Federal Allocations: APC Governors May Drag FG To Court

Rochas OkorochaGovernors of the All Progressives Congress (APC), may be heading to the court to ask the federal government to explain the several deductions from their federal allocations.

Speaking to journalists after a meeting of the governors in Abuja, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, who is also the chairman of the forum, said that some states in the last few months have had about 40 per cent of the allocations deducted.

He described the deductions as illegal and that every constitutional means will be explored to ensure the deductions are stopped.

Other governors who attended the meeting include Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, Governor Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe state and the Deputy Governor of Borno state, Alhaji Umar Mustapha.

On the proposed National Dialogue, the governors said that the Party will make its stand known at the end of their National Executive Committee meeting, which is on-going at the Party’s National secretariat in Abuja.

Gaidam Says APC Will Give Nigerians The Needed Change

The Yobe state Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam says the new merger party, All Progressive Congress (APC) will provide Nigerians the much desired change that will transform the living conditions of the people.

The governor stated this at the Maiduguri International Airport while returning from the first stakeholders meeting of the party since its registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Holding a broom which is a symbol of the party in his hand as he arrived at the airport, was received by a mammoth crowd from Yobe state who also, were brandishing their brooms while calling on Nigerians to give the APC a chance in the quest for a desired change.

“We need change in Nigeria because the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has failed Nigerians. Power sector, the education, health care services, road development among others has all being in shambles and the time to seek for change is now” Gaidam laments.

Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam says while at the meeting he had promised to deliver the state during the 2015 general elections and expressed hope that with the crowd that gathered to receive him at the airport, that promised will surely be fulfilled.

The governors said “I can see hope in this party and my promised that Yobe will be delivered to APC is already achieved. We should work together towards building a virile country for our generation yet unborn and such efforts should be taken seriously and the time for it is now.”

The governor says APC will fight corruption, create job opportunities, and ensure security of lives and property of the people by creating conducive atmosphere for a sustainable development and call on Nigerians to rally round the party for the actualisation of its dreams which is for the progress of the country.

The governor was received at the airport by his deputy Engr. Abubakar Aliyu, top government functionaries, politicians and well-wishers.

Yobe state will likely be a strong ground for the APC, as it has been an All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) controlled state since the return of democracy in 1999, and also one of the leading party at the front burner of the merger.

Drive For A Better Nigeria Gave Rise To APC– APC Member

A member of the new merger political party; APC, Funsho Ologunde says the creation of  merger political party the Allinace for Progressives Congress (APC) was borne out of the desire give Nigerians a ‘better Nigeria’,also debunkiung political insinuations that most key members of the new Alliance for progressive Congress (APC) are splinters of or have their roots traced to the ruling party Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

Mr. Ologunde who was a guest on Sunrise Daily, said the emergence of APC as a merger political party described the APC as party with a difference from the conventional political parties, because it tends to achieve more and better than with its synergy as stakeholders from the merged parties come on board with different party backgrounds, ideas which will come in useful in decision-making for a better Nigeria.

“There are a lot of things that are new, there is this synergy that produces greater effect, greater energy and what that means is that it will be ACN doing things the way it was known as ACN, CPC doing its own, ANPP doing its own

“We are not talking of gurus from three different political parties that have been individually identified as opposition parties, coming together to put together their thoughts, synthesizing their advantages and then learning from their weaknesses to present a more formidable organisation”

He however implored Nigerians not to make any meaning out of aspersions casted by the ruling party at the APC, because the sole purpose of a merger between the strong oppositions ACN, CPC and ANPP, in Nigeria was to give Nigerians a voice and better their lives as well.

“I want to assure Nigerians that each time a PDP man goes on air like it happened yesterday, where the president said there was going to be bla,bla,bla for 2015 elections, it’s not to be taken as a threat, because such things are never objective analysis of the situation

” When all these forces, the previous political parties, came together and decided to work together, for the betterment of the generality of Nigerians, we are going to see with the emergence of APC that has already come on board, stronger, more potent, more forceful and more aggressive than the previous opposition parties”

VIDEO: Jonathan Welcomes Opposition Gang-Up Against PDP

Rather than respond to his endorsement by zonal leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2015 Presidential election, President Goodluck Jonathan chose to speak about the growing criticism of his administration by the opposition as well as the emergence of a new merger party which he referred to as a ‘gang-up’.

President Goodluck Jonathan told his party members at the PDP family dinner on Thursday night that they should always expect criticism from the opposition, warning that they should be bothered if the opposition remains silent.

He however insisted that the PDP remains the dominant party in the nation which has the interest of the Nigerians at heart.

According to the President, when the PDP was founded, the founding fathers created the party with the interest of Nigerians at heart and not by ganging-up against one individual.

The President without mentioning names inferred that the merger of some opposition political parties to form the All for Progressive Change (APC) was just a mission to gang-up against him or the PDP.

This he notes, is an anomaly which will enable the PDP to remain strong and the dominant party in the nation over a long period because it has the interest of people at heart.

Merger Party’s Fate On Brink As African People’s Congress Unveils Manifesto, Constitution

The fate of the much publicized proposed merger, All Progressive Congress (APC) has been called to question following the official unveiling of the logo, slogan, manifesto and constitution of a new party, African People’s Congress with the same acronym.

The African People’s Congress (APC), has celebrated the public unveiling of the political party, and the official opening of the National headquarters of the party in Abuja.

Officials, members and supporters of the party, gathered at plot 983 Garki, opposite the main gate of Apo legislative quarters, where the national head offices of the party is located.

The party official red colored flags and emblem could be seen on the building as party members also wore red face caps and red mufflers.

In a prepared speech, the acting chairman of the party, Onyinye Michael Ikeagwuonu described the merger of major opposition political parties, ACN, CPC, ANPP and others as “simply an amalgam of people that must rule.”
He added that “they are largely part of the same over-recycled crop of power mongers that have plagued Nigeria with their abysmal misrule and maladministration.”

“The corruption in these parties often rubs off on their legislators in the National Assembly, with clear reflection on the quality of legislation churned out from our hallowed chambers,” he added.

Later in an interview with journalists, the legal adviser of the party, Kingsley Nnadi, said the fulfilment of the African People’s Congress in submitting its intention to register the party after passing other requirement of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), put to rest any controversy over the acronym (APC), of the Party.

According to him, “I believe the unveiling of the party has finally put to rest the contention of over the acronym APC. We are waiting for their response within thirty days, because we have fulfilled every stipulated requirement in the electoral act.”

He refused to answer question on the fake office address submitted to INEC in their application to register the party, responding that, “are we not here now at the head office of the party?”

He claimed that the party has offices in 26 states of the federation, and more offices were being opened and also said they were not in any way affiliated to the ruling PDP

Questions are rife on the minds of many over the sudden appearance of this party, complete with a constitution and manifesto as to whether this is an orchestrated attempt to cripple the success of the proposed merger and who are the real powers behind this new party. But with 2015 still ahead, this is seen to be just the beginning of interesting events to unfold

Single Term Agreement Not Binding On Jonathan – Isuwa Dogo

A political scientist, Isuwa Dogo on Monday said President Goodluck Jonathan is not bound by any single term agreement he purportedly signed with a group of people.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Dogo said as a politician, President Jonathan can sign any agreement in order to wrest political power and once that is achieved, he can decide not to honour the deal.

“In the first place for anybody to come out and say there was such agreement, it means the person is a political illiterate,” he said.

Watch the video below for the full interview with Mr Dogo:

PDP Is Run Like A Cult – Junaid Mohammed

A Second Republic lawmaker and public affairs analyst, Junaid Mohammed on Monday said that the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are running the party as if it were a secret cult.

Mr. Mohammed, who was speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, said the affairs of the PDP has never been transparent since the inception of the party.

“The PDP from the time it was formed by Generals to date has never been run as a transparent organisation. It has always been run like a cult,” he said.

The analyst, who claimed he was privy to a communique where President Goodluck Jonathan agreed to a single term in office, said though the document existed, members of the PDP who are in possession of it will be reluctant to disclose it to the public.

“A member of a cult lacks the courage to come out to spill the beans or blow whistle and say this is what we agreed,” Mr Mohammed said.

Speaking on the court judgement that last Friday cleared President Jonathan to seek re-election, Mr. Mohammed said he strongly disagreed with the position of the judge and his ruling.

He said: “After reading bits and pieces of the judgement, I was under the impression that the judge does not live in this country. He may be living somewhere in a parallel planet. Anybody who has been living in Nigeria knows that from the time President Goodluck Jonathan was elected till today, he has taken a lot less time minding the mandate he was allegedly handed over by people of this country and the legal system. He has rather wasted a lot more time, he and his surrogates, in planning how they can stage a comeback come 2015.

“So if the judge doesn’t know that or decided not to take judicial notice of what Nigerians have been witnessing and everybody have been commenting about, then I suspect the judge must be living in a different planet.”

ACN Slams PDP’s Finger-Pointing Over Yoruba Marginalisation

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has said the PDP is exposing its own folly by blaming the glaring marginalisation of the Yoruba by the Jonathan Administration on the ACN, saying the PDP has nothing but total contempt for the Yoruba in particular and Nigerians in general.

Reacting to the allegation by Doyin Okupe that the ”Yoruba people in the ACN conspired against the Yoruba” to scuttle the election of a Yoruba as House Speaker, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday that ACN is not bound by the shifty and phoney zoning formula of the PDP.

”If the PDP had indeed wanted a Yoruba as Speaker, the party should either have won enough seats in the South-west or used its majority in the House to push through its anointed candidate. Failure to ensure the election of its candidate is a reflection of the insincerity of the PDP about the zoning of the post to Yoruba and the gross indiscipline in the party of tattered umbrella.

”In any case, the last option open to the PDP would have been to support any other Yoruba for the post across party lines. We the ACN have very capable members in the House to serve as Speaker. But the truth is that the ruling party wants a PDP member, not a Yoruba, for the post.

”Therefore we are not surprised that the PDP easily acquiesced to the defeat of its Yoruba candidate for the post of Speaker of the House. The PDP zoning formula is pivoted on convenience rather than principle, After all, the zoning was easily jettisoned to pave the way for Jonathan to contest as President,” it said.

The ACN said even if the PDP had not succeeded in giving the post of House Speaker to Yoruba in accordance with its so-called zoning formula, it could have rewarded them with known choice ministries or other top appointments, instead of totally relegating a whole people into irrelevance in its scheme of things.

The party slammed the PDP for playing the ethnic card, and rejected the cheeky and devilish move by the PDP to pigeon-hole the ACN into an ethnic cocoon.

”We are a national party and our spread attests to it. We have shown by supporting the election of Aminu Tambwal as Speaker of the House that our agenda is not sectional but national, and we have no apologies to offer for that

”Let the PDP continue to wallow in insufferable arrogance and disdain for the electorate, by sharing posts before elections are concluded. It is like sharing the parts of an animal that has yet to be killed. This is the stuff of which the PDP is made, and that is why it is crumbling now like a pack of cards,” it said.

Analysts Debate Rational Of APC Formation

Two political analysts Olumide Fusika and Femi Segun on Saturday debated the rational and prospects for the formation of the All Progress Congress (APC) party.

Speaking as guests on Channels Television’s weekend breakfast programme, Sunrise, both Messrs Fusika and Segun expressed diverging views of the merger of three political parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN); the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP); and the Congress for Progressive Change.

Mr Segun insisted that the formation of the new party is an indication that in Nigeria, politicians are not interested in concrete political ideologies but on their aim to win elections.

“Parties come together because they want to wrest people. It is not about delivering democracy anymore; it is about winning elections,” he said.
He however said the formation of a merger party is a good thing as it will help to save Nigeria from becoming a one party state.

“This means that we are going to have credible political opposition in this nation,” Mr Segun said.

Mr Fusika, however did not agree that the formation of APC would lead to credible opposition.

Watch the video below for the complete debate on the formation of the APC: