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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

5 Church Members Survive Horror Road Accident, Narrate How It Happened

Five persons identified as members of the Lazarus Muoka-led Lord's Chosen Charismatic Revival Church on Monday evening escaped death in a ghastly motor accident along the Enugu-Onitsha expressway.

The survivors, were said to be returning from a religious crusade of the church, which held in Benin City, Edo State, and were heading towards Abakaliki, Ebonyi State where they reside, when the accident happened.

The Mercedes 190 car with registration number MUS 984 BX, conveying them had skidded off the road and fallen into a huge drainage, causing a big damage to the vehicle.

The unhurt passengers were helped out by men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp, NSCDC, who rushed to the scene to assist in bringing them out of the vehicle.

One of the occupant of the car, Ruth Kalu, who sat in front when the accident happened, attributed the cause of the accident to faulty brake system.

"I noticed when the driver was battling with the break pedal and it couldn't responded. He hit another private car coming out from a junction in the area and left the front badly damaged.

"We were heading to Abakiliki after a three-day crusade held by the Lord's Chosen Church at Benin. We thank God that nobody in the vehicle was injured," she said.

Another occupant of the vehicle, Kenneth Ozumeh, who expressed surprise that none of them sustained any injury, despite the enormity of the crashed, described it as an act of God.

In his reaction, the State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corp, (FRSC), Mr. Sunday Ajayi, regretted the rate at which accidents occurred in the area.

He advised drivers to always be vigilant and reduce their speed while plying the road in view of the sloppy topography of the area, just as he called on road users to always be obedient to road safety laws for their own safety.
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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Atiku Abubakar Vows To End Boko Haram Insurgency If Elected President

Atiku, who is touring some parts of the country for his presidential bid, stated this while addressing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters at the Forshams Hall, Maiduguri, Borno State.

The ex- Vice President said while the civil war lasted only two years the Boko Haram has not ended nine years after.

He said: "Nigeria ended her civil war in only two- and- half years despite the thick forests in the South East. I wonder why the war against insurgency took us nine years. There must be something wrong somewhere.

"If elected I will not allow any commander to tell me stories. We must end insurgency within the shortest possible time because the insurgency has crippled everything in the North East."
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PDP speaks on Gov Umahi joining APC

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reacted to speculations that Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state was set to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The reaction came same day Umahi himsef refuted the reports.

National Vice Chairman of PDP (South East), Chief Austin Umahi said that it was unthinkable that the Ebonyi Governor would defect to "a non-performing political party such as APC."

The party chieftain urged the public to disregard the unfounded rumour.

"This is not only a mischief but orchestrated by our detractors wicked imaginations that will never come to reality", he told Vanguard.

"It is absurd and unthinkable for anybody to fathom this wickedness bcos how could a reasonable person from South East think of joining a failed and non existent APC in the zone.

"I make bold to say that this fabricated lies should be trashed because our governor remains PDP, body, soul and spirit.

"Power to PDP as God gives us this country for rescue come 2019 general election."
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Biafra: Court orders Enugu AG, Prisons to produce 32 MASSOB-BIM members

An Enugu Magistrate Court on Tuesday ordered the Attorney-General of Enugu State and the Nigeria Prisons Service to produce detained members of the Biafra Independent Movement, BIM.

The 32 members of the BIM faction of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, were nabbed in Enugu metropolis on May 22 while celebrating Biafra anniversary.

They were later docked before His Worship, Sam Okoro of Enugu North Magistrate Court, on charges bordering on treasonable felony.

But ever since their arraignment, prison officials have failed to produce the accused persons in court.

DAILY POST reports that when the matter came up on Tuesday, it was same story as none of the accused persons was brought to court, prompting the defence counsel, Barr. C. O. Obiekwe to bash the Attorney General and the Nigeria Prisons Service.

He told the court that the Federal Government in collaboration with the Attorney-General of Enugu State and the Nigeria Prisons "are doing everything not not set them free, knowing that they have not committed any offence.

"We are practicing democracy not the dictatorship that is being displayed in this matter. This is one of the cases that portrays this government as anti-democracy

"I have gone to the Department of Public Prosecution, DPP, and I was told in confidence that they have concluded their job and sent their report to the Attorney-General.

"However, every effort I made to see the Attorney-General has failed. I have gone there up to six times. The last I went, he said he does not want to see anybody, that he was tired."

Obiekwe did not spare the Nigeria Prisons, who he insisted had no genuine reason not to bring the accused persons to court.

"Prison authorities have no genuine reason, the other time they said they had no staff, this time no vehicle. By my checks, they brought 17 other accused persons to court today, so why did they not go back to bring the other 32 persons.

"These people are freedom fighters, they have not committed any offence known to law; that's why I call this government dictators, I'm ready to face them."

However, Mr. Ude Ambrose, a Senior Prison Assistant, who was in court said the accused persons were not produced owing to logistics challenges.

"We have over 102 inmates going to court today. Some went to Obollo-Afor, Amagunze, and several other places. So, there is shortage of vehicles.

"We prefer Fridays, because we have less cases. Other days we used to have 60-40, but today, we have the highest number. Most of our vehicles are engaged," he told the court.

After listening to them, the presiding Magistrate, His Worship Okoro Sam ordered that the accused persons must be brought to court on July 26.

"It is hereby ordered that the accused persons be brought to court on the next adjourned date for the Attorney-General's advice," the court held.

Meanwhile, counsel to the defendants told journalists after the court sitting that he was aware of a deliberate plot to perpetually incarcerate the Biafra agitators.

"On the 3rd of July, they brought half, knowing that if they did not bring all of them, the court will not hear the matter. Today, they did not bring even one, and the court was frustrated.

"We have reliable information that they were confined to prison, because the people who want them there do not want them to go on bail.

"That is why on the day of arraignment, they suddenly changed the charge from unlawful assembly to treasonable felony.

"They have tried several times in High Court and they were told that these people were not committing any treasonable act, what you have to charge them is simple offences if you think they have committed any. They don't want to do that.

"They brought the correct charge this time, that is unlawful assembly, but suddenly, in the court they changed it to treason, knowing full well that there was no force, according to the law.

"So, what they are doing is to frustrate the agitators, this is not democracy. 
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Buhari, APC have failed woefully – Jerry Gana

A former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed Nigerians woefully.

Gana stated this while speaking with newsmen in Makurdi on Monday, during the Middle Belt Forum mega rally.

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari's administration had failed to provide security for Nigerians, which is his primary responsibility.

"Because the Constitution of Nigeria said and we agreed with it, that the security and safety of people is the primary responsibility of government and any government that cannot do that has failed, therefore, this APC government has failed, failed and failed woefully," he said.

Gana also insisted on restructuring of the country, devolution of power to the federating units so that they could have constitutional power and authority to look after the basic needs of their citizens.

"We love peace, we love freedom, we love the federal republic of Nigeria but we'll never accept that our lands are taken away from us and will become homeless people in our own country. It's not possible," Gana concluded.
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Onochie dragging presidency into the gutters, Apostle Suleiman says

Fiery preacher, Apostle Johnson Suleman has described as a poorly-executed hatchet job, the tweet on Sunday, July 15, in which presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie made some allegations against him.

Apostle Suleman accused the presidential aide of telling "barefaced lies and made no pretenses to professionalism," while castigating him on the outcome of the recently concluded governorship election in Ekiti state.

In a statement sent to journalists by Omega Fire Ministries spokesman, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, on Tuesday, July 17, Apostle Suleman stated that the media management of the presidency has been poorly managed.

"It is common knowledge that the quality of media management in the nation's presidency has taken a nosedive since President Muhammadu Buhari took office, but the presidency hit a new low on Sunday when Onochie threw all pretences to the wind to rubbish a man of God with her unguarded vituperations and outright spewing of hate like a woman possessed and in need of urgent deliverance," the statement said.

Onochie had quoted Apostle Suleman to have said that God told him expressly that APC was finished in Nigeria and Nigerians would see how God will disgrace the party in the July, 14 Ekiti Governorship election.

She referred to Suleman as "a pastor who is not in talking terms with God but who continues to lie with God's name."

Apostle Suleman's spokesman said the lies in Onochie's tweet was "recklessly blatant and so devoid of any shred of professionalism."

He said Onochie lifted the purported prophesy from the wall of a Facebook user who has since pulled the post down after discovering that it was false and unverifiable.

"Isn't it unbecoming that a presidential spokesperson is propagating an unverified report? Apostle never made the purported statement being credited to him at any fora and I challenge her to provide a contrary source to the one I just mentioned or produce any shred of evidence to support her claim," Shaibu queried.

Continuing, he said, "But we hasten to say that we sympathise with Lauretta Onochie as we know that life itself has not been fair to her. Our appeal is that she should not vent her frustration on the church. The other day, it was the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that she attacked, today, it is Omega Fire Ministries. Who knows which Church is next?

"After careful examination, we think that Lauretta Onochie is a frustrated lady who is burdened by the challenges of life and is gradually going off her rocker. If not, why should anybody in his or her right frame of mind, not even a presidential aide, sit down in one corner of his or her room, pick up a fable on social media and then begin to broadcast it on social media?"

Shaibu said contrary to Onochie's assertion, Apostle Suleman is a non partisan man of God, whose constituency is the church and has people of different political divides as members.

"Our major point of departure from the Buhari led administration is the senseless massacre of harmless Christians across the country and Omega Fire Ministries will not keep quiet until the day Christians and Nigerians are at large consider their country as a safe haven." the statement said.
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Rivers government seals NDDC office

The Rivers State Internal Revenue Service, RIRS, has sealed the head office of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, at Aba road in Port Harcourt for alleged tax invasion.

Leader of the tax enforcement Agency, Markson Ndibo said the NDDC had failed to remit tax to the state government from 2014 till date, which he claimed amounts to N1.8b.

Ndibo said the operation followed a valid court order obtained by the state government.

Ndibo said the state government had approached the court when the commission failed to allow the government access to necessary documents.

Reacting to the action, Deputy Director Cooperate Affairs Commission of NDDC, Chijioke Amu-Nnadi faulted the claims by the state government that the commission had failed to remit tax owed since 2014.

He said the Commission was surprised by the development, "because the Commission had already begun paying the Revenue Service the arrears under question.

"About two weeks ago, the Commission met with the tax enforcement team and started negotiations to resolve all outstanding issues. We understand that there is a court order. But it's important for us to state that the Commission, as a responsible corporate organisation, had begun to attend to all obligations as agreed.

"Last week, the Commission paid the first tranche. They will receive the next tranche this week. This is a sign of goodwill and commitment on the side of the Commission to meet these obligations.

"It is very surprising that even though we have begun paying these arrears dating back to 2013, which the current board inherited, we still have to deal with this little impasse. And mind you, over the past two years, the current Board has paid all the Commission's tax obligations as at when due."
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Fayose meets Ewi over harassment, withdrawal of security, gets rousing reception

About 72 hours after the conduct of the governorship election in Ekiti State, Governor Ayodele Fayose on Tuesday made his first public appearance and got a rousing reception on the streets of Ado-Ekiti.

Fayose, who went to the palace of the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe Aladesanmi 111, was 'mobbed' by the people in areas such as Okesa, Oja Bisi, Ojaba, Irona and Oke Oriomi.

At the palace of the Ewi, the governor said it was unfortunate that he and his supporters were still being hounded after the election had come and gone.

"I have come to officially tell your sir, as the Paramount Ruler of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, that the Government House was invaded by the police. Over 400 of our members are being detained as we speak now.

"After the poll on Saturday, my wife was prevented from entering the Government House for about 45 minutes. Since last Wednesday, security agents had laid siege to the Government House, and were subjecting people to untold hardship coming in or going out.

"The poll has come and gone irrespective of what we went through. The constitution says I am still the governor till October 16 this year. Our state radio and television stations have been shut down. And there has been no means of getting across to our people.

'It was only this morning that security agents at the entrance of the Government House were withdrawn. If we have been robbed I still have a right to life and my family has a right to life too. The man that won has three units of the police protecting him. All my security men have been withdrawn since last Wednesday. I am only left with just a few.

"Harassing me is not on the interest of democracy. People must intervene before things go out of hand. I don't know why we should be in this situation in 2018," he said.

Oba Adejugbe, in his reply, thanked God that nobody died during the poll.

"As if we knew, monarchs arranged many meetings before the election and pleaded with everybody that before, during and after the poll, we don't want any trouble. We said then that whoever wins, there should be no problem. The way i see you, I know something is happening. You rarely wear this type of dress to the palace.

"I will convey your message to the Oloye of Oye-Ekiti, who is the Chairman of the Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers and we spoke this morning and we were worried about your whereabouts.

"I appeal to security agencies that they should restore your personnel to you as the sitting governor. As Ekiti leaders, we will intervene. You, Fayemi and Eleka are our sons. Peace must be allowed to reign. We need peace in our state," he said.
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Saraki speaks on dumping APC

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Tuesday said he will reveal to Nigerians when he is ready to dump the All Progressives Congress, APC.


Saraki said this at the Ilorin International airport, in Kwara State.

When asked by journalists what he will do over pressure by some of his followers to lead them out of the APC, Saraki said they should not 'worry' or 'push' him over the matter.


He said, "As I said, don't worry, don't push me, I will call at a time and I will tell Nigerians".

Commenting on his trial for alleged false assets declaration, Saraki said, "It's been a long journey for all my own people in the state, and today we thank the Almighty God for this.

"I want to thank all of them who did not at any time waver. They believe in my innocence and supported me throughout those three very tough years and it was a great feeling for all of us.


"It is my first homecoming to thank them for all the support they have given me and the victory and for the fact that the truth prevailed and justice was done.

"Today is a day for me to visit and more importantly thank the people for the support they have given for years.

"As I always say time will come for everything, a time will come I will tell people where I am, what I'm doing. For now it is just to thank the people of the state because the last three years have been tough and they are still committed and remain and i have to appreciate that. I appreciate that."
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Ekiti Assembly rejects result of gubernatorial election.

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has rejected the outcome of the state gubernatorial election which took place on Saturday, July 14 and saw Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) emerge victorious.

Premium Times reports that the House also resolved that it would resume sitting a week before the expiration of the tenure of Governor Ayo Fayose.


The House which is dominated by members of the Peoples Democratic Party accused security operatives of supporting the APC in the election.

Akinyele Olatunji who is the leader of the House described the electoral process as unfortunate.

He also condemned the alleged harassment of Fayose by security operatives.

On the long break, he said: "the adjournment became imperative due to the political harassment of members by security agents."

Samuel Omotoso who is the chairman House committee on information in his reaction said the election did not reach democratic standard claiming it was marred by "outright brigandage, vote buying and falsification of results."

The House passed a resolution claiming the election was heavily militarised.

They resolved that "the result of the governorship election stood rejected by the House.

"That the security agencies should vacate the entrance of the Government House where they were currently laying siege and also condemned the siege on the government owned radio and television outfits by armed military personnel."
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Breaking: Alleged Rigging: INEC Deletes Total Number Of Votes Casted In Ekiti Guber Election From Its Website

Following the recent exposure on what many considered as unprofessional rigging by the APC in collusion with INEC in the just concluded Ekiti governorship election, the Nigeria electoral body has been closely monitored by a group of concerned Nigerians to see if it would tamper with evidence of rigging widely circulated in the media, in an attempt to cover-up.

It has now been noticed that INEC has removed the number of total votes cast in the Ekiti election which happens to be one of the major area raising questions on the election credibility.

However, some Nigerians claim INEC are not smart enough since removing the figures only adds more fuel to the fire. New images of the result sheets have also surfaced which can be seen below.
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Fulani herdsmen rejoicing inside Ekiti town, dancing on top of their cows as APC defeat PDp

There is a big dance show of cow by Fulani herdsmen, rejoicing inside Ekiti main town as APC wins PDP.

A close source said they people have isolate the town till their celebration is over, they even blocks roads, and streets, chanting Sai BABA!!!

Some were even chanting in Fulani language as the point their hands to the people of Ekiti state..

More details soon!!!

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Ekiti guber: 2014 result is currently circulating online as INEC calls for caution

The result showed that the All Progressive Congress (APC) had a total number of 120.433 in the election while the PDP scored 203.090.


INEC has also confirmed that its attention had been drown to the fake result of the election.



Ekiti guber: 2014 result is currently circulating online as INEC calls for caution

The screenshot shows the result of Ekiti guber: 2014 result being circulated online as INEC calls for caution
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FG disowns presidential aide over appointment of Modu Sheriff as director of Buhari 2019 campaign

The Buhari administration has disowned a statement issued by a senior special assistant to president on political matters, Gideon Sammani, announcing the appointment of a former Borno governor, Ali Sheriff, as the director-general of Buhari 2019 presidential support committee.

Sammani had on Friday, July 13, announced that Sheriff would lead a 35-member body, as well as a 10-member national advisory committee and a five-member national patrons with Buhari as the grand patron, Premium Times reports.

The purported list by the aide also named Desmond Elliot as national publicity secretary of the committee, while a popular Kano musician, Dauda Rarara, was named as the national director for music.

But in what appeared to be a twist, the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, on Saturday, July 14, asked Nigerians to disregard the announcement by Sammani.


Spokesperson of the SGF, Lawrence Ojabo, said the document was unauthorised, misleading and should therefore be totally disregarded.

Ojabo said "The attention of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has been drawn to documents in circulation in print and social media purportedly issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Political Matters in the Presidency as public notice, announcing the names of certain individuals and appointing them into different roles under the BUHARI 2019 PRESIDENTIAL SUPPORT COMMITTEE, as well as soliciting for support".

"It has become imperative to clarify to all Nigerians and in particular to APC members that the said documents are unauthorised, misleading and should therefore be totally disregarded."
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It is N4,000 per vote in Ekiti

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom on Friday voiced their revulsion at reports of widespread payment of voters by politicians ahead of today's election in Ekiti State.

Saturday Tribune gathered that a lot of money is being moved around the 16 local government areas of the state, on Friday and fingers are pointed at the two major political parties in today's election.

According to the sources, the electorate are allegedly being induced with sums of money ranging from N3,500 to N4,000 to vote for them, and two political parties are said to be the main culprits.

"One of the parties is giving N3,500 with a promise to possibly increase the amount on Saturday during the polls. The other is giving N4,000 to each potential voter.

"One of them refers to the gesture as "as agreed" while the other is said to be referring to its gesture as "see and buy", as they are expecting to get more money from the political parties tomorrow (Saturday).

The "see and buy", the sources claimed  was because the party that was planning to do that allegedly had the security agencies on their side while the ones doing theirs on Friday was not sure if it would have the opportunity to use their resources on Saturday.

 

PDP, APC trade allegations

Reacting, the Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Jackson Adebayo, said vote-buying was "illegal and against the Electoral Act and should not be condoned in any way. Those doing that are running foul of the law."

"We in the PDP are relying on the goodwill of the people. The people of Ekiti State have decided that they would vote for the PDP and our candidate despite the challenges, especially the payment of salaries. You know those who bought votes in Edo, in Ondo and in Anambra, they are the desperate, rejected party," Adebayo said.

Also reacting, the spokesperson of the John Kayode Fayemi (JKF) Campaign, Mr Wole Olujobi, noted that the matter had been in public domain for days and said "the PDP have been the ones buying votes since three days ago."

According to him, "we are aware that Ayo Fayose sent N3,000 each to Ekiti workers' and teachers' accounts, people Fayose is owing eight months of salaries."

Olujobi said the APC had received the support of the people who have decided to dump Fayose and his candidate because of years of deceit, "so we are not buying votes, rather we are relying on the good people of Ekiti State to vote massively for us."

Meanwhile, some governors are said to have arrived in the state from both PDP and APC controlled states, allegedly to influence the processes of the election in favour of their respective political parties participating in the election.

The governors and party bigwigs are from the North and South of the country, with some of them said to have allegedly arrived in the state via helicopters.

In a related development, the European Union, United Kingdom and United States have decried alleged vote-buying and monetary inducement by politicians and political parties.

 

EU, UK, US decry vote-buying

The EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ketil Kalsen, the UK High Commissioner, Mr. Paul Arkwright and the American Consul-General in Nigeria, Mr. John Bray, who addressed newsmen in Ado Ekiti, on Friday, said they were in the country to personally monitor the election and also expressed the desire of their respective countries to witness a free and fair process today, in Ekiti.

They said it was important that the Ekiti election should go well because it was a pointer to the readiness or otherwise of Nigeria for the 2019 general election.

Speaking on what they had heard that might negatively affect the election, Mr. Arkwright said his team had heard about vote buying and monetary inducement by politicians, saying "this should not happen."

He said "vote buying or vote rigging should not happen. They are both illegal and should not be allowed. People should be allowed to vote according.
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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Dolapo Badmos reacts to Viral Video of SARS Officers Beating Man with Iron Rod

Zone 2 Police PRO Dolapo Badmos has reacted to the viral video of some Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) officers brutalising a man with an iron rod while trying to take him into custody.

Badmos, writing on her Instagram page said:

I'm so pissed off right now!!! I just don't want to think of it. You work so hard but some unscrupulous element…..,,arrrghhh! "THE STORY OF A SWEATY FOWL"  bye people, good night!

Sincerely my heart is with that young man in the trending video! That iron rod…. arrrrgh! That was uncalled for! Anyone with useful information about the young man should tell him to DM, text or call on 09071555555….we need to identify the men for proper action
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PDP apologises to Obasanjo over bad conduct

Kehinde Akinyemi, former President Olusegun Obasanjo's media aide has disclosed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday, July 14, apologised to him (Obasanjo) for ''bad conduct and mistreatment.''

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akinyemi who made the disclosure in a statement issued in Abeokuta said said Obasanjo granted forgiveness to the party in line with biblical injunction.

He the party's National Chairman, Uche Secondus, who led a 21-member delegation of the party's National Working Committee (NWC) on a courtesy call on Obasanjo, gave the apology.

According to him, the former president urged them to pay attention to issues that were needed to restore PDP as a party of good image, discipline, commitment, leadership and moral principles.

Akinyemi quoted Obasanjo as saying:  ''The MoU for grand alliance is what it says, a grand alliance. It is neither a merger nor absorption of any political party by any political party.

''It is clear for the parties which agreed to be members of the alliance to work together to achieve one important common objective at the national level for the election of 2019.

''Where it is appropriate and necessary, members may also form alliance and co-operation at the state level.

''The individuality and independence of each political party must be observed and respected by all parties concerned.

''It is also desirable that in the process of implementing the MoU to achieve the set objective, solidarity and focus on the objective must be maintained.

''Each member political party must be cautious of fake news, rumours, blackmail, and seeds of discord that may be sown among them from external quarters.''

He said the former president at the meeting reiterated that he had quit partisan politics, but would continue to make himself available to guide any party that so desired.

Akinyemi, however, maintained that he would prioritise his service to the African Democratic Congress.

Secondus, who spoke with newsmen shortly after the meeting, said the chieftains of the party were in Abeokuta to consult with Obasanjo ahead of the 2019 general elections.
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Friday, 13 July 2018

6 northern govs beg Tambuwal over defection plan

Six governors were in Sokoto, yesterday, to beg their Sokoto counterpart, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, to reconsider his decision of leaving for another party.

Daily Sun gathered that the governors were led to the parley by the Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Abubakar Yari.

Others were Abubakar Bello of Niger, Bello Masari of Kastina, Kassim Shetima of Borno, Jubrilla Bindow of Adamawa and Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, all of the All Progressive Party (APC).

Although the governors had earlier announced that they were in the state to condole with Tambuwal, over attacks by suspected armed bandits which killed 39 people at Tabanni village, it was gathered that their real intent was to prevail on the governor not to leave the party.

Shortly after the condolence ceremony, where Yari spoke on their behalf, Tambuwal ushered the visiting governors into an inner room where they held a closed-door meeting which lasted for about two hours.

Thereafter, an aide of one of the visiting governors aide, told Daily Sun the real reason for the visit.

"They were in Sokoto to condole with the governor and to discuss politics, especially Tambuwal's plan to leave the APC for the People's Democratic Party. They will never disclose this to the media," the source said.

The governors later emerged from the meeting at about 5:00pm, where they were briefly accosted by newsmen.

Governor Yari, who also spoke on behalf of his colleagues said they met to discuss issues of insecurity and how it can be tackled.

He, however, declined to speak further when some newsmen threw flurry of questions at him; on their mission to Sokoto.
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Plot to sack APC from Aso Rock thickens as CUPP set to agree on consensus candidate

Former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, has said that all presidential aspirants on the platform of Coalition for United Political Parties (CUPP) were ready to sacrifice their ambitions for a single candidate for the sake of future generations of Nigerians.

Nigerian Tribune reports that he made the disclosure while meeting the party members and chieftains at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat on Thursday, July 12, over his presidential ambition.

Lamido said that the All Progressive Congress (APC) is scared and desperate ahead of the elections, adding that all aspirants are ready to step down and support a sole candidate in order to defeat APC and President Muhammad Buhari.

According to him, he fears nobody after being to prison five times, adding that the ruling APC government is worse than the PDP it is trying to castigate and it would be pushed out by Nigerians next year.

"Those aspirants in the PDP and the coalition are ready to make any sacrifice for the sake of our future generations. I feel sad for them, I feel sad for Nigerians because people just took over power without being prepared for it.

"People are dying everywhere, there is kidnapping everywhere, from here to Abuja, look at Birnin Gwari, Zamfara there is blood everywhere in their desperation for power.

"They feel embarrassed, and are confused but the entire world is watching us. Everything has failed, you don't feel secure, you don't feel safe anywhere. This country is for all of us we are not second citizens.

"APC is scared and desperate, they have stolen our money. PDP has made history, the party has produced three presidents, many governors, senators, reps. All former governors are from PDP. It is now up to Nigerians to compare between the PDP and APC government. Are the APC government of angels? Are they pious? Are they not corrupt?"

He noted that PDP is tired of the lamentations and angst in the country, hence it's desire to wrest power back from APC.

He said: "There is anger, there is confusion so PDP decided to say no to the APC government. PDP is the only political party with political sagacity."

"Nigeria is my country, I should not be afraid, I fear nobody. If you fear then you are doomed, if I die then I have died for the youth. I have been to the prison four or five times so why should I fear?
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Bayelsa APC leader falls from 2-storey building, dies

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bayelsa state chapter, Chief Lionel Jonathan-Omo, is dead.

Jonathan-Omo, the deputy campaign director general of Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation during the 2016 governorship election in the state reportedly had a fatal fall from the balcony of his two-storey building in his country home in Beleu-Pogo in Ogbolomabiri, Nembe local government area of the state, Punch reports.

He was said to be relaxing on the balcony when he started feeling dizzy. He was trying to get up with the aid of a pillar close to him when he fell off the two-storey building.

A close associates revealed that the fatal fall from the balcony was discovered by his wife after hearing the sound from the kitchen.

He was immediately rushed to a hospital in the state where doctors were said to have advised that he be taken to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital in Rivers state.

It was learnt that the deceased was operated upon when he was rushed to the UPTH but did not survive the operation.

A member of the Nembe Council of Chiefs and the state chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation, Chief Nengi James, said the death of Jonathan-Omo, a former law lecturer at Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, had thrown the Nembe Kingdom into mourning.

He said the news of his death came as a shock, describing the late Jonathan-Omo as a colossus that had contributed greatly to the Nembe Kingdom and the state as a whole.

Reacting to the development, the APC described the death of Jonathan-Omo as an "indescribable loss" of a wonderful ally at a time his experience and energy were most needed.

In a statement in Yenagoa on Thursday, July 12, by the state publicity secretary of the APC, Doifie Buokoribo, the party said Jonathan-Omo, who died on Thursday was a forthright politician, and an illustrious son of Bayelsa state and the Ijaw nation who partook in popular activities to better the lives of his people.

Buokoribo said: "Jonathan-Omo broke his limbs in a fall and fought bravely for his life at a private hospital in Port Harcourt to recover from the injuries he sustained. He never survived them.

"The chief died on Thursday after an unsuccessful operation. All of us had hoped that Jonathan-Omo would recover from his injuries and get on with his life, particularly, at this time of intense political activities in our state and country when his experience and wisdom are seriously needed.

"Lionel Jonathan-Omo, who is from Nembe, trained as a lawyer and taught Law at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology for several years. He was a former commissioner in Bayelsa state.

"He was also a delegate who represented the state at the 2005 National Political Reform Conference. Until his death, he was a member of the APC. During the 2015-2016 governorship elections, he was the deputy director general of the Sylva/Igiri Campaign Organisation.

"He earned his living as founder of Achievers Farm in Igbogene-Yenagoa."
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