Kwara Guber: Saraki’s Political Dynasty In Trouble As Traditional Ruler Walks Out, Withdraws Support For Atunwa

The political dynasty of president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki in Kwara state in swimming in troubled waters as a prominent traditional rulers in the state have withdrawn support for the People’s Democratic Party governorship candidate in the state, Razak Atunwa.

This development is coming amidst the growing popularity of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and the “masses political revolution’’ against the Senate President with a fiery slogan of O TO GE which literary means “Enough is Enough.”

Saraki, in a bid to curry support for his political godson ahead of the March 6 governorship election knowingly duly well that he will be testing his popularity without federal power influence has been having secret meetings with Emirs in the state to seek for their support for his candidate.

Sources said Saraki has resort to buying the Emirs gifts and promising them Political Post if they support and his candidate emerged victorious at the polls.

A close associate of the Senate President who pleaded anonymity, however revealed the senate president faced stif oppositions in one of such meetings held on the 8th January.

Saraki, the source said had promised the Emirs mainly from Kwara North which include those of Pategi, Tsonga, Tsaragi, Kaiama in attendance the post of the secretary to the State Government and Hydro-Electric Power Producing Areas Development commission (HYPADEC). He however declined them the request for a ministerial position if the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) forms the government at the centre.

The Emirs will however have none of Saraki’s promises as they were said to have the complained bitterly about his untrustworthiness to fulfil promises as it has become an election routine to always plead for their region votes.

A particular Emir was reported to have voiced out a failed promise of Governorship ticket promised which the Senate President has said would be given to Kwara North.

The inside source also spoke of another Emir who confronted Bukola Saraki aggressively that his words are political statement that cannot be relied on. He lamented that even the appointments will always go to saraki’s agents which won’t be beneficial to the masses of kwara north but saraki’s alone.

The last Emir that spoke to Saraki according to the inside source was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. His words were believed to have infuriated bukola Saraki when he told him that If the All Progressive congress wins the election, his promises then becomes weightless.

The traditional ruler was believed to have considered the soaring popularity and acceptability of the APC Governorship candidate across the land.

Shortly after the war of words at the meeting which reportedly held at Saraki’s residence, the Emirs were said to have walked out in anger and all efforts to get them back into the meeting proved abortive.

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Buhari-Osinbajo Will Be Re-Elected – Jesusina

 chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Alimosho has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be re-elected during this year’s general election.

Omotola Jesusina, a member of the women wing in the biggest local government in Nigeria explained to journalists in Ikeja, Lagos that the achievement of the APC government in the last three years has been remarkable.

She said before now Nigerians used to queue at filling stations with kegs in their hands to buy fuel but that Buhari has ended that barbaric way of life.

“Before President Buhari came on board kegs and vehicles used to drag for fuel. In Alimosho, when they sell fuel for five kegs, they will sell for two vehicles, but those days are long gone.

“First they brought ‘Change’ and now they are taking us to the ‘Next Level’, Nigerians need to be patient.

“This government has done more for Nigerians than any other government since 1999. We can boast of a more reliable power supply, we can boast good roads like the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and we see the rail roads are coming.

She said the Social Investment Programmes has had huge impact in Alimosho especially the TraderMoni scheme.

“TraderMoni has been a success, come to Ikotun and Ejigbo market and you will hear the success story of the scheme. There is N-Power and the National Home Grown Feeding Programme which is coming to Lagos soon.

“We must also not forget that this government is doing more things with less income. How much is crude oil? But look at the infrastructure across the country.

Mrs Jesusina said the APC will also win by landslide in Lagos commending the choice of Babajide Sanwo-Olu. “If you look at the trajectory of Lagos, you will agree that it is a State that has been led by progressives and that is not about to change.

“Our national leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu began the work to put Lagos on the international map and Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola continued from where he left off.

“Of course, no one can deny the mind-blowing achievements and progress the State has made under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and I can assure Lagosians of more dividends of democracy under Sanwo-Olu.

She praised hon. Kehinde Bamigbetan who is leader of APC in Alimosho for doing a good job to galvanise leaders and members of the party.

“The party structure in Alimosho is solid and we are fully ready to ensure that both at the national and state level APC wins and by the grace of God nothing will change that,” she added.

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2019 Polls: APC Deputy Spokesman, Nabena, Accuses Peter Obi Of Double Standard

The deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi of double standards.

Nabena, in a statement on Wednesday, January 9, also accused the former Anambra state governor of alleged dirty deals while he was in office. He further challenged Obi to explain how his administration expended his security vote as governor.

The Bayelsa born APC chieftain alleged that the Atiku presidential campaign team and PDP have turned to the drug dealers in South Africa for financial assistance, “because their Dubai agenda has collapsed.”

Nabena said the former governor has been parading himself as free of corrupt acts in his eight years as governor of Anamra state, revealing that available record showed that Obi was collecting over N470 million Naira monthly as security vote (N220 million naira from local government and 250 million naira from the state FAC accounts).

He said: “Several sources have revealed how the PDP and Atiku/Obi cannot longer run big rallies for lack of funding but had to contact some drug dealers in South Africa for help.”

He added that the coming presidential election will be about the integrity of the candidates and their running-mates which he noted, “PDP presidential candidate, Atiku and his running-mate does not have.”

The APC chieftain said it is necessary for Nigerians to seriously beam their searchlight on all the presidential candidates and their running-mates, especially those who claim to have integrity like Peter Obi.

“Obi should explain his relationship with former military administrator, Governor Ibim Princewill and Colonel Earnest Kizito Attah of Cross River state whom he allegedly helped as a conduit to fleece Cross River state government thus contributing to the under development of the state,” he said.

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Next Month Presidential Polls Nigeria’s Date With Destiny – Osinbajo

he February 16, 2019 Presidential election will be Nigeria’s date with destiny as it will determine whether the country will make progress or go back to the days of corruption and impunity, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

The Vice President stated this in Abuja on Tuesday when he addressed a cross-section of Nigerians at the “Drive 4 Buhari/Osinbajo Rally” – an initiative of the “I am Ready Campaign Group”, organized to mobilize support for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.  

According to him, “February 16, 2019 is our date! It is the date of our country with destiny; that is the date we will decide whether we want to go forward or we want to go backwards.

“All that President Buhari has tried to do in these past four years, is first of all, clean up the big mess that we met. The major problem of our country has always been corruption; stealing of the resources of the people. I have never heard it before, where a person after stealing your money says: “I am the one who can come back and help you”.

The “Drive 4 Buhari Osinbajo” Rally – one of the highpoints of Prof. Osinbajo’s Tuesday outings, started as early as 9 a.m. with thousands of volunteers within and around the FCT converging on the Eagle Square arena to register their support for the Buhari presidency.

The drive-through rally involved thousands of volunteers many of whom drove their cars and tricycles adorned with President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s posters from satellite towns of Gwagwalada, Zuba, Nyanya, Kuje and other suburbs of the FCT, through the various parts of the city to the Eagle Square, all indicating their support for Buhari’s re-election.

At the Eagle Square, thousands of admirers and supporters of Buhari and Osinbajo chanted victory songs to welcome the Vice President as he made a grand entrance into the arena for the final phase of the programme.

Also on ground to spice up the event were entertainers who danced and sang popular songs to the admiration of all.

Continuing, Prof. Osinbajo said the choice of whom to vote for in the coming elections should not be very difficult as President Buhari is renowned for his integrity, “even Buhari’s worst enemies know that he is an honest man, even the thieves know that he is an honest man.”

Speaking specifically about the programmes and projects executed by the Buhari-led Federal Government, the Vice President said the achievements recorded so far were as a result of prudent and transparent management of resources.

He said: “for the first time, our country is spending money on roads and railways. They have been talking about railways since, for the past 16 years, but we have just started building the Lagos – Kano railway now.

“We are earning less money but we are doing far more. We are also building the Itakpe – Warri railway and even the 2nd Niger Bridge. They commissioned the 2nd Niger Bridge before, but when they commissioned it, there was no design. Today, we have started to build the 2nd Niger Bridge.

“In every State in Nigeria, we are building a major road; we are going to complete the Lagos – Calabar railway, by the grace of God, Port Harcourt – Maiduguri is also going to be completed.”

In the Power Sector, Prof. Osinbajo said “after 16 years, 3000MW of power is all that we had, but today we are at 7000MW. But we have not even started yet, because we know that power is still a problem, so we are trying to solve the problem.”

He said the Federal Government in its determination to address the challenge had adopted measures to address issues of both generation and transmission.

“In Sabon Gari market, we have a separate solar power plant and many of the shops have power now. In Ariaria market in Abia, we have also done the same thing, we also did the same thing in Sura market in Lagos, and we also put power in Edaiken market in Benin.

“Very soon, our country will have enough power with the plan that we have, to provide power separately, only through the National Grid, but to provide power to the different parts of our country so that our country will have power”, the Vice President added.

Prof. Osinbajo assured Nigerians that “President Buhari has a plan, and he is an honest man, and he is making sure that he executes that plan”.

In a related development, the Vice President on Tuesday inaugurated the Buhari Media Centre; continued the Family Chat series, all in Gwarimpa and also interacted with artisans and traders at the UTC complex and the Tipper Garage market, all in the FCT.

At the UTC Plaza in Area 10 – a popular printing hub in the FCT, the Vice President paid a visit to artisans and traders, interacting with them on the activities and programmes of the Federal Government.

On arrival at the plaza, the Vice President was welcomed amidst cheers and dancing by the mammoth crowd.

Prof. Osinbajo interacted with some artisans and traders at the plaza, assuring them of a better Nigeria with President Buhari on the saddle beyond 2019.

Earlier in Gwarimpa, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo inaugurated the Buahri Media Centre in Abuja and had a brief interaction with Nigerians via a live Facebook interview on the activities and programmes of the Buhari administration.

He said: “there is no reason why young Nigerians can’t be trained and equipped for outsourced jobs from big technology firms around the world to troubleshoot and handle customer care questions and be paid by those global tech firms. This explains the Federal Government’s push towards technology.”

The Vice President emphasized that the business of improving Nigeria’s economy is not just by talking and wondered why “those trying to come back did nothing, for example, to fix the Lagos-Ibadan expressway or the Second Niger Bridge for which there was not even a design until the Buhari presidency did it”.

He also made an unscheduled stop at the Tipper Garage Market in Gwarimpa where he interacted briefly with traders, shoppers and people in the market, many of whom received him with cheers and singing in what was an exciting atmosphere.  

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Kwara 2019: Bother About Your Baggage, APC’s AbdulRahman Tells PDP

Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has asked the state chapter of the PDP to bother itself about its abysmal performance and mass rejection of its ‘puppet-candidates’ by Kwarans rather than busy spreading fake news about his own popular candidacy.

“Like its national chapter which has made lies and fake news its campaign policy, the Kwara State chapter of the PDP has been going around claiming that the APC has no governorship candidate in the state,” a statement by AbdulRazaq’s media aide, Rafiu Ajakaye, quoted him as saying.  

“Of course,  everybody knows this is a desperate attempt by the Kwara PDP to take attention away from its baggage and abysmal showings in the past 16 years. Every Kwaran home and abroad has keyed into the Otoge tsunami that is waiting to consume the unproductive, parasitic and rapacious political fiefdom in the state. Every Kwaran knows that behind the Otoge phenomenon is the fine gentleman AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who the INEC has affirmed as the governorship candidate of the APC in Kwara State.

“Kwara PDP’s adoption of grand deceit, fake news and blackmail as campaign policy only shows that it is so ashamed of its own record of underdevelopment, corruption and stone-age politics of ‘mi-fun-e’ (I dash you) that it has resorted to claiming that there is no one contesting against its controversial candidate in the hope that the people of Kwara will give up (on) their unprecedented resolve to vote out the party in March. This tactic has failed as the mood across the state clearly shows. 

“Rather than waste time spreading lies and mischief, we urge the PDP to concentrate on the legal consequences of fielding candidates with records of forgery, perjury and additional baggage of being lifetime stooges to some stone-age emperor who sees Kwara and Kwarans as their inheritance. We urge the PDP to bother more about its many baggages and think about life outside government from May 29, 2019!”

That comes as Kola, the scion of the winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential ballot Moshood Abiola, said AbdulRazaq’s candidacy offered Kwara the best shot to get people-oriented development and true business investments.
Kola Abiola said this in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, when he visited the APC governorship candidate at his home. 

He praised Kwarans for their support for the #Otoge movement, saying AbdulRazaq was the face of the state’s struggle for freedom from political servitude.

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BMO Hails Buhari’s Open-Mindedness

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has described President Muhammadu Buhari meeting the Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun alongside the gubernatorial candidate of the opposition Allied Peoples Movement (APM) Adekunle Akinlade, as a positive development.

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that it is not necessarily a sign of President Buhari’s endorsement of the APM candidate.

This, it said, is especially as he had before now raised the hand of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Dapo Abiodun as his preferred candidate during a recent visit alongside former Ogun State Governor, Olusegun Osoba.

“We are aware of some disquiet among APC members on seeing the picture of the President with Governor Amosun and the APM candidate on the front page of national dailies after the weekend meeting at the Presidential villa.

“But just as the Presidency has made it clear that the President would only back APC candidates, we don’t see the meeting as a contradiction of the stance.

“It in fact shows the acceptability that President Buhari enjoys across party lines as opposed to the recent stage-managed endorsement of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar by insignificant political parties and politicians with no real electoral value”, the group said.

BMO noted that a sign of the President’s wide acceptability is the fact that PDP governorship and National Assembly candidates in several parts of the country are running their campaign with posters bearing his image.

“It is a known fact that there is no living politician with the cult-like followership and support Buhari has in some parts of the country as a result of his legendary integrity, so it is not a surprise that several PDP candidates in Northern Nigeria have been openly canvassing for the President’s re-election.

“The question begging for answer is: why are these candidates not campaigning for Atiku Abubakar or put his image on their campaign posters?”

The pro-Buhari group pointed out that the trend of support for President Buhari among PDP leaders began a few weeks ago with the visit by governors elected on the platform of the opposition party in the South East geo-political zone and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

“Although the meeting was meant to be one where the governors were to show appreciation for federal government projects in the region, especially the contract award for the second Niger Bridge, it came at a time the political figures were at odds with their parties.

“On individual basis, Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi, has publicly left no one in doubt about his positive relations with the President whom he has hailed on several occasions for the infrastructural strides in the region, and of late his Enugu counterpart Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had been pictured wearing a lapel pin with President Buhari’s image.

“What is now left is for the governors and Senator Ekweremadu to be pictured with the viral 4 + 4 hand sign.”  

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President Buhari Will Campaign For All APC Candidates, Says Presidency

The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate in the forthcoming general elections, will campaign for the party and all its candidates.

A presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement while reacting to media enquiries over the hosting of Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Sunday.

Amosun was accompanied by the Ogun state governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Abdulkadir Adekunle Akinlade, during the visit.

The statement read: “Following repeated media enquiries on the matter, the Presidency wishes to state in clear and unmistakable terms that as a party leader and a candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming elections, President Muhammadu Buhari will campaign for the party and all its candidates.

“This, however, does not mean that he, as the nation’s leader, will decline courtesy calls or offers of support from citizens including candidates flying the flags of other parties.

“There is no doubt that the President has no competition here in terms of popularity in the coming elections. But the more support he gets, the wider the margin of victory there will be.

“So please let there be no confusion about this. President Buhari is APC. He will campaign for all APC candidates, but he welcomes support and endorsements.’’

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“Drive 4 Buhari-Osinbajo’’ Rally Starts Tuesday, Says Group

The “I am Ready” campaign group, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) dedicated to the promotion of good governance and democracy in Nigeria, says all is set for nationwide mobilisation of Nigerians to actualise the objectives of the group.

The group’s Secretary, Mr Solomon Uwagabai, in a statement in Abuja, said the rally which starts on Tuesday, was in continuation of supporting the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Feb. 16 for Presidential and National Assembly elections.

According to Uwagabai, the group plans to organise series of rallies tagged “Drive 4 Buhari-Osinbajo”, across different cities in the country to promote the ideals of the Buhari presidency and take Nigeria to the next level.

“The FCT leg of the rally which holds on Jan. 8 is the first of the many drives through rallies to be held in Lagos, Oyo, Kogi, Ogun, Ondo, Kaduna, Osun and Ekiti states amongst other cities.

“Nigerians from diverse socio-political and religious backgrounds will participate in the rallies to be held in other centres and on days to be announced in due course,’’ he said.

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Tinubu To Lead My Re-Election Campaign, Says Buhari

As Nigerians prepare to go to the polls in February, President Muhammdu Buhari and candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has disclosed that national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu would lead the presidential campaigns which moves to Bauchi, on Thursday.

President Buhari stated this on Monday shortly before inaugurating the Presidential campaign team that would work for his re election bid in the 2019 election.

He insisted that the campaigns would be issue based and anchored on the achievements of the last four years.

He urged the campaign council members to resist the temptation of being provoked and remained focused on the campaigns and let us ask for the difference between 2015 and today on fight against corruption, economy and security.

The event held at the International Conference Centre Abuja.

Those in attendance included Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, APC governors, Ministers and other top government officials.

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Akwa-Ibom APC Guber Candidate Ekere Preaches Peace

The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Nsima Ekere, Sunday, called for a peaceful election at the closing ceremony of the New Year prayer and fasting assembly of the Catholic Diocese of Uyo.

In his remarks, Ekere, flanked by Governor Udom Emmanuel, was emphatic on the need for peace during the forthcoming elections.

“All I am saying is that you (the Catholic Church) must continue to pray for Akwa Ibom State because at the end of the day, all that we have is Akwa Ibom State. It’s not about APC. It’s not about PDP. It’s about Akwa Ibom State. And you know that God knows the end from the beginning.

“So, even as we stand here, God knows who the next governor will be. And so, all we have to do as Christians is to continue to pray. So, please, pray for us, sir (Bishop), pray for the political process. We need peace and we need security. We do not need to spill the blood of any Akwa Ibom child in the course of these elections.”

Ekere alerted of plans by some persons in Akwa Ibom State to import thugs to cause mayhem in the state and prayed that “the Almighty God will frustrate the devices of the crafty.”

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2019: APC Vows To Back INEC’s Lawful Innovations

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Thursday said it would not oppose any legally backed instrument introduced by INEC to ensure that the forthcoming general election is peaceful, free and fair.

The National Publicity Secretary of APC, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu said the party will wait for INEC to issue approved guidelines for the elections before taking a position.

Onilu, who was asked by THISDAY Thursday to comment on the election guidelines, said the party will always support any measure aimed at improving the conduct of the elections as long as it has legal backing.

On the use of electronic device to transmit results of the general elections, the APC’s spokesman said, “It will be hypothetical; if we had not objected to it as at today that means we are not opposed to it. I think we should just wait to see the approved guidelines by INEC; then we can state our position.’’

He said since INEC had previously applied similar guidelines without any objection from the party, there may not be such objection this time around.

According to him, “But as far as incidence form is concerned, INEC has been using it before, and we have not asked whether we like it or not; but we don’t want to jump the gun, if they come up with guidelines, then we look at them item by item.

“If INEC is going to unveil the election guidelines on Monday, it will not be nice to start pre-empting it. We will rather wait for the guidelines to come before we can make comprehensive assessment of the situation. We will sit down as a party and then look at things holistically before making our view known.’’

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2019: Why Nigerians Should Vote Out Buhari – Sani

The senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani, has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has wreaked havoc on the people that elected it into office.

Addressing members of the Igbo Youth Peace and Unity Initiative in Kaduna, Thursday,  the Senator who was elected on the platform of the APC but defected to the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) urged Nigerians to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in next month’s elections.

“We must not deceive ourselves, we must tell ourselves the truth, the country is sick, the state is sick.

“Nigerians expected a better deal than what we are having today. People who begged you three and half years ago to vote them have turned themselves to demi gods” Sani said.

He said the poor were being oppressed, retrenched from work, marginalised and evil perpetrated against them.

“We have seen how poverty has ravaged the lives of Nigerians in the last three and half years, we have seen the killings, the level of bloodshed and violence, we have seen the division, the hopelessness, we have seen how a governor of a state has sacked thousands of people out of their work.

“How on earth do we give another opportunity to a man who has no human face, who has no human heart” he said.

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