Nigeria Politics

April 9, 2018

Suspected thugs broke into the Atiku Abubakar’s Presidential Campaign office along Dandagoro road, Batagarawa local government area of Katsina state, during the weekend, destroying vehicles parked inside the premises.

The suspects reportedly attacked supporters of the former vice-president whom they met in the office.

Jacob Dickson, spokesman of Atiku’s campaign in the north-west geopolitical zone, said items worth

hundreds of millions of naira were destroyed during the attack.

Aliyu Abbas, chairman of the Atiku Care Foundation Chairman, said it was “barbaric for the thugs to have attacked the office and innocent supporters who were celebrating there”.

A witness was quoted as saying the “thugs” came in three tricycles, spy on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members before launching the attack.

“We (supporters of Atiku) went to the PDP northwest zonal rally that took place at the party’s secretariat in Katsina and returned to celebrate the colourful outing in our befitting campaign office refurbished in support of Atiku’s candidature ahead of the forthcoming general elections in 2019 when the Armed bandits and Armed thugs stormed and attacked us,” the witness reportedly said.

“Initially, they came in to spy on us before going back to pick up their arms to launch the attack. They smashed windscreens, mirrors and bodies of vehicles parked within the premises of the campaign office with cutlasses, sticks and others they were carrying on their hands.

“They damage our fence, brought down our party flags erected round the fence and went away with some of the party flags.

“We have reported the case at the Divisional Police Office in Batagarawa and the DPO with his men have swung into action immediately.”

April 8, 2018

Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the surprisingly huge turnout of supporters at the party’s mega rally in Katsina state.

Katsina is the home state of president Muhammadu Buhari who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Atiku praised the National Working Committee, NWC of the PDP, adding that they needed commendation for the successful outing. He wrote on social media;

“The NWC of PDP ably led by Prince Uche Secondus; Deputy National Chairman (North), Sen. Gamawa Babawo Garba, Zonal executives and chieftains and millions of our party faithful deserve commendation for the huge success of the PDP Northwest rally in Katsina.”

April 7, 2018

As controversy continues to trail the release of looters ’ list by the Federal Government in the last one week , there are strong indications that government is compiling fresh names of people alleged to have looted the nation ’ s treasury .

Our correspondents learnt that the fresh list might contain names of those who have yet to be arraigned in courts for corruption .

The list may also include names of former governors , ministers and even bankers.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed , had in the past said 55 persons stole N 1 . 34tn under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Last week , he released 29 names , who he said took money from the office of the former National Security Adviser , Col. Sabo Dasuki (retd . ).

Many of the names he released were , however, those already undergoing trial for alleged corruption while the names of members of the former ruling party , the Peoples Democratic Party , who had defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress were conspicuously omitted from the list .

The two lists contained names of those in the main opposition party , the PDP. The PDP had subsequently criticised the government , accusing it of being biased and diverting attention from its alleged incompetence.

But a source close to the Presidency , who spoke on condition of anonymity , told one of our correspondents in Abuja on Friday , that the government , through the Ministry of Information and Culture, would soon release another list .

He said that the next batch would be more comprehensive and would contain the names of those who either took money from the office of the former NSA or directly from the Federal Government before the 2015 elections.

He said the government was aware of the controversy that surrounded the release of the first two lists , adding that the names of some persons considered to be close to the government could be in the third list .

The source said , “ Between you and me , I can authoritatively tell you that we are compiling a fresh list . We won ’ t release it until we are satisfied with it . We want to be thorough. People will be shocked when we release the fresh names.

“Those who accused us of being biased will know that we know what we are doing . The first list was a fraction . When the second one came out , people were surprised . As for the next one, people will be shocked . I won ’ t say more than that. ”

Efforts made to reach Mohammed on the issue were unsuccessful as calls made to his mobile phone indicated that it was switched off .

Our list includes former governors , ministers, bankers –Sagay

However , the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption , Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), in an interview with Saturday PUNCH confirmed that the names of 55 persons that allegedly looted N 1 . 34tn under Jonathan’ s regime were not in the lists of looters released by the Federal Government .

He said he was very sure that the Federal Government would publish the names of these alleged looters . He said , “ Yes , I’ m sure. In fact , there is a paper containing all their names, the charges against them , how far their cases have gone , some of them have never been charged .

“ That list includes former governors , ministers , bankers and so on. That is another list entirely. ”

He, however , refused to mention any of the names on the list , saying , “ No, I don’ t want to mention any names for now . There are people on that list that the court declared that the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) had no right to prosecute for technical reasons , not for substantive reasons . ”

Secondus sues Lai Mohammed , demands N 1 . 5bn damages

Meanwhile , the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus , has dragged Mohammed to court for defamation of character.

Mohammed had on Friday, last week , identified Secondus as one of those who looted the nation ’ s treasury in the first list .

He alleged that Secondus collected N 200 m from Dasuki , an allegation that was denied by Secondus , who said he was embarrassed by the minister ’ s claim .

He claimed through a letter from his lawyer, Mr. Emeka Etiaba (SAN ), that he did not collect money and asked the minister to retract his statement . He also asked for the payment of N 1 . 5 bn as damages and a public apology within 48 hours.

The letter told Mohammed to note that if he failed to meet their demand after 48 hours , “ We shall within 72 hours from today , proceed to a court of competent jurisdiction to ventilate our client ’ s rights under the law and shall further seek the protection of the court against you . ”

Having failed to meet the demand , Secondus on Friday , made good his threat and filed a suit at the High Court , Port Harcourt, Rivers State, asking the court to award the sum of N 1 . 5 bn to him as damages for humiliation, castigation , vilification attack on his person and integrity as a result of the publication.

According to a statement by the PDP National Chairman ’ s Media Office , which was signed by his spokesperson , Mr. Ike Abonyi , Secondus , in the suit numbered : /PHC/ 1013/ 2018, is also claiming that Mohammed ’ s publication is defamatory .

He, therefore, asked the court to direct Mohammed to retract the said publication and apologise to him in writing .

He asked the court to compel the minister to publish the retraction and apology in the

Nation , This Day, The Sun , The

Guardian and The PUNCH as well as on television stations like Nigerian Television Authority and Channels TV , among others, where the “ defamatory ” report was published .

Secondus is also asking the court for a perpetual injunction restraining the defendant from further publishing defamatory materials against him .

Joined in the suit are the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Attorney General of the Federation and the Vintage Press Limited , publishers of The Nation Newspapers .

Also included in Mohammed ’ s first list were a former PDP National Publicity Secretary , Olisah Metuh , who is on trial for allegedly collecting N 1 . 4 bn from NSA office; Dr . Raymond Dokpesi , who is on trial for taking N 2 . 1 bn from NSA office ; and a former Senior Special Adviser to President Jonathan , Dudafa Waripamo – Owei , who is on trial over N 830 m kept in accounts of four different companies

In the second list , the minister said based on EFCC’ s investigation , N126 bn , $1.5 bn and £ 5.5 m were allegedly embezzled through Dasuki ’ s office . He said the amounts were not part of the ongoing $ 2 . 1 bn military equipment scandal .

April 6, 2018

There was mild drama, yesterday, at 8th fidau prayers for late Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Buba Jubril, in Lokoja, Kogi State, as operatives of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, failed to arrest the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, who was at the event.

The Police had a few days ago, declared the senator wanted over his implication in handing over illegal weapons to some kidnappers who claimed to be his thugs.

The SARS’ operatives had stormed Kabawa Primary School, Lokoja, venue of the fidau prayers, in efforts to arrest Senator Melaye but were awe-struck as local vigilante men encircled him and made it impossible for the SARS operatives to get close to him.

Melaye actually stole the show on the occasion, raising his two fingers to acknowledge cheers from the crowd who greeted him with loud ovation.

Dino, after the prayer session was escorted into the waiting vehicle of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, by the local vigilantes who formed a ring round him.

The SARS’ operatives, who later besieged Chief Rasaq Kutepa’s House at the GRA, where the reception took place, were disappointed to see Melaye in the convoy of the Senate President leave for the late Buba’s House from where they left for Obajana airstrip for a flight to Kastina.

Earlier at the fidau prayer session, Leader of the House of Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila, had said the death of Buba Jubril still left him in tears.

Gbajabiamila said the more he talked about Buba, the more he got sad and was forced to cry.

He said: “He was a personal friend, a leader and a colleague, we learned a lot from each other, we are going to miss him. I am trying to absorb the shock in my system, you can see the amazing crowd at the prayer, that is a testament to the kind of person he was.

“Politicians should continue to work hard with commitment and just do the best and leave the rest. Live every day as if its your last day on earth.”

The immediate past governor of the State, Idris Wada, said Buba’s death was a major loss to Kogi politics.

He said: “Buba is a very nice man, very vibrant politician. He has the interest of the people at heart. We will all miss him greatly. We pray that his soul rests in peace.

“Death should teach politicians that there is an end to everything in life. That is why we should not push things beyond limit.

“We all miss Buba. He was a great man and he has contributed positively to the upliftment and the politics of Kogi State. His politics and style make him a man of the people, he listens to people and he does something about their complaints.

“He is just a good man. He had network across the country, a detribalised Nigerian with very good qualities and he was not a religious bigot, politicians should emulate him.”

April 3, 2018

Femi Fani-Kayode, former aviation minister has reacted to the ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s latest attack on President Muhammadu Buhari.

Obasanjo had on Monday, while addressing a group of youths who visited him at his country home in Abeokuta, Ogun State described the Buhari administration as a failure.

He had also asked the All Progressives Congress, APC-led government to stop complaining about the challenges it met on ground.

Reacting to Obasanjo’s statement, Fani-Kayode, in a tweet wrote: “One of the first lessons I learnt in the military was ‘never reinforce failure’. This administration is a failure -President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“OBJ strikes again!”

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain also insisted that Buhari’s government had links with the Boko Haram.

He added, “It is unjust and unconstitutional to proscribe Boko Haram – Lai Mohammed, 2013.

“An attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the north – Muhammadu Buhari,2014.

“Amnesty will make Boko Haram fighters useful to the nation – Shehu Garba, 2018.

“BH have friends in high places!”

March 31, 2018

Photos: APC youth leader shot dead by suspected armed robbers while attempting to rescue female petrol station attendant in Edo State

Unknown gunmen suspected to be armed robbers on Wednesday, March 28, shot dead the youth leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Etsako West local government of Edo State, Samson Sedi.

Sedi, popularly known as Power Remain, was allegedly killed by armed robbers while attempting to rescue a female petrol station attendant at NNPC mega in Jattu, Etsako West Local Government Area, who was being robbed on Wednesday in Jattu.

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has expressed shock at the news of the brutal killing of Mr Sedi.

“I was shocked on receiving the news of Mr. Samson Sedi’s death. My heart goes out to his family. I have ordered the relevant security agencies to arrest the killers and prosecute them without delay,” Obaseki said.

He described the late Sedi as “a grassroots mobiliser, a philanthropist who cared for orphans and a great lover of people, whose death is a huge loss to Edo people and the APC.”

“I learnt he was driving into a road around a petrol station in Jattu and heard a female petrol station attendant shouting for help. The late Sedi, drove into the petrol station to ascertain what was happening, only to be shot by the armed robbers who were operating at the petrol station. Sedi has been with us in our party for a long time and I sympathise with his family,” the governor said.

March 30, 2018

THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has ordered Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo to “keep quiet” if he cannot mention names of those he claims looted the treasury while in power.

Mr. Osinbajo, had said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will not stop talking about the corruption in former president Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Giving his reason he said “because we must let our people know that we cannot afford to go this way again.”

Osinbajo stated this at the 10th annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium, organised to commemorate the birthday of the former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu.

“Let me reiterate that from all I have seen in government in the past three years, the corruption of the previous five years is what destroyed the Nigerian economy,” he said at the event.

“Every time we talk about corruption, our opponents say don’t talk about it just do your own. Don’t talk about it. The Yoruba have an adage: ‘when the matter become that of tails, the frog will say let us keep it and don’t talk about it”. We would talk about it. And the reason why we would talk about it is because we must let our people know that we cannot afford to go this way again. Never again should we allow a system where people take the resources and steal the resources of this country, use the resources against the people and at the same time they want to continue in rulership,” he added.

Mr Osinbajo said the ruling APC got into government with the determination to change the prevailing narrative of Nigeria as a corrupt country and the government is bent on seeing that those who stole from the public treasury will be made to face the music.

“When we began this journey in 2014, our party the APC was determined to change the dominant narrative of the country. We were determined to ensure that the notion of a country rich in natural resources and even richer in human capital but being destroyed daily by corruption and impunity in the looting public resources will have to change that narrative.

“We saw a nation where a few impostors have so privatised the commonwealth that while oil prices were at their highest and we were getting growth figures as high as 70 per cent, the majority of the people remained extremely poor.”

He said the government and the ruling party must show that it was different from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which was in power for 16 years, by investing more in people and infrastructure instead of enriching a few people.

But reacting, PDP accused Osinbajo of not being bold enough to mention names of those he claimed stole public funds.

The party through its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said the vice president was only fond of bandying figures he cannot trace to a personality in the PDP.

While featuring on a programme on Channels Television, Thursday evening, Mr. Ologbondiyan cautioned the vice president to either “keep quiet” or present a list of PDP members who amassed wealth through illegal means.

“We want to caution the Vice-President that he should stop bandying figures. Anytime the Vice-President has the opportunity to face the camera, he begins to announce figures that he cannot support.

“Our advice to him is that as a professor of law, he knows the pathway to follow when you accuse somebody of corruption. We challenge him to stop bandying figures but he should mention names of those who he claimed corrupted themselves. And if he cannot mention their names and he cannot charge them to court and he cannot cause their arrest and he cannot even list these people, he should keep quiet.

“Why can’t they come out and say in the last three years, we have done these, we have done that? All they do is to come back and say the last 10 years of the PDP, last five years of PDP. Is that what Nigerians are asking?

“As far as we are concerned in PDP, until the Vice-President comes out clean and says that your party members by so names corrupted themselves to the tune of so amount, you don’t expect us as a party to begin to respond.”

“Don’t forget, the PDP established all the anti-corruption agencies in the cpuntry. Name it; EFCC, ICPC and whatever agency you think about. They were established by the PDP. PDP remains the only party in our modern democracy that have tried its members for corruption charges.

“Our people challenged the government of which Prof. Osinbajo is Vice-President that the corrupt money they are looking for is what they spent to bring them into government that is the position of PDP.

“If they are searching for corruption money, if they are searching for people who stole money, they should look inwards, that the position of PDP.

“If they are current members of the rebranded and repositioned PDP, declare them so, but if they are hiding under villa protection and you are busy going around villages and towns announcing that PDP stole money, you are being unfair and you are not acting like a man of God. That is the position of PDP,” he said.

March 30, 2018

Reno Omokri via his twitter handle remembered the vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo that for the five years Former President Goodluck Jonathan destroyed Nigeria, A 50kg bag of rice was sold for 8,000 Naira.

Remember that for the 5 years Jonathan ‘destroyed’ Nigeria

50kg bag of rice was ₦8000

Fuel was ₦87

$1 was ₦150 (₦199 in 2015)

Lagos-Abuja air fare was ₦10,000

A bottle of Coke was ₦60

A tin of Peak milk was ₦80

₦18,000 minimum wage was equal to $120

March 30, 2018

Femi Fani-Kayode blast the vice president of Nigeria, Prof Osinbajo. Fani-Kayode said Osinbanjo is a disgrace and a traitor to his faith and race via his twitter handle.

Osinbajo,u are a disgrace and a traitor to ur faith and race.U are hopelessly corrupt and u are a pernicious liar.All u do is accuse PDP of corruption yet ur govt has indulged in MORE corruption in 3 years than PDP did in 16.Worst still u guys delight in shedding innocent blood.

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