementation of these laws.





(7.) My President, I have not suggested Price Controls. They don’t work. I am a practical person. I am driven by theories driven by research. There is no economic theory bigger than the Theory of Demand and Supply. So, do not waste time and money setting up price controls? The moment supply exceeds demand, prices will crash. And when we have excess food, we store, process and export to countries like Niger, Mali. We export to USA and UK. Check out the foodstuff prices in the UK. They are high sir. We can make good dollars and pounds exporting food to them there sir.





Finally, sir, execution is important. Our problem has always been lack of executive will, not lack of ideas. I have never been scared of any crisis in my life. As the crisis is brewing, God is already giving me ideas to tackle it. And it’s so for most Nigerians at household levels.



See, Mr. President, this economic crisis is no big deal if you want to tackle it. I swear. There is no need for any economic wizardry. We need just common sense and discipline or willpower. It’s the same way we manage our household income. It’s the same way my students are managing their incomes and expenditures! My students are fine! They are not happy, but they are fine. They are still making their hairs and coming to classes! But many of them have reduced what they eat and how many times they eat daily.

Me too, I no longer fry eggs. I boil them.







That way I save money on groundnut oil, salt, gas, onion and pepper. And if yam is not careful, I will ban it, like I did bread. No food is bigger than me in my household. I call the shots. Meat is only for my daughter now. At over 50, I don’t need meat. I take fish. Local fish. Not imported fish. It’s only our government and national assembly that have refused to change. They still use uncommon sense. Every household in Nigeria is applying the common sense!





Sir, economics is common sense made difficult!





Thank you for listening and being ready to take these actions, Mr. President.





Your patriotic subject,





Olufemi Samson Aduwo, Permanent Representative, CCDI to ECOSOC/United Nations.

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Balami dumps Obi, LP, returns to APC



Balami dumps Obi, LP, returns to APC

Balami dumps Obi, LP, returns to APC








Sahara Weekly Reports That Aviation expert and youth activist, Comrade Isaac Balami, has dumped the Labour Party (LP) and returned to his former party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.






Balami dumps Obi, LP, returns to APC







Balami, a former National Deputy Campaign Manager for Obi/Datti in the 2023 presidential election, announced this at a media parley in Abuja on Wednesday.















Giving his reasons for dumping the LP, Balami recalled why he dumped APC ahead of the last presidential elections, stating that it was only reasonable to revisit his decisions after the mess he encountered in the LP compared to the one year of Tinubu’s administration.








He said Tinubu has shocked him in just one year in office with regard to the Muslim-Muslim ticket which he vehemently opposed.










He said the Muslim-Muslim ticket was the major reason he crossed to the LP but that he has now seen that it actually means nothing.







According to him: ” Tinubu has so far empowered more Christian northerners and other Muslim ethnic nationalities since Nigeria returned back to Democracy. There is nothing that trips me like equity and fairness.”












The former National President for Aircraft Pilots and Engineers said: “No president has ever worked with the middle belt like President Bola Tinubu,” highlighting areas the administration has done well, including appointing credible Nigerians with more emphasis on equity.












” That was not what I saw when I left. I now see a better party and a better government. I can see a Nigeria that in a few years will thrive and I think it is only important for us to work with APC in its effort to rescue this country.












“Consequently, after consulting widely with leaders across Nigeria, the middle-belt caucus, my parents and my immediate family, it becomes expedient that I resign from the Labour Party. I will now return back to the APC.”







Balami said he was happy with the level of inclusiveness under the current administration.










The former TUC spokesman, while moving to the LP a year ago, said he was sacrificing for the good of the country and thousands of youths who believed in him.








He said then: “In order to contribute to confronting the leadership challenges we face as a country as my commitment to save our fatherland, I have decided to sacrifice my entire investment and life’s work, to join the teeming Nigerian youths and indeed all Nigerians yearning for good governance.











“I have sold my majority stake in my aircraft hangar as well as my airline, to join my fellow Nigerians in the Obidient movement, just so I can more dedicatedly fight this struggle to rescue the soul of this great nation. This is my sacrifice! What is yours?”













The former number three man of Peter Obi’s campaign organisation said he had thought that LP had all it takes to take over Nigeria and restructure it on the path of progress but regretted that the leadership crisis in the party and some obvious leadership incompetence had destroyed the party.













“There is every indication that Nigeria cannot be redeemed through the Labour Party. As I move with my entire structure back to my former party, I urge them to join me in working with the APC to redeem our dear country,” Balami said.










He expressed optimism Tinubu will look into the food and energy crisis in the country, urging him not to relent in ensuring that a reasonable agreement is reached with the organized labour in order to assuage the hardship he inherited.











He thanked Obi and Sen. Datti, for giving him the opportunity to serve in his campaign team, and wishing him well in his future endeavors.

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Ogun APC felicitates Aremo Osoba @ 85…Says he’s an Icon



Ogun APC felicitates Aremo Osoba @ 85…Says he’s an Icon


Ahead of his 85th birthday celebration on the 15th of July, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State has felicitated the national leader of the party and former governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, describing him as “an iconic and commendable leader, who has raised generation of leaders across the globe”.

APC’s state publicity secretary, Tunde Oladunjoye, quoted the State Chairman, Chief Yemi Sanusi, aa having described the former governor as one of the pillars and leading lights of the party, who continues to support the party with all his resources and from whom the party has benefitted immensely from his exemplary leadership.

The message reads further: “Another occasion of your birthday is an opportunity for us to thank God for your live and living. As someone who have impacted positively on countless number of people around the globe, we join others in wishing you continuous years in good health, vitality and prosperity. Thank you for raising generation of leaders. Many happy returns of the day sir


Ogun APC felicitates Aremo Osoba @ 85...Says he's an Icon

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