Nigerians Are Wiser, They Will Reject PDP In 2019 – APC Chieftain

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) believes Nigerians now know better and will reject the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the general elections in 2019.

A member of the APC Board of Trustees (BoT), Mr Ismael Ahmed, said this during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday in Abuja.

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“Ultimately, I think Nigerians are wiser … what we are interested in is the survival of this platform; Nigerians have rejected PDP over and over again and they will reject it in 2019, God’s willing,” he said.

Mr Ahmed’s statement comes one day after dozens of the members of the National Assembly defected from the APC, a move the PDP described as the right step to rescue Nigeria’s democracy.

“We are going to mitigate the effect of this defection,” said the APC BoT member who added, “If we can stop it, we will and if there are others that we will keep talking to, to come back within the legislature, we will hopefully do that.”

He further condemned the insinuation that the lawmakers left because the APC leadership was unable to manage its internal conflicts and that some governors were planning to join the PDP.

APC Board of Trustees member, Mr Ismael Ahmed

 

Ahmed admitted that while the challenges in the party are just like that of every other big political party that has come into governance, the new leadership of the party would resolve them soon.

“Man management in its entirety is something that needs a certain level of craftsmanship which I think the new national chairman (Adams Oshiomhole) is bringing to the fore and he has been going about,” he said.

The APC BoT member, however, said “when people have made up their minds that this is what they want to do, there is nothing you can do. There is no governor that has moved officially yet or decamped yet.”

Fourteen senators and 37 members of the House of Representatives announced their defection from the ruling APC on Tuesday.

The senators are Dino Melaye (Kogi), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Suleiman Hunkuyi (Kaduna), Abdulazeez Nyako (Adamawa), Barnabas Gemade (Benue), and Ibrahim Dambaba (Sokoto), among others.

Some of the members of the lower House who also defected are Danburam Nuhu, Mark Gbilah, Razak Atunwa, Ahmed Bichi, Abdulsamad Dasuk, Zakari Mohammed, and Sani Rano.

Buhari’s Letter On Babachir Has Raised More Questions Than Answers – Ismael Ahmed

Ismael Ahmed APC member on Lawal BabchirA member of the All Progressives Congress’ Board of Trustees, Ismael Ahmed, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s latest letters to the Senate have whipped up more questions than answers.

The letters were for the confirmation of Mr Ibrahim Magu, as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and another written in response to a request that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Lawal Babachir.

Mr Ahmed was particular about the letter focusing on the SGF, which critics said was a defense for the SGF by the President, but on the renomination of Mr Magu, he said: “The president is within his right to renominate the rejected acting chairman of the EFCC, Mr Magu.

“Some of the concerns that were raised as impediments for not going ahead with the confirmation by the Senate initially, have been taken care of and it is left for the Senate to begin the legislative process, get to the confirmation hearing and determine whether the EFCC acting chairman is fit to be confirmed or not”.

On the issue of the SGF, he pointed out that “the issue of corruption is a very sensitive issue to Nigerians and incredibly so for this government because it is an anchor upon which we were elected into office.

“The President, I think in his own wisdom, thought it was necessary to write back a response on the reasons he could not carry out some of the things that they (the Senators) decided that he should. He felt that that was necessary, but as a politician, I will tell you that I do not think that the Senate were expecting a response from the President.

“I thought the letter would have raised more questions than answers, from the side that the president was trying hard to protect some of his appointees.

“I wouldn’t have written the letter,” he emphasised.

The member of Board of Trustees of the APC, however, pointed out that the letter was not a defense for the SGF, but written to give the Senate a leeway to continue with its investigation.

Babachir Lawal
There are allegations that border on conflict of interest against Mr Lawal Babachir

A lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, who doubted that the letter was from Mr Buhari, had described the letter as a funeral for the anti-corruption crusade of the President.

Critics have also said that the letter did not show the moral standard of the current government that had in the pinnacle of its campaign manifesto, a glaring desire to fight corruption.

Conflict Of Interest

Mr Ahmed, however, said that it was too early to judge that the apc-led administration had lowered the moral standard of fighting corruption, but insisted that writing such a letter comes with such a political implication.

“The moral standard is high for the administration to deal with anyone involved in corrupt practices.

“I am sure that if we were in the stock market, our shares would have fallen since that letter was written,” he said.

The APC member insisted that the Mr Babachir’s being in office will not affect investigations into allegations that he awarded contracts to a company that he had a stake in.

Highlighting the All Progressives Congress’ commitment to fighting corruption, he emphasised that awarding a contract to a company he had a stake in was inimical to the office he occupies and tantamount to conflict of interest.

He also insisted that if investigations showed the SGF was culpable, he should be sacked and prosecuted.

Buhari Will Not Ignore Women And Youth, APC BOT Member Says

Ismael-AhmedA member of the Board Of Trustees of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ismael Ahmed, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will give women and youth a measure of attention in his appointment of officials.

On Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, on Monday, Mr Ahmed dismissed claims that women, youths and the south-eastern part of Nigeria had been marginalised going by the appointments made so far.

“The President has reassured the youths that he would forever remember that they made his victory possible.

“The President is fully aware of that and he is going to carry every demography around.

“I think it is a premature statement for anyone to say that the women and youth folks have been left behind.

“It is impossible for anyone to ignore any region in Nigeria. There are a lot of appointments to be made,” he said.

On the issue of a conditional cash transfer to 25 million homes in Nigeria that the ruling party promised during the presidential campaign, Mr Ahmed said that the administration of President Buhari was still running on the budget of the past administration.

“The Buhari administration’s budget was authored and passed by the former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. That has to end first before we can make provisions in the next budget to accommodate some of the plans that we have made right now.

“We never said that the conditional cash transfer to at least 25 million homes will be made immediately. We never set timeline to it,” the APC Board Of Trustees member said.

On the issues of corruption, he said that the current government had a zero tolerance for corruption and that the body language of the President was setting things in the right course.

“Most of the problems in Nigeria are basically artificial problems, and that of leadership and lack of will and the deep-seated patriotism that is needed to push the country forward.

“The president wants everything to be institutionalised and he has made few announcements that have to do with anti-corruption,” he said, citing the President’s mandate to Ministries, Department and Agencies to maintain a Treasury Single Account.