APC Governors Urges Buhari To Re-contest In 2019

The majority of Nigerian state governors from the ruling All Progressives Congress party say President Muhammadu Buhari should run for second term, the governor of Kaduna state said on Friday.

Nasir El-Rufai said Buhari seeking re-election would be the best way to preserve the party. His comments came hours after an ally of the president, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, quit the party. Abubakar’s spokesman said he might run in the presidential election due in February 2019.

PDP Happy To Welcome Atiku, Refuses To Give Automatic Ticket

The Nigeria main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to consider returning into the party following his resignation from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The party however ruled an automatic ticket for any party member, saying whoever is interested in contesting an elective office, including the former Vice President, must be prepared to submit to constitutional provisions in the spirit of democracy.

Speaking at a press conference at the party’s secretariat, National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye noted that as a founding father of the PDP, the erstwhile number two citizen remains ” a true PDP man to the core. ” He said: “The PDP is democratic party.

If you come in, you are free to contest elections once you meet our constitutional requirements, but we can’t give our ticket to‎ anybody like that (automatic).” The party, apparently basking in the euphoria of Atiku’s exit of the APC, also extended the olive branch to the ex- Vice President, urging him to return home (PDP).

“The former Vice President, Atiku who was one of the founding fathers, contested and won elections as governor of Adamawa State on the platform of the PDP. “But before he was sworn in, he was nominated by Olusegun Obasanjo as his running mate and they were sworn in as President and Vice President. Again, they both ran in 2003. So, he is a true PDP man to the core. “However and unfortunately in 2013, they were deceived into believing that there was a platform that would correct all the ills in the PDP and that it could create an Eldorado in Nigeria.

“We believe Atiku Abubakar has come to know the truth like he said in the statement that he has now known the truth, that the APC is not what they call themselves…That platform ( APC) is the worst platform in the history of politics in Nigeria,” Adeyeye said.

Advancing reasons for the defection of Atiku into the ruling party, Adeyeye said the Turakin Adamawa like many others who left the PDP, were deceived into believing the utopian world promised by ‘enemies’ of the PDP was real. “I believe people like Atiku were deceived because we had challenges in our party at that point in time.

They went and join the new party called the APC which we have all now see, every Nigerian has seen, is a fallacy,” he stated, even as described the ruling party as the worst in the history of political parties in the land. “The day APC was born marked a tragedy for Nigeria. It has been a monumental disaster for Nigeria. There is nothing progressive in them .

Everything about them is unprogressive. Everything about them is complete disaster,” he added. Waxing spiritual, Adeyeye said though human beings are liable to make mistakes, the truth, he stressed would always liberate them . He continued: “It is human to make mistakes because we are not infallible. We have no knowledge of what will happen in the future.

Human beings can always be deceived. But in John 8: 32, the Bible says ‘And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.'”

“I believe that Atiku has seen the truth and the truth has now set him free and we thank God for that. He is free to come back like every other Nigerian and we want to appeal to those who have not seen the truth and we are praying that they will soon see the truth , so that the truth will set them free. And as soon as they are free, let them come back. 

I'm Not Leaving APGA - Obiano

The Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has said that he will not leave his party the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for the ruling All Progressives Congres (APC).

He made this known while addressing journalists when he paid a thank you visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

He also mentioned that he was not worried about the exit of Odumegu Ojukwu’s son from his party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Atiku Opens Up More On Why He left APC

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar said on Friday that he resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC) because the party had failed Nigerian youths.

Atiku announced on his website that the ruling APC was a dying party that never took youths into account.

He said the future belonged to young people and that he joined the APC to facilitate a bright future for the young and old.

“The party we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people, especially our young people; how can we have a federal cabinet without even one single youth.

“A party that does not take the youth into account is a dying party.  The future belongs to young people.

“I admit that I and others, who accepted the invitation to join the APC, were eager to make positive changes for our country that we fell for a mirage.

“Can you blame us for wanting to put a speedy end to the sufferings of the masses of our people?’’

Atiku also hinged his resignation on fractionalisation of the APC, resulting from “arbitrariness and unconstitutionality” over the years.

He said it was for the same reason that he defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2014.

“While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalisation, the APC has adopted the same practices.

“It has even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced,” he added.

Atiku said that after due consultations, he had resigned from the APC to take time to ponder his future.

INEC Fixes Anambra Central Senatorial Election For Jan. 13

The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed Jan. 13, 2018 for the conduct of the rerun Anambra Central Senatorial District election.

The seat became vacant following the nullification of the 2015 election for the position by an election tribunal.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Monday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct re-run election within 90 days of the judgment.

Mr Haruna Mohammed, INEC National Commissioner and Member, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), made the development known in a statement on Friday.

Mohammed said the commission met on Thursday and discussed the case of the outstanding election to fill the seat for the Anambra Central Senatorial District among other issues.

“Following the determination of this case, lNEC has decided that all encumbrances to the conduct of the rerun election have now been removed.

“There is presently no court order restraining lNEC from conducting the election.

“The Commission has considered all the circumstances surrounding the election particularly the 90-day time-frame ordered by the Court of Appeal.

“It also considered the demands for preparing adequately for the election as well as the coming Yuletide and decided that the rerun election shall take place on Saturday Jan. 13, 2018,” Mohammed said.

The Commission commended all stakeholders, particularly the people of Anambra Central Senatorial District for their patience.

“We hope that the delay has served to clarify some grey areas in our electoral process to make it stronger, freer, fairer and more credible,” Mohammed said.

Flash: Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar Quits APC

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has officially resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a letter he wrote to the APC, Atiku said that the ideals for which he joined the APC had not been met, rather the party had backtracked on all its promises.

He added that an attestation to his claim was buttressed in a letter written by a certain governor of the APC accusing the leadership of the party of frosty relationships with those who led the party to its 2015 victory.

Read the full text of the letter below:

On the 19th of December, 2013, I received members of the All Progressives Congress at my house in Abuja. They had come to appeal to me to join their party after my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, had become factionalized as a result of the special convention of August 31, 2013.

The fractionalization of the Peoples Democratic Party on August 31, 2013 had left me in a situation where I was, with several other loyal party members, in limbo, not knowing which of the parallel executives of the party was the legitimate leadership.

It was under this cloud that members of the APC made the appeal to me to join their party, with the promise that the injustices and failure to abide by its own constitution which had dogged the then PDP, would not be replicated in the APC and with the assurance that the vision other founding fathers and I had for the PDP could be actualized through the All Progressives Congress.

It was on the basis of this invitation and the assurances made to me that I, being party-less at that time, due to the fractionalization of my party, accepted on February 2, 2014, the hand of fellowship given to me by the All Progressives Congress.

On that day, I said “it is the struggle for democracy and constitutionalism and service to my country and my people that are driving my choice and my decision” to accept the invitation to join the All Progressives Congress.

Like you, I said that because I believed that we had finally seen the beginnings of the rebirth of the new Nigeria of our dreams which would work for all of us, old and young.

However, events of the intervening years have shown that like any other human and like many other Nigerians, I was fallible.

While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalization, the All Progressives Congress has adopted those same practices and even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced.

Only last year, a governor produced by the party wrote a secret memorandum to the president which ended up being leaked. In that memo,  he admitted that the All Progressives Congress had “not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance”.

Of the party itself, that same governor said “Mr. President, Sir Your relationship with the national leadership of the party, both the formal (NWC) and informal (Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso), and former Governors of ANPP, PDP (that joined us) and ACN, is perceived by most observers to be at best frosty. Many of them are aggrieved due to what they consider total absence of consultations with them on your part and those you have assigned such duties.”

Since that memorandum was written up until today, nothing has been done to reverse the treatment meted out to those of us invited to join the All Progressives Congress on the strength of a promise that has proven to be false. If anything, those behaviours have actually worsened.

But more importantly, the party we put in place has failed and continues to fail our people, especially our young people. How can we have a federal cabinet without even one single youth.

A party that does not take the youth into account is a dying party. The future belongs to young people.

I admit that I and others who accepted the invitation to join the APC were eager to make positive changes for our country that we fell for a mirage. Can you blame us for wanting to put a speedy end to the sufferings of the masses of our people?

Be that as it may be, after due consultation with my God, my family, my supporters and the Nigerian people whom I meet in all walks of life, I, Atiku Abubakar, Waziri Adamawa, hereby tender my resignation from the All Progressives Congress while I take time to ponder my future.

May God bless you and may God bless Nigeria.

Atiku Abubakar

No Automatic Ticket For Buhari In 2019, Says Tinubu

National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Wednesday said there will be no automatic ticket for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections.
Tinubu said Buhari was a product of due process and will not want anything short of same process.

The former Lagos state governor was reacting to the position of the governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, who said there is no better man for the Presidency than President Muhammadu Buhari.
Okorocha made the position while addressing leaders of the ‘Democratic Youths Congress for Buhari 2019,” who were on a courtesy visit to him at the Government House, Owerri on Tuesday.

Tinubu who spoke in Akure during a visit to the leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa. Reuben Fasoranti, said due process will be followed in determining who will be the Presidential candidate of the party in 2019.

Other notable leaders on the visit included former interim Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, South West Chairman of the party, Chief Pius Akinyelure among others.
They were received by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, his deputy, Agboola Ajayi and the acting Chairman of the party in the state, Engr. Ade Adetimehin.
He said only the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party can meet and decide to have a concensus candidate.

“No governor can appropriate the power of endorsement to themselves. Buhari is a believer in process, the Buhari I know believes in rule of law.
“We wanted him even before the last convention and primaries of the party and Akeredolu is here standing with me, he was not the governor then. He was one of the leading delegates that voted properly and Buhari was a clear winner.

“We follow all the constitutional provision and an individual opinion does not matter at this stage, Buhari will want a normal process , Buhari that I know. Who says he will lose at any convention?
“But if the National body, the NEC and all of us as members, endorsed him as our single candidate, we will not be violating INEC regulations, we will not be violating our party’s constitution.
“What you are hearing is just a campaign. Buhari has not excluded anybody, and he has not affected ambition of anybody, “Tinubu said.

The APC leader said he was in the state to acknowledge the leadership of Pa. Reuben Fasoranti as the leader of the Yoruba race.
“I am in Akure to Acknowledge the leadership of Pa Fasoranti in our own race,as a great leader of the omoluwabi and in his evening, we want him to be happy ,he has been a great leader.
“His intellectual is still very intact. Seek his advise, seek his understanding and prayers ,that is why I am here, ” he noted.

PDP Must Regain The Presidency In 2019, Says Ex-President

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said his priority now is to ensure that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) regains the presidency in 2019.

Speaking during a courtesy call on him by Chief Olabode George and his campaign team in his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa State, on Tuesday, Jonathan took responsibility for the party’s defeat in the 2015 election and noted that it was also his responsibility to ensure the party rises, again, as a strong political platform to win the next elections.

He said: “Whether I like it or not, I must take responsibility for the defeat because I led the party to the election. The only thing that will make me sleep well is to ensure that PDP comes back to power.” The former president said he is working with other stakeholders to ensure that the party is well organised, to achieve this purpose, although he prefers to work from the back seat.

Jonathan said the party must begin to take the right steps, in the right direction, to regain the confidence of the electorate and ensure mistakes of the past were not be repeated

Speaking earlier, George, a former PDP deputy national chairman, who is currently on a nationwide campaign for the chairmanship election in December, congratulated Jonathan on his 60th birthday anniversary and urged him, as the leader of the party, to ensure that the party will emerge stronger from the forthcoming national convention. George, however, told the former president that failure to apply the micro zoning principle to the chairmanship position this time around had caused ripples capable of dividing the party.

He lamented that the party appeared to be drifting as there was no reasonable justification offered by the Senator Makarfi led National Caretaker Committee for jettisoning the principle which was applied to all previous elections to the position.

Meanwhile, the PDP has said it is not aware of the 2019 presidential ambition of the chairman of its National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye stated this at a press briefing at the party national secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Abuja, yesterday.

Adeyeye, who was reacting to accusations that Makarfi was using the national convention to advance his 2019 presidential ambition, said as far as the party is concerned, it is not yet time to talk about presidential aspirations.He said the major preoccupation of the PDP, at the moment, is the conduct of its national convention.

“As to whether senator Makarfi has presidential ambition or not, we are not aware of that.
“The national caretaker committee is not aware of that and we have not opened the flood gate for people to begin to aspire for position of the president.”

INEC has not even released timetable. I don’t know if they have released any timetable for the presidential election. We in the PDP are concerned now in putting in place a new leadership for the party which we hope will come up or emerge latest by December 9 or 10. That is our preoccupation at the national caretaker committee,” Adeyeye said.

Recall that two national chairmanship aspirants, Professor Tunde Adeniran and Chief Olabode George had accused Makarfi of giving undue advantage to a chairmanship aspirant from the South South because of his speculated presidential ambition.

But opposition spokesman said the caretaker committee takes all the statements by the chairmanship aspirants in good faith.
However, he explained that the caretaker committee is only complying with the decision of the PDP convention on the zoning of party positions between North and South.

The party spokesman said he is aware that the North has micro-zoned positions zoned to them by the national convention to geo-politcal zones and states, without recourse to the party headquarters.
He noted that on the other hand, the South has not been able to agree on the chairmanship and deputy chairmanship positions.
“As democrats and also to avoid imposition against the wish of the majority, we have opened the race to all aspirants who disagree with the micro-zoning,” he stated.

On allegations that the PDP leadership nominated supporters of its former acting chairman, Uche Secondus,into congress committees, Adeyeye said all those appointed into committees were nominated by their state chapters.
He said as part of efforts to ensure the transparency of the national convention, the caretaker committee has asked all the chairmanship aspirants to send nominees to be included in the convention committee.
Speaking on Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial district, Buruji Kashamu, who had been at logger head with the caretaker committee, Adeyeye said the Ogun senator would not escape sanction for alleged anti party activities.

According to him, Kashamu in a bid to evade sanction by the party recently obtained a court injunction restraining the PDP from sanctioning him.
However, the opposition spokesman said “The party will take a decision at the appropriate time on Senator Kashamu. It may take long but justice will be done.”

He added :”We need to remind PDP members and Nigerians that it was Senator Kashamu and those he was bankrolling that conducted parallel congresses in Edo and Ondo States. They did not stop there but took us up to Supreme Court and in the end openly endorsed and campaigned for our opponents. Their actions made us to loose the elections.”
On the just concluded Anambra governorship, the PDP spokesman said the party lost the election as a result of division in its ranks in the state.

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