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 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 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.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed concerns on the insistence of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow accreditation and voting to go simultaneously on election day.
￼Oseloka Obaze, Chairman of Atiku/Obi Campaign Council in Anambra, expressed the worry at a parley in Awka on Thursday.
Mr Obaze said such modalities would give room for manipulation as neither parties nor observers would be able to monitor the election process effectively.
He said it would be good for accreditation and voting to go independently so that the number of those who were accredited could be determined and compared against the number of votes cast at a particular location.
“Part of the guidelines issued by INEC on Monday remain contentious, part of it is the issue of simultaneous accreditation and voting.
￼“It is a challenge because if you continue to accredit and vote, at the end of the day the agents are not sure of how many people were accredited and how many people voted.
“But doing accreditation differently to a certain point will enable us to know the number of people that were accredited and the agents can sign it off and agree on it, this will protect the sanctity of the process.
“Leaving it open-ended gives room for manipulation, but we also wish to commend the expunging of the voting points,” he said.
Mr Obaze said INEC should deploy more energy to the last lap of Permanent Voter Card (PVC) distribution so that millions of Nigerians would not be disenfranchised.
He said INEC should give Nigerians a credible poll which outcome would be acceptable to all, adding that the eyes of the world were on Nigeria as it goes into the crucial elections.
“The speed at which the distribution is going suggests that millions of Nigerians will be able to get their PVCs, already the various states have an average of 500, 000 uncollected PVCs.
“What that implies is that about 18 million people stand the risk of not voting, we hope those cards would be collected between now and the end of the distribution.
“So, if on the average states still have 300, 000 uncollected PVCs, we are still looking at about 10 million to 15 million who are registered but not able to get their cards, that is a substantial number.
“We want to express the hope that INEC will be fair, impartial and that the election would be credible, sufficiently transparent and free.
“This is how it will be easier for the winner to be magnanimous in victory and the loser to be gracious in accepting the result,” he said. (NAN)
Ali Baba, Nigerian actor and stand-up comedian, says Nigeria’s election campaign is low-key because “there is no money”.
The 53-year-old comedian, who is known for being opinionated on political issues, took to Instagram page to explain why the ongoing pre-election campaigns have proceeded “quietly”.
“Have you ever heard any election in Nigeria that is so quiet? Naaa. You know why? There is no money,” Ali Baba wrote.
The comedy legend explained that treasury single account (TSA), a policy which harmonised the revenues of government MDAs by means of a consolidated revenue account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has denied politicians of their major source of campaign funds.
According to him, other sources of funds for these politicians can not be accessed because of the BVN policy.
Ali Baba expressed joy over the development, explaining that it may spell the end of vote-buying and other electoral vices that have adversely affected the outcome of Nigeria’s elections.
“By now, all traditional and new media should have been loaded with adverts and campaign materials (but that is not the case),” he said.
“Election is 1 month away, heavy adverts on radio & TV have reduced. Only posters & billboards (are left)…”
“The good thing in all that is happening is that, gradually, cashless politics, pay-as-you-go elections, and highest-bidder-gets-votes (saga) would soon be eradicated.”
Ali Baba added that the country would someday overcome her problems.
The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has blamed the rot and inefficiency in the Nigeria Police Force on deficient leadership.
In what appeared to be an indictment of his predecessors, the new Police chief pointed out that the absence of good leadership was the missing link in policing in the country.
Adamu said this during his inaugural address after he received the handover notes from Idris at the force headquarters, Abuja on Wednesday.
The former IG, who was dressed in a cream traditional wear with black cap, presented the Police flags (standard party) to his successor.
The acting IG stated that the NPF had thoroughbred and passionate officials who could hold their own among their peers in the world, adding that all they desired was a transparent, accountable and knowledgeable leader who would be sensitive to their needs.
Adamu stated, “Amongst you seated in this hall today are some of such thoroughbred and passionate professionals who can hold their own amongst their peers and have consistently distinguished themselves in complex national and international engagements.
“All that you desire, from my experience, is a transparent, responsive, motivational, accountable and knowledgeable leader who will not only treat you with dignity, but who is sensitive to your welfare needs and fair in the manner your promotion and other reward regimes are addressed.
“The absence of this level of leadership has always been the missing link in policing in Nigeria.”
With his appointment, the new police boss said he was determined to draw on his national and international policing leadership experience to “bridge this missing link.”
He admonished the officers and men of the force to focus on the forthcoming general elections, adding that in the coming days, there would be concerted police deployments to ensure quality election security service delivery by the force.
Adamu warned that the police would not condone electoral violence, calling on all the political parties, their members and Nigerians to support the police in ensuring violence-free polls.
…names Frank Mba new FPRO
The IG has appointed ACP Frank Mba as the new spokesman for the NPF. The posting is with immediate effect.
He takes over from acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Moshood Jimoh, who is being redeployed to another national assignment.
It is a season of Spartan political campaigns.
I am sure you have noticed that “money is not flowing” this season as it did in 2015 when there was a blizzard of dollars.
Everyone, who had hoped to make quick money from the campaigns, is gritting his teeth. But what could be responsible for the “slush money drought”?
Well, I have been reliably informed that the government through its agency, the EFCC, prevailed on banks not to lend money to politicians for campaigns.
Banks are not lending money to politicians for campaigns!
In the past, banks give loans to politicians for campaigns in the hope that after the elections, the money is paid back with interest and of course, “patronage”.
And the dollar, being the abettor currency for “monepolised” political campaigns here, is used to water every deal, greed, and every rapacious appetite; speculators work overtime, the economy sputters; there is a strain on the naira, and then, there is artificial inflation.
I understand that the EFCC held a meeting with bank chiefs where it advised them to desist from giving depositors’ funds as loans to politicians for campaigns.
Is it not surprising that as of yesterday the dollar was N362, contrary to speculations that it will hit the roof at this time?
I recall, there was a politician, who took a loan, in the region of billions of naira, to finance is governorship campaign in a state in the south-west in 2015; he lost the election, which he had thought, he would win. Unable to defray the debts he started a fight with the banks he borrowed the money from. AMCON eventually had to seize his property.
There are many examples like this. Banks give loans to politicians during campaigns in the hope that they will get the money back with interest, but most importantly in the hope that they will get “juicy patronage” when the individual or party wins.
Most times, the loans are not given explicitly for “campaigns”, but through other channels. However, the end is for political campaign. Sometimes, the expectations – between politician and bank – go south, and depositors’ funds are lost in the process.
There is a plug now.
I know it is tough. I am gritting my teeth as well, as I write this. But I think for the sake of de-emphasising money politics and bringing some discipline into the political system, this drought is “bearable”.
But it is tough.
Fredrick is a media personality.
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