Atiku, PDP Will Fail Again At Supreme Court -BMO

The appeal filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar at the Supreme Court is an exercise in futility, as it will only re-emphasize the judgment of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) which ruled that the petition was futile and had no substance.

The Buhari Media Organization (BMO) said Atiku and PDP either did not read or they did not understand the judgement of the Tribunal.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group stated that the judgement of the tribunal was quite clear and unequivocal about Atiku’s empty petition.

“If they had thoroughly digested the judgement they would not have wasted their resources to file an appeal.

“It was one of the very few times that five Justices would sit to deliver a judgment and be unanimous in their decision. This was so because there could not have been any other decision contrary to what they held: Atiku’s case was a no-brainer, and lacked any substance.

“On facts and evidence, they failed, on technicalities and irregularities they failed as well. The Justices may not have said so, out of respect for the institution of the courts and our democracy, but certainly they must have known that the petition was a waste of time. Any reasonable person would know that.

“The petition was bound to fail – in whatever direction it took. And it will fail again”.

BMO argued that Atiku’s appeal was to satisfy the pressure of marabouts who had deceived him into believing that he stood a chance at the polls and in the courts.

“What the Supreme Court will do is put a final nail in the coffin where PDP and Atiku’s petition lies. We strongly believe the Supreme Court would do nothing less than striking out the appeal of the PDP”.

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Attempts To Discredit Presidential Tribunal Outcome Will Fail – BMO

All attempts by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its agents to discredit the judgement of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) will fail,  just like the petition challenging the outcome of the 2019 Presidential election.

According to the Buhari Media  Organisation (BMO), the PEPT was quite clear on the qualification of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest for the position, as well as the outcome of the election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, that PDP should go ahead with its plan to proceed to the Supreme Court, rather than continue to encourage its minions to cast aspersions on the Tribunal.

 “As expected, PDP has opted to reject the verdict of the five-member panel, but what is baffling is the manner the party is seeking to discredit it by describing it as a ‘barefaced subversion of justice.’

“Even after the painstaking manner that the Tribunal showed that the President was eminently qualified for the job, this party is still claiming that he was not qualified to contest the 2019 election.

“If PDP leaders are still holding on to the jaded claim that Buhari does not have the requisite qualifications, then they were either not paying attention to the points raised by Justice Mohammed Garba who read the lead judgement, or they are just out to continue to malign members of the panel.

“Because the courtroom was thrown open to the media, many Nigerians across the country had the rare privilege of hearing how the verdict was rendered in an unambiguous way, but as usual, opposition elements are twisting it to suit their fancy.

“Or how else would a reasonable party deliberately misquote the Tribunal as saying that ‘one need not provide a copy or certified true copy of educational certificate’, when indeed it held that the fact that President Buhari did not attach his certificate to the form CF001 and the affidavit he submitted to INEC,  did not imply that he did not possess the documents as claimed by the petitioners.

“Everyone who listened to the judgement, probably aside from the PDP, must have heard how the presiding judge then explained that ‘there is evidence before the court that the 2nd respondent (Buhari) went for military training after his secondary school education’.

“The judge also added that ‘the 2nd respondent has more than secondary school certificate having attended further courses while in the Army before concluding that President Buhari was not only qualified but also eminently qualified,” the group said.

BMO also had strong words for PDP elements pushing online memes and jokes about affidavits on the basis of what they claimed the panel said.

“There was nowhere in the judgement that the panel said a person seeking elective positions does not need to tender educational certificates.

“What is clear from the verdict rendered by Justice Garba is that although there is no constitutional requirement for candidates to attach certificates to INEC form, they still have to swear to an affidavit detailing personal information, including academic qualifications and professional attainment.

“We wonder how people who claim to be defenders of the justice system would be making a mockery of an aspect of the system by encouraging others to swear a false affidavit of their qualification.

“For the avoidance of doubt, President Buhari did not only complete his secondary education before joining the Nigerian Army, but his overall educational background is also on a far higher level than that of PDP’s former Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.

“It is baffling that people questioning the President’s credentials are backing an individual whose Secondary School Certificate was too poor to earn him a place in a Police College, while the man they love to hate not only entered the Army but also underwent officer cadet training at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot in England after completing preliminary training at the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC).

“We also know that President Buhari was also at the Defence Service Staff College Wellington, India between 1973 and 1974 as well as US Army War College, Carlisle in 1980.

“It is no longer news that President Buhari eventually had a distinguished army career that saw him attaining the rank of Major General and later Nigeria’s military Head of State”.

The group then urged the PDP and its leaders to consider apologising to all Nigerians for wasting everyone’s time with their frivolous petition

 “This is the best path of honour,  even if the party itself cannot take a cue from one of its key leaders Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state who was quick to break ranks and congratulate the President.

“But instead, they have chosen to subject the country to more insults with their poorly framed reaction to a judgement that some of Nigeria’s best lawyers have hailed.

 “And just like the Information Minister Lai Mohammed has said, ’PDP and its candidate should be thanking their stars that they are not being prosecuted for coming to court with fraudulently-obtained evidence’ which the tribunal easily dismissed,” it added. 

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PDP, Atiku Should Apologize To Nigerians, Instead of Appealing Judgment – Minister

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, hasasked the PDP and its presidential candidate in the last elections toapologize to Nigerians for willfully distracting the BuhariAdministration with a frivolous election petition, instead ofappealing the ruling of Wednesday’s Presidential Election Petition.

In a statement issued in St Petersburg, Russian Federation, on Thursday, the Minister said while the PDP andits candidate reserve the right to pursue their petition to thehighest level, they will be better served by dropping their toga ofdesperation and realizing that there is a limit to tomfoolery.
”Nigerians are tired of this orchestrated distraction, and willrather wish that the opposition, having lost at the polls and incourt, will now join hands with the government to move Nigeria to thenext level.
”This is more so that the judgement validating the re-election ofPresident Muhammadu Buhari was unanimous that the petition lackedmerit, that the petitioners failed to prove any of the grounds uponwhich their case was anchored and that President Buhari is eminentlyqualified to contest the poll,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said instead of casting aspersion on the judiciarywith their poorly-framed reaction to the ruling of the Tribunal, thePDP and its candidate should be thanking their stars that they are notbeing prosecuted for coming to court with a fraudulently-obtainedevidence.
”It is intriguing that a party that trumpets the rule of law at everyturn will present, in open court, evidence it claimed to have obtainedby hacking into a supposed INEC server. Don’t they realize this is acriminal act for which they are liable? Instead of threatening to headto the Supreme Court, driven more by ego than commonsense, theyshould be sorry for allowing desperation to overwhelm their sense ofreasoning. Enough is enough,” he said.
The Minister commended the Tribunal for not only doing justice to thecase but for explaining, in painstaking details thatlasted hours, how it arrived at its judgement.
”We also thank Nigerians, who voted massively to re-elect PresidentBuhari, for their continued support,” he said
Segun AdeyemiSA To Hon Minister of Information and CultureSt. Petersburg, Russia 12 Sept. 2019

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How PDP’S Agent Who Traveled To Cambridge To Verify Buhari’s Certificate Were Disappointed

As the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal kicked off few months ago, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sent a team of lawyers and other party agents to the University of Cambridge to confirm the authenticity of the West African School Certificate (WASC) of President Muhammadu Buhari.

A Cambridge source said that the opposition party did not only send a delegation but also made a request seeking potential evidence, citing doubts about the authenticity of the President’s WASC results.

The source said that the PDP representatives who visited Cambridge were stunned to discover that the President did write the examination, passed and were even dumbfounded when they cited the well kept records of the Cambridge University.

The source said even the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and associates requested Cambridge provide them with a confirmation of his certificate. 

“Cambridge Assessment International Education had to issue a certifying statement that indeed President Buhari sat for his examinations in 1961. It was because the institution was inundated with requests for the verification of his result.”

The source said the institution is surprised that the opposition party still claims that the President does not have a certificate even after it had demanded for it and was handed evidence.

This revelation from Cambridge is coming amid the circulation on Friday of a pre-2015 election video, slanted to give the impression that the President’s certificate is still a contentious issue.

In a press statement on Friday by Oladele Peter, the Secretary of Initiative to Save Democracy (ISD) said it is sub judice for the opposition party to continue to make attempts at preempting the judgment of the Presidential Election Tribunal.

“The desperation of the PDP is frightening, very frightening to say the least. They will stop at nothing and I expect Nigerians to be aware of their antics by now. They have peddled all kind of falsehood against the President especially the claim that he does not have a certificate but have always failed.”

He noted that the first attempt to ridicule the President was in 2014 before the 2015 elections, stressing that, if they have any evidence contrary to what has been presented in court and what they themselves discovered at Cambridge and which was tendered in the open court, they should present it.

“The PDP is free to present its counter-evidence if there is any but they know that there is no such document or evidence. They are only playing on the emotions of Nigerians by peddling fake news; a 2015 video deliberately slanted. It is  time Nigerians become more aware of this,” he said.

Mr Peter said it is another signal of desperation that the opposition party has even gone to the extent of populating an old video in which the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed was deliberately taken out of context.

“This is a very old video, for those of us who watch Channels TV we were stunned to see the video making the rounds, it’s old and ridiculous. If you watch the video, you will find that Mr. Mohammed never said they should pardon the President, instead he said if someone does not find his or her certificate after 53 years they could be pardoned.

According to him, “it is unbelievable how the opposition party and its backers continue to push a media campaign hoping to confuse everybody, yet in the court of law, their case was clearly shown to be hopeless and baseless.”

Besides the Cambridge University Certificate the President’s lawyer, Wole Olanipekun also presented in court class photos of the President and his classmates. The Cambridge University Certificate was obtained personally by the President’s Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari who travelled to the UK to secure it in mid-July.

While Malam Suleman Mai-adua, Buhari’s classmate in Katsina Provincial Secondary School presented to the court the group photograph of the school’s class six of 1961 set.

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Okorocha Blasts Imo PDP Over Petition To IGP Against Him

The immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has tackled the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over a petition against him by the party to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), accusing him of making inciting comments against Governor Emeka Ihedioha’s administration.

The petition, which was signed by the state secretary of the party, Nze Ray Emeana, and made available to journalists yesterday, urged the IGP to look into Okorocha’s comments while addressing his supporters during his return to the state last Tuesday and call him to order.

But in his reaction, Okorocha described the letter as “deceitful and an afterthought”, urging the IGP to disregard the petition.

A statement signed by Okorocha’s Special Adviser, Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, said: “Governor Emeka Ihedioha-led PDP government in Imo State has sent a letter to the IGP to call the beloved former governor of the State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to order, because according to them, he was inciting his supporters to cause trouble.

“Governor Ihedioha was also quoted to have said that his predecessor, Owelle Okorocha “stole” not N200 billion again but N1 trillion from the state.

“We want to appeal to the IGP to disregard the letter because it was by all standard, very deceitful and an afterthought. The fact is that Ihedioha and his party have gotten maggot-infected firewoods and by so doing, have invited Agama Lizard to breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

“This is a government that swore openly to step on the toes of his predecessor, Owelle Okorocha, throwing caution to the wind. The PDP government in the state led by Ihedioha also declared war against Imo people perhaps for rejecting them at the poll in 2011, 2015 and even 2019 because in 2019, INEC declared them winner with more than half of Ihedioha’s votes coming from only three Local Governments of Aboh Mbaise, Ahiazu Mbaise and Ezinihitte Mbaise where he comes from, out of the 27 LGAs.

“They have set up, as we write, 21 Panels and Committees all aimed at creating undue tension and preparing the ground to dispose of people of their legitimate possessions; and to also blackmail. There is also an uncountable number of task forces, beating our people especially motorists on a daily basis and forcing them to pay all kinds of levies and loyalties. What we have in Imo at the moment is an Emperor who loves power and money. “

Okorocha alleged that crimes and criminality had resurfaced in the state since the assumption of the present administration, which should have been given attention.

“They failed to tell the IGP in their letter that today, kidnapping, ritual killings, armed robbery, raping, cultism, etc have become the orders of the day and totally opposite of what was obtainable for the eight years Okorocha governed the state. No Imo man or woman was harassed or beaten under Okorocha, but today the reverse is entirely the case.

With all these, Imo people, not Okorocha, are angry. Okorocha only advised the government to exercise caution and appealed to the people to remain calm. And their worry or concern is the mammoth crowd that received Okorocha on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, when he returned to the state with the atmosphere being clement and he was able to address them for hours,” he said.

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Okorocha: Why Imo Gov Ihedioha Is After Me

The immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, on Wednesday said his successor, Emeka Ihedioha, was destroying projects executed by his administration in order to discredit his achievements and the All Progressives Congress legacy in the South-East.

He also said the Peoples Democratic Party administration in the state was fighting him because of the defeat that the party suffered through him in the 2011 and 2015 general elections,  when he won the governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

Okorocha, who is now representing Imo West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, made the claims in a statement issued in Owerri on Wednesday by his media aide, Sam Onwuemeodo.

He alleged that his successor wanted to destroy the APC in the South-East at all cost.

The senator said the PDP stalwarts in the state were still angry with him for making sure that former President Goodluck Jonathan’s voting strength in the South-East in the 2019 general elections was challenged.

The statement read in part, “The Governor Emeka Ihedioha-led PDP government in the state is simply fighting back because of the defeat they suffered in 2011 and 2015 in the hands of Senator Rochas Okorocha.

“They are also playing the politics of how to remain in power in the state having known that they didn’t win the 2019 governorship election because before now, nobody had become the governor of the state with bloated figures from only three out of the 27 local government areas in the state.

“For them too, having known that Imo remains the strongest hold of APC in the South-East, they now feel that once APC is destroyed in Imo, the party has been destroyed in the South-East. That is another major reason for the current hostility against Okorocha, his amazing achievements and APC members in Imo.”

The Senator also said his administration left N42.5bn in the state coffers, but alleging that Ihedioha had not fixed any bad road since he became governor.

But Ihedioha, while reacting through his Special Adviser on media, Steve Osuji, said Okorocha’s allegations against him were baseless.

He said, “The Imo State Governor is more preoccupied with the challenges of rebuilding the state.”

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BMO Tackles PDP Over Attacks On Ministerial Nominees

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) allegation that several nominees on President Buhari’s Ministerial list have cases of serious allegations of corruption against them as a new low for the PDP.

The PDP had earlier suggested that the list of the Ministerial nominees should first be sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for clearance before being considered by the Senate.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO stated that the PDP has once again shown its proclivity for inanities and making unsubstantiated claims and allegations against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and its officials.

“Firstly, due to lack of knowledge, the PDP does not know that before a nominee is presented for Senate screening, he/she usually undergoes a rigorous security screening involving security agencies such as the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Department of State Services (DSS), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). These agencies use the opportunity of the security screening to subject them to ‘’needle’s eye’’ scrutiny. 

“Furthermore, the PDP has no moral justification to ‘’convict’’ an innocent nominee when a court of competent jurisdiction has not done so, or has it forgotten the legal maxim that every accused is innocent until proven guilty? In the case of the nominees, none of them has even been accused of any crime as the PDP wanted Nigerians to believe.

“We want to remind the PDP that the nominees have enjoyed a bi-partisan support of the Senate, and this was done based on the Senators’ confidence in the ability of President Muhammadu Buhari to act in the best interest of the country. 

“This is contrary to the PDP era when some Ministerial nominees were tainted with corruption and their tenure in office proved that their appointments were undeserved. We are constrained to believe that the PDP is not in sync with its Senators on the screening as its position runs contrary to the total support which the nominees have received from the Red chamber.”

BMO says it is gratifying that the President has selected the right team that will help him realise the ‘’Next Level’’ agenda of the administration, “and in the next four years Nigerians will witness  an unprecedented economic and infrastructural development in the country as the nominees are distinguished in their various fields of human endeavour.”

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‘Shameful Sophistry’: BMO Blasts PDP’s Zamfara Attack Story

The claim by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the Presidential Election Tribunal that its witnesses were attacked on their way to Abuja from Zamfara, which has been debunked by the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), is a reflection of the party’s lack of a moral compass, its zero values and a worrisome desperation. 

In a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) noted that the PDP had extended its bad habit of deception to the courtroom by bracingly lying to the court that its witnesses were attacked when nothing of that sort ever happened.

“As usual, and we are not surprised as this is not new, the PDP has taken its art of deception to the courtroom. In an attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of members of the Presidential Election Tribunal, the party blatantly created a fictional story that its witnesses were attacked by bandits. An event that never happened.

“This is shameful sophistry. It is a contempt of the court. And as much as it is offensive to the hallowed chambers of the courts it is a vexatious insult to the sensibilities of the Nigerian people. The PDP and Atiku take Nigerians for granted and think we are fools, gullible to their fictional creations. But this outright lie is one taken too far.

“When the story first made its way to the media, we were suspicious; and like everything coming out of the PDP, we treated it with caution. It was, therefore, no surprise when the NPF announced that no such attack took place as none was reported. In fact, the Police stated that on that fateful day, no records of crimes were made on that expressway.”

BMO stated that the PDP would go to any length to deceive Nigerians, even using the most sensitive issues like an attack by bandits to further their deceit.

It went further to remind Nigerians that this false story cooked up by the PDP was similar to its unfortunate fictional creation of an INEC server that it claimed results were transmitted to.

“The Presidential Election Tribunal has been filled with a litany of falsehood and fiction by the PDP. First, we have the absurd story of a non-existent server peddled by the PDP to the astonishment of all stakeholders and participants in the 2019 general elections, now the same party comes up with a cock and bull story that its witnesses were attacked – meanwhile nothing like that ever happened.” 

The pro-Buhari group stated that the PDP was cooking up these stories because it knew it had no case that could stand the test of the rigorous processes of the courts.

“Given the way and manner the witnesses of the PDP have consistently contradicted themselves, how they have shaken and presented brazen and inconsistent testimonies under the heat of cross-examination, the opposition party has re-affirmed the fact that indeed it has no case whatsoever.” 

The group called on the judiciary to remain steadfast, firm and unswayed by the antics of Atiku who had taken to social media to make derogatory comments imputing prejudice by the judiciary.

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Probe CUPP’s Call For Coup Against Judiciary – BMO

The statement by Imo Ugochinyere of the Coalition of United Political Partes (CUPP) seeking to compel the judiciary to do the bidding of his group and declare Atiku as President of Nigeria is a subtle call for rebellion against the judiciary and the Nigerian State, and must be addressed seriously by the nation’s law enforcement agencies.

Making the call in a press statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) said Imo Ugochinyere’s call was an incitement, calling for rebellion against the processes of the judiciary, and seeking that Nigeria is plunged into chaos.

This, according to the group, must not be treated with kids gloves by the nation’s security agencies.

“Are there no law enforcement agencies in the country? Is this not a prima facie call to rebellion and anarchy? Are we going to wait for hired thugs to attack the judiciary before we see where the PDP and Atiku are headed to?

“BMO finds the call by the rogue group CUPP, seeking that the Supreme Court declare Atiku President as a joke taken too far. It subtly calls for anarchy and must not be tolerated by the Nigerian State.

“The judiciary has its processes, President Buhari was declared the winner in a free and fair election. The closest loser, Atiku Abubakar, who was far behind him with a margin of nearly 4 million votes, has challenged Buhari’s victory in court. Atiku must, therefore, submit himself to the processes of the court and not use charlatan groups to call for a rebellion against the Nigerian state.

“The court processes are not influenced by third parties who have no business in the arena. CUPP’s satellite relationship with Atiku is no ground for it to make such seditious remarks against the judiciary, on a matter that is already in court. Justice is a matter of evidence, material facts and law – not anarchy, not chaos, not up-ending the system!” 

BMO called on the country’s security agencies to quickly swoop on Imo Ugochinyere and investigate the intent of his subtle call for anarchy and rebellion against the judiciary and the Nigerian state. 

“We call for the immediate investigation of Ugochinyere’s remarks asking the judiciary to declare Atiku President by our security agencies. We must not give room for such seditious remarks to go un-investigated and unpunished. Nigeria is a country governed by laws.

“We also call on the judiciary not to be moved by the comments of such motor-park politicians who are sponsored by sinister elements seeking to create instability in the Nigerian State.” 

BMO stated that it was certain the nation’s judiciary was clear-headed and would not be shaken by such repulsive commentary. 

“We believe in the Nigerian judiciary, alongside a great majority of Nigerians, and thus we are confident that they would remain focused on the issues at hand, and disregard repulsive and rebellious comments from the PDP and its rogue agents.”

The group further stated that the PDP, seeing the poor performances of its witnesses, their inconsistencies, the apparent falsehood in their testimonies at the tribunal, had now resorted to throwing innuendoes calling for anarchy in the country. 

“The clowning by the PDP’s witnesses have shown Nigerians the joke that the PDP is. At the Tribunal it has brought more comical theatrics than it has presented credible evidence and facts. It very much knows that it has no case, and thus no serious legal work is being brought forward. We advise PDP, Atiku and their lawyers to take a career in Nollywood; they perhaps may make a good case there.”

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BMO Cautions PDP On Improper Conduct

The Buhari Media Organization (BMO) has described Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) statement on June 12 as a cacophony of lies.

According to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), the declaration and actualization of June 12 as democracy day is a watershed in the history of our democratic journey and the PDP government did not play any role in shaping that history.

In a statement signed by the group chairman Niyi Akinsiju and its secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group says that the most significant factor that differentiated APC Government from PDP’s is the fact that Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari has played a pivotal role in administering Justice to correct the errors of the past which was the annulment of June 12, 1993 election.

“June 12 is not just a day to remember the struggles of our past but a day that triggers a new hope and a new dawn with a substantive direction for a greater Nigeria.

“On May 29 this year PDP released a statement saying President Muhammadu Buhari did not deliver a speech at his inauguration for second term, but the opposition party forget that the symbolism of democracy day was shifted from May 29 to June 12. 

“What Nigeria needs at the moment is a conscientious opposition not a reckless narcissistic opposition who, rather than show some remorse for their previous apathy, tried to make June 12 about themselves and their loss at the presidential polls. 

“PDP was in power at the centre for 16 years and the PDP-led administration, over that period, did not deem it fit to correct the injustice meted out to the clear winner of the June 12, 1993 election, and Nigerians generally.

“We wish to admonish the PDP, for its role as opposition, to be introspective and not be reckless with their statements. The election has been won fair and square so they should focus on the business of an opposition party.”

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Good Governance Alien To PDP Culture – BMO

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot appreciate good governance because it spent its 16 years in government mismanaging the country and entrenching wrongdoing as the norm, according to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO).

The group, in a statement signed by Niyi Akinsiju and Cassidy Madueke, its Chairman and Secretary respectively, stated that the PDP during the 16 years it ran the affairs of the country, up-ended normalcy and adopted irregularities as the norm, hence its inability to understand good governance under the President Buhari administration. 

“We are not surprised to read the statement from the PDP throwing tantrums and accusing the All Progressives Congress (APC) of everything possible and for anything happening in the country; the statements smack of the party’s inability to see and appreciate good governance and strong institutions.

“For instance, the investigation by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) of Senate President, Saraki Bukola is a simple case of an institution doing its work. If Saraki, a member of the PDP, has a case to answer, let him do so. An innocent man with no skeletons in his cupboard has nothing to fear. Nigeria has institutions with the mandate of investigating fraud and financial malfeasances. If they find a person to be a suspect in the breach of any of our laws in this regard, they would act accordingly, investigate and prosecute where necessary.

“It is unfortunate that the PDP is not used to seeing institutions working and is consequently confused by the sight of them working without being teleguided.

“President Buhari respects institutions and does not interfere with their work. He believes that institutions must be allowed to do their work and not be meddled with. 

“The PDP is not used to this as, during its 16 years in government, it employed government institutions as tools for bullying critics and silencing opposition.”

The group stated that President Buhari would not bastardise government institutions, and because of his respects for our Federalism, he would not interfere with the domestic affairs of States.

“President Buhari respects Nigeria as a constitutional Federation, he would not be found interfering with how States run their internal and domestic affairs. Events that have taken place in Kano State are purely local and domestic, he may have his opinion on them but would not in any way tacitly or overtly interfere with the way and manner the State manages its domestic affairs.

“This is in sharp contrast with the PDP, who throughout its 16 years in power employed draconian and unlawful tactics to impeach Governors, destroy institutions and remove National Assembly leaders who were not in good terms with the party leaders.”

The group stated that the era of the PDP administration was one marked with the lowest levels of respect for institutions and provided the worst models of governance. 

“With the unfortunate and chaotic manner the PDP ran Nigeria in 16 years, we are not surprised it is finding it hard to appreciate good governance and institution building.”

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BMO Decries PDP’S Assault On Judiciary

The Buhari Media Organization (BMO) has called on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to desist from its perpetual politics of ‘if we can’t rule the nation we will destroy it’.

The organization is particularly miffed about what it calls “the constant harassment of the judiciary and senior judicial officers by the PDP, especially when the party feels that a particular matter in court would not be in its favour.”

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said that PDP’s constant haranguing of Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, President of the Court of Appeal to recuse herself from the Presidential Election Tribunal is a case in point.

“PDP wants her out of the tribunal on account of her husband’s membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC). However, we say without equivocation that there is nothing in the Constitution, nor is there any law that prevents any judicial officer from sitting on a tribunal on the basis of a relative’s political affiliation.”    

Pointing out PDP’s double standards in targeting Justice Bulkachuwa’s credibility, BMO said, “it is on record that this is not the first time a judge with relatives in political parties will sit on a political case. 

“We have seen in the past where several Justices in the judiciary who are related to top members of the PDP sat on political cases. These include Justice Mary Odili, Justice Kekere-Ekun and Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, to mention a few. At no time did APC ever call on them to recuse themselves or call them out not to carry out their Constitutional duties, simply because of the affiliation of their relatives to the PDP.

“Since its colossal loss at the just concluded 2019 presidential elections, the PDP has not relented in its effort to cause disaffection and heat up the polity with different accusations and outright fabrications and has taken on a toga of destroying the country and the institutions of government, all in an attempt to paint the Buhari administration in bad light.

“In the interest of the collective good of our nation which should be the concern of every Nigerian, we wish to advise the PDP to rise above political self-interest and mischief.” 

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