Pastor Enoch Adeboye is an Exemplary Nation Builder – Buhari

General Muhammadu Buhari, APC presidential candidate has congratulated the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye on his 73rd birthday.

The APC presidential candidate described Pastor Enoch Adeboye as a peace-loving citizen, in a statement released by the Directorate of Media and Publicity of the APCPCO.

“Your role as a nation-builder is being acknowledged by all, and I enjoin you to continue in your service to God and humanity,” said Malam Garba Shehu.

The statement concluded by wishing the amiable Pastor Enoch Adeboye long life in the service of God and humanity.
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Defamatory Documentary: Tinubu To Sue AIT

All Progressives Congress National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is set to sue the management of the Daar Communications Limited, owners of the Africa Independent Television, AIT for the defamatory content of a documentary aired on Sunday.

Counsel to Asiwaju Tinubu, Mr. Tunji Abayomi, said a letter asking Daar Communications to apologise for the content and stop further airing was delivered this afternoon.

A part of the letter to AIT reads, ” … You aired an hour long documentary focussing on our client (Bola Tinubu). Clearly pre-occupied with political resentment and hatred neither warranted, necessary, proper, or justified, you published several false allegations against our client…More disturbing is your misrepresentation that the said documentary was “sponsored” without disclosing the “sponsors”. You cannot under law, hide under media freedom to maliciously injure a citizen’s reputation”.

The letter also demanded for N20billion (Twenty Billion Naira) as cost of damage done to the reputation of its client failing which the client will sue the company.

Another part of the letter reads: “…to affirm the right of our client against your defamatory publication, we demand that you confirm to us within 24 hours of receipt of this letter, an apology and retraction of the said publication/documentary.”

 

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Plot To Remove Jega This Week Thickens As Fears Rises Over Another Poll Shift

There are indications that the Presidency may this week show the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, the exit door.

This is coming as insider sources revealed that the hawkish members of President Goodluck Jonathan’s inner circle have convinced him to move in an aggressive and decisive manner to remove Attahiru Jega as the commission’s boss.

Sources within INEC as well as the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) disclosed that, barring a last-minute change of heart, President Jonathan will go ahead this week to force Mr. Jega to embark on a terminal leave prior to the end of his year in the middle of 2015.

Mr. Jega’s removal was a done deal, a PDP source said. According to him, the hawks around Mr. Jonathan, including Ms. Alison-Madueke, Governor Olusegun Mimiko, Vice President Namadi Sambo, and presidential aides Doyin Okupe and Femi Fani-Kayode, believe that the PDP and Mr. Jonathan can weather the storm of any fallout from the firing of the INEC chairman.

“They believe the APC, the world press, the US and EU will make noise, but then everybody will eventually calm down,” said the source. He added that the same situation played out when President Jonathan removed Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Governor of the Central Bank.

Our sources said the decision to remove Mr. Jega would open the door to appoint a new chairman, a national commisoner of INEC, Amina Bala Zakari,  who would be open to jettisoning the use of permanent voters cards and other anti-rigging technologies. “Once Prof. Jega is removed, Mr. President will nominate a new chairman who will declare that INEC is not ready to use PVCs. And once PVCs are removed, it will become easier to carry out major rigging,” an INEC source said.

He added that the Presidency had been able to use its massive slush funds, sourced from deals in the oil and energy sectors, to compromise a majority of INEC officials in the states. Over the last four years, Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke has been stashing away funds that President Jonathan is now using to bribe electoral officials, traditional rulers, and even some members of the civil society groups.

It was gathered that Mr. Jonathan had distributed more than $200 million to different groups since INEC postponed elections two weeks ago.

Our sources said Mr. Jega’s refusal to be compromised in the conduct of this year’s elections had spelt his doom. “Many RECs (resident electoral commissioners) are in the party’s [PDP’s] pocket, but Professor Jega has refused even to pick up the phone calls of those representing the president. That’s why the decision has been reached to push him out of the way,” one INEC source said. He added that Mr. Jega knew that the eyes of the world were on him, and had decided to run elections that are acknowledged as credible.

Several sources said the removal of Mr. Jega is a major part of a strategy developed by President Jonathan’s team to ensure that they win the presidential and other elections by hook or crook.

While the plan t remove Jega may have been perfected and concluded, there are fears that the March 28 and April 11 elections may be shifted.

The elections were originally slated for February 14 and 28. They were shifted because the Service Chiefs told the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that they could not guarantee security. They asked for six weeks to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents troubling the Northeast.

“The same reason is likely to be advanced in making a case for another postponement,” a source said last night.

The Service Chiefs, it was learnt, will tender the military’s recent gains in the war against Boko Haram to make the case for another postponement.

The military says it has made much progress in the anti-terrorism war, retaking towns captured by the terrorists and making arrests.

But, the popular thinking, particularly  in the camp of the opposition, is that another shift will allow the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to perfect its strategies to stay put in office by manipulating the elections.

The strategies include:

•the sudden push for the removal of INEC Chairman Prof. Attahiru Jega and;

•the campaign against the use of the Permanent Voter Card (PVC) and the Card Reader – two key elements of a fraud–free election, according to INEC.

The PDP insists that many would-be voters are yet to get their cards. Besides, the party says the Card Reader may go faulty.

Almost 80% of would-be voters have got their cards. INEC says there are spare card readers, should some suddenly go faulty.

 

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Military Issues Security Alert, Says Suicide Bombers on the Prowl

Against the backdrop of the massive air bombardments and artillery pounding of Boko Haram terrorists in the North-East, military authorities have issued a security alert warning of plans by the group to carry out suicide bombings in several parts of the country.

The plot, it was gathered, is aimed at diverting attention from the epicentre of the terror war in North-East with the killing of unsuspecting members of the public in a soft target siege at such places like markets, recreation grounds, gardens and important national monuments.

Nigerian troops in collaboration with forces from neighbouring countries on the platform of the Multinational Joint Task Force, MJTF, have decimated most of the operational bases of Boko Haram terrorists while many of them have been killed.

In their bid to remain relevant and attract importance, the group has once again reverted to the use of suicide bombers in its evil campaign against Nigeria as witnessed in places like Kano, Jos, Yobe etc.

The security alert wants Nigerians to be vigilant and on the look-out for potential suicide bombers already brainwashed and probably drugged by the terrorists. Top intelligence sources insisted that Boko Haram members, in their desperation to escape the military onslaughts on their camps and their bid to retaliate such offensive, may have resorted to suicide bombings which was their hit-and-run tactic used mostly between 2012 and 2013.

This time around, however, the terrorists have been using children and teenagers especially females to perpetrate their nefarious activities on soft targets in some Northern states. “Their major mission is to attack soft targets like motor parks, schools, worship centres, markets among others for maximum casualty among the citizens,” a source said.

It was further gathered that some of the explosive devices used for suicide bombing were dynamite materials stolen from quarry industries within and outside the country. However, the collaboration against religious extremism forged by countries around the Lake Chad Basin has so far frustrated the insurgents that it is now difficult for them to strike in Nigeria and run to neighbouring countries who have sealed off their borders against the terrorists hence the resort to soft targets.

In the last two weeks, several towns and local governments in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, including the training facilities and logistic dumps of the insurgents have been reclaimed by Nigerians troops.

Reacting to the development, Directorate of State Services, DSS, in a statement issued at the weekend said: “It has become evident that following the successful, sustained air raids and intense combat operations by the military on insurgents’ positions in the North-East which had effectively degraded the capacity of the terrorists, its members are now in disarray and have resorted to taking out their anger on hapless civilians and soft targets.

“This development accounts for the recent spate of attacks recorded in Yobe, Kano, Borno and Plateau States with intent of distracting security forces. “Accordingly, this Service wishes to advice members of the public to be vigilant especially in crowded environment and when travelling. Commuters should desist from boarding unmarked vehicles along the road and only use designated motor parks.

“We also reiterate our call on motor park managers to ensure proper screening of vehicles, persons and luggage entering their premises. They should also look out for new faces who show up as drivers and conductors.”

 

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Nigerian Troops On Patrol Encounter And Dislodge Terrorists, Recover Arms

Troops on cordon and search along Djimitillo Damaturu road axis on Friday night had an encounter with a group of terrorists after their hideout was discovered by troops.  The fierce fight to dislodge them from the location which is very close to a market, resulted in the capture of   Machine Guns and rifles as well as the death of some number of them.

 

Some of the terrorists are believed to have died in the fire that gutted the house where they had made their base.  A soldier was killed while another was wounded and is undergoing treatment.

In Gulak, Adamawa State, troops in pursuit of terrorists caught up with some of them who were in the process of blowing up a bridge to deter troops advance.  The terrorists were not lucky as they died in their encounter with troops.  The troops are continuing with the cordon and search of the town and environs after overpowering the terrorists.  A lot of arms have been recovered in the process.  Troops are also dismantling the terrorists group’s flags hoisted in the towns.

CHRIS OLUKOLADE
Major General
Director Defense Information

Cache of arms recovered from the terrorists

 

 

Terrorists killed in their attempt to blow up a bridge; 

 

Troops in a group photograph with one of the dismantled terrorists flag; 

 

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INEC Publishes Data of PVC Distribution in All 36 States and the FCT

Ahead of the 2015 general elections, a total of 14,505,729 Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) are yet to be distributed, latest data from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) revealed yesterday.

By the recent data released by the electoral commission, a total of 54,327,747 PVCs have been collected so far, at a rate of 78.93 percent.

The commission further disclosed that a total of 67, 206,600 PVCS have been distributed to the states.

The last data released by INEC on February 17 shows that 52,275,367 PVCS were distributed at 75.94 percent.

However, the data shows a difference of 2,052,380 (3.01 percent) between February 17 till date.

Nevertheless, Akwa Ibom State has recorded the highest number of PVCS collected so far at 1,587, 566 at 94.46 percent.

This is followed by Bauchi State,where 1,938,192, PVCS have been collected at a rate of 94.36 percent.

The lowest state still remains Ogun State, where 808,590 PVCS have been collected at a rate of 44.20 percent.

In Zamfara State, 1,397,296 PVCs have been collected at a percentage of 93.42; in Taraba State, 1,252,491 have been collected at 93.42 percent.

 

Independent National Electoral Commission

Issuance Of Permanent Voters Cards As At February 26, 2015

 

(a)     (b)                         (c)                          (d)                         (e)                          (f)

1         ABIA                     1,396,162           1,382,181           1,132,928           81.15

2         ADAMAWA        1,559,012           1,570,370           1,364,804           87.54

3         AKWA-IBOM    1,680,759           1,720,645           1,587,566           94.46

4         ANAMBRA         1,963,173           1,915,070           1,527,045           77.78

5         BAUCHI              2,054,125           2,024,340           1,938,192           94.36

6         BAYELSA             610,373               577,230               404,119               66.21

7         BENUE                 2,015,452           2,015,441           1,566,186           77.71

8         BORNO               1,934,079           1,544,612           1,320,667           68.28

9         CROSS RIVER   1,175,623           1,184,534           919,622               78.22

10       DELTA                 2,275,264           2,282,018           1,795,307           78.91

11       EBONYI               1,074,273           1,043,746           848,392               78.97

12       EDO                      1,779,738           1,784,404           1,197,829           67.30

13       EKITI                    732,021               813,871               505,829               69.10

14       ENUGU                1,429,221           1,434,511           1,169,408           81.82

15       FCT                       881,472               903,613               552,381               62.67

16       GOMBE               1,120,023           1,129,622           1,064,577           95.05

17       IMO                      1,803,030           1,772,129           1,352,554           75.02

18       JIGAWA              1,831,276           1,857,558           1,794,646           98.00

19       KADUNA             3,407,222           3,447,996           3,159,011           92.72

20       KANO                   4,975,701           4,827,236           4,112,039           82.64

21       KATSINA            2,827,943           2,809,910           2,620,096           92.65

22       KEBBI                   1,470,648           1,484,580           1,316,656           89.53

23       KOGI                    1,350,883           1,330,400           926,013               68.55

24       KWARA                1,142,267           1,153,109           858,623               75.17

25       LAGOS                 5,822,207           5,558,062           3,693,355           63.44

26       NASARAWA       1,242,667           1,228,098           1,026,657           82.62

27       NIGER                  2,014,317           1,981,183           1,642,144           81.52

28       OGUN                  1,829,534           1,387,401           808,590               44.20

29       ONDO                  1,524,655           1,501,694           1,073,904           70.44

30       OSUN                   1,407,107           1,569,368           1,021,169           72.57

31       OYO                      2,415,566           2,416,470           1,603,168           66.37

32       PLATEAU            2,001,825           1,812,704           1,430,852           71.48

33       RIVERS                                2,537,590           2,295,325           2,091,132           82.41

34       SOKOTO             1,611,929           1,650,081           1,428,098           88.60

35       TARABA              1,340,652           1,347,104           1,252,491           93.42

36       YOBE                    1,099,970           973,250               824,401               74.95

37       ZAMFARA          1,495,717           1,476,734           1,397,296           93.42

Total                    68,833,476        67,206,600        54,327,747        78.93

 

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Jonathan’s Men After Our Lives For Endorsing Buhari, Northern Christian Leaders Allege

Christians from Northern part of Nigeria under the aegis of Northern Christian Leaders Eagle Eyes Forum (NCLEEF) have raised the alarm, accusing President Jonathan’s agents of threatening their lives following their recent endorsement of the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari.

Addressing the press in Kaduna today, Chairman of the Forum, Pastor Aminchi Habu said President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure in the past six years was a disappointment to Nigerians; particularly Christian community which he claimed gave the President the winning votes in 2011 general elections.

Pastor Habu said it was based on the failure of the Jonathan administration that the Christian Forum decided to dish the President and endorse General Buhari who they believe could rid the country of insecurity and underdevelopment.

According to Pastor Habu “Our decision to endorse Buhari was informed by our patriotic commitment to build a free, fair and a secular society where the inheritance should be justice to all.

“After the endorsement, our members, especially the Chairman of this Forum have continued to receive threatening phone calls and text messages, labeling them a sell-out group who have abandoned a Christian candidate in the person of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“We supported the present government in 2003, 2007 and 2011, however after critical analysis, the Forum decided to endorse General Muhammadu Buhari based on abysmal performance, the security challenges, outrageous corruption in public places, coupled with economic downturn under the Jonathan administration.

“Our enemies accused us of collecting N500 million from General Buhari, this accusation is not only wrong, but a blatant lie from the pit of hell. We charge anybody with concrete evidence of any money collected by anybody on behalf of the Forum to come forward with such evidence.

“The endorsement of Buhari was done publicly, and not secret like our accusers will do, yet segment of corrupt minds are employed to water down the good intention of the Forum which is to build bridges and promote peaceful co-existence without our complex diversity.

“We shall not betray our trust as religious leaders for any monetary consideration. We shall do everything humanly possible within our calling to protect the interest of our image.

“We are therefore calling on the Christians not to be deceived by these religious bigots and shun sentiment by voting the right candidate in the forthcoming general election”.

 

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No Plan To Sack Jega, FG Assures Again

Barely hours after Northern elders warned President Goodluck Jonathan not to attempt sacking the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, the federal government  has again come out to deny any such plan exists.

The denial is also coming on the heels of a similar allegation by the APC Senators who Thursday raised the alarm about a plot to force Jega to go on terminal leave next week. The general elections have been rescheduled for March 28 and April 11. The initial date for the elections were 14 and 28 February before INEC was forced to shift the dates on the excuse of insecurity.

Speaking on the allegations yesterday, the supervising Minister for Information, Edem Duke, who based his defence on the recent assurance made by  President Goodluck Jonathan during the last presidential media chat said government was not considering such plan to remove the INEC boss before the general elections.
Duke who is also the minister of Culture and Tourism however told  Journalists in Abuja that Jega will leave office in accordance to the laid down service rules.
According to him “the  issue of the INEC Chairman, I want to align myself with Mr. President on that. This is not to say that if it is the time for  the INEC chairman to ease out of office, the natural civil service law would not be allowed.”

Buttressing his explanation , Duke said that “it is natural for anybody who reaches the terminal date in service to ease out.” He however stressed that all the issues are ” within the terrain of the president and he has spoken.” Duke also pleaded with the media to continue to do those things that will foster peace and national unity; stressing that the media  needed to be guided  so as not to set in motion things that could endanger the unity of the country.

 

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Presidency Plans Disruption of March Election, Hires OPC, Other Bandit Groups

Nigerians who have been waiting and anxiously yearning for a change as per who becomes their next president come May 29 may after all be disappointed if the news at our disposal is anything to go by. The News Alert can authoritatively revealed that the Presidency through some people are working seriously to truncate the voting process once they discover that the poll results is not going the way of President Jonathan.

To achieve this, the presidency is working with some socio-cultural organisations like the OPC to disrupt the voting process particularly in the South West once the voting pattern is not in favour of Mr. Jonathan.

To this end, a leader of the organisation, one Otunba Gani Adams have been detailed to recruit enough thugs to do the dirty job, scare the voters by creating violence.

A source at the Villa revealed to us that Otunba Gani Adams was sighted at the Villa last week Friday in company of some aides of Mr. President. Gov Fayose of Ekiti and Gov Mimiko of Ondo were also at the Villa that day to perfect the deals. Gani was quoted through a reliable source that he demanded for a huge some of money from the presidency to procure necessary weapons and allowances for his boys.

The huge sum running to millions of naira was however approved. Another source privy to the meeting said the leader of the OPC have been asked to mandate his thugs to monitor all the polling units across the towns and villages of the SW, and where Jonathan seems not to be winning, the OPC thugs should create violence and disrupt the voting process.

That plan is expected to be carried out strategically at once across the south west states. This will lead to invalidating the results of those areas and where it becomes a general phenomenal, the INEC may be forced to cancel the election. Once this happens, the source said the presidency will automatically call for the cancellation of the election as it will be adjudged as not credible, fair and transparent.

The cry and outpour from this crisis may either lead to the institution of an interim government or a military take over. This is another plan by the presidency at making sure GMB is denied the presidency of this country. I can assure you that the presidency is fully prepared to truncate this election once it did not go the way of Jonathan. “This is a signal to the opposition and Nigerians, let us cry out now and warn the so called OPC leader and those who are promoting Gani Adams and others like him, not to send us into another war because of their selfish interest,” the source warned.

That plan is expected to be carried out strategically at once across the south west states. This will lead to invalidating the results of those areas and where it becomes a general phenomenal, the INEC may be forced to cancel the election. Once this happens, the source said the presidency will automatically call for the cancellation of the election as it will be adjudged as not credible, fair and transparent.

The cry and outpour from this crisis may either lead to the institution of an interim government or a military take over. This is another plan by the presidency at making sure GMB is denied the presidency of this country. I can assure you that the presidency is fully prepared to truncate this election once it did not go the way of Jonathan. “This is a signal to the opposition and Nigerians, let us cry out now and warn the so called OPC leader and those who are promoting Gani Adams and others like him, not to send us into another war because of their selfish interest,” the source warned.

 

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Don’t Dare Sack Jega, Northern Elders Warn Jonathan

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has warned President Goodluck Jonathan not to dare remove the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, ahead of next month’s general elections. Spokesman of the forum Professor Ango Abdullahi gave the warning today at a press conference in Bauchi where he stressed that sacking Jega at this material time will be a recipe for disaster.

Ango who was joined at the briefing by Alhaji Mohammed Bello Kirfi (Wazirin Bauchi ) said: “With regards to Jega’s tenure any attempt at this last minute by this government or its agency to remove Jega is a clear message that this government is determined to rig an election in which they see Jega as an impediment simply because he thinks that the Commission must follow the rules for a free and fair and credible election. This is the message they should be ready to send to the world.”

On the postponement of the general election, he added that for several months now, INEC has been consistent and emphatic on its readiness to organise and conduct the 2015 elections in February saying the reasons given were “flimsy, clumsy and indefensible.”

On the excuse of insecurity, the Northern elders viewed it as “fake because only a small fraction of the security personnel in the country are directly engaged in the war against insurgency within the north east enclave of the country.

“We also know that even in countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan , Sri Lanka and more recently Afghanistan where full scale wars were still raging when they decided that election could still be held and indeed were held”

He raised the alarm that the ruling elite was hatching plans to scuttle the 2015 general election and derail the regular democratic institutions from functioning to serve the needs of Nigeria.

Among threat to democracy he highlighted include “the use of soldiers to rig the recent election in Ekiti, massive use of public funds to bribe voters and electoral officials, intimidation and harassment of opposition in Rivers, Kano, Lagos, refusal to accept modernisation of the balloting process by the sitting government”

The forum affirmed its earlier stance that the 2015 elections must hold within the time lines allowed by law adding that by May 29, 2015 ” there must be new administrations at the federal and state levels based on credible, free and fair and transparent elections”

Ango maintained there is no room for any fabrication called interim government saying it is inconsistent with the 1999 constitution.

 

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Naira Rain: Jonathan Doles Out Billions to Igbos in Lagos as Sambo Replicates Same in Kaduna

Ahead of the postponed presidential elections, as vice president Namadi Sambo distributes billions of Naira in Kaduna, president Goodluck Jonathan is also distributing billions of naira in Lagos according to the report below from PMNews:

Leaders of Ndigbo resident in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, have confirmed that they were given money by President Goodluck Jonathan during his recent visit to the state to solicit for their support and votes.

Making this known is the former President of Ohaneze, Lagos State, and coordinator of Goodluck Jonathan Support Group, Dr Oliver Akabueze.

He said that the president solicited for their support and asked the leaders to mobilise Igbos in the state to vote for him.

He explained that the money received was not a bribe but campaign fund to mobilise the Igbos in the state to vote for the president who is seeking re-election.

Akabueze also stated that the president donated a luxury bus for his campaign and that the bus must be fuelled and a driver must be employed to drive the bus around the state during the campaign for Jonathan.

Though he declined to disclose the amount of money the president gave them in Lagos, sources said it runs into billions of naira.

READ: N5Billion Scam on Jonathan: Igbo Leaders Condemns Ohanaeze

Investigation revealed that the manner the money was shared has divided the leaders. Some of the leaders are grumbling because some got more money than the others.

P.M.NEWS learnt from one of the leaders that while some got N500,000,  others were given N300,000 and N100,000 respectively.

Some of the leaders who spoke to our reporter but did not want their names mentioned, said the money has caused division as some of the leaders who felt shortchanged said they will not campaign for Jonathan, saying those who got more money should go ahead and campaign for the President.

Last week President Jonathan spent five days in Lagos during which he held series of meetings with various ethnic and socio-cultural groups and their leaders to seek their support for his re-election.

During his stay, he reportedly doled out billions of naira to the groups, though his media aide, Reuben Abati, denied that the president gave out money to any group. by Cyrus Izuekwe.

 

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Jonathan Gave Us Money—Lagos Igbo Leader

Leaders of Ndigbo resident in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, have confirmed that they were given money by President Goodluck Jonathan during his recent visit to the state to solicit for their support and votes.

Making this known is the former President of Ohaneze, Lagos State, and coordinator of Goodluck Jonathan Support Group, Dr Oliver Akabueze.

He said that the president solicited for their support and asked the leaders to mobilise Igbos in the state to vote for him.
He explained that the money received was not a bribe but campaign fund to mobilise the Igbos in the state to vote for the president who is seeking re-election.

Akabueze also stated that the president donated a luxury bus for his campaign and that the bus must be fuelled and a driver must be employed to drive the bus around the state during the campaign for Jonathan.

Though he declined to disclose the amount of money the president gave them in Lagos, sources said it runs into billions of naira.

Investigation revealed that the manner the money was shared has divided the leaders. Some of the leaders are grumbling because some got more money than the others.

P.M.NEWS learnt from one of the leaders that while some got N500,000,  others were given N300,000 and N100,000 respectively.

Some of the leaders who spoke to our reporter but did not want their names mentioned, said the money has caused division as some of the leaders who felt shortchanged said they will not campaign for Jonathan, saying those who got more money should go ahead and campaign for the President.

Last week President Jonathan spent five days in Lagos during which he held series of meetings with various ethnic and socio-cultural groups and their leaders to seek their support for his re-election.

During his stay, he reportedly doled out billions of naira to the groups, though his media aide, Reuben Abati, denied that the president gave out money to any group.

 

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