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Frank Urges Buhari to resign ‘if not aware’ of plot to arraign CJN Onnoghen

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Comrade Timi Frank

Comrade Timi Frank

Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately resign his position for claiming ignorance about the wicked plot to forcefully remove the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen through a kangaroo false asset declaration trial.

Frank in a statement in Abuja, said that since Buhari has for long appeared unaware of his sacred duties and position as President, he should relinquish his seat so that Nigerians can look for a president that “will be aware and conscious about critical national issues that often emanate from the presidency.

He noted that it was preposterous and unimaginable for an anonymous aide of the President to have sponsored a report in an online media to the effect that the President is not “aware” of the planned trial of the CJN at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

He also flayed the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, for denying reports that Buhari has demanded the resignation of Onnoghen whereas the germane issue was the illegal plot to intimidate and humiliate the head of a critical arm of government, ahead of the upcoming elections.

He said: “Why should Nigerians continue to sustain and maintain a President who assumed office over three years ago but never is aware of actions emanating from his official table?

“I strongly believe that Nigerians have got the chance to correct this apparent amnesia in the presidency by voting for a more capable and fully aware presidential candidate in February.

“We cannot continue to operate under this lifeless and unaware administration,” he stated.

He further stated that Buhari has continued to make Nigeria a laughing by his persistent claim of lack of awareness even when his very orders were being fragrantly disobeyed as President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces by Service Chiefs, heads of the Department of State Services and the Inspector General of Police who are under his control.

He said: “Nigerians have not forgotten how the orders of Buhari that the military high command should relocate to Maiduguri on assumption of office were never obeyed.

“When the DSS invaded the residence of serving Justices and judges under the cover of night and broke down their doors, the Presidency claimed Buhari was not aware of the illegal and unthinkable action that was unbecoming of a security agency in a democracy.

“When the National Assembly was invaded by the DSS in an attempt to forcefully remove the presiding officers of the Senate, the presidency claimed Buhari never gave the orders.

“When the President ordered the IGP to relocate to Benue State in efforts to stem the rising tide of bloodletting in that state by suspected herdsmen, the IGP refused and the President denied knowledge of the refusal.

“All these show that the President lacks integrity. A President that cannot take responsibility for simple government actions cannot be said to possess any iota of integrity.

“A self-acclaimed anti-corruption czar who is not aware that his former SGF, Babacheer Lawal, accused of monumental corruption, is today not facing trial in any court cannot be said to be a man of integrity.

“He cannot also claim not to be aware that Lawal has been appointed as a member of his re-election campaign committee.

“He cannot claim not to be aware that two of his serving appointees have been accused of certificate forgery and not performing the one year mandatory youth service programme respectively.”

He added that persistent claims that the President is not aware of major actions of the present administration give credence to the position of the Wife of the President, Aisha, that two or three persons have since hijacked the presidency. “Yet the President is not aware?”

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

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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

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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

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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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