An online publisher Bara Ogidi has denied the allegation that publisher of Pointblanknews.com, Mr. Jackson Ude, and former spokesman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Mr. Timi Frank used him to blackmail and attempted to extort money from the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, (NCDMB), Simbi Wabote.
According to Ogidi, at no time has he ever met or called Mr Ude or anyone at Pointblanknews.com nor has he met with Mr. Frank to talk more of being asked to engage with Mr Wabote.
Ogidi, however, revealed that any contact he might have made with Mr Wabote was on a personal level, a move he regrets.
In a letter Dated 8th February 2022 and made available to newsmen, Ogidi chided Mr Wabote for using personal discussions between them in order to score cheap goals adding that the major point of departure between them was his refusal to testify against Ude.
“My attention has been drawn to publications in both Premium Times and one other news blog called Chronicle NG, wherein they insinuated that the publisher of Pointblanknews.com, Mr. Jackson Ude and former spokesman of the All Progressive Congress, (APC), Mr. Timi Frank used me to blackmail and attempted to extort money from the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, Simbi Wabote.
“I like to state categorically those concoctions are lies sponsored by Wabote to further his defamation case against Mr. Ude.
“To set the records straight, I have never met or communicated to Mr. Ude or anyone from Pointblanknews.com. I was never sent by either Ude or Frank to meet or speak with Wabote.
“I had a personal conversation with Wabote and any demand I made at the time for which i regretted are all personal and not with the instructions of anyone.
“It is simply disingenuous for Wabote to now seek to use my personal conversations with him to score cheap legal goals, discredit and blackmail people.
“Timi Frank and Jackson Ude never sent me to Wabote. Nowhere in my phone record would anyone find any conversations between either me and Timi Frank or Jackson Ude where any demand or issues with Wabote or anyone was discussed. It is all lies from the pit of hell!” Ogidi said.
While giving details to what happened, he said: “Wabote’s problems with me started when he asked me to appear as a witness for him over the defamation case against Mr Ude. I refused.
Next thing, he sent some people to me in my Yenagoa home at about 10 pm in the evening offering me money to appear as a witness to corroborate his claims that he is being blackmailed by Ude and Frank. I told the people he sent | would never do that since that was not the case.
“He then without my knowledge or consent, added my private chats with him in his U.S Court filings, claiming blackmail and attempt to extort him. It is all a lie and a ploy by Wabote to beef up his case which he is struggling to prove in the U.S Court.
“After I refused to back him up and instead tendered an apology to Mr. Ude who knew nothing about my conversations with Wabote, Wabote and the Minister of State, Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, used the DSS to arrest me. I was detained for 48hrs by the DSS in Yenogoa for no reason. Till date, nobody has told me my offense or offences.”
Raising alarm over his safety, Ogidi lamented “My life has been in danger, I have been in hiding since I was released from the DSS detention. I have been receiving threat calls from unknown numbers who are accusing me of trying to bring a fellow ljaw man down.
“I run a news blog and most times cull up stories from different websites. I culled up the story that brought about the defamation against Mr. Ude from Pointblanknews. I didn’t do that for pecuniary gains. Although, I contacted Wabote on a personal level as an Ijaw man. I regret that decision.
Wabote should please leave me alone and stop using my conversations with him to attack people.”
He urged Wabote to face his defamation case and allow truth to prevail in the event that he has nothing to hide.
“Seeking to use me after his failed attempt to lure me with N10million to support him in his defamation case will never work. I am speaking up now that I am still alive. I don’t know what his antics would be next. If anything happens to me and my family, the world should hold Simbi Wabote, his leader, and his proxies responsible. I will continue to defend myself and those he is seeking to bring down in this matter”. The letter concluded.
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Oando Clean Energy Limited has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (referred to as LAMATA), the Lagos State Government agency tasked with planning, implementing, regulating and franchising sustainable integrated public transport in Lagos.
The MoU establishes a partnership between OCEL and Lagos State in her journey to becoming a sustainable city via the rollout of electric mass transit buses, supporting charging infrastructure and service centres (EV Infrastructure Ecosystem).
The statement obtained from the NGX noted that with over 25 million residents, Lagos is the most populous city in Africa and among the top ten of the world’s fastest-growing megacities.
Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Commissioner for Transportation, Lagos State, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde said the MoU represented the State Government’s commitment to cutting greenhouse gases by replacing them with cleaner sources of energy.
Oladeinde said, “With an understanding that transportation is a key emitter of greenhouse gases in Nigeria, we developed a strategy to cut greenhouse gases by 50%. A key component of this strategy was identifying and developing a more robust mass transit system for Lagos that would include rail and waterways amongst others. Using electricity to power mass transit is a step in the right direction, and from there we would gradually transit to private cars.
“This is just the beginning, there is still a lot more to come on stream. I commend LAMATA and Oando on this MoU signing, and both parties can be rest assured that they have my full backing to ensure success,” he added.
Commenting on the MoU signing, the Managing Director, LAMATA, Engr. Abimbola Akinajo said: “We began this journey late last year, and for us, this has been a rapid development. It speaks to the energy and zeal of both organizations, and that is commendable. Oando Clean Energy came to us with a comprehensive solution that went beyond electric mass transit buses to include supporting infrastructure, and this was key for us, as the full remit of an EV support ecosystem is the only way to achieve success.
“This initiative will not only accelerate the Government’s transportation agenda, but also positively impact the health of Lagosians and the environment. The magnitude of its impact is far-reaching, and when you start to look at it as more than a transport initiative, you will see how laudable a project it is. The Oando brand comes with know-how and experience, and we are relying on this to successfully move from MoU signing to actual implementation that will in the medium to long term benefit over 22 million Lagos commuters. We look forward to a very robust and fruitful partnership.”
In his response, the Chairman, Oando Clean Energy, Adewale Tinubu, who was represented at the MoU signing by Dr. Ainojie ‘Alex’ Irune said: “Oando Clean Energy was born out of a need to curate the best energy mix to propel Nigeria and indeed Africa, to its full potential.
As a company, Oando has always championed Public-Private Partnerships as fundamental to Nigeria’s industrialization. Through the signing of this MoU, we are revolutionizing the landscape of mobility by pioneering e-mobility in Lagos. Furthermore, we remain dedicated to achieving our national commitment to net-zero by 2060, ending energy deficiencies and further propelling the country to an industrialized phase through decentralized and sustainable energy systems.
We are excited to be embarking on this journey with Lagos State and must commend their foresight and willingness to forge a template for others to follow. It’s easy to be perturbed by the perceived challenges that come with the mega-city status tag, but by taking this bold step, Lagos is showing the continent what is indeed possible and giving other cities the impetus to redefine today how to build a public transport system for the future.”
Over the last decade, the number of vehicles on Lagos roads has quadrupled, yet studies suggest that Lagos could become the world’s most populated city by 2100 with as many as 100 million residents; and as the city grows, so will the number of vehicles.
This upward trajectory in vehicle numbers poses a significant challenge as transportation has been identified as the key contributing sector at circa 23% to 30% in annual CO2 emissions.
Against this backdrop, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between LAMATA and OCEL will enable the successful fulfilment of the objectives of the Lagos State Government through the deployment of an EV Infrastructure Ecosystem towards the attainment of a sustainable road transport system in the State.
Furthermore, this initiative will bridge the existing gap in available mass transit buses for the increasing number of Lagos commuters.
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, Wins Primary for Second term
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has emerged winner of the state governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress.
In the primary election conducted at the MKO International Stadium, Abeokuta, five other aspirants contested against the governor.
The aspirants include Olubiyi Otegbeye, Mrs Modele Sarafa- Yussuf, Mr Owodunni Opayemi, Remilekun Bakare and Abdukadir Akinlade.
Of the six aspirants, only Abiodun, attended the primary, while agents of all other aspirants, announced their presence and did what was expected of them.
Giving the details of the election, that was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere, the Chairman of the Ogun State APC Primary Election Committee, Chief Wale Ohu, disclosed that 1,180 delegates, from the 20 local governments, were accredited for the exercise.
Announcing the results, Ohu, said Abiodun scored 1,168 votes, while other aapirants, did not secure any vote, saying that two votes were voided.
Prior to the commencement of the process, Ohu, announced to the delegates and all the leaders of the party that attended the event, that all required agents, were present.
Ohu took time to read out names of the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other officials of the APC officials that were sent from the National Secretariat.
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