2019: Tambuwal Appeals To PDP Supporters To Abstain From Gossips, Idle Talks

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has urged supporters of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state against gossips and idle talks.

Tambuwal spoke on Thursday night during a PDP stakeholders’ meeting in Sokoto.

The governor said that avoidance of gossips and idle talks by the PDP members was necessary in order to consolidate the recent popularity attained by the party in the state.

“Our meeting today was convened to dispel insinuations of an imaginary rift among the party leaders in the state.

“Such rumors were being circulated by the opposition in order to create doubt in the minds of the people of Sokoto state against the PDP.

“I therefore wish to generously clarify that the leaders and the leadership of PDP in Sokoto state are united and focused,” Tambuwal said.

He said that his administration was committed to running an open door policy and welcomed constructive suggestions, pointing out that this could lead to the party’s victory during the 2019 general elections.

Earlier the former governor of the state Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, reaffirmed that the party remained united in the state.

Bafarawa explained that there was no misunderstanding between him and Tambuwal, adding that rumors of such a misunderstanding were false and baseless.

He appealed to the people of the state to continue to support the governor in his efforts to preposition the economy of the state.

NAN

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2019: Duke Urges Politicians To Focus On Issues, Not Personalities

Mr Donald Duke, the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), has called on politicians and political parties to focus on issues, not on personalities, as the 2019 general elections draw closer.

Duke, a former governor of Cross River (1999-2007) made the call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Calabar.

He decried the growing trend by some politicians who, instead of exploring solutions to the problems facing Nigeria, spend valuable time heating up the polity by planting stories that are divisive.

According to him, such act leads to a trail of extreme ethnic and religious prejudices, bitterness, animosity and fear.

Duke said that Nigeria needs solutions to the many issues that have affected the growth of the nation.

He listed some of the challenges facing the country as power failure, stunted growth of the oil and gas industry, infrastructure breakdown and the inconsistency in the educational system.

“This is not how to play politics. We must reject such politicians as they do not have much to offer Nigeria at this critical time.

“The real issues are there for all to see. There is hunger in the midst of plenty, unemployment abounds, insecurity everywhere, our health institutions are all gone, and life expectancy has dropped drastically.

“We have failed to manage the enormous resources that God has so graciously blessed us with. That is the real problem,’’ Duke said.

He said that Nigerians were not asking for much by demanding for a living wage, functional schools, health facilities and good roads.

The presidential hopeful described Nigerians as some of the most hard working people on earth who deserve to enjoy the basic social infrastructure that can enhance their lives.

NAN

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Atiku Abubakar: My Last Wish ‘Before I Join My Ancestors’ – Prof Nwabueze

Renowned constitutional lawyer, Professor Ben Nwabueze, has thrown his weight behind the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

The endorsement comes after a summit held by South-east leaders and stakeholders in Enugu, with the theme ‘Ndigbo 2019 and Beyond.’

Nwabueze, while urged Ndigbo to support Atiku, argues that the actualisation of the ticket remains the visible means of political survival for the people of the region.

He further mentioned that the Atiku Abubakar project was his last wish “before I join my ancestors.”

In a five-point communiqué issued at the end of the summit, the south-east leaders said their position was based on the restructuring agenda put on the table by Atiku and Obi, which four zones of the country had agreed on.

Read by a legal luminary, Chief Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, it said, “The Igbo people of Nigeria held a one day non-partisan and inclusive summit convened by elders, traditional and religious leaders on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 to consider Ndigbo’s place in the polity especially in the light of the forthcoming 2019 elections.

“The summit deliberated on the State of Ndigbo in Nigeria today especially after years of exclusion from the centre. This country has never been so divided, as it is today. We Igbos have always yearned for a level playing field with justice, equity and fairness.

“The summit recognised the nomination of His Excellency, Mr. Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra State, as the vice presidential candidate of the PDP and fully endorses this nomination. It was acknowledged that this nomination puts Ndigbo back in the centre of governance. It is, therefore, important that Ndigbo should rally behind the Atiku/Obi ticket.

“We identify with the Atiku/ Peter Obi ticket on the restructuring agenda as has been reiterated by four zones of the country namely, South-south, South-west, North-central and South-east. We believe that as long as the federating units remain weak the centre will continue to be weak. We equally move to appreciate the position of the Atiku/Obi ticket in promoting national unity.

“In conclusion, the summit reiterated that the time is now for Ndigbo to mobilise and organize effectively to realise the Atiku/Obi ticket. We are not campaigning against anybody; we are simply campaigning for our very survival. Igbo votes must count wherever Ndigbo live in Nigeria.”

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Atiku, PDP Broke, Can’t Finance Presidential Election – APC

Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Yekini Nabena has said the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar are at a crossroads on how to source funds for the 2019 electioneering campaign.

Nabena who had earlier asked security agencies to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Dubai meeting of Atiku and the PDP had also accused them of trying to use the said meeting to launder funds for the elections.
However, in apparent reaction to the purported search of Atiku’s aircraft by security operatives on his arrival from Dubai, Nabena noted that due to the stringent measures put in place by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, the opposition party is now in a dilemma on how to source funds to run the Atiku Presidential Campaign.

Nabena in the statement alleged that available information from the PDP’s recent strategy meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates indicated that there was a major setback as the hope of sourcing campaign funds from public coffers were dashed.

“The Presidential Candidate expects the party to provide funds for his campaign. This is the Buhari Era, an era of strict accountability and transparency in the use and application of public funds and not the Jonathan Era in 2015 when the national treasury was opened to PDP leaders to prosecute the Presidential campaign.

“The party leaders are therefore in serious difficulty and dilemma on how to source funds to run the Atiku Presidential Campaign. Some financiers of the party expect that the candidate, having bought the ticket with millions of dollars should have the financial capacity to run his campaign. With the candidate’s expectation that it is the party that will fund his campaign it is now clear that they are at a crossroads and the chickens have come home to roost.

“The anti-corruption agencies should gird their loins and ensure that all sources of campaign funds by political parties are closely monitored and recover the funds looted during the Jonathan era. Such recovered funds should be applied for the benefit of the poor masses who were denied democracy dividends during the 16 years misrule of the PDP.

“It is now clear to the members of the PDP who were deceived into believing that their Presidential Candidate is a man of stupendous wealth that it is all a mirage, a 419 packaging and that they entered a ‘one chance’ bus.

“As we approach February 2019 when General Elections will be held in Nigeria, the electorate are becoming more conscious and aware of the deceitful nature of their so-called leaders. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar the Presidential Candidate of the PDP is nationally known as a man of immense wealth. Apart from his being a retired officer of the Department of Customs and Excise not above the rank of Deputy Director, and not known to have been an exceptionally successful businessman, his claims to stupendous wealth and sources are questionable and lack credibility.

“During the ‘dollar rain’ at the Port Harcourt Convention of the Party, he outspent all the other aspirants and easily clinched the party’s Presidential ticket. Having emerged without the support of the ‘Governor-General’ of the party, who had earlier produced the party’s National Chairman and ordered the party to hold its convention in Port Harcourt, Alhaji Atiku is now on ‘his own’ in bankrolling his campaign.

“The Nigerian Electorate has a better alternative– to stick to the clean, honest and transparent leadership of Muhammadu Buhari GCFR who has done so much to ensure better future for them after the 16 years misrule of the PDP”, he added.

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Kwara By-Election: APC Uncovers Alleged PDP’s Rigging Plot

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara on Monday said it had uncovered plans by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to rig the forthcoming by-election in some wards across the affected Local Government Areas (LGAs).

Mr Femi David, the Media aide to Mr Raheem Olawuyi, the APC candidate for the by-election, made this known to newsmen in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.

David said there was an underground plan specifically to rig the election in Ajase Wards 1 and 2 in Irepodun Local Government area and other flash points notable for such dastard act in previous elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had scheduled a by-election in respect of four local governments making up Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara for Nov. 17.

This development followed the death of Rep. Funke Adedoyin, the last occupant of the constituency slot and the subsequent declaration of her seat vacant by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

David said the aforementioned wards which were home to a serving commissioner in the state were known to be breeding ground for the opposition in perpetrating their dastard acts.

He noted that it was the same wards where the said commissioner had recently embarked on discreet move tagged empowerment scheme where prospective voters cum beneficiaries were compelled to sworn to oath of secrecy.

According to him, we had it on good authority that some of the affected voters and beneficiaries, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they were hoodwinked into the meeting in the name of empowerment scheme.

David, however, called on security agencies to ensure that these areas as highlighted by the party as being prone to electoral fraud were given adequate priority and surveillance.

He urged he security agencies to beam their searchlight on Ilala and Buhari Wards of the same council for prompt surveillance.

David said this would forestall a breakdown of law and order and ensure free, fair and credible elections.

He urged the Police in particular, the Civil Defence Corps to be on red alert in all the towns and villages across the affected councils to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

“While the APC is ready and willing to cooperate with INEC and other stakeholders toward ensuring a free, fair and credible election.

“We will not fold our arms while the PDP has a field day perpetrating their heinous act and taking laws into their hands,’’ David said.

Malam Garuba Madami, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, had few days ago, during a stakeholders’ meeting in Omu-Aran, called on parties to maintain  peace and play the game according to the rules.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Saheed Oyelowo, the PDP Chairman in Irepodun Local Government Area, in a reaction, described the allegation as unfounded and baseless.

He said there was no iota of truth in the allegation, saying it was the handiwork of some disgruntled elements, who were bent on tarnishing the image of the party.

NAN

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2019: Presidential Aide, Other Youths, Move To Reconcile Aggrieved Kwara APC Members

As part of the effort to wrestle power from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State, and resolving the crisis emanating from the fallout of the All Progresives Congress (APC) party primaries, the Special Assistant to the President on IDPs (Social Investments), Mr. Mohammed Brimah, prominent youth of the party led by the Party State Youth leader and members representing the 16 Local Government Areas of the State have formed a 20-man committee with the aim of reconciling aggrieved party members and stakeholders in the State.

The group chaired by Mr. Brimah held its inaugural meeting on the 9th November 2018 at the state headquarters of the Kwara Alliance for Buhari/Osinbajo in Ilorin, in a bid to strategize on the best way to implement their strategy.

While addressing the members, Mr. Brimah said, “We can not pretend to be unaware of some form of injustice done to some people during and after the party primaries in the state. We must acknowledge that it can be frustrating and painful to be on the receiving end of this. Therefore, we must begin to implement a pragmatic and lasting reconciliation strategy. We must ensure all interests are accommodated at all levels to a very reasonable extent.

“The fact remains that we must see the challenges as a family affair and we can not allow the opposition to reap from it. We must not allow the imminent victory of the APC in Kwara to be truncated. We must protect the struggle to achieve the needed liberation that brought us together in the first place and work together for victory.”

Mr. Brimah further said that the younger generation has more stake in the prosperity of the State and the country at large and must see themselves as the major stakeholders in the struggle for peace and development of the State.

The Reconciliation Committee is expected, in a short time, to meet with the party executives and all the aspirants, who contested for the party’s Governorship, Senatorial, House of Representatives and House of Assembly primaries.

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2019: Duke, Ezekwesili, Sowore Urged To Join Atiku To Defeat Buhari

Ahead of the 2019 presidential election, former Minister of Education and presidential candidate under the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili; former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, who is also a presidential candidate under the Social Democratic Party (SDP), and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, has been urged to join forces with the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to defeat the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.

An elder statesman and one of the leaders of Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-political organization, Chief Femi Okurounmu, stated this in an exclusive interview with The Sun.

According to him, “Duke, Ezekwesili and others are just attention seekers. They should forget 2019. They are going nowhere. They should not waste their time.”

“My advice to Duke, Ezekwesili and others is that they should not waste votes. They should all come together and join Atiku to defeat Buhari. If Duke and Ezekwesili insist on contesting the presidential elections, they will be helping Buhari because the votes from their supporters which they should have asked them to give Atiku will be wasted.

“Duke and Ezekwesili should join hands with PDP to defeat Buhari and APC. The idea of a coalition being mooted by some political parties is a good one. They should all come together to chase out Buhari from office. None of these smaller political parties including ADC can defeat Buhari and APC on their own,” he added.

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I’ve Not Been Removed, Says Impeached Ondo Speaker

The impeached Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr David Oleyeloogun, says he remains the authentic leader of the House.

Oleyeloogun stated this while addressing reporters on Friday at the Assembly complex in Akure, the state capital.

He also insisted that his deputy, Mr Iroju Ogundeji, is the valid Deputy Speaker of the House.

He stated this after 18 out of the 26 members of the House signed the notice for his impeachment and that of his deputy.

“What they did today is not impeachment; a quorum was not formed,” said Oleyeloogun.

“I still remain the Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly; Rt Honourable Iroju Ogundeji is still the Deputy Speaker. Nothing changes, no impeachment and I am giving you the assurance.”

The impeached speaker, however, blamed the incident on an internal crisis among the lawmakers, stressing that it would be resolved soon.

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2019: PDP Getting Stronger Despite APC’s Blackmail – Shehu Sani

Senator representing Kaduna Central Zone, Shehu Sani, has said that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is getting stronger and stronger, despite the blackmail and intimidation from the ruling All Progressives Party )(APC).

The senator, who recently dumped the ruling party to join the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), following his inability to secure APC’s return ticket during the last primary elections, said leaving the APC is like leaving the Boko Haram territory.

“The difference between Boko Haram and APC is that in Boko Haram, we have Abubakar Shekau and in APC, there are so many of them,” he said.

“First of all, anybody who says things are working right is only deceiving him/herself or trying to suppress the truth that cannot be suppressed.

“There is no doubt that there are some achievements, in terms of completion of projects inherited and in the war against insurgency, but you can see for yourself that this country is more divided than before on ethno-religious lines and there is more nepotism in all ramifications.

“Also, Nigerians don’t see the present leadership in the country as a unifying figure. Rather, they see it pursuing sectional agenda.

“We have also seen a progressive decline in the sanctity of human lives and protection of fundamental rights of Nigerians under the present government.

“There is also the rising level of intolerance and tyrannical behaviours under Buhari’s regime and the complete desecration of democratic values in which the APC government has descended into.”

He added: “So, what this administration has done is such that by its conduct and character, it has lost its goodwill and by its own division and divisiveness, it has empowered and energised the opposition, including the PDP that has been out of power for the past three years.

“From 2015 to date, the APC has been on the losing end; it has lost Kwara, Benue, Sokoto and it has lost legislators in the Middle Belt and the overwhelming support it had in the Southwest. You can see how the crisis within the party has destroyed its own ranks. With all theses, the APC is already a shadow of itself. Its final end will surely come during next year’s general elections.”

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Count Me Out Of Oshiomhole’s Alleged Detention – Amosun

Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has dismissed rumours that he and Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo are behind the alleged detention and grilling of All Progressives Congress(APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole.

Oshiomhole was reportedly detained and questioned on Nov. 4 by the Department of State Services (DSS) over the fallout of the APC primaries.

Speaking with State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Amosun said he did not have such capacity.

“I think you are giving me an oversight role.

“I am not a security person; so, clearly, that question will probably not be for me.

“I don’t hide under a finger and fight; if there is need for me to put my views across, you know by now, I will do it.”

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APC National Leader Bola Tinubu Visits President Buhari At Aso Rock

National leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, again, visited the Presidential Villa, Abuja where he met behind closed door with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tinubu had on Oct. 31 paid similar visit to the State House and dismissed the call for the resignation of the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiohmole, saying party supremacy must be respected.

Tinubu, after his meeting on Friday with the president failed to disclose matters discussed behind closed doors.

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Tambuwal Swears-In New Commissioners

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Friday swore-in 26 new commissioners in the state and urged them to work towards meeting the expectations of the people.

Recall that Tambuwal had on July 4, dissolved the State Executive Council.

Speaking at the ceremony, the governor said the new cabinet had great role to play in meeting the desire of the people of the state.

“We will ensure that we work together as a team in order to achieve the objectives set aside by the present administration in the state.

“We are in the last quarter of the administration, as such we will concentrate more to ensure that more successes are recorded,” Tambuwal said.

He called on politicians in the state to play the game by the rules and within the ambit of the law and avoid any mischief that would destruct the peaceful nature of the state.

NAN reports that some of the commissioners include Malam Abdullahi Maigwandu, Malam Abdulkadir Abubakar, Alhaji Sa’idu Umar, Hajiya Aisha Madawaki, Alhaji Sulaiman Usman and Alhaji Abubakar Tambuwal.

(NAN)

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