Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has branded Ben Murray-Bruce, Senator representing Bayelsa East a liar. El-Rufai said the business mogul is feeding the public with wrong information about the Lagos-Kano dual track-standard gauge rail system. Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday commissioned 10 new coaches and two locomotives for the Abuja-Kaduna route. Reacting to the commissioning of the coaches, the Senator said Buhari should have commended former President, Goodluck Jonathan for “the train ride he enjoyed in Kaduna.” Noting that the achievement was entirely the handiwork of the Jonathan’s administration, Bruce added, ”Nigeria should give honour to whom honour is due”. In his reaction, the governor called out the lawmaker, saying he, Bruce,
President Goodluck Jonathan is due in Monrovia today as leader of the delegation of the United States National Democratic Institute (NDI) International Elections Observation Mission to Liberia’s presidential run-off polls, scheduled for Boxing Day. The run-off election is being contested by the ruling Unity Party candidate . ...details shortly
Nigeria's Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, believes its time for the Muhammadu Buhari government to focus on governance and stop blaming the past administration for the moribund state of the country's economy. “I agree with those who said we should stop criticising the last government and that we should do our own,” The Nation newspaper quoted him as saying during a meeting at his office on Tuesday. He said the time has come for the Buhari's administration officials to concentrate on delivering good policies instead of dragging Goodluck Jonathan for Nigeria’s woes. This is a significant deviation from the opinion of a majority of current government officers.
Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Friday hit out at critics of his administration, saying his achievements in government are yet to be matched by his successor. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, on Friday, Mr. Jonathan said Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State’s claims that his administration was dogged by poor choices and bad governance were “parochial and jaundiced.” Read the full text of his statement: Our attention has been drawn to the claims made by the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima on Thursday at a book launch to the effect that former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan wasted the goodwill he commanded because of bad governance and poor choices in office. He was also said to have accused Jonathan of believing that he was behind
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has one more hurdle to cross in his secret deal with some stalwarts of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, The nation can authoritatively report. It was learnt yesterday that Jonathan said Atiku must beg or apologize to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo to get the 2019 presidential ticket of the PDP on a platter of gold. Although Obasanjo has quit partisan politics, Jonathan was of the opinion that “he is still a strong factor in shaping the future of the nation in 2019 because he is a force among the revered kingmakers.” Former President Jonathan had in early November told the publisher of Ovation magazine in an interview that “If Atiku gets our party ticket, he would compete well. But he would have to reach
Nigeria's former President Goodluck Jonathan has heaped praises on Governor Ayodele Fayose to commiserate with the latter's on his 57th birthday anniversary. In a statement, Jonathan described Fayose as a leader. "As a leader and trail-blazer, you have spearheaded numerous initiatives and accomplishments that have not only remarkably improved the quality of life in Ekiti State, but have also set new standards in innovative governance", he said. "You are a patriot who is always resolute and forthright in canvassing your views on matters of progressive politics and national development.”
The APC's National Publicity Secretary Bolaji Abdullahi, has stated that ex President Goodluck Jonathan is not a corrupt man. Abdullahi served as Minister of Youth and Sports Development under the Jonathan administration. “I don’t think even his worst enemy can accuse Dr. Jonathan of being a corrupt person. I don’t think so. I have not seen anyone in this country that will say Jonathan is personally corrupt,” Abdullahi said. He said this in an interview programme, ‘Conversations with Abang Mercy’.
There are fears that the APC could crumble following the resignation of Abubakar Atiku from the party. Chieftains of the party said although they had been waiting for Atiku’s defection, the party was uncomfortable with the fact that there were many aggrieved members who would soon dump the party in power. An APC chief said more than two years after coming to power, President Muhammadu Buhari had not made appointments that would bring into government those who worked for his election. The chieftain also said that associates of the President including the Chief of Staff, Mr. Abba Kyari and Buhari’s nephew, Maman Daura, “have constituted themselves into a powerful cabal. They take key decisions in this government. Those who ensured Buhari’s election have been sidelined. If the APC and the
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has dismissed the reported statement by Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, claiming he benefited illicitly from the pension fund under Abdulrasheed Maina’s supervision, saying it was all “a blatant lie”. He said there was no truth to the reports that he was paid N5 billion monthly from the pension fund. His media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, stated this in Abuja on Saturday while reacting to the statement credited to Malami as published in a national newspaper last week. Malami was said to have told a Senate ad-hoc committee that an “ex-president was taking N5bn monthly from the Pension Fund.” Eze dismissed the claim as “a blatant lie hurriedly cooked up to divert the attention of the general public f