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Osun rerun: APC’s Oyetola sweeps Ife South, Ife North, Osogbo

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Gboyega Oyetola, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress on Thursday swept the two polling units in Ile-Ife, in Osun state, where rerun elections were ordered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to determine the winner.
Ife South, Oyetola got 283 votes, while the PDP candidate got 15 votes. In Ife North(Unit 2), APC got 126 votes, while the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke got just two votes.
In both polling units, polling agents of the PDP candidate were conspicuously absent.
The result of the voting at Ward 5 Unit 7 at Alekuwodo in Osogbo also favoured the APC candidate. He got 299 votes, while the PDP candidate got 165 votes.
The PDP candidate came into the rerun election with an advantage of 353 votes.
But from the unconfirmed tally of votes from the seven polling units, he seemed to have lost his pole position to the APC candidate, by a very wide margin.

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Group dares Atiku to use U.S. Visa, offers 1st class tickets

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No Alternative To Buhari-Osinbajo 2019, a political campaign group, has dared the presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to make use of his widely acclaimed United States Visa.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by its National Coordinator, Mr Vincent Uba, the group dared Atiku to prove to Nigerians and the World that he was not ‘a persona non grata’ to the World’s biggest democracy, the U.S.
It stated that just as the Party, the PDP widely celebrated the acclaimed Visa, Nigerians had expected that the PDP candidate would have already travelled.
The group therefore offered to pay first class return tickets on any flight for Atiku to prove the validity of his United States Visa.
“In making this offer, the NATBuhariOsinbajo is not unaware that Mr Atiku Abubakar, though, stupendously and inexplicably rich could be conserving his funds to, in his characteristics manner, attempt to buy as much votes as possible on election day.
“However, this offer to Mr Atiku Abubakar has become necessary to ensure that only persons who are not subject of corrupt enrichment and/or FBI investigations offers themselves for highest office in Nigeria.
“As Nigerians cannot afford to have the nation’s image ridiculed in International and global meetings and gatherings of Presidents were her leader could be picked up or issued arrest warrants.
“It remains inexplicable, that two days after the visa was said to have been issued to Mr Atiku Abubakar and advertised with pomp and pageantry, Mr Atiku deceived Nigerians that he was travelling to the United Kingdom, from where he would go to America, only for him to return home from the United Kingdom, when perhaps, he got wind of what awaited him in the United States of America.
“NATBuhariOsinbajo 2019 challenges Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to come clean and confess his sins that have made it difficult for him to step his foot on the American soil for some years or in the alternative pick up his first class return ticket from the NATBuhariOsinbajo office at 7, Association Avenue, Ilupeju, Lagos,” it said.
The group insisted that former President Olusegun Obasanjo has not denied his comments that the American government wrote to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission of Nigeria in June 2006, on its intention to investigate Atiku Abubakar on corruption related charges.
It therefore urged Atiku to prove himself one way or another rather than making a fuss about a non-existent visa to the U.S.

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Buhari:Mischief Makers, Behind My Cloned Rumors

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The President lashed out yesterday at the purveyors of the rumour that he was dead and the occupant of his seat is a clone.
The sponsors of the rumour are “ignorant and irreligious”, President Muhammmadu Buhari said yesterday in Poland.
There have been rumours that the real Buhari was dead and the person occupying the number one seat is another person or a clone, a Jibrin from Sudan or Niger.
The government has been warning Nigerians to shun fake news, stressing the security implication of such news items.
Reacting to the rumours of his clone for the first time, Buhari said many people had hoped he was dead during his ill health.
The President was responding to a question from a Nigerian who wanted to know if he was the real Buhari or the much talked about Jibril from Sudan, at a town hall meeting in Krakow, Poland.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said: “It’s real me, I assure you. I will soon celebrate my 76th birthday and I will still go strong.’’
He added: “A lot of people hoped that I died during my ill health. Some even reached out to the Vice President to consider them to be his deputy because they assumed I was dead. That embarrassed him a lot and, of course, he visited me when I was in London convalescing… It’s real me; I assure you.”
The President said he was looking forward to celebrating his 76th birthday on December 17 and jocularly added: ‘‘If I am getting harassed by anyone, it is my grandchildren, who are getting too many.’’
He told his audience that his administration will continue to maintain focus and deliver on the three focal points of his campaign in 2015: security, economy and the fight against corruption.
‘‘Those in the Northeast will tell you that in spite of the recent setbacks, there is a difference between the time we came and before.
‘‘We are not doing badly on security, economy and agriculture. We have virtually stopped the importation of food, especially rice and we are saving a lot of money.
‘‘We now have food security and that has come with fiscal security because a lot of young educated people have not regretted going back to the farms and earning a respectable living.
‘‘I am afraid, this is not receiving good publicity… but a lot of people in the rural areas are enjoying the benefits of our interventions in agriculture,’’ he said.
President Buhari, who is in Poland to attend the UN Climate Change Conference, COP24, reaffirmed that no territory of Nigeria is under the control of Boko Haram terrorists. He urged Nigerians to remain vigilant and supportive of the Federal Government’s efforts to ensure the security of lives and property in the country.
While acknowledging that it has not been easy financing the security sector, the President said the Armed Forces were equal to the task.
He noted that it was regrettable that herdsmen and farmers’ clashes had been politicised, promising that the government will keep prioritising security because that is what many investors consider first before investing in the country.
On the fight against corruption, Buhari said all recovered stolen assets will be sold and the proceeds returned to the treasury for the benefit of Nigerians.
On women representation in his administration, the President told the meeting: ‘‘I have plans for all Nigerians. I am not a male chauvinist. If I’m a chauvinist, will I give the Finance ministry to women?’’
Nigeria’s Ambassador to Poland, Mr Eric Adagogo Bell-Gam, praised Nigerians living in the country for being worthy ambassadors of Nigeria.
Among those who met President Buhari were Mr Larry Ugwu, an artist and curator, who has lived in Poland for 40 years and has contributed immensely to promoting Nigerian cultural heritage in the Polish society; Anthony Egwuatu, a gynaecologist, who has lived in the country for 30 years and Mr Olomofe Larry, a human rights activist, who has fought for justice for fellow Nigerians in the host country.
The event was organised by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President Diaspora and Foreign Affairs.

 

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Oyo 2019 :Ajimobi Versus The Masses, Oyo Decide /Ismaila Ashipa

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Its normal and usual for ruling parties to be apprehensive or jittery of what the future foretold as election period comes closer. Especially in states where there are cracks or depletion in the rank and file of membership of the parties holding the reign of government and also where the opposition parties are daily gathering momentum.
In our part of the world where there is abject poverty, a government is considered to be humane and preferable if she promotes more stomach infrastructures than physical development. If what the people considered to be their immediate welfare is readily made available. But if the stomach ‘infrastructurally’ based administration of the O’yato governor of Oyo state could lose in 2011 and that of Oshokomole of Ekiti could likewise be defeated in 2018, stomach infrastructure alone isn’t therefore a yardstick to winning elections.
As the February general elections draw near, the 8 year APC administration in Oyo ll be summoned to the court of the people. It all depends on how much the people appreciate the many laudable programmes of Governor AJIMOBI. The foreign investment operating in Oyo state, the structural face lift, the clean environment, security of lives and property, the dual carriage road, the Model Schools, the prompt payment of salaries, the reorganisation of the Ibadan Obaship, the unusual levies, the closure of our tertiary institutions, etc. If all the above had gone well with the majority people of Oyo state, continuity and consolidation is assured. And if not, explanations and convincing excuses have to be offered.
However, Oyo 2019 isn’t between the APC and the opposition parties nor is it between Chief Bayo Adelabu and opposition candidates, rather, it is strictly between Senator Ishaq Abiola Ajimobi and the masses. Therefore, it won’t be an overstatement to say that AJIMOBI is the only Oyo state APC Candidate in 2019. Best wishes.

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Senator Lidani dumps PDP, switches to APC

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Senator Joshua Lidani Moljobok of the Peoples Democratic Party has switched to the All Progressives Congress.
Lidani’s defection was announced on the floor of the Senate by the Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan.
Lidani Moljobok, 64 years old, represents Gombe South in the upper chamber.
The Senate shared the news of Lidani’s switch on its verified Twitter handle, @NGRSenate on Wednesday.

“Senator Ahmad Lawan announces the defection of Senator Joshua Lidani from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.”

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APC will win 2019 elections – Adams Oshiomhole

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The National Chairman of the governing party, the All Progressive Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomole has said that all relevant positions will be won by the party come 2019 general elections.
Oshiomhole made the statement while receiving hundreds of thousands of decampees from the PDP and the Kwankwasiyya Movement into the APC in a grand rally held at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano state north Western Nigeria.
He said right from the presidency to national and state Assemblies as well as Governorship will be won by the APC.
“We will surely win the 2019 election in order to serve the people more. Nigeria is now growing from strength to strength and we shall be victorious at the end.
“Nigerians can never go back. We must move on. In another mandate for President Buhari and other position for APC, we will witness sustainable growth, development and happiness for the good of the average Nigerian,” he assured.
He said the victory is possible because all the progressives have come together under APC to reinforce power to sustain the nation’s democracy.
“Never again should this country be governed by opportunists. President Muhammadu Buhari’s constituency is the army of the poor. We are building a country where those who work will be able to eat, not those who use telephones to make billions without working for it,” Oshiomole stressed.
He said Nigeria needs a leader with honour, integrity, and trust; and that is President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Whether in America, they appreciate him, in Britain, they appreciate him, and other Africa Heads of State appreciate him. And of course, we the ordinary people appreciate him,” he said.
He hailed Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for his steadfastness in sustaining the manifesto of the APC.
“Politics is on the ground and it is played by real people. When you promised to deliver five million votes I know you will do so because people of Kano state belongs to President Buhari; and President Muhammadu Buhari belongs to the people of Kano state,” emphasized the APC Chairman.
Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who presented the decampees to the National Chairman said: “today, APC is the greatest party in Nigeria, and in Africa. APC is the only party in Kano state. We have the highest number of party members; our intention is to provide the highest number of votes for APC in Nigeria.
“We have here today, the former governor of Kano state, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau and his thousands of supports who have decamped to APC from PDP. We also have 53 leaders and their supporters from the Kwankwassiya movement that have also decamped to APC.”
Speaking on behalf of the decampees, two-time Governor of the state, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau said: “today is a moment to reckon with history. On behalf of all my supporters, well-wishers far and near who have joined us to move into APC, it is a great pleasure for us to be part of APC.”

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APGA Reconciliation Committee Concludes Sitting, Presents Report To Obiano

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By EJIKE ABANA

The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, reconciliation committee has concluded its report.
The, APGA, Reconciliation Committee concluded and presented the report to Governor Willie Obiano who is the BOT Chairman of the party at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.
The ten man committee set up by the Governor and Chaired by Dr Uju Okeke, was given two weeks to look into the matters.
To further look into the report, Governor Obiano set up a five member committee
to look into the report for immediate implementation.

Members of the committee include Mr Primus Odili, Chief Greg Obi, Mr. Confidence Azodo, Barrister Ifeatu Obiokoye and Sir Norbert Obi.


The five man Committee was given one Week time frame.

Governor Obiano while appreciating the members of the committee for their methodology, assured them of immediate implementation of the report.
The Governor noted that from the feeler he is getting from other States where APGA has presence, the reconciliation is moving fine, as
the party has prospects of winning elections in those States, calling on frayed minds to quell as he is deeply committed to carry everybody along in the spirit of the party mantra, to ensure resounding victory in future elections.
Presenting the report earlier, Dr Okeke said that making peace was topmost in their minds while they conducted their findings, saying that they met with aggrieved political appointees, executives, aspirants and candidates where they advised them to go
down to their wards to do the needful.
Recall that sequel to the party primaries, Governor Obiano set up the Committee on the eight day of this month to address the various
issues arising from the primaries.

 

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United Progressive Party and NGO endorse President Buhari

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The Igboezue Cultural Advancement Initiative, a non-governmental organisation in Nigeria, has resolved to collaborate with the United Progressive Party, a political party in the country, to chart the political way forward for Ndigbo in Nigeria.
Consequently Igbiezue expresses total agreement with the UPP in her resolve as encapsulated in the party’s manifesto and in the principles of its constitution concerning restructuring, state policing and community policing amongst others.
While holding these principles sacrosanct, the Igboezue also aligned with the UPP in its decision to endorse and adopt President Muhammad Buhari as presidential Candidate for the 2019 elections.
Addressing newsmen after wide consultations, the Leader of Igboezue cultural advancement Initiative, Chief Chekwas Okorie said the cultural group would do everything within its powers to ensure that Ndigbo do not put their political eggs in one basket either now or in the future.
Pave way for a patriotic Igboman
“We shall work for the completion of President Buhari’s second term in office to pave the way for a patriotic Igboman or woman to be elected President of Nigeria come 2023.”
“In this regard, we strongly believe that four more years of Buhari is far better than the possible eight years of Atiku Abubakar.”We are conscious of the truth that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has not made any form of commitment to the restructuring of Nigeria or the much desired Igbo President anytime in the future,” Chekwas said.
Igboezue is resolutely committed to joining hands to mobilise all extant Igbo Associations nationwide to reposition the Igbo Political engagement with the rest if Nigeria, the forum stated.

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Presidential debate: Buhari, Atiku to clash on Jan.19

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The Nigerian Election Debate Group has fixed Jan.19, as date for presidential debate that will see candidates of different political parties unveil their plan for country ahead of the 2019 general election.
The group’s chairman, Mr John Momoh who disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja at a press conference said the vice presidential candidates would slug it out on Dec. 14, 2019.

John Momoh

Momoh who is also the chairman of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), noted that the debates would hold at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and would be broadcast live by all BON member stations.
NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as his running mate.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar with Mr Peter Obi as his running mate.

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2019 General Elections: The Presidency Has Reassured On Free And Fair Elections – Obiano

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By UCHE NWORAH

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has called on all stakeholders to ensure that the 2019 elections are free and fair.
He was speaking at the One-Day Pre-Election Consultative Meeting With Key Stakeholders From South East Geo-Political Zone jointly organized by the Anambra State Government and the United Nations on Wednesday, November 20, 2018.
The event which held at the Governor’s Lodge Amawbia attracted traditional rulers, civil society organizations, the media, PGs of town unions, political parties, the clergy and other stakeholders.
The Governor called on Ndi Anambra to shun Electoral violence in the coming elections and to remember to collect their PVCs. He told the audience that the Presidency has also assured of free, fair and credible elections, a point that was re-echoed by Service Commanders at the event.

“Elections should never be seen as a ‘do or die’ affair, those who go into electoral contests should know that only one person will win. In a free and fair contest, whoever loses should accept defeat and congratulate the winner. I don’t believe what people say that power belongs to the people. Power belongs to God. In Anambra we say ‘Chinaemeze’, yes, It’s only God that ordains leaders”, Governor Obiano said.
Continuing, he advised those planning to rig the forthcoming elections to prepare to meet the wrath of the people “Youths are very critical in the coming 2019 elections. They played major roles during the 2017 Anambra Gubernatorial elections. They deployed their mobile phones and other gadgets and will snap polling units elections results and forwarded same to the situation rooms. They also protected the votes cast by following the ballots from the polling units to the various collation centres”.

 

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PDP master of vote-buying

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The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the master of vote buying and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, emerged through vote buying.
The senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume, accused PDP of introducing vote buying in Nigeria.
Ndume spoke at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum where he was reacting to the allegation that the President Muhammadu Buhjari-led administration was using its Special Investment Programmes, including TradeMoni, to buy the electorate over.
The lawmaker alleged that the party’s current presidential candidate of PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, emerged through vote-buying.
“First of all, during the presentation of `Next Level’ on Sunday, this allegation was categorically denied, and we said if there is such evidence, whoever is involved should be reported to the appropriate authority.
“Having said that, let me note that it is the PDP, and you can quote me on this, that introduced voted buying.
“Even now, they are concentrating on buying votes, not on campaigning to genuinely win election. So, I don’t know where this accusation is coming from.
“The PDP presidential candidate emerged by buying the votes, in dollars not even in naira.
“It is on record and everybody knows that even the presidential candidacy of PDP is purchased.’’
Ndume said the same could not be said of the emergence of Buhari as the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 presidential election.
He said that the President did not even ask anyone to step down for him during the recent primaries of the party, let alone buy delegates over.
“I hereby challenge any Nigerian to come out and say that Buhari even asked anyone to step down for him. He only offered himself to contest, and everybody queued behind him.

“So, when they allege that APC is buying votes, I just laugh.
“Do you know why PDP is contesting? It is because they think they can buy Nigerians, and Nigerians are not for sale.
“Nobody can say that President Muhammadu Buhari, either directly or indirectly, is condoning vote buying.’’
The senator, however, noted that the influence of money could not be ruled out of Nigerian politics as was the case even in advanced democracies such as the United States and others.
He said one of the reasons former U.S. President Barack Obama defeated Hilary Clinton in the Democratic Party’s primaries in 2008 was because he had more money.
Ndume stressed that money also played a major role in Obama’s victory in the general elections.
Vote-buying occurs when a political party or candidate seeks to buy the vote of a voter in an upcoming election.
The practice can take various forms such as a monetary exchange, as well as an exchange for necessary goods or services.
Vote-buying is often used to motivate or persuade voters to turn out to elections and vote in a particular way.
Despite the fact that this practice is illegal in many countries such as the United States, Argentina, Mexico, Kenya and Nigeria, its prevalence remains worldwide. (NAN)

 

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