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Why I Am The Kind Of President Nigeria Needs-Fela Durotoye

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Fela Durotoye, the presidential candidate of the Alliance For New Nigeria (ANN),  might be considered an outsider and perhaps the youngest in the race for the office of Nigeria’s President, but this is not a limitation in any way.
Known as a successful Public Speaker, Durotoye, is far more than that apt description, as the man is a master in leadership development and turning ailing companies into functioning and profitable entities.
Presently considered the least experienced candidate in the contest, the story of Durotoye might just that of a rejected stone turning a cornerstone.
In a recent interview, the ANN candidate told Seun Okinbaloye of Sunday Politics, a political programme which airs on Channels Television the qualities of his ideal president, adding that at the end he hopes viewers would see those qualities in him.
Durotoye described his ideal president as one who should inspire the hunger of national identity and nation building. He said “what I have always looked for in a president is someone who inspires me to be a Nigerian and to know what it means to be a Nigerian.”
“I believe it is important for me to know what it is that we are building as a nation and what part I have to play in the building, I want to know what kind of behaviour is required of me to be able to build it. I want to have a clear vision and I want to have a clear set of value that will help me, I want to be sure I have somebody who is clear what the priorities are,” he said.
Speaking further, Durotoye said when I am looking for the ideal president, “I am looking for somebody who has clear vision, I am looking for somebody who has capacity, somebody who has character, and the character I can check from the way they behaved before coming into government.”
Explaining how he can get Nigeria out of the mess it has found itself, Durotoye said “many of the companies that we work with are mini Nigeria, it is just principles that work. The same principles that will work in changing the culture of an organisation is the same principles that will work and change the culture of a government. We like to sometimes think that it is different and that is why we can of feel comfortable with people who have done it before, but the people that have done it before, what have they done to give us that which we are constantly trying to change?”
“Which of the major parties or major players has not been involved in giving us today the Nigeria that we don’t want today? Are they the same people we want to go back to ask to change it, people don’t change and if people don’t change it means they cant really change things.”
Insisting that he is the best candidate for the job, Durotoye said “if you go and empower the same people that have been empowered before, they will give you more of the  country that you already have.”  Stating that he is the most ideal candidate, Durotoye said changing culture, transforming cultures and raising leader is what we need to do for Nigeria to grow.
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Fresh Trouble For Alex Otti

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Political troubles eventually sink all politicians. This is something which Alex Otti has found out.

Once favoured to become the governor of Abia State, that dream is yet to become a reality.

Though still hoping, the man’s chances have continued to dwindle.

Otti, recently suffered a major setback in his political ambition when he got suspended indefinitely by his party, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), for anti-party activities.

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Though there have been questions concerning the legitimacy of the suspension, the possibility of his actualising the dream of becoming Abia state’s first citizen via APGA continues to look vague, especially with talks that he is more concerned about his interest than that of the party having being raised.

 

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Happy Times For Peter Obi

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A loss such as the office of the Vice President would make any man sober.

Peter Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the last election is not an exception to this rule.

Since the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared President Muhammadu Buhari winner of the election, Obi has not had a reason to celebrate.

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However, he had no choice but to clear his head of issues such as lawyers and tribunal when he added a year to his age yesterday.

Devoid of a carnival-like celebration, the shindig to celebrate the former Anambra State governor at 58 still brought smiles to his face.

 

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Presidential Poll: PDP Closes Case With 62 Witnesses

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The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, July 19 closed his case at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

The duo of Abubakar and the PDP closed their case after calling 62 witnesses out of the 400 earlier speculated would testify in the case.

Abubakar is challenging the outcome of the February 23, presidential election on the grounds that the result of the election was manipulated to favour President Muhammad Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Closing the case, Chris Uche SAN, informed the tribunal that they would not be calling any other witness after former Osita Chidoka, the 62nd witness had finished testifying for the petitioner.

Chidoka, a former Corp Marshal FRSC informed the tribunal that he was the National Collation Agent and Head of PDP Situation Room for the February 23, 2019 presidential election.

He admitted that he was not there when results were transmitted as well as not seening the INEC server. However, the witness told the tribunal that the INEC Chairman, Mahmoud Yakubu had consistently told them at various times during meetings that a server would be used for the purpose of electronic transmission of results.

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Chidoka said he was there when the results were collated by INEC, and that it was done manually.

Though he could not disclose the serial number of the server in which results were transmitted to by party agents, however he reminded the INEC counsel that card reader was not mentioned in their meeting with Mahmood Yakubu but it was used in the election.

Responding to questions from Yakubu Maikyau, counsel to the APC, Chidoka revealed that the INEC Chairman had told him and other stakeholders during meetings prior to the 2019 general elections that they should assume the election was being conducted under the new electoral act, (which was later not signed into law).

He wondered why the commission spent a whooping N27billion on Information Technology, only to come out and tell Nigerians that it did not deploy server for the purpose of electronic transmission of election results.

Chidoka also told the tribunal that the INEC Chairman had told him that it would be immoral for the electoral body not to use electronic transmission of results after N27bn had been spent on IT facilities and equipment.

Earlier, David Nyoga from Kenya, had testified at against the election of President Muhammad Buhari.
Nyoga, an expert in information technology, told the tribunal that from his expert analysis, four websites were discovered to belong to INEC.
Upon cross-examination by counsel to Buhari, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the witness said his analysis was based on data supplied by a whistle blower.
The witness further told the tribunal that the information contained in the report of his analysis were extracts made from three of the four websites.

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He confirmed that “Fact.Com was created on March 12, against the February 23 presidential election.

Under cross examination by counsel to All Progressives Congress (APC), Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), the witness maintained that INEC chairman can authorise access to the server.

On whether he was engaged and paid for the job, the witness answered that only the logistics for the job were paid for.
“I was not paid but logistics were paid for.”
However, he admitted that he was not granted access to the site by INEC chairman.

He also admitted that the same scientific method, without authorisation, can be used to alter the information contained on the website.

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