The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the most troublesome person in Nigeria.
Akiolu who has over time had spats with the former president, said this when he met with participants of the senior executive course (41) of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) who paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Lagos yesterday Wednesday, May 15th.
The monarch while reflecting on the outcome of the 2019 general election, berated Obasanjo for fighting vehemently against the re-election of President Buhari whom he described as God’s choice for Nigeria.
“I had said that Buhari would win even before the election, unfortunately, the number one person creating problems in this country is former president Obasanjo. He arrogated to himself the powers of the Almighty Allah by saying it was the support he gave to Buhari that made him win the first term.
“Obasanjo said Buhari would not win the second term, but did Buhari not win? Did I not say Obasanjo will be disappointed by the time the results were announced. The president’s victory clearly shows power belongs to God only and no man can decide who leads the country.”
Urging Nigerians to support the president, Akiolu said the problems of insecurity, unemployment and other challenges of the country would be better tackled if citizens joined hands with government to address them.
He also advised Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to drop his case against Buhari’s victory at the presidential poll.
He said Atiku’s case will amount to nothing at the end of the day, adding that he strongly believed Buhari had the manadate of Nigerians and would finish his term in office.
”If anyone of you here is close to Atiku, tell him he can never succeed in what he is doing now,” he said.
”Buhari will complete his term in office, but Buhari too has to listen to.the people, pray to God and be honest in what he is doing.”
Kogi APC Aspirants’ Forum rejects Yahaya Bello for second term, warns Buhari, Oshiomhole
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Aspirants’ Forum, Kogi State chapter, on Monday, rejected the candidature of Governor Yahaya Bello for a second term in office over alleged bad leadership and non-performance.
This was made known in a communique issued by the forum at the end of
its meeting on Monday in Abuja.
The communique signed by its chairman, Mr Ben Adaji, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole and members of its National Working Committee (NWC) not to give the governorship ticket to Bello.
It added that giving the ticket to Bello to run for a second term would be a risk, saying the party may lose the state to the opposition.
It said Bello had remained adamant in spite of directives by President Muhammadu Buhari to all APC governors to reconcile and accommodate the party`s aspirants after the last primaries.
The communique alleged that Bello had continued to treat Kogi aspirants as enemies and second class citizens in the party they laboured for.
It said the forum had, therefore, resolved to mobilise and support one of its members to contest the forthcoming primaries and the subsequent governorship election slated for November.
It added that after much deliberations and debate, the forum nominated three of its members which included: Alhaji Yahaya Audu, Chief Adedoyin, and Dr Toyin Akanle for the contest.
“At the end of the deliberations, Alhaji Yahaya Audu was unanimously endorsed to contest the forthcoming election,” the communique said.
The also forum used the opportunity to pledge unalloyed support for the President Buhari administration.
INEC withdraws 25 certificates of return
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has withdrawn 25 certificates of return issued to some candidates who partook in the 2019 general election.
Speaking at a media forum in Enugu state on Monday, Festus Okoye, INEC’s national commissioner for information and voter education, said the commission took the action based on court orders.
Okoye said 20 of the 25 certificates were withdrawn from members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and given to other APC members while two were withdrawn from members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and issued to other PDP members.
He said the other three were withdrawn from both the APC and PDP and given to other political parties.
“Before we left INEC national headquarters on Friday, the commission has withdrawn 25 certificates-of-return from the first owners to their new owners following court orders to do that,” he said.
Okoye lauded the media for its openness and “robust engagement” with the commission before, during and after the election, adding that the media had become critical stakeholders for the success of future elections.
He said the media had become the first line of reach of the masses as well as a platform for the explanation of INEC political and electoral decisions.
Okoye called on the media and its practitioners to dig deep into the electoral act to ensure that the import of the recently amended sections is made known to the public.
“The media should also center on the aspect of using Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve electoral issues especially at the party levels instead of going to the court,” Okoye said.
Politicians that lost in the general elections are behind the increasing rate of insecurity – Buratai
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has accused disgruntled politicians who lost in the 2019 general elections, of being behind kidnapping, herdsmen attacks and other forms of criminality in the country.
The Army chief made the allegation when he received the Chairman House Committe on the Army in Maiduguri on Wednessday May 15th.
Buratai during the meeting said
”The myraid of security challenges we are facing right now in the northwest, north central and other parts of the country, I want to believe and rightly so that it is a fallout of the just concluded general election.
“There are political class intrests, politicians in particular who saw their defeats as a way of trying to revenge, sponsoring these criminal activities even the bandits, the farmers and herders. There are strong political undertones and strong political influnces including (in these) kidnappings.
We use this opportunity to call on the chairman house committee on army to prevail on some of these politicains, to really look at national intrest first, before any political or sectional intrest.
We have some strong evidence but we are still being conscious so that we don’t get it wrong but the best is to advice these politicians”
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