The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari administration is dead because of its failure to delivery on the its campaign promises to the people.
The former Vice President noted that since the present government assumed office over four years ago, the Buhari administration has taken steps to promote widespread decadence in national economy, a development he lamented had produced unprecedented expansion in the level of poverty, unemployment and misery in the land.
Speaking on Monday at a political rally in Lokoja, Kogi State capital, Atiku criticised the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration for non-payment of salaries and allowances of workers.
He said: “The unemployment rate which is very prominent in Kogi State and the whole country is a disaster; you know our number one programme of the next PDP government is the creation of job. I want to commit to you before you that we will create as many jobs as possible to reduce the unemployment.
“The inland Ports which this government has abandoned, we started it; when you vote for PDP, we will come back and complete it for you. Kogi State is endowed with so many natural resources, look we want to convert those natural resources into tangible resources and the resources that can contribute to the improvement of your lives and that can bring development”.
He further stated: “We will make sure all the infrastructural development projects that had been abandoned are completed.
“I have always advocated for the restructuring of this country. If there is any state that is going to be beacon of progress, a beacon of hope after restructuring, is kogi State because Kogi State has all what it takes to be one of the most promising states in this country.
“Therefore, do not be deceived by APC, you have seen them, you have voted for them, what have they done in this four years? What have they done here in Kogi State? They can not even pay salaries and pensions. Schools are not working, hospitals are not working, this is a dead government and we have the opportunity to correct it now. We made the
mistake, I made the mistake, today, we have retraced our steps and we are determined to correct the mistake that has been made. How many of you will vote for PDP?”
He condemned what he called government tendencies to clampdown on opposition politicians stating specifically that “Kogi State has one of the most prominent young politicians in this country who has been a victim. Today, he is under detention, unlawful detention for that matter.
“Dino, Dino. Free Dino! Dino!! , Free Dino! , Free Dino!!” he shouted and the crowd chorused after him.
He assured Nigerians of his commitment to the revival of the power sector, stating that “Ajaokuta is the legacy of the PDP. The power stations, Geregu 1 and 2 are the legacies of PDP.
I am here to pledge to you that if you vote for PDP and you return me as President, all those projects that have been abandoned by this government, I will complete them for you”.
In his remarks, Senate President and Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Bukola Saraki, lamented the growing level of poverty and urged supporters not to ignore that factor during voting.
“Come February 16, when it is time to vote we will remember one thing, the poverty and the hunger. Also, the insecurity is too much. These are not meant for Nigeria, we are not born to suffer. So people of Kogi most go out on that day, but if you believe that this hunger is not enough you can follow them. But if you know is time that we end this hunger in this country, this is the man you will vote for for (pointing to Atiku)”.
In a reference to the controversial remarks in a recently released audio tape, Saraki said:
“My own Presidential candidate cares, my own Presidential candidate knows, my own Presidential candidate reads. My own Presidential candidate is ready to move Nigeria forward.
So my people of Kogi, it is a serious matter”.
Other personalities at the event include the PDP Vice Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi; former governors of the state, Ibrahim Idris and Idris Wada as well as National Assembly members from the state.
BREAKING: I Remain Lagos Police Commissioner, It’s A New Order From Abuja – Edgal Imohimi Declares
Edgal Imohimi, has declared that he remains the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.
Imohimi told members of the press on Tuesday during a handover-takeover ceremony between him and supposed incoming CP, Kayode Egbetokun, that they were about concluding the process when a directive came from Abuja asking them to suspend the action.
Imohimi, who addressed journalists in the presence of Egbetokun at the Lagos State Police Command’s headquarters, said, “I am sure that you know Mr Kayode Egbetokun, he is an old timer in the command.
“You all know that our first job is about order and direction; we were about concluding the handing and taking over procedure when we were instructed by our bosses from Abuja to suspend action for now. So, there will be no change of guard for now. Of course, we would keep the press briefed about any development.
“But I am happy, humbled that you find it serious enough for you all to come to witness what we are doing here. I consider it an honor.”
JUST IN: Buhari Formally Names Mohammed Adamu New IGP, Decorates Him In Aso Rock [PHOTOS]
President Muhammadu Buhari has officially named Mohammed Adamu as acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP.
Buhari decorated him with the new rank during his meeting with the outgoing Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris
Mohammed had served as the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State.
He was one-time director of peacekeeping operations of the Force.
He had been the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone Five, in Benin, Edo State.
EFCC Nabs Bishop Defrauding People In God’s Name
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin Zonal Office has arrested a Bishop and suspected fraudster, Giniko Obi, for allegedly defrauding thousands of people of millions of naira, in the guise of helping them “fight poverty”.
Obi, founder of Beloved Gideon Foundation, based in Agbor, Delta State, with outreaches in Bayelsa, Onitsha, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Benin City, however, denied any involvement in fraud claiming that he was only “doing the will of God by trying to help the people fight poverty”.
According to him, it was his desire and God’s will to see people prosper that led him into operating what appears to be a Ponzi Scheme. Obi who claim to be a consecrated Bishop, possessing a diploma in theology explains thus:
“We write books such as ‘24 Nuggets for Successful Living’, ‘36 Nuggets for Successful Living’, ‘48 Nuggets for Successful Living’. We organise seminars and conferences on how to be successful. We tell the people to subscribe to these publications. If you subscribe with N10, 800, we give you N15, 000. If you subscribe with N18, 000, we give you N23, 000. I had about 30,000 subscribers and I was paying them”.
According to him, when he left Agbor for Lagos, his desire was to expand his subscription base but his subscribers were impatient.
“If they allowed me to hold the conference in Lagos, I would have paid them,” he claimed.
However, some of his victims who have continued to throng the EFCC office, since his arrest, described him as a “fraud”.
One of them, Janet Amaka Okafor, said the Bishop sold a dummy to them by claiming that he was from the famous Gideons International, based in the United States.
She said: “He organised seminars in Agbor market that he was from Gideons International and that their mission was to help eradicate poverty in Nigeria.
“He told us that unlike in the past when Gideons International distributed Bibles and Christian literatures, their mission now was to eradicate poverty”.
On how she became a victim of the scheme, Okafor, 35, who claims she has never participated in any Ponzi scheme in the past said she fell for his tricks because the “Bishop” swore with the Bible.
“The Bishop knelt down and swore with the Bible. He convinced us that he was from Texas, USA and we believed him. I subscribed with N10, 800 and he paid me N15, 000. It was after this that he engaged over 60 of us as canvassers. I brought many people including my relations and friends. All together, they invested over N5 million”.
Another victim, Bessie Nwadibire, 67, said the Bishop was very deceptive from the beginning.
“When he came to the market he gave out drinks and dashed some people money as much as N50, 000 as he said the poverty rate in Nigeria was too high,” Nwadibire said, praying and hoping that the Bishop will be made to refund her money.
Expressing gratitude that the EFCC has arrested the Bishop, she said, “Before he was arrested, we went into hiding, because all the people who invested their money into the business through me have threatened to kill me unless I refund their money. The money is over N8, 000, 000 (Eight Million Naira) only”.
The same tale of woes has become the lot of Wisdom Aderemor Okpuzor, a civil servant based in Agbor.
Okpuzor who said she had to flee her home for fear of being attacked described the Bishop as “callous and evil”.
The suspect will soon be arraigned in court. (NAN)
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