PDP Accuses Buhari Of Perjury, Advises Withdrawal From Presidential Race

Femi-fani-kayodeThe ruling Peoples Democratic Party in Nigeria has accused the presidential candidate of the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC), retired General Muhammadu Buhari, of lying on oath and asked him to apologise to Nigerians and withdraw from the presidential race.

The spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fany-Kayode, told reporters in Abuja on Wednesday that it was clear that the claim by retired General Muhammadu Buhari that his credentials were with the army was false.

Mr Fani-Kayode also accused the APC of violating the peace accord recently signed to ensure violence free elections.

He said supporters of the APC attacked the presidential convoy of the PDP in Katsina, the state of the opposition party’s presidential candidate.

The PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation had requested that General Buhari should submit his credentials to the electoral body as stipulated in the Nigerian Constitution.

General Buhari, who is contesting for the fourth time in a president race, insisted that his credentials should not be an issue the PDP should focus on.

Speaking to journalists at the Africa House, beside the Kano State Government House in the State capital, the Katsina-born politician named late Gen Shehu Musa Yar’adua and a former President of the Court of Appeal, Mr Umar Abdullahi, as his classmates.

He, however, failed to tender his certificate but noted that the school he attended, the Provincial Secondary School, now known as Government College, Katsina, will make available a copy of the Cambridge West African School Certificate, which would be made available to the press.

General Buhari said he wrote the examination with number 8200002 in the Second Division.

He, however, said: “Although the ruling party may want to wish this away, the issue in this campaign cannot be my certificate which I obtained 53 years ago. The issues are the scandalous level of unemployment of our young people, the state of insecurity, the pervasive official corruption which has impoverished our people and the lack of concern of the government of anything other than the retention of power at all costs”.

After General Buhari’s response, copies of his credentials were made public on Wednesday by the Government College Katsina, formerly Provincial Secondary School, Katsina.

The secondary school certificate examination results showed that General Buhari graduated from the school in 1961.

The APC had insisted that their presidential candidate was qualified and asked the PDP to focus on issues rather than the person of General Buhari.

A spokesman for party, Mr Lai Mohammed had told Channels Television that the credential controversy was a preposterous request that could destroy the image of the military institution.

But Mr Fani-Kayode had insisted that part of the issues the PDP would focus on in efforts to retain power in the centre in the February 14 poll would be General Buhari.

It is less than 26 days to the Presidential election and the political parties have intensified campaigns across the nation, wooing voters.

PDP Disassociates Itself From Fayose’s Controversial Newspaper Publication

 Femi-Fani-Kayode-on_Fayose_PublicationThe Goodluck-Sambo 2015 Campaign Organisation has distanced itself from a controversial newspaper publication campaigning against the candidacy of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari, which was sponsored by Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State.

The Director of Media for the campaign office, Femi Fani-Kayode told reporters in Abuja on Tuesday that “the Peoples Democratic Party believes in the sanctity of life and does not wish the retired general any ill will.

He also said Governor Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was a respected member of the party and the advert was his opinion.

The publication on the frontpage of a popular Nigerian newspaper had been criticised by Nigerians on social media, with much of it focusing on the sponsor.

“What I can tell you is that this has not represented the opinion of the Presidential Campaign Organisation or the President.

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The frontpage publication that has drawn much criticism from the public sponsored by Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State.

“He is a leading member of our party. I have spoken with him, but for anybody to suggest that this is the position of the Presidential Campaign Organisation or President Goodluck Jonathan, that would be most unfair.

If we wanted to say something like that we will say it without any kind of apology.

“We would never say this,” Mr Fani-Kayode said.

He emphasised that the PDP believed in the sanctity of life and recognised the fact that age was not an indication of how long someone would live.

“We believe strongly that we must continue to show immense respect to the person of General Buhari in terms of his person and his health.

“Though we believe it is important for us to raise questions about facts and you know what those questions are and we will continue to raise those questions. We do not wish him dead. We wish him long life and we believe strongly that such sentiments can be aired by individuals but certainly not in our names,” the campaign organisation’s spokesman said.

He further said that the publication never contained any information that linked it to the President, stressing that the publication was Governor Fayose’s opinion.

The PDP has requested that General Buhari should present his primary school leaving certificate to the electoral body as stipulated in the Nigerian Constitution.

 


 

 

Buhari Certificate: Army Deny Possession Of WASC

BuhariThe Nigerian Army has stated its side of the story following an affidavit sworn by General Buhari that all his academic credentials are with the Secretary, Military Board.

This statement came as the saga surrounding the academic qualification of the presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammed Buhari (Rtd), continues.

According to the Nigerian Army, besides other qualifications obtained by the General while in service, it was not in possession of his West African School Certificate.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Olajide Laleye, who said the army has been inundated with request for the General’s credentials, added that it was only in possession of a letter from the Principal of the Provincial Secondary School, Kastina, recommending Buhari as fit for military commissioning in 1960.

He said that the Army also have in its possessions Nigerian Army Form 199A where the General indicated after commissioning that he obtained credits in four subjects and a pass in another. However, it is not in possession of a certificate to prove same.

In the document passed around to journalists for sighting, the letter reads in part; “I recommend him fit for military commissioning, I consider that he will pass the WASC examination in English, Math and three other subjects.”

Buhari Responds To Certificate Controversy, Tags Allegation Desperate

BuhariThe All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, has broken his silence on the debate over his credentials.

Since the PDP raised alarm over the Buhari certificate issue, a rights’ group, the Integrity and Justice Initiative at a press conference have also challenged the candidate and INEC over the matter, alleging that the retired General had been silent over the matter.

“General Buhari as things stand, does not qualify to stand as a candidate for the February 14 presidential election, as he has failed to show proof that he has been educated up to school certificate level.

“Whilst his standing as a former military Head of State is not in doubt, we posit that as a nation governed by laws, any individual wishing to be President of Nigeria in this democratic dispensation must comply fully with the provisions of the 1999 constitution,” the group said.

General Buhari, however, spoke to Channels Television on the issue.

“I have contested elections three times and that’s the same rule by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) where there is basic education qualification that you have and I was allowed to contest all these election because my certificate was in order.

“There are even individuals that wrote to the United States War College and the College answered them and its published in some of your papers .

“Really, this desperation of disinformation that is being passed around will do nobody any good because our minds are being taken away from the serial issues of corruption and incompetence by the PDP.”

PDP Demands Full Disclosure Of Buhari’s Health Status

Femi-Fani-KayodeThe People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed concerns over the health status of  the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, the Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode said there is an urgent need for a full disclosure of the health status of General Buhari ahead of the February 14 presidential elections.

Mr Fani-Kayode challenged the APC presidential candidate to prove to Nigerians that he is truly fit to contest the election adding that nothing should be swept under the carpet.

Buhari Dispels Rumours Of Ill Health

However, speaking earlier, The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), retired General Muhammadu Buhari, has dispelled reports making the rounds that he is suffering from a chronic illness.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, General Buhari said he would not have been able to go on campaigns across the country if he is suffering from ill health.

He asked politicians to focus on issues rather than engaging in mudslinging and character assassination.

The Katsina-born politician, his running mate, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and other APC stalwarts have been campaigning around the geo-political zones of the country canvassing for votes ahead of the presidential election in February.

Medical reports allegedly obtained from the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) and shared on social media platforms shows that Buhari has been diagnosed with prostrate cancer in late 2014.

Credentials Controversy: Fani-Kayode Says Buhari Is Not Qualified To Contest

Femi_Fani-KayodeThe Presidential Campaign Organisation of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria says the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), is not qualified to contest in the presidential election of February 14.

The Director of Media for the organisation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, told reporters in Abuja on Saturday that the inability of the candidate to present his credentials to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) contravenes the provision of the Nigerian Constitution.

Mr Fani-Kayode said that the INEC erred in law by publishing the name of a candidate without receiving the particulars of the candidate within seven days of receiving his nomination forms as stipulated by law.

“It has been brought to our attention that the INEC, either by omission or commission, may be engaged in acts that do not in every material particular,support the advancement of democracy the rule of law and strict adherence to the letters in the spirit of electoral laws in Nigeria.

“The inability of the All Progressives Congress’ General Muhammadu Buhari, to present even the minimum requirement of just a leaving school certificate, questions his credentials for pursuing the position of the president of Nigeria.

“From what INEC has published, Buhari has not submitted any personal particulars of his leaving school certificate for the 2015 elections,” he said.

Since the presidential campaign of the PDP began, Mr Fani-Kayode had on several occasions referred to the candidate of the APC, insisting that he was part of the issues that the PDP would be talking about in the campaign that many had urged the parties to focus more on issues rather than their oppositions.

On Wednesday, a day after the organisation was inaugurated, he said that the campaign organisation would also highlight the sterling performance of the party’s candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan.

“We shall not indulge in the type of cheap propaganda, mud-slinging and deceit that the APC and their Presidential candidate have been indulging in over the last few weeks and months but it is our full intention to expose General Muhammadu Buhari for what he really is, what he stands for and the great danger that his candidacy portends for the unity of the Nigerian state and the peace and well-being of the Nigerian people,” he said.

The Director said the organisation would run a clean campaign that is based on facts, figures and issues insisting that Buhari was one of such issues.

“More importantly, we shall let the world know about the sterling performance of our candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, over the last four years and we shall make a strong case and appeal to the Nigerian people to grant him the privilege and opportunity to serve a second term. We believe that we have reached a crossroads in our nation’s history and that the forthcoming Presidential Election is a battle for the very soul and destiny of Nigeria,” he said.

Buhari Will Be One Of Jonathan’s Campaign Focus – Fani-Kayode

Femi_Fani-KayodeThe Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation says it intends to focus on the person of the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), as a key part of their campaign.

The Director of Media for the Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, told reporters in Abuja a day after the organisation was inaugurated, that the campaign organisation would also highlight the sterling performance of the party’s candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan.

“We shall not indulge in the type of cheap propaganda, mud-slinging and deceit that the APC and their Presidential candidate have been indulging in over the last few weeks and months but it is our full intention to expose General Muhammadu Buhari for what he really is, what he stands for and the great danger that his candidacy portends for the unity of the Nigerian state and the peace and well-being of the Nigerian people,” he said.

The Director said the organisation would run a clean campaign that is based on facts, figures and issues insisting that Buhari was one of such issues.

“More importantly, we shall let the world know about the sterling performance of our candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, over the last four years and we shall make a strong case and appeal to the Nigerian people to grant him the privilege and opportunity to serve a second term. We believe that we have reached a crossroads in our nation’s history and that the forthcoming Presidential Election is a battle for the very soul and destiny of Nigeria.

“We believe that it is a struggle between light and darkness. We believe that General Buhari represents the darkness and that President Jonathan represents the light. We believe that General Buhari represents a return to an ugly past which is best forgotten while President Jonathan represents our hope for a greater and better future. We believe that the APC, on which platform General Buhari is contesting the presidential election, represents everything that is unholy and unwholesome in our society and that the PDP represents all that is decent and good”, he said.

President Jonathan had on Tuesday inaugurated his campaign organisation and once again assured Nigerians and the international community that the general elections would be free, fair and credible.

The President gave the assurance in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Tuesday at the inauguration ceremony.

President Jonathan said the election would ensure continuity of democracy in the West African nation.

He enjoined other party leaders to encourage members of the campaign organisation to ensure that all campaigns were issue-based.

Scale Fence Again, If You Are Stopped By Police, Lai Tells Reps

Tambuwal 2The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday urged members of the House of Representatives, who scaled the gate of the National Assembly to gain access into the hallowed chambers, to do it again if the police should stop them from gaining access.

“If the police repeats this again, I will encourage them to do exactly the same”, he said on Politics Today.

He said the lawmakers “outsmarted the police, the PDP and the Presidency, whose game plan was to get the Speaker impeached”.

He also urged Nigerians not to be carried away by the way and manner the members gained entrance into the complex, but “look at what actually led to this”.

He noted that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal put “national interest over that of his personal security” and reconvened the House at the request of President Jonathan to extend the State of Emergerncy in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States, knowing that “the President and his party want to impeach him.

“But he got to the second gate of the Complex and he was prevented from getting into the National Assembly”, adding that “he got down from his vehicle, introduced himself, but all the policemen there turned deaf ears”.

He defended the action of the lawmakers, maintaining that the act of the lawmakers has “preserved democracy, otherwise what we would have been facing now will be a situation where either the Speaker would have been impeached by now or there will be chaos all over the country”.

He further noted that the reason given by the police to deploy officers to the complex was baseless, insisting that “I did not see any motley crowd neither did I see thugs from the footage”, adding that it would have been wrong for the lawmakers to seek redress elsewhere at that point in time.

Mr Mohammed, who alleged that the Sergeant-At-Arms of the National Assembly was detained for hours due t his refusal to submit the Mace to the police, wondered what the “business the Nigeria Police has with the Mace on the eve of that incident”.

He also said treasonable charges should be leveled against “those policemen who caused the mayhem at the National Assembly that day by preventing the Principal person in the House access into the House”.

He maintained that if the people in Ekiti had done the same, seven persons wouldn’t have been able to impeach the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly.

But in a swift reaction on Politics Today, former Aviation Minister, Mr Femi Fani Kayode disagreed with the APC scribe insisting that “the premise on which Alahaji Lai Mohammed has chose to justify the action of some members of the House that day are faulty” and “he does not have the right information”.

He said there was no plan to impeach the Speaker as alleged by Mr Mohammed and noted that “it was not only the Speaker that was shut out. The Senate President himself was also shut out and took him a lot of efforts to get in”.

He noted that “regardless of whatever reasons that were given by the police, legitimate or illegitimate, the most fundamental issue is that when a cordon has been established, we are all expected to behave in a lawful and a refined manner.

“We are not expected to defy the police, break the line, jump over fences and break down walls and act as if we are in a market place”, he said.

Court Clears Fani-Kayode Of 38 Counts of Money Laundering

Femi_Fani-KayodeA Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, south-west Nigeria, has cleared a former Aviation Minister, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, of 38 charges, partly upholding his no case Submission.

Mr Fani-Kayode was facing charges bordering on money laundering filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

After 38 of the 40 charges were dismissed Mr Fani-Kayode told reporters that he was accused of stealing 99 million Naira from the Aviation Intervention Fund by the EFCC.

He said that the crime actually took place before he became the Minister of Aviation.

Delivering judgement on the charges, the court reduced the alleged amount to 2.5 million Naira.

He said he would give an explanation as regards the 2.5 million Naira that the court had not cleared.

‘No Case Submission’

In the ‘no case submission’, Mr Fani-Kayode had argued that the EFCC had not succeeded in linking him to charges, a situation which warrants him to make no defence.

At the last sitting of the court, the former ministers Counsel, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe, informed the court of the application for the no case submission.

He urged the court to adopt his submissions and discharge his client of all 40 counts of money laundering.

The lawyer argued that even though the statement of account of the accused person was put in evidence for which he was required by the prosecution to make explanations, such statement was not prima facie evidence of crime.

Citing the authority of Abacha vs State, the lawyer stressed that by the decision of the Supreme Court, such statement of account could only amount to mere suspicion, suspicion which no matter how well placed, did not constitute a prima facie case.

The prosecutor, Mr Festus Keyamo, has however opposed the no case submission, and called on the former minister to put his defence forward.

He corrected the notion that the prosecution’s case does not concern lodgement, but transactions which took place before the lodgement.

According to him, “transactions which are done without going through financial institutions, is what comes under the definition of money laundering” and these are the charges against the accused person.

Court Sets November 17 To Hear Fani-Kayode’s No Case Submission

Femii_Fani-KayodeA Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, has fixed November 17, to rule on a ‘no-case submission’ filed by a former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode.

Mr Fani-Kayode, is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and is standing trial on an amended 40 count charge, of laundering about N100m.

In the ‘no case submission’, he argues that the EFCC has not succeeded in linking him to the charges, a situation which warrants him to make no defence.

Channels Television’s judiciary correspondent, Shola Soyele reports that the case against the former aviation minister will be dismissed if the court agrees with him and upholds his no case Submission.

At today’s sitting, the former minister’s Counsel, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), informed the court of the application for the no case submission and urged the court to adopt his submissions & discharge his client of all 40 counts of money laundering.

The lawyer argued that even though the statement of account of the accused person was put in evidence for which he was required by the prosecution to make explanations, such statement was not prima facie evidence of crime.

Citing the authority of Abacha vs State, the lawyer stressed that by the decision of the Supreme Court, such statements of account could only amount to mere suspicion, suspicion which no matter how well placed, did not constitute a prima facie case.

The prosecutor, Mr Festus Keyamo, has however opposed the no case submission, and called on the former minister to put his defence forward.

He corrected the notion that the prosecution’s case does not concern lodgement, but transactions which took place before the lodgement.

According to him, “transactions which are done without going through financial institutions, is what comes under the definition of money laundering” and these are the charges against the accused person.

He therefore, urged the court to uphold the objection of the prosecution.

After listening to the submissions of counsels, Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia adjourned the case to November 17 for ruling.

The former minister, Fani-Kayode was first arraigned sometime in December 2008 before Justice Ramat Mohammed on a 47-count charge. He had pleaded not guilty to the charge and Justice Mohammed had granted him bail in the sum of N200 Million with two sureties in like sum.

He was re-arraigned before Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako, following the transfer of Justice Mohammed from the Lagos Division of the court.

The accused was again re-arraigned before Justice Ajumogobia on February 11, 2013 after the transfer of Justice Murtala-Nyako.

He was again re-arraigned before Ajumogobia on March 6, following the amendment of the 47-count charge to 40-counts, the EFCC having dropped seven of the counts.

Ajumogobia is the third judge to be ceased of the case in the last five years.

The EFCC opened its case before Justice Ajumogobia on March 10, calling a total of six witnesses including: Investigating Police Officers (IPOs), bank legal officers, bank relationship officer and a former aide to Fani-Kayode.

All witnesses had given various testimonies, as to their relationship with the accused, as well as the manner of investigations conducted on him.

The EFCC closed its case on July 10, while the defence counsel elected to file a no case submission on behalf of the accused on August 5. In the charge, the accused was alleged to have transacted with funds exceeding N500, 000 without going through a financial institution.

The accused was also alleged to have accepted cash payments in the tune of about N100 million, while he held sway as Minister of Aviation and Minister of Culture and Tourism respectively.

The offence is said to contravene the provisions of Sections 15(1) (a) (b) (c) (d) and 15 (2) (a) (b) of the Money Laundering (prohibition) Act, 2004.

Court Adjourns Money Laundering Case Against Fani-Kayode

Femii_Fani-KayodeA Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has adjourned till Nov. 11, the trial of former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode.

Mr Fani-Kayode, is standing trial on an amended 40-count charge, of money laundering.

In the charge, the accused person was alleged to have transacted with funds exceeding N500, 000 without going through a financial institution.

The prosecuting agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had also alleged the he accepted cash payments to the tune of about N100 million, while he held sway as Minister of Aviation and Minister of Culture and Tourism respectively.

The suit which was earlier fixed for hearing of addresses of counsel on a “no case submission” today has been further adjourned. No reason was given for the adjournment. The court registrars only informed parties that the suit had been slated for a further date.

The EFCC had opened its case against Mr Fani-Kayode on March 10. It called a total of six witnesses including: Investigating police officers, bank legal officer, relationship officer and a former aide to Fani-Kayode.

All witnesses had given various testimonies, as to their relationship with the accused, as well as the manner of investigations conducted on him.

The EFCC closed its case on July 10, while counsel to the accused, Mr Wale Akoni (SAN) informed the court of his intention to file an application for a no case submission on behalf of the accused.

The judge had then adjourned the case to take addresses from counsel on both sides.

PDP Replies APC On Boko Haram Sponsorship

Boko HaramThe People’s Democratic Party is not taking the statement by the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress on the backers of insurgents in Nigeria lying down.

Less than 24-hours after John Oyegun accused the PDP and its leadership of knowing the sponsors of Boko Haram, the PDP has condemned the APC leader’s accusation, saying the statement is completely lacking in validity, character and intellectual content befitting of a National Chairman of a political party.

The PDP, in a press statement released on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said that Mr Oyegun has succeeded in further exposing the desperation of the APC to launder its image through renewed propaganda and blackmail.

The PDP further said “Nigerians have since noted the pattern and timing of violent attacks against our people which betray a trend tailored against the PDP and the Federal Government and provide impetus for the APC to find a voice and thrive.

“They know that it has become a recurring decimal that whenever the PDP or the Federal Government records or is about to record a major milestone, insurgents launch attacks on the people”

The PDP, however, advised the APC to be nationalistic in its dealings and shun statements of divisive tendencies.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, had, on Tuesday, challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to act decisively and hand two alleged sponsors of the Boko Haram group to the International Criminal Court (ICC), The Hague, for investigation and prosecution.

The party said that a foreign negotiator engaged by the Federal Government had revealed that a former governor and a retired General were sponsors of the Boko Haram sect.

Chairman of the party, John Oyegun, who made the disclosure, insisted that the APC was not behind the Boko Haram sect and demanded that the Federal Government should act immediately to end the growing insecurity in the North-East.

Mr Oyegun, who was speaking during a press conference in Abuja, further noted that “Boko Haram sponsors have been exposed. They are within the ruling PDP. They are friends of President Jonathan. He cannot pretend not to know who they are and what they have done and are still doing.”