JIM IYKE ACCEPTS COMEDIAN AY’S APOLOGY


Still on the deliverance video! Jim Iyke replies Comedian Ay again

A few hours ago, comedian AY via a quick chat with Hip Hop World apologized to Jim Iyke for making jest of him in his viral comedy skit ‘The Deliverance”…. Jim Iyke & AY - January 2014 - BellaNaija 01 Well Jim Iyke has accepted the apology…he even went as far as declaring some love for Comedian AY, lol. See tweet below:

Globacomm angry with D’banj for featuring in MTN’s Kcee’s ‘Emmah’ video


 

D’banj’s  multi-million Naira brand endorsement deal with Globacom Nigeria is presently being threatened! Insiders  say that the reason is not unrelated with the fact that he featured in the music video of Emmah, a song by Kcee, an ambassador  of MTN, Globacom’s main rival.

I Was Tempted By Three Presidents To Leave APGA But I Refused, Says Gov. Obi


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Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State on Saturday said three presidents had at different occasions attempted to lure him to join the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but that he declined their overtures.

 

He, however, mentioned only two of them – Olusegun Obasanjo and the late Umaru Yar’Adua.

President Goodluck Jonathan is the third president under the current democratic dispensation and in whose government Obi, a retired bank chief executive, is serving as an honorary adviser on financial matters.

Obi made this known at a National Executive Council meeting of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Awka, Anambra State capital.

He said, “I was tempted by three Presidents to leave APGA. The first was President (Olusegun) Obasanjo. The second was President (Umaru) Yar’Adua, who invited me and the (then) Governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, but I didn’t join (the party). They told me you (Obi) have the future, you have this…” the governor said.

At the NEC meeting, Gov. Obi’s appointment as the National Leader and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party, which was vacated by Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu on his death two years ago, was ratified.

The NEC also appointed 30 members of the BOT, including six women. It, however, stepped down the inclusion of former Minister of Health, Dr. Tim Menakaya, as a member of the BOT following objections raised by some members.

Meanwhile, February 15, 2014, has been scheduled as APGA’s national convention.

Rivers Police Disrupt Another Pro-Amaechi Rally Amid Reports Of Heavy Shooting


rivers rally-policeThere seems to be no end in sight to the perceived animosity between the Rivers State Police Command and Save Rivers Movement as policemen allegedly opened fire on members of the movement, who converged on Bori, Khana Local Government of the state on Sunday. 

This latest incident comes less than eight days after a similar rally billed for the Rivers College of Arts and Science in Obio/Akpor Local Government was aborted by the police, who reportedly acting on orders of the police commissioner, Mr. Joseph Mbu, dispersed the crowd using tear gas and rubber bullets.

Like a replay of what happened last Sunday, the rally was billed to start by 2pm, but fully armed policemen stormed the venue before the commencement of the programme, as heavy shooting heralded their arrival in yet to be ascertained circumstances.

It was learnt that scores were injured but we could not independently confirm if anyone was killed in the ensuing chaos as of the time of filing this report

APC Cannot Afford To Repeat Same Mistakes Made By Defunct CPC. Says El-Rufai


nasir_el-rufaiThe Deputy National Secretary of All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, on Saturday enjoined aspirants on the platform of the party not to embark on campaign now but to turn their energy into building a solid foundation for the 2015 general elections. 

El-Rufai, who spoke in Minna, the Niger State capital, at the commissioning of the secretariat of the state chapter of APC, said the party could not afford to make the same mistakes made by the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) during the last election.

The former minister also advised aspirants and party members to go back to their wards build the party and ensure a solid foundation for the party.

“I want to advise that all our aspirants campaigning now and indeed all members should go to their villages and wards to build the party. We should avoid the mistake made by CPC during the last election. We cannot afford to become a party of contestants without foundation”, El-Rufai advised.

He said with a solid foundation in all the 774 local government areas of the country, candidates of the party will have a good platform in 2015.

El-Rufai noted that the country could not afford another four years of misrule of the Peoples Democratic Party, hence the need for all APC members to join hands together and work in unity to rescue the country from the incompetence of the ruling party.

He also decried the growing level of corruption and promotion of religious and tribal sentiments by the ruling party in the country.

Interim North-Central National Vice-Chairman of APC, General Ahmed Aboki, while inaugurating the new secretariat, said with the coming together of all progressives in the zone, the party was set to take over all the six states in the region along with the Federal Capital Territory.

“With the spread and the growing acceptance of our party, I make bold to say that come 2015, North Central will cease to be a zone for the PDP but All Progressives Congress”, Aboki said.

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Taraba Group Raises Alarm On Plot By Ag. Governor To Put Suntai Under House Arrest, Restrict Visitors


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A group known as the Taraba Peoples Vanguard, yesterday, in Kaduna, alleged that the Acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Umar Garba, has issued instructions aimed at restricting the movements of Governor Danbaba Suntai and his aides, including restriction of visitors to the recuperating governor.

The group, in a statement by Chief Lidua Bako and Shawalu Garba, National Coordinator and Secretary of the group respectively, also dismissed reports in a section of the media that Suntai had visited Abuja to confer with President Goodluck Jonathan on his bid to return to power, saying he actually went to see his medical consultants and to meet with former Defense Minister, Gen. Theopheluos Danjuma (rtd), and other important indigenes of Taraba State.

The statement, in part, read: “We, the Taraba People’s Vanguard across the 35 states of the federation, have followed with very keen interest political developments in our state from the time  governor,  Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, was involved in that unfortunate air crash which the Almighty God, in His infinite mercies, rescued him from death. Unfolding political developments in the state since that time, has been very shameful and especially the recent moves to hijack the free mandate given Governor Danbaba Suntai by the overwhelming majority of Tarabans.

“It is quite disturbing that on 14th January while Muslims were busy celebrating the Ed – Maulud holiday, Deputy Governor Garba Umar of Taraba State convened a State Security Council meeting where he read out the following riot acts: That all the security aides of Governor Danbaba Suntai be transferred out of Government House, Jalingo.

“That henceforth all visitors to Governor Danbaba Suntai must be approved by the Deputy Governor, the Commissioner of Police or the governor’s younger brother, Babangida.

“That henceforth, apart from Sunday Church services, he must approve the governor’s movement within and outside the state.

“That, henceforth, all flights that would land at the Jalingo airport must first seek and obtain landing clearance from him.

“Already a letter to implement this directive has been written and forwarded to the Airport Controller by Garvey Yawe, the SSG to the Deputy Governor.

“That the SSG and Chief of Staff appointed by Governor Suntai on his return from America have been banned from entering the Government House Jalingo.

“Our informant who is also a member of the State Security Council disclosed that the Deputy Governor severely warned everybody in the State Security Council meeting not to be caught amongst those who would attempt to contravene any of the above acts as he emphatically threatened that such a person would be summarily dealt with because, according to him, he has the blessing of Mr. President to read out the riot act.

“Despite numerous media propaganda sponsored by Umar that the governor went to Aso Rock and was rebuffed, unknown to the Deputy Governor, Governor Suntai never went to the Aso Rock or even sought to meet the president but went on a private medical visit to his consultants and to consult with prominent Taraba indigenes on the current developments in the state.

“This Vanguard was reliably informed that the frustration of Alhaji Garba Umar with Lieutenant General TY Danjuma is over the General’s refusal to recognize him as the Acting Governor but as Deputy Governor of Taraba State.

“In another swift move to send Governor Suntai completely out of the state so as to pave way for Alhaji Garba Umar was the suggestion by the Attorney General and Commissioner  for Justice appointed by Umar that Suntai be moved out of Nigeria back to hospital in America. This was vehemently opposed as it did not receive the blessing of most members of the Security Council”.

 

 

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Kano Ohanaeze Announces Death Of Chief Tobias Idika


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Ohanaeze Ndigbo Kano state chapter formally announces the death of our leader and president, Chief Tobias Michael Onyemaechi Idika which sad event occurred on Monday, January 13, 2014. Chief Idika died at Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia state after a brief illness.
Chief Idika before his death was the President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Kano state chapter, President-General, Leaders of Ethnic Communities Resident in Kano.
A dogged fighter, Chief Idika paid his dues in defence for justice and equity among non-indigenes and the indigenous community of Kano state. He can also be remembered for his consistent clamour for one and indivisible Nigeria.
Burial arrangements and sequence of traditional rites would be announced later.
He hails from Abia state, Nigeria.
Signed:                                     
Prince Chris D. Oha
Secretary,
Ohanaeze Ndigbo
Kano.

Ras Kimono Debunks Death Rumor: Says “Those Who Wish Him Death Will Die This Year!”


 

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Certain online blogs published exclusive gist yesterday reporting that Ras Kimono allegedly died of Kidney Failure in India. Ras Kimono who didn’t take the news lightly took to his facebook to share his disgust over such distasteful news. Here’s what he said below.

 

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Governor Okorocha Declares Free Medicare For Pregnant Imo Women As He Commences Commissioning Of Projects


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The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has announced free medical services for pregnant women in Imo State as a demonstration of his love for women, children and Imo people at large.

Owelle Okorocha announced this while addressing a large crowd of Imo people who came to welcome him and show solidarity on his return from his about two weeks holiday in United States of America.

Governor Okorocha who assured that his administration will continue to provide more dividends of democracy to the people of the state, vowed to complete and commission all on-going projects initiated by his Rescue Mission administration.

Stressing the importance his administration attaches to health sector, Governor Okorocha said that all the 27 New General Hospitals and the Kidney Diagnostic Centre will be completed and fully equipped to serve patients in the state. According to him, “This year, more children will go to school, our free education programme will continue, and the 27 new General Hospitals will begin to admit patients.”

He recalled that within two years of the life his administration Orlu and Okigwe have been transformed to modern cities while more new cities of Orieubi, Amaraku, Anara, Akah, Akokwa, among others are being developed in effort to make Imo a one-city-state.

Speaking on political issues in the country, Owelle Okorocha urged Imo people and Ndi-igbo to embrace the All Progressives Congress as the only party that has a better interest of Ndi-Igbo.

He lamented that the South-East is not represented in the recent reshufflement of the Security Service Chiefs and therefore appealed to the presidency not lose sight of the position of the South-East in the nation.

Governor Okorocha described the sack of the AGPA chairman, Chief Victor Umeh and the resignation of PDP Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur as healthy for democracy. He noted that democracy is all about fielding the most competent persons, “Those who ought not to lead the party must not lead the party”, he maintained.

He stated that the All Progressives Congress governors which he is now the chairman has taken a decision to further entrench unity in the party especially in states where there are misunderstandings among stakeholders.

Governor Okorocha further said that APC is at present dealing with more topical national issues and assured Imo People that he will in due course declare his intention on which elective position to run come 2015.

Meanwhile the governor has commenced the commissioning of the over 1,000 projects across the State beginning with the 1.3km New Market Ring Road Owerri.

He said his administration undertook the construction of the Ring Road within the market to improve the socio-economic life of the traders as well as to fulfill his election promises.

Unadike William

For SSA Media

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COSSY ORJIAKOR AND HER I LOVE COSSY FANS(LOOK)


Cossy is planning to give few of her fans gifts for valentine’s day, so she asked them to write her name on their cutest part, and one of the fans did write her name on his hairy joystick to win a gift from the busty singer.

 
 

Gay Nigerian pastor relocates church to the UK


 

Amid a wave of reprisals recorded against homosexuals in the country following the presidential signing of a law criminalizing the act, it has been discovered that a popular self-acclaimed gay pastor, formerly resident in Lagos, may have fled the country.
The preacher, known simply as Reverend Rowland, shot to the limelight a while ago when his ‘church of gays’ called “House of Rainbow”, located in the Ojodu area of the state, was profiled in the media.
Rowland is also said to have appeared on Cable Network News (CNN) where he talked about his church and its spread.
Vanguard reports:
The initial reaction about his exposure was that such a Church could not exist within Nigeria as such things are common in abroad.
But an uproar in the Anglican communion in Europe on gay bishops brought up the case of Reverend Rowland, a Nigerian who was residing in Lagos. He was also operating his gay Church in Lagos.
In his plot 145 flat 1, Jakande Estate, Isolo, Lagos, where Rev. Rowland Olajide Macaulay, the gay Pastor lived, the apartment was locked. It was learnt that the Reverend left his house on Saturday, September 13, immediately after a national newspaper carried the story of his homosexual Church and ever since, he had not been seen.
According to his neighbours, the Sunday service could not hold both at the Jakande Estate branch and the Ojodu headquarters of House of Rainbow Ministries after that publication.
Right now, Rev. Rowland has relocated abroad where he is presently running his gay Church,”House Of Rainbow Fellowship”.
According to the gay Pastor, “any negative effect on the anti-gay bill will have detrimental effect on the work and mission of House Of Rainbow in Nigeria. The lives of LGBTI people and their friends, families and allies will be further frustrated with fear and prejudice. We need to pray and stand up against injustice”.
According to him, “My Church is a voice of the younger generation of citizens, activists, and diaspora, and our collective belief in a more progressive Nigeria. They are afraid of our growing influence as we gather allies not just from the West, but from people that are not afraid but powerful and resilient.
“Right now, we are spreading their tentacles to every village, town and city around the world. The Church is also calling on faithful and dedicated local leaders who believe in homosexuality and lesbianism. Ten House Of Rainbow Fellowship local leaders are in Ghana, Nigeria, UK, Burundi, and Lesotho.
“Religion is a backbone to life in Nigeria, so, we all want to go to Church,” he said.
“But we don’t want to lie to God about who we are.”
House of Rainbow was set up in 2006 and openly held Sunday services in a Lagos hotel hall decorated in rainbow colours. A public backlash culminated in members being beaten as they left the Church.

EFCC Arrests Suspected Admission Scammer


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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested one Obinna Okoro at Owerri, Imo State over allegations of obtaining money under false pretence. He allegedly obtained Five Thousand Euros (€ 5,000, 00) from one Dr. Essien Edet about two years ago under the guise that he could help his daughter secure admission to study Medicine in Ukraine.
Since then, all attempts to get Obinna to refund the money were unsuccessful.
The suspect would be arraigned in  court as soon as investigation is completed.

Gays dare Jonathan, plan protest in Abuja


 

Nigerian gays and lesbians, under the aegis of ‘The Right Defense’, are daring President Goodluck Jonathan, and would soon stage a demonstration in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, they said in a statement on Saturday.
They are protesting against the anti-gay law which took effect on 7 January this year when the president signed it.
Although overwhelmingly supported by Nigerians, the law has been sharply criticised by western countries, especially the United States and Britain, which see it as an infringement on the rights of gays and lesbians.
Nigerian gays in a statement they accompanied with masked pictures of themselves said they were protesting against an “undemocratic and unlawful discrimination” of gays and lesbians and trans-genders in the country.

Allege shooting of Abe :Eleme youths disassociates from protest


Thousand of  Eleme youths in Eleme Local government area, Rivers state embarked on a peaceful protest to disassociate themselves from the recently protest of some youths who were protesting against the alleged shooting of Senator Magnus Abe.

Speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt, the youths president Prince Gokpa Goosi  said the youths who protested last week against the alleged shooting of Senator Abe were hired youths and tugs who were bought  to carried out such protest in Eleme.
While apologizing to residents of the area, he condemned the+ attitude of the senator for alleging that his was shot by the police.
Prince Goosi  said the East West road that was blocked were also carried out by hired youths, saying that senator Abe action would not instigate the youths to embarked on any protest, advising the senator to respect the law.

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Rivers: Violence mars pro-Amaechi rally


Reports from Bori in Khana Local Government of Rivers State indicate that unknown gunmen have launched attack at the venue of the programme organized today by the Save Rivers Movement.

An eye witness disclosed that some youths armed with different dangerous weapons stormed the venue early Sunday morning destroying the arrangements that has been made for the event.

He also said a number of people have been killed in the attack.

The outside Broadcast van of Channels Television that was to beam the event live was also attacked.

When contacted to confirm if the Rivers State Police command has approved to provide security for the programme, Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmad Mohammad was unable to give an affirmative answer.

You would recall that the Legal representative of the Save Rivers Movement, Ken Astuwete had approached the Police command to request for police protection for their programme.

DailyPost also learnt that the Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI), a socio-political group floated by the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike has also planned to hold a rally in Degema-Kalabari, headquarters of Degema Local Government Area same day.

Anti-Gay Law Fallout: Canadian Government Cancels Nigerian President Jonathan’s State Visit


A state visit being planned by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to Canada for February has been canceled by the Canadian Government.

The cancelation happened in the same week it was revealed the President secretly signed a controversial law banning gays, lesbians, and sexual minorities in Nigeria.

Sources in Abuja told Saharareporters that the Nigerian Ambassador to Canada, Ojo Madueke, was told to inform President Jonathan that the state visit to Canada scheduled for February 13 and 14th 2014 has now been canceled.

Obasanjo sends Jonathan, PDP documents on Buruji Kashamu’s drug case


kashamu buruji -and-obasanjoThese are the six documents Obasanjo sent to Jonathan and the PDP to nail ex-political ally, Buruji Kashamu.

In a bid to nail his estranged political associate, Buruju Kashamu, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has sent six incriminating documents to President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to support his claim that Mr. Kashamu is wanted in the United States of America over a drug related offence.

The damning documents, obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, include court papers and proceedings as well as local and international newspaper clips on the allegation made against Mr. Kashamu, a chieftain of the PDP in the South West geo-political zone where the former president hails from.

Mr. Obasanjo had in a letter dated January 7 to the immediate past National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur, and Mr. Jonathan, threatened to withdraw his participation in the activities of the party at all levels if it not did stop treating Mr. Kashamu with reverence.

In the three-paragraph letter, the former president said on no account should Mr. Kashamu, who he described as a known habitual criminal wanted abroad for crime, be extolled as a political leader in a respectable and wholesome nation-building political party.

He said the way Mr. Kashamu was being extolled by PDP was unsavoury, insisting that politics played by any national political party must have morality, decency, discipline, principles and leadership examples as cardinal principles.buruji-kashamu

“Since I stick in my practice of party politics to the hallowed and cherished principles enunciated above, I take this opportunity to let you know that while I continue to remain a card-carrying member of PDP,” Mr. Obasanjo said.

“I cannot and I will not subscribe to a wanted habitual criminal being installed as my zonal leader in the party; a criminal for whom extradition has been requested by the US Government.

“I will consider withdrawing my activity with PDP at Local, State, Zonal and national levels until the anomalous and shameful situation is corrected.”

The former president sent a copy of the one-page letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, who he addressed as the National Leader of the PDP.

Mr. Kashamu has since fired back alleging that Mr. Obasanjo was crying foul because he had lost relevance in the PDP.

He detailed his relationship with the former president, including how he used to enter Mr. Obasanjo’s bedroom and how he donated huge sums of money to the church and other projects the former president embarked upon.

In his reply to Mr. Obasanjo, the former PDP chairman explained how Mr. Kashamu assisted the party financially and became a rallying point of its members in the South-West zone.

Short of begging Mr. Obasanjo not to quit the PDP, Mr. Tukur said the former president still had more roles to play in the party and urged him and other leaders from the zone to build a strong consensus for that purpose.

Mr. Jonathan, on his part reportedly spoke with the former president on telephone.

PREMIUM TIMES has now obtained a copy of a bunch of documents Mr. Obasanjo sent along with his January 7 letter to Messrs Tukur and Jonathan.

The documents were marked serially and packaged to convince the president and the party that Mr. Kashamu is a wanted man with which a serious political party should have no dealings.

One of the documents, a clip of the Chicago Tribune newspaper edition of November 14, 2013, marked No 1 by Mr. Obasanjo quoted the U.S attorney’s office as saying Mr. Kashamu “is still wanted on charges alleging his drug ring moved millions of dollars worth of heroin from Europe and Southeast Asia through O’Hare International Airport during the 1990s.”

The article authored by David Heinzmann also said that while Mr. Kashamu’s lawyer was trying to clear the politician’s name in Chicago, he had “become a player in Nigeria’s chaotic politics.”

It added, “He runs a faction of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party near the capital, Lagos, and is frequently quoted criticizing other politicians in the West African country. Recently, newspapers there have reported that the Nigerian courts are reconsidering whether to extradite Kashamu to the US.”

Another clip of a Nigerian newspaper, Vanguard, which the former president submitted reported in its edition of November 27, 2009, that at a time when the United Nations Office on Drugs and Corruption was expressing deep concern about illicit drug trafficking in West Africa, the U.S. Government and a Chicago Court had linked and traced an alleged drug smuggling kingpin to Nigeria and declared him a fugitive, although the alleged kingpin was believed to be a citizen of neighbouring Benin Republic.

The report, “US Government traces wanted drug kingpin, Kashamu to Nigeria, said in paragraph 2, “According to Empowered Newswire Nigeria, a name came up in a recent court ruling by Judge Charles Norgie of the US District Court in Chicago, who upheld the indictment of a Beninoise multi-millionaire, Mr. Buruji Kashamu by the U.S. Government for drug smuggling charges and heroin importation conspiracy for which some of his co-conspirators have been jailed and served prison terms already.”

It said in another paragraph that, “Mr. Buruji Kashamu has since been indicted twice in the U.S., according to court papers. Two weeks ago, Buruji, whose residency in Nigeria was said to have been established by the U.S. government, according to court papers, is frantically fighting the charges asking the court to reconsider its recent decision to uphold the charges and reject his motion to quash a bench warrant for his arrest.”

Another report in ThisDay Newspaper’s edition of July 8, 2013, titled “Appeal Court vacates injunction against Kashamu,” which Mr. Obasanjo also sent to Messrs Tukur and Jonathan, said “A three-man panel of justices at the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal has set aside an order of perpetual injunction granted in favour of a chieftain of the Ogun State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Buruji Kashamu.”

Mr. Obasanjo also sent in an 18-page summon from the U.S. Court of Appeals Court for the Seventh Circuit. In the court paper, the US is listed as Plaintiff Appellee and Mr. Kashamu, the Defendant Appellant.

Suit No. 10-2782 has the title “Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Division No. 1:94-cr-00172-15-Charles Norgie, Sr., Judge; Argued May 3, 2013 – Decided September 1, 2013.”

The paper filed before Posner Kanne and Tinder, Circuit Judge said, “This appeal requires us to consider the collateral estoppel effect, if any, of findings made by foreign courts in extradition proceedings. Back in May 1998 defendant Kashamu returned by a federal grand jury in Chicago with conspiracy to import and distribute heroin in violation of 21 U.S.C S963. He was indicted both in his own name and under what the government believed to be two aliases that he used “Alaji” and “Kasmal”.

“But he could not be found. He had not been arrested; he did not jump bail; his whereabouts simply were unknown. The government did not ask that he be tried in absentia. The case proceeded against the other defendants (except for one who like Kashamu could not be found) and all of them were convicted.”

The court paper also said, “In December 1998, Kashamu surfaced in England and was arrested as our government’s Justice Department lawyers, working with their English counterparts, sought his extradition to the United States to stand trial.

In February 2009, the papers said, Mr. Kashamu filed a motion in the district court in Chicago to dismiss the indictment against him on the ground that the English magistrate had found that he was not “Alaji” and that the finding should be given collateral estoppel effect in the criminal proceeding and that if this was done he could not be convicted and therefore shouldn’t have to stand trial. The district judge denied the motion, precipitating this appeal.”

In another document “Letters Blogatory: The Blog of International Judicial Assistance by Ted Folkman of Murphy and King, which Mr. Obasanjo marked No. 6, and titled Case of the Day: US V. Kashamu November 1, 2011, Mr. Kashamu was said to have been indicted by a grand jury in Illinois in 1998 for conspiracy to import and distribute heroin.

The 10-page document opens thus: “Buruji Kashamu, a Nigerian national, was indicted by a grand jury in the Northern District of Illinois in 1998 for conspiracy to import and distribute heroin. The indictment named him under his own name and under two supposed aliases “Alaji” and “Kasmak.” Kashamu’s whereabouts were unknown. His co-defendants were tried and convicted. Later in 1998, the government found Kashamu living in England, and the government there arrested him at the request of the US. The Justice Department sought his extradition. The extradition proceedings were “incredibly protracted,” lasting until 2003. The English judge refused to extradite him. Kashamu left England and is believed to have returned to Nigeria.”

The document shows that a metropolitan magistrate once ordered him held pending extradition, though Mr. Kashamu applied for writ of habeas corpus.

It also states that the South West politician once sought dismissal of the indictment. It says, “Kashamu, who must have felt he had not had enough transnational litigation for his liking, moved to dismiss the indictment after his return to Nigeria on the grounds that the English judge, in refusing to extradite him, had found that he was not “Alaji” and that the English judge’s finding of fact should have conclusive effect. Judge Norgie, the presiding judge in Chicago, denied the motion and Kashamu appealed.”

Catholics Are Corrupting The Gospel Of Jesus Christ ––Okotie


chris OkotiePastor Kris Okotie of the Household of God Church tells Punch’s Gbenro Adeoye in this interview why he still wants to run for president despite his three failed attempts and why he splashed over N150m on two luxury cars recently. The issue about the Catholics was also addressed again…

What’s your thought about Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to President Jonathan?

Like I mentioned in that piece, I don’t want to get involved in the presidential skirmishes; but it is common knowledge that I admire President Olusegun Obasanjo as the greatest leader that Nigeria has ever had. He is the ipsissimus of the Nigerian genitive nuance, that is, the personification of the untapped uniqueness of the Nigerian seed.

Why did you describe Obasanjo like this? Is it not ironic because not a few Nigerians feel he was part of the problem of Nigeria?

The perception of the Obasanjo persona is always predicated on conjecture and political superstition. Many do not have the necessary comprehension of the complexities of political leadership; hence, their uninformed and misguided classification of the great leader (Obasanjo). Africa needs an amalgam of strong institutions and strong men. Obasanjo is a strong man. He possesses the intrinsic determination which galvanises wilful projections.

What informed your recent write-up titled ‘2014: Relevance Of A Paradigm Shift’? Is it a prelude to announcing your intention ahead of 2015 presidential election?

No, I started writing for the media, (including a contribution to Punch) about a year ago. This article is just one of my regular write-ups. It has nothing to do with my presidential ambition. That said, I will run in 2015, God willing.

Has God spoken to you yet about contesting for the election or not?

God spoke to me about my participation in the political process, which was why I took the step in the first place. He has not said anything contrary.

Why do you still want to contest knowing that you have not always secured reasonable votes to become president?

Besides, elections in Nigeria have not always been free and fair.You said it. The elections have always been rigged, everybody knows that and that is why it is incorrect to say I have not always secured the votes required to win.

Why do you think your previous shots at the presidency failed?

I can sum it up in one word – Rigging by the PDP. Even one of the party’s stalwarts, Chief Adeseye Ogunlewe, told PUNCH recently that all elections have always been rigged. So that answers the question.

If you are contesting in 2015, what will you be doing differently and what should Nigerians expect?

I don’t want to disclose that now because of my previous experience. Someone out there could steal our strategy.

Each time you say God instructs you to contest, people always have the impression that you ought to win if you are truly directed by God, how come you have not been getting majority votes?

These election questions are inter-related. If they didn’t rig, then I could have won. Apart from election malpractices, the duty of a servant of God is to obey his master when he gives him instructions, irrespective of whether he fails or succeeds. Like Moses in the Bible, who kept fighting until Pharaoh released the Israelites.

Since FRESH Party has been proscribed by INEC, are you planning to join PDP or APC to contest for the election in 2015?

We won a court victory against the de-registration of our party in June last year. So I will still run on the FRESH Democratic Party platform, God willing.

Do you think Nigerians take you serious because some of them describe you as a serial contender? Some of them wonder whether you heard God right?

Those who opine that my presidential ambition is a dramatic serialisation of a political whim are indeed the unintelligent who seek to fathom the Okotie enigma. I consider such people a necessary comic relief from the tedium of the day. Why would I jeopardise my life, deplete my domestic economy, engage political rascals, hoodlums and brigands and threaten the stability of my ecclesiastical responsibility if I’m not fully persuaded that this is a heavenly calling? My only reply to these gainsayers is, delay is no denial.

In the recent write-up that was earlier mentioned, you wrote that the realignment of political forces always comes with a big bang but has never taken us to the Promised Land, are you saying that the APC will go down like the mergers we have had in the past?

Mergers hardly work in this country. Our political maturity is still too low to allow the kind of coalition that the people envisage. Even though I have my fears on the latest effort by the opposition, I believe APC can still pull it off given the chance.

You are from the South- South as President Jonathan. Why are you contesting instead of supporting his re-election bid?

The constitution guarantees me that right. Besides, why should I support Jonathan? Why can’t he support me? Moreover, I do not believe in the myopic concept of regional xenophobia. Nigeria deserves the best.

Some of your fans believe it was a tragedy to have left music at the time you did, do you agree?

No. I left music for a higher calling. Thank God I did. I still play music in church.

Some still believe that you might stage a comeback, is that feasible?

Well, only time will tell. With God all things are possible.

Are you planning to make gospel music?

I have not given it a thought yet.

You look quite young for your age, what’s the secret?

I have often said that if you want to look young, win souls for Jesus Christ. Moreover, I belong to the Methuselah clan. God made him the oldest man in the Bible so that he could witness for Him. It follows from that logic; if you want to live long and look young, win souls.

How will you sum up your experience in ministry in the last 30 years?

It is indeed a rare privilege and honour for which my gratitude to the Lord Jesus Christ cannot possibly be expressed in words. Over the course of my gospel career, I have come to realise that ministry apart from winning souls, is all about service, really. It is probably the best nursery and training ground for leaders in any sphere of human endeavour. It is in ministry that the complex problems of humanity stare you in the face. You encounter circumstances that only God could handle because of their sheer complexity and bizarre nature.

You are a multifaceted human being. The musician, lawyer, pastor and politician, how do you manage all these?

I do by maintaining a balance and I enjoy it.

You stirred up controversy when you said Catholics would go to hell. Why did you say that?

It’s because the church perverts the gospel of Jesus Christ and that perversion is located in the leadership, even as Pope Francis recently announced. However, there are many good Christians within the Catholic Church who are not aware of the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, that has substituted Mary for Jesus, in what is known as the hyperdulia of the Virgin Mary. Salvation for them is not through Jesus alone but in accordance with what Pope Francis recently announced to the world. That, in itself, is a direct violation of the sanctity of the scriptures.

You even described the Pope as “an anti-Christ and a friend of Satan” and the Catholic Church is a counterfeit church set up by Satan. What made you say this?

The heresies in their doctrine and the recent announcement by Pope Francis corroborate this position.

Are you still planning to remarry?

No

Nkiru Sylvanus Lobby’s For State House Of Assembly Job In Abia State


Nkiru SylvanusWhen one door closes another open so they say. And hard knock can only open these doors and that is what Nollywood actress Nkiru Sylvanus is currently doing at the moment shortly after the screen crying talent was relieved of her duty as the special assistant to the governor of Imo State.

The jist now is that the actress is taking another bold step in her political career as she has started lobbying to contest in any vacant position in her home state, Abia in the next election. Did we say any, assembly seat.

The actress has returned back home to contest following the controversy that surrounded her state of origin after she was sacked by her former boss. Yes she is from Abia state and already, she has started mobilizing for her intended political position, the state house of assembly.

We heard the actress is likely to run for the position under APC due to the ties she has with her former boss. We heard she has already made her intention known to Governor Rochas Okorocha who is likely to sponsor her ambition

How I Felt Kissing Kenneth Okonkwo ––Actress Chizzy Alichi


Chizzy AlichiActress Chizzy Alichi has all it takes to join the big girls in Nollywood . Below is her words…

How was your first kiss in the movie?

I have done many kissing scenes with different actors. My first was with Kenneth Okonkwo. It was awesome because I have always admired him; he is my favourite actor so doing the kissing scene with him was great and as a professional and nice guy that he is, he carried me along very well.

To rise fast, can you do a pornographic movie?

Never. I can do any role but I can never go nude or act pornographic film. I want to be a good role model and I will marry someday, give birth to kids. How would they feel to see their mother act such a role? My parents support me but not when it comes to pornography. I can dress very sexy, extremely sexy to shoot a movie but not nude or be a part of a pornographic movie.

Are you still a shy person?

Yes and no. When it comes to the camera, I have built myself around it. I’m no longer shy because I love acting. I do it with passion. But when it comes to my personal life, I am still a very shy girl.

President Jonathan & Others Makes The List Of People Going To Hell In 2014 – Kemi Olunloyo


 

PEOPLE GOING TO HELL IN 2014.
*President Jonathan *Senator Iyiola Omisore *Anyone on this page that supports the antI-gay law. *Anyone who questioned Denrele Eduns sexuality in the last 24hrs * Anyone who calls me a lesbian just to abuse me when I’m not fucking a woman. Try another slur. Lesbians have more brains than regular hoes anyway. *Every female MInster who had sex with President Obasanjo when he was in the government. *Any meat pie seller in Nigeria who sold me pastry filled with potatoes. * Anyone contesting against Governor Aregbesola * Anyone who sells me bItter Agbalumo this January
HELL AWAITS YOU!!!

Jim Iyke And Nadia Buari Embark On 3 Days Luxurious Photoshoot Session


Friends for life, Jim Iyke and Nadia Buari had three days luxurious photoshoot session for his unscripted reality TV show.  They snapped with a private jet and a phantom.

23 Year Old Lady, Claims That She Is 5 Months Pregnant For 21 Year Old Davido


23 year old UK Based hair model by name Shanielle Sunshine Haye is claiming  that Davido is the father of her unborn twins. Shanielle who is Jamaican,  says she and Davido had some “tor-tor-ri” when Davido came to UK for his  tour last year 2013. She says she is almost 5months pregnant and has been so excited despite the fact that  Davido’s camp is denying the story. Shanielle however is promising to provide  proof.

D’Banj gets Gift from Italian Designer, Giuseppe Zanotti (See Photos)


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D’Banj’s custom Guiseppe Zanoti sneakers, a gift sent to him by the Italian shoe designer himself has just landed and an excited D’Banj took to Instagram to share the news.

 

Yvonne Nelson shows off her Hot Legs in new picture (LOOK)


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Every guys dream is to get a chick with really hot legs..Yvonne Nelson shared the above picture on her instagram page. .and the first thing that really caught my attention in the picture was no doubt her hot legs! Damn..

It’s win or bust for Nigeria at CHAN


Shehu Abdullahi (left) vs Mozambique

Nigeria will need to win against hosts South Africa on Sunday to guarantee passage into the knockout stage of the competition.     Nigeria currently third on the table with three points behind South Africa and Mali, both on four points, and therefore need an outright victory to advance to the next stage of the competition.     South Africa have defeated Nigeria only once in previous meetings, which was in a friendly in November 2014.     The hosts team are one of the favourites to win this tournament reserved for players based in their domestic leagues, but they have struggled on the pitch even though Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has maintained they are a more settled and experienced side than his bunch of youngsters.     South Africa-based Nigeria goalkeeper Greg Etafia told MTNFootball.com he expects Bafana to play a waiting game, sit back in the defence, frustrate the Eagles and where possible catch their opponents on the break.     “Gordon (Igesund) is good at playing that kind of game and I know because I played for him at Moroka Swallows. He has perfected this system and so Nigeria must have to be at their very best on Sunday,” he warned.     Enyimba youngster Bright Esieme is a right  back played in an unfamiliar left back position following injury to Benjamin Francis.     He told MTNFootball.com they will be gunning for victory against Bafana.     “It is not going to be an easy game, they play good and they are the hosts, but we are ready to face them. We know we need outright victory in the game and that will be our approach,” Esieme said.     Injured Francis could return at least to the bench on Sunday, while Rangers defensive midfielder Ugonna Uzochukwu should be fit in time for the big game after he injured his right ankle against Mozambique.
However, Sunshine Stars midfielder Ikenna Paul has been ruled out of the rest of the competition after he tore his hamstring and could be sidelined for up to six weeks.

The Eagles will also have to deal with the goalkeeping problems they have experienced in their last two games, but Keshi has continued to stand by under-fire sipper Chigozie Agbim.

Rangers official: Agbim match rusty


Agbim – His club official says he’s not the best

Top Rangers official Steve Oruruo has said CHAN Eagles skipper Chigozie Agbim is match rusty and not the best goalkeeper in the league.
Agbim has come under heavy fire after his mistakes put Nigeria in a tight corner for qualification to the quarterfinals of CHAN.
“Agbim is match rusty as he has always been in the Eagles training camp,” remarked Oruruo on the goalkeeper who rejoined Rangers on loan from Warri Wolves last season.
“Emmanuel Daniel was Rangers first-choice goalkeeper last season. He is better than Agbim, in fact he is the best goalkeeper in the league and can compete with (Vincent) Enyeama and (Austin) Ejide in the main Super Eagles.”
Such is the high regard Rangers have for the ex-Nigeria U20 goalkeeper Daniel that he has been named as one of the assistant captains of the team for the forthcoming season.
In the meantime, Rangers beat Enugu Selected 2-0 in a pre-season game on Thursday.
Odah Onarode and Meschak Chukwubuikem scored the goals, while new signings Bright Ejike, Okey Odita and Ighadolor Osagona were among those who featured in this game.

Olaitan knocks on Eagles door again


Olaitan – on target again for Greek club

Michael Olaitan shone again for Olympiacos on Sunday to again stake further claim for an Eagles call-up leading up to the World Cup.     The Flying Eagles attacking midfielder was the hero of his Greek Super League club when he scored  in his team’s 2-0 win over Levadiakos to earn three points.     Olympiacos, who will battle Manchester United in next month’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie, remain top of the table with 56 points from 20 points.     He scored the opener in the 54th minute, just eight minutes after he came on as a substitute for Konstantinos Mitroglou.     He has now scored three goals in 10 games.     He has been tipped to be considered by coach Stephen Keshi on his 40-man provisional squad for the World Cup in June in Brazil.

Bafana showdown massive says Keshi


 

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has predicted a big battle between his team and hosts South Africa in Sunday’s final Group A clash at the CHAN.
Nigeria are third in the group with three points and need to win to qualify for the quarterfinals, while South Africa only need a draw to reach the knockout stage.
A draw will also be sufficient for second-placed Mali against bottom team Mozambique, also on Sunday.

The teams last clashed in Durban last year in the Mandela Challenge with Nigeria 2-0 winners courtesy of a brace by Uche Nwofor.
“I expect a great game. South Africa would be South Africa and Nigeria would be Nigeria. The fans will enjoy themselves,” promised Keshi ahead of the crunch game.
Keshi disclosed that he may most likely start with the same team who began the Mozambique match, which Nigeria won after a disappointing loss to Mali in their opening game.
“Hopefully, we should be seeing the same squad that started against Mozambique. But I would have to decide that my starting line up by Sunday morning,” he said.
Defensive midfielder Ugonna Uzochukwu has recovered in time from an ankle injury he suffered against the Mambas and both Bright Esieme and Shehu Abdullahi are expected to start again after they held their own when they came in for injured Benjamin Francis and Ikenna Paul, respectively.
“Yes, the injured players are coming up real good. Ugonna is back but Hillary and Benjamin are ruled out of this game. But they should be back in the squad as we progress in the tournament,” Keshi further said.
The Eagles coach will also downplay the absence of Bafana skipper Itumeleng Khune, who is set to miss the match as a result of injury.
“He is still a part of the team. And I don’t think anything would change whether or not he is listed,” he maintained.
Kick-off time for the match is 6pm Nigerian time.

Genvoices Telethon: Pictures of Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Omawunmi, Timi Dakolo, Omoni Oboli and Others


100,000 Voices Telethon held at Koga studios, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos and was broadcast live on Channels TV, EbonyLife TV and Beat FM on 18, January, 2014 between 10am and 1pm. Celebrities arrived in their numbers to lend their voices to GenVoices; the project-driven platform harnessing the offline and online energy of young Nigerians for practical efforts towards nation building.

In attendance were Omotola Jolade Ekeinde, Omawummi, Timi Dakolo, Mai Atafo, Eku Edewor, Mai Atafo, Toke Makinwa, Omoni Oboli, Kemi Lala Akindoju amongst others.

See photos below.

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About GenVoices

Generational Voices (GenVoices) is a growing global movement of 18-40 year olds supported by a dynamic group of older mentors & contributors. It was conceived as a means to convert the online and offline energy of young Nigerians into practical efforts towards national development. It is clear that without positive participation in governance and policy, this generation will be availed little opportunity to make widespread and definitive impact – so we focus on birthing innovation, fostering dialogue, encouraging acts of service and driving change. GenVoices will raise, support, fund and inspire projects, platforms and individuals to deliver social, technological, economic and political (S.T.E.P) solutions to our country’s problems. With a humble sense of responsibility and maturity, we will guard the hopes of young Nigerians as we help to build this nation.

All the President’s enemies by Simon Kolawole


by Simon Kolawole

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That is why despite the massing of anti-Jonathan figures in APC’s corner, I think it is too early to count him out. I will certainly not proclaim his political demise yet. To start with, his opponents have given him a whole year to get ready for them. And 24 hours, they say, is a long time in politics.

Does President Goodluck Jonathan sleep at night? Does he not have nightmares? Does he not wake up midnight, sweating and screaming? I have had to wonder at times – given the groundswell of opposition against him. On a daily basis, opposition keeps landing body blows on him. Opposition from within and without. If I were Jonathan, I would feel intimidated. He once described himself as the most criticised president in history. I don’t know about that. We are in the age of the social media where citizens’ messages are neither censored nor limited by time and space; the loudness and speed of travel of their voice is electronically accelerated and amplified, unlike in the past when citizens simply gathered around vendors’ stands to analyse and criticise their leaders.

With or without the social media, however, leaders are generally criticised. President Olusegun Obasanjo faced mammoth opposition during his reign from 1999-2007, particularly following the frequent increases in fuel prices. He often came under heavy political bombardment and personal insults. The House of Representatives launched an impeachment move against him, and the Senate soon joined. After initially describing it as “a joke taken too far”, Obasanjo began to lose weight as the sack threat became formidable. From 2007-2009, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was a subject of ridicule over his medical issues and policy reversals. He had started his government on a controversial note, forcefully removing Malam Nuhu Ribadu as EFCC chairman. He never recovered from the PR disaster.

But, to be fair, I have no way of comparing the enormity of what Jonathan is facing today with what obtained in the past. Everyman thinks his burden is the heaviest, in the words of Robert Nesta Marley. One thing I know, though, is that the opponents of Jonathan are strong, well-organised and resolute. They are political heavyweights. This is no joke. They are coming at him from different directions. Obasanjo’s leaked “letter bomb” to Jonathan seems to be the biggest missile so far, coming days after another leaked letter written by the CBN governor, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, accusing the NNPC (indirectly, Jonathan) of some monumental fraud totalling N8 trillion, an allegation Sanusi himself has toned down later when asked to present his facts. There is also the little matter of infighting in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has seen to the exit of five governors to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Last week’s resignation of the PDP chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, is just an indication of some fence-mending manoeuvres. The depletion of the PDP is further worsened by the fact that Jonathan’s own “brother”, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, is giving him “home” embarrassment, while a state like Imo, which should ordinarily be safe for Jonathan, is now in the APC under the instruction of Governor Rochas Okorocha. Meanwhile, Jama’atu Nasir Islam, a powerful Islamic organisation in Northern Nigeria, recently issued a statement accusing Jonathan of waging a war against Muslims. Jonathan is definitely under pressure from every corner.

But how did the opposition become so formidable? I think it is a combination of a good game plan and a convergence of interests. That is, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. From my observations, there are at least three broad interests that have come together against Jonathan, with former governor of Kwara State, Dr. Bukola Saraki, former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, and former President Obasanjo as arrowheads. I think Saraki set the ball rolling when he helped Amaechi become his successor as chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) in May 2011. Tinubu followed suit by rallying the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to elect Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as the Speaker of the House of Representatives in June 2011. And Obasanjo is now fronting a move to sack Jonathan from Aso Rock in 2015, perhaps to atone for the Yar’Adua misadventure. Saraki worked for Jonathan in the 2011 elections. What went wrong between them? I don’t know. But clearly, Saraki is more influential than many people are ready to give him credit for. By far his biggest weapon, in my opinion, is the NGF – which he elevated to a powerful bloc during his tenure as chairman. Working behind-the-scene through the NGF in the last two years, Saraki has created a political crisis of mammoth proportions for Jonathan. Also, when seven PDP governors walked out of their party’s convention in October last year, it was Saraki’s political associate, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, that led the “New PDP”. Those who think Saraki relied solely on his father’s machinery must have realised by now that he has come of age. He is very quiet but lethal.

Tinubu also worked for Jonathan in 2011. Some will argue that he supported Jonathan because that was the political current in the South-west. But I would rather think he also did his calculations properly and believed he was better served by a Jonathan presidency. Tinubu’s support for Jonathan was, however, as brief as it could be. As soon as the House of Representatives was inaugurated, he worked in tandem with “rebel” PDP members to install Tambuwal as Speaker against the decision of the PDP to pick Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola from the South-west. It also served Tinubu’s interest – a Speaker from the South-west would have been a rallying point for the PDP and a challenge to Tinubu’s pre-eminence in Yoruba politics. And then, there is Obasanjo. Once revered in the North as “the leader we can trust”, he ended up disappointing many Northerners. He was perceived to have systematically redrawn the power equation in the country, especially with his “reform” of the military. To make matters worse, he installed Yar’Adua as president in 2007. Despite Obasanjo’s denials, many Northerners still believe he deliberately installed a terminally ill Yar’Adua as President in order to return power to the South through the backdoor. Apparently to appease the North, he is now working with some Northern governors to see to the ouster of Jonathan. In his widely publicised letter, Obasanjo said it would be “fatally morally wrong” for Jonathan to seek a second term in 2015.

In a very unlikely scenario, Saraki, Tinubu, Tambuwal and Obasanjo (and the General Muhammadu Buhari movement) are now, technically, in the same corner. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Jonathan’s opponents are very methodical, and they have the media on their side – which is a very critical factor in our politics. You have to give the opposition credit for that. I honestly would like to know what is going on in Jonathan’s mind right now in this super heavyweight political boxing. Will he raise his hands and surrender rather than wait to be knocked out in 2015? Roberto Duran famously walked away in Round 8 of his welterweight fight with Sugar Ray Leonard in 1980, saying “No mas” (“No more”) as Leonard pummelled him mercilessly.

Or is Jonathan adopting Muhammed Ali’s rope-a-dope style, leaning on the rope, pretending to be on the verge of surrender, only to bounce back with ferocious punches – using the same rope as a spring? The Jonathan I see on television and newspapers doesn’t look like someone who is punch-drunk and about to throw in the towel. If anything, he seems to be keeping his cards close to his chest. That is why despite the massing of anti-Jonathan figures in APC’s corner, I think it is too early to count him out. I will certainly not proclaim his political demise yet. To start with, his opponents have given him a whole year to get ready for them. And 24 hours, they say, is a long time in politics.

However, I can say categorically that his opponents are currently leading on points. And I don’t envy him at all… And Four Other Things…

TAMING TUKUR While the exit of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as the PDP chairman is not exactly a political earthquake (many believed he was a paper tiger), it is disturbing that we may not have seen the last of him yet. President Goodluck Jonathan curiously promised that he was going to give Tukur a “bigger assignment” soon – and many are left wondering what that could be. Some have suggested that he could be Nigeria’s ambassador to China. Tukur is a very successful businessman, no doubt, and he could well be on his way to China. But, for goodness sake, that should not be in an official capacity. It is time for him to rest!

ONE QUESTION I was very impressed with the response of the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to the 50 questions given to her as “homework” by the House of Representatives last month. Some follow-up questions are still needed, especially on the waivers, but I think she dealt with the issues professionally and I hope the lawmakers are better informed now. Meanwhile, I have only one question for the legislators. Am I allowed to ask? This is it: how much exactly do you guys take home every month and every quarter? Why is no one ready to answer this question?

APC WARS Enthusiasm about a strong opposition party has been tempered lately as the All Progressives Congress (APC) continues to battle internal divisions. Last week, the suicide attack in Borno State and the shooting of eight persons in Ogun State were both attributed to rivalries within APC, while trouble has bedevilled many state chapters over control of structures. I am not surprised. I have been saying for ages that Nigerian politicians are all the same and there is no difference between one party and the other. Whatever the case may be, however, I believe we still need a strong opposition party.

ANTI-GAY LAW I can see that an overwhelming majority of Nigerians are very excited by the anti-homosexuality law just signed by President Jonathan. The consensus is that homosexuality is against our “religious beliefs” and should be criminalised. As a Christian, I reject homosexuality because the Bible is clearly against it. But I do not consider myself to be better than any gay person simply because of my sexuality. Meanwhile, the Bible prescribes the same punishment for homosexuality, fornication, adultery, lying, lust, looting, wickedness in high places, etc. When are we going to enact a law against adultery?

Nigeria Federation Fails To Pay Super Eagles Win Bonus And Camp


Exclusive: Nigeria Federation Fails To Pay Super Eagles Win Bonus And Camp Allowances
Ahead of the win or bust meeting with hosts South African in the African Nations Championship on Sunday, the morale of the Super Eagles needs to be improved.

The African champions might be eliminated from the tourney for footballers plying their trade in their domestic leagues even before kicking a ball as the squad is psychologically down.

we understand  that the Nigeria Football Federation has failed to pay the Super Eagles their daily camp allowances for the past two days.

In the same vein, after the 4 – 2 win over Mozambique on Wednesday, the domestic Eagles were not paid a single dime as win bonus by the Federation.

NFF has claimed that the funds for prosecuting the tournament are trapped, that is approved but not released.

In other words, the number one citizen has not appended his signature on the money that was budgeted, more than a week after the start of the competition

LP Floors Apga In Nnewi Council Poll, Ansiec Cancels Votes Collation


 

Written by Chuks Collins

*proposes Caretaker

The much expected rescheduled Nnewi North Local Government election yesterday has been suspended indefinitely. Announcing the cancellation of the process even at collation stage at about 2.15pm yesterday, the acting

chairman of the Anambra state Independent Electoral Commission(ANSIEC), Chief Sylvester Okonkwo said he got a report that “there was violence and molestation of poll officials at the Nnewichi polling centre”, hence the action to suspend and cancel the entire process.

On how soon the poll would be held, Okonkwo said it would take at least one month, pointing out that it would help to allow tension subside. He then suggested setting up of a Caretaker for Council in the interim.

Ahead the suspension of the state’s Commissioner for Commerce and Industries, Mr Robert Okonkwo who voted at the St Stephens Anglican Church polling centre said it had “been very peaceful and smooth, as usual with every election in Nnewi”

He said he was hopeful that it would end at record time as voters were dutifully trooping in to cast their votes.

The chief executive of Innoson Group, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, told jpurnalists at about 2pm in his Nnewi country home that he was about to rush to cast his own vote at the Uru village hall polling centre.

Chief Goodboy Momah, an APGA chieftain, who also voted at St Stephens Anglican Church polling centre said he was happy that the tradition of peaceful conduct and disposition for which the town was legendary in elections was dutifully maintained.

In a quick reaction the state chairman of the Labour Party, Sam Oraegbunam said he was very shocked at the action of ANSIEC boss, Okonkwo. He said that the cancellation was apparently because they have found out that LP has trounced all comers, including APGA, because the whole world is watching the drama.

From Chuks Collins, Awka

Echiejile Seals Four – And – A – Half Year Deal With Monaco


Official : Echiejile Seals Four  - And - A - Half Year Deal With Monaco
With a statement on its official website, Monaco has announced it has reached an agreement with Sporting Braga on the transfer of Nigeria international Elderson Echiejile.

The 25 – year – old has signed a four – and – a – half – year deal which keeps him with the Red and Whites until June 30, 2018

“I’m really delighted to join such a great and distinguished club like Monaco.

“I give God the glory and count on the support and prayers of everyone as I hope for bigger things now back in France, which has remained my second home even after I left in 2010,.”Elderson  Echiejile said.

He will play with the number 21 jersey for the remainder of this season.

Umeh’s sack is a divine blessing – Okorocha


Okorocha1Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has described the recent removal of Chief Victor Umeh, as the All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA) National Chairman, by a Court of Appeal in Abuja as a blessing to the party.

He stated that Umeh’s removal was a justification of the divine mandate given to him by the people of the state in the 2011 governorship election.

The governor who stated this during a reception organized for him by party supporters and loyalists upon his return from the United States of America via Abuja at the Sam Mbakwe International Airport, Owerri, on Friday, said nothing could be more rewarding than the sack of the embattled chairman, noting that the sack coincided with his purported recall from the party.

In his word, “You will recall that few days ago, APGA threatened to go to court to recover their mandate from me and suddenly their Chairman was sacked. How best can you describe my mandate; for me, that is democracy in action,” Okorocha said.

Disclosing the outcome of the meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during his one day stop over at Abuja, the chairman of the APC Governors Forum said the National Executive of the party discussed on the forthcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun states.

Okorocha assured that his party at the national level was doing everything to avert what he described as sham in the Anambra election.

Bafana Bafana Defender Tefu Mashamaite Predicts Difficult Game


Bafana Bafana Defender Tefu Mashamaite Predicts Difficult Game
Kaizer Chiefs stopper Tefu Mashamaite has predicted that the final group match between South Africa and Nigeria this coming Sunday will be difficult.

South Africa top Group A of the African Nations Championship with four points ahead of Mali, who have an inferior goal difference, and a loss to the Eagles automatically knocks them out of the tournament if Mali get a result against Mozambique.

“We still have a good chance. We will continue competing and working hard to get a result against Nigeria on Sunday.

“The game against Nigeria will not be easy just like any other game. Every game we play is a do or die,” Tefu Mashamaite told kaizerchiefs.com.

South Africa qualified for the quarter finals in the 2011 edition staged in Sudan.

Wacker Innsbruck Sign Bright Osagie On Loan


Exclusive : Wacker Innsbruck Sign Bright Osagie On Loan
Austrian side Wacker Innsbruck have signed Nigeria youth – teamer Bright Osagie Edomwonyi on a six month – loan deal from rivals Red Bull Salzburg to bolster their attacking options, we can exclusively report.

The former Golden Eaglet has seen his first team opportunities limited at table topping Red Bull.

Now, the leadership of the club has decided to farm him out on loan to get used to the rigors of the Bundesliga.

To land the signature of Osagie, Wacker Innsbruck saw off competition from Belgian team KV Mechelen .

19 – year – old Osagie was issued a visa on Thursday and departed Austria with the rest of his teammates for a training camp in Turkey this morning.

He is represented by Burkina Faso Federation licensed agent Klay Ekeocha, who is based in Belgium.

How Jonathan Forced Tukur To Resign


More facts have emerged on the sudden exit of tough-talking Bamanga Tukur as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Impeccable sources within the PDP and the presidency said Weekend that President Goodluck Jonathan forced Tukur to tender his resignation letter following Tukur’s assertion that the president could not force him to leave office.

Although Jonathan allegedly asked Tukur to make the sacrifice to protect the ruling PDP and the office of the president, our correspondent learnt that Tukur’s statement angered the presidency.

Tukur’s successor: Jonathan May Pick Wife’s Favourite Candidate, Idris Umar


 

Idris-UmarAs several blocks within the troubled Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, jostle for the control of the party through the appointment of a new chairman, indications emerged yesterday that President Goodluck Jonathan might have settled for the Minister of Transport, Idris Umar.

Incidentally, Umar, an unassuming but active politician from Gombe State, is the same candidate that the President’s wife, Patience and the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, are soliciting support for to emerge as the new National Chairman of the party.

A close source to the Presidency told Saturday Vanguard that the President was favourably disposed to supporting the emergence of Umar, who had been showing what it called ‘absolute loyalty’ and support to the administration since coming on board as a minister.

The source said, “It is clear that the post will be given to Umar because of the fact that the President has already given a nod to his candidature.

“Barring any change in the way things are, Umar will be announced as the new Chairman of the PDP,” the source, who pleaded anonymity, said.

It was gathered in Abuja yesterday that in a bid to pave the way for Umar to move into the new role, he might be dropped in an impending cabinet reshuffle to be announced by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The President  had even given a hint of tinkering with his cabinet when he told a delegation of PDP stakeholders from the North-West that the list of new ministers to be appointed by him would be forwarded to the National Assembly, which is expected to resume from their Christmas and New Year break next week.

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“Don’t quit politics” – Bishop tells Governor Obi after receiving N100m cheque


 

The Catholic Bishop of Nnewi, Most Rev. Dr. Hilary Odili Okeke has appealed to Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State not to quit politics.
Okeke made the plea after the Governor’s proclamation that he was done with politics when he leaves office in March 17 this year.
The cleric said the people of Anambra State, Igbos and Nigerians should pray that Obi would rescind his decision as people like him should have the opportunity of serving Nigerians at the centre in view of his exceptional performance in Anambra State.
Bishop Okeke received a cheque of N100 million from Obi on Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Ihiala for ongoing projects at the Hospital, as well as another cheque of N30 million for the Maternity and child care complex at Azigbo.
The Bishop had praised Obi for keeping his words and also using money meant for the state for the provision of infrastructure in the state.
Two days ago, the Governor also presented a cheque of N100 million to Archbishop Valerian Okeke for on going work at St. Charles Borromeo Hospital Onitsha.
He stated that other hospitals in strategic partnership with the Government of Anambra State would receive theirs as part of the “final push” by his Government towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals by the year 2015.

Jonathan Moves to Bring Back G5 Governors


In a bid to urgently rebuild the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the general elections, President Goodluck Jonathan may set up a special committee that would help bring back the G-5 governors who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), THISDAY learnt last night.

Also Friday, President Jonathan met with four governors from the North-east, the region where the chairmanship position of the party is zoned to, as part of efforts to pick the successor of former National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, who resigned on Thursday.

Sources told THISDAY that following the resignation of Tukur, the President began moves to put the party in order even though some party stalwarts believed the move may have started late.

But Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako, one of the G-5 governors that defected from the party last year has said under no circumstance would he return to PDP.

Nyako, along with Governors Rabiu Kwankwanso (Kano), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtlala Nyako (Adamawa), Ahmed Abdulfatah (Kwara) and Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers) had defected to APC last year in the heat of the crisis that bedevilled PDP.

The party, which had been enmeshed in crisis since it held its mini convention last year had also lost 37 members of the House of Representatives and 27 members of the Sokoto State House of Assembly to the APC.

Sources told THISDAY that the president was now worried about leaving a legacy of a badly depleted and factionalised party and was already putting together a special team of prominent people that would help convince the defected PDP governors on the need to come back to the fold to help rebuild the party.

Although the idea of wooing back the aggrieved governors was sold to the President immediately after they defected to APC, the President, THISDAY gathered, was said not to have given it a serious thought initially.

Sources informed THISDAY that while the President was optimistic that four of the governors might shift grounds and reconsider their action, he had his reservations about the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, whom he believed may not return to the party.

He was said to have concluded that Amaechi had gone too far in his romance with the opposition and had expressed bitterness and hostilities than others and as such, might see a return to the PDP as politically suicidal for him even when such fears were unfounded. THISDAY gathered that while the governors and some lawmakers who left for the APC may not be as rigid as Amaechi, they also doubt the fact that the President would accede to some of their demands, including the idea of dropping his re-election bid should they consider his proposal to return to the PDP.

The source however said the president would announce the setting up of the committee and its members, among other reconciliatory initiatives that are being considered once Tukur’s replacement is announced next week.

Speaking to journalists at Yola International Airport yesterday, Nyako said the crisis within the PDP was beyond the resignation of Tukur. Noting that though he could not speak for other G5 governors, he said they had made up their minds to remain in APC. “If they are nursing the idea to contact us to come back to PDP, it is still among themselves. The matter has not reached the defected governors. But as for me, I have made up my mind I am not returning to the PDP,” he said

“We have taken a very sensible decision to dump PDP for the best interest of this country. All of us have resolved to move forward not backward.

” We resolved to move to APC in order to move the nation forward and nothing is going to take us back,” he added.

The governor reiterated that the issue that warranted their decision was not about political party or personality but about the interest of the nation, to make sure that democracy was sustained.

APC has also said it was not bothered by Tukur’s resignation. The party’s Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, told THISDAY in a telephone chat that the exit of Tukur would neither stem the crisis in PDP nor have any negative effect on the fortunes of APC.

“We have no cause for concern, We know the governors are solidily with us and we are definitely not worried about the resignation of PDP Chairman Bamanga Tukur. The removal of Tukur can only cause more crisis for PDP,” he said.

The governors from the zone who met with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa yesterday over the choice of Tukur’s replacement include Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Ibrahim Dankwabo (Gombe), Acting Governor Garba Umar (Taraba) and Bala James Ngilari (deputy governor Adamawa).

Though the meeting was held behind closed doors, it was gathered that it may not be unconnected with the fears of some of the governors to have a new chairman emerged from their states.

THISDAY had reported that the sitting governors were opposed to a new PDP national chairman emerging from their states because of the power tussle that could start between the governor and the national chair over the control of structures at the state level.

Fielding questions from State House correspondents after the meeting with Jonathan, Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, however faulted the view that the governors from the Northeast were not ready to have Tukur’s replacement emerge from their states.

“Are we God? It’s God that gives power. Supposing he gives somebody from my state, a PDP state, what will I do? I will follow him. Let us not go into that kind of imagination” Yuguda said.

Flanked by Dankwabo, Umar and Ngilari, he enjoined Nigerians to be patient till Monday when the new national chairman of PDP would emerge.

“It is just mere speculation. It’s just speculation. We just came to say hello to the president and wish him a Good Friday.

“Well, on Monday is the day the NEC will decide who the chairman is going to be. So, let’s wait till Monday” the governor said..

On the kind of chairman the PDP needed, taking into consideration the crisis that trailed Tukur’s tenure, the governor noted that no matter who was elected, there would always be crisis but added that management of such crisis was more important.

As the race for the chairmanship of the party gathers momentum, some names from the Northeast are being touted as possible replacement for the former chair. They include Senator Abubakar Mahdi (Borno), Malam Adamu Maina Waziri (Yobe), Senator Abba Aji (Borno), Transport Minister, Senator Idris Umar (Gombe), former Bauchi Governor, Adamu Muazu, Alhaji Habu Fari (Taraba) and Dr. Babayo Musa (Bauchi).

There were however speculations last night that the Political Adviser to the President, Ahmed Gulak, had joined the race. He was believed to have been drafted into the race by the President.

THISDAY gathered that though the office of the national chairman had been zoned to the Borno – Yobe axis, Gulak was drafted as Plan B in case a consensus candidate does not emerge .

According to a source that spoke to THISDAY, “the drafting of Gulak from Adamawa state is in line with earlier strategy that where there is no consensus candidate from the Borno-Yobe axis, it would be thrown open to all the states in the Northeast”.

Meanwhile, it was gathered yesterday that Tukur may be appointed an ambassador plenipotentiary, equivalent of a presidential envoy.

President Jonathan had at the 63rd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party said that he would give the former national chairman a tougher job.

The President had said, “I have to give him another assignment that is tougher than handling PDP because we need people like Bamanga Tukur to market this country and the PDP. He has been doing that in the platform of African Round Table but we need a tougher job than the African Round Table for him.”

Also, the source said that because of Tukur’s record in the area of investment as shown by his role in the African Round Table, he would be working with the Minister of Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga.

Meanwhile the horse trading and intrigues over the election of the next national chairman continued as the aspirants from Borno and Yobe axis in the Northeast geo political zones are being narrowed to the former Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri (61) from Yobe State as well as Senator Abba Aji (60) and the former Leader, House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003, Hon. Mohammed Wakil (48).

PDP in a statement has also described the resignation of Tukur and the peaceful resolution of its leadership challenges as a climax of political maturity and another eloquent expression of the internal democratic mechanism that form the building blocks of the party.

AY Begs Jim Iyke


ay jimControversial comedian, Ayo Makun otherwise known as AY has apologised for his joke on ‘bad boy’ Nollywood actor, Jim Iyke.

The homourist did a gag on Jim Iyke’s contentious deliverance at TB Joshua’s church in Lagos last year. The yarn, which was done by AY, also had Helen Paul in it and directed at Tonto Dikeh, another controversial figure.

Reacting to the joke, Jim Iyke slammed AY and called him classless human being.

Tendering his apology for hitting out at the actor, AY stated that he was not classless as Jim Iyke described him. He disclosed further that the joke wasn’t designed to be detrimental in any way, “but if you see it that way, bro, I got nothing but love for you,” AY said.

Obi Replaces Ojukwu As National Leader Of APGA


APGA Peter Obi ojukuThe National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has appointed the Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, as its National Leader and Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) to replace the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.

The NWC made the appointment during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party which held today (Saturday) in Awka, the state capital.

APGA National Chairman, Victor Umeh, had in early December 2013 read a communique after the NWC meeting, stating that the choice of Obi was due to his contributions towards keeping the party alive in the past 11 years and for particularly ensuring that an APGA member succeeds him on March 17, 2014 when his tenure ends.

According to the APGA National Chairman, “the National Working Committee noted the great contributions made by His Excellency Mr. Peter Obi (CON) towards keeping the party alive in the past 11 years of his membership of our great party and particularly for ensuring that an APGA governor will succeed him on 17th March 2014, a promise made and faithfully kept.

“Obi’s recommendation to step into Ojukwu’s shoes as the National Leader and Chairman of the BOT is based on his performance, financial discipline, and commitment to APGA in the past 11 years. He never contemplated leaving the party, his sterling performance led to the superlative performance we recorded in the Anambra governorship election, which also led to the landmark victory APGA recorded in the Anambra elections”, he added.

Umeh stressed that “You will recall that Okorocha strayed into our ranks, we supported him; despite the fact that he has never won an election in his life, we supported him and less than two years he defected to another party”.

Also appointed were 25 members of the Board of Trustees with Peter Obi as the chairman.

A vote of confidence was also passed on the leadership of the party led by the embattled factional chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, who presided over the meeting.

Other items in the list of agenda include setting up of committee for the Review of the Party Constitution, Mandating the National Working Committee to fill all existing vacancies in the National Working Committee and fixing a date for the National Convention.

Youths of Okrika and ONELGA threaten to halt refinery if CP MBU is removed


Ex-militant leader, Ateke Tom, has joined the camp seeking for the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu to stay. He received thousands of protesting Okrika youths, who vowed to ground activities at the refinery if Mbu is transferred.

Tom received the protesters at the National Field and marched through major streets of the community, and stopped at the St. Peters Square where they stated their grievances and demands before Ateke Tom.

Iseobo Dennis, National President, South South Democratic Coalition, who spoke at the protest said: “We are here to tell the whole world that CP Mbu is going no where. Before coming of Mbu, Rivers experience repeated killings by government, particularly of several Okrika youths who were murdered for no defensible course. But Mbu came and since then we have experienced peace.

“The Okrika people will not accept the removal of Mbu because some shameless persons are putting up cheap drama to remove him so they can be free to start killing and oppressing the people again. If they try it, we will ensure Nigeria becomes koboless. This is not empty threat. Nigeria’s economic mainstays are in our backyard. We will make sure the PPMC, the refineries and other major federal structures in our area are grounded.”

Similarly thousands of  Amaechi must go chanting youths of ONELGA have in Omoku protested the  alleged plot to remove Mbu

APC Tasks INEC On Proper Conduct Of Ekiti, Osun Elections


apcThe governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday urged all relevant stakeholders involved in preparations towards the forthcoming Ekiti and Osun State Governorship elections to ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place to discharge their duties lawfully and with utmost responsibility.

At the meeting held at the Lagos House, Marina, the governors, under the banner of Progressives Governors’ Forum, deliberated extensively on the preparations by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the elections.

They maintained that there was need for adequate preparations in order “to forestall a repeat of the electoral sham experienced in Anambra and Delta States and to restore the credibility in the electoral process”.

On the recent defection of some members of the House of Representatives from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC, the governors called on the members of the National Assembly to remain steadfast in upholding the rights and privileges of its members to choose, without intimidation, the political party of their choice.

A communiqué issued after the meeting and read to reporters by the Forum Chairman and Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, stated that the governors deliberated on the political and security situation in Rivers State and took an in-depth look at the activities of the Nigeria Police Force in the State in the last couple of months.

They frowned at the “recklessness, impunity and outright misconduct of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Mbu and maintained that the Nigeria Police Force is not a PDP police and such flagrant violations of the Constitution and laws of Nigeria should henceforth stop”.

According to the communiqué, the Forum also deliberated extensively on the need to strengthen the All Progressives Congress and its structures. It discussed political developments in APC States with the aim of building a common development agenda.

Other APC Governors in attendance at the meeting include, Governors of Nassarawa State, Tanko Almakura, Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola,  Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Oyo State Senator Abiola Ajimobi and Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi while the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje represented his State Governor, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.