#SanwoLovesLagos: Sanwo-Olu Celebrates Valentine’s Day With Lagosians, Assures Of Quality Service

Lagos was painted red with love yesterday, as friends of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu organized a Valentine’s Day event with Lagosians, with the aim of spreading love, themed: ‘A Passion to serve’.

The events, took place at Abule Egba, Festac, Ikeja, Surulere, and Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Lagos, and featured music, dance competition, pretty ladies in red, addressed as ‘Sanwo Angels’, handing out roses to Lagosians, and dance dramas that passed the ‘T.H.E.M.E’ message of Sanwo-Olu to Lagosians.

Sanwo-Olu in company with his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat surprisingly stopped by at the Ikeja venue, to a rousing welcome from supporters. Sanwo-Olu personally handed out roses to Lagosians, and also reiterated his plans for a greater Lagos.

He said: “From the creative energies of our youths, the spirit of enterprise in our land, to the wisdom of our elders, I am persuaded a greater Lagos is possible. There could not have been a better day for me to tell you of my love to serve you than today,” he said.

Speaking further, Sanwo-Olu said that his administration will be committed to reducing travel time and increasing per capita productivity for Lagosians by improving infrastructures such as road, rail and water transportation.

“Our major healthcare plan is to improve access and affordability through comprehensive health insurance and improve primary and secondary health facilities. And for our environment, LAWMA’s waste management system will be upgraded for better service delivery while we implement measures to turn waste to wealth and ensure a clean and healthy environment in Lagos,” he added.

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Nigeria Decides: 2019 And The Choices Before Us, By Abdulrahman Usman Leme

Here we are again, at another crossroad in the political landscape of our dear country. Starting from Saturday, February 16, 2019, each of Nigeria’s approximately 80 million registered voters would be expected to exercise their constitutional right to decide those who get elected to the various offices at the various levels of government.

With the benefit of hindsight, given that Nigeria has been democratically governed over the last nineteen (19) years, there surely must now be vast enough experience for rational decision-making by discerning citizens on those to be elected into offices to govern for the next four years; from the presidential to the local government levels.

Of these nineteen odd years of democratic governance in Nigeria, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has had sixteen (16) straight years – from 1999 to 2015, translating to four terms under three Presidents; including Olusegun Obasanjo (May 1999 – May 2007), late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua (May 2007 – May 2010), and Goodluck Jonathan (May 2010 – May 2015) Depending on an observer’s sociopolitical leaning, the party either performed or under-performed.

On the other hand, the All Progressives Congress (APC), formerly the main opposition party to the then-ruling PDP, won the 2015 presidential poll on the platform of ‘Change’ and a promise of improved livelihoods for majority of Nigeria’s approximately 190 million citizens. The APC’s candidate, currently the incumbent president, President Muhammadu Buhari (in government from May 2015 till date). is seeking a second term of four years ostensibly to continue his Change agenda, reform programs for the good of the electorate and ultimately move them to the next level.

Although the elections are for various positions at both Federal and State levels, this article will focus on the Presidential election. Also, although there are about seventy-nine political parties contesting the 2019 elections at various levels of participation, this article will only focus on the two major parties on the ballot papers; the All Progressives Congress and the People’s Democratic Party.

The two parties have marshalled reasonably strong points as to why either of them should be voted into power for the next four years. But, it has to be assumed that Nigerians, hinging on the now vast democratic experience, would no longer be hoodwinked, and each potential voter now has the unique chance to decide which of the two platforms best represents his/her interest to deliver on the gains of democracy.

It is in respect to the above that, perhaps, the only meaningful and logical way for any decisions to be made with respect to the two parties; APC and PDP, would be to appraise the performance of each in Government.

The PDP Years (1999 – 2015)

In appraising the PDP era, and given one’s leaning, especially if it would be unfavorable, one can begin by arguing that President Obasanjo had a unique opportunity to institutionalize democracy in Nigeria. An opportunity that would have brought about meaningful developmental reforms and programmes which could have ensured sustained economic growth, but, that didn’t happen. Instead, what we saw was a man who was only interested in idolizing and immortalizing himself. No more can be said than the fact that he sought for a third term. Like Obasanjo, late Yar’adua came with a lot of promise – which he did not live long enough to deliver; but left us with the Boko Haram insurgency to contend with.  However, and to be fair to Late Yar’adua, unlike Obasanjo, he will at least be remembered as a champion of the rule of law and a man who was committed to electoral reforms.

Late Yar’adua was then succeeded by his Vice President; Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, whose Government was blighted by security challenges, political patronage, cronyism, state capture and massive corruption.

To buttress some of the points above, two former Governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria; Charles Soludo and Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, publicly decried the scale of corruption in some government agencies which they observed were causing massive shortages in Government revenues. Furthermore, a former Minister of Finance also publicly expressed frustration on how her dogged resolve to have the excess crude revenue saved for rainy days was ignored, obviously in a bid to sustain political patronage and cronyism. Finally, we have literally been inundated with cases of how billions of Dollars were siphoned by serving top government officials serving as agents of state capture; all that unaccounted for during the Jonathan administration.

However, it must be noted that it was during the PDP years that Nigeria overcame South Africa to become the biggest economy in Africa; never mind it being based off of the country only rebasing its GDP. The point being that Nigeria only changed how it calculated the GDP to more accurately reflect current prices and market structure, and in so doing, gave more weight to Nollywood and mobile phone services that had grown a lot as of then. It must also be noted, however, that experts had argued, even then, that Nigeria needs more than GDP rebasing to stimulate the economy, and that while it was important to have up to date statistics, that would not, of its own, lead to economic prosperity, or any change in the reality on ground.

In the area of poverty reduction, alleviation or eradication, even though with limited or hardly any success, the PDP cannot be accused of lack of effort. During its years, it had the following initiatives to try and tackle the scourge; National Poverty Eradication Program (NAPEP) and YouWin etc. The programs barely had any impact most likely due to the lack of adequate commitment and perhaps corruption.

In the realm of security, boko haram were hoisting their flags in Nigerian territories; indeed, at some point they were in control of seventeen (17) Local Government Areas (LGA) in Borno State alone. These LGAs occupied a space twice the size of the entire geo-political zone known as South Eastern Nigeria.

In fact, boko haram was so bold and brazen, that there were coordinated, if not concurrent attacks in Kano, Bauchi, Gombe, Jalingo, Kaduna, Niger; and even Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, wasn’t spared. With bombings in Abuja of the Police Force Headquarters, UN Building, nyanya bus stop and Emab Plaza. it was almost like nowhere was safe.

Indeed, the statistics on the spate of insecurity are a grim read;

  1. In the North Central, the Ombatse militia ran riot with a killing spree that included that of over 100 policemen in Nasarawa State.
  2. 59 school boys were killed by boko haram at the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State in February of 2014.
  3. 35 bodies were discovered dumped in the Ezu river, Amansea in Anambra state in 2013
  4. 276 schoolgirls were abducted from the Chibok Girls Secondary School in Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists. Till date, 112 of these girls are still missing, with some presumably dead. It took the Government two weeks and public outrage to even admit that the girls were missing.
  5. In fact, the convoy of the incumbent president was caught in a second explosion that rocked Kaduna in July 2014.

The APC Years (2015 – Date)

ECONOMY

The Buhari administration came into power in May 2015 on a tripod of promises to fight Corruption, curb Insecurity and improve the Economy.

Unfortunately, at the onset of the admin, it was confronted by a myriad of near catastrophic problems amongst which chiefly were; nearly 75% of the states could not pay salaries, and the country slid into recession; as was foreseen by former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, during the last days of the Jonathan administration. However, through a combination of economic prudence and effective official interventions by the APC-led government, the country emerged from the doldrums. In September 2015, the admin commenced disbursement of 689.5 billion Naira as bailout to 27 states to enable them pay salaries and offset pension liabilities.

To further stimulate the economy, the Federal Government embarked on an expansionary fiscal policy regime with investment of close to 2.7 trillion Naira in the 2016 & 2017 budgets alone on infrastructure. A further 650 million dollars Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) was set up to complement the capital expenditures of the Buhari administration with focus on funding Lagos-Ibadan express way, 2nd Niger Bridge, Kano-Abuja road and Mambilla Hydroelectric Dam. 

These investments on roads, power and a new national rail network are unprecedented; with an overall focus of guaranteeing increased access to markets, reducing operating costs for businesses, and allowing Nigeria make up for lost time; this being in realization of the fact that the country lost a golden chance to spur economic growth and development in the 16 years under PDP, when billions of dollars were generated; but were then mismanaged or subjected to large-scale looting.To further enhance productivity, and ginger economic activities at all rungs of Nigeria’s economic ladder, the governing APC administration initiated microfinance schemes such as; TraderMoni, Marketmoni and Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), in which billions have been invested, and that have been helping to generate appreciable income for smallholder businesses and thus make life better for thousands of Nigerians. 

The ABP was launched by President Buhari in 2015 to create a linkage between anchor companies involved in agriculture value chain (processing, milling, storage, distribution etc) and smallholder farmers (SHFs) of key agricultural commodities. In December 2018, the CBN noted that as at October 2018, 862,069 farmers cultivating about 835,239 hectares, across 16 different commodities, have so far benefited from the Anchor Borrowers programme; a development that has generated over 2.5 million jobs across the country.

The admin has also moved to improve the Human Development Index of the country with an unprecedented array of social intervention programs. These include the Home Grown School Feeding Program (HGSFP), N-Power, Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) amongst others. The net effect of these programs are already been felt.

CORRUPTION

This been the cardinal theme of the admin’s campaign, it moved immediately to check it with a number of measure, amongst which are:

  1. Expunging more than 34,000 ghost workers from the Federal Civil Service payroll, thereby saving about N2.3 billion monthly.
  2. Implementing the Treasury Single Account (TSA); and by end of March 2017, over N7 trillion was recorded in the TSA, while as at August 2018, the TSA was saving the government N42 billion monthly; an initiative, which has been hailed far and wide.
  3. A Whistleblowers policy was also unveiled by his administration, and has led to the discovery and recovery of billions of naira of stolen government funds in both local and foreign currencies.
  4. A Presidential panel was set up to probe arms procurement between 2007 and 2015. The panel has made some shocking discoveries that are still rocking the armed forces and the security infrastructure of the country.

The admin is continuing with its vigorous fight against corruption with purpose, so much so that it can be described as retreating. Even the Judiciary is being cleansed of corruption, with top ranking judicial officers who were hitherto thought to be untouchable, now being investigated and prosecuted. We have also witnessed some high profile convictions.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has also been recording hugely significant achievements in the fight against corruption. In February 2018, the EFCC reported recoveries of about 511.9 billion Naira in 2017. The commission reported that, between January and December 2017, it recovered 32 billion Naira and 5 million Dollars forfeited by the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dieziani Alison-Madueke. Other forfeited monies include the N449 million discovered at a plaza in Lagos, $43 million discovered in an Ikoyi apartment in Lagos, N329 billion from petroleum marketers in Kano, while withholding tax of over N27.7 billion was retrieved from banks.

SECURITY

On Security, many Nigerians may point accusing fingers at the current administration on the resurgence of Boko Haram attacks with casualties among the military personnel. However, President Buhari has sought for, and allocated huge funds from the budget to purchase military equipment so as to reinvigorate the onslaught against the terrorists.

In this regard, it can at least be argued that funds intended for arms purchase are not being diverted to private pockets. The country has also regained a lot of goodwill and respect in the international community; a situation that has meant arms procurement is no longer through the backdoors. The import of this will assume an even bigger significance if one recalls the botched and desperate attempt by the previous government to purchase arms from South Africa via a plane-load of cash.

Although the Buhari admin has been far from perfect, with insecurity challenges and industrial actions, the federal government moved to address the farmer/herder conflict in the North Central region, and armed banditry in North west through interventions like:

  1. Operation Whirl-stroke in Benue and Taraba States
  2. Operation Sharan Daji in the North West.
  3. Operation Diran Mikiya (An air force quick response unit set up in Gusau Zamfara State which is being complemented by counter terrorism unit and other security forces).
  4. An establishment of another air force quick response wing in Nguroje, Mambilla, Taraba State
  5. Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Gembu, Mambilla, Taraba State

These security measures are to be complemented by the National Livestock Transformation Plan that was recently launched by the Federal Government. 

In the Niger Delta, the Government has been in constant dialogue with stakeholders, community leaders and the militants for a lasting solution. Leveraging on its plans and programs in the Niger-Delta, the APC led Government has managed to maintain peace in the region. To this end, we have been witnessing sustained peace for the longest period in many years.

In the foreign policy realm, Nigeria under President Buhari has recovered considerable goodwill from global partners. These are being witnessed in the instances of the currency swap and infrastructure funding with China; the fertilizer deal with Morocco; the trade deal with Singapore; the bilateral agreements on return of Nigeria’s stolen assets with countries like United Kingdom, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and treaties which have raised the country’s profile internationally.

Based on the afore-mentioned records of the PDP and the APC in government, the choice for discerning voters as they go to polls are

  1. an APC Government that has spent over 10 billion US Dollars on infrastructure that cut across several sectors in four years or a PDP Government that spent nearly 800 billion dollars with little to show for it.
  2. An APC Government that is committed to diversifying our economy or one that abandoned other sectors of the economy for oil.
  3. An APC Government that has completed about 600 kilometers of standard gauge rail in three years; with Lagos-Abeokuta being the latest, with less resources available to spend or a PDP Government that had abundance of resources at its disposal but could not put in place a single standard gauge line.
  4. A PDP Government that depleted our foreign reserve despite selling oil at an all-time high or an APC Government that is growing the foreign reserve steadily despite earning less.
  5. A PDP Government that sold off government assets such as; NITEL, NEPA, Nigeria Airways to their cronies at giveaway prices spearheaded by Atiku Abubakar without compensating staff or an APC Government that is clearing this mess by upsetting the pension arrears and other entitlements of these staff after several years.
  6. A PDP Government that spent sixteen billion dollars on power with nothing to show for it under one of their three Presidents alone; an administration where the current PDP candidate was an influential Vice President, or an APC Government that has generated and transmitted the highest megawatts of electricity in less than four years.
  7. A PDP Government that allowed our refineries to rot or an APC Government that is working hard to have them function in full capacity whilst making possible for Private individuals to set up theirs. The Modular refineries in the Niger Delta will soon come on board.
  8. A PDP Government that had turned the country’s main revenue generating agencies to their cash cows or an APC Government that is ensuring prudent management of resources and accountability at these agencies. The Nigeria Ports Authority, under Ms Hadiza Bala, for example has seen remarkable turnaround in the way and manner the Authority is being run; It was one of the first Government agencies to implement the TSA which complemented the revenue and invoice management system which reduce traffic, blocked leakages and enhanced service delivery. NNPC, Customs and FIRS are other agencies that witnessed real change and have all broken existing records in terms of revenue turn over to the coffers of Government.

Finally, the discerning voters should reflect on whether they would rather weigh on the person they hired to repair their destroyed house (who despite all the initial obstacles has managed to structurally stabilize the house) to do better at refurbishing it or they would rather have the person who destroyed in the first place come back for repairs? It really does appear to be that simple.

Abdulrahman Usman Leme

For:

Directorate of Contact and Mobilization

APC Presidential Campaign Council.

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Tijjaniya Movement Tells Its Followers Nationwide To Vote For President Buhari

The Tijjanniya group, another major Islamic sect with millions of followers across Nigeria and beyond, has endorsed the candidature of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari.

The spokesperson of the group, who is also the chairman of SUFI (Stand Up For Integrity) movement of the Tijjanniya, Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, announced the group’s endorsement of the president’s re-election bid in the Feb. 16 presidential election.

The Tijjanni endorsement came barely a month after a major Islamic group, the Jama’atul Izalatul Bidi’a Waikamatus Sunnah (JIBWIS), one of the largest Islamic societies in Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon, had endorsed President Buhari for a second term in office.

Dr Ibrahim Jalo Jalingo, the Leader of the committee of preachers of the JIBWIS , had on Jan. 11, at a Colloquium in Jimeta, Yola, announced the adoption of the president for the Feb. 16 presidential elections.

Ahmed-Rufai explained that the group resolved to endorse President Buhari because he had been tested and could be trusted for another four years in office.

He said: “At times likes this, people of goodwill must rise to the clarion call to command what is good and abhor evil. A time when Nigeria is presented with a choice of who can be entrusted with the leadership of this great country.

“Thank God, we are old enough and informed enough to know the antecedents of Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari, and his character traits.

“We bear witness that he is a Man of Integrity and a National Patriot, the likes of whom are few in Nigeria of today amongst the past and present leaders.

“Prior to his ascension as the Civilian President in 2015, Nigeria was a Pariah Nation and a laughing stock amongst the committee of Nations. Despite the huge resources that accrued to the nation, the Government of then was known for its uncommon crave for corruption and ineptitude.

“Little wonder then why for the first time, a sitting President was convincingly defeated, despite the incumbency privileges.’’

According to him, a new foundation is being laid, new values for accountability and good governance are being instituted and a new economy based on the non-oil sector is gradually taking the center stage under the Buhari administration.

He further noted that the scourge of insecurity and kidnapping was being tackled and militancy had been brought under control, while Boko haram, which previously controlled 14 local government areas in the North-East had been degraded, with no single area now under them.

Ahmed-Rufai also noted that labour-related crises were being resolved and the “GDP growth is very encouraging’’.

He further observed that a brand new Cancer Center at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) had been completed and inaugurated in Lagos.

“With eight million tons of harvest as at today, Nigeria is the largest producer of maize in Africa; this figure is bound to increase as more people takes to farming.

“Indeed contribution of agriculture to non-oil GDP is in excess of N240billion,’’ he added. He commended the Buhari administration for the completion of the Abuja – Kaduna; Itakpe – Warri; Lagos – Abeokuta  and the Abuja metro railway projects,  adding that “the rail lines are coming and Nigerians are connecting again.’’

Ahmed-Rufai also expressed delight over the way and manner the Buhari administration was tackling the problem of corruption in the country, saying that “surgery is ongoing in the fight against Corruption.

“The untouchables are feeling the heat, convictions are being obtained and a number of them are behind bars, while a lot are fugitives in foreign lands, running away from home where they once held sway.

“Corruption is a virus and a plague and we all must fight against it,  alongside with President Buhari.’’

He said: “On the strength of the above, arising from the need to consolidate on the achievements of the president, we, the adherents of the Tijjaniya SUFI order nationwide hereby declare our total commitment to the re-election of President Buhari, come Feb. 16, 2019.

“We equally call on all Nigerians voters to cast their votes for Mr. President to guarantee a future for our country, while laying a good foundation that our children can be proud of.”

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FG Exposes PDP’s Plan To Orchestrate Crisis, Trigger Panic Ahead Of Polls

With just a few days to the Presidential and National Assembly
elections, the Federal Government has alerted the nation to the
last-minute desperate plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to
orchestrate a crisis and trigger a sense of panic among the populace,
in furtherance of their plan to discredit the election and cause a
constitutional crisis.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Information
and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the plot confirms the alarm
raised by the Federal Government on Jan. 21st and Feb. 3rd 2019 that
the PDP is planning to scuttle the election and, where that fails,
discredit it.

He said in the days ahead, PDP bigwigs, including its presidential
candidate Atiku Abubakar, his running mate Peter Obi, PDP Governors
and others, are planning a world press conference in order to level
frivolous and unfounded allegations against the federal government and
the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Alhaji Mohammed said that part of the false allegations they plan to
make is that the Presidency, in connivance with the APC, is planning
to force the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to
announce presidential election results that are favourable to the
government in power, on the basis of the false premise that the APC’s
intelligence team is worried that the ruling party would lose the elections.

He said the PDP bigwigs also plan to use their world press conference
to further disparage the Buhari Administration as well as the ruling
APC, with a view to painting an unfavourable image of both to
Nigerians and the international community and to put the government on
the defensive in the run-up to the polls.

The Minister said the PDP’s last joker is a two-hour live press
conference to be addressed by the PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola
Ologbodiyan, on Feb. 14th, the last day of electioneering campaign, to
chronicle all their concocted allegations and lies against the ruling
government, cast aspersion on government and ruling party officials
and throw innuendos here and there.

”As electioneering campaign winds down, the PDP has realized that it
cannot possibly win a free, fair and credible polls. It has thus
resorted to engaging in red herring, hauling insults and abuses at
federal government and ruling party officials and making outlandish
allegations with a view to creating a sense of panic and crisis.

”The truth is that President Muhammadu Buhari, a man respected
globally for his integrity, has continuously assured that the
elections will be free, fair, credible and peaceful. He has warmly
welcomed observers, both local and foreign., because he has nothing to
hide, and because he is sure that the achievements of his
Administration will win him re-election.

”We are therefore calling on all Nigerians and the international
community to disregard any attempt to scuttle or discredit the polls.
We urge observers to keep an open mind. There is no cause for alarm,
except in the warped imagination of the PDP, which has entered the
panic mode and is already ruing the loss of another general election
even before it has been held,” he said.

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Chopper’s Crash: Abiodun Congratulates Osinbajo, Pray For Safety of Nigerians

Ogun APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR has rejoiced with Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Pres. Muhammadu Buhari and  Nigerians over the escape and safety of the Vice President and nine others involved in the Chopper’s crashlanding on Saturday in Kogi State.

That the Vice President and others in the Chopper survived the scare was another testimony of God’s awesome wonders at protecting and keeping his People from unfortunate ocurrence. This time in our political history is a deciding moment as Nigerians goes to poll to reaffirm/reelect their leaders – truly calls for prayer.

In a release signed by his media office and made available to newsmen in Iperu, Dr Abiodun felicitate with Prof. Osinbajo.

The incident further exposed our inadequacies to technical dilligence, but we are grateful to God for his mercy though least expected of a carrier; we draw our comfort and solace from the grace enjoyed, the fact that, the Vice President and other people on board escaped unhurt remains another wonder of God.

Its an appreciable wonders that goes beyond comprehension. While thanking God for the lives of Prof. Osinbajo and nine others on board of the ill-fated Helicopter, the APC Candidate also sue for prayers for the soul every Nigerian that would be travelling for Political Campaigns, and to perform their civil responsibilities.

“Nigerian Leaders especially Pres. Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Osinbajo, and all  candidate seeking office need the support and prayers of all now than before; our Democracy is though nascent and has come to stay. We cannot afford any political causality that draw the wheel of Nigeria fortune aback.

Abiodun Media Office

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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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President Buhari Campaigns In Maiduguri

The President Muhammadu Buhari campaign train on Monday arrived Maiduguri in continuation of its re-election campaign activities.

President Buhari landed at about 10:30am at the Nigerian Air Force wing of the Maiduguri International Airport.

He was received by Mr Adams Oshiomole, the Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC); National Security Adviser, Maj. -Gen. (rtd), Babagana Monguno and the Minister of State Works, Alhaji Baba Shehuri.

Other dignitaries that received the president are Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno, members of the national and state House of Assembly and other party leaders.

The president is expected to address a gathering of party supporters at the Ramat Square in Maiduguri, to drum up support for his re-election bid.

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Why Buhari Will Not Rig Election – BMO

President Muhammadu Buhari has no reason whatsoever to rig next month’s  Presidential election and any fear by the opposition elements that President Buhari is preparing grounds to rig the election is a mere conjecture and completely false.

According to the Buhari Media Organisation(BMO), the All Progressives Congress (APC) has all it takes to win the coming election fairly and creditably, with a landslide.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said President Buhari’s unmatchable and verif iable achievements have gladdened millions of Nigerian voters who are going to vote for him massively.

BMO asserted that the Peoples’s Democratic Party (PDP) was raising false alarm because it foresaw its failure in the election as its campaign “has been wobbly, inconsistent and incoherent, principally du e to the fact that it has nothing positive to campaign with and attract votes.

“President Muhammadu Buhari on the other hand has multitudes of  consistent followers  and ordinary Nigerians whose lives he has impacted positively; these include  the 500,000 N-Power beneficiaries, parents of over 10,000,000 children being fed under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme, the 200,000 cooks and local farmers involved in the school feeding programme. Others are the 12,000,000 farmers and fishermen who actually donated money to his campaign, a majority of the 22,000,000  students of tertiary institutions in the country.”

 The BMO added that: “2,000,000 petty traders in the Market Moni and the Trader Moni loan schemes, the 350,000 Nigerians being empowered by the Government Enterprise and Employment Programme (GEEP) have all indicated their determination to vote for the President.”

The Buhari Media Organisation   says that given the loyal followers and supporters of the President in 17 of the 19  states in the North, his  huge support base in the South-West and some areas in the South-South, “victory for President Muhammadu Buhari is a given.”

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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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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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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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PDP Thugs Wearing Our Vests To Attack Innocent Citizens, Kwara APC Cries Out

We have information that PDP thugs, true to our predictions since December 2018, have now mass-produced vests and other APC logos with which they are going around Kwara State to destroy things and attack innocent citizens. This is an old tactic for which the PDP and its patrons are known.

We recently alerted the people of Kwara to this evil tactic of the PDP. Armed with guns and other deadly weapons, they are wearing the same APC vests and filming themselves as they carried out this act of violence against Kwarans. An example was what they did today (Sunday 13 January) in Surulere area of Ilorin in the state capital. This was the same tactic they deployed in 2003 and other election periods. These are panicky measures adopted by the drowning dynasty which has lost the battle of ideas.

We remain committed to running a peaceful, issues-based and decent campaign. Again, we call on the security agencies to arrest this ugly trend. We reiterate our position that politicians must seek people’s votes through superior arguments and campaign pledges, not through violence and propaganda for which the PDP is now known all over Nigeria. The drowning dynasty must run its campaign on its records in office, not through violence and intimidation. Enough is enough. O To Ge

Rafiu Ajakaye
Media Aide to the AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq Governorship Campaign Organisation

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