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Be Careful With People Around You, Bauchi APC Chieftain Tells Buhari |RN

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian President Buhari addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

Paul Orude, Bauchi

A defeated contestant in the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election for Bauchi South senatorial district bye-election, Alhaji Ahmed Shuaibu, has described  the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Bauchi to canvass votes for APC  for the senatorial district as ‘unfortunate.’

Shuaibu made the assertions while reacting to the development within the party, in a press conference, he addressed at the NUJ Press Center, on Friday.

He advised the President to be careful with politicians around him who are deceitful and could lead him to destruction.

He warned President Buhari not to allow his credibility and integrity built over the years to be wasted by those he described as political jobbers who are only interested in their selfish ego.

“I appalled by the level of hypocrisy to such a good gentleman who has earned the respect of Nigerians home and abroad. Buhari was misled to come and clean their own appalling situation.

“The Governor of Bauchi State connived with the APC national chairman to come to Bauchi for the flagging off campaign for the candidate of the APC knowing full well that I have written dated July 26, which I addressed to the National Chairman of our party.

“My petition is against the conduct of the primaries which was duly acknowledged by the national chairman”.

He alleged that the party primary that produced Lawal Yahaya Gumau as the candidate of the APC was full of fraud, manipulation and politics of hatred against him accusing Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of openly showing his preference for a particular aspirant over others.

The politician added that he had it on good authority that the delegates were directed to give him only seven votes representing the seven local government areas that make up the Bauchi south senatorial district saying, “but to my surprise, I got 8 votes during the primaries which are a demonstration of sabotage against the Governor’s directives as it relates to his person.

He further alleged that the governor was planning to have a stooge who he can easily be displayed at the end of his tenure to pave way for him (the Governor) to be able to go to the Senate.

Though he declared that he remains a member of the APC, he, however, said he would  ensure that every injustice within the party was fought no matter what it will cost him saying that, “since I left the PDP with former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar to form the defunct ACN, I have not moved elsewhere and I don’t intend to move out of the APC”.

Ahmed Shuaibu who broke down in tears while answering questions from journalists said that if President Muhammadu Buhari did not take precaution, he would be misled to take actions that could jeopardise his credibility and political antecedents.

On the insinuations that he lost the primaries because of his political irrelevance in the state, he reacted by saying that, “In all the places I have served, I have never been found wanting. I am politically relevant not in Bauchi State alone but all over the country. I have worked so hard to earn my credibility over the years”.          (The Sun)

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Obasanjo Is Nigeria’s Most Hypocritical Former Leader – Soyinka

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Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of being the most hypocritical former leader of the country, following his attempt to hijack the movement for political change.

He stated this in Abuja on Friday at a dinner organised by the International Press Institute.

“Obasanjo has crossed the red line and I will launch a publication to expose him on July 3 at Freedom Park in Lagos,” Soyinka stated.

He is trying to hijack a recovery process he is least worthy to lead.

According to Soyinka, Obasanjo is not the right person to lead any movement for reform on change of leadership in the country in 2019 and that Obasanjo’s Coalition for Nigerian Movement should not be glorified.

He said Obasanjo and other geriatric leaders of his generation should step aside and allow a new generation to lead the nation.

Responding to a question that he has not been critical of Obasanjo as he had been of other past leaders, especially late General Sani Abacha, Soyinka said, “As for Obasanjo, I have news for him. And it has been a progressive thing.

“I believe Obasanjo has really crossed the red line because he is trying to put himself as the head of a recovery process. He is trying to hijack the recovery process in this nation and I say that he is one of the least worthy of one of the former heads of States to lead that kind of movement.

“I have brought out a publication about that, the title is in Latin but it means; who watches the watchmen. That publication is coming out simply because I will like to see new blood in governance in this nation and I think these corrupt and hypocritical geriatrics should stop recycling themselves and they should stop trying to co-opt their former cronies to take over the reigns of governance in this nation.”    (Punch)

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