Irem Ibom who vehemently opposed the action of the party described his suspension as a `desperate misadventure and failed odyssey’.
Ibom, in a press statement he personally signed and issued to newsmen on Thursday in Abakaliki, said that the purported suspension was `laughable and an exercise in futility’.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the National Vice Chairman of PDP South-East, Chief Austine Umahi reportedly announced the suspension of Ibom on January 6 over a purported anti-party activity.
The embattled pioneer state secretary in a reaction dismissed the purported suspension saying that the alleged action was an exercise in illegality.
Ibom alleged that the national vice chairman, who is the elder brother to the state governor, Chief Dave Umahi, had accused him of not supporting the reelection bid of his brother.
He alleged that the zonal vice chairman said that was a mole in PDP adding that he was indulging in anti-party activities.
Ibom explained that Umahi accused him of betrayal and proceeded to threaten him and headed ‘all manner’ of insults on him for allegedly not supporting Umahi’s second term bid.
According to him, the PDP national vice chairman warned party stakeholders in Afikpo South local government area (Edda) which is his council area not to associate with me.
The statement read in part: Following widespread concern and apprehension by my supporters, associates, well-wishers and a cross-section of the general public over my purported suspension from PDP, I have elected to put the record straight.
“My purported suspension from PDP is a desperate misadventure which has no basis in the constitution and tradition of the party.
“Umahi demonstrated acute ignorance of extant party rules of engagement by purporting to perform the function of award officer.
“The national vice chairman is neither qualified to suspend me nor does he have the moral authority to do so as my membership of the PDP predates him having regard to my status as the founding and pioneer state secretary of the party in Ebonyi.
“I wish to state in clear and unmistakable terms that as a loyal PDP member and leader, I will campaign for the party candidates who want me to campaign for them in good faith.
“This, however, does not stop me from exercising my constitutional right of freedom of choice under a democracy.
“I, therefore, urge all my supporters, associates, well-wishers and the general public not to lose sleep over the misguided and ill-fated antics of the South-East national vice chairman and his cohorts.
“I sincerely appreciate the show of love and concern of all persons of goodwill both within and outside the country who has taken the pains to reach me on this matter and I thank them for their solidarity,”.
When contacted for comments, Umahi denied announcing the suspension of Ibom noting that the power to suspend party members was vested in the ward chairman.
He, however, accused Ibom of anti-party activities and described him as a mole in PDP.
The Taraba Governorship Candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), United Democratic Party (UDP) and the All Progressives Party (APC) failed to show up at the peace accord signing ceremony.
The candidates are Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba (PDP), Sen. Aisha Alhassan, the immediate past Minister of Women Affairs (UDP), and Alhaji Sani Danladi (APC).
The signing of the peace accord took place on Thursday at the Police Command headquarters of Taraba in Jalingo.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 14 other candidates, including Mr. Kefas Sule of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), who is contesting on the platform of the All Blended Party (ABP) signed the peace pact.
Mr. David Akinremi, the Commissioner of Police in the state, who presided over the signing of the accord, said the aim was to commit the governorship candidates to peaceful conduct of the election.
“We cannot as a nation move forward if we fail to promote peace. I want to appeal to you stakeholders to shun violence.
“If contesting election is for the sake of service, then there will be no need for violence before, during and after the election,” he said.
Akinremi pledged that the Police and other security agencies would be neutral and will give all parties equal protection before, during and after the election.
Alhaji Baba Yusuf, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, pledged to ensure a level playing ground for all candidates.
Responding on behalf of the candidates, Sule thanked the security agencies for the initiative and pledged the resolution of the candidates to stand by the agreement.
He called on those absent to make efforts to sign the accord with a view to having a peaceful election in the state.
NAN reports that representatives of Ishaku and Alhassan were turned down, as the peace accord officials insisted on signing in person, while Danladi was not represented.Read More
Nigerians are not having it this 2019 elections. No more can they sit back and watch failure disguised as 'change' come in and drag Nigeria through the mud a second time.
There was chaos on Tuesday during the induction of the campaign of the All Progressives Congress at the Sky Power Ground, Oba Akinjobi Road, Ikeja, Lagos, as armed thugs invaded the venue and engaged in a supremacy battle.
The thugs, who were suspected to be supporters of MC Oluomo and Mustapha Adekunle, aka Seigo, another union leader, invaded the arena with guns, daggers, cutlasses, and other weapons, leading to a free-for-all.
Among those who reportedly sustained gunshot injuries during the clash were the Group Political Editor of The Nation, Emmanuel Oladesu; a correspondent with New Telegraph, Temitope Ogunbanke; and a cameraman with Ibile Television, Abiodun Yusuf.
A leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, was also stabbed during the clash.
The rally which started around 1230pm came to an end as supporters and political personnel sought safety.
Continuous gunshots could be heard as the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, delivered his speech and called for support for the flag bearers of the party in the elections.
Amidst the noise, Ambode told the crowd that the police were in control of the situation.
However, things degenerated as the gunshots continued. The governor was later escorted out of the venue and was joined by the Deputy Governor, Idiat Adebule, and the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Unfortunately, Sanwo-Olu was unable to present his speech. He hurriedly gave the closing remarks.
It was gathered that policemen later engaged the thugs in a gun battle, as people ran helter-skelter.
A reporter with the News Agency of Nigeria(NANS) said some people got robbed of their phones, money and other valuables by pickpockets.
A large number of party faithful were also reported to have trekked to their various homes due to road traffic which was caused by the chaos.
Workers with the Lagos State Ambulance Services reportedly conveyed no fewer than eight stabbed victims to a hospital.
The police spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident.
He said, “Two suspects have been arrested.”
He noted that the clash was started by Seigo, who had been declared wanted by the command.
Oti said MC Oluomo was rushed to the EKO Hospital, Ikeja, where he is recuperating.
It's almost obvious that this 2019 presidential election will experience unfair and certainly not a free election; starting with Buhari appointing his niece as the announcer of the presidential results.
In other news, the 2019 Presidential election is 38 days away, how ready are you?Read More
Rally- No fewer than 3,252 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi West Senatorial District defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The defectors included two former Kogi Commisioners; that of Water Resources, Mr Tunji Oshanusi and Agriculture, Mr Femi Abolarinwa.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC Zonal Chairman, Mr Ropo Asagun, received the decampees at the township stadium in Kabba during the official flag-off of APC Zonal Rally.
Asagun lauded the decampees decision to join the ruling party, saying it was a clear indication that the APC administration had performed credibly well, both at federal and state levels.
“This defection is an indication that APC is generally accepted in Kogi west, and the state at large, which is an assurance of our party’s victory in the 2019 general elections.
“The party will not discriminate against any member whether old or new,” asagun said.
In his remarks, the Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Chief Matthew Kolawole, urged the people to get their PVC and vote for APC.
“APC is the only party that can save us from the hands of looters; do not sell your conscience, your PVC is your power.
“In the last three and half years, President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice have done very well. Our achievements will speak for us,” Kolawole said.
Mr Ishaq Ajibola, a former Managing Director of Daily Trust Newspaper, said Yagba people had benefited immensely from the state government in the areas of political appointments and execution of projects.
He enjoined the people of the district to support and vote for all the APC candidates in order to enjoy more dividends of democracy.
In his vote of thanks, Sen. Smart Adeyemi, APC Kogi West Senatorial candidate, pledged to lead by example if given the opportunity to serve the people.
Adeyemi reiterated that the President was doing everything possible to make sure that the Ajaokuta Iron and Steel Complex commenced operations to its full capacity in earnest.
Adeyemi added that the Buhari administration was committed to the development of Kogi as a rail line had been designed to pass through the state covering major parts of Kogi West.
He urged the people to continue to support Gov. Yahaya Bello and Buhari, saying the governor had been fair and just to Kogi West senatorial zone.
A major political setback has hit the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Kano state, as several party big guns switched to the ruling All Progressives Party.
Professor Hafiz Abubakar, former deputy governor of Kano state, who resigned recently to join Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, is one of the politicians who made his way back to the APC.
Abubakar was among the staunch allies of Kwankwaso, members of his Kwankwassiya Movement, who have retraced their steps to the APC and who met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night in Abuja.
In welcoming the party leaders back to the APC, President Buhari said the house was large enough to accommodate everyone and promised to speak to the leadership of the party and government in Kano to accommodate and work with the returnees.
He also appealed to stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress (APC) across the country to work for genuine reconciliation “for the benefit of our people and our nation.”
Other returnees at the meeting include a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Aminu Dabo; the immediate past National Treasurer, Bala Mohammed Gwagwarwa; Security Adviser to Kwankwaso, retired Gen. Danjuma Dambazau; Eng. Mu’azu Magaji, all of them staunch members of Kwankwasiyya, as well as Sen. Isa Zarewa who left in protest against the last primaries.
The returnees were led to the President by the Governor of Jigawa State, Abubakar Badaru.
Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje was also at the meeting with the President.
Responding to the Presidential directive, Gov. Ganduje welcomed the return of the party stalwarts and assured the President that he was ready to work with everyone to record yet another historic victory in the general elections.
The Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola SAN, on Monday, blamed the Peoples Democratic Party for abandoned Federal Government projects across the country. He said this while inspecting the building project of the Federal Secretariat, Awka, Anambra State.
He described corruption during the PDP era as monumental, adding, “They looted our collective destiny, prospects, jobs and so on.
“That’s why the masses are suffering today. That’s why there are no jobs. But we (APC) are trying to bring back smiles on the faces of Nigerians.”
He said the 18-kilometre Umunya axis of the Onitsha/Enugu Expressway would be completed in May 2019, while the Federal Secretariat, Awka, the state capital, would be completed in the first quarter of next year. Fashola said the President Muhammadu Buhari government inherited those projects because past governments failed to complete them as a result of corruption.
“They awarded the contract without paying contractors and when you don’t pay contractors, you create problems down the labour ladder.
“For instance, the contract for this federal secretariat was awarded in 2012 by the previous administration without making funds available for its completion. If the money meant for it was not stolen, it would have been completed before now.
“We are bringing back what was denied the people in the past to them; that’s the difference between a development administration and a corrupt regime”, the minister stated.
The drama kings of the All Progressive Congress are here again to entertain and amuse us with their endless drama. Rochas Okorocha who has been blasting APC for not supporting his son-in-law, has slammed Oshimole.
Okorocha stated that the Chairman needs to learn how to talk in a way that will dignify the party.
Oshiomhole had earlier described that some state governors on the party’s platform are poor students of history.
But replying to the statement, Okorocha warned the former Edo State Governor and added that he should apply caution in the way he speaks about the party leaders.
He said, “We have not read Oshiomhole’s statement but I don’t think any National Chairman of a party can say such a thing. He should be advised on how he speak. He can’t be attacking the leaders of the party.
“Take it from me, a party does not exist in a vacuum. There must be people to run the party. President Muhammadu Buhari has a high pedigree which Nigerians are happy of and Oshiomhole should learn from Mr. President.
“We have not read it anywhere but we insist that it is not the best way to treat members of the party. Oshiomhole should learn to talk in a way that brings dignity to APC”.Read More
A pro-democracy group, the North Central Union (NCU), on Wednesday endorsed the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of 2019 general polls, saying Buhari remained the most credible presidential candidate.
Mr Realwan Okpanachi, the spokesperson of the group told newsmen : “there is no better candidate than President Muhammadu Buhari,”.
He also said the group would deliver 10 million votes for Buhari and the APC in the 2019 elections.
Listing some of the president’s achievements in the region, the NCU spokes man mentiond such projects like the Mokpa-Ilorin road.
He said; “which had been a dead trap, has been successfully completed and put to use.’’ “The Abuja-Lokoja road is also presently receiving the highest attention since the history of the road.
“The Owetu bridge is equally receiving serious attention by Buhari’s administration,’’ Okpanachi said.
He said the government just flagged off the road linking Abuja with Keffi (the expansion of Abuja-Keffi into 10 lane and dualization of Keffi-Akwanga and Benue-Makurdi road). He also mentioned the gas pipeline from the south south to Kogi, Kaduna and Kano and so many other projects. Okpanachi said the people of the region are also happy with the president for his ant-corruption efforts even though they have expressed their reservations over the security in the region.
He said the people commend Mr President for his attempt to deal with the crisis in the region, urging him to do more to ensure that the solutions provided are permanent.
“We set up a committee and a campaign body known as One man-One vote for the President.
“This is to ensure that the good message of Buhari is taken to every house hold in the region.
“We are targeting to deliver 10 million votes for president Buhari’s re-election in 2019 through this body,’’ he said.
2019: PDP campaign train hits Kwara The spokesman of the NCU disclosed that the man in charge of the One man-One vote campaign is comrade Omachoko Negedu, while the national co-ordinator of the NCU is Dr Barnabas Suleiman.
Omoyele Sowore, presidential aspirant on the platform of the African Action Congress (AAC), continued his campaign on Monday, December 3, 2018 in Enugu.
A crowd held him 'hostage' just after the grassroots campaign at Enugu main market premises, as he was compelled to address the crowd.
In his address, he assured the people of his determination to lift Nigeria from economic and political underdevelopment. He also expressed his displeasure with how the government under PDP and APC have looted the country.
"We have come here today to inform the good people of Enugu State that you should change the change in 2019. Vote for a new candidate; a young person that is capable with vision and mission for Nigeria so that he can change the future of this country. Our economy is down and we are ready to reinvigorate it," he said.
“They have nothing to offer us, including our children and parents. They have divided and destroyed this country. They have plundered this country to dryness and we are here as young candidates of AAC to change Nigeria forever and so that we can have a country we can be proud of; so that we can have a country that will not be governed by ancestors who have no interest of the citizens in mind."
He spoke on the APC's ‘Next Level’. He said, “Don’t vote ‘Next Level’; it's a scam. Vote for the highest level".
“We are taking back our country in February 2019 from the people who have destroyed and looted Nigeria, to young people who have ideas, because ideas must become the new currency and politics in Nigeria. This is the reason we are here in Enugu.
“We appreciate the people of Enugu for your help is on the way. Vote for African Action Congress. Don’t ever vote for APC and PDP because they are killers,” he concluded.
Sowore had embarked on a week-long campaign tour of Northern Nigeria. He has been to states like Sokoto, Jigawa, Kano, Kastina among others, where also met with young people, who represent not less than 60 per cent of Nigeria's voting population.
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Flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is filled with high spirit as he is convinced that PDP will emerge victorious in the upcoming 2019 presidential elections.
Atiku Abubakar made this bold talk during the party’s National Executive Committee meeting on Thursday in Abuja.
The confident flag-bearer said he was surprised when the party leadership invited him and informed him of the details of the money realized from the primaries, saying that had never happened before and had posed a very big challenge to him.
“I said that should we win and we must win the Presidential election, we will have to enthrone the best fiscal responsibility this country has ever known or ever seen.
“This is simply because our party has given us that leadership, chairman I commend you.
“I believe with the genuine support of all of you, particularly of governors and members of the National Assembly, of party leaders, of local levels, and of course, party supporters, if we work together, I am convinced without any doubts that this election is for us to win.
“We have built up so much momentum after the Port Harcourt convention, it is now time for us to pick up the momentum again until we land in Aso Villa.”
Abubakar also said that he was ready to face Muhammadu Bubari, the incumbent president and Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress in an election debate.
The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, said that through the party’s National Convention in Port Harcourt, it had demonstrated to the world that it was ready to regain power and it was time to work together to achieve that.
“We must stay strong. It is not easy in a third world country to defeat an incumbent government, but it has been done before by everybody and we will do it again.
“I say so because the people are with us, and when the people are with you, God is with you, PDP by God’s grace will succeed.’’
Saraki stressed the need to make 2019 General elections credible, saying if elections were not free and credible, the country would be a fertile ground for crisis.
“There will be Nigeria after elections and we must fight for credible elections.”