PDP Chieftain, Iwuanyanwu Discredits Baraje-Led Faction

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in the South East and party’s board of trustees, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has discredited the Baraje-led faction of the party maintaining that Alhaji Bamanga Tukur remains the only recognised chairman of the party.

Speaking in his country home in Atta, Ikeduru local government area of Imo state, he said the action of the Baraje-Led faction is a calculated attempt by opposition and enemies of the ruling party to destroy the organisation, and cause chaos in the country.

He added that the scenario playing out is a political gimmick meant to damage the image of the party.

Chief Iwuanyanwu said what is more important to Nigerians now, is the unity of the country which should be properly addressed.

Anambra Election: PDP Leadership Backs Nwoye As Flagbearer

The national leadership of the Peoples’ Democratic Party says Tony Nwoye is its candidate for the November 16 governorship election in the state, having had two party primaries conducted in Anambra state.

The party’s national chairman, Bamanga Tukur, said this in Abuja while receiving the report of the party’s electoral panel chaired by Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina state.

The other primary, won by Senator Uba, was conducted by the parallel chairman of the Anambra chapter of the PDP, Ejike Oguebeo.

The PDP National Chairman said the party will stand by the choice of the Anambra people in the primaries.

APC Sets Up State Harmonisation Committees

The National Interim EXCO of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved the establishment of State Harmonisation Committees, in order not to create a vacuum and also to regulate the activities of the Party at the state level and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, party said the decision to set up the State Harmonization Committees (SHC), followed the adoption of the report of the Masari Committee by the National Interim EXCO which met last week in Abuja.

According to the it, the SHC shall comprise President/Vice President, past and serving, who are members of the Legacy Parties; Governors/Deputy Governors, past and serving, who are members of the Legacy Parties; Serving and former Senators who are members of the Legacy Parties; Serving members of the House of Representatives who are members of the Party and Speakers or Minority Leaders of the States House of Assembly who are members of the Party.

APC listed others as former Ministers who are members of the Legacy Parties; All immediate past National EXCO Members of the Legacy Parties; Immediate past Gubernatorial candidates of legacy Parties, and their Deputies where APC does not have a sitting Governor who are still Members of the Legacy Parties; Nine persons comprising of 3 elders, 3 youths and 3 women, with one of each being from each of the Senatorial Districts of the State; State Chairmen and the Secretaries of the legacy Parties; Members of the National Interim EXCO and Federal Commissioners who are members of the legacy parties.

The party said these persons shall be recommended to the National Interim EXCO, for their approval and inauguration, by National Vice Chairmen in conjunction with Members of the National Interim EXCO from their Zone.

It listed the functions of the SHC as including to harmonize and fuse the structures of legacy Parties into one united, strong and vibrant APC Party in an atmosphere of peace and harmony; Organize and hold meetings of the Party at all levels in the State (that is polling units, wards, LGA, Area Council and State); And to embark on massive mobilization, coordination and consolidation of members into the Party in accordance with stipulated guidelines issued by National interim EXCO.

APC said the SHC shall also take inventory of existing assets of legacy Parties across the State, harmonize same for the effective establishment of the Party structure in all polling units, wards,

Local Government and State in accordance with the directive and guidelines from the National Interim EXCO, and ensure effective implementation of the registration process, such that all persons desiring registration into the Party are afforded the right to be so registered in accordance with the directives from the National Interim EXCO.

”This Committee shall be answerable and report to the Interim National EXCO of its decisions and steps taken in the performance of the assignment through the National Vice Chairman of the zone,” the party said.

Gaidam Says APC Will Give Nigerians The Needed Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There Is No Party, Registered Or Not That Is A Threat to PDP– Isuwa

A political scientist, Isuwa Dogo has assured that the PDP is not threatened at all by any party either registered or yet to be registered by the INEC as ‘the PDP is a well-organised, focused, balanced, articulate and conscientious party in every aspect and every department of it’ hence, the non-response to some issues raised by oppositions.

A member of the ruling party PDP who was a guest on Sunrise Daily while discussing political issues surrounding the 2015 elections,Mr Isuwa boastfully refuted claims, that the ruling party is worried about being castigated for not being responsive to issues around the country, saying that the Peoples’ Democratic Party has always been very focused on developments, as it is part of the party’s major concerns and it is also reflecting on every sector of the economy except in non-PDP states.

“The PDP has never lost focus on in its concerns for developments; the newspapers are filled with decisions taken on daily on several aspects of the economy, power sector, roads, education sector

“For the fact that people have already given in to the aspect, that every single thing that has been done by a ruling party has to be criticised justly or unjustly, is not something the PDP is worried about”

The politician took a swipe at the APC-led states in terms of actualising the agendas stated in their manifestos before mounting seats of power in the states, in a case of the ‘kettle calling pot black’, where he analysed that the PDP states do better than the APC –led states, but the opposition still get to condemn the ruling party for non-development and developmental strategies in their respective states and the central government.

“The Nigerian people know that a lot of the things they are saying (APC), they don’t even believe in them, they can’t even do them, they don’t even know them, they don’t even have the slightest idea on how  to get along to do them

“And we can see that in the states that control (APC), there is nothing to demonstrate what they accused the PDP of doing or not doing, that they have perfected it”.

He further compared PDP and APC states in terms of infrastructure development, where in his argument the PDP toppled the APC, while backing less-performing PDP states when taken up on the PDP states not performing.

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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.

Jonathan Gets Highest Honour In Mali

President Goodluck Jonathan has been conferred with the Grand Crois of the Nationale by the interim president Diangunda Traore in the presidential villa, and it is said to be the highest honour of the Republic of Mali.

Before decorating the President Jonathan, the visiting interim president said the honour was for Jonathan’s pivotal role in the restoration of peace and security in that country.

Professor Traore described the crisis as one that shook the entire nation for many months and thanked the Nigerian president for not hesitating in sending human, financial and material resources to rescue his nation.

In his response, President Jonathan said that what he did was a confirmation of the commitment of Nigeria to conflict resolution in the African continent.

He said that inspite of the loss, Nigeria remains committed in supporting the course of peace in Mali.

The President also congratulated Mali’s President-elect, Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on his victory in last Sunday’s run-off Presidential election in the country.

He commended the people of Mali for successfully conducting the elections and taking a major step towards the full restoration of democratic governance to their country and that he is looking forward to the conclusion of the process with Mr. Keita’s inauguration as President in keeping with the wish of the Malian people as expressed at the polls on Sunday.

The President said he believes that for Mr. Keita to have served as Prime Minister capably for many years, Mr. Keita will assume the Malian Presidency with the requisite experience, knowledge and wisdom needed to guide the country towards a speedy return to peace, normalcy, political stability and further development.

President Jonathan assured Mr. Keita of the support, assistance and cooperation of Nigeria, ECOWAS and the African Union as he prepares to assume the burden of leading Mali away from political strife and instability, to national peace and progress.

He wished the Malian President-elect a very successful tenure in office.



Apologise To President Jonathan Or Face Our Wrath, Group Warns Akande

 A group of young professionals in Abuja has reacted in strong-worded terms to the statement made by the interim chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande  who described President Goodluck Jonathan as a ‘kindergarten leader’, threatening to retaliate, if the derogative statement against the president is not withdrawn.

Addressing a press conference, leaders of the group, Mr Moses  Siasia, Alhaji Yusuf Waili, Mr Dotun Ajayi and Dr. Uche Nwachukwe representing the Niger Delta, north, south-west and south-east wings of the group respectively, also warned that any individual or group contemplating to subject the person and office of the president to ridicule, will face their ‘wrath’.

Although they did not categorically state what they intend to do if chief Akande, whose party had since challenged the presidency to go to court  and charge their leader for libel, if it feels strongly about the matter, the tone of its statement was confrontational and suggestive of some form of retributive affront.

they recalled  what they see as  Akande’s lack lustre performance as a leader, citing some of these as poor performance of Osun state students in external examinations, his complicity in the Ife/Modakeke crisis, massive layoff of workers and his alleged ex-convict status, the young professionals asked the APC chieftain to “offer an open apology to Mr president immediately.

It Is Zero Tolerance For Corrupt Officers– Police IGP

The inspector general of police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar has vowed to fish out all the bad eggs in the police, hinting corrupt police officers in the country to begin search for new employment elsewhere.

Addressing participants at the second conference of heads of zonal and state criminal investigation departments in Abuja, Mr Abubakar restated that all corrupt officers will be shown out of the Nigeria police.

The inspector general of police, Mohammed Abubakar restated the need for police officers to be discipline and live above board.

The deputy inspector general of police in charge of investigation, Mr Peter Gana also spoke on his expectations of the conference.

The conference which has the theme, keeping up with new trends in investigation and prosecution of cases, is expected to help in reducing the number of unresolved criminal cases in the country.

The inspector general also stressed the need for diligent investigation and prosecution of cases by police officers.

The Police Boss, who has been sounding this note of warning to the officers since his inception as the IGP,went farther than warning on the issue of corrupt police officers when a police officer was caught on a video footage soliciting for inducement from an unknown motorist. The officer has however been dismissed from the force.

Presidency Lashes Akande, Asks Him To Respect The Truth, His Age And Nigeria

The presidency has reacted to the recent comment made by the interim national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande fellow members to desist from further desecrating the office of the president.

According to a statement released by Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the President, Chief Akande has not in any way shown respect to his age and status with him going about in the machination of lies against the exalted office of the President and insulting the president.

“We have noted with dismay the continuation of efforts by leaders of the opposition to promote themselves and their party through the irresponsible denigration of President Goodluck Jonathan and the exalted Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The interim national chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande sank to a new low in this regard yesterday when he rudely and falsely described President Jonathan as a “kindergarten” leader who treats national issues with levity.

Chief Bisi Akande has every right to embark on a flight of fancy about the APC beating the PDP in the 2015 general elections, but he does no justice to his age and status when he resorts to propagating falsehood, wilfully insulting the President of his country, impugning his integrity and desecrating the very office which his party wishes to take over in 2015 by fair or foul means”.

He reminded Chief Akande and his cohorts that the presidency knows ways to deal with issues of this nature, an avenue that has not however been ruled out.

“We urge Chief Akande and his fellow-travellers to remember that there are laws against libel and defamation of character in this country even if there are no legal impediments to indecorous, hypocritical and unpatriotic vituperations”.

He condemned the APC interim chairman’s comment directed to the president as not handling national issues with seriousness, saying the president has always been up and about and racking his brain on proffering solution to the nation’s nagging problems.

“It is certainly rude, ill-mannered, uncharitable and hypocritical for Chief Akande to falsely and cavalierly allege that a President, who toils tirelessly every day of the week, evolving and implementing workable solutions to Nigeria’s problems, is handling national issues with levity”.

He backlashed Akande, for referring to the President as a ‘Kindergarten’ leader saying he lacked consideration and he is suffering from gross ignorance.

“Also, nothing else but gross ignorance and lack of consideration could have led Chief Akande to refer to a President who, having served as deputy governor, governor, vice president and president, has far more experience of governance at the highest level than him and his preferred “candidates”, as a kindergarten leader

“By his very unguarded and intemperate outburst yesterday, Chief Akande exhibited not only an unbecoming lack of respect for the person and office of the President of his country, but also a complete disregard for the patriotic feelings of the millions of Nigerians who voted for President Jonathan and who continue to appreciate his sincere efforts to positively transform the nation

It is very sad and unfortunate that unbridled ambition for the office they constantly impugn and denigrate has blinded Chief Akande and his ilk to the visible accomplishments of the Jonathan Presidency”.

“Certainly, nothing else but a manic and unscrupulous quest for power could have led them to make such accusations against a President who, who amongst other significant achievements, has been praised for his handling of the insurgency in some parts of Northern Nigeria where he has used a combination of diplomacy and targeted military force to contain the security threat.

Nothing else but the relentless pursuit of narrow personal and sectional interests could lead them to make such claims about a President under whose leadership Nigeria’s economy has been promoted from a low income economy to a middle income economy by the World Bank and whose leadership has seen the Gross Domestic Product of Nigeria increase at an annual rate of over 6% since he took office”.

Abati corrected the notion of Akande on the president being barred from contesting come 2015,saying president will be gunning for third term that Jonathan Goodluck is yet to indicate his interest to run for presidency come 2015, and if he ended declaring his interest to run then the APC interim Chairman has every cause to fret because the president has only ran for the office of the presidency once and as stated by the constitution of the country, any individual can run for the presidential office twice.

“Finally, though President Jonathan has not indicated whether or not he is interested in a second term, Chief Akande, who has taken stock of his party and seen that they have no electable presidential material is already trying to be clever by half by claiming the President is statute-barred from contesting in 2015 saying it will amount to a “third term”.

If this is the winning strategy of the APC,  Chief Akande has every reason to panic because the issue of eligibility for election into the office of the President has been settled by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999,  as amended  which provides as follows;

137. (1) A person shall not be qualified for election to the office of President if –

(b) He has been elected to such office at any two previous elections;

President Goodluck Jonathan has been elected into office on only ONE previous occasion and is therefore not statute-barred from running”.

Abati said further on the comments by Akande on the President Jonathan that the APC wants a ploy in place to divert Nigerians and political followers’ from the brewing crisis in the just registered party APC, between Buhari and Tinubu over their political ambitions.

“It is clear that the APC is seeking to bait the Presidency to respond to it to achieve two purposes. The first purpose is to get their name into the press and gain name recognition for their party. How pathetic. The second and more important reason is to divert the attention of the public from the festering feud between Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Tinubu over the overriding ambition of the two men which is threatening to tear the new contraption which is mistakenly referred to by the gullible as a party”.

“To the discerning, it is only a matter of time before ambition sinks the APC boat. It is only 2013 and already the big masquerades in the party are using undemocratic words like “must”, “nobody can stop” and other military terms in discussing their presidential ticket.

Our advice to the APC is this: treat your party like a democratic association and don’t mistake it for the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) that someone used to force his way to power” Abati concluded.

Jonathan Visits Enugu State For Commissioning Of Enugu Airport

President Goodluck Jonathan has commissioned the remodeled Akanu Ibiam airport in Enugu State, South East of Nigeria earlier today

Arriving at the Coal City at about 11:30am this morning, the President was accompanied by the Senate Chairman committee on Aviation; Hope Uzodinma, the Minister of Information Labaran Maku, Minister of Works and some other Ministers of the Federal republic of Nigeria.

And on hand to receive President Jonathan and the ministers were the Minister of Aviation Stella Odua, Minister of Labour, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekwerenmadu, all Senators from the South East states, all Governors of the South East States Imo, Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Host Governor of Enugu State, Deputy Speaker House of Representatives Emeka Ihedioha and other Federal House of Representative members from the South East.

Reiterating Federal Government’s commitment in repositioning the aviation sector in the country in order to meet international standards enhance socio-economic development and also boost tourist activities in the country, the president disclosed that the construction and upgrade of a new terminal in all the 22 airports in the country is in response to the fast growing economy of the country which will in turn open up businesses, employment opportunities, as well as foreign investment not just for the south east but for the entire country.

He added that while completed, the Akanu Ibiam airport will be able to handle 500,000 passengers each year.

He said the remodelling of the commissioned Lagos, Abuja, Benin, Kano as well as the Enugu airport terminals is part of the transformation agenda of his administration in making sure that the air transport industry in the country becomes a hub of socio-economic development and home for foreign investors through its tourist activities.

President Jonathan formally unveiled the Akanu-Ibiam airport as an international airport when he visited the state in December 2011, giving assurance that the Federal Government was committed to upgrading infrastructure at the airport.

The remodelled Enugu airport, which was designated two years ago as an international airport, is part of the on-going rehabilitation and upgrading of airports across the country by the Minister of Aviation.

JTF Imposes 24-Hour Curfew In Parts Of Maiduguri Metropolis

In order to sustain special operations in the face of the recent Boko Haram attack in some areas in the Maiduguri metropolis, the Military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State has imposed an indefinite 24-hour curfew in 12 wards of Maiduguri metropolis, according to a statement issued today by the spokesman of the JTF; Lieutenant Sagir Musa.

The affected wards are:  Gamboru, Mairi Kuwait, Bakin Kogi, Kasuwan Shanu, Ruwan Zafi, 202 Quarters, Dikwa Quarters, Low-cost Sinimari, 505 Housing Estate, Chad Basin Area, 303 Housing Estate and Baga road.

Lieutenant Sagir Musa further appealed to the public to continue to cooperate with the security agencies by providing credible and timely information which can assist in bringing lasting peace to the state and the country at large.

The imposition of the 24- hour curfew comes five days after the president Dr Good luck Jonathan declared state of emergency in three north-east states of the country.

Since the declaration, the troops has made sure that the sect members have no resting place as they have been forced to abandon their hideouts located in some forest areas in Gwoza, Bama and other areas of Borno and the other two states.