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BOMBSHELL: Achimugu, Atiku’s nemesis exposes how Okowa bought VP with $5million

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A fresh can of worms has been opened by Michael Achimugu, the whistleblower at the root of the current credibility crisis being faced by Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the February 25 election, with a revelation that Ifeanyi Okowa, the running mate is also has his hands soiled in the corruption pie.

Achimugu, who alerted Nigerians about how Atiku, as Vice President under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, opened a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), through which they pillaged the Nigerian common purse through shady contracts, revealed in a fresh video, part of the series he promised the public, how Okowa, currently the Delta State Governor, paid $5million, more than N5billion, to a retired top General in the Nigerian Army, with which he practically bought the position of Atiku’s running mate.

As in the case of Atiku, where he provided audio evidence of the conversation, where the former VP, seemed to have confirmed the corruption deals, he also provided an audio conversation he had with a top aide of the PDP flagbearer, who gave insight into how armed with the money, the General went to work, to seal the deal.

In making Okowa his choice, Atiku had dumped Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, favoured by the selection committee raised by the former VP in the PDP to help him in selecting the suitable candidate as the running mate, a development, which did not go well with some prominent and ordinary members of the party.

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Though Wike had since dismissed the suggestion of being unhappy with the decision, he has since led a rebellion, through a body known as G-5 Integrity Group, consisting five governors of the party and some other prominent members, who had sworn that they would not support Atiku’s presidential campaigns as long as Iyorchia Ayu, remained the National Chairman of the party, on the ground that it was against the spirit and letters of the PDP constitution for the positions of the presidential candidate and party chairman to come from the same section of the country.

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In the video, where he explained that Atiku’s problem with Wike did not start in the PDP primaries, where the former VP beat the governor to a second position to pick the party’s ticket, Achimugu, narrated how in 2020 during the COVID-19 restrictions, he had a conversation with his boss, via email, where the former told him that because Wike would not afford to compete, due to the fact that he would need to save some money to live a good life later, he would literally “be a lame duck” in 2022.

“There was nothing Wike could have done that would sit well with Atiku, especially as Atiku’s cabal feared that Wike’s strong personality would be a problem for them if they want to control him. And sure, they would want to control him, after all, they do have control over their own master.

“Now, you’re going to like this. Governor Okowa of Delta State is Atiku’s running mate. Prince Olatunji Olusoji, is Okowa’s Senior Adviser on Special Duties. He’s a party-loving man and spent his money on Atiku’s campaign. You can see from his WhatsAPP chart and phone conversations with me that he does not want Atiku and Okowa to win. He uses very strong words like ‘Okowa must perish.’ He describes Atiku as desperate, a betrayer and deceitful.

“Prince Olatunji is angry about the looting of the resources of Delta State to fund Atiku’s desperation. He goes on to accept that Governor Okowa, his employer, paid a bribe of $5million to a certain General Gusau, who along with the PDP Chairman, Ayu, went around to meet some notable people in Nigeria to make sure that Okowa, rather than Governor Wike emerged as the VP candidate of the party.”

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Achimugu, therefore urged his audience to: “Listen carefully to his words, read carefully his messages and understand the true state of mind of genuine Atiku followers and supporters, who are still within that system. Olusoji is not an ex-aide or a former aide like myself. He is a currently serving aide, who is angry about injustice, about corruption and the likes. Will you also accuse him of having collected N200million from some other opponents? Will he be called a blackmailer as well? Listen to the genuineness of his anger and understand the true state of mind of a lot of Atiku supporters and aides, whose testimonies I’ll also be putting out in the sequel to this episode.”

Hear the conversation:

Olatunji: Atiku self no get money again

Achimugu: Does he have the kind money to contest election now?

Olatunji: He does not have money to run this election. He’s broke!

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Achimugu:But why Atiku go defect again? Who are Atiku’s advisers?

Olatunji: Na Okowa and Ayu na him mislead am. Okowa and Ayu, especially Ayu. Okowa is using Ayu to do the damage.

Atiku Has 31 Children Hoping To Become Multimillionaires After His  Election, Got Master's Degree In Desperate Bid To Become President  –Ex-Aide, Achimugu | Sahara Reporters

Achimugu: But the damage will be for all of them now! The entire party loses, no be all of them lose?

Olatunji: You know what happened, before the primaries, Okowa and Ayu went round. Na Ayu carry Okowa, Okowa went to give General Gusau $5million.

Achimugu: Wow!

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Olatunju: So General Gusau went to work on IBB

Achimugu: Okay!

Olatunji: IBB and Gusau were the ones who imposed Okowa on Atiku. You no see as Wike disgrace Atiku?

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Achimugu: Yes now!

Olatunji: I support Wike o! I stand with Wike!

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Achimugu: I stand with Wike!

Olatunji: You know say Atiku de lie. He exposed Atiku the way Atiku de lie. He finished Atiku

Achimugu: Yes now!

Olatunji: Atiku knows about the plot, he was just going to deceive Wike. Now, Wike don disgrace am for public now.

Achimugu: You see your governor, don carry Delta State enter debt, I hear say e collect loan of N140billion over Atiku matter?

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Olatunji: Ahh! The total debt wey e don collect na almost N250billion

Achimugu: Jesus!

Olatunji: Almost N250billion e don collect over this Atiku matter

Achimugu: Hmm!

Olatunji: We e want take sponsor Atiku

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Achimugu: Atiku self no get money again?

Olatunji: Does he have the kind of money we dey take contest election?

Achimugu? How does Nigeria get better. Like you rightly said in your message to me the other time, you said Atiku will not appoint people based on competence because he has made promises to different people!

Olatunji: Of course!

Achimugu: So, how’s he going to make the country work? How

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Olatunji: Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere.

Achimugu: I won’t lie to you, I don’t see you people winning this election o!

Olatunji: Dem de look for money wey dem want to use live life. Na dem papa money dem want to use extort people.

Achimugu: Na waa o! yes!

Olatunji: Craze people. Their story full everywhere o

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Achimugu: Kai! Dam puru ba!

Olatunji: Their story full everywhere for town! Their story full everywhere for Abuja. People don know dem!

Olatunji: Still dem wan extort people, use dem papa election take make money!

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BREAKING: PDP Chairman dies!

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Death has hit hard at the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with the death of Fatai Adams, chairman of the party in Ondo State, in the early hours of Wednesday.

Though details of his death have not been revealed, The PUNCH, quoted Kennedy Peretei spokesman of the party in the state who confirmed the incident as saying the party would soon make official communication to the media on the matter.

“Yes it is true but we will soon communicate you properly on the incident,” Peretei said of the ex-party boss, reportedly suspended last month by the State Working Committee (SWC) for allegedly involving in some anti-party activities.

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BREAKING: Atiku disowns Bwala! *Says, he never worked for me

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Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday, formally washed his hands of Daniel Bwala, spokesman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDP-PCC), who worked with him as the official spokesman for the 2023 presidential campaigns.

The former VP, spoke against the backdrop of what looks like a switch of loyalty to President Bola Tinubu, underscored by his first visit to the Presidential Villa, in Abuja on January 10 and most recently on January 29 in Paris, where the former Governor of Lagos State, and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was on a “private visit.”

A clarification statement from the Atiku Office, on Tuesday maintained that Bwala was a former spokesperson of Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organisation and not a former aide to the former Vice President, adding: “It is important that the media and the general public take corrective note of defining Mr. Daniel Bwala as an aide to His Excellency Atiku Abubakar.”

The statement, continued: “Bwala offered his services and support to the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organisation as a spokesperson – and it was a position he held during the last presidential campaign. Subsequently, and after the election, the need for a campaign spokesperson has terminated, and Bwala has moved on with his career.

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“This, therefore, serves as notice to the media and the interested public to desist from defining Bwala as an ex-aide of Atiku Abubakar. We duly urge the public to henceforth recognize, introduce, and define Daniel Bwala by his current vocation and alliance.”

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Apata: I’ll never be a mole for a non-performer like Obaseki

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“I want to clearly and unequivocally state that I have absolutely no knowledge of the protest of Sunday, February 4, 2024, at LP’s Edo State secretariat in Benin, nor have I sanctioned or approved it in any way. The baseless rumours and insinuations that have been mischievously circulated that the protesters carried out my bidding are totally false, unfounded, and quite frankly ridiculous.”

These were the exact words of Olumide Apata, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), as he dismissed insinuation of being a mole, of Godwin Obaseki, Governor of Edo State.

Apata, aspirant of the Labour Party (LP) for this year’s governorship election in the state, said he would never be a mole, agent, place-holder, or surrogate of the “poorly-performing” Edo state governor, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Labour Party (LP) in Edo.

Maintaining that the opposition LP was the party of choice in Edo, with many persons flooding it daily in the state and other parts of Nigeria, given its being people-centered, Akpata, an indigene of Benin Kingdom, told reporters that he would emerge victorious, both at the February 22 primary election and the September 21 governorship poll in the south-south state.

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He stated that he would not be a political harlot, stressing that if he did not get LP’s governorship ticket this year, he would remain and join other well-meaning members to build the party, but declared that LP in Edo must put its house in order, for the best person to emerge the standard bearer of the party.

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The governorship aspirant, who had practised Law for 30 years, stated that with his integrity, maturity, excellence and track record of impressive performance, especially as NBA’s president, his pedigree and antecedents, there was no way he could be the sponsor of last Sunday’s protest by some LP’s members at Edo secretariat of the party in Benin, and earlier attack on the National Youth Leader of LP, Anslem Eragbe, in the Edo state capital.

“As a loyal and dedicated member of LP, who has invested significant time, energy, and resources towards building and strengthening the party across Edo State since I joined, it is both laughable and utterly despicable that I would be linked to any kind of violent protest at the party’s secretariat in Benin. These bogus allegations and rumours are likely emanating from certain quarters within and even outside the LP that are opposed to my emerging as the party’s governorship standard bearer in the February 22, 2024, primary election.

“In their desperation, they have resorted to underhand tactics and smear campaigns to undermine my widespread credibility, acceptability, and support base within and outside the party in Edo State and across the country. This is yet another ludicrous attempt to unjustly give a dog a bad name, to hang it.

“I want to categorically state that I, my campaign organisation, supporters, and well-wishers do not engage in, encourage, or sanction any kind of violence or unwholesome conduct. These puerile allegations are the products of malicious minds that are aimed at unfairly and irreparably tarnishing my hard-earned reputation, image, and rising popularity as a foremost governorship aspirant of choice within the LP in Edo State.”

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Emphasising that he was never and would never be a violent man or be associated with it he said: “As a lawyer of more than 30 years, I fully understand that peaceful protest is the fundamental right of every Nigerian citizen, guaranteed by the constitution and upheld by the courts of the land. Law-abiding citizens of Nigeria have a right to freely associate and protest, provided that this is done peacefully and legally, without threatening lives or property.

“If some persons have, however, acted unlawfully, in the course of the alleged protest, I strongly urge that they be promptly reported to the appropriate law-enforcement agencies for proper investigation and possible prosecution, as provided by our laws.

“I reject all insinuations and rumours linking me or my supporters to the purported protest. I remain focused and steadfast in the pursuit of my governorship aspiration in a lawful and peaceful manner, upholding the principles of tolerance and justice.”

The governorship aspirant also stated that he had confidence in the discerning wisdom of members of the LP, Edo people, and indeed Nigerians to reject all forms of violence, propaganda, and deceit while stressing that united in diversity, a greater Edo state would be built.

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