Wizkid to Skales: ‘You’re a foolish guy with zero brain

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FORMER label mates, Wizkid now Starboy boss, and Baseline Music act, Skales threw caution to the wind during the week and engaged themselves in a war of words on the social media. The latter had accused the former of stealing the beat for his hit song, “Azonto”, claiming also, that he wrote Wizkid’s “Superstar” song.

Angered by this allegation, Wizkid fired back at Skales in a series of tweets calling him names, and claiming it was mainly a publicity stunt from Skales to promote his new smash hit, “Je Kan Mo.”

Some of Wizkid’s tweets read thus: “Since you started your career you never dropped one album and you are claiming that you wrote my song! God punish your left balls. Skales!!’ Even when the label wanted to drop your a** cos you didn’t make one naira for 3 years! I was there!

You are a foolish guy with zero brain.’ However, defending her man, Skales’ girlfriend, Sasay lashed out at Wizkid.

In one of her tweets, Sasay, who has been dating Skales for two years now, said: ‘Before you tweet trash about someone’s hustle, think first, has your hustle paid off? How much do you fucking make? Can you afford a girl like me?’ But Wizkid’s well known boo, Tania Omotayo stayed off while the feud lasted. Skales, who is putting finishing touches on his debut album’ Man of the Year” has since deleted all his tweets. The video of his new smash hit, “Je Kan Mo” aws released on Tuesday. Both him and Wizkid were once signed unto the same record label, E.M.E owned by Banky W.

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My time has come — Ogboru

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Idolised by fans as the Peoples General, Chief Great Ogboru had become a rallying platform for opposition to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Delta State. He had in the last decade moved across different political platforms in his quest for the governorship of the state – South-South Rainbow Coalition, SSRC, then the Alliance for Democracy in 2003, the Democratic Peoples Party, DPP in 2007 and 2011, and now Labour Party, LP . Ogboru has continuously captivated popular imagination in Delta, yet has underperformed at the crucial point of counting the votes. Ogboru has, however, pleaded the alibi of rigging.

Given his marital and maternal linkages across the three senatorial districts of the state, and the uprooting of those factors he claimed had conspired against him in the past, Ogboru is asserting himself as the candidate to beat in the forthcoming governorship election in Delta State. Last Wednesday Ogboru alongside some Labour Party candidates and the leadership of his campaign was the guest of Vanguard Editors. He drew questions on his past political participation, plans and his claimed pan-Delta agenda. Excerpts:

By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor, Dapo Akinrefon, Charles Kumolu & Gbenga Oke

What new thing do you have that is pushing you to contest again?

What we have been doing in Delta state apart from creating opposition in the state for good reasons, is also making sure that the people of Delta have an alternative, and that alternative comes from our leadership. We believe that we are giving them good leadership because they continue to follow us. If when we came in 2003 and 2007 and were roundly rejected, we would not have come in 2011.

We have made significant progress. We had about 11 members elected to the State House of Assembly, we had a Senator elected and we had about two members elected to the House of Representatives. That is significant progress.

In a proper and conducive environment, I would have said that our party would have been a very strong platform on which to leap in the 2015 election, but unfortunately, those dreams were filtered away because of the type of politicking that we practice.

Nevertheless, the gains that we have made, the consciousness we have created in the society, make it imperative for us to continue for as long as the people demand our leadership. When they reject us, we will gladly bow out and say thank you we have done our beat. But as it were, until the people say no, I do not see how we can surrender. That is why we have been in this business.

What are you offering Deltans and why should they vote for you this time?

Not very much has changed in terms of the social, economic and political environment in the state. What we are bringing to the table is that healthcare and medicare will be largely improved, we are going to ensure that hospitals begin to function, our schools are going to be better. Of course, we will create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

Enabling environment

I have heard about this ‘enabling environment’ in so many economic circles, but most of it is lip talk. My party and the leadership I want to bring to the state will be more of an interventionist agency. Interventionist in the sense that development and growth will be witnessed.

To a large extent, we will partner with the people because we know that access to capital is difficult, we will partner with them to provide the necessary capital and the necessary technological skills for them to be able to participate in an economic environment.

One key project that we will do is to create a public company for each of the senatorial districts. A public company that will specialize in the provision of social services.

That public company will be owned by the people of Delta. All the shares of the companies will be controlled by the indigenes of the three senatorial districts. These companies will not be ordinary companies, they will be owned partially by foreigners.

We told you in 2011 that we have a concept that is called the EODI, which is the Equal Opportunity Development Initiative and we told you that N100m will be set aside monthly for each local government for developmental purposes. This is 2015, we are developing this concept. If we are to give nine local governments N100m each for instance for development and the company is owned by the people of Delta state, there is a certain amount of profit that the company must make because it is a limited company.

Wealth creation

By doing so, you are creating wealth for the people of Delta State. I think that when that is done and replicated over time, the trickle down effect of that will mean that you have better roads, better schools, better hospitals and better housing. With this programme alone, we can engage the people of Delta State over a period of time.

If this programme works the way it is envisaged, we are going to take crime off the streets of Delta State because when the people have access to capital, good schools and good roads, the most likely tendency is that people will stay away from crime.

You claimed to have won the last elections in Delta State but was not declared. How are you going to protect your vote this time?

Our votes have always been protected and that is why we were able to get 430,000 votes. You do not have 430,000 votes in an election if your votes are not protected. The problem is the riverine communities in Delta State which we were not able to handle properly.

So, those riverine communities became challenges in the sense that even the police could not provide security and I can tell you that most INEC officials could not even get there. That is why I questioned how these card readers would be used.

What happened then was that whereas we won the upland in most of the state, those riverine votes were brought to defeat the will of the people of Delta state.

That was why I was I not declared, but the times have changed, the dynamics have changed, the complexities changed, the actors are different.

Enemies of yesterday

So enemies of yesterday are friends of today and when all of these complexities are put together, it tells you that some of those votes that worked against us in the past will work for us now.

Have you had any reconciliation with Governor Uduaghan especially after the PDP primaries?

This question is always coming to me because Uduaghan was short-changed during the primaries. I think he is getting a pill of what they have been doing to me. I was glad when I met him recently in a very warm embrace.

And when he spoke to us, he said he was at peace with himself. And if you were there, you will know that we had not met prior to then.

If we had met, his behaviour would have been different. There is no discussion going on between us anywhere behind the scene.

Uduaghan knows that Ogboru is the elected governor of the state but things did not go well the way they should go. On a personal note, we are friends and in-laws too. While all these are going on, you have to understand that there is a human relationship between us.

When we took him to court, we were duty bound to do so. That is the name of the game. Sometimes when you are fighting with your brother, you also wish that you don’t give him a killer punch because the punch could be so devastating that he may never recover from it.

So, have you been able to resolve the challenge from the riverine areas? Also, what is your role in the present crisis rocking the Urhobo Progressive Union, UPU?

I believe that we have a very strong support from the Ijaw and Itsekiri communities today. That support was not there yesterday, but like I said with the stage and the actors being different, the dynamics must be different.

So, the differences are working for our good and I believe that when the election takes place, those toxic votes will come to us. Whatever vote that will come from the riverine communities, will be in our favour. Our followership there is enormous.

But Tompolo is believed to be a PDP chieftain and is Ijaw?

We are not bothered about that. We are going to defeat Tompolo in his local government. The only place he will win is Gbaramatu.

Women in the congress

The place we are likely to have some challenge, is Burutu where the deputy governor comes from. But because Tompolo is a factor that is being rejected, I believe that his candidate will be defeated.

On UPU?

The UPU is an organisation that has lasted for over 83 years. It is older than the Nigerian nation. The UPU has a constitution as to how to become the president general of the association.

The president is elected by all the president generals, youths and women in the congress. In this case, because you were supporting somebody else, you decided to create a faction.

Unfortunately for the Onoge group, if we were to conduct an election in the state, the UPU candidate will not get 10 percent of the votes. It is a two horse race.

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Why it won’t be business as usual for election riggers —Okojie, REC, A-Ibom

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He Akwa-Ibom State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Barrister Austin Okoje in this interview reassures the people of Akwa-Ibom State that the commission would provide all the candidates for the 2015 General Elections a level playing field to ensure rancour-free polls. But he implores the political class to cooperate with INEC since according to him, every successful election requires effective partnership and cooperation as well as adequate timing and planning among other issues. Excerpts:

HOW prepared your commission is towards the rescheduled elections in Akwa-Ibom State?

We are fully prepared for the elections. Although politicians have their own ways of doing things, we can assure you that Akwa-Ibom State will witness the best of elections ever. First, we have received a total number of 1,692, 662 voter cards but as at today, we’ve distributed 95.4 percent of the cards. 9,000 PVCs were snatched. As at today, we have recovered 7, 862, we are still left with 1,140 cards to be recovered.

We intend to move our materials three days before the elections so that on the day of election, materials get to the polling units as early as 6am.

You are aware of our new method of accreditation. We now have what we call the Card Reader. This is one of the innovations we have introduced to disallow the idea of rigging and on the issue of rigging; we love to appeal to the political class to talk to their supporters not to bring the issue of thuggery so that we can have peaceful elections. To secure your results and votes, we have a means of transferring your votes and the result electronically to the centre. So, the era of ballot box snatching is now over.

So, in a nutshell, we are fully prepared for the elections. I am surprised that even with the introduction of smart-Card Readers people still think it will be business as usual. If you have seen the quality of elections we conducted in Ekiti State and Osun last year, then, the quality of the 2015 elections will be higher than those ones. As major stakeholders you must be kept on notice of whatever we are doing as far as my administration is concerned, there will be a level playing field for everybody. If any information goes to one party, it must also go to the other one.

There are allegations that PVCs are being sold in some places in this State for cloning and that members of the PDP dominate ad-hoc staff list, what is your response to these allegations?

This is going to be the fourth time of my being involved in the conduct of national elections. Rumours will always be there. Ballot papers are very sensitive materials and are always kept under the custody of the Central Bank. When I came to Akwa -Ibom State, I had not spent two days yet when I started reading from the papers that INEC had been bribed with Five Billion Naira and some bags of rice. On ad-hoc staff, we advertised and asked interested applicants to apply on-line. Now, the on-line list is what the commission forwarded so that we can now go to verify them.

The verification exercise is going on as we speak in the respective Local Government Areas of the applicants. So, until the commission completes the exercise, we cannot compile the list so that we can have the appropriate record. So, for now, we don’t even have the list but here they are saying the PDP loyalists flood INEC ad-hoc staff list.

So, what is your advice to political stakeholders?

Stakeholders have a duty to ensure that the political space is conducive for a well-organized and coordinated election. This can only be possible with peace. Peace, in a country like Nigeria is a lofty objective. Peaceful elections are absolutely necessary for us to be able to consolidate and deepen our democracy. As we prepare for the 2015 elections, we must do everything possible to promote peaceful conduct, mitigate conflicts and prevent violence because unless we do these, the yearnings of Nigerians for free, fair and credible elections will be subverted.

It is important to note that free, fair and credible elections do not begin and end with only the procedures that INEC put in place for the conduct of such elections.

No matter how well elections are conducted, if the outcome is conflict-ridden and characterized by violence, it will lose its essence of deepening democracy and it will undermine the credibility of electoral process.

What specific lessons have you learnt from the 2011 general election?

Some of the key lessons we learned from the 2011 elections and those reviews are that good elections require adequate timing and planning. We have come to learn that there is no alternative to planning and preparing adequately. Election projects in a country like Nigeria require massive undertakings and require very professional planning.

Also, good elections are about effective partnerships and cooperation. We have learnt that running an election is a cooperative enterprise not just a task for INEC alone. Within weeks in 2011, we were able to assemble and manage over 360,000 poll officials to work at the poling unit level.

Thousands of other security personnel were on patrol while over 20,000 university staff, including Vice Chancellors, were enlisted to serve as collation and returning officers besides thousands of local and foreign observers who witnessed the elections. Without the cooperation of various ministries, departments and agencies, especially the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and security agencies that worked with us, the conduct of the elections would have been difficult, if not an impossible mission

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I’m not wishing Buhari dead, but he’s too old to govern – Fayose

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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, has again reiterated  that he had nothing personal against nor wishing any harm done to  the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate,Major General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd) and that Obasanjo insisted that Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua must be the president in 2006 because he preferred him.

Fayose, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti Thursday , was apparently reacting to the barrage of criticisms that have trailed his opposition for the APC presidential candidate.

In a statement in Ado Ekiti ,the governor  said his motive was to expose the hypocrisy of some of the leadership of APC,whom according to him are  placing personal interests far above national interest.

He said‎ the APC had not only packaged lies and tried to foist such on Nigerians, but had compromised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the election if it had held on February 14.

“I remember then as the ad hoc chairman of the PDP committee to shop for the presidential candidate to replace former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a crop of suitable, brilliant, healthy and competent northern politicians‎ in the PDP were shortlisted by me for Obasanjo to pick from, but he overruled the list and asked me to contact the late Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua because he preferred him.

“In fairness to the late president, he objected to the offer on health ground, but Obasanjo insisted that he must be the president.

” I am not against the North, rather if Obasanjo had picked from the list of names submitted by my committee to him, certainly, a northerner, replacing Obasanjo would have ruled this country till 2015. As an insider who saw everything and who again have noticed the repeat of the episode of 2006, I must talk.

“There is nothing bad in allowing President Jonathan from the South to complete the two terms he is allowed constitutionally and in 2019, a real candidate from the North, not one manipulated by the South-West APC, will emerge to take over.‎ These APC leaders operate in deceit, the well being of this country is secondary to them. The is the party that ruled Ekiti for just only four years and grounded the state with huge debts.

“That 2006 scenario is again being re-enacted with Obasanjo and APC leaders branding General Buhari to be the president of this
country

While reinstating that he was not wishing Gen. Buhari dead,Fayose said he was emphatic on his advocacy that General Buhari was too old to govern the complex country Nigeria at 72

“I am not wishing General Buhari dead, but the fact remains that he is too old to govern a complex country like Nigeria and we don’t want a president that will  govern by proxy.”

Throwing more light on the hypocrisy of the APC, Fayose wondered why Buhari could not appear at APC organised rally in London last
Wednesday if indeed he was not on hospital bed‎.

He said the much-talked about Chatham House lecture‎ was a face-saving device to cover the true position of Buhari, adding that most of those attacking him were doing so because he stuck out his neck to expose the lies of the APC.

He added that he would not relent.

The governor said after he proved to the world that Buhari‎ was interviewed in Abuja and not London, the APC had not been able to prove him wrong.

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Chatham House: 10 amazing quotes from Buhari’s speech

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), yesterday, in London gave a speech at the at the Chatham House on Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria’s Transition. Listed below are some of the most striking quotes from Buhari’s speech.

  1. I cannot change the past. But I can change the present and the future.
  1. ‘I am a former military ruler and a converted democrat.’

  1. I have heard and read references to me as a ‘former dictator’…I take responsibility for anything that happened under my watch ½
  1. ‘Two things have bloomed in the present administration: waste and corruption.’
  1. ‘Because of the greed, profligacy and corruption, Nigeria’s ‘wealth’ has not translated to human development.’

Read the full speech here

  1. ‘I assure you, if I become president, the world will not have to worry about Nigeria as it is now.
  1. To vote for the continuity of failure or to elect progressive change. I believe the people will choose wisely
  1. Any war waged on corruption should not be misconstrued as settling old scores or a witch-hunt. I’m running for President to lead Nigeria to prosperity and not adversity.
  1. As you all know, I had been a military head of state in … But the global triumph of democracy has shown that another and a preferable path to change is possible.
  1. On corruption, there will be no confusion as to where I stand. Corruption will have no place and the corrupt will not be appointed into my administration.

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APC Senators raise alarm over alleged presidency plot to send Jega on retirement leave

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ABUJA—-THE All Progressives Congress, APC, Senators yesterday raised the alarm over the alleged plot by the presidency to send Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega on compulsory retirement leave.

The APC Senators claimed that they received information from a credible source to the effect that the INEC Chair

man would be given a letter by the office of Head of Service, HOS, directing him to proceed on retirement leave next week.

The opposition Senators said that the procedure in which civil servants and political appointees follow for their retirement was different from that of career officers, adding that there was constitutional provision in which such career officers are appointed and removed.

The Senators gave instance with a letter from the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation where it was stated that an appointee with a definite term of years has nothing to do with pre-retirement leave and that such retirement leave was only applicable to core officers who run their Civil Service to retirement of 35 years of service or 60 years of age and not for a definite tenure.”

Leader of the APC Senators and Minority Leader of the senate, Senator George Akume flanked by other opposition Senators in a press briefing said that such alleged sinister move to force the INEC boss out of office was because of the forthcoming elections and said that such move was capable of plunging the country into anarchy.

He said, “Honestly, we said it before; this is the road to Golgotha, road to Armageddon. This people want to destroy this country completely. Today this country is broke and it is not because of Jega. People who are responsible are there and they are friends of government. Nigerians want peace not pieces.”

APC Senators claimed that Prof. Jega was ready to conduct the presidential and National Assembly elections on February 14 only to be forced to put the elections off as a result of the pressure and the letter from the National Security Adviser, NSA, on security challenges especially in the North East.

They said, “Today we want to say that only dishonest politicians fear (Prof. Attahiru) Jega as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). We have received information from very, very informed and credible source that next week the Chairman of the INEC will be served a letter by the office of the Head of Civil Service directing him to proceed on terminal leave.

“Whether the letter comes from the Head of Service or the Secretary to the Federal Government does not make sense. What we are saying is even if you go by the terms of the head of the civil service of the 11th of August, 2010, with reference no: HCSF/CMO/1772/T1/11 it is not applicable whatsoever to the chairman of INEC.

“This circular was talking about clarification on pre-retirement leave. Pre-retirement leave is applicable to tenured officers, careers civil servants and you are bound to disengage when you get to 35 years in service or when you get to 60 years of age.

“This provision is not applicable to Jega. Why would the Federal Government controlled by the PDP want to temper with an arrangement that is so critical to this election. Jega was ready to conduct elections; the Federal Government controlled by the PDP was not ready.

“Today nobody has faulted what Jega is doing but we have seen articles sponsored against Jega by a particular political party. Bringing the issue of card readers and trying to hang Jega cannot work. Monies for the cards were appropriated by the National Assembly and they have been applied for the acquisition of these very sensitive materials.

“We want a credible election but in a situation where we are being informed that because the postponement of elections attracted no reaction from Nigerians you can therefore do whatever you want to do, remove Jega, put a spineless and pliant person there to do the bidding of the government doesn’t hold water.

“We want elections that are credible and you cannot start a game which is about to end and suddenly you want to change the goal post. You don’t want the referee because he is being fair to all sides. And then you want to subvert the whole system for sinister and personal purposes.

“We will continue to say no to impunity and we will never accept any attempt to undermine the credibility of the forth coming elections. We want to use this medium to appeal to Nigerians to be steadfast, to keep watch so that their labour can never be in vain.

“Nigeria is long overdue for a credible election. We said it before and we want to repeat, if smaller countries like Ghana could do this perfectly well, why can’t Nigeria do it? We oppose the removal because it is criminal, illegal and unconstitutional.

“We oppose this removal through the back door because government itself knows that if Jega goes wrong you have to remove him by using the Senate to take him out but you know you require two-third and that is what they are running away from.

“If you postpone elections and suddenly you say Jega should go, then Nigerians would have been deceived into taking it that elections were extended because there were no sufficient Permanent Voter Cards to enable everybody to vote.

“Even on the issue of PVCs you observe that over 70million have been distributed. It is for all of us to also do our own civic responsibility by getting these PVCs. You don’t go and lay in your house and expect to collect the PVCs. It hasn’t got legs so it cannot walk.

“It is not directed by a computer, so it will know and be able to locate where you live, but these things have been decentralized so that as many Nigerians as possible who are willing to take these cards and vote will do so. You also know that even those who have collected may not vote on that day for their personal reasons.

“But on a daily basis, Jega is being hammered. They say Jega is depriving over 10 million people of their right to vote. That is not true and we condemn what the government is trying to do and we want to appeal to all of you to rise up and defend our democracy.

On whether the President does not have the Constitutional powers to suspend any appointee, the opposition Senators said that there was no provision of suspension in the Constitution, while Senator Kabiru Marafa representing Zamfara South said, “Senator Kabiru Marafa representing Zamfara South said, “Section 157(1) clearly states that the president can only remove Jega with the vote of two-third majority of all Senators. Under whatever guise Whether suspension, retirement or voluntary leave, he cannot be removed.

On the agitation for the Service Chiefs to be summoned to the senate over the botched February 14 elections and the security situation in the North East, Senator Ahmed Lawan said, “It is the right time to make the request to the senate because about four days ago, INEC met with Service Chiefs to review the progress and if there anybody that should know, it is the National Assembly.”

Senator Akume further said that the opposition Senators respect for the military and were proud of them, adding, “We are only kicking against impunity. The party is saying police should be drafted to monitor polling units to ensure security so that what happened in Ekiti will not be repeated.”

We’re going to oppose Senator Obanikoro’s ministerial nomination
The APC Senators through Senator Babafemi Ojudu at the briefing said that it was the position of the opposition Senators that Senator Musliu Obanikoro that was nominated by President Goodluck Jonathan for ministerial appointment was not qualified for the appointment.

He said, “It is our position that such a person (Senator Obanikoro) is not qualified to hold public office. We are going to oppose that and the three Senators from Lagos have written to Mark opposing that. Obanikoro is not qualified to hold public office based on his antecedent.

“The case will be coming up on March 6 and when any case is in court under our rules when a case is before a court of law, the president will use his power to ensure that it is not brought before the senate.”

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Buhari at Chatham House: Why I want to be President – Buhari

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LAGOS—The All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), yesterday, in London gave reasons why he wants to be president after he left office as military Head of State.

He said he is in the race to restore the country’s glory. Buhari said: “I cannot change the past, but I can change the present and the future. So, before you is a former military ruler and a converted democrat who is ready to operate under democratic norms and is subjecting himself to the rigours of democratic elections for the fourth time.”

BUHARI AT CHATHAM HOUSE—From left: Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State; Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Retd); former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown; APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi at Chatham House, London, yesterday.

Meanwhile, there were protests outside Chatham House where General Buhari was delivering his lecture by his supporters and those opposed his candidacy.

Buhari, who spoke at the Royal Institue of International Affairs, London (Chatham House) in a paper entitled “Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria’s Transition,” said that he wanted to be president in a democracy “because the work of making Nigeria great is not yet done.”

The former Head of State said that one of his major priorities as president was to fight corruption in all its ramifications, pointing out that no corrupt person would be appointed into his cabinet.

He further said that he would block all the leakages in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and the Customs & Excise which were the major cash cows for the nation and use the proceeds recovered from corrupt people to fund “our party’s social investment programmes in education, health, and safety nets such as free school meals for children, emergency public works for unemployed youth and pensions for the elderly.

“But I must emphasise that any war waged on corruption should not be misconstrued as settling old scores or a witch-hunt. I’m running for President to lead Nigeria to prosperity and not adversity…”

According to him, “the institutions of state dedicated to fighting corruption will be given independence and prosecutorial authority without political interference.

“You may ask: Why is he doing this? This is a question I ask myself all the time also. And here is my humble answer, because I still believe that change is possible, this time through the ballot, and most importantly, because I still have the capacity and the passion to dream and work for a Nigeria that will be respected again in the comity of nations and that all Nigerians will be proud of.”

Commenting on the reference made to him by British newspapers as a former dictator, Buhari further said: “Dictatorship goes with military rule, though some might be less dictatorial than others.” He said that he took “responsibility for whatever happened” under his “watch,” as Head of State.

He also promised to lead the way with force of personal example, especially in tackling waste and corruption.

No inch of Nigeria’s territory’ll be lost

Apparently referring to the challenges facing the country following the Boko Haram insurgents, which had been ravaging the north-east in the last few years, he said that “no inch of Nigerian territory will ever be lost to the enemy” if he is elected president.

“As you all know, I had been a military head of state in Nigeria for 20 months. We intervened because we were unhappy with the state of affairs in our country. We wanted to arrest the drift. Driven by patriotism, influenced by the prevalence and popularity of such drastic measures all over Africa and elsewhere, we fought our way to power. But the global triumph of democracy has shown that another and a preferable path to change is possible. It is an important lesson I have carried with me since, and a lesson that is not lost on the African continent.

“While you can’t have representative democracy without elections, it is equally important to look at the quality of the elections and to remember that mere elections do not make democracy. It is globally agreed that democracy is not an event, but a journey. And that the destination of that journey is democratic consolidation – that state where democracy has become so rooted and so routine and widely accepted by all actors.

“With this important destination in mind, it is clear that though many African countries now hold regular elections, very few of them have consolidated the practice of democracy. It is important to also state at this point that just as with elections, a consolidated democracy cannot be an end by itself. I will argue that it is not enough to hold series of elections or even to peacefully alternate power among parties.

“It is much more important that the promise of democracy goes beyond just allowing people to freely choose their leaders. It is much more important that democracy should deliver on the promise of choice, of freedoms, of security of lives and property, of transparency and accountability, of rule of law, of good governance and of shared prosperity. It is very important that the promise embedded in the concept of democracy, the promise of a better life for the generality of the people, is not delivered in the breach,” he added.

Boko Haram

On insurgency, he said: “Boko Haram has sadly put Nigeria on the terrorism map, killing more than 13,000 of our nationals, displacing millions internally and externally, and at a time holding on to portions of our territory the size of Belgium. What has been consistently lacking is the required leadership in our battle against insurgency. I, a retired general and a former head of state, have always known about our soldiers: They are capable, well trained, patriotic, brave and always ready to do their duty in the service of our country.

Nigerian soldiers capable

“You all can bear witness to the gallant role of our military in Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur and in many other peacekeeping operations in several parts of the world. But in the matter of this insurgency, our soldiers have neither received the necessary support nor the required incentives to tackle this problem. The government has also failed in any effort towards a multi-dimensional response to this problem leading to a situation in which we have now become dependent on our neighbours to come to our rescue.

“Let me assure you that if I am elected president, the world will have no cause to worry about Nigeria as it has had to recently; that Nigeria will return to its stabilising role in West Africa; and that no inch of Nigerian territory will ever be lost to the enemy because we will pay special attention to the welfare of our soldiers in and out of service; we will give them adequate and modern arms and ammunition to work with, we will improve intelligence gathering and border controls to choke Boko Haram’s financial and equipment channels, we will be tough on terrorism and tough on its root causes by initiating a comprehensive economic development plan promoting infrastructural development, job creation, agriculture and industry in the affected areas.

“We will always act on time and not allow problems to irresponsibly fester, and I, Muhammadu Buhari, will always lead from the front and return Nigeria to its leadership role in regional and international efforts to combat terrorism…”

Buhari, Jonathan’s supporters protest in London

Before Buhari arrived the venue for the event, some protesters had gathered in front of the venue carrying placards and chanting songs in protest against the APC candidate.

The anti-Buhari demonstrators had placards with inscriptions such as “Buhari Belongs to the past: The past can’t belong to the future of our children”; “A dictator hiding behind another pastor cannot be a democrat”, and “Nigeria will not return to the past.”

However, pro-Buhari supporters had also mobilised to confront the the PDP supporters during which a verbal clash erupted.

The pro-Buhari elements had placards bearing messages such as “Nigerians deserve better than 16 years misrule,” and “Vote Buhari/Osinbajo.”

Officers of the Metropolitan police who patrolled the area, however, calmed frayed nerves between the two camps.

The media had reported ahead of the event that the Nigerian government had earmarked $20,000 to hire protesters in London against the APC presidential candidate.

A memo entitled “The Chatham House Rally: March Against Dictator,” which emanated from the campaign’s Assistant Director, Civil Society and Support Groups (Diaspora), Peter Mozie, said the money would be spent on mobilising the crowd, refreshing them and defraying other logistics.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, denied mobilizing protesters to embarrass Buhari at the event.

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Nigeria Court declines to nullify confab report

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ABUJA -The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, refused to void the outcome of the National Conference that was held in Abuja last year.

The conference which was took place at the National Judicial Institute, NJI, in Abuja, was inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan on March 17.

It ended on August 14, 2014, after the participants, consisting of about 492 delegates that represented a cross-section of Nigerians, including professional bodies, produced and submitted a draft final report‎ that was drawn from reports of 20 committees that were set up during the conference.

However, a constitutional lawyer, Dr. Tunji Abayomi went to court to challenge the constitutionality of the conference which he said was not properly convened as stipulated by the law.

The plaintiff, in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/ 167/204 and dated 3 March, 2014, maintained that President Jonathan lacked the constitutional power to convoke or convene a National Conference without the express backing of a law ratified by the National Assembly.

Joined as defendants in the suit were the Attorney-General of the Federation, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Abayomi specifically prayed the court to determine whether a National Conference can be convened by the President and/or government of Nigeria without a law made by the National Assembly enabling them to do so.

Though the suit was entered even before the conference began, however, following the decision of the f‎ederal government to proceed with it despite the pendency of the suit, the plaintiff, on March 18, withdrew his interlocutory motion to stop the confab, even as he urged the court to go ahead and determine its legality.

He further persuaded the court to join the Chairman of the conference and former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Idris Legbo ‎Kutigi, the Vice Chairman, Prof Bolaji Akinyemi and the Secretary, Mrs Valerie Azinge as defendants in the suit on the ground that they were necessary parties.

His application to include them in the matter was not opposed by the defendants’ lawyer, Mr. Femi Fulani, SAN, who was also a participant at the conference.

The defendants however raised preliminary ‎objections against the suit which they said was grossly bereft of merit.

They further queried the locus-standi of the plaint‎iff to institute the action, even as they prayed the court to dismiss it.

‎‎While dismissing the suit yesterday, Justice Abdul Kafarati, agreed with the defendants, describing the suit as “a mere academic exercise”.

The court noted that the plaintiff failed to show how his personal rights were infringed upon.

It however refused to award any cost against the plaintiff.

Meanwhile, the plaintiff yesterday vowed to go on appeal.

In an affidavit in support of theg suit, which was deposed to by one Mr. Patrick Bisong, the plaintiff, alleged before the court that the federal government spent billions of public money to fund the conference despite the absence of any law enabling the President to convoke it, and notwithstanding the limited power invested in the President to use money to execute law or any legally authorized national idea.

He had initially prayed the court to restrain the government from going ahead with the conference, noting that if the defendants were not restrained, billions of tax payers money would be spent unconstitutionally by the government under the guise of organizing a national conference.

Besides, the plaintiff told the court that the President was working with deliberate speed to convene the conference, a move he said ought to be subjected to an intense judicial scrutiny.

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Jonathan’ll win South West

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The President Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Coordinator for Obafemi Owode Local Government area of Ogun State, Mr. Adeyinka Kotoye, has said that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will win the majority of votes in the South West, based on his performance and contributions to the growth of the region and the country.

“Jonathan deserved to return, he has done well. He has improved the transport sector, improved the agriculture sector, aviation sector and he has done so much for the education sector in the country. In the economy sector, he has done well. In many areas, President Jonathan has recorded success,” he said

Kotoye said that the region will not fall to the propaganda of the All Progressives Congress, APC and its presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), stressing that the result of the polls will be a shock to the opposition.

“I believe the electorates will decide but I don’t like sounding absolute but Jonathan will win. When people postulate about Tinubu’s influence in the Southwest, I often shudder. It is very unpredictable on how people will vote.

He added that the media rebranding of Buhari will have limited influence, especially at the grassroots.

“The media rebranding of Buhari will have limited influence because at the grassroots, people do not use facebook, twitter or watch the television like the elite.

”The APC are using double standard to promote his candidature; in the South, they are projecting Buhari as a pro-Christian while in the North, the slogan is if you vote Jonathan, you are voting a Christian; so why the deceit?”.

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Buhari’s Chatham speech full of lies

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Move on Nigeria, a civic action and pressure group promoting democracy, good governance and transformation agenda, has described the lecture delivered by General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) at Chatham House, yesterday, as windy and full of lies.

In a statement in Abuja by the group’s National Coordinator, Mr. Clem Aguiyi, it argued that the lecture by the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate “would have passed for a well-crafted speech if he was a first timer and we are ignorant of his antecedent and reputation.

“But because this will be his second tenure as president assuming he succeeds, having served first as a military dictator, we are fully aware of his reputation no matter how he tries to run away from the past.”

According to Move on Nigeria, “for the first time in three decades, Buhari accepted responsibility for the ills of his military regime, which include jailing of Pa Ajasin, even after the military tribunal had discharged him of all corruption charges.

“He held Dr. Alex Ekwueme in captivity throughout the period of his 20-month regime, even when no crime is traceable to him and he detained the late Igbo leader, Emeka Ojukwu, who held no political office.

“It is not for Buhari to determine when Nigerians will forgive his sins. He was offered the opportunity during the Oputa Panel, which he missed.

“It is regrettable that Buhari wasted the opportunity provided him by the Chatham House to, at least, address issues bordering on restructuring and the Boko Haram insurgents, whom he clearly refused to identify as Islamic extremists.”

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