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I’ll Restructure Nigeria If Elected President – Makarfi

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A People Democratic Party (PDP) presidential hopeful, Alhaji Ahmed Markarfi, has said if elected as president of the country, the first thing he would do is to restructure the country.

Makarfi made this known, on Friday, in Lokoja, the Kogoi State capital, when he visited the PDP Secretariat in the state on a familiarisation tour.

The presidential hopeful who said there is so much hunger and starvation in the land, said Nigerians needed a trusted leader who will carry out restructuring that will be beneficial to every Nigerian.

He stressed that he would first commence on institutional restructuring saying the current situation where government agencies like EFCC, police and others are made answerable to the government of the day would not be so as they would be made to be answerable and accountable to Nigerians.

Markarfi said he has adequate knowledge of every part of Nigeria and their teething problems , saying if given the chance , he knows best on how to fix those problems.

While appealing to PDP faithful to remain united and focused, he said he brought back the party to where it is today when some people were bent on destroying it.

He urged members not to allow some people who are found of jumping from one party to the other to hijack the party saying he has been a loyal PDP member right from the scratch adding ” we should not create the impression that loyalty does not pay”.

Markarfi, who said in 2007 when the tenure of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was coming to an end, the then party chairman, Ahmadu Ali, called on all the governors to appoint somebody among them to succeed Obasanjo, and he was appointed, only for some people to scuttle it.

He said he did not leave the party for that purpose like some are fond of doing, but that he believed power comes from God.

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68 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    August 4, 2018 at 8:58 am

    “If”

  2. Anonymous

    August 4, 2018 at 8:19 am

    What is restructuring? You guys can only deceived those greedy illiterates.

  3. Anonymous

    August 4, 2018 at 8:08 am

    This is all what Nigerians politicians knows, just to talk for their own selfish and greedy reason…..

  4. Anonymous

    August 4, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Who ask you?

  5. Anonymous

    August 4, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Biafra all the way

  6. Anonymous

    August 4, 2018 at 5:52 am

    His talking trash ole

  7. Anonymous

    August 4, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Abia

  8. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    OK, I will Divide Nigeria if Elected

  9. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Hahahaha.. This is d game..

  10. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Mr man lies is telling on your face already so u can 4get it ok

  11. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    hahahahahaha…. monkey

  12. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Voice from sambissa forest

  13. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    That’s somebody’s initiative mind you.

  14. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    That language has become an anthem in the lips of every contestant but they fail afterwards to fulfil their promises. But before anything :the question should, what type of restructuring are we talking about here because it means several thing to several people?

  15. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Here reading n laughing at Biafrats comments

    • Anonymous

      August 3, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      The rats that has been feeding you parasite. Cow colony

    • Anonymous

      August 3, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      Hahahahaha, Ipobian terrorist spotted

    • Anonymous

      August 3, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      Abdulhadi Aliyu. I alwaYs like it, as You continue sounding like unholy profake Mohammed the rapist

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    August 3, 2018 at 8:54 pm

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  17. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Fuck you sir. We can take care of ourselves

  18. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    storry, don’t be deceived by this desperate politicians.

  19. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    The insincerity of the hausas has really made Nigeria look like a child’s play, disintegration is the best solution to this setback the country is passing through because of these ungrateful scavengers called hausas which am sure even God who created them is regretting doing that.

    • Anonymous

      August 3, 2018 at 10:21 pm

      The sincerity of the wailers was so evident when their clueless representative declared 16 was greater than 19 & that stealing was not corruption! No wonder, even as incumbent President, their representative lost! Now, they are telling us even God makes mistakes!! Their’s must be a “shrine God” to regret, which Hausas don’t worship or believe in. No wonder, “their God” failed them in 2015, while the true God gave success to the Hausas!

  20. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Fools

  21. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Looking at Makati’s face
    U see lies and deceit

  22. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Ordinary a party u didn’t control, if not my brother? PDP would’ve been dead by now.
    If PDP present u as their party’s flay bearer? They will lose no
    doubt! See face, like agoi!

  23. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    You people think is like before
    Malam will come and talk

  24. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    We are your fools right?, just look at your donkey head, why not the North accept restructuring Nigeria now, or is it that if Buhari restructure Nigerian the pillars of Nigeria will crumble & the house collapse on the North, but when you become president the pillars of Nigeria will be spiritually reinforced to carry the restructuring?

  25. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Restructure your North and forget BIAFRA.

  26. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Story Of de gods

  27. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Hahahahaha zoo cheap election noise…. not all Nigerians are fools and stupid

  28. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    My hope is biafra

  29. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    We don’t need

  30. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Old story Biafra is here okay.

  31. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Ok

  32. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    U go swear Ogun 1st

  33. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    D zoo shall have no peace only biafra we save d zoo

  34. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Here again u see d zoo animal

  35. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Never trust any Fulani man they all have one Agenda

  36. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Ndanwiriri nda

  37. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Liar!

  38. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Hehehhehe Nizooria

  39. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    This is exactly what buhari promised in 2015, thieves you will only fool those that want to be fool by you

  40. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    pdp your downfall is coming more worst. conduct ur primary first.

  41. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Big fool with no credibility

  42. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Na restructure u wan use deceive Us no way I believe Nigerians are wiser now after the chant and ranting of Change

  43. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    You are free to restructure Nigeria while We Restore Biafra Kingdom

  44. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    We no need am

  45. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Dream on. Sai Baba Buhari 2023

  46. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Biafra all the way.

  47. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    I can’t vote any old man again in this country except a young man between 40-45years of age

  48. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    there is serious confusion in PDP how many of you to be president no vision no goal

  49. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    YOU WANT TO CONTINUE FROM WHERE BUHARI AND HIS NORTHERN GOVERNMENT STOPPED.

  50. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Na lie, una be the same

  51. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Story story of Fulani terrorist government

  52. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    It is too late. Biafra has nothing to do with such offer and can not be enticed or forced into another bondage with Nigeria. It is finished. It is over.

  53. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    ABEG GO SIT DAWN.

  54. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    No

  55. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Who is dis one.. My friend go and sleep.. Phew

  56. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Rubbish

  57. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Ahusa fulani every were yaping

  58. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Odiegwu…everyone wants to lead

  59. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Another bukuwari

  60. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    That is the main election promises now

  61. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Ur papa.

  62. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Ole

  63. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Ewu

  64. Anonymous

    August 3, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    ATIKU is the only one that I know with geniune intention to restructure Nigeria.

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Buhari, APC Have Set Nigeria 60 Years Backward — PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a dig at the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration describing his five years stewardship as “wasteful, a season of the locusts.”

In a strongly worded statement issued on Friday by Spokesman of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, on the state of the nation, the PDP said after reviewing the five years of the Buhari administration, both the president and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) have “taken Nigeria 60 years backward.”

The statement accused Buhari and the APC of turning the country into a wasteland after allegedly destroying the economy.

The statement said under Buhari, May 29, has become “synonymous with the enthronement of incompetence, insensitive leadership, endemic corruption in high places and governance by propaganda and false performance claims.”

It also accused the APC administration of reversing all the “gains achieved by the PDP for which May 29 was always celebrated and left the country dejected and despondent.”

Furthermore, it said under Buhari, Nigerians always grieve on May 29, as it has become “a day for commemoration of failed promises, reversal of gains achieved by past leaders and retrogression in our body polity as a nation.”

The statement reads in part :”This administration has failed woefully in its three major governance planks of provision of security, economic recovery and fight against corruption.

“In the last five years, the APC administration has done nothing but driving our nation along the precipices; reneged on all its campaign promises, ruined our productive sector, frustrated our farmers, manufacturers and small scale entrepreneurs, devalued our naira, wrecked employment opportunities for our youth, turned our once prosperous nation into the poverty capital of the world while accumulating huge foreign debts for this generation and the unborn.

“Under five years, President Buhari has borrowed from every corner of the world. These include external borrowing of $10.72 billion (N4.1 trillion) in 2015, $11.41 billion (N4.4 trillion) in 2016, $18.91 billion (N7.3 trillion) in 2017, $25.27 billion (N9.8 trillion) in 2018, $27.68 billion (N10.7 trillion) in 2019 as well as 2020 loans of $3.4 billion (N1.3 trillion) from IMF, $4.4 million (N1.594 billion) internal borrowing, $22.7 billion (N8.8 trillion) external loan and the recently yet to be approved $5.513 billion (N2.1 trillion) waiting before the National Assembly.

“Our party had already alerted Nigerians that with the volume of borrowing, President Buhari and the APC have placed our nation on the international auction market.

“In the last five years, corruption has also worsened in government circle as shown in Transparency International (TI)’s corruption perception index. Federal Government agencies such as the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) among others have been opened up for pillaging by the cabal in the Presidency and the APC.”

Continuing, the statement noted that the government only pays lip to security as bandits, insurgents and marauders were now having a field day with killings.

“It is distressing that instead of heeding wise counsel to accept failure and avoid making false performance claims, the Buhari Presidency just yesterday, released a list of recycled fictitious achievements, including very insensitive claim of having routed out bandits; even as marauders were pillaging communities and killing our compatriots in Sokoto and other states, particularly in the Northwest.

“A look at the list exposed reused figures and data without corresponding verifiable projects in any part of the country, apart from attempts to appropriate PDP projects,” the statement said.

The party called on the president to wake up to the reality by accepting “failure and seek help since it has become clear that his administration as presently constituted has devastated our nation and leading us on a journey to nowhere.”

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No Man Can Stop Me From Returning As Edo Governor — Obaseki Boasts

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Governor Godwin Obaseki has confidently declared that he will emerge governor of Edo State, ahead of the governorship election in the State.

Obaseki who spoke as a guest on a Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, expressed confidence that he will return as the governor of the State.

According to him, no one can stop him because only God gives power.

“I am not a violent person. But I am confident that the way I got into power is the same way I will return.

“God gave me power. If he wants me to return, I will continue. No man can stop me. Power comes from God.”

The governor also rubbished claims that he used the resources of the people of Edo State to become governor.

“I have friends with resources. I worked for eight years behind the scene before I became governor.

“So all that insinuations about using somebody’s resources is not true. I became Governor on the platform of the party and I am grateful for it.

“It does not matter whether it is direct or indirect (primaries), I will win.”

Obaseki’s statement is coming shorty after Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu was endorsed as the consensus candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Recall that Osagie Ize-Iyamu, a former Secretary to Edo State Government (SSG) emerged as the All Progressives Congress (APC) consensus candidate for the state governorship election.

Ize-Iyamu is believed to be loyal to the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who has been at loggerheads with Governor Obaseki.

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How I Spent N38.8bn Security Votes In 8 Years — Ex-Abia Gov, TA Orji

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A former Governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Ahamefula Orji has furnished the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with details of how he spent his N38.8billion security votes during his eight years in office.

Orji who was in charge of the state between 2007 and 2015 is being investigated by the anti-graft commission for corruption.

He said he collected N38.8billion as security votes during the period and not N48billion as alleged by the EFCC.

Orji who is currently representing Abia Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly said he shared much of the N38billion with members of the state House of Assembly, his security informants and traditional rulers.

He claimed to have also given part of the money to military units,the police,the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and security agencies as what he called statutory allocations.

In a tell-it-all statement to his interrogators, the former governor said he gave successive members of the State House of Assembly N5. 760billion, at N60million per month, in the eight years.

He also claimed to have paid N75million monthly to security informants in 15 of the 17 local government areas of the state within the same period.

The yet-to-be identified informants allegedly pocketed a total of N7.200billion between 2007 and 2015.

Some of the security agencies, according to him, received N2million per month.

However, he told the interrogators that he does not have a comprehensive list of all the beneficiaries of the largesse because the Government House staff who used to disburse the cash is no more.

He gave the man’s name simply as Felix.

Orji said he did not ask for the list from Felix at the expiration of his tenure as governor.

He only issued directives to Felix on how to share the security votes.

He also said he never collected cash either from the Director of Finance or the Cashier in Government House.

The EFCC insists that Orji collected N48billion in eight years.

It has retrieved five huge bags of documents from the relevant desks in Abia State on the ex-governor’s financial transactions.

Based on Orji’s confessions, the EFCC is expected to arraign him in court soon being in what a source described as “a straightforward case.”

The Nation gathered that the former governor made the revelations during a session on oath in the presence of his lawyer, who he referred to as Edmund.

It was the first time Orji would open up after many years of trying to make him respond to allegations against him.

Orji said he received N370million monthly as security votes in 2007 and N410million monthly from 2008 to 2015.

He said that from his assumption of office up to his exit the funds were distributed in cash. “There were also statutory funds to the security agencies,” he was quoted as saying.

He said the first Speaker in 2007 and the last Speaker in his second term confirmed the receipt of N60million monthly from his security votes.

He said the Majority Leader also attested to the receipt of the monthly cash although he claimed he did not know “ how they shared the money.”

He could not explain what the monthly cash to the lawmakers was meant for or remember the exact amount he was giving the traditional rulers monthly.

Orji admitted that all disbursements by the late Felix were based on his directives.

Usually, according to him, the funds were brought by the Director of Finance (DF)in batches.

The DF would then inform the ex-governor on how much had come and would then be kept in the accounts.

Orji would, in turn, issue directive to the late Felix on what to disburse and to whom.

He was quoted as saying “Felix comes to show me how disbursement is made. After disbursement, Felix keeps the list for safety. As I was leaving the Government House, I didn’t ask him for the list.”

He claimed that he never personally collected any cash from the votes whether from the Director of Finance or Government House cashier.

The funds were channelled through Felix “on my directives,” he said.

The EFCC is still working on the charges against Orji.

But a reliable source told The Nation that investigation had “reached an appreciable stage for trial.”

Continuing, the source said: “We have been on this case since March 2017. Our operatives were painstaking in cracking this case.

“We will arraign ex-governor in court any time from now because the charges are ready. The only challenge is COVID-19 but we won’t allow it to affect the arraignment.

“In the face of the law, he is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the court. The onus is on him to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he did not commit the financial recklessness.”

The source said the use of security votes was the first leg of the ongoing probe of Senator Theodore Orji.

The former governor has been under investigation since November 22, 2018 following a petition from a group, Fight Corruption: Save Nigeria Group

In the March 17, 2017 petition, the group alleged that Orji received and diverted various sums of monies that accrued to Abia State while in office.

The breakdown of the amounts allegedly received by him are as follows:

  • N383 billion revenue from federation accounts
  • N55 billion Excess Crude Revenue
  • N2.3 billion Sure – P
  • N1.8 billion Ecological funds
  • N10.5 billion loan from First Bank of Nigeria through the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Local Government Affairs.
  • N4 billion Loan from Diamond Bank
  • N12 billion Paris Club refund
  • N2 billion Agricultural loan for farmers
  • N55 billion ASOPADEC.

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