Ayu Exploited Delegates, Manipulated Presidential Primary For Atiku – Wike

 

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has accused the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu, of exploiting delegates and manipulating the presidential primary which saw Atiku Abubakar emerge as the party’s flagbearer for 2023.

Wike in a media chat on Friday, further alleged that Ayu called several presidential aspirants to step down for the former vice president during the primaries.

“He was calling aspirants to withdraw for Atiku. I was there, Saraki and others were there.

“He manipulated the delegates. There was nothing Ayu did not do to ensure Wike didn’t emerge,” the governor declared.


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Wike’s comments are the latest trailing the crisis within the PDP where a faction of the party seeks to remove Senator Ayu, a cause which the Rivers State governor says became imperative, seeing that no southerner occupies any of the top three positions in the PDP.

In his chat with reporters the governor explained that when Ayu was canvassing to become leader of the party, the former Senate President would not allow him rest, pleading to be given a chance to unite the PDP.

The governor further asserted that it was to his dismay, that Ayu got into office and began to do the opposite of all he had sworn to uphold within the party.

The case against Ayu

Governor Wike said when they started selling forms for the primaries, he reminded the National Chairman that they had set up a committee on Zoning headed by the governor of Enugu State, however, Ayu started selling forms without resolving the issue of zoning.

“So, cleverly, they now came up to say, ‘well, since people have already bought forms, there is no need to zone'”.

At that point, Wike said he knew the move would cause problems but decided to go in for the campaign and gave it his all.

“We went for the primaries and we campaigned seriously. And they were shocked because if you look at the modus of our campaign, nobody was the DG. Nobody was anything, you never know… because we didn’t want to allow anybody to approach people to be moles.”


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A file photo combination of Nyesom Wike and Iyorchia Ayu

 

According to the governor, the success of the campaign became a problem and a source of concern for other candidates and as such, a series of meetings were held.

“A whole National Chairman threatened some of the presidential aspirants at that time that if Wike wins he was going to resign. In fact, he was calling aspirants to withdraw for Atiku Abubakar. Bala Mohammed (Bauchi Governor) is there. (Bukola) Saraki is there; Tambuwal is there.

“Meetings and meetings and meetings were called. You must withdraw, if not we will lose. Wike will win. Some of them said but the issue is not about Wike, we want to run. This is the national chairman of a party, who is supposed to be the chief umpire,” Wike narrated.

He said this continued even until the day of the primaries, adding that this was the reason the PDP’s primary election kicked-off “very very late”.

“The primary was to supposed start at 11am. We started at 5:30pm to 6pm. Who are the delegates? (They are from) 774 local government under where use to have 4,000 or 5,000 delegates.

“So, what was going on? Meetings upon meetings upon meetings. Putting pressure (on aspirants to) step down. Some retired generals were involved. Some of the meetings were held in their houses. But even in the committee of the convention, when we met in Benue Governor’s lodge with the National Working Committee, I raised it. I said, ’National Chairman, these people you are forwarding as chairmen of these committees are all known supporters of Atiku Abubakar.

“Ayu swore ‘oh, no’. I said look, ‘Just to let you know that if we don’t want this convention, we would have gone to court but we don’t want the party to be in crisis. Therefore, do the right thing so that at the end of the day all of us will be happy that the party has done a good convention and a winner has emerged without rancour.

“We are an opposition party, we are not in the ruling party. Therefore, we must conduct ourselves in such a way that there should not be internal crisis that may not be resolved before the general elections.

“There was nothing Ayu didn’t do; manipulation of delegates list… there was nothing he didn’t do. And, unfortunately, today, the numbers are not adding up. There is nothing they didn’t do to make sure that Wike did not emerge (as winner).

“So, we went to the convention and they came. You remember I spoke last based on alphabetical order. And when I came out to speak, of course, there was danger.

“The ovation was thunderous so it became a problem to them. To tell you, and I was highly disappointed by the former Senate President. Very experienced, very civil. All these things were set up to manipulate the system. Senator David Mark; he was the Chairman of the Convention planning committee. It has never happened in the history of elections.

“In fact, when you are speaking, whatever thing you want to do, it is at that point you will say it. But everybody has spoken, I have spoken. We have now sat down for them to commence voting, (that’s when) a whole Chairman of Convention Planning Committee said there was an announcement. It has never happened anywhere.

“The announcement we were thinking would be for security reasons, don’t pass this way or ‘there is something we just picked up; I don’t know if anybody has lost anything — your phone or whatever’. Such announcements is expected. But (the announcement was) to give back the microphone to Tambuwal to come again and speak after everybody has spoken to say ‘My brothers I want to withdraw’.

“Not even saying you want to withdraw, you now went ahead to say that his people should vote for Atiku Abubakar. At that point, if not for the love of the party we have, if we don’t love this party, that convention wouldn’t have held. There would have been crisis in that convention.”

Wike also accused Ayu of being very corrupt, when told that that was a weighty allegation and asked if he had evidence, he challenged Ayu to deny the allegation.

“Listen, Ayu has the opportunity to challenge me. I will name, I said I will name. I told you I was going to speak; am I not speaking today? Even some of the governors can tell you.

“Look, will he deny that he collected one billion from Lagos? Let him deny, I will tell you who gave him the money; not Lagos government. The money was given to him in Lagos. He met one of the presidential aspirants and told him that he is not sure these governors will want to sponsor the party.

“Let Ayu say no. I will even call some of the business men and how the money was arranged in Lagos. That money did not enter into the account of PDP. But we are not attacking Ayu on that basis. Look I am not any governor. I am a serious governor. I can’t just come here and begin to say anything. I say I challenge (him).

“Let him deny this,” Wike challenged Ayu.

2023: PDP Cannot Do Without Me In Rivers State, Says Wike

 

Governor Nyesom Wike has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot do without him if the party seeks to get massive support in Rivers State.

Wike who stated this on Friday at a media chat in Port Harcour, insisted that the PDP cannot boast of pulling its weight in Rivers State, without him playing his role as a governor loved by his people.

“You can do without me I agree, but to say you will do without me in this state (Rivers), it will not be possible,” Wike declared.

The governor further asserted that it is sad the individuals who are pulling the string of discord in the PDP are those who rarely bring anything to the table.


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Wike’s comments are not unconnected with the push to remove the PDP National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu. A cause which the Rivers State governor says became imperative, seeing that no southerner occupies any of the top three positions in the PDP.

In the governor’s opinion, the crisis rocking the PDP at the moment, only suggests to Nigerians that the party cannot be trusted ahead of the 2023 elections.

Wike said the pride which threatens the peace of the party at the moment, might be its doom when Nigerians head back to the polls.

“We have not won election we are too arrogant, we have not won election and we are telling Nigerians look you cannot trust us, we say one thing and we do a different thing,” Wike asserted.

Speaking further on the issue threatening the peace within PDP, Wike said it is sad that no southerner occupies any of the three top positions within the party.

He added that the seed of discord was planted when the PDP shunned the zoning formula which would have seen a Southern candidate emerge as presidential flagbearer.

As regards the way forward, Governor Wike stated that sacrifices and compromises must be made in order for PDP to win the election.

He reiterated that though he might not be relevant as some have suggested in certain quarters, the PDP will not be able to pull its weight within the south without the support of a governor like himself.

Tambuwal Now NGF Interim Chairman, Takes Over From Fayemi

A file photo of Governor Tambuwal

 

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State is now the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), taking over from his Ekiti State counterpart Kayode Fayemi

“The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, today at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja transferred power of the NGF to the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal,” the spokesman of the Forum Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo said in a statement Thursday.

According to him, Fayemi will formally hand over power to Tambuwal on October 16th, 2022.

“The Sokoto State Governor will be holding the fort until May next year when a proper election is conducted among the governors,” Abdulrazaque added.

Until his recent position, the Sokoto governor was the Vice Chairman of the Forum. He served in that capacity for four years.

Fayemi was only recently elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco.

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Tambuwal now Interim Chairman of the NGF

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, today at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja transferred power of the NGF to the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years.

Dr John Kayode Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City, where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

The Sokoto State Governor will be holding the fort until May next year when a proper election is conducted among the governors.

Before making the announcement, the Ekiti State Governor acknowledged the result-driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support, explaining that yes, we may be occasionally troublesome, coming from the Forum of Governors, and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation.”

The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them.

In his response Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail, because he was “meant to, on behalf of the NEC commend the Ekiti Governor and NGF Chairman’s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years and that was enhanced by your chairmanship of the NGF, admitting that the NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation, not just in words but in deeds as well.”

Professor Osinbajo prayed that Dr Fayemi’s services both nationally and globally to development, and to all of the good that the nation deserves and the global community deserves will continue.

Dr Fayemi formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on October 16th.

PVC Collection: Tambuwal Declares Thursday And Friday Work Free

A photo combination of Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and a map of Sokoto State.
A photo combination of Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and a map of Sokoto State.

 

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has declared Thursday and Friday, July 28 and 29, 2022, as work free days.

This is in order to allow members of the public and public servants in the the state to fully participate in the ongoing voters registration exercise across the country.

Equally, the break is also to allow local government chairmen and their councilors as well as the teeming workers to go out for the mobilization and sensitization of eligible voters to go out and register as well as collect their Personal Voters Card (PVC) in the state in order to be part of the upcoming General Elections in the country.

Governor Tambuwal in a short staement on Wednesday appealed to all citizens in the state to be orderly in the course of the exercise.


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Similarly,  Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state has approved Thursday and Friday this week as work free days to enable civil servants participate in the ongoing voters’ card registration before the deadline of 31st July, 2022

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abubakar Mu’azu Dakingari quotes the Head of the Civil Service, Alhaji Sufiyanu Garba Bena as saying, this is part of the state government’s effort to play an encouraging role to enable civil servants partake fully in the exercise, in preparation for the forth coming general election in February, 2023.

Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu therefore appealed to all and sundry, especially people in the rural areas to turn-out en-masse to ensure massive participation.

The governor directed local and state government officials and other stakeholders to encourage and embark on voter education and sensitization enlightenment awareness to motivate eligible voters to acquire the permanent voters card (PVC).

PDP Presidential Primary: Tambuwal Steps Down For Atiku

A photo combination of Atiku and Tambuwal.

 

Governor Aminu Tabuwal of Sokoto State has stepped down for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primary race. 

He made the move on Saturday during the 2022 PDP National Convention holding at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja, saying it was after consultations.

“I have come to the conclusion – to the glory of God Almighty, seeing millions of Nigerians suffering and the need for us to close ranks in the party and as one of the leaders in this party – I have come to a patriotic conclusion to step down my aspiration,” the former Speaker of the House of Representatives told the gathering.

“And not only that, I have appealed to my supporters to take this in good strides and for national unity and patriotism – not only that, those who are delegates here – should vote for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.”

‘Obscenely Monetised’


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A file photo of Mr Mohammed Hayatu-Deen .

 

Tambuwal becomes the second presidential aspirant of the PDP to step down from the race. Earlier in the day, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen had withdrawn from the poll, describing the process as “obscenely monetised”.

“It is therefore based on personal principles and with great humility that I have decided after wide consultations to withdraw from this contest which has been obscenely monetized,” he said in a letter addressed to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He, however, pledged to work for the party ahead of the general elections.

While the former managing director of the now-defunct FSB International Bank did not state he was supporting another aspirant, the Adamawa State governor Ahmadu Fintiri said Hayatu-Deen stepped down for Atiku.

“Hayatu-Deen has stepped down for him (Atiku),” Mr Fintiri told Channels Television on the sidelines of the party’s convention. “I think he has stepped down for him. He has instructed his delegates to vote for Atiku.”

Lack Of Accountability Responsible For Nigeria’s Security Challenges, Says Saraki

A file photo of former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

 

A presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Bukola Saraki, has condemned the Federal Government’s handling of the security situation in the country.

He believes that the inability to hold anyone accountable is responsible for the country’s continuous security challenges.

The former Senate President said this on Tuesday at the PDP Secretariat in Jos, Plateau State, while addressing the party’s delegates ahead of the forthcoming presidential congress for which he is seeking the support of the delegates.

Senator Saraki reminded the delegates of the middle-belt role in the stability of the country, especially in the emergence of presidential candidates and reasons that it is the turn of the north-central to produce the next democratically elected president.

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“Nigeria today, we do not have the luxury of sending anybody to the Villa. Unfortunately, the people of Plateau are bearing the brunt of it. They’ve lost close relatives, close friends, properties, and that cannot continue,” he said.

“Who is going to help us solve that problem, who better than one of us,” he asked, adding: “the problem of insecurity in Nigeria is because there has been no accountability.

“People have done this, and nobody is held accountable.”

This comes days after the Northern Elders Forum picked him and the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed as consensus candidates for the region.

Sokoto House Of Assembly Speaker Dumps APC For PDP

A file photo of Aminu Muhammad Achida. Facebook/Ammar Muhammad Shagari.

 

Speaker, Sokoto State House of Assembly, Aminu Muhammad Achida, has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The speaker presented the letter of his defection to the Assembly during the plenary session on Thursday.

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Also, a member of the state House of Assembly representing Wammako 2 Constituency, Murtala Bello Maigona, has dumped the APC for the PDP.

Insecurity: We’ll Flush Out Bandits, Informants, Says Tambuwal

A file photo of Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

 

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Wednesday warned marauders and their collaborators to stay clear of the state or face the full wrath of the law once apprehended.

Tambuwal, who cut short an official trip midnight Tuesday to address the reported influx of suspected bandits and their informants into the village of Sabon Garin Liman in Wurno Local Government Area of the state, said his administration, with the assistance of security agencies and the Federal Government, will not allow criminals to roll back the gains being made to stem the tide of their nefarious activities.

He said the state government is not unaware “of what is happening in this village, where bandits, both from within and outside the country are taking refuge”.

“I was out of the state. I left Sokoto yesterday. I had to come back by 1 am last night because of certain information that I received that are very worrisome and of concern, that have to do with happenings around here and Gundumi forest (in Zamfara state).

“We know that there are informants in this village and they collaborate with bandits. We are going to flush them out and make sure that the law takes its course on them,” he said.

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He appealed to the law abiding people in the community to collaborate with the village head, other leaders and security agencies in the state; “particularly those deployed around this area so that we can nip this in the bud and reestablish peace here and in the state in general.”

He commiserated with the people of the community “on what has been happening around here, especially the recent attacks”.

Referring to what happened in Kebbi state where bandits killed over 60 vigilante men on Sunday evening, the Governor also extended condolences to the people and government of the state, while pointing out that “We don’t want such happenings. We must all work together to ensure that the progress being recorded so far is not retarded.

“We pray that God Almighty shall continue to forgive the souls of those who lost their lives; and grant complete healings to those who sustained injuries and wounds, and all of these,” he prayed.

The Governor was accompanied during the visit by heads of security agencies in the state, the state Commissioner of Security and Career Affairs and the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mallam Saidu Umar.

Also with the governor were the Chairmen of Goronyo, Rabah and Wurno local government areas.

Tambuwal Signs 2021 Appropriation Bill

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal

 

Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has signed the 2021 Appropriation Bill into law after the state House of Assembly has passed the bill on Tuesday and presented it to the governor for assent on Wednesday night.

Governor Tambuwal while signing the bill commended the state assembly for their usual cooperation and the speedy passage of it.

He says despite the paucity of funds and the challenges that come with the year 2020 the government of Sokoto state has been able to meet up with its obligation to the people of the state and also embark on projects that have a direct bearing on the wellbeing of the people.

The governor also used the occasion and appealed to the general public to always observe COVID-19 protocols saying the pandemic is real.

He commended members of the opposition party in the state assembly for putting the interest of the state ahead of any political interest.

The State Assembly at its one hundred and twentieth sitting passed a total of one hundred and seventy-six billion six hundred and eighty-five million five hundred and thirty-five thousand six hundred and forty-three naira forty seventy kobo as the state 2021 budget.

Tambuwal Goes Into Self-Isolation After Contacts With COVID-19 Patients

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal

 

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has gone into self-isolation after contacts with some persons who tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor in a statement said “Following my official trips in the past few days, during which I was in close contact with some personalities, some of whom have tested positive to COVID-19, I have been medically advised to go into self-isolation.

As a result, I will withdraw from official and physical engagements for the period prescribed by the COVID-19 protocols, with effect from Friday, Dec. 18, 2020”.

He noted that in his absence the Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Hon. Manir Muhammad Dan’Iya (Walin Sokoto), will carry on all official functions as laid down in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

During this period, “I will subject myself to the prescribed testing procedure as required by the Sokoto State Task Force on COVID-19, the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) protocols.

“In due course, I shall avail you all with the outcome”.

Meanwhile, I want to use this medium to urge the good people of our state to adhere and observe all the protocols laid down by the relevant health bodies in the prevention and management of COVID-19.

He used the opportunity to solicit prayers in these trying times. “May Allah continue to bless the good people of Sokoto State and Nigeria”.

Tambuwal Presents N176bn 2021 Budget To Sokoto Assembly

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal

 

Sokoto state Governor Aminu Tambuwal has presented over N176bn (one hundred and seventy-six) billion naira to the state House of Assembly as the 2021 budget proposal.

The budget document tagged the budget of consolidation and socio-economy emancipation has 54 percent for capital expenditure and 46 percent set aside for recurrent spending.

The education sector got the highest budget amounting to over (thirty-eight billion naira followed by Health, and Agriculture sectors.

The governor said the budget will focus on the urban renewal projects which require the construction of the third flyover at Gidan Man Ada and the completion of the two earlier awarded.

According to him, the rehabilitation and reconstruction of infrastructure damaged by floods will also be given adequate attention.

Governor Tambuwal lamented the negative impact of security challenges facing the state couple with the effect of the flood that affects farmers in the state

He sought the cooperation and collaboration of the State Assembly to put the overall interest of the before any political interest in order to facilitate the attainment of growth and development of Sokoto state.

Edo 2020: Wike, Tambuwal, Makinde Other PDP Leaders Gather In Benin

 

Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) including Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike; Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal; Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, among others are currently in Benin, Edo State capital campaigning for Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The leaders are gathered at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City for the party’s mega rally ahead of Edo State gubernatorial election.

Spokesperson of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan at the rally appreciated supporters for massively supporting Obaseki.

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Other leaders at the event include Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel; former Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha; Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa; Raymond Dopkepsi, among others.

The party’s vice-presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election also at the event urged the electorate to troop out and vote Obaseki on September 19, the date of the election.

Uche Secondus, PDP National Chairman in his speech said victory is assured for Obaseki considering the number of bigwigs who have thrown their weight behind him.