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”How Buhari Picked Fashola, Fayemi Over Tinubu, Osinbajo’s Candidates”; Source

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According to Dailypost, The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is in shock over the ministerial list released last Wednesday by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Although the list will be revealed on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, names of those who made the cut are already in public domain.

But some party leaders, especially Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo and former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu, are upset that the list did not contain the names of their nominees, New Telegraph reports.

Rather than pick the choice of ‘Jagaban’, Buhari selected former Governors Babatunde Fashola (Lagos) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), estranged political godsons of Tinubu.

Similarly, Osinbajo could not get human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), on the list.

Falana, (from Ekiti State), was being tipped to emerge as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

Osinbajo reportedly made a case to the president more than twice to consider Falana.

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Instead, Buhari chose Fayemi, for his hard work before and after the election.

Fayemi, who may head the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was the chairman of the APC National Convention in Lagos and later the Director, Directorate of Policy and Strategy of the APC Presidential Campaign Council.

Also, Osinbajo promoted the name of Prof. Pat Utomi as a ministerial nominee for Delta State.

But the president opted for the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.

He is expected to serve as Minister of State for Petroleum.

A senior party member told New Telegraph that “Asiwaju was disappointed with the ministerial list as none of his nominees made the Buhari’s cabinet. He felt used and dumped.”

“Tinubu invested his resources to prosecute the Buhari presidential election such that the president’s wife, Aisha, said the former governor drafted her to join the campaign train.”

The president, it was gathered, sent copies of the ministerial list to Tinubu and the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

Tinubu, who received the list in company of his aides and political associates, including former Interim National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande, looked through and was so surprised that he did not utter a word.

“Tinubu just took the list and called Chief Akande into an inner room in his Abuja residence,” the source said.

Thereafter, Akande called the president requesting for an audience. He got an appointment for 11p.m last Wednesday.

At the meeting, Akande asked why the president rejected Tinubu and South-West leaders’ recommendations for the ministerial list.

Buhari was said to have told Akande that since Tinubu produced the Vice President, others in South-West too should have a share of the appointments meant for the region.

Buhari reportedly hailed the efforts of Fashola and Fayemi, saying they deserved compensation.

On Fashola, the president said apart from being a two-term governor, he was chairman of the presidential fundraising committee and he worked more for his campaign unlike Yemi Cardoso, a former Lagos State Commissioner that Tinubu had proposed.

The president also justified the choice of Adebayo Shittu as Oyo State ministerial nominee.

He recalled that Shittu had been with him since his days in the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). Shittu was 2007 CPC governorship candidate in Oyo State.

For Ogun, Buhari explained that he had to defer to Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on the state’s nominee, because of their relationship since the days of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP).

While Buhari was the ANPP’s presidential candidate in the 2007 general elections, Amosun was the gubernatorial candidate of the party in Ogun State.

Former National Auditor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode Mustapha, was the candidate of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

However, Buhari agreed to cede the Osun ministerial slot to Obasanjo’s candidate, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a former governor of the state.

Besides, a group close to the president worked against Tinubu.

They are Governors Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna) and Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), and former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

The trio, along with Pastor Tunde Bakare, were said to have played crucial roles in the choice of the ministerial list.

They resolved to whittle down the political influence of Tinubu because of the risk attached to allowing him have his protégés in many positions.

Speaking on the ministerial list, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, stated that Tinubu had lost out in the Buhari’s government.

“When a man thinks he’s too smart, he will ultimately dribble himself. What has happened to Tinubu is that those he launched all kinds of war against have become the victors. He never knew that the attack he was launching against them was a way of actually helping those people.

“President Buhari who appointed Fashola, Fayemi and others doesn’t want people under Tinubu’s influence in his cabinet. Now, he can’t begin to claim them after they have been appointed despite his opposition.”

Former Chairman, Presidential Advisory Council on National Conference, Senator Femi Okunroumu, in his reaction said his prediction had come to pass that Tinubu would be humiliated by Buhari.

“I am having a good laugh. This is what I expected. In any case, Tinubu is stretching his luck too far as he wants to dictate who will rule Nigeria. Tinubu’s wings need to be clipped.”

“With the ministerial list, Tinubu has been dumped. He should not just be dumped, he should be disgraced,” Okurounmu said.

On his part, Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, said he was not surprised with Buhari’s approach.

“I’m not disappointed at all. I warned before the election that Buhari would not change, although he said he is a converted democrat.

“APC is not a party; it is a gang of people whose sole aim was to remove Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as president. In a real party, you share the spoils of office before elections not after elections. This is what is happening in APC. We warned our people, but they failed to listen.”

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Man ordered to sweep court for 3 weeks for stealing woman’s purse while buying bread

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A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday ordered a 30-year-old man, Garba Aliyu, to sweep the court premises for three weeks for stealing women’s purse.

Aliyu was convicted and sentenced after he pleaded guilty to theft. The Magistrate, Ibrahim Emmanuel, said the convict’s plea had saved the court the pains of a prolonged prosecution, adding that the punishment would have been more severe if he had not pleaded guilty.

Emmanuel said that in arriving at the sentence, the court took into consideration the fact that the convict was a first time offender who was remorseful. He also advised him to be of good behavior, stressing that the court frowned at acts of violence.

“Desist from such acts in future and become a better citizen and human being,’’ he advised.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Chidi Leo, told the court that on May 7, the convict criminally trespassed into the shop of one Adanna Ebuka located at Kano Road along Ahmadu Bello Way Kaduna.

Leo said that the convict went into the shop and stole a purse belonging to the complainant while pretending to buy a loaf of bread. He added that during police investigation, the said purse was recovered from the convict.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017.

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Mayorkun debunks knowing Nicki DaBarbie, announces intent to sue despite her arrest

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Nigerian singer Mayorkun has publicly responded to the arrest of controversial influencer Nicki DaBarbie, strongly denying her allegations of misconduct.

In a recent tweet, the artist expressed his disbelief at the accusations and announced his intention to pursue legal action against DaBarbie, despite her current detention.

Mayorkun clarified that he has never encountered Nicki DaBarbie in person and was entirely unaware of her existence until the allegations surfaced.

Addressing the serious accusation that he and fellow artist Skiibii attempted to spike her drink for ritualistic purposes, Mayorkun emphasized his innocence and condemned the ease with which such claims spread online.

Reacting to the allegation, Mayorkun said; “You know, I was going to let this remain as a court case but when I checked the comments under some of the blogs where these ridiculous allegations were posted, I was quickly reminded of how gullible most people are on the internet and how they are ready to run along, spreading any negative news without any form of clarity.

“Just for the record, I never met that person on the said day, still never seen that person till this day, never knew about that person’s existence not until those allegations came up.. yet she claimed I put ‘something’ in her drink.
A lot of people believed that story and you think I’ll let this libellous claim fly? Hell fucking NO!

“I took this time off because I didn’t want to act out based off of emotions, because if I did; I’ll definitely act out of character and that is not who I am.

“For weeks; I’ve been getting calls from brands I work with, colleagues, friends & family about this rubbish and you know what makes it worse? You social media commentators, internet police, even people I used to think I’m cool with.. scrambling for the tiniest bit of clout and relevance, cluelessly jumping on anything not bothered if it’s someone’s life or career on the line; it might be yours tomorrow.

“I wanna re-instate, I have never seen this person before even as I am typing this! I still haven’t set my eyes on this person.. Like what else can I say? How else can I prove this?

“There’s no need for me to ask for an apology where I won’t get any. I just needed to say this publicly and get it off my chest.. cos if it was a case of ‘cancellation’ as many people are quick to do, I for don go back to dey find work for bank.

“But as they didn’t wait to hear my side of the story before they slandered my name, I would keep the same energy and not listen to anyone’s opinion while I press full charges.. even though I’m aware she’s remanded in prison at the moment but not on my own charge.. YET!”

See the screenshot of the post by Mayorkun below (swipe to view more);

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‘Superstar no get money for car’ – Speed Darlington mocks Portable following his arrest (Video)

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Controversial Nigerian singer Speed Darlington has taken to social media to drag the living daylight out of his colleague Portable following his arrest.

Portable, the “Zazoo Zeh” hitmaker has been one of the trending conversations online as the Lagos State Police Command arrested him following his refusal to pay the debt he incurred when he purchased G-Wagon from a car dealer in the state.

It was reported that Portable, during the purchase of the vehicle worth N27 million, paid only N13 million and has since refused to pay the remaining N14 million balance.

However, Portable gets social media abuzz following the way he jumps the gate to escape after police come to arrest him over alleged unpaid debt for his G-Wagon.

The policemen further use their expertise to trail Portable, catch him, and bundle him inside the car when he was trying to show some aggressiveness. He further blast the singer for living a fake life.

As the video went viral online, singer Speed Darlington joined the league of Nigerians mocking Portable after being arrested over unpaid debt for his G-Wagon.

In the clip, Speed Darlington while mocking Portable shared a video of him slapping the backside of a lady stressing that he is not like Portable that jumped the fence over unpaid debt.

He added that what he does his cash and carry unlike Portable whom he described as a Yoruba superstar who doesn’t have money to complete his car payment.

Watch the video below;

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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