‘Pyramids of Lies,’ PDP Reacts To Buhari’s Rice Unveiling In Abuja

A photo collage of the rice pyramids and the PDP logo.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the unveiling of rice pyramids in Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari describing it as ‘pyramids of lies.’

The opposition party in a statement signed on Tuesday by the National Publicity Secretary Debo Ologunagba said the All Progressives Congress has staged a media stunt to beguile Nigerians ahead of the 2023 elections.

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“Of course, there is nothing to celebrate in the APC pyramid of lies in Abuja. It is rather shameful that APC leaders are again ridiculing President Muhammadu Buhari by making him unveil pyramids of allegedly imported foreign rice which are re-bagged as locally produced, just to create an impression of a boost in local production under his watch.

“If indeed, there is a boost in the local production of rice as the APC wants Nigerians to believe, how come the price of rice has not come down but continues to soar from about N8,000 per bag which the PDP handed over to the APC in 2015 to about N30,000 per bag today?”

According to the statement, the PDP turned the Waterland of various states of the country into huge rice production hubs with farms and mills springing up across the country, leading to a boost in local production.

The party claimed that the APC, however, reversed all the gains made by the PDP in the agricultural sector and triggered a decline in production which resulted in the high cost of food in our country today.

“Nigerians can recall how APC-led administration failed to protect our farmers and particularly how it blamed over 40 rice farmers killed by terrorists in Borno state instead of going after their assailants.

“The APC pyramids of lies are therefore nothing but huge signposts of their failures,” the statement added.

According to PDP, with the 2023 elections in sight, the APC is desperate in pushing its propaganda, deceit, and bogus claims.

Ologunagba in the statement warned that the APC has not realised that 2023 is not 2015 adding that Nigerians have seen through the party’s deceits and not even these ‘pyramids of lies’ can help it in 2023.

PDP Governors Ask Buhari To Restructure Nigeria’s Security Architecture

 

Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure Nigeria’s security architecture.

The governors, who met in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Monday, made their demand via a communique issued to journalists after their meeting.

They took a swipe at the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government in confronting the numerous security challenges, noting that the strategies deployed to confront terrorists, kidnappers, bandits and other criminals is still a major problem for the current administration.

PDP governors in a meeting in Rivers State on January 17, 2022.

 

“The meeting expressed regrets that Mr President is unwilling, from his recent comments discountenancing the proposals for state policing, to participate in reviewing the structural problems of tackling insecurity in Nigeria,” the communique read.

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The governors want “Mr President to reconsider his position and consider decentralisation and restructuring of the security architecture as the most viable solution, together with proper arming, funding and training requirements for security agencies.”

In decrying the state of the economy, the PDP governors said the “Nigerian Economy has continued to deteriorate and Nigerians have become numb and accustomed to bad economic news as exemplified by the inconsistent and differential exchange rate regime, high interest rates, unsustainable unemployment figures and borrowing spree some of which have not been applied to important projects, and other bad economic indicators.”

They said that under the PDP government in 2015, the exchange rate was N198 per Dollar, it is now almost N500 to a Dollar under APC In 2015.

On unemployment, they knocked the Federal Government for the increasing number of unemployed Nigerians.

According to them, the unemployment rate was 7.3% under PDP, adding that it is now 33%, one of the highest in the world under APC.

The governors added, “In 2015, the Pump price of Petroleum was N87 per litre, it is  now N165 per litre and climbing under APC. Debt Servicing now under APC takes over 98% of the Federal budget. The tales of woe is endless.

“In particular, it is clear that the APC Government is a massive failure when compared with the records of PDP in government. The PDP handed over a $550 billion economy (the largest in Africa), but under APC, Nigeria is the Poverty Capital of the world.”

On the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the governors asked the National Assembly to quickly conclude deliberations on the bill.

Specifically, they urged the federal lawmakers to either override President Buhari’s veto or delete areas of complaints.

The governors explained that an early concluded Electoral Act is vital for credible elections.

PDP Governors Arrive In Rivers For Meeting To ‘Rescue, Rebuild Nigeria’

 

Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have arrived in Rivers State for their meeting slated for Monday.

According to a statement signed by the Director-General of the PDP Governors Forum, Cyril Maduabum, the 13 Governors will meet to “review the state of the nation and readiness of the PDP to provide the necessary leadership to rescue and rebuild Nigeria.”

First to arrive was Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom who was received by the host Governor, Nyesom Wike at 3:25 pm followed by the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who arrived five minutes later.

File photo of PDP governors.

 

Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde arrived to join his colleagues at 3:55 pm, Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State arrived at 4:29 pm, while the Bauchi state Governor, Bala Mohammed arrived at the Rivers State Government House at 5:02 pm.

This is the first meeting of the Forum after the party’s National Convention in October last year where new members of the National Working Committee were elected.

According to Maduabum, the PDP governors are working in concert and consultations with other leaders of the party and in particular with the Senator Iyorchia Ayu-led National Executive Committee to craft a credible process and programme for Nigeria’s rebirth.

He further stated that the PDP National Chairman has been invited to attend the meeting in Port Harcourt to hold consultations with the Governors on strategies for executing the Rescue and Rebuild Nigeria project.

The meeting will be preceded by a Gala night to be hosted by Governor Wike.

PDP Demands More Attention To Welfare Of Soldiers, Families

A photo of the Peoples Democratic Party's emblem.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s emblem.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday called on the Federal Government to pay more attention to the welfare of military officials and the families of fallen heroes.

In a statement signed by PDP spokesperson Debo Ologunagba commemorating the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, the opposition party also asked for the provision of adequate equipment for the military.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) salutes members of the Nigerian Armed forces for their courage, loyalty, sacrifice and resilience in defending our dear nation, particularly in the face of resurged insecurity in the last six years,” the statement said.

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“The PDP acknowledges the bravery and patriotism of our gallant soldiers in the frontlines, who despite the daunting challenges, daily put their lives on the line, with many paying the supreme price for the unity and security of our country.

“The Remembrance Day presents the government the occasion for sober reflection to get more committed towards internal security and the fight against terrorism in our country, particularly in limiting the extent of avoidable danger which our military is exposed to daily.

“The PDP also demands that the government takes steps to provide our military with adequate equipment as well as improve on the welfare of our troops to ensure effectiveness in their duty to the nation.

“Our Party urges the government to ensure the wellbeing of the families of our fallen heroes who gave their lives for our nation. Their families and loved ones should not be allowed to continue to suffer.

“PDP urges Nigerians to continue to support and pray for the armed forces in their onerous task of protecting our country. Nigerians should also continue to supplicate for the unity of our nation.”

PDP Schedules North-West Zonal Congress For February 12

A photo of the Peoples Democratic Party's emblem.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s emblem.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has scheduled its outstanding Zonal Congress for its North-West Zone for the purpose of electing NW Zonal Working Committee and National Ex-Officios for Saturday, February 12, 2022.

This directive was contained in a statement on Thursday by the party’s National Organizing Secretary, Hon. Umaru Bature.

According to the letter, this was part of the resolution of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) at its meeting on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

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Hon Bature stated that the North-West Zonal Congress is slated to hold at the Zonal Headquarters of the party in Kaduna State.

The spokesman urged all critical stakeholders and teeming members of the party in the North-West Zone to stay informed and guided accordingly.

Fintiri Insists PDP Presidency Is Sacrosanct

A photo taken on November 22, 2021, shows Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri.

 

Adamawa State Governor Umaru Fintiri has revealed that governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are working in unity to deliver a president from the party to Nigerians come 2023.

The governor said this in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, during the swearing-in ceremony of 21 local government caretaker committee chairmen on Wednesday.

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According to him, the PDP is working out modalities that will salvage the country, hence the need for Nigerians to always support and cooperate with the PDP for growth and development.

He, however, assured Nigerians that the PDP will not disappoint the country when given the opportunity to provide proper leadership that will restore the nation to its past glory.

Tricycle Strike: Kano PDP Accuses Ganduje Of Economic Sabotage

A photo of the Peoples Democratic Party's emblem.
A flag of the Peoples Democratic Party.

 

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) says it has noticed with dismay, the intention of the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to destroy the daily economic activities in the state for refusing to reconcile with striking tricycle riders for the last three days.

This accusation was contained in a statement by the Chairman of the PDP in Kano State, Alhaji Shehu Wada Sagagi, issued on Wednesday.

Sagagai asserted that: “Kano is known for various commercial activities on daily basis and the means of transportation remains the major pillar with the tricycle riders as catalysts who cater for at least 80 per cent of the routine movements within the metropolitan city.

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“It is very pertinent to note that Ganduje’s administration has failed its citizens in every ramification, particularly, the state government has done nothing in the transport sector for the seven years of its existence rather it truncated the student’s transportation systems introduced by the govt. of Engr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

“Ganduje and his cohorts have turned the Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) into a major revenue-generating agency instead of being a traffic regulatory agency as it was established to serve with that purpose.

“Hundreds of thousands of the youth are engaged in this business and it generates both employment and state revenue, only a government without a clear economic direction can fight a self-employed youth, women and other individuals at a time when the nation faces a dwindling economy and insecurity that put citizen into abject poverty”.

The PDP further stressed that government should as a matter of urgency address this issue because “allowing the crises to linger on retains the tendency to degenerate into chaos and disturb the prevailing peace in the state as teaming number of our youth are left without means of livelihood”.

The opposition party accused Governor Ganduje and members of his cabinet of keeping mum despite being fully aware of the sufferings faced by the residents of Kano, which includes but is not limited to businessmen and women, civil servants, students of both primary, secondary and tertiary schools, people seeking for medical attention in various health facilities and visitors of the state.

In the PDP’s view, Kano has lost billions of naira and businesses have suffered in the last three days due to the tricycle strike.

The party adds that many offices have not been in full operation, even as it says that the state government has remained reluctant to take any decisive action that could rescue the situation.

God Will Not Forgive PDP If We Fail To Rescue Nigeria – Wike

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says God will not forgive the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if it fails to rescue Nigerians from the socio-economic hardship inflicted on them by the policies of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government.

He stressed that for the PDP to actualise such an objective, all governors of the main opposition party must be united.

The governor stated this on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, at the Government House in Ibadan.

He explained that he was in the state to formally appreciate Governor Makinde, who was the secretary of the PDP Convention Planning Committee, for producing what has been acclaimed by Nigerians as the best convention in the history of the party.

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Governor Wike observed that having successfully produced a new national leadership of the party, the governors and other members of the party must remain united in order to form a formidable team to dislodge the APC from power in 2023.

“It is important for us as a party to unite because Nigerians are waiting for PDP,” he was quoted in a statement by his spokesman, Kelvin Ebiri. “We cannot afford to lose this opportunity, and the key for that is that the governors must be united and must support the party.

“It does not matter who will be the presidential candidate. If the party is united, the governors are united, I can tell you that victory will be ours.”

The governor said millions of Nigerians were languishing in abject poverty due to the harsh socio-economic policies and they were desperately looking up to the PDP to emancipate them.

“We must sit down as a party and take the best decision that will make Nigerians be happy, that will make us win the election. Anything we are doing that will not make us win the election, then there is no basis for it because we still want Nigerians to suffer.

“Nigerians cannot continue to suffer. They have suffered enough in the hands of APC and God will not forgive PDP if we don’t rescue Nigeria,” he stated.

Governor Wike urged those fanning the embers of discord over the issue of zoning to desist from distracting the party.

According to him, various stakeholders will meet and decide on a presidential candidate that can win the election for the PDP at the appropriate time.

The governor also asked party stakeholders to be prepared to support whoever the PDP would present as its presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.

He also used the occasion to commiserate with Governor Makinde and the people of Oyo State over the demise of the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, praying God to grant the people the wisdom and courage to navigate through the succession process of getting a new Olubadan.

In his response, Governor Makinde said the nearly seven years reign of the APC-led Federal Government has been a disaster nationally.

He lamented that the Nigerian economy that was growing from five to six per cent suddenly became stalled due to clueless policies of the government.

“We went into recession, came out of it. We thought that was over; we went back into recession again, and the population is growing at an alarming rate,” the governor said.

On the PDP presidential candidate, he advised those aspiring for the office of the president not to contest for the sake of being in power, but for the sake of making the country prosperous.

Governor Makinde also applauded Governor Wike for identifying with the government and people of Oyo State over the death of the Olubadan.

PDP Agrees To Re-Zone Presidency To The North, Says Fmr Niger Gov

 

Former Governor of Niger State, Dr Babangida Aliyu has said that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has agreed to re-zone the presidency to the northern region despite its agreement that any candidate can contest the election.

Dr Babangida Aliyu disclosed this on Friday when the Atiku Support Organisation visited him in Minna, adding that he is confident of the success of the group.

He also assured them of his support.

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“In our zoning agreement, we have agreed to re-zone the North as requested by others but we have agreed written openly as a result of what has happened that any candidate from any part of the country can now contest this election,” Aliyu said.

He added that the group has done wonderfully well by going round nooks and crannies of the country to ensure that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar emerges as the party flag bearer and is elected President of Nigeria come 2023.

The National Coordinator of the group, Dr Victor Moses, thanked the former governor for his continued support for Atiku Abubakar even as 2023 approaches.

Failure Comes To My Mind When I Hear PDP, Says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari speaks during an exclusive interview on Channels Television on January 5, 2021.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said “failure” comes to mind whenever he hears the abbreviation “PDP”.

The president stated this in an exclusive interview with Channels Television.

When asked to give one-liners as last words, President Buhari did not hesitate to state “Failure!” as what comes to his mind when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is mentioned.

Aside from his comment on the country’s main opposition party, there were other teasers for the night including one for Nigerian youths.

In his response to what he thinks about Nigeria’s young people,  Buhari replied that he wishes that “when they go to school; when they work hard; when they have a degree, they don’t do it thinking government must give them a job”.

“You get educated because an educated person is certainly better than an uneducated one. Even in identifying personal problems.

“So, education is not just to hang on to government to give you job and what the colonials indoctrinated on – to have a car, to have a house, and to start work at 8 O’Clock and close at 2 O’Clock,” Buhari explained.

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‘We Cannot Release Him’

A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and Mr Nnamdi Kanu.

 

The president had a lot to say within the forty minutes that the interview lasted, including his take on state policing, electoral bill, and the fate of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).

As regards the first, he said, state police is not an option for the nation.

“State police is not an option,” he said. “Find out the relationship between local government and the governors. Are the third tier of government getting what they are supposed to get constitutionally? Are they getting it? Let the people in the local government tell you the truth, the fight between local governments and the governor.”

Speaking on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the president said he will assent once the National Assembly has made the necessary adjustments such as ensuring that Nigerians can use the direct and indirect primaries to select their leaders with the consensus option not left out.

As regards the fate of the IPOB leader, President Buhari ruled out pardon.

Although he acknowledges the possibility of a political resolution, he believes the IPOB leader must answer for his actions over the years, especially while he was out of the country.

“Nigerians know that I don’t interfere with the judiciary,” the President added. “Let him be listened to. For those who are saying that we should release him, no we cannot release him.

“There is a possibility of political solution; if people behave themselves, all well and good, but you can’t go to a foreign country and keep on sending incorrect economic and security problem against your country and thinking that you will never have to account for what you have been doing. Let him account for what he has been doing.”

The president also expressed his displeasure with the state of electricity in Nigeria, noting that if the nation can get its technology right, the cost of transmission will be reduced and more power will be generated.

Buhari, APC Using Salami As Scapegoat For Failure – PDP

A combination of file photos of President Muhammadu Buhari and Dr Doyin Salami.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as a waste of time, the appointment of Dr. Doyin Salami by President Muhammadu Buhari, to be Chief Economic Adviser.

According to the PDP, Salami is about to be used as a scapegoat for “a disastrous administration” that barely has a year left.

For the opposition party, the economist is about to be used as the sacrificial lamb for the “abysmal failures of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government”.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Debo Ologunagba, the PDP said, “it is evident that Dr. Salami might end up being rubbished and diminished as a titular adviser given that the Buhari Presidency and the APC, in their ignorance, arrogance, and incompetence, are never known to have any respect or regard for professional advice on governance and policy.

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“As long as the APC, with its insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians, is in government, involved professionals like Dr. Salami can never make headway but risk being smeared with failure.

“If the APC government did not listen to Dr. Salami as the Head of the hurriedly established Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC), it will not now take his advice in his new capacity because the APC government lacks the listening ears, competence, capacity, integrity and political will and desire for good governance.

“President Buhari and the APC have never prioritized the economy. The result is a near collapsed economy with two recessions within six years; a 71 percent poverty rate, 33.1 percent unemployment rate, over $38 billion external debt, and an unenviable national status as the poverty capital of the world. For this, they desperately seek to use renowned professionals like Dr. Salami as fall guys especially as we approach the 2023 general elections.

“If President Buhari and the APC had listened to well-thought-out advice by patriotic Nigerians as well as the PDP on how to stabilize and grow the economy, our nation would not be in the current economic quagmire where over 80 million Nigerians can no longer afford their daily meals and other basic necessities of life.

“The APC failed to heed the counsel to end its corruption, open up and diversify our economy, review its restrictive and exclusionist policies, invest more in our productive sectors, end its victimization of hardworking Nigerian entrepreneurs, adopt a broad-based approach that allows for greater private sector participation and stop demarketing our country, especially the youths in the international arena.

“Instead, the Buhari-led administration remained lethargic, nonchalant, unconcerned, hubristic, and irredeemably narcissistic. It turned itself into a cesspit of corruption and continued to provide official cover to inept, reckless and treasury-looting APC leaders and their cronies in government.”

The party was of the opinion that Dr. Salami should protect his image by advising President Buhari to end his “reckless borrowing” and grow the economy by allowing for more transparency, “redirecting the resources being siphoned by APC leaders to critical sectors of the economy, especially power and agriculture”.

PDP further advised the new Chief Economic Adviser to tell his principal to give hardworking Nigerians, especially the youths, greater incentives for active participation in the national economy.

For emphasis, the party admonished Dr. Salami to note that his task of advising an “incompetent, arrogant and corrupt administration” would be grueling if not a complete waste of time.

We Must Salvage Nigeria From Bad Governance – Wike

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that Nigerians must salvage the nation from bad governance.

Wike stated this when he paid a New Year’s visit to his Enugu State counterpart, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in his hometown, Orba in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

“You must join the rest of Nigerians. Nigeria is dying. Will you be here to see Nigeria die? Is it the kind of Nigeria that people like Nnamdi Azikiwe fought for?

“A Nigeria that when you wake up, what you will hear is 20 people have died, 42 people have been kidnapped, 100 people have been abducted. Everyday death, death,” Wike questioned rhetorically.

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While arguing that the APC-led Federal Government has failed Nigeria, Governor Wike urged the people of Enugu to speak out against the “poor governance” the country is experiencing.

Wike further advised them to join forces with other well-meaning Nigerians to save the nation from misrule.

To further buttress his point, the governor said it was hypocritical of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the “heavily padded” and “unimplementable” 2022 budget passed by the National Assembly, but declined assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

According to him, the speed at which the president signed the 2022 budget, was curious and smacks of insensitivity to the plight of the masses.

“Look at Mr President the other day while he was signing the budget, he said the budget is unimplementable.

“But he went on and signed what is unimplementable. A budget that will determine the state of the economy, the progress of this nation, and the President knew this thing can’t work and he signed it.

“Then the Electoral Act, he said he will not sign it because direct primaries are too expensive.

“What concerns me with party primaries? What concerns the poor people with party primaries? The one that concerns poor man, businessman, how to grow the economy, you signed it, knowing too well that it will not work,” Wike stressed.

In addressing his host, Wike described Governor Ugwuanyi as one of the shining lights of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and admonished him to continue to remain steadfast and supportive of the party’s cause.

The governor, who was conferred with an honorary traditional chieftaincy title of Agunechemba by the Chairman, Enugu State Council of Tradition Rulers, Ambassador Lawrence Agubuzo, also urged the people of Enugu State to continue to stand by their governor and aid him to deliver democratic dividends to everyone within the state.

Governor Ugwuanyi in his remarks said Governor Wike has distinguished himself as a bold and courageous leader, adding that the Rivers State Governor’s leadership is one to be proud of.