Trouble In Aso Rock As President Buhari Challenges Aisha To Prove Existence Of Cabal In His Government

President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged his wife, Aisha, to prove the existence of a cabal that she claimed is in control of his administration.

The President’s wife had in an interview with the BBC in 2016, threatened to withdraw support for her husband if he chose to seek re-election unless he shakes up his cabinet, and includes more people who worked for his success in 2015.

Mrs Buhari said although the victory of the APC in 2015 ”was a collective effort of millions of people”, she said ”only for us to find out that the government is being operated by a few people”.

While addressing a gathering of APC women in Abuja recently, Mrs Buhari accused Nigerians of allowing two or three unnamed persons to “cage” her husband, thereby limiting his ability to perform.

Mrs Buhari, known for her intermittent fiery public rebuke of her husband, said although over 15 million Nigerians voted for Mr Buhari in 2015, “only two or three persons have since taken control of the government”.

She did not name the individuals or elaborate on her claims. The President responded to his wife in an interview with the Hausa service of the Voice of America, which was shared on Tuesday 25th December.

Buahri reminded Nigerians that his wife and others have consistently claimed the existence of a cabal running his government, Mr Buhari simply said: ”that is her business”. Claiming that such stories proves his good democratic credentials.

”It means everyone is free to say whatever they like. Irrespective of whatever they say, they should come out with proof of what the cabal has forced me to do.”

The short video released by the VOA is a teaser. The whole interview is expected to be aired soon.

Akwa Ibom Govt Makes U-turn, Allows Buhari to Use Stadium for Campaign

After rejecting the initial request of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to use the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, for its campaign and to host President Muhammadu Buhari and other APC leaders, the Akwa Ibom State government has given approval for the event this Friday.

The state government’s approval was contained in a press statement issued on Monday 24th December, evening by the Commissioner Youth and Sports, Monday Uko.

“Following a decision by Julius Berger Plc to recall their staff from their scheduled holiday, the Akwa Ibom State Government has approved the use of the Nest of Champions Stadium, Uyo for the flag off of the President’s electioneering campaign on December 28, 2018,” Mr Uko said in the statement. However, all other terms of use will remain effective.

“Organisers of the rally are expected to meet with the stadium management to finalise this approval,” the commissioner added.

One of the reasons the government gave for its initial rejection of the APC’s request was that the officials of the construction company, Julius Berger, which maintain the facilities in the stadium, had shut down and travelled abroad for their end-of-the-year holiday.

The government had also said using the stadium for political campaign was going to have adverse effect on the grass in the stadium.

“The next season of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) is scheduled to begin on January 13, 2019. In view of this and the fixtures of home matches for Akwa United FC, it will be practically impossible to ‘regrass’ the stadium for pre-fixed matches, if used for non-sports activities, because of the nature of pressure that such events bring on the pitch,” the commissioner, Mr Uko, said on Friday.

The government then gave the APC an alternative venue of the Uyo Township Stadium.

The government’s action generated controversy within and outside the state, with some people seeing it as Governor Udom Emmanuel’s way of retaliating on his political opponents.

“We recall that the stadium was used recently for the flag-off of the Akwa Ibom State PDP governorship election campaign, for the second term bid and governorship primary of Your Excellency, and there was no complaint of the likely damage to the field,” the APC chairman in Akwa Ibom, Ini Okopido, told Emmanuel in a letter dated December 24.

Akopido said the Uyo Township Stadium approved by the government was not suitable for the event.

Yinka Ayefele becomes INEC ambassador, releases 25th album

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has named Gospel Tungba Maestro, Dr Yinka Ayefele (MON), as its ambassador for the forthcoming 2019 elections.

A letter signed by Mrs Lakunya Dorothy Bello, Deputy Director, Civil Society Division, Voter Education and Publicity Department of the Commission in Abuja, stated that Dr Ayefele is expected to use his strong, integrity-based social influence to assist INEC in making a success of the coming 2019 elections, and future electoral activities.

The conferment ceremony, which was held at an elaborate ceremony in Lagos last Saturday, was attended by INEC’s top management staff and the entertainment community.

Ayefele who was happy about his new ambassadorial post, described the position as a welcome development and also assured the commission of his commitment to voter education.

“I’m happy to be one of INEC’s ambassador. I see this as a task that must be accomplished. It is my duty as an ambassador to educate Nigerian eligible voters on their voting rights. Already, we have a jingle dedicated to this course on my radio stations, in Ibadan and Abeokuta where we educate Nigerians on how to cast their vote and how not to sell their conscience.

Meanwhile, Ayefele who is also Chairman of Fresh FM, Ibadan and Abeokuta respectively has released his 25th album to commemorate the 21st anniversary of his accident.

Titled, ‘Favour’, the album, a danceable offering with tracks like, ‘Ire Ayo’, ‘Ewa Bamijo’, ‘You are God’, ‘Iji to Ja’, ‘Ore to se’ and ‘Appreciation’, is released under Galaxy Music. The six-track album is already enjoying quality air review on top radio stations across the country.

Genevieve Nnaji Alleges Cinema Gang Up Against her Movie ‘Lion Heart’

Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, who just made her directional debut with the internationally acclaimed movie, Lion Heart, may not be having it as easy as people would think.

According to a statement making rounds, some major powers in the Nigerian movie industry are frustrating her efforts.

In a statement made on her behalf by Ugoma Adegoke, the CEO of Life House, the movie may not get to air in Nigerian cinemas. According to the statement, major distributors in the industry are hampering her efforts. She however named FilmOne as one of the major distributors that have refused to work with the movie.

The statement according to apex.ng below;

FilmOne, one of the major film cinema distributors, has categorically refused to distribute Lionheart, primarily because they have no stake in it. They are currently invested in a couple of movies showing in the cinemas and want to protect their assets at all cost. Monopolizing the market this season is their strategy to recouping their investment,” the statement reads.

The actress adds that although pioneer cinema house, Silverbird agreed to exclusively exhibit ‘Lionheart’ across their cinemas, as soon as the announcement was made about the release, the ‘powers that be’ of distribution and marketing proceeded to arm twist them into backing out of the agreement by threatening to boycott them in the future.

The movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and became the first Nigerian movie to be bought by Netflix

Genevieve’s LionHeart movie blocked by ‘powers that be’ at cinemas

Cinema lovers will not be able to see the movie this holiday season

Cinema screening of ‘LionHeart,’ the directorial debut of veteran actress, Genevieve Nnaji has been halted due to alleged industry gang-up.

Although the movie was purchased by Netflix in July, Nnaji’s team announced last Friday that its cinema screening would commence on Dec. 21.

Following that announcement, a viral statement from the ‘Lion Heart’s team alleged that the “powers that be” (distribution companies) have refused to show the movie in their cinemas.

The statement further claimed that one of the major distributors, who had agreed to show the movie, backed out of the deal after being “arm twisted”.

Reacting to the statement, Patrick Lee, chairman of the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN) clarified the association’s position in a public statement.

He said that the Lionheart team did not adhere to the processes involved in exhibiting a film in cinemas in the country, that’s why most of its members “rightly refused to take the movie.”

“We expect the movie to come from a licenced distributor, we expect the movie to be given adequate run time in the cinemas before it is officially released on other platforms.

“Also for our cinemas to be provided with adequate notice for the inclusion of the movie in an increasingly crowded calendar.

“It is clear from the approach taken by the Lionheart team that these processes were not adhered to, and most of our members rightly refused to take the movie.

“It is also important to note that this movie had been signed up by Netflix months ago, thereby giving Genevieve’s team ample time to secure a spot on the calendar.

“An option they did not take until quite recently, thereby ensuring the possibility of the movie not being shown by cinemas during their preferred date.

“Genevieve has starred and produced movies for cinema exhibition in the past so should be familiar with the way the industry works, which is why this is a cause for concern for us in the cinema association.

“Finally, it’s worth pointing out that other movies such as Chief Daddy, KOB and Merry men had all been slated from early March this year.

“Mo Abudu, AY and Kemi Adetiba who are industry compatriots of Genevieve’s followed the right approach by scheduling early for cinema release.

“It’s not fair that they may now possibly have their screen times reduced, because of the rushed inclusion of Lionheart in the cinemas.

“We at the Cinema Association, are also not pleased about the attacks in the statement on some of our members and the sweeping generalisations the statement makes,” Lee said.

Lee added that the association expects to seek further clarification from its author, before determining if further action needs to be taken.

‘Lion Heart’ had successful screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Marakeuch, Morroco and will be available on Netflix in January, 2019.

SANWO-OLU @ GRACE 2018 GLAMOUR NIGHT…hails Okotie

Lagos State APC Governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu was the special Guest of Honour at the GRACE Programme of the Household of God, Church, Oregun, on Sunday December 16, 2018.

His presence created a huge buzz inside the ultramodern auditorium, as he quietly walked down the aisle with just two aides. He was met by the host and visioner of the GRACE programme, flamboyant Rev. Chris Okotie, who never fails to impress as a style icon, platform orator, singer/performer and Bible expositor.

On the special night, Okotie totally ignored his political ambitions and concentrated on the proceedings which included donations to four charities and giving the late Reginald Akpofure, first Nigerian Principal of the iconic Kings College, the posthumous Karis Award 2018. The most exciting highlight of GRACE is usually the Queen Esther costume pageant, given to the contestant whose costume best portrayed a female Bible character. This year’s contest was won by Ruth Michael, who beat 15 others to the coveted crown.

With all of these on the cards, Sanwo-Olu looked an undercard, but the slim, charismatic politician stunned the audience when he mounted the podium. Not only did he prove to be a consummate political tactician, his brief, on-point remarks covered all highlights of the GRACE night, from the glamourous auditorium, breath-taking Christmas trees, high profile guests in attendance and the various dimensions of Rev. Okotie’s ministry and giftings, Sanwo-Olu mentioned them all in accessible, yet impeccable English.

The fact that he sat through the programme showed how patient he is. Sanwo-Olu urged the people of Lagos State to speak truth to power, and challenge their leaders to always deliver on good governance. His pleasant personality attracted scores of admirers who sought and got his attention for few minutes of whispering discussions and backslappings. While he did his best to avoid campaigning openly, he cleverly sold himself to the audience without offending protocols.

As always, Rev. Okotie was the star of every GRACE event. He rendered two riveting songs that could hit No. 1 on the dance music charts anywhere in the world, because of his proficient vocals and enchanting lyrics. He topped off the show with a powerful, but short message that revealed the Reverend’s perspicacity into complex Biblical revelations.

Okotie’s call for “Household Ladies” to come forward and dance, spurned an explosive Holy Ghost party that lasted for about an hour. The compassion of Rev. Okotie toward the less privileged was clearly evident in the donations to four charities, Spinal Cord Injuries Association, Sunshine Foundation, Little Saints Orphanage, and Pacelli School. For the Blind and Partially Sighted, and the KARIS Awardee.

Each of the charities went home with N2Million naira, including the KARIS recipient, represented by his relatives. The members of the Kings College Old Students Association put up a remarkable performance of the school’s anthem, to honour their late Principal and 2018 KARIS recipient, Dr. Reginald Akpofure, OFR. It was a nostalgic but patriotic cameo appearance that won rapturous ovation.

GRACE 2018 was a night to remember for all those who attended, and Sanwo-Olu himself said this much.

NEW STORIES

Nigerian JTF Destroys 436 Illegal Refineries In Niger-Delta

The Joint Military Taskforce (JTF) code-named “Operation Delta Safe” briefed journalaists in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State, lasy Thursday where is dislciosed that it had destroyed at least 436 illegal refineries in the Niger-Delta region. Brig-Gen. John Agim, Acting Director of Defence Information, who made the briefing said that the illegal refineries were destroyed in the operations which started from October to-date and which was named ”Operation 777.”

He added that the JTF had also arrested some 266 persons who were said to have committed various offences and also handed them over to government agencies for prosecution.

”The force has nabbed a suspected notorious militant kingpin, Gift Apollo aka ‘Thousand’, whose gang is responsible for the attack and death of soldiers deployed to Abua/Oduma Creeks between Rivers and Bayelsa State.

The operation has helped in destroying about 436 illegal refineries, 609 boats, 1,507 surface tanks and 1,538 drums used for illegal bunkering in the Niger Delta region. The operation has also recorded several significant achievements by men and officers of the JTF.

Anti-illegal bunkering and illegal refining operation was carried out in Okaka community in Bayelsa State which has become notorious for crude oil theft and illegal refining,” he said.

Agim also added said the taskforce traced some militant camps at Okparakiri, Sanikiri and Okporama communities, and were able to arrest suspected sea robbers and cultists terrorising Abonnema-Buguma in Rivers waterways.

”Seven Nigerian Agip Oil Company maintenance workers kidnapped while carrying out an assessment of a blasted wellhead in Azuama in Southern Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa, were rescued and released un-harmed.

We have also recovered several dangerous items such as 230 different types of arms, 240 assorted ammunition, 11 barges, 101 outboard engines, 135 pumping machines from the criminals,” he added.

National Sports Festival Begins In Abuja Amidst Tight Security

The 19th National Sports Festival began in Abuja on Thursday, 6th December and will end on 16th December 2018. The Sports Festival has attracted utmost security to the National Stadium venue of the event, as security operatives were deployed to several strategic areas within the sports complex, to ensure peace and orderliness throughout the sporting event. 

The National Sports Festival which was initially billed to hold in Calabar was eventually moved to Abuja after it had been postponed severally because it seemed the Calabar zone was unprepared to host the festival. 

Reports on ground from the joint security forces which is made up of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Vehicle Inspection Office, National Emergency Management Agency, Fire Service and Federal Road Safety Corps, have so far reported free, seamless and violence free festival since it started. They however insisted that law and order will be maintained to the latter at the festival. 

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HOW TO GET YOUR LIFE BACK AFTER A DIVORCE

A divorce is never a pleasant thing, a lot of things happen to someone who is going through or has passed through a divorce. And that is because when the person went into that marriage relationship, the person had believed that it would last forever, but alas life happened, and the marriage ends up breaking up. The various emotions a divorced person goes through are numerous, pain, shame, failure, blames, gossip, fear, mistrust, anger, indifference, emptiness etc. if one is not careful, all these emotions can engulf the divorced person, and lead to very harmful emotional and psychological conditions.

The good news here is that you can actually get your life after a divorce, yes, you can in fact, have your best life after a divorce and here is how…..

  1. STOP THE BLAME– get out of that ‘maybe if I had done this, maybe if I had done that’ situation. Admit that you gave it your best shot, it didn’t work out eventually because maybe it wasn’t meant to be. Also understand that nobody has a permanent fixture in your life, people come into your life, do what they are meant to do at that moment and leave. Believe that your partner leaving was probably meant to be.
  2. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH YAY SAYERS– this works all the time, rather than wallow in misery or be with people who would always remind you of what you didn’t do right, which may have contributed to the break up. Surround yourself with positive people, people who see the best in you, people who come up with opportunities for you. People who encourage you to pursue your dreams and be the best you can be. Trust me, this works.
  3. GET BUSY– this is highly recommended, find something to do. Immerse yourself in your work, career or business. Take on new challenges, open yourself to new opportunities. Work your bones out so that when you get home, all you are thinking of is how to dive under your bed and sleep till morning. Engaging your mind constantly with activities, especially the ones that would bring money works like magic.
  4. HAVE FUN– socialize for Pete’s sake. Have an amazing fun life, go out for parties, weddings, concerts, events, movies, spa treats, dance classes, etc. Whatever it is you enjoy doing. You know why, these fun distractions take your mind off thinking, and guess what! Your ex is probably having the best times of their lives out there, so why should you be the odd one out? Make it a duty to do something fun each week and you will see that you are mostly happy all the time.
  5. OPEN YOURSELF FOR A NEW RELATIONSHIP– there is no reason why you can’t start a fresh relationship because your former one failed. There is still that special someone out there, who is longing to meet you. Be ready to have a relationship with someone who adores you and understands your worth. Do not wear your heart on a plate, be sure that when you give your heart, its for the right reasons.
  6. PRAY– if you believe in God, pray all the time. Pray for help, pray for direction but above all, pray for healing. So you don’t go into the next relationship with baggage’s of your past relationship.

Try all these tips and let me know how it worked for you…..you can send an email to akuabengo@gmail.com

GOSPEL SINGER, NIKKI LAOYE AND HUSBAND, ALEX OTURU FILE FOR DIVORCE

Nigerian recording artist, singer, songwriter, dancer and occasional actress, renowned for her eclectic musical expressions and captivating stage performances, Oyenike Laoye-Oturu, professionally known as Nikki Laoye and husband Alex Oturu, who also doubles as her manager have separated after 6 years of marriage.

The couple haven’t been seen together in public for a while, and both have also been spotted without their wedding bands especially in recent pictures.

A family source disclosed that they are no longer living together, as they have been separated for about a year due to possible irreconcilable differences. The source added that they might have even begun divorce proceedings but have split on amicable terms and remain friends.

Nikki Laoye, who is also well known for her humanitarian work with the physically challenged and Libyan returnees, got married to Alex in a grand ceremony held in Lagos on the 11th of December, 2011.

The couple don’t have any children together. And no official statement has been given by the singer concerning this new development in their lives.

There won’t be cabal in my government – Atiku says

PDP Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, has assured Nigerians that there will be no cabal in his government if he wins the 2019 election. Atiku in his speech during the Coalition of United Political Parties last week, after he had been endorsed as the sole presidential candidate, also said he would form a government of national unity as soon as he assumes office. The CUPP is made up of about 46 political parties.

“I want to commit myself to the continuation of the doctrine of a government of national unity. We believe as a political party in a government of national unity, and there must be stability before you can do anything – implement your economic programme, implement your healthcare programme. Right from the beginning, I have been a member of the PDP and I know we have always believed in a government of national unity. It takes a long time for a country as diverse as Nigeria to be united and stable, even before we start talking about which ethnic group we come from, or which religion we practise. I want to assure you that as long as we are having a government of national unity, there will not be a cabal. My government will be a government of the people.” Atiku promised.

Atilku also narrated his journey into politics, adding that the likes of President Buhari was enjoying the efforts of past democracy advocates in the present-day Nigerian politics.

President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, who is also the Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, said that Buhari’s government has affected the country negatively, as hunger has taken over the land since the President came into power.

He said, “We should all work hard together to ensure victory for Atiku who understands the issues. The message everywhere we go is that this country must move forward, and we have agreed that the existing President must give way because he is not leading us in the right direction. We have met with Nigerians all over the country, the old, the not-too-old and the message is that the President cannot lead us the right way. We must be part of the process to usher in a new direction. The most important thing is that we want a change, a new direction. We want a man that understand the issues. We have been to three zones and there is a common message and that message is one of insecurity and hunger. Everywhere in this country, hunger and poverty are the issues. So the challenge before us is how to bring back prosperity to this country. Unfortunately, our President today cannot do it. He cannot do it because he does not have the ability to do so. Government alone cannot bring prosperity to this country, because close to 80 per cent of the revenue of government are going into personnel and servicing of debts. The remaining percentage cannot bring about development. To bring development to this country today, you need an environment that encourages people to bring in investment. Nigerians are even afraid to bring their monies, out and so they need somebody that they have confidence will bring about the right environment for their business. At the moment, the verdict is that this government and this President do not give that confidence and without that investment, we are going nowhere.”

What do you think of these coalition of political parties endorsing Atiku?

Mild Drama As Toke Makinwa/Maje Ayida Defamation Lawsuit Resumes Court Hearing

Not a few were amused on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 when slay queen and On Air Personality, Toke Makinwa and her former husband, Maje Ayida appeared in court for the hearing of an N1000m suit slammed on Toke by Maje. Fitness expert Maje Ayida slammed his ex-wife Toke Makinwa with an N100million lawsuit for defamation of character in her book, “On Becoming”. Popular media personality, Toke Makinwa, has no doubt had a troublesome relationship life. Toke revealed some private information about her life and her former marriage in her tell all memoir, On Becoming, which was released in 2016, and her ex, Maje, was not painted in the best light. According to her book, Maje had infected Toke with infections due to his escapades with various women.

Maje was the first to take his oath, and while his documents were admitted as evidence without objection. Maje’s attorney proceeded on examining him before a cross-examination by the defendant’s lawyer. Toke published a book, ‘On Becoming,’ where she accused her ex, Maje of infecting her with STD and ill-treated her. The case was brought before Hon. Justice Ogunjobi of the High Court of Lagos State.

Here’s how the court proceedings went according to Harold Benson: During cross-examination, Maje told the court that he doesn’t know Toke’s financial worth and if she can pay the N100M. Toke’s lawyer sought to tender a letter written by Maje but his lawyer objected on the ground that the letter can’t be tendered through Maje. In defence, Toke’s lawyer replied that, the letter sought to be tendered, is to prove that Maje was a cold-blooded husband. When Maje was asked how old Toke was when they first met, the celebrity gym expert said 19. He was further asked how he knew and he said “that was what they told.”

Toke and Maje’s lawyers were said to have had a go at each other and were only calmed by Justice Ogunjobi, who called both lawyers to his chambers. When the court resumed after both lawyers were calmed by the judge, Maje was asked about having a live-in-lover.

Maje however denied having a live-in lover but admits to womanizing. He says he’s a womanizer. He mentions 2 women: Hauwa and Aisha. He also admits to impregnating Anita. Maje also said Anita was his ex-girlfriend at the time he impregnated her but he had visited her and they had sex which resulted to pregnancy when he had issues with Toke. Maje also admitted that he also travelled to Florida with another of his ex-girlfriend, Erika.

Maje denied infecting Toke with STI. He says he has no medical record of having STI. Toke’s lawyer then asks if Maje used a condom when he impregnated Anita. The Judge suggests counsel used “contraceptive” instead of “condom.” After the question was rephrased, Maje said he did not use contraceptive at the time he impregnated Anita.

Maje was again questioned by the defence counsel if he had sexual intercourse with Erika, Hauwa, Aisha and if he used contraceptive and he says he reserves his answer but later responded saying ‘sometimes.’ Maje is then asked if he disclosed to Toke that he had a son with another woman, one Crystal Cullingham when he and Toke started dating. He says he had the son during an on and off period with Toke.

When Maje was asked if he had told Toke about the son with Cullingham, he answered saying that Toke found out about the son on her own.

Toke’s lawyer ended the cross-examination for Maje.

States May Not Be Able To Meet Up Financial Burdens – Niger State Governor Bello

It seems that some states may not really be able to pay the agreed N30,000 new minimum wage, as some states are currently finding it difficult to pay the current minimum wage to its civil staff. According to Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello Governor of Niger State, it is increasingly becoming difficult for states because of declining revenue. He also predicts that in few years, states may not be able to pay salaries and pensions because of heavy reliance on federal allocation.

But all hope is not lost, as Bello explained what his government is doing to beat the foreseeable challenge, during a media chat with journalists. Bello says that he has continued to focus on areas that would help make his state a financially dependent state, through ideas that would boost internally-generated revenue, so that Niger State would not rely heavily on the Federal Allocation Commission (FAAC).

“From what we are seeing, I have a strong feeling that we are almost reaching the end of the era when states would survive on their FAAC allocations. And the earlier we realize and accept this, the better. Even the oil-producing states. People are relying on state allocations from FAAC, but with what I have seen so far, in the next few years, most of the states, if not all, will not be able to pay salaries. As I speak right now, our pension bill increases every quarter, and the revenues are not increasing. As a matter of fact, the revenues are declining. So among the many things that need to be done, I am more concerned about placing the state in a financially stable environment,”

Bello also added that his administration met a lot of abandoned projects in 2015, which it completed since government is a continuum. For example, he said when he became governor, it was discovered that children sat on bare floors in some schools in Niger State, while pupils trekked long kilometres in other communities. Also he disclosed that two local government areas were without electricity supply.

Bello assured Nigerians that re-electing President Buhari into power in 2019, will stabilise Nigeria’s economy.

What do you think of Governor Bello’s Revelation?

2019: Atiku, Ezekwesili endorse peace pact, flay Buhari

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, counterpart, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, yesterday, signed the peace accord, with both insisting that President Muhammadu Buhari’s assent of the accord must be followed up with assent to the Electoral Bill. In signing the peace accord to uphold decency and focus ahead of and during the election, Atiku said Buhari’s failure to sign the 2018 Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill cast doubts on his sincerity towards free and credible elections. Ezekwesili and Atiku Ezekwesili on her part, accused Buhari of taking contradictory positions on credible elections, affirming that he should not practise political corruption by using his exalted office as president to further his own interest as a candidate.

Buhari was further put on the spot by the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, who charged that Buhari could not be sincere towards free and fair election after rejecting the Electoral Act amendment bill four times. The Buhari Media Organisation, BMO, however, blasted Atiku for what it described as his belated and hesitant assent to the peace accord, saying his party had in the recent past, set the machinery for violence and discord through their actions. Atiku and Ezekwesili were absent when Buhari and a number of other presidential candidates signed the peace accord to promote issue-based campaigns and peace during activities surrounding the 2019 election on Tuesday.

The two candidates said they did not receive invitations to the event, a claim that was disputed by the Peace Committee, led by Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd). Speaking a few minutes after signing the agreement, Atiku, flanked by his running mate,  Mr. Peter Obi, and the PDP Presidential Campaign Deputy Director-General, Tanimu Turaki,  said:  “I am delighted that Mr. President has agreed to sign this peace accord. I will want to appeal to him to also sign the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill. Mr. President needs to understand that as long as he refuses to sign the bill, we will have doubts that this government is truly committed to free, fair and credible elections.”

Ezekwesili faults Buhari’s commitment to peace ACPN presidential candidate, Ezekwesili, speaking ahead of her signing the peace accord, yesterday, urged President Buhari to sign the amended electoral bill into law to justify his belief in peaceful election. Speaking on a Ray Power Radio programme, Political Platform, she said: “If the President didn’t sign the amended electoral bill and he went ahead to sign the peace accord, it means he is inconsistent and contradictory. “It is very clear that the president is running away from the provision of the bill that when it becomes an act, will checkmate any shenanigan, and I have earlier called on the president to do what is right for Nigerians. “The President cannot practise political corruption by using his exalted office as President to further his own interest as a candidate; they are two different things. He should not hold the country in a state of possible distabilisation by choosing further his own personal interest.”

Fayose Ex-Governor Fayose in a series of tweets, yesterday, also underlined the attacks on the President, saying his rejection of the Electoral Bill was against the ingredients of the peace pact he signed. He said: “A man who refused to sign the Amended Electoral Bill four times after it was passed by NASS of 469 Nigerians cannot be said to be interested in any peaceful, free and fair election. Therefore, signing of peace accord won’t change his desperation to remain in office at all cost.

Meanwhile, APC in a statement, yesterday, ridiculed Atiku’s assent as an afterthought. The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said:  “It is obvious that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar tried to avoid signing the national peace accord ahead of the country’s 2019 general elections. “To all discerning Nigerians, the PDP and Atiku’s dubious claim of a ‘communication lapse’ as reason for their no-show at Tuesday’s formal signing ceremony is hogwash, as the peace committee duly and formally invited the PDP and Atiku like other candidates and political parties contesting the 2019 Elections.”

Buhari Media Organisation, BMO, described Atiku’s assent to the election peace pact as an afterthought. In a statement signed by its chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, BMO noted that Atiku had no intention of signing the peace pact as he and members of his party intended to push out fake news and hate speeches, promote violence and ultimately disrupt the 2019 elections.    

“We recall that in September, Atiku had said that if he did not get the Presidential ticket of his party, he would unleash crisis in the party. Before then, his party, PDP, had in July said that it would boycott the 2019 elections and would reject the results of the elections. ‘’This tells us that Atiku and his party already had a mindset of sponsoring chaos during the 2019 elections and were unwilling to have anything to do with peace, let alone signing a Peace Pact.”      

Noting that Atiku was forced by international pressure to endorse the peace accord, the group added that Atiku and the PDP’s excuses were flimsy and unbelievable. “President Muhammadu Buhari has shown leadership by signing the peace pact, despite the absence of Alhaji Abubakar. We observe that this example shown by the President is consistent with his approach in the previous presidential elections that he had participated, especially in 2015, when he also signed a peace accord with former President Goodluck Jonathan.” “The President has by signing the peace accord, demonstrated that he cherishes peace and that his government is committed to free and credible elections in 2019.”  

WIZKID SET TO SHUT DOWN ABUJA WITH THE LIVE-IN-CONCERT SHOW

Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun popularly known as Wizkid, is set for the mother-of-all concerts in Abuja on Sunday 16th December 2018. The award-winning Nigerian singer and songwriter, who started recording music at age 11 and grown steadily to become one of the biggest music acts out of Africa, will be live at Transcorp Hilton Abuja. Wizkid has assured his teeming fans, that the Live In Concert show will be a night to remember.

Wizkid, whose latest single fever, topped the charts for weeks, has challenged his Abuja fans to get ready to experience performances like never before.

Wizkid signed a record deal with Banky W.’s record label Empire Mates Entertainment (E.M.E), in 2009 and has not looked back since then.

COURT DECLARES JERRY GANA SDP FLAG BEARER

The Social Democratic Party (SDP), had declared a former Governor of Cross River, Mr Donald Duke, as the winner of the election primaries and its flag bearer for the 2019 General Elections on october 6th. However, few hours ago, an FCT High Court in Maitama Abuja, declared, a former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana, as the winner of the presidential primary election of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The party said that Duke polled 812 votes, while Gana had 611 in the primaries, but Gana went to court seeking to be declared the winner in line with the zoning and rotation formula, of the party’s constitution.

In his judgement, Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf, held that the regulations contained in the party’s constitution were binding on every member and must be obeyed. He held that the zoning and rotation formula as contained in the party’s constitution, stipulated that both the chairman of the party and the flag bearer should not come from the same zone.

“In this instance, the party’s Chairman, Chief Olu Falae, is from the South and Duke is from the South too; the law is clear; there is nothing to write in-between. The law has crystallised that political parties should abide by the regulations which they have made by themselves. The claimant laid sufficient evidence to have the judgment in his favour; it is a clear violation of the party’s constitution; the court cannot wave right over illegality,” he held.

The judge, therefore, declared Gana the winner of SDP presidential primary elections, he also declared Duke’s 812 votes null and void, and ordered SDP to forward Gana’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the party’s flag bearer for the 2019 presidential election.

In addition, he ordered that Duke should stop parading himself as the party’s flag bearer for the elections.

More details later….

Linda Ikeji finally opens up on identity of her son’s father, relationship with Sholaye Jeremi

Popular Nigerian blogger, Linka Ikeji has finally opened up on her relationship with an oil magnate, Sholaye Jeremi. Remember that Ikeji was said to be in a relationship with Jeremi, adding that the oil magnate was responsible for the blogger’s son. She had, however, been silent about the claims.

However, the popular blogger, in a statement she personally signed on her Instagram, confirmed that Jeremi is the father of her son, Jayce.

In the statement, Ikeji also confirmed that the relationship between her and the oil mogul was over.

The statement reads, “Two days before my 38th birthday on September 17th, I welcomed my first child, my son, Jayce. I look at him and I wonder why I waited so long to have a child. I’ve never known love like this. I literally have tears in my eyes every time I look at him. I can’t believe he came out of me. He is by far my greatest blessing and I’m looking forward to navigating him through life!

“Now to the reason why you are reading this. I argued with myself for a long time whether to put this out or not…and finally decided it was a story I wanted to share. I’ve always been open about my life but I’m sharing details about my personal life mostly because of the girls who look up to me. The girls I have mentored, mentoring right now and plan to mentor in the future. I’m very particular about our young girls and I have personally tried over the years to be an example in some way; tried to teach these girls how to fight for their dreams, how to live right and do right and then I go and have a child out of wedlock and that must be a little confusing to some of them and especially with so many untruthful stuff out there about me.

“The most hilarious is that I had a child for a married man. Lol. Here’s my answer to that! The married man that I will sleep with has not yet been born. If he’s been born, he will die, be buried, rise and die again before he will lay with me. I don’t do married men. The father of my child is a single man and his name is Sholaye Jeremi.

“To be honest, at some point I thought he was my final bus stop but you know how life happens…lol. Unfortunately, he and I are a completely closed chapter. Sadly for our son Jayce, it’s the kind of chapter that can’t ever be opened again.

“One of the things many people have asked me is how I met this man because we don’t run in the same circle. Well, I met him 3 years ago at Wheatbaker Restaurant in Ikoyi in December 2015 shortly after I moved to my home in Banana Island, Ikoyi. It was a day after Christmas and I was having dinner with friends when he walked in. He saw me and the rest is history. He claimed at the time that he had never heard of me which was seriously a turn-on for me because up until then I’d only been meeting men who behaved like fans. At the time we met, I was 35 and he was 37 and I’d been single for nearly 4 years. I was definitely searching and I fell in love almost immediately and so we became an item.

“At the time I met him he lived in a 3-bedroom flat at what used to be 5th roundabout in Lekki after Mobil. I used to drive for almost two hours in traffic from my house to go see him. Most of the time, I carried my laptop to his home to enable me to work and at the same time spend the whole day with him.

“It was a whirlwind romance. He was the funniest and most romantic guy I’d met up until that point, so it was easy to fall in love and I truly believed the feeling was mutual. A few weeks after we met, it seemed like we were planning a future together. This man was already calling me Linda Ikeji Jeremi and making all these plans but then just like that, it was over between us. I went from waking up every morning to love text messages from him to no more calls. I was just thanking God for finally sending me my own man when all of a sudden we were no longer talking to each other.

“Later he would tell me what scared him off. My public life. He claims he’s a private business man and didn’t want the attention being with me would bring to him and I told him I understood and we went our separate ways. We tried to get back together in 2016 but it didn’t work out so much so we separated again but stayed in touch (mostly him to be honest), stayed friends and that was how our back and forth started.

“By mid-2017, we were both still single and we started seeing each other again quietly. There were times it was very intense and we talked about a future together, and there were times that I couldn’t figure out what exactly I was doing with this guy. We were not suited for each other. Totally different lifestyles. And there was the problem of my fame. I walked away from this man a million times and he came after me a million and one times. No matter how much I pushed him away, he kept coming back and me, because I couldn’t find anyone else, I kept going back. Lol. So I was basically going back to my ex because I couldn’t find anyone else. *sigh*.

“Then I fell pregnant. It wasn’t planned, it just happened; though we talked about having a child together just two months before I fell pregnant. He said something about putting a billionaire baby inside me and I remember jokingly telling him that I’m also a billionaire so our child was going to be a billionaire on both side…and we laughed. But after I fell pregnant, things became extremely weird between us. If I tried to explain what happened, I wouldn’t be able to because it was confusing to me. We went from talking about the pregnancy and being okay with it; he even suggested I go to Dubai for my pre-natals as he didn’t trust doctors in Nigeria, to literally not talking to each other anymore. Around when I was about three months pregnant, he did come to see my parents and actually became very cool with my dad. They were literally exchanging Whatsapp messages every day. He later agreed to a traditional wedding which he didn’t follow through and then he switched. He began to treat me with so much hate and aggression that I and my family had to cut him off completely.

“To be honest if anybody had told me when we met three years ago, considering how deeply we cared for each other that I would fall pregnant two years later and he would completely turn his back on me for most part of my pregnancy, I never would have believed it but that’s what happened. I had to draw strength from myself, my family and close friends.

“And Jayce…oh my son Jayce, he was my biggest strength. It was almost as if he knew his dad was acting up so he came through for his mum. He was gentle with me when I was carrying him. I had an extremely easy pregnancy. I pushed him out under 3 mins and was in the labour room for less than 30 minutes. And then my snapback was amazing. Three weeks later, it was almost as if I’d never been pregnant. Jayce was my soldier when his dad turned his back.

“But still, I have absolutely no iota of regret meeting Sholaye. Gosh, have you seen Jayce? How can I regret that? God doesn’t make mistakes. If you believe that you’re always led by God like I believe then I have to believe that God led me to this man for whatever reasons best known to Him. I thought God sent him as my life partner but I guess He just used him as a vessel for my greatest blessing. Now his part in my story is over. I know when to put my hands up and surrender. That God brought someone significant into your life doesn’t mean they are supposed to follow you throughout your life’s journey.

“We should learn to know when people’s part in our story is over. Don’t fight for closure, don’t ask for explanations, don’t chase answers, just let them go and know that if God meant for you to have them in your life, He would have given them to you. Sometimes people just come to serve a purpose in your life and are not meant to stay and there’s no point holding on to them. This one is done and dusted. It’s just Jayce and I now moving forward and I know life will be beautiful for us.

“Being a single mum wasn’t the dream I had for myself; I’d prayed for the kind of happy home my parents built for us (they’ve been together for 40 years). Nothing is more important to me than family. For years I’d hammered on how much I was looking forward to getting married, having children and building my own family and I believed God was going to come through for me on that one, but I have come to understand that we have no control over what life throws at us no matter how much we plan, pray, or work. And we also have no control over the actions of other people towards us. One of the things I have learned in my life’s journey is that your idea of how life should go might be different from the way life actually goes. It’s called Life Happening. Sometimes it unfolds into something we never dreamed of but because we don’t recognize the route we find ourselves on our journey through life, doesn’t mean God won’t get us to our destination. Remember, an uncertain chapter doesn’t ruin the whole book. Life will happen whether we are ready or not. All we can do is keep our heads up and keep moving.

“Family and close friends told me I owed no one any explanation about the circumstances that led to the birth of my son, but I knew without writing this, I could never stand in front of the young girls who look up to me and talk to them again. I could never go on my secondary school tour and speak with these girls again about living right and doing right. I would always feel like I have no moral right to do so. I went to 15 secondary schools in 2017 and talking to those young impressionable girls has been one of the highlights of my life. I cancelled this year’s tour because I was pregnant and I haven’t made any preparations for next year’s tour because I wanted to set things right first.

“I have so many plans for young girls next year and in the coming years with the Selfmade finance and mentorship projects with international collaborations, so this was important for me to do, to explain myself to the young girls who look up to me and feel disappointed that I got pregnant and had a baby out of wedlock. For years, I have preached decency, morality and uprightness and despite what happened to me, I mean it from the bottom of my heart. That should be the only way to live. That’s the only way I live. Don’t ever compromise your values. With this, I was led by my heart and my clock ticking and even though I have no regrets, I’m sorry if I let any of you ladies down by the decision I made, and I hope you learn from my experience. I hope you do better than I did. The ideal thing would be to find a man you love, who loves you back and gives you stability, get married, have kids and raise a family, not being a single mum or a baby mama. I was 37 years old at the time I conceived and if I want to be honest, my age played a role in me allowing myself to be pregnant out of wedlock. I don’t want to be having kids in my 40s or struggling with fertility later in life. This wasn’t the plan but like I said before, life happens. You just have to find a way to make the best of what life throws at you. And so for any young girl this means anything to, I am truly sorry. I am not sorry I had Jayce, I’m just sorry I didn’t go about it the right way.

“But you know, despite this crazy love experience, I still believe in love and I believe in happy endings and I can’t wait to one day, God willing, have my fairytale ending. The father of my child is the only man I’ve given a chance to in 6 years. Lol. I swear. I’m not really a relationship kind of girl. I’m more a career girl. I can go for years without a man. I’m one of those women who don’t need a man to validate their existence but biko, I’ve done the single life enough in the past…lol… going forward I’m looking forward to giving someone else a chance and try this love thing again. I was raised in a happy 2-parents’ home and that’s what I want for Jayce. So I hope I meet a great guy soon until then I’m enjoying motherhood. It rocks! Life has never been more beautiful!

“I’d also like to address a few other issues. Number one is this celibacy issue. So many people have trolled me over it and I’d like to correct the misunderstanding. I have never ever in my life said people shouldn’t have sex before marriage. NEVER EVER have I said that. I have even argued with quite a few people that it is not feasible in this day and age. What I have always said and I maintain till today is; Do not ever sleep with men for money because any woman with a brain and determination can get her own money herself. And there’s nothing sweeter than your own money. I am 38 years old and I recently bought a N100million+ car; what the heck do you need to be sleeping with a man for? For designer bags, first class tickets and luxury holidays? GTFOH with sleeping with a man for rent money!

“You can give yourself all that and more if you apply yourself, fight for your dream and work your butt off. Men don’t have the exclusive right to create wealth; women can also create wealth. Money is not male. Wealth is not male. Success is not male. We women just need to believe in ourselves more and get off our butts and stop relying on our looks and charm instead of our brain, mind, will, and our God given talent/gift. We can be rich, we can be successful, we can break barriers, do what was formerly termed impossible, do what men can do, be CEOs of conglomerates and billionaires without ever having to lie on our backs. Please ladies, we are powerful beyond measure and can do anything and be anything we want to be.

“The other thing I’ve always said is; do not sleep around with multiple men who just use your body for their pleasure; that is; too many one night stands, casual sex, many sex partners in a short period of time all in the name of relationships. Your body deserves better. I feel sex should only happen when you’re in a loving, committed relationship with someone you love. I was celibate for many years until I met my son’s father and fell in love. And instead of increasing my body count, I just went back to the same eggplant…lol. My mistake was I should have walked away when the relationship became a waste…lol… but then again, Jayce wouldn’t be here today if I had. So really, there’s nothing that I have preached that I didn’t practice. So you guys stop trolling me over this abeg! Lol.”

Breaking: Access Bank acquires Diamond Bank

Access Bank Plc has finally acquired Diamond Bank Plc. According to insiders, the official announcement of the transaction will be made in the course of the week by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. Another source confirmed that the deal has been sealed, awaiting final ratification from the regulatory body. The acquisition was midwifed by the CBN in a bid to further consolidate the banking industry. Last week, Diamond Bank announced its decision to drop its international operating licence to focus on national operations following capitalisation issues. Uzoma Dozie, the bank’s Chief Executive Officer, confirmed the development in a statement released on Friday. Dozie had said: “With this approval, the bank will cease to operate as an international bank. “The re-licensing as a national bank supports Diamond Bank’s objective of streamlining its operations to focus resources on the significant opportunities in the Nigerian retail banking market, and the economy. The move follows Diamond Bank’s decision to sell its international operations, which included the disposal of its West African Subsidiary in 2017 and Diamond Bank UK, the sale of which is currently in its final stages.” “The change to national bank status also enables the bank to maintain a lower minimum capital requirement of 10 per cent, as against 15 per cent required for international banks.” The bank recorded its worst month on record in November with share plunging to 0.61k per unit on November 30, 2018. Related Obi left money before leaving, former Diamond Bank Chairman reveals May 19, 2017 Access, Diamond Bank deny alleged merger & acquisition talks November 12, 2018 Diamond Bank Deploys PFS’ Clirec Software for Reconciliation Diamond Bank has commenced the implementation of Clirec, its accounts reconciliation solution which comes from the stable of Precise Financial Systems (PFS), a software provider. Clirec enables companies to reap the rewards of a more efficient operation.

Mixed reactions trail Diamond Bank merger with Access Bank

Diamond Bank Plc shareholders on Monday 17th December, expressed mixed reactions to its merger with Access Bank Plc. The much touted rumour of bank merger between Access Bank and Diamond Bank, was finally out to rest as the board of Diamond Bank confirmed its acquisition with Access Bank Plc, which is expected to be completed in first half of 2019.

Both banks recently denied media reports of any business merger or combination. While we wait for more details of the merger, Nigerians as usual took to twitter, though some customers are surprised, displeased, some are indifferent, and some are seeking to understand the impact and implications of the acquisition of Diamond Bank by Access Bank, on their savings and funds in either of the banks custody.

Donald Trump’s Daughter, Tiffany, In Love Affair With Lagos Big Boy

US President Donald Trump is going to have to think twice before speaking politics at the dinner table now that his daughter Tiffany is dating an Arab.

Michael Boulos, the son of Lebanese business tycoon Massad Boulos, grew up in Nigeria, where his father runs Boulos Enterprises and SCOA Nigeria, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate that trades in vehicles, equipment, retail and construction.

Boulos senior is married to the daughter of Lebanese businessman Zouhair Faddoul, whom he worked with before founding his own ventures.

Originally from the northern village of Kfaraakka in Lebanon, Michael moved to London to complete his undergraduate degree after graduating from an elite international school in Lagos.

Michael and his family regularly go to their mother country every summer for the holidays, and his father even ran for parliamentary elections in 2018 before withdrawing his nomination. Boulos senior was involved with politics previously, being a part of President Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement, before falling out with it and joining the Marada Movement, headed by former Minister Suleiman Frangieh.

Although news of their romance only just surfaced, the two have reportedly been seeing each other since the summer, when they met at a party on Greek Island Mykonos with actress Lindsay Lohan, who splits her time between the US and Dubai.

The president’s daughter and her billionaire Lebanese beau were spotted at a Taoray Wang show, during New York Fashion Week in the fall, before introducing him to her family over Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago.

“Tiffany is happy she has so far been able to keep things with Michael under the radar,” an insider told Page Six, which first broke news of the romance. “But she introduced him to her family at Thanksgiving, and he comes across as a very intelligent young man from a great family.”

Tiffany broke up with long-term boyfriend Ross Mechanic after they met at the University of Pennsylvania before getting involved with Michael.

Breaking: Ex Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, aides killed in Abuja

Immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh was shot dead Tuesday in Abuja. Badeh, who served under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, was killed Tuesday evening by unknown gunmen, while reportedly returning from his farm. Two of his aides were reportedly kidnapped after he was shot. The Nigerian Air Force confirmed the death of the former Defence Chief in a statement released via Twitter, by its spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola. The statement, tagged: ”Death of former CDS Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, read thus: ”It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully announce the unfortunate demise of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh, who died today, 18 Dec 2018, from gunshot wounds sustained when his vehicle was attacked while returning from his farm along Abuja-Keffi Road. “On behalf of officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, commiserates with the family of the late former Chief of Defence Staff over this irreparable loss. We pray that the Almighty God grants his soul eternal rest. Details later. “

Toke Makinwa, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, OC Ukeje, CeeC, Noble Igwe and More Looked Super Stylish at the Spice Lifestyle Honors

The maiden edition of the Spice Lifestyle Honors which took place on Wednesday, 5th December 2018 at the Eko Convention Centre was a night to remember!

The event featured a phenomenal fashion showcase, awards ceremony and top-notch music performances by ASA, Adekunle Gold, Bez, Falana, Teni The Entertainer, Vector and Ladipoe.

David Tlale, Chulaap, Orapeleng, Kenneth Ize, AFA Sports and Torlowei were amongst the A-list designers who showcased trendy and remarkable pieces at the star-studded event including fresh talents such as Pepper Row, Orizu, Red Button and Boy Martin.

See photos below:

Photo credit: Teejayo photography 

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