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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the demolition of a building belonging to musical maestro, Yinka Aiyefele, in Ibadan by the Oyo State Government.

In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday in Abuja, the party described the demolishing of the building, said to be worth N800 million as “horrifying, wicked and speaks volume of the insensitivity of the perpetrators”.

The building which also houses Aiyefele’s Flash FM station and recording studio, was said to have been brought down in spite of a court order.

“The PDP notes that Aiyefele’s building was demolished for allegedly singing songs considered to be against the interest of the All Progressives Congress (APC), even when our Constitution allows all citizens right to free speech, freedom of opinion and association within the ambit of the law.

“The PDP alerts Nigerians of a dangerous trend whereby the current clampdown on the media is now being extended to other public opinion moulders, including musicians and perhaps actors.”

Ologbondiyan urged all public spirited groups and individuals to condemn what he described as “emerging assault on free citizens for no just cause”.

“Nigerians, must at all times, be free to hold and canvass opinion, politically associate and aspire, as long as their actions are within the ambit of our laws,” he said.
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The blame game in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) continued yesterday with the electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) saying that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) maximum wheeling capacity is 4000Mw and not the 7,000mw that the Federal Government told the general public.

In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja yesterday, the. Association of Nigeria Electricity Distributors (ANED), said that: “TCN’s operationally tested capacity to transmit the energy that it receives remains at 5,300 MW.  To date, TCN has only, on a one-time basis, evacuated or transmitted a peak energy of 4,577 MW (February 2nd, 2016). TCN’s capacity to transmit energy, daily, hovers within a range of 3,500 to 4,000 MW, with a predominance of transmission at the lower end of the range.”

The DisCos, which noted that they have a combined capacity of 6,288.96mw capacity, insisted that the position was confirmed in the load stress test that TCN’s System Operator (S.O.) conducted in 2015.

Deriding the government’s position on stranded 2,000mw, the DisCos said that since the figures cannot be reconciled, the stranded power is fictitious and  there is no basis for investing N72billion on the evacuation of stranded 2,000mw.

The DiscOs said that “Using the aforementioned analogy of a car, it means that even if the car has enough fuel and is technically capable of traveling for 7,000 miles, it is limited by the availability of only 3,500 to 4,000 miles of road.

“The DisCos’ responsibility begins at the end of that road, for further distribution to the customers.  In other words, the capacity to wheel any level of energy to be distributed by the DisCos is subject to the stability and availability of the transmission grid. Indeed, a DisCo experienced – over a six-month period – 2,000 recorded instances of transmission interface interruptions – interruptions that are replicated across all the DisCos.

“The DisCos have a capacity to offtake 6,288.96 MW, a determination that was made by TCN’s System Operator, in a load stress study that was conducted in 2015. Even if there is value in investing in distribution assets associated with the “stranded 2,000 MW,” the non-alignment of transmission capacity, the link between generation and distribution, would compromise such an investment.”

The statement had earlier noted that The premise or basis for the N72 billion investment, as proposed by the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has been the need to evacuate the “stranded” 2,000 MW of electricity that is constrained by distribution network limitations.

 The statement said that “First, while the sector has an estimated available capacity of 7,000 MW, of which, on a daily basis, 2,000 MW remains constrained by lack of gas (specifically, an average of 1,500 MW, given that 25 out of 28 of our generation plants are gas-powered thermal plants) caused by an inadequate and incomplete gas pipeline structure and the absence of a strong commercial framework that will spur gas exploration and sales; and the balance of 500 MW is limited by transmission line frequency challenges, transmission line limitations and hydro constraints.  For simplicity, a good analogy of this situation is that of a car that can travel for 7,000 miles, but there is only enough fuel and good roads for it to go as far as 5,000 miles.”
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The Action Democratic Party (ADP)on Sunday said it would dislodge the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos by winning the governorship election in 2019.

The Chairman of the party, Mr Adewale Bolaji said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He said the party had mapped out the right strategy to ensure that the APC was sent packing in the state.

Bolaji said that the ADP had the people to win the state for the party, and was banking on the confidence reposed in it by residents to sack the APC.

“Our great party will defeat the APC government in Lagos in 2019, we are confident.

“We have the strategy, we have the people, we have the commitment to give the state the credible alternative leadership it deserves.

“We will not reveal much on how we are going to win the state .We will unleash it at the right time.

“Our party is focussed and resolute in our determination to rescue Lagos to deliver real democratic dividends to the people,” he said.

Bolaji said that the APC had not provided exemplary and impactful leadership to optimise the state’s potential.

He noted that it was high time the youths who had the greatest voting power were given leadership opportunities, instead of continually relying on peanuts in the name of empowerment.

“That is what we are going to do in Lagos. We will engage the youths and give them the opportunities to be governors, lawmakers and so on.

“Most of the present leaders in the country became leaders in their 30s and 40s.

“We believe it is the time for the youths to take active part in determining the future of the country,” he said.

Another chieftain of the party, Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi, said Lagos had the potential to be like Singapore in view of the huge economic potential.

Gbadamosi, an ADP governorship aspirant, said the state would to get to such level with the right leadership.
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The Presidency has dismissed Senate President Bukola Saraki’s allegation that President Muhammadu Buhari is to blame for the delay in approving the supplementary budget for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, who stated this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said on the contrary, the Saraki-led senate should be solely held responsible for the delay.

According to him,  the Senate President to look into the mirror and what he will see is his own face.

“He is solely to be held responsible for deliberately driving the nation to this cliff edge as far as the preparations for next elections are concerned.

“It is not true that INEC submitted their draft budget to the Presidency in February. No, it came much later but even then, this is not the real issue.

“The fact that their proposals came well after the President had laid his budget for the year 2018 before the National Assembly meant that their own will be sent as supplementary budget.

“This was clearly stated to them by the Minister of Budget and National Planning,’’ he maintained.

The presidential aide explained that a supplementary budget could not be submitted until the main budget was passed, and so the delay in passing the main budget was the reason for the delay.

The National Assembly passed the 2018 budget seven months after the document was submitted to the National Assembly by President Buhari.

He said: “Unless someone has forgotten, the budget was submitted to the National Assembly and it took the Saraki-led National Assembly seven months to release it.”

He said there was no way President Buhari could have submitted a supplementary budget while the main one was still pending, adding that “it is never done.

“Because Saraki did not return the main budget, we could not have submitted the supplementary one”.

Shehu noted that after the long delays, the President was pained to sign “the much distorted, butchered and debauched document”.

While signing the budget, President Buhari said that he was compelled to sign it so as not to keep the economy continuously on a standstill.

In his words: “When I submitted the 2018 Budget proposals to the National Assembly on November 7, 2017, I had hoped that the usual legislative review process would be quick, so as to move Nigeria towards a predictable January-December financial year.”

The presidential aide further said that, “it is also worthy of note that this is the first time in Nigeria’s history that a government would bring together the cost of an election in one budget, with each agency involved invited to defend their portion of the budget before the National Assembly.

“It is all part of the transparency that this government is known for.’’

He observed that in the past, “governments would approve INEC budgets and funding without a breakdown, often using ways and means to fund it. Not so under President Buhari’’.