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Ondo election’ll be violence-free, says IGP

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has expressed assurance that the November 26, governorship election in Ondo State will be free of violence.

He said officers and men of the Nigeria police Force would be on ground to tackle any act of violence.

Idris  said the police were committed and ready to ensure that peace reign in all parts of the state before, during and after the election.
The police boss gave this assurance while speaking at a programme titled,  ‘Security Threat Assessment for the governorship election in Ondo State’ organised  by the Cleen Foundation in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Thursday .
Idris, who was represented by a Deputy Commissioner of Police at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, Mr. Sola Okediji, noted that the forthcoming election had potential to be violent going by various issues surrounding it.
But he said that the police would prevent any outbreak of violence before, during and after the poll.
He said, “It won’t be business as usual for politicians in Ondo State because the police will not tolerate any act that could lead to violence in the state. We shall resist all their plans to truncate the peace of the state before, during and after the poll.
“The police will not tolerate crisis in any part of the state. It is therefore important for the stakeholders in the election to cooperate with the police and play the game by the rules.”
The IGP also advised the  political thugs in the state to find their ways out of the state, assuring the people that the police would do everything possible to ensure that the thugs were arrested before the election.
The Chief Consultant of Cleen Foundation, Dr. Sola Omotola, while presenting the security threat assessment conducted by the foundation, said the forthcoming election in Ondo State would be the most keenly contested election in the history of the state since the country returned to democracy in 1999.
He noted that  the events that surrounded the primary of the major political parties participating in the election were pointers to the fact that the election might be marred by violence in some parts of the state.

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The man in Aso Rock is Buhari, Ngige swears

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The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on Sunday swore that “the man in Aso Rock” was President Muhammadu Buhari and not any impostor as being peddled by the opposition.

Ngige stated this in Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, while answering questions from journalists.

He said those who were insinuating that Buhari was Jubrin from Sudan were those who wished him dead.

Ngige said, “I’m talking to you as a medical doctor. If you are well treated by your doctor, you will be rejuvenated. That’s the case with Buhari. That is why he is bubbling with life. His doctors treated him well.

“I see him regularly. He’s the Buhari who worked as minister of petroleum; he is the Buhari who was the head of state of this country. He remembers all these.

“I ask our people to come out en masse and vote massively for him in the 2019 elections. We should stop listening to all these gutter talks.

“Truth to God, the man in Aso Rock is Buhari and no other person. I see him regularly.

“He’s the man that employed us as ministers and we meet with him during the FEC meetings.”

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Freezing of Obi’s accounts wicked, desperate – Timi Frank

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Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has condemned the freezing of the bank accounts of the presidential running-mate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, describing it as an act of wickedness, senselessness and desperation by the current administration.

Frank said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is making a big mistake by thinking that it would defeat the PDP by depriving the opposition figures access to their personal resources.
Reacting to the reported freezing of ex-Governor Obi’s account, Frank, in a statement, on Sunday in Abuja, said it was too late for President Buhari’s administration to stop the acceptability of the PDP’s incoming government through subterfuge and devious tactics.

According to Frank, if the PDP and former President Goodluck Jonathan, who performed well could lose election in 2015 despite access to huge resources, nothing will stop Buhari’s and APC’s total defeat in 2019.

He said: “In the history of Nigeria, and in the history of democracy in Nigeria, we have never seen a government this wicked to its citizens and to the opposittion like this present government.

“Let me remind Buhari not to forget that he was poor before he became President in 2015, if today he has corruptly enriched himself – thinking that he will use the proceeds to buy votes during the election while trying to impoverish the opposition – Nigerians will prove him otherwise.

“He has forgotten that his election was sponsored by Nigerians who believed in his course, otherwsise he would not have become President.

“No amount of blackmail and witch-hunt against businessmen and opposition politicians in the country will give him victory come 2019. No true Nigerian will behave the way he treats Nigerians and opposition.”

While accusing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of bias, Frank queried why the anti-graft agency has not frozen the accounts of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo -who is allegedly involved in NEMA’s financial scandal – and that of the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole – for allegedly receiving bribes during the party’s primaries.

“Buhari’s actions are beginning to make us doubt if indeed he is the Muhammadu Buhari we know or the Jubril from Sudan as alleged by so many people. It will only take a foreigner to treat citizens and the opposition the way Buhari is treating Nigerians at the moment.

“I want to remind Buhari that he was once in the opposition and he was never treated the way he is treating Atiku Abubakar and the opposition today. In any case, whether it is Buhari or the alleged Jubril that is at the helm of the affairs in Nigeria, come February 16, 2019, Nigerians will take their country back by voting out Buhari or Jubril or both,” Frank stated.

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Senator Aruwa was a philanthropist who contributed to sports and politics, says El-Rufai

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Senator Mukhtar Ahmad Aruwa

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Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has described late Senator Mukhtar Ahmad Aruwa as a philanthropist who contributed to sports, farming and politics in our state.

“I received the news of Senator Mukhtar Ahmad Aruwa’s death with sadness. Our thoughts are with his family and we pray Allah to grant him Aljannah Firdausi.

“He was a senator and a philanthropist par excellence who assisted our people in different sectors. He made a significant contribution to sport in Kaduna State, especially football and polo. He established the Ranchers Bees Football Club that birthed produced many stars, like Daniel Amokachi, Tajudeen Oyekanmi, Abubakar Balarabe and some of the Babayaro brothers.

“He was also into farming where he employed many people and helped to develop several communities in our state. He was a member of Kaduna State Elders Committee and participated in several peace initiatives including the Kaduna State Peace and Reconciliation Committee of 2011.

“On behalf of the government and people of Kaduna State, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his immediate family and the entire family. May Allah grant his soul Aljannah Firdausi.”

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