PDP Insist On Challenging Buhari’s Victory In Court

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), may file its suit in court today, challenging the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the recent presidential election.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, revealed this yesterday while addressing journalists after the expanded caucus meeting of the party.

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Wednesday, February 27 declared President Buhari as winner of the February 23 Presidential election.

Speaking at the expanded national caucus meeting of the party yesterday, the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, said no matter the propaganda of the ruling APC, the main opposition party would seek justice up to the Supreme Court.

He said: “The decision to go to court has been finalised and agreed and the process is on. The lawyers have been assembled. We may be in court today (yesterday) or tomorrow (today). No one can stop us.

“We believe justice will be done and the God Almighty will give us justice. They are celebrating criminality; they are celebrating evil. Our leaders are not talking and if you don’t speak against evil, it will consume everybody.”

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Tinubu Slams Sahara Reporters, Says ‘Ajimobi And I Are Partners’

National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has denied a false report by SaharaReporters that he (Tinubu) was moving to ban Governor Abiola Ajimobi from leading APC campaigns in Oyo because of his intervention in the state.

The National Leader, in a statement yesterday by his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman, said himself and Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State are partners, not rivals and that his intervention in Oyo APC is to engender genuine reconciliation and not to hide or supplant the governor.

Recall that Tinubu recently held discussions with some notable leaders in Oyo State, and engineered the return of former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala back to the party’s fold.

He described the report by the online medium as another excursion into falsehood. But he added: “This report goes beyond a lie. It is a vindictive attempt to sow discord because the writer is angered by the APC’s success in the presidential election. Thus, the writer has cast truth aside in his angry desire to inflict some kind of electoral wound on the APC.”

The statement reads: “SaharaReporters seems unable to mend its ways. Instead of trying to publish what is fair and accurate, it rather grows its tales from seedlings of untruth and calumny. This online newspaper no longer bothers to offer the pretense of seeking the truth. For SaharaReporters, whatever is sensational must be true and whatever is true must be sensational. The real truth is that SaharaReporters no longer cares if its reportage is right. SaharaReporters just cares that it is widely read. It dare not allow veracity to hamper its business model. This is a disservice to ethical journalism which honors truthful, accurate reporting.

“The report titled: “Tinubu Bans Ajimobi from Appearing at APC Governorship Rallies” is another of SaharaReporters’ excursions into falsehood. The report claims that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu somehow has banned Governor Abiola Ajimobi from attending APC campaigns for Saturday’s governorship election in Oyo State.

“This report goes beyond a lie. It is a vindictive attempt to sow discord because the writer is angered by the APC’s success in the presidential election. Thus, the writer has cast truth aside in his angry desire to inflict some kind of electoral wound on the APC. However, the writer should refrain from this path of falsehood. It would be better for the writer to come to grips with reality and to accept the fact of the APC presidential victory and the likelihood of APC victories in most governorship elections, including that of Oyo.

“The mischief that SaharaReporters cites is not between Tinubu and Ajimobi. It is solely in the mind of SaharaReporters. By its unsubstantiated report, the medium seeks to set brother against brother. Asiwaju and Governor Ajimobi have been political brothers and allies for a long time. Their friendship existed long before SaharaReporters came to the scene and will endure long after this self-diminishing online site is no more.

“Moreover, Governor Ajimobi has been an excellent governor and a faithful member of the APC. He has brought progress to the state and in serving two consecutive terms, Ajimobi made history in Oyo. He is instrumental to anything the APC can achieve in Oyo. The truth is that Asiwaju is not trying to supplant or hide the governor. Instead, Asiwaju is lending his support to the governor’s and APC’s efforts in the state. They are partners not rivals.

“As such, he has held strategic meetings with some notable groups and important individuals. The heart of the discussions was the need for all to come together to achieve victory for APC in the March 9 governorship poll. At no time did the issue of banning anybody, talk less of Governor Ajimobi, enter into the discussions. We want and need Governor Ajimobi to be a visible figure at the forefront of this campaign during these final decisive days. He will prove pivotal to our hope for victory in the state.

“SaharaReporters betrayed its abject bias with this report. It makes absolutely no sense to even try to stop a sitting governor from campaigning in that governor’s state. Such a move would only create enmity and hinder, not help a campaign. For SaharaReporters to claim this is to claim that Asiwaju is a political novice. Asiwaju has never barred anyone from participating in a campaign. Why would he now start with Ajimobi in Ajimobi’s own state?

“In addition to not having such a negative inclination, Asiwaju wields no such power and has no desire to have such power. Ajimobi is a sitting governor who can travel within his state as he pleases. Who can dare stop him? We want him in and at the rallies. Asiwaju’s intervention in Oyo was to engender genuine reconciliation. To exclude this good and able governor would have aborted this mission before it started.

“Asiwaju views Governor Ajimobi as highly disciplined and a committed and respected party leader, unlike some others who have no respect for party supremacy. The relationship between them remains solid and loyal. And one hundred false reports by one hundred SaharaReporters cannot change that reality”.

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APC Receives Defectors In Edo

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has received more members of the opposition in Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo State.

The Chairman of the party in the state, Mr Anselm Ojezua, received the new members on Monday at the APC secretariat in Benin City, the state capital.

Ahead of the state house of assembly election scheduled to hold on March 9, he described the decision of the new members as timely.

Mr Ojezua added that the party has been working towards a decisive victory for its candidates in the coming polls.

He noted that the APC in Edo needed formidable representations at the House of Assembly, to support the strides being achieved by Governor Godwin Obaseki’s administration.

On the calibre of defectors coming into the party, the party chairman said, “Illushi is very important in Esan South East LGA because of its strong political base and agrarian nature.”

“I believe receiving leaders from that locality will make the March 9 elections easy for us.”

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Kalu Urges Ohanaeze To Congratulate President Buhari

A former Governor of Abia State and senator-elect, Orji Uzor Kalu, has urged Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisation, to congratulate the President Muhammadu Buhari for his victory.

In a statement issued yesterday, Kalu said since the election has been won, Nigerians should come together to support President Buhari in his second term.

According to him, “I call on all Nigerians to accept the outcome of the elections as announced by INEC as a reflection of the will of the people. In particular, I urge the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and all other well-meaning Igbo leaders to congratulate President Buhari on his re-election for a second term.”

He said the election was tough and keenly contested by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), but that Nigerians should take a cue from what happened in the United States in 2016 when President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton contested for the presidency.

According to him, after the result was declared, Clinton congratulated Trump.

He said: “The election was tough and hotly contested by the two main political parties in Nigeria, the PDP and the APC. In 2016, President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton ran a very tough, divisive and even nasty campaign but Clinton still congratulated President Trump immediately after the election and the Democrats moved on and started preparing for the next election.

“If our democracy must grow, we must emulate the very positive sides of the United States democratic system, where we borrowed our presidential system.”

He said the US, which fought a war with Vietnam, is working together today.

“Let me also add that the historic second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim of North Korea is taking place today (February 27, 2019) in Vietnam, a Country with which the United States fought a fratricidal war in the 1970s but have become great friends and collaborators, giving rise to the spectacular developmental strides in Vietnam today.”

The senator-elect urged Nigerians to have faith in democracy and to trust President Buhari who had promised that his new administration starting from May 29, 2019 would work harder for a better Nigeria.

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INEC Declares APC’s Abdulmumuni Jibrin Winner Of Kiru Bebeji Fed Constituency

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Honourable Abdulmumuni Jibrin Kofa of the All Progressive Congress (APC), winner of Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency having polled 41, 070 votes to beat Ali Datti Yako of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who scored 40, 385 in the last Saturday’s election.

Declaring the result at the Kano Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters, the Returning Officer for Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency, Prof. Bello Idris Tijjani of the Department of Physics, Bayero University Kano (BUK), said the announcement of the result was delayed due to political crisis within the constituency.

Also speaking, the INEC Administrative Officer for Bebeji, Alhaji Jubril A. Musa, who stood in for the Kano INEC Resident Electrical Commissioner (REC), Prof. Riskuwa Arabic Shehu, who was in Abuja for official engagement, said the result was announced at Kano INEC headquarters, following security threat in Kiru/Bebeji area.

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Elected Senators For The 9th Senate

Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Central) – APC
Senator Adeola Solomon (West) – APC
Bayo Oshinowo (East) – APC

Prince Dayo Adeyeye (South) – APC
Opeyemi Bamidele (Central) – APC
Bunmi Adetunbi (North) – APC

Kolawole Balogun (South) – PDP
Teslim Folarin (Central) – APC
Abdulfatah Buhari (North) – APC

Ajibolan Bashiru (Osun) – APC
Adelere Orilowo (West) – APC
Francis Fadahunsi (East) – PDP

Senator Robert Ajayi Boroffice (North) APC
(South) – Incoclusive
Ayo Akinyelure (Central) PDP

Ibikunle Amosun (Central) – APC
Tolu Odebiyi (West) – APC
Lekan Mustapha (East) – APC

Malam lbrahim Shekarau (Central) APC
Alhaji Kabuki lbrahim Gaya (South) APC
Mallam Barau Jibrin (North) APC

Uba Sani (Central) APC
Suleiman Abdu Kwari (North) APC
Danjuma La’ah (South) PDP

Kabir Barkiya (Central) APC
Bello Mandiya (South) APC
Ahmed Baba-Kaita (North) APC

Danjuma Goje (Central) APC
Saidu Alkali (North) APC
Amos Bunus (South) APC

Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia (Northeast) APC
Danladi Sankara (Northwest) APC
Senator Muhammed Sabo Naku (Central) APC

Aliyu Wamakko (North) APC
Abdulahi Ibrahim Gobir (East) APC
Abubakar Shehu Tambuwal (South) APC

Abdulaziz Yari (West) APC
Tijani Yahaya Kawa (North) APC
Yet-to-be (announced) Central

Ibn Na’Allah (South) APC
Adamu Aliero (Central) APC
Yaya Abdulahi (North) APC

Aishatu Dairu Binani (Central) APC
Ishaku Cliff (North) PDP
Bino Yero (South) PDP

Haliru Jiga (Central) APC
Lawal Yahya (South) APC
Court to decide candidate (North) APC

Kashim Shettima (Central) APC
Ali Ndume (South) APC
Abubakar Kyari (North) APC

Emmanuel Bwacha (South) PDP
Two yet to be announced

Ibrahim Gaidam (East) APC
Ibrahim Bomoi (South) APC
Ahmed Lawan (North) APC

Theodore Orji (Central) PDP
Orji Uzor Kalu (North) APC
Yet to be declared (South)

Ifeanyi Uba (South) YPP
Two others yet to be declared

Sam Egwu (North) PDP
Michael Ama Nnachi (South) PDP
Obinna Ogba (Central) PDP

Ike Ekweremadu (West) PDP
Chimaroke Nnamani (East) PDP
Chuka Utazi (North) PDP

Rochas Okorocha (West) APC
North (inconclusive)
East (yet to be declared)

Bassey Albert (North East) PDP
Christopher Ekpeyong (Northwest) PDP
Akon Eyak (South) PDP

Donye Diri (Central) PDP
Lawrence Ewrujakpor (West) PDP
East (yet to be announced)

Dr Sandy Onor (Central) PDP
Senator Rose Oko (North) PDP
Senator Gershom Bassey (South) PDP

Thompson George Sekibo (East) PDP
Betty Apiafi (West) PDP
Parry Mpigi (South-East) PDP

James Manager (South) PDP
Ovie Omo-Agege (Central) APC
Peter Nwaobochi (North) PDP

Mathew Urhoghide (South) PDP
Clifford Ordia (Central) PDP
Framcis Alimikkhena (North) APC

Orker Jev (Northwest) PDP
Abba Moro( ) PDP
Gabriel Suswam ( ) PDP

Alhaji Oseni Yakubu (Central) APC
East (inconclusive)
Dino Melaye (West) PDP

Oloriegbe Yahya Ibrahim (Central) APC
Lola Ashiru (South) APC
Umar Sadiq (North) APC

Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (South) APC
Senator Abdullahi Adamu (West) APC
Godiya Akwashiki (North) APC

Aliyu Shabi Abdullah (North) APC
Mohammed Bima (South) APC
Mohammed Sani Musa (East) APC

Not yet announced

Philip Aduda (PDP)

APC : 60
PDP : 34
YPP : 01

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BMO Hails Nigerians For Rejecting A Return To Profligacy

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has hailed Nigerians for voting for continuity by giving President Muhammadu Buhari a resounding approval for a second term in office.

This it said is an expression of confidence in the ability of the President and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to take Nigerians to the next level of prosperity.BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that the widespread national support showed that Nigerians are not prepared to toy with the nation’s future.

“We were convinced that President Buhari would defeat his main challenger Atiku Abubakar by a wide margin and we made that clear on the eve of the Presidential election but it seems Nigerians were even more determined to deny the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) a return to power at the centre.

“From the hinterlands of Kano to the urban centre in Kwara, the real voters who have felt the impact of the President’s first term in office have expressed absolute confidence in his economic diversification drive, his anti-corruption war as well as his resolve to make the country safer.

“A fresh term freely given by the Nigerian people would certainly translate to a completion of the nationwide rail network that would transcend the nation’s capital cities and sea ports as well as continuation of road and power infrastructure.

“We at BMO congratulate all Nigerians for resisting the massive pressure from opposition elements for a return to a past of ruinous profligacy and abandoned projects”, it said.The group also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the improved logistic arrangement but urged it to ensure that the process ends on a successful note. 

“The Election Management Body has done a good job of resolving the initial logistic nightmare even though there were a few hitches in some parts of the country but the job won’t be completed until collation of results from the 176,000 polling centres is completed.

“We fully endorse the alert issued by the spokesman of APC Presidential Campaign Council Festus Keyamo of plans to disrupt the coalition process in many parts of the country with a view to rendering the election inconclusive.“We hope that INEC is taking the warning seriously but we are also encouraged by the readiness of majority of Nigerians to protect their votes until the election’s Chief Returning Officer Mahmood Yakubu gets the final results”, BMO said.

BMO also praised security agencies for doing a great job of ensuring a peaceful process in spite of pockets of violence in a handful of states.It urged the authorities to ensure that everyone arrested for instigating violence is prosecuted according to the laws of the land.

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Dapo Abiodun Thanks Ogun People For Voting President Buhari

The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has expressed deep appreciation to the good people of Ogun State for trooping out in their large numbers last saturday to vote massively for President Muhammadu Buhari and APC National Assembly candidates.

In a statement issued in Abeokuta on Sunday by the spokesperson for Prince Dapo Abiodun, Rt. Hon Remmy Hazzan, the APC candidate remarked that “it was in the best interest of our dear state that an APC government is put in place at all levels. This much, our people truly realized with the enthusiasm they demonstrated as they massively voted for APC”.

Even as election collation drew to a close in Ogun State, President Buhari was in a clear lead with very wide margin, the APC winning greater majority of the National Assembly seats, while Prince Dapo Abiodun delivered his local government 100 per cent for President Buhari.

“The journey towards making real, and assured future in togetherness will be further enhanced with a replication of same spirit on March 9th, 2019 at the governorship and state assembly elections, even with wider margins”, Abiodun said.

He reiterated that an “APC government at both the Federal and Ogun State level will accelerate all developmental strides as enshrined in both the APC manifesto and Prince Abiodun’s vision and mission statement, and make President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly and easily actualize his promises for the good people of Ogun State”

“Ogun State is in for a good time and the journey to a greater heights, which has truly begun, will be consolidated on March 9”, the statement concluded.

Rt Hon Remmy Hazzan, FCIArb
Spokesperson to Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR

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Buhari Sweeps Northern States, Leads Atiku With Wide Margin

The chances of President Muhammadu Buhari returning to the Aso Presidential Villa in Abuja are becoming brighter as the results of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections trickle in.

Checks at the National Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) this morning showed that the pattern of results is not favouring Buhari’s main challenger, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“From the look of things, Atiku will require a miracle to catch up with Buhari if the results that have come in are anything to go by,” a top source at the INEC HQ said.

“Buhari’s margin of victory in his northern stronghold is too wide. For example, in a ward in Kano, you may find Buhari beating Atiku with over a thousand votes while in areas (outside Kano) where Atiku wins, the gap is usually not much,” the source disclosed.

News Express reports that Buhari, a retired army general and presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is a cult figure in Nigeria’s Far North while Atiku, a wealthy and liberal businessman, is popular mainly in the South and among the country’s elite.

The voting, held yesterday across the country, was marred by violence, late arrival of INEC officials and electoral materials, as well as malfunctioning of card readers.

Collation of results is presently on-going.

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PDP To Release Fake Results, Unleash Thugs On INEC, Says APC

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) claims that the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party has perfected plans to release fake results.

The party also called for the arrest of Alhaji Buba Galadima, a spokesperson to PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar after he released a video declaring Mr. Abubakar winner of the polls.

“Devastated by authentic results filtering out of polling units nationwide, our usual sources within the camp of the PDP have informed us that an emergency meeting of the main opposition party has been summoned for today somewhere in Abuja,” APC presidential campaign spokesperson, Festus Keyamo said in a statement on Sunday.

He explained that, “Top on the agenda of the PDP is to activate the last strand of their Dubai strategies that have since collapsed like a pack of cards: they plan to release fake results of the presidential election later today or early Monday morning that they claim to have compiled themselves.”

“Our information is that they aim to create crises and confusion that will lead to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar claiming victory in a day or two from today ahead of the official announcement of the results by INEC.

“Then, what would follow will be some carefully choreographed protests by pockets of hoodlums in some parts of the country. The ultimate aim is to curry the sympathy of our foreign friends and push us to the Venezuela situation.

“Our call is therefore to INEC, Nigeria Broadcasting Commission and all law-enforcement agencies to continually warn the PDP and all their surrogates like the amorphous CUPP and their likes that anyone who flouts the law on announcement of official results will be made to face the law. Opposition does not confer immunity on anyone to flout the law.

“In preparation for this reckless move, some PDP social media agents are already flying some kites online as to the number of States allegedly ‘won’ by PDP.

“In fact, Alhaji Buba Galadima, an official spokesperson for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has made a short video announcing PDP as the ‘winner’ of the presidential election.

“As an official spokesperson, he is clearly acting on behalf of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and on his instruction.

“We, therefore call for the immediate arrest, interrogation and prosecution of Alhaji Buba Galadima in this regard. The world is watching  and waiting on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to say something on the video by Alhaji Buba Galadima.

“Consequently, we urge all well-meaning Nigerians, the International Community and even reasonable members of the Opposition not to be bought by these cheap antics of the PDP.

“Let’s restrain our wards from being used by these unscrupulous elements. Nigeria will continue to exist after this election.

“Over the years, the PDP had been declared ‘winner’ of Presidential elections under controversial circumstances. On those occasions, President Muhammadu Buhari never took laws into his hands and declared himself President.

“He also never declared parallel results. He availed himself of constitutional means to address his grievance by approaching the law courts.

“Their latest devilish plot against the country is a clear indication that their apology to the Nigerian people was just a hoax.

“They have learnt nothing and they have forgotten nothing as they just cannot win any election fair and square,” Mr. Keyamo said.

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President Buhari In Early Lead

Results emerging from our findings, reports from observers and situations rooms across the country have shown that President Muhammadu Buhari’s party the All Progressive Congress (APC) is having an early lead across the country.

Results from States such as Kastina, Adamawa, Gombe, Kwara, have shown the President emerging victorious with very wide margins against his major contender, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Significantly the President won in his polling unit with 523 votes to 3 for the PDP. President Buhari also won the votes cast in Atiku’s polling unit scoring 186 votes while Mr Abubakar scored 167. He also won in Gombe State Governor, Dankwabo’s polling unit. In Kwara State the All Progressive Congress also won the majority of votes cast in all 11 councils of the Ilorin Emirates.

Despite bombardment and reports of violence in Borno State, the All Progressive Congress has still proved a formidable force with several results showing the All Progressive Congress in an early lead even while results are still being compiled and trickle in particularly at the ward and polling unit level.

Analysts say the incumbent, President Buhari would win with a wide margin.

In some states such as Ebonyi states violence was recorded while state such as Rivers recorded large scale violence and shootings. In states such as Kaduna, late voting was recorded while in Benue state cases of no voting in some wards due to violence and shootings were recorded.

The President is also in an early lead in most results that have trickled in from Niger, Nasarawa and Ogun States. President Buhari is reported to have won the polling units of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. It is recalled that former President Obasanjo has been one of those pushing against a second term for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recent decampee and now a major player in APC’s influence in the South-South, Senator Godswill Akpabio won his polling unit for the President, with 1,553 votes against PDP’s 11 votes.

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Just In: PDP’s Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar Set To Concede Defeat

The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party Atiku Abubakar is about to concede defeat to President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This was after the President took what seems like an unassailable lead in early results from the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The Former Vice President dropped hints of his intention to make an early phone call to the President during an unscheduled meeting with his close aides on Saturday evening.
Atiku Abubakar told his aides he’s seriously thinking of an early communication with Buhari who is looking very much likely to emerge winner of the presidential election, however, a number of his closest aides are not favourably disposed to that yet.

What may have further pushed the PDP Presidential candidate to the brink of conceding is the jubilation that greeted the loss of his Ajiya ward in Yola North Local Government Area to President Buhari.

The PDP Presidential candidate had not only lost his polling unit in Adamawa state to President Buhari but also did not do well in most of the voting centres in the centre.
In addition to this is the manner the Director General of his campaign council Bukola Saraki lost in virtually all the polling centres in his stronghold of Kwara Central.

To make matters even more constraining for Atiku is the unexpected thrashing of former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his polling Unit in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Atiku had adopted Obasanjo as godfather and inspiring figure in his presidential bid. In the realisation of that role, Obasanjo had embarked on a campaign of mudslinging against President Buhari since his rapprochement with Atiku, his former Vice President.

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