President Muhammadu Buhari, the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is in early lead as INEC collated presidential election results of 15 local government areas of Lagos state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that APC won in most of the local government results declared so far in the much awaited collation.
The exercise commenced at the INEC Office, Yaba, and it has been nonstop since Sunday night.
NAN reports that the President defeated his closest rival of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar in the Apapa, Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki, Ikeja, Epe, Badagry and Lagos Island local government areas election results announced and submitted.
Other local governments where the APC led are Agege, Ifako Ijaiye, Lagos Mainland, Mushin, Oshodi-Isolo.
However, PDP defeated APC in Surulere, Eti-Osa and Ojo in the results declared as at few minutes to 8 a.m on Monday.
The election results were presented and accepted by the state collation officer, Prof. Felix Salako, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun.
The collation officer for Apapa LGA, Abiodun Babalola, who read the results, said that APC polled 18,170 votes while PDP scored 11, 295 votes in the council.
Apart from the People Coalition Party (PCP) that scored 238 votes and African Democratic Congress (ADC) that polled 108 votes, all other 69 political parties scored less than 100 votes each in the council.
Mr Babalola said out of the total registered voters of 186, 649, only 33, 095 were accredited for the poll.
He said that the total valid votes were 30, 680, the rejected votes were 1914 while the total votes cast were 32, 594.
The collation officer for Ibeju-Lekki LGA, Prof. Abduhamid Suleiman, said that APC polled 12,179 votes while the closest rival party, PDP scored 9, 222 votes.
Apart from the Accord Party that also polled 2,168 votes, PCP that polled 170 votes, African Action Congress (AAC) that scored 111, all other parties got below 100 votes each.
According to Mr Suleiman, out of the total registered voters of 109, 731, only 26,568 were accredited for the poll.
He said that the total valid votes were 24, 668, the rejected voted were 1327 while the total votes cast were 25, 995.
He added that the total valid votes were 36, 021, the rejected voted were 1967 while the total votes cast were 37, 988.
For Epe LGA, the collation officer, Dr Babatunde Adeoye, said that APC polled 17, 710 votes while the PDP scored 13, 306 votes.
Apart from PCP that scored 185 and AAC that got 53 votes, every other party got below 50 votes in the local government.
Also, the collation officer for Ikorodu LGA, the Collation Officer, Ilupeju Akanbi, said that APC polled 40, 719 votes while the PDP got 21,252 votes.
Apart from AAC that polled 410 votes, ADC that scored 184 votes, ANN that got 196 votes, DPP that polled 109 votes, PCP that had 375 votes and YPP that polled 215 votes, other parties got belowe 100 votes.
The Collation Officer for Badagry LGA, Prof.Adetokunbo Demiloye, said that APC polled 21, 417 votes while PDP polled 17, 939.
The Collation Officer for Lagos Island LGA, Dr Adepoju Tejumade while presenting the council results said that the APC polled 27, 452 votes while the PDP got 7396 votes.
While AAC scored 192, PCP scored 191 votes while all other political parties scored less than 100 votes each in the council.
According to Tejumade, out of the total registered voters of 194, 738, only 38, 285 were accredited for the the elections.
Apart from AAC which got 212 votes, ADC that polled 109, PCP which got 384 and SNC that polled 155, all other parties score less than 100 votes.
Prof. Carol Opara, the Ikeja LGA Collation Officer said that APC polled 23, 638 votes while the PDP 21, 518 votes in the council.
Apart from AAC that also polled 566 votes, ANN which scored 492, PCP that polled 413 votes, YPP that got 503 votes, ADC that got 108 votes and FRESH Party that got 123 votes, all parties got less than 100 votes.
In Ifako Ijaiye LGA, APC polled 33, 419 votes while the PDP scored 18,100 votes while in Mushin LGA, APC polled 43, 543 and the PDP had 20, 277.
In Oshodi/Isolo LGA, the APC polled 29, 860 and PDP polled 28, 806, whereas in Lagos Mainland, APC polled 22,684 and PDP 15, 137.
In Agege LGA, APC scored 36, 443 and PDP got 16, 497 whereas in Surulere LGA, APC polled 30, 621 while the PDP garnered 31,603.
Meanwhile, in Ojo and Eti-Osa LGAs, PDP polled 29, 019 votes and 25, 216 votes respectively to defeat APC candidate who polled 24, 333 and 20, 962 respectively.
As at the time of filing this report, the centre was still awaiting results from Alimosho, Kosofe, Somolu and Amuwo-Odofin LGAs but that of Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA had been brought and getting set for presentation as at 7:45am.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 73 presidential candidates participated in the Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections held across the 36 states of the federation and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
In the results declared so far by various returning officers, Mr Buhari led his closest rival, Mr Abubakar in the state with a wide margin.
Earlier in his address of welcome before the collation commenced, Sam Olumekun, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), commended the security agencies for the good job and called for sustenance of adequate security throughout the exercise.
Olumekun, who noted that nothing could be achieved without peace, however,frowned at the pockets of violence that greeted Saturday election in some areas of the state.
The INEC boss, who noted that violence, was not acceptable, urged stakeholders to channel their grievances to appropriate quarters.
The collation had in attendance heads and representatives of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) members headed by the Lagos State Police Commissioner CP Zubairu Muazu. (NAN)
The All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 497,914 votes to beat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which scored 50,763 votes in Yobe in last Saturday’s presidential election.
Prof. Abubakar Gunduri, the state Collation officer, announced the result after collation from the 17 local government
areas in the state on Monday in Damaturu.
He said that the state had 1,365,913 registered voters, out of which, 601,059 were accredited for the election.
Mr Gunduri added that a total of 586,137 votes were cast, out of which, APC scored 497,914 votes, while PDP scored 50,763 votes.
According to the collation officer, the exercise recorded a total of 559,365 valid votes and 26,772 invalid votes.
He commended the electorate, stakeholders and party agents for the peaceful elections, commitment and cooperation
throughout the collation exercise.
Meanwhile, Dr Zaji Bunu and Dr Abdu Bulama, the agents of the APC and PDP, accepted the result and signed
the documents on behalf of their parties.
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, is currently leading in the Saturday’s presidential election in Oyo state.
The election took place in all the 33 local government areas in the state.
Mr Abubakar, in the results of the 10 local government areas so far announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, is currently winning in nine.
The results show that Mr Abubakar got a total of 85, 109 votes while President Muhammadu Buhari of APC secured a total of 79,802 votes.
The results indicate that Mr Abubakar won in Afijio, Saki East, Kajola, Ibarapa North, Ibarapa East, Itesiwaju, Iwajowa, Ibadan North West and Olorunsogo.
Mr Buhari has won in only one local government area which is Irepo.
The results of the 10 local government areas is presented below:
President Muhammadu Buhari has won Ekiti state, the first officially declared presidential election result by Independent National Electoral Commission.
President Buhari, Aisha vote at the Presidential and National Assembly Elections at Kofar Baru Polling Unit 003 in Daura Katsina State on 23rd Feb 2019
In the result announced by the returning officer, Professor Idowu Olayinka, vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Buhari of the All Progressives Congress polled 219,231 votes, while Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party got 154,032 votes.
Total valid votes were 381,132, rejected votes 12,577, while total total votes were 393 709.
The APC has already won two of the senate seats for the state and several House of Representative seats.
Nigeria’s number one man, President Muhammadu Buhari, has begun to meet with security chiefs and northern governors in his office.
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting some security chiefs and state governors in what is believed to be part of ongoing efforts to address spate of insecurity in parts of the country, Punch Metro reports.
The meeting holding inside the President’s office has service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, in attendance.
State governors who are attending the meeting include Adamawa State governor, Jibrilla Bindow; Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima and Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai.
He also kicked against alleged arrest of perceived members of the opposition ahead of elections, describing it as anti-democratic.
The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, yesterday said President Muhammadu Buhari was showing his “true colours and complete disregard for the constitution” by saying ballot boxes’ snatchers would be doing so at the expense of their lives.
Atiku, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, said threatening people with death in the context of an election “is incitement to electoral violence.”
Atiku, who kicked against the plan to deploy soldiers for the 2019 general elections, describing it as an anomaly in democracy, also condemned alleged “intimidation tactics of the Federal Government.
Responding to Buhari’s remark that the military and the police had been directed to be ruthless at ballot boxes’ snatchers, Atiku said deployment of troops “creates an atmosphere of warfare, which in turn heats up the polity, which is why it is not a common occurrence in other climes during elections.”
He also kicked against alleged “arrest of perceived members of the opposition ahead of elections,” describing it as anti-democratic.
“We were shocked to hear General Buhari live on national television threatening to kill people for an offense where no such proscription exists under law. The last time we looked, the death-penalty was not a sanction of the 2010 Election Act. In fact, threatening people with death in the context of an election is incitement to electoral violence, which is an offense under that Act,” he said.
He said he was not surprised that such a remark was coming from “the leader of a political party that has threatened that foreigners who intervene in the forthcoming elections should be sent home in body bags.
“The reason the APC-controlled federal government will want to deploy the military is not to stem the rising cases of violence, but for the simple reason that the APC wants to use the military to intimidate the opposition and pave the way for rigging.
“Once again, General Buhari is showing his true colours and completedisregard for our constitution and the laws of this country. He is getting confused with when he was President under military rule. His fig leaf of being a ‘reformed democrat’ has been blown away by this latest statement leaving his democratic credentials as Unclad as the day he was born.”
Atiku recalled that during his interview on “The Candidates” last month, he had hinted of the establishment of the Electoral Fraud Commission to deal, in line the laws of the land, with matters relating to electoral offences.
Nigeria’s number one man, Muhammadu Buhari has warned all those who plan to snatch ballot boxes during the general elections, to stay away.
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned potential troublemakers to stay away from ballot boxes on February 23, Premium Times reports.
At an emergency caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja on Monday morning, the president warned that anyone who foments trouble, especially by carrying ballot boxes, would be doing so at the “expense of his life”.
Mr Buhari made the statement after reprimanding the Independent National Electoral Commission for postponing the general elections from February 16 to 23.
The president repeated that he gave INEC all necessary support to ensure a smooth exercise, but the electoral body still displayed “incompetence” and failed to let Nigerians go to the poll as originally scheduled.
Electoral chiefs cited widespread logistics mishaps for the “painful” postponement, and promised everything would be in order before the new date of February 23 for presidential and federal parliamentary elections. Statewide elections would now hold on March 9, from the initial March 2.
Mr Buhari also threatened consequences against INEC chairman Mahmood Yakubu, agreeing with the submission of party chairman Adams Oshiomhole that the electoral chief had compromised and was in purported collusion with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
The national caucus meeting, which was initially televised for about 30 minutes, was cut off live broadcast after the president’s remarks.
Journalists were also asked to leave the venue to allow for a closed-door session.
Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari has gone into a meeting with his vice, Osinbajo as well as Tinubu and others.
President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, APC National Leader Bola Tinubu and some governors are currently attending the national caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress.
“The meeting is being held to discuss critical issues affecting the party, including the postponement of the general elections by one week,” says the President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad.
“The meeting is holding at the APC headquarters in Abuja,” Ahmad added.
This was contained in a tweet via Ahmad’s verified Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad,
Ahmad also quoted the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole as saying “We are reassuring Nigerias that free and fair elections must take place ‘daga sama har kasa’ (from top to bottom), and we are not going to compromise on that.” – APC National Chairman, Com. Adams Oshiomhole”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that those in attendance included the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; APC members of the National Assembly, APC governors from Lagos, Niger, Zamfara, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Jigawa, Borno, Bauchi and Kaduna states.
The journalist who moderated the town hall meeting for the 2019 presidential candidates and their deputes has spoken on why she was soft with Buhari and Osinbajo.
The moderator of the town hall meeting for the 2019 presidential candidates and their deputies, Kadaria Ahmed, has said that she was gentle in handling President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo when they both appeared on The Candidates on January 16, 2019, Punch Metro reports.
The Candidates was the town hall meetings for presidential candidates and their deputies, where candidates had the opportunity to explain their manifestos to the electorate.
It may be recalled that viewers and commentators had accused Kadaria of “open bias,” saying that she was a lot harder on the Atiku-Obi pair than she was on Buhari-Osinbajo.
Speaking to Mr. Jimi Disu, the host of a radio programme, Lagos Talks, on Friday, Kadaria said she was benign on Buhari and Osinbajo because, unlike the Atiku-Obi pair, Buhari-Osinbajo were “gentle” in their dispositions.
She said that the crowd that attended the two events also contributed to her handling of the candidates.
“The audience of the Peoples Democratic Party heckled me,” Kadaria said.
She also said that though the overall capacity of audience they had invited was 100 on each occasion, comprising participants from the civil society groups, the physically challenged and party members, among others, 300 people turned up at the gate and the organisers had to use chains to cordon off the entrance to the venue.
She lamented that she discovered rather too late that all the figures bandied by PDP vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, were false; regretting that she would have countered them if she had had a back-up team to tell her as the event went on.
She also explained that her retort to Osinbajo to “let Mr. President answer his question,” was not intended to be offensive, but that it was her reaction to the audience’s attempt to interfere in the process.
Kadaria predicted that victory might not come easy for either of the front-running candidates — Atiku and Buhari.
To reach its conclusions, the report examined a string of issues, including the timeline of the President’s international travels alongside medical assessment, the travel patterns.
President Muhammadu Buhari is suffering from a combination of prostate cancer, sickle cell anaemia, Crohn’s disease and dementia, a confidential study on his health made available to SaharaReporters has revealed.
The report also revealed that the prostate cancer afflicting the President “may have become incurable”.
To reach its conclusions, the report examined a string of issues, including the timeline of the President’s international travels alongside medical assessment, the travel patterns, information from sources in independent private hospitals and a list of doctors considered the best in the UK for the treatment of prostate cancer.
A detailed review of data as part of the study revealed that Buhari sought medical treatment abroad (mainly in the UK) multiple times. He had visited both Nigerian and European hospitals, and spent almost half of 2017 being treated in London. It found out that the President may suffer from more than one condition, all of them severe.
A part of the study read: “Buhari is being constantly treated for prostate cancer in UK. The first diagnosis of prostate cancer dates back to 2014 at the latest. The underlying cause of this cancer may be Crohn’s disease (relationship between these diseases is explained in the report). Moreover, he likely suffers from sickle cell disease, which also could increase the risk of prostate cancer and complicate cancer treatment.
“He was recently mocked for incoherency and confusion in his public appearances. Dementia may be due to age and fatigue from medical treatment, but is also associated with a common treatment (ADT) for prostate cancer. Therefore, dementia may be either an independent condition, or a result of lengthy cancer treatments.
“Data analysis suggests a certainty of the prostate cancer diagnosis, a high probability of Crohn’s disease, and a likelihood of both dementia and sickle cell anemia. Each condition in itself can be seen as debilitating; together, and given the nature of cancer treatments, they are preventing Buhari from fulfilling his presidential functions.”
The study reached the following conclusions: “The President suffers from multiple severe medical conditions, that are likely to significantly impair his ability to serve for another term. His treatment pattern (detailed in the report) suggests that his cancer may have become incurable.
“In 2017 he was intensively treated and spent most of the year in the UK. In 2018, he only took short trips for medical reasons, implying he was no longer undergoing significant cancer treatments. This is compatible with statements from individuals associated with the hospital where he underwent treatment. They state he underwent a surgery, following which he must undergo follow-ups at least once in three months for five years.”
Whether due to cancer or to dementia, Buhari did not resume work travels and rarely leaves the country, which raises many concerns, given his previous extensive travel pattern.
Okorocha has regretted that some Igbo politicians are allegedly campaigning to deceive the Igbo, again, as they did in 2015.
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said the Igbo have their destiny in their hands by voting for President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, for second term, or forget Igbo presidency.
He said this while addressing a mammoth crowd at zonal rallies for Okigwe and Owerri zones, respectively, yesterday, organised to campaign for president Buhari and other candidates for Saturday’s election.
He regretted that some Igbo politicians are allegedly campaigning to deceive the Igbo, again, as they did in 2015.
The Okigwe and Owerri zones rallies, held at Okigwe Stadium and the Dan Anyiam Stadium, respectively.
He alleged that some Igbo politicians, including Chief Hope Uzodinma and others, have become tools in the hands of some politicians outside Igbo land, who hje said are not disposed to Igbo presidency, adding that such external forces are positioning men like Uzodinma against the Igbo interest.
Governor Okorocha said: “Some people, especially our brothers are campaigning now against president Buhari, saying he is Boko Haram and a herdsman, etc.
“You can remember in 2015, I was telling the Igbo, to cast their votes for Buhari because he would win with or without the votes of the Igbo.
“I was called all sorts of derogatory names. Some said I was going to Islamise the whole Igbo. Is Igbo land Islamised today?
“Igbo, today, are playing politics with the mindset of a trader, thinking only of the immediate benefits, unlike other tribes that are playing real politics.
“My people, listen to me and listen real good, whatever I tell you to do, do it as it will profit us. I’m telling you, today, that Buhari will win.
“On Saturday, if Igbo support Buhari and hewins, in 2023, Igbo will have the right to demand Igbo presidency. Those who love Igbo nation must vote for president Buhari because if we miss this chance, we may not get the presidency even by 2023, 2027 or 2031.
“The time is right for the Igbo nation to play the right politics, so as to have a clear chance by 2023.
“On Imo State governorship, the president advised that we all vote according to our conscience. Conscience in Igbo is ‘mee uche gi’, which translates to voting for Uche Nwosu. Nwosu is the only credible person amongst all those vying for the position. He has no dent or skeleton in his cupboard.
“His only sin is that he came from a poor background and by the grace of God married my daughter. Today, Action Alliance (AA) and APC have joined to form what is called perfect alliance.”
In his speech, Nwosu, the governorship candidate of AA, said the APC and AA members in the state will vote for president Buhari 100 percent, adding that voting him for second term would be the best for Nigerians and Igbo, in particular.
While citing a statement by Atiku to privatise the NNPC, the group warned Nigerians against those who sold national assets in the past.
Some lecturers under the aegis of Progressives in Academics have declared support for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Pro-Acad, made up of professors and other members of academics in Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, made the declaration on Wednesday at a press briefing in Abuja
The convener, Prof. Bolarinwa Bolaji, claimed that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, was part of Nigeria’s problems and could not be trusted with power again.
He recalled that Atiku, as the vice president between 1999 and 2007 and chairman of the National Privatisation Council sold national assets to his friends.
While citing a statement by Atiku to privatise the NNPC, the group warned Nigerians against those who sold national assets in the past.
“The people who put us in this mess must not be allowed to come back to power. They obviously have nothing to offer. They had been tested but had been found wanting,” he said.
Bolaji said corruption in the PDP-led administration in Nigeria in 16 years forced multinational companies and industries to relocate from Nigeria to neighbouring countries, partly because of lack of supply of electricity.
“The effect of this relocation is unquantifiable. Millions of Nigerians working in those organisations lost their jobs.”
The group also blamed $2.1bn arms fund diverted by the office of the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) under former President Goodluck Jonathan for the worsening case of insecurity in the country.
Osogbo – Few days to the presidential and National Assembly elections, tension is building up in Ile-Ife, Osun State, especially among political bigwigs in the area following the decision of the former gubernatorial candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the September 22nd 2018 governorship election in the state, Senator Christopher Iyiola Omisore, canvassing for votes for President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates.
It would be recalled that the fresh romance between Omisore, SDP governorship candidate and the APC greatly assisted the latter to win rerun governorship election in Ife land.
Omisore, no doubt remains a strong political figure in the entire Ile Ife and its environs and since 2011, winning election in the area.
APC lost the state Assembly seat in Ife-East State Constituency and Ife Federal Constituency comprising Ife-Central, Ife-North, Ife-South and Ife-East to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) when Omisore was in the party.
By the time Omisore moved to SDP as a result of leadership crisis rocking PDP, the people of Ile-Ife also embraced his platform being their illustrious son in the political arena in the area and won majority of over 120,000 votes for SDP in the governorship election from Ife area.
However, Omisore’s decision to join the campaign train of President Muhammadu Buhari and campaigning for the President and all APC candidates has raised tension among the political figures in the area, especially involving Professor Wale Oladipo, former National Secretary of PDP, Albert Adeogun, a member of House of Representatives representing Ife and Deputy Governorship Candidate in the September 22nd governorship election in Osun, as well as former Minister for Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, among others.
Oladipo, Adeogun, Fani-Kayode and others see Omisore canvassing for votes for President Muhammadu Buhari and APC candidates as dangerous threat for PDP and working seriously to move against him so as not to record defeat for their party.
In most of the places visited by APC in Ife, Omisore always mounted the podium to sell President Buhari and all APC candidates to the people, urging them to forget about the past disagreement he had with some APC leaders, including the Chief Adebisi Akande, the pioneer National Chairman of APC and former governor, under who Omisore served as deputy before they fell apart.
A Nigerian man, Adamu Kabir Matazu has threatened to take his own life in the event that President Muhammadu Buhari loses the presidential election come Saturday, February 16, 2019.
Matazu took to Facebook to publicise the threat on Friday where he wrote, “If Buhari lose the February 16th Presidential election, I will commit suicide before May 29th because I can’t afford to live under Atiku Presidency. So help me God.”
Matazu, who is a student of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, is an ardent supporter of President Buhari’s Next Level agenda.
Buhari urged youths in the country not to allow desperate politicians to use them to violate the sanctity of the ballot and endanger the country during the forthcoming elections.
A former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said that the statement of President Muhammadu Buhari that, “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody” was not targeted at him.
Buhari had during his swearing in ceremony on May 29, 2015 said, “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody”. It was widely believed that the statement was targeted at Tinubu.
Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress(APC) stated this during the launching of a book,” Nigeria on firmer ground, towards lasting peace and progress” written on the achievement of President Buhari’s administration by presidential media team.
” Peoople have murmured his inaugural address statement that “I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody” was aimed at me. Well, I find that strange indeed as those words were what I wanted him to say and wanted him to be,” he said.
Represented by a former Lagos state commissioner of Information, Dele Alake, Tinubu said, “Unlike others whose stated policy is to enrich friends, Buhari took the nobler position that it was better to help the millions of hard working but anonymous common folk instead of maintaining the national economy in the status of a festive party for a select few.
“True to his word, President Buhari has achieved a lot in his time in office despite our strained financial condition due to shrunken oil prices.
“Through focused policies, the Buhari administration has set the foundation for enduring growth of a diversifying economy not unduly reliant on an increasingly unreliable foreign appetite for crude oil.”
In his remarks, Buhari urged youths in the country not to allow desperate politicians to use them to violate the sanctity of the ballot and endanger the country during the forthcoming elections.
He assured that the security agencies would be deployed to protect voters during the elections.
”As the nation prepares to give her citizens the opportunity to choose their leaders and representatives in the next few weeks, I urge all Nigerians to exercise their civic duty in an atmosphere of peace and security.
“Let us remember that elections will come and go, but we need a country in which to live. I am appealing to our youths: do not allow yourselves to be used by desperate politicians to violate the sanctity of the ballot and endanger our country. I assure you that the security agencies will protect you as you go out to vote without fear of violence or molestation,” he said.
The president, urged the electorate to give him another opportunity to govern the country, to build and consolidate on the foundations laid for the development of the country.
”Our simple message to the Nigerian electorate is to give us four more years to build and consolidate on the foundations we have painstakingly laid so that we shall all reap the benefits of what we have planted in all sectors of our society.
”We have proved better managers of our national assets and the limited resources available to us than past administrations, and we are committed to entrenching higher levels of accountability and transparency in the years ahead,” he said.
Reviewing the book, a former governor of Ogun State, Segun Osoba, said president Buhari has done creditably well and that, those calling Trader Moni vote-buying “are “fools.”
Trader Moni, is one of the social intervention programme of the present administration, being implemented by the Federal Government and the Bank of Industry to empower petty traders.
Nigeria’s incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari has been endorsed by a staggering 53 political parties.
Ahead of the Saturday mega rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, a coalition of 53 political parties has endorsed the candidacy of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the decision was based on the president’s achievements in the last three years, TheNation has reported.
The coalition, under the banner of Coalition of Political Parties in Lagos State (COPPILS), declared its support for Buhari at an event held in Surulere.
The event was witnessed by the Minister for Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, APC’s National Legal Adviser, Babatunde Ogala, the party’s governorship candidate in Lagos, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and lawmaker representing Lagos East in the Senate, Gbenga Ashafa, among others.
Director of Publicity of the coalition, Mallam Shakirudeen Olofin, said the 53 parties had directed their members to work with the APC to deliver Lagos to Buhari, noting that they took the decision to support the APC presidential candidate because of the infrastructure projects of Buhari administration in the Southwest.
According to a communiqué issued by the coalition and signed by its convener, Hon. Akinola Obadia, the APC-led Federal Government had sited more projects in Lagos to consolidate the status of the state as the fastest growing economy in Africa. The coalition said the strides must be sustained for sustainable development.
The communiqué read: “Based on the numerous achievements of the President Buhari in the last three and half years, which include reduction in $5 million importation spending, infrastructure projects on Lagos-Ibadan axis and the flag of Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki-Ojota Expressway, the coalition hereby endorses the candidacy of President Buhari.”
Hailing the decision of parties to support President Buhari’s re-election bid, Fashola said Lagos residents had no choice than to return APC to power. He said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in its 16 years dominance at the centre, left infrastructure in the state to rot, pointing out that the opposition party’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, had no plan for the country.
Fashola described the PDP presidential candidate’s policy paper as “strategy of lies”, saying Atiku’s plan is impracticable. He said Buhari’s investment in infrastructural renewal was unprecedented, adding that the “Next Level” slogan of the APC was strategically coined in preparation for the projected job creation and economic upswing that would come as dividends of Buhari’s investment in infrastructure.
Sanwo-Olu said Buhari’s achievements in four years could not be compared to PDP’s 16 years in power, saying the APC-led Federal Government had initiated and completed 143 road projects across the nation since 2015. He said Buhari’s victory at the general election must be collective responsibility.
Some unidentified thugs have reportedly destroyed President Buhari’s campaign posters in Taraba ahead of his visit.
Ahead of President Buhari’s campaign visit to Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State, Thursday, there have been reports of the destruction of campaign billboards of the President and his party, the All Progressives Congress, by persons suspected to be thugs from the opposition, Vanguard reports.
An APC source speaking on the destruction said: “While President Buhari is preaching peace and making it clear that all Nigerians should be allowed to vote candidates of their choice, the PDP is getting more and more desperate and thinking of the elections as a do-or-die affair,” the source said.
“PDP has seen the handwriting on the wall, which is why their campaign strategy right now is focused on shouting about rigging, publishing doctored polls, and destroying campaign materials belonging to the APC. But we will not be moved by their antics.“
Briefing journalists in Ikeja, Demola Seriki, the Chairman, Transport Committee on President Muhammadu Buhari’s Campaign visit to Lagos State, said 18 major routes would be affected.
The Lagos State Government has announced it would restrict traffic in 18 major roads across the state following President Muhammadu Buhari’s mega-rally at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on Saturday.
Mr Buhari is expected to attend the All Progressives Congress rally for his re-election bid.
The affected routes where traffic would be restricted are: Stadia (Teslim Balogun And National Stadia) in and out; Funsho Williams Avenue, Surulere, Lawanson/Itire Road/Tejuosho Road, Apapa Road Costain, Abebe Village/Eric Moore Road, Eko Bridge/Apongbon, Marina Road, and Ikorodu Road.
Others are Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Old Toll Gate/Third Mainland Bridge/Obalende, International Airport Road, Oshodi-Oworonshoki Expressway, Agege Motor Road, Jibowu, Yaba-Muritala Mohammed Way Iddo/Otto, Herbert Macaulay Way – Adekunle and Ijora Olopa/Ijora.
Briefing journalists in Ikeja, Demola Seriki, the Chairman, Transport Committee on President Muhammadu Buhari’s Campaign visit to Lagos State, said 18 major routes would be affected.
He said traffic would be diverted in some routes so that motorists and commuters are not left stranded during the event.
He said the committee had issued a traffic advisory to Lagosians to make their journey smooth. He warned motorists to stay away from Surulere, venue of the mega rally as many routes would be closed.
According to Mr Seriki, Alaka (by Lanre Shittu Motors) on the service lane, inwards Stadium would be closed to traffic and vehicles diverted to the Stadium bridge on the main carriageway, while Shitta, inwards Stadium and Stadium inwards Shitta would be closed to traffic.
Vehicles diverted to Adeniran Ogunsanya Street or Akerele Extension and traffic from Barracks to Stadium on Funsho Williams Avenue would be diverted to Stadium Bridge on the main carriageway to Alaka.
On the traffic advisory, Mr Seriki said from Eko Bridge to Surulere, ”motorists should pass through Costain to Abebe, (Nigeria Breweries) to Eric Moore to Bode Thomas to destination (for instance, Adeniran Ogunsanya, Shitta Round About or Census to Adelabu to Masha/Ogunlana Drive) or Costain to Iponri Estate to Bode Thomas to Adeniran Ogunsanya and continue with their journey or Eko Bridge to Alaka to Stadium Bridge to Ojuelegba through Barracks on Funsho Williams Avenue to Lawanson Itire Road and connect destination through: Ishaga, Randle Avenue, Ekololu, Falolu and Ogunlana Drive to Akerele Extension”.
Also motorists from Ikorodu Road to Surulere, according to Mr Seriki, will pass through: ”Fadeyi Dorman-Long Bridge to Ojuelegba to Lawanson Itire Road to Ishaga, Randle Avenue, Ekololu, Falolu or Ogunlana Drive to Akerele Extension; connect Alaka to destination through Stadium Bridge to Alaka to Bode Thomas or connect Costain to Abebe Village (Nigerian Breweries) to Eric Moore to Bode Thomas to other destination (for instance, Adeniran Ogunsanya, Shitta Round About or Census to Adelabu to Masha/Ogunlana Drive)”.
From Surulere to Lagos, the chairman said motorists are advised ”to follow Adeniran Ogunsanya, Shitta Roundabout or Census to Adelabu to Masha/Ogunlana Drive) to Bode Thomas to Eric Moore to Abebe (Nigeria Breweries) to Costain; Adeniran Ogunsanya to Bode Thomas to Iponri Estate to Costain or pass through Ishaga, Randle Avenue, Ekololu, Falolu or Ogunlana Drive to Lawanson Itire Road to Ojuelegba to Barracks on Funsho Williams Avenue to Stadium Bridge to Eko Bridge”.
“We plead for the understanding of the situation by members of the public and urge that we all come to the venue to receive the President Muhammadu Buhari to our dear State,” he said.
Mr Seriki said over 100,000 APC supporters would gather at the Teslim Balogun Stadium to receive the president.
He said Lagos was ready to deliver two million votes for Mr Buhari’s re-election.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has raised alarm after Ohaneze Ndigbo and Miyetti Allah endorsed Atiku.
President Buhari, on Sunday, reacted to the endorsement of PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar by the Socio-cultural bodies; including Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta Forum and the Middle Belt Forum.
Reacting, Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday described the endorsement by the socio-cultural groups as ‘irrelevant’.
Shehu noted that the ‘gang up’ by these socio-cultural group will have no effect on Buhari being re-elected in Feb. 16, just like in 2015.
The statement read: “The Peoples Democratic Party is hiding in the bunker of ethnicity to avoid their inevitable defeat but that won’t change anything.
“The current scenario resembles efforts to stop Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 by the same characters.”
A really massive crowd has come out to see President Muhammadu Buhari as he campaigns in Kano state.
The crowd that welcomed Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Kano in continuation of his re-election campaigns across the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari landed at exactly 12: 55 pm at the 303 Nigerian Air Force Flying Training School Base, Kano State.
He was received by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Gov. Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State, Minister of Aviation and Director General, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Rotimi Amaechi.
Others are; Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau, Minister of State Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris.
Others include Kano Business Mogul, Alhaji Aminu Dantata, Governors of Zinder and Maradi in Niger Republic and members of State and National Assembly.
The president is expected to address a gathering of party supporters at the Sani Abacha Stadium at Kofar-Mata in Kano State, to seek support for his re-election in the February 16, presidential election.
Thousands of APC supporters singing solidarity songs and displaying various party insignia had thronged the streets of Kano State since morning to welcome President Buhari to the ancient city.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he has fulfilled the promises he made to Nigerians in 2015.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said he has fulfilled the campaign promises he made to Nigerians in 2015.
He spoke in Imo and Abia states where he visited in continuation of his campaign for a second term.
The Enyimba International Football Stadium, Aba, the commercial nerve of Abia State witnessed a huge turnout of party supporters.
IPOB had earlier asked residents to observe a mini sit-at-home from 6am to 4pm in protest against the visit.
Mr Buhari came in the company of former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, Ogbonnaya Onu (Minister of Science and Technology), Ken Nnamani, Niyi Adebayo, (former Governor of Ekiti State), and Labour Minister Chris Ngige.
The national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, was also present.
Mr Buhari said his administration if re-elected will continue to tackle infrastructural problems in Nigeria and ensure Nigerians do their businesses without stress.
He maintained that businesses would be improved as soon as infrastructure challenges of the country were tackled.
According to him, despite the limited resources available to his government and fall in oil revenue, his government had performed.
He urged the people of Abia State to ensure that APC is voted into power in the forthcoming elections.
“I’m impressed with all the speakers because they’ve articulated what this administration is able to do. When we came in, we approached governance with three-point agenda of security, economy and fight against corruption.
“We tried to justify these by trying our best within the time available to us from 2015 to now with the resources available to us. You can all recall that the production of 2.4 million barrels per day, was cut short to half a million barrel per day.
“It is in this context that I want you to see how this administration has been committed to develop this country. Upon all these, we are doing the roads now, we are doing the railway, which was neglected and virtually killed and we are doing power.”
He said he will complete all ongoing projects if reelected.
“We are committing available resources to make sure we get the infrastructure right and we are doing as much as possible to secure the country so that we can properly manage it. I thank you for your commitment and I expect you to this time around, vote APC.”
Mr Oshiomhole said the turnout and warm reception accorded Mr Buhari shows that Abians ”have embraced the change mantra of the APC administration”.
He stressed that the Buhari government has done well in the region.
Mr Oshiomhole who also blamed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for years of decay in the region urged the people to use 2019 ”to correct the mistakes of 2015”.
“I’m very happy at the testimonies I’ve heard today about what this administration has done in Igboland and Abia State in particular. You can bury the truth ten meters deep, but you cannot kill the truth,” he said.
In Imo State, the president met with over 500 monarchs at the palace of the Eze Imo in Owerri.
There, he said that his administration had fought corruption headlong, decimated Boko Haram and revived the economy.
“We should recall where we used to be in 2015 before we came to power and today we know where we are and what we have been able to do with our resources. Although the challenges of corruption and insecurity are still prevalent today, we have made significant success,” he said.
He also said militancy in the region had been curbed.
“We have also through the leadership of the militants reduced the sabotage on oil installations we have also scored one hundred per cent in food production. We introduced the Treasury Single Account (TSA) where all government money goes into and all money going out can be traced.”
Earlier, the Chairman of the Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Agunwa Ohiri, commended the president for tackling corruption.
“The last we saw you was four years ago and I remembered vividly that I said you were going to be the president because we needed change and you are a man of strong character who can bring the change the country needs,” he said.
“The biggest problem is corruption and we saw you as the person that can fight it. I want to commend you, we know that your action is raising dust but that is corruption fighting back,” he added.
Condemnation has continued to trail the suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen by President Buhari.
Former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has described as an act of executive lawlessness, last week suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari, according to Vanguard.
Addressing a world press conference yesterday at the Shehu Yar’ Adua centre, Abuja, Atiku also took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress, APC-led government for what he called its serial disobedience of court orders and constitutional violations.
He said: “I need to state that this latest action by General Muhammadu Buhari falls squarely within the pattern of executive lawlessness that has now been firmly turned into statecraft by the APC government.
“The serial disregard of court orders, and consequent violation of constitutionally guaranteed human rights of our citizens confirms beyond all doubt that General Buhari and his government would rather obey their own whims and operate by separate rules outside the well-established constitutional order and the rule of law. It scarcely requires emphasis that this behaviour is alien to democratic rule and more in line with that of a military dictator.
“I commend all Nigerians and friends of Nigeria who have expressed outrage over the unlawful removal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, an action, which constitutes a flagrant breach of our constitution and a frontal assault on our democracy. I want to note the universal condemnation of this unlawful act by all Nigerians, as well as the international community.”
He called on Nigerians to resist any shape or form of dictatorship by ensuring that the constitution is obeyed at all times.
“Our dear country is passing through a difficult moment. How we react to this challenge in the following days will determine the fate of our democracy, which has been brought to great peril by this needless crisis engineered by a government that is unwilling to subject its conducts to the requirements of our constitution.
“Without doubt, the fight against corruption is crucial to good governance and the progress of our country. In this context, the issue of corruption as it relates to the institution of the judiciary is even more crucial.
“As the last refuge of the common man, our judiciary must not only be above suspicion but must also be seen to be manifestly above board. The issue at stake is not whether the Chief Justice is guilty or not, but whether his removal from office has been done in accordance with the process specified in our constitution,” he added.
Continuing, the PDP flag bearer said, “as a democrat, I must say, without equivocation, that no mission or goal, no matter how noble or well intended, should be used as a pretext for the subversion of our democracy and our democratic institutions.
“To create a condition that allows the constitution and the rule of law to become secondary to any other agenda is to pave the way for tyranny. History is replete with odious dictators whose path to dictatorship started with statements of good intentions. We must therefore remain vigilant in defense of our democracy.
“We are all witnesses to how this government has serially assaulted the National Assembly, a separate arm of government that represents the bastion of our democracy. However, with this attack on the judiciary, General Buhari has set a new precedent in our democracy that has no equivalence in our history, not even in the darkest days of military dictatorship. This cannot be allowed to stand.
“At this juncture, I must warn the APC government to desist from taking actions that may push us further down the slippery slope towards a major constitutional crisis that could derail the electoral process. General Muhammadu Buhari must remember that he is a beneficiary of a free and fair election. It is therefore a matter of honour for him to allow a political environment and process that gives confidence to everyone.
“All my life, I have been a democrat and a defender of democracy. Like all men of good conscience and patriots, I believe this present challenge has imposed on us yet again, the duty to rise in peaceful defense of democracy, for which so many have laid down their lives.
“I also know that the surest weapon against tyranny is the democratic will of the people. Nigerians have consistently demonstrated their preference for democracy, and I am, and will always remain, on the side of the people of Nigeria.”
He thanked the international community for “standing by our country,” stressing however that “the primary responsibility to resist tyranny and protect democracy in Nigeria ultimately lies with Nigerians. It is on this note that I call on all Nigerians to seize the opportunity of the coming general elections to vote in defense of democracy and the rule of law.
“We must vote out this anti-democratic government and restore our country to the path of true democracy, which is the surest way to ensure progress and prosperity for our people.”
The press conference was attended by PDP stalwarts including the PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Vice Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, ex-Minister of Health, Professor Alphonsus Nwosu, Senator Ben Obi amongst others.
Professor Yemi Osinbajo has insinuated the PDP is populated with corrupt people and the APC wouldn’t give them a chance.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said this on Sunday during his house-to-house campaign in Ifako-Ijaiye local government area of Lagos state.
He said grand corruption, which plagued the 16 years administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contributed to the lack of infrastructure for Nigerians.
The vice-president said the Buhari-led APC government would focus on jobs for youth, power and providing enough resources to financially empower petty traders and business owners.
Traffic was at standstill as thousands of residents, including party faithful, market persons and the Arewa community, trooped out to receive the vice-president.
“The difference between us and the PDP is that we don’t steal government resources. We use it for the people. We earn less and we spend more on the welfare of people than the previous government,” he said.
“Everybody know Buhari is an honest man. He will not steal public fund. We shall continue to fight corruption so that we can have enough money to provide infrastructure. We have to build on the foundation we have laid.
“The corrupt people will be jailed. That is why the corrupt elements in the opposition are desperate to regain power. We can’t leave government for the thieves.
“You should vote for APC because it is the only party that can do the job. We should not allow PDP to return to power.”
Osinbajo said the issue in the coming election was creation of jobs for youth, more power supply, provision of infrastructure.
“The next level will be much better than today. More power will be available to the people and there will be more infrastructure,” he said.
“Too much corruption have slow our progress. That is why Buhari is fighting corruption. If there is no corruption, there will be money to carry out the developmental projects.
“Buhari will fight for young and old. He will not allow anybody to steal public funds. Government will decentralised power so that there will be adequate and efficient distribution of power in the country. Government will provide adequate electricity supply for the household, artisans, corporate organisations and business enterprise.”
Bubu Galadima, a former chieftain of the ruling APC who has since pledged support to the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party.
Bubu Galadima, a former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari has alleged that the Nigerian leader is not in charge of the state of affairs in the country.
He made this assertion while speaking on a TV programme on AIT recently. He based his accusation on a recent statement made by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that Buhari was unaware of the arraignment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen for defaulting in the declaration of his assets.
“The president doesn’t know what happens around him and this is coming from the Vice President when he told us that the president doesn’t even know (Onnoghen’s prosecution). Arraigning a Chief Justice of the Federation, the president doesn’t know. Some people might be playing on his intelligence.
“So what I’m saying is that now a confirmation has come to us from no other person than the Vice President of the federal Republic of Nigeria that the president didn’t even know that this was happening. And those of us who have been in government know that nobody, from a minister, to a governor, to a former Head of State or their spouses can be arraigned in court or can be taken to (the) EFCC or ICPC without the approval of Mr. President.
“So it means that the President even signed the arraignment of the Chief Justice and he didn’t know, Nigerians you are in trouble. And this is the kind of person that is presenting himself for you to elect as the President of Nigeria”