INEC Declares Ayo Fayose Winner Of Ekiti Governorship Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Ayodele Fayose as the winner of the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State.

Mr Fayose, according to the electoral body scored 203, 090 number of votes to beat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Kayode Fayemi, who scored 120, 433 while the candidate of the Labour Party, Bamidele Michael Opeyemi scored 18,135 votes to come third.

“Ayodele Peter Fayose of PDP having certified the requirement of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner and is returned elected”, said the returning officer and Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Professor Isaac Azuzu.

Despite a number of political parties fielding candidates in the election, analysts had tipped the contest to be between the candidates of three parties– the incumbent governor, Kayode Fayemi of the APC, a former governor of the state, Ayo Fayose of the PDP, and a member of the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele of the LP.

Earlier the candidate of the PDP berated the use of money to sway the minds of electorates during the election insisting that he has left everything in the hands of God.

Speaking to journalists after casting his vote, Mr Fayose said “money for me in this game will destroy so many things and will destroy our future. For me, I have been in my house and I have left everything to God. Whichever way it goes, I have taken it as every good gift comes from God almighty.

“I have put in my best during the campaigns and I have left everything in the hands of God”, he said.

The incumbent governor and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), also speaking after casting his vote noted that he had cause to speak to the Inspector General of Police after he failed to reach President Goodluck Jonathan.

He noted that he was compelled to reach them over the violation of the election procedure by the Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

In his words “I haven’t been able to get Mr President or his Chief of Staff. I had cause this morning to speak to the Inspector-General of Police, not once, not twice, particularly about this minister of state who was violating the election procedure.

“I have also had cause to speak to the Chief of Army Staff about some untoward activities by his own men on the ground here”, he said.

He however noted that “it has not reached a stage where this should be escalated to the president yet but I will like to think that the president himself will not want a situation that throws Ekiti into jeopardy”.

Meanwhile, candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Bamidele Michael Opeyemi noted that “it feels good to participate in an election that will herald me into the office as the next governor of Ekiti State” insisting that “that is my fate, that is my belief and that is my conviction.

“I want to say that so far, the process appears reasonable and again my hope and prayer is that what I have witnessed here at my polling unit, will be the standard of what is going on in each and every of the 2,195 polling units being used by INEC to conduct this election “ he opined.

In all, 29 domestic and international observers were accredited by INEC to observe the election. The international observers include the UNDP/DGD, EU Delegation, British High Commission, United States Mission to Nigeria, Canadian High commission, Embassies of Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and France.

Ekiti State has three senatorial districts, six federal constituencies, and 177 registration areas spreading across the 16 LGAs.

There are 2,195 polling units and 2, 803 voting points in the state and about 7,941 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) were engaged as ad-hoc staff to man the booths.

The incumbent was hoping to break the jinx of state governors not being re-elected after a first term, as no governor of the state has been elected for a second term since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999 in the state.

Other parties that fielded candidates during the election fared thus: Accord-268, AA–146, AA–146, APC-120, 433, AD–843, CPP-967, LP 18, 125‎, KOWA –222, CPP–967, PDP-203, 09‎0, MPPP- 137, NCP–322, PDC–921, PPA–1050, SDP–65, UDP-67.

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Multi-award winning gospel singer, Kefee Branama is dead

Multiple award-winning gospel singer, Kefee Don Momoh, has been confirmed dead.

She passed on in the early hours of today, after being in coma for weeks in an undisclosed American hospital.

She allegedly went into a coma, after collapsing on a 14-hour flight on her way to Chicago for an event about a two weeks ago. A close family source revealed she was diagnosed of having pre-eclampsia – pregnancy induced high blood pressure.

OAP Yaw, a close friend of her husband, OAP Teddy Don Momoh confirmed the news on Wazobia Fm this morning, saying: “One of her our very own is dead. May her soul rest in peace.”

Kefee whose music career started at age eight in her church choir, was famous for her gospel songs ‘Branama’ and ‘Kokoroko’. She won several awards including the best collaboration Headies Award in 2010.

Until her death, she resided happily with her husband in the US and managed her restaurant, Branama Kitchen, in Lagos

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Ekiti 2014: OC Mopol fires at Governor Fayemi’s convoy, kills APC member

Members of All Progressives Congress (APC) were on Sunday attacked by suspected PDP thugs and mobile policemen led by their commander, Selenkere Michael.

The attack resulted in the death of an APC member from ward 12 in Ado-Ekiti while several others were seriously injured.

The APC members, who were led by the interim chairman of the party had gathered at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, for a sensitisation rally round the major streets of the town.

The hitherto peaceful procession turned bloody when mobile policemen led by their commander in the state, Selenkere Michael, an indigene of Bayelsa State, pounced on the APC members, tear-gassing and shooting at them.

One APC member, who was shot in the head by the OC Mopol lost his life in the process while many sustained varying degrees of injuries.

Three campaign buses of the APC were also badly damaged.

The interim chairman of the APC, Chief Jide Awe, and two members of the National Assembly from the state, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and Hon. Oyetunde Ojo who were part of the rally tried to dialogue with the OC Mopol, but he told them off, warning that he was acting on orders and would not hesitate to shoot at them.

The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, arrived the scene where the rally had earlier been disrupted 45 minutes later to intervene, but was also tear-gassed and his convoy shot at by the mobile policemen.

The OC Mopol, Selenkere Michael, was involved in an altercation with the governor, saying he has orders from above and threatened that he could even arrest the governor.

For more than an hour, the mobile policemen shot in the direction of the governor’s convoy, while the OC Mopol kept uttering obscenities, one of which was that President Jonathan is his brother and that he was protecting his interest.

The Police Commissioner, Mr. Felix Iyanna, surfaced over an hour later after he was reportedly intimated of the action of his OC Mopol by the governor.

Apologising profusely, Mr. Iyanna denied knowledge of the action of the OC Mopol.

“I am here to protect you,” said the Police Commissioner to the governor.

“You are here to protect me and your men were shooting at me. I am the Chief Security Officer of this state and your men were firing at me. You have killed someone now! You have killed someone! Whose interest are you protecting? Whose interest are you protecting?” asked the governor who could not hide his disdain and anger at the top of his voice.

Lending his voice, the senator representing Ekiti Central, Babafemi Ojudu, said the presidency was desperate to impose Fayose on Ekiti people.

“They want to impose Fayose on us. We will not allow this! We will fight back!” Ojudu warned.

The interim chairman of the APC, Chief Jide Awe and the Director-General of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Hon. Bimbo Daramola, later jointly addressed a press conference where both the Commissioner of Police, Felix Iyanna and the OC Mopol, Selenkere Michael, were given 24 hours to leave the state, otherwise the people may be tempted to rise against them.

Awe said he, Ojudu and Oyetunde Ojo tried to no end to dialogue with the OC Mopol whose eyes were bloodshot and was clearly out of control.

“He warned us that he was not ready to listen to us and that it was the order of Mr. President that we should disperse. We wanted to dialogue with him but he replied us with bullets. One of his bullets hit one of us and the person died immediately. Three of our vehicles were badly damaged.

“The governor came about 45 minutes later and got his own treatment. One of his security aides were forcefully arrested by the OC Mopol who struggled to snatch his gun from him. All efforts to reason with the OC Mopol failed. He went ahead to tear-gass the governor who stood his ground.

“Even if the Mopol Commander has the order of the president, this is Ekiti. The governor called the Commissioner of Police who reluctantly came an hour later. We have been hearing this…The information at our disposal is that the June 21 election in Ekiti is not just going to be against the PDP, but against the Police and the Nigerian Army.

“What we witnessed this morning has confirmed this. That is why we are calling on Nigerians to prevail on the president. He was here yesterday (Saturday). While leaving, he stationed some of his men here.

Awe said if the president wanted to go to war, he should go to Chibok to battle Boko Haram.

“When a good president visits, it is to commission people-oriented projects. That is not the case with President Jonathan. He was here yesterday (Saturday) to commission his men to kill Ekiti people. We advise him to go back to Chibok if he wants to wage war. If they are looking for a state to hijack, not Ekiti. If we are backed against the wall, we will bite.

“We use this medium to tell the Police Commissioner and the OC Mopol who have been instructed to shoot Ekiti people and who have demonstrated that this morning to leave Ekiti State within 24 hours. The people’s army are greater than the police or the Nigerian Army. The nonchalant attitude of the commissioner is to say the least unfortunate. If we are going for election in 14 days’ time and we are witnessing this, it is unfortunate,” Awe said.

The Director-General of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Hon. Bimbo Daramola, recalled how the OC Mopol had harassed three members of the APC who were arrested a couple of months ago in their cell.

Daramola said: “You would recall that I said that this same OC Mopol, not only is he from Bayelsa, not only is he well-acquainted with Mr. President, he went into the cell to tell these people that he has a matching order to hunt us down. The experience of our people this morning has shown that there is a script. They even said they anticipated that we would come out this morning. We call on Mr. President to be indeed responsible. Leadership demands responsibility.

“We are used to adversity. Nobody should test our wills. Neither Selenkere nor President Jonathan has a stake in Ekiti.”

It would be recalled that Vice President Namadi Sambo at a PDP gathering in Abuja had said his party was going to the warfront in Ekiti and Osun States.

It was said that the Vice President waited behind in Ado-Ekiti where he reportedly spent the night after the PDP rally on Saturday.

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How misdiagnosis killed Akunyili

After surviving several rumours of her death, a  former Minister of Information and Communication and erstwhile Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Professor Dora Nkem Akunyili, bowed to ovarian cancer early yesterday.
Meanwhile, her death was blamed on misdiagnosis by some doctors in the United States (US). The doctors were said to have claimed she did not have cancer after her Nigerian doctor’s diagnosis to the effect she had the sickness.
News of her death was officially announced by a  former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, on the Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS. Obi  said  Akunyili  died after a protracted battle with cancer.
Obi, in the statement, said: “On behalf of the Akunyili  family, I wish to officially confirm the death of Prof. (Mrs.) Dora Nkem Akunyili, OFR, in a Specialist Cancer Hospital in India today at 10 am, Nigerian time, after a two-year battle with cancer. In spite her illness, Prof. Akunyili was unwavering in her belief in a better Nigeria. That was why she defied her condition and was part of Anambra State Handover Committee and the National Conference.”
The statement continued: “The last time I visited her in India, even when she needed all the prayers herself, she was full of concern for the abducted Chibok girls, security and other challenges facing the country and told me that she remained prayerful for the release of those girls and for God to help President Goodluck Jonathan to overcome all the challenges facing the nation.
“She therefore urged all Nigerians to remain prayerful and committed to building a better society for our children. We all prayed together and I promised to be visiting her every month. “We thank all those who remain fervent in prayers for her recovery and urge them to remain prayerful for the peaceful repose of her soul.”
Concern about Akunyili, who had been on admission in hospital for an undisclosed ailment, had made the rounds  in recent times.
For several weeks, rumours of her battle with ovarian cancer dominated  the social media. Although family sources debunked the stories, the rumours got stronger.

Prof. Dora Akunyi
Her public appearance at the National Conference heightened anxiety about her well-being as she looked  frail and a shadow of her old self.
Sunday Vanguard findings showed that the former Minister’s ill health first came to the fore a couple of years ago while on a trip abroad. A  medical check up showed she had cancer.
Misdiagnosis
The Cable, an online medium quoting a family source, yesterday, blamed misdiagnosis for Akunyili’s death.
According to the source, when in 1998, the former Minister was the Zonal Secretary (South-east) of the Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund, Nigerian doctors gave her what many of her family members considered to be a health scare. They said she had a growth and needed surgery.
The source narrated: “Akunyili, then 44, decided to travel to the United States, first to get a second opinion and then undergo the prescribed surgery. The bill for the medical trip was $17,000, including $12,000 for the surgery. During pre-surgery check-up in the US, the doctors told her the Nigerian doctors had made a wrong diagnosis and that she did not need any surgery.
“It was said to be a minor issue that medication would solve. She thanked the doctors and, to their surprise, said she was going to return the money meant for the surgery to PTF. That was strange. Nigerian government officials had devised a way of making sure such monies were not returned to the treasury.
“The hospital informed the PTF, under the leadership of Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, about one honest Nigerian they had found. Buhari, himself a straightforward person, was very impressed. He wrote a letter to Akunyili commending her honesty. NAFDAC Then came 2001. President Olusegun Obasanjo wanted to appoint a director-general for the National Agency for Drug and Food Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and asked for the recommendation of an honest Nigerian pharmacist. Akunyili’s name promptly came up.
“Someone who had heard about her PTF record recommended her. There was a little problem, a Nigerian problem. Objections were raised that the minister of health, Prof. ABC Nwosu, was an Igbo from Anambra State and NAFDAC, being a powerful agency under the ministry, should not be headed by another Igbo from Anambra. It was also argued that the market for fake and substandard products were controlled by the Igbo, with Onitsha – also in Anambra State – a major centre for the illicit business. She was going to protect “her people”, the antagonists said.
“Obasanjo, stubborn to the cause, ignored the observations and appointed her. She went on to do a credible job and ended up as one of the most outstanding public officers in Nigeria’s history, celebrated locally and globally. She had lost a sister to fake drugs, and that was perhaps the impetus she needed to go on the offensive. Misdiagnosis Meanwhile, Akunyili always went abroad for check-ups and she was always given an all-clear. She continued to look robust and energetic, and took up another government job as minister of information and communications.
“But on July 13, 2013, something strange happened to her. She was preparing to travel to the United States to receive an award. The following day was her birthday. Her 59th, precisely. Then she fell ill. She was physically weak and having pains. She decided to go ahead with her trip and attend to her health in the United States. It was while she was there that new checks were carried out.
“Alas, she had cancer. The original diagnosis in 1998 was right. But the diagnosis at the point of surgery was wrong. She became seriously ill and there were fears she could lose her life. She was in the hospital for months and only returned to Nigeria this year when the doctors said she was improving. Her last public appearance was at the National Conference in Abuja, where she was a delegate. Pictures of a frail-looking Akumyili soon went viral on the internet”.
In a tribute, the Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Professor Akin Osibogun, described the news as shocking.
“It is indeed sad. I am just hearing the news from you now. Professor Dora Akunyili was a personal friend apart from working together during her days at NAFDAC.
The National President, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, Pharm Femi Adebayo, stated: “My eyes were filled with tears when I heard about the death of a faithful and brave Nigerian,
Pharmacist par excellence. Dora rode where men trembled, especially her fight against fake counterfeit and adulterated drugs”.
Dora Akunyili, a distinguished citizen and patriot – President Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan has described late Dora Akunyili as a distinguished Nigerian and Patriotic citizen who would be sorely missed by all those who came in contact with her.
In a statement yesterday, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati quoted the President as saying  he ‘ received with shock and sadness, news of the sudden and untimely death of Professor Dora Akunyili, former Minister of Information and Communications.
“The President believes that Professor Akunyili will live long in the memories of those who were privileged to know her as a diligent professional, a public-spirited and forthright public officer, and as a person of great convictions.
The First Lady, Dame Patience Faka Jonathan, described Akunyili as a “titan,” who left an indelible mark with the passion and conviction with which she served the nation. Dame Jonathan described the late Akunyili’s departure as “a great loss to the nation and the womenfolk.”
Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State expressed profound shock and sadness over the death of f Professor Akunyili, describing it as a serious blow to the nation. Chime in a reaction signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Chukwudi Achife, said her death has robbed the nation of one of her finest breed of patriots.
Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Paul Orhii, described late Dora Akunyili as a patriot and a woman of great virtue.
According to Orhii: “It is with great shock but with total submission to the will of God that I received the sad news of the death of Prof. Dora Akunyili. She was a woman who loved Nigeria deeply and dedicated her entire life up till  the very last minute to the service of this great nation”.
National Chairman of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, said the death of Professor Akunyili was very saddening, adding that it was a huge loss to Nigeria and the womenfolk.
Aka Ikenga also mourned this lady of substance for among other things, she was a titanic Amazon, according to Chief Goddy Uwazurike, the President of Aka Ikenga.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, in his own reaction, described the late former Information Minister, as an amazon.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun, who expressed shock and disbelief at the news of the demise of the one time Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), at the age of 59, said she deserves Special mention among nation builders in Nigeria.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu expressed grief and shock over the death of  Akunyili.
He said her death was not just a colossal loss to the entire country but also an exit of an uncommon role model.
Ekweremadu, in a statement through his Special Adviser, Media, Uche Anichukwu, described the late Pharmacist as a “woman of substance, unequaled character, and courage who brought respect and glory to the nation.”
The Campaign for Democracy, CD, described her as strong and brave woman fought  her last battle with cancer which she has just lost at the age of 59.
She will always be remembered for her doggedness,tenacity and courageous pursuit of ideals both as Director General of NAFDAC and Minister of Information
Also reacting to the death of Prof. Akunyili, Chairman, Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Senator Andy Uba,  said that the late Prof. Akunyili dedicated her life to the service of her fatherland and waged great war against fake and counterfeit drugs in the country.
Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, has  described as shocking, painful and saddening, the death of former Information and Communication Minister, Professor (Mrs.) Dora Akunyili,  lamenting that Nigeria has once again lost one of her gems.
Governor Imoke in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, said: “I received with a heavy heart, news of the death of our dear Dora Akunyili, who was one of the few Amazons of our time.”
Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger state has described the death of Akunyili as a big blow to the country whose intellectual competence and patriotic citizenship cannot be equaled.
He also described her as a fountain of knowledge, professional expert who exuded servant leadership during her national service.
According to Joseph Evah, national coordinator, Ijaw Monitoring Group, IMG, Nigerians will miss Prof. Dora Akunyili. She was the first person to risk her life for President Goodluck Jonathan during the period the late President Musa Yar’Adua became sick before he died.  Then, the Yar’Adua cabal, was determined to deny Jonathan his constitutional right as Vice-President to succeed the late President. The people of Niger Delta are grateful to her and are mourning her passing.
‘Adorable Dora’ (1954 – 2014)
Prof. Dora Akunyili, a recipient of the Order of the Federal Republic, OFR, resigned her  appointment as Minister of Information on December 16, 2010, after two years of service to pursue her political ambition of representing Anambra Central in the National Assembly as a senator.
Fondly known as “Adorable Dora”, the internationally renowned pharmacist, pharmacologist, erudite scholar, administrator, and visionary leader, would, perhaps, be best remembered as the no-nonsense
Director General of  the National Agency for Foods, Drugs and Administration and Control, NAFDAC.
Born in Makurdi, Benue State, on   July 14, 1954, the deceased hailed from Nanka, Anambra State. The deceased always had a knack to be marked for distinction.
A post-doctorate Fellow of University of London and a Fellow of the West African Post Graduate College of Pharmacists, it was NAFDAC, Director General that Akunyili proved her mettle as a leader and visionary.
She took on the hydra-headed problem of fake, spurious, unwholesome and substandard drugs, turning fortunes around for the nation’s lopsided drug distribution system and quickly gaining international recognition as a true advocate for public health and human rights protection.
A multiple award- winner for her work in pharmacology, public health and human rights, Akunyili was an embodiment of excellence academically – passing the First School Leaving Certificate Examination with distinction at St. Patrick’s Primary School, Isuofia, Anambra State, in 1966.
To prove her prowess, she went on to emerge with Grade I Distinction in the West African School Certificate Examination of 1973 from Queen of the Rosary Secondary School, Nsukka.
This superlative performance earned her the Eastern Nigerian Government Post-Primary Scholarship and the Federal Government of Nigeria Undergraduate Scholarship. In 1978, Akunyili bagged her first
degree in pharmacy, and her Ph.D in 1985 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Among her outstanding awards were the Time Magazine Award 2006 ( One of the 18 Heroes of our Time) – Time Magazine Inc.; Person of the Year 2005 Award by Silverbird Communications Ltd;   Award of Excellence by Integrated World Services (IWS), Dec. 2005;   Award of Excellence –
Advocacy for Democracy Dividends International, Lagos; Meritorious Award 2005;   An Icon of Excellence Award by the African Cultural Institute and Zenith Bank Plc;   2005 Grassroots Human Rights Campaigner Award London Based Human Rights Defense Organization, 2005; Most Innovative Director Award Federal Government College, Ijanikin, Lagos, 2005 and Integrity Award 2003 winner given by Transparency International.

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Soldiers prevent distribution of Vanguard Newspaper in Ibadan, S/South, S/East

Soldiers have prevented the distribution of today’s edition of Vanguard newspaper in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, just as the circulation vehicles going to the South South and South East with the papers were stopped at Ore and Warri in Ondo and Delta states respectively.
In Ibadan, our correspondent gathered that Vanguard was not the only target as two other newspaper vans were also impounded, their drivers detained with their phones seized. 
The soldiers have however cordoned off  all roads leading to Oke Padre, a major distribution point for newspapers and magazines in the South West. 
Chairman, Newspaper Distribution Agents of Nigeria, NDAN Oyo State, Mr. Abimbola Tunde, said more than 100 soldiers stormed the distribution point and seized all the papers.
“We don’t know any reason for this”, he said.
Details later

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Kemi Adekoya: A loss to Nigerian athletics

Kemi Adekoya raised eyebrows when she did 54.59 seconds in the women 400m hurdles at the Doha leg of the Diamond league in April. Only last year, she was just another home-based Nigerian athlete working hard to reach the top. And it seems, she has taken the centre stage to display that she has a future in the event, currently she has the second fastest time this season on the IAAF world list. From all reckoning and barring any unforeseen circumstance she is primed for a good outing at next year’s World Championships in Beijing, China.
Her dream of becoming a world champion is been oiled by Bahrain a rich Arab country. The Arab nations have somehow lured some of the best Nigerian coaches and athletes in the recent past.
Adekoya, 21, came into national lime light last year when she gave national record holder, Ajoke Odumosu a fright at the CAA grand prix in Warri and also the national trials in Calabar, but Adekoya was dropped from the team to the world championships in Moscow. However, this season; she has showed signs that she could be the next Nawal El Moutawakel, the first African woman to win the 400m hurdles gold at the 1984 Olympics.
Adekoya appeared in the colours of Bahrain at the Doha meet and that spoke volumes of where her allegiance lied. Otherwise she would have been chasing Odumosu’s national record of 54.40 and the 53.73 seconds African record held by South Africa’s Myrtle Bothma.
“I am happy with my decision to run for Bahrain. I don’t have any problem with the Nigerian federation, they are like my parents.

Kemi Adekoya
“I am not based in Bahrain. I train mostly in Nigeria.
“My joining Bahrain is a life story which I can’t tell for now,” said the athlete.
She maintained that she was looking forward to the challenge of being in the world top five of the 400m hurdles.
“I am so happy being among the top athletes in the world. But all is God’s doing and hard work.”
Judging from comments made by Athletics Federation of Nigeria officials, it is plain to see that they have come to terms with the loss of the athlete to Bahrain.
“At a certain time in your career as an athlete, you might want to change nationality.  No doubt, Adekoya changing nationality, is a huge loss to Nigerian athletics. What is left for us to do is to do the things other countries are doing to attract our athletes. We have to do it so that they will stay and enjoy their athletics career as they run for the country,” said AFN medical and doping director, Dr. Ken Anugueje. Technical and performance director Nesiama also spoke in the same vein.
“We are not going to block her change of nationality. If she has pledged allegiance to Bahrain, we have no problem with that.
“This is because if she is forced to run for us, she might not put on her best performance.  We have the capability to raise other athletes just like we have done with her, she wasn’t trained abroad, and she is still training here. So we have others who we are grooming.
“Just as she is going, athletes of other nationality are also interested in running for Nigeria,” said Navy Commodore Nesiama
Secretary-general of the AFN, Bamidele Bamiduro revealed that Adekoya, is in the clear as she has not violated any transfer rule.
“I have nothing negative concerning her transfer so far. If the technical committee states otherwise then we will know what to do next.”

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There is God ooo…..and then on june 08, 2014 at 12:37 am in features By Tim Owhefere

This vexatious phrase was first brought to my knowledge in London. I had gone there combining job and pleasure when a friend from the South West of Nigeria, asked me with scorn and fun what the hell is gone wrong with our dear country Nigeria, why a First Lady cannot speak the expected good English(whatever that meant).
My first reaction was instant anger at the very low level to which we have propelled our politics and the inherent danger in telling a particular section of this great country that nothing good can ever come from Nazareth……the Niger Delta here depicted as Nazareth.
Here is a woman whose husband presides over the affairs of this nation. This same woman did not learn or imbibe Christianity in the Villa, she is and has been a Dame, a female Knight of the Anglican Communion. To the Anglican faithful, to be knighted, you are presumed to be a defender of the Christian faith.
It follows good logic, therefore, that in reminding those invited to the Villa on that fateful day by the wife of the President of the existence of God who oversees the affairs of men and passes judgement as it pleases Him, Dame Patience Jonathan was not just defending the Faith but acted as a vessel through whom God spoke to those arrogant invitees from Borno State, that in whatever you do to bring down my husband, the unity of this country, remember, there is God.
The social media had a field day disparaging this innocent woman, her innocent comments and well intentioned advice. I am tempted in anger to ask those behind this crusade, how many English people can communicate fluently in our native languages.
I had watched with fun then, how a sitting President of this country, during a world press conference, with a US President Bill Clinton in trying to justify how much progress he had recorded in terms of development used our local parlance …..‘potor potor’ to refer to mashy ground on CNN.
We all laughed, applauded him and remained silent, not because he was correct not to have used the right words but because he is from a privileged section of this country recently demarcated and painted   as Educational territory of Nigeria by another modern day enemy of Nigeria who arrogated to himself of being God installed Administrator of Nigeria.
Dame Patience Jonathan, just like me, by such demarcation, comes from an irrelevant section of this country and, as such, whatever we do, right or wrong, must be wrong.
I have always lived in this country because I love Nigeria, and am proud of her sincerely unlike those who do same because of the oil blocks they have stolen from my fathers using military might aided by the ignorance of our leaders in the Niger Delta who over the years have vigorously preached the unity of Nigeria while other sections fed fat from our land.
In all my stay here, I have seen my first ladies who even ruled side by side their husbands, we all clapped and kept mute. Some even went for tummy tuck to look more attractive; no one, not one dared to question. Those who dared and managed to stay alive have horrifying stories to tell of the real colours of dictatorship. Where did Dame Patience Jonathan go wrong.
I have heard echos….. she took a microphone from Governor Amaechi forcefully (if that is ever correct) she is too over bearing, she controls her husband, she is actually the President and not Jonathan. One question here, how many men do their wives or even mistress not control?
It is easier said outside about men being in control but, behind closed doors, it is a different game. In the bedroom, the   very perceived strong men are sometimes usually the first to go soft when the woman is still barking out orders.
The barrages of attack on Dame Patience Jonathan is also a fallout of the anger of those who believe that it is an abomination for any of us from the Niger Delta to attempt to govern this country since we do not fall within the already demarcated zones of relevance but our natural resources fall within their bank accounts.
We the people from the Niger Delta make bold   to proclaim that it is not for any section of this country to tell us whom we should present to serve our tenure. Our tenure now being served by President Jonathan terminates in 2019, God willing,   is so dear to us because it represents our very existence and being in this fragile union called Nigeria.
We shall resist any attempt to deny us of our own slot or even conceive to stop the South-east from taking their own slots that should commence in 2019. Gone are the years, that it was perceived and almost established that Nigeria belonged only to a section of this country. Nigeria belongs to us all. Half a word is enough for a wise man.
* Owhefere is a two-term member of the Delta State House of Assembly where he represents Isoko North Constituency.

Posted By Valentino Godwin

For those of you interested in the lyrics of the song DOROBUCCI, see it below: *OluwaValentino*

verse – don jazzy
ehn dorobucci
don dorobucci
doro jazzy
ehn doro boss
doro big
you know say doro heavy
doro skillful
you know say doro bloody
doro get the biggest label wey you know of course
doro tush pass anybody wey doro meet
doro gather pass anybody for the gathering
doro get money pass everybody there
hook – reekado banks
oya doro… dorobucci o…oh na na na
doro… dorobucci o
doro doro dorobucci mama n mo o
doro… dorobucci
bo nye be o
doro fresh….nkwanu
doro big…..nkwanu, nkwanu
doro flashy
doro classy
doro fine pass anybody wey doro see
doro get pass anybody wey doro meet e o
verse – tiwa savage
doro na diva….doro
doro na tiwa
doro na liver….doro
follow the leader
doro doro do do doro….doro
doro is bigger…doro
doro is higher
follow the ladder
so follow the ladder….doro
doro get liver
she no dey tire
doro hot
doro eminado
doro fine
do do dorobucci eh
doro me
doro you
doro mavin
we the baddest crew
verse – dr. sid
doro suru
doro lere
doro grab
doro carry
doro fast pass anybody wey don dey fast before
doro sleek pass anybody wey doro jam eh ehn
doro hammer
doro pako
doro knack pass carpenter wey don dey knack before
doro nado
doro messi
doro dribble anybody wey try to mark doro
verse – korede bello
doro doro
african prince doro
see doro dey make all the girls dey feel robo robo
doro o
doro catch anybody wey doro fish doro
doro chop anybody wey doro beef doro
doro mega
doro super
doro star
doro mega super star o
doro catch anybody wey doro fish doro
doro chop anybody wey doro beef doro
verse – di’ja
doro bad
doro double-o-seven….doro
doro na yaro
doro wey get e money….doro
doro like for do anything wey doro like for do
mey nobody try doro
cos dey go wound o
doro bad
doro double-o-seven….doro
doro na yaro
doro wey get e money….doro
doro like for do anything wey doro like for do
mey nobody try doro
cos dey go wound o
verse – d’prince
doro is a cheerful giver
doro is a kind of boss…..a kind of boss
doro is a money spender
doro too dey floss…..too dey floss
too dey floss o
anywhere wey doro dey
you know say wahala dey…..wahala dey
chickalas dey…..chickalas dey
cos doro gallant eh
anywhere wey doro dey eh
wahala dey…..wahala dey
chickalas dey…..chickalas dey
cos doro gallant o
omoba
doro money
doro baller
verse – reekado banks
doro popping
doro naughty
doro fly pass anybody wey dey the plane ehn ehn
doro ball pass anybody wey dey the impeach yeh
hook – reekado banks
doro… dorobucci o
doro… dorobucci o
doro doro dorobucci mama n mo…..doro fine pass wey anybody doro see
doro…..doro get pass anybody wey doro meet
bo nye be o
dorobucci
doro big
doro street
nkwanu doro big
doro chuck norris

Now The Defination Of DOROBUCCI
“Doro originally means something that is great! Anything that makes you stand out is your Doro”

“DoroBucci was a song Don-Jazzy created on a social media and we decided to share it with our fans. It featured Don-Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, D’Prince, and I. For the first time, the song also has our new signees into Mavin family, Di’Ja, Korede Bello and Reekado Banks. Dorobucci is a movement, you’re a dorobucci, I am a dorobucci, so also everybody. So, the question is, what is doro about you? For me, my doro is Lere, that is why you see it boldly written on my branded T-shirt, Doro Lere, meaning, Doro has reward.” Dr Sid told Encomium in a recent chat. Since the release of Mavin team song, “Dorobucci”, the word has become more like a national anthem. MAVIN boss, Don Jazzy, in his usual manner, started the trend and it is picking up like wildfire. The hit-making producer termed himself ‘Don Dorobucci’ and this was swiftly followed by a single from all the artistes on his record label. Nowadays, almost every sentence said contains Doro…”that girl is doro fine oh”…lol!

Bucci adj: (b-oo-ch-ee) anything that is fun, cool, awesome, fantastic, or any other word of the same meaning. Used when somthing really makes you want to say AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Plus it is really fun to say. Yeah, it’s totally bucci!!

DORO A Nigerian pronoun that allows you to refer yourself in the third person, especially when saying something that shows how proud you are of yourself. A way of boasting. Instead of saying “I am a crazy ass bookworm; I got the best swagger there is”, say, “Doro crazy ass bookworm, but doro’s got the best swagger ever” Doro got the latest ego update. Haha…Don Jazzy said, “Doro get the biggest label wey you know” Offcourse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oya nobody shld dzturb me aqain o!!!! Doro wtever u lyk…….tz best u knw d def b4 u start Doro-in anyfin…..

Posted By Valentino Godwin