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2019 presidency: 5,000 families in Lagos hold rally, want Buhari reelected (PHOTOS)



No fewer than 5,000 families on Wednesday stormed Lagos State to hold a rally for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The different families unanimously declared that President Buhari must be voted back into power to finish the good work he had started in Nigeria.

The families, under the umbrella of Nigerian Families for Baba Buhari, hinged their decision to back Buhari for another term on the progress that have been made in the short span of four years, albeit in the midst of distractions.

Speaking during the well-attended rally at the Freedom Park, coordinator of the families, Festus Akintola, said the Buhari-led government had shown tenacity in its drive to set Nigeria on the part of economic growth and sustainability

According to Akintola, “Considering the prosperity and prospect we enjoy from taking the right decision of supporting President Muhammadu Buhari to emerge winner in 2015, we should have stayed back in our respective places of employment, businesses and homes. But the good governance that is being delivered to us is something that must not be interrupted. There is need for the good life we now have, courtesy President Buhari’s government, to continue.

“Therefore, we are gathered here because of our firm belief in the imperative of ensuring the continuity of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Buhari-Osinbajo Presidency for another four years term in office.

“Lagosians are known to be politically enlightened. We have been able to read between the lines and we have watched with keen interests the events of the past four years. We have been able to compare with what existed before and we know that the best bet for us is for Baba Buhari to continue in office for another four years.

“This does not mean that there are no distractions. These are expected antics of the opposition and we dare say we are already used to them. We have taken our time to look beyond Lagos state so that we are not limited by focusing only on our own spaces.

“Our decision to support Baba is therefore based on the results we see in all the geo-political zones of the country. When we look across the country, what we see is the progress that have been made in the short span of four years albeit in the midst of distractions.

“The Buhari/Osinbajo stewardship is therefore one that the country cannot do without at this critical time of our history. We have been told that certain Nigerians aspire to replacing Baba when they had not taken time to take tutelage at his fit and appreciate what it takes to have the interest of the country at heart.

“Baba’s government has shown tenacity in its drive to set Nigeria on the part of economic growth and sustainability. He has worked on the diversification of the economy, which has continue to yield astonishing results across the country. Millionaire farmers have emerged and among them are many women and mothers, SMEs are smiling, the intervention programme like Trader Moni, N-Power, school feeding and Conditional Cash Transfer positively impacted our lives as mothers. We do not want the return of those that will divert such funds to build homes for themselves in Dubai.

“Above all dear compatriots, you would have noticed that there are a few people that have been crying about how they are not getting slush funds in their accounts. It is because Baba Buhari has turned the situation around for Nigeria to now belong to us, the citizens. For the first time those of us that do honest work in Nigeria have become empowered to earn our daily bread as opposed to being tied to the apron strings of bigwigs for paltry handouts.

“Today, the ownership of Nigeria is devolving back to citizens. The Buhari government is working to birth a Nigeria that belongs to all of us instead of a few political jobbers. It is on this note that we are saying it loud and clear that the only way to guarantee this Nigeria that belongs to Nigerians is to vote President Buhari/Osinbajo as the only option in the February 16 Election.”

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2019: I’m impressed with INEC’s readiness – Buhari tells EU election obsevers



President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja told the European Union Observer Mission (EOM) to Nigeria’s elections starting in February, that he was impressed by the preparations made by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and was optimistic that the electoral body would deliver on its mandate of a credible poll.

Receiving the EOM, led by the Chief Observer and member of the European Parliament, Maria Arena, at the State House, the President said he had listened earlier in the day, to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, when he briefed the National Council of State.

According to President Buhari, “I am happy and impressed with the briefing he gave. I hope that the confidence he exuded and the intellect he brought to bear on the Report will be justified at the end of the day.”

The President told the EU delegation that Nigeria had grown its electoral system incrementally, getting better year after year.

“Having participated in elections four times in the past, I would say that since 2015, technology has helped the credibility of our elections,” he said.

President Buhari said that Nigeria with over 250 cultural groups across religions and ethnic groups, with each group canvassing for identity and primacy in the affairs of the nation, “patriotism demands that we identify the nation’s best interest and go with it.”

He stressed that the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, administration had the good sense of identifying the national interest to include security, peace and stability, improved economy, jobs creation and the campaign against corruption, noting that the party was not wrong in 2015, and is not wrong going into the election this year with the same issues in its campaigns.

The President thanked the delegation for taking interest in Nigeria’s elections, and in the affairs of the nation generally.

The EOM team, accompanied by Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, Head, European Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said that the EU had observed every election in Nigeria since 1999, and had come here again for the next one, following an invitation by INEC.

The delegation promised impartiality and neutrality in the monitoring of the elections.

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PDP reject APC’s mulling of interim government



Kola Ologbondiyan Director, Media & Publicity PDP Presidential Campaign Organization

Kola Ologbondiyan
Director, Media & Publicity
PDP Presidential Campaign Organization

…Insists Atiku Will Win Presidential Poll

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejects in its entirety the idea of an Interim Government, being mooted by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on behalf of the Buhari Presidency.

The PDP says it cannot accept any form of unconstitutional governance and a contraption like an interim government because it is confident of a landslide victory on February 16, given the overwhelming support, which it’s Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, enjoys among Nigerians across the board.

The party said a suggestion of an Interim Government, under any pretext, context or contemplation can only come from desperate and unpatriotic minds in a failed administration or political party that has lost hope of being re-elected in a free, fair and credible election due to its manifest incompetence and humongous corruption.

Every Nigerian knows the desperation of the APC and the Buhari Presidency ahead of the 2019 general election, leading to their resort to threats, intimidation and clamp down on dissenting voices, as well as, assault on institutions of democracy, in the face of incontrovertible indices pointing to their imminent crushing defeat at the polls.

The PDP has already alerted Nigerians that Alhaji Lai Mohammed had let out APC’s ignoble “plan B” of “if we can’t have it, then destroy it”, which is to cause violence, derail the electoral process and blame it on the opposition; not minding the damage such could cause the nation, including human and material losses.

We hope such cruel plot, as revealed by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, is not the underlining reason behind the APC administration’s alleged neglect and undermining of our security forces fighting in the fronts.

The PDP demands that Alhaji Lai Mohammed comes clear on the source of his information, if it is not a plot being hatched by the APC.

He should tell Nigerians if his source was the Police, the military or the Directorate of State Services (DSS) so that they can appropriately channel their concerns.

The PDP therefore urges Nigerians to be at alert and keep an eye on the APC in their nefarious plans against our nation, now that they have made their strategy public.

On our own part, the PDP is prepared and ready for the elections. We have been going round the country peacefully, campaigning and presenting our candidate, policies and programmes to the electorate.

The PDP will therefore not accept any form of interim government, not when Nigerians have already attained a consensus to rally behind and vote in the peoples Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as their next President, come February 16, 2019.

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Saraki, Jonathan, Obasanjo, others attend council of state meeting



The National Council of State meeting is underway in Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari is presiding.

It is the third meeting to hold under his administration and the first this year.

Those in attendance are the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, former President, Goodluck Jonathan, Governors of Zamfara, Kebbi, Plateau, Lagos, Borno, Ebonyi and members of Cabinet.

Others present include former Heads of State, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ernest Shonekan, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Former Chief Justices of Nigeria.

The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, is also present and there are fillers that the meeting would focus on the general elections.

Details later…

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