Shocker! PDP turns its back on Fayose replaces him with an Ekiti woman.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ekiti Chapter has removed former Ekiti state governor Peter Ayodele Fayose has the political leader of the state and South West region replacing him with Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi who is the party’s highest-ranking political office holder in the southwest geo-political zone.

Image result for fayoseThey asked for the immediate dissolution of the present State Working Committee (SWC) led by the state PDP Chairman, Mr. Gboyega Oguntuase, and demanded the constitution of a caretaker committee. These are part of the resolutions reached at Ekiti PDP Stakeholders Meeting held in Ado-Ekiti, the State capital, and attended by serving and former political office holders.

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Party chieftains who attended the meeting included Olujimi, former Deputy Governor, Dr. Sikiru Lawal; former Acting Governor, Mr. Olatunji Odeyemi; Ekiti Assembly Deputy Speaker, Mr. Segun Adewumi; former state PDP Chairman, Chief Bola Olu-Ojo; governorship aspirants, former National Assembly members, former State Assembly members, former local government chairmen and former party officers.

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Speaking with reporters after the meeting, Senator Olujimi explained that Fayose was excluded from the meeting owing to the fact that he had just been released from detention by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged financial fraud. “We knew what he might have passed through by staying in detention and we know it might not be easy for him to attend this meeting, so there is no faction at all in our party. My being appointed the Leader does not mean there is a crisis.

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“The very day he left office was the day he was summoned by EFCC and we knew the rigour he had passed through. We are going to work together, I mean with former Governor Fayose. What we are doing is that we don’t want to allow his exit from office to mean the end of PDP in Ekiti. So, let me assure our supporters that we are on the same page with former Governor Fayose and other stakeholders. We are not factionalised and we shall work hard and ensure we win in next year’s election,” she said.

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In the communiqué read by PDP Stakeholders Protem Secretary and former House of Assembly member, Chief Bunmi Olugbade, they overturned the suspension of former State Secretary, Dr. Temitope Aluko, affirming him as a “bona fide member of the party.” The leaders also resolved to throw their weight behind the candidacy of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential poll and other Ekiti candidates in the general elections.

“I Don’t Have My WAEC Certificate” — Buhari Finally Opens Up

Over three years into his first term as a democratically elected president, Muhammad Buhari has reportedly sworn that he is not in possession of his academic credentials.

While 69 of the 70 candidates who have so far submitted their credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) attached actual copies of their certificates, President Buhari gave the electoral body a sworn affidavit that he was not in possession of his.

Buhari needs at least a West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate to be a qualified presidential candidate.

“I am the above named person and the deponent of this affidavit herein,” Buhari’s affidavit reportedly reads.

“All my academic qualification documents as filled in my Presidential form, APC/001/2015 are currently with the Secretary of the Military Board as of the time of this affidavit,” the document reportedly read.

An INEC official reportedly said Peoples Democratically Party (PDP) candidate and Buhari’s main challenger for 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, attached a copy of his Law diploma amongst other credentials.

But Buhari held on to the same “WAEC certificate still with military” line he used when he could not produce his credentials in 2015.

Critics say the president should write WAEC to issue him another certificate or order the military to provide the one he insists is in their possession.

When Buhari, prior to the 2015 presidential election, said his credentials were with the military, there were fears then President Goodluck Jonathan, to hurt Buhari’s electoral chances, would frustrate efforts (if any) to release the document.

But Buhari has been Nigeria’s Commander-in-Chief for over three years now and the military are yet to release his academic credentials raising doubts over the existence of the president’s WAEC certificate.

2019: Buhari Receives The Greatest Challenge Of His Entire Political Life, As A 2019 Presidential Candidate Calls Him Out

The 2019 Presidential Candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to a 20-hour debate.

Ezekwesili said that the challenge was aimed at allowing Buhari defend his achievements.

In a statement she personally signed, the former Minister of Education, said that the debate by proxy should not be accepted by Nigerians.

She stressed that those who shy away from presenting themselves before Nigerians, do not deserve to take the position of Leadership.

Stating that nothing less than 20-hours of debate was acceptable to a country of approximately 200 million people, Ezekwesili stressed that the debate should be split in five sessions of four hours each, or four sessions of five hours each.

According to the outstanding Presidential Candidate, the first debate should be held within a week, when the 2019 Campaigns officially begin.

The statement reads: “It appears that there is a conspiracy of the minority to trivialize the issue of Presidential debate, in a bid to exempt President Muhammadu Buhari from defending his performance, and presenting his plans before the Nigerian people.

“This is unacceptable. The people need to know why they should vote for each of the Candidates, and they need to know now.

“Make no mistake, the only people Nigerians want to hear from, are their Presidential hopefuls. Nigerians vote for Presidents, and Presidents are the ones who get the job done.

“Vice Presidents will not take Nigeria out of poverty. So, this is not the time to shortchange citizens with a Vice Presidential debate. Nigerians are voting for top of the ticket, not VP, and they are aware that this is what matters. Anything less than a Presidential debate will be considered gross disrespect for the millions of citizens we hope to lead.”

Great News For APC As Bus Conductors Association Of Nigeria Endorses President Buhari For The 2019 Presidency

The Bus Conductors Association of Nigeria, BCAN, has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 Presidency.

It also lauded President Buhari for empowering the down trodden in Delta State.

The Association’s National Liaison Officer, Isreal Adeshola, gave the commendation when the Buhari Campaign Organisation, BCO, inaugurated the Delta Executives of the BCAN.

Adeshola said that the BCO is sincerely committed to ensuring that the quality of life of an average Nigerian, and indeed the future generation, is secured and adequately protected.

He noted that the BCAN was convinced beyond doubts that the only way they could guarantee better future for tomorrow, was through good governance and sincere leadership.

He stated that the only way to achieve this was for all to collectively ensure that President Buhari is returned in 2019.

He therefore, called for unity and oneness among all, and for all to work as a team.

The National Coordinator of the BCO, Alhaji Danladi Pasali, said that Buhari is committed to the welfare of all down trodden.

Pasali said that in less than two months, more than 300,000 people would have been empowered in the State.

The inauguration ceremony was witnessed by the National Director, Communications and Strategy, Mallam Gidado Ibrahim, and the Delta State Chairman, Empowerment and Endorsement, Mr. Anthony Umunna, among other National and State Liaison Officers.

INEC Projects 80 Million Registered Voters Ahead Of 2019 Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said more than 80 million registered Nigerians were expected to vote during the 2019 general elections in the country.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this on Thursday in a paper he presented at the 14th All Nigeria Editors Conference (ANEC) holding in Asaba, Delta capital.

Yakubu, represented by Mike Igini, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Akwa Ibom, said the figure was made up of 67 million existing registered voters and 14 million fresh registrants.

He said 91 political parties had been registered ahead of the 2019 elections, adding that there was a total of 120,000 polling units across the country.

The INEC chairman also said that the commission had so far conducted about 190 elections that had not been upturned by any law court.

He further disclosed that the commission had 16,000 staff across the nation, but added that the number was insignificant in managing elections effectively.

Yakubu urged Nigerians to take ownership of the election process by participating actively in it.

The INEC chairman appealed to politicians to shun “vote-buying” which he said the commission was currently working hard to curb.

“Vote-buying is bad and if we don’t deal with the problem of vote-buying, it will destroy the electoral process,” he said.

He further tasked the media to maintain neutrality in all its activities during and after elections, noting that the media had assisted tremendously in sustaining voters’ enlightenment.

Yakubu said that the gathering of editors provided an opportunity for INEC to update those who determined the content of news for the Nigerian people on the extent of its preparations for the elections.

“No other body in the country has a better reach than the media in disseminating the goals, intensions and efforts of the commission,” he said.

He noted that credible elections underscored the idea of election integrity and the notion of inclusiveness, transparency and accountability.

According to him, it requires that the Election Management Bodies (EMBs) who manage elections should live above board.

Mahmood advised the EMBs to act in a non-partisan and independent manner by ensuring that established rules governing the conduct of elections were enforced fully and impartially.

President Muhammadu Buhari will be contesting against former vice president Abubakar Atiku among other respected candidates like Fela Durotoye and Oby Ezekwesili.

Big Trouble Looms In 2019…IMF Drops Bombshell On Nigeria

The signs are not looking completely good for Nigeria presently and the International Monetary Fund, IMF  are painting a somewhat gloomier picture for the country going into 2019.

The IMF has said growth prospects in Africa are being held down by poor economic development in Nigeria, South Africa and Angola.

The IMF also revised downwards growth prospects for Nigeria in 2018 from 2.1 per cent to 1.9 per cent.

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Speaking to journalists in Bali, the Deputy Director, Research, IMF, Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, said the largest economies on the continent were holding down economic development in Africa as a result of poor growth rate.

He stated, “Nigeria’s growth, 1.9 per cent this year; 2.3 next year. South Africa, only 0.8 per cent this year; Angola, contracting by 0.1 per cent this year. So, the aggregate – over three per cent this year, close to four per cent next year – is despite the largest economies in the continent doing poorly.

“The continent could do much better once these economies are on a more solid footing, particularly South Africa and Nigeria, because they are really large and affect a number of countries in their neighbourhood.”

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The IMF had in its World Economic Outlook report in July projected that Nigeria’s economy would grow by 2.1 per cent in 2018 and 2.3 per cent in 2019.

Also on Tuesday, it projected that inflation in Nigeria would increase to 13.5 per cent next year.

After 18 straight months of decline, the nation’s inflation rate rose to 11.23 per cent in August from 11.14 per cent in July, the National Bureau of Statistics said last month.

The IMF, in the WEO report, said inflation pressures in sub-Saharan Africa had broadly softened, with annual inflation projected to drop to 8.6 per cent in 2018 and 8.5 per cent in 2019, from 11 per cent in 2017.

It noted that in South Africa, inflation had moderated to 4.8 per cent from 5.3 per cent in 2017, with the easing of drought conditions, “but is expected to edge back to 5.3 per cent in 2019 as temporary disinflationary effects subside.”

The Washington-based fund said in Nigeria and Angola, tighter monetary policy and moderation in food price increases contributed to tapering inflation.

“In Nigeria, inflation is projected to fall to 12.4 per cent in 2018 from 16.5 per cent in 2017, and to rise to 13.5 per cent in 2019. In Angola, inflation is projected to fall to 20.5 per cent in 2018 from 29.8 per cent in 2017, and to decline further to 15.8 per cent in 2019,” it added.

“Growth performance varies, however, across countries. About half of the expected pickup in growth between 2017 and 2018 reflects the growth rebound in Nigeria. Nigeria’s growth is projected to increase from 0.8 per cent in 2017 to 1.9 per cent in 2018 and 2.3 per cent in 2019 (0.4 percentage point higher than in the April 2018 WEO for 2019), buoyed by the impact of recovering oil production and prices.

“In Angola, the region’s second largest oil exporter, real GDP is expected to shrink by 0.1 per cent in 2018, following a 2.5 per cent contraction in 2017, but is projected to increase by 3.1 per cent in 2019.

2019: Details Emerge As Former Delta State Governor Meets With Buhari

Strategies and plans that would ensure victory at the 2019 polls are already being worked out by major actors seeking elective positions next year.

The former Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan has revealed some details emanating from the crucial meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari in the run to the 2019 elections.

On his twitter handle on Tuesday, the ex-Governor who is seeking a place at Red Chambers of the Senate next year wrote: It was a pleasure meeting with our President to discuss ’s chances of winning all positions at the 2019 general elections in all the states of the federation. We are working assiduously for his success and that of our great party in Delta State by God’s grace.

Uduaghan, said he was in the Presidential Villa to consult with the president on some issues concerning the All Progressives Congress in Delta state.

“There have been efforts by the APC-led government in engaging the people of the Niger Delta, the leaders, youths and various stakeholders on the necessity for peace in the Niger Delta and that engagement process has really paid off.

“Also in the area of infrastructure, particularly in Delta State, we have the Escravos bar which is an entry to the Warri river that has already been dredged by the APC-led Federal Government.

“We have the Minister of transport who came with a train for the very first time to Aladja. The Itakpe-Aladja railway line is being completed and has been tested.

“The Maritime University has been opened; roads have been constructed, especially by NDDC, so there is appreciable performance by the APC- led Federal Government as far as Delta State is concerned.

“So, I just came to appreciate him in that regard and to let him know as APC members we shall campaign aggressively for APC to win all elections in Delta State,’’ he said.

The former governor said he also appealed to Buhari to intervene in the Osubi Airport issue.

He said that the Airport, which was close to Warri, had been closed for more than one month because of crisis between the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and a private firm.

According to him, there is a need to quickly re-open the airport while discussions are going on whatever the issues are.

Uduaghan emerged as APC Delta South senatorial flag bearer by affirmation, telling the constituents: “I want to thank the people of the Delta South and they should  be assured of quality representation. By God’s grace, I will win the election. You know that in Delta, APC has never won any election. We need to come together in other to win.”

 

BIG SHAME!!! Details Of The Closed-Door Meeting Between President Buhari And Some Angry APC Governors, Emerge

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday, has said that the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors met with President Muhammadu Buhari, to find a solution to the crisis that has engulfed the party in its ongoing primary elections in some affected States.

Okorocha is one of the Governors facing problems in his State, because of his decision to support his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, to succeed him.

He led seven of his colleagues to meet with Buhari in his office, on Thursday.

The meeting lasted for over one hour.

Speaking briefly with State House Correspondents, Okorocha said that they were at the Villa to “review the various crisis characterising our primaries, especially the APC, with a view to finding solution.”

The Governor also disclosed that they met with Buhari, to find a way out of the crisis.

“So, we are looking for a way out in this regard. We are going to find solution, our party believes in justice, equity, and fairness.

“We are requesting that, let the right thing be done, and let everyone contest the elections”, he said.

Buhari appoints former Lagos Senator as Managing Director Of NIWA

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has recently made an adjustment to the management authority of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) after he appointed a new Managing Director to replace the Acting MD, Danladi Ibrahim.

Former Lagos Senator, Olorunnimbe Mamora, is the man Buhari has entrusted the management of the institution to.

Speaking while resuming duty as the new NIWA boss in Lokoja, the former Senator thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, just as he hailed the administration’s commitment to the revitalization of water transportation across the country.

He commended the members of staff of the authority for their committed spirit, urging them not to relent in their efforts.

“I am profoundly humbled by God’s benevolence and President Muhammadu Buhari’s kind gesture for this great opportunity to come before the management and staff of the National Inland Waterways Authority on this occasion of handing over and assumption of office as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer.

“I thank the management of the authority for its effort and resilience over the past few years, that had witnessed frequent changes of leadership of the authority.

“Without any doubt, the absence of a substantive CEO would naturally pose great challenge, especially with respect to getting the needed attention from the Federal Government. Gratefully, this has come to an end now.

 

“My assumption of duty as the Managing Director/CEO of this authority is a demonstration of the present government’s concern towards developing the inland waterways Infrastructure for the purpose of bringing back to the country a modern water transport mode that can complement the services of roads, railways and pipeline transportation of goods, products, raw materials and passenger services on the Nigeria waterways.

“I wish to enjoin all staff and management to re-dedicate their efforts, as we jointly propel the management of this authority towards ensuring the enactment of the amended NIWA bill to an Act of the parliament, development of the human resource profile of the authority with additional expertise and well trained workforce to enhance its operational efficiency.”

He commended of the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi,  the  supervisory minister of NIWA for the achievements in the sector under him and the previous heads of the body, including his immediate predecessor in office and the current Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, whose brief tenure saw the institution achieving much.

Tension In Aso Rock, AS Top Ranking DSS Officers Threaten To Stop Buhari’s Re-Election Bid, Give Reasons

Premium Times, an online media, is reporting that President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Yusuf Bichi, as the new Director-General of the Department State Security Services, DSS, has drawn the ire of senior officials within the key National Security Service, with many of them threatening to stop Mr. President’s re-election, come 2019.

It was gathered that the DSS Headquarters in Abuja, and field offices across the country, have been subsumed by an air of anxiety and volatility, since Buhari recalled Yusuf from retirement, and named him as the replacement for Matthew Seiyefa, on September 13.

Seiyefa’s removal by President Buhari, came a little over a month, after he was appointed by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

Seiyefa was the most-senior official at the time of his appointment, having enrolled in the Service in 1984. He assumed office with promises to perform his duties differently from his predecessor, who was infamous for his crude and controversial approach to law enforcement.

In his first two weeks as DG, Seiyefa’s soft reform efforts were already being felt with the gradual release of ‘illegally-detained’ suspects from custody, and the appointment of the Agency’s first Spokesperson in three years.

A few days before his removal, it was learnt that Seiyefa’s job was being threatened by top Presidential Aides, especially the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

When the Presidency announced Seiyefa’s removal, there was a whiff of resentment that Buhari took the decision not because Seiyefa was incompetent, but because he was not comfortable with a Southerner overseeing a crucial National Security desk, going into an election (2019 Presidential election) he had been so keen on winning.

After Seiyefa was sacked, the same group of concerned Leaders from the Southern and Central parts of Nigeria, accused the President of fueling ethnic and religious division in the country. They said that the President deliberately sidestepped senior Officers in the DSS, who were capable of being appointed DG, and recalled Bichi from retirement, because he does not believe in Nigeria’s unity.

Recent findings showed that Buhari faces the most potent threat to his re-election, from disgruntled elements deeply embedded in Nigeria’s security architecture.

In the first week of Bichi’s appointment, at least four DSS personnel at Director levels, in separate interviews expressed displeasure over the development.

Further interactions with additional eight senior and five junior Officers across different departments and directorates, confirmed the urge of grievance which Buhari’s decision cast on the Agency.

The officers complained that the appointment would greatly hinder their own career progression, with many who belong to the class of mid and late 1980s, fearing that they will not have a chance to produce a Director-General before they retire.

“Afakriya Gadzama (2007-2010), Ita Ekpeyong (2010-2015), Lawal Daura (2015-2018), and Matthew Seiyefa (2018), all belong to the same class”, a senior official said.

“Now all of them have been Directors-General, and no one from our generation has managed to get that high.”

Another Officer from Northern Nigeria, condemned Bichi’s appointment as threatening his own career, saying that, he would not forgive Buhari for bringing him from retirement.

“This man retired since 2015, he got a Security Consultant deal with Lawal Daura, that kept him near the SSS for two years until 2017, so why was he recalled three years after retirement?”

“I am a Northerner, and I do not agree with this move by the President, because it will destabilise the Service”, he said.

“We believe the President took this action to preserve himself in office, but we will ensure he does not get a re-election”, another SSS official at Director level said.

“In-between working for the opposition and frustrating the boko haram war, we will get him out of office.”

All the Officers spoke under anonymity, because they are still in the Service, and fear they could be targeted for summary dismissal or worse punishment, if named in the report.