Obasanjo writes northern elders, says Buhari’s confused

Obasanjo writes northern elders, says Buhari’s confused

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written another caustic letter on the state of the nation, six months after he addressed one to President Muhammadu Buhari, triggering an unexpected backlash that questioned the morality of his position.

This time, the letter was addressed to the Chairman of Northern Elders Forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi.

It was delivered by former Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a key member of Obasanjo’s founded African Democratic Party, at a summit of National Elders and Leaders of Nigeria held in Abuja on Wednesday.

Raising the gear of his cutting attack on the Buhari administration, Obasanjo railed at some of the policies of the present government which he claimed had divided Nigerians along religious and regional lines, posing, according to his interpretation, “a serious danger to the country’s democracy”.

“Nigeria, in recent times, has not been so divided along religious and regional lines as at today with inexcusable killings and devastating poverty and with government’s wringing hands and apparently incompetent to stem the tide except giving one unrighteous and unacceptable justification after the other.

“The obvious indication is that the government is seemingly confused and has got to the end of its tether and the nation is being left divisively and perilously to drift.

“Earlier last week, I noted in a speech some undesirable elements being allowed and being introduced to our democracy by this administration and if these are not stopped, they could be the death knell of our democracy.

“In spite of these unfortunate situations created by the government, my contact and consultation, which brought me face-to-face with people’s plight and frustration, also gave me hope.

“People are not ready to give up in despair and leave their fate and their present and future in the hands of inept leadership for their lives to be ruined.

“I see common concern across the nation irrespective of tribe, religion, region, language and social standing that the situation should be retrieved and the nation should be saved,” Obasanjo stated in the letter.

Source: PM News

Buhari Returns To Abuja After 3-Day Visit To Netherlands

Buhari Returns To Abuja After 3-Day Visit To Netherlands

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday returned to Abuja after a three-day official Visit to the Netherlands.

He was received at the Nnamdi Azikwe International airport by dignitaries including Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

President Buhari while in the Netherlands held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Mark Rutte. The leaders discussed issues relating to the fight against insurgency in the North-East, climate change, particularly the shrinkage of Lake Chad, economic cooperation, the fight against corruption, and a range of other issues of mutual interest.

Buhari Returns To Abuja After 3-Day Visit To Netherlands

Buhari Returns To Abuja After 3-Day Visit To Netherlands

The President also delivered a keynote address at the 20th anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague, Netherlands. This was part of the activities to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), at The Hague.

He also met with members of staff of the Nigerian Embassy during his visit to The Netherlands.

The President had earlier arrived at Rotterdam-The Hague Airport on Sunday night. He was welcomed by the President of the ICC, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, the Vice-President of the Court, Marc Perrin de Brichambut and the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama.

APC Postpones Osun Governorship Primary

APC Postpones Osun Governorship Primary

The All Progressive Congress (APC) has postponed its governorship primary which was scheduled to take place in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Thursday.

The primary will now take place on Friday, July 20, while a meeting between the Primary Election Committee chaired by the Governor of Zamfara State and stakeholders of the party will take place on Thursday.

Confirming the postponement on Wednesday, the chairman of the APC in Osun State, Gboyega Famoodun, said the move was “due to unforeseen developments”.

Seventeen aspirants have been cleared by the national leadership of the party to participate in the governorship primary.

The APC plans to use the direct primary to elect its flag bearer for the governorship election, which is scheduled to take place on September 22, 2018.

National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, announced the plan after a meeting of the party’s National Working Committee in Abuja on Monday.

He explained that the method was more democratic and would ensure that APC members took ownership of the party.

According to him, allowing just a few delegates to choose candidates encourages corruption.

Oshiomhole is confident that each of the 17 aspirants who obtained nomination forms and were cleared for the primary is capable of governing the state.

“We are impressed that the 17 of them are competent enough to effectively govern the state and that we do not lack competent hands to provide leadership in Osun State after the exit of Rauf Aregbesola,” he said.

Benue APC Publicity Secretary Quits, Accuses Party Of Neglect

Benue APC Publicity Secretary Quits, Accuses Party Of Neglect

The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, Samuel Agbo has dumped the party, quitting his position in the party.

In a statement announcing his resignation, Agbo on Wednesday accused the APC of neglecting the yearnings and aspirations of the Benue people.

“Under the APC, there’s no justice for Benue. As exemplified by no clear indication by the party’s controlled Federal Government to addressing the challenges facing the state.

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“I am aware of the promises made to me by the party in the state. However, I wish to state unequivocally that I cannot trade my life and conscience as well as the future of the state including the fate of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, for material things,” he said.

He said comments from key actors of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, body language, actions and inactions had shown a clear case of unwillingness to end the security situation in Benue State.

The former image maker of the party maintained that he has confidence in the ability Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, to giving leadership direction to the actualization of the yearnings and aspirations of the people of the state.

Governor Ortom, on Monday, announced his defection from the APC, noting that he has been sent out of APC and is currently exploring a new option to actualise his future ambition.

Agbo speaking on his future political ambition said he will follow the Governor to any political party he joins.

Ekiti Election: SERAP Asks INEC To Prosecute ‘Vote Buyers’

Ekiti Election: SERAP Asks INEC To Prosecute ‘Vote Buyers’

File photo of Ekiti residents voting on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prosecute those behind alleged vote-buying in the just concluded elections in Ekiti State.

The group in an open letter to the Chairman of the electoral body, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, said the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should be involved in the investigation into allegations of vote buying by both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) at the election.

A statement signed on Tuesday by the Director of SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said INEC should take steps within 14 days of publication of the letter or face legal action.

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“The organisation requested Professor Yakubu to “take steps within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of the open letter which SERAP will institute legal proceedings to compel you and the INEC to discharge your constitutional and statutory responsibilities in the public interest.

“Vote buying amounts to undue influence and improper electoral influence. Investigating the allegations and prosecuting all those suspected to be involved would indicate your agencies’ willingness to exert your authorities and act as a deterrent against breaches of the electoral process, Nigeria’s anti-corruption legislation and international standards,” the statement read in part.

SERAP added that it is the responsibility of INEC as an independent body to take steps and action to minimise electoral bribery and ensure political equality to prevent unfair electoral competition.

SERAP also called for investigation and prosecution of alleged vote-buying in the elections in Anambra State, Edo State and Ondo State, in collaboration with the ICPC and EFCC.

Breaking: Osinbajo arrives Ogun to sympathise with flood victims

Breaking: Osinbajo arrives Ogun to sympathise with flood victims

Adejoke Adeleye, Abeokuta

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has just arrived Ogun State to sympathize with victims of the last Friday’s heavy downpour in Abeokuta.

Osinbjo, who arrived with the Federal gGovernment Chopper at the governor’s office, Okemosan at about 4:37pm said he was in Ogun to see areas where the flood had washed away people and properties like Isalegbeyin, opposite Government House; Ijeun Titus, Iyana Mortuary, Ita-Iyalode, Ago Ijesha, among others.

He was accompanied on the visit by the Minister for fFnance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun.

The Vice President was received by Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and other members of the State Executive Council.

Amosun led the Vice President on tour of affected areas.

Breaking: Osinbajo arrives Ogun to sympathise with flood victims

Scores of people, including a mother and child had died and properties worth billions of naira destroyed after a massive flood ravaged parts of Abeokuta, Ogun State, on 14 July, 2018.

Source: PM News