ATIKU SIGNS PEACE ACCORD!

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‘Style By Zenith’ Debuts In Lagos

Zenith Bank Plc is set to light up the social and entertainment scene this December with the launch of “Style by Zenith”. “Style by Zenith”, a flagship Lifestyle, Beauty, Fashion, Accessories and More »

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 More »

‘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 More »

‘We Didn’t Arrest Tunde Ayeni, He Was Only Invited For Questioning’ EFCC Clarifies

Following recent reports published by a national daily, that the anti-graft body, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has detained a former Chairman of Skye Bank Plc., (now Polaris Bank) Mr. Tunde More »

 

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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.”

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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.

Akwa Ibom’s Overrated Young Politician And The Burden Of Governance -Wole Arisekola

But understand this that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, and disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy. 2 Timothy 3:1-2.

The Holy Bible is an encyclopedia of knowledge and true reference to our past, present and future. When you look at the above verse, you will agree with me that the ugly events that enveloped Akwa Ibom State in the last two weeks can be attributed to the youthful exuberance of the state governor and his lieutenants. That is the catastrophic result of promoting an individual above his competence. When something goes wrong, you do not rush to blame others. Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. When Governor Udom Emmanuel threw decorum to the gutters by referring to his former boss, Senator Godswill Akpabio, as a man of no second address, one needs to ask him how come Senator Akpabio has no second address after holding office as a commissioner for six years and being Governor for eight years? Interestingly, the man he described as a man of no second address has been Senator for three and a half years, solicitor and advocate for 31 years. Haba! One begins to wonder if it is only a former staff of Mr. Jim Ovia of the Zenith Bank fame that has second addresses in Nigeria. In Yorubaland , we believe that the boss is not always right, but he is always the boss. Have you ever seen Governor Ambode of Lagos abusing Asiwaju Bola Tinubu publicly like Udom did to Senator Akpabio last week? Our orientation and training in Yorubaland will not allow us to descend that debasing low. This clearly shows Udom Emmanuel’s naivety, as well as his being unworthy of the executive office he presently occupies. You can only see people’s true colours when they think you are no longer beneficial to their lives. Isn’t it pathetic how we waste so much time on certain people and in the end they prove that they weren’t even worth a second of it? How fast people misbehave towards their mentors when they assume they have grown in importance! Power indeed intoxicates. This is how a man can descend so low to bite the fingers that fed him, and as they say, fire burns and most disastrously too, and it will surely do same for Udom Emmanuel at the fullness of time. Udom Emmanuel is a sinking ship.

Wole Arisekola is a journalist and the publisher of Streejournal magazine