2023: Buhari’s Administration Will Be Consigned To The Dustbin Of History, Says PDP

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says Nigerians are already counting down to May 29, 2023, when the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari will come to an end.

According to the party, both the APC and the Buhari administration will be consigned to “the dustbin of history”.

The Party Chairman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said this in a statement on Thursday, while reacting to comments by the embattled APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, over an alleged third term bid by the president.

“Of course, Nigerians need not be reminded, of the exit date of an administration that has caused them so much pains, abused our law, trampled on their rights and undermined our electoral process,” Ologbondiyan said.

“It would interest Oshiomhole to know that if anything, Nigerians are already counting days for May 29, 2023, when the APC and the Buhari administration will be consigned to the dustbin of history”.

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Oshiomhole had, however, said that the rumoured third term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari was actually planted by the PDP.

The embattled party Chairman who addressed State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday stressed that most Nigerians are yet to forget what the PDP tried to do to promote the third term agenda while in power.

The presidency has also severally re-iterated that President Buhari has no plans to remain in power after the 2023 elections.

But the PDP insists that the party has other intentions. It, however, stressed that there is nothing they the (APC) can do to stop the party from fizzling out, come 2023.

“The PDP has counselled the embattled National Chairman of the fizzling APC, Adams Oshiomhole, to stop pushing the APC third term discourse in the public space,” the party said.

“The party further counsels Oshiomhole to desist from going to the Presidential villa to push the impossible as such will not save him from the axe of suspension dangling over his political head or his inescapable prosecution over allegations… of corruption and mismanagement of Edo state resources while he was governor of that state.

“The PDP further noted that such mission to the Villa, like the one Oshiomhole made today, will also not save the APC from fizzling before 2023, as even alluded to by President Muhammadu Buhari in his apprehensions about the gloomy future of the APC.

“Mr Oshiomhole should, therefore, stop sounding like a broken brass in his attempt to launder a failed merchandise”.

Third Term Was Planted By PDP – Oshiomhole

 

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole has said that the rumoured third term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari was planted by the Peoples Democratic Party.

Mr Oshiomhole, who addressed State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, stressed that most Nigerians are yet to forget what the PDP tried to do to promote the third term agenda while in power.

“The third term was planted by PDP; it is still in the sub-consciousness of most Nigerians that the first Nigeria president tried to do the third term, emptied the treasury to bribe members of the National Assembly and since that president left, no other president has done eight years in office.”

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He backed President Buhari’s New Year Day message to Nigerians where he reiterated his position of not contesting for the 2023 presidential election.

“There was nothing wrong and we are indeed happy with the New Year message to Nigerians because the responsibility of every leader is to inspire hope, life is sustained and driven by hope.

“The challenge of leadership is not to join the people to lament that things are terrible, to give up and join the people in wallowing in self-pity. The responsibility of leadership is to inspire people, give them hope.”

I Am APC Leader In Edo, Oshiomhole Remains Suspended – Obaseki

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has insisted that suspension of the party’s national chairman Adams Oshiomhole from the state chapter of the party remains and it is in the best interest.

Obaseki disclosed this on Friday during a caucus meeting involving leaders of the APC in Edo North Senatorial District.

He lamented that Oshiomhole, who is his predecessor, has been a negative influence in the affairs of the state in spite of efforts by the party to bring economic development to the people.

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“I am the APC leader in Edo and it is the person that is causing anti-party who has created his own faction of APC that will leave.

“If you can’t be a disciplined member of our party, then you leave, whether you claim to be a national chairman or not.

“My position is clear; Comrade Oshiomhole stands suspended from APC in Edo,” Obaseki said.

The governor added that he never complained about the previous administration of Oshiomhole but went about carrying out his duties when he was elected in 2016.

According to him, the mission of his administration is to redefine and build Edo State.

“Nobody has ever seen me come out to say this is the amount of debt he left behind, because I see us as part of the same family.

The aim is to redefine Edo State and focus on our people. Tomorrow will come and our children will grow, we don’t want things to be worse for them,” Obaseki concluded.

APC Is One Big Family, Oshiomhole Welcomes Akinlade, Others

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has welcomed former governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun State, Adekunle Akinlade back to the party.

Mr Akinlade who defected to the APM from APC at the peak of the 2019 General Elections, announced his return to the ruling party on Monday.

A few days ago, the Supreme Court dismissed Akinlade’s case, which he filed against Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governor of Ogun State after losing the election.

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Mr Oshiomhole said that the APC is one big family and their return shows that the effort of the National Reconciliation Committee (NRC) set up recently by the party is yielding fruits.

“The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole wishes to welcome back our brothers who left the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun State, led by Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, at the peak of the 2019 General Elections and now have decided to return to our party, back.

“The APC is one big family that believes in the ideals of true democracy, rule of law and party supremacy.”

He urged other former party members to use the opportunity to return because the party is big enough to accommodate all, even those with divergent opinions.

Last week in Edo state, Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his supporters equally returned to the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

I Did Not Teach Obaseki, Shaibu How To Lose Elections – Oshiomhole

 

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has reacted to comments by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and his deputy Philip Shaibu, that he (Oshiomhole) taught them all they are executing today in the state including the fight against godfatherism.

Oshiomhole who reacted in a television programme at the weekend said he never thought them the violence that is being exhibited today in the state as well as losing elections.

“I have always been a winner,” he said.

“I have read several sayings that I thought them all they are doing today. This is laughable because I never thought them how to lose elections. As we speak today, the governor (Obaseki) lost his ward, Local Government and senatorial district in the last Presidential election.

“As we speak, the governor is being represented by the PDP in his Federal constituency and senatorial district. These in my view were early warning signals about need to change tactics. Stop threatening people, saying you will crush. Who are you crushing?

“I won my entire senatorial district for Mr President and I am being represented by an APC senator and House of Representatives. Then, his Deputy, Philip, in Jattu where he comes from, in his polling booth where he and his family voted, lost.

“He lost his booth during his own governorship election in which he was standing as Deputy governorship candidate. So if he learnt from me, he should have learnt well because I never lost election in my village.

“There is no body in my village who can work against me because when I go home I relate with them, I am an ordinary man. You see when you have power and you don’t use it you are even more powerful. And you must know when to talk tough and when to talk soft. When I am in my village I am just like an ordinary man. I argue and play with my people”.

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According to Oshiomhole, the only man that was in the PDP in his village, is now one of his PA’s through persuasion and not force.

Lamenting that Governor Obaseki and his deputy have unleashed mayhem on APC members in Edo State, Oshiomhole stated that even as a professional fighter one must choose their fight.

“It is only Philip and his boss that talks about crushing APC members. If you become a crushing machine and God enable you to crush your people who will you govern assuming you win,” he asked.

“A political party is like a forest, in that forest you have many animals. The politician is the guy who goes into this forest, knowing fully well that all the dangerous animals are there but he is going for the antelope or the grass cutter which he wants to use to feed his family. He goes there get his antelope or grass cutter home and feast without being crashed.

“So the minimum requirement of political leadership is to be able to deal with all kinds of characters”.

Adams Oshiomhole Officially Welcomes Ize-Iyamu To APC

 

National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has welcomed former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu into the ruling party.

Mr. Ize-Iyamu who defected to the APC officially in November was received by the former deputy governor of Edo State, Dr. Pius Odubu, who represented Comrade Oshiomhole, at his residence in the state capital.

A large crowd of supporters joined Mr. Ize-Iyamu in defecting to the APC, despite a ban on public rallies by the state government.

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In the build-up to the rally, suspected thugs lit bonfires on the road leading Ize-Iyamu’s residence in Ugbor, Gra Benin City where the defection took place.

Speaking on the defection, Comrade Oshiomhole said the rally was peaceful and Mr. Ize-Iyamu’s arrival has helped the party gain more supporters and strength in the forthcoming governorship elections.

“In spite of everything, APC had a successful rally that was peaceful and it achieved its purpose.

“As I stand here now, I am taller now than I was just yesterday because we have harvested to our party, people who were part of the foundation of the APC. Those who participated in the negotiation for the merger, not only have they returned home, they have also used their connection in the other party they were in, to move people who have always been on that side to come and join us.”

Comrade Oshiomhole added that “I hear some people are panicking that pastor is coming because he wants to take a ticket. I have become sick of this suspicion; my former deputy governor was appointed as the Director of Buhari campaign organisation and the governor alleged that the appointment means I am preparing him to take over from him. He is now appointed as chairman of NDDC and they claim it is all part of the plot.”

The Inspector-General of Police had suspended the rally yesterday owing to security concerns while the Edo State Government also issued a ban on all political activities in the state till further notice.

Edo APC Rally: Oshiomhole Arrives Benin Amidst Tight Security, Calls For Calm

 

 

National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has appealed to members of the party in Edo State to remain calm following the mayhem unleashed on the people of the state on Wednesday by armed thugs.

Oshiomhole made the appeal while addressing party members who escorted him to his house after he arrived in the state amid tight security.

The party chairman and other members of the NWC are in Benin to receive over 30,000 leaders of the PDP led by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu into the APC.

Thugs, however, took over the Benin Airport shooting sporadically.

Burn-fires were seen at strategic places in Benin City, while roads leading to the residence of the party chairman were blocked by heavy-duty vehicles.

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It took him and other members of the NWC over one hour to get to his residence after soldiers came to disperse the armed thugs.

Reacting to the scenario while addressing party supporters at his residence, Oshiomhole said: “I know you are hurt with what we are passing through here but I want to plead with you don’t be provoked. Any reasonable party leader will be happy to welcome people from another party into his party.

“Particularly when those coming were people who fought us in the last election. And when you look at the margin then it was like 50,000. So we are in Benin to welcome them but you can see how their thugs are unleashing mayhem on people.

“But I want to tell you, APC is our house and we will not destroy it neither are we going to allow anybody destroy it. We don’t want anyone to be killed so, please don’t fight back. Those who know me know that I am not a coward, I am not afraid of a fight. But I will not and I urge you to remain calm.

“We are getting conflicting report now, the IG ordered the Commissioner if Police to give us protection for our rally. But we are being told now that the same authority said it has been cancelled. But I am going to make calls and find out what the problem is, if the police is saying they cannot protect a political rally.

“I will find out and let you people know. But even if they said we cannot hold it, please don’t fight anybody. I will meet them and find out when it will hold. But the rally will still hold someday. We have the right of association. This is not the first time we are seeing situations like this, but I can assure you it will not last forever.

“No condition is permanent. We must do everything to keep APC in Edo State no matter what the devil thinks. APC Is our house so we must resist any temptation to fight back. We must remember that our President Muhammad Buhari is a peaceful man. We must remain peaceful and go home and tell everyone, we remain strong. Nobody can shake our spirit. We will receive our brothers into the party to fortify our party”.

Kogi West Election: Oshiomhole’s Statement Is ‘Human Verdict’ – Melaye

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Kogi West senatorial election, Dino Melaye, has faulted the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (ACP), Adams Oshiomhole, for his comments on the poll.

Senator Melaye, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, stated that Mr Oshiomhole has no power to decide his fate in the November 16 election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the election inconclusive after Senator Smart Adeyemi of the APC polled 80,118 votes as against Senator Melaye’s 59,548, with a margin of 20,570 votes.

 

A God Verdict

Addressing a meeting of APC National Executive Council (NEC) in Abuja on Friday last week, Oshiomhole said his party looked forward to winning the Kogi West seat in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

According to him, Melaye is at 20,000ft below ground level and he is hoping that there will be a miracle that will bring him to ground level.

In his reaction, Senator Melaye said he was not worried about the comments made by Oshiomhole as he cannot determine the outcome of the supplementary election to be conducted by INEC.

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Dino Melaye                                                                                                                 Adams Oshiomhole

 

 

“The verbal diarrhoea by the Chairman of APC boasting that 16 of us left the APC and I am the only one standing and in a matter of days, he said I will leave the Senate; I want to say that is human verdict but there is a God verdict,” he stated.

Senator Melaye added, “My seat will not be vacant, I will continue to be a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the grace of God in the next four years.

“I won that election and we have our pink copies of all our unit results. These have been tabulated and clearly, I won that election and Smart Adeyemi, in his good conscience, knows that I won that election.”

Rather, he took a swipe at the APC chairman, stressing that a PDP senator from Sokoto State who defected from the APC was returned to the red chamber by a court.

“I want to assure you that he (Oshiomhole) didn’t even get his calculation right. Senator Danbaba from Sokoto State was one of us who decamped and just won his seat back at the Court of Appeal.

“Senator Danbaba is right now in the Senate and his four years is guaranteed but because they are desperate to pronounce evil, they forgot that Danbaba is back to the Senate,” Melaye noted.

The embattled lawmaker, however, accused the APC of violence, claiming that 16 people lost their lives.

He insisted that there was no election in Kogi, alleging that the figures announced were fictitious as the PDP has “100 per cent evidence to prove that there was no election” in the state.

Melaye said, “We lost 16 people. The election, actually, it was about the life of Dino Melaye. So I give glory to God who is the Supreme controller of the universe that I am alive.”

Bayelsa Election: David Lyon, Buhari’s ‘Brand New Baby Boy’, Says Oshiomhole

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has said the victory of David Lyon in the November 16 Governorship Election in Bayelsa state means President Muhammadu Buhari has a brand new baby boy.

David Lyon who was declared winner and Governor-Elect, defeated the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Duoye Diri and will take an oath of office on February 14, 2019.

Mr. Oshiomhole who spoke with state house correspondent said that the party abided by the request of President Buhari for a peaceful poll, stressing that the Bayelsa election can be described as the most peaceful since 1999.

“We went to present the governor-elect of Bayelsa state, Governor David Lyon to President Muhammadu Buhari as a president and our father; he has a brand new, sparkling baby boy who will be by February 14, sworn in.

“We thank the president for his fatherly role and he insisted that while we are determined to win an election, we play by the rule and ensure that the process is transparent.

“We were proud to tell him that besides very isolated cases of ballot box snatching, the election in Bayelsa can be described as the most peaceful since 1999.”

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On the Kogi West Senatorial rerun election, Mr. Oshiomhole said that Senator Dino Melaye is struggling after decamping from the APC to PDP.

“We realised that of all the 16 senators who decamped along with Senator Bukola Saraki from the APC to PDP, hard as they have tried to come back, the Nigerian people in their respective constituencies have insisted on punishing them for being disloyal for transferring or monetising their mandate.

“I think the only one still struggling now is Dion Melaye, as you can see Senator Adeyemi is leading, even though INEC is insisting on a rerun.

“The lessons to be learned for us as a party are rather clear when politicians go to the poll to collect mandate on a particular political party platform, and then they leave for another party, the electorate will always be waiting for them,” he added.

Edo APC Suspends National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole

A file photo of APC National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, addressing a press conference in Abuja.

 

 

The crisis in the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken a new twist with the suspension of the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

The decision followed the vote of no confidence reportedly passed on Mr Oshiomhole on Tuesday by the Chairmen of the APC in the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

A statement jointly signed by the APC Chairman and Assistant Secretary in Edo, Anselm Ojezua and Ikuenobe Anthony, respectively explained that Oshiomhole was suspended for his alleged role in the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.

“Consequent on the development, the State Executive Committee has adopted the vote of no confidence passed on him and the subsisting suspension order from the organs of the party in the state.

“The vote of no confidence on Oshiomhole and the suspension are the fallout of his role in trying to disintegrate the party in Edo State,” it said.

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The state party chieftains stressed that the suspension was necessary to prevent a repeat of what happened in Zamfara State, where the APC was unable to field any candidate in 2019 general elections.

The statement added, “Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is the one behind the crisis in Edo APC. We have passed a vote of no confidence in him and he stands suspended from the party.

“We don’t want what happened in Zamfara State or other parts of the country to happen in Edo State.”

In another statement jointly signed by the Chairman of the body and Etsako West Chairman, Ibrahim Akokia, as well as his Etsako Central and Owan West counterparts, Suleiman Bagudu and Lugard Alukpe respectively, the 18 LGA Chairmen of APC in Edo distanced themselves from Oshiomhole’s suspension.

They insisted that they were not aware of such a meeting where a vote of no confidence was passed on Oshiomhole who they said was “doing very well”.

On the contrary, they accused the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, of harassment and intimidation, adding that his actions could pull down the APC in the state.

They, therefore, called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to expel Governor Obaseki from the party over allegations of anti-party activities.

Edo APC LG Chairmen Ask Party’s National Leadership To Expel Obaseki

A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, addressing a gathering in Abuja 2019.

 

 

The 18 Local Government Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State have called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to expel the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, from the party.

They made the call on Tuesday in a statement jointly signed by the Chairman of the body and Etsako West Chairman, Ibrahim Akokia, as well as his Etsako Central and Owan West counterparts, Suleiman Bagudu and Lugard Alukpe respectively.

This comes as the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party deepens, following the suspension of the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, by the party’s leadership in Edo State.

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The state leadership had explained in a statement issued earlier that Oshiomhole was suspended following the vote of no confidence passed on him by the APC LG chairmen.

The LG chairmen, however, distanced themselves from the said suspension of the APC national chairman, saying the claim of passing a vote of no confidence on Oshiomhole was not true.

On the contrary, they accused Governor Obaseki of harassment and intimidation, adding his actions could pull down the APC in the state.

“He is on a mission to destroy APC in Edo State but we will resist it,” they said.

The chairmen added, “We are the chairmen of the party in the 18 LGA s and we are not aware of the meeting where a vote of no confidence was passed on the national chairman of our party, Comrade Oshiomhole who is doing very well.

“Rather we are aware that majority of the chairmen haven suffered intimidation, harassment and assault in the hands of the Governor Godwin Obaseki led administration, what we have never seen in the politics of our dear state.”

The chairmen, thereafter, passed a vote of no confidence on Governor Obaseki and the embattled state chairman of the party, Anslem Ojezua.

They alleged that both men have not only failed the party but the people of the state, adding that they have been involved in anti-party activities and lacked the moral rights to remain in the APC.

“Oshiomhole remains our leader and we pass vote of confidence on his leadership.

“It is sad that the governor and his cohorts are using money to induce our members but majority of them, we are happy, have resisted his moves to intimidate them,” the LG chairmen alleged.

Obaseki, Akiolu Attack: Oshiomhole’s Comment, ‘Slip Of Tongue’ – Shaibu

 

Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has apologised to commercial motorcyclists popularly known as ‘Okada riders’ in the state on behalf of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for describing them as thugs.

Mr. Shaibu’s apology is connected to the claims by the APC leader that the convoy of the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, was attacked by motorcyclists at the home of Mr. Oshiomhole, after the Edo state university’s convocation ceremony.

Mr. Oshiomhole had linked the thugs who attacked the convoy of Governor Obaseki as loyalists to Mr. Shaibu.

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The deputy governor who hosted a delegation from the motorcyclist union at the government house in Benin City, the Edo state capital, explained to them that the comments were a slip of tongue from the part of Mr. Oshiomhole.

“I want to correct the news by our national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole that the Okada riders are thugs, you are not thugs and I want to apologise on his behalf to tell you people maybe it was a slip of tongue.

“You people are never thugs; you cannot be thugs because if what we have done with you and you are technology-driven and you are talking, you can’t be referred as thugs; not even when he rode on your back to victory at the tribunal.”

He added that after a long-serving relationship with the APC national chairman, it was unexplainable to have such comment served at the motorcyclists.

“Every morning, you were always at his house in your hundreds and most cases we rode on your back to the tribunal. So how come now you are being referred to as thugs, I think it was a slip of tongue, so on his behalf, I apologise to all of you.”