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2019 presidency: Police speaks on IPOB plot to thwart election

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The Police have reacted to the plot by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to disrupt the February 16 presidential election.

The Police said no threat can stop valid voters in any part of the country from coming out to cast their votes.

The Police were reacting to the directive by the pro-Biafra group that its members and supporters should stay indoors on February 16.

Reacting, the Force Spokesman, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Frank Mba, said, “The Nigeria Police Force will like to assure well-meaning Nigerians in the northern part, the southern part, eastern part and western part of the country or any other part of the country that falls within geographical entity called Nigeria that the Nigeria Police Force working in collaboration with other security agency will ensure that every inch of the country is safe and secured, before, during and after the elections.

“Nigerians will be provided with a safe and secured environment to exercise their franchise and no threat from any organization under whatever name they are called can stop law abiding citizens from coming out and exercising their franchise.’

“The Police High Command also wishes to warn intending trouble makers that while we will protect the peaceful, we will not hesitate to deploy the full weight of the law against anyone who threatens the peace, security and sovereignty of our country,” he told The Nation.

Yoruba people benefited more under Buhari than PDP govt – Oke

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The South West Zonal Coordinator of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign Council, Olusola Oke, has stated that the three and half years of President Muhammadu Buhari have been more beneficial to the South West than the 16 years rule of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Oke stated this during a press conference in Akure to welcome President Muhammmadu Buhari to Ondo and Ekiti States on Tuesday.

“The South West is the engine room of this government and APC as a party, Buhari has done more for us than the sixteen years of the PDP, we have been a major beneficiary of the change matra and ready for the next level.

“Rehabilitation and expansion of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, construction of 158km Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail, dualization of Oyo-Ogbomosho road, Lagos-Ore-Benin road and other major infrastructures are being centered in this region by Buhari.

“Major ministries are being managed by our people from the southwest, You don’t change a winning formula, We want to retain a working formula.

“I hereby urged our people in Ondo and Ekiti to come out en mass to welcome president Buhari tomorrow, I want our people to surpass what happened in Oyo and Osun states.

“Afenifere and other groups are not political parties that can muster votes in the coming elections.”

Islamic cleric, two others caught with Human skull [PHOTO]

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A 35-year-old Islamic cleric, identified as Jamiu Olasheu been arrested alongside three others for being in possession of a human skull.

It was gathered that the two of the suspects: Teslim Ayeniromo, 45, and Sunday Kolade, 35, were accosted on a motorcycle, at Kofedoti area of Ogun state, by a team of policemen attached to Agbara division.

During a search, the human skull was discovered in a bag one of them held, consequent upon which they were whisked to the Police station.

Upon interrogation by the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Adegbite Omotayo, the suspects confessed that the skull was given to them by one Micheal Osanyinbi, adding that they were on their way to deliver it to the Islamic cleric when they were intercepted.

Confirming their arrest, spokesman for the Ogun State Police Command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said, “They led the DPO to the house of the man who gave them the skull. The man in turn, led the police to the self acclaimed cleric’s house.

“The Islamic cleric has made confessional statement that he actually requested for the skull which Micheal Osanyinbi promised to get for him at N25,000 and an additional N1,000 for the motorbike man who will deliver it to him.

“He stated further that the skull is needed for a ritual.”

DSP Oyeyemi added that the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliaysu, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect to the Special Anti Robbery Squad for further investigation and prosecution.

EPL table: West Ham hold Liverpool, Man City now three points behind leaders

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Liverpool dropped more points in the title race on Monday night, after they were held to a 1-1 draw at West Ham.

The table toppers took an early lead at the London Olympic Stadium, through a controversial Sadio Mane goal.

The Senegalese tapped in, after James Milner, who was apparently offside, found him inside the box.

However, the hosts went into the break level, after Michail Antonio finished off a well-worked move.

The result means Liverpool now have 62 points, three more than Manchester City who defeated Arsenal 3-1 on Sunday.

City are away to Everton on Wednesday, while Jurgen Klopp’s men welcome Bou

2019 election: Full text of fresh allegations against PDP by Federal Government

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The Federal Government on Monday, accused the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of having concluded measures to discredit the upcoming general elections in the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the claim in a press conference in Abuja on Monday.

Here is full text of the Federal Government’s claims against the PDP:

With just 12 days to the 2019 election, we have called this press conference to alert Nigerians to the evil machinations of the opposition, which is not campaigning to win the election – because they know they can’t win a free, fair and peaceful election – but are busy planning how to scuttle or discredit it.

Recall that on Monday, January 21st 2019, we alerted the nation, also via a press conference, to the plot by some opposition elements to scuttle the 2019 general elections by instigating widespread violence across the country. Of course we didn’t just make this up. It was based on credible intelligence

We revealed that the plan to scuttle the polls is part of moves to push the nation into a constitutional crisis, with the plotters hoping they can leverage on that to push for an interim government. When we raised the alarm, the opposition dismissed it. Of course they were shocked to have been found out, so we understand their panic reaction.

To underscore the seriousness of our alert, a week after our press conference, the National Security Adviser (NSA) met with state governors to also inform them of this same plan to scuttle the polls via widespread violence. As I said at my last press conference, the alarm we raised is based on credible intelligence.

Today, still based on credible intelligence, we can reveal that the opposition is moving a step further. They are working hard to discredit the forthcoming election before, during and after the polls.

Specifically, they are sending a delegation to some Western capitals, including London, Brussels and Washington, DC, to push the concocted line that the Buhari Administration has perfected the plan to rig the polls. They are therefore pushing for a rejection of the results if the President wins re-election. They are also predicting carnage in the event of the President’s victory.

Already, they have started flying the rigging kite domestically. They have been engaging in incendiary rhetoric and in making outlandish claims using several fronts, including the nebulous Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) which, by the way, is nothing more than a reincarnated Association for Better Nigeria (ABN).
Of course you all know the role that the ABN played in the failed 1999 political transition process.

They have targeted, for attack, the two key institutions that are most critical to the success of the election: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Police. They have used every malleable and malicious personality to make wild allegations against INEC. Their strategy is simple:

Discredit the election even before it is held, and continue during and after the polls with a view to convincing the West – which they believe they have won to their side using lobbyist-propelled propaganda – that the election is not credible.

9. Some may ask: Why would the opposition go to this length? The answer is simple: They know, and are convinced, that they cannot win a free, fair, credible and peaceful polls. The handwriting in on the wall for all discerning people to see. While President Buhari has received warm and genuine reception and adulation from huge crowds everywhere he has gone to campaign, their candidate has been exposed to apathetic and thinning crowds! Their numbers just don’t add up!

On our part, we as an Administration are undaunted by their antics, even though we believe it is necessary to expose their evil plans – as we have been doing – to the world. President Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly stated his commitment to ensuring a free, fair and violence-free election. He has no doubt – based on testimonies of change from Nigerians – that the achievements of his Administration, in the three cardinal areas of fighting corruption, revamping the economy and fighting insecurity, will speak for him at the polls. He did not rig his way into office and has no need to rig now that he is in office.

We are therefore compelled to alert Nigerians and the global community to the following:
The desperate opposition is doing everything possible, including instigating widespread violence as well as relentless attacks on key institutions, to discredit the forthcoming election. They know they will lose the election, but they want victory by subterfuge.

To further their plan, the opposition is dispatching a 10-member delegation to some Western capitals, including London, Brussels and Washington, DC, to sell the idea that the Buhari Administration has perfected the plan to rig the election. They have no empirical basis for the idea they are pushing, beyond relying on exploiting the nation’s ‘fault lines’ of religion, ethnicity and regionalism.

The opposition is approaching the election with an incredible level of the infamous Association for Better Nigeria (ABN), under the guise of CUPP, to engage in unrestrained rabble-rousing and frivolous court cases. Of course, the activities of CUPP in recent times are there for all to see, even though the coalition seems to be a very poor imitation of the original ABN.

The Buhari Administration is committed to a free, fair, credible and peaceful polls. We are glad that local and international observers are already fully mobilised to monitor the election.

We call on all Nigerians to be vigilant as we begin the final countdown to the election. Eternal vigilance, as the saying goes, in the price of liberty. We must not allow desperate politicians to crash our democracy on the altar of their personal – and sometimes inordinate – ambition!

I thank you all for your kind attention. I will now take your questions, strictly on the issues that I have addressed.

2019 presidency: Buhari’s aide, Senator Enang reveals one thing Atiku has refused to do

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A Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) Ita Enang, has declared that among all the presidential candidates, President Buhari stands out as the best.

According to him, if former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar were to be elected, “it will be difficult to get him committed to a single term” adding that “he has refused to be committed on whether he would do one term or not.”

Enang urged Akwa Ibom people to vote for Buhari in the February 16 presidential elections as there was no alternative candidate to the seat for now.

According to NAN, the presidential adviser said this in an interview with journalists at his country home in Ididep, Ibiono Ibom local government area of the state.

He expressed optimism that Buhari will garner enough votes to win the forthcoming election.

The presidential aide said the performance of Buhari for almost four years now had put him above all other presidential candidates, stressing that Buhari will win the election convincingly.

“From all indications, I have seen and weighed all the candidates, particularly the two candidates, President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

“I have looked at the pedigree and manifesto of all of them, the records and the antecedents of each of them and concluded that there is no alternative to President Buhari,” Enang said.

The former lawmaker said that voting for Buhari would enable him to continue with his credible programmes, adding that on completion of his tenure, power would return to the southern part of the country.

“And if we elect him, he will do only one term and power will return to the South, to go to either the South West or the South East,” he said.

According to him, If former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar were to be elected, “it will be difficult to get him committed to a single term” adding that he has refused to be committed on whether he would do one term or not.

On the health of the President, Enang said Buhari has become younger and healthier than when he was first sworn in to office in 2015, stressing that his health has been renewed by the providence of God.

“I am sure you are aware that the health of the president is no more an issue. By God’s grace, his health is being renewed like eagle.

He gets younger and stronger as he ages and am sure you know that Buhari looks younger now more than when he was first sworn in,” he said

Ambode to present Lagos 2019 Budget Tuesday

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has concluded arrangements to present the 2019 budget of Lagos State tomorrow (Tuesday), according to Daily Independent.

The Budget presentation will come barely two day after Asiwaju Bola Tinubu brokered peace among the Governor and the Lagos State lawmakers.

The lawmakers had initially threatened to impeach the Governor over alleged gross misconduct, including alleged spending before budget approval.

Recall that after a meeting of the Governor’s Advisory Committee, GAC, in Lagos yesterday, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu had said: “We examined the grievances on both sides. As leaders, we also looked into areas where there has to be compromise.

“In order to build institutions and encourage consensus-building, we have to do what is right.

“There is no impeachment. Let there be more communication and consensus-building and understanding. All these are inbuilt in the democratic system.”

 

2019 election: What INEC must do within 24 hours – PDP

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The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to within 24 hours, publish the list of all officials and ad hoc staff that would play any role in the forthcoming general elections at all levels.

According to NAN, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, made the call at a press conference on Monday in Abuja.

The party said that the list should be published for verification by stakeholders.

Ologbondiyan said that any delay or refusal by INEC to publish the list within 48 hours would be a clear acceptance that the commission had been compromised by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He accused the INEC leadership of plotting to rig the forthcoming general elections for President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He also called on the international community to place the INEC Chairman, Directors and Commissioners in INEC responsible for this election on its watch list in the conduct of the elections.

Ologbondiyan, however, urged all members of the PDP, and all meaning Nigerians to vote for the party and protect their votes.

Reacting to the allegations, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that less than two weeks to the general elections, the commission could not afford to be distracted by baseless allegations.

Oyekanmi said that the Commission was not a political party and would not allow itself to be dragged into unnecessary controversies at a time like this.

“The INEC has been conducting general elections since the past 20 years.

“During this time, especially since 2010 and particularly from 2015, the commission has introduced many innovations to improve the electoral system.

“One of such innovations is to ensure that no member of any political party is engaged to participate in the conduct of elections.

“I therefore call on any political party or individuals with information on how the Commission plans to or has engaged members of any political party as ad-hoc staff for the upcoming general elections to make such information public and mention specific names.

“It is not enough to make wild allegations. It is incumbent upon those who make such allegations to also provide the proof,” Oyekanmi said.

He assured that INEC would conduct free, fair and credible general elections, and for which it needed the support of all Nigerians

INEC reacts to PDP allegations to rig 2019 election

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The Independent National electoral Commission, INEC, has reacted to the allegations made by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against the electoral body of plans to rig the 2019 election.

The PDP in a statement on Monday insisted that the leadership of the INEC was under pressure to rig the 2019 general elections for President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary claimed that INEC chairman, Yakubu Mahmood has been penciled down for the “Onnoghen treatment”.

He said due to this, INEC has allegedly been taking directives from the Buhari Presidency and the APC on how to manipulate our electoral process at various levels.h

Reacting to the allegations, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that less than two weeks to the general elections, the commission could not afford to be distracted by baseless allegations.

Oyekanmi said that the Commission was not a political party and would not allow itself to be dragged into unnecessary controversies at a time like this.

He said: “The INEC has been conducting general elections since the past 20 years.

“During this time, especially since 2010 and particularly from 2015, the commission has introduced many innovations to improve the electoral system.

“One of such innovations is to ensure that no member of any political party is engaged to participate in the conduct of elections.

“I, therefore, call on any political party or individuals with information on how the Commission plans to or has engaged members of any political party as ad-hoc staff for the upcoming general elections to make such information public and mention specific names.

“It is not enough to make wild allegations. It is incumbent upon those who make such allegations to also provide the proof.”

He assured that INEC would conduct free, fair and credible general elections, and for which it needed the support of all Nigerians.

Oyo 2019: Your absence at BBC debate, evidence of ineptitude – APC hits PDP candidate, Seyi Makinde

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The Oyo State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has described the absence of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in the state, Mr. Seyi Makinde from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Yoruba service gubernatorial debate as a manifestation of the candidate’s sheer incompetence and incapability.

Veloxnews recalls that Makinde had last week shunned the debate organised by the BBC for gubernatorial candidates in the state.

But, the APC while reacting declared that Makinde’s absence at the debate was a clear indication that he lacked programmes to move the state forward.

The party in a statement made available to Veloxnews on Monday by its Publicity Secretary, Dr. Abdulazeez Olatunde, said that “Makinde’s absence was to shield his deficiency and lack of programmes for Oyo state forward”, stressing that “the debate was an opportunity to market his candidature and manifesto to the people as against his consistent attack of Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

“Another reason Makinde stayed away from the BBC debate was his penchant for character assassination and preaching falsehood against the Ajimobi led administration in the state which would have been easily punctured during the debate.”

Olatunde urged the people to pay close attention to Makinde’s words as spreading falsehood and fabrications are in his campaign DNA, noting that the BBC debate was a veritable platform to market his programmes.

He noted that everyone should know that Makinde’s PDP is synonymous with selling our collective patrimony, stating that the presidential candidate of PDP has told the whole world about his plans to sell the country’s holdings like the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Olatunde said, “The status of BBC as a reputable media organization is known to the whole world. So, it was a life time opportunity for anyone who is invited for a debate to appear and sell his programmes as well as manifesto.

“But we can understand Makinde’s absence as his poor command of the Yoruba language, political naivety and lack of basic knowledge in public governance would have been easily exposed.”