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Personality Of The Week: Atiku Abubakar – Back In The Ring

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Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is a household name in Nigeria’s political circle. He has been in politics since 1989 when he became the National Vice Chairman of the defunct Peoples Front of Nigeria (PFN), the platform under which he was elected as a member of the Constituent Assembly in the same year. So, he understands the game. He is very much at home with the political nuances of the country and as such knows which buttons to press at any given time to achieve best results. He has the experience, the war chest and the reach.

His emergence as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the forthcoming 2019 elections was by no means an accident. It was a victory foretold by many who are endowed with the gift of political discernment. He polled an impressive 1,532 votes to defeat 12 other aspirants with his runners-up and Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, polling 693 votes.

With victory smiling on him at the convention, Atiku will be taking a shot at the presidency for the fifth time. He had contested in 1992, 2007, 2011 and 2015. Nevertheless, this is the second time he would be
standing as the standard bearer of a political party, having had the first opportunity as the candidate of the defunct Action Congress (AC) in 2007. It is, therefore, given that he would give the 2019 contest his all. And he has already set out to ensure that he laughs at last.

Thus he has been able to win the heart of his former boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who had initially sworn never to support his presidential bid, but has now made a U-turn to publicly endorse him.

Many believe that the feat is an indication that Atiku would leave nothing to chance in this particular quest. Besides, his catchphrase that he would restructure the country is most likely to win him more endorsements, especially from groups who see the present structure of the country as its greatest problem.

But Atiku would meet a fierce contest in President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Both of them are Fulani, but Buhari has a cult following in some parts of the country, especially in the North. His party, the APC, has also strategically made inroad into the South. Buhari has the advantage of incumbency considered a strong factor. So, will Atiku be able to outsmart him and clinch victory? The simple answer is that it is not an insurmountable task. After all, Buhari did it in 2015 when he defeated former President Goodluck Jonathan to emerge. And he achieved the feat on his fourth attempt, his very last chance. Atiku is contesting for the fifth time, and arguably, this is his last chance too given his age, the clamour for a youthful president and the unwritten power rotation agreement in the country. Will the gods do unto him as they did to Buhari? Time will obviously tell, but he is definitely not a pushover.

Born on November 25, 1946, in Jada, Adamawa State, Atiku became the only child of his parents when his only sister died at infancy. He attended Adamawa Provincial Secondary School, Yola, from 1960 to 1965.

After graduation, he proceeded to the Nigeria Police College, Kaduna and thereafter worked as a tax officer in the regional Ministry of Finance.

He was admitted for a diploma in Law at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) on scholarship in 1967. He joined the Nigeria Customs Service on graduation in 1969. He held top Command positions and voluntarily retired in 1989 as Deputy Director, Enforcement and Drugs. He has interest in many business ventures encompassing manufacturing, real estate, oil and gas, agriculture, trading and education.

His foray into politics began in 1989. In 1998, he was elected governor of Adamawa State on the platform of the PDP before he was nominated as running mate to ex-President Obasanjo in the presidential elections that year.

On December 20, 2006, he became the presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress (AC) and lost in the elections. In 2011, he lost in the PDP presidential primary. On February 2, 2014, he defected from the PDP to the APC, and contested in the presidential primary, but lost again. Citing clampdown on democracy by the APC after assuming power, he resigned from the party on November 24, 2017, and defected to the PDP on December 3, the same year. He has chosen Mr Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra State, to be his running mate for the 2019 presidential election.

 

Sourced From: The Sun Nigeria

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NIgeria Records 87 New Cases Of COVID-19, Total Infections Now 1,182

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By Abujah Racheal

Nigeria has recorded 87 new cases of the COVID-19, bringing the total infections to 1,182 , according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The NCDC, in a tweet via its official handle, said 33 of the new infections were recorded in Lagos, 18 in Borno, 12 in Osun, nine in Katsina, four each in Kano and Ekiti, three each in Edo and Bauchi and one in Imo.

“As at 11:55 pm April 25, there are 1,182 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Nigeria.  The country’s total deaths from the virus now stand at 35, while 222  have been treated and discharged,” it said.

The centre said as at 11:55 pm, April 25, Lagos has 689, FCT-138, Kano-77, Ogun-35, Osun-32, Gombe-30, Katsina-30, Borno-30, Edo-22, Oyo-18, Kwara-11, Akwa Ibom-11, Bauchi-11, Kaduna-10, Ekiti-8 and Ondo-4.

Others are Delta-six, Rivers-three, Jigawa-two, Enugu-two, Niger-two, Abia-two, Zamfara-two,  Sokoto-two, Benue-one, Anambra-one, Adamawa-one, Plateau-one and Imo-one.

Sourced From: News Agency of Nigeria

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2 Women Crushed To Death On Lagos – Ibadan Expressway

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Two women were crushed to death in a road crash involving a Mack truck and a motorcycle around Lotto, beside NNPC filling station on the Lagos – Ibadan expressway.

The accident occurred around 8:02am on Saturday when the truck marked FST 984 XX lost its brakes and hit the moving motorcycle, killing the women.

The spokesperson of Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi,  confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta.

”The truck and the motorcycle were both on the outbound lane from Lagos when the crash happened due to break failure on the  part of the truck driver.

“The vehicle and the motorcycle are with the police at the Redeemed Police Station, along with the driver of the truck,” he said.  Akinbiyi explained that the rider of the motorcycle was nowhere to be found after the accident.

He disclosed that  the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.

Sourced From: Daily Trust

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Mentally-Challenged Man Axes 70-Year-Old Father To Death

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A 37-year-old man said to be mentally-challenged has used an axe to kill his father, aged 70 in Unuchiana Village, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Tribune Online learnt that the suspect allegedly axed his father to death in their compound.

Confirming the incident in a statement, the Anambra State police command’s public relations officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, said one Timothy Ezeofor reported that his elder brother, 70-year-old Godwin Ezeofor, was allegedly murdered by his son, Chigorom Ezeofor using an axe.

According to Mohammed, at about 9:45am on Friday, one Mr Timothy Ezeofor of Umuezegoro Kindred, Unuchiana Village, reported at Aguata Police Station that at about 8:00am of same day, his elder brother, Godwin Ezeofor of the same address was murdered by his son, one Chigorom Ezeofor, of the same address using an axe.

He said the complainant alleged that the suspect had been mentally ill for the past eight years.

The police spokesman said following the report, police operatives attached to Aguata Division led by the DPO, CSP Ayeni Oluwadare, mobilised to scene and rushed the victim to the hospital where he was pronounced dead by a medical doctor and the corpse has been deposited at a hospital mortuary for autopsy.

He also said the suspect who “looks insane” had been arrested and taken to the station for investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident.

Sourced From: Tribune Online

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COVID-19: Police Arrest Bishop For Defying Lockdown To Protest At Chinese Embassy In Lagos

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By Chiemelie Ezeobi.

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested the General Overseer of Resurrection Praise Ministries for Africa alias Jehovah Sharp Sharp, Archbishop Samson Benjamin, for defying the lockdown order to protest at the Chinese Embassy in Lagos.

Benjamin, the police alleged, led about 100 persons to the Chinese Embassy in Victoria Island to protest the maltreatment of Nigerians in China.

According to the cleric, the Chinese were operating freely in Nigeria despite that COVID-19 started in their country but have chosen to maltreat Nigerians and other blacks in China.

It was gathered that officials of the embassy sent a video clip of the alleged invasion to the police which prompted operatives from Victoria Island Division to move to the scene to effect the arrest.

A police source who spoke on anonymity said the cleric was being detained at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, (SCIID), Yaba and may be arraigned in court on Wednesday.

In the video, the bishop denied going to the embassy with 100 persons, insisting that he was there by himself to register his displeasure over the ill-treatment of Nigerians in China.

Efforts to reach the spokesman for the state police command, DSP Bala Elkana, proved abortive as he didn’t return the message sent to him as at press time.

 

Sourced From: THISDAYLIVE

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