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Kalu: Nobody Has The Right To Stop Obasanjo As Leader Of AU Election Mission

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olusegun-obasanjoDespite the seeming frosty relationship between him and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, a member of the African Union (AU) Election Observer Mission for the general election in Zimbabwe and former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Kalu, has maintained that the former Nigerian ruler is the leader of the team.

The clarification is coming on the heels of a similar re-affirmation by Obasanjo that he is going to lead the AU Observer Mission for the Zimbabwean general elections slated for July 31, 2013, despite wide spread reports that his choice as leader has been rejected.

Kalu, who was speaking on Thursday morning at the Rainbow Towers Hotel, Harare, Zimbabwe, shortly after the induction session for members of the team presided over by Dr Nkosazana  Zuma, the chairperson of the  AU Commission, said:

“President Obasanjo has the mandate of the AU to lead the mission and nobody has the right to stop him.

“I know Obasanjo is a strong-willed and courageous leader, who will not be discouraged by the falsehood spreading in some quarters,” Kalu affirmed.

He also noted that the choice of the leader and members of the mission was adopted after a rigorous process of selection based on certain criteria and added that there could not have been a better team.

Kalu spoke on the essence of the Election Observer Mission which he said was to act as impartial observer of the presidential and legislative elections based on well-defined terms of reference.

While assuring members of the mission that Chief Obasanjo would join them latest by Saturday (tomorrow), the former governor appealed to the electorate, politicians and political parties to adhere strictly to the rules of the game.

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.

Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.

He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother's Death

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Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sent a condolence message to Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde over the passing away of his mother.

Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.

The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.

Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:

“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.

While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”

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