Former President, Goodluck Jonathan Condemns Oshiomhole Over Vote Buying Allegations

Dr. Jonathan in response via a statement signed by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze on Wednesday, questioned Oshiomhole’s state of mind even as he quoted the former Edo state governor for lauding his (Jonathan) democratic credentials when he won his reelection bid a few years ago on the platform of an opposition party.

“It may be that Mr. Oshiomhole’s false accusations against Dr. Jonathan stem from his own guilty conscience arising from the unenviable behaviour he exhibited during the September 2016 gubernatorial election in his state, when his bid to anoint his successor pushed him into desperate measures and a win-at-all-cost mentality that introduced flagrant vote merchandising in our polity, thereby making Edo state the clear starting point of that cankerworm. “We really do not know the real reason for this misleading falsehood, at this point in time.

However, we can only guess that Mr. Oshiomhole who is currently operating under tremendous stress in the bid to steady the already floundering ship of his administration as the new leader of his party, may have got himself entangled in a voyage of tactless desperation,” the statement read in part.

The statement added that “While in Office as President between 2010 and 2015, Jonathan conducted many elections including the 2011 and 2015 general elections, and many off-season gubernatorial and parliamentary elections in some states like Anambra, Ekiti, Ondo and Edo; and not for once did the issue of vote buying come up in the assessment of those elections. “It is instructive that in each case, the former President was given a clean bill, with both local and international observers commending him for having supervised a credible and transparent process.

“One of those who gave the former President a clean bill of health, was Mr. Oshiomhole who on July 16, 2012 said, ‘What the Edo election has confirmed is that when the President and Commander-in-Chief puts the country first and he conducts himself as a statesman not just as a party leader, credible elections are possible.’ ” That said, Jonathan said it is hardly surprising that the APC boss would turn the heat against him having earlier eulogised his conduct, stressing that only recently he praised his party men to high heavens only to tore them to shreds upon their defection to another party. The statement continued, “His recent flip-flops where he praised Governor Samuel Ortom and Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso one day only to denounce them the very next day, is enough evidence of his fragile psychological state.

“On the vexatious issue of ‘vote-buying’ which has unfortunately found its way into our election lexicon, this is what we know: It is obvious that the shameful development in our democratic experience became very glaring during the 2016 gubernatorial election in Edo State; an exercise that took place more than one year after President Jonathan had left office.” The former President counselled the Muhammadu Buhari administration to focus on delivering democratic dividends to the people, saying ,”A Government that continues to blame its predecessor rather than show its scorecard, less than one year to the end of its four-year tenure, is only giving the impression that it is already at its wit’s end.

Happy birthday Miss Ukamaka Ubah

My dear Sister you mean the world to me. I am one of the luckiest people in the world to have you in my life,i can remember how you do take of me in those days, when I came for vacation, your caring is immeasurable and unquantifiable.

You are a good chef, you inherited it from your lovely mother

I tell a student that the most important class you can take is technique. A great chef is first a great technician. ‘If you are a jeweler, or a surgeon or a cook, you have to know the trade in your hand. You have to learn the process. You learn it through endless repetition until it belongs to you, my dear sister Ukamaka Ubah you are a great chef, Hope you will your cooking techniques to seduce your future husband.

Ukaa Baby , although we may argue from time to time, you will always be the most important person in my life. I love you more than words could ever say.

Once again congratulations and Happy birthday to you.

Happy womb escape Ada Ezebo!!
Happy Natal day Great Chef!!
Ada ndi Akpom please enjoy yourself today.

Health Alert : Dirty Naira Notes Can Cause Staphylococcus, Tuberculosis

There has been growing concern over dirty and mutilated Naira notes — particularly the N100 note — in circulation. While one can easily guess the presence of germs from the dingy state of these paper notes, SaharaReporters can categorically confirm that some of the currencies in circulation carry pathogenic microorganisms like staphylococcus aureus and candida.

A laboratory assay carried out on randomly-obtained N100 notes showed the presence of pathogenic and nonpathogenic bacteria colonies like bacillus, staphylococcus aureus and candida. The examination also showed high presence of germs.

Larger species of Bacillus, an aerobic spore forming rods that stain gram positive or gram variable; and Candida, a genus of yeasts, have no pathogenic potential but if in contact with a person with low immune system, they can cause serious ailment. For instance, tuberculosis is caused by a species of Bacillus microorganism, while Candidiasis is caused by Candida species.

Staphylococcus aureus, on the other hand, is one of the more serious disease-causing bacteria in humans. According to Minnesota Department of Health Fact Sheet, it is the leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections such as abscesses (boils), furuncles, and cellulitis. Staphylococcus aureus also causes infections in the bloodstream, pneumonia, or bone and joint infections.

The bacteria and fungi, according to the analyst who carried out the analysis, are transmitted onto the notes through contacts with human carriers.

However, Adeoye Joshua, a Harvard University-trained doctor, while giving his expert opinion on the implication of bacteria on naira notes, said it is unlikely that the amount of bacteria on the notes can cause infection.

He said: “The amount of bacteria matters when it comes to infection. We are not sure whether this amount is infective but what we know is that it can carry it.

“For an immune compromised person; for instance, someone who is using long term corticosteroid, maybe the person has cancer or the person has an implant or the person has HIV or the person has a disease in which white blood cells are not functioning well, it means that even touching a naira note could be dangerous.

“There are different diseases that come from Bacillus species; for example you can have tuberculosis. However, it is the exact specie that tells you the exact it will cause. So, when they say Bacillus species, it is not specific enough for one to say which but that Bacillus tells you that tuberculosis is spreadable from that. This is not hard to envisage; when you cough into your hands and hold the money.”

CBN Last Printed N100 In 2014

SaharaReporters found out that the last set of N100 notes were printed in 2014. This could explain why there are many mutilated N100 notes in circulation.

The Nigerian Security Printing and Minting PLC, company responsible for printing money and other sensitive materials for the Nigerian government, refused to verify the observation. The public relations office directed our correspondent the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

“Your inquiries should be directed to the CBN not the mint. We do not have the legal right to give you such information. We are contractors to the CBN; we cannot talk about our customers’ products,” the official said.

When contacted, spokesperson to the CBN, Isaac Okarafor, frustrated all attempts to get the apex bank’s comment. He declined to give a comment when called, insisting rather that a text be sent to him but he also did not respond to the text messages.

Nonetheless, multiple officials from banks who spoke with SaharaReporters confirmed that CBN has not printed new N100 notes in four years. “The last time N100 was printed was during the centenary celebration,” said one of the staffers of a new generation bank.

Some months ago, Okarafor, in a tweet, blamed commercial banks for the mutilated notes.

He said:”Lower denomination notes have greater velocity of circulation, meaning they are frequently in use and get abused. Several factors account for the existence of worn out notes: The abuse mentioned above and the attitude of banks who fail to return them for reissue is another.

“To solve this problem, the CBN opened a window for banks to return N50 to N5 denominations for processing at N1000/box instead of N12,000 per box, between January 2 and March 28, 2018. The waiver in processing is to encourage banks to return unfit notes for reissue.”

However, this excuse does not explain why dirty N100 notes remain in circulation, despite complaints and the directive from the House of Representatives.

Following a motion by Honourable Adekoya Abdel-Majid, a lawmaker from Ogun State, asking the house to mandate CBN to withdraw dirty naira notes from circulation, the lawmakers had unanimously resolved that old notes should be taken out of circulation.

While explaining his motion, Abdel-Majid said: “Considering that bacteria naturally breed and live in dirty environments and objects, dirty naira notes could pose serious health risks as they have been found to contain pathogenic parasites and bacteria. These notes could be sources of infection as well as potential carriers of communicable diseases. When they (the naira notes) stay longer in circulation, they gather dirt from one hand to the other.”

However, while there are newer mints of the lower denomination—N50 – N5—the apex bank has refused to give reason dirty N100 notes are still moving from store to store and hands to hands, and why it has not printed new ones since 2014.

Protect Yourself, Always Wash Your Hands

With the silence of CBN as germs and bacteria-filled N100 notes travel round the country, the only way Nigerians can protect themselves from infections that could be caused by these pathogens is to constantly wash their hands, Ugochi Obidiegwu, a safety professional told SaharaReporters.

She said: “I think that something needs to be done urgently about this. It does not represent our country properly. It does not encourage a receiver to collect. It could abhor germs. They might forget and use those same hands to eat or take medication, inadvertently putting them in harm’s way. I know sometimes people say ‘Dirty no dey kill African man’, but I beg to differ. Everyone needs to be careful and take extra precaution when handling those notes.

“Citizens should become more proactive about this by indulging in frequent hand washing. It is also important to have a handy sanitizer and wet wipes to keep the hands clean, if water is not close by. When in doubt, I’d say do not collect that particular note; seek alternatives.”

Culled from SaharaReporters

INEC Insisted Vows Not To Postpone February 2019 General Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has debunked claims that there is a possibility of shifting the February 2019 elections.

The commission made the clarification on Wednesday, insisting that there are no such plans.

A statement signed by Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, described the report credited to a national newspaper alluding to the possibility of a shift, as untrue.

The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to a story with the headline — We May Shift 2019 Polls Over Threat of Violence — INEC — which appeared on the front page of a national newspaper today, but which did not correctly reflect what the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu said at the Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) meeting which took place at the Commission’s headquarters on 11th September 2018.

“In his remarks at the meeting, the INEC Chairman told the security chiefs that with the 2019 elections drawing close, the Committee would need to meet more frequently to constantly assess the security situation across the country and take proactive actions to forestall any unpleasant event before, during and after the elections.

“He underscored the fact that the elections cannot be conducted under a rancorous atmosphere. He referred to Section 26 of the Electoral Act which, among others, gives the Commission power to postpone an election ‘if there is reason to believe that a serious breach of peace is likely to occur if the election is proceeded with on (the fixed date)’, or as a result of natural disasters or other emergencies.

“Prof. Yakubu made this reference to the Electoral Act only to underscore the importance of having peace and order in place before, during and after elections and to emphasise the significance of the synergy between the Commission and security agencies.”

The statement went on to state specifically that “To be sure, INEC has no plan to postpone the 2019 general election”.

Breaking News :Awkuzu Youths Clashes With Nigeria Police Force (FSARS) Over The Deaths Of Their Members

Two persons have been reported dead in Awkuzu, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, following a clash between some members of the community and operatives of the reformed Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The clash, confirmed , was ignited following the death of a young man who was riding a motorcycle in the night and was hit by the police van while evading arrest, resulting in his losing control of the bike.

It was learnt that another person whose identity could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report was gunned down during a protest at Nteje Police Station over the death of the motorcyclist.

According Obika Chidiebele what reported earlier that the following  the clashes between the Awkuzu youths and the Nigerian Police Force, Oyi Division, over the death of an Okada man yesterday evening and the directive of the Governor of Anambra State to the Honourable Commissioner for Transport, Hon. Uchenna Okafor to restore peace in the community, Wiper met the angry youths which had overrun the police station, pulled them out of station and he is addressing them now.

No cause for alarm, the situation is under control

It much effort by a police reinforcement to reopen the Awkuzu part of the Enugu – Onitsha Expressway for vehicular movement.

Efforts to speak with the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area proved abortive even as the State Police Command in Awka is yet to respond to enquiries.

Speaker Hon Yakubu Dogara Accept Offer From His Supporters To Contest Again

Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, has said although he initially considered leaving the house after spending more than 10 years, he will recontest for his seat in the National Assembly.

He stated this on Tuesday while addressing his constituents, who thronged his Abuja home to ask him to recontest the Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency seat.

In a post on his personal blog, Dogara, said he was overwhelmed by the show of solidarity from his supporters, noting that because of their “sacrifice”, he will once again represent them.

His words: “Some people said they will retire us from politics, but we want to inform them that only God and the electorate can retire us.

“Because you came, because of your sacrifice, I want to announce to you that I will run to once again represent our constituency. I will soon come to meet you at home to make this formal.

“I am shocked and surprised because I never thought or imagined that when I woke up today, I will see this mammoth crowd in my house. I am seeing faces of people we started this journey with since 2007. I pray God rewards you for this sacrifice. I was almost tired having been doing the same thing for almost 12 years now.

“But in recent days, I started hearing some rumours and some people were already celebrating that I won’t run again. Nobody can impose leadership on you. Only you, our people, can choose who will represent you.

“I want to assure you that whatever you want us to do, that is what we will do. Those who have said that they will retire us from politics, I want to tell them that we have just begun.”

He also restated his commitment to attracting development to the area, and creating opportunities for the people to thrive.

In their separate addresses, leaders of the group, Alhaji Murtala Miyetti Allah, Mrs Keziah Dare and Mr Bulus Iliya Bully said they came on behalf of the people of the constituency to appeal to the Speaker to seek re-election.

Umudioka Political Elite And All the Govt Appointees Lead by Hon Chike Odoji SSA to the Governor on IGR Anoint and Endorses Engr Emeka Okonkwo


By Mbanugo Onyeka Nelson
Barely 48hrs after HON Engr Emeka Okonkwo, Picked Nomination Form to represent the good people of Dunukofia Constituency at Anambra state Assembly, 2019,Umudioka Political Elite across political parties and all Government Appointees Lead by Hon Samuel Chike Odoji SSA to the Governor on IGR held their Quarterly meeting at his County Home and Endorses Engr Emeka Okonkwo(KONTI KOMPLETE) for Anambra State House of Assembly Dunukofia Constituency, 2019.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
According to Hon Samuel Chike Odoji, he welcomed everyone with feel of Joy and he declare before us all that his whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to the service of ndi Umudioka and the service of our great party APGA to which most us all belong.”All the aspirants including the incumbent are my friends but thing is certain that we should obey the wish of the masses and allow justice to be prevail in our Local Government, Umunnachi agenda is the betterment of ndi Dunukofia and Umudioka in particular because come 2023, it will be the turn of our people (Umudioka).

Our Chairman of the movement, Hon Okeke in his little way said that in as much as Umunnachi has chosen Engr Emeka Okonkwo to represent our constituency that we should see the reason for us to stand with him, in a special way, he thanks Mbanugo Onyeka Nelson and Elochukwu Okoye for the effort so far in their stand with Umunnachi project,He ask that our should Continue to protect them.

One of the members of Ndi Nze na Ozo Umudioka said that he gives us maximum support and assure us the royalty of ndi Nze na Ozo Umudioka.
According to Elochukwu Okoye,who is the director of Media campaign to Engr Emeka Okonkwo, he said that “I really hope Engr Emeka Okonkwo can make a positive difference, even in the middle of our enemies . I am looking forward to helping as much as I can, to promote and protect the image of Our great party APGA in Umudioka and Dunukofia.
At the end of it, we all agreed to that Engr Emeka Okonkwo is the consensus candidate of ndi Umudioka, 2019 because what’s written is written

We urge every community in Dunukofia LGA to support Engr Emeka Okonkwo For Anambra State House of Assembly, Dunukofia Constituency, 2019 because he’s an agent of uncommon transformation.

The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them, it’s high time, we stand on Zoning for the progress of our CONSTITUENCY

Gov Fayose Invites EFCC To Probe Him, Immediately He Vacate From Office

Ayodele Fayose, Governor of Ekiti State, has written a letter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), expressing his intention to submit himself for probe after the expiration of his tenure as governor.

In the letter dated September 10, 2018, and addressed to the EFCC Chairman, Fayose accused the commission of “several and serial actions including, but not limited” to freezing of his accounts and attempting to “secure forfeiture” of his properties, which he said was indicative of commission’s desire to have him clarify some issues.

Notifying the anti-graft agency of the date he will leave office as October 15, 2018, the same day his governorship immunity against prosecution ends, he noted that he would make himself available at the EFCC office on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 1pm to “clarify issues or answer questions” within his knowledge.

The letter read: “Several and serial actions of your commission for some time now, including but not limited to freezing of my accounts and attempts to secure temporary forfeiture of my properties, are indicative of the commission’s desire to have me clarify some issues or answer some questions but for the immunity I enjoy under Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution as the siting Governor of Ekiti State.

“I wish to inform you that my term of office pursuant to which I enjoy immunity against investigation and prosecution under the above provision shall lapse by effluxion of time on Monday 15th October, 2018.

“As a responsible citizen of our great country, who believes in the rule of law, I wish to inform you of my decision to make myself available in yout office on Tuesday, 16th October, 2018 at 1pm to clarify issues or answer quaestions within my knowledge.

“Kindly confirm the suitability of the above date or indicate by return, the commission’s convenient date.”