Archive for March 28th, 2015

(Polls) Amaechi Refuses Accreditation, Says Result Sheets Missing @Richard

 Governor Chibuike Amaechi Saturday morning refused to be accredited for the elections in his Ubima ward, Ikwerre local government area saying result sheets were missing.among items the Independent National Electoral Commission came with for the exercise.

Former governor of Rivers state, Dr Peter Odili also lamented the failure of card reader machines in Ward 14, Unit 25, Ogba Egbert Ndoni local government area.

Former Chief of Staff, Government  House and candidate of the All Progressive Congress,  APC for the Obio Akpor federal constituency, Rivers state said result sheets were missing in all the 17 wards in the local government  area. 

– Vanguard

(Interview) Why Muslims Are Not Happy With Jonathan – Ahmed, Chief Missioner, Ansar-Ud-Deen @Richard

If there is any Nigerian so much troubled by the polit­ical, social and, of course, economic situation in Nige­ria, it is Sheikh Abdul-Rahman Ahmed, Chief Missioner of An­sar-Ud-Deen Society of Nige­ria. He spoke with VINCENT KALU, taking a historical ex­cursion on how the high hopes, dreams and aspiration the na­tion had at independence were shattered, and also proffered suggestions on how to recov­er them. He commented on the election that comes in two weeks and bemoaned that President Goodluck Jonathan has not been fair to Muslims, adding that he has divided the country along ethnic and religious lines.

Excerpts:

Through your organisation, Movement Against Corrup­tion (MAC), you were crusad­ing against corruption, not much is heard about it, why?

It is a challenge that we are grap­pling with as corruption becomes institutionalised and the political will is either totally absent or is very weak to fight corruption, then anti-corruption efforts become very challenging indeed.

I want to say that the Movement Against Corruption for a very long time has been in the vanguard of crusading against corruption in all of its ramifications. You know like so many things Nigerian, the Nige­rian dialectics caught up with it and it was reduced to individuals trying to fight with whatever they could of the monster that corruption has become. You will recall that we raised issues during the time of Farida Waziri, when she was at the helm of affairs of EFCC, and we thought this was our duty and that was what we were set up for.

The EFCC that has shown so much promise and we were at a time collaborating with is a differ­ent EFCC now and the mandate has remained the same. I think it is no longer the same zeal, the same vigour, the same single-minded­ness that we used to know of it and so many activists have withdrawn in the surging wave of corruption. Even the media that is vibrant, pro­fessionally bold as it is, has found interesting bad news, and corrup­tion has become no news as there is much more bad news. This is where we are.

Are you saying the level of corruption in Nigeria over­whelmed your organisation?

Yes, it overwhelmed all groups. It will take Obasanjo, for example, now to draw attention to corruption before it becomes news. It is not the corruption that he is drawing attention to that is news, but the person that is drawing attention to corruption that is the news. We all live through it. The quantum and the quality of corruption that we witness now are such that anti-cor­ruption efforts have been reduced to trifle

Corruption has become such a monster that it has taken over the central command of the Nigerian body politic. It is everywhere even in the armed forces, in the church­es and mosques, in the maternity ward, in the classroom, in the pri­mary school, in the university, in the markets, in the examination bodies, in medicine. Everywhere you find corruption and it is always mutating and dangerous than the AIDS virus.

Where did the rain begin to drench us in this corruption issue?

I can say that I’m fortunate to know Nigeria that had a relative level of reasonable probity. I had a good fortune of meeting some of the politicians of the First Republic. I had enough political conscious­ness before the Nigerian civil war and also had an understanding of what it was to have integrity and how society functioned, but it is nothing now.

I find it very difficult at time to convince my children that we once had a Nigeria, where there was a system, where things worked. Where did we start to get it wrong? The aftermath of the unfortunate civil war marked the beginning of this monster. It was when the seed was sowed. The governments in the region were engaged in healthy competition- the North was at­tempting to measure up education­ally, the West was setting the pace in education and communication infrastructure and the East was do­ing industrialisation and infrastruc­tural development and much later the Midwest. We had semblance of vibrancy, accountability, a system that worked and roads were built of the highest quality. It was at that time that Nigeria made history in Africa as the first to have a televi­sion station. It was scoring so many firsts, I’m not saying that the lead­ers were angels, but the primordial sentiments that led to the coup and counter coup and the war marked the beginning of relative erosion of the core values that defined us as a people, as Africans, as Hausas, as Igbos, as Yorubas, Fulanis, Ijawas, Ibibios, etc.

Do you remember the Udo­ji Award, the conspicuous con­sumption that came as a result of that when they opened the gate of reckless lack of accountability? Again, some people may say that the military interregnum saw to the end of culture of good governance and accountability. It was this time that the neglect of education start­ed. I think the seed of high level of corruption was sowed. When you sow a seed, give it time it germi­nates, grows and it will no longer be something that you can remove with your hand easily, it becomes a tree and bears fruits.

Corruption today has become complex, and perhaps that was why the President said they would fight corruption with technology. As far as I’m concerned this was the beginning of the very high level of corruption we have in Nigeria. Even the manner in which states were created was not so much that those who created the states had development in mind. Some states were created because a particular girl friend of a particular Head of state or a particular member of the Nigeria Supreme Military Council came from a particular region and so states were awarded; it became a reward system and the attendant corruption.

Even in the midst of all these madness, we had a sence of purpose once. Take it or leave it, the Murita­la regime tried in spite of its imper­fections to bring Nigerians togeth­er. There has never been any other leader in the history of this country that has enjoyed that goodwill be­cause when he was killed people all over Nigeria mourned, Hausas mourned, the Yorubas mourned likewise the Igbos. You will almost find Murtala Mohammed Way in almost every part of this country, and what happened after that is his­tory today.

We stared getting it wrong from the introduction of primordial sen­timents and loyalty and setting peo­ple against each other or ruling the people by keeping them apart by reducing the commonwealth of Ni­geria to means of patronage. This to me is exactly where we started get­ting it wrong. We turned from being a hard working people to rain seek­ers; we created a group of elites that has deep rooted enlightened self interest. Everything from that point was defined not by national interest but by vested self interest. Airports, industries etc, everything was not defined by economic viability. Con­tractors selling of contract papers, general rain seekers. We started a lifestyle that can no longer be sus­tained with hard work, but can only be sustained by corruption. Corrup­tion was deliberately left to fester.

How do we come out this mess?

We were people with identity. This is Nigeria that we met. I’m from Ilorin, before the civil war, some Igbos lived in Ilorin, and built houses. With the outbreak of the civil war, they had to leave and there was not the issue of aban­doned property. I remember this man, our neighbour, he had two daughters, one was Ogali and the other Elina. We were calling him Baba Ogali or Baba Elina. We never saw him as different from us, may be, we believe Igbos are different because they work extra hard. That was what we appreciated them for and not negatively. After the civil war, they came back, and the houses they left were retuned to them, nobody vandalised or stole anything and they could not believe it. This is the Nigeria that we were born into, we were people that were proud, placed a lot of premium on our good name, hard work, and integrity. They asked you, ‘who is your father?’ We left all of those core values that defined us as a people. I think we have to go back to those values as a starting point, we are not rain seekers, we are not scammers, we are not terrorists, it is not in our nature, we are not blood suckers. It is very important to rediscover who we are. It is very import­ant for all to resolve to enthrone a leadership that has a programme, that is committed and has integrity.

I cry for Nigeria today. What is the sub­stance that we have, what is the programme, what is the roadmap, are we continuing or changing? We are continuing to what and we are changing to what? It remains largely vague and emotionally driven. I do not be­lieve that our problem is our plurality, no, our problem is not our multi-ethnic nature, no, instead, it is our strength. We as a people must resolve to do things differently. This is an opportunity now. We have seen it all and golden opportunity indeed. Secondly, look at what has happened to education. I’m sure you (the interviewer) went to the best school and it is a government school and you had quality education, see what has happened, every retired general has a university or is applying for one. Every former president, senator, governor, has a university. We have to really go back to what defined our poten­tial as a nation, our potential leadership po­sition in Africa.

Thirdly, it is unfortunate that the discov­ery of oil rather than be a blessing has be­come a curse. Unfortunately you and I have nothing to show for it. I think paradoxically the closest Nigerians went to enjoying the boom was the Udoji Award, which of course made the basis of the kind of economy that we have today – so many windfalls, so many earnings, but really nothing to show for it. I ask myself what do I get, what benefit ac­crue to me for being a Nigerian? If you were born in the United States, you have benefit as an American citizen. Go to American embassy anywhere in the world, you will feel proud. What do I stand to benefit in Ni­geria and outside of Nigeria as a Nigerian citizens? These should be our considerations not for our leaders.

What difference does it make for us to have a Muslim or a Christian or a Babalawo head of state? I don’t know because at the end of the day, it is not so much about re­ligion, it is about the quality of the intellect and the ability of the individuals concerned to deliver on the expectations of Nigerians. What we have discovered is that every presi­dent would finish his term with his own peo­ple complaining that he has done nothing for them. This has been the trend. Obasanjo was there for eight years and the Yorubas say he didn’t do anything for them and yet we continue to clamour that it must be our man that must be there. What has been the result? The Niger Deltas are complaining. What has Jonathan done for the popular Second Niger Bridge, which is still a subject of controver­sy? The development of the Niger Delta, the cleaning of the Niger Delta, all these are promises, in spite of the fact that there is a Niger Delta person at the helm. The many presidents from the North, what has it ben­efitted the region as whole in real time. Is it not time for us to consider some other fac­tors. Yoruba presidency, Niger Delta presi­dency, Igbo presidency, Hausa presidency, what has it benefitted Nigeria, what has it benefitted the people that are clamouring? It is not about the people, it is about a very tiny elites that are manipulating the primor­dial sentiments of the majority of the people. At the end of the day they make the people enemies to one another. We have nothing to show for it.

I’m sure 15 years ago, the Igbo man in Lagos felt more secured than today. You get the kind of leaders that you deserved. Sal­aries are not being paid today, contractors are owed. I just read today that the budget of Federal Ministry of Works has been slashed from N100 billion to N11 billion. This is the time they talk about ‘sharing’ not in naira but in dollars from churches to mosques and shrines. I have not taken part in it. The naira at the same time is tumbling, what are we going to gain? We are close to anarchy, look at the traffic situation in Lagos, just because people want to win an election, law and order is no longer important. This is not a Nigeria that we expected at independence, even though some of us were so young at independence but they told us how life was going to be better as we were at par with the English, Americans and there was that promise and the world was waiting for us. But now, we have shattered dream, forlorn hope, our nation badly bruised and battered. This is the bargains that Nigerians have got.

I don’t like to use what the politi­cians have said, it is reorientation, who is reorientation who?

Successive governments have come up with programmes to rediscover the lost val­ues. Shagari came up with Ethical Revolu­tion, Buhari introduced War Against Indis­cipline (WAI), Babangida had War Against Indiscipline and Corruption (WAIC) and later MAMSER, Obasanjo had his own and Yar’Adua had Rebrand Nigeria Proj­ect. Like you observed we seemed not have made a headway, why?

No way. All these are to placate the peo­ple, to highjack popular sentiments,and to corner the nation. From Ethical Revolution to War Against Indiscipline to MAMSER, to Rebrand Nigeria to EFCC, to ICPC, we have gained nothing because all these efforts have not been driven by the people. It has been driven by the same culprits and it is a means of high jacking the nation and redi­recting it. Unfortunately, these projects have used a lot of money. At a point, Tai Solarin almost compromised. This for example is different from the kind of thing that hap­pened elsewhere in the world, where it is the people themselves who own and drive the change efforts. We need to own these strug­gles, drive them, they must be owned by the people not funded by the same government that is accused of corruption. That is why they ended the way they did.

EFCC show a lot of promise, then it be­came an attack dog and now a toothless bulldog. A lot of people believed that it was used, but you can see the fact that Nigerians have a lot of potentials to be law abiding in the days of the fearful Nuhu Ribadu. That name, Nuhu alone would caution people. By then, we realised that there were much more that met the eyes, the ultimate prove is what we saw subsequently. The catcher has become the thief.

There are drumbeats of war over this election. Some threatening fire and brimstone if their candidate doesn’t win, while others say hell will fall if their candidate loses? What are you expectations?

I’m sure those who are calling on the keepers of hell to open the gates are the sure candidate to hell. Nigeria will survive this like it survived previous predictions of doom. It is those who are benefitting illic­itly from the status quo that are beating the drums of war. The ordinary Nigerians only hope for a government that will restore their humanity, because Nigerians are depraved, they have been dehumanised. There is little difference between living in Nigeria and living in hell. It is just that living in Nigeria you are still alive and ones in a while you can get… even those who promised fresh air when they were coming are more guilty of polluting the air.

My expectation is that this election should hold. It should be free, fair and transparent. Nigerians should exercise their rights to vote for a candidate of their choice. It is their judgement and whoever wins the election in a free, fair, peaceful and transparent election should be allowed to form the government. There should never be an attempt for an in­terim national contraption. Those who are beating the drums of war should be prepared for the macabre dance that they and their families will participate in. Nigerians today are wiser, they know there is no candidate that is worth dying for. They know that as tough as life is in Nigeria, life is still better than death and I believe Nigerians want to live together. They are not enemies to each other. The Igbo is not the enemy of the Hau­sa man, the Hausa is not the enemy of the Yoruba man, we sell in the same market, we are in the same profession as journalists, en­gineers, accountants etc; our children attend the same schools and they are friends, and they don’t understand these quarrels.

You said the country is polarized along ethic and religious lines. One significant feature of this election is that President Jonathan has been visiting big churches; some argued that it is for endorsement. Have the Muslims endorsed Buhari secretly or openly, because the mindset of the ordinary Nigerian is that Christians are for Jonathan and Muslims for Buhari?

Muslims, we have not endorsed Buhari. You can’t endorse anybody secretly, that will not be an endorsement. Of course, it is unfortunate today that there is the politici­sation of religion and the religionszation of politics. Before today, we have been talking about politicisation of religion, but now we are talking about religionalisation of poli­tics. Unfortunately by who? Not by people who are genuinely religious but people who are the companions of Judas and Lucifer putting on the toga of religion. The president of Nigeria is the president of everybody, Christians, pagans, Muslims and whatever.

I can tell you authoritatively that Muslims have resolved to votes according their con­sciences. We have not and will not endorse anyone in the manner it has become. Of course you and I know what endorsement means. Endorsement is not free; it comes with a very high prize tag to the detriment of the tax paying public. It is to the detri­ment of Nigeria whether or not is true over the allegation of seven billion naira price for endorsement, which is still a big news, and the about nine million dollars arms scandal. This tells us that desperate politicians who are trying to use religion should think twice because if they enkindle the fire of religion, they will be the first to be burnt.

What religion are we talking about? Are we talking about Christianity and Islam? If you are truly talking about Christianity and Islam, you are in mosque now, I’m an Imam and I know you are a Christian and you are not jittery but sitting comfortably and I’m not about to blow you up. The ordinary Christians and ordinary Muslims are not en­emies, these are sentiments that are being whipped up. Is there any Muslim that can become a president of this country only with Muslim votes or Christian that can become president only with Christian votes? Does it make sence, therefore, for me as a Muslim to say that anybody who is not a Muslim, don’t vote for him.

Does it make sense for a sitting presi­dent to go from church to church kneeling down attempting to preach? It is a travesty of that office. We have never had it so bad. It is bigotry of the highest order. This is the first time that a sitting Nigerian president is effectively employing religion to effectively divide the people. It has become a state poli­cy. It is highly unfortunate, but I want to en­sure you as a member of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, executive coun­cil member; and a member of Nigerian In­ter Religious Council, that religious leaders who have not sold their conscience for a pot of porridge are still standing firm. They be­lieve strongly that this is an aberration. They are acting and praying that this evil will not stand whether a Christian or a Muslim is per­petrating it. These people that are flying the banner of religion are in church on Sunday, and if they have the chance they will go to mosque on Friday , may be on Tuesday or Wednesday they will go to shrine. Are these religious people? There are Christians when they are in the church, Muslims when they are in the mosque, but at the same time, they are also traditionalists when they are in the shrine. Everything combined, as long as you just win the election.

There was a time you wanted to or­ganised meeting between Southern Islamic clerics and President Jona­than, what happened that it couldn’t hold?

How are you sure that I really tried to co­ordinate a meeting? Whatever posted in the social media has to be verified. However, the President is the president of the country and is free to see anybody anytime. The people are also free to see him or not. I don’t know what you are talking about.

I also know that Muslims in this country are asking why the president has suddenly developed so much interest in having a rap­port with them. For years he has not shown friendship, he has not shown faith. I was part of delegation of Nigerian Supreme Coun­cil for Islamic Affairs led by our leader, the Sultan of Sokoto, before the National Con­fab started. A contraption began and we drew the attention of Mr. President to a number of things and that is why I believe all of these are not just mistakes, there are well planned. We told him to be sensitive to the feelings of other Nigerians , we are trying to solve a problem, don’t let any section of this country feel deliberately under represented, other­wise, the Conference will be dead on arrival. We also drew attention on how the muslims are feeling marginalised and we represent the Muslims, after we showed him the statistics, he promised that he was going to redressed it and he did nothing, and so many other things. Why is he interested in romancing the same community he has shunned , he had neglect­ed for so long?

It took the leadership of the Muslims in the Southwest to draw his attention to cer­tain imbalances. It is unfortunate where we have found ourselves. Today, everything is interpreted on the basis of religion, even in your office, if your editor is a Muslim, they will say his deputy will be a Christian. It has become so bad, but who started it? Before, Nigerians are not sensitive to this. There was a time majority of the governors in this coun­try were Christians; majority of members of Supreme Military Council were Christians and nobody complained. T. Y. Danjuma is well accepted in the North as a leader, and he is a Christian, and nobody complained. Jerry Useni is from North and Christian and they never discriminated against him.

It is this government that has promoted this unwholesome rivalry, setting one against the other. You have done that for so long. The Yorubas are complaining, the Igbos are com­plaining but I heard they are also grumbling and the Hausas are equally complaining and grumbling.

It then means that all the ethnic groups are complaining of marginal­isation, who is marginalising them?

The people who are marginalising them are not the Muslims, they are not the Chris­tians, they are not the Igbos, Hausas, Yoru­bas, but the elites. Go to the North, you see poverty, the kind of poverty you will not see in any part of this country is in the North. La­gos is part of Yoruba land, what have they benefitted from their kinsman being a strong man for eight years – appointment, educa­tion, social infrastructure, what? Truly, Nige­rians are marginalised by the elites.

Ghana had the same problems…?

(Cuts in ) Ghana seized the opportunity they had. Take it or leave it, they did what they thought was the solution to their prob­lem. I’m not going to pass judgement, may be the Ghanaian society is better for it. We have missed opportunities, this time round I think we have another opportunity .

Is it the opportunity of continuity or change?

The choice is yours. As far as I’m con­cerned, I asked myself continuing what or change to what. Before March 28, if I get an answer I will decide whether I want to continue. I’m not saying this is true or false, I’m asking myself, no light, continuity; no job, continuity; no education, continuity; industries are closing, continuity; naira is tumbling, continuity; no health, continuity; corruption everywhere, continuity. So, this continuity is wicked oh, and change is un­known. Change to what?

These are questions I’m still finding an­swers to. Whether we will change or contin­ue, very fortunately we have golden opportu­nity of answering that question privately or secretly. That is the opportunity that I intend to take. Maybaselinebe when we come back in April, I can tell you whether I was able to answer that question. Whatever may be your answer to these questions, the baseline is that we must have a country before you continue anything and you can’t change anything un­less you have a country. So, let us preserve the country. The corner stone of continuity or change is the people. Dehumanised them, take hope away from them they become worse than animals.

Things will still come to public knowledge that will shock Nigerians on the magnitude of destruction going on. History will one day identify the backers, the funders, the sym­pathisers and the collaborators and it will be a day indeed.

-daily sun

(Interview) I’m Israel In The Midst Of Enemies – Fayose @Richard

(Cuts in). You got it wrong there. Let me correct you. From Day one, I was very clear and I said it expressly, that I’m not an ACN or APC person. Read the papers very well. I made it clear then to Asiwaju, he told me to decamp to APC. I said No. Why? Adebayo that I took over power from as Ekiti State governor that time was a leader in APC, what if we have issues? I would be fooling myself to ask Asiwaju to drop Adebayo for me. And by antecedent, no new member will come and upstage an old member. I then told them that we can collaborate with them, and the collaboration meant that I remain where I am.

When I wanted to leave PDP, I didn’t go to APC, I went to join Labour. If I had wanted to join APC, I would have done so. I’m a very clear person when it comes to policies; when it comes to people holding positions in life. I al­ways weigh the options because I don’t like the people… and if you know, it is this attribute the Ekiti people saw in me and decided to bring me back.

Can we rightly say that you are so bitter because that ar­rangement was scuttled?

No, sir. That arrangement wasn’t scuttled because I didn’t join APC in the first place. If I joined APC and I left APC, it is a different ball game.

What I’m saying is that if you were allowed to become a senator …

(cuts in) No, it is not whether they al­lowed me or not, I contested on my own ground; it is not that I wanted their tick­et. If they had given me their ticket that they promised me, it is a different ball game. I was my own man in my own party. The only difference that caused the problem was that we agreed that they would give me a tour of the state to be able to support other members of the Labour Party that I used in supporting them. Not about the ticket. The ticket was the last thing because Fayemi had already become the governor, even 11 months before that time. So, it was in a re-election that they supported their own candidate, rightly or wrongly and they said he won, and I said no. I told him that I didn’t accept the result. I didn’t congratulate him.

Are you saying that you lost that election or your populari­ty was not that strong?

No, I didn’t lose that election. The election was rigged. My coming back obviously proved that. Losing election in Ekiti? Never. I have been in this sys­tem for a long time. You won’t come out to contest an election if you don’t have a consistent political life – winning a gov­ernorship election is not something you come back overnight to win. We are not talking of councillorship, or House of Assembly election. Governorship election is something that affects every home in your state. It was a decision of the people to return me. You can’t win governorship election without people’s acceptance.

What exactly while you were outside power, for eight years, what was it you were doing that endeared you so much to the people that when you came back to con­test governorship election, it didn’t cost you so much to win the poll?

Let me say to you clearly and ex­pressly, I didn’t live in Ekiti throughout my eight years outside power. I spent over 80 per cent of my time in Lagos State. When people don’t test people, they might be saying you are the best, they were able to test Olurin, the Mil­itary Administrator that was appointed to replace me when I was illegally re­moved from office. The people were also able to test Segun Oni; they were also able to test Fayemi. Let me tell you, it is people that decide who will be their governor, not politicians. Even if you say you are coming out of anger or vendetta, your fate is still in the hands of the people. Even if that election was lost in 2011, the consistency of my person in the political arena, and also in keep­ing faith with the people, helped my cause. My work while in government also worked in my favour. For instance, when I left government that first time, I left over N10.5 billion in the treasury, and people were able to see all these differences.

At Ekiti State Government House, 80 per cent of the buildings there were erected by me. The Presidential Lodge, the Governor’s Office, the Osuntokun Building, the Ekiti Hall, the chapel and all the guesthouses were built by me. I have a track record. Let me say this again, although my detractors can deny it, that I was the first governor that did dual-carriage way in Ekiti State, go and ask anybody. And linking this state from one point to another, I did it. But my detractors can deny it, but go and ask the common man about my record. My record is visible for all to see. My detractors are propagandists; they can deny anything. And let me tell you an­other thing I did, things I did for past leaders of this state are things I did for them during their lifetime. Not when they are dead.

Professor Sam Aluko, I built the Ac­countant-General’s Office, and because of what Professor Aluko achieved as an economist in his lifetime, I brought him down to Ekiti State to commission the building himself. I brought Lady Jibowu, the first lady graduate of Ek­iti State to commission Jibowu Hall. I brought baba, the late Adetiloye to commission Adetiloye Hall.

I recognised them in their lifetime. I don’t go to name anything after myself. My own is that, whatever we do today will determine how far we go in life. Forget all about the blackmail.

You see, you know if you look back, the moment they want to get rid of you, they will concoct everything in this world to give a dog a bad name. Obasanjo was here in Ekiti State and sang song that this boy (Fayose) looks like him, and the reason they were jeal­ous of me was that I was his boy.

But let me remind you, you saw what happened yesterday, there couldn’t have been a better way to vindicate a man than to restore him to the former posi­tion he was occupying after removing him illegally. I have no malice against my detractors, because the Bible tells us that everything works together for good for them that love God. I believe in God. Everything is working for good for me.

Apart from Mimiko that just left Labour for PDP, as a PDP state, you are encircled. Are you not worried? Secondly, this presidential election is likely to be determined by the South West where the PDP is not, so to say, in terms of number of governors, on ground, what are you really doing to take South West and swing it in favour PDP?

Don’t forget that in 2011, the whole of South West, Jonathan won.

The APC says there was an alliance then.

That is in their own story – I’m ashamed that Tinubu can also be saying that. That means that Tinubu is selling that party every time. It is part of cred­ibility for you to stand where you are supposed to be standing. It is a shame for somebody to be saying, I’m selling out, then where is the credibility? Where is the integrity? That means you have sold out Nigeria itself. Let me use Israel as an example – Israel is in the midst of enemies. The Israeli nation is surround­ed by enemies, and nobody has defend­ed Israel. Her enemies are afraid of Is­rael. I’m Israel in the midst of enemies. For South West election, if Jonathan, in 2011 won, Jonathan will still win in the zone this time around. Sometimes, history repeats itself and who knows whether Tinubu has not sold out again; who knows.

Imo State’s Rochas Oko­rocha said the other day that seven PDP governors had started discussions with APC for possible crossover to lat­ter party.

(cuts in). You were at the PDP gov­ernors’ forum in Lagos and you heard PDP governors talk. Did their state­ments align with the recklessness of APC? I’ve been saying it for long, that APC people are propagandists. They are consistent at telling lies. I caught them in their game with that picture of Buhari being interviewed by a lady that was taken at Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Lagos, and APC told Nigerians that the picture was taken in London. Do you re­member the saga? That is their charac­ter – they are liars and unabashed, crude propagandists. When I exposed them, they kept quiet, their spokesman (Lai Mohammed) kept quiet permanently, till now.

I want Nigerians to see the records. There is nothing wrong for anybody to run for the presidency. Is he or she is qualified to be there? But Nigerians should not be deceived. I want Nige­rians to see the deception that APC represents. The greatest disservice you can do to yourself is to allow yourself to be fooled when you are supposed to be wise. Nigerians should look at the antecedents of APC. When states are owing too much; when states are borrowing and borrowing life out of their own people, and still borrowing money to inconvenience its own peo­ple, it is bad. And they are not sincere about it. There is so much hypocrisy in everything they do and say. There is always a hidden agenda. I was reading somewhere where they said they would give one meal a day to pupils and pay unemployed graduates for one year. Haba! Look at Lagos State, it generates about N30 billion every month and it can’t give one meal a day to pupils in its schools. Why are these people de­ceiving Nigerians? Why are they fool­ing Nigerians? I don’t want Nigerians to be fooled. That is why you see me, I am a peculiar person; I say the truth without fear of people or of anybody, as long as I am saying the truth. APC is a fraud and I am saying so with clear conscience, no malice.

Your Excellency sir, thank you. Is there anything you want to say to round off this interview?

I just want to tell Nigerians that this game is not for us; that it is always for God to judge because our service is not unto us, but unto God and them. There are people who want to lead them, but they must keep their eyes open; they must choose the right people. I’m 55 (years old) and it is my duty to do well for Nigeria by presenting facts to Nige­rians. I call on Nigerians today to think, and think very well.

– daily sun

(Polls) Two Killed As Boko Haram Attacks Polling Stations In Gombe @Richard

At least two people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram attack on polling stations in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, residents and an election official told AFP.

The attacks happened in the villages of Birin Bolawa and Birin Fulani in the Nafada district of Gombe state, which has been repeatedly targeted by the Islamists.

An election official, who requested anonymity, said: “We could hear the gunmen shouting, ‘Didn’t we warn you about staying away from (the) election?’”

(Polls) INEC website hacked @Richard

The website of the Independent National Electoral Commission has been hacked. The website is hacked by a group that parade itself as Nigerian Cyber Army. The hacking was confirmed by INEC on its Twitter handle,  @inecnigeria

“We are aware of the recent hack of our @inecnigeria website, we are currently investigating this incident
#NigeriaDecides”

Information on the INEC website: http://www.inecnigeria.org reads:

[!] StruCkED by Nigerian Cyber Army[!]
Sorry xD Your Site has been STAMPED by TeaM Nigerian Cyber Army
FEEL SOME SHAME ADMIN!!
Security is just an illusion

(Polls) Large Number Of Under-Age Voters Turn Out In The North @Richard

under age

Report coming in from the northern part of the country has it that there is a massive turn out of under age voters in the region. This photo was taken at a polling unit in the north.

(Polls) News Breaking: One Confirmed Dead As Violence Erupts In Osun State @Richard

osun

Report coming in from Osun state indicates that serious violence is currently going on in the state between PDP and APC supporters. So far one person have been confirmed dead.

However, with the effort of the police, the thugs have been arrested and taken into custody.

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