INTERVIEW: How Buhari became APC presidential candidate — Oyegun

John Odigie Oyegun, APC National Chairman

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Ibanga Isine, the national chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, speaks on remarks by a popular Enugu-based cleric, Ejike Mbaka, on the Jonathan administration, the controversy over the qualification of APC’s presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, how the former head of state emerged the party’s presidential flag bearer, Tinubu’s influence on the party, February polls, APC’s threat to from a parallel government, predictions of election violence and more. Excerpt.

During the cross-over service at the Catholic Adoration Ministry, Enugu, the spiritual director of the ministry, Ejike Mbaka, openly canvassed for Nigerians to vote for your party’s presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari. What is your take on this?

I must say I am glad because for the last few months, you can recall that there have been discs making the rounds from a Pentecostal church and particularly someone connected to the Redeemed Christian Church. Of course the church has disassociated itself and reacted strongly to what has been going on. A video was posted that painted gory pictures and sermons with gory faceless killings by the crazy Boko Haram. And the linkage based on the perception the crazy pastor has made is that the APC is a supporter of Boko Haram and that we were responsible for the killings. In any sensible nation, you don’t play with religion (because it) is something that can cause mayhem. But somebody put that in the public domain and nobody has called him to order. Nobody has disciplined him. The law has not even been invoked against him because he is inflaming passion. It was a scenario for ethnic passion and religious passion where people could slaughter themselves. Till date, nobody has called him to order.

This is the first time that somebody from a credible religious field has given reasons; not based on sentiment, emotion, religion and ethnic colouration. He (Mbaka) argued with reasons on why people should not vote for the president that has failed to perform. Why I say it is different is because he is a man of the cloak; a properly ordained minister of the gospel and he gave all the possible reasons. He even said things I never thought about before now – that here you are in a nation and you have this man as president, corruption has become a style of governance, which means the nation has deteriorated morally. And the linkage I did not think about is that the president has destructive influence. What happened to his former boss, President Yar’Adua, and the governor of his state are uncanny and I have not for one second thought that the president had anything to do with any of these but it is just uncanny. Today, something that has not happened before, the economy has nose-dived, today state are not having what they are expected to have from the federal revenue sources and the allocation has gone down by almost 50 percent.

Today, almost a third of our oil which is unheard of is being stolen. How do you account for that? How? That is a clear indication that something is wrong. It is either pure bad leadership – for those of us who do not believe in superstition – or total disconnect or something worse is responsible for it. But whatever they are, they are not good signs.

Are you saying you agree with Rev. Mbaka that the president has destructive influences?

Oh, if I did not agree with him, I would not have been in the APC. I didn’t agree with him I wouldn’t have joined others to work so hard to bring about the APC. The whole idea of the APC was born because we saw what was developing and three separate parties and part of others were ready to make the sacrifices. Their chairmen made the sacrifices, their secretaries and other executive and leaders made sacrifices. In this country where position is something people go about trumpeting, even those who have left office print complimentary cards that read, “Former Governorship Aspirant,” former this and that. Positions have become something people have worshipped and wear as tags.

Three parties came up and merged. It was a sign that things are wrong. Things are going worse and things will get worst. That was why people like us who love this country said that we must make sacrifices for the sake of the nation and since then, we have been making progress. The priest knows what he said. He was doing something that is dangerous to his person but he felt impelled by the spirit to say what he said.

But the worry is that just a month ago the same priest had a harvest thanksgiving and bazaar where he invited the Mrs. Patience Jonathan as Special Guest. The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, was there too. At the service, Mr. Mbaka extolled, prayed for and endorsed Mr. Jonathan for a second term. Are you not concerned that the priest made a U-turn and attacked the president barely a month after. Does it not amount to double speak on the part of the priest because the Bible says a fountain does not produce both sweet and bitter water?

You have just quoted the Bible; let me also quote the bible for you. One day, Saul was persecuting Christians, the next day, he had an encounter with Christ, and the day after, he was being prosecuted because he was one of the greatest preachers of the Christian faith. This man, Mbaka said look, I supported the president. He didn’t hide it. He said he supported the president. He said he brought doves and wanted them to fly, they refused to fly. He said he tried to cajole them to fly but they still refused until the Spirit told him to stop. The Holy Ghost told him to forget what he was trying to do. It was like a messenger that has now been sent to tell him that all the things he had been doing were wrong – this is no longer his time, my people are suffering, my people are dying. Whatever it was that opened his (Mbaka) eyes, God is using him to as an instrument. For a man to be ready to swallow his pride, having done something that you describe a month earlier – for him to have agreed to swallow his pride and come out the way he did, for a man to be ready to offend a president in office, whose wife he anointed a month before, takes the ultimate courage. This is one thing a lot of leaders don’t recognise. A leader that is able to admit that he was wrong is the most courageous than the one that bulldozes everybody and says ‘to hell with everybody.’ A leader that is able to make a U-turn is the most courageous kind of person. So God uses people and often God uses people who have behaved strongly but differently and did not see the light. It is those people he uses in critical points in history and Nigeria is presently at a critical juncture, very critical.

The same Father Mbaka once predicted that Senator Chris Ngige will be defeated by late Dora Akinyuli in the 2011 senatorial election and that former Governor Chimaroke Nnamani of Enugu State will not get second term in office but the predictions failed. Aren’t you worried that this one may not come true too?

I am not worried at all because you can see change. You can touch change. It is there and that is why I issued a statement on Saturday to say that we insist on free, fair and credible election. We will accept nothing less. Once the election is relatively certified as such as we did during the election in Ekiti, we will accept it. But in Ekiti we were careless but we said okay; what has happened has happened and we backed off. Of course legal process has gone on. We have proved that we can accept defeat. We don’t expect defeat but we have proved that we can accept it. If the February 14 elections are transparent starting with the deployment of security forces of all types, they bring the military, they bring the Police, they bring the Air Force, they bring the Navy, they bring pensioners, they bring Customs, they bring Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps….. Why? Are we at war? If they can be restrained in the deployment of these people and allow the public to go out and vote, free of intimidation, we will not have a problem with that.

What if that doesn’t happen?

Well it depends on what we see on the ground. Everything depends on what the people see on the ground. It is not what we see and what we say. I am not going to tell anybody to fight. God forbid. We are not going to do that. We want a peaceful election.

We remember when you said that the APC will form a parallel government in Imo State? Are you still insisting on that?

I said it yesterday (Saturday) that we will consider a parallel government if the elections are not demonstratively free, fair and transparent.

How will this work, Sir?

Don’t ask me. Don’t ask me. Don’t ask me. Let the elections be free, fair and credible.

There is this prediction by Primate Olabayo that there might not be elections and that there will be serious bloodshed. If you compare that to what Mbaka said, aren’t you bothered that Nigeria may not have election this year?

I am not worried at all. I don’t know how to coin it but I am not excessively spiritually developed. I am trying to be a good Christian. But these people who see things are not my kettle of fish. I don’t even read those things and I hardly concern myself with them. So for me those are not issues at all. That am living today is difficult and challenging enough. I don’t want to know about the future. When the future arrives, then we will know it has arrived and we deal with the challenges that it poses. Why do I want to know about tomorrow? What is the excitement trying to know about tomorrow?

Primate Olabayo mentioned the issue of violence. What do you say to this?

Maybe it is the violence and the blood that is already flowing now in the North East as a result of the Boko Haram that he is talking about.

But he clearly said it was going to happen during the election?

No. that is not true. We are going to have an election. But we pray that our security services don’t get unduly politicized because already, some of them are talking a little carelessly now. As far as I’m concerned, some of the heads of our security services are making political statements which just should not happen. The spokesperson of the SSS has done that in the past, the police have done it in the very recent past and even the military. These people should not be heard. They should just get their jobs done because their jobs are so vital and so sensitive that each and every member of society must have full confidence in them. It is essential for their success in their assignments. They shouldn’t become justifiers of things that are wrong. They should just do their jobs and keep away from the limelight and even calling people names. It’s wrong and doesn’t help them.

What is APC going to do to prevent violence given all the negative predictions?

We are going to preach absolute non-violence. Absolute! This is because nobody benefits at the end of the day. What do people benefit from violence? We want to urge all the political parties in the electoral contest that is coming to adopt non-violent approach. We are calling on the government not to deploy the security services that we pay for your advantage. I mean it is wrong. It is very wrong. That alone creates a dynamics in the system that makes it necessary for opposition parties also try to convince their people that they will not be sacrificed, so to speak and that we are unable to take care of them or that we are not strong enough to prevent impunity; so to speak. The way government uses our security forces bred the type of challenges that lead to violence and we must pray that they will see the need to be restrained this time around in the deployment of security.

But President Jonathan had also warned in his New Year Message that those who promote violence will be dealt with. Do you agree with him?

I totally agree. Anybody who promotes violence should be sent to jail.

He could have been referring to the APC.

Why? We don’t have the Police, we don’t have soldiers, and we don’t import guns.

But you have followers who could be predisposed to violence?

Is that the violence you are talking about – a few people struggling in a polling booth? That’s not the kind of violence we are talking about here. When you want to talk violence, you mean real violence. We are not talking about a few thugs causing problems but even thugs should be locked up in jail. I agree that thugs should be arrested and sent to jail. But we are talking of a situation that puts the nation at risk, situations that are widespread and that can disrupt the election and the democratic process and this can happen with massive deployment of security when it is totally unnecessary and when it is geared purely to intimidate. That is the bedrock that instigates a response. You know actions and reactions are equal and opposite. When you take an action, there is always a reaction. It is the law of nature. We are, therefore, appealing to them (government) to step right so that the atmosphere for violence is diminished to the barest level.

We are talking change and we know that APC boasts of members who are progressives. But we also know that there are some big names in the party who were formally in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Have these people changed automatically from who they have always been just by joining the APC?

Why do you people (journalists) keep asking this question?

It is because we want to know the truth.

When we started this interview, we went biblical. You quoted something and I quoted the story of Saul becoming Paul. In the Bible, you are told the story of a man, who having a hundred sheep loses one and left the remaining 99 to go and look for that one. Lastly, the story of the prodigal son who totally misused, mismanaged his resources in debauchery and the rest of that, but the minute the father heard he was coming, brought the fattest calf he had and slaughtered it in celebration. In any case, apart from the biblical equivalent, it is in the public domain that these people fought for change within the PDP. They struggled for change. They tried to change to system within the party and the way the party was doing things but they failed. They then saw light and found out it was not a place for them to belong. They reasoned that the newly formed APC was more in common with their notion of how a party should be run. We were very glad to have them. Look at them. Look at their states. Look at Kano, look at Rivers. Lagos has always been with us. Look at Sokoto State and the others – exemplary leadership. I have gone to Port Harcourt regularly over the last 50 years and it is incredible from what the city used to be. I have been to schools in Port Harcourt and they have been totally unbelievable. Of course I live in Lagos and I have my career there. Look at Kano. You see the spirit of young, energetic and realistic governors who were formerly in the PDP.

They came and met people like Fashola in Lagos and Comrade Oshiomole in Edo who have transformed their states. Look at Ibadan in Oyo State. Before I met that governor personally, I travelled to Ibadan for some business. I taught in Ibadan and so I know the city very well. I was so amazed at what I saw that I sent a message to the governor whom I had not met then to say he is doing a wonderful job. I know Ibadan but I could hardly find my way round. These are birds of similar plummets and they just happen to be together. Again, look at what is happening to the polity? But for these people, both the original APC, that is those who came from the parties that merged and others, who joined, have virtually changed the face of politics in this nation. Today, there is great chance that we are going to have real democracy because we now have a balance of political forces. Today, there is really going to be contest in the polity. Today people are beginning to realise that they can use their votes to hire and they can also use that vote to fire even if they are in the remotest part of this country. See what good these group of people joining together has done to democracy and the Nigerian politics.

There is a raging controversy over General Buhari’s certificate and we know that you are aware of the issue. Does Buhari possess a school certificate?

I would like to quote OBJ who said, “I dey laugh,” to answer your question because it is laughable that it should even be an issue of discussion. You know the military and you know how they progress from one rank to the other and the several training courses they have to go through in some of the best institutions in the world. Even if somebody said he didn’t have Standard Six Certificate, he rose through the ranks, through qualifying examinations to become what he is in this country. For somebody to have an effrontery to start talking about certificate shows that we are not serious. Those who are asking are not serious- minded people because it is petty and totally irrelevant to what they should be talking about.

But the law has stipulated the minimum qualification for anybody seeking the highest office in the land?

Yes, of course. It does not only stipulate the minimum but also says ‘or its equivalent.’ So what is all the bother about? What is it all about? The man went to school. He went to secondary school and that is clear and there is no question at all about that.

Where do you think this issue of certificate is coming from?

Haba! Where else should it come from? But the fact is that it is so childish and that is my concern. Of all the important things they should be talking about is it the certificate they should be talking about now? You journalists talk of ideology and what the political parties have for the country. Why talk about a bloody certificate for a General who has also been the Head of State? For Christ’s sake, let us be serious. Let us be serious as a people. It is so petty (and) it makes me think we are not serious at all.

We have heard speculations that there was an underhand deal in the emergence of Buhari as the APC presidential candidate and that Rotimi Amaechi outspent people like Atiku Abubakar to make that possible. Is it true?

Look at me. This is John Oyegun you are talking to. I promised this nation totally free and fair primary. I will not tell you that money did not change hands but we told everybody clearly, if anybody offers you money, collect it but don’t ever act on the basis of the money. Every effort was made to get to sit down and twist my hands so we may have what is referred to as consensus candidate. I said no. It was all over the place because everybody thought we could not handle a democratic process but I said no, we are going to prove to this country that these things can be done. And whatever one spends cannot determine election outcomes. Let me not start being judgmental now because I am still chairman of the party. Buhari had made it clear that he has no money to offer. He made that clear. He said, ‘money I don’t have to give you but am offering myself for service.’ Maybe I shouldn’t open up the details of most of these things because I heard most of the things that went on. But my insistence was that we are going to, as a party, prove that these things are possible. That is also why I am saying that we should have free and fair elections come February. When it is transparent, people will accept the result. You saw what happened at our convention. The process was so transparent and was always totally at the guess of the Nigerian populace and the international community. It was totally open all the time. All those that lose were gracious in defeat and accepted the outcome of the primary. I promised free, fair and transparent election and asked them (presidential candidates) to promise me something in return. They accepted and it was the case where if I performed, they too will perform. When they say that the party performed its side of the bargain, they too performed theirs and you saw how the country reacted. The country saw everything and they were glad.

Many Nigerians have spoken about the power of former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, in the running of the APC and his role in the selection of the party’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates. How powerful is Tinubu in the affairs of APC?

Normally Tinubu is powerful. There is no question about that. That man is one of the greatest political strategists that I know. Go back into his history and don’t forget that he was one individual who stood against Obasanjo, refused to accept the compromises that his colleagues accepted and fought valiantly because he saw the future. He saw what was going to happen and he was right. Let’s get it clear; we must give people the credit that is due to them. It is because of that single act of courage and how he later devoted himself to cancelling the tragedy that was happening in the South-west when all of a sudden, the zone became “PDP”. He devoted himself to getting the zone back. See what happened subsequently and I tell people who have the ear to hear now, that but for his singular act of vision we may not be having the kind of progressive politics that we have in this country today. He has his failings but we must give a man the credit that is due to him. So I accept Tinubu is a powerful force in Nigerian politics not just in the APC. He is somebody you cannot ignore because he is a dye-in-the-wood strategist. He is also somebody who puts his pocket where his mouth is and with that kind of combination, he certainly must have influence in the APC and in country’s political arena.

APC now controls Rivers, Lagos and Kano which are states with the highest voter population in the country. Let’s take you back to Primate Olabayo. He predicted that you party will lose Lagos but that it will win in Rivers. Will the APC be able to retain these states?

Don’t ask me about Olabayo’s prophesy because I am not inclined to prophetic pronouncements. But how can we lose Lagos or even think of Rivers State. It is not even thinkable. If you ask me what I think I will tell you that we are going to win in Lagos, we are going to win in Rivers. In the South-south, we are going to so totally blunt the PDP. We are not only going to win Lagos, we are going to win Akwa Ibom which is the next most populous state within the riverine area where people vote 99.9 percent. Edo State is already with us and even Delta may fall for us. There is no way we will not win the election, Olabayo or no Olabayo.

Are you satisfied with the way the Permanent Voters Cards are being distributed?’

No we are not. We have done everything we can and those are part of the strategy for possible rigging of the election. We are aware the ICT department of INEC is virtually taken over by agents of the administration. The voter registration unit is also virtually taken over by the agents of the government and we know the kind of games that are going on there and we have instructed our branches all over the country on what to do. I still get report as at today that in a few places, things are not going well especially for those who want to do fresh registration. They are not finding it easy all over the country. We are addressing these issues.

What can you tell Nigerians to convince them to vote for APC in the next election?

It is simple. I will ask you whether you like yourself and whether you have children. If your answer is yes, then you don’t have a choice but vote APC. Except you are one of those who like the situation as it is, that is the very minimum. Do you want democracy to thrive in this country in which case the minimum you should have is a two party system that is strong. Do you like the rot that is going on now where even the GSM that children play with all over the world, one cannot make a successful call for three minutes without the line going off? Do you like the situation where the Army we are all proud of is being desecrated by this administration to the extent that they now cannot fight ragtag insurgents? Are you happy with the level of corruption where over N250 million can be used to buy one car?

People believe you only talk about stopping insurgency and corruption without talking about development plan? Are those the only manifesto APC has?

Go on the internet and read our manifesto. We have figures that we want to be judged by. In terms of jobs, we have figures. In terms of social security, we have figures and in terms of the security of our nation, we have figures. In terms of housing and all others, we have figures. In terms of power, we have figures. We are bold enough to say, judge us by what we plan to do via our manifesto. But why is the nation collapsing? It is caused by the rot of corruption. It is because of that we do not have jobs, electricity and when you don’t have power, you can’t have development. Simple! We don’t produce power for the nation as what one South African town produces, so how can we grow? What are the things that fuel industries and production? Is that the kind of country you want?


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  • Bayo

    This folks in APC are just so brilliant. Bravo!!!

  • Gbofia Lunar

    Well articulated responses from Mr Oyegun, now ask PDP chairman Muazu the same questions and his responses would be the usual PDP blame game….

  • Maria

    Whao! APC !!! APC!!! APC!!! They have brains…compared with what we now call PDP. PDP used to be a brilliant party but now, once a man with fake degrees took charge… PDP died. PDP is now full of na only you waka cum, this blood we are sharing kind of people.

    • Ismail Ibrahim Bakori

      Let Buhari, Tinubu and Masari bring out their certificates.

    • PROF

      Buhari has enrolled for this may/june WAEC AND NECO ,i wish him “Goodluck” for the exams .I trust budilion will fix it :).

  • warry

    Did the presidential candidate enter the Army through corruption without certificates of qualifications, got promotions to General, became Head of State, all through corruption and now also want to be President through the same route? Meanwhile, the last time I listened to him in PH, he was already telling Nigerians to be patient with him that the problems are too many. The same situation, we found ourselves in 1985, before IBB and Co said enough, and shoved him aside. APC may promise heaven on earth,but I don’t see them doing better than GEJ with a Buhari

    • Aminu M. Jiyah

      sorry for your life

    • jude L/A USA

      you are a clown PERIOD!!!

  • Okey

    So, it is true that Ejike Mbaka, the man who, by means of necromancy – releasing physical objects (birds) into the and reading meanings therefrom – “predicated” in 2011 that Dr Chris Ngige would lose the Senatorial elections to Dr Dora Akunyili, was on sponsorship on the new year eve. Chief Oyegun has removed the doubts about those who primed Mbaka.

  • Adoki Achine

    Good interview, but it still did not say “how Buhari became APC presidential candidate”. Not that it realy matters, though.

    • Natty

      Did you read this part? It’s news interpretation they call it!

      “I will not tell you that money did not change hands but we told everybody clearly, if anybody offers you money, collect it but don’t ever act on the basis of the money. Every effort was made to get to sit down and twist my hands so we may have what is referred to as consensus candidate. I said no. It was all over the place because everybody thought we could not handle a democratic process but I said no, we are going to prove to this country that these things can be done. And whatever one spends cannot determine election outcomes. Let me not start being judgmental now because I am still chairman of the party. Buhari had made it clear that he has no money to offer. He made that clear. He said, ‘money I don’t have to give you but am offering myself for service.’”

      • jude L/A USA

        Good Talk! Nigeria is moving forward. We shall get there come May,29th.

  • Dr. Kay

    Before the rats invade this space lets preempt their campaign of calumny and say #GEJ show a us your assets!(nice one one nigeria I doff my hat for you)

    • Dr. Kay

      Apologies real Nigerian thanks for#GEJ declare your assets

  • Uwadiegwu

    How Bokohari became APC presidential candidate: “Accountant” Thiefunubu said he should be the candidate because they have similar educational background.

    • Rose

      To hell with your childish rants – Animals!!!

    • jude L/A USA

      you are a clown PERIOD!!!

  • “Go on the internet and read our manifesto”. What an arrant nonsense, tell us what they are! %80 of the voters don’t have internet, so please tell us your manifestos. I was so disappointed listening to GMB in PH talk of corruption but failed to tell Nigeria what he will do differently and how he will do them. Sad we are not getting these guys to talk to us. Maybe, they should they should start debating before party primaries as done in USA.

    • jude L/A USA

      At least you know what corruption is, and incase you are looking on how to fight it, then go back to when GMB ruled that great country. Clown!

  • Oleku

    How Imam Buhari became APC presidential candiate?

    Answer: Abubakar Amaechi bribed delegates with 19billion naira of Rivers state funds.

    Thank you!

    • Dr. Kay

      Prove it or forever hold your peace anyways #GEJ declare your assets , say it loud GEJ declare your assets!!!!

      • Oleku

        Say it louder; Imam Buhari provide your certificate

    • jude L/A USA

      At least he used it wisely for the betterment of Nigeria and Nigerians. You will see the impact after May,29th.

  • Ismail Ibrahim Bakori

    Buhariyya is lying through his nose, cannot fight any corruption because treasury looters are the people funding his political ambition. He is suffering from the dictatorial gang over of the past therefore cannot differentiate between military tribunals and the courts. Only the courts can send anybody to Kiri-Kiri. I don’t blame him anyway. Some of us from Katsina knows that it was the late Mutawalle of Katsina, father of late Gen Shehu Yaradua that facilitated his enlistment in the army even he doesnt have the requisite qualification. The same way he is now trying to impose Masari as Governor of Katsina knowing fully that he doesnt have certificate too.

    • jude L/A USA

      You are a candidate of Kirikiri Maximum after May, 29th. pls be getting ready with your corrupt gang.

    • Clay

      Are you surprised? Some SSCE, Diploma and even graduates from the south find it difficult to enlist in Nigeria army while those who knows how to read only arabic and write from right to left get enlisted, what an irony.

      • amazing2012

        What of those who get listed writing jews calligraphy or Chinese mandarin? Your hate to people who never made themselves is a direct attack on God who made them without their choice. You are antichrist because Our lord Jesus never said to hate someone !

  • Clay

    Can you listen to the chairman of APC, a political party that wants to rule Nigeria. This man is a father and possibly a grandfather. He once belonged to Nadeco that fought against Abacha and here he is saying he is not concerned about tomorrow. He is not interested in future and that demonstrates that he as a party chairman has no plans for Nigeria. What a shame. Here him “I don’t want to know about the future. When the future arrives, then we will know it has arrived and we deal with the challenges that it poses. Why do I want to know about tomorrow? What is the excitement trying to know about tomorrow?” IF this is his position then APC has no plans for Nigeria and Nigerians. Get lost apc.

    • Dr. Kay

      #GEJ declare your assets!!!

      • Nduka

        Whenever one has a few minutes to spare reading Nigerian news, there is one constant – Dr Kay. Native Dr Kay, are you permanently on the Internet? You know, like a social media terrorist similar to that Moi University student recently jailed in Kenya? Why don’t you go and get a job or farm, fish, sell sweets. Your mum/wife/husband must be disappointed in you and your decision to spend the rest of your life in front of a computer, writing rubbish. Do something about your life. For instance, what the heck arguing with someone who does not see sanity in a former NADECO member backing extreme dictator Buhari. Go and get a life.

      • Etomi

        Buhari is not qualified to contest in this election..
        He lacks the minimum educational qualification…
        And we shall stop him and save the sanctity of our Constitution, otherwise we’ll set a dangerous precedent!!!!

        • jude L/A USA

          you are a clown PERIOD!!!!

          • Etomi

            And you are an illiterate baboon like your messiah Buhari….PERIOD!!!!
            And that is why for you illiteracy is king and why an illiterate should be enthroned!!!!!
            If Buhari has formal education, not informal, let him forward proof, i.e. his certificate…
            We shall not allow the hands of the clock to be drawn backwards for Nigeria!!!!
            Nigeria is a rule-of-law nation; not a rule-of-illiterates banana republic, which APC thinks it can foist on us!!!!

  • Ayo Kellany

    IMPORTANT NOTICE ! ! !

    This is inviting all Buhari supporter & lovers of good governance around ETI OSA LGA to our meeting on Sunday 11th January, 2015 by 4pm.

    The venue is Ologolo millenium village, Ologolo, after OSAPA, before Igbo Efon. Pls come along with friends & lovers of good governance

    Announcer – BUHARI VANGUARD ETI OSA CHAPTER (08148921478))

    • Etomi

      Stop wasting your time…
      In the first place, Buhari is not qualified to contest in this election..
      He lacks the minimum educational qualification…
      And we shall stop him and save the sanctity of our Constitution, otherwise we risk setting a dangerous precedent that would in the future allow baboons and monkeys to challenge human beings to our country’s presidency!!!!

  • Ughene

    Papa Oyegun, i beg see this thing. The thing look somehow.
    And no answer now for two weeks, why now? The man no read?
    You too are now saying that education doesn’t mean anything.
    Ah, This APC party, is it for making Nigeria to become illiterates?
    But illiteracy no be CHANGE O! illiteracy na bad thing for country.

    • Doromi Ishan

      @ Ughene,

      You’re looking for the living amongst the dead – APC was born inside corruption.
      Bola Tinubu put
      ‘perjury’ into APC and party-men now praise him as ‘strategist’.
      That means ‘perjury’ is now part and parcel of APC, plus heavytheft and forgery,
      since you must steal and tell lies or forge papers to do this thing they call ‘perjury’.

  • Etomi

    Buhari is not qualified to contest in this election!!!!!!
    He lacks the minimum educational qualification for the office of president…
    We are not a lawless nation nor is Nigeria a banana republic!!!!
    We would not admit a man or party that seeks to stage a coup, as before, against our Constitution!!!!
    And so we shall stop this Buhari thing, who with APC, seek to subvert our laws, and save the sanctity of our Constitution, otherwise we risk setting a dangerous precedent that would in the future allow baboons and monkeys to challenge human beings to our country’s presidency!!!!

  • Raphael

    Perjury is a heavy criminal offence. Perjury means forgery and deliberate lies-telling to violate
    the Laws and 1999 Constitution of Nigeria. Perjury is serious criminal offence in the Constitution..

    • A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
    presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

    ……SECTION 137 (1) 1999 CONSTITUTION

  • favourtalk

    Corruption will be a thing of the past and we will ensure that wealth goes around our citizens in an equitable manner.GMB
    He is the man and will do the perfect job

  • musa musa

    Please where are his Certificates?

  • Wazobia

    “Normally Tinubu is powerful. There is no question about that. That man is one of the greatest political strategists that I know. Go back into his history…”

    In a few years time, Tinubu will be remembered as a GREAT MAN.

    But first of all, GEJ and PDP OUT!!!

    • musa musa

      While i agree with your list please also include – a corrupt politician!

  • @Amuwospeaks

    Corruption is number problem of Nigeria, when corruption is curb we will have a balance economy and Buhari is the answer

    • Etomi

      And that is if he is even qualified to contest, let alone become president…
      Tell your Buhari to start with sending himself to jail for the corruption under his watch in PTF; followed by Tinubu, then Obasanjo, then Amaechi, and the host of other corrupt APC governors!!!!
      According to our Lord Jesus Christ, a devil cannot cast out devil..
      A house divided against itself cannot stand!!!!

    • Dere

      I beg, curb Muhammadu Buhari first.

      That’s the korokoro corruption now in your eyes!

  • Newsbreak

    Breaking News:

    BUHARI EXPOSED AS LIKELY FRAUDULENT

    Vanguard newspapers report that third-party investigations now reveal the following facts:

    • That, Muhammadu Buhari, by his own past admission in writing, spent less than four [4] years
    in primary school and did not obtain a completion certificate.

    • That, Muhammadu Buhari has no proved attendance of any secondary school,
    perhaps in consequence.

    •That in 1963 Muhammadu Buhari attended a 2-month basic rifle-training course at
    Cadet School in Aldershot, United Kingdom, which is NOT equivalent to School certificate.

    • That the United States of America’s War College has confirmed in writing that
    it ‘..searched its records from 1980 to 1980 and there is no ‘Masters Level student’
    name like Muhammadu Buhari (in any combination)’ – contrary to claims made in this regard.

    • That these four key facts were established by the investigative initiative of a group known as
    South-West Democracy Circle – with offices located at 5, Njamenna Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.

    • Anso Nkem

      Hehehehe!!! APC……No school cert!!

      APC….Fraud! APC….Perjury!!!!

  • Newsbreak 2

    Breaking News:

    BUHARI EXPOSED AS FRAUDULENT

    Vanguard newspapers report that third-party investigations now reveal the following facts:

    • That, Muhammadu Buhari, by his own past admission in writing, spent less than four [4] years
    in primary school and did not obtain a completion certificate.

    • That, Muhammadu Buhari has no proved attendance of any secondary school,
    perhaps in consequence.

    •That in 1963 Muhammadu Buhari attended a 2-month basic rifle-training course at
    Cadet School in Aldershot, United Kingdom, which is NOT equivalent to School cert.

    • That the United States of America’s War College has confirmed in writing that
    it ‘..searched its records from 1980 to 1990 and there is no ‘Masters student’
    name like Muhammadu Buhari (in any combination)’ – contrary to earlier claims made.

    • That these four key facts were established by the investigative initiative of a group known as
    South-West Democracy Circle – with offices located at 5, Njamenna Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.

    • Investigator

      Re: Buhari Exposed as Fraudulent

      The long and the short of it is that Muhammadu Buhari has no school certificate.
      Second, he doesn’t have a school testimonial to show he’d attended any school.
      Both facts mean that Buhari is not qualified to be a presidential candidate in 2015.

      More than that, both facts also mean Buhari perjured himself on sworn affidavit.
      By filing that affidavit, he asserted he went to secondary school; and, asserted
      he was educated in secondary school up to West African school certificate level.

      Both assertions are false; and the legal effect of false assertions on oath is, perjury.

      Chief John Oyegun is dishonest in his contrary rationalizations bereft of facts.
      Were Oyegun not befuddled, he’d known that the burden of proving equivalency
      of school certificate education can’t be supported by Buhari with absolutely nothing.

      • Investigator

        ……..(2) Re: Buhari Exposed as Fraudulent

        The previous (false?) assertions by General Buhari in 2003, 2007 and 2011 are now at issue.
        It is Buhari who has the burden of reconciling his previous assertions with his current one.
        If he did not attend secondary school, as it seems, a case of prosecutable forgery arises.

        All that Buhari has tendered on oath and under penalty of perjury is as follows:

        • “I am the above-named person and deponent to
        this affidavit therein. All my academic qualifications
        documents as filled in my presidential form,
        President APC/001/2015, are currently with
        the Secretary, Military Board, as of the time
        of presenting this affidavit. The affidavit is made
        in good faith and for record purpose.”

        By no common sense is this sworn statement a proof of education up to secondary school.
        Whereas, Section 137 (1) of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution says as follows:

        • A person shall NOT be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
        presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

        • Al Jihadi

          “Sharia should be introduced in full across Nigeria. I will continue to show openly
          and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping
          all over Nigeria. God willing, we will NOT stop the agitation for total implementation
          of the Sharia in the country.

          “It is a legal responsibility which God has given us, within the context of one Nigeria,
          to continue to uphold the practice of Sharia wholeheartedly. What remains for Muslims
          in Nigeria is for them to re-double their efforts and educate Muslims on the need
          to promote the full implementation of Sharia law.”

          …….General Muhammadu Buhari

          (August 27, 2001)

          • amazing2012

            May curse be your portion generation unborn for telling lies !

        • Bright Thomas (Apapa)

          Newsbreak,

          General Buhari’s presidential bid is inter-connected with Islamic State of Nigeria.
          It has nothing to do with academic certificates or any grand intellectual reformation.
          A little child in any other part of Nigeria knows there’s an on-going Islamic Jihad.

          The only group of people who do NOT know this simple fact in Nigeria
          are the Yoruba Christians in the South-West having the highest number
          of professors, doctorates and university graduates, but who will rather
          throng, en masse, behind an Islamic party – APC.
          How my people perish for lack of knowledge!

  • By popular demand

    Breaking News:

    BUHARI EXPOSED AS FRAUDULENT

    Vanguard newspapers report that third-party investigations now reveal the following facts:

    • That, Muhammadu Buhari, by his own past admission in writing, spent less than four [4] years
    in primary school and did not obtain a completion certificate.

    • That, Muhammadu Buhari has no proved attendance of any secondary school,
    perhaps in consequence.

    •That in 1963 Muhammadu Buhari attended a 2-month basic rifle-training course at
    Cadet School in Aldershot, United Kingdom, which is NOT equivalent to School cert.

    • That the United States of America’s War College has confirmed in writing that
    it ‘..searched its records from 1980 to 1990 and there is no ‘Masters student’
    name like Muhammadu Buhari (in any combination)’ – contrary to earlier claims made.

    • That these four key facts were established by the investigative initiative of a group known as
    South-West Democracy Circle – with offices located at 5, Njamenna Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.

    • Osas

      I will NOT believe this BREAKING NEWS. I trust Buhari. He has too much integrity.
      My man – Muhammadu Buhari – kill them with your 1st Class+ M.SC + MMM + Ph.D.
      Certificates too much. Na overload. Just start to bring it out one by one to shame dem!

      • Mobolaji Onitiri

        @ Editor Premium Times

        I am now very worried. At first i thought it was just a minor thing.
        Now i see this issue is very serious. It may land BUHARI in prison.
        If care is not taken too, this BREAKING NEWS will cancel Buhari.
        What i mean by cancel is that his name will be disgraced in history.
        Also, Buhari will have disgraced other people who claim integrity.
        This is a very terrible thing to happen to my favourite party – APC.

        • aso

          “General Muhammadu Buhari has no vision. The only thing that
          has been told to us – not even by General Buhari but by other
          people – is that Buhari has integrity and that he is honest and
          incorruptible, which are also not true. At the appropriate time,
          these issues will be taken up.”

          ……….Doyin Okupe

          [December 15th, 2014]

      • Doromi Ishan

        @ Osas,
        You’re looking for the living amongst the dead – APC was born inside corruption.
        Bola Tinubu put ‘perjury’ into APC and party-men now praise him as ‘strategist’.
        That means ‘perjury’ is now part and parcel of APC, plus heavytheft and forgery,
        since you must steal and tell lies or forge papers to do this thing they call ‘perjury’.

        • Igbinosa

          You mean Buhari did not even finish primary school? This is news of the year!
          How come? And Buhari has been lying since 1962 to cover this shameful fact?
          But why did Nigerian Army take a primary 4 student straight to officers’ corps?

          • Encore

            • A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if he has
            presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

            ……SECTION 137 (1) 1999 CONSTITUTION

          • Proudly Niger Deltan

            They used to call it the ‘Royal’ army…a clique of Northern officers…even the current Sultan was a Nigerian military officer…it still continues today in our Federal UNITY schools!…Yes! It is still there…and the Northerners have to score 2 marks while students from the South, East & West have to study hard to score an average of 135 marks to get admission into the same schools.

            Interestingly, it UNITY school disgraceful admission policy was supervised by the gap toothed Pastors wife who loves the injustice of kidnapped girls more than the injustice in the yawning gap disparity in admission policy for the entirety of ‘Nigerian’ students. It is called self delusion.Complete Nonsense!

          • Mark Nsikan

            gooooood question,u mean buhari contested electionz since 2003 witout even a primary school cert?….u mean…like….really?….and he contested d 2011 election under d same chairman….really?

          • lincoln

            He must have been a Genius, that is why no wonder He performed excellently well and rose to the position of General in the Nigeria Army one of the best in the world. That is true qualification brother. end of story

        • Abu Qaqa

          “This is a war against Christians, democracy, and their (country’s 1999) Constitution.

          President Jonathan, you’ll soon be surprised when this land gets soaked with blood.”

          ……Abubakar Shekau
          (Boko Haram Leader)

          May 4th, 2014)

          • ode

            Yet Jonathan did nothing in response to that statement. One moment he says to move against BH would amount to killing our kinsmen as if the folks killed by BH were not our kinsmen as well. Next moment he says his government is infiltrated by BH yet no one was dismissed or asked to resign on that ground which means the BH implants are still strolling the corridors of power to his knowledge and with his implied consent. Now he says he is reequipping the Armed Forces and planning to fight corruption when everything about his government shows otherwise! Our soldiers are dying cheaply in battle while the Chibok girls are yet unaccounted for and got no mention in his new year speech to the nation. In all of these, at least three possibilities are plausible – either Jonathan is indeed clueless about leading Nigeria well; he is wickedly allowing all the bad things happen to us or he simply couldn’t care less! He, clearly, has turned out to be bad luck and should resign now or be voted out! This is not about politics!

        • lincoln

          I agree with you, but the question is with all these facts available why has GEJ not been able to send him to jail, the same very reason he has not been able to send anyone to jail. Is either he is also monumentally corrupt or grossly incompetent. So let him get out and allow a better person do the job, we cant wait to get rid of him. He has told us under his government no one will go to Kirikiri, its going to be business as usual, corruption Nigeria limited.

      • Bukola

        Yes o! He must show his certificate. We want no dumb illiterate as candidate.

        • lincoln

          Yes ooo, we want dumb literate person who is worst than dumb illiterate. A man with PHD cant solve the myriad of our problems, how good is your certificate?, how are you different from the man who has no certificate but smarter than you.

        • Mark Nsikan

          yes we dnt want dumb clueless phd holders…i sopot u on di sone

    • Kensty

      Liars! ! Mind you INEC have already published the names of contestants and reiterated that they cannot disqualify anybody. If you are dissatisfied with GMB’s certificate go to court and challenge him. Moreover what is it those with certificate gave us in the past six years? Is it corruption, darkness, impunity or mere stealing as described by this administration. IS BETTER WE HAVE AN ILLITERATE AS PRESIDENT WITH INTEGRITY.

    • Umar Dendi

      Check the names in the international fellows list!
      You do not get a Msc from US war college without a sec and pri educ….unlike us others

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  • _Proudly Niger Deltan

    BUHARI EXPOSED AS FRAUDULENT
    ============================

    Vanguard newspapers report that third-party investigations now reveal the following facts:

    • That, Muhammadu Buhari, by his own past admission in writing, spent less than four [4] years in primary school and did not obtain a completion certificate.

    • That, Muhammadu Buhari has no proved attendance of any secondary school,perhaps in consequence.

    •That in 1963 Muhammadu Buhari attended a 2-month basic rifle-training course at Cadet School in Aldershot, United Kingdom, which is NOT equivalent to School cert.

    • That the United States of America’s War College has confirmed in writing that it ‘..searched its records from 1980 to 1990 and there is no ‘Masters student’name like Muhammadu Buhari (in any combination)’ – contrary to earlier claims made.

    • That these four key facts were established by the investigative initiative of a group known as South-West Democracy Circle – with offices located at 5, Njamenna Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.

  • nigerian

    you guys are wasting your time on this certificate issue. if he dont have them let INEC which is under jonathan’s control take do the right thing cos all these noice you people are making can not hold water except if you guys are INEC

  • MushinSpeaks

    While Jonathan is telling the people that he will not jail nor charge corrupt officials to court, Buhari is telling us that for our economy to be strong and for this nation to move forward, he will put an end to corruption and ensure looters return what theyve illegally and forcefully taken from the treasury.

    Buahri-Class CHANGE FeBuhari 14

  • Mark Nsikan

    dis ppl jst believe we nigerians are all illeterates!!

  • saj

    Look at this mumu,called the president of the great and largest black nation of the world. “THEY SAID THEY WILL FIGHT IN SECURITY WHEN BUHARI WAS HEAD OF STATE, DID HE BUY ONE RIFLE FOR THE NIGERIAN SOLDIERS?” This is what Jonathan is saying in front of his sponsored crown. Assuming Buhari didn’t buy a single rifle for the Nigerian army,but did we get the in security back that time when he was the head of state? Now that he bought many weapon for the army,did he fought the maximum insecurity we have in the country? Did our insecurity go down by even 1%? Is he joking with our people intelligent? Did he considered us as animals because he has PHD on ZOOLOGY? Pls vote him out my friends, we are tired of been mocked. GMB ALL THE WAY.

  • Dan Arewa

    I never thought jonathan is pathetic to this level. How can a right thinking man (especially a president of this country) at this present time rise such an issue? I doubt if this man is really not thinking of Nigeria as a zoo. Nigeria is a country taken down by both corruption and insecurity and you could not do nothing about it, yet you are asking GMB how many rifles he bought for Nigerian army during his regime. This is utterly preposterous. If I may ask mr dumbo, how much rifles did you buy for Nigerian Army and what did they do with the rifles? I know currently what Nigerian army is carrying to fight Boko Haram is nothing better than a little upgraded toy gun called AK47 while your people (BH) are carrying heavy weapons.

  • Abubakar

    Only a polish human being can listening GEJ haram,

  • Yusuf Gide

    Nothing impressive here, i am not impressed by this speech. I thought he could surrender his Ph.D. theses to see what he wrote. See Jonathan, accept failure. Why do we have the law inforcement agencies as with all the countries of the world? In the whole world, people are being prosecuted and jailled to insure law abiding and elliminate crises, cheating, other crimes, indiscipline, hopelessness, deprivation of other peoples’ right among others. But any body who cannot be tough and simple when deemed neccessary, like you, doesn’t deserve to be a leader. All these you called plans are bad plans to any nation. Jonathan, are you saying this is the reason why $40billion+ turned to >$4billion in our foreign reserve? Nothing happened to pension looters, trillions of subsidy scandal among others. Do you mean it is a good plan to leave some lessthan 100 people to cause hardships to almost 200million Nigerians only because putting such people in Kirkiri is bad. Ok, now that none of them is in Kirikiri, tell us how much you so far retrieved and what you have done with it.
    JONATHAN, WE ARE NOT AS DOLE AS YOU THINK. JUST STOP LOOTING AND PUNISH LOOTERS. HUMAN BEINGS ARE NOT LIKE ANIMALS, RETURN WHAT YOU HAVE LOOTED AND SEE IF EVERY ONE OF THEM WILL NOT BE AFRAID AND RETURN HIS/HER OWN PART AND REPENT. BE SAYING SORRY AND SEE IF NIGERIANS WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU. BUT, IT IS LIKE YOU STILL WANT DECEIVE US AGAIN, WAY YOU TALK. DOLE MAN!