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Thursday, 6 December 2018

December 06, 2018

CALL OSHIOMHOLE TO ORDER OKOROCHA BEGS BUHARI

The Imo State Governor, Mr. Rochas Okorocha has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the All Progressives Congress National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to order.


Okorocha in a statement signed by Sam Onwuemeodo his Chief Press Secretary said ‘since Muhammadu Buhari became President he has never used any foul language on any Nigerian, low or high, and that is the best way to go. And Oshiomhole should borrow a leaf from Mr. President. One of the reasons the PDP lost in 2015 was the abuses the handlers of the Party then were heaping on the APC Presidential Candidate then, and the President today, Muhammadu Buhari. Oshiomhole should be advised not to tow the 2015 PDP line.’

Okorocha also said ‘that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is the former President of the country. And no matter the provocation or his political activities this time, Oshiomhole should have considered his status as the former President of the Country in talking about him, and should have exercised caution in addressing him. Saying that God would punish the former President was never advisable. This should not be the language of APC.’

Read full statement below
The most recent media attack on Governor Rochas Okorocha and some other governors of APC extraction by the National Chairman of the Party, Adams Oshiomhole refers.
We won’t take the pain to begin to talk about all the abuses, but to humbly plead with President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the leader of the party, to call Oshiomhole to order.
The Party’s National Chairman has, in less than six months, enthroned the culture of rascality into the Party and the development is not good for the Party. APC is not known for rascality and abuses. And the earlier he is called to order the better for the party.

Since Muhammadu Buhari became President he has never used any foul language on any Nigerian, low or high, and that is the best way to go. And Oshiomhole should borrow a leaf from Mr. President. One of the reasons the PDP lost in 2015 was the abuses the handlers of the Party then were heaping on the APC Presidential Candidate then, and the President today, Muhammadu Buhari. Oshiomhole should be advised not to tow the 2015 PDP line.

POPULATION EXPLOSION: NIGERIA FAILED TO PLAN ITS FUTURE UNDER JONATHAN – OSINBAJO

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is the former President of the Country. And no matter the provocation or his political activities this time, Oshiomhole should have considered his status as the former President of the Country in talking about him, and should have exercised caution in addressing him. Saying that God would punish the former President was never advisable. This should not be the language of APC.
APC does not belong to Oshiomhole. He should therefore be advised to carefully select his words when he is talking about certain categories of Nigerians. And he should also find out why he is the only one talking about APC and no other member of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party is doing so.
Oshiomhole should help the party and its Candidates by making his points without abusing people. The way Oshiomhole is talking has become nauseating to most Nigerians and the earlier he is called to Order, the better. He should be talking about the achievements of President Buhari and APC as a party instead of using the opportunities he would have used to do that, to be insulting people.
To say the least, few weeks to the elections, APC and its Candidates do not need Oshiomhole’s abuses or insults but the reasons Nigerians should re-elect President Buhari and elect APC Candidates.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

December 04, 2018

POPULATION EXPLOSION: NIGERIA FAILED TO PLAN ITS FUTURE UNDER JONATHAN – OSINBAJO

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has said that the nation failed to plan for its future in spite of the fortunes it raked from crude oil sales and other revenue sources under the past government of Goodluck Jonathan.

Osinbajo stated this on Tuesday at the opening ceremony of the 5th National Family Planning Conference currently ongoing in Abuja. The VP, who admitted that the current population growth of 3.2 per cent posed risks for the nation by 2030, explained that apart from the economic policies of the past government which were skewed at making lives comfortable to a minority of the nation’s population, the administration did not make adequate family planning commodities available to those who needed them. He said: “In the absence of basic social safety nets, and pro-poor policymaking, tens of millions of our people were left stranded, observing the statistics of economic growth from a distance, completely untouched by it. The sad reality is that for most of our history as a country, periods of economic growth have somehow managed to leave out the majority of our population. “Between 2011 and 2015 when Nigeria enjoyed some of the highest revenues in history, and overtook South Africa to become the largest economy in Africa, there was no commensurate impact in poverty alleviation and improvement of wellbeing. “If Nigeria’s prevailing annual population growth rate 3.2 percent persists, we will have an additional 68 million people by 2030, and will be the third most populous country in the world by 2050,” he said Speaking on the theme of the conference: Investment, Innovation and Inclusiveness, the VP who was represented by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said: “This is how I see the three “I’s”: Investment, innovation and inclusiveness are three very critical keys for unlocking the very beneficial contributions of family planning to Nigeria’s ambition of reaping all of its potential demographic dividend. “This demographic dividend is of course the catch-all term for the benefits and potential realizable from attaining the optimal age structure in a population. In the case of Nigeria, this optimal age structure would mean a combination of declining fertility and a simultaneous rise in the working age population.  Our main challenge, evidently, is with our current fertility rates.” He said investing in family planning as witnessed under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has proven to be smart, cost-effective, and life-saving; and is especially critical in a country like Nigeria with a very young and rapidly growing population. He added that estimated 63 percent of Nigeria’s population is below 25 years; with a significant segment of the population being sexually active and needing education and guidance to wisely navigate the issues of equality, choice and contraception. He argued further that achieving the SDGs and Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 depends significantly on how well sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people are prioritized. 



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He said the nation must clearly insist on including young people at the very heart of its policies and its deployment of resources to achieve these policies. While urging participants at the conference to develop evidence-based approaches to population management, Osinbajo noted that time was no longer waiting for the nation. “We must act and move fast, because our challenges themselves are not simply sitting and waiting around to be solved. They are evolving and adapting in increasingly complicated forms, and our responses and solutions must keep up. “Family planning and population management generally are not just life-saving interventions but actually critical tools for economic and social development,” he said. The three day conference has representatives of local and international organizations working on family planning, experts from medical field, government delegations among others.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

November 29, 2018

Resign, PDP Tells INEC Chairman, Police IG


The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday called for the resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu and Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris.
At its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja, National Chairman Uche Secondus said the opposition party has lost confidence in the ability of the duo to oversee the conduct of credible elections next year.
The party will not accept the outcome of a rigged exercise, Secondus insisted, warning that flawed polls would throw the nation into crises.
Senate President and Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council Bukola Saraki reiterated the concern, noting: “I have said it many times that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not our opponent on the ballot paper; it is the security agents that are opponents on the ballot paper. If you talk to 10 Nigerians today, they will tell you, ‘Yes, your party is popular but they will rig it.’ What does that mean? We must stand. We must stand for free and credible election. We must stand for an election where people have the right to vote.”
The party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, disclosed that if elected, his administration would enthrone a regime of strict adherence to the principles of fiscal responsibility.
According to him, “Our aim is to work very hard and collectively liberate our nation from the shackles of hunger, starvation, deprivation, bloodletting, killings and division which bedevil us today. We must all work hard to return our nation to the path of harmony, peace and progress.”
He equally restated his readiness to take on President Muhammadu Buhari in a debate on national issues.
Last week, the Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) announced that a debate for presidential contenders would hold January 19, 2019. Before then, vice presidential candidates would hold their debate on December 14, 2018.
The PDP also inaugurated its presidential campaign council with Secondus emerging as chairman and Atiku as co-chairman. Former Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso is co-deputy chairman while National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan is head of media and publicity.
There was a mild drama at the meeting when the ‘Jubril’ controversy surfaced. Online media has been awash with rumours that Buhari has a body double that goes by that name. Some commentators have even suggested the president is a clone.
A loud voice had suddenly punctuated Atiku’s speech with “Jubril must go!” to which the presidential candidate asked, “Which Jubril? Is it the one in Sudan or the one in Abuja?” The audience met the joke with loud laughter.
But there is nothing funny about the idea. In fact, it is “stupid and idiotic,” said Minister of Information Lai Mohammed.
He told journalists in Abuja: “The idea that a clone of the president or a body double is impersonating the president is so idiotic that no serious government will respond to it. Is it not stupid that some people would believe that the same Jubril from Sudan is in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital, where the president had gone to meet the Chadian president on how to address issues troubling the region?”
He added: “When you go to council and memos are presented, the president for instance would say, ‘I remember the Mambila power project. I have worked on the memo before as Head of State.’ The president will tell you that as Head of State in 1984, he had knowledge of the project and he will re-engage you. And some idiots would think a Jubril from Sudan would do that? It is so stupid.”
Mohammed then turned his flak on a report that the United States has granted Atiku a visa, saying: “Impression must not be created that the U.S. is endorsing one particular candidate over the other because, as you are all aware, for more than 12 years, there has been a kind of congressional bipartisan investigation of corruption against certain individuals and which made it difficult for the former vice president to secure a U.S. visa.”
He explained: “I am sure you all recall the Jefferson case, which involved the keeping of a huge amount of dollars in the fridge. This is not the making of this administration, as it has been ongoing. Our position is that if the former vice president already has a U.S. visa, we have no problem about it. But we want to warn the U.S. government not to give the impression that it is endorsing one particular candidate over the other because that is going to happen if all of a sudden the former vice president is now granted a visa.
“We are not unaware and it is also in the public domain that he has engaged the services of some lobbyists in the U.S. to facilitate the issuance of a visa for him. It is his right to do so, but we want countries to be neutral in the 2019 elections, and they should please be wary of taking any decision that can give the wrong impression that they are favouring or endorsing one candidate over the other.”

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

November 27, 2018

OYETOLA TAKES OVER AS OSUN STATE GOVERNOR


Buhari, Tinubu task new gov on service
Governor Adegboyega of Osun State has pledged to prioritise the welfare of workers and retirees by ensuring prompt payment of salaries and entitlements.
In his inauguration speech yesterday in Osogbo, the new chief executive said he would not betray the confidence reposed in him by the people, promising to build on the achievements of his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola. Also speaking, President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, reiterated his commitment to free and fair elections next year.
He said efforts were ongoing to tackle the nation’s economic challenges through diversification by developing the solid mineral sector.
The president noted that when fully on stream, Osun, with its huge mineral deposits, would be a major beneficiary.He revealed that the Federal Government had set aside N55.1 billion to prosecute a basic health care programme for women and children, adding that the state as well as Abia, Edo, Niger and Kaduna are among the first beneficiaries of the scheme billed for launch next month.
Listing the infrastructure being executed in Osun to improve the welfare of the citizens, Buhari pledged his administration’s continued assistance to the state.He reiterated the resolve of his government to the school-feeding programme running currently In 26 states, including Osun.
Besides, the president said opportunity had also been created for the participation of 20,000 youths from the state in the N-Power scheme of the Federal Government.
Congratulating Oyetola and the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the epochal occasion, the Nigerian leader urged the governor to complete all projects initiated by his predecessor and pay attention to the welfare of women, workers and youths.In his remarks, APC national leader, Tinubu boasted that the party remained unperturbed, as it would continue to preside over the nation’s affairs.
He said Nigerians were not ready to leave governance in the “hands of those who mismanaged it (the country).””No shaking and no going back to the era of greed, selfishness and corruption of the past that has held back our progress.
“I’m a politician, don’t stop me from talking politics today,” the former governor of Lagos State said. Tinubu thanked president, urging him to ride on because according to him, “there is no other party here in the South West”.He greeted the new governor and urged him to deliver on campaign promises.
The event was attended by six governors, including Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos); Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo); Yahaya Bello (Kogi); Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), and Abdulai Ganduje (Kano).
Also in attendance were Tinubu’s wife, Oluremi; APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole; erstwhile interim chair, Chief Bisi Akande; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi; General Alani Akinrinade and one-time governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba.
The rest were ex-governor of Ekiti State, Chief Adeniyi Adebayo; Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, and former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

November 22, 2018

"VACATE AKWA IBOM HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY OR RISK SIX MONTHS SENTENCE – SENATE WARNS POLICE

The Senate today directed the police operatives allegedly laying siege and sealing off the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly to vacate forthwith or risk six months sentence as provided for by the constitution of the country.
It would be recalled that the senate yesterday mandated its committee on Police Affairs to probe the incident and report back to the hallowed chamber within 48 hours.
But Senator Bassey Albert Akpan representing Akwa Ibom East on Thursday, under an adopted orders 42 and 52, reported that the Police siege and seal off of the State legislature was still in existence till date.
In his presentation, he said,
“Mr. President and distinguished colleagues, yesterday I reported that the police laid siege on the Akwa Ibom state House of Assembly and regrettably they are still there as I speak.
“Mr. President, this action is not right. It is undemocratic and therefore, a tyranny.
“I, therefore, move a motion that the police should vacate the legislative complex. They have barricaded the place and, no lawmaker, staff of the Assembly and indigenes of the State is allowed to enter the state Assembly. This is unjust.
“Mr. President I was informed that the reason for the police action was to pave way for the disaffected five members of the State Assembly to impeach the speaker and governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel”.
But the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in his contribution, invoked the apt constitutional provision against the Police action done under the pretext of providing security and maintaining law and order.

He said, “There is a law assented by President Muhammadu Buhari which is called legislative Houses act 2017. The law is still operational.
“Its section 8 says, a member of the legislative houses shall not be obstructed or hindered from moving inside the chamber. Any member so obstructed the speaker of the Assembly can arrest and prosecute the person or persons and the person risks a fine of N100,000 or six months jail”.
At this juncture, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki raised the gavel in confirmation and directed that the police should vacate the legislative complex or risk the wrath of the law.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

November 21, 2018

'I AM COMMITTED TO GRANTING INCREASED INTERNET ACCESS TO THE POOREST IN THE SOCIETY' – BUHARI

President Buhari has said his administration is committed to granting increased internet access to the poorest in the society.
The information is contained in the Next Level Campaign Guide for 2019. According to the guide, the efforts of government in the past few years enabled internet access and promoted local content, especially among Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government.
It stated that “following the Vice President’s visit to Silicon Valley, U.S., where he visited the headquarters of some leading global technology companies, he met Google officials. He met with Google Chief Executive Officer, Sundar Pichai, and its top executives in July and the global tech company now provides free Wi-fi access in several public places in Nigeria.
This initiative will bridge societal gaps by providing free internet access to some of the poorest in society. It will grant access to information, tools of education, improved business and job opportunities and expansion for many Nigerians.”
It further said that the free internet access was in line with the administration’s plan to improve the country’s technology sector and leverage on the gains that a data-driven digital economy could offer. It added that Information Communication Technology (ICT) was the new oil, adding that oil revenues were no longer sustainable.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

November 20, 2018

2019: WHY SOUTH WEST SHOULD RE-ELECT BUHARI – FASHOLA



THE Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, yesterday, urged the South West to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election saying the region has more to gain by re-electing Buhari.


Fashola said this while inaugurating 5000 foot soldiers for the campaign of Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Lagos. His words: “As a South West indigene, I will vote for the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket because my people stand to gain more from it,” fashola said. He said that the re-election of Buhari would guarantee that power would come to the South West in 2023. “The South West is at present occupying the position of the vice president. We have three sitting ministers and many different federal appointments from the present administration which we cannot afford to lose.

“The APC has done more in three years than 16 years of PDP administration, yet they say President Buhari is too slow. President Buhari is taking Nigeria to the next level. We are going to the Next Level. “The 2019 presidential election is a choice between going back and moving forward to the next level and also a choice of whom Nigerians can trust with their money. “Buhari has inaugurated a structural infrastructure fund for road construction. N15 billion has been released for the rehabilitation of Lagos-Ibadan expressway. “There is need for the progress to continue. Dubai was built with oil-money; Nigeria can be built with it too. The past administration squandered oil revenue. “Federal Government is constructing at least one road in every state in Nigeria. We are also constructing houses in 34 states in Nigeria. “We have collected 690 containers for the construction of 90 transmission stations and through our policy of mini grids, our markets now have uninterrupted power supply. “In the last 3 years we have constructed 40 kilometres of roads per year. In 2015, the total number of roads completed nationwide was 80 kilometres. In 2016 after we took over, we completed, 274 kilometres of road, 478 kilometres in 2017 and 474 kilometres in 2018.
“Electric generation has moved from 4000 Megawatts that we met to 7000MW. That’s an increase of 3000MW, an average of 1000MW a year. We have started an IPP in 9 universities in Nigeria. We have accelerated the distribution of meters by outsourcing it to distributors.” Notable personalities present at the event were the lawmaker representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator Gbenga Ashafa; former Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Kayode Opeifa; former Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Matters, Mr. Oyinlomo Danmole; former Chief of Staff to Fashola, Chief Lanre Babalola; and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, and former Deputy Governor in Lagos State, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire.


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Sunday, 18 November 2018

November 18, 2018

PDP LOSES ALL ELECTIONS ON SATURDAY

Following the release of Toro Federal Constituency (Bauchi) by-election held on Saturday, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost out in all the three by-elections conducted nationwide. All Progressive Congress (APC) won all the three elections into the House of Representatives on conducted on Saturday by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

INEC on Sunday confirmed that Alhaji Yusuf Nuhu of APC won the Toro Federal Constituency by-election in Bauchi.

Announcing the result in Toro, the Returning Officer, Prof. Ahmed Sarkin-Paggam, said Nuhu scored 27,337 votes to defeat his only opponent, Shehu Umar, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 18,235 votes. Only APC and PDP fielded candidates for the elections.

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According to the returning officer, a total of 41,532 votes were cast, out of which 40,552 were valid and 970 votes invalid. Toro Federal Constituency seat became vacant when the member representing the constituency, Lawan Yahaya Gumau contested and won the Bauchi South Senate seat in a by-election held on Aug. 11. INEC on Saturday night confirmed also confirmed Mr. Raheem Olawuyi, the candidate of APC as winner of the vacant House of Representatives seat for Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero constituency in Kwara state. INEC’s Chief Returning Officer for the poll, Prof. Abimbola Adesoji, said Olawuyi got 21,236 votes, followed by PDP candidate Saheed Alatise, with 18,095 votes. The Labour Party had 150 votes, the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) 76 votes and UPN 42 votes. Professor Adesoji, from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, said out of the 40,930 total votes cast, the total number of valid votes was 39,599 while 1,331 votes were rejected. INEC also declared Alhaji Abubakar Kusada of the APC as winner of the bye-election into the House of Representatives in Katsina state. The election was conducted in the Kankiya/Kusada/Ingawa Federal constituency in Katsina state on Saturday. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kusada was the speaker of Katsina state House of Assembly before his election today.

Prof Adedayo Hamza, the returning officer who announced the result on Saturday in Kankiya said Kusada scored 48,518 votes to emerge winner. Alhaji Abdussamad Yusuf of PDP came second with 20,193 votes, while Nasiru Kankiya of the Peoples Redemption Party scored 1,810 votes as second runner-up.

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November 18, 2018

APC DEFEATS PDP IN BAUCHI

Alhaji Yusuf Nuhu, the candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), has won the Toro Federal Constituency by-election, held on Saturday in Bauchi state.

Announcing the result in Toro on Sunday, the Returning Officer, Prof. Ahmed Sarkin-Paggam, said Nuhu scored 27,337 votes to defeat his only opponent, Shehu Umar, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 18,235 votes. Only the APC and PDP fielded candidates for the elections. According to the returning officer, a total of 41,532 votes were cast, out of which 40,552 were valid and 970 votes invalid. NAN reports that Toro Federal Constituency seat became vacant when the member representing the constituency, Lawan Yahaya Gumau contested and won the Bauchi South Senate seat in a by-election held on Aug. 11. The by-election was held following the death of Sen. Ali Wakili who represented Bauchi South in the senate. (NAN)

Thursday, 15 November 2018

November 15, 2018

2019: BANKY W REVEALS HOW HE WILL DEFEAT HIS OPPONENT IN THE HOUSE OF REPS ELECTION

While speaking at a public function recently held in Lagos, popular Nigerian singer, Olubankole Wellington, a.k.a Banky W, said that he is confident that come 2019, he would defeat his opponents at the forthcoming general elections.
The ‘Wedding Party’ actor, who recently declared his intention to run for Federal House of Representatives, Eti Osa Constituency, under the Modern Democratic Party (MDP), said though he may not have political godfathers, the financial capacity, a formidable structure like some of his opponents, he believes that with God and the vision he has for Nigeria, he would win the election.
He said: “They said we don’t have the money to run, we say we our strength lies in our numbers. They said we don’t have the structure, we say we will attempt to build it. They said “what if you lose”? I say, what if we win? You see, my entire life has been a story of just dreaming dreams, praying about those dreams, setting goals, and working until they come true.
“I can live with trying and failing. I cannot live with not trying. So while I may not have a godfather, I do have God. And I have vision, intellectual capacity, integrity, the right intentions and a whole lot of hope. At the end of the day, hope may be all I have, but I believe that it is all I need,” he said with confidence.

November 15, 2018

STOP USING YOUTHS AS POLITICAL THUGS – OBASANJO WARNS POLITICIANS

The former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has cautioned Nigerian and African politicians against using youths as political thugs while they shield their own children from danger.
While speaking at the Inauguration of King’s College London Global Leaders Engagement Series in London on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, the former president said politicians should more meaningfully engage youths in politics.
He said, “Enough of using other people’s children as experimental subjects and keeping ours in safe havens; enough of using other people’s children as political thugs and ballot box snuffers, while we send ours to Ivy League schools; enough of thinking we know what is right for young people without their input or the courtesy of asking for their opinions.”
The former president called on the ruling political class to be more deliberate in passing on their knowledge to the younger generation and giving them opportunities to learn.
He said, “Succession planning is a culture that Africa needs to imbibe. It increases the number of people who are capable and available to assume leadership roles when the incumbent is no longer available to do so. This is a deliberate process.
“We cannot continue to assume that by mere observation from afar, young people understand why we do what we do. We must introduce them to our networks and partners; set them up to represent us in important meetings while we can still guide and nurture them. An organization should not go kaput because one person is no longer available to lead.
“If constitutional changes are required, let us begin now. If policies and political party structures have to change, let us begin now. Of what use is a law that allows young people contest for a particular office only to be confronted with the hurdle of the outrageously exorbitant cost of party nomination forms and campaign costs?”
Obasanjo also called on African youths to realize their place in the big picture and work hard to build on established legacies to afford the continent a brighter future.
“I see hope in that the future of Africa is in the hands of its youth. I see the hope of a continent where the creative energies, intellectual prowess and ingenuity of our youth is capable to lead us to our promised land.
“I see hope in the courage of our youth to hold government accountable and their resistance to tyranny and despotism,” he said.
The paper he delivered was titled “Demystifying Leadership Capacity Deficit of African Youths: Our Future is in their Hands.”

Monday, 12 November 2018

November 12, 2018

IMO PDP CHIEFTAIN MURDERED

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo state, Herbert Nwaneji, has been murdered by some suspected assassins.
The Imo state Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Orlando Ikeokwu, yesterday told Vanguard in Owerri, that it was “a sudden and unatural death.”

Ikeokwu went further to say that the matter was reported to the police on Saturday and that when his lifeless body was discovered he had bruises somewhere around his back. He also said that his motorcycle was found a distance from where his corpse was lying.
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However, a source told Vanguard that,  Nwaneji, one of the executive members at the ward level of PDP, Egwedu-Atta, in Njaba Local Government Area, left his house at about 06:58pm on Friday and could not return back home.
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“The man was to eat his food before going out but when he got a call for a meeting he said he was rushing to the meeting. Nwaneji, entered his motorcycle and drove off. After about two hours or there about that time it was getting late, the family members started calling his phone. Before you know it was switched off.
“The next day we got a call that his body was dumped in the bush somewhere around Nkume.”

Speaking on the ugly development, the Imo state Police, PPRO, Ikeokwu, said: “We are still looking at the cause of death. We have not been able to ascertain the cause of death as it is now. The case was reported to us as sudden and unatural death.
“But he has bruises on his back. His motorcycle was recovered somewhere in the bush different from where his corpse was found. We are still the suspected murder. For now the details is still sketchy. The matter was reported to the police on Saturday.”

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Saturday, 10 November 2018

November 10, 2018

DO NOT DIVIDE THE NATION WITH HATE SPEECHES – PETER OBI WARNS EL- RUFAI

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Peter Obi, on Saturday called on Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State to stop making hate speeches that will divide and destroy the country

Obi said he was shocked to read such an  outburst of hate from El-Rufai, especially when, according to him,  “the statement came unprovoked, suggesting that it was what he sat down to think of rather than thinking about how to solve the many problems plaguing the country.”
According to him, he would only pray for El-Rufai and encourage him to concentrate on doing those things that will better lots of Nigerians rather than engage in hate speeches.
He said, “This is suggesting that it was what he sat down to think of rather than thinking about how to solve the many problems plaguing the country.
“What His Excellency, Gov. Nasir Ahmad El Rufai said about me has been brought to my attention. I believe that as we grow older and are saddled with more responsibilities, we are expected to become circumspect in our thinking and avoid recklessness in our speeches and utterances.
“How does the circumstance he referred to relate to bigotry to warrant such a label?
“All I do for people like El-Rufai is to pray for them and encourage them to concentrate on doing those things that will better the lots of Nigerians rather than engage in hate speeches that will divide and destroy the country.
“At this difficult times in our country, when thousands of our brothers and sisters across ethnic divide are killed all over the country, including innocent citizens in Kaduna state; millions of our children from all the parts of the country are out of school; millions of Nigerian youths from all the parts of the country are without jobs, our pre-occupation, especially among those that are in government should not be making reckless speeches.
“What our leaders should be doing today is seeking solutions to the numerous problems of our dear country.
“I am aware that during the said election he referred to, security agents merely restricted his movement because he had no business being in Anambra as I would not have been in Kaduna on an election day.”
Concluding, Obi cautioned Nigerians, especially those in positions of authority, to avoid the dominance of the vice of hate  over the virtues of love in whatever they do.
November 10, 2018

'NO THINKING BRAIN IN PDP – EL-RUFAI

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has attacked members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
This followed a backlash by the party calling the governor to order over his statement describing Peter Obi as a “religious bigot.”
The PDP had in a statement warned El-Rufai to focus on the problem in his state and leave its presidential candidates alone.
However, in a swift reaction, El-Rufai on his Twitter page lashed out at the opposition party saying ‘No single thinking brain was left in PDP’
He wrote: “I never respond to cluelessness, compounded by bad English. There isn’t a single thinking brain left in PDP….sad, only Wendell Simlins and their sort……sigh!
“We will meet first on February 16, 2019 – my birthday by the way then March 2 in sha Allah – Goodbye.”

Sunday, 4 November 2018

November 04, 2018

BREAKING: NEW PDP LEADER EMERGE IN EKITI, AS FAYOSE IS REMOVED FROM STATE LEADERSHIP


BREAKING: New PDP Leader Emerge In Ekiti, As Fayose Is Removed From State Leadership
At a stakeholders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state on Saturday, Fayose was removed as the leader of the party in the state while Olujimi who is the party’s highest ranking political office holder in the southwest geo-political zone, was used as replacement.
The stakeholders 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.
The leadership change was 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.

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.
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 frausaid.


“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 crisis.
“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

Saturday, 3 November 2018

November 03, 2018

DELTA APC CRISIS: COURT ISSUES CONTEMPT NOTICE ON OSHIOMHOLE, INEC CHAIRMAN

THE Federal High Court sitting at Asaba has issued a contempt notice on the National chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole for disobeying its order not to submit list of Delta APC candidates to INEC and on the Chairman of INEC for disobeying its order not to receive and publish such candidates names from Delta State for the 2019 general elections until the resolution of the case.

The court noted that despite its order dated October 17, 2018, Comrade Oshiomole still went ahead to submit names of purported NASS candidates from Delta APC to INEC and that INEC also went ahead to receive and publish such names even when the order directed both parties in the case not to do so but to maintain “status quo.”

It would be recalled that Chief Cyril Ogodo led executive of the APC in Delta State, had dragged the APC, Oshiomhole, INEC and 1 other to court in a suit, with Suit No: FA/ASB/CS/76/2018, over the issue of the authentic list of candidates that emerged from the parallel primaries conducted in the state through the two contending State Executives in the state. The primary of the Chief Cyril Ogodo led Exco produced Prof Pat Utomi and Olorogun O’tega Emerhor as Governorship and Senatorial candidates respectively while that of the Prophet Jones Erue led Exco produced Chief Great Ogboru and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as Governorship and Senatorial candidates respectively. The fourth defendant in the suit is Prophet Jones Erue and his parallel Executives.

The court in its sitting, Thursday, 1st November 2018, issued against Comrade Oshiomole and the INEC Chairman Form 48, notice of Consequence of Disobedience to court order, and warned that: “Take notice that unless you obey the direction contained in the order, you will be guilty of contempt and you will be liable to prison.”
Earlier at the court, the defendants failed to file their responses claiming they were not given the statutory time and that the Judge should first rule on their motion on notice challenging the jurisdiction of the court.
Maintaining her previous order on all parties to maintain the status quo, the judge affirmed she will not rule separately on Jurisdiction but shall take all motions together with the main issues. She subsequently adjourned the matter to November 13th to give extended time to the defendants to file their responses. She also pre-warned that she would proceed either way with the case on the adjourned date if the defendants still failed to file their responses.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

November 01, 2018

OUR ECONOMY IS GOOD, BUT I WILL MAKE IT BETTER – PRESIDENT BUHARI


President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday boasted that Nigeria’s economy was good and promised to make it better to please Nigerians.

In a statement disclosed by the special adviser to Mr. President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari again reiterated his commitment in taking the country to a greater height. “The Nigerian economy is looking good and we look forward to making it better”, he said. He commended Mr Jesper Kamp, new Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark, who paid him a courtesy visit at the state house, noting that Nigeria welcomes further strengthening of relations with countries, especially in the areas of agriculture and trade.

President Buhari told the Danish Ambassador he was pleased that relations between Nigeria and Denmark have remained strong; noting that in the economic sphere there is still some more work to do. ‘‘The Nigerian economy is looking good and we look forward to making it better,’’ the President told the Danish Ambassador after receiving his Letter of Credence. President Buhari who also received Letters of Credence from Major General (Retd) Waqar Kingravi, the new High Commissioner of Pakistan to Nigeria, Mr Babacar Ndiaye, the new Ambassador of Senegal to Nigeria and Mr Vyacheslav Beskosky, the new Ambassador of Belarus to Nigeria, told them that Nigeria valued the existing cordial and friendly relations with their countries. Children benefiting from Home Growth School Feeding Programme of the Buhari administration The President described the long-standing military cooperation between Nigeria and Pakistan as very commendable and beneficial to both countries.
‘‘Given the vast experience of the Pakistani military, your commitment in assisting us to develop our military is commendable,’’ he told the Pakistani High Commissioner: The Nigerian leader recounted that as a former military officer, several of his colleagues who trained in Pakistan still have very fond memories of the country. Receiving the Senegalese Ambassador, President Buhari commended President Macky Sall of Senegal for his roles in the progress achieved in the political process in Guinea Bissau. Noting that he was aware of the economic progress taking place in Senegal, President Buhari stressed the need for stability in the West African region to ensure rapid socio-economic development, particularly in the key areas of education, health and infrastructure. ‘‘The bigger we are the bigger the problems, so we must continue to do our best to surmount our challenges in the region,’’ President Buhari, who is also the current Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government, told the Senegalese envoy. In his audience with the Belarus Ambassador, President Buhari harped on the need for improved economic ties, while commending the Eastern European country for accommodating international students from Nigeria in their tertiary institutions. The President wished the four Ambassadors very successful tenures, reiterating Nigeria’s commitment to continue to partner with their countries in areas of mutual concerns.

Monday, 22 October 2018

October 22, 2018

"WHY 2019 ELECTIONS MAY NOT HOLD" – WIKE

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that he is not sure elections will hold in 2019 following recent happenings in the country.

Wike said this while hosting a group of lawyers under the aegis of class 84 of the Nigerian law school at the government house, Port-Harcourt, the state capital. He said the time had come for Nigerians to rise and speak up against the wrongs being perpetrated in Nigeria
He said:
“The judiciary has been so much intimidated. It is unfortunate that the Nigerian Bar Association gave out themselves when they saw the intimidation of the judiciary, instead of them to rise and to say look, we can’t accept this.
“Today, because of fear and intimidation, it is difficult for any judge to sit and say I want to write a judgement, it doesn’t matter what will be.
“Then the security will come and tell you we saw N1million in your account, come and explain, and the judge will say, instead of this embarrassment, let me do what they want me to.
“With the way it is now, I don’t know whether there will be elections in 2019.”
He urged Nigerians to hold gatherings that will proffer solutions to the problems bedeviling the country even as elections drew near.

October 22, 2018

BREAKING: 300 AGGRIEVED ASPIRANTS DUMPS APC IN KANO



No fewer than 300 aspirants who had contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State have dumped the party. The aspirants said their decision was due to “gross injustice” allegedly meted out to them during the recent primary elections.

The spokesman of the aggrieved aspirants, Sen Isah Zarewa disclosed this while briefing newsmen shortly after a meeting of the aggrieved aspirants at his residence in Kano on Monday. “In any democratic dispensation, the issue of internal democracy must be allowed to take precedence when it comes to the issue of according one the leverage to contest for a position of his choice.

“From what had transpired during the primary elections, the norm of internal democracy was blatantly submerged,” he said. He noted that the spate of internal wrangling in the party in the wake of the disputed primaries would not have arisen, if all the contestants in the state were fully convinced that there was no foul play or any gimmick. “We were highly offended because our grievances have not been heard by the leadership of our party at all levels. one can clearly understand that we were treated badly. “We are all stakeholders in making the APC great and have the capacity to ensure its victory at the polls. we were made to believe that we are no longer relevant, hence our decision to pull out,” he said.

He said for a party like the APC to lose about 300 of its members who contested for various positions, would be detrimental to its survival. Zarewa said even though they have not yet pointed the direction they were heading to in terms of the party they are decamping to, they still wanted the people to know that they have finally left the APC. He, therefore, called on their supporters and well wishers to join them, stressing that those who forced them out of APC would in the near future regret their action.


 NAN

Thursday, 18 October 2018

October 18, 2018

DEAR BUHARI, YOU HAVE FAILED US . YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED. – MARK ANTHONY WRITES



Since Buhari was elected in 2015, the fastest way to make friends in the public is to say “This Buhari ehn”.
This one liner will be the common ground for lasting friendships based on a shared national frustration created by the president.
Tons of people who voted or campaigned for him have honestly come out to ask for forgiveness. Buhari came with the gospel of change when we were most vulnerable. When we were completely broken by the activities of terrorism. He promised to use his military expertise to send Boko Haram packing.

Four years later, Boko Haram is still having the time of their lives killing people at will, slitting the throats of innocent women and children when they are bored, bombing anywhere they feel will look good in ashes.
Buhari failed us.
We were on our own completely comfortable with the Naira/Dollar exchange rate of 250 when Buhari staggered out of Daura and told us that he will make one naira equivalent to a dollar. Anybody who believed this at the time is currently questioning their IQ level because what Buhari has done is the direct opposite. He turned Nigeria up side down making the economy stand on its head.
We became the poverty capital of the entire world. I mean, the giant of Africa becoming the poverty capital of the world? Buhari gave us a new example of what irony should look like.
Buhari failed us.
Letting the owner of hundreds of cows to become the president posed to be the greatest mistakes of all times when the herdsmen were on a rampage. They arguably have the backing of the president so they strutted into farms destroying people’s sweat and killing any impediment.

Under Buhari, an innocent profession like being a shepherd and a guide for cows became terrorism. The Fulani herdsmen became a terrorist group automatically because they walked the length and breath of this nation armed with guns and knives ready to sniff the life out of innocent land owners. Hundreds lost their lives to those cretins.
Buhari failed them.
The list of Buhari’s failures is honestly longer than his promises because after he failed to keep to his promises, he became bored and searched for more ways to fail us.
The 2019 elections is whispers away and Buhari is soliciting for votes. He’s campaigning. He wants to win again. He wants to remain in Aso rock.
Dear Buhari, how do you live with yourself? How do you feel when the entire country is weeping, when everybody has a different pain they are living with because of your presence as president?? How do you feel?
Days ago, that innocent girl was killed. Those monsters killed her. They gave you a deadline to negotiate her freedom and you let her die!
You failed her. Her family. This country. You failed humanity.
Rachel Leah is still there. She’s still bound by terrorists. An innocent young girl. You do not care anymore. After all you are campaigning for reelection. After all she’s not your child. After all you’ve seen worse deaths. Hers can’t deny you breakfast or lunch.
Buhari, do not fail this girl.
Stop being inhuman! Stop disrespecting common sense! Use it. If you don’t have, borrow. Ask people to help you.
You’re clueless at best. You do not know your left from your right.
Buhari, you have failed us.
We are tired of living with the reality that you’re our president. Resign!
Don’t come back to continue failing us because it seems like your default settings.
We are tired. We are exhausted from the news reel on Channels TV. We are tired of being ruled by a lifeless body. Go and rest. Your family needs you more. We do not need you.
Nigerians don’t! We do not want to see your picture hanging on the wall when we walk into banks. Just go!
Go!
To Daura, to anywhere you want to go. Drive yourself.
You know all the roads. Just leave us alone.
You have failed us. You should be ashamed!
Written by Mark Anthony Osuchukwu
Mark Anthony is a writer, social critic and commentator. He can be reached via Markanthonyfoundation@gmail.com
He’s on instagram as Onye_mark