The governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Ogun State, Mr Gboyega Isiaka, says he has the backing of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who he says has described him as his beloved son.
He said this on Monday, during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
According to Isiaka, though the former president has also shown support for other candidates who had met with him, he (Isiaka) remains the “beloved son” of Obasanjo.
He said, “Well, he is the father of all, he is not on our political platform but then I was presented to him the other time and he did say that this is my beloved son in whom I’m well pleased and that goes a long way so that is it.
“He did say too that if any other person wants to come and greet him, he will open his doors but I’m not so sure that he can have two beloved sons at the same time but for this period I think he has said what is in his mind.
“I’m a candidate that Obasanjo has said is his beloved son and this is who I want to support”.
Isiaka who had contested for the governorship seat in 2011, 2015 and now this year (2018), said he had refused to give up because his vision for the state was yet to be achieved.
According to him, he had made up his mind to contribute to the development of the state and he will continue to attempt to the governorship race in order to right some of the wrongs from infrastructure to human capital development.
“Because I have a vision, I have made up my mind that I want to contribute to the development and growth of that state and I believe I have what it takes to do that.
“I have the capacity and experience to do that. Also I believe I have the sincerity of purpose.
“The reason why I joined in 2011 is still largely there. We still have a lot of poverty. We still have a lot of our human capital development, not well taken care of.
“We still have our roads the way they are. So I think that if I still have the strength and the wherewithal to continue with the struggle then why not.
“I set a vision for myself in 2012, the reason for it is still there and I have what it takes to do it. The reason why I left the PDP is still there”.
Isiaka who was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before defecting to the ADC said he had no regrets and he was “very happy” to have left the party.
He explained that the internal crisis in the party led to his defection. And he had no regrets for joining his current party because it provided him a peaceful atmosphere to pursue his political ambitions.
“It is because of the internal wrangling and fighting in the PDP. As we speak, we still do not know who is going to be the final candidate of the PDP – this has been on since 2011.
“I think that my followers also understand that we needed a very peaceful environment to be able to pursue our ambition,” he said.
Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has denied reports alleging that she ordered the arrest of her Aide de Camp (ADC) over fraud allegations.
According to her, the ADC, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Sani Baban-Inna, had been working with her since 2016, but to her surprise, investigations showed that he used the opportunity to defraud unsuspecting associates and officials.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, She, however, said that she had no hand in his arrest and detention.
Read her full statement below…
Press Statement from the Wife of the President
The attention of wife of the President, Dr. Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has been drawn to some media publications and releases purporting illegal detention of her Aide De Camp (ADC) over allegations of fraud.
The story as it pertains to her ADC, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Sani Baban-Inna has it that he has been detained on the orders of Her Excellency for dropping her name and defrauding unsuspecting officials and associates. She wishes to use this opportunity to refute such allegation and to state that she has no hand in his arrest and detention.
CSP Sani Baban-Inna has been her ADC since 2016 and has been associated with her ever since. To the utter dismay of Her Excellency, he has used the opportunity to defraud unsuspecting associates and officials as initial investigations have shown.
The Nigeria Police Force, his employers arrested him to investigate the allegations leveled against him, this, being within their jurisdiction.
She therefore wishes to use this opportunity to inform the general public that she has never sent any of her staff to collect any favours on her behalf or on behalf of her children and will never do so. She is therefore imploring anyone that has been defrauded by Mr. Baban-Inna to get across to him to retrieve whatever he took from them. Mrs. Buhari wishes to reiterate that she will not condone fraudulent behavior by any of her staff.
She uses this opportunity to call on all those in positions of authority to rise above intimidation by their aides and deal with such attitudes as extortion by name-dropping, especially within the Presidency. As she always emphasizes, this government was voted into office based on the trust and confidence of the people.
Suleiman Haruna Director of Information to Wife of the President State House Abuja
The governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Fatai Akinbade, has described himself as inordinately ambitious and self-driven and therefore, should be given a chance to govern the people of Osun State.
He said this on Sunday, during the Osun State Governorship Debate, organised by Channels Television when asked why the people of Osun State should vote for him.
The governorship candidate said, “I am a civil engineer by profession and politician by calling. I served three Military administrators as Commissioner for Works, between 1994 and 1998.
“I also served as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Osun State, between 2001 and 2003 when Prince Olagunsoyelola emerged as the governor of this state.
“I served as the Secretary to the Government of that government. With all these experiences, you will agree with me that I am well equipped and prepared. I am passionate and service-driven.
“I’m not inordinately ambitious and that is why I am offering myself for the good services of Osun State,” he said.
The Senator representing Adamawa Central Senatorial District, Abdul-Azeez Nyako and Hon. Rufai Umar of Gombi constituency in the state Assembly, formally announced their defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
The aggrieved party members, made the announcement on Monday at a stakeholders’ meeting and inauguration of the ADC Committee in Yola, the state capital.
PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus, Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, R-APC Chairman Buba Galadima, and the lawmaker representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye, were among the prominent politicians at the meeting.
The objective of the meeting is to form a grand alliance for a singular presidential candidate that will wrest power from the APC in the forthcoming presidential election.
The meeting held barely one day after the PDP claimed the APC was in the “throes of death” and that it was already suffering from pre-defeat trauma ahead of the 2019 elections.
In a statement by their National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday, the party described the ruling party as a “now shattered APC”, saying the party had become intensely nervous over the soaring popularity of the PDP and the surge of Nigerians into their fold as a repositioned and rebranded party.
“The APC is particularly unsettled by the huge successes recorded by the Liyel Imoke-led PDP Contact and Integration Committee, in seamlessly galvanizing alliances among stakeholders across other parties, including those returning from the overtly dysfunctional and derelict APC.
“The APC is further disconcerted by the spirit of accommodation, agreement and oneness of purpose that pervade the alliances among old, new and returning members of the PDP in our key structure across all the states of the federation, particularly in Sokoto, Kogi, Kwara and Kano states, where all new and returning members have been accorded very warm reception,” the PDP had claimed in the statement.
A political pressure group founded by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Coalition for Nigerian movement, has announced its fusion into a political party called the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
The elder statesman disclosed the new development to reporters on Thursday at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
He explained in his speech titled ‘My treatise for future of democracy and development in Nigeria’, that the decision was in a bid for the group to realise its dream of a new Nigeria.
The statement read in part, “Since the inception of Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CNM, many of the sixty-eight registered political parties had contacted and consulted with the Movement on coming together and working together.
“The leadership of the Movement, after detailed examination, wide consultation and bearing in mind the orientation, policies, and direction of the Movement, have agreed to adopt ADC as its platform to work with others for bringing about desirable change in the Nigeria polity and governance.”
The former president said the ADC is poised to provide the much-needed political will for the advancement of the socio-political and economic development of the country.
He further challenged Nigerians to rise up to the task of making the country great again.
Obasanjo also asked members of the National Assembly to rid themselves of corruption by making laws for good governance.
He stressed the need for the amendment of the constitution to empower the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to regulate campaign funds of political parties.
The former president also wants INEC to conduct elections for the three tiers of government, including the local government polls.
Meanwhile, a former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who is also a member of the group briefed reporters about the development in Abuja.
According to him, the adoption was aimed at forming a formidable force to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2019.
Oyinlola decried the failure of past governments to lead Nigeria out of the woods, noting that the situation in the country was worsening under the APC administration.
He described the alleged state of despair and despondency in Nigeria as an ill wind capable of leading to a conflagration if not properly managed.
The former governor spoke to reporters hours after he resigned as Chairman of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
He revealed his decision in a letter dated May 9, 2018, and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The letter read in part, “Your Excellency, I must put on record my very deep sense of appreciation for the special privilege and consideration you gave me to serve our fatherland in that capacity. As I stated in my appreciation letter to you shortly after the appointment, the offer was a clear call to service. I gave the job the dedication it deserved and would have loved to continue but I regret to inform Your Excellency that I have a new, greater political engagement that will make that difficult and even impolitic.
“I am moving on to chart a new course in my politics outside the ruling party and this thus, demands my dropping the NIMC chairmanship.
“I thank you, sir, once again for the great honour and confidence reposed in me. However, there is time to take a job and another time to leave it and move on. For me, the time to work on something else in the interest and service of our people is now.”
A Federal High Court in Abuja says the detention of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s ADC by the EFCC without trial is unlawful and that he should be released immediately.
According to Trial Judge, Yusuf Halilu, the EFCC is a statutory government agency set up to save the country from corrupt practices and not to serve as a holding prison for the Nigerian Army under which Colonel Adegbe is still serving.
Justice Halilu ordered the EFCC to release him immediately until it is ready to arraign him before a competent court of jurisdiction.
According to him, a situation where a suspect is perpetually kept in custody at the wimps and caprices of the anti-graft agency is against the law.
Justice Halilu, however, struck out two other reliefs sought by Colonel Adegbe asking the EFCC to apologize and pay him 100 million Naira in damages on the grounds that Colonel Adegbe is a serving officer in the Nigerian Army.