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Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 23, 2018
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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, told our correspondent, OLALEKAN ADETAYO, that Nigeria needs new leaders with experiences to take it out of its current problems. Excerpts:

What informed your decision to run for the highest seat in the land?

I have a passion for this country and the passion has been noticeable since I was a young man. While in school, I was one of the students’ union leaders that fought for democracy. We have always believed that this country can be better than what it is now. We paid a price for that. I was detained under Decree 2 in those days. I was 1989 Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience at the same time that Dr. Nelson Mandela was a Prisoner of Conscience in South Africa. It was my passion for Nigeria that was at display at that time, not because we were expecting that we are going to be politicians. It was even very dangerous as of that time, some of our colleagues actually died in the process of that struggle. So, what I am doing is a self-imposed duty that started about three decades ago. I understand how the modern international political economy operates and I know that we can drive all the forces of progress to make Nigeria a prosperous country. I also understand Nigeria. As one who has done business successfully in infrastructure, oil and gas, public affairs and engineering for 27 years, I will be able to steer Nigeria’s economy towards accelerated growth. I will also unite Nigeria and secure the country. That is why I am running.

You are aware that the position of the President of a country like Nigeria is not a small one, what kind of political background do you have that made you feel you are qualified to hold this office?

I have been in leadership positions all my life as a young man. I was a prefect in secondary school. We started leadership from that stage. You don’t just become a leader from the blues, you must have done something before that your peers believe that you can lead them. I was a students’ union leader in the university. I was one of the human rights leaders in Nigeria in the 80s. I was the National Publicity Secretary of a national party, National Democratic Labour Party, in 1996. In 1998/1999, I played a very serious role in establishing the democratic order and I was elected the first Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party. I was in the policy engine room in those years and as a matter of fact, when President Obasanjo was organising his Policy Advisory Committee, I was the secretary of the Youth and Women Sub Committee. We did most of the policy works on youths and women. Hajia Dongoyaro was the chairperson as of that time. I was also on the Political Advisory Committee in the Office of the Political Adviser up till 2003. At the policy, party management and civil society levels, I have very solid experience. But most importantly, as a businessman, I understand how to build infrastructure and how to create jobs. I think that is what Nigeria needs now. Nigeria does not need politicians that have always been depending on government all their lives. What we want to do now is to expand the economy. It is not just the usual people that you need to take Nigeria to the next phase of our development. We need essentially new leaders with new experiences. It is just like when Americans decided to go for Donald Trump, he has never been a governor or a senator and you can see how tremendous growth has occurred in the US economy because the Americans were interested in the economy in the last election. Nigeria does not need the usual set of politicians who have failed the country. Nigeria needs a new set of people who will think outside the box, not just repeating the same thing that has been done for about 30 years without result. We need to break from that era, we need a completely new and better Nigeria. That is why the core of my message is how to create a $4trn economy because the conversation has always been how to manage the small economy. Like when Nigeria had $510bn GDP in 2013, it was celebrated. But that size of economy cannot take Nigeria out of poverty. Nigeria needs $4tn size economy to be a medium-income economy and to be at par with countries that we were at par with at independence like Malaysia, Thailand and Turkey. These are middle-income economies. If we are going to have a per capita income that is going to be between $16,000 and $20,000, we need a $4trn economy. The new Nigeria economy programme that we have set up in our blueprint will take Nigeria to a $4trn economy within 10 years. We will be able to create like four million jobs on annual basis.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 20, 2018

2min20

The Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), has reacted to presentation and details of the 2019 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday at the National Assembly

Buhari had on Wednesday presented a proposed N8.83trn fiscal 2019 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly.

In the budget, oil prices was estimated at $60 per barrel while production was 2.3m per day.

“The 2019 Budget proposal is based on the following assumptions:Oil price benchmark of $60 per barrel;

b. Oil production estimate of 2.3 million barrels per day, including condensates;

c. Exchange rate of N305/$;

d. Real GDP growth of 3.01 percent; and

e. Inflation Rate of 9.98 percent.

“With regard to oil production, I have directed the NPPC to take all possible measures to achieve the targeted oil production of 2.3 million barrels per day,” Buhari said.

But, reacting, Duke took to his Twitter page criticising the proposed oil price and production by President Buhari.

The former Governor of Cross River state noted that the forecast of oil price and production by the President shows his government is not taking Nigerians forward.

He also condemned President Buhari for presenting 2019 budget in December.

Duke wrote: “Submitting a budget in December for 2019, assuming an oil price of $60 when current prices are mid $50’s, forecasting oil production at 2.3m a day when this years average is 1.9m tells us these folk in government are taking us nowhere.”


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 14, 2018

3min40

The police in Abuja have detained Deji Adeyanju again, his associates have told PREMIUM TIMES.

A message from Ariyo-Dare Atoye, a long-time friend of Mr Adeyanju, said the political activist was arrested after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.

It was learnt that the police are demanding to establish the conclusion of a murder trial involving Mr Adeyanju in the mid and late 2000s.

“They are holding him at the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit over a murder case from his university days,” Mr Atoye said.

“Even though it is true that he was arrested and charged for murder when he was a student of Bayero University Kano, we are very sure that he was discharged and acquitted in the case,” Mr Atoye said.

Mr Adeyanju was at the unit, which was specially established to tackle specific serious crimes ranging from kidnapping to armed robbery, to retrieve the last of his three mobile telephone devices which the police seized from him when he was first arrested on November 28.

As of 9:30 p.m., Mr Atoye said he had contacted lawyers on behalf of Mr Adeyanju.

“The police said he jumped bail in 2005 and are asking for him to provide the certified true copy of the case in order to establish that he was indeed discharged,” Mr Atoye added. “We find this extremely embarrassing for our country, but we would try and get the copies tomorrow.”

Mr Adeyanju spent four years in prison between 2005 and 2009 after he was arrested with three others on murder charges while a student of Bayero University.

Festus Keyamo, a rights lawyer and current campaign spokesperson for President Muhammadu Buhari, defended Mr Adeyanju and the three others. One of the other three was Musa Daura, said to be a relative of Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew.

“I represented Deji Adeyanju in the matter from 2005 until 2009, and I can tell you categorically that he was not only discharged but also acquitted,” Mr Keyamo told PREMIUM TIMES by telephone Thursday night.

Mr Keyamo said he represented Mr Adeyanju on a pro-bono (free) basis at the time, buoyed largely by his longstanding interest in helping students from legal dilemma.

“Immediately I heard he was a student, I picked up the case and by the grace of God we won it and he was discharged and acquitted,” Mr Keyamo emphasised.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 10, 2018
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5min50
LATIN AMERICA WON BEST YOUTUBE OF 2018

TechCapon has assembled a rundown of best 10 trending YouTube videos of 2018. On the off chance that you realize that you don’t have enough data supscription on your phone, I recommend you purchase another subscription at this moment. That is because the collection of the videos y’all have been sitting tight for have quite recently been released by YouTube. The most watched music videos of 2018. The entertaining thing about this collection is that only 2 American music videos made it into this rundown. Maroon 5 ft Cardi B “Girls like you” and Drake “God’s plan. That is surprising because, American artists are the most famous on the planet. You heard me right ! Whatever is left of the music videos originate from Latin America or you can call them South Americans. No single African music video made it into the rundown. No single Asian music video made it into the rundown.

Why 80% of Latin American recordings are on the rundown ? The videos pulled millions of views on YouTube on YouTube. That not withstanding, take as much time as is needed and watch the videos and tell us what you think in the comment section.

1. TE BOTE REMIX – CASPER, NIO GARCÍA, DARELL, NICKY JAM, BAD BUNNY, OZUNA ‘ VIDEO OFFICIAL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jI-z9QN6g8

2. NICKY JAM X J. BALVIN – X (EQUIS) ‘ VIDEO OFICIAL ‘ PROD. AFRO BROS & JEON

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I_D_8Z4sJE

3. MAROON 5 – GIRLS LIKE YOU FT. CARDI B

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJOTlE1K90k

4. DADDY YANKEE ‘ DURA (VIDEO OFICIAL)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGIm0-dQd8M

5. OZUNA X ROMEO SANTOS – EL FARSANTE (REMIX) (VIDEO OFICIAL)[/b]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfWkmURBNv8

6. BECKY G, NATTI NATASHA – SIN PIJAMA (VIDEO OFICIAL)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEf423kYfqk

7. EL CHOMBO – DAME TU COSITA FEAT. CUTTY RANKS (OFFICIAL VIDEO) [ULTRA MUSIC]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzG4uDgje3M

8. DRAKE – GOD’S PLAN[/b]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpVfcZ0ZcFM

9. REIK – ME NIEGO FT. OZUNA, WISIN (VIDEO OFICIAL)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyqD_zfXfi8

10. VAINA LOCA – OZUNA X MANUEL TURIZO (VIDEO OFICIAL)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx-fuY7LpSU

TECHCAPON’S BEST YOUTUBE MUSIC OF THE YEAR WINNER: MAROON 5 – GIRLS LIKE YOU FT. CARDI B

This epic video by Maroon 5 features controversial rapper Cardi B. The music video has lots of popular dancers in it including Jennifer Lopez, Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Phobe Robinson ad so on. Mind you, we’ve watched all the videos on this list and after our analysis, This video came out as winner. I watched it over 20 times today. Highly recommended

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJOTlE1K90k


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 9, 2018
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1min60

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday urged Nigerians to vote for credible candidates who will drive growth and development.

Obasanjo, who spoke at the 27th annual Owu National Convention held in Iwo, Osun, said credible leadership would promote good governance.

The former president, who said he would not campaign for any particular candidate, urged Nigerians to vote wisely.

The Chairman of the Supreme Council of Owu Obas, Oba Hammed Oyelude, said Owu being the largest Yoruba speaking ethnic group in the South West Zone had been contributing to policy development in the country.

Oyelude, who is the Olowu of Owu Kuta, said the Royal Union of Owu People had been contributing to policy development in the country.

He called on Owu people to participate in politics in order to contribute to national development.

Oyelude also called on indigenes of Owu to support and vote for any indigene contesting for any political office.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that dignitaries present at the occasion included Owu monarchs as well as indigenes of the ethnic stock.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 9, 2018
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2min40
The Johnnie Jazz and Whisky event held last night in Lagos and many Nigerians have been talking about it on Twitter. It’s been trending on Twitter.

Star singers, Asa and Femi Kuti rendered special performances.

Fans have been talking about Asa’s performance at the Johnnie Jazz and Whisky.

The Johnnie Jazz and Whisky, a blend of music and flavours held in Lagos on the 8th of December 2018.

See photos from the event and see how fans are going gaga.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 5, 2018
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2min50

National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has described the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar as ‘unfit’ to rule Nigeria.

PoliticsNGR learned that Tinubu made the comment while delivering a Keynote address at a meeting of the National Consultative Forum organized by the national Committee of Buhari Support Groups held yesterday in Abuja.

Tinubu described Atiku as “a merry-go-round and carnival-like politician with no focus or mission.” In his words;

“Atiku could build a house of the party membership cards he has accumulated. But one thing he should remember is that a man who builds a house of cards ought not to cast stones at a man who is building a house with a firm and true foundation.

He should also realise that such a feeble house will collapse as soon as the wind of truth blows it.”

He also attacked Atiku’s campaign pledge to ensure 14 million new jobs yearly, and crashing of fuel pump price, describing them as lies that have no basis for actualisation.

The APC leader berated former President Olusegun Obasanjo for suddenly doing a somersault to endorse Atiku’s presidential bid after vowing never to support him, saying the move by the former president to mend fences with his former deputy was not a sincere one.

He dismissed the PDP’s call for the resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, describing it as blackmail.

Tinubu also spoke on the role being played by Senate President Bukola Saraki in the opposition party, describing him as a sell-out, who used APC’s mandate to negotiate with the opposition.

He said that the President Muhammadu Buhari will win the 2019 general Election adding that his administration has done well in fighting Boko Haram and handling the economy.


Akeem ReachnaijaDecember 3, 2018

1min00
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has lamented on how pirated copies of My Transition Hours, his recently released book, have been circulated across stores by people who are unhappy with the contents of his book, The Punch reports.

Jonathan said in a Facebook post that the pirated books which are being sold in traffic may not have the original contents.

He said:

“It has come to my attention that a pirated book, purporting to be my Book, ‘My Transition Hours’, is now being sold on the streets of some cities and towns. Please note that those copies are not reflective of my book and may have been put out by those unhappy with the book in order to undermine it.”

The former President asked that those who are interested in buying the book should buy them at reputable bookstores mainly in Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja and Bayelsa.