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Reasons Buhari, Osinbajo joined Tinubu to shun Ondo APC rally

Buhari-and-Tinubu-360x225President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice president Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, November 10, shunned the flag off of the APC governorship campaign in Ondo

It was gathered that Buhari never had the event in his schedule – Abayomi Adesanya, APC publicity secretary in Ondo, says President Buhari would be in the state for the grand finale of the campaign on November 19 President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice president Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, November 10, surprisingly shunned the flag off of the 2016 governorship campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state. And according to an investigation by Premium Times, Buhari never had the event in his schedule, despite earlier reports that he was going to be present. The event, which effectively kicked off at about 11 am, was however attended by some APC governors, federal ministers, and other top government officials.

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Tinubu salutes Obaseki for victory in Edo

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Former Lagos State Governor and APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has congratulated the party’s candidate in the Edo State governorship election, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on his victory in the election, saying Edo people had made their choice.

A statement from Tinubu’s Media Office quoted the politician as describing Obaseki as a tested technocrat who is experienced enough to take over and continue the good work done by the outgoing Governor of the state, Adams Oshiomhole.

The APC leader also praised Oshiomhole for his achievements in Edo, which helped in retaining Edo for the APC.

With the election of Obaseki, Tinubu said Edo had taken after Lagos in the continuity model, which has worked well for the people of Lagos State.

Saraki’s trial tears APC apart as exco blasts party Tinubu and Cos

SarakiThe continued trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has reportedly torn the All Progressives Congress (APC) apart, Premium Time reports. The party’s deputy national publicity secretary, Timi Frank, in a statement issued on March 25, described the continued trial of Saraki as “worrisome.” He said there were blemishes in the processes leading to his arraignment, noting that it was dangerous for the leadership of the party to sit down and watch the Senate president “swim or sink in his trial.”
“I sincerely hold that the current trial of Saraki is not only underserved, but amounts to paying a good man with evil. I also want to say that the leaders of our great party have unfortunately remained quiet in the face of evil. “I don’t believe we have forgotten that the victory of the APC during the last general elections could not have been possible without courageous strategists like Saraki who lent their political weight in favour of the APC at the risk of their own lives and personal survival,” he said. Frank recalled that Saraki as a Senator in the 7th Senate brought to the fore, the fraud committed by the last administration in the name of fuel subsidy. “I don’t think we have forgotten so soon how Saraki led five other governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into the APC – a development that successfully turned the political tide against the PDP and eventually tipped the electoral scale against them during the 2015 general elections.“I don’t think we have forgotten how Saraki led scores of Senators to cross over to the APC on the floor of the Senate. “I don’t think we have also forgotten what he gave of his time, personal resources and energy to ensure that the APC emerged victorious both at the National, State and Local Government level,” Frank said. The party’s deputy national publicity secretary who questioned why Saraki’s case is treated differently recalled that in 2011, a case against some national leaders of the party were stuck out as he was not given the chance to deny or admit the alleged inconsistencies in his asset declaration forms as stated in section 3(d) of the CCB/CCT Act unlike 11 other ex-governors who had similar cases of irregularities whose cases were dropped by the CCB after they were invited by the agency. “For the avoidance of doubt, Section 3(d) of the CCB/CCT Act which has been so undermined by the CCT in its Thursday ruling states that the CCB shall: ‘Receive complaints about non-compliance with or breach of this Act and where the Bureau (not the AGF or EFCC) considers it necessary to do so, refer such complaints to the Code of Conduct Tribunal established by Section 20 of this Act in accordance with the provisions of Sections 20 to 25 of this Act: provided that where the concerned makes a written admission of such breach or non-compliance, no reference to the Tribunal shall be necessary,” he said. According to him, it was important to note that when the particular section of the Act was pleaded in the defence of one of the leaders of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria in 2011, the same chairman of the tribunal, Justice Danlandi Umar struck out the case for lack of jurisdiction to entertain the suit when he ruled that: “On Section 3(d), I feel compelled by the argument of the learned SAN for the accused. It is a condition precedent for referring a charge to this Tribunal that the accused ought to have been invited to either deny or admit the allegations against him. This is missing in this case as the complainant has no such evidence of a prior invitation. It would be proper for me at this stage to simply decline further exercise of jurisdiction having held that the co diction precedent to the instituting of charges against the Accused has not been complied with. I hereby resolve this issue in favour of the accused” “It is based on the above precedent that I want to ask why Saraki’s case is different? Why is the judiciary suddenly giving in to apparent blackmail from a section of the media by refusing to do their job as required by law? “Already the Senate President has told the world that the trial has nothing to do with corruption but that he is being persecuted for emerging as the Senate President. To me the ominous silence of our leaders since the day he was arraigned uphill now serves to validate the claims of the Senate President that he is being persecuted. “Or where else in the world will the number three citizen of a country be hurled before a tribunal over alleged irregularities in his asset declaration forms 13 years ago, and the hierarchy of the ruling to which he is a bonafide member will not come out to show solidarity or defend him? “If it is true that the trial of the Senate President is not borne out of genuine desire yo fight corruption but is being carried out for selfish political ends, then who is next? I think the party need to be courageous enough to speak out against this unwholesome trend whose outcome will definitely not augur well for the overall development of our party and by extension the country at this hour.
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(Real Story) It is PDP that is attacking Fashola -Tinubu

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has distanced himself from the recent attacks against former Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State.

Tinubu added that the attacks were being sponsored by the Peoples Democratic Party.

Tinubu, who is a former governor of Lagos State, said this in a statement issued by his media office on Wednesday.

Fashola, according to a report on the state government’s website, spent N78.3m on his personal website, http://www.tundefashola.com <http://www.tundefashola.com/&gt; and N139m to construct two boreholes at the Lagos House, Ikeja, when he was governor.

There had been speculations that the reports were being sponsored by Tinubu as part of efforts to discredit him and deny him the opportunity of being appointed a minister by President Muhammadu Buhari.

However, Tinubu said the allegations against him (Tinubu), were the handiworks of mischief makers sponsored by the PDP.

The statement partly read, “The PDP is just recently out of office at the federal level and it built a vast, unprecedented financial war chest to contest the elections. The residual of that war chest is still at work, buying media space to plant rumours in hopes of spreading discord through the APC.

“Thus, the enemy camp may be a minority but it is a large and well-funded one that knows it only chance lies in us attacking ourselves.”

The APC leader said he had nothing against his successor, Fashola. He said Fashola served the state meritoriously for eight years.

He, therefore, condemned those calling for Fashola’s probe.

He said any criticism of Fashola was an indictment on him because he was instrumental to making Fashola governor.

He said, “Our political opponents now try to steal victory when their only entitlement is resounding defeat. Having fared woefully with the electorate, their game plan is to sow discord within the ranks of the party the people had chosen to lead them. The PDP hopes to strike a division in the APC, in that way weakening us and our ability to govern.

“This brings me to recent developments in the Lagos political scene. Born of this motley stew is the recent gossip mongering that I have wilfully instigated false and negative reports against former Governor Fashola to thwart him from being appointed to a major post in the Buhari administration.

“I want to declare clearly and categorically that these rancid attacks do not come from me nor do I endorse them. Neither my hand nor my heart is in these mean submissions. I deplore them.

“An attack against the performance of Governor Fashola is indirectly an attack against me and the edifice of achievements we have constructed in leading Lagos State out of a protracted time of stagnation and into an era of sustained progress and development.”

He said he and Fashola will forever remain close because they had struggled together.

He said having ensured that his party retained Lagos for over 16 years, it would be unwise of him to pull down what he helped build.

He added, “I for one will not bend to the artificial provocation of those seeking to tear at what we have painstakingly built over the years. In my mind, Governor Fashola and I alliance is unshakeable and our journey must not be interrupted. I would no more attack his character or his administration than I would attack myself.”

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(Oga I beg)Nigeria emissaries send to beg Tinubu on behalf of Saraki @semaotakeit

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The battle of wills rocking the leadership of the All Progressives Congress may soon be over.

Multiple sources revealed that contrary to his public posturing of defiance, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had started reaching out to some of the aggrieved leaders of the party.

Saraki is one of the gladiators in the clash of egos and wills that followed the Senate leadership election on June 9 and subsequent appointment of principal officers.

The Senate President had earlier visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo to help him beg President Muhammadu Buhari.

He also reportedly met with the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, on the same matter.

During the week, some emissaries sent by Saraki met with President Buhari and sought forgiveness for the Senate President for acting contrary to the dictates of the party.

The emissaries included Senate Leader Ali Ndume, Senator Kabiru Gaya, Senator Adamu Aliero, Senator Danjuma Goje, and Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

Findings also said the emissaries apologised to the President for the individual roles they played in the crisis.

However, sources in the party added  on Saturday that the emissaries also had a brief to meet with the party’s national leader and former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu.

Many within the party see the crisis as a battle of wills with Buhari, Tinubu and some party leaders on one side of the ring and the Senate President and his backers on the other side. One of the prominent APC leaders that is believed to have backed Saraki is former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

But sources said that Saraki, of recent, had made strenuous efforts to meet and appeal to Tinubu to sheathe his sword.

Report said that Saraki’s olive branch to Tinubu may mark a turning point in the crisis as the Senate President, before now, had insisted that he would not ‘beg’ the APC leader.

But the sources added that Saraki might have changed his position when all his efforts to get President Buhari to forgive him for his defiance to the party and move on.

It has been widely reported that Buhari has refused all entreaties to host the Senate President at the Presidential Villa since the controversial election in the senate. The President had also said the leadership of the senate should tow the party line.

Two APC officials who spoke on the issue shed light on Saraki’s last two attempts to reach out to the APC national leader. They said that one attempt occurred three weeks ago while the other took place on Thursday in Abuja.

“Three weeks ago he tried to get across to Tinubu through one of his aides. Of course, the aide couldn’t have arranged the meeting. Tinubu’s disposition to the matter is well known,” the source said.

The APC national leader, sources said, had told some of Saraki’s emissaries in the past that the senate leadership should toe the party line.

Another source said the last attempt took place during the week when the APC senators, who met with the President at the behest of Saraki, also tried to get across to Tinubu. A source close to Tinubu said while the former Lagos governor was aware of the move, his position on the matter had not changed.

The source stated that Saraki needed a long-term strategy to pacify the aggrieved party leaders, adding that the Senate President’s is perceived as haughty by some of these leaders.

“It is a surprise that he is reaching out to Tinubu. Saraki has no respect for Tinubu. He is contemptuous of him. During meetings he refers to him contemptuously as “Bola”. In fact there was a time that Tinubu wanted to explain a point to him and he shut him up,” the source said.

The source may have alluded to the cultural norm in Tinubu and Saraki’s Yoruba ethnic group where an elder is not addressed by his first name. Tinubu is 63 while Saraki is 52.

But the source close to the APC leader insisted that the national leader had no ‘ego problem’ with Saraki.

“Tinubu’s take is that the senate should toe the party line. It is not a personal problem at all. If it were a personal problem, the President won’t be reacting the same way.”

The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Lai Mohammed divulged that the APC believes in party supremacy.

He said, “I can’t comment on the story you are asking me about. However, the APC has made its position on party supremacy known.”

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(Politics) You can’t separate me and Buhari -Tinubu @semaotakeit

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It is very obvious that enemies are moving to separate President elect, General Muhammadu Buhari from Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over issue that is not clear to the whole world.

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has raised the alarm over a plot by some people to pit him against President.

Tinubu said this in a statement by his media office while responding to a report by an online medium.

The medium had claimed that Tinubu accused Buhari of moving against the party by helping Senator Bukola Saraki to emerge as Senate President.

However, Tinubu said he had never made a public statement about the National Assembly since Saraki and Yakubu Dogara emerged as Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.

The former governor of Lagos State said he could never insult the President or castigate a government that he helped to form.

The statement read, “The story first published on an online news site and later parroted by other online news outlet is an example of irresponsible journalism. This story has no source. It is a blatant fabrication to serve the interest of its sponsors. Tinubu has not spoken about the Senate election. This story is a perverse fiction. Not journalism.

“He has never said these lies so wrongly attributed to him. There is no chance he will ever utter such words against President Buhari, a man he worked very hard for to become President, along with millions of Nigerians who voted. Tinubu would not accuse the President of plotting his own injury. If anything, he is alarmed by how this may impair the government’s substantive reform agenda.

“It is a mischievous attempt to drive a wedge between Tinubu and Buhari. There is no need to try to put words in Tinubu’s mouth. He will talk when and if it is necessary. His major preoccupation now is how Nigerians can support President Buhari and his administration to achieve the reform and change promised during the election.”

Tinubu’s media aide, Mr. Sunday Dare, also denied reports that Saraki visited Tinubu in Lagos recently.

Dare said Tinubu had been in France since last week and was going to London before returning to Nigeria. He, therefore, stated that it was impossible for Tinubu to be in two places at once.

He said, “The story about Senator Saraki visiting Bola Tinubu at his home in Lagos is a total fabrication. It’s a lie. During the time alleged in the story, Asiwaju Tinubu was overseas in France to condole a family friend. Thus it’s physically impossible for Tinubu to have received anybody at his home in Lagos.”

In a separate statement, a group, the Patriotic Northern Coalition for Justice, Peace and Equity has advised the APC to be wary of some politicians within the party plotting to undermine and marginalise Tinubu.

The national coordinator of the coalition, Alhaji Babangida Sule, said Tinubu remains the leader of the party and a force to reckon with in the South-West.

Sule warned that any attempt to marginalise Tinubu could destroy the party.

He said, “Politicians are already strategising for 2019 and they will stop at nothing to achieve their aim. Some of them are in the APC and we have discovered that part of their aims is to undermine the party’s chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, because they see him as a stumbling block.

“But we the Patriotic Northern Coalition won’t allow them because we are still grateful to Tinubu for what he did for the North in the 2015 general election.”

(Politics) Read What Tinubu says about June 12 @semaotakeit

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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress has stated that the historic June 12 general elections of 1993 who should have brought late MKO Abiola to power as president of Nigeria should be guided jealously.

In a statement issued by his media office he said: “As we remember the June 12 struggle we are challenged to guard our hard won democratic freedom and prevent any hijack or abuse of the very principles of constitutional democracy.

He noted that: This anniversary offers us another reminder that this country is one set for greatness. Chief Moshood Abiola the symbol of June 12 struggle is one of the greatest Nigerian to ever live. Through his life, we glean selfless service and commitment to people. Through his political struggle, we glean courage and incorrigible commitment to principles of the just, free and humane society.

“Today our democracy thrives on the selfless sacrifices he made. His politics was without bitterness and rancor. His patriotism was devoid of tribal marks and nepotism. It will be said, here lies a man who did his duty on earth; it is what we should all strive for.

“We owe it to Abiola and all the fallen patriots of the June 12 struggle to make sure our democracy never falters and this current government succeeds. We must also make sure that the People remain the focus of our policy and politics.

“This is the commitment the new APC government has made to the people of this great country and by God’s grace we intend to keep it under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari,” Tinubu said.

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