What If Oba Akiolu Is Working For Jimi Agbaje And Is Counting On Our Reactions? —Don Jazzy Tells Igbos

Ace producer, Michael Collins Ajereh, popularly known as Don Jazzy, has raised a poser that Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, might be working for the emergence of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Jimi Agbaje and was counting on the reactions of the Igbo population in the state to actualize his plan.

It will be recalled that Oba Akiolu has been berated by many for threatening Igbos in Lagos state with death if they fail to vote for his anointed candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Don Jazzy took to his Twitter page, which boast of over one million followers to raise the poser.

“#WhatIf Oba actually codedly wants PDP to win? And is counting on us reacting to his statement. #Justasking o. Cos he said he is related to JK. hmmm blood is thicker than party o. lol oya make i run,” he said.

He also vowed not to join his kinsmen in insulting Oba Akiolu.

Don Jazzy was reacting to one of his followers on Twitter, who challenged him for not rebuking the king.



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The True Story: Why Niger State Governor Kidnapped And Imprisoned Me For 14 Days – Fejiro Oliver

I have deliberately kept this story for a day such as this when the governorship election will be close and the candidate of Babangida Aliyu, Niger State Governor, Umar Nasko will be contesting. Call it a report to witch hunt Aliyu and Nasko and you won’t be wrong. Call it a revelation of the dying minutes to cause bad blood for the duo and you will also not be wrong.

For months I have waited for this moment when Nigerians especially those from Niger State will get to know that as they go to the polls; any attempt to vote in Nasko, the stooge of Aliyu aka Talba will be voting in a pseudo assassin in government house who will be covering the monumental corrupt practices of the State Governor. I must confess that my joy knows no bound when each time I release the fraudulent government of Talba and the indigenes call and text vowing never to vote for him as a Senator and they made good their promise. This is the moment that we have been waiting for, when the true story of my kidnap and subsequent imprisonment will be made public.

As a journalist, I got fed up with reports concerning the Southern governors which are often laced with corrupt practices. I could not imagine why only the governors from the South were always at the receiving end of fraudulent practices while we forget that there are governors also in the Northern parts of the country. My inquisitiveness got the better part of me as I began to look for the most corrupt among the Northern governors and my searchlight landed on Niger State government.

I will not tell us how I did the investigations that unravel fraud worth over N40 billion of Nigerlites wasted in frivolous contracts and expenditures that never showed in the State or the residents. To prove to the world that it won’t be only about document, I got citizen reporters who snapped the mess of a State called Niger; and I set to work.


On August/September 2014, I sent a message to the State Commissioner for Information requesting him to respond to the fraudulent report in my custody. A gentleman I must confess; he responded that I could also contact the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Saidu Ndako (who signed some of the document used in siphoning the money), which I did. Ndako replied me and pleaded that I send him the document through his mail which I declined. Instead I sent him parts of the allegations through sms after which he replied that he will get back to me. Few minutes later, I got a call from a person who identified himself as Israel Ebije, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor. He promised to call me back later in the day which he truly did around 8:30 pm.

I told Ebije of the documents and demanded for his response since he was speaking for the State Government. Instead he opted to negotiate the story to be killed with cash, while I also tell him the source of my documents. In response, I demanded to know from him if he was a journalist, which he answered in the affirmative. “It is people like you that kill this profession. If you were not a CPS, but a practicing journalist and a government official asked you to disclose your source, will you”, I replied him. He promised to get back to me with response and ended the call. THIS WAS ALL RECORDED in my phone!


Days later, I reached out to the SSG and CPS in the evening that since they could not give official response, their silence will be taken as consent. Immediately Ebije replied me via text message that I should check my mail which I did and lo and behold, there was a threat daring me to go ahead with the publication and see if our civil conversation will not turn military. Alongside the threat was a lousy statement written by Ilyasu Dhakco, which had no effect to the story I investigated. I contacted my publisher (Daily Voice NG) in United States and we did an editorial calling on the State Security Service (SSS) to effect the arrest of Ebije for threatening my life. The next day followed a photo news on how the State Government under developed the State, showing dilapidated schools and roads.

On the 18th of September 2014 around 10:13am, my phone rang and behold it was the SSG calling. I picked it and after pleasantries, he questioned why I went ahead with the story. I reminded him that he never replied to our questions and in his usual characteristics, he lied that he was out of the country. Then like a baby, he began to plead that I should not continue to embarrass the State Government with the big one coming up. Like a baby denied of her mother’s milk and a voice so humble, he begged that I give them a chance to say their own part of the story before going ahead to publish. I reminded him again that I personally offered to pay my flight ticket in August to Abuja for the interview which Ebije later cancelled and as such I won’t come again. At this juncture, he requested that I come to Minna which I refused, suggesting the same Abuja where he will meet me. Then he offered to pay for the flight ticket for me to come the next day, and requested that I send my account number, which I refused; telling him to make the booking and send the flight details via mail.

Cunning SSG, he called later around 1pm that there was no one to send for the booking as all of them had gone home and I should send my account number so I can do it myself. It sounded funny that the SSG with all his retinue of aides could not find someone to send. I bluntly told him to call back any of the aides and send, to which he muttered some words and ended the call. In the evening around 7pm, one of my staff called me that the flight ticket has been paid for with the details sent to the official mail. AGAIN ALL THESE OUR CONVERSATIONS WERE RECORDED!

I went to the Asaba International Airport to board my flight of 4:30pm. There we exchanged text messages, where he offered to send a cab to pick me but I refused; insisting that someone will pick me when I get there. I requested that he meet me at the Anchor Point (the venue where National Association of Seadogs meets) in Abuja when I arrived and I flew to Abuja.


As soon as I got down from the airport, I switched on my spy camera biros to begin monitoring every event. The spy biro was taken along to record all the conversation I will be having with the SSG, which never came to pass. As I stepped out of the arrival hall, with a female co-passenger who I was using my brand new Samsung S5 to snap; some men approached me pretending to be Airport cab men. At this point, there was uproar as the real cab operators stated that the men who approached me are new and cannot carry me. That was when one of them (the most professional of them) flashed his ID card bearing SSS and in a commando fashion, I was rushed into a small vehicle, handcuffed and blindfolded by three men, while two hilux were in front. While in the vehicle, it was discovered that my Samsung S5 was missing which they attested to that they left on the Airport ground. I heard the short one among them (very unprofessional) who sat in from saying “Strike force, when you get to a quiet place, park let us carry out the operation”. Then I knew this was an assassination about to take place. My remaining two phones kept ringing, and at this point the one who sat by my right removed the blindfold and told me the names of the persons calling. I told them that it was a journalist calling and he was aware that I was coming to see the Niger State Government. Another call came in from UK and when they demanded to know, I told them it was an activist friend who also knew I was coming to see the government.

It was at this junction that they stopped the vehicle, came down and put a cross which I later got to know was to the State Government. What I heard next from the same short SSS official was “he should be brought back alive to Minna”, and the convoy continued. While in the vehicle, the short one suggested that I should be kept with the strike force, which was countered by the one sitting by my right, who asserted that he can’t take such a risk as I may be injured by the strike force which will not be good for the operation.

Late into the night we kept driving very roughly till we got to the Minna Command. After taking records of all that was with me, I was taken into a small detention room with foam and a blanket inside. With a chain on my legs, I was locked up.


*** Fejiro Oliver is an investigative journalist who was abducted by the government of Niger State in 2014 for exposing the rots in the State and the corrupt governance style of Governor Babangida Muazu Aliyu.

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Igbo Leaders Applauded Oba of Lagos As He Delivered Anti-Igbo Speech

By Premium Times

While the Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu, delivered apparently anti-Igbo remarks Sunday, sparking fierce nationwide backlash, Igbo leaders who were part of Mr. Akiolu’s audience, helped prod him on, joining other listeners in applauding the monarch as he spoke, audio and video recordings of the event show.

Mr. Akiolu had told a gathering which had the Eze Ndi-Igbos (Igbo traditional rulers) of all the local government areas in Lagos State that they should cast their votes for his chosen governorship candidate or “perish inside the lagoon”.

The Oba supports the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Akinwunmi Ambode.

“On Saturday, if anyone of you goes against the Ambode I picked, that is your end. If it doesn’t happen within seven days, just know that I’m a bastard and it is not my father who born me,” Mr. Akiolu told the gathering.

“The one you have done before, he’s my son. Jonathan is my son and I speak to him every day. But, this Saturday, by the grace of God almighty Allah, I am the owner of Lagos and the owner of this…for the time being.”

As the Oba spoke, there were murmurs in the audience.

But Mr. Akiolu continued, determined to get his message across.

“Listen. Because this is an undivided chair. The palace belongs to the dead, the living and those coming in future.

“On Saturday, if anyone of you, I swear in the name of God almighty Allah, goes against my wish that Ambode, insha Allahu, will be the next governor of Lagos State, the person is going to die inside this water.”

The audience, including the Igbo chiefs, applauded.

The Oba went ahead.

“I’m not ready to beg, appeal to anybody o. And that’s why Asiwaju and the governor said, I said that is your own. Even the two of them they cannot disobey me. Nobody knew how I picked Ambode. Jimi (Agbaje) is my blood relation and I told him in a plain language he can never be governor in Lagos for now.

“The future belongs to God. I am not begging anybody to go, but you must not, I repeat… what you people cannot do in Onitsha, what you cannot do in Aba or anywhere…

Another round of applause erupted in the room.

“If you do what I want, Lagos will continue to be prosper for you. If you go against it, you will perish in the water. Finish.”

The audience responded with chants of “Kabiyesi o.”

When it was time for the Igbo leaders to respond to the Oba, there was uproarious laughter in the room.

Gordion Ojiako, the spokesperson of the Eze Ndi Igbos in Lagos, promised Mr. Akiolu that they would vote massively for the APC during Saturday’s gubernatorial election.

“Kabiyesi, we are promising you. Why we came all of us is for you to see our faces. If we say we don’t want (on) Saturday…we can’t come here,” Mr. Ojiako, the Eze Ndi Igbo in Amuwo Oriade, said.

The Igbo leader asked his colleagues, “By Saturday, all of us are going to vote whooooo?”

They chorused, “Ambode!”

“Ehen! And we tried. Even when we were trying for the national… Kabiyesi you can see this paper, this is the rally we did. This is the rally we did, commissioner can testify.

“So we are telling you that coming Saturday we are going to show you the way it used to be.

“And why we’ve come here today sir, Kabiyesi, is to come and congratulate and thank you for being our father in Lagos. We don’t need to talk much because after Saturday, Sunday we come for party before you do handover.”

The Igbo leaders then broke into a victory song, “Winner oooo winner oooo…”

The Oba joked that Mr. Ojiako should come to Sunday’s victory party with his “young daughter”.

There was more laughter in the room.

The monarch’s speech came under severe criticism with Nigerians lambasting him for his utterance.

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, told him to apologise to the Igbo people in Lagos “without delay”.

On Monday, when PREMIUM TIMES asked Mr. Ojiako why they were not offended by the Lagos monarch’s statement, he said it would be wrong to challenge the king inside his palace.

“We will go back and convene a meeting of Igbo stakeholders and respond to him appropriately,” Mr. Ojiako said.

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Dear Agbaje, You Threatened Nigeria If We Didn’t Vote Jonathan; We Didn’t… [VIDEO]

Dear Jimi Agbaje,

We recollect that in London earlier this year you threatened Nigerians that if we did not vote for your master, Goodluck Jonathan, there will be terror unleashed on Nigerians. You told us then that for this reason we must all vote for Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. Well we did not. I am therefore writing to ask you what you plan to do. Are you in the kitchen wiring together the bombs you will use to fulfill your promise? Or have you sent money to the terrorists, be they in the North or Niger Delta who perhaps you planned to use to activate this threat?

As you advocated for Jonathan you threatened as can be listened to in the video of the event embedded below, that the consequence of a South-south terror shut down for your premiere will be worse than any kind of North shut down for democracy.

Dear Jimi, your type in my view are the scum of the earth.

Here are your words from this January in text and video; how do you justify this wickedness to the conscience of the common man:

“Now, in 2015, we are saying that the South-South has presented a candidate and we are talking about equity and some are saying that he should not be given a second term. This is a very difficult thing.

“In argument, some have said ‘what will happen?’ Well, people will be upset and they have shown that they have the power to shut down the system. I am talking politics here. I am not saying it is justified but the reality is there. If the system is shut down, where are we as a country?

“They say if the others don’t get it, they too could shut down the system. Yes they can shut down the system but ask yourself which of the two do you think we can survive with? And these are the realities that we have to face.

“These are the realities that we have to allow. First, we have to sell the achievements of our person but we have to understand the politics of our country that we are still doing turn by turn and it must run in a way that is equitable.”

VIDEO: Jimi Agbaje Threatens Nigerians

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Forgive, Be Your Brothers’ Keeper, Buhari tells Nigerians

President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to use the occasion of the Easter season to forgive those who might have wronged them during the electioneering period and come together as brothers and sisters to rebuild Nigeria.

Chronicling, the supreme sacrifice of Jesus Christ to save mankind from sin and other man-made imperfections. Buhari said that Nigerians must emulate the virtues which continued to make Easter a significant part of the lives of many Nigerians.

A statement yesterday by Dele Alake, Director of communications,  APC campaign organisation quoted Buhari as saying that, “Nigeria needs all of us now to banish hunger, abolish poverty, demolish injustice and furnish our nation anew with uncommon patriotism and exemplary sacrifice.

“As we turn a new page in the history of our great nation, as we open a new chapter in the struggles of our people to create the social and economic conditions that will make possible equal opportunities for the children of the poor and rich; for the graduates from North, South, East and West, we need to bury the conflicts of the past so that we can cherish the harmony that our new democratic republic shall bring.”

President-elect Buhari then enjoined all lovers of democracy in general and voters in particular to help shape a better and greater Nigeria with the votes that they will cast in the April 11 polls.

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BOMBSHELL: Oba of Lagos Was Paid By The PDP To Make Annoy-Igbo Scenario – Aide

By NewsRescue

An aid of the Oba of Lagos has communicated to us that he has evidence that the ruling PDP party paid the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu to make recent scenario address covertly aimed at galvanizing Igbo support towards opposition candidate, Jimi Agbaje.

According to the source, the meeting with audio and video recording was an elaborately planned and staged setup to be propagated days to the election to try to erode support for the APC contestant and consolidate Igbos toward Agbaje so he can score the type of votes in Lagos Jonathan scored courtesy of divisive politics.

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Lagos Palace Makes Further Clarification on the Statement by the Oba of Lagos

My attention has been drawn to a publication in a national newspaper where HRM Oba Riliwanu Akinolu was alleged to have threatened Igbos in Lagos to make them vote for Ambode.

Last Sunday, all honorary Eze Ndigbos in Lagos paid a courtesy call to HRM Oba Akinolu. At the meeting the visitors praised the Oba for his fatherly support for and cooperation with Igbos in. Lagos. They assured him of their continued good neighborliness with other tribes in Lagos and support everything that’ll further strengthen that harmony.

Oba Akiolu on his part acknowledged the enviable performance of Governor Fashola and his contribution to the growth of investments in Lagos. He gave the assurance that he is not disturbed or angry with South-East and South- South votes for President Jonathan as perceived by the Eze Ndigbos. The Obas thereafter called on the Igbos chiefs to show appreciation to Lagos State by supporting his candidate Mr. Ambode for continuity of excellence as they have earlier promised.

He assured them of his continued support? and assistance where needed and the meeting ended with the traditional breaking of kolas, alligator pepper, and bitter kola and pouring of liberation on the ground. It was within this context that that the tradition of Lagos with regard to the lagoon came up. It was noted that whoever works against the throne and the interest and peaceful co-existence of Lagos would end up in the lagoon as per tradition.

Oba Akiolu stated further that the Igbo people have not betrayed the throne. Lagos has also not betrayed the Igbo people. Lagos has done so much to make the Igbos comfortable and to prosper. For this, we expect reciprocal respect and understanding. The Oba of Lagos prays that the Lagoon and the throne will continue to bless and protect all those who reside and visit Lagos.

Oba Akiolu is the father of all irrespective of tribe, religion or political persuasion. In Lagos, we have an old traditional proverb that relates to the Lagoon. The Lagoon is unique to Lagos. The proverb stresses the need for unity and understanding when you do business in an environment and in this case when you live and do business in Lagos.

Oba Akiolu prays for peace for the land of Lagos and prosperity for all its inhabitants.

Signed: Chief Lateef Aderibigbe Ajose, Opeluwa of Lagos

April 6, 2015

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Between Engr Mustafa Bello And Chief Servant Babangida Aliyu: The Untold Stories

By Engr. Mustafa Bello FNSE

My Dear and Great Citizens of Niger State,

I come back to you once again on the coming elections of Saturday, April 11th and the need for us to unite once again to ensure we totally defeat the out-going Governor and his annointed (Istiharah) product as well as ensure that the State has a responsible and united House of Assembly.

This time around, we should be in an even larger number than that of Saturday March 28th, 2015.

For your information the following were the good I did to Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu as against what I got in return from him;

  1. In 2007, when he was forcefully imposed on us as a candidate, my house, then staying at the NNPC Housing Estate, Area-11, Garki, Abuja was the second place he visited after that of Professor Jerry Gana, seeking support in campaign, finance and ideas. In the course of the entire campaigns of 2007 and 2011 I voluntarily sourced from friends and expended N74M on his campaign and election in 2007 and N58M in 2011.



  1. Upon “Winning” the election in 2007, he drove himself to my Minna house ( Which he later claims I had no house at all in Minna, but an “Abuja Politician”) to plead with me to give him the idea I shared with him on “Wards Development”, on which I later returned to Abuja and developed a thin, not too detailed, brief on and which his administration had attempted with extreme difficulty and abuse, to impliment and which remains the only “Joker” his government is boasting o despite it’s shortcomings! The governor has never publicly or privately acknowledged that the entire idea of “Wards Development” was from Mustafa Bello.



  1. When the late President Umaru Musa ‘Yar Adua (Rahimahul Lah!) became fully incapacitated and obvious that his ailment was hopeless and terminal, I was one of those previledged to be consulted on possible choices of a Vice President by Gen. TYD & Others and in my honest opinion I stated that beside his (Talba’s) “Mouth” that could embarrass the Government of Nigeria, he may be a good material if given that opportunity. I remember the General stating that, “If we take away that (meaning his mouth)” I said he had no other problem and being very honest. Then the General said “ask him to see me”! Immediately I left the venue I sent him a text and, unlike him that was traditionally hard to recieve a response of a text message from, immediately called me directly and he later went to see the General. AlhamdulilLah that did not materialize because Allah knew what was in his heart for me from him for my good towards him.



  1. When Prof. Gana and Kure teamed up to ensure that the State Party Executive was desolved like it happened in Adamawa and some few States, to give them individual advantages, I made sure I had audience with Mr. President, Mr. Vice President and then Party Chairman Alh. Bamanga Tukur to explain the true situation of things on ground in Niger State and through that I rescued the entire Party Exco from eminent dissolution. The same leadership of the Party and key figures of the Exco treated us the way the governor wanted!



  1. When the Governor nominated Maibasira as their replacement for the National Youth Leader, the same Maibasira, who later turned a traitor, came to me seeking for support and protection, seeing what was going on between the National Chairman and Governors. Right in front of the same Maibasira, who apparently did his National Youth Service in my then office, the NIPC, I placed calls to Sen. Abubakar Gada, an SA to the then National Chairman, and Barr. A. Gulak, an Adviser Political to Mr. President seeking they ensure, Maibasira made it as the National Youth Leader, no matter the situation. AlhamdulilLah, Maibasira made it against all odds but what I got in return from Maibasira, an agent of Talba was treachery acting on the instructions of his “Boss” by changing the entire list of Niger State Delegates for Party Primaries to reflect the wish of the governor as well as reporting every decision on the National Working Committee of the Party to his politically-finished “Mentor”! Glad in one of my subsequent interactions with A. Maibasira in his office, I told him that if the Party steered away from course of justice, “It would face hell”! Glad that Allah has vindicated me! They have indeed seen the “Hell”!



  1. In 2007 when the issue of a National Secretary of the Party came up as zoned to the North-Central. Everyone that was at the meeting had a coincidental convergence of mind on one person, “Mustafa Bello”! I started recieving phone calls from everywhere. To cut the story short, getting to even see my governor became an issue. By the end of the day every other governor, or his deputy in the Zone assured me of support, my State Governor turned away his face and that’s how Niger State lost an opportunity. Infact he had the guts to inform Alh. Sidi H. Ali, who challenged him, that I did not even mention to him. An incontrovertible lie!



  1. I need not to state how I was treated at the Party “Primaries” all in an effort to continue to tell Abuja the traditional lies that we are not on ground. Allah Has shown who are on ground!



  1. Throughout his tenure I can say without fear of contradiction that his administration had never approached me with even an appointment of a Counselor in appreciation of all that I have done, infact not even a word of appreciation. I did not ask and was not approached. My Patience has Paid as in “Suru-Lere” an addage of the Yoruba which means “Patience Pays”!


My dear citizens of our Great State, we have an opportunity to remove completely remnants of people who got high offices cheaply and never valued it let alone it’s people. The governor saw us as a set of people that must accept whatever gabbage.

AlhamdulilLah we have shown them in the first instance we are not consumers of gabbage but responsible citizens who remove irresponsible governments whenever it surfaces.


I thank you.

Engr. Mustafa Bello FNSE


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Jonathan Tells Fayose to Resign or Face Impeachment, Says Time of Impunity is Over

Outgoing President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has told the embattled Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state to resign now or face the inevitable option of impeachment by the 19 lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Jonathan was said to have told Fayose that the time of impunity in Nigeria is over and that he (Jonathan) is committed to the rule of law. “As you can see, I am already packing my personal belongings out of the Villa, back to my Village, I cannot influence any process, we must allow the law to run its full course, we cannot continue to disrupt due process, that is not good for the country.”

According to a source, Fayose (and the Ondo state Governor, Olusegun MImiko) were deliberately absent at the post election meeting held with Jonathan in Aso Rock because of the dismal performance of the PDP in the South West despite the last-minute huge investment and the promises that the zone will be delivered to the party.

The 19 All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly have begun moves that may lead to impeachment proceedings against Governor Ayodele Fayose.

The factional Speaker of the Ekiti state House of Assembly, Dr Adewale Omirin, had last week,forwarded a notice of gross misconduct to the governor, a copy of the notice was also sent to his deputy, Dr. Olusola Eleka.

But Fayose in his characteristic manner said the APC lawmakers should stop acting like “jesters”, describing the purported impeachment notice as the “joke of the century.”

According to him, the script being acted by the APC is a failed one because no one, no matter how highly placed, will be allowed to test the will of the Ekiti people.

In the letter by the 19 lawmakers titled, “Re: Notice of Allegations of Gross Misconduct,” sent to Fayose, the APC lawmakers listed eight impeachable offences against the governor. These offences bordered on impunity, brigandage, stalking and other constitutional breaches.

These included alleged invasion of the House of Assembly with thugs and miscreants, instigating an unconstitutional takeover of the House by seven legislators to sit in contravention of Section 96(2) of the 1999 Constitution, and prevention of the 19 APC legislators from performing their duties with the use of security agents and armed thugs.

Other allegations listed in the notice are: sponsoring an unlawful impeachment process in the house, spending Ekiti State funds without the requisite constitutional approval in contravention of the constitution and running the government without legally constituted Executive Council in contravention of Section 192(2) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

They also accused the governor of operating an illegal 2014 budget as well as sponsoring and instigating illegal sitting of the House in contravention of Section 96(1) of the Constitution.

It was also learnt that moves by the embattled Governor Fayose, who published some death-wish adverts against the candidacy of the President-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, to seek a truce with Buhari has hit brick walls.

Fayose was said to have sent some emissaries through some traditional rulers in Ekiti state to help him appeal to Buhari for forgiveness, saying that his attacks on him were not personal but part of politicking.

The Supreme Court has also reserved ruling till April 14 in the appeal find by the APC in Ekiti state challenging the emergence of Fayose as governor in the June 21, governorship polls, in which the PDP won in all the 16 local governments of the state.

Source: Osun Defender



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“I Think It Is Enough And I Am Happy, I’ve been In A Cage For 16 Years” –Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday looked back at his 16 years in public service and concluded that he was “in a cage” during the period.

But he was quick to admit that he had yet to see anybody luckier than he had been.

Jonathan spoke while receiving residents of the Federal Capital Territory who were led by Vice President Namadi Sambo to pay him Easter homage at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said, “For me as an individual, this Easter concides with the time I am leaving(office) but I always say that I am one of the luckiest Nigerians. I have yet to see somebody luckier than me.

“I have been in government for 16 years beginning from 1999. Not in government as a parliamentarian because if you are a Senator or House of Representatives member, you take care of yourself, you live in your own house.

“I was in a cage, being taken care of by government. From May 29, 1999 to date; 16 good years. I think it is enough and I am happy.

“Please help me to thank God for that. I will continue to thank Nigerians for giving me that privilege. I became a deputy governor because Bayelsans voted for me and my governor then (Diepreye Alamieyeseigha). I became a Vice-President because Nigerians voted for (Umaru)Yar’Adua and myself.

“I continued in 2011 because Nigerians voted for me and Namadi Sambo. I have to thank all Nigerians. Wherever I will be, I will remain grateful to this great country. Today is a glorious day for me.”

Jonathan said Nigerians should be ready to make sacrifices for the survival of the government   at every given time.

He said during his days as deputy governor, he kept telling people that what he needed was patriotism and not loyalty.

The President cited the examples of soldiers and policemen who, according to him, are dying daily in the fight against Boko Haram in order for others to live.

He added, “So as a people, as a government, what I   believe we should always ask is: ‘What sacrifice   are we making?

“Now, it is not about supporting Jonathan or his government. Now, Buhari is coming on board; it is not about supporting Buhari or his government but the sacrifice   we are willing to make for government and for the nation?

“If you are a businessman and you say you are supporting government but you don’t pay tax, how then do you expect that government to survive?

“While in Bayelsa State as a deputy governor, people used to come to me to say ‘I’m loyal;’ but I always tell them   to   say that   they are patriotic to the country.

“To me, whenever I travel out of the country and see things work, I tell myself that those things didn’t fall down like manna; people made sacrifices. Therefore,   people in Nigeria must also be ready to make   sacrifice.

“Whoever becomes President is immaterial so long as the citizens are happy: our children go to school, the sick   go to good hospital and of course, the economy is working. But for them to take place, people must make the required sacrifices.

“In the ECOWAS sub-region for example, Nigeria has the lowest rate of Value Added Tax which is five per cent. Other countries in the region pay up to 12 per cent.

“If for instance, Buhari decides to increase VAT from five to 10 per cent, will Nigerians support him? That is sacrifice and we must make sacrifice.

“Nation building depends on   sacrifice by individuals and patriotism.

“We are talking about Boko Haram or terror, soldiers are dying so that others can   live, policemen are dying while protecting us. These people are making sacrifices. As individuals we don’t need to die but there   roles we need to play and one of them is to make   sacrifice.”

Jonathan cited the case of China, saying when its economy was threatened, the citizens locked up themselves for a period of time.

He recalled that by the time they opened their doors, the country   became a threat to the biggest economies.

The President wondered if Nigerians were ready for that kind of sacrifice which, according to him, is one of the key lessons of Easter.

Sambo, in his remarks, thanked Jonathan for what he described as achievements.

The Vice President said   by accepting defeat in the last elections, Jonathan had saved the country and made it a pride of Africa and a global star.

“For your contributions and actions, your name will forever be in gold in the history of the world ,” Sambo said.

The Vice President said he was proud to remain the President’s deputy, friend and brother.

He said since the five years he spent with the President were enough to obtain first and second degrees in a university, he had obtained Ph.D under Jonathan’s tutelage.

“I will forever be loyal to you. We are members of one family. We are very proud of you. All Nigerians appreciate the strong foundation you have put in place,” he added.

A giant Easter greeting card was presented to the President during the event that was attended by the deputy governor of Sokoto State, Muktar Shagari; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan; and the Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh.

The Head of Service, Danladi Kifasi; the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Muhammed; the Minister of State, FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide; and the Chief Imam of Abuja, Muhammed Musa were in the delegation.

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Why Jonathan lost to Buhari – Emir Sanusi

Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the current Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, says President Goodluck Jonathan lost because of the mood of voters which was determined by the economic conditions and level of poverty across the country.

Sanusi, who is now known as Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, said this during an interview with our correspondent on Saturday.

He said the voting showed that areas which had a high rate of poverty felt neglected by the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government over the years.

Sanusi said the presidential poll results showed that the figures of the PDP in presidential elections from 1999 had continued to dwindle significantly.

The monarch said the PDP got fewer votes in 2007, less in 2011 and then fewer votes in 2015 causing the ruling party to finally lose to the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress.

He said, “I think in 2011, it was very clear that Jonathan had lost many states in the North that had previously been won by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. And it was clear that there was a general sense by people of the Federal Government not investing in the areas where there is a high level of poverty.

“I believe more and more of those states began to feel that sense of not feeling the federal presence and not feeling the impact of democracy in their pockets and I think it is extremely important for people to connect with the government and when you have such conditions after 16 years of democracy, it was natural that people would want to have a change and I think this is basically what has happened.

“I don’t think it is something about an individual, I think it is something that has been going on for a number of years and you could see the states won by the PDP in 1999 and what they won in 2003, what they won in 2007, 2011 and you would begin to see the changes in the way Nigerians were responding so it was a matter of time.”

Sanusi, however, commended Jonathan, the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari; and the Independent National Electoral Commission for the conduct and atmosphere of the election.

He said change of leadership was good for democracy as it encouraged healthy competition. He said it was the trend in democracies across the world.

“I think it is good for the country that you have different parties winning and if the APC performs, they get another term and if they don’t, they get voted out after four years and it is extremely important that this happens so let us not see it in terms of somebody losing,” he said.

Sanusi also urged Buhari not to focus solely on corruption but on other areas that required urgent government attention such as education, decaying infrastructure, diversifying the economy and fixing power.

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