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Buhari Wins As Atiku Loses Online Poll Organised By His Support Group

The presidential candidate of the People last Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has again lost an online poll to his main contender in the 2019 election and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari.

The PDP candidate had earlier lost a similar poll organised by Citizens UK where about 6 presidential candidates from various political parties were featured. President Buhari won the poll by a wide margin.
In this latest poll organised by Democratic Solidarity Group (DSG), a political group that has been in open support for the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC), President Muhammadu Buhari scored 66% of the total vote caste, while Atiku Abubakar recorded 34% of the total vote caste.
A total of 38,100 votes were casted on the Facebook page of the Democratic Solidarity Group (DSG) over a 7 days period.
The poll which was created on November 12, 2018 asking “who do you want as Nigeria’s president in 2019” ended on November 19, 2018.
Only the candidate of the PDP and the APC, Atiku Abubakar and Muhammadu Buhari respectively were featured in the poll. The pictures of both candidates where displayed for which voters clicked on for their votes to be recorded.
More polls, both online and offline are expected to be organized in the next few weeks as the race over who wins the 2019 presidential election gathers momentum.
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Your Re-election Will Be A National Consensus,  Igbo Leaders Tell Buhari

A group of select leaders from the South Eastern zone of the country has promised to mobilise for the re-election of President MUHAMMAD Buhari in the 2019 general election.

Speaking during a meeting with the president at the State House in Abuja on Friday, the leaders of the delegation, Engineer Emeka Ekwuosa and the National Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, informed the president that his re-election in 2019 will be a national consensus.
They told  President Buhari that the Igbos and South-easterners generally understand the good things he is doing for Nigeria which they said, had unfortunately been misunderstood.

On his part, President Buhari dismissed the reported endorsement of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, saying he was not surprised by the split within  Ohanaeze Igbo socio-cultural group over it.
President Buhari said that the moment the so-called resolution was announced, he got calls from well-meaning leaders from the region asking him to disregard it as it was without any substance.
According to him, “From that moment, I knew that the resolution would not stand, and alas, there it was.”
President Buhari said that his party, the All Progressives Congress, got it right from the very beginning that the major problems facing the country were mainly on security, corruption and the economy.
“We have done so much. Given the chance, we will do more.  Given every chance, we will tell Nigerians where we were in 2015 and what we have achieved up to now.
“We will not get tired of speaking about the golden opportunity Nigeria lost during 16 years of the PDP.  We earned money, which we didn’t use,” he said.
“The state of infrastructure we inherited was terrible – no roads, the railway was killed and power.  They lacked conscience because anybody with conscience will not do what they did.  We will report them to Nigerians.  Let anybody lead this country but not the PDP.  They were so reckless with the resources of the country,” the President said.
“If you ruin the economy, send your children abroad to get education, won’t they come back?” he asked, adding: “I said it 30 years ago that this is the only country we have.  We must stay here and salvage it together.”
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Why Atiku Was Searched At The Airport – Aviation Minister

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has reacted to the outcry of the presidential  candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, ATIKU Abubakar of the search he was subjected to at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport in Abuja.

ATIKU, Who was returning to the country from Dubai after several weeks of his departure from the country had tweeted the he was harrased and intimidated at thebairport by security agencies who conducted a search on him.

“I arrived to Abuja this morning to a search by agents of the state, aimed at intimidating me and my staff. I am committed to building a Nigeria where no citizen is intimidated by agents of state who are paid to protect them,” Atiku tweeted.

But in a quick reaction, Sirika said the claims by the former Nice President is a mischievous attempt at grabbing the headline, saying the cry by Atiku is one of the resolutions reached by the Atiku team in Dubai to create scaremongering.

Sirika described the search on the former vice president as a routine exercise carried out on all incoming passengers on international flights.

The statement reads in full:

This is a mischievous attempt to grab the headlines. Nigerians need to know that one of the resolutions of the Atiku team at their recently-concluded, opulently-held Dubai retreat was to embark on scaremongering. This is one of such.

For the records, all incoming passengers on international flights go through customs, Immìgration, health and security screening.

Where the aircraft is using the private, charter wing, as the PDP Candidate did, such arrivals are met by a team of the Immìgration, customs and other security agencies. They go to the arriving aircraft as a team. The airport authorities confirm that this is a routine process, applying to all international arrivals, including the minister unless the passenger is the President of Nigeria. The President, the Vice President and passengers aboard planes on the Presidential air fleet use the Presidential wing of the airport.

It is also important to state that even in the Presidential Wing of the airport the President of Nigeria uses, there is the presence of Immìgration and other security officials who must stamp his or her passport on arrival.

By standard procedure, all aircraft on international arrivals must first of all park at the international wing of the aircraft. They can move to the domestic terminal only upon the completion of the arrival processes.

While it is true that the Task Force on Currency at the airport did the routine action of checking the former Vice President’s travel bag, he was accorded full respect as a senior citizen.

These checks are mandatory, conventional, internationally applied and routine. No one is excused from them under our laws. These checks are carried out on all international arrivals and President Buhari does not get involved in them.

Law-abiding citizens are encouraged to respect the laws of the country and our VIPs should not seek to be treated over and above the citizens they wish to serve.

Senator Hadi Sirika,
Hon. Minister of State,
Aviation
November 11, 2018

ALL PASSENGERS SHOULD SUBMIT THEMSELVES TO CHECKS AT OUR AIRPORTS – MINISTER HADI SIRIKA.

This is a mischievous attempt to grab the headlines. Nigerians need to know that one of the resolutions of the Atiku team at their recently-concluded, opulently-held Dubai retreat was to embark on scaremongering. This is one of such.

For the records, all incoming passengers on international flights go through customs, Immìgration, health and security screening.

Where the aircraft is using the private, charter wing, as the PDP Candidate did, such arrivals are met by a team of the Immìgration, customs and other security agencies. They go to the arriving aircraft as a team. The airport authorities confirm that this is a routine process, applying to all international arrivals, including the minister unless the passenger is the President of Nigeria. The President, the Vice President and passengers aboard planes on the Presidential air fleet use the Presidential wing of the airport.

It is also important to state that even in the Presidential Wing of the airport the President of Nigeria uses, there is the presence of Immìgration and other security officials who must stamp his or her passport on arrival.

By standard procedure, all aircraft on international arrivals must first of all park at the international wing of the aircraft. They can move to the domestic terminal only upon the completion of the arrival processes.

While it is true that the Task Force on Currency at the airport did the routine action of checking the former Vice President’s travel bag, he was accorded full respect as a senior citizen.

These checks are mandatory, conventional, internationally applied and routine. No one is excused from them under our laws. These checks are carried out on all international arrivals and President Buhari does not get involved in them.

Law-abiding citizens are encouraged to respect the laws of the country and our VIPs should not seek to be treated over and above the citizens they wish to serve.

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Ambode Perfects Plan To Move To Accord Party, Buys Forms For Governorship, 40 Assembly And 3 Senate Seats

Information reaching this medium indicates that the governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode has began to unfold his defection plans. Reliable sources within his camp have revealed that Ambode is set to contest the next governoship election in Lagos state as the candidate of the Accord Party. It was disclosed that someone from Lagos purchased a governorship form supposedly for Ambode. The name there is a dummy to be replaced exploiting the provisions of the electoral law.

A dummy name is in place under the Accord party and the necessary substitution will be made just before the final date. Another party source disclose that 40 House of Assembly forms were also purchased for aspirants from Lagos as well as three Senatorial forms.

Recall that Lagos State House of Assembly has 40 lawmakers. The conclusion is that Ambode is planning to dump APC with the hope of re-enacting the Otedola scenario.

A Lagos lawmaker who analyzed the situation said it is known that APC members who are aggrieved have been eyeing the Accord party. Ogun state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, recently threatened to decamp to Accord party and has infact told some of his followers to do that.

He opined that Ambode would be committing political hara-kiri if he moves to Accord party or seeks to undermine APC in Lagos.

Our investigations revealed that the likes of Tokunbo Afikuyomi and Fuad Oki are now Ambode’s political advisers. They are back full time after they failed to deliver the APC ticket at the primaries to him.

The lawmaker noted that “Fouad Oki’s political pedigree is not suited for his new found assignment of being Ambode’s lackey. His sudden flip flops and opposition to the imagined impeachment move are attempts to justify the investment Ambode made in him. Fouad will soon find out that Lagos is discerning and does recognize the double speak, political rabble rousing and all that jazz from him as that coming from one desperate for political relevance.”

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Open Letter To Buhari, Tinubu, Oshiomhole And All Leaders Of APC, By Chuks Esogbue

Dear Sirs,

I write this as a patriotic contribution to bettering our party and our society. I want to draw your attention to what is happening in Delta State so as to forestall the danger of woeful failure in the forthcoming general elections. Last Sunday’s gubernatorial primary elections, organized to produce a candidate for the party in the forthcoming general elections, was a show of shame.

Sirs, you will agree with me that no democracy can survive and no electoral process can produce a legitimate outcome without the rule of law and strict adherence to due process. The organizers trampled upon the party’s electoral guidelines, INEC guidelines and moral guidelines with impunity. They turned the President’s change mantra and insistence on fair play on its head. Only one aspirant, out of four, was favoured with sighting of the delegates list by the NWC and SWC of the party. This is an act that directly contradicts Article 9.2 of the party’s Constitution, which states on page 7 that: “Members of the party shall be obliged to affirm the party’s aims and objectives and conduct themselves in a manner that shall not bring the party to public odium and disrepute. Members of the party shall also observe the rules and regulations embedded in this Constitution.” It is left for all to judge whether Sunday’s attempt to impose Ogboru on the people meets the above provision of the Constitution.

Predetermined rules and regulations govern the behavior of people in society, otherwise there will be anarchy. This is why rule of law comprises supremacy of the law, observance of fundamental rights, fair hearing and equality before the law. Equality before the law means that the law should have no regard for status; big or small, everyone is subject to the same rules. Fair hearing simply means giving fair hearing to all parties to an issue or dispute. When we look at these tenets of the rule of law, as far as Sunday’s primary was concerned, we can safely come to the conclusion that the party’s hierarchy has breached the rule of law in so many ways throughout the process that encompassed the preparations and actual conduct of the elections. Arbitrary behaviours demean democracy because they are not backed by the rule of law.

The National Working Committee of APC, the Delta State Working Committee (as headed by Prophet Jones Ode Erue) had the opportunity of uniting all factions and building a bridge across all divides in the party. Against all entreaties to harmonize all the warring factions, they dove headlong into acting out a script from the very pit of hell. Their body language, right from their inception into office has been one of doing the opposite of the wishes of the majority. The people wanted direct primaries but they unilaterally went for indirect primaries. Whose agenda are they pursuing? The fiendish megalomaniacal characters that midwived the primary definitely cannot be representing the people.

Whoever NWC or the SWC is listening to does not want APC to access the power seat of Delta State. This is predicated on the fact that they have decided to sacrifice, on the altar of private interests, the yearnings of the people of Delta State, especially Delta North Senatorial Zone on completion of their two terms of eight years, based on a rotation initiated by the rival PDP in the state.

PDP knew the import of fielding a Delta North candidate to pacify the Delta Northerners and assure the voting public of equity in the rotation of power between the senatorial zones. APC has refused to borrow a leaf from the PDP in understanding and using this political advantage. In the calculation of many pundits, APC will be making a fatal move if they field a candidate from the Central Senatorial District which has enjoyed the longest stay on the executive seat of the state since its creation. The result will be massive sympathy voting in favour of Okowa, who is from Delta North, even though he is PDP.

Now, the question is: Can the APC survive if the Delta North members of the party decide to give their sympathy vote to Okowa who has flown the Anioma flag for only one term. One of the campaign slogans of APC is that Okowa has failed Delta and needs to be replaced. Okowa, and not Anioma, is the one that has performed poorly. Is APC now trying to punish Anioma for the sins of Okowa? Punishing many for the sin of one! Will that not be injustice of the highest order? If Okowa must go, then equity demands that he be replaced by one of Anioma extraction, whose tenure will be only one term, so as to maintain the momentum already created by the rotation. This is the thinking of the majority of Deltans, especially the Anioma people of Delta North.

As an old friend in the PDP fold advanced in a tête-à-tête on the Monday following that sham election, “What makes me happy is that APC has fielded Ogboru again. We will have an easy ride beating him as usual. Ogboru is our ‘wife’ and we know how to beat him every time”. That is the mindset of the opposition and I do not see how anyone can fault that. Ogboru has been serially and soundly beaten by PDP every time. In fact, the last three governorship elections in the state were between Ogboru and the PDP and Ogboru lost in all three, contesting from different parties. Whether PDP won by hook or crook is immaterial here as their man still seats on the throne of Delta today. What is the guarantee that Ogboru will now beat him this time around, especially as APC is trying their damndest to alienate Delta North and their sympathizers in the South and Central districts from the equation? Political strategy should be made of sterner stuff as politics is a game of numbers and we are involved in a three-horse race. If you still believe in progressive change, please do everything in your power to retain the power rotation arrangement because it is now convention borne out of equity.

The people of Delta State are comfortable with the power rotation arrangement which changed the monopoly of the Urhobo since Delta was created because it has helped to douse the ethnic tension which was building between the Urhobo of Delta Central and the Anioma of Delta North. The Ijaw, Isoko and Itsekiri were polarized between the two divides; tension was high before the PDP leadership introduced the solution – power rotation. Now, the question is, “If Deltans are comfortable with power rotation, why is Ogboru fighting it? That fighting can only be the product of a mind that has failed to realize the power of the people. Ogboru’s name might be Great but that does not make him greater that the people. It will be a mistake to field a candidate that treats the feelings of a people with such disdain as Ogboru is doing. The Delta North Factor is the reason Ogboru has failed the elections against Uduaghan and Okowa in quick succession. In the election of Uduaghan in 2011, the understanding had been built that Delta South will have to complete their two terms before Delta North can pick up the mantle of leadership. What played out is that Delta North backed Delta South to hold on to power until 2015, while Delta South backed Delta North to win the gubernatorial seat in 2015. By this rotational arrangement, Delta Central will be due to have the power seat in 2023; that is the year the Delta North people will be comfortable to relinquish power. They still have one more term, whether Ogboru likes it or not. He may call it a nepotistic PDP arrangement but power rotation has brought ethnic peace and calm to Delta State. If Ogboru’s desires were for the betterment of society and therefore honourable, they will succeed but if they are against the people they will fail. The leadership of the party must make it fail. It is an evil desire that can conflagrate Delta State during the main election.

The way forward is for the NWC, the President and the national leaders of APC to resolve this issue in favour of a candidate from Delta North or lose their best chance of dethroning PDP and Okowa. And the best Delta North candidate in this race has been acknowledged by all as Prof. Pat Utomi, who was returned as winner in one of the factional gubernatorial elections, even though he did not participate in it. This shows his acceptability across divides. His intimidating credentials and renowned abilities is something that most Deltans are looking forward to having as one of the dividends of the next dispensation of governance in the state. Over the years, Prof Pat Utomi has shown great commitment to dialogue, social justice, peace and harmony in his interactions in the public sphere. He believes that you need to be a good Christian to be a good politician; this is why in spite of all the provocations arising from last Sunday’s charade in the name of APC primaries in Delta State, he has remained calm, focused and intent on pursuing the noble cause of justice and equity in the party through due process. His life has been one of a long struggle for social justice and governance with a purpose. This, he believes, is unachievable without the rule of law and the reason why he has vowed to pursue justice through due process.

Even if the NWC and the SWC have something else at the back of their minds, other than pandering to the yearnings of the Anioma people, as a strategy for winning the elections, they could at least have provided a level playing ground for all contestants in the primaries. Their obvious shenanigans in the inexplicable desperate bid to enthrone a candidate whose acclaimed popularity has only earned him losses of deposits in his past encounters with PDP is nothing less than a quixotic act.

Please sirs; you must help us put our house in order in Delta State. The NWC must be prevailed upon to declare a contest between Prof. Pat Utomi and Ogboru and let the best man win. I make this suggestion based on the fact that there were two elections that produced the two men as winners. Let us give them the opportunity of going into a direct primary and let the people decide who they want to handle the keys to their treasury. Any one of them, who wins that contest, will win the general election and dethrone PDP. Doing this will boost the party’s image in the eyes of the voting public. We must avoid sending the wrong signals as we approach the day of decision, or we will lose the election.

Against our party’s constitution, quoted above, Ogboru and Omo-Agege on the one hand and O’tega Emerhor and Cyril Ogodo, on the other, have failed to “affirm the party’s aims and objectives and conduct themselves in a manner that shall not bring the party to public odium and disrepute” by conducting two parallel primaries that produced different results.

In view of facts above outlined, my advice is that the NWC and the leadership of APC should resolve this issue as also above suggested. There is need for the realization that rotation of power among the senatorial zones of Delta State has become convention to the people. It has created a balance which eased up the tension among the five ethnic groups in the state. Ogboru and Omo-Agege are now trying to destabilize this arrangement for selfish reasons. The sad fact is the fact that they went to the base level of using under-hand tactics to edge out opponents in the contest. The populace saw what happened and all the confusion it generated leading to shooting and death, all of which have left them with a poor opinion of APC.

The APC was a very peaceful maturing party that was approaching the dream of dethroning PDP with sure steps, until they opened their doors too wide to admit destruction. The influx of people into the party has become a burden due to poor management of issues and the humans whom those issues touch. With your help, we can return to winning ways again. Please act fast to restore the people’s confidence and improve our party’s popularity rating which is at an all-time low now.

Chuks Esogbue is a political analyst, social commentator and President of Kinship Ideology Network (KIN).

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Debunking Fani Kayode’s Assertion

As Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Special Counsel, he’s been speaking with me from his location in Israel in the past few days. I want to make it clear to all that Nnamdi Kanu’s brief chat with Fani Kayode earlier today did not include anything close to agreeing to work together with Fani Kayode to vote out Buhari, as is being circulated on social media.

On the contrary, Nnamdi kanu wants all to know that IPOB remains solidly committed to self DETERMINATION and REFERENDUM; and is therefore not interested in any partisan politics of the moment.

I urge all and sundry to take caution and be guided accordingly.

Barr. Aloy Ejimakor, IPOB Special Counsel.

Below are records found of Aloysius Ejimakor, who did to be 60 years old, born on 8/18/1958. Currently, he lives in Lanham, MD, United State.

 

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Executive Order 6: Presidency Denies Issuing Travel Ban List

The Presidency has denied issuing a list of Nigerians affected by a travel ban as it also clarified that the Executive Order No. 6 is not a political weapon against opposition but part of revolutionary efforts to rid Nigeria of corruption.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity issued the clarification today after a national newspaper published a list containing 50 names of people cutting across the two main political parties and the military establishment.

“I want to confirm to you that we have not issued any list and we are not doing so”, the presidential aide said.

“These cases are well known and to say this or that name is on it will open the door to further accusations, including trial by media.

“The Immìgration Service and other security agencies have the mandate of the President to carry out enforcement and they will do so giving due respects to individual rights, in line with the constitution,’’he said.

The presidential aide was reacting to a trail of criticisms over the implementation of the EO6 by the federal government.

Shehu dismissed the insinuation in some quarters that the activation of the EO 6 was targeted at some individuals or politicians in the country.

“EO 6 is not only revolutionary to the efforts to rid Nigeria of corruption but a manifestation of systemic changes that are required to make necessary adjustments as we carry on with the war against corruption.

“The very essence of the order is to make for speedy trials and conclusion of graft cases.

“The order is not politics and there is no political gain behind its activation.

“These high profile cases we are talking about have been ongoing for between seven to 10 years with no end in sight. These cases were mostly originated by administrations other than this one.

“What is clear is that the access to these resources by the suspects has enabled them to be in a composition to sometime compromise investigation, prosecution and trial.’’

He further explained that, in most of the cases, the courts were held in a helpless position by legal acrobatics paid for from corrupt enrichment by the suspects.

He, therefore, expressed the hope that the new measures put in place would compel everyone involved to make for a speedy conclusion of these cases.

“If it is your money, you have it back. If it belongs to the public, it goes back to the treasury,’’ he said.

Shehu added that the question of the constitutionality of the restriction order had been answered by the fact that “a court of the land has given government a clean sheet.’’

“The Executive Order is legal and constitutional and therefore implementable.

“One of the cardinal objectives of the government under our constitution is to fight corruption. Fighting corruption is a responsibility and obligation upon the government,’’ he further maintained.

NAN

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How Obasanjo Further Indicted Atiku Despite Endorsing Him For 2019 Presidency, By Abubakar Usman

On Wednesday the 10th of October, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar paid a historic – albeit not unexpected – visit to his erstwhile boss and former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. During the visit, the later endorsed the former and in his press conference address even called him the president to be.

For the discerning, former President Obasanjo’s endorsement of Atiku did not come to many as a surprise. For Obasanjo, what is important in an endorsement is the future of his selfish corrupt interests; not the integrity, capacity, or sincerity of the endorsed.

Buhari was Obasanjo’s arch enemy in 2011 when he vigorously campaigned for former President Jonathan. He was to later dump his support for Jonathan and switched to Buhari in 2015 when Jonathan obviously did not give him what he wanted.

In a consistent pattern, today, he has switched support from Buhari to another. This time, to one man he has consistently derided and swore never to support because, in his words, God will never forgive him if he did so.

Obasanjo’s turncoat support for Atiku’s obsessive ambition to be President, irrespective of whatever reasons he gave may not be as a result of the conviction that Atiku is now the opposite version of what he once called him: corrupt, untrustworthy, a disaster, and many other uncomplimentary characters. His reason was simply for the fact that he lacked a candidate that would best protect his future interests in the control of Nigeria. If he had succeeded in putting together his Coalition for Nigeria Movement or a different candidate other than Atiku had emerged from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primaries, Atiku would still have remained the worst thing to Obasanjo.

Prior to now, Obasanjo had told everyone that cared to listen that his former Vice President is anything but good. He said he is corrupt, never to be trusted and sacrifices every other thing for his personal and selfish interests. He summed up this in his autobiography titled “My Watch,” where he described Atiku as thus:

“From the day I nominated Atiku to be my vice, he set his mind not for any good, benefit or service of the country, but on furiously planning to upstage, supplant or remove me at all cost and to take my place… “What I did not know, which came out glaringly later, was his parental background which was somewhat shadowy, his propensity to corruption, his tendency to disloyalty, his inability to say and stick to the truth all the time,a propensity for poor judgment, his belief and reliance on marabouts , his lack of transparency, his trust in money to buy his way out on all issues and his readiness to sacrifice morality, integrity, propriety truth and national interest for self and selfish interest”

The former President held on so much to his views of the former Vice President that he said that God will not forgive him if he supports Atiku for president. But Atiku’s visit to Abeokuta on Wednesday changed everything. Obasanjo went back to his vomit, but wittingly, he picked his words very carefully such that he exonerated himself from any wrong positioning and instead further indicted Atiku and left him with the burden of having to explain to Nigerians what they may soon be demanding answers to. Let us take a look at Obasanjo’s comment and the questions arising from them.

“In the presence of these distinguished leaders of goodwill today, let me say it openly that we have reviewed what went wrong on the side of Atiku. And in all honesty, my former Vice-President has re-discovered and re-positioned himself.  As I have repeatedly said, it is not so much what you did against me that was the issue but what you did against the Party, the Government and the country.”

“From what transpired in the last couple of hours or so, you have shown remorse; you have asked for forgiveness and you have indicated that you have learnt some good lessons and you will mend fences and make amends as necessary and as desirable.

“Whenever or wherever you might have offended me, as a Christian who asks for God’s forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on daily basis, I forgive and I sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do what is right and it will be well with you. Obviously, you have mended fences with the Party and fully reconciled with the Party.”

“There are still areas, nationally and internationally, where you have to mend fences and make amends.  You will know how to handle what is already out and what may yet be put out by the opposition.  But, I am convinced that if you continue with the attitude that brought you here with these distinguished leaders of goodwill, with remorse and contrite heart, the rest of the coast within and outside the country can be cleared.  And if there is anything I can do and you want me to do in that respect, I will do.

The questions arising from these comments by Obasanjo which himself or Atiku must provide answers to are thus:

What went wrong on the side of Atiku and what exactly has he done that proves he has “re-discovered and re-positioned” so much that he is getting Obasanjo’s endorsement to run for president?

What were the wrongs Atiku committed against the country that are so much compare to the ones he committed against Obasanjo as a person?

If Atiku wronged the country as Obasanjo said, why did he go to beg him for forgiveness and not Nigerians?

What were the good lessons Atiku learnt that resulted to him begging for forgiveness and what does the mending of fences and making of amends entail?

What are the coasts nationally and internationally in which Atiku must mend fences that Obasanjo wants to help him clear?

Until disclosures to these questions are made, it is safe to say that Obasanjo’s endorsement of Atiku in the full glare of some clerics and notable Nigerians is display of the gathering of rapacious hawks determined to feast on the commonwealth of Nigeria.

Abubakar Usman writes from Abuja. He tweets @MrAbuSidiq

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Jonathan’s Former Minister, Chidoka Confirms PDP Did Not Complete Any Major Project In 16 Years

Former Minister of Aviation Osita Chidoka has confirmed that Nigeria’s main opposition party did not complete any major project in its 16 years in power.

Osita revealed the failings of the PDP when he tried to answer questions from Tolu Ogunlesi, head of digital communications for @NGRPresident and @asorock on Twitter.

In trying to exonerate the Goodluck Jonathan administration which he served first as Corp Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission and as Minister, Mr Chidoka ended up implicating the administration.

Mr Chidoka had asked President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, Shehu Garba to “name any Rail, Roads, Airports, Hospital that this government initiated.”

But it was Ogunlesi who responded to his tweet. “I assumed we already dealt with this. Nigerians know that is not who starteth what that counteth, it is who finisheth. Anyone can start. Over the last few months I’ve tweeted about dozens of projects Buhari Admin has completed, that were started LONG before 2015. See next tweet.”

Mr Ogunlesi then posed a question of his own. ” I invite anyone who would like to support my big brother @osita_chidoka as he takes this very short and simple exam. It’s an open book exam so you are allowed to open textbooks and discuss. Your time starts now. $400bn, 16 years. Name just 5 COMPLETED projects in rail, power, roads”.

In a bid to answer his question, Mr Chidoka showed that most of the project initiated by the PDP administration were never completed and those by the Jonathan administration were no where near 30 per cent completion.

“This is the list of ROAD PROJECTS started by GEJ and their status at handover date. @toluogunlesi I hope this helps. Will update you across other sectors because I was involved. When you complete projects give credit to initiators as we will also give you credit for completion.”

After scrutinising the document, Mr Ogunlesi replied. ” I’m honestly puzzled that with the hundreds of 2%-completion 14%-completion projects left behind by PDP (and acknowledged by @osita_chidoka), anyone would have the guts to attack PMB on the basis of ‘what have you started?’ It’s hard to make sense of.”

He asked the former minister if he had seen a report of how over N700 billion was disbursed for projects in Niger Delta alone.

Mr Chidoka then tried to justify why the projects were never completed. “It takes about 1 to 2 years to bring an infrastructure project to FEC. Initial Project design 6-12 months Procurement of consultant 6 months Full design and costing 6-9 months Procurement of contractor 3-6 months Any awarded project is 30% done. 1st term is for project initiation.”

For this, Mr Ogunlesi replied, “1st Term is for Project Initiation.” But until I challenged you were harassing PMB that what has he started and completed. Buhari has decided that he will use his first term to complete projects instead of unnecessarily expanding the list of uncompleted stuff.

“I hope people extend these same yardsticks to PMB. Agreed, Infrastructure work in Nigeria can be a nightmare. Below doesn’t even include the scenario in which communities tell you the land for a road or power plant is ancestral land and they cannot move a shrine. It’s crazy.”

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Governor Umahi Expresses Shock Over Choice Of Peter Obi As Atiku’s Running Mate

The Chairman of the South East Governors Forum and governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, has expressed shock over the choice of former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi as the running mate to the presidential candidate of PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar without consulting with the leaders of the zone.

Umahi said the earlier statement quoting him as congratulating Peter Obi was never with his knowledge and dissociated himself from the statement, saying that the position of the entire South East zone has always been that any position zoned to the South East must be deliberated upon by the leaders of the zone.

He said in the case of the appointment of Mr. Obi as Atiku’s running mate, neither the governors, nor Igbo leaders were consulted, a situation he said was a great departure from the earlier agreement.

The governor appologized to Nigerians and Ndigbo for the statement, adding that his Chief Press Secretary acted without his knowledge and wish to state categorically that he has nothing personally against Peter Obi or any other person emerging as the running mate to the presidential candidate of PDP.

He said that any position zoned to Ndigbo must be discussed and agreement reached so that the right thing is done in line with the perculiar nature of Igbo politics and their quest for politics of inclusiveness.

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Utomi Condemns Killing At Delta APC Primaries, Blames It On Indirect Primaries

APC Gubernatorial aspirant and founding member of the APC, Prof. Pat Utomi has condemned the killing and injury at the Senatorial Primaries in Delta State today. He regretted the needless loss of precious lives and blamed Indirect Primaries for the tension and violence consequent on the perceptions that Indirect Primaries are prone to abuse.

He prayed God to show mercy on the deceased and grant loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss.

Prof Utomi who thanked God that the liberal shooting of teargas and occasional bursts of gunfire at the sham gubernatorial primaries last Sunday, did not result in loss of lives, urged the National working committee of our great Party, APC and the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to move quickly to stem further loss of life by calling off the Indirect Primary system in Delta State.

Prof. Utomi called for calm among Party Faithfuls and pledged to work with appropriate Authorities to ensure justice for all and a system that allows the more popular candidates to emerge.
He reminded Party faithfuls that politics is about accommodation and should not be a do or die affair.

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