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Top PDP Presidential Aspirant Aare Dele Momodu To APC- “Apologise To Nigerians”

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Earlier today, I submitted my PDP Presidential nomination form at our Party headquarters in Abuja. I was happy to achieve yet another milestone after purchasing the N40 million Expression of Interest and Nomination forms. Whilst I query the wisdom in demanding such a huge sum from Presidential aspirants, which could easily discourage and eliminate younger and more vibrant aspirants, I decided to pay because it had been demanded by the Party and it was thus a necessary step in the right direction as I seek the requisite mandate of my Party in my mission, alongside other like-minded Nigerians, to liberate our country, Nigeria, from the vestiges and bondage of insecurity, ignorance, corruption, division and disunity, backwardness, inequality, infrastructural decay, intolerance, vindictiveness, oppression, mass unemployment and the general malaise that has endlessly afflicted our great country.

Nigeria is blessed with some of the most brilliant, well-educated, ambitious, hardworking and upwardly mobile souls on planet Earth. Examples of our global excellence and exploits abound, and are well documented. However, the lack of visionary, selfless, frugal, disciplined, determined, knowledgeable purpose-driven leadership has slowed down the remarkable work of our phenomenal men and women. I take this opportunity to salute them, and to assure them that, wherever they may be, a Dele Momodu Presidency will tap into their talents and resources to rebuild Nigeria and make our Nation a 21st century giant in the comity of nations. These are not mere words or platitudes, but the conviction of a patriot who knows that a true visionary and missionary leader is one who identifies, harnesses and utilizes the human and material resources at his disposal, not someone who has a Messianic complex.

The time has come when politics can no longer be the exclusive preserve of profligate politicians who are more interested in the actualization of their inordinate ambition, egocentric power-grabbing, greedy venality and unwholesome scaremongering rather than the welfare and well-being of the people they are meant to serve.

In this quest, I have traversed every region and sub-region of Nigeria and, indeed, some parts of the Diaspora reaching out to my fellow citizens and re-establishing old alliances whilst reinforcing age-long friendships.

Everyone knows about my networking habits and abilities. I’m a natural unifier. I do not go to people because, and only when, I need their votes. I have done this all my life. It is natural to me and not a pretense. Through my work, I have been able to touch the lives of countless Nigerians at home and abroad. Directly and indirectly, I’ve provided jobs and created opportunities for thousands of Nigerian youths in practically all spheres of human endeavor. I was one of the first to recognize and champion the use of technology and social media in our everyday life, even as our Government now seeks to stifle its majestic growth and power for its own selfish and nefarious reasons.

I have changed the negative perception of Africa as a dark continent and the campaign of calumny against Nigeria as a land of drug barons, scammers and never-do-wells. I have always displayed tolerance and respect for every tribe and religion. My Moslem and Christian backgrounds, as well as education in African Traditional Religions, make me even more comfortable with all men and women of faiths, and I’m dismissive of ethnic and religious jingoists.

Nigeria is at crossroads and things can no longer continue as business as usual. No God-fearing citizen can excuse and readily dismiss the gross incompetence and ineptitude of a ruling government that was exceptionally high on promises but abysmally low on deliverables and performances. Nigeria deserves massive apologies from the APC apparatchiks who should be ashamed of the magnitude of damage they have wreaked on our long-suffering nation. No amount of fanciful diction, deceptive sophistry, pedantic casuistry or mendacious demagoguery can rescue them from the judgment of God for plunging our country and its people into unprecedented misery and penury.

I’m working hard and praying that our esteemed Party, PDP, and its members, most especially our super delegates, would resist all temptations from the highest bidders and put the country above pecuniary expectations, and deem it fit to give me the ticket to represent our Party at the forthcoming 2023 General Elections. We must demonstrate to Nigerians, and the world at large, that we are ready to offer our people a fresh beginning in a new world order propelled by education and knowledge.

In this regard, I urge our Party’s political gladiators and juggernauts to stop flexing their muscles against one another and think not just about redeeming the lost glory of our illustrious Party, and country, but also give thought to providing succour and comfort to the teeming masses of Nigeria.

Becoming President of Nigeria should not be about the promotion and elevation of self as a result of previous lengthy political appointments. Getting to be Nigeria’s President should be a matter of offering oneself humbly and honorably in order to serve our Fatherland to the best of our abilities.

What Nigeria needs is a fresh leader, someone shorn of all the baggage, misadventure, mishaps and failures of the past. A charismatic leader and bridge-builder, with global experience and exposure, capable of assembling and commanding a combined and novel team of technocrats and politicians whose sole desire is to change their country for the better, rather than for self-aggrandizement and pillaging. This is the kind of President that is required to lead our country out of the drudgery and doldrums. I believe that I am that person and Leader.

Our people truly have hope for a better future. They know that this will not come from a rehash or regurgitation of the same old wine in new bottles. They want real change. I have been a change agent most of my adult life. I believe that in the same vein, our reinvigorated Party should entrust in me the role of the change catalyst in Nigeria. I am new and untainted and primed for this task.

Together, our future is bright and assured.

 

 

– CHIEF DELE MOMODU
Presidential Aspirant PDP

CHIEF DELE MOMODU, born May 16, 1960, in the ancient town of Ile-Ife, Nigeria, is an African Journalist of high repute and loud acclaim; he is a Publisher, polemicist, businessman, philanthropist, actor, politician and motivational speaker. He is the CEO and Publisher of Ovation International, a magazine that has given publicity to people from all over the world in over 60 countries and five continents. He is the Chairman of the Ovation Media Group, comprising of Ovation International magazine, Ovation Television and The Boss newspaper. His media empire has worked assiduously to change the negative perception of Africa as a dark continent. He is one of the most prolific essayists in Africa and he has authored and published several books in his name. He is one of the biggest voices on the African social media platforms and his Twitter account already has 1.7 million organic followers and growing. He is one of the most photographed celebrities in Africa. CHIEF MOMODU has met and interacted with world leaders. He has received over 200 awards and honors, globally, and garnered recognition for his work in the world of Entrepreneurship, politics, literature, music and fashion in which he plays major roles. He has bagged two Doctorates (honoris causa) from the Houdegbe North American University in Cotonou, Benin Republic, and University of Professional Studies Accra, Ghana. He is a recipient of multiple traditional titles in South West and southeast Nigeria and in the Republic of Liberia, where he is The Kiazolu of Grand Cape Mount County. He is an honorary Fellow of the African Public Relations Association (APRA).
Chief Momodu writes a weekly and very popular column, called Pendulum, on the back page of Thisday, Nigeria’s most influential newspaper, every Saturday. He has written on the many challenges facing Nigeria and has proffered practical solutions. He has landed in detention and was forced into exile for his views and pro-democracy activities.
CHIEF MOMODU is a graduate of the great University of Ife, (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Yoruba language (1982) and a Master’s degree in English Literature, 1988, from the same University (the first Nigerian ever to attempt such a combination). He has been a political activist for decades and was forced into exile in Great Britain from 1995-1998 under the military rule of General Sani Abacha.
Chief Momodu announced his intention to run for the Presidential election in his homeland Nigeria, in 2011, on the platform of the National Conscience Party, but lost.
CHIEF Momodu was a Visiting Scholar at the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
Chief Momodu is married to one wife, MRS MOBOLAJI MOMODU, a Chartered Accountant and blessed with four children

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Segun Adewale Aeroland clinches PDP Lagos West Senatorial Primaries Ticket

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… assures all of Victory at the Polls Come 2023

A chieftain in the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Segun Adewale aka Aeroland, has clinched the ticket in the just concluded primaries to bear the flag of the PDP for the Lagos West Senatorial Seat in the coming elections. The elated philanthropist and politician in his victory and appreciation speech, laid emphasis on the need for all members and well-wishers of the Party to rally round and ensure victory at the general election come 2023.

The speech reads;

Hi, My name is Segun Adewale, people call me ‘Aeroland’. I just won the Lagos West Senatorial District’s Peoples’ Democratic Party primaries.

 

I would like to first and foremost appreciate the National Working Committee of our great party which has selected, recruited and deployed professionals to conduct the just concluded Senatorial Primaries in Lagos State. I would also like to appreciate the delegates for the enormous privilege and honor reposed in me by conducting themselves well and casting their votes diligently, you have my utmost respect.

I’m grateful to the leaders of our Party, who found me worthy to be presented to the delegates after a thorough screening exercise.

We have come a long way in choosing and putting our best foot forward in this race. Our focus has always been people-driven, our goal and objective are to serve with dignity and ensure better living for the common man. These I have always shown in my character and deeds in times past and won’t stop now.

According to Napoleon Hill, ” Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting”. It is a known fact that I have contested the seat of the Senate twice before now and I am doing so again. I have learned my lessons and believe it is high time we win the seat back for the people.

The job has just begun and this time we will do a lot of things differently and by God’s grace at the polls we will obtain victory, not just for me or the Party, but for all residents of Lagos West Senatorial District who yearn for a wind of change daily.

I want all party members to know that this victory at the primaries , is a victory for all. This simply implies that the challenges ahead will be overcome if we continue to stand united.

The battle is half won and there is still a lot of work to be done. Let’s keep up the enthusiasm, encourage more people to get their PVCs and ensure we all come out en mass to support Aeroland and in general, all PDP candidates come year 2023.

No victor… No vanquished

Thank you and God bless.

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SEN EMMANUEL BWACHA’S CAMP IS IN DISARRAY AFTER A LEAKED DOCUMENT INDICATES HIS INVESTIGATION BY FINANCIAL CRIMES AGENCY

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The political camp of Sen Emmanuel Bwacha representing Taraba South at the red chambers is currently witnessing a serious crisis, after a leaked document indicates that his finances are under scrutiny by both anti-graft and financial regulations agencies, after a query-run investigation on his finances by a special squad raised between these agencies to put a searchlight on Politically Exposed Persons (PEP). This special monitoring squad has come to understand that there are transactions of Sen Bwacha, his companies, and his cronies which have crossed the redlines of financial regulations, into hundreds of billions of naira.

This financial investigation bombshell is coming on the heals of a court case already instituted by Sen Bwacha’s former Party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), over the Senator’s decamping to the All Progressives Congress (APC), apparently seeking a gubernatorial nomination in Taraba State. The Suit No. FHC/JAL/CS/9/2022 is instituted in the Federal High Court, Jalingo Judicial Division, with the PDP as Plaintiff, while four others are mentioned as the Defendants. The four defendants are: Sen Emmanuel Bwacha, the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The core of the Suit is that the PDP is seeking the determination of the honourable Court, in the provision of Section 68(1)(g) and (20) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended), whether Sen Emmanual Bwacha should be compelled to vacate his seat, as the Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing Taraba South Senatorial District.

PDP seems to be premising its case on the fact that the courts have recently been deciding these type of cases against the defectors, on the grounds that votes garnered during elections belong to the Party, but not to the contesting individual, thus making it impossible for individuals to cross platforms with their original victories. In the case of Sen Bwacha, his current battle with the courts is seen as a flexing of muscles pushed forward by Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku, of Taraba State, who is running a political struggle with Sen Emmanuel Bwacha. With Gov Darius in the firm grip of the PDP in Taraba State, it is easy to see how and why the PDP is there in Court with the aim of shattering Sen Bwacha’s ambition.

In the same vein, observers are suggesting that it is the same hands of Gov Darius Ishaku which have provided some of the financial transaction information available to the anti-graft and financial regulatory agencies, which are currently on good report to indict Sen Bwacha of financial recklessness and financial crimes. In the leaked investigation document, Sen Bwacha is linked to some eight operating and active bank accounts, in both corporate and individual names. However, an expert conversant with this particular investigation says that the main document contains more than twenty accounts linked to Sen Bwacha. What has been leaked “seems to be a summary” of the actual document.

According to the leak, four bank accounts are largely the operating arena of Sen Bwacha’s irregular and clandestine financial dealings. Two of the accounts are corporate accounts, resident with Zenith Bank. The third and fourth bank accounts are in the individual name of Emmanuel Bwacha, resident in Polaris Bank, with Account No. 1767700993 and 0071772656 respectively. According to this leaked document, on January 25 this year, Bwacha’s PolarisAaccount No. 1767700993 received a large scale funding of N500 million. Beeds Ent Nigeria Ltd, with Account No. 2096715983 at Zenith Bank made the N500 million funding to Sen Bwacha’s Polaris Bank Account. Initially, Polaris Bank recorded this transaction under a Suspense General Ledger account, which authorities view as a diversionary stunt by Polaris Bank to exonerate itself from complicity in any wrongdoing on this transaction.

Then, two days later, on the 27th of January 2022, Sen Bwacha moved the whole of this N500 million, in two tranches of one hundred million Naira (N100,000,000.00), and four hundred million Naira (N400,000,000.00) from this account to “a ghost account” of his in this same Polaris Bank, with Account No. 0071772656, which investigators see as a Savings Account. Investigators have noticed that this seeming savings account “is not queriable at bank counter level”, so they tag the account as “ghost”, or “structured down”. It is noteworthy that “structured down” accounts are not reachable by external auditors and inspectors. Thus, according to a query on this leaked document, Sen Bwacha, with the active connivance of Polaris Bank, has successfully hidden N500 million from prying eyes. It is from this “ghost” account that Sen Bwacha funds his clandestine activities.

The other two corporate accounts are: Eloheem Properties Development Limited, with Account No. 1015365504 at Zenith Bank, and the Eloheem Suites Limited, a hotel business outfit, with Account No. 1013165470, at the same Zenith Bank. Sen Emmanuel Bwacha and his wife, Deborah Bwacha, are found to be signatories to these accounts. In Particular, Deborah Bwacha is seen to be the chief operating officer to the Eloheem Properties Development Limited account. According to the transactions present on these accounts, investigators believe that these accounts are not run by the businesses registered for them.

According to the leaked document, investigators have alerted security agencies to track and follow certain of these transactions as they seem to be pointing towards “terrorism funding”, which is sometimes passed through money laundering. Investigators have noted that both Terrorism Funding” and “Money Laundering” are serious crimes committed with ill wealth gotten from public treasuries. By this flagging of these bank accounts, it is evident that the scrutiny on Bwacha’s money is going to involve a lot of people as one source confides that there are more than twenty bank accounts belonging to Sen Bwacha that are under investigation.

For instance, the leaked document has also indicated the flagging of about seven bank accounts belonging to Sen Bwacha’s friend and ally, Engr Ahmed Yusuf, popularly known as Gamaliya. Three of Engr Ahmad’s flagged accounts, according to the leaked document, are in Zenith Bank, while two each are in Access Bank and Guarantee Trust Bank. Engr Ahmed Yusuf’s flagged accounts in Zenith Bank include account numbers 5070110338, 10001271** and 54500579*. Those in Access Bank include account numbers 07012808* and 07011619*. Those in Guarantee Trust Bank include account numbers 00456765* and 00456765**. Investigators are querying the fact that Engr Ahmed Yusuf has no less than nine individual accounts in Guarantee Trust Bank alone.

Both Sen Bwacha and Engr Ahmed Yusuf have worked under Taraba State Government in the past, which makes it easy for inspectors to obtain information from State government sources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chima Anyaso’s Stumbling Block

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Those who know Chima Anyaso, will tell you he is a man who never gives up on his dreams regardless of the setback or disappointment he witnessed. He is a dogged and calculative fighter. More reasons he has recorded success in his chain of business from hospitality, Oil and gas, and Real estate to mention a few. But since he decided to give politics a shot in his home state, he has witnessed severe baptismal of fire losing the election. Many thought that was going to make him dump politics but he is a man who is focused on achieving anything g he sets out to achieve that’s why he is not relenting on his oars in ensuring he serves his people in Abia state.

 

In 2019, The Chairman of Caades Groups lost his bid to represent the people of Bendel Federal Constituency at the lower arm of the National Assembly under the umbrella of the People’s Democratic Party PDP but he lost to Hon. Benjamin Kalu of the All progressive congress APC. After that defeat, Ofuji Bendel as he is fondly called has since been consulting on the next step politically. Instead of giving the House of Representatives a shot again; The Igbere born politician has changed his game plan to contest as Governor of Abia under the PDP hoping to succeed Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu.

 

Sources say Ayanso is leveraging on his youthful network, finical war chest and also his alliance with former Governor of Abia state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu who is the current senate Chief Whip.“He has been cleared for the Primaries and his Ofuji Frontlines are sure he would clinch the party’s ticket it’s a matter of time. His only headache is the current Minority Leader of the vocal Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe. Abaribe is more experience and has been in politics for a long time but Chima is relatively a rookie in the game of politics so that’s the only hurdle he would have to face.”

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