Just In: Crisis as police arrest PDP senator

Officers of the Nigeria Police Force have allegedly arrested Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, the People’s Democratic Party candidate for Kwara South Constituency ahead of Saturday’s elections.

PDP Kwara South Youth Forum Chairman Muideen Abdulrahman in a statement said Rafiu Ibrahim was arrested on Thursday night.

“The reason behind Senator Rafiu Ibrahim arrest is currently unknown and reminiscent of last year’s arrest of Kwara PDP leaders in Kwara South constituency during the bye-election”, he noted.

Although, the police are yet to speak about the arrest, however, the arrest may be unconnected to the clash between supporters of the PDP and the All Progressives Congress in his hometown, Ojoku, on Tuesday.

About two persons lost their lives while many others were injured. On Wednesday, Police said six suspects had been arrested.

However, the arrest has been roundly criticized by people as it could cast a pall over the election process in the state.

The arrest of Ibrahim by the Police shows that “Institutions of state are being manipulated,” said Olu Onemola, Special Assistant on New Media to Senate President Bukola Saraki said.

Mr Ibrahim’s supporters accused the police of inviting and detaining only the senator, while leaving Ashiru to continue his campaign ahead of the election on Saturday.

They said his detention could hinder his election strategy, while conferring advantage on his opponent.

Political atmosphere in Kwara has become increasingly volatile as election day approaches.

The PDP kicked when Mr Egbetokun, once a security aide to APC chieftain Bola Tinubu, was moved to Kwara earlier this month, calling his neutrality into serious question.

The police declined to tell why they did not invite Mr Ashiru for questioning in the aftermath of the latest violence.


Breaking: APC Chairman shot dead by gunmen

Boniface Okoloho, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ohimini local government area of Benue state, has been killed by unknown gunmen.

He was said to have been ambushed and shot dead by unknown gunmen on his way home on Saturday night.

Ohimini which is where the incident occurred, is an Idoma dominated area in the state which forms part of Benue South Senatorial District.

Benue State Police Spokesperson, Moses Yamu who confirmed the incident told Cableng;

“I can confirm the APC chairman in the area was killed. He was killed by unknown gunmen in the night yesterday.”

He also said the police have commenced investigation to unravel circumstances surrounding the sad incident and are also on the hunt for the suspects behind it.

The incident happened the day the presidential and national elections were scheduled to hold.

The elections though have since been shifted by a week.

The chairman of the APC in Benue South, Mohammed Hassan, also confirmed the incident to Premium Times said;

“It is true, our Ohimini local government chairman has been killed,” he said.


Three conspiracy theories to the postponed general elections

Millions of Nigerians went to bed on Friday evening hoping to wake up on Saturday to cast their votes. By the time they woke up on Saturday, a familiar story had played out: the elections had been postponed. For the third successive general election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) failed to keep its oft-repeated promise of “we’re ready”.

Immediately, theories started pouring forth from various factories. Uche Secondus, the national chairman of the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), accused INEC of working hand-in-glove with the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), because of imminent defeat. The APC, in return, accused INEC of acting out PDP’s agenda. Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, said it was “hand of Esau and voice of Jacob” — accusing APC of being behind the poll shift. On social media, APC supporters wondered why PDP fans already tweeted that the elections would be shifted at a time other Nigerians did not have any inkling. And so on and so forth.

After sifting through the various conspiracy theories, herr are three major categories.


This theory, suspected to be coming from the PDP, says APC wanted INEC to conduct “staggered elections” in which only 26 states would vote on Saturday while elections would be postponed in 10 states. The presidential poll would be declared inconclusive. Based on the pattern of results, APC, using federal might, would then deploy full security and financial resources to the remaining 10 states to suppress PDP’s votes and claim victory. This strategy, according to the conspiracy theory, was used effectively by APC in Osun state whereby the governorship election was declared inconclusive and voting was allegedly suppressed in the run-off and APC carried the day. This theory says the US, UK and EU, sensing what APC wanted to do, mounted pressure on Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman, not to stagger the elections but shift them to a date on which every state could vote simultaneously.


Faced with the reality that most pre-election opinion polls did not favour them, PDP decided to collude with INEC to postpone the elections and buy time — according to another conspiracy theory propounded by some APC supporters. It is alleged that most of the personnel at INEC were appointed or recruited when PDP was in power and they still owe their allegiance to the party. Therefore, the theory goes, the INEC personnel decided to sabotage the elections at the prompting of PDP so that there would be more time to gain support for Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate. PDP supporters have countered this claim, asking why the same INEC staff did not sabotage 2015 elections in favour of the PDP government. Meanwhile, some APC supporters are asking why PDP fans knew beforehand that the elections would be postponed if indeed their party was not working in tandem with INEC.


There is yet another theory — that APC leaders met in Abuja on Wednesday and concluded that the elections were not looking good for them. Security agencies and other government agencies were directed to sabotage the election, thus paving the way for INEC offices and card readers to be burnt, the theorists allege. They further claim that working with INEC insiders, the APC made sure materials did not get to some locations ahead of Saturday so that elections would not hold simultaneously across the country. Those who believe in this theory also link it to theory no. 1 above, concluding that but for the international community, INEC would have gone ahead with staggering the elections. APC supporters have a counter-argument: why would they want the elections moved when they were the favourites to win?


No matter the conspiracy theory that you believe, there is a consensus that INEC was right to have postponed the elections as a result of the issues it highlighted. Many commentators have blamed the electoral body for poor preparations, but Yakubu, in his address to stakeholders on Saturday after the postponement, said there was sabotage, although he did not point his fingers at any particular direction. Whatever theory is right, the indisputable conclusion is that the postponement has created room for conjectures and allegations. It would be difficult to persuade the purveyors that there was no political motive behind the postponement, either in favour of APC or PDP.


What APC, PDP said as INEC postpone elections

Nigeria’s two main political parties have condemned a decision by the country’s electoral authority to delay presidential and national assembly elections by one week.

Polls were due to open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, and will now take place on Saturday, February 23, authorities said.

“Following a careful review of the implementation of the logistics and operational plan, and the determination to conduct free, fair and credible elections, the commission came to the conclusion that proceeding with the election as scheduled is no longer feasible,” the chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, said at a news conference early Saturday.

“This was a difficult decision for the commission to take, but necessary for the successful delivery of elections and the consolidation of our democracy,” he said.

Elections for governorships, state House of Assembly and area councils are on hold until March 9, the INEC said.

Parties react

The main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) accused each other of using the delay to their advantage.

“We condemn the postponement of the elections, but urge our teeming supporters to be patient and determined,” a statement released Saturday by incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidential Campaign Council read.

It said Buhari had fully cooperated with the INEC and that the council hoped the commission would “remain neutral and impartial in this process” and not collude with the PDP.

The statement alleged hat the PDP was “never ready for this election,” and accused the party of using the postponement to “orchestrate more devious strategies to try and half President Buhari’s momentum.”

Opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar of the PDP said in a statement on Friday that Buhari’s administration has had “more than enough time and money to prepare for these elections” and accused his opponent of delaying the vote in “hopes to disenfranchise the Nigerian electorate in order to ensure that turn out is low” on the new polling date.

Abubakar urged voters to come out in even greater numbers on February 23, adding that the APC “are desperate and will do anything in their power to avoid” being rejected by the Nigerian people.

“You can postpone an election, but you cannot postpone destiny,” he said.


PDP ruined Nigeria – Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, left the country in ruins after ruling the country for 16 years.

Speaking at a meeting with a select group of South-east leaders, Buhari criticised the previous administrations for “lack of conscience” while “vandalising” the country.

“The state of infrastructure we inherited was terrible – no roads, the railway was killed and power,” said Buhari.

“They lacked conscience because anybody with conscience will not do what they did.”

Buhari, who will seek re-election in February, said “anybody” could be given the chance to lead the country but not the camp of the PDP because they were reckless with the country’s resources.

“Let anybody lead this country but not the PDP. They were so reckless with the resources of the country,” the President said.

“If you ruin the economy, send your children abroad to get education, won’t they come back?” he asked, adding: “I said it 30 years ago that this is the only country we have.”

The president said the ruling All Progressives Congress got it right from the very beginning that the major problems facing the country were mainly on security, corruption and the economy.

In 2015, Buhari wooed voters with his promises to lift the nation’s troubled economy, end decades of corruption and win the war against insurgency.

But three years after, critics and opposition condemned his administration stating that it has failed to uphold his promises to improve the country’s economic growth.

Recently, a report by Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization in USA, put Nigeria atop the world poverty statistics ahead of India.

Buhari, however, said “we must stay here and salvage it together.”

Source: GuardianNG


Osun PDP forms coalition with Labour party to defeat APC

In a bid to ensure the victory of the major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Osun governorship election, a chieftain of the party, Dr. Akin Ogunbiyi on Tuesday wooed prominent members of the Labour Party to support the PDP.

With the state’s election holding in four days time, Ogunbiyi made this request while meeting with Labour Party’s bigwigs in Iwo Local Government Area of Osun.

In a statement signed by Ismail Afolabi, Ogunbiyi’s spokesperson, the former governorship aspirant said PDP is the viable alternative to the ruling All PC in Osun and therefore urged members of LP to align with it in order to defeat APC on Saturday.

“PDP is the most viable alternative to APC. We have to come together to dislodge the ruling party and restore the hope of Osun people,” Ogunbiyi said.

He called on the supporters of the sister opposition party to throw their weight behind PDP so as to dislodge the ruling party and emancipate Osun people.

“We are all on the same page in our struggle to build Osun of our dream. However, the political reality on ground requires a strong coalition and unity of purpose.”

Moved by Ogunbiyi’s statesmanship, the Labour Party’s bigwigs renounced their membership of their party and declared support for PDP.


Why I want to unseat Ambode – Sanwo-Olu; submits APC nomination form

A Lagos state aspirant in the governorship race of Lagos State, Jide Sanwo-Olu, has said his participation is about the Lagos of his dream and not due to the endorsement of party leader, Bola Tinubu.

He said this while addressing journalists at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday after submitting his nomination form.

Mr Sanwo-Olu is believed to have the support of Mr Tinubu following amidst differences between the latter and the Lagos governor.

But Mr Sanwo-Olu would neither confirm or deny the speculation of his endorsement when pressed by journalists on Wednesday.

“There is no doubt that things would be said here and there. A man that is standing in front of you, fully grown-man with several years of experience. Like I said, it is about the Lagos of our dream, it is about the Lagos we want to take to the next level,” he said.

“I think it has nothing to do with our leader and there is no denial that he’s our national leader. And he takes back position not only in the state but in the national and you know he has interest in the well-being and improvement in Nigeria’s dream.

“So, by extension, Lagos is a dream that he is pertinent about and we will continue to refer to him as our leader. But the most important thing is, I am in front of you, this is who I am, this is what I have come to express to you and Lagos, certainly will be a better place to live for all us.”

Mr Sanwo-Olu revealed he would be making a formal declaration when he returns to Lagos.

“I will be making a formal declaration speech when I get back to Lagos State but I just want to show you that I am here today.”

Speaking on why he wanted to run for Lagos State governor, he said he believes he has what it takes to contribute more to the state.

“Why am I in the race? I’m sure I am 53 years old but more importantly, in the last almost 30 years, I had spent 16 years out of it in private sector and 11 in the public service. Of course, I have been three-time commissioner, I have been two-time special adviser, I have been director in the biggest corporations in the state. I have served over three governors.

“So, I have wide range of experience and I have a dream to obviously contribute a lot more. As a Lagosian and son of the soil, I will just be able to let our people get to where they know that governance is all about people, it is about what we expect, it is about what will go back to them, improve the course of life, course of security and there are lot of other things we are going to be rolling out.

“But why especially is to give my number of years’ experience, the pedigree from the private sector and from the public sector and I think it is appropriate for me now when people of Not-too-young are with us and put that aspiration in place.”

Asked why his entrance into the race was raising a lot of discussion, he said it was because of how the people see him, as he is one of those who redefined Lagos State.

“But the truth about the matter is, what has been generated is a reflection of how people have come to understand the person I am. A whole lot of us have to redefine the Lagos project.

“There are so many firsts that you can begin to attribute to my name in the eleven years that I have had to do with public service. Like I said, I had served three different governors, I have servedin two different ministries, two different times at governor’s office, heading the biggest agencies of government.

“You know, the blueprint we had been looking at since 1999, some of us put it together. So, it is not an offence, no doubt about that, it is politics and this era we are into right now.

“And for me as a 53-year-old man, it is now, when I did preach to my kids that whatever you believe in, stay on the course. If I cannot also do what I preach, then, I will begin to regret when I am 75 and I would say I didn’t do what I need to do.”

Asked about his reported endorsement by 57 local government chairmen in the state, he said he was not aware of the endorsement but that if he gets back to Lagos and there is a meeting called by the party’s leadership, he will definitely be in attendance.

“I am in Abuja now, certainly I don’t know what is happening in Lagos now, to be fair to me. You are in the media, you have access to information I don’t even have. So, when I get to Lagos, if there is a meeting the leadership has called, certainly I will attend the meeting because certainly, I really don’t know the meeting you are talking about.

“But in terms of endorsement, it is a work in progress. People have been asking questions, people are yet to know the kind of person I am. Soon, whoever emerges is the best, it will be very preemptive of me to stand before you and say I have been supported by 57 people, that means I am going to sleep. Mandate Group is my people, we are in the same family and we will continue to work together.

“At the end of the day, it is Lagosians that will elect us and we are not going to be restricted, we will get to everybody that we need to get to. We will not take anybody for granted.”

Mr Sanwo-Olu submitted his nomination at about the same time an ally to Mr Amode also submitted that of the Lagos governor, who is also seeking re-election.

Although Mr Ambode is a close ally of Mr Tinubu who helped him become governor, sources in both camps have told PREMIUM TIMES that differences currently exist between them, mainly due to some the Lagos governor’s actions including his handling of the waste crisis in the state.

Source: PremiumTimes


APC will win Lagos without Ambode – APC vice-chairman

The vice-chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Central Senatorial District in Cross River, Cletus Obun, has insisted that the party will still win Lagos State, even if incumbent Akinwunmi Ambode does not get the ticket.

Obun claimed that only politician that matters in Lagos is the APC’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who he hailed as “a master strategist”.

“Lagos State and Ambode are not synonymous with APC. Indeed, on the contrary, APC is synonymous with progressive politics and what its leaders represent, which is personified in the person of Asiwaju Tinubu, who has continuously shown that he is a master strategist by his contributions.

“If Ambode does not get the ticket, APC will still win Lagos State.

“The manifesto and its programmatic execution is what APC is all about. It is not about persons.

“If Asiwaju now sees that there are three persons and they are qualified, clearly any of them that wins is going to execute the programmes and manifestos of the APC,” Obun told The Guardian.

Tinubu has reportedly dumped Ambode and picked Jide Sanyaolu Sanwonolu as his preferred candidate for the next gubernatorial election.


Breaking: Ambode picks second term bid form

The Lagos state governor picked the form at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Monday.

Speaking on Ambode’s second term bid, former Chairman of Shomolu Local Government Area, Gbolahan Bagostowe, said “I think Ambode will win the primary and the election proper. I stand to be corrected, I don’t think any aspirant in APC can beat Ambode as of now.

“Ambode has worked very well. It’s what everyone can see. Infrastructural development in health, schools and many others.

“What he has done is visible for all Lagosians to see. Ambode is working, Lagos State is moving,” he added

Asked if the division among the APC aspirants in the state will not affect the fortunes of the party in the election, Bagostowe, said: “At the end of the day they will always settle their differences”.

Bagostowe, who now wants to be a lawmaker in Lagos State House of Assembly, said: “Everybody will become one at the end of the primary election.” he said

On the opposition’s strength against Ambode in the forthcoming election, he said “You cannot compare the opposition in Lagos State now with 2015. Ambode has silenced them.

“Some of them are now decamping to APC. Look at the former Chairman, Honorable Salvador, he has moved half part of PDP to APC in Lagos State.” Bagostowe opined.


Saraki in new trouble as APC queries him, gives him 48 hours to respond

Nigeria’s ruling party All Progressives Congress has queried Senate President Bukola Saraki and given him 48 hours to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against him for violating the party’s constitution.

In a resolution signed by its National Secretary, Mai Maila Buni, the APC accused Saraki of breaching Article 21 of its constitution and engaging in anti-party activities.

Saraki on Tuesday evening officially announced his defection to People’s Democratic Party.

Among several other allegations, the APC claimed that the Senate President “encouraged and facilitated by providing an enabling environment for the defection of some senators who are members of the APC to the other opposition parties”.

It also claimed that Saraki “deliberately refused to screen nominees for appointments submitted by President who are members of the party”.

“This has caused untold embarrassment and ridicule to the party and the government,” it said.

The party further accused the Senate President of causing avoidable delays in the budgetary process and passage of the appropriation act into law.

It also noted that despite efforts to address grievances to reconcile aggrieved members, he worked against the process and encouraged the formation of an association which sought to impersonate and pass off the name of the party.


Anambra 2017: APC, UPP feud over alleged rigging plot

Anambra State chapter of United Progressive Party (UPP) has alleged that All Progressives Congress (APC) is planning to rig the governorship election scheduled for November 18, 2017, stressing that the party has raised a committee of looters and riggers to carry out the nefarious plot.
In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Uche Amaku and made available to The Guardian, UPP said: “We became aware of APC’s desperation to capture Anambra State as a sign that Ndi Igbo has accepted the party, when all of a sudden some political deadwoods and former members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who once described APC as a Janjaweed party started joining it.
“As if that was not enough, the ruling party started the usual motions without movement on some infrastructure projects in the Southeast, all in a bid to convince NdIgbo that it means well for the zone, when in fact it maintains its indifference to Southeast through lopsided appointments.”
APC had in a communiqué signed by Deputy National Chairman (Southeast) Emma Eneukwu and Publicity Secretary, Hyacinth Ngwu, named an eight-man committee to oversee the election environment in Anambra and suggest funding and other startegies to win the November 18 poll.
But UPP described the committee as “a high powered team of election riggers and fugitives of the law,” lamenting that “while APC continues its politics of deception towards the Southeast and Anambra State in particular, leaders of the party in the state continue to keep sealed lips over the activities of killer herdsmen dislocating our people from their farms.”
UPP further noted that while the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), continues to entertain Nigerians with discovery of orphaned monies, “we want to warn APC not to use Anambra State as a gateway for its political refugees to launder their loot.”obiano1


APC shifts NEC meeting, postpones ‘evil’ day

It is terribly unfortunate. It is not helping the crisis in the party. We need to address the issues, because you don’t have to keep postponing the evil day. We need to meet and discuss the issues to move the party forward.
• It Has Nothing To Do With Crisis, Says Abdulahi
There are concerns that the sudden postponement of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) might have widened the cracks in the party.
Most party stalwarts expressed ignorance of the development, saying the postponement came to them as a surprise. The NEC meeting was initially slated for tomorrow in Abuja.
Sources close to a Southwest governor, confided in The Guardian that he was taken aback by the postponement, particularly after listing the meeting on his schedule for next week.
Also, Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Pally Iriase, told The Guardian on Friday: “I received the invitation for the NEC meeting, but I haven’t received the notice for the postponement. I can’t talk about what I don’t know something about. If I know I will find out why they did that.”
Lamenting the postponement of the NEC meeting, which would have approved the convention of the party, a member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) from Enugu state, Major Gen Josef O. Okoloagu (rtd) said it is “terribly unfortunate” the shift in the meetings of the National Caucus and the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.
He said the development would create room for crisis in the party to continue, stressing that there was need for the leadership to meet and review its performance in the last two years before the national convention that should prepare the party for the 2019 general elections.
He said: “It is terribly unfortunate. It is not helping the crisis in the party. We need to address the issues, because you don’t have to keep postponing the evil day. We need to meet and discuss the issues to move the party forward. This is almost two years that we came to power and we must take stock of what has happened and look towards the future for our dear party. You don’t keep everything down when basically there is no need for it.”
On the allegation that the shift may not be unconnected with plots to remove the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, Okoloagu said such plan was not on the agenda.
“You don’t talk of impeachment when there is no quorum. The issue of impeachment is not on board. There is no motion to that effect and if there is, it has to be seconded before it could be carried out. We need to meet for people to air their views on how the party should continue to run. Let us not go with the wrong impression that there is going to be impeachment, but all I am saying is that we have crisis at hand and postponing meetings is like postponing the evil day”, he stated.
A member of the NEC and National Vice Chairman of the party in the southeast, Chief Emma Eneukwu said that he has no knowledge about the postponement of the meetings. However, Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Timi Frank, who is a campaigner for Oyegun’s ouster, described the postponement of the NEC meeting as unconstitutional, adding that Oyegun’s exit was all that is required to reposition the party ahead of the 2019 poll.
Frank insists that contrary to claim that the proposed convention would be non-elective, the convention of the party ought to be an elective one since there would be six vacant positions to be filled when convened eventually.
But the factional Chairman of the party in Kaduna State, Dr. Tom Maiyashi, welcomed the postponement of the NEC and National Convention, saying it would enable the party to resolve the various crises bedeviling it and put its house in order.
A member of the BoT, Chief Emeka Akamukalam, said there was nothing awkward with the sudden postponement. He said: “They called a meeting and they have the right to postpone or not to postpone it. But I was notified of the NEC Meeting.”
The party has however denied the notion that the sudden shift of the NEC meeting was due to crisis. Spokesperson of the party, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi told The Guardian that part of the reason for the shift had to do with the fact that key members of the party NEC, like the Senate President Bukola Saraki and no fewer than ten APC governors were actually not on ground because they traveled out of the country.
He said: “It is wrong to have the perception of crises on the issue. Anybody looking from the outside can read anything they want to read in this situation. But what I am telling you is that it has nothing to do with any crisis. It is just absolutely about logistics and being able to get everybody on ground.
“If you do your check, how many APC Governors are in town today that are not outside the country. If you want to do a NEC meeting and about ten governors are not in town, what NEC meeting are you doing?
“The Senate president is in town? The National Assembly members are on recess. It has got nothing to do with crisis,” he said. On the notion that national leaders of the party in the mould of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar had became I different to the affairs of the party, he said there was no iota of truth in such claim notwithstanding the fact that they may have misgivings on some issues relating to the affairs of the party.
He also feigned ignorance that the duo had withdrawn their financial support to the party since the aftermath of the 2015 poll. “Can you give me a specific instance to buttress your point? The reason why I said you should give me specific instance why they stay away was because Asiwaju was in Ondo for the swearing in of the Governor and I think that was the last major activity that we had. And I cannot speculate why the former vice president Atiku Abubakar was not there.
“If you call a NEC meeting I believe that all these people must come and if there are any issues, people would put those issues on the table. The national caucus meeting and the NEC meeting provides the opportunity for people to ventilate on whatever grievances that they have.Apc-supporters


Buhari has lied to Nigerians about his achievements – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has come down hard on President Muhammadu Buhari saying he lied to Nigerians with his claim that his government has fulfilled its campaign promises in just two years. While praying to God to allow the sacrifice of Jesus Christ to continue to guide Nigerians and help the country overcome the spirit of lies, deceit and betrayal, the party said: “We read with rude shock and utter dismay, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Easter message to Nigerians and of particular interest is the paragraph that said: ‘In the almost two years of this administration, we have worked hard to meet the expectations of Nigerians by improving security, especially in the North-East, sustaining the campaign against corruption and have taken steps to revitalize the economy’. Really? “These comments from Mr President are to say the least untrue and an insult to the intelligence of Nigerians who have been at the receiving end of his government’s mismanagement in the last two years,” the party said in a statement issued by Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the spokesperson of the Ahmed Makarfi faction.

The PDP says former President Buhari handed over a buoyant economy to Buhari On security, the PDP noted how former President Goodluck Jonathan made efforts to conquer Boko Haram and procured equipment despite stiff resistance from some of the western powers to sell weapons to Nigeria. This breakthrough, the party said, led to the successful dislodgment of the terrorists before the March 28, 2015 elections. “Nigerians can testify to the gallant display by the Nigerian Armed Forces that allowed elections to take place in virtually all the wards and local government areas of Borno, Adamawa, Kebbi and Gombe states, respectively.

“The result of the election from these states gave President Buhari the edge in the election. APC governors and officials who routinely condemn President Jonathan’s anti insurgency effort conveniently forgot that without the relative peace in those states at the time, there would have been no elections from which they could emerge as governors,” the party said adding that most of the achievements being claimed by Buhari were transferred by Jonathan. Concerning corruption, the party said the president actually failed despite the alleged success it has achieved in the fight. Dayo Adeyeye said the president lied to Nigerians “As we have mentioned in our previous statements, any war on corruption that is selective and targeted at humiliating only leaders and other members of the opposition is a total failure. “The entire anti-corruption war of the APC since inception is just in the media with only one conviction. Many of the cases in courts have been set aside and suspects discharged and acquitted while others are in EFCC and DSS detention centers without trial against their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The latest drama in town is the circus show of the discovery of huge sums of money of various currencies and denominations on daily basis without any trace of the owners. “The most absurd of this charade is the macabre dance on the so called $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 purportedly recovered at an apartment in Osborne Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.

“The government is at the crossroad as the whistle-blower and the EFCC are now shying away from telling Nigerians who owned the monies because undeniable evidence links the monies to the proceeds from the sale of turbines by the former governor of Rivers state and now minister of Transport, Hon Rotimi Amaechi. “It has also been revealed that part of that proceeds was used by Mr. Amaechi to prosecute the campaigns of the APC in 2015,” the party said. The party recalled how Jonathan’s government grew the economy from a GDP of $270.5 billion in 2009 to one of $574 billion and how the party handed over a single digit inflation which is now 17.26 percent.

“The recession we are experiencing today in the country is as a result of the failure of the APC-led administration to properly manage our economy. “The Buhari government is indeed clueless and had no economic plan until March 2017 when it launched the so-called recovery plan. The economy is at a standstill. “Major infrastructural developments that began with the previous administrations of the PDP have been abandoned. Power generation dwindled from over 5,000MW in 2015 to the present all-time low of less than 2,000MW. “The only project of note that this government has ever commissioned is the Abuja- Kaduna railroad which was 99 percent completed by the PDP administration,” the party said.




The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the Peoples Democratic Party’s call for the resignation of President Mohammadu Buhari as ‘ridiculous’.

The APC said that the call was not worth the ink it is written with.

APC in a statement issued today in Abuja and signed by its national secretary, Mai Mala Buni, said it would not return Nigeria to the voodoo economics which was the hallmark of the PDP years in government.

“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is drawn to the latest ridiculous demand by a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari returns the country to the voodoo economics and reckless fiscal policies the country was subjected to during the immediate-past PDP administration.

“The PDP faction by its demand to return the country to the years where looting of the public treasury was the order of the day, has taken its orchestrated plot to deflect attention from the economic mess it left behind to new insensitive and shameless heights”, the statement read.

“Instead of this charade by the PDP, we advise the PDP and their cronies to apologise to Nigerians and toe the path of honour by returning public funds stolen under its watch.

“While the PDP attempts to fraudulently re-write history and misrepresent facts on its misrule of the country, Nigerians are traumatised on a daily basis on disclosures of the startling level of pillage of the country’s commonwealth perpetuated under its watch.

“Instead of saving for the rainy day, past PDP administrations and their cronies literally looted the public treasury blind, using the loot to build luxury hotels and other properties, stashing loot in farmlands and hidden bank accounts.

“While the APC-led administration is open to and welcomes positive and constructive contributions on resolving the country’s economic challenges, the Party assures Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is already employing all legitimate and innovative means to restore the country’s battered economy back to health in the quickest possible time.

“The results of the fiscal and economic agendas embarked by the President Buhari administration to tackle the effects of the country’s diminishing crude oil revenues, falling value of the Naira and resuscitate the economy will be evident soon.

“The APC appeals for patience and cooperation from Nigerians as the President Muhammadu Buhari administration works assiduously to pull the country out of the present hardships and restore the country on the path growth in all facets”, the statement added.





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