Election Shift: Lamido Raises Concern About Distributed Sensitive Materials

Election Shift: Lamido Concerned About Distributed Sensitive Materials
Former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, speaks on Channels Television’s special political programme, Roadmap 2019.

 

A former governor of Jigawa State, Dr Sule Lamido, has condemned the postponement of the general elections.

Dr Lamido faulted the shift during an interview on Saturday, hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made the announcement.

He raised concern about the postponement, especially as electoral materials were exposed and not under the custody of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in some parts of the country.

The consequence is that now that they have distributed sensitive materials, where are they going to keep them?” the former governor questioned.

He added, “So it’s not about who wins; it’s about Nigeria first and for now, Nigeria is lost out and this is very sad.”

READ ALSOPersevere Just A Bit Longer, Tinubu Begs Nigerians As INEC Postpones Elections

APC Chieftain Reacts

Elsewhere, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Faruk Adamu, criticised the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, for postponing the elections.

He called on the INEC boss to resign his position, saying the postponement of the polls has confirmed his alleged incapacity to conduct the elections.

Mr Adamu said, “I want us to look beyond politics; as a nation, INEC has not treated us well.

We couldn’t have deceived ourselves; Mr president couldn’t have gone to Daura and ready to vote.”

The APC chieftain added, “We as Nigerians must hold INEC responsible and if I were this professor, I would have resigned… so, I think Professor Mahmood should honorably resign”.

Lamido Backs Call For Creation Of State Police

A presidential aspirant for the 2019 general elections under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Sule Lamido, has pledged to support the calls for the nation’s restructuring, especially with regards to the creation of state police.

Mr Lamido made the commitment on Wednesday at a meeting with the Deputy Governor of Benue State, Mr Benson Abounu at the Government House in Makurdi, in reaction to the security challenges the state has witnessed since the beginning of the year.

He said, “If you look at what has happened in the last two months, where the Federal government keeps using the federal might to emasculate the state, it means we need to ensure a system which will be able to give Nigerians a stronger hand to run their own affairs.

“Therefore, the police must be effective and to do that, we need to create state police.

“We need to look at the Constitution and see how the states can on their own fare better with the various packages to get their states properly developed”.

This Govt Has Turned Corruption Into An Institution – Lamido

 

Former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, has faulted the anti-corruption campaign of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Mr Lamido who was a guest on Channels Television’s special political programme, Roadmap 2019, also accused the government of failing to keep its promises to Nigerians in the areas of security and the economy.

“Today, this government has turned corruption into an institution. Go to the ministries; in everything, they failed to live up to it,” he said in the latest edition of the programme which aired on Monday.

“If you look at the government now; in terms of security, where are we? In the economy, where are we?”

The former governor condemned the repeated killing of Nigerians in different parts of the country, saying the bloodshed was evidence of the government’s failure in the area of security.

Mr Lamido, who is a presidential aspirant, believes that the nation has not made any meaningful progress in the last four years, stressing that “everything is wrong with Nigeria” in terms of cohesion as a nation.

Ahead of the general elections, he recalled that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made some mistakes in the past and had apologised to Nigerians.

This Govt Has Turned Corruption Into An Institution – Lamido
Former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, speaks on Channels Television’s special political programme, Roadmap 2019.

Lamido, however, insisted that the PDP was the only political party that has the capacity and history to keep the nation together.

Concerning his presidential ambition, he explained that having served in various capacities, including as a parliamentarian in 1979, foreign affairs minister, and a governor, among others, he was qualified to lead the country.

“I’m campaigning because I want to pay back what I got,” said the presidential aspirant.

“This country has honoured me, dignified me, given me space to grow from a village boy to what I’ve been in life.

“Nigeria has been there for me all along; it has been very very kind to me and that is why I want to be there too for Nigeria.”

Lamido Proposes Scientific Approach To Resolve Herdsmen, Farmers Crisis

 

A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, believes the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers in many states of the Federation can be curbed by more scientific use of land.

Lamido, gave the advice during an exclusive interview on Channels Television’s special political programme, Roadmap 2019.

“For how long do we continue with this kind of culture – roaming around with animals as pastoralist, and using our physical energy (using hoe) to produce food for ourselves? It’s all about applying science and our common sense,” he said.

The former governor, who is now a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), noted that the root of the crisis was the increasing scarcity of land for the herders and the farmers.

He, however, called for the cooperation of all stakeholders to change the situation and tackle the conflict which has claimed many lives, especially in the Northern region of the country.

Lamido Proposes Scientific Approach To Resolve Herdsmen, Farmers Crisis
Former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, speaks on Channels Television’s special political programme, Roadmap 2019.

 

Lamido asked the Federal Government to take a cue from the United States and other developed countries where farmers and herders do not have any reason to clash over land usage.

“People have been dying for so many years; for how long do we keep on killing ourselves? What is the cause?” he questioned. “It’s simply because of contempt between the herders and the farmers for land.”

“The farmer thinks the more land he has the more he has, and the pastoralist thinks the more he moves around the more the cows will eat.”

Since the beginning of the year, scores of people have been killed and property destroyed as a result of the crisis, with Benue and Plateau being part of the most affected states.

For the full interview with former Governor Lamido, watch Roadmap 2019 on Monday at 9:00 pm on Channels Television.

EFCC Re-Arraigns Former Jigawa Gov, Sule Lamido

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday re-arraigned a former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, his two sons, and five others before the Federal High Court in Abuja over allegations of money laundering and diversion of public funds.

The EFCC had amended the charges brought before the court to 43 but the former governor and his co-accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The trial judge, Justice Quadri, however, admitted Lamido to bail in the sum of N100m and two sureties in like sum while his sons and the other defendants were admitted to bail in the sum of N50m each and two sureties each in like sum.

Court Grants Ex-Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido Bail

The Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido

A Magistrate Court sitting in Dutse has granted a former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, bail on own recognizance after ruling that the offence for which he was arraigned is bailable.

The prosecution had argued against Mr. Lamido being granted bail saying he could jeopardise peace in the state, while Lamido’s counsel argued that the former governor remained innocent until proven guilty.

The court had on Tuesday remanded Mr Lamido in prison custody pending the court’s decision today on his application for bail.

He was arraigned before the court on a four-count charge bordering on inciting comments.

Mr Lamido was arrested by the police in Kano on Sunday for allegedly inciting his supporters to violence during the forthcoming council poll in Jigawa state on July 1.

Mr Lamido who was Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister between 1999 and 2003, was put on trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission alongside his sons, for allegedly embezzling state funds while he was governor.

UPDATED: Court Remands Lamido Sule In Prison Custody

The governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido

 A Jigawa State Magistrate Court has remanded a former governor of the state, Sule Lamido, in prison custody.

The Chief Magistrate, Usman Lamin, ruled that Mr Lamido would be in the Dutse prison until May 4 when applications for his bail are decided.

Mr Lamido was arraigned by the Police on Tuesday, over alleged inciting comments.

READ ALSO: Police Arrest Ex-Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido.

He was arrested by the police and whisked away from his Sharada residence in Kano on Sunday.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, however, told Channels Television that Mr Lamido responded to the invitation of the police over statements asking his supporters to cause mayhem during the Local Government election in Jigawa state on July 1.

His home in Kano was said to have been thoroughly searched, while a team of policemen from Kano were dispatched to also search his home in Jigawa state.

Mr Lamido who was Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister between 1999 and 2003, was put on trial by the EFCC alongside his sons, for allegedly embezzling state funds while he was governor.

READ ALSO: Police Defend Arrest Of Sule Lamido

Police Defend Arrest Of Sule Lamido

Mr Sambo Sokoto

The Kano State Police Command has defended the arrest of former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido.

Mr Lamido was arrested for allegedly inciting his supporters to cause mayhem during the local government election scheduled for July 1.

Also Read: Police Arrest Ex-Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido

The spokesman for Kano Police Command, Sambo Sokoto, told reporters on Sunday that there was nothing unusual about the invite extended to the former governor.

He said Mr Lamido was invited by the Command to defend the allegation preferred against him by the Jigawa State government.

“The application of inciting breach of public peace against the former Governor of Jigawa State, His Excellency Sule Lamido, was received by the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone One Headquarters, Kano, from the Jigawa State government on April 27, 2017.

“Consequently, the former governor honoured the Police invitation sent to him to come and explain to the police, his response to the allegation levelled against him by the Jigawa State government. It is a statement of fact that inciting public disturbance is a criminal offence contrary to Section 114 of the Criminal Code of Nigeria.

“The former governor is currently under investigation in Police custody. The result of the investigation will be made public; the case will be charged to court on completion of the investigation,” Mr Sokoto said.

Police Arrest Ex-Jigawa Governor, Sule Lamido

There seems to be conflicting reports over the arrest of the Former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido.

Reports say Mr Lamido was arrested for allegedly inciting his supporters to  cause mayhem during the Local Government Election scheduled for July 1.

While eyewitnesses claim that he was arrested by the police and whisked away from his Sharada residence in Kano State, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, told Channels Television that he responded to the invite of the police.

Latest reports, however, confirm that the former governor, is still  in custody of police.

Mr Lamido was Governor of Jigawa State between 1999 and 2003.

Former Ministers Visit Wike, Seek PDP’s Unity

Former Ministers Visit Wike, Seek PDP's UnityFormer ministers, led by a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sule Lamido, on Saturday visited Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Mr Lamido spoke on behalf of the former ministers in what looked like an effort to build political alliances ahead of the 2019 elections.

He commended Governor Wike for standing firm and defending the principles of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He requested, on behalf of others, that Governor Wike should make himself available with other PDP governors as the rallying point for the party as it gets back on its feet.

“You are our own. You are a PDP creation therefore PDP has claim over you.

“With your colleagues, you must come together as a group of governors to be our rallying point,” he said.

The former governor also advocated a united front for the PDP.

Governor Wike, in his reaction, assured the former minister that his commitment to the party would remain irrespective of the challenges facing the party.

“It doesn’t matter what happens, nobody will intimidate us. We will never allow ourselves to be cowed not to stand firm and defend democracy.

“Yes we will pay the price. There are sacrifices but it is worth it,” he assured.

Those present at the meeting include Ibrahim Shekarau, Boni Haruna, Abba Moro, Erelu Olusola Obada, Iyom Anennih and Ambassador Musa Kazaure.

Former Chief Justice Calls For Power Decentralisation

Dahiru Musdapher, Chief Justice, DecentralisationA former chief justice of the federation, Justice Dahiru Musdapher has advocated the decentralization of some aspects of government, especially in the areas of resource management, saying that the current federal appropriation system has bred laziness across many states of the federation.

He made the call in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital while delivering a lecture titled ‘The Question of Nigeria’s Unity’ at the 75th birthday celebration of Chief Alani Bankole who is the father of a former speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole.

The former chief judge chronicled the many challenges facing the country and attempts by government towards resolving these challenges but regretted that despite all of the efforts, the country remains divided along ethnic, political and religious divides.

As if speaking on the current economic challenges facing the country, the former judge asked states of the federation to seek new and diverse avenues for economic transformation of their states.

He added that Nigerians must be brave in addressing the grievances and injustices committed on all sides that have pervaded the Nigerian society.

In his own contribution, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, was of the opinion that bad leadership remains the bane of Nigeria’s development.

He was, however, quick to also call for national cohesion and unity.

Also present at the event was the Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun; House of Reps Deputy Speaker, Lasun Yusuf; Prince Bola Ajibola; Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu and other traditional rulers.

Among other dignitaries were former governors of Ogun and Jigawa states, Olusegun Osoba and Sule Lamido, Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Onyeka Chukwu.

Bode George Wants PDP Chairmanship, I Won’t Support Him – Fayose

Fayose, Bode George, PDPEkiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, says members of the PDP are tired of old men running the party as they are responsible for its fall from power in 2015.

Speaking on Sunday Politics, Fayose said that the controversies surrounding the party’s zoning arrangement is not an indication that they were in crisis but that the party is in a period when critical decisions are being made and interests must be protected.

According to him, the most important thing is for the party to get things right and this they are already doing.

A member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Bode George, had in an earlier interview described the PDP zoning as one capable of doing more harm than good and which would be resisted.

He was of the opinion that if the party zones its presidential candidacy in 2019 to the north, it is the right of the southwest region to have the party’s national chairmanship position.

The decision of the zoning committee to zone the the party’s national chairmanship position to the northeast did not go down well with him.

 

Chief George warned that the PDP lost in 2015 because of its disregard for the opinions of some elders of the party who are custodians of the culture of the party and its logic in making major decisions.

 

Reacting to this, Fayose said, “I have a lot of respected for Chief Bode George, he is our leader, we will continue to respect him but when it comes to the nitty gritty, where is the interest? You must find out the underlining factors.

“Chief Bode George told me personally that he wants to be national chairman of the party, I told him no I won’t support him.

“With all due respect to the elderly people in this party, they must take the backstage. People are tired of seeing the same old faces again.

“I have been hearing Ahmadu Alli since 1976 when we sang ‘Alli must go’ in secondary school. Chief Bode George has been governor of Ondo State almost 40 years ago. They are our leaders and we love them but they should take the backstage.

Fayose also disagreed with the notion that the southwest had been divided over the zoning, dismissing the meeting reportedly held to discuss the zone’s seeming disapproval. He argued that the absence of PDP’s southwest governors at the meeting showed that it did not represent the opinion of the southwest.

“Chief Bode George was the convener of that meeting. Most people that came to that meeting did not know what they were coming for. We are in very peculiar times when we need to address issues differently,” he warned.

He blamed the PDP founding fathers for the party’s loss in 2015. “The grandfathers of PDP lost it in 2015, it’s (now) a new beginning, and they should pocket those stories.”

The Governor insisted that the old members do not have the capacity to rebuild the party. He mentioned Dr. Doyin Okupe as one of those who have approached him on the position and whom he would not support.

Fayose threw his weight behind the PDP zoning arrangement and the possible emergence of incumbent National Chairman Alli-Modu Sheriff as the party’s chairman at the national convention.

He revealed that every member of the party’s zoning committee voted for the northeast to retain the position of national chairman.

On allegations that he betrayed the southwest region where he belongs, Fayose said, “I was the very first person to look out for Senator Bode Olajumoke (as national chairman) mentioning that it must come to the southwest.

“But how many of them came or publicly said ‘I want to contest’? You don’t give positions to unwilling horses.

He went head to declare his support for Alli-Modu Sheriff, “He is the incumbent and he is still going to win this election.”