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Biafrans Who Want To Remain In Slavery Should Vote On Feb 16 – Nnamdi Kanu |RN

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IPOB Supreme Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

Kanu had on several fora urged the people of the South East to boycott the forthcoming elections in a bid to push for the actualisation of Biafra.

However, the IPOB leader declared that those who wish to renew their “slave status in Nigeria” are free to participate in the coming elections.

In a tweet, Kanu, however, reiterated his earlier call for sit-at-home order during the presidential election on February 16.

He wrote: “We in #IPOB recognise that freedom fighting is about philosophical purity and ideological consistency not pandering to political short-termism.

“Those that wish to renew their slave status in #Nigeria are free to vote.

“On February 16, 2019, #SitAtHome in Biafraland.”

(Native Reporters)

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Buhari: Fighting Corruption In Nigeria Is Difficult |The Republican News

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President Muhammadu Buhari said in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday that in spite of the difficulty his administration was facing in the fight against corruption, it would not be discouraged.

“We are fighting corruption but it has not been easy. “But we told the security agencies to keep tab on those on our watch list and ensure that no stone is left unturned to ensuring that those who have cases to answer do not escape justice,’’ Buhari said as he campaigned for re-election.

The president who was with the Vice-President,  Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and other senior party members, told the mammoth crowd at the 15,000 capacity Ekiti Pavilion that he would not be discouraged to rid the country of graft as he promised in 2015.

He said that in addition to the fight against corruption, his administration had made efforts in the last three and a half years  to revamp the economy and rebuild social infrastructure, such as roads, rail services and power generation.

Buhari said he was conscious of the promises he made four years ago, particularly the ones that had to do
with corruption, insecurity and economic diversification.

“As part of our promises, we are building roads, rail lines ,fighting corruption . We introduced Treasury Single Account and increased  power  supply, so Nigerians can have their own businesses.

“I want to be grateful to Ekiti voters because the two times I came here, I achieved successes . I came here in 2014 and I also came here to campaign for Fayemi, he won the governorship election, so I thank you”, he said.

The president said the efforts in infrastructure repair had started yielding positive results and urged the people to vote for All Progressives Congress(APC) to fully deliver on its promises.

Other party leaders at the rally were  governors Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Gboyega Oyetola, (Osun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo State), Rotimi Akeredolu, (Ondo State) and Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun).

Also at the rally were a former Interim National  Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande, the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola  Tinubu, Afenifere Leader, Ayo Fasanmi and Chief Olusola Oke, a party chieftain.

At the rally, a former deputy governor of Ekiti, Chief Abiodun Aluko, formally defected to APC and so did some members of Ekiti State House of Assembly, who moved from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The lawmakers  who were led by the Speaker, Mr Ebenezer Alagbada, are Mrs Cecelia Dada representing Ilejemeje Constituency and Mr Olanrewaju Olayanju from Emure Constituency.

In his address, Osinbajo said it was sad that Nigeria earned 383 billion dollars  from crude oil sales between 2010 and 2014 under the leadership of Dr Goodluck Jonathan but failed to use it wisely.

“That was when we had the highest (earning) but nothing was done with it.

“If that money had been utilised judiciously, all the roads, rail lines and employment we are creating would have long been in place for Nigerians.

” Buhari built three refineries as Minister of Petroleum under military era. No government has ever added one, not even during the 16 years of PDP.

“Don’t let them deceive you, vote for a president you can trust, that is President Buhari,” Osinbajo advised.

He said that youth employment was paramount to Buhari’s government and that was the reason the administration brought about N-power scheme to empower young graduates.

The National Chairman of APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, said it would be a big mistake if Nigerians elected the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in the Feb. 16 poll.

Oshiomhole said Atiku owed Nigerians explanation over the alleged stealing of millions of dollars belonging to
Petroleum Trust  Development Fund which he supervised during the regime of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Fasanmi and Akande described the Reuben Fasoranti-led faction of Afenifere  which  endorsed Atiku, as political jobbers, who should not be taken serious.

Fayemi promised the president that he would win in Ekiti and other South-West states in the coming election and urged residents to vote massively for him.
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“The Buhari-led government  is planning to expand Ado-Akure road, complete the federal housing units, the federal secretariat and also extend  the Lagos-Kano rail line to our dear state

” We therefore have no option than to return President Buhari, because Ekiti people are progressives,” he said.  (The Sun)

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2019: CIA Warns Of Massive Invasion Of Aliens From Chad, Niger, Cameroon, Sudan For Election Malpractices

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The United States Central Intelligence Agency, CIA has reported using their statelite a very serious development prior to the coming election in Nigeria.
The CIA findings and report read as follows:
“Over the past few weeks we have recorded within the Chad, Niger area a massive movement of mercenary and weapons from our finding we discovered that majority of the thugs and mercenary including the possession of light and heavy weapons where all contracted by personnel in the present Nigerian governments to move into Nigeria for the purpose of aiding electoral malpractices.
 
We have also opened a satellite watch have been able to record a steady mass movement of thugs and other people to the Northern part of Nigeria. The number of aliens are from the nearby countries sharing boundaries with the Nigerian states in the North. They are Chad, Niger and Sudan. 60 to 65% are from Niger, 20-25% are from Chad and the rest 10-15% are from Sudan.
 
The CIA hereby warns Nigerian governments including the INEC to take note and avert any ill-practices that will lead to disaster and loss of lives including the peoples’ mandate towards their choices and preferences for leadership. The United States will not accept any action of electoral malpractices geared towards denying the people credible votes and election.
 
The United States will not hesitate to impose a sanction and visa denial to any perpetrator of any threat to democracy in Nigeria. The United States will monitor vehemently the elections and its outcomes and the people’s mandate must be respected”.

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2019 Elections: Era Of Landslide Victory Gone – INEC Chief |The Republican News

•Call politicians to order, FG urges monarchs

 

Fred Ezeh, Abuja 

 

TheFederal Government has asked traditional rulers to caution politicians against utterances that could affect the peace and unity of the country. 

President Muhammadu Buhari said this at the 10th general assembly of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) in Abuja, yesterday, with the theme: “Building a synergy towards free, fair, credible and violent-free 2019 general election-the traditional rulers.

Buhari, who was represented by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, described the traditional institutions as repository of local intelligence, hence, the periodic consultation and regular meetings with government for a better Nigeria. 

He said: “We have had in the past, various degrees of violence during previous elections which was the outcome of irresponsible utterances, hate speech by some ‘desperate politicians’ apparently designed to provoke or incite violence. That would not be tolerated again.

“Your positions as traditional rulers accord you considerable influence and respect of your subjects. So, I urge you to take up your responsibility of guidance and counselling, and enlighten your subjects on the need to shun animosity, conflict and violence during or after the elections.

“It’s also important that you mobilise them to participate in the electoral process by voting candidates or party of their choice; without fear of molestation, intimidation or harassment.”

On his part, the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Sa’ad, who is the co-chairman of Council, expressed worry over the rate of insecurity in Nigeria, which, he said, could mar the credibility of the forthcoming elections.

He, however, challenged government to step up security, ahead of the elections, so they could guarantee safety of voters in and out of polling stations.

He equally challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to harvest views and suggestions of all stakeholders which are relevant in accordance to law, to ensure free, fair, credible and globally accepted elections by all parties.

Meanwhile, INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said the era of landslide victory in Nigerian elections are forever gone.

Yakubu linked his statement with the outcome off-season elections conducted in several states, before preparations for the general election.

He particularly said Osun state governorship presented the first case scenario in Nigeria where the difference between the leading candidate and the runner-up was little above 300 votes.

“That might have prompted the option of re-run that eventually produced the winner of that election,” he explained and also, made references to several by-elections conducted in Plateau and other states, which produced surprised outcomes.

Yakubu said the developments were clear indications that Nigerians are wiser, politically aware and enlightened in the governance processes and are determined to participate in the electoral process that would herald the emergence of new political leaders.

He thus challenged politicians to re-strategise on their campaign messages and device best ways to reach out to Nigerians and convince them to buy into their political ambition instead of relying on rigging and other malpractices hitherto used win elections.    (The Sun)

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2019: Don’t Succumb To Plot To Derail Nigeria, Adamu Warns Electorate |RN

Linus Oota, Lafia

 

North Central presidential director of Buhari/Osinbajo campaign organisation, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has appealed to Nigerians not to succumb to plots by enemies of Nigeria to derail the country through the ballot as the 2019 general election draws near.

Senator Adamu who represents Nasarawa West senatorial district at the National Assembly, made the call on Thursday in Toto, headquarters of Toto local government, during the flag off of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial campaign in the state.

He said the gang up against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari was a plot against the collective prosperity enjoyed under the leadership of the current administration.

He urged Nasarawa voters to vote for the APC governorship candidate, Mr Abdullahi Sule, having seen what Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura had accomplished in the past eight years in the state.

In his remarks, the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Abdullahi Sule, lamented that despite being christened “Home of Solid Minerals,” Nasarawa State was yet to harness and enjoy the benefits of its rich mineral endowment.

Sule, the immediate past Managing Director of Dangote Sugar refineries, promised to deploy his experience in the private sector to take Nasarawa State to its next level of development.

Also speaking, Governor Al-Makura appealed to the people to vote for all APC candidates from the presidential to the House of Assembly.   (The Sun)

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APC Accuses Ohanaeze Of Sabotaging Buhari’s Campaign |The Republican News

• We scheduled meeting before election timetable –Nwodo

Magnus Eze, Enugu

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Ohanaeze Ndigbo of frustrating the party in the South East, including President Muhammad Buhari’s visit to Anambra and Enugu states today.

They alleged that the fixing of meeting of the Imeobi, the highest decision making organ of the body, today, by the Chief Nnia Nwodo leadership, was a design to diminish the import of the President’s visit.

Deputy Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Chuks Ibegbu said Ndigbo would, at the meeting take a position on which direction they will cast their votes, particularly on the presidential election.

APC National Vice Chairman, South East, Chief Emma Enukwu said the “Ohanaeze is the only socio-cultural group that has taken a position on 2019 election with adoption of a candidate, but power belongs to God.”

Also, a chieftain of the apex Igbo organisation, who belongs to the APC in Enugu State, Prince Richard Ozobu, on Monday, faulted Nwodo for scheduling such an important meeting on the day the President is visiting two states in the region.

Ozobu said: “I’ve been a frontline player in Ohanaeze for many years and Imeobi meeting has never held on a Thursday but Saturdays.

“I can clearly tell you that Nwodo fixed this Imeobi meeting in bad faith. There is no emergency in Igboland to warrant the message he sent across that emergency meeting of Imeobi holds Thursday. This is to show the least, Nwodo’s disdain for President Buhari and he should not hoodwink the entire Igbo nation into his personal calamity.”

But, Ohanaeze, in a swift reaction denied that the Imeobi meeting was scheduled to sabotage the campaign tour of the APC presidential candidate.

Nwodo said in Enugu, yesterday, that the NEC of Ohanaeze Ndigbo had chosen the date without knowing the campaign timetable of the ruling party.

He explained that it was even the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige and the Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi that called his attention to the clash. He disclosed that Ohanaeze Ndigbo has in deference to Ngige and Umahi, shifted the time for the meeting from 10:00am to 4:00p.m “on the same day at the instance of Dr. Ngige.

The body noted that they were aware of the extra cost implications due to those that would have gone after the meeting, but would now be accommodated in hotels, apparently to give all Igbo sons and daughters scheduled for the meeting opportunity to be there. The statement added that although Ohanaeze Ndigbo is apolitical, it could aggregate the collective interest of Ndigbo for a candidate that answers to their wish and inclination but would not be dragged down to the level of vile politicking.

Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has called on Ndigbo to vote massively for President Buhari in the February 16 poll because of the long term benefits to them.

Addressing a meeting of APC faithful in Enugu, he said: “We want to be on the side of history, we want to be on the side of victory because in years to come, we will look back and we want our children and our grandchildren to say this was the moment when the South East got its act together, united and followed a path of victory and a path of sustainable development for the South East and for Nigeria.”   (The Sun)

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Peter Obi Campaigns In Lagos, Shuts Markets As Crowds Receive Him |RN

A large number of traders, artisans and residents shut down their businesses to receive the Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming poll as he stormed Lagos on Wednesday on a campaign visit.

Our correspondent gathered that the former governor of Anambra State while on his tour, reiterated his commitment to supporting and running a pro-business administration if elected into office.

Mr Obi said he made his impromptu visit to markets in Lagos to interact with the traders and to understand their challenges first hand. He said he what to know what they go through sustaining their outfits in these harsh times.

Our correspondent reports that the visit assumed a carnival-like stature as Obi entered the popular Ladipo Market and Computer Village in Munshin and Ikeja respectively. The traders virtually shut their shops and the streets to catch a glimpse of him with some hailing his alias, Okwute (Rock) in salute.

“We need leaders who can change the face of things at the moment, a trader who identified himself as Martin said. “No one is happy with the bad state of the economy despite what we are currently told by the present administration that things are improving. We need a leader who can ease the harsh realities we are facing at the moment and the pair of Abubakar/Obi should be given a trial.”

Obi was said to have told the traders that the economy was after his heart and he was interested in seeing that things begin to work again once he Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is elected into office.

As governor of Anambra State, Obi ran an anti-waste government which drastically cut down on the cost of governance, starting with selling off the state’s Governor’s Lodge in Abuja, so that he could fund education in the state.

Because of his radical initiative, Anambra State moved from its 28th placement on the ladder in the education sector across the country and mercurially ahead to occupy the Number One on the log.    (The Sun)

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