Only Selfish Elders Would Endorse Atiku, Says Arewa Progressive Initiative

The attention of Arewa Progressives Initiative (API) has been drawn to a news item earlier today announcing the endorsement of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by a detachment of self-acclaimed elders drawn from the North, East, West, Niger Delta and the Middle Belt.

While we acknowledge that this sort of hurried endorsement, such as the one given by the ‘elders’ hardly have any effect on the electoral outcome, considering that the candidate of the same PDP was endorsed by the same elders in 2015 without any reasonable outcome; we however consider it necessary to give our views on the endorsement, if only to expose the selfishness of our so-called elders.

It is a fact of life that when people attained old age, they think less of the future and think more of what they could get at the moment before they finally take a bow. We understand the desperation of our ‘elders’ to make as much money as they can, especially during election season. So it is not at all surprising that they have endorsed a man who has plenty dollars, a significant portion of which was corruptly amassed, to throw around.

What is patently shocking is that our ‘elders’ claimed that having compared the credentials of the leading candidates; Atiku “possessed integrity to take the nation out of the wood”.

How anyone, least of all people who are regarded as elders, would even think of adorning a character like Alhaji Atiku with the toga of INTEGRITY beats imagination. But we understand that money buys everything in Nigeria, even undeserved names and appellations.

However, the good news, despite the disappointing conduct of our ‘elders’ is that the majority of voters (96.31% of the total 84 million voters) who are expected to vote in the 2019 elections are those who understand that tomorrow is important.

A large percentage of the Nigerian voters would rather that President Muhammadu Buhari carefully plan and prepare a glorious future for them and their children; rather than live to see a government that would fritter Nigeria’s commonwealth in a bid to keep a President and his friends happy like the PDP candidate already promised.

Thankfully, even if the ‘elders’ expect to benefit from the free looting that would no doubt take place under an Atiku presidency, the chance of that happening is slim; considering that they constitute a staggering minority of the voting populace.

Anyone who seeks to understand how selfish and self-centered our ‘elders’ are, especially those of them from the north, need not ask too much questions. He only need to ask these ‘elders’ to state just any two major projects they have facilitated or negotiated on behalf of their different regions from 1999 to date. All they are concerned with is to secure appointment for their families and relatives; or get money and contracts. They are less concerned about the welfare of Nigerians or other issues that relate to the general good of the people.

This is why a President Muhammadu Buhari who is doing everything humanly possible to build infrastructures that would quicken the steps of Nigeria towards growth and development would never enjoy their endorsement, whatever its worth.

This is a president that within three years has completed the Taraba power project; approved the Mambilla power project which is only awaiting the NEXIM funding to kickstart; commissioned the first ever northern oil well in Bauchi and opened up exploration in four other frontier Basins of Lake Chad, Gongola, Anambra, Sokoto and Bida; initiated an ongoing hydro power project in Niger State; built the Baro port in the north; granted approval for three modular refineries; completed the long awaited Kano-Jigawa-Damaturu-Borno expressway; undertakes the laying of Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline; undertakes the reconstruction Abuja-Kaduna-Kano road; among other lofty projects aimed at resetting Nigeria and returning it to the path of progress and shared prosperity envisioned by its founding fathers. But all these meant nothing to the ‘elders’, as long as President Buhari would not share appointments and throw money around.

While we acknowledge the choice made by the ‘elders’ to be greedy, despite all they have benefited from this country in their prime; we also reserve the rights to take our future in our hands. As young people who constitute the largest representation of the voting populace; we would use our votes to retain President Buhari in office beyond 2019 in order to complete the onerous task of redirecting this nation away from mismanagement and avarice that the ‘elders’ obviously prefer.

This election that comes up in a fortnight would be very decisive, and it would be the very end to all those who wish that Nigeria should only function to take care of their needs and desires. And we won’t need any endorsement from ‘elders’, but from God and the Nigerian electorate, to make this happen God willing.

Signed:

Alwan Hassan
Coordinator,
Arewa Progressive Initiative.

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Yorubas Only Recognize Chief Fasanmi’s Afenifere – Group

A political group in Nigeria has stated categorically that the only faction of pan Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere, that is recognized by all Yorubas home and abroad, is the faction led by Chief Ayo Fasanmi.

In a statement signed by the President of the Initiative to Save Democracy, Sunday James Akinloye in Lagos, the group said any other persons parading themselves as Afenifere leaders are traitors and turncoats who have been rejected by Yoruba.

Akinloye also pointed out that the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is on point, adding that, only bastards will support any other party.

“These miscreants who parade themselves as Afenifere are directed by their stomachs. They are greedy old men who have mortgaged the future of their children and also want to do same to the Yoruba nation.

“Let use have it on record that they have been rejected by the Yorubas. You will recall that these lot have been ousted from Afenifere, they are only after they can eat.

Akinloye then challenged any true Yourba to state the Omoluabi attributes that the likes of Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Yinka Odumakin and others possess.

“Odumakin lacks principle. Let him tell the world why he parted ways with then General Buhari. The story is well known in political circles, he got an offer from Goodluck Jonathan after the 2011 election to offer Buhari two ministerial positions while Buhari was in court fighting on the principle.

“Jonathan asked Odumakin to convince Buhari to accept the offer and Odumakin had hoped to get one of the two slots offered. But Buhari sent Odumakin packing and rejected the Greek gift, preferring instead to stick with his court case.

“An Omoluabi in Yorubaland is a person of honor who believes in hard work, respects the rights of others, and gives to the community in deeds and in action. Above all, an omoluabi is a person of integrity. Please can you find any of these attributes in these persons? he quizzed.

“These ones have lost it, they are for the highest bidder. There is nothing that they can say or do that is not motivated by money and greed.

“Yorubas have honour, dignity and integrity and we carry these attributes with pride. As our forefathers used to say, a good name is better than silver and gold.”

Akinloye urged all Yorubas home and abroad to shun the endorsement of Peoples Democratic Party candidates by corrupt elements. “They want to drag Nigeria and Yorubas back, but we will not let that happen. We, Yorubas, solidly stand behind the decision of Chief Ayo Fasanmi’s decision to support Buhari/Osinbajo.

“Prof Osinbajo is our son and he embodies everything that Yorubas stand for, we are proud to associate with him locally and internationally, adding that, “He has more than delivered.”

Akinloye then compared Osinbajo to Pa Obafemi Awolowo, stressing that, Osinbajo has once again put Yorubas on the map like Awolowo did. “The great Awolowo, was a man fully committed to the democratic process as such he understood fully well that everyone cannot believe in the same ideas but to castigate a man and brandish him an unbeliever just because he is married into the family but does not attend the existing denomination clearly shows how myopic the Afenifere have become.

“A band of old men whose time in the sun has been graced by having their pockets laced with government greens. Having to make mention of the Vice Presidents’ vocation as a pastor must be the confirmation that these relics of a by gone era also hold nothing sacred but to simply wrestle in the dirt not unlike students but more akin to pupils simply because of a disagreement with Bola Tinubu is but a show of shame.”

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Akwa-Ibom 2019: Group Endorses Obong Nsima Ekere For Governor

A group, REALITY (N.E.A.R) has endorsed the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Governor (APC) Mr. Obong Nsima Ekere as the next governor of the state.

Coordinator of the group, Mrs. Motema Udoh, explained that the endorsement was based on the track record of the candidates.

Speaking to a group of newsmen after the (Know Your Candidate) door to door rally in Uyo, Mrs. Udoh who also sits as a Director on the Board of Proactive Women Initiative (PWI), commended Mr. Ekere for clearly articulating the problems faced especially by the most vulnerable in the society.

She further stated that the strategic focus of the incoming administration will certainly build a better tomorrow filled with opportunities, unity and hope for all Akwa Ibom people.

The coordinator of N.E.A.R Group noted that Mr. Ekere’s policies and programs are founded on social justice and equality for all and his vision for our collective prosperity is anchored on five thematic areas which he christened the Five Pillars of Change. 

She therefore called on women, youths, the most vulnerable in the society and all those who are often affected by poor policies of government to come out in support of Mr. Ekere as the next governor of the state.

According to her, a vote for him will bring about economic prosperity, infrastructure and rural development, and most importantly, governance and institutional reforms.

The group further disclosed its intention to hold a similar rally in the remaining senatorial districts before the general elections.

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Kwara 2019: APC Candidate Raises Alarm Over Planned Blackmail And Violence

Kwara state house of assembly candidate, Barrister Abdulgafar Ayilara under the platform of the All Progressive Congress has raised alarm, over what it described as perfected plans of the Peoples Democratic Party to blackmail and incriminate his candidacy.

The candidate contesting for the Ilorin Ilorin Northwest of Ajikobi/Alanamu constituency said an intelligence report reaching him, revealed that plans have been concluded to ensure that vehicles branded with APC logo & his name, will be loaded with arms and occupied by some criminals during rallies to instigate crisis. It will be recalled that, about two weeks ago the campaign branded vehicles of Ayilara was attacked and vandalized by people suspected to be from the PDP camp.

Addressing journalist at his residence, Barrister Ayilara said he is aware of the plans to demonize and use unfounded allegations and planted stories couched with negative narratives of stockpiling ammunitions to terrorize the community.

“Gentlemen of the Press, it is necessary to bring to your attention that in the last three days, the PDP thugs have besieged repeatedly round my residence hurling stones, broken bottles and other dangerous weapons, their criminally emboldened act led to sustainment of injuries to my personal staff which took the gallantry efforts of policemen to restore peace”
“We complained and filed a report to H Division of Adewole police station, to wade into the atrocious behavior by the PDP thugs who are hell bent in causing violence in the constituency. Our supporters got angry about this reoccurring politics of bitterness but we persuaded them to allow Police authority to intervene into the matter”

“Not satisfied with our calmness to their approach, I was reliably informed of their perfected plans of blackmail and resort to incriminate my good name, rumors were even spread around of my arrest which created panic within my family and friends, who were calling me to know my whereabouts.”

“We know their usual antics of deceiving the citizens with their outmoded propagandas, our people are well informed and as a legal expert, there’s the urgent need to raise the alarm to the general public and most importantly the Nigerian police to investigate these perfected evil plots, to forestall any social unrest”.

“Their last resort tactics confirms the level of disarrangement and unsettlement within their camp, having being informed of their rejection by the Ajikobi/Alanamu constituents who are already electrified for the O TO GE revolutionary waves blowing across the state”

“Finally, we call on our people to be vigilant that they may not achieve the diabolic mission of further destabilizing the peace of Ilorin West LG

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2019: US Govt Not Supporting Any Candidate, Says Consul General

The United States of America has declared it is not supporting any candidate in the forthcoming elections in Nigeria. 

The US Consul General,  John Braide, stated this, yesterday, when he spoke at a ‘Vote not Fight’ sensitisation campaign peace concert, organised by Media Awareness and Justice Initiative (MAJI), held in Port Harcourt,  Rivers State. 

Braide described Nigerians as lucky people and advised the electorate to use their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) to elect credible leaders on February 16 and March 2. 

He declared: “We are not here (in Nigeria) to support any candidate. 

“We are here to support free,  fair,  credible and transparent election in Nigeria. Election is not war.” 

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Umuigbo Progressive Network Passes Vote of Confidence, Endorses President Buhari For Second Term

A renowned socio-political and ethnic group, Umuigbo Progressive Network (UPN), has endorsed the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari into office for the second term.

President Buhari is contesting the 2019 presidential election under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The group, in a statement signed by the President-General, Barrister Oscar Obi, KSM, stated that it arrived at the conclusion after a deep analysis and critical review of the President Buhari’s achievement in the last three years.

According to him, no other President in the history of the country has in all sincerity, given priority to the south-east and south-south other than President Buhari.

The group maintained that it was convinced that there is no candidate at this period that can match the credentials of Mr President and urged Nigerians, old and young, to support the Buhari re-election project for him to consolidate the successes so far made and reposition the nation for the future generation.

“Under President Buhari, we have 69 ongoing road and bridge projects which are spread across the five states in the South East, and are now in different stages of completion.

“Some of these projects are the Emergency Repairs of Failed Section in Umuahia-Ariam-Ikot Ekpene Road; rehabilitation and reconstruction of Enugu-Port Harcourt dual carriageway; rehabilitation of Onitsha bound Carriageway of the Onitsha-Enugu road; emergency repairs of Ihiala-Orlu-Umuduru road; rehabilitation of old Enugu-Port Harcourt road; emergency repairs of Onitsha-Owerri road; rehabilitiation of Oba-Nnewi-Okigwe Road,” Oscar said.

“Do also recall that in October 2018, President Buhari approved the payment of pensions to Biafran war veterans, a gesture which brought hope and joy to many homes in the south east. More so, the appointment of our sons and daughters to hold key economic position shows how much President Buhari loves the people of the region,” the statement added.

Among other achievements of the Buhari’s administration listed in the press stament include the ongoing construction of the Second Niger Bridge which will connect Asaba in Delta State and Onitsha in Anambra State, across the River Niger.

“In October 2018, the federal government announced that it has raised $177 million for Ogoni cleanup. We will never forget how Ogoni was destroyed over the years by oil leaks leading to the destruction of surrounding waters and farm lands with no government attention. Our suffering and lamentation however came to an end when President Buhari awarded contracts to 21 firms for the cleanup exercise.

“We can’t but thank the Buhari’s administration for the completion and commissioning of Zik’s mausoleum in his country home, Onitsha. This is a project that has been abandoned for more than 20 years but President Buhari kept to his promise and completed the mausoleum. We see this as an immeasurable honour to Anambra people and the entire South-East people.

The group, in the statement further disassociated itself from the endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and passed a Vote of Confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

“It is appalling to see the sister socio-cultural body, Ohaneze-Ndigbo derail from the path of history and political tradition. This is a body known to align with the government at the centre. Resting on the excuse that Alhaji Atiku picked Peter Obi as his running mate when under same party for past decades, the region was deprived of meaningful infrastructural development – this is disheartening and unpleasing.

“We should begin to ask our leaders who were part of the 16 years of PDP what they did with the resources allocated to them. Not one of them rehabilitated or constructed new roads. All our Primary Health Cares and institutions were left in deplorable state; abandoned projects filtered everywhere across the region with many villages cut off from the city due to erosions, and were not fixed until President Buhari assumes office.

“What happens to Ndigbo declaring total support for one of their kinsmen, Dr Kingsley Moughalu, a brilliant substantive Presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP)?

“While they are at their voyage of no return, we the UPN have endorsed President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo for continuity. Both have been able to provide security for all Nigerians and leadership in all sectors of the government.

“Our own endorsement is established on the fact that President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo are men of integrity who possess the commitment to lead a government with firm knowledge and competent management of Nigeria’s economy.

“President Buhari and his Vice, Osinbajo, have in their three and half years eliminated kidnappings in the Nigerian political space and bombing of pipelines; these two men belief in free and fair electoral process as shown in the last Anambra Gubernatorial election.

“We endorse President Buhari to continue the fight against corruption and we have no doubt that these two men will rebuild Nigeria, setting the pace for the country of our dream,” the group noted.

Umuigbo Progressive Network further applauded President Buhari for extending the Social Investment Programmes (SIP) to the region where about 15,000 young people are beneficiaries.

The group stressed that it would do everything within its power to ensure that President Buhari wins all the South-East and South South States in the presidential election.

“The era of putting all our political eggs in one basket is long gone. We shall work for the completion of President Buhari second term in office in order to pave way and take the country to the next level,” it added.

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Ezekwesili Withdraws From Presidential Race

Presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party (ACPN), Obiageli Ezekwesili, has withdrawn from the 2019 presidential race.

According to a statement issued by the spokesperson for the Obiageli Ezekwesili Presidential Campaign Organisation, Ozioma Ubabukoh, the former Minister was withdrawing to help build a coalition to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election.

Ezekwesili was quoted as saying that her decision to withdraw from the race followed extensive discussions with Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora.

She said her action was also prompted by an examination of the country’s electoral environment sequel to the 2019 presidential debate of Saturday, January 19, 2019.

“This decision followed extensive consultations with leaders from various walks of life across the country over the past few days. I deem it necessary for me to focus on helping to build a veritable coalition to ensure a viable alternative to the #APCPDP in the forthcoming elections,” she said.

“It is my ardent belief that this broad coalition for a viable alternative has now become more than ever before, an urgent mission for and on behalf of Nigerian citizens. I have therefore chosen to lead the way in demonstrating the much needed patriotic sacrifice for our national revival and redirection.

“I wish to state that over the past three months, I have been in private, but extended talks with other candidates to birth a coalition that would allow Nigerians to exercise their choice without feeling helplessly encumbered by the evil twins of #APCPDP. 

“While the deliberations continued, I never hesitated for a moment in my willingness and determination to sacrifice my candidacy in order to facilitate the emergence of the envisaged strong and viable alternative that Nigerians could identify with in our collective search for a new beginning. 

“My commitment to this promising political recalibration has been consistent and in consonance with my agreement, at the request of candidates under the Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT) arrangement in 2018, when I consented to supervise the internal selection process as an outside observer passionate about building an alternative force.”

Ezekwesili also said: “However, despite resistance from the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria on these and other issues, I have decided that it is now necessary to show by action and example my determination on this issue by stepping down my candidacy so as to focus squarely on building the coalition to a logical conclusion. 

“We have no right to allow citizens give in to despair. We will #Fight4Naija together and prove to all that the mess, which the political class has now become, should not be allowed to destroy our spirits and nation. We are also determined to ensure that the message keeps resonating that our beloved country deserves better, and that we will get the best that we deserve.

“From last year, when I joined the presidential race, I made it clear to Nigerians that the country has always had a 20-year cycle of change — 1959, 1979, and 1999. As such, 2019 begins another 20-year cycle, and together with all Nigerians of good will, I stand ready to play my part to ensure that we do not miss this golden opportunity to sing a new song. 

“There is no more time to waste. Let’s get to work!”

Meanwhile, Ubabukoh thanked Nigerians, including campaign donors and volunteers, who supported Ezekwesili, saying: “Every money donated to the campaign and funds spent will be accounted for in the coming days.”

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Let Nobody Deceive You, Aisha Buhari Tells Party Faithful

The wife of the President, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has urged women and youth in the country to vote for continuity in this year’s general election so they could continue to enjoy the peace and prosperity of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

“Don’t allow anybody to deceive you,” she said at a rally this weekend in Ibadan.  “Vote for Buhari, vote for continuity so that all of us can benefit immensely from this government.”

Represented by the wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, at the rally organised by the Women and Youth Presidential Campaign Team in the South-West, the First Lady said the APC government should be allowed to continue the good work it has been doing for four more years.

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his wife Florence (she serves as the coordinator of the Women and Youth Presidential Campaign, South-West) hosted the event held at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan.

Among other dignitaries present at the stadium, which was filled to capacity, were Ekiti State Governor Dr Kayode Fayemi,  Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State,  Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole, Dayo  Adelabu, and Taslim Folarin. 

The wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, who is the South-West Zonal Chairperson of the Media Committee of the APC Women and Youth Presidential Campaign, as well as Hajiya Salamatu Baiwa, National Women Leader of the party, also spoke on the occasion, advising women and youth to vote for APC to have a better Nigeria.

Hon. Abdulmumini Jibrin PhD
Director of Media and Strategic Communication Women and Youth Presidential Campaign Team

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Dogara Denies Hatred For President Buhari

The Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has debunked insinuation that the National Assembly hate President Muhammadu Buhari.

Yakubu Dogara was speaking at a flagging off of the PDP Gubernatorial Campaign held at Bununu in Tafawa Balewa local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The speaker said the National Assembly was not in anytime against President Buhari but was doing everything within its powers to set things right for Nigerians.

He explained that the face off that resulted in shutting US government on the needed funds by the US President to build the mexico border wall as example.

Speaking during the campaign rally, the PDP gubernatorial candidate in the state Senator Bala Muhammad charged all eligible voters to come out enmass and vote all PDP candidates in the state.

Senator Bala Muhammad urged PDP members to shun violence before, during and after the forth coming general elections.

Hundreds of thousand of party supporters as well as musicians attended the event.

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Saraki’s Political Model killing Kwara, Says APC Candidate

The gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Mr. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Sunday said the current political model in the state stifles development and deliberately keeps the people poor.

“The current political model (controlled by Senator Bukoka Saraki) has impoverished our people. It has no answer to the challenges faced by our people. Nothing is happening anywhere in terms of development,” AbdulRazaq told thousands of Kwarans at a conference held in his honour in Lagos.

Organised by the Kwarans in Lagos, an adhoc amalgam body of all the indigenes of the state in Lagos and its environs, the confab was attended by top business moguls, ace musicians, top afademics politicians,  and artisans who hailed from the state.

Some of the attendees included House of Representatives member Tunji Olawuyi; Muhammad Dele Belgore (SAN); Barrister Kunle Suleiman; Senator Khairat Gwadabe; former information commissioner AbdulRaheem Adedoyin; former House of Assembly member Saheed Popoola; ace musicians Wasiu Sodiq; Ibrahim Labaeka; top politician Musibau Eshinrogunjo; popular actor Saheed Balogun, among others.

AbdulRazaq urged indigenes of the state in the diaspora to support the efforts back home to end the decades of ‘misgovernance, corruption and dynasty rule’.

He called on the Kwara community in Lagos to mobilise support for APC back home in Kwara in the coming polls.

“Their political model is such that no development is taking place anywhere in our state. It is killing the system. No industries. No infrastructure and that naturally stifles development,” AbdulRazaq lamented.

“When you don’t have a thriving economy partly because you lack the infrastructure to support economic growth, then it is natural that your revenue will be low. We are challenging them on these issues. But they don’t have answers to our challenge and that’s why they have resorted to violence.Counci funds are diverted and that kills development at the grassroots.

“What is happening back home is simply intolerable. Our people are listening to our message and they have keyed into it. But we also want you to call your brothers and sisters on why we need to save Kwara before it is too late. Let us come home to vote. We will invest in our people. We will invest heavily in SMEs. I’m from the private sector. I can drive development. We plan to give jobs to the youth. We have plan to develop the state.”

Belgore called on Kwarans in the diaspora to mobilise their families back home to vote.

“We have no doubt that we have had enough. But this is not enough to get our candidate elected. You must all votes and mobilise members of your families and friends to vote,” he said.

Coordinator Kwarans in Lagos Abdul Muyideen Akorede said time has come to “end the tyranny in Kwara and we are hereby pledging our support for this movement. Enough is enough.”

Barrister Suleiman said the Saraki’s political dynasty has entrenched itself using security apparatuses, violence, money and other state institutions.

“We appeal to him to let us compete on the basis of ideas. He should call his thugs to order. We don’t want violence,” he said.

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Beware Of Atiku And Friends, BMO Advises Nigerians

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has advised Nigerians to be wary of presidential candidates who say they have no problem selling national assets to their friends and cronies.

This, according to BMO, is because of the latest Freudian slip by Atiku Abubakar on his commitment to favour his friends and cronies on his disposal of our national assets, just like he did as Vice President and chairman of National Council on Privatisation (NCP) between 1999 and 2007.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said that this is yet another proof that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential candidate have no plan for the good of the country.

“We certainly were not shocked to hear the PDP Presidential candidate deliver what clearly sums up the Atiku Plan-unbridled sale of national assets.

“It was clear from the stunned look on the faces of the cream of Nigeria’s business community present at the occasion that an Atiku Presidency would only be for the benefit of friends as well as cronies of the PDP Presidential candidate.

“We had in the course of an earlier statement dropped hints about promissory transactions that the former Vice President had sealed on national assets including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).


“And now that he has with his own mouth confirmed his plan, it is clear that Atiku Abubakar and national assets are two entities that should not be allowed to come together”.


BMO recalled how the PDP Presidential candidate, as Vice President to President Olusegun Obasanjo, presided over the sale of national assets in such a way that Nigeria had little or no benefit.


It noted that it is also public knowledge that many people lost their jobs in the questionable deals.


The group said, “some of the highly prized assets that were sold at ridiculous prices include Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON) whose sale had been the subject of a litigation between two foreign firms since the 2004 bid process won by the US-based BFI group.


“Nigeria is on record to have lost billions of naira to that intractable transaction that is now before the Supreme Court because of the obvious lack of transparency. 


“Daily Times was also sold in questionable circumstances and its assets stripped just like that of Nigeria Airways without any real benefit to the Nigerian state, apart from unpaid benefits to the former staff.”


“There is also INTELS which Nigerians now know is partly owned by Atiku Abubakar which was granted concession to run the Onne Port and manage the Pilotage at Apapa Ports on the former Vice President’s watch”.


BMO consequently urged Nigerians to be cautious of handing their votes to a politician that has no qualms about short-changing the masses to enrich his friends.

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President Buhari Takes Campaign To Jos

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected in Jos the Plateau state Capital on Saturday 19th of this month in continuation of his campaign tour to parts of the country.

Chairman, main planning committee of the Presidential campaign in Plateau state, Professor Sonni Tyoden disclosed this while addressing journalists in Jos.

Professor Tyoden, who is also the Plateau State Deputy Governor said the visit will afford the president the opportunity to seek for votes and interact closely with the people of the State.

The president would be accompanied by the Co-chairman of the Presidential campaign team Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomohle, the Director General of the Buhari/Oshinbanjo campaign Organization Rotimi Ameachi as well APC Governors and other Party stalwarts. 

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