Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Politics

At this very moment, Donald Trump is being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. A new era begins for the people of the United states and the world.

I think some of his beliefs work for him.

As Obama stands on the porch of the white house with his beautiful wife, watching as the motorcade that brings the president-elect,Donald Trump and his wife meander right into the frontage of the white house. Though he stands with mixed feelings, sadness and joy, fulfillment and regrets, one thing is very sure, he logs out today as the 44th president of the United states as Donald trump begins an era.

For the rest of his life, Barack Obama will be able to walk into arenas and get a standing ovation and requests for hugs, handshakes and selfies.

A generation of Democrats will remember the sense of revolution that seized America in 2008 when he won the presidency.

They will describe to their children the sheer hope they felt when the Bush era came to an end.

He won his place in the history books by showing that a black man could win the presidency of a country still struggling with the legacy of slavery, ethnic persecution and segregation.

But right now, as the Obama era enters its final hours, millions of voters will look at the prospect of Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House.

 

Hillary Clinton faces up with Donald Trump in the first 2016 US election debate. Who won the debate ? well we have to wait for our in- house political analysts to finale their reports  before we can finally weight how they fare. Meanwhile, it was a very beautiful adrenaline pumping encounter.  Click here to read about how the debate is progressing New york times

Article culled from RadarOnline.com

Kim Kardashian is no longer with Her! The reality star had been a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter, but announced this week she could be switching sides to Team Trump!

Kardashian has not officially endorsed Trump, but said in an interview with Wonderland magazine that she could be reconsidering her decision to vote Clinton.

“At first I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m so Hillary [Clinton],’ but I had a long political call with Caitlyn last night about why she’s voting Trump. I’m on the fence,” Kardashian told the magazine.

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Jenner has been vocal about her feelings for Clinton, saying that the Democratic nominee “could [not] care less about women” and that “she cares about herself.”

Once a Ted Cruz supporter, Jenner has come out in support of Trump in recent weeks, saying he seems to be “very much for women” and praising his acceptance of transgender people.

Jenner’s sentiment seems to have rubbed off on Kardashian, who only a year ago posted a selfie with Clinton, but now admits she is reluctant to vote for her.

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It might not be a complete surprise that Kardashian could vote for Trump.She previously told GQ that she once identified herself as a “liberal Republican.” Kardashian also previously worked with Trump, appearing onThe Apprentice in 2010.

How does Trump feel about Kardashian? “Well, look, she was so nice to me. I mean every time I see her she’s just — I’m just going to say she was always nice to me,” Trump said, according to Yahoo.

 

In a later response Kim denied intention to vote for Trump and is said to be voting for Hilary Clinton

$19.8m frozen in ex-First Lady’s accounts. NIMASA officials’ names used in deals

FACTS AND FIGURES: $22,353,076.71

Total amount wired into Mrs Jonathan’s accounts in four corporate accounts and one personalised account

$19,871.307.96
Total amount frozen in four corporate accounts and one personalised account

$14,029.881.79
Amount in the four VISA Platinum dollar cards used by Mrs. Jonathan

$753,206.76
Amount Mrs Jonathan has spent from the $5,114,609.00 lodged into the account of  Globus Integrated Services Limited

$4,361,393.24
The balance in Globus
Integrated Services Limited

$3,737,500.00
Amount lodged into the account of Trans Investment

$405,856.88
The cash Mrs. Jonathan has spent from the account of Trans Investment

$3,331,643.12
The balance in Trans
Investment’s account

$3,644,200.00
The money lodged into Seagate Property’s account

$22,353,076.71
Total amount wired into Mrs Jonathan’s accounts in four corporate accounts and one personalised account

$19,871.307.96
Total amount frozen in four corporate accounts and one personalised account

$14,029.881.79
Amount in the four VISA Platinum dollar cards used by Mrs. Jonathan

$753,206.76
Amount Mrs Jonathan has spent from the $5,114,609.00 lodged into the account of  Globus Integrated Services Limited

$4,361,393.24
The balance in Globus
Integrated Services Limited

$3,737,500.00
Amount lodged into the account of Trans Investment

$405,856.88
The cash Mrs. Jonathan has spent from the account of Trans Investment

$3,331,643.12
The balance in Trans
Investment’s account

$3,644,200.00
The money lodged into Seagate Property’s account

$242,665.29
Amount Mrs. Jonathan has spent from the account of Seagate Property

$3,401,534.71
The balance in Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited account, which is currently on Post No Debit Status

$3,095,400
Amount fraudulently lodged into the account of Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited

$160, 089.28
Amount spent by Mrs Jonathan from the account of Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited

$2,935,310.72
The balance in the account of Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited, which is currently on Post No Debit Status

$6, 761,367.71
Amount in another VISA Platinum Credit card account opened by Mrs. Jonathan

$919,941.54
Amount Mrs Jonathan has spent from the VISA Platinum Credit Card account

$5,841,426.17
The balance in the VISA Platinum Credit Card account

Former First Lady Patience Jonathan’s bank accounts containing $19,871.307.96 have been frozen, The Nation learnt yesterday.

The cash is part of the $22.3 million found in the accounts.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has also established a prima facie case of money laundering against the ex-First Lady and 10 others.

The  11 suspects may face trial for alleged money laundering if the recommendation of the investigative team is upheld.

The EFCC declared that “preliminary investigation has also indicted Mrs. Patience Jonathan”.

The 10 suspects indicted in the investigation are a former Senior Special Assistant (Domestic/Household and Social Events to the former President), Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel; Damola Bolodeoku; Dipo Oshodi; Theodora Varinik; Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; Seagate Property Development and Investment Limited; Globus Integrated Services Limited; Trans Ocean Property and Investment Company Limited and Skye Bank Plc.

The 10th suspect, Sompre Omiebi, is said to be on the run.

The mobile phones recovered from most of the suspects have revealed how the slush funds were wired.

Mrs. Jonathan has sued Skye Bank, claiming ownership of the accounts.

She is asking for N200 million damages from the bank in addition to demanding that the lid on the accounts be lifted.

The Nation stumbled on a report on the investigation. It states: “Based on the investigation so far carried out, the four fraudulent VISA Platinum USD card accounts used by Mrs. Patience Goodluck Jonathan has a cumulative balance of $14,029,881.79 which has been swept Post No Debit Card category.

“Again, her personal account, different from the four fraudulent VISA Platinum USD Card accounts, bears the balance of $5,841,426.17.

“Considering the above-stated findings, we can safely conclude that a prima facie case of conspiracy to retain proceeds of unlawful activities, retention of the proceeds of unlawful activities, money laundering, contrary to Section 15(3) and 18(a) of the Money Laundering ( Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and forgery contrary to Section 1(2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act,  Cap M17, Laws of the Federation, 2004 have been established against the aforementioned suspects.”

The EFCC claimed that all the funds traced to Mrs Jonathan’s accounts were proceeds of gratification.

The report said: “The intelligence revealed that Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel fraudulently received various sums of money, being proceeds of gratification and retained same on behalf of the then First Family and for himself.

“In committing the alleged offence, Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel, in grand conspiracy with one Sompre Omiebi and Mrs. Patience Jonathan, procured the services of Mr. Dipo Oshodi, Miss Theodora Vavrinik and Mr. Damola Bolodeoku of Skye Bank Plc to launder and retain the proceeds of their unlawful activities.

“On receipt of the intelligence report, letters of investigation activities were sent to the Corporate Affairs Commission, relevant banks , communication companies, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Chief of Staff to the President, Federal Road Safety Corps and the mobile phones recovered from suspects were analysed.

“Also, the employees of various banks whose names featured, together with Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel, were interviewed and a search carried out . Some of the purported directors and signatories to the said companies were arrested and interviewed.”

The report explained that the accumulation of the gratification funds started in 2013 with the registration of four fake firms.

The report added: “In 2013, the principal suspect, Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel, in a grand conspiracy with Sompre Omiebi and Barr. Amajuoye Azubuike fraudulently registered the following companies: (a) Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited; (b) Trans Ocean  Property and Investment Company Limited; (c) Globus Integrated Service Limited; ( d) Seagate Property Development and Investment Limited.

“However, the following persons , Taiwo Ebenezer, Chima John, Friday Davis, Olalekan Bello, Asuquo Charles, Kola Frederick, Rasak Gbodiyam, Ebi Attah, Agbo Baro and Olugbenga Isaiah, named as the purported directors of the companies, have denied knowledge of the registration and any interest in the companies.

“That after the fraudulent registration, the principal suspect, Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel, conspired with Sompre Omiebi and three officials of the Skye Bank Plc, namely Dipo Oshodi, Theodora Varinik and Damola Bolodeoku, to fraudulently open current and VISA Platinum Credit Card ( USD) accounts for the companies.

“That in opening account Nos: 1771420773 and 2110002238 for Pluto Property and Investment and Company Limited in Skye Bank Plc, Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel, Sompre Omiebi and Skye Bank officials, namely Dipo Oshodi, Theodora Varinik and Damola Bolodeoku, also fraudulently used the details of one Friday Davies and Toru Inoyengibuomo( who have been found to be staff of NIMASA) .

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Image:courtesy of Sahara Reporters

“That in opening account Nos: 1771420797 and 2110002245 for Trans Ocean Property and Investment and Company Limited in Skye Bank Plc, Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel, Sompre Omiebi and Skye Bank officials namely Dipo Oshodi, Theodora Varinik and Damola Bolodeoku, also fraudulently used the details of one Asuquo Charles and Kola Frederick as the signatories to the accounts.

“That in opening account Nos: 1771421299 0and 2110002269 for Globus Integrated Services Limited Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel, Sompre Omiebi and Skye Bank officials namely Dipo Oshodi, Theodora Varinik and Damola Bolodeoku also fraudulently used the details of one Razak Gbodiyam and Ebi Attah as the signatories to the accounts.

“That in opening account Nos: 1771420780and 2110002207 for Seagate Property Development and Investment Limited, Dr. Dudafa Waripamo-Owei Emmanuel, Sompre Omiebi and Skye Bank officials namely Dipo Oshodi, Theodora Varinik and Damola Bolodeoku also fraudulently used the details of one Agbo Baro and Olugbenga Isaiah as the signatories to the accounts.

“That though these fraudulent accounts do not have Biometric Verification Numbers(BVN), the Skye Bank officials allowed their cronies to use and operate the accounts.

“That all the driver’s licences used as a means of identification of the purported signatories have been found to be forged.

“That all these fraudulent accounts were opened with the consent of Mrs. Patience Goodluck Jonathan.

“Furthermore, the investigation has revealed that all VISA Platinum USD cards in respect of the above-mentioned accounts were picked up by Mr. Dipo Oshodi and Damola Bolodeoku of Skye Bank Plc from the bank and handed over to Mrs. Patience Goodluck Jonathan.”

EFCC detectives gave the breakdown of how funds were wired into nine USD accounts believed to have been opened with fraudulent names and operated by Mrs. Jonathan.

The report said: “That looking at the various Visa Platinum USD Card accounts, the sum of $5,114,609.00 were lodged into the account of  Globus Integrated Services Limited out of which the sum of $753,206.76 has been spent by Mrs. Patience Jonathan, leaving a balance of $4,361,393.24, which is currently on Post No Debit Status.

“That the sum of $3,737,500.00 was also fraudulently lodged into the account of Trans Ocean Property abc Investment Company Limited out of which the sum of $405,856.88 has been spent by Mrs. Patience Jonathan, leaving a balance of $3,331,643.12, which is currently on Post No Debit Status.

“That investigation has also revealed that the sum of $3,644,200.00 was fraudulently lodged into the account of Seagate Property Development and Investment Company Limited out of which the sum of $242,665.29 has been spent by Mrs. Jonathan, leaving a balance if $3,401,534.71, which is currently on Post No Debit Status.

“That investigation has revealed that the sum of $3,095,400, fraudulently lodged into the account of Pluto Property and Investment Company Limited out if which the sum of $160, 089.28 has been spent, leaving a balance of $2,935,310.72, which is currently on Post No Debit Status.

“That in another investigation, it was discovered that another VISA Platinum Credit card (USD) Account number 2110001712 was opened by Mrs. Patience Jonathan where $6, 761,367.71 was credited out of which she has spent $919,941.54, leaving a balance of $5,841,426.17.”

From an article by Yusuf Ali on Sahara Reporters

Polls released over the past few days show Hillary Clinton losing to Donald Trump in several key swing states, in a trend that should set off alarm bells for Democrats.

These new polls, from several different outlets, show Trump ahead in some states where he hasn’t led any polls in months, and some are the best general election poll results Trump has ever gotten. Here’s the rundown:

  • In Ohio, two new polls from Bloomberg and CNN show Trump soaring to a 5-point lead — his biggest margin in the state in any poll tracked by HuffPost Pollster all campaign.
  • In Florida, a new CNN poll shows Trump winning by 3 points, his best performance since before the conventions.
  • In Nevada, Clinton is down by 2 points, according to Monmouth. She had led in post-convention polls.
  • And in Maine, which most expected to be a safe Democratic state and not a swing state, Clinton leads Trump by a mere 3 points, according to Colby College/Survey USA.

Now, you should generally look at the average of polls, rather than overinterpreting the significance of any one new poll, and head over to HuffPost Pollster or RealClearPolitics to do that. But sometimes, if the race is changing quickly and there haven’t been many polls lately, the averages can be slow to catch up (some state averages incorporate polls conducted back in July).

And when so many unusually pro-Trump poll results emerge at once, they seem unlikely to be the artifact of random noise. At the very least, they seem to indicate that the race is now much closer than it has been in months. At most, they could indicate that Trump has now pulled into a lead in states that could help make the difference.

The case against Democratic panic

One reason Democrats shouldn’t completely panic just yet is that it is quite possible for Clinton to still win if she loses Ohio, Florida, and Nevada. Her apparent easiest path to victory involves winning Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Colorado, Virginia, Michigan, and Wisconsin. So keep an eye on new polling from those states in the next few days — if they start to slip away from her, then it will be time for Democrats to get really worried.

Furthermore, it hasn’t all been bad news for Clinton. Over the weekend, she got a strong set of poll results from CBS News/YouGov, which gave her a 7-point lead in Ohio and a 2-point lead in Florida. And she remains ahead in almost every national poll to come out lately.

And it’s also possible that this sudden swing in the polls is affected somewhat by differential non-response rates, a phenomenon Jeff Stein wrote about earlier this year. That is to say, the news of Clinton’s illness may have made her supporters less enthusiastic about even answering polls, so they’d naturally show up less often in the results.

The case for Democratic panic

Yet if Clinton voters truly are feeling so unenthusiastic about the race that they won’t answer phone polls, that in itself indicates a major underlying enthusiasm problem her campaign needs to solve. And in any case, finding creative reasons to dismiss poll results you may not like has generally been a bad idea this year. “Differential non-response rates” may have a fancy name, but paying attention to what the polls actually show has proven to be a pretty good guide to what’s happening.

And even those national polls that are mostly good for Clinton contain some worrying signs for her. For instance, today’s national Quinnipiac poll results put her ahead by 5 points in a head-to-head matchup with Trump, but by just 2 in a four-way ballot test including Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Polls show that it is mainly young voters who are willing to switch their loyalties from Clinton to Johnson or Stein when they are offered as options. Perhaps this will change if those voters view a Trump presidency as more of a possibility, or if Johnson and Stein both fail to qualify for the debates, as seems likely. But for now, it appears that Clinton can’t take overwhelming support among millennials for granted.

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