Olusegun Osoba, former Ogun governor, says he spent all he had on the governorship bid of Ibikunle Amosun in 2011.
Amosun, incumbent governor of the state, was elected on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) during his first term in office.
For his second term, he ran on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Osoba, an APC chieftain, said Amosun made him “look stupid” when he presented him a paper containing four commissioner nominees, following his election as governor.
He made the remark on Friday when Dapo Abiodun, Ogun APC governorship candidate, met with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state.
“I don’t want to denigrate the office of governor because Amosun is still in saddle,” ThisDay quoted him as saying.
“I am proud to say that, when Amosun contested in 2011 on AC platform, I spent all the money that I had on me to make him governor.
“He requested for four commissioner nominees from me and I took the list to him in his office. Thank God, Leke Adewolu was on seat that very day.
“The only regret I had was that I gave him the list containing the four names and he tore it in my presence. He now asked me to write a fresh one and bring it to him. And I looked stupid. That was my only regret.”
Amosun is backing Adekunle Akinlade, governorship candidate of Allied Peoples Movement (APM), to emerge as his successor.
The outgoing governor remains at loggerheads with Adams Oshiomhole, APC national chairman, over Akinlade’s failure to secure the governorship ticket of the ruling party.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday evening reiterated his position that President Muhammadu Buhari, who is flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 16 Presidential election, remains the best choice for Nigeria to move forward to the next level.
Cornered by journalists at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, venue of the Presidential rally, Governor Ambode said President Buhari in the last three and half years has set the nation on a trajectory of reviving its glory days, adding it was expedient for him to consolidate on the achievements with another term of four years.
“The choice before Nigerians is simple; to go back to the days of corruption, infrastructural decay and insecurity or continue with the trajectory of infrastructural development, steady anti-corruption war and the constant fight against territorial threats. This is what the Buhari and Osinbajo ticket represents.
“They have initiated social inclusion policies and constructed critical infrastructure across the federation which is gradually bringing back the nation’s economy in the right path and giving Nigerians a real sense of belonging. This is the way we want to go and Nigerians have shown that this is where they are going to go,” the Governor said.
He said the unprecedented crowd that thronged out to witness the APC Presidential rally in Kaduna was a testament to the fact that Nigerians are fully in support of President Buhari’s government and are going to go all out to renew his mandate come February 16, 2019.
“What we saw in Kaduna was unprecedented, just look at the crowd and the way they came out in droves. The passion, the trust and support that the Nigerian people have for Buhari is unrivalled and iconic. People just love Buhari; they trust him because he has performed well in the last three and half years, together with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, they have delivered on their electoral promises and what is in the APC manifesto,” Governor Ambode said.
He urged supporters of the party to remain focused and not be distracted by the campaign of calumny the opposition parties have decided to harp on rather than focus on issues affecting Nigeria, saying that President Buhari has remained focus to deliver a new Nigeria that would take its rightful place among the comity of nations.
“We are not deterred by all the false narratives the opposition are spreading; we would rather focus on the issues and these issues are basically on how to make the life of Nigerians better. You can see for yourselves, the people have seen that President Buhari is a man of integrity that they can trust him and that is why it is important that he continues. He promised change which he has fulfilled and the next level is to consolidate on that change on the policies he has introduced and implemented,” the Governor said.
In a statement signed by LASTMA’s Head, Public Affairs, Mamud Hassan, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Taiwo Salam, presented the cheque on Friday to the family of the deceased at their Ipaja residence.
Adeyemo Rotimi Oke was murdered by a policeman, Olukunle Olonade in December 2018 at Iyana Ipaja while he was controlling traffic.
While presenting the cheque, Salam paid tribute to the late Adeyemo. The Punch reports that he described him as a dedicated, loyal and committed traffic officer and employee of the state government that would not be forgotten for a very long time.
Salam said Adeyemo’s death on duty showed his commitment to restoring law and order to Lagos roads and in the process, paid the supreme price.
While praying for the repose of his soul, the Permanent Secretary enjoined his family to put his children’s education and future on the front burner, when making decisions.
In his comments, the General Manager of the agency, Mr. Olawale Musa described Adeyemo as a hero and someone who lost his life in the service of God and humanity.
Musa said the agency in appreciation of his contribution to reducing lawlessness, chaos and impunity on Lagos roads has instituted a merit award to reward hard-working staff.
“The award tagged Bakare-Adeyemo Merit Award was instituted two weeks ago to keep his memory alive and that of Late Siraj Bakare who was killed in similar circumstances green in the hearts of colleagues.”
The head of the family thanked the state government and Governor Akinwumi Ambode for living up to his word and that the family will not forget his swift response and compensation in their time of needs and that the money will be invested to the benefit and future of his family.
The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole and Kaduna state Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai have launched verbal attack on the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar over his United State trip which got many excited.
The duo who spoke in Kaduna on Friday, as the presidential campaign train of the APC hit Kaduna, say Atiku should come and explain to Nigerians why he couldn’t go to America for 12 years, rather than celebrating American visa as if it was a great achievement.
The party chairman said, “the fundamental issues of the campaign were the pronouncements by the PDP presidential candidate to sell the NNPC just as they sold out NITEL, NEPA, Nigerian Airways and other government agencies saying that the people should resist that move by not voting for them.
“It was under the watch of Atiku as Vice President that all the textile and other factories in Kaduna closed down. He has even said that, if he is elected, he will sell NNPC refineries.
“That is why he has travelled to where he will negotiate for the sale of our assets. He has gone to assure them that, if he elected as Nigerian President, he will sell all our assets to them. He thinks Nigerians are stupid, but we are not,” he said.
Oshiomhole declared that, “with what I have seen here today, the APC has already won the general elections. I am therefore calling on you to ensure that you vote for all of the candidates of the APC from top to down during the general elections.”
On his part, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said, “Your excellency, while you were in Delta State, Atiku Abubakar went to the United State to report to his masters, those that are controlling him. He is in America, after begging for visa for 12 years.
“But it is disturbing that, people in the PDP are celebrating instead of crying. So, all of a sudden, going to America is now an achievement. Mr. President, I first went to America when I was 22 years old. So, it is not an achievement.
“Nigerians will not vote those who will take their money to America. Nigerians will not vote those who will go to America to seek Trump’s blessing before they will come and contest in Nigeria.
“In fact, he should come and explain to Nigerians why he could not go to America in the last 12 years.”
Reacting, Atiku said the APC and the Presidency have entered panic mode and should be ignored as they are running out of ideas and excuses for their failures since 2015. He said Nigerians now have a choice to vote him next month and experience true development in all sectors.
The founder of Asiwaju Royal Furniture in Ojo, Lagos, Michael Asiwaju, popularly known as Mike Cash, has taken his own life following several r*pe allegations against him.
It was learnt that the father of one had checked into the hotel in the evening of the previous day.
Shortly before he committed suicide, he had expressed his intention via his Twitter handle, Asiwaju_limited, to end his life.
“Goodbye I’ll die soon. (I) am gone,” he tweeted at 7.35pm on Saturday, January 12.
Asiwaju was prominent on the social media platform with about 24,700 followers.
The post was the last of several tweets the deceased broadcast last Saturday, between 5.52pm and 7.35pm, in response to the allegations.
Last week, a Twitter user, @thatgoddess, had called out Asiwaju, noting that she had information about how he raped a woman inside his car. She, however, said facts about the allegation were still sketchy.
Later on, she posted a chat history between her and an unnamed woman, who claimed to have been raped by the young businessman sometime in May 2017.
In the chat history, the woman alleged that Asiwaju lured her into a hotel in Festac and forcefully slept with her.
The woman’s chat read in part, “I don’t want anyone linking me to this. He raped me. His full name is Michael Asiwaju. He owns a furniture company. He’s also known as Mike Cash. He is mostly in Festac. He tried to lure me with money and gifts. He was asking me out and I refused. I was just fine being friends with him because he was a controlling person.
“He said I’m his girlfriend and I just laughed about it cos (because) I never agreed to be his girlfriend. He always wanted me to come see him but I always refused. Then, he accused me of sleeping around with men. I ignored him and then he apologised. So he called me and said I should come hang out with him and his friends at the beach.
“So I thought it was okay to go see him since it was an open place and his friends were gonna (going) be there. So when it was time to leave the beach, he was supposed to drop me off at Lekki Phase I; then I’d get Uber to take me to my house. He also had to drop one of his friends at his hotel. So we were all in the car and then his friend dropped midway.
“Mike said we had to go to his friend’s hotel to wait for him. I didn’t even understand what was going on but I didn’t mind cos (because) we were not alone. His cousin was there too.”
The accuser stated that when they arrived at the hotel, she waited at the lobby instead of checking into a room with Asiwaju. She explained that his cousin drove out in Asiwaju’s car and promised to come back soon.
She continued, “Mike kept telling me to go chill in the room instead of waiting at the lobby. He kept assuring me that I’d be okay. So I went to the room; (the) biggest mistake of my life. I really trusted that nigga.
“I was alone for a while, then he came in and locked the door. I started to panic. He started touching me and all that. I told him I wasn’t in the mood. So he said I was his girlfriend and he would have s*x with me whether I was in the mood or not. I started to fight him and he became aggressive.”
But while replying to the allegations last Saturday on his Twitter page, @Asiwaju_limited, the late businessman said the women accusing him of rape were actually his girlfriends who he met on social media platforms.
He posted pictures of two of the purported girlfriends, claiming that they had fun together sometime in 2017 at a club, where he spent N500,000.
Asiwaju alleged that his former business partner, one Blessing, was behind the blackmail.
He wrote, “I (am) here, I’ll need to say my own side of the story. I know my former business partner sponsored this blackmail to destroy me cos (because) she’s contesting on the platform of All Progressives Congress.
“You all claimed I raped you? We met on the social media, I took you to a club, I spent N500,000 popping Champaign cos (because) of you and we had s*x when am (sic) high and you call it rape? In 2017, you didn’t report to the police. In 2018, you didn’t report to the police. In 2019, you decided to blackmail me.
“This two people (sic) and Blessing should be held responsible if anything happens to me. You came to visit me cos (because) you know I have money. We went to a club; I bought drinks worth half a million naira; we had s*x inside my car you claimed I raped you just to tarnish my image.
“We discussed s*x before you came; all this happened in 2017. None of you reported me to the police. In 2019 cos (because I) am supporting PDP and my bestie is contesting under APC, she sponsored this thread to destroy me.”
Asiwaju stated further that the saga claimed the life of his ailing mother after she read the post online, adding that the blackmail had destroyed his family.
He wrote further, “This story made me lose my mum. Even when I called, I pleaded with these people to take down the post; that my mother just had (a) heart surgery. Imagine if I wanna pay back but I won’t cos I won’t be available.
“My advice for Nigeria girls; when you meet a guy, you like him cos he is rich; you talk sx before meeting him; don’t call it rpe when he sleeps with you.
“What will you gain from this blackmail? Imagine if I decided to come after you and your family? But I won’t. Now that you have blackmailed and destroyed me, wetin u gain (What did you gain)? My mother is gone cos of this; I can be gone too cos right now I’m not myself anymore.
“If you all want me to expose you, I still have your fcking ndes on my phone. Did I force you to send me nudes? Do you really wanna (want to) get exposed?”
Enraged Asiwaju subsequently posted a nde picture of one of the girlfriends purportedly sent to him. He also uploaded an 11-second video clip, showing a faceless nked woman caressing him erotically.
He continued, “You sent me this (a picture exposing brest and private parts) and we clubbed together; got high and you called me a rpist just to tarnish my image.
“Someone DM this (another nde picture) to me on Twitter; why do you people want us to expose ourselves? Plenty big gals (girls) on this platform send me ndes that they want me. When I sleep with them and stop talking to them, they blackmail me.
“I don’t care anymore. My mother is dead. I’ll expose all of you. Why will you destroy me when I told you my mother just had (a) heart surgery? Now she’s gone; everyone is crying cos of your stupidity. Are you happy now?
“You claimed I r*ped you. Bring police report. You feel blackmail will destroy me. Today might be the last time I tweet or breathe. Before you blackmail someone, think about their mental health. Are you happy now for destroying Asiwaju? Are you really happy Blessing?”
Further showing signs of being suicidal, Asiwaju, a single father, said his son would not live a regrettable life as he had made enough money for him to live on when he (Asiwaju) was no longer alive.
“My mother is gone. What am I doing here? Let’s get dirty on social media; stop calling me again to stop posting. Asiwaju rped you; tell Nigerians what led us to sx. Don’t sugarcoat things to spoil my image.
“I met her on Twitter. She sucked my ass; she called me the richest guy she had ever met in her life and she’s among the people blackmailing me on Twitter. Imagine if I post her real face online. Goodbye I’ll die soon. (I) am gone,” he ended the tweets at 7.35pm.
Although the time he arrived at the hotel could not be ascertained, it was gathered that his corpse was found in the room around 12am last Sunday.
The source said, “He checked into the hotel with another name entirely. He wrote his name as Prince Moses. For now, no one knew why he used another name. It was later discovered that his face was the same as that of a young businessman prominent on Twitter. The suicide might not be unconnected with rape allegations against him in the social media.”
Ecobank Group has appointed Arunma Oteh, former treasurer of the World Bank, to its board of directors as a non-executive director.
The bank made this public on Friday via a notice to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, as mandated by law.
Oteh, research areas of focus are capital markets, development, and financial technology, recently joined Oxford University as an academic scholar at St. Antony’s College and an executive-in-residence at SAID Business School.
She was Treasurer of the World Bank from 2015 to 2018 where she led a team that managed the World Bank’s $200 billion debt portfolio as well as an asset portfolio of $200 billion for the World Bank and 65 central banks and other public sector clients.
She was also responsible for an extensive public sector financial advisory business and back office operations, administering payments of over $7 trillion.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Oteh was director general of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Nigeria from 2010 to 2015.
During this period, she led the rebuilding of the Nigerian capital markets after the global financial crisis and served on Nigeria’s economic management team.
Previous to SEC Nigeria, she worked at the Africa Development Bank for 17 years in a variety of roles including Group Vice President, Corporate Services (2006 to 2009) and Group Treasurer (2001 to 2006).
Her career in finance started at Centre Point Investments Limited, Nigeria in 1985.
Through her 33-year career, Oteh also served on several Boards, notably, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (2010 to 2015), which regulates 95% of the world’s securities markets and the pioneer Board of the International Financing Facility for Immunization (2006 to 2011).
She also served on the Board of the Nigerian Pension Commission, the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on Institutional Governance, and the Africa Advisory Council for World Women’s Banking. In 2011, in recognition of her contribution to the economic development of Nigeria and role in transforming the Nigerian capital markets, she was awarded the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) National Honor.
In 2014, she was named the Africa Investor Capital Market Personality of the Year and in 2016 received the New African Woman Award in Finance and Banking. In 2018, she was honored as the Ai Global Institutional Investment Personality of the Year.
Oteh holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a First Class Honors Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Arunma Oteh left the World Bank on December 1, 2018 to resume at Oxford University.
The Anambra State Police Command has expressed worry over growing incidents of female pants theft in the state.
The command asked the residents of the state to rise up against the development.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Haruna Mohammed, stated this on Thursday during a press conference in Awka.
He said a 19-year-old suspect, Chinonye Okorie, who specialised in stealing female pants, was arrested in Onitsha on Thursday while trying to sell one female underwear for N80,000 for ritual purposes.
Describing the development as a new trend, Mohammed enjoined the residents to be vigilant.
“We implore the general public to be vigilant and report to the nearest police station any suspicious person or persons roaming around their vicinity for prompt action in order to avert this new trend of crime in the society,” he stated.
Mohammed said the suspect, who hails from Imo State, was arrested in Onitsha, Anambra State.
The PPRO stated, “Police detectives attached to the Central Police Station, Onitsha, arrested one Chinonye Okorie, aged 19 years, from Ogbaku in the Mbaitolu Local Government Area of Imo State.
“The suspect allegedly stole a pair of female pants washed and spread on a rope at No. 21 Umuna Street, Odoakpu, Onitsha, Anambra State, with the intent to sell it to unidentified persons at the rate of N80,000 for ritual purposes.”
He added that the pair of pants was recovered from the suspect while efforts were being intensified to arrest his accomplices.
“The pair of pants was recovered from the suspect as an exhibit and effort is being intensified to apprehend the other fleeing accomplices in order to bring them to justice,” Mohammed added.
The United States Chamber of Commerce has confirmed a private meeting with Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a mailed response to TheCable’s inquiries on attending the meeting, Katharine Cooksey, senior manager, media and external communications, US Chamber of Commerce, said no reporters will be able to attend the meeting.
“Thank you for reaching out to us. The event you mention is private, closed press, and off the record,” Cooksey said.
“Only U.S.-Africa Business Center members are invited. No reporters will be able to attend.”
TheCable had initially tried to confirm the details of the event from the chamber and the US Africa Business Centre websites, but there was no record of the meeting.
Atiku, who arrived the US this afternoon, however, said he will be meeting with US government officials, without giving details of who and who he will be meeting.
“Just arrived Washington D.C for meeting with US government officials, Nigerians living in D.C metropolis and the business community,” Atiku tweeted with his signature AA.
The chamber is the largest lobbying group in the US, spending more money than any other lobbying organization on a yearly basis.
It has specific economic and political leanings, which plays major roles in elections in the United States and the creation of jobs in the world’s largest economy.
Atiku has built his campaign around job creation, running with the tagline: “Atiku means jobs”. It is, however, unclear how Atiku’s meetings will further facilitate his quest to create jobs in Nigeria.
The Presidential election of Paralympic Committee of Nigeria held on Tuesday, 15th January 2019 has been dubbed fraudulent, full of irregularities and outcome totally rejected by the President of Para-powerlifting Federation of Nigeria, Queen Obuh.
Rejecting the election in its entirety, Queen Obuh told newsmen that the process of the election subverts the constitution and guidelines for election into the body.
The Para-powerlifting Federation of Nigeria President, Obuh who is one of the presidential candidates said delegates for the election were handpicked within the National Stadium venue of the election instead of from federations across the six geopolitical zones of the country as stipulated by the constitution of PCN.
She said: “One of the zonal representatives claimed Para Tennis but to my amazement Kano State Director of Sports said they don’t do such sport in Kano.
“The elections lacked merit in all ramifications and the evidences are there. Most of the zonal representatives were not eligible to vote. Most of them were hand-picked by the officials of the Sports Ministry on the Election Day.
According to PCN election guideline, “The elections will be conducted by the electoral committee which shall comprise not more than (5) five persons and not less than (3) three persons or members.
“The Elections shall be monitored by the representatives of Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and members of the Nigerian Olympic Committee.”
Furthermore, it was clearly stated in the Conduct of Election in the Guideline for the election that “The chairman of states Para Sports Associations or The Director of state sports council/Commission shall Authenticate the zonal candidates letter for the zonal election, but all these were fragrantly flaunted.
The most shocking according to Obuh is why the election should be conducted by the Ministry instead of playing observatory role as the constitution stipulates.
Recounting her experience, Lucy Ejike, the team captain of Para-powerlifting of Nigeria said she stood for Athletes Representative election on the 10th of January against Flora Ugonwa which was declared inconclusive but to her dismay, at the PCN presidential election yesterday, Flora Ugunnwa was called to vote as Athletes Representative.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the final list of candidates eligible to participate in the general elections.
The list contains the names of candidates for the presidential, national and state assemblies.
The presidential candidates’ list has 144 names, including those of running mates.
There are 28 women on the list.
A total of 72 Presidential candidates and another 72 Vice-Presidential candidates are expected to run for the president election.