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Daniel vows to fight Obasanjo to the finish



“We are in a marathon war, and in this particular fight, we will fight it to its logical conclusion.”

That was the pronouncement made by the Governor of Ogun State Gbenga Daniel yesterday as he addressed supporters at the inauguration of campaign committees held at Valley View auditorium in the government house, Abeokuta.

Two factions headed by Mr. Daniel and former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, held parallel primaries to select the People’s Democratic Party candidates for the forthcoming general elections in the state. Tunji Olurin had emerged as the PDP gubernatorial candidate for the Obasanjo faction while Gboyega Isiaka was elected in Mr. Daniel’s faction. Now both groups are embattled in a series of legal suits to determine who will ultimately get the top nominee spot.

“We have started this war since 2006,” the governor told his supporters, “and I want you to shine your eyes.”

The governor claimed he had done everything possible to appease the Obasanjo faction of the PDP, “yet the camp had remained difficult”.

“Therefore, at the stage the situation gets now, you cannot be in the river and complain of cold,” Mr. Daniel said.

He added that those pushing Tunji Olurin to become governor, knew that he (Olurin) could not win an election even in his Ilaro hometown.

War song

“They even used opposition media to fight us, an indication that they are working together with [the] opposition party to destroy our party and later move out,” said the governor.

Continuing the allegations against Mr. Obasanjo’s faction, Mr. Daniel said that the political war against him started in 2006, with the stealing of his administration vouchers as a way to implicate him. The governor recalled that a number of his cabinet members were quizzed by the Economic Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC), but eventually came out unscathed.

“Those who steal vouchers to nail me, where are they today?” he said. “We were harassed and intimidated, but God was on our side. I am not personally surprised with what we are witnessing today. You should not be shocked because of what we have been facing.”

Insisting that his camp would produce all the candidates to contest the elections, Mr. Daniel who also sang some Yoruba war songs, assured his supporters that “by May 29, we will successfully transit to the government of our choice.”

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  1. Eze Uba

    February 9, 2011 at 9:33 am

    OK Mr. Daniel, so the thing is now a government of your choice? Not a government of the people’s choice. Sometimes these idiots in power think the masses are nincompoops. GOD will surely redeem us from this scourge of stupid and selfish people.

  2. gideon

    February 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    i think my gbenga daniel has to be very careful in fighting his case, if he truly has a just one lest he gets himself into serious trouble after may 29. in my opinion, his case can be likened to that of ngige and uba in anambra; when Obasanjo rigged for him and his other southwest counterparts in 2003 to oust all AD candidates (except lagos), he was a good man then. when he also assisted him to rob amosun who glaringly won that election in 2007, he (obasanjo) was not bad at that time. when you feel you are too big as to trying trample on powers that make you, what daniel is seeing now is what you get. i will advise him, if he is leaving PDP, he should just move to ACN as they seem to really know how to fight legal battles; they can help him out. if he thinks he wants to fight this case the way he is going, he might just have himself to blame. a word is enough for the wise!

  3. Harrison

    February 10, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Gbenga Daniel is trying to bite the fingers that feed him and like our elders used to say – “The river that forgets its source must dry up”. Obasanjo has always been the kingmaker in Ogun State and when the concubine of your mother is bigger, lager and more resourceful that your father, you are bound to address him as “Father”. No matter what Obasanjo is doing, he still deserves the respect of an elder from Gbenga Daniel. We are tired of politicians like Gbenga Daniel turning Ogun State into a battle ground. We need progress and anything short of that must be rejected. What has Gbenga Daniel done for the development of Abeokuta during his Governance? It will be good riddance to bad rubbish. Ogun State must and will move forward whether Gbenga Daniel and his cronnies like it or not.

  4. Uchechukwu

    February 11, 2011 at 12:47 am

    All these issues playing up in Ogun State today are the aftermath of injustice done to the people of Ogun State and Nigeria in general in the 2003 selection/imposition process perfected by OBJ and his cohorts. The master needs to implant one of his cronies by virtue of the God father he is. Or Daniel are you trying to play the God fatherism, remember the same system brought you to power. Enough, of those empty treats. He that goes to equity must come with clean hands.

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Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report



Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report

Boko Haram

Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.

According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.

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“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.

However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”


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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter



Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”


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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu



Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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