Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Female Corper Gets Apology From Principal Who Flogged Her; he says it was just anger

The Principal-General of Government Technical College, Abak, Akwa Ibom State, Mr Friday Udoka, has apologized for flogging a serving female corps member in the school, Miss Olaitan Adeola Kolawole.

Tendering his apology at the NYSC state office 
in Uyo on Monday, Udoka said he did not deliberately flog the corps member, noting that he used the cane on her out of anger.

Miss Kolawole was said to have written the name of her friend, Dolapo Victoria in the attendance register of the school on Friday, October 19, 2018 when the friend was absent.

The principal who has just three years to retire from service was said to have flogged Kolawole for the “misdeamour” and dragged her outside the classroom in front of the students; an allegation he denied.

“No man is perfect, I have not beaten a corps member before. I am very sorry for using a cane on a corper. Adeola, I am very sorry for what happened.

“When I went back home, I felt bad for beating a woman. It is not true that I dragged the corper out of my office and flogged her before the students. This is a man that behaves like a father, but I don’t know what happened that I behaved rudely with you. Please forgive me.

“The mistake will not repeat itself. Whatever is the cost of your treatment, I will bear the cost,”
he said.

Responding, Miss Kolawole said she had no justification not to accept the apology of an elder saying, “For an elder to apologize for his mistake, I forgive him. I accept his apology. My parents wanted to take up the matter, but I will talk to them not to pursue the case as they wanted”.

The Commissioner for Education, Victor Inoka, who was also at the ‘reconciliation meeting’, made a personal donation of N50,000 to Miss Kolawole for her treatment.

Graphic Photos: Armed Robbers Shoot Bike Man Dead After Stealing His Bike In Ibadan

A Nigerian man simply identified as Oba Sioni, said to be a bike man has been reported dead after he was shot dead by armed robbers who stole his bike from him in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

According to report, the deceased was immediately shot dead after he recognized one of the armed robbers that forcefully snatched his bike from him in Adegbayi Olode area of Ibadan, Oyo state on the 21st of October 2018.

Looters’ List Not A Violation Of Named Persons’ Rights, Court Says

The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Apo, Abuja, ruled on Tuesday, that the Federal Government’s alleged looters’ list released earlier in the year does not constitute a violation of the rights to presumption of innocence of those named.

Delivering judgment in a suit filed by the proprietor of the African Independent Television and Ray Power Radio, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, seeking the court’s declaration of the looters’ list as void, Justice Olukayode Adeniyi, held that the suit lacked merit.

The court ruled that the disclosure of the alleged looters’ list by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on behalf of the Federal Government earlier in March does not carry any force of law as the minister is neither the judge or the prosecutor in the criminal case pending before the Federal High Court against Dokpesi.

The judge held that if aggrieved by the possible injury done to the plaintiff, he should rather seek a remedy through a libel/slander suit, Punch reports.

50 Cent MOCKS Ashanti After Selling Only 24 Concert Tickets Leading To Cancellation Of The Show

50 Cent just had to comment on Ashanti's poor ticket sales! Considering her ties to Ja Rule, we all knew 50 Cent would have something to say about this situation.

Over the weekend, news broke out that an Ashanti concert was cancelled after selling only 24 tickets. Being one of the most recognized names in the music industry from the last decade, people were surprised about the reports.

She hasn't released much new music in the last year after hitting her prime early on in her career, but fans expected a bigger turnout than 24 people. The event was initially supposed to be headlined by Teyana Taylor, who just released a pretty solid album, but the singer pulled out two weeks ago.

And 50 Cent decided to chime in, giving some advice to Ashanti on how to handle this situation.

"Do Basement parties then it can still feel like it’s lit," wrote Fiddy on one of his posts regarding the show's cancellation.

At first, he was pretty speechless, admitting he didn't quite know how to react. In a second upload, the rapper asked for all 24 ticket-buyers to report to him, requesting their names and socials after he told everybody "not to fuck with" Ja Rule and, by association, Ashanti.

These days, artists make much of their money by touring so it's a little concerning to see the talented artist selling so few tickets. See 50's posts below.

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FlashFromThePast: Lace - Se Bi Wo

Who remembers this song? If you do raise your hands up! Lol. Woke up listening to the audio like…. and it’s been on repeat! Just feel someone might be in the same mood with me right now, so I decided to bring the song here, ofcus, the video… Enjoy!

N.B. Please where is lace? Sigh!

President Buhari Arrives in Lagos

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday morning landed at the international airport in Lagos, where he was received by the state governor, Akinwumi Ambode.

He's commissioning the new border post at Seem Border.

Dangote's Son-In-Law's Alleged Babymama Narrates How She Was Nearly Robbed In Lagos

Irene Chiamaka Nwachukwu, Dangote's Son-in-law's alleged babymama, who is in a child paternity mess with Jamil Abubakar who is married to one of Dangote's daughters, has taken to instagram to explain how she bravely escaped a robbery incident last night in Lagos.

Irene said it would have been another story if she had not acted like a daughter of a retired police officer or if she had not been brave enough personally. Honestly, one thing learnt from her story. Be brave! Damage things, don't give up, lol. how she narrated the incident below....

This happened at about past 7pm on oworonshoki road,leading to third mainland bridge.

I was trying to avoid traffic cos the major roads were all blocked and I was supposed to be home before 6 because i had my child in the car seat and my sister too, but I still ended up in traffic that was barely even moving.

I was on the phone with my mechanic complaining about how he still hasn’t fixed what I paid him for,when Two guys wearing black approached, started hitting my window and forcing my door open but thank goodness my car is always on central lock. They were shouting ‘open this door, and pointing something that looked like a gun, but i took a quick close look at it and realized it was a scaffold spanner pointed to make it look like a gun. My dad is a retired police officer,I definitely can recognize a real gun even in my sleep.

I knew their next option was to break my glass as they were still struggling to open my door,in my mind i was like “I’ll be damned if i let the robbers have their way, so I reversed and deliberately hit the car at my back and did the same with the car in front of me,seeing that the gap wasn’t so much and there won’t be any damage on their bumpers cos i knew they were oblivious to what was going on and would wanna come down to check for any scratch,as soon as the robbers saw that the men were coming down from their car they immediately crossed to the other side of the road and i quickly put on my hazard light to make the men think my car had developed a fault,the men didn’t bother coming to confront me maybe because it was raining or because there was no damage, then i joined the next lane. All these happened in less than a minute and i was scared to death😢

Lagos is a dangerous place,please be safe out there people. Especially ladies because they rarely do this to men driving. They feel ladies will always panic and surrender to them. May God continue to protect us. It would have been a different story if my car wasn’t locked or if I wasn’t brave to take that step.

Please always be at alert because we can’t avoid the traffic,since our government has refused to do anything about trucks and tankers moving same time with cars.

Buhari's Friend & DG of VON, Osita Okechukwu hits Oshiomhole

Just like President Buhari, APC national chairman Adams Oshiomhole have started promoting nepotism by appointing many people from his Edo State into sensitive positions in APC panels, and it is fellow party members that are crying out.

This is another issue causing trouble. The story...

The dust raised by the primary elections of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is yet to settle as the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria, VON, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, who's a friend of President Buhari, has again attacked the party’s national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Okechukwu, who accused Oshiomhole of displaying “I too know attitude”, recalled that the Comrade once boasted that he would not condone disrespect and dishonourable act from anyone.

The VON DG was an aspirant for the Enugu West Senatorial Zone.

Oshiomhole had told Chris Ngige, labour minister that “You cannot purport to be an Honourable Minister and you act dishonorably. Nobody is is greater than the party. If the President condones disrespect for his office, I will not condone disrespect for the party.”

Okechukwu, in a statement on Tuesday, retorted: “Human memory, the sages say is short, therefore permit me to remind Comrade Adams Oshiomhole the admonition he made in July this year that if Mr President condones disrespect to his office, he will not condone disrespect to the party.

“In October after he messed up APC’s primary; he issued a statement via his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulum, in a futile attempt to fence off the barrage of attacks which trailed the controversial primary, to the effect that the crime his leadership committed is its disdain for impunity and circumvention of due process perpetrated in some states at the pleasure of some influential stakeholders.

“May I ask Comrade Oshiohmole what is impunity and circumvention of due process and disrespect to our great party, more than authoritarianism? Or did he abide by the fine tenets of democracy in the conduct and supervision of the primaries? Were there natural justice, equity and level playing field? No as exemplified below:-

There is no natural justice, equity and fair play when Comrade Oshiomhole populated or rather corrupted the primary with his Edo Field Commanders interalia:-

Chairman National Appeal Panel 
 -H.E. Professor O. Osunbor,

Chairman Kebbi State 
HH. E. Professor O. Osunbor

Chairman Abia State 
Chieff David Iyoha

Chairman Ebonyi State 
Senator Domingo Obande

Chairman Enugu State 
Professor Moses Momoh

Chairman Niger State 
Lucky Imafuen

Chairman Kano State 
Dr Pius Odubu

Chairman Kaduna State 
Chieff Matthew Iduyehue

Chairman Akwa Ibom State 
Hon Abbas Briamah 

and uncountable Edo members of Gubernatorial, Senate, HOR and House of Assembly Panels.

Comrade Chair, kindly note that the Federal Character principle as enunciated in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Constitution of the APC and extant laws, frown at nepotism and food is ready for his cronies. One is of the considered opinion that each state is entitled to one head of the Panel, if pecuniary consideration is not fingered paramount.

“It is my candid view that each state and Federal Capital Territory have eminent persons to head one panel each, instead of fanning out kindred and cronies as if it were bazaar handouts.

“Accordingly, without being immodest, one challenges Comrade, outside pontification and self denial, in the tradition of the anti-graft war of President Muhammadu Buhari, to set up a public inquiry to investigate the Phone Call-Log and possibly accounts of all the Panelists and Comrade’s Aides and associates. Those who petitioned Comrade for alleged corruption seem vindicated.

“For instance, can Comrade in all honesty publicly tell Nigerians why he stopped Enugu State gubernatorial primary mid-way after seamless conclusion of 4 out of 17 LGAs without genuine reason? I was one of those he spoke to and we assured him all is well. Or the unilateral reversal of InDirect Primary Mode of election chosen by Enugu State to Direct Primary, without proper resort to the National Working Committee which approved the Indirect Primary for Enugu State?

“Can Comrade Oshiomhole as a matter of urgent national importance clear the air on the culture of impunity and misadventure he demonstrated in Imo State by handing over the APC to a FRIENDLY FAMILY? One challenges Comrade Oshiomhole in all clear conscience to tell the world how APC can win Imo State in 2019 in the CLIFF-HANGER he wittingly or unwittingly railroaded our great party?

“Is the Electoral Act or our party’s rules followed in Zamfara, Ogun States or some of us who won the primary election but were shortchanged?

Methinks Comrade Oshiomhole came with a wrong mindset, kind of ITK – I Too Know. Hear him. Secondly, everything his predecessor, Chief John Odigie Oyegun did is evil and he is saint. Oshiomhole better goes home to settle with his brother, before we pay for the sin we never committed. Thank God that Oyegun has been vindicated, though at great cost to APC.

“In sum, let’s thank Almighty God that our dear president is above the fray, as all the contending tendencies will vote for Mr President. The substitution window should be utilised by the APC Leadership to amend some of the VOTE-DEATH-TRAPS regrettably laid by Comrade Oshiomhole and his gang.”

Arsenal 3-1 Leicester: Iwobi wins Man-Of-The-Match Award

Super Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi was named the Man-of-the-match award for his brilliant performance in Arsenal's 3-1 win over Leicester City in Monday's Premier League match at the Emirates.

Iwobi, who was on from start to finish made a huge impact as his pace and skills caused the Leicester City players all sort of problems. The Nigerian international has managed just one goal in all competitions in the colours of the Gunners this season.

However, carrying out a mock interview with his father in the dressing room after being awarded the MOTM award, Iwobi said through laughter: 'Congratulations daddy, you are the man of the match. Any words to say?'.

He joked: 'Thank you. I had a good game and I was expecting to be the man of the match. No apologies to anybody.'

Arsenal will be hoping to continue their immaculate recent form against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League on Thursday night before facing Crystal Place on Sunday in the Premier League.

Ogun ADP Unveils Dimeji Bankole As Guber Candidate, MOCKS APC + Unveiling Photos

Chairman of the Action Democratic Party in Ogun State, Chief Wale Egunleti, has said that competence and not “divisive rhetoric”, would determine the next governor of Ogun state. 

This, he said, in Abeokuta on Monday as the party unveiled its gubernatorial candidate for 2019, Dimeji Bankole.

Egunleti, while making reference to the violence which marred the conduct of primaries by some other parties in the state, said that the ADP has been able to set itself apart by not engaging in “undemocratic practices”.

“In light of recent events in which primaries by other parties were marred by violence and are even subject to litigation, we in the Action Democratic Party (ADP) have set ourselves apart by conducting primaries in a most peaceful manner, which will remain as a point of reference for years to come.”

He emphasized the oneness of the state and revealed that the party had consulted widely before electing former speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, as its flagbearer for the guber poll in 2019.

“I deem it imperative to emphasize that while others have chosen to promote divisive rhetoric, for us in ADP, we believe that Ogun state is one. As a party which believes in inclusion, we went to all local governments of this state consulting our people and seeking their opinion on what matters to them most in a leader.

We were told repeatedly that competence, not sectionalism, is the most important quality of all and in answering the call of our people, members of the party unanimously elected Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole, a tested and trusted leader whose competence and readiness for the task of effectively governing Ogun state cannot be questioned.”

Extolling Bankole’s virtues, the chairman said that he had proven his mettle from the way he was able to both stabilise the House of Representatives and complete his term. He also highlighted Bankole’s contributions to infrastructural development within the state during his tenure as Speaker.

“We are all witnesses to how Rt. Hon. Dimeji Bankole, despite his young age, competently presided over the affairs of the House. He took over the reins of leadership at a period when the House was enmeshed in turmoil and not only stabilised the House, but also completed his term; something which, at that time, was an unprecedented feat.

His contributions to infrastructural development within the state are also there for all to see; as Speaker, he attracted projects not just to his immediate constituency, but also to areas outside of it.”

Bankole, in his address, commended members of the party for a job well done and expressed confidence that the party would have a successful run at the polls in 2019.

“I am exceedingly happy to be nominated as our party’s candidate for the forthcoming election. I am grateful to this massive structure that we have built over the last six years, especially the last two years, and I promise you that I will not in any capacity play with the ticket that you have given us.

I believe I can still speak on behalf of other candidates as well, that come February and March 2019, we will deliver. I am speaking with all confidence in the work that you have done, especially in the last two years, and that you are doing, most of it covertly. We are dependent on God and the work that we have done, and the work that we are doing, especially at the grassroot level.”

He said that the party would keep to its motto of mass employment and urged members of the party to abide by its founding principles.

“I therefore call upon all of us in this in this room to join hands with our party in Ogun state to tell the whole world there’s a different way of playing politics, to tell the whole world that we are united and that competence, credibility is the choice of ADP. And we are sure that the people of Ogun state will follow through on us”, he said.

DSS Breaks Silence On Nnamdi Kanu's Escape

After resurfacing in Israel, there has been controversy on social media.

The Department of State Services (DSS), has denied that five of its personnel aided Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to escape from his Umuahia home on Sept. 14, 2017.

But how did he escape from Nigeria without a passport?

NAN reports that Kanu’s whereabouts was unknown, until he surfaced in Israel recently, after the alleged Sept. 14 raid by a combined team of the Army, Police and the DSS at his home in Umuahia, Abia.

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the service, Mr Peter Afunanya, said that the purported report was fake, mischievous and defamatory.

“The Service wishes to state that the news is fake, mischievous and defamatory. It is nothing but a figment of the imagination of the originators,” the statement quoted Afunanya as saying.

He said that the stock in trade of Kanu and his collaborators, was to peddle rumours, gossips and propaganda aimed at subverting the government, its key agencies and officials,

He said that the service was aware of some unscrupulous elements keen on exploiting the situation to constitute a nuisance to the freedom of Nigerians as guaranteed in the Constitution.

Afunanya said that the elements were also keen on disrupting the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

“The DSS will not idly standby and watch these undesirable elements achieve their aims,” he said.

Family Announces Burial Arrangements For Late Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi

Burial arrangements for Late chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi GCON have been announced by the family.

The body of the late jurist is scheduled to arrive Abuja from London in the morning on Wednesday, October 24.

Burial will take place same day by 2pm at the Gudu Cemetery Abuja, after Janazah prayers at the National Mosque Abuja.

Fidau prayers will take place on Thursday at 10am at the residence of the late jurist in Asokoro Abuja.

The Fidau prayers will also take place simultaneously at the Etsu Nupe's Palace in Bida and in Kutigi, Niger State.

Retired Justice kutigi died on Saturday night at a UK hospital after a protracted illness.

Tuesday, October 23

Photo: Zimbabwean Pastor Kills His Two Daughters With Poison Before Killing Himself

A South African based Pastor identified as Precocious Mpofu, from Nkulumane suburb, Zimbabwe reportedly killed his two daughters with poison before killing himself.

According to report, the 36 years old pastor and his daughters Shalom (11) and Panashe (7) were laid to rest at Luveve cemetery in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on Saturday, after their bodies arrived in the country.

It was learnt that the deceased, who was a pastor at Prophet Blessing Chiza’s Eagle Life Assembly allegedly forced his two daughters to drink a drainage cleaning chemical before also taking it in Yeoville suburb, Johannesburg, citing marital problems with his wife, Ms Chido Chipangura, who had recently separated from him but was still living in South Africa.

According to Mpofu’s neighbour from South Africa who traveled to Zimbabwe for the burial, while  describing the pastor he said his a gentleman who was devoted to his wife and may have failed to come to terms with rejection 'the pastor was too devoted to his wife, he loved his children and wife so much but it was embarrassing in church when rumors went around that she was having extra marital affairs'.

:They had since separated and we heard she had moved on but he just could not accept it," the neighbour who declined to be named said.

While Chipangura's family members who noted that they were yet to come to terms with the death of the children said;

“As a family we are very sad. We have lost two children and we are still in mourning. We thank the family, friends and neighbors for their support at this time.”

It was reported that the late Pastor Mpofu who allegedly left a suicide note in which he stated that he was facing a lot of problems most of them in his marriage said there were some people who were stalking him and mentioned four people together with their contact details, though he did not give the reasons why the individuals were stalking him.

It was learnt that the deceased also sent a lot of messages to his family in the suicide note though he did not mention his intentions to kill his children and commit suicide, but however, hinted it when he directed how his property should be shared.

According to the deceased's family members at their family home in Nkulumane suburb last Friday, from the information they received, the tragedy could have happened on Monday, October 15, between 2PM and 4PM after Pastor Mpofu had just returned from collecting his children from school.

“I am reliably informed residents at his apartment saw him carrying each of the daughters on his shoulders into their flat at around 2PM. At 2:40PM he sent his sister here in Bulawayo a WhatsApp message saying one of his daughters, Shalom, had died. Exactly 10 minutes later, he sent another message saying his second daughter had also passed on. This puzzled his sister who was trying to call him to understand what exactly he was trying to say.” The deceased’s father, Mr Sipho Mpofu, said.

He added that when the sister tried to text him back and messages were no longer delivering, she called Ms Chipangura telling her to go and check on her husband as he was texting strange messages.

“Ms Chipangura dashed to the flat only to find three bodies. The kids’ bodies were neatly laid in bed between blankets while Precocious’ body was on the floor,” he said.

Blood Flows As Fight Breaks Out At A Popular Nigerian Bar In Ghana (Graphic Photos)

Serious fighting has broken out at a Nigerian bar in Ghana, leaving one person terribly injured afterwards in the free-for-all fracas.

According to reports, one of the guys at the bar collected the phone of a Nigerian man without his permission. This led to a big fight...

The bar where the fight took place is called C Tee Lounge and it is popularly frequented by Nigerians in Ghana. The injured man is a Nigerian.

The bar erupted in violence and was trashed as the Nigerian man ended up bleeding terribly and had to be rushed to the hospital. There is no update on his condition yet.

Stop Asking Me How It Feels To Be A Single Mom! Music Diva, Waje Slams

Waje is tied of journalists and everyone asking her how it feels to be a single mom or even a mother. She took to her insta-story to express sadness over it saying her daughter is 19 and not 2! She henceforth wants people to always ask her about her music and her music alone, lol.

Pastor Kills Self & Daughters Over Marital Issues

A pastor from Zimbabwe, poisoned his two daughters before killing himself in South Africa where the family was based citing marital and other problems.

Precocious Mpofu (36) allegedly forced his two daughters, Shalom (11) and Panashe (7) to drink a drainage cleaning chemical before also taking it.

The deceased, who is alleged to have been a pastor at Prophet Blessing Chiza’s Eagle Life Assembly and his wife, Ms Chido Chipangura had recently separated but she was still living in South Africa.

Family members said the bodies of the two girls and their father were found in his apartment while a container of the chemical was found in Pastor Mpofu’s car.

Pastor Mpofu allegedly left a suicide note in which he stated that he was facing a lot of problems most of them in his marriage.

He also allegedly said they were some people who were stalking him and mentioned four people with their contact details.

Pastor Mpofu however did not give reasons why the individuals were stalking him.

The now deceased also sent a lot of messages to his family on the fateful day although he did not mention his intentions to kill his children and commit suicide.

He however gave a hint when he directed how his property should be shared.

The family members told the Chronicle at their family home in Nkulumane suburb yesterday that from the information they received, the tragedy could have happened on Monday between 2PM and 4PM after pastor Mpofu had just returned from collecting his children from school.

The deceased’s father, Mr Sipho Mpofu, confirmed his son’s and grandchildren’s deaths.

He said his son and his wife had recently separated and the pastor was staying with his daughters.

“I am reliably informed residents at his apartment saw him carrying each of the daughters on his shoulders into their flat at around 2PM. At 2:40PM he sent his sister here in Bulawayo a WhatsApp message saying one of his daughters, Shalom had died. Exactly 10 minutes later, he sent another message saying his second daughter had also passed on. This puzzled his sister who was trying to call him to understand what exactly he was trying to say,” said Mr Mpofu.

He said when she tried to text him back, messages were no longer being delivered and the sister phoned Ms Chipangura telling her to go and check on her husband as he was texting strange messages.

“Ms Chipangura dashed to the flat only to find three bodies. The kids’ bodies were neatly laid in bed between blankets while Precocious body was on the floor,” he said.

Mr Mpofu said his son had earlier told him that he was being stalked by four men that he named in his suicide note.

He said his son also listed the four men’s phone numbers.

Mr Mpofu said he used to hear through rumours that his son and his daughter-in-law were having marital problems.

“My son was at times coming to Zimbabwe alone or with his kids and we would hear of his marital problems from other people,” he said.

The deceased’s mother, Mrs Sibangani Mpofu said earlier on the fateful day, her son was texting his sister strange messages giving directives on how his assets should be distributed.

He is said to have ordered his sister to sell his car that is in South Africa and said the money should be given to his parents so that they “fund a huge task “ that was coming.

APC Post-Primary: Amosun Slams Tinubu, Osoba, As Ogun APC Boils With Protests

The Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has attacked the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, and a former governor of the state, Aremo Segun Oshoba, over alleged complicity in electoral fraud in the state.

Amosun accused the two party leaders of “conniving with a cabal in Lagos” to write a fake result which produced Dapo Abiodun as the party’s candidate for the 2019 governorship election.

Amosun said this in an interview shortly after swearing-in the new Chief Judge of the state, Mosunmola Dipeolu, in the Governor’s Office chamber in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta yesterday.

He alleged that the silence of the two party leaders, who were aware of what transpired in the state with respect to the primary, smacked of complicity.

Amosun said, “The President already knows there was no election in Ogun State. He knows that they just went to Lagos; wrote all results, and that what they did was fraud.

 “If the National Working Committee or the national chairman said there was any election in Ogun State, it was all fraud. That is what I said.”

He insisted that the only primary which held in the state was the one which Adekunle Akinlade won to become the party’s governorship candidate.

The governor said, “Mr President already knows there was no election in Ogun State other than the one we held.

 “The issue of Chief Osoba and Asiwaju and co, what we said was that there was a definite silence from their end, and silence means consent. You can record me and publish it in your newspapers.

 “We have not heard one word from any of them. Was there any election in Ogun State? ‘Yes’ or ‘No?’ They should come out and those that are hiding behind one finger, they cannot come out?”

He added, “People at this level should be courageous enough to take position, to come out, to come and tell us whether there was election.

 “On governorship, the day they said they did it or not, the one that we had, there was live telecast, people even witnessed it. They all came that they are changing again.

“They removed Leke Adewolu, Mikail Kazeem. All of those ones are nothing but fraud.”

 Not long after the swearing-in, about 200 APC councillors in the state staged a protest demanding that the party’s NWC should recognise Adekunle Akinlade as the party’s governorship candidate.

 The councillors, who were armed with placards with various inscriptions, stormed the Arcade Ground within the state secretariat at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, around 10am.

Some of the inscriptions on the placards read, ‘We want justice in Ogun APC’, ‘Give us Triple A’, ‘Oshiomhole, Osinbajo, we want justice in Ogun State’ and a ‘Minority cannot take charge over majority’, among others.

They were said to be on solidarity visit to the seat of government to register their demand with Amosun. .

Ogun APC chairman, Chief Derin Adebiyi, later addressed the protesters. He said, “We have seen all the messages on the placards. I want you to remain steadfast in your demand, nothing negative will happen to the mandate you have given to Akinlade.

“The elders and party leaders are looking into the matter. I want to urge you to continue to be peaceful, don’t fight anybody.

Almost about the same time, some groups namely, Ogun Progressive Students, Ogun Youth Assembly, Coalition of Ogun Traders, among others, organised a counter-protest.

The protesters who converged on the Nigeria Union of Journalists secretariat, Oke Ilewo, urged Amosun, to accept the party’s decision and support Dapo Abiodun as the party’s the governorship candidate.

The groups on their part condemned what they termed the “determined mission of Amosun” to drag the hard-earned integrity of Ogun State through the mud.

They were led by the convener of Ogun Progressive Youths and students, Adeyemi Azeez; convener of Movement for Secure Nigeria, Abdul-Kabiru Ayoola; and the Secretary, Ogun Arewa Council, Idris Muhammad.

They also carried placards with different inscriptions, some of them read, ‘Adams Oshiomhole don’t compromise,’ ‘Protect our mandate,’ ‘Don’t compromise, Dapo Abiodun is our man,’ ‘Don’t kill democracy, the voice of the people must be heard, Amosun beware!’.


Pastors, Imams Will Associate With Politicians, Criticise When Necessary - Cardinal Okogie replies Buhari

A former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, has told President Muhammadu Buhari that religious leaders in the country will continue to intervene in political issues in the interest of the nation.

Okogie, a former Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, stated that 
part of the responsibilities of clerics in the society was to reconcile warring politicians and criticise them when they err.

The retired Archbishop, who expressed his position in a statement sent out on Monday, titled, ‘On the President’s recent admonition,’ was reacting to the comments made by Buhari at the Interfaith Initiative For Peace Conference held in Abuja on October 13, where the President advised religious leaders in the country to eschew partisan politics ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Buhari had said, “Having witnessed the roles our religious leaders have been playing so far, I appeal to them to eschew partisan politics. I also appeal to their respective members to read the manifestos of each political party, discuss and pray for God’s guidance before casting their votes.

“Religious leaders should not be seen to involve themselves in partisan politics or political controversies. Otherwise, they risk losing their status and public respect.”

But Okogie said, “Mr President, we are in danger in Nigeria today because politics is separated from morality. Instead of working for the common good, our politicians, with very few exceptions, are working for their selfish interests. Their primary objective is how to get into power and how to remain in power. This kind of politics is a breach of security and an impediment to development. When politicians divorce politics from morality, it would be irresponsible on the part of religious and traditional leaders who ought to be custodians of values to leave politicians to set this country ablaze.

Nigeria that was once set ablaze by a quarrel between two politicians, a quarrel that led Nigeria into a bloody civil war, religious leaders who are able to broker peace have the responsibility to at least ensure that they reconcile. Some of us, despite being threatened and maligned by some media aides, will continue to engage politicians to ensure that they do not take Nigeria back to 1966-70. That is why some of us speak.”

Peter Obi Speaks On Igbo Leaders Position On His Nomination

The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Peter Obi on Monday stated that Igbo leaders as well as governor’s of the zone never disagreed on his nomination as VP candidate but disagreed with the process.

Peter Obi who visited Governor David Umahi in the Government House Abakalikii said he was in the state to intimate them about his nomination as the Vice Presidential candidate of PDP in the forth coming general election and to solicit their support.

Obi said he also came to solicit the support of the Governor of Ebonyi State towards the coming election and commended the governor for his developmental strides since he assumed office.

“Umahi is our leader, he is a man of impeccable character, he was at the centre of the storm but I want to tell the people that Umahi and Igbo leaders were misrepresented badly. Igbo leaders never disagreed with my nomination as VP candidate but disagreed with the process but I am here to solicit for your support “, he said.

He lamented the mismanagement of the country by the APC.

“PDP as a party is desirous of returning to power at the center not just because we want to return to power but because we have seen that in our country Nigeria every indices of development today is heading south and we cannot continue that way in terms of borrowing and all other indices everything is heading south. So PDP wants to come back and continue rebuilding the nation”, Obi added.

Reacting, Governor Umahi commended the former governor for his humility and described him as an asset to the country and the PDP.

He said the state is completely with Peter Obi and Atiku ticket.

He noted that the zone will still meet with the Presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar to discuss his plans for the region.

‘I have every reason to be happy very with you. There is no way even if I was nominated I will be the Vice Presidential candidate. I still have more than four years as a Governor. Secondly, we have always supported ourselves. During my campaign, you came and even gave us vehicles”

“A lot of people have understood that there is nobody that is against our son, nobody has anything against you and that’s why everywhere you go the south east Governors will roll out their drums. But no Governor in the south east will say the process, I approve of it and he(Obi) didn’t approve of it. He told me, ‘look if I were in your position, I will be angrier’ and that is an honest man who understands what his people are saying." 

"And so sir, you have done very well because what you did is to save the party. I feel that all these noise they are making is marketing the party, you have saved the party and I want you to keep on explaining to those who didn’t understand so that they can understand”.

“With this, the Presidential candidate has said look I am coming to the south east to discuss with you. We south east people have never gone into presidential election with negotiation, nobody has thought of that. This is the only opportunity we are going to have to ask the
presidential candidate what is it that you are going give us.

“Probably, if we didn’t raise eyebrow about that, we would have probably gone into the victory and we now begin to say we are now marginalized. I will never repent on that that which is going to come to south east, when we see what is going to come to south east we will sit down and ask what Ebonyi will get. We have close to 1.5million votes but we are working to deliver 1.3 votes, that’s the fact and with that we will be saying what is coming to south east and what is it that will come to us, this is very important. 

“I am a straight forward person. If we are giving support to PDP, we are giving support to PDP and there is no doubt about that. We are PDP, no more no less. Sir, we will give you the support but we must see our presidential candidate to discuss with us what he has for south east and Ebonyi."