Ganduje Explains How His Feud With Kwankwaso Started

Feud: How It All Started Between Me And Kwankwaso – Gov. Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has disclosed how his misunderstanding with the immediate past governor of his state, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso started. The governor recalled that they were very close and things went sour before 1999. Speaking to Daily Sun, He said: “Yes, we were very, very close. Even before 1999, we have been friends. I was Commissioner for Works and Transport for six years during the military, and my former governor is a politician right from the military when political parties were formed.“I started politics right from 1978, and in 1979 during the NPN period, I even contested election and was even part of the executive members of the party in the state. So, politics is not something I am just starting now.

“So, we contested together for governorship in 1999 and the result was controversial. Prince Tony Momoh was in Kano to supervise the primaries, the result was controversial; the elders reconciled us that he should be governor and I should be the deputy governor. I insisted that there should be re-election, but elders pleaded and I agreed to be the deputy governor. Tony Momoh is still alive, you can ask him.“And since I became the deputy governor I had to do it well. I had to be loyal, respectful and honest. So, I worked hard to add value to the government by supporting the governor not only by being loyal to him but working very hard to fill the gaps, promote the government and work round the clock to ensure when he is not around there is no difference.

That is how we worked together. Even when he was a minister, I was with him. I was on my own when he invited me to come and be his adviser when he was Minister of Defence. I agreed because after all, we have been together, and he felt we could work together.“When we won the elections in 2011, he graciously invited me, it was not as a result of any contest between us, but out of his own volition. I have to thank him for that because he could have invited someone else.“So, we worked together peacefully. When I was nominated and after I won the elections in 2015, before handing over, I started seeing some elements of undercuts from his body language.

“He didn’t attend my swearing-in, he just handed over and left for Abuja because he claimed he had something to do. I said okay and went for the swearing-in.“A night before he left, I went to him and I said during my campaign, I said that my administration will be a government of continuity. I told him that I want to retain the Secretary to the State Government. The SSG did not know, I was the one that told him. I told him that I want to retain the Accountant General.“The DG Media is his friend, I told him I want to retain him, and I later made him a Permanent Secretary. The Press Secretary, I told him I want to retain him, so he phoned and told him. And then the four administrative staff in the office, I asked him ‘will you like to take some’, he said he was taking only one, the remaining three are still in my office. So, that was a symbol of continuity.

“Then it came to the appointment of commissioners and, of course, from his body language I had started seeing some elements of disagreements. So, I didn’t get his opinion on the appointment of the commissioners because I thought that was not even necessary because the commissioners are not as strong in government as SSG and the Accountant General.“So, I thought it was something I could do. Even at that, my Commissioner for Agriculture now was also his Commissioner for Agriculture, we are still together; the Commissioner for Local Government is a younger brother to his wife, he was chairman of local government during his time; the Commissioner for Water Resources was an adviser in his government; the Commissioner for Finance was also Commissioner for Finance in his government.

“Like I said, I started seeing some elements of undercuts from his body language, and then he started attacking my administration. First, even before handing-over, he said he has paid all the contractors in Kano, but the contractors went to radio stations and said he was telling lies. You could see that he was trying to heat up the system even before handing-over.”

Tinubu Visits Sokoto, Meets Tanbuwal, Wamakko

National Leader and Head of the Presidential Reconcilition Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu visited Sokoto Saturday where he met with Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and his predecessor, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko.
Tinubu, accompanied by APC chieftain Alhaji idi Farouk, held a 2 hour closed door meeting with his hosts at both the Government House and at Senator Wamakko’s residence in Gawun Nama Area of the state capital.
The meeting was later expanded to include Deputy Governor Ahmed Aliyu and National Vice Chairman of APC (North West), Malam Inuwa Abdulkadir.
Speaking briefly to reporters after the meeting, Tinubu said he was in Sokoto for a family meeting.
“Family members meet regularly to talk to each other and I’m here for that purpose,” he stated.

Buhari Designates Tinubu To Reconcile Aggrieved APC Members

President Muhammadu Buhari has designated a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (ACP), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to reconcile the party.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said the appointed of Tinubu is part of on-going efforts to improve cohesion within the party.

Garba Shehu said the assignment will involve resolving disagreements among party members, party leadership and political office holders in some states of the Federation.

No Plan To Return To PDP – Gov. Ahmed

Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has debunked claims in certain quarters that he is planning to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he left with some other chieftains of the party prior the 2015 general elections.

In a statement on Tuesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, the governor said he, Senate President Bukola Saraki and other political leaders in Kwara have no reason to return to the PDP or join any other political party unless they are asked to do so by supporters.

Governor Ahmed clarified that the insinuations, which emerged from his recent interview with a newspaper, did not suggest that he was planning to leave. Rather, he was stating the conditions under which he and other political stakeholders in the state left the PDP.
Alhaji Ahmed emphasized that he, Saraki and other governors left the PDP due to impunity, disregard for the rule of law and lack of inclusiveness in the party at the time and following extensive consultations with stakeholders and supporters.

He, therefore, declared that he, Dr. Saraki, other stakeholders and supporters are committed to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and have no intention to cross-carpet to the opposition PDP.

The governor also urged those commenting on the matter to read the said interview properly, rather than relying on social media headlines and insinuations to draw uninformed conclusions.

Governor Ahmed also advised disgruntled elements within the legacy parties of the APC that are urging him and Senator Bukola Saraki to hasten their exit from the party to educate themselves with that interview and be appropriately informed instead of making misguided comments on issues they have no knowledge of.

He affirmed his full support for the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari and commended him for his strides in governing the country and for the unprecedented federal projects in Kwara State, which he added, were aided by the intervention of Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The governor also restated that his administration is fully committed to sustaining its ongoing fulfilment of its electoral promises to Kwarans across all sectors, and refuses to be distracted by uninformed commentaries and political mischief from any quarters.

Jonathan Distances Self From Report Claiming He Contributed To Elrufai’s Campaign Fund

Former President Goodluck has dissociated himself from a report saying the ex-President claimed he contributed to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, campaign fund.

The ex-President, in a statement issued by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, described the report as fake news fabricated by some mischievous elements.

He also advised media houses to avoid offering their platforms for spread of false information.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a fictitious comment on Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, purportedly made by the ex-President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, in which the former President was assumed to have spoken on his alleged contributions to El-Rufai’s campaign funds.

“This falsehood which was obviously fabricated by some mischievous elements and first circulated early last year by a shady online publication, has unfortunately resurfaced again. This time, a credible online group is sadly the one giving it prominence.

“We will again wish to entirely dissociate Dr. Jonathan from this fallacious comment which is lacking in all attributes of reason and credibility. We will also like to advise media organisations, especially those that serve as credible sources of information for the public, to always confirm their stories before publishing, to avoid misleading their readers.”

Abia PDP Lawmakers Defect To APC

Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Mega Rally scheduled to hold in Abia State today, five members of the Abia State House of Assembly has defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The lawmakers were formerly members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

The Lawmakers are:

1. Rt Hon Martyns Azubuike former Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly and Member Representing Isialangwa North State Constituency.

2. Minority Leader of the Abia State House of Assembly Hon Chibuzor Okogbuo who is Representing Bende South.

3. Hon Prince Ikedi Ezekwesiri Member Representing Umunneochi State Constituency.

4. Hon Theophilus Ugboaja Member Representing Ikwuano State Constituency.

5. And Member Representing Osisioma South State Constituency Hon Emeka Alozie.

Although it was gathered that Hon Emeka Alozie of Osisioma South State Constituency is still working to be guaranteed the Ticket of the APC in 2019.

The Lawmakers will be receiving the APC’s Membership card at the party’s Mega Rally holding tomorrow Tuesday 9th January 2018 at the Umuahia Township Stadium.

Tinubu Group Asks Buhari To Support Youth, Party

A socio-political group Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation, AGF, has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to take youth and party empowerment very seriously to sustain the progressive ideology of the party and membership spread.

The national coordinator of the group, Otunba Adeleye Akintola stated this when he led the delegation of the AGF on a consultation visit to the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu at his office in Abuja.

Adeleye said the mission of the delegation was to express its support for the APC-led federal government and make case for more representation of youth in government and party structure.

He promised that the group would assist the government in propagating its reformation agenda to achieve a working nation.

In her contribution, Hajia Salamatu Bello Jubril, who is the women leader of the group, similarly requested for involvement of more women in political appointment and other relevant places.

In his response, the presidential aide described Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as his benefactor, a great and exceptional leader whose legacy is worth preserving.

Ojudu thanked his visitors for showing interest to join forces with the federal government in her effort to achieve a better Nigeria.

He charged members of the group not to sit on the fence during political activities in their respective states but take part and take charge by contesting for different positions.

Ojudu assured that President Buhari is detribalized and lover of youths and women who would do everything possible to create suitable environment for them to realise their potentials without any form of discriminations.

Convention Irregularities: PDP Not Ready For Change – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not ready for change.

Reacting to revelations of how money-for-votes and systematic rigging was brazenly perpetuated during the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) is mindful of the popular axiom: “A leopard cannot change its spot”.

The abnormalities that trailed the PDP National Convention have further exposed the PDP as a Party not ready and willing to change. Indeed, the PDP has once again displayed itself to the generality of Nigerians that it is a Party with corruption deeply rooted in its DNA.

Again, it is tragic that the PDP which used to pride itself as “the biggest political Party in Africa” has now been reduced to a regional party. By frustrating South West Chairmanship candidates, it is unfortunate that the PDP has decided to punish the South West for not voting for the Party in 2015.

We urge members of the PDP that can pass the integrity test to join the APC so that we can together bring about the much-needed Change the country deserves.

Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi
National Publicity Secretary
All Progressives Congress (APC)

Atiku’s Speech At APC Convention In 2014 Versus Atiku’s Speech At PDP Convention In 2017

Last week, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a party he has left on two occasions for the then Action Congress (AC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), where he resigned from few weeks ago.

Each time the Wazirin Adamawa leave one party for the other, even though he returns again, there are always negative things to say about the party he is jumping from.

Here, we look at the speech of the former Vice president when he dumped the PDP for the APC in 2014, where he highlighted the party’s numerous failures and his speech in 2017 after leaving the APC for the PDP, where the disparaging comments he made about the party in 2014 has turned to praises.



Speech by Atiku Abubakar, GCON, former Vice President and Presidential Aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), at the Presidential Convention of the APC, at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Wednesday 10 December, 2014.


Let me begin by saying thank you to all of you who have travelled from far and near, braving bad roads, traffic jams and delayed airline flights to be here tonight night.

Yes, by the end of this convention we would have elected a Presidential candidate for our party for the 2015 elections. But that’s not the main reason why we are here. We are here because we all see and feel what I have seen and felt travelling the length and breadth of this country for several weeks now: Nigerians want change. And they want change because they are fed up with the PDP led government.

They are tired of the regime of insecurity that sees huge numbers of our people slaughtered everyday by terrorists who have also seized Nigerians territories, with our government seemingly unable to do anything about it. They are tired of the crushing level of unemployment that is destroying this generation of Nigerian youth.

Nigerians want change because they are fed up with paying for electricity and getting darkness which is also destroying our industries and contributing to unemployment and crime.

Nigerians are tired of the dangerous PDP mathematics that is destroying our democracy, the math where 16 is greater than 19 and 7 is greater than 19. I’m of course referring to the Nigerian Governors Forum and recent events in Ekiti State respectively.

Nigerians are tired of the abuse of power, lawlessness and impunity of the PDP government; the type of impunity that sees a court sacked and judges beaten up by thugs under the direction of a party to a litigation, a governor-elect. They are tired and disgusted by the abuse of power exemplified by the siege on our parliament, teargassing of the Speaker, Honourable members and staff of the parliament on the orders of the same Executive that asked him, as Speaker, to reconvene parliament to deliberate on a matter of critical national importance.

Nigerians are tired of the continued embarrassment and humiliation of our national army and police force that had performed gallantly in the past at home and abroad but are now reduced to a butt of jokes in beer parlours and motor parks across Nigeria and indeed around the world. Who has not heard the uncomplimentary comparison with hunters and local vigilantes?

Nigerians are tired of plying the death traps called roads from Enugu to Port Harcourt, Benin to Ore Road, Lagos to Ibadan and Lokoja to Abuja, to mention just a few.

And they are tired of the collapse in our public school system and the mass failures being registered year in year out by WAEC, NECO, and JAMB.

These are some of the reasons why Nigerians want change. And they are the main reasons for our being here these two days. Because we can give Nigerians the change they deserve, the change that will save this country!

Thus you are also here because you also have hope. You came here because you believe in what this country can be. You came because you believe in CHANGE, change to a Nigeria for all.  You believe that our hopes and dreams can become reality.  You believe in a nation bound in freedom, peace and unity.  You believe in a government that serves its people with heart and might.  You believe that our great country can set a standard for all of Africa to see.

I pray that you will give me the opportunity to lead our party, the All Progressives Congress, in the movement to bring about this CHANGE, change for a better Nigeria, a Nigeria for all.   Thus, I stand before you to offer myself for consideration as the candidate of our great party in the presidential election of February 2015.

Today, you will disprove those who say that there is no difference between the PDP and the APC, because today we will demonstrate that every vote counts, and that we are serious about renewing our democracy by democratic means.

Distinguished delegates, fellow Nigerians, the APC is offering something we have not had for a long time – real choice. For the first time in living memory, the Nigerian people will have the opportunity to democratically replace a Party that has lost its way with a Party that knows what to do.

Now, Nigeria needs a leader who understands what it takes to deal with a challenging economic environment, who understands what it takes to create jobs; who understands what it takes to ensure that education should not only be accessible but must deliver the skills that matter; someone who understands what it takes to turn this country around and has the will to defuse tensions and to end conflicts among our peoples.

Today, you should signal your desire for change by making the wise decision to elect a flag bearer that is a proven manager of men and materials, a person who knows that good governance transcends the limits of red tape bureaucracy, and who is a tested bridge-builder. The nominee you are about to elect must be a person trusted across our ethnic and religious divides, a person that is gifted at playing the balancing act when it comes to the sensitivities and sensibilities of our multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation.

Without sounding self-conceited, many of you here gathered, and millions of our compatriots outside this Convention arena, know that for years, I, along with other compatriots, some of who are here present, fought to oust the military and establish democratic structures.  Many times, my efforts have earned me the wrath and vengeance of wicked and unreasonable men.  Back in 1995, during General Sani Abacha’s reign of terror, my home in Kaduna was attacked in the middle of the night.  The assailants overpowered the security guards on duty, gained access to the house, and entered through the bedroom of my first son, Adamu, who was then 20 years old.  They beat Adamu up, tied his hands behind his back, and made their way towards the master bedroom.  I emerged with my wife, Titi, behind me, and told them: “It’s me you want.  Here I am.  Leave my son alone.”

One of the men fired a shot that narrowly missed my head.  Fortunately, one of my guards had jumped over the fence and alerted the police, who arrived shortly after.  Unfortunately, six of the policemen lost their lives in the ensuing gun battle.  After the attackers left, Adamu and I picked up the bodies, loaded them in a van and drove to a nearby hospital in the middle of the night.  Adamu was so traumatized that he could hardly eat anything for some weeks.

Despite this horror experience – and several other very painful occurrences, which included the murder of my mentor, Shehu Yar’Adua, and the loss of some of my property and major businesses – I continued to speak out against tyranny and dictatorship.  I continued to call for the entrenchment of democracy in Nigeria.  I continued to reach out to well-meaning compatriots and sympathetic members of the international community, working with them to liberate Nigeria from the suffocating grip of Abacha’s reign of terror.

I have been a successful entrepreneur, creating jobs and empowering men and women, to generate wealth and improve their material conditions. I was also in the public service of our great country for 20 years, in addition to my service as the Vice President of this country.  As Vice President I largely assembled the economic team, pursued the privatization programme of the government and gave direction to the National Economic Council. I vigorously pursued reforms within the limits of the responsibilities assigned to me as Vice President.  I played an important role in the establishment of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and, in particular, sourced funds within government to enable it to commence operations.  Indeed it was my recommendation, after a trip to Brazil, which led to the enactment of the Public Procurement Act, another initiative to reduce corruption in our public life.

These privileged public service positions have adequately equipped me for an exceptional leadership with a thorough knowledge of how to effectively and efficiently run a democratic government.

Also the years I spent in the public service in different locations in the country along with managing my businesses that spread across the nation over the years have provided me with unrivalled understanding of the diversity of our people and have greatly helped me to build a network of enduring friendships and associates across our ethnic and religious divides.

Without doubt, these unique experiences and exposure make me stand out as an aspirant with a sound mix of public and private sector experience and with a wide network of tested and trusted relationships cultivated over a long period of time with different groups in the country.

I therefore implore you, as you go to cast your ballot, to consider this important leadership and team-building attribute. And also ask yourself who among the contestants, if elected President, would likely be the most accessible to you, to listen to your concerns and those of Nigerians. That person would be me.

Distinguished delegates, whatever I have to do, I have always prepared myself well. I have, therefore, prepared a comprehensive Policy Document that identifies our nation’s problems and proffers workable solutions to them. This important document was produced, based on the social democratic ideological posture of our great Party, the APC. The document, a product of wide consultations, has been examined by a panel of more than 50 distinguished experts in an open Summit. It has also been openly discussed and published for public evaluation and reactions. If you give me this mandate it will form the basis of a new deal with the people of Nigeria.

The priority areas identified in that policy document are Employment Generation and Wealth Creation; Infrastructure and Power; Education and Skills Acquisition; Security; Citizenship and Governance; Agriculture and Food Security; Niger Delta and Desert- and Insurgency-Ravaged States.

But I cannot do any of any of these things alone.  I need your support.  That is our purpose here today.  I am aspiring for the presidential ticket of the APC, not just to hold an office, and definitely not to become rich or famous, but to join you to change a nation, our nation.

Distinguished delegates, fellow Nigerians, we have not built the APC simply to replace the PDP. We have built the APC to replace a political system that has been hijacked by a small cabal of anti-democratic forces. We have built the APC to give every Nigerian a choice.

Let me remind us all that the change that this nation so earnestly desires can only be achieved with unwavering unity and oneness in the rank and file of our Party. We must stand united, unshaken and unmoved. We must clearly show the strength represented in one of our party’s symbols, the broom; and that is to say that when many broom sticks are tied, knotted together, the bunch sweeps faster, better and cleaner. And it cannot be broken.

We must, therefore, stand together no matter the odds, and no matter the outcome of this primary election. To do otherwise is to fail as a party of change and of national rebirth and become a fodder in the insatiable mouth of the PDP cabal that is sucking this nation dry.  To fail to unite, is to grind to a halt this great mass movement which is important to provide our people with a formidable alternative to the failing PDP. This must not happen. It must be avoided at all costs.

Let us send a very powerful message to the Nigerian people that we are a party that is serious about defeating the PDP and that is ready to govern. And the best way to do that is by nominating the best candidate tonight and by how we conduct ourselves during and after this Convention.

I believe that you will give me your mandate by nominating me as the APC presidential flag bearer to carry out, with you, the onerous but important task of building A Nigeria for All.

Thank you.

God bless APC!

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria!



A winning PDP will get Nigeria working again
Remarks by Atiku Abubakar, GCON, former Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, at the Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, at the Eagle Square, Abuja
Saturday 9th December, 2017.

I believe in Nigeria.
I believe in one Nigeria where all our people
have equal opportunity
I believe in one Nigeria where we all share a common good.
This belief inspired me and other compatriots to establish The Peoples Democratic Party on the ideals of one united nation, built on the principles of Justice, Equity and Equal Opportunity.
For the past 19 years, I have fought for these principles, even when some in the party have not:
• I fought against factionalism

  • I fought for our Nation’s constitution and to prevent tenure elongation
  • I fought for our party’s constitution – even at the expense of being forced out of the very party that I helped found. For this is the price one must sometimes pay for democracy.
    However, I never abandoned our founding principles.
    I stayed true to them as I did on Monday the 17th August, 1998 when the late Alex Ekwueme, the late Solomon Lar and the late Abubakar Rimi and our other founders gathered to announce the birth of the PDP.
    And, today, I am proud to say that I have returned home – home to our party.
    • I am proud that the PDP is the party that successfully took over power from the military in 1999
    • I am proud that the PDP gave Nigeria her first transition from a ruling party to an opposition party – a transition that is now a model for all of Africa
  • I am proud that the PDP has an unequalled record of growing our economy for the benefit of all
    However, in 2015 the PDP was no longer united and Nigerians voted for change.

Now we must unite as a party to secure the trust of the Nigerian people again because under the APC Nigeria is not working and our people are not working.
Let us consider what the APC has achieved versus what they promised at election time:
• The APC promised us three million new jobs a year.
In Government the APC has lost us three million jobs a year

  • The APC promised us peace and unity.
    Under the APC Nigeria is now more divided and acrimonious than at any time since the civil war
  • The APC promised us restructuring. In office the APC denied restructuring.

The APC promised a war on corruption but all they have delivered is a war on the opposition, with handouts for their cronies and handcuffs for their opponents.
Compare the record of the APC in Government to the record of the PDP in Government:

  • We, the PDP, achieved a 10-year increase in the life expectancy of our people
  • We, the PDP, enabled 99 million more of our people to have a mobile phone
  • We, the PDP helped Nigeria become the largest economy in Africa
    As members of the PDP, we all have a lot to be proud of.
    In the 16 years that we governed this nation we kept it united, peaceful and prosperous.
    We made mistakes, but we put our nation first.
    We did not favour only states that voted for us and punish those that did not. We favoured all.
    And we also know that 5% and 97% do not add up to 100%.
    We now have an APC government, which continues to blame previous governments and scapegoat people rather than solve problems it was elected to solve.
    The PDP is the party that will restructure Nigeria into a modern nation with working institutions and a system that gives back power to the people by promoting:
    • Free enterprise – because it is businesses that create sustainable jobs, not government
  • Property rights – that encourage people to invest in job creation
  • A smaller, more effective government that does not consume 75% of the federal budget just on paying salaries
    We the PDP are Nigeria’s only truly national party.
    We must work to earn the trust of Nigerians again and, if given another chance in Government use it to continue to work to improve the lives of our citizens.
    So my message to you today is plain and simple:
    The PDP is stronger together and Nigeria is stronger together.
    • We, the PDP, must be the party that is the hope of the common man for the common good of the commonwealth of Nigeria
  • We, the PDP, must be the party that takes power from the centre and puts it firmly in the hands of the Nigerian people
  • We, the PDP, must be the party that embodies the Nigerian vision, and ensures that the Nigeria of divisions never, ever happens again
    So at this very important Convention let us elect the very best leaders….
    • LEADERS who truly understand what it means to position the PDP as a viable and preferred alternative to the mis-governing APC!
  • LEADERS who understand the urgency of restructuring to devolve more power to the states and to our people
  • LEADERS who truly understand what it means to create the right environment to create jobs – especially for our youths

So let’s get the PDP winning again so we can get Nigeria working again.

PDP! (Power)
PDP! (Power)
Power! (To the People)

You’re A Bloody Liar, Buhari In 2004 Attended World Igbo Congress In US, Group Tells Atiku

The Buhari Support Organisation has branded former vice president, Atiku Abubakar a “bloody liar” for claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari was banned from the United States of America for 15 years as a result of religious considerations.

Reacting to the statement made by the former Vice President to the effect that his ban from entering the US is akin to the one President Muhammadu Buhari experienced before he became president, the Secretary of BSO, Enugu State Chapter, Mr. Godwin Onwusi, said Atiku is a bloody liar.

Onwusi who issued a statement on Sunday, also dismissed Atiku’s position that he would easily defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential elections, challenging the the Waziri Adamawa to get the presidential ticket of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) first, before talking about defeating Buhari,

He took exception to this attempt to taint the President’s reputation, insisting that Buhari’s towers above most leaders with his integrity quotient.

The BSO Secretary said: “I was highly outraged when I read the Atiku Abubakar, Waziri Adamawa’s false statement that Buhari was banned for 15 years by the US before he became president. With greatest respect on this score one won’t hesitate to classify Atiku as a bloody liar.”

“I remember vividly how I escorted my uncle Mr Osita Okechukwu to join Buhari’s delegation to World Igbo Congress in 2004. The World Igbo Congress held that year at New Jersey and Buhari addressed the Congress. So how can somebody of former Vice President’s high caliber, because of politics bandy such falsehood just to cleanse himself?”

“The less than transparent transaction between Atiku and US former Congressman, William Jefferson is common knowledge. Therefore, he should not crave immunity with the highest and coveted office of our dear country.”

“It pains us, the members of the BSO whenever anyone wittingly or unwittingly wants to taint the impeccable character of Mr President. He is not a saint, but towers above most leaders with his uncommon integrity quotient” he said.

When asked his take on Atiku’s position that he will defeat Buhari in 2019 presidential bid, Barrister Onwusi quipped, “let Waziri Adamawa first win Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential ticket, before he defeats Buhari. One could have reasoned that he could first secure a presidential ticket before castigating Buhari?

“Today hate or like Buhari, with endorsement coming from all over the country, even His Excellency, Owelle Rochas  Okorocha, who was one of his traducers in 2014, he is assured of All Progressives Congress (APC)’s ticket. Let Atiku secure ticket first” he said.

Reminded of Atiku’s high point that a lot of those who supported Buhari in 2015, will no longer support him, Onwusi said, “it is natural that while the Atikus are leaving some others are coming, adding that what matters is how many coming in, for politics is a game of numbers.

He expressed confidence that “we in the South-East, who sincerely believe that Buhari will fix our dilapidated and abandoned federal roads, 2nd Niger Bridge, revamp Enugu Coal and return sanity to our fatherland, will not gamble with those who squandered our patrimony.”

I’ll Win PDP’s Presidential Ticket, Says Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has finally confirmed his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Abubakar had in the letter of resignation he sent to his former party, the All Progressives Congress, said he was yet to decide his political future.

And since his exit from the APC, he has yet to confirm his membership of the PDP despite having met with several layers of leadership of the PDP.

But in an interview on Saturday with online newspaper, The Boss, Abubakar said he is gunning for the presidential ticket of the PDP.

He said: “Nothing is absolutely certain in this life, but PDP needs a candidate with the brightest chance and that can only come from someone who has major experience, exposure, knowledge about running an economy, who is a nationalist and not a sectionalist and whose brand cannot be intimidated in anyway by that of the current President.

“If PDP picks a weak candidate, then the party is doomed.

“Some of those whose names are being touted and bandied about have not grown beyond their immediate domains.”

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