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ATIKU SIGNS PEACE ACCORD!

Atiku Abubakar, endorsed the pact drafted by the National Peace Committee during a ceremony at the Kukah Centre, Abuja on Wednesday.
Following his absence on Tuesday when President Muhammadu Buhari and some other candidates appended their signatures, Atiku and the PDP explained that it was caused by a communication lapse between them and the National Peace Committee, headed by General Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former Nigerian military ruler.
Atiku Abubakar was accompanied to the ceremony by Uche Secondus, the PDP Chairman and other party topshots.
He endorsed the accord at 12:08 p.m in the presence of Abdulsalami Abubakar and some European Union delegates

The Absurd Jibe of Akwa Ibom’s “Private Jet” Governor

What will we not hear from our effusively childish modern politicians?

Last week , Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State was so proud of his achievement as the first Akwa Ibom son to fly a private jet to his state from Lagos before he became their Number One citizen.

He said “those who came back to Akwa Ibom State through night bus and the ones who came back through chartered flight, are they the same?”

If Nigeria is a country where people reward achievements, I think Mr Udom Emmanuel deserves one.

Or is it not an achievement to fly a private jet to see one’s parents in a mud house? Is it not an achievement to fly a private jet to where you have no single building before you became governor?
This is one of the hazards of promoting individuals beyond their intellectual capacity.
Most renowned politicians started their lives as nobodies.
I am sure Chief Awolowo did not fly a private jet to Ibadan when he became Premier of the Western State, neither did the Sardauna of Sokoto nor Chieif Azikwe.
It is so disheartening that our politicians have brought governance to this level.

Mr Udom does not know the difference between the politics of elites and that of the masses. In his own opinion, he has no business with the masses as long as he continues to fly his private jet.

My mother taught me a popular Yoruba adage that says “ọmọ ti a ko tọ́ ni yo gbe ile ti a kọ́ ta”, meaning that a child that we do not bring up well, will eventually sell the house we build at a giveaway price.

That is the irony of what they are passing through in Akwa Ibom State. Their Governor sees himself as an elite Governor, he turned governance to that of the elites by the elites for the elites. Whenever he wakes up in the Government House and remembers that he flew a private jet to Akwa Ibom, he is pleased and his ego is satisfied. That to him is an achievement.
He sees himself as someone who is more fortunate than the man who came to Akwa Ibom in a night bus. He doesn’t have any contact with the masses of his state . He is running his goverment on the air . His achievements are also in the air. What an irony of an empty headed leader!
The road to his village was constructed by a man who came in a night bus.The bridge that leads to his father’s house was constructed by a night bus man. The airport where he landed his rented private jet was comissioned by a night bus man. The person he calls a night bus man is a friend of the masses, a grass root politician who eats and dines with the masses because he belongs to them.
He is not like a private jet passanger who doesn’t have feelings for the poor because he doesn’t belong to them.

The gods are not to blame, this is where we have found ourselves in this country where we always elect people who have no connection with the masses. They don’t feel the pains we are going through. They don’t know the prices of yam, garri and plantain in the market. They import their food through their private jets.

Besides, if Emmanuel Udom is upset at his gold medal award as “Governor do Nothing”, he should not take out his frustrations on Godswill Akpabio. He should face the umpire who gave him the award, The Ex-Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Obong Victor Attah.

Akpabio who rode to Akwa Ibom State in a night bus is however unique. He is such a different man. He has little but gives so much to his people.
He is not in the state because of the elite and private jet passangers but on a mission to transform his people into private jet owners and not passangers.

Akpabio’s life reminds me of that of Che Guevara the young Argentinian doctor who fought all over Latin America for the liberation of his people without much consideration for his personal gain or safety.

He is such a committed man that he will never think of working against his people. His life is all about the welfare of people of Akwa Ibom. His mantra is always “I am an Akwa Ibom man first and then a Nigerian citizen”.

Like the scripture says, ”many are the tribulations of the righteous but the Lord delivers him from them all”.
The good Lord will surely deliver Akpabio from the unwarranted insults from people who denied being beneficiaries of his goodness and indeed joined detractors and political opponents to malign, castigate, denigrate, and condemn him.

Wole Arisekola

‘Why Atiku Was Absent At Peace Accord Signing’ -PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has explained why it’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was absent at the signing of the Peace Accord on Tuesday.

The PDP made its position known via a statement signed by Kọla Ọlọgbọn diyan, It’s National Publicity Secretary. While expressing its commitment to a peaceful election in 2019, the party regretted that it was not represented at the signing of the peace accord on Tuesday “due to communication lapse between the National Peace Committee (NPC) and the party’s national secretariat”.

The party also made it known that it is already conducting investigations into the circumstances that could have resulted to this unfortunate communication lapse.

“Nevertheless, it is instructive to state that our Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the party are fully committed to a peaceful electoral process and elections in 2019.

Our Presidential candidate is known worldwide as a global ambassador of peace, who will always support processes that will engender peace in our country and the world over.

In the same vein, our party is also known for peaceful conduct in all activities, electoral processes and all elections conducted at all levels in our country, since its inception in 1998.

The PDP will therefore visit the office of the National Peace Committee, look into the peace document and fulfill all necessary obligations towards the peace accord ahead of the 2019 general elections”, the statement concluded.

IBADAN RALLY: ‘I Will Start Restructuring Within Six Months’ -Atiku

THE Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has declared that if he is elected president of Federal Republic of Nigeria, he will start the process of restructuring the country within six months of being in power.

Atiku gave this assurance on Thursday when he addressed a mammoth crowd at the historic Mapo Hall Square, Ibadan, Oyo State capital.The former vice president stated that he has always been an advocate of restructuring as a way to move the country forward.

“One of the most important policies I have advocated in this country is the restructuring of this country.

“Today, I stand before you to pledge that before you that within six months we shall start the process of restructuring in every part of this country,” Atiku said.

( ADVERTORIAL) SEYI MAKINDE WRITES OYO INDIGENES

Dear people of Oyo State,

Greetings from my family, campaign team and me. My name is Seyi Makinde and I am privileged to heed the calling to serve my people.

Oyo State is strategic in Nigeria and powered by hardworking families from every part of the state. We are creative, passionate, and determined. However, challenges across our state are real, the needs are substantial. By the grace of God, I am willing and ready, with your help to bring solutions to them.

I am running to be the people’s governor who represents our entire state and my plans for our economy reflect this. Our government will invest in infrastructure, education and affordable healthcare whilst driving job creation by providing low interest credit facilities and support for small businesses to make Oyo State an attractive place to do business, work and live.

We will invest in our educational systems – from primary to secondary and tertiary levels – across Oyo State and relieve the burden of high school fees placed upon our students, parents and guardians. Plans are in place to make our state’s educational institutions a place where all youths and students in Nigeria aspire to study.

Employment is one of the best ways to fight rising crime rates, keep families together, and build a stable society. One of my main priorities as your governor will be to provide an enabling environment for businesses so more jobs can be created, ensure that workers’ salaries are paid when due and their rights are adequately protected.

Any unconstitutional policies of the out-going administration, which are not in the interest of the people of Oyo State, will be duly reviewed. An effective feedback system will be put in place so that I am informed about the governance challenges faced by students, youths, adults, and the vulnerable people among us. Together we will build a new Oyo State where everyone is an important stakeholder.

I promise to focus on solving problems. Every person in Oyo State has value, and for us to transform our state for better, we must do it together. It is time we return Oyo State to a place where we treat each other with humility, respect and dignity.

The governorship draws its strength and mandate from your votes; now is the time to join me in making a real difference. In the coming weeks, I will share my proposed solutions to important governance issues, which need to be addressed. This will require your ideas, and support so that together, we can shape our future, and get Oyo State back on the right track we can all be proud of.

I am honored to humbly request your support via this medium, to elect me as your next governor on March 2nd, 2019.

Thank you.
God bless you and God bless Oyo State!

Sincerely,
Seyi Makinde.

2019; YORUBA ELDERS ADOPT ATIKU ABUBAKAR

Yoruba elders and leaders have vowed to work with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the forthcoming election.

The leaders also reiterated their call for restructuring of the country.

They said it was through restructuring that Nigeria could witness prevalence of equity, fairness and justice.

The leaders including a chieftain of pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; former Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Chief Olabode George; Prof. Banji Akintoye, Senator Femi Okunronmu, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, among others, made their position known at a 1-day South- West Colloquium with the theme: “2019: The South- West Speaks,” coming out with a 12-point communique, read by Prince Uthman Sodipe.

The elders and leaders in their communiqué; noted that the Yoruba remains cohesive, indivisible and strengthened by a common cultural bond and ideological vision.

They maintained that, “The Yoruba believe in the restructuring of Nigerian union in order for the prevalence of equity, fairness and the dominating anchor of justice.

“The centre is too unwieldy, too disproportionate, effectively creating equity in the distribution of the collective wealth.

“We must encourage every state in our federation to grow on the momentum of the available resources within their soil.”

On their decision to adopt Alhaji Abubakar as the Yoruba candidate for the 2019 presidential poll, the communiqué added, “The Yoruba people resolved to adopt the candidature of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for the presidency in the 2019 elections in view of his support for the restructuring of Nigeria to create equal opportunities, fairness and justice for all stakeholders.”

UYO BASED JOURNALIST ARRESTED OVER FAKE NEWS

Obong Ndutim, the publisher of an online news portal, FactsReporter.com, a local content publishing website, based in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, has been arrested by the Nigeria Police Force.

It was learnt that men of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) arrested him around the early hours of Monday, 3 December 2018.

The spokesperson for the Police Command in Uyo, DSP Odiko MacDon confirmed the arrest.

Odiko said, Obong Ndutim was arrested in connection with an alleged publishing of fake and damaging stories-cum-blackmailing of a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Godswill Akpabio.

It was gathered that the arrest followed a petition written by Senator Akpabio, alleging that Obong Ndutim’s website published an offensive and libelous story alleging that the senator was involved in money laundering with some Nigerian banks: titled ‘CBN probes Akpabio’s N865b unrecorded deposits in three banks.’

The police said the senator had earlier filed a complaint against the accused at the Uyo Police Command weeks back.

“Based on the statement and published story by the accused, we have thus arrested him at his residence on Monday,”a senior police officer said.

An insider also added that Obong Ndutim’s platform, (FactsReporters.com) has been using as tool to fuel negative information to the public to propagate false allegations on Senator Akpabio and his political associates.

“This is not the first story; there are several other news published on the platform ditto: ‘Akpabio, Ekere plot to sponsor attack on Gov’s billboards, instigate insecurity uncovered’ published on October 25, 2018 by Michael Asanga. ‘Mr Emmanuel: Senator Akpabio is set to destroy Oro Nation’; published on October 8, 2018, by Ulap Kingsley Offiong. Essien Udim chaos,Akpabio abducts ‘AKHA aspirant for opposing cult group’; published on October 3, 2018 by Editor; ‘Senator Godswill Akpabio: The Demystification of a Political Godfather’; published on August 13, 2018 by Ikennna Ekezie, from Port Harcourt.’_ Source disclosed.

Obong is now accordingly remanded in police custody, awaiting prosecution in a court of normal jurisdiction, and if found guilty, will be sentenced in line with Nigeria’s Constitution.