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Kalu describes Obasanjo as a comedian

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Following the comment credited to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, which was published in national dailies, that he was yet to officially join any of the political parties, a former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has described such comment as one of Obasanjo’s publicity stunts to always distract Nigerians.

Kalu, however, has charged Nigerians not to take Obasanjo seriously, because he is a man who knows how to destroy Nigeria, while at the same time pretending to love the country.

The former governor, who is also the President of Slok Group, a world-wide business empire, has described Obasanjo as a turncoat and not a patriot he has always portrayed himself to be.

Obasanjo is a man who would say that Nigeria needs ‘Do-tanks’ and not ‘Think-tanks’. But he would be quick to reverse his statement at any given point in time, when he sees any opportunity that calls for him to do so, Kalu says. Obasanjo does not speak brightly, but comically.

He wants people to laugh for him on even serious matters of discourse. Obasanjo wants the international com­munity to see him as an innocent per­son,

Kalu said at a public enlightenment programme on the electoral process, organised by the Organisation of Tad­hamunul Muslimeen and the Ogun State chapter of The Muslim Congress and that the international community was watching us.

Kalu said that Nigeri­ans did not mind Obasanjo and his call on the international community, saying that whatever Nigeria has become to­day, Obasanjo made her. Obasanjo does not know how un-seriously people take him. Obasanjo’s posture and move to influence the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has been rejected by many people.

Remember that a senator from Edo State is vehemently opposed to Obasanjo’s Think-tank report submitted to Buhari.

In response to Obasanjo, the law­maker simply asked in a commentary “How can Obasanjo be preparing a blueprint for Buhari? A Bini parable says, ‘how can an impotent man get medicine for his brother, who suffers weak Attention?”

The senator regretted that some great Nigerians followed Obasanjo as members of the ‘Think-tank’ forgetting that he was the father of ‘do-or-die’ poli­tics in Nigeria.

So, Kalu wondered, what is Obasanjo ‘Think-tanking’?

Kalu said the Senator said further about Obasanjo, “Wonders will never end! How can Obasanjo who allegedly wasted eight years in government pur­suing perceived enemies and tried to ruin the legislative and judicial arms of government in Nigeria; wasted $16 bil­lion on power and not a single kilowatt of energy was produced, destroyed Al­adja Steel, Itakpe Steel, Ajaokuta Steel, NITEL, just to mention a few FGN para­statals, now begin to advise Buhari? How can Obasanjo, whose government received, in one year, revenue equiva­lent of the total revenue that IBB regime received in eight years, with nothing to show for it, be handing over blue-print to the Buhari administration?”

Kalu said he saw by 2012 that Nigeria was a country that was going through evolution and decided to keep to him­self. Kalu who has been a business­man before age of 26, remains a fo­cused and reputable businessman.

He says Obasanjo is a billionaire today, who could not afford N10,000 when they formed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998, with the likes of Atiku Abubakar and Obasanjo was declared the winner of the 1999 elec­tion, just having N20,000 in his savings anywhere. The former governor said Obasanjo was one president all over the world who ruled his country from the airspace, because he was always jet­ting everywhere in the world.

Kalu said he parted ways with Obasanjo, as governor, because Obasanjo was joking with the country and Nigerians .

The business mogul said that it’s un­fortunate that Obasanjo has lied his way to fame. Kalu maintained that he was going to forward letters to the United Nations Secretary General, the European Union and the United States and all other major powers that all those who have served in Nigeria should come forward to disclose their sources of wealth.

He said he was going to request in the letter that Nigerian leaders should explain how they bought houses in Vic­toria Island and Maitama, Abuja.

Let the world know who the real thieves are.

You cannot be calling people thieves when the real thieves are walking free on the streets of Nigeria.

Kalu added, “It is not fair to me in particular because I know that at the formation of PDP, I contributed N500 million in 1998 and I don’t know how many of them owned N500 million in 1998. But today I am a thief.

I also contributed almost $1 million to Obasanjo’s campaign in 1998, when no­body had no penny to give. Why I am a thief today is what I don’t understand.” When Obasanjo called the National As­sembly corrupt, Kalu rebuffed him, say­ing that he had no moral justification to call any Nigerian a thief. Kalu said that Obasanjo made the country the way it is today.

The former governor added that Obasanjo caused every problem Nigeri­ans are facing in Nigeria today.

Obasanjo has no moral right to say anybody is corrupt.

Even when Kalu was in office, Kalu told him that corruption was under Obasanjo’s table, but Nigerians were yet to listen.

He says this was a fact that Ameri­cans, British, Germans and the French all knew.

The people of these countries don’t respect Obasanjo.

Kalu commended the National As­sembly for its intention to probe the power sector.

Concluding, Kalu said, it’s only in Ni­geria that Obasanjo is buying his way through comedy, yet many people do not take him seriously.

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Presidential Primaries: Disquiet as PDP loses Eagle Square to APC

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may now be forced to use the MKO Abiola Stadium in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for its May 28 presidential primary according to new developments.

The APC was said to have used the influence of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Muhammed Musa Bello, to quickly reserve the Eagles Square for its presidential primary scheduled to hold between May 30 and June 1.

The PDP had during its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting ratified the conduct of the presidential primary (special national convention) to elect its presidential candidate on Saturday, May 28 to Sunday, May 29, 2022 in Abuja.
The venue, has, however, become an issue as the APC had already fixed the venue of its convention at Eagle Square, Abuja, where PDP had its special convention to elect its national officers in October, last year.
In its letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the PDP, it was learnt, stated that it will hold its convention at the MKO Stadium, Abuja.
The venue, some stakeholders of the party, who do not want their names mentioned, said the place is too small for where the presidential primary should take place.
It was noted that the party is expecting about 3,700 delegates with about 10,000 supporters and staff, while the capacity of the facility, where the primary will take place at the MKO Stadium, is about 7,000.
The party stakeholders have expressed sadness that the venue will not be able to accommodate the delegates, supporters and friends of aspirants.
Of more concern, the stakeholders said is that, according to the schedule of PDP activities, the party was supposed to publish the names of delegates on Tuesday and that has not been done.

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Shekarau dumps APC for NNPP

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Ibrahim Shekarau

Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau, a former Kano State Governor, has officially dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) and joined the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

This was confirmed on Tuesday via a terse statement on the official Twitter account of the NNPP.

The statement, which reads: “Finally: Sen Ibrahim Shekarau Join Us”, was shared alongside a photo of Senator Shekarau and Senator Ibrahim Kwankwaso.

Recall that there had been some back and forth about Shekarau’s planned defection to the NNPP, with some power brokers in the APC said to be negotiating with the former governor not to leave the ‘broom party.’

However, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso has been at the helm of the vanguard, working to ensure Shekarau’s defection from the APC to the NNPP.

On Sunday, Kwankwaso stormed the residence of Shekarau in Kano to work out details of the defection.

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INEC gives APC, PDP, others deadlines

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Ahead of primaries, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given deadlines to political parties on nomination and withdrawal of candidates.

The electoral commission also foreclosed the adjustment of election timetable.

In line with its guidelines, INEC has directed the parties to submit lists of delegates for elective offices to it, seven days to the date of the primary.

Both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) submitted designated centres for their national conventions to INEC yesterday.

APC opted for the Eagle Square while the PDP chose the Velodrome at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

It was learnt that unlike in the past, the commission decline to bend the rules so as not to distort the timelines for the 2023 poll.

The commission has fixed the last day for withdrawal of candidate(s) and the replacement of withdrawn candidate(s) for July 15 (Presidential and National Assembly) and August 12 for governorship and Houses of Assembly.

Also, while the last day for submission of nomination forms for presidential and National Assembly election is August 8, the curtains will be drawn for governorship and Houses of Assembly on August 18.

The publication of final list of nominated candidates will be on September 20 (Presidential and National Assembly elections) and October 4 for other strands.

But the public campaign for the presidential and National Assembly elections will kick off on September 28 and that of the governorship and Houses of Assembly is from October 4.

According to a top official of INEC, the parties have been notified of the timelines for appropriate guidance.

The guidelines read in part: “In compliance with Article 4.5.1 of the INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Political Party Primaries, a political party that adopts the indirect primary mode, shall make available to the commission not later than seven days to the date of the primary, the list of persons that will form the delegates that are eligible to vote for nomination of the party candidate to contest every elective position. “

“The list of delegates shall be accompanied with the list of aspirants and the list of the party Electoral panel conducting the primary.

“In compliance with Section 84(9-11) of the Electoral Act 2022, a political party that adopts the Consensus Primary mode shall make available to the commission copies of the written consent of all aspirants cleared for the position indicating their endorsement of the consensus candidate who shall then be ratified by a special congress or convention

“In compliance with Section 84 of the Electoral Act 2022, primaries and voting by members or delegates of a political party to nominate candidates for elective positions shall hold at designated centres within the respective national, state, senatorial, federal and state constituencies.

“Primaries held outside designated constituencies shall accordingly be invalid.”

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