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1966 coup: Why Buhari should be jailed – Fani-Kayode

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Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation Minister, on Saturday highlighted reasons President Muhammadu Buhari should be jailed.

Fani-Kayode said Buhari played a key role in the Northern officers revenge coup, which led to the death of Southern officers in 1966, hence, he should be jailed.

In a statement on his Facebook page, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain stated that billions of dollars went missing under Buhari’s watch as the Minister of Petroleum.

According to Fani-Kayode: “I do not hold brief for anyone and I speak only for myself but permit me to say the following. If we insist on talking about who deserves to go to jail I put it to you that the first candidate is President Muhammadu Buhari.

“This is a man who played a key role in the northern officers revenge coup of July 29th 1966 in which 300 Igbo officers, a Yoruba military Governor and an Igbo Military Head of State were murdered in cold blood.

“This is a man who committed some of the most heinous and bestial atrocities as a young officer during the Nigerian civil war.

“This is a man that organised a bloody mutiny and armed insurecction against his own commander-in-chief and conspired with others to topple and remove a democratically-elected President in a military coup d’etat in 1983.

“This is a man under whose watch as Minister of Petroleum 2.8 billion U.S. dollars was stolen in 1977. This is a man under whose watch as head of the Petroleum Trust Fund hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars went missing in 1998.

“This is a man under whose watch as President and Minister of Petroleum 25 billion U.S. dollars went missing from NNPC in 2018.

“This is a man that has unleashed his army on Shiite Muslims and IPOB youths and thereby committed genocide, mass murder and ethnic and religious cleansing against his own people.

“This is a man who has driven some of our most brilliant, insightful, courageous and enlightened sons and daughters into self-imposed exile out of fear and trepidation for their lives and liberty.

“This is a man who believes that the lawful and legitimate expression of the natural desire for self-determination and freedom from ethnic and religious hatred and bondage is an act of treason.

“This is a man who is incapable of understanding the meaning of the word “restructuring” let alone comprehend its utility, importance and expediency.”

2019 presidency: Atiku loyalists blast Miyetti Allah for endorsing Buhari

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A campaign group of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Atiku Mandate Group, has reacted to the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari by Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN.

MACBAN had few days ago declared support for Buhari’s re-elecriin bid.

Reacting, spokesperson of the group, Sunny Areh said the endorsement of Buhari was that of failure.

In a statement, the group said the endorsement was just like that of Boko Haram, adding that the action was due to the protection they enjoy under the Buhari government.

He stated that the Atiku camp was not surprised of the endorsement because of the “covert relationship” between Buhari and MACBAN.

The statement reads: “The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria is certainly one of the most destabilising groups that have wreaked havoc on Nigerians.

“This looks more like an endorsement by Boko Haram… it’s an endorsement of failure to protect lives and properties and a confirmation that there has been a covert and existing relationship between Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association and its life patron, the President.

“It is strange but we are not surprised because being life patron of Miyetti Allah, he has guaranteed the group the forceful land seizures from citizens across the country for their cattle colonies. The endorsement is a reciprocity of being the protector-in-chief of its atrocities.

“It is laughable that an association that acknowledges mass murders by its members is pledging to collaborate with security agencies to fish out bad eggs within its fold, when it has always been known that the group enjoys state protection.”

Livescore: Latest Premier League results for Week 20 (Sunday), 2018/2019 EPL scores

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The last set of Premier League fixtures for 2018, will be played this weekend across stadiums in England.

Sunday begins with a London Derby between Crystal Palace and Chelsea.

Manchester United host Bournemouth, following two impressive wins under caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Before then, under-pressure Manchester City travel to Southampton.

Sunday, December 30
13:00 Crystal Palace vs Chelsea
15:15 Burnley vs West Ham United
15:15 Southampton vs Manchester City
17:30 Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth

2019: Abba Moro mourns, releases names of PDP members killed in accident

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The campaign team of Abba Moro, a former Minister of Interior, has released the names of members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who lost their lives in a road accident while on their way for a campaign.

The deceased were heading to Obagaji, the headquarters of Agatu local government area for the flag-off campaign for Benue South candidates of the party in the 2019 general elections when the accident occurred.

In a statement issued by his campaign Media Director, Ameh Ameh, Moro, who is the PDP senatorial candidate in Benue South, confirmed that nine people lost their lives in the incident and not 30 as initially reported by some persons.

The statement reads: “We saddened to issue this statement on the death of seven of our supporters from Oju, who were on their way to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, zonal campaign flag-off in Agatu on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018.

“We are grief because the death of those esteemed supporters have dwarfed our plans and broken our arms.

“We never saw this coming on a day that was meant to be memorable.

“This statement became imperative following the conflicting reports in the media on the actual casualty figure and the circumstances leading to the tragic incident.

“The accident occurred at Ojinebe along Adoka road after an oncoming vehicle, a Toyota Sienna; heading towards Otukpo rammed into one of the buses conveying our supporters from Oju LGA, thereby resulting to a head-on collision.

“To set the record straight, a total of nine persons lost their lives in the mishap with seven being members and supporters of the PDP and two occupants of the ill-fated Sienna.

“This is to correct the negative impression in the media that over 30 persons died in the auto crash. This is untrue and misleading.

“We know every life matters and we are pained over the sad development; but we want to urge the general public to disregard the report making the rounds on the social mediashpere on the casualty figure.

“Comrade Abba Moro, who was in his Otukpo residence when the incident occurred, received the news with shock and disbelief. He quickly rushed down to the scene with his team to ascertain the situation. This is contrary to the report that he was part of the convoy.

“He subsequently moved to the hospital with senior members of the party where survivors were being rushed to before proceeding to the venue in Obagaji, Agatu to officially call off the rally as a mark of honour.

“Comrade Abba Moro is really sad about the mishap as one can obviously attribute the luciferous incident to the high traffic due to the Yuletide, which might have engineered the head-on collision.”

Below are the confirmed names of our supporters who could not make it.

1. Dr. Ulaka Ulaka
2. Agi Ukuru Agu
3. Abigial Ogo
4. Odo Enyi
5. John Billy
6. Akpede Egbe
7. Ogbaji Onda.

While praying God to give the bereaved families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, Moro wished the survivors speedy recovery.

2019: Keyamo reveals how PDP exposes its ‘corrupt’ governors, speaks on extension of IGP’s tenure

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The spokesperson for the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo, SAN, has reacted to the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that the presidency was blackmailing its governors to get them to throw their weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections.

Keyamo told Vanguard that in making such claims, the PDP was only confirming that its governors are corrupt.

According to the senior lawyer, someone whose hands are clean cannot be blackmailed.

Speaking on the allegation by the PDP that the President’s decision to extend the tenure of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Idris Ibrahim was an attempt to rig the elections, Keyamo said the opposition party was afraid that the APC wants to behave like they did when they were in power.

He said the tendency of the PDP over the years, was to rely heavily on the police and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to win election.

On the allegation of blackmailing governors, Keyamo said, “Did they tell you what we are using to blackmail them?

“Blackmail means that you have something against somebody and you are using that as a tool to make the person do your bidding.

“Are they confirming that their governors are corrupt? They are doing more damage to themselves than good by making such allegation.

“If they are saying so, they are confirming that their governors are corrupt. A very clean hand will fear no accusation; you cannot blackmail somebody who has not done anything.

“You see, you can only blackmail somebody who has done something. Wike tasks INEC on credible elections in 2019 I am not saying I am confirming or not confirming what they are saying, I am only saying that by making such allegation, they are destroying their party and shooting themselves in the foot.

“It appears that they are throwing in the towel already before the election. By making such allegation, they are telling the world that their governors have deserted them.

“They are confirming that they no longer enjoy the support of their governors because governors are the pillars of a party and governors are supposed to be the most loyal pillars of the party.

“If they are telling the world now, whether the reasons are genuine or not, that they no longer enjoy the support of their governors, I think the honourable thing they should is to throw in the towel before the February 2019 elections.

“We have extreme desperation on the part of the PDP. They are jittery, they are threatened, they are panicky and they are running from pillar to post.

“It appears to us that their campaign has completely collapsed and it is unfortunate that we do not want to run a one-sided campaign.

“As it is now, we have seen that this campaign is one-sided in the sense that Nigerians are mocking the PDP and are no longer taking them serious.

“They have made things too easy for President Buhari to go into this campaign because we are just preaching performance and Nigerians are buying the message.”

Speaking on the extension of IGP’s tenure, he added, “How do you react to that? If you remember in 2015, immediately after the elections, the PDP sacked then IGP.

“This is a party that has no other way to win elections than to use security agencies.

“So, when they are no longer in power as they are now, they think that other people will behave like them.

“The tendency, over the years, was to rely heavily on the police and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

“So, it is not strange if the PDP had sacked its own IGP, how much more an IGP that was not appointed by them. That is their problem.

“They think others will behave the way they behaved when they were in power.

“The President has complete discretion on the appointment of the heads of security agencies.

“They should wait till whenever Nigerians decide to elect them into power to decide which IGP they should approve or not but, certainly, not in 2019.”

2019: How Oshiomhole put Rivers APC guber crisis to rest – Tonye Cole

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The Rivers State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Tonye Cole, has stated that what transpired in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, during the flag off of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign on Friday, was a clear indication that the party has candidate in all levels in the state.

Cole said that his focus is now on aggressive campaigns to take over the state from Governor Nyesom Wike.

Cole was presented with a flag by party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshionmhole on Friday in Uyo, while Senator Magnus Abe, who holds a parallel ticket was named as a member of the Campaign Council on Friday.

Cole spoke through, the spokesperson for the Tonye Cole Campaign Organi-sation, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke.

Cole said, “The guber candidate of APC in Rivers is Tonye Cole. It is no longer a matter of speculation.

“We are focused on the task ahead. We want to assure all and sundry that we are determined to bring the benefits of democracy to our people. By the grace of God, we shall not be distracted.

“Going by what transpired in Uyo, it is now crystal clear that the Rivers APC has candidates at all levels, including a gubernatorial candidate recognised at the highest level of the party who would drive the APC’s campaign effort.

“It is time for all who belong to our great party to close ranks. We must demonstrate cohesion and party unity as most paramount than our individual interests. We believe there is more which can unite rather than separate us.

“In the circumstance, Cole enjoins all members of the party to sheath their swords and join hands in efforts that will ensure we form the next government in Rivers State.”

EPL: Keown blames two Arsenal players in 5-1 defeat to Liverpool

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Arsenal legend, Martin Keown, has blamed his former club’s players, Lichtsteiner Stephan and Sokratis following the Gunners’ 5-1 thumping by Liverpool in the Premier League encounter on Saturday.

He also named defender, Hector Bellerin as the player Arsenal missed.

Three goals from Roberto Firmino, a goal from Sadio Mane and a strike from Mohamed Salah gave Jurgen Klopp’s side all three points against Arsenal.

However, Ainsley Maitland-Niles did score a goal for Unai Emery’s side as Liverpool defeat the visitors at Anfield.

Keown blamed Lichtsteiner and Sokratis for their poor defending against the Reds.

“It’s panic defending, isn’t it?” Keown said on BT Sport.

“I think [Hector] Bellerin particularly is a player Arsenal missed today.

“Lichtsteiner here, they’ve come out from a set piece, now find your natural position.

“Lichtsteiner gets caught under the ball and should go wider to deal with it.

“That’s where I want him, in that wide position, back to your right-back spot.

“Great ball you have to say, it’s another quick ball across the goal, Arsenal then don’t react to the second ball again.

“It’s schoolboy defending. Sokratis there, wrong side once more and it’s just a tap in.”

EPL: Guardiola warns Liverpool – Veloxnews Nigeria

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has issued out warning to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool over this season’s Premier League title.

Guardiola warned Liverpool that City can still retain the Premier League title this campaign, adding that his players were “absolute heroes”.

Guardiola’s side won the English topflight league title last season with a record 100 points from 38 games.

Liverpool are currently on top of the Premier League table this term with 54 points from 20 games after defeating Arsenal on Saturday, while Man City are third place with 44 points from 19 games.

Speaking on the Premier League title, Guardiola was quoted by Metro UK as saying: “We have the belief, whether the situation is win or lose.

“The belief is more what we are. Of course we know we have to come back to win games if we want to fight for the trophies. But the belief is always there.

“Why should I not believe in my players after what they’ve done in the last 15, 16 months? They are absolute heroes for me.

“Always I am close to them, and I will be for the rest of our period together. Nothing is going to change.”

Guardiola’s side will tackle Southampton in their next Premier League fixture on Sunday.

Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Juventus set new record

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Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace as Italian champions Juventus finished 2018 on a high note with a 2-1 win over Sampdoria giving the Italian champions a new record of 53 points before the winter break.

Ronaldo curled in the opener after just two minutes in Turin, adding a second from the penalty spot after 66 minutes, putting the Portuguese top of Serie A’s scoring charts with 14 goals.

Fabio Quagliarella pulled Sampdoria level with a penalty after 33 minutes, with the visitors having a late Riccardo Saponara goal ruled offside after consultation with the video assistant referee.

Juventus open up a 12-point lead at the top of Serie A ahead of Napoli who can reduce the gap when they host Bologna later on Saturday.

The seven-time reigning champions also have a record number of points before the three-week winter break with 53 from 19 games.

“The team is doing very well, we had an excellent first half to the season, now we have to keep working to ensure we keep this form in the second half of the season,” Ronaldo told Sky Sports Italia.

“I like VAR because these are difficult decisions for a referee and we should welcome anything that makes his job easier.”

The reigning champions have dropped points just twice this season, being held by Genoa at home and 2-2 against Atalanta midweek, and are firmly on track for an eighth consecutive Scudetto.

EPL: Ian Wright blames one Arsenal player for 5-1 defeat to Liverpool

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Former Arsenal striker, Ian Wright, has slammed the club’s summer signing, Stephan Lichtsteiner, after his calamitous first-half display against Liverpool.

The visitors stunned Anfield by taking a shock early lead through Ainsley Maitland-Niles, but Unai Emery’s joy was short-lived.

Roberto Firmino restored parity, capitalising on a fortuitous ricochet off the hapless Lichtsteiner in the 14th minute and took advantage of more horrendous defending little over 90 seconds later, to put the league leaders ahead.

Lichtsteiner was conspicuous by his absence just past the half hour mark, when Mohamed Salah was left all alone at the far post to set-up Sadio Mane for a tap-in and the Egypt international compounded Arsenal’s misery by smashing home a penalty in first half injury time.

Lichtsteiner, a free signing from Juventus in the summer, was badly at fault for Brighton’s equaliser in the Boxing Day draw and Wright could hardly comprehend the Swiss veteran’s incompetence against Liverpool.

“You know something, if this was a crime scene Lichtsteiner’s fingerprints are all over everything that goes wrong for Arsenal at the minute,” Wright told BT Sport.