Joko Widodo Wins Second Term As Indonesia’s President

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (C) and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin (R) gesture while visiting a neighbourhood in Jakarta on May 21, 2019. GOH Chai Hin / AFP

 

Indonesia’s Joko Widodo has been re-elected as president of the world’s third-biggest democracy, the elections commission said early Tuesday, beating rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general who has vowed to challenge any victory for the incumbent leader.

The commission was expected to announce the official results of the April 17 poll on Wednesday in the Southeast Asian nation of 260 million.

But amid fears about unrest and street demonstrations in response to the final count, the final tally was released early with little advance notice.

Widodo and his vice-presidential running mate Ma’ruf Amin won the election by a 55.5 per cent to 44.5 per cent margin over Subianto and Sandiaga Uno, the elections commission said.

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“This ruling was announced on May 21… and will be effective immediately,” the commission’s chair Arief Budiman said in a live-streamed announcement that was broadcast on major media.

Widodo, 57, had been widely predicted to win according to unofficial results.

His challenger Subianto, 67, has vowed to challenge any victory for Widodo, alleging widespread voter fraud, and warned that it could spark street protests across the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation.

Some 32,000 security personnel were being deployed across the capital Jakarta, including in front of the General Elections Commission’s downtown office which has been barricaded with razor wire.

Tensions have also been heightened after police said Friday that they have arrested dozens of Islamic-State linked terror suspects, including some who planned to detonate bombs at political demonstrations when election results were to be announced.

Last month, Indonesia held its biggest-ever election, a massive one day poll featuring more than 190 million registered voters and a record 245,000 candidates vying for the presidency, parliamentary seats and local legislator positions.

This year’s campaign was punctuated by bitter mudslinging and a slew of fake news online — much of it directed at the presidential contenders.

Widodo held off declaring victory after the unofficial results last month as Subianto insisted he was the archipelago’s next leader.

Subianto lost a 2014 presidential bid to Widodo which he unsuccessfully challenged in court.

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Why I Am Seeking Re-election – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday explained why he declared his intention to run for another term in office.

President Buhari had officially declared his intention to seek re-election on Monday, April 9, during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after various speculations.

While receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Reverend Justin Welby in London on Wednesday, President Buhari said it was necessary for him to make his intention public because many Nigerians wanted to know his intention.

“I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run or not. So, I felt I should break the ice. We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture, economy, anti-corruption, and many others.

“We needed to concentrate on them, and politics should not be a distraction. The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re-contesting,” President Buhari said.

In a statement which was signed by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President also recounted some successes of the administration to the Archbishop.

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“We have cut the importation of rice by about 90%, saving billions of dollars in the process. People who rushed into petrol money have now gone back to agriculture. Even professionals have gone back to the land. Nigeria should be able to feed itself comfortably soon. I am so pleased,” the President said.

On the war against insurgency, President Buhari said their is the need for continuous education of the people.

He said this is important “so that they can be free from religious manipulation,” and added that no true religion advocates the hurting or killing of the innocent.

Buhari’s Re-Election Bid Is Dead On Arrival, Says Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose

 

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has dismissed President Muhammadu Buhari’s chances of securing a second term in 2019, insisting the President’s re-election bid is dead on arrival.

Governor Fayose said this in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital in reaction to the declaration by the President earlier on Monday that he would run for re-election.

The President had declared his intention during the All Progressives Congress National Executive Council meeting in Abuja before departing the country for London, where he is also expected to meet UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

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While several members of the APC and the President’s close allies have welcomed the news, Governor Fayose told journalists that Nigeria would not need him as President in 2019.

The governor said not only would President Buhari be too old to lead the country then, he had failed to utilise the opportunity given to him in 2015.

“That ambition is dead on arrival. We don’t need grandpa as President anymore, Bugerua does not deserve a Buhari as President in 2019. Buhari is too old and tired. When people don’t know when to take their leave and say bye, Nigerians will show them the exit door,” the governor was quoted as saying in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi.

The governor further accused the President of failing “on all fronts” including the fight against corruption.

He added, “He has failed in the economic front and he has not done well in terms of security.”

2019: Borno Governor Canvasses Support For Buhari

This file photo shows President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Kashim Shettima during a visit by the President to Borno in 2017

 

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has called on all All Progressives Congress supporters to rally behind President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.

The governor made the call in a Facebook post in reaction to the declaration by President Buhari that he would seek reelection.

President Buhari had put an end to speculations about whether he would go for a second term on Monday at the National Executive Council meeting of the APC in Abuja.

His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said in a statement that the President’s decision was based on the clamour of Nigerians for him to re-contest.

As reactions trail the declaration by the President, many of his close allies have hailed the decision.

Governor Shettima, who along with other governors previously called on the President to seek re-election, welcomed the news.

“It is a traditional practice all over the world, that a popular sitting president gets his political party’s right of first refusal in seeking reelection,” he said.

The governor added that the President’s declaration would put to rest the speculations of the past months and stabilise the polity.

He said, “As Nigerians can testify, silence on the part of the President creates uncertainty in the polity with all sorts of assumptions. I believe that Mr President’s notice of intention will not only calm the polity but will indeed, give the APC a better sense of direction.

“Insha’Allah, as Governors, we will give the President and our party, all that is in us to once again, win the election.”

He called on APC supporters to sensitise their friends, relatives, neighbours and colleagues about the challenges the Buhari administration inherited in 2015 and encourage them to support his re-election bid.

Before declaring his intention to seek re-election at the APC NEC meeting, President Buhari called on members of the party to remain united and ensure it fulfills its campaign promises to Nigerians.

He said, “With the present state of the party and based on the report submitted by the Technical Committee, it is important to focus on how to move the party forward by avoiding actions detrimental to the interest of the party.

“Considering that politics is a game of numbers, we must not be a house divided against itself and must try to note, appreciate and accommodate our differences as far as the law permits. Upon my review of the report, my position is to ensure that the party tows the path of unity, legality, and cohesion and not that of division,” the President said.

Obasanjo Blasts Buhari, Warns Him Against Seeking Re-election

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday, in a 13-page statement, blasted President Muhammadu Buhari and advised him not to seek re-election in 2019.

In the special press statement titled, “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement” Obasanjo said Buhari has performed far below expectation and should honourably join the league of the country’s former leaders.

He said Buhari should not toy with the patience of Nigerians but should in a dignified way dismount from the horse (seat of power).

“We all thanked God for President Buhari for coming back reasonably hale and hearty and progressing well in his recovery.  But whatever may be the state of President Buhari’s health today, he should neither over-push his luck nor over-tax the patience and tolerance of Nigerians for him, no matter what his self-serving, so-called advisers, who would claim that they love him more than God loves him and that without him, there would be no Nigeria say.

“President Buhari needs a dignified and honourable dismount from the horse. He needs to have time to reflect, refurbish physically and recoup and after appropriate rest, once again, join the stock of Nigerian leaders whose experience, influence, wisdom and outreach can be deployed on the sideline for the good of the country.  His place in history is already assured.  Without impaired health and strain of age, running the affairs of Nigeria is a 25/7 affair, not 24/7.”

Explaining why he thinks President Buhari needs time to reflect and refurbish physically, the former President said the Buhari he knew is weak in the knowledge and understanding of the economy and it is evident in his administration as the economy does not obey a military order.

“I knew President Buhari before he became President and said that he is weak in the knowledge and understanding of the economy but I thought that he could make use of good Nigerians in that area that could help.  Although, I know that you cannot give what you don’t have and that economy does not obey the military order.  You have to give it what it takes in the short-, medium- and long-term.

“Then, it would move. I know his weakness in understanding and playing in the foreign affairs sector and again, there are many Nigerians that could be used in that area as well. They have knowledge and experience that could be deployed for the good of Nigeria.”

While he applauded Buhari for the effort of his administration in curbing the Boko Haram insurgency and his fight against corruption, Obasanjo scored the president low in his reaction towards herdsmen crisis rocking the nation.

“The herdsmen/crop farmers issue is being wittingly or unwittingly allowed to turn sour and messy.  It is no credit to the Federal Government that the herdsmen rampage continues with careless abandon and without finding an effective solution to it.  And it is a sad symptom of insensitivity and callousness that some Governors, a day after 73 victims were being buried in a mass grave in Benue State without condolence, were jubilantly endorsing President Buhari for a second term!

“The timing was most unfortunate.  The issue of herdsmen/crop farmers dichotomy should not be left on the political platform of blame game; the Federal Government must take the lead in bringing about solution that protects life and properties of herdsmen and crop farmers alike and for them to live amicably in the same community.

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South-East APC Leaders Ask Buhari To Seek Re-election

President Buhari after the meeting with South-East APC leaders in Abuja on Monday.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday held a meeting with All Progressives Congress APC-delegation from the South East at the presidential villa in Abuja

President Buhari had earlier met with National Economic Summit group before the meeting with the South East Delegates.

The delegates after the meeting with Buhari with affirmed their endorsement for him contest the 2019 election.

A member of the delegation and Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya after the meeting told journalists that they are happy with President Buhari’s performance.

He, however, implored the president to link the region with the ongoing rail line projects in the country.

He also assured that the party is working hard to win elections in the region.

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Governor Abdulfatah Assures Civil Servants Of Job Security If Re-elected

governorThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has assured civil servants that his government would not retrench workers if re-elected, despite dwindling federal allocation.

While addressing workers at an interactive forum jointly organised by Trade Union Congress and Nigerian Labour Congress, Governor Ahmed noted that the state fund would continue to be used judiciously for the development of the state.

The hall was filled with workers of different cadre who came to listen to the governor, especially on what he would do for workers if re elected.

On whether his government would sack workers or demote them based on the dwindling federal revenue, the governor noted that reducing the staff strength is not the solution, but proper planning of the economy.

Governor Ahmed added that serious attention would be given in managing the resources of the state to cater for the needs of the people. The governor also urged collaboration between the three tiers of government for the benefit of the people.

At the end of the interactive forum, some of the people described the presentations of the governor as an eye opener.

The third part of the interactive session would take place next week.

Kaduna: Yero Releases N800 Million Pensioners’ Entitlements

Kaduna governorState government has paid the retirement benefits worth over N840 Million Naira to 309 retired civil servants; who have served the state meritoriously.

While speaking during the presentation of cheques to the pensioners, Governor Yero noted that, despite the dwindling revenue accruing to Kaduna, the state government has expended over N2 billion for the payment of gratuities of civil servants who retired between January to July, 2014.

The governor also disclosed that his administration has paid a total of N4.7 billion as backlog of retirement benefits for the state civil servants dating back to seven years, and also cleared the backlog of gratuities and death benefits of retirees and deceased staff in the service.

It was a moment of joy for this senior citizens as they filed out to receive their cheques from the governor, most of whom just retired from service last year.

The beneficiaries are batches 5, 6 and 7 of pensioners who were captured in the months of May, June and July, 2014. They filed out to receive the cheques from the state governor in the admiration of their relations and colleagues.

While pledging the commitment of the State government towards ensuring prompt payment of pensions and other retirement benefits, Governor Yero said his administration remained committed to settling all pension liabilities as part of efforts to raise the production capacity of the civil service.

Some of the beneficiaries expressed appreciation to the state government for the payment of their pension and gratuities, and also promised to reciprocate the gesture by voting massively for the governor, who is seeking a re-election for another four year term.

It is expected that the wealth of experience that this pensioners have acquired over the years in service will be an added advantage in terms of initiating viable ventures with the money.

Al-makura Says Administrations’ Achievements Are Campaign Materials

NIGERIA-LIFESTYLE-CULTURE-FASHION-HATS,FEATURE Governor Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State says he believes his administration’s achievements in the last four years in office are enough campaign materials for his re-election in the governorship election of February 28. 

At the inauguration of his campaign council headed by Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Mr Al-makura expressed confidence that he had done well in the last few years.

The inauguration was held on Thursday at the newly commissioned 6,000 capacity Lafia square.

According to the governor, his new campaign slogan is, “Seeing is Believing”. he emphasised that would not resort to propaganda to seek re-election, but rely on how well he had represented the people.

The governor in company of the campaign council, distributed 500 motorcycles and cars to his campaign coordinators and the ward and district levels, as they in turn, promised to deliver on the mandate of ensuring Mister Al-makura is returned to office governor.

Obama’s re-election: a beauty of democracy – Gbenga Omolayole

Gbenga Omolayole, a medical practitioner and a politician reacted to the re-election of President Barack Obama of the United States, saying it is the beauty of democracy.

He said there is so much for Nigeria to learn from the United States presidential election.

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