Amaechi loses out as Buhari settles for Osibajo
Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has picked Yemi Osibajo, former attorney-general of Lagos state, as his running mate,Naija Pundit can report.
Buhari will submit his nomination form to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, a day to the deadline, after nearly one week of negotiation and horse-trading on who should be his vice-presidential candidate.
Rotimi Amaechi, governor of Rivers state, had made a spirited bid to be chosen, but met with a brick wall with the zoning of the position to the south-west.
On Tuesday night, intense politicking threatened to mar the spirit in the party, as Amaechi made a last-ditch effort but was told by the retired general that Bola Tinubu, national leader of APC, would be the one to recommend the running mate.
Amaechi had succeeded in getting the enlarged meeting of the party’s leadership to oppose a Muslim-Muslim ticket, which Tinubu’s nomination was going to produce, but he was unable to benefit from the new development.
At a meeting with Buhari on Tuesday, Amaechi, according to sources who spoke with TheCable, made a case for the south-south to be given the VP slot because of the likely backlash in the oil-producing region if President Goodluck Jonathan loses the election.
He also told Buhari that it would be impossible for the APC to campaign in the Niger Delta with neither No 1 nor No 2 on offer for the region.
But Buhari reportedly told him that he had already agreed that the position should go to the south-west.
The governor invested heavily in Buhari’s campaign, paying for chartered flights, new vehicles and financing local and international media campaign to promote the candidacy of the former military head of state. Osibajo overcame last-minute challenge from other south-westerners such as former governors Kayode Fayemi, Niyi Adebayo and Olagunsoye Oyinlola.Add a comment
US Govt Exposes Tinubu's Fraudulent Past
The US government has exposed Bola Tinubu as a fraudster who falsely alleged to have attended the Chicago State University.
This was contained in a letter from the US embassy to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, after the latter made enquiries as to claims made by Tinubu that he graduated from the university.
It would be recalled that in his new book, 'My Watch', former President Obasanjo alleged that the former chairman of the EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, had given him Tinubu's file in the EFCC and that Tinubu's case was "one of the worst cases" had seen.
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Nigerians May Have to Make Exceptions for a Muslim-Muslim Ticket-Tunde Bakare
Lagos Pastor, Tunde Bakare, has urged Nigerians to make exceptions for a Muslim Muslim ticket as planned by the APC.
The activist Pastor made the call in a secret recording earlier in the year and which has been obtained by NaijaPundit.
In the recording, Bakare opined that the PDP Governors who joined the APC sometime last year were planted in the opposition party as moles by the PDP to destroy the party from within.
He had praise for President Jonathan whom he said was a man whose political trajectory had the imprint of God.
Pastor Bakare also drew attention to the fact that all those who had served as Buhari's running mates always died giving examples of Tunde Idiagbon (who coincidentally was his namesake), Chuba Okadigbo and Edwin Ume-Ezeoke.
The interview which NaijaPundit brings you below promises to ruffle feathers as Pastor Bakare alleges that APC Godfather, Bola Tinubu, manipulated the judiciary to get his boys installed as governors in Osun and Ekiti states alleging that the Jagaban has little grassroots support in those states.Add a comment
Some Hard Questions For The Buharists - FFK
This is indeed the time for us to answer some hard questions and speak some home truths. It is a season that shall separate the men from the boys. It is a time that the holy and wholesome light of truth shall overwhelm and expose the evil darkness of doublespeak and deceit.
It is a season that the enunciation and exposure of the ugly realities of the day must not be sacrificed or compromised on the alter of political expediency or on the table of fear.
Thankfully there are a few courageous and discerning voices that have risen to the occasion, made the relevant observations and asked the right questions. Amongst them are Mr. Bayo Oladeji and Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje. Permit me to begin with the former.
Oladeji, a seasoned and experienced journalist who writes for the Leadership Newspaper, wrote the following on his Facebook page on 31st October 2014. Add a comment
2015: Buhari Replies Gumi
A group under the aegis of Buhari Youth Congress for Change (BYCC) has lambasted the Kaduna based Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi over his open letter to former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari urging him to abandon his 2015 presidential ambition.
The group called on the Islamic scholar to stop interfering in Nigerian politics but should instead engage in preaching peace and unity of the country.
Speaking on behalf of the group, national coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Katagun called on Nigerians to disregard the statement by the Islamic scholar.
According to him, “Dr. Gumi made a lot of mistake with such statement because he is an Islamic scholar well respected. We expect him to have called on the General personally if he wants to advice him and not in the public like he did.
“Part of the letter also read that the General is too old to rule the nation forgetting that one who makes a good leadership starts from the age of 60 years. Add a comment
No Nation Survives Without Justice – El-Rufai
A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, said on Tuesday that a nation which did not thrive on justice and equity was bound to fail.
According to him, justice, equity and fairness remain the fulcrum of development and unity of any nation.
The former minister stated this at the home of the late governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa, in Jama’ah Local Government Area of the state.
Specifically, El-Rufai was at the palace of the paramount ruler of Kpop Gwong, Col. Paul Zakka-Wyoms (retd.), to formerly intimate him about his governorship ambition. Add a comment
SERAP Invokes FOI, Asks CBN To Provide Information On Alleged Money Laundering To Boko Haram
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has issued a Freedom of Information request to Mr Godwin Emefiele asking him to “urgently provide information about the persons involved in alleged money laundering through the Central Bank of Nigeria to fund the activities of the Boko Haram, which have contributed to the unlawful killings of innocent Nigerians and destruction of property.”
SEAP in a statement signed by Signed Adetokunbo Mumuni, Executive Director, also asked Mr Emefiele to provide “within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter information on the exact nature and duration of any such transactions.”
The organisation threatened “all appropriate legal actions under the Freedom of Information Act to compel you to comply with our request.”
In the request dated 15 September 2014 and signed by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organization said that, “Given the involvement of the CBN in this matter and the fact that you are the governor of the bank, we believe that you will be able to use your position and leadership to provide appropriate records and information on what exactly happened.”
“SERAP is concerned about the damaging allegation especially given that the CBN as a regulatory body has a responsibility under the UN Convention against Corruption and other national laws to prevent money laundering in banks, and to ensure that its systems are transparent and accountable to the Nigerian people,” the organization said.
The organization also said that, “It is necessary to provide clarity as to what exactly happened through the CBN if the bank is to continue to play a leadership role in the fight against corruption and money laundering, and to enjoy the public trust and confidence essential for its effectiveness.”
“Providing the information would also help to ensure full accountability for those involved in international crimes, and contribute to the process of providing effective remedies for victims,” the organization added.
According to the organization, “By virtue of Section 1 (1) of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2011, SERAP is entitled as of right to request for or gain access to information, including information on any transaction or money laundering activities that may have been carried out through the CBN, and the said information is in the custody or possession of any public official, agency or institution.”
The organization also said that, “By virtue of Section 4 (a) of the FOI Act when a person makes a request for information from a public official, institution or agency, the public official, institution or urgency to whom the application is directed is under a binding legal obligation to provide the applicant with the information requested for, except as otherwise provided by the Act, within 7 days after the application is received. By Sections 2(3)(d)(V) & (4) of the FOI Act, there is a binding legal duty to ensure that documents containing information relating to alleged money laundering through the CBN is widely disseminated and made readily available to members of the public through various means.”
According to the organization, “The information being requested does not come within the purview of the types of information exempted from disclosure by the provisions of the FOI Act.
The information requested for, apart from not being exempted from disclosure under the FOI Act, bothers on an issue of national interest, public peace and concern, interest of human rights, social justice, good governance, transparency and accountability.”
“The disclosure of the information requested will give SERAP and the general public a true picture and a clear understanding of the extent of the involvement of the CBN in any money laundering to Boko Haram,” the organization also said.
It would be recalled that a Perth-based international adviser to Nigeria, Dr. Stephen Davis, who for four months was involved in negotiations on behalf of the federal government with commanders of Boko Haram for the release of over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the sect last April, has named a former top official of the Central Bank of Nigeria among those that have provided funds and other logistics to Boko Haram to commit crimes under international law.
Similarly, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has stressed that information about a suspected financier from the CBN of the Boko Haram was passed to President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to him, “Stephen Davis also mentioned a Boko Haram financier within the Nigerian Central Bank.
Independently we are able to give backing to that claim, even to the extent of naming the individual.
In the process of our enquiries, we solicited the help of a foreign embassy whose government, we learnt, was actually on the same trail, thanks to its independent investigation into some money laundering that involved the Central.Add a comment