Major reasons Buhari is backing Oshiomhole on direct primaries revealed

– President Muhammadu Buhari is in total su[pory of the direct primaries proposed by APC’s national chairman – Sources said that the Bauchi, Katsina bye-elections were used as pilot test for the direct primaries – According to the sources, the president was disturbed over the role of money as a key player in the Ekiti governorship election Major reasons President Muhammadu Buhari has given his total support to the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on the direct primaries for choosing candidates ahead of the 2019 elections have been revealed. A source close to the president said the party adopted the direct primaries after it was convinced that the process would check money politics and help the party choose a popular candidate for the various elections. Vanguard reports that President Buhari opted for the direct primaries as a direct response to the conduct of APC governorship primaries in Ekiti state where the whole election process was clearly monitised. Sources said President Buhari was upset by complaints that the former leadership of the APC, allegedly allowed aspirants to be exploited. The source said: “The issue of direct primaries in the APC was welcomed by President Muhammadu Buhari after he heard that delegates in the party, in Ekiti State, collected over N1.5 million each from aspirants during the last governorship primaries.” “It was learned that the president was very angry with some officials of the party for allowing people to be exploited because of their ambitions and vowed to end money politics in APC. “Therefore, he opted for direct primaries to eliminate money politics in the internal affairs of the party, as regards nomination of candidates, who will fly the flag of the party,” the source said. A source said the president’s adoption of the process is to ensure that money would not play key role in the emergence of candidates during election. It was also gathered that the Bauchi, Katsina Bye-election and the Osun state governorship primaries[…]

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We will amend constitution, make Buhari life president – APC senatorial candidate

– The APC’s candidate for the Bauchi-south senatorial district by-election, Lawal Yahaya-Gumau, says he will work towards amending the constitution to make Buhari president for life – He said protecting Buhari’s interest is the sole mandate he has for going the Senate – According to Gumau, Buhari will only cease to be president when God takes his life Lawal Yahaya-Gumau, the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate for the Bauchi-south senatorial district by-election scheduled to hold on Saturday, August 11, says he will work towards the amendment of the Constitution to make President Muhammadu Buhari president for life, if elected. He made the comment on Thursday, August 9, at the closing of his campaign in Bauchi, Punch reports. NAIJ.com gathers that Gumau , who is currently in his eight year at the House of Representatives on behalf of the Toro federal constituency, said protecting Buhari’s interest is the sole mandate he has, for going the Senate. He said: “I, Lawal-Yahaya Gumau, want you to know that the mandate that will be given to me on Saturday is to go and protect Buhari’s interest in the Senate. “This is the only mandate that I will be going to the Senate with, having fulfilled every other mandate to the best of my ability while in the House of Representatives for eight years. “By God’s grace, we will amend Nigeria’s Constitution to allow Buhari to be president for the remaining years of his life. He will only cease to be president when God takes his life. “Obasanjo tried all his best for the constitution to be amended to allow him go for a third term, but God didn’t approve of it because of its lack of sincerity. What is now needed in Nigeria is to protect Buhari’s interest; and that is what we will do.” It was previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, August 2, attended the campaign rally for the Bauchi-south senatorial district by-election. The APC chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, alongside Plateau[…]

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Looters Association of Nigeria – Buhari support group reacts to R-APC, PDP merger

– President Muhammadu Buhari’s support group has reacted to the merger between PDP, R-APC and 32 other parties – The group referred to members of the new party, CUPP, as an association of looters – The group also vowed to defeat the new party in the 2019 elections A support group for President Muhammadu Buhari, under the aegis of I Stand with Buhari, has reacted to the merger between members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that PDP allegedly announced a new name called Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) after it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 33 other political parties – The group referred to members of the new party, CUPP, as an association of looters – The group also vowed to defeat the new party in the 2019 elections A support group for President Muhammadu Buhari, under the aegis of I Stand with Buhari, has reacted to the merger between members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that PDP allegedly announced a new name called Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) after it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 33 other political parties. The Buhari support group referred to the new party as “Looters Association of Nigeria” and described the president as ‘a man of honour, character and integrity The group, on its official Facebook page, said: “We are ready for all of you, let’s meet at polling unit.” Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that the deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, on Monday, July 9, expressed optimism over the political future of Nigeria following the coming together of various opposition parties. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had, in the evening of Monday, July 9, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to fuse into one political movement with other parties. Ekweremadu said the fusion of the parties would rescue Nigeria from[…]

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Buhari to hold talks with French leader Macron on Tuesday, July 3

President Emmanuel Macron is to discuss issues bordering on security and terrorism with Muhammadu Buhari Alleged plot to stop the Nigerian president from seeking reelection is reportedly uncovered President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to hold bilateral talks with President Emmanuel Macron of France at presidential villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, July 3. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting scheduled for 4pm, the French leader would discuss issues bordering on security and terrorism with President Buhari. Macron had on Monday, July 2, in Nouakchott during the closing ceremony of the AU Summit met with the Nigerian leader. Macron will after his engagement with Buhari visit the Afrika Shrine, a nightclub in Lagos founded by Nigerian music legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Social commentators believed that Macron would become the first real president to enter the club synonymous with dancing and protest music. Macron is not regarded as a stranger to Nigeria. He trained as a senior civil servant at the French Embassy in Lagos in 2004, seven years after Fela died. Buhari on Monday night returned to Abuja after attending the 31st Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government, in Nouakchott. The minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), Malam Muhammed Bello, Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari and some government functionaries welcomed the president at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Meanwhile, a report has emanated that some senior lawyers are plotting to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from seeking reelection in 2019 based on his age. The Nation, citing an unnamed source in the presidency, reports that those behind the plot were also scheming to use other excuses to halt the president’s reelection. The source said the senior lawyers plan was to file many cases to compel Buhari to step aside, having attained more than 70 years age limit for certain public offices. The unmanned official stated that the some leaders of opposition groups[…]

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