2019: See Where Support Is Coming For Buhari

The North East Development Association (NEDA), a political group, has passed a vote of confidence on the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration and called for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

The group made the called in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Messrs Mohammed Bulama and Bitako Umar, and issued to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi on Saturday.

It said their decision was garnered through consultation with all the stakeholders in every sector of the region, influenced by brain cracking, arguments and counter arguments as well as careful researched efforts which formed the basis that the APC administration led by Buhari qualified for re-election.

“This is because the history of governance in Nigeria, APC under President Buhari has done tremendously well in the sub-region,” it said.

According to the statement, Buhari’s laudable projects had direct bearing on the lives of people in the North East and Nigerians.

It explained that their support was based on the president’s numerous achievements in the areas of security, corruption, agriculture and economy, among others, in the region and the entire country at large.

The group said the need for a second term was in order to also sustain the ongoing war against corruption and effective management of Nigeria’s resources.

“Buhari’s re-election would ensure continuity in the positive affairs of the nation.

“The people of the region must also play their parts in the task of nation-building by supporting President Buhari-led government’s effort at moving the country forward.’’‎

The group reiterated that its decision was based partly in recognition of the laudable achievements of the president and his team in the last three years.‎

“We resolved that the region would remain committed to the unity of the entity called Nigeria, despite we have our son who is jostling for same seat,” the statement said.

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AFCON Qualifier: Libya Beat Seychelles In Nine Goal Thriller

Libya humiliated hosts Seychelles 8-1 on Saturday in Victoria in their final qualification round Group E fixture for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The North Africans are now with seven points from five matches and lie third in the group behind leaders Nigeria who have 10 points and South Africa who have nine points.

Five second half goals by the visiting side, including Anis Saltou’s hat-trick at the Stade Linite boosted Libya’s confidence for a ticket to Cameroon next year.

Motasem Sabbou opened scoring for Libya three minutes into the game, while Saltou extended their lead just 18 minutes later.

Saltou got his brace in the 32nd minute as Khalid Almaryami shamed their hosts with the fourth goal nine minutes into the second half.

Salem Baleid delivered the fifth goal four minutes later.

Saltou grabbed his hat-trick and his fourth in the qualifiers as he found the back of the net in the 62nd minute.

Perry Monnaie’s 72nd consolation goal for Seychelles was not enough to stop the Libyans as Rabia Alshadi gave his side another goal five minutes to the end of the game.

Libya squad

The relentless visitors finished the game with an Hamdou Elhouni strike exactly at regulation time to embarrass their hosts 8-1.

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2019: See How Atiku Plans To Kick-Start His Campaign On Monday

The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is to kick-start his campaign for 2019 general election through an address to Nigerians on Facebook on Monday.

A statement issued by Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, on Saturday in Abuja, said that Abubakar would use the address to launch his policy document.

“In his address, the PDP presidential candidate will present his vision for Nigeria and his action plan to achieve it as encapsulated in his policy document.”

The organisation said that the decision of Abubakar to kick-start his presidential campaign with the launch of his policy document is to reiterate his commitment to run an issue-based campaign.

“The intention is to take our policy directly to Nigerians and to register the belief of Abubakar that it will take the collective efforts of every Nigerian to rebuild the country.

“That is why we want Nigerians to access the policy directly and ultimately take ownership of it,” the statement said.

It added that the campaign of the organisation would offer a simple message: “united, the people of Nigeria can begin anew, creating a prosperous and secure future and a better life for every Nigerian”.

It stated that on the first working day of the campaign, the PDP and its candidate, Abubakar would put forward his plan to get Nigeria working again.

“We have chosen to do this by having the PDP Presidential candidate speaking directly to the Nigerian people on Facebook.

“This medium came about as part of the telecommunications revolution that he helped start as Vice President in 1999-2007.

“We have also chosen to have our candidate speak online as it facilitates the ability for anyone to download a copy of his policy document at no cost, as we intend this to be the policy of every Nigerian.

“Our policy document focuses on creating jobs, ensuring security, growing business, developing power and water infrastructure, agriculture and education and how we will empower women.

“Our policies outline the goals and methods for developing and revitalising Nigeria as the foundation of our campaign.

“This policy document is being launched to encourage a dialogue with the people of Nigeria, inviting everyone to join us in helping to get Nigeria working again.”

It said that Abubakar looked forward to conducting vital discussions as he travels across the length and breadth of Nigeria, meeting and talking with stakeholders.

The stakeholders according to the organisation, include farmers, small business people, workers, students, mothers, and children.

“We recognise that this will be a vigorous and hard fought election. We are completely confident that with peaceful, free and fair elections, we will be victorious.”

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NO WAY: See The Huge Amount Of Tramadol NAFDAC Blocked From Entering Nigeria

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has said that 28 40feet containers suspected to contain tramadol from India has been blocked from entry into the country.

A statement by the NAFDAC Director General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, stated that this followed a joint examinations of containers at the Apapa Port, Lagos.

She said the inspection was coordinated by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15.

Adeyeye said that the 28 containers were part of the 86 under the agency’s watch list since November 2017.

She noted that the blockage was an outcome of previous communications with the Comptroller General of NCS in September.

“The 23 of the 40ft containers examined so far were loaded with Tramadol of various strengths from 120mg to 250mg.

“Tramadol and other unregistered pharmaceutical products are known to be injurious to the health of the public, most importantly our youth.”

She added that 321,146 cartons of other unregistered pharmaceutical products were equally discovered.

Adeyeye noted that the examined containers consist of 128,922 cartons of high strength of Tramadol (120mg, 200mg, 225mg & 250mg), estimated at N6.4 billion.

“We are pleased that the good working relationship with the NCS, the support received from all it’s commands and other government establishments along the West Coast of Africa has contributed to the success recorded so far,” she said.

According to her, the worth of the tramadol alone on the street is estimated to be at about N1.9 billion on an average cost of N1.5 million per carton.

“Prevention of these dangerous drugs from entering into the Nigerian markets would protect millions of youths from hazards of drug addiction which can pose threat to families, Nigerian workforce and the security of the nation at large.

“Of course this would have increased the number of casualties from insurgency, armed robbery and other social vices which are known to be the aftermath effect of use of illicit drugs,” the director general stated.

Adeyeye said that NAFDAF would work with all other relevant agencies to ensure that Nigeria is not a market for unwholesome pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs.

She expressed NAFDAC’s commitment to ensuring that the health of the public was properly safeguarded at all times and to remain a customer-focused agency.

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See What Fashola Said About Buhari

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said on Saturday that President Muhammadu Buhari was laying the foundation for economic growth of Nigeria through infrastructure renewal.

Fashola said this during an inspection of the Apapa-Wharf Road Reconstruction project and flag-off of the reconstruction of the Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota Expressway in Lagos.

The Apapa-Wharf Road Reconstruction Project was done by AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd and financed by the Dangote Group, Nigerian Ports Authority and Flour Mills of Nigeria.

The Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota Expressway project, on the other hand, was awarded to the Dangote Group.

Fashola described port access roads as “blood vessels” that serviced all activities in the ports

He said they had, however, been abandoned alongside various federal highways by previous governments.

The minister said that the Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota Expressway was constructed between 1975 and 1978 and had not been expanded since then.

He said that the major highways had been abandoned by previous administrations until President Buhari picked up the initiative to turn things around.

“President Buhari is laying the foundation for economic growth that would release economic prosperity, create jobs. It is this road that releases the opportunity,” Fashola said.

He thanked Dangote for investing in the development of Nigeria, pointing out that, four of Dangote’s firms paid about N22 billion as annual taxes to the Federal Government.

The minister said that the two major ports in the nation had been overstretched, as they were designed to take 30 million metric tons but now took over 80 million metric tonnes of cargo.

He said that the federal government was planning the construction of the Lekki and Badagry Sea Ports to complement the two major ones, to ease port congestion.

Fashola appealed for patience of the road users as construction work commenced.

Gov Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos while delivering his speech said that the project was the real Lagos solution to the problem of gridlock in the state.

He said that interconnectivity of rail, road and water transportation was important.

Ambode commended the Federal Government for its efforts in reviving the railway in conjunction with road projects to address gridlock, saying it would bring relief to residents of the state.

“We are happy that this project has finally commenced,” he said.

He promised to increase deployment of traffic and law enforcement agencies to the route to ensure smooth execution of the project.

Sen. Kabiru Gaya, Chairman Senate Committee on Works, said that concrete should be adopted for road construction in the nation as it lasted more, to tackle the huge deficit in roads infrastructure.

Also, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu said that the construction would solve the problem on flooding of the highway.

“The project will reduce stress of commuting for us all,” she said.

President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, while delivering a vote of thanks, commended the Federal Government for adoption of the Road Trust Fund, which gave the private sector opportunity to participate in infrastructure renewal.

Dangote said that the nation was losing huge revenue due to bad roads and assured that his firm would pay “special attention” to the reconstruction of the highway by doing good quality job.

He also thanked government for the proposed Lekki ports project and thanked other stakeholders and ministry officials for efforts in completing the Apapa Wharf Road Reconstruction project.

Dangote promised to deliver the Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota Expressway project ahead of schedule.

“We will not disappoint you (Fashola) and Nigerians; we will make sure we do the best job.

“We are advocating rigid pavement not because we sell cement but because we want to give Nigerians the best,” Dangote said.

Representatives of Apapa and Ajegunle Residents Association, Truck Drivers and owners unions and various stakeholders took turns to commend the project and the economic development it will bring to Lagos and Nigeria.

The 32 km Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonshoki-Ojota Expressway project will include reconstruction of Creek Road, Liverpool Road, Beach land Estate Interchange, Cele Bus Stop through Anthony Village to the old Toll gate.

It has a completion date of two years.

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BIG BLOW For PDP As Governorship Aspirant Defects To APC

Dr Muhammad Sani-Bello, a former gubernatorial aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State has formally joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Sani-Bello announced his decision to join the APC at a news conference on Saturday in Kaduna.

He said he consulted with different political parties before arriving at the decision to join the APC.

It could be recalled that Sani-Bello dumped the PDP on Nov. 12, due to what he described as unending mistrust between him and the state leadership of the party, and its governorship candidate, Alhaji Isa Ashiru.

He said: “Bbased on consultations with my supporters and other stakeholders, I have decided that from today Nov. 12, 2018, I Dr Muhammad Sani-Bello, ceases to be a member of the PDP.”

According to him, the mistrust emanated from the refusal of the party leaders in the state to put the term of consensus which led to his stepping down for Ashiru into writing prior to the party’s gubernatorial primaries.

He added that he was also not comfortable working with Ashiru, whose academic credentials were allegedly under question.

“Based on my findings, the documentation of the candidate contains certain flaws which remained unexplained,” he stressed.

He said the secondary school certificate of the PDP candidate does not carry his name, making its genuineness questionable.

According to him, with a questionable secondary school certificate that contained two passes, it became more questionable how the PDP candidate got the rest of the certificates he had been parading.

NAN reports that Ashiru had since debunked claims about his academic records, saying he has nothing to fear.

However, Sani-Bello added that all efforts made by him and other “discerning and concerned party members” for the state PDP leadership to address areas of friction were rebuffed.

He said he had consulted with APC in his Dogarawa Ward in Sabon Gari Local Government Area, as well as major party stakeholders at state and national level before joining it.

The politician said he had met with Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai and extensively discussed on various issues before finally announcing his defection to the ruling party.

He expressed optimism that more PDP aspirants and their supporters would soon join the APC.

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Kwara House Of Reps By-Election Records Impressive Turnout

The by-election into the House of Representatives in Kwara South recorded impressive turnout as voters came out in their hundreds to vote for candidates of their choice.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who went round in Irepodun and Isin local government areas, reported that the turnout was generally impressive and violence-free.

The by-election in Ekiti/Oke-Ero/Irepodun/Isin Federal Constituency arose following the death of Mrs Funke Adedoyin, who was representing the constituency.

The conduct was peaceful, hitch-free and orderly in all the voting centres visited.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, voted at PU 006, Ile Onikoyi Ward II, Oro at about 9.45 a.m.

He expressed satisfaction at the peaceful conduct of the exercise.

The minister said this in Oro, Kwara while addressing journalists after casting his ballot.

Mohammed added that the election in Oro and other polling units in the local government was generally peaceful.

He commended INEC for organising a peaceful and hitch-free by-election in the four local government areas of the constituency.

The minister also commended the conduct of the security personnel in maintaining peace and orderliness during the accreditation and voting.

Mohammed, however, added that it was early to start receiving situation reports from the polling booths across the four local governments.

He expressed confidence that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), would emerge victorious at the end.

“I am confident that my party, APC will win the election, I can’t say otherwise. APC will be victorious,” the minister added.

At Ijomu Oro, NAN reports that accreditation and voting started promptly by 8 a.m. with voters in the five polling units in the town on queue for accreditation and voting.

A chieftain of the APC in the town, Alhaji Raheem Adedoyin, commended INEC for the prompt commencement of accreditation and voting.

Adedoyin, a journalist, said the initial low turnout of voter was because they saw the by-election as a minor one, adding that they later turned out in large numbers.

He also expressed optimism that APC would win the by-election.

At Isanlu-Isin in Isin local government, all the 14 voting units were filled with voters eager to be accredited.

A chieftain of APC in the town, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, said he was satisfied with the conduct and turnout of voters.

He said the people turned out in their hundreds to cast their votes because they desired a change in governance in the state.

“The people, without being coerced, came out to vote because of their yearning to effect a change of government in Kwara,” Oyedepo said.

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OH NO: APC Thrown Into Mourning, See Why

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has been thrown into mourning in Cross River State.

Senator John Owan-Enoh, the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Cross River has described as “shocking” the death of Dr Matthew Achigbe, Chairman of the party in the state.

Achigbe died on Saturday in a ghastly motor accident while traveling from Ebonyi state to Obubra local government area in Cross River.

Owan-Enoh, who spoke in a telephone interview with NAN, said that Achigbe was a fine gentleman who united the party in the state.

“I am very shock at the death of Dr Achigbe. He was such a fine gentleman who worked tirelessly to unite the party in the state.

“It is regrettable for Dr Achigbe to die at this critical point in time.

“His death is a lost to his family, the state and the entire APC family. May his gentle soul rest in peace,” he said.

Also, Mr Hilliard Eta, the National Vice Chairman of APC, South South, described Achigbe’s death as devastating.

“I am in a state of shock. I am completely devastated. This is a lost too much.

“I am not completely in charge of the right words to use now,” he said.

Also, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, also described the death as a big lost to the state.

“His demise is very pathetic. He was such a fine gentleman who was down to earth,” he said.

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2019: Atiku, Peter Obi Get BIG SUPPORT From Abroad

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Diaspora has concluded arrangements to garner massive support for the party’s Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to ensure victory in 2019 General Elections.

The Director-General of the Atiku/Obi Movement in Europe, Mr Ojo Akogun, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.

According to Akogun, only Abubakar can put the country on the path of economic growth and development again, hence, the need to mobilise support to ensure his victory at forthcoming presidential election.

He said that after a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, the group rolled out a plan of actions to support Abubakar in his campaigns to realise his goal of being the next Nigerian President.

“Nigerians in Europe have begun a mass echo for Atiku to make Nigeria work again. Atiku/Obi Movement in Europe is presently involved in mass campaign for Atiku Abubakar.

“Nigerians in the Diaspora, especially in Europe are strongly behind Atiku.

“Almost 80 per cent of Nigerians in Europe have endorsed Atiku Abubakar because we believe he will make Nigeria a better place based on his experience.

“We have told our people at home to vote for Atiku if they want us to come back home and invest,” Akogun said in a statement to NAN.

According to him, some members of the group, who have Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) will come home and vote during the Feb. 16, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly Elections.

He said that the support for Abubakar had become very imperative to make “Nigeria great again”.

Akogun, a veteran journalist and Publisher of Yoruba Newswatch Magazine, said that he would soon launch an online TV, Nigerian Network News Europe (NNNE TV) on behalf of the group.

“To achieve our aim, on behalf of the group, and Nigerians in Europe, we will be launching Nigerian Network News Europe (NNNE TV) which is set to take begin operation soon.

“The newly brand online Television broadcasting shall broadcast live from Brussels in Belgium and also commence broadcasting operations from Lagos, Nigeria later.

“The station shall focus on Social, Political and Economic developments in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.

“Meanwhile Atiku/Obi Europe Movement shall be accorded utmost priority by giving prominence to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s ambition of becoming Nigeria’s next President in 2019,” Akogun added.

Akogun was a former Governorship aspirant in Ekiti 2018 election and the Director-General, Atiku/Obi Europe Movement-based in Brussels, Belgium.

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Buhari To Nigerians: THIS IS MY VISION

President Muhammadu Buhari says his vision and objectives for Nigeria are very clear and he is on course to achieving them.

The president stated this when he received members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), led by its President, Reverend (Dr,) Samson Ayokunle in State House, Abuja, on Friday.

President Buhari stated that he had been doing his best to fulfil his electoral promises of securing the country, fighting corruption and resuscitating the economy.

According to him, fighting corruption takes longer time especially with the need to adhere to the rule of law.

He said: “It is on record that some cases initiated by the anti-graft bodies since 2003 are yet to be concluded.

“We will, however, not be discouraged. Where monies have been recovered, such monies will not find their way back to the looters as I have directed the EFCC to account for every money it has recovered and put them in a dedicated account.”

Responding to the request of CAN for an overhaul of the intelligence gathering system, President Buhari said the “burden of intelligence gathering involves everyone especially district heads, traditional rulers, opinion leaders and religious leaders that are very close to the grassroots.”

He added that bandits who were operating in various communities live among the people and enjoined leaders of thought in various communities to avail security agencies of information about the criminals.

President Buhari also told the visitors that he had assurances from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that the 2019 elections would be free and fair as he had been victim of fraudulent elections and beneficiary of free and fair election in the past.

“When I decided to put on this Agbada to see what the people are seeing in it, I tried three times, 2003, 2007 and 2011, but the fourth time, in 2015, I succeeded.

“We thank God and technology in the form of permanent voters card and card reader, because what they used to do was to look at constituencies, award the votes and then they will say whoever didn’t agree should go to court.

“When people are looking for what to eat, where do they have the money to go to court to pay the SANs?” he said.

On farmers and herders clashes, President Buhari told the visitors that government was working towards finding a lasting solution to it.

The CAN delegation had lauded the President for his efforts in fighting corruption, the initiatives to stem the tide of unemployment and the various efforts aimed at revamping the economy.

They also commended the administration’s efforts toward the fight against Boko Haram terrorists and the implementation of the Bank Verification Number and the Treasury Single Account.

They, however, called on the President, to, ensure that the security agencies remain non-partisan as the nation heads to 2019 elections.

The CAN leaders enjoined the president to restore peace to troubled spots in Northern parts of the country especially in the Garshish District of Plateau State.

They called on him to institute a judicial panel of enquiry to look into the killings in the North Central particularly the murder of retired Maj-Gen.  Idris Alkali and the Royal Highness of the Adara Kingdom in Kaduna, Dr Maiwada Galadima.

According to them, President Buhari should ensure that Nigeria does not go back into recession; urgently resolve the issue of minimum wage and to task the security agencies to ensure the release of Miss Leah Sharibu and other Chibok girls still in captivity.

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