Former Ministers Visit Wike, Seek PDP’s Unity

Former Ministers Visit Wike, Seek PDP's UnityFormer ministers, led by a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sule Lamido, on Saturday visited Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Mr Lamido spoke on behalf of the former ministers in what looked like an effort to build political alliances ahead of the 2019 elections.

He commended Governor Wike for standing firm and defending the principles of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He requested, on behalf of others, that Governor Wike should make himself available with other PDP governors as the rallying point for the party as it gets back on its feet.

“You are our own. You are a PDP creation therefore PDP has claim over you.

“With your colleagues, you must come together as a group of governors to be our rallying point,” he said.

The former governor also advocated a united front for the PDP.

Governor Wike, in his reaction, assured the former minister that his commitment to the party would remain irrespective of the challenges facing the party.

“It doesn’t matter what happens, nobody will intimidate us. We will never allow ourselves to be cowed not to stand firm and defend democracy.

“Yes we will pay the price. There are sacrifices but it is worth it,” he assured.

Those present at the meeting include Ibrahim Shekarau, Boni Haruna, Abba Moro, Erelu Olusola Obada, Iyom Anennih and Ambassador Musa Kazaure.

Jonathan Visits Reclaimed Territories In Adamawa And Borno

goodluck_jonathan_CANPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday visited Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State, three months after the Nigerian military re-captured the town from Boko Haram militants.

Presidnt Jonathan, who arrived the Yola International Airport accompanied by the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Bade and all the other service chiefs and the Inspector General of Police, later traveled to Mubi by helicopter.

Addressing officers and men of the Nigerian Army in both towns, which were recently recaptured from Boko Haram, President Jonathan declared that he and all Nigerians were very proud of the bravery, competence and patriotism with which they were now undertaking operations to expel the insurgents from all parts of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

The President said that with their recent successes, which have overwhelmingly turned the tide against Boko Haram, the Nigerian military has proven beyond any doubt that it remains fully capable of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

President Jonathan also noted that all those, within and outside the country, who cast aspersions on Nigerian soldiers and questioned their ability and willingness to overcome the insurgents were misinformed and wrong.

He assured the troops that the Federal Government will ensure that the troops receive all the equipment and logistics they require to complete the ongoing mission to reassert government’s effective control over all areas formerly held by Boko Haram.

The President promised the soldiers that all issues pertaining their welfare will be properly and expeditiously addressed.

He assured them that they will be duly rewarded for their bravery and patriotic service to the nation at the successful conclusion of ongoing operations against Boko Haram.

The president also assured families of soldiers who lost their lives in battles against Boko Haram that they will be well provided for.

Jonathan’s visit is coming days after the Minister for Youth Development, Mr. Boni Haruna, visited towns within the area that were captured by the insurgents.

I Will Always Encourage Nigerian Youths To Be The Best – Jonathan

Goodluck-JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has promised Nigerian youths that his administration will continue to encourage them to be the best in their chosen professions.

The President was speaking in an interactive session with Nigerian youths themed “Democracy Day-a Day with young leaders organised by the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government.

He used the occasion to launch another booklet on the transformation agenda 2013-2014—Steady Progress Moving Forward, challenging Nigerian politicians to live by their promises to the electorate.

The president provided answers to questions posed by the youths but before then he had launched a book- transformation agenda 2013-2014-steady progress moving forward where he threw up another challenge to politicians.

The Minister of Youths and former governor of Adamawa State, Mr Boni Haruna described Nigerian youth as very enterprising and reiterated governments call for amnesty for Boko Haram members.

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”

Haruna likened the amnesty offer to the one in the Niger Delta, saying 30,000 youths have benefitted from the programme and have been transformed from militants to “wealth creators, employers of labour and skilled citizens”.

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable
“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”

Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable

 

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable

The president said he has confidence in Nigerian youths and urged them to grab the numerous opportunities available and be who they want to be.

President Jonathan said that terrorism cannot succeed in any community without support from the local people and called on those who are respected by the insurgents to join hands with the government in order to encourage them to lay down their arms, insisting that the “military alone cannot stop terrorism”.

He said: “Terror succeeds with local support. It will be difficult for terror to thrive where people reject it. It is a major challenge to all of us.”

“Military alone cannot stop terror or any radicalism. Terrorists have people they respect, they have community, traditional and opinion leaders they respect. All of us can deradicalise them.

“We will through persuasive activities encourage people to shun violence,” he added

As part of efforts to ensure youths are reorientated and not misled, he said that his government is already working out modalities to reintroducing moral education in schools.

Also at the event are the former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme, and former Chief of General Staff, Oladipo Diya.

Justice Kabiri-White Defends Supreme Court Judgments On Amaechi Others

NIALS2Retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte has defended the Supreme Court judgement on the substitution of Mr. Rotimi Amaechi as the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, for the 2007 Rivers State governorship election.

The eminent jurist also explained the decision of the court on Mr. Boni Haruna as Adamawa State Governor after the ascension of Atiku Abubakar as the Vice President in 1999.

The two judgments were part of the cases reviewed by Justice Karibi-Whyte at the 35th anniversary and Founders’ Day lecture of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in Abuja.

Speaking on the topic ‘In The Eyes Of The Law’, Justice Karibi-Whyte explained that the Supreme Court ruling in the two cases were interpretations of the law, as he provided academic insights into the Supreme Court’s interpretation of constitutional provisions.

The Supreme Court dismissed a suit filed by Celestine Omehia, a former governor of Rivers State, challenging the election of his successor, Rotimi Amaechi.

The court quashed the decision of an appeal court which gave Mr. Omehia a temporary win that suggested he may oust Mr. Amaechi after seven years in office.

In the ruling, Justice Muhammad Muntaka-Coomassie, who read the Supreme Court judgement, said that the Court of Appeal in Abuja erred in law to have ruled in favour of Mr. Omehia, whom the judge said had no stake in the case he filed in court.

Mr. Omehia was removed from office in October 2007 after holding office for five months. The Supreme Court at the time ruled that he had usurped Mr. Amaechi’s ticket for the election, and accordingly ruled that Mr. Amaechi was the eligible Governor.

Boni Haruna Backs Tukur’s Decision To Deal With Erring PDP Members

Former Adamawa state governor and a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Boni Haruna has thrown his weight behind the Bamaga-led arm of the party.

He also supported the decision taken by the party chairman to deal with erring members of the party “As a leader he (Bamanga) has his options and the best option always is what is desired to bring about the resolution of any problem”.

He however noted that “in crisis situations like this, it gives room for some form of emotion and am sure maybe at a point he will be in a position to look back and review his position” adding that “you cannot deny somebody his views given the magnitude of issues on ground”

Haruna, while fielding questions during Channels Television’s flagship morning programme, Sunrise Daily, debunked the claims that the problem of the party started when Bamanga Tukur assumed the leadership of the party on Wednesday.

He opposed the claim the Adamawa born PDP factional leader is not a bona fide member of the party despite being suspended in 2001, when incidentally; he (Haruna) was the governor of Adamawa state.

Boni, as he is fondly called, said “I know as a fact that Alh. Bamanga Tukur is a founding member of the PDP and I do also know that he has paid his dues in this party” noting that “they were 34 of them who started this party”.

“Take note also that there were chairmen of this party that were actually not members of the party at a point. (Vincent) Ogbulafor was not a member of this party; he was in All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and at a point also, (Okwesilieze) Nwodo had gone to another party and came back. So, all these things didn’t start with Bamanga, there are acts of precedence” he added.

The former governor noted that “whether there were some processes that needed to be followed or not, the truth is that Bamanga is a founding member of this party, a financial contributor to this party” adding that “they were those who that stuck their necks at the heat of the Abacha regime to put in a place a group that resisted the military”.

Haruna expressed displeasure over the actions of the breakaway arm of the party led by former Acting National Chairman, AbubakarKawu Baraje but admitted that given what politics is, it is nothing unusual to have disagreements to a point that people will have different opinions of the issues on ground.

He went down memory lane to note that the PDP since its formative years did not had it “rosy”. He pointed the turn of the millennium as the time things began to change but noted that “it is normal in a plural democracy”.