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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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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Obasanjo Condemns Those Opposing Atiku’s Lawsuit, Hails Adeleke’s Victory at Tribunal

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has supported the decision of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to challenge the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. Obasanjo also congratulated the Osun PDP governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke on his victory at the tribunal; and emphasized that Atiku must seek redress in court to reclaim his mandate. He said if Buhari could go to court three times without reasonable cause, any Nigerian who felt denied of justice must feel free to go to court.…

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Nigeria More Divided Than During Civil War – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday lamented the current state of disunity in Nigeria, stressing that Nigeria was not as divided as it is today during the civil war. Obasanjo spoke at a one-day “2019 annual retreat/conference and general meeting of members” of Association of Chief Audit Executives of Banks in Nigeria, (ACAEBIN), in Abeokuta. The former President said: “When we look at this country today, even during the civil war, we were not as divided as we are today. Today, we are in danger if we don’t take partnership serious…

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President Buhari Extols Obasanjo on his 82nd Birthday

President Muhammadu Buhari has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as “a passionate and great patriot who deserves accolades for his immeasurable contributions to our democracy and national unity.” In a statement to mark Obasanjo’s 82nd birthday anniversary, President Buhari acknowledged that “regardless of our political differences with Obasanjo, I still hold him in the highest esteem because his contributions to the development of the country overshadow those differences.” He said, “Chief Obasanjo gave a good account of himself and inspired his juniors with his wit and other leadership skills.” According…

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Explain To Nigerians Whether Under Your Govt Elections Were Free And Fair, Presidency Challenges Obasanjo

[Ishaku Yohanna]  The Presidency said it will not join issues with former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his allegations of increasing rate of insecurity, impunity in the system and the alleged plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to collaborate with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to rig the forthcoming elections. The Presidency in a live television program yesterday night on Politics Today by Channels Television also asked President Obasanjo to explain to Nigerians whether elections under his administration was free and fair. According to the Special Adviser to…

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We’d Be Fools If We Let Buhari Deceives Us The Second Time, Says Obasanjo

… Doubts INEC’s neutrality in forthcoming general elections   [Ishaku Yohanna] Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday took a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of not only failing in all aspects of governance but also plotting to rig the coming election. The former president said Buhari’s alleged desperation to remain in power despite his mental and physical incapacitation reminds him of the era of a former military dictator, Sani Abacha. Obasanjo stated this in his 16-page address titled: Points for Concern and Action, given to journalists at the Olusegun…

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I’m The Vigilant Watchman Of Nigerian Politics, Says Obasanjo

[Ishaku Yohanna] Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says his role in Nigerian politics is to be a vigilant watchman. Obasanjo said this on Thursday in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, while receiving Yabaji Sani, presidential candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP). In a statement by Pam Ibrahim, Director of Sani’s Presidential Campaign Organization, Obasanjo was quoted as criticizing political leaders who harass innocent citizens. The former president said he would not hesitate to raise the alarm on irregularities in the polity when necessary. “It is undemocratic, the attitude of some politicians who heat…

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There Was Corruption Under Jonathan But Life Was Better – Tunde Bakare

[Ishaku Yohanna] The Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare has said that ‘education in shambles did not start with President Muhammadu Buhari; health care delivery in shambles did not start with Buhari, and infrastructural deficit did not start with Buhari but that what many people are saying is that there was corruption under former President Goodluck Jonathan but life was better.’ Bakare said this in an interview by Heritage Media in Calgary, Canada. ThePastor however went on to defend President Buhari for not appoint ministers for six…

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Don’t Be Deceived, APC Has No Plans For Igbo Presidency – Obasanjo

[Ishaku Yohanna] Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has asked the Igbo to be wary of promises from the All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2019 general elections. Obasanjo who spoke on Saturday at a stakeholders’ meeting at Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State said the APC had no plans to hand over the presidency of the country to the Igbo. He urged the Igbo to take their destiny in their hands by getting united in the 2019 general elections and make a mark. He said, “I urged you…

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“You’re An Unstable Character; No One Takes You Seriously Anymore” – Buhari Bashes Obasanjo

Ishaku Yohanna President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as an unstable character who blows hot and cold at different times, saying that his recent utterances are an indication that he is “confused and not worthy of attention.” The President has also told the former President that his support for any candidate in the 2019 Presidential elections would amount to nothing, even as he dismissed Obasanjo’s recent remarks that need not to be taken seriously. In a statement made available to State House correspondents in Abuja, the Senior…

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We’ll Roundly Defeat Your Candidate In 2019 – Lai Mohammed Tells Obasanjo

Ishaku Yohanna The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says though it is the constitutional right of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to support a candidate for an election, his endorsement, will not guarantee victory, saying Obasanjo’s candidate for the 2019 presidential election “will be defeated roundly and comprehensively.’’ The Minister pointed out that while Obasanjo was entitled to support Atiku or any other candidate of his choice, Buhari had done enough to garner the overwhelming support of Nigerians to roundly defeat Atiku in the forthcoming contest. “With due respect…

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#Breaking Obasanjo’s CNM merges with ADC

By Timothy Omole The Obasanjo coalition termed the “3rd Force” have merged with an existing party the ADC, African Democratic Congress. One of the leaders of the Coalition, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola in a press conference today in Abuja, declared that” the Coalition for New Nigeria Movement, CNM, no longer exists as it has now merged with the African Democratic Movement.” This move comes a day after Oyinlola as a member of what they called “nPDP Block” co-signed a 7 days warning letter to the APC listing grievances and threatening to…

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Obasanjo winning it for Buhari

By Duro Onabule With barely a year to the presidential election and until a while ago, beyond speculations and perhaps clamour for particular favourites, we never knew the aspirants. But, more out of arrogance and jealousy, former President Olusegun Obasanjo (already) descended on those he diagnosed should forget the elections. Jealousy? That is deplorable enough. Yet, we must add envy to Obasanjo’ reasons for his self-imposed political obstruction. In his Christmas message to Nigerians in 1962, Nnamdi Azikiwe, as Governor-General, described envy as a more deadly disease than jealousy. We…

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Briggs Carpets Dickson over Obasanjo Visit to Bayelsa

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Former Minister for Environment, AnnKio Briggs, has carpeted Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State for inviting former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the state. She described the former president as an enemy of the Niger Delta region, warning that anyone joining Obasanjo to “fight” President Muhammadu Buhari, does so at his or her own risk. Briggs, in a statement said, “His (Obasanjo) visit confirms that Ijaw politicians are in politics for themselves and not Ijaw nation. “Obasanjo should have been taken to Odi before he leaves Bayelsa…

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