Four Killed During Stampede At Buhari’s Rally In Rivers

A crowd of supporters at the Presidential campaign rally of the APC on Tuesday. Source: Bayo Omoboriowo

 

Four persons have been killed during a stampede at the presidential campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress in Portharcourt, Rivers State.

The Spokesman for the Rivers Police, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed this to Channels Television on Tuesday.

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According to him, four others who sustained injuries are currently receiving treatment at a hospital.

The incident was said to have occurred while people were trying to exit the Adoki Amasiemeka stadium after the rally which took place on Tuesday.

Buhari Takes Presidential Campaign To Kaduna

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has taken his presidential campaign to Kaduna state. 

At about 4:30pm, the President arrived Ahmadu Bello Stadium located in the state capital, where a large crowd of APC members had already taken their seats awaiting his arrival.

President Buhari was welcomed by Governor Nasir El-Rufai and other top officials of the ruling party.

While addressing the people, the President promised that his administration if reelected for another term will ensure that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East and kidnapping in other parts of the country are brought to an end in no distant time.

He also promises that his administration if given another chance, will ensure that all looted public funds are recovered from corrupt public officials, and used for the development of the entire country than it has done since its inception in 2015, pleading with Nigerians to elect him and other APC candidates in the forthcoming elections .

President Buhari also claimed that his administration has lived up to it’s three cardinal promises which include tackling insecurity, reviving the economy and fighting corruption, in addition to improving the economic fortunes of the Niger Delta region.

Some APC chieftains at the rally including the APC presidential campaign Director General, Rotimi Amaechi and the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomole also urged the people not to vote for those who crippled the nation’s economy through massive corruption while in office, and however appeal to them to vote enmasse for the APC in the forthcoming elections.

 

Also speaking at the rally, Governor Nasir El-Rufai criticized the PDP for celebrating the visit of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar to the United States.

He said Atiku’s visit to the US after twelve years of unsuccessful attempt is not an achievement, and therefore not worth celebrating as displayed by the opposition party.

Governor El-Rufai while challenging Atiku Abubakar to explain to Nigerians why it took him up to twelve years to travel to the United States, maintained that Nigerians do not need a presidential candidate who relies on foreign endorsement or trip to win an election.

Below are some more photos from the rally in Kaduna.

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Buhari Campaigns In Akwa Ibom, Asks Nigerians To ‘Sweat, Work’ For Survival

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerians to ‘sweat’ and ‘work’ hard to survive because his administration if given another chance, will continue to close all leakages and stamp out corruption.

“I assure you that you will not regret trusting us.

“We are going to secure this country, we are going to manage it properly, we are going to stop corruption so you better sweat and work for a living because there are no more handouts,” he said on Friday during the flag off of his presidential campaign in Akwa Ibom.

Defending his administration’s anti-graft war, the President said he will continue to prosecute those who are found guilty and all monies recovered in the process would be sent to the government’s account, details of which will be made plain to Nigerians.

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He said, “when I was around in uniform and much younger, I arrested from the President, the Vice President, the governors, the ministers and told them that they were guilty until they can prove themselves innocent.

“I, myself, was arrested and detained.

“So, when I came into agbada, I decided to follow what this system accepts and those who are corrupt will be investigated and prosecuted and we will not stop.

“I assure you, we have collected properties, we have collected cash and we have gone back to Single Treasury Accounts that all monies that are going into the government purse which means it can be traced and accounted for.

“Nigerians will be informed from time to time about how much we’ve recovered and from who and how we are going to use it to develop this country”.
President Buhari also promised to provide more security for citizens.

According to him, the insecurity especially in the northeast, has drastically reduced and the insurgents are no longer in control of any local government.

He said, “If you could recall, in 2015 we went across the length and breadth of this country and we based our campaign fundamentally on three fundamental issues. Security, economy and fighting corruption.

“Firstly, the civil war in the northeast has been rarely won in the sense that when we came, they were holding (Boko Haram) about 17 local governments in Borno and Yobe states.
“They are not holding physically, any local government now.

“They have resorted to indoctrinating young men and women, especially girls, wrap them up in explosives and explode themselves in churches, mosques, marketplaces and motor parks. I assure you that eventually, we are going to clear them off from our country”.

In the area of economic development, while admitting that employment is a major problem faced by the nation, the President, however, noted that the more farmers are being supported and the nation has achieved more food security in the past three years.

“About economy, our population is over 60 per cent of young men, that is, 30 years and below. Our main problem is employment.

“We are very lucky, the two previous rainy seasons were good and we virtually achieved food security. We seldom import any rice now. We are encouraging our farmers and we have regained food security,” he said.

Tinubu, Oshiomhole, Ali Present As APC Flags Off Presidential Campaign In Uyo

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has flagged off its presidential campaign in Akwa Ibom State. 

The event took place on Friday at a stadium in Uyo, the state capital with the National leader of the party, Bola Tinubu and the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, in attendance.

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Others in attendance include Governors of Ogun and Ondo states, Ibikunle Amosun and Rotimi Akeredolu, the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs, Ahmed Ali.

Unconfirmed Number Of Persons Feared Dead In Gombe Bomb Blast

blastA bomb blast occurred on Monday in Gombe State, north-east region of  Nigeria, few minutes after President Goodluck Jonathan left the venue of a presidential rally held in the state.

The Head Of Operations with the Nigeria Emergency Management Authority in Gombe State, Mr Saidu Minin, confirmed the attack, saying was a ‘suicide bombing’.

Mr Minin said one passer-by was killed while 18 persons were injured in the attack that occurred some 200 meters (220 yards) away from the stadium where the President held his political campaign.

Earlier reports had conflicting figures, as to the number of persons killed in the blast. While some said one person died others said about 18 persons were killed.

The spokesman for the police, Mr Fwaje Atajiri, had earlier said that the female suicide bomber detonated the device from a rickety vehicle parked in an open space as she could not get to her target.

The state police also added that the incident was not close to the venue of Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential campaign and that the president had left before the blast. There was no confirmed number of persons dead as at that time, but two suicide bombers were said to have died in the explosion.

An eyewitness account says the incident occurred less than 30 minutes after President Goodluck Jonathan left the town where he held the PDP presidential campaign rally.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but a terrorist group, the Boko Haram, are believed to have carried out the attack. The group had attacked Gombe several times.

On Sunday, a suicide bomb blast near a mosque in the market area killed five people and wounded eight.

APC Welcomes Presidency’s Denial Of Pushing For Election Shift

APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has welcomed the statement by the Presidency and the PDP that they are not behind the campaign for the February general elections to be shifted.

In a statement issued in Ilorin on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the APC said that both the Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party must now “back up their words with action by cutting off the funding for the surreptitious campaign” immediately.

The party said that it believed the Presidency and the PDP wisely backed away from the election-shift campaign having seen that the idea has been rejected by Nigerians.

However, it called on all Nigerians, as well as local and international observers who have started arriving for the elections, to closely monitor developments as the elections approach, because “the Presidency and the PDP have proven time and again that their words are not their bond.

“Election is a process, not a one-day affair. That is why we are delighted that some foreign observers have already arrived for the Feb. 14th and 28th polls.

“Now they must pay a very close attention to the preparations for the elections, the relentless campaign to shift the polls, including through the use of pseudo analysts and the sponsorship of a rash of court cases seeking to stop the presidential candidate of the APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, at all cost.

“We know their last joker is the court, amid the unpleasant rumours that a pliable Judge has been procured with millions of dollars to disqualify our candidate. But we strongly believe that the judiciary

will do all that is possible to keep its integrity intact and not be a party to desperate efforts to scuttle the elections and trigger a constitutional crisis,” the APC said.

The party also called on local and international observers to take note of the threats of violence emanating from a section of the country ahead of the elections.

“The ex-militants from the Niger Delta have openly threatened the very existence of the country if President Goodluck Jonathan fails to win the forthcoming presidential election.

“The implication is that, as far as they are concerned, the votes of the people do not count and elections are won by fiat. This is a recipe for violence and disaster,” it said.

The APC said that even though the Presidency and the PDP have belatedly distanced themselves from the threats, “their disclaimer is as tepid as it is unreliable, since they are the unseen hands behind the threats” anyway.

“This is why we are calling for vigilance from all stakeholders in the next few days before the Feb. 14th and 28th elections.

“We must not allow desperate politicians to plunge our nation into chaos. Elections are not war, but a celebration of democracy. There will always be winners and losers, hence no one should threaten others if he or she loses,” the party said.

Jonathan Will Beat Buhari In The North – PDP

JonathanThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its Presidential flagbearer, President Goodluck Jonathan will beat the APC candidate, retired Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, fair and square in the north, come February 14, 2015.

The party also said with President Jonathan’s soaring popularity among the voting population across the country, it would win more than two-third of the total votes cast as well as the required 25 percent in all the states of the federation.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Saturday, said that President Jonathan would beat Buhari in the north not only because the PDP controls 12 out of the 19 states of the region but also because the citizens are pleased with the numerous development projects he executed in the region.

The party said that the various projects and appointments in the north have placed President Jonathan ahead of Buhari especially following the fact that the APC presidential candidate never executed any in the region when he was Head of State and has so far failed to articulate an acceptable blue-print for development.

“Indeed, Nigerians in the north are eager to re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan come February 14, 2015. Voters in the region appreciate the direct positive impact of the numerous development projects executed by the Jonathan administration in all sectors of life.

“They appreciate the fact that recognizing that agriculture is the mainstay of the northern economy, President Jonathan ensured that out of the 2.7 million direct farm jobs achieved by his administration, over 2 million are in the north.

“They appreciate the fact that President Jonathan established the e-wallet system, which eliminated the corruption in the distribution of fertilizer and other farm-puts, making the products directly accessible to millions of farmers in the region thereby boosting their productivity. They appreciate the fact that silos are brimming and food pyramids are returning in the north.

“In education, President Jonathan’s imprint in the north remains indelible. Today, the once relegated Almajiri boys can now go to school following the establishment of the Almajiri System of Education, the first of its kind, with over 150 special schools already built, while others are nearing completion, a noble idea, General Buhari never thought of when he was head of state.

“Also, out of the 14 new universities established by President Jonathan, 9 are located in the northern states thereby ensuring that all states of the region have a federal university. This is in addition to the establishment of new secondary schools and training of teachers for quality education in the region.

“Furthermore our citizens in the north are happy with President Jonathan for his efforts in tackling desertification in the region especially with the establishment of more than 80km of 15–row Green Belt in addition to the Presidential Initiative on Afforestation in Kano and 10 other Northern States,” the statement read.

The party also recalled the increased attention to the health need of the area especially the interventions towards polio eradication and treatment of VVF among others.

Noting that President Jonathan has repositioned the region for prosperity, the party pointed out that the north stands to benefit immensely from the revitalization of the railways, especially the rehabilitation of the Minna-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano narrow gauge, the Markurdi-Lafia-Kuru-Bauchi-Gombe-Ashaka-Maiduguri line and the branch line from Kafanchan to Kaduna, which are expected to increase productivity in the region.

The party also noted that roads in the region have received serious attention under Jonathan, citing the decades-long intractable Kano-Maiduguri highway, the longest stretch in the country, which they said was being successfully tackled in addition to the Abuja-Lokoja road.

The PDP also said that the dredging of the River Niger from Lokoja to Baro in Niger State have also contributed in placing the north on a sure path to economic prosperity.

It cited the acceleration of work on the Geregu power station, the 700MW Zungeru Hydro-Power, the ‎3,050MW Mambilla Hydro-Power among others in addition to various dam projects including the Kashimbila Multipurpose Dam, which they said was being built to contain flood from Lake Nyos in Cameroon.

The PDP insisted that Nigerians in the north are mindful of the fact that their collective interest and aspiration are better protected under Jonathan hence the support and eagerness to re-elect him come February 14, 2015.

Jonathan Promises To Make Borno State Home Of Peace Again

Goodluck_Jonathan-in_MaiduguriPresident Goodluck Jonathan and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria has assured Borno State residents that his administration would continue to work towards ending terror attacks in the north-east and reinstating peace in the state.

The state, referred to as ‘Home of Peace and Hospitality’, has become volatile, as members of a terrorist group, the Boko Haram, have made efforts to establish an Islamic State and end western education in the north-east region.

At a presidential campaign rally in Maiduguri on Saturday, organised to seek the peoples support in a re-election bid, President Jonathan said the Military would defeat the dreaded terror group.

Before he began his speech, he ordered the observation of a minute silence in memory of those killed by the dreaded sect members.

President Jonathan expressed regrets over the persistent rain of terror on the peace loving people of Borno State by the Boko Haram sect, saying his administration will surely overcome the reign of terror in the north-east.

“We will surely defeat the terror group, the Boko Haram, so that our peace loving people of the north-east and other troubled states can go about their legitimate business without any molestation.

“We will return Borno to its initial slogan, ‘the Home of Peace and Hospitality’, which has been tampered with by the sect group,” the president said, as he sought the peoples support in an election scheduled to hold on February 14, .

He, however, called for support for security agents, as they do their best to end the acts of terror in the region.

There have been several attacks on communities in the north-east, one of which ended in the the abduction of some 200 school girls from a government girls secondary school in Chibok in April 2014.

On the over 200 girls abducted by the members of the terrorist group, the President also said that his administration had continued to work towards the release of the innocent girls.

“We are working towards releasing the girls so that they will be reunited with their families after being in the hands of the terror group for such a long period,” president Jonathan said.

The Governor of the state, Mr Kashim Shettima, also expressed sadness over the destruction to human lives and property of the people by the terror group, also reassuring the people that his administration will soon defeat the group so that the peace loving people of the troubled states will go about their normal business.

‘Hold Me Responsible’

A former governor of the state and the senatorial candidate of the PDP in Borno Central, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, assured the President that the people of Borno were fed up with the current APC government and were ready to effect change in the forthcoming election.

He promised to deliver Borno State to the PDP, saying that the APC will not get more than 20 per cent in the forthcoming election.

“Under a free and fair election, Mr president, I assure you that I will deliver Borno State to the People’s Democratic Party.

“Hold me responsible if I don’t deliver Borno to the PDP in the forthcoming general elections,” Senator Sherrif said.

The Minister of State for Power, Mr Mohammed Wakil, called on the people of Borno State to vote massively for the PDP, emphasising that President Jonathan’s administration had done well in the power sector.

He listed the achievements of the administration to include reconnection of Borno to the national grid after power equipment were vandalised by the insurgents and the connection of over 100 towns and villages to the national grid among others.

The occasion drew party supporters across the state and beyond with high security presence across the venue and in the town in view of the unpredictable nature of insecurity bedevilling Borno State.