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APC vs PDP: Jonathan’s camp fires back at Buhari campaign over rigging claims, attack on US



The camp of former President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday lambasted the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign council of President Muhammadu Buhari for accusing him of rigging the 2015 general elections and verbal attack on the United States and other countries.

Their reaction was contained in a statement signed by Reno Omokri, former special assistant to Jonathan.

He said Festus Keyamo, spokesman of the Muhammadu Buhari campaign, claimed that “the figures attributed to the PDP were inflated in many places, especially in the South-South, to save the face of the past President (Goodluck Jonathan) and to reduce the margin of his defeat.”

Omokri noted that the statement casts doubt on the sanity of Mr Keyamo, as well as his wild and reckless statement directed at the US Ambassador and other respected diplomats.

He said: “In both the 2011 elections and the 2015 polls, former President Jonathan received praises for conducting the most credible elections in Nigeria’s history bar none.

“On April 18 2011, former Botswana President and head of the Commonwealth Election Observer Group, Mr. Festus Mogae, said: The April 2011 elections marked a genuine celebration of democracy in Africa’s most populous country and a key member of the Commonwealth. Previously held notions that Nigeria can only hold flawed elections are now being discarded and this country can now shake off that stigma and redeem its image.”

“In 2015, Dr Bakili Muluzi, former President of Malawi, who led the Commonwealth Observer Group, said: The conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections was credible, peaceful, transparent and reflected the will of the people of Nigeria.”

“It must be noted that the major complaint that the Commonwealth Observer Groups had, both in 2011 and 2015, was the propensity for violence by the candidacy and supporters of then-candidate Muhammadu Buhari.

“Mr. Keyamo may also want to note that voting in the South-South was done largely by PVCs and card readers and it is virtually impossible to rig with such technology.

“We also wish to remind the fallacious and garrulous Mr. Keyamo that of the 31,746,490 accredited voters in the 2015 election, 13,536,311 (42.6%), voted without biometric accreditation. Of this number, 10,184,720 votes (75%) were from states won by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari.

“The above facts clearly show who between Muhammadu Buhari and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan should be accused of rigging.

“The fact of the matter is that Dr. Jonathan is known as The Face of Democracy in Africa and is famous for the Jonathan Doctrine: “My political ambition is not worth the blood of any citizen”. He is not known to threaten to soak people in blood!

“It should be noted that the standard in the conduct of elections over the last four years have deteriorated sharply, with “inconclusive elections” being the order of the day, whereby persons who win the majority of the votes are sidelined in favour of the ruling party candidates.

“In fact, in a Freudian slip on January 27, 2019, Mr. Buhari confessed his role in the rigging of the Osun election when he said:: “I know by remote control through so many sources how we managed to maintain the party (APC) in power in this state.”

“Even worse, under this dispensation, foreign election observers are threatened with promises that they would leave Nigeria in “body bags”.

“Mr. Keyamo is also urged not to destroy Nigeria’s long-standing relationships with her valued friends. He should remember that when his masters are sick, or in need of loans or want to educate their children, they turn to these same democracies that he is now insulting.”

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Ondo Communal Clash: Death Toll Rises To Four



Gbenga Akinpelumi, one of the locals that were attacked during a communal clash in Araromi Obu in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State is dead, SaharaReporters can confirm.

A relative of Akinpelumi, who does not want his name published, disclosed the sad news to SaharaReporters on Friday.

He said Akinpelumi sustained injuries from the gunshots which penetrated his abdomen.

“Akinpelumi could not survive the surgeries carried out on him by the doctors. Sadly, we lost him at exactly 12: 48 midnight on Thursday,” the relative said on the phone.

Akinpelumi, a farmer, was among those injured and rushed to the Trauma and Surgical Centre, Ondo shortly after the clash between the locals.

The clash occurred between the people of Araromi Obu living in Ago Alaye town and the Ikale community in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the State.

Both southern communities in Ondo State were fighting over a “land” as no fewer than eight persons were injured while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed during the attacks.

With the sad development, the death toll in the community has risen to four while the remaining injured are still receiving various treatments in the hospital.

Meanwhile, it was gathered on Friday that the residents of Ago Alaye town in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state have now deserted the community over the fear of another attack.

This development led to the declaration of a 24-hour curfew on the town by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu with a charge on security agencies to beef up security in the nook and cranny of the community.

The governor has also embarked on an on-the-spot assessment of the communities with a warning that any person found culpable in the violence would be made to face the wrath of the law.

He said, “Our administration will not condone any form of criminalities in the state.”

The governor was accompanied by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie, the Brigade Commander of the 32 Artillery Brigade, Brig. Gen. Zakari Abubakar, and other security chiefs.

When he visited the palace of the Ajobu of Araromi Obu, Oba Aderemi Adelola, the governor assured him of maximum security of lives and property of the people of the town.

He said, “Our government is ready to take action on Ago Alaye community if the violence persists.”

Akeredolu, who said security forces were on the ground to maintain peace and order, commended the monarch for maintaining peace in the community by appealing to the people against a reprisal.

“I have heard that you called your subjects that there should not be any reprisal. You have maintained peace within Araromi community. We thank you for that. We will not allow miscreant to disturb the peace in this community.”

At the palace of Abodi of Ikaleland, Oba George Faduyile, the governor pleaded with the traditional rulers in Ikaleland to caution their subjects.

Akeredolu added that the state government would set up a committee to look into the cause of conflict.

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Transfer: Guardiola reveals player he would love to sign for Man City



Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said he would like to sign a centre-back, ahead of the 2019/2020 season.

The Premier League champions have failed to replace Vincent Kompany, after the Belgian decided to quit the Etihad after 10 years, to become player-manager at Anderlecht.

City are refusing to meet Leicester’s £90million valuation of Harry Maguire, while reports of a possible move for Benfica’s Ruben Dias has been dismissed by club officials.

That means City could go into the new season with John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Nicolas Otamendi and youngsters Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood Bellis.

“We are so happy with the squad we have.

“I don’t know if the players here will stay or new players will come, but since I came here I have been delighted with the players we have.

“Maybe we (will replace Kompany), but we have three incredible central defenders.

“And Fernandinho can play in that position, also. We will see,” Guardiola told reporters on their pre-season tour.

City have so far spent a club-record £63million on Spanish midfielder Rodri and £6million to bring back full-back Angelino from PSV Eindhoven.

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United States Of Biafra: Asari Dokubo Urges Niger Deltans To Join South-east, Slams Northerners



Asari Dokubo, founder of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force has declared his support for the actualization of Biafra while calling on Niger Delta people to return home following threats from Arewa youths.

His declaration came on the heels of northerners asking herdsmen to leave the South and the suspended implementation of Ruga settlements in parts of Nigeria.

Dokubo made his position known in a meeting with leaders of Niger Delta states.

He said: “We, the people of the Niger Delta today, resolved to be part and parcel of the actualization the United States of Biafra.

“What has brought us here today is the dark cloud that is gathering. In 1967, we did not ask for war, war was imposed on us and millions of our people were killed. Our properties were destroyed and so many people until today are carrying the scars of that imposed war.

“Our people have not gone to Kano, Kebbi, Sokoto, Borno to ask that land be forcefully given to us or that our resources should be used to give us properties in the north.

“But northern organizations and northern individuals have come up to say we must surrender our land to them to create colonies on our land. Are you going to allow that?

“We will not surrender one grain of sand of our sacred land to anybody. We will stand on our land and wait for you to come and carry out your threat and inshallah by the grace of God we will defeat you.

“We have heard that you have called your people to come back home. They should all go, we will assist them to leave (because) this is what we have been looking for all along.

“We call on our people, Igbo, Ibibio, Ikwerre, Ijaw return back home. If anything happens to you and this coward spines on you, you would have yourself to blame. We would not continue to risk our integrity and our pride because of you, return home now.

“We extend a hand of fellowship to our brothers in the middle belt who are suffering the same pain and deprivation as we do. We are with you in your hours of grief and pain and we will stand with you to the end.

“To our Yoruba brothers in Afenifere, and the leader of Afenifere whose daughter has been gruesomely murdered by this Gambari invaders. We condole with you but this is the price we have to pay to wake up.”

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