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2019: Niger-Delta Ex-militants Shun Atiku, Vow To Work For Buhari's Reelection

2019: Niger-Delta Ex-militants Shun Atiku, Vow To Work For Buhari's Reelection

Buhari and Atiku
Ex-militants under the platform of the Coalition of Progressive Niger Delta ex-militants (CPNDE) yesterday rose from an emergency meeting in Lagos with a resolve to work for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The ex-militants said their decision to support Buhari’s second term bid was based on his efforts at deepening peace and stability in the Niger Delta by initiating meaningful projects and enhancement of human capital development through the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

In a statement signed by its President Edeinowei Galabagalaba and Secretary, Gbobgo Eduobor, the group dismissed threats by a self-styled General Isreal Eshanekpe Akporodo to work against President Buhari’s re-election. It said Akporodo’s threat was an effort at seeking political patronage.

“The so-called National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-agitators which Akporodo claims to lead, is a phantom group merely on the pages of newspapers to promote his personal interest. He lacks the capacity to drive a process that would negatively affect the political fortunes of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Niger Delta region.

We are resolute in our decision to ensure victory for Buhari in the Niger Delta in the 2019 presidential election. Towards this end, we have commenced consultative meetings to forge a common front.

The Coalition of Progressive Niger Delta Ex-Militants, comprising several genuine camp leaders and their foot soldiers affirm our unwavering support for President Buhari”.

The Nation
Buhari and Atiku
Ex-militants under the platform of the Coalition of Progressive Niger Delta ex-militants (CPNDE) yesterday rose from an emergency meeting in Lagos with a resolve to work for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The ex-militants said their decision to support Buhari’s second term bid was based on his efforts at deepening peace and stability in the Niger Delta by initiating meaningful projects and enhancement of human capital development through the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

In a statement signed by its President Edeinowei Galabagalaba and Secretary, Gbobgo Eduobor, the group dismissed threats by a self-styled General Isreal Eshanekpe Akporodo to work against President Buhari’s re-election. It said Akporodo’s threat was an effort at seeking political patronage.

“The so-called National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-agitators which Akporodo claims to lead, is a phantom group merely on the pages of newspapers to promote his personal interest. He lacks the capacity to drive a process that would negatively affect the political fortunes of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Niger Delta region.

We are resolute in our decision to ensure victory for Buhari in the Niger Delta in the 2019 presidential election. Towards this end, we have commenced consultative meetings to forge a common front.

The Coalition of Progressive Niger Delta Ex-Militants, comprising several genuine camp leaders and their foot soldiers affirm our unwavering support for President Buhari”.

The Nation

Global Terrorism Index: What The World Needs To Learn From The Nigerian Army, By Karen Goulding

Global Terrorism Index: What The World Needs To Learn From The Nigerian Army, By Karen Goulding

By Karen Goulding

Tukur Buratai
The Global Terrorism Index is a tool that has been developed to help governments understand whether and how they are making progress in containing insurgencies or hostile to the state or specific communities.  The Index derives its scores by measuring the direct and indirect impact of terrorism.  This includes the number of lives lost, injuries, property damage, business impact (closings and lost revenue), as well as the psychological effects on the communities affected.

Between 2007 and 2015 Nigeria’s score was not good.  The Boko Haram insurgency had reached its peak, destabilizing communities in the North-east all the way to the capital, Abuja.  This worsened the life of the entire North-east region, but for specific localities that were targeted, there were maimed inhabitants, dislocated communities, shuttered schools and businesses, murders and kidnappings.  The Boko Haram not only shook up the political status of the region, but also impacted the economic and social activities of the people.

In 2015, Boko Haram overtook ISIL to become the deadliest terrorist group in the world. In the 2015 report, Nigeria moved up to the 3rd country with the highest impact of terrorism with an index score of 9.213, only surpassed by Iraq and Afghanistan.

Little did the people of the region know that good news was on the way.  And the way Nigeria turned the tide on terrorism is a lesson for other communities, a lesson of local capacity and local solutions, of a nation that didn’t beg for help, but set itself on a course, together with key neighbors, to drive the insurgency from its territory.

On assuming office in May 2015, the Buhari administration fast-tracked the government’s response to the Boko Haram threat first by moving the military headquarters from the FCT to Maiduguri.

Next, given the transnational dimension of Boko Haram, he reached out to garner support from Nigeria’s immediate neighbors: Chad, Niger, and Cameroon, which culminated in the formation of the regional Multi-National Joint Task Force (MMNJTF). The MNJTF framework allowed for joint operations between the countries concerned such that troops from Chad and Niger were permitted to operate on Nigerian soil specifically in the Lake Chad axis.

The Nigerian army’s intelligence gathering abilities, operational scope, and overall impetus became more active. Furthermore, Nigeria also entered into pacts with foreign nations in the fight against terrorism. This meant military aid from allies especially with regards to training of personnel, provision of ammunition and intelligence sharing improved the morale and made better the abilities of local and regional troops.

This gave rise to a steady recapture of a sizeable portion of territories initially in control by Boko Haram. These territories during the peak of the violence in late 2014, covered an expanse the size of Belgium according to available reports.  The Terrorism Index in Nigeria decreased to 9.01 in 2016 from 9.31 in 2015.

The exploits of the Nigeria Army in the past three years speaks volume of a rededicated commitment to Nigeria. More specifically, implementing the basic tenets of professionalism in an unconventional war situation as well as respecting human rights and sticking to the rules of engagement are the hallmarks of the operations of the Nigeria Army under the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

The era of Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai in the north-east has been unique and exemplary for many reasons. Clutching to the experience garnered as an infantry general, some may have questioned if he was the right man for the job. The Infantry is the branch of the army that engages in military combat on foot, distinguished from cavalry, artillery, and tank forces. How would a man who commands such close combat have the strategic awareness to effectively deal with the situation at hand?

But he did, and his infantry experience may have been the key.  Many security experts observe that the infantry have much greater local situational awareness than other military forces, due to their inherent intimate contact with the battlefield.  This is vital for taking or holding ground (really for any military objectives), securing battlefield victories, maintaining military area control and security both at and behind the front lines, for capturing ordnance or material, taking prisoners, and military occupation.  General Buratai brought all of these attributes  to bear in his leadership of the Nigerian Army, in the course reclaiming all of the Nigerian territories that were once under the control of Boko Haram terrorists.

One important step General Buratai took may not seem as vital, but in the end helped to secure not only territory, but also the hearts and minds of the population.  Under the leadership of current Chief of Army Staff, the Nigerian Army commissioned its Human Rights Desk. The establishment of the Human Rights desk office was borne out of the increasing interest of the local and international human rights bodies on what the army was doing in the North East and other parts of the country. But it was also a key tactic to earn the trust of the local population.  This is also on the heels of the excellent record the Nigeria Army has attained by ensuring that civilian casualties are kept at the barest minimum.

There are indeed lessons to be learned from the exploits of the Nigerian Army. Lessons on how to win a war and sustain the tempo. And how to keep the morale of a fighting force high. In some quarters, it has been stated that the coming of Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai in 2015 opened a new vista in the operations of the Nigerian  Army, especially with the fight against terrorism. This fact was evident as mentioned earlier in the Global Terrorism Index rating that indicated a 33 percent reduction in the number of terrorism-related deaths in four of the terrorism ravaged countries including Nigeria compared to that of the previous years.

Under Lt. Gen. Buratai, the leadership of the Nigerian Army nourishes the standards of discipline and professionalism through the enforcement of commensurate rewards and a strict punishment system. Similarly, a recent appraisal of the counter-insurgency campaigns in Nigeria, especially in the Northeast, by the United Nations Organization (UNO), also applauded, as exemplary, the Nigerian Army’s professional execution on the Boko Haram terrorism and insurgency, as conforming to international best practices. Additionally, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) led by its President, Ambassador Mathew Rycroft, expressed same eulogies on Nigerian troops fighting the counter-insurgency war when they were in that country  on assessment tour.

An additional recognition of General Buratai’s superior leadership was the conferment of the Brazilian Military Order of Merit Award, in recognition of his contributions to world peace and for leading a most successful military campaign in North East Nigeria with minimal casualties and respect for human rights. It is, therefore, safe to say that since the coming of the present administration in 2015, a lot has changed in the operations of the Nigerian military. If you call the Chief of Army Staff a rare breed, you won’t be entirely wrong, because of his passion for not only the professional development of the troops but also providing for their welfare within the available resources. The Army has been reinvigorated since he assumed leadership. These are rare attributes worthy of emulation by critical stakeholders in Nigeria, other military forces in Africa, and indeed all active forces the world over.

Goulding contributed this article from the United Kingdom.
By Karen Goulding

Tukur Buratai
The Global Terrorism Index is a tool that has been developed to help governments understand whether and how they are making progress in containing insurgencies or hostile to the state or specific communities.  The Index derives its scores by measuring the direct and indirect impact of terrorism.  This includes the number of lives lost, injuries, property damage, business impact (closings and lost revenue), as well as the psychological effects on the communities affected.

Between 2007 and 2015 Nigeria’s score was not good.  The Boko Haram insurgency had reached its peak, destabilizing communities in the North-east all the way to the capital, Abuja.  This worsened the life of the entire North-east region, but for specific localities that were targeted, there were maimed inhabitants, dislocated communities, shuttered schools and businesses, murders and kidnappings.  The Boko Haram not only shook up the political status of the region, but also impacted the economic and social activities of the people.

In 2015, Boko Haram overtook ISIL to become the deadliest terrorist group in the world. In the 2015 report, Nigeria moved up to the 3rd country with the highest impact of terrorism with an index score of 9.213, only surpassed by Iraq and Afghanistan.

Little did the people of the region know that good news was on the way.  And the way Nigeria turned the tide on terrorism is a lesson for other communities, a lesson of local capacity and local solutions, of a nation that didn’t beg for help, but set itself on a course, together with key neighbors, to drive the insurgency from its territory.

On assuming office in May 2015, the Buhari administration fast-tracked the government’s response to the Boko Haram threat first by moving the military headquarters from the FCT to Maiduguri.

Next, given the transnational dimension of Boko Haram, he reached out to garner support from Nigeria’s immediate neighbors: Chad, Niger, and Cameroon, which culminated in the formation of the regional Multi-National Joint Task Force (MMNJTF). The MNJTF framework allowed for joint operations between the countries concerned such that troops from Chad and Niger were permitted to operate on Nigerian soil specifically in the Lake Chad axis.

The Nigerian army’s intelligence gathering abilities, operational scope, and overall impetus became more active. Furthermore, Nigeria also entered into pacts with foreign nations in the fight against terrorism. This meant military aid from allies especially with regards to training of personnel, provision of ammunition and intelligence sharing improved the morale and made better the abilities of local and regional troops.

This gave rise to a steady recapture of a sizeable portion of territories initially in control by Boko Haram. These territories during the peak of the violence in late 2014, covered an expanse the size of Belgium according to available reports.  The Terrorism Index in Nigeria decreased to 9.01 in 2016 from 9.31 in 2015.

The exploits of the Nigeria Army in the past three years speaks volume of a rededicated commitment to Nigeria. More specifically, implementing the basic tenets of professionalism in an unconventional war situation as well as respecting human rights and sticking to the rules of engagement are the hallmarks of the operations of the Nigeria Army under the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

The era of Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai in the north-east has been unique and exemplary for many reasons. Clutching to the experience garnered as an infantry general, some may have questioned if he was the right man for the job. The Infantry is the branch of the army that engages in military combat on foot, distinguished from cavalry, artillery, and tank forces. How would a man who commands such close combat have the strategic awareness to effectively deal with the situation at hand?

But he did, and his infantry experience may have been the key.  Many security experts observe that the infantry have much greater local situational awareness than other military forces, due to their inherent intimate contact with the battlefield.  This is vital for taking or holding ground (really for any military objectives), securing battlefield victories, maintaining military area control and security both at and behind the front lines, for capturing ordnance or material, taking prisoners, and military occupation.  General Buratai brought all of these attributes  to bear in his leadership of the Nigerian Army, in the course reclaiming all of the Nigerian territories that were once under the control of Boko Haram terrorists.

One important step General Buratai took may not seem as vital, but in the end helped to secure not only territory, but also the hearts and minds of the population.  Under the leadership of current Chief of Army Staff, the Nigerian Army commissioned its Human Rights Desk. The establishment of the Human Rights desk office was borne out of the increasing interest of the local and international human rights bodies on what the army was doing in the North East and other parts of the country. But it was also a key tactic to earn the trust of the local population.  This is also on the heels of the excellent record the Nigeria Army has attained by ensuring that civilian casualties are kept at the barest minimum.

There are indeed lessons to be learned from the exploits of the Nigerian Army. Lessons on how to win a war and sustain the tempo. And how to keep the morale of a fighting force high. In some quarters, it has been stated that the coming of Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai in 2015 opened a new vista in the operations of the Nigerian  Army, especially with the fight against terrorism. This fact was evident as mentioned earlier in the Global Terrorism Index rating that indicated a 33 percent reduction in the number of terrorism-related deaths in four of the terrorism ravaged countries including Nigeria compared to that of the previous years.

Under Lt. Gen. Buratai, the leadership of the Nigerian Army nourishes the standards of discipline and professionalism through the enforcement of commensurate rewards and a strict punishment system. Similarly, a recent appraisal of the counter-insurgency campaigns in Nigeria, especially in the Northeast, by the United Nations Organization (UNO), also applauded, as exemplary, the Nigerian Army’s professional execution on the Boko Haram terrorism and insurgency, as conforming to international best practices. Additionally, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) led by its President, Ambassador Mathew Rycroft, expressed same eulogies on Nigerian troops fighting the counter-insurgency war when they were in that country  on assessment tour.

An additional recognition of General Buratai’s superior leadership was the conferment of the Brazilian Military Order of Merit Award, in recognition of his contributions to world peace and for leading a most successful military campaign in North East Nigeria with minimal casualties and respect for human rights. It is, therefore, safe to say that since the coming of the present administration in 2015, a lot has changed in the operations of the Nigerian military. If you call the Chief of Army Staff a rare breed, you won’t be entirely wrong, because of his passion for not only the professional development of the troops but also providing for their welfare within the available resources. The Army has been reinvigorated since he assumed leadership. These are rare attributes worthy of emulation by critical stakeholders in Nigeria, other military forces in Africa, and indeed all active forces the world over.

Goulding contributed this article from the United Kingdom.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT: Gov. Ganduje of Kano Receiving N5m Bribe From Contractor ...Watch The Video Here

CAUGHT IN THE ACT: Gov. Ganduje of Kano Receiving N5m Bribe From Contractor ...Watch The Video Here

The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has appeared in a trove of video clips receiving a bribe, amounting to about $5million from contractors in the state.

Multiple contractors who spoke with DAILY NIGERIAN on the condition of anonymity said the governor personally receives from 15 to 25 percent kickbacks for every project executed in the state.

The sting operation to capture the governor on camera began two years ago when one of the contractors agreed with DAILY NIGERIAN request to plant spy camera on his kaftan lapel while offering the bribe.

During about 10 months efforts to capture the bribe giving/taking scenes, the governor’s face and body were clearly captured in nine clips, while six others did not clearly reveal the governor’s face. About $5m dollars were delivered to the governor during the sting operation.

One of the contractors who preferred not to be named said the reason he collaborated with DAILY NIGERIAN was to expose corruption and bring sanity to the country.

Watch the Video Here:

The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has appeared in a trove of video clips receiving a bribe, amounting to about $5million from contractors in the state.

Multiple contractors who spoke with DAILY NIGERIAN on the condition of anonymity said the governor personally receives from 15 to 25 percent kickbacks for every project executed in the state.

The sting operation to capture the governor on camera began two years ago when one of the contractors agreed with DAILY NIGERIAN request to plant spy camera on his kaftan lapel while offering the bribe.

During about 10 months efforts to capture the bribe giving/taking scenes, the governor’s face and body were clearly captured in nine clips, while six others did not clearly reveal the governor’s face. About $5m dollars were delivered to the governor during the sting operation.

One of the contractors who preferred not to be named said the reason he collaborated with DAILY NIGERIAN was to expose corruption and bring sanity to the country.

Watch the Video Here:

FULL LIST Of Corrupt Nigerian Leaders Banned By FG From Traveling Abroad

FULL LIST Of Corrupt Nigerian Leaders Banned By FG From Traveling Abroad

List of Corrupt Nigerian leaders Banned From Traveling Abroad
A former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), 13 former governors and seven ex-ministers have been barred from traveling out of the country under Executive Order 6 (EO6) issued yesterday by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The restriction followed the judicial affirmation of the constitutionality and legality of the Executive Order 6 (EO6).

The watch-list and restriction were put in place pending the conclusion of the cases against those affected.

Also on the watch list seen last night by The Nation are: ex-governors Saminu Turaki (Jigawa), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Adebayo Alao-Akala (Oyo), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Rasheed Ladoja (Oyo), Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia), Danjuma Goje (Gombe), Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto), Muazu Babangida Aliyu (Niger); Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu); Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Gbenga Daniel (Ogun); and Ibrahim Shehu Shema (Katsina).

The ex-ministers are Nenadi Usman, Bashir Yuguda, Jumoke Akinjide; Bala Mohammed; Abba Moro; Femi Fani-Kayode; and Ahmadu Fintiri.

Others include a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh; ex- Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral A. D. Jibrin; a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar; a former Inspector-General of Police, Sunday Ehindero; and a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu; Chairman Emeritus of AIT/ Raypower, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi; Waripamowei  Dudafa (a former  Special Assistant (Domestic) to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan); a former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Umezulike; a former judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia;

Also on the list are a former National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh; Chief Jide Omokore; Ricky Tarfa; and Dele Belgore (SAN).

Most of the affected persons are currently facing trial for alleged corrupt practices in different courts.

The list was generated from cases and proceedings filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the Nigeria Police, and 17 other agencies.

The document indicated that many of those affected had earlier been placed on similar legal restrictions by the courts and security agencies including restriction of movement, seizure of passport, temporary forfeiture of assets, freezing of accounts and others.

Explaining the government’s action in a statement yesterday, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Mallam Garba Shehu said:  “Following the instant judicial affirmation of the constitutionality and legality of the Executive Order 6 (EO6), President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to implement the Order in full force.

“To this end, a number of enforcement procedures are currently in place by which the Nigeria Immigration Service and other security agencies have placed no fewer than 50 high profile persons directly affected by EO6 on watch-list and restricted them from leaving the country pending the determination of their cases.

“Also, the financial transactions of these persons of interest are being monitored by the relevant agencies to ensure that the assets are not dissipated and such persons do not interfere with, nor howsoever corrupt the investigation and litigation processes.

“It is instructive to note that EO6 was specifically directed to relevant law enforcement agencies to ensure that all assets within a minimum value of N50 million or equivalent, subject to investigation or litigation are protected from dissipation by employing all available lawful means, pending the final determination of any corruption-related matter.

“The Buhari administration reassures all well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians of its commitment to the fight against corruption, in accordance with the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the general principles of the Rule of Law.

“Accordingly, this administration will uphold the rule of law in all its actions and the right of citizens would be protected as guaranteed by the Constitution.

“We, therefore, enjoin all Nigerians to cooperate with the law enforcement authorities towards ensuring a successful implementation of the Executive Order 6 which is a paradigm-changing policy of the Federal Government in the fight against corruption.”

A top government official, who spoke in confidence, said there is no cause for alarm on E06.

The source said: “The ban is not different from the conditions given by the court in granting these accused persons bail. The E06 is like a codification of steps to prevent those on trial for alleged corrupt practices from tampering with assets.

“Some of these accused persons used to go to court for permission before they can travel out of the country. The E06 is not a new thing but instead of all agencies working at cross-purposes, a list was generated and backed with the Executive Order.

“Some of those on trial, especially the Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) had been selling their assets. What will they return after being convicted?”

PDP rejects travel ban, says it’s prelude to full-blown fascism

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the travel ban outright, dismissing it as an attempt by the Buhari administration to foist full-blown fascism on the country.

Spokesman for  the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the travel restriction was illegal, draconian and targeted at members of opposition parties, perceived political enemies of President Muhammadu Buhari, well-meaning Nigerians, including members of the business community, religious leaders, former political leaders and traditional rulers, who are perceived to be averse to the President’s re-election bid.

He said: “We hope this is not a ploy to harm certain eminent Nigerians on the claims of resisting travel restrictions.

“The whole world can now see how fascism is fast taking over our democracy and judicial system and how the Buhari administration, by fiat, has directly ordered that citizens be secretly trailed, their movements and financial transactions restricted by government agencies, without recourse to due process of the law.



“While the PDP notes that the Buhari Presidency has gone into panic mode since the popular emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as PDP Presidential candidate and the spontaneous jubilation his emergence has evoked across the country, the party maintains that the resort to total clamp down on the opposition and our supporters will be totally unacceptable.

“What this means is that all Nigerians, particularly, opposition members, members of the business community and religious leaders, have become endangered and stand the risk of state violence under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

“The PDP therefore alerts the international community to hold the Buhari Presidency responsible should any harm befall any opposition leader, key members of the business community and religious leaders across the country as we march towards the 2019 general elections.”

The PDP maintained that no amount of intimidation, harassment and foisting of fascism will deter Nigerians from their determination to rally on its platform to oust the APC from power next year.

Fani-Kayode too

One of the affected persons, Femi Fani-Kayode, described the ban as “utterly shameful and condemnable”.

He alleged that the ban was targeted at members of the opposition.

The ex-Minister of Aviation said: “The banning of 50 prominent Nigerians who are all members of the opposition from travelling out of the country by Buhari’s Executive Order and the power to confiscate their assets even though they have not been empowered to do so by a court of law or convicted of any offence is utterly shameful and condemnable.

“It is nothing less than a descent into fascism and a violation of the fundamental human rights and civil liberties of the individuals that have been directly affected and the Nigerian people.

“It is also a usurpation of the role of the Judiciary. Buhari is so desperate to remain in power that he has now resorted to attempting to muscle and intimidate the opposition. He forgets that he is not God and that he will soon leave power.



“I condemn his lawless and desperate ways in the strongest terms. Only dictators behave in this way and Buhari has proved to be the most brutal and callous of them all in the history of our nation. I challenge him to do his worse and enjoy the short time that he has left in office. Sadists never last. Soon it will all be over and he will account for his evil ways and brought to justice.”

List of affected persons

S/N/   CASE NO/CHARGE NUMBER &  COURT OF TRIAL

PARTIES

NPF

1          FHC/ABJ/CR/48/2017                               FRN VS GABRIEL SUSWAM &

2 ORS

2          FHC/ABJ/CR/115/2017                            FRN VS SOLOMON WOMBO &

2 ORS

3          FHC/MKD/CR/72/2017                             FRN VS ORAYEV

AUGUSTINE AVAAN & 8 ORS

4          FCT/ABJ/CR/129/2017                             IGP VS RICHARD GBANDE & 2 ORS

5          FCT/ABJ/CR/128/2017                             IGP VS RICHARD GBANDE & ORS

6          FHC/L/18C/2015                                        IGP VS MOSHOOD JUBRIL

FHC/CA/3C/2018-FHC,
CALABAR                                                    FRN VS PETER AGI & 1 OTHER

8          FHC/L472C/2015                                       IGP VS OWOLABI OLUKUNLE &

11 ORS

9          FHC/L/376C/2015                                      IGP VIS BAKARE JELILI

10       FHC/L/523C/2015                                      IGP VIS ADESA JIMOH & 2 ORS

11       FHC/L317C/2015                                       IGP VS KAYODE MORUF & ORS

12       FHC/L/286C/2015                                      IGP VS JAMIU AJANI & 2 ORS

13       FHC/L144C/2016                                       IGP VS GANIYU SULAIMAN

14       FHC/L/139C/2016                                      IGP VS SHOLOLA OMOLARA &

2 ORS

15       FHC/L/394C/2016                                      FRN VS BILLIAMINU ABDULLAHI &                                                               ORS

16       FHC/L/456C/2016                                      IGP VS TUMBIRI EZEKIEL & 11 ORS

17       FHC/ABJ/CR/117/2017                            FRN VS ILIYA JAMES & ORS

18       FHC/ABJ/CR/89/2017                               FRN VS AYINDE THOMAS

19       FHC/ABJ/CR/182/2017                            FRN VS CHIMA MIKE & ORS

20       FHC/ABJ/CR/94/2017                               FRN VS LUCKY UDOBI & ORS

21       FHC/ABJ/CR/98/2017                               FRN VS ISMAIL OGALA & 2 ORS

22       FHC/ABJ/CR/41/2018                               FRN VS RITA ISAAC & 2 ORS

23       FHC/ABJ/CR/41/2018                               FRN VS ALIYU UMAR & 3 ORS

24       HIGH COURT OF

LAGOS 16 & 24                                         STATE VS CHUKWUDUMEME

ONWUAMADIKE “EVANS & 2 ORS’’

25       CR/265/C/2017                                           HENRY CHIBUEZE

AKA “VAMPIRE” & 5 ORS

26       CR/90/2017                                                 STATE VS HON. NASIRU

UMAR RONI & 5 ORS

27       CMC/TUM/98CR/2017                              STATE VS SHANONO

ALH. AHMED & OTHER

28       I/75C 2016 HIGH

COURT 5, IBADAN                                    C. O. P. VS MUHAMMED

WELI & 1 OTHER

29       I/137C/2017-HIGH

COURT 16 IBADAN                                  C. O. P. VS ABDULLAHI

GARUBA & 3 ORS

30       I/211C/2017-HIGH

COURT 18 IBADAN                                  C. O. P. VS DAHIRU

MOHAMMED

31       I/172C/2017 -HIGH

COURT 17 IBADAN                                 C. O. P. VS JOSEPH

UDOMA & 3 ORS

32       I/184C/2017-HIGH

COURT 19 IBADAN                                 C. O. P. OWOYOMI OKE & 1 OTHER

33       I/49C/2016-HIGH

COURT 5, IBADAN                                    C. O. P. VS KABIRU ALI & 2 ORS

34       I/69C/2016-HIGH

COURT 4, IBADAN                                    C. O. P. VS TUNED IBRAHIM &

2 ORS

35       I/132C/2017 -HIGH

COURT 5, IBADAN                                    C. O. P. VS TUNED IBRAHIM &

3 ORS

36       MOG/03C/2017                                          C. O. P. VS MUTAIRU

MOHAMMED & 2 ORS

37       HOY/11C/2016                                           C. O. P. VS SEGUN OMOLADUN

38       MI/31C/2016                                                C. O. P. VS MUSA SALEH & 4 ORS

39       CR: 32/2016/MOG10C/2016                  STATE VS JAMIL UMAR & 6 ORS

40       CR: 34/2016/MOG12C/2016                  STATE VS SUNDAY EDOREN & 3                                                                 ORS

41       CR: 42/2016/MOG/11C/2016                 STATE VS GOODLUCK OGHENE

& 4 ORS

42       CR: 49/2016/MCI/12C/2016                    STATE VS OYIBO SHELL & 2 ORS

43       STATE VS EFE REUBEN

44       CR: 78/2016/MOG/44C/2016                 STATE VS GODSTIME

EKWEREME & 2 ORS

45       CR: 78/2016/MK/16C/2016                     STATE VS SMART

ONOLOGBE & 1 OTHER

46       CR: 81/2016/CMA/259C/2016               STATE VS REUBENOJOGWU & 2                                                                 ORS

47       MAB/1064C/2017                                      C. O. P. CHINOYEN AGU & ORS

48       KTX/06/2018-HIGH

COURT KATSINA                                      C. O. P. VS IBRAHIM

MU’AZU & 1 OTHER

NAPTIP

49       FHC/L/48C/2018-FEDERAL

HIGH COURT LAGOS JUDICIAL

DIVISION                                                      NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE VS

PROSSY NIGERIA LTD. & 6 ORS

50       FHC/L/185C/2017 -FEDERAL

HIGH COURT LAGOS JUDICIAL          DIVISION FEDERAL

REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA VS

Source: The Nation
List of Corrupt Nigerian leaders Banned From Traveling Abroad
A former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), 13 former governors and seven ex-ministers have been barred from traveling out of the country under Executive Order 6 (EO6) issued yesterday by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The restriction followed the judicial affirmation of the constitutionality and legality of the Executive Order 6 (EO6).

The watch-list and restriction were put in place pending the conclusion of the cases against those affected.

Also on the watch list seen last night by The Nation are: ex-governors Saminu Turaki (Jigawa), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Adebayo Alao-Akala (Oyo), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Rasheed Ladoja (Oyo), Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia), Danjuma Goje (Gombe), Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto), Muazu Babangida Aliyu (Niger); Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu); Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Gbenga Daniel (Ogun); and Ibrahim Shehu Shema (Katsina).

The ex-ministers are Nenadi Usman, Bashir Yuguda, Jumoke Akinjide; Bala Mohammed; Abba Moro; Femi Fani-Kayode; and Ahmadu Fintiri.

Others include a former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh; ex- Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral A. D. Jibrin; a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar; a former Inspector-General of Police, Sunday Ehindero; and a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu; Chairman Emeritus of AIT/ Raypower, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi; Waripamowei  Dudafa (a former  Special Assistant (Domestic) to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan); a former Chief Judge of Enugu State, Justice Innocent Umezulike; a former judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia;

Also on the list are a former National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh; Chief Jide Omokore; Ricky Tarfa; and Dele Belgore (SAN).

Most of the affected persons are currently facing trial for alleged corrupt practices in different courts.

The list was generated from cases and proceedings filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the Nigeria Police, and 17 other agencies.

The document indicated that many of those affected had earlier been placed on similar legal restrictions by the courts and security agencies including restriction of movement, seizure of passport, temporary forfeiture of assets, freezing of accounts and others.

Explaining the government’s action in a statement yesterday, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Mallam Garba Shehu said:  “Following the instant judicial affirmation of the constitutionality and legality of the Executive Order 6 (EO6), President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to implement the Order in full force.

“To this end, a number of enforcement procedures are currently in place by which the Nigeria Immigration Service and other security agencies have placed no fewer than 50 high profile persons directly affected by EO6 on watch-list and restricted them from leaving the country pending the determination of their cases.

“Also, the financial transactions of these persons of interest are being monitored by the relevant agencies to ensure that the assets are not dissipated and such persons do not interfere with, nor howsoever corrupt the investigation and litigation processes.

“It is instructive to note that EO6 was specifically directed to relevant law enforcement agencies to ensure that all assets within a minimum value of N50 million or equivalent, subject to investigation or litigation are protected from dissipation by employing all available lawful means, pending the final determination of any corruption-related matter.

“The Buhari administration reassures all well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians of its commitment to the fight against corruption, in accordance with the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the general principles of the Rule of Law.

“Accordingly, this administration will uphold the rule of law in all its actions and the right of citizens would be protected as guaranteed by the Constitution.

“We, therefore, enjoin all Nigerians to cooperate with the law enforcement authorities towards ensuring a successful implementation of the Executive Order 6 which is a paradigm-changing policy of the Federal Government in the fight against corruption.”

A top government official, who spoke in confidence, said there is no cause for alarm on E06.

The source said: “The ban is not different from the conditions given by the court in granting these accused persons bail. The E06 is like a codification of steps to prevent those on trial for alleged corrupt practices from tampering with assets.

“Some of these accused persons used to go to court for permission before they can travel out of the country. The E06 is not a new thing but instead of all agencies working at cross-purposes, a list was generated and backed with the Executive Order.

“Some of those on trial, especially the Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) had been selling their assets. What will they return after being convicted?”

PDP rejects travel ban, says it’s prelude to full-blown fascism

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejected the travel ban outright, dismissing it as an attempt by the Buhari administration to foist full-blown fascism on the country.

Spokesman for  the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the travel restriction was illegal, draconian and targeted at members of opposition parties, perceived political enemies of President Muhammadu Buhari, well-meaning Nigerians, including members of the business community, religious leaders, former political leaders and traditional rulers, who are perceived to be averse to the President’s re-election bid.

He said: “We hope this is not a ploy to harm certain eminent Nigerians on the claims of resisting travel restrictions.

“The whole world can now see how fascism is fast taking over our democracy and judicial system and how the Buhari administration, by fiat, has directly ordered that citizens be secretly trailed, their movements and financial transactions restricted by government agencies, without recourse to due process of the law.



“While the PDP notes that the Buhari Presidency has gone into panic mode since the popular emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as PDP Presidential candidate and the spontaneous jubilation his emergence has evoked across the country, the party maintains that the resort to total clamp down on the opposition and our supporters will be totally unacceptable.

“What this means is that all Nigerians, particularly, opposition members, members of the business community and religious leaders, have become endangered and stand the risk of state violence under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

“The PDP therefore alerts the international community to hold the Buhari Presidency responsible should any harm befall any opposition leader, key members of the business community and religious leaders across the country as we march towards the 2019 general elections.”

The PDP maintained that no amount of intimidation, harassment and foisting of fascism will deter Nigerians from their determination to rally on its platform to oust the APC from power next year.

Fani-Kayode too

One of the affected persons, Femi Fani-Kayode, described the ban as “utterly shameful and condemnable”.

He alleged that the ban was targeted at members of the opposition.

The ex-Minister of Aviation said: “The banning of 50 prominent Nigerians who are all members of the opposition from travelling out of the country by Buhari’s Executive Order and the power to confiscate their assets even though they have not been empowered to do so by a court of law or convicted of any offence is utterly shameful and condemnable.

“It is nothing less than a descent into fascism and a violation of the fundamental human rights and civil liberties of the individuals that have been directly affected and the Nigerian people.

“It is also a usurpation of the role of the Judiciary. Buhari is so desperate to remain in power that he has now resorted to attempting to muscle and intimidate the opposition. He forgets that he is not God and that he will soon leave power.



“I condemn his lawless and desperate ways in the strongest terms. Only dictators behave in this way and Buhari has proved to be the most brutal and callous of them all in the history of our nation. I challenge him to do his worse and enjoy the short time that he has left in office. Sadists never last. Soon it will all be over and he will account for his evil ways and brought to justice.”

List of affected persons

S/N/   CASE NO/CHARGE NUMBER &  COURT OF TRIAL

PARTIES

NPF

1          FHC/ABJ/CR/48/2017                               FRN VS GABRIEL SUSWAM &

2 ORS

2          FHC/ABJ/CR/115/2017                            FRN VS SOLOMON WOMBO &

2 ORS

3          FHC/MKD/CR/72/2017                             FRN VS ORAYEV

AUGUSTINE AVAAN & 8 ORS

4          FCT/ABJ/CR/129/2017                             IGP VS RICHARD GBANDE & 2 ORS

5          FCT/ABJ/CR/128/2017                             IGP VS RICHARD GBANDE & ORS

6          FHC/L/18C/2015                                        IGP VS MOSHOOD JUBRIL

FHC/CA/3C/2018-FHC,
CALABAR                                                    FRN VS PETER AGI & 1 OTHER

8          FHC/L472C/2015                                       IGP VS OWOLABI OLUKUNLE &

11 ORS

9          FHC/L/376C/2015                                      IGP VIS BAKARE JELILI

10       FHC/L/523C/2015                                      IGP VIS ADESA JIMOH & 2 ORS

11       FHC/L317C/2015                                       IGP VS KAYODE MORUF & ORS

12       FHC/L/286C/2015                                      IGP VS JAMIU AJANI & 2 ORS

13       FHC/L144C/2016                                       IGP VS GANIYU SULAIMAN

14       FHC/L/139C/2016                                      IGP VS SHOLOLA OMOLARA &

2 ORS

15       FHC/L/394C/2016                                      FRN VS BILLIAMINU ABDULLAHI &                                                               ORS

16       FHC/L/456C/2016                                      IGP VS TUMBIRI EZEKIEL & 11 ORS

17       FHC/ABJ/CR/117/2017                            FRN VS ILIYA JAMES & ORS

18       FHC/ABJ/CR/89/2017                               FRN VS AYINDE THOMAS

19       FHC/ABJ/CR/182/2017                            FRN VS CHIMA MIKE & ORS

20       FHC/ABJ/CR/94/2017                               FRN VS LUCKY UDOBI & ORS

21       FHC/ABJ/CR/98/2017                               FRN VS ISMAIL OGALA & 2 ORS

22       FHC/ABJ/CR/41/2018                               FRN VS RITA ISAAC & 2 ORS

23       FHC/ABJ/CR/41/2018                               FRN VS ALIYU UMAR & 3 ORS

24       HIGH COURT OF

LAGOS 16 & 24                                         STATE VS CHUKWUDUMEME

ONWUAMADIKE “EVANS & 2 ORS’’

25       CR/265/C/2017                                           HENRY CHIBUEZE

AKA “VAMPIRE” & 5 ORS

26       CR/90/2017                                                 STATE VS HON. NASIRU

UMAR RONI & 5 ORS

27       CMC/TUM/98CR/2017                              STATE VS SHANONO

ALH. AHMED & OTHER

28       I/75C 2016 HIGH

COURT 5, IBADAN                                    C. O. P. VS MUHAMMED

WELI & 1 OTHER

29       I/137C/2017-HIGH

COURT 16 IBADAN                                  C. O. P. VS ABDULLAHI

GARUBA & 3 ORS

30       I/211C/2017-HIGH

COURT 18 IBADAN                                  C. O. P. VS DAHIRU

MOHAMMED

31       I/172C/2017 -HIGH

COURT 17 IBADAN                                 C. O. P. VS JOSEPH

UDOMA & 3 ORS

32       I/184C/2017-HIGH

COURT 19 IBADAN                                 C. O. P. OWOYOMI OKE & 1 OTHER

33       I/49C/2016-HIGH

COURT 5, IBADAN                                    C. O. P. VS KABIRU ALI & 2 ORS

34       I/69C/2016-HIGH

COURT 4, IBADAN                                    C. O. P. VS TUNED IBRAHIM &

2 ORS

35       I/132C/2017 -HIGH

COURT 5, IBADAN                                    C. O. P. VS TUNED IBRAHIM &

3 ORS

36       MOG/03C/2017                                          C. O. P. VS MUTAIRU

MOHAMMED & 2 ORS

37       HOY/11C/2016                                           C. O. P. VS SEGUN OMOLADUN

38       MI/31C/2016                                                C. O. P. VS MUSA SALEH & 4 ORS

39       CR: 32/2016/MOG10C/2016                  STATE VS JAMIL UMAR & 6 ORS

40       CR: 34/2016/MOG12C/2016                  STATE VS SUNDAY EDOREN & 3                                                                 ORS

41       CR: 42/2016/MOG/11C/2016                 STATE VS GOODLUCK OGHENE

& 4 ORS

42       CR: 49/2016/MCI/12C/2016                    STATE VS OYIBO SHELL & 2 ORS

43       STATE VS EFE REUBEN

44       CR: 78/2016/MOG/44C/2016                 STATE VS GODSTIME

EKWEREME & 2 ORS

45       CR: 78/2016/MK/16C/2016                     STATE VS SMART

ONOLOGBE & 1 OTHER

46       CR: 81/2016/CMA/259C/2016               STATE VS REUBENOJOGWU & 2                                                                 ORS

47       MAB/1064C/2017                                      C. O. P. CHINOYEN AGU & ORS

48       KTX/06/2018-HIGH

COURT KATSINA                                      C. O. P. VS IBRAHIM

MU’AZU & 1 OTHER

NAPTIP

49       FHC/L/48C/2018-FEDERAL

HIGH COURT LAGOS JUDICIAL

DIVISION                                                      NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE VS

PROSSY NIGERIA LTD. & 6 ORS

50       FHC/L/185C/2017 -FEDERAL

HIGH COURT LAGOS JUDICIAL          DIVISION FEDERAL

REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA VS

Source: The Nation

Peter Obi's Choice As VP: 4 S'East PDP Govs, Igbo Leaders Kick, Vow To Work For Buhari Instead, Say Atiku Failed First Test

Peter Obi's Choice As VP: 4 S'East PDP Govs, Igbo Leaders Kick, Vow To Work For Buhari Instead, Say Atiku Failed First Test

Facts have emerged why the PDP governors and leaders in the Southeast are kicking against the choice of former governor of Anambra State governor, Mr Peter Obi as the party’s vice presidential candidate. The Atiku action has torn the South East chapter of the party apart.

According to an impeccable party source who pleaded anonymity, the governors and some of the leaders of the party in the zone have accused Atiku of reneging on his earlier promise and vowed to work against his candidacy.

The PDP chieftain told Sunday Sun that Atiku had earlier promised to use the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Charles Soludo as his running mate.

The chieftain who is also a Senatorial candidate in Anambra State said that the Southeast governors and some PDP leaders from the zone were working on endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari, since according to him, Atiku has shown that they do not matter in his political calculations.

“There will be peace if Soludo is made the running mate because that was what we agreed,” he said.

Asked if they still would have protested if former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was chosen by Atiku he said: “There is no problem with her, but Soludo is better. You know the woman is difficult, when you go to her for anything she will accuse you of wanting to be given the resources of the country.

“There was a meeting in Enugu over this. Three governors came – Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi. Ebonyi Governor (Dave Umahi) is the Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, he is angry over what happened.”

Governor Umahi had last Friday issued a statement dissociates himself from a release by his Chief Press Secretary, where the choice of Obi was hailed.

He said that the governors and leaders of the zone were not consulted before Atiku settled for Obi.

He explained that yesterday’s meeting by the governors and leaders of the party was to agree that Obi and his people would not have their way.

He disclosed that he had met with Atiku and his wife and told them that Obi’s choice cannot sell in Igbo land.

His words: “I met with Atiku’s wife on this, she said that I am a businessman, that the business environment will be made good, that Atiku will make things good. That is no promise.”

On where Governor Willie Obiano stood on the matter, he said: “How are you asking this type of question? Obiano totally rejects Obi. Obi has lost four governors from Southeast. APC already has Imo, so the entire five Southeast states are in the hands of APC. The zone is for Buhari.”

Asked if Governor Umahi was serious on his threats, he said, “very serious. He is ready to work for Buhari.”

Narrating how they came about Soludo, the PDP henchman claimed that he and some leaders of the party held a meeting three months ago where Atiku promised him to pick his vice presidential candidate from the Southeast.

“He told us that the person he had in mind was Soludo and Anambra governor also supported it.

“I was instrumental to him winning the nomination. We started this spin doctor job months ago. Atiku met with me several times alongside Gbenga Daniel. He came to my house many times.

“After he was nominated, he went back on his promise, he changed completely and now brought Peter Obi instead of Soludo that we agreed upon. This is why all the Southeast governors and PDP leaders are kicking. Everybody is mad at Atiku for that singular decision.

“I heard Atiku said he did not consult us because PDP governors from Southeast voted for Tambuwal, that they did not vote for him.

“He said that Wike agreed that Peter Obi should be his running mate. But in doing that, he jettisoned the promised he made to us that we will choose the person that will take the slot.

“Like I said there is fire at the moment. Governors of Ebonyi, Anambra, Enugu and Abia are angry. Governor of Enugu said he has discussed with a former governor in the Southeast that he will vote according to his conscience. He said that everybody deserves a second term, that Buhari deserves second term. He said that he as governor of Enugu needs second term, so he will not stop the president from enjoying second term. He said he will support the president if he seeks second term.”

Apart from other reasons they adduced for opposing the choice of former Anambra governor, he contended that “Peter Obi is not a liberal politician, he is a conservative. His candidacy will not sell. Many of us who know him very well know that he is unreliable, tricky and selfish. He says one thing and does another. There is a problem in the PDP house and if it is not handled well it will jeopardize Atiku’s ambition.

“I will soon come out to say all that I am telling you publicly. I feel cheated by Atiku. I have complained to friends. Atiku’s wife has begged me, but I refused to accept her pleas.

“I have resolved to work for Buhari and I know that several other people are doing same.”

Culled from The Sun
Facts have emerged why the PDP governors and leaders in the Southeast are kicking against the choice of former governor of Anambra State governor, Mr Peter Obi as the party’s vice presidential candidate. The Atiku action has torn the South East chapter of the party apart.

According to an impeccable party source who pleaded anonymity, the governors and some of the leaders of the party in the zone have accused Atiku of reneging on his earlier promise and vowed to work against his candidacy.

The PDP chieftain told Sunday Sun that Atiku had earlier promised to use the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Charles Soludo as his running mate.

The chieftain who is also a Senatorial candidate in Anambra State said that the Southeast governors and some PDP leaders from the zone were working on endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari, since according to him, Atiku has shown that they do not matter in his political calculations.

“There will be peace if Soludo is made the running mate because that was what we agreed,” he said.

Asked if they still would have protested if former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, was chosen by Atiku he said: “There is no problem with her, but Soludo is better. You know the woman is difficult, when you go to her for anything she will accuse you of wanting to be given the resources of the country.

“There was a meeting in Enugu over this. Three governors came – Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi. Ebonyi Governor (Dave Umahi) is the Chairman of South East Governors’ Forum, he is angry over what happened.”

Governor Umahi had last Friday issued a statement dissociates himself from a release by his Chief Press Secretary, where the choice of Obi was hailed.

He said that the governors and leaders of the zone were not consulted before Atiku settled for Obi.

He explained that yesterday’s meeting by the governors and leaders of the party was to agree that Obi and his people would not have their way.

He disclosed that he had met with Atiku and his wife and told them that Obi’s choice cannot sell in Igbo land.

His words: “I met with Atiku’s wife on this, she said that I am a businessman, that the business environment will be made good, that Atiku will make things good. That is no promise.”

On where Governor Willie Obiano stood on the matter, he said: “How are you asking this type of question? Obiano totally rejects Obi. Obi has lost four governors from Southeast. APC already has Imo, so the entire five Southeast states are in the hands of APC. The zone is for Buhari.”

Asked if Governor Umahi was serious on his threats, he said, “very serious. He is ready to work for Buhari.”

Narrating how they came about Soludo, the PDP henchman claimed that he and some leaders of the party held a meeting three months ago where Atiku promised him to pick his vice presidential candidate from the Southeast.

“He told us that the person he had in mind was Soludo and Anambra governor also supported it.

“I was instrumental to him winning the nomination. We started this spin doctor job months ago. Atiku met with me several times alongside Gbenga Daniel. He came to my house many times.

“After he was nominated, he went back on his promise, he changed completely and now brought Peter Obi instead of Soludo that we agreed upon. This is why all the Southeast governors and PDP leaders are kicking. Everybody is mad at Atiku for that singular decision.

“I heard Atiku said he did not consult us because PDP governors from Southeast voted for Tambuwal, that they did not vote for him.

“He said that Wike agreed that Peter Obi should be his running mate. But in doing that, he jettisoned the promised he made to us that we will choose the person that will take the slot.

“Like I said there is fire at the moment. Governors of Ebonyi, Anambra, Enugu and Abia are angry. Governor of Enugu said he has discussed with a former governor in the Southeast that he will vote according to his conscience. He said that everybody deserves a second term, that Buhari deserves second term. He said that he as governor of Enugu needs second term, so he will not stop the president from enjoying second term. He said he will support the president if he seeks second term.”

Apart from other reasons they adduced for opposing the choice of former Anambra governor, he contended that “Peter Obi is not a liberal politician, he is a conservative. His candidacy will not sell. Many of us who know him very well know that he is unreliable, tricky and selfish. He says one thing and does another. There is a problem in the PDP house and if it is not handled well it will jeopardize Atiku’s ambition.

“I will soon come out to say all that I am telling you publicly. I feel cheated by Atiku. I have complained to friends. Atiku’s wife has begged me, but I refused to accept her pleas.

“I have resolved to work for Buhari and I know that several other people are doing same.”

Culled from The Sun

2019: 3 Intimidating Qualities Why Atiku Picked Peter Obi As VP

2019: 3 Intimidating Qualities Why Atiku Picked Peter Obi As VP


Peter Obi and Atiku
The former Vice President, now the Presidential candidate of Nigeria's major opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party may have considered some three majors factor that led him to opt for the choice of Mr. Peter Obi as his running mate ahead of the 2015 Presidential election.

According to Otunba Gbenga Daniels, the Director General of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, said Peter Obi was opted for based on;

  1. His youthfulness
  2. His vast knowledge of global and local economics
  3. He is a financial expert

Gbenga Daniel made this disclosure in a press statement on Friday

The 57-year-old Obi was a former governor of Anambra State and a former Chairman of Fidelity Bank Plc.

“This ticket will be able to steer our nation back on the path of progress, economic prosperity and unity”, Daniel said.

Born 19th July, 1961, Obi attended the Christ the King College, Onitsha and later proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.

The statement continued, “He is also a graduate of several international and national institutions such as the Lagos Business School, Harvard Business School, London School of Economics, Columbia Business School, Institute of Management, Switzerland, Kellogg Graduate School, Oxford University and Cambridge University.

“In public service, he has led various divisions some of which includes: Member, Presidential Economic Management Team; Vice-Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum; Chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum, and the Governor of Anambra State.

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“Peter Obi is an astute professional who has laid his footprints across the corporate world. He was the Chairman, Board of Security and Exchange Commission (SEC); former Chairman, Fidelity Bank PLC; former Chairman, Guardian Express Mortgage Bank; former Chairman, Future Views Securities; former Chairman, Paymaster Nigeria; former Chairman, Next International Nigeria; former Director, Guardian Express Bank PLC; former Director, Chams Nigeria PLC; former Director, Emerging Capital: former Director, Card Centre PLC.

“He is a member of the British Institute of Directors (IOD), Nigerian Chartered Institute of Bankers and Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).

Peter Obi and Atiku
The former Vice President, now the Presidential candidate of Nigeria's major opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party may have considered some three majors factor that led him to opt for the choice of Mr. Peter Obi as his running mate ahead of the 2015 Presidential election.

According to Otunba Gbenga Daniels, the Director General of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, said Peter Obi was opted for based on;

  1. His youthfulness
  2. His vast knowledge of global and local economics
  3. He is a financial expert

Gbenga Daniel made this disclosure in a press statement on Friday

The 57-year-old Obi was a former governor of Anambra State and a former Chairman of Fidelity Bank Plc.

“This ticket will be able to steer our nation back on the path of progress, economic prosperity and unity”, Daniel said.

Born 19th July, 1961, Obi attended the Christ the King College, Onitsha and later proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.

The statement continued, “He is also a graduate of several international and national institutions such as the Lagos Business School, Harvard Business School, London School of Economics, Columbia Business School, Institute of Management, Switzerland, Kellogg Graduate School, Oxford University and Cambridge University.

“In public service, he has led various divisions some of which includes: Member, Presidential Economic Management Team; Vice-Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum; Chairman, South-East Governors’ Forum, and the Governor of Anambra State.

Read Also: Education is key, says Peter Obi
“Peter Obi is an astute professional who has laid his footprints across the corporate world. He was the Chairman, Board of Security and Exchange Commission (SEC); former Chairman, Fidelity Bank PLC; former Chairman, Guardian Express Mortgage Bank; former Chairman, Future Views Securities; former Chairman, Paymaster Nigeria; former Chairman, Next International Nigeria; former Director, Guardian Express Bank PLC; former Director, Chams Nigeria PLC; former Director, Emerging Capital: former Director, Card Centre PLC.

“He is a member of the British Institute of Directors (IOD), Nigerian Chartered Institute of Bankers and Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).

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