​Anambra: Primary ‘ll determine maturity of  PDP delegates — Maduka

Aspirant for the November 6 governorship Anambra poll, under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Godwin Maduka has said that the June 26 primary of the party would determine the maturity of the delegates, advising them to ignore what he called political distractions and fight for the future of the state and their children.

Addressing the would -be delegates in Awka, Maduka reminded them of the need to consider the interest of the state and the capability of each aspirant to deliver while making their choice during the primaries, urging them not to allow those he described as electoral manipulators to influence them.

Maduka said his reason for the meeting was to educate delegates   to know their rights and to know the power they posses, adding that if they knew the power they carry to elect a credible and financially stable candidate, they would ignore political distractions from various quarters.

While urging PDP delegates not to yield to any political inducement, he asked them to see their duty as a civic act and vote a candidate that had attracted developmental projects through self worth and promised to empower all the delegates if nominated as PDP candidate on their forthcoming primary election.

He said: “Before venturing into politics, I was developing my community based on my conviction to serve humanity and to say thank you God for his numerous blessing, I was a child of poverty. Before venturing into politics I had tried on personal strength to give back to the society that gave life to me.

“Umuchukwu, my home town and its environs are evidence of self made man. But with your votes, it would be on higher level with the help of  experts in all sectors of the economy so that   Anambra will bounce again.

“On my honor, if the PDP delegates play right wing politics by shunning shady   process and vote for a candidate with open evident of developmental projects in the state, I will engage you in all my gigantic investments as a reward for politically liberating Anambra from the hands of political jobbers.

“If I am elected PDP flag bearer I promise that this state will enjoy a new lease of life as all the senatorial zones will be given a fast face lift. I will pull all my foreign contact to come rebuild Anambra,

“I wore poverty as a cloth, I ate it as food and am here to reduce poverty to its barest minimum and that is why I beg all PDP delegates to vote for me.”

Source: Vanguard News Nigeria

​PDP celebrates Obaseki’s Supreme Court victory

The Peoples Democratic Party has hailed the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, over his victory at the Supreme Court.

It described the victory as that of good over evil.

This was contained in a statement titled, “PDP Hails Gov. Obaseki’s Victory At Supreme Court …Says It’s Triumph of the Will of the People,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, on Friday.

The party said the Supreme Court Judgment upholding the election of Obaseki, is “as the inevitable triumph of the will of the people over anti-democratic forces.“

The PDP said the verdict of the apex court in throwing out the petition of All Progressives Congress is a resounding reinforcement of the popularity of the PDP and Governor Obaseki in Edo state, as firmly established in the election.

The party urged Governor Obaseki to continue in his commitment towards the development of the state and the wellbeing of his people in line with the manifesto and ideology of the PDP; the very reason he was overwhelmingly re-elected as governor of the state.

Ologbondiyan further said, “The PDP is proud of Governor Obaseki for the empowerment of the people as well as massive infrastructural development of Edo state in critical areas of healthcare, education, agriculture and food production, oil and gas, industrialization among others.“

The party also commended the judiciary for its courage in upholding justice and the will of the people in the Edo governorship election.

The APC is yet to react to the judgment.

2023: APC Govs Rejects Zoning Presidential Ticket

By Victor Habila

Ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general elections, the Progressive Governors Forum under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), says there would be no zoning of presidential ticket in the party. 

The Governors declared that any of its chieftains is free to aspire to any position in the country in line with provisions of the party’s constitution and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. 

Kebbi state governor and Chairman of the forum, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu made the declaration on Friday in a statement where he commended the Cross Rivers State governor, Ben Ayade who dumped the PDP for the APC on Thursday. 

He maintained that the ruling party remained “open, transparent and will continue to guarantee fair contestation in politics, in line with the overarching commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari and all our founding leaders. 

According to the statement; “Our National Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee has worked hard to restore the political credentials of the APC as a strong institution for Nigeria’s democratic development. We will continue to support the National Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee in all its current initiatives to rebuild our great party. With the coming of Mr Ayade, the capacity of our party to mobilise all patriots and other like-minded progressive Nigerians to join the APC is stronger. 

 “APC belongs to all Nigerians. Everyone, from every part of the country, is free to aspire for any position in the party in line with provisions of our party’s constitution and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. The guiding philosophy as enshrined in the provisions of our manifesto is the economic, social and political development of Nigeria. 
“The Progressive Reinforcement of our party continues. We look forward to receiving more patriots and progressive-minded Nigerians into the APC!” 

The APC Governors who attributed the decision of Governor Ayade to the tireless efforts of Yobe state governor and Chairman of the CECPC, Mallam Mai Mala Buni, also claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari leadership qualities have endeared many Nigerians to the ruling party.

 “The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) welcome His Excellency, Mr. Ben Ayade, Governor of Cross River State to the All Progressives Congress (APC). We join all leaders and members to welcome this illustrious Nigerian into our great party. The decision of Mr. Ayade to join the APC is a testament to our party’s capacity to mobilise all Nigerians consistent with the vision of the founding fathers to ensure that the APC is a platform to unite all Nigerians. 

The coming of Mr. Ayade into the APC further reinforces the process of membership and leadership recruitment at all levels. 

“We congratulate our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, whose sterling qualities and fair mindedness endear patriotic Nigerians to the party. Mr. President’s credentials as a fair leader who is impartial will continue to promote our party and serve as a major source of electoral advantage. As Progressive Governors, we will remain steadfast in supporting the efforts and initiatives of Mr. President to build our party, APC, as a strong and democratic political party in the country. 

“Also, we salute our members of the APC National Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee under the leadership of HE Mai Mala Buni for this milestone achievement of once again getting another experienced leader in the person of His Excellency Ben Ayade to join the APC. We welcome Mr. Ben Ayade for taking the courageous decision of leaving the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to join our party, the All Progressives Congress. The movement of our compatriot to the APC is indicative of his principles, commitment and conviction to the development of Nigeria. 

“Given all his achievements in Cross River State, Mr. Ayade is only coming home where he belongs. APC is indeed the party that will provide him and his people, and indeed all Nigerians the viable platform for political aspirations and negotiations. Together with Mr. Ayade and all our leaders in the APC, our party’s capacity to serve the collective interests of all Nigerians through effective representation will be strengthened and reinforced.” 

​Ortom blast El-rufai, warns him to stay off Benue affairs

By Victor Habila

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has warned Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai to deal with the insecurity ravaging his state before interferring in the affairs of other States in the country.

In a statement on Saturday issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Terver Akase, Ortom accused El-Rufai of misleading President Muhammadu Buhari on issues of insecurity rocking Nigeria.
This came as a response to an earlier position by El-Rufai who accused Gov. Ortom of blaming the federal government for insecurity in Benue as a way to cover up his own leadership failures.

However, Ortom in his reply said El-Rufai has no moral justification to talk about how to curb insecurity, accusing him of causing problems for his own people in Kaduna State.

He added that the Kaduna State Governor is only painting him in a bad light to score cheap political points with the Aso Rock Villa.

The Benue Governor accused El-Rufai of being a religious bigot and sycophant.

According to the statement : “We want to believe that El-Rufai was wrongly quoted. A man who has failed in several aspects as Governor of Kaduna has no moral justification to accuse another Governor.

“A Governor who has divided the good people of Kaduna against one another by not hiding his hatred of indigenes of the state on account of religion and ethnicity is not qualified to judge another Governor on any issue whatsoever. A Governor who chose a Muslim deputy in a state where Christians have a huge population is certainly not one to preach unity and peaceful co-existence.

“El-Rufai’s attack on Governor Ortom is merely to make him look good before the Presidency. He has apparently fallen out of favour at the Villa and wants to use Governor Ortom as a launch pad back to reckoning. How has he handled his own problems in Kaduna? This is a man who has insulted almost every prominent Nigerian including the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and former President Olusegun Obasanjo; a man who is his former boss and one who brought him to limelight.

“Nigerians have not forgotten the unprintable things El-Rufai said during Goodluck Jonathan’s time as President. He insulted the then President and publicly supported terrorists attacking parts of the country. His statements on the abduction of Chibok girls and several other acts of terrorism are still fresh in our minds. El-Rufai is on record to have said repeatedly that Fulani people must retaliate any wrong done to them no matter how long it takes.

“Is Governor Ortom responsible for El-Rufai’s inability to ensure peace in Kaduna State where bandits have taken over some communities while kidnappings and killings occur on a daily basis?

‘El-Rufai admitted to paying Fulani herdsmen whom he invited from other West African countries in the name of stopping attacks in Southern Kaduna. Since he made the confessional statement, attacks on the people of Southern Kaduna have escalated. This is why he wants men of good conscience like Governor Ortom to be silent to pave the way for the conquest and expansion agenda to succeed.

Ortom also said kidnapping has become a common crime in Kaduna State under the watch of  El-rufai.

“Aside from the much celebrated cases, it has been estimated that at every given time, not less than 300 persons are abducted in Kaduna by kidnappers who are always identified as El-Rufai’s kinsmen. He pays them billions to embolden them. He has turned the state into one of the most unsafe places to live in Nigeria today.

“Talking about taking someone seriously, if other Nigerians take El-Rufai seriously, we in Benue do not do the same. A man who has no regard for humanity does not deserve our attention.

“Nasir el-Rufai is a sycophant, ethnic champion and religious bigot who hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him. He is among the very few persons who have misled President Muhammadu Buhari. El-Rufai is one of the real enemies of this country who do not hide their divisive tendencies by elevating nepotism and ethnicity above the good values that have held Nigeria together over the decades.

“Nasir el-Rufai doesn’t possess the credentials to counsel anyone on payment of salaries and the welfare of workers. This is a Governor who recently sacked 4,000 workers for no just cause. He ought to be ashamed of himself. What happened to the lofty promises he made to the Kaduna people in 2015?

“The Kaduna Governor should know that only two days ago, the people of Benue State met at a stakeholders meeting in Makurdi and unanimously passed a vote of confidence on Governor Ortom in recognition of his performance. That meeting was attended across party lines with leaders of All Progressives Congress, APC also present.

“El-Rufai and his conspirators must note that Benue State will not repeal the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, no matter the amount of blackmail, hatred and threats they wage against Governor Ortom.

“We advise the Kaduna State Governor to focus on addressing the numerous problems he has created in his state and leave Governor Ortom to lead Benue in peace”, He said.

​El-Rufai Plotted Evil Against Rivers, says Gov. Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has on Friday accused the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai of reaping from the evil he plotted against Rivers State in 2015.
Wike also stated that the All Progressives Congress-led government of dragging Nigeria 50 years backwards.

The Governor stated this when the Vice President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Obiageli Ejezie, led other leaders of the association to the Government House, Port Harcourt, to confer on him the 2019/2020 Good Governance Award for his outstanding achievements in project execution in Rivers State.

In a statement released through his spokesman, Kelvin Ebiri, disclosed that the ruling APC convinced Nigerians that they had better governance than former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said, “There can’t be good governance without security and this is based on the rule of law. All of us are living witnesses that in 2015, it was alleged that the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan could not perform.”

“So, Nigeria needed a change. What has happened to the change? They have taken Nigeria back by 50 years.”

Wike wondered for how long the APC-led Federal Government would allow the needless killings and abduction of innocent Nigerians to continue.

The governor said, “Now, you wake up every morning, students are being kidnapped in so-and-so state university; people have been killed in so-and-so state. It has become the norm.”

“Just wake up in the morning and the first thing you will see on the front page of the dailies is ‘10 people have been kidnapped in Niger State; 20 have been killed in Zamfara State, five have been killed in Imo’ and this happens virtually every day. So, where are we heading to?”

The Rivers State Governor accused the Federal Government of instigating security crises in Rivers, saying the APC governors had visited the Presidency to demand the withdrawal of a commissioner of police from Rivers.

“Now, in order to cause crises in our state, they brought the CP they wanted. At the end of the day, God did not allow them to have their way. But see what is happening in his state now. When you are plotting evil against somebody, evil will visit you. And that is the problem Governor el-Rufai is facing today in Kaduna State.’’

“I remember when I came in 2015, when they were honouring one of their friends as a minister on live television, Channels, el-Rufai had the temerity to say (my) election could not stand in Rivers State and that they would kick me out,” Wike said.

Similarly, Gov. Wike has in recent times stated that Buhari Govt Has Lost Capacity To Address Insecurity challenges in the Country, The Governor made this known on Thursday when he hosted members of the south-south zonal working committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

In a statement by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, the governor noted that the federal government does not care if people are killed and their corpses litter streets across the country.

​APC Progressive Youths to hold Conference June 14

By Victor Habila

The progressive youths of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are set to hold their national conference on June 14 in Abuja.

 This followed an approval by  the Caretaker-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the party.

Alhaji Ismaeel Ahmed, APC National Youth Leader and a member of CECPC said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Ahmed said the conference which will be the first of its kind in Nigeria, would be declared open by President Muhammadu Buhari at the International Conference Center (ICC), Abuja.

“The conference planning committee has Ms Fatima Kakuri, Ms Stella Okotete, Mr Simon Elisha, Mr Abubakar Ahmed, Mr Sola Afolayan and Mr Oscar Obi as members.

“While Mr Smart Olarewaju, Mr Kabir Alfa, Mr Olisa Emeka, Mr Abuh Adrew, Ms Farida Odanghi, Ms Gift Johnbull, Ms Yetunde Adeniji, Mr Abubakar Barde, Mr Abubakar Adamu and Mr Aliyu Yusuf would serve as members of the conference operations and logistics committee.

“The media committee has Mr Maiwada Malam, Mr Tolu Ogunlesi, Mr Bashir Ahmad, Mr Segun Dada, Mr Tobi Johannes, Mr Ayo Akanji, Ms Theresa Tekeneh, Mrs Maryam Shettima, Mr Philip Obin, Mr Rinsola Abiola, Ms Zarah Onyinye and Mr Aliyu Abdullahi as members.

The APC national youths leader further mentioned that Some of the members of the contact committee include Mr Afeez Repete, Mr Kasim Maigari, Mr Sadik Faka, Mr Alwan Hassan, Mr Austin Agada, Mr Aminu Yakubu and Mr Gambo Manzo.

APC threatens to expose Mbaka over impeachment comments

By Victor Habila

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, against making statements that could cause instability in the country, threatening to expose him to the Pope.
Mbaka had called on the National Assembly to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari if he fails to resign over increased insecurity in the country.

Reacting to Mbaka’s statement on Friday, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Yekini Nabena, said it was unfortunate for a man of God “who is supposed to deploy all known spiritual means of averting crisis but rather threatening a democratically elected government for his own personal benefits while pretending to be speaking for the people.”

While making reference to the book of Mark 4: 35-40 where Jesus Christ calmed the storm when a wild storm came up and the waves crashed over the boat, Nabena said Jesus did not blame anyone but prayed and calmed the storm.

“One would wonder who Father Mbaka is emulating because the Lord Jesus Christ did not threaten to bring down the government during his own time, in fact, Jesus Christ obeyed and honoured constituted authority. That’s why he paid his tax.

“We are calling on Father Mbaka to concentrate on his spiritual calling and stop speaking like politicians who it is obvious he (Mbaka) has been dining and wining with. If Mbaka has found another political ally, it is better to leave a political message for politicians.

“Calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to either resign or be impeached because of the current challenges is ungodly. Father Mbaka should not, however, take his luck too far because there is a lot to tell the Vatican and the Pope about his person and his sources of inspiration”, Nabena said.

The APC chieftain also called on other clerics to “emulate the likes of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG and Pastor WF Kumuyi of the Deeper Life Bible Ministry and many other true men of God who will rather fast and pray to avert a crisis in the country instead of threatening the government of the day”.

​Over 1,000 supporters of ex-Gov, Yari, Marafa dump APC, join PDP in Zamfara

No fewer than 1000 supporters of former Governor, Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Kabiru Marafa from Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State have dumped the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and embraced the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The decampees were yesterday evening received earlier by the PDP State Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani Maikatako who later presented them to Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle at his residence in Gusau, the state capital.

The leader of the decampees, Comrade Abdullahi Danda Bungudu said they were at the Governor’s residence to register their support as they had declared their defection earlier at the state PDP Secretariat and were received officially by the state Party Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Umar Danfulani.

Comrade Danda further stated that the reason they defected from APC to PDP was due to the way and manner the Governor handled the security situation in the state and the many laudable projects he is executing in less than two years of being in office.

He observed that it is on record that before the coming of Matawalle’s administration, Zamfara State residents were in a serious war with bandits which almost destroyed the state to a failed one as all government machineries were not working.

Bungudu, however, averred that the vision and foresight of Governor Matawalle and his style of leadership changed all that and convinced them to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from their former political party, APC.

Responding, Governor Matawalle said his administration was determined to bring development to the people of the state at all levels with a view of making the state more secured and economically viable.

He further said, “as a leader, my primary responsibility is to protect the lives and property of the citizens including their dignity for the coming generations.”

Matawalle assured them of equal treatment in the party and also commended their foresight and positive decision of joining his party, the PDP for the purpose of developing Zamfara State collectively.

The Governor added that with people of their calibre in the party, he is sure that a lot will be achieved.

Notable among those who defected were Comrade Abdullahi Danda Bungudu, Alhaji Adamu Abu Samawa and Alhaji Abbas Abdullahi Bela who was the current Vice chairman of APC in Bungudu Local Government.
Source: The moonlight online

APC reconciliation in Zamfara yields positive results

The ongoing reconciliation of All Progressive Congress APC members in Zamfara state is yielding positive results .

The former governor of the state, Alhaji Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi said this in a media chat in Kaduna .

According to following the intervention of the party leaders, the crises among some APC supporters in the state have been settled .

He pointed out that as a result of such intervention the principal actors in the state party crisis have indicated their willingness for reconciliation towards the upliftment of APC in Zamfara state.

Mahmuda Shinkafi therefore identified politics as not a d0 or die affair but a game of numbers which reuired maturity and understanding to succeed .

On the registration of APCmembers in the state, the former governor described the exercise as comnendable and worthy of supper by all Party card carryin b members

Commenting on the banditry activities in Zamfara state, Alhaji Mhmud liyu Shinkafi Aaroni said bandits in the state are very poweful, but commended the him military for trying to bring to an end their activities.

The former governor also decried that despite the efforts of the government to reconcile with the bandits to stop such illegal acts, they refused to change their ways or Life.

He further expressed worry that some sections of the media are not helping matters towards bringing to an end the armed banditry.

Adamawa’s backwardness caused by past administrations – Fintiri

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has scored his administration high saying that despite financial crunch, COVID-19 scourge and insecurity, he was able to give a robust account of his stewardship in the last two years.

The governor who made the position during a stakeholders meeting at government house Yola Wednesday, where he gave detailed account of his stewardship, accused past administrations for the decay in all facets of the economy in the state.

“Distinguished Stakeholders, I have taken the pain the take us through some
of these gloomy indicators so that you can have a mental picture of the
situation at hand when we took over.

” I am not lamenting. Far from it. I do know, these are pitiably extraordinary problems created by the wrong people in

“And your collective anger that you require a true leader to turn
the fortunes of the State for the better was the result that brought me on

” The sure way to thank you for this decision is to periodically give you
a detailed breakdown of what we are doing to reverse the ugly narrative.
Where we are Now,” he said

” We met a State that was virtually devastated in all ramification,
requiring more than ordinary ingenuity to patch and revamp. Conscious of
the task at hand, we went all out, dared distractions and subdued
impossibilities. Today, the ugly narrative is fast reversing, Adamawa State is
changing and our people are happier. This fact is admitted even by our
fanatic antagonists.

” We inherited a socially destabilized society with a disenchanted citizenry
who live in constant fear of losing their lives, livelihood and properties.
While general loss of trust, attendant upon by ethnic and religious
suspicions and intolerance was brewing among our plural nationalities.

” Absence of justice and fairness has instituted a culture of identity politics
which was negatively taking its toll on our people. Perennial farmer-
herder conflicts, was claiming lives, herds, farm produce and even
settlements of our people.

” The situation was so bad that no community in Adamawa State can claim freedom from it. Kidnapping and unrestrained urban crime such as the activities of ‘Shila-Boys cult went on brazenly as if there were no constituted authority to contain them. The northern zone which was just recuperating from the attacks of the dreaded Bokoharam
insurgents were practically abandoned to their faith with most of them
converting the emergency IDP camps into a permanent abode with no
hope of return to their ancestral homes.

” The State was sliding into
anarchy with no demonstrated authoritative commitment to sanity and
control,” he said.

The governor who decried the state IGR when he took over said despite the daunting challenges, he was able to restore sanity to the once battered state economy.

” In 2018, the annual IGR of Adamawa State was about 6 Billion. This was
considered paltry in this age where every State is deploying all its arsenal
to transit to self-reliance and sustainability. We inherited a Suffocating N140-Billion debt burden which we had to service every month from
the Federal Allocation. As if this was not bad enough, there was standing
monthly overdraft line to pay salaries provided by commercial banks that
chocks. This has led to budget indiscipline and non-compliance with
extant appropriation laws,” he said.