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APC may fail, PDP not an alternative – Okupe

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Okupe: Mind my roar

Snr special assistant to former president Jonathan (public affairs), Doyin Okupe has described both the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and its counterpart All Progressives Congress, APC as two sides of the same coin saying the the APC may fail will not be an acceptable alternative to majority of Nigerians now or in future.

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APC Lagos is one family – Tinubu

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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The past elections were an epic confrontation between two opposing political camps. Those who believed in the progressive governance of the people gathered under the banner of the APC. Those who harkened to the conservative elitism that had cast this nation downward for so many years held to the PDP.

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For the record: When you wrestle with a pig, by Fashola

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Fashola

This statement of profound wisdom informed my silence in the wake of manipulated and unsubstantiated allegations of wrongdoing recently being levelled against me. They started a few weeks to the end of my tenure, and have continued till date. They range from allegations of extra marital paternity of children, to mundane and phantom conspiracy in the National Assembly, a debt profile for Lagos State and lately a website upgrade contract of N78 million, which is being distorted.

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Buhari gives hope with Ogoni clean-up, says APC

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Oil Spill

President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval, on Aug. 5th 2015, of actions to fast-track the environmental clean-up of Ogoniland is undoubtedly one of the most significant decisions taken by the President since his inauguration on May 29th 2015.

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The legislator’s mandate is not for self

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara after inauguration, yesterday. Photos: Olugbemiga Olamikan/

When we departed for this recess, it was not in the most honorable of circumstances for which I had cause to apologize to Nigerians in that behalf. Today as we resume, I am not ashamed to once again reiterate our unreserved apologies to the people of Nigeria for that unfortunate incidence and promise that we shall be the vibrant House of the Nigerian people that we are.

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The questions Okonjo-Iweala could not answer by Oshiomhole

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Okonjo-Iweala and Oshiomhole

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said that there is nothing ‘personal’ between him and former Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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Lai Mohammed defends Buhari’s govt

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Lai Mohammed

I have arranged this interaction to rub minds with you, as always, on the situation of things in our country, top of which are the efforts being made by President Muhammadu Buhari to chart a new path for our dear country, Nigeria.

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Our continent currently bedevilled by twin evils, Buhari tells African leaders

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MUHAMMADU BUHARI

This is a statement by Muhammadu Buhari President, Federal Republic of Nigeria at the opening session of the 25th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African union Johannesburg, South Africa 14th June 2015 Excellency President Robert Mugabe, Chairman of the Union, Excellency President Jacob Zuma, our Host, Excellencies fellow Presidents and Heads

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1997 ‘PHANTOM COUP’, Corruption: Diya, Adisa, Alamieyeseigha pardon gazetted; Olanrewaju, Akiyode left in the cold!

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Pardon Alams

On the eve of the just ended administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the publication of the gazette authenticating the March 12, 2013 state pardon was released. Jonathan had done the state pardon as a Federal Government’s gesture to some Nigerians including Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who was governor of Bayelsa State from 1999-2005 but was impeached and later convicted for corruption.

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Full Text of Inaugural Address of ‘President’ MKO Abiola on June 11, 1994

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Late Chief MKO Abiola

People of Nigeria, exactly one year ago, you turned out in your millions to vote for me, Chief M.K.O. Abiola, as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But politicians in uniform, who call themselves soldiers but are more devious than any civilian would want to be, deprived you of your God-given right to be ruled by the President you had yourselves elected.

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Days of corrupt officers are over – IGP Arase

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IGP-Solomon-Arase

Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Ehigiator Arase, in this interview, says policing Nigeria effectively is not about large numbers or building of a big technological operation laden with big machinery, but about tact, thinking out of the box and applying available, easy to acquire technology as well as training and motivating the manpower.

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Buhari: Past, present and future

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The Chinese were only half right when they said that “nobody steps into the same river twice.” Nigeria which seems bent on disproving every universally accepted social theory has already experienced quite a few people stepping into the river twice – although a changed one. Obasanjo was a military Head of State and returned as a civilian president. Muhammadu Buhari was once a military leader, who returned on Friday as a civilian president. We should not forget the immediate past Federal Minister for Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who came in 2003 to 2005 as Minister, left, and returned again from 2011 to 2015.

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Appointments: Buhari must romance ‘KIDS’

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•Oyegun and Buhari

One of the greatest disservices that Goodluck Ebele Jonathan avoided was his decision not to heed the counsel of some members of his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that Attahiru Jega, national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, should be removed from office before the end of his tenure. This, in their reasoning, would have allowed for a more supportive appointee as new chairman of the election management body and, therefore, a smoother path to victory at the polls. But Jonathan refused to yield. And that is why Jega was able to see through his plan for the 2015 elections which has brought change to Nigeria.

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OH Muhammadu Buhari! Now, the challenge of change

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Cultivated chaos! That is what Nigeria is today.

And that is what Muhammadu Buhari, President and Commander-in-Chief, has inherited. What would definitely compound Buhari’s problem are the number of things he cannot change. As at the time he was being sworn-in, last Friday, all he had were, 1461days to run his first term – one of the four years is a leap year. He cannot change that.

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We will get you…even if you have immunity — Buhari speaks on lawlessness

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Buhari arriving Nigeria, from the UK, 5:20am today via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

From March 26, a Thursday, and some 48 hours before the 2015 presidential election, Sunday Vanguard, working in close collaboration with the Publicity Directorate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign Organisation, and specifically the Director, Mallam Garba Shehu, we kept tab on the activities of the President and Commander-in-Chief (as President-elect). Yes, there have been one or two interviews with President Muhammadu Buhari, but when you compile the random thoughts of a President-in-waiting, it goes with the Biblical saying that “from the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks”, and it presents a broader perspective because, unlike the structured strictures of an interview setting, these random thoughts were devoid of the sometimes stifling interview setting which makes an individual more guided and guarded in response

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How we sent Jonathan back to Otuoke – Coomasie

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Ibrahim Coomassie

Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmad Coomasie, a former Inspector General of Police, is also the Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF).

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Buhari can stop class war between the champagne-drinking rich and the poor – Ben Murray Bruce

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Ben Bruce

Mr. Ben Murray Bruce, a businessman and philanthropist, is a senator-elect representing Bayelsa East. The media mogul speaks on issues relating to accountability, prudence and transparency in government

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Dwindling Revenue: Finding alternative to oil

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Buhari-oil

The Forum for Inclusive Nigerian Development (FIND), packaged a symposium with the theme, Diversifying State Economies and Creating Opportunities for All Nigerian Citizens, penultimate week. But before now, FIND had been engaged in several processes with a view to assisting the Nigerian government and people explore fresh and progressive sources of funding for infrastructural development – all these, before the disturbing drop in the price of crude oil

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I trust Buhari to remedy Jonathan’s mistakes – Ogbemudia

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Dr Ogbemudia

Two- time former governor of old Bendel State, Dr Samuel Ogbemudia, says the government of President Muhammadu Buhari will face several problems but expresses optimism that the new Nigerian leader has all it takes to move the nation forward. In this interview, Ogbemudia blames former President Goodluck Jonathan for his failure to secure second term, saying he allowed a cabal to hold himself hostage. He admonishes the PDP to which he belongs to re-strategize, warning that the party may go collapse if members fail to put their house in order particularly with a determined APC now ruling at the federal level. He speaks on other issues including why Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State must pick his successor

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The change of guard

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Handover :  Jonathan presenting handing over notes to Buhari.

The lobby at the Transcorp Hilton and other hotels in Abuja were jam-packed with women and men. The men wore long Hausa regalia: none seem to be shorter than 6ft 6 inches or fatter than Buhari. They discussed one subject – power shift – who wanted what, for what?

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Nigerians wanted a vision different from PDP’s – Chibudom Nwuche

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ChibudomNwuche

Many people were surprised when the news of his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, filtered in just before the general elections. It was difficult to believe that someone who had been a founding member of the party since 1998 and eventually rose to become the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives could ditch the party. But Prince Chibudom Nwuche tells anyone who cares to listen that the PDP first ditched him. In this interview, he shares his experience as a PDP member

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Our peace, unity agenda for President Buhari – Primate Okoh of Anglican Church

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*Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh

The Primate, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, is also the Chairman of the Christian Pilgrims Commission. In this interview, he speaks on the Jonathan administration and the expectations of Nigerians from the Buhari government

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Buhari was reluctant to go into politics – Alhaji Babankowa, close associate

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BABANKOWA

Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Babankowa is a retired police commissioner. His name might not be familiar, but his action can never be forgotten in the history of Nigeria . It was him, shortly after the 1966 coup, who discovered the bodies of the Prime Minister, Sir Tafawa Balewa and his Finance Minister, Chief Okotie Eboh, who had been taken by the coupists to the outskirts of Lagos, Sango-Ota, and shot dead. A retiree and elder statesman, Babankowa is a close associate of the President Muhammadu Buhari, for the past 43 years. In this interview at his residence in Hadejia Road, Kano, he says the Buhari administration would not disappoint Nigerians.

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Read President Buhari’s inaugural speech

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Inaugural speech by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari following his swearing-in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29th May, 2015

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4.1 trn Naira needed to pay accumulated arrears of salaries, others – Odigie-Oyegun

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Chairman of APC  Odigie-Oyegun at APC National Convention in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun CON has said that the Buahri incoming administration of Muhammadu Buhari would have to generate 4.1 trillion Naira to pay accumulated arrears, oil subsidy debts, costs of debt servicing of salaries and many others.

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Aso Rock: Last days of Jonathan

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jonathan office

In the run up to the presidential election on March 28, 2015, figures obtained from the protocol department of the Presidential Villa indicated that more than two thousand visitors visited President Goodluck Jonathan on the average in a week. This figures do not include visitors that met with the president in his official residence in the Villa. Neither do they include those he met outside the official residence but within the precincts of the Presidential Villa. It was perhaps the number and quality of people who thronged to the Villa on daily basis and the assurances they gave the president during the run up to the presidential election that informed the confidence he displayed as the election drew nearer that he was going to win.

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There is no magic wand to make our economy better overnight – Oyegun

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APC briefing on Boko Haram Sponsors

Let me formally welcome our party’s torchbearers in the upper chamber of the incoming 8th National Assembly to this retreat.

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Tribute to President Jonathan by ECOWAS

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GEJ-&-ECOWAS

I am reading this on behalf of the ​Heads of ​ State and Government of ECOWAS, at our 47th meeting in Accra.

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APC’s belief is that the mind of an uneducated, sick & wretched man is always feeble & hopeless – Bisi Akande

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Chief Bisi Akande

Brief remarks by chief Bisi Akande, the founding national chairman of APC, at the international health conference of the Ondo state catholic diocese held at the federal university of technology, Akure on 4th May, 2015

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Mission of my presidency by Muhammadu Buhari

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Buhari

The President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, stated the mission of his presidency at the induction of the new lawmakers in Abuja.

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PDP managed poverty, we will end it – Tinubu

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APC leader, Bola Tinubu

A progressive government must turn its face from the austerity policies of the outgoing administrative that tried to manage poverty, but not end it. Such policies serve only to deepen and prolong the hardship of the average person. Such policies would lock us in a room without hope or safe exit. We dare not go in.

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Remarks by Solomon Arase as Acting IGP

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Mr Solomon Arase Acting IGP

It is with total reverence and appreciation of the Almighty God, the Perfector, that I address you all on this day which marks the formal transfer of leadership of the Nigeria Police Force from out-going IGP Suleiman Abba NPM, NPOM, mni to my humble self.

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