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As the honours bestowed on Bashorun MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993 election continue to gathers momentum, more facts from the ensuing crises continue to emerge. Among them is this press statement by Abimbola Davies, the Director of Organisation of the infamous Association for Better Nigeria (ABN).

First, consider this preamble by Chief Dele Momodu, a very close confidant of Bashorun MKO Abiola. Hear him:

“In the heat of the June 12 crisis, Chief M.K.O Abiola sent for me to see him at home urgently. I was worried and wondered why he sent such a message. I rushed over to Moshood Abiola Crescent, off Toyin Street and was promptly ushered in to see Chief. The house was unusually empty though there were people hanging around downstairs. Chief invited me into his bedroom. I saw a few boxes on the floor. He saw the look of panic on my face and said he has a very special assignment for me. I responded that he should know I will do anything for him. He said he had asked that a press conference be arranged for a particular man of interest but has not told anyone who’s addressing the Media. Then he whispered to me “ABIMBOLA DAVIES is dumping his associates Arthur Nzeribe and co and he will expose everything.”

He then pointed at the boxes: “Those are copies of the speech he would read…” I was sweating already in the air-conditioned room. “You will take the boxes to the Kitchen Restaurant on Allen Avenue while Gadhafi and his boys will get Abimbola and his family to join you there…”
The commando operation was going to involve getting a chartered vehicle to smuggle Abimbola and his family out of Nigeria that very evening. “Dele 1, nothing must go wrong…,” Chief said matter-of-factly…
The mission started immediately and Abimbola came to The Kitchen, addressed the Press, and disappeared into thin air…”

HOW THE JUNE 12 ELECTION WAS SCUTTLED AS NARRATED BY THE MAN BEHIND LEGAL SUBTERFUGE

(Edited full text of the Press Conference addressed by Mr. Abimbola Davies after the annulment of the election)

OUR ROLES AGAINST DEMOCRACY

DISTINGUISHED Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, Fellow Nigerians,

It is important and urgent for me to address the world, especially Nigerians today on the current political crisis, going on in our great country, in which I played a very significant role. Sincerely speaking, I wouldn’t have talked now, but because I’m tired of this political problem our fatherland is facing currently and fear the likely turnout of event, which of course, is nothing but doom. It could have been better if it is natural, but no, this is what I will like to call an “Organised Confusion” by just a few of us to prolong the life-span of the present military administration.

Fellow Nigerians, permit me to put on record today that most of us who joined this Racket of Confusion’ though guilty, never thought it is going to be like this, neither did we envisage a bloodshed.
Each and everyone of us were misled into believing it is for national interest.

In my case for instance, I was meant to serve as a ‘Bridge Between Yorubas and the Ibos. I’m sure you know that an average Ibo man (since the Biafran war) sees an average Yoruba man as a betrayer. But recent events in our country, and especially the way the majority of our Ibo brothers and sisters voted for the Yoruba President elect and condemned the government’s nullification of the June 12 election have  clearly shown a misread (sic) of events on my part. And subsequent actions on the part of this administration and of some ABN leaders have shown to me clearly that we were meant to be used and dumped like a wet-rag. This became apparent at a meeting of ABN leaders held at Abuja where ABN leader, Chief Francis Arthur Nzeribe spoke with ABN Directors. Then it dawned on us that we were just used by this people, not for national interest but for selfish and personal interest! Arthur was to be the Prime Minister and IBB, to spend 4 more years in office.

ASSOCIATION FOR BETTER NIGERIA

This Association, of which I am the National Director of Organisation has no other mandate than to plan and work on how the incumbent President, General Ibrahim Babangida, will remain the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for at least 2 more years.

HOW IT ALL STARTED
For record purposes, the idea to secure four more years for IBB was the brain child of both President Babangida and Chief Francis Arthur Nzeribe.
This idea was conceived after Arthur fell apart with Major General Shehu Yar’Adua when Arthur, who funded the unregistered “People’s Front” indirectly, through Yar’adua, later discovered that Shehu Yar’Adua will emerge as Social Democratic Party’s flagbearer. Earlier before the primaries, there had been some crisis between Yar’Adua and Arthur.
It is a thing of great sadness that this quarrel has caused this country so many things, including over 150 lives of some Nigerians who were not ready to be cheated during this recent demonstrations.
May their souls rest in peace.

JUNE 12 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
No matter what happens, Basorun M.K.O. Abiola must be stopped since the issue is not about Bashir Tofa, who is part of us, neither is it NRC which is more or less our party, Arthur declared.
The idea was hatched at Oguta. We shall stop the election through some documents, part of which were signed by some Governors and National Assembly members!
In order not to be faulted by anybody, we must also have the consent of some Nigerians who must say “IBB, please, stay for 4 more years, don’t hand over to M.K.O. Abiola or Bashir TOfa”…. That to us was a big task, but Arhur had a big answer for it. ‘let all ABN State Directors in the country meet in Oguta” — They met and Arthur gave them the specimen of a form (see copy)….’Go back home with N5,000 each, go and employ few people who will assist you in getting names into this forms the Nigerian way’, he Arthur said.
The’ Nigerian way’, means doing it fictitiously.

Furthermore, a fake public opinion polls report was made to accompany it.
After these happened in Oguta, the following week, Ikoku, Yakassai and Margaret Ekpo were to form another association to counter The Obasanjo and Enahoro’s “Movement for National Reformation” – This Committee is to be called Committee of Elder Statesmen.
Their main aim is to counter MNR and submit a proposal for a new system of government – of course, The Parliamentary System.
Same week, Clement Akpamgbo met with Arthur an Iwuayanwu’s (sic) house in the East, to show the Affidavit of the court case to him for perfection.
A Yoruba man must be the plaintiff/complainant so as not to make it look like a tribal war against a Yoruba candidate.
Another meeting took place in Abuja where it was resolved that Brigadier Gen. Alilu Akilu should contact Alhaji Saleh, the Chief Judge of Abuja who must see to it that the case is allocated to the right judge!
Brig. David Mark was to bring more money after a London meeting.

On Monday 20th of May, 1993, we filed the motion Ex-parte which was to create another problem for our group, though the public did not know; Our judge who will hear the case, left for Lagos to attend a week’s course and was not expected to come back until Thursday, 24th of May 1993, but she was recalled back to Abuja.
The outcome of it, we all know today.
We succeeded in getting the injunction despite the fact that we had a court order in lagos stopping our activities.
May I use this opportunity to clear the air on these men — Dr. Farouk Hammed and chief Ola Olatunde. These two individuals (sic) are one and the same to me, as one of the reasons why we often disagree among ourselves, is that our people are not straight-forward. Several times, Arthur has given me gifts from “Dr. Farouk” – but he confessed to me and to chief Bayo Kehinde, SAN when we were going to court in Lagos, that Ola Olatunde does not exist, this led me into signing the affidavit at the lagos high court.
It is only recently that Jerry Okoro told me he signed for both names, confirming Dr. Farouk Hammed does not also exist.

Prof. Humphrey Nwosu refused bluntly at a meeting in Abuja after the court order to comply with the Order, but Akamgbo insisted there must be no election. “This is politics”, “we must stop it now or never”, he said.
At this juncture, the President told Nwosu to do what he felt was the best. And so, the election was held. This aspect of the story, was narrated to me by Arthur who claimed Clement Akpamgbo told him.

To cut the story short, we went back to court under the advice of Brig.Gen. Akilu and assurance (sic) from the President that the Chief Judge has been Briefed (sic).
It may interest you at this junction (sic) that all of us they were using were sad, especially, Arthur, and Jerry Okoro who was completely disenchanted, myself, Thomas Degga from Benue, Akuye of Niger i.e. former Chairman SDP in Niger State and Alhaji Hassan Jibrin from Ankpa in Kogi State.

Lest I forget, Arthur has earlier suggested to Akilu and Akpamgbo that we, the ABN bigwigs and State Directors should address a Press Conference that we are the people who advised the electorate not to vote, i.e. our fake 25 million Nigerians, who wanted IBB to stay.
The plan went further that we should then be arrested and arraigned before a magistrate court who will give us bail on personal recognition.
Arthur addressed the Press but when Akilu saw the copy of the Press statement Arthur made, he said that it was not strong enough for us to be arrested and that we should go back to court.

Arthur was mad after Akilu had dropped the phone receiver and told me, Degga, Jerry and Hassan – “Look at that baggar who always comes to me at my house in Oguta and respects me…. Whenever he sees me at Presidential Villa, he would rise up and bow his head in greetings, now he calls me ‘Champion’ and I use Sir, Sir, Sir, for the idiot. I know how to hit the idiots, when I become the Prime Minister,” he retorted.

STOPPING THE ELECTION RESULTS
We must get the injunction on Tuesday to stop the result from being announced, but there was no lawyer to do it since all our lawyers were not around.
So, Arthur prepared the affidavit himself on Monday 14th night, in his suite 1034 at Abuja Sheraton.
On Tuesday, I got one young lawyer who called himself lfeanyi Nwaigne, Esq. this young lawyer drew Arthur’s attention to something missing and believed that the court shall not honour our prayer to stop Nwosu from announcing the results.
The issue at stake was that our MOTION EX-PARTE did not have MOTION OF URGENCY.  The guy did not understand that he was not going to fight anything. The case was heard in the chamber of Justice M.D. Saleh who was the persecutor and judge at the same time, delivering judgment as well as defending us.
In fact, when Chief Fani Kayode (SAN) filed an appeal on behalf of Bashir Tofa against The ruling of the High Court of the Federal Capital territory, refusing the rejoinder of Bashir Tofa as an interested party in the suit brought by me on behalf of ABN versus NEC and three others, Justice Saleh merely removed the appeal document and gave it to me….!
In other words, there should not be the trace of appeal against that particular ruling. (Appeal document attached).
He, (Justice Saleh) later phoned Alhaji Bashir Albasu, the Commissioner of Police at Abuja, to inform him of this judgment.
The Commissioner of Police delivered the judgment paper himself, to NEC.

On the 16th of June, I was at Oguta with the State Directors of ABN when I heard it on the radio that I had (sic) gone to court again and got another order canceling the result. I want to state clearly that did not sign the said affidavit of this said order, neither have I given Jerry Okoro any authority to make or sign any affidavit on my behalf.
Secondly, the case was on NOTICE not, a MOTION EX-PARTE which gives the right to serve the defendant.
The case was filed on the 16th of June, 1993, heard same day and judgment delivered same day!
The defendants were not served.

APPEAL AND FINAL NULLIFICATION
When we started having conflicting court judgments, Arthur told me IBB called Justice Bello Muhammed, The Chief Justice  of the Federation, to seek his advice and that Justice Bello told him that the dignity of the judiciary must be kept, that Nwosu shouldn’t have organized the election at the first instance.
Meanwhile, all efforts to get The Kaduna Court of Appeal to nullify another judgement that the results be released, by Akpamgbo and Akilu, failed.
A meeting was held quickly and some members of National Defence and Security Council were contacted on the phone and it was resolved that the Decrees that are likely to stall our effort be repealed and NEC was suspended and the election annulled:  All the cases instituted or yet to be filed on presidential election was also annulled.
Therefore it appeared the ABN has won the case and race of almost two years, the ensure IBB remains in power… But, have we really won??

While all this was going on, Bashir Tofa was INSTRUCTED to insist that the election be cancelled whereas the government on its part shall start lobbying with the traditional rulers, governors…!
Ikoku, Yakassai shall lobby the Senators and members of the House of Representatives to accept the new agenda.
Paul Unongo, Sola Saraki and others started lobbying to serve under the interim government.

M.K.O. ABIOLA MUST NOT BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT AND IBB MUST REMAIN THE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA AFTER AUGUST 27TH.
How?
After the two political Parties, SDP And NRC, refused the two options of the Government, which were to either accept a fresh election or accept a National Government with all democratic structure dissolved, the only options acceptable – An Interim Government, with all democratic structure undissolved, which will be made unworkable.

Akpamgbo called to seek our opinion and we brought his attention to what we suspected to be a booby-trap:
If IBB should handover to the Parties’ Interim Government, and left the National Assembly undissolved, the National Assembly can pass a bill upholding the June 12th election. So the government should watch out.
With the pressure on IBB now, we still continued to work seriously on how he would stay beyond the August 27th day.
We then adjourned till the following day.
July 8, 1993, at Suite 934 at Abuja Sheraton, ABN bigwigs which included the following people, myself, Jerry Okoro, Arthur Nzeribe, Tunde Babs-Lagos Director, came up with this conclusion which will later be the NEW AGENDA:
That the government should put the parties in a tight-corner asking them to organize a fresh election.
The parties should also tell the government within 7 days, the modalities and procedures to be adopted…With this idea, we were sure the parties, if they agree, will tell the government that there is no way a good, free and fair election could he held on or before 27th August successfully, they will call for the extension of handing-over date to October 1, thus giving us room to come up with fresh ideas on how to extend further.
On National Interim Government, we agreed that the government should accept it only on a condition that, The National Defence and Security Council remain as Supervisory Council with IBB as the Chairman and remain also as the President.
The new constituted NEC will tell the nation that it has discovered that Presidential systems of government has failed the country and should now call for National Debate on the new system of government, just like that of the IMF Debate. This to last for 6 months, the outcome of which shall be the introduction of French Parliamentary (system) with IBB remaining as the president and Francis Arthur Nzeribe as the Prime Minister who picks his own Cabinet. Thus accepting Committee of Elder Statesmen’s proposal.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, it was at this juncture that I realized within myself as it dawned on me that what I was supposed to be fighting for was different!
That I have been used for the purpose of allowing just two people to realize their ambitions — One to keep his job, the other to have power which he is ready to do anything for!

Then on Wednesday, 14th July, I heard from Brig. Gen. Akilu that another party will emerge if SDP maintain their stand and that ABN will be its nucleus(sic).
The party will be called “UNITED WE STAND – NIGERIA” and will vie with the NRC in the Presidential election whenever necessary.
The name was given by the President himself in line with Perot’s UNITED WE STAND-AMERICA and ABN’s shall be proscribed.
ABN will be proscribed after all those millions of Naira and Dollars we have spent locally and internationally!

Arthur also told myself and Alhaji Hamisu Gambo, the Dalawan Katsina that some illiterate Directors of ABN from the North shall be removed. These are the same people who risked their lives for you.

I then called on all ABN Directors and sought their opinions on the matter, they unanimously agreed to follow me to wherever I go.
All of us are sad, sad that some innocent Nigerians were killed through sheer selfishness of the few and that we are part of this plot!
Though we did not envisage this bloodshed or serious riot, most especially when Nigeria Labour Congress have refused to go on strike!

Nigerians, we are guilty, but forgive us!
Pride will not allow some of us to come out, but this I am doing on behalf of myself and other State Directors of ABN, PLEASE, FORGIVE US!

On the June 12th election, I hereby call on the government of GENERAL IBRAHIM BADAMOSI BABANGIDA to RELEASE the RESULT without further delay, I, ABIMBOLA DAVIES representing my unregistered Association, the ASSOCIATION FOR BETTER NIGERIA hereby withdraw the suit and ask the government to release the RESULT which Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola won convincingly.
The incumbent government should allow Abiola to keep the peoples mandate he has with him, after all Arthur Nzeribe is lobbying to settle with Abiola because he too knows that the game is up.

To the President-elect, all Nigerians who voted him and those who did not because they do not trust this regime, forgive and forget!

To Association for Better Nigeria, goodbye, so that the real peace, unity and stability we used to know will come back!
To Arthur, goodbye now, goodbye, so Nigeria will remain!
To the military whose dignity have been toyed with, please, save your image and defend your fatherland.
To you as the 4th realm of the estate, pray for me, my life so I will tell the full story in future.

And to you Nigerian electorate, never succumb to any new election or register in a new party. We have no other place to call ours, but this great country, NIGERIA.

Thank you All…

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You’ve Nothing to Offer Nigerians, Only Insults, Akwa Ibom Gov Slams Tinubu

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Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, on Monday, replied the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, saying that he (Tinubu) always resorts to abusing and insulting people during campaigns because he has nothing to bring to the table for Nigerians.

He also said that despite being insulted by the former Lagos State Governor, he would prefer to allow peace to reign by ignoring him and focusing on helping install good governance to rescue Nigerians from their present woes.

Emmanuel spoke on Monday evening at Government House, Uyo while inaugurating newly appointed Permanent Secretaries, Chairmen and Members of Boards and Commissions, as well as a Transition Committee to ensure the smooth transition of power to the next administration.

Recall that Tinubu had during his rally in Uyo Monday afternoon, reportedly said, “Akwa Ibom, that boy wey bring Atiku here, wey de call himself Governor, tell him enough is enough! He lives in my backyard in Lagos, If no be say we be one, I would have driven him home. You see that mansion he is living, I would just use lizards, pigeons and scorpions to put him inside.“

But reacting few hours later, the Akwa Ibom State Governor said, “for the country to remain in peace, one party must ‘play saint’ and that is why he would refrain from replying Tinubu.

Emmanuel who is the Chairman of the PDP presidential campaigns said, “I also go to other states, and if you watch our campaigns, my principal (Atiku Abubakar) has never spoken about any Governor, he has never spoken openly about Asiwaju before.”

He added that it was unfortunate that Tinubu, who was granted state-owned facilities such as the airport, security, stadium, and a good atmosphere to come in and sell his manifesto, ended up coming to insult the integrity of over 7.9 million Akwa Ibom people.

The Governor wondered if it is possible for any Akwa Ibomite to go to Lagos that Tinubu stays or the actual state that he hails from, to insult Tinubu in like manner and still be allowed to safely return home, “but here our people at the stadium including some state governors just laughed and applauded him.”

“What makes him think he will govern Nigeria? If I reply him now, people will call me and say, haba oga you are not like that. But I will reply him one day. There is nothing like ‘emilokan’ (it is my turn) here, Nigeria is in God’s hands.”

He maintained further that despite being the highest revenue contributor to the federation account, Akwa Ibom State has not gotten a single kilometre of road from the APC-led Federal Government for nearly 8 years adding that the poor response from the Federal Government also caused the delayed commencement of the seaport in the state.

Meanwhile, the governor thanked the newly appointed Permanent Secretaries for accepting the onerous task of service, and urged them to see themselves as ambassadors and work towards raising the bar of leadership which would encourage productivity and promote good working relationship with subordinates in the service.

“This is one thing I promised Akwa Ibom people that appointment of Permanent Secretaries shall be totally on merit and not by mercy, let those that can do the work be given the opportunity. Permanent Secretary is not a promotion, it is an appointment on merit.

Governor Emmanuel also reiterated his commitments towards enhancing efficiency within Civil Service, noting that during his administration civil servants have been promoted on yearly basis.

He assured that before he exits office more Permanent Secretaries would be appointed into the service to fill vacant positions left by the ones who retired.

Addressing Chairmen of Boards and Commissions, Governor Emmanuel who described them as pillars in government, acknowledged their commitment particularly, Chairman, Akwa Ibom State Environmental Protection & Waste Management Agency, Prince Akpan Ikim, for winning laurels for the state through his outstanding performance in keeping and making the state the cleanest in Nigeria for five consecutive years from 2018 through 2022, and tasked others to create an impact that will stand them out.

In the same vein, the Transition Committee members were handed the task of ensuring a seamless transition of government to an incoming administration, and also verify all projects executed by the present administration.

The newly appointed Permanent Secretaries are; Mfon Inuaesiet Edemekong Esq., Dr. Stephen Effiong, Atim Chelly Okoko, Iquo Okon Abia Esq., Uwem Sunday Andrew-Essien, Isaiah Robson Ntekim and Emaeyak Nyong Akpan as Auditor-General for Local Government.

The Transition Committee has Mrs. Ekereobong Umoh -Chairman, Uko Udom SAN, Prof Augustine Umoh, Dr. Ini Adiakpan, Mrs. Nsemeke Daniel, Dr. Nathaniel Adiakpan, Mr Elijah Udoiyak, Mrs. Esther Inyang, Pastor Uwem Andrew-Essien, Mr. Isaiah Ntekim, Mr. Effiong Ekpenyong and Mrs. Bella Akpanya as members.

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PDP Condemns Attack on Buhari in Kano, Blames Tinubu, Ganduje

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The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council, has blamed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, for the attacks on the convoy of President Muhammadu Buhari, during a visit to the state on Monday.

The spokesperson of the campaign council, Dino Melaye, who shared one of the videos from the reported attack, wrote, “The fight between Tinubu and Buhari is entering a new dimension. The attack in Kano was properly coordinated and funded allegedly by Asiwaju.

“The meeting to push Buhari to submission or face sponsored attack in the north was said to be hatched in Bourdillon. Me, I am busy with Atiku.”

A political activist, Deji Adeyanju, who shared another video of the reported attack, said, “They are showing Buhari and APC Shege in Kano and many northern states.”

Similarly, the PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, on Monday also blamed Tinubu and the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, for the attack.

According to the party, the attack was designed to undermine the Presidency, cause confusion, trigger violence in the country, disrupt the conduct of the 2023 general elections “and derail our democracy having realised that he cannot win in a peaceful, free and fair electoral process.”

The statement read in part, “The PDP invites Nigerians to note how Governor Abdullahi Ganduje attempted to abridge President Buhari’s movement and even tried to stop him from visiting Kano State.

“More disquieting is the fact that the APC Presidential Campaign sought to humiliate and harm President Buhari while performing his official duties in Kano.

“It should be noted that the APC presidential candidate has been displaying open aversion and making inciting statements against President Buhari since Mr President’s declaration, in line with democratic best practice all over the world that Nigerians should freely vote for any candidate and party of their choice in the 2023 general elections.

“The apparent frustration of Asiwaju Tinubu to resort to encourage or condone violence is fueled by his entitlement mentality, that it is his turn to be President, despite his numerous ineligibility and disability baggage.”

Ologunagba reminded Nigerians about Tinubu’s infamous statement in London where he declared to his supporters that “political power is not going to be served in a restaurant, it is not served a la carte.”

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Organ Harvesting: Ekweremadu Battles for Freedom, Appears in Court Tuesday

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A former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, will on Tuesday appear again in court in the United Kingdom where he has been accused of human trafficking.

The lawmaker was in June 2022 arrested at Heathrow Airport in London after Staines Police Station received a report from a young man claiming to have been trafficked into the UK.

The young man, who made the report shortly after arriving in the UK from Nigeria, also alleged that he was made to undergo some medical tests, none of which he consented to.

Ekweremadu was immediately arraigned before a Magistrate’s Court for bringing a child into the UK to harvest his organs.

While the lawmaker had been in custody since June 23, his wife, Beatrice, who was arrested with him, was granted bail by a criminal court in London shortly after their arrest.

Monday (today) makes it 221 days since Ekweremadu was placed in the custody of UK authorities.

The case against the lawmaker which had been slated for May was later scheduled for January 31.

The 60-year-old, who denied the allegations against him, will again appear before High Court Judge, Mr Justice Johnson.

His daughter, Sonia, had on November 7, 2022, appeared in court to defend the accusation of trafficking a homeless man into the UK to harvest his organs for herself.

According to Daily Mail, the 25-year-old, who is battling a kidney-related illness, pleaded not guilty to the charge level against her when she appeared again in court on January 13.

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