PDP’s funeral will hold March 28 — Oyegun

John Oyegun

John Oyegun, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC has stated that the “burial ceremony” of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP which was postponed by President Goodluck Jonathan will hold on March 28.

Mr. Oyegun said this in Port Harcourt at the zonal rally of the APC.

The APC Chairman who was in the state with the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, his running mate, Yemi Osinbajo, and national officers of the party, said that despite the needless postponement of the elections, Nigerians will still give a befitting “funeral rite” for PDP.

The chairman who told a surging crowd of party supporters of APC’s political exploits in the North-West where they were until a few days ago, described South-South as critical.

“We were in the North-west yesterday. You know the North-West is the home base of the in-coming president. South-South is also important to us because it is the home of the out-going president.  These zones are crucial.

“I thank you for your support, courage and resilience. You have survived your oppressors despite all odds. Goodluck Jonathan is our son and brother but he has failed us as a region and Nigeria. So we want to send him on an honourable retirement. I know you will all support the APC in this venture because we must send him home.

“PDP is confused and disoriented. They have no sense of direction. PDP is down but not out yet. So a lot of work still needs to be done, that is why we are here. Let me also assure you that PDP’s funeral still holds despite the rescheduling of the elections.

“We will have a good funeral ceremony for PDP come March 28. I want you to promise me that you will all come out and deliver these votes. And that you will be there, ready and prepared to make sure that every vote counts. We are going to deliver the entire South- South to our president in-waiting, General Muhammadu Buhari”.

Mr. Oyegun who described the APC governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dakuku Peterside, as a scholar and gentleman whose tenure as governor will bring honour and development to the people, called on voters to disregard the lies of PDP.


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  • Frank Bassey

    A dead body cannot organize funeral for the living.

    • zygote

      When the dead has more life than the living, then the living is dead even in the minds of the spirits.

      • ogechi

        Hahahah

  • dd

    Hope this funeral won’t be for Buhari as he has a terminal desease

    • ilesanmi

      Chief Oyegum has just foretold of Buhari’s funeral.

    • The dead body of Buhari is far more better than the living Jonathan.

  • Maitama Tambari

    Premium Times should unsubscribe me because they have decided to deny fellow Nigerians share my comment with them. WE BELIEVE CHANGE! YES WE CAN IN NIGERIA. ALI MUST GO. YES JONATHAN MUST GO.

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  • henry angelo

    HEADLINES ON MARCH 30TH, 2015.

    “GOODLUCK JONATHAN WINS AGAIN”!
    THISDAY.

    “Obama congratulates GEJ”! GUARDIAN.

    “Jega declares Goodluck Jonathan elected with 26.4 million votes! APC rejects result”!
    VANGUARD.

    “Jonathan declared winner!”. “This is the worst election in Nigeria’s history” (Lai Mohammed)
    PUNCH.

    “PDP in a historic victory, as Amaechi flees to Ghana and begs for forgiveness”!
    PM NEWS.

    Tinubu says, “this is the most rigged election in the world, Jega must be arrested and imprisoned immediately. We are heading to court”
    THE NATION.

    “North boils as INEC declares Jonathan winner. Sultan urges restraints and peace”
    DAILY TRUST.

    “PDP wins Aso Rock again, 70 senate seats and 65% of House of Reps. We are studying the results (Oshiomhole)” – SUN NEWSPAPER.

    “How Jega rigged the polls for Jonathan . . .” &
    “I have forgiven Buhari and associates, President Jonathan calls APC to help Nigeria progress”
    SAHARA REPORTERS.

    “Mr President did it in 2011, Mr President did it in 2015 again”
    LINDA IKEJI.

    “As Jonathan wins the presidential election, Buhari Pullover becomes number one hit in Nigeria”
    NAIRALAND

    • Ajirin

      What have u been smoking. Stop it ! Its not good for you..dreamer

  • onenigerian2014

    APC People are filled with hate they don’t know how to handle love. Chances are that when someone hates you, it’s not
    about you at all. It’s about them. It’s their fear, their jealously, their boredom, and their insecurity. APC, you can never find rest until you learn to finally let go of the hatred and hurt that lives in your heart against PDP.

  • Okey

    The Change We Need

    Thisday, 10 Mar 2015

    With Shaka Momodu E-mail: shaka.momodu@thisdaylive.com, 08112661654

    Since February 10, 2015 when I read the advertorial published in
    THISDAY titled: Brazen Looting of Lagos Treasury, 1999-2015 – which
    chronicled Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s massive wealth, I have been too
    shell-shocked to function effectively. I have been hard-pressed to
    understand, if true, how one man can acquire so much in one lifetime. I
    have struggled to match Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola’s public postures
    with the gravity of the allegations levelled against them. Can it really
    be true that Bola Ahmed Tinubu owns all the property listed in the
    advertorial? Is it true that Fashola also owns vast wealth and has been
    conniving with his godfather to defraud the state?

    I have been heartbroken, shattered, devastated and depressed about the
    sheer scale of abuses, mismanagement and careless disregard for the
    public interest that Tinubu and Fashola are accused of. Even though some
    of these allegations are not new, the scale of the malfeasance and the
    cheekiness revealed is truly remarkable and frightening. The alleged
    unrestrained greed exhibited in the quest and method of acquisition is
    quite troubling. To me, these change agents need thorough examination
    especially at a time like this when the change mantra has rented the
    airwaves, and many are being led to believe the magic wand to solve all
    of Nigeria’s problems is change.

    Striped of the politics, we want answers. And the fierce urgency is now, today not tomorrow.

    The question is: if true, does Tinubu really need so much wealth? I
    have repeatedly asked, praying that I am in a deep trance and will soon
    wake up and realise it is just my mind playing funny games on me. But
    one full month after, the allegations were published, they have not been
    denied. Is he going to take this massive wealth to the great beyond?
    If the answer is negative, then of what use are all these primitive
    acquisitions of material wealth when poverty pervades the land as he
    himself has repeatedly acknowledged. It is difficult for one to
    understand the voracious appetite of some people, who it is alleged
    have shared our collective patrimony among themselves and yet have the
    audacity to tell us that for our tomorrow, they have given their today –
    when in actual fact, for their today, they have taken our tomorrow and
    that of our children. The architects of change have been caught in a
    scorching irony of hypocrisy.

    The more I think about the grand deceit packaged as change, the angrier
    I become and the more convinced I am – that I have been right all along
    with my serious reservations about the message, intentions and the
    motives driving their quest for power. Indeed, more than ever before, I
    am convinced that the change we need is from those who have craftily
    hoodwinked the people into believing that they are the ones who can
    bring succour to them. We need change from those who have cunningly
    played on the gullibility of our people to fleece them of their
    commonwealth, only to point an accusing finger at others as the cause of
    the problems of the country. When they claim Lagos is working, I say,
    oh yes indeed! It is working for their pockets. I am yet to see anybody
    who is a beneficiary of the alleged sleaze that will not tell me Lagos
    is working in the manner it is currently working for the pockets of a
    few.

    The scale of what Tinubu and Fashola are accused of appropriating from
    Lagos taxpayers is so mind-boggling that I fear for the future of this
    country – I am frightened of what may happen to Nigeria if these people
    are entrusted with power at the centre. More baffling is that instead of
    Tinubu and Fashola responding to these specific allegations, all we
    hear is an impotent threat of a lawsuit from Tinubu, while Fashola who
    has been very vocal on the “missing” $20 billion on the campaign stump
    has kept a deafening silence. A man loudly projected as a sterling
    performer, not only now has his integrity been called to question, but
    has been practically accused of misappropriation of public property and
    abuse of office. A man who has been shouting change and has consistently
    accused those at the federal level of massive corruption, has been
    unable to respond to grave allegations of mismanagement,
    misappropriation of state resources, inflated cost of contracts and
    collusion to defraud government of its property valued at several
    hundreds of billions of naira. The exemplar of a good administrator now
    has his back to the wall. What an irony!

    Until these allegations were made into a documentary currently airing
    on Africa Independent Television (AIT), there was no rebuttal from
    Tinubu or his spokesperson upon the publication of the advertorial under
    reference, neither has there been any reaction from Fashola who has
    carried on as if he owes nobody any explanation on how he has managed
    public resources entrusted in his care.

    Not surprisingly, the allegations are not weighty enough to rouse and
    outrage the people into the streets to demand answers. Our
    self-appointed custodians of morality in the society, especially the
    human rights community have kept a deafening silence. The many
    organisations committed to transparency and anti-corruption have either
    lost their voices or feign ignorance of the publication or documentary.

    Femi Falana has not found his voice to call for a thorough probe; he
    has not rushed to court to seek an order of mandamus to compel the
    Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or the Independent
    Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to investigate the allegations; he
    has not directed his NGO, SERAP to start demanding the probe of
    Tinubu/Fashola like it did of Gitto Construction Company’s church
    building gift to the Otuoke community.

    What about Professor Itse Sagay? He has not said a word because it is
    Tinubu and Fashola that are involved. Professor Wole Soyinka, the Nobel
    Laureate and the wordsmith of Africa, is yet to hold a world press
    conference on the state of the nation to call for investigation into all
    the allegations or accusations. He is yet to even write his lengthy
    treatise with high-sounding grammar condemning the alleged record
    sleaze. Nobody or group is organising a one million-man match to demand
    accountability, investigation and prosecution. Rather, the godfather,
    who is the accused, is the one organising a one-million-man march to
    shore up his battered image and divert attention from the allegations.
    He is dragging out hapless Lagosians in fetters to march for him and
    sing his praises in joyous hymns instead of moving to convincingly clear
    his name. This is a sacrilegious irony for the change mantra. Something
    must be deeply wrong with our society and its value systems. Talk about
    one nation, two moralities.

    For those who don’t know, it is not enough to just mouth change for the
    sake of it, change depends on our actions, attitudes and must be
    meaningful. But what we are seeing in this so-called change is that the
    narrative is different from the actions and attitudes of its proponents.

    What is needed here is not the one-million-man march. In fact, one
    thousand-million-man marches will not clean the slate. Let Tinubu
    explain to Lagosians how he got so rich.

    What is needed is not a gentle query, but a fiery rebuke and
    condemnation of this alleged looting: “We need the storm, the whirlwind
    and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the
    conscience of Nigerians must be roused; the propriety of the nation must
    be startled; the hypocrisy of these people must be exposed and
    denounced”

    Now imagine for a moment that it was another person from the ruling
    party that was alleged to have stolen so much, what would have been the
    reaction of these people and groups? The outcry is better imagined. All
    sorts of shady groups would have been organising protest marches against
    the person and calling for his prosecution. Now, can someone remind me
    what Stella Odua and Patricia Etteh were accused of that led to their
    fall? Now, who was in the forefront of mobilising public opinion against
    them? Why is there no similar outrage against Tinubu and Fashola? Why
    are the public opinion moulders not saying anything? Is this the change
    that they talk about?

    Now, put all what these women were accused of in the context of what
    Tinubu and Fashola have been accused of, the two women will be canonised
    saints.

    Below are some of what Tinubu/Fashola are accused of appropriating:

    “The largest landlord in Lagos has done as he pleased, and the rest of
    the state just has to deal with it. To start with, No 4, Oyinkan Abayomi
    (formerly Queens) Drive, Ikoyi: A 5-bedroom detached house on one acre
    of land which was originally the Lagos State governor’s guest house
    since 1979, now belongs to Tinubu. The certificate of occupancy of the
    property valued at N450 million was signed and released to him by
    Fashola in 2007 shortly after he resumed office.

    “Tinubu’s residence at No 26 Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi was initially
    falsely presented as an Oando Plc guest house. Later, he purportedly
    bought it from Oando, and used public funds to rebuild and renovate it.
    The Lagos State Government bought the property and paid an undisclosed
    sum to him and thereafter gave the property back to him under the bogus
    Pension Act he signed into law shortly before he left office in 2007.
    The property is worth over N600 million.

    “The annex of the Lagos State Guest House in Asokoro, Abuja was bought
    by the state government in 2006 for N450 million, purportedly to protect
    the main house from a security breach. Shortly after Tinubu left
    office, the property was transferred to him under the pension plan he
    signed into law before leaving office.

    “The 250-hectare land valued at about N35billion and strategically
    located at the Ajah junction on Lekki road was initially meant for a
    general hospital for the people of Eti-Osa Local Government but was
    allegedly acquired by Tinubu and handed over to Trojan Estate Ltd – a
    company owned by Deji and Wale Tinubu – to develop as Royal Garden
    Housing estate at the expense of the taxpayers of Lagos.

    “The 1,000 hectares of land valued at about N75billion located at
    Lakowe near Abijo at Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area and given to
    Lekki Concession Company (LCC) which is allegedly partly-owned by Tinubu
    and Fashola and is being developed as a golf course and housing estate
    by Assets and Resource Management Ltd (ARM) as ADIVA project.

    “The prime land of 157 hectares with 2.5km of Atlantic beachfront
    valued at about N10 billion and purportedly stolen by Tinubu from the
    communities of Siriwon, Igbekodo, Apakin, etc in Ibeju-Lekki Local
    Government Area and given to Ibukun Fakeye, his alleged crony to build a
    golf course and luxury villa with little or no compensation to the
    villagers. In addition, Tinubu was alleged to have to paid $20million
    (N3 billion) out of the public treasury to Ibukun Fakeye to commence
    the project in late 2006. Fashola has since released additional funding
    for this project, which is not owned by the state government.

    “The 14-hectare Parkview Ikoyi estate foreshore land reclaimed by Lagos
    state government is now purportedly owned by Tinubu. While in office,
    he purportedly allocated to himself the former Strabag yard beside the
    Lagos State secretariat at Alausa, Ikeja. The property has now been
    developed into a shopping mall as big as the Palms in Lekki. This is a
    public property brazenly stolen and now allegedly owned by Tinubu, aided
    by Fashola.

    “The choice property at Lekki-Epe road on which he built and owns the
    multi-billion naira Oriental Hotel and the extension of multi-level
    recreation centre by Mobil in Oniru Estate on Lekki-Epe road jointly
    owned with ARM and Tunji Olowolafe. All these assets valued at over N25
    billion were allegedly obtained without paying a kobo to the Lagos State
    Government.

    Tinubu raised a loan of N4.7billion on Eko Akete project for which
    nothing was achieved before he turned around to sell the property to his
    Chagouri friends of Chagouri & Chagouri and Hitech Construction Ltd
    at a ridiculously low price at the expense of the taxpayers of Lagos.
    Tinubu applied to personally purchase the federal secretariat building
    while in office. When he couldn’t get to buy it, he directed Fashola to
    stop the eventual owner of the complex from developing it. The complex
    is presently wasting away, courtesy of the Lagos State Government.

    “It took several months of horse trading and underhand payments before
    Fashola could allow the new owners of 1004 flats to redevelop the
    complex (Wole Babalakin). Several other buyers of federal government
    properties and developers of properties in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and
    Government Reservation Area, Ikeja were forced to succumb to the
    outrageous demands of Tinubu, Fashola, Commissioner Abosede and other
    officials.

    The Critical Care Unit of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital
    (LASUTH) in Ikeja, built and equipped with state funds, is now owned
    personally by Tinubu. He has put Dr. Sikiru Tinubu, (a supposed cousin
    of his) to run the outfit. It is run as a private unit and proceeds are
    pocketed by the duo…”

  • taiwo

    The only funeral we will witness on the 28th is that of the APC because i know that the band of strange fellows will scatter after their defeat

    • Garden-City Boy

      The doctor in London gave till 28th for Buhari to be around. For those who don’t have the password to access the coded message, that is what Oyegun is talking about.