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2019: Give Me More Time To Decide, Buhari Tells APC Governors |The Republican News

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Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday evening told state governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress to give him more time to decide whether or not he would seek re-election in 2019.

He told the governors this at a meeting they had with him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting held behind closed doors.

Okorocha said the President promised them that he would soon address the nation and the caucus of the party on the matter.

The governor said, “We discussed so many issues that affect the nation, our party and Mr President’s ambition to run for the 2019 presidential election.

“It is the desire of the governors that Mr President should run for this exalted office given his performance in the last two years.  We believe that if he continues, Nigeria will be better for it.

“Anyhow, Mr President, in his usual manner, has requested that we give him time and that he will address the nation and the caucus of the party very soon.

“So, we should be full of expectations that Mr President will make officially known to Nigerians his intentions but we hope that his response will be in line with what the governors are thinking.”

That was the second time Buhari would be meeting the APC governors in the last one week.

The governors had last Friday met with him in his country home in Daura, Katsina State.

Although it was believed that the meeting had to do with the politics of 2019, Okorocha had told reporters that the governors visited Buhari to commiserate with him on the death of two members of his extended family.

The APC governors who met with Buhari had earlier in the day joined other governors from other political parties and former Presidents and Heads of Government for a meeting of the Council of State.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, among other political and religious leaders had asked Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019. (Punch)

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BREAKING: Buhari Meets Obasanjo, Others At Aso Rock |The Republican News

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          President Buhari and Chief Obasanjo during African Union summit

*Jonathan, Shagari, IBB absent

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

A meeting of the Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari is currently holding inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Although all living past Presidents and Heads of Government are members of the Council, former President Goodluck Jonathan, former President Shehu Shagari and former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida are absent.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.) and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.), are however attending the meeting which is the third of such under Buhari.

The meeting, which began at 11:05am, is also being attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Gowon and a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Uwais, said the opening prayer.

Before the meeting started, President Buhari had gone round the Council Chambers to shake hands with his visitors.

The governors in attendance are those of Sokoto, Delta, Adamawa, Imo, Benue, Lagos, Nasarawa, Abia, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kebbi, Plateau, Kano, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Edo, Ekiti, Zamfara, Ogun, Niger and Ebonyi States.

Former Chief Justices of Nigeria, Idris Kutigi and Aloma Muktar are also in attendance.

A one-minute silence was observed in honour of the late former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher.   (Punch)

Details later…

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Our Constituents Think Election Sequence Is Targeted At Buhari, We’re Afraid – Sen. Wakili

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The lawmaker representing Bauchi South Senatorial district, in the upper chambers of the National Assembly, Senator Ali Wakili has said that the three Senators from Bauchi State risk the chance of being attacked by their constituents over the sequence of elections believed to have been targeted at getting President Muhammadu Buhari out of office in 2019.

In an interview with an online newspaper in Abuja, the lawmaker who was among those that opposed the controversial sequence of elections and explained that news was making the round in Bauchi that they were part of a conspiracy to get Buhari out of office in 2019.

The lawmaker described as untrue, assertions that those opposed to the sequence of elections want to hide under the presidential election to get back to offices, saying it was God that controls the destiny of mankind.

He was emphatic that President Buhari had undiminished popularity in Bauchi, stressing that if a referendum was conducted, he would win in the entire state.

“News has gone round in Bauchi that we are planning to get President Buhari out of office in 2019 and our constituents are waiting for us.

“If you conduct referendum across the three Senatorial districts of Bauchi State any time, Buhari will win and we all understand that perfectly,”‎ he said. The lawmaker said the people of Bauchi South Senatorial district were averse to the new sequence of elections, noting that he had to do their bidding as their representative.

“Every politician is a localist. Every nationalist is a localist. “My people are averse to the sequence of elections and if I have to work on what my people said and work on what they want, I have to aggregate my opinion with theirs and do their own first,” Wakili said.       (DailyTimes)

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South-East Elders Council Back Buhari For 2019 Presidential Bid |RN

By Pamela Eboh

South East elders’ council yesterday said they will support President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 presidential election if he decides to run again. According to them, the All Progressives Congress, APC government had done well in fighting corruption and the dreaded Boko Haram insurgency.

Speaking on behalf of the group at Nnewi, the Chairman of the forum and former President General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife, said the decision was reached at the South East leaders meeting in Enugu.

His words: “It is not yet clear if President Buhari would contest again. He would not be drafted for the position when he had not indicated any interest. “There are so many factors to be taken into consideration while talking about Buhari for the second tenure.

You have to know whether the man wants to go for a second tenure before you begin to support him. If he does not indicate any interest, then what is the purpose of supporting him? “Are you going to draft him into the position? And you should know that between now and 2019 is a long time in the political calendar because a lot of things can still happen.

There is this saying that man proposes, but God disposes. But left with us, if he wants to run, let him go ahead.

“We will support him but the decision has to come from him and not foisted on him by his handlers. That is the view of the South East elders’ forum.” He further described corruption in Nigeria as a monster that could not be killed in one shot, urging President Buhari to ride on with the battle and never allow any room for sacred cows.

He added the forum reasoned that if the issue of corruption and insecurity were fixed in Nigeria, a good number of foreign investors would be attracted to the country with the attendant jobs creation and increase in the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  (New Telegraph)

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We’ll Sell Every Recovered Stolen National Assets – Buhari |The Republican News

By Anule Emmanuel

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that the Federal Government under his leadership will sell all recovered looted national assets. Buhari said proceeds of the recovered assets will be paid to the nation’s treasury and utilized for developmental purposes.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement yesterday, said Buhari disclosed this when he received representatives of social groups in Daura Emirate.

The President assured that his administration will continue to pursue a robust, effective and legitimate anti-corruption campaign that safeguards the treasury and commonwealth of all Nigerians.

Buhari noted that many suspected looters of government’s resources had been denying ownership of their ill-gotten properties and assets across the country. He explained that he was not surprised by the increasing number of those denying ownership or disclaiming the properties traced to them by the various anti-corruption agencies.

The President also said that his government would not allow a repeat of what happened in the 1980s when buildings and other ill-gotten property seized by his military administration were returned to corrupt officials following his ouster as Head of State.

“Some years back, one of my schoolmates in the primary school who worked at a cottage company before his demise predicted that we will come to a situation when looters will deny their loots in Nigeria.

“So, as a civil servant, you have 10 houses in Abuja and even in Kaduna and abroad, the more you show them the properties, the more they will swear that it does not belong to them. “And we are still following the process, you know in a democracy, you have to follow due process and respect the rule of law.

“If you are following, you will hear that some of these looters were arrested, and for those who deny their loots, then instead of what happened before, this time around, we will sell those stolen properties and the proceeds will be deposited in the government treasury. “If the money is in the government treasury, I will see who will come back after we left and reclaim them,” he said.

The president pledged that government would ensure availability of fertilizer and other farm inputs to farmers to sustain the successes recorded by the farmers in the previous farming seasons.

He said: “Please tell Nigerians that we are trying our best, and I thank God, the rainy season will blossom, we will try to add more money to farmers and ensure the availability of fertilizer and other farm inputs.

“We will also continue to reconstruct roads and railways and provide electricity and we promise we will continue to do so.” Buhari told the groups that the APC-led government will consolidate on the gains and monumental achievements in the development of infrastructure across the country. “For most ordinary Nigerians, if you give them good roads, railway and stable electric power, they will be happy to carry on with their lives.

“We are doing so much for our country and we will continue to do more out of the fear of God,” the President said. The groups represented at the meeting were the Daura Emirate Coalition of Associations; the Amalgamation of Daura Emirate Political Associations; the Buhari Group; the Daura Emirate Development Forum; Women in Politics in Daura Emirate and the Daura Emirate Consultative Forum. (New Telegraph)

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Onaiyekan To Buhari: You Have Failed To Deliver On Your Promises |The Republican News

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The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, yesterday, yesterday told President Muhammadu Buhari that the change he promised Nigerians was becoming a mirage. Onaiyekan, who delivered a homily at the opening Mass of the first 2018 plenary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), also told the president that Nigerians deserved more than they were getting from him. He therefore called on Nigerians to use the 2019 election to effect a radical change for the betterment of the country.

He argued that in the last three years, Nigerians have been hearing much about change, but have seen rather little of it. He said: “Yes, our nation is in a state of uncertainty and confusion. A few things are going well in the society and the economy for which we thank God and congratulate our leaders.

They tell us that they are doing their best. But a lot still needs to be done and too many problems have been left to fester. Our nation surely deserves far better than it is now getting in terms of good governance, social justice and peace and minimum of well being for our people.”

The former President of CAN said so far, government has spent so much time and energy demonizing its predecessor that it seemed to have forgotten its promise of a better life for Nigerians. He added:“It has unfortunately allowed the initial massive goodwill it enjoyed to be depleted, almost to nonexistence.

It is no wonder that many Nigerians are looking for a new political organization that can truly bring about genuine change for the better. Having tried our two major political parties and found none of them up to our expectation, the nation is on the verge of despair….” “Another election is fast approaching.

We must seize this God-given opportunity to radically change things around. We should no longer allow politics to remain business as usual in the hands of the same gang of speculators and opportunists. We must change the rule of the game, not the faces of the players.” However, Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said the CBCN was the only Christian platform that gave the president a listening ear prior to the 2015 presidential election. Mustapha added that the president believed that the CBCN was a strategic partner in building the nation, even as he noted that the CBCN have a lot to offer the nation.

“And for that reason, he remains eternally grateful. And I remember at that engagement, they asked very pertinent questions – direct, bullets to the face. And he provided answers. And because of that reason, he believes that the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria is a strategic partner in the enterprise of growing the Nigeria nation and he believes that they have a lot to offer,” Mustapha said. Also speaking, a former Governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, maintained that the current administration has done well, particularly in the area of infrastructural development.

Kalu particularly mentioned the Second Niger Bridge; Enugu-Onitsha Expressway; Enugu-Port Harcourt- Okigwe; Aba-Umuahia Expressway, while also saying that the president is doing everything within his power to salvage the economy. Speaking with journalists, Kalu prayed for the good of the country and wished Nigerians well, that they can enjoy the dividends of democracy. “This is not media hype. I am not a spokesman for the president. Everybody knows that I speak the truth. APC have done very well.           (New Telegraph)

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If Buhari Seeks For Re-election, Nigeria Will Sink – Primate Ayodele |RN

By Vanessa Okwara

 

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Founder and Spiritual Leader of INRI, Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele

Founder and spiritual leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has warned that the much anticipated second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari in next year’s general election will not be favourable to the country, especially should he win.

Primate Elijah Ayodele subsequently appealed to him to do away with such an ambition and rather urged Buhari to step down for the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to contest the presidential election under All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to the Primate: “President Muhammadu Buhari’s time is over in 2019. If Buhari re-contests, Nigeria will sink and there will be problems which may even result in bloodshed. In order to avoid such, we have three options: we either operate a regional system of government; we separate, or Buhari steps down for Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for peace and security in the country.

“A lot of things have gone wrong under Buhari in the present administration. If the All Progressives Congress (APC) presents Buhari as its presidential candidate, he will fail. He is no longer Nigeria’s ‘Messiah.’ There is trouble ahead of 2019 if clerics and Nigerians do not seek divine intervention. We need prayers to sustain Nigeria beyond 2019.”

Primate Ayodele made these prophecies during the church’s Annual Yearly Appreciation Week which ended with a big celebration on Valentine’s Day where gift items of various kinds, ranging from food items to cash gifts to start businesses, were shared out to the less privileged in the society – both Christians and Muslims.

He also spoke on the expectations of the recently launched Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), as well as issues affecting the polity, economy, forthcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun States and state police among others.

“Yes, it is true that Nigeria needs state police but the country is not matured yet for such else there will be serious cracks in the system of our government.

“I also believe Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s coalition force is just going to be an ordinary discussion of the day. This is because Obasanjo is playing his last politics and he has to be very careful with the kind of politics he is trying to play or else people will no longer take him serious. For the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), it will be tough. I see a kind of amalgamation of some parties coming together.

“There will be trouble in Buhari’s cabinet. Unemployment will be a tough issue for the present administration, despite attempts to improve the situation. The government should also guard against the outbreak of cholera in some states, I see that coming soon. Only if the APC picks the right person, can they win in Ekiti State. APC in Osun State must embrace unity,” he prophesised.

While stating that he had nothing personal against President Buhari, he noted that: “Buhari will take various steps to balance all the accusations against him, but the point is that his government is weak and a ‘cabal’ has held his government to ransom.”                  (New Telegraph)

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