Northern PDP Leaders Betrayed Jonathan – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has attributed the 2015 presidential election defeat to insincerity of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s ministers and northern leaders of the of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The governor stated this in the latest issue of ‘The Interview,’ a monthly magazine published by the Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief, Azu Ishiekwene.

According to him, the party’s former chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, deceived the former president and told him outright lies about his chances of winning the 2015 presidential elections.

“Let me tell you the truth; so many people were not sincere with Jonathan. You saw that even in the way some were being unduly sycophantic on issues that were totally out of point…I saw there was a lot of deceit.

“Some of them would say, ‘Your Excellency Sir, as I’m speaking with you now, so and so state is down for PDP’. It was all lies.”

Wike attacked the northern leaders of the party, saying, “PDP in the North ganged up against Jonathan. Let the truth be told! Nobody will die! They were not sincere to him!”

He said it was a mark of complicity that even though Jonathan was stoned in some states and the governors in those states watched idly by, adding that, “If I were in Jonathan’s shoes, I won’t take it; let the heavens fall!”

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IPOB Crisis: Jonathan Advises President Buhari To Thread With Caution

Immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to exercise caution in the deployment of troops to the south-east region of the country.

Jonathan, in a Facebook post on Tuesday which was signed on his behalf by his aide, Reno Omokri, stressed that the country is not under a military government, and thus, the military must be separated from the police.

His words: “However, we want to advise the Buhari administration, which has announced plans to extend the military show of force to the South-South and the South-West through Operation Crocodile Smile, to tread with caution.

“Nigeria is no longer under military rule. In a democracy, you separate the military from the police. The military is not meant to fight criminality within a nation because they are trained to fight a nation’s external enemies.

“It is the police that are trained to fight crime internally. When the military starts doing the job of the police and starts fighting or doing what they call a ‘show of force’, the effect will not be to reduce crime. The effect will be to intimidate people.”

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FCT Police Command Sacks Four Over Theft Of Ex President Jonathan’s Belongings

The  Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has dismissed four policemen involved in the theft of property belonging to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The command spokesman, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, said this in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday.

The command explained that their dismissal was in compliance with the vision of IGP Ibrahim Idris to rid the Police of criminal elements.

The policemen, who were on guard duty at the Gwarinpa residence of Jonathan, allegedly stole movable items, including furniture sets, beds, electronics, toilet electrical fittings and internal doors and frames.

The statement reads: “In fulfilment of the promise by the FCT Police Command to make public its findings on the investigation of the case of theft at the Gwarimpa residence of former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, the command wishes to state that in line with first schedule of Police Act and Regulation 370 Cap 19, the policemen guarding the house have been tried in an orderly room proceeding and found culpable of the offence.

“Sequel to the outcome of the orderly room proceeding, the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Musa Kimo, has approved the immediate dismissal of the policemen.”

The command, while stating that the main culprit, Sgt. Musa would be charged to court upon completion of investigation, added that efforts are being intensified to arrest his accomplice, Mallam Shuaibu, who is at large.


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2019: Jonathan Charges PDP Members To Stay United

Immediate Past President Goodluck Jonathan has urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to unite and rebuild the party ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Jonathan made this known at an expanded caucus meeting of the PDP, held in Abuja.

The former president, at the meeting stated hat the PDP has the chance to regain power at the centre, if the leaders are able to build the party structures that were almost destroyed by the protracted legal tussle.

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2019: Jonathan To Convene Meeting Of Ex PDP Ministers In Abuja

Following run up to the 2019 general elections, former President Goodluck Jonathan will today, convene a meeting of ex Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ministers in Abuja.

The meeting is to discuss the modalities to be employed to prosecute the 2019 presidential election.

The agenda also indicated that the ministers would consider the option of shopping for another political party if the ongoing legal firework on who controls the PDP machinery did not go in their favour.

A member of the forum who spoke on the condition of anonymity said:

“Ex-PDP ministers from 1999 to 2015 are to meet in Abuja on Monday to chart a way forward for the party. The tendency for the forum to deliberate on the 2019 elections and the possibility of working out mechanism towards filling or supporting a candidate  for the forthcoming presidential election is there.

“Prof. Jerry Gana and other senior high ranking ex-ministers are expected at the meeting.”


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Group Berates Nnamdi Kanu Over Comments Against Jonathan

A group, the Ogbia Brotherhood Youth Council (OBYC) has rebuked Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), for describing ex-President Goodluck Jonathan as a weak and incompetent leader.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Laguo Gilbert, national president of the group, said such comments will not help Kanu in his struggle for the sovereign state of Biafra.

Recall that Kanu had described Jonathan as a weak President, saying his wife, Patience Jonathan would have done better.

The group described Kanu’s comment as unfortunate, even as it urged the public to disregard it.

It also said such “radical” statements from Kanu remain one of the reasons why the IPOB agitation lacks its “required substance.”

“The OBYC advises Kanu to learn from the mistakes made by the group in the past and its predecessor, as this will be necessary to implement its vision,” the statement read.

“Bringing former President Goodluck Jonathan into these issues in such a disrespectful manner will neither help nor give credence to its rancour.

“OBYC, therefore, warns Nnamdi Kanu to desist forthwith from linking a man of honour like Dr. Jonathan into his directionless agitation.”

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DSS Accuses EFCC Of Protecting Wanted Kingsley Kuku



The Department of State Services says a Federal Government agency is protecting a former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs, Kingsley Kuku, who is wanted for allegedly sponsoring Niger Delta militants.

Top sources within the DSS said Kuku, who had been in the United States since 2015, was being aided by the Federal Government agency to escape justice.

According to the DSS, the agency aiding Kuku claims to be probing him but is in fact doing the opposite.

Although the intelligence agency did not name the agency, it had been reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had been probing the former presidential aide for sometime.

The DSS said, “It is sad to note that, in the course of our investigation, we discovered that an agency, which is also saddled with an investigative authority, is rather creating a platform for criminal fugitives.

“We discovered, in particular, a fugitive, who is widely known to have looted our commonwealth, still has the audacity to use the machinery of that particular agency to harass and haunt adversaries who are aware of his loot and heinous crimes.

“From our findings, we discovered that the agency in reference is now in criminal connivance with fugitive Kingsley Kuku, a former Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on the Federal Government Amnesty Programme on the Niger Delta.

“Sadly enough, the agency in question, which claims to be investigating the fraud, is ironically directly and brazenly facilitating the concealment of the looted several billions of naira belonging to the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme.”

The DSS said the government agency, which recently raided the home of a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chibudom Nwuche, carried out the raid based on the instruction of Kuku.

The spokesperson for Kuku, Mr. Yemi Akintomide, denied the allegations levelled against Kuku, saying they made no sense.

Punch Newspaper

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“President Jonathan Did Not Say I Distorted His Views” – Olusegun Adeniyi

Olusegun Adeniyi, author of ‘Against the Run of Play’ has reacted to comments allegedly credited to former President Goodluck Jonathan that the book contains distorted views.

Former President Jonathan, in a statement on Saturday said: “I have just read Segun Adeniyi’s new book, ‘Against the Run of Play’ which has so far enjoyed tremendous reviews in the media.

“My take on it is that the book as presented contains many distorted claims on the 2015 presidential election by many of the respondents. There will obviously be more books like that on this subject by concerned Nigerians.”

But Adeniyi, in a swift response, explained that the former president was referring to other respondents whose claims he disagreed with.

He also said he did not distort the statements of the former president in the book.

“The respondents President Jonathan was referring to are the people who spoke to me and whose claims he apparently disputes or disagrees with. This should be clear enough to those who did not choose to read his statement with a tendentious accent,” he said.

“President Jonathan did not say I distorted his views and the fact that others may have presented him in ways he doesn’t like cannot be taken as an indictment of me or of my work,” he said.

“For the record, after my first conversation with President Jonathan, I asked for his email address and promised to send him the raw text of our conversation which he could then amend as appropriate. I sent it to him that very day. When I went for a second meeting, I took along a printed copy which we both went through line-by-line. Whatever he wanted removed, reworked or rephrased was done while in some areas he provided further context to what he said.

“Incidentally, a few hours after our second conversation, President Jonathan called me that he felt uncomfortable about a certain response he gave to a particular issue. He told me what to do and I reflected it immediately. I went into all that length because he is a man for whom I have tremendous respect and my intention was/is not to embarrass him or anybody. I just wanted his side of the story told in a way he is comfortable with.

“I went through this same process with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Senate President David Mark, APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, former NGF Chairman and current Transportation Minister, Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, former Niger State Governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu and a few other principal actors who all have in their emails the raw text of our conversations.”

Adeniyi said he went through a thorough vetting process with all the respondents so he would not misquote or distort their statements.

“The reason I did that was so I would not misquote, misrepresent or distort the views of any of the people who spoke to me on trust,” he said.

“My intention was not to ambush or set up anyone. This is why I gave them the opportunity to go over what they told me again before putting it in print. Fortunately, none of them has come out to say I distorted their views. Besides, I left out so many things in my book so as to avoid unnecessary controversies. For instance, President Obasanjo made some strong remarks about former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar which I decided to remove even after he (Obasanjo) had approved it for publication. I did the same to some of the things others told me that I believed could raise unnecessary dust or distract from the story at hand.

“Therefore, I did not distort President Jonathan’s view and he did not say I did. Now that he has reaffirmed what he told me that he is writing his own account, I will enjoin Nigerians to wait for his book. I hope others will join him in writing their own accounts so that we can have the complete story of the 2015 presidential election. The more accounts and the more perspectives we have, the better for our education and learning. In the same vein, I will also implore all the key actors in the major historical junctures of our national life to document their experiences for the present and for posterity.”

Adeniyi also raised the alarm that hackers were now circulating his book on the internet. He called on the authorities to do more to protect creative artists from pirates.

“Meanwhile, I am aware that hackers have succeeded in breaking the code to the online edition of my book and are already circulating the book online. I have received it from different sources, even on WhatsApp. Though sad, it is a familiar story for me. In the case of my earlier book, ‘Power, Politics and Death’, it actually went viral on the day of presentation. So, that I enjoyed three days of grace this time is a bonus,” he said.

“While I feel pained losing the revenue that could have accrued to me from online sales, I wrote the book because I believe it is an important story that should be documented and widely read. I have a feeling this book will be widely read, though at my expense and that of my publishers. But I am comforted by the fact that we are succeeding in dispelling the myth that Nigerians do not read. Nigerians do read. It is our task to write on what will interest them and present and package such in ways they will find appealing.

“That said, however, I am more worried for people in creative arts and sciences, especially those in Nollywood, who are practically at the mercy of hackers and pirates. The authorities should do more to protect their works from the antics of people who reap where they do not sow. When creative people in both the arts and sciences cannot be guaranteed the legitimate benefits of their sweat and investments, they lose the incentive to take the risk to create and innovate. And when that happens, the whole society loses. Protecting intellectual property is therefore good for all of us, not just for the artistes and the inventors. We will all be the better for it.?”

The Cable

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