Ekiti 16 LGA
ACPN 538
AD 854
ADC 424
APA 482
APC 120,331
CPP 330
HDP 94
KOWA 108
NCP 377
PDP 176,466
APN 388
UDP 60
UPP 145

2. OGUN STATE Professor Duro Oni
20 LGA
14 Political Parties Participated
Accredited Voters 594,709
AD 1,927
ACPN 3,072
ADC 1364
APA 1930
APC 30,8290
CPP 978
HOPE 332
KOWA 432
NCP 815
PDP 207,950
PPN 4339
UDP 562
UPD 597
No reports of any cancellation, but in Imeko of 397 voters
Others are Abeokuta North with 708.

3. ENUGU Professor Hilary Odo
AA 441
ACPN 479
AD 269
ADC 478
APA 715
APC 14,157
CP 237
HOPE 110
KOWA 203
NCP 761
PDP 553,003
PPN 407
UDP 1623
UPP 290

AA 700
ACPN 1,089
AD 427
ADC 761
APA 1,001
APC 264,851
CPP 967
HOPE 144
KOWA 190
NCP 399
PDP 149,987
PPN 476
UDP 180
UPP 156
TOTAL, VALID 421,328
TOTAL CAST 439,287
BEKINA LGA INEC officers were turned back out fracas that erupted in the ‘local government area.

30 LGA
AA 377
ACPN 1731
AD 1667
ADC 937
APC 3836
CPP 1029
HOPE 132
KOWA 255
NCP 767
PDP 249929
PPN 599
UDP 124
UPP 159
IWO 837

Prof Olusola Oyewole
18 LGA
AA 386
ACN 2406
AD 1237
ADC 1227APA 1,139
APC 299889
CPP 1012
HOPE 184
KOWA 223
NCP 846
PDP 251,368
PPN 734
UDP 184
UPP 221

AA 139
ACPN 342
AD 240
ADC 288
APA 674
APC 146,399
CPP 347
KOWA 165
NCP 473
PDP 157,195
PPN 269
UDP 95
TOTAL CAST 316,015

8. OYO
AA 6,331
ACPN 8,979
AD 6,282
ADC 5000
APA 4,468
APC 528,620
CPP 6,674
HDP 839
KOWA 1,312
NCP 1,895
PDP 303,376
PPN 2,842
UDP 1,069
UPP 3,665
TOTAL CAST 928,676

30 LGA
AA 40
ACPN 195
AD 74
ADC 105
APA 310
APC 236,838
CPP 131
NCP 222
PDP 273460
PPN 164
UDP 23
UPP 33



Results from 11 states as confirmed by INC











Busted!!! Saraki Not Aware Of Any Love Triangle Between The President, Two Women

Busted!!! Saraki Not Aware Of Any Love Triangle Between The President, Two Women
Busted!!! Saraki Not Aware Of Any Love Triangle Between The President, Two Women
Senate Committee Chairman on the Environment, Senator Bukola Saraki, last night denied producing or contemplating producing any television documentary aimed at portraying President Goodluck Jonathan in bad light.

Saraki, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media, Bamikole Omishore, debunked an allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party that the former governor, who is now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had sponsored the production of a documentary involving the president and two other women.

Senator Saraki said that he was not aware of any love triangle between the President and the two women in question and therefore had not been, and would not be involved in anyway, manner or process of commissioning of such documentary.

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The former governor said that it would be immoral for him to abandon issues of national importance that affect the lives of Nigerians and dabble into the private life affairs of Mr. President.

Saraki said: “On the contrary it has been PDP that has been attacking the private lives of our presidential candidate and personal affairs of our leaders in the APC . We have maintained a certain respectable decorum in both the use of language and material in every campaign.

“Why the PDP is pushing such a ridiculous story is because it has been the trademark of the PDP of recent to blackmail members of the opposition with spurious and cooked-up allegations.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we have concrete evidence at our disposal to the effect that the recent bad press Senator Saraki has been receiving lately surrounding an old issue of over a number of years involving a bank loan and company called Joy Petroleum, are directly orchestrated by the presidency particularly documents sent by email to the judiciary correspondents for their use.

“Senator Saraki is aware that the PDP has been going around Kwara State bribing and begging people to partake in a documentary against him to cause disaffection in the eyes of the public having adjudged him a threat in the forthcoming general elections. So it’s funny to now hear that the same party that’s organising such a documentary and from the beginning of this campaign has threaded on this dishonourable course using their own words should be accusing others of what they intend to do.

“Senator Saraki will like to warn all those still scheming to carry out this false documentary on him that he will fight back and legally defend himself and warn those in glass houses whose past particularly as regards their private lives is not honourable should steer clear and be warned.”


A MUST READ- Buhari’s Wife Advise To Nigerian Woman

A MUST READ- Buhari’s Wife Advise To Nigerian Woman
A MUST READ- Buhari’s Wife Advise To Nigerian Woman
Barely ten days before the all important general elections was postponed across Nigeria, the wife of the All Progressives Congress Presidential candidate, Mrs. Aishatu Buhari, has urged Nigerian women to resist the temptation of selling their voter cards.

Mrs. Buhari, who made the appeal through the Coordinator of the APC Women Presidential Campaign Initiative, Hajia Salamatu Jibril, at the sensitisation workshop in Abuja, also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, not to shift the February 14 date for the presidential election.

According to Punch newspaper report online, she stressed the importance of women participating actively in the general elections.

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Mrs Aisha Buhari

She enjoined all women not to only cast their votes but also ensure that they guard their votes jealously until the results were announced.

“In view of this, I urge all to obtain your Permanent Voter Cards and also enjoin others to also get theirs to enable them to vote for the party during election.

“More importantly is that you also recognise the logo and know how to thumb print appropriately to prevent void votes. I also want to appeal to you not to sell your vote to any party as it is the only weapon you can use to drive the PDP out of governmentm,” Mrs Buhari stated.
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Mrs Osinbajo and Mrs Aisha Buhari

Mrs. Buhari also appealed to women to warn their children against taking part in acts of violence, before, during and after the elections.
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In her words: “I also want to acknowledge your highly influential role as mothers, particularly on your households, and therefore urge you to caution your children to shun any form of violence before, during and after the elections.”

According to Mrs Buhari, women are the most vulnerable in the society especially during crisis.

She enjoined APC leaders to sensitise women on the need to recognise the party’s symbol and thump print their ballot papers correctly.

It would be recalled that Mrs Buhari had last week called on Nigerian women to work for peaceful general elections.

Aishatu who made the call on Friday in Yola, Adamawa State capital while addressing an APC Women Presidential Campaign Initiative town hall meeting, said women have a critical role to play towards a peaceful election and victory of APC at all levels.

According to her:“It is also imperative, for us to educate our party members on peaceful conduct before, during and after elections.We should avoid violence in all its ramifications because this is one area that the ruling party is looking up to discredit the efforts and successes of our party.”


BURSTED-The Judiciary Is Against INEC

BURSTED-The Judiciary Is Against INEC
BURSTED-The Judiciary Is Against INEC
It is not just the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega and his team that are ready for the upcoming elections, the judiciary is also putting its act together to take on judicial fallouts from them. Already, the chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has set up Election Petition Tribunals made up of 242 chairmen and members, who will man the temple of justice during the period to redress any perceived wrongful outcome of the elections. And there will be many, if we know Nigerian politicians well. For most lovers of democracy, this is welcome news, even as past ignoble roles of the tribunals give room for cautious optimism. Perhaps it is in realisation of this that the CJN warned that the National Judicial Council (NJC) will spare no effort in making sure that errant tribunal members are made to feel the wrath of the law. Justice Mohammed reminded them that politicians do not believe that elections can only be won at the polling booths and will therefore attempt to extend their war to the tribunals with the intention of manipulating the process. And he is knowledgeable enough on the issue and is now in a position to emphasise the point.

This admonition by the CJN could not have been more timely, because from experience, the tribunal members and their agents at the Bar have not only abused the judicial process in a vague pursuit of justice, but also had brought disrepute to the dispensation of what is in accord with equity and good conscience, as well as the demands of democratic principles. Nigerians are familiar with situations where lawyers, resorting to needless technicalities, indulge in barely veiled connivance with the tribunals to drag matters beyond the limits of what is acceptable. The nation has witnessed embarrassing scenarios where more than two years into a term, the declared winner of an election is still facing litigations. The explanation had been that the system is designed to err on the side of caution by making sure that the process is sufficiently thorough. Justice Mohammed alluded to that when he talked about the assignment being very laborious. That would have been alright if the delay was caused by genuine interest in the delivery of justice and fairness. But in most cases that did not apply, as pecuniary interest on the side of both Bar and bench seemed to be the overriding concern. We call to mind the battle Justice Isa Ayo Salami had to wage and the effort of the immediate past chief justice, Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar, to cleanse the Augean stable.

We are pleased that Justice Mohammed is thinking ahead. It is also the hope of Nigerians that the tribunal members are listening and will, possibly, learn from past mistakes.


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Jonathan Secretly Seeks Sanusi Support For Re-Election

Jonathan Secretly Seek Sanusi Support For Re-ElectionPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday visited the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, in his palace in a bid to get the traditional ruler’s blessing for his re-election bid.

He was in the city in continuation of the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential campaigns.

The relationship between the two became strained last year when the President suspended Sanusi as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Jonathan had suspended Sanusi as the apex bank’s boss over what was described as financial recklessness and thereafter directed the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria to further investigate him.

Shortly after his suspension, however, Sanusi became the Emir of Kano following the death of the former occupant of the stool, Alhaji Ado Bayero.

There were unconfirmed reports then that the Presidency moved to ensure that Sanusi did not emerge as the Emir.

During the Wednesday visit, Jonathan congratulated Sanusi on his installation and condoled with him and the people of the emirate on Bayero’s demise.

He told the traditional ruler that he was in his palace to formally introduce himself, Vice President Namadi Sambo and other PDP candidates in the election.

“I am here to seek your royal blessing and to reassure the people of Kano that the PDP is totally committed to developing the country,” he told the monarch.

In his response, Sanusi thanked Jonathan for the visit and expressed the hope that his campaign in the state would be hitch-free.

He stressed the need for all office seekers to go about their campaigns without violence.

“Democracy is all about giving people the chance to make their choice and so, there is no need for violence,” he said.

Sanusi urged the people to accept the verdict after the election and rally around whoever emerged as the winner.

He also advised the Federal Government to intensify efforts aimed at ensuring security in all parts of the country before, during and after the elections.

Sanusi prayed for the emergence of leaders that would move the country forward.

Speaking at the Polo Ground venue of the campaign rally in Kano, the President said that was why his administration was committed to producing young entrepreneurs.

He said, “We have said that in those days when they said Nigeria was at par with other countries, but those countries overtook us and left us behind. That will no longer be acceptable by this present leadership.”

The Vice President, Namadi Sambo, told the supporters to ignore the religious campaign against Jonathan and the PDP, saying that as the vice president to Jonathan, nobody could claim to be a bigger Muslim than himself who observed all injunctions of Islam.

The Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, who is the North-West zonal coordinator of the PDP presidential campaign, told the gathering that the All Progressives Congress government of Kano State was a government of deceit.

Recalling the achievements of a former Kano governor and Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, Lamido advised Kano people not give in to Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso’s false pretences but to vote for all PDP candidates.


Update: Nigeria’s First Lady Finally Reacts To Amaechi’s Media Allegation, Releases Statement

Nigeria's First Lady, Patience Jonathan
Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan
Nigeria’s first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, on Sunday, dismissed the recent statement of Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, in which he said that his refusal to share the funds meant for the people of Rivers state with her was the genesis of the problems between the both of them.

Governor Amaechi was on Saturday quoted as saying that his problem with
Mrs. Jonathan started after he rejected her demand. “I refused to give them money in Abuja because if I do that, I won’t be able to carry out any development project or finish the road from Rumuolumeni to Rumuepirikom. The quarrel between me and the wife of the President is because she said I should bring your money, Rivers people’s money and share with her,” the governor reportedly said while speaking in Port Harcourt at the joint graduation of the students of University of Ibadan and pioneer graduates of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education.

But the first lady, Dame Jonathan, in a statement by her media assistant,
Mr. Ayo Adewuyi, said Amaechi’s statement was a deliberate attempt to
denigrate her person and rubbish the Presidency. The statement read, “Having waited patiently for Governor Amaechi to refute the statement credited to him about the First Lady, (with the assumption that he was misquoted), it has become clear that it was a deliberate attempt to malign Dame Patience Jonathan and score cheap political point. The Governor may have been beclouded by the political uncertainty surrounding him to make such a jaundiced and unsubstantiated allegation that the First Lady asked him to bring Rivers State money to share.

“This is a blatant lie designed to denigrate the person of Dame Patience Jonathan and rubbish the Presidency. This is to say the least most unfortunate. It is crystal clear that Governor Amaechi is looking for cheap excuse for his failure in the governance of the state. We say without any iota of equivocation that the First Lady never made such request and could not have
done so in any way either directly and indirectly.”

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#Buhari: The Locuts’ Converge

By Oladoyin Odebowale

The political itinerary of the so called Fourth Republic in Nigeria, whose dubious provenance is traceable to the subterfuge and sustained grand conspiracy against the rest of us by the very people who hold aloft some dubious patriotic credentials, prominent among whom are Obasanjo, Danjuma and Ibrahim Babangida, David Mark and a later conscript, Abdulsalami Abubabakar, who currently pontificates on the path to peace and progress, adorning a fake cherubic men, is replete with histrionics of, oftentimes, tragic dimensions.
Since the inception of civil rule in 1999, up till this moment, there has been an undisguised determination by these nation wreckers and their civilian sidekicks to hold the nation by the jugular in their bid for continued relevance. The duo of Danjuma and Babangida ensured that Olusegun Obasanjo succeeded the disgraced military adventurers who hurriedly departed from the political scene. He was packaged from prison to become the President thereby neutralizing, effectively, the struggle of the ordinary Nigerians. Chief Olu Falae, the IMF apologist and converted Afenifere activist who contested against him stood no chance in hell once those military marauders had decided that he was the best person to protect their political and economic interest at that time.
There was this asinine propaganda on the need to placate the South West region of the country for the criminal annulment of June 12, 1993 election won by M.K.O Abiola, by Babangida, ably supported by these felons and their civilian collaborators. To support this grandiose charade, another round of elaborate deception, the culmination of which was the emergence of the omniscient hypocrite, Olusegun Obasanjo, was devised. I shall not dwell much on the consequence of this contrivance. We are all living witnesses to the deleterious impact which the ruinous reign of Obasanjo is having on the polity.
Those who are satisfied with mere appearances refer to this period with glee, referring to the corrupt-ridden arrangement dubbed debt buy-back as a deft economic stroke, which was designed to free us from the debt nexus. After N60 billion “commission” paid to some nebulous agents of the same thieving government, our debt “sins” were forgiven and no one can assert, with certitude, how much was owed and what remains to be paid. That is a story for another time.
Obasanjo handpicked his successor, Umar Yar Adua, a terminally ill and pliable preference to his Vice, Atiku Abubakar, who was considered too independent and dangerous to be entrusted with power. He also brought, from relative obscurity, Goodluck Jonathan, an erstwhile mediocre politician and colorless academic, to serve as deputy to him. These mediocre elements were brought to succeed him when it was clear to him that his bid to remain in office in perpetuity had been extinguished completely. It was for this reasons that he declared that politics was a do-or-die affair. He played god in the affairs of Nigerians.
General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) had contested against Yar Adua and many had thought that the time for change had come. Obasanjo and the ruling party, PDP, had other ideas far withdrawn from the romantic expectations of the incurable optimists who had believed in the possibility of effecting change in leadership through the ballot box. The conduct of agents of government and the so called Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, left no one in doubt as to the resolve of the party to cling to power at all cost. The elections were massively rigged to favor PDP candidates in most states and at the federal level.
The last contest between Buhari and the incumbent president of the country had ended with a tragic anecdote. Many of his supporters in the north, who had felt cheated, reacted violently with the attendant loss of lives and properties. It was obvious that the electoral umpire, headed by Maurice Iwu, and the ruling party, manipulated the election. There were glaring cases of malpractices of the most brazen type. There was the case of some southeastern states, which recorded more votes than the registered voters. There was a particular state where no registered voter died between the last general elections and that particular one. Virtually all eligible voters cast their ballot in favour of the then relatively unknown and perennially reticent incumbent. The Supreme Court returned the verdict of substantial compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act. The incumbent was declared as validly elected. He, however, acknowledged that the elections were fatally flawed and he begged his “brother”, Buhari, to forget the past and join him in “moving the country forward”.
Yar Adua soon died in office and the Vice, who had been reduced into a glorified senior clerk in Aso Rock, assumed office as President after sustained agitations from the same people his hirelings now castigate. I remember the heroic role of the Nigeria Bar Association led by Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, at that time before some commercial agitators seized the moment for maximum advantage. Very few will disagree that the country has not had it this bad. There is pervasive insecurity in the land. We now have a rag tag militia hoisting the flag of banditry on Nigerian soil in spite of the declaration of a State of Emergency in three states. Over two hundred girls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok and nobody knows their whereabouts. $20billion is still unaccounted for and the activities of the whole administration are a compendium of sleaze. Jonathan says stealing is not corruption. Members of his administration are indeed stealing. EFCC under him is comatose. It is not even capable of witch-hunting anybody as it was the case under the just denuded Ribadu. Anybody accused of stealing under Jonathan is assured security of tenure.
Buhari has just declared his intention to contest once again for the much-coveted seat, for the fourth time, and his interest is generating, expectedly, much controversy. There are those who believe that his record as a former military Head of State is enough to keep him out of public office, especially the one that requires an exercise of democratic preference. He is widely regarded as a tyrant, despotic megalomaniac who abused power while in office. Many indeed are his sins. But the greatest enemies of this enigmatic character are the funny elements in the all-embracing platform for hustlers called APC. Can anyone imagine that these charlatans are indeed serious that a presidential candidate of their brand of progressive politics must pay N27.5 million to pick an ordinary nomination form? I am waiting to read from the commercial public intellectuals on this undisguised conspiracy against Buhari. One Femi Aribisala has made too much weather of this misstep amidst deliberate falsehood liberally bandied to justify the logic of his prosaic treatise on why he will not win.
There has been strident opposition to the candidacy of this former Army General, Head of State, GOC, Military Governor, Federal Commissioner for Petroleum, Chairman, PTF, and Presidential candidate of ANPP, CPC and hopefully, APC. Nobody appears to be analyzing the ruinous rule of the Ijaw President. There has been this easy recourse to ethnicity and religion in justifying why Nigerians should persevere with the affliction called Jonathan. The APC has given the opposition an easy platform to launch its attacks on the fabled integrity of this man. The social media is now awash with jokes of a poor man who is able to pay N27.5 million for a mere form for declaration of intent. It matters little to those who cast aspersion on the decision of Buhari to pick the form that Atiku had forgotten ever going through the same process. It means nothing that the sole candidate of the most corrupt party in Africa will pay N20 million. Every hack is quick to put pen on paper to lampoon the man of the moment. Buhari remains the issue.
It is not difficult to see that Buhari’s enemies labour in no small measure to convince the converted that this man is not honest after all. There was indeed no substantiated allegation of sleaze against him save the beer parlour gossips on his phantom wealth arising from his “theft” of N2.8 billion, 53 suitcases that Atiku refused to allow in as a Customs Officer until he was removed from the airport unceremoniously, the killing of three drug convicts with retroactive decrees and the hypocritical attitude of his deputy, late Tunde Idiagbon, who took his son to Mecca to perform the Hajj after outlawing same, the indecorous attack on the residence of the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the conviction, with long and ludicrous jail terms of corrupt politicians, the detention of notable members of the opposition parties to the then ruling party, NPN, and the detention of perceived radical elements, especially from the south, among others.
I should throw in this caveat without hesitation. I do not see Gen. Buhari as the only person who possesses the magic wand to turn around the fortunes of this serially raped country. I am also educated enough to know that there is a wide world of difference between the young Buhari who was a military Head of State and the one seeking to lead through deliberative process. I equally know that a mobilized parliament can yank him off his illusion as a man of power. If anyone is in doubt, the case of Murtala Nyako, a former Admiral, and impeached governor of Adamawa State should clear that unbelief. But in spite of all these, I am still waiting, anxiously, to read about any direct allegation of theft against this man who has held virtually all important positions needed to be quoted on the Stock Exchange. Only beer parlor gossips are issuing forth, the latest being the hagiographical musings from one Femi Aribisala.
Having said this, I proceed to assert that no individual living or dead, in Nigeria, has created this cult-like following and sustained hatred from certain sections of the country since the demise of the legendary Awo. Never in recent years has the personality of an individual been subjected to acerbic criticism, libelous innuendoes and unjustified vilification as we have witnessed in the case of Buhari. Not even the sitting erstwhile “shoeless” President has caused many people to secrete bile at the mere mention of his name. Yet there has been no mention of his name in connection with any fraud, either remotely or directly. Aribisala failed woefully in his bid to indulge in faction in propagating falsehood. N2.8 billion was declared missing under General Obasanjo and not Shehu Shagari. Obasanjo had explained the reason for the movement of the money into an escrow account. It was to avert a retaliatory measure from the British government for the nationalization of British Petroleum in the 70s due to her support of apartheid.
There are those who still believe that he contributed to the massacre of the Igbos in South East during the civil war. No one seems to remember that it was T.Y Danjuma and Murtala Muhammed who abducted Aguiyi Ironsi when he was visiting Ibadan. It is of no moment that Danjuma once granted an interview confirming that he was the one who killed Ironsi. Cowards and irredentists would rather dine with him and vote against Buhari. Not a few people agree with the tag of a religious bigot pinned on him since his regime’s misadventure to Organisation of Islamic Countries at the time Nigeria had no diplomatic relations with Israel. He has since graduated from a mere fanatic to a terrorist. He has been accused of planning the attack, which almost took his life to gain popularity. He is believed to be a major sponsor of Boko Haram, the confused group of lunatics whose real objectives for killing and maiming innocent Nigerians remain hazy. The Goodluck Jonathan’s government is now negotiating with Boko Haram and their main “sponsor”, Buhari, is not in the picture.
The type of interest that this man’s involvement in current politics has excited is such that should cause political scientists and other serious researchers to scrutinize his life and times. Some members of the opposition are even expressing their preference for Atiku Abubakar who is also an aspirant. Nobody questioned the rationale behind an Atiku picking a form for that humongous amount. Buhari’s avowed ascetic disposition should raise a genuine query on the propriety of having an exemplar move with the madding crowd on a hypocritical political platform called APC. Aribisala, a so called public analyst, does not seem to know how Buhari got his bullet proof jeep. He equally cannot differentiate between the Naira and the US Dollar. Too simplistic!
Let me make bold to say that in spite of all the afore-mentioned facts and fiction, the simple reason that he remains the issue is enough for all good men and women to root for him. I am not unaware of the fears of some who are convinced that he will further advance the cause of parochialism which a certain tendency among the adherents of Islamic religion represents. I shall also not pretend that there are no valid objections raised to his conduct in the past. There are those who strive to convince some of us who genuinely desire change that he should not be forgiven for the perceived sins of the past. I will also not fail to assert that many of these allegations are on false and sinking premises.
How easy could it have been for a junior officer of Buhari’s status to have successfully stolen a whopping sum of N2.8 billion under a greedy superior like Obasanjo? Who actually gave instructions for the invasion of Awolowo’s house at Park Lane, Apapa, Lagos? Were the executions of the three men convicted for drug pushing under decree 20 justified? Why were Nigerians forced to queue in public places and what has become of that legacy? How much was the debt of the country when the duo ruled and how much did Babangida set the whole country back with? Reports on the activities of his are too many in the public space for any jaundiced analyst to get away with falsehood.
Buhari did not permit any political discussion but his successor spent N40 billion on an endless transition programme which culminated in the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election. Abdulsalami is praised today for handing over to the civilians in 1999 but nobody remembers how he depleted our reserves like no other Head of State has done since the flag independence of 1960. Buhari managed the sale of crude oil and maintained the value of the naira through the government’s economic policies. His successor devalued the currency and laid the foundation for this seamless slide into the abyss. The current rulers continue to tread this path of perdition.
Buhari promulgated Decree 4, 1984 and curtailed press freedom. Babangida soon allowed it and Dele Giwa became history. Many media organizations were shut down. And remembering the jailed journalists, Nduka Irabor and Tunde Thompson, it will not be out of place to remind Nigerians that it was Nduka Irabor, as Chief Press Secretary to Admiral Aikhomu, the former Chief of General Staff, who announced the annulment of June 12, presidential election won by Abiola. He was the one who distributed the unsigned press statement and advised Nigerians not to allow a section of the country that is Yoruba, plunge it into confusion.
Buhari supervised the construction of at least two refineries while serving as a Federal Commissioner. No refinery is functioning today. Jonathan and the World Bank prefect in Nigeria, Aunty Ngozi, consider the current madness wherein our crude oil is taken to even Niger Republic and brought back as an imported product to justify the monumental scam currently going on under the name of fuel subsidy. In 1981, Buhari displayed his unwavering commitment to the preservation of the territorial integrity of the country when he pushed back the Chadian soldiers who had invaded some parts of the north, taking away our women and children. Buhari moved right into Ndjamena until the OAU intervened. That was the last time they ever came. The inept and corrupt government of Shehu Shagari reportedly came to an expected end partly because of that episode.
The current scandalous practice wherein the security of our pipelines is given to Asari Dokubo, Tompolo, Ateke Tom and other glorified miscreants while the armed forces are starved of the necessary equipment with which to realize their mandate to secure and protect the territorial integrity of the country as well as maintain internal peace cannot happen under a Buhari Presidency. The noise of Asari Dokubo can better be appreciated along this line of thought. A former minister, Musiliu Obanikoro, confirmed that the Nigerian army was last equipped twenty-five years ago in spite of yearly humongous budgetary allocations. Boko Haram has established its own “Caliphate” on Nigerian soil and this government is completely clueless.
Isn’t it curious that most of the acerbic criticisms against Buhari have decidedly ignored the sterling contributions of this man to national development? In as much as no right thinking person will support, uncritically, some of the glaring excesses of the military regime of that era, are we saying that we have since forgotten that it was under him as Federal Commissioner for Petroleum that two major refineries were constructed and put into maximum use? Can anybody point at this man’s oil bloc as we can confidently assert about Danjuma and other military adventurers whom some will describe, affectionately, as “blunt, disciplined, forthright and principled” in spite of the incontrovertible fact that Danjuma’s colleagues and he are a pestilential burden on the country? Have we chosen to ignore the fact that Buhari participated actively in the construction of most major roads in Nigeria at that time? Is anyone ready to deny that supply of electricity was stable throughout his regime before Babangida introduced “settlement” into our lexicon? Who will deny that it was his regime which commissioned the Egbin power plant? Is there anyone who can point at real instances of indecorous and primitive stealing during his regime as we now operate as a national policy?
I am often amused at the level of pain through which the current traducers of this uncommon Nigerian traverse to convince us that we should espouse and promote the dour, dull, uninspiring, bovinely stupid and thieving propensities of some characters on account of age, ethnicity and religion. Beyond the often repeated charges bordering on religious bigotry, rigid adherence to personal viewpoints, the very fact that no one has been able to point at the obscene edifices erected to showcase vacuity, properties in Dubai, fat accounts in major countries of the world or at his acts of sheer benevolence exhibited in the wanton display of ill-gotten wealth through monstrous donations to institutions and duplicitous charitable organizations, stands in condemnation against all suborned peddlers of mendacious yarns designed to confuse the youths of this country.
For the simple reason that Buhari is not responsible for the collapse of basic infrastructure in the country, I will cast my ballot for him in the next election. I will ignore the rantings of ill-educated Internet activists and proclaim to those who are capable of reasoning that he remains the only one at the moment who can look Obasanjo straight in the face and tell him to prepare for the hottest part of hell. I will ask the youths of this country whose future these thieving politicians have mortgaged to join others in ensuring that Buhari is elected as the next president to arrest the current drift. I will not fail to tell the carpetbaggers and their acolytes that Buhari is not as averse to modernity and human progress as they who ask the youths to ignore science and embrace miracles.
I will tell anyone who cares to listen that his name has not featured in the list of the beneficiaries of import duty waivers, some of whom are the prosperity pastors on the expressway. I will proclaim to the whole world that I rever the name of Fela more than those of the imported prophets of the transposed and imposed religions from the Middle East, that I felt pained when Buhari jailed him to prove a point, that I cursed the day he was born and hated everything that he represented at that time. I will also not fail to mention that as Remo indigenes, Awo to many of us is a god. His person remains, even in death, inviolate and sacrosanct.
The offspring of Awo’s adversaries, the children of the bankrupt Agbonmagbes of this world, the notorious descendants of the exponent of “maul e”, which became corrupted as “Molue”, a progenitor of the power- mongering band, and other indolent votaries at the altar of power, will do everything to obliterate the memories of inglorious past of their forbears. No mortal will seek to desecrate that cherished memory, the abiding legacies of the legendary Awo, and still enjoy the respect of true sons and daughters of Remo, nay Ijebu and indeed Yoruba. Even at that, we concede to this man of exemplary character who was accused of masterminding the invasion and violation of that hallowed space.
I personally still find it strange that Buhari will be on the same podium as many of these characters whose sordid deeds have brought us to this sorry pass. Short of asking him to inherit the carcass of the fraudulent template employed by Mimiko and Dan Iwuanyanwu to fleece the people of Ondo, or to team up with Baba Oodua, Frederick Faseun’s Unity Party or, better still, Olu Falae’s SDP, the only credible alternative to PDP is its other half, APC.
Voting for Buhari and engaging the political merchants in his party afterwards is the only viable alternative. The other is to resign to fate and allow the Jonathans’ transformation train crush the polity.

BBOG: APC Chieftain Finally Apologizes To #BringBackOurGirls Group Over Wrong Allegation, Releases Statement

Chief Audu Ogbeh of APC
Chief Audu Ogbeh of APC
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Audu Ogbeh, has apologised to the leaders of the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group for calling them members of the APC. Ogbeh had at a rally organised by former military Head of State and presidential aspirant, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to announce his bid to vie for the presidency in 2015 on the platform of the APC, linked the BBOG group to the party.

In a statement signed by Ogbeh and made available to newsmen, Tuesday, the APC chieftain recanted his statement, stressing that his comment was not intended to paint the group as members of APC. According to the statement, “I feel obliged to let you know that my statement at our function last week was not intended to paint your group as an APC sub-group. This is because from what we know now, less than two per cent of the group are our party members, but members we value highly. The rest of you are not and may not even belong to any political association whatsoever. This is not to say that you have no right to be if you choose to.”

Ogbeh therefore apologised and hailed the group’s effort at bringing the matter to the front burner. He said: “If my statement caused you discomfort, I do apologise, but reiterate that I have nothing but respect and admiration for you for keeping a six-month vigil and telling the world that the Nigerian conscience is not entirely dead. The world is watching us and making judgments. I wish you God’s blessing and protection.”


BREAKING NEWS: Speaker Tambuwal Finally Dumps PDP, Defects To APC – Details!

Mr. Aminu Tambuwal dumps PDP
Mr. Aminu Tambuwal dumps PDP
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, speaker of the house of representatives, has finally defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). It was reliably gathered that he will be issued his APC membership card on Tuesday morning at his ward in Tambuwal, his hometown, before he heads for Abuja for the plenary of the house same day. The defection took place on Monday in his home state, Sokoto, with the speaker officially attending the APC stakeholders’ meeting.

Also at the meeting were Aliyu Wamakko, governor of Sokoto state, and Inuwa Abdulkadir, former minister of youth development. Some members of the house of reps are expected to defect along with him from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). When contacted, his spokesman, Imam Imam, told journalists on phone that “it was a stakeholders meeting”, citing the attendance of former finance minister, Alhaji Alhaji, as an indication that it was not partisan. “Tambuwal has always attended APC stakeholders meetings,” he said.

However, it can be reported that after the meeting, Tambuwal headed for his hometown to register as a ward member of the opposition party. He is not expected to make an official announcement of his defection on the floor of the house, contrary to our earlier report. It was agreed at the meeting that all candidates of the party for the 2015 elections will be adopted by consensus. It is speculated that Tambuwal will now go for governorship in Sokoto instead of the presidential ticket of APC.

Read – How #APC Finally Dumped Buhari For Tambuwal As Presidential Candidate


At Last, PDP Reacts To Obasnjo’s Demand On Kashamu Over Alleged Drug Offenses

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s desire to get the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remove Buruji Kashamu from the position of Chairman, Campaign and Mobilisation Committee in the South West, will not be granted, it has been gathered. A competent source within the party told this newspaper on Saturday that though the request by Obasanjo has not been officially discussed by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party but the body language and side comments of highly placed party members had shown that Kashamu enjoys the support of the party leaders.

Obasanjo had, in his response to the plea of party leaders to bury the hatchet and allow peace reign between him and his opponents within the party, categorically stated that he would not accept Kashamu as his leader. Obasanjo, in rejecting the peace moves made on him by the party leaders, responded in a press statement that he could not be in the same group with “a drug baron” wanted in the United States. He rather urged President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP leaders to do the “needful” instead of begging him for forgiveness.

The former leader insisted that he had never left the party and would remain a card-carrying member, having ruled the country for two terms on its ticket. Obasanjo said issues of principle, morality, honour, integrity, commitment and character are to him paramount. He said he could not “accept that the zonal leader of my political party and, worse still in my zone, will be an indicted drug baron wanted in America.”

However, a source within the party said the general consensus among the party stalwarts was that Obasanjo has not contributed enough to the party since he left office as President and his removal from office as Chairman Board of Trustees (BoT), to merit dictating such a high handed request. “When the party was in crisis, Chief Buruji was there for the party.”