President Buhari Hosts Tinubu, Awujale In London

Buhari, Tinubu, AwujalePresident Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, played host to the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona in London, United Kingdom.

The President shared photos of their visit via his Twitter handle on Thursday.

President Buhari has been away on a 10-day medical vacation to take care of an ear infection.

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L: President Buhari with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; R: President Buhari with the Awujale of Ijebu land

He was scheduled to end the vacation on Friday but would be arriving Nigeria on Sunday, June 19.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, disclosed this to State House correspondents just before the National Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

APC Determined To Fulfil Campaign Promises – Oyegun

OyegunNational Chairman of the All Progressive Congress Chief John Oyegun has once more reiterated the determination of his party to deliver on its promises to Nigerian people.

Briefing State House correspondents after a meeting of the APC caucus with President Mohammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, the APC Chairman said what is critical to the party now is to ensure that as soon as the budget is out, the administration will begin implementation of its promises to the Nigerian people.

On the money so far recovered from the fight against corruption, the APC Chairman said the President will soon brief the nation on the matter.

According to him the money recovered will be deployed appropriately to the necessary sectors with legislative approvals.

Present at the meeting were former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and all the caucus members of the party.

Also present were the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, serving and past governors of the party among others.

Nigerian Economy Difficult But Encouraging – Tinubu

tinubuA chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Lagos State, Mr Bola Tinubu, has described the state of the nation as difficult but encouraging.

He said this at the combined convocation ceremony of the University of Abuja, where he spoke on behalf of the recipients of the university’s honorary degrees.

Honorary degrees were awarded to the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi; former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar; former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and former Vice President, Dr. Alex Exwueme who was represented by his daughter.

Asiwaju Tinubu thanked the university for the honour and encouraged everyone to see the convocation as the chance for a new beginning in the task of nation building.

The APC leader was of the view that the present situation facing the country requires all Nigerians to make sacrifices and persevere.

Similarly, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Micheal Adikwu, encouraged the graduates to take active roles in pulling the country out of its present economic downturn.

The occasion was to formally give awards to graduate and postgraduate students from 2009/2010 session to the 2014/2015 session in the University of Abuja.

Over 25,000 persons bagged various degrees, with eight students completing their courses with first class honours and 2,324 students with second class upper division.

Traditional rulers, federal ministers, federal lawmakers, and captains of industry, all gathered for the combined convocation ceremony.

Job Creation Is Key In Curbing Insecurity – Tinubu

TinubuFormer Governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has stated that governments at all levels must pay serious attention to job creation for the youth as a way of addressing the lingering insecurity in the nation.

He said that training of the youths to become self-reliant would drastically reduce youth restiveness and engagement in crime and anti-social behaviours.

Tinubu made this assertion at the launching of the first phase of the Kaduna Intra-City Taxi Scheme, initiated by the state government.

The former governor, who commissioned 200 brand new cars for the taxi scheme, noted that change in any system usually comes with gains and pains, hence the need for the people of the state to be patient, as the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, would deliver dividends of democracy to them.

He said that the new transport scheme would create wealth and provide jobs, adding that the advantages of the initiative ranges from economic to sociological security.

He noted that it was an anomaly that the state had no functional mode of transportation within the metropolis.

The former Lagos State Governor, who was elated with the APC programme in the state, reminded the gathering at the Murtala Square that the APC government would fulfil all its campaign promises. He also solicited their support for the government.

While commending Governor El-Rufai for the initiative, Tinubu maintained that the taxi transport scheme is not only an economic empowerment programme that is aimed at creating wealth and jobs alone, but would also reduce the rate of crime in Kaduna State.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai in his speech, said that Kaduna State, being the defunct headquarters of the north, deserved descent cabs.

Members of the state chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) also thanked the Governor for the gesture.

Jonathan Denies Tinubu’s Cliam Of Interim Government VP Offer

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President Goodluck Jonathan has denied claims by the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, that he offered the former Lagos State governor the opportunity to serve as Vice President in a proposed Interim National Government.

Addressing reporters in Abuja on Friday, the president’s spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati described Tinubu’s claim as ‘absurd and ridiculous’.

Dr. Abati insisted that the position of President Jonathan had remained that the idea of an Interim National Government is treasonable.

He said the President had made it clear that he had neither proposed the idea at any forum nor discussed it with anybody.

The National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said on Thursday that the recent attacks on his person were because he rejected the offer by President Jonathan to serve as the Vice President in an Interim National Government.

In a statement by his media office, Tinubu said having refused the offer, Jonathan was looking for ways to take him out either by killing him or getting him arrested based on trumped-up charges.

The former governor of Lagos State said the Peoples Democratic Party had never been this rattled in its 16 years in power.

He said Jonathan blamed him for the successful merger of the APC and the momentum, the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) was gaining.

APC Holds One Million Man March In Lagos

APCMembers and supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday took to the streets in what they termed a one million man march.

From Maryland area to the Surulere area of Lagos mainland and stopping at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, party leaders sought more support at the polls.

Supporters of the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and members of the APC chanted and gyrated to political songs in praise of the APC candidates.

As the marchers made a final stop at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, the leaders seized the opportunity to address the crowd on the forthcoming elections.

The march may be a form of exercise, nevertheless, it was largely a political statement; especially in a strategic state like Lagos where, not only number matters, but the commerce makes the decision of voters and leaders significant.

Among notable members who led the march were the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu; the APC governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; and Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji and others.

Ikimi Meets PDP Leaders, Expresses Readiness To Join Ruling Party

IkimiFormer APC member, Tom Ikimi, at the weekend met with leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) where he expressed his readiness to join the ruling party and pull his political structure in the South-South to ensure its victory in the 2015 general elections.

PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, who led a delegation of party leaders to meet Ikimi in Abuja on Friday evening to finalize arrangements for his formal declaration, said that the PDP was happy that Ikimi has decided to return to its fold.

Mu’azu described Ikimi as a highly organized and patriotic Nigerian who has the interest of the nation at heart, adding that such qualities made it hard for him to be in a party like the APC. He said that the PDP would immensely benefit from Ikimi’s “wealth of experience, strong political structure and massive followership across the country”.

The National Chairman praised the Edo-born politician for his courage in deciding to return to the PDP, while giving assurance that the party, under the new leadership, recognizes and rewards loyalty, commitment and experience.

In the same vein, Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih, commended Ikimi for his decision, which he said was in the overall interest of the nation.

Responding, Ikimi, who restated that he dumped the APC due to its deep-seated anti-nationalistic and discriminatory tendencies, said that he was ready to join the PDP and use his political structures especially in the South-South to ensure that it emerged victorious in the 2015 general elections.

I look forward to bringing value to the PDP. I believe that my contributions will again be noteworthy. By my joining PDP, we are assured of victory, not only in Edo State, but in the entire South-South geopolitical zone”, Ikimi said, noting that he was ready to serve the party in any capacity deemed appropriate by the leaders.

Stating that the visit has laid to rest, speculations and arguments regarding where he has resolved to pitch his tent, Ikimi said that he would transmit the outcome of the meeting to his constituency and he was sure that the response would be favourable.

He also said that he desires to work with Tony Anenih so as to move the party and the nation forward and bring about the much expected development to Edo State and the South-South geopolitical zone.

I believe that our people are looking forward to this reunion because they will benefit the most from it. When I and Chief Tony Anenih work together, I do not think we can have any obstacle we cannot overcome”, he said.

Also at the meeting were PDP Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Secretary of the PDP BoT, Senator Wali Jibril, former FCT Minister, Dr. Aliyu Modibbo, as well as political stakeholders from the South-South.

Tom Ikimi Quits APC

Tom-Ikimi quits ApcThe Former National Chairmanship Aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Tom Ikimi, has announced his withdrawal from the political party.

Mr Ikimi, in a statement made available to reporters on Tuesday said: “I have made the decision to withdraw my membership from the All Progressives Congress (APC) from today, 27th August 2014″.

In what he tagged, his reflections on his former party, Ikimi gave hard knocks, not only to the leadership of the APC but also the party itself.

“It is truly amazing that all who have spoken to me privately without exception agree with me that the image of the APC as is a Tinubu party has severely damaged the party, but each time I openly raise issues that challenge the consequences everyone keeps quiet.

“In the present atmosphere of envy, plots and gossip, the long-term satisfaction of a political comradeship and brotherhood anchored on shared principles and ideology, of honour, trust and confidence in pursuit of a common goal remain elusive.”

Ikimi’s participation in the party has been limited since the National Convention of the party in June which produced Mr John Oyegun as the party’s National Chairman.

Ikimi was interested in the position but was allegedly forced to withdraw from the race to pave way for the emergence of the alleged anointed candidate of the national leader of the party and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

He alleged that “the process adopted at the APC convention for deciding on a new national chairman was a sham” in which he did not participate.

“For the record, let me state that it was I who admitted Chief Oyegun into the APP in 1999.

“He joined the ACN a year ago in Benin City after he departed from the ANPP where in the 2011 general elections he was that party’s vice presidential candidate. He certainly did not depart from the ANPP with great pleasure. Therefore moving from one party to another should not be so strange to him”, he said, of the APC National Chairman.

Calling the APC undemocratic, and lacking the capacity to wrestle power from the ruling party, Ikimi, however, failed to state exactly which political party he would be defecting to.

He opined that “the party (APC) has collapsed in very many states such as Adamawa,” and “it is in distress in Edo, Ogun, Oyo. Lagos, Nasarawa.”

“I am at the stage of currently critically re-examining the two dominant political parties in our country, which are the APC and the PDP, in both of which I have had close working knowledge.”

Most defected members of the APC of late had joined the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but it is not yet clear if Mr Ikimi would be joining the PDP.

Fashola, Tinubu, Jakande, Others Honour Departed APC Chieftain, Alhaji Odunsi

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Saturday joined Former Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu and first civilian Governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande to pay their last respects to a leader of the APC in Surulere, Alhaji Babatunde Odunsi.

The Governor who was one of the earliest callers at the Surulere residence of the deceased in the early hours of Saturday also joined others at the Janazah prayers held at the Wahab Folawiyo Central Mosque, Surulere later in the day.

The remains of the deceased were later interred at the Vaults and Gardens in Ikoyi after the traditional dust-to-dust rites was performed by the children and relatives of the deceased. They were supported by political associates of the late leader including Governor Fashola, Asiwaju Tinubu, lawmakers from the National and State House of Assemblies among others.

Governor Fashola described the departed leader as a foremost organizer and coordinator who would be sorely missed by all particularly in his Surulere constituency and Lagos State as a loyal party man and thorough grassroots mobiliser.

While condoling with members of Alhaji Odunsi’s family and the teeming party faithful on behalf of the Government and people of Lagos State, Governor Fashola prayed to Almighty Allah to admit the soul of the departed into Al-Jannah Firdaus.

Aged 82, the late Alhaji Lateef Babatunde Odunsi was a founding member of several progressive platforms having gone into politics since 1957 starting with the Action Congress to the Unity Party of Nigeria, the Action Congress of Nigeria and the APC.

Tinubu Advocates Amnesty For Boko Haram

The National Leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,has urged the federal government to include negotiation and amnesty in its move to address the Boko Haram insurgency.

Mr. Tinubu who said that the application of force alone will only made the situation worse has disagreed with President Jonathan’s stance on amnesty for the fundamentalists, saying that amnesty must be based on justice, particularly for those with no blood stains on their hands.

The former governor of Lagos state made this known during his visit to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, to commiserate the failed attack on him earlier in the year.

In a recent visit to Borno state, President Jonathan had declared no amnesty for the religious extremists who he described as ‘ghosts.’

“I support the granting of amnesty to the sect but with some conditions, which include justice for those people with blood in their hands because it would go a long way in discouraging such dastardly acts in future” he added.

“For the innocent ones among them, there must be amnesty. We cannot fight a war in our own country against minor crimes and minor people. We would only end up multiplying these people by trying to use force against our own citizens.”

“I therefore disagree with the President; they are not ghosts” he said.

He however said that members of the insurgent group who engage in criminal activities should be brought to justice.

He further noted that granting amnesty to the sect is inevitable if the country is to avoid a devastating war, stating that “we cannot afford to fight another war in our own country.”

Mr Tinubu also blamed the security challenges of the country on the duplication of ministries related to the Police affairs which he says has rendered efforts of the Inspector General of Police, M.D. Abubakar ineffective.

“It is the responsibility of the president to protect lives and properties of Nigerians and ensure stability of the country. If he is not capable of doing this, then he should resign as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“President Jonathan cannot continue to blame one Inspector General of Police, after another. It is the responsibility of the President to ensure that unity and peace prevail in the country and that we are not divided by tribal and religion differences,” Tinubu said.

“Again, we‘ll equally look at the police to see if for every action taken there is justification and punishment for those who committed crimes against humanity.”

The former governor said it is regrettable that some Nigerians are feeding on the conflict, claiming that it gives them unhindered access to country’s security vote, hence they would ensure that there was no end to it.

“I am convinced that the Boko Haram conflict is sponsored and promoted by some highly placed people for economic reasons, while others try to polarise it along political divides” he stated.

 

 

Babangida, Mark,Tinubu Condemn The Attack On The Emir Of Kano

Reactions have trailed Saturday’s attack on the convoy of the Emir of Kano with former military head of state, retired General Ibrahim Babangida, describing the attack as a “Wake-up call”. 

The senate president David Mark on his part described the attack on the Emir as a violent assault on the “Nation’s Traditional Institution”.

Former governor of Lagos state and leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, (ACN) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu also condemned the attack, and described the incident as a “New low in the safety and security of Nigerians”.

Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF) is shocked about the attack, and notes that “Violence can never address perceived grievances, however strong we feel about them”.

The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) describes the attack as a “Sacrilegious assault on the respected traditional institution”.

The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) also condemned in ‘Strong’ terms the attack, the chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger state Muazu Aliyu in a statement noted with grave concern the attack on the convoy of the revered traditional ruler, saying it was an act of terrorism and the height of insecurity in the country.

Governor Aliyu explained that the attack was coming at a time when the nation was searching for a lasting solution to the security challenge that has claimed a lot of lives in the north.

He identified the attackers as faceless persons who are bent on instilling fear and creating a general state of apprehension across the country in order to attain their selfish motives.

He called on the federal government to brace up to the brazen activities of faceless persons across the country that is turning the country into a terror zone.

Obama invites Tinubu for his nomination acceptance

The National leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is to attend the three-day National Convention of the United States Democratic Party that kicks off today in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Local media report that Mr Tinubu who was invited to the Democratic National Convention in his right as the leader of the opposition in Nigeria will be at the ring side as the Democratic Party conduct activities that will culminate in the nomination of President Barrack Obama as its candidate for the November 2012 Presidential elections in the USA.

The former Lagos State governor will be accompanied by the Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi,  Dele Alake and the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji

The Republican Party at the weekend confirmed the nomination of Mitt Romney as its candidate.

A statement by Sunday Dare, the Special Adviser on Media to the former Lagos state governor reads: “Tinubu receives a gold card invitation which is prime and with this, he will be joined by three other eminent personalities – Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state, Speaker Lagos state House of Assembly Adeyemi Ikuforiji and former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos state, Mr Dele Alake.

“On Thursday, at Bank of America stadium, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will deliver their nomination acceptance speeches.

Four years ago when President Obama was inaugurated, Mr Tinubu also enjoyed a ring side seat at the event in Washington.

Mr Tinubu’s invitation to attend the convention comes after a successful one week lecture tour, town hall meeting and book launch in Washington and Chicago.

He delivered a lecture at the prestigious Wilson Center for International scholars on the challenges facing Nigeria’s democratic experiment and offered solutions to problems of under development facing the country.

Similarly at a town hall meeting in Chicago with Governors Rauf Aregbesola  and Abiola Ajimobi  on hand, Tinubu spoke extensively on Nigeria’s search for true federalism and highlighted the fault lines in the country’s practice of federalism.

At the convention, Tinubu  is expected to discuss how to entrench true  federalism in Nigeria in his private discussions with the leading figures of the Obama administration and  seek the US support for Nigeria to hold a free and fair election in 2015.