Monday, February 10, 2014

APC is Like The Church of Satan – Pastor Tunde Bakare

Pastor Tunde Bakare
The General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly and former Vice Presidential candidate under the Congress for Progressive Change, Pastor Tunde Bakare has likened the leading opposition party, All Progressives Congress to the Church of Satan in a parable.

“APC is like a newly opened church of Satan with the evil as a Pastor which could not be distinguished by Nigerians from a true living Godly Church and hence could be mistaken for a real Church, even when it was made of thieves (Legitimate Pen Robbers), that is why they ganged up against Local Government fiscal Autonomy using crumbs from stolen accumulated wealth to bribe their thievery colleagues at Federal and State house of Assembly." Tunde Bakare said
“It is very clear that 5 Governors of APC in the west is far richer than their state and they have looted every penny from their state purse. People should be careful of this Rogues,” he added. Source: Daily Times

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

What Mandela Wrote In His Will...ANC, Staff, Family On High Priority

Nelson Mandela

Widespread international curiosity about the will of late former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela ended on Monday afternoon, when the document was read to members of the icon’s immediate family and was also made public.
As read by Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Mandela willed his $4.1 million estate to family members, the ruling African National Congress (ANC), his former staff and a number of local schools.

His third and last wife whom he married on his 80th birthday in 1998, Graca Machel will have half the estate under South African marital law; and although she has yet to make a decision, she is entitled to relinquishing her claims in favour of specified assets, such as properties in Mozambique, her native country. She has 90 days to decide

A part of the estate would be split among The Mandela Trust, The Nelson Mandela Trust, and The NRM Family Trust. The NRM Family Trust, which was set up to cater to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren numbering more than 30, gets R1.5million.

Each of his children, as well as some of his grand-children, will receive $300,000; while his grand children — the ones sired by his late son Makgatho — have been willed the posh house in Johannesburg, where he has mostly lived since his release from prison in 1990.

Executed by Mandela on 12th October 2004 with a first Codicil on 7th September 2005 and a second on 9th September 2008, the will could see ANC receive a portion of his royalties from books and other commercial outlets produced with his name and image. Mandela’s staff — even up to his personal assistant of many decades, Zelda Le Grange — will get R50,000 each.

Mandela’s personal chef, Xoliswa Ndoyiya could not contain her joy. “It really makes me happy”, she said. “I didn't think Tata [a native term for father] was thinking of leaving something for me”.

Wits University, Qunu Secondary School and Orlando West High School in Soweto were bequeathed R100 000 each.

Although the revered statesman’s family is known to be notoriously discordant, Moseneke, after reading the will on Monday, denied potential uproar over the provisional R46,000,000 estate but admitted that the mood at the will-reading was charged with emotion.

“I am not aware of any contest of any type and the will has been duly lodged and accepted”, Moseneke said.

Also part of the estate are a high-class house in Houghton, a modest one in Qunu as well as royalties from the sale of books, such as his famous autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom”, which some of his grandchildren have begun exploiting with a line of caps and sweatshirts featuring his image under the brand book’s brands. Also two of his granddaughters based in the United States have already starred in Being Mandela, a reality television show.

Click here to read executive summary the will here:

Rivers State Police Commissioner Joseph Mbu Removed

Joseph Mbu, who has had a controversial career as Rivers State Commissioner of Police, has been removed from his post, a source at police headquarters in Abuja has informed Sahara Reporters. The source said the commissioner is expected to leave his post at the end of this week. However, the source added that the police hierarchy has made no public announcement of Mr. Mbu’s removal.

The removal of CP Mbu, known to be a crony of Patience Jonathan, wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, is coming on the heels of threats by the leading opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC) to block all executive bills by President Jonathan until the political crisis believed to be instigated in Rivers State by the President and his wife is resolved.

As he sensed his planned removal from Rivers State, CP Mbu had placed adverts in a national newspaper to congratulate the Inspector General of Police Muhammed Abubakar. But those tricks did not work...

A police source told SaharaReporters that, barring any last-minute interference by President Jonathan, Mbu will be sent to the National Institute for Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru, Jos as a face-saving measure.

Mbu has been accused of working to undermine Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, a political foe to President Jonathan.

The controversial commissioner had often provided cover to members of the political opposition in Rivers State who have sought to cause violence in the state by attempting to hijack the state assembly in an illicit bid to impeach Amaechi using a man who said Patience Jonathan is his "Jesus Christ".

Monday, February 3, 2014

Why I Dumped PDP For APC – Atiku

The inter-party alignments in the nation’s polity ahead of the 2015 elections reached a high point yesterday: former vice president Atiku Abubakar formally announced his defection to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).Atiku said his decision to jump ship was because the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has become irredeemable. The PDP, the former vice president said, has abandoned the Nigerian people which voted it into power.Today, he is expected to submit a letter announcing his resignation from his party, the PDP. This confirms an exclusive report by a sister publication, LEADERSHIP Sunday, that Atiku would issue a statement yesterday announcing his decision to dump the PDP.But as Atiku prepares to officially declare today in Yola, the capital of his home state, Adamawa, there are strong indications that political pressure groups in the north have made a tactical retreat in the race for the presidential ticket of the PDP.The former vice president’s defection from the PDP, the second in eight years, came on the heels of nation-wide consultations with his political associates, majority of whom wanted him to join forces with the APC.In a press statement personally signed by him, Atiku expressed disappointment that the PDP had derailed from the ideals of its founding fathers, just as he said he had been unjustifiably excluded and denied his rights and privileges as a former vice president.The statement entitled “AFTER CONSULTATION, IT IS TIME TO MOVE TO APC. LET THE BRIDGE-BUILDING CONTINUE” reads:“In 2006, as a result of my firm stand in defence of our constitution and our democracy, my supporters and I were pushed out of our party, the Peoples Democratic Party, a party that we worked tirelessly with other compatriots to build as a vehicle to restore democracy to our country.“We later returned to that party in 2009 when a new leadership of the party and the country promised a new direction, a direction of inclusiveness, of internal democracy, of an end to impunity, adherence to the rule of law and respect for the dignity of members and Nigerians.“Sadly, however, those promises have not been kept.  In addition, the PDP continues to be beset with many crises, mostly leadership-induced crises.  It has since lost touch with Nigerians and efforts made by many well-meaning members and stakeholders to bring it back to the vision of the founders have been rebuffed.“To demonstrate the seriousness of the challenges and bring public attention to it, I and some other leaders and stakeholders staged a walkout during the party’s last convention in Abuja.“As I speak, most of the issues that led to that walk-out are yet to be addressed.  Many founding members of the PDP, I included, continue to be marginalized and excluded from the affairs of the party. For instance, as a former Vice President, I am by virtue of the PDP constitution, a member of the party’s Board of Trustees and its National Executive Committee.  However, I am not invited to the meetings of those organs nor consulted on their decisions, apparently because I dared to exercise my right to contest in the party’s primary election for a chance to be its flag-bearer in the 2011 elections.“We have, therefore, concluded that that party cannot be redeemed. In short the PDP has abandoned Nigerians, the very people who gave it life and many electoral victories.“More worrisome though is the danger posed to the continued existence of this country by this culture of impunity and arbitrariness.  We continue to have threats from officially protected political extremists.  Increasingly our people are recklessly being divided along the lines of religion, ethnicity and region for political gains.“Our history and that of many other countries in Africa and Eastern Europe ought to teach us that this is very dangerous and must stop. We can and we must do better. Our people deserve better.“It is against this background that we should understand the visit by the leaders of the APC and their invitation to me to join hands with them to save the country.  Consequently, I have been consulting my supporters and associates, my family and friends for the past few weeks.“My decision may not satisfy some of my friends and associates. In the end, however, I have to put the interest of our country first.  This country has done so much for me personally and it deserves all that we can do to help rebuild it and serve our people better.“Following this extensive consultative process, I have, therefore, decided to cast my lot with the APC, a party of change committed to the improvement of the lives of our people and to the continued existence and development of Nigeria as one indivisible country.  My resignation letter as a member of the PDP will be delivered to the party tomorrow.“This is the right decision.    As in 2006 it is the struggle for democracy and constitutionalism and service to my country and my people that are driving my choice and my decision.“Let me emphasize that this is not about me. We have to have a country before people can aspire to lead it, but as it is today we may be losing this country. That is not acceptable.“I encourage my political associates and friends to register and join the APC once the registration exercise commences, so that together we can change this country for the better.“The process of building a nation, of securing and deepening democracy is indeed difficult.  And it is not a lineal process.  There would be alignment and realignment of political forces. There would be ups and downs and zig-zags, triumphs and challenges.  Amidst all that, patriots must remain focused and do what has to be done to save and build the country and serve our people better.“That is what I have decided to do. I will do all within my God-given powers to help the APC win elections all over Nigeria and bring true change to our country and its long-suffering people.”Although it could not be confirmed if the decision of the former vice president was in line with the northern intelligentsia’s desire to restrict its quest for the 2015 presidency to the opposition APC, LEADERSHIP learnt that one of the political parties, Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), in which Atiku has stakes might not field a presidential candidate in the 2015 race.In the thinking of those in the know of the move, it amounts to “sheer waste of time” to insist that President Goodluck Jonathan should not run in the 2015 presidential election based on an alleged one-term pact he had with governors of the PDP in 2011.Besides, the northern strategists’ belief that no northern politician will be formidable enough within the PDP to give Jonathan a fight for the party’s presidential ticket informed the re-direction of political posture ahead of the race.The chairman of the Northern Elders Forum(NEF), Professor Ango Abdulahi, confirmed to LEADERSHIP that the 2015 race would be a straight two-way contest between President Jonathan and the presidential candidate of the APC.The former vice chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, said he was sure that no other party will field a presidential candidate of northern extraction aside the APC. The aim is to maximize bloc votes, he said. He spoke before Atiku’s defection to the APC was made public yesterday.“Let us wait and see what will happen in 2015; I can bet you that no other party, not even the PDM, will field a candidate for the contest because doing so will divide our votes; so we won’t take such risk.“All we know is that only the APC, from all indications, will guarantee the presidential ticket going to the north; as such, we are desirous to galvanise the necessary support across the region to ensure that all presidential materials in the north are rallied into APC,” he said.Meanwhile, indications that the PDM might not field a presidential candidate in 2015 as predicted by Abdulahi emerged yesterday as the party threw its weight behind Atiku’s desire for the presidency.Atiku is yet to declare for the 2015 presidential race but the PDM in a communiqué at the end of its national leadership meeting on Monday, January 27, 2014, said: “The meeting received former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, GCON, Turaki Adamawa, in continuation of his nationwide consultation on political developments in the country. The former Vice President addressed the meeting and sought opinion regarding his political future from the floor.