PDP Presidential Primary: ‘Nigerians Are Waiting For Us’ – Bode George

A former Deputy National Vice-Chairman (South West) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bode George says Nigerians are waiting for the outcome of the party’s national convention, expressing optimism that the event will be hitch-free. 

He said this on Saturday as the main opposition party begins the convention which will produce its presidential candidate for the 2023 election.

“I pray that the peace and grace of God will descend upon this arena so that we don’t make a mistake,” he said at the Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja, the venue of the convention.

“Nigerians are waiting for us. I know we have had all kinds of crises in the party but our ability to rise above these crises would be our measure of competence and that is what we are asking Nigerians to look at.”

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‘Congregation Of Strange Bird Fellows’

PDP Chieftain, Bode George, spoke to Channels Television on the sidelines of the PDP National Convention on May 28, 2022. Taiwo Adeshina/Channels Television
PDP Chieftain, Bode George, spoke to Channels Television on the sidelines of the PDP National Convention on May 28, 2022. Taiwo Adeshina/Channels Television

 

The former Military Governor of Ondo State berated the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) describing it as a “contraption”.

“The other political party in government is a contraption; a congregation of strange bird fellows,” he added.

“You can see the state of the nation now,” the PDP chieftain said. “So, Nigerians are watching.”

He believes with this at the back of the mind, the PDP will pick the right person to rebuild the country.

According to him, the PDP is set to drive Nigeria on the right path and whoever emerges as the party’s flagbearer will take the country to its glorious days.

Floodings: Abuja Residents Angry As FCTA Demolishes Dozens Of Houses

Residents watch in despair as buildings are demolished in Lugbe, Abuja on May 19, 2022. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Thursday began the demolition of houses in Abuja, triggering a mixture of fear and anger among residents.

Channels Television observed the houses were pulled down at the Trade More Estate, Lugbe in Abuja Municipal Area Council.

Affected building owners were seen hurriedly evacuating their properties and conveying them in several vehicles so as not to lose all their hard earnings.

The demolition comes barely 48 hours after the federal authorities issued a notice, a situation that made residents accuse the FCTA officials of putting them in an embarrassing situation.

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Speaking to journalists, the Chairman of Trademore Estate Phase 2, Uchechukwu Moses, said residents of the area were angry because the FCT minister approved just 23 houses for demolition but they observed that over 96 buildings were actually marked to be pulled down.

“Our residents are gathered in concern and in fear. The moment Control were in our estate yesterday to mark houses that are supposed to be demolished, the concern is that from the papers, we learned that 23 houses were approved but from the count that we did yesterday, over 96 houses have been marked,” he said.

Other residents lamented that even buildings that have experienced floods previously were marked for demolition, wondering what their plight would be.

While wondering if the flooding situation would change in the nation’s capital as a result of the demolition, the affected residents said the FCTA authorities claimed they just wanted a free flow of the flood.

See pictures from the demolition below:

Residents evacuate their properties as FCTA officials demolish buildings in Lugbe, Abuja on May 19, 2022. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Residents watch in despair as buildings are demolished in Lugbe, Abuja on May 19, 2022. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
FCTA official demolish buildings in Lugbe, Abuja on May 19, 2022. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Residents watch in despair as buildings are demolished in Lugbe, Abuja on May 19, 2022. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Residents watch in despair as buildings are demolished in Lugbe, Abuja on May 19, 2022. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Residents evacuate their properties as FCTA officials demolish buildings in Lugbe, Abuja on May 19, 2022. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Residents evacuate their properties as FCTA officials demolish buildings in Lugbe, Abuja on May 19, 2022. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Residents evacuate their properties as FCTA officials demolish buildings in Lugbe, Abuja on May 19, 2022. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Residents evacuate their properties after FCTA officials demolish buildings in Lugbe, Abuja on May 19, 2022. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Residents evacuate their properties as FCTA officials demolish buildings in Lugbe, Abuja on May 19, 2022. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television
Residents evacuate their properties after FCTA officials demolish buildings in Lugbe, Abuja on May 19, 2022. Credit: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

FCT Minister Orders Closure Of Dei-Dei Market In Abuja After Fatal Clash

A photo combination of sections of the Dei-Dei market being gutted by fire and the FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello on May 18, 2022.
A photo combination of sections of the Dei-Dei market being gutted by fire and the FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello on May 18, 2022.

 

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mr Mohammad Bello has ordered the closure of Dei-Dei international market indefinitely.

The order came following a clash between commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as okada riders, which claimed at least four lives.

The Minister gave the order after inspecting the scene of the incident alongside the FCT Commissioner of Police, Sunday Babaji and other security agencies.

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According to the Minister, trouble started in the market when a female trader fell off a commercial motorcycle and was crushed to death by an articulated vehicle.

While dismissing initial reports of a communal clash, he directed the community and market leaders to fish out the hoodlums responsible for the crisis.

‘Totally unacceptable’

“What really came out clearly is that this is an accident that occurred, unfortunately when a lady on a motorcycle fell off and I think a vehicle ran over her and unfortunately she passed away,” the Minister said.

“As a result of this incident, tension was high. And then hoodlums took over. And like they do everywhere in the world, their target is economic assets. And they burnt down a substantial part of the timber market and other markets around here; they burnt many vehicles.

“This is why I came here to really say that this is an accident that occurred, that went out of hand. There’s no communal clash here and I appeal to everybody in Abuja to live as we have always lived here – in peace. Because everybody has come to this city to earn a living and the economic activities of this city, particularly this part of the city, is very vibrant. A lot of people eke their daily living here.

“What I told the community leaders is that they have to fish out the hoodlums and bad eggs among them.

“This is more unfortunate because this time around, hoodlums carried arms. And they shot innocent people. As a matter of fact, I saw four corpses; this is very sad and totally and unequivocally unacceptable in Abuja.”

Osinbajo Visits Niger State, Meets APC Delegates Behind Closed Door

Vice President Osinbajo addressing the delegates in Niger State on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday visited Minna, Niger State where he met with delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) behind closed doors. 

After his arrival in Minna, he first held a closed-door meeting with the Emir of Minna, Umar-Faruk Bahago at his palace before heading to the Government House to meet with the delegates.

A cross-section of the delegates.

 

The Political Adviser to the President on Political Matters Senator Babafemi Ojudu who spoke to the delegates said the Vice President takes them as partners in progress and not followers.

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Ojudu further told them that arrangements are in place to make all delegates comfortable during the presidential primary scheduled to hold in Abuja.

Osinbajo’s visit comes just six days after APC chieftain Bola Tinubu came to Minna.

EFCC Nabs ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’ Academy Owner, 16 ‘Trainees’ In Abuja

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The EFCC had in the past discovered several such “academies” across the nation.

 

Operatives of the Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested one Afolabi Samad, the owner of a ‘Yahoo-Yahoo Academy’ in Abuja.

The 24-year-old was arrested on Thursday in a sting operation alongside 16 of his students. The youngsters between the ages of 18 and 27 years were arrested at their hideout located in Peace Court Estate, Lokogoma, a suburb of Abuja.

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The owner of the alleged academy rented the three-bedroom flat for three million Naira to impact the tricks of cyber-frauds on his apprentices for undisclosed fees.

Some of the items recovered from the suspects include laptops, phones, charms, and two vehicles: a Lexus RX350 and Toyota Highlander.

 

The EFCC in its statement said investigations are ongoing and the suspects will be charged accordingly in due time.

Election: NSA Directs Law Enforcement Agencies To Beef Up Security

A file photo of the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno
A file photo of the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno

 

Ahead of the Ekiti, Osun, and the 2023 general Elections, the National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno has directed heads of security and law enforcement agencies to scale up security and start the profiling of political actors who exhibit tendencies to subvert the electoral process.

Representative of the NSA, Mister Sanusi Galadima, stated this at the meeting of the Interagency Committee on Elections Security.

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The event is held at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja.

Both elections are billed for later in the year while the general election hols next year.

Fuel Queues: NNPC Assures Of Supplies, Warns Against Panic Buying In Abuja

In this file photo, vehicles queue for fuel in Abuja on March 1, 2021.

 

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured residents of Abuja against panic buying of fuel, assuring that the agency has adequate supply despite the resurgence of queues in the city. 

This is according to a series of tweets on the NNPC handle late Sunday.

“We assure all residents of the FCT, and indeed all Nigerians, that we have ample local supplies and national stock in excess of 2.5 billion liters, with a sufficiency of more than 43 days,” it added.

“The NNPC Ltd hereby advises motorists not to engage in panic buying as supplies are adequate as will become increasingly evident in the coming days.”

It explained the appearance of fuel queues in parts of Abuja “is very likely due to low loadouts at depots which usually happen during long public holidays, in this case, the Sallah celebrations”.

The statement added that the “increased fuel purchases which are also usual with returning residents of the FCT from the public holidays”.

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The recent development is coming a few months after fuel queues resurfaced in the country due to the importation of “bad fuel” into Nigeria.

Lawmakers had then initiated a probe into the matter as calls came for those found guilty to be punished.  The House of Representatives had then called on the NNPC to suspend the companies involved in the importation.

But in April, the lower chamber said nobody would be sanctioned over the supply of the adulterated product.

This was after it considered and adopted the reviewed report on the investigation by its Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) which exonerated both the NNPC and the suppliers in the Direct Sale-Direct Purchase deal between the Federal Government and the importers.

Buhari Receives UN Secretary-General At State House

The UN chief is calling for the reintegration of repentant terrorists in Nigeria. Photo: State House

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday received the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the State House in Abuja. 

He was received by top government officials. Buhari’s conversation with Guterres centred on the need to ensure peaceful and democratic elections as well as the robust participation of women and young people in all areas.

He also thanked the UN boss for the visit, stressing that it came at a time when the world is focussing on the Russia/Ukraine crisis. Buhari also believes that the visit underscores the assurance that the world is with Nigeria.

On his part, the UN scribe called for developed nations to ramp up vaccine support to countries in the global north, halt the asymmetrical distribution and reform the global financial system.

Earlier in the day, he visited the UN House in Abuja alongside some top officials and diplomats of the agency.

 

Guterres is on a two-day official visit to Nigeria – the first of such.

The UN chief had arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday and also visited Borno State where he proposed the reintegration of repentant terrorists. This, he said, is key to the restoration of peace in the North East region.

 

“The best thing we can do for peace is to reintegrate those, that in a moment of despair, became terrorists but want to become now citizens and to contribute to the well-being of their brothers and sisters,” he told a gathering at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp.

 

The UN scribe is also expected to perform the wreath-laying ceremony in honour of the August 26, 2011, suicide bomb attack victims.

2023 Presidency: I’ll Hand Over To Whoever Nigerians Elect, Buhari Vows

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has downplayed claims that he has a favoured candidate for the 2023 elections, saying he will hand over to whoever Nigerians elect.

The President made the remark on Monday while answering questions from journalists after observing the Eid-el-Fitr prayers at the Mambilla Barracks parade ground in Abuja.

According to Buhari, he has no special candidate to replace him next year. He, instead, said the one who would succeed him is “the person that Nigerians elect”.

The Nigerian leader equally urged security agencies to redouble efforts in the fight against insecurity.

“We’ll continue to make the environment secure, especially when the rainy season is coming so that farmers can go back to their farms and we wouldn’t have problems of food security,” Buhari said. 

“Heads of the services — army, navy, air force, the inspector-general of police, and so on — are very much aware of the situation. It’s their duty to know where the terrorists are and eliminate them.”

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‘Victory Is Within Sight’

President Buhari says he has no favoured candidate to replace him. Photo: [email protected]

 

On Sunday, Buhari had in his Sallah message, reiterated his administration’s resolve to end insecurity.

While the battle has been hard and long, he is optimistic that victory is closer than expected.

“After a period of fasting and reflection, this year, we have cause to welcome the occasion in hope. The battle waged against terrorists who falsely masquerade under the name of Islam is approaching its conclusion,’’ the President was quoted as saying in a statement by his aide, Garba Shehu.

“The fight has been long and hard. The final victory is within sight. Boko Haram and its offshoots’ final embers are now fading.

“Last month, the leader of ISWAP was killed in an airstrike. Since the New Year, thousands of fighters have surrendered to enter rehabilitation programmes.

“The territories they used to occupy are now seeing the return of those who were forced to flee their barbarity. Normality is finally beginning to return to the Northeast. It is a long process. Yet it is one we are, together, now embarking upon.”

2023: APC Does Not Regret N100m Nomination Fee – Adamu

National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu, addressed reporters at the State House in Abuja on April 29, 2022.
National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu, addressed reporters at the State House in Abuja on April 29, 2022.

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu, says the party does not regret pegging its presidential nomination form at N100m. 

He said this on Friday while addressing State House Correspondents after presenting the Ekiti APC governorship candidate, Abiodun Oyebanji, to President Muhammadu Buhari.

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The former lawmaker explained that the move was to ward off unserious contenders and raise sufficient funds ahead of the upcoming elections. It is also to discourage parties that have no chance of winning elections from sponsoring individuals to play the role of spoilers, he added.

Aside from this, the APC leader also said the party has not yet taken a decision on the zoning of its presidential candidate for the 2023 election.

According to him, the decision on which part of the country should produce the party’s flagbearer was beyond him.

What Adamu said?

“We’ve been listening with rapt attention to the hues and cries from our lovers and adversaries. We have no regrets whatsoever.

“We did some homework; we know what it takes to go through primaries, go through presidential campaign, go through election to be president; we know what it takes.

“We also do know that there are citizens who are qualified to contest, but who are not serious contenders, who will just want to take anything cheap by the roadside. Even the enormity of work that has to be done – and this work will be done with money.

“And we don’t want to continue to beg, particularly in an election year. So we want to see that we are able to mobilise sufficient funds to support our efforts to win election.

“The criticism, in some quarters, may be well-founded – I have no quarrel with that, but we wear the shoes for our party and we know where it pinches.”

Osinachi’s Death: Police Forward Autopsy Result To DPP For Prosecution

A photo combination of a police crested vest and the late gospel singer, Osinachi Nwachukwu.

 

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command says the autopsy result of late gospel singer, Osinachi Nwachukwu is out.

A statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh says the result has been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution for vetting and possible prosecution.

“In accordance with standard best practices and in a bid to  Demystify the circumstances surrounding the death of the popular gospel songstress Osinachi conducted an autopsy on the deceased. The result of the Autopsy is out and has been forwarded to the  Director of Public Prosecution for vetting and possible prosecution,” Adeh explained.

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She however did not give details of the autopsy.

Osinachi who was popular for the song, ‘Ekwueme’ died on April 8 after allegedly suffering from an internal injury in her chest following alleged maltreatment by her husband.

There have been several allegations by family members of the deceased, including her children and other close associates that the gospel singer had lived under the torture of her husband during their years of marriage.

This has sparked public outcry and national discourse on gender violence.

The police arrested Peter Nwachukwu, the alleged wife beater and have swung into investigation including conducting an autopsy at the National Hospital Abuja.

During a meeting between the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Usman Allali Baba and the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen as well as the family members of Osinachi, the police boss assured that the matter would be investigated thoroughly and prosecuted in accordance with the law.

The FCT Command urged members of the public to exercise patience and trust in the process while due diligence is being observed in the pursuit of justice, as updates on the case will be communicated subsequently.