Orji Uzor Kalu, former Governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has taken a swipe at the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, over the latter’s continued attack on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
He claimed that the former President brought corruption in the country, which then impeded the economic growth of Nigeria.
Kalu, who made this known in his speech during the APC presidential rally held in Aba, Abia State, on Tuesday, also berated Obasanjo for trying to truncate the nation’s democracy with his third term agenda.
According to him, “I saw a man, called Olusegun Obasanjo attacking Mr. President. Obasanjo was a President who brought corruption in Nigeria.
“Obasanjo is a man, who told everybody that he never wanted third term, but, he wanted third term. My problem with him was his third term agenda, my problem with him was that he (Obasanjo) called me and former Speaker, Ghali Umar N’Abba that we should change the electoral bill.
“I signalled N’Abba in his room and I said, N’Abba, we cannot do this. Obasanjo turned himself to be a dictator. How can you compare Obasanjo and Buhari together. Is there any comparison? No. Mr. President had no comparison.
“Buhari want the judiciary to be truly independent. The judges in Abia have told me that they are in the process of receiving their salaries directly from the federal government.
“You have seen our roads, since I left as Abia governor, look at our roads, we have never had any new road. When they go to Abuja, they will tell Mr. President all kinds of lies, that Abia is not APC.
“February 16 presidential election is around the corner. The popularity of the party (APC) will be tested in this soil (Abia). Abians are ready. We are going to give him 70 per cent votes from this Abia State, to the glory of God”.
Kalu, however, canvassed total support for the APC gubernatorial candidate in Abia, Uchechukwu Ogah, in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
He said, “Uche Ogah had been tried and tested. He is coming from the private sector the way I came. I have confidence that he will deliver dividends of democracy to the Abia people if elected as governor”.
BREAKING: Kwara Assembly Bars PDP Lawmaker After Appeal Court Ruling
The Kwara State House of Assembly on Tuesday locked out a lawmaker elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Hon Abdulraheem Agboola.
Agboola claimed that he was locked out of the Assembly on the order of the Speaker, Rt Hon Yakubu Salihu.
Members of the PDP in the state had stormed the Assembly to protest alleged refusal of leadership of the House to admit Agboola, who was declared winner of the Ilorin South state constituency.
Agboola recently won his case at the Appeal Court, thereby unseating Hassan Abdulazeez Oluwanilo, the APC lawmaker earlier declared winner by the INEC.
Agboola thus became the only member elected on the platform of PDP in the 24-member Assembly.
Speaking with journalists at the Assembly complex, Agboola said the House had denied him entry since he got his Certificate of Return from INEC last Thursday.
“As we all know, Appeal Court is the last destination for the House of Assembly election petition process. Its ruling has declared me winner.
“I started from the tribunal. I have my certificate of return from the INEC national headquarters, Abuja. The INEC in Kwara did the official presentation.
“According to the process, I have to come to the House in person to do documentation with the Clerk of the House in order to verify the genuineness of the certificate and ratify it.
“This is our third time of coming here. Since last Thursday that the certificate was issued, they have not attended to us.
“The Speaker, the Clerk and all of them have made themselves not to be available. We’ve been patient, telling our supporters not to be violent.
“This is the House we built. I served here between 1999 and 2003.
“We got here by 8:00 am today [Tuesday], but the security personnel said the Speaker would address us when he comes. We said there’s no need for any address but entry into the House,” he said.
In response, chairman, House Committee on Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon Awolola Ayokunle, said the House was served “a court summon joining the Speaker and the Clerk to the House in a motion on notice with No. FHC/IL/CS/157/2019, filed at the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Ilorin judicial division, holden at Ilorin by Hon. Hassan Abdulazeez Elewu, seeking to restrain the House from swearing in the PDP candidate pending determination of the case.
“As the first arm of government charged with the responsibility of lawmaking, the House cannot but abide by the law. However, the House is restrained from taking further steps in respect of the certificate of return issued to the PDP candidate for the Ilorin South constituency seat until the determination of the above said suit scheduled to be moved on Monday, December 16, 2019.”
He assured members of general public that the House was ready to abide by the rule of law at all times.
Gov Wike, Oshiomhole Clash In Abuja
The River state governor, Nyesom Wike and All progressives Congress, APC, national chairman, Tuesday traded blames on the concept of leadership by example.
The two leaders were at each other’s throat at the official presentation of “The Big Interviews,” a book authored by the immediate past Managing Director of the Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Eric Osagie.
The event which had in attendance journalism finest hands including publisher of the Vanguard Newspaper, Mr. Sam Amuka, business mogul, Isa Funtua among others started in earnest when Oshiomhole was called to make a few remarks before the unveiling of the compendium.
In his characteristic manner, Oshiomhole drew applause from the crowd with his delivery, as he called on media practitioners to be more courageous particularly when taking on men in power. Citing an instance when a foreign journalist once took on an unnamed Nigerian President a few years ago on the scourge of population control, Oshiomhole said the ex-President was wrong to have spoken on the subject matter when Nigerians were yet to be told the number of his children and wives.
“How could he speak on population control when Nigerians didn’t even know the number of his wives, both registered and unregistered? Nigerians didn’t know the number of his children and I think leaders should learn to practice what they preach,” Oshiomhole stated.
Although his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP counterpart, Prince Uche Secondus managed to fire a few salvos in response, it was Wike who brought the capacity-filled Atiku Abubakar Auditorium, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, venue of the book launch, down with laughter and excitement.
“Let me begin from where the APC national chairman stopped,” he began, in his trademark voice. “Where are some of you who did Occupy Nigeria? Do you still write and speak the way you used to do? Who are those now sponsoring all manner of bills against free speech?” he asked as Oshiomhole and his predecessor, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun reeled in laughter.
Continuing, Wike chided the APC chair for what he called a deliberate ploy to mislead Nigerians into thinking that he still wears the khaki of old when he was a labour leader, saying “the kind of safari he wears now are different.” (Vanguard)
Drama As Buhari’s Aide, Garba Shehu Presents 2019 Man Of The Year Award To Melaye [VIDEO]
Two time member of the National Assembly, Dino Melaye on Sunday night was presented with the Man of the year award by a popular online newspaper, ‘Kwararafa Reporters’ just days after losing a return to the legislative chamber.
According to the statement released by the online news platform, the recognition was aimed at further spurring other Nigerians to engender good governance and ultimately a better society, through diligence, hardwork, personal integrity and leadership as exemplified by Melaye and fellow Awardees.
Present at the event was an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu.
However, a mild drama ensued when the organisers of the award called Garba Shehu, a spokesperson of President Muhammadu Buhari, to present the award to the former senator.
The mention of Garba resulted in guests clapping and hailing in surprise.
Even Melaye, who was standing while his citation was read out, could not hold his laughter as well.
Garba Shehu came out to present the award to Dino Melaye. This action further caused laughter in the audience as both doesn’t belong to same Political school of thought.
Garba then asked jokingly after collecting the plaque to be presented to Melaye: “Should I just take this thing and leave him standing here?”
He told the guests that he had been close to Dino Melaye being that the duo had come a very long way. He added that they had worked together on many projects. He noted that politics has a way of bringing people together and also dividing them.
In his reaction after receiving the award, Melaye described Garba as his brother and friend. He confirmed that the two of them have a longstanding relationship beyond the current dispensation.
“And I appreciate him for presenting this award. I appreciate the organisers,” Melaye said.
Man of the year award to sen Dino melaye presented by Mall. Garba Shehu SSA Media to Mr President pic.twitter.com/b1zsrzHv1O
— Senator Dino Melaye. (SDM) (@dino_melaye) December 8, 2019