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Buhari Campaign Organisation reports Atiku to EU, AU over ‘undemocratic tendencies’

The Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) has written to the international community to caution the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

Specifically, the presidential campaign group petitioned the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU).

The group urged them to prevail upon Atiku to jettison his plan of going to court to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.

In separate letters addressed to the heads of EU and AU Observation Missions in Nigeria, BCO noted that the international bodies must act fast to save the country’s democracy from what it described as Atiku’s inequitable conduct despite the reports of fairness in the just concluded polls by international observers.

In the letters made available to journalists in Abuja on Sunday by its Director of Communications and Strategic Planning, Mallam Gidado Ibrahim, the BCO said Atiku ought to have congratulated President Buhari instead of yielding to PDP’s politics of bitterness.

The group pointed out that Buhari’s magnanimity in victory, which was demonstrated in his appeal to his supporters not to humiliate the opposition was enough reason for Atiku to repent of his obstinacy and congratulate the president on his reelection.

BCO said: “We are writing to inform you of the undemocratic tendencies of the presidential candidate of the main opposition party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, who has chosen to take the electoral process in Nigeria backward after a peaceful and credible presidential and National Assembly elections conducted penultimate Saturday.

“In spite of reports by foreign observers acknowledging the polls as free, fair and peaceful, the opposition party and its candidate have chosen to discredit the entire process and make the Observation Missions look as if they are biased in their assessment of the just concluded presidential poll.

“Apart from blatantly refusing to congratulate the winner of the said poll, President Muhammadu Buhari, the PDP and its candidate have taken the battle to court apparently to cause distractions with a view to slowing down the wheels of governance in the country.

“The PDP is still inciting the Nigerian public against the government of the day irrespective of the fact that President Buhari had been magnanimous in victory. He has pledged to run an all-inclusive government and has even urged us, his supporters, not to gloat or humiliate the opposition, an enjoinder we have adhered strictly to the letter.

“We deem it fit to draw your attention to this brazen attempt to frustrate the democratic process, hoping that you will intervene by calling the PDP and its presidential candidate to order and ensure that the tenets of democracy are adhered to in the ongoing electoral process in Nigeria.

“Atiku should follow former President Goodluck Jonathan’s example. Nobody’s life should be sacrificed for any politician’s ambition. He should abide by the agreement signed by all presidential candidates with the National Peace Committee to accept the results of the just concluded presidential poll in good faith.

“Nigeria has, in the past witnessed enough shedding of the blood of innocent Nigerians. If Atiku wants to help Nigerians, he should work with the Buhari-led government for a prosperous nation. He should not set Nigeria aflame with his inordinate ambition and insatiable thirst for power.”

Tinubu: Fani-Kayode speaks on attack of Igbos in Lagos

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of Aviation has reacted to the crisis going on between the Yorubas and the Igbos living and doing business in Lagos State.

Fani Kayode in his Twitter page on Monday describing those terrorizing Igbos as ‘murderous scum’.

The former minister compared those terrorizing Igbos in Lagos to Fulani ‘terrorists’ in the Northern part of Nigeria.

On his Twitter page, he wrote: “The murderous scum that are terrorising the Igbo in Lagos shall reap the wind they have sown. They are no better than the Fulani terrorists that kill non-Fulanis in the north.

“These attacks are not done for and on behalf of the Yoruba: they are done for and on behalf of Tinubu.”

Nigeria News recalls that a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Doyin Okupe had also condemned the attack on Igbos in Lagos.

He wondered why Igbo people living in Lagos should be stopped from casting their votes.

He described the campaign among the Yorubas for Igbos to leave Lagos for choosing a particular political party over another, as deadly and undemocratic.

Joshua Dariye reportedly down with kidney failure

Former Plateau State Governor Joshua Dariye is said to be down with renal failure.

The Nation reports that Dariye is currently hospitalised at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada.

The paper quoted a government source, who pleaded not to be named, as saying that Dariye needed prayers.

The source said: “I have gone to see him. He is having serious health challenges. From my finding and from the doctor, his aliment is kidney failure and it is critical.”

The Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), FCT Command Public Relations Officer (PRO), Chukwuedo Humphrey, confirmed that Dariye is hospitalized, but he declined to state his ailment.

He said the Service had been managing his illness since last October.

Humphrey said: “I will not mention the name of the illness to you and the hospital where he is. Normally people whose health we can’t manage we refer outside for proper medical attention. We have been managing his illness since October/November.”

Asked when Dariye will be discharged, the NPS spokesman said: “It is the doctor who knows when he can be discharged. We have now limited the number of people visiting him at the hospital. We are just allowing his wife, close family and friends, and law enforcement personnel. Tight security is around him just as if he is in the prison cell.”

“His wife is always allowed around him. And she is always full of praises to the NPS for the proper medical attention. And his court hearings are ongoing, he does not need to appear in court. His lawyers are there to defend him.

“Because of his health challenge, he opted for self-feeding. Because we cannot be cooking any special food for him. His family brings food for him.”

WAEC certificate: Court set to deliver judgment on Gov. Bindow’s alleged forgery case

An FCT High Court in Apo is set to deliver judgment in a suit seeking the disqualification of Adamawa State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow, from the forthcoming governorship election, over alleged certificate forgery.

Justice Olukayode Adeniyi had fixed March 1 for the judgment after counsels to all parties in the suit argued and adopted their respective briefs for and against the suit.

However, when the matter came up on Friday, Justice Adeniyi apologized to the parties that the judgment was not ready.

He said he had earlier sent the court registrar to communicate the development to the parties.

Justice Adeniyi thereafter fixed judgment for today (Monday).

A group, Incorporated Trustees of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International, had alleged that Bindow supplied false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in his INEC Form CF 001.

This, he allegedly did by purporting to have sat for the West African Examination Council (WAEC), in June, 1983, and possessed General Certificate of Education (GCE) issued by the examination body.

But the plaintiff accused the governor of falsely declaring his educational qualification and date of birth for the purpose of nomination/election into the office of Governor of Adamawa State for the 2019 general elections.

I would have been dead – Pastor Adeboye

The General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has revealed why he is still alive.

Adeboye, who turned 77 over the weekend, disclosed that if not for God, he would have been dead.

He spoke during Sunday morning thanksgiving service at the Redemption Camp in Lagos.

The clergyman disclosed that if not for God Sunday’s service could have been a memorial service, though he refused to give details.

According to Adeboye: “But for God, I won’t be alive today. But for God, this would have been a memorial service. Can somebody help shout Hallelujah! Don’t try to find out the details, just keep on praising God.

“It is not all testimonies you can share in public. You share some of them, people would wonder. I remember telling some of my children some moments ago that a certain General Overseer visited me not too long ago and he began to share all that God had done in his ministry and I kept on saying ‘wonderful, praise God, Glory be to God.’

“After about one hour, he said; ‘Daddy, I am the only one talking, you have not said anything. And I told him, Sir, if I tell you everything God has been doing for me, you will say God is partial. And that’s why some of us can’t say it all.

“You have to keep some of them. But there is one particular point that I must make this morning, I won’t give you the details, but for God, I won’t be alive today. This would have been a memorial service. But for God! Will somebody help me shout Hallelujah,” he told the crowd at the 3 kilometre by 3 kilometre auditorium at the Shimawa area of Ogun State with an unusual calmness that left his listeners confused.

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