Flashback: It will Take Nigeria 10 Years To Recover If Atiku Becomes President – Okupe

Doyin Okupe, a former aide of ex-Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo, says Nigeria will not make progress if former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar succeeds in his presidential ambition.

Recall that Abubakar, a former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last year.

Okupe said said Abubkar’s presidency would draw Nigeria backwards, and that it will take the country ten years to recover from such.

Writing on Twitter, Okupe said while he disagrees with Abubakar becoming Nigeria’s president.

According to Okupe, “if Atiku rules Nigeria for 1 day, it will take us 10 years to recover. If Saraki rules for a day, Nigeria will make history.”

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2019: Arewa Youths Forum Declares Support For Atiku

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYFC, has reacted to the emergence of former President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as the standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the 2019 presidential election.

The organization said that the ‘God’ that installed Muhammadu Buhari as president in 2015, will remove him and replace him with Atiku in 2019.

Speaking in an interview with an Online Newspaper on Friday, the President of the Arewa youths, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, also congratulated the PDP and Nigerians for the successful conduct of the party’s National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, last weekend.

According to Shettima, PDP has demonstrated seriousness and maturity and has shown Nigerians that they were ready to take over power from the All Progressives Congress, APC, a party he described as a mere organization.

Shettima said that although had strongly canvassed for a young president, Atiku was an alternative to the desirable.

“For us, what happened at the PDP (National) Convention was clearly a demonstration of a people trying to sustain the country’s democracy because the conduct, process of how Atiku Abubakar emerged is a clear indication that PDP has demonstrated maturity and seriousness to move the country forward.

“For us, we congratulate them and we congratulate ourselves because democracy has come to stay and that is what has been displayed and we hope Nigerians have seen all they needed to see.

“It’s clear that PDP is now the only party that can give Nigeria what they truly desire. As far as I’m concern, APC’s conducts, attributes and approaches to issues do not in any way portray them in good light to me or to a lot of us because the way they run the party, it is clear that it is more or less an organization owned by one individual or group of individuals and they run it the way they like without going through the processes of a political party.

“Indeed we congratulate PDP and indeed we congratulate ourselves and indeed we congratulate Nigeria.

“Indeed, if you look at Atiku’s antecedent, though I’m one of the people who strongly said we needed a young president, but with the present circumstance, and the present situation of things, and sometimes if you look at what will give you answers immediately, there are steps to go for a long term and there are steps to go for a short term. For the short term, Atiku is the only solution available to us right now. And that’s the only thing we have in our hand, as far as we are concerned,

“Atiku Abubakar remains the alternative. He remains the alternative because when the desirable is not achieved, then we look at the alternatives to the desirable.

“And that’s exactly what we’re looking at right now. We must be sure to give him all the necessary support he needs to emerge as president and save this country. He understands what democracy is all about.

“He was part of the struggle and he paid his dues. The God that gave Muhammadu Buhari the election of 2015 will definitely give Atiku 2019. We will do our own and God will decide. Nigerians have suffered a lot.

“We did not bargain for hunger; we didn’t bargain for poverty; we didn’t bargain for deceit; we didn’t bargain for blackmails and these are the only things the president government can do for the past three and a half years.”

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Zamfara Crisis: APC Senator Backs INEC, Warns Party Against Illegality

A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, Kabiru Marafa, has declared his support for the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the APC does not have candidates in the state for the 2019 general election.

It was reported that INEC declared the APC ineligible to field candidates for all elective positions in Zamfara State in the 2019 general elections.

This, the electoral commission said, is because the party failed to meet the October 7 deadline for conducting primaries to elect candidates for the elections.

In its response, the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, said the party will present its candidates for all elective positions in Zamfara State in the 2019 general elections despite contrary directive by the electoral commission.

Mr Oshiomhole claimed that the party adopted consensus candidates in Zamfara, which he said was a valid way of selecting candidates.

Mr Marafa, however, faulted that claim.

Mr Marafa had on Thursday told journalists that the electoral commission was right to declare the party ineligible as he said there was no election in the state.

“I read the letter from INEC where they quoted sections of the law that influenced their position. I also read the response made by the APC National Chairman (Adams Oshiomhole). I want to believe the chairman has been misled by the APC’s electoral committee that went to Zamfara. But as a stakeholder who was present and witnessed the whole process that happened, there was no election in Zamfara on Saturday, October 7, 2018.

“Also, there was no consensus from anybody or by anybody. So, the election committee reported in the contrary. I think that was absolutely wrong. I always stand by the side of the truth. I want to say the truth even if it is against me.

“If you force any consensus or you claim there was one, there is going to be a revolt that there was no consensus, and anybody and some have the right to go to court. But if under the law, the APC has the right to field candidates, they can go ahead to do it without recourse to either election or consensus. Let us get one thing clear and correct. That there was no election, no consensus,” he said.

On Friday, however, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara met with President Muhammadu Buhari after which he said primaries held in the state. Mr Yari and Mr Marafa are political adversaries despite being in the same party. The governor’s insistence on having his way in the primaries is believed to be what led to violence and eventually put a halt to the initial primaries that commenced in the state. The APC headquarters had to appoint two different election panels as well as caution the state executives of the party and Mr Yari.

In a statement on Friday, Mr Marafa reiterated his stance that there was no primary election in the state and also warned the party against illegalities.

The lawmaker also distanced himself from a report that Mr Oshiomhole met with all aspirants of the party. He said he was not aware of the meeting.

“My attention has been drawn to an online publication headlined: ‘Oshiomhole meets Zamfara Guber aspirants, as party considers Lawal.’

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole Photo: Oriental Times
“I want to state emphatically that nobody invited me to any meeting after the failed attempt to conduct primaries/consensus as at 12am Sunday 7th Oct 2018.

“I want to restate further (for emphasis) that there was neither election nor consensus reached among APC aspirants in Zamfara state,” he said.

The lawmaker, who represents the Zamfara Central Senatorial District at the Senate, said he would not be party of any move to trade with the APC governorship ticket of Zamfara, insisting that due process and rule of law must be religiously adhered to.

“I will not be a party to any attempt by anybody to sell the tickets of APC to any desperate politician(s) by anybody. I will resist any attempt by anybody to do so. May Allah guide us to the straight path and give us the ability to act justly and fairly,” he added.

Mr Marafa had in June, declared his intention to vie for the governorship slot.

He said he joined the race due to “numerous calls from members of the party in the 14 local government areas of the state.”

The lawmaker had pledged to fight corruption, injustice and provide the much needed leadership to stimulate the growth and development of the state. He also pledged to provide security as well as look at the state’s legal system to make it conform with the true teachings of Islam for the benefit of all.

The state has been affected by violence in recent months with armed bandits killing scores of people and destroying several houses. The lawmaker has continuously blamed the state governor, Abdul’aziz Yari, for the high rate of insecurity and poverty in the state.

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Atiku: APC UK Chapter Reveals Why South East Will Not Vote For Peter Obi

The United Kingdom chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has explained why Peter Obi, former Anambra State Governor would not receive votes from South East as expected in the 2019 elections.

Ade Omole, leader of the chapter told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja that the South East would reject Obi owing to the fact that he failed as a governor and could not deliver democracy dividends to the people of the state.

According to him, the choice of the former Anambra governor would take the PDP to nowhere.

He said this in reaction to Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate’s choice of Peter Obi as his running mate for the 2019 presidential election.

Omole described the combination of Obi and Atiku as a classic case of corruption, adding that the team can only take Nigeria back to Egypt or even a worse situation.

“The paddy paddy anointing of Mr Peter Obi to the gasping ticket of Atiku Abubakar as running mate, confirms our earlier assertion that the PDP presidential campaign is dead on arrival.

“As you are aware, Peter Obi failed woefully in the last Anambra gubernatorial election by failing to deliver the state to his ailing party, a state he mismanaged for eight years.

“Peter Obi was rejected by his people, his ward, his state and come 2019, both the PDP presidential candidate and his running mate will be rejected nationally by Nigerians.

“The choice of the former Anambra governor would not in anyway guarantee votes for the PDP in the South-east, especially because Obi failed as a governor and could not deliver democracy dividends to the people of the state.

”I wish both candidates best of luck as they embark on the journey to failure,” Omole said

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PDP Spokesperson Ologbondiyan Contradicting Himself Over Atiku, Says APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has questioned Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over his change of assessment of Atiku Abubakar, noting that he had once indicted the 2019 PDP presidential candidate as being corrupt.

The APC said this in a statement issued by Yekini Nabena, its Acting National Publicity Secretary, in reaction to a post on social media on Thursday which depicted a news report co-written by Ologbondiyan, then a political reporter for ThisDay, in 2006, indicting Atiku, the then vice president, of corruption.

According to the ruling party, it is “ironic” and “laughable” that Ologbondiyan, who co-wrote a report on the Special Audit/Forensic Investigation of Petroleum Technology Development Fund which indicted Atiku of corruption, has in a statement now accused the APC and Presidency of making “deliberate efforts impugn on the character” of his party’s presidential candidate.

The statement read, “The PDP spokesperson in his published report disclosed that from 1999 to 2006, Atiku’s approval for the release of $20m from the treasury and subsequent placement in Trans International Bank without appropriation and approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) was illegal and amounted to abuse of office.

“There are no lies here. Alh. Atiku Abubakar grapples with several other corruption indictments. This is a fact and reality he needs to deal with and come clean about.”
The APC insisted that the PDP cannot simply wave away the issue of integrity about its candidate, saying that all presidential candidates must pass through an anti-corruption test in order for Nigerians to determine between “a decent presidential candidate” and “a racketeer” as the next leader of the country.
“The character of office holders we elect into public offices is important as our very progress and development as a country depends on it.
“When the choice is to be made, the electorate have the option of a proven and decent presidential candidate who is putting the people first and on the other hand a racketeer who will readily mortgage the country commonwealth to personal coffers and cronies”, the statement added.
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APC Denies Issuing Certificate Of Return To Candidates

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has not issued certificate of return to any candidate after its primary elections across the country, Mr. Yekini Nabena, acting national publicity secretary of the party, has said.

Nabena made this known in an interview in Abuja on Thursday.

He was reacting to reports that Uba Sani from Kaduna Central had been issued certificate of return.

The spokesperson said, “no candidate has been given the certificate of return.

“Since you have been following the primaries, has anybody been given the certificate of return?

On the pending motion filed in court by Uba Sani in a Kaduna High Court for omission of his name, Nabena said, “we are going to take a look at all these cases and their merits.

“That is why we have a legal adviser. In the areas of the court, the legal adviser is going to look at all the situations and advise the working committee appropriately.

“We will take a look at everything and those that their names will be sent to INEC will know that they are the candidate of the party,” he said.

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Former Imo Gov Ohakim, Others Form New APGA

Ikedi Ohakim, a former Governor of Imo State, has led 13 governorship aspirants to form “New-APGA”.

The formation of the New-APGA came on the back of a protest in Owerri on Thursday over the alleged imposition of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the state.

Others who joined Ohakim in the protest include Senator Bright Nwanne, Frank Nneji, Sam Amadi, Uche Onyeagocha and Humphrey Anumudu.

Tens of party stalwarts had addressed the mammoth crowd at the meeting venue on Wednesday where they lambasted the party’s national and state working committees for allegedly fleecing Imo people of their hard earned resources.

Parts of their resolution were the lack of confidence and immediate removal of the party’s national and state working committees , led by Victor Oye and Eze Obi, respectively.

According to them, the party cannot foist a governorship candidate on the members without conducting any primary .

In a communiqué signed by the governorship aspirants , they decried that despite the assurances of the party’ s national and state working committees that primaries would be credible, the party had failed in holding any primary .

“All of us invested our experience, spirit , and hope in APGA . We fought for it, we rebuilt the brand. We spent our fortune to make APGA the party in Igboland in 2019 . We believed that the way forward for APGA would have been transparent and credible primaries .

“Today, Governor Obiano, Oye and a few others, sat together and decided to spite the entire members of the party and bargain away the life of APGA.

“APGA leadership has committed theft and betrayal of historic proportion. The leadership pretends that it was prepared to become an alternative platform for our much-oppressed people who are seeking refuge in a sanitised platform built on integrity and excellence .”

They, thereafter, unveiled a new banner with the inscription,  New APGA.

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2019: Atiku, Obasanjo Will Lose Together – Presidency

The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu has said former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorcement of Atiku Abubakar will not distract the president.

In a statement on Thursday in Abuja, Shehu stated that both Atiku and Obasanjo will lose together.

Recall that Atiku, who is PDP presidential candidate, visited Obasanjo on Thursday, in the company of some cleric and party members.

He said the pompous statement from the former President advising Nigerians on a vote against President Buhari is the best recommendation that can come at this time.

“It also betrayed a lack of understanding of today’s politics which is about good governance., he said.

The presidential aide said President Buhari was proud of his record because his achievements are verifiable, while that of the PDP was manifested by the devastating social and economic impact of large scale corruption.

The statement stated that Nigerians trust President Buhari because they are convinced he was not in government for financial benefits.

“Just eleven years ago that the former President and Vice President in their ugly fight for power accused each other of corruption. Nigerians are yet to forget all that”. he added.


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FCT APC Chairman, Aspirant In Alleged Move To Manipulate Primaries Election

Fresh facts have emerged detailing how Mr. Abdulmalik, Chairman of the Abuja Chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and another aspirant are scheming to manipulate the primaries to elect Senatorial candidate for the party, and write the result in favour of another aspirant, Mr. Zakari Angulu.

Recall that the primaries election conducted last Friday in Abuja, was declared inconclusive by one Mr. Benjamin, Chairman of the Committee assigned to conduct the election.  Findings further revealed there was no election as results were allegedly written by some members of the committee for some favoured aspirants.

A source who spoke under the condition of anonymity further disclosed that a serving Minster of the federation (name withheld), and a member of the National Working Committee (NWC), may be behind the move.

Details shortly…

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Atiku Not Fit For Presidency, Says APC

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has called out the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, saying he was not fit to occupy the position of the president of Nigeria.

Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Yekini Nabena, stated this on Monday in Abuja.

According to him, Atiku was not fit and proper to aspire to be elected president of Nigeria, faulting his performance record as a vice president as well as questioned his integrity.

“In assessing candidates to be voted for during elections, Nigerians will normally consider the candidate’s background and antecedents. The pertinent question to ask about Atiku is what his scorecard in public office was? Regrettably, Atiku’s scorecard is abysmally low and he has proven to be an untrustworthy and unreliable character,” APC said.

Stressing that Atiku had moved around different political parties in desperate pursuit of his ambition to become president, Nabena added: “It is, therefore, very clear that if Atiku loses the presidential election in 2019, he will again defect from the PDP to another political platform.

“Atiku is known as a super rich Nigerian who entrenched the undemocratic practice of buying votes of delegates. During the APC National Convention in 2014, he spent several millions of dollars to buy delegates votes and emerged third, after Buhari and Rabiu Kwankwaso.”

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2019 Presidential Election: Adamawa Gov Jubrilla Bindow Pledges Support Buhari

Adamawa State Governor, Jubrilla Bindow, has pledged his support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential bid.

Governor Jibrilla, accoridng to a statement by Commissioner for Information Sajoh Ahmed, condemned what he described as a looming blackmail by elements who he said were planning to design a poster pairing Bindow with ‘the presidential candidate of another party’,  a ploy which he said was wicked and baseless.

“Bindow is an APC governor working for APC and has no intention to support or canvass support for any presidential candidate outside APC. He has no support for any candidate other than Buhari,” he asserted,  adding that  anybody who prints any document to portray anything to the contrary should be disregarded.

The commissioner who refrained from specifically mentioning Atiku’s name in his initial address, submitted at the question and answer session of the press conference that Atiku as an Adamawa man winning the presidential ticket of a major opposition party was ‘a factor’ but that Bindow already had the candidate of his party and that Adamawa would always choose reality rather than promises.

He said Buhari had done enough for Adamawa State since he became president to make the people prefer him to any other candidate.

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APC NWC Announces AbdulRasaq As Kwara Governorship Candidate

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced Alhaji Abdulrahaman AbdulRasaq as the Kwara State governorship candidate of the party.

According to spokesman Yekini Nabena, Alhaji AbdulRasaq polled 29,098 votes to defeat Alhaji Yammah Abdullahi – 22,116, Alhaji Lukeman Mustapha – 14,233, Prof.Oba Abu – 23,298, Alhaji Hakeem Lawal – 18,758, Alhaji Mooshood Murtala – 9,511, Isaq Modibbo Kawu – 5,060, Alhaji Yakubu Gobar – 2,420 and Tajudeen Makama Audu – 3,127.

Other governorship candidates are Yahaya Kaale Saadu of Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA) party, Kolawole Sarafadeen Africa Peoples Alliance (APA).

Prince Ayorinde Adedoyin has also emerged the governorship candidate of the Accord Party

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