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Today's Headlines:EFCC Invites Peter Obi, Nigerians Are Tired Of APC, Waiting For PDP- Diri

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EFCC Invites Peter Obi

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The former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, whose secret and illegal offshore activities PREMIUM TIMES reported in the ongoing Pandora Papers series, has been summoned for questioning by the EFCC, Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency.

It is the first known action by any Nigerian law enforcement agency since PREMIUM TIMES started reporting influential Nigerians involved in offshore shenanigans exposed through the global Pandora Papers investigation. The presidency has directed that Nigerians exposed in the reports be investigated, those with knowledge of the directive have told this paper.

The newspaper learnt that the EFCC communicated the invitation to Mr Obi during the week and he has been asked to report at the agency’s Abuja headquarters on October 27 to face investigators.

Sources separately said the invitation is in connection with revelations in our Pandora Papers report. The report exposed how Mr Obi incorporated offshore holdings, which he did not declare to the Code of Conduct Bureau when he served as a governor and how he continued to manage his Next International UK Limited 14 months after becoming a governor. In addition, he also continued to operate a foreign account as a governor.

All these actions, which had been secret until our report, were in contravention of Nigeria’s laws on code of conduct for public officers, PREMIUM TIMES reported. Mr Obi has, however, continued to claim no wrongdoing.

Nigerians Are Tired Of APC, Waiting For PDP- Diri

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Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State said on Saturday that Nigerians were fed up with the All Progressives Congress and could not wait to vote in the Peoples Democratic Party in 2023.

Diri also boasted that governors elected on the platform of the PDP across the country were the best performing governors in the country.

He spoke at the Mahmud Ribadu Square in Jimeta, Yola North Local Government Area of Adamawa State as the chairman of the PDP National Electoral Committee for the conduct of the state congress of the party.

A statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as saying the PDP was poised to take over power at the centre in 2023.

He said, “Nigerians are tired of the APC and are waiting for the PDP to take over. I assure you that come 2023, PDP will take over the presidency of our country.

“I have been reading about the first flyover in the North-East but yesterday I drove on it. We are pleased as a party that the governor of Adamawa State is performing and doing well. The PDP governors from the north to the south are the best performing in Nigeria.”

APC Parallel Congress: Three Factional Chairmen Emerge In Akwa Ibom

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The crisis rocking the opposition All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom state came to the fore on Saturday as there are indications that more than three chairmen of the party emerged from the parallel congresses held at various locations in the state.

It was gathered from unconfirmed sources that the group loyal to Bishop Akpan, another APC chieftain in the state held its separate congress, bringing the number of congresses in the state to four.

The other three factions are those of the Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Senator Ita Enang and that of National Secretary of the Caretaker Committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe.

Akpabio’s faction held its congress at the Kara Event Centre situated along the Goodluck Jonathan Boulevard, Uyo; while Akpanudoedehe’s own was held at the Sheergrace Events Centre, also in Uyo the state capital.

It was gathered that the congress committee from Abuja, led by Hon Sheriff Banki monitored the congress held by Akpanudoedehe’s faction only.

Akpabio’s group elected Mr Steve Ntukekpo as its state chairman, Mr Austin Ekanem emerged as chairman of Akpanudoedehe’s faction while Mr Douglass Pepple was elected for the Senator Ita Enang’s group.

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