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Defection: Saraki stepped on banana peel –Adamu

Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC-Nasarawa) has faulted the defection of the President of the Senate , Bukola Saraki, from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party. Adamu , who made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Friday, said , “ Saraki had stepped on banana peel and should be prepared to bear the consequences of his action . “ If Saraki knows political intricacies and the political terrain or the path where the banana peel in political landscape is, he will be more cautious. “ The way he is going now, he has obviously stepped on banana peel and only God knows how far he will slip. “ I will not pretend. I think he made a mistake and he took a wrong decision. He will have stories to tell along the line. “ It is not the best he could have done. He had a duty to his father to keep the flag of the family flying , but the way he is going , I do not think he is doing that. ” He then urged Saraki to step down to avert the consequences, adding that “he should honorably return the crown or be ready to bear the consequences. ” Adamu , who is the Head of pro-Buhari Support Group in the Senate , vowed that with the defection , it would not be business as usual . He explained that “ the defection of Saraki and the other lawmakers is a game changer. “ We expect them to do it amicably and peacefully. They should make sure they do not run away with our crown . “ If they think they will go and nothing will happen and that it will be business as usual , then they need to think again . “ I will not say whether we will take steps or not take steps . We hope that between now and resumption of Senate plenary , more events will unfold . We do not want to be in a hurry to speculate .” The lawmaker, however, said that if Saraki insists on leading a Senate with majority of lawmakers from the APC, there would be repercussions . When reminded that Saraki did not do anything constitutionally wrong by defecting, and that there was a precedence where former Speaker of House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal , defected but remained the Speaker , Adamu said , “It will not happen this time. We are more educated on the rules now. ” On the gale of defections from the ruling party, Adamu said he didn ’t want any member to leave the party again , noting , however, that it was a free world and everyone was at liberty to join the party of his or her choice .

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Doyin Okupe: EFCC accused of trying to silence ex-Jonathan’s aide 

Following the detention of Doyin Okupe, former aide to immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, a group known as Patriotic Nigerians, has described his continuous detention as an allege attempt to silence the PDP chieftain.

A statement signed by the group’s coordinator, Musa Muhammad, stated that despite willingly honouring the invitation of EFFC, Okupe who is the Media Adviser to the Director General of the PDP Presidential campaign has continued to be detained, which according to the group has a political undertone.

The statement reads, “Dr. Doyin Okupe yesterday (Monday) honoured the invitation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC at the Abuja headquarters of the anti-graft body.

“Despite being patriotic and law-abiding enough to obey the invitation, it’s seems there is more to the invitation than meets the eye.

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“It is beginning to look like the anti-graft agency is on a political witch-hunt to silence the vociferous former presidential spokesperson, as it has been doing to every other active opposition figures in the nation.

The group also accused the EFCC of inconsistency in the charges put up against Okupe, adding that his case has not been assigned to any of the commission’s lawyers for prosecution as required by the law.

“Initially, EFCC claimed its invitation was based on cyber crime, but it has since shifted the goalpost in the middle of the game, changing the charges to misappropriation of arms fund claimed to have been released to him by former NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki.

“Agreed that the EFCC has a case against Okupe, but it’s quite surprising that since his arrival at the EFCC headquarters, the agency has refused to assign his case to a lawyer for prosecution at the court.

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“It is obvious that the EFCC is deploying a delay tactics to keep Okupe in detention as it goes on Christmas break and keep him there till the New Year.

“The nation is waiting for the abracadabra of EFCC,” the statement read.

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Stormy Daniels ordered to pay Donald Trump $293k in legal fees

Porn star, Stormy Daniels was on Tuesday ordered by a federal judge to pay President Donald Trump hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees for her failed defamation lawsuit against him.

Judge James Otero, who threw out Daniels’ suit against Trump, asked her to pay the US President $293,052.33 in attorney fees.

He wrote:

Based on the unique nature of this litigation and the Court’s familiarity with the fees charged in this jurisdiction, the Court concludes that Defendant’s rate requests are reasonable.
Ms Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, who allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2016 when his wife just had their son, said last April that she had been threatened by a man in a car park to keep quiet about the alleged affair.

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She shared a sketch of the man who she claimed had threatened her and her child.

Mr Trump retweeted the image, calling it a “total con job”, and describing the image as being of a “non-existent man”.

With the help of her attorney Michael Avenatti she took Trump to court. She sued arguing that the president’s tweet was defamatory as it accused Ms Daniels of “committing a serious crime” – namely, falsely accusing a person of threatening her.

But Judge Otero dismissed the suit in October and said Trump’s tweet was a “hyperbolic statement” against a political foe.

Avenatti quickly denounced the president and his lawyers and downplayed the judge’s order on Twitter.

Avenatti tweeted:

Stormy will never have to pay the felon Cohen or Trump a single dime in attorney’s fees, costs or sanctions. The award is dwarfed by the $1.5 million award to be issued in NDA case – the main case where Cohen and Trump have been lying to the court and the public. #Criminals.
Avenatti is representing Daniels in another lawsuit against Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen. Through litigation, the adult film actress is seeking to void a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) about her alleged 2006 affair with the president.

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