YUSUFU BUHARI NOT ON SOCIAL MEDIA, PRESIDENCY ALERTS NIGERIANS
** The presidency on Wednesday alerted members of the public that the son of the president, Yusuf Buhari, was being impersonated on Instagram by unscrupulous elements.
Femi Adesina who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, named the fake Instagram account as `@ymbuhari’. The presidential aide revealed that Yusuf Buhari was not on any social media platform, and urged the public to disregard all handles and pages in social media bearing his name.
The statement read: “It has been observed that social media accounts are being run in the name of son of the President, Yusuf Buhari.
*. Pro- Buhari group, Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN) on Wednesday obtained the form for Mr Buhari. The group paid the mandatory N45 million for the expression of interest and the nomination form for the president, the aide indicated. The cheque was received by the chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, in Abuja. Bashir Ahmed, the president’s assistant on new media announced the action and shared pictures of the ceremony on his Facebook page.
*. A coalition of Niger Delta militants said yesterday they were returning to the creeks to disrupt oil production in the Niger Delta, following last Tuesday’s raid on the Abuja house of elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, by policemen over alleged illegal possession of arms and ammunition. The group also raised an alarm over assassination plots against some Nigerians, especially those canvassing restructuring of the country. The militants’ declaration came on a day Police authorities paraded the informant, who gave the false information that led to the raid.
- FOREIGN SCENE:
Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that two Russian spies carried out a nerve agent attack on a former colleague in Britain, as prosecutors named the suspects and issued a warrant for their arrest. Prosecutors announced charges against Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov for trying to kill Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with Novichok in the city of Salisbury on March 4. May told MPs the pair “are officers of the Russian military intelligence service” — the GRU — adding that the attack had been sanctioned from higher up.
President Buhari, on Wednesday, sought the Chinese Government’s support for the speedy completion of the Mambilla power project in Taraba State. The Federal Government and Chinese contractors signed a N2.1 trillion (about $5.792 billion) contract deal in Abuja to execute the 3050 megawatts (MW) Mambilla hydropower project in November 2017. The project had its first contract awarded in 2007 under President Olusegun Obasanjo government but was cancelled by the Yar’Adua administration. The project is about 40 years since its idea was conceived.
Femi Adesina, has reacted to a statement credited to a former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar that President Buhari is “power drunk.”
Abubakar, who is a presidential aspirant of PDP was quoted as saying Buhari is “very uncompromising, power drunk (and) will not be ready to leave power without a fight. In its response on Wednesday, the Presidency said it agreed Mr. Buhari was “uncompromising” in dealing with corruption but denied he was “power-drunk”. Adesina further stated that “let the former Vice President rest assured that there will be no ‘fight’ over power in Nigeria.
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The crisis between PDP governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, and Dr Akin Ogunbiyi has been resolved. Bukola Saraki announced the reconciliation between both parties on Wednesday. In a post on his Twitter page, Saraki wrote: “Following marathon meetings today in Abuja, I am pleased to announce that we have a signed agreement between PDP gubernatorial candidate, Senator Adeleke and his rival, Dr. Ogunbiyi. ”As we approach the September 22, 2018 governorship election, our party moves forward as one.” Ogunbiyi narrowly lost to Adeleke, polling 1,562 votes as against Adeleke’s 1,569
- STATE GOVERNMENT:
Ahead of the 2019 governorship election in Imo State, a leading aspirant, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume and Mr. Osita Izunaso, yesterday, had a two-hour meeting with the national chairman of APGA, Dr. Victor Oye.
The two politicians who are in a running battle with Rochas Okorocha, arrived at the party secretariat in Abuja to perfect their formal defection to APGA from APC.
Meanwhile, business mogul, Mr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, who was at the party secretariat also to pick his Anambra South senatorial form, said he will not step down for Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu.
PDP said it was almost concluding discussions with more state governors and members of the National Assembly elected on the platform of APC ahead of their defection to the PDP. The party said it had already concluded discussions with six APC governors and 27 APC members in the National Assembly, The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said in a statement, in Abuja, on Wednesday, that the party had verified that discussions on control of party structures in the affected states and senatorial zones had also reached an advanced stage
Presidential aspirant of the Africa Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore has promised to legalise marijuana, popularly known as Igbo, if he is elected president in 2019. He said he would make the plant a major export commodity that would contribute to the growth of the country’s economy
Speaking at a function recently, the SaharaReporters publisher said that his promise should serve as an advance notice to NDLEA to stop its clampdown on citizens growing the popular weed. His words: “We have to start taking care of our weed, Igbo, such that we can also contribute to the GDP of the world. Some of the best weed in the world are grown in Ekiti State.
Some supporters of President Buhari have allegedly started making moves to take control of DSS ahead of the 2019 general polls, Punch reports. Newsmen on Sunday, September 2, gathered that the loyalists, who were working in collaboration with a cabal in the presidency, had already given the acting boss of the service, Mathew Seiyefa, who hails from Bayelsa state a signal that he might leave office soon. Some see this as a signal that he might be retired before the next general elections in 2019. The loyalists are reportedly uncomfortable with the fact that Seiyefa is from a state where the president is not very popular.
Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman of EFCC says Godswill Akpabio is still under investigation.
Akpabio, who left office as governor of Akwa Ibom state in 2015, had been grilled on several occasions by the EFCC overallegations of fraud. Leo Ekpenyong, a lawyer and activist, had petitioned the anti-graft agency, accusing Akpabio of “devising a means of enriching himself at the expense of the state” while in office. When Akpabio joined APC in August, he said the EFCC investigated and found nothing on him. He also dismissed the reports that he moved to the APC because of the fear of being witch-hunted by the commission.
David ‘Davido’ Adeleke, Afrobeats star, says he was often arrested by the police, through his father, in his early days in the music industry. The singer said his father was upset that he dropped out of Oakwood University in Alabama, US, to return home to pursue a music career. Davido, who was born in the US, said his father, a billionaire businessman, was hellbent on him finishing his tertiary education. The singer talked about his experience in an interview on Breakfast Club. He said: “When I was in college, that’s when the Nigerian, African (music) industry became big. Back then, it was 2face, D’banj and Psquare. Those were the three hottest singers back then.