Attack On Oshiomhole: APC Has Disintegrated, Says PDP

APC National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, addressing a press conference in Abuja on September 5, 2019.

 

The PDP says the violent attack by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has further confirmed that the dysfunctional APC has finally disintegrated.

According to the opposition party, the fact that APC members openly took up arms against its leadership is a huge demonstration of their eternal rejection of the APC and the Buhari Presidency.

In a statement by its spokesman, the PDP claims that for APC members to publicly call their National Chairman a “thief”, as reported in some media, “amply captures the mood of majority of Nigerians, including APC members, that the APC and its government are havens for thieves, criminal gangs and corrupt persons”.

The statement further claimed that it is an indisputable fact among Nigerians is that the APC has become torn apart within its core.

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“The manifest greed and ravenousness of its leaders, particularly, in the Presidential villa, in addition to endless infighting over positions and looted resources has further exposed the party as a soulless mob.

“The APC has never been a genuine platform for governance. It has neither the predisposition nor the design for operable people-oriented policy and programmes. If anything, it has remained a special purpose vehicle, for power grabbing, hijacked by an oppressive and exploitative cabal, who has no iota of interest in the welfare of Nigerians.

“Indeed, the propensity of APC leaders at looting our common patrimony as well as the total neglect of the living conditions of the masses, whose mandate they had stolen, has become a huge source of anger and resentment in the hearts of Nigerians.

“Nigerians expect Oshiomhole to respond to the demands of his party members, who are chasing him around like a common tout and for which he was reported to have hidden in a hotel in Benin City.

“Is it not absurd for a National Chairman of a political party that claims to have won an election just a few months back to require the services of truck load of police men and personal thugs to escape from Benin to Abuja?

“The Edo incident reminds of how the APC National Chairman also allegedly fled the nation at the heat of his reported interrogation by the Department of State Services (DSS) in 2018 over alleged corruption charges.

“The PDP however encouraged Nigerians not to despair. There is always an end to any platform that does not have the care of the people as its primary goal in governance,” the statement read in parts.

2020 Budget Is Very Brilliant In Nothingness – Kassim Afegbua

 

The spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kassim Afegbua, has criticised the 2020 budget proposal presented by President Muhammadu Buhari last week.

Afegbua who was a guest on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics, said he expected the president to take his time to present a well-rounded budget that captures the current realities of the country.

He, therefore, described the proposed budget as “brilliant in nothingness”.

“The 2020 budget is very brilliant in nothingness, beautiful in rhetorics and empty in terms of realist appraisal of what the issues are, with respect to getting us out of the present predicament we’ve found ourselves,” he said.

“I was expecting that the president will tarry for a while to consult with his economic advisers so that they can make some very wonderful inputs into the budget but the haste at which he presented it, certain benchmarks that are not realistic, point to one direction that the APC-LED Federal Government does not understand the dynamics that obtain in the present government”.

Meanwhile, Mr Afegbua also took a swipe at the APC government over allegations of attempting to gag the press.


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Reacting to comments by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, about the government’s plan to license WebTV and radio stations, including foreign broadcasters beaming signals into the country, he said he believes the move is aimed at stifling the activities of the press.

“I’m still trying to wonder why a government that is not trying to gag the press would come up with very obnoxious fees that will be paid by media organisations if in their own opinion they are found to have contravened certain sections of the NBC Code or NBC Act,” he said.

“I think under a democracy, the president does not enjoy that fiat to decide or to decree things into existence in a manner that will suggest that it is taking over the responsibility of the National Assembly which is vested with that responsibility of making laws, for the good governance of the country, to the extent of increasing penalties for breaches from 500,000 to 5 million and in that sequence, is quite undemocratic.

“The law guiding the broadcast media is very clear.

“The NBC Code is an old law that was put in place under the military government and is long overdue for some amendments but we are worried about a situation where the APC-led Federal Government has an NBC that is headed by an APC card-carrying member, who ran for election in Kwara State for governorship and is being made to be the Director-General of the NBC to superintend or moderate the activities of the broadcast media”.

Nigeria Is Becoming A One-Party State – APC

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APC spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu.

 

The All Progressives Congress has said that Nigeria deserves a strong, vibrant opposition to play its conventional role in the polity to deepen democracy, a part which it believes the Peoples Democratic Party is not playing at the moment.

According to spokesman of the ruling party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, it is sad that Nigeria is becoming a one-party state.

“As a party that believes in democracy and progressive politics, we cannot pretend any longer,” Mallam Issa-Onilu stressed.

The APC spokesman said democracy cannot be said to be fully operational in a situation where the supposed ‘main’ opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has become a joke, irresponsible and rudderless.

He said: “Even as the governing party, we recognize the importance of rigorous and intelligent interrogation of our policies and programmes by the opposition.

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“There are a lot to gain by our democracy and our country in an atmosphere of robust engagement by responsible and patriotic opposition. The political system we practice has important roles for the political parties outside of power. The system envisaged that such parties would provide alternative viewpoints and put the governing party on its toes.

“Instead, the PDP and their minions have in the name of opposition continued to distract the government and Nigerians with their post-election delusions, salacious fictions, conjured rifts in government circle and of course the lowest of it all, the pathetic and senseless Jubril of Sudan malicious tale, among other fake news. Tragic!

“It is sad that PDP has finally proved incapable of filling this important democratic space. The other mushroom parties are even worse. Some of the smaller parties are filled with incurable charlatans issuing infantile weekly press statements on behalf of the PDP. Our democracy deserves better.

“The so called Congress of United Political Parties (CUPP), which could have filled the vacuum and engaged the APC administration in useful debates over governance, has become a comedy theater group and frontline PDP minion. CUPP has the unenviable mandate to try to intimidate and blackmail important state institutions such as INEC, the judiciary, and security agencies, on behalf of PDP with the hope of gaining political advantage having been rejected by the majority of the voters.

“As the current administration tackles our national challenges and at a period we all should focus on issues of nation building, the best PDP and its acolytes are offering is a distraction.

“While the PDP wallows in its obscene conducts, Nigeria under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration will continue to consolidate on its status as Africa’s largest economy.

“Despite inheriting a battered economy, the administration is growing the economy after pulling it out of recession.

“The administration’s record investments in agriculture, social investments and infrastructure projects is paying off hugely.

“For one, we are now currently the largest rice producing country in Africa as a direct result of conscientious efforts to diversify the economy.

“Our age-long corruption and impunity challenges is no longer the norm. The fight against corruption is oncourse. Collectively and individually, a reorientation in our national life and thinking is emerging”.

Mallam Issa-Onilu further stated that with the continued support of well-meaning Nigerians, the ruling party will do more for the shared prosperity, peace and progress of the nation.

PDP Rejects Moves By FG ‘To Gag Media, Freedom of Speech’

The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Kola Ologbondiyan.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected alleged moves by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government to “further gag the media, subjugate Nigerians and curtail their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression”.

The party says the decision by President Buhari administration to impose stringent regulations on online media and broadcast organisations as recently announced by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, is completely ‘obnoxious, anti-democratic’, adding that it is a direct violation of statutory rules governing media practice and freedom of expression in Nigeria.

The PDP in a statement by its spokesman, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan also rejected the Presidential declaration of political comments as “Class A” offence, insisting that such is designed to undermine the nation’s constitutional democracy, exterminate the rights of citizens to dissenting public opinion, emasculate the opposition and foist a dictatorship and one party system on our nation.

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“Our party alerts that such moves amount to an attempt to amend our constitution to take away the rights of citizens and undermine our democratic institutions; a development that has the capacity to destabilize our dear nation.

“The PDP invites Nigerians to note that this dictatorial pathways which the Buhari Presidency seeks to impose, if allowed, will herald the gradual emasculation of freedom of expression, repression of free press, infringements on the rights of citizens and foisting of siege mentality on the people.

“Nigerians are already apprehensive that the directive is geared towards clearing the ground for the introduction of certain harsh policies in our country.

“The party insists that our constitution has made enough provisions to guide media practice as well as the exercise of freedom of expression, adding that the foisting of unconstitutional and suppressive regulations is not acceptable under any guise,” the party spokesman said.

The PDP called on the members of the National Assembly, as the representatives of the people, to reject what the party termed as presidential directive which is not in the interest of the nation.

I Will Beat Melaye ‘Arms Down’ In Fresh Election, Says Adeyemi

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Dino Melaye, Smart Adeyemi

 

Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Kogi West Senatorial District election, Smart Adeyemi, says he will beat Senator Dino Melaye arms down in the fresh elections ordered by the Court of Appeal in a ruling on Friday.

Senator Melaye lost his appeal on the grounds that his application challenging the judgment of the Tribunal could not prove the allegations that he was not given a fair hearing.

Senator Adeyemi in a short message alleged that Senator Melaye had never won any election, owing to manipulations.

“Dino has never won any election, it’s all manipulations. But the judiciary has further reinstated our hope and that it’s the last hope of the masses.”

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He further stated that both Melaye and he have no comparison, and he is sure of clinching the ticket in fresh polls conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“There’s no basis for comparison between me and Dino, if INEC conducts election again, I will beat him arms down.”

Meanwhile, Senator Melaye, in reaction to the judgment which sacked him as the lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district, said, “Court judgment is human judgment, I believe in the divine I mean God’s judgment.”

Bayelsa Governorship: Court Orders Substituted Service On APC Candidate

 

The Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has ordered substituted service on the All Progressives Congress (APC), its candidate, David Lyon.

The court also ordered a substitute service on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the November 16 governorship election.

The court presided over by Justice Jane Iyang, gave the directive to a former Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, in a case he filed against the party, challenging the primary election that led to the emergence of Lyon.

At the preliminary hearing of the suit, Justice Iyang granted the exparte motion for substituted service and three other reliefs sought by Lokpobiri, who was an aspirant in the party’s September 4 primary election.

Justice Iyang, however, declined to issue an order of abridgement of time, which required the defence to enter appearance, file and serve their respective defence process within seven days following the plaintiff’s prayer that the matter required an accelerated hearing.

She said the plaintiff could not unilaterally abridge the time of response of the defence’s lawyer.

Iyang said following the argument by the plaintiff’s lawyer, Mister Fitzgerald Olorogun that the respondents were running away from being served, the service should be done by pasting the document on the wall.

She ordered that Lyon be served by pasting the service on the campaign secretariat along Isaac Boro Expressway, while INEC’s copy should be pasted on its secretariat along Swali Road.

 

 

 

 

 

2020 Budget Will Translate To Good Governance, Implementation Of Next Level Agenda – APC

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has welcomed the commitment of both the executive and legislative arms to ensure budget passage is returned to the January-December cycle.

This Follows the presentation of the 2020 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday by President Muhammadu Buhari,

To put this into effect, our party notes the early presentation by the President, leaving the lawmakers near three months to consider and pass the budget.

The Party, therefore, congratulates the President and all APC members on the early presentation of the proposed 2020 Budget of a record N10.33 trillion naira which surpasses the N8.916 trillion budget for 2019.

The proposed 2020 budget is targeted at consolidating on the gains the current administration has made in revamping our power, rail and road infrastructure; diversification and retooling the economy; social intervention programmes targeted at the poor; fight against emerging crimes, insurgency and rehabilitation, rebuilding of the North East particularly through the newly-established North East Development Commission, among other critical interventions.

According to the President in his budget speech, tagged “Budget of sustaining growth and job creation”, there is a renewed government’s commitment to plugging revenue leakage with the continued strict implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

We congratulate the leaders of the two chambers of the 9th National Assembly, Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila for creating a convivial environment for the budget presentation exercise, a welcomed departure from the usual tensed and adversarial atmosphere of the previous four years.

The Party is confident that the patriotic disposition of the leaders and members of the 9th National Assembly would ensure a cordial relationship with the executive arm, which would surely translate to good governance and proper implementation of the administration’s Next Level plans for Nigerians.

Bauchi Election Petition Tribunal Set To Deliver Judgement

The Bauchi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal is set to deliver judgement today.

The tribunal is set to deliver its verdict in a petition filed by the immediate past governor Mohammed Abubakar and the All Progressives Congress (APC) challenging the declaration of Bala Mohammed of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the 2019 governorship election held on April 9th and 23rd by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The petition was filed on the 12th of April 2019.

Governor Abubakar and the APC are alleging over voting and non-compliance in some polling units in Bogoro Tafawa Balewa and Bauchi local government areas of the state.

The counsel to petitioners prays that the Tribunal cancels votes of some polling units and declare the first petitioner winner while counsel to respondents prayed that the tribunal dismisses a petition for lacking in merit.

‘Nothing Has Changed,’ Tanko Yakasai Rates Buhari’s Administration

 

An elder statesman, Tanko Yakasai, has scored the Muhammadu Buhari administration low since the All Progressives Congress (APC) took over power at the centre in 2015.

He gave the assessment on Tuesday during his appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

“Almost five years after the APC rule, nothing has changed,” Tanko said in reaction to the Independence Day speech by the President.

Elder Statesman, Tanko Yakasai, speaks during an interview on October 1, 2019.

 

 

He added, “But our mistake is that when we decided to support APC on their change slogan, we did not ask them ‘what will it cost you the change that you are talking about?’.

“We kept quiet, we supported them, we gave them almost everything they wanted; now after taking over power, we dint see any change.”

The elder statesman further called for the restructuring of the country, saying it would help build a better nation for the upcoming generations.

He also challenged the present administration to tackle the various challenges facing the country, especially security, unemployment and problems in the education sector among others.

Nigeria At 59: We Are Better Together Than Apart – APC

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) felicitates with Nigerians on the country’s 59th Independence Anniversary.

In a statement through its spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said “We remember and salute our founding fathers who fought for the independence of our great country and also members of our Armed Forces, many of whom have paid the supreme sacrifice to defend Nigeria’s territorial integrity and keep our country united.

“As a nation, we are better together than we are apart. Hence, we must be wary of those who hide under religion, politics, tribe and sundry groupings to turn us against one another. Despite our perceived differences, our strength and progress depend on our ability to harness our rich diversity.

“In spite of the inherited and our current challenges, President Muhammadu Buhari administration has made commendable strides on so many fronts, most significantly the fight against graft, diversifying and revamping the economy, curbing insurgency and emerging crimes, promoting positive values in our national life, strengthening our democratic institutions and processes and achieving a respectable international standing”.

Finally, “we admonish well meaning Nigerians to engage only in acts that would heal our fault lines by promoting ethnic and religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence, which would engender Nigeria’s growth and development.

“As Africa’s most populous nation, we can do much better, given our natural resources and potential. The President Buhari administration is committed to building on and affirming our Giant of Africa status.

“Happy 59th Independence Day to all Nigerians”.

Aggrieved APC Member Challenges Outcome Of Bayelsa Primaries

Court Nullifies Zamfara APC Governorship Primary

 

An aggrieved member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Peter Ozobo, has filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja, challenging the conduct of the party’s governorship primaries in Bayelsa State.

Ozobo sued the APC candidate in the state, David Lyon, and his running mate in the coming governorship election, Biobarakuma Degi, claiming a default in the primaries that produce them as the party’s flagbearers.

He alleged that the exercise did not follow the approved guidelines.

In the suit with number: FHC/ABJ/CS/1095/2019, Ozobo and others sought the disqualification of the candidates.

They claimed that the party did not hold a direct primary election at the wards in the state and that majority of members were excluded from voting in the election.

Ozobo and others also alleged that the results of the primaries were written at the wards where the exercise did not hold.

In a similar development, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his deputy, Senator Duoye Diri and Senator Lawrence, also filed a suit in the court.

They also sought the leave of the court to disqualify the APC candidate for being wrongfully nominated by his party.

Both parties have claimed that the APC candidate is evading service.

Presidential Poll: APC Asks Supreme Court To Expunge Atiku’s Experts’ Reports

 

 The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Supreme Court to expunge Atiku’s experts’ reports and evidence from the record presented at the presidential election petition tribunal on 2019 presidential poll.

This is in a swift move against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Atiku Abubakar in the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar.

The APC filed a cross-appeal against the admission of the report and evidence of the three data analysts who testified for the petitioners at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal and whose evidence was admitted by the tribunal in the interest of natural justice.

The party in the cross-appeal filed by its lead counsel, Prince Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi SAN, wants the Supreme Court to expunge the evidence of the three Information Communication and Technology (ICT) experts who testified on the existence of server allegedly used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to store results of the February 23 presidential election.

The three key witnesses are Segun Sowunmi, a Media Aide to Atiku, David Njoga, a Kenyan and Joseph Gbenga who are famous data analysts and employed by Atiku to carry out forensic analysis of the presidential election results.

They had in their testimony informed the tribunal that they analyzed the presidential election results state by state and found discrepancies in the results credited to Atiku and President Muhammadu Buhari.

Specifically, the three data analysts alleged that in the results sheets they analyzed the votes of Atiku were deliberately depleted while that of Buhari and APC were inflated.

The Kenyan expert in his evidence specifically insisted that INEC used the server which he claimed to have penetrated to obtain the alleged authentic results of the February 23 presidential election which ran counter to the one declared by the electoral body.

But mister Fagbemi in the cross-appeal pleaded with the Supreme Court for an order setting aside the evidence of the three witnesses and the documents including video clips tendered through them from the bar.

Mister Fagbemi also wants the apex court to outrightly expunge their testimonies and documents from the record of the court for being inadmissible in law.

The APC argued that the tribunal erred in law when it held that the evidence and the documents of the three witnesses were considered in the interest of natural justice.

Fagbemi submitted that the decision of the tribunal on the point was untenable on the grounds that the issue of admissibility or otherwise of a document is a point of law and not natural justice as erroneously held by the tribunal.

Besides, the senior counsel also sought an order of the apex court to strike out Atiku’s allegations of electoral malpractices in 10 states of the federation on the grounds that the allegations of the electoral fraud were vague and not specific as required by law.

The counsel said that the petitioners did not state the specific polling units where the alleged fraud was committed, hence they must be expunged for lacking in merit that can warrant the tribunal to look into them.

Atiku had on September 23 filed a 66 grounds of appeal upon which he predicated his prayers for setting aside the whole decision of the presidential election petition tribunal which upheld the declaration of Buhari as winner of the February 23 presidential election.

The PDP candidate specifically faulted the decision of the Justice Mohammed Garba led panel which held that Buhari did not need to attach his academic certificates to the INEC’s form CF 001 before he can stand for the presidential election.