Femi Aribisala: Kingsley Moghalu For President [MUST READ]

In just a few months, Nigerians go once again to the polls to choose our next president. This is the

In just a few months, Nigerians go once again to the polls to choose our next president. This is the opportunity we have to determine our destiny. It is a civic duty that comes only once every four years. Therefore, it must be entered into like a marriage; soberly and with full presence of mind.

Of those who have expressed interest in seeking our vote, one man stands head and shoulders above the rest. That man is Professor Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu.

Moghalu has what it takes to be Nigeria’s next president. He is experienced, but not antediluvian. He is young but not naïve. He is not a lackey of the old guard but not abhorrent to them. He has both a national and an international pedigree. Moreover, he is a visionary, very intelligent and highly driven. He is our very own Emmanuel Macron, a man destined to change the course of Nigeria’s political landscape.

Moghalu is our very own Emmanuel Macron, a man destined to change the course of Nigeria’s political landscape.

With Moghalu’s election as president, certain problems that have bedeviled us of recent will be things of the past. With President Moghalu, there will be no more apologetics for the murderous onslaughts of Fulani herdsmen. As a matter of fact, one of his cardinal policies is to increase the Nigeria Police from its measly 350,000 strength to 1.5 million.

With President Moghalu, there will be no more agitation for the dismemberment of Nigeria. Instead, his very election will heal our wounds and calm frayed nerves. What he proposes is a return to “true federalism.” Says Moghalu: “The political and constitutional structure of Nigeria affects its economic management, in our case in a very negative manner because the potential productivity of the country’s component regions and states is suppressed by the rent-seeking politics to control absolute power at the center and dispense patronage. This is part of why constitutional restructuring for a true federalism is essential.”

With President Moghalu, politics will not overshadow policy. Quoting John F. Kennedy, Moghalu insists: “Politics is too important to be left to the politicians.” He says: “It is time to act on the reality that Nigeria will not achieve economic development and transformation on the current trajectory of its politics. The present political leadership class simply does not have the skills and the background that are fit for purpose. Technocratically competent and visionary political leaders are what it will take to reposition the Nigerian economy for sustainable growth and transformation.”

Kingsley Moghalu first came on my radar when Financial Nigeria flew him to London in 2012 to deliver the keynote address at the Nigeria Development and Finance Forum (NDFF). Then, he presented a lucid paper entitled: “Prospects of Financial Stability in Nigeria and the Links to Economic Transformation.” A year later, I had the distinct privilege of being asked to review his book: “Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s Last Frontier Can Prosper and Matter;” a book that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala describes as “a tour de force on Africa’s transformation.”

As I observed at the time, Moghalu’s Africa is quintessentially African. It is not borrowed. It is not a copycat. It is not stolen. It is not reliant on European blueprints or leftovers. It is endogenously African.

His siren is an African version of Obama’s “yes we can.” Yes, we can transform our economies within a generation. Yes, we can do it without undue reliance on foreign aid. Yes, we can create our own endogenous technology without relying on the pipe-dream of technology transfers. Yes, we can renovate, innovate, and modernize by forming a nexus between politics and economics.

But now, Moghalu’s focus is firmly trained on Nigeria. In a new book, launched just this February 2018, entitled: “Build, Innovate and Grow (BIG): My Vision for Nigeria;” Moghalu presents a blueprint for his bid for the presidency. This new book is quite simply a masterpiece of innovative ideas and policy prescriptions designed to renovate, re-build and grow our economy and polity.

What you get from Moghalu is not politics but policy. That is why he needs to stay well away from the PDP and the APC; odd-jobbers mired in politics without policy. Listen very carefully to the cacophonies emerging from these two major national parties at this crunch moment in our history, and you will discover that there is no policy debate whatsoever; just a bitter and vicious struggle for power and patronage that, in the APC especially, even results in killings and assassinations.

We have had enough of this. The time is long overdue for the likes of Kingsley Moghalu to engineer a hostile takeover of Nigerian politics at the ballot box. We need to forge a new departure. What we need are men and women like Kingsley Mogahalu up and down the ballot in order to build a new Nigerian political class, a new Nigerian political culture and a new Nigerian political future.

The Nigerian electorate must come of age. We cannot continue in the failed tradition of electing leaders who don’t have a clue what government entails in 21st century Nigeria. We need to admit that the failure of government in democratic Nigeria is a failure of the electorate. We have failed to put the right people into power. We have failed to apply wisdom in the voting booth. Instead, we have opted for the stolen-monied, the charlatan, the snake-oil salesmen, the smooth-talking babalawos, and the wise-cracking ethnic jingoists.

It is past time for something different; something avant-garde; something forward-looking; something innovative and imaginative. We need something not mired in the age-old ethnic diatribes, something with a new vision and perspective, something that harnesses the latent potentials of Nigeria into our very own Unbound Prometheus. Says Moghalu: “We must create a rising tide that lifts all boats, not just those of relatives and tribesmen and women.”

Our motto today should be out with the old: in with the young. Out with the politicians: in with the technocrats. Out with the primordial: in with the cutting-edge. Out with the ethnocentric and tribalistic: in with the inclusive and nationalistic.

Look around the world we are in today, the old is making way for the new. Look at the success-stories of the African continent and you will find men and women like Paul Kagame of Rwanda, and Ameena Gurib-Fakim of Mauritius. These are the beautiful ones the likes of whom are not yet born on the Nigerian political landscape. Look farther afield and you find dynamic men like Justin Trudeau of Canada, and Emmanuel Macron of France. That is the way of the world today that still remains anathema in Nigeria to our detriment.

Not anymore! Says Moghalu: “An economy cannot be managed to progress that is beyond the vision, capacity and competence of the political leadership, regardless of how many brilliant technical economists abound in a country. If the political leadership lacks vision, is venal and focused on other priorities, sound technocrats can’t achieve very much. Their full potential contribution will be suppressed by political decisions above them, usually taken in caucuses at night in places that are not offices.”

What this means is that Nigeria needs to leap-frog into the 21st century. Our persistence in recycling old cargoes must come to an end. We cannot afford to continue to elect abject failures in the hope that somehow, they will one day succeed. We can no longer afford to elect as president politicians who are sick and ailing. We don’t need famous men who specialize in doing nothing. This is the jet age and Nigeria is lagging too far behind. We must run much faster if we are ever to stand the chance of catching up. We have no business with “go-slow.”

Since our gerontocratic oligarchs have refused to go into voluntary retirement, let us throw them all a send-off party in the 2019 election. Let us elect a completely new slate of leadership more in tune with the yearnings of our 200 million population. With the Asian tigers already on the move, let us release the Nigerian cheetahs and the lions from the reservation. It time to renovate, innovate and be motivated. This giant called Nigeria must be woken up from its 60-year slumber.

With Moghalu, Nigeria will have a president bursting with ideas. Hear him: “The fundamental solutions to our crisis of economic growth and development lie in leadership. Not the politics-as-usual of the past, but a new kind of politics of ideas. It will take this kind of politics to produce the vision and political will to undertake the necessary economic and institutional reforms.”

“It will take this kind of politics to educate and mobilize ordinary Nigerians to new ways of economic transformation and their enlightened, collective self-interest in supporting the creation of a new economic paradigm that dramatically cuts down joblessness and poverty. It takes knowledge, which is the true wealth of nations, to even know where to begin, how to proceed, and the direction in which we should be headed.”

When was the last time you heard a speech by a Nigerian leader that was inspirational? My wife heard Moghalu speaking about his vision for Nigeria for the very first time and was mesmerized. “The man is impressive,” she concluded. This should come as no surprise. Moghalu has the pedigree and experience to bring a new dynamism to Nigerian leadership.

Over the years, he has been involved in academia, economic policy, banking and finance, entrepreneurship, and law and diplomacy. Among other things, he was a Professor of International Business and Public Policy at the prestigious Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA.

He was also Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2009-2014, where he led in the execution of extensive reforms in the Nigerian banking system. Before these, he worked at the United Nations for 17 years, rising to the position of Director.

They thought George Weah could not win, but he is now the President of Liberia. They thought Emmanuel Macron did not have a chance, but he wiped the slate clean and became president of France with a brand-new slate of legislators.

If you are one of those doubting Thomases who thinks competent, honest and industrious men like Moghalu don’t stand a chance in Nigerian politics, just wait and see. As he continues to crisscross the country, holding town hall meetings, engaging the man-in-the-street and laying the foundation for a veritable political revolution, don’t be surprised when in February 2019, after the first run-off election in Nigeria’s political history, Kingsley Moghalu emerges as the new president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Femi Aribisala is an iconoclastic church pastor in Lagos. He is also a syndicated essayist for a handful publications in Nigeria. Connect with him on Twitter at @FemiAribisala and at his website, www.femiaribisala.com.

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Obama-Netflix Multiyear Production Deal Is Infuriating Trump Supporters

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with Netflix, the

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series with Netflix, the company announced in a tweet.

The Obamas have sustained post-presidency popularity and stayed out of the public eye since Barack left office, but Trump supporters instantly bombarded the Netflix Twitter page, threatening to cancel their Netflix memberships.

The Obamas will produce a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features, Netflix announced in a press release.

These projects will be available to the 125-million households who are Netflix members in 190 countries.

The Obamas established Higher Ground Productions as the entity under which they will produce content for Netflix.

“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” Barack said in a statement. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

The former president and first lady will sometimes be on camera as hosts or moderators, a source told CNN anonymously. In other cases they will stay behind the camera as producers.

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“Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others,” Michelle said. “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”

The terms of the deal were not made public. Exclusive production partnerships are common in Hollywood, CNN reported. Netflix has attracted A-listers such as Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy. But this is a first-of-its-kind deal for a former U.S. president.

“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly-recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities.”

In his final days in office, Barack expressed interest in pursuing digital media ventures after he left office, CNN reported:

Jen Psaki, the White House communications director at the time, told CNN that ‘he is very interested in how people consume information and the changing trends,’ citing online and mobile news consumption.”

Back then, The New York Times said Barack could possibly moderate conversations on topics that dominated his presidency while Michelle could discuss topics such as nutrition, that she championed in the White House.

The talks with Netflix were first reported in March.

“Netflix is essentially giving the Obamas carte blanche to make whatever they want, in any way they want to,” Quartz reported:

The arrangement is similar to what prolific TV showrunner Ryan Murphy enjoys at Netflix, or what musician, actor, and filmmaker Donald Glover has at FX.

Media observers expect that the Obamas will not overtly address the Trump administration, Quartz reported:

(Trump will) (no doubt will be jealous over this news) and the New York Times reported (paywall) that the former first couple will not try use the deal to create a more progressive media rival to Fox News. Rather, it’s expected that they will focus on more uplifting stories that are important to them.”

Netflix competed with other networks and streaming services for the rights to Obama’s first interview after leaving office. It was a massive coup when Barack spoke with David Letterman on the comedian’s Netflix series, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” Quartz reported.

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‘Buhari Style Of Gov’t Has Destroyed National Assembly And Judiciary’ – Fayose

Ayodele Fayose, the Ekiti State governor, has lamented the alleged destruction of the Legislative and Judicial arms of government by

Ayodele Fayose, the Ekiti State governor, has lamented the alleged destruction of the Legislative and Judicial arms of government by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, raising the alarm that “democracy in Nigeria is under serious threat, with the constitution appearing to have been suspended”.

The governor said; “The once respected National Assembly and Judiciary have been so badly blackmailed such that for the first time in the history of Nigeria, functionaries of the executive arm of government now hold the two arms of government with contempt, treating them as if they do not exist.

Even those who invaded the senate and took away the Mace are being protected by President Buhari and his men.”Speaking through Lere Olayinka, his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, on Sunday, May 13, 2018, Governor Fayose, who described the Legislative and Judicial arms as the pillar of democracy, said; “Even when Nigeria was under military rule, our judiciary was not this ridiculed, with the government choosing which court judgment to obey and which one to ignore.”

The governor pointed out that; “President Buhari’s persistent refusal to obey court orders, refusal of the his men to obey summons by the National Assembly and most importantly the withdrawal of $496 million from the Excess Crude Account, ECA, without approval of the National Assembly and inspite of pending court case are indications that the constitution has been suspended and Nigeria returned to full-fledged dictatorship.”

Fayose described the Senate President, Bukola Saraki as the most subdued National Assembly leader in the history of Nigeria, saying; “Should President Buhari succeeds with his second term bid, no one should bother going to the National Assembly because he will rule like a feudal lord, with general authority over other Nigerians.

“Democracy is endangered when the executive arm of government goes about demonizing the Judiciary as being corrupt and the National Assembly tagged as a gathering of rascals who are contributing nothing to governance. Unfortunately, that is what the Legislative and Judicial arms have suffered under this government.

“In disobedience to court order that they should be released, the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, have been detained for more than two years without trial.

“Also, Sambo Dasuki (rtd) has been in detention for over two years even when many courts in Nigeria and the ECOWAS Court have ordered for his release.

“Several resolutions made by the National Assembly have been ignored, including ones bothering on the welfare of Nigerians. Statutory appointments that require Senate confirmation are now being made unilaterally. Even those whose nominations were rejected by the Senate are still holding the same offices for which their nominations were rejected.

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APC Group Begin Massive Mobilization, Sensitization For PMB, Oshiomhole

Ahead of the Upcoming 2019 general elections and the convention of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), the party’s Supporters

Ahead of the Upcoming 2019 general elections and the convention of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), the party’s Supporters Group has said it will begin massive grassroot mobilization and campaign to educate and enlighten party faithful through out the country.

Making a case for the candidacy of Former Edo state governor as APC Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the reelection of President Muhammdu Buhari, they stressed that the duo parade the best credentials considering their acceptability within the party and the nation as a whole.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, the support group through its national coordinator, Hon. Emmanuel Okeme said that with its 5 million members across the 774 local governments, they were poised to ensure that only credible, accountable and good leadership emerges out of the process.

“We are convinced that they possess the right leadership and negotiating skills, integrity, dignity and ability to consolidate on the gains of the party going forward.”

On Oshiomhole’s Chairmanship ambition, they said ” he is a leader that is endowed with the gift of steady application, imbued with the ability to control events, rather than drift with the tides, who is in the range of vision and depth of conception, towers above contemporaries”

The group called on the leadership to ensure speedy process of reconciliation, charging the newly elected executives in the various congresses conducted to extend a hand of fellowship to everybody.

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Delta Elects Cyril Ogodo APC Chairman After Parallel Congress

  A former deputy chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State Cyril Ogodo, has been elected as

 

A former deputy chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State Cyril Ogodo, has been elected as the new state chairman.

Ogodo, who hails from Sapele in Delta Central Senatorial District won the election with 731 votes defeating his close rival, Fred Obe who had 99 votes.

The election was held with over one thousand delegates from the 25 local government areas of the state in attendance.

Also, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were present at the event. Also, the affirmation exercise was conducted by the Eugine Udoh-led state Congress committee.

READ ALSO: Confusion In Delta As Faction Holds Parallel APC State Congress

Ogode in his address appreciated Obe for accepting the results of the election.

Party Chieftain Ortega Emerhor who was also present noted that members who conducted a parallel congress led by the Senator Ovie Omo Agege/Ogboru faction on Saturday will be reconciled.

“This is the proper Congress. Any Congress conducted without the valid list of delegates, without the designated working committee, officials of INEC cannot be adjudged as proper.

Now that we are through with the election of new executives for the party, we will reach out to them to reconcile them into the unity train because if we don’t reconcile, it will be difficult to unseat the PDP in Delta State,” he said.

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Group Endorses James Akale For House of Representative, Dekina/ Bassa Constituency

A group, Kogi Advocate for Good Governance has enlisted its voice and support for Engr. James Akale, to contest for

A group, Kogi Advocate for Good Governance has enlisted its voice and support for Engr. James Akale, to contest for House of Representative, Bassa / Dekina Federal Constituency in the coming elections, describing him as a square peg in square hole.

In a press statement released in Lokoja today, the Coordinator of the group, Hon Umar Ghadaffi Lokoja, said the call became necessary in view of Engr James Akale’s outstanding leadership qualities, professional achievements and selfless services to humanity and the need for quality representation of the Dekina / Bassa people, which Akale can give based on his level of exposure.

“In view of his outstanding professional performance and service to humanity, we wish to compel him to without further delay declare interest to contest for the House of Representative, Bassa Dekina Federal Constituency in the 2019 elections” Umar stated.

Hon Umar said Bassa has only produced a House of Representative member for Dekina/Bassa once in 1999; subsequent representatives have been from Dekina axis of the Constituency. This could be attributed to the Igala Majority factor. He reiterated the peaceful co-existence between the Bassa and Dekina people. He then said for equity, fairness and justice to prevail, it is imperative that a Bassa candidate be supported by all and sundry to represent the constituency this time around,
He then urged His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to support Engr James Akale for Bassa / Dekina Federal Federal constituency for 2019.

Engr. James Akale is a qualified and seasoned Civil engineer, whose professional career span over 18 years, with landmark success. He is the Chief Executive Officer of AK and Juel Engineering Service Nigeria Limited. A member of the Nigeria Society of Engineer and the Technical Secretary of the Kogi State branch, James Akale is a grassroots mobilizer, He is the traditional title holder of Nda Kpi Ke Koji, Bassa Kingdom. James Akale is an alumnus of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, he has a Masters in Project Management from Federal University of Technology, Owerri. He is a philanthropist, married with children.

Not 1 Black Governor In 50 States. Georgia Candidate Stacey Abrams Wants To Change That

  Currently, there are no Black governors in 50 states. But Stacey Abrams is aiming to bring that number down

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NPR reported.

Abrams, the former minority leader in the Georgia legislature, is facing a competitive primary against Democrat Stacey Evans, who is white, on May 22, in the primary elections. And since Black women are Georgia’s third largest voting bloc, Abrams has a good shot. Plus, she has celebrities and heavyweights coming out in droves to support her. Among them: A Tracee Ellis Ross and California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris.

Abrams isn’t the only looking to shake up the American political landscape. “This year, at least eight black candidates are running for governor across the country. They include candidates in Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Wisconsin and Oklahoma,” NPR reported.

“In terms of there being viable Black candidates running for governor, this is definitely the biggest opportunity and biggest time we’ve seen this much at once,” said Quentin James, the founder of the Collective PAC, a national group focused on recruiting, training and funding progressive Black candidates.

If Black voters turn out on primary day, Abrams has a shot to make history. More than 30 percent of Georgia’s eligible voting population is Black, according to estimates from the States of Change project.

“Black people have been very loyal in the Democratic party,” said Aimee Allison, president of Democracy in Color, a national organization focused on race and politics. “They’re brand loyal. And white Democrats have counted on the Black vote for electoral success.”

And research has shown that when there are candidates of color on the ballot, people of color come out to vote.

“According to Higher Heights, a national organization focused on increasing black women’s political participation, more than 70 percent of Black women voters went to the polls when Obama was re-elected in 2012, outpacing turnout by white women (65.6 percent), white men (62.6 percent), and Black men (61.4 percent),” the Washington Post reported.

Still, Black candidates usually face many challenges–among the hardest to overcome are money and race. Setti Warren was forced to drop out of the governor’s race in Massachusetts last month because of the challenges he faced with fundraising. “The money just isn’t there to run the kind of campaign I want to run,” he said in a statement.

Financial support is difficult to come back for many Black candidates. Over in Maryland, Prince George’s County executive Rushern Baker, who is one of three African-Americans running for governor in the Democratic primary, said, “The first issue for any person of color running statewide, the first thing they’ll ask you about is money–’’we don’t think you can raise money.’ It’s not even that you don’t have the money, or we’re gonna help you and see how you do. It’s an issue about whether you have the ability to raise money.”

Besides Baker, there are two other Black candidates: Valerie Ervin and former NAACP president Ben Jealous.

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”Be ready to accept defeat come 2019” PDP tells President Buhari

Read the press statement from PDP below The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges President Muhammadu Buhari to be prepared to

Read the press statement from PDP below

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges President Muhammadu Buhari to be prepared to accept defeat in the 2019 general election, given that all indices, including those released by his Presidency, show that Nigerians across board have overtly rejected him for another four years in office.

Indeed, with the degenerated economic, security and social situations in our nation under his incompetent and anti-people administration, in addition to the spate and weight of direct disapprovals from Nigerians and international bodies, President Buhari knows that he is now swimming against the tide.

Apart from the acute poverty, hunger and starvation he brought, Nigerians have reached a consensus that President Buhari has betrayed the trust of the ordinary people, particularly in the north, especially with scandalous revelations that he is not indeed pro-poor and uncorrupt as they were made to believe in 2015.

This is in addition to his disconcerting aloofness to the plight of citizens, his failure to initiate and implement any development project in any party of the country and the refusal to fulfill the littlest of his 2015 campaign promises.

Today, the electorate have come to terms with the fact that the promises by President Buhari and his APC are all a big scam.

In fact, our investigations have revealed that President Buhari never intended to fulfill any of his promises. This is because, three years down the line, our President cannot even boast of any clear-cut implementation blueprint on his promises.

Instead, our dear President and his cronies acquired a life of opulence, going on foreign tastes and swimming in ocean of corruption, while million of Nigerians who voted him into power are abandoned to languished in poverty and bloodletting occasioned by the APC misrule.

President Buhari’s handlers, in their shouting match, should know that Nigerians are only clamouring for his expulsion from Aso Rock come 2019 because our nation does not have provisions for mid-term elections. Had such been in our statutes book, Nigerians would have since chased this incompetent, insensitive and tactless President away from office.

It is a notorious fact that our dear nation and our citizens have not had it this bad since our independence in 1960, leading to the general indignation against the Buhari Presidency.

Even President Buhari’s aide, Mallam Shehu Garba, has acknowledged that Nigerians across board, including parliamentarians, policemen, custom officials, immigration officials, civil servants and the business community are all clamouring for an end to the Buhari Presidency, come 2019.

Now that the multitude of artisans, market women, transporters, labourers, small scale entrepreneurs and professionals, whose businesses have collapsed are teamed with the army of unemployed youths, deprived widows and victims of bloodlettings across our country, in clamouring against President Buhari, who then is left to vote for him in 2019.

The Presidency should therefore not be surprised that our citizens are now rallying on the platform of the repositioned PDP, a party known for all-inclusiveness and people-oriented policies, to rescue the nation from grips of the Buhari-led APC administration.

2019: Group Endorses Gov Dankwambo For President

A socio-political group, Rescue Nigeria Mission 2019, has endorsed the Gombe State governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, to run for

A socio-political group, Rescue Nigeria Mission 2019, has endorsed the Gombe State governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, to run for the office of the President in next year’s general elections.

The group’s national co-ordinator, Alhaji Umar Bappah Ahmed, in a press statement in Abuja on Monday, said given the current state of the nation, Dankwambo was best suited for the coveted office come 2019.

“After an intensive deliberation and wider consultation on the state of the nation, we have unanimously endorsed Gov. Dankwambo to become the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019. Never in the history of Nigeria has there ever emerge a sincere, committed and dedicated leader like Alh. Hassan Dankwambo,” he said.

He added that before his emergence as governor of Gombe state, Dankwambo had demonstrated uncommon loyalty, humility, and respect for both the old and young generations of Nigerians, noting that he will transform the country of eventually elected.

“If he becomes the President, he will help the nation to consolidate the gains of democracy and transform Nigeria. We’re therefore soliciting the support of the good people of Nigeria for the sake of posterity,” the statement said.

The group went further to extol the virtues of Dankwambo, describing him as a man, who is devoid of ethnic, tribal or religious sentiments.

“Our main objective is to sensitise all segments of Nigerian youths and the general public on the imperative of good governance that will better the lives of every citizen and the country at large.

“We cannot achieve unity without abandoning our fear of unity, we cannot achieve our manifest destiny without achieving unity, without unity of purpose nothing in Nigeria can function with the requisite efficiency.

A good leader like Alh. Hassan Dankwambo has respect for rule law and regulation, maintains and develop skills knowledge and experience in himself and others. He is objective transparent accountable, fair and reasonably takes responsibilities for his own as well and others actions and acts with conviction while providing a clear direction and communicates efforts effectively. He is not tribalistic or sectional, he is not a religious bigot, he does not encourage nepotism rather a true nationalist and that is what the country needs at a time like this,” the group daid.

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BREAKING: Femi Fani-Kayode Refutes Fake News He Has Joined SDP

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation and a leading opposition figure in Nigeria, has issued a statement refuting reports

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation and a leading opposition figure in Nigeria, has issued a statement refuting reports that he has left the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and joined a lesser known oppisition party, the Social Democratic Party, SDP.

In an emailed statement to The Trent on Monday, May 21, 2018, signed by Bisi Olawunmi, his special assistant on social media, Fani-Kayode slammed the reports as “nothing but social-media gossip and fake news”.

“Reports that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, the former Minister of Aviation, has left the PDP and joined the SDP are false. Such reports are nothing but social-media gossip and fake news put out by disgruntled elements working for the Buhari administration,” the statement read.

“They are best ignored and treated with the contempt that they deserve,” the statement ended.

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