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Buhari, APC ‘trashed’ my husband after 2015 polls – Tinubu’s wife

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Buhari, APC ‘trashed’ my husband after 2015 polls – Tinubu’s wife

Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the wife of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has decried that her husband was “trashed” after the party won the 2015 elections.

Mrs Tinubu revealed this when she featured on Your View, a breakfast show of Television Continental, where she alleged that Tinubu was sidelined despite his efforts towards ensuring that APC won the polls.

“He was campaigning, I did too. We were running three campaigns in my house. And for him to be trashed like that? But I saw somebody who has love for this country. I hate to speak because when I stand in the front of God, I don’t want, because of this man, go to hell.

“Occasionally, I would chip in and I would say, ‘You’re still helping out? Why are you helping out?’ He would say, ‘This country matters to me more,’” she said.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had mandated Tinubu to reconcile aggrieved party members ahead of the 2019 general elections, an assignment the former governor of Lagos State has since begun.

 

Mrs. Tinubu, however, pointed out that despite that the Buhari-led administration was now under massive criticisms, the President remained “the candidate to beat” in the forthcoming poll.

She said, “Change takes only one person to champion. And you need leadership. For me, Buhari is still the candidate to beat. Leadership is inspirational. Management is technical. If you have all the degrees and you’re smart and savvy, it is not about leadership. How many people are you inspiring?

“And Buhari, how many years has he been there? I am not campaigning for him. I am not; because I have looked at the dynamics; the poor still trust him. I will tell you: when it comes to integrity, Buhari has it. I don’t know about now.”

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Fayose: Magu didn’t say no big deal if death occurs – EFCC

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Fayose: Magu didn’t say no big deal if death occurs – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has distanced its Acting Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, from an audio conversation it said was circulating online.

The EFCC said in the audio recording, Magu is heard purportedly boasting that nothing will happen, if detained former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, died in the Commission’s custody.

Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, urged the public to discountenance the audio conversation, saying it was “fake”.

“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission wishes to alert the general public about an audio recording of a conversation currently circulating in the social media in which the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu, purportedly made comments to the effect that, nothing will happen peradventure Ayo Fayose, former governor of Ekiti State, dies in custody.

“Interestingly, the audio tape did not disclose the place where the conversation occurred and the person that Magu was supposedly talking to.

“Members of the public are advised to disregard this disingenuous creation as it is the handiwork of mischief makers intent on distracting the Commission from the serious work of wrapping up the investigation into the corruption allegations against the former governor of Ekiti state.

“The audio recording is fake as the comments did not emanate from the Chairman of the EFCC”, Uwujaren said.

He warned “”Purveyors of this fake news especially a former spokesperson of a leading political party…to desist.”

The EFCC is investigating Fayise over allegations that he had collected N1.3 billion from a former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

The anti-graft agency alleged that the money may have been used to prosecute the 2015 presidential elecion.

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Executive Order 6, not political witch-hunt – Lai Mohammed

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Executive Order 6, not political witch-hunt – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government clarified on Wednesday in London that the implementation of Executive Order 6 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari has nothing to do with 2019 general elections.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the clarification at the Chatham House, a UK-based Royal Institute of International Affairs chaired by Dr Alex Vines (OMR).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the global body has the objectives to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world, through informed debate, independent analysis, new policy ideas, and outreach to audiences.

Mohammed, who made a presentation on the topic: “Nigeria’s National Unity: Towards Participation and Shared Values”, stressed that the Order was to strengthen the anti-corruption fight of the administration and not to witch-hunt any political opponents.

He said that the Order was being misconstrued by naysayers and those who were beneficiaries of the past corruption laden regimes.

“The facts are very simple. Sometimes in July, the President, in the exercise of his constitutional powers signed the Executive Order 6 to strengthen the anti-corruption fight.

“In that order, the various corruption cases being investigated were listed and appendix.

“As soon as the Order was proclaimed, some people went to court to challenge it.

“Because of the pending case, the government suspended its implementation.

“But last week, the court ruled in favour of government and the government said that it is time to start its implementation,” he said.

The minister said that the Order was not about travel ban on identified 50 Nigerians and political oppositions as reported.

“The government believed that you cannot fight corruption, if you allow the perpetrators of corruption to use the proceeds to compromise investigation or and its outcome.

“What the Order says is that if someone is alleged to have used the proceed of corruption to buy a house, that person will not be allowed to dispose of the property, travel during the time if trial or do anything that will destroy the outcome o the case,” he said.

The minister noted that many of the listed corruption cases in the Order were instituted by previous administrations and inherited by the present government.

He said that some of the cases dated back to between 2006 to 2015, when 55 Nigerians allegedly embezzles N1.3 trillion.

Mohammed said that the topic for his presentation was apt, coming at a time the country was struggling to forge a national consensus, accept its diverse ethnic groups as the source of its national power and cohesion

He said that national unity was imperative because without a united country, all its component parts would be working at cross purposes and conflicting signals that would constantly threaten the foundation and the existence of the country.

The minister used the forum to explain the mandate of his ministry, the achievements and challenges.

“At the Ministry of Information and Culture, where my job definition includes speaking for the Federal Government, both within and outside the country, we are taking our mandate very seriously.

“We ensure that the people get, and consistently too, the detailed information they require to enhance their participation in the political process and, ultimately, to help deepen the nation’s democracy,” he said.

Vines, the Chairman of Chatham House who moderated the event, disclosed that the global organisation was partnering with Nigeria to address the challenge of social corruption.

The event was attended by Nigeria High Commissioner to UK, retired Justice George Oguntade, Cyprus High Commissioner to UK, Euripides Evrimades, members of Nigerians in Diaspora and Chatham House Think Tanks, among others. (NAN)

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We didn’t ask you to commit exam malpractices, APC replies Adeleke

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The All Progressives Congress has asked the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, to face his trial over alleged examination malpractices and leave the party out of his woes.

The APC said Adeleke should blame himself for allegedly getting involved in examination fraud, stating that the party did not ask him to commit examination malpractices. which he is being accused of by the police.

The Director of Publicity, Research, and Strategy of the APC in Osun State, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Wednesday in reaction to the allegation levelled against the party by the PDP candidate.

The statement read, “Senator Ademola Adeleke should face his problem squarely and stop looking for props and excuses to justify his inadequacies. APC did not ask him to commit the examination fraud.

“That is a matter with the police. And we are not police prosecutors. If he has been taken to court by the police, how is that the business with the APC?

He was the one who went to the tribunal and he has a responsibility to diligently prosecute his case at the tribunal. We cannot stop the tribunal from working, not even Ademola himself can stop the tribunal.

“So, it is immature, pedestrian and patently wrong for Ademola to accuse the APC and police of conspiring to deprive him of the ability to prosecute his own case. Perhaps the PDP candidate is too much engrossed in entertainment to find the time to understand how the tribunal and the court processes work. He should try and update himself, so as to know what to do, rather than embarrassing himself and his party.”

Adeleke had accused the APC and the police of colluding to prevent him from prosecuting his election petition against the APC by bringing up trump-up charges against him.

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