Senator Ashafa Conducts Mega Door To Door Campaign For President Buhari In Lagos

The Senator representing Lagos East at the Senate and a member of the Election Planning and Monitoring Directorate of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, on Monday 10th February, 2019 in conjunction with the leadership and members of the Magodo Residents Association, conducted a door to door campaign in support of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The campaign exercise which had a large turnout of residents and party faithful was geared towards sensitizing the Members of the Magaodo Residents Association on the need to re-elect the Buhari/Osinbajo APC Ticket as well as all National Assembly Candidates in Lagos East. The exercise also doubled as the launching of a compendium of Bills Signed into Law by President Muhammadu Buhari in the past 42 months.

While speaking at the occasion, Ashafa stated that the APC had always recorded victory in the Magodo Shangisha, Isheri and Ikosi axis as well as across Lagos East Senatorial district, however they still felt the need to go all out in order to leave no stone unturned.

In his words “This morning in conjunction with the Magodo Residents Association, we have decided to embark on this door to door campaign across Magodo Shangisha to galvanize our support-base and sensitize the residents on how to make sure their votes count and take us to the Next Level by supporting both President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.”

Speaking further, the Senator Noted that “Over the course of past election cycles, we have always retained the confidence and trust of the electorate around this axis of Magodo Shangisha, Ikosi, Isheri and indeed across Lagos East. Notwithstanding, we  have decided to come out once again to ensure that we leave no stone unturned as we prepare for victory come Saturday, 16th of February, 2019. We have given more materials to our supporters who have joined us today from all over Lagos East Senatorial District, to ensure that they replicate this exercise in their own areas.

As he concluded, the Senator noted that the compendium which was being launched shows the sound and professional working relationship between the Executive Arm and the Legislative Arm under the Buhari Presidency and stated that it was this relationship that guaranteed the unprecedented signing of over 60 Acts of parliament by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The compendium of bills signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari which was also compiled by Senator Gbenga Ashafa, contained over 60 bills which the president had assented to in the past 42 months.

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Amosun/APM Action Today – Sheer Show Of Shame, Evidence of A Finished Man ~ Dapo Abiodun

The All Progressives Congress Gubernatorial Candidate in Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun has described the APC Presidential Campaign held in Abeokuta today overthrown by Amosun boys and APM members as a ‘Show of shame and utter disgrace.

The Iperu-Remo born Candidate described Amosun- APM  activities and anti Party as a clear show of shame, and evidence of a finish man who has lost total focus. That character belittled and denigrated the exalted position of a Governor.

He said this while addressing supporters and party faithfuls that received him at his Party Secretariat in Iperu, after the APC Presidential rally at Gateway International Stadium where he was presented and handed the APC Party flag by APC National Chairman, Com. Adams Oshiomohole, today in Abeokuta.   The Presidential rally had in attendance President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, National Leaders of the Party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande and some South West APC Governors.

At the rally, the APM members were at criss-cross, attacked and hacked some APC members in Yellow Fazecaps, and branded T-shirts. The embarrassing show took another dimension during the short address of APC National chairman, Adams Oshiomohole, and that didnt stop even at the intervention of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and President Buhari. They were booed out of the stage by organised APM members having noticed the agenda is falling out of their order.

Still at the stadium, the APM members were chasing APC members out of the stadium throwing stones and bottle water at supporters, even at the stark plead of Gov Amosun, the APM members still went rougue. 
 
Describing the incident as a show of shame,  Prince Dapo Abiodun also urged his supporters not to shift ground and pannick. They are mere bully. They have failed and will always fail. The most important thing is that President Buhari and other party leaders witness the show of shame. We should all go back to our drawing board to mobilise our members and canvassers for the forth coming elections. There is no sleep or rest until we have our victory on March 2nd, he concluded.

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Kwarans In Abuja Hold O To Ge Rally, Endorse APC’s AbdulRazaq

Thousands of Kwarans living in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Tuesday held a rally in support of the Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, saying it was time the state was liberated politically. 

The rally came barely two weeks after thousands of Kwarans in Lagos State held a conference unanimously endorsing AbdulRazaq and other APC candidates back home.  

The Abuja rally was attended by Kwarans who carried placards with various inscriptions like ‘Enough is Enough’; ‘O To Ge’; ‘Kwara Must Be Free’. Attendees included Kwara’s young turks like House of Representatives member Hon Tunji Olawuyi Ajuloopin; Hon. Kokori Abdul; Arch. Nurudeen Quadri; Hon. Akaje Ibrahim; Alh. Nurudeen Sanni; Barr. Tairu Adebayo; Barr. Mumeen Hanafi; Barr. Abdul-Majeed Oloriegbe; Hon. Tijani Ismail; Mr Abdullahi Bolakale; Hon. Abel Olatunji Akayejo; Hon. Ahmed Ndakene; and Alhaji Tajudeen Kareem, a former press secretary to former Governor Bukola Saraki. 

Muhammad Brimah, a special assistant to the Vice President, also attended the rally.

Kwara APC deputy governorship candidate Kayode Alabi, who represented AbdulRazaq, thanked the organisers of the rally and the attendees for standing up to be counted.

“I urge you all to support Alhaji AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and all APC candidates in Kwara. He’s a contented man. He’s ready to fix Kwara and, with your support, we are hoping to get the freedom we deserve in our state this year,” Alabi told the rally.

“We call on all Kwarans everywhere who are registered voters in Kwara to come back home to vote. If you are not registered to vote here, you should back home to canvass for votes. There is no better time than now.”

Ajuloopin, who recently won the House of Representatives rerun poll in Kwara south on the platform of the APC, expressed similar sentiment.

“This is the time to liberate our people politically.  O To Ge is a revolution whose time has come and no human being can stop it. I urge all of you to return home to vote. If you don’t have a voter’s card, please come home and be our canvassers,” he said.

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Atiku Will Not Get South-West Votes – Afenifere

A socio-cultural organization Afenifere has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidates, Atiku Abubakar has no votes in the Southwest.

In a statement signed by Senator Ayo Fasanmi, national leader of Afenifere Egbe Ilosiwaju Yoruba, Atiku does not embody the virtues of the Yorubas.

“Our attention has been drawn to the news of a recent endorsement of the PDP candidate Alh Atiku Abubakar by a motley socio-cultural group which calls itself Nigeria Leaders and Elders forum and which particularly includes a group which has been parading itself under the name of Afenifere for some time now.

“We sympathise with Alh Atiku Abubakar ahead of the February 16 presidential election if he actually believes that his endorsement by this Afenifere will translate into a harvest of votes for him in the southwest, because it cannot.

“In the first instance, the atrocities of the PDP in the southwest is not something that can be so easily forgotten nor hastily forgiven without genuine repentance.

Senator Fasanmi noted that the attack on TraderMoni and the support for suspended Justice Onnoghen are pointers that the PDP does not want the progress of Nigeria.

“The PDP has neither reformed nor repented from its ways as it continues to brazenly promote economic exclusion, evidenced in its stringent attack and condemnation of the TraderMoni programme of the APC which is targeted towards lifting the poorest of the poor from abject poverty.

“It’s recent staunch stand for the protection of an erring chief Justice of the federation in what appears to be extensive criminality over a fairly long period clearly demonstrates where the PDP stands in the fight against corruption and for the enthronement of virtues and policies that are so critical to our overall wellbeing and progress as a nation.

“Finally, nothing demonstrates the loss of connection between this Atiku Afenifere and the people of the southwest than the fact that they are recommending Alh Atiku Abubakar for the people of the southwest zone of Nigeria as someone that deserves their vote.

“Atiku Abubakar without prejudice to his other virtues represents the opposite of all that the southwest cherishes in political leadership.

A man who has transversed the entire range of the political spectrum in just a little more than a decade cannot be recommended to the southwest by anyone who is truly in touch with the leadership preference of the southwest.

 “From PDP to AC to ACN to PDP and then to APC and back to PDP within a decade represents a new level of crass political opportunism, an attribute which the southwest holds in disdain.

“Unprincipled pursuit of political goals is a stranger to the generally accepted leadership culture of the south west.

“Character traits such as Courage of Conviction, fortitude, patience, perseverance and commitment to group goals are essential qualities that the southwest insist on from their political leaders all of which are clearly in short supply in the PDP candidate.

“It is in view of the above that Afenifere Egbe Ilosiwaju Yoruba calls on the people of the entire southwest to remain strong focused and committed in their journey to the next level under the leadership of President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo and ensure that they cast their votes for all APC candidates in the forthcoming elections,” Senator Fasanmi said.

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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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