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New democratic revolution will sweep away bad leaders – Peter Obi support group



Peter Obi Grassroots Movement (POGM),
The leadership of the Peter Obi Grassroots Movement, POGM, has called on the Nigerian electorate to embrace the presidential project of the Labour Party Candidate, saying the new democratic revolution will sweep away all the bad political leaders that have remained a cog in the wheel of Nigeria’s progress, come 2023.
The group said with the imminent revolution, “the labours of our heroes past shall never be in vain”, expressing concern over the alarming spate of corruption and insecurity in the country.
Coordinator of the group, Mazi Ikechukwu Bismarck Oji, MNSE, who spoke at a one-day summit organised by the group in Enugu, said “fellow labourers in the lord’s vineyard, in line with our national anthem, we are here today to ensure that the labours of our heroes past shall never be in vain”.
He posited that only the Labour party standard bearer, Mr. Peter Obi and his running mate,
Datti Baba-Ahmed have answers to  numerous problems confronting the nation.
According to him, “Nigeria is a great but benighted country, a giant, crippled by corruption and inert leadership.  “Nigeria, a country that had a television station before France courtesy of Awolowo’s Western Nigeria Regional Government, is today jostling for the prize of the world’s poverty capital,” Oji lamented.
He equally expressed worry over the high rate of insecurity currently ravaging all parts of the country.
He noted that “today, Boko Haram which used to be associated with Maiduguri, at the fringes of the North East has now spread across Nigeria and is now in Abuja, the nation’s capital, leisurely striking at targets in our country’s epicenter.
“Yet, the president and commander in chief of the Nigerian armed forces, General Muhammadu Buhari, Rtd travelled to Liberia to deliver a lecture on security.
“In the face of the threat of impeachment by Nigeria’s senate, he approved funds for the purchase of vehicles for security in Niger Republic. Bikonu (Please), is Buhari a citizen of Nigeria or Niger?
“Indeed, Nigeria is like a ship headed towards the precipice.  Peter Obi is the captain who shall rescue this ship from capsizing.  Obi-Datti ticket under the banner of the Labour Party is the only solution. Labour party is ideologically the right vehicle for this project, being a party of the working class – the proletariat, not the bourgeoisie.
“However, naysayers claim he has no structures, that Obidients are only making noise online. We are therefore here today to make a bold statement: We are obedient structures, we are everywhere, in Aso Rock, in all the State Government Houses and the National Assembly. Due to God’s love for Nigeria, come 2023, Obi-Datti shall be in Aso Rock. – Na we dey here.
“Since Obi has chosen the Labour Party as the vehicle for this mission, those wishing to be players in this project have come on board the LP. Others can stay back in PDP and APC and still support this patriotic project.”
Continuing, Mazi Oji said: “Again, I urge us all to realize that as labourers in this Pan-Nigerian project, we are fighting for ourselves and the unborn generation.
“Contrary to Bola Tinubu’s tragic statement, emanating from a Freudian slip, the Nigerian working class, those who own LP shall neither labour in vain nor till death. Rather, this democratic revolution shall sweep away all those who have remained a clog in Nigeria’s wheel of progress.
“What shall we tell our heroes past, if we miss Obi? Ndigbo, what shall we tell Ikemba, Dozie Ikedife, Eze Ozobu, Ekwueme, Ibiam and Nnam Ukwu Ndubuisi Kanu?
“Finally, remember, ‘Doomed is the nation whose thinkers are gluttons’. Let nobody purchase your future with pieces of silver, our political leaders are gluttons but our PVC is the weapon to change this narrative and the time is NOW!”
Chairman of the occasion, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Chris Chukwu, (Rtd) in his speech, said, “Some of us have not been too politically active, may be because we are not financially flamboyant Generals,”, stressing that the current transformation being led by the Labour Party Presidential candidate has necessitated their active  participation.
He said: ”I think Peter Obi is pulling out some of us. What do you think? Even if you are blind or deaf, even the baby in the womb in Nigeria now knows that there is a spirit of transformation, there is a spirit of revival, there is a spirit to rescue Nigeria from chaos.
“Being Obidient has become a household slogan. We have been told how the movement of Obi and Datti is making waves across Nigeria.”
While thanking the organizers for conferring the association’s Patronship on him, the retired Air Force General promised to do his best to live up to expectations.
He said: “Everything rises and falls with leadership, Nigeria is like a vehicle, smoking rickety vehicle about to knock engine. It’s like a ship about to sink but the captain does not know what to do. In my own constituency, it’s like an aircraft battered in the air, only waiting to crash and the pilot does not know what to do.
“In this predicament, like I said everything rises and falls with leadership, it can only take a man who knows what to do to salvage the situation. That ship needs a new captain who will save the ship from sinking. Peter Obi is that captain.”
The retired ace fighter pilot further noted that the essence of the summit was to mobilize support en masse for the Peter Obi Presidency, which he described as a “divine project”.
“We need to rescue our nation from those who have led us astray. We should therefore put hands together and register in the Labour Party, LP with a view to voting for Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, it is a divine movement.
“Peter Obi’s emergence is Prayer answered for Nigeria. If God answers your prayer, he opens a door for you but it’s left for you to take a step into that. Today, let us take the decision to enter that door that God has opened for us through Peter Obi,” General Chukwu told the participants.
Also speaking, Enugu State Chairman of Labour party, Barr Casmir Agbo, decried the terrible state of infrastructure in Enugu State after twenty three years under the control of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying the state was in dire need of change.
He observed that the bad leadership foisted on the states by the ruling parties should be blamed for the suffering in the land. “Why are we suffering? Don’t call Buhari, it’s because we have bad Governors. We are to be blame for our woes. Time has come for us to make the right choice to liberate the states and the nation.”
Highlights of the event was the conferment of the association’s grand patron on Chief Tony Okeke, Chairman, Zodiac Hotels,  Barr. Agbo, the Enugu State Chairman of LP, and AVM Chris Chukwu, (Rtd).
The ceremony equally featured cutting of the 61st Birthday cake in honour of the LP presidential flag bearer, Mr. Obi.

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Fuel queues hit Abuja, other cities after Tinubu suspended subsidy



File: Motorists on long Fuel queues at NNPC Petrol station at CBD Abuja

Subsidy can no longer justify its ever-increasing costs in the wake of drying resources, says Tinubu

Fuel queues returned to Nigerian cities Monday as many motorists scrambled to get petroleum products hours after President Bola Tinubu announced that the government will put an end to the fuel subsidy regime.

Tinubu on Monday in his inaugural address at Eagle Square, Abuja, declared that there would no longer be a petroleum subsidy regime as it was not sustainable.

He said the current 2023 budget only has provision for the fuel subsidy till June, adding that the funds meant for subsidies will be diverted to creation of public infrastructure, education, health care and jobs.

“We commend the decision of the outgoing administration in phasing out the petrol subsidy regime which has increasingly favoured the rich more than the poor. Subsidy can no longer justify its ever-increasing costs in the wake of drying resources.

“We shall, instead, re-channel the funds into better investment in public infrastructure, education, health care and jobs that will materially improve the lives of millions,” Mr Tinubu said.

But hours after the declaration, fuel queues resurfaced in major cities across the country amid uncertainty over the effect of the new policy.


A PREMIUM TIMES correspondent who visited petrol stations around Abuja metropolis Monday evening found that queues have yet again resurfaced in the city.

Across the nation’s capital city, some filling stations were under lock and key while some were besieged by motorcyclists, tricycle owners, as well as private and commercial drivers.

Many filling stations in the Lugbe area of Abuja sold petrol at prices ranging between N194 and N198. Outside Abuja, residents said fuel stations sold petrol for N230.

On Monday evening, a long queue of motorists was observed at the NNPC filling station along Airport Road, Lugbe.

Shafa, Fynefield and NNPC fuel stations at Apo sold petrol to motorists at prices ranging between N194 and N198, while Mobil, MRS and Ashafa along Lugbe Airport Road were also open to customers.

Some other filling stations were, however, shut against motorists and tricycle riders.

A car owner, Nwekefero Munachi, at the NNPC filling station along Airport Road, Lugbe, said: “As I was driving down from town, I saw a queue at the filling station but I don’t know what the cause may be. So as I approached Lugbe, I noticed another queue. I can’t place my hand on what the queue is all about. But all I know is that there are queues in filling stations.”

The same trend was witnessed in Lagos, Ogun, and Ado-Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State Lagos, Ogun

In Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, fuel queues surfaced around the Ojodu and Berger axis Monday evening as motorists scrambled to get fuel ahead of resumption of work Tuesday

A commercial motorcyclist, Ibrahim Adeleke, said he noticed the queues about two days ago but things got worse Monday after Mr Tinubu said the subsidy regime has ended.

“People don’t know what will happen and petrol station owners too are not certain of what the new government will do,” he said.

In Akute area of Ogun State, some of the popular fuel stations were shut Monday evening.


In Ekiti, there were long queues at some of the major fuel stations visited. The filling stations were seen dispensing petrol at N230 while many remained shut.

At the Furasat filling station Okebareke, in Ido Ekiti, Tunde Ajayi, a motorist at the station, attributed the fuel queue to subsidy removal.

“This is surprising, people have started panic buying just with the announcement of subsidy removal.

“We used to buy it for N230 per litre before and now it is still the same price but people already believe that with the president’s announcement fuel price might go up,” Mr Ajayi said.

“I’m here to buy and store so I can manage it before the filling station starts increasing their litre price,” he added.

Kenneth Onyebuchi, a civil servant said: “I’m not sure this is because of the subsidy removal announcement, I think this is because of the long holiday. You know tomorrow is work so I just think people are just coming out to fill their cars.

“If it’s because of what the president said we will know within the week,” he said.

A car owner, John-wisdom Nwali, said “As I was driving towards my house, I observed a queue in the filling stations and I decided to stop and refill my tank. Another round of fuel scarcity should not be encouraged in this regime because we have suffered a lot in Buhari’s tenure because of scarcity.

“I heard that this recent queue is caused by the government announcement of removing fuel subsidies but I don’t know how true it is,” he said.

Fuel subsidy

The Nigerian government has, for decades, subsidised fuel and fixed retail prices of petroleum products. The payment has, however, threatened the nation’s fiscal position and impacted the government’s ability to fund developmental projects across the nation.

In November 2021, the federal government announced its plan to remove the fuel subsidy and replace it with a monthly N5,000 transport grant for poor Nigerians.

But the government later suspended the plan after the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) threatened to embark on mass protests.

The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, in January last year said the government had realised the timing of its planned removal of petrol subsidy is “problematic”, and will worsen the suffering of Nigerians.

She said the government will retain fuel subsidy indefinitely and will work on amending the 2022 budget to provide funds for that purpose. The government added that it would spend N3 trillion on subsidies in 2022.

In the first quarter of 2023, Mrs Ahmed said that it will be more appropriate for the government to begin the implementation of its fuel subsidy policy in the second quarter of the year. She noted that the country needs to exit the fuel subsidy regime because it is a very significant contributory factor to revenue loss.

As concerns were raised over the sustainability of the subsidy regime, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) also announced that the country was spending over N 400 billion monthly on petroleum subsidies.

The government subsequently said that it will phase out the subsidy regime by the end of the first half of the year.

But in April, the National Economic Council (NEC) suspended the planned removal of subsidy on petroleum products by the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Mrs Ahmed said that the council deliberated on the matter and resolved that the subsidy cannot be removed for now.

On Monday, Mr Tinubu announced that the subsidy regime has ended because it’s not sustainable. (PREMIUM TIMES)

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How Dokpesi died – DAAR management



Late Chief Raymond Dokpesi

The Management of DAAR Communications Limited on Monday cleared the air surrounding death of its founder, Raymond Dokpesi.

The media mogul breathed his last on Monday in Abuja.

While confirming his death in a statement, the DAAR Communications Group Managing Director, Tony Akiotu, said the late businessman had been ill prior before his death.

He, however, explained that he was on his journey to full recovery before he fell and died during routine exercise on Monday.

“He had been ill in the last few weeks but was on his way to full recovery.

“He had a fall off his threadmill during routine gym exercise.

“Further announcements as regards to burial arrangements will be made by the family,” the statement read.

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Dopkesi: Nigeria has lost a patriot — PDP



Late Chief Raymond Dokpesi

A statement issued by Debo Ologunagba, National Publicity Secretary, noted that Dokpesi was an exceptionally committed and courageous nationalist, an insightful and loyal party man; a brilliant and resourceful entrepreneur who was steadfast in his selfless contributions towards the unity, stability and development of our great Party and the nation at large.

According to the party, as a patriotic Nigerian, Dokpesi deployed his media empire of Africa Independent Television (AIT) Ray Power FM and Faaji FM to champion the course of national development, promoted greater and affordable access to information across the country, stimulated good governance, enhanced economic growth and development in all critical sectors and opened our nation to international limelight and opportunities.

The statement added: “He was a detribalized Nigerian, who put the interest and wellbeing of our nation above every other consideration and made numerous positive landmarks in our national political, economic and social landscapes.

“Chief Dokpesi’s death is indeed a colossal national loss and a big blow to the PDP family.”

The PDP condoled with the Dokpesi family, the Daar Communication Group, the Government and people of Edo State, the Weppa-Wanno Kingdom, the Edo PDP family and prayed to the Almighty God to grant all the fortitude to bear this devastating loss and to Dokpesi, eternal rest in the Bosom of the Lord.

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