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Threat To SKC Ogbonnia: Buhari’s Team Resorts To Slander

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PRESS STATEMENT

Fellow Nigerians:

I want to use this opportunity to express my profound gratitude to our teaming supporters, home and abroad, for the outpouring of support since the Federal Government of Nigeria issued open threat to my life.

I hear your concerns and prayers. Rest assured that I will not disappoint. We are winning, and no amount of intimidation can truncate our campaign to finally produce a president with the capacity to make Nigeria better for ALL, come 2019.

Let me also bring you up to date with the latest development. Instead of apologizing for their heinous act, President Muhammadu Buhari’s team is attempting, very foolishly, to deny the threat.

Immediately after this statement is the infantile denial, as communicated by no other person than the same Aye-Aye of Buhari’s regime, Mrs. Abike Dabiri, who doubles as Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora.

As if their act lacks in folly, they have resorted to blackmail and slander through other channels. But they will not succeed.  The Buhari team must recognize that this time is not business as usual. Their opponent is SKC Ogbonnia.

In short, they can attempt to copy President Donald Trump by bandying the term “fake news”, but they forgot that the Trump team, at least, has the common sense not to deny an original email from a yahoo address.

The Aye-Aye (a.k.a. Abike) and her team are about to learn the hard way: The corporate office of Yahoo is not located at Oluwole, Lagos.

I also read the Aye-aye (Abike Dabiri), attempting to marginalize my  personality and our campaign. That is understandable.

APC Presidential Aspirant, Dr. SKC Ogbonnia

I had turned her down when she was prostrating, begging that I use my foreign connections to help “a true APC person become the image of Nigeria to the outside world.”

As she then confided, “it is unreal for the likes of Geoffrey Onyeama, Rita Orji, and Rose Oko to be fronting for APC government”.

The Hon. Geoffrey Onyeama is the Minister of External Affairs, but a late comer in APC.

Dr. Rose Oko (PDP) is the Senate Committee Chairperson on Diaspora Matters while the Hon. (Barrister) Rita Orji (PDP) is the House Chair on Diaspora Matters.

For avoidance of doubt, I had communicated Ms. Dabiri’s plot to the Hon. (Barrister) Rita Orji sometime in 2016.

(For those who have not seen the quintessential Aye-Aye in person, her features cannot be mistaken. The picture below features me and her when I was still a toast of the APC government).

Please stay tuned…

Personally Signed:

Dr. SKC Ogbonnia

APC Presidential Aspirant

Abuja, Nigeria

THE LATEST EMAIL OF DENIAL BY ABIKE DABIRI

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Re: BREAKING: President Buhari’s Government Issues Open Threat

To APC Presidential Aspirant, Dr. SKC Ogbonnia

From: Abike Dabiri <aodabiri@yahoo.com>

Date: Thu, June 28, 2018 12:13 pm

To: “Dr. SKC Ogbonnia” <skcogbonnia@firsttexasenergy.com>

Cc: worldpressnation@mediamatters.org

In this era of fake news please discountenance this purported statement from whoever wrote it

I don’t know him

Never met him

SKC Ogbonnia and Abike Dabiri in group photo and handshake but she said: “I don’t know him; Never met him”

Whatever the person claims to have been sent is FAKE

Of all presidential aspirants, why would any genuine APC person reply him

Just like Fmr Canadian President once said, better people and more credible people have said worse things , even PMB didn’t reply them,

I think the so called aspirant is desperate for attention

I have 12 fake Facebook accounts and a few fake e mails

The person either just wants attention or someone sent him a fake mail

There are more serious issues to deal with at this point in time in our beloved nation

And for emphasis sake , not one more word about this

On 28 Jun 2018, at 15:06, Dr. SKC Ogbonnia <skcogbonnia@firsttexasenergy.com> wrote:

Press Statement

By Dr. SKC Ogbonnia, APC Presidential Aspirant

Abuja, Nigeria

Fellow Nigerians:

This is a sad day for Nigeria’s nascent democracy. I have just been threatened by President Buhari’s government. Below are the exact words, as communicated by Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs. Abike Dabiri. (Mrs. Dabiri is copied).

In any case, I have good news for President Buhari, whom I campaigned worldwide to elect:

The future of my country is too important to my generation, especially the masses, and we cannot be intimidated in our campaign to elect a leader with the capacity and will to make Nigeria better for all, come February 2019.

Moreover, I am prepared to pay the supreme price, if that is what takes to lay a strong foundation to finally witness a country of our founding dreams.

Therefore, instead of resorting to threats, intimidation, and slander; President Buhari and his government can simply accept my open invitation for a two-hour debate on our visions for Nigeria.

I appeal to peace loving Nigerians, particularly the masses, to denounce this ungodly development. The world is watching.

Sincerely,

SKC Ogbonnia, Ph.D.

APC presidential aspirant

Abuja, Nigeria

THE CONTROVERSIAL EMAIL DENIED BY ABIKE DABIRI

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Re:_Buhari’s_Second_Term_Plot_Worse_Than_The_A

nnulment_of_June_12

From: Abike Dabiri <aodabiri@yahoo.com>

Date: Thu, June 28, 2018 7:13 am

To: “Dr. SKC Ogbonnia” <skcogbonnia@firsttexasenergy.com>

Pls don’t e mail me again

Your hatred will certainly lead you to a most tragic disaster

Politics doesn’t entail such bitter words

And you claim to be APC??

What a joke

If you are contesting ,go ahead and let your votes speak for you

If this was another medium , would have blocked you

Anyway , I won’t dignify you by reading any message from you again , whoever you are

Such low life !

Politics of hatred!And you know you can’t even win a ward election. Nonsense

Shame !

SKC OGBONNIA’S CONTROVERSIAL PRESS STATEMENT

Buhari’s Second Term Plot Worse Than The Annulment of June 12

Re: Buhari’s Second Term Plot Worse Than The Annulment of June 12

The title of this statement is definitely strident. But the angst must not be misconstrued as a view that President Muhammadu Buhari is worse than the cabal that annulled June 12 or Mr. Sani Abacha who attempted to legitimise the national curse. None of that!

In fact, I have remained overjoyed that God used the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Buhari to rescue Nigeria from the ruins under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The seemingly venom has to do with the fact that, instead of emulating Nelson Mandela to quit the stage when the ovation still echoes, President Buhari appears to be imitating the likes of Robert Mugabe to cling on to power by hook or crook.

In a nutshell, Buhari’s bid for a second term in office at this stage of national development portends long-term consequences worse than the annulment of June 12 election of 1993 won by M.K.O Abiola, an injustice the state under Buhari is trying so hard to atone for.

Here are why:

My practical observations at the just concluded APC national convention are troubling.

The most alarming is an emerging consensus from the event of a thickening plot to circumvent internal party democracy and anoint Muhammadu Buhari as the party’s candidate for the 2019 presidential election.

But such attempt will bring PDP back to power, which is a recipe for national doom.

President Buhari and his handlers must understand that, by commission or omission, the ruling party effortlessly allowed the opposition to rupture the balloon of public trust initially inflated by a cocktail of change mantra and the myth of Buhari’s legendary pedigree.

The president might have restored some measure of his political capital with an improving economy and recovering health, quite alright, but the damage is already done. In short, former President Jonathan was more popular at this stage of his presidency and still lost.

Moreover, polls after polls have shown a whistling tide against recycled politicians. Needless to mention that the international community is craving for a modern leader for Africa’s most populous nation.

The objective fact, if it is not already manifest, is that Nigerians are in dire need of a new generation of leaders, including the youth, who have the zeal and the competencies to cope with the demands of the 21st century.

The good news, however, is that Nigeria currently has a crop of a new generation of presidential hopefuls, whose democratic credentials, track record, and visions even trump those of the man of hope, M.K.O Abiola, widely seen as a messiah never allowed to rule.

I am the paragon of such new-breed leaders and luckily vying under the platform of APC. I have the unique will and capacity to make Nigeria an envy of the world. Put it this way: I have the bullet-proof solutions to Nigeria’s myriad of problems.

Even President Buhari cannot hold the Holy Qur’an and declare that he is a better candidate than S.K.C Ogbonnia.

Unfortunately, indeed, in a manner similar to the truncation of June 12, a cabal sympathetic to the same Buhari is attempting to pervert justice by using underhand tactics to keep the man in power.

If there exists any doubt about my superior vision and ability over Buhari, he might as well do the needful and accept my standing invitation for a two-hour debate on our visions for Nigeria.

Of course, my qualifications, ability, and visions have never been in doubt. Instead, the only question mark to my candidacy has been the fact that I happen to be an Igbo from the South-East Nigeria.

To this bourgeois school of thought, power must remain in the North past 2019, whether the Northern candidate has the capacity to lead the country or not. They would also add that 2023 is the Igbo turn.

But those who hold that view are not only grossly naïve and self-serving, they are also unruly unpatriotic. First of all, I am not an Igbo candidate. I am simply a unique candidate — detribalised and best suited to unleash the abundant potential of the country to greatness.

And the time is now. Therefore, any attempt by a cabal to deny me through undemocratic means is definitely worse than the annulment of June 12.

The cabal must recognise that suffering Nigerian masses do not talk about region or religion when they think of three square meals, when they are confronted with poor amenities or when our youths are faced with massive unemployment.

Besides, how can zoning suddenly become a criterion for power equation within APC?

The answer is simple. Muhammadu Buhari does not believe in zoning, to begin with. Lest we forget, he ran for president in 2003, 2007, 2011, before winning it all in 2015. More currently, the APC Constitution profoundly promotes zoning and federal character.

Yet, Mr. Buhari is presiding over a government that neither features Igbo, a major Nigerian tribe, in the upper echelons of his government nor in the national security apparatus of the country.

So, if President Buhari does not respect the APC Constitution in his first term in office, what are the chances that he will honour mere unwritten zoning convention that assumes that the presidency would be zoned to the South-East in 2023, when he (Buhari) is a lame duck and does not have to pander for votes?

Your answer is as good as mine.

Therefore, instead of amplifying the echoes of a lifelong pattern of regional rivalries and poor leadership, posterity beckons Buhari and APC to capitalise on our rich diversity and find common grounds where ideas could converge for practical solutions.

It calls for our great party and Buhari to, at base, create a lasting legacy by truly adhering to the tenets of internal party democracy so that the long-awaited Nigerian president of our dream can finally emerge.

SKC Ogbonnia, Ph.D.

All Progressives Congress presidential aspirant

Abuja, Nigeria.

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