Sahara Reporters Latest News Wednesday 27th February 2019

Sahara Reporters Latest News Wednesday 27th February 2019

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target=_blank>WATCH LIVE: INEC Final Election Result Collation

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target=_blank>BREAKING: PDP Asks INEC To Stop Results Collation ‘Immediately’

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately stop the collation of results of the presidential election.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday evening, Tanimu Turaki (SAN), Deputy Director (Administration) of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization, who spoke on behalf of Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, urged the commission to suspend further announcement of results from states.
Buhari is currently leading according to figures collated from more than 20 states.
Speaking on the collation at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja, Turaki said: “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demands, in line with the commitment to a transparent, free and fair election, an immediate halt to the on-going collation of results by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), until data from the smart card reader accreditation at the polling units are made available to all the parties in the election.
“The PDP predicates its demand on available evidence to the effect that data from the card readers are being reconfigured to suit the manipulations, rigging and over-voting already carried out during the election in some states by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Already, the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, has communicated this position of our party to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. We have evidence from the smart card reader accreditation data that what is being announced by INEC has been seriously tampered with and manipulated.”
The party went on to cite instances where elections were allegedly rigged.
Turaki continued: “In the meantime, we demand the immediate and outright cancellation of Presidential election results in Yobe, Zamfara, Nasarawa and Borno states as submitted by INEC presiding officers and ask for the conduct of fresh elections in these states.
“In Yobe, the total number of votes submitted as cast was more than the number of accredited voters. Whereas the number of accredited voters was 601,056, the total votes cast was 775, 449. This is a clear case of over-voting which, by the provisions of the Electoral Act, renders the election null and void. In such instance, the law provides for another election on a day to be fixed by INEC.
“In Zamfara state, no actual voting took place and there was no single result sheet in any polling unit in the entire state. There was an arrest in Shinkafi Local Government, where an APC member was caught thumb-printing ballot papers inside his house. Results from the presiding officer from Zamfara were concocted and allocated according to the wishes of the leadership of the APC and INEC. The PDP therefore demands the outright deletion of the results from Zamfara from INEC records and a conduct of free, fair and credible Presidential election in Zamfara state.
“Also in Borno state, there was no election but a figure writing exercise and allocation of results according to the whims and caprices of the APC leaders. We also demand the outright deletion of the results from Borno from INEC records and a conduct of free, fair and credible Presidential election in Borno state.
 “In Nasarawa, the PDP demands the immediate restoration of our over 157,000 lawful and valid votes which were unlawfully and arbitrarily cancelled by INEC and the announcement of the actual results from the field.
“Similarly, the PDP demands an immediate restoration of our over 79,000 valid votes which were unlawfully cancelled by INEC in Kogi state and the announcement of the authentic results inclusive of the restored 79,000 votes
“In the FCT, the PDP demands the restoration of 27,000 valid votes unlawfully and arbitrarily cancelled by INEC and a declaration of the authentic result, inclusive of our restored 27,000 votes.
“In Plateau, the PDP demands the immediate restoration of our over 30,000 lawful and valid votes, which were unlawfully cancelled particularly in Jos North and the declaration of the genuine results as delivered at the polling units inclusive of our 30,000 restored votes.
“The PDP therefore calls on Nigerians to disregard the results until INEC provides the data from the smart card reader accreditation at the polling units, conducts fresh election in Borno, Yobe and Zamfara states as well as restore our votes in Plateau, FCT, Kogi and Nasarawa states.
“The PDP maintains that from the actual votes delivered at the polling units, which we all have, Nigerians clearly and unequivocally gave their mandate to Atiku Abubakar.”

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target=_blank>BREAKING: Army Reveals How Wike Bribed Soldiers To Compromise 2019 Elections (Video)

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The Nigerian Army has revealed how Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, attempted to bribe its officers to rig the elections in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu of 6 Division disclosed the details of what happened when Wike and his supporters tried to bribe soldiers when caught with election materials.
He also presented the suspects and exhibits recovered from them.
Four policemen arrested in connection with election malpractice were also paraded.
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The period leading to the 23 February 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections witnessed a lot of political activities and manoeuvres by political actors, which is normal in a democracy. However, most worrisome and dangerous is the employment of political thugs by some desperate politicians to disrupt a legitimate national process for their pecuniary gains.
Equally of grave concern is the daring attempt by the Governor of Rivers State, Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, to compromise security agencies, particularly troops of 6 Division Nigerian Army, with hefty financial inducements to help him in his illegitimate act of thwarting a free and fair electoral process in his favour, while accusing the Nigerian Army and its command hierarchy of bias daily.
Apparently, Governor Wike must have underestimated the Nigerian Army’s commitment to being professionally responsive in the discharge of our constitutional roles.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has over time reiterated and demonstrated the Nigerian Army’s resolve to being apolitical, neutral and unbiased. He has also left no one in doubt of our total and absolute loyalty to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the President Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Therefore, no amount of cheap blackmail and unsubstantiated allegations will make us bulge.
While we do not intend to join issues with any one, however, it has become expedient to bring to the notice of the general public the actual reasons behind Governor Wike’s attrition against the Nigerian Army and its leadership with the hope that he will finally sheath his sword and publicly apologise to the Nigerian Army as we present to you the following shocking discoveries.
Gentlemen of the press, you recall that on Saturday, 15th February, 2019, the eve of the now rescheduled presidential and NASS elections, one Barrister Emma Okah issued a statement alleging that a very senior officer of this command attempted to tamper with INEC sensitive materials at the CBN Port Harcourt premises. A rejoinder was immediately issued by HQ 6 Division, which not only rebutted the allegation, but also demanded an apology from Emma Okah within 72 hours or face legal action. As at this moment, Emma Okah has arrogantly refused to heed the advice.
“Ironically, on Saturday 23rd February 2019 at about 8:45am, following a tip-off on attempt by Governor Wike’s aides to induce and compromise troops deployed at the CBN Port Harcourt premises, one personnel Major A.P. Ubah and three other Police personnel, DSP Oyoku Ifelle (Camp Commandant Rivers State Govt House), Sergeant Akanu Garba , Inspector Hycent Oboi and Sergeant Nketan Chucks, were arrested by a team from HQ 6 Div.
Preliminary investigations discovered the sum of N2.25million only in a Range Rover belonging to the DSP. Other items recovered are four INEC 2019 electoral tags, customised Rivers State Government House brown envelopes, while the sum of N500,000 only, was found in the Toyota vehicle belonging to Major A.P. Ubah, which he confessed was given to him by the Governor’s aides in addition to the offer of a well-furnished accommodation for the period of his tour of duty.
Similarly, same day Saturday, 23rd February, 2019, at about 7am, a member of Rivers State House of Assembly, Honourable Opokri Wanaka, in company of Dr Reason Onya Williams, Rivers State Commissioner for Urban Development, visited own troops camp at Akinima and requested to be acquainted with the Commander of the troops at the location. Honourable Opokri offered the officer some amount of money he removed from his pocket, but the officer not only rejected the offer, but sent the duo away.
Incidentally, while the officer and his men were manning a check-point at Mbiama Bridge, a white Hilux vehicle with Rivers State Government Reg No. L02-03 RV RIVERS and eight occupants, was stopped for routine search and clearance. A carton and two bundles of INEC 2019 presidential election ballot papers were discovered in the vehicle. Preliminary investigation reveals that none of the occupants of the vehicle is an INEC staff, INEC Ad-hoc staff or security agent.
During the course of on-the-spot interrogations, Honourable Opokri Wanaka and Dr Reason Onya Williams, earlier mentioned above, appeared at the spot and tried to convince the suspecting troops that the vehicle is part of the INEC convoy that was left behind and that the vehicle should be allowed to go because the electorate are waiting. When the vigilant officer refused to be convinced, Dr Reason immediately placed a call to Governor Wike and His Excellency requested to speak with the officer, who declined and requested the Governor to please call the GOC. After much resistance, the officer gave Dr Reason his number to pass to Governor Wike, which he did via Whatsapp message. Within 10 minutes, Governor Wike placed a call to the officer.

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target=_blank>BREAKING: Chaos In Rivers As INEC Declares Presidential Election Result

Chaos has erupted in Rivers State after the result for the presidential election was declared on Tuesday evening.
Enefiok Essien, the state collation officer, declared the results, three days after the collation exercise started in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The collation exercise ended in chaos as agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) protested the deletion of the controversial Emohua Local Government Area (LGA) results.
Out of the 23 LGAs in the state, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won 14, while President Muhammadu Buhari won three, after Emohua LGA was removed.
Elections in some areas were also cancelled as a result of electoral malpractices and violence.
According to the figures released by INEC, valid votes were 642,165; rejected votes were 24,420, and total votes cast were 666,585.
APC polled 150,710 votes while PDP secured its win with 473,971.

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target=_blank>Almost One Million Votes The Difference As Buhari Thrashes Atiku In Katsina

President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the presidential elections in Katsina State.
The APC polled 1,232,133 votes against the 308,056 votes of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Out of a total of 1,619,185 votes cast, Katsina had total valid votes of 1,555,473, and 63,712 rejected votes.
Buhari won the state with a margin of 924,077 votes.
Katsina State has a total of 3,210,422 registered voters across 34 Local Government Areas (LGAs). 1,628,865 voters were accredited at the February 23rd polls in the state.
See breakdown of result below:
1. Daura LGAAPC: 37,648PDP: 4,650
2. Sandamu LGAAPC: 29,221PDP: 9,025
3. Ingawa LGAAPC: 29,230PDP: 7,625
4. Matazu LGAAPC: 27,625PDP: 9,151
5. Kurfi LGAAPC: 25,074PDP: 9,175
6. Rimi LGAAPC: 33,361PDP: 8,818
7. Safana LGAAPC: 26,631PDP: 5,756
8. Danmusa LGAAPC: 30,011PDP: 7,528
9. Dutsi LGAAPC: 22,583PDP: 5,330
10. Batsari LGAAPC: 26,774PDP: 7,916
11. Kusada LGAAPC: 21,071PDP: 6,713
12. Bakori LGAAPC: 53,623PDP: 11,931
13. Batagarawa LGAAPC: 37,695PDP: 8,453
14. Bindawa LGAAPC: 35,030PDP: 9,623
15. Dutsinma LGAAPC: 35,700PDP: 10,440
16. Musawa LGAAPC: 31,690PDP: 6,673
17. Danja LGAAPC: 41,183PDP: 9,664
18. Zango LGAAPC: 25,207PDP: 6,891
19. Mai’adua LGAAPC: 35,198PDP: 8256
20. Dandume LGAAPC: 25,699PDP: 6,647
21. Charanchi LGAAPC: 24,391PDP: 6,521
22. Mashi LGAAPC: 31,786PDP: 14,344
23. Kankia LGAAPC: 30,470PDP: 9,449
24. Jibia LGAAPC: 33,330PDP: 7,987
25. Kaita LGAAPC: 27,228PDP: 6,925
26. Mani LGAAPC: 38,826PDP: 8,565
27. Funtua LGAAPC: 56,256PDP: 6,927
28. Faskari LGAAPC: 44,987PDP: 14,648
29. Baure LGAAPC: 42,108PDP: 8,534
30. Sabua LGAAPC: 22,879PDP: 10,256
31. Katsina LGAAPC: 68,968PDP: 15,170
32. Kafur LGAAPC: 56,954PDP: 15,345
33. Malumfashi LGAAPC: 60,143PDP: 1,235
34. Kankara LGAAPC: 53,853PDP: 10,768

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target=_blank>DATA: Nigeria’s Presidential Election Records Lowest Voter Turnout In 20 Years

The just concluded 2019 presidential election has recorded the lowest turnout of voters in the history of Nigeria, data made available to SaharaReporters have shown.
States such as Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi witnessed the lowest turnout, with less than 30 per cent of their registered voters marking the ballot.
This is in stark contrast to 1999 when 70 per cent of all registered voters turned out to usher in Nigeria’s new democracy. 
In 2015, the lowest turnout recorded was about 42 per cent, owing to issues such as voter apathy and the heavy activity of Boko Haram in the North East. 
The average, so far, has remained consistent at 34.7%.

However, in the elections, despite continued insurgency, some affected states such as Borno and Yobe, which were affected by Boko Haram attacks on the morning of the presidential and National Assembly elections, surprisingly recorded the highest voter turnout for 2019.
A quick look at results collated so far by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shows that states with high numbers recorded in 2015 are now turning out low numbers.
This might also be as a result of the initial cancellation of the 2019 polls earlier scheduled for the Febuary 16, 2019, and eventually rescheduled for February 23, 2019.
Also, there have been pockets of violence experienced in some states in the build-up to the 2019 elections.

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target=_blank>Police, DSS, NSCDC, Army, FRSC, Even Fire Service! Security Beefed Up At INEC National Collation Centre

Security has been beefed up around the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja, the national collation centre for the presidential and National Assembly Elections results.
The announcement of the results, which commenced on Monday, is ongoing.
More armed security operatives were deployed in addition to those on ground with the view to fortifying the facility.
  
A detachment of combined security operatives of the Nigeria Police, Nigerian Army, DSS, Fire Service, FRSC and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were stationed at strategic locations within and around the building. 
There were rumours of a plan by a group of aggrieved persons to stage a violent protest and disrupt the process at the collation centre.

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E2%80%99s-fall-tinubu-next-fredrick-nwabufo target=_blank>After Saraki’s Fall, Is Tinubu Next? By Fredrick Nwabufo

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Dynasties rise and fall. It is a natural order. 
But there are factors which precipitate the declension of dynasties. For example, the rise and fall of Chinese dynasties was influenced by changes in weather conditions such as drought and famine. When the people are starving and dying of thirst they revolt against their emperors.
The eclipsing of Senate President Bukola Saraki in Kwara state reinforces the power of citizens’ revolt. Mass revolts through the ballot are still potent.  It is evident the people of the state have simply grown weary of a unilateral influence and control. 
According to an analysis by TheCable, many of the voters did not even know who Saraki’s challenger was. They were poignantly driven by a slogan, which resonated with them, “O to ge”.
I believe the excruciating defeat of Saraki in Kwara marks the end of a political era in the state. But is there another political dynasty of which sunset is nigh?
The voting pattern in the south-west in the presidential election shows that the Jagaban political dynasty may be seeing its last days. Unlike in the 2015 presidential election, where the south-west bloc-voted for the APC, though with the PDP winning in Ekiti state, the 2019 election voting distribution is a departure from the norm. 
According to the results released by INEC so far, the PDP won in Ondo state; surprisingly made a very good show in Osun state, and it won in Oyo state as well. This shows that the south-west is conscientious about its actions and it is shaking off the fetters of unilateral influence and control. 
I could imagine the Jagaban of Borgu at the height of his powers in the early 2000s, when he dictated the pace and play of politics in the south-west. Wherever he goes, the region goes.
In September, 2018, after the Osun gubernatorial election, I wrote that the outcome of the exercise showed the waning influence of the Jagaban. The 2019 presidential election voting distribution in the south-west accents this position. 
Besides this, is there no possibility that President Buhari will consign the Jagaban to a space of irrelevance when he returns like he did after the 2015 elections?  Remi Tinubu had once at the senate chamber lamented of how the Jagaban was relegated to the background immediately after the APC won the election.
It is really hard to say. But the rain falls even after a long period of sunshine. 
Nigerians will eventually be free.
 
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E2%80%99s-victory-revolution-peter-claver-oparah%E2%80%8B target=_blank>Buhari’s Victory Is A Revolution By Peter Claver Oparah​

Those who have been following my writings and social media activities will know that I had long called last Saturday’s presidential election for President Muhammadu Buhari. You may be partly right if you conclude that I was able to do so because I am a long standing fan of President Buhari. They also know that in 2015, I emphatically called the election for Buhari and he won. Baring any delays, President Buhari will soon be announced as the winner of last Saturday’s election. From all exit polls, he has comfortably coasted home to victory in an election that exerted lots of wasteful toll on his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar and his party, the PDP. As to how I rightly called these two last elections, they are topics for a more detailed future report. 
By nightfall on election day, I knew Buhari had won. This was the same thing in 2015. All those that called me to know the situation of things on the night of Saturday, March 28, 2015, still attest to this. Those that also called me last Saturday night, can further attest to my surety on the fact that President Buhari had won the 2019 presidential election. This is not prophecy, not guessing, not augury but simply a fact of knowledge of how the electoral system works. Shortly after the close of polls in 2015, results started flying in from the various polling units across the country. When big wigs, prime movers and influencers of the erstwhile Jonathan government lost their polling units, it was easy to see that the former government and PDP were on their way out of power. The same thing happened last Saturday. When virtually all the backbones of the Atiku presidential project and leading PDP aficionados in the country lost their polling units in last Saturday’s election, it was clear to any cerebral observer that the game was up for Atiku and the PDP. This is no rocket science but just a careful application of educated reasoning to view elections.
The anticipated Buhari winning of last Saturday’s election is a revolution. Why do I say so? Buhari was virtually riding against a mountain in this election. This was borne out of his commitment to rein the coffers of government and ensure that state resources are only channelled to governance. This was enough to spark off a counter-revolution amongst those that have, for decades, been feeding from the public treasury and when this class is hurt, a huge chunk of the citizenry is dragged to share its bruises. This frugal policy even affected his campaign and of course the general trend of the 2019 general election. Being Spartan and tight-fisted, Buhari’s insistence that no public money should be spent on his re-election was way out of trend with known fads in the country’s electoral process before now. It was a given that a siting government would latch open the national treasury to pursue its re-election dream and the 2015 election was a topping of that notorious act. But this year, because Buhari sat tightly over the public treasury, there was no outlandish laundering of state resources for his re-election. Everyone queued in line and the desperate opposition against him found it difficult laundering their heavy tranche of illicitly looted money for the election because an eagle-eyed security watch was placed on them.
For the past four years, Buhari has practically battled the principalities and powers that dominate Nigerian governance and economy and who led the defenestration of an oil-rich country and its abandonment in a valley of tears, despair and rot. He had walked through the opposite direction of the filth-ridden Nigerian officialdom to dismantle age-long fountains of corruption, decay and atrophy and displace a class of deeply entrenched but powerful carnivores that had been raping Nigerian treasury for ages. Welding an impeachable and unassailable moral high ground, Buhari has burgeoned those who deign the country’s treasury as their birth right’ to plunder and scavenge at will. He has capped very many rat holes through which the ethically bankrupt Nigerian elite salt the treasury and enrich themselves; to the advantage of the underprivileged, the poor and wretched of earth. Buhari has so tamed official corruption that it has become impossible for the sybaritic knights of atrophy that hitherto feed off the lifeblood of the Nigerian poor to eke out their cursed living. He has dispersed the cult of predatory buccaneers and savages used to free loading from the common till and rendered their base businesses nugatory. 
With the savings made from plugging the fonts of corruption, Buhari has embarked on perhaps the most ambitious infrastructural investment in our country’s history; building rails, roads, bridges, power plants, fixing decrepit airports, investing in health and educational sectors in a revolutionary effort to build real economy through investment in regenerative capital projects. With the much saved from his anti-corruption drive, Buhari has stabilized states that were bankrupt and on the brink of chaos when he came, ensured states are able to meet their statutory obligations, pay salaries, pay for projects. His investment in agriculture as a way of ensuring food security and tame rabid importation of food items is yielding high dividends. He had been able to kick start and run the most ambitious social intervention scheme in the history of the country which targets the poorest of the Nigerian poor, the unemployed youths, the vulnerable and those victims of the predatory Nigerian state that existed before he came. What more, Buhari has paid decades of pension arrears and saved a generation of senior retired citizens from untimely perdition and extinction.
Buhari has been able to cleanse the economy of the cobwebs of graft so as to free hitherto stolen funds to attend to the needs of the poor. Save for obviously politically-machinated killings here and there, Buhari has tamed the ravenous cancer of insecurity that once threatened to overrun the entire country and had ensured that the country’s security agencies are equipped to meet challenges that spring up to threaten the country and its citizens. 
For all these, he has attracted the raw venom and bile of the idle knights of freeloading who had spared nothing to sponsor insurrection against him and his government. The angry, bitter and inconsolable moths that used to feed on the commonwealth were so angry at Buhari that they launched the most vicious campaigns of hate against him, using any tool they could lay their hands on. These distressed nabobs found nest in a hurting PDP that was irredeemably sore over its loss of power and its exclusive corruptive privileges and their desperation saw Buhari at the receiving end of the most virulent syndicated attack a Nigerian President has ever faced. Using religion, ethnic and class weapons, they mounted a strident effort to seduce the same hapless citizens that were collective victims of their nefarious misrule to wage a war against Buhari. It got so bad that they hid under the shadow of age-old herdsmen to sponsor and perpetrate heinous murderous acts on targeted casualties so as to paint Buhari black. 
Buhari’s agony was not helped by the fact that he ignored the media in projecting his governance. A media that was wrapped under the foil of corruption was easy to seduce to lead the war against his government. With Buhari, not ready to pander to its voracious appetite for slush patronage, the media turned full-force to an anti-Buhari bayonet. At a time, it was hard to count just one radio station, one television station, one newspaper that was standing with Buhari. His war to rid the country of filth was not popular with the media so they leased their spaces to the hurting opposition and mangled and twisted news items to anti-Buharisentiments in a bid to stop him. Thank God, the social media came to the rescue as the millions of Nigerians who saw what Buhari is doing, commissioned themselves to deal with Buhari’s government communication shortfall. Of course this proved very decisive both in mitigating the injuries of the compromised orthodox media and seeing Buhari through another term.
Buhari faced well known opposition from the two other arms of government; the Legislature and the Judiciary whose penchant for corruption was not spared by Buhari’s all-encompassing war against filth. They both stood as impregnable bulwarks against his dream of a clean polity that is not encumbered by the relics of graft. Because Buhari refused to patronize their elephantine greed, they constituted institutional oppositions to him for the four years he had been in power. 
The worst but unusual casualty of the Buhari anti-corruption war is the religious bodies and personalities. Ostensibly because his regime’s war on corruption reduced the flow of illicit, stolen and coveted fund to their tills, so-called men of God went berserk in their anti-Buhari tirade. They spared nothing to paint Buhari black among Nigerians. In a worrying dimension, these religious leaders turned their pulpits into podiums for the spread of despicable lies, incitement, manipulation, hate, lies and fabrications against Buhari. They worked on the gullibility of their congregations to pit them against Buhari. They spared no lie against him and when Atiku Abubakar, with his elephantine moral glitches came up as PDP’s candidate against Buhari, they embraced him so shamelessly as the Jewish rabble embraced Barabbasagainst Jesus and were disgustingly so unscrupulous in hoisting him as the divine recommendation to save Nigeria from Buhari, despite his filthy history and his rich corrupt past. Like lascivious mongrels, these religious leaders damned all that is good and desirable to promote Atiku and used all antics to de-market Buhari amongst their congregants. At a stage, they became main purveyors of PDP’s ‘we are hungry’ antic  despite the fact that Buhari’s agricultural revolution has not only led Nigeria to a self-reliant nation but is drastically reducing the prices of foodstuff with mass food production. 
The ethnic slave drivers, the tribal bigots, the civil servants stripped of their illicit stealing of public money, the businessmen whose businesses starts and ends from milking the treasury, the political jobbers who saw Buhari as a nemesis to their predatory business, the displaced crooks and scammers, the political hustlers, the apex leaders, all the desperate interests that live on the stolen sweat of the Nigerian people were all united in the burgeoning anti-Buhari orchestra that led to last Saturday’s election.
But mercifully, as Buhari was retching enemies from his anti-corruption war, he was gathering innumerable admirers and followers from the poor, the downtrodden, the less privileged, who, for the first time in Nigerian history, became the focus of governance. They remain the unheard cadres of the country’s population who have been persistent victims of the state. For the first time, a government that not only identifies with their sordid fates and which was not reluctant to thread on the toes of the filthy powerful rich and influential was on the throne. For the first time, a government that believes in fixing the sectors to holistically address their traditional woes, is in power. It was easy for them to identify and stand with Buhari even as their voices were easily drowned by the propaganda of the embattled filthy rich who deigned the removal of Buhari as a battle of their lives. But as these desperate forces got more agitated in their anti-Buhari campaign, they were unknowingly recruiting more fans for Buhar and making them more hardened to ensure he continues what he was doing. These poor fans of Buhariknew a day of reckoning would come, which was last Saturday’s general election and they batted no eyelid to return him amidst the distressed antics of the anti-Buharicoyotes..
So, from all the darts, arrows and spears targeted on him, Buhari was able to triumph and emerge victorious. He was able to slay Goliath and his mighty army through his fidelity with truth, integrity and honesty. He was able to defeat the forces of Baal that had worked studiously for four whole years to undermine him because he is of God. His coming in 2015 was an act of God. His governance so far is an act of God. His emerging from a critical health challenge while many of those that wrote his obituary died in shame, was an act of God. His defeat of the forces of evil last Saturday is an act of God. His known public life is a testimony that you can get God’s approval by living right and just. Sadly, many of his traducers who hide under the banner of religion and who are defaming God by appending ‘men of God’ to their names while blatantly supporting evil, don’t know this.
So that Buhari was able to triumph over the huge web of conspiracy weaved against him en route last Saturday’s election is a revolution. It is an ethical revolution that targets the atrophies that trouble Nigeria since creation and which he had battled for the past four years; to the discomfort of the pests. What we had last started was a resolution of the poor against the filthy rich. It was a loud thumb-up for Buhari for what he had done these past four years and an encouragement for him to do more, especially in dealing with those that grew fat from the commonwealth. Last Saturday’s election was a massive endorsement for Buhari to deal decisively with the principalities that arrested the growth and progress of Nigeria for their selfish benefits. As the election was between two direct parallels; a stoic, Spartan, tight-fisted, impeccable, honest Buhari and a morally-wrecked, corrupt, spendthrift, Atiku, a Buhari win remains the loudest signal that Nigerians want more of the things he had been doing that have made thieves and treasury raiders grow inconsolably agitated these past four years. Through this revolution, the masses have spoken, loud and clear and the message is that we want more of the vintage Buhari touch. Congratulations My President!
 
Peter Claver Oparah
Ikeja, Lagos.
E-mail: peterclaver2000@yahoo.com

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Atiku Wins 24 Local Governments In Delta But Leaves One For Buhari

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 594,068 votes to emerge winner of the presidential election held in Delta State.
Atiku won in 24 of the 25 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Delta, according to the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at its office in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
In total, PDP secured 594,068 votes, while APC got 221,292 votes.
See breakdown of result below:
1. Warri South LGAPDP: 22,086APC: 10,007
2. Isoko South LGAPDP: 19,407APC: 10,536
3. Isoko North LGAPDP: 19,515APC: 7,045
4. Warri South-West LGAPDP: 81,833APC: 43,214
5. Burutu LGAPDP: 38,543APC: 5,546
6. Warri North LGAPDP: 25,394APC: 12,744
7. Sapele LGAPDP: 13,642APC: 9,776
8. Ughelli NorthPDP: 16,140APC: 24,193
9. Okpe LGAPDP: 11,167APC: 7,769
10. Ndokwa West LGAPDP: 20,498APC: 3,579
11. Bomadi LGAPDP: 62,297APC: 1,742
12. Ndokwa East LGAPDP: 20,976APC: 3,312
13. Ethiope East LGAPDP: 8,294APC: 13,854
14. Ethiope West LGAPDP: 29,458APC: 8,648
15. Ughelli South LGAPDP: 14,802APC: 10,078
16. Aniocha North LGAPDP: 12,996 APC: 3,674.
17. Oshimili North LGAPDP: 19,700 APC: 1,960
18. Patani LGAPDP: 17,028 APC: 4,789
19. Ukwuani LGAPDP: 14,681APC: 4,552
20. Uvwie LGAPDP: 12,712APC: 7,591
21 Oshimili South LGAPDP: 38,670APC: 2,635
22. Udu LGAPDP: 10,048APC: 9,166
23. Aniocha South LGAPDP: 14,770APC: 3,239
24. Ika South LGAPDP: 20,080APC: 6,378
25. Ika North-East LGAPDP: 29,331 APC: 5,265

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