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Friday, 13 July 2018

A greater and more perfect tabernacle

Friday July 13th

Pastor Chris

But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us (Hebrews 9:11-12).

In the Old Testament, the temple Solomon built was divided into two parts: outside was the temple courts, where the animals for sacrifices were killed. Then, there was the temple itself; the first part of it being the holy place, and only the priest could go in there then. The second part of it was the most holy place, separated from the first tabernacle with a thick curtain.

While the priest ministered in the holy place, only the high priest could go into the most holy place—the inner sanctuary—and he did that once a year. To go into the most holy place, he had to offer sacrifices to God for himself and for others; he could only go in there with the blood of an animal (Hebrews 9:6-8). Moreover, at the end of one year, that atonement would expire, and another sacrifice would be required.

Regardless of the sacrifices performed by the high priest every year, sin was never put away; the presence of God still wasn’t accessible to the people. More so, the altar where the high priest performed the sacrifices had to be sanctified with other sacrifices before the gifts were put on it, including all the utensils in the temple. In other words, the tabernacle that was supposed to be so holy and make things holy, was itself not holy enough.

Then the Bible says that Jesus, being a high priest in the order of Melchisedec came with a greater and more perfect tabernacle, and offered Himself once and for all. Hebrews 10:5 says, “…Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.” His body was the greater and more perfect tabernacle, and through Him, the presence of God is now open to all who believe. Now we have boldness to “…enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh” (Hebrews 10:19-20).


Dear Father, thank you for the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus, offered once and for all, for the blotting away of sins! I acknowledge this perfect sacrifice that has brought me eternal and perfect remission of sin, and into union with you forever, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Hebrews 9:13-15

For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions [that were] under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

John 2:18-21

Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? 19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 21 But he spake of the temple of his body.

Ephesians 5:2

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.


1-Year Bible Reading Plan:

Acts 21:37-22:1-21, Job 32-35

2-Year Bible Reading Plan:

Galatians 3:23-29, Isaiah 33

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour divorcing husband of 20 years

CNN host, Christiane Amanpour; and husband of 20 years, Jamie Rubin, are divorcing.

The middle-aged couple, who have a teenage son, wed in Italy in 1998 after finding romance in war-torn Sarajevo.

A source confirmed the split to Page Six and the media outlet, saying, “they are still really good friends.”

The divorce was earlier reported by Washington Post.

Christiane, 60, the host of CNN’s global affairs show Amanpour, lives in London and recently took over Charlie Rose’s slot after the anchorman was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.

Jamie, 58, a former journalist and Bill Clinton-era Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, recently moved to Washington, where he is writing and consulting for lobbyist firm Ballard Partners.

Christiane called Jamie a “true hero” while talking to Oprah Winfrey, and told her how he moved to London to be with her and care for their son Darius, saying: “Jamie is the poster child for good husbands.”

Their swanky wedding was attended by John F. Kennedy Jr. and wife Carolyn; diplomat Richard Holbrooke, Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal and former Deputy National Security Adviser James Steinberg.

Nobody has monopoly of stupidity’—Yahaya Bello goofs at APC rally

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Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi, on Tuesday goofed while addressing the gathering at the All Progressives Congress (APC) mega rally in Ekiti state.
The state gubernatorial election is scheduled for July 14.
Addressing the crowd, Bello said he would be in Ekiti during the election. He assured the people that they will not be intimidated.
He said Ayodele Fayose, the state governor, is lucky that he was not there when Fayose allegedly disrupted stakeholders meeting of political parties on Monday.
“Nobody has monopoly of stupidity. We shall tame him on Saturday,” Bello said.
An interpretation of Bello’s statement would mean that he plans to “share in the stupidity”.
“I want to talk, I want to yarn. There are two categories of people I want to address here today. First, the Nigerian youth, secondly, the Kogi citizens that are living in Ekiti state,” Bello said.
“Yesterday, we entered into a covenant with Nigerian youth in Ekiti state. When we were coming yesterday from Kogi state, we decided to come by road to address my people.
“Our grandfather, great grandfathers, fathers and mothers for over 100 years lived in Ekiti state. And as such, more than 75% of the farm centres are occupied by the people of Kogi state. In fact, it means, wherever we voted, it is surely victory. Exactly the way we did it in Ondo state, we are going to repeat it here in Ekiti state.
“We heard that there was stakeholders meeting and there is someone called Fayose, and he disrupted it. Wallahi, he is lucky that I was not there. Anyway, that one is bygone. Saturday, we will send him packing from governance. I will be here with you. Nobody will intimidate you.
“Your Excellency, I have already entered into covenant with them and they have promised me that they will not be intimidated, that somebody does not have monopoly of stupidity. We shall tame him on Saturday.”

Ayo Fayose humiliated during PDP rally by law enforcement agents (Pictures)

Governor Fayose says heavy shooting is going on in front of his office right now

WhatsApp Introduces New Feature To Curb Fake News

WhatsApp has announced the launch of a new feature globally that will highlight when a message has been forwarded and not composed by the sender.
The messaging application made the move public on Tuesday through its official blog following calls from various parts of the world, including India, to tackle the spread of fake news.
In the statement, the platform, owned by Facebook, said, “Starting today, WhatsApp will indicate which messages you receive, have been forwarded to you.
“This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow,” WhatsApp said in a blog.
“It also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.
“To see this new forwarded label, you need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on your phone,” WhatsApp added.
Recently, while replying a notice by the Indian government to take immediate measures to prevent misuse of its platform, WhatsApp had said that it was testing a new label that highlights when a message has been forwarded.
“This could serve as an important signal for recipients to think twice before forwarding messages.
“Because it lets a user know if content they received was written by the person they know or a potential rumour from someone else,” it had said.
In its blog, the instant messaging application added, “WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety.
“We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded. As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help.”
The company had last month also announced “unrestricted monetary awards” for research on spread of misinformation on its platform to address the problem.

Nigerian ambassador to Sao Tome, Ambassador Queen Worlu has died

President Buhari on Tuesday commiserated with the spouse and other family members as well as the Edo State Government on the death of the Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Ambassador Queen Worlu who died at her duty post on Monday.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Tuesday, said the President’s order for the immediate evacuation of her body had been effected by the Nigerian Air Force.

The president described the loss of the career diplomat he appointed an ambassador in 2017 after 30 years of foreign service as a painful loss to the nation saying, "ambassador Worlu was a talented career officer who gave her best to the nation. She was an admirable diplomat who was associated with the good relationship that exists between Nigeria and all the countries of her posting. We pray to God to give her family the fortitude to bear this sad loss.”

Mind your business'' Lagos pastor, Poju Oyemade tells fellow pastor who queried him for going to Russia to watch the world cup

Lagos Pastor, Poju Oyemade, shared the photo above of himself in Russia to watch the semi-finals matches at the world cup. An oversabi pastor asked him what will going to the world cup do for his church. Pastor Poju wasted no time to ask the pastor to mind his business. See their exchange below: 

Wedding photographer beats up groom who wanted to marry a 15-year-old girl in Turke

A wedding photographer from the eastern Turkish province of Malatya has been declared a hero on social media after he beat up a groom upon learning that he was going to get married to a 15-year-old girl.

The photographer, Onur Albayrak admitted that he beat the groom and tried to stop a wedding after learning that the bride was a child.

“Yes, the reports are correct. A child bride means child abuse, and no force in the world can make me photograph a child as a bride,” Albayrak said on his Facebook account on July 7, adding that he did not regret his actions.

According to local media reports, Albayrak was hired to photograph the wedding at Malatya’s Turgut Özal Nature Park on July 5. When he noticed that the bride-to-be did not look like an adult, Albayrak reportedly asked the groom about her age.

The photographer reacted angrily when the groom answered that the bride was only 15 years old.

The two men soon started fighting, and the groom’s nose was broken in the quarrel, according to the reports.

“The groom had come to my studio some two weeks ago and was alone. I saw the bride for the first time at the wedding. She’s a child, and I felt her fear because she was trembling. The groom attacked me as I was leaving,” Albayrak said, noting that he is “happy to manifest his reaction.”

According to Turkish law, the minimum age to marry for both men and women is 18. Only in exceptional situations, a judge order is required to marry off 17-year-olds. It is not legal to marry younger in any condition in Turkey.

China Offers $3 Billion Investment To Uganda’s Power Sector

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Chinese President Xi Jinping 

Chinese investors have offered the government $3 billion in a proposal to take over Uganda’s electricity transmission and distribution business.
The development is leaving Selestino Babungi, the managing director of Umeme and its shareholders, worried.
Rather than take the usual route of the stock exchange to buy into the utility firm, the Chinese have offered the government the money.
The China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Company proposal promises to resolve the reliability and quality challenges plaguing the grid by investing in “smart grid technologies.”
Details of just how much this would change were not immediately available but, according to its filings for 2017, Umeme had brought distribution losses down from 38 per cent in 2005 to 17 per cent, while transmission losses have dropped to 3.9 per cent.
Uganda unbundled its electricity subsector ahead of liberalisation in 2005 with promises of private capital to revamp flagging generation and distribution.
The new capital injections would also have resulted in lower tariffs.
But President Yoweri Museveni has been angered by the fact that end-user tariffs remain high, despite the investment in the sector.
He suspects that Umeme, the holder of the distribution concession that runs until 2025, is scrimping on its commitments.
In a March 2018 letter to the energy minister, the president ordered that Umeme’s concession be put on hold.
In light of these developments, observers wonder whether the Chinese bid was prompted by President Museveni’s displeasure with Umeme or if there were powerful figures in the shadows angling for it.
Energy Minister Irene Muloni did not answer calls by The EastAfrican, but analysts say accepting the Chinese offer would amount to a major policy reversal that could mean reconsolidation and externalisation of Uganda’s electric power sector.
Umeme is the only successful commercial enterprise in which Ugandans own a significant stake either directly or through proxies.
As of March 2018, combined with the National Social Security Fund’s 23.2 per cent, Ugandan institutional investors — basically retirement schemes and insurance companies — held a combined 26 per cent of the stock, while retail investors and Umeme employees held another eight per cent.
Institutional investors from the East African Community, excluding Uganda, hold 14 per cent while South African fund managers hold 24 per cent and international funds, another 27 per cent.
Some 4,300 Ugandan retail investors will have to look for other investment options if the concession is not renewed.
The Uganda Securities Exchange would also suffer a blow because, in recent times, Umeme, with a market capitalisation of $150 million, has accounted for 80 per cent of the trading activity on the bourse.
Read more at The East African

My Daughter’s Boyfriend Murdered, Buried Her In His Room – Former Ondo Deputy Governor

Lasisi Oluboyo, the immediate past deputy governor of Ondo State
Lasisi Oluboyo, the immediate past deputy governor of Ondo Statel

Lasisi Oluboyo, the immediate past deputy governor of Ondo State,  has said his late daughter, Khadijat, was used for ritual.

Miss Oluboyo, who was a final year student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, was found dead in the house of Mr. Adeyemi Alao, popularly known as Q.S on Sunday, July 8, 2018.
Speaking with journalists on Monday in his Akure home, the former deputy governor stated that her daughter was killed for ritual purposes by her boyfriend who invited her to his house.
“The boy killed her for ritual purposes. It is not that the girl was not well-fed. The lady did not go there on her own volition,” he said.
Oluboyo showed journalists the picture of the grave dug by the boy in which the remains of her daughter was buried and covered with a mattress on which the boy was sleeping.
“The boy dug a grave in his room, buried her and put his foam on the grave and was sleeping on the grave.
“She was not found under the bed, the boy has no bed.
“When we tried our best, we organised prayers. When we finished with the prayers, we learnt he got the heat and said he cannot continue.
“We were told he rushed out and confessed to his sister. He said this is what I did; I cannot cope anymore, help me carry a sack. The sister rushed to the father and narrated the story,” Oluboyo said.
The former deputy governor said they initially thought the matter was a kidnap case because a message was sent that they should wait for a negotiating team.
He said the message was sent with one of the numbers in her daughter’s bag because she had four  mobile telephone numbers.
“We got to know that Khadijat was missing on July 2. Somebody called us that she was missing, we started looking her.
“We got in touch with her friends in the school. The closest friend told us that they finished lecture on Thursday. They took the same motorcycle to their houses.
“On Friday, they had no lecture, but when the friend got to the lecture room on Monday and did not see her, she started calling her numbers.
“I sent the money for her feeding on Friday; the usual thing was that when she got bank alert, she would call me back to thank me. But that day, I did not get any response from her. I told her mother, and she started calling her. The phones were switched off.
“But by Monday, we started calling her number and it did not get through. Later, the phone rang, they picked it and we were hearing underground sound. The phone switched off again. Later, we got a text that the mouth piece of the phone is not good and that she would call when she changed the SIM card to another phone. With that, we thought everything was settled. We were still waiting anxiously for the call,” he said.
Princess Khadijat, daughter of former governor of Ondo State
Princess Khadijat, daughter of former governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo
Oluboyo said from what the boy’s father told him, Khadijat and Adeyemi were dating and that they met each other at Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.
“When we started looking for the girl, the father called me, he said he is the father of Adeyemi, he said my daughter came to their house on Thursday and left on Friday morning.
He said she used to come in the past but stopped suddenly, and that she is the type of girl he wanted his son to marry.
The former deputy governor said: “I now said we are not talking of marriage and that we are looking for her. The man called and started praying.
“When we called, the boy said she came on Thursday and left on Friday. It was the power of the prayer that forced the boy to rush out and confessed to his sister.
“To me, I don’t want anything. God’s judgment is more than human’s verdict. The danger is that if you allow him to go scot free, he would do it again.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Femi Joseph, said the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gbenga Adeyanju, would address journalists on the matter.
He said the command had begun investigation on the matter.
He said he wanted Alao to face the wrath of the law to serve as a deterrent to others.
The news went viral on social media when a friend of the deceased, Bolanle Victoria, took to Twitter to declare that she had been murdered by her boyfriend.

UN Reactivates Nigeria’s National Peace Committee Ahead Of 2019 Elections

Antonio Guterres, pictured in Geneva, Switzerland when he was boss of the UNHCR | Jean-Marc Ferré

As Nigeria’s 2019 general election draws near, the UN said there is the need to reactivate the National Peace Committee, which played critical roles in ensuring a peaceful 2015 presidential election.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated this in the ‘Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS)’, presented to the UN Security Council.

The National Peace Committee followed the signing of the Abuja Peace Accord on Jan. 14, 2015 by former President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, then All Progressives Congress candidate Muhammadu Buhari and other presidential candidates.

The Committee comprised of ‘respected statesmen and women, traditional and religious leaders’ who include former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, Bishop Mathew Kukah, and Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto.

Guterres said his Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, continued to support efforts to sustain peace in the region by promoting and supporting inclusive national political dialogues, constitutional and democratic reforms and transparent, credible and peaceful election.

The UN chief said: “Cognizant of the politically active environment ahead of the Nigerian polls in 2019, he conducted consultations with political and religious leaders in Abuja from 18 to 21 March.

“National stakeholders concurred on the need for the full reactivation of the National Peace Committee of Nigeria, which had been instrumental in facilitating dialogue prior to the country’s elections in 2015″.

Through the Peace Accord, the candidates committed to “take proactive measures to prevent electoral violence before, during and after the elections”.

They also expressed determination “to avoid any conduct or behaviour that will endanger the political stability and national security of Nigeria,… to place national interest above personal and partisan concern”.

They further reaffirmed their “commitment to fully abide by all rules and regulations as laid down in the legal framework for elections in Nigeria”.

The UN chief noted the preparedness for the 2019 presidential election and other political developments in Nigeria.

He said: “In Nigeria, political developments centred on preparations for presidential and parliamentary elections set to take place in February 2019.

“On 9 April, the President, Muhammadu Buhari, declared his intention to run for a second term. Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar also announced his candidacy for the presidential election.

“A demand made by the House of Representatives in April, following an increase in violence in the Middle Belt and the north of the country, to dismiss national service chiefs and security advisers, has not been carried out.

“In addition, the decision of the National Assembly to summon Mr Buhari to provide a briefing on the increased insecurity in the country prompted a debate on whether the legislature had such power over the executive”.

Guterres noted the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ bill, which would reduce the age limits set for candidates for elected positions, and the adoption of the Electoral Act amendment, which would regulate the general elections.

On security trends, Guterres said asymmetrical attacks were carried out by Boko Haram terrorists against security forces, local authorities and civilians in Nigeria and other West African state.

The UN chief said extremist armed groups continued to harass civilians, carry out targeted abductions or killings, burn down schools and threaten teaching staff.

“In Nigeria, multiple clashes between farmers and herders in the Middle Belt states, as well as in the southern states of Edo, Ebonyi and Kogi, resulted in numerous casualties, population displacement and destruction of property”.

Guterres also noted the continued protests by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria over the detention of its leader, decreased violence in the Niger-Delta and Southeast regions, and militant groups threat to resume attacks.

Italian Government Furious After Italian Boat Rescues 66 African Migrants At Sea

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Migrants climb aboard the NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship Phoenix as a group of 104 sub-Saharan Africans on board a rubber dinghy is rescued some 25 miles off the Libyan coast in this handout photo provided by MOAS October 4, 2014. (Photo Credit: REUTERS/MOAS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/Handout via Reuters)

An Italian tugboat that rescued 66 migrants in Libyan search and rescue waters overnight has been refused entry to an Italian port.
According to multiple media reports on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 the Italian Interior Ministry is angry with the crew of the Vos Thalassa vessel for picking up the migrants, instead of leaving the rescue to the Libyan coastguard.
“It should have been up to them to pick this load of clandestine migrants,” Interior Ministry undersecretary Stefano Candiani told RAI state radio.
The use of the word ‘clandestine’ suggested an absence of potential refugees among the migrants, but there was no confirmation that this was the case.
RAI and the ANSA news agency, quoting the Interior Ministry, said the stand-off has been resolved with the transfer of the migrants to an Italian coastguard ship.
It was likely, but not yet confirmed, that the Italian coastguard would now disembark the migrants to Italy.
Candiani said nobody’s life would be put in danger.
Italy’s new government, comprising the anti-immigration League party, wants migrants to be intercepted and returned to Libya, rather than being allowed to arrive in Europe.
League leader and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has turned away from Italian ports rescue ships run by charities, and wants to do the same with foreign navy vessels serving in EU naval missions.
NAN reports that on June 11, Italy’s new populist government, following through on its campaign promise to crack down on immigration, refused to let a rescue boat with more than 600 migrants dock on Sunday and threatened to do the same to other ships.
The action set off a day of diplomatic confrontation with the European Union and its Mediterranean neighbors, until Spain said Monday afternoon that it would break the deadlock and accept the ship, the Aquarius, which had been at sea under a sweltering sun since Saturday.
Italy wanted Malta, which was only 27 nautical miles away, to take the migrants.
But since 2013, Italy has officially coordinated rescue missions in the central Mediterranean, after a shipwreck left more than 350 migrants dead near the Sicilian island of Lampedusa.
Since then, European countries have joined forces in a military operation led by Italy to prevent similar tragedies while patrolling in search of human traffickers. Over recent years, the mission has shrunk, but rescued migrants were usually brought to Italy.
The consensus in the international community is that Malta, whose population is less than 1 percent of Italy’s, could not absorb the migrants as easily as Italy could. (dpa/NAN)

Chinese President Xi Calls On China To ‘Take Its Due Place In The World’

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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 3, 2018. | REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” and for his country to take its “due place in the world,” in a nationalistic speech on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the closing of the annual parliamentary session.
“The Chinese people have been indomitable and persistent,” Xi told the almost 3,000 delegates in the cavernous Great Hall of the People in Beijing. “We are resolved to fight the bloody battle against our enemies.”
“We have the strong capability to take our due place in the world,” he said.
Xi, 64, used the two-week session to consolidate his position, with the rubber-stamp legislature amending the constitution to remove presidential term limits, effectively paving the way for him to rule indefinitely.
He was also unanimously elected to his second term as president, installed his closest aide as vice president and stacked key cabinet positions with his loyalists.
Xi warned against separatist movements and said China, which is currently involved in territorial disputes with its neighbours in the South and East China Seas, would safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“Not a single inch of our land will be and can be ceded,” he said.
On the topic of self-ruling Taiwan, which Beijing sees as a breakaway province, Xi said that efforts to separate it from the Chinese nation were doomed to fail.
The parliament on Tuesday also passed a law to regulate a new, powerful anti-graft agency that will extend Xi’s sweeping anti-corruption campaign from Communist Party members to all civil servants.
The law passed with 2,914 votes for, 28 votes against and 18 abstentions.
The National Supervision Commission will rank alongside the central government and above the judiciary. It will operate independently of the courts to combat corruption, malfeasance or any lax implementation of political goals by civil servants.
The agency will be able to interrogate and detain suspects for up to six months without a judge’s permission.
Its establishment, which was enshrined earlier this month in the country’s constitution, has raised concerns that the agency will be used as a tool to persecute Xi’s political rivals.
The rubber-stamp parliament also approved a budget that will see an 8.1 per cent increase in the national defence budget.
Premier Li Keqiang’s annual work report also passed with 2,956 votes in favour, three votes against and three abstentions.

PDP Leads CUPP Coalition Of 38 Political Parties To Unseat Buhari

Senator Godswill Akpabio and Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar pictured at the CUPP formation event in Abuja on Monday, July 9, 2018
In an imitation of the formation of the All Progressives Congress in 2014, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, July 9, 2018 cobbled a loose alliance of about 30 political associations in readiness for the 2019 elections.

The new group, a replay of the alliance that toppled the Jonathan administration in 2015, was christened the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) at a meeting at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja.

It was not clear whether the alliance partners were going to seek INEC registration to run on the CUPP platform as the alliance of ACN, CPC and ANPP did in 2014, by dissolving themselves and fusing into a mega party before the nPDP joined them.

Some of the leaders of CUPP Alliance in Abuja today

However, the collaborating parties and associations in CUPP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aims of defeating President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) at the centre, states, and the Legislature.

PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar,former Senate President David Mark, and Chairman of the so-called R-APC Buba Galadima, were also present at the meeting.

Leaders of President Olusegun Obasanjo-backed African Democratic Congress (ADC), Social Democratic Party of Nigeria (SDP), National Conscience Party (NCP), Labour Party, and a host of other newly registered parties were in attendance.

Some of the parties touted as members of CUPP, such as NCP are traditionally strange bedfellows of the PDP and denials may emerge in the next few days by their leadership, as to whether they were genuinely with CUPP.R-APC national chairman Buba Galadima speaking at the event announcing CUPP in Abuja

That the new group was the brainchild of the PDP was not in doubt as the party summoned all its presidential aspirants, former ministers and legislators to attend what it called a ‘crucial meeting’ at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja.

Signatories to CUPP included Action Alliance, the unregistered association called the Reformed- All Progressives Congress (APC), Alliance for Democracy (AD), Africa Democratic Party (ADC), Action Democratic Party (ADP), and All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP), Action Peoples Party (APP), and Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Better Nigeria Progressive Party, Democratic Alternative (DA), Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC), Grand Democratic Party of Nigeria (GDPN), Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), KOWA Party, Labour Party (LP), Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA), and Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN).

The National Conscience Party (NCP), New Generation Party (NGP), National Unity Party (NUP), Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM), Peoples Alliance for National Development and Liberty (PANDEL), Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), People for Democratic Change (PDC), and Providence People’s Congress (PPC), Restoration Party of Nigeria (RPN), Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), All Grassroots Alliance (AGA), National Interest Party (NIP), Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP), Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), and Young Democratic Party (YDP), were also part of the coalition.

The PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus said that Nigerians were waiting for the coalition to rescue the country, urging the party leaders to come together, drop their personal interest and rescue Nigeria.

“We must all agree that today we take our destiny in our hands to rescue Nigeria not only for ourselves but for the generation to come.

In a remark that sounded more like historical revisionism, Secondus said the leaders of his party, the PDP, fought for democracy during the military.

“Some of them were jailed, some were detained but they were not weary. They came out strong and they rescued Nigeria,’’he said.

Secondus said that the coalition would rescue Nigeria from intimidation, harassment, breakdown of rule of law, killing across the country.

“Nigerians are waiting for you to vote out APC, we are not afraid. Fear has escaped. We are ready to go on detention until the salvation of our country is restored.’’

The National Chairman of RAPC, Buba Galadima, said most leaders of the world kept wondering whether there are men and women of courage, and integrity in this country to face the APC.

He described the event as the answer to the outside world and Nigeria.

Galadima said that the task of rescuing power from APC was possible if all members of the coalition resolved to work together.

“We will save this country; we will provide a future for our children and grandchildren.

Galadima said though the task would not be easy, if he were to advise President Muhammadu Buhari, he would tell him not to run because he would not only lose the election but his deposit.

He said that since the formation of R-APC, the group had received support from across the world and also threats.

“We are ready, prepared to take on this fight despite any intimidation because this country belongs to all of us. We must together fight the fight.

“Whichever they choose to do, we are prepared to lay down our lives for the sake of all.’’

The National Chairman SDP, Chief Olu Falae, said the way the country was at the moment, the political parties could not afford to split their votes and energy in 2019.

“All our votes must go to the same presidential candidate, governorship candidate, the same senatorial candidate, members of the house of Representatives in each state.

“It is not sufficient to elect a president, because he needs the legislature to succeed.’’

Falae stressed the need to make the needed scarifies to rescue Nigeria in 2019.

The National Chairman of PPA, Chief Peter Ameh said that Nigeria must be rescued in 2019.

“In 2019 this battle will be declared the emancipation and development of Nigeria. It will be for the benefit of our unborn generation.

Sen. Ben Obi, the former Secretary, PDP National Caretaker Committee said the essence of the coalition was to rescue power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 to save Nigeria form further collapse.

Obi said it was also to form a coalition that would usher in a unity government and put an end to nepotism as well as the current trend of disharmony between the legislature and the executive.

Some of the dignitaries at the event were serving and former governors of the PDP, Chief Olu Agunloye, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, Sen. Dino Melaye, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Chief Tom Ikimi, Femi Fani Kayode and former governor of Anambra Peter Obi.




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