NGF Has Not Brought Anything Positive To Nigeria – Isuwa Dogo

The Nigerian Governors Forum has been described as “an inconsequential” organisation that has not “brought anything positive to the people of Nigeria”.

These were the words of Dr. Isuwa Dogo, a political scientist, who was speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

Dr. Dogo, who said the forum is “retrogressive” maintained that it is a self-seeking communion that must not be given so much importance.

He lambasted governors for holding meetings, since the military era, that have not produced any “positive impact” on Nigeria.

He likened the recall of the suspended Governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamakko, to a father and son situation, saying: “If you scold your child and the child is repentant about the scolding, you simply embrace the child and pat the child at the back.

“But if you scold a child and advise the child and say this is what you will do and the child refuses to listen and becomes so recalcitrant, the child is on the path of self-destruction.”

He commended the PDP for taking the bold step in recalling governor Wamakko.

PDP Displays The Highest Level Of Democratic Practice – Political Scientist

A Political scientist, Dr. Isuwa Dogo, has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as observing “the highest level of democratic practice”.

Dr. Dogo who spoke as guest on Channels Television’s morning show, Sunrise Daily, added that “the PDP is the only democratically set up party in Nigeria”.

Dr. Dogo, who was reacting to the rumoured resignation of the chairman of the ruling PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, noted that the party is being witch-hunted by the opposition that sells different false stories to destabilise the PDP.

In his words “In the first place, those ideas are not from PDP; those ideas are planted by the opposition with the hope and belief it could be used to disorganise the party”.

He said “it only makes the party stronger”, maintaining that it is a display of “the beauty of PDP”.

He also debunked the rumoured defection of PDP governors to the newly formed All Progressive Congress (APC) as a “figment of the imagination of people that make such stories”.

The political scientist further argued that the alleged rift between the governors of the PDP and the chairman of the party is “what you are expecting” he continued saying “in a democratic setting you are expected to have differences of opinion, views and ideas.

If every idea is exactly the same as every other persons, then we cease to be human beings, will we say we are angels”.

Speaking further, Dogo accused the opposition parties of strangulating divergent views from members other than executives of the parties.

According to him “That is why in other political parties, nobody voice out anything because they know the supreme leader is going to cut the person to size”.

APC Governors Storm Imo For Freedom Celebration Week

No fewer than 10 Governors under the new party All Progressives Congress (APC) have converged in Owerri ,the Imo state capital, for a solidarity rally as part of the activities marked out for the Imo Freedom Week Celebration.

The Governors and Chieftains of the party who arrived the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri at about noon today all moved in a motor cade from the airport through the streets of Owerri to the venue of the rally at the Heroes Square in Owerri.

Some of the Governors present are the Lagos state governor Babatunde Fashola, Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi, Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomole, Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola, Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi and Ogun state governor Ibikunle Amosun amongst others.

CPC Berates FG’s Downplay Of Baga Casualty Figure

The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has berated the fact that “The Nigerian Federal authority has so far shown more interest in controlling the information on the casualty figures, as different statistics continue to be bandied around, than in ensuring rehabilitation of the Victims of the Baga disaster”.

The CPC in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Rotim Fashakin said “What is more galling is the refusal of President Goodluck Jonathan in visiting the area to get first-hand information after more than two weeks of this unfortunate incident”.

“It would be recalled that on 1st March, 2013, the Progressive governors of the yet-to-be-registered All Progressives Congress (APC) walked on the streets Maiduguri in a manner that befuddled the ruling Peoples’ Democratic  Party (PDP). In a clear obfuscation of the issues, the motley of spin-doctors in the Nation’s presidency responded that the long-overdue visit of the President was pre-empted by these governors. It is our belief that the refusal of the President in visiting Baga does not only show insensitivity but is a conduct that is not statesman-like for those that bear presidential authority over a jurisdiction!”

The party also went down memory lane to remind President Goodluck Jonathan how other serving presidents have visited boiling points in their countries “On 7th September, 1980, President Shehu Shagari visited Ibadan, Oyo state within days of the Ogunpa flood disaster. On touring the areas affected by the devastation which left 240 people dead and thousands rendered homeless, he quipped: “I have seen real disaster!”

On 28th January, 2002, President Olusegun Obasanjo visited Ikeja Military Barracks barely 24 hours after bomb explosions had destroyed lives and property. In a rare show of empathy for the distraught victims – including women and children- who had lost loved ones and rendered homeless, the President preferred to tread bare-footed!”

“Shortly after the Boston Marathon Bombing, President Barack Obama was on hand to offer words of comfort to the bereaved and assuage the pains of the wounded. Thereafter, he made pronouncements that sent clear message of his strength of character as the Nation’s commander-in-chief.”

“The wider implication of President Jonathan’s demeanour is seen in his refusal to embark on duty tours to the Servicemen that are daily hazarding their lives for the Nation’s security.

As a Party, we belief that the gravitas of the authority of the Commander-in- chief is not just in adornment of ceremonial Military wears on special occasion but in providing the right leadership that galvanizes a followership geared for greater service and commitment to the National cause.” The statement said.

The party also reminded the president of his duties as stated in the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria “We hereby remind the President that part of his oath of office is to preserve the fundamental objectives and directive principles of State policy in chapter two of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Firmly entrenched in this section is the declaration that the purpose of government shall be the security and welfare of the people. The aloofness evinced by the President to the plight of the Baga people, is in our opinion, an infraction of this relevant provision of the Nigerian Constitution. We consider this conduct as very unacceptable.”

APC Is Built On A Strong Ideology, Youth Leader Carpets PDP Member

The Chairman of the All Progressives Youth Forum,  Ahmed Ismaeel, has hit back at the claims of Mr. George Ekeh, who claimed the merging opposition parties lack an ideological path because the “people that people the party are the same”, saying the All Progressives Congress (APC) was borne out of an ideology.

Ismaeel said “A political party is supposed to be an institution of democracy, it is not a platform for those who are seeking political office, political job to come and realize his ambition. It is about the instrumentality of democracy, it is about the values of democracy and good governance and that is what APC is all about”.

Ismaeel, who quoted a Hausa proverb which if translated, means “a market is not all about the shops but about the marketers (the buyers and sellers)”, continued saying the party is about people joining to give the “Nigerians what they have been yearning for, that is good governance and quality representation”.

He said the imbroglio they presently locked in with a rival group will surely come to an end and they (APC) will be registered as a political party. He said they were the ones who made the name and acronym “the national phenomenon that it is today”.

Speaking further, Ismaeel said “INEC can do whatever they want but at the end of the day we shall be registered as a political party”.

APC Is Out To Grab Power, Lacks Ideology- George Ekeh

Ahead of the 2015 general elections, a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), George Ekeh has labeled the yet-to-be-registered All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party without ideology and just another political party seeking to grab power for their selfish interests.

“I have always said that they are simply coming to grab power… forget about all those progressive definitions” he said.

Ekeh accused the merging opposition parties of “Trying to elbow PDP out and then take over power”.

Ekeh, who was speaking as a guest on Sunrise Daily, a breakfast programme on Channels Television, wondered if the merging parties will be registered with the name APC after another group claimed possession of the acronym long before now.

He however said “what is in a name if their intention is right”, pointing to the fact that the figures in the opposition are the same.

“The people who people the parties are the same.. For purposes of emphasis they are the same. The only way you can know is that you can see how people meander from this party to the other one. The moment you don’t have the platform to contest in this party, you end up in another one” he continued.

Ekeh said for the PDP to survive they should be able to send Trojan Horses into the camps of other political parties, as it is a strategy that will help confuse the opposing camps.

He also wondered why the National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) would oppose the formation of the PDP Governors Forum as there are other issues he needs to contend with within the ACN and APC.

On the issue of ideologies in Nigerian political parties, Ekeh said “the issue of ideology does not exist”.

Politician, Lawyer Trade Words Over Acronym of Political Party

National Secreatry of the African People’s Congress (APC), Barrister Saidi Balogun and a Member of the Publicity Committtee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr.  Rotimi Fashakin today traded words over the claim on who possesses the acronym APC.

Both were speaking during Channels Television’s weekend breakfast programme Sunrise Saturday.

Mr Fashakin argued that the Mr Balogun’s, yet to be registered, party was put together shabbily and a plot to destabilize and dilute their votes by the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He said the PDP are agitated by the merging parties and have planted the African People’s Congress to supposedly weaken their popularity going by the fact that they carry the same acronym.

However in a swift reaction, Balogun debunked all the claims, saying the African People’s Congress has been in existence since 20011, claiming it was formed as an association and it remained quiet because they are not “noise makers”.

He said “We have taken concrete steps to be registered by INEC”. Balogun said they deliberately refused to talk to the press since the formation of the association because “We are still trying to put our house in order”.

Furthermore , he said “We have a very long way to go, our party is a pan African party”.

Lagos Mafia Can’t Stop Our Registration – Rival APC

The African People’s Congress (APC) has accused opposition political parties planning to merge into one party of plotting to prevent its registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The Chairman of the party, Michael Ikeagwonu accused INEC of running a black market transaction with a Lagos mafia to sabotage the party’s registration process.

Mr  Ikeagwonu said the party is prepared for battle against conceived prank by INEC or any other group plotting against its registration.

Recently, the All Progressives Congress (APC) expressed shock that the INEC would announce receipt of a letter from a faceless political group set up to scuttle its registration.

The rival APC at a news conference practically described the merger of political parties that formed the APC merger party as a Lagos mafia which is planning with INEC to manipulate and frustrate the registration of the party. This according to him would be strongly resisted.

The rival APC leadership says INEC has no other option than to accept its submission and register the party within 30days.

It has vowed not to shift grounds until democracy is upheld.