Reports say there has been a protest in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, against the House of Assembly’s plot to impeach the State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, over alleged constitutional breaches.
Heavy security has been put in place in strategic locations in Ado Ekiti, while entry routes have been blocked and taken over by security operatives.
The political drama in Ekiti State continues as the supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state were prevented by the Police from gaining access to the State House of Assembly.
The PDP supporters, led by the Deputy Governor and a former Speaker of the House Of Assembly who claimed to be on a campaign, were said to have moved to prevent the 19 lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from performing their legislative duties.
But the Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Taiwo Lakanu, said that his men intervened to prevent a breakdown of law and order.
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had condemned what the party calls an emerging height of political recklessness in the state.
Mr Metuh said that he was worried about the impeachment plot against the Ekiti State Governor and called on the President-Elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, to intervene as leader of the party and call the APC to order.
He said: “The PDP totally and unequivocally rejects the flimsy and unsubstantiated allegations concocted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) legislation against Governor Fasoye. We state in very clear terms that we will stand with him and in defence of democracy.
“We invite all lovers of democracy and the international community to note the antics of APC and the deliberate plot to destabilize the polity even when it is yet to assume power”.
He also condemned the alleged call by the Lagos Oba for vote for the APC candidate during the governorship election, a claim the Oba has refuted.
The PDP spokesperson however, called on the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, to intervene, as a leader of the party and call the Ekiti and Lagos States APC to order.
The party further called on Nigerians, especially those in Lagos and Ekiti States, to stand up fearlessly and reject the unpatriotic stance of the Oba of Lagos and the undemocratic move to dismantle the mandate given to Governor Ayo Fayose by the people.
Read Full Text Of The PDP Statement Below
Lagos, Ekiti Threats, A Plunge To Anarchy, PDP Alerts
…Vows To Resist Anti Democratic Tendencies
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemns in the strongest possible terms the emerging height of political recklessness in Lagos and Ekiti states ahead of Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections and calls on all Nigerians to stand up against such anti-democratic tendencies.
The senseless and unpatriotic impeachment move against Governor Ayo Fayose by out-going APC state legislators and the barbaric death threats on non-indigenes in Lagos by the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu if they vote for the PDP candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje ascend to a height of unruliness that should not be accommodated.
The PDP totally and unequivocally rejects the flimsy and unsubstantiated allegations concocted by the APC legislators against Governor Fayose. We state in very clear terms that we will stand with him and bear our full weight in defense of the mandate freely given to him by the people of Ekiti state.
We invite all lovers of democracy and the international community to note the antics of APC and the deliberate plot to destabilize the polity even when it is yet to assume power.
In the same vein, it is indeed most unfortunate that a royal father of the status of the Oba of Lagos should attempt to drag the revered traditional institution into partisan politics to the level of threatening innocent Nigerians with the view to prevent them from freely exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right.
Our response to the Oba of Lagos is that he cannot play God and can never be God. God owns the universe and every part of it and can never share His glory with any human no matter how highly placed. We therefore call on all Nigerians in Lagos state; all Igbos, Hausas, Yorubas and people of other tribes; all northerners and southerners; all Christians and Muslims to turn against this unpatriotic stance, by coming out enmasse to vote for the PDP candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje on Saturday.
Undoubtedly, this anti-Nigeria position reminds of the 2013 inhuman and callous arrest, detention and eventual ‘deportation’ of non-indigenes by the APC-led government of Lagos state and confirms fears that the APC is indeed on a mission to destroy our national unity, balkanize the nation and obliterate the personal freedom Nigerians enjoy today.
Already, the APC has started terrorizing supporters of the PDP with vows to make life unbearable for them when it eventually assumes power. Our investigation reveals that many of our prominent supporters have been marked. The process has already started with threats to the life, family and business of the Chairman of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah for supporting PDP candidates and helping non-indigenes win some Lagos seats in the National Assembly on the platform of the our great party.
Indeed, if this threats on a duly elected state governor and innocent Nigerians constitute the picture or foretaste of the order of the day when the APC finally assumes power at the center, then the nation is in serious danger. However, the PDP states in very unambiguous terms that Nigerians would not accept such under any guise whatsoever.
This is more so because in the last 16 years, our citizens from all walks of lives have seen civility and decorum under the PDP-led administration and would not accept any attempt by anybody to institute a reign of terror in the country
We therefore urge General Muhammadu Buhari as the leader of the APC to call his members and supporters, particularly in Lagos and Ekiti to order; especially bearing in mind that it was the peaceful atmosphere and the level playing ground nurtured by the PDP-led administration that created the room for his emergence at the presidential polls.
Our country cannot at this moment afford to slide into anarchy, reign of terror and deliberate schemes to divide the people for selfish political reasons.
The PDP will completely resist all anti democratic forces from any quarters. We therefore charge Nigerians, especially those in Lagos and Ekiti states respectively to stand up fearlessly and reject the unpatriotic stance of the Oba of Lagos and the undemocratic move to dismantle the mandate given to Governor Ayo Fayose by the people.
The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, has denied news making the rounds that their Coordinator, Ifeanyi Ubah, is to lead a delegation of Igbo leaders to the palace of the Oba of Lagos in solidarity with the APC governorship candidate, Akinwumi Ambode.
Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah said that it was malicious and uncharitable to link him with such moves knowing his support for the PDP.
He added that the PDP has given its members in Lagos the opportunity to be legislators at the federal level and so it wasn’t time to dump the party.
The Coordinator of TAN and six newly elected House of Representatives members in Lagos, just barely a week after they got their mandate, called a press conference, to address the issues bothering them.
They said that they were being taunted for supporting the PDP.
“I was inundated with calls and text messages that I am leading some Igbo leaders to His Majesty’s palace – Oba of Lagos, to endorse Ambode Akinwumi.
“I want to state categorically that this is untrue. I Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah or management of TAN have not endorsed Akinwumi as at today, 5th of April 2015,” Mr Ubah said.
TAN held a mega rally just days before the presidential election, where they demonstrated their support for the PDP but there have been questions regarding their loyalty after the APC won the presidential election.
Mr Ubah exlained: “I want to state that I have been threatened. My family and my business have been threatened.
“While considering that I have no skeleton in my cupboard and I have no regrets for the role and the support I have given to Dr Ebele Goodluck, I want to make it clear that I have reported these threats to the appropriate authorities and to international communities and agencies for record purposes and necessary action.
“It is my wish that all politicians will emulate the statesmanship act displayed by Mr President during the just-concluded presidential election.”
In a few days, the governorship elections would hold across the states of the federation. This is an event touted to produce many surprises but the TAN Coordinator says they are PDP in spirit, soul and body, at least for now.
The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, have gathered over 17million signatures from the nationwide rally organised in support of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, announced this while handing over the document to the Vice President Namadi Sambo at the grand finale held in Abuja.
While receiving the documents, the Vice President commended the support group for the nationwide rally and stated that President Goodluck Jonathan would respond to the call in no time.
“The signatures represent the confidence Nigerians have in the administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
“They also show the President’s acceptability and popularity across the country. It is good that Nigerians appreciate the efforts of Mr. President in the areas of education, aviation, trade and investment, agriculture, security, roads and many others,” the Vice President said.
From each geo polictical zone of the country, representatives delivered motivating speeches, all with one goal of presenting President Jonathan as their presidential candidate in 2015.
PDP governors, led by the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and also Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Goodswill Akpabio, were also present to add their voices to the call for President Jonathan to run for a second term.
Some of the serving ministers also seized the opportunity to reel out the achievements of the Jonathan administration, with the Minister for Agriculture, Akinwumi Adeshina, and the Minister For Petroleum Resources, Diezian Alson Madueke leading the pack.
As the 2015 elections draw closer, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria have remained optimistic that in the coming days, President Jonathan would heed their call and respond in the affirmative.
The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Wednesday night, resolved that President Goodluck Jonathan be the sole candidate of the party in the 2015 presidential election.
Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting of the board, a member, Professor Jerry Gana said that by that resolution no governor elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party is allowed to contest for the office of the president against Goodluck Jonathan.
Professor Gana, who was joined by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and the BOT Secretary, Walid Jubril at the briefing, said the resolution was unanimously agreed to by the governors, adding that the BOT endorsed the decision.
They said the resolution is born out of their conviction that President Goodluck Jonathan has done an excellent job in his first term and should be allowed to contest for a second term unopposed.
President Jonathan, who was elected into the office in 2011, was formerly the Vice President to late President Musa Yar’Adua.
Although he is yet to officially declare his ambition to run for a second term, thousands of supporters have been campaigning all over the country.
However, according to the President’s Special Adviser on Political Matters, Prof. Rufai Alkali, there is pressure on the president to declare his presidential ambition but the president is not in a hurry to do so.
Solidarity for President Goodluck Jonathan has started pouring in from different quarters.
The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria and members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, both have endorsed President Jonathan for a second term.
At different rallies held in Port Harcourt and Anambra State, both groups unanimously agreed that one good term deserves another.
Thousands of transformation ambassadors gathered at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt Rivers State to ask the President to re-contest the presidency come 2015.
It was the third in the nationwide solidarity campaign for the President’s re-election bid in 2015, organized by the Transformation Ambassador of Nigeria.
With solidarity songs and placards displaying their love, delegates from the South South region of Nigeria took turns to climb the podium as they pledged their allegiance to the man they call an agent of change.
Millions also signed the big book to show their seriousness in backing President Jonathan for another term. So far over 4 million signatures from the South-South region have been gathered.
Meanwhile, in Awka, the capital of Anambra State, South-East Nigeria, it was a different gathering but one that tells the same story.
Members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, gathered to rally the support of their members to endorse President Jonathan for a second term.
The National Chairman of the party, Victor Umeh, while speaking at the rally said, “Ever since 2011, APGA has remained a strategic partner to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in Nigeria.
“We have, as party leaders, at various times, spoken unequivocally of our support for President Goodluck Jonathan.
“In 2013, there was a governorship election in Anambra State, and from what we have seen in Nigeria under President Goodluck Jonathan’s watch, credible and free election is now the order of the day…Democracy has come to stay in Nigeria.”
The party, therefore, believes that one good term deserves another.
“Looking at the political template in Nigeria today, we are certain that President Goodluck Jonathan needs to be re-elected for another 4 years in office,” Umeh told the gathering.
Former APC member, Tom Ikimi, at the weekend met with leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) where he expressed his readiness to join the ruling party and pull his political structure in the South-South to ensure its victory in the 2015 general elections.
PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, who led a delegation of party leaders to meet Ikimi in Abuja on Friday evening to finalize arrangements for his formal declaration, said that the PDP was happy that Ikimi has decided to return to its fold.
Mu’azu described Ikimi as a highly organized and patriotic Nigerian who has the interest of the nation at heart, adding that such qualities made it hard for him to be in a party like the APC. He said that the PDP would immensely benefit from Ikimi’s “wealth of experience, strong political structure and massive followership across the country”.
The National Chairman praised the Edo-born politician for his courage in deciding to return to the PDP, while giving assurance that the party, under the new leadership, recognizes and rewards loyalty, commitment and experience.
In the same vein, Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih, commended Ikimi for his decision, which he said was in the overall interest of the nation.
Responding, Ikimi, who restated that he dumped the APC due to its deep-seated anti-nationalistic and discriminatory tendencies, said that he was ready to join the PDP and use his political structures especially in the South-South to ensure that it emerged victorious in the 2015 general elections.
“I look forward to bringing value to the PDP. I believe that my contributions will again be noteworthy. By my joining PDP, we are assured of victory, not only in Edo State, but in the entire South-South geopolitical zone”, Ikimi said, noting that he was ready to serve the party in any capacity deemed appropriate by the leaders.
Stating that the visit has laid to rest, speculations and arguments regarding where he has resolved to pitch his tent, Ikimi said that he would transmit the outcome of the meeting to his constituency and he was sure that the response would be favourable.
He also said that he desires to work with Tony Anenih so as to move the party and the nation forward and bring about the much expected development to Edo State and the South-South geopolitical zone.
“I believe that our people are looking forward to this reunion because they will benefit the most from it. When I and Chief Tony Anenih work together, I do not think we can have any obstacle we cannot overcome”, he said.
Also at the meeting were PDP Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Secretary of the PDP BoT, Senator Wali Jibril, former FCT Minister, Dr. Aliyu Modibbo, as well as political stakeholders from the South-South.
The Presidency says it is not behind the posters and television jingles that have been encouraging President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2015 presidential election.
The Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Professor Rufai Alkali, speaking in Abuja, said that individuals and groups who want the President to continue in office, were responsible for the media messages.
He applauded the President for having kept his promise to make votes count in Nigeria, as observed in the just concluded Osun State governorship election.
The presidential aide, however, also encouraged Nigerians to be more vigilant as the 2015 general elections get closer.
A non-governmental organisation, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), has reportedly pasted several Jonathan posters in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, urging President Goodluck Jonathan to seek re-election.
They have, through the posters and and jingles in the electronic media, suggested that the second term in office would enable him consolidate on his successes and complete key transformation projects he already started.