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Only Dapo Abiodun Shows More Seriousness To Buhari’s Campaign In Ogun State – Olamide Lawal

However, the president raised the hand of his annointed and preferred candidate for the Oke-mosan seat late December last year in the presence of the world- Prince (Dr) Dapo Abiodun. 

Upon arrival from the Aso villa, the prince swung into action by ensuring that the APC win all its elections, from the Presidential to the Senate, Reps and the State House of Assembly. This is perhaps because the Iperu-prince has no other party than the APC. 

Unlike Akinlade who is over-burdened with the task of marketing his new party, rebranding the already stained name of his political godfather and putting in place and re-strategizing their rigging mechanism in a bid to buy the electoral umpire. Commonsensical, If Governor Amosun had gone with his political stooges into the APM, It might be understandable. If he had remained in the APC with his people, he would have been a hero by now just like Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. But the 61-year old had proved himself to be dubious and ungrateful to the party that rescued him in 2011 and even 2015 when he was at the edge of loosing the seat he occupied. 

If Governor Amosun, who is also the senatorial candidate of the APC in Ogun Central is claiming daily in the papers that he is supporting and mobilising for President Buhari, how many local governments has he visited since the campaign began in December last year?  ANSWER- Only the six local government areas in the central senatorial district where he is seeking their votes. He has no mission in Ijebu/Remo or Yewa/Awori areas for now politically. 

Prince Dapo Abiodun has gone to the nooks and crannies, even the most extreme and remote parts of Ogun state have hosted the business moguls.

Dapo Abiodun’s mission to the length and breadth of the state is VOTE APC ACROSS BOARD, VOTE APC ALL THE WAY. He knows that he needs not to talk about the candidates after all there are no candidate’s name on the ballot paper. The ballot papers have only party logos and names. 

Another interesting aspect of Abiodun’s campaign language is that he is the only candidate in Ogun state who has adopted President Buhari’s second term campaign slogan-NEXT LEVEL     

He says this at every of his campaign venues. 
Ask Akinlade when last he mentioned Buhari during his campaign. Why would he even mention an APC Presidential candidate when the APM (His party) also have a Presidential candidate whose name is still on INEC’s list of candidates. 
The combination of Akinlade and Amosun no longer carry weight in Ogun state. This is because even the APM (With no structure and reputation) cannot win a single polling boot in the next election and this is perhaps why they have focused on demarketing the APC and even President Muhammodu Buhari. 

For example, the vice president of Nigeria was in Ogun state on Monday, where was Governor Amosun? Why was his stooge which he claims has the annointing of the president absent? 

Until the above questions could be answered with sincerity, the APC remains the headache of Akinlade, giving  the APM and its members sleepless nights and serving as nightmare for the outgoing governor.

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Amosun/APM Action Today – Sheer Show Of Shame, Evidence of A Finished Man ~ Dapo Abiodun

The All Progressives Congress Gubernatorial Candidate in Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun has described the APC Presidential Campaign held in Abeokuta today overthrown by Amosun boys and APM members as a ‘Show of shame and utter disgrace.

The Iperu-Remo born Candidate described Amosun- APM  activities and anti Party as a clear show of shame, and evidence of a finish man who has lost total focus. That character belittled and denigrated the exalted position of a Governor.

He said this while addressing supporters and party faithfuls that received him at his Party Secretariat in Iperu, after the APC Presidential rally at Gateway International Stadium where he was presented and handed the APC Party flag by APC National Chairman, Com. Adams Oshiomohole, today in Abeokuta.   The Presidential rally had in attendance President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, National Leaders of the Party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande and some South West APC Governors.

At the rally, the APM members were at criss-cross, attacked and hacked some APC members in Yellow Fazecaps, and branded T-shirts. The embarrassing show took another dimension during the short address of APC National chairman, Adams Oshiomohole, and that didnt stop even at the intervention of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and President Buhari. They were booed out of the stage by organised APM members having noticed the agenda is falling out of their order.

Still at the stadium, the APM members were chasing APC members out of the stadium throwing stones and bottle water at supporters, even at the stark plead of Gov Amosun, the APM members still went rougue. 
 
Describing the incident as a show of shame,  Prince Dapo Abiodun also urged his supporters not to shift ground and pannick. They are mere bully. They have failed and will always fail. The most important thing is that President Buhari and other party leaders witness the show of shame. We should all go back to our drawing board to mobilise our members and canvassers for the forth coming elections. There is no sleep or rest until we have our victory on March 2nd, he concluded.

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Kwara: APC’s AbdulRazaq Holds Door-to-door Campaign


— as party knocks Saraki for playing victim’s card

Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the weekend embarked on a snap door-to-door mobilisation of voters in the state capital Ilorin, pledging to ensure people’s welfare takes the front seat if he is elected. 

AbdulRazaq had attended a programme organised by one of his support groups in Karatu Alanamu ward in the state capital when he suddenly alighted from his vehicle and began a shop-to-shop mobilisation of voters on the street.

“We appeal to you to vote us and we will never disappoint you. We share your aspirations and frustration and we join you to say O To Ge (enough is enough),” he said, as he exited an automobile kiosk in the sprawling Adabata area of the ancient town. 

The AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq Governorship Campaign Organisation, meanwhile, has called on the Kwara State government to stop its purported bid to pull down the APC billboards, saying however that the O To Ge movement had long been ingrained in the consciousness of the people of the state.

It insisted that the billboards were erected after all legal procedures had been followed and that the excuses by the government that they constituted environmental hazards were mere afterthoughts. 

“We call attention to the fact that this is a state government under the control of Senator Bukola Saraki who shouts ‘democracy is under threat’ each time he or his lackeys are called to account for their conducts.  The only time democracy is being threatened is when his excesses are checked by law enforcement agencies! Democracy is safe and good when his goons go after opposition in Kwara or when he suspends fellow lawmakers who disagree with him,” Rafiu Ajakaye, media aide to the governorship candidate, said in a statement on Saturday. 

The campaign organisation also knocked senator Bukola Saraki for allegedly playing a victim card with his recent press conference in which he accused the police of haunting him and his supporters. 

The statement said a careful look at the political history of Kwara would suggest that Saraki was only crying wolf to draw attention away from the violent nature of his politics from 2003. 

“Kwara State Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed should stop exposing himself to public ridicule. We challenge him to tell his boss Sen Bukola Saraki to first initiate a bill in the Senate to declare all political billboards in the Federal Capital Territory and indeed Nigeria an environmental menace,” the statement added.

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Dangote Not A Member Of APC Campaign Council – Presidency

Special Adviserto the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina gave the clarification in a statement late Friday.

Adesina has in an earlier statement named Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola amongst others as members of Special Advisory Committee to the president.

Most newspapers however reported that the duo were named as members of the APC campaign council, a development that may have necessitated the clarification by Mr Adesina.

The presidency on Friday clarified that Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote is not a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential Campaign Council.

“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,” Adesina said.

He further added that “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.”

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Former President Shehu Shagari Dies At 93

Nigerian’s Second Republic President, Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, GCFR, is dead.

Shagari reportedly died at the National Hospital Abuja on Friday after a brief illness.

He died at the age of 93.

His demise was announced on twitter by his grandson, Bello Shagari.

Bello wrote, ”I regret announcing the death of my grandfather, H.E Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who died right now after brief illness at the National hospital, Abuja.”

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Police Vows To Remain At Dino Melaye’s Residence Until His Arrest, Give Reasons

The Nigeria Police has said that it will keep on waiting at the residence of the Senator representing Kogi West at the national Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye until they effect his arrest, Force spokesperson, Ag DCP Jimoh Moshood has said.

Operatives of the force had earlier today stormed the residence of Senator to effect his arrest over the case of attempted culpable homicide on the shooting of a Police Officer, Sgt Danjuma Saliu, attached to 37 Police Mobile Force (PMF) while on duty at a stop and search point along Aiyetoro Gbede, Mopa Road in Kogi State.

According to Moshood, the offence was allegedly committed by Melaye and his “armed thugs” in Kogi State on the 19th July, 2018 when they shot and wounded athe police officer.

The Police Officer is yet to recover from the gunshot injury he sustained during the attack and still under intensive medical care.

Moshood said the Police investigators have written the Clerk of the National Assembly for Senator Dino Melaye to report at Kogi State Police Command, CIID, Lokoja for him to answer to the offences against him under investigation in Kogi State Police Command but he has bluntly refused to report himself to the Police.

“The Police operatives will continue to be in wait at the residence of Senator Dino Melaye until he surrenders himself for arrest.

“The offence for which Senator Dino Melaye is being investigated is capital in nature and not compoundable.

“The Force will not tolerate attack on his personnel by any individual no matter how highly placed. The law must take its course.

“Members of the public will be kept informed on further development in the investigation of the matter.”

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Baga: NAF Shells Boko Haram Fighters Hiding In Military Base

It was an enchanting display of military counter-attack as the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), struck and levelled terrorists hiding in a military base in Baga after tactical withdrawal of ground troops.
It was learnt that NAF scrambled its fighter-aircrafts including Alpha jets, Mi 25 attack helicopters for the decisive bombardments.
A top military intelligence officer told PRNigeria that the Nigerian Airforce sustained the aerial bombardments after a tactical withdrawal of troops from the military base.
The source said: “The Nigerian Air Force in response to distress call quickly mobilized military aircraft and flew over 20 sorties Wednesday night and throughout Thursday. Some Boko Haram insurgents had earlier launched an attack at the military formation after tactical withdrawal of our troops.
“The NAF also launched a coordinated missile raid on the routes as the terrorists fled towards Doro-Baga and other axes
“After the ground troops had withdrawn from the base, some of the insurgents moved in and pretended to be soldiers, before they were bombarded.
“Meanwhile the Nigerian Airforce has continued to provide Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) functions needed by troops in the ongoing reinforcements to fully recapture and occupy the areas.”
PRNigeria further gathered that there are reinforcements from the ground troops in Damasak and Mongonu axis in North-Eastern Nigeria.
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APC Raises Alarm Over Plot To Implicate Its Kwara Governorship Candidate, Others

The media unit of the campaign organisation of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara state, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has raised an alarm over what it described as plot to implicate their principal and other top shots of the APC in the state.

According to a statement by the media tea, the plot is to import thugs and dangerous weapons into the state to disrupt the peaceful electioneering campaign of its candidate disguising as party supporters.

The statement reads “We wish to alert the general public to intelligence report that the Kwara PDP, in connivance with the state government, plans to bring thugs with dangerous weapons into the state to disrupt the peaceful electioneering campaign of Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, the APC candidate. 

The plot involves thugs masquerading as APC supporters, wearing shirts and vests branded with APC logo and name of the candidate, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, to give the impression that APC supporters are responsible for whatever evil acts they may commit. They also plot to flood the town with machetes branded with the name of the candidate to unleash violence on the state so as to portray the APC and its candidate in a bad light. 

We have resisted the temptation to dismiss these reports as mere distraction common during electioneering. However, we are mindful of the antecedents of PDP and its sponsors in Kwara State. We recall that similar underhand tactics were used in the past – especially from 2003 through 2011 – to portray their opponents as violent,  whereas they, indeed, were the ones who plotted all the evil. 

Our party and candidate are irrevocably committed to the sanctity of human life and property. We are committed to the social, economic and political uplift of the good people of Kwara State through decent and peaceful electioneering campaign, believing it is the acceptable route to secure a brighter future for our people. This is why we say O To Gé to crippling poverty and underdevelopment in Kwara State.

We therefore urge the security agencies to do everything to abort this plot to unleash violence on the people of our state. 

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Kwara 2019: We Won’t Stoop To Your Gutter Politics, Abdulrazaq Tells Sarakites

The development at the IEDPU programme where some louts and street urchins shouting ‘Sai Bukky’ disrupted a community event is disappointing, embarrassing and antithetical to good moral and ethics for which Ilorin community is known. Apart from reminding everyone of the desperation for which the evil status quo in Kwara is known, the sad event clearly points at the extent to which the parasitic gangs will go in the coming months to continue to keep Kwara and its people down.

The disruption of the event just when the Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq was about to give his speech exposed the shenanigans of the urchins and their paymasters whose uninspiring radio programme earlier in the day has drawn the scorn and condemnation of every Kwaran home and abroad. The disruption was probably a damage control for their insulting radio programme.

The intention was to damage the good image of the APC candidate and slow down the tsunami that is already consuming their unproductive political fiefdom in Kwara. But they clearly failed in their evil plot as their thugs — similar to what they did in Offa where their ankara wears betrayed their allegiance — were too crude to conceal the fact that they were on an errand to attack AbdulRazaq and make it look like the fine gentleman was going about with thugs.

Like a cobra fighting for its life, everybody knows that they have since lost the battle of ideas and are unabashedly desperate to wrestle in the mud to survive. It is too late. The people of Kwara are saying ‘Otoge’ — enough is enough.

We will not wrestle with the pigs. We won’t fall for their gutter politics. We are for decent debate, even as we mobilise the people of Kwara to end the years of tyranny and corruption.

Regardless, we wish to state that we are bonafides of not just Ilorin Emirates but Kwara State and we won’t watch while some political merchants who have no real stake in Kwara deploy their sidekicks and thugs to unleash violence on our people. We will ensure that the characters who disrupted the IEDPU for political reasons are arrested and made to face the full weight of the law. We call on the police and other security agencies to be alive to their constitutional duties and bring those characters to book. The development is a red flag and should be nipped in the bud. We believe our security agencies are competent enough to ensure that people who don’t conform to basic ethics of proper behaviour in public space are made to account for their deeds.

The AA Media Team

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Atiku Recants, Confirms He Never Spoke With Sakaba’s Wife

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar has retracted his earlier story of speaking with the widow of Lt. Col Ibrahim Sakaba, killed by Boko Haram at Metele last month.

He now said he spoke with the slain soldier’s sister, Maryam.

The PDP candidate had opened himself to widespread derision following his online post that he spoke with Seun, Sakaba’s wife.

But the woman denied she received a phone call from Abubakar and wondered why the 72 year-old politician lied.

Abubakar has now set the record straight and apologised for the “erroneous communication”.

Here is Atiku Abubakar’s statement:

“Following the death of Lt. Col Ibrahim Sakaba during the Boko Haram insurgents’ attack on 157 Taskforce Battalion in Metele, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar’s staff has made efforts to get the contact of his widow to enable the former Vice President express his condolences over the loss of the fallen hero.

“Over the weekend, Atiku Abubakar was availed with phone numbers of Mrs. Sakaba and Maryam, younger sister of the late soldier, in the alternative.

“On Sunday, the former Vice President tried albeit unsuccessfully to contact Mrs. Sakaba but was able to eventually speak with Maryam, younger sister of the gallant soldier during which he expressed his deepest condolences to the family.

“However, this communication was erroneously communicated. The error is regretted.

“Atiku Abubakar, however reaffirms his deepest condolences to the Sakaba family, which sacrifices, like those of their brave son, keeps us safe”.

NAN

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Niger Govt Distributes 300 500KVA Transformers Across The State To Enhance Water Suppy

In order to boost power supply across the State, the administration of Gov Abubakar Sani Bello has bought and distributed 500/33KVA transformers across the 25 local government areas of the state. This was disclosed by honourable commissioner for works Alh. Ibrahim Balarabe Kagara when he launched the distribution at Nyikangbe Villag situated at the outskirt of Minna.

Alh. Ibrahim Balarabe Kagara said it is one of the aim of the administration of Gov Abubakar Sani Bello to ensure that every community in the state is connected to the National Grid which is in line with the administration’s restoration agenda. He disclosed that in addition to the 300 transformers purchased, the administration of Gov Abubakar Sani Bello has also constructed additional 133/33KVA Power Substations at Mokwa, Bida, Kontagora, Paikoro and Wushishi Local Government Areas.

The honourable commissioner added that launching the transformers in Nyikangbe is symbolic in the sense that it was a promise fulfilled. He called on the community leaders and the youths to protect the facility against thieves and vandals.

Speaking earlier, the representative of the village head, Dr. Haruna Adamu Muhammad said the community has been in black out since 2nd November 2017 and all efforts to get AEDC to fix things proved abortive. He thanked Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello for the gesture and solicited for more social amenities to the area.
The commissioner was accompanied to the ceremony by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Engr. Abubakar Sadiq Balarabe, Director Electrical Engr. Is’hak Muhammad Lapai and other top staff of the ministry.

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Your Campaign Of Calumny Against Osinbajo Will Fail, Group Tells PDP

A leading Social Political group in Nigeria, The Progressive League has reacted to the PDP diatribes against Professor Yemi Osinbajo describing it as unwarranted, unfortunate and ridiculous.

This is contained in a statement signed its Acting Publicity Secretary, Mr Wasiu Ibraheem, the group stated that the PDP Publicity Secretary is not only playing God and seer of the future but deliberately dishing out lies typical of the drowned opposition party.

According to the group, “The PDP is still living in fool Paradise thinking Nigeria can be cajoled by their lies and deliberate distortion of facts about Buhari-Osinbajo leadership. It is equally ironical that PDP moribund campaign are the ones talking about the political relevance of the people’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who has shown without fear or favor that the office of the vice president is not meant for selling off government properties but giving back to the people and uplift the less privileged for the greater good of our country.

The political sophistication of the South West will never make them fall prey to the gangs of looters working tirelessly to find their way back to the National Treasury against the consistency and tireless effort of Prof. Osinbajo. Without leaving any part of the country behind, we have no doubt the choice of good over evil is a easy one for the South West in particular and Nigeria in general.

The PDP efforts to continue to bandied fake corruption allegations against the vice president is another Dubai Strategy of PDP that is already falling flat.

On the N33bn NEMA Fund and Tradermoni, we say Osinbajo is a truthful, credible and a man of integrity whose contributions has brought Change to Nigeria as a public officer never found culpable of any corrupt practice in his political career.

The PDP should not forget that the House of Representatives has since exonerated the Vice President on the claims on the IDP funds. We also state that the TraderMoni is never an election or vote buying method, it is to further strengthen our micro economy.

The PDP should forget returning to power in 2019 as Nigerians are yet to recover from the maladministration and retrogression that bedevilled the country from 16 years.

The Progressive League hereby wants to remind the PDP that the government of the people for the people as represented by Buhari -Osinbajo will never depart this path to progress, this government will continue to build more roads and infrastructure for posterity and the fight against corruption will never cease as a symbol of corruption as represented by your presidential candidate will never lead this nation.

February 2019 is to seal the Next Level for Nigeria.

Wasiu Ibraheem
Acting Publicity Secretary
The Progresssives League

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