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APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by Nobody: 6:53am On Mar 02, 2015
The spokesperson of President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has alleged that the All Progressives Congress, APC, spent N5 billion to set up a speaking engagement for its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, at Chatham House, London, last week.

Mr. Buhari on Thursday presented a paper titled “Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria’s Transition” at Chatham House in London.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday in Abuja, Mr. Fani-Kayode insisted that Mr. Buhari was actually in the U.K. for medical purposes and that his presentation was hurriedly arranged while he was in London and his party paid for it.

“The APC leaders begged for the speaking engagement and we are reliably informed that they paid for it.

“The information at our disposal indicate that no less than N5 billion was budgeted for the London jamboree,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said.
The spokesperson also claimed the people in the hall at Chatham House on the day were sponsored.

He said 1,500 persons applied to attend the function but only 200 were allowed in.
He added that the audience was carefully selected and that most of them were Nigerian students studying in the Republic of Ireland on a scholarship by the Rivers State Government.

“The students were threatened that their scholarships would be withdrawn if they refused to participate in the rally,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said.

“This was the show of shame that General Buhari has got himself involved in.

Sadly Chatham House offered its prestigious platform to sell a bad product to the world.
The campaign spokesperson also said part of expenses for the speaking engagement included numerous foreign consultants, air tickets for the huge delegation, the contingent of governors, hotels bills, the purchase and renting of vehicles and other logistics.

“We challenge the APC and its leaders to contradict this information,” he said.
The spokesperson also challenged Mr. Buhari to face President Jonathan on a debate in Nigeria, since the APC believe he did well during his outing at Chatham House.

He said it is surprising that Mr. Buhari is willing to talk to a foreign audience, as if he is seeking election in the United Kingdom.

“The ‘arrangee’ Chatham House event is another ploy, like the purported London interview, to hoodwink Nigerians and prevent General Buhari from debating in Nigeria. But we insist, General Buhari must debate in Nigeria
“As a party, we are happy over this latest development as it will no longer give Buhari any excuse not to debate when he returns to Nigeria. The APC no longer has any hiding place, but to put General Buhari through a similar coaching course like in the UK, to debate in our beloved country on any media of choice with our candidate, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan” he said.

Too late a democrat

Mr. Fani-Kayode said Mr. Buhari has “finally” admitted that ”democracy is a journey”.
He said it is a pity that it has taken Mr. Buhari 31 years to admit this and voice it.

He said if Mr. Buhari had appreciated that point 31 years ago, he would not have betrayed his own Commander-in-Chief, President Shehu Shagari, and remove him in a coup d’état and take his seat.

He quoted the former head of state’s speech at Chatham House, where he said, “It is globally agreed that democracy is not an event, but a journey. And that the destination of that journey is democratic consolidation – that state where democracy has become so rooted and so routine and widely accepted by all actors.”

Mr. Fani-Kayode said, “We are glad that Buhari is now saying the right things but sadly it is too little and too late.

“The fact of the matter is that he went ahead to truncate that democratic journey and took Nigerians through the darkest period of the most primitive and barbaric form of military rule.

“If he were in South America or Pakistan he would have been either jailed or hung for what he did to the Nigerian people 31 years ago.”
He said it was unfortunate that Mr. Buhari did not take advantage of his Chatham House address to apologise for truncating democracy in Nigeria and that the opposition candidate has done nothing in 31 years to help consolidate Nigeria’s democracy.

“We challenge him to tell Nigerians and the international community anything tangible that he has done in the last 31 years to consolidate democracy in Nigeria.

“Can General Buhari give what he does not have? Can he come to power through the ballot box after taking it through the barrel of a gun?”
The campaign mouthpiece also said contrary to postulations, Mr. Buhari’s outing in London was not all successful.

He said the retired general goofed when he said at Chatham House that he would draw foreign investors to Nigeria.

“If the APC and General Buhari were (not) in sane and in their right senses, they would have known that under President Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria has become one of the most preferred destinations for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the world,” he said.

He, however, expressed joy that Mr. Buhari admitted that under Mr. Jonathan, Nigeria is now the largest economy in Africa with a GDP valued at $510 billion and the economy rated 26th in the world. He said that was the first time Mr. Buhari admitted that anything good was happening in Nigeria under the watch of President Jonathan.

The former minister, however, added that “General Buhari lied when he said that the Jonathan administration “has created two economies…one economy for a few who have so much in their tiny island of prosperity; and the other economy for the many who have so little in their vast ocean of misery.”

“General Buhari should have gone further by naming those he knows who live in “their tiny island of prosperity” and who are bankrolling his presidential campaign, having told the whole world that he paid N27 million for his nomination form through a bank loan.

“Regrettably, General Buhari failed to admit the fact that but for the menace of terrorism which he and his party tactically support, our economy would have grown even faster and done even better.”

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by temitemi1(m): 7:10am On Mar 02, 2015
GEJ till tinubu n ameachi stop stealing public funds grin grin grin

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by lilflipnerd: 7:14am On Mar 02, 2015
5 billion ko, 500 billion ni.. U just talk of money like say na Leave for Tree

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by SOBSISRAEL(m): 7:15am On Mar 02, 2015
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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by Redoil: 7:21am On Mar 02, 2015
That amount is too low. How much did each invitee recieved b4 coming to the function

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by size38: 7:22am On Mar 02, 2015
How much did the PDP spent on Sambo Dasuki in Chatham house? because he too was in chatham house earlier b4 Buhari. So the federal govt should tell us how much of our money they spent on that move. It was in chatham house where he told the world about PDP's plans to shift election first. U see, I can never again fall for PDP cheap propaganda.

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by san316(m): 7:25am On Mar 02, 2015
Thrrrrrash.! show evidence to support ur claims or forever remain clueless.

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by egift(m): 7:30am On Mar 02, 2015
"The Devil heard the lies that PDP tell in Nigeria and shouted the blood of Jesus"

If you believe this Pile of Lies, you will believe anything. The PDP have ran out of ideas. All they wan is lie their way to another 4yrs of Corruption.

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by Skako(m): 7:32am On Mar 02, 2015
APC cann't spend lavishly like u


NEVER AGAIN to vote for u(GEJ)

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by oshyno(m): 7:36am On Mar 02, 2015
Even as a GEJ supporter I dont really like this FFK guy. Zero integrity jumping from one party to another and bad mouthing whichever one he decamps from. Well virtually all of them have no integrity shaa. But truth be told, he asked a salient question.

GMB abeg tell us who is bankrolling your campaign cuz last time I checked u borrowed money to buy your form. Why have you refused to debate. And most importantly why did u put Shagari on house arrest and jailed Ekweme.

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by egift(m): 7:36am On Mar 02, 2015
And soon this fabrication will be pushed to the FP right.

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by VIPERVENOM(m): 7:39am On Mar 02, 2015
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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by shininglite(m): 7:45am On Mar 02, 2015
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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by harrwix(m): 7:55am On Mar 02, 2015
just 5bn n FFK is raising alarm?

am very sure GEJ campaign has spent way more than that

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by gen2briz(m): 8:02am On Mar 02, 2015
Make them publish audit report of NNPC, them no do na poke nosing them dey do.

#Never again will i vote for any shoeless politician
#GMB till FFK get better propaganda

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by arewafederation: 8:02am On Mar 02, 2015
Did i see FFK making the allegations? Why should we take the words of a mentally unstable FFK serious after the show of shame he organised in London? undecided


Mtchwwwwwwwww! angry

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by Nobody: 8:04am On Mar 02, 2015
I don't get the fuss about the Chatham House speech. As far as I can tell, that speech has zero relevance to the vast majority of the voting populace in Nigeria.

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by Nobody: 8:04am On Mar 02, 2015
Come and debate free of charge ya say no, buh ya can spend billions just to give a 15 min lectures lipsrsealed, d guy nids a brain surgery

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by Mogidi: 8:05am On Mar 02, 2015
Why is Buhari campaining in London when the elections are in Nigeria? His parallel govt is now in London no longer Sambisa, yeye de smell.


Muhammandu Buhari president of chatham house.

GEJ 2019

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by Nobody: 8:07am On Mar 02, 2015
egift:
"The Devil heard the lies that PDP tell in Nigeria and shouted the blood of Jesus"

If you believe this Pile of Lies, you will believe anything. The PDP have ran out of ideas. All they wan is lie their way to another 4yrs of Corruption.
But you believed Sanusi when he said $20 billion was missing?

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by tyson99(m): 8:09am On Mar 02, 2015
I want to see the receipt then grin

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by owobokiri(m): 8:11am On Mar 02, 2015
Is he contesting for the prime minister of britain? Why is he campaiigning furiously in western capitals? Selling Nigeria short just to grab power to settle personal vendetta? Where is the lanky imam sef? Is he still stuck in London?

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by Lordtrillion(m): 8:21am On Mar 02, 2015
Ok
Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by carboblanko(m): 8:29am On Mar 02, 2015
owobokiri:
Is he contesting for the prime minister of britain? Why is he campaiigning furiously in western capitals? Selling Nigeria short just to grab power to settle personal vendetta? Where is the lanky imam sef? Is he still stuck in London?
No sir.That's not campaigning.Chatham House is just a respected platform on which issues on foreign affairs are debated. Remember our NSA was also there a few weeks ago to suggest a shift in polls.Was he also campaigning? Cheers.

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by egift(m): 8:33am On Mar 02, 2015
Sincere9gerian:

But you believed Sanusi when he said $20 billion was missing?

Yes. Here is why?
- The allegations PDP made here is mere speculations and you know it. FFK was not the one writing all the invoice and buying coffee for them.
- Jonathan allowed NNPC to be holding on to money after sale of petroleum to shortchange NGF. So the sales of crude oil was not remitted to Federation account in full. Which was the foundation of Sanusi's revelation.
- All together about $49b were involved. But when NNPC outline how the spent the money (refineries maintenance, contributing to the budget, NNPC running cost, payments of subsidies and a long list of others), it was found the only $10.8b cannot be accounted for.
- Then there is the other money NNPC spent on Kerosene subsidy. Yar'Adua in 3 occasions wrote to NNPC and to Allison for the suspension of Kerosene subsidy. So the particular payment was argued illegal. That is what amounted to the $20 billion Sanusi exposed.
- Today, the new audit of PwC, says that the rest of the $10.8 billion can be explained, but that NNPC will return nearly $2billion.

So before you start castigating Sanusi all over again, ask yourself where has the money PwC ask NNPC to return Where has it been. While we may disagree on the actual figures, but if you believe there is no looting and misappropriation of funds in NNPC, then we have nothing further to discuss.

Read more: http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/sanusi-nnpc-has-no-right-to-retain-10-8bn-oil-revenue/169087/

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by Bonapart(m): 8:45am On Mar 02, 2015
Ok
Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by sirrinky: 8:46am On Mar 02, 2015
Why is campaign in Nigeria more of witch hunting and sneering rather than issues and agenda. Our politicians are just Unapologetically childish

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Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by abe27633: 8:47am On Mar 02, 2015
just wow
Re: APC Spent N5 Billion On Buhari’s Chatham House Speech, PDP Campaign Alleges by menesheh(m): 8:47am On Mar 02, 2015
Simple truth


They told us they dont have money buh they had already spent more than the amout (21billion) budgeted by pdp campaign

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