The spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign, Kassim Afegbua, has criticised the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government over its style of governance.
Agebua, who appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today said if the APC can govern the nation well, Nigerians would not be agitating.
His comments follow the Revolution Now protest that held on Monday in some parts of the country, an act that led to clashes between security agencies and protesters.
“If you look at the blueprint of the Revolution Now, they are asking for quite a number of very salient issues.
“But for the failure of government, for the failure of the All Progressives Congress-led government in certain critical sectors of the nation’s economy, both politics and the welfare of the people, this Revolution Now is beginning to gain attention in the minds of the people.
“If things were right, if the APC could seat down and provide governance, if they can govern the country very well, people will not be agitating for things like Revolution Now,” he said.
Afegbua’s comments follow the protest by some aggrieved Nigerians who in Lagos, Abuja and some parts of the country to express their displeasure over the spate of killings, unemployment among several other issues.
To the PDP presidential council spokesman, today’s demonstrations send a strong signal to the ruling class against bad governance contrary to the belief by some people that it was successful.
“For those APC chieftains who are overfed with the menu of some ideological precepts, they may see this as not succeeding, but in the minds and hearts of Nigerians, they are making a very strong statement over the misgovernance in the last four years.
“The APC government appears so confused, so rudderless, so clueless to the extent that there is no conversation on sensitive national issues,” he said.
When asked how the APC was voted into office despite alleging it to be so clueless, the PDP chieftain said he wouldn’t want to comment on something considered as a prejudice since the matter is pending in the court.
He, however, insisted that the 2019 presidential election to his opinion didn’t meet the requirement for being considered as fair.
The All Progressives Congress in Niger State is asking President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse the nomination of Ambassador Zubairu Dada, the ministerial candidate from the state.
The party says failure to do so will attract massive defection of members ahead of the local government elections this month.
This was contained in the party’s resolution of the Expanded State Working Committee meeting at its secretariat in Minna, signed by the Publicity Secretary Idris Abini and made available to journalists.
It said it was disappointing that Governor Abubakar Bello did not consult the party but acted alone to favour a none member for ministerial appointment, alleging that Amb. Zubairu Dada was a People’s Democratic Party, PDP, member who campaigned against APC and its candidates in the last general elections.
The party observed with dismay that the ministerial designate and Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Senator Sani Musa are from the same Paikoro local government, the same ward and polling unit, contravening the party’s constitution noted that the same scenario occurred in 2015 and was reversed.
According to the resolution of the meeting attended by all the 25 local government party chairmen and secretaries, the ministerial designate should be replaced with an APC member who worked to ensure party victory during its elections.
That urgent steps should be taken by President Muhammadu Buhari who is known for his sense of honesty, integrity and desire for justice to quickly remedy the situation and follow the earlier nomination of the party to forestall the threat of mass decamping from the APC in Niger State.
It appealed that “the injustice should be addressed, that Governor Abubakar Sani Bello is not being fair to the party members by appointing opposition party PDP members into various appointments who dragged Mr President and even Mr Governor to various courts and tribunals challenging the seat they are occupying at present” it stated.
Some aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday protested in Abuja demanding inclusion in governance and appointments into offices.
The stakeholders under the aegis of APC concerned national stakeholders forum defied the rain and gathered at the Defence headquarters. They displayed placards with various inscriptions to make their demands known.
Part of their demands is that President Muhammadu Buhari should ensure that he appoints from people who worked for him in various capacity during the 2019 general elections as he forms his cabinet.
The stakeholders also said President Buhari should not appoint people who have stayed in government for over 40 years.
They stressed that the nation is in dire need of fresh ideas.
“By now, we expect that a real cabinet and primary appointment independently formed by the President based on merit and constitutional criteria would have been made public.
“This is the time for compensation but now it has gone back to the old ways where a few people take the compensation to themselves and their cronies,” Symeon Chilagorom, who led the protesters said.
The group also decry the delay in President Buhari’s appointment of his new cabinet, alleging that the delay could give some political influencers to handpick their allies for the appointment, leaving behind those who risked their necks to ensure President Buhari’s victory at the 2019 elections.
“We viewed this illegality with shock and disappointment. As a party that has made a commitment to change, we strongly reject any attempt to take recourse to brigandage of the past, when democratic practices were defined by the inordinate whims of people in power.
“Democracy must be governed by the rule of law. A situation where 11 lawmakers in the 31-member Bauchi State House of Assembly and nine lawmakers in the 24-member Edo State House of Assembly were secretly ‘inaugurated’ and purportedly ‘elect’ principal officers behind closed doors is a joke and an embarrassment.
“Practices like this are unacceptable under APC-led administration. As a party that is committed to higher ideals, we would use all democratic means necessary to ensure the right thing is done.
“Perhaps the actors in the inauguration sham in Edo and Bauchi States need to be reminded of the recent and widely-commended election of presiding officers in the newly-inaugurated 9th National Assembly. Our party has set new standards in party politics by upstaging the rule of force while upholding the rule of law.
“It needs restating that every elected lawmaker has a legitimate right to participate unhindered in the inauguration of the legislative arm in which he belongs. The plot to arm-twist the majority in favour of the minority in the legislative arm died with the defeat of the PDP in 2015,” the statement read in part.
APC then called on the Governors of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki and Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed to urgently issue a proper letter of proclamation to allow lawful inauguration of the respective state House of Assembly and subsequent election of presiding officers in a transparent manner.
The ninth Edo Assembly was inaugurated on Monday, with nine members electing Frank Okiye as Speaker of the House.
The assembly has 24 members-elect.
19 aggrieved lawmakers had earlier addressed a press conference where they claimed that the governor was trying to impose the leadership of the house on members.
A similar drama played out in Bauchi on Thursday when 11 out of 31 lawmakers of the ninth Bauchi state house of the assembly elected a new speaker.
The lawmakers elected Abubakar Suleiman, the lawmaker representing Ningi Central Constituency (APC), as the Speaker.
18 members of House later held a parallel election in front of the Assembly complex after they were denied entrance into the chamber as it was locked.
The 18-members elected Damina a former Speaker in the 8th house of Assembly and a member of the APC.
He was returned in the parallel election through a voice vote.
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kano have expressed dissatisfaction at the conduct of the governorship election which produced a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Umar Ganduje as the winner.
The PDP, at a press conference in Kano, rejected the results and vowed to contest the outcome at the election petition tribunal.
Governorship candidate of the PDP, Abba Yusuf, revealed that the party has assembled its legal team to begin a court process.
“The next line of action is for us to go to court, we have mobilised all our lawyers and they are here collecting all the pieces of evidence on the ground. By Tuesday or Wednesday, we will submit our case to the tribunal; we expect the tribunal to give us every necessary support in terms of justice. We expect our mandate to be retrieved from the APC and justice would be done.”
Deputy governorship candidate, Aminu Abdulsalam, urged the Nigeria Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to do the right thing as unbiased umpires.
The level of violence in Gama was in full glare of everybody, yet nobody is willing to say a word, they even went on to say that all was well. The only way forward is for the police force to do what they are supposed to do, to be an unbiased umpire. INEC should sit up and do the right thing. Canceling the election was the best thing that could have happened.
The state party chairman, Suleiman Bichi, however, described it as ‘unfortunate’ and expressed his displeasure at the election process.
“Well I think it is a purely electoral robbery in Kano, it is unfortunate that in this era in Nigeria, this kind of thing can happen. It is beyond human imagination. I cannot fathom if this country is ready for democracy, and democracy has been massacred, battered and it is unfortunate and I hope that the leaders look into it and amend what has happened in Kano. Otherwise, this may be the end of democracy in Nigeria.”
The PDPs reaction is coming after the governorship rerun election which was conducted in 28 Local Government Areas. The incumbent governor, Umar Ganduje was returned as governor-elect of the state.
One person has been reportedly killed following a clash between Supporters of the All Progressive Congress(APC) and their Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterparts at Kurmin Gwari ward in Kaduna South Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
Several others were said to have been injured while cars and shops were also destroyed in the fracas.
The APC supporters who were said to be loyalists of a House of Assembly candidate engaged their PDP counterparts said to be loyalists of another House of Assembly candidate in a fight during a campaign rally at Kurmin Gwari and Kakuri areas ahead of Saturday’s election
The injured persons were later rushed to a Hospital very close to the areas for treatment.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state Police command deputy spokesman, ASP Nafiu Habib has confirmed the incident, saying that policemen have been deployed to the areas to restore normalcy and also apprehend the perpetrators of the acts.
Two All Progressives Congress (APC) members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday announced their defection from the party.
The two lawmakers are Babatunde Kolawole who represents Akoko North East/ West Federal Constituency of Ondo State and Mukaila Kazzim representing Abeokuta North/ Obafemi-Owode/ Odeda Federal Constituency of Ogun State.
The lawmakers made their resignations known in separate letters to the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara who read the letters at plenary on Wednesday.
Candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have emerged as winners of the bye-elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Bauchi, Kwara and Katsina states.
The bye-elections were conducted on Saturday to fill three vacant seats in the House of Representatives in the respective states.
In Bauchi State, APC candidate, Yusuf Nuhu got 22,317 votes to defeat his nearest rival, Shehu Baba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who received 18,235 votes in the Toro Federal Constituency bye-election.
INEC also announced Tunji Olawuyi of the APC as the winner of the bye-election for the Irepodun/Isin/Oke Ero/Ekiti federal constituency of Kwara State.
According to the INEC Returning Officer, Professor Abimbola Adesoji, Olawuyi won with 21,236 votes to defeat Saheed Alatishe of the PDP who scored 18,095.
In Katina State, APC candidate, Abubakar Kusada, emerged winner of the Kankia/Kusada/Ingawa constituency bye-election.
Kusada polled a total of 48,518 votes, ahead of his closest rival, Abdussamad Yusuf of the PDP, who had 20,193 votes.
The Returning Officer, Professor Rasheed Adedayo, while announcing the election results on Sunday at the Kankia INEC collation centre in Katsina said that Kusada, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes is hereby declared the winner of the bye-election.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated winners of All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries across the country and urged the losers to learn and demonstrate sportsmanship.
In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari urged the losers of the primaries to accept the outcomes without bitterness or resentment.
“In every competition, someone has to win and someone has to lose, but those who lost should not abandon the party or lose their enthusiasm for the advancement of the party,” he said.
President Buhari also advised Nigerian politicians to learn from several aspirants like Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State “who despite his loss didn’t abandon APC for another party because he was angry over the outcome of the gubernatorial primaries.’’
“The larger interest of our party is greater than our individual ambitions, and we should, therefore, work together for its success, despite our losses.
“In politics, we shouldn’t lose hope permanently because tomorrow could present another opportunity for us to contest again and win,’’ Buhari said.
He advised the losers of the primaries “to always put the party first because we are in it together to serve the country, and I am always proud of our members who demonstrate sportsmanship and a good party spirit.”
To the winners, President Buhari said, “show grace in victory instead of mocking the losers, as such action is capable of destroying party unity and cohesion. The tent is large enough for us.”
He added that those elected should see their positions as a public trust instead of abusing their mandates to amass personal wealth at the expense of those who voted them into power.