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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Atiku Rejected Restructuring While In Office As VP – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has said that the Presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar rejected restructuring when he had the opportunity to implement it as a Vice President under the then President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Osinbajo, who chaired Chief Bisi Akande’s 80th birthday colloquium in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, recalled that the then Lagos State Government under the leadership of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu made presentation to the Federal Government for Nigeria’s restructuring, particularly the practice of true and fiscal federalism, but that Atiku, who was then vice president, rejected the move.

Osinbajo was addressing the topic of the colloquium, “Nigeria: Achieving national unity through peaceful restructuring”.

The vice president noted that Tinubu told him straight away when he was invited to be part of his administration that his major aim was to pursue restructuring and devolution of power to the states through legal and political means for the country’s betterment.

He said Atiku’s rejection forced Lagos State to look inward and undertake the struggle alone, a move, which he said, paid off eventually.

According to the VP, Lagos State pursued it through the courts, adding that it succeeded in winning on four major issues.

They are: the power of the states to create local governments, the declaration that the Federal Government does not have the right to withhold federal allocation of any state or local government being jointly owned by the federating units, the right of states to create taxes and the right to issue their own urban and regional plan to which the Federal Government must comply, if it has any property in the state.

The vice president emphasised that there was a general agreement among Nigerians on the need for restructuring, but that the structure it must take was what citizens from different divides were yet to agree on.


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2019: Atiku Vows To Give Women 30% If Elected

Presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has promised to give women 30 per cent of the positions in his government if given the mandate.

Atiku stated this at a presidential campaign rally at Freedom Square, Osogbo, in Osun State.

According to him, the current administration has failed the country in the area of security, a situation he vowed to correct if elected.

He further urged the people of the state to vote for all PDP candidates in the forthcoming elections and defend their votes.

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Kaduna APC Leaders Assure Buhari Of Over 90% Votes

Yusuf Bala, the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, says the Southern Kaduna Senatorial District will give President Muhammadu Buhari over 90 per cent of their votes in the forthcoming presidential election.

Bala disclosed this after a delegation of All Progressives Congress (APC) had a closed door meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

He said that the delegation felicitated with the Federal Government and acknowledged the work it had done for the nation in the last three and a half years.

“Particularly as it affects the poor people who are 80 per cent voter-based and to assure the vice president that because of the much work that has been done; the next election is as good as delivered.

“We are here to say that by over 90 per cent, we will deliver the president and vice president in the next election as well as the governor and his deputy among others including myself the senatorial candidate for the zone.’’

The deputy governor said that Osinbajo had warmed himself into the hearts of many Nigerians through various grassroots programmes he championed.

The Southern Kaduna APC Senatorial candidate added that part of the reason for the visit was also to invite the vice president to the zone.

“We have also come to request kindly to be part of these efforts; he has endeared himself to Nigerians through so many programmes that have led him through the poor people of this country; the creeks; the roads; the markets; the farmers and so on.

“So I want him to come to the zone to flag off our door to door campaign and hopefully carry out one of these programmes within the zone,’’ he said.

A notable member of the delegation was Dr Hadiza Balarabe, the running mate to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna in the forthcoming governorship election.

Others were members of the state assembly and party leaders and candidates for various elective positions. (NAN)

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Kwara Gov Bans Political Rallies

Kwara State government has banned all street political rallies and processions in the state.

The State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed made this known while addressing a special state broadcast in Ilorin.

According to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed only political rallies in approved designated areas would be allowed.

He explained that the state government has constituted a security committee comprising of all the security agencies in the state to ensure safe and security.

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed however assured that the state government was determined to ensure better security of lives and property in the state.

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Why Nigerians Should Re-elect President Buhari – Amosun

Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday explained why Nigerians should re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16 presidential election.

President Buhari is contesting the election as candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Amosun, while speaking at Kajola ward in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area  stated that President Buhari has added value to the development of the country and the state in particular.

“It is important we vote for President Buhari because he is adding value to the development of Nigeria and Ogun State too.

“Look at our railway, airport, power and many others. So we should all vote for him,” he added.

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Threat Of Violence Won’t Suppress Yearnings For Change In Kwara, Says AbdulRazaq

Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday said no threat of violence can suppress the resolve of the people to turn the page on the current political status quo in the state.

AbdulRazaq told a news briefing in the state capital Ilorin that Sunday’s attack was the fourth targeted at him since his convoy was attacked by gunmen last November in Kwara South when he led a campaign for the rerun ballot in irepodun/Isin/Oke Ero/Ekiti federal constitution which the APC won.

The briefing was attended by the APC’s Kwara Central senatorial candidate Ibrahim Oloriegbe; top APC chieftain Yahaya Seriki; and hundreds of other party stalwarts. 

He said the second was the disruption — reportedly by loyalists of the senate president Bukola Saraki — of the Ilorin Emirate Descendant Progressive Union (IEDPU) programme when it was his turn to address the community gathering. 

“You can’t impose your will on the people. What you have are a people clutching at straws. They are drowning men and they are on their way out. They have no answers to the agitation going on in the state,” AbdulRazaq said.

“Ilorin has changed. Kwara has changed. People are tired. There were major defections to our party just yesterday in Kaiama. People want a breath of fresh air and their response to that is violence. We won’t join them to encourage violence. We will keep on reporting them to the appropriate authorities because this is our town and we won’t destroy it. We know they are not from here and they don’t care whatever happens to our community.”

He also said people are tired of electing a governor who would always be at the mercy of their godfather, saying the incumbent cannot take any decision on Kwara except such decisions enjoy the backing of his godfather — a veiled reference the to mentor-mentee relationship of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed and Saraki. 

He added: “The last time they came, they brought Fatah Ahmed. But we know he’s not an executive governor. He couldn’t tar a single road in Ifelodun local government where he comes from. So, why do you expect the one they are bringing now to do any better? There is a lot of work to be done in Kwara. They asked them about the minimum wage and they said they will and even pay more. These are people who haven’t paid salary for many months. Mind you, people have not noticed that last year’s budget was N190b; this year’s budget is N150b. if you cannot pay salary with N190b, how can you pay salary with N150b? they are not here to do anything. They just want the perks of office. We have to get them out because enough is enough.”

Ibrahim Oloriegbe, for his part, said one APC member — AbdulRasheed Oloduowo — was shot dead while several others were injured as suspected PDP thugs attacked a rally of the APC at Ode Alfa Nda in the state capital. He said over 50 vehicles belonging to APC chieftains were destroyed in the area, including at Agbaji, the homestead of Saraki.

Identifying and calling for immediate arrest of thugs he claimed were working for the senate president, Oloriegbe recalled that similar violence was unleashed on Kwarans in 2003 during Saraki’s campaigns for the office of governor.

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BMO To Atiku, Saraki: You Can’t Match Buhari On Integrity

Senate President Bukola Saraki’s claims that President Muhammadu Buhari does not have the integrity to prosecute a successful war against corruption is the joke of the century, says the Buhari Media Organization(BMO)

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke BMO said that neither Saraki nor the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar can measure up to the President on the integrity scale.

“We are shocked, like many Nigerians, that the usually smooth-talking Director General of PDP’s Presidential Campaign Council was short of words when asked questions bordering on President Buhari’s integrity

“This is because he knows that all the tales from the opposition rank, designed to paint the President with the same corruption tag as Atiku Abubakar, are just lies and propaganda.

“Or why did he not use the opportunity to bring up the tales about Buhari using proxies to buy controlling stakes in Etisalat and Keystone Bank like PDP had alleged in recent weeks”

“He also struggled to smear the President during the interview with Channels TV before he opted to clutch at straw by speaking about corruption in the system

“We agree that corrupt people are still in the system and many believe that the Senate President is one of them, which is why he conspired with anti-people forces in the National Assembly to scuttle President Buhari’s bid to push through several anti-corruption bills including the establishment of special courts”.

BMO noted that no government has since 1999 showed the type of political will displayed by the present administration to stem the tide of corruption in the country.

It recalled that it was under this government that high profile convictions were recorded in the trial of politically exposed persons while several former government officials forfeited property acquired with stolen public funds

“It is surprising that Saraki pretended to have forgotten that a sitting senator Joshua Dariye was convicted and sentenced to fourteen years in jail for embezzling funds during his tenure as Plateau state governor during 1999 and 2007.There is a also a similar conviction of a former Taraba state governor Jolly Nyame which Atiku’s campaign coordinator cannot say he is not aware of

“These are cases that were stalled on several occasions in the past and had been on for over ten years until the two powerful personalities were convicted even though they are now registered members of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC)”, BMO said

The group also noted that while President Buhari has left no doubt in Nigerians’ mind on his integrity, the same cannot be said of the Senate President.  

 “it is public knowledge that his name featured prominently in the global offshore leak known as Panama Papers which exposed leading world politicians who used shell companies in tax havens to either conceal assets, evade tax or launder funds.

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Group Condemns Killings Of Kwara APC Members By PDP Gunmen

The Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman for Kwara mandate group (AA4Kwara) has condemned the attack by suspected PDP hired Gunmen on All Progressives Congress Supporters, which left two people dead and five other persons critically injured in Ilorin Yesterday.

The group described the attack as barbaric and callous killing of defenseless citizens, especially women and children, saying the perpetrators of the senseless killings have lost their sense of decency and humanity.

In a statement issued in Ilorin by the Group Convener, Jabar Ismaheel, said; “while every human life is sacrosanct, it is particularly saddened by the assassination attempt on the APC Governorship candidate, Mr Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq who miraculously escaped and an aftermath shooting at His supporters while staging a solidarity rally at the Alanamu area of the state capital”

The statement added: “Nothing in the world can justify the kind of intimidation we have witnessed in recent times in Kwara state, and it wondered why the PDP who boasted of being Popular in the state will descend to the level of do or die Politics”.

The group recalled various official complaints to the Police about PDP thugs known as Goodboys allegedly backed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki who frequently harass the citizens, masterminds destruction of APC campaign billboards and causes society unrest, yet they were more emboldened in their nefarious activities.

Jabar also noted that ‘’It is glaring that these attacks and killings are state-sponsored. That is why the police have not been able to stop them. Or will the Commissioner of Police claim he is not aware of these dastardly acts? Can the State Security Service (SSS) also claim ignorance? Are those being killed no longer Nigerians just because they belong to the APC?

“We called on the Federal Government especially President Muhammadu Buhari and Inspector General of Police to interfere in the security crisis of the state as democracy is in danger, we do not want the situation to degenerate to a state of emergency as the citizens have been stretched beyond the elasticity of Patience. These killings must be investigated with the aim of nipping it at the bud”.

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Rigging Plot: APC Chieftain, Nabena Accuses PDP Of Hiring ex-INEC Chairman As Consultant

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena has made startling disclosures that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hired a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission as an ‘election consultant’ for the forthcoming polls.

Nabena who spoke with newmens on Sunday in Abuja, refused to disclose the name of the former INEC chairman. He instead challenged the PDP and its presidential candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar to deny the allegation and equally charged relevant authorities to investigate the veracity if his allegations. 


“Following the exposure of the PDP’s initial plot to use Russian hackers to compromise INEC servers, the PDP has now hired a former INEC Chairman as an election consultant. This INEC Chairman was notorious for rigging elections for the PDP over the years.


“The plan is to use INEC officials who remain loyal to the former INEC Chairman and under his payroll to compromise the system from within.” Nabena said.


Asked to comment on the uproar that greeted the recent appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari as chair of the INEC’s ad hoc committee on National Collation Centre for the 2019 elections, the Bayelsa-born APC Chieftain said Nigerians should not be deceived by the PDP-sponsored protest and fake news over her appointment.


“The baseless protests is a ploy to create a distraction for their (PDP’s) election rigging and hacking plans.


“The PDP has deliberately chosen to be blind to the fact that Mrs. Amina Zakari is not a blood relation of the President as it alleges. Infact, her appointment was done by their very own former President Goodluck Jonathan.


“Besides, INEC has publicly stated the roles of it’s recently inaugurates adhoc committees. The collation centre committee chaired by Mrs. Amina Zakari is in charge of operational logistics of the centre such as electricity, internet, live transmission as well as accreditation for access to the ICC and security of the venue.


“Mrs. Amina Zakari’s committee is not saddled with actual collation of results. Only the chairman of INEC, who is the returning officer for presidential election, decides the validity of votes.” He said.

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Kwara APC Governorship Candidate Escapes Assassination

Kwara APC governorship candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Sunday escaped death by the whiskers as suspected PDP thugs fired at a rally he was attending at Ode Alfa Nda area of the state capital.

AbdulRazaq, who had on Saturday begun a daring door-to-door mobilisation of voters in Ilorin, was quickly whisked away from the rally as thousands of party supporters also scampered for safety. Two persons were seriously injured by gunshots fired by the thugs at the rally and have since been taken to the hospital.

The violence occurred almost simultaneously with similar attacks on APC supporters in Ile Aiyelabegan, a household that is a spit distance from the Agbaji homestead of the Senate President Bukola Saraki.

“We condemn this brazen resort to violence. This is getting out of hand. Nigerians are urged to prevail on the Senate president to prevail on his party thugs and stalwarts to give peace a chance in Kwara. There is life after politics,” Rafiu Ajakaye, media aide to the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq campaign organisation, said in a statement.

“We call on all the security agencies to buckle down and tame the monsters who are now terrorising everybody in not just Ilorin but everywhere in Kwara where people express their desire for freedom and life more abundant.”

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Eschew Thuggery, Violence During And After Election, Aisha Buhari Tells Owerri Youths

Wife of the President Mrs. Aisha Buhari has appealed to youths to eschew thuggery and violence during and after the forthcoming elections.

Mrs. Buhari represented by wife of the Vice President Mrs. Dolapo Osibanjo gave the charge in a message to the South East APC Women and youths rally held in Owerri.

Mrs. Buhari urged the people of the zone to vote massively for APC to enable the party to complete the good works it started.

She described APC as a women and youths friendly party pointing out that policies like N-Power, Trader-moni and School feeding programme of the federal government had significantly reduced unemployment in the country.

Mrs. Buhari called on youths to not only come out en masse to support the APC but to ensure they protect their votes.

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