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.

SIGNED:
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.

THE 2017 SPEECH

LET’S BUILD A NIGERIA FOR ALL

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.

Protocol

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!

 

THE 2017 SPEECH

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.

Protocol
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.”

Kwankwaso Berates Daily Trust Over Defection Report

Ganduje ‘ll Be Re-Elected In 2019 –Kwankwaso

The Commissioner for Special Duties in Kano State, Honourable Musa Ilyasu Kwankwaso, has said that Governor Abdulahi Ganduje will be re-elected in the state in the 2019 elections due to his starling performance during his first term in office.

Kwankwaso, a political crowd puller who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) along with a huge followership, also said President Muhammadu Buhari would win the presidential election in the state.

In an interview with our correspondent, he said: “You all know that Kano is a decider in any poll any day. I can also assure you that Kano was for Buhari and Ganduje in 2015 and shall remain so come 2019…Kano is for all of us and Governor Ganduje will win.”

He said Ganduje ‘s leadership qualities and his performance in the area of infrastructural development stand him out. “Personality traits always rub on the quality of leadership offered and also reflect on the community that is being led.

We can see how in this short time, Ganduje has been able to bring about several commendable physical development in addition to his huge success in the area of moral regeneration.

“We can see the zeal with which he approached and completed the women and children hospitals at Zoo Road and Badawa which were neglected by the previous administrations.

Ganduje has finally completed the projects and filled them with ultra-modern equipment. The two facilities are already billed for commissioning by President Muhammadu Buhari in the coming days. What is important is that Ganduje achieved this feat in spite of the huge loan backlog he inherited from previous administrations,” he said.

Northern Elders Reject Atiku, Says Buhari Is Their Choice

The chairman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Dr Paul Unongo has said that the north is undivided in its choice between President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar.

In an interview with The Sun, the NEF chairman said the north has decided to stick with President Buhari because he was a tried and tested leader unlike Atiku who he described as being desperate to be president.

He said: “What has Atiku got to offer Nigeria? Atiku would be in one party for two hours and he would abandon it and join another one for three hours and when he does not get what he wants, he jumps into another party. And now he is like saying Atiku must be president, Atiku must be president of Nigeria. There is no single person in Nigeria that must be president. I think money tries to make some people mad; they think they can buy anything they want and everybody.

“The North has no problem whatsoever and it is not only the North that elected President Buhari in the last presidential election. Buhari got average of the votes in virtually all parts of the country. Remember that Buhari contested for the primaries with Atiku and he beat him in that election thoroughly. Atiku did not even come second. Kwankwaso, the former governor of Kano State got more votes than him.”

“People who are thinking that Atiku can do something when he joins the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) are making a mistake. Nigeria has passed that way and left it behind for a long time ago. We are not impressed by Atiku who jumps from one party to the other and say oh! I have a lot of money and I must be president. Nigerians are not going to put such people in power.”

“We love Buhari, a man of integrity and principle; you can predict him and when he says a thing, you can be sure that what he is saying is true. Buhari would win Atiku any day, anywhere and any time.

On the assumption that the progressive north would support Atiku and that the conservative would be behind President Buhari, Unongo said: “I do not know who are the progressive North and the conservative North. My name is Paul Unongo and I am a Northerner. I have gone to the prison 24 times. I think I am a progressive. I just finished a lecture praising late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe on his memorial lecture in Lagos. I am also the convener, leader and chairman of the Northern Elders Forum. So, where do I belong? Between me and Atiku, who is a progressive and who is not? I can tell you that Nigeria’s democracy is waxing stronger.

“If the PDP likes, let them field Atiku. If he contests with Buhari, he would win Atiku by 9 o’clock in the morning.

Buhari is a tested and trusted principled leader. We are not for sale and the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not for sale. The presidency is not for the highest bidder.

“We in the North have no problem on who to choose between Buhari and Atiku. We are not divided. I used to say to everybody in Nigeria that we in the North are more radical than the South. We can accommodate both Buhari and Atiku but the North is mature politically and they know where to go and we are going to go where we should go. But we are not going to vote to bring the PDP back to power.

“The economy was knocked down by the previous administration and Buhari promised that he would bring it up and he did. The security situation in the country was terrible so much that the Boko Haram sect was taking over some parts of the North and Buhari promised that he would address the situation and he did. Nobody would contest that he has addressed substantially the issue of security in the country.

He said he would fight corruption and today, they are recovering piles and piles of money including dollars even buried underground. Nobody had done that before. He promised these three and has delivered on all of them.

Everybody is seeing what he is doing. There is no doubt that he is better than Atiku and I can assure you that we would stay with President Buhari.” When asked whether the north might miss out on the presidency if a strong candidate from the south emerges, he said: “I can predict exactly what the South would do. In the last presidential election, if you count the votes in the three geo-political zones of Southwest, Southeast and South south, Buhari still had the majority of the votes.

We are going to repeat that in the 2019 general elections because the candidate that the PDP is trying to bring is not the type that you can compare with Buhari.”

Meanwhile, Atiku said he decided not to wait and participate in the APC primary election because the party had become a one-man business. He said since President Buhari came into power, he failed to take charge of the growth of the party. The former vice president expressed optimism of defeating President Buhari in 2019 saying he has lost a lot of goodwill.

2019 Presidency: South East Begin Campaigns For Buhari

The Igbo community has begun campaigns for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of 2019, just as it advised a former governor of Abia state, Orji Uzor Kalu to desist from speaking in a manner that suggests that President Buhari may not be interested in running for the presidency.

Speaking on Sunday at the inauguration of the Abuja chapter of the pro-Buhari group, Ndigbo for Buhari 2019, leader of the group, and an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Prince Paul Ikonne urged the Igbo to work with the mindset that the president is standing for a re-election and must be supported.

Ikonne also took exception to Kalu’s comment that President Buhari is not interested in a second term automatic ticket, asking the former governor to keep quiet as “he is not the spokesperson to the president.”

He said : “As a leader of APC in Abia State and a staunch supporter of Mr. President, I feel compelled to advise Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu to desist from acts and utterances capable of discrediting Mr. President and our great party APC. The APC is not PPA and as such, the state chairman of APC in Abia State should give Orji Kalu the APC Constitution to read, because I can see he joined APC with PPA Constitution in his mind”, he said.

“It is unfortunate that Orji Kalu is speaking this way. Just few days back, the same Kalu was calling on the Abia state governor to join APC and get automatic ticket. Today he is now saying that Mr. President is not interested in an automatic ticket; if you are calling on someone who is not a member of APC to come and get an automatic ticket and you are saying a founding father of the party is not interested in automatic ticket, then where is the justification? Is it because my leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has said it that is why Kalu is saying the same thing?

“On the 2nd of June 2017, former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, used his social media account to publish a document titled ‘My Contract with Nigeria’. The document essentially detailed his manifesto as an aspiring presidential candidate of APC. Some weeks back, the streets of Abuja, Abia, Lagos, Imo and others were defaced with 2019 campaign posters of Orji Uzor Kalu which he confirmed seeing ‘on his way to the airport’ and later disclaimed as the handiwork of his phantom political opponents. But few days ago, he enumerated the benefits and how the posters has made him more popular, saying, ‘by their mischief, PDP was only making me popular and eager to produce an Igbo President’. So it is obvious that Kalu, in his usual way and manner, printed and circulated the posters as a way of testing political waters, which is typical of the Kalu that we know.

“Most recently, Orji Kalu made utterances bordering on giving an automatic ticket to Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu if he joins the APC. Kalu had said, ‘the ruling party will give an automatic ticket to the current Governor of the state, Okezie Ikpeazu if he chooses to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party PDP’. For us, this is not only an exhibition of ignorance of party rules, but it is disturbing, distractive and against the party’s Constitution.

“We call on well meaning Abians, the supporters of Mr. President, APC in Abia State and south –east in general to ignore Orji Kalu and his mindset as we continue to support Mr. President for his second term”, said Ikonne.

BREAKING: Atiku Dumps APC, Calls It A Dying Party [FULL STATEMENT]

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He announced his decision in a statement he issued on Friday morning.

Read the statement of resignation below:

Statement of resignation of His Excellency Atiku Abubakar (Waziri Adamawa) Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007 from the All Progressives Congress.

On the 19th of December, 2013, I received members of the All Progressives Congress at my house in Abuja. They had come to appeal to me to join their party after my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, had become factionalized as a result of the special convention of August 31, 2013.

The fractionalization of the Peoples Democratic Party on August 31, 2013 had left me in a situation where I was, with several other loyal party members, in limbo, not knowing which of the parallel executives of the party was the legitimate leadership.

It was under this cloud that members of the APC made the appeal to me to join their party, with the promise that the injustices and failure to abide by its own constitution which had dogged the then PDP, would not be replicated in the APC and with the assurance that the vision other founding fathers and I had for the PDP could be actualized through the All Progressives Congress.

It was on the basis of this invitation and the assurances made to me that I, being party-less at that time, due to the fractionalization of my party, accepted on February 2, 2014, the hand of fellowship given to me by the All Progressives Congress.

On that day, I said “it is the struggle for democracy and constitutionalism and service to my country and my people that are driving my choice and my decision” to accept the invitation to join the All Progressives Congress.

Like you, I said that because I believed that we had finally seen the beginnings of the rebirth of the new Nigeria of our dreams which would work for all of us, old and young.

However, events of the intervening years have shown that like any other human and like many other Nigerians, I was fallible.

While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalization, the All Progressives Congress has adopted those same practices and even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced.

Only last year, a governor produced by the party wrote a secret memorandum to the president which ended up being leaked. In that memo, he admitted that the All Progressives Congress had “not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance”.

Of the party itself, that same governor said “Mr. President, Sir Your relationship with the national leadership of the party, both the formal (NWC) and informal (Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso), and former Governors of ANPP, PDP (that joined us) and ACN, is perceived by most observers to be at best frosty. Many of them are aggrieved due to what they consider total absence of consultations with them on your part and those you have assigned such duties.”

Since that memorandum was written up until today, nothing has been done to reverse the treatment meted out to those of us invited to join the All Progressives Congress on the strength of a promise that has proven to be false. If anything, those behaviours have actually worsened.

But more importantly, the party we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people, especially our young people. How can we have a federal cabinet without even one single youth.

A party that does not take the youth into account is a dying party. The future belongs to young people.

I admit that I and others who accepted the invitation to join the APC were eager to make positive changes for our country that we fell for a mirage. Can you blame us for wanting to put a speedy end to the sufferings of the masses of our people?

Be that as it may be, after due consultation with my God, my family, my supporters and the Nigerian people whom I meet in all walks of life, I, Atiku Abubakar, Waziri Adamawa, hereby tender my resignation from the All Progressives Congress while I take time to ponder my future.

May God bless you and may God bless Nigeria.

Atiku Abubakar
Waziri Adamawa

Tinubu Speaks On Alleged Automatic Ticket For Buhari

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday declared that the party would follow the normal democratic process in choosing its flagbearer in the 2019 Presidential Election.

Speaking with journalists after a meeting with leaders of pan-yoruba socio-cultural organisation in Akure, he said the leadership of the party had not endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari as its sole candidate for the forthcoming presidential election.

His statement was against the recent endorsement of President Muhammadu as the sole candidate of the APC for the 2019 election by the APC governors.

Tinubu, who was at the meeting with the Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, his deputy, Mr. Agboola Ajayi and the Acting Chairman of the APC in the state, Mr. Ade Ademehin, said Buhari was a man who believed in normal democratic process and the rule of law.

“I have not heard about that and the APC Spokesman has not said that. No governor can appropriate the power of endorsement to himself. President Buhari is a believer in process, the Buhari I know believes in rule of law and due process. We wanted him even before the last convention and primaries of the party. Akeredolu is here standing with me, he was not the governor then. He was one of the leading delegates that voted properly and Buhari was a clear winner.

“We follow constitutional provisions and an individual opinion does not matter at this stage. Buhari will want a normal process, Buhari that I know. Who says he will lose at any convention? But if the national body, the NEC, and all of us as party members and we endorse him as our single candidate, we will not be violating INEC regulations, we will not be violating our party’s constitution. What you are hearing is just a campaign. Buhari has not excluded anybody, and he has not stopped anybody from aspiring or contesting”.

Anambra Poll: PDP Candidate, Obaze Rejects Election Results As Chidoka Accepts Defeat

Mr Oseloka Obaze, the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has rejected the result of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra.

His United Progressives Party (UPP) candidate, Osita Chidoka however accepted the result of the election and conceded defeat even before the official announcement of the final results.

Obaze, in a statement on Sunday, said the result as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not reflect what happened in the field.

The Commission  had declared Mr Willie Obiano of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) as the winner of the election.

The Returning Officer, Prof. Zana Akpagu, said Obiano polled 234, 071 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Tony Nwoye of All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 98, 752 votes.

Akpagu, the Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar, said the PDP candidate, Mr Oseloka Obaze, came third with 70,293 votes.

He said that the total valid votes cast at the poll was 422,314; total number of rejected votes, 26,457 while the total votes cast was 448,771 votes.

Obaze said there were cases of inconsistency and over voting when compared with the records from the electronic card reader.

He also said it was an aberration that APGA could win all the 21 local governments.

“The Anambra governorship election results just released by INEC, does not reflect the realities of the votes cast on Nov. 18 by the Anambra electorate.

“The over voting and inconsistencies between the counted ballots and card reader data remains exceedingly worrisome.

“The uniformity of the incumbent governor wining twenty-one local governments is a political aberration in the context of Anambra politics.

“The election result as reported, shows that nothing matters to the Anambra electorate.

“The people have spoken, they have taken a cursory long term view of what they wish fo Anambra State.”

Meanwhile, Chidoka, the former Minister of Aviation, accepted the defeat in a statement entitled “Politics Anambra election: Why I lost polls” in a Awka on Sunday.

“I have accepted defeat in the Anambra governorship election even as result is still being announced by the INEC,” he said.

Chidoka said that he lost because he would not play the usual money politics.

“Our campaign attracted the finest and brightest of Anambra.

“The bold and the courageous were with us as we exerted our best in running the most robust issue-based and technology-driven campaign in the history of our dear state.

‘We attempted to change the course of events and chart a new beginning for our state.

“We believed and we dared; we engaged with all patriotic vigour as we held strongly that the long awaited time for our people to experience a new opportunity had come and we laboured for it.

“In all, our focus was the people; the forgotten, the poor and the disadvantaged.

“They were the prime impetus for our involvement. We beheld their agony and we strived to redirect and vent that energy through a genuine political process.”

He said the the UPP heard the complaints of the people and worked to redirect them from the streets to the ballot box.

Chidoka said the he rejected god-fatherism and money politics and made personal sacrifices with small donations and goodwill of a few good men and women.

He said his campaign remained issues-based, adding that he did not attack anybody before, during and after the campaigns.

“But from the ballots, we heard the voice of our people. We heard it loud and clear.

“On November 18 our people announced strongly their rejection of politicians.

“They traded their votes because they doubted we would truly represent their interest.

“While our message resonated with the people they doubted that the political class cared about them. They voted for the highest bidder.”

Chidoka said that as at Thursday, a large percentage of his supporters insisted that they would not vote unless he brought money.

According to him, “I insisted we will not pay for votes. The decision not to pay ended our good run.

“We accept the voters’ decision. We also heard our people by their turnout and transactional approach.

“In all, we hold our heads high; high because we did not lose the poll due to paucity of ideas or lack of “structure”.

“We lost to superior financial firepower. As Democrats, we concede to the voters’ choices.

“The true hallmark of democracy is the respect for the voice of the ballot as that of the majority,” Chidoka said.

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