The National Leader of the APC, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu was believed to have told some of those close to the president that whilst he and his loyalists in the South-west were ready to back Buhari’s re-election bid, the condition for their support would be different this time around. A source disclosed to Thisday that the APC chieftain had told those who approached him on Buhari’s re-election bid that “let it be known that we supported him in 2015 based on trust. This time, around, we have to negotiate proper agreement”. Although it is almost a fait accompli that the president would run in next year’s election, sources in the APC are nonetheless very concerned that the contest will be much tougher due to the disappointment, mistrust and discontent with the administration by a large sect
The political class would appear to have made up its mind about the 2019 elections. Nigeria ‘compulsorily’ has to choose between a Buhari or Atiku presidency. Today, over 10 years later, we watch with absolute bewilderment as the same presidential candidates from 2007 trade barbs with each other, to convince us that one is better than the other. Such has been the tactic of the ruling class since the fourth republic began – “Nigeria remains their political football” to be kicked back and forth between them. Thankfully, we are in the season of giving and receiving, and like Santa, I present a rather atrocious gift to the ruling class. It is a gift forged from the oven of common sense and the acceptance of the cold reality of Nigeria’s politics. It is a simple proposition and it says: If w
Presidency has revealed that it would air a 55-minute documentary on President Muhammadu Buhari on December 24 and 25. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, said the documentary was put together by the media and publicity department of the State House. According to him, the documentary titled, “The Human Side of President Buhari”, portrays the President in a light that majority of Nigerians had no prior knowledge of. “It is made up of interviews of close aides of the President and some others who have worked closely with him, carefully put together to show a side of the President that many would love to see. “This documentary will air on the Network Service of the Nigerian Television Authori
Ekiti State’s Governor Ayodele Fayose has said that the $1 billion the Federal Government has been asked to withdraw from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) is in no way meant to fight Boko Haram, but to fund the 2019 re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. The National Economic Council (NEC), which has all state governors as members, at it’s Thursday meeting authorized the Federal Government to withdraw $1 billion from the $2.3 billion currently in the Excess Crude Account (ECA). Edo State’s Governor Godwin Obaseki, who made the decision of the meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, known to State House correspondent, said that the money was meant to help the Federal Government fight against Boko Haram in the North East. But Fayose, the chairman of the Peoples Democratic
Hours after condemning the flawed elective national convention, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, founder of Daar Communication, who contested the PDP National Chairmanship position and lost, has congratulated the winner, Prince Uche Secondus. Dokpesi, who had earlier faulted the process of the party’s National Convention held in Abuja on Saturday, declared that “the delegates have spoken”. “Ì appreciate the delegates for voting at the convention and congratulate the newly elected National Working Committee of the PDP led by Secondus. “You will recall that I said that the PDP must be the ultimate winner at the end of the contest. “God bless the Peoples Democratic Party. Congratulations PDP as I wish all our members the best of luck,” Dokpesi said.
Former vice President, Atiku Abubakar has recounted how he stopped the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo from becoming Robert Mugabe of Nigeria through tenure elongation. Atiku, who was replying a letter written by Nigerian comedian Francis Agoda, better known as IGoDye querying his days in office as the nation’s number two citizen, said after looking at recent Zimbabwe issue he remained confidence of fighting the attempts to elongate tenure by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo Abubakar said he was “largely frozen out in the second term” of the Obasanjo-Atiku tenure, claiming that Obasanjo wanted presidential tenure elongated beyond 10 years, risking having a Mugabe in Nigeria. “I regret that we had that disagreement with my boss. Some say I was disloyal, but I looked at the even
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.
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plots to disrupt its Saturday national convention in Abuja over fear that the success of the event will mark the end of the ruling party. PDP national publicity secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye stated this during a news briefing in Abuja on Wednesday. While he said that President Muhammadu Buhari was not part of the plot, he however called on him to urgently investigate the allegation and ensure that the convention was not disrupted by some “overzealous elements in the APC government”. “We have credible information that some overzealous elements in the APC Government want to disrupt the PDP national convention. “It is not from the very top; they know that if we have a hitch-free conve
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has explained why he has been unable to enter the United States in the past few years. There have been concerns that Mr. Abubakar was avoiding a trip to America because he fears a warrant was out for his arrest there. But Mr. Abubakar, who is expected to run for president in 2019, said in an interview published by The Boss newspaper that he had actually made attempt to visit the U.S. but was denied on administrative grounds. “I applied, but wasn’t issued a visa. However, they did not decline me categorically either. They’ve only said my application is going through administrative process,” Mr. Abubakar told the paper published by Dele Momodu. “It is the sole prerogative of America to determine who they want in their country or not. I’m not r
Following comments made by Col. Hameed Ali (retd.), the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress’ change agenda had been derailed because of the negative impact of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the administration, the APC has dismissed his comments as not representative of the party’s position, while the PDP has accused him of talking “rubbish”. While dismissing Ali’s claims, the PDP wondered why the APC and Ali would condemn the same people whose help it enlisted to win the 2015 election, saying “You can’t have your cake and eat it. It is not possible”. Spokesperson for the PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, stated the position of the party in an interview with the Punch in Abuja on Saturday, with