The Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, says his grouse with President Goodluck Jonathan is that the President abandoned Edo State and did nothing for the State despite securing 95% votes of Edo people for his re-Election in 2011.
Governor Oshiomhole told a gathering at an APC campaign rally at Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area that the the people of Edo State had decided to withdraw their support from President Jonathan and back the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari.
He said that the Edo State indigenes could no longer tolerate another four years of misrule by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In the 2011 presidential election, President Jonathan won in the state, a victory Governor Oshiomhole said was as a result of the support of people of the state for the President at that time.
The Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation says it intends to focus on the person of the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), as a key part of their campaign.
The Director of Media for the Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, told reporters in Abuja a day after the organisation was inaugurated, that the campaign organisation would also highlight the sterling performance of the party’s candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan.
“We shall not indulge in the type of cheap propaganda, mud-slinging and deceit that the APC and their Presidential candidate have been indulging in over the last few weeks and months but it is our full intention to expose General Muhammadu Buhari for what he really is, what he stands for and the great danger that his candidacy portends for the unity of the Nigerian state and the peace and well-being of the Nigerian people,” he said.
The Director said the organisation would run a clean campaign that is based on facts, figures and issues insisting that Buhari was one of such issues.
“More importantly, we shall let the world know about the sterling performance of our candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, over the last four years and we shall make a strong case and appeal to the Nigerian people to grant him the privilege and opportunity to serve a second term. We believe that we have reached a crossroads in our nation’s history and that the forthcoming Presidential Election is a battle for the very soul and destiny of Nigeria.
“We believe that it is a struggle between light and darkness. We believe that General Buhari represents the darkness and that President Jonathan represents the light. We believe that General Buhari represents a return to an ugly past which is best forgotten while President Jonathan represents our hope for a greater and better future. We believe that the APC, on which platform General Buhari is contesting the presidential election, represents everything that is unholy and unwholesome in our society and that the PDP represents all that is decent and good”, he said.
President Jonathan had on Tuesday inaugurated his campaign organisation and once again assured Nigerians and the international community that the general elections would be free, fair and credible.
The President gave the assurance in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Tuesday at the inauguration ceremony.
President Jonathan said the election would ensure continuity of democracy in the West African nation.
He enjoined other party leaders to encourage members of the campaign organisation to ensure that all campaigns were issue-based.
President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria has allayed fears that elections may not hold in some states in Nigeria, giving the assurance that all states, including those in the volatile north-east, will take part in the 2015 elections.
The President gave the assurance in Abuja on Thursday morning while delivering his acceptance speech after the Peoples Democratic Party ratified his choice as the party’s presidential candidate in the 2015 election.
He was given the party’s ticket after he polled 2,812 ‘YES’ votes to get the needed support from the 3,073 party’s delegates at the National Convention held at the Eagles Square in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
President Jonathan had earlier been chosen as the sole candidate of the party, a development that did not go down well with some members of the party who had the intention of vying for the ticket.
Stakeholders in Nigeria’s political sector have expressed fears that election may not hold in the volatile north-east that had been under siege.
A terrorist group, the Boko Haram, has carried out most of its attacks in the region.
The terrorist group demanding for an Islamic State and an end to western education has continued to carry out attacks on schools, villages, towns, churches, mosques and other public places in the region.
In his acceptance speech, President Jonathan accepted the nomination as the PDP presidential candidate, assuring his supporters and Nigerians that he will not let them down.
He also announced Vice President Namadi Sambo as his running mate in the election.
“The 2015 elections will hold in all the 36 states of the Federation,” he said.
He observed that the convention of the PDP that brought him as the presidential candidate was held on Human Rights Day and reiterated that no Nigerian would go on exile for holding contrary views under his administration.
The President further enumerated his achievements in the last four years and promised to serve with more humility and firmness when voted into power again.
President Jonathan also emphasised that no one’s political ambition was worth the blood of any Nigerian.
The PDP’s National Convention was held to also ratify the appointment of its national chairman, Mr Adamu Mu’azu and also fill two other positions in the National Working Committee – National Secretary and National Auditor.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday held a rally to woo voters ahead of the 2015 general elections, urging Nigerians to vote out the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from power during the 2015 general elections.
Leaders of the party gathered at the Eagle Square, Abuja, to tell Nigerians that only the APC has the ability to restore true democracy in Nigeria.
The APC presidential aspirant, Gen Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) told supporters that after the years it has held onto power, the PDP has nothing to show for it’s leadership and must voted out.
He further noted that the “APC are out to stablise this multiparty system by voting out “ adding that “if you want to have a secure nation, vote PDP out” he said, insisting that “no alternative”.
Gen Buhari also urged Nigerians to make sure they get their voters card and “vote those you want to represent you and lead you and make sure your vote counts”, he said.
While the national leader of the party, Mr Ogbonnaya Onu, believes that only the interest of the nation can be put first when the country’s election are free and fair.
Mr Onu stressed that “Nigeria is greater than any individual”, adding that “leaders come and go but the nation remains.
“Every leader must put the interest of his people first; if Ghana can organise a free and fair elections, Nigeria should; if Senegal can organise free and fair elections, Nigeria can and if Zambia can organise free and fair elections, Nigeria must.
“Today the APC is calling on Nigerians to make it mandatory on the ruling party that the general elections of 2015 must be free and fair”, he said.
Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the APC, has also asked Nigerians to partner with the APC to bring about change in the country by ensuring they participate in the ongoing voter registration exercise.
He noted that the “time to act is before February 15, 2015”, maintaining that Nigerians should collect their permanent voter cards and insist on their right to vote .
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has appealed to residents of the state to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards after INEC announced an extension to the distribution of the cards in the state.
The governor made the call on Sunday in Abeokuta, the state capital, during a state wide broadcast to the people of the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced an extension to the deadline for the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Ogun State, from today till Monday, November 10.
INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sam Olumekun in a release said the extension was as a result of the hitches noticed in the exercise.
The release with reference no. INEC/OG/345/VOL.II 9th November, 2014, reads: “Sequel to the hitches observed during the first day of the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Ogun State, INEC would like to inform the citizens of Ogun State that the exercise has been extended by one day, i.e it will now end on Monday, 10th November 2014 as against Sunday 9th November 2014.”
He appealed to the eligible voters in the State to be calm, assuring them that any voter whose name appears in the voter register but couldnot find his or her card should not panic; as their cards shall be provided in due course.
They should not re-register during the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise scheduled for 12th – 17th November, 2014 as this would amount to double registration.
“INEC wishes to assure the general public that all eligible citizens would be registered and issued valid voter cards before the 2015 election,” the release stated.
The former acting Governor of Adamawa State, Mr Umaru Fintiri, has said he will appeal the ruling of a Federal High Court In Abuja that ordered his removal and the immediate swearing-in of the former deputy governor, Mr Bala Ngilari, as the governor of the state.
A lawyer to Mr Fintiri, Mr Bayo Ojo, said in a statement on Wednesday that he had been instructed to file an appeal.
Mr Ojo also said that in addition to the appeal he had also filed a motion for stay of the orders of the court until the hearing of the appeal.
The implication of the papers filed by his client, according to Mr Ojo, is that the orders of the court cannot be complied with until the appeal process is disposed of.
“This is the position of the law as the law allows anyone who is challenging an order of a court not to obey such order until his constitutional right of appeal is exhausted,” the statement read.
According to Mr Ojo, the motion for stay of the orders will help forestall a situation where the court’s ruling will be impose on the appeal court.
He said that even though he disagreed with the reasoning of the learned judge, he would not, out of respect for the court, comment on the merits of the case.
“The whole world knows that the former deputy governor did actually resigned through his two letters of resignation to the speaker and the former governor separately,” he said.
President Goodluck Jonathan on last night met behind closed-doors with caucus members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the State House, Abuja.
At the meeting were the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, Senate President, David Mark, Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba And Deputy Senate Leader, Abdul Ningi.
Governors at the meeting that started about 8.30pm, were Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) And Theodore Orji (Abia).
Others at the meeting were the PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu, PDP Deputy National Chairman, Uche Secondus, former PDP chairman, Ahmadu Ali, PDP Board of Trustee (BOT) Secretary, Walid Jibril.
Also at the meeting were the Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Rufai Alkali, PDP National Women Leader, Kema Chikwe, Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke.
The meeting ended at about 10.30PM and the Delta State Governor and his Abia State counterpart said it was mainly about working out the details of their timetable towards the 2015 electioneering.
The BOT meeting of the party will also hold at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday night ahead of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party slated for Thursday at the PDP National Headquarters, Abuja.
The Northern Elders Council led by Mr Tanko Yakassai has commended President Goodluck Jonathan and his vice, Namadi Sambo, for their harmonious working relationship and effort in effectively managing the complex security and socio-economic challenges confronting the nation, expressing optimism that such efforts would be sustained if they continue in office beyond 2015.
The elders, while passing a vote of confidence on the Jonathan administration, also warned politicians and regional leaders to desist from making provocative statements that are capable of destabilising the peaceful co-existence of Nigeria and instead join hands with the federal government in the quest for sustainable peace and development.
Speaking at the Inauguration of the Board of Trustees of the Elders Council under the chairmanship of a former Inspector General of Police, Gambo Jimeta in Kaduna on Thursday, Mr Yakassai restated President Jonathan’s is eligibility to seek for re-election in 2015, and stressed that every Nigerian, irrespective of tribe or religion has the constitutional right to aspire for any political office.
He also stated that the elders council is fully committed to the unity and peace of the country, fight against corruption and promotion of credible elections in 2015.
Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, who was represented by his deputy, Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga, tasked the elders to assist the government in finding a lasting solution to the Boko Haram insurgency in the region. The governor told the elders that the North cannot grow like other regions when it remains backward in education.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as an unprecedented national embarrassment the seizure of a Nigerian town by the terrorist group, Boko Haram and the reported fleeing of 480 Nigerian soldiers to Cameroon during an attack on a military base in Gamboru-Ngala on Monday.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lai Mohammed, the party called on President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently address Nigerians on the worsening security situation in the north that has allowed Boko Haram to proclaim its rule over a part of the nation’s territory.
The statement said: “In the face of the biggest threat to Nigeria’s unity and territorial integrity since the country’s civil war, President Jonathan must also put partisanship aside and rally the nation against Boko Haram, which by all indications seems to be getting bolder and stronger, to such an extent that the group is now hoisting its flag over parts of the nation’s territory”.
APC also restated its call for an urgent national stakeholders’ conference on security that will cut across party lines to help fashion a solution to what has now become a clear and present danger to the survival of Nigeria, while pledging its unalloyed support for any sincere effort by the Federal Government to end the insurgency as quickly as possible.
As an immediate first step, the party calls on President Jonathan to immediately halt the illegal electioneering campaign by his Ministers, other appointees and supporters, saying Nigeria must survive as a nation before any party or individual can rule over it.
”These campaigns, ostensibly by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), but in truth being bankrolled by the Federal Government, offends national sensibilities at a time our citizens are being slaughtered daily and our troops are struggling against the terrorists who are bent on balkanizing our nation. Needless to remind Nigerians that over 200 school girls remain missing more than 130 days after they were abducted,” the party said, stressing the need for the President to “put politics aside for now and lead the nation to defeat Boko Haram”.
It also charged the military high command and its civilian leadership to quit politicking and fashion out ways for the military to live up to its constitutional responsibility of maintaining Nigeria’s territorial integrity.
APC said: “It is a shame that while the Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has been prancing around in Ekiti and Osun State marshaling troops to harass the opposition during the elections in those states, Nigeria has been losing territory after territory to Boko Haram”.
The party further alleged that “some defence chiefs have become the chief campaign managers to President Jonathan,” insisting that the “action is a clear violation of the military’s professional ethics, which has embroiled the military unnecessarily in politics, at a time they should be rallying the troops against Boko Haram.
”Nigeria has never had it so bad. The country’s military that was being hailed worldwide for its sterling performance at global peacekeeping missions has now reached a level where its troops are deserting, engaging in mutiny or simply unwilling to fight.
”There is no way to spin what happened on Monday, when 480 Nigerian soldiers escaped to Cameroon. The Ministry of Defence called it ‘tactical manoeuvre’, but did not explain how soldiers fighting insurgents along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon will foray 80 kilometres into Cameroon! Also, if the Nigerian troops’ foray into Cameroon was in the spirit of the cooperation between the two countries in the fight against the terrorists, as some spin doctors have said, why were the Nigerian soldiers disarmed and then herded into schools in Maroua, 80kms from the Nigerian border?
”The issue that should agitate the minds of Nigerians now is whether our troops are adequately equipped to battle Boko Haram and, if not, what has happened to the funds allocated for such in the past,” alleging that “between 2010 and 2014, a total of US$14 billion was allocated for defence, security and the police.
”Nigerians must start asking questions rather than just blaming soldiers. Nigerians must ask why the alarm raised by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno concerning the low morale and lack of necessary fighting equipment by the military was dismissed on the altar of partisanship. Nigerians must ask what next, if a rag tag band of marauders are now carving out territories for themselves in our nation. Things cannot and must not continue like this,” APC said.
Following the latest bomb explosions in Emab Plaza in Abuja and Kasuwan Kuturu in Mubi, Adamawa State were at least 21 persons were confirmed dead and 50 others injured, Vice-President, Namadi Sambo has urged Nigerians to be vigilant and observant in reporting suspicious act as government is determined to crush insurgency in the country.
Mr Sambo noted that the attacks in these various places underscores the need for all Nigerians to be vigilant on the security challenge posed by terrorism in the country.
Sambo said this when he visited the scene of Wednesday’s (June 25) bomb blast at Emab Plaza in Abuja. He condemned the incident, saying government would definitely defeat all acts of terror.
He described the attack that resulted in the death of 21 people with others sustaining various degrees of injuries as “unfortunate and regrettable”.
The Vice-President, who was also at the Maitama General Hospital to sympathize with the victims of the blast, enjoined the people to continue their legitimate duties without fear.
According to him, “cowardly and unjust acts will be defeated, and the perpetrators of evil will not dampen the spirit of Nigerians with their dastardly acts”.
He was accompanied by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Anyim Pius Anyim, National Security Adviser to the President,Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd) and some Ministers.
Security Update At Hospitals
Meanwhile, security operatives have taken charge of the Maitama General Hospital where victims of the blast are receiving treatment
Though the management of the hospital has refused to comment on the situation, a large number of relatives and colleagues of those who lost their lives in the blast gathered at the mortuary to identify corpses.
While the National and Wuse General Hospitals’ management have declined to speak on camera, 8 corpses have been deposited at the mortuary of the national hospital and 8 others are receiving treatment.
15 patients taken to the Wuse general hospital have been discharged.
Residents of the FCT have also expressed concern over the security implications and the effect it will have on the area.
They however noted that lives are of more importance than money and don’t mind putting their businesses on hold to allow security operatives secure the area.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday reinstated the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Southwest Zone Caretaker Committee.
17 members of the PDP had taken the party and INEC to court to seek a declaration that based on judgment delivered by Justice Okon Abang on April 9, 2013, following which they were appointed as the Caretaker Committee of the Southwest Zone until the conduct of a zonal congress to elect new officers, the PDP was not at liberty to dissolve the committee until new officers have been elected.
They asked the court to hold that the resignation of their positions in the committee was to enable them contest for a substantive office during the congress, which was scheduled to hold on August 24 2013, but was cancelled.
They argued that since the congress was cancelled, their resignation was, therefore, of no effect. Justice Abang agreed with them and urged the PDP to recognise the plaintiffs as the valid officers in the Southwest.
In a supporting affidavit, one of the plaintiffs, Ishola Filani, said that the court had directed the PDP to set up a caretaker committee to run the party’s affairs in the Southwest, consisting of the plaintiffs, who were “duly elected delegates from the constituent states of the Zone,” pending the conduct of a new congress.
He said that the PDP announced a timetable for the congress sometime in June 2013 and scheduled the congress for August 24, 2013; a development that led to some of the Caretaker Committee members resigning their offices to be able to contest for new offices in the congress.
“However, certain persons, envisaging that their favoured candidates for the elections were unpopular and had no chances of winning any election, connived to put pressure on the National Executive Committee of the party to disband and dissolve the caretaker committee, cancel the congress and constitute a new caretaker committee for the Southwest Zone, comprised of their unpopular nominees.
“It is clear that unless this honourable court intervenes, the second defendant (PDP) will defy the order of this court in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/347/2012 set out above and constitute an illegal and invalid Caretaker Committee in place of the plaintiffs and the first defendant (INEC) would proceed to recognise the illegal contraption as representing the Southwest Zone of the PDP,” he said.
The PDP, however, filed a counter-affidavit and a written address in opposition to the action, in which it urged the court to dismiss the suit. The party said that it was under an erroneous impression that there was a court order asking it not to hold the congress.
According to PDP, they thought an Ekiti State High Court had given an order stopping the congress, but they later found out there was no such order. PDP said that the judge who purportedly made the order later clarified that he did not make any such order on the basis of which it cancelled the congress.
The party, maintained that the plaintiffs were not bound to continue in office even though the congress did not hold, since they had tendered their resignations.