Osun Bye-Election: CNPP Endorses Adeleke, Warns INEC Against Postponement

Osun Bye-Election: CNPP Endorses Adeleke, Warns INEC Against PostponementThe Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) in Osun State on Sunday unanimously endorsed the candidature of Mr Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Osun West Senatorial by-election.

The parties made the announcement at a press conference held in Ede, where they cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against postponement of the election.

Parties at the briefing include the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Action Alliance (AA), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), Alliance for Democracy (AD), Democratic People’s Party (DPP), Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), People’s Party of Nigeria (PPN), and People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) among others.

Some stalwarts of the All Progressive Congress (APC) were also in attendance to pledge their loyalty to the PDP candidate.

Some of the APC chieftains present include a former secretary of Ede South Local Government Area (LGA), Mr Lukman Afolabi and  former APC leader in Ede South LGA, Mr Bayo Amobi.

The CNPP Secretary, Mr Gbade Adelakun, who addressed reporters on behalf of the parties, said all party leaders in the CNPP have instructed their parties’ faithful to cast their votes for Adeleke come July 8.

Reacting to the alleged plan by INEC to postpone the already scheduled bye-election, he said the CNPP would not subscribe to such decision.

“The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) in Osun State opposes vehemently the supposedly planned postponement of the bye-election of Osun West Senatorial District slated for July 8, 2017. Such postponement will amount to unnecessary tension among the political parties; moral burden is on the INEC not to shift the date of election”, Adelakun said.

CNPP Warns FG, Senate Against Planned Fuel Tax

PPPRA, Fuel ScarcityThe Conference of Nigeria Political Parties has joined organised labour in rejecting the planned increment of prices of petroleum products.

“We assure the Senate and the Federal Government that their proposed N5 per litre of fuel tax will be resisted,” the CNPP said in a statement by its Secretary General, Willy Ezugwu, on Sunday.

It accused the National Assembly of taking more anti-people decisions than resolutions that could better the lives of the already impoverished masses of Nigeria and warned the Presidency against inflicting more pain on the people.

The CNPP argued that the National Roads Fund Bill if passed, would impose the controversial tax on Nigerians.

It said, “Our findings have shown that the bill titled ‘National Roads Fund (Establishment, etc) Bill 2017’, proposing that N5 to be paid per litre of fuel imported into the country is a ploy by the Federal Government to impose more hardship on Nigerians at a time the burden of recession in the country is becoming unbearable.

“We thought that the Federal Government should be thinking of reducing the already biting hardship in the country after failing to fulfil the promised increment in minimum wage and non-payment of arrears of workers’ salaries and allowances in the past two years.

“It seems that the current government at the federal level and their National Assembly collaborators enjoy inflicting more and more pains on Nigerian masses.

“We wonder why the Senate Committee on Works in its final report on the bill would make such proposal. Are they saying that the only way this government can raise funds is by increasing the pump price of petroleum prices and punishing the masses?”

Organised labour and the National Association of Nigerian Students had earlier condemned the plan, warning that they would resist any attempt to further hike the price of petroleum products.

“Members of the National Assembly should firstly sample the views of their constituencies before deliberating on such a bill, which to us is not going to be allowed to be part of the additional suffering of the people of this country,” the Secretary General of NANS, Mr Kahiru Mohammed, had said.

Lack of Sound Economic Policy Responsible for Nigeria’s Economic Woes – Balarabe Musa

Balarabe Musa, Immunity ClauseFormer Kaduna State Governor, Balarabe Musa, says the Nigerian government’s lack of sound economic policy and the leading role of the private sector in controlling the economy are largely responsible for the nation’s economy sliding into recession.

Musa stated this in an interview with Channels Television on Monday.

He argued that the policies of the federal government, instead of ameliorating the sufferings of the people, have further impoverished and inflicted more pains on the masses.

He expressed fear that the recession could lead to a mass uprising across the country if not quickly addressed by government.

Musa, who is also the National Chairman of Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), stressed that for Nigeria to come out of the current situation, the federal government must allow the public sector to play the leading role in the economy.

He equally advised the federal government to place a stiff restriction on importation of goods that ordinarily could be manufactured locally and to also put the enabling environment for the local industries to grow.

While stating that the fight against corruption under the present administration has not made any significant impact, Balarabe Musa challenged the government to make the amount of stolen funds recovered so far from corrupt officials public, and to state what it intends to do with such funds.

Copy One Another’s Achievements, Balarabe Musa Urges Governors

Balarabe Musa, Immunity ClauseThe second republic governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has appealed to state governors in Nigeria to learn from the achievements of one another and replicate such in their respective states.

The elder statesman made this plea in Akure the Ondo State capital where the State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko hosted a political meeting ahead of the governorship election in the state.

He said that this was what himself and his former colleagues who were governors in the second republic wanted to do but were distracted by political rivalry.

The Nigerian Governors Forum, according to him should be a platform for the governors to visit other states and learn from one another.

Musa who is also the National Chairman of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), the umbrella body of political parties in Nigeria added that one of the main objectives of the CNPP is to support any person legitimately elected into political office to perform.

On his part, the National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP) Dr. Yinusa Tanko, commended the good policies and programmes of Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko in the areas of health, education, transportation and urban renewal.

Governor Mimiko, in his response emphasized that progressivism can only be translated to practical terms through the policies and programmes that have direct positive impact on the people.

He promised that his government has been embarking and will continue ‎to embark on such programmes.

25 Political Parties In Bayelsa State Endorse Jonathan

political partiesBarely a week to the 2015 Presidential polls in the country, 25 political parties, under the aegis of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Bayelsa State Chapter, have shown their support for President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement issued at the end of the meeting attended by the Chairmen and Secretaries of political parties in Yenagoa, they expressed satisfaction with the performance of the incumbent President in all sectors of the economy in his first tenure, pointing out that he deserves a second term in office to consolidate on the gains already achieved.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, which was convened by Governor Seriake Dickson, the State Chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, Mr. Lucky Akpeli, stated that the parties were unanimous in their support for President Jonathan and equally pledged their resolve to mobilize their supporters across the state to turn out massively and vote for Goodluck Jonathan.

The forum, which commended Governor Dickson for his all-inclusive and fair minded disposition to governance, especially in handling the affairs of the state, urged him to convene meetings of the forum on a more regular basis to give all stakeholders the opportunity to speak their minds, as well as contribute more meaningfully to the development of the state.

The four-point communiqué also enjoined the leaders of all the political parties to work hard and ensure peaceful and rancour free elections in Bayelsa State.

Group Outraged Over Dasuki’s Call For Postponement Of Elections

DasukiThe Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has expressed outrage over the statement made by the National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki at the London think-tank, Chatham House, calling for the postponement of the February 2015 scheduled election.

“We are outraged because the reason he adduced is puerile, bare face lie and a dummy meant to deceive the international community, portray Nigeria in bad light and scuttle regime change,” a statement by the group reads.

CNPP further challenged Dasuki to tell the world where the 30 million Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) he bandied is located; for without holding brief for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), it is common knowledge that over 60% PVCs have been collected nationwide.

CNPP said that it was “worried that the NSA had joined some anti-democrats and less than patriotic groups, calling out the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ijaw Youth Council, Federation of Middle People, and Ohaneze Youth Council to plant land mines to scuttle our fledgling democracy.

“Dasuki’s statement clearly exposed his gross incompetence on his primary mandate to secure the country; hence the Boko Haram insurgents escalated since his appointment on 22nd June, 2012”, the group said.

“The NSA should tell the world what happened to the billions budgeted for defence in the past three years under his watch, since he has turned the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) into procurement agency of the Ministry of Defence.

“Our understanding is that elongation of President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure, automatically elongates that of Dasuki’s less than successful tenure” CNNP added.

It also alleged that Dasuki “deliberately abandoned the late General Andrew Azazi’s concept, his predecessor that Boko Haram insurgents are located in the forest and should be fought with Isreali Satellite Images, Drones and modern equipment”.

“Had Dasuki adopted the Azazi concept it could have been very easy to use satellite images to recapture the Chibok girls few days after their unfortunate abduction,” the group opined.

They went ahead to demand an apology from the NSA, “We call on Dasuki to apologise to Nigerians for his anti-democratic tenure elongation canvas and for calling our soldiers he under equipped cowards.”

Finance Minister Debunks Resignation Rumour

The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has denied the rumour circulating about her purported resignation.

This was done in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Paul Nwabuikwu.

The statement read: “It has come to our attention that a story is circulating online about the purported resignation of the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

“For the avoidance of doubt, this story is not true.

“The Finance Minister is still in place and assures Nigerians that all will be done to ensure that macro-economic stability is maintained through tight fiscal and monetary policies.”

The rumours started following the suspension of Mr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from the position of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Thursday, February 20.

Meanwhile, Dr Okonjo-Iweala had spoken to journalists on Thursday, following the suspension of the CBN Governor, and she assured Nigerians of stability in the macro-economic framework of the country.

The Minister also announced plans to tighten Nigeria’s monetary policy, which according to her, would guarantee a robust economy.

She asserted that “our objective remains to maintain macro-economic stability”, adding that this “has been the hallmark of this government and administration.”

Sanusi’s Suspension: Selective Witch-Hunt Done In Bad Faith – CNPP

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, has regarded the suspension of Mr. Lamido Sanusi as Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, as selective, witch-hunt and one done strictly in bad faith.

They made this assertion in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the CNPP, Mr Osita Okechukwu, while also stating that the organisation could not fault the powers of President Goodluck Jonathan, to suspend any official of the Federal Government.

“For the avoidance of doubt, for a long time tongues have been wagging on the way and manner Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi had converted the CBN into a charity organization; but Mr President did not take special notice nor was deeply concerned until Malam Sanusi opened the Pandora-Box in what we may term the cash-cow – Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

“CNPP like most patriots will celebrate the day President Jonathan suspends those whom Malam Sanusi had clearly exposed for allegedly squandering billions of United States Dollars (USD) of Crude Oil revenue without due process, lack of transparency and most importantly utter disregard to appropriation by the National Assembly.

“Until then, we regard the suspension of the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as selective, witch-hunt and suspension done in bad faith”, the statement read.

Rivers Crisis: CNPP Expresses Support For Amaechi

Chairmen of opposition political parties in Rivers State under the umbrella of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), have vowed to support the state governor and chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Chibuike Amaechi, in the challenges facing his administration.

The leader of the opposition parties, Minaebi Dagogo Jack, made the pledge during a solidarity visit to Mr. Amaechi at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Friday.

The opposition parties expressed their support and loyalty to the governor stating that the purpose of their visit was to back the governor on the crisis facing the state.

According to Mr. Dagogo Jack, leaders of the various opposition parties are greatly worried over the recent increases in security threats as a result of internal problems from the ruling the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.

Mr Amaechi thanked the opposition party leaders for their visit and support, assuring that he would not disappoint the people of the state.

 

Jonathan Insulted Nigerians By Appointing Anenih As NPA Chairman – CNPP

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) on Sunday condemned the appointment of former Work Minister, Tony Anenih, as the chairman of the board of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA).

In a statement signed by its spokesman, Osita Okechukwu, the Conference said Mr Anenih’s appointment was “an insult to Nigerians and endorsement of corruption.”

The statement also said “whereas, President Goodluck Jonathan GCFR, has the powers by the virtue of the powers conferred on him by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to delegate or appointment anybody to office; however we view the appointment of Chief Anthony Anenih to chair the Board of Directors of the Nigeria Ports Authority {NPA} as an insult to Nigerians and utter endorsement of corruption.”
The CNPP said the Ports Authority had been infested in “endemic corruption,” since the days of two PDP leaders- Bamaga Tukur and Bode George- as its head.

“Recently the House of Representatives accused the NPA of diverting N160 billion of revenue supposed to be remitted to the Federation Account, in accordance with Section 162 of the Constitution,” the CNPP said.

“For the endemic corruption in NPA, we are alarmed that President Jonathan instead of nominating a credible, transparent and maritime professional to clean the Augean Stable in the rotten Nigeria Port Authority; has wittingly insulted the intelligence of Nigerians by appointing Chief Anenih whose notoriety in public office is legendary,” Mr Okechukwu said.

The CNPP said Mr Anenih failed woefully as Minister of Works.

“We are yet to locate any of the federal roads awarded with billions by Chief Anenih as Minister of Works from 1999 which was completed in the more than three years he held sway in the ministry.

“In fact, Agege-Ota-Abeokuta, Owerri-Onitsha, Ilorin-Ibadan, Gombe-Maiduguri, Kano-Maiduguri, Lagos-Ibadan, Lagos-Benin etc, are still uncompleted, despite the unprecedented oil revenue which governed the budget process, an unfortunate foundation laid by the Chief,” the group stated.

The groups cast aspersions on President Jonathan’s credibility saying, “We had thought that President Jonathan will be making strenuous efforts to erase the epitaph of graduating into the most corrupt regime in the annals of Nigerian history by distancing himself from less than transparent characters like Chief Anenih”.

“In sum, it is our candid view that a true Transformation Agenda must be anchored on the beacon of transparency, accountability and public good; not on self – preservation and endorsement of corruption,” Mr Okechukwu said.

CNPP tells F.G. to release subsidy probe reports

The conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP has given the Federal Government 7 days to release to them all the reports on the fuel subsidy scam to enable them examine and further unravel the perpetrators of the scam for immediate prosecution.

In their demand contained in a letter to the coordinating minister of the economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, the CNPP led by their chairman, Alhaji Balarabe Musa said “Nigerians are suffering from the persisting fuel crisis while the Federal Government foot drags on naming and shaming all the people involved in the scam”.

Questioning the use of the Aig-Imokhuede report over and above other reports such as the one by the House of Representatives, the group held that there is need for them to be involved in the forensic audit aimed at the recovery of the stolen funds so that all hidden agenda will be uncovered.

 

 

CNPP accuses PDP of strangulating opposition parties

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has accused the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of stifling opposition parties through sponsored crisis in a determined bid to destabilize the nation’s democracy.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday, chairman of the CNPP, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, alleged that the PDP is conniving with the judiciary to strangulate viable opposition parties in the country with a view to perpetuating themselves in office.

The CNPP appealed to the National Judicial Council to investigate the Chief Judge of Enugu state for allegedly extending, by 48 days, an Ex-parte order restraining the chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh from running the affairs of the party.

CNPP in its appeal noted that the judge’s ruling is coming despite a motion on notice seeking to vacate the earlier order of the court filed by Chief Umeh.