Monday, 6 January 2014

President open to reconciliation with Obasanjo –Presidency

President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun ObasanjoThe Presidency on Sunday said President Goodluck Jonathan was favourably  disposed to mending fences with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulak,  made this known on Sunday just as  The PUNCH  gathered that the  feud between   Jonathan and Obasanjo was   adding to the worries of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The sour relationship between the duo became public knowledge in December 2013 when Obasanjo wrote a letter titled “Before it is too late” to Jonathan.
 In  the letter, he accused the President of condoning corruption, training snipers, putting some persons on a watch list and engaging in other acts capable of destroying the country.
Jonathan replied Obasanjo openly, saying  his  letter  was    designed to incite Nigerians   against him.
There were however  speculations that some former leaders had approached the President and Obasanjo to reconcile them.
Although Gulak, in an exclusive interview with one of our correspondents in Abuja,  said he was not aware of such  moves,   he added that  there was nothing wrong with  it.
He  stated  that  in spite of the   exchange of letters between the two leaders, Jonathan still held  Obasanjo in high esteem.
The presidential aide said  the President  did not only see Obasanjo as a leader but  also as his father.
He said the President had nothing against Obasanjo because he believed strongly that only God was  perfect.
The Presidential aide  said, “We are not aware of the reconciliation moves but there is nothing wrong with it. In fact, it is a good development because our party, the PDP, is always open to reconciliation.
“Only God is perfect. If in the wisdom of the nation’s elders, there is a need for reconciliation, there is no problem.
“Let me assure you however that President Jonathan has nothing against Chief Obasanjo. He considers the former President as a leader and a father, that is why he calls him Baba.
“President Jonathan has highest respect for Chief Obasanjo. The recent exchange of letters does not mean that he  does not hold the former President in high esteem.
“Nobody is perfect. No leader is perfect, it is only God that is perfect. There is no alternative to peace in the country and in our party.”
However, a  media aide to   Obasanjo, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye,   said on Sunday that   the ex-president  was  not at war with Jonathan.

(In Pictures) 2face, Dammy Krane and Rocksteady treat fans to an autograph session in Ikeja City Mall

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An ordinary Friday at the Ikeja City Mall morphed into an uber cool one as the trio of 2face Idibia, Dammy
Krane and Rocksteady turned up at the adidas store for an autograph session last Friday.

The autograph session which witnessed a large turn out is a part of the on going Hypertek shakedown.Hypertek Shakedown is a month long line up of activities organized exclusively for friends and fans of Hypertek Digital .

Hypertek Digital  is a record label under the 960 Music Group umbrella that is home to 2face Idibia, Dammy Krane, Rocksteady and Sir Victor Uwaifo.
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" I Am Still Born Again & My Family Are In Support Of My Nude Pictures " - Says Maheeda

Maheeda with husband and daughter

According to punch read maheedas interview-

It is deliberate. I know what I am doing. The pictures are not targeted at anything. It is all about attention and there is no mistake about it. This business of music is called showbusiness and I am convinced I am on the right track. I owe no apologies. I just realised this way will be a faster hit than any other way. The pictures are working for me.As you can see, there’s so much attention on me. All of a sudden, people want to listen to my old singles and are looking forward to my debut album.In this life, everybody gets criticised whether you do good or bad. I have read and heard so much about me that I am now used to it. Thanks to them, they have helped me develop a thick skin.