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Jonathan believed I kidnapped Chibok girls – Borno Gov. Shettima

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The Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, said former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, believed he was in possession of the Chibok girls when they were kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists from their school.
Shettima said this on Thursday at the launch of a book: “On a Platter of Gold: How Jonathan won and lost Nigeria,” written by a former Minister of Sports in the Jonathan Administration, Bolaji Abdullahi, but now the National Publicity Secretary of the APC.
The governor, who was the chairman of the occasion, also tasked politicians to work assiduously towards building the country in the interest of all.
He spoke extensively on the Peoples Democratic Party and President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, saying though Jonathan was a “decent person”, he was surrounded by wrong people.
Shettima said: “Sadly, Borno was the epicentre of the crisis that engulfed the Jonathan administration.
“I think President Jonathan is essentially a decent person, an unsophisticated country politician caught up in the vortex of power politics in Nigeria.
“When the Chibok girls saga started, they made the president to believe that there was no abduction, that the Chibok girls were kidnapped by the governor of Borno.”
Shettima said Jonathan believed the story, which was meant to embarrass his administration.
He said: “I was in Chibok, my wife was in Chibok and there was a global outcry on the issue, but Jonathan was in a world of his own created by the clowns and also the misfits around him.”
Shettima added that in spite of the situation, Jonathan was an honest man.
According to the governor, sheer display of bad governance, lack of political sagacity and will power squandered the enormous goodwill the Jonathan administration commanded.
He said such situation consequently got him voted out of office in 2015.
Shettima disclosed that because of Jonathan’s honesty, “he recently confided in Senator Ben Bruce that his major undoing was his poor relationship with the Borno governor”.
He wished Jonathan luck in his retirement, saying: “He can redeem himself by serving God, humanity and Africa.”
The governor insisted that rather than emphasising issues of restructuring the country, efforts should be made to improve governance.
He said: “Let us work for the people, invest in education and create jobs for our people.”

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JUST IN: FG suspends Nigeria Air indefinitely – Minister

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The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Wednesday, announced the suspension of the planned national carrier, Nigeria Air.

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I will contest Lagos governorship election – Jimi Agbaje

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The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 gubernatorial election in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, on Wednesday, September 19, finally announced that he has an ambition to lead the state on the platform of the same party in 2019.

There had been speculations on whether Agbaje, who narrowly missed the chance to govern the state in 2015, would still seek election.

Agbaje reportedly told journalists in Lagos that he would seek election in the state in 2019.

“It is true that initially I did not want to re-contest, but I had so many people urging me to run,” he said.

Agbaje, the 2015 governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos state, on Monday, September 3, urged the party to conduct free, fair and credible convention to avoid rancor ahead of the 2019 elections.

A statement by Fidelis Soriwei, a spokesperson of Seriake Dickson, quoted Agbaje as having stated this when he paid a condolence visit to the state governor, Seriake Dickson, in his Toru Orua country home.

The visit was to condole the governor over the death of his mother, Goldcoast Dickson, who died of lung cancer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas, in the United States at the age of 72.

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Lagos APC members protest James Faleke’s re-election bid

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Some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ikeja Federal Constituency, Lagos State, on Monday staged a peaceful protest against the re-election bid of Rep. James Faleke.

Faleke, member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives is positioning himself for re-election in 2019 elections. He had in 2016 gone to contest the deputy governorship seat in Kogi, his state of origin.

The protesters, who chanted different solidarity songs against Faleke, a two-term member of the House of Representatives, said that he had not represented the constituency well.

They carried placards with inscriptions such as “Faleke, go back to Kogi, Ikeja say no to you”, “90 Shops in Kogi, Go back to your Kogi”.

Others read: “16 years of representing Ikeja with no constituency benefit”, “Dear Tinubu, the People of Ikeja, Ojodu, and Onigbongbo say no to Faleke” among others.

One of the leaders of the protesters, Solomon Johnson, said that there were so many capable and vibrant youths, men and women that could represent the constituency.

Johnson, a leader in Ikeja APC said that the protest was to tell the leadership of the party that the residents would not support the re-election of Faleke to the House of Representatives.

“He has been in power in the last 18 years and we feel he has done enough,” Johnson said.

According to him, since the lawmaker has gone to contest Kogi Deputy Governorship Election in 2016, the legislative seat should be given to another individual in the person of Mrs Toke Benson.

He urged Faleke to concentrate on strengthening APC in Kogi rather than seek re-election by transferring his voter register back to Lagos.

“It will be a slap on the people of Ikeja Federal Constituency if Faleke is forced on residents, we have able youths that can represent the constituency and we have found Mrs Toke Benson.

“Since the party is interested in promoting women participation, Toke Benson is qualified, she is a lawyer and well known. Enough of impunity. Give us Toke Benson and we will deliver Ikeja for APC,” Johnson said.

Another leader of the protesters, Hope James said, “The entire people of Ikeja want a change. The attention of Faleke has been in Kogi. Our people have not been benefiting from that office.”

James, one of the APC stalwarts from Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area, alleged that the lawmaker had not been representing the constituency well.

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