Atiku Alleges Grand Plot To Stir Chaos, Murder His Character

 

Atiku Abubakar, Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alert that there are ongoing plans by unscrupulous elements to contrive skirmishes in the coming weeks aimed at tarnishing his image.

This is according to a statement by Paul Ibe the Media Adviser to the former Vice President.

Mr Ibe’s communique on Thursday stated that Atiku’s camp had gathered intelligence of a grand plot being orchestrated by some agents of evil to stage-manage pockets of upset targeted at attacking the reputation of Atiku.

The statement partly read, “We wish to blow the whistle as an early warning alert of the grandiose scheme being put together by some unscrupulous elements aimed at jeopardizing the reputation of His Excellency Atiku Abubakar in the coming days and weeks.

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“By the merit of what is beginning to unfold, there are plans to create some upset across the country whereby alleged perpetrators of such crimes will engage in phantom names dropping of Atiku Abubakar and some senior personalities in the Peoples Democratic Party.

“Already, we are abreast of some other plans to plant fictitious stories in some mushroom media outlets aimed at discrediting Atiku and his political party, the PDP.

“It therefore becomes preponderant that we alert the public of this demonic plan and to say that it will be imprudent to compromise the peace and security of Nigerians in order to score a cheap political goal.

“Towards this end, and for the umpteenth time, we call on the federal government to be awake to its responsibilities of providing security and ensuring peace, and to desist from actions and utterances that are capable of exposing our fault lines.

“It is very unsettling that senior administration officials, especially those who are the mouthpiece of government will make reckless but calculated comments to tarnish the image of Atiku Abubakar and government will sit idly on it.

“With the conclusion reached by Premium Times’ investigative reporting that there is no evidentiary prove to back the claim by Lai Mohammed that the opposition was planning to upstage the government, we demand that the information minister should be arrested for raising false alarm and an apology rendered to Atiku Abubakar and the PDP.”

2019: Dogara Congratulates Atiku, Says PDP’ll Lead Nigeria To Transformation

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated former vice president, Abubakar Atiku, on his emergence as the presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The speaker congratulated him in a tweet on Sunday, adding that he was hopeful that the PDP would emerge as the ruling party in 2019 and bring the desired transformation to the nation.

Also in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, Dogara said the task before Atiku is now to unite with other aspirants to work towards the success of the party in the 2019 elections.

He said he was confident that with proper strategies and consensus, the party will win the 2019 elections and break the chain of bad leadership in the country.

The speaker said, “One would not be entirely wrong if we say that the problem of Nigeria, or the bane of development of this country is bad leadership. Not even the challenge of infrastructure, not the bloodletting we are witnessing in different parts of Nigeria from Zamfara, down to the middle-belt states of Taraba, Benue, Plateau, Southern Kaduna, Adamawa and the rest and sundry acts of kidnapping across this country.

“Of course, we have the problem of infrastructure. Those of us delegates who traveled by road from our various states down to Port Harcourt for this exercise will bear an ample testimony to the fact that we are living in a country with decayed infrastructure.

“Obviously, the biggest challenge of them all is leadership. If we have the right leadership, education will not be a problem, infrastructure will not be a problem, getting or inspiring our citizens to live in peace will not be a problem.”

“With the right leadership, Nigeria will be the pride of not only the black man but of the entire world and that is the responsibility that has fallen on the shoulders of the PDP delegates that we have here today. This is the responsibility that has been outsourced to us by our different citizens from across the states.”

“Come February 2019, PDP will lead Nigeria to the transformation that we so dearly desire as citizens of this dear country.”


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Atiku, IBB In Closed Door Meeting

Former Vice President Abubakar Atiku is in Minna the Niger State Capital where he is meeting with former military president Ibrahim Babangida.

He was received at the Minna Airport by the Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Ketso, the Head of Service, Yabagi Sule and the State PDP Chairman, Barrister Tanko Beji and other party members.

Also on ground to receive him was a crowd of supporters.

He arrived the Uphill residence of the former military leader at about 12:40 PM and is currently holding a meeting with General Babangida.

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 While the purpose of Atiku’s visit is not yet clear, there are indications that it may not be unconnected with his political ambition ahead of the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party scheduled for December 9.

His visit comes less than two weeks after he defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Abubakar contested against the president, Muhammed Buhari alongside three others for the ticket of the APC in 2014.

He lost out in the primary but collapsed his structure to support the president at the 2015 presidential campaign.

Atiku was the vice to former President Olusegun Obasanjo when Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999.

He left the PDP to join the APC in February 2014, after he lost the presidential election of 2007 on the platform of the then Action Congress.

While he was in the PDP, he also declared his intention to contest for the Presidency in 2011 but lost to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Transmission Company To Complete 11 Power Plants In 2017

Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, PowerThe Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says it will complete 11 transmission projects to boost power supply in the country by the end of 2017.

The Managing Director of TCN, Mr Abubakar Atiku, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Atiku expressed hope that the completion of the projects would increase electricity generation from 6,500 megawatts to 7,400 megawatts by the end of the year.

He noted that the transmission sites in Afam, Daura, Ede Osogbo and some other power projects in Nigeria’s northern region would completed.

The TCN boss added that the completed projects would ensure steady gas and power supply to serve the nation’s growing energy needs.

Jonathan’s Declaration: Time For Everybody To Find His Level – Macebong

JonathanSocial Commentator, Joachim Macebong, believes that time is running out for politicians who are still making decisions about their political affiliations as the 2015 elections draw closer.

Speaking on Channels Television during a conversation on Rubbin’ Minds, Macebong noted that President Jonathan’s expected declaration of his ambition to run for a second term makes it important for politicians to declare where they belong.

He explained that this position has been validated with the decision of some ministers to leave the cabinet and the recent defection of governors to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Macebong also noted that the former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, seems to be the most likely choice for the APC to challenge President Jonathan because of the consistency of his political affiliation unlike Atiku who has switched between different parties in recent times.

He said that the consistency of General Buhari is rare in the Nigerian politics and this puts him ahead of former Vice-President, Abubakar Atiku and other aspirants, despite Atiku’s media presence and articulate manifesto.

On the chances of Vice-President Namadi Sambo being retained as the running mate for President Jonathan, Macebong said that the likely emergence of a northerner in the stature of General Buhari from the APC, has reduced his chances of being retained.

He believes that the PDP would need a northerner who has the ability to win northern votes and more influential northerners have been mentioned.

“The Northern votes is the reason why Sambo could be expendable (as) Buhari will win across much of the North, if you add also the APC structure behind him.

“He (Jonathan) needs to reduce those margins as much as possible and as a result he may need a stronger northern candidate.”

The seeming popularity of the APC in the South-South, owing to the crowd that thronged the rally held by Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, was also seen as a pointer to the need for the People’s Democratic Party to make careful decisions ahead of the polls.

Macebong also noted that it would be good for Nigeria if there are not many people vying for the Presidency of Nigeria.

With the APC and PDP being the only parties in the race, he explained that a two-party system would present quality candidates and also help Nigerians to make better informed decisions at the polls.