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  1. Lois Auta, founder of Cedar Seed Foundation, young global leader of the World Economic Forum, an aspirant to the AMAC/Bwari Federal constituency, Abuja. The female aspirant was only two years old when she was struck by poliomyelitis, which confined her to a wheelchair. Auta was until recently, a staff of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) under Central Transport Service Section. In an interview with Daily Sun, she speaks on her disappointment with the All Progressives Congress (APC). Why did you settle for APC as a platform to realise your ambition considering the bashing it has been receiving in recent times? APC has shown commitment over the years by appointing a senior special assistant to the president on disability matters. It did not stop there; it has a national coordinator on the party platform on disability matters in the whole 36 states including FCT. They have state, local government and ward coordinators on disability matters. So they have shown us that they are an inclusive party and that moved me to be part of the party. I have been a member of the party over a year now. Why have you suddenly changed your mind about running on APC platform after paying such glowing tribute to the party? It is disheartening and discouraging. They are excluding us from political participation with style. I have done my homework, I have paid my dues but nomination fees has stopped me from participating in the APC primaries due to lack of funds. I was at the national headquarters to confirm whether it is true and I was shocked to hear that I must pay 50 percent. And I told them since it is 50 percent off for women and 50 percent off for persons with disabilities that mean I am paying nothing being a woman and a person with disability, but they said no, I must pay. I had appealed to Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari and APC leadership to make the forms free for women, young people and persons with disabilities, those in groups I mentioned that have paid their money should be refunded but it seems all my pleas fell on deaf ears. About my views on the interest and nomination forms I shared earlier, they promised to give persons with disabilities for free but when the form came out for sale, it was 50 percent off for aspirants with disabilities which have excluded the vulnerable groups from the political participation on that platform. I am switching party due to the exclusion of aspirants with disabilities, young people and women from participating fully in politics. The fees of interest and nomination forms are too exorbitant. The party structures and systems are not friendly to us, that is why we have to re-strategise and join another friendly party. I went there with N500, 000 that I could raise for the form but I was told they will not collect until it is complete. I believe I can make it God’s willing on the new party platform that will be announced soon. With my intimidating profile, people’s goodwill, competence, passion, experience, exposure, character, credibility and support from people, there is no party I will run on and will not win. You are from Kaduna State, why are you aspiring to represent AMAC/Bwari Federal Constituency and not your constituency in Kaduna? I have been in Abuja since I was 18, so most of my achievements, awards, I got them here in Abuja. As a public servant with NNPC, I pay tax here and even the Cedar Seed Foundation, the project we have been implementing was started here in Abuja. So, I feel I am part of the indigenes of Abuja and I have the right to contest anywhere in Nigeria as a citizen of Nigeria. Yes, we have some challenges, one of which is language barrier because when you go out for consultations and campaign, some of the people want to talk to you in their language but I won’t be able to respond to their satisfaction. It is one of my major challenges but this is just a challenge, it can be surmounted. With the ideology I am bringing to the party, the projects I am going to implement is not going to be for the Gbagis, Bwaris, Igbo, Yoruba, so ethnicity should not stop good leaders from emerging and participating in politics. Aside disability issues, what other issues are important to you in the FCT that you will be pushing when elected? The people of AMAC/Bwari Federal Constituency and other parts of the FCT have for too long suffered from bad roads, inadequate social amenities like water, electricity, good markets, good schools, good hospitals. So my plan for them when I become a member of House of Representatives is to ensure that these things are put in place, that these issues are addressed in the FCT, the bad roads will be turned to good roads, bad schools to good schools, bad hospitals to good hospitals whereby the sick can be taken care of.
  2. Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Ben Murray-Bruce have sued the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and the FCT Commissioner of Police over “humiliation, intimidation, harassment” The lawmakers said they suffered harassment in the hands of police officers during their Friday protest against the outcome of Osun governorship election where the candidate of the APC Gboyega Oyetola emerged winner. According to Punch, they are demanding N500m as damages. The senators are therefore praying the court to among others, direct the defendants to “jointly and severally pay the applicants the sum of N500m, being the pecuniary and exemplary damages arising from the humiliation, intimidation, harassment and unlawful attempt to arrest the applicants by the agents of the second respondent (Commissioner of Police).” Court papers obtained by Daily Post’s correspondent on Monday showed that the suit, with Number FHC/ABJ/03/095/2018, was filed by Mahmud Abubakar Magaji, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, on behalf of the senators.
  3. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has paid a Thank You Visit to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at the Government House Port-Harcourt on Sunday evening. It was earlier reported that Nyesom Wike, left the venue of the Peoples Democratic Party convention before the convention ended. He reportedly left shortly after congratulating the winner of the party’s presidential primary, Atiku Abubakar. He was promptly followed out of the Port-Harcourt venue by many of his supporters. The Rivers governor was one of the major backers of Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who came second in the presidential primary. Meanwhile, Wike has declared that all Nigerians irrespective of political affiliation must rise up to sack the most inefficient Federal Government since the country gained independence. He said though different party leaders supported different aspirants, with the emergence of Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the party’s Presidential Candidate, all hands must be on deck for the good of the country. He said that the successful hosting of the National Convention in Port Harcourt has once again shown that Port Harcourt is a peaceful location for national events. In his remarks, PDP Presidential Candidate and Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said that the entire country must work towards ending the failed APC Federal Government in 2019. He said the country has gone through challenges ranging from recession, unemployment, insecurity and lack of unity. He said the country needs to chart a new direction in the interest of the people.
  4. Club owner and politician, Shina Peller, took to his twitter handle to state the difference between the major contenders of the presidential seat in the 2019 election, President Buhari and Atiku Abubakar. See his tweets below.
  5. NWC PANEL DECLARES SANWO-OLU WINNER OF LAGOS APC PRIMARY NWC Panel Declares Sanwo-Olu Winner of Lagos APC Primary – Clement Ebri, chairman of the primary election panel of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, has declared Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the exercise in the state. Ebri made the declaration at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday morning. He had earlier distanced the committee from the election, opposing the open ballot system used. Ebri said arrangements were in place to commence fresh elections where the secret ballot would be used. But Tunde Balogun, chairman of the APC in Lagos, disagreed with Ebri, saying the election went on peacefully across the state. Balogun declared Sanwo-Olu winner of the exercise, announcing that he polled 970,851 votes while Ambode secured 72,901 votes. At his media briefing on Wednesday, Ebri reeled out the same figures.
  6. READ WHAT ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE TOLD BUHARI ABOUT LAGOS APC PRIMARIES Read What Adams Oshiomhole Told Buhari About Lagos APC Primaries – All Progresives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole has actually dismissed worries that yesterday’s governorship primary in Lagos State was questionable. He stated the celebration leadership was in control of the shadow election. Speaking at the Presidential Villa after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, the previous Edo State Governor said: “I told the President that the primaries held as prepared and everything is being done to guarantee there is no violence due to the fact that democracy does not grow with violence. “Nigerians must begin to learn how to differ in opinion and in choice without fighting; this is something people have to acquire over time. “For me, I’m excited that if we can do it in Lagos, it can be done anywhere. “Everything that is being done is done under the control, supervision and direction of the NWC.’’ In Lagos, the Clement Ebri Election Committee said the exercise did not receive its blessing because the conditions prescribed were not followed. Party Chairman Tunde Balogun rejected the Committee’s verdict, saying the election was free and fair. Leaders of the party, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Deputy Governor Idiat Adebule, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, commissioners, aspirant Babajide Sanwo-Olu and party members who turned out in large numbers, participated in the election. But Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who was in his hometown Epe for the primary, remained indoors. Reporteers who accompanied him to Epe were asked to leave for Lagos shortly before 11a.m. Ebri said at about 4.30 pm when he addressed the media was just ready for the primary. He said he had contacted the APC national secretariat for further directives. “We are ready to give the state the most credible election. It is not our fault that this exercise took this long. In some states, primary has been moved to Thursday. “We were waiting for the (Lagos State) party chairman to provide certain information that will enable us post people to the wards. We have two aspirants and we needed to be fair to both parties. The information we demanded for came in about an hour ago. And we had to struggle this period to balance the equation,” Ebri said, adding: “We have five persons from the local organising committee and four for each ward. They will all go out to ensure the primary is conducted. We all understand the terrain in the state, especially as it concerns the traffic situation. So, the materials are available now and ready for deployment. “The national secretariat advised us to use ballot papers and we came into Lagos with thousands of them. But during the stakeholders meeting, it became obvious that the state chapter of the party wasn’t ready for such primary. They claimed that there was no time to educate the members and others. And based on the submission made at the stakeholders meeting, some changes were made. “And we were advised to conduct the open ballot in a manner that would be objective to all parties. And that is one of the adjustments we made to accommodate views of the stakeholders. “We had a session with representatives of both aspirants here at about 8 am. And we asked that they should bring names of their representatives that would be used for the exercise. But the names didn’t arrive early from both parties.” Ebri went on: “Because of the political tension in the state, we decided to be very careful, very methodical and very meticulous in doing it. As party men, peace is very important to us than victory; we want victory that will be celebrated by both parties; we want victory that will be credible; a victory that will be in line with the guidelines and extant rules and laws in this country. We are ready to go to the field and execute this in clinical fashion. “Lagos is a flagship of APC and must continue to remain so for years to come and so in conducting anything that has to do with Lagos, we have to do it with a lot of circumspection and objectivity and it should be a showpiece for the rest of the country. Displaying the result sheets, the Panel Chairman said it was “in impeccable condition and not one single sheet is missing and it is not possible for this committee to do any other thing than it has been instructed to do”. “We have guidelines and we will stick to those guidelines to be sure that we are fair to both parties.” Balogun insisted that the primary was devoid of violence and, therefore, credible. He said the agents of the two parties were present at the wards where the election took place and that the Independent National Elect0ral Commission (INEC), and election observers witnessed the exercise. “The election took place simultaneously in all the 245 wards. Some of our members were visible in the local governments. For example our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was at Ikeja, his own ward. “He took part in the election and we saw the results. The results have been signed by the agents of the two aspirants. Those results were credible because the INEC too were there and they all signed. We were all witnesses to the conduct of the election. There were no violence, no chaos; it was free, fair and transparent.” Asked whether any member of the NWC panel members was there, he said: ‘’What I know is that I did not go round the wards. The venue I went to, I saw some observers apart from the agents and INEC. They were publicly conducted, constitutionally done and I think we will leave the rest for the people and the press . That is why we have to wait for the committee charged with the responsibility to announce the results. We are not to announce the results. Some women from Shomolu/Bariga who protested at the Ikeja hotel where the panel members addressed the media, complained that they were not allowed to vote in their wards because they are known supporters of Governor Ambode.
  7. ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) NATIONAL LEADER, ASIWAJU BOLA TINUBU SAYS THE PARTY’S VICTORY IN THE OSUN GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION SHOWS THAT DEMOCRACY IS AT WORK IN THE COUNTRY. Tinubu said this after he received Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun and the newly elected state Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola at his Resident in Ikoyi, Lagos on Friday. Tinubu said that the people of Osun exercised their rights and chose the best candidate to drive development in the state. ”The people of Osun, the state of ‘Omoluabi’ demonstrated their strong determination, they have good judgment, they exercised their rights to choose the best candidate necessary for developmental programmes in the state. ”When you look at those who were running, you have the best, the most brilliant, the most qualified, competent, calm and great candidate. ”That is what they have done to show that democracy is at work. “Democracy is about the people, and the people have equally exercised their right to be tolerant, patient, persevere and do what is necessary to develop the economy of the state. ”And you need the most competent person that will perform. ”In leadership, you need a philosopher and a doer that must be present inside the mind, body, and soul; that person who will carry the responsibility of the nation and that I feel that Mr. Oyetola suits flawlessly,” he said. Tinubu urged the people of Osun to encourage and give maximum support to Oyetola. ”The rest is for the people of Osun state to rally round and give him the necessary support and encourage him to do well following the legacy already built. ”He already has a blueprint for development agenda,” he said.
  8. LAST THURSDAY, THE INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECT0RAL COMMISSION, INEC, DECLARED GBOYEGA OYETOLA OF THE APC AS THE WINNER OF THE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION IN OSUN STATE. Oyetola polled a total of 255,505 votes after the collation of the results of the supplementary election in seven polling units across four local governments, while PDP’s Ademola Adeleke polled a total of 255,023 votes to come second. But at the initial election which held last Saturday, Davido’s uncle scored the highest number of votes, beating Oyetola with 353 votes but INEC declared the election inconclusive and ordered a rerun because the number of canceled votes in the seven polling units was far higher than the margin by which Adeleke beat Oyetola. Following this supplementary votes on Thursday, Oyetola overtook and beat Adeleke with a total margin of 482 votes. Reacting to the outcome of the supplementary election, Davido wrote: ‘God knows best! Best believe he will come thru soon,’ while replying to a Twitter user.
  9. Ovation Magazine publisher, Dele Momodu has via his weekly column, the ‘Pendulem’ made shocking revelations about the just concluded Osun State governorship election. According to him, “APC merely used the elections in Ekiti and Osun as dress rehearsals of what to expect in next year’s general elections” because if Buhari loses they would end up manipulating the result same way they did in Osun state, He also disclosed that a former President had told him months ago that Nigerians should not expect President Buhari to lose the election and quit quietly as President Goodluck Jonathan did in 2015… Read his insightful and mind-blowing article in full: Fellow Nigerians, let’s not mince words today and go straight to the crux of the matter. What transpired in the State of Osun, as my dear Brother, the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, loves to refer to our State, was not a Gubernatorial, but a prelude to the Presidential election. The interest and resources galvanized for that election demonstrated that it was a civil war and not a civilized election. The election was seen and executed as a referendum on the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari and its wobbly government. While the ruling party appeared determined, or maybe ‘desperate’ is the appropriate word, to win, the main opposition party looked jazzed and disinterested. But for the merciful interventions of former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the PDP candidate, Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke, could as well have been a virtual orphan. It was that bad. What manner of opposition would sit at home, arms akimbo, after seeing how the President, Vice President, Governors, Ministers and party Chieftains all invaded, and flooded, Osun as if their lives depended on it? I fail to understand how PDP can parade over a dozen Presidential aspirants yet only few of them are showing irrevocable commitment to serious party matters while the rest are only pursuing personal agenda. Adeleke was just lucky to be blessed with a family that had the means to fund his campaign and in particular a megastar, David Adeleke (aka Davido), who unleashed his monstrous talent on the campaign. The ways of politicians are certainly not the ways of ordinary mortals. I could not believe how they turned Osun into a theatre of war because of a few thousand votes. I thought that, by now, Nigeria had passed this disgraceful and embarrassing stage. I have no doubt that c. A former President had told me months ago that we should not expect President Buhari to lose the election and quit quietly like President Goodluck Jonathan did in 2015, but I disagreed most vehemently. Thank God, we did not take a bet because with what happened in Osun, in particular, I don’t see the APC apparatchik agreeing to vacate power without a truculent fight. Many people, Nigerians and non-Nigerians have come to the incontrovertible conclusion that what we currently have is an army of occupation and we should accept our fate with equanimity. But no country can afford not to have a virile opposition. This is why it is sad and tragic that those who were in opposition only yesterday are perpetrating the same unfortunate acts we collectively rejected and dismissed not too long ago. It is also a shame that political parties have become over-proliferated in our dear beloved country. This has made it difficult for us to have a unified resolve to challenge what may ultimately turn into a Gestapo and most oppressive civilian regime. The PDP that should fight back stoutly to give a good fight is already gasping for breath because of multiple ambitions of individuals who may choose to turn coat at the drop of a hat. From the multitude of PDP aspirants and even the cacophony of permutations about who can challenge Buhari to a duel, it is becoming clear, to discerning minds, that there are only two, possibly three serious challengers and no more. Of these three, two currently stand tall. One is old and the other is young. It seems patently obvious, from the recent shenanigans that we have seen, that President Buhari and his people would do everything humanly possible to avoid confronting either of these two candidates at the polls next year. Moving on, let me say with every emphasis I can muster, no candidate from the core North can compete against, and defeat, Buhari simply on the basis that they come from the core North. It is practically impossible. The jejune argument that PDP should pick a candidate who can divide the core Northern votes is either a joke carried too far or a deliberate decision to hand power back to the incumbent on a platter of gold. What the PDP needs urgently is a candidate who can explode its votes in the entire South and the North Central. I do not hereby advocate for any candidate. I make my thesis only on the basis of empirical analysis. Buhari lost elections three consecutive times because he couldn’t saunter across those zones. If you doubt my assertion, let’s examine the figures, in practical terms. In 1999, PDP scored 4,226,330 in South South while ANPP/AD recorded 1,205,087. PDP 2,307,712 in South East and ANPP/AD 978,997. PDP 1,092,216 in South West and ANPP/AD 4,366,993. This was Chief Olu Falae versus General Olusegun Obasanjo. The Yoruba can mobilise humongous votes when they feel they have their own in the race. The sentiment was in favour of Falae. PDP 3,675,027 in North Central and ANPP/AD 1,461,840. PDP 3,552,354 in North East and ANPP/AD 1,412,426. PDP 3,887,536 in North West and ANPP/AD 1,684,934. In 2003, PDP jumped to 6,953,679 in South South and ANPP 365,161. PDP 3,161,150 in South East and ANPP 253,079. PDP 5,031,288 in South West and ANPP 195,024. PDP 3,257,956 in North Central and ANPP 1,993,705. PDP 2,941,208 in North East and ANPP 3,694,367. PDP 2,764,846 in North West and ANPP 6,453,437. This was the year Buhari started contesting the Presidency. On this occasion he contested on the platform of ANPP. In 2007, PDP had 6,118,608 in South South and ANPP 365,161. PDP 4,985,246 in South East and ANPP 253,079. PDP 2,836,417 in South West and ANPP 195,024. PDP 3,376,570 in North Central and ANPP 1,744575. PDP 1,832,651 in North East and ANPP 3,660919. PDP 3,466,924 in North West and ANPP 6,453,437. Buhari again contested as ANPP Presidential candidate. In 2011, PDP recorded 6,118,608 in South South and ANPP 49,978. PDP 4,985,246 in South East and ANPP 20,335. PDP 2,786,417 in South West and ANPP 321,609. PDP 3,123,126 in North Central and ANPP 1,612,999. PDP 1,832,622 in North East and ANPP 3,624,910. PDP 3,395,724 in North West and ANPP 6,453,437. Buhari was again the flagbearer of the ANPP. In 2015, PDP secured 4,714,725 in South South and APC 418,590. PDP 2,464,906 in South East and APC 198,248. PDP 1,821,416 in South West and APC 2,433,193. PDP 1,715,818 in North Central and APC 2,411,013. PDP 796,580 in North East and APC 2,848,678. PDP 1,339,709 in North West and APC 7,115,199. The import of these figures is that whosoever can checkmate Buhari from the Middlebelt downwards would always defeat Buhari. This does not necessarily mean such a candidate should come from these regions, but it would be ideal. A candidate with cross-over appeal from the North East and North West would also do well provided he does not believe that his place of origin means he should concentrate his effort in that region or adjunct region. PDP should forget the pipe dream of competing favourably against Buhari in the North East and North West. He has consistently won overwhelming in those two regions. However, if President Buhari can be restricted to those two zones while opposition locks down the other four zones of the country, then the prospects of the opposition PDP resoundingly beating the APC candidate becomes much brighter. PDP or any intelligent party must apply Isaac Newton’s third Law of Motion: “actions and reactions are always equal and opposite.” Buhari would be 76, his opponent must be the opposite by being much younger. 70 percent of the electorate are under the age of 45. Opposition requires a candidate who can readily galvanise a multitude of first-time voters. Nigeria is long overdue for a candidate in the mould of Barack Obama, an energetic and cosmopolitan leader. Politics as a game of numbers must be approached meticulously. Buhari has stupendous State appurtenances and resources to deploy, his opponent must have access to similar armoury or have sufficient wherewithal to match the substantial resources of State and not be a scavenger in search of m0rale, audacity and finance. I’m not sure about what the third force can produce. I have expressed this publicly and privately. There are those like my dear friend, former Governor Donald Duke, Frank Nweke Jnr. and others who feel a third force can fly next year. I sincerely doubt this. Indeed, I would like to dismiss this as mere wishful thinking. There may also be a fourth force, the Take Back Nigeria Movement being propelled by Omoyele Sowore who has worked extremely hard across Nigeria, but I believe he still has a lot of distance to cover. The reason is simple. He would have gone very far if he could muster the support of other younger candidates. Same with Fela Durotoye, Kingsley Moghalu and others. I truly wish there could be a consensus candidate, but alas! Where do we go from here, realistically? I think the toughest opposition can still come from PDP if it can rescue itself from certain interests and manage to pick a kamikaze candidate who is not docile and who is ready to fight all the way with everything at his disposal. No meek or lily-livered gentleman can fight and conquer Buhari next year. The lesson to pick from Osun, while litigation processes are being cooked, is that the next Presidential election is not going to be the stuff of conventional warfare. A serious opposition must prepare for the use of ballistic and anti-ballistic missiles. This is the reality of what to expect.
  10. A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES REPRESENTING IREPODUN ISIN/ EKITI /OKE ERO FEDERAL CONSTITUENCY OF KWARA STATE, MS. FUNKE ADEDOYIN, IS DEAD. It was gathered that she died in a hospital in Abuja on Friday. A source close to the family said that the deceased had a cancer operation about two years ago, while she had been in and out of the country for medical attention since then. It was further learnt that she had undergone further treatment abroad for cancer. A sister to the late lawmaker, Mrs. Omolola Olobayo confirmed the death of her sister to Punch in a telephone interview. Olobayo who is a former Chairman of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Kwara and Kogi chapter said her sister died in an Abuja hospital after returning from treatment abroad. Ms Adedoyin was a daughter of Nigerian industrialist Samuel Adedoyin. She was appointed as health minister by former President Olusegun Obasanjo during his first term between 1999-2003. The deceased was among All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers who defected to the PDP .
  11. The Senate President Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki today met the PDP candidate in OsunDecides2018, Senator Ademola Adeleke, in Ede, Osun State.
  12. ADEMOLA ADELEKE, THE CANDIDATE OF THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS IN THE ONGOING OSUN GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION, HAS WON HIS EDE NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA WITH A WIDE MARGIN OF VOTES. Mr Adeleke won with well over double the votes garnered by his closest rival, Gboyega Oyetola of the APC. The collation officer, Taiwo Mafimisebi, announced the result at about 1.50 a.m. At the end of collation at the INEC headquarters in Ede, Mr. Adeleke polled 18,745 votes to beat his closest rival, Mr Oyetola who had 7,025 votes. Following Mr Oyetola is the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Iyiola Omisore, who had 1380 votes. In fourth and fifth positions were candidates of ADP, Moshood Adeoti and ADC, Fatai Akinbade with 758 and 89 votes respectively. Ede North has 11 wards. A total of 28,672 valid votes were recorded in the local government while 1631 was rejected, both making 30,303 total votes cast. See full results including ward breakdown below: Collation started at the INEC headquarters, Ede North by 9.50p.m. The local government has 11 wards. Result from ward 9 Apaso, Ede North (10 poling units) Total number of registered voters – 3608 Accredited – 2037 ADC – 2 ADP – 73 APC – 508 PDP – 1276 SDP – 67 Total valid votes – 1956 Rejected – 81 Total votes cast – 2038 Result from ward 8, Ede North (13 poling units) Total number of registered voters – 5453 Accredited – 2682 ADC – 5 ADP – 54 APC – 626 PDP – 1791 SDP – 34 Total valid votes – 2575 Rejected – 101 Total votes cast – 2676 Result from ward 11, Ede North (7 poling units) Total number of registered voters – 2420 Accredited – 1324 ADC – 0 ADP – 64 APC – 273 PDP – 858 SDP – 30 Total valid votes – 1247 Rejected – 51 Total votes cast – 1298 Result from ward 1, Ede North Total number of registered voters – 3934 Accredited – 2091 ADC – 8 ADP – 40 APC – 523 PDP – 1313 SDP – 40 Total valid votes – 1983 Rejected – 106 Total votes cast – 2089 Result from ward 2, Ede North (22 poling units) Total number of registered voters – 8606 Accredited – 4119 ADC – 4 ADP – 74 APC – 716 PDP – 3015 SDP – 89 Total valid votes – 3983 Rejected – 136 Total votes cast – 4119 Result from ward 5, Ede North Total number of registered voters – 7358 Accredited – 4222 ADC – 9 ADP – 52 APC – 708 PDP – 2321 SDP – 626 Total valid votes – 3832 Rejected – 383 Total votes cast – 4215 Result from ward 4, Ede North Total number of registered voters – 6757 Accredited – 3436 ADC – 13 ADP – 91 APC – 787 PDP – 2010 SDP – 227 Total valid votes – 3194 Rejected – 235 Total votes cast – 3429 Result from ward 6, Ede North Total number of registered voters – 5345 Accredited – 2616 ADC – 7 ADP – 47 APC – 646 PDP – 1687 SDP – 55 Total valid votes – 2503 Rejected – 109 Total votes cast – 2612 Result from ward 7, Ede North Total number of registered voters – 7331 Accredited – 3127 ADC – 19 ADP – 54 APC – 640 PDP – 2014 SDP – 157 Total valid votes – 2954 Rejected – 138 Total votes cast – 3092 Result from ward 10, Ede North Total number of registered voters – 3571 Accredited – 1744 ADC – 11 ADP – 105 APC – 399 PDP – 1012 SDP – 26 Total valid votes – 1581 Rejected – 158 Total votes cast – 1739 Result from ward 3, Ede North Total number of registered voters – 5293 Accredited – 2997 ADC – 11 ADP – 104 APC – 1199 PDP – 1448 SDP – 29 Total valid votes – 2863 Rejected – 134 Total votes cast – 2997
  13. The leadership of the ruling APC has devised a new pattern of political campaign using beautiful ladies, and this is working well, at least on social media. To sway voters and ensure the return of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo in 2019, the APC has recruited beautiful ladies to engaged in door to door campaigns. According to rumours, a WhatsApp group has been created for the beautiful, curvy and busty ladies rocking APC-crested shirts and caps to hold meetings and mobilize others. The ladies who are mostly attractive appear as volunteers while they are actually paid for the jobs they do for the ruling APC according to a Twitter influencer, Demola Olarewaju. The alluring pictures of these ladies referred to as ‘Slay Queens’ have been creating the needed buzz on social media as Nigerians have been rapidly sharing them on their pages. See more images:
  14. President Muhammadu Buhari has told the National Working Committee members of the APC that N55 million nomination fee is too high for him. According to NewTelegraph, a member of the National Executive Committee of the party revealed that the President "has complained to the party that he could not afford it." The President had four years ago complained over the N27.5 million nomination forms for the Presidential ticket and had argued that if he had his way, he would have ensured downward review of the fees. But the National Working Committee of the APC has reviewed the nomination forms upward to the tune of N55 million. While the Presidential Nomination form goes for N50 million, the Expression of Interest Form costs N5 million. Also reviewed upward are the cost of nomination forms for the governorship, senatorial, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly forms. For the APC governorship ticket, the party reviewed the nomination forms from N5.5 million to N22.5 million, the senatorial ticket from N3.3 million to N8.5 million, House of Representatives from N2.2 million to N6.5 million and state House of Assembly from N550, 000 to N1.1 million. The members of the Not-to-Young-to-Run in APC have vowed to protest the high cost of nomination forms. Mr. Jide Ola, who spoke to newsmen, said the high cost of the nomination forms was another method to keep the youths from contesting elective positions. He wondered how youths can afford N1.1 million to purchase the State House of Assembly forms, not to talk of federal legislature tickets.
  15. FELLOW NIGERIANS, THESE ARE INTERESTING TIMES IN OUR DEAR BELOVED COUNTRY. HIGH-WIRED POLITICS IS HERE AGAIN AND THERE ARE MANY GLADIATORS ALREADY QUEUEING UP FOR THE BIGGEST PRIZE OF ALL, THE PRESIDENCY. The latest political figure to throw his hat into the ring is the President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who declared his interest in dramatic fashion, two days ago, whilst addressing a gathering of some selected Nigerian youths. As always, I have continued to follow developments on this latest declaration on social media. While many were jolted by Saraki’s decision, I was not surprised at all. I had written about his decision a few months ago. At that time, I was scorned at, as usual, by those who have no access to news or newsmakers but come online just to attack and disparage everyone. Anyone who understands the game of politics would have realised that the main reason Saraki has been under ceaseless attack and near annihilation is because of his long suspected Presidential ambition. I will explain further, very shortly. But before I do, let me say something for free. I know, many are likely to dismiss Saraki as a smaller fry to President Muhammadu Buhari. Let me plead with anyone who cares to listen that I don’t see Saraki as someone joking, or testing waters, as some people are suggesting. I have studied the man like a book and have come to discover some of the things that make him tick. Saraki’s biggest strength and threat to his adversaries is his calm mien. He is a man of few words. He is deep and calculating. He loves to be underrated. Then he strikes. I was one of those who used to dismiss his rumoured Presidential ambition as totally impossible. Several times, I had omitted his name when writing about possible Presidential aspirants and he would ask why I thought he was not qualified to govern Nigeria. And my stock answer was usually that the geographical location of Kwara and his own cultural roots naturally and automatically disqualified him. I used to ask, almost rhetorically, where would he pick his running mate from since many Northerners may want to see him as a Yorubaman and thus a Southerner. He finally made his pitch on this vexed issue to me at great length and with strong conviction, when we met, last week in Ilorin. Let me now take you through the mind-set of this enigmatic politician who may yet spring another surprise on you and I, and cause an unexpected revolution in the political landscape and socio-cultural configuration of Nigeria. I was privileged to sit with Dr Saraki as his guest during the Eid El Kabir festival, in Ilorin. My mission was to penetrate his mind and unravel his mythical essence. I have already met a few other formidable Presidential aspirants such as former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, and former Cross River State Governor Mr Donald Duke. I have had brief telephone conversations with the Governor of Sokoto State, Waziri Aminu Tambuwal, the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Comrade Omoyele Sowore, international motivational speaker Mr Fela Durotoye, BEN Television UK Chairman Mr Alistair Soyode, Finance expert, Mr Tope Fasua but have not had the opportunity of sitting down with them. My encounter with Saraki was extraordinary. He opened up like never before. I have known him a bit since our collaborative work on the Buhari project, but I have never seen him in this form or mood. He was turbocharged and seemed to speak from the heart. Saraki’s roadmap to victory is simple. Buhari is going to play the usual ethnic card that only a candidate from North West can win a Presidential election in Nigeria. Saraki feels otherwise. He believes that the pro-restructuring crusaders now have an opportunity to make the Presidency available to other Nigerians. He concedes that it may be difficult for any candidate from North West and North East to compete or beat Buhari hands down, despite the fact that PDP parades more experienced politicians and competent aspirants. What is then needed is to keep North Central on lockdown with a popular candidate from that zone. With the support of PDP stalwarts from the other two Northern zones, Buhari’s votes would be whittled down to make up the requisite percentages in terms of spread but no more. He believes that it may be a waste of time and resources trying to compete in the President’s traditional enclave other than to strive to get up to 25%. PDP should instead focus on mobilising the forces from the opposite direction and lockdown four out of the six geo-political zones. Saraki says he is well-positioned to make this happen. With one leg in the North and another in the South, especially the South West, the people would have a higher stake in the Presidency and this will galvanise more passionate voters. If the PDP presents just anyone, there may be voter apathy and Buhari would coast home to victory. As to where his deputy will come from, it would have to be from the South-East/South-south axis, since he has already covered the South West, technically. Theoretically, this would ignite enthusiasm in that region. He believes the APC has played into his hands somehow by this calculation. According to Saraki, the only reason Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been fighting him is because he wants to take over from Buhari in 2023. “Where does that then leave the Igbo people who have not been able to produce any Vice President or President since Dr Alex Ekwueme in 1979-1983?” In simple Arithmetic “PDP needs a candidate who can block the South West and the South East simultaneously since Buhari will still run with Osinbajo…” This race is getting mathematically interesting and the Saraki option is looking feasible, I thought. However, Saraki said he was only just starting. He said those days are gone when an individual can instruct people to go out and vote as if they have no minds of their own. He plans to challenge and tackle Buhari strictly on issues and not pettiness, which he sees to be the current order of the day. He said the world is driven today by knowledge and not by crude force. He said he is better informed on how to resurrect the comatose economy which collapsed because of the over-simplistic and myopic handling of affairs since Buhari took over. “Any student of elementary economics would know that a country can never develop in an atmosphere of obsession for scaremongering, instability, uncertainty, Stone Age policies… Nigeria urgently needs a unifier in deed and not in words… I’m one of the most cosmopolitan leaders around today with every sense of modesty…” Saraki is looking forward to a serious debate between him, Buhari and other candidates on every aspect of daily life in Nigeria. “If Buhari likes, he can stay at home and do the debate by Skype or whatever, but moving forward, we must discuss Nigeria publicly…Anyone wanting to lead a country as important as Nigeria in this century must be someone who can ably represent us in the comity of nations and has a grasp of modern ways of life.” Saraki says he has matured with time in various offices and his cumulative executive and legislative experiences are almost second to none in the country… “You can see this in the way I have conducted the affairs of the Senate, and we are easily the best, but for the occasional and unfortunate distractions from people who see me as serious threat to their personal ambition. They had to feed the President with lies and destroy our relationship. I did all I could to support the government, but I was constantly harassed and treated like a pariah by those desperate to keep a firm grip on Nigeria…” But he continues to see the positive side of his travails. “Perhaps, I would not have declared interest in this race, but they kept pushing me away, demonising me for no reason, but ,inadvertently, they made me very popular by their action and some of those who never liked me started pitying me as a victim of oppression. They made it possible for me to clear my name and reputation at the highest level of justice, the Supreme Court… That is how God works… Today they’ve pushed me up to the level I never envisaged because the ways of God are very mysterious… Most people, including members of the international community, now see me as the authentic leader of opposition in Nigeria. I’m grateful to all those who have stood by us against dictatorship and tyranny… The more they attacked me, the higher God lifted me up. It was not a crime to aspire. We were co-joiners in the party, but some felt they were overlords, the owners of heaven and earth, and now God has humbled them…” On how he hopes to tackle the youths many of who feel dead set against him, he replied: “That is my biggest task because they are my catchment group. I know many have been brainwashed and I don’t blame them. You know when you tell some lies repeatedly, it becomes the truth to some people. For example, they say I’m the most corrupt man on earth. I have looted Kwara State dry. All cheap but dangerous lies. What’s the worth of Kwara State that anyone would have billions to steal. I was born into business. I have been investing as a kid. In fact, as Governor, many contractors never saw me once. They said I was arrogant, but I empowered my cabinet and gave them the opportunity to use their initiatives in handling matters of State. There was no way I would have demeaned myself asking contractors for bribe. Insult, insult upon insults… What else did I want God to do for me?” How come the perception of corruption against him every time? Saraki said: “You should understand their strategy, Buhari and his people have nothing else to market than to label opponents as looters and Buhari as the last saint standing. As petty as they are, they wrote letters to some foreign security agencies to probe me, and the worst of all to invade my home because they are sure they will find millions of raw cash in foreign currency… Just imagine how they’ve been dragging the office of the number three citizen of Nigeria in the mud because of power… Yet they know all their friends who came into power with nothing, those who never managed any business in their lives, but are billionaires today. That is why nobody outside Nigeria treats their so-called wars seriously. The shame of it is they’ve never rejected any of those they called looters before, whenever they decide to cross over to APC…” On the issue of the collapse of a bank, Societe Generale, under his watch, he expressed great regret and remorse but acknowledges no human being is infallible. He said, at the opportune time, he would lay the details bare for Nigerians to see the incredible effort he and others have put into seeking atonement and forgiveness. He said the war against corruption would improve and succeed only when it is not subject to the whims of one man sitting on the throne in judgment against sinners and we must strengthen the relevant institutions and put in place genuine checks and balances that knows no sacred cows and treats all Nigerians equally in matters of crime and punishment. “The present style of grabbing and prosecuting Nigerians and convicting them on the pages of newspapers and social media is, to say least, cruel and unfortunate, in modern times.” Saraki said he has a major blueprint for moving Nigeria forward in the 21st century and this would be offered to Nigerians for proper scrutiny. “They are concrete and cardinal steps towards our redemption not the empty rhetorics of APC that has yielded little in almost four years,” he said, with a tinge of regret and lamentation. He has promised to work with like minds at home and abroad. He is grateful to the members of PDP for the way him and his group were welcomed back so warmly. He said he would never take it for granted that the golden ticket of PDP would be easy to get, but he believes that if it is God’s wish, then he will get the it with gratitude. However, he also said that he is willing to cooperate fully with whosoever is chosen, if that is not his destiny. “Nigerians cannot afford another four years of this sluggish, directionless and vindictive government. It is our duty to work hard by the grace of God and rescue our great nation…” Saraki said with great faith and palpable confidence. Now, to the clincher and grand finale. Why is APC seeking his impeachment by fire by force? Saraki was ready with a response: “APC knows the Constitution of Nigeria even if they pretend otherwise. They know there is no way they can remove me legally. That is why they were driven to the limit of desperation and feverishness by the invasion of the National Assembly, which is the only reason they are a bit sober right now, out of shame that the brazen invasion by DSS at their behest and instruction failed. The threat by their Chairman to remove me was nothing but empty noise. That aside, the main reason they want me out is they are not willing to take the risk whereby the number three citizen will tackle the number one in a Presidential election. When that happens, they know I will have substantial access to State apparatus like the President. They would rather face candidates who are like orphans and not mandatorily protected, or provided for by State power. But as President of the Senate, that is guaranteed…” At the end of the interaction, I reviewed Saraki’s probabilities and came to the conclusion that although his chances may appear slim, for now, a PDP ticket may all be what he needs to break sound barriers, and underrating this cat with nine lives may well be the biggest mistake that his opponents can make. Time will tell.
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