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Atiku didn’t ask anything from Buhari —PDP

Image result for atiku abubakarIt has been reported that the Peoples Democratic Party on Saturday said it is untrue that its presidential candidate in the February 23 election, Atiku Abubakar, had made demands from President Muhammadu Buhari.

It said it was an absolute falsehood as well as a fabrication allegedly being peddled by the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress that Atiku had made some demands from Buhari.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement also stated categorically that Atiku had not, and will never make or accept any condition from Buhari regarding the February 23 presidential election, he alleged, was rigged.

According to him, Atiku rather clearly won the election.

He also raised the alarm that security men on Friday night besieged the residence of the Senate President, Dr.Bukola Saraki, who also is the Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation.

Fresh: Hoodlums attack Igbo traders for not voting APC In Lagos Island

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It has been reported that Hoodlums popularly known as ‘Area Boys’ numbering over hundred have attacked Igbo traders on Lagos Island for not voting for President Muhammadu Buhari in the last Saturday election.

The miscreants, who were armed with dangerous weapons like cutlasses, broken bottles, wood and knives struck at about 9.am at Oluwole, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Tinubu, Bamgbose and Alli Streets.

Some Igbo traders who were just opening their respectful shops for business were beaten with the instruction that all their shops should remain locked.

Armed hoodlums were seen parading the Streets, shouting “Igbo should go back to their States to do business. This is Lagos.”

“We campaign for them to vote for Buhari, but they refused and voted for Atiku. They cannot come here to do business again. They must follow us to vote whoever we ask them to vote for. This is just a sample for them, if they ever vote for PDP again, that will be their end”, the hoodlums threatened,” the hoodlums were heared chorusing.

This threats made the Igbo traders to quickly close their respectful shops and stood nearby to witness what was going to happen to their shops.

Some Yoruba men in the areas were also seen challenging the hoodlums not to cause problem because the Igbos have the right to vote for the candidate of their choice.

Chris Onyekachi, President, Amalgamated Computer Stationery and Allied Trader Association of Nigeria, said he got a call this morning that hoodlums had attacked Igbo traders on Lagos Island because they voted for Atiku Abubakar.

He said the hoodlums locked their shops and destroyed goods worth millions of naira and even beat up some Igbo traders for daring to vote for Atiku.

Onyekachi condemned the act, describing it as lawlessness, saying that it was a breach of their fundamental human rights as they had the right to live anywhere and vote for whom they chose to vote for.

He added that the arrival of the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in the area saved the day as the police restored normalcy.

Also, policemen were drafted to the areas on the order of the Area ‘A’ Commander, Bode Ojajuni who was informed about the situation.

As at the time of this report, Police vehicles are seen patrolling the areas, but the Igbo traders still gathered nearby and refused to open shops for the fear of another attack.Related image

Trending: How president Buhari thanked Nigerians for re-electing him for a second term in office

Image result for President BuhariPresident Buhari has thanked Nigerians for re-electing him for a second term in office.

President Buhari, who was at the APC Presidential Campaign Council Office, in Abuja addressed the country after his re-election.

 

He thanked the millions of Nigerians who voted him to continue serving the nation for the next four years.

INEC this morning, declared him winner of the 2019 election.

Read the full text of his speech below

My Dear Nigerians,

First and foremost, I give thanks to Almighty God Who has spared our lives to witness another victory for Nigerian democracy and victory for our party APC.

2. I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me as your president for the next four years. I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to you for judging me worthy of continuing to serve you and for your peaceful conduct.

3. In particular, I would like to thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for his masterful leadership as Co-chair of the Campaign Council. I would like to also thank the Party Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the Director General of the Campaign Council Rotimi Amaechi, all members of the Presidential Campaign Council and other various Support Groups.

 

4. My grateful thanks to all those who contributed to the logistical expenses of the campaign in such a vast country like Nigeria.

 

5. I also thank the millions of volunteers, self-appointed overseers, canvassers, agents, escorts and sentries who sacrificed so much of their time and resources to ensure the success of these elections. I do not have the words adequate to thank them.

6. Although Saturday’s elections were relatively peaceful, troublemakers in a handful of states attempted to disrupt an otherwise orderly process. Security agencies will bring to justice all those arrested in the process.

 

7. I am very sad at the grievous loss of lives during these elections. Security agencies will step up their efforts to protect voters in the forthcoming State elections.

8. I would like to commend our security agencies, as severely overstretched as they are, for handling the difficult task of securing the country during the election period.

9. I will like to make a special appeal to my supporters not to gloat or humiliate the opposition. Victory is enough reward for your efforts.

10. We give thanks also to our Domestic and International observers for contributing to the success of our elections and for their interest in our country and our developing democracy.

 

11. The new Administration will intensify its efforts in Security, Restructuring the Economy and Fighting Corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end. We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out.

12. I thank you for your support and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

President Buhari has thanked Nigerians for re-electing him for a second term in office.

President Buhari, who was at the APC Presidential Campaign Council Office, in Abuja addressed the country after his re-election.

 

He thanked the millions of Nigerians who voted him to continue serving the nation for the next four years.

INEC this morning, declared him winner of the 2019 election.

Read the full text of his speech below

My Dear Nigerians,

First and foremost, I give thanks to Almighty God Who has spared our lives to witness another victory for Nigerian democracy and victory for our party APC.

2. I thank the millions of Nigerians who voted to re-elect me as your president for the next four years. I am deeply humbled and profoundly grateful to you for judging me worthy of continuing to serve you and for your peaceful conduct.

3. In particular, I would like to thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for his masterful leadership as Co-chair of the Campaign Council. I would like to also thank the Party Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the Director General of the Campaign Council Rotimi Amaechi, all members of the Presidential Campaign Council and other various Support Groups.

 

4. My grateful thanks to all those who contributed to the logistical expenses of the campaign in such a vast country like Nigeria.

 

5. I also thank the millions of volunteers, self-appointed overseers, canvassers, agents, escorts and sentries who sacrificed so much of their time and resources to ensure the success of these elections. I do not have the words adequate to thank them.

6. Although Saturday’s elections were relatively peaceful, troublemakers in a handful of states attempted to disrupt an otherwise orderly process. Security agencies will bring to justice all those arrested in the process.

 

7. I am very sad at the grievous loss of lives during these elections. Security agencies will step up their efforts to protect voters in the forthcoming State elections.

8. I would like to commend our security agencies, as severely overstretched as they are, for handling the difficult task of securing the country during the election period.

9. I will like to make a special appeal to my supporters not to gloat or humiliate the opposition. Victory is enough reward for your efforts.

10. We give thanks also to our Domestic and International observers for contributing to the success of our elections and for their interest in our country and our developing democracy.

 

11. The new Administration will intensify its efforts in Security, Restructuring the Economy and Fighting Corruption. We have laid down the foundation and we are committed to seeing matters to the end. We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out.

12. I thank you for your support and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Politics: Why Atiku Abubakar rejected 2019 presidential election results

Image result for Atiku AbubakarThe presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has released a statement rejecting the 2019 presidential result.

According to him, the election was marred by electoral fraud in many states. He said this is why he has not called President Buhari to congratulate him.

”If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victory within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South.

“However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, February 23, 2019. 2007 was a challenge, but President Yar’Adua was remorseful. In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people.

“Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court.” the statement in part reads

Read the full statement below.

 

“I thank the Nigerian people who trooped out in their millions to perform their civic duty this past Saturday. The patriotism of Nigerians is heartwarming and affirms my oft-repeated statement that we are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one mother Nigeria.

“With regards to the Presidential elections that took place on February 23, 2019, it is clear that there were manifest and premeditated malpractices in many states which negate the results announced.

“One obvious red flag is the statistical impossibility of states ravaged by the war on terror generating much higher voter turnouts than peaceful states. The suppressed votes in my strongholds are so apparent and amateurish, that I am ashamed as a Nigerian that such could be allowed to happen. How can total votes in Akwa-Ibom, for instance, be 50% less than what they were in 2015?

 

“Another glaring anomaly is the disruption of voting in strongholds of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and diverse other states, with the authorities doing little or nothing and in some cases facilitating these unfortunate situations. (See attached links to documentary evidences).

“The militarization of the electoral process is a disservice to our democracy and a throwback to the jackboot era of military dictatorship. In some areas of the country, such as, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Imo states, troops deployed for the elections turned their guns on the very citizens they were meant to protect. This is condemnable and should not be associated with our electoral process in the future.

“I am a democrat and there are democratic avenues available to present the truth to the nation and the watching world. Already, many international observers have given their verdicts, which corroborate our observations. I am sure more will come in the coming hours and days.

“If I had lost in a free and fair election, I would have called the victor within seconds of my being aware of his victory to offer not just my congratulations, but my services to help unite Nigeria by being a bridge between the North and the South.

“However, in my democratic struggles for the past three decades, I have never seen our democracy so debased as it was on Saturday, February 23, 2019. 2007 was a challenge, but President Yar’Adua was remorseful. In 2019, it is sad to see those who trampled on democracy thumping their noses down on the Nigerian people.

“Consequently, I hereby reject the result of the February 23, 2019 sham election and will be challenging it in court.

“I want to assure my supporters and the entire Nigerian people that together, we will not allow democracy to be emasculated.

“I hope and pray Nigerians will someday summon the courage to defend democracy. That is the only way we can move away from being the world headquarters for extreme poverty.”

Signed:
Waziri Atiku Abubakar
27th February 2019

What Buhari, Tinubu, APC must know before Saturday’s presidential election – Fani-Kayode

It has been gathered that former Aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has told President Muhammadu Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its national leader, Bola Tinubu, to bear in mind that Nigerians have rejected them.

He said this ahead of Saturday’s presidential election.

Buhari of the ruling APC, will slug it out with Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate.

The former presidential spokesman advised APC and its leaders not to be shocked by the outcome, insisting that they had failed the people.

In an article on Tuesday, titled “Obasanjo’s expired milk and a slave dealer called Bola Tinubu”, he recalled former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s comment that “if we expose those in Buhari’s government they will not only go to jail but they will also go to hell”.

Fani-Kayode wrote: “I have no doubt that this is true. The hottest place in hell has been reserved for Buhari and his political associates who I can best describe as a congregation of incorrigible crooks and scammers and a lawless congress of sadistic and irredeemable miscreants and baboons. By God’s grace, when the time comes, they will enter into the burning flames of hell head-first.

“Given the fact that their candidate faces imminent defeat and a massive disgrace in the presidential election in a few days time, they would do well to leave Obasanjo and Jonathan alone and concentrate their efforts on asking God for forgiveness for their many atrocities and redeeming themselves before the Nigerian people.”

 

Politics: Atiku names Tinubu, Osinbajo, Obanikoro of 30 allegedly corrupt persons working with Buhari

Image result for Atiku AbubakarThe PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has released names of 30 allegedly corrupt persons working with President Muhammadu Buhari

The list was released by Atiku’s special assistant on public communications, Phrank Shaibu, recently.

Among those mentioned in the said list are Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the ruling party and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo .

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, January 20, listed 30 alleged corrupt persons said to be working with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Among the names mentioned by Atiku are bigwigs in the All Progressives Congress (APC) such as Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the ruling party; Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari; Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the APC; Abdullahi Adamu, a former governor of Nasarawa; Babachir Lawal, former secretary to the government of the federation; Folarin Coker, Lagos socialite and director general of the Nigerian tourism development corporation; Lai Mohammed, the minister of information. Others are Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, the chief of Army staff; Senator Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation; Aisha Buhari, wife of the president; Adedayo Thomas, the executive director, national film and video censors board; Adamu Muazu, former governor of Bauchi; Iyiola Omisore, former Osun state deputy governor; Abdulrasheed Maina, former pensions board boss; Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, former minister of state for defence, and Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia. The list also included Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi; Senator Godswill Akpabio; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano; Alhaji Seminu Turaki, a two-term former governor of Jigawa; Alhaji Junaid Abdullahi, in-law to President Buhari, who is the executive secretary, border communities development agency. Others are Alhaji Aliyu Wammako, a former governor, who is currently in charge of Buhari’s campaign in Sokoto State; Hope Uzodinma, the APC governorship candidate in Imo; Rotimi Amaechi, serving minister of transportation and director general of the Buhari campaign organisation, and Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari, the governor of Zamfara.

List are Maikanti Baru, the group managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and Ayodele Oke, the suspended director general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA). Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Atiku had become the subject of attack on Twitter following his decision to withdraw his presence at the presidential debate held on Saturday, January 19, in Abuja. Atiku had in a Twitter post defended his absence, citing the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari as his reason for leaving the venue.

Politics: How A P C plans to stop Atiku deepens

Image result for ATIKUIt has been reported that the Federal Government is set to quiz the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, over an alleged N156million payment from the defunct Bank PHB. Atiku, according to Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed, allegedly benefitted from the payment that led to the demise of the bank.

The former vice president is currently on a visit to the USA. But Mohammed said yesterday that “any time Abubakar returns home, he has questions to answer following the fresh evidence that we have that he benefited from ‘slush funds’ that led to the collapse of the former Bank PHB.” Atiku’s party, the PDP dared the Federal Government to go ahead with its threat to arrest him on the allegation,while the presidential candidate’s spokesman dismissed the N156million claim as a cock and bull story Mohammed said: “The document we have shows that he benefited to the tune of N156 million from that fund. “The paper which we have here started from an internal memo on the Jan. 13, 2009.” “These are pieces of fresh evidence as to his involvement in the collapse of Bank PHB.

So we want him to stay as long he wants in the US but as soon he comes back, he has to explain to the electorate and to Nigerians what is his role in the collapse in the former Bank PHB.” The minister said the Federal Government was not losing sleep over Atiku’s US trip,saying: “You can recall that a few weeks ago, I did issue a statement advising the US government not to issue visa to Atiku. “Remember also that in that same press conference, I also stated that it remains the prerogative of the US government to issue visa to anyone it deems fit. “Let me say right away that we are not perturbed one bit that Alhaji Atiku Abukakar was able to secure visa to the US. As a matter of fact, he can go ahead and get the US Green card.That will not save him from imminent defeat in the forthcoming election.

“I want to remind Abubakar that the elections will be right here in Nigeria and not in the US.” Asked why the fresh allegation against Atiku was coming now, Mohammed said: “Because even though this happened in 2009, and the case on the collapse of BANK PHB has been on, this evidence is fresh. “In any case, there is no statute of limitation on this case. “Like I told you, this is a freshly-uncovered evidence. Whether or not he travelled to the US, we would still have disclosed this evidence.” PDP dares Buhari over threats to arrest Atiku Responding last night to the allegations against Atiku ,the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation (PPCO) dared government to go ahead and arrest him.

The spokesman for the organisation,Mr.Kola Ologbondiyan, told reporters that the planned arrest was both laughable and a heinous plot to frame Atiku borne out of fear of his victory in the February 16 presidential election. “It is reprehensible that Mr. President will descend abysmally low to fabricate outright lies and falsehood in a bid to discredit a more qualified and acceptable presidential candidate”, Ologbondiyan said. The PDP campaign spokesman added that Atiku has nothing to do with the alleged issues leading to the collapse of Bank PHB, stressing that the PDP presidential candidate is an honest and hard working Nigerian who has no skeleton of any sort in his cupboard.

“For emphasis, even the Chairman of President Buhari’s Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, has since told the world that the Buhari Presidency has searched everywhere and could not find anything incriminating on Atiku Abubakar. “The world already knows that this attempt to mudsling our presidential candidate is coming out of President Buhari’s frustration over Atiku Abubakar’s successful outing in the United States, for which the Buhari Presidency has gone into full hallucination. .”The PPCO, however, counselled the APC to note that Nigerians can see through their lies, fabrications and frustration and that their scheme against Atiku Abubakar is already dead on arrival.

“If anything, the PPCO will want President Buhari to open the books and provide explanation for the N9 trillion stolen under his watch as Minister of Petroleum Resources as detailed in the leaked NNPC memo. “Finally, the PPCO states that the PDP presidential candidate, our great party and indeed all Nigerians, who have already reached a national consensus to vote-in Atiku Abubakar as the next President of our country, will not be distracted by this unfounded allegation by the rejected President Buhari and his handlers.” A similar response came from Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu. Shaibu said the allegation against Atiku was a cock and bull story.

The allegation,he also said ,stemmed from what he called Atiku’s growing popularity, especially his current trip to the USA. He said the Federal Government having failed to stop Washington from granting visa to Atiku had to devise another strategy to embarrass him. He also said that with or without a trip to the US, the PDP will defeat the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress in next month’s election.

Said Atiku: “It is disgusting to continue to spin allegations of corruption against me by people who have failed to come forward with a single shred of evidence of my misconduct while in office. “They just suddenly woke up to the reality that their lies about Atiku being corrupt can no longer hold? I challenge the Federal Government to come up with evidence that I benefitted from N156 million slush funds through Claremont Management Services Account on 13th January, 2009 as well as the collapse of Bank PHB as they have alleged. “It is instructive to note that the same Bank PHB is now Keystone Bank, which was said to have been acquired by Buhari’s cronies through AMCON last year.”

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