Saturday, April 4, 2015

EXCLUSIVE: Oby Ezekwesili negotiating to be appointed Coordinating Minister for the Economy in Buhari govt

Feelers from ongoing consultations within APC circles on appointments in the incoming administration of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, indicate that former Education Minister and leader of the Bring Back Our Girls movement, Oby Ezekwesili, is currently in talks with APC leaders, towards being made Finance Minister.
A source within the APC hierarchy told The Nigerian Times that the former Minister turned activist has equally indicated interest in the post of Coordinating Minister for the Economy, a position created by the Goodluck Jonathan administration and currently held by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Our source however says that while the party’s leadership is not unwilling to consider Ezekwesili for the post of Finance Minister, they appear reluctant to make her the Coordinating Minister for the Economy.
It was not clear as at the time of filing this report, whether the party’s reluctance in this regard is as a result of not wanting to continue with the Coordinating Minister post in the new government, or whether it has penciled down some other person for the job.
Though Ezekwesili is not a card carrying member of the All Progressives Congress, she has for long been closely associated with key figures in the party.
She has equally been one of the harshest critics of the Jonathan administration, the high point of her hostility towards the government being her institution of the Bring Back Our Girls movement, in the wake of the Chibok schoolgirls’ abduction in April last year.
She had severely criticised Jonathan’s handling of the Economy, accusing the government of mismanagement of resources.
Ezekwesili, a chattered accountant, was a key member of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s economic team, serving at a time as the pioneer head of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit (also known as the Due Process Unit).
She later served as Minister of Solid Minerals and then Education, following which she proceeded to the World bank as Vice President Africa division, when President Obasanjo’s tenure ended in 2007.
Since her return from the World Bank assignment in 2012, there has been a seeming cold war between her and Okonjo-Iweala, with whom she shares the pedigree of having worked with the World bank.
Okonjo-Iweala, who holds a PhD in Regional Economics, was one of the Managing Directors of the World bank from 2007 to 2011, when she returned to Nigeria to take up appointment with the Jonathan government.
Many believe that the economy has done fairly well under her, given the peculiar record of it having become Afrca’s largest economy, producing annually, according to the Minister, about 1.6 million jobs.
Observers say that if Ezekwesili succeeds in her quest to have the management of the Economy vested on her, it may be time for her to show that she understands the Nigerian economy better than Okonjo-Iweala and the Jonathan administration.

Monday, October 27, 2014

BREAKING: Obama Admin. Officials Convicted Of Voter Fraud In Obama Election

If you thought that Obama’s 2008 election just didn’t seem right, it turns out you were on to something. At the end of last month, two Democratic officials from Indiana were arrested and convicted of ballot fraud. It appears that Obama truly wasn’t eligible to be on the ballot.

Chairman Butch Morgan Jr. from St. Joseph County was convicted of felony conspiracy to commit petition fraud and forgery. Dustin Blyth, who served on the Board of Elections, was charged with felony forgery and several counts of making a false petition. Both men were charged and convicted for submitting fake names and signatures on petitions that were designed to get Obama and Hillary Clinton onto the 2008 primary ballots. Morgan seems to have been the driver of the actions.

County Sheriffs have uncovered that many locals of St. Joseph county appeared on the petitions, although they have sworn they never signed them.

Unfortunately, the case wasn’t brought to the court until 2011, when Lucas Burkett of the Board of Registration decided that he felt too guilty to continue carrying the secret. Authorities determined that had the criminal action not taken place, Obama probably wouldn’t have appeared on the ballot in St. Joseph County.

What do you think should be done about the fraud?€

Omisore (PDP) Receives More Valid Votes may be swear in as

The proceeding at Osun election has indicted that the likelihood of Osun state having a new chief executive in the next few weeks is very high.

The tribunal's manual inspection and re-counting of ballot papers used for the election exposed that over one hundred thousand invalid votes were dumped in favour of Governor Aregbesola in almost all the Local authorities in the states.

Majority of these thumb printed ballot papers are from Ekiti state election in favour of Aregbesola (APC), were discovered in local government like Osogbo, Olorunda, Ejigbo, Ede North, Irewole, Ila-Orogun, Irepodun and others Aregbesola (APC) claimed he won.

Tribunal adjourned sitting to 30th of October, 2014 with newly appointed Judges as members. Justice E.N. Ikpejime from Benue State, will serve as chairman, Justice V.I Ofesi from Delta State and Justice Kutigi from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja are members.

As things stands now Omisore secured more valid votes in the Osun state governorship election and according to Hope for Nigeria, if the new Tribunal members confirm the re-counted results, Osun state will surely be having a new governor in couple of weeks to come.

Source: AIT NEWS

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Muhammadu Buhari: Running For President With An Anti-Corruption Bank Loan, By Femi Aribisala

One thing is for sure: Muhammadu Buhari would like to be the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has tried three times and has failed every time. Finally realizing it is a lost cause, he said he would not try again. But now he is persuaded to try again. His supporters are impressed that he won 12 million votes against Goodluck Jonathan in 2011. However, they need to be reminded that he lost to Jonathan by over 10 million votes.
Since the third time did not turn out to be a charm for Buhari, what are we to call his fourth attempt? Listening to the declaration of his new-fangled presidential bid in Eagles’ Square, Abuja a few days ago, it is seems this fourth time is going to be one big charade.
The sign was provided by none other than Buhari himself. Since his one credential is that he is a man of integrity who, as president, is expected to wrestle corruption down to the ground, Buhari decided to burnish his anti-corruption image by revealing that he obtained his 27.5 million naira APC nomination form with a bank loan. However, what this declaration did was to tell Nigerians that Buhari is a pretentious anti-corruption crusader. His Mr. Clean posture is nothing but a public relations gimmick.
Question marks
In fairness, some of us have known this all along. Under Buhari’s watch as Petroleum Minister in the late 1970s, $2.8 billion (worth billions of naira today) was missing from the NNPC account. The matter was subject to Senate investigation under the chairmanship of Olusola Saraki in 1983. But before the report could be dealt with, Buhari conveniently overthrew the Shagari government
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Vera Ifudu, an NTA newscaster, revealed that Saraki told her in an interview that the missing money was traced to Buhari’s account at Midland Bank in London. For this disclosure, Vera was summarily sacked by the NTA. However, she appealed against her dismissal in court and won. She even received a handsome financial compensation for wrongful dismissal from the NTA. Instead of clearing his name as a man of integrity, Buhari refused to appear before the Oputa Panel set up to look into the matter (among under things) by the Obasanjo administration.
Buhari claims to be an anti-corruption crusader, nevertheless, he agreed to serve under Sani Abacha, one of the most corrupt Heads-of-State ever in the history of Nigeria. While there has been no proven allegation that Buhari corruptly enriched himself as Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund under Abacha, it is abundantly clear that this fabled anti-corruption crusader failed to curb the rampant corruption that prevailed in the organization. Group Captain Usman Jibrin, a board member of PTF, resigned from the organization in protest over Buhari’s irregular appointments of consultants.
In 2000, the Obasanjo administration set up an Interim Management Committee to look into the affairs of the PTF, under the chairmanship of Haroun Adamu. The Committee discovered that billions of naira was stolen under Buhari’s chairmanship.
Political platform
Now the same Buhari who would not or could not curb corruption in the PTF wants us to believe he will fight corruption as president of Nigeria. However, he has chosen the APC as the political platform on which to undertake this. But the APC is an unscrupulous political party that is choc-full of corrupt politicians. It is the party of Murtala Nyako who was impeached as governor of Adamawa State for converting state money to personal use. It is the party where Buhari himself and others went cap-in-hand to Otta to beg Obasanjo to be their “navigator.”
Surely Buhari knows that he cannot fight corruption by being the presidential candidate of the APC. Whatever anti-corruption crusading Buhari had in him in the past must have ended when he decided to join the APC. Should he become president, does he intend to probe his corrupt party-members? Has he made them understand he would be coming after them once elected? If he has, does he really expect them to help him get elected so he can retrieve their stolen loot and send them off to jail?
A 72 year-old man with Buhari’s experience, who was overthrown in a preemptive coup by members of his own government, knows that in Nigeria, nobody gets elected as president on the platform that he is going to be an anti-corruption crusader when he gets into office. That is a sure signal for all the politicians in all the parties to gang up against him and make sure he never makes it.
If you really want to be anti-corruption, you have to keep your mouth shut about your plans until you get elected and then catch your corrupt colleagues by surprise. You must also have resolved not to seek re-election for a second-term. It is not only the populace, but the politicians in particular, who insist on “stomach infrastructure.” But if you are talking anti-corruption while still seeking the nomination of your party, it must be because it is well known to your corrupt colleagues that your anti-corruption stance is merely for public consumption.
Cleaning up APC
It is not surprising, therefore, that despite all the noise about anti-corruption coming from Buhari and his cohorts; he has failed to fight against corruption in the APC. We did not hear him raise a voice against the incongruity of a so-called progressive party demanding a cynical nomination fee of 27.5 million naira for its presidential primaries. One would have expected a truly anti-corruption crusader to make the point that the nomination fee is unacceptable. Instead, Buhari readily acquiesced to the requirement in order to safeguard his all-important presidential ambitions.
Since Buhari cannot, or does not, fight against this corrupting nomination fee in the APC, and insist on its reduction to something far more reasonable, how can he expect us to believe that as president in a political system with the separation of powers; against a legislature likely to be controlled by the PDP; he would be able to fight corruption? Somebody is fooling somebody here. Or else, somebody is living in a cloud cuckoo land.
Charity, they say, begins at home. If Buhari is truly anti-corruption, he should begin his crusade in the APC. Is it progressive for a political party in Nigeria to ask its candidates to come up with 27.5 million just for the nomination papers for an election where only one person will emerge as the winner? Is it not corrupt politicians that are likely to have this type of easy-come easy-go money? Is this not an open invitation for the winner, if he actually manages to secure election to the presidency, to recoup this extortionate fee from public funds?
Anti-corruption bank loan
What did anti-corruption Buhari do about this outrageous APC requirement? This is where the whole matter becomes ridiculously implausible. According to Buhari, rather than fight against the measure, he took out a ban loan to pay for it.
Buhari told us about his “loan” out of embarrassment; in a pathetic bid to validate his anti-corruption credentials. But this so-called loan indicates that Buhari does not understand what it means to be anti-corruption. For Buhari, anti-corruption is a posture; it is a swagger; it is a badge; but it has no bite and, in the usual Nigerian fashion, it will be prosecuted with hypocrisy.
Buhari wants us to believe that he cannot afford 27.5 million naira. Nevertheless, he rides around in a bullet-proof Jeep and maintains a convoy of Land Cruisers. He cannot afford 27.5 million naira. Nevertheless, he declared his candidacy lavishly in Eagle Square, Abuja. Did he also take out a bank loan for that? Four months to a make-or-break election, Buhari would have us believe he has no money. How does he propose to finance his presidential campaign? Is he going to take 1 billion naira loan from the World Bank for this?
Dubious loan
Why would a bank lend Buhari that amount for a presidential pie-in-the-sky that failed to materialize three times in the past? Is that not likely to be a bad loan? How long did it take for the loan to be processed? What did he put down as anti-corruption collateral? How does he propose to pay the money back? Mr. Integrity needs to spell all this out for the sake of his fast-disintegrating anti-corruption credentials.
I did not know loans are so easy to secure in Nigerian banks today. Perhaps Buhari could introduce me to his bank manager. I would also not mind taking this kind of soft loan. I am sure I can always come up with some unproductive excuse or the other for it. Is such a loan even legal today under Nigeria’s stricter banking laws?
How many honest Nigerians can afford to give a non-refundable 27.5 million naira to a political party, on the off-chance that they will be able to secure the party’s presidential ticket? If they win the nomination and even get elected president, how would they pay back the money?
Not presidential material
It is clear that Buhari is not only lacking the money to pay for APC nomination papers, he does not have the funds to pay for advisers, to counsel him about what to tell the public and how to prosecute an effective presidential campaign. His advisers might have educated him that there is something called “fund-raising.” Surely, the most popular politician in the North-West can find some of his ardent supporters to give him 27 million naira. Certainly, a former governor of the Central Bank can easily cough up the money.
Buhari wants to fight an election that will take place in four months time. From what he tells us, he does not have 27 million to prosecute that election now. If this is true, he is not the right man to be president of Nigeria. For a man who is running for election for the fourth time, that is the height of cluelessness. It shows Buhari is lousy at marshaling resources. Otherwise, he is fooling nobody but himself.

I wish my husband and Ronke Odusanya the best – Estranged wife

Folape Sokoya, wife of Femi Anibaba, has finally said that she wishes her estranged husband and his lover, Ronke Odusanya, a Yoruba movie star success in their relationship.

Recall that Ronke has been accused of snatching Folape’s husband which went viral in the media.

Ronke Odusanya, popularly called Flakky Ididowo, has however denied allegations that she was the cause of the broken marriage between Folape and Femi. Nevertheless she agreed to have established contact with the man, whom she claimed to have met through a friend as far back as 2008.

“During this our chat, I advised her to stay away from my home. In the event, I realize that she did not listen to my warning. I tried to make her understand that she is the problem between my husband and I.
“I thought Ronke Odusanya is a woman how wrong was I? I tried everything to make our marriage work. I started praying, begged him to come to counseling with me, and brought the Pastor to our home to help. He never gave our marriage a chance. After all, I decided to leave so that I can see my children grow up.
“Bukky, my friend has said most of what I have to say. I just want to remove my name and personality from all this. I am a very reserved and God fearing person. I do not believe in pulling and/or bringing images, career, or life of others down.

“I hope all will learn from all of these. It is easy to be swayed if you want to be swayed away. The decision to be or not to be is yours. God give us that choice to choose the right way or the wrong way.
“Well to let the sleeping dog lie. I am very well done with Femi Anibaba and his lies, betrayal, deceits and scandals. I have moved out of his home, move out of his life and moved on with my life. I am happy with my life and my children’s progress, God has been good to us.
“Femi is just one of those men that has “NO” content in their life, a self- centered, ignorant man who thinks only about himself. In all, I wish him and Ronke the best in life.”

$9.3m arms scandal: Pastor Adeboye defends Oristejafor

Airing his opinion on RCCG’s Facebook walls hours ago, Pastor Adeboye who is not known to react to controversial issues, wrote “One Anointed can not attack another Anointed. A Pastor can not attack another Pastor. Touch not MY Anointed is what God said.”

”Pastor Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor is a man of GOD I trust and I can personally vouch for him. I believe on the issue of his aircraft being chartered and the purpose it was used for, that he had no prior knowledge. I’m sure God will continue to build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail in JESUS name.” he stated.

Tuface Idibia finally Returns to Kennis Music

Tuface is teaming up with Kennis Music to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his first album under Kennis Music label - ''Face2Face". And sources say the widely respected musician is signing a deal. Here's what an insider source, who pleaded anonymity, told NET:
"2face and Kennis Music are planning something big, it’s more than just the celebration of his 10th anniversary. He has signed a new deal with Kennis Music and we would be working on a lot more."

Saturday, October 18, 2014

PHOTO: Pastor T.B Joshua carrying three bags of rice on his head.

This controversial pastor will not leave any stone untouch to shift the attention of the media away from his church that collapsed thereby killing hundred of worshipers. anyway no be my problem... dia ris God.


According to the source, both actresses were at a location in Abeokuta, Ogun State for a movie production. While they were waiting for the camera roll, someone slot in the music of Pasuma.
The source told our correspondence that the two popular actresses were almost at each other’s throat over Fuji music star, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma.
“While everybody jumped up to dance to the beat of the Fuji music star, someone just hissed. Fathia then looked back to inquire who hissed and she discovered that it was Flakky. A heated arguement ensued and they were about to exchange blows before they were separated,” the source said.
It was learnt that popular actor, Odunlade Adekola, actually intervened before peace could reign between the two actresses.
Recently-engaged Flakky and Pasuma used to be ‘very close’ friends until a couple of months ago. Speculations have been rife over the relationship blossoming into marriage, but the music star was said not to be forthcoming in taking the actress to the altar.
This was said to have riled the Olabisi Onabanjo University graduate actress who had to settle for her US-based secret lover, Femi Anibaba.