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Senate Spits Fire , Flays NTA – Startimes’ ‘Unfruitful’ Partnership Of 12 Years

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Senate Spits Fire, Flays Nta-startimes’ ‘unfruitful’ Partnership Of 12 Years
The Senate, yesterday, came down hard on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) for entering into a business partnership that “has yielded no revenue for Nigeria since 2008.”
The upper legislative chamber’s position was informed by revelation that the agreement with the Chinese media firm, Beijing Star Group, popularly known as NTA-Star TV Network, had not generated profit but losses since it came into effect 12 years ago.
It wondered why the situation subsisted amid the Federal Government’s N10 billion funding of the parastatal.
Vexed by the development, the Red Chamber has vowed to investigate the deal and past directors- general of the broadcast outfit.
The information came to the fore at the ongoing stakeholder’ interactive session on the 2021-223 Medium Term Expenditure Framework And Financial Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) being organised by the Senate Joint Committee on Finance and National Planning.
The panel, had last week, uncovered an alleged multi-billion naira fraud in the joint venture, when it noticed that the deal was not captured in the documents submitted by NTA’s Director-General Yakubu Mohammed.
The observation prompted the decision for the chief executive to return yesterday with relevant papers containing financials and liabilities of the venture.
But curiously, Mohammed returned with nothing, pleading instead for more time.
At this point, Senator Gabriel Suswam interjected, asking the DG to tender whatever he had for a decision on those he could not provide.
On further enquiries, Mohammed stated that the partnership had not benefited the country in the over a decade that it was struck.
“As a matter of fact, when I came on board in 2016, that was one of the first questions I asked. I wanted to know what accrued to NTA from the joint venture, and I was told that it had not declared any revenue. They have been declaring losses every year,” he submitted.
Managing Director of NTA TV Enterprises, Maxwell Loko, said he was not informed to come with documents relating to the deal.
Responding, a furious committee chair, Senator Adeola Olamilekan, stated: “It shows the NTA is here to confuse us. We will give you tomorrow (today) to come again with the relevant documents – agreement Nigeria or NTA signed with Startimes and the management account. Bring them here tomorrow (today) by 11 o’clock.”
In his contribution, Senator Ayo Patrick Akinyerule accused the television station of hiding something, hence its retention of the “bad business.”
Also speaking, Senator Danladi Sankara noted: “Star times is just running business in Nigeria illegally.”
He added: “Startimes is 11 years, and up till now, they are not registered with NBC.
“It means they are relying on NTA, using its licence. This is improper.”
By John Akubo, Abuja
25 August 2020

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2023 : Campaign Poster Of Peter Obi And Kwankwaso Circulates On Social Media

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2023: Campaign Poster Peter Obi For President, Kwankwaso For VP Emerges
Campaign poster of Peter Obi, former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, vice presidential candidate, has surfaced online.
The campaign poster circulating on social media has Obi running for president while Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, former Kano State Governor is his running mate.
Both Obi and Kwankwaso are running for presidency on the PDP platform in 2023.
Solgan on the campaign poster reads: “For equity and fairness 2023.”
Meanwhile, the former Anambra State governor is yet to react to the poster currently trending on social media.

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‘Why I Will Support Tinubu’s Presidential Bid’ – Senator Abdulfatai Buhari

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Oyo North lawmaker, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, says he will support All Progressives Congress stalwart, Bola Tinubu, to be the next president of Nigeria the moment he declares his interest in the nation’s top job.
Buhari said this during an interview with journalist, Edmund Obilo, on Thursday.
When asked if Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State was working against Tinubu’s interest, Buhari said that was not true.
He responded, “No. I am Tinubu. I am not Fayemi and I will not be in a meeting where somebody would be working against Tinubu. I am supporting Tinubu.”
Responding to a question on whether Tinubu was running for president, Buhari said, “If he wants to be President, I will support him. I will campaign for him.”
As regards the crisis rocking the APC in Oyo State, the lawmaker said the disagreement was caused by the loss of the governorship seat to the Peoples Democratic Party.
He, however, said a former Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, is the leader of the party in the state.
When asked if the death of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi had affected the progress of the APC in Oyo State, the lawmaker responded, “Of course. Ajimobi meant different things to many people.”

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Edo: Oshiomole Blew It All Away – Oke Umurhohwo

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By the evening of Sunday, September 20, 2020, the ballots count had ended, and the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), wasted no time in announcing the result. According to INEC, Godwin Obaseki, the incumbent governor, polled 307,955 votes to beat his closest rival, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who got 223,619 votes.
This outcome renewed the mandate of Obaseki for the next four years and expectedly, triggered varying reactions in Edo state and across the country. Just like the election, celebrations and criticisms are dependent on the side of the divides, causing sentiments and emotions to flow freely.
What just happened? That question rang like a bell in the mind of political observers, many of who least expected the outcome of the poll. While Obaseki secured a fresh term as Edo governor, something big had happened, and in the process, altered the political configuration of Edo state.
It was not unexpected, but the timing and how it happened is what must have caused a sensation. The re-election of Obaseki pointed to one thing– and that is the depletion of Oshiomole’s relevance in the scheme of things in the state.
Before that election, Oshiomole was seen as the ‘kingmaker’, who dictate the political direction of Edo state, and without his blessing and backing, becoming a governor or holding any other political office in the state, would be a herculean task. So, when he withdrew support for Obaseki and queued behind Ize-Iyamu, some presumed it was game over and that the outcome would produce a new governor for the state.
But that didn’t happen, and without much prompting, the Edo electorates put a final seal on the political fortune of Oshiomole and left him with nothing. Edo is not Lagos sentiment pushed Oshiomole to the brink, and he could not withstand the defiance of a multitude of electorates, who resoundingly opted for freedom. Before that election, Oshiomole’s political fortune had dwindled, and winning Edo state for Ize-Iyamu could have offered a reprieve, but that didn’t happen.
Well, Oshiomole has himself to blame for the outcome he got. The signs were there for some time now, but typical of people oblivious to the ephemeral nature of power, Oshiomole failed to read the mood of things properly, or perhaps, as some people have insinuated, allowed himself to be pushed to the extent that he blew everything away. Yes, Oshiomole is left empty, just like the first time he joined politics.
Whether in his home state or elsewhere, Oshiomole’s influence has nosedived significantly, and the huge goodwill he enjoyed over the years, seemed fast gone. The problem, as several events in the past have shown, is his high-handedness and insatiable lust for control, most of the time, for personal benefits and to massage his ego.
All these were enough motivation for resistance, and before you know it, Oshiomole turned an aging fighter who has lost touch but keeps flailing away while his opponents easily throw punches. This is evident in the manner in which he was unceremoniously sent packing as the National Chairman of APC, and with the outcome of the Edo governorship election, he could no longer be a godfather.
If there was any good news in how things turned out for Oshiomole, it would be the valuable lesson on the transient nature of power and how no human should play ‘god’ in the face of other people. That was the impression that the disqualification of Obaseki in the APC’s primary suggested, and the subsequent moves from Oshiomole, including that of a former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who went as far as to canvass against the governor’s re-election in a viral video, gave to the public.
As things now look, Edo did not only decide who govern them for the next four years, they made an even important choice– and that is saying no to godfatherism. In 2016, Oshiomole was able to maneuver his way and get the electorates to agree to his choice, but as the just concluded governorship election showed, they resoundingly say no this time, leaving the former governor empty handed. A sad turn for him!

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