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Makinde’s convoy driver dies, others injured in crash

A driver attached to one of the vehicles in the convoy of Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde died in a crash.
Three others in the convoy were also injured when the Governor was returning to Ibadan from Saki where he had gone to attend a town hall meeting with members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of his re-election bid. It was gathered the driver identified as Ramon Mustapha died on the spot after he was flung when his vehicle eventually landed after tumbling several times.

A source said the situation could have been saved had the driver used his seat belt. Another source, who was part of the convoy but asked not to be named, said the late driver smashed his head in the unfortunate accident. It was learnt the crashed vehicle with the code name “Zebra 4” somersaulted throwing off some bags of rice bought by some individuals on the trip.

The Nation gathered the remains of the driver were later buried at his Amuloko, Ibadan residence on Wednesday according to Islamic rites. Calls and text mesages to the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa for confirmation were not answered.

 

Source: The Nation

 

 

Goodluck Jonathan Speaks On Contesting For Presidency Again

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan has doused the claim that he might contest for the presidency again in the country. The elder statesman said contesting for the highest political seat in the country would be diminishing himself. Jonathan noted that he can not go and start lobbying people and running for campaign

Naija News gathered that Jonathan stated this in an interview published in a book, ‘My Time As Chaplain In Aso Rock,” presented to the public on Tuesday. The book which was written by Nathaniel Bivan contains the accounts of the Chaplain of the Aso Rock Villa Chapel during the Jonathan administration, Obioma Onwuzurumba. Jonathan in the interview said, “If you wake up tomorrow and see that I am President again, that means there may have been circumstances beyond my control. But not to go and pick one form and go and start lobbying people and running for campaigns; I can’t do that again. If I do that, I will diminish myself.”

The former president also disclosed that he enjoyed the drama that followed the rumour that he had purchased the nomination form of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Recall that a group identified as Nomadic Pastoralists and Almajirai Community, led by Ibrahim Abdullahi purchased N100 million nomination and expression of interest forms for Jonathan.

Jonathan speaking on the rumour said, “I was enjoying the drama. At least they are not insulting me. After all, I was pursued out of the office that I was not good enough. So, if now, Nigerians are saying, ‘Oh, this man should come,’ that means they are cleaning me up. So, let me enjoy the drama. “I was not disturbed. I know I cannot go and start struggling to be President again. It wasn’t only Nigerians who were asking me such questions, even most of the top ambassadors -the American ambassador, the UK High Commissioner, France, and all of them. They came to ask me whether I would contest. I don’t think I would contest any election.

“If you wake up tomorrow and see that I’m President again, that means there may have been circumstances beyond my control. But not to go and pick one form and go and start lobbying people and running for campaigns, be it PDP power or APC broom and moving across Nigeria. I can’t do that again; if I do that, I will diminish myself.”

He noted that he is only interested in stabilising democracy in troubled African states. Jonathan added, “Assuming there’s some confusion, and sometimes things like that happen in countries. So, they tell me to come and play a role in stabilising things; a stable democracy where one leader hands over to another is what we all want. “Let us go through that process and not interrupt the democratic processes. We pray such things should not happen. Otherwise, to go and say I’m contesting on the platform of any party at all. No!”