‘Jonathan Has Been Working For Buhari’s Government,’ APC Tells PDP

A file photo of former President Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari.
A file photo of former President Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

The All Progressive Congress (APC) on Friday said former President Goodluck Jonathan has supported the current administration despite being a card-carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party.

APC Spokesman, Yekini Nabena, made the comment while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Also appearing on the show was PDP spokesman, Mr Diran Odeyemi who said a number of APC governors are set to defect to the PDP.

“Goodluck Jonathan has been working for this government,” Mr Nabena said. “He has been going to all African countries. If he is not a progressive person, he won’t have been working for this government. So the PDP should also know that.”

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Jonathan lost to Buhari in the 2015 general elections, but he has since taken up several diplomatic assignments across the continent.

Recently, the ex-President led talks that helped to de-escalate the crisis in Mali.

Mr Nabena, on Friday, argued that Jonathan’s work is evidence of the APC’s progressive streak.

However, Mr Odeyemi disagreed, reiterating that the APC is set to witness a couple of top defections to the PDP.

“Many APC Governors are talking to us,” Mr Odeyemi said. “Perhaps Nigerians have not seen the end of these activities. More Governors from APC are coming to join us. And I’m saying it with all emphasis.

“The question we have to ask ourselves is, what has been the achievements of APC now, that will now warrant people to join them, if not for selfish reasons? Nigeria knows which party to vote for in 2023 and that’s what we rely on.”

 

 

APC Plans To Change Name, Nigerians Already ‘Stoning’ Them – PDP

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A file photo of the PDP logo.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the prophecy that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its leaders will be stoned for failure has come to pass as Nigerians are already stoning them with the words of their mouths.

In a statement on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party asked the APC leaders to perish the purported plan to change the name of the ruling party.

It stated that such a move would amount to a desperate decoy to exonerate themselves from the failures of the party and the present administration, which it said have led the nation to excruciating hardship.

“Our party is already aware of clandestine meetings being held by APC leaders following their realisation that the APC, as a political party, has failed as a platform for governance and managing of the broad diversity of our nation.

“The APC leaders, who are already troubled by the post-President Buhari’s disastrous tenure in office, are planning to adopt a new name in order to beguile Nigerians once again,” it said.

The PDP accused the APC leadership of deceiving Nigerians with it claims that opposition members were trooping into its fold.

According to it, this will not save the APC from crashing and only those who have lost relevance with the people by betraying their causes will seek accommodation in the ruling party.

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A file photo of APC flags.

 

“Which patriotic Nigerians would want to join the APC that has wrecked our economy, reneged on all its campaign promises?” the opposition party questioned.

It added, “Which patriotic Nigerian can join the APC that has willfully failed to secure our citizens from marauders, insurgents, and bandits; a party under whose watch, the once happy and prosperous Nigerian citizens can no longer afford basic necessities of life to the extent that they now resort to suicide and slavery mission abroad as options?”

The PDP believes the ruling party is overweighed with the burden of failure and can no longer be a platform for any credible Nigerian who has the intention to serve the people.

It stressed that while the APC leadership was celebrating with lone defectors, a majority of Nigerians have been rallying with the opposition party.

“After all, not a few APC governors as well as ministers in President Buhari’s cabinet and members of the National Assembly are already fed up and have expressed their readiness to join the rescue train, PDP.

“However, what is paramount to our party at this critical time is the wellbeing and security of our citizens, particularly as the APC has shown that it has no capacity for governance and has no iota of regard for the good of Nigerians,” the opposition party said.

APC Challenges Other Opposition Parties To Take PDP’s Place

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A file photo of APC flags.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on other political parties to take the place of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the main opposition in Nigeria.

APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, made the call in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

He said it was not a surprise that those he described as progressive-minded members of the PDP were defecting from the opposition party to the ruling party.

“For a party unable to run its secretariat, pay staff salaries, and its leadership grappling with a crisis of confidence, it will be unfair to expect its progressive-minded members to remain in the PDP which has failed woefully as the supposed ‘main’ opposition party in Nigeria,” he claimed.

The APC spokesman added, “It is disheartening that the PDP is pushing Nigeria into a largely one-party state. As a party that believes in democracy and progressive politics, the APC does not subscribe to this.

“We, therefore, challenge other opposition political parties to take the place of the PDP because even as the governing party, we recognise the importance of rigorous and intelligent interrogation of our policies and programmes by the opposition which the PDP has woefully failed to do.”

Nabena noted the recent defection of Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, as well as the lawmaker representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Senator Elisha Abbo, from the PDP to the APC.

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A file photo of PDP flags.

 

According to him, this is in addition to the earlier return of many prominent party members and leaders such as a former PDP National Chairman, Senator Barnabas Gemade; a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and former governorship candidate, Alex Otti, among others.

The APC spokesman stated that the party was delighted with the development, saying the returnees have come to work with the present administration to improve the lives of Nigerians.

He added the effort of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) to reposition the party by accommodating all interests and ensuring peace, unity, fairness, equity, justice, inclusion, and internal democracy was appreciated.

“The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led CECPC is working assiduously and has achieved great success in ensuring that the party is repositioned, united, and conducts the planned membership registration, update, and revalidation exercise to produce a clean, credible and authentic national membership register, ahead of the planned National Convention,” Nabena said.

He alleged, “For now, the PDP and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who has begun early 2023 campaign on the PDP’s presidential candidature he is poised to purchase, are engrossed with their Dubai meetings to plot their hallucinatory return to ensure their bid to sell off the remainder of our national assets.

“Nigerians are wiser.”

Senator Elisha Abbo Dumps PDP For APC

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Senator Elisha Abbo

 

Senator Elisha Abbo has announced his defection from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Senator who is representing Adamawa North in the Senate announced his defection in a letter addressed to the House.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

In the letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

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Senator Abbo has been in the news for assaulting a woman in an adult toy shop in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory sitting in Maitama, earlier in September, awarded N50 million damages against Senator Abbo, to be paid as compensation to Osimibibra Warmate, a female attendant at a sex-toy shop, whom he assaulted.

Justice Samira Bature gave the order in her judgment on the fundamental rights enforcement suit instituted by Warmate against the senator.

Earlier on July 3, 2019, the lawmaker was caught on camera physically assaulting a woman in Abuja, two months after he allegedly committed the act.

Alleged Certificate Forgery: APC Asks Court To Stop PDP’s Gbadamosi From Participating In Election

Babatunde Gbadamosi (File Photo)

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to disqualify the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi, from participating in the December 5 senatorial bye-election in Lagos East.

The APC alleged that Gbadamosi committed perjury and falsification of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) certificates in the documents he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It claimed that the PDP candidate made false declarations on oath regarding his work experience and did not participate in the one-year mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC programme), among other infractions.

Counsel to Lagos APC, Mr. Kemi Pinheiro (SAN) who filed the suit listed the PDP candidate, Gbadamosi and INEC as defendants.

In its statement of claim, the APC declared that it studied the June 1985 WAEC certificate Gbadamosi had submitted to the INEC in comparison with his certificate obtained from the official WAEC website and discovered certain discrepancies in the certificates, which were indicative that the WAEC certificate that Gbadamosi submitted to the INEC might have been falsified.

“Also, the grades he claims to have received via the certificate is different from that contained on the official website of WAEC.”

The party, therefore, asked the court for six reliefs, including a declaration that Gbadamosi’s June 1985 WAEC Certificate with No: NGSG 228391 presented to INEC “in support of his qualification to contest election to the office of the Governor of Lagos State in the 2019 election containing results and subjects materially different from that contained on the official website of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), is a forged Certificate.

It also said that by virtue of Section 66 (1) (i) of the Constitution Gbadamosi, “having submitted a forged WAEC Certificate to INEC, containing results and subjects materially different from that contained on the official website of WAEC, to contest the forthcoming 2020 Lagos East Senatorial District bye-elections, is not qualified for election into the Senate.”

The party also sought an order disqualifying Gbadamosi from contesting in the Senate race on the ground of alleged submission of a forged result to INEC and an order of perpetual injunction restraining INEC “from according any form of recognition” to Gbadamosi as a candidate nominated by any registered Political Party to contest for election to the Senate.

No date has been fixed yet for the hearing of the suit and Mr Gbadamosi is yet to file a response to the APC’s statement of claim.

PDP Names South-East Zonal Caretaker Chairman, Auditor

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A file photo of PDP flags.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed Mr Ali Odefa as the chairman of the reconstituted South-East Zonal Caretaker Committee of the party.

Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, who is the National Publicity Secretary of the party, announced this in a statement on Monday.

He noted that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP has also named Mr Laz Ogbei as the auditor of the South-East Zonal Caretaker Committee of the party.

Ologbondiyan explained that the action of the NWC was pursuant to Sections 29 (2)(b) and 31(2)(e) of the PDP Constitution (2017 as amended).

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“The reconstituted South-East Zonal Caretaker Committee is to pilot the affairs of the party in the South East Zone for a period not exceeding three months (90 days) as prescribed by section 32(2)(e) of the PDP Constitution,” he said.

According to the PDP spokesman, the party urges all its members in the South East to continue to work together in harmony for the task ahead.

On Tuesday last week, the PDP announced the dissolution of its Zonal Caretaker Committee in the region, following the defection of Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, to the All Progressives Congress.

It had also dissolved its executive committee in Ebonyi at the state, local government, and ward levels.

The NWC took the decision following a crucial meeting as part of efforts to maintain its base in the state and the region, following the governor’s exit.

Governor Umahi had explained that he took the decision to leave the PDP to protest against what he described as the injustice of the party to the South East.

He also faulted the insinuation that he left the PDP for the APC with an ulterior motive of targeting the presidency in the next general elections.

The governor, who said he was contended as a two-term governor, stressed that he would be quitting politics in 2023.

In its reaction, the PDP denied all the claims of the governor, saying it would not bow to any blackmail.

APC Governors’ Visit To Jonathan Is An Endorsement Of Our Party – PDP

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to a visit by governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan describing it as an endorsement of the PDP.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Sunday by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan.

He added that the visit by the governors has further affirmed that Nigeria, as a nation, is better under the governance of the PDP.

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“The visit, which is a clear endorsement of the acceptability of the PDP administration, also indicates that the APC, in 2015, only created artificial symbols of misgovernance, corruption, and other alleged misgivings just to discredit our party and grab the levers of power to achieve their selfish desires.

“It is evident that the Jonathan administration succeeded in office basically because our party understands the nuances of our nation, which we translated into people-oriented policies and programmes, in line with the manifesto of our party, to make life comfortable for Nigerians.

“This visit to Jonathan by the APC governors is a direct acceptance of the successes recorded by our party in building a strong nation with a virile economy that was rated as one of the fastest-growing economies of the world,” the statement read in part.

PDP said further that it receives the visit by APC governors as an apology by the APC to “our party and Nigerians over the lies, beguilements and other irresponsible allegations deployed by the APC to grab power, only to lead our nation on a journey to nowhere.”

Governors of the APC on Friday evening held a private meeting with ex-President Jonathan in Abuja.

The governors were led to Jonathan’s residence in Abuja by Yobe State Governor and Acting National Chairman of the APC, Mai Mala Buni.

Others at the meeting include Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, who recently defected to the APC from the PDP; Kebbi State governor and chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum; Atiku Bagudu, and Jigawa State governor, Abubakar Badaru.

Your Best Option Is To Return To PDP, Fayose Tells Agboola Ajayi

Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, hosts Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, at his Afao Ekiti country home in Ekiti State on November 20, 2020.

 

Former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has urged the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He made the appeal when he received Ajayi, the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) candidate in the Ondo State governorship election, at his Afao Ekiti country home on Friday night.

“It is important for him (Ajayi) to put the past behind, return to PDP and join hands with other leaders in the State to rebuild the party,” the former governor was quoted as saying in a statement by his spokesperson, Lere Olayinka.

He stated that there was no need to deny that Ajayi was a force to be reckoned with in the politics of Ondo State, adding that the deputy governor would thrive better politically in a mainstream and liberal political party like the PDP.

“What I can tell you like a brother is that the past should be put behind you and the future should be focused on realistically.

“The best option before you now is to return to the PDP and I am encouraging you to give it a consideration because you need the party and the party too needs a strong political character like you,” Fayose said.

In his response, the deputy governor commended the former governor for his leadership role in the south-west and the country.

He described Fayose as a clear-minded personality who would say his mind not minding whose ox was gored.

“I have come to Afao Ekiti at this hour of the day to wish a friend, brother and leader a happy birthday at 60,” the deputy governor said.

He added, “Fayose is one person I have great respect for, and I will continue to relate with him because he is not someone who will not tell you A when he means B.

“His yes is yes and when he says no, he means no.”

Bala Mohammed Rules Out Plan To Dump PDP For APC

(FILE) Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, says he is happy in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and has no plan to join the All Progressive Congress (APC).

In a statement on Friday, the governor’s media aide, Mukhtar Gidado, faulted the report that his principal was among three opposition governors negotiating to join the ruling party.

“We wish to state that the story is disingenuous speculation driven by a clear marketing urge, to feed the appetites of readers whose hunger for salacious political news has been fuelled by the movement of the Ebonyi State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Dave Umahi, to the APC and the spate of political alignments and realignments, in the country,” Gidado said.

He added, “We wish to state that His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed, has never contemplated leaving the PDP, let alone joining the APC.

“Rather, he is presently preoccupied with fulfilling those campaign promises, on the basis of which the good people of Bauchi State supported him to defeat an incumbent administration.”

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Gidado noted that the division between the Legislature and the Executive in the state, as each was controlled by different political parties.

He stated that despite the difference, both arms of government have constructed a novel bipartisan arrangement whereby the government of the state was jointly run, in the war against hunger and other challenges in Bauchi.

“To any patriotic politician, a huge challenge of this nature calls for full-time engagement and not political fortune-hunting.

Based on the above, Governor Bala Mohammed considers talks about decamping to another party and all the permutations about 2023, in the first place, as unwholesome distractions,” the governor’s aide stressed.

He described the claims of planned defection as premature and the height of insensitivity to the yearnings of the electorate for transformational change that would improve their living.

Governor Mohammed, therefore, asked his supporters, members of the PDP, as well as residents of Bauchi to ignore the report.

He also reassured them of his administration’s resolve to ensure the good life for all residents irrespective of their party affiliation, gender, tribe, or creed.

APC’s Administration Far Better Than PDP – Umahi

File photo of Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi

 

 

The Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has said the administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is far better than the 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Umahi who spoke in Abuja made this known on Friday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“When you compare, I can see that the partial administration of the APC is far better than that of my former party. No one person in APC is dictating the affairs of the party,” the governor said.

According to the governor, his decision to dump the PDP for the ruling party wasn’t done out of protests.

To Umahi, Ebonyi State has benefitted from the five-year administration of the ruling party unlike the 16 years PDP held sway at the nation’s helm of affairs.

“We have choices in life to make. I have made the choice of APC because of the way they run their affairs and respect for Mr President and equity to all the governors who have benefitted.

“I continue to say that the 15 years of PDP and the five to six years of APC central government have a lot to show in my state. I am not choosing APC out of protest,” he said.

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The governor’s remark comes 24 hours after he officially joined the APC where stakeholders and governors of the ruling party were in Ebonyi to receive him.

Dignitaries at the event include former Senate President Ken Nnamani; Chairman, APC National Caretaker Committee who is also the governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni; Jigawa State Governor, Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar; Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Bagudu and Niger State Governor,  Abubakar Bello, among others.

Governor Umahi in his speech at the official defection announced that “henceforth, Ebonyi is 100% APC. We are all moving to APC.”

He, however, called for unity between both APC and PDP, noting that, “Together, we are stronger.”

 

Umahi’s Defection: Our Strength In Ebonyi, South East Remains Intact – PDP

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its strength in Ebonyi State and the South East has remained intact.

PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, stated this in his remarks at the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held on Thursday in Abuja.

He made the statement in reaction to the defection of Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Secondus, who noted that the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) swiftly took necessary steps to protect and guard its strength in the state and the region, stressed that the real reason that informed the governor’s defection would be exposed soon.

He condemned what he described as the provocative reason of allegation of injustice against the South East by the party, given by the governor for his action.

The PDP national chairman stated that while the party would not join issues with Governor Umahi in any way, it would not bow to any blackmail.

He also briefed the meeting about the outcome of some of the decisions reached during the last NEC which was held in February, as well as the efforts of the PDP in the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.

According to Secondus, one great lesson the party must learn from those elections is that it needs unity in order to be able to win future polls.

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, speaks about his defection at a press conference on November 17, 2020.

 

He stated that the party, drawing from past experiences, would leave no stone unturned in its quest to return to Aso Villa in 2023.

Before he began his speech, the gathering observed a minute’s silence in honour of those who lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent #EndSARS protest.

Read the full text of the PDP National Chairman’s speech at the meeting below:

ADDRESS BY THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY, PDP, PRINCE UCHE SECONDUS ON THE OCCASION OF THE 90TH NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (NEC) MEETING OF THE PARTY AT PDP NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS, WADATA PLAZA, ABUJA, 19th NOVEMBER, 2020

Protocols

Preamble

With utmost humility and gratitude to God I welcome you all to this very important meeting of our great party. I welcome you specially because this meeting is coming after a COVID-19 pandemic that shook and still shaking the global community.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC as at November 2020, the disease had caused the death of over 1,154 Nigerians out of over 63,000 confirmed cases from 700,000 persons tested. Nearly 3,000 persons are still officially infected in the country.

This meeting is also coming in the aftermath of the #ENDSARS peaceful protests by the youths against police brutality and bad governance and the subsequent looting and destruction by hoodlums that hijacked the process.

At this juncture may I crave the indulgence of NEC of our party to stand for a minute silence in honour of all those who died from COVID-19, as well as in the recent national youth protest ..(may their souls and those of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen).

We are also praying for the quick recovery and God’s healing hands on those still suffering from the virus and the injured.

State of the Nation

Your Excellences, great leaders of our party, before the COVID-19 lockdown our country was already going through some socio-political and economic challenges all arising from the poor governance delivery by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

The security problem of the country has refused to abate, instead, it has multiplied with no clear solution in sight.

President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government, under whose watch the situation got worsened and complicated has remained clearly helpless and incapable of providing the needed leadership.

#Endsars Protest And Its Fallout

Your Excellences, leaders of our party, a number of times both in NEC and other platforms PDP has had cause to cry out that the APC administration was doing nothing to improve the lives of the people.

That the youth unemployment situation in the country was growing at an alarming rate. We had also expressed deep concern at the growing human rights abuses in the system all due to the glaring indifference of the APC administration.

The consequences of all these came to the fore when the youths, last month poured out their anger on the country through a nationwide protest.

Even though the protest was triggered off by accumulated police brutality, particularly by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, it developed into a wider rebellion against injustice and poor leadership in the country.

Your Excellences, one significant fallout from the protest was the exposition of the poor management of the COVID-19 palliatives. Recall that our party had earlier cried out that the COVID-19 was becoming a huge window of corruption by federal government operatives.

Perhaps the most annoying aspect of the protest was that the causalities recorded, including the Tuesday 20th October night shooting of protesting youths at Lekki tollgate killing and injuring many, would have been averted if the government was responsive.

Instead, it took President Muhammadu Buhari almost two weeks of persuasion and cajoling from many Nigerians, including the Senate, before he agreed to address the nation on the issue after the damage was already done, youths killed by security agencies and property destroyed.

The protest opened a fresh dimension in the government-citizen relationship and underscored the fact that some fundamental actions are needed to get our polity going on the right track.

The Federal Government should address the fundamental issues raised by the youths rather than the counterproductive strategy of seeking to hound and intimidate perceived leaders of the peaceful protest by seizing their travel documents, freezing their accounts and arrests.

It must be emphasised that peaceful protest is a right in every democracy and guaranteed by the country’s constitution.

Party Affairs

When the current National Working Committee, NWC, under my watch came into office nearly three years ago, we based our programmes on 3Rs, to Reposition, Rebuild and to Regain.

I can confidently report to NEC that the programme is on course. We were able to reform the party ahead of 2019 general election enough to take us to victory if the APC regime had allowed the will of the people to prevail.

Number of PDP governors increased from 11 to 16 and would have been more if not for APC’s Electoral abracadabra in Osun, Kano, Kogi States and climaxed in Imo State with the shocking Supreme Court ruling.

At the National Assembly, as an opposition we were able to attract into our fold the Senate President and 16 senators, the Speaker and more than 34 House of Representatives members ahead of the 2019 elections, in addition to three seating state governors, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Dr Sam Ortom of Benue and Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State.

All these are as a result of our repositioning of the party that made it a huge brand. We restored integrity to our primaries.

On the off-season elections, we won the governorship in Bayelsa and Edo. The Party also prevailed in several bye-elections in Sokoto, Cross River, Taraba and Rivers States.

In our last NEC meeting in February, some far reaching decisions were taken including the rationalisation of the party workforce to bring it to a realistic level as an opposition party.

I wish to report to NEC that this was successfully carried out by the committee headed by His Excellency, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State who did a good job and deserve commendation.

In our last NEC meeting, also a special committee to review and appraise the 2019 general election was set up. The Committee which is also headed by Governor Mohammed is already operational despite the delay caused by the COVID-19 lockdown.

Party Congresses

It was the reformed status of the party that saw us conduct the best ever presidential congress in this country where our candidate emerged transparently and all the other contestants congratulated the winner and resolved to support him.

It is also necessary to bring to the attention of NEC that despite the disruptions from the COVID-19 lockdown, we have been able to conduct congresses in most of the outstanding states and frantic efforts are also on ground to resolve some disputes arising from them in few states.

I must place on record, at this juncture, the cooperation we received from elders of our party in this regard particularly the members of the BOT.

Edo and Ondo States

Your Excellences, leaders, I have decided to isolate these two states because of their unique features.

The party was able to attract his Excellency Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State after he was shabbily treated by his party, the APC. He was able to get his second term for the September 19, 2020 governorship election flying our flag.

I must mention for appreciation the cooperation of party leaders across the country, particularly the Edo State members of our party for this success.

Also for commendation are the PDP Governors forum under the leadership of Hon. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, the Chairman of Edo State National Campaign Council, His Excellency Nysom Wike of Rivers State and his team, as well as the governors of the South-South states.

Also for special commendations is the Chairman of the Ondo State National Campaign Council and Governor Seyi Makinde and his team. In Ondo State, we had similar circumstance but were undone in the October 10 governorship election.

We, however, have some lessons to draw from what happened in both Edo Ondo states.

Looking Ahead

Before I conclude, your excellences, leaders of our party, may I declare to you that the party is also being futuristic drawing experience from the past. We know as a fact that transparent election under the watch of APC is not feasible with the current Electoral Act.

We are liaising with our very reliable members in the National Assembly to ensure that a fraud-free law is put in place ahead of 2023.

Within our family also, we are putting all hands on deck to ensure we enter the next election stronger as one united and harmonious family and to achieve this, I solicit the full and undiluted cooperation of NEC.

On your behalf also, we are continuing in our extensive consultations with critical stakeholders to ensure that no stone is left unturned for our return to Aso Rock.

Gov. Umahi’s Defection Issue

Your Excellencies, you must have read the eventual defection of PDP Governor in Ebonyi State, His Excellency Dave Umahi to the ruling APC on Tuesday and his provocative reason of allegation injustice against South East by the party.

We have refused to join issues with him in any way, but we cannot bow to any blackmail. What I can report to NEC is that the strength of our party in Ebonyi State and South East is intact and the NWC has taken necessary steps to protect and guard it. The real season that informed this decision will soon be exposed.

Conclusion

As I conclude this address Your Excellences, leaders of our great party, may I report to you that our beloved country is in a very bad shape, the populace are groaning in pains and the government response to this is heaping further pains on them.

This country is sliding into bankruptcy, but the government is instead embarking in endless borrowing with no accountability on the already borrowed ones.

Federal Government themselves just reported last week that 428 agencies would not be able to pay salaries this November because of underfunding.

NEC may, therefore, wish to join other voices in charging the APC Federal Government to (show the cards).

#Stop borrowing,

#Stop mortgaging our future,

#Account for borrowed Funds

#Stop the Persecution of #Endsars Youth Protesters

#Respect Nigeria Youths

#Give Nigeria Youths a Voice.

#No to censoring of Social media

Indeed, this APC administration has not treated our youths fairly. This APC government branded them lazy, use them and then victimise them.

Issues that have to do with the development of our youths have been relegated to the background. The gains achieved by our youthful population in every sector of the life under PDP have all been destroyed by the APC which is doing everything to frustrate youthful attainments.

We must as a party therefore, work hard to ensure that the Nigerian youths are once again, given a voice in our country.

Our party will as a matter of policy restore the hope of our youths. We hereby invite the Nigeria youths to avail themselves of the ample opportunity in our party to participate in the political process ahead of 2023 election.

At the last count Nigeria debt profile is showing over 31 trillion naira a lot of it misappropriated.

While borrowing in economics is not bad, it depends on what the borrowed resources is being channeled for. With the unprecedented corruption in the system under APC watch, it would be difficult to see these borrowed funds properly deployed.

Amidst the frightening insecurity in the country accompanied by mass killings that has set fears on the people, what you get from government is multiple tariffs- Electricity, VAT, fuel hike and more, with its operatives indulging in lies and propaganda.

The worrisome situation here is that Nigerians do not really know who is in charge in the country today. It appears that governance in our country today is in autopilot with agencies and operatives in a free world harassing and intimidating perceived enemies.

Your Excellences, the situation generally is frightening and disheartening, but we must not despair because God is not finished with this country and with strong faith in him, we shall prevail.

Thanks for listening and God bless.

Prince Uche Secondus

National Chairman

Despite Invitation By APC Leaders, Ortom Will Stay In PDP – Aide

A file photo of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has no plans to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and return to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Terver Akase, made the position of his principal known in a statement on Thursday.

Akase issued the statement in reaction to claims that the governor planned to return to the APC which he left in 2018.

“We have read some mischievous statements by members of the opposition in Benue State insinuating that Governor Samuel Ortom plans to rejoin the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Those involved in the impish allegation are clearly doing so to soothe their stuck-up apprehensions. Why will Governor Ortom return to APC? To do what?” the governor’s aide questioned.

He added, “It is true that the governor was contacted by some notable persons to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but he declined the invitation.”

Akase noted that following his exit from the APC, Governor Ortom became the leader of PDP in the north-central region of the country.

According to him, he is enjoying a robust relationship with other leaders of the party in Benue and the entire region.

Governor Ortom’s aide stressed that it was ridiculous for anyone to insinuate that the governor has the intention to leave the PDP.

“We advise young men who have been peddling the hang-about rumour to take advantage of the numerous entrepreneurial opportunities the Ortom administration has created through its collaboration with the Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture, and other financial institutions to engage in rewarding ventures and shun falsehood,” he said.

 

This comes against the backdrop of the defection of Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, from the PDP to the APC.

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, stated that his Ebonyi State counterpart was one of the governors he said the APC was expecting to welcome into its fold.

He insisted that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and eight other PDP governors would also move to the APC.