BMO To Obasanjo: May You Live Long To Give Proper Testimony On Buhari

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has prayed for long life for former President Olusegun Obasanjo so that he may give the right testimony on President Muhammadu Buhari.

Reacting to the recent 16-page write-up in which the former President listed a litany of allegations against President Muhammadu Buhari, the group said the allegations are false and they are  only a figment of Obasanjo’s imagination. 

The group described the allegations as “a calculated attempt to divert Nigerians’ attention from the misdeeds and maladministration of the former President’s party, Peoples Democratic Party over a period of sixteen years.”

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO says it is praying for  long life for former President Obasanjo so that he will live long to attest to the monumental development of the country being undertaken by the Buhari administration, which successive PDP administration knowingly denied Nigerians during their reign.

“It is instructive to note that under the Buhari administration, and in less than four years, the country has been turned into a huge construction site as we see roads, railways and sundry projects being executed across the six geo-political zones of the country, unlike the PDP era when public funds were used to enrich and line the pockets of a few privileged Nigerians.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this is an administration that focuses on people-oriented projects with the sole aim to improve the lives of ordinary Nigerians.

“We consider the allegations against the President, APC and INEC by the former president as unfounded, cooked up, unsubstantiated, false and deliberately concocted to give the former president an unmerited relevance in the polity.

“We call on former President Obasanjo to respect himself, his age and the exalted office he once held and stop heating up the polity by constantly seeking relevance even at the risk of plunging the country into turmoil. As an elder statesman, he should know that such comments and vituperations maybe taken seriously by the unwary.”

The group then enjoined Nigerians to disregard the machinations of the former President “as he is only venting his frustration over his inability to railroad President Muhammadu Buhari to do his bidding and dance to his tune as was the case with previous administrations. We want to reassure Nigerians that the Buhari administration is determined to change their lives for the better, and will never tow the path of serving the narrow interests of a few.”

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BMO Exposes PDP, Atiku’s Rigging Plan

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says it has unearthed plans by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar to rig next month’s Presidential election.

A part of the plan “to subvert the will of the people”, according to the group, is PDP’s recent recruitment of a former INEC Chairman known to have presided over the worse election in Nigeria’s recent political history.

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, that the rigging plot also involves spending huge sums of money on police personnel and election officials in many parts of the country.

“With their campaign daily losing steam, PDP has also resorted to accusing everyone directly or remotely connected to President Muhammadu Buhari of corruption; after realising that Nigerians are not buying any of their Dubai Strategy of lies”.

“Their leaders had been working on this plan for a while and had consciously been raising all sorts of allegations and attacking national institutions involved in the electoral process in order to divert attention from their devious agenda.

“Part of the plot is to discredit INEC’s new election guidelines which included simultaneous accreditation and voting, and which also barred collation officers from making or receiving calls on election day.

“This same style was successfully test run in all bye-elections in recent months including those won by PDP candidates, but the party did not see anything wrong with it until the Commission insisted that it would be used during the next elections”.

BMO noted that PDP is also working on infiltrating INEC by embedding its supporters among ad-hoc electoral officials as part of its rigging plan.

It consequently advised the Commission to be cautious in its recruitment plan for the general election.

 “We want to place Nigerians on notice that they should be at alert and not allow PDP elements at all levels to subvert the will of the electorate.

“There is also a need for the election management body to properly scrutinise ad-hoc staff to be recruited for Election Day duty as well as pay more than a passing attention to its officials in the run up to the February 16 election.

“This is because PDP, a party that is known for electoral manipulation, and which has a lot of dirty schemes in its kitty to rig the process in favour of its Presidential candidate, needs to be put under close surveillance”, BMO concluded.

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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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CJN Onnoghen: Nigerians Must Fight Corruption At Any Level – BMO

Nigerians must unite and decisively take a stand against corruption, no matter who is involved, the Buhari Media Organisation has said.

In a statement signed by the Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Cassidy Madueke, the Secretary, the group noted that the President Buhari administration is undeterred in its resolve to fight corruption at all levels of government, regardless of the position of the person, or any sentiments attached.

The group was reacting to comments made in some quarters over the recent arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

“We are aware of the sentiments from various quarters on the arraignment of the CJN, but we are equally worried that there is a mindset in the country that sets certain people to be special. The Chief Justice of the Federation leads Nigerian’s third arm of government responsible for the application of the law, he of all people must lead by example, and thus where there is suspicion as to his conduct, it is only right that the law take its course with him.”

“It is important to remind Nigerians that this Chief Justice is the same person who had, in a statement credited to him, said that wherever Nigerians saw corruption among Judges they should call it out. As long as he has nothing to hide then the law should be allowed to take its course, and this should be the mindset of all Nigerians.”

“In fact, Justice Onnoghen is reported to have admitted to have forgotten to declare some of his  assets. He said he made a mistake, that is embarrassing, to say the least. A man who should know better than any law officer in the country, should appreciate that ignorance is not an excuse in law.”

The  group also argued that in saner climes a chief justice of the country who had previously sat and oversaw cases of other public officials where they failed to declare their assets would have resigned honourably so as not to shame his exalted seat.

“This same Chief Justice has sat down on cases bearing on the declaration of assets by public officials, he had declared some wanting and set others free – like he did to the Senate President – so what is there if he subjects himself to the same procedure he has subjected others to. Moreover, for the sanctity of the profession and the respect for the judiciary, we would have expected that the Chief Justice step down after admitting to making such a profound mistake that casts doubt on his integrity and honesty.”

The group stated that the President Buhari administration was intent and determined to build stronger institutions and would not interfere in the matter. 

“The President does not have a hand in the matter, and would not ask that it should be withdrawn, neither would he endorse it. President Buhari believes that when institutions are tested and left to work independently, they are strengthened. And this is his position.

“President Buhari at every point in time he lost an election, before his eventual victory in 2015, submitted himself to the courts and whatever they decided.”

The group called on Nigerians to attune their minds to supporting the President’s anti-corruption war, and support institutions that were set up to purge the country of corruption in any form, especially in the public life. 

“Nigerians must not look at the anti-corruption fight from a partisan point of view but from one that seeks national development and restoring sanity to the country.”

The group highlighted that, “President Buhari has the political will to fight corruption and must be given all necessary support. He is the only President who has taken on the three arms of government where corruption was alleged, including his own Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who he did not spare but fired, and who is under investigation by the EFCC.”

The group noted that the fact that top Nigerians were being investigated and prosecuted showed that the President was not sparing anyone, whether in high or in low places.

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Atiku Breaking Peace Accord…Inciting Anarchy – BMO

Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been accused of inciting his followers to anarchy in the run up to the election. 

Making this accusation in a press statement in Abuja yesteday, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) also accused Atiku Abubakar of contravening the terms of the peace accord signed by all Presidential candidates at the instance of the National Peace Committee.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said Atiku Abubakar’s recent posturing “is a blantant exhibition of bad faith.

“When the former Vice President and his party failed to show up for the agreement signing ceremony on a flimsy excuse, we raised an alarm that it was because they were not prepared to commit themselves to terms of the accord.

“Rather than focus attention on convincing Nigerians that Atiku Abubakar could do better than what President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have done in only three and half years, they have resorted to character assassination and inflammatory comments.

“It all started with pushing lies and false news to paint the President and his family in bad light. Now the PDP Presidential candidate is subtly instigating his supporters to anarchy having realised that  majority of Nigerians are favourably disposed to re-electing the President”.

“So for us at BMO, it is not surprising because this is what they had in mind when they initially refused to endorse the agreement”

The group also noted that Atiku, who few months ago, said he would focus on issues, has in recent times been launching personal attacks on the President and government institutions.

This, it says, is with a view to discrediting all institutions that would be involved in the forthcoming elections.

 “With about a month to the Presidential polls, the opposition candidate has, directly and through proxies, been attacking President Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Police.

“The plan is clearly to discredit the President and relevant institutions in the run up to the election as well as instigate opposition supporters to resort to violence even before the first ballot is cast.

“Or how can anyone describe a situation where a former Vice President would boldly, without facts, tell PDP social media influencers that President Buhari is bent on stealing votes on February 16.

“He also alleged that the President was out to manipulate the electoral process by ensuring that ‘his relative’ collates the results even after INEC had cleared the air on Amina Zakari and her role at the National Collation Centre.

“Does it not amount to paving way for violence once it is clear that the outcome of the election does not favour him, as it is obvious from the manner the PDP is losing key members and its campaign losing steam?

“What is more shocking is that the PDP Presidential candidate through his supporters few days ago warned Anambra state governor Willie Obiano to stop campaigning for President Buhari.

“If this is not a call to violence by the militant arm of the opposition against a political leader for expressing his democratic right, we wonder what it is”, BMO said.

The group consequently urged former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar and other members of the National Peace Committee to call PDP and its Presidential candidate to order.

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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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BMO Hails Buhari’s Directive On Campaign Funds, Upbraids Atiku For Corrupt Enrichment

President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to his ministers not to use public funds for his re-election campaign is a novel act of patriotism and altruism in the history of electioneering  in Nigeria.

Reviewing the outcome of the last federal executive council meeting in Abuja, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) noted that the presidential directive signified the unmatched integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari on the use of public funds, as against past leaders who looked the other way while public funds were used to fund political campaigns.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group said it is happy that President Muhammadu Buhari advised his cabinet members to use text messages and multimedia messages to canvass for votes. “This shows his implicit faith in the ability of Nigerians to vote according to their conscience. 

“His directive further proves that his administration’s commitment to the war against corruption is unequivocal and aimed at setting new standards in electioneering campaigns in Nigeria.

“President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision not to dip his hands in the public treasury to fund his campaign or share money to potential voters is a clear indication that things are turning around for better in Nigeria under his administration.

“We applaud President Muhammadu Buhari for leading by example and urge Nigerians to identify with his administration in its quest to set new standards and bequeath a country where corruption in elections is abhorred. This will not only strengthen our democracy but save the country from the usual practice of governments in power using public funds for partisan purposes”.

Also reacting to the allegation by the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar that the Buhari administration is using public funds for his presidential campaigns, the Buhari Media Organisation described the allegation as a lie from the pit of hell reiterating that “President Buhari remains unscathed as far as utilisation of public funds is concerned. On the contrary, Nigerians cannot forget in a hurry how Atiku took advantage of his office of vice president to set up the American University of Nigeria and gave a licence to them. As a Customs officer, he used his position to accumulate wealth by using proxy companies. 

“We therefore insist that President Muhammadu Buhari is above board and cannot be compared with Atiku Abubakar whose tenure as vice president was used to accumulate wealth for himself, to the detriment of Nigerians”, the group added.

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Defection Of Top Notchers, BMO Advises Atiku To Give Up

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has advised the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar to consider throwing in the towel in order to avoid a shattering defeat at the polls on February 16.

The Buhari group gave this advice in reaction to the defection of four top notchers of the PDP to All Progressive Congress (APC). Confirming the defection earlier Bauchi State PDP publicity secretary Yayanuwa Zainabari described it as “shocking and a big slap to the party ahead of the 2019 polls.”     

The group says the way and manner Atiku Abubakar, as well as his party PDP, is daily losing support from prominent members of the party to the opposition is absolutely unbecoming.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said that even the party cannot deny that the loss of its Deputy Chairman Babayo Garba Gamawa, amongst others, to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is quite massive.

“We have nothing but sympathy for Atiku at this time that he has lost some of his trusted supporters who have abandoned him to team up with President Buhari.

“Nothing could be more demoralising than losing the number two man of your party with few days to what is almost certain to be his last attempt to clinch a seat that he had coveted since the 1990s.

“Babayo Gamawa is not only PDP’s deputy National Chairman but also a member of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council from the same North-East geo-political zone as the former Vice President.

“So we at BMO believe that it may be ideal for the PDP candidate to pull out of the Presidential race to save himself from what is almost certain to be a crushing defeat that would end up demystifying him as a political force”, it said.

The group also noted the defection of the former PDP National Chairman Adamu Muazu who is known in the opposition ranks as the ‘game changer’.

“If there is any defection that is bound to hit Atiku hard it is that of the former Bauchi governor whose election as the PDP chairman just before the 2015 election was a popular choice.

“Here is a man whose daughter is married to the former Vice President’s son but opted to ignore family ties to support President Buhari’s re-election bid because he clearly knows the difference between the two.

“If there are people who know Atiku well, Muazu certainly would be numbered among them and now that he has joined the governing party, there is no clearer message to undecided voters across the country that President Buhari is the better choice.

“With Muazu’s decision to dump PDP, it is safe to say that the little chance the PDP has to improve on the 86,085 votes it had in 2015 when APC polled 931,598 votes in one of the President’s traditional strongholds has virtually disappeared.”

BMO added that contrary to the impression created by PDP elements to water down their loss, none of the politicians who may have joined the ruling party to escape the glare of anti graft agencies would be spared if found to have pending corruption cases.

This it says is in line with what President Buhari said in a recent interview with This Day’s Board of Editors that defection to the governing APC is not a blank amnesty from prosecution for anyone found to have breached public trust.

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BMO Commends Buhari On Fuel, Labour Issues

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has praised the Federal Government for reaching an agreement with the Nigerian Labour Congress on the protracted national minimum wage issue. 

It also excoriated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar for wishing hardship on Nigerians over the same issue. 

It will be recalled that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had threatened to embark on a nationwide strike if there was no agreement on the N30,000  national minimum wage. 

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secreatary Cassidy Madueke, the group said it is elated that “with the latest memorandum of understanding signed between the Nigeria Labour Congress and the federal government, a bill for the N30,000 minimum wage will be presented to the National Assembly on 23rd January, 2019 for consideration and enactment into law. 

“We consider this milestone as a sign of a responsive and responsible government that understands the plight of its workforce.

“We also praise the Buhari administration for resolving so many intractable social problems that in the past posed a huge challenge to Nigerians. For example, the effort of the present administration which ensured the availability of premium motor spirit during the Christmas and New Year celebrations is worthy of commendation.” 

BMO recalled that the Major Oil Marketers of Nigeria and the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, DAPMA had threatened to embark on a nationwide strike before the yuletide, and the negative impact of such action can only be imagined. “We therefore commend the Buhari administration for taking the bull by the horn and stopping this potentially debilitating action.

“We further note that in a bid to resolve the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU strike; the federal government has successfully engaged them and resolved the outstanding issues, which has resulted in the payment of outstanding allowances and salary arrears with the imminent reopening of the universities for uninterrupted academic activities. This again is a demonstration of the federal government’s commitment to the education of Nigerian youths.

We therefore note with satisfaction that the Buhari administration is meeting the expectation of Nigerians in various areas to the disappointment of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential flag bearer, and urge Nigerians to keep faith by re-electing President Muhammadu Buhari and his Professor Yemi Osinbajo for a second term.”

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BMO Hails Military, Solicits More Local Support For War Against Insurgency

The Buhari Media Organization (BMO)has commended the military authorities for ensuring that the Boko Haram insurgency did not get to the 2013/2014 LEVEL, not only in Borno State but also in many parts of the country

This, it says, is contrary to the impression given by opposition elements that the insurgents have had more successes under the President Muhammadu Buhari administration

BMO said in a statement signed by the Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, that the Armed Forces deserve accolades from every patriotic Nigerian rather than condemnation.

It added that: “We had a situation where the insurgents had firm control of 20 out of 27 local government areas between 2013 and 2014, during which, according to Borno state Governor Kashim Shettima, the state suffered its worst times.

“The insurgents were then known to have carved out an Islamic Caliphate that covered three North-Eastern states and opted to use Gwoza, the biggest town under its control, with a population of 265,000, as the capital.

“Boko Haram was so audacious that it targeted churches in various states on three Sundays in a row as well as launched bomb and gun attacks on the Kano Central Mosque, killing no fewer than 120 people.

“This is just part of the security situation that the insurgents created before 2015 that has now been reduced to hit-and run attacks on military outposts

“In all these, the military rank and file deserve praises for degrading the insurgent’s fighting ability even as the faction loyal to ISWAP has now stepped up its attempt to hold territory as a result of the much-publicised deadline handed down by the parent terror group

BMO also hailed the Buhari administration for showing political will in ensuring that the troops on the front lines get the required support, rather than being distracted by the upcoming elections 

“We now know, based on testimonies from court sessions that just before the 2015 elections, billions of naira meant for arms purchase for the war against insurgency were shared to leading members of the then ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by  the then National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki

“These were funds that could have improved the troops’ capacity and capability to deal a telling blow on the terrorists

“But under this administration, there has been more transparency in the purchase of military hardware including 31 aircraft in recent times, while 13 were reactivated and are back in the air in order to ensure that the armed forces have the necessary air power to wipe out the insurgents” 

 It also solicited local support for the military authorities to enable them tackle the resurgence of Boko Haram in parts of  Borno State that were earlier liberated

“We have nothing but praises for Governor Shettima for taking the bold step of inviting all stakeholders ranging from traditional rulers to artisan groups to an extra-ordinary security meeting.

“The outcome of that meeting, which the governor tagged ten-point demand, has now been presented to President Buhari who reassured the delegation of his administration’s support to overcome the insurgency in the North East”

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BMO Hails Buhari’s Open-Mindedness

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has described President Muhammadu Buhari meeting the Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun alongside the gubernatorial candidate of the opposition Allied Peoples Movement (APM) Adekunle Akinlade, as a positive development.

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that it is not necessarily a sign of President Buhari’s endorsement of the APM candidate.

This, it said, is especially as he had before now raised the hand of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Dapo Abiodun as his preferred candidate during a recent visit alongside former Ogun State Governor, Olusegun Osoba.

“We are aware of some disquiet among APC members on seeing the picture of the President with Governor Amosun and the APM candidate on the front page of national dailies after the weekend meeting at the Presidential villa.

“But just as the Presidency has made it clear that the President would only back APC candidates, we don’t see the meeting as a contradiction of the stance.

“It in fact shows the acceptability that President Buhari enjoys across party lines as opposed to the recent stage-managed endorsement of the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar by insignificant political parties and politicians with no real electoral value”, the group said.

BMO noted that a sign of the President’s wide acceptability is the fact that PDP governorship and National Assembly candidates in several parts of the country are running their campaign with posters bearing his image.

“It is a known fact that there is no living politician with the cult-like followership and support Buhari has in some parts of the country as a result of his legendary integrity, so it is not a surprise that several PDP candidates in Northern Nigeria have been openly canvassing for the President’s re-election.

“The question begging for answer is: why are these candidates not campaigning for Atiku Abubakar or put his image on their campaign posters?”

The pro-Buhari group pointed out that the trend of support for President Buhari among PDP leaders began a few weeks ago with the visit by governors elected on the platform of the opposition party in the South East geo-political zone and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

“Although the meeting was meant to be one where the governors were to show appreciation for federal government projects in the region, especially the contract award for the second Niger Bridge, it came at a time the political figures were at odds with their parties.

“On individual basis, Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi, has publicly left no one in doubt about his positive relations with the President whom he has hailed on several occasions for the infrastructural strides in the region, and of late his Enugu counterpart Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had been pictured wearing a lapel pin with President Buhari’s image.

“What is now left is for the governors and Senator Ekweremadu to be pictured with the viral 4 + 4 hand sign.”  

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Are You A Lawmaker Or Lawbreaker – BMO To Dino Melaye

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has advised Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district Dino Melaye to end the police siege on his home by turning himself in to the operatives.

This is in the aftermath of a four-day police blockade of his Maitama, Abuja home by a police team out to effect a warrant of arrest for what Police Spokesman Jimoh Moshood says is a case of “Criminal Conspiracy and Attempted Culpable Homicide against the federal lawmaker.

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, that this would be the best way to end a siege that is capable of sending wrong signals about the Nigerian political elite to the local and international observers.

“For starters, as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dino Melaye swore to an oath to uphold the laws of the land, but for more than five months, he has failed to honour an invitation over the alleged shooting of an on-duty Police officer Sergeant Danjuma Saliu by some armed men in his convoy on July 19 2018 in Kogi State.

“This is inspite of pledging on national television few days after the incident that he would show up at the state police command to show that their account was ‘false and illogical’.

“In that interview, the Senator insisted that the police account was wrong and infact accused the police of shooting at his convoy of 20 vehicles on his way to a scheduled event.”

BMO is concerned that rather than allow the law to take its course, the Senator is resorting to pontificating.“It is sad that at a time that Nigerians expect Senator Melaye to show a good example, he has opted to play up religious sentiment by quoting a passage in the Holy Bible that has nothing to do with the situation at hand.“The issue at stake is the near-fatal shooting of a Police operative by men who were said to be in his convoy, so there is enough reason for him to clear his name as a federal lawmaker.”

The group wondered why the Senator failed to honour the police invitation to at least clear his name even when he had between July and December been involved in legislative duties and other activities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). 

“There was ample time for the Senator to clear his name especially after the Police sent a formal letter of invitation to the Clerk of the National Assembly dated July 23 and which was duly acknowledged and is now in the public domain as proof that due process was followed.

“Infact three months later, the Senator joined some leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stage a protest at the Force Headquarters.“Pictures from the protest showed Senator Melaye, shirt unbuttoned, in a virtual confrontation with mobile police men right in front of the national police headquarters in what could be interpreted as a subtle message to the Kogi Police command.

“The other subliminal message is that members of the political elite can get away with what an average Nigerian dares not do,” it said.’ 

BMO also hailed the police for their patience, professionalism and maturity in handling a situation that could have been tagged as a clamp down on the government critic.

The group added that “It is instructive that it took the police several months to make a serious attempt to arrest the Senator, and even at that, they ensured they had a valid warrant of arrest before making a move.

“Now these operatives have in the last few days been obstructed from performing their duties under the guise that the Senator is not in his Abuja residence while the PDP and its leaders are using the opportunity to play to the gallery by seeking to ridicule one of the nation’s critical institutions.

“It would be imperative for the Senator to hand himself in for investigation and for PDP elements to allow the Police to do their job inspite of Dino Melaye’s profile in the opposition ranks”.

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