2019: Atiku Will Revamp Nigeria’s Economy – PDP

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said its Presidential candidate for the 2019 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will open a system-wide fight against corruption if elected president.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday, the party said its candidate would jail those who have looted the nation’s treasury.

The party insisted that looters must be made to face the wrath of the law and go to jail, adding that its candidate would not only fight poverty but also fight corruption uncompromisingly.

According to the statement, Atiku will strengthen the institutions empowered by the laws to do their jobs while he concentrates on the duty of governance and rescuing Nigeria from its challenges.

The opposition party stressed that if elected, its candidate would immediately commence the marketing of Nigeria to the international business community, as well as providing a clement environment for businesses to thrive.

“Atiku Abubakar comes with the Nigerian resilient entrepreneurial spirit to once again open up our economy, attract investments, create jobs and unite our citizenry for a more productive nation.

“Already, our candidate, as a successful entrepreneur, has perfected an economic template that will reduce the cost of governance, plug wastages, tackle corruption, free our national resources currently being squandered by the Buhari administration and channel them for the welfare of the people,” it revealed.

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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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PDP Presidential Primary: Northern Leaders Speak On Tambuwal’s Ticket

Northern political leaders under the aegis of Northern Stakeholders Forum (NSF) have backed Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, ahead of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary.

The exercise is slated for Saturday, October 6, 2018, in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

Aside Tambuwal, others in the race are former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; Senate President, Bukola Sarai; ex-Kaduna governor, Ahmed Makarfi; ex-Senate President, David Mark; former Governors of Plateau and Kano, Jonah Jang and Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Others are Dr Datti Baba-Ahmed; ex-Minister of Special Duties, Tanimu Turaki (SAN); former Governors of Jigawa and Sokoto, Sule Lamido and Attahiru Bafarawa.

In a statement on Friday, NSF National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Usman Adamu, gave reasons the leaders decided to endorse Tambuwal.

He said: “The Northern Stakeholders Forum (NSF) after an emergency meeting on Thursday unanimously agreed to support the Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, as he aspires to lead the country.

“Parameters considered include his agenda, pedigree, popularity, youthfulness, experience and acceptance across the country.”

The spokesman noted that Tambuwal, being a former House of Representatives Speaker and sitting governor, would be able to manage executive-legislature relationship that would fastrack national development.

“We believe his legal background and involvement in the two branches of government has adequately prepared him for the greater task ahead. His presidency will engender formulation and implementation of quality policies and laws.

“As Speaker, Governor Tambuwal, Nigerians would recall, ensured a good working relationship with the executive arm to a large extent. And with him at the helm of affairs, the people should expect a working government.

“He is not only sound, we have seen that he understands the problems of Nigeria. We have heard his position and plans on restructuring, fiscal federalism, employment generation, economic diversification, rule of law, science and technology.

“We also heard his position and plans on equity in governance, infrastructure, agriculture education, sports development, health care system, industries, insurgency in North East and general security of the country, among others.

“The Northern Stakeholders Forum (NSF) believes that he has a firm grasp these issues and strongly affirm our total support for his candidature for the 2019 presidency”.

Meanwhile, the PDP has restated that Saturday’s national convention to elect its presidential candidate will hold as scheduled.

The party’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, spoke while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the National Working Committee’s (NWC) meeting held on Thursday in Abuja.


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PDP Alleges Plot To Truncate Its National Convention

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says it has uncovered a plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government to disrupt its national convention scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt on Saturday, October 6.

The national publicity secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan told newsmen in Abuja that the party will go ahead with the scheduled national convention despite threats to disrupt the process.

The aspirants in the race for the presidential ticket of the PDP are; former vice president, Atiku Abubakar; Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal; Gombe state governor, Ibrahim Dankwabo; president of the senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki; former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido; former governor of Kaduna state, Ahmed Makarfi; and a former minister special duties and inter-governmental affairs, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki.

Others are; a former president of the senate, David Mark; a former governor of Kano state, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; a former governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa; a former Plateau state governor, Jonah Jang; Mr. Stanley Osifo and Senator Baba Datti Ahmed.

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PDP Assures Presidential Aspirants Of Level Playing Field

Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention scheduled to hold on Saturday in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital, Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, has assured all its presidential aspirants that every one of them would have a free and fair chance to be elected as its flag bearer.

According to Ologbondiyan, “We are doing everything possible to carry all the aspirants along. We are going to publish the lists of delegates participating in the convention and all the aspirants will have a copy.”

He noted that the process adopted by the party was clean and clear, adding that each aspirant would nominate two people into the accreditation committee and another two each into the electoral committee.

“This is a deviation from the past when they were only asked to nominate agents to represent their interest at the convention,” he added.

Ologbondiyan stressed that the party had no interest for any aspirant, stressing that all the aspirants were capable and whoever emerged was capable of giving the party victory in 2019.

He said that the chairmen of the state chapters would introduce their delegates at the convention venue.

He explained that the party was not blackmailed to choose Port Harcourt as convention venue, saying that the issue of Port Harcourt was put into vote and it was unanimously agreed that the city should host the convention.

Twelve aspirants, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Senate President Bukola Saraki; Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal; Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo; former Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido; former Kaduna State governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi; and former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki SAN.

Others are former president of the Senate, Senator David Mark; a former Kano State governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; former Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa; former Plateau State governor, Senator Jonah Jang; Mr. Stanley Osifo and Senator Baba Datti-Ahmed.

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APC Disagrees With PDP Over Adeosun’s Movement Out Of Nigeria

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has condemned the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over allegation that the federal government smuggled former Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, out of the country.

Spoesman of the opposition party, Kola Ologbondiyan, had in a statement said government helped Adeosun escape, to prevent her from exposing how a cabal in the Presidency allegedly fleeced the country of trillions of naira.

The statement partly read: “How did Adeosun evade checks by the Force Criminal Investigation Department in Abeokuta and the Ogun State House of Assembly for clearance as commissioner, with her status as a dual citizen, if not armed with inherent tendencies for fraud? It is clear that the Buhari Presidency exploited this factor to swindle the nation, in the finance ministry?”

Reacting to the claim, acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said it was part of the evil plots of the PDP to destabilise and derail the APC-led administration, stressing that the ruling party should be commended instead of criticising the party.

In another reaction, Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, dismissed PDP allegations as ridiculous.

Onochie challenged the PDP to take whatever fact it has to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or the police.

“That is absolutely ridiculous. I don’t think anybody believes that utter trash. I think what a responsible opposition should do is to gather their facts and hand it over to the EFCC.

“The police and the EFCC do not belong to the APC. So, if the PDP is sure of what it is saying; any responsible opposition should gather the evidence, get the information correct, and then send it to the EFCC.

“It is not in the media that you indict people. When you have evidence, take it to the police or take it to the EFCC.”

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2019: PDP Blasts Arewa Pastors For Endorsing Buhari

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lashed out at northern pastors for endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2019 Presidential election.

A statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the party in Abuja on Sunday, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that desperation was making the Presidency to procure the support of individuals who “masquerade as religious leaders.”

To PDP, Buhari Presidency’s hiring of supposed ‘Arewa Pastors’ was a second attempt to orchestrate fake endorsements ahead of the 2019 election.

Ologbondiyan, in the statement added it was sad that religious world had noticed how groups and the Christian Association of Nigeria disowned the “northern pastors.”

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Your New Year Speech Is Depressing, PDP Tells Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Year address as depressing.

The party, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the speech failed to address serious economic and security issues confronting the nation and for which Nigerians earnestly expected answers from government.

The opposition party said President Buhari only treated Nigerians to another round of false claims and empty promises, which has become a routine in close to three years of APC-controlled Presidency, adding, that was why the PDP earlier advised the federal government not to bother about any new year message to Nigerians.

“We already knew the pattern and we advised against it this year. We knew their New Year message would heighten Nigerians’ despondency rather than providing us hope,” the statement said.

“Instead of offering solutions or providing the indices for development, the presidency deployed over 2000 words passing the buck, begging the question, making empty claims and attempting to appropriate achievements of the PDP administration.

“What could be more depressing than the fact that the president, who is also the Minister of Petroleum Resources, did not give a clear-cut solution to the acute fuel crisis bedeviling his nation today?
“The president’s speech neither addressed how to raise the fallen value of the naira nor how to rescue the labour market from the 8 million job losses and acute unemployment being suffered by Nigerians under the APC.

“The address completely failed to respond to issues of corruption under the APC regime, including allegations of budget padding, secret oil subsidy deals, illegal lifting of crude worth trillions of naira, pillaging of Nigeria’s foreign reserve, diversion of billions of naira for insurgency related matters, all by APC interests.

“Furthermore, the speech had no assurances on the worsening economic recession ravaging families under this regime; it had nothing on the dilapidated infrastructure and attendant stress on the economy, which the APC government has caused Nigerians.

“Rather, what we heard was a boring litany of buck passing, lame declarations and barefaced attempt to appropriate and claim credit for achievements and landmark projects initiated, articulated and implemented by the PDP administration, including, the railway, electricity and agricultural projects

“We challenge the APC presidency to tell Nigerians which landmark project it has initiated, articulated and executed in its close to three years of governance.

“Also the citizens are eager to know what work percentage that have been added to projects that were being executed by the PDP before the APC took power by propaganda and lies in 2015.
“Nigerians have now seen that the APC has nothing to offer but has only succeeded in wrecking the nation and inflicting hardship on the people.

“The option before Nigerians is to kick out the APC come 2019 and return the PDP, which is now repositioned to bring the nation back to the path of national unity and prosperity we all once enjoyed.

“On this note, the PDP stands with the people to once again present a government that is serious, truthful and transparent, with an array of best hands harnessing and channeling our national resources for the good of all, as was the order before the unfortunate incursion of the APC.”

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