President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari to run for second term in 2019, Presidency confirms

By Levinus Nwabughiogu ABUJA-


With just one year and seven months into the four years term of the administration of President Muhammdu Buhari which will terminate in 2019, the Presidency has given sure indication that the President would seek a second term in office.

It also vehemently dismissed comments that it would be a lonely walk for the President, a development expected to serve as a punishment for perceived bad governance.
The refutation was a sharp reply to a statement credited a former member of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Alhaji Buba Galadima, that the people of Nigeria would abandon Buhari should he choose to seek re-election. In a strong worded statement Monday night, the Presidency, through the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, stated that the “suggestions that the masses will desert President Buhari in 2019 was unfounded and utterly ridiculous.” Shehu asserted:  “Ordinary Nigerians are the backbone of his mandate and the only reason he ran for the office is to protect them against the rapacious merchants of corruption, who have held Nigeria back for decades.   Galadima’s calculation and prediction are utterly confused and misleading.” According to the presidential spokesman, “the masses are solidly behind Buhari because he is not stealing their money and their future. ‘’President’s enormous goodwill remains ever strong because the people are convinced the President is acting in their best interest, despite the temporary unintended consequences of reforms.” Suggesting vendetta and strong animosity against the person and the government of Buhari, Shehu recalled that an age-long face-off between both Arewa leaders in their CPC days, revealing that it was the reason Buhari discarded the likes of Galadinma in the 2015 elections he ran and won. He urged Galadima to retire to his constituency and stand an election if he still enjoyed the goodwill of his people. “President Muhammadu Buhari is far from isolation. He enjoys a very strategic relationship with ordinary Nigerians. This relationship is as solid as the proverbial rock. ‘’If Buba Galadima thinks that because he has no role and no job in this government that means President is isolated, he is putting himself to ridicule. “Galadima cannot speak for the masses as far as their steadfast loyalty to Buhari is concerned. While acknowledging that Galadima was entitled to advance his own political agenda, Malam Garba said Galadima didn’t have the right to decide for ordinary voters. “Buba Galadima’s disagreement with President Buhari was based on principle. He explained that President Buhari is committed to level playing field and would not want anyone to link his name to injustice.” “Galadima’s disagreement with Buhari started in 2011 when a group within the party, orchestrated an organizational mess by which the CPC embarked on the imposition and substitution of candidates for cash payments at the expense of those duly and democratically elected. “Muhammadu Buhari was embarrassed by the incidents and complaints about the imposition and substitution of candidates, adding that he, as a democrat, would not suppress the will of the people to please selfish interests. “Consequently he dispensed with the service, such as they are, of Buba Galadima; ran and won the 2015 Elections without them. Let Buba Galadima go to his constituency, stand for election and see what will happen to him”, Shehu stressed.

Gov Ibikunle Amosun
Gov Ibikunle Amosun
Gov Ibikunle Amosun

2019: I know those who will not succeed me— Amosun

By Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has revealed that seven persons have shown interest to become governor of the state in 2019, saying no quality of a would-be-governor in any of them.

The governor boasted: “Although, I do not know yet who will succeed me come May 29, 2019, I certainly know those who won’t be governor in Ogun State.”

Gov Ibikunle Amosun
Gov Ibikunle Amosun

Amosun who said this yesterday in Abeokuta at the APC, Ogun State members of National Assembly caucus meeting added that the seven aspirants are simply wasting their time and resources. The governor however, denied disparaging the leader of the All Progressives Congress and a former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. In the meeting which attracted state APC executive council, the governor noted that Tinubu had stood by him when he needed him, and he would continue to defer to him. The governor was obviously reacting to an alledged audio revelation emanating from a group within the party believed to bé loyal to a governorship aspirant which has gone viral on the social media. In the allegedly audio recording of a meeting held early in the week, the governor was said to have disparaged Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and allegedly hinted on how he (Tinubu) would bé disgraced before 2019. While refuting disparaging the APC national leader, Amosun said ,”What happened was that we wanted to have a parliamentary caucus. And we said we would be having it quarterly but we discovered that our commissioners were not there and the elders of the party too must be there. “It wasn’t our normal meeting it was just the parliamentary caucus meeting. “Well, but for me we should be happy, that some people are afraid of whatever we do and that is why they are running helter skelter. “If there are cowards or traitors somewhere trying to record or do any other thing,those people can not do anything. “But let me say this and I have been saying it all the time, that we might not be able to say clearly now who becomes the next governor but we know those who will not be governor. The governor while denying the allegations that he used the state money to fund Ondo election, said “In Ondo, we have won, we will continue to win. If they have money, let them keep it, when there is time for us to spend money, we will spend very well for our people, we will go round and say this is it and this is what we want to do, we are no cowards, we will spend money, we will not steal money, don’t bother yourself that they are writing this, they are writing that. “They told me there are three candidates, if they don’t know I will tell them, people that have told me they want to be Governor are now seven and I know that all of those seven, no Governor there, the ones that can be Governor, when the time comes, we will tell our people. “I know that they don’t have responsibilities for governance, don’t let them distract us because they mention it and I am here in person that is why I am just saying that so they should be ready, even all our people whether state Assembly, whether members of the House of Representatives, senators, if you want to be something, when the time comes we will know,” Amosun said.

culled from Vanguard

Governor Ayodele Fayose
Governor Ayodele Fayose
Governor Ayodele Fayose

General Overseer Ayodele Fayose  of Ekiti State’s 22 predictions for 2017 
Like 2015, when he predicted 20 things that will be experienced in 2016, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has once again predicted about 22 things that would happen in Nigeria in 2017.
This is coming barely nine days to the new year.
Fayose, in a statement personally signed by him, Friday, said: “Fellow Nigerians, remember I predicted 20 things that will be experienced this year 2016. Almost 90 percent of what the Holy Spirit led me to predict came to pass. “The Holy Spirit has once again led me to tell Nigerians what may happen in 2017. We therefore need prayer to avert further calamities in Nigeria. May God help our country?” According to the governor, the 22 predictions for 2017 goes thus:

Governor Ayodele Fayose
Governor Ayodele Fayose
  1. 2017 will be a defining year for Nigeria as there will be major revolution and uprising against the Federal Government because of economic hardship.
  2. More judges perceived not to be doing the bidding of the Federal Government will be arrested and humiliated.
  3. Efforts will be made to prevent Hon. Justice Walter Onnoghen from being made the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).
  4. Dollar will go as high as N600 to $1.
  5. APC-led Federal Government will still not have solution to the economic problems of the country as the economy will move from recession to depression.
  6. About four ministers will be removed.
  7. There will be more pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele.
  8. Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) will absolve Senate President Bukola Saraki.
  9. Crisis in the APC will deepen as former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will officially show intention to leave the party and declare his intention to vie for the office of the president in 2019.
  10. A former Head of State/President may pass on.
  11. A new (major) party that will wrestle power from the APC will emerge.
  12. More Shi’ite Muslims will be killed and Federal Government will not release the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
  13. Disobedience to court order and abuse of human rights will continue.

    Governor Ayodele Fayose
    Governor Ayodele Fayose
  14. Hardship will be more as poverty will continue to ravage the country.
  15. The academic community will further lose confidence in the APC-led Federal Government approach to the country’s economic and political challenges.
  16. Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano will be re-elected.
  17. $29.9 Billion Loan: Federal Government will find it difficult to source the loan.
  18. EFCC: Magu may face prosecution.
  19. There will be boost in agriculture.
  20. Haliburton gate may still be revisited.
  21. There will be no solution to power problem as power generation will drop to all time low.
  22. Performance of the Federal Government 2017 Budget will be the worst in the history of Nigeria.

culled from Vanguard Newspaper