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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured the southeast once again of benefits from his government in view of the infrastructural arrangement being made.

He spoke yesterday at the Alex Ekwueme square in Awka, during the grand campaign for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Dr Tony Nwoye.

The election will hold on Saturday.

The crowd was massive. Apart from leaders, there were 12 governors, 18 ministers and many senators in attendance.

The president said: ”l’m very impressed with the organisation and we are hopeful that the APC will bounce back and its candidate elected as governor on Saturday.

”Ndigbo will benefit immensely on our plans on infrastructure and I know that my government and our party have not lost sight of the promises we made during our campaigns (in 2015).”

The late Dim Chukwuemka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s son Emeka (Jr) defected to the APC at the rally.

He was handed APC’s broom symbol by National Chairman Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, who declared that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) dead. Governor Wille Obiano is contesting for reelection on APGA’s ticket.

Oyegun said: “It is time for Ndigbo to move from the periphery to the centre, it is time to move from the shadows to the mainstream.”

Ojukwu said: “I’m here to support Mr President and Tony Nwoye as the next governor of Anambra state.”

Oyegun said Anambra people had promised to give the state to the President as a gift.

He said Anambra must be re-connected to the centre being the gate way to the southeast. He said APC’s victory had been signed and sealed.

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2019 Elections: Collect Bribe, It’s Your Money —- Fashola Tells Voters

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has advised Nigerians to collect the bribes offered by politicians during the 2019 general elections.

He said the money had been stolen from them and that voters should not reject such offer.

NAN reports that Fashola spoke during the continuation of his neighborhood consultations/campaign for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 to two wards in Surulere Local Government of Lagos on Sunday.

Speaking on vote buying, he said, “they would want to bribe you, if they bring the money collect it because it is your money that they stashed away, but, don’t sell your conscience.

“You must make a sensible choice in the interest of yourselves and your children.”

At his own ward G3, Fashola reeled out the achievements of Buhari which included improved power supply.

He said that 108 metering companies have been given licenses to supply meters to address problem of discriminatory and arbitrary billing in the electricity sector.

“It is the solution of our government by the President to intervene in the metering gaps, people were licensed as Gencos and Discos.

“Discos have the contract to supply meters and we hear the concerns of citizens now saying that they want meters because their bills are going up.

“So the President and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the proposal for us supported by the law, the Electric Power Sector Reform, with that, we can license new operators within a licensed area.

“So this time, we are going to create new businesses for meter suppliers under a Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme. That policy has been approved.

“Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has made the regulations around which it will work; 108 companies, small businesses that will also create employments because those companies are now going to be the suppliers of meters.

“They are going to employ people to install the meters, they are going to buy meters, they are going to make meters,’’ he said.

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Presidential Debate: Buhari, Atiku Boycotted The Event Because Of Their Arrogance —- Moghalu

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The Presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, Moghalu Kingsley on Saturday highlighted reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar boycotted the presidential debate.

Abubakar, who arrived the venue of the debate in Abuja, had worked out of the event after Buhari failed to attend.

However, Moghalu insisted that both presidential candidates boycotted the event due to arrogance.

Speaking during the debate, the former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, deputy governor said both candidates can’t answer questions to be asked.

According to Moghalu: “Arrogance: They believe Nigerians will always come to them.

“They have a sense of entitlement but not a record of service to the people of Nigeria.

They cannot answer the questions to be asked tonight.”

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APC Reacts To Atiku’s Visit To US, Says ”A Thief Remains A Thief Anywhere”

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The US chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the recent visit of former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar to Washington DC.

Atiku, who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), visited the US after 13 years, and for the first time since he left office as Nigeria’s vice-president.

But the party in a statement issued by Adeshegun Labinjo, chairman, US chapter of APC said the visit does not absolve Atiku of the purported corruption allegations against him and he should still be held accountable.

The statement read: “the questionable character of the individual does not evaporate because he has stepped on the soil of America

“A thief remains a thief no matter where he or she visits. Obviously, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku has every reason to have kept off the USA given the cloak of corruption he is wearing,” the statement read.

“After a long spell of noticeable absence and factual concerns about Alhaji Abubakur Atiku’s antecedents in the USA arising from his dealings with former Congressman William Jefferson of Louisiana, who was convicted and served a jail term on account of bribery resulting from a telecommunication transaction in Nigeria, Atiku is now here again in the US.

“Congressional records point to the fact that Atiku engaged in money laundering through his wife who was then resident in the USA.

“We see Atiku, who is the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of Nigeria, as a self-centered corrupt Vice President under President Obasanjo’s regime.

“Certainly, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku‘s entry and presence in the USA is a mockery of President Bush Presidential Proclamation 7750 which affirms the denial of US visa to foreign officials involved with corruption and other supporting legislations by the congress. APC-USA believes that Alhaji Abubakar Atiku should be held accountable for his involvement in money laundering.”

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