Ignore Sheriff’s Letter, Makarfi Tells INEC

The Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to disregard the letter by the former chairman of PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff urging the commission not to recognize the party’s convention slated for Portharcourt on August 17.

In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, the spokesman of the caretaker committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said Sheriff’s letter to INEC was not only meant to scuttle the convention but to destroy the party.

According to Prince Adeyeye, there is no basis upon which Senator Sheriff would ask the commission not to recognize the forth coming convention. The statement reads: “The latest attempt by the former National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and his cohorts is not only to scuttle the forthcoming National Convention but also another clear evidence of his determination to destroy the PDP. The law and the facts are as follows:

“The ruling of Justice Okon Abang which Ali Modu Sheriff is relying on is a mere narrative of the Case before the Federal High Courts in Lagos and in Port Harcourt Divisions. It does not set aside or nullified the Judgment of Justice Liman which has authenticated the May 21st National Convention and the Resolutions emanating therefrom.

“The ruling did not anywhere direct INEC to do anything or not to do anything, to discharge or not to discharge any obligation; to perform any function or not to perform any function.

“In essence, it is a mere legal tale and the Order having been made without any application before him by either of the Parties has no foundation in law.

“Hon. Justice Valerie Arshi had in a Judgment nullified the appointment of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff as Chairman of the Party. That Judgment has not been set aside. It is still valid and subsisting. And no Court of Coordinate Jurisdiction including the Federal High Court can make any other Order with the intention of rendering that Judgment ineffective.

“The National Convention which held in Port Harcourt on May 21st 2016 which resolutions were confirmed by Justice Liman of the Federal High NCourt, Port Harcourt on July 4, 2016 dissolved the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the National Working Committee (NWC) and affirmed Nthe National Caretaker Committee as the Supreme body to run the affairs of the Party until another Convention was held within 90 days.

“That being the case, it was therefore the last Convention that in fact convened the forthcoming one slated for August 17, 2016, and not the National Caretaker Committee parse. The National Convention is superior to all other Organs of the Party.

“We call on INEC to disregard the letter from the former National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and his cohorts. It belongs to the garbage bin. He is merely acting the script of his paymasters. The Caretaker Committee will continue with its dogged determination to organize the best National Convention in the history of our great Party” he said.

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Bleaching Frenzy: Ivorians Ignore Whitening Cream Ban

At just 26, Fatou’s skin is marbled from layer on layer of whitening cream. Some even call her a “salamander” woman after the little reptile with light spots and translucent skin.

But nothing can stop the hairdresser in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan from using the skin-lightening cream in her quest for a paler complexion.

“I love light skin,” Fatou said. “I can’t stop.”

Many Ivorian women — as well as more and more men — are using creams with dangerous chemicals for depigmentation, despite government attempts to stop the practice.

In late April, Ivory Coast banned whitening creams because of the negative health effects associated with them, ranging from white spots and acne to cancer.

If applied liberally, the cosmetics can also cause high blood pressure and diabetes, according to Professor Elidje Ekra, a dermatologist at Abidjan’s Treichville university hospital.

The banned products include creams containing mercury, certain steroids, vitamin A, or with hydroquinone levels above two percent.

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Ignore Those Advocating Scrap Of Amnesty Programme, Ex Militant To Buhari

President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has been urged to ignore calls by some mischief makers to scrap the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

This call was made by former Niger Delta militants coming under the aegis of Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative, LPCDI.

The repentant militants spoke on the heels of calls by prominent businessman in the region, , and others questioning the rationale for sustenance of the programme.

They asserted that such call was in bad faith and utterly misguided.

National President of LPCDI, Pastor Reuben Wilson, who spoke on Wednesday, described Emami’s call on Buhari to scrap the amnesty programme as one which was premised on his “pathological hatred for the Ijaw nationality.”

He stressed that it was also based on his misconceived idea that the Ijaws were the major beneficiaries of the amnesty programme, but argued that the programme was for all Niger Delta ex-militants.

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Buhari Should Not Ignore Confab Recommendations- Uranta

Mr. Tony Uranta is Executive Secretary, Nigeria National Summit Group, NNSG and a former member of the National Dialogue Committee. Uranta, in this interview states why the Presidemt-elect, Maj-General Muhammudu Buhari (retd) should not discard the reports of the National Conference arguing that it would assist the new administration restructure the nation. Excerpts:

What are the expectations of Nigerians from the President-elect as he takes over by May 29?

I think it will be proper to begin by congratulating General Buhari for having true persistence and doggedness because I am still astonished at a general of his age repeatedly contesting for that office and not being deterred by the fact that he was losing consistently.

We expect him, most of all, to focus on the restructuring of Nigeria. You will remember that the  Yoruba’s Afenifere and a great deal of people supported President Jonathan not because they liked his face, not because they necessarily liked his politics, but because they like the fact that he committed to restructuring this nation as it is needed and necessary if it is to sustainably continue as a united, progressive Nigeria.

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