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Time for Tinubu to do things right – Full text of Peter Obi’s press conference

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The presidential candidate from the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi, held a press conference in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Wednesday.

During this conference, Obi addressed the ongoing controversy surrounding President Bola Tinubu’s identity and his academic records at Chicago State University. Obi also mentioned the international embarrassment this issue has caused for Nigeria.

In his statement, Obi expressed his distress as a Nigerian, having witnessed the identity crisis and the doubts surrounding Tinubu’s Chicago State University credentials unfold in the American court system. He emphasized that this controversy has not only sparked significant media attention domestically and internationally but has also led to unsettling questions about Nigeria’s credibility on a global scale during his recent travels abroad.

Obi pointed out that the controversy surrounding Tinubu’s identity has further tarnished Nigeria’s international image, with outsiders potentially viewing Nigerians as potential fraudsters, forgers, or identity thieves. He considered this situation entirely avoidable and called on Tinubu to alleviate the nation and himself from this prolonged embarrassment.

Obi’s plea to Tinubu was straightforward. He urged Tinubu to use his current position of authority to personally address these questions and eliminate any lingering doubts. He asked Tinubu to provide essential information about his identity, including his name, nationality, place of birth, parentage, details of primary and secondary schools attended with dates, information about the universities he attended and the certificates he obtained, and details about his National Youth Service.

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Additionally, Obi suggested that if Tinubu ever changed his name, he should transparently clarify when and under what circumstances it occurred. Obi highlighted that this task should be simple and could be accomplished within a few minutes, requiring no affidavits, court processes, spokespersons, agents, or surrogates. He stressed that only Tinubu himself, through a direct personal statement, could effectively perform this task, laying to rest any doubts and speculations about his true identity.

Obi emphasized that a leader’s personal identity is too critical to be outsourced or concealed under the guise of officialdom. It is a matter of integrity, morality, values, and the rule of law, affecting the character of the nation and its people. In his role as the leader of a nation with over 200 million citizens, Tinubu’s true identity is a subject of significant national and international interest.

Obi contended that the people have the right to know the true identity of their leader, which takes precedence over any personal privacy rights he may claim. Furthermore, the international community deserves to know who they will be engaging with in Nigeria.

As a presidential candidate who aspired to hold a public office of such stature, Tinubu implicitly accepted the responsibility of disclosing his true identity and other relevant details that may be of public interest. It is an obligation tied to personal integrity, the legitimacy of the office he currently occupies, and the reputation of the Nigerian nation within the international community.

Obi concluded by stating that it is time to do the right thing, reaffirming his commitment to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Why I may not hesitate to support Peter Obi in 2027 – Atiku Abubakar

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar, has suggested he might support Peter Obi, his Labour Party counterpart from the last election, in 2027.

The former Vice President, currently in merger talks with stakeholders from various opposition political parties, indicated he would back Obi if the Labour Party nominates him for the next election.

According to The Sun, Atiku made this statement during an interview with BBC Hausa Service.

It was recently reported by DAILY POST that Obi and Atiku had a closed-door meeting, sparking rumors about a potential merger of opposition parties ahead of the 2027 general elections.

Atiku confirmed the efforts of opposition parties to align in order to challenge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2027 election, saying, “We can merge to achieve a common goal. So, it’s possible and nothing can stop it if we so wish to achieve that.”

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Atiku added that if the new party decides it’s the turn of the South-East and chooses Peter Obi, he would not hesitate to support him.

“I have said repeatedly, and even before the 2023 general elections, that if the PDP decides to zone the presidential ticket to the South or South-East specifically, I won’t contest it.

“But I contested the 2023 presidential ticket because it was open to all members of the party,” Atiku explained.

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I once struggled with pornography – Bishop Oyedepo’s son, Isaac

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Isaac Oyedepo, son of Bishop David Oyedepo, founder of Living Faith Church, has admitted to having struggled with pornography at one point in his life.

Isaac revealed that he became involved with pornography during a trip to a European country.

Speaking on the podcast “Confession Box,” Isaac shared that he overcame this challenge with God’s help.

He explained: “My confessions are positive and meant to help others. I struggled with pornography before.

“I remember how it began; we traveled to a country, and I was alone in my room. I turned on the TV, and that’s how it started.

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“But God helped me overcome it quickly. Many people still struggle with it, and I think if someone who had previously struggled with it had approached me and showed me how to break free, I would have overcome it sooner.

“Some topics are often avoided, but today, many pastors and church members still struggle with this issue.

“You might be anointed and performing signs and wonders, but that doesn’t mean you are living right.

“There’s an old saying that if it works, it means you’re standing right, but I found out that’s not always true. There were times I realized I wasn’t right, but grace and mercy found me.

“For the sake of someone genuine in the congregation, God can bypass you to reach that person; this is my confession.”

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Alleged Corruption: Rights lawyer petitions Minister, seeks suspension of NSCDC CG, Audi

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Former Special Prosecutor for the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Properties, Tosin Ojaomo, has petitioned the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, regarding an ongoing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) into corruption allegations against Ahmed Audi, the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

Ojaomo recommended Audi’s immediate suspension to ensure public safety and protect the integrity of the investigation from possible interference.

The petition, dated May 15 and made available to DAILY POST, was addressed to Tunji-Ojo and copied to President Bola Tinubu, Attorney General Lateef Fagbemi, and EFCC Chairman Olanipekun Olukoyede.

Ojaomo highlighted that the EFCC has been investigating the NSCDC for alleged financial mismanagement, making significant progress. He also mentioned a pending allegation against Audi regarding unexplained property acquisition filed with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CBB).

Ojaomo’s request is based on Section 8 of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Act, 2003 (as amended), and Section 11 of the Interpretation Act, 2004, which allow the minister to recommend the appointment and removal of the NSCDC Commandant General.

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The petition stated, “We are compelled to make this request as the investigation of the agency cannot be thoroughly and discreetly conducted if the current Commandant General of the NSCDC is allowed to continue in office while the investigation continues because most of the financial activities of the agency which form the subject matter of the investigation are conducted under the current CG’s watch.”

He further emphasized that the suspension would safeguard the investigation process and prevent possible interference. Ojaomo cited allegations linking Audi to a company, Keltes Security and Consultancy Limited, which allegedly received contracts from Tantita Security Limited, a company under the NSCDC’s supervision.

He concluded, “In view of these facts, it will be in the interest of public safety and to protect the integrity of the office to suspend Dr. Abubakar Audi, the current Commandant General of NSCDC, so that the EFCC can conduct a thorough and discreet investigation into the matter.”

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