It’s new dawn in APC, says Akintola

A LEADING aspirant for Oyo State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket, Chief Michael Adeniyi Akintola (SAN), has described the victory of the party’s national chairman, former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole, as birth of a new dawn.

The former Labour leader was affirmed as APC national chairman through voice votes by delegates at the national convention conducted at the weekend in Abuja.

Akintola, in a statement, said he was convinced that Oshiomhole was coming to take charge at the party’s national secretariat at an auspicious time when the party was in dire need of a tested team player imbued with the administrative skills to galvanise the party’s faithful ahead of the 2019 general elections.

He said: “Your Excellency, I am very happy to congratulate you on your election as the national chairman of our great party, the APC.

“You could not have come at a better time than now that the party needs your wealth of experience.

“Your adoption without any opposition eloquently attests to your immense leadership qualities, experience and character, all of which will combine to foster unity and give our great party the much-needed direction to unassailable victory in the coming elections in 2019.

“It is truly the birth of a new dawn for the party and our dear country Nigeria.”

<<The Nation>>

Oshiomhole Sworn in as APC Chair

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole promised yesterday to unite party members.

In a speech after he was sworn in by Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, the former Edo State Governor, said: “ We have the  capacity to face the challenges and the instruments required do not need to be rocket science, but basic commitment to the provisions of our constitution, commitment to internal democracy, mutual respect for each and every one of us— purge ourselves of any arrogance— and a commitment to honesty; listen, discuss, persuade and find a common ground so that in the end, we can have a win-win solution in any state we have challenges and even on issues affecting various arms of government elected on the platform of our party.”

Oshiomhole added: “We are ready and tomorrow (today), we will resume work because there is no time to waste. That is why we promptly swore in members of the National Working Committee.

“By 8.00am tomorrow, I am ready to take my seat and I know that my brother’s handing over notes are ready.”

He praised his predecessor Chief John Odigie-Oyegun for making history as the first chairman of a ruling party to spend a full term in office.

He said:  It is important that you realize that you made history because the other party, in 17 years had 14 national chairmen which gives an average of about 1.3 years per tenure for a national chairman.

“So, since 1999, no chairman of a ruling party has accomplished what my elder brother has accomplished.”

To President Buhari, the APC chairman said he “has taught us valuable lessons.”

He gave the lessons as including perseverance “that those who seek to contribute to the affairs of their nation in a democracy must appreciate that this process is a not a 100-metre dash.”

He alluded to Buhari trying unsuccessfully three times to become President without giving up hope unti he got it the fourth time, adding “Only people with capacity, energy and tenacity can go as far as you have gone”

He commended the founding fathers of the APC, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and Senate President Bukola Saraki.

He promised fairness for party members. Giving his vision for the party he said: We have the will and we are committed to do what we have to do to have political party that in the near future can be compared to the ANC and serve as a strong pillar, not only to the federal government, but to all the governments elected on the platform and ensure that when elected, the party is not reduced to a mere election platform, but remain a platform to engage, interrogate and interface with all those elected on our party platform. “

On his personal capacity, the former labour leader said: “I believe that with my own background, things will be resolved amicably because I am used to managing divergences and this is just another task. It will be done to the satisfaction of our President, governors, senators, representatives, House of Assembly members and all the rank and file members of our party.

“We will devote all our time to it because that is the oath of office that we have just swore to and we will administer the party on the basis of our constitution.”

Truly, in a party such as ours, there can be no losers because whoever wins will serve all of us and as clearly stated in our oath of office and oath of allegiance, we have all committed ourselves to doing justice to all manner of persons and above all, to work for the benefit of each and every party member. If we give positive effect to these commitments, those who contested and members will benefit from the leadership that has just been elected.”

THE NWC members

  • National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole
  • Natioanl Secretary Alhaji Mai Mala Buni
  • Deputy National Chairman (South) Adeniyi Adebayo
  • National Vice Chairman, North-West Manasara Sani
  • National Vice Chairman, Southwest Bankole Oluwajana
  • National Legal Adviser Babatunde Ogala
  • National Welfare Officer Alhaji Ibrahim Masari
  • Deputy Welfare Officer Jock Alamba
  • Deputy National Chairman( North)- Sen. Lawal Shuaibu
  • National Vice Chairman South-East- Emma Eneukwu
  • National Vice Chairman South-South- Hilliard Eta
  • Deputy Legal Adviser- Ado Oguta
  • National Treasurer- Adamu Fanda
  • Deputy National Financial Sec.- Sunday Jacob Chukwuma
  • National Publicity Secretary- Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi
  • National Auditor- Chief George Moghalu
  • National Women Leader- Salamatu Umar Elijah
  • Deputy National Women Leader- Barrister Ndoma Oye
  • National Youth Leader- Abubakar Shuaib
  • Deputy National Youth Leader-Hafiz Bolaji
  • Youth Leader (North East)- Kashim Bello Margari
  • Youth leader (North West)- Abubakar Sa’adu
  • Youth Leader (South West)- Lanre Olarewaju
  • Youth Leader (South East)- Onyeka Olisemeka
  • Youth Leader(South South)- Gabriel Iduseri
  • North East Organising Secretary-Shuaibu Abdulrahaman
  • South south Organising Secretary- Adefamile
  • South West Organising Secretary- Femi Egbedeyi
  • South East Organising Secretary-
  • South East zonal, Secretary- John Uwaede
  • South south zonal Secretary- David Okumgba
  • Zonal Women Leader, North West- Hanatu Buba
  • South east Women Leader- Blessing Onuoha
  • National Vice Chairman North West- Inusa Abdulkadir
  • Deputy National Auditor- Isa Madu Chul
  • Deputy National Secretary-Victor Giedom
  • National Vice Chairman North East- Mustapha Salisu
  • Deputy National Chairman, North- East Amina Tumanga
  • Zonal Women Leader North East-
  • National Organising Secretary- Emma Ibediro
  • Ex-official (South-South)- Ndukwe Ayandu                                                                                                                                                                 <<The Nation>>

We’ll only confirm serious appointments by Buhari —Senate

The Senate has denied lifting, through the back door, the embargo it placed on confirmation of appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The upper chamber of the National Assembly said the appointments recently confirmed were considered to be serious enough to call for exceptions.

The Senate had in March 2017 resolved to suspend further consideration of appointments made by Buhari to protest against the retention of Mr. Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, despite his rejection by the lawmakers.

The lawmakers had also been irked by the position taken by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, then as Acting President, that executive appointments did not require legislative approval based on Section 171 of the Constitution.

Between March and June 2018, the chamber had,  however,  confirmed no fewer than 18 appointments, excluding those rejected or considered.

The Senate had on March 22 confirmed the appointments of Mrs. Aishah Ahmad and Mr. Edward Adamu as Deputy Governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

It had also approved the nominations of three of the four members of the Monetary Policy Committee. They were Prof. Adeola Festus Adenikinju, Dr. Aliyu Rafindadi Sanusi and Dr. Robert Chikwendu Asogwa. Rejected was Dr. Asheikh A. Maidugu.

On April 12, the Senate confirmed the appointment of three members of the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission. They were Chuka Ama Nwauwa (Imo State), Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa (Ondo State) and Nwogu N. Nwogu (Abia State).

Speaking to our correspondent in an interview, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, denied that the lawmakers had lifted the embargo through the back door.

Sabi-Abdullahi stated that the embargo was placed by the lawmaker based on the comments made by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and not the retention of Magu as the EFCC boss.

He said, “What the Vice-President said clearly is that we do not have the powers for confirmation. He did not limit it to the issue of Magu. That was why the Senate considered it very grave enough to say that, ‘Since that is it, then fine. We will cease to carry out that function. Let them carry it out themselves.’

“Because we serve the people, the exceptions you talked about were serious enough to require that we give an exception. So, there is nothing like the issue of a back door (lifting of the embargo). These (confirmations) were discussed in the same chamber where the (embargo) resolution was taken.”

The Senate’s spokesman was asked if the remaining appointments under embargo were not considered to be critical to the economy and Nigerians.

Sabi-Abdullahi said, “It is not for me to answer. The question is: Is the National Assembly not critical to our democracy? Why is our issue not important?”

<<Punch>>

Herdsmen attack 11 Plateau villages, kill 86, torch 50 houses

Plateau State was on Sunday thrown into mourning with the killing of 86 persons in the attacks on about 11 communities in the Gashish District by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

The Police Command in Plateau State had earlier on Sunday confirmed the attacks, saying it had only recovered 11 corpses from some of the villages. But residents had insisted that about 200 people were killed by the marauding herdsmen.

 

However, the police later issued a statement that indicated that the death toll in the attack on the communities in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area on Saturday night had risen to 86. It added that six people were injured, 50 houses burnt, 15 motorcycles razed while two motor vehicles were torched.

The spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, in an updated statement issued on Sunday night, said the earlier 11 death toll in the attacks was due to the information at its disposal as of then before the arrival of the search and rescue team from the Barkin Ladi LGA.

Tyopev had identified the 11 corpses as Dalyop Vanode, Dom Danladi, Bururu Wade, Joju Rala,Titus Danladi, Bitrus Malat, Alu Matir, Noron Monday, Cecilia Yohana, Dam Bulus and Ladi Danladi.

He said, “Sequel to the attack in the Gashish District of Barkin Ladi LGA yesterday (Saturday) June 23, 2018, the Commissioner of Police, Plateau State Command, Jos, Undie Adie, after deploying more personnel in the district sent a search and rescue team from the Command headquarters today (Sunday) for an on-the-spot assessment.

“The team headed by ACP Edeh John of the Department of Operations had also the DPO of the Barkin Ladi Division and a Unit Commander from Mopol 38. After a careful search of the villages attacked in the District,  the following were discovered: 86 persons altogether were killed, six people injured, 50 houses burnt, 15 motorcycles and two motor vehicles also burnt.

“The team also carried out a detailed deployment. Corpses were released to the families for burial. The command earlier in the day confirmed only 11 people dead as the result of the attacks due to the information at its disposal before the arrival of the search and rescue team from the Barkin Ladi LGA. This is to update members of the public of the situation as regards the attacks in the Gashish District as promised earlier on.”

Also, there were fears that some soldiers were missing during the attack but the Commander of the Special Military Task Force codenamed Operation Safe Haven, Maj. Gen. Anthony Atolagbe, dismissed the report. He said, “it’s not true, no soldier died and no soldier is missing.”

 

While the Peoples Democratic Party and the Christian Association of Nigeria, called on the global community to rescue Plateau State from the attacks, the Plateau State Government imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in the Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South LGAs.

The decision, according to the government, is to avert the breakdown of law and order.

A statement issued on Sunday by the Secretary to the State Government, Rufus Bature, said  movement would be  restricted from 6 pm to 6 am, except those on essential duties.

“The soil of Plateau smells with rotten dead bodies as a result of silent killings and many people are missing,” CAN stated.

The attack was said to have been launched at Xland. Gindin Akwati, Ruku, Nghar, Kura Falls and Kakuruk all in Gashish District were completely sacked by the assailants.

Other areas affected by the attacks included Rakok, Kok and Razat in the Ropp District.

The Chairman, Public Accounts and Petition Committee in the Plateau State House of Assembly representing the Barkin Ladi constituency, Peter  Gyendeng , in an interview with newsmen on Sunday said the attacks were a declaration of war on his constituency.

He claimed that mercenaries were hired to kill people in the Barkin Ladi LGA.

Gyendeng said, “As a matter of fact, the casualty rate is in hundreds; it is more than 100. In one place, it is above 51, in another, over 32 and yet in another area, it is same. For now, based on what we have on the ground and the corpses that we have been receiving, it is probably over 200 casualties.

“Altogether, about 11 villages were attacked and our people are there now trying to ascertain the number of deaths. The casualty rate is above 200 and counting (of the corpses) is still going on.

“This is war; it is a declaration of war on my people. War has been declared on the Barkin Ladi LGA completely. There are mercenaries that have been hired to come and kill people in the Barkin Ladi LGA. The killing started around 11pm last (Saturday) night till this (Sunday) morning. And the killing still continues.”

Reacting to the killings, the PDP described Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State as an “absentee governor, who had been out of the state for the past three weeks.

The party called on the international community to “come to the aid of Plateau people as apart from  the over 130 people killed, many are missing.”

 

The PDP in a statement by its Publicity Secretary in Plateau State, John Akans, described the attacks as genocide.

He said, “We received with rude shock the level of genocide going on now in the Gashish District, Razat, Ruku Nyarr and Gana-Ropp, all in the Barkin Ladi LGA. We also note with great pains the dastardly attacks ongoing in many other LGAs in the state by the Fulani militias.

“We condemn, in the strongest terms, the level of continuous genocidal attacks on Plateau people. At the moment, Barkin Ladi is under siege by the marauders with over 130 people feared to have been killed. As of the time of issuing this statement, CAPRO School of Missions-SOM in Gana-Ropp is under heavy attack by the militia.

“…We call on the international community to come to the aid of Plateau people as beside the over 130 people killed, many are missing. While we mourn our people, we are calling on this failed, incompetent and ineffective APC government at all levels to, for once, be sensitive by discharging its constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and properties of its citizens.

“While killings are going on, the President (Muhammadu Buhari) is busy telling members of the international community that Nigeria is safe for investment and tourism.

“While the Federal Government is planning to pump hundreds of billions of naira into the construction of cattle ranches in states, killings are ongoing in states that have not put in place any ban on open grazing.”

But the Plateau State Government commiserated with citizens especially, Xland, Gindin Akwati communities of the Barkin Ladi LGA, saying it held every single life as sacred.

The government requested citizens to use the “early warning system” mechanism recently launched by Operation Rainbow on 30812 for SMS and 09060100010 for voice calls.

A statement by the Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati, said the government was deeply pained that despite concerted efforts which had led to the restoration of relative peace in the state, “some unpatriotic elements are bent on disrupting the gains so far made.”

 

He said, “The government condemns these attacks and has mobilised the full compliments of security forces and they are restoring normalcy in the affected areas and the environs. Furthermore, the government holds every single life as sacred hence has mobilised medical and relief agencies to ameliorate the suffering of those in distress.

“As a government, we are committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment that will guarantee peaceful coexistence among the various groups in the state as we remain resolute to the well being of our people.”

<<Punch>>

Arraign Abaribe or grant him bail, Falana tells DSS

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), on Sunday asked the Department of State Services to immediately charge the senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Eyinnaya Abaribe, to court or grant him bail if it has not completed its investigations.

He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct all security agencies in the country to respect the fundamental rights of every citizen, as he charged the human rights community to be prepared “to halt fascism which has continued to rear its ugly head in the land.”

Falana , who anchored his demands on the undertaking by the Buhari-led Federal Government to stop impunity and respect the human rights of every person living in Nigeria under the rule of law, noted that the arrest and detention of criminal suspects and law-abiding people without court orders had continued unabated.

Operatives of the DSS reportedly arrested Eyinnaya and raided his home in the Apo Legislative Quarters in Abuja, on Friday.

But Falana regretted on Sunday that the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government had been unable to end impunity which members of the then opposition including Buhari suffered in the hands of the then Peoples Democratic Party-led government.

He said if the DSS had any evidence of the alleged offences against Abaribe, it should arraign him in court, or grant him bail if it had yet to complete its investigations.

He said, “The Department of State Services has said that Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe is being detained on account of his links with the Indigenous People of Biafra.

“It is common knowledge that the Senator had stood surety for Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB.”

<<Punch>>

Buhari: Let’s put party first

It is my pleasure to address you today, on the occasion of our great party’s 2nd National Convention and the first since we rode on its glorious platform to a victorious political outing in 2015. Congratulations again to all who worked or contributed to our success.

I want to begin by acknowledging your presence and congratulating all our delegates who have emerged from the wards, local Governments and State congresses from the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT gathered here today as the party’s highest ranking constitutional organ, to elect and usher in a new leadership for the party at the national level.

I am also using this opportunity to thank the outgoing National Executives of the party, especially those who will not be offering themselves for re-election at today’s convention for their tireless efforts in securing victory for the party at the last elections and managing the success thereafter.

I want to assure everyone here that despite a few lingering issues with the congresses in some states, our great party will emerge stronger after this convention. The unresolved cases we have is the price we have to pay for success, as everyone wants to be associated with a winning team. I am imploring all those with grievances to keep faith with the party until we put things right.

  1. I have been following the preparations leading to this event and I must commend this Convention Committee under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Badaru Abubakar for providing a level playing field and instilling confidence in both aspirants and delegates with their thorough approach and adherence to transparency.

I commend all the delegates from across the country for your sacrifice and patience, travelling all the way from your different destinations and waiting in inclement weather, as it has been raining all the day. Thank you for your commitment.

The adoption of consensus as a first option is commendable and the process has led to a lot of healing and cohesion across the states and the zones, and where elections are inevitable, I have been assured that the process adopted will result in clear and undisputed results. Again I am appealing to all contestants to keep faith with the party.

May I, therefore, appeal to all to put our great party ahead of personal considerations and to accept the outcome of the exercise in good faith. You are all important to our party’s progress and all must come together to ensure success in the forthcoming polls so as to enable us to continue the good work we have been doing for our fellow Nigerians.

I thank you all for being here and congratulate the new National Executive to be elected shortly.

God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria, God bless our Party.

<<The Nation>>

 

APC Will Emerge from Convention Stronger

President Muhammadu Buhari Saturday said despite the few lingering issues the All Progressives Congress (APC) had with its congresses, the party would emerge from the ongoing national convention stronger.

Buhari, addressing delegates gathered at the Eagle Square, venue of the national convention, said “The unresolved cases we have is the price we have to pay for success, as everyone wants to be associated with a winning team.”

He therefore pleaded with all those with grievances to “keep faith with the party until we put things right.”

He commended the Governor Badaru Abubakar-led convention committee
for providing a level playing field and instilling confidence in both aspirants and delegates, saying the consensus arrangement adopted by the party would engender healing in the APC.

“The adoption of consensus as a first option is commendable and the process has led to a lot of healing and cohesion across the states and the zones, and where elections are inevitable, I have been assured that the process adopted will result in clear and undisputed results. Again I am appealing to all contestants to keep faith with the party,” he said.

Calling for peace irrespective of who wins, Buhari said: “May I, therefore, appeal to all to put our great party ahead of personal considerations and to accept the outcome of the exercise in good faith. You are all important to our party’s progress and all must come together to ensure success in the forthcoming polls so as to enable us to continue the good work we have been doing for our fellow Nigerians.

He praised the delegates for their sacrifices and patience, adding that they traveled all the way from “your different destinations and waiting in inclement weather, as it has been raining all the day. Thank you for your commitment.”

<<Thisday>>

Oshiomhole, Mohammed, el Rufai in victory dance

There were numerous side attractions to the APC national convention.

One of such was the five or so minute victory dance by the party’s new national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and Information Minister Lai Mohammed moment after Oshiomhole was confirmed as chairman.

Of the lot, el-Rufai seemed to have won the most hearts in the state box with his youthful and energetic dance steps.

Ministers not recognised as delegates 

Several serving ministers attended the convention as observers as the party constitution does not recognise them as delegates. Only ministers who are former governors or former legislators participated as delegates.

How journalists

struggled to send stories

Journalists accredited to cover the convention had a hectic time linking up with their newsrooms from the venue as signals of most of the service providers kept fluctuating in view of the large number of phone users who had converged there.

They had to move from one end to the other to see if they could be lucky with signals.

<<The Nation>>

Accept ranches, go on exile, MASSOB tells South-East, South-South govs

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has told governors, monarchs and politicians in the South-East and South-South to be ready to go on exile should they accept the establishment of cattle ranches in the regions.

MASSOB also explained that it would not accept any attempt to establish emirates in the two geo-political zones through the setting up of ranches, adding that the Igbo would not allow itself to be pushed to the wall.

The group’s Director of Information, Mr Sunday Okereafor, told one of our correspondents in a telephone interview on Saturday that the Federal Government was inciting violence with the plan to establish ranches outside the northern part of the country.

Describing cattle rearing as a personal business, Okereafor said it was necessary for the Federal Government to allow herdsmen to handle their business the way other Nigerians managed their personal business.

He said, “We (MASSOB) are telling the world that the Nigerian Government is inciting violence. They want to bring problem to the South-South and the South-East by bringing ranches.

“But we are not for violence. The so-called governors and politicians who think that ranches can be brought to the South-East and South-South should be prepared to go on exile. They want to establish emirate in Owerri, emir of Uyo, emir of Port Harcourt and emir of Calabar, Awka and Onitsha.

“Now, we are telling the politicians, the monarchs, governors and lawmakers who are supporting this course that they should be prepared to go to exile and leave our eastern Nigeria alone because we cannot be pushed to the wall and be asked to standby. We have to defend our right now; they cannot impose ranches and Emirates on us.”

Okereafor also criticised Igbo who crowned themselves kings of Ndigbo outside the South-East, adding that the tag, ‘Eze Ndigbo of Akure, Ibadan, Kano or Kaduna’ was wrong, adding that no Igbo man could be king outside Igboland.

He stated, “The Eze Ndigbo you see in the North and West are political monarchs; it is wrong for any Igbo man to go outside Igboland and claim that he is Eze Ndigbo of that area. Have you ever seen Oba of Yorubaland in Imo State?”

Meanwhile, the Anambra State Government has asked the Indigenous People of Biafra to remain peaceful in all its activities, saying anything short of that would be resisted by the people.

The advice came following the announcement by the pro-Biafran group that it would conduct a referendum to determine a sovereign state of Biafra.

The group in a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said IPOB had printed 40 million ballot papers for the exercise.

Speaking with one of our correspondents on Saturday, the Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr Don Adinuba, said the people of the state cherished the peace and security in the area.

He said the people would not tolerate anything that would disrupt the peace and harmony that had existed in the state over time.

He said, “We expect IPOB to remain peaceful in all they do. Anambra is one of the most peaceful states in the country and investors are flocking daily to the state. Investment is a coward that won’t want to go where there is a threat to peace and security.

“The people of the state, not government, will not tolerate anything that will disrupt the social harmony that has existed in the state.”

Adinuba, who said he wouldn’t disclose the government’s plans to counter any move to thwart the peace in the state, assured the people that any threat to the social harmony in the state would be met with maximum force.

Also, the Anambra Police Command said adequate measures had been put in place to ward off any violent agitation from anybody or group of persons in the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Haruna Mohammed, said adequate security arrangement “has been put in place by the command in conjunction with other sister agencies to forestall any breakdown of law and order.’’

<<Punch>>

PDP planned to loot treasury for 60 years – Tinubu

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress who was also a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has accused the former ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party of planning to loot the nation’s treasury for 60 years.

He stated this in a goodwill message at the national convention of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja on Saturday night.

A copy of the speech was released to journalists late on Saturday night.

He said that many people had thought that the merger by different political parties that gave birth to the APC would be short-lived.

He said many had also believed that the party would not survive when it was formed in 2014.

Tinubu alleged that those against the formation of the ruling party employed many tactics to frustrate its emergence.

He said, “The doubters who gave APC no chance of existence or of continued survival have gotten their reply in full. Their envious prayers and complaints have been answered in reverse.

“They wanted to see the end of us and our pursuit of good governance for Nigeria. You should not forget, as I shall never forget, the strong efforts they made to stop us in the courts.

“There were twelve cases brought trying to stop us from merging, from registering the new party, then attempting to bar our candidate from the election.

“Lacking the courage to face the democratic will of the people, they tried to misuse the courts as a weapon against democracy.

“We thank the judiciary for following the letter and spirit of the constitution by dismissing this dirty dozen of malicious cases filed against us.

“With their schemes foiled, those who tried to destroy us must bear witness to the destruction of their edifice of corrupt governance and their dreams of unjust domination of our nation.

“While they planned a lifetime of greedy enrichment by looting the people’s resources and the public treasury for 60 years, we moved to reform the economy to bring development and aid to the poor. ”

Tinubu said that while some antagonists of the APC called for hate and division, members of the ruling party strove for compassion and unity.

“When they hoisted the standard of bias, we raised the flag of justice and the chevron of fairness,” he added.

<<Punch>>