Buhari’s ex-rival Yul Edochie reveals why he backed out from presidential race

Nollywood star Yul Edochie and Buhari’s former rival has opened up on why he backed out from contesting in the 2019 presidential race.

The popular actor turned politician had before now signified interest to contest the presidency in the forthcoming elections in 2019 but during the week, he made a sudden U-turn. He made the announcement on his Twitter page, writing, “After due considerations and consultations, I will no longer run for President of Nigeria in 2019. To my supporters, worry not. I remain committed to building a new Nigeria that works for all, irrespective of class, tribe or religion. Together we shall achieve it.”

However, in a chat, Edochie made it clear that he was not under any form of threat to take that decision.

“I made it obvious, after due considerations and consultations, I decided not to run for the post of the presidency anymore,” he said.

When he was asked if he would run for another political position, he stated that he could not ascertain at the moment if he would.

“Right now I can’t say, but I remain fully committed to building a better Nigeria. I explained to my fans that they have nothing to worry about, it is a huge thing so you do a lot of consultations and put things in place and if certain things are not well placed, it is better not start or there will be issues. But I am fine; they shouldn’t feel I was threatened by anybody,” he added.

In a recent interview, Edochie had mentioned that his father, Veteran actor, Pete Edochie, did not like politics.

“My father does not really like politics. He wasn’t really in support of it but I made him realise that if we are all shying away from politics, who is going to save this country? So he just had to give me his support because everybody has been shying away from politics for too long and that is why Nigeria is the way it is. I would say that he is supporting me all the way,” the actor had said.

 

President Buhari off to New York

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday depart for New York to participate in the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA73) his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has said.

Adesina, who made this known in a statement on Saturday said the Session officially opened on September 18, 2018.

“The theme for this year’s Session is: ‘Making the United Nations relevant to all People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies,” he said.

According to the President’s aide, the highpoint of Buhari’s participation will be his address on Tuesday to the General Assembly on the opening day of the General Debate.

“The President’s presentation of Nigeria’s National Statement is expected to reaffirm the nation’s commitment to international peace and security; sustainable socio-economic development; disarmament and denuclearisation; youth and women empowerment; climate change; rule of law and human rights; among others.

“He is also expected to particularly canvass international support for the fight against corruption; the return of illicit assets; counter-terrorism and insurgency; curbing irregular migration; re-settling Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); recharging the receding Lake Chad; and calls for the reform of the United Nations, especially the expansion of the permanent membership of the Security Council to make that vital principal organ of the global organisation reflect regional and equitable geographical representation,” Adesina said.

He also hinted that the President and his wife, Aisha, will also attend a welcome reception hosted by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and his spouse for Heads of State and Government and their spouses.

“The Nigerian leader and his delegation will participate in a High-Level meeting on the Fight against Tuberculosis organised by the World Health Organisation as Nigeria currently ranks seventh amongst the high TB-burden countries globally, and second in Africa.

The Nigerian delegation is expected to attend the Mandela Peace Summit, which is a High-Level Meeting on Global Peace in honour of the centenary birth of the late South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela.

Other side-events lined up for the Nigerian delegation include: High-Level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit; the Second Annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum; High-Level Meeting on Action for Peace-Keeping; Commemoration and Promotion of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons; High-Level Meeting on the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa; and Pathway to Localising a Global Agenda.

“During the course of his stay in New York, in addition to the audience with the UN Secretary-General, the Nigerian President is also expected to have bilateral meetings with African and world leaders including Bill Gates with a view to promoting national and African interests.

“He will also grant audience to a select group of Nigerian professionals based in the United States,” Adesina added.
Aside Buhari’s wife, others who accompanied him are Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma; and the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin.

Others on the presidential entourage include: the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar; Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammad Babandede; and the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

CERTIFICATE FORGERY: Another Buhari’s appointee denies being pressured to resign

An appointee of President Muhammadu Buhari, Okoi Obono-Obla, who is accused of forging his Ordinary Level result, has denied that pressure is being mounted on him to resign his position.

Obono-Obla is the chairman, Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property. He argued that there was no such thing as pressure on him to resign his appointment and described the report as “false, baseless and wicked”.

The senior special assistant to President Buhari said in Lagos on Thursday that the matter in question that necessitated the report was in court.

The House of Representatives ad hoc Panel, had claimed that its findings, in the course of its primary assignment, showed that Obono-Obla is parading an “invalid” Ordinary Level result.

The panel said it found out that the aide to the President might have forged his way into the University of Jos where he studied and subsequently proceeded to the Nigerian Law School.

But responding to the claim that he was under pressure to resign over the scandal, Obono-Obla accused some people of being after him for daring to investigate and expose assets hidden abroad by some powerful people in the National Assembly.

He said, “The matter is in the Federal High Court, Abuja. It was filed since June 2018 and the House of Representatives Committee was duly served but they ignored the matter and went ahead to procure false witnesses to give evidence behind me.

“This is contrary to the Rules of the House of Representatives that says if a matter is in court it should be stayed pending its determination. Is the House of Representatives a court of law? The answer is No! Is the House of Representatives, constitutionally empowered to investigate forgery or crime? The answer is No.

“Even though the matter is in court the committee hastily and hurriedly turned the report to the media in July 2018. This was also done when the House was on recess without even waiting for it to be tabled before the House.

“It is a hatchet job done to witch-hunt, harass, intimidate, ridicule and scandalise me because I dared to investigate and expose assets hidden abroad by some powerful people in the National Assembly,” he said in a statement by his Media Officer, Emmanuel Nwachukwu.”

Mrs. Kemi Adeosun had only recently resigned her position as the Minister of Finance under President Buhari’s government following allegation that she forged the exemption certificate of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Currently, another appointee in President Buhari’s cabinet, Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, is being accused of failing to participate in the NYSC scheme despite graduating from the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) at the age of 25.

REMOVAL PLOT: CUPP cautions Ambode, says Buhari, Oshiomhole working with Tinubu

Coalition for United Political Parties (CUPP) has called on the embattled governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, to take a stand and not yield to what it describes as the anti-people pre-condition for his re-election allegedly orchestrated by Senator Bola Tinubu.

Tinubu, a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos State, is alleged to have plotted to ensure Ambode did not seek for a re-election except he agrees on his terms.

A development that supposedly made Ambode run to Abuja on Thursday to seek the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari in the matter.

But in a statement by its first spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, in response to the development, CUPP called on Ambode to resist Tinubu’s alleged conditions, warning him to be wary of President Buhari and the national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, both of whom it said were “involved in Tinubu’s plot to make Lagos ungovernable if Ambode fails to sign the anti-people pre-condition for re-election support.”

The statement read, “The CUPP has watched with keen interest the unfolding political drama in Lagos State where the vaunting interest of one man is threatening the political stability of the commercial centre of Nigeria while the President watches uncaringly with toothpick in between his lips.

“The same party which promised change; having a chairman with labour background and a President who undeservedly ascribes integrity to his name, idly stands by while one man sustains his stranglehold on Lagos; apportioning political offices and dictating who becomes and who does not become what in Lagos State. This is the colour of the APC democracy!

“Reports emanating from several reliable sources from meetings held to tighten the grip of the national leader of the APC on the treasury of Lagos State include such obnoxious conditions that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode must sign an undated resignation letter which he would submit to the APC leadership before he would be supported to run for his second term in office.

“The reverbrating silence that has greeted this inexplicable impunity shows that the highest echelons of the party, including the President and the national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, are party to this hideous violation of the age long tenets of democracy.

“Needless to mention the grand plot to sustain the institutionalised plundering of the resources of Lagos State.

“The second condition is that the governor would not be involved in the nomination process of all the candidates of his party for the House of Assembly. Such crude disenfranchisement insults the person of Ambode and denigrates the office of the governor. This is also to ensure that his impeachment goes through easily if he declines to sign the resignation letter.

“While the last condition is that the governor will always have to consult the national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and obtain his approval whenever he wants to carry out any major project in Lagos State.

“It is a sad day for democracy; and mostly unfortunate that our democracy has been so trivialized that it has been privatized with the stake and aspirations of the people of Lagos state rendered inconsequential.

“It’s neither surprising that the usually garrulous national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole couldn’t find words for the travesty playing out in Lagos State nor is it strange in the least that the President who feigns ignorance even in issues of national importance is mum to the ridiculing of democracy in Lagos State.

“Apparently, it is convenient for the President to continue to play the ostrich in the misguided hope that Tinubu will be the political asset he needs to keep his doomed second term bid alive in the South West.

“Soon Mr. President and his party will realize how much they have squandered their goodwill and abused the mandate given by Lagosians and Nigerians.”

The group regrets that under APC that Lagos has become a study in “infamy” saying that “there is no better definition of voodoo politics than for a person who does not enjoy the mandate of the people to be the person dispensing the mandate. This is an all-time low and shows that the APC is a political party by day and a ravenous cult group by night.”

CUPP then called on “Lagosians and indeed voters all over the country to go and collect their PVC preparatory to enforcing the quit notice on APC in 2019.”

It said, “No other party and no other time in history have our countrymen been visited with such pain, misery and despair as currently being served on our people by the APC. The APC is undeserving of votes, and the sophistication of the good people of Lagos has been tasked and challenged by this devilish plot and we hope Lagosians will respond appropriately with their votes against the marauding anti-people forces of the APC.

“We, therefore, urge Governor Akinwumi Ambode to take a stand and be counted among the democrats. He must realize that the fate of Nigeria’s commercial capital rests upon his shoulders and that he is ultimately answerable to a vast majority of Lagosians who will want to know why he jettisoned the mandate freely given to him without as much as a whimper.

“The people of Lagos must firmly resist the rampaging army of modern day slave-drivers who misrepresent democracy with civilian tyranny. Lagos is nobody’s personal fiefdom.”

2019 Elections: PDP Governor fires shots at Buhari, says he’s old and dilapidated

During the visit of Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant to Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, the latter took shots at President Muhammadu Buhari in Ado-Ekiti on Friday where he claimed the president was old and dilapidated.

He made the claims while meeting PDP delegates to the coming national convention of the party.

According to a press statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Ekiti State Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Tambuwal, who is also one of the presidential aspirants in the party, said the likes of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State were needed to take back the country from those that had hijacked it.

Fayose faulted the Buhari-led government for being insensitive to the feelings and plight of Nigerians.

“They have refused to give Ekiti our last tranche of the Paris Club refund and seized two months’ budget support money meant for us. APC is in power to oppress not to develop the nation. We have N11.8 billion remaining in the Paris Club refund not paid as they paid others. Because of Osun poll, they released money to them and three others. Buhari is not only old but outdated and dilapidated and those packaging him are doing that for their own benefits,” he said.

Tambuwal, in his campaign speech said, “I won’t be insensitive to the feelings and plight of Nigerians if elected the president of this country. I also promised to run an all inclusive government as the president. It is very important to provide dynamic leadership for our country. We are not ethnic jingoists. The government in power is desperate and are doing everything outside the law to ensure they remain in power.

“We need a great and united country and that is possible if we choose a leader that has a vision of one Nigeria. I have traversed the length and breadth of this country and have an idea of what the people want. I am in a good position to respect the sensibility and sensitivity of the people,” he said.

Tambuwal said he supported restructuring and that fiscal federalism must be allowed for every section to grow at their own pace. He also added that he would approach that issue by calling all parties to a round table for robust discussion of the issue at stake.

Tambuwal will be contesting the primaries for the PDP presidential ticket against Senator Bukola Saraki, Former Vice-President, Atiku Abukar, Former Senate President, David Mark, among others.

Arrest Him Now!!! President Buhari’s Top Minister Lands In Deep Trouble, As N1.2 Billion Fraudulent Script Gets Exposed

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, for reportedly using a non-existent national carrier to defraud the nation to the tune of N1.2 billion’

 

The party said that the indefinite suspension of the Nigeria Air project, was part of the fraudulent script by the President Muhammadu Buhari Presidency.

A statement by the PDP’s Spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, also challenged President Buhari to speak out on this act of corruption under his watch, particularly following allegations that funds released for the Nigeria Air Project, were diverted to finance his 2019 re-election bid.

The statement reads: “It would be recalled that the PDP had in July alerted the nation that the unveiling of a non-existent national carrier was a huge scam designed to create an impression of achievement, as well as a conduit by corrupt All Progressives Congress, APC, Leaders and the Buhari Presidency to siphon public funds for selfish purposes.

“Nigerians now know that the reason for the rush to London to ‘unveil’ mere drawings of airplanes, name, logo and imaginary routes of a non-existent fleet as our national carrier, without any structures, operational license, clear partnership agreements and no form of ground activity any where in our country.

“What the APC and the Buhari Presidency failed to understand is that lies, no matter how ornamented, always have their expiring dates. The truth may be suppressed for a while, but it always has a way of coming to light.

“It is now clear to the world that the Buhari administration is corrupt and lacks the capacity to productively engage against acts of corruption. This is the major reason our economy went into a recession and foreign investors have lost confidence in our nation.

“PDP demands that the N1.2 billion be immediately recovered and directed to critical interventions in the aviation sector, including the unpaid pension owed to retired aviation workers.”

The party counseled the “APC and Buhari Presidency, to know that Nigerians can now see through their corruption and lies, for which they will deal them a humiliating verdict at the polls, come 2019.”

Fayose attacks Buhari again! Calls APC leaders monsters and oppressors

Outgoing governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose has ones again launch a scathing attack on President Buhari and the leadership of the APC referring to them as monsters and oppressors.

Speaking during the visit of Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Fayose stated that Nigeria is in desperate need of a president that is young and vibrant. He further challenge Tambuwal who is one of PDP aspirant vying for the office of the president, to help return the party to power in 2019 just has he helped Buhari win the 2015 election.

He further complained about the unfair treatment meted to the people of Ekiti State as it regards the distribution of the Paris Club Refund which the state was not given its due share by the Buhari government.

“You (Tambuwal) were one of those who repackaged President Buhari in 2015 and ensured he won the presidential election.
You must make sure you do same in the 2019 election.

“Everyone knows that we need a youthful President with energy. Someone who can see Nigeria as one indivisible entity, not a tribalist and religious bigot. The treasure of any man is his vitality, which would make him work harder to deliver his people from poverty.

“Look at what they did now, they excluded Ekiti from N11.6b Paris Club and N2.5b budget support fund I would have used to pay the backlog of salaries. I want to appeal to all workers to ensure that the money is not diverted. They should ensure that it was used to pay their salaries the way I would have loved to do.

“So, in selecting the presidential candidate for our party, Ekiti delegates will vote wisely. We will vote for a president we can trust and the one that will see all Nigerians as one,” Fayose said.

Ambode Second term saga: CUPP accuse Buhari, Oshiomho, and Tinubu of plotting to sack Lagos governor

The Coalition of United Political Party has accused President Buhari and APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of conspiring with the party’s national leader, Bola Tinubu to tame and ultimately remove Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode from office.

In a statement made available to reporters on Friday, Spokesperson of the group, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, encourage the embattled governor to stay strong and resist any attempt to back him to a corner by Tinubu whom they accused of trying to control the resources of the state from his living room.

The Statement reads:

The Coalition for United Political Parties, CUPP, has called on the Governor of Lagos State Akinwumi Ambode, to resist alleged precondition for seeking re-election given to him by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the state.

According to CUPP, President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole were “involved in Tinubu’s plot to make Lagos ungovernable if Ambode fails to sign the anti-people pre-condition for re-election support.”

CUPP, in a statement signed by its first National Spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, and made available to reporters Friday morning, also called on the people of Lagos State to firmly resist those it described as ” rampaging army of modern-day slavedrivers who misrepresent democracy with civilian tyranny.”

The coalition called on the embattled Governor to take a stand by rejecting the terms which it alleged were being spelt for him by the party and its National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for seeking reelection in office as governor.

“We, therefore, urge Governor Akinwumi Ambode to take a stand and be counted among the democrats. He must realize that the fate of Nigeria’s commercial capital rests upon his shoulders and that he is ultimately answerable to a vast majority of Lagosians who will want to know why he jettisoned the mandate freely given to him without as much as a whimper,” the statement added.

“The people of Lagos must firmly resist the rampaging army of modern-day slave drivers who misrepresent democracy with civilian tyranny. Lagos is nobody’s personal fiefdom.The CUPP has watched with keen interest the unfolding political drama in Lagos State where the vaunting interest of one man is threatening the political stability of the commercial centre of Nigeria while the President watches uncaringly with toothpick in between his lips.

“The same party which promised change; having a chairman with labour background and a President who undeservedly ascribes integrity to his name, idly stands by while one man sustains his stranglehold on Lagos; apportioning political offices and dictating who becomes and who does not become what in Lagos State. This is the colour of the APC democracy!

“Reports emanating from several reliable sources from meetings held to tighten the grip of the National Leader of the APC on the treasury of Lagos State include such obnoxious conditions that Governor Akinwumi Ambode must sign an undated resignation letter which he would submit to the APC leadership before he would be supported to run for his second term in office.

“The reverbrating silence that has greeted this inexplicable impunity shows that the highest echelon of the party including the President and the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole are party to this hideous violation of the agelong tenets of democracy. Needless to mention the grand plot to sustain the institutionalized plundering of the resources of Lagos State.

“The second condition is that the Governor would not be involved in the nomination process of all the candidates of his party for the House of Assembly. Such crude disenfranchisement insults the person of Ambode and denigrates the office of the governor. This is also to ensure that his impeachment goes through easily if he declines to sign the resignation letter.

“While the last condition is that the Governor will always have to consult the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and obtain his approval whenever he wants to carry out any major project in Lagos State. It is a sad day for democracy; and mostly unfortunate that our democracy has been so trivialized that it has been privatized with the stake and aspirations of the people of Lagos state rendered inconsequential.

“It’s neither surprising that the usually garrulous National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiohmole couldn’t find words for the travesty playing out in Lagos state nor is it strange in the least that the President who feigns ignorance even in issues of national importance is mum to the ridiculing of democracy in Lagos state. Apparently, it is convenient for the President to continue to play the ostrich in the misguided hope that Tinubu will be the political asset he needs to keep his doomed second term bid alive in the South West.

“Soon Mr. President and his party will realize how much they have squandered their goodwill and abused the mandate given by Lagosians and Nigerians.

“Sadly, under APC, Lagos has become a study in infamy. There is no better definition of voodoo politics than for a person who does not enjoy the mandate of the people to be the person dispensing the mandate. This is an all-time low and shows that the APC is a political party by day and a ravenous cult group by night.

“Sitting comfortably to share the common patrimony of all Lagosians without batting an eyelid as to the feelings and reactions of Lagosians is the height of impunity. It was such full-blown exhibition of arrogance and mean-spiritedness occasioned by the serial looting of the commonwealth of Lagosians that led the National Leader of APC to declare in one of their disorganized campaign outings in Osun State that he was richer than Osun State.

“Expectedly, it is consequent upon this vile utterance and the blatant ineptitude of the APC across the country that the people of Osun State have resolved to punish the APC for the insensitivity of flaunting their squandermania mentality in a state as dignified as Osun state. The CUPP hereby urges Lagosians and indeed voters all over the country to go and collect their PVC preparatory to enforcing the quit notice on APC in 2019.

“No other party and no other time in history have our countrymen been visited with such pain, misery and despair as currently being served on our people by the APC. The APC is undeserving of votes, and the sophistication of the good people of Lagos has been tasked and challenged by this devilish plot and we hope Lagosians will respond appropriately with their votes against the marauding anti-people forces of the APC.

“We, therefore, urge Governor Akinwumi Ambode to take a stand and be counted among the democrats. He must realize that the fate of Nigeria’s commercial capital rests upon his shoulders and that he is ultimately answerable to a vast majority of Lagosians who will want to know why he jettisoned the mandate freely given to him without as much as a whimper. The people of Lagos must firmly resist the rampaging army of modern day slave-drivers who misrepresent democracy with civilian tyranny. “Lagos is nobody’s personal fiefdom.”

Atiku blast Buhari, says President have left Nigerians disappointed and frustrated

Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has stated that the administration of President Buhari has been a major failure stressing that millions of Nigerians who troop out to vote for the president during the 2015 election are now frustrated and disappointed by his performance.

Speaking in Abuja, Atiku who is currently aspiring to fly the flag of the PDP in the 2019 Presidential election stated that the country is also sliding towards dictatorship stressing that the Buhari government has formed the habit of disregarding court orders.

The former vice-president, while inaugurating his Presidential Nomination Council in Abuja, said Nigerians are once more increasingly being sidelined and neglected in the scheme of things.

“The change that Nigerians were promised during the last presidential election has not been delivered. And our people are rightly disappointed and frustrated,” Abubakar said.

“Their welfare is being ignored, we are once more sliding towards dictatorship as the government chooses which court order to obey, which to ignore and who is bound by the law and who is above the law.”

AIT owner, Raymond Dopkesi and two others drag Buhari to court

President Buhari has a date to keep at a Fedral High Court, Abuja after a suit challenging his executive order was filed by Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Chairman, DAAR Communications, owners of AIT and Ray Power FM,  Senator Bala Mohammed and Ambassador Bello Mohammed.

The matter in question is Executive Order No 6 of 2018, the plaintiff argued that the said law looks to abrogate the powers of the Legislature and the Judiciary in the hands of the President. The men are challenging the constitutionality of Executive Order No 6 of 2018.

They are praying the court for an order nullifying the Order no 6 of 2018 on the ground that it constitutes a negation of the presumption of innocence of the plaintiffs until proven guilty by due process of law, as guaranteed by the constitution.

Dokpesi and co are also seeking an order nullifying the Presidential Executive Order on the ground that it scandalizes the plaintiffs by stigmatizing them as corrupt and labelling their assets as proceeds of corruption liable to forfeiture.

They are further demanding for an order of the court nullifying the Presidential Executive Order no 6 of 2018, on the ground that it constitutes a violation of the rule against self-help in that the president purports to take action detrimental to the plaintiffs in respect of assets subject to pending litigation between the Government and the plaintiffs.