Why Buhari Will Not Rig Election – BMO

President Muhammadu Buhari has no reason whatsoever to rig next month’s  Presidential election and any fear by the opposition elements that President Buhari is preparing grounds to rig the election is a mere conjecture and completely false.

According to the Buhari Media Organisation(BMO), the All Progressives Congress (APC) has all it takes to win the coming election fairly and creditably, with a landslide.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said President Buhari’s unmatchable and verif iable achievements have gladdened millions of Nigerian voters who are going to vote for him massively.

BMO asserted that the Peoples’s Democratic Party (PDP) was raising false alarm because it foresaw its failure in the election as its campaign “has been wobbly, inconsistent and incoherent, principally du e to the fact that it has nothing positive to campaign with and attract votes.

“President Muhammadu Buhari on the other hand has multitudes of  consistent followers  and ordinary Nigerians whose lives he has impacted positively; these include  the 500,000 N-Power beneficiaries, parents of over 10,000,000 children being fed under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme, the 200,000 cooks and local farmers involved in the school feeding programme. Others are the 12,000,000 farmers and fishermen who actually donated money to his campaign, a majority of the 22,000,000  students of tertiary institutions in the country.”

 The BMO added that: “2,000,000 petty traders in the Market Moni and the Trader Moni loan schemes, the 350,000 Nigerians being empowered by the Government Enterprise and Employment Programme (GEEP) have all indicated their determination to vote for the President.”

The Buhari Media Organisation   says that given the loyal followers and supporters of the President in 17 of the 19  states in the North, his  huge support base in the South-West and some areas in the South-South, “victory for President Muhammadu Buhari is a given.”

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House To Commence Debate On 2019 Budget Thursday

The federal house of representatives has resolved to commence the second reading of the 2019 budget.

Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, hinted that the House will commence the second reading of the 2019 budget after a valedictory session
in honour of a member representing Ibeju-Lekki federal constituency of Lagos State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Abayomi Abdul-Kabir Ayeola, who died on December 30, 2018.

“I hope copies of the budget have been circulated? If copies of the budget have been circulated, we may have to start the second reading of the budget tomorrow,” Dogara stated.

He added: “We will set aside some time to pay tribute in form of valedictory session for our brother, Hon. Ayeola and the late President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari.”

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President Buhari Challenges Citizens To Expose Corrupt Officials In Government

President Muhammadu Buhari, has urged persons or organisations with any evidence of corrupt practices against members of his administration to come forward with such evidences to him for prompt action.

The president gave the challenge at a town hall meeting tagged: ‘The Candidates’ organised by the MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with NTA and DARIA Media in Abuja on Wednesday night.

President Buhari was fielding questions on the allegations that the government’s anti-corruption crusade was skewed against a section of Nigerians, and that members of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) with questionable credentials were being protected by the government.

The Moderator of the programme Kadaria Ahmed, specifically cited the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir Lawal, who was relieved of his appointment over allegations of corrupt practices, but was not prosecuted, instead he had been seen campaigning for the president.

However, President Buhari said: “That is not fair criticism of the government. I do not think there is anybody that is being pointed out as corrupt in this dispensation which we looked the other direction.

“I told you why I have to be careful; the public should help us, if there are strong allegations that are backed up with evidences, bank accounts, names of companies floated and contracts awarded.

“Then we will take them before the courts through the EFCC and ICPC; and we have to trust the system and allow them to complete investigation.

“If we just take people in as we did during the military and lock them up, the present democracy a multi party democracy does not approve of that.

“If you accuse any person, you have to provide evidence in court for him to be prosecuted. So, if there is strong allegations, the government may decide to ask people to go, like in the case of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, we asked him to go.

“The matter is already before the EFCC and I believe that a directive has been issued to charge him and all persons who have cases before the EFCC.’’

He reiterated that his administration would not tolerate any form of corrupt practices from any quarters, saying those making allegations should be able to provide evidence why the accused should be prosecuted.

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President Buhari Explains Why He Is Seeking Re-election

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is seeking re-election to
consolidate on his achievements in the fight against corruption, insecurity and to ensure economic development.

President Buhari stated this yesterday at a town hall meeting tagged ‘The Candidates’ organised by the MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with NTA and DARIA Media in Abuja

He said the All Progressives Congress (APC) nominated him as its presidential candidate because he had delivered on the campaign promises of the party.

“We want Nigerians to remember where we were in 2015, where we are now and where we are going,” he said.

On fears of losing the 2019 presidential election, President Buhari stated that it wont be a big deal because he had lost same election three times before his eventual victory in 2015.

According to him, he had lost elections since 2003 until 2015 when luck smiled on him, noting that he had had to go to court to contest his proclaimed defeat in various courts of the land to no avail during those periods.

“Well, it will not be the first time I would lose an election. I lost in 2003 and went to court for 30 months. I lost in 2007 and went to court for 18 months. I lost in 2011 and went to court for eight months, all the way to the Supreme Court. What they were doing at the time was to write marks and said anyone who disagreed should go to court. But God dey,” he said.

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2019: Atiku Vows To Sell NNPC If Elected

residential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar yesterday vowed to sell the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) if elected on February 16.

Addressing the business community with his running mate, Peter Obi, during a conference on “Getting Nigeria’s Economy Working: A Pragmatic Approach,” in Lagos, he argued that NNPC must be disbanded through privatisation if they must be efficient.

“Privatising NNPC would be to our advantage. We are not going to lose anything, but we will rather gain a lot,” he said.

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2019: Politicians Creating Tension In The Country – Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has expressed worry over the unnecessary tension created by politicians in the build up to the 2019 general elections.

The Sultan, who spoke at the second general assembly of the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP) in Abuja yesterday condemned the way some clerics predict the winners of elections, saying the trend could cause a crisis, especially if the proclaimed candidate loses.

According to him, since religious leaders know that power comes from God, they should pray that their preferred candidates win rather than sell out to vote seekers.

He said: “As religious leaders, we should be careful about what we say to our followers in churches and mosques, bearing in mind that we will all, one day, stand before Allah and account for our deeds. We should never allow ourselves to be used by any political party or candidate. If you want to support any party or candidates, do it personally.

“Religious leaders should preach love for one another and do whatever they do with the fear of God. President Buhari has given assurances that the elections will be free and fair. But are the security agencies and politicians ready?”

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Kwara Govt Confirms new Cases Of Lassa Fever

The Kwara State Government has confirmed two cases of Lassa Fever as  well  as  a case of Yellow Fever infection  in  the  state.

Speaking with newsmen at a press briefing, the Kwara  state Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Usman Rifun-Kolo said the outbreak of Lassa Fever was identified in a farm settlement in Taberu and Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara.

He explained that the two cases of the disease involve a husband and wife who were natives of Benin Republic which has border with the state, adding that the husband and wife were farming in Baruten.

According to him, the husband and wife were diagnosed in a health facility which confirmed the case, and that the state government had already deployed disease surveillance team to identify those who have been in contact with patients.

Rifun-Kolo maintained that the surveillance team  had identified four people with history of fever in the area, noting that the four cases raised suspicion of Lassa fever, which prompted them to take samples from the individuals for further  investigation.

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CJN Onnoghen: Nigerians Must Fight Corruption At Any Level – BMO

Nigerians must unite and decisively take a stand against corruption, no matter who is involved, the Buhari Media Organisation has said.

In a statement signed by the Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Cassidy Madueke, the Secretary, the group noted that the President Buhari administration is undeterred in its resolve to fight corruption at all levels of government, regardless of the position of the person, or any sentiments attached.

The group was reacting to comments made in some quarters over the recent arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

“We are aware of the sentiments from various quarters on the arraignment of the CJN, but we are equally worried that there is a mindset in the country that sets certain people to be special. The Chief Justice of the Federation leads Nigerian’s third arm of government responsible for the application of the law, he of all people must lead by example, and thus where there is suspicion as to his conduct, it is only right that the law take its course with him.”

“It is important to remind Nigerians that this Chief Justice is the same person who had, in a statement credited to him, said that wherever Nigerians saw corruption among Judges they should call it out. As long as he has nothing to hide then the law should be allowed to take its course, and this should be the mindset of all Nigerians.”

“In fact, Justice Onnoghen is reported to have admitted to have forgotten to declare some of his  assets. He said he made a mistake, that is embarrassing, to say the least. A man who should know better than any law officer in the country, should appreciate that ignorance is not an excuse in law.”

The  group also argued that in saner climes a chief justice of the country who had previously sat and oversaw cases of other public officials where they failed to declare their assets would have resigned honourably so as not to shame his exalted seat.

“This same Chief Justice has sat down on cases bearing on the declaration of assets by public officials, he had declared some wanting and set others free – like he did to the Senate President – so what is there if he subjects himself to the same procedure he has subjected others to. Moreover, for the sanctity of the profession and the respect for the judiciary, we would have expected that the Chief Justice step down after admitting to making such a profound mistake that casts doubt on his integrity and honesty.”

The group stated that the President Buhari administration was intent and determined to build stronger institutions and would not interfere in the matter. 

“The President does not have a hand in the matter, and would not ask that it should be withdrawn, neither would he endorse it. President Buhari believes that when institutions are tested and left to work independently, they are strengthened. And this is his position.

“President Buhari at every point in time he lost an election, before his eventual victory in 2015, submitted himself to the courts and whatever they decided.”

The group called on Nigerians to attune their minds to supporting the President’s anti-corruption war, and support institutions that were set up to purge the country of corruption in any form, especially in the public life. 

“Nigerians must not look at the anti-corruption fight from a partisan point of view but from one that seeks national development and restoring sanity to the country.”

The group highlighted that, “President Buhari has the political will to fight corruption and must be given all necessary support. He is the only President who has taken on the three arms of government where corruption was alleged, including his own Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who he did not spare but fired, and who is under investigation by the EFCC.”

The group noted that the fact that top Nigerians were being investigated and prosecuted showed that the President was not sparing anyone, whether in high or in low places.

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Kwara 2019: Abdulrasaq Visit Victims, Condemn Ban On Street Rallies

The gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq, Tuesday, condemned the ban on political rallies and processions in the state by Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.

Abdulrazaq, who visited his party supporters who were shot and brutalized by thugs loyal to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state
called on police to fish out the the perpetrators.

His words: “They started by attacking our rallies, we have held many rallies and there have not been violence in any of the rallies, but the moment we stepped out to campaign, they attacked us. We launch our billboards but they bring them down.”

“It’s not about APC candidate any more, it’s a movement to bring Kwara back after 16 years of stealing, they stole our resources, they have turned Kwara state into an ATM, they steal money, all you need to do is, look at evidence presented at the code of conduct tribunal to see where our monies have gone.”

Reacting to the governor’s ban on rallies and procession, he said, “They don’t want us to get there but we’ll get there by the grace of God. In a democratic setting, how can they ban a rally. We are victims of violence here we are victims of their violence and it must stopped.”

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2019: Politicians Stockpiling Arms, Says National Task Force

The Director-General of the National Task Force on Prohibition of Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons, Dr. Osita Okereke, said governors and their collaborators are stockpiling arms ahead of the elections.

Dr. Okereke revealed this at the National Assembly on the need for the Senate to quickly pass the Bill on National Commission on Prohibition of Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons and other related matters.

According to him, apart from stockpiling arms and ammunition, governors were  acquiring police and army uniforms to be distributed to uninformed youth to cause mayhem during the elections.

He said: “Information reaching us shows that some politicians, including governors, have been acquiring arms and ammunition to be given to the youth during the forthcoming general election.

“In addition, they are also acquiring police and army uniforms for these youths for use during the lection.

“If the youths that are likely to be recruited were given the opportunity to serve in the proposed commission before February general elections, they would not fall prey to the evil machinations of desperate politicians.

“This is why we want the bill to be passed by the National Assembly and assented to by Mr. President before the election date.”

The DG further urged the leadership of the Senate to fast-track the passage of the Bill on the Establishment of National Commission for the Prohibition of Illegal Importation of Small Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons ahead of the February 16 presidential and National Assembly elections

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Kano Govt Inaugurates N500m Power Project

The Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje has inaugurated the Gada Biyu electrification project at the cost of over N500 million.

The project was aimed at ensuring stable power supply to Gada Biyu and surrounding communities in Doguwa local government area of the state.

At the ceremony, Gov. Ganduje said that the government decided to execute the project to improve economic activities in Doguwa local government area.

He  stated that the state government has also constructed two bridges, a water treatment plant and a new local government secretariat at the neighboring Tudun Wada local government.

Meanwhile, governor Ganduje has directed local government chairmen and village heads in the state to hold monthly security meetings in their domains, in view of security challenges in neighboring states.

The governor gave the directive during a meeting with traditional leaders and Imams in Doguwa and Tudun Wada local government areas, at the palace of their respective District Heads.

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FG Okays 10-Year International Passport

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Tuesday, received the new 10-year Diplomatic Passport from the Nigeria Immigration service.

The passports were presented to the President and his vice by the Minister of Interior, Lt General, Abdulrahman Dambazau Rtd, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, after the extraordinary meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

Lt General Dambazau who was assisted by the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammed Babandede, later told State House correspondents that apart from the 10-year validity, the new passport has an enhanced and self-tracking of application.

He said the passport was weather friendly and has polycarbonate technology that eliminates damage and that it now saves Nigerians in diaspora the time needed to frequently visit Nigerian embassies in search of new passports.

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