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I Regrets Supporting Buhari’s Presidential Candidacy – Dino Melaye



I Regrets Supporting Buhari’s Presidential Candidacy - Dino Melaye

Despite canvassing for him at the 2015 presidential election, Senator Dino Melaye has said that President Muhammadu Buhari was the biggest scam ever pulled in Africa.

Dino stated this during an interview on Channels Television monitored by Newsrand on Friday.

He added that he is full of regret for supporting the candidacy of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

Six years down the line, the former federal lawmaker having dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked God and Nigerians for forgiveness, noting that this current administration is the worst in the nation’s history.

His words; “I apologise to God almighty who is the supreme controller of the universe and Nigerians for supporting Buhari,” he said during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“The Buhari agenda is the greatest scam that came out of Africa. The Buhari presidency in 2015 is the greatest scam that came out of Africa.

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“The subject Buhari is the greatest that came out of Africa. Once I was blind, now I can see. How can one remain in a political party and support the presidency with what is happening today in Nigeria? I regret seriously supporting that because we were scammed,”.

On Atiku’s qualification for the 2023 presidential election Dino said although he is qualified to aspire for the highest office in the land, he (Melaye) is not in a position to speak for the ex-Vice President.

Atiku Abubakar is qualified in all ramifications to run for the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is not for me to ask him to run or not to run. Whether he should or not, my opinion is immaterial.

“When we get to the presidential primaries, I will vote for an aspirant I feel is qualified to run for the PDP. That is my personal opinion,” he added.


EFCC Confirms Okorocha’s Arrest



EFCC Confirms Okorocha's Arrest

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has confirmed the arrest of former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha.

Addressing the media, the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren said Okorocha was arrested in Abuja on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Uwujaren, however, declined to comment on the reason for the arrest of the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District.

When asked, the EFCC official said, “It is true, he (Okorocha) was arrested today in Abuja but we are not giving details.”

Okorocha’s latest arrest is coming weeks after operatives of the Imo State Police Command arrested him in February for allegedly unsealing Spring Palm Estate linked to his wife, Nkechi.

Prior to his arrest, the Imo State Government had sealed the estate and other properties it claimed to have been “diverted” by Okorocha and his family members but the Senator has since said the properties were legitimately his own and that of his family members.

The ex-governor has however been at loggerheads with his successor, Hope Uzodinma, who has vowed to recover all “diverted” assets.

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Uzodinma To Igbos: Don’t Lose Hope In Nigeria



Uzodinma To Igbos: Don't Lose Hope In Nigeria

Hope Uzodinma, the Governor of Imo State, has advised the Igbo ethnic group “to jettison every action and activity that would reduce the high stake (their) region has in the country so as to produce the next president of Nigeria.”

Uzodinma said this in Owerri, the Imo State capital when he welcomed his counterparts from the other states of the South-East and stakeholders of the region to its first security summit.

“Igbo are major stakeholders in Nigeria as they constitute the second largest population of every city in Nigeria,” he said.

“Our people have more stake in real estates in virtually all the major cities in the country, our people control the commanding height of commerce all over the country.”

According to the governor, no ethnic group in Nigeria is more united than the Igbo.

“We, the Igbo are more united than any other ethnic nationality in Nigeria, through our shared struggle, our chequered history and our deep-rooted extended family traditions and brotherhood makes our values, beliefs, commitment to a united Nigeria, beyond reproach,” he stated.

Continuing, he revealed that at a time when the peace in the region is threatened by some “dissident groups” who have taken up arms and created the impression that the Igbo want to leave Nigeria to create their own nation called Biafra.

“What Ndigbo wants is justice, equity and fairness. A Nigeria that provides a level playing ground for all citizens. That is what we want, not Biafra. And we believe we can get what we want through constructive and tenacious engagement with fellow Nationals and relevant institutions, not by violence or war. Igbo have seen war, not in storybooks or in movies but real war. No right-thinking Igbo, who experienced the excruciating and devastating effects of the civil war on Igboland and our people, will vote for another war. The young and inexperienced may zealously want to beat the drumbeat of war, but it is our duty, as their parents and elders to talk them out of it.

“Those creating the erroneous impression that Igbo want to leave Nigeria are either naive or mischievous. Igbos need Nigeria just like Nigeria and Nigerians need Igbo,” he added.

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Tinubu Not A Right Candidate For 2023 Election – Newsrand Readers



Tinubu Not A Right Candidate For 2023 Election – Newsrand Readers

There are indications that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be running for the nation’s highest seat – The Presidency.

When asked if Tinubu was the right choice for Nigerians, and if he would be voted for at the 2023 elections, the majority of Newsrand Readers showed disapproval.

This poll was carried out at NEWSRAND official Twitter handle, with over 74% saying they won’t vote for the former Lagos State Governor if the elections were held.

The former Lagos State Governor who has been showing interest lately in running for the seat in 2023 is clearly not NEWSRAND readers’ choice.

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Tinubu has been linked with controversies lately, with the famous one being the Lekki Toll Gate Shooting.

Many Nigerians believed that he ordered the Tollgate shooting on the 20th of October, in other to protect his investment in the state.

An insignificant amount believe in the rule of Bola Tinubu, as they expressed their support for him.

He is believed to have contributed majorly to the growth of Lagos State.

Tinubu managed a state in which its urbanization rate rapidly increases yearly, out of total dependency on statutory allocations from federal accounts.

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Another reason added as a plus for the Jagaban was how he led a protest with other pro-democratic politicians who believed in the restoration of democracy, to challenge the then-military regime led by the late Gen. Sani Abacha.

Some others ask for options more interesting and vibrant than the Asiwaju of Lagos, as they yearn for  youths to take control of the country.

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