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Anambra Monarchs Blocked From Meeting President Buhari

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Some traditional rulers from Anambra State, who arrived in Abuja to see President Muhammadu Buhari, were prevented from meeting the president on Friday.

Although, no official reason was given for the action, reliable sources in the Presidency attributed it to unfavourable security reports.

“One of the monarchs,” according to a source, “has since October 25, 2019, been taken to the court of Mr Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja by the President Buhari administration on charges of perjury, forgery and conspiracy.”

The source, which gave the suit number as FHC/ABJ/CR/255/2019, hinted that the traditional ruler was “currently on suspension from office by the Anambra State government,” and was also facing civil suits, in addition to security reports against him alleging land grabbing.”

The Guardian gathered that there were concerns that meeting the monarchs would have dealt a major blow to President Buhari’s fight against corruption, the reason the traditional rulers did not get immediate clearance.

It was also disclosed that the monarchs’ trip was facilitated by a controversial businessman from Anambra State, who has in the last few weeks declared an open war against Governor Willie Obiano.

According to sources, the business mogul had lobbied to fix the meeting following which an official arrangement was made for the Friday meeting.

The traditional rulers were reportedly going to allege that Governor Obiano had misappropriated local funds in the state by not conducting a local government election since he came to power. But it was gathered that the planned meeting did not go do down well with ministers from the South East, especially the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who is a former Anambra State governor.

Dr Ngige was quoted as saying that “though I strongly support the All Progressives Congress (APC) to take over my state after the 2021 gubernatorial election, we must respect the sitting governor and I will not support my state and the Igbo people generally to be disgraced for no just cause.”

A source specifically told The Guardian that he also accused some of the monarchs of “totally lacking in personal credibility”, wondering why “only 13 out of the over 150 traditional rulers in the state could agree to go on this visit”.

Another minister from the South East reportedly saw the move as a breach of protocol for the monarchs to seek to see the president without presenting for clearance the speech which they planned to read to the president, adding “I can’t imagine Femi Otedola or Mike Adenuga or Aliko Dangote take traditional rulers from his state to Abuja to report their governor as if the governor is a delinquent schoolboy.

The minister decried the presence of those he referred to as traditional ruler impostors in the “entourage.

“How can Chief Ndigwe, a barely literate person, pretend to be the traditional ruler of Awka when Igwe Gibson Nwosu, a former Nigerian Air Force pilot and a graduate of the University of Sokoto, is still alive and on the throne?” queried a top appointee of the Buhari administration who pleaded not to be named.

Meanwhile, the business mogul was said to be making frantic efforts on Friday to get the president’s chief of staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, to broker the meeting. It was not clear at the time if filing the report if Gambari had been intimated of the moves.

The disappointed monarchs were still waiting at Sheraton Hotel and Suites for word from the Presidential Villa when this report was filed.

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Humanitarian Minister, Sadiya Farouq Marries Chief Of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar In A Private Ceremony

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About one year after grabbing the headlines for being President Muhammadu Buhari’s potential bride, Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has tied the nuptial knots with Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, in a secret ceremony in Abuja.

The extremely private event, which took place last Friday, was the culmination of a love affair between the two public figures that dates back to more than a year ago, it was confirmed.

However, in an attempt to get at the First Lady, members of the cabal around Buhari approached her parents in a bid to have her marry the President.

But with that episode now firmly behind them, Farouq and Abubakar proceeded to cement their relationship last Friday in the private ceremony.

The minister, who clocks 46 on November 5, has never been married and has no children.

The Chief of Air Staff, who is from Bauchi State, on the other hand, has 10 children from two wives – one of whom he has since divorced.

The two have kept their marriage a secret just the same way their relationship escaped public radar.

Farouq was appointed minister by President Buhari in 2019 while Abubakar, who is among service chiefs Nigerians have asked the Commander-In-Chief to fire for their poor tackling of insecurity in the country, has been in office since July 2015.

SaharaReporters reliably gathered that the marriage was delayed till last Friday after the controversy that followed the rumoured affair between Farouq and Buhari in October 2019 where it was alleged that the President was set to take her for a wife.

Sadique Abubakar and Sadiya Farouq
The news set the entire media space on fire, leaving many disappointed at the end when the purported wedding never became a reality.

Perhaps to fully banish the ghost of that rumour and keep it several radius away from her husband, it was reliably gathered that Farouq and Abubakar’s wedding was facilitated by the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, apparently in a self-saving move.

Although, it was rumoured that she dated and was planning to marry Buhari last year, Farouq, who had been around the President since she was a teenager, has never dated the retired military general.

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Edo Election: Oshiomhole Reacts To APC’s Loss, Says ‘You Win Some & Lose Some’

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A former National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has finally broken silence following his party’s defeat at the September 19 Edo Governorship election.

MCI had reported how the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu lost to incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the keenly contested election.

Oshiomhole, a former Governor of Edo State, had thrown his weight behind Ize-Iyamu, a former Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Edo State Government, in the guber polls.

On Wednesday, Oshiomhole, while at the gym at his private residence, in Benin City, said he did not break down as being alleged in some quarters, following the loss suffered by his party.

While thanking the good people of Edo State for their support towards his party, the APC former national chairman said, “in life you win some, and lose some … but life goes on”.

He said no matter the outcome of any election, the people must have faith in the country, and strengthen her democracy, adding that he has no plans of leaving Nigeria as he has only the Nigerian passport.

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APC Concedes Defeat, Congratulates Obaseki, Admits Edo Election Free & Fair

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The governing All Progressives Congress on Monday, conceded defeat 24 hours after Governor Godwin Obaseki, of the Peoples Democratic Party was declared winner of the Edo Governorship Election.

Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni, in a statement titled, “Edo State Governorship Election: Victory for Democracy,” which he signed, congratulated Obaseki over his victory.

Buni said, “Edo State Governorship election is over, the winner has been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the person of the Mr. Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the People Democratic Party.

“We hereby congratulate the winner of the election, the people of Edo State and all Nigerians. The peaceful conduct of the election and its outcome represent victory for Nigeria’s democracy

“As a party, we join our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, to affirm our ‘commitment to free and fair elections’ in order to strengthen ‘the foundation for our political and moral authority.

“We commend INEC, our security agencies and all political parties that contested the election for the successful conduct of the election. As a governing party, we will take every step necessary to support the Federal Government to consolidate all the gains achieved. “

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