AUGUST 21-SEPTEMBER 10, 2013

August 21, 2013

“Let there be light”, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress today remembered this important verse of the Holy Bible from the Book of Genesis when God commanded the appearance of light as a result of the darkness upon the deep. The party unfolded a seven-point cardinal programme that would ensure that electricity generation hits 40,000 megawatts within four to eight years of its leadership. Anyway, Nigerians go like am because after God’s invention of light, He saw the light, that it was good, the same plan APC said they have for you and I. In its manifesto, the party listed war against corruption, food security, integrated transport network and free education amongst others as other components of the cardinal programme…manifesto na just paper work, make it match action na him go pay pass.

They did it for Obasanjo too, they were fraudsters, online impersonation, they created 19 Olusegun Obasanjo twitter accounts when ‘Baba’ himself no get single one, so who fool pass, the people they fooled, who fell victims or the fraudsters themselves who were not smart enough in their findings to know that the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo no get time to twit?  ‘Baba’ no get time for online politics, he would give it to you face to face. For ‘Baba’ face to face is better than one million letters.

August 22, 2013

You are on your own, the Academic Staff Union of Universities told President Goodluck Jonathan and the Federal Government negotiating team, they insisted the last had not been heard of the industrial action they embarked on due to the unfulfilled deal on the part of the federal government in accordance with documented agreement they both reached in 2009. The President of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Fagge thus asked the federal government to go to hell with its N30 billion deal and other gestures. He insisted that all they wanted was that the President Jonathan led administration should ‘play a gentle man’ by fulfilling their own part of the agreement as agreed 4 years ago. “We are currently calling on government to meet our demands as presented in the agreements we both signed in 2009 and then we can start talking about another form of re-negotiation.” While some opined that ASUU should receive the offered money, suspend the strike and continue negotiation, Fagge stated that they had made such a mistake before and they were not ready to fall into another one. But na students dey suffer sha, where two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers, I just dey pity Nigerian students.

President Goodluck Jonathan today admitted there was crisis in the People’s Democratic Party. He made this assertion while imploring the leadership of the party and the aggrieved that they should come together as one to resolve their crisis at the party’s National Executive Committee meeting. He said disagreement was inevitable but their ability to resolve their crisis matters most since politics is a game of interest. He however, blamed the PDP crisis on the opposition whom he said were being intimidated by the PDP credentials. Oga Jonah, you try well well o. When will Nigerian politicians stop blaming their problem on someone else, abi na opposition dey administer your party?

 

August 23, 2013

These people were dare-devils; they eventually turned to cannibals, feeding on human beings after being stranded for days without food or water. They were Boko Haram militants taking refuge in the Magumeri forest, Borno. An escapee, who was a non-combatant member who could have been fed on to sustain others made this confession while he was captured by a youth vigilante group. “We have been wandering in the forest. We had exhausted our food and water supply, and so everybody became hungry. The leader of the group, Ali Omar, directed that a non-combatant member be slaughtered to provide meal for the rest and that sustained others for just two days and another person was killed the same manner the day after. So, it became certain that I would be the next person since I am also a non-combatant member, thus I decided to flee after volunteering to help search for water for the group in a nearby village. Thus, I started running until I arrived at Magumeri town”, the escapee, Momodu Bukar, said. Could you hear that, I thought anything worth doing at all is what dying for, shege…

“This is absurdity,” the Academic Staff Union of Universities told President Goodluck Jonathan today for ordering them to go back to work or they lose their pay. While all effort to reach a compromise deadlocked, the federal government thus resolved a military approach. But you know what ASUU said, this is laughable, we refused to be threatened. I dey laugh o, can someone tell President Jonathan that diplomacy is all it requires, no be by force, na by sense.

Can you remember Princess Tejumade Alakija? The first daughter of Sir Adesoji Aderemi, the late Ooni of Ife, the first woman head of service in Africa, she died today during the early hours, at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, during a brief illness. “Mama,” as she was fondly called was 88years… Tejumade, omo oba, sun re o!

At gunpoint, the loquacious lawyer, human right activist and social critic, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) was abducted with his driver by unknown number of armed men at around 2pm at Eho, end of the Benin-Auchi expressway, Edo State. Hmmnn, the chief misplaced words and could not raise a point of argument as always, he was cold and obedient. Meanwhile, the Police lost four of their own in an attempt to rescue Ozekhome, it was a good fight, but unfortunately, they passed on and were unable to rescue Ozekhome. For the abductors, I learnt that legal practitioners were not generous with cash o, if so, they attacked the wrong person.

 

August 24, 2013

See Benin boy, correct guy, he acted Jack Bauer, and left many with their mouths widely opened at Benin Airport as he flew Arik Air from Benin to Lagos, hiding in the tyre hole. The teenage boy, Daniel Ihekina beat airline and airport security at the Benin Airport and sneaked into the tyre compartment of a Lagos-bound Arik plane, where he flew safely to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, this Saturday morning. Daniel no get time for nonsense, without paying air fare, without buying ticket, he landed in Lagos. Just like miracle, the wonder boy stunned so many, they thought they were watching 24, a season American Movie. To Daniel, life itself is a risk, he thus decided to risk everything but he came out victorious, just like Daniel in the Lion’s den. But you know what ungrateful Nigerian security agents did to the courageous and skillful Daniel, they arrested him. Anyway, I only hope the arrest was to familiarize with him and get him properly trained because he had made his call known.

The All Progressives Congress today commanded the attention of foreign missions in the country as it rolled out its manifesto which indicated its interest to untangle the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, pursue a free market economy policy and devote 10% of the nation’s budget to education. The party’s plan was contained in the manifesto which was made available to party leaders and elders. It was however, revealed that foreign missions scrambled for APC manifesto as it was demanded in their home countries. Oyinbo sef like better thing but APC insisted it must serve as an alternative come 2015, by fire, by force.

 

August 25, 2013

We were happy the governor was back. Our long expected and long awaited governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Danfulani Suntai after being hospitalized for 10 months in Germany and the United States, returned to Nigeria but in a fragile situation. Suntai arrived Nigeria in a chartered Gulf Stream jet with registration number N388CA belonging to Shelt Air. But the expression on the face of the recuperating governor did not match the exciting welcome organized in Jalingo for him. We were happy the governor was back but the governor was not happy for God knows what. He looked far away from understanding where he was. Can you please let him be, the governor was not ready for the ambiguous mission?

 

August 26, 2013

They insisted in the People’s Democratic Party that another 18 cabinet members of the embattled Rivers State Government led by Governor Rotimi Amaechi must leave the PDP unceremoniously. That decision came just five days before the planned mini-convention of the party in Abuja. They were allegedly sent away for anti-party activities, though, a different allegation from that of Amaechi himself and the 27 lawmakers loyal to him, further that the accused failed to appear before the party’s Membership Performance Evaluation and Disciplinary committee without excusing themselves for being absent or communicated what made it impossible for them to appear in person. “We found in the report of the committees that some persons who could not come in person informed the house on their circumstances and others submitted written reports on their stewardship to the committee. But the suspended persons acted in contempt, insubordination and disrespect for the party in not honoring the invitation of the committees”, Chairman of the party, Felix Obuah alleged. Thus, aluta continua!

August 27, 2013

Perform or leave, the Presidency told its cabinet members today. In a sudden development of interest in the performance benchmark of the ministries by President Goodluck Jonathan, he summoned some of the serving ministers, though what he discussed with them was not made public but sources in the Presidency said he asked every cabinet member to increase his project delivery pace without compromising quality. The invitation however led to panic among the ministers, most especially when one of them, Alhaji Inuwa Abdul-Kadir, Minister of Youth Development was sacked within the period of the summon. But why the worry, since the faithful ones will surely be as courageous as the lion, so said the Scriptures. Anyway, may be they were worried because of the circumstances that surrounded the exit of Abdul-Kadir, some alleged he was sacked because of his closeness to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal and Sokoto State governor, Aliyu Wamakko, hmmnn, what a politicking.

Taraba House of Assembly was divided against itself. Different words and signals were sent to the people of Taraba State by the state lawmakers this Tuesday, as the principal officers of the legislative arm disagreed with themselves over who the rightful occupant of the Taraba Government House was. The House of Assembly Speaker, Haruna Tsokwa said Alhaji Garba Umar remained the acting governor, until the House deliberated on Governor Danbaba Suntai’s letter which the recuperating governor purportedly sent to the state assembly, indicating his interest to resume office as the governor of the state. The House Majority Leader, Hon. Joseph Albasu, on his own part declared that Suntai had taken charge; he noted that he had complied with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution. So, what happens when lawmakers could not convey a proper message to the citizenry?

 

August 28, 2013

They said he was incapacitated but today, he proved them wrong. He flexed muscles and wielded the big stick.  The Germany/America returnee, governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai this morning, they said Suntai, the governor that had neither spoken with his Acting governor deputy nor the state legislators allegedly sacked the cabinet of the state, at least to announce his arrival and proved his readiness to resume in office. Although, his Chief Press Secretary, Hassan Majinyawa told the press that the governor had a brief closed door meeting with the legislators at the early hours and the lawmakers did not deny that, but preferred to tell the press that they would hear from them on the matter and on relevant issues. Meanwhile, other sources noted that the governor was far from recovered as his CPS informed, they claimed that the meeting between the legislators and the governor which barely lasted twenty minutes saw some of the lawmakers with tears while they stepped out from the closed door meeting. But we still await the proclamation of the lawmakers as the constitutionally empowered body of government to check and balance and not the CPS or Hauwa, whom some alleged spearheaded the dissolution. Hmmnn…Nigerians still never forget almighty Turai Yar’Adua, the late President Shehu Yar’Adua’s wife and the role she played when the former president was ill…Women and power, what men can do…

 

August 29, 2013

What the people called the many “sins” of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) were visited on one of their own in the Ashipa area of Seme border at around 9:50am. J. I. Motojelu, a Superintendent of Customs was lynched by a team of angry mob in reaction to the death of a 35 year old man, Saturday Joel, who was shot by officials of NCS while trying to apprehend a motorist smuggling a vehicle from Benin Republic into Nigeria. The residents were said to have alleged that Customs officials had killed at least three motorists this month under the pretext that they were smugglers. What a bizarre, they thus put laws into their hands. Motojelu, who knew nothing about the incident was driving by at the time and was murdered in cold blood while his vehicle was set ablaze. Some NCS officials ate unripe fruits but Motojelu was the victim of tooth ache.

You are a joker, the acting governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar told his recuperating boss, Danbaba Suntai. Umar said Suntai cannot sack the cabinet, he declared that he is still very much in charge thus asked the Tarabians to cool their temper, most especially when 16 of the 24 lawmakers in the state already gave Umar a nod. “Carry Go”, they said to Umar, “Your place is in American hospital”, they told Suntai. The polity however remains heat up as many wondered if the dismissal of the state cabinet is the necessary line of action for Suntai even if he is fit mentally as he claimed. Meanwhile, this purported action of his raised several questions with emphasis on his mental fitness.

 

August 30, 2013

President Goodluck Jonathan and some leaders of the People’s Democratic Party today took a bold step and waded into the crisis rocking the Taraba State government, Jonathan for the first times in recent time deliberately set all other things aside including his personal problems and gave priority to the Taraba crisis. He invited the Taraba State Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, Speaker of Taraba House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Haruna Tsokwa and wife of the ailing governor, Hajiya Hauwa Suntai to Abuja for a peace talk. What he would say was however what many are waiting to hear putting in consideration his method of emergence as the acting president of the country when President Yar’Adua was ill and his eventual emergence as the number 1 citizen of the country when his then boss passed on. Would he support the Suntai’s cause or stick with Umar, Nigerians are waiting to hear the outcome of the meeting? Meanwhile, in another development, some members of the National Assembly had declared their support for the Taraba State legislators on its stand that Alhaji Garba Umar remains the state acting governor.

 

August 31, 2013

This na serious gbege in the People’s Democratic Party, yam, pepper don scatter scatter. It started with the controversy of a new party formation weaved around the People’s Democratic Movement with a string attached to the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Then Abubakar noted he was not leaving the PDP, yes, he stood by his words but with a more dangerous “Plan B.” When he said he was not leaving the party many hardly believed him but he had made good his words with what looked like a catastrophe. Today, the PDP fell apart; a new faction of the PDP emerged with both sides’ claim of originality. The Atiku faction let the cat out of the bag while the party’s special convention was in progress at the Eagle Square, Abuja; another declaration was made by Atiku et-al at the Sheu Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja. That declaration saw the emergence of Kawu Baraje as the acclaimed National Chairman of the PDP, and chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the National Secretary with Sam Jaja and seven other PDP governors in attendance. They thus addressed the enormous and well mobilised crowd at the event “as the leaders of the PDP who were worried by the increasing repression, restrictions of freedom of association, arbitrary suspension of members and other such violations of democratic principles by a faction of our party led by Tukur”. Meanwhile, Bamanga Tukur had vowed to deal with Atiku and his faction, “The party would deal with the governors at the appropriate time. Those who staged the walk out are all self-seeking and treacherous individuals pursuing neither regional nor religious agenda except their own agenda, their own interest”, he said. Please, stay tuned, the movie is just about to begin…

    

September 1, 2013

As always, the Academic Staff Union of Universities attacked the federal government. The association said “our government lies with impunity.” This attack came after ASUU was cleared by the National Universities Commission on the controversial N92 billion earned allowances. The NUC said the earned allowances in the agreement covered the earned allowances of the academic and non-academic workers and not only academic workers as the federal government claimed in its campaign of calumny. The Chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, Dr. Segun Ajiboye described the initial claims by the government representatives that ASUU was demanding the earned money for its academic staff as a blackmail, which crumbled like a pack of cards. “Nigerians should by now see that our government is a government of deceit”, he said. While the federal government claimed it had released N100 billion for infrastructure in the federal universities, ASUU insisted that the amount due for injection is N500 billion. “We are not interested in tokenism”, Ajiboye said. “Tokenism indeed”, but since the PDP led federal government could fully book all the hotels in Abuja for their special convention they should be able to pay the ASUU token.

See what moneybags were doing in the country, the rich were getting richer and the poor were getting poorer. A former military governor, and two eminent Nigerians from the North have lined up to buy a N4bn brand new private jet which the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria put up for sale. The Canadian made Bombardier Challenger 605 private jet was put up for sale but the luxury plane was not advertised in the newspapers because of you, you already know what I mean.

 

September 2, 2013

While the People’s Democratic Party in Anambra State were engulfed in an unresolved crisis as regards the authentic standard bearer of the party at the forthcoming governorship polls, amidst suspension and trade of words, the All Progressives Congress, on its own part conducted a free and fair election which saw the emergence of Senator Chris Ngige as the APC standard bearer come November 16, 2013. Ngige garnered 63,255 votes to defeat Godwin, who polled 9,564 votes in the primaries conducted in the 326 electoral wards in the state via an Option A4. But see maturity, unlike their other brothers, Ezeemo congratulated Ngige for his victory, and he expressed satisfaction with the process. He played a gallant loser. Biko, tell him not to worry, APC emperors know how to compensate such a faithful servant. In his acceptance speech, Ngige commended the electoral team headed by the former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau and the process of the election. He thus boasted that APC had taken its roots in Anambra State and the party had started its journey to the Awka Government House, further that the journey is a very important one and they have to cross the red sea. While we wish Ngige luck, may we advise him to avoid those things that debarred Moses from getting to Canaan, because crossing the Red Sea is one thing, getting to the promised land is another. Nna, na Canaan sure pass!

This is rather unbelievable, the Nigeria Labour Congress President, Abdulwaheed Omar, turned federal government advocate at the expense of Academic Staff Union of Universities. In his words, “if in a given year the FG puts N100 billion in the budget, ASUU would have seen that there is goodwill, government is determined, only that they don’t have sufficient fund to provide the N400 billion. They would have taken it.” Are you surprised? They said the only constant thing in life is change, so Omar don change be that o, but ask Oga Mallam, na so him dey run his NLC affair…

 

September 3, 2013

It wasn’t a discipline; the military authorities claimed they had put in the maximum years in service, they thus became old soldiers. It was gathered that those retired were 10. Among those affected were the former Director of Training and Operations, Defense Headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Lawrence Ngugbane, the former Commander of Training, Doctrine and Command, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Mungonu, and the former Chief of Research and Development, Maj.-Gen. Obinali Ariahu. So, what we are trying to say in essence is that the authorities of the Nigerian Army have retired some top generals of the Army. Nevertheless, once a soldier, always a soldier.

We are with the new government, 57 members of the House of Representatives and 20 senators so said. They declared their support for the Alhaji Kawu Baraje-led New PDP; they told Alhaji Bamanga Tukur that his reign had ended. Meanwhile, they congratulated their acclaimed leaders on the emergence of the new party with appreciation for their sacrifice, resilience and patriotism. Hmmnn… The word resilience is understood but what they sacrifice and their level of patriotism remain questionable. They further condemned the alleged attempts by “some agents of the federal government to use state apparatus to persecute their leaders. The 57 lawmakers include the son of former President Shehu Shagari, Aminu and the Integrity Group originator and former Chairman, House Committee on Education, Hon. Farouk Lawan. I dey laugh o… but if Tukur vex…

September 4, 2013

You know I told you, Tukur don vex, he had threatened to declare vacant the posts of the lawmakers if they failed to withdraw their loyalty to the breakaway faction of the party known as the New PDP. The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, at a news conference at the Wadata House headquarters of the party in Abuja, also described the promoters of the New PDP as “undemocratic and unpatriotic elements,” who are bent on destroying “our common destiny.” But in a swift reaction, he was referred to as “a joker” by the leader of the faction, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, and the spokesperson for the House of Representatives, Zakari Mohammed, who advised him to study the Electoral Act properly before making a pronouncement on such an issue. Abi he don study am ni…

 

September 5, 2013

Prophet has honor but not in his own home truly. This exactly was an establishment of the People’s Democratic Party when the great leader who had successfully pursued and ensured peace in some African countries like Liberia, Sierra Leone amongst many others was ignored by the power that be as a result of instructions from different quarters, what an insolence… Yes, I mean Baba Iyabo, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the man whom God sent to many African countries but he was today reduced by his breeds in the PDP, his effort to intervene in the crisis that gave birth to the Kawu Baraje faction of the PDP was quashed. Don’t ask me why because I don’t even have an answer but information made available indicated that President Goodluck Jonathan deliberately directed the elders of the PDP to shun the meeting following “intelligence reports” that Obasanjo was behind the crisis. Sources said Jonathan was opposed to Obasanjo presiding over the meeting, “he believed that Obasanjo was the architect of the crisis; he shouldn’t be called to settle it and be seen as a peacemaker.” Anyway, the allegation about the crisis I have no idea, but Obasanjo had already made a name for himself when it comes to peace keeping in Africa. But in every rumor, there’s always an iota of truth o, “the hand of Esau, the voice of Jacob” so I won’t say much sha… Baba ooo, Oselu Agba.

 

September 6, 2013

Dare devil kidnappers this night defiled God’s order which says “touch not my anointed and do them no harm” as Most Reverend Ignatius Kattey, Anglican Archbishop of the Niger Delta North Diocese, and his wife, Beatrice were kidnapped at Aleto-Eleme, the bishop’s hometown near Port Harcourt, Rivers State at about 11:30pm. Abi dem be learners, dem no dey read Bible? The wife of the bishop was later abandoned in the couple’s car while the abductors went away with the clergy. I guess because they don’t want to ask for too much money, the price of one will do. Trust the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, he quickly reacted to this negative incident and he blamed it on the State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu whom he said should be held responsible for the rising insecurity in the state. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Angela Agbe, as always however, noted that the prompt response of the police to the kidnap forced the criminals to abandon Beatrice and the couple’s car, hmmnn…in her own opinion, the police version. She was thus optimistic that with the effort of policemen, the bishop would soon be released unhurt and the kidnappers would be apprehended and prosecuted. But she didn’t say what they would offer the kidnappers o.

September 7, 2013

The leadership crisis in the People’s Democratic Party might have taken another toll as the proposed secretariat of the Abubakar Baraje faction was sealed off by armed policemen. The police brandished an order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, obtained yesterday by the Tukur faction, the same day the leadership of the party met with the two factions. The Baraje faction however described the development as the height of impunity, and it vowed that the plan of the Tukur faction to dampen the spirit of its members would fail. Meanwhile, the court order has also generated serious controversy as the parties gave it different interpretations. Abi the judge use too much grammar or legal term? Justice Elvis Chukwu had ordered the two parties to maintain the “status quo ante bellum” and fixed September 12 for the hearing of the motion on notice. Anyway, meaning resides with the owner or user of the words. Term dey worry dis people!

“Where there is no law, there is no crime”, so says the proverb but law seems to be meant for commoners in Nigeria. You want to know why? Over four months after the introduction of the new National Civil Aviation Policy that states that private jet owners and operators with foreign registration should de-register them to enable their planes become Nigeria-registered; no single private jet owner complied with this policy. An official of the Ministry of Aviation who craved anonymity disclosed that “all the foreign-registered private jets are still here in the country, flying everywhere, flying the length and breadth of our airspace and overseas. They are contending the policy with the federal government. They said the policy has not been taken to the National Assembly, and that it was introduced when the NCAA did not have a substantive-general”, can you hear the rich. If na poor man now, gbege go don happen, “some animals are more equal than the others.”

 

September 8, 2013

One issue that could not be resolved when the two factions of the People’s Democratic Party met with the Elders’ Committee under the leadership of former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the alleged mastermind of the new faction was Jonathan’s purported ambition to remain in government beyond 2015. Information made available indicated that the elders were divided over Jonathan’s re-election bid while some other governors also wanted Alhaji Bamanga Tukur out of office as the PDP national chairman. During the meeting, two members of the committee wanted Jonathan to sacrifice his second term bid while two other members argued for, and the fifth member decided to seat on the bench, sharp guy. It was however obvious that the ambition of Jonathan to remain in office was a hard nut to crack for the committee, thus the meeting was inconclusive. But presidential source already noted that the recommendations of the peace panel may be rejected by Jonathan who had already raised three strategic committees to suggest how to contain the aggrieved governors, if the peace efforts failed.

September 9, 2013

The prayer of the radical lawyer, Femi Falana to apply for an Order of Mandamus through an ex parte motion at the Federal High Court, Abuja compelling the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke to make available information on the health of Taraba State Governor, Danbaba Suntai was today granted. In a short ruling, the presiding judge, Justice Elvis Chukwu, granted the leave sought. The judge held that there was merit in the application. Falana, gbo ti e, Suntai would respond in Yoruba soon enough.

 

September 10, 2013

Surely the gods must not to be blamed for this, but the gods I think the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atutwase II would also need to appease so as to be rescued from the “Olu of Warri must go” chorus of his subject due to his decision to renounce the title ‘Ogiame’ as a result of his new found faith and his claim that Ogiame was associated with the ‘sea goddess’ whom he said he had no affiliate with. The Delta State governor’s intervention notwithstanding yielded little or no result until today when the monarch succumbed to the Itsekiris’ demand to retain the title, ‘Ogiame’ which means King of all Water god and goddesses, the title he chose in the 80s when he was crowned the “Olu of Warri” when tension heightened around his palace. The people however insisted that the traditional ruler must abdicate the throne if he renounces the Ogiame title. And he cried “God, why have you forsaken me,” the response he got, I don’t know but I guess he heard a voice that advised him to rescind his decision.

It was protest at an advanced level when four “rebel” governors met with President Goodluck Jonathan to protest the dictatorial style of the People’s Democratic Party National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur amongst others. The governors were: Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, Babangida Aliyu of Niger, Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Aliyu Wammako of Sokoto. Other demands reiterated were the recognition of Governor Rotimi Amaechi as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. Also, they asked the President to caution Tukur on his threat to take over the party structure in their various states. But it remained doubtful if their prayers were heard.

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