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President Buhari’s Christmas Message To Nigerians [Full Text]

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President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Nigerians, especially the Christians as they celebrate Christmas across the country.

Read the President’s full message to Nigerians below;

Dear Compatriots,

I felicitate with all Nigerians, particularly our Christian brothers and sisters, on the occasion of this year’s Christmas day celebration.

The commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ is an important opportunity for us to show love to one another and encourage unity by spending quality time with our friends, families and the less-privileged.

It is also an occasion to draw inspiration from the exemplary lifestyle and teachings of Jesus Christ, who constantly stood for what is right, true and honest.

The Holy Book describes Christmas as a festival of peace, joy, healing, hope, and fulfilment. It kindles great expectations in the heart, irrespective of the challenges of the moment.

As we celebrate this Yuletide season, let us devote some time to pray and appreciate the sacrifices of members of our armed services to keep our nation safe and secure.

By the same token, and keeping with the spirit of the season, our gallant troops serving in the frontlines in the fight against insurgency; those wounded, lying in the hospital, as well as civilians who have suffered the brunt of evil and wicked elements these past years, deserve our fervent goodwill and sustained prayers.

The personal fortitude of these individuals will continue to inspire us to victory as we turn the tide against the enemy and annihilate those who work against the unity of our nation.

In this season of hope, let us remember to provide refuge to those who cannot enjoy Christmas at home with their families, or have been driven from their homes by insurgency or violence, particularly the Internally Displaced Persons.

Lately, we have witnessed an upsurge in the activities of trans-border syndicates who lure our youths to modern slavery through irregular migration. While we have stepped up our efforts to halt this wickedness against the upwardly mobile generation, and have evacuated some of our compatriots stranded abroad, we appeal to them to shun the allure of embarking on such perilous journeys.

I am deeply convinced that better days lie ahead for us as a nation as we make progress on all the major fronts where we have set our energies to surmount the challenges.

I wish you all Happy Christmas celebrations.

Muhammadu Buhari

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REAL HOPE FOR NIGERIA WITH APGA’S GBOR, CHUKWUEKE

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Hope for Nigeria has become synonymous with all campaign slogans every election year, right from the 1979 elections to the present.

However, by reason of the constant unpleasant and disappointing experiences suffered by Nigerians, the definition of hope as often preached by political gladiators, seems different from what Nigerians really need and expect.

This informed the need to differentiate ‘hope’ canvassed by many political parties, past and present, from ‘real hope’ as presented by W.T Gbor and Jerry Chukwueke, the presidential and vice presidential candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA respectively.

Sadly, our political environment has become a theatre of sort where all manner of drama play out every election year. In the past, regional, ethnic and tribal sentiments, form the theme. But today a lot more has been thrown into the mix like avarice, nepotism, favouritism, high level corruption, evident in the gluttonous quest for power and personal aggrandizement.

While the jostling for power occupies the selfish minds of the covetous politicians, the masses are neglected and recruited during election for a pittance.

The trend is consistent and is being recycled lately to favour a few who had pitched tents with either the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) or the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The two parties, having mastered the art of perpetuating corruption in different guises, take turns to beguile Nigerians with false hope, while mindlessly looting the national treasury.

The constitution, skewed to favour them, constantly protects only the rich while the poor suffers. The power of the constitution is invoked at will to proscribe and annihilate a peaceful people while protecting and canonizing a murderous horde.

The country continues to cringe in fear as marauding and killer herdsmen, protected by identifiable forces, wet the earth with the blood of fellow countrymen. What is more, their power drunk ilk, look on in self denial, pointing accusing fingers from rocky palaces.

Hunger and deprivation became the hallmark of a once prosperous country, richly blessed with human and natural resources. As countries hitherto on the development band moved on to become great economies of the world, Nigeria had moved backward to become the poverty capital of the world.

Our mono economy continues to stagger under the burden piled on it by the rapacious and overtly greedy political class represented by the PDP and APC. Sadly, their gluttonic thirst could not be quenched even after drinking tons from the oily elixir of our black gold.

With the world dynamically evolving towards renewable energy, our oil-drunk, deaf and myopic leaders continue to grovel for crumbs. They are so much blinded by lust for power and ill-gotten wealth that they continue to scramble, losing sight of the fundamental responsibility of nation building.

Even with all their barefaced antics and guile, they still approach unashamedly, begging for votes, bringing with them false hope as they had always done. They do this consciously having developed a formula of subjecting the people to extreme poverty and hunger, which leaves them no option than to follow sheepishly, whoever dangles bread and a few naira notes before them.

Then the usual strings of hopeful rhetoric and unfulfilled promises follows viz: “We will provide water, we will make power stable, we will provide jobs, we will improve security, free education for all, free housing for all, free health for all, salary for the unemployed, free cars, free jets, free ships, free air…” Free everything, both things realistic and unrealistic.

The refrain has been the same over the years and nothing has changed. The forthcoming election still parades same breed of lecherous, avaricious, dubious and nepotistic politicians in what many have termed a two horse race between the PDP and the APC.

However, a third and hitherto unrecognized force, keeps gaining momentum in APGA’s Gbor and Chukwueke. The real message of hope resonates in the clear and sound policies outlined in their manifesto. The vision to restructure Nigeria along fiscal and economic lines and creation of modern and more lucrative ways of doing business is one sure and indisputable message of real hope.

Gbor and Chukwueke have continued to reel out facts with regard to the problems beclouding Nigeria, offering solutions and seeking answers where necessary. They have not come with the serpentine double-flicked, sugar-coated and decptive tongue of the usual Nigerian politician. They are not promising heaven on earth and ‘free everything’ as others do. They are realistic enough to recognize that everyone must be involved in repositioning Nigeria for greatness and prosperity. This is buoyed by the APGA mantra that no one and no place is left behind.

Chief among their policy statement is the urgent need to diversify the economy and move Nigeria away from mono economy and over dependence on oil. This is an issue that is long over due. However, selfishness and lack of will had derailed past leaders from the right path. They had concentrated on the huge income from oil and lost sight of the need to tap into various deposits of natural resources, thereby not developing other sectors of the economy.

Gbor and Chukwueke have re-established hope with their commitment to realizing this noble goal.

Next is also another urgent need to restructure Nigeria. This has proved to be the focal point of every ongoing political discourse. But while most discussions tilt to a geographical restructuring and decentralization of power, APGA’s Gbor and Chukwueke introduced a new and more rewarding perspective: The fiscal and economic restructuring of Nigeria. This is with a view to having geo-economic zones as against geo-political zones in the country to wake up the consciousness of Nigerians to the importance of economic empowerment rather than political empowerment. This will also engender less dependence on federal allocations and promote self sufficiency.

The introduction of modern trends in businesses and commercial activities will also help to curb unhealthy rivalry and unnecessary bloodshed. Ranching of cattle and other livestock is the way to go. Establishment of ranches and improvement of irrigation in the North provides for better management of livestock and year round grazing fields. This presents a better remedy to the present malady of herdsmen/farmer clashes than the unappealling establishment of grazing fields all over the country.

The battle against terrorism fought conscientiously all over the world, appears to have become a circus show within political circles in Nigeria. Phrases like ‘technically defeated’ suddenly emerged to defend obvious incapacity and lack of needed technicalities and or political will to deal with the notorious and murderous sect.

The odious and nepotistic body language yet pervaded as pythons, crocodiles and cats, took turns in murderous blood letting of poor, unarmed and hapless citizens while murderous rapists and genocidal extremists rampage free.

This trend must end. Gen Gbor and Jerry Chukwueke possess the requisite experience in diplomacy, negotiations and combat to deal with situations as this. They are equally poised to hire mercenaries, if needed, to fight and clear out Boko Haram and all terrorists from Nigeria once and for all.

The reign of peace in Nigeria will surely stabilise the nation and make it even more attractive for local and foreign investors. The ripple effect will be a thriving economy, jobs for Nigerians, security and safety, adequate healthcare, quality education, infrastructural development, stable and constant power supply among many others.

This is the real hope that resides in APGA. It behoves on Nigerians, however, to choose wisely and repose their trust in Rtd Gen John W.T Gbor and Chief Jerry Chukwueke in the forthcoming election.

It is our collective responsibility to reject the old, treacherous ways and embrace the new dawn. We should unite completely to vote for APGA. Nigeria needs to be restructured and repositioned towards unity, peace and progress. No one and no place will be left behind in this quest to rebuild Nigeria.

Vision Gbor / Chukwueke 2019 Team

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PRESS STATEMENT BY APC PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN COUNCIL ON ATIKU’S CLANDESTINE VISIT TO THE U.S

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In our press release issued on Sunday, December 30, 2018, titled “WHEN THE THIEF IS SHOUTING THIEF”: THE CASE OF ALHAJI ATIKU ABUBAKAR”, we correctly predicted as follows: “By running for President of Nigeria, Atiku intends to get some immunity from prosecution. Already he is hoping to obtain a visa to visit the US, as a guest of the State department, a concession that the US will grant to a Presidential candidate of Africa’s biggest Nation”.

Therefore, we were not surprised by his visit to the U.S. For us, this visit is really a non-event considering the issues involved in the forthcoming election. However, we have bad news for those who think this is a momentous event for Atiku Abubakar: the visit was nothing but a downright catastrophe because rather than dispel the fact of indictments hanging over his head, it further confirms and reinforces those facts for the following reasons:

(1) The visit had all the trappings of a fugitive sneaking into America under a “special diplomatic waiver”. For the candidate of the major opposition party in Nigeria, it is an absolute disaster that the visit was not announced ahead of time in Nigeria, with his programmes and itinerary clearly spelt out, the decent and customary minimum standard of such visits. This culminated in his close aides issuing conflicting statements about the visit when he was already on his way there. In fact, one of them called Paul Ibe actually spoke to the Press that his principal was nowhere near America! Such was the secrecy of the planning and execution of that visit.

(2) It is shameful that a presidential candidate of a major opposition party in Africa’s most populous country would visit America, and the international press was kept in the dark: There was NO SINGLE press conference with the array of international media and correspondents required for such ‘high-profile’ visit. Atiku knows he has no moral stamina to withstand the avalanche of hard questions bordering on his sordid past in America. In fact, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar claims he visited the Voice of America (VOA) but only did two carefully-packaged interviews with the Hausa service and the English to Africa program – platforms that have always been available to him back home. How strange! In fact, both the Twitter handle (@VOANews) and official website of VOA did not mention any such visit of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to their station. For news hounds, you would agree with us that such an ‘important personality’ cannot walk into a news premises without reporters swooping on him. Whatever he went to do in the premises of the VOA must have been a carefully-arranged private visit for the photo-ops, which was intended to scam Nigerians. What more evidence do we need of a “sneak-in-sneak-out” arrangement than this?.

(3) For a candidate who claims he wants to “get Nigeria working again” (a meaningless phrase) to sneak into America without meeting major players in private businesses is a curiosity and an indication that we are dealing with a candidate with a dodgy and questionable character. He claims he went to the U.S Chamber of Commerce, which is supposed to be a business federation. Again, the Twitter handle (@USChamber) and the website of the organization make no mention of the visit of such an ‘important personality’ to them. Maybe their famous American lobbyist on a salary of N9million per month can help them ‘do something’ about this after this press statement.

(4) It is also an anomaly that the candidate of the major opposition party in Nigeria sneaked into America and did not meet large sections of political leaders of similar ideologies and persuasions towards which he claims to be inclined. For all his claim to be going to America to meet “U.S Government officials”, he only succeeded in meeting a certain “Congressman Smith”, who is the equivalent of a member of the House of Representatives in Nigeria. You would agree with us that as dignified and respected as the office of a Member of the House of Representatives is, an important personality cannot come to Nigeria on an official visit and claim he has met the “Nigerian government officials” after he pays a private visit to that Member. For all we know, the Congressman Smith may just be a private friend of Dr. Bukola Saraki or Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. That reminds us of Atiku’s famous legislator friend he threw under the bus, Williams Jefferson, who taught us how to hide laundered money ( which was meant for Atiku Abubakar) in the deep freezer when the cops came knocking on his door!

In all, it is very obvious now that the so-called American trip was a desperate trip for photo-ops. Throughout the trip, Atiku Abubakar looked cagey, frightened and on edge. We note the close support always provided by Senate President Bukola Saraki like a comforting guardian angel. The visit and arrangements smack of things local yahoo yahoo boys do to scam their victims. It is utterly disgusting and puerile that it has been brought into a serious political contest.

Rather than being the highpoint of his campaign, the American visit is indeed the lowest watermark of Atiku Abubakar’s campaign. It was a political and P.R disaster. The statements he released from there only to the Nigerian Press back home that he intends to alienate other countries and do business with the U.S is actually the antithesis to our policy of non-alignment.

For the information of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his handlers, Nigerians know that Nigeria is already working again for everyone and not for a few. As confirmed by him in a town-hall meeting a few days before his disastrous trip to the U.S, he said he wants to “get Nigeria working again” only for few of his friends who he claims he wants to make rich. If he cannot get them rich now from his private businesses, it is obvious that he is referring to the use of public funds to make his friends rich. Nigerians should judge for themselves whether this is the type of President they want.

Finally, whoever advised Atiku Abubakar to undertake that trip to America just destroyed his entire campaign and exposed him for who he is – a questionable character who has continued to leave huge questions over his suitability for the highest office of the land and as such cannot be trusted by the Nigerian people.

Thank you.

FESTUS KEYAMO, SAN, FCIArb (UK)
Director, Strategic Communications,
APC Presidential Campaign Council
(Official Spokesperson)

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A CLARION CALL ON GEN. GBOR , CHUKWUEKE TO SAVE NIGERIA AS BUHARI AND ATIKU EXPOSE THEIR WEAKNESSES .

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Even as many Nigerians are once again ruminating over the capability of President Mohammadu Buhari to continue as their leader after the forthcoming general elections, some of them are even more appalled by the pronouncement of the Presidential standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who in a public function at Lagos, unequivocally told the whole world that he would promote cronyism by “not only enriching members of his family but his friends” if he gets elected as the country’s next president. Atiku also unambiguously said that he would sell off the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, perhaps to his family members and cronies.
The PDP presidential candidate who was Nigeria’s vice president for eight years, from 1999 to 2007, went ahead to vow of his readiness to die in order to actualise his dreams of selling off the NNPC, which is the common patrimony of all Nigerian citizens.

With this and President Buhari’s questionable physical and mental strength, many people are now in serious doubt about the capabilty and credibility of him and Atiku Abubakar respectively to govern Nigeria again from May 29 this year to the same period in 2023. While Predident Buhari’s personal integrity seems impeccable, there are many weighty allegations of corruption against Alhaji Atiku. Notwithstanding that his former boss, ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has apparently reconciled with him, Obasanjo has not attempted to removed the toga of a Shylock which he personally placed on Atiku.

The aforementioned quote of the PDP presidential candidate about his commitment to sell off Nigeria’s assets to his allies has not helped the desperate efforts of his media handlers to launder his image as an unscrupulous wheeler and dealer.

As the vice president of the country for eight years, Atiku, in his capacity as the “Chief Superintendent” of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, was invariably in charge of the controversial sales and privatisation of the the country’s assets such as the defunct, Nigerian Telecommunications, NITEL, National Insurance Company of Nigeria, NICON, Nigerian Electric Power Authority, NEPA, Ajeokuta Steel Company among others. Some pundits allege that these assets were sold at give away prices, yet Nigerian citizens are not getting value for their money and also being short changed and exploited brazenly by the so-called foreign and local investors or buyers of the public assets. For President Buhari, he has obviously failed to meet the expectations of many Nigerians vis-a-vis the flowering promises made by his party, the APC, for which majority of the electorate voted for them in the 2015 general elections.
It is therefore against this background that the Nigerian voters should this time around have a rethink and vote massively for one of the three most powerful political parties in the country, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, whose presidential ticket is being held by retired Major General John Gbor and Chief Jerry Chukwueke.

The two gentlemen, unlike the Buhari/Osinbajo of the APC and the Atiku/Obi ticket of the PDP, are not saddled with any filthy or heavy baggage of corruption and gross incompetence. Moreover, the duo of General Gbor and Chief Chukwueke, have publicly presented their agenda known as FIVE COVENANTS WITH NIGERIANS.

In their blueprint, the APGA standard bearers unequivocally said that the most effective channel to rescue the country from her numerous socioeconomic and political malaise is by a dispassionate and quick return to the practice of true federalism as was the case in the country’s First Republic. The APGA “Covenant with Nigerians” contains how the present serious security challenges in the country, especially as it concerns the Boko Haram insurgency and the perennial herders-farmers bloody clashes in Northern Nigeria would be permanently resolved.

The Gbor/Chukwueke agenda for Nigeria also contains plans on how the country would successfully cope and survive economically in a post crude oil economy which is imminent in the foreseeable future.

VISION GBOR/CHUKWUEKE 2019 TEAM

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Nigerian President Buhari thronged by supporters

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A surging crowd of supporters thronged Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in the central city of Jos Saturday forcing him to cut short a campaign rally as he seeks re-election in polls next month.
The former military ruler was whisked away still waving at the crowd after supporters of his All Progressive Congress (APC) rushed the podium at the 28,000 capacity Rwan Pam stadium, tripping over public address system cables in a frenzy to catch a glimpse of him.
Buhari, 76, has brushed off questions about his health to campaign for the February 16 vote in Africa’s most populous nation and leading oil producer, which is expected to be a closely fought race.
At the Jos rally Buhari managed to present APC candidates in the state for the governorship and legislative elections before he was ushered out of the stadium through a backdoor, according to an AFP reporter at the scene.
In a statement released after the event, Buhari’s office said the president thanked the “ecstatic supporters”, but asked for those attending future events to tone down their enthusiasm.
APC supporters had earlier besieged the president’s motorcade as it made its way into the stadium, forcing him to stay in his car for 20 minutes while military and police personnel struggled to push back the crowd.
Buhari’s security detail then continued to push back fans cheering “sai Baba”, a popular campaign slogan, while he waded through the crowd to his seat.
– Decades of conflict –
Plateau State, of which Jos is the capital, has born the brunt of decades of conflict between settler Muslim Hausa and Fulani herders, and indigenous Christian farmers.
Buhari, a northern Muslim, has come under intense criticism in connection with deadly farmer-herder clashes in central Nigeria.
His critics accuse him of failure to end the violence because Fulani herders are his kinsmen, a charge that could potentially cost him support in the so-called Middle-Belt, a mixed but mostly Christian region that separates the predominantly Muslim north and the largely Christian south.
The conflict, which began over land and grazing rights, has taken on an ethno-religious dimension and entrenched identity politics in which ethnic and religious affiliations determine voting patterns.
Buhari secured the Middle Belt in the 2015 presidential election on the belief he would end the decades old conflict.
The killings have continued however, and political analysts believe Buhari might not do well there in the February polls.

This year’s elections will be the fifth time Buhari has stood for the presidency. He lost in 2003, 2007 and 2011, and disputed the results in court.
He was finally successful in 2015 in what was the first victory for an opposition candidate in Nigeria’s history.
Buhari is expected to face stiff competition in the vote from former vice-president Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The pair were set to go head-to-head in a televised debate scheduled in Abuja on Saturday, but Buhari declined to attend, causing Abubakar to storm out in protest.

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Atiku gunning for Buhari abandons TV debate

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Alhaji Atiku Abubakar abandoned a live television debate on Saturday, because President Muhammadu Buhari, who he wanted to ‘attack’, was not available on the programme as well.
The debate was organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group and the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria and last December, it featured vice-presidential candidates.
Atiku who returned today from a visit to the United States sees himself as Buhari’s main rival and a pretender to the throne of Aso Rock.
In a statement, he asked President Buhari to “to choose a date and time for a debate where he will be present and I will be there, hopefully with the other candidates as well”.
President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo featured on another TV programme on Wednesday, where the duo gave account of the achievements of the administration in the last three and half years, and what the government will do if re-elected.
The past two days has equally been filled with activities for Buhari as he campaigned in Kogi, Delta, Edo, Enugu, Kaduna, and today, the campaign moved to Minna in Niger State and Jos in Plateau state, where mammoth crowd received him and party leaders.
But Atiku was disappointed that Buhari did not come for the debate.
“We came here for a Presidential debate, not a candidacy debate, and I, Atiku Abubakar can not challenge or question an administration where the man at the helm of the affairs of the nation is not present to defend himself or his policies”, said Atiku.
“After all you cannot shave a man’s head in his absence. I do not believe in attacking a man who is NOT here to defend himself.
“As a leader and former vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, let me first apologise to all Nigerians, my fellow candidates and the moderator for the the APC Presidential Candidate’s absence in this debate. His non-appearance is a slight on ALL of us and our democracy.
“Secondly, with all due respect to my fellow candidates, Fela Durotoye, Oby Ezekwesili, Kingsley Moghalu and to the moderator Mark Sugar and with apologies to all Nigerians here and at home expecting an interesting debate, I regret that I will not be able to go on with this debate due to President Buhari’s absence.
“I however challenge President Buhari to choose a date and time for a debate where he will be present and I will be there, hopefully with the other candidates as well”.
Present at today’s debate were Obiageli Ezekwesili, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, Fela Durotoye, candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria and Kinglsey Moghalu, who represented the Young Progressives Party.
However, if Atiku had thought his boycott of the TV debate would spin some PR dividends, it turned out otherwise.
The Punch reported that Twitterati condemned his action and Buhari’s, saying it was disrespectful to Nigerians.
From Twitter posts, Atiku was even more savaged than Buhari.
One Twitter user, Wale Gates, said: “Atiku’s advisers didn’t get this move right at all. This was your “See I’m here, I care, I feel your pain, I can hear you, the President couldn’t be bothered” moment and you blew it”.
Another post by Igala King said: “People are more angry at @atiku who flew in from the US, landed at almost 0300pm, changed & was at the venue of #2019Debate at 0615pm than they are @MBuhari who is Abuja but refuses to take a 5min drive from Aso Rock to the venue? Lmao”.

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Buhari to inaugurate Zik Mausoleum next week

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President Muhammadu Buhari will on Jan. 24, inaugurate the Zik Mausoleum in Onitsha, as part of activities slated for his re-election campaign in Anambra.
Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, the South East Zonal Coordinator of Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Organisation made the announcement at the All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders meeting in Awka on Saturday.
Ikeazor said that on arrival, Buhari would pay a courtesy a visit on the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe and his Council, before proceeding to inaugurate the Mausoleum.
“You are aware that the Zik Mausoleum has been abandoned for so many years but at the inception of the Buhari administration in 2015, Mr President promised to complete the project and it has been completed,” she said.
She said that thousands of APC faithful and supporters were expected to attend the campaign rally at the Holy Trinity Basilica ground in Onitsha.
“The party has concluded plans to deploy strategies to win the election including door-to-door and community campaigns.
“The people of South East are extremely prepared to give Mr President better votes than in 2015,” she assured.
Also speaking, the State Coordinator and Senator representing Anambra South, Sen. Andy Uba said the meeting was also arranged to reconcile aggrieved members of the party ahead of the election.
“For us to be able to win, help the president, candidates and the zone, we must be able to seek ways of working together.
“The president will win with more votes than he had before,” Uba said.
The state Acting APC Chairman, Mr Basil Ejidike said the party was committed to ensuring victory for the President and all its candidates in the state.
He called on party faithful and supporters of Buhari to turn out massively for the mega rally.

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Electoral Commission de-list APC candidates in River state

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The lingering crisis within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has become an issue of political discourse as all candidates of APC have been barred from contesting elections in Rives state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following orders of the courts.
INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Mr Obo Effanga, said the decision by the commission followed the outcome of the ruling on the litigation between two factions in the state’s APC.
Effanga noted that the APC factions of Sen. Magnus Abe and that of the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, had been in court over the conduct of congresses by the party.
Reports had it that a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, had on Monday ordered INEC to expunge the names of candidates representing the APC in Rivers in the February and March general elections.
The REC said that INEC had to obey the ruling of the court.
The presiding judge, Justice James Omotosho, ruled on the suit brought before him, asking the court not to recognise any candidate from the state APC.
Omotosho referred to an earlier ruling by the Rivers High Court, which nullified the ward, local government and state congresses held by the state APC.
“All nominations in the APC, from governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and others, are hereby nullified and void and set aside.
“Only political parties that conducted valid primaries are eligible to produce candidates for the general elections,” the judge ruled.
With the ruling, the main alternative opened to electorate in the state is PDP which APC has been threatening for some years.

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No plan to arrest CJN -Presidency

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The Presidency says it has no plans to arrest the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen as being speculated in some quarters.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina made this known in a statement he issued on Saturday.
“We have read with considerable concern and surprise, the fake news of the Presidency’s alleged plan to arrest the Chief Justice of Nigeria and frame three other Supreme Court Justices.
“This false story is being peddled by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) apparently to set the judiciary against the executive and cause major confusion ahead of the forthcoming general elections. The story is absolutely false as the Presidency is not in any way involved in plotting against or framing anybody.”
He said the issue of non declaration of some assets by Justice Onnoghen is already been handled by the court thus, the Presidency will not interfere in anyway.
“We note that the findings of the Code of Conduct Bureau against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, and the allegations arising from them, are being handled by the courts in the normal way, as is expected in a democratic society like ours. The Presidency has not, and will certainly not, interfere in the process.
“We, however, want to draw the attention of the general public to this or similar false stories, which are ill motivated to further the political interests of their sponsors.
“While the Buhari administration is very firmly committed to the fight against corruption, we want to assure the general public that Government will always pursue its mission with the highest standards of fairness, and in strict conformity with the relevant laws,” Adesina said.

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We have read with considerable concern and surprise, the fake news of the Presidency’s alleged plan to arrest the Chief Justice of Nigeria and frame three other Supreme Court Justices.
This false story is being peddled by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) apparently to set the judiciary against the executive and cause major confusion ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
The story is absolutely false as the Presidency is not in any way involved in plotting against or framing anybody.
We note that the findings of the Code of Conduct Bureau against the Chief Justice of Nigeria, and the allegations arising from them, are being handled by the courts in the normal way, as is expected in a democratic society like ours. The Presidency has not, and will certainly not, interfere in the process.
We, however, want to draw the attention of the general public to this or similar false stories, which are ill motivated to further the political interests of their sponsors.
While the Buhari administration is very firmly committed to the fight against corruption, we want to assure the general public that Government will always pursue its mission with the highest standards of fairness, and in strict conformity with the relevant laws.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
January 19, 2019

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Nigerian President vows to return recovered monies to treasury

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President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that monies recovered from the properties confiscated by the EFCC will be sold and kept in the Country’s treasury for National development.
He made the promise while addressing the mammoth crowd in Hausa at the Presidential flag off ceremony which held earlier in Kaduna.
He promised that his administration would use all the recovered looted funds for the well-being of the citizens and reassured that, his administration, if re-elected in the 2019 general election, will continue to make life easier for all Nigerians.
“All those funds, properties and companies recovered so far would be sold and proceeds returned to the treasury”, he stressed.
Bumper Harvest
While speaking on the Agric sector, he said farmers in the Country had bumper harvest following the availability of fertilizers provided at the cost of N5,500 as against the N9000 it used to be and had been provided in each of the local government areas of the Country.
“We have stopped spending our foreign reserve to import rice, as there is sufficiency in rice and we now produce it locally. Therefore, I am thanking governors, especially those of Lagos, Ogun, Kebbi, Sokoto, Kano, Jigawa and Ebonyi States who have tried in the production and processing of our local rice,” he noted.
While promising to do more to improve the economy, Buhari said, larger population of the Country are youths between the ages of 35 and below, Nigeria has lots of work to do, to get them employment and sufficiency.
Appreciating the people of Kaduna State who turned out in large number to welcome him, the President said that, “I have nothing to say than to remind you of the situation we met this Country and the promises we made to you. So the best we can do for our Country is to return the APC to power.
“The biggest gift we can give to our Country is security and sufficiency and economic prosperity,” he added.

Security Situation
The President further stated that the APC administration had so far addressed the security situation in the country, as the 17 local government areas, which were hitherto under the control of the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East had been recaptured.
According to the President, “There is no one local government in the North East remaining in the hands of the insurgents. But they resorted to using youth, especially young girls as suicide bombers, by sending them to markets, motor parks and worship centres to kill people. Even that had been brought under control”.
While expressing gratitude to the people of Kaduna state, he however stressed that, the mandate given to him requires the support of entire Nigerians, especially for peace and economic development of the Country.
Corruption and Insecurity
On the fight against corruption, Buhari said, as promised in 2014, his administration would continue the fight against corruption and insecurity in the Country, “the anticorruption fight in the current democratic dispensation is difficult compared to the period I was a Military Head of State, when those who looted the economy were arrested and prosecuted easily”.
He however promised that those who have looted the country would be investigated and prosecuted in the course of time.
Speaking on the militancy in the oil producing areas of the Niger Delta, the President said the federal government was engaging them in dialogue to make them understand that the Country belong to all Nigerians.
“The Constitution has spelt out the percentage that should be provided for the oil rich region and every other resources belong to all Nigerians irrespective of where such resources are located”.

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In an interview with VOA Hausa Service in Washington DC, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar said stories that he was banned from the United States was ‘disinformation’.
He spoke on Thursday, after his arrival to the US capital, where he lodged at Trump International Hotel.
Here is the transcript of the interview conducted by VOA’s Aliyu Mustapha Sokoto
VOA: What has been in the news for many years has come to past right now I’m together with the former Vice President of Nigeria and the Presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after he had just returned from some interactive session with some high ranking Congress Men and Women. Your excellency, now that you have visited Washington D.C, does it have to do with those who said you cannot come to the United State of America or the visit is for what purpose?
Atiku: Aliyu I told you before that my coming to the United State is in the hands of Americans if they decided to issue a Visa to me I will definitely come and if they refused to give me I cannot come. And now they have issued it to me and I am here. I’m having some positive discussions with some of the officials. I was in the Congress and I had discussions with some high ranking Congress men and Women about Nigeria and how Nigeria intends to improve her relationship with the United States of America.
VOA: After visiting the Congress, do you intend to meet with some other people?
Atiku: Yes, by tomorrow (Friday) I will go to the State Department in order to have vital discussions with some of their officials.
VOA: Will you also meet with the members of the United States Chamber of Commerce?
Atiku: Yes, I will meet them tomorrow (Friday) by the Grace of God.
VOA: Who invited you to the United State?
Atiku: I was invited by many organizations in United States.
VOA: Before some people are saying that you cannot come to the United States of America but now you are here people will stop doubting.
Atiku: The whole thing is about misinformation
VOA: What do you mean by misinformation?
Atiku: Because for a very long time they have been lying to them (Nigerians) and they agreed; I tried to explain to them but they refused to listen. And I hope now people are going to understand.
VOA: Your coming to America has shown that you are going to have some interactions with some top officials of the United State are they in support of your candidacy?
Atiku: Yes.
VOA: Are you convinced that the United States Government are in support of your candidacy?
Atiku: There is no doubt because the United State is ready to support any country that is practicing democracy.
VOA: People know you as a businessman; do you think that your business background and experience will influence the United States Government to support you?
Atiku: One good thing is that Nigeria is a country that is practicing democracy and everyone knows that we have played a significant role and have done a lot to sustain democratic governance in Nigeria and it is very important.

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