Category: Politics

RE-ELECTION OF BUHARI AS PRESIDENT A “GRAND THEFT OF THE PEOPLE’S WILL.” – ATIKU

Atiku1Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the just concluded presidential election, Atiku Abubakar has said he will not accept the results of the election that produced the All Progressives Congress, APC Candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari as winner, because it was a “grand theft of the people’s will.”

Mr Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lost by over 3 million votes to President Muhammadu Buhari, according to the electoral commission, INEC. Mr Buhari, according to the electoral body, scored 15,191,847 votes. Mr Abubakar garnered 11,262,978 votes to finish as runner-up.

INEC on Wednesday issued the certificate of return to Mr Buhari and his running mate, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Mr Abubakar, however, says the election was a “grand theft of the people’s will.” He said this at a press conference.

Read the full text of Mr Abubakar’s message below.

BEING TEXT OF A WORLD PRESS CONFERENCE BY ATIKU ABUBAKAR, CANDIDATE OF THE PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN THE FEBRUARY 23, 2019 ELECTIONS ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2019

Dear citizens of Nigeria,

Let me start by thanking you for choosing democracy as the settled system of government for our great nation.

Democracy is a government of the people by the people, only when the people’s choice prevails. That did not happen on Saturday, February 23, 2019. On Election Day, we saw the implementation of grand theft of the people’s will. I am not one for hyperbole so I will just let the facts speak for themselves.

In Akwa Ibom for instance, the results showed a statistical impossibility of a 62% drop in voter numbers from the 2015 elections even where voter registration and PVC collection rates were much higher than in 2015. This pattern was repeated in strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party, including in Delta, Rivers, Abia and Benue states.

As this was occurring, we saw another statistical impossibility wherein voter turnout and numbers increased astronomically in Borno State by an almost miraculous 82% in the midst of increased insecurity. This pattern was also repeated in other strongholds of the All Progressive Congress. One begins to ask if insecurity is conducive to higher voter turnouts and security is antithetical to high voter turnout.

It is further curious that the Peoples Democratic Party’s margin of victory in states outside the Southeast and South-south were extremely slim across board. That again is a statistical impossibility. The fact is that when you calmly look at the numbers declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission as results of the February 23, 2019 elections, they do not add up.

Let me say that I am not speaking as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party. I am speaking as a Nigerian when I say that the electoral fraud perpetrated by the Buhari administration this past Saturday cannot produce a government of the people for the simple reason that it does not reflect the will of the Nigerian people.

It is for this reason that I, Atiku Abubakar, reject the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission declaring Muhammadu Buhari as duly returned by the majority of lawful votes. I am conferring with not just my party, but also with the Nigerian people, on next steps, which will be revealed to the public shortly.

For my fellow Nigerians who feel angry, disillusioned, and let down by the process, I appeal to you to remain calm and steadfast. Rome was not built in a day. We have the real figures, we have the facts that were spoken so loudly on Saturday, February 23, 2019. This is a long journey, but I am confident of victory. All hope is not lost. Stay strong, by the grace of God we shall triumph.

And to investors and friends of Nigeria now pulling out of Nigeria, I urge you to be patient and keep faith with the Nigerian people. Your quarrel is not with the Nigerian people. Your quarrel is with those who stole their mandate. Please do not punish the people by divesting from Nigeria.

Thank you all and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Over 950 Political Thugs Arrested In Kano

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The Kano State Police Command has arrested 950 suspected political thugs in the space of nine days.

Wakili Mohammed, Kano State Commissioner of Police, said this on Tuesday when was visited by the Kano Election Peace Committee.

According to the CP,  most of the arrests were made in various parts of the city.

The political thugs, who are known locally as ‘Yan Data’ were arrested for unleashing violence on innocent residents of Kano in the last nine days.police42007314621.jpg

Of the 950 arrested suspects, 750 are in prison, while they await the completion of their trial by the courts.

“We are consistently raiding black spots and once you are arrested and confirmed to be a ‘Dan Daba’, nobody will bail you,” Mohammed said.police-brutality-660x330553111090.jpg

The CP revealed that the majority of those arrested were under the influence substances suspected to be hard drugs, in possession of illicit drugs, or with dangerous weapons.

Stressing the commitment of the Force to ensuring that criminal elements are brought to book, he also assured the people of Kano that there would be neutrality on Saturday’s polls.man-arrested-by-nigerian-police-for-looting-during-strike-1024x6611277962361.jpg

He said: “The Police Force is not a political party, and if it were a political party, then it is my political party. I agree with what you stand for; that is peace. You have my total and unwavering support, because what you stand for is the bedrock of socio-economic development of any society.

“The issue of drugs needs a serious approach. We will not leave any stone unturned to ensure that the state is rid of criminals and any form of criminality.”Nigerian-police-are-among-the-best-peacekeepers-in-the-world

“Akpabio Is A Political Pensioner” – Dino Melaye

Godswill Akpabio, lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom North has been described as a political pensioner by his colleague, Dino Melaye.

Messrs Akpabio and Melaye are Senators at the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly.

Mr Melaye representing Kogi West made the description on Tuesday when he featured alongside Festus Keyamo, the presidential spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign team, on a programme on Channels Television: The Verdict.dino-melaye1571674020.jpeg

The duo had a heated argument attacking and defending Mr Buhari’s choice of punishment on ballot box snatchers.

The president had declared extra-judicial killings for those who might want to thwart the electoral will of Nigerians in the rescheduled general election expected to commence on Saturday.

The Nigerian leader said he has ordered security operatives to ruthlessly deal with ballot snatchers at the scene of the crime without recourse to court trial as stipulated in the constitution.

The Army and the Police have all nodded and are willing to carry out the directive.

After the shouting match, the moderator asked for their final summarization of what is expected on Saturday.

For Melaye, he said Nigerians are tired of the incumbent leader and has chosen Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as their next leader. He said the opposition party will reclaim states it had lost in the 2015 general elections.Godswill

For the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who claimed that the president’s choice of punishment on ballot snatchers is constitutional, the likes of Mr Abubakar, Bukola Saraki, Senate President, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso among others who left the All Progressive Congress (APC) might have made minor contributions but that did not win the election for his principal.

The lawyer said being a plus and minus situation, the party has also received into its fold politicians like Akpabio, Uduaghan, Orji Kalu, Ken Nnamani among others.

When he mentioned the name of the former Akwa Ibom governor, the lawmaker who interjected asked him “Who is Akpabio?”

“These are political pensioners,” Melaye said mockingly.

“You called Akpabio a political pensioner? Keyamo asked as the lawmaker restated his earlier comment saying the former governor was not just a political pensioner but “a big one.”Dino-Melaye-1

Another round of heated argument began with the legal practitioner claiming that the PDP candidate has conceded defeat by alleging that the APC were out to import fraudulent devices from China aimed at frustrating him in his stronghold during the election. The lawmaker rejected the defeat claim and sent the “defeat arrow” back to the sender.

The moderator hurriedly closed the noisy segment.

POLITICS TIMES recalls that the incumbent governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, was installed by Akpabio single-handedly. He has since turned against his successor and currently spearheading to install Nsima Ekere as the next governor.

Mr Ekere running on the platform of the APC had served Akpabio as running mate while the federal lawmaker held sway as governor.dino-melaye634727106.jpg

Messrs Udom and Ekere are from Eket Senatorial District whose turn it is to serve out their remaining four years rotational power zoning.

Akpabio is expected by the leadership of the APC to deliver majority of votes coming from the state to Buhari having did so for former president Goodluck Jonathan, even though he lost his re-election bid to the incumbent president who has boasted that nobody can unseat him.

PDP accuses APC of plans to import foreigners for elections.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of intention to import more foreign nationals into the country to influence the general elections, especially the presidential election.

Consequently, the party charged security agencies to immediately carry out comprehensive investigation on the security and political implications of the presence of two Nigerien governors and other foreigners during the APC presidential rally in Kano on Thursday.

National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, speaking at the Pa Oruta Ngele Township Stadium in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, venue of the party’s presidential campaign flag-off in the state, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify APC’s presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, from the February 16 election for allegedly importing foreign nationals to influence the polls.

Secondus described as shameful, the APC rally in Kano, where governors and other persons from neighbouring countries, especially Niger Republic, attended and openly campaigned for Buhari, saying such action shows that the ruling party intends to import more foreign nationals into the country to influence the elections.

He said a vote for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, was a vote for freedom from poverty, hunger and insecurity, adding: “Governor David Umahi is the best governor and I know that you are going to vote for him again.

“Let me warn INEC that what we witnessed yesterday (on Thursday) was the worst that we have seen in the country, where people from other countries, like Niger and Chad, came to influence the elections in Nigeria.”

Briefing journalists yesterday in Abuja, PDP, through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged: “President Buhari and the APC, in their desperation, have compromised our territorial integrity as a nation and this portends grave danger to our national security and the sanctity of our electoral process.

“For a nation contending with insurgency and banditry, the involvement of mercenaries from neighbouring countries in the APC rally must be condemned by all and sundry. This is particularly against the backdrop of claims by Buhari that killer herdsmen ravaging our nation are mercenaries who are infiltrating from the Sahel region.”

The PDP noted that already, there was apprehension that “miscreants who came from Niger Republic to Buhari’s rally are being offered accommodation in our country by the APC to unleash violence immediately it is clear that Buhari is losing in the February 16 presidential election.”

On account of this, PDP demanded an urgent and thorough investigation into the circumstances leading to the presence of politicians and thugs from Niger Republic at the rally, urging the Presidency and APC to immediately explain the “roles being played by Issa Moussa, Governor of Zinder, and his counterpart from Maradi, Zakiri Umar, both of the Niger Republic, who were sighted decked in the attires and official logos of the APC in our political affairs”

“Our security agencies must immediately investigate and lay in the public domain, the circumstances leading to their presence.”

In PDP’s opinion, “the presence of the Niger Republic Governors at President Buhari’s rally signposts a direct assault on the credibility of the Presidential elections. This is particularly against the backdrop of INEC’s plans to allow Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in that country to vote in our election, a situation that opens the way for aliens to infiltrate as IDPs and participate in our elections.”

It asked: “What was the true purpose of the invitation of these foreigners to the APC rally in Kano on Thursday? What secret deals did APC leaders make with them at the expense of our national security?

“We, therefore, call on all Nigerians, irrespective of creed, ethnicity and political affiliations, to rise in total condemnation of this direct assault on our territorial integrity as a nation. Our citizens must henceforth be at alert and get prepared to defend the sovereignty of our nation.”

Speaking at the party’s rally in Abakaliki, Senate President Bukola Saraki lamented the high rate of hunger and unemployment in the country since the coming of the APC to power, which he attributed to the inexperience of the ruling government in the management of the economy.

Abubakar’s running mate, Peter Obi, said the party wants to replicate what Umahi is doing in Ebonyi State and in the entire country.

Abubakar’s wife, Jennifer, noted that the huge crowd in the stadium was an indication that Umahi was solidly behind her husband.

In his speech, Abubakar commended Umahi for the huge transformation going on in the state and promised that such would be replicated in the entire country if he is elected President, promising that the Southeast would not be marginalised in his government and urged the people to vote and protect their votes to ensure that their votes count in the end.

Earlier, Umahi, while welcoming party members and faithful, assured that the state would vote massively for Abubakar and all candidates of the party.

Atiku Abubakar to be invited for questioning when he returns from U.S- Lai Moh’d

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Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has disclosed plans by the Federal Government to invite the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, for questioning once he returns from his visit to the United States.

Speaking to state house correspondents today, Mohammed said Atiku is expected to come forward for questioning over his alleged role in the collapse of former Bank PHB. He said fresh evidence before the government suggests that Atiku benefited from slush funds that led to the collapse of Bank PHB.atiku-and-buhari2113543599.png

Mohammed said the government has in its posession “paper trail which shows that he benefited from N156 million.”

‘“It started from an internal memo dated 13 January 2009 asking that a draft in favour of Atiku Abubakar of 156 million should be raised,” he said
According to Premiumtimes, the Minister added that another memo on the same date was raised to confirm that the amount was raised from a “claimant management account.”Atiku-in-sokoto-780x405

He said the government has proof of the account mandate, cheque and account statement showing Mr Abubakar as the signatory to the account that received the money.

“We want him to stay in the US for as long as he wants but he has to explain to Nigerians when he returns,” he said.Lai-Mohammed-1

Speaking further on the visit of the former vice president to the U.S., the minister said the government had earlier issued a statement advising the U.S. not to issue him a visa.

He, however, said it remains the prerogative of the U.S. government to issue visa to anyone
“We are not perturbed one bit.

He can go ahead and get a U.S. green card. That will not save him from imminent defeat in the forthcoming election,” Mohammed said.

Atiku reacts to APC’s inclusion of Dangote, Otedola in Buhari’s campaign

Atiku1Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the inclusion of two billionaire businessmen, Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola in the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign.

Atiku said the move was an act of desperation on the part of Buhari and the APC.

The former Vice President spoke through one of his Presidential Campaign spokesperson, Kassim Afegbua.atiku-abubakar-2-11450817086.jpg

According to Atiku, it would have served Nigerians better if the businessmen were included in Buhari’s economic management team to avail him their wealth of knowledge on how to create jobs.

Atiku said, “These people are businessmen, not politicians. These are the kind of people Nigerians expect to see in the economic management team because of what they have done for this country.atiku-abubakar-1062x5981771927070.jpg

“He (Buhari) is simply out to blackmail them because by the time they fund his campaign, he will turn around and call them corrupt businessmen.

“Nigerians can now see for themselves what we have been talking about all this while and we call on them to vote out this grossly incompetent administration, whose stock in trade is blackmail of perceived enemies.”atiku-453w1017442610.jpg

Meanwhile, the Presidency, through the Special Adviser to the President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has clarified Dangote’s position in the list.
According to Adesina, Dangote not being a card carrying member of the APC cannot be on its Presidential campaign council.

In a terse statement last night, Adesina said, “It has become imperative to further clarify the status of Alhaji Aliko Dangote, named under the sub-head ADVISORY MEMBERS in the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign Council announced on Friday, December 28, 2018.atiku1410875013.jpg
“Africa’s richest man, not being a card-carrying member of APC, cannot, and is not member of the PCC.

“He is also a member of the Peace Committee, and thus cannot be in a partisan campaign council.”

Don’t Embarass Us, FG Begs NLC On December 31st Deadline For New Minimum Wage

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Nigerians will need to pray and hope for a quick resolution or agreement between the Federal Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress if the on going back and forth is any thing to go by.

The Federal Government on Friday, urged the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), to discard the December 31 ultimatum over lingering disagreement between organised labour and state governments on the proposed N30,000 national minimum wage.Nigeria-Art-Music-AFRIMA

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, made the appeal while speaking with State House correspondents, after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The organised labour had on Thursday, given the ultimatum following Buhari’s statement that a “high powered technical committee” would be set up, to device ways to ensure that implementation of new minimum wage would not lead to an increase in the level of borrowing.

However, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who addressed newsmen on Thursday, expressed organized labour’s reservation over President Buhari’s position, saying that setting up a technical committee could not be a condition for passing the minimum wage report to the National Assembly.Lai-Mohammed-1

“We reject in its entirety the plan to set up another `high powered technical committee’ on the minimum wage. It is diversionary and a delay tactics,” he had stated

But Mohammed, who described the NLC as “a very patriotic union”, said he was confident the organized labour would not do anything that would embarrass the government or Nigerians.

He said: “The Nigeria Labour Congress is a very patriotic union and I am very confident that they will not do anything that will embarrass the government or do anything that is going to worsen the situation.

“Continuous engagement I think is the key, we will continue to engage them and I think they do also fully understand what the challenges are, and both parties are determined to ensure that a common ground is arrived at which will be comfortable for all.”

Nigeria In Distress, Collapsing Secondus Mocks Buhari, APC Governors

The national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has described Nigeria as a country in distress, saying that it has collapsed under the watch of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

“Our country is in distress. Our economy has collapsed. Security has collapsed. Badeh was killed because there is no security; you can see where we are today.

“Buhari is not in charge. He is not worried about what Nigerians are suffering. He is passing the bulk. Atiku will not pass the bulk; he will take full responsibility of the economy and the country.

“We must weep for our country. In the last three years, we are lagging behind in virtually every sector.
“APC is dancing on the grave of farmers killed by herdsmen. Farmers no longer go to their farms. Atiku’s priority is to provide security and the next thing is to unlock the abundant potentials of the country”, Secondus assured.

Atiku promised to introduce reforms that would decongest the Lagos ports and make other ports in Calabar, Warri and Onne more functional to aid the ease of doing business in the country.

“I am giving you my words that whatever can be done to improve business in this country which is in the confinement of our laws, I’ll do it. If we really want to make Aba the hub of business in Africa, we must listen to people like you and the challenges you’ve enumerated for me are very evident.”

Bukola Saraki Blasts APC After Buhari Was Booed At National Assembly

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, fired at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), hours after President Muhammadu Buhari was booed as he presented the 2019 Budget.

In his statement posted on his official Facebook page, Saraki noted that Nigerians have witnessed stunted growth in their respective businesses, lost their jobs during the recent recession and lost innocent citizens to insurgency in parts of the North East.

He wrote: “The last three-and-a-half years have been eventful ones at the global level and in our domestic economy. From dips in oil prices to major shifts in the economic landscape, crude oil production shut-ins and security challenges, the economy and Nigerians have been directly impacted by these events.

“Many businesses closed down and many people lost their jobs during the recent recession. In the same period, we lost innocent citizens to insurgency in parts of the North East, thousands were displaced, and many lives also lost due to clashes between farmers and herders, in addition to the general hardship unleashed by unstable economic winds.

“The recovery from the recession is still fragile. The fundamentals underlying the recovery remain weak, and if unchecked, can lead to dire consequences. The economy still runs on oil and very little progress has been made in terms of diversification.

“As a result, the expansionary budget policy in effect since 2016, which was aimed at raising spending and stimulating growth in the economy, was not matched by achievable revenue targets. The corollary is higher and rising deficit as well as a considerable debt burden, all due to an unsustainable fiscal stance.

“The under-performance of independent revenues is straining government’s ability to meet its expenditure, especially investments in critical infrastructure. This further exposes government to higher deficit levels which have been largely financed by borrowing.

“To be clear, two scenarios will play out if we do not deal decisively with challenges to revenue. These would be to: i. accommodate higher debt with higher repayment costs, which is not sustainable; ii. reduce the capital budget, which would mean a slow-down in government investment in critical infrastructure.

This, again, does not aid growth or economy development.
“It is for these reasons that the National Assembly required that the 2018 Budget proposal and future ones be accompanied by a Finance Bill, which would give credence to the financial proposals of government.

“It is one way of establishing credibility in projected revenues. It is imperative, therefore, that a 2019 Finance Bill is submitted to the National Assembly for consideration and approval.”

Niger Republic Gave President Buhari A Surprise Birthday Cake (Photos)

The Republic of Niger suprises Nigerian President, President Muhammadu Buhari with Birthday celebration after he visited them for their 60th anniversary.

He wrote:

I assumed the birthday surprises were over — only for me to travel for the 60th Anniversary of the formal Proclamation of the Republic of Niger, and face a second ambush.

I’m very grateful to everyone who honored me today. May Almighty Allah reward you all abundantly.

You are Confused, No one takes you serious – Presidency blast Obasanjo

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The Presidency has dismissed the recent utterances by former President Olusegun Obasanjo a sign of confusion not worthy of attention.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu said that whoever “Obasanjo chooses to support at the 2019 elections is irrelevant.’’

He noted that the former president had publicly changed his mind on the matter so many times over the past few months alone.obasanjo1205071646.jpg

He said: “former president Obasanjo denounces one person today and supports that same person the next day.

“When it pleases him, he brings God into the matter and uses that as his excuse for whatever position he has chosen.’’obasanjo-1527104073.jpg

Shehu added that he was not surprised that newspapers reported Obasanjo expressing neutrality at a weekend forum, only for the former president to express a completely different stance after a day or two.

“We have learnt not to take his utterances seriously anymore.

olusegun-obasanjo1909692892.jpg“We know that the slightest wind can make him change his mind again.

“After all, this is the same man who publicly tore his party registration card barely four years ago, and he now claims to be backing the same party,’’ Shehu added.

Adams Oshiomhole Denies Attacking Buhari’s Wife on Social Media

b721b8ec-adams-oshiomholeThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has denied making uncomplimentary remarks against the person of the First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari, on the social media.

In a statement issued yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, the APC chairman described the report credited to him as making uncomplimentary remarks against the person of the First Lady, as “false and mischievous.’’adams-oshiomole1142969877.jpg

“Our attention has been drawn to the malicious and misleading statement credited to the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, against the person of the First Lady Hajia Aisha Buhari, on the social media.

“We want to state that it is the handiwork of mischief makers. At no forum did the National Chairman made such uncomplimentary remarks against the person of the First Lady,” he said.Adams-Oshiomhole-buhari-700x465

The statement said that it is part of the fake news from the pit of hell being propagated by highly unscrupulous elements of the PDP and their cohorts, knowing well that they have lost the forthcoming general elections.

The statement added, “Unfortunately for the PDP, all their efforts to cause disaffection among members of the ruling party have failed. As we speak, both the first lady, the National Chairman of the APC and other leaders of our party enjoy cordial relationship and working in unison to ensure that the PDP looters do not return to power.

adams-oshiomhole623874863.jpg“We urge the highly discerning people of our great country to disregard the misleading comment currently on the social media as it is not only fake but equally untrue.’’

Oshiomhole, who blamed the PDP for the report, said the party “has chosen to remain the lying party it has always been.”

Names Appointed Perm Secs by President Buhari and their states

BUHARI-FEC-MEETING-1AIn a Statement released today through the Office of the Head of Civil Service, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of nine new Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, said they will be sworn in and assignment of portfolios at a yet to be determined date.

The successful Federal Permanent Secretaries and their states of origin are
1. Dr. Bakari Wadinga (Adamawa),
2. Dr. M.K. Dikwa, (Borno),
3. Dr. Ajani Magdalene N. Olor (Delta),
4. Umakhihe Ernest Afolabi (Edo) and
5. Mbaeri Maurice Nnamdi (Imo).
6. Babatunde Lawal (Lagos),
7. Festus Yusuf Narai Daudu (Nasarawa),
8. Abel Olumuyiwa Enitan (Osun) and
9. Dr. Musa Hanafi Moriki(Zamfara).

Buhari In Trouble, As International Court Contemplates On Teaching Him How To Do His Job

buhari-thinks2040547761.jpgThe International Criminal Court, ICC, has said it was examining the farmers-herders crisis in Nigeria. This crisis which should have been the primary responsibility of our President  is now about to be handled by an international body. The Lead prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, who disclosed this at The Hague, Netherlands, while presenting the annual report of ICC activities for 2018, on Wednesday, said the ICC was examining available information to determine whether there was reasonable basis to believe that the crimes allegedly committed fall under its jurisdiction.

In the preliminary examinations report, which addresses many countries, including Nigeria, the ICC said from January to June 2018, over 1,300 people were killed and 300,000 displaced as a result of clashes between herders and farmers in five states.
The report stated: “From January to June 2018, over 1,300 people were reportedly killed as a result of violence between herders and settlers in Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa, Adamawa and Taraba states and about 300,000 persons were displaced.

Fulani Herdsmen“Furthermore, the office received communications on attacks allegedly carried out by herders and Christian settlers in the context of the violence in Nigeria’s North Central and North East geographical zones.
‘’This violence, which has been observed by the office since 2016, is often referred to as a conflict between herders and Christian farmers, stemming from limited access to water, land and other resources.”

The report, which noted that violence in the country, grew worse between 2017 and 2018, stated further: “The escalation of violence in late 2017 and 2018 is reportedly the result of the rise of ethnic militias and community vigilantes and the passage of grazing laws in some of the affected states that reportedly imposed restrictions on herders, among others.”buhari-sad11719889396.jpg

“Militias are also reported to have clashed with security men deployed in the affected area to address the deteriorating security situation.
“Some of the attacks on civilians were allegedly committed by criminal gangs involved in cattle-rustling that were subsequently blamed on herders.
‘’The Office has reviewed these communications and continues to gather additional information to determine whether there is a reasonable basis to believe that the crimes allegedly committed in this context fall under ICC jurisdiction.”

Court Delivers Shocking Judgement ON Ganduje Bribe Scandal

ganduje-gate-1-e15409746371252084644951.jpgInvestigations into the bribery allegation against Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje may never see the light of the day again as a High Court in Kano State has ruled that the House of Assembly has no power to probe the matter.

Ganduje had been under a probe by the assembly over video clips showing him allegedly receiving kickbacks from some contractors.kano-governor-ganduje151976055.jpg

The governor Ganduje had approached court and challenged the power of the lawmakers to investigate him.

The presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Badamasi, yesterday averted that the first and second defendants, (the assembly and its seven-man investigative committee) lacked powers to investigate the matter.

He ruled that the defendants could not investigate the bribery allegation against the complainant.governor-ganduje327134356.jpg

Badamasi declared that the publisher of the online newspaper, Daily Nigeria, Jaafar Jaafar, that released the video clips, should have handed them over to the police or any anti-graft agency as they are the only bodies that have powers to investigate bribery allegations.

“An order of injunction is hereby made preventing the parties from conducting further investigation in respect of the matter,” he ruled.

Badamas, who backed his judgment with Sections 128 ( 2) and 129 of the constitution, declared that the assembly had no right or power to conduct criminal investigation against the governor.

Counsel to the assembly, Mohammed Waziri, later told journalists that he would consult his clients on whether they would appeal the judgement or not.

The third defendant, who is also the state’s Attorney-General, Ibrahim Muktar, expressed satisfaction with the judgement.

With Ganduje enjoying immunity and another four-year term almost a sure bet, there appears very little that can be done to the governor who has already promised President Buhari 5 million votes from Kano in 2019.

2019: Atiku Blast Oshiomhole, says he’ll retire Buhari to Daura

Atiku1The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to claim by the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole that he will lose the 2019 presidential election.

Oshiomhole had yesterday said God will punish both former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Abubakar which will translate in President Muhammadu Buhari defeating them in 2019.b721b8ec-adams-oshiomhole

He had spoken to newsmen after receiving APC women leaders from Edo State in his office in Aso drive, Abuja.

The former Edo State governor reminded Obasanjo that he swore that God should punish him if he ever supports Atiku to become the president.

Reacting to Oshiomhole’s remark, Abubakar, through his Media Aide, Paul Ibe said Buhari would be retired to his Daura home town after 2019 elections.buhari-and-oshiomole940796305.png

Ibe warned that the APC National Chairman should prepare for the fate that awaits him, President Buhari and his party in 2019.

Speaking with Vanguard, Ibe said, “It is not political soothsayers like Oshiomhole that will determine the outcome of the elections but let it be known to him that President Buhari will not only be defeated, he will be retired to his beloved Daura in 2019.Buhari-Atiku

“Does Oshiomhole think that Nigerians are fools? What will determine the direction of votes are the insecurity challenges, job losses, pain, anguish, and economic strangulation that this incompetent government has subjected Nigerians.

“For Atiku, it is about jobs; for Buhari, it is hopelessness. For Atiku, it is about opportunities; for Buhari, it is insensitivity. For Atiku, it is about inclusiveness; for Buhari, it is clannishness. Atiku is all about Getting Nigeria Working Again.oshiomole-1754493158.png

“So, we urge Oshiomhole to keep his peace and allow Nigerians, who have passed through hell in the hands of his principal, to cast their votes in a transparent, free and fair election.”

 

‘It make no sense to say South East Governors shunned Atiku’s Sokoto rally’ — PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Presidential Organization has dismissed reports by the media that governors elected on the platform of the party from the South East geo-political zone were absent at the party’s rally in Sokoto on Monday, because they have no support for the aspiration of its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

The PPCO says such insinuation smacks of ignorance and mischief on the part of those peddling it. PPCO Director of Media and Publicity, Kola Ologbondiyan, explained in a statement on Tuesday, that the Sokoto Presidential Zonal rally was for the North West geo-political zone and will be replicated in the remaining five geopolitical zones of the country.

Ologbodiyan said there is no sense in the insinuation since, going by the campaign time-table, the Presidential Candidate will visit all the zones, where all the governors elected on the platform of the party from those zones will be present.

“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s next port of call will be Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on wednesday where the party will hold the North Central Presidential Zonal rally which will have in attendance state governors leaders, members and supporters of the party in the zone.

“This is the same arrangement that we have for all the geo-political zones of the country,” he further explained.
He said the so-called shunning of the Sokoto rally by PDP governors of South East extraction was only a figment of the imagination of those peddling the wicked rumour.

He said he wondered why certain elements have decided to peddle falsehood about the PDP and its flagbearer, just to score cheap political points. Ologbodiyan said such negative reports about the PDP and Atiku were being sponsored by those who have become jittery at the rising profile of its presidential candidate.

“But we are undaunted because Nigerians are very discerning. In the fullness of time, the lies and those behind them will be exposed,” he said

Anglican Cleric Counters Fr .Mbaka Picks Atiku To Win 2019 Election

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A prophet with an Anglican church, Okechukwu Daniel Udoka has tipped Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi, to win the 2019 presidential election.

Udoka, who spoke with Journalist  in Awka, said Atiku’s government would heal the wounds of the country, and would be a lot better than many administrations before his.

He contradicted Rev. Fr Ejike Mbaka’s position on the fate of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku, in the 2019 presidential election where he predicted that he will end in shame.mbaka-3-2

Udoka had in 2017 predicted the outcome of Anambra State gubernatorial election, including the first, second and third positions. He at the time said he saw the grace that put Obiano there putting him back.

Concerning the 2019 election, Udoka said, “I am privileged to watch it again. The least person not expected will take the position. Thank God the person is coming closer. And he is no one else if not Atiku.

“And God said that Atiku will be better than the four administrations before him put together.

“He will use him to bring a new Nigeria. He will use him to start the good work. Any hands that will resist the young man from entering there might not live to see tomorrow.”Atiku-4

The prophet told Atiku to go and celebrate and that he should seek the consent of God to guide him in his leadership when he assumes the position.

“If he consults God in all he does as a president, his leadership will be okay before God and man. He is the chosen one and the answer to the prayers of God’s people over the year.

“God said I should tell his people that he heard them. The sin they would commit is to go to the polls and not vote him,” he said.Buhari-Atiku

Aisha Buhari Technically Begins Campaign Against President Buhari, APC, Ahead Of 2019

Aisha-Buhari_2The Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, is technically campaigning against the All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of the 2019 general elections, by revealing that two powerful personalities stopped her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, from performing in office.
Aisha who spoke at a Conference, organised by Project 4+4, in Abuja, however, did not mention the specific names of the powerful persons.
The event was also attended by the Wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo.
The President’s Wife, said that she was disappointed in men who rather than fight these two men, will go to them in the night, begging for favour.AishaBuhari2
Aisha Buhari, who urged Nigerian women to rise and fight, said: “I have realised that Senator Babafemi Ojodu, Special Adviser, Political, to the President, and Dr. Hajo Sani, and Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Osinbajo, are not comfortable with my saying this, and want me to confine myself to my prepared speech, but we must say the truth.”
The President’s Wife, insisted that the powerful duo were retrogressive elements preventing the government from moving forward.
The First Lady, known for her frank talk when it comes to issues concerning her husband’s administration, had in October 2016, told the BBC in an interview, that her husband was being held hostage by a cabal.Aisha Buhari
“The President does not know 45 out of 50, for example, of the people he appointed, and I do not know them either, despite being his wife of 27 years.
“Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms, only for them to be called to come and head an Agency or a ministerial position”, she had said.
The First Lady, had also threatened not to vote for Buhari, saying: “He is yet to tell me, but I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again, and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I will never do it again.”
Also, Aisha Buhari had on Monday, October 9, 2017, condemned the management of the Aso Rock Clinic, adding that, the Health Center did not have the facilities to treat patients.Aisha-Buhari-1-1024x576
According to her, she had to visit a private Clinic, after she found out the Aso Rock Clinic’s X-Ray machine was not working.
In her outburst on the APC primaries, she said: “It is disheartening to note that some Aspirants used their hard earned money to purchase nomination forms, got screened, cleared, and campaigned vigorously, yet found their
names omitted on Election Day, these forms were bought at exorbitant prices.
“Many others contested, and yet had their result delayed. Fully knowing that AUTOMATIC tickets have been given to other people.
“All Progressives Congress being a party which cardinal principle is change, and headed by a Comrade/Activist, whose main concern is for the common man, yet, such impunity could take place under its watch.”
Meanwhile, Mrs. Aisha Buhari had earlier appealed to women to ensure the return of the All Progressives Congress, APC, administration in 2019.
She observed that during the last election, women participated fully in the voting process, and ensured that the APC was elected.
According to her, that is why the government of President Buhari came up with social investment programmes targeted at them and their children, in order to engage them and reduce the level of poverty among them.
The First Lady in a statement by her Director of Information, Suleiman Haruna, called on them to spread the good news of the accomplishments of this administration.
She said that women had been at the receiving end of the struggles of men, especially Soldiers, who had been fighting insurgency, and called on government to ensure speedy release of their entitlements, so their families do not suffer.
She commended the political group for organising the Summit, and setting the tone for other Buhari support groups, as the 2019 election campaign period opens.

Imo State APC spokesperson resigns his appointment

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The Publicity Secretary of the Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Jones Onwuasoanya has resigned.

Onwuasoanya, who described APC as a cult and not a political party, accused the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, of destroying the platform.

He said, “The Chairman left no one in doubt that he was not, from the onset, prepared for the task of serving the interest of members of the Party and upholding the provisions of its constitution, but to institute a most dangerous brand of feudalistic idealism and corrupted form of communism, where the whims of a few override the interest of the majority.”

The statement reads, “After a careful and sober review of events within our political Party, especially, in the last two months, I have come to the conscientious conclusion that our party, which before now was touted as the beacon of integrity, democracy and fairness, has dangerously veered off from its own Constitution, philosophies and ideological inspirations.

“Our Party has ceased to, in my own considered opinion, be a political party, but a cult, where some well-positioned members have formed themselves into a cabal of capons, with a dangerous end in mind for our dear country and its fledgeling democracy.

“I am pricked in my conscience anytime I sign off as the state publicity secretary of this party, remembering that this is a party that has woefully failed to manage its internal electoral processes in a manner that may raise hope for our democracy. Conversely, this Party has exhibited a most reckless rapaciousness against our democracy and a careless disregard for the sanctity of the ballot.

“I can no longer muster the moral verve to market a political Party, who has left no one in doubt, that its 2019 electoral plans are wholly centred on manipulation of the electoral processes and imposition of unpopular candidates on the people with the full cooperation of the electoral umpire and maybe, security agencies. I choose to delink myself from a well-orchestrated plan to institute a most ridiculous form of incompetent hegemony in Imo State and other parts of Nigeria”.

Adamawa State Governor,Declares President Buhari Unbeatable In 2019

Mohammed-Jibrilla-Umaru-BindowThe governor of Adamawa state, Mohammed Bindow, on Monday, December 3, declared that President Muhammadu Buhari remained an unbeatable candidate for the 2019 presidential election among all the candidates currently vying for the seat.
Bindow reportedly made the declaration at the inauguration of the 2019 APC campaign team for Yola North local government area.
The report quoted Governor Bindow as saying that the provision of infrastructure nationwide by the Buhari-led administration from which the state had benefited, had given the president more popularity to get re-elected in the coming elections.
The governor reportedly mentioned five federal road projects ongoing in the state, which he described as unprecedented.MBuhari
Bindow urged the people of the state to vote for the candidates of the APC from the president down to the least office in the contest.
The governor, also said that the election of APC candidates across board would help to give the party the impetus to actualise the party‘s agenda of re-writing the Nigerian history.

Fani-Kayode Blast Fr. Mbaka over comment on Atiku and Obi

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Femi Fani-Kayode, the former Minister of Aviation has condemned the Spiritual Director of the Adoration Ministry, Enugu Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka over his latest prediction on the presidential candidate the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi in 2019 election.

Mbaka had during a Sunday thanksgiving service predicted doom’s day for the flag bearers of the PDP, Atiku and Obi.

Mbaka said that “if Atiku continued on the same trajectory, he and his running mate would end in shame.”

Mbaka also berated Atiku’s running mate, Peter Obi for not doing anything for his church, warning him of the consequences of being stingy.

Fr. Mbaka curiously withheld Obi’s blessing and said he would only release it after Obi had done a project for them.

Using Umahi as an example, Mbaka said: “Umahi donated 1,000 bags of rice and 1,000 tubers of yam to us, but it meant nothing to me until he handed N10 million cheque to me and promised to build a project for the ministry. This is the type of gesture we require from Obi.

“You can be promising and doing for them in Anambra. In your capacity and what God has done for you as governor, God hates stinginess. What I am saying is not to please you, but what will save your life. Otherwise you and Atiku will fail.

“Governors of Ebonyi and Enugu made donations without announcing at the altar, your own is taking time, the way you and Atiku are moving will end in shame.”

Reacting, Fani-Kayode condemned the statements by the fiery catholic priest requesting donations from political parties. The former minister described Mbaka’s actions as disgraceful, urging Catholic Church to call him to order.

Fani Kayode on his Twitter page wrote: “I am disgusted by the words of Father Mbaka. It does not matter to me which candidate he supports but what galls me is his begging for money from both sides in return for favourable prophesies.

“This is disgraceful and his superiors in the Catholic Church should call him to order.”

Mammoth Crowded As Goodluck, Saraki, Kwankwaso Storm PDP Rally in Sokoto

Atiku-in-sokoto-780x405The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has kicked off its 2019 presidential campaign at the Shehu Kangiwa Stadium, Sokoto, in front of a mammoth crowd.

The campaign is being moderated by Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, who was recently appointed as one of the eight spokespersons of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

A number of high profile Politicians have addressed the crowd, asking them to vote out the current administration, led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

From Senate President, Bukola Saraki to Former Jigawa governor, Sule Lamido, the leaders all came with the same message – vote out APC in 2019.IMG_20181203_

Also present at the rally is former president Goodluck Jonathan; former vice-president Namadi Sambo, PDP national

chairman Uche Secondus, former governor Babangida Aliyu, Senator and many others.

PDP Protest as Buhari begs Donald Trump not to allow Atiku visit America

Trump-BuhariPresidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has applied for a visa to enable him to visit the United States, our correspondent learnt on Thursday. It was learnt that the former Vice-President appeared for an interview at the US Embassy on Tuesday in Abuja. Our correspondent learnt that Atiku would use the trip to make what was described as “political statement” ahead of the 2019  presidential election.

According to reports, those planning the trip with the former VP  are out to use it to address some  US congress caucuses, as well as a high ranking official in the Donald Trump administration. However, our source could not confirm if Atiku would also use the opportunity to address the entire congress if he makes the visit. The source said, “I can authoritatively tell you that Atiku Abubakar went to the US  Embassy on Tuesday for an interview and there is hope that he will get it (visa).

“When he gets it, we will use it to make a political statement. This is because those saying he can’t travel to the US will be shamed. Apart from that,  the trip will be used to sell his candidature and that of the PDP to the entire world. So, let us wait and see what will happen. The PDP and Atiku are ready for the 2019 race.MBuhari

Reacting to the development, the Federal Government warned the US to be cautious about granting Atiku a  visa now. It said this was necessary in order not to create the impression that the PDP candidate had been endorsed by America for the 2019 election. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the government position at an interactive session with journalists in Abuja on Thursday. Mohammed, who spoke in his office, said the government was aware of the move by the ex-VP to allegedly lobby the US to lift the visa ban imposed on him.BUHARI-FEC-MEETING-1A

He said, “We understand and appreciate the fact that it is the prerogative of the US to grant a visa to anyone who applies. However, we want the US to be neutral and be wary of taking any decision that will give the impression that they are favouring or endorsing one candidate over the other. An impression must not be created that the US government is endorsing one particular candidate over the other.” The minister alleged that for years, there had been a kind of congressional bi-partisan investigation into the corruption (allegations)  against certain individuals,  which had made it difficult for Atiku to secure a US visa. He said, “I am sure you will all recall the Jefferson’s case and the cold $90,000 in a  fridge.”

Speaking on security, the minister insisted that despite the recent setback brought about by attacks on the military, Boko Haram had been largely decimated. On the arrest of Deji Adeyanju, convener of Concerned Nigerians by the police, the minister said  “being an activist or in the opposition does not protect anyone from arrest and prosecution’’. He said the case had been charged to court and it would be prejudicial to make further comments on it.Trump-Buhari

Meanwhile, the PDP has alleged that the All Progressives Congress “is already jittery because of the calamity that will soon befall them”. National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, who spoke with our correspondent on  Atiku’s application for a US visa, asked the  APC  and  FG to be ready to accept defeat in the February presidential election.

He said, “What is their own in the visa that they are calling on the authorities of another country not to grant a private citizen? The fact is that the APC government has failed. They are already jittery. They know that the game is up and that’s why they have been running from pillar to post. Tell them that their days of deceit are over. Nigerians are tired of them and they can no longer lie or take the people for a ride anymore.”

World Bank publish report of Buhari’s 2018 economic disaster, predict darker days

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The World Bank has projected a slow growth in Nigeria’s economy in 2018 in its latest report. According to the report on Nigeria’s bi-annual Economic Update on Wednesday, the country’s Gross Domestic Product growth is expected to hover slightly below two per cent in 2018, largely driven by non-oil industry and services.

In the report, it also stated that Nigeria’s investment in human capital compared to other nations remained very low. Titled ‘Investing in Human Capital for Nigeria’s Future’, the report noted that, Nigeria, like many other countries, had underinvested in human capital, which was quite low compared to other countries, though it did not provide any statistics.

In recognition that bold actions are required to address years of underinvestment in human capital, the government of Nigeria has established a Human Capital Working Group to develop a unified vision for human capital development and drive implementation of interventions within the ‘Investing in our People’ pillar of the Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, the bank said.

The statement quoted World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Rachid Benmessaoud, to have said, “The World Bank welcomed the Government of Nigeria’s recent ‘Call for Action’, requesting all stakeholders to join the Government’s effort to address Nigeria’s alarming human capital outcomes.

“As a member of the Human Capital Working Group, the World Bank stands ready to support the Government of Nigeria in its bold steps to improve the lives of its citizens.”

The bank said that Nigeria’s emergence from recession remained sluggish, adding that sectoral growth patterns were unstable.

“In the second quarter of 2018, the oil sector contracted by four per cent, the usually-resilient agricultural growth slowed significantly to 1.2 per cent, impacted by the security challenges in the Northeast and Middle Belt regions,” the World Bank said.

“The non-oil industry and services, which constitute over half of Nigeria’s economy, picked-up to 3.1 per cent and 2.1 per cent respectively, driven by growth in construction, transport, and ICT.”

The Update reported that the Nigerian economy remained dependent on the small oil sector (under 10 per cent of GDP) for the bulk of its fiscal revenues and foreign exchange earnings. The statement said, “Although oil revenues are increasing with recovering oil prices in 2018, distributions from oil revenues to the three tiers of government are constrained by the petrol subsidy and other prior deductions.

“In the first half of 2018, the current account surplus surpassed four per cent of GDP, driven largely by higher oil exports, while non-oil revenue collections have come in lower than envisaged. Despite sustained efforts to improve the business environment, Foreign Direct Investment inflows remain stagnated.”

According to the Update, the fiscal deficit will likely widen in 2018 due to increased spending and sustained revenue shortfalls. It added that the current account balance was expected to remain positive, benefiting from the rising value of oil exports and limited growth of non-oil imports.

The capital account faces significant uncertainty, as external portfolio investors may exercise further caution, especially during the pre-election period, despite rising domestic yields, it added.

Given the clearly challenging economic backdrop, the Update suggested certain key policy reforms would be important to support macroeconomic resilience for Nigeria. These include, among others, the acceleration of the economic diversification agenda, the reform of petrol subsidy regime to improve the fiscal space, improvements in the domestic revenue (particularly non-oil) to reduce volatilities in government revenues and increased investment in human capital for a truly sustainable growth.

Poverty rate will get worse in Nigeria by 2019- Ajumogobia

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Nigeria have suffered great poverty since the President Muhammadu Buhari led government came into power and it may get worse in 2019, warns former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Odein Ajumogobia (SAN).

He said Nigeria had in the last four years witnessed a continuous downward spiral in the poverty index, saying, “There is every indication that just as 2018 was worse than 2017, 2019 will be worse than 2018.”

According to him, available statistics have shown that in each of the last four years, the country’s per capita Gross Domestic Product progressively declined.Henry-Odein-Ajumogobia

“It is a sobering thought – if the statistics are to be believed – that we should have, at this stage, overtaken India with the number of extremely poor households in Nigeria, a nation with one sixth of India’s 1.2 billion population,” Ajumogobia said in Lagos on Friday during a colloquium held to mark the 25th anniversary of a commercial law firm, Kenna Partners.BUHARI-FEC-MEETING-1A

The colloquium, with the theme, Footprints in law and society, towards a paradigm shift, was chaired by the first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief ‘Folake Solanke.

Ajumogobia chided President Muhammadu Buhari for his suggestion at the last annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association that the rule of law must bow to national security.

The SAN warned that without respect for the rule of law, “inclusive development and growth would continue to elude us in our downward spiral of poverty and chaos as we continue to, regrettably, to bask in our dubious distinction as the poverty capital of the world!”Henry-Odein-Ajumogobia

In her address, 86-year-old Solanke, worried about the large number of political parties registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission to participate in next year’s general elections.

“Something must be done to weed out the political parties to a minimum. In the United States of America, there are two political parties, but in Nigeria, 80 of the 91 registered political parties want to produce the next President. Something is wrong with our Electoral Act; we must go and look at Section 222 and do something about it,” Solanke said.

Justice Amina Augie of the Supreme Court, who delivered the anniversary lecture, warned politicians against weakening public institutions for selfish reasons, saying it will haunt them.

United Nations Set To Take Drastic Action Against President Buhari

IMG-20181123-WA0004The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has on Friday, reported President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to the United Nations, UN, over an alleged plot to scuttle the 2019 general elections.IMG-20181123-WA0003

Below are photographs showing the National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, submitting a report to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas.IMG-20181123-WA0004IMG-20181123-WA0002

I Will Deal With Him – President Buhari Sparks From Aso Rock, Sends Out Powerful Threat Message

IMG_20181118_221444President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that Leaders who undermine the economy by denying workers their benefits, while stuffing their personal accounts with public funds, will not escape the current anti-corruption dragnet.

The President stated this when he received the All Progressives Congress, APC, delegation from Benue State, led by Senator George Akume, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari stressed that the Federal Government’s bailout to States and Paris Club funds, were basically to alleviate the sufferings of the people, describing their misappropriation as unjust and unfair to workers.

He said: “I honestly do not know how people sleep when workers have not been paid. The workers have to pay rent, buy food, send their children to school, and they have healthcare to take care of.

“I assure you that my main interest is all Nigerians in all parts of the country. “Therefore, if anybody who tries to create any impression that I prefer any group across ethnicity or religion, let him dare me by being caught red-handed stealing public funds. I will deal with him.’’

Speaking further, the President told the APC delegation that the Federal Executive Council, FEC, had been monitoring the plight of workers across the country, and the utilisation of the bailout and Paris Club funds by some States.

“I thank you for your courage to come and see me. This visit has resuscitated our morale’’, he said.

Saraki Pleads With Buhari’s Presidency To Probe Police, As Robbery Suspect Dies In Custody

Saraki-e15-1Following the eventual disclosure by the Nigeria Police Force, that Michael Adikwu, the principal suspect in the deadly bank robbery attacks in Offa, Kwara State, on April 5, 2018, is dead, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has called on the Presidency, to institute a judicial inquiry into ‘how and when’ the suspect died.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, which was made available to newsmen, Saraki noted that the new disclosure by the Police, has vindicated his earlier claim that the suspect had been murdered in Police custody, and that the investigation was politically motivated to implicate him (Senate President), Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed of Kwara State, and a few others.
He stated that the inquiry would help to thoroughly examine and interrogate how the investigation into the robbery incident was conducted by the Police, and whether the investigation followed the normal process and complied with global best practices.
He added that the Police needs to confirm why it took them so long to make the disclosure about the death of the principal suspect, after they categorically denied it at the time he (Saraki) disclosed the information, and it was reported in the Media.Senate-President-Bukola-Saraki
“It should be recalled, that when we mentioned it that the principal suspect had been murdered, and that investigation into the Offa robbery attack was politically motivated and targeted at implicating me and other individuals, the Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said: ‘Michael Adikwu is in Police custody. You know that he is the one that led the killing of 22 people. The fire arms that were carted away, he is helping the Police in the investigation to recover them. There is a State in the South-West where they kept him. I cannot mention the State. It is in one of the South-West States’.
“The fresh facts have now thrown more light into why there had been inconsistencies in the various statements by the Police. The Police initially told the Attorney-General of Kwara State, that the principal suspect was alive, and they only later reluctantly disclosed that he died in the course of arrest. How can a suspect confirmed to be in custody, now be said to have died in the course of arrest? This contradiction shows a deliberate attempt to cover up something.
“It is obvious that the Police have orchestrated the information they gave to the public on the Offa robbery, only to tarnish the image of the Kwara State Governor and myself. We are calling for a public inquiry, to probe the issues of extra-judicial killing, the cover-up of this killing, with the aim of framing up some individuals for political purpose, and politicising of criminal investigations. The facts need to be laid bare.
“The inquiry may help to further document and define the terms of handling of suspects in Police custody, and how to prevent extra-judicial killing of suspects, for whatever purpose. There is need for transparency in investigations into all cases, and our methods should comply with global standards. We should discourage situations where Police politicise investigations, and deliberately set out to frame some individuals.senate-president-saraki-dogaras-full-speech-at-the-world-conference525493377.jpg
“With the facts on ground, the issues that should be unearthed by the inquiry include: When exactly did the suspect die? How did he die? Why was the Police denying the facts of his death, when they knew he had died? At what point did the Police Leadership know of the death? Why are the Police covering up the facts? We believe the answer to these questions will help the country to address the issue of human rights abuse, extra-judicial killing, manipulation of criminal investigation to achieve political ends, deliberate attempt to cover up some facts, and how skewed investigation of crime can impact on successful prosecution of suspects”, he added.
Bukola Saraki stated that, now that the Police have commenced prosecution of the remaining suspects in court, there should be diligent and prompt prosecution, so that justice can be transparently done to both the victims of the Offa robbery and the accused persons.