Showing posts with label presidency. Show all posts
Showing posts with label presidency. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Presidency slams RichestLifeStyle Website, threatens Author with libel, defamation

Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati just released this statement:

We have noted with consternation the listing of President  Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by a website – - as the sixth richest African President with an estimated net worth of $100 Million U.S. Dollars. 

The Presidency condemns the totally unwarranted inclusion of President Jonathan in the publication titled “Africa’s Richest Presidents 2014” as another attempt to unjustifiablyportray the President as a corrupt leader and incite public disaffection against him. We categorically assert that there is no factual basis for ranking President Jonathan as the sixth richest African Head of State with a net worth of about $100 Million U.S. Dollars.   As is well known, President Jonathan has ever been a businessman or entrepreneur, but a life-long public servant. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Presidency responds to statement which alleges GEJ unmasked area of Chibok women

Below is the State House Press Release
Press release which alleges that president Jonathan has revealed location of Chibok girls is political dirty trick... All media organisations and persons on my mailing list should kindly disregard the press release purportedly issued by me earlier today titled: President Jonathan reveals location of Chibok girls and exposes Boko Haram masterminds.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Presidency spots errors in 2014 Pension Act • AGF retrieves law for correction, gazzeting

The 2014 Pension Act, which President Goodluck Jonathan assented to early this month, has been sent back to the Office of Attorney-General of Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice following the discovery of some errors in it, New Telegraph learnt yesterday.
A source said the AGF office was studying the law with the aim of correcting the defects which could hobble the implementation of the Pension Act, which revised the old one.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Confab okays creation of Ijebu, Aba, 17 other states …supports rotation of presidency among zones.

THE National Conference on Thursday voted for the creation of 18 more states in the country.
The creation of new states was one of the decisions taken by the delegates at their plenary while considering the report of the Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Presidency convoy ‘opens fire at’ protesting OAU students

“The security details shot at us. We have held them hostage. We will not let him go.”

Hundreds of protesting students of the Obafemi Awolowo University have held a presidential convoy hostage in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

The convoy led by a Toyota bullet proof SUV with ‘Presidency’ inscription and registration number, FG902-B02, tried to drive through the students who were protesting an increase in fees by the university management.

Security details attached to the convoy then shot, perhaps to scare the protesters, with two of the students reportedly sustaining injuries.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Letter of protest against maltreatment of Borno state govt officials by the presidency

Two journalists have written a letter of protest over what they describe as the "maltreatment and humiliation" of some Borno State officials when they were summoned to the State House by Pres. Jonathan on Saturday May 3rd and Sunday May 4th
Sahara Reporters obtained the protest letter signed by Bashir Shuwa and Aliyu Biu. Find it below...
“We the undersigned wish to register our total protest to the President, and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan over the degrading manner in which Borno State Government officials were chastised and reduced to nothing by the Presidency. Continue...

Friday, February 28, 2014

Presidency Under Fire Over Document Linking Sanusi To Boko Haram

Special Assistant to the President Goodluck Jonathan on New Media, Reno Omokiri, is presently caught up in a massive scandal after the digital footprint of a slanderous write-up against the recently suspended governor of the Central Bank, Sanusi Lamido, was traced to his computer, according to an online media outfit, Premiun Times.
Omokri is believed to have used a pseudonym, Wendell Simlin, to circulate an article that tried to link the recent spike in Boko Haram attack to the suspension of the CBN governor, Lamido Sanusi.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Boko Haram: Why We Haven't Been Able To Flush Them Out - Presidency

Amidst terror inducing attacks of the notorious Boko Haram movement, the Presidency has addressed the outcry of citizens in the country, saying that the fight against the terrorists is complicated.

It said that though they are trying, there were some situations on ground making it difficult to flush out from their hideouts, members of the Boko Haram sect, who have massacred innocent people and massively destroyed property in the North Eastern part of the country; adding that the situation was a complex one.
It said the security forces were constrained by international conventions which prevent them from pursuing terrorists to foreign countries, while the civilian settlements are also co-located within the vicinity of the insurgents' hideouts, making selective engagement tenuous and difficult.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Game Over for Jonathan presidency

For the moment, please look away from the “Mummy Dearest” letter that Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello purportedly wrote to her father, former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Even though it was a classic case of personality profiling that only Sigmund Freud can unravel, it should not be allowed to distract from the profound submissions of Obasanjo himself, on the state of the nation, and the jam that he thinks President Goodluck Jonathan has put himself. After weightier matters of state have been resolved, domestic matters of “Citizen Obasanjo House of Commotion” can be looked into.

Right now, if the hand of the President is stuck in a cookie jar, all care must be taken to extricate it without breaking the jar. In his letter, Obasanjo observes that Jonathan, as President, occupies five strategic positions in Nigeria: As leader of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party; political leader of the nation; Headship of the Federal Government; Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces; and Chief Security Officer of the nation. These are positions, whose duties may be delegated, but  the responsibilities remain with the President.

The letter, “Before It Is Too Late,” reminds one of those seminal salvos that the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo used to send to disconcert military Head of State, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo. The concerns of the letter are fivefold: First, Obasanjo is personally disappointed that after God, as he claims, had used him to install Jonathan as President, he is being systematically relegated from the sphere of influence. He laments that fawning sycophants, unpatriotic compatriots and latter-day friends (or “frenemies”) now hold sway in the Presidency. He says that he wants nothing from Jonathan, but that he should run the polity well, and boasts: “I have passed the stage of being flattered, intimidated, threatened, frightened, induced or bought.”

But he must be sufficiently worried if his relatives and friends are harassed, and for his personal safety. After all, there are reports, he says, that the Presidency is keeping political watch over some 1,000 Nigerians. He admonishes the President not to misuse the military and security apparatus, as he recalls his prison experience under the watch of the most fiendish dictator Nigeria ever had.

Secondly, Obasanjo is peeved at reports of allegations that the President engaged in anti-party activities, and worked against the interests of members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party who contested, in recent gubernatorial elections in Lagos, Ondo, Edo and Anambra States. He warns that if the party collapses now, it will be the first time that a ruling party collapses while in office, apart from an external cause of a military coup. He therefore counsels the President to move to the centre of the party, carry everyone along, and not allow PDP fall into the hands of criminals, jobbers and discredited touts. This, he, warns, may cause men and women of honesty, honour, principles, morality and integrity to step aside and rethink. Already five sitting PDP Governors and 37 sitting members of PDP have decamped to APC, and many more are expected to follow.

Third, Obasanjo fears that the President’s actions may jeopardise the national interest. He alerts that danger may be lurking in the corner, and points out the need to deemphasise geographical and religious differences. He observes that foreign investors are worried, and are holding on to their investment purses. Some, like the International Oil Companies are transferring oil and gas investments and are moving away from Nigeria to invest in second choice Angola. Foreign direct investors worry about the security situation, especially the Boko Haram terrorists, high level of corruption, and the breach in the integrity of the security of Nigeria’s coastal waters. Obasanjo warns that Nigeria must not degenerate to economic dormancy, but take advantage of current favourable international interest in Africa.

He sternly warns that the President must not be seen to be assisting murderers to evade the law, or thought to be promoting or fraternising with known drug barons (who are obviously seek legitimate avenues to launder their ill-gotten wealth, or) even obtain political power. That is a grave concern. And though he is wary of Jonathan’s new love for the proposed National Conference, he will have to wait and see how it unfolds.

Fourth, Obasanjo thinks Jonathan must deliver on his personal integrity. He should not be saying one thing while his body language is saying the opposite. Obasanjo discloses that he decided to campaign for Jonathan in 2011 because the latter had assured him that he would not seek re-election in 2015; he would have ruled for six years, as his completion of the remaining two years of the Yar ‘Adua Presidency would have dovetailed into his own four-year term. That would have been sufficient for him, he had told Obasanjo. To now renege on that, and seek cover under some imprecise aspects of the constitution, may be legally correct, but morally wrong. Finally, Obasanjo thinks that the President’s seeming intention to breach a pledge, and the insults and threats thrown at other Nigerians by his Ijaw kinsmen, may not be the best way to making friends across the nation. But worse of all, it may foreclose the chances of another Ijaw, or minority, becoming President.

Now look at these: Five of the seven “New Peoples Democratic Party Governors”, 37 PDP members of the House of Representatives from Kano, Kwara, Sokoto and Rivers states, have defected to the All Progressives Congress, and there is speculation that another 40 may join. The leadership of the APC met with former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who is now  reportedly consulting with his political associates before deciding whether to join the party or not. You may recall that, in 2007, Atiku was the presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, which merged with other political parties to form theAPC. The APC leadership has also met Obasanjo, who says that though he remains a card-carrying member of the PDP, he thinks the APC is necessary for deepening democracy in Nigeria. He admonished its members to play politics devoid of rancour and bitterness, but with decency. He vows that nothing will detract him from his commitment to Nigeria. Considering Obasanjo’s military career and political antecedents, this is not surprising.

But by accommodating the opposition, reporting Jonathan to Nigeria’s equivalent of Grandees or City Fathers, Generals Ibrahim Babangida, Abubakar Abdulsalami and Theophilus Danjuma, and former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme, and receiving the leaders of the APC, Obasanjo may have moved the pieces on the chess board against the President. If more PDP members of the House of Representatives join the APC, the party would have almost two-third majority in the House, whose PDP Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, is perceived a sympathiser of the APC.

When your King is compromised in a game of chess, and there is no way to save it, wise players bravely call for an end to the game. The President may have done this in his rather sentimental reply to Obasanjo on Sunday. After denying some of the allegations, disclosing some positive actions he has taken, and spattered some of his own mud, he tells Obasanjo: “… You have done me grave injustice in your public letter in which you wrongfully accused me of deceit… dishonesty, incompetence, clannishness, divisiveness and insincerity.” But anyway you look at it, the democratic animal that Obasanjo describes as “game of numbers” will prevent Jonathan from succeeding himself in 2015.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Be ready to face consequences of treason – Presidency warns APC

The has Presidency has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it should be ready to face consequences of treason.
The was made known in a statement signed by the President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Adviser,  Reuben Abati.
The Statement read thus
”We have noted with utter disdain, the reckless and  irresponsible call by the APC on Sunday for the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against President Goodluck Jonathan.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Pres. GEJ replies OBJ, Says letter is self-serving & provocative

The presidency has responded to former leader Obasanjo's letter to President Jonathan wherever he accused the present leader of getting measures calculated at destroying Nigeria. See the State House press release below...

We have noted the publication on several websites today of a letter recently written by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. The Presidency acknowledges that it has indeed received the said letter from Chief Obasanjo.

Continue after the break.

Monday, November 25, 2013

IBB ,Ciroma, can not stop Jonathan in 2015 – Presidency

The Presidency on Sunday said prominent northern leaders, including Alhaji Adamu Ciroma and a former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, could not affect the chances of President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 general elections if he decided to contest. Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, said this in a interview with the correspondent.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Presidency dares Amaechi to join APC

The Presidency on Wednesday said Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State was at liberty to dump the ruling Peoples Democratic Party for the opposition All Progressive Congress.
Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, said this in an interview with our correspondent. Gulak was reacting to a statement credited to Amaechi that he would consult Jonathan before joining the APC.
Continue after the break.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pres. Goodluck Jonathan will to probe aviation minister - Presidency

President Jonathan will soon order relevant government agencies to investigate the purchase of two bulletproof vehicles for the Minister of Aviation, Ms Stella Oduah, Punch reports.
Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, in an interview with Punch on Friday said President Jonathan would not shield the minister.
Gulak, however, said the President would not take a decision on the fate of the embattled minister based on media reports.
He said Jonathan’s decision would be based on verifiable facts, which could only be achieved when relevant government agencies investigate the matter.
The presidential aide said Jonathan would not hesitate to show anybody found guilty of corruption or impunity the way out of his government.
He assured Nigerians that the President was on top of the situation. He did not, however, disclose when the President would order the probe. He also did not name the agencies that would probe the allegation. Gulak said;
“I can assure you that President Jonathan will not shield the minister or any government official for that matter if he receives information that is true. In this particular instance, the reports are in the media. But media reports are not enough to act on. The President is on top of the situation. He will direct appropriate authorities to investigate the matter. Anybody found wanting in terms of corruption or impunity, President Jonathan will not hesitate to show such person the way out of his government.
“The most important thing is that such decision must be based on facts as provided by appropriate government agencies that will investigate, not based on media reports.”
Culled from Punch

Monday, October 14, 2013

National Dialogue: Presidency blasts Tinubu

The Presidency has said the view expressed by a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju  Bola Tinubu, on the proposed national conference is not that of the Yoruba.  It said  since  Tinubu  “spoke  for himself,” his opinion shouldn't be misconstrued to be that of the Yoruba. The Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan  on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, stated this at  a news conference  in Abuja on Monday.  Okupe said that Tinubu's initial reaction on arrival from  his overseas medical trip on October 5  was not well-thought-out.

The former governor, who is also the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, had   described the national dialogue   as  “a Greek gift   and an act of public deception” which  was    ill-timed because of its closeness to the forthcoming 2015 elections.
Continue after the break.

APC zones vice presidency to South-West •Tinubu shops for nominee

THERE are strong indications that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has zoned its Vice Presidential slot to the South West while the Northern part of the country is to produce  the presidential standardbearer of the party.

The national leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu is also reported to have abandoned his rumoured vice presidency bid and is now said to be shopping for the right nomination to team up with whoever emerges as the party presidential candidate.
Continue after the break.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Jonathan, rebel govs in make-or-mar meeting • President won’t shift ground –Presidency

President Goodluck Jonathan and seven aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party governors will today hold a crucial meeting that will determine the future of the factionalised ruling party.
Already, there are strong indications that the peace meeting may end in a stalemate.

The first indication came from the Presidency on Friday, when it said the President would not meet any of the demands of the aggrieved governors and other members of the New PDP.
Also sounding unyielding, the National Chairman of the New PDP, Mr. Kawu Baraje,  on Friday, said the aggrieved leaders of the party and the G-7 governors would give Jonathan a deadline at today’s  meeting.
Continue after the break.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Primaries: Jonathan not afraid of Lamido, says Presidency

The Presidency on Tuesday said President Goodluck Jonathan was not afraid to contest the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential ticket with Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State in 2015.
The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, said this in an interview with one of our correspondents.
Continue After The Break.

Monday, August 19, 2013

GEJ did not sign any single-term package, Presidency contends

The Presidency on Monday insisted that President Goodluck Jonathan did not sign any agreement with any individual or group that he would serve just one term in office.  The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, said this in a interview with certainly one of our correspondents in Abuja.
Gulak was reacting to a statement credited to the spokesman of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Anthony Sani, on Monday.
Sani had said  that the crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party will be resolved if Jonathan respected agreements he entered into with stakeholders prior to the 2011 elections.
Continue After The Break.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Patience’s rally: Presidency violated INEC rules, says APC

The All Progressives Congress has accused the Presidency of violating the Independent National Electoral Commission’s rule which bars political parties and aspirants from campaigning for the 2015 elections.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who stated this in a statement on Sunday, referred to the women’s rally organised in Abuja by President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience on Thursday.


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