Biafra is near, says IPOB
The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra on Sunday said the sovereign state of Biafra would soon be actualised.
The group stated this in a statement issued in Awka, the Anambra State capital, by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful.
The statement read in part, “The Indigenous People of Biafra and its leadership wish to reaffirm our position clearly to all and sundry in Nigeria and beyond that Biafra freedom and sovereignty is non-negotiable regardless of the political permutations in Nigeria.”
Saying that the group had been vindicated by the presidential election in the country, the statement added, “Voting in Nigeria is useless. We have been vindicated by the result of the shambolic, rigging fest they call elections.
“The unacceptable levels of humiliation, intimidation, killing, announcement of fake results, coupled with sponsored propaganda against our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, and the entire peaceful movement, cannot stop our total resolve to restore Biafra sovereignty in the shortest possible time.
“Only a moron and worker of iniquity will pretend not to know what transpired in the colonial contraption called Nigeria during the recently concluded presidential election. Using the military, police and armed thugs to rig in favour of the ruling APC was clear for all to see.
He added, “That the result has been sanctioned by some weak-minded apathetic Nigerians as well as the Fulani-loving British colonial masters, despite the horrors of those elections, is proof, if one is needed, that the poor masses of Nigeria are like tormented caged animals stripped of every dignity and lacking in courage.”
Melaye alleges assassination plot, Kogi denies allegation
The senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, has again accused the state government of planning to assassinate him on March 8 or 9.
Melaye, who emerged the winner of last Saturday’s senatorial election made the allegation in a message posted on his verified Twitter handle on Sunday.
He however boasted that the alleged assassination plan would fail.
“Kogi State Government is planning to attack me on the March 8 or 9. You will fail as always. God is my defence at all times. Nigerians take note,” he wrote.
However, the Director-General, Media, Publicity and Strategy to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, said there was no truth in the allegation.
Fanwo said, “The allegation is false and unfounded. He should follow up the allegations with proofs if he wants to be taken seriously. That is what men of integrity do.
He said, “We have decided not to respond to such blackmail and mind games by him. How can you allege a government is trying to assassinate you? It is spurious and unintelligent.”
“Our efforts on securing lives and property have been hailed globally. He campaigned here in Kogi State freely. Nobody attacked him.”
Sultan hails Buhari’s re-election, urges Atiku to accept defeat
The leadership of the Jamaatu Nasril Islam under the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’adu Abubakar lll, has hailed the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari at the February 23 presidential election in the country.
The Sultan of Sokoto is the spiritual leader of the Nigerian Muslims. He is also the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.
In a statement signed on his behalf and the Nigerian Muslim community by the JNI’s Secretary-General, Dr Khalid Abubakar-Aliyu, on Sunday in Kaduna, the Sultan thanked God for a hitch-free election which led to the declaration of Buhari as winner.
He urged losers in the presidential poll, including Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, to accept defeat and embrace peace as according to him, in every contest, there must be a winner and a loser.
“We are grateful to Allah, the beneficent and exceedingly merciful for the peaceful and successful conduct of the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections, as well as the subsequent declaration of the winners.
“Jama’atu Nasril Islam under the leadership of His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, delightfully congratulates President Muhammadu Buhari and all other contestants, as well as the Nigerian electorate that conducted themselves peacefully and with high spirit of decorum during and after the elections.
“However, we call on all the political contenders in Nigeria to, in the name Allah, take it easy and sheathe their swords, as in every contest there will always be a winner and a loser.
“But in this case, all the contestants are the winners, because Nigerians are now beginning to understand the dynamics of politics and democracy.”
APC must produce Kwara’s next governor, says Gbemi Saraki
A former federal lawmaker, Gbemisola Saraki, has said she would work hard to ensure that the All Progressives Congress produces the next governor of her home state, Kwara.
She said she would ensure that the governorship candidate of the APC in the state, AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq, emerged the winner of Saturday’s election.
Gbemisola, sister to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, belongs to the APC while her brother is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The current governor of the state, Abdulfatah Ahmed, belongs to the PDP.
Gbemisola made her position known in a statement on Saturday.
She said, “We can’t stop until progressives lead all states to the next level of our collective prosperity.
“So for each and every one of us, we must not relent, we have the elections of next Saturday, March 9 to go.
“In my state, Kwara, we are all out to ensure that AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq of our party, the APC, emerges the next governor of Kwara State, Insha Allah.”
On President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election for another four years, the former senator said every nation needed a true leader whose patriotism is unassailable and whose honesty in leadership and integrity of character are transparently beyond reproach.
She said Nigerians found those true leadership qualities in Buhari in 2015.
She expressed delight at the fact that the trust was reaffirmed during the last presidential election.
She thanked Nigerians for seeing Buhari, among other presidential candidates, as a true leader and only one worthy to pilot the nation for another four years.
“As Nigerians, we may indeed share different political leanings but we are united in our love for the greatness of our nation, Nigeria.
We hope to contest in gov election —Rivers APC
AHEAD of the March 9 governorship and House of Assembly elections, the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State has expressed the hope of being on the ballot and contesting the elections.
A chieftain of the APC, Mrs Maureen Tamuno, said the party still had a case in the Court of Appeal, which bordered on its participation in the elections in the state.
Speaking on Sunday during a thanksgiving service on President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory held at the St. Martin’s Anglican Church in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area, Tamuno said the party could consider a political realignment based on the outcome of the matter in court.
It would be recalled that a Federal High Court in Rivers State had ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to remove the state APC candidates from the list of those contesting for the 2019 general elections.
But Tamuno pointed out that APC members were preparing for the governorship and House of Assembly polls.
She said, “APC members are preparing for the March 9 governorship and House of Assembly elections in Rivers State. We will get direction from our leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. The most important thing is that we must exercise our franchise on March 9, 2019.”