‘Nigerian Youths Will Not Be Left Out Of Govt’, Bakare Declares For Presidency

 

Pastor Tunde Bakare has promised to include youths in his government as the former vice presidential candidate officially declared his intention to run for the presidency in the 2023 elections. 

His official declaration was held in Abuja on Monday, days after he purchased the All Progressives Congress (APC) form for the post.

“The youth of Nigeria will no longer be left out of leadership in Nigeria: My cabinet will be one of the most intergenerational in Nigeria’s history and my administration will also vitalise the ‘Not Too Young To Run Act’ by instituting a
Presidential Young Leaders’ Programme (PYLP) that will attract, train, mentor, appoint, and back young Nigerian men and women to run for office,” he said during the event.

The cleric said his quest for the exalted seat is based on his commitment “to the realisation of a new Nigeria for every Nigerian in my lifetime”.

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‘There Would Be Light!’

Pastor Tunde Bakare is promising to revamp the power sector if elected.

 

Bakare, who is campaigning on the four pillars of peace, progress, prosperity, and possibilities, promised to revitalise the power sector if elected as Nigeria’s leader.

“Still, on our infrastructure delivery agenda, we would execute a decentralised, private-sector driven electricity reform agenda that would see the generation of up to 100, 000 megawatts of on-grid, and off-grid electricity by 2030 as part of the Nigeria Geo-Economic Development Plan (N-GDP),” Bakare said.

According to him, this would be achieved through “broadening the national energy mix; harnessing geo-economic comparative advantages in energy generation including solar, hydro, nuclear, thermal, natural gas, biomass, wind, and other energy resources to attract competent investors within and outside the country”.

He lamented that several parts of the world have gone ahead of Nigeria in terms of power generation and distribution but vowed to change the narrative.

“There must be, at the very least, light in Nigeria. That was the first order of creation,” the preacher added.

“In Nigeria, there would be light,” the presidential aspirant maintained.

Court Fixes March 25 To Hear Sowore, Bakare’s Suit Against Malami, Bichi

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed March 25, 2020, for the hearing of the N1 billion fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by activist and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, and Olawale Bakare.

The duo filed their separate suits against the Director-General of the Department of State Service, Yusuf Bichi, and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, over their alleged illegal detention, prior to their release in December 2019.

Sowore and Bakare are being prosecuted by the Federal Government on charges of treasonable felony, in November 2019.

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Operatives of the DSS arrested Mr Sowore in Lagos on August 2, 2019, and Bakare in Osogbo, Osun State, on August 5, 2019, for organising a protest tagged #RevolutionNow, which the Federal Government alleged was aimed at toppling the regime of the President, Muhammadu Buhari.

At the resumed hearing of their fundamental rights enforcement suits, Justice Inyang Ekwo in separate proceedings fixed the hearing of the two suits for March 25 after granting the applications for the regularisation of some processes filed out of time by the parties.

Messrs Sowore and Bakare who were detained in the custody of the DSS from August to December 2019 are demanding N500m damages each in their separate suits.

The applicants also want the court to declare that their arrest without warrant of arrest “is illegal as it violates” their fundamental right ‘to personal liberty’.

FG Says It Has Paid Sowore N200,000 Fine

 

The prosecution in the trial of Mr Omoyele Sowore, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare reported told a Federal High Court on Thursday that the Federal Government has paid the N200, 000 cost awarded against it the previous day by the court on grounds of delay.

At the commencement of proceedings on Thursday, lead prosecution, Aminu Alilu, confirmed that the payment was made to the defendants on Wednesday.

Mr Alilu also applied that the amended two counts charge newly filed against the defendants on February 10, 2020, be substituted with the old charges filed on September 20, 2019.

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Confirming Mr Alilu’s claim regarding the fine, defence lawyer, Abdul Mahmud, confirmed that the N200, 000 cost was paid to the defence through the bank account of a senior member of the team, Mr Olayinka Olumide-Fusika, SAN, on Wednesday.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu admitted the application by Alilu to substitute the previous charge of September 20, 2019, for fresh two-count charges bordering on treasonable felony dated February 10, 2020.

After hearing all sides on Thursday, Justice Ijeoma adjourned the case to the 11th, 12th and 13th of March for definite trial.

Sowore, Bakare Sue DSS, Demand N1bn Compensation

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Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, and his co-detainee, Olawale Bakare, have each filed a suit of N500million before the Federal High Court in Abuja against the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami.

Following their continued detention in DSS custody, both men are seeking N500m in damages.

They sought the award of a total sum of N1bn “as general and aggravated damages” for the “illegal violation of their fundamental rights” to life, dignity of their person, fair hearing, health, freedom of movement and freedom of association.

According to the suits, the arrest and physical assault of the duo by operatives of the DSS in Lagos and Osogbo on August 2 and 5, as well as their continued illegal detention by the security agency, constituted a violation of their rights.

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They alleged that the two respondents; the DSS DG and the AGF violated their various rights guaranteed under sections 35, 36 and 37 of the Nigerian Constitution and Articles 6 and 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (CAP A10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Their separate suits were filed on their behalf by their team of lawyers led by Mr. Femi Falana (SAN).

Sowore, in the suit, accused the respondents of violating his rights by their refusal to release him, despite meeting the conditions attached to the bail granted him.

He also accused the DSS of assaulting him when its personnel came to arrest him in Lagos.

Sowore argued that the DSS’s failure to disclose the offense he allegedly committed and why he was arrested violated his rights.

He, therefore, prays the court to award N500million damages in his favour, against the respondents as compensation for the violation of his rights.

 

Osinbajo Must Not Be Disgraced Out Of Office – Bakare

 

Lagos based preacher, and senior pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, has reacted to the recent allegations against the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Pastor Bakare, in a sermon on Sunday at his church in the Ogba area of Lagos, said he found it difficult to believe the corruption claims against Professor Osinbajo.

“Every man will care about what bothers him most or bites him hardest,” said the clergyman.

He added, “My concern presently is that come rain come shine, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, must not be disgraced and humiliated out of office, except he has truly violated his oath of office which I find difficult to believe.”

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Recall that the Vice President recently denied claims made by a former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Timi Frank, that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) provided N90 billion as campaign funds for him during the 2019 elections.

To further prove that the allegations were false, Professor Osinbajo vowed to waive his constitutional immunity and take legal action against his accuser while Mr Frank said he was not scared of going to court.

Speaking about the recent travails of the Vice President, Pastor Bakare said that Prof Osinbajo will have the last laugh over his present predicaments in the presidency.

He also cleared the air over the widely spread notion deduced from an old message he preached about his ambition of becoming Nigeria’s next president.

Pastor Bakare said the online video was an old message he preached which is now being used to drive an agenda about the current situation surrounding Professor Osinbajo.

The preacher explained that God recently showed him a vision about Nigeria of a rainbow indicating a reset across the land.

Bakare, 64, has always spoken about his desire to lead Nigeria someday.

He was President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in the 2011 presidential election on the platform of the then Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

Buhari polled second, garnering 12, 214,853 votes behind eventual winner and then-incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan who polled 22,495,187.

Thereafter, the duo of Bakare and Buhari fell apart, with the clergyman recently dismissing President Buhari’s anti-corruption war as a selective endeavor and faulting his handling of the economy as shabby.

If I Were Nigeria’s President, I Will ‘Clamp Down’ On Herdsmen – Bakare

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A former Vice-Presidential Candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Mr Tunde Bakare has said that if he is Nigeria’s President, he would ‘clamp down’ on herdsmen.

Bakare in an interview with Channels Television on Sunday lamented the spate of killings allegedly carried out by herdsmen in some parts of the country and faulted the use of the word ‘cattle colonies’ as suggested by the Federal Government.

“I can understand if you say let us create ranches because this would boost our economy, but the word colony used is so unfortunate and absolutely insensitive. Who are you colonising?

“I will clamp them down in so many ways. Are there no forests in Sambisa forest where you can have ranches?” he questioned.

Bakare, who is also the Senior Pastor of Latter Rain Assembly, is of the view that the country is in a state of war considering the attacks that have sent many to their early graves.

Despite this, however, he maintains that the solution to the numerous challenges the country is faced with borders solely on restructuring rather than disintegration.

“Let us restructure, the irrational cycle of four-four years is causing this country to bleed and we will bleed to death. Money that should be used for the development of this country (is being wasted) on things that really don’t count.

“Recycle the same people over and over again and every four years, we go to the poll. We are putting the cart before the horse. We will not go forward,” he said.

On the performance of the Buhari administration, Bakare lamented that the government had failed to meet the expectations of Nigerians that yearned for change in 2015.

“No matter how you look at it, this is not the government that we all hoped for. This is not what we thought that this government that promised change at the beginning, this is how they will perform so woefully. Any right thinking Nigerian will agree to that,” he said.

To him, the game of trading blame on either past administrations or the President’s health or any other guise should not even arise in the first place.

This he said its because the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) had in their earlier campaign accept to take responsibilities to turn around the fortunes of the country.

Subsidy probe report: Save Nigeria Group stays action on mass protest

The Save Nigeria Group (SNG) on Monday said that it has decided to stay action on its threat to organise a nationwide public protest over what it described as the Federal Government reluctance to prosecute those indicted in the subsidy probe report.

The group had last two weeks threatened a mass action if the federal government did not act speedily to prosecute all those indicted in the report.

However, following an assurance from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) that it would act on the report and bring all those indicted to justice, the SNG in a press conference in Lagos said it was given the commission the benefit of doubt to act within a time frame.

“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has issued a statement acknowledging receipt of the House Report with a promise to prosecute those indicted after it has done its own investigations. The EFCC’s argument seems plausible to the extent that it is not intended to pursue the agenda of an executive arm that is enmeshed in scandals and would prefer the nation forgets and moves on,” text of the press conference reads in part.

The group stopped short of issuing a deadline within which it expects to see action.

The group also says it has filed a suit at a federal high court in Lagos seeking a legal pronouncement on budget overspend and declaration that the federal government violated the law in spending beyond budgetary provisions.

More action less talk

The group called on the government to take action on the report rather than release statements to the public describing the comment credited to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello-Adoke as ‘doublespeak’ and delay tactics.

Mr Bello-Adoke had last week called the report of the House of Representative ad hoc committee that probed the management of the fuel subsidy fund as mere ‘fact finding’ document.

“The AGF’s statement is doublespeak, which is at best a tactic to delay justice and at worst a ploy to deny justice by lulling the nation into forgetfulness,” the statement reads.

The group listed the some examples which it used to illustrate that the AGF’s position is untenable:
“i. The aviation sector probe was still in session when Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode and Prof. Babalola Borisade (former Aviation Ministers) were arrested and charged to court;

ii. It took just an allegation of bribery by the Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against the Herman Hembe Committee for the House to disband the committee and set up a new panel. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has gone ahead to obtain a court order to prosecute Hon. Hembe and his deputy Azubuogu Ifeanyi while the new panel is still sitting;

iii. The accounting firms of Akintola Williams & Co and Olusola Adekanola & Co were fired by the Ministry of Finance before the House adopted the report. What were the “further investigations” conducted on the “fact-finding” report of the House before these firms were punished?”

Click here to read the full text of the SNG press conference.

Our previous report

Group to begin another subsidy protest in 24 hours

Despite assurances by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) to prosecute those indicted in the report by the House of Representatives’ ad-hoc subsidy regime, the convener of the Save Nigeria Group (SNG), Pastor Tunde Bakare, says the two week ultimatum to go on demonstration stands.

Speaking with our political correspondent, Deji Bademosi, on the programme ‘Politics today’, Pastor Bakare says in less than 24 hours, the group will carry out its threat.

He calls the moves taken so far by the government as “sandy steps” and we demand “concrete steps”.

The Attonery-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, had recently stated that the federal government is yet to carry any action on the report by the House of Representatives committee on fuel subsidy management, saying the report by the ad-hoc committee is a fact-finding mission and that the reports will be forwarded to the necessary agencies for investigation and necessary actions.

Mr Bakare recalled that during a probe into the aviation sector, it took the government no time before a suit was filed against the former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode. “They didn’t consider the probe a fact finding mission” he said.

He also added that it took just a mere allegation by the Director-General of the Security and Excahnge Commission (SEC) against the chairman House of Representative committee on the capital market, Rep. Hernan Hermbe, before the committee was disbanded and the EFCC is already investigating Mr Hermbe.