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How Obasanjo used EFCC to sack governors, Senate President as President – Buhari’s camp

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has released instances of former President Olusegun Obasanjo using brutal methods to govern while in office.

DAILY POST recalls that Obasanjo on Monday insisted that he would continue to criticise Buhari, describing himself as his boss. He added that he was “only criticising the programmes and policy of the present administration to ensure that things were done according to democratic norms.”

But BMO, in a statement signed by Niyi Akinsiju, and Cassidy Madueke, its Chairman and Secretary, said Obasanjo’s statement on continual criticism of Buhari is a confirmation that his pre-election criticism was fuelled by ego.

BMO, highlighting how Obasanjo was brutal in his regime, said the former president had a lot of failings in office and was averse to criticisms throughout his tenures in office.

The statement read: “It is a matter of public record that Chief Obasanjo did not entirely cover himself in glory while in office, especially with the removal and attempted removal of state governors in violation of the constitution.

“His methods were simply brutal and were in most cases spearheaded by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and in at least two cases, Anambra and Oyo States, led by his enforcers.

“And can anyone forget so soon how Senate Presidents were impeached unceremoniously under his watch, as well as the incident that eventually led to the death of former Senate President Chuba Okadigbo soon after he was tear-gassed at a political rally in solidarity with the then candidate Muhammadu Buhari in 2003.

“The previous elections under Obasanjo in 2003 were hardly different. Chuba Okadigbo, the running mate of the opposition presidential candidate at the time, could not leave his house to vote for himself because soldiers had stationed an armoured tank in front of his house with the nozzle directly facing his gate.

“General Yakubu Gowon is one Head of State who has no record of public criticism of his successors in office. He was Obasanjo’s boss for nine years, from 1966 to 1975 and not once did he utter a public criticism of the former President throughout his two tenures from 1976 to 1979 and 1999 to 2007.”

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PDP Asks INEC To Cancel Kano Supplementary Elections — But APC Says No

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have disagreed over the calls by the former for the cancellation of elections in the state.

Addressing journalists on Saturday, Alhaji Rabiu Suleiman Bichi, state chairman of PDP in Kano, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the ongoing supplementary elections in Kano “with immediate effect”.

According to Bichi, the decision was based on reports received by the party that some “PDP agents have been molested, vehicles burnt, property destroyed in Doguwa, Nasarawa, Minjibir and Tudun Wada Local Government Areas of the state”.

PDP alleged that security personnel gave hoodlums cover to unleash mayhem on their supporters.

He also claimed that some political thugs were imported from neighbouring states to cause chaos in the ongoing supplementary elections.

However, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano, debunked the allegations of the PDP that there was mayhem during the conduct of the supplementary elections.

Speaking at media briefing in Kano on Saturday, he said the election was conducted peacefully and devoid of violence and thuggery.

He referred to the allegations by the PDP as “baseless and untrue”, and called on the general public to remain calm and wait for the final results by INEC.

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Nigeria More Divided Now Than During Civil War, Says Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, says Nigeria is more divided now than it was during the civil war.

He said this during his speech at the 2019 annual retreat/conference and general meeting of members of the Association of Chief Audit Executives of Banks in Nigeria (ACAEBIN) held at Park Inn, Abeokuta in Ogun State on Thursday.

According to Obasanjo, the country would experience more division if it does not begin to partner with other countries to develop other sectors of the economy.

“When we look at this country today, even during the civil war, we were not as divided as we are now. Today, we are in danger if we don’t take partnership serious. That partnership should be within our people, Africa and the rest of the world,” he said.

Obasanjo stated that until the government gets its politics right, the country will keep experiencing setback in whatever it does, just as he stressed the need to translate the growing population of the country to economic development.

“The first is politics which is governance. Unless we get governance right, any other thing we are trying to do will not be right.

“The second is population. Our population at Independence was estimated to be 45 million, but today we are almost 200 million. By the year 2050, we will be over 400 million. Normally, population should be an asset but looking at the condition we are in now when in the North-East of Nigeria, the percentage of adult literacy is about 53 per cent, and education being the basic of all human development, you can see that we have a problem.

“How do we think of setting education to be useful? Those people who will make our education of over 400 million people in many years’ time are already born, and you cannot unborn them. So the problem is here, what do we do?

“We must provide education, housing, healthcare and most importantly, employment for them. One thing that I believe will help us to provide employment is agricultural business.”

The former president also urged the government to ensure security is guaranteed across the country.

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Nigerian newspapers: 10 things you need to know this Friday morning

Good morning! Here is today’s summary from Nigerian Newspapers:

1. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Thursday alerted the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and other security agencies of a plot by the Bauchi State government to implicate him in criminal conspiracy. Dogara also wrote a letter dated Thursday, March 21, addressed to the Inspector-General of Police and, copied to the Director-General, Department of State Services, SSS.

2. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, has, arraigned one Olamide Salvador and Richard Olusegun Olatunji, before Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offence Court sitting in Ikeja, on a five-count charge bordering on stealing, forgery and conspiracy to the tune of N24, 183, 120. The first defendant, Salvador, allegedly conspired with the second defendant, Olatunji, a manager in Stanbic IBTC, and some others now at large to defraud one Foster Ene of the said sum of money.

3. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday raised the alarm over an alleged clandestine security meeting between the President Muhammadu Buhari-led presidency with certain top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agencies, where they allegedly hatched an “obnoxious plot to hijack the March 23 governorship supplementary elections in some states.” PDP claimed that INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, was directed not to declare the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike winner of the March 9 election. This was contained in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan.

4. Ahead of the supplementary elections in some parts of the country, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammad Abubakar Adamu, has deployed five Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, DIGs, three Assistant Inspectors General of Police, AIGs, to ensure that adequate security mechanisms are in place for the conduct of the election. He also deployed additional fifteen Commissioners of Police, CPs, to provide supervision, direction and support to the existing security structure already in place in those states. The Force PRO, Frank MBA said in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.

5. The supplementary election scheduled for Saturday, March 23, in Adamawa State has been postponed indefinitely. This is as a result of a suit filed against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by Mustafa Shaba, the governorship candidate of the Movement For Restoration and Defence for Democracy (MRDD). Shaba had sued INEC over the omission of his party’s logo from the electoral materials used for the March 9 election.

6. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has finally released the much-awaited timeline for the completion of the electoral process in Rivers State. INEC Commissioner in charge of Voter Education and Information, Festus Okoye, at a media briefing in Abuja, said collation and announcement of results in the Rivers governorship election will take place between 2nd and 5th of April, 2019, at a venue to be decided by stakeholders. Okoye also disclosed that supplementary elections will take place on the 13th of April in local government areas where elections could not hold.

7. Senator Smart Adeyemi, Miss Natasha Akpoti and Sen. Ahmed Ogembe have filed petitions against the conduct and outcome of the National Assembly election held in Kogi State on Feb.23. The Secretary of the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal, Mrs Aisha Mana, confirmed this on Thursday in Lokoja.

8. The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has said that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar was ‘hallucinating’. Obaseki said this on Thursday in reaction to the claim by the PDP that Atiku Abubakar defeated Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, by about 1.6 million votes and won the 2019 election from what the INEC server showed.

9. The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Thursday approved the prayer of the Defence counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen to address the tribunal on a no-case submission. It also directed the tribunal registrar to make available a record of proceedings to Awomolo to enable him prepare his written address. Awomolo, according to the directive of the chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar would receive the recorded proceedings next Monday.

10. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has said that the recent report release by the United State on Nigeria’s anti-corruption war was false and misleading. The EFCC, while dismissing the report, said it had done so well in the fight against corruption that other nations of the world were highly appreciative of its effort in curtailing corruption.

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