Arrest Fayose Now – Protesting Abuja Women Tell EFCC

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Some protesters under the aegis of “Patriotic Mothers Without Borders”, on Friday stormed the EFCC Abuja headquarters calling for the “arrest, investigation and prosecution” of Ayo Fayose, governor of Ekiti State, over his involvement in the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal.

Chanting “Fayose must go”, the women numbering about 300 carried various placards and banners with inscriptions like: “EFCC Must Prosecute Fayose”, “Corruption is Corruption”, “Fayose is being tormented by the blood of innocent Nigerians slaughtered by Boko Haram”.

Convener of the group, Nnenna Jideofor, accused Fayose of stealing part of funds meant to equip the military in the fight against terrorism.

She said: “The gravity of the crime does not permit that we wait indefinitely for Fayose to leave office; he would have finished spending his share of the loot by then, and he has all the time to destroy evidence.”

While presenting its petition to Umar Mohammed, Deputy Director Operations, Abuja, Jideofor expressed discontent at the ruling of Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Ekiti, ordering the EFCC to de-freeze Fayose’s Zenith Bank account, that the agency earlier froze having been linked to the arms deal scandal.

“As mothers, we beg the EFCC to as a matter of urgency, investigate how much Fayose gave lawmakers of Ekiti State House of Assembly who we believe have lost their souls to an overlord,” she added.

Responding, Mohammed assured the “mothers with borders” that the agency takes all petitions seriously, and that of the women would be given adequate attention.

“We are not selective in our operations, and every petition received is thoroughly investigated, no matter how highly placed the person is,” he said.

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Tope is an English and Literary Studies graduate of Ekiti State University. She has intense passion for writing and enjoys listening to music.

PDP Left Nigeria In Coma: Reno Omokri Replies Lai Mohammed

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Yesterday, Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed relayed a statement to the public conveying his thoughts that Nigeria was left in a coma by PDP. Reno Omokri replies to this

Reno Omokri via Facebook wrote:

Lai Mohammed yesterday said former President Goodluck Jonathan left Nigeria in a ‘coma’ and President Muhammadu Buhari is ‘reviving’ her. Between ₦205 that GEJ left the Naira at and ₦423 that PMB put it, which represents a ‘coma’? Between ₦8,000 per bag that rice sold under GEJ and ₦22,000 it sells today which is symptomatic of a ‘coma’? Between ₦87 per liter for petrol under GEJ and ₦145 under PMB which price signifies ‘coma’? Between 9.6% inflation rate that GEJ left and 16.5% (and rising fast!) where PMB has it, which one looks like a ‘coma’?

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Between the free, fair and credible elections of the GEJ era and the inconclusive elections under PMB which one resembles coma? Between the 1.9 million jobs that even Lai Mohammed admitted that GEJ created and the 4.5 million jobs that the government’s own chief statistician admits has been lost under PMB which one indicates ‘coma’? Lai Mohammed should be aware that these are serious economic issues not masquerade dressing issues! If PMB cannot ‘change’ Nigeria, he should at least not spoil the transformation that GEJ gave us!

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President Muhammadu Buhari Blames PDP Again For Nigeria’s Economic Situation

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The second time in a row, President Muhammadu Buhari has openly blamed the past government of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) for the current dilemma the country has found herself in

After the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, President Muhammadu Buhari attacked the PDP again in a statement publicized by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Shehu Garba. 

Speaking to journalists in his hometown Daura, the president said:

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I want Nigerians to realise that what this government inherited after 16 years of the PDP government was no savings, no infrastructure, no power, no rail, no road and no security

The President had earlier on blamed the recession on the failure of the past government to save for difficult times in future.

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PDP Calls Postponement Of Edo Elections Bizzare

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The DSS and Police have called for the postponement of the Saturday, September 10 Edo elections due to security concerns. PDP has described this shocking and bizzare

The calls for the postponement of the Edo elections came as a result of intelligence that there might be Sallah attacks over the weekend in some states in Nigeria. The statement from PDP read :

Our attention has been drawn to the shocking breaking news of the advise by the DSS and the Police to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the Saturday, September 10, 2016 Gubernatorial Election in Edo State on excuse of insurgency alert. We are taken aback on this advise coming a day after the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari was present at the Mega Rally of its Party, the APC in Benin City which was concluded without any hitch.

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“It is on record that INEC recently conducted a ‘hitch free’ Senatorial By-Election in Borno State which is a high-point of insurgency in the Country but the Security Agencies saw no reason to call-off the Election. It is therefore lamentable to hear from these same security agencies that the Election cannot be held in a State where in less than 24 hours, the President and all the APC leaders and members had an uninterrupted Rally.

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We are calling on the President, Muhammadu Buhari to caution the security agencies and direct them to provide full security, and also to desist doing anything that will jeopardize this forthcoming Gubernatorial Election in Edo State. We are equally counting on INEC not to succumb to this false alarm by acting independently and holding election as scheduled. We hope that this advice from the security agencies are not in concert with the APC of having seen the indices of loosing the Edo State Gubernatorial Election to the PDP. Finally, the Party leadership led by Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, CON, call on our members, teeming supporters, other Edo voters and the international community to remain law-abiding while staying alert on this calculated attempt at scuttling our hard earned democracy.

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Fayose Sees Fuel Price Increment As Buhari’s Wickedness

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Gov. Ayo Fayose, known to be very audible and very opposed as well to the incumbent Buhari led government has once again voiced his opinion on the matter of subsidy removal/fuel price increment

Read the press statement on fuel price increment below:

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that President Mohammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) were playing Nigerians Advanced Fee Fraud over the removal of fuel subsidy and increment of pump price from N86.50 to N145 per litre. He described the increment as wickedness taken too far. He also askes; “was the federal government paying up to N58.50 as subsidy on one litre of petrol before now?”

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Governor Fayose, who reiterated his call on Nigerians, especially the labour movement to resist what he called “this wicked act of President Buhari and his party” on fuel price increment, added that; 

those who opposed removal of fuel subsidy in 2012 and funded the Occupy Nigeria protest must not be allowed to get away with this imposition of hardship on Nigerians now that they are in power.

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He said labour unions, civil society organisations and other well-meaning Nigerians should stand up. This is in order to be counted at this crucial time in the life of the common people of Nigeria. He added that

there is no justification for the increment at this period when government is not paying salaries regularly, Nigerians are losing their jobs daily, prices of foodstuffs have gone over the roof and life has become so difficult for the common people.

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To labour Nigerians with this increment is wickedness taken too far!” In a statement issued on Thursday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said;

In 2012 when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan removed fuel subsidy and increased petrol price to N141 per litre, crude oil was selling at $111 per barrel.How then can petrol price be increased to N145 per litre when crude oil is now selling at $40 per barrel? It is on record that on May 2 this year, the federal government, in the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) Template released in Abuja, told Nigerians that it was subsidising petrol at N12.62 per litre. “If as at May 2, petrol was being subsidised at N12.62 per litre, and now that the subsidy of N12.62 has been removed, what ought to have been added to the N86.50 pump price should be N12.62, which would have increased pump price to N99.12 per litre.

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He said that “Increasing petrol pump price by N58.50 when the federal government claimed it was subsidising the product at N12.62 per litre is clear political 419. This is aimed at further impoverishing Nigerians as the government will be making profit of N45.88 on each litre of petrol bought by Nigerians.

How can any government with human feelings attempt to make profit of N45.88 per litre on Nigerians, who are no longer getting their salaries regularly? How can Buhari and his party impose another N45.88 per litre levy on Nigerians who are already facing severe hardship?

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This is wickedness!” Speaking further, Governor Fayose said there was no justification for the fuel price increment to N145 per litre. This is especially now that crude oil price is $40 per barrel when the same product was increased to N141 per litre in 2012 when crude oil was $111 per barrel. He described President Buhari as a hypocrite. The governor said; “Nigerians should be reminded that the president once said that petrol subsidy never existed and that it was a fraud. How then can the same President Buhari tell us that he has removed the same subsidy he claimed never existed?

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The reality is that these people lied to Nigerians too much. They made promises they knew they won’t fulfil just to get to power. Now they are showing Nigerians their true colours. They are showing Nigerians that they have come to punish them with hardship.

Buhari and his APC promised to reduce petrol pump price to from N87 to N45 per litre; petrol is now N145. They promised to create three million jobs per year; they have instead created millions of unemployment. They said $1 will be equal to N1; $1 is now N320. They promised to create better live for Nigerians, they have instead created hardship by making prices of basic commodities to skyrocket through their lack of policy direction.

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Lagos Politician Dies in Indian Hospital

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Former Chairman of Lagos Island Local Government Area and one-time Commissioner of Sports in Lagos State, Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele has passed on.

According to his son Hon, Sultan Adeniji-Adele who confirmed the death, Adeniji-Adele, who was aged 60, passed on at about 6:00am Nigerian time in an Indian hospital, on Thursday morning (today), Vanguard reports. Lagos

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The message from Sultan read: 

Good morning every one, My dad Prince Ademola Adeniji-Adele this morning passed on in India, may almighty Allah grant him Aljanah fidau. Hon. Sultan Adeniji-Adele.

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The deceased statesman, fondly referred to as ‘Papa’ was a Prince of Lagos and one of the most recognizable figures in the politics and sports administration in the state and the entire country.

He was also a one-time deputy gubernatorial candidate under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, before crossing over to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

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Family sources say his remains would soon be flown home for a befitting burial according to Islamic rites.

The late politician he is survived by wife, Tawakalitu and children.

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Stop Blaming Us For your Problems – PDP Laments

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People’s Democratic Party(PDP) has urged the All Progressive Congress(APC) to stop the blame game in the governship of Nigeria and face the challenges of governance

It is common news that the blame of the socio-economic problems facing Nigeria has always been heaped on the PDP. During the week, APC National leader Bola Tinubu and President Buhari have separately blamed the bad shape of Nigeria’s economy on the 16 year misrule of the People’s Democratic Party.

The inauguration of the special convention committee of People’s Democratic Party took place in Abuja yesterday. Ali Modu Sheriff, National chairman, took the opportunity to beseech APC to change their attitude to governance and start ruling the country.

He said:

I advise leaders of the APC to stop blaming the PDP for their problems. We want to tell Nigerians that we can do better

The chairman also pointed a finger at APC Governors accusing them of planning to rig PDP out of the FCT council elections to hold on Saturday. However, he also encouraged them to make good their plot as his party would be ready for them.

If anybody believes they can rig the PDP out of the election, they are in for a shocker. If you bring your governors, we will bring our own. If you bring your former governors, we will bring our former governors. 

He also made a plea to INEC to ensure that the elections would be free and fair:

The election must be conclusive. There should be no inconclusive elections again 

 

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Months After Elections, Facebook User Mock PDP

Facebook User Mocks PDP

Its been months since President Muhammadu Buhari defeated Goodluck Jonathan in the last presidential elections. Mockery of PDP by supporters of APC still carries the day.

A Facebook user has mocked the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by quoting statements by the party’s faithfuls before the last presidential elections. The user who goes by the name, Anthony Ojo quoted the likes of Ayo Fayose, Doyin Okukpe, Bode George, Femi Fani-Kayode amongst others.

Anthony Ojo wrote;

Let’s revisit the history:
“Buhari will die before the Election- Ayo Fayose
Buhari is brain dead – Patient Jonathan
-If APC survives till October 2014,call me a bastard.- Doyin Okupe
-Mark my words, It will not happen for Buhari to rule Nigeria. – Doyin Okupe.
-If APC wins, I will go on exile. – Bode George.
-Buhari can never win in Yorubaland. – Gani Adams.
-Jonathan will shock APC with defeat. – FFK
-If Jonathan loses, we would set Nigeria on fire. -Asari Dokubo.
-We instigated the 6 weeks postponement so that Jonathan can win. – Fasehun
-I will deliver 1 million votes to Jonathan in Ondo state. – Mimiko
-We shall deliver the South West votes to Jonathan. – Afenifere
–Tinubu is no longer a force in the South West. -Yinka Odumakin.
-Buhari at 70 wears diapers like my mother. -Fayose
-Jonathan already has Lagos votes.- Obanikoro.

Anthony Ojo concluded with a word of prayer;

“Ladies and gentlemen, NO MATTER WHAT PEOPLE THINK
OR SAY ABOUT YOU FOR EVIL,GOD WILL CHANGE IT TO JOY.”

The mockery of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by faithfuls of the All Progressives Congress (APC) seems to be something that will remain for a long time. This will probably be permanent if those who are supposed to remain in the PDP to help build a strong opposition keep decamping to APC for personal gain.

Mr. Kay serves as an Associate Editor at the Wazobians. He likes writing so much that he can do it for free. Creativity turns him on. And yes, he likes travelling!

Jonathan’s Minister Stole $9.3Billion, Not $6Billion- Duke-Abiola

Jonathan's Minister Stole $9.3Billion and Not $6Billion

Queen Zainab Duke-Abiola, one of the wives of the late politician, Chief MKO Abiola has stated that a former female minister in Goodluck Jonathan‘s government actually stole $9.3billion contrary to the quoted amount of $6billion by Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Recall that Adams Oshiomhole made strong claims earlier on that the minister in question stole $6billion and also said she stole $1billion for the reelection of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. From Queen Zainab Duke-Abiola‘s statements, the stolen money is actually $9.3billion.

Queen Zainab Duke-Abiola who is the Akasoba of Kalabari land in the Niger Delta claims that she has a relationship of over 30 years with the White House. In her chat with The Nation, she said if President Muhammadu Buhari should go back to Washington DC to confirm her claims.

According to the information available to us, the minister stole more than $9 billion, not Australian dollars, but US dollars. And what I am saying is that the money should be used to develop the Niger Delta. Use this to help the impoverished Niger Deltans. My relationship with White House is over 30 years. Americans are very eager to make sure that the money gets back. They want Nigeria to use that money for education.

Oshiomhole said it’s about $6 billion. Information available to me states that the minister and her associates siphoned away $9.3 billion. I’m watching the game that they’re playing. If they don’t publish the evidence, I have document to support this. If Buhari is not sure of his fact and figures, he should go back to Washington DC. If I read in the papers that they say $9 billion, I would keep quiet. But why are they saying only $6 billion?”

Recall that Queen Zainab Duke-Abiola paid N2million for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s nomination form to contest the 2015 Presidential election but was denied the opportunity because the party claimed that they printed only one form for its sole candidate, Goodluck Jonathan. Can this be payback time?

Mr. Kay serves as an Associate Editor at the Wazobians. He likes writing so much that he can do it for free. Creativity turns him on. And yes, he likes travelling!

PDP Asks Presidency To Fulfill Campaign Promises

PDP Asks Presidency To Fulfill Campaign Promises

As expected of an opposition party to do checks and balances on the government in power, the People Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill the promises he made at campaign rallies before the 2015 general elections.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh has said in a statement released today that the party expect the present administration to fight corruption and avoid witch-hunting the opposition.

The statement reads;

The PDP and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians were appalled by the response from the Presidency regarding our call for prayers to enable President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration locate its bearing, compose a government and halt the prevailing stagnation with its huge negative impact on the system.

Instead of addressing the issues raised, the Presidency descended to insults, abuses and innuendos, a stance which not only bears out the case made by the PDP but also raises questions about the capacity of this administration to shoulder the enormous responsibility of governance.

While we expect the present administration to be serious about the fight against corruption, probe and prosecute each and everyone involved in such, irrespective of their party leaning, we restate that these must be done within the ambits of the law and must not be used as a witch-hunt ostensibly to discredit and undermine the opposition. We therefore caution against the current drama of politicizing the issue of corruption in the country.

Furthermore, the analogy of the Augean stable, is completely baffling to us at this level as it goes to a great length to question the capacity and the sincerity of those around the president.

In Greek mythology, Hercules in his ingenuity took the task and efficiently cleared the Augean’ stable in a day for which he demanded a reward of a tenth of fine cattle belonging to the king.

Nigerians would not want to believe that in the so-called clearing of the Augean stable, although not delivering in one day, President Buhari wants to play Hercules in his demand, this time, by wanting to run the government alone without the statutory components of the executive as enshrined in the constitution.

We ask, is the so-called clearing of mess responsible for his inability after 90 days of winning an election to make up his mind on rudimentary appointments such as Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief of Staff and his demand for 15 Special Advisers as approved by the PDP controlled Seventh Assembly since June 5, 2015?

Perhaps we need to draw President Buhari’s attention to the fact that while he is busy clearing his imaginary mess on the pages of newspapers, some persons claiming closeness to him have in the last 30 days been piling up sleazes that also need his attention in key agencies of government.

Despite the absence of approving and supervising officials, key income generating institutions like NNPC, NIMASA, NPA, and other strategic agencies have been invaded by persons claiming to be friends and associates of the President and this puts to question the sincerity and seriousness of the administration to affect the so-called change upon which they rode to power.

Auxiliary to this is the issue of the construction of a helipad, amongst various expenses and other major government expenditure going on across board in the last one month and without due supervision as the eyes of the President cannot be everywhere.

We declare unequivocally that we do have respect for the person and office of the President especially considering his age and status as an elder statesman. However, we will like to make it very clear that the President of the Federal Republic Nigeria is neither a Sherriff in the Old Wild West nor a military dictator in some banana republic. He is an elected president under a democratic setting.

President Buhari has just spent a month in office.

An Associate Staff Writer at wazobians.com, Moses loves acting and writing. He enjoys writing about the Nigerian entertainment industry and its players.

Nigerians Remind President Buhari of His 81 Campaign Promises

Muhammadu Buhari at a campaign rally

The path that led to the April 28 Presidential elections in Nigeria seemed to be narrow and the contest, a survival of the fittest. About  14 political parties contested for the presidential polls but only the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) hosted campaign rallies Nationwide where they made the content of their manifestos known to the electorates.

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan was the presidential candidate for PDP and former military dictator, General Muhammadu Buhari was the presidential flag-bearer of the APC. The two parties exaggerated campaign promises that could help their sole candidates achieve their dreams of becoming president.

In the process of wooing the electorates ahead of the April 28th president, the All Progressives Congress and its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari made campaign promises that many Nigerians took note of. 

In this regards, a social network commentator, Ike Chidolue posted 81 campaign promises the presidency and his party made before winning the polls at the April 28th presidential elections.See the 81 campaign promises below:

1. Public declaration of assets and liabilities
2. State and community policing
3. Ban on all government officials from seeking medical care abroad
4. Implementation of the National Gender Policy, including 35% of appointive positions for women
5. Revival of Ajaokuta steel company
6. Generation, transmission and distribution of at least 20,000 MW of electricity within four years and increasing to 50,000 MW with a view to achieving 24/7 uninterrupted power supply within 10 years.
7. Empowerment scheme to employ 740,000 graduates across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
8. Establishment of a free-tuition and scholarship scheme for pupils who have shown exceptional aptitude in science subjects at O/Levels to study ICT-related courses
9. 720,000 jobs by the 36 states in the federation per annum (20,000 per state)
10. Three million Jobs per year
11. To embark on vocational training, entrepreneurial and skills acquisition schemes for graduates along with the creation of a Small Business Loan Guarantee Scheme to create at least 5 million new jobs by 2019.
12. Churches and Mosques would not pay taxes under national laws, but if they engage in businesses, the businesses would pay tax.
13. Provision of allowances to the discharged but unemployed Youth Corps members for Twelve (12) months while in the skills and entrepreneurial development programme
14. Making the economy one of the fastest-growing emerging economies in the world with a real GDP growth averaging 10% annually.
15. Creation of a Social Welfare Programme of at least Five Thousand Naira (N5000) that will cater for the 25 million poorest and most vulnerable citizens upon the demonstration of children’s enrollment in school and evidence of immunisation to help promote family stability
16. Recruitment and training of at least 100,000 officers into the Nigerian police force and establish a Federal Anti-terrorism Agency.
17. One free meal (to include fruits) daily, for public primary school pupils
18. Building an airport in Ekiti State
19. Eradication of state of origin, replacing that with state of residence to ensure Nigerians are Nigerians first before anything else.
20. Establishment of Crime Squad to combat terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, militants, ethno-religious and communal clashes nationwide
21. Working with the National Assembly towards the immediate enactment of a Whistle Blower Act
22. Economic stability for the ECOWAS nations and maintaining a strong, close and frank relationship with West Africa, South Africa, UK, USA, Canada, and other African countries
23. Establishing a conflict resolution commission to help prevent, mitigate and resolve civil conflicts within the polity.
24. All political office holders earn only the salaries and emoluments determined and approved by the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission RMFAC.
25. Permanent peace in the Niger Delta and other conflict prone areas such as Plateau, Taraba, Bauchi, Borno and Abia.
26. No plans to Islamise Nigeria.
27. Nationwide sanitation plans to keep Nigeria clean
28. Preserving the independence of the Central Bank
29. Simplifying immigration process to foster faster visa processing at points of entry.
30. Special incentives to facilitate the education of the girl child
31. Full implementation of the National Identification Scheme to generate the relevant data.
32. Making Information Technology, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Entertainment key drivers of our economy
33. Balancing the economy across regions by the creation of six new Regional Economic Development Agencies (REDAs) to act as champions of sub-regional competitiveness
34. Putting in place a N300bn regional growth fund (average of N50bn in each geo-political region) to be managed by the REDAs.
35. Amending the Constitution and the Land Use Act to create freehold/leasehold interests in land along with matching grants for states to create a nationwide electronic land title register on a state by state basis.
36. Reviving and reactivating the minimally performing Refineries to optimum capacity
37. Creating additional middle-class of at least two million new home owners in the first year in government and one million annually thereafter.
38. Creating an additional middle class of at least four million new home owners by 2019 by enacting national mortgage single digit interest rates for purchase of owner occupier houses as well as reviewing the collateral qualification to make funding for home ownership easier, with 15 to 30 year mortgage terms.
39. Enacting a national mortgage system that will lend at single digit interest rates for purchase of owner occupier houses.
40. Injecting extra N30bn into the Agricultural sector to create more agro-allied jobs by way of loans at nominal interest rates for capital investment on medium and commercial scale cash crops.
41. You farm, government buys, guaranteeing a minimum price for selected crops and facilitate storage of agricultural products as and when necessary.
42. Creating a national infrastructural development bank to provide loans at nominal interest rates exclusively for this sector.
43. Construction of 3,000km of Superhighway including service trunks
44. Building of up to 4,800km of modern railway lines – one third to be completed by 2019
45. At least one functioning airport is available in each of the 36 states.
46. Ending gas flaring and ensuring sales of at least half of gas produce, within Nigeria
47. Speedily passing the much-delayed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and ensuring that local content issues are fully addressed.
48. Establishing at least six new universities of science and technology with satellite campuses in various states.
49. Establishing six centres of excellence to address the needs of special education
50. Prioritising the reduction of the infant mortality rate by 2019 to 3%
51. Reducing maternal mortality by more than 70%
52. Reducing HIV/AIDs infection rate by 50% and other infectious diseases by 75%
53. Improving life expectancy by additional 10 years on average.
54. Increasing the number of physicians from 19 per 1000 population to 50 per 1000
55. Increasing national health expenditure per person per annum to about N50,000 (from less than N10,000 currently)
56. Increasing the quality of all federal government-owned hospitals to world class standard within five years
57. Ensuring timely payment of retirement benefits for all pensioned senior citizens and creating a poverty safety net for all aged citizens above the age of 65.
58. Amending the Constitution to require Local Governments to publish their meeting minutes, service performance data, and items of spending over N10M.
59. Requiring full disclosure in media outlets, of all government contracts over N100m prior to award and during implementation at regular interval
60. Amending the Constitution to remove immunity from prosecution for elected officers in criminal case
61. Initiating action to amend the Nigerian Constitution with a view to devolving powers, duties, and responsibilities to states in order to entrench true federalism and the federal spirit
62. Reforming and Strengthening the Justice System for efficient administration and dispensation of justice with the creation of special courts for accelerated hearing of corruption, drug trafficking, terrorism and similar cases of national importance
63. Establishing world-class sports academy and training institutes and ensure that Nigeria occupies a place of pride in global sports and athletics
64. Reviving the Nigerian football league and putting incentives in place to make it as competitive as other national leagues.
65. Putting in place measures to identify talents early and ensuring their participation in local and international games to enable them become professionals
66. Assisting Nollywood to fully develop into world class movie industry that can compete effectively with Hollywood and Bollywood in due course.
67. Ensuring that the rights of women are protected as enshrined in our Constitution
68. Guaranteeing that women are adequately represented in government appointments and providing greater opportunities in education, job creation and economic empowerment
69. Promoting the concept of reserving a minimum number of seats in the National Assembly for women.
70. Free maternal and children healthcare services.
71. Stabilising the naira
72. Targeting up to 20% of our annual budget for this critical sector whilst making substantial investments in training quality teachers at all levels of the educational system (Some other APC policy documents had 15%)
73. Ensuring compliance with policies and measures to halt the pollution of rivers and waterways in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country
74. Adopting a holistic approach to erosion and shoreline protection across the country
75. ECOWAS currency by 2020 under Nigeria’s guidance and leadership
76. Maintaining strong, close and frank relationships within the Gulf of Guinea, the Commonwealth, South Africa and the rest of the world
77. Establishing a new special relationship with the leading emerging markets like Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) and other strategic partners around the world.
78. Government intends to commission a sociological study to determine Boko Haram’s origins, remote and immediate causes of the movement, its sponsors, the international connexions to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a recurrence of the evil.
79. Strengthening INEC to reduce, if possible, eliminate electoral malpractices in Nigerian’s political life
80. Improving operational and legal mechanisms so that disciplinary steps are taken against proven human rights violations by the Armed Forces.
81. Free education at primary, secondary and tertiary institutions for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Education.

About two weeks ago, the President asked Nigerians not to expect ‘MAGIC’ from his administration and added that old age might limit the rate at which he’ll perform.

An Associate Staff Writer at wazobians.com, Moses loves acting and writing. He enjoys writing about the Nigerian entertainment industry and its players.

Akinwunmi Ambode Declares 2nd Lekki Toll Point Free

Akinwunmi Ambode Declares 2nd Lekki Toll Point Free

The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode has declared that there will be no toll on the second toll point of Lekki-Epe Road. The new governor who took his oath of office barely a month ago on 29th May said that his government is “receptive to new ideas.”

Mr. Ambode said this amongst other things while interacting with journalists at the Lagos House.

In a statement issued by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Akinwunmi Ambode said;

We must start thinking of the future concerning that road. We said we will have an International Airport in Epe, and an Export Processing Zone in Lekki and a Deep Seaport also in Lekki.

Should we not start thinking about how we will improve and create a 10-lane road between Ikorodu, Itoikin, Epe and Ijebu Ode so that people can go out from there? There is no point constructing the road, paying tolls and in five years’ time, the road is gone.

As more means of transportation come on board, the more than 600,000 private car owners and 120,000 motorcycles that are being put on the road in the state on a daily basis will reduce in number.

We have said this is a government of continuity, but it is continuity with improvement. It is about making life easier for the people. We are receptive to new ideas and that is why we are going to be creative, innovative and thinking out of the box.

Akinwunmi Ambode emerged governor under All Progressives Congress (APC) when he defeated People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s Jimi Agbaje in 11th April, 2015 gubernatorial elections.

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PDP Disowns Tunde Lawal and Media Watchdog

President Muhammadu Buhari and Logo of the PDP

A controversial political group, Peoples’ Democratic Party Media Watchdog which claims to be an affiliate group of the former ruling party, has released a statement issued by one Tunde Lawal has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign due to limitations his old age might cause him in the course of fulfilling his promises to Nigerians. The Peoples’ Democratic Party has however denied the group in a statement issued by its publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh yesterday evening. He said,

 This group is absolutely unknown to the PDP and has no connection whatsoever with our party at any level, neither is the content of their statement a reflection of the position or stance of the party.For the avoidance of doubt, our great party has not authorized this group to use its name, acronym or logo to issue statements or make public pronouncements on any matter and we caution those behind them to henceforth desist from such immediately. The PDP therefore distances itself from the embarrassing statement by this group wherein it called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign and went ahead to use offensive and denigrating language on the person and office of the President of our great country.

This is completely unacceptable and against the posture of the PDP to engage only on robust and credible opposition while constructively offering alternatives to the programmes and policies of the APC-led government, preparatory to our return to power in the next four years.

We note with dismay that the attitude of this group is a direct consequence of the approach adopted by the APC in denigrating and insulting our immediate-past President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

Though we know that former President Jonathan suffered such fate in the hands of the APC, we shall not repay them in the same coin as such is not part of our tradition and value as a party.

Furthermore, recall that the PDP had earlier informed the public and the media that only statements issued by the National Chairman, the National Secretary, the National Publicity Secretary or any other officer of the party authorized by the National Working Committee (NWC) should be regarded or reported as the position of the PDP on any matter.

In this regard, any group or individuals seeking to use the identity of the PDP on any issue should approach the leadership for authorization. We urge the media and the general public to be guided by this always.

An Associate Staff Writer at wazobians.com, Moses loves acting and writing. He enjoys writing about the Nigerian entertainment industry and its players.

PDP Media Watchdog Urges President Buhari To Resign

Nigerian President, President Muhammadu Buhari

A Pressure group affiliated with the former ruling political party People’s Democratic Party (PDP), known as People’s Democratic Media Watchdog has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to resign after the president reportedly said that age might limit his performance in office.

In a statement issued by one Tunde Lawal on behalf of the group, the PDP said:

The PDP is again vindicated by this confession from President Muhammadu Buhari and many more that are yet to come. Nigerians will recall that during the presidential campaigns, the PDP and other well-meaning Nigerians complained on the choice of sponsoring Pa. Muhammadu Buhari as Presidential Candidate of APC and the effect it will have on the country when it comes to managing the affairs of a multi-dimensional nation like Nigeria, but the APC and its leaders said that age is just a number.It’s barely three weeks into the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and his age is already telling on him, so, what will happen to Nigeria in the remaining 1,440 days of this government. It’s better to find a black goat in the day time rather than looking for it in the night and this is why we are asking President Buhari to resign now because Nigerians will not entertain further excuses of why the APC cannot deliver on their campaign promises.

The People’s Democratic Media Watchdog also blamed President Buhari‘s mistake in Germany on his age.

An Associate Staff Writer at wazobians.com, Moses loves acting and writing. He enjoys writing about the Nigerian entertainment industry and its players.

President Buhari Arrives Nigeria to Meet with Legislators

President Buhari Arrives Nigeria to Meet with Legislators

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned from his trip to Germany early today Tuesday, 9th June, 2015 to have an emergency meeting with party leaders and legislators in order to curb the crisis currently rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC).

President Buhari has been away for the G7 Summit that held in Germany. While he was away, the party went through a power tussle for position of Senate President. The main contenders for the position are Senator Bukola Saraki, reportedly the PDP‘s preferred candidate and Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan who has been endorsed by the APC.

The meeting of APC legislators with President Buhari scheduled to hold this morning will hopefully put an end to the crisis so that the new government can have more time to devote to actual governance.

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Firm Drags PDP to Court Over Campaign Debts

Firm Drags PDP to Court Over Campaign Debts

A communications firm, Silon Concepts Limited has dragged the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and two officials of its campaign organization; Ahmadu Ali and Senator Nenadi Usman for their refusal to pay an outstanding N70m balance for a campaign contracted to it.

The firm demanded a full payment for the “voice SMS campaign broadcast” it sent to eligible voters in favour of the PDP before the 28th March presidential elections that ushered in President Muhammadu Buhari and saw Dr. Goodluck Jonathan out of the Aso Rock Villa.

The case of Silon Concepts Limited against Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is reportedly yet to be assigned to a judge and the PDP is yet to file its response.

An Associate Staff Writer at wazobians.com, Moses loves acting and writing. He enjoys writing about the Nigerian entertainment industry and its players.

Obanikoro Congratulates Jonathan

Obanikoro Congratulates Jonathan's Victory Ahead INEC's Final Declarations wazobians.com

Former Senator and current Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Musiliu Obanikoro has sent a hearty congratulatory message to PDP Presidential candidate, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan ahead of INEC‘s final electoral declarations later tonight. INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega is currently overseeing collation of results. According to Prof. Jega, the final electoral results will be in broadcast nationwide during his press statement yesterday in Abuja.

In his tweet, Musiliu Obanikoro said;

Despite the desperation of the APC with manipulations in Lagos Island, Badagry and Alimosho, I am happy with PDP‘S outing in Lagos. #MO. with real, Not virtual feelers I have received nationwide, allow me be the first to congratulate Mr. President on his expectant Victory! #MO.

Obanikoro Congratulates Jonathan's Victory Ahead INEC's Final Declarations wazobians.com

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Meanwhile, as you can see in the tweet above, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) insists that elections held in Rivers State. Hopefully, every Nigerian will wait till the election results are officially announced by Prof. Jega before towing the Musiliu Obanikoro‘s line.

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APC is an Expired Drug, they will Change to Ebola Soon – Mrs. Jonathan

APC Is An Expired Drug, They Will Change To Ebola Soon wazobians.com

Patience Dame Jonathan, the first lady of Nigeria expressed her thoughts on opposition party APC and what she believes they stand for. Patience Jonathan during the PDP women rally said, APC is a very inconsistent party for always changing it name and would soon change it’s name again to Ebola which would lead their final death on the presidential election day, 28th March. She also stated APC is a purposeless party that Nigerians will always reject.

They have changed their name again, very unsteady party, this time it is APC, the name of an analog expired drug Nigerians rejected because of its ineffectiveness, they will change name again to Ebola and then, they will die their final death, Saturday March 28 will mark the end and final death of APC because they will be disgraced again by Nigerians who have always rejected them.”

Before, we were using typewriter to type and it took all our time, today we are using computer to type and it is saving our time and energy, why should we go back to typewriter and leave computer, we must move forward. We cannot leave digital stage of life and go back to the analogue stage, God forbid.

If you vote for APC all the projects President Jonathan started will be abandoned, it is their way; they do not build, but they know how to destroy that is why their Deputy Governor and their members are decamping to PDP, you have to be careful with that party that is comfortable in jailing husband and wife for no justifiable offence.

Do not vote for the presidential candidate that does not have regards for women; when he was Head of State, he refused to let Nigerians know his wife until recently when he was reminded by PDP women that women are no more for the kitchen alone, and he hurriedly decided to bring her out.

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Patience Jonathan: APC Is Dead And It Burial Is March 28

Patience Jonathan: APC Is Dead And It Burial Is March 28 wazobians.com

Nigeria first lady, Patience Jonathan made a controversial statement during PDP Campaign for her husband today in Onitsha, Anambra. The first lady said opposition party, APC is dead and will be buried on March 28th after the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Tele Ikuru defected to PDP on the premise that the party is full of rebels.

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Patience Jonathan during the rally with women in Onitsha said;

Imagine the deputy of a whole Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign decamping. Does that not show that the party is dead? The party is dead and buried and March 28 is its burial. The party will not live again. When you start answering old drugs, expired drugs, then you know that your death is coming closer. The way things are going, APC will soon bear Ebola. Is Mbakwe corrupt? Yet you jailed him. What of Jim Nwobodo? Yet you jailed him. Don’t support a man that would imprison your mother and father. Jonathan is our messiah. He made Ihejiriaka the Chief of Army Staff and has helped many of our people. Igbos are not fools. We know whom to support. PDP has come to stay.

Patience Jonathan who has told audiences at PDP rallies to vote her husband so Buhari won’t jail them was replied by Buhari‘s wife, Aishat Buhari not to worry about jail as her husband is more concerned about changing the current situation of Nigeria if elected as the  country’s next president.

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Joseph Yobo Distributes Gooduck Jonathan Rice In Abuja

Former Nigerian Footballer, Joseph Yobo Distributes Rice In Abuja. www.wazobians.com
Nigerian retired Super Eagles player JosephPhillipYobo distributes rice branded with Ward2Ward and with the face of the president to some residents in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
Based on this development, it is no doubt that the former Super Eagles captain is a supporter of the incumbent President and Presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
The 35 year old player, Joseph Yobo is definitely taking his role as coordinator of the PDP “Ward toWard” initiative seriously as his group shared bags of rice with his name actually on the bags!!!
Former Nigerian Footballer, Joseph Yobo Distributes Rice In Abuja. www.wazobians.com
Joseph Yobo got married to his hearthrob Adaeze Stephanie Yobo in 2010 and they are both blessed with Joey Yobo. The couple are expecting a second child.

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