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2019 presidency: Nnamdi Kanu provides ‘proofs on Atiku being from Cameroon’

Nnamdi Kanu was asked by some Nigerians to give meaning to his recent claim about Atiku by showing proofs.

In a radio broadcast from London, the United Kingdom on Sunday night, Kanu clarified his comments, insisting that Atiku was originally from Cameroon but a product of 1961 referendum.

According to him, “Let me make it very clear that my reference to Atiku being born a Camerounian has nothing to do with his suitability to contest the office of the presidency of Nigeria because that is the business of Nigerians, I am a Biafran.

“I was merely referencing the 1961 referendum that brought his part of Adamawa into Nigeria as a valid example that referendum is not an alien concept in Nigeria.

“Before we proceed any further tonight, I want those of you with Internet acmes to please go to Google and search for 1961 Referendum Nigeria.

The following are the results you will get:

1961 British Cameroons referendum – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1961_British_Cameroons_referendum

“A referendum was held in British Cameroons on 11 February 1961 to determine whether the territory should join neighbouring Cameroon or Nigeria. The option …

Southern Cameroons – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Cameroons

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“Southern Cameroons was the southern part of the British Mandate territory of British Cameroons in West Africa. Since 1961 it has been part of the Republic of Cameroon, where it makes up … In the plebiscite, Northern Cameroons voted for union with Nigeria, and Southern Cameroons for union with (the formerly French) …

‎League of Nations Mandate · ‎Trust territory· ‎Independence movement

1959 Northern Cameroons referendum – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1959_Northern_Cameroons_referendum

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“A referendum on becoming part of Nigeria was held in Northern Cameroons in November 1959 … voting to postpone the decision. A second referendum was held in1961, with 60% voting to join Nigeria and 40% voting to join Cameroon.

“When was Atiku born? 1946 (Please go back to Google and search for “Where is the birthplace of Atiku Abubakar?” You will come up with Jada

“Where was he born? Adamawa Northern Cameroun

“At the time of his birth was which nationality was he? British Cameroun

“When did Atiku become a Nigerian? 1961 after the referendum that allowed his part of Adamawa to become part of Nigeria.

“What did the constitution of Nigeria say about eligibility to run for office of the president? You must be born a Nigerian.

“Truthfully speaking, was Atiku born a Nigerian? No. He became a Nigerian by virtue of a referendum in 1961.

“Nigeria is that great Zoo where nobody obeys the law or what the constitution says. Myself, Dasuki, El Zakzaky, Onnoghen and many others are victims of a savage country and her disregard for the rule of law.”

Buhari vs Atiku: Gov. Wike tells Christians what to do

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has advised Christians ahead of next Saturday’s presidential election.

Wike called on Christians to troop out and vote because their votes will make the difference.

The Governor spoke during a special combined Sunday service, at the Deeper Life Camp Ground, Rumuodara, Port Harcourt on Sunday.

Wike said Nigerian Christians can no longer stand aloof while the country slides into destruction.

Wike said, “You must vote during the forthcoming elections; If you don’t vote and a bad leader emerges, you are part of those who brought that bad leadership. Your vote can make the difference. So, go ahead and vote, to effect a positive change.”

He further called on the church not to allow the children of God to be surrounded “by those who should not be in charge of leadership of the country.”

Wike said all efforts of Christians to ensure the country makes progress would be crowned when they vote for their preferred choice.

Wike added, “Pray for this state; pray against those plotting electoral violence. Pray for the state to have peaceful and credible polls. Those plotting evil shall be disappointed.

“None of my supporters should engage in political violence on my behalf. Nobody should use violence to support me.”

The governor said security agencies plotting bloodshed in the state would be consumed by their plot, while Rivers would emerge victorious.

2019 election: INEC speaks on fire outbreak in its offices, reveals number of PVCs burnt

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said 8,966 Permanent Voters’ Cards and other materials were among the things destroyed by the fire that engulfed its offices in Abia and Plateau states in the past seven days.

INEC in a statement on Sunday signed by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, said the Smart Card Readers were not affected in both incidents, which happened within one week.

The Commission however assured Nigerians that it will not succumb to the antics of arsonists whose motive might be to create fear in the minds of voters and sabotage the conduct of the 2019 general elections.

Meanwhile, the commission has urged all relevant security agencies to arrest and bring to justice, persons or groups involved in the attacks on the offices of the Commission.

The statement reads “The fire incident that occurred at the Qua’an Pan Local Government office of the Commission in Plateau State on Saturday 9th February 2019 is the second of such incidents in less than a week. The first incident occurred in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government office of the Commission in Abia State on Saturday 2nd February.

”Some of the items destroyed in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government include 2979 Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) and other materials. At the Qua’an Pan office, items destroyed include 5987 uncollected Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), 380 Voting Cubicles, 755 ballot boxes, 14 generators, election forms and official stamps.

”The Commission has notified the Acting Inspector General of Police of the emerging trend of the burning of the Local Government Offices of the Commission close to the conduct of the elections and at a period when the Commission is engaged in the massive movement of election related materials nationwide.

”In view of these developments, the Commission has taken the following steps: “Notified the Inspector General of Police of this new trend and requested that additional security measures be provided to enhance security around INEC Offices and other critical structures of the Commission.

“Directed the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Plateau State to open a register for all those in the affected Local Government Area who approach the Commission to collect their PVCs within the specified period. The Commission will print the PVCs and make them available for collection in good time before the elections.

“Reprinted and delivered the Permanent Voters’ Cards of the affected registered voters in Isiala Ngwa South in Abia State.

“Made temporary arrangements for the relocation of the burnt offices of the Commission. The said offices will be ready for the conduct of the February 16 and March 2, 2019 elections.

“The Commission will proceed as planned in the affected Local Government Areas and all the burnt materials will be replaced in good time and as such will not affect the conduct of the elections.

“All relevant security agencies have been requested to arrest and bring to justice, persons or groups involved in the attacks on the offices of the Commission.

“The two fire incidents did not affect the Smart Card Readers that are presently being configured in the respective state offices of the Commission.

“The Commission wishes to assure all Nigerians that it will not succumb to the antics of arsonists whose motive might be to create fear in the minds of voters and sabotage the conduct of the 2019 general elections.“

Benue indigenes in Abuja endorse Ortom for second term

Benue citizens residing in Abuja have declared their support for the second term bid of Governor Samuel Ortom.

The people of the state described Ortom as the Defender of the Benue Valley, and that he should be given another chance to lead the people, having successfully led the people to win the war against herdsmen.

Ortom received the endorsement on Sunday in Abuja at a dinner organized by Benue sons and daughters in the diaspora in his honour.

Speaking at the event, President, Middle Belt Forum, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, said Ortom would surely win another term because his love for the people of Benue State.

According to him, “Governor Samuel Ortom is the kind of leader we need in the Middle Belt. The Middle Belt needs a man who is willing and ready to stand by his people and defend them. Governor Ortom is such a man. We believe in him; we love him; we will support him.”

Also speaking at the event, former Senate President, David Mark, called on all Benue sons and daughters not to repeat the 2015 mistake.

He said the people of the state had learnt a bitter lesson in the hand of the APC and can’t afford to make sure mistake again.

On his part, former Minister of Interior and the senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Benue South, Comrade Abba Moro, said he was confident that the people of the state would vote for the PDP from the presidency to the house of assembly.

Responding, Ortom promised never to fail the people if given the second term mandate.

Buhari vs Atiku: Nnamdi Kanu speaks on working for APC

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has lambasted the governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, for using his position to campaign for someone he (Kanu) described as Jubril Al Sudani

Kanu also pointed out that the reason for his call for the boycott of the 2019 polls was not in line with the claims making the rounds of him supporting the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

The IPOB leader said this in a live radio broadcast from London, obtained by DAILY POST on Sunday.

Nnamdi Kanu said, “Now let us consider those asking us to vote. We will remember when Restructuring was the rage. Even Kadira Ahmed came to my house to interview me for a special edition of The Core program for Channels TV.

“This was before the combined Nigerian Army and Air Force came to my house to kill and bomb my village at the behest of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Igbo Governors and other political errand boys in Lagos and Abuja.

“When I say how they are, they say I don’t respect them but I want the world to know tonight that our decision to boycott the elections predates the emergence of Atiku and Obi.

“Nigeria to my knowledge is the only geographical expression I know where supposed human beings have steadfastly refused to reason.

“At the height of the restructuring debate, elder statesmen gathered from far and wide to endorse IPOB’s stance that if nothing substantial happens on the restructuring from that they were going to boycott this same elections.

“Here are some of the ways ZOO newspapers carried it:

At this point I would like every listener and those of you here with any internet accessible device to please Google search ‘NO RESTRUCTURING NO ELECTION’

“The question we must all ask is this, if Anambra boycott was not effective, why did they initially opt for boycott of 2019 polls.

“There are those born outside our sacred land in the backstreets of squalid towns like Lagos, Kanon and heaven knows where else.

“They were raised in ignorance and brought up in stupidity, oblivious to our way of life.

“They are the e-rats saying I am working for APC because I merely reiterated what I had been saying since 2014 that Biafrans will boycott the elections. Our boycott started as far back as when Atiku was still an APC member campaigning for the election of the dead Buhari.

“Where were these people in 2014 when we started our boycott of Nigeria elections campaign or have they forgotten?

“I was instrumental in the election of Peter Obi as the governor of Anambra State. I used Radio Biafra to campaign for Willie Obiano against Nigige because we felt APGA represented the interest of the people.

“Today Obiano is a monumental disappointment and using that supposedly hallowed platform to campaign for Jubril Al-Sudani. My stand on election boycott predates most of these newly recruited PDP e-rats but sadly Nigerian newspapers would not correct.

“It is a mark of consistency that we are still carrying on with the implementation of something we started in 2014. Look at the so-called no restructuring no vote group, where are they today?”

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