Wife of Ex-PDP Chairman, Ahmadu Ali Joins APC

Wife of Ex-PDP Chairman, Ahmadu Ali Joins APC

The wife of a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Ahmadu Ali, Mrs Mariam Ali, has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mrs Ali was received on Thursday by the APC National Chairman, Mr John Odigie-Oyegun, at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

She was accompanied by the Delta State APC Chairman, Jones Erue, and other party leaders in the state while the event was also attended by the APC National Woman Leader, Mrs Ramatu Aliyu, and the party’s National Auditor, Mr George Moghalu, among others.

The former PDP chairman’s wife said her decision to join the APC was to continue to serve Nigerians, adding that she would be doing herself “a lot of disservices” if her desire was not achieved.

She said: “I know also a lot of people will wonder why I have chosen to opt for a political party different from my husband’s. Again, the answer is not farfetched. My family is a unique family, it is a family devoid of religious and ethnic differences.

“You are all aware that Dr Ahmadu Ali is a Muslim and I am passionate Catholic. Also, Dr Ahmadu Ali is from North Central and I am from the South-South. Therefore, religion and ethnicity do not play a role in our lives.”

Mrs Ali said joining the APC while her husband remains an active member of the PDP displays the uniqueness of her family.

“We symbolise a people who want to serve a nation, a nation where oneness, love and peace reign supreme. Today marks the beginning of greater peace, love, and oneness amongst all Nigerians. It is a new dawn, one nation, one destiny, one people. It is about an indivisible nation, Nigeria,” she added.

In his remarks, Mr Oyegun said Ali’s entrant to the APC has added more value and quality to the party and its leadership both in Delta State and at the national level.

“l am glad that this day has come that you are joining APC because of your determination to render service to your people and the nation, which means that you have looked around, you have looked at your environment in the PDP and you have decided consciously after deep thought that the best vehicle available today on which platform you can render that service is the APC and l want to congratulate you,” he said.

The APC leader added that although Dr Ali was the longest serving National chairman of the PDP, he wished the decision taken by his wife was extended to him.

Jonathan’s aide stands as surety for fuel subsidy fraud suspect

The Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Intergovernmental Affairs, Mrs. Mariam Ali, has volunteered to be the bail surety for one of the suspects of fuel subsidy fraud, Christian Taylor.

Christian Taylor, a Sierra Leonean, who is amongst the people arraigned for the fuel subsidy scam was, last week granted bail by Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo. But on Tuesday, he applied to have his bail conditions varied.

The judge was told by his lawyer, Kolade Obafemi that it would be difficult for him as a foreigner to produce a blood relation to stand surety for him as he has no such relation in Nigeria.

The lawyer then  informed the court that in place of a blood relative, a reputable and responsible Nigerian, an aide of President Goodluck Jonathan, Mrs. Mariam Ali, has agreed to stand surety for the Sierra-Leonean.

“The proposed surety, Dr. Mariam Ali is a responsible Nigerian. She is the Special Assistant to the President on Intergovernmental Affairs,” he said.

Mrs. Ali who is a Special Adviser to President Jonathan has also agreed to use her landed property situated in Surulere, Lagos as part of the bail bond.

Taylor is standing trial alongside with Mahman Ali, who is son of   Mariam and a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmadu Ali.

Although the prosecution led by counsel to the EFCC, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, opposed the variation of the bail condition on the ground that Taylor was trying to misrepresent fact as he had earlier claimed in his statement that he was a native of Edo State from Okpe local government area before turning around to claim Sierra leone, his counsel assured the court that he would not jump bail.

The judge, however overruled Jacobs, saying, “the essence of granting the bail was to ensure that the accused attended trial.”

Based on this, Justice Onigbanjo varied the bail condition and substituted it with a reputable and responsible Nigerian with landed property in Lagos.

Taylor and Ali along with their company, Nasaman Oil Services were arraigned on July 26 on three counts which includes the fraudulent  collection of about N2.23bn from the Central Bank of Nigeria as subsidy for importing PMS.

The commencement of the trial was fixed for October 30.