Anambra: PDP Candidates Withdraw Petition, Supports Obiano

pdp candidates wit h draw petition from Anambra tribunalTwenty-One candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who lost the April 11 House of Assembly election in Anambra State, have withdrawn their petition from the Election Petition Tribunal.

After the PDP candidates withdrew the case, they pledged to support Governor Willie Obiano’s administration.

They had lost to the candidates of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) the same party that the Governor belongs to.

The PDP candidates said their action was in the spirit of moving the state forward,  citing the exemplary approach of President Goodluck Jonathan in conceding defeat to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, as their inspiration.

Receiving the 21 man delegation at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke, commended their resolve to sheathe their swords saying, they have done noble in placing the interest of the state above their personal gains.

The Leader of the delegation and former House of Assembly member, Honorable Egwuoyibo Okoye, added that distracting the governor in the tribunal would slow down the pace of development in the state.

 

Taraba Election Described As ‘Voice Of The People’

tarabaThe outcome of the just concluded run-off governorship election in Taraba State, north east Nigeria, has been described as the voice of the people which should be a rallying point for all citizens in the state.

A cross section of the people agreed that there might be flaws during the elections, but there are avenues to address such grievances rather than taking to the streets to protest.

After the election on April 11 was declared inconclusive, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ordered for a run-off in some polling units across 10 local government areas of the state.

Following the announcement of results which returned Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Aisha Alhassan, rejected the results and expressed her desire to challenge it at the election tribunal.

However, the people of the state have expressed their expectations for the incoming government, with emphases on peace building and forgiveness for the development of the state.

Fani-Kayode Reacts To Statement By Oba Of Lagos

Fani-KayodeThe Director of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, has condemned the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu’s alleged threat to Igbos in Lagos.

Oba Akiolu was reported to have warned Igbo leaders living in Lagos that if they vote against the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, they would be in trouble.

In a meeting with Eze Ndigbos in Lagos, Oba Akiolu had warned,”if any of you goes against Ambode, whom I picked, that is your end”.

“If it does not happen within seven days, just know that I am a bastard and it is not my father who gave birth to me”.

Reacting to this warning, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode said that the Oba’s statement, demanding the Igbos to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Akinwunmi Ambode or be ready to “perish inside the lagoon” is ominous and unacceptable.

In a statement released on Monday, Mr Fani-Kayode said that the threat is not one that would be swept under the carpet and warned against further intimidation of PDP members no matter their ethnic or religious background.

He added that, “we want peace and we want harmony in this country, but no one or group of people would be allowed to turn us or our supporters into slaves or give us sleepless nights”.

Mr Fani-Kayode said: “The truth is that we were threatened with ethnic cleansing and religious carnage in the North had Buhari not won the presidential election on March 28 and had President Jonathan not quickly conceded defeat. We let that go and kept the peace, but now, our traditional supporters are being threatened in Lagos and in many other states as we approach the April 11 governorship elections.

“Let two things be clearly understood. In as much as we all want peace in this country and as Jonathan has graciously and quickly conceded defeat in the presidential election, this does not mean that we are weak or powerless.

“Let it be clearly understood by all and sundry that any attempt to kill, maim or molest our supporters in the North, in the West or indeed in any other part of the country either before, during or after Saturday’s governorship elections or any attempt at ethnic or religious cleansing by the APC, their supporters or their friends and agents, would be deemed unacceptable and would be met with defiance, contempt and a well-orchestrated and solid resistance.”

Mr Fani-Kayode also stated, “These APC threats and all the attendant rubbish that go with them must stop. No one is intimidated on our side and neither do we fear for the future because God is with us; He is faithful and He is in perfect control. This is an election and it is not a war. So, we must be civilised, restrained, gentle and courteous in all our ways and dealings.

“The APC would do well to remember that they only won the presidential election by two million votes. They got 14 million votes while the PDP got 12 million votes in that election. This means that we have 12 million loyal foot soldiers and supporters in this country and that is no mean feat. Those 12 million voters cannot be ignored or treated with disdain and contempt. They must and will be respected.”

Ogun State Government Announces Payment Of Deducted Salary

Ogun-StateThe Ogun State Government has announced the payment of salary deductions and cooperative dues, with 1.5 billion Naira released on Friday.

The payment covers deductions of salaries affecting both State and Local Government workers.

In a statement by the State  Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the state government said the payment was in fulfillment of the agreement reached between the Governor of Ogun State, Sen Ibikunle Amosun and the workers during an interactive session held last month in Abeokuta, the State’s capital.

Prior to the downturn in Federal Allocation and the general economy, the State Government had been remitting salary deductions as and when due and had also cleared arrears inherited from the past administration.

However, the suddenness of downturn adversely affected both the Federal Allocation and Internally Generated Revenue, thereby creating fresh arrears.

The State Government said that the release of salary reduction demonstrates that it has successfully adjusted to the new financial reality and was confident that it would be able to clear the balance of arrears expediently.

Ogun State Government further assured the workers that the government would always protect their interests at all times and restated the fact that it had no plan to sack any worker.

The financial adjustment, the State Government stated, was achieved through increased spending inefficiencies and enhanced focus on Internally Generated Revenue.

The State Government further expressed gratitude to the workers for their patience, understanding and co-operation since the administration assumed office, particularly when the economic downturn led to delay in the remittance of the deductions and co-operative dues.

Oyo APC Reacts To Election Results, Opposition Protests

APcThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has advised followers of the Governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Accord Party and the Labour Party, Senator Teslim Folarin, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala to jump out of what it called their “sinking ship” ahead of the April 11 governorship election.

The APC, in a statement issued in Ibadan on Monday by its State Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, said that the dismal outing of the PDP, Accord and Labour Party candidates had clearly shown them as paperweight politicians.

The APC thanked Oyo residents for keeping faith with the party, as demonstrated by the overwhelming victory of the party during the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on Saturday, March 28.

The party also counseled the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr. Seyi Makinde, to join the winning team in order not to mortgage his political future.

The statement further said that the voting pattern of the last elections had clearly shown their belief and support for the APC led administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi, as well as their political sophistication.

APC said that the showing of Akala-led Labour Party in some parts of Ogbomoso out of the five zones of the state was a further attestation to the party’s position that the Ex-governor was only a local champion that lacks general appeal in the political matrix of the state.

According to the party, the palpable and remarkable achievements of Governor Ajimobi in the last four years in social and physical infrastructure, welfare, environmental sanitation and urban renewal, are enough to vote him in for a second term.

Some of the political parties in Oyo State protested the results declared by the electoral body for Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

The governorship candidate and leader of Accord, Rashidi Ladoja and his PDP counterpart, Teslim Folarin, at separate interviews alleged malpractice, calling for the cancellation of the polls.

As a way of registering their displeasure, members of the Accord and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) marched to the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, chanting songs amidst very tight security.

APC Supporters Embark On Road Show In Kaduna

apcAhead of next Saturday’s presidential election, supporters of the All Progressives Congress  (APC) in Kaduna State, on Tuesday, embarked on a road show to drum support for the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari and the state governorship flag bearer, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai.

During the road show rally, the APC members expressed confidence that their party would be victorious in the coming elections and however vowed to occupy all over Nigeria if the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attempts to rig the elections.

They described the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buahri and Mallam Nasir El-Rufai as credible candidates adding that they are the”choice of Nigerians in the elections given their incorruptible stance”.

The road show, tagged ‘Walking for Change’, witnessed a large crowd of APC members in Kaduna State and the party’s governorship candidate, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, trekking from the Command junction in the southern part of the State capital to Kawo, in the northern zone.

Women, children and youth all trooped in large numbers, singing and dancing.

Walking slowly and patiently, the surging crowd passed through the popular Ahmadu Bello Stadium to Ali Akilu road, where they appealed to residents of the areas to vote for APC in next Saturday’s election and subsequent ones on April 11.

For the supporters, their decision to participate in the over ten kilometers walk was borne out of their desire for a positive change, which they claimed APC stands for.

The supporters however, said that their power is their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).

Buhari Meets Private Sector Leaders, Reels Out APC Manifesto

Muhammadu Buhari APC Presidential candidate2The Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, on Saturday met with private sector leaders, promising to strengthen and make government institutions more independent if elected.

At the meeting held in Abuja, General Buhari reeled out the manifesto of the opposition party, saying it took the party six months of service and painstaking analysis of the Nigerian condition to develop.

The former military president said that the APC had come out with a comprehensive economic development plan geared towards promoting agriculture, power supply, infrastructural development, industrialisation and job creation among others.

He said that the party would provide the necessary regulatory framework for a conducive business environment.

Value Chain Of Opportunities

“We will provide level playing field and we will not allow politics to creep into and constrain the business climate.

“We will embark on multiple tracks reform in the oil and gas sector, especially government institutions like the NNPC, to block revenue transmission leakages and make them more efficient and accountable.

“We shall promote sound micro economic positive environment, run an efficient and transparent government. Restore and strengthen financial confidence by putting in place a more robust monitoring, supervision and regulation of all financial institutions.

“We shall embark on natural infrastructural development programme that will promote road, air and water transportation in the country to make Nigeria a hub of the West African sub-region,” General Buhari said.

The APC Presidential candidate also said that the party would embark on roads and rail construction that would unlock a value chain of opportunities for construction companies, builders, engineers, architects, quarry operators cement and iron rod production and supply.

General Buhari earlier in a rally in Nasarawa urged all Nigerian voters to come out en masse and vote in the general election that will hold on March 28 and April 11.

Isiaka Criticises INEC Over PVC Distribution In Ogun State

isiakaThe governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Mr Gboyega Nasir Isiaka  has  criticised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

There have been various challenges facing the process, with some eligible voters in the State not being able to find their cards.

Mr Isiaka was speaking in Abeokuta, the State capital during a press briefing held at the PDP secretariat located along the Presidential Boulevard in the State capital.

Mr Isiaka also added that the current 51% PVC distribution in the State is unacceptable.

The governorship candidate, however, asked the electoral commission to expedite action towards ensuring that numerous eligible voters who have not collected their PVCs get them before the deadline of March 22.

Mr Isiaka in an interview on Sunrise Daily on Friday, stressed the need for the INEC to ensure that ‘nobody is denied the opportunity to vote’.

He also gave a list of his plans for the State if elected governor of the state. The Governorship election will hold on April 11.