Anenih’s Death Is A Huge Vacuum Difficult To Fill – Bayelsa Govt

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Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson (file)

 

The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has described the death of the former Minister of Works and Chairman Board of Trustees (BOT), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Tony Anenih, as a huge vacuum that is difficult to fill.

Governor Dickson, in a press statement, said he received the news of Anenih’s death with shock, adding that Nigeria has lost a political colossus.

 

The governor, who is also chairman of the South-South Governors Forum, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the South-South geopolitical zone and the entire country will miss Anenih for his selfless contributions to the growth of the PDP, development of the region and Nigeria in general.

“Chief Anenih will be remembered for his immense contribution to the growth of PDP, development of the South-South region and Nigeria in general. Mr Fix It, as he was fondly called, was a political icon, a nationalist and a great leader of men.

“He was a political colossus. His passing has created a huge vacuum in our political landscape that will be difficult to fill,” he said.

The governor, while commiserating with the immediate and political family of the former Minister of Works, said the late octogenarian politician offered meritorious service to the country that they should be proud of.

He prayed to God for the repose of Anenih’s soul.

IBB Mourns Tony Anenih, Describes Him As A ‘Master Strategist’

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Former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (GCFR), has described Tony Anenih as a master strategist which the nation will greatly miss.

IBB while reacting to the death of the former Minister of Works, said, “Indeed Nigeria and Nigerians will greatly miss a political master strategist in the next political dispensation”.

In his tribute, the former Military Ruler referred to him (Anenih) as a charismatic Elder Statesman that has a unique passion for providing solutions in the governance of the country.

“The demise of Chief Tony Anenih is a big loss to the political scene of Nigeria at this crucial time of electioneering campaigns”, he added.

General Babangida also commiserated with the entire Anenih family, Oba of Benin, government and people of Edo state as well as the entire members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Chief Tony Anenih died on Sunday at the age of 85.

Former Minister, Tony Anenih Is Dead

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A former Minister of Works and Housing and one of Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) founding fathers, Chief Anthony Anenih has died.

According to family sources, Chief Anenih died on Sunday evening at the Cedar Crest Hospital in Abuja the nation’s capital, where he was said to be receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

He died at the age of 85.

Anenih was a former police officer who served the first governor-general of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, as an orderly.

Born in Uzenema-Arue In Uromi, of Edo State, he was state chairman of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) between 1981 and 1983, helping Samuel Ogbemudia’s election as the governor of the then Bendel State.

He was also the National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), in 1993 when Chief MKO Abiola ran for president as the party’s flagbearer.

The PDP chieftain played a major role in the election of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and later became the chairman of the party’s board of trustees.

EFCC Arrests APC Chieftain, Jafaru Isa

jafaru isaThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a former military governor of Kaduna State and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Jafaru Isa.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwajuren, told Channels Television that Mr Isa, who is believed to be an ally of President Muhammadu Buhari was picked up at his residence in Abuja for questioning over the ongoing probe into the disbursement of funds from the office of the former National Security Adviser.

Mr Isa is the first chieftain of the APC to be arrested by the EFCC since the beginning of a probe into the alleged diversion of $2.1 billion meant for arms purchase by officials of the immediate-past administration.

The retired brigadier general, had been invited last week by the anti-graft agency to clear the air on payments linked to him from the office of the former NSA.

EFCC To Arrest More Influential Corrupt Nigerians

EFCCNigerians may witness more drama as the anti-corruption campaign continues, with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) promising to catch more influential Nigerians in its net in a couple of days.

Some of them are already explaining their role, or giving a breakdown of how monies they collected from the nation’s treasury were disbursed.

The spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, who confirmed this said that the affected persons have been under the EFCC’s searchlight for a while.

One of them is a former PDP Board of Trustees Chairman, who allegedly collected 260 million naira from the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki.

Chief Tony Anenih explained that, out of the amount, 63 million naira was given to Alhaji Tanki Yakasai, a former Special Assistant to former president, Shehu Shagari on National Assembly.

Meanwhile the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, has cited examples of several highly placed Nigerians including the former NSA, former ministers and ex-governors who are being quizzed by the agency about the management of the nation’s funds.

According to Mr Magu, “The effect of this, which is obvious for all to see, is the investigation, arrest and prosecution of some of the most powerful forces in Nigeria, who have questions to answer on their stewardship whilst in office.”

On the allegations that the anti-corruption war appears to be targeting only members of the opposition party, Mr Magu insisted that politics had nothing to do with it.

He said that no Nigerian shall be regarded as above the law, or treated as sacred cow, as far as the fight against corruption under the Buhari administration is concerned.

PDP BoT Chairman, Anenih Resigns

Tony Anenih resigns.The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Mr Tony Anenih, has resigned.

Mr Anenih submitted his resignation to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on Wednesday, hours after the National Chairman of the party resigned on health grounds.

The NWC said it had received Mr Anenih’s resignation letter and had accepted it. It said Mr Anenih’s resignation was on personal grounds.

In a statement by the National Secretary of the party, Professor Adewale Oladipo, the NWC noted the outstanding contributions of Chief Anenih in the party over the years especially in his capacity as the BoT Chairman.

“As one of the founding fathers of the PDP, the NWC appreciates Chief Anenih’s guiding role in the party in the last 16 years and wish him well in his future endeavours,” the statement read.

The NWC, however, said the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin, would hold forth pending the election of a new BoT Chairman.

The National Chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu, had earlier tendered his resignation to the NWC on health grounds.

The Spokesman for the PDP, Olisa Metuh, told Channels Television that Mr Mu’azu turned in his letter of resignation and that his decision had been accepted by the party’s National Working Committee.

Jonathan Receives Presidential Campaign Report

jonathanThe Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has received the report of the PDP’s 2015 Presidential Campaign.

The report was submitted to him by the Director-General of the Jonathan/Sambo Campaign Organisation, Dr Ahmadu Ali, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The Director-General, before the presentation of the report, recalled how the organization was constituted and what they did within a short period of time.

He commended the President for the action taken following the outcome of the results and then presented the two volume report which he said would provide a road map for moving the PDP forward.

The President said in his reaction, “The important thing is not that PDP lost the elections, but that Nigeria as a nation has moved forward and political parties can only thrive when there is peace in the country.”

The Nigerian President also told his party men that the result of the election should be taken as history, while they strategise on how to consolidate and bounce back in 2019.

He called on his party men to remain loyal as those who left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would come back to the party when their stomach is empty out of hunger because the other party would take care of their loyalists before reaching out to those who cross carpeted.

Responses also came from the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, and the Chairman PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, who said that they were very proud of the President for bringing a new dimension to the electoral process in Nigeria and the peace the country is enjoying.

They both stated that it was indeed time for the PDP to regroup and bounce back.

Tambuwal Denies Rumours Of Defection To APC

TambuwalThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has denied the rumour that he had defected from the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, said that the clarification became necessary due to various media inquiries about the purported defection of the Speaker.

The statement reads: “Monday, 20/10/2014, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, led other members of the party to a reconciliation meeting in Sokoto but the Speaker of the House of Representatives and a member of the NEC of the PDP, Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal CFR, was not invited to the meeting.

“Rt. Hon Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was later invited by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, to attend the meeting of their political family to discuss the political future of Sokoto State.

“The Speaker, Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, duly obliged and attended the meeting. The meeting had in attendance prominent Sokoto citizens, many of who have no known political affiliation. The most notable being the Sardauna of Sokoto and former Minister of Finance, Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji.”

He added that consultations on the Speaker’s political future had continued and that the outcome would be made public at the appropriate time.

Online media had been agog with reports about his defection to the APC, quoting him to have asked the party members present in the meeting to accept him “as one of you, starting from today”.

 

Ikimi Meets PDP Leaders, Expresses Readiness To Join Ruling Party

IkimiFormer 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.

Jonathan Meets With PDP BOT At Presidential Villa

goodluck_jonathan_pdpattire1The Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Wednesday, held a meeting at the banquet hall of the Presidential Villa, with President Goodluck Jonathan presiding.

Also present were Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Senate President, David Mark; Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and the Chairman of the BOT, Chief Tony Anenih.

Former chairmen of the party present include Dr. Ahmadu Ali, Chief Barnabas Gemade, Chief Olabode George. Also present was Josephine Anenih and Former Minister of Aviation, who is the current women leader, Dr. Kema Chikwe.

The meeting also had in attendance, three governors of Jigawa, Plateau and Katsina states.

Journalists were barred from the coverage of the meeting which started around 8pm.

It was said to be in preparation towards the NEC meeting of the party, scheduled to hold at the party secretariat on Thursday.

 

President Jonathan Extols Late Solomon Lar Virtues

Nigerian leaders have been challenged to emulate the virtues of late Solomon Lar by serving the people selflessly and placing national interest above self-interest.

At the funeral service of the late politician in Jos, Plateau State, President Goodluck Jonathan said that the country would be better if politicians would focus on the people rather than looking for avenues to amass wealth at the detriment of the electorates.

Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, in his tribute described late Solomon Lar as a politician that touched the lives of everyone that came across him positively without ethnic or religious affiliation.

Others present at the funeral were the family of the late politician, led by his wife, Professor Mary Lar, former Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon, Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih and some state governors.

In recognition of his service to Plateau State, the nation and humanity, the Plateau State Government renamed the state university in Bokkos after Chief Solomon Daushep Lar to immortalise the late politician.

 

Prominent Personalities Pay Tribute To Late Politician

Politicians and leaders alike have been asked to emulate the ideals which the late first civilian governor of the old Plateau state, Solomon Lar, stood for during his lifetime.

Some prominent personalities who were at the late politician’s home in Jos to commiserate with the family, praised his people-oriented policy while he was governor of the state.

Born in Pongaa, Langtang local government area of the state in April 1933, Solomon Lar studied at the Sudan United Mission Primary School in Langtang, and then at the Gindiri Teachers College where he qualified to teach at the Primary School, Langtang.

He was elected as a Councilor of the Langtang Natives Authority in January 1959 and to the Federal Parliament on 12 December 1959 on the platform of United Middle Belt Congress (UMBC).

He was re-elected in 1964, and from then until 15 January 1966, when General Yakubu Gowon took power in a coup, Lar was Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.

He was also a Junior Minister in the Federal Ministry of Establishments.

Lar was a co-founder of the Nigerian People’s Party (NPP) in the 2nd Republic. He was nominated as the party’s presidential candidate in 1978, and later won the governorship election in Plateau state as the first Executive Governor on 1 October 1979.

A military tribunal set up by General Muhammed Buhari to try all former governors, sentenced Lar to 88 years in prison.

His case was reviewed and was released by the regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.

He was also appointed Minister of Police Affairs by the government of General Sani Abacha, but later resigned when he realized Abacha was not serious about restoring democracy.

He became first National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998, a position he held until 2002, when he handed over to Chief Barnabas Gemade.

In February 2004, he resigned as Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), handing over to Chief Tony Anenih at a caucus meeting in Abuja.

Lar supported former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, after he fell out with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and later supported Atiku’s bid for the Presidency in 2007.

In April 2006, Lar also welcomed the decision of former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida to compete for President in the 2007 elections.

Chief Lar died at the age of eighty in a Maryland hospital, where he has been receiving treatment, the remains of the late politicians will arrive from the United States for his final interment.