How Atiku made Obasanjo a millionaire after returning from prison

The feud between former President Obasanjo and his Vice President and current presidential aspirant of the PDP, Atiku had its root long before the retired Army General was voted into office in 1999.

Though their encounter began on a more friendly and mutually beneficial manner before it deteriorated in 2007 when Atiku torpedoed Obasanjo’s third term ambition and the General in turn making sure Atiku did not succeed him in office.

In a recently published book titled “Love does not win elections” by Chidi Odinkalu, the  former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), and Ayisha Osori, it was revealed that Obasanjo did not think himself able to contest for the presidential election and assume office in 1999 because he was near financial ruins.

Obasanjo who had just been released from prison after he was accused of plotting to overthrow late dictator, General Sani Abacha, was near bankruptcy and not in any financial state to contest for the highest office in the land.

After paying a visit to the General at his Ota home, Atiku resolved to save Obasanjo from his financial difficulties by transferring a large sum of money to his account. Atiku further made all his resources available to the future president and he subsequently joined Obasanjo’s ticket as Vice President.

Atiku later tried to succeed Obasanjo as president in 2003 but the former president held on for a second term in office with Atiku remaining as Vice President, but things began to take a turn for the worse when the third term ambition of the Ogun State born politician began to surface and Atiku’s well publicised effort to thwart it.

Over the years, Obasanjo had stoutly stood against Atiku’s ambition to bag the top job in politics and he has recently stated that he would not support his former Vice President aim to take the reigns at Aso Rock.

 

Atiku fears for Nigeria’s democracy- Says Buhari will likely not handover power in 2019

Former vice presidential and PDP presidential,  aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has expressed reservations over President  Buhari’s willingness to hand over to any other person, come 2019. Atiku however said that should the candidate of the PDP win the presidential election, Pesident Buhari would be forced to do the needful, by respecting the will of the people.

He said that his fears were borne out of the response credited to President Buhari, back in 1984, ‘that his then military government has no plan for transition to civil rule’.

The former vice president stated this on Thursday in Lokoja, Kogi State, during his campaign train to meet with the delegates of his party from Kogi. He said that the APC-led government of President Buhari lack the capacity to wriggle the country out of economic downturn.

He described he president’s knowledge of the economy as archaic and lacking in ability to respond to the present realities.

He said that if elected, he will work assiduously to revamp the economy through giving incentives to both local and foreign investors. He lamented the state of the present economy, which according to him, has worsened the livelihood of Nigerians. He said that as part of his strategy for economic recovery, he will accelerate massive investment in rail and water transportation.

According to him: “If we must rebuild Nigeria, we must give priority to rail transportation. It will keep articulated vehicles off our roads, which will enable them to last longer and remove all the potholes dotting our roads across the country.

“God has endowed us with the abundance of waterways, but we could not maximise them. In those days, while I was growing up, we used to have steamers all the way from Lagos through Lokoja, up to the far north of Adamawa State. We have not been maintaining them.

If we come on board, we will definitely open them up, so that we can also have efficient water transportation.

On the perceived enmity between him and his former boss, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, he said there was no serious issues between them, just as he promised to present his nomination form for blessings.

‘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.”

Obasanjo decry Nigeria’s high poverty rating, blames poor leadership

Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has lamented the recent ranking of Nigeria as a country where the bulk of the world’s poverty – stricken population dwell.

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, had prior to her recent visit to Nigeria, declared that Nigeria harbours the majority of the world’s poorest people on earth. But addressing the Lagos State chapter of the ADC executive members who visited him in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Obasanjo said the unpleasant status the country has found itself, can’t be separated from the poor handling of the economy by current leaders. The two time elected President of Nigeria added that the nation does not deserve the poverty status it has earned currently, saying only quality leadership could redeem it.

He said it requires collective efforts to produce the right leader who would rescue the country from the current economic pains, asking if there was any Nigerian clamouring for the elongation of the sufferings by another four years.

He counselled ADC to manage its growth effectively and stay away from ideology that seeks to produce leaders that would not improve on the nation’s economic situation.

The former President who was reacting to the remarks by the  Lagos State chairman of ADC, Chief Tunde Daramola, on the economic situation of the country, wondered if Nigerians wanted a repeat of such leadership and the attendant challenges.

“As you rightly said, this is the hard time economically for all. It is for all of us, except the very few. Is that the type of you want to have for another four years?

“PDP cannot do it alone, ADC cannot do it alone. It must be collective efforts to get the right leadership for the country. Recently, the country was rated as the poorest country in the world. India is with population of 1.3b and Nigeria is about 200m, yet, we still have the most poorest citizens in the world. Nigeria does not deserve this and this is the honest truth,” Obasanjo said.

Why OBJ, IBB, Danjuma and other retired Generals are against Buhari

Major General David Jemibewon, a retired army officer,  has revealed why some retired Generals are against President Buhari administration. Jemibewon said that Buhari was getting the criticism so as to make him enhance his performance and meet the expectations of Nigerians who voted him into power.

Generals Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida, T.Y Danjuma, among others have in one occasion or the other criticise the present administration for various reasons. But speaking with the Sun, Jemibewon said Some Generals may feel disappointed but not necessarily in every aspect.

He said, “Personally, I feel that governance is not an easy thing but there are times that you just need to do the right thing and some people may feel hurt by your actions.

“That is the only way you could make the society happy and for them to feel that you are just. Some Generals may feel disappointed but not necessarily in every respect.

“Life itself is full of ups and downs but let us see positive actions to show that one is in charge.

 

“I am not certain that it is every aspect that the Generals you mentioned are not happy with the administration.

“And in any case, what has probably influenced them to make whatever statements they have made is because of esprit de corps.

“If you want somebody to succeed, you have to criticize him if you are not satisfied with his performance on a particular subject.

“So, for the Generals criticizing him, I am not sure it means they are abandoning him. I feel that they want him to do well because let us be honest, he is one of us and if he does well, it will rub off on us. If he does not do well, it will rub off on us.

 

“I think that it is that training that connects all of us. That is probably why they are expressing their opinion but that does not mean they are not supporting him. I think that they feel that by criticizing him, he will improve.”

Atiku: If you have any evidence of corruption against , please come forward

Former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, was in Ekiti State on Tuesday to consult with Governor Ayo Fayose on his presidential ambition.

Mr Abubakar is seeking the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party to contest next year’s presidential election.

While speaking in Ado Ekiti during the meeting, Mr Abubakar said allegations of corruption against him are false.

He was vice president under President Olusegun Obasanjo, from 1999 to 2007.

Mr Atiku fell out with his principal shortly after the 2003 elections which the PDP won. He was later accused of involvement in corrupt practices for which he was investigated by the Senate.

The Senate in 2006 carried out an investigation through an ad hoc committee of the Senate headed by Victor Ndoma-Egba, and in its report released in 2007, found him guilty of helping himself with funds belonging to the Petroleum Training Development Fund (PTDF).

Mr Abubakar consistently denied the allegations, accusing Mr Obasanjo and the Senate of political persecution and attempting to stop his ambition of becoming president.

In pursuit of his ambition, Mr Abubakar recently dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the PDP, and is one of the leading aspirants in the party.

He told delegates in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday to be united ahead of the 2019 general elections, saying PDP has a good prognosis to win the presidential poll if leaders exhibited extraordinary commitments.

“I have always said that if they have any evidence of corruption against Atiku, please come forward. But nobody has been able to come forward,” he said.

It will be his second time in Ekiti State since he returned to the PDP. He was received by Ekiti State prospective delegates as well as Mr Fayose.

He noted that he had a well packaged and distinct blueprint to develop the country if elected to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

He however, lamented that the country had sunk into more corruption in the administration of President Buhari, and that even during the civil war, Nigeria had not been as insecure as the country was in this dispensation.

“I have come to appeal to you to support me in our party’s convention. I have the programme that will best develop this country. I wish to appeal for your individual and collective support,” he said.

He described Mr Fayose as a straight forward person, who spoke his mind when it mattered.

“I like the way you do things. You’re brutally frank. You say your mind, it’s a very rare quality. So, I commend for who you are,” he commended the governor.

“We will stand by you and the party in Ekiti until you retrieve your stolen mandate,” he said, referring to the July governorship election in the state won by the APC.

Mr Fayose called for unity of the members of the party, saying Mr Abubakar has what it takes to lead the country, praying that his efforts would not be in vain.

He also charged the party on unity, saying, “the greatest problem PDP may have is if we don’t go to that election as brothers and sisters.”

“The task before the PDP at this time is not about who has been in the party before and who is just joining. It is about rescuing Nigeria and its people from the calamity of this Buhari’s government,” Mr Fayose asserted.

The PDP state chairman, Gboyega Oguntuwase, said “we have an interest within this your project and by the grace of God, we want this your project to succeed. Nigeria shall laugh, Ekiti shall laugh.

“Atiku is the option to a ‘lifeless president.’ He’s not dead, but he is not somebody that can be counted to lead Nigeria to the promised land.”

I could ‘easily’ have won Lagos for PDP in 2003 but pitied Tinubu because of our relationship – Atiku

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar on Monday said he “could easily have taken over Lagos” for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2003 but for his magnanimity towards then Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu.

Abubakar, who is a PDP presidential aspirant, spoke in Lagos while holding a meeting with members of the party in the state as part of his nationwide tour of state chapters to seek support towards the party’s forthcoming primary.

Detailing the circumstances surrounding his claim, Abubakar said before the 2003 elections, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo gave him the go-ahead to take over the six South-West states then under the Alliance for Democracy (AD) for the PDP.

He said he delivered all the states to PDP, except Lagos which he claimed he deliberately spared because of his relationship with Tinubu.

Abubakar apologised to party members for what he called his mistake, arguing that Lagos would have fared better had he made a different decision.

“When we came to power in 1999, the entire south-western states were controlled by the AD. And when we were approaching the 2003 elections, I told my boss, give me the chance to take over the south-west and he gave me that authority, and I took all the states with the exception of Lagos,” he said.

“Why? Because Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and I came a long way from the SDP, PDM and all of that, and I felt I should leave Lagos for him. In fact, I could easily have taken over Lagos, but I did not.

“I have since regretted my decision; please, my sisters and brothers in the party, I want you to forgive me for taking Lagos out of that arrangement.

“If I have another opportunity again, Lagos will be taken to where it belongs. So, I am appealing to you to give me that opportunity so that I can correct the mistakes that I made.”

Abubakar said his decision to seek the number one seat in the country was to redirect it for the better.

He said the country was grappling with serious issues in the areas of economy and security, promising to turn the fortunes around.

Abubakar criticised the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for failing to deliver the promised change.

He said he was committed to the idea of restructuring, and believed it was key to the country’s progress.

The former vice-president said he would restructure the country within six months in office, if given the mandate.

“If I am elected, I will make the centre unattractive and ensure that power devolves to the states”, he said.

He called on party members across the country to support his bid.

Atiku storms Lagos, mentions Obasanjo, Tinubu, apologises for making a very costly mistake In the past

Former Vice President and 2019 Presidential Aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, on Monday, said that he regrets not doing much to help the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, win in Lagos State, when he had the opportunity, in 2003.

Atiku spoke in Lagos State, while holding a meeting with members of the party in the State.

Recall, that the meeting was part of his nationwide tour of State Chapters of the PDP, to seek support for his aspiration, ahead of 2019 general elections.

He revealed how his former boss, Olusegun Obasanjo, before the 2003 elections, gave him the task to deliver the six South-West States, then governed by the Alliance for Democracy, AD, to the PDP.

Atiku disclosed that in carrying out the task, he delivered all the States to the PDP, except Lagos State.

The former Vice President, revealed that he deliberately did not do much to win Lagos, because of his relationship with the former Governor of the State, Bola Tinubu.

He apologised to party members for what he called his mistake, saying that, Lagos would have been better off, if he had delivered it to the PDP, then.

“When we came to power in 1999, the entire South-Western States were controlled by the AD. And when we were approaching the 2003 elections, I told my boss, give me the chance to take over the South-West

“And he gave me that authority, and I took all the States, with the exception of Lagos. Why? Because Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and I, came a long way from the SDP, PDM, and all of that; and I felt I should leave Lagos for him. In fact, I could easily have taken over Lagos, but I did not.

“I have since regretted my decision; please, my sisters and brothers in the party, I want you to forgive me for taking Lagos out of that arrangement.

“If I have another opportunity again, Lagos will be taken to where it belongs. So, I am appealing to you to give me that opportunity, so that I can correct the mistakes that I made”, he said.

Atiku stated further, that his decision to seek the number one seat in the country, was to re-position and put it on the path of progress.

He noted that the country is having serious issues in the areas of economy and security, assuring that he would fix the problems, if elected.

Atiku revealed that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, had failed to deliver the promised change.

He said that he was committed to the idea of restructuring, and believed it is key to the country’s progress.

The former Vice President, stated that he would restructure the country within six months in office, if given the mandate.

Atiku pointed out that the Federal Government is too powerful, and promised to ensure devolution of power to other Federating Units.

“If I am elected, I will make the centre unattractive, and ensure that power devolves to the States”, he said.

“Obasanjo is not my godfather”- Sule Lamido deny being sponsored by former President

Former Jigawa State governor and Presidential aspirant on the platform of the PDP, Alhaji Sule Lamido  has dismissed reports that he is being sponsored by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Lamido dismissed the rumour while speaking with reporters on Wednesday in Jos.

NAN reports that Lamido was in Jos to solicit votes from the party’s delegates in Plateau, ahead of the PDP National Convention slated to hold in October.

“I have no political godfather; the presidency is for matured minds and I am one.

“I hear people say Obasanjo is the one sponsoring my presidential ambition. That is not true.

“I was in PDP before Obasanjo became president, but I respect him as my leader and elder statesman. I also respect every aspirant contesting on the PDP platform.”

He said that his goal was to salvage Nigeria from poverty, underdevelopment and economic stagnation, adding that he was not desperate for the party’s ticket.

“I am not desperate for the ticket. The Presidency is not just about me because all the aspirants in our party are working for a common goal.

“If I’m not made candidate of our great party, I will support whoever emerges as our flag bearer,” he said.

The aspirant promised to tackle the incessant herder/farmer clashes and other security challenges in the country if he was elected president in 2019.

Earlier, Chief Damishi Sango, PDP chairman in the state, had said that the party would conduct transparent primaries that would be acceptable by all aspirants.

Osinbajo Blasts OBJ, IBB, Jonathan For Wasting $982.8bn Oil Money; Police Arrest 57 Suspected Gays During Initiation In Lagos

Osinbajo Blasts OBJ, IBB, Jonathan For Wasting $982.8bn Oil Money

Nigeria’s Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said he wondered how past leaders, including a military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida; former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former President Goodluck Jonathan, spent the oil revenues that accrued to the country during their administrations. According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, the Vice-President said this while answering questions from Nigerians at a town hall meeting in Minnesota, the United States of America. Osinbajo said Nigeria’s problems were not about geographical restructuring but about proper management of the country’s resources…Detail<<

Police Arrest 57 Suspected Gays During Initiation In Lagos

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Paul Pogba Speaks Out On Manchester United’s Defeat To Tottenham

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is at a loss to explain how the Red Devils conspired to concede three-second half goals in Monday night’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. The Red Devils were well on top in the first half at Old Trafford and should have gone ahead when Romelu Lukaku rounded Hugo Lloris, though the Belgian striker’s shot dragged wide of the far post. “Even we don’t understand,’ Pogba told RMC Sport after the match. ‘We started the game really well, and we concede two goals in the second half. That was tough to take”…Detail<<

I Had Just N63k When I Bought My House – Comedian, Seyi Law

Nigerian comedian, Seyi Law who bought a new house few days to his birthday weeks ago, has shared the testimony behind the property’s acquisition. The comedian, his home was shaky before he bought the house and he had just 65k in his account then. Sharing his testimony on Instagram, Seyi Law further disclosed that he lost money after he invested in his show, even though it was a great one…Detail<<

Presidency Reacts To Trump’s Alleged “Lifeless” Statement On Buhari

The Nigerian presidency Tuesday said the alleged statement credited to American president Donald Trump describing his Nigerian counterpart as “lifeless” may have been planted in the media by the opposition. Buhari, the first sub-Saharan Africa president to meet Trump since he was sworn in January 2017 as the 45th American president, was in the US for bilateral talks on Trump’s invitation. That meeting ended with Trump saying he never wanted to meet someone as lifeless as Buhari again, Financial Times reported citing three persons familiar with the matter…Detail<<