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Death of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua : Why Obasanjo Forced Him On Nigeria, by Usman Bugaje (2)

This is the second part of the Dr. Usman Bugaje interview. The first was published last Sunday. Dr. Bugaje is the national secretary of the Action Congress, AC. In this concluding part, Bugaje speaks on Obasanjo’s style of governance and the cabal which the late President Umaru Yar’Adua “imported” to the Presidential Villa, Abuja from Katsina. He also offers “the real reasons” why former Chief Obasanjo, foisted Yar’Adua on the nation, insinuating, perhaps, that it was a sinister agenda which only Obasanjo knew about. Sample: “We also heard that when he was presented with two state governors, another governor and Yar’Adua, he asked for their medical records. He then was said to have asked his own medical doctors who between the two had a worse medical record. “And it turned out from their findings that it was Yar’Adua who had a worse medical report and then he said ‘Ah! That is the man I want’, And I think he was more like let the man die. “In fact, there are those who say because of the constitutional provision which says that when a presidential candidate dies before election the election should be postponed, you remember; that he was hoping the man would….”

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Emergence of House Speaker: PDP’s Strong-arm Politics and the Dangers Ahead, by Usman Bugaje

Whenever you stumble on Dr. Usman Bugaje, you have stumbled on a firebrand politician. This interview should have taken place sometime last December when Bugaje came out strongly against ailing Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, asking him to resign.But because Bugaje combines his love for politics with some academic engagements, he is not always available. Last Easter the interview almost held but a trip out of the country put paid to that. Four weeks ago, the interview almost held in Kaduna but was again aborted at the last minute.Even penultimate weekend, Sunday Vanguard almost ambushed him in Lagos and then Ibadan but it never did materialize.

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How we fought for June 12 – Ike Okonta

I wasn’t married but I had a girlfriend then. Her Dad asked her to leave me because of my chosen course. We were wanted. Our houses were broken into. My books were carried away. Along came a kind man, who left his flat for us at Lagos Island (Bamgboshe), which now became our house and office. The IBB’s regime raised a propaganda that we were supported by the American Embassy and we were all allies.

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The Atiku Abubakar in interogatories: Why Mega-Party Project Failed, by Atiku Abubakar:

According to Atiku Abubakar, the chairman of his Jeli ward in Jada Local Government Area of Adamawa State, likens his return to that of the prodigal son. However, what he failed to add is that unlike the biblical prodigal son who came back to meet a stable and organised home, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku’s home, was anything but organised by the time Atiku returned last week.

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My Face-Off With Obasanjo Over Budget, by Omowale Kuye

Chief Omowale Kuye is the Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland. You could sit with him all day and the story of Nigeria, according to his personal experiences would never be exhausted. For an octogenarian, Kuye’s memory and recollection of events is unbelievably sharp. But he has one weakness: STUBBORNESS.
Before he was directly introduced to Olusegun Obasanjo with a view to working as a director of budget after the latter had complained over and over to the then Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Liman Ciroma, Kuye has always worked as a very thorough individual and his work with the head of the Nigerian State was not about to change that. Read about his encounter with Obasanjo over budget. Born on May 18, 1928, Kuye struggled and made a life worth living for himself.

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2011 not on my agenda for now – Jonathan

Acting President, Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said the issue of whether he will run for presidency come 2011, is not on his agenda for now. Although he tried to trivialize the issue, he did not categorically deny pressures from several quarters, that he continued since he is perceived as the most credible of all those angling to be President for now.

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Why Ministers must protect the President at all times, by Senator Seye Ogunlewe

Oluseye Ogunlewe’s bluntness may come with a tinge of contradiction in what he professes. When you ask a man about his tenure as minister of works and member of the Executive Council of the Federation, EXCOF, in the Olusegun Obasanjo government and he tells you that there is no cabinet but a President-in-Council, you begin to wonder what manner of EXCOF was in place.

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