Atiku’s Group Declares Support For Jonathan

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

The political machinery of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar under the umbrella body, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku (AAA) and People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) in six states in the south-west Nigeria has declared their unwavering support for President Goodluck Jonathan in the forthcoming presidential election.

Addressing reporters on Tuesday at a media briefing in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, in south-west Nigeria, the leader of the group, ‎Bode Ajewole, said their support was based on the readiness of President Jonathan to implement the recommendations of the 2014 national conference, as being demanded by the south-west region.

Supporters of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, the AAA/PDM collectives, in the six states in south-west Nigeria – Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo – converging at the Multipurpose Auditorium of the Ondo State Cultural Centre, Akure for a media briefing to declare support for President Jonathan’s re-election.

Decision To Join PDP

Ajewole further directed all the members in the six states and the Yar’adua political family in the APC, SDP, PDM, LP and AP to support and vote for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the incumbent president, Dr Jonathan, in the March 28 presidential election.

The leader of the collectives said the members still remained in their various parties, but hinted that the decision to join the PDP or not would be coming after the elections.

‎The Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, welcomed the members of the group, saying their support was a very good thing for the Jonathan campaign team.

Governor mimiko, who is also the coordinator of the Jonathan/Sambo Presidential Campaign Group in the south-west region, gave the assurance that the region would deliver the highest votes for the president in the election.

He expressed delight in the decision of the collectives to support Jonathan, owing to the fact that they were made up of genuine grassroots politicians that could deliver.

Osun INEC Tells Media To Report Facts

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has described as false, a newspaper report that 25 political parties in Osun State walked out on the Chairman of the commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, during the stakeholders’ meeting in Osogbo last week.

The State Resident Electoral Commission, Dr Rufus Akeju, who spoke to newsmen, said that it was imperative to shed light on the truth rather than send inciting stories, capable of misleading the populace.

Dr Akeju said that contrary to the report, only four parties which include Labour Party, APGA, PDM and PDP protested at the programme, while only one of the parties staged a walk-out.

The INEC Resident Electoral Commission urged journalists to be factual in their reportage, so as not to mislead or misinform the populace.

He further stated that the walk out did not in any way bring to an end the stakeholders’ meeting, rather the meeting went on smoothly. INEC has promised to ensure a free and fair election in the August 9, 2014 governorship polls in Osun State.

Court Strikes Out Case To Stop Kwara LG Election

Ahead of the planned Kwara state local government elections billed to hold on Saturday 26th October, an Ilorin High Court presided over by Justice Suleiman Kawu has failed to grant an injunction by the All Progressives Congress (APC), stopping the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC) from conducting election into the remaining fifteen local government areas in Kwara state, alleging illegality, when a matter challenging the validity, legality and the constitutionality of the proposed election is pending before the court for determination.

Defendants in the suit were the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission (KWASIEC) and other participating political parties in the election namely, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP), Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), and Independent Democrats (ID).

Delivering the judgement that lasted nearly an hour, Justice Suleiman Kawu ruled that all the basic factors that ought to be satisfied in the applications were not satisfied whereas on the other side, the balance of convenience is heavily on the side of KWASIEC as well as the PDP.

He then stressed that the party had refused to act promptly having being served notice of election by KWASIEC sometime in May this year, and then declared the suit as lacking merit, hence the dismissal of the case, ruling that the proposed local government elections fixed for tomorrow must go on as planned.

Reacting to the ruling, the Interim State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Shola Iji lamented that the ruling will disenfranchise his members from exercising their civil rights.

Reacting to the court judgement, the counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Abdulwahab Bamidele said the affidavit of the applicant is barren, naked, bare and without substance, and that they cannot expect justice from a self-created urgency.

 

Founders Of New Parties Looted Funds To Do So – Afenifere

Spokesman of the Pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin has linked the proliferation of political parties in Nigeria to the abundance of funds looted by founders of the parties.

Odumakin, a former spokesman of the presidential candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Gen Muhammadu Buhari, said this during an interview on Channels Television’s morning flagship programme, Sunrise Daily on Tuesday.

“The people who can afford to form new parties are the ones who have looted resources and funds to play around with,” he said.

The politician said the rise of new parties spells doom for politics as it is known in Nigeria adding that “I think we are seeing the end of politics in Nigeria.”

The aftermath of the successful registration of the All Progressive’s Congress (APC) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has caused an upsurge of many other groups who have signed up for registration by the electoral body.

This is happening because “the day the elephant dies, you see all manner of knives.” Mr Odumakin said “everybody wants to grab this thing” because there is distrust amongst politicians, which has resulted in “all manner of parties”.

However, this new era has resulted in fewer choices for the masses because all the parties look and speak the same way. “I have learned to watch what men are doing rather than what they are saying”

Although there are new parties, there is a dearth of fresh blood as members of the new parties are the “same set of people dividing themselves into new formations”.

He described “most of the so called new parties” as “old wine in new bottles,” adding that in Nigeria “the more things change, the more they remain the same”

Although the APC has been touted as the party to unseat the ruling PDP, Mr Odumakin regards the party’s promises as ‘empty platitudes’ with “no ideology defining all these things”.

After a read through the 31-page manifesto the APC produced “you will see some wish list but if you look at it there is no ideological thread tying all these things together”.

The former CPC member stated that the 1999 constitution, which has accommodated corruption and the likes, is the country’s greatest problem. In his opinion, a total change and not an amendment is the only solution.

He accused Nigerians of reproducing bad leaders as he asked “why have Nigerians continued to continually produce worst set of leaders than the previous ones?”

PDP Is Used To Issues Of New Parties– Aderemi

Segun Aderemi of the National Coalition for Good Governance says the PDP is already used to the emergence of new parties in Nigeria’s political arena and these new parties is posing no threat to anyone.

Speaking on the 2015 elections and emergence of new parties, specifically on the APC, on sunrise Daily, Aderemi stated that most of the politicians that formed these parties are offspring of the ruling party the PDP.

‘The issue of new parties coming is a thing we are used to’ as he hinted that the ruling PDP which is now 14 years.

‘PDP is a party that cuts across not just only in Nigeria’.

Commending the move by the INEC in registering new parties ahead of the 2015 elections, Aderemi said it will only boost Nigeria’s democracy, and the ruling is not worried by it.

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Politician Says PDP Unperturbed By Emergence Of Political Parties

A former Minister of Agriculture in Imo State and staunch PDP Member, Longiers Anyanwu has declared that the ruling party PDP is not in any way worried about the new political parties ahead of the 2015 elections, because the PDP is only concerned about the wellbeing of Nigerians and good governance of the nation.

Mr Longiers, who was a guest on Sunrise Daily, the breakfast programme on Channels Television however stated that a repeat of happenings in 2003,2006 and 2007 is about unfolding in 2013 where some people form emergency parties with shabby agendas, with the aim of ‘uproot’ the ruling party PDP from power, but that move never worked for the perpetrators.

Reacting to the recent change in the political arena of the country, that is, the registration of two new parties ID and PDM, and also in particular, the merger party, APC, which has vowed to reshape the politics in Nigeria, the former minister said PDP has no scores to settle with any party, therefore the registered parties are welcome unto the political fold if, they are in it for the benefit of Nigeria.

“We are not threatened by any form of entry, I want to assure you that PDP has been on ground for 14 years, sustaining its core values, promoting peace, ensuring that the territorial integrity of this country is protected, which are the cardinal values of our party

“It is strange today that we are experiencing the entrance of political parties that declare itself before the crafting of their manifestos, it is amazing that a party can emerge without clear cut dimension, without clear-cut ideological base, only to come out and attack the president and the chairman of our party without any agenda recklessly to cause aspersion on the existing political party”

Mr Longiers however stated that despite the PDP welcoming these parties with ‘constructive criticism’ the ruling party will no longer tolerate the unnecessary distractions, overheating of the polity as it is not fair on the party.

PDM Will Not Pose A Problem For Anybody– PDP Member

Oladimaeji Fabiyi, a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party and a former aspirant for the position of PDP National Secretary has hinted that the newly registered Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) will not pose any problem politically, either for the PDP or anyother come 2015.

Events have been unfolding in the political terrain of the country with the registration of new political parties with a view to shake off power from the PDP.

Reacting to the registration of these political parties with a focus on PDM especially, (Peoples Democratic Movement) Mr. Fabiyi who was a guest on Sunrise Daily stated further that the PDM is not a new name as it has been in operation for quite a while now.

He said PDM can be credited to be one of the forces behind the evolution of PDP, appreciating the electoral commission, INEC for thinking it wise to register new parties “As it will widen the horizon of Nigeria’s political landscape in pursuit of excellent political and democratic systems”.

Atiku And PDM

On the issue of Atiku abstaining himself from the PDM, Fabiyi reacted, saying that the former Vice President of Nigeria cant distance himself from the new party even though he is not directly involved in its running, as he was once at the helm of affairs of the party after the death of Yar’Adua.

“Atiku really cannot dissociate himself from PDM, am not talking in terms of being the one who is floating the party now, but because you will agree with me now, that he was a very strong member of that group at that time, before 1999, you will recall that PDM is the political machinery of the former late Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua and a host of others.

So if he says people can decide to change political parties but he remains with PDP, then I believe him”.

It would be recalled that likes of Chief Anthony Anenih, Okadigbo, S.M Afolabi and a host of other notable political figures were key members of the PDM.

PDP/APC Power Tussle

Fabiyi on the merger of parties now called APC (All Progressives Congress),  said there is space for everyone in the political arena but what matters are the agenda and the ideology which he says the APC does not possess, and that in a few months, it will be known if the APC has the political strength to achieve their aim of power control.

The unexpected merger of other opposition parties against the ruling party the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is something that has thrown the political scene into suspense, as the APC has stated in clear terms, that they are out to wrest power from the PDP come 2015.

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Politicians In Nigeria Are Power Mongers– Lawyer

“Nigerians are not getting the best of politicians and political leaders as the mind-sets of those in positions and those seeking positions is not to serve but to become power mongers.”

These were the words of a legal practitioner, Jiti Ogunye, who discussed Nigerian politics, the emergence of new parties, deregistration and mergers of political parties, on ‘Sunrise Daily.’

Describing the political atmosphere as a game of Chess, he said “They are not giving Nigerians; a lot of options, I think what’s going are just ‘political calculation’, Chess game and this is not the first time it’s happening”

The legal practitioner hinted that the politics that our leaders and office seekers play is not in the interest of making Nigeria better but for their selfish interests and in order to achieve this, they gallivant amongst the political parties in the country seeking a suitable platform where they achieve their aims, making it a ‘do or die’ affair to man political offices.

“What’s paramount on the minds of many politicians in Nigeria is not service, they’re power mongers, and sometimes I wonder whether some marabouts or some spiritualists or pastors had told them they will be president in their lifetime or they will be governor”

“What they do is that they run across parties just hunting for platform,” he added.

Mr. Jiti cited the Ondo governor, Olusegun Mimiko who moved from AD (Action for Democracy) to PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) then LP (Labour Party) where he contested for the governorship position, then Ogun governor Ibikunle Amosun who move from PDP to ANPP and now ACN where he also became a governor as in instance of cross-carpeting.

He however juxtaposed the recent political scenario with the days of Action Group (AG) where according to him Rewane was a member for a long time and never sought political office.

Analyst Says Rise Of New Parties A Sign Of ‘Heated’ 2015

A political analyst, Anthony Onyeoghane, has said that the rise of new political parties in the country is a sure sign of ‘heated’ general elections in 2015.

This he said while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

The recent addition to Nigeria’s existing 63 political parties shows that “a lot of people want to get into the political space to see what they can do to help the country”.

However, he stated that their manifestos, agendas and what they stand for is not clear-cut. “They are still trying to find out where they stand”.

He also described the proliferation of political groups as a recycling of individuals who have been in the system.

“If you look at where we want to be and we are, you begin to ask yourself: aren’t these the same persons that we have always known all our lives; who are now going by different names?

The reshuffling going on in the political scene is a sign that 2015 is going to be ‘heated’, he said.

He attributed politicians’ acts of jumping ship as a ‘restructuring of opportunities’ when a particular political structure is no longer favourable.

“There’s so much with government coffers that everybody wants to get in the show”.

I Remain Loyal To PDP, Despite Emergence Of New Parties– Atiku

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said while he remains a loyal PDP member, he doesn’t have the right or power to stop others from associating or seeking registration for new parties.

Following press enquiries on the reported registration of the Peoples’ Democratic Movement (PDM) as a political party, the former Vice President said he would always welcome the expansion of the political space to accommodate all shades of opinions or political hue.

While acknowledging that many of his political associates are involved in registering the PDM, Atiku Abubakar explained that he had no powers to stop adults with common interests from coming together to form a party.

He also noted that many of his political associates are equally members of political parties other than the PDP.

According to him, freedom of association as enshrined in the constitution is the beauty of democracy and that he wouldn’t dissuade any of his followers from seeking a platform to promote their programmes.

Political analysts It would be recalled that the PDM played active roles of in the country’s democratic transition from the Babangida, Abacha and Abdulsalami administrations, a platform founded by late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, which provided the impetus for his impressive performance across the country during the September 1992 presidential primaries, which were later cancelled by the military regime.

The late Gen. Yar’Adua came close to becoming President, with the help of the formidable PDM structure. In 1999, the PDM was also part of the force behind the emergence of former President Obasanjo as PDP presidential candidate.

It should also be of note, that the choice of Atiku Abubakar as running mate to Obasanjo in 1999 was a recognition of the active role of the PDM platform in his victory.