APC accuses Gov. Wike of Reveling in Vainglory as Measles Outbreak Ravages Abua-Odual

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…..As it kills Scores of Children in the Communities

The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the continued neglect of the serious measles outbreaks ravaging some communities in Abua-Odual Local Government Area.

The seriously affected communities according to a press statement made available to newsmen by Senibo Chris Finebone, the party’s State Publicity Secretary   include Kugbo Clan, Amurouttoru-Kugbo, Emago-Kugbo and Akani-Kugbo communities.

The party stated that, “It is a fact that these deaths of innocent children were avoidable had the Rivers State Government done the needful. The outbreak of measles in the area is as a result of neglect and lack of surveillance by government public health officials; failure by the government to immunize babies, and a total lack of sensitization of the local population.

“However, while Gov. Wike was busy vain-glorifying himself during the so-called commissioning of the 7th overhead bridge in Port Harcourt, elsewhere in Abua-Odual communities, distraught and grief-stricken parents were busy burying their dead children killed by measles. It beats the imagination of decent minds that the same Abua-Odual Local Government Area belongs to the axis where annual floods ravage without end and the governor of the State never cares.

“While Gov. Wike and his Party, the PDP, are dancing Kokoma with Rivers money, scores of children in Abua-Odual Local Government Area have died and are still dying in many of the communities in the area. This is a shame that a State with a public health expert as deputy governor and with so much resources will suffer this kind of neglect and maladministration to the point of children paying with their innocent lives. 

“As if people of the State have not suffered enough from the governor’s bad governance and political hocus-pocus, his once henchmen have now declared an open political war with him. Sadly for the ordinary people of the State, the governor and his party men are fiddling while Rome is burning.”

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Eze Replies Shittu on Wike Joining APC

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Describes Those Wooing a Man who connived with Others and Deployed State Resources and Other Apparatus of Government to Destroy the Party in Rivers State as Grossly uninterested in Tinubu’s Presidency

 

…Restates that No Evil Scheme Can Force Amaechi out of APC against His Will

 

Chieftain of the All Progresses Congress and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has bemoaned former Commutations Minister, Adebayo Shittu, over his uncomplimentary remarks targeted at disparaging the personality of former presidential aspirant and former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on the rumored planned defection of Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

 

The former Minister of Communications and the DG of Tinubu-Shettima Coalition for Good Governance, Chief Adebayo Shittu in a news report titled, “Rotimi Amaechi should be happy that someone like Gov. Wike is being linked to the APC” states that- “nobody will stop Governor Nyesom Wike if he wants to come to the All Progressives Congress because, they know he is a tactician. If I were in Rotimi Amaechi’s shoes, I would see Wike’s coming as an opportunity to settle scores and reconcile with him. What he should be thinking of at that point is that with Wike coming into the party, will there be an in-fighting anymore ?.”

 

In a statement made available to media houses in Port Harcourt, Chief Eze pointed out that Mal. Shittu and those he is promoting seem to be ignorant of the gross damages that Governor Nyesom Wike inflicted on Rivers APC and her teeming supporters using public funds and other instruments of state with the help of some saboteurs like Abe and Others.

 

As a matter of fact, Eze said the identities of those who connived with Wike to ensure the relegation of APC in Rivers State are in the public space and it clearly appears that all the visits to Wike by Tinubu’s allies is to appreciate the Governor for all that he has done to destroy APC in Rivers State and frustrate the chances of the people at making their choices at the polls, especially in 2019 when the party was denied the chance of fielding candidates for that year’s elections.

 

For the same Wike to now become a favorite bride and hero capable of being wooed in the eyes of Mal. Shittu and his paymasters as the only option that can guarantee the success of APC in 2023 at the detriment of Amaechi whose sacrifices towards the electoral successes of the party in 2015 and 2019 at the federal level cannot be overemphasized.

 

The party Chief warned that in as much as the Amaechi camp will continue to do everything possible for the party and its Presidential candidate to succeed in Rivers State in 2023, it will not tolerate the entrance of Wike into the party, as such scheme represents the direct opposite of what the progressive party stands for. “the very day Wike is accommodated or accepted as APC member, I am afraid of the possibility of APC government come 2023.”

 

“Those of us in Rivers State APC and the entire Rivers State are all aware of the damages that Wike has caused the party. This plot to woo Wike for any reason whatsoever is a failed plot before arrival.”

 

For the records, Chief Eze reiterated that no force can force Amaechi out of the APC- a house he built, because Shittu and some of his cohorts may have forgotten the sacrifices that Amaechi has made for the APC to achieve the status it enjoys countrywide today.

 

Ends

 

Signed

 

Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,

 

APC Chieftain, member of APC Legacy Projects Media Team & former National Publicity Secretary, nPDP

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APPPS INAUGURATES VOTERS LEAGUE TO ENHANCE OSUN STATE’S DEMOCRACY

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The Association of Progressive Political Parties in Osun State (OSUN APPPS) has inaugurated Osun Voters League, a socio-political group aimed at increasing voters’ participation in the electoral process in Osun State.

The group will be embarking on mass Mobilisation and Education of Osun state voters to know more about their electoral rights in order to enhance the state’s democracy.

Wole Adedoyin, the Coordinator of APPPS, disclosed this through a press statement on Monday in Osun state.

The Statement further said that the League would mobilise all its members using the ward, local government and State structures to support any of the State or national assembly candidates, irrespective of political parties that they are convinced can take Osun to the Promised Land.

 

According to the Statement, “Osun Voters League is a think-tank platform where electoral issues such as voter education, participation, Vote buying, electoral violence will be addressed. As the 2023 elections approach us, our mission is to play an active role in increasing participation in elections, especially among young people in Osun State.”

 

“Osun Voters League will also be working with various stakeholders including INEC, community-based organizations, religious institutions, youth led and women groups as well as the media to make it a formidable group.

 

Other aims of the group are to fashion out ways to erase barriers to greater political participation, increase people’s participation in the electoral process and make it more meaningful.”

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Nigeria’s Sports Finest Hour – the XXII Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022

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For Nigeria, the year 2022 should be dedicated to Nigerian Athletes, men, and women alike. Their feat and prowess, first, a bit of success in the World Athletics Champions held in Eugene, Oregon, USA (15 Jul 2022 – 24 Jul 2022) and then the spectacular successes at the XXII Commonwealth Games, held in Birmingham, United Kingdom (from 28 July to 8 August 2022), held the attention of our suffering and desolate, hopeless, and despondent, harassed, and insecure Nigerians. At least they lifted our spirits and once again brought some forlorn hope that, if we ONLY we put our efforts, patriotism and internal prejudices and distrust aside, we could really swing it as a united, prosperous Nation, country, people, and society.

 

The Games was the largest ever held, with 72 participating nations and ticket sales of 1.2 million. The games were the first to have more events for women than men.

 

At the end of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the UK, on Sunday, August 7, Team Nigeria amassed 12 Gold, nine Silver and 14 Bronze medals, bringing the numbers to a total of 35 medals. Interestingly, at a time where Nigeria was most divided, nobody was asking where the athletes are from, what ethnic group or religion they belong to. None of that nonsense which has pervaded our lives for the past 8 years.

 

According to the Cable Newspaper, it was a record-smashing outing for Team Nigeria at the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Birmingham. Medals were raked in at an exceptional rush while Nigerian athletes broke several records in the competition. Team Nigeria won 12 gold medals in the competition — the country’s highest haul in the history of the CWG.

 

Amazingly, all the gold medals were won by female athletes who took the tracks and gymnasiums in Birmingham by storm and wrote their names in the annals of the competition. Tobi Amusan surged to the finish line in 12.30 seconds in the final of the women’s 100-meter hurdles to set a CWG record. Ese Brume registered a record-setting 7-meter leap in the long jump.

 

In the women’s 4×100 meters, the quartet of Amusan, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, and Grace Nwokocha cruised to gold while setting a new African record with a time of 42.10 seconds.

 

Lifters like Adijat Olarinoye, Rafiatu Lawal, and Alice Oluwafemilayo also set new CWG records in their respective categories.

 

Nigeria finished the competition with 35 medals — 12 gold, 9 silver, and 14 bronze — to clinch a very creditable Seventh on the Medal’s table on the final day of the glorious competition.

Athletics provided the most medals for Nigeria with 10 podium finishes, followed by Wrestling, with seven.

 

Below is the full list of all 35 medallists for Team Nigeria at the 2022 CWG (Courtesy: The Cable (https://www.thecable.ng/full-list-amusan-brume-nigerias-35-medalists-at-2022-commonwealth-games ):

 

GOLD MEDALISTS

Tobi Amusan — Women’s 100m hurdles

Tobi Amusan, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, Grace Nwokocha, Joy Udo-Gabriel — (Women’s 4 x 100m Relay)

Ese Brume — Women’s LongJump

Odunayo Adekuoroye — Wrestling Women’s Freestyle 57 kg

Blessing Oborududu — Wrestling Women’s Freestyle 68 kg

Genesis Miesinnei Mercy — Wrestling Women’s Freestyle 50 kg

Adijat Olarinoye — Weightlifting Women’s 55kg

Rafiatu Lawal — Weightlifting Women’s 59kg

Alice Oluwafemiayo — Para-powerlifting Women’s Heavyweight

Chioma Onyekwere — Women’s Discus Throw

Goodness Nwachukwu — Women’s Discus Throw F42-44/61-64

Eucharia Iyiazi — Women’s F55-57 Shot Put

 

SILVER MEDALISTS

Favour Ofili — Women’s 200m

Elizabeth Oshoba — Women’s Featherweight Boxing

Ikechukwu Obichukwu — Para-Powerlifting Men’s Heavyweight

Bose Omolayo — Para-Powerlifting Women’s heavyweight

Ifechukwude Ikpeoyi — Para-Table Tennis Women’s Singles Classes 3-5

Nasiru Sule — Para-Table Tennis Men’s Singles Classes 3-5

Taiwo Liadi — Weightlifting Women’s 76kg

Hannah Reuben — Wrestling Women’s Freestyle 76kg

Ebikewenimo Welson — Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 57kg

 

BRONZE MEDALISTS

Udodi Onwuzurike, Seye Ogunlewe, Favour Ashe, Alaba Akintola, Raymond Ekevwo — (Men’s 4 x 100m Relay)

Ugochi Constance Alam — Women’s F55-57 Shot Put

Obiageri Amaechi — Women’s Discus Throw

Ifeanyi Onyekwere — Men’s Super-heavyweight Boxing

Jacinta Umunnake — Women’s Middleweight Boxing

Cynthia Ogunsemilore — Women’s Lightweight Boxing

Innocent Nnamdi — Para-powerlifting Men’s Lightweight

Isau Ogunkunle — Para-Table Tennis Men’s Singles Classes 3-5

Faith Obazuaye — Para-Table Tennis Women’s Singles Classes 6-10

Mary Taiwo Osijo — Weightlifting Women’s 87kg

Islamiyat Yusuf — Weightlifting Women’s 64kg

Edidiong Umoafia — Weightlifting Men’s 67kg

Ogbonna John — Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 74kg

Esther Kolawole — Wrestling Women’s Freestyle 62kg

 

I would urge readers to refer to my article of 22 August 2009 for more history of Nigerian sports ( https://www.inigerian.com/the-death-of-nigerian-sports-and-a-walk-down-memory-lane-958/  It made me proud and cry at the same time.

Nigerian athletes have been appearing at major athletics meeting since 1952. At the All-Africa Games at Brazzaville (former Congo), they piled up an enviable record; where they won one event after the other and came back home with 9 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals. Jumoke Bodunrin was one of the stars of that game, and she won the title of “Africa’s fastest woman”.

 

Nigerian athletes first participated officially in the Commonwealth Games in 1954 and they won several medals. In the High Jump, Emmanuel Ifeajuna (yes, the same Major Ifeajuna, a hero of the 1966 coup d’etat) created a new British Empire and Commonwealth Games record by clearing the bar at 6 ft. 8 in.; Nafio Osagie took the bronze in the same event. The Nigerian team also set a new record in the 4 X 100 yards relay by recording the same time of 41.4 seconds as Canada very narrowly beat them into the silver medal position. Another narrow defeat which gave Nigeria a silver medal was on the Hop, Step and Jump (now called Triple Jump) in which Peter Esiri jumped 50 ft 0 ½ in., one inch less than the winner. Nigeria’s third silver medal was won in the Long Jump by Karim A B Olowu. That same team also won 3 bronze medals; one each in High Jump, Long Jump and Boxing and came fourth in the 100 yards.

 

On the whole, it was a successful debut for Nigeria, coming fourth overall behind England, Canada and Australia. In the 1958 Commonwealth games, Nigeria again took silver in the 4 X 100 m Relay, took bronze in 1974 but finally won this event at the 1982 Games.

 

At the Commonwealth Games held in Kingston, Jamaica in August 1966, Nigeria carried away more than half of the gold medals for boxing, won the glamorous long-distance races, shone in the sprints and broke several records.

 

The highlight of Nigeria’s remarkable performance was, however, Violet Odogwu’s success in the women’s Long Jump. She won the bronze medal and had the distinction of being the only African woman to win a medal at the games and she also reached the finals of the 80 metres hurdles.

 

Overall, Nigeria won 3 gold; 4 silver and 3 bronze medals and came 7th  out of the 36 countries which took part in the Games. There were 28 athletes, boxers and swimmers and it showed then in 1966, that Nigeria has a wealth of athletic talents which with more adequate training, facilities and more experience were likely to take her place among the leaders in the world of sports.

 

In my article, “The Death of Nigerian Sports And A Walk Down Memory Lane” (Published 22 August 2009, https://www.inigerian.com/the-death-of-nigerian-sports-and-a-walk-down-memory-lane-958/ ) I wrote “Sometime in 1983, while I was doing my Master’s degree at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, I received a call from a reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. I guessed he got wind of me being the President of University of Manitoba’s International Students Organisation and a founder of the Nigerian Union of Manitoba. He asked me if I could appear on CBC TV to discuss the phenomenal success of Nigerian athletes who had participated in the World University Games held at Edmonton, Alberta that year. I did not even know that Nigeria was represented at the Games. He told me that Nigeria sent only 10 athletes and these athletes won 5 gold medals. I was proud but hid my ignorance. I accepted and before I appeared on the show, I made sure I knew more about what happened.

 

In that 1983 World University Games; which was the debut year for this event by Nigeria, Chidi Imoh won gold in the 100 metres; Innocent Egbunike (now a coach in the United States) won gold in the 200 metres; Sunday Uti won gold in the 400 metres; Yusuf Ali won gold in the Long Jump and Ajayi Agbebaku won gold in the Triple Jump. All of them were of course, based in the United States, most of them on Nigeria’s scholarship.

 

In subsequent years, Nigeria was to perform creditably at these University games”

Back to the XXII Commonwealth Games. So, after this, euphoric and hopeful success, what next? Does this signal the return of Nigerian Athletics to the world stage? There was a time when Nigeria’s Sprint team/athletes were rated amongst the top/fastest 5 (five) in the world. We do not seem to remember those giddy days. Corrupt, selfish mediocre officials, nepotism, and crazy sports policies (if there was ever any) were the rules of the days. Officials used the opportunities of travelling abroad to collect estacode and shop for wives and girlfriends, abandoning the athletes and even embezzling the money meant for their up-keep and allowances. Funds for grassroot sports development were embezzled and mismanaged by officials. There was in-fighting within the sports associations with ambitious but clueless mediocre official gaining the high seats, only to mismanage the scarce funds and other resources from the sports budgets. And Nigeria Sports spiralled into the abyss.

 

Facilities and equipment are not left out. Yearly, millions are spent on stadium maintenance, but there is nothing to show for it. The National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, was once the envy of the whole world. It was once known as the Sports City, but today it is now called a Garbage City, with the compound turned into drinking dens at night and religious activities during the day.

 

Again, the state of sports in the country shows how daft and unintelligent our politicians are. Sports, especially success in sports, remain one major unifying factor in this our country of diverse cultures and religions. In other Third World countries as diverse as ours, the politicians use sports to defuse unrest, to unify the cultures and religions; they use sports as a diversionary means to get the mind of the masses off their problems, and thereby able to concentrate on governing. Take football for instance, when Nigeria is involved in major competitions, that is when you know that we are actually united and patriotic and everybody, marginalised or not, start waving the green-white-green and shouting “Up Nigeria” and not “Up Niger Delta”, “Up Biafra” or “Up Oduduwa”.

 

Sports could be a tool for a patriotic politician. If Nigeria wins in any sports event, we will not mind them taking the credit, although we know they have not contributed anything to such success.

Corporate help is needed and companies such as Shell, Globacom, MTN, etc are already doing their best, but are given very little encouragement or support by the government. In fact, the money these corporations pour into sports in Nigeria practically end up in the pockets of corrupt civil servants in the Sports ministries and other government officials.

 

In Nigeria of today, despite the economic downturn, there is no reason why each local government should not have a moderate sports stadium in its area, where schools in their respective areas can hold their annual inter-house sports, and local boys and girls can display their sports talents. This is called grassroots sports.

 

Sports, like many other areas of governance in Nigeria, have been neglected mainly due to corrupt and inept governance. There are no incentives for budding athletes; corrupt officials embezzle money meant for sports development; the sports facilities are ill-equipped or not even equipped at all; and the facilities themselves are deteriorating and underused; sports management and administration are poor and run by ill-trained, ill-motivated officials whose only purpose is that of making money, or at worst, are happy to have a job; competent sports administrators are not given a chance to input ideas and actions to effect changes, and are always shut out of decision making processes; and there are no longer grass-roots sports development in the primary, secondary and tertiary institutions to discover talents.

 

It is the likes of the athletes of the XXII CWG that can give us some hope, and I’m sure the Sports Minister, Mr Sunday Dare, will be basking in this success during his tenure, though he might have contributed very little to the success.

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Princewills Trust Dubai Challenge: Loveth, Alex and Omiete Emerge Winners

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The Princewills Trust has announced its readiness to send another set of winners (Loveth, Alex and Omiete) of the Princewill – Trust Vision and Success Opportunity Challenge to Dubai.

Princewills Trust, in partnership with the Dubai Department for Economy and Tourism (DET) and CLR education consulting, have teamed up to organize this opportunity for winners of the challenge so they can get a first-hand experience of the world’s most popular destination; Dubai, as named by TripAdvisor in 2022.

The winners of the latest edition are Loveth Chikanka Ichemati, a 1st year student of English and Literature in the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. She hails from Nkpolu in Port Harcourt Local Government Area of Rivers State. Alex Tamuno Miegbam, a Phd student of History and International Diplomacy, also from the Rivers State University. She hails from Iwoma Borokiri in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State. The final winner is Idoniboyeobu Omiete Opubo, a 4th year student of Mechanical Engineering at the Afe Babalola University, Ekiti State. He hails from Buguma in Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The trio will be heading to Dubai in September for a one-week bootcamp and tour of Dubai.

The Vision and Success Opportunity Challenge is a forum created by Princewills Trust, where ambitious young leaders pitch ideas and strategies for furthering their vision and success in life.

The objective of the challenge is to enable Nigerian university undergraduates and or postgraduates envision viable career models and explore how to change their environment from ideation to practice, while still pursuing their studies.

Prince Tonye Princewill, the founder of Princewills’ Trust, had this to say, “I always get excited when a new set of students embark on these bootcamps. The post-trip reviews we have had from previous trips were so encouraging that we are considering expanding the scope of the challenge to include students from other states in Nigeria. The exposure is great for the kids, opening their minds to endless possibilities. Experiencing Dubai was a life changer for me. I hope it will be for them. I’d like to thank the whole team at Dubai Tourism and particularly the Africa desk, led by Stella Fubara and Christian Romer and the ever reliable CLR, led by Nneka Oduah. It’s your passion for our tomorrow, that’s made this possible.”

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ACP Akin Fakorede @ 51: Eze Celebrates Nigeria’s Unsung Crime Fighter

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Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has joined people of goodwill and the entire civil society to express a warmth felicitation to ACP Akin Fakorode on the auspicious occasion of his birth today, 22nd August, 2022.

 

In a statement made available to media houses in Port Harcourt, Chief Eze said it is a great and epochal day in the history of mankind as God in his infinite mercy and love decided to bless humanity with the birth of a special specie in the person of ACP Akin Fakorede.

 

He said “the news of the birthday celebration of this my special friend Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Akin Fakorede, former Commander of defunct Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) in Rivers State came to me few hours ago and I decided to suspend most of my activities for today to join my Principal and boss, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, erstwhile Minister of Transportation and a Presidential aspirant of APC and thousands of the associates and admirers to celebrate this enigma, Icon and unsung Nigeria Best crime Fighter whose activities while in Rivers State sent most criminal minded fellows out of the State”.

 

Eze described ACP Akin as a special breed whose sense of duty in the fight against crime and criminality sent shivers down the spines of criminal elements across Rivers State when he held sway as F-SARS Commander.

 

In the course of his career, he has etched his name on the sands of times through numerous achievements and accolades while fighting crime in Rivers State.

 

The fact remains that Fakorede is not only good at fighting crime but has good human relations with people that come across him; always ready to render assistance to the needy within his reach. Consequently, he has been able to inculcate the spirit of hard work, discipline, integrity and leadership among the officers and men of the force under his authority.

 

A native of Omuo-Ekiti in Ekiti State, Eze said Fakorede was born on August 22nd 1971, and his passion for humanity made him join the Nigeria Police Force in 1992 as a Cadet Inspector trained at the Police Academy, Kano.

 

Fakorede has served with the United Nations (UN) under the UN African Mission in Darfur in 2003 as well as the African Union (AU) in Somalia.

 

A lawyer from the University of Calabar (UNICAL) in Cross River State. He later went to the Nigerian Law School, Enugu Campus and was called to the bar in May 2007. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Calabar.

 

Akin Fakorede, is an officer who knows his onions and puts in the work wherever he finds himself.

 

Humanity is very fortunate to have ACP Fako

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Tinubu and his campaign staff disapprove of Soyinka’s response to the Pyrates Confraternity’s gyration video.

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The APC candidate and members of his team are upset that Soyinka “systematically revealed that Tinubu got Parkinson’s disease.

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general election, Bola Tinubu, and members of his campaign team are not happy with the statement made by Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, condemning a viral video showing members of the Pyrates Confraternity mocking the former Lagos State Governor, a source told SaharaReporters on Monday night.

In the video, members of the Confraternity during a procession gyrated to an anti-Tinubu song and poked fun at Tinubu for a speech he made in June in Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he asked that power should be handed over to him.

The members of the Pyrates Confraternity sang, “Hand dey shake, leg dey shake, Baba wey no well, e de shout emi lo kan (Hands are shaking, legs are shaking. A sick old man is shouting ‘it’s my turn’).

“Emi lo kan (2ce), Baba wey no well, him dey shout emi lokan (It’s my turn (2ce), a sick old man is shouting ‘it’s my turn’”.

Tinubu, who seemed desperate during the speech had said, ‘Emi lo kan’, meaning ‘It’s my turn’.

He narrated how he consoled President Muhammadu Buhari after he had failed three times to become Nigeria’s President. Eventually, a political alliance spearheaded by Tinubu ensured Buhari won the presidential election in 2015.

However, Soyinka who founded Pyrates Confraternity as a university student in Ibadan, Nigeria, described making a mockery of Tinubu due to his ill-health as distasteful.

“I have listened to the lyrics of the chant intently and I am frankly appalled. I find it distasteful. I belong to a culture where we do not mock physical afflictions or disabilities. Very much the contrary. The Yoruba religion indeed designate a deity, Obatala, as the divine protector of the afflicted, no matter the nature of such affliction. This sensibility is engrained in us from childhood and remains with us all our lives. It operates on the principle of mortal frailty to which all humanity remains vulnerable,” Soyinka earlier said in a statement.

“One of my favorite authors, about whom, by a coincidence, I had cause to write quite recently, was CLR James, author of The Black Jacobins, Beyond A Boundary etc. etc. I called him my ideological uncle. He suffered from Parkinson’s Disease, but remained alert, lucid and combative for decades after the onset of the disease. We interacted politically at the Tanzanian pan-African Congress, the Dakar Festival of Negro Arts and a number of other cultural and political fora.

“We met frequently in his lifetime, dined together in restaurants, despite his challenge. it would be unthinkable, and a desecration of his memory to be part of any activity that mocked his affliction. A further statement will be issued when I have made further enquiries into this strange, uncharacteristic outing of the association.”

However, a close source to Tinubu has told SaharaReporters that the APC candidate and members of his team are upset that Soyinka “systematically revealed that Tinubu got Parkinson’s disease, thereby confirming that he’s an invalid candidate.”

“They are angry that Prof. (Professor Soyinka) revealed too much about Bola Tinubu’s health condition,” he added.

History Of Tinubu’s Recent Medical Tourism

In 2021 alone, Tinubu spent over 80 days patronising hospitals in France, the United States and the United Kingdom where he underwent surgeries leaving behind the poorly equipped hospitals in Nigeria led by the APC government.

He was flown out of the country some days before Christmas in 2020 to Paris, France.

There were speculations that he tested positive for COVID-19 but his media aide later denied such reports.

The APC leader returned to Nigeria on January 24, 2021, after a month’s absence from Nigeria.

He then went for a medical check-up on Thursday, June 10, 2021, to France and was conspicuously absent from the one-day working visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Lagos State.

“Tinubu is in Paris, France for a medical checkup. His health is deteriorating due to old age,” a top source had told SaharaReporters.

Tinubu, amid death rumours, was forced to return to the country on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

SaharaReporters also reported that Tinubu was hospitalised in Maryland, the United States in July 2021 where he had knee surgery.

“Tinubu is hospitalised in Maryland, US. His health is failing. He couldn’t participate in launching his Arewa library, and he couldn’t participate in the Local Government Area elections last week. He could not attend today’s APC congress due to health reasons.

“He had a surgery last week,” an authoritative source had disclosed at the time.

On August 9, 2021, Tinubu had another knee surgery at the John Hopkins University Hospital in Maryland, the United States.

The APC chieftain, it was learnt, left the US for the United Kingdom on crutches, a few days after the surgery.

Sources close to Tinubu had told SaharaReporters that he wanted the surgery in Paris, France but changed his plan over rumours of his death.

“Tinubu had his second surgery at John Hopkins University in Maryland recently. He was accompanied by a popular Nigerian doctor in Chicago. He had wanted the surgery in Paris but when rumour was rife about his death, he hurriedly left for Nigeria and went to John Hopkins,” one of the sources had said.

“He left the US for the UK on crutches,” another source had revealed.

In 2021, the President paid a visit to Tinubu in London and the latter was seen with a walking stick during Buhari’s visit, confirming SaharaReporters’ story that he underwent a second surgery in the United States.

Tinubu currently toes the path of President Buhari, who himself has spent hundreds of days on medical leave in the United Kingdom since he assumed office in 2015.

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Peter Obi movement shuts down Kebbi, targets over 50million votes

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi on Monday held a town hall meeting in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi state to woo voters in the state and further strengthen the campaign of Obi/Datti movement.

The gathering with a huge number of followers across tribes and religions was attended by the National Secretary of LP, Umar Faruk Ibrahim, officials of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Kebbi state, youth movements for Obi and candidates of Labour Party and their executives.

Speaking at the occasion, the chief host who is the state chairman of NLC Kebbi state said that, the party has come to rescue Nigerians from the current state of the nation, as he added that LP belongs to NLC.

He also stated that since the party belongs to organised labour, it, therefore, knows no religion and tribe.

While welcoming the national leaders of the party, comrade Umar Halidu assured them of his chapter’s support and the Obi/Datti movement in Kebbi state.

In his speech, Ibrahim said that they were in Kebbi to sensitise the people of the state on the need for them to vote for the right candidate noting that what is happening in the country knows no religion or tribe “so people should close ranks and vote the right person not minding his religion or tribe ” we are happy with the reception we received in Kebbi and it shows Labour Party is alive in Kebbi, we saw Igbos, Hausas and other tribes.

On what Peter Obi will do differently, the LP national scribe said Obi government if elected will, first of all, stabilise the country and ensure there is a responsible government in place for all Nigerians devoid of nepotism, saying when that is achieved everything will settle including the economy, security and all other sectors in the country will breathe in life.

He explained that out of the 89million votes expected, LP will take at least 70% to 80℅ which means victory “we need a country where every citizen will sleep with his eyes open, a country where every child will go to school rich or poor families.”

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Deji Adeyanju, a bigot, said that millions of youths were paid to march for Peter Obi at the ‘Obidients rally in Nasarawa, which drew a massive crowd.

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A mammoth crowd trooped out to stage a one million march in support of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi and his running mate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed in Nasarawa state capital, Lafia on Saturday ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The State chairman of the party, Alexander Emmanuel said the one-million-man march was to sensitise the people of the state on the necessity to vote for credible leaders in next year’s elections as well as send a signal to other political parties who claimed the Labour Party does not have a structure.

Speaking on the march, Obi said it was a symbol of an unwavering obligation of Nigerian youths to rescue Nigeria from bad governance.

Obi expressed this on his verified Twitter page on Sunday, while commending the traders, commuters, artisans and other Nigerians that came out for the march.

He said: “I am sincerely encouraged by the unwavering commitment of Nigerian youths to the OBIdient movement, aimed at rescuing the nation from bad governance.

“The recent 1 million march, recently embarked on by OBIdients in Nasarawa State is very well appreciated by the OBIdient family. It’s a great step towards taking back our country.

“Just like them, I deeply appreciate every Nigerian who has continued to labour in our country, for the good of the nation. I assure you that our labour will never be in vain.”

Meanwhile, human rights activist, Deji Adeyanju has reacted to the march saying Obi cannot win one-half of a local government area in the presidential election scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2023.

Adeyanju, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) who has said he will not support any presidential flagbearer also claimed Nigerians that took to the streets for the march were paid.

He said this on his verified Twitter handle on Sunday.

Adeyanju tweeted: “Sorry to break your hearts guys but Peter Obi won’t still win even half of an LGA in Nasarawa after the rally yesterday. You will be shocked that 90% of those who came out to protest yesterday did so because someone paid them and they won’t vote for him. Vawulence dropped, bye.”

The convener of Concerned Nigerians has always advocated for the collaboration of other presidential parties against APC and PDP.

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Why Kizz Daniel refused to perform at Tanzanian concert, by promoter

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The show promoter has explained why Kizz Daniel refused to perform at a paid concert in Tanzania.

The “Buga” crooner was scheduled to perform at a well-publicised concert at Warehouse, Old Nextdoor Arena, Tanzania on Sunday but failed to show up.

Fans of the singer were forced to wait until 6 am for a live performance but Kizz Daniel was absent.

The singer was reported to have arrived in the country earlier but refused to perform because of unavailability of his clothes.

But in an Instagram Live session with Daddy Freeze after the news of the singer’s arrest by the Tanzanian police went viral, the show promoter, identified Steve claimed Vado refused to perform because the luggage containing his other gold chain was delivered.

According to Uwah, although Kizz had a gold chain on his neck, yet he refused to perform because the airline had failed to deliver his luggage that contained his other gold chains; insisting he must wear all of it for the show.

 

He noted his manager, Paulo called the singer from America, crying while begging him all night to honour the show but he refused to bulge.

Explaining reason for Kizz Daniel’s refusal to perform at the concert to Daddy Freeze, Uwah stated: “He only said the airline did not bring his bag, that is why he cannot perform because his gold chain is not there and he had a good chain on his neck, one but he wanted everything.”

“And I brought him harmonised skin. I brought in different clothes. So, he said just because the airline didn’t bring one of his bags, he cannot perform without his gold on his neck.

“That show, I spent nothing less than $300,000 because the show was a premium show. I’ll send you a video of that show. That show wasn’t a joke. A table for that show was sold for $5,000 and the highest table was sold for $10,000.

“I have all the contract with Paulo. Paulo is the one who I booked Kizz Daniel directly from.

“Paulo cried all night calling from America trying to beg this guy saying, ‘please go for the show’s, but he refused.”

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