2019: Buhari Reacts As South East Leaders Endorse Atiku

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the split within the Ohanaeze Ndigbo socio-cultural group over the endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, did not surprise him.

Speaking at a meeting with a select group of South-East leaders on Friday, Buhari said the moment the resolution was announced, he got calls from well-meaning leaders from the region asking him to disregard it as it was without any substance.

“From that moment, I knew that the resolution would not stand, and alas, there it was,” he said.

Buhari also stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC), got it right from the very beginning, that the major problems facing the country were mainly on security, corruption and the economy.

“We have done so much. Given the chance, we will do more. Given every chance, we will tell Nigerians where we were in 2015 and what we have achieved up to now.

“We will not get tired of speaking about the golden opportunity Nigeria lost during 16 years of the PDP. We earned money, which we didn’t use.

“The state of infrastructure we inherited was terrible – no roads, the railway was killed and power. They lacked conscience because anybody with conscience will not do what they did. We will report them to Nigerians. Let anybody lead this country but not the PDP. They were so reckless with the resources of the country.

“If you ruin the economy, send your children abroad to get education, won’t they come back? I said it 30 years ago that this is the only country we have. We must stay here and salvage it together,” he added.

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Big Fraud! The Igbos Told Me To Ignore You Buhari Tells Atiku

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buahri Friday said that the endorsement of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, carried no weight as he was advised by well-meaning leaders from the South East to disregard the endorsement.

President Buhari specifically said that the split within the Ohanaeze Igbo socio-cultural group over the reported endorsement of Abubakar, for the 2019 election did not surprise him.

Speaking at a meeting with a select group of South-east leaders led by the National Chairman of the United Progressive Party, UPP, Chief Chek was Okorie at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday, Buhari said that the moment the so-called resolution was announced, he got calls from well-meaning leaders from the region asking him to disregard it as it was without any substance.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the President said, “From that moment, I knew that the resolution would not stand, and alas, there it was.” President Buhari said that his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, got it right from the very beginning that the major problems facing the country were mainly on security, corruption and the economy.

“We have done so much. Given the chance, we will do more. Given every chance, we will tell Nigerians where we were in 2015 and what we have achieved up to now. “We will not get tired of speaking about the golden opportunity Nigeria lost during 16 years of the PDP. We earned money, which we didn’t use,” he said. “The state of infrastructure we inherited was terrible – no roads, the railway was killed and power. They lacked conscience because anybody with conscience will not do what they did. We will report them to Nigerians. Let anybody lead this country but not the PDP.

They were so reckless with the resources of the country,” the President said. “If you ruin the economy, send your children abroad to get education, won’t they come back?” he asked, adding: “I said it 30 years ago that this is the only country we have.

We must stay here and salvage it together.” The leaders of the delegation, Engineer Emeka Ekwuosa and the National Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, informed President Buhari that the Igbos and South-easterners generally understand the good things he is doing for Nigeria which they said, had unfortunately been misunderstood. They promised to mobilise support for him in the south-east, saying that his re-election will be a national consensus.

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BREAKING! Big Blow For Atiku As Another Political Party Adopts Buhari For 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari has received a big boost ahead of the 2019 polls as another political party have signified their intention to adopt his candidacy for next year’s poll.
The United Progressive Party has said that it will adopt Buhari as its candidate for the 2019 polls on Tuesday, next week.
The Chairman of the party, Chief Chekwas Okorie, announced this in Abuja after a closed-door meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
He also told State House Correspondents that Igbo leaders never met formally to endorse former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar.

Since August, there had been indications that the United Progressive Party, UPP will throw their weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari as their Presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election.

 

The party had ruled out the possibility of going into alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, despite attending some of the meetings with relevant political parties that formed the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP.

The National Chairman of UPP Chief Chekwas Okorie who was the party’s presidential candidate in 2019 in an exclusive interview with Vanguard in Abuja said he had concluded that the UPP will not field any presidential candidate in the forthcoming election.

Responding to the question that there was an understanding between UPP and APC to work together in 2019 at that time (August 2018),  he said there was no such understanding at the moment but expressed the optimism that it could be possible.

He said, “There is no political romance at the moment, there is no understanding of any kind, of course there has to be some interface at a certain level before understanding can be reached.

For instance, you have a group of political parties that went and signed a MoU with the PDP. So such people can no longer claim that they have no relationship with the PDP. They have an umbrella body they call CUPP.

“Having said that, in UPP we believe in following due process, if we have made up our mind one way or there other, there wouldn’t have been meeting for the NEC meeting to consider which way to go and “But I can tell you that PDP doesn’t hold any attraction to us at all. The reason is that we were invited to all the meetings, in fact, it is actually the APC that hasn’t even been inviting parties to any kind of meeting. I can tell you there is no room for us to relate with PDP at all.” the UPP chairman emphatically declared.

 

 

PDP On Fire! 10 Million votes,10 Million Votes!

The Atiku/Obi Presidential Movement, a group for the actualization of the Presidential ambition of Alh. Atiku Abubakar has promised to deliver 10 million votes for the former Vice President. Amb. Niyi Omoyele, Director General of the movement disclosed this when he led National and state executives on a courtesy visit to the wife of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).


The group which also vowed to resist all forms of rigging in the Presidential election, said that the movement had structures at the grassroots and across the 774 local government of Nigeria. Omoyele said that the movement has been in existence since the return of democracy in 1999 and had campaigned for Obasanjo-Atiku, Yar,adua-Goodluck, Goodluck-Sambo and was now going to campaign for Atiku-Obi. He said that any attempt to rig the 2019 election would be resisted by members of the group as the electoral law now provides for the instant announcement and transmission of the result from the polling unit and wards level in the presence of all stakeholders.


“Members of the Atiku/Obi Presidential movement are optimistic that 2019 election is the divine time for Atiku’s Presidency because of the overwhelming acceptance of his candidacy across the country. “Nigerians are desirous of change, the type of change that only Atiku Abubakar can provide,” he said.

 

He reiterated that the group is targeting to mobilise at least 10 million voters in synergy with other like minds toward the successful outing of Atiku/Obi at the poll. A member of the national executive of the group Prince Joshua Idowu described Atiku as a good product that was easy to sell to the electorate.


The National women leader of the group Mrs Amaka Ofor also said that their women across the 774 local government in Nigeria have concluded arrangement to stage a one million solidarity walk for Atiku in Abuja. Responding to the group, Atiku’s wife, Hajia Titi Abubakar thanked them for the visit and appreciated them for their continued support and solidarity to her husband.

 

She assured them that Atiku Abubakar was a man of integrity and that he would keep his promises to Nigerians and would never forget them when he emerged. Other members of the group who also featured at the visit include: Gomez Okpala, Director for National Mobilisation and Mrs. Jumai Gowon, Director for Special Duties.

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Odili Sues Odinkalu Over Book On Obasanjo’s Third Term Agenda

Former  Governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili, has sued the former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Chidi Odinkalu, for allegedly defaming him in a new book he co-authoured.

The book titled “Too Good To Die: Third Term and the Myth of the Indispensable Man in Africa” which was written by Odinkalu and Ayisha Osori, tried to unravel what led to the failure of the notorious third term agenda of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

But Odili, in the suit filed by his lawyer, Kanu Agabi, said the book have earned him public ridicule and scorn. He said that as a recipient of numerous local and international awards, there was no way he could have been involved in the numerous crimes Odinkalu and Osori accused him of in their book.

For instance, the book narrated the story of the late Harry Marshal, a politician that was assassinated shortly after he fell out with Odili. The book cited a letter that Marshal wrote to the police at the time to report the many violent attacks against his party, the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP). Marshal, in the letter, said that the attackers were thugs loyal to Odili and were being supported by the police.

The book also claimed that the bulk of the funds which Obasanjo used to canvass for his failed third term bid were supplied by Odili and Adamu Muazu, who at the time were the Governors of Rivers and Bauchi States respectively.

Odili demanded that Odinkalu and Osori pay him N1 billion in damages, as well as a published apology and an end to further publication of copies of the book.

When contacted, Odinkalu said he could not react to the development as he was not aware of the suit.

Osori and Odinkalu are currently working with the Open Society Initiative West Africa (OSIWA) as the Executive Director and Senior Legal Officer respectively.

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Confusion hit PDP, Atiku camp- Party unsure of campaign strategy in South West

The PDP is currently pondering on how to approach the people of South West for votes after the region appears to have been ignored again in the scheme of things in the party.

Similarly, some analysts have argued that restructuring of the country, which the PDP has projected as one of its key campaign points, is an elitist concept that does not strike any chord with the voting masses in the zone.

“For instance, what is the Yoruba word for restructuring and how do you pass the message across to the market women, artisans and the masses that form the bulk of the voting population”, a PDP chieftain who spoke on the condition of anonymity said at the weekend.

The source also described the positions of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SFG) and that of the Speaker of House of Representatives that the PDP promised the Southwest as uncertain, stressing that it’s only if the PDP wins the Presidency that that can be fulfilled.

In a swift reaction however, the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, disagreed with the postulations, saying that prevailing circumstances have changed voting dynamics in the country

Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone on Friday, Ologbondiyan said, “Nigerians are not talking about who occupies certain positions. They are interested in who can give them power and make ease of doing business available.

“Nigerians are interested in who can save them from hunger, starvation, killings, bloodletting and all the pain that the Buhari government has imposed on them.

“The issue is not about who occupies what positions. It is about that candidate that understands the nuances of our nation. That candidate that can turn our economy around and make life better for Nigerians.

“Having said that, it’s important to state that the PDP is interested in the value of life. The PDP is interested in the equitable distribution of wealth in the nation. The PDP is interested in making life better for the average Nigerian.

“As such, every group and every geopolitical zone will be well captured and well represented when we form government. This is the type of division that the Buhari administration has continued to set Nigerians against one another with all manner of ethnic crises. But Nigerians have come to resent this approach.

“It is unfortunate that even the President is so insensitive to the plight of Nigerians that he does not realise that this is not the time Nigerians will be thinking about who comes from where. For now, Nigerian are only keen on good governance”.

Can the PDP mount a strong challenge in the South West?

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Shocking! Happening Now EFCC Re arraigns Jonathan…

A Federal High Court In Lagos, on Friday, ordered the re-arraignment of a former presidential aide, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over N1.6 billion fraud.

Dudafa, an ex aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, is charged alongside one Iwejuo Nna.

EFCC alleged that they committed the offence on June 11, 2013. They were first arraigned in 2016, before Justice Mohammed Idris, on 23-counts of conspiracy to conceal proceeds of crime amounting to N1.6 billion.

On Friday, Justice Mohammed Idris ordered the re-arraignment of the accused, after dismissing objections to the amended 22 count charge preferred against them by the EFCC. The accused were consequently, re-arraigned on the amended charge, and they pleaded not guilty to same. The court then allowed the accused to continue with the previous bail earlier granted by the court.

After their re-arraignment, the defence informed the court that they would need to call their witnesses afresh. In response, the prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, told the court that even if they wished to recall any of the prosecution witnesses, he would oblige them. The court adjourned the matter until Nov. 19, for trial by 1 p.m. Before their re-arraignment, the court had delivered his ruling, dismissing the objections to the amended charge.

The court had held that an amendment was permissible by law at any time before judgment, adding that once there is an amendment, the accused are expected to plead to same. “Section 396(7) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, allows the court to conclude part heard matters within reasonable time, and I have no doubt that this falls within the ambit of the law. “This court is sitting pursuant to a flat, and this fiat is not open ended, but will expire after its time, and the trial will begin de novo before another judge.

“The defendants are at liberty to call or recall any witness in the case; in my opinion, a reasonable time is when the time for justice does not wear out against the parties, but is seen to be done,” the court had held The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the prosecution closed its case on March 16, but the accused opted to make a no-case submission in its defence. Defence had urged the court to dismiss the case, on the grounds that the prosecution failed to establish any case against them. Justice Idris had in a ruling delivered in August, dismissed the no case submission of the accused, and ordered them to open their defence. Defence had since opened its case, after which the court adjourned for adoption of final written addresses

On Nov.12, the prosecutor, Oyedepo, informed the court of an amended charge against the accused, and told the court that same had been served on defence, and urged that the accused be re arraigned. In response, defence counsel, Messrs Gboyega Oyewole (SAN) and Ige Asemudara, respectively, resisted the move by prosecution, on the grounds that they had not studied the amended charge. The court had then adjourned for hearing of arguments on the new charge. On Nov.15, defence counsel had respectively argued their objections in opposition to the amended charge, urging the court to strike out same.

They argued. that the amendment would prejudice the case of the accused, adding that Justice Idris, who had been elevated to the Court of Appeal, lacked jurisdiction to allow the amendment, as he was only empowered to conclude cases.

They argued that an amended charge was a fresh charge, adding that the court was not supposed to hear fresh cases. In response, the prosecutor argued, that even before final addresses were filed, he had given the defence notice of the said amendment. He argues that the amendment had not divested the court of the power to go on with the case pursuant to Section 396 .

EFCC files fresh charges against ex-DG NIMASA, Akpobolokemi and 6 others He had urged the court to allow the charge and cause the respective pleas of the accused to be taken. In the charge, EFCC alleged that the accused on June 11, 2013, conspired to conceal the sum of N1.6billion, which they reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of unlawful act. The offences contravenes the provisions of sections 15 (2), 15(3), and 18 of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2012.

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Atiku Blows Hot!! Former Vice President vows to sell major national asset if elected

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has stated that he will put over 90 percent of the NNPC up for sale if elected.

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, says he will sell the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and retain just 10 per cent of the company for the Federal Government.

Atiku said this in an interview with The African Report, a monthly publication. Atiku, who presided over the National Council on Privatisation during his tenure as vice-president, said the NNPC was supposed to have become more profitable by now.

On whether he would sell NNPC and keep 10 per cent shares for the government, he said, “Yes, I would want to go ahead. There is no doubt about that. The government should have a very minor shareholding. Nigeria is in dire need of funds to develop its infrastructure and other sectors of the economy.”

The PDP presidential candidate said Nigeria ought to have been producing far more than two million barrels of oil per day. Speaking further on the privatisation of the nation’s oil company, he said, “Without a stable regulatory framework, the oil and gas companies will find it difficult to invest more in Nigeria.

“At the time, we pushed for the passage of the new law. We expected that Nigeria would be able to export up to four million barrels per day, but here we are, still at less than two million barrels per day.”

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BREAKING: President Buhari Quickly Makes New Appointments, Confirms Others, With Brand New Portfolios, Today

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved new appointments into key Federal Agencies, while also confirming those earlier appointed.

Among those whose appointments were confirmed, include the Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Adebisi Shonubi, Part-time Chairman, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, Muiz Banire, SAN, and Secretary Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Dr. Sule Yakubu Bassi.

 

A statement signed on Friday by Olusegun A. Adekunle, the Permanent Secretary (General Services Office) Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, added that, those on the confirmed list include five Chief Executive Officers and two Executive Directors of Federal Agencies.

 

Shonubi, the former Managing Director of the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc, was named the CBN Deputy Governor in June, with effect from October 17, 2018, for a period of five years in the first instance.

Banire’s appointment at AMCON took effect from October 17, 2018, for a period of five years in the first instance, while Bassi’s appointment at the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, was with effect from October 19, 2018, for an initial period of four years.

 

 

The statement also said that the President appointed Senator Abba Ali and Mohammed Sagir, as members (Non- Legal Practitioners) Federal Judiciary Service Commission, for an initial period of five years, with effect from October 24, 2018.

Dr. Yomi Kasali was appointed Director/CEO, National Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation, NCAM, Ilorin, for initial term of four years, with effect from October 28, 2018, while Dr. Olufemi Ajayi Oladunni was confirmed Director/CEO Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute, ARMTI, Ilorin. Clement Onyeabo Nze was named the DG, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, for an initial term of four years, with effect from October 28, 2018.

Also, Clement Isong (to replace Mr.Thomas Olawore), was appointed member of the Board of the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA.
David Nyikyaa is the Secretary National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, with effect from November 1, 2018.

 

 

Obinna Ogwuegbu is the Secretary Special Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property, with effect from November 2, 2018.

Dr. Akinrinola Samuel Akintunde was named the Provost Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, for an initial term of four years, with effect from November 6, 2018, while Prof. Emmanuel Adebayo Fasakin was appointed Rector, for a second and final term of four years , effect from November 6, 2018.

Obadiah Simon Nkom is the new Director-General/CEO Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office. His appointment takes effect from January 12, 2019, and it is for an initial term of four years.

The five Chief Executive Officers and two Executive Directors of Federal Agencies, whose appointments were confirmed and renewed, include Prof. Okechukwu Ukwuoma DG National Centre for Technology Management, NACETEM; and Prof. Victor Adebayo Adetiloye, Chief MedicalDirector, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife.

The latter is for a second and final term of four years, with effect, from September 22, 2018. Other new appointees are Ambassador Abdul-Jalil Suleiman DG Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa, DTCA, and Dr. Bassey Emem Abasi, Chief Medical Director, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.

 

 

 

Mrs. Mojoyin-Oluwa Dekalu-Thomas and Mrs. Chinedum Olisakwe-Lawrence, were appointed ED (Liability Management) and ED (Corporate Services) Electricity Liability Management Company, NELMCO, respectively, for an initial term of four years, with effect from September 20, 2018, second and final terms of four years with effect from September 20, 2018.

The President also appointed Capt. Junaid Abdullahi, Executive Secretary, Border Communities Development Agency, BDCA, with effect from September 22, 2018, for an initial period of four years.

Buhari, in the statement, enjoined the new appointees to serve the nation with all sense of responsibility, honesty, diligence, and promote good governance in the discharge of their duties.

BOLD MOVES! See What Ruggedman Ordered Nigerian Celebrities To Do In An Open Letter

Nigerian rapper, Ruggedman has written an open letter to celebrities telling them they have a responsibility to demand better governance for their fans.

 

Taking to his Instagram page to air his views on Nigerian politics, Ruggedman said it is their duty as celebrities to use their platform to demand better governance for the people. See what he wrote below:

 

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With humility and respect I come before each of you who has toiled so hard with discipline & sacrifice to come this far. May all your efforts & fame not be in vain. I write to ignite your sub-conscious minds on the poor state of the nation and why as celebrities should demand from the govt to FIX ELECTRICITY & SECURITY FIRST! A vigorous campaign through our social media, peaceful rally & personal rappourt will be efficacious. In other words, the REVOLUTION the poor masses and Nigeria need with zero casualty is “CELEBRITY REVOLUTION”. That is why you have a VOICE.

 

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A quick look into the SLAVE TRADE ERA and ask some honest questions. Who were those selling their fellow citizens then? Who were the intermediaries? What was their gain and where do they stand in history now? A vivid look into the approach of majority of our politicians today, you can strike resemblance. If you have no choice than to campaign for any, kindly make your voice count.

 

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Picture others including yourself from now till February vehemently BREAKING YOUR SILENCE and demanding that that any government in power should allow the budgets and actions of the govt in the next 2years focus on restoring 24/7 power and rebuilding police services from personell, police stations, welfare, National Emergency Number, National Database, Borders and Human Rights.

 

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The Police is tied to so many things and nobody can bring meaningful growth, fight corruption, insecurity and achieve PEACE if we have this kind of police system. Police salaries and welfare are horrible, the stations are always in darkness and smelling. No staff toilet and they fuel patrol vehicles and generating sets with their money etc. Police & Army Human Rights abuses are disgraceful. The govt should fix the rot in these two so we can be as half better as South Africa.

 

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Human Rights abuses, Domestic Violence, Insecurity are on the rise, sad part is when these crimes are going on, nobody to call, Nobody to rescue & you must not take laws into your hands.
Please decide now to ADD VALUE to the society and not AS USUAL. Thank you.

#ElectricityisNotimpossible

I join Yomi Fabiyi
Convener, BREAK THE SILENCE FOU

 

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