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Friday, 20 July 2018

You Can't Trust Your Feelings, Allow The Lord Help You

What are you led by? What directs your decisions, actions, words, and thoughts?

As believers, we’re called to live by faith. And yet so many of us choose to live by something else — our feelings. Have you ever made a decision because it simply “felt right”? Have you ever said something because it “felt like the perfect moment”?
I know I have. Before I became a believer, I lived fully by feeling. My feelings informed my reactions to life and directed my every step. If a pathway wasn’t accompanied by a nice feeling, it wasn’t the one I took.

Shortly after I became a believer, I still lived by my feelings rather than my faith. I doubted my salvation because it didn’t feel real. I struggled to believe that God still loved me when I sinned because I couldn’t feel His love. I often gave into temptation to sin because it felt better than obedience. My worship time was completely regulated by my feelings as well — if I felt near to God, then I had worshiped effectively and rightly.

Do you live by your feelings? Do you live in a similar way that I did? If so, we need to consider what God’s Word has to say about our feelings and what living by faith actually looks like.

Your Feelings Can’t Be Trusted 
The Bible is quick to tell us that our feelings (or hearts, more accurately) can’t be trusted.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding (Prov. 3:5). 
Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered (Prov. 28:26).

Why are our hearts deemed so untrustworthy? Two reasons: They are constantly changing and affected by sin.

Our feelings are about as certain as the sand on the beach. The sand is always being moved, pushed forward and backward by both wind and water. It’s kicked and thrown by people running across it, children building with it, and dogs digging in it. It may appear to be a solid foundation for your sandcastle, but add just a little too much water and the entire building will collapse.

Our feelings are no different than that sand. They’re easily changed by people and circumstances. One moment you could be happily reading a book in your favorite chair, and a few minutes later be angered by the trail of mud your dog just brought in. You may have felt down when you first woke up this morning, but after an invigorating run with your favorite music playlist, your day is looking a lot brighter. See how fickle our feelings are?

Our feelings can also be influenced by others. A speaker could make you feel passionate about a new social justice need. A worship leader could make you feel like God’s presence is all around you. A pastor could make you feel guilty. A friend could make you feel happy again. A salesperson could make you feel anxious that you don’t have the latest product. Our feelings are so easily influenced and changed by words, actions, and tones.

This is where we can see the folly of trusting our feelings. How can you rely on something to inform you that is always swaying? We wouldn’t take confidence in a leader if he was always second-guessing and changing the plan of action. Why would you trust your feelings any better? They aren’t certain, and they are poorly informed.

Informing Our Feelings 
In the end, it is God and His Word that should inform our feelings, not the other way around. When you are tempted to listen to your feelings or your feelings are overwhelming you, stop and look to God’s Word. Compare what you are feeling to what He says.

Do your feelings line up? Great - follow what God’s Word says. But if your feelings contradict God’s Word, you need to say “no” to them. Those are the feelings we put off and ignore. Though they may feel strong, they’re not trustworthy. God’s Word is your source and foundation. Live by it, not your feelings.

[written by Lara d’Entremont]
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Dino Melaye Escapes Assassination, 2 Policemen Allegedly Killed

Two policemen reportedly lost their lives on Thursday during an alleged assassination attempt on the life of Senator Dino Melaye.

The Senator, however, escaped the assassination attempt as gunmen suspected to be policemen and soldiers allegedly opened fire on his bullet-proof jeep.

The two policeman were said to have been mistakenly killed during the sporadic shooting.

Meanwhile, Melaye has thanked God for sparing his life once again.

In his twitter handle, Melaye said about 20 bullets were shot at his vehicle by the attackers who were suspected to be soldiers and the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

His words, “I thank God for sparing my life once again. Over 20 bullets holes on my Jeep. Combination of the police; SARS and the military; God, I thank you”.

The Senator arrived Kogi State on Wednesday to inaugurate over 145 constituency projects.

This is coming as Muslim clerics in the state Thursday invoked curses on those who burnt down Melaye’s constituency projects in Lokoja.

ThisDay reliably gathered that Melaye was on his way to Isanlu in Iyagba East Local Government Area to inaugurate some projects when some gunmen prevented him from entering the town.

According to sources, the Senator who left his country home at Ayetoro-gbede, met a road block with heavy truck, shortly before Isanlu as the uniformed men equally set up bonfires with tyres, blocking anyone moving into the town.

Dino, sensing danger, made a u-turn back to Ayetoro-gbede with his entourage.
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Nigerian Billionaire Buys His Wife A Benz To Celebrate Their 23rd Wedding Anniversary

Businessman Tonye Cole, the CEO of Sahara Group, just surprised his beautiful wife with a Brand new Mercedes Benz SUV for staying loyal with him for over 23 years.
Read the sweet message he wrote for her;
"As we celebrate 23 years together, I want you to know that I have discovered in loving you that my heart is capable of discovering higher levels of love I hitherto never knew possible or existing.

There is much to say but let me share this short ode to you, a public declaration of my love to you.
How much love can love take?
My darling, My sweetheart, My love, My heart
These are but a few names I love to hear,
They fall short, far short of who you are,
But words have always fallen short where you are concerned.

My heartthrob, My beauty, My lovely, My own,
Phrases I love to think of you by.
In moments of aloneness, in lands afar,
My soul is restored by mere recollection of these few words.

My lover, My friend, My confidant, My soul
Descriptions I cherish when thinking of you.
Walking by my side or standing afar off,
I am confident in the knowledge that our love is genuine.

My partner, My companion, My jewel, My pride.
Expressions I adore when thoughts of you abate.
You are forever my love and eternally my life.
Together we shall be and never to part.

My love, My lover, My loveliest, My Lolita
Nothing can ever take you from me.
In living I die to always be yours,
In dying I live for you alone.

And so I end with a thought in mind
That you have been and are and always will be
The greatest gift of all that God could give.

I love you baby today, tomorrow and forevermore.''
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Covenant University Graduates 238 With First Class... Pretty Lady Emerges Overall Best

A total of 238 students of Covenant University in Ota, Ogun, on Friday graduated with first class honours’ degrees at the institution’s 2017/2018 Convocation.

The institution’s Vice-Chancellor (V-C), Prof. Aaron Atayero, disclosed this during the university’s 13th Convocation, the Conferment of Honorary Doctorate Degrees and presentation of prizes to its deserving students in Ota.
The university graduated 1,887 students for 2017/2018 Academic Session.

They comprised: 238 first class honours, 746 second class upper honours, 452 second class lower, 86 third class and 365 post-graduate students.

NAN reports that a young lady, Miss Salami Toluwani, from the Department of Industrial Chemistry, College of Sciences emerged the best student with a Cumulative Grade Point of Average (CGPA) of 4.99.

Atayero said that the graduates were not trained to seek but to provide employment and where they get employed, they should distinguish themselves as attested to by employers’ of labour.

“All over the world, our graduates are always breaking the grounds in many human endeavours,” he said.
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"You Have Case To Answer" - Lawyer Sues APC's Joe Igbokwe Over Supreme Court Bribe Claim

Lagos-based lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Lagos seeking the prosecution of the Lagos spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Joe Igbokwe, over an allegedly offensive Facebook post recently made by the latter.
The post alleged bribery at the highest court in Nigeria.

He said that Igbokwe, on July 16, 2018, at about 3.20pm, posted on his (Igbokwe’s) Facebook wall that “Wike will not have the audacity and temerity to kill again in Rivers State and run to the Supreme Court to buy justice. It will never happen again in Nigeria where Buhari is the President.”

Adegboruwa, in his suit filed on Friday, claimed that Igbokwe disparaged the judiciary, alleging that the Facebook post was capable of eroding public confidence in the court.

He is seeking a court order compelling the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), who was joined as a co-defendant with Igbokwe in the suit, to invite the APC spokesman to substantiate his claim that the apex court sold justice to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, failing which he (Igbokwe) should be prosecuted.

According to Adegboruwa, following the alleged post by Igbokwe, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, invited security agencies to probe the alleged selling of justice to Wike.

The CJN, according to him, asked the security agencies to identify the culpable apex court Justices if the allegation is true or to take steps to prosecute Igbokwe if it turns out that the allegation is false.

Adegboruwa said Wike, on his part, through the Rivers State Government, had demanded explanation from Igbokwe, with a threat of legal action.

In a 32-paragraph affidavit he filed in support of his suit, Adegboruwa claimed that the alleged post by Igbokwe was capable of being interpreted by the public to mean that “the judiciary in Nigeria, and, indeed, the Supreme Court of Nigeria, is corrupt; that there is no transparent system of justice administration in Nigeria, especially in the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Adegboruwa is contending that the alleged Facebook post by Igbokwe would create a situation where “lawyers would lose patronage and would no longer be able to handle cases in court, given that it is now possible to buy justice with money.”

The Punch reports that he urged the court to compel the AGF to take steps to prosecute Igbokwe.

He is also asking the court to sack Igbokwe as the General Manager of the Lagos State Wharf Land Fee Collecting Authority and to declare him as a person not fit and proper to be elected or appointed into any public office in any part of Nigeria.

The suit has yet to be assigned to any judge.
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Thursday, 19 July 2018

"We Now Have Facts On How Ekiti Election Was Rigged" – PDP

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has said that it has what it called “facts” on how the last Saturday’s governorship election was allegedly rigged in Ekiti State for the APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi.

The party's National Working Committee met in Abuja on Tuesday, where they received and reviewed “all facts relating to the July 14, 2018 Ekiti state governorship election.”

It added that after the NWC members reviewed what was brought before them, they came into a conclusion that INEC rigged the election in favour of the rival All Progressives Congress.

It will be recalled that the commission on Sunday morning, declared Fayemi of the APC as winner of the election.

However, the candidate of the PDP, Prof. Kolapo Olusola and the former ruling party insisted that the votes were doctored in favour of Fayemi.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, also accused INEC of pulling down the results of the election from its website.

He said, “After a thorough examination of all hard facts, the NWC reconfirms that the Independent National Electoral Commission doctored the result of the election to favour the APC.

“The NWC notes that apart from the huge discrepancies between the actual votes cast at the polling centres and the results released by INEC, there is evidence that INEC pulled down the original result from its database to accommodate the alterations.

“The NWC also has evidence indicating that the original result was in favour of the PDP candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola before the figures were altered.

“The NWC, after very exhaustive examination of all facts, confirms the PDP candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, clearly won the July 14, 2018, governorship election.”

He called on INEC to correct what he called the error in the results it announced, warning that if this was not done, the defeated party and its candidate would seek redress at an election petition tribunal.

“The NWC, therefore, calls on the leadership of INEC to immediately correct their results, apologise to the people of Ekiti State and be ready to admit their falsifications before the tribunal so as to return our mandate which was stolen at ‘gunpoint’ on July 14,” the PDP added.
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2019: Saraki Meets 4 Governors, Top Politicians; To Dump APC?

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki; the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus; and a presidential aspirant of the PDP, Alhaji Sule Lamido, on Wednesday, held a private meeting in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, alongside other top politicians.
Sources say it's about the 2019 power battle.
Saraki had on Tuesday said it was premature for him to declare whether or not he would contest for president in the 2019 general election.

While on his first visit to Kwara State since his Code of Conduct Tribunal victory at the Supreme Court, he had also said it was not time for him to declare whether he would defect to the PDP or any other political party from the APC.

Other notable politicians who attended the meeting behind closed doors included the Governor of Rivers state Nyesom Wike; Kwara state Abdulfatah Ahmed; their Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom; a former PDP Chairman, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, who also led the new PDP bloc of the All Progressives Congress; and the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, among others.

Also present at the meeting were the Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal; Senator Lawal Shuaibu; and Senator Barnabas Gemade.

According to sources at the meeting, though some of the politicians had joined the eighth Fidau prayer for Baraje’s late mother, Aishat, they later converged at Saraki’s house, where they were joined by other politicians, including Lamido, Secondus and others who reportedly could not attend the Fidau.

The sources said they strategised on the 2019 election politicking. There were also unconfirmed reports that the politicians discussed strategies for the speculated defection of Baraje, Ahmed, Saraki and his loyalists from the APC to the PDP.

PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, who confirmed the meeting, claimed that though it was a brotherhood meeting, they also discussed political issues.

According to him, they discussed how to move Nigeria forward.

He said, “It was a brotherhood meeting. Our leaders met and they shared thoughts on the future of Nigeria and how to improve the living condition of Nigerians and how to make Nigeria a better place for all to live in.

“It was a convergence of notable Nigerians. Do not forget that the essence of today meeting was to commiserate with Alhaji Baraje on the death of his mother. When politicians meet, they must discuss politics and how to improve on the standard of living of Nigerians. It will not be wrong to say some issues were discussed.

“I do not know when Saraki and Baraje will publicly declare their defection. I cannot speak on that.”
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Police Helicopter Threatening My Life - Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, on Wednesday raised the alarm over aerial surveillance of the Government House, Ado-Ekiti by a police helicopter.

Fayose said the police chopper has constituted danger to his personal safety, his family, workers and visitors to the Government House.

He expressed dismay that aerial surveillance of his official residence and office has continued unabated even after the July 14 governorship election in the state.

In a statement issued on by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the governor described the development as “brazen show of Unclad force and abuse of power by the Federal Government.”

He also accused the nation’s security forces of allowing themselves to be used to intimidate political opponents despite being funded with tax payers’ money.

According to him, security agencies must be apolitical and not turned themselves to willing tools in the hands of anyone in power at the federal level.

He, however, vowed not to be intimidated by the alleged clampdown, adding that he would continue to speak against injustice and advocate for liberty of Nigerians.

Fayose said: “They continue to fly helicopters over the Government House and Governor’s Office in a way that compromises the safety and well-being of residents and workers.

“The helicopter flies so low that it runs the risk of crashing into high-rise buildings and masts within the premises.

“The noise pollution this causes is enough irritation. This brazen show of Unclad force and abuse of power is as ungodly as it is undemocratic.

“If the security forces belong to all Nigerians and not to President Muhammadu Buhari and APC, it should not be biased in this blatant manner

“It is unprofessional of the security forces to allow themselves be this debased, running APC errands when they are funded with resources that belong to all of us.

“They are obligated by the Constitution to be apolitical and not willing tools in the hands of the powers-that-be

“Once again, I say I will not be intimidated. I will stand on my feet until every injustice is upturned and the freedom and liberties of our people are restored."
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See The All New 2019 Honda Pilot (Photos)

The redesigned and refreshed 2019 Honda Pilot is finally here. It brings with it a long list of upgrades to Honda’s award-winning 8-seat SUV.

The numerous changes include more aggressive exterior styling, an available new hands-free power tailgate, substantial powertrain refinements, major upgrades to available connected-car technology, an available new Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a volume knob. More pics...






The 2019 Pilot also adopts the Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver-assistive and safety technology as standard in all trims.
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All PDP Presidential Aspirants Meet Gov. Tambuwal In Sokoto

A high powered delegation led by the PDP national leadership comprising all Presidential Aspirants and NWC members paid a visit to Sokoto to commiserate with the government and people of the state over last two weeks attack in Tabbani Village, Rabah LGA, which led to the death of over 30 people. More photos...






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Dino Melaye Ignores Threats, Commissions Projects In Kogi (Pics)

Despite threats from political thugs, Senator Dino Melaye stormed his constituency (Kogi West) yesterday to commission some projects. The senator inaugurated the two blocks of four classrooms built at LGEA Primary School, Tawari, and LGEA primary School, Manyare, the 10-kilometre Manyare-Gegu Beki road and the 15-kilometre Orehi–Irovomi road.

Melaye, who also inaugurated a borehole he built at Felele area of Lokoja, said other projects to be inaugurated include classroom blocks, rural roads, boreholes, skills acquisition centres as well as rural electrification schemes. More pics...




He further charged the people of the communities where the projects were located to protect them from vandals and make the best use of them.
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Rowdy Session In Senate Over 'Lopsided Appointments' By Buhari

There was uproar in the Senate on Thursday following complaints against alleged lopsided appointments into the federal boards and parastatals by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Soon after the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki read a letter from President Buhari on the appointed of former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Tunde Lemo as Chairman, Board of Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, the Managing director and six other others as members, deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu raised a point of order.

Senator Ekwerenadu who referred the Senate to section 14(3) of 1999 Constitution, picked holes in the appointments of chairmen of boards without recourse to federal character principle, with a particular zone of the country which is South East being neglected and marginalised.

According to Senator Ekweremadu, the action of President Buhari was totally unacceptable to him because the leadership of these agencies were coming from a particular part of the country. Ekweremadu noted that he was not against anyone, but against the non adherence to federal character principle in line with the constitution and for national unity.

At this point, Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan in his intervention said that whenever the government sends a list containing the list of appointments, the government does its work very well. It was at this point that the hallowed chamber became very rowdy as there were reactions, shouts from the Senators.

Senate President Bukola Saraki tried to bring down the tension and the rowdy nature, describing the issue as speculations, adding that what has just happened was a letter from the President. Saraki then gave the Senator Tijani Kaura, APC, Zamfara led Committee on Federal Character to investigate the issues raised by the deputy Senate President and report back at plenary next week Tuesday, adding that the probe would ascertain if there are such cases or not.

Another round of uproar erupted when the Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan read executive communication for the screening of the Chairman and Commissioners of the Federal Civil Service Commission with Dr. Bello Tukur Ingawa from Katsina as Chairman.

Senator Chukwuka Utazi, PDP, Enugu North came under Order 15 still on the same subject matter, saying the screening should be kept until the Senate Committee on Federal character comes up with its report.

Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, PDP, Abia North corroborated Senator Utazi, calling for the putting on hold of screening and confirmation
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Saraki "Bows" As He Meets Buhari, Osinbajo, APC Governors

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received Senate president Bukola Saraki in company of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and some APC Governors in the State House.
Reports have it that the APC and the Presidency have decided to try their best to stop the planned move of some top politicians (Saraki and others) to dump the ruling party.
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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Mistakes To Avoid When Travelling Abroad

We all make mistakes, but when it comes to travelling abroad, we can make costly mistakes without even trying. Some of them are quick to fix and easily forgotten, others can be expensive, and time-consuming.
When next you are travelling abroad, Jumia Travel highlight mistakes you should avoid.
Failing to Check their Passport Dates
Did you know that many countries require your passport to be valid for at least six months after your return? If you go through customs with a passport that is soon to expire, you may be turned away. Check the passport regulations for your destination country well in advance of your trip.
Forgetting to buy travel insurance
Many travellers forget to buy travel insurance, but having a good travel insurance plan is cheap and smart protection from accidents, injuries and illnesses, passport and card theft, and even travel delays. Travellers who buy travel insurance know that they have the coverage they need in a travel emergency as well as a person to call for help when things go wrong on their trip.  
Packing the wrong things
If a traveller packs well, they will have the right clothing, medicine, and tools they need to be comfortable. While you can’t plan for everything that can go wrong, having what you need when you need it can make a big difference in your safe and healthy return back home. Additionally, do not pack too many things.
Forget travel adapters
The electrical plugs that are standard in your home country are not the same in other countries, and you will need adapters to use your electronic devices and appliances. Buy the adapters you need for the country you are visiting and whatever you do, if the plug doesn’t fit, don’t force it.
Convert currency at expensive places
Travelling abroad is never cheap and it can get even more expensive when converting currency. Getting the best exchange rate is important. The best way to exchange currency is by visiting official bureau de changes.
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“How Ministers Knelt Before Abacha In Fear” - Donald Duke

Former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has shared stories of power and trepidation during the dark days of the military era. He was an insider...

General Sani Abacha was Nigeria’s military ruler from 1993 to 1998 and Duke was a member of Abacha’s National Economic Intelligence Committee (NEIC) which was chaired by renowned economist, Prof Sam Aluko.

Aluko died in 2012.

The NEIC was charged with monitoring capital projects of the federal government and proffering solutions to the nation’s economic problems.

In an exclusive interview with Pulse Nigeria, Duke described how ministers quaked in their boots before Abacha inside the presidential villa.

A rogue petroleum subsidy regime 
According to Duke, the criminal subsidy Nigeria currently pays on petrol, began during Abacha’s reign.

“It was during this time that we really let our refineries go under and we just went into unbridled importation of petroleum products”.

Duke said his NEIC advised Abacha against privatizing the nation’s refineries. “We said don’t privatize the refineries, privatize the management. We said we will refurbish the refineries and give it to them to manage.

“Of course there was a lot of backlash because the NNPC (Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation) boys wanted to manage the refineries themselves. I think Abacha just said, you know what, let’s just import this thing.

“It was during Abacha’s time that the real subsidy started. Look, the subsidy is a racket. Right now, they are paying over a trillion Naira. It’s not…that thing can’t be more than 400, 500 billion Naira.

But you can’t subsidize what you are importing. Like I said, you can fix those refineries.

Get the manufacturers to refurbish them as new. But the critical thing is who is going to manage them? If you give it to the same people, they will run it down!

“Right now, NNPC really has no business managing those things”.

The day Abacha died 
Duke recalls exactly where he was when Abacha died on June 8, 1998. “I was in a friend’s house and we were talking”, he says with a knowing smile. “His name is Imam and he is from Kano and he was very close to Abacha.

A phone call came in and I heard him shout: ‘Allahu Akbar!’ You know. And I said, what’s wrong? He was shaking. And he said ‘Head of State die.

E don yamutu. I said which Head of State? He said ‘Abacha’. I said how? It was about 11am that morning”.

An era of trembling and sycophancy 
Duke recalls a meeting with Abacha inside the Council Chambers of the Villa and how a contract inflation plot went awry.

The former Cross River governor said Abacha abhorred people stealing around him.

“General Adisa was minister of works and he sent a memo to Abacha. He wanted to import bitumen for road construction.

Every memo that went to Abacha came to us for our opinion because he trusted Prof Aluko and the team.

Abacha didn’t trust anybody. Believe it or not, he abhorred corruption. Honestly!

“If you tell Abacha that this man is a thief and you can prove it…oh he will destroy the man! So he sends this memo to us. All the memos come to us and we write our opinions.

This memo comes and Aluko looks at me and says ‘Donald, two of you, go to Kaduna–Kaduna produces bitumen–and find out why we can’t get bitumen in Kaduna. Why do we have to import?

“So, I go to Kaduna and I find out that Kaduna has shut down because the bitumen tanks have not been evacuated.

Because bitumen is a by-product of Kaduna now. Kaduna doesn’t use Nigerian crude.

Kaduna uses Venezuelan crude — heavy crude. And one of the by-products of heavy crude is bitumen even though we have the second largest naturally occurring deposits of bitumen in the world after Canada!

“If you go to some parts of Ondo, bitumen is at the surface level. You can scoop it and throw it up like this. We should be refining that thing.

That’s another story. So, I go back to write my report to say the quality of bitumen we wanted to import was inferior to what we have in Kaduna.

And if you don’t evacuate the tanks in Kaduna, the refineries couldn’t work!

“So, we wrote our memo and it was a very strong memo. For about a week or two, no response.

So one day, we were summoned to the Villa and we were told it was over our bitumen report.

“I need to be graphic here”, Duke recalls with a chuckle. “There’s Abacha sitting in the middle, to his right was Oladipo Diya, Chief of General Staff.

To his left was Abdulsalam Abubakar who was Chief of Defense Staff. To Abdulsalam’s left was General Buhari who was Chairman, Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF). He’s a bitumen user.

“To his left was Dan Etete who was Minister of Petroleum. To Etete’s left was Alhaji Bayero who was GMD NNPC. To the right of Diya was General Adisa.

To the right of Adisa was a series of executives of NNPC (Managing Director of the Kaduna refinery and all of that). Across the room were those of us from the National Economic Committee”.

Major General Abdulkareem Adisa was Minister of Works and Housing under Abacha.

He was convicted for involvement in an attempted coup against Abacha in 1997 and was placed on death row.

Adisa was granted presidential pardon alongside other alleged coup plotters, after Abacha’s death.

Duke continues: “In the course of the meetings, Adisa was throwing tantrums that if he isn’t allowed to import bitumen, he won’t do anything.

Buhari didn’t say a word throughout that meeting. At a stage, you could see that there was a deal going on.

“Adisa would throw tantrums and say, ‘Oga, this people, na grammar dem dey talk o! If dem no allow me import this thing, I no go do any work o! And Abacha would say ‘Adisa, cool down’. So, you know, you could see that there was an understanding.

“There was a huge amount of bitumen they wanted to import. So, he takes a piece of paper and says Dan (Etete), you say the price of bitumen is XYZ but what I’m seeing here is different or am I wrong? Abdulsalam looks at him and says, ‘how can you be wrong? You can’t be wrong Sir! Even if you are wrong, you are right!’

“He looks at Diya and says ‘Dipo!’ That’s all he says. ‘Dipo!’ and Diya looks at him and says ‘you are right Sir!’ So he now looks at Etete and says, Dan, what are you telling me? Literally, Etete goes on his knees and says I’m sorry Sir!’”.

Diya who was Abacha’s second in command, famously knelt to beg Abacha after he was accused of involvement in a plot to overthrow the dark goggled Head of State.

Etete has been accused of fleecing Nigeria in cahoots with some members of the Goodluck Jonathan administration through the Malabu oil scam.

Abdulsalam Abubakar became Head of State after Abacha’s death. He oversaw Nigeria’s affairs for a year (June 9, 1998 to May 29, 1999) before handing over to a democratically elected Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

Duke says Abdulsalam was reminded of his sycophantic chant after that meeting with Abacha.

Praising Abacha to high heavens 
“Now, when Abdulsalam becomes Head of State, the first meeting we had….because he needed a briefing, and we were the only organization that could give a comprehensive briefing.

The first question Aluko asked him was ‘General, even if you are wrong you are right, abi?’ And he said ‘No, no, no, it’s a different dispensation”, Duke said to general laughter. .

“Abdulsalam was very different. He was very liberal.

Very broad, very open minded. He was in a hurry to go”, Duke says. “He was in a hurry to hand over and just go.

But working with him was very delightful even though it was a very short period and I also left to go contest and all that. But he was very liberal.

He listened to you, you know. Abacha wears these sunglasses, you can’t see his eyes! And he was very impatient”.

Duke shared another instance of sycophancy during the Abacha era.

“I remember once at a council meeting, he turned to Gambo who was Minister of Agriculture and said ‘Agric, what’s the cost of fertilizer subsidy?’ Gambo didn’t know.

So, next thing was Anthony Ani who was minister of Finance.

So Tony Ani looked at him. Tony Ani was just being mischievous. And he said N20billion.

He just called a figure. So Gambo said N20billion. So Abacha said ‘enh?’

“Ani said ‘N8billion’.

“So Abacha said ‘what are you calling?’

“He said ‘N15million’.

“He was just being mischievous, playing with the guy.

“There was trepidation in dealing with Abacha.

He hardly held council meetings.

He can go three months, he won’t have any council meetings. And there was always this threat of reorganizing the cabinet. So when he says there’s a council meeting, some ministers think it’s the final one for them”.

With rumours swirling about an imminent shuffling of the federal cabinet during Abacha’s reign, Duke said one minister decided to take executive sycophancy to whole new heights.

“There was this time that rumour was really rife that he was going to change his cabinet.

So, we got in and they will come to our office to ask Prof Aluko if he’s heard anything.

Aluko would say nothing like that. The ministers were like kids.

“We get into council at that time and the Minister of Planning Ayo Ogunlade….You know in council, you put on your mic and you speak. So he now puts on his hand and got up to speak. Abacha said ‘sit down’.

“He said ‘No sir, I want to stand up and speak’.

“First of all, you don’t say ‘No’ to Abacha. So the guy insisted on standing up and Abacha says, ‘Ok, stand’.

“So, the man now turns around and says, ‘Secretariat, I want you to record everything I am saying here’.

Everyone was like ‘anh..anh. They do that normally. So why are you emphasizing it?

“This man went on to praise Abacha to high heavens.

He said ‘Nigerians don’t know what they have. He said, ‘God sent you at this time to save our country’. I mean it was so bad, Abacha told him, ‘sit down’.

“He said ‘no Sir, I won’t sit down’.

“Abacha said ‘sit down, you sycophant!’

“He said ‘No Sir I won’t sit down’.

“So, Abacha said ‘Ok, talk’.

“And he went on to praise Abacha to the high heavens. When he was done, he sat down. Abacha said ‘are you tired now?’

“So the meeting went on.

“After the meeting, Prof Aluko called him and said ‘Aburo (brother), what was all that about?’

“He said, ‘Ah…Oga, I hear they want to change cabinet o’.

“The interesting thing is, two weeks later, they changed cabinet and the man survived!

“But you see, when Abacha wanted something done, it was done. But again, he wasn’t prepared for leadership like most of our leaders and he was very myopic.

Ministers didn’t have access to him and all that”, Duke narrated.

Running for president 
56-year-old Donald Duke has declared his intention to vie for the position of Nigeria’s president in the 2019 general elections.

He was Governor of Cross River State from 1999 to 2007.

Abacha seized power from the interim government of Ernest Shonekan after the unrest caused by the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election won by Chief MKO Abiola.
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FFK Reacts To Ekiti Election: "Weep Not For Fayose"

“When Fayose won in 2014, the whole of Ekiti erupted with joy. In 2018 the APC “won” and all the streets of Ekiti are looking so gloomy. The people are sad because their will has been truncated”- Adeolu Daramola.

My friend and brother, Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, is not infallible. He is not an angel and like every other mortal, he has his own fair share of faults, excesses and shortcomings.

We do not agree on everything and neither do we always share the same opinion on matters of state and policy.

I should add this: some of his friends are my sworn enemies and some of my friends are his, yet nothing and no-one can come between us.

That is the nature of our covenant and deep bond which has its roots well above politics, which was borne through our shared love of the Living God and the Gospel of Christ and which was established and forged by the blood of Jesus.

Our differences in terms of style and approach only brings us closer and serves to make our friendship stronger. And despite his regular displays of strong emotions, what a profoundly good and insightful man he is.

In terms of courage, compassion, decency, the love of his people and a yearning for truth and justice he stands head above shoulder virtually every other political leader in the country.

And permit me to add this: even if I am the only one left in the country that is willing to do so, I will stand by him till the end.

That is the nature of the man that the Buhari administration robbed, beat, slapped, humiliated and insulted last week and that they are now planning to utterly destroy.

Yet despite the abysmal behaviour and shameless criminality of INEC, the ruling-APC and Buhari’s minions during the conduct of the governorship election last saturday Fayose has nothing to be ashamed of and, in my view, he remains the epitomy of courage, truth, loyalty, decency, compassion and righteousness.

He stood for truth and he dared the powers that be in the name of the Most High God. Regardless of what we see today and what we witnessed on saturday, that God shall never forsake or leave him and in the end he will have the last laugh and be vindicated.

The bitter truth is that the Ekiti election was a sham. The APC paid 4000 naira for each vote that they got and, in collusion with INEC officials, they used the police and security agencies to drive away PDP agents and supporters from voting and collation centres. They also shut down the local television and radio stations to prevent the truth from being exposed.

This was a trago-comedy of the highest degree. As Josef Stalin, the dreaded Russian tyrant, once said, “the people who cast the votes decide nothing but the people who count the votes decide everything”.

I say weep not for Fayose, Professor Kolapo Olusola (the PDP governorship candidate), or the PDP but rather weep for the good people of Ekiti state, Yorubaland and Nigeria.

Worst of all is the fact that the daylight robbery that took place on saturday is actually a test run for 2019.

Those that are laughing at Fayose and making jest of his misfortunes and his efforts to defend the true wishes and will of the Ekiti people will get their own at that time (2019)
.

I say this because the beast that seeks to devour him and the people of Ekiti seeks to devour us all.

When the jihadists, herdsmen and members of Nigeria’s “master race” start terrorising and butchering the good people of Ekiti state, the south-west and the south, just as they are already doing to the people of the Middle Belt, no-one should be surprised and neither should they complain because that is the nature of the beast that has broken the gate and forced itself into their land and homes.

Those that collected cash from the APC in return for their votes have unknowingly sold their souls, sovereignty, destiny independence and birthright to the agents and emissaries of satan in return for the rulership of a vicious and relentless cabal of vampires, demons, goblins and monsters who hail from a distant foreign land.

For a measly 4000 naira they have traded in their liberty and freedom in return for the dictates, whims and caprices of a wicked group of heartless and cruel men who take their orders and directives from a dark, sinister and blood-filled cauldron of sorcery and voodoo and a malevolent and accursed tattered old broom.

I have not mentioned any names but the creatures that I am referring to know who they are.

I have always said that Dr. Kayode Fayemi is my friend who I have known for many years and who I have always liked, respected and had a soft spot for.

The same goes for Otunba Niyi Adebayo, the former Governor of Ekiti state and the leader of the APC in Ekiti, who is not only a family friend of over 50 years standing but also a dear brother.

I do not bear any animosity towards either of the two or towards Senator Femi Ojudu, another friend of mine, who is also a strong APC leader in Ekiti state either.

However I consider those that they represent and who sent them to enslave the southewest and the people of the south with cattle colonies, herdsmen, cows, a Janjaweed ethos and a jihadist philosophy as my perpetual, mortal and eternal enemies before whom I can and will never bow.

That is where I draw the line and that is our only point of departure. Outside of that I have no malice for or axe to grind with any of the leaders of the APC in Ekiti state or indeed anywhere else in Yorubaland. We simply belong to different teams and and different political camps. And this is for good reason.

For those that doubt it let us consider our plight in Nigeria today. Insecurity is at its peak. The mass murder, ethnic cleansing and commission of genocide against innocent and defenceless Nigerians is unprecedented.

Our nation is more divided than ever before. Our economy is in shambles and poverty stalks the land. The senior cadre of our Armed Forces are aggrieved because President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to appoint new Service Chiefs since the tenure of the old ones expired.

The democratic process has been subverted as votes are procured with public funds and electons are rigged with the apparatus of the state. People no longer see or believe that their PVC is their weapon because few believe that we can ever have a free and fair election in our country as long as Buhari remains in power. The list goes on and on and it is one lamentation after another.

Rev. Martin Luther King jnr. once said “to ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it”.

How right he was. And many in our nation today, out of fear, stupidity and cowardice, have chosen to simply ignore the evil that took place in Ekiti on saturday.

Yet even worse than them are those that have chosen to applaud the evil and celebrate it simply to spite Fayose. They forget that to applaud injustice is not only shortsighted and evil in itself but that it is also a graphic and singular manifestation of witchcraft and sorcery.

The truth is that those that delight in the suffering, misfortune and humiliation of others and that refuse to stand up and speak for the victims of injustice, wickedness and tyranny are doomed to failure and eternal shame and are best described as the children of darkness and the sons and daughters of perdition. They shall all burn in hell.

Many in our country are troubled by the many challenges that the Ekiti debacle has thrown up and even more understand and discern its solemn implications.

As examples of some of those concerns permit me to share the insighful words of two respected public commentators and discerning intellectuals about the implications of what happeed in Ekiti.

The first, Prince Otoks Dan Princewill, wrote the following:

“Is it not now clear? Who wants to know more? Who wants to be further schooled? This PVC matter needs a sincere government to function properly. We have in place a government that looks away as Nigerians are slaughtered. We have a government who moved in 30,000 officers to rig an election and has a Division sitting on its thumbs in a place less than an hour away where Nigerians are slaughtered in a killing orgy for days. We have a government who encouraged a police officer to slap and rough handle a Governor. We have a government that has appointed the entire security architecture from a section of the country. And yes, we have a country where conscience is for sale for 4000 naira and many say it is overpriced. We must therefore retool. We must redirect and reset. We must match the bar to where things has been raised. We cannot afford to assume anything. As at now, count 2019 lost. Unless we retool. It is not about PVCs and registration. It is about so much more”.

On his part Elder Michael Orobator wrote:
“We have Judases and pernicious traitors, Fulani slaves and useless idiots always at the beck and call of the internal colonisers in our ranks. I have said it before and FFK strongly reiterated same that the Fulani, most comfortable in situations of strife and warfare, will not leave us alone until we weed out the Fayemis, Oshiomoles, Oyeguns, Amaechis et al from our midst”.

Can any reasonable person dispute the insightful assertions of these two elderly, wise, experienced and discerning men?

Permit me to conclude this contribution with the words of Peter “the Rock” himself. After the rape of democracy that took place in Ekiti state on July 12th he said:

“I am Peter Ayodele Fayose, I hold my head high. I can never be suppressed. I don’t lose battles and I will not lose this. I will laugh last.The President should note what the Bible says which applies to him. ‘He that wears the armour should not boast as he that removes it.’ It is only Buhari that will pride himself with the security shooting sporadically at polling centres, scaring people to pave the way for APC thugs to snatch ballot boxes”.

These are strong and prophetic words from a Spirit-filled soldier of Christ and a courageous and strong lion of the realm.

He concluded by saying “Buhari’s EFCC is threatening me, as if Buhari will remain in power forever. Is the EFCC the Court?”

How right he is!

May God deliver our nation and may He guide, lead, strengthen and vindicate Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose and the good people of Ekiti state.
by Femi Fany-Kayode
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Tears Of Joy! Nigerian Couple Buys A Car For Their Daughter's Teacher (Photos)

It's good to be good. A couple touched the heart of their daughter's teacher after buying a brand new car for her. The act of kindness was to stop her from struggling with public bus to work everyday.

The couple shared the photos on Instagram as the teacher shedded joyful tears. More pics...





The post read: “When my husband tells me that the teacher who has been teaching my girls for the last few years has been catching multiple buses to get to and from work everyday in the hot sun and cold!

“He said we should give her something I said….say no more! When you ask me to define success….this is my response! (Give to those without expectations).

“All glory to GOD! . She’s like legit the sweetest person you would ever want to meet!!! She said she never had a new car before!”
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Monday, 16 July 2018

Eco. 361 Assignment (Finance and Development)---- 14/7/2018

Critically discuss and analyse the relationship between Finance and Development and other aspects of Development Finance (including other financial aspects of development)
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Footballer Obafemi Martins Shows Off His New House in Lagos

Nigerian international football star, Obafemi Martins who plays as a forward for Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in China, has bought himself a new mansion in Lagos. He shared the pics of the new house and one of his expensive cars. More photos...







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PDP Rejects Ekiti Election Outcome, Says Results Were Concocted By APC And INEC

A statement from the party; 
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejects in its entirety whatever outcome is being concocted by the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies, in the governorship election in Ekiti state.

The process, characterized by open alteration of results, brutalization of innocent citizens, barefaced cruelty and intimidation of our members by security agencies, is a brazen assault against democracy and a direct subversion of the will of the people which is completely unacceptable.

The PDP is armed with the details of all manipulations by the APC, who is being aided by security agencies and compromised INEC officials to rig the election, particularly, the audacious alteration and substitution of election results in favour of the APC at the collation centers amidst the brutalization of our agents.

The PDP also has details of all the polling units where we won, mostly with very wide margin ahead of the APC, only for the security agencies to aid the swapping and alteration of such results with those smuggled in by the APC at the collation centers.

It is instructive to state that all the issues we raised ahead of the election, including the conspiracy between the APC, some compromised INEC officials and security agencies; the importation of thugs from other states by the APC; the use of brutal force against our members and the alteration of results in favour of the APC, have all manifested.

The PDP holds strongly that there is no way our democracy can survive with an electoral process such as this, being witnessed today in Ekiti state under President Muhammadu Buhari and the current INEC.

This bald-faced subversion of the will of the people is a clear recipe for a serious crisis and we invite Nigerians and the international community to hold President Buhari and his APC as well as the INEC Chairman and heads of security agencies in Nigeria responsible for any breakdown of law and order in Ekiti state as a result of this election.

This on-going robbery of the franchise of Ekiti people is a horrible rape of our democracy and most uncharitable of President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC who hugely benefitted from the credible election midwifed by the PDP in 2015.

Signed:
Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary
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5 Ways To Wear Heels Without Pain

Heels are essential to most wardrobes, but there’s nothing worse than putting together an amazing outfit for an outing, only to be sidelined an hour in because your feet are throbbing in pain. Well, you are not alone here, there are many ladies out there who feel pain whenever they wear heels. 
As such, Jumia roll out tips on how to wear heels without pain.
Ensure you’re wearing the right size shoe
The No. 1 mistake women likely make is not having the right shoe size for their foot. Your foot size changes over the years. Have your feet sized once a year, and do it if you’ve never had it done. Have your feet measured when you're buying shoes, for width and for length as well.
Try a shoe with more coverage at the top
The more coverage you have on the top of your foot, the better. Sometimes high-heeled boots are actually something you can wear all day and they don’t bother your feet as much. If you’re prone to blisters and friction, you might want to try that style, something that covers more of the top of your foot.
The thicker the heel, the better
Avoid thin heels or stilettos. They cause your foot to wobble around. Sometimes, the dress is just going to call for a stiletto, as long as it’s something that’s occasional. If you’re wearing stilettos every day, you might want to consider a chunkier heel style and change it up a bit.
Stretch your feet when you remove your heels
The stretches that you will want to do are the stretches that will target the front of the foot and ankle, like pointing your toes down and pulling your toes up with a strap to get the Achilles’ tendon and the calf muscles. And then side to side to get to the instep and the outside of the foot.
Take breaks
You should never wear your heels for the whole day. Intermittently remove your shoes and stretch your ankles and toes.
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"I Defeated APC's Fayemi During Voting, They Changed Results" - Fayose's Deputy

The Peoples Democratic Party's candidate in last Saturday governorship election in Ekiti State, Prof. Olusola has insisted that he won about 70% of the valid votes cased at the various polling units.

He said based on results from the various Voting centers, there was no way APC's Kayode Fayemi should be the winner.

Also, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the results of last Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State.

The election was won by Dr. Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who defeated the PDP candidate, Prof Kolapo Olusola and other candidates.

But the PDP, at a media briefing in Abuja yesterday, said the election results were falsified by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in favour of the APC.

The party described APC’s victory at the poll as “daylight robbery, brazen subversion of the will of the people and direct assault on our democracy”.

PDP spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan said the “authentic results” from the polling centres indicated that the PDP candidate won the election.

Ologbondiyan said: “It is clear that the PDP candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, incontrovertibly won the election, with very comfortable margin over the APC candidate, only for INEC to allow the alteration of results at the collation centres.

“Painfully, the people of Ekiti State were pillaged, openly brutalised, confronted with the worst form of cruelty and intimidation from security agencies, and their mandate, which they freely gave to the PDP, was snatched at ‘gun point’ by enemies of democracy, who are parading themselves as icons of anti-corruption.

“Nigerians are witnesses to all manipulations by the APC, aided by security agencies and compromised INEC officials, to rig the election, particularly, the audacious alteration and substitution of election results in favour of the APC at the collation centers amidst the brutalization of our agents.

“The PDP has the details of all the polling units where we won, mostly with very wide margin ahead of the APC, only for the security agencies to chase away our agents, then aid the alteration and swapping of such results with those smuggled in by the APC at the collation centers.

“We have the detail of the discrepancies between the authentic results from the polling units and the false figures eventually announced by INEC.

“It is also instructive to state that all the issues we raised ahead of the election, including the conspiracy between the APC, some compromised INEC officials and security agencies; the importation of thugs from other states by the APC; the use of brute force against our members, the falsification and alteration of results in favour of the APC, all manifested in the election.

“We know how APC conspired with INEC to bring in card reader machines belonging to Kogi, Lagos, Ondo, Oyo, Ogun states into Ekiti state to enable APC members from these states to vote in Ekiti election with ease.

“Nigerians will recall the irresponsible and inciting statement credited to the factional National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, where he threatened that the opposition will be ‘crushed’ in this election.

“The APC governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, also vowed that they will “cage” the Ekiti State governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose.

“These threats were carried out with the full collaboration of our security agencies”.

The PDP said that it had details of how APC governors and ministers diverted huge sums of money from their states and ministries to bribe top officials of INEC, particularly, those in the ICT Department, as well as security agencies to perfect the brigandage against the people of Ekiti state.
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FUNNY!! How APC's Fayemi Out Spend Fayose's PDP In Ekiti

As written by Tunde Odesola;

Scene I
It’s the zero hour. Nobody slept all night. Everything is set for the war. Commanders are busy, surreptitiously dispatching orders and supplies to the frontlines. 
The night before the war is the most crucial night. 
It’s the night before the dawn of victory or the groan of defeat. It’s also the night treachery wears the cloak of loyalty, clinging tightly to the battledress of the commander-in-chief, with eyes glazed on the treasury chest. What a night!

Today, the sun, wary of the task ahead, stirred slowly in the East. But it is screened off by the green canopies of the bended boughs of the baobabs, mahoganies, irokos, palms and sycamores in the thick forests of Ekiti. Hot and cold water cascade down the hills of Ikogosi. Even the cock knows it’s not yet time to announce the break of a new day. The wards are secretly awake, though the world is still asleep. Men are at work as the clock tick-tocks.

National anthem:

Nigeria’s call obey
To serve our fatherland…
Continuity announcer: I say a very good morning to you, our cherished listeners, out there. This is Ekiti Kete Broadcasting Service, transmitting on Frequency 41.9. I welcome you to our first programme of the day, “Ekiti Decides.” As you all know, 35 candidates are set to slug it out in today’s governorship election. I’ll take you right into our studio where our indefatigable politics editor, Dimeji Ologbenla, is waiting. Over to you, Dimeji.
Ologbenla: Thank you, Wale Aberuagba. Good morning, Nigeria. You’re welcome to another edition of your incisive programme, “Ekiti Decides.” Today, we shall be analysing the election results as they trickle in from the 177 wards of the 2, 185 polling units in the 16 Local Government Councils of the state. The total number of registered voters for this election is 913,334 but only 630,000 voters have their PVCs in readiness for this landmark election. I have with me in the studio Comrade Tunji Aduroja, Alhaji Mukaila Ehinola, Apostle Jesusegun Olorunjeda, and an Ifa worshipper, Baba Ifaleke Famoriyo. Your opinionsgentlemen.
Apostle: Sincerely, I think the wave of defections within the ruling party is going to affect the outcome of the election. Elections are won by people and not stones. When you have key people defecting from your party, the end result won’t be palatable.
Comrade: The power of incumbency will play a major role. Remember, Nigerian politics still feeds fat on violence. Any of the party that controls the mechanisms of violence will have an edge.
Alhaji: Money will play a deciding factor in this election. Ekiti civil servants are hungry; they’re being owed several months of salary arrears. Anybody who dangles the carrot will have their votes. The fatter your carrot, the higher your votes.
Famoriyo: There’s no sincerity among our political class. The skirt and blouse are of the same fabric. Ifa hates deceit. Ekiti must vote wisely.
Ologbenla: Gentlemen, let me link up with our correspondents out there to have a feel of the field…
PHCN strikes. Programme goes off air.
ENDS
 Scene II
 Government House, Ado-Ekiti
 Peter Rock: Hello, Blahlah! Hello! How far? Is that the sound of victory I’m hearing in the background? (Smiles)
Blahlah Yes, Your Excellency.
Peter Rock: Jehovah seun, Thank God! The Lord God of Host showed Himself to me thrice in a trance this morning. He said, “Peter, after installing your anointed, you’re going to Aso Rock as vice-president.”
Blahlah: Ha, no sir, Your Excellency! It wasn’t God that you saw, Sir. The victory sound here is from the camp of the Apola Party, Sir.
Peter Rock: W-h-a-a-a-a-t! Kilo sele? Didn’t you distribute the N250m within the LG?
Blahlah: I did, Sir, but the Apola Party are stoning people here with money ni o. The party is even giving money to people who have no voter cards.
Peter Rock: Are you saying 16-0 has won in that LG, Blahlah?
Blahlah: He has won o. People were complaining that you didn’t pay workers’ salaries arrears, yet you raised money to bribe voters in the election.
Peter Rock: I’ll deal with them, they’re stupid! Wait, Blahlah, let me pick this call from Hitler. Don’t cut it o, just hang on…“Yes, Hitler, what’s the situation report in your LG, I can sense you’re excited. How did we crush them?
Hitler: I’m not excited, Sir. I’m breathing heavily ni, Sir. I was hotly pursued by voters. When they received minty N5,000 each from Johnny, they came after me, saying if Johnny who’s not a governor could give N5,000, Apata Ayeraye should be able to give more. They caught Eyin-Ejo, Sandpaper and Petrol and beat them to a pulp. They broke their necks and hands. They too now need neck braces and slings, they too are touching their heads and weeping like infants denied breast milk.
Peter Rock: Shut up, there, you idiot! Did you see tears in my eyes when I put my hand to my head like Roger Milla? (He terminates the calls)
(Dials) Sola! S-o-o-o-l-a!
Sola: Sir, Your Excellency!
Peter Rock: Where’re you!? Ehn…!? Toilet…!? Stooling!? What pressure have you seen that’s making you stool!? Drive down to my quarters immediately!!
ENDS
Johnny Walker Campaign Office
 Johnny and Apola Party leaders sit round a large table, monitoring the election on TV.
 Johnny: (Cleans his eyeglasses repeatedly and wipes sweat from his brow. His phone rings) Hello, Your Excellency!
Excellency: How far, Johnny?
Johnny: The air, land and sea bombardment seems to be working, Sir.
 Excellency: I told you it would work. You don’t punch the mosquito that perches on the scrotum. They were foolish in the way they conducted their own rigging in 2014. Walahi, nobody can trace this election to Abuja. His arrogance and quarrelling with the leaders of his party did enough damage. The teargassing by security agencies three days ago was enough to break them. The money bombardment was the killing shot. I have fought many wars in my life, Johnny. We’ll move to Osun next. Congratulations!
Johnny: Thank you, sir. Peter doesn’t know I’ve learnt how to crush all manner of rocks at the solid mineral ministry.
Excellency: You must move closer to the people now, and stop blowing big grammar. I have Jolly and Joshua as ex-governors from the North serving jail sentences. Someone from the South-West will serve his jail term in Abeokuta. I’m looking for ex-governors and senators from the SouthEast and South-South to balance the equation.
 Johnny: Why Abeokuta, sir?
Excellency: Yowa! I think he calls himself ‘The Rock’, and Olumo Rock is in Abeokuta; let his rock go and jam Olumo Rock and let’s see the one that will scatter.
ENDS
Epilogue
Morning after the election
 Peter Rock: (Calling, panicky) Hello, my national leader, I’ve been trying to reach you since yesterday, Sir. I called madam, her line was unavailable. I called Ogbeni, my friend and ex-schoolmate at The Poly, he said he would help me appeal to you to appeal to His Excellency…
 Bourdillon: R.A. spoke to me, Peteru… But I warned you, it’s always best to keep your words soft and sweet, you might never know when you have to eat them. If death kills the cautious chameleon, what won’t it do to the moth that stalks naked flame? You went too far…, but I won’t leave you to the wolves. Why did you announce your own election result? That was irresponsible. Well, I’ve sent my security to come and pick you. They’re at the Ekiti Government House. Are you there?
Peter: No, Sir. I’m just entering Cotonou. I disguised like a herdsmen and escaped out of Ado immediately after the election. I had to keep calling you to give the impression that I’m still in the country. Buhari for skin me live!
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