Atiku/Obi Will Elevate Corruption To State Craft – BMO

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has continued to show the whole world that corruption would be a state policy if he ever becomes President of the country. 

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says that it came to this conclusion after watching Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Peter Obi on “The Candidate”, a live television programme on next month’s presidential election.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group said: “we know that it is not a coincidence that both men made Freudian slips on how they would encourage acts of corruption if (God forbid) they get to the Presidential Villa. 

“As was expected with Atiku on the podium, the anchor peron opened the programme by asking the former Vice President to give his thoughts on corruption; but, after defining it as the act of using public office for private gains, it was shocking that the PDP Presidential candidate did not see anything wrong with his company (INTELS) getting the concession rights to some of the nation’s Ports in 2006 when he was Vice President and head of the privatisation process.

“Not even Obi, his running mate, saw corruption, nor conflict of interest in his decision to invest Anambra State government’s funds in his private business, at a time he was governor of the State 

“All these show that the Atiku/Obi ticket would elevate their wheeler-dealer mentality to the level of state craft to the detriment of the average Nigerian, after all he had previously made it clear he would enrich his friends.” 

The group also questioned the PDP Presidential candidate’s readiness to shield corrupt individuals from prosecution if they return looted funds. 

It wondered why Atiku would say it is more prudent to grant amnesty to looters rather than put them up for trial. 

“But what many would find befuddling is how he prefers amnesty for high profile, politically exposed persons and then cite Turkey as an example of where it worked. 

“What he left out is that Turkey, under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has a criminal code that criminalises various forms of corrupt activities even, if it is just an attempt to corrupt a public official. Individuals in that country may be incarcerated for up to twelve years for simple bribery offences while Companies may face seizure of assets or income as a penalty. 

“The example of Malaysia and Kenya which attempted to grant amnesty to corrupt persons in exchange for the return of looted funds, but failed, showed that applicable sanctions are the best way to confront corruption in high places. 

“The success story of the President Buhari administration in assets forfeiture in the last three years shows that seizing assets and funds found to be proceeds of corruption, and also prosecution, can serve the purpose of double deterrent, especially now that the courts have given legal backing to Executive Order 6.” 

The Pro-Buhari group added that the PDP Presidential candidate and his running mate again showed that their campaign is based on lies, with the way they reeled out unverifiable statistics and data. 

“Even before the programme ended, fact-checks showed that Atiku and Obi dished out lies on issues ranging from Nigeria’s GDP in 2015, to security challenges before the Buhari administration.

“We make bold to say that these individuals cannot be trusted with power at a time that Nigeria is just recovering from sixteen years of misrule. Any outright sale of government owned enterprises to cronies and friends at giveaway rates can only lead to catastrophic consequences,” the group warned.

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2019 Polls: APC Deputy Spokesman, Nabena, Accuses Peter Obi Of Double Standard

The deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi of double standards.

Nabena, in a statement on Wednesday, January 9, also accused the former Anambra state governor of alleged dirty deals while he was in office. He further challenged Obi to explain how his administration expended his security vote as governor.

The Bayelsa born APC chieftain alleged that the Atiku presidential campaign team and PDP have turned to the drug dealers in South Africa for financial assistance, “because their Dubai agenda has collapsed.”

Nabena said the former governor has been parading himself as free of corrupt acts in his eight years as governor of Anamra state, revealing that available record showed that Obi was collecting over N470 million Naira monthly as security vote (N220 million naira from local government and 250 million naira from the state FAC accounts).

He said: “Several sources have revealed how the PDP and Atiku/Obi cannot longer run big rallies for lack of funding but had to contact some drug dealers in South Africa for help.”

He added that the coming presidential election will be about the integrity of the candidates and their running-mates which he noted, “PDP presidential candidate, Atiku and his running-mate does not have.”

The APC chieftain said it is necessary for Nigerians to seriously beam their searchlight on all the presidential candidates and their running-mates, especially those who claim to have integrity like Peter Obi.

“Obi should explain his relationship with former military administrator, Governor Ibim Princewill and Colonel Earnest Kizito Attah of Cross River state whom he allegedly helped as a conduit to fleece Cross River state government thus contributing to the under development of the state,” he said.

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7 Bogus Claims Peter Obi Made At The Vice Presidential Debate

Peter Obi is not just intellectually deficient – all bombastic and no substance – he is also poor with figures.

Here are 7 notorious claims which he made during the Vice Presidential Debate which are outright FALSE!

1. CLAIM BY PETER OBI: There are about two million vehicles in Nigeria.

FACT: False. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria has a total vehicle population of about 11,547,236 as at the third quarter of 2017. The number of cars in the South West axis alone is far more than 2 Million.

2. CLAIM BY PETER OBI: African trade today is less than 9 percent.

FACT: False. According to Afriexim Bank, Intra-Africa trade is around 15 percent. In 2016, intra-African exports made up 18 percent of total exports according to Brookings Institution.

3. CLAIM BY PETER OBI: Oil gives you 80% of foreign exchange earnings.

FACT: False. As at 2017 NBS figures showed that Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings from oil the oil sector stood above 90%.

4. CLAIM BY PETER OBI: Total loans from the banks in Nigeria is N19trn and only 0.5% goes to SMEs

FACT: FALSE. According to the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) money and credit statistics, banking sector credit to private increased to N22.72 trillion at the end of October 2018, compared with N22.56 trillion it stood at the end of September 2018.

5. CLAIM BY PETER OBI: Apple Inc’s market cap is bigger than the economies of Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt.

FACT: This is not true. Apple’s market cap today is $788.57 billion. The economies of these three countries are bigger than Apple.

6. CLAIM BY PETER OBI: Nigeria has fallen on the global competitive index from 124 to 127.

FACT: False. According to the latest (2018) World Economic Forum report, Nigeria rose on the index by 10 places. Obi’s claim was true in 2016.

7. CLAIM BY PETER OBI: The number of people living in poverty has grown by 6% every minute.

FACT: If this wild assertion were to be expounded, according to Peter Obi 6% of Nigeria’s population at 180 Million people, that is 10,800,000 people, become poor every minute. That means before the debate ended – an hour after he made that assertion – 648,000,000 persons had become poorer. (That is more than 3 times the population of Nigeria.) And by the next day, 15,552,000,000 – over 15 billion – people would have been poorer. That is about two times the world’s population.

Asides cooking up figures, Peter Obi must also be good at creating poverty.

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Wike Denies Nominating Peter Obi As PDP Vice Presidential Candidate

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has denied nominating Mr Peter Obi as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice-presidential candidate.

Wike said the visit of four Southsouth governors to President Muhammadu Buhari had no political connotation, noting that the governors were in the Presidential Villa to discuss the development of Niger Delta.

He spoke in an interview with Channels Television Roadmap 2019.

Wike said: “I never nominated Peter Obi.  But the mere fact that the Vice Presidential Candidate is coming from the South-East does not give the zone the sole right to nominate a person , since the entire country will benefit.

“When the South-East said they were not consulted before Peter Obi was nominated, where did we meet as a party to agree that the Vice Presidential Candidate must come from the South-East. But we said if the Presidential Candidate believes he has somebody to work with, we said so be it “.

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Atiku: APC UK Chapter Reveals Why South East Will Not Vote For Peter Obi

The United Kingdom chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has explained why Peter Obi, former Anambra State Governor would not receive votes from South East as expected in the 2019 elections.

Ade Omole, leader of the chapter told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja that the South East would reject Obi owing to the fact that he failed as a governor and could not deliver democracy dividends to the people of the state.

According to him, the choice of the former Anambra governor would take the PDP to nowhere.

He said this in reaction to Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate’s choice of Peter Obi as his running mate for the 2019 presidential election.

Omole described the combination of Obi and Atiku as a classic case of corruption, adding that the team can only take Nigeria back to Egypt or even a worse situation.

“The paddy paddy anointing of Mr Peter Obi to the gasping ticket of Atiku Abubakar as running mate, confirms our earlier assertion that the PDP presidential campaign is dead on arrival.

“As you are aware, Peter Obi failed woefully in the last Anambra gubernatorial election by failing to deliver the state to his ailing party, a state he mismanaged for eight years.

“Peter Obi was rejected by his people, his ward, his state and come 2019, both the PDP presidential candidate and his running mate will be rejected nationally by Nigerians.

“The choice of the former Anambra governor would not in anyway guarantee votes for the PDP in the South-east, especially because Obi failed as a governor and could not deliver democracy dividends to the people of the state.

”I wish both candidates best of luck as they embark on the journey to failure,” Omole said

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Obasanjo, Ahmed, Obi, Others To Attend Business Forum In US

former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara  and former Anambra Governor Peter Obi, among others, are billed to attend the 2018 Nigerian American Business Forum in Florida, U.S.A. on Saturday.

The President of the Forum, Mr Kenneth Shobola, said  that the Inaugural Conference would hold from Jan. 27 to  Jan. 28 in Tampa, Florida.

The conference, which has as theme: ‘Investing in Nigeria from the Diaspora: Challenges and Opportunities’ is meant to bring great minds together to enhance economic development in Nigeria.

Other speakers, he said, include the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Diaspora Abike Dabiri-Erewa, President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange Abimbola Ogunbanjo, Senators Ben Murray-Bruce and Shaaba Lafiaji, Mr Biodun Shobanjo and motivational speaker Fela Durotoye.

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‘Nigeria Is A Failed Country’ – Peter Obi

A former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has said that Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has failed as a country.

Obi stated this in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, on Saturday during the 2017 Independence anniversary lecture at the Akanu- ibiam International Conference Centre where he was a guest lecturer.

In his words: “For me the country has failed, If anybody tells you that Nigeria is doing well, tell them it is a lie. They said that we are out of recession but almost all Nigerians are still feeling greatly the impact of recession.”

The former governor mentioned that the various agitations across the country were the cumulative effect of leadership failure that has bedeviled the country since its independence.

“Whenever they talk about Nigeria at 57, I refuse to talk. My opinion is that Nigeria is a failed country, period and that is why you are seeing so many agitations you are seeing today. The agitation is not
ending, it’s just begging,” he said.

“It is a cumulative effect of leadership failure over the several years of this country and you can’t stop it because you now have millions of young people in their productive age doing nothing, you can call them anything”.

He however urged the government to focus on job creation for the teeming unemployed youth so as to stop them from further agitation.

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Donald Duke, Peter Obi, Japheth Omojuwa, Seun Onigbinde, Others Call For Transparency And Accountability In Government

Former governor of Anambra, Peter Obi, has called for transparency and accountability in governance across all levels. Mr. Obi expressed this notion at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders which took place today at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Themed ‘Open Governance: Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government’, the Symposium brings together leaders in politics, business, media, and more to discuss issues and challenges of open government and active citizenship.

While speaking, Peter Obi decried the cost of governance in Nigeria stating that Nigeria needs a broad, comprehensive approach to address issues of budget inflation and corruption among public servants.

“The present cost of governance in Nigeria is totally unacceptable”, Obi said. “Expenses of running the government in Nigeria is at the detriment of the citizens. Most Nigerians have no knowledge of the Chairman of their local government, so how do you expect to keep them accountable?”

Seun Onigbinde, Co-founder, BudgIT, affirmed that citizens need to demand answers from elected officials at all levels.

“Nigerians need to demand for transparency all the time. The National Assembly spends 10 times the budget of other federal institutions in the country. The government serves the people, not the other way round. Nigeria is our collective responsibility, and as true citizens of this country, we need to find our voices,” Onigbinde said.

Speakers at the event include Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River; Deji Adeyanju, former PDP social media director; Demola Olarewaju, political strategist/analyst; and Japheth Omojuwa, founder and chief strategist, Alpha Reach.

Others are Dayo Isreal, youth advocate; Rinsola Abiola, youth advocate; Ayo Thompson, award-winning TV/Radio presenter; Seun Okinbaloye, Arit Okpo and political correspondent, Channels TV.

The third edition of the Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders was powered by The Future Project, in partnership with National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Y!/YNaija.com.

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Peter Obi, Rotimi Amaechi, Others To Speak At The Nigerian Symposium for Young And Emerging Leaders

The third edition of The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders hosted by The Future Project, in partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Y!/YNaija.com, is set to feature policy shapers in Nigeria such as Peter Obi, Rotimi Amaechi, Donald Duke, Femi Fani-Kayode, among others. The event will hold on 30 May, 2017 at TerraKulture, Lagos.

The Symposium will bring together leaders in politics, business, advocacy, media, and more – to engage and discuss the theme ‘Open governance: Improving transparency and accountability in government’.

“YNaija, through YMonitor (http://monitor.ynaija.com) – its accountability and governance portal – continues to perform its strategic role as media watchdog through which citizens keep tab on projects and activities of government with a view to building democratic institutions and strengthening the levers of governance at all levels,” said Isime Esene, Managing Editor of Y!/YNaija.com. “The Symposium will provide young leaders a platform to crystallize ideas and proffer solutions to issues of leadership facing the country.”

Bukonla Adebakin, the Chief Operating Officer of The Future Project, urged participants to drive robust engagement and further the course of young people across Nigeria.

“We are excited by the sheer quality of discussants lined-up to speak at the event,” Adebakin said. “There is no better time than now to take on the theme of the Symposium which focuses on the crucial leadership and development imperative of open governance. It is only through adopting globally accepted democratic values such as this that we can truly succeed in building active and empowered citizens,” she added.

Speakers at the symposium include Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra; Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation; Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River; Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation; and Hon. Adbulmumin Jibrin, member of the House of Representative.

Others are Deji Adeyanju, former PDP social media director; Demola Olarewaju, political strategist/analyst; Japheth Omojuwa, founder and chief strategist, Alpha Reach; Seun Onigbinde, co-founder, BudgIT; Yemi Adamolekun, executive director, EiE Nigeria; Seun Okinbaloye, political correspondent, Channels TV; and Dayo Israel, a youth advocate.

Speakers who have headlined the Symposium include Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance; Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education; and Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, former minister of youth and development.

Registration is compulsory. Click here: tfp-symposium.eventbrite.com

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Peter Obi, Rotimi Amaechi, Donald Duke, Others To Speak At The Nigeria Young And Emerging Leaders Symposium

The Future Project partners the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Y!/YNaija.com to host the third edition of The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders on May 30, 2017 in Lagos.

The Symposium will bring together leaders in politics, business, advocacy, media, and more – to engage and discuss the theme ‘Open governance: Improving transparency and accountability in government’.

“YNaija, through YMonitor – its accountability and governance portal – continues to perform its strategic role as media watchdog through which citizens keep tab on projects and activities of government with a view to building democratic institutions and strengthening the levers of governance at all levels,” said Isime Esene, managing editor of Y!/YNaija.com. “The Symposium will provide young leaders a platform to crystallize ideas and proffer solutions to issues of leadership facing the country.”

Bukonla Adebakin, the chief operating officer of The Future Project, urged participants to drive robust engagement and further the course of young people across Nigeria.

“We are excited by the sheer quality of discussants lined-up to speak at the event,” Adebakin said. “There is no better time than now to take on the theme of the Symposium which focuses on the crucial leadership and development imperative of open governance. It is only through adopting globally accepted democratic values such as this that we can truly succeed in building active and empowered citizens,” she added.

Speakers at the Symposium include Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra; Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation; Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River; Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation; and Hon. Adbulmumin Jibrin, member of the House of Representative.

Others are Deji Adeyanju, former PDP social media director; Demola Olarenwaju, senior project manager, Courier Plus; Japheth Omojuwa, founder and chief strategist, Alpha Reach; Seun Onigbinde, co-founder, BudgIT; Yemi Adamolekun, executive director, EiE Nigeria; Seun Okinbaloye, political correspondent, Channels TV; and Dayo Israel, a youth advocate.

Speakers who have headlined the Symposium include Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance; Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education; and Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, former minister of youth and development.

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