Huge relief for Buhari as Nollywood’s Yul Edochie pulls out of 2019 presidential election

It’s a huge relief for president Muhammadu Buhari as one of his rivals in the forthcoming 2019 presidential election, Nollywood actor Yul Edochie has pulled out of the race.

The actor turned politician made this known via his Twitter page on Thursday, September 20, 2018. According to him, after due consultations, he has decided to withdraw from the race.

“After due consideration & consultations, I will no longer run for President of Nigeria, 2019. To my supporters, worry not.n I remain committed to building a new Nigeria that works for all, irrespective of class, tribe or religion. Together we shall achieve it. God bless     ,” he tweeted.

This might be coming as a surprise to his teeming supporters and fans who were already gearing up for the forthcoming 2019 general elections. It would be recalled that back in April 2018, Yul Edochie announced that he wanted to run for president of Nigeria.

Yul Edochie wants to be president of Nigeria

Back in April 2018, Yul Edochie declared his intentions to run for the biggest political position in the country. The actor turned politician took to his Instagram page on Monday, April 23, 2018, where he declared his intention. According to the actor, he wants to bring the problems of the country to the last bus stop.

“Today I declare my interest to run for President of the greatest country in the world, Nigeria. A blessed country that has been crippled by decades of bad leadership. Enough is Enough! Fellow Nigerians, stand with me let us bring the problems of our country to THE LAST BUS STOP!!!” he wrote.

Yul Edochie is now SSA to the governor of Anambra state

A few months after announcing his intention to run for president of Nigeria, Yul Edochie was appointed Senior Special Assistant to the governor of Anambra state, Willy Obiano on Creative and Entertainment media.

The actor made this known on his Instagram page on Friday, July 6, 2018, According to the former governorship candidate in Anambra state, he is full of thanks to Gov Willie Obiano of Anambra state for trusting in him and he won’t let his people down.

SHOCKER!!! Saraki Exposes The Aso Rock Cabals Running The Country For President Buhari, Reveals Other Shameful Secrets

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that although Nigerians voted for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, a cabal has been in charge of the country.

Saraki who is one of the Presidential Aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, revealed this when he visited members of the party in Oyo State, to solicit their support, ahead of the primary election.

He stated further that Nigeria lacks the progress it deserves, because voting patterns were determined by religion, language, and ethnicity.

His words: “Over the years, we have made mistakes in electing people based on sentiment. Yes, it is time we corrected it.

“We will correct, it because we are capable. Over the years, we have voted for people based on religion, the language they speak, and where they came from in Nigeria. We need people who have the courage, capacity, ability, and determination.

“I have shown over the years, particularly in the recent years, that one has the opportunity of leadership, that I have the capacity to take Nigeria forward. The countries that have done well, did so not by bringing Leaders by chance, but because they looked for capable Leaders. It is time to pick such a Leader.

“The President we have now, does not understand leadership. We have endured him for more than three years, but it is the same thing. Nigerians voted for him, but a cabal is ruling the country. That is not what democracy means. This time, let us look for who can do it. In Nigeria today, we do not have unity. What we need in the present world, is a digital President.”

Speaking further, Saraki stated that some of the World Leaders who visited Buhari, left after a few hours, because their host did not understand their mission, or contributed to the discussions as expected.

“When your President sits with World Presidents, he should be able to understand what they are saying”, he said, adding that: “That is why Presidents who have visited the country did not stay more than a few hours. But when they know that their host understands them, they will stay longer, and explore investment opportunities in Nigeria.”

UK Government Put On Red Alert Over Buhari’s Escaped Ex-Minister, Kemi Adeosun, Set For Immediate Drastic Action

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has on Monday, called on the Government of the United Kingdom, UK, not to shield Nigeria’s recently resigned Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who threw in the towel, after allegations of her forging her National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, exemption certificate, appeared to be true.

The PDP, also lashed out at President Muhammadu Buhari, ordering him to stop parading himself as “Mr. Integrity”.

This was contained in a Press statement, sent to Post-Nigeria, which was signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The statement reads in full:

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told President Muhammadu Buhari, to stop parading himself as ‘Mr. Integrity”, following revelations that the Federal Government smuggled the disgraced erstwhile minister of finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, out of the country to prevent her from exposing how the Presidency cabal, including close relations and associates of Mr. President, fleeced the nation of trillions of naira.

The PDP further notes that the All Progressives Congress (APC), in congratulating Adeosun, even after she had admitted her culpability on issues of forgery and corrupt practices, has further showcased APC as a party of corruption; an iniquitous fold, where thieves receive medals instead of condemnation.

There are clear evidences that Adeosun could not have circumvented the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA), National Security Adviser (NSA) the Police and even the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) without the tacit approval of the Buhari Presidency.

Furthermore, how did Adeosun evade checks by the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in Abeokuta and the Ogun State House of Assembly for clearance as commissioner, with her status as a dual citizen, if not armed with inherent tendencies for fraud? It is clear that the Buhari Presidency exploited this factor to swindle the nation, in the finance ministry?

Moreover, the PDP is worried that President Buhari in appointing Adeosun, with her divided citizenship allegiance, to hold the sensitive office of the minister of finance, exposed our nation to the dangers of having our security and economy information sold to international interests.

This, perhaps, explains the anti-Nigeria financial policies, including damaging foreign borrowing negotiations, which have returned our beloved country to a debtor nation.

Until President Buhari brings Adeosun back to explain how the Presidency cabal and APC leaders frittered away more than N10 trillion in 3 years, the Buhari Presidency and the APC lack the moral rectitude to pontificate on corruption as they have become directly complicit.

Finally, the PDP calls on the international community, particularly, the British Government, not to shield Adeosun from facing the course of justice.

The PDP urges the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, to note that Adesoun has already confessed to a fraud in Nigeria and must not be allowed a shelter in her nation.

We also call on the international community to put an eye on all officials of the Buhari administration, including ministers, special advisers and APC leaders as it has become obvious that they are being used to fritter trillions of our national resources while our citizens wallow in poverty, hunger and starvation.

Disgruntled man arrested for destroying Buhari’s campaign posters

A man who is apparently not happy with the way things are in the country, decided to take his grievance to another level by destroying campaign posters of president Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

The young man was caught in the act and was taken into custody by police officers, according to reports.

Last month, the Nigeria Police in Kano vowed to arrest anyone caught destroying the 2019 campaign posters of President Muhammadu Buhari in any part of the state.

The Police stated this following cases of disfiguring, or at times, tearing into pieces, campaign posters of President Buhari by suspected opposition politicians in Kano state.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Kano Police Command, Magaji Majia, said both covert and overt Police operatives had been deployed to watch and arrest anyone found destroying campaign posters and bill boards of the president.

According to Majia, this has become necessary following an ‘unruly behavior’ of some miscreants who destroyed Buhari’s Bill Board/Poster along Sharada Road.

‘Buhari has not said people should not steal’ — Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, admitted on Wednesday that corruption was still an issue in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

Speaking on the administration’s fight against corruption, Amaechi said, “Buhari has not said people should not steal.

“But when you steal, there is a consequence for stealing. I don’t want to say it has stopped completely but it has reduced”.

The transport minister said this in Abuja during an interactive session with the media on the ministry’s achievements.

He said the Buhari administration has achieved a lot on security, road, fight against corruption, agriculture and transportation, adding that Buhari was tackling herdsmen-related killings.

Amaechi said Nigerians will enjoy 24 hours of power supply if President Buhari is reelected.

“There is an improvement in power. We have moved from 3000 megawatts to 7000 but we are distributing 5000 because some of the infrastructure are not in good state but we are slowly fixing them.

“The expectation is that it should be 24 hours power supply but there will still be a gap but if you give us a second term, that gap will be closed.

“In terms of corruption; this economy was a rent economy. Public money was spent anyhow and it was an economy that was not worked hard for. That is why you see politicians today very rich and one year after leaving government, they are poor.

“They are like that because they don’t know how to manage the money. When Buhari came, he said we could not continue to spend anyhow. Buhari has not said people should not steal.

“But when you steal, there is a consequence for stealing. I don’t want to say it has stopped completely but it has reduced. So if you say Buhari has not done anything on corruption, you are being most unfair.”

He said 2015 budget had only six percent allocated to capital expenditure but the current administration is doing 20 percent.

 

Amaechi said that in the next two to three years, government will allocate up to 30 percent for capital expenditure, if the recurrent expenditure is reduced and wastage is fixed.

“It is also unfair if Nigerians think the ministry of works is not working. The road to Bonny was abandoned after Obasanjo left government, the road was below N39 billion but it is now N120 billion that the federal government wants to do it.

“So, Buhari government is dealing with corruption, building roads, the worst roads in Nigeria used to be between Uyo and Calabar but it has been awarded.

“The road to Enugu too that people are complaining about: contractors are working on the roads already. The work may be slow but they are working. Also the Ilorin-Jebba road has been awarded.

Amaechi also reacted to the Chinese scholarships scandal for the first time.

He and other officials in the government had been accused of diverting rail transport engineering scholarships offered by a Chinese construction firm, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation.

The scholarship involved the sponsorship of over 40 Nigerian undergraduate students in Chinese universities to study railway engineering which the company said was part of its CSR.

Speaking on the scandal, he said, “the answer to this thing is simple, CCECC has granted us scholarship, how they got their candidates, ask them. I’ve seen the first batch in China. Instead of asking how we chose the candidates, they should ask us about the policy”.

“The policy is that when they come they build roads. Rivers state government house is still being maintained by Julius Berger, is that good? It’s something that any Nigerian should be able to maintain.

“To maintain that place, Julius Berger comes every day and they are paid every month. The month you don’t pay them, you won’t see them.

“If you allow the railway people go without them providing scholarship, when they finish and they go, when the train breaks down you will see that the workers would be sweating but we are very sure that at the end of the day before the Chinese leaves they must have trained our men to take over this thing and that is what is critical not how we chose the candidates,” he said.

“I think the CCECC complied with the law, they did not break any law.”

Buhari Submits APC Presidential Forms

Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari has submitted his APC presidential forms at the party secretariat in Abuja.

Buhari is seeking re-election for a second term in office in the February 2019 election.

Personal Assistant to Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, announced the development on his twitter handle on Wednesday.

“President @MBuhari has just submitted his nomination forms for the 2019 Presidential election to the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Secretariat.”

 

Buhari on September 5 picked his expression of interest and nomination form, to contest in the forthcoming primary election of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The form, sold for N45million, was reportedly purchased on his behalf Wednesday, by one of his support groups, the Nigerian Consolidation Ambassadors Network.

Is Leah Sharibu Buhari’s responsibility?

Miss Leah Sharibu, the only remaining student of the abducted 110 Government Girls Science and Technical College, GGSTC, Dapchi in Yobe still in the captivity of the Islamist terror group, Boko Haram, called for her own rescue in a video that trended widely. She called on President Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians to join hands and get her out. Leah Sharibu and President Buhari It was a sober reminder to a country that so easily forgets that it has an unfinished business to secure her freedom like the rest of the 105 victims who were on March 21, 2018 returned by Boko Haram fighters to Dapchi in a dramatic fashion after holding them for 30 days. Boko Haram held on to Miss Sharibu because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.

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The Presidency had promised to “leave no stone unturned” in ensuring the safe return of a young lady who has become a symbol of heroism and courage of conviction. Beyond the Federal Government’s statement that her rescue is part of a wider negotiation for a ceasefire by the terrorists, little information has been made available to the public on the progress made so far. Perhaps, Boko Haram decided to stage and release that video to push the Federal Government out of its increasingly lethargic attitude towards the ongoing negotiations.

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But in so doing, they not only reassured the anxious family and the Nigerian public that Leah is still alive and well, they also displayed willingness to strike a deal towards freeing their prize catch. We wish to join millions of well-meaning Nigerians and people of conscience all over the world to once again urge President Buhari to strive harder to get Leah Sharibu out, alive and as soon as possible. The Dapchi Girls’ abduction on February 19, 2018 was a great indictment on the manner the Buhari administration had gone about waging the war against Boko Haram and managing the security of communities in the embattled North-East.

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Very few Nigerians expected a repetition of the Chibok school girls episode almost three years after the regime took over the campaign to defeat the insurgents. The only way the regime can mitigate the Dapchi girls saga is to secure the release of Leah Sharibu while efforts continue towards the release of the surviving Chibok girls. While we give the President and our gallant troops a pat on the back for efforts made so far, we pray that all the abducted school girls are rescued and the Boko Haram conflict ended before a new government is inaugurated in May 2019. We hope that these will be the indelible milestones for which the Buhari regime will be remembered by posterity.

APC has adopted Buhari as sole candidate

NATIONAL Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Maimala Buni Tuesday said that President Muhammadu Buhari is the sole candidate of the party for 2019 Presidential election.

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But the APC scribe also said that interested party members in the presidential position were free to pick the nomination form but the National Executive Council, NEC, of the party has already endorsed the President. He stated this while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a group under the auspices of National Consolidation Ambassadors Network, NCAN, presented Expression of Interest, Nomination Form for the 2019 election to the President at the New Banquet Hall Presidential Villa Abuja.

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The APC National Secretary flanked by the Director-General of Buhari’s Campaign Committee and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Chairman Buhari’s Campaign Media Committee, Festus Keyamo, SAN, said the NEC of the party had since endorsed the President and by extension, all members of the party have done so. He said, “Once the National executive Committee NEC of the party passes a vote of confidence on the President, that President stands accepted because the NEC is the highest organ of the party and it met to take the decision, where every interest was represented so the National Executive Committee of the APC has passed a vote of confidence on our President and that means every APC member has endorsed him.”

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He said, “Once the National executive Committee NEC of the party passes a vote of confidence on the President, that President stands accepted because the NEC is the highest organ of the party and it met to take the decision, where every interest was represented so the National Executive Committee of the APC has passed a vote of confidence on our President and that means every APC member has endorsed him.” The APC Secretary said Nigeria’s case was not exceptional because the same scenario obtains in advanced democracies.

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“In advance democracy, ones the NEC of a party passes vote of confidence on the President, nobody contest against the President. The President has been accepted.” He said that the President will be given the choice of first refusal and that as he had accepted the nomination form it meant that he was the party’s candidate in next year’s election.

 

Buhari’s remarks at ceremony to receive APC Nomination Form

1. As I look around this room today, I am pleased to see many familiar faces as well as new ones. All united by a common vision of having a united, prosperous and secured Nigeria. 2.

As a movement, our political journey started as far back as 2002. At that time, the country was still recovering from military rule. Although the country was united to protect its democracy, majority of Nigerians felt the then democratically elected government did not focus on addressing the challenges of the average citizen.

3. I recall some of you in this room visiting me in Kaduna and demanding that I come out of my second retirement to participate in politics. At that time, we felt our young democracy, and indeed our country, was heading in the wrong direction. Our resources were being wasted. The future of our children and their children was at risk.

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4. I was a bit reluctant to be honest. You all remember my first retirement in 1985 started in a small bungalow in Benin City. After which I relocated to Kaduna to a slightly bigger house where I mostly stayed until 1994.

5. In 1994, I was asked by a Head of State to come out of retirement and serve my country as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund popularly known as the PTF. I was at the PTF until 1999 when I was asked to proceed on my second retirement.

6. Both retirements had one thing in common; the organisation I was heading was abruptly disbanded and my family life significantly disrupted. So naturally in 2002, I was reluctant to come out of this second retirement which I was enjoying in Kaduna with my family.

7. However, the argument put forward then was very compelling. The selfish-interest of our elected leaders superseded national interest. This needed to be changed. This change must be through democratic process as prescribed by our constitution. So we went to work. We campaigned hard and formed a credible opposition.

8. Nigerians voted, but when the results came out, we had lost by close to 12 million votes. The statistics did not add up.

9. We fought in the courts for over 2 years. Finally, the Supreme Court ruling was not in our favour. We accepted the results and I went back to Kaduna with the hope that we had seen the worst, and like all of us in this room continued to pray for better days ahead.

10. In 2006, many associates including some of you once again convened in Kaduna. This time, it was clear for all to see. The country was getting worst. The system remained engineered to favour the voted at the expense of the voter.

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11. We came out once again with our simple mission to CHANGE things, since it was our desire that the dividends of democracy must be felt by all and not just a handful.

12. When the 2007 election results came out, we were told we lost by over 18 million votes. The election was a national disgrace. The international observers called it “charade”, “flawed” and “illegitimate”. Even the declared winners were embarrassed by the results.

13. Again, we decided to do the right thing. We went to court. And like in 2003, the Supreme Court upheld the results. This time, Nigerians were not deprived of their basic rights; it was actually stolen from them right in front of their eyes in broad daylight.

14. During the 2011 elections, things got a bit better compared to 2007. We only lost by 10 million votes, according to the electoral commission.

15. However, by this time, many Nigerians had lost hope. Our country was deteriorating at a very fast pace. The gap between the wealthy, rent-seeking ruling class and the rest of the country was widening astronomically.

16. By 2014, Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa and the largest economy by Gross Domestic Product could not feed itself or protect itself. It got to a state where government was borrowing to pay salaries although they had record breaking oil revenues.

17. As our country moved backwards, the world continued to push ahead.

18. Whether it was by design or through divine intervention, the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) was introduced for the 2015 elections.

19. The PVC became the saviour of Nigerians. This meant every Nigerian had an equal voice in elections and it brought an end to the impunity of the past.

20. Finally, the people’s voice could be heard and eventually was heard through the ballot box. Our dream for change, which started in 2002, became a reality.

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21. We have come a long way in three years.

22. On the national security front, we have regained lost territory in the North East. We are decisively addressing new security challenges locally while maintaining our regional and international commitments.

23. On infrastructure development. A. we are completing old rail and road projects and starting new ones; b. we are reviving power projects that were abandoned for decades; c. we are developing affordable housing projects across the country; d. we have commenced the long overdue repairs and upgrades of our sea and air ports facilities

24. On food security, we have supported our farmers to produce. We have rehabilitated abandoned fertiliser plants. We have seen unprecedented investments in food processing. All these have led to a decline in food and other agricultural imports.

25. Our fight against corruption is also yielding results. The strict implementation of the Treasury Single Account has stopped leakages in government activities. Our aggressive anti-corruption campaign has shown that it is no longer business as usual.

26. Our social investment programme is: A. feeding children in schools; B. giving micro credit loans to entrepreneurs in the rural economy; C. providing jobs for unemployed graduates; D. providing cash to the most vulnerable and poorest Nigerians

27. Our economic recovery and growth plan has created the platform for a diversified, sustainable and inclusive economy for future generations.

28. We have also engaged the oil and gas sector to ensure investments continue in the upstream sector, while at the same time reducing scarcity and shortages of products in the downstream sector.

29. Ladies and gentlemen, these achievements over the past three years have not been easy. Corruption has been fighting back from both within and outside. But we held our ground.

30. Today, I am pleased to say the weakest ones amongst us, whose selfish expectations did not align with our selfless vision, have exited our party.

 

Buhari to address 73rd UN General Assembly on September 25

The Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, says President Muhammadu Buhari, will lead Nigeria’s delegation to the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, which begins September 18. The 73rd UNGA will begin September 18 at the UN Headquarters, New York, while the General Debate will hold from September 25 to October 1. Mr Onyeama, who disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference on the 73rd UNGA, said Mr Bubari would use the opportunity to assert Nigeria’s position on global issues. “It an opportunity for him to assert Nigeria’s position globally and to put forward our ideas and our vision going forward as a global community.

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“The President will address the 73rd Session of the High-Level General Debate of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 25. “He will deliver Nigeria’s National Statement on the first day of the general debate of the General Assembly high-level events,” he said. President Buhari has been placed as the number 20 on the list of the speakers out of the 193 world leaders that would address the Assembly. He would deliver the address to the Assembly on the first day between 8.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m. (between 1.00 a.m. and 2.00 a.m. local time). Mr Onyeama said the theme for this year’s UNGA is: “Making the United Nations relevant to all People: Global Leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable development.” According to him, as usual Mr President will be leading Nigeria delegation with the numbers of ministers and heads of agencies and permanent secretary to the event.

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“Of course, this is the global meeting of heads of state in the world. “It is extremely important and it is a rare opportunity for Nigeria as a country to engage with the other countries of the world,” he said. Mr Onyeama said the 73rd UNGA will avail Nigeria and other member states of the UN the opportunity to engage, interface and share best practices toward reaching common understanding and consensus on key issues of global significance.

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According to him, Mr President will hold bilateral meetings with the UN Secretary-General, some African and other world leaders, as well as few strategic partners during this period. “Nigeria’s expected outcome at the 73rd UNGA should be to achieve a well-planned, synchronised and successful participation of Nigeria at the 73rd Session, under the guidance of Mr President. “It will be weighed against the back drop of externalisation of Nigeria’s foreign policy objectives through effective engagement,” he said.