President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja vowed the federal government will contend with anyone who is against the peace and unity of Nigeria. According to a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, he said this while receiving a delegation led by Abdulfatah Emetumah, the Offor of Umuofor Kingdom, Oguta LGA, Imo State. ”Anybody that tries to joke with the unity of this country has a problem as long as we are alive,” the statement quoted Mr Buhari as saying.
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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose on Thursday hinted that he would not attend the inauguration of his successor Dr. Kayode Fayemi slated for October 16th, 2018 in the state. The governor spoke while addressing a press conference in Ado Ekiti said that he would not attend the inauguration ceremony to avoid erratic behaviours, harassment and intimidation by politicians. Fayose added that despite his ordeals he would be a fulfilled man after bowing out of office on October 16, 2018.
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Former vice president Abubakar Atiku, former president Olusegun Obasanjo, PDP national chairman Uche Secondus in Ota, Ogun state Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo said his faith as a Christian does not allow him to keep grudges against Atiku Abubakar, especially when he himself asks God for forgiveness daily. Obasanjo whom Abubakar served as vice-president under his administration from 1999 till 2007 had not been in good terms with his former vice while in office.
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Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has launched the #BuhariChallenge, with 14 questions to President Muhammadu Buhari on the achievements of his administration. The Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, released a statement in which it accused the Buhari administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being “very idle of late, which explains their abandonment of the vital duties of running the government in order to focus on hurling insults and false accusations on the Presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar”.
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The outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has said he is ready to face the investigation team of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. According to a media report, the EFCC had already set up a special team to grill the governor for allegedly receiving over N1.2bn from a former National Security Adviser, Col Sambo Dasuki (retd.) through a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro. Fayose, who said he had a clear conscience, told the commission to expect him in its office on October 16, a day after the expiration of his tenure. “He who has clear conscience fears no foe. The EFCC should still expect me at 1pm next Tuesday,” he said. Fayose spoke on Wednesday during the inauguration of a new school he built in his Afao-Ekiti home country as part of his legacies projects in the state.
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Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday insisted that Nigeria needed a president with a sound knowledge of the economy to make headway. This, he said, was what a former German Chancellor, the late Helmut Schmidt, who was one of his international friends, told him during a discussion about African countries.
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that, the federal government has so far spent the sum of N15 billion on interest free loans to the poor in the country. Osinbajo, who made this known yesterday at the 9th session of the Presidential Quarterly Business Forum at the Presidential Villa, also noted that a lot of difference would be made on the nation’s economy if the government could spend N1trillion directly on poor Nigerians annually. The government had through the Bank of Industry (BoI) and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) recently launched ‘Trader Moni’ as a product to reach small holder traders and poor Nigerians. The product provides traders access of loans of up to N10,000 at the first instance. Osinbajo however did not explain how N1trillion could be spent on the poor and whether a similar formula (Trade Moni) would be adopted.
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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Sam Nkire, has noted that emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, as the party’s presidential candidate in 2019 general election has changed the political climate in the country. In an interview with LEADERSHIP yesterday, Nkire noted that with Atiku stepping into the political ring, there is no need telling the ruling-All progressives Congress (APC) that the game is up. He maintained that the former vice president’s emergence as PDP’S flag-bearer, had in the last few hours, had an effervescent effect on the political climate of the world’s largest black nation.
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