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17 Jan 2019

Photos From Atiku's Visit To America Surface

Earlier today, 247NNU reported that Atiku Abubakar landed in America where he was invited to speak at an event organised by the US-Africa Chambers of Commerce in Washington.
The validity of this report was at first disputed by many but the Presidential candidate for the PDP took to his Instagram page to post a picture of him being received by delegates with the caption:

Just arrived Washington D.C for meeting with US government officials, Nigerians living in D.C metropolis and the business community. -AA 

See the pictures:

PDP reacts as Buhari calls APC flagbearer ‘presidential, senatorial, governortorial” candidate

The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization, PPCO, has reacted to the flop made by President Muhammadu Buhari during his presidential rally in Warri, Delta State.

Buhari had on Thursday referred to the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer in Delta, Great Ogboru, as “presidential candidate“.

Buhari had told his audience, “I have this pleasure of handing
over this flag of honour to our Presidential candidate”, while giving the flag to Great Ogboru.

Reacting, PPCO urged the president to “voluntary hand over” because his has “foreseen his defeat” at the polls.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, PPCO said “Buhari has foreseen his defeat and already switched into a handing-over mode. The whole world watched as President Buhari, apparently overwhelmed by thoughts of his defeat, ended up declaring the APC Governorship candidate in Delta state, Great Ogboru, as the Presidential candidate.

“It is clear that President Buhari, worried by the shunning of his campaign by Nigerians, mistook the Warri Rally for the May 29, 2019 handing over ceremony that is four months ahead.

“President Buhari is already in the mood of his May 29, 2019 handover of mantle of leadership to PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, following the national consensus to return the PDP back to power in the February 16, 2019 Presidential elections.

“President Buhari had continued to display that he did not have the intention of seeking for a second term in office. It is evident that he is only being compelled by the cabal in his Presidency, who the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, had confirmed are manipulating the President for their pecuniary interest while the nation suffers.

“We therefore calls on all Nigerians to note that there is no need casting any vote for President Buhari who has overtly shown that he is not prepared for the election.”

I Am The Only One That Can Fix Nigeria, Oby Ezekwesili Declares

Presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria ( ACPN ), Prof Obiageli Ezekwesili on Thursday said she is eminently qualified to lead Nigeria to the Promised Land.

She lamented Nigeria has over the years lack quality leadership that can take the country to where it ought to be in the comity of nations.

Addressing a group of artisans, youths, students, people with disabilities and some market women at popular Arewa House, Kaduna, the former Education Minister said she was the only candidate with the capacity and competency to deliver the country from its complex problems.

She said: “We have lacked quality leadership in Nigeria. It doesn’t matter that all those that have governed us are men. It doesn’t make any difference in quality of life of Nigerian persons.

“I am that candidate with competence and capacity to solve the complex problems that seem to have eluded us for so long.
Read Also: 2019: Ezekwesili promises hope, new nation

“We cannot afford to have many more millions of Nigerians to join more than 87 million that are already poor.

“Therefore, anyone who is thinking of me being a woman has not come in term with other Nigerians I have interacted with in the course of our campaign. They have always saying Oby is the candidate we can trust.”

She added: “When you are tired of mediocrity, the only person you can think of is Oby Ezekwesili, who is offering herself to lead.

“The reason is simple. I have always been known in this society as one who has a strong voice for the fact that Nigeria can be better than it is now.

“Nigeria has no reason to be a failure and that is why I am running in this election.”

Asked if she was not happy with the current government because she was not given political appointment, she said: “I rejected to be a minister many times since I was a minister in this country. I don’t need to be a minister.

“What I need is that this society must be mobilised immediately to see how we can come out of the whole failure and incompetence they have thrown us into.”

INEC Releases Final List Of Candidates For 2019 General Elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission has released the final list of candidates eligible to participate in the 2019 General Elections.

The list contains the names of candidates for the presidential, senatorial, House of Reps and state Assemblies.

The information was contained on the verified Twitter handle of the Commission, @inecnigeria.

The presidential candidates’ list features 144 names comprising parties’ presidential candidates and their running mates.

The Social Democratic Party did not present presidential candidate or running mate for the election, as two persons –- a former Minister of Information, Jerry Gana; and a former Governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke — are laying claim to the ticket.

Gana has been recognised by the courts, but he has not been accepted by his party.

On the other hand, Duke has been ousted by the courts but remains the acceptable candidate to the party.

There are 28 women on the list as either the candidate or the running mate.

The youngest candidate is the 30-year-old Johnson Omede, being a vice-presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party.

A total of 72 Presidential candidates and another 72 Vice-Presidential candidates are expected to run for the presidential election.

Others whose names appear on the list include President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who are the candidates of the All Progressives Congress; former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, and former Governor Peter Obi who are the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates, respectively, of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Others include Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Peoples Movement of Nigeria; Mr. Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress; Mr. Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party; Mr. Sina Fagbenro-Byron of the KOWA Party; and Mr. Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria

Others include Mr. Obadaiah Mailafia of the African Democratic Congress; Mrs. Eunice Atuejide of the National Interest Party, among several others.

See the final list here:

Presidential candidates 

Senatorial candidates 

Candidates for the House of Representatives

Cardi B Comes Hard For Donald Trump Over Government Shutdown In New Video

It's been almost three weeks since the United States of America's president, Donald Trump shut down the government, leaving federal workers in untold hardship, which has led to Cardi B calling him out for the actions.

The rapper took to her Instagram page on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, where she called him out for leaving the workers stranded. He went on to appear to other Americans to take the shutdown by the government seriously.

"Hey, Y'all i just want to remind you all that this is been a little bit over three weeks, okay, it's a little bit been over three weeks, Trump is now ordering federal government workers to go back to work without getting paid. Now I don't want to hear Y'all motherfuckers say oh but Obama shut down the government for 17 days. Yea Bitch! For health care, so your grandma can check her blood pressure and you bitches can go check your pussy at a gynecologist with no motherfucking problem.

Now I know a lot of you don't care because you don't work for the government or you don't probably have a job, but this shit is fucking serious bro, this shit is crazy like our country is in a hell hole right now...we really need to take this seriously. I feel like we need to take some action, I don't know what time of action bitch, this is not what I do but bitch I'm scared, this is crazy and I really feel mad for these people that gat to go to fucking work to not get motherfucking paid," she said.
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Trump's proposed wall is at the crux of the current government shutdown. In December, after signaling that he would sign a stopgap measure to keep the government funded until February 8, he caved to pressure from some in his base and said he would not sign any bill that doesn't provide $5.7 billion for a border wall.

There was not enough support for the wall in the Senate (60 votes were needed), and so starting on December 22, a partial government shutdown began, impacting roughly 800,000 federal workers. Of those, around 420,000 are considered essential and must work without pay. <

Retired Civil Servants Mobilise To Vote El-Rufai Out Of Office

About 36,000 workers from the 23 local government of Kaduna State who were compulsorily retired by Governor Nasir El-Rufai in November, 2017, have urged the people of the state to comply with President Mohammadu Buhari’s directive to vote out any governor that refuses to pay workers and retirees their entitlements in the coming general elections.

Briefing newsmen in Kaduna, secretary of the retirees, Comrade Umar Jafar said they were forced by circumstances to notify the general public of the evil the present government has meted on them and to mobilise the public against the All Progressive Congress, APC and Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

Comrade Jafar said they came to the NLC to protest the non-compliance of Kaduna State to pay their entitlements after 15 months of compulsory retirement.

He said, “Under normal circumstance as it applies with civil service rule, if a staff is retired whether voluntary or compulsorily, he should be paid his gratuity and there and then enroll for his pension.

“We are not against the retirement but what we are protesting now is the state government non-compliance with the rules of disengagement, even though there were series of complaints from here and there. However, President Mohammadu Buhari recently told the whole world that any governor that did not comply in paying staff and pension entitlement shall be voted out of government in this election.

“We are here today to tell the good of people of Kaduna State to come out en mass to vote anything that is associated with Mallam Nasir El-Rufai out of office come 16th February and 2nd March, 2019 haven refused to obey President Mohammadu Buhari’s orders.

“Buhari directed all the governors to pay workers and retirees their entitlement with the huge amount of money from the Paris Club funds that has been giving to state governments.”

According to Comrade Jafar, Kaduna state is one of the states that has collected the highest amount of money from the Paris Club funds and not a penny has been paid to them.

He said the governor’s action has put the 36,000 retirees from the 23 Local Government Areas in the state since November 2017 without a kobo in a very terrible situation.

“The Governor has been going online telling the general public that he has settled us. If he has paid us, why should we come out to protest? I was a staff of the Local Government with Staff No: PSN/KDN0250 and I am telling you people that none of us has been paid and that is why we are here.

“Yes, we have made several efforts to meet with the people concerned in the government including the governor himself but he has been telling lies that he has paid us, and that anybody that did not receive his payment is having BVN problems but that is all lies, nobody has been paid.

“We have taken our case to NLC, NULGE, TUC and we even went to Industrial Court. We have complied with all the aspect of unionism laws, we rallied to the state assembly to protest against governor El-Rufai’s actions but because of his level of inhumanity and disrespect to rule of law, he sacked people and denied them their rights.

“The National Union of Local Government Employee, NULGE and all the other trade union in the state have been intimidated by the governor’s threat. You know he mistakenly retired about 80% workforce of the local government but this time around, we heard that he has warned all the civil servants that he will summarily terminate their appointment if he has any reason to do that and you know that, that will deny them pension, so NULGE, NLC, TUC are all scared of his threat.

“We know that it will be very difficult for him to pay us within this few days to the elections since he was unable after 15 months, so our best option is to come out to let the public know the situation this government has put us in. We are in very bad situation now, suffering from abject poverty, we cannot feed our families, pay school fees of our children, house rents, hospital bills. Some of the women you see here are widows as a result of this retirement without pay. Their husbands died out of frustrations. Some of us had to divorce our wives because they could not tolerate the hardship.

“It is very unfortunate that the person we voted in 2015 thinking that he was coming to relief us from hardship incidentally became more dangerous than we expected and he has so much endangered our lives and that is why we came to cry out to the remaining of our colleagues in the service and the general public to shine their eyes and vote wisely by voting El-Rufai out.

“We have lost so many of our colleagues, as a matter of fact, last week alone we lost Yusuf Abdullahi, Abubakar Kawu, Umar Shehu, Imam Abubakar and Monica Dokaji due to hardship

“What we want now is for Kaduna people to comply with President Buhari directives and that is to vote Nasir El-Rufai out of office. Presently, he has started going from door to door to persuade and deceive the people to vote him so he can finish them. El-Rufai is the most deceitful governor in Nigeria, he is about to deceive the people again and he must be stopped,” he explained

APC Excluded From INEC's National Assembly Candidates List In Rivers

Names of candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) contesting for seats in the National Assembly are missing from the list published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of political parties expected to contest in the governorship election in Rivers State.

A list signed by Rose Orianran-Anthony, secretary of the commission on Thursday, did not contain the names of APC candidates.

On January 7, 2019, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, nullified the primaries conducted by the two APC factions in Rivers State. The court also restrained INEC from presenting APC candidates in the 2019 elections in the state.

According to Obo Effanga, Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, the list is in line with the court judgement.

Nigerians React To News Of Atiku In America

For some years due to alleged fraud, Atiku Abubakar was banned from stepping into America for risk of being prosecuted.


Earlier today, Dele Momodu shared via his Twitter handle that PDP's Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar just landed in America. This was reported by 247NNU here.

Below are a few reactions from our Facebook audience to the news:

Court Makes Crucial Decision In The Trial Of CJN Onnoghen

An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has extended the restraining order against the continuation of the trial of Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen to January 28.

The court, presided over by Justice N. E. Maha, gave the order after a counsel representing the respondents told the court on Thursday that his client had not been served.

The court ordered a fresh service of the court summons to the respondents and asked that the date of service be included in the proof of service before the next hearing.

Before adjourning the matter, Ms Maha ruled that the order for parties to maintain status quo, still stands.

The implications of this order includes among other things that the trial of Mr Onnoghen, scheduled to continue on January 22 at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), may have to be suspended, pending further directives.

The CJN is facing trial at the tribunal for alleged false asset declaration.

He was arraigned by the anti-graft agency, the Code of Conduct Bureau.

The CJN was charged, following a petition filed by a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

But several applications have been filed, resulting to court decisions suspending the trial.

After the FHC gave its interim order for the suspension of the matter till January 17 following two applications by civil groups, the Industrial court gave a similar order suspending the trial till January 21.

The applications in the instant case were brought by the incorporated trustees of two groups: the Centre for Justice and Peace Initiative, and the International Association of Students Economists and Management.

Parties expected to appear in court regarding the matter include the CCT chairman, Danladi Umar; the minister of justice, Abubakar Malami; the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu; the National Judicial Council, headed by Mr Onnoghen and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Drama As Eight Robbers Sentenced To Death Attack Journalists

A state high court in Adamawa State has sentenced eight armed robbers to death by hanging.

The condemned robbers reacted violently, attacking journalists recording the process.

The affected journalists, one from the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and the other from Adamawa State Television (ATV), were cameramen filming the convicts who were handcuffed in pairs but who managed to get hold of pebbles around the court premises to inflict injuries on the cameramen.

The cameramen and other people around the place were saved from further harm by prison officials drafted to provide security.

The convicted persons were found guilty on nine counts, according to the presiding judge, Justice Abdulaziz Waziri of High Court Three, Yola, who said the judgement followed a thorough review of the statements of both the prosecuting and defense counsels.
File photo of criminals

He said the presentations of the counsels and those of witnesses proved beyond any doubt that the suspects were guilty of the charges against them.

He, therefore, pronounced death by hanging against them but explained that they had 90 days to make an appeal against the judgement.

The convicted eight included Aliyu Ardo, Sadiq Mijinyawa, Shaibu Abubakar, and Sani Musa, The others were Kabiru Abdullahi, Saidu Abubakar, Umar Mohammed and Sanusi Ibrahim.

The Adamawa State Controller of Prisons, Umar Audu, who spoke on the violence by the convicts, said the authorities made adequate preparation against such act by providing 10 personnel to take them to court, but that the actions of the convicts came as a surprise as such a thing had never happened anywhere in the state before.

He said the convicts who had since been returned to prison, had shown remorse for their actions.
 
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