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Obasanjo Denies Condemning Atiku, Refuses To Endorse Jonathan, Buhari, Others For President

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OLUSEGUN OBASANJOFormer President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied reports that he has endorsed an aspirant jostling for the office of the president in the February 2015 election.

Speaking through one of his associates, Chief Oyewole Fasawe, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Monday, the ex-president said he had neither endorsed nor undermined the chances of any of the aspirants running on the platform of any of the political parties.

He was reacting to media speculations that he specifically warned a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who paid him a visit in his Abeokuta residence last weekend, against fielding an “unclean vessel” in apparent reference to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who was his (Obasanjo) deputy from 1999-2007, as the opposition party’s presidential candidate in 2015.

Atiku had last month formally announced his intention to seek the presidential ticket of the APC and yesterday, picked the presidential and expression of interest forms of the opposition party.

Another leader of the APC and former head of state, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), who served as petroleum minister under Obasanjo in the 70s, will also formally announce his plan to contest the presidential election on Wednesday, while the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has since adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as its sole candidate.

Mr. Fasawe said in a statement that the ex-president sees the current political gladiators in all the parties as his political children and associates, hence, he would not endorse one over the other no matter the amount of pressure from any quarter.

“Baba has not endorsed anyone and has not condemned anyone. A statesman of his stature and pedigree can only pray and work towards peace and progress in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large. Those trying to exploit his friendliness to gain political advantage over other contenders are being unfair and doing so without Obasanjo’s approval”, he said.

Fasawe noted that Chief Obasanjo had been working tirelessly behind the scene to ensure a secure and rancour-free atmosphere for free and fair elections in 2015 devoid of blood-letting and wanton destruction of lives and property.

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  1. omowumi

    October 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Baba have a manner of talking,

  2. illustrious

    October 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Well I think he is an orator.a good advicer. He know what is right for us. He know who can adminstarte nigeria.

  3. MAKEI TALK

    October 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Your endorsement or lack of endorsement means nothing to most of us. Did i hear somebody say he knows what is right for us? Is third term good and right for us?????????

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

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“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

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“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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