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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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