2019 ELECTIONS:THE MIMIKO- PLANNED DEFECTION AND THE DANGER THAT AWAITS THE PDP… By Constant Timi Olopele. May 18/2018 8:28


Ordinarily, one would not have been finicky and penickety about any danger that awaits the Ondo State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) vis-à-vis the 2019 general elections due to the myopic,unguarded and unpopular comments and miscalculations of some persons in the party across the state,but for the facts that one is a party faithful and the party still being the visible alternative to the ruling APC.

Yes,it is a common knowledge and idea long ago established and propagated by political scientists and philosophers acoss the globe that politics is a game of numbers.In other words,the number of persons and votes determines the victory of any political party in an election. Critics, cynics and iconoclasts should take it or leave it.

Without any sense of bias and sentiment,it is certain that a serious political cum electoral danger will await the PDP come 2018,should Dr.Olusegun Mimiko eventually leave the PDP in Ondo State.Iroko,being a foremost political gladiator and the last PDP governor of the state,has a wide political followership which cuts across the whole council areas in the state.Definitely, exiting with such structures will spell a colossal doom for the party.If one may ask,who and who will sponsor and lead the party after exit of Mimiko?Is he Jimoh Ibrahim that was criticised for Jegede during the last governorship election? Or is it Kingsley Kuku who is in abroad?I wonder why some persons still feel satisfied about the planned defection of the man.Absolutely or perhaps, those persons have not had before the psychological state and imbroglio that accompany losing election.

My candid advice to the leadership of the party at both the state and federal levels is to wade into any infighting rocking the party, beg Dr.Olusegun Mimiko and his group to remain and work for the party to win in the general elections come 2019.Also,Barr.Jimoh Ibrahim should also be pleaded with to forgive and forget about the past and support the party financially.

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Breaking News:We remain committed to stability of W. Africa, president assures Guinea Bissau


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President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will continue to work with ECOWAS countries to ensure stability in the sub-region as cross-border crimes pose more challenges to people and governments.
The President stated this when he received Letter of Credence from the Ambassador of Guinea Bissau to Nigeria, Mr Henrique Andriano Da Silva at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

He also received the Letter of Credence from the Ambassador of Thailand, Mr Wattana Kunwongse.

“ECOWAS is doing its best, and as you know, Nigeria is fully involved in the process of restoring stability in Guinea Bissau,’’ he said.

He said the relationship between Nigeria and Guinea Bissau had always been healthy, noting that as the country regained its stability there would be more room for improvement.

Buhari also told the Ambassador of Thailand that Nigeria and Thailand had a lot to share in the ongoing effort to diversify the economy with focus on the agricultural sector.

He said: “Our relationship has been very long and very commendable.

“We appreciate the help we get in agriculture from Thailand and we will keep working together.’’

In his remarks, the Ambassador of Guinea Bissau said his country remained grateful for all the support it received from Nigeria during the prolonged political crisis.

“We are very grateful for your commitment to ensure peace in Guinea Bissau and your soldiers have been in our country to ensure stability.’’

Also the Ambassador of Thailand said: “Nigeria’s position as a regional power puts it in the spotlight for the recovery and stability of Africa.

“Under your leadership and guidance, we believe the economy will recover and the entire country will be strengthened,’’ he said.

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The President of Peru Martin Vizcarra is backing national team captain Paolo Guerrero battle to play overturn a doping ban and play at the 2018World Cup…


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Guerrero was slapped with a 14-month ban on Monday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland over a positive cocaine test and will miss the June 14-July 15 World Cup in Russia.

Peru’s head of state announced Wednesday that Guerrero would file an appeal with the Federal Court in Switzerland to fight the ban.

Vizcarra told a press conference the player and his lawyers “will appeal to the Swiss federal court, indicating that the (CAS) ruling did not respect guarantees of due process and demanding its annulment”.

He said the Peruvian embassy in Switzerland “will support the initiatives of the defence of Guerrero before the Swiss federal court to overturn the suspension”.

Guerrero, who plays as a striker for Brazilian giants Flamengo, had been included in Peru’s preliminary 25-man World Cup squad announced on Sunday.

But on Monday CAS, hearing an appeal from the player against a six-month ban for testing positive for traces of cocaine, increased the suspension to 14 months, ruling him out of the World Cup and sidelining him until January 2019.

The setback left Guerrero distraught.

“I’m a victim of injustice. “I didn’t expect it, I’m sad I won’t be playing. They’ve taken my dream away from me,” he said in Lima on Tuesday.

Guerrero was initially banned for one year after traces of the recreational drug, which is on the banned list of the World Anti-Doping Agency, were found in a sample following a World Cup qualifier against Argentina on October 5 last year.

World football’s ruling body FIFA reduced the ban to six months on appeal last December. That ban ended on May 3, making Guerrero eligible to play at the June 14-July 15 World Cup in Russia.

The emblematic Peru captain, however, wanted the ban annulled and appealed against the six-month suspension.

Peru face France, Australia and Denmark in Group C at the World Cup.

Muslim group asks Nigerians to ignore Pastor Adeboye’s ‘prophecy of doom’


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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
has asked Nigerians to ignore a warning made by Enoch Adeboye, general overseer
of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), calling it a “prophesy of doom”.

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Last week, Adeboye warned that
Nigeria as it is presently constituted may cease to exist if killings continue.
He also added that 2019 elections may not hold.

In a statement by Ishaq Akintola,
director of the group, MURIC described the statement as a “message of doom”.

He said nations are not run on
prophesies and divisive messages but on industry, love, fortitude, unity,
honesty and determination.

“We recall that killings and
cattle rustling did not begin yesterday. These attacks have been there since
the early 60s. It was not Nigerians who were attacking themselves but cattle
thieves and criminals from neighbouring countries like Niger, Chad and Mali,”
Akintola said.

“These invasions from other
countries have continued till today due to Nigeria’s porous borders. But
Nigerians exploit religious rivalry and acrobatic religiousity instead of
engaging in diligent investigations. We are blaming ourselves for nothing.

“Still going along the lanes of
history, a few years back, Nigerian Christian leaders initially accused Muslims
in the country of sponsoring Boko Haram to kill Christians. All denials fell on
deaf ears. Foul language was used. Provocative statements were issued. Nigerian
Muslim leaders exhibited patience throughout those terrible days. Today, the
picture has become clearer to the Christian leaders as Boko Haram has killed
more Muslims than Christians (including an Emir) and destroyed more mosques
than churches.

“The truth is that both
Christians and Muslims are victims of killings, though Christians may have the
advantage of media support to use killings on its side as a propaganda tool.
The Nigerian media hardly hypes reports of Muslim deaths, nor do they report
them correctly with their religious affiliation.

“Meanwhile, Muslims do not use
their dead victims for propaganda because, as a rule, Muslims bury their dead
speedily whereas Christians delay the burial of their dead and openly display
them. But the fact is that the monkey is also sweating, but the hair on its
skin may not allow people to see it.”

Ishaq said Nigeria had become a
land where Shakespearean lines must be actualised: “When beggars die, there are
no comets seen. The heavens themselves blow forth the death of princes.”

“Thus when Muslims are killed,
the Nigerian media uses captions like “85 killed in Maiduguri Explosion” or “76
Die as Hoodlums Invade Zamfara Village”. But when Christians are killed, the
language and style change. The caption is “Fulani Herdsmen Murder 22
Christians”,” he said.

“It is for this reason that
Pastor Adeboye needs to direct his warnings at the Nigerian press, not at the
government. Government is not escalating the crisis. Their asymmetrical
reportage poses great danger to peaceful coexistence in a multi-religious
Nigeria.

“Pastor Adeboye should also note
that things are not usually what they look like from a distance. Benue militias
have been caught disguised as Fulani herdsmen. None of the hoodlums caught by
the military in the ongoing operation in Benue could speak Fulani language, yet
they dressed like Fulani herdsmen and carried AK47 rifles.

“Fake military camps have also
been exposed in the same Middle Belt. Militiamen arrested have confessed that
the Christian state governors are their sponsors. So, why does Adeboye refuse
to acknowledge the killing of Muslims? Who are the Benue and Taraba militiamen
killing?”

He, however, appealed to Adeboye
to refrain from making inflammatory statements and to also persuade his “junior
priests to water down their firebrand ‘proselytisation”.

Ekiti guber: Ex governorship candidate, Osekita dumps AD, roots for Fayemi…


A former Ekiti governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy in 2014, Oluseyi Osekita, has dumped his party for the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Osekita said he and his supporters were leaving the party for the APC because of “a not too inspiring leadership.”

Osekita said he had resolved to join APC’s candidate, Kayode Fayemi, owing to his leadership quality in the struggle to liberate the state.

He said, “Fayemi is the best for Ekiti; he did well in the office and gave a free hand to his appointees.

“He was not a dictator and he executed legacy projects which are still there to speak for him.

“I’m leaving with all my supporters in the 16 local government areas to the APC to join in the struggle to liberate the people of the state.”

Throwback: “Osinbajo Is My Problem”- Jonathan Cries Out In Secret Meeting With Pentecostal Pastors In Abuja


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Ruffled by the momentum generated by the nomination of Pastor Yemi Osinbajo as General Mohamadu Buhari’s running mate, President Goodluck Jonathan is asking a group of Pentecostal pastors to help him avert what he fears could be an impending loss in next month’s presidential polls.

Osinbajo, a prominent cleric with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, law professor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN emerged APC’s presidential running mate last month giving President Jonathan and the ruling party, PDP, what is being described as sleepless nights, by sources.

Specifically last Thursday, the President held a meeting in Abuja, with a number of Pentecostal pastors led by Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel, with the main agenda being how to fashion out ways to solve the “Osinbajo” problem.

Sources at the meeting confirmed that President Jonathan confessed in a rather rattled and humbling manner that “Osinbajo is my problem.”

According to those at the meeting, the President added that “everything was okay until APC picked Osinbajo.”

This is coming against the background of wild speculations that APC is an Islamist party and that General Buhari is a religious fundamentalist-which has become one of the main planks of the PDP presidential campaign. While PDP chieftains and supporters have continued to characterize APC as an Islamist party, APC leaders have consistently dismissed such as unfounded, baseless and a scare tactic by the PDP.

Many observers say the nomination of a prominent Pentecostal pastor from the fastest growing church in Africa by the APC may have effectively doused such speculations and the attempt to label the party as one with an islamization agenda.

There has been a rather conscious attempt to make next month’s presidential polls a religious one especially in the Southern part of the country where there is a much larger Christian population, observers say.

At the meeting organized by the Executive Secretary of the National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) John Kennedy Okpara, President Jonathan poured out his mind that running against a leading Pastor of the RCCG, who is also known to be very close to the much reverred General Overseer of the church, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, is an uphill task.

Sources at the meeting, said Jonathan was ruffled and much distracted as he confessed to the challenge to him, of the APC naming such a person as Osinbajo as General Buhari’s running mate.

In response, the Pastors led by Bishop Oyedepo assured the President at the meeting that they would, “starting from today,” use every device possible including social media, the pulpit and influence peddling, to campaign in support of President Jonathan and against the Buhari-Osinbajo ticket.

Before the meeting with the President, sources said the pastors held a meeting on the same day to strategize and agree on how and what they would present to the president.

At that pre-meeting, some Pentecostal pastors suggested that they use the opportunity of the meeting afforded by the President to express their genuine fears on growing insecurity in the North with Boko Haram killing and attacking Christians and other innocent Nigerians.

But Bishop David Oyedepo, the most influential pastor at the meeting interrupted the idea, insisting that the meeting was to encourage and strengthen President Jonathan ahead of the elections and not to discuss compelling national issues of concern to majority of Nigerians.

While some of the pastors were shocked and disappointed that Bishop Oyedepo would not allow them to raise important issues bothering most Nigerians, they decided to keep silent not to be seen as spoilsports.

And later after meeting the president, the pastors gathered together again on the same day to device strategies they will use to campaign against Buhari/Osinbajo, with the main scheme being to label the ticket as an Islamist one.

Some of the pastors also suggested that they can influence Christians that the position of Vice President is not an effective one, and that having a Christian hold it makes no difference, although the Nigerian constitution and the order of precedence makes the office the next in rank to the president.

Indeed as if carrying out the resolve, members of the Winners Chapel said Bishop Oyedepo has already started using the pulpit to achieve the goals set out at last Thursday meeting in Abuja.

Some of the members said yesterday Sunday January 18, Bishop Oyedepo raised a prayer point that an Islamist would not become the President of Nigeria in the polls coming next month to the chagrin of many of the church attendants on Sunday.

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Throwback: “Osinbajo Is My Problem”- Jonathan Cries Out In Secret Meeting With Pentecostal Pastors In Abuja…


May 17/2018 9:35

Ruffled by the momentum generated by the nomination of Pastor Yemi Osinbajo as General Mohamadu Buhari’s running mate, President Goodluck Jonathan is asking a group of Pentecostal pastors to help him avert what he fears could be an impending loss in next month’s presidential polls.

Osinbajo, a prominent cleric with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, law professor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN emerged APC’s presidential running mate last month giving President Jonathan and the ruling party, PDP, what is being described as sleepless nights, by sources.

Specifically last Thursday, the President held a meeting in Abuja, with a number of Pentecostal pastors led by Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel, with the main agenda being how to fashion out ways to solve the “Osinbajo” problem.

Sources at the meeting confirmed that President Jonathan confessed in a rather rattled and humbling manner that “Osinbajo is my problem.”

According to those at the meeting, the President added that “everything was okay until APC picked Osinbajo.”

This is coming against the background of wild speculations that APC is an Islamist party and that General Buhari is a religious fundamentalist-which has become one of the main planks of the PDP presidential campaign. While PDP chieftains and supporters have continued to characterize APC as an Islamist party, APC leaders have consistently dismissed such as unfounded, baseless and a scare tactic by the PDP.

Many observers say the nomination of a prominent Pentecostal pastor from the fastest growing church in Africa by the APC may have effectively doused such speculations and the attempt to label the party as one with an islamization agenda.

There has been a rather conscious attempt to make next month’s presidential polls a religious one especially in the Southern part of the country where there is a much larger Christian population, observers say.

At the meeting organized by the Executive Secretary of the National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) John Kennedy Okpara, President Jonathan poured out his mind that running against a leading Pastor of the RCCG, who is also known to be very close to the much reverred General Overseer of the church, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, is an uphill task.

Sources at the meeting, said Jonathan was ruffled and much distracted as he confessed to the challenge to him, of the APC naming such a person as Osinbajo as General Buhari’s running mate.

In response, the Pastors led by Bishop Oyedepo assured the President at the meeting that they would, “starting from today,” use every device possible including social media, the pulpit and influence peddling, to campaign in support of President Jonathan and against the Buhari-Osinbajo ticket.

Before the meeting with the President, sources said the pastors held a meeting on the same day to strategize and agree on how and what they would present to the president.

At that pre-meeting, some Pentecostal pastors suggested that they use the opportunity of the meeting afforded by the President to express their genuine fears on growing insecurity in the North with Boko Haram killing and attacking Christians and other innocent Nigerians.

But Bishop David Oyedepo, the most influential pastor at the meeting interrupted the idea, insisting that the meeting was to encourage and strengthen President Jonathan ahead of the elections and not to discuss compelling national issues of concern to majority of Nigerians.

While some of the pastors were shocked and disappointed that Bishop Oyedepo would not allow them to raise important issues bothering most Nigerians, they decided to keep silent not to be seen as spoilsports.

And later after meeting the president, the pastors gathered together again on the same day to device strategies they will use to campaign against Buhari/Osinbajo, with the main scheme being to label the ticket as an Islamist one.

Some of the pastors also suggested that they can influence Christians that the position of Vice President is not an effective one, and that having a Christian hold it makes no difference, although the Nigerian constitution and the order of precedence makes the office the next in rank to the president.

Indeed as if carrying out the resolve, members of the Winners Chapel said Bishop Oyedepo has already started using the pulpit to achieve the goals set out at last Thursday meeting in Abuja.

Some of the members said yesterday Sunday January 18, Bishop Oyedepo raised a prayer point that an Islamist would not become the President of Nigeria in the polls coming next month to the chagrin of many of the church attendants on Sunday.

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