Why Obasanjo did not honour Abiola – Okupe

Former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe, yesterday, defended former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s failure to immortalise the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola. Obasanjo had at various times come under attack for not honouring Abiola, his townsman and fellow Yoruba, who was believed to have won the 1993 presidential election election. But Okupe who spoke in Abeokuta at the maiden edition of a commemorative lecture to mark June 12 Democracy Day, which was organised by Ladi Adebutu Development Organization, absolved his former boss of the blame.…

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2019 Presidential election: We don’t have server for results, INEC to Atiku

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has insisted that it had no electronic server where elections results were being uploaded for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and its presidential candidate in the February 23, 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to access and inspect. The PDP and its candidate, Atiku, are challenging the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election, claiming that the results they obtained from the INEC server indicated that Atiku won the poll with an over six…

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Mixed reactions trail Nigeria’s June 12 inaugural Democracy Day celebration

As Buhari renames national stadium after MKO Abiola • Presidents of Ghana, Senegal, Liberia, 8 others in attendance • As Gowon, Obasanjo, Jonathan, other former Nigerian leaders shun event • Buhari has indirectly recognizes MKO as ex-President – Osoba • Why we cannot have another MKO in Nigeria – Abiola’s son • Abiola will be happy in his grave! – says former aide • June 12 not Abiola affair alone, recognize others too – Falana • Don’t stop at only renaming stadium, renovate it too – Sen. Sani • Upgrading…

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Declare June 12 annulment treasonable offence – Balarabe Musa tells Buhari

Former Governor of old Kaduna State, Alh. Balarebe Abdulkadir Musa, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to unearth what led to the annulment of June 12, 1993 election and declare such action a treasonable offence. He said the President must go a step further beyond declaring June 12 as a Democracy Day, but to know why the election was annulled with a view to punish those involved. Balarebe Musa, while briefing newsman in his residence in Kaduna said, “Those who masterminded the annulment of the election should be described and…

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Buhari govt driving Nigeria towards disaster, instability – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is driving Nigeria towards “disaster and instability.” Obasanjo, in an interview with Premium Times, noted that although the country had made considerable progress since the new dispensation began in 1999, the current pace was poor. He said: “I think we have no choice but to be on the path for sustainable development. The progress we are making may be questionable. Is it fast enough? Is it steady enough? Is it stable enough? Are we taking two steps forward…

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Buhari hosts Saraki, Dogara, Lawan, others to Iftar meal

• As military dissociates self from call to overthrow govt President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday evening, hosted the leadership of the National Assembly to dinner to break the day’s Ramadan fast. Present at the dinner were Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Ahmed Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila among others. Speaking at the Iftar dinner (breaking of fast), President Buhari said he hoped for a better working relationship between the two arms of government in the 9th National Assembly, and added that the nation deserved better than…

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NSITF crisis: Buhari backs Ngige, redeploys Kokori

The Presidency said the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, had the backing of President Muhammadu Buhari in all the actions he (the minister) had taken concerning the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), including the controversial appointment of Mr Austin Enejamo-Isire to “replace” Chief Frank Kokori as the chair of the board of the NSITF. Enejamo-Isire will be inaugurated on Monday (today). The Presidency added that a former labour leader, Kokori, on the other hand, had also been appointed by Buhari on the recommendation of Ngige to…

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Timi Frank backs Pa Adebanjo, says Atiku’ll reclaim his mandate

…Decries Collapse of Security under APC A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has expressed support for the leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, on his recent comment that President Muhammadu Buhari should not be recognised as President-Elect. Frank said until the Supreme Court determines the true winner of the 2019 presidential election, the President should not be addressed as a president-elect. Pa Adebanjo had expressed optimism that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of…

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Unpatriotic Nigerians plotting with foreign groups to scuttle Buhari’s second inauguration – Army raises alarm

The Nigerian Army has raised the alarm over the “plot by some individuals to disrupt President Buhari’s second inauguration on May 29, 2019.” Army spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, said in a statement that the said unnamed persons are hobnobbing with foreigners to scuttle the country’s democratic process. He made the revelation on Saturday and said the foreign interests were working to cause disaffection and divide the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which is fighting Boko Haram and Islamic State for West African Province (SWAP) terrorists. “The Army has noted with…

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Don’t give Yahaya Bello return ticket, Kogi APC stakeholders tell Buhari

• I only owe four months’ salaries – Bello The Kogi APC Stakeholders Forum have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, asking that Governor Yahaya Bello should not be given a second term ticket for alleged mismanagement of the state resources. The petition, signed by the convener of the forum, Alex Kadiri, said Mr Bello received about N344billion in the last 38 months but refused to pay workers’ salaries. “Governor Yahaya Bello was never elected by the good people of Kogi State. “The death of Abubakar Audu made it possible for Bello…

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I pray Buhari appoints the brightest people this time – Bakare

Tunde Bakare, serving overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, says he prays President Muhammadu Buhari appoints the best, brightest and fittest people for his second term in office. Bakare, who ran for presidency with Buhari in 2011, under the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), said Nigeria has so many assets, which can be employed for the development of the nation. “It is in our corporate interest to ensure that there is a future for our young people and for the children, to ensure good healthcare delivery, to…

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Insecurity: I’m not sleeping on duty, Buhari replies Yola Catholic Bishop

• Says so much has changed in and around Yola in the past three years President Muhammadu Buhari has described as unfair the comment by the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Rt. Rev. Fr. Stephen Mamza that he was “sleeping on duty as Commander-in-Chief.” The cleric had during an Easter homily he delivered in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, criticised the Buhari administration for allegedly failing to halt insecurity in the country, especially escalating kidnappings, banditry and other violent crimes. Speaking on the latest killings in Zamfara, Benue, Adamawa, Taraba…

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2019 poll: Swear with the Qur’an that you didn’t rig the election – Buba Galadima to Buhari

Buba Galadima, a former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, has challenged him to swear with the Qur’an that he did not rig the 2019 presidential election. Galadima, who spoke in an interview with The Sun, said Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP, won the election but it was allegedly rigged by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He described the election as an embarrassment while challenging the president and the APC leaders to swear with the holy books to prove Buhari won. “The…

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Buhari extends acting CJN’s appointment by 3 months

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the appointment of Ibrhaim Muhammad, acting chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), by three months. Voice of Liberty gathered that the NJC quietly conceded to Buhari’s request for the extension of the acting CJN’s tenure at its meeting held between Wednesday and Thursday. Muhammad’s first three-month acting tenure which started when he was sworn in on January 25 following the President’s suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as the CJN expires on April 25 (Thursday). The NJC,…

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Court sacks Buhari’s ex-aide as Kano Rep elect

A federal high court sitting in Kano has disqualified Sulaiman Sumaila, a former aide of President Muhammadu Buhari, as the duly elected representative of Sumaila/Takai federal constituency of Kano at the national assembly. Sumaila had resigned his appointment as senior special assistant to the president on national assembly (house of reps) to contest the election and he was declared winner. But at the court on Thursday Lewis Allagoa, the presiding judge, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Sumaila “as he did…

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