PDP Is The Problem With Nigeria’s Democracy -ACN

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has accused the PDP of suffering from delusion of grandeur by saying it is the reason that Nigeria’s democracy has not collapsed.

In a statement issued in Ibadan on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said if the truth must be told, the PDP is the main problem hindering the growth of democracy in Nigeria, no thanks to its anti-democratic antics, election manipulation tendencies, lack of respect for the rule of law and total disregard of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, just to mention a few.

”Mr. President, the reason Nigeria’s democracy has survived thus far is not the robustness of the PDP, as you have said, but the determination and courage of the good people of Nigeria, who have resolved to say ‘never again’ to anti-democratic forces, as well as the robust opposition mounted by a few progressive forces..

”Were it left for the PDP, this democracy as we know it would have become history. This is the party that has weakened all the institutions that are indispensable to building a virile democracy, from the judiciary to the legislature. This is the party that has sought to emasculate the opposition by infiltrating their ranks and coercing them into a fake unity government. This is the party that does not believe in one man, one vote, but will rather engage in do-or-die politics to win at all cost.

”Above all, the PDP is the party that has frittered away the commonwealth since 1999 and failed woefully to deliver the dividends of democracy, thus shaking the belief of an increasing number of our citizens in democracy as a system of governance,” it said.

ACN said the reason the PDP has been subjected to intense criticism by Nigerians, not just the opposition, is that the party (PDP) has failed to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people in terms of good governance, provision of visionary leadership as well as the basic social amenities that make life more abundant and meaningful. Simply put, the quality-of-life initiatives of the PDP are zero! ”Mr. President, it is not the opposition alone that is complaining. The people are fed up with the PDP governments at all levels, and what happened in Edo last weekend is the clearest indication yet that the PDP, with all its so-called spread, access to limitless funds and control of the state instrument of coercion, is fast receding into irrelevance,” the party said.

It also described as an unnecessary distraction the plan to bring ministers and other key government officials to brief the NEC of the PDP as a way of informing the people of what the party has done.

”The truth is that the PDP has done nothing to justify its strangle-hold on power at the centre since 1999. The problem is not with the message, but with the messenger. If a government that has a full-fledged ministry of information, and television and radio stations in every state, says its message is not reaching the people, then something is wrong!” ACN said.

The party also described as disingenuous the PDP-controlled federal government’s recourse to blaming Boko Haram for its failure to ensure good governance and deliver democratic dividends to the people.

”The Boko Haram crisis flared in 2009, 10 clear years after the PDP has been in charge of the country’s affairs without moving the nation forward. Pray, is it Boko Haram that made the Obasanjo and Yar’Adua administration to under-perform, even at a time
of unprecedented earnings from high oil prices?

”Mr. President, it is the other way round. The lack of purpose and direction of the PDP over the years helped to give birth to the causes of national insecurity like the Boko Haram. Therefore, seeking to hang the failure of the PDP federal government since 1999 on Boko Haram’s neck is another indication that the PDP federal government lacks what it takes to make Nigeria a more secured nation for its citizens and non-citizens alike. It should quit the stage before crashing the house on all of us,” ACN said

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ACN in Early Lead As Oshiomhole Defeats Arihiavbere in PDP Stronghold

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate in today’s governorship election in Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole has taken an early lead, defeating PDP’s candidate, General Charles Airhiavbere in results so far collated and declared in Edo south senatorial district where the PDP candidate Airhiavbere hails from.

Edo south  has the largest number of voters and as the home base of Airhiavbere, PDP had counted so much on votes from this part of the state to defeat Oshiomhole who hails from Edo north.

Results declared in all the 12 units in ward 10 of Oredo local government area, ACN has scored 1804 to PDP’s 344. In the same vein, results of Ward 09 of the same area put ACN at 2800 to PDP’s 626. The PDP also fell behind ACN with 217 votes against ACN’s 1434 votes in ward 12 of Oredo council area. Also in unit 36 of ward 07 in Ikpoba-Okha council area, ACN had 188 votes while PDP scored only 18 votes.

Other results by SaharaReporters, though unofficial are as follows:

PDP Candidate Charles Airhiavbe is projected to lose at Garrick Memorial School: Totals: ACN 965, PDP 196

Unofficial results from Edo?ACN:256?PDP:62?ANPP:5?CPC:3?from the top hill of Ada river (Okada)
Unofficial results from Edo elections- Oredo LGA Unit 2:?ACN 71?PDP 12
Unofficial results from Edo Elections: Oredo LGA – Unit 1:?ACN 141?PDP 18
(Odiguetue) Polling Unit 13, Uhiere Ward 7, Ovia North East:?ACN 214?PDP 33?ANPP 2?CPC 1?NCP 2
In Fugar, Etsako Central Local Government Area, ACN won the results so far released. In Ward 2, Unit 7 ACN won by 169 to PDP’s 129. Ward 2 Unit 7 is the ward of Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, Chief of Staff to the President.
In Ward 2, Unit 8 in Fugar, ACN won by 141 to PDP’s 87 votes. In Ward 2, Unit 1, ACN got 133 votes while PDP got 96 votes.
In Adohan, Orhiomwon Local Government, ACN won by 259 votes to PDPs 44 votes. At Idunokhoi, also in the same Local Government, ACN won by 171 to PDP’s 39 votes.
At Orhiomwhon, Urhonigbe North, Polling Unit 7, ACN polled 116, PDP 36, at Ward 04, ACN 117, PDP 27. At Okhwae, ACN polled 221, PDP 71.
At Umuakpe in Oredo Local Government Area, ACN polled 173 to PDPs 20.
In Ozalla, Owan West Local Government Area, ACN won all the units of Ward 1.  -At Okada Grammar School, ACN won by 265 to PDPs 62
At Eweka primary School at Egor local Government, ACN polled 300 to PDPs 17; at the Oba Market in Oredo ACN polled 404 to PDPs 54.
At the S&T in Egor Local Government, ACN polled 200 to PDPs 25.
The Ward 6, the total sum of Units 1 to 10 in Niger College, Ikpoba Okha LG indicates that ACN won by 1575 to PDPs 54.
In Ovia North East, Ward 1, Unit 3: ACN 256, PDP 52
Unit 35 ACN 183; PDP 23 ; Unit 36: ACN 213;PDP 18 , Unit 37:ACN 188; PDP 11
?Results for Ward 6, Oredo LGA Sapele road, Benin. Unit 33 ACN 194; PDP 16; Unit 34: ACN,199; PDP 13
?Oredo: Unit 05, Ward 02 Oredo LGA: ACN 282, ANPP 4, PDP 55
?ACN wins at Iguoshodin nigbemaba unit in Ovia North East LGA: ACN 232, PDP 5, ANPP 0
ACN wins at Unit 35 Ward 2, Uroma Primary Sch. GRA Oredo LGA: ACN 216, ANPP 2, PDP 18
ACN wins at Unit 4 Ward 2 Oredo LGA: Result: ACN 388,ANPP 0, CPC 1, PDP 54 ?More Edo election results:
Ward 2, Unit 003 Ebenezer Primary School Ihama Road Benin: ACN 126, ANPP 3, PDP 24 ?

Votes counted at Auchi Poly leaves ACN with 178 votes and PDP 18 votes

Update: #EdoElection: Edo Election Breaking News…… Out of d total 2, 627 Polling Units, 1,500 Units Result collated so far show that ACN having 85%, PDP= 14%, Others=1%

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The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC says has uncovered another fresh and devious plot by the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to cause disaffection and confusion within the Polity.

In a statement made by its National Publicity Secretary, Eng’r Rotimi Fashakin, the party said the PDP in its latest Plot plans to use the renegade group led by Senator Rufa’I Hanga to “goad unsuspecting Party men Read more

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SaharaReporters has learnt of a secret meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Sunday night to perfect a plan by President Goodluck Jonathan and a coterie of officials of the Peoples Democratic Party to rig the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.

The meeting, which featured President Jonathan and Tony Anenih, the self-styled “Mr. Fix It” of the ruling PDP, focused on strategies for capturing the Edo Government House,” said one of our sources. The governorship election is scheduled for July 14, 2012. Read more

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has invited Chairman and Secretaries (National and State) as well as candidates of all the parties contesting the Governorship election in Edo State to a meeting at the National Headquarters of the Commission on Friday, 18th May 2012 to address the concerns of all stakeholders. Read more

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President Goodluck Jonathan indicated on Saturday his willingness to summon the National Security Adviser, Gen. Owoye Azazi (retd), for linking the Peoples Democratic Party with the spate of bombings in the country.

Also, the PDP in a statement cautioned the NSA to steer clear of political matters, so as to avoid making enemies for Jonathan. Read more

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NSA’s SHOCKING COMMENT ON PDP: Boko Haram tears Jonathan’s Govt apart

In what is becoming a very messy affair, President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, took on his National Security Adviser, NSA, General Patrick Azazi, on his comment that the insurgency in the country could be traced to the zoning arrangement of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, declaring that “people need to ask the NSA to explain what he really meant”. Read more

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