Reno Omokri, said that the Labor Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, cannot win the 2023 presidential election.
In his tweet, Omokre said that Peter Obi knows he cannot win the 2023 presidential election and many of the ObiDatti.s supporters are also aware of that.
Obi can’t win in 2023. He knows it. I know it. And you about to insult me knows it. The main beneficiary of his campaign is not even the SE. Toe to toe, Tinubu would be eviscerated by Atiku. But with Obi in the race, more of PDP’s votes will go to Obi than APC’s!#TableShaker— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) October 1, 2022
Troops of the Nigerian Army have reportedly rescued one of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by insurgents in 2014.
The girl, identified as Yana Pogu, was rescued on Thursday in Borno by the troops of the Nigerian Army under Operation Hadin Kai.
Pogu, who was rescued with her four children, gave birth to a set of twins four months ago.
Speaking on the recent development, Zagazola, a publication focused on counter-insurgency operations in the Lake Chad region, said her twins were in an unhealthy condition when she was rescued.
Her rescue was achieved by troops of the Nigerian Army, backed by a column of the Civilian Joint Task Force(CJTF) when they stormed the enclave of Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād, a terrorist group in Bama LGA, Borno.
According to intelligence sources, the troops engaged and overwhelmed the insurgents, neutralising scores of terrorists in the process, while several others escaped with fatal gunshot wounds.
“In the course of the encounter, troops successfully rescued Yana Pogu, a Chibok girl who was number 19 on the missing girl’s list along with her four children,” the source said.
“She was found with a four-month-old set of twins in a very unhealthy condition.
“Some of the fleeing insurgents also attempted to ambush their own troops but while acting on the intelligence, the troops responded swiftly with aggressive fire powers, forcing them to flee.
“More women were rescued after the encounter. They are transferred to 21 Armoured Brigade Bama, for medical attention.
Over 200 students were kidnapped by insurgents from the Government Girls’ Secondary School (GGSS) in the Chibok area of Borno state, on April 14, 2014.
Meanwhile, several of the girls have been rescued, but dozens are still reported to be in captivity.
On July 26, troops of the Nigerian Army reportedly rescued two of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted by insurgents in 2014
TheCable had reported that troops of the 202 battalion and 82 division task force battalion rescued two of the students with two children on June 16.
Also, on June 29, the Nigerian Army rescued Ruth Bitrus, another Chibok schoolgirl, with a child, from an insurgents’ hideout in Bama LGA of Borno state
Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, a Niger Delta activist, has accused Igbo people of lacking morals for ‘bringing Peter Obi’.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, is one of the frontline candidates for the 2023 presidential election. The 61-year-old is the flag-bearer of the Labour Party, and has a substantial following online, especially on Twitter.
“Igbos don’t have morals. You brought an Obi, a glorified ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ to come and become president. A man whose business is alcohol. Do you want people to get drunk and forget their soul?” Dokubo said during a Facebook Live on Friday, monitored by this newspaper.
“All the people calling themselves ‘Obidients’, check all of them. It’s either they are drug addicts or they are something else. All corrupt people, everyone doing Yahoo Yahoo, all of them are ‘Obidients’.
“We will not allow a Yahoo Yahoo to take over this country.”
Dokubo is a staunch supporter of Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
US-based media scholar and newspaper columnist, Farooq Kperogi, has lashed out at Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over his recent frequent trips to London, United Kingdom (UK).
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Tinubu’s sudden trip earlier this week had fuelled speculations of another medical trip.
Kperogi in his Saturday column stated that “after eight years of Muhammadu Buhari’s vacant, dementia-plagued presidency, the last thing Nigeria needs is another presidency that will double down on it”.
“What sort of presidency does Tinubu want to have if he becomes president? A continuation of Buhari? Well, he may not be as lucky as Buhari as been.
“After eight years of Buhari’s vacant, dementia-plagued presidency, the last thing Nigeria needs is another presidency that will double down on it, that would be conducted through dishonest press releases by presidential spokespersons, paid social media troll farms, and TV appearances by deviously mercenary mind managers,” the Professor wrote.
On the occasion of Nigeria’s Independence Day, controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has expressed his hope that the country’s democracy “will mature without any interruption from the military.”
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that Sheikh Gumi, who shares the same birthday with Nigeria, said the nation at 62, appears to be retracing her steps back to 1966.
“All the 1966 political forces are taking shape, it is like we are going back to the era of 1966 which was derailed by the 1966 military coup,” Gumi told Daily Trust.
“This is because the recent politics is reflecting North East, South West, and South East.
“When you observe, you will see that all the major Presidential contenders are from these regions.
“So, it seems we are getting back to where we stopped and I hope this time, it will mature without any interruption from the military.”
The President, of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence Archbishop Daniel Okoh, has urged the people not to lose hope in Nigeria, as the country marks its 62nd Independence Day celebration.
He stated this in his goodwill message on Saturday, titled ‘A united, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria is possible’ in which he charged Nigerians to act in faith towards God and fellow citizens, and be confident that the nation would overcome its current challenges.
Although Archbishop Okoh noted that Nigerians are still grappling with issues of common concern, he urged them to do the best they can to ensure justice and peace reign in the country.
The CAN President said: “On behalf of myself and the Christian Association of Nigeria, I congratulate all Nigerians on this occasion of the 62nd Independence Day Anniversary of our dear country.
“As we commemorate the day Britain handed over the political leadership and governance of this nation to us, let us maintain with great enthusiasm the expectations that Nigeria would become a great nation that would be the pride of Africa and indeed black man.
“We must acknowledge that God Almighty has made it possible for us to take full charge of the abundance of natural and human resources that He freely gave to us.
“Despite the political instability our nation has experienced since Independence, the past and present leaders of our nation have demonstrated commitment towards ensuring that we remain united as one indivisible entity.
“Though we are still struggling and grappling with so many issues of collective concern, such as insecurity, kidnapping, unnecessary killing and decapitation of innocent citizens, diminishing value of human life, social injustice, desecration of worship places, a violent threat to the seat of political power, cheating, blatant stealing of our oil, flagrant degradation of our human environment, denial, betrayal, rejection and outright exclusion in many areas of our existence as a nation, all of which has put many in distress and has made many citizens angry, we must not lose hope!
“Let us continue to rely on the faithfulness of God as we continue to do the best we can to ensure justice and peace reign in our country.
“I urge you to take the unpleasant experiences that have plagued our nation in the past as necessary lessons of life that will make us a stronger, better and resilient nation on earth.
“In the face of the hardships in our country, let us continue to exercise patience through perseverance as we bring all our challenges to God, trusting that He will reveal His righteousness and grant us justice in our times of distress.
“In the same vein, let us be guided by the Holy Book in all situations as we continue to speak up and stand up against injustice and work for peace in a constructive way.
“As we march gallantly towards the next general elections, let us bear in mind that we have a stake in this country and so refrain from engaging in acts that will destroy the fortunes and the prospects of this nation.
“Rather than take up arms to kill each other and terrify innocent Nigerians, adults in this nation should take up their voters’ cards and go to the polls. We must resist any threat (strong or subtle) in whichever form to stop us from going out to vote on the day of elections.
“We must also shun vote-buying by being conscious of the truth that politicians who present some inducement to voters, especially on the polling day are not really interested in the welfare of the people
“I counsel you to look out for politicians who are genuine and who are sincere to provide the basics that will be the catalyst for economic growth and development.
“To be honest, I do not believe that all Nigerian politicians are the same – there are those that still have the interest of the people at heart. They are in our midst, but you must put aside primordial sentiments and be objective to be able to find them.
“We must not relent in praying for the success of the 2023 elections and supporting the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct free, fair, and peaceful polls next year.
“I appeal to the Federal government to go the extra mile to resolve the impasse with the university lecturers for the sake of our young people whose future is at stake.
“I also urge the government at all levels to provide basic infrastructure – security, good roads, constant electricity supply and basic health care for citizens and other residents in Nigeria.
“I pray to our Lord to rescue Nigeria from the hands of wicked people, grant us peace, and help us continue to love one another irrespective of our religious and ethnic diversities.”
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said his administration has improved health facilities in the country, especially during and after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Buhari also said Nigeria was one of the countries that defied global predictions of the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic because of its resilience, commitment and passion in managing the pandemic.
The President said this in his nationwide broadcast to mark the nation’s 62nd independence.
He also said his administration embarked on addressing critical ecological challenges across the country to mitigate the impact of climate change.
He said, “Fellow Nigerians, we have also improved our health facilities, especially during and after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which attracted commendation of the global community.
“As you are aware, Nigeria was one of the countries that defied global predictions of the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic because of our resilience, commitment and passion with which we individually and collectively managed the pandemic.
“This administration embarked on addressing critical ecological challenges across the country in order to mitigate the impact of Climate Change manifesting in the form of flood, soil erosion, desertification, air pollution amongst others
“We will continue to ensure that our infrastructure drive remains the key to Nigeria’s economic growth and for which every Nigerian will feel the impact.”
Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, has called for the immediate review of the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure (CONMESS) in view of the current economic realities in the country.
The doctors who made the call after their 42nd Annual General Meeting held in Umuahia, Abia State, also called for 15% increased budgetary allocation funding of the healthcare sector in the country in line with the 2001 Abuja Declaration for healthcare financing in Africa, and global best practices.
NARD in a communique by its newly-elected National President, Dr Emeka Orji, regretted that the failure of the Government to adequately fund the health sector was the reason for the increasing brain drain plaguing the critical sector.
According to the NARD boss, an average of one medical doctor or health personnel leaves Nigeria every week in search of greener pastures abroad where the pay is much more attractive.
He warned that if no urgent steps were taken to stop and reverse the ugly trend, Nigeria might lose her entire medical manpower in the coming years.
The resident’s doctors commended Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu for paying seven out of 25 months’ salary arrears owed their colleagues at the Abia State University Teaching Hospital Aba ABSUTH.
The association which also commended the Abia Government’s promise to be paying the balance of two-month arrears every month until it is cleared urged other states owing doctors to pay up.
“The AGM calls on the Federal Government, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Stakeholders, and well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the Governors of Ekiti (3 months), Imo (10 months) and Ondo (5 months) States to urgently pay arrears of salaries and allowances owed our members in their states.”
NARD further appreciated the Federal Government for the payment of the 2022 Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF), although it was “made at the old rate.”
It, therefore, urged the National Assembly to ensure its passage into the 2023 Appropriation Act to enable seamless payment of the arrears of 2022 and 2023 MRTF at the new rate.
…backs Ikpeazu for Senate
The ‘Obidient’ group advocating for the election of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, in Aba, Abia state has adopted Governor Okezie Ikpeazu as their candidate for the Abia South senatorial position in the 2023 election.
The ‘’one Million March for ObiDatti”, which brought activities in Aba, to a stand still, began from the Osisioma Ngwa flyover from where the crowd marched through Aba-Owerri Road, Asa Road, Factory Road, Azikiwe Road and down to the Ogbor-Hill axis of the city.
The group who stated this during the one million march held for Obi, Saturday, in Aba, explained that with the way things are currently going on in the country, it has decided to support candidates with vision like Obi and Ikpeazu, despite the party differences.
While identifying itself as ‘Obidients for Ikpeazu’, the group displayed banners with different inscriptions which read; “Peter Obi for President, Ikpeazu is Obidient’; ‘’2023; Obidients adopt Ikpeazu for Senate’’; ‘It is no longer about LP, APC , PDP, we need men of vision like Obi, Ikpeazu’’, Obi for President, Ikpeazu for Senate’’, among others.
Coordinator of the ‘Obidients for Ikpeazu’, Mr. Chisom Amalahu ,who has adopted candidates with capacity to turn things around, added that Ikpeazu had improved Abia state from what he met on ground when he assumed office in 2015.
“We’re here to tell people that we’re tired of how things are done in this country. As you’ve seen today, the expectation was for a million march but we’ve recorded above the expectations because almost everybody came out for Obi. We don’t care about anything else, be it a party or whatever as long as the presidential election is concerned. Obidient for Obi and Ikpeazu.It is authoritative and nobody can fault it.
“This action has shown that the Governor of Abia State cannot because of his party and lose sympathy for the desire of the majority. Obidient is a movement. It’s not a political party. It covers non-members of the labour party so, it’s not about the Labour party. Our resolution to adopt Obi and Ikpeazu is in the interest of Ndigbo, it is solely based on our desire for good governance. Nigerians deserve a better life, this is not the time to preach party loyalty against national interest.
“We’re only aligning ourselves with the interests of the majority of Nigerians. The signals are there. The signs are there that almost everyone is with Peter Obi. We have assessed Ikpeazu considering where the state, Abia ,especially Aba town was when he assumed office. He is a visionary leader. Obi certainly needs someone like Ikpeazu at the senate when becomes the President of Nigeria in 2023.”
Speaking to Vanguard, a member of the Obidient movement, Anayo Ezenyi, said the movement is no longer a partisan affair , stressing that the adoption of Ikpeazu for senate embodies the placement of national interest above personal desires.
“I came here in solidarity with the man of the moment, Mr. Peter Obi who the Nigerian youths and most Nigerians have decided that he should lead them. However, I’m happy to see what is happening today where people drop personal interest for the interest of the majority.
“The truth of the matter is that most of the governors in PDP, APC and other parties may be telling people that they belong to party A or Party B but as far as the presidential election is concerned, almost everybody is going for the best and Obi is the best. So, we are happy to adopt Ikpeazu for Abia South senate. Since he became Governor, he has displayed the zeal and determination to make a difference in governance of the state despite the huge challenges confronting Abia. Ikpeazu is certainly a man for the future. If elected senator, he is one of the political leaders who will add value to Obi’s administration.
“In a few months, we’ll see most of the other governors doing the same because this is a serious movement that almost everybody will love to identify with. Nigerians are no longer talking about this or that political party. It’s going to be a Tsunami in 2023. The shock will be great. Nigeria will see it and hear it.”
Kylian Mbappe, a forward for Paris Saint-Germain, has now passed both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the list of the richest footballers in the world.
Mbappe’s annual earnings have passed the £116m mark.
Messi and Ronaldo were listed as the two highest paid football players on Forbes’ annual list of wealthy athletes, which was released earlier this year.
However, that all looks set to change heading into 2023.
Robert Huth names clubs to finish Premier League top four this season
Manchester United’s Ronaldo (£104.9m) has dropped to second place, with Mbappe’s team-mate Messi (£102.1m) in third.
Ronaldo reportedly turned down an opportunity to join Saudi Arabian side, Al-Hilal this summer in a move that would have almost doubled his annual earnings.
A recently-signed bumper new deal at PSG means that Mbappe’s new status as the world’s richest footballer will come as a surprise to very few.
…As aggrieved members mull ICPC, EFCC invitation
Former and serving members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are at war over the legality or otherwise of the housing allowance recently returned by serving members of the party’s leadership.
Sunday Vanguard was in an undated with conflicting views over the matter which some allege is a financial scandal that has further dragged the party’s reputation in the mud.
While some party chieftains insist that the housing allowance was legitimate others argue to the contrary.
A former Caretaker Chairman, North West Zone of the party, Dr Aminu Taura, himself a former member of the current National Working, said, “As a former member of the current NWC, I know that this matter of Housing Allowance and even Car Allowance had been discussed severally.
“It was the National Chairman who had to put his foot down, insisting that there were bigger issues to be addressed first.
“I recall that some of the people returning money today were the most vociferous advocates for these payments to be made.
I left the NWC about three months ago.”
Speaking in a similar vein, a former National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, argued that some persons were simply trying to call a dog a bad name in order to hang it.
He said, “There is no scandal as some detractors of our party are trying to make Nigerians believe, members of our NWC are not paid salaries, the housing allowance in question was what was discussed and agreed upon before it was released.”
Ologbondiyan said those who chose to return the money were at liberty to do so because it was within their rights. He however queried the undue politicization of the issue.
However, another former member of the party leadership, Diran Odeyemi, disagrees.
He argued that apart from the fact that the funds were taken from monies ordinarily meant to help the party prosecute the 2023 election campaigns, the payment as well as its timing was suspicious.
Odeyemi said, “I was the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party for 4 years, I never collected a dime either for transport or housing.
“So, where did this idea of housing allowance come from, why now? It will be in the best interest of our party if our national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, comes clean to clear his name.
“He should come out to clear his reputation because we all know the National Chairman has an approval limit and it’s certainly not this kind of humongous amount we are hearing now.”
Another party chieftain who pleaded anonymity expressed sadness that the whole affair was casting the party in a bad light.
“It is disappointing that this is happening more so at this very critical time we are trying to sell our party and candidates to Nigerians.
“How can we convince the populace that our nation’s resources are safe with us if we treat our own limited resources like this? They use to taunt us that we are PDP share the money, how do we respond now?
There are also indications that some of the aggrieved party members are contemplating the idea of writing petitions to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission and the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) if the party leadership does not come clean of allegations levelled against it.
A chieftain of the party, Mohammed Jamo gave this hint when he featured on a Channels Television Political Programme, Politics Today, on Friday. He said he and others who shared his views may opt to involve independent assessors to look into the matter.
Two Nigerians suspected to be cybercrime kingpins have been arrested by Interpol officers in South Africa.
According to South Africa’s TimeLive, the suspects were arrested on Wednesday during early morning raids with the collaborative efforts of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) known as Hawks in the Pretoria East suburb of Equestria.
The report did not disclose the identities of the suspects but said they were aged 39 and 42.
The suspects are alleged to be linked to Nigerian organised crime syndicates operating sophisticated cybercrime networks.
The Hawks spokesperson, Katlego Mogale, said “The search and seizure operation by the joint team recovered electronic equipment, including laptops and phones, thousands of rand in cash, as well as an unlicensed firearm, in Wapadrand and Sunnyside.
“The two foreign nationals are alleged to be part of a cult known as the ‘Air Lords’ who are said to be rivals of the ‘Black Axe’ movement. The suspects will be charged, detained and extradited by Interpol.
“The suspects will be linked to online scams being investigated by the 419 provincial task team. This arrest is but one of several simultaneous happening in other countries tracing the suspects involved in online scams such as romance, investments, Bitcoin, employment and related advance fee fraud.”
The suspects will be charged to court on charges bordering on conspiracy to wire fraud, access device fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering schemes related to contraventions of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.
It was revealed that one suspect will be charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
Sources said they were apprehended as part of a multidisciplinary operation involving years of investigation and co-operation between local and international law enforcement agencies.
The arrests are the latest in a crackdown on Nigerian organised crime groups, which began with raids in Cape Town in November last year when the Black Axe or Neo Black Movement of Africa’s Cape Town leadership were arrested in a huge operation.
They and other alleged Black Axe members and Nigerian organised crime members arrested since then face extradition to the United States on fraud charges relating to huge business e-mail compromise scams and romance scams worth hundreds of millions of rand.
Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has hinted that his party manifesto for 2023 is 95 per cent ready.
Obi, who spoke on Arise Television’s The Morning Show, noted that the manifesto of his party was 95 per cent ready and would be unveiled in a few days.
He reiterated that his policy document would be hinged on the sustainable development goals (SDGs), economic development and security of the country.
“Our manifesto is anchored on the Sustainable Development Goals and that the key issues are security, unifying the country, ensuring our cohesion comes down to law and order, fighting corruption, making the country productive and creating jobs among others,” he stated.
In a similar vein, the leadership of the Labour Party said it would formally unveil the names of leaders and members of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council in a few days.
The National Chairman of the party, Julius Abure, in a statement released in Abuja, disclosed that the announcement of the PCC composition would also herald the beginning of the party’s electioneering in full compliance with electoral guidelines.
Recall that the LP presidential candidate had not constituted his campaign council as he was said to be making consultations across the country.
Abure reassured supporters that the constitution of Obi’s PCC and campaign would be ready in a few days.
The statement reads partly, “For our numerous supporters and members across the nation, this is to inform you that we are yet to commence our own campaign.
“The Labour Party will officially open its campaign in a few days from now and the world will be formally notified. It will also formally unveil a list of leaders and members of the party that will form the campaign council,” it added.
Supporters of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, have defied police directive against holding a rally at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos.
It will be recalled that that the Lagos State Police Command had on Friday warned against any form of rally at the Lekki Toll gate, citing the court order that prohibited it.
However, on Saturday morning, October 1, the supporters, known as the ‘Obidients’, were seen in mass number as they marched at the Lekki-Epe Expressway, chanting ‘Obi! Obidient!’
A Twitter user, @Nkemchor, who shared a video, posted, “The police presence at Lekki did not stop youths from gathering. Very proud of this generation. If Lekki is your route join them!”
Another user, @eklepatience tweeted, “All we want is a genuine leader that’s ready to serve Nigerians we’re not asking for too much nah just give us Peter Obi. Festac Lagos is Obidient.”
According to tweeps, who shared images, the rally also seemed to be holding in other parts of Lagos, like Festac town, Surulere and the National Stadium.
Another tweep, @BensonIbeabuchi, tweeted, “Youths defy rainfall to come out in support of the Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi at Lekki, Lagos on October 1, 2022.