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NAF aircraft destroys armed bandits camp in Zamfara state

The air component of Operation Hadarin Daji has destroyed an armed bandits’ camp and neutralized dozens of bandits in air strikes conducted at Doumbourou forest in Zamfara state.This was revealed in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, May 26 by the Nigerian Air Force spokesman, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola.The operation was executed on Saturday, May 25 pursuant to human intelligence reports indicating that some locations within the forest were being used by the armed bandits as hideouts, including a group of huts belonging to a notorious kingpin named “Dangote.”Accordingly, following confirmatory Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), an Alpha Jet aircraft was detailed to attack the armed bandits’ camp leading to the destruction of their structures and neutralization of close to two dozen bandits.READ ALSO: Obasanjo: We need national meeting to settle Nigeria’s national identity now (opinion)Watch the video of the air strikes below:The statement said the Nigerian Air Force working in consonance with other security agencies, will sustain its operations to flush the bandits out of the north-west of the country.Meanwhile, the West Africa Network for Peace-building, Nigeria (WANEP-Nigeria) has called for the strengthening of community policing and inter-agency collaboration to tackle the surge in armed banditry across states in the north-west region of Nigeria.This was contained in a statement by the national coordinator, WANEP-Nigeria, Mrs. Bridget Osakwe, made available to Legit.ng on Tuesday, May 21.WANEP-Nigeria while condemning the attacks, called on the federal government to intensify inter-agency collaboration to enhance synergy between security agencies in Nigeria.Stay with Legit and keep track of the latest news in Nigeria!Buhari should put an end to banditry, unrest in Zamfara - Nigerians cry | Legit TV
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Jose Quintana hit hard in loss Sunday

by Elliott Baas | Cubs Correspondent | Sun, May 26th 11:38pm EDTJose Quintana allowed six runs (five earned) on 12 hits over 5.1 inningsin the Cubs' 10-2 loss to the Reds on Sunday. He walked one and struck out two while falling to 4-4.
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Netflix acquires Cannes Film Festival’s ‘Grand Prix’ winner

Netflix, America streaming giant, has acquired Senegalese feature film ‘Atlantics,’ which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and won the ‘Grand Prix’ award.News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ‘Atlantics’ is a feature debut of French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop, and has earned her the second-most prestigious prize of the festival after the Palme d’Or.‘Atlantics’,written and directed by Diop, is a Senegalese drama film about sexual politics among young migrants.The silver prize, for ‘Atlantics’, has given Diop an indelible place in theatrical history as the first black female filmmaker to win an award in Cannes Film Festival’s 72-year history.The feat has proven to be one of the biggest breakouts at Cannes this year, as the film has reportedly been acquired by Netflix.Netflix has signed international rights for the Grand Prix winner as well as an animated film ‘I Lost My Body’, which won the Cannes Critics’ Week Award.However, the company has not announced when the films will be released on the platform.The acquisition represents Netflix’s ongoing aggressive interest for Africa motion picture sector in recent times where there is still relatively untapped source of talents and contents.The news comes just months after Netflix announced its first original African series “Queen Sono,” starring veteran South African actress Pearl Thusi (“Quantico”), as well as “Mama K’s Team 4,” its first African animated original.Earlier this year, it announced its acquisition of South African drama “Shadow,” which was released globally as a Netflix Original on March 8.Also, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF 2018), the streamer acquired Nigerian drama “Lionheart,” the directorial debut of Nollywood veteran actress Genevieve Nnaji.It was also picked as a Netflix Original movie and was released worldwide on January 4, 2019.In December 2018, the company reportedly signaled that it planned to get serious about ordering/acquiring original series and films from the African continent, created by Africans.Thierry Fremaux, Cannes Film Festival chief, also recognizes the African potential, ahead of this year’s event.He said: “There is an exciting new generation coming out of the African continent and women are making half of [those works], if not more.“We’re sensing a simmering in Africa, women are driving it and Cannes is its arena.”Diop and French-Malian Ladj Ly were the only filmmakers of African descent represented in the competition section at the world’s most prestigious film festival this year.Meanwhile, Ladj Ly’s feature debut “Les Miserables” which also premiered in competition and picked up a jury prize, was acquired by Amazon.Share this: TweetMoreWhatsApp
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Dashed Hopes as Missing Adewura’s Body Found in Lagos Canal

Sunday EhigiatorIt was dashed hopes for the Bello family after the dead body of their daughter Adewura Lateefat, was allegedly found floating in a canal at the Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos, 12 days after she was declared missing. The 26-year-old went missing on May 15, 2019 in Lagos and was last sighted by her colleague who was said to have dropped her off at Medical road opposite Ikeja bus terminal.At about 6pm of same day, she had reportedly told her sister that she was around Cement busstop on her way home. That was the last anyone heard of her.The family raised an alarm on social media and a public search began for the deceased, who was fondly referred to as Wura.After the family reported to the police, her phone number was tracked to Badagry but she wasn’t found until 7pm on Sunday when her family identified her corpse.According to Twitter user, @OfficiallBmax, who broke the news, he said Wura’s body was discovered in a canal.According to THISDAY findings, on the day she went missing, she had boarded a bike in the downpour to hasten her journey home.On getting to a flooded road, the motorcyclist was reportedly warned by onlookers but to wait for better visibility, but he ignored them and attempted to ride through the flood.They both ended up being swept away by the flood but the motorcyclist however survived, and was immediately apprehended by onlookers and handed over to Moshalashi Police Station.Adewura on the other hand was unlucky as she was swept into a canal through a wide opened manhole.When contacted, the state Police Spokesman, DSP Bala Elkana ruled out abduction given that no ransom was demanded.While admitting that he was just hearing that her body has been found, he said he said there was no almost possibility of it being a kidnapping case.According to him, every kidnap case must have an evidence, and the kidnappers would have contacted someone to demand ransom, which was not the case in this matter.He said: “A body has been recovered at a canal in Ipaja, but it can’t be concluded yet if it is her body as the body was already decomposing.“At this point, the police have to depend on a medical examination to ascertain whose body it is, as the body has already been taken for medical examination.”
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Where comes alleged NBC radio licenses “scandal” issue from?

By Abubakar Mahmoud AhmedEarly this week, a younger colleague alerted me to a story that was making the rounds on social media. A mushroom “civil society group” called COALITION AGAINST CORRUPTION AND BAD GOVERNANCE, CACOBAG, with address at Abeokuta Expressway, Abule Egba, in Lagos State, issued a screaming press release, alleging “license racketeering rocking the National Broadcasting Commission”.How the mushroom group located in a ghetto of Abule Egba in Lagos State was able to discern “racketeering” allegation, that is “rocking the National Broadcasting Commission”, must be one of the wonders of contemporary life; but it seemed so obvious, that those behind this latest story about the NBC, were merely ratcheting up a figment of their own imagination, but one that was part of an orchestrated campaign, against Malam Modibbo Kawu, the Director General of the NBC.And it didn’t take too long in the press release, to see through the effort by the flotsam and jetsam of the Lagos “civil society” rabble. They gleefully announced their discovery, which must be like Einstein’s discovery of the grand Theory of Relativity. CACOBAG (like truly irresponsible windbags),announced that: “Information at our disposal indicate that the embattled (embattled? Who declared the war?) DIrector General of the NBC, Mallam Ishaq Modibbo Kawu recently (RECENTLY? The CACOBAG windbag ruffians couldn’t even get the exact dates?), allocated six slots of Radio license to his private company”.The disturbing discoveryThe group went further to allege the “disturbing discovery of how the DG NBC surreptitiously allocated six slots of radio license to his private company, Word, Sound and Vision (WSV) Ltd to himself (SIC) in the recent allocation of Radio and Television broadcast license to private operators in the country”. Not done, CACOBAG, headed by a certain Toyin Raheem, went further to state that “Mallam Modibbo Kawu who is currently being prosecuted along with others in court by the ICPC over a N2.5 billion fraud case gave himself through his private company six prime radio license slots in Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano and two in Ilorin Kwara State”. Having made the “earth-shattering” discovery, CACOBAG said it was “totally unacceptable”; it was “an abuse of office and a display of cheer (CHEER?) greed and racketeering”. So, “we (THE WINDBAGS) at CACOBAG are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to take immediate action”.And just in case Nigerians forget what I have stated in two previous articles, concerning Malam Modibbo Kawu, the windbags of “CACOBAG”, revealed again just what their sponsors have desperately longed for and which is tearing their hearts: “we wonder why Modibbo Kawu who is facing trial on charges of corruption and criminal conspiracy is still allowed as the DG of NBC”. CACOBAG and the Lagos-based political group that sponsors them, have been terribly sad, that the ICPC trial-by-media and subsequent arraignment in court, have not led to Malam Modibbo Kawu’s removal.They have not been able to put their man, a Lagos-based journalist who was a former Commissioner in Lagos in the position of DG NBC, true to their wish, and as part of the agenda to control as many strategic institutions as possible, by the Lagos-based greedy political machinery. Not surprisingly, this week, the CACOBAG press statement has been reported in THE NATION and THE PUNCH newspapers and some of the online outlets, that have been at the heart of the campaign of vilification against Malam Modibbo Kawu, the DG of the NBC.Painstaking investigations at the NBC HQI wanted to know the truth of the allegations as well as the really true position in respect of the licensing of Radio and television stations by the NBC. So early this week, I made very painstaking investigations at the NBC HQ in Abuja, in respect of these allegations. I swear to Allah, that I made the investigation with an open mind, and with the sole purpose of knowing the truth of the matter. My informants at the NBC gave me an opportunity to ask questions, and they also quoted to me the relevant papers on the same subject.These professionals expressed surprise about the development, saying that my inquiry was the first time they were being made aware of an alleged “license racketeering” issue at the NBC. I was informed that even the DG, Modibbo Kawu, only got to know about the press release by CACOBAG, when he got a call from a reporter from THE SUN newspaper. The reporter had informed him (Malam Modibbo Kawu), that his editor wanted to know Kawu’s view concerning the subject. It was later that day, that someone forwarded to him by WHATSAPP, the press statement by CACOBAG. At the NBC, I was informed, that the last set of 147 radio licenses were approved and issued by President Muhammadu Buhari on September 24th, 2018.That was eight months ago. How come that CACOBAG is just “discovering” the subject of their press release? So the statement by CACOBAG alleging “licensing racketeering rocking the National Broadcasting Commission”, was therefore a figment of the imaginations of the “CACOBAG busybodies. It was clear, that the story must have come from the desperate desire of those behind the ICPC case, to add fuel to fire, with the new allegation, and who must have been working with insiders in the NBC; those in the Commission, who have regularly, secretly, released documents of the Commission to external clients.I was further educated, that there are certain basic facts about licensing procedures that those behind the mischievous story were patently ignorant about. The DG of the NBC cannot and does not have the power to “allocate licenses” to himself or to anyone else. This is because all radio and television licenses are approved by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is the president’s prerogative to approve (or withhold) licenses, to properly registered Nigerian companies, not the NBC Director General. What the NBC does, is to compile the list of applicants; these are then submitted to the Presidency.From that point, the NBC or its Director General, has no power to influence which company is then issued the license by the President. That has always been the case. I was then shown the applications for licenses by the company Word, Sound & Vision Multimedia Limited. The applications dated to September 26, 2008, eleven years ago. Similarly, I discovered that the PDP Presidents of the period, late Umaru Yar’adua and Goodluck Jonathan refused to give Word, Sound & Vision Multimedia Limited licenses, despite the fact that it met all the NBC’s laid down criteria for licensing.I was later informed at the Word, Sound & Vision Multimedia Limited Office, just how intense was the effort they made to speak to the top people in the administrations concerned, and a former PDP Governor, who became highly influential during the Yar’adua administration spoke forthrightly: “Modibbo we in the PDP will never give you a license; not after all that you’ve written against us in your weekly columns”. I was informed that that Malam Modibbo Kawu and his team at Word, Sound & Vision Multimedia Limited stopped bothering about trying to get the radio licenses. At least under the PDP administrations. Modibbo Kawu was appointed Director General of the NBC in May, 2016; and one of the first steps he took, was to be completely excluded from the directorship of the company, Word, Sound & Vision Multimedia Limited.At the company’s office, they told me that he has not even visited the offices of the company in the past three years. But the people running the company re-raised the issue of their application, and these were shortlisted and submitted, along with 162 other applications for commercial radio licenses, not to mention the television, campus and community stations. In the exercise of his powers, President Muhammadu Buhari approved 147 licenses, including those for Word, Sound & Vision Multimedia Limited. There was no way that the NBC DG could have influenced the list that the president approved.The people at the NBC here in Kaduna, told me further to my inquiry, that getting the approval was one thing, and that is often only the first step. They become effective and can be called licenses in real terms, only when the license fees have been paid and the licensee is issued frequencies to operate as radio stations. I got to know that in the 2015 round of licensing done by President Goodluck Jonathan, there was a company that was issued 14 licenses; another one got six; there was another one that got 4 and yet another, owned by Mr Godfrey Ohuabunwa, that was given seven licenses. It turned out that most of these licenses were not paid for, and so are not on air today. As I stated earlier, I met the lawyer working as General Manager of Word, Sound & Vision Multimedia Limited; at their offices/ studios in Jabi, and he confirmed that they were issued the licenses; but since September 2018, they have not been able to pay, and consequently, they have not been issued frequencies to operate. The lawyer expressed surprise that the CACOBAG people were mischievously linking the licenses to a so-called racketeering issue at the NBC. He said that as a bonafide Nigerian company, Word, Sound & Vision Multimedia Limited was entitled to seek the licenses, and he added further, that Malam Modibbo Kawu was removed from everything related to the company, from the moment that he was appointed the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission. What I discovered further, was that licenses issued by the President are actually provisional and they translate to nothing, until they have been paid for, and the NBC’s Engineering Directorate issues the frequencies for transmission.So the question to ask is simple. Why have the windbags of CACOBAG gone to town with their allegation about “license racketeering” at the National Broadcasting Commission? The reason appears very clearly. The sponsors of the ICPC trial-by-media, against Malam Modibbo Kawu and Pinnacle Communications Limited, as well as the arraignment in court, have seen the way that their case is crumbling under cross examination.It is looking like the court route is not going to earn them the prize of removal of Malam Modibbo Kawu from his position as Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission. So they have chosen to go through a different route. There are so many “For Hire”, unemployed scum bags in the urban centers of Nigeria today, who call themselves “civil society activists”.Lagos political machineryThe Lagos political machinery that is desperately seeking the ouster of Malam Modibbo Kawu as DG of the NBC, so that they can implant one of their own, as part of the systematic takeover of all strategic Federal institutions, controls and funds many of these so-called “civil society” groups; the windbags of CACOBAG belong to the Lagos political rabble that believes it must destroy everyone that is in the way of their inordinate ambition to takeover every strategic institution in Nigeria.They work with other blindly ambitious individuals inside the NBC; these are the ones who release NBC documents, for the ridiculous purposes, such as has been done by the windbags of CACOBAG . But in this, their inordinate agenda, they will also fail. The Lagos political group does not own Nigeria.It cannot use blackmail and dirty politics to hound decent, hardworking Nigerians from genuine service to our country. They cannot be allowed to malign the characters of patriots genuinely serving Nigeria. Neither the windbags of CACOBAG nor their sponsors in the Lagos political machinery, will be allowed to destroy the character of Malam Modibbo Kawu, just because they want this former Commissioner to be forcibly implanted as DG of the NBC. There was nothing like a “license racketeering” at the NBC, as alleged by the hired guns of CACOBAG.It is a futile attempt at creating a cheap scandal that has no basis, but which is the manner the Lagos political machinery has always operated. Nigerians have now seen through their evil plans against an innocent patriot, Malam Modibbo Kawu. Their plot will not succeed. The Holy Qur’an in Suratul Al-Anfal (8:30) said: “…they plot and plan, and Allah too plans, and Allah is the Best of planners”.Abubakar Mahmoud Ahmed, retired Journalist; Public Affairs Consultant and Hadith Scholar, lives in Kurmi Mashi, Kaduna.
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Mike Ashley, Newcastle United owner, reportedly agrees to sell the EPL club ▷ Nigeria...

- Mike Ashley who owns Newcastle United is said to have agreed to sell the club- The 54-year-old British billionaire has been the owner of the EPL side for the past 12 years- He is willing to sell the club for £350 million to Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al NehayanMike Ashley who is the owner of Premier League side Newcastle United has reportedly agreed to sell the club for massive sum of £350 million.According to the latest report on UK Sun, the 54-year-old British billionaire has agreed to sell the club to Dubai-based billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan.Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan is the cousin of Manchester City's owner Sheikh Mansour and he is said to have had interest in buying the club for the past two years.Last year, he was also said to be interested in buying Premier League giants Liverpool, but the deal failed to work.PAY ATTENTION: Install Pitch Football App for FREE to get the latest football News & ScoresREAD ALSO: N'Golo Kante of Chelsea suffers injury in training and could miss Europa League finalAshley has been the owner of Newcastle United for the past 12 years and the club had been subject to previous but unsuccessful takeover attempts from the likes of Staveley and Kenyon.At the just concluded Premier League season, Newcastle United finished as 12th best on the final standings with 49 points.But the club's fans are desperate for success having not won a major trophy since the Fairs Cup in 1969.Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is poised for stunning return to the Premier League with Newcastle United lining up a bid for the Italian.Balotelli currently plays for French Ligue 1 side, Nice, but the club's top brass is understood to be ready to let the forward leave.NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng We have updated to serve you better11 years childless, Ex-Super Eagles goalkeeper Idah Peterside shares his story | Legit TV
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Sports Minister Dalung dares IAAF, gives no commitment to repay ‘missing’ $130,000

Related NewsThe Nigerian Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has accused the International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF, of ‘blackmail’ after the body gave Nigeria an ultimatum to refund the money it was paid in error.The federation said Nigeria was overpaid by $130,000 in 2017 but the country’s officials have rebuffed all efforts to get the money back.Nigeria must now pay back within days or be sanctioned, the IAAF said.In a letter sent to the president of the AFN, Ibrahim Gusau, and signed by the IAAF Senior Manager, Governance, Jee Isram, the body said the AFN was contacted immediately the anomaly was noticed on March 18, 2017, to refund the sum of $130,000 that was wrongly credited.“Failure to receive the funds back within that period, we will have no alternative than to apply appropriate sanctions against your Federation,” it said.Analysts have expressed outrage at the delayed refund, and have accused the sports ministry of denting the nation’s image.Instead of repaying the money and ending the embarrassment, officials have been trading blames and refusing to speak on the matter.A former member of the board of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria told PREMIUM TIMES the sports minister, Mr Dalung, authorised the disbursement of the money.Speaking at the 2019 Okpekpe Road Race held on Saturday in Edo State, Mr Dalung questioned the claims made by IAAF, claiming that Nigeria did nothing wrong.“I think Nigeria has been unfairly treated because the issue has been painted and promoted as if there was any wrongdoing on the part of Nigeria,” Mr Dalung said.“Certainly not, grants were released to Nigeria on the 17th of May 2017. IAAF on the 19th confirmed the transaction; those from IAAF after two months turned round and cried foul that it was a mistake.“I smell rat in the whole thing and I believe that the whole thing has been orchestrated in an attempt to blackmail Nigeria,” the minister told journalists at Saturday’s race.He continued: “Even when we went into it, we were not even convinced what the mistake was, is it a mistake of Nigeria or that of IAAF?“When did they realise they made a mistake when the transaction was confirmed? I made a mistake in transferring money… I realised within 10 minutes and I called my bank and I retrieved the money. Why did it take IAAF two months to realise a mistake? An international organization, highly reputable?“I think it is not about money erroneously credited to Nigeria, but there is a calculated attempt just to diminish and destroy Nigerian athletics, otherwise, I don’t see why they call it a mistake. We didn’t apply for a grant.”When asked what the country will do at least to save it from possible ban as threatened by the IAAF, Mr. Dalung stated:“Ban us for what? What has Nigeria done? What is the crime? Did we steal money from them? Did we ask them to transfer money to us?“They transferred money to us, they confirmed the transaction to us, then after two months, they woke up from slumber.“Is IAAF telling us they are as much disorganised as that? Where Nigeria is wrong, Nigeria will be own up but you cannot wake up and just realise that they have something to hold on to. We are not even convinced that there is any mistake, the money was sent for the golden relays and it was done. Are they saying there was no golden relays.“I think those promoting this are trying to cry blue murder; I think they are just enemies of this country and we should ask questions,” the minister concluded.
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PDP issues strong warning to Buhari’s govt over bailout fund to Gov. Bello

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State has warned against releasing the balance of N30 billion bailout to the state government under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello.The party claimed it had gathered that Governor Bello and the commissioner of finance had intensified efforts in lobbying the federal government to secure the release of the balance of the bailout.The PDP in a statement yesterday which was signed by the state publicity secretary, Bode Ogunmola, said there was the need to probe into the utilisation of the past funds so far released to the governor.The party noted that the state is hugely indebted and is owing workers salaries for upward of 38 months after it has taken several loans from banks without any development to show for it.The PDP said, “All the administration has embarked upon is reckless looting of state resources and any attempt to compromise by the CBN would be a great disservice to the suffering people of Kogi State.”The PDP disclosed that the bailout itself is not a free fund as the money is a loan that would be paid back over a period of time with 9 per cent interest.“Any government that prides itself in probity will ask questions on how past releases were utilised before committing the state into further debt,” the statement said.The PDP, however, explained that while it is not against the payment of workers their entitlements, it was pertinent that the Central Bank of Nigeria should initiate moves to probe the utilisation of earlier releases and make arrangements to pay workers directly.The opposition party warned that any further release to Bello would amount to a disservice to the poverty-stricken workers of Kogi State, pointing out that the government is financially reckless and has a penchant for not paying salaries.The PDP asked the CBN to pay Kogi workers directly stating that any attempt to release the balance of bailout to Governor Bello, would amount to giving him his pay off because the government has been rejected and would be voted out in November.
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GOING STRONGER!! Justin Bieber Shares Loved-up Photos With His Wife Hailey

Canadian singer, Justin Bieber took to Instagram to share these loved-up photos with his wife, Hailey, and revealed he gives her a new nickname every day.For one of the captions, “New nickname for her every day today she’s my goo goo ,” he captioned a lovey-dovey photo of the couple.In the other photo he posted, the pair were pictured in the studio while he works on his upcoming new music. “Studio vibes.. with my studio chicka ..,” he wrote.
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Mark it, I will be president of Nigeria – Gov Okorocha ▷ Nigeria news

- Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state is hopeful of being Nigeria's president someday- The governor said his current political travails were only strengthening him for the presidential seat- The outgoing governor said the wishes of his political adversaries concerning him would not come to passGovernor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has vowed that he will become the president of the Nigeria in future.Governor Okorocha made the statement on Sunday, May 26 during his valedictory thanksgiving service held at the Government House Chapel in Owerri.According to him, his current political travails, particularly the seizure of his Certificate of Return as the Imo west senator-elect, were only strengthening him for the presidential seat.The outgoing governor said the wishes of his political adversaries concerning him would not come to pass, saying “those who want me to go to prison will go to prison before me.”READ ALSO: Opinion: Governor Wike and the dance of the spirit by Christopher EgboSahara Reporters quoted the governor as saying the elite hated him because he decided to approach the affairs of the state differently.Describing himself as “the most criticised politician” in the country, Governor Okorocha said that all the ploy to stop him from going to the Senate will fail.His words: “I tell you, I am the most criticised person in Nigeria today. I don’t know why the entire elite hate me with cruelty.“My Senate ambition is still a battle. More than 30 people have joined the suit to fight me. All these, I will overcome.“They are only preparing me for the glory ahead.“Mark it, I will be president of Nigeria. I said this on this altar so that the kingdom of God will rise against those fighting to stop me.“Also, those who think they will put me in prison will go to prison before me.“They don’t want me to be at the National Assembly, but I will be there. I know I am the last man standing, but I will not give up.”He said that 95 percent of Imo indigenes did not understand him and his style of governance.“Only a few of them later realised that I meant well for the state. I governed the state with passion. I broke protocols and bent the laws, but I never broke laws.“When I took over the office eight years ago, I wasn’t unmindful that a lot of people will misunderstand me and try to distract me.“But today, I have left the state better than I met it. I am the architect of the new Imo. I am a satisfied governor,” he said.Governor Okorocha in recent times, has been lamenting over his treatment by the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).READ ALSO: Amaechi says his ultimate ambition is to make heavenOkorocha who has been at loggerhead with some senior members of the party, says he has been wondering if all he did for the APC was worth it.The governor made the comment when Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo inaugurated some projects in the state on Thursday, May 23, adding that he had worked passionately for the ruling party but what he got in return was the seizure of his certificate of return and constant hounding by the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission.Stay with Legit and keep track of the latest news in Nigeria!What has changed in Nigeria since the last election? | Legit TV