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Obasanjo: I Knew Yar’Adua Was Sick Before Picking Him As My Successor

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Obasanjo: I Knew Yar’Adua Was Sick Before Picking Him As My Successor

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed that he knew his successor, Umaru Yar’Adua, was sick before he picked him.

In a virtual interview with academic and historian Toyin Falola, where he denied allegations that he deliberately put up weak candidates for selfish interests, Obasanjo said he took the decision because medical advice showed that Yar’Adua, who had a kidney transplant, was fit to act as President.

His words: “Let me tell you the story of Umaru Yar’Adua. I knew he was ill and before I put him forward, I asked for his medical report which he sent to me and I sent it to one of the best doctors of our time and a good friend of mine who died only last year –Professor Akinkugbe.

“I said look at it because it is confidential and he said to me that from this report, this man has had a kidney transplant and it is successful, he is no longer under dialysis.

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“And if you have a kidney transplant and it is successful, it is as good as if you didn’t have a kidney transplant at all. I accepted that and Umaru Yar’adua contested within the party and he contested within the country and came up.

“In the process of the campaign, I remember that he had to go for a medical checkup abroad and he was not around for a campaign here in Abeokuta.

“I called him because the rumour was that he had died. I called him on my telephone and put it on speaker. I said, ‘Umaru, are you dead or alive?’ and he said, ‘I am not dead, I am alive’.

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“Within a couple of days, he came back and reported that he was checked up and he was well. That was the position of Umaru Yar’adua and if anybody in his right sense will think that what I have done in that position was not right, I leave him in the hands of God.”

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Fayose: PDP Will Produce Nigeria’s Next President

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Fayose: PDP Will Produce Nigeria's Next President

Ayodele Fayose, the former governor of Ekiti State, has expressed his certainty that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), would produce Nigeria’s president in the 2023 general elections.

He also said he has no interest in the rumoured presidential ambition of All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, in 2023.

Fayose’s words: “Bola Tinubu is a leader in the West. It is a statement of fact” but noted that he has not met or spoken with the former Lagos State governor in years.

“I have never met former governor Ahmed Bola Tinubu in the last three years and I have never spoken with him on the phone once. So, I don’t how they are tying the relationship politically.

“To the best of my knowledge, I am not a member of APC. I have no influence on how he will become if he wants to become. I have no interest; the only interest I have is that a PDP president must be put in place.

“If this country exists for the peace and enjoyment of all us, we will not be talking about it is APC, it is PDP…A PDP man cannot attend a function with an APC man. An APC man cannot greet a PDP man, we can’t continue like that, it shows the level of hypocrisy.”

The ex-governor of Ekiti also said he has not abandoned his ambition to be Nigeria’s president. “The office of the president is a noble one and I will love to be the president of Nigeria if the opportunity permits,” Fayose stated.

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Samuel Ortom To Bala Mohammed: You Are A Terrorist

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Samuel Ortom To Bala Mohammed: You Are A Terrorist

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has profiled his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, as a terrorist.

Addressing journalists in Makurdi, Benue, Ortom said the manner in which Mohammed defended herdsmen recking havoc across the country, has proven that he’s one of them.

He said the Bauchi governor was part of the conspiracy against him, adding that with the manner Mohammed was attacking him, his life is no longer saved.

It would be recalled that the Bauchi governor had criticised Ortom when he accused him (Ortom) of creating a bad media campaign against Fulani ethnic group, stating that the situation had worsened the herder-farmer crisis.

Mohammed had further accused Ortom of criminalising the entire Fulani across the country.

Ortom, who reacted, said with the continuous support for Fulani herdsmen, his Bauchi counterpart “is one of the Fulani terrorists” that have invaded the country and terrorising innocent Nigerians.

He, however, asked his colleague in Bauchi to go back and study his oath of office, asking if the oath of office he took did not tell him that he should protect the constitution of Nigeria.

According to him, the constitution does not allow foreigners to enter the country and bear arms against Nigerians.

Ortom said, “Since he (Bala Mohammed) has chosen to vilify and intimidate me, I am compelled to think that he is one of the Fulani terrorists terrorising this country.

“Why did I say so? This is the same governor, who took an oath of office to protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The constitution does not give room to allow foreign-armed Fulani herdsmen, Tiv people or Yoruba, or any ethnic group to come in and to carry arms.

“But the Bauchi governor said every Fulani man is a global man; so, he could go anywhere at any time. It is quite disappointing to hear a governor who took the oath of office to say that.”

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Okorocha: Uzodinma Is No More Governing But Chasing Shadows

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Okorocha: Uzodinma Is No More Governing But Chasing Shadows

Rochas Okorocha, the former governor of Imo State, said his successor, Governor Hope Uzodinma, has dumped governance and now chasing shadows.

Addressing his supporters at Spibat mansion in Owerri, the state capital, Okorocha, who now represents Imo West at the Senate, said that Uzodinma may not end well in the office.

Okorocha accounted for what happened at the Royal Spring Palm Estate, Owerri, alleging that Uzodinma sent over 1,000 thugs to attack him and his aides.

Okorocha said, “The way Governor Hope Uzodinma is going, he may not end well as governor. Insecurity is ravaging all. Over ten houses were burnt in Oguta yesterday. He knows what he is doing. He wants everybody to fear him. Instead of him to face governance and pay salaries and secure the state, he is busy chasing shadows of violence.”

The Senator called on the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, to immediately arrest Uzodinma’s Special Adviser on Special Duties, Chinasa Nwaneri, and the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Youth Affairs, Eric Uwakwe, who he alleged led thugs to attack him at the estate.

Okorocha said, “I immediately call on the Inspector-General of Police to immediately arrest Chinasa Nwaneri and Eric Uwakwe. They are the aides of Governor Hope Uzodinma. They shot my aides and destroyed all my cars. If the police can’t arrest Chinasa Nwaneri who the bad record is known for, they have no right to arrest any citizen of this country. As a senator, I am going to put a formal petition to that effect.

“Hope Uzodinma wants to rule Imo State by intimidation. He is busy demolishing all my projects without building anyone. Uzodinma has taken a personal attack on me and my family. Uzodinma has reported to the EFCC and ICPC and there are probes against me yet he is bent on fighting me.

“Uzodinma used the police against me yesterday (Sunday). I, therefore, call on the IGP to probe the actions of the Government house, Owerri policemen. Their actions were questionable. Chinasa Nwaneri shot my aide and my son-in-law, Uzor Anwuka.

“Everybody knows that I was not poor before I became governor. Talking about the estate, I was the one who begged my wife to come back home and invest in our state so that our people will have employment.

“More than 200 gunshots were shot at my aides yesterday. Uzodinma must be called to question. The governor was using his position to aid thuggery. Before I went that estate on Sunday, I called the CP and the Director of DSS and they said they were not aware of the sealing of the estate, therefore, I went there to find those who sealed the estate without the approval of the police and the DSS and moreover, there was no court order. Uzodinma should not take my peaceful disposition for granted.”

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