The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on Thursday said it has initiated Legal Action at Federal High Court to stop President Buhari from participating in 2019 election over what it described as “his Mental and Physical instability.”
In a statement signed by Ikenga Imo ugochinyere, Cupp, First National spokesperson, and Co-Plaintiff and CUPP member, Eunice Atuejide, the CUPP also “raises alarm over DSS plot to flrame, arrest, charge and eliminate Opposition Spokesperson Ikenga to stop him from releasing fresh evidence of plot to steal 5b from DSS election account by former DG DSS lawal Daura, and indicting documents of false assets declaration by key Buhari government appointees.”
According to the statement, “the Opposition political parties have carefully studied President Muhammadu Buhari over the months, especially since his return to the country after the sickness that took him out of Nigeria for the better part of 2017, and have come to the conclusion that he is no longer mentally and physically fit to lead a nation like ours in this century.”
The CUPP went further to provide examples to prove that the President Buhari is not truly fit to carry on with the office and functions of a president.
The statement reads in part:
“A few recent examples will be necessary here. One, you will recall how the President almost fall flat on his face during his recent campaign visit to Lokoja, Kogi State. Despite that he flew into the town, the few steps the President took at the rally venue had a huge toll on him. When he was invited to the podium, he lost balance immediately he stood up. It was the timely intervention of his aides who were already keeping their eyes on him since they know his health status, that saved us what would have resulted into a national disaster.
A few days after the Kogi episode, a similar scenario played out at the venue of his campaign rally in Kaduna. After he trekked a short distance to his seat, President Buhari was clearly exhausted. He was still managing to wave to those who were already at the venue when he suddenly sunk heavily into his seat even at a time the national anthem was being recited. The seat was his saving grace on that occasion.
Still on his uninspiring ongoing re-election campaigns, we are all witnesses to the embarrassment President Buhari subjected the country to in Warri, Delta State. When it was time for him to present his party’s flag to the State governorship candidate, Great Ogboru, the President embarrassingly referred to the man as “the presidential candidate.” After those who surrounded him corrected him, President Buhari again referred to Ogboru as “the senatorial candidate.” Again, he was corrected and he came up with the most embarrassing one by saying the man is the “governortorial” candidate. The President must be using a different dictionary because the word “governortorial” does not exist in any good dictionary.
You will also recall when he featured on a town hall meeting called “The Candidates” which was broadcast live on the Nigerian Television Authority. Among his various goofs at that event was when he was asked why he is seeking second term and he said since the party leaders chose him, he had to run.
All those who watched that programme will recall how Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo who featured with him struggled very hard to come to his rescue whenever he goes off the track which he did many times. This probably explained why his men did not allow him to participate in the presidential debate organised by the Nigeria Election Debate Group and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria.
We have come to the conclusion that re-electing Buhari will only empower members of the cabal that his wife admitted has hijacked his Presidency, to rule us for another four years from the dark.
In order to save this great nation the disaster that will follow if President Buhari is in a rare happenstance re-elected, we the opposition political parties have therefore filed litigation in court seeking to declare him unfit to contest for 2019 election because of his mental instability.
We are also seeking from the Court an Order disqualifying President Muhammadu Buhari from contesting the election to the office President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and an injunction restraining INEC from recognizing his candidacy. Nigerians will also be glad to know that to prove that we are on the right path, we are also asking the court to grant an order directing President Buhari to make public the results of the medical examination which we ask that he be subjected to so that no citizen will be in doubt that we are saving the country from calamity by taking these steps.
Stopping President Muhammadu Buhari from foisting himself on Nigeria come February 16th by every legitimate means is a patriotic service to Nigeria.
God forbid we fail! God forbid! God forbid! God forbid!”l
Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has described Peter Obi, presidential running mate of Atiku Abubakar, has “half China, half India”.
Oshiomole said this in Kano on Thursday at the Sani Abacha Stadium, venue of the day’s presidential campaign rally of the ruling party.
The former Edo State Governor began his speech by saying it would be short, but he ended up speaking for nearly 15 minutes. He then went on to mock Atiku for once turning to an Obi, which resulted in failure, before turning to another one, which will likewise end in failure.
The first Obi mentioned by Oshiomhole is Senator Ben Obi, who was Atiku’s running mate when he contested the 2007 presidential election on the platform of the Action Congress (AC).
“Mr. President, you know I don’t like to make long speeches, but in a moment like this, I think the people have already spoken, and there is nothing to add. They have made up their mind; they ‘ve demonstrated it all over the state, so there’s nothing new to tell them,” Oshiomhole said.
“I think what I just want to do here… for the benefit of those who are detained or misled by other interests, we have a duty to make some clarifications.
“A moment ago, my brother, my friend, my comrade, the DG of the campaign, was lamenting how a former colleague of his whom he felt is a Cristian was lying publicly. He should have known that in the church, there are believers and there are unbelievers. And it is more so when they are very desperate.
“I was telling someone this morning: Atiku has made again another mistake of his life. The first time he contested for the presidency, he went for an Obi. After Obi, he failed; he returned to PDP. He tried again, he failed; he came back to APC. He tried again he failed; this time he went back to PDP and went to another Obi.
“This other Obi is half China and half India — because if he speaks three words, one will be Chinese, the second one will be Indian and the third one will be a mixture of Igbo and Yoruba. I have tried to teach him my own language but he is not likely to succeed.” (SaharaReporters)
An ex-employee in an old generation bank, Kazeem Olawuwo, who allegedly stole N2.4 million from several of the bank’s customers’ accounts, was on Thursday brought before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Olawuwo, 37, was arraigned alongside his female friend, Risikatu Wahab, 35, on a 12-count charge of conspiracy, fraud and stealing, before Mrs M. F. Onamusi.
Prosecuting Sergeant Friday Mameh alleged that the defendant committed the offences between October 2016 and April 2018, at the Orile Iganmu branch, Lagos of the bank.
He said Olawuwo abused his position as a staff of the bank by fraudulently transferring N2.4 million to different accounts.
According to the prosecutor, the monies were moved in trenches from different customers accounts to Olawuwo’s friends’ bank accounts.
The court heard that the second defendant, Wahab, was one of Olawuwo’s friends who received the monies despite knowledge that the transaction was fraudulent.
Olawuwo allegedly fraudulently transferred N500, 000 to Wahab from a customer’s 0222111335 account no.
The prosecutor said Olawuwo transferred a total of N1.9 million to one Kazeem Olarewaju still at large, adding that the transfer to Olarewaju, was done in five tranches.
He told the court that the money was the property of the Bank.
The offences, according to Mameh, contravened Sections 287 (7), 365 (1) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendants pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Onamusi granted each defendant N1 million bail with two sureties in the like sum, among other conditions.
The case continues on February 26, for mention.
Olawuwo was also subsequently arraigned on a separate one-count charge of fraud.
Mameh said Olawuwo committed the alleged offence on March 2, 2018 , at the Bank.
He said Olawuwo fraudulently transferred N300, 000 to one Wasiu Bakare still at large, in contravention of Section 287 (7) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Mameh said the money belonged to the old generation bank.
Olawuwo pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Onamusi granted him N200, 000 bail with two sureties in the like sum.
She adjourned till February 26. (The Nation)
Oil prices rose for a third day on Thursday pushed up by lower imports into the United States amid OPEC efforts to tighten the market as well as Venezuela struggles to keep up its crude exports after Washington imposed sanctions on the nation.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $54.47 per barrel at 0758 GMT, up 24 cents or 0.4 per cent from their last settlement.
International Brent crude oil futures were up 36 cents or 0.6 per cent at $62.01 per barrel.
The price rise came after a report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Wednesday showed a drop in Saudi crude supply to the United States.
“Crude oil prices were stronger after signs emerged that OPEC cuts are impacting trade.
EIA’s weekly report showed that U.S. imports from Saudi Arabia fell by more than half from the previous week to 442,000 barrels per day (bpd).
“This is the second lowest level in weekly data going back to 2010,” ANZ bank said.
Saudi Arabia is the de-facto leader of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) which together with some non-OPEC producers including Russia announced supply cuts late last year aimed at tightening the market and propping up prices.
U.S. sanctions imposed on state-oil firm Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) this week is also causing some supply disruptions.
Venezuela’s oil inventories have started to build up at the country’s ports and terminals as PDVSA is finding it cannot export crude at its usual rate due to U.S. sanctions imposed earlier this week.
As of Wednesday, Venezuela had 25 tankers with nearly 18 million barrels of crude – representing about two weeks of the country’s production – either waiting to load or expecting authorisation to set sail, shipping data showed.
Matt Stanley, a broker with Starfuels in Dubai, said the combination of U.S. sanctions against oil producers Venezuela and Iran, the OPEC-led supply cuts as well as hopes that the trade dispute between the United States and China could soon be resolved meant oil prices would likely rise further.
“There are just too many factors that can only cause the price to go one way and that is up,” Stanley said.
Despite this, oil remains in ample supply not least because of soaring U.S. crude oil production which jumped by more than two million bpd last year to a record 11.9 million bpd.
This shows the high U.S. commercial crude oil stockpiles which rose by 919,000 barrels in the week to Jan. 25, to 445.94 million barrels, EIA data showed.
Stockpiles are 6.6 per cent higher than a year ago.
The Lagos State House Assembly has said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and some of his commissioner invited to explain infractions on the state budget must appear before it.
The Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade, said the Assembly was not witch-hunting the governor, adding that the alleged infractions were serious issues that the Assembly could not overlook.
He noted that the Assembly had yet to get a copy of the 2019 budget.
The lawmaker spoke during a briefing of House correspondents after an emergency parliamentary meeting of lawmakers.
Agunbiade said the House decided to correct some misconceptions being bandied around after the resolutions of the House on Ambode on Monday.
Referring to a protest by a group earlier in the day, the majority leader said the Assembly had no plan to truncate the tenure of the governor.
According to him, the major contention is that he has been spending from the 2019 budget which has not been laid before the House, saying such is against constitutional provisions.
He said, “The budget is supposed to have been laid before the commencement of another fiscal year, which has always been the practice in the state, and unless it is laid, you cannot spend from it. But the governor has gone ahead to make expenditure from the budget.
“There are also some infractions the House observed about the 2018 budget, expenditures made outside the budget, which necessitated the invitation the House extended to him and some commissioners to come and explain things.
Vehicular and human activities have been suspended in different parts of Kano where the campaign trail of President Muhammadu Buhari landed on Thursday.
People lined on the streets from Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) to the palace of the emir of Kano and the Sani Abacha Stadium, venue of the campaign.
Newsmen observed that hundreds of party members from all walks of life arrived the venue of the rally as early as 7am.
Traffics have been gridlock as motorists in their hundred took over all the major roads with party faithfuls struggling to catch the glimpse of the President Buhari rally.
Security agents lost control of the situation, as the surging crowd overpowered them at the rally.
Kano is the stronghold of the president. He secured over 1.9 million votes in the state in 2015 and Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor, has promised him five million votes in 2019.
Bashir Ahmad, an aide of the president, tweeted a video of the people who trooped to the streets to receive the president.
Hoodlums on Thursday attacked the campaign convoy of the PDP governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbaje at Iba in Ojo, west of Lagos.
A News Agency of Nigeria political correspondent reports that the convoy had just left the palace of the Oniba of Iba, Oba Goriola Oseni when it came under ferocious attack.
￼The PDP governorship candidate had gone to the monarch to inform him of his plan to hold his campaign rally in the area later in the day before the incident.
As the convoy was driving out, hoodlums, numbering about 40, chased and threw stones at Agbaje’s vehicles.
Some of the hoodlums, clutching daggers and machetes, rode on motorcycles to keep pace with the speed of the convoy, throwing pebbles continually at the convoy.
The rear windscreen of a bus conveying some party members was shattered.
Some occupants of the bus sustained minor injuries caused by the shattered glass.
The hoodlums continued to advance towards the convoy for further attacks, before security details in the convoy engaged them, firing tear gas at them.
They later beat a hurried retreat when the convoy managed to escape.
However, Agbaje and people in other vehicles did not sustain injuries.
Speaking earlier at the Oniba’s palace, Agbaje said he did not believe that politics should be a do-or-die affair.
He said that he had always been an advocate of peaceful politics because he believed that power should not be sought through violence.
It was in demonstration of that belief that he came down from his vehicle to greet some APC members when he sighted them on his way to the palace.
“I don’t believe in do-or-die politics. I have always believed in peaceful politics and that is what I practice.
“Why should people kill themselves because of politics? It should not be, politics should be a platform to serve and not to cause destruction.
“On my way to the palace today, I saw some APC supporters in their party vests and I came down from the vehicle to greet them.
“They looked at my face in disbelief at first. We later embraced each other and exchanged friendly words. That should be the spirit.”
Agbaje told the monarch that he was in the palace to pay homage and seek the royal father’s blessing for his planned rally in the area as that was the right thing to do.
Ayo Oke, former director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), and his wife are no longer in the country, TheCable understands.
Oke, who was to be arraigned along with his wife by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday, left the country last week, sources told TheCable.
He is said to be in a European country “for medical reasons”.
There are speculations that he may not be around for the arraignment.
In April 2017, EFCC said it had discovered $43 million, £27,000 and N23 million stashed in a flat in Ikoyi after a tip-off from a whistle blower.
Following reports that the monies belonged to the NIA, TheCable subsequently reported that the agency had collected $289,202,382 in cash for special operations from the account of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in February 2015.
NIA said the funds were part of “covert intelligence operations” but there was public outcry that it was a case of looting.
A three-man panel headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo indicted Oke and recommended his dismissal, which was effected in October same year.
On January 20, 2019, Osinbajo said criminal allegations would be filed against Oke and Babachir Lawal, former secretary to the government of the federation, following a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sources in the intelligence community told TheCable that subjecting Oke to open trial might compromise the nation’s security operations.
“Most of the projects financed by NIA from the funds are aimed at gathering intelligence and these things are usually done through cash transactions. Government might have succumbed to public sentiments to treat it as a crime, but there will be dire consequences for the nation’s security operations,” an NIA operative told TheCable.
The suspect was arrested along with a pastor, Olajide Ogunleye, who was also alleged to be involved in the crime.
Five ladies’ pants were found inside Ojonugwa’s bag, two of which reportedly belonged to his brother’s wife, while his sister owned the others.
The 35-year-old Kogi State indigene was alleged to be planning to use the pants for money-making rituals.
It was gathered that when the brother’s wife discovered that her pants had been stolen by the suspect, she reported the matter at the police station, after which Ojonugwa was arrested.
Parading the suspect at the command’s headquarters in Akure, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, said Ojonugwa, in connivance with Ogunleye, stole the pants in a bid to use them for money rituals.
He said both suspects had confessed to the crime and would soon be charged to court after the completion of police investigation.
Ojonugwa, while speaking to journalists, confessed to the crime, adding that he was instructed by his pastor, Ogunleye, to bring women’s pants to be used to prepare a portion for good fortune and favour.
He said, “When things were difficult for me, I approached the pastor to help me out spiritually and he first gave me something like seeds to swallow and then asked me to go and bring women’s pants as ingredients for money rituals.
“I obeyed the pastor because immediately after I swallowed the thing he gave me, I could no longer disobey him; I could not even ask him what he wanted to do with the female pants that he asked me to bring. All I knew was that I went to my brother’s house and stole his wife’s pants and those of my sister.”
Ogunleye, however, denied the allegation, saying he was set up by Ojonugwa and his brother.
Ogunleye, who claimed to be a pastor at a Celestial Church of Christ in Uso in the Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, admitted to helping people to solve their problems spiritually but insisted that he never met Ojonugwa.
“I was surprised to be arrested by the police for a matter I know nothing about. It was a frame-up by his brother, because I refused to sell the land to him.”