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@AristotleJames: Not Atiku, not Buhari; Only Fashola can defeat Jonathan (Y! FrontPage)

by Immanuel James

Watching the endless barter of skirmishes on the social media between  President Jonathan’s supporters, and those of General Mohammadu Buhari, one  easily reaches the conclusion that many Jonathanians don’t know what is  good for them. Rather than celebrate that in General Buhari, their  principal has an easy access to electoral victory in the 2015 presidential  election, most Jonathanians are wasting their time arguing, highlighting  General Buhari’s weaknesses. Do they rather want the APC to suddenly realise the Buhari albatross and push for a Fashola candidacy,  which would be President Jonathan’s electoral nemesis?

I have this abiding suspicion that a Buhari candidacy is likely to be the  APC’s deliberate, preemptive, congratulatory gift on another Jonathanian  win. Or perhaps General Buhari has come to thwart the party’s chance at  winning the presidency, that being his own way of wishing President  Jonathan, good luck? While it may seem too early to assume that the General  will be the party’s standard-bearer in the election, indications are strong  to the effect that he will get the ticket.

There is no better way to explain the APC’s likely repetition of the Buhari  card other than the suspicion of deliberate self-destruct. When an astute  politician loses an election, he goes back to the drawing board: he  re-examines all the factors that guaranteed his loss and, if interested in  another shot, he initiates programmes in time, aimed at changing those  factors to his favour.

For General Buhari, all the factors that cost him particularly the last  presidential election, are still there. Nothing has changed – no, things
have changed for him, but for the worse: as usual, part of his Northern  support base will be encroached upon by the PDP’s use of a Northern  Vice-Presidential candidate, even also by President Jonathan’s penetration  of the Northern electorate through a few endearing policies. In the South,  Buhari has done nothing serious to endear himself to voters there, so it is  likely going to be another Jonathanian landslide in that zone. And  considering that the APC has failed to gain a sure footing in the  South-East; given also that the party’s clout in the South-West is wearing  thinner, the conclusion is in order that a Buhari candidacy is all that the  PDP needs for a resounding defeat of the APC.

Buhari’s religious image, mischievously exaggerated by Jonathanian  propaganda, has not helped matters. He has been conveniently costumed in  the minds of many Nigerians, by permutations and circumstances, as a Boko  Haram sympathiser, and by extension, as a force of evil unfit for  presidential leadership. His advocacy for amnesty for those butchers helped  plot of that theme. Rather than a statesman, the General, through  unpopular remarks, comes off as a sectional leader. There is yet the burden  of a Northern arrogance that professes entitlement to power, a situation  that can generate bluff votes against him. Add that to the narrative of age  and threat of mayhem upon electoral defeat – include also that  all-important baggage of a despotic military past daubed in rights  violations and the truncation of democracy, a baggage soon to become a  persistent megaphone invocation against the Buhari choice – and you have a  perfect condition for a Jonathanian victory.

There is, however, one important factor that can be explored by the Buhari  camp, to rake in more votes among the enlightened electorate: President  Jonathan, among other failings, arguably, has been an unblinking spectator  of graft in the six years of his presidency. Never, in the history of  Nigeria’s democracy, have corrupt politicians been so lucky in a president  as in Jonathan! “Stealing”, he once stated, “is not corruption.” Buhari,  with a toga of legendary integrity, occasionally debunked though, can make  a strong electoral point out of this corruption blemish. But unfortunately  for him, the average Nigerian voter, already convinced in his cynicism that  all politicians are thieves, is more interested in the ethnicity and  religion of a candidate, than in accusations of theft. The enlightened  voter who understands the corruption polemics better, is a non-voting,  middle-class, Internet analyst!

Given the power of incumbency, and by this I mean specifically its tendency  to attract civic yesmanship for material gains, evidenced in massive
endorsements for President Jonathan, from TAN to Nollywood, it will take a  very strong, vibrant, charismatic, popular candidate to undo the PDP in the  presidential election. That candidate, for the APC, is Governor Babatunde  Fashola of Lagos. A Northern alternative would have been Governor Musa  Kwankwaso, who has distinguished himself in governance in his state – but  the Kano Governor already strikes an extremist religious impression  breaking beer bottles all over the place. Atiku Abubakar is completely out  of the question: with his alleged numerous wives and 30 children; his  history of political prostitution; and a massive wealth that belies logical  explanation for a former customs officer, he represents a flattery of  President Jonathan.

Fashola remains the one Nigerian leader that cultivates grace, charisma,  integrity, intelligence, wisdom, and confidence. His superitendence of
Lagos in the last seven years, though not without censures, stands out as  probably one of Nigeria’s proudest claims to political excellence. This is  a man who makes promises and Lagosians, seeing a track-record of  fulfillments, believe him. What more does it mean to be a leader than to  earn the trust of a people and their understanding in the face of  challenges? His simplicity ensures that the evangelism of his brand is  carried vicariously on the streets by the ordinary Lagosian, not by  billboards and sirens. Fashola is the leader we had been waiting for all  these years, whose little shortcomings can be edited by himself in the  promise of his listening humility.

But for a polity like ours, driven by the pettiness of ethnicity, power  rotation and religion, the APC will not field Fashola against Jonathan.
Nigerians will yet again be treated to a familiar repeat, one that will  deliver the ugly certainty of bloodshed from electoral defeat. Buhari’s  supporters, unyielding like their principal, will not corner the General to  a side and tell him the home truth.

Truth is, the APC is not even offering an alternative blueprint anyway. The  party’s manifesto has no propositions for restructuring, for instance.
Rather than propose a credible alternative to a structure in which national  budgets are skewed on 73:27 recurrent-capital ratios, due to the federal  character imperative, the party is clamouring for power for its own sake,  on this same defective arrangement. The impact of federal governance can  hardly be felt, no matter the party, so long as the nation spends over 70  percent of its revenues on recurrent expenditure.

At this rate, one can only resign to another four years of Jonathan’s  leadership. And this resignation is happening mainly because General Buhari  has come that President Jonathan should have power, and have it more  abundantly.

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Op-ed pieces and contributions are the opinions of the writers only and do not represent the opinions of Y!/YNaija.

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Akin Osuntokun: #2015- The scramble for the South-West votes

by Akin Osuntokun

As the reporting of modern electoral politics goes, the South West zone can be appropriately designated the battleground zone of the forthcoming Nigeria Presidential election in 2015. It is the zone where the election will be won and lost-particularly for the APC. As the electoral map mathematics and general political tendency stand today, the South-West is the least committed zone.

This toss up status runs contrary to its post-independence bloc voting pattern.
There is the near certainty that the presumptive PDP candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan will prevail in the South-South, South-East and North-Central zones leaving only the margin of victory to the imagination. Pretty much similar attribution can be made for the likely APC flag bearer, General Mohammadu Buhari, in the North-West and North-East zones.
The political competitiveness that is thereby inferred is good for the durability and viability of our multi-party system. The system will not long endure if either political party repeatedly goes into an election with the certainty of losing or winning. A time will come when the hopeless chronic loser will begin to see the system as an adversary in whose sustenance it has no vested interest-regardless of the fairness of the circumstances of its failure.

This nihilistic tendency corresponds to the zero sum perception of the system in which the loser loses all and the winner wins all.
Ordinarily, Presidential elections in Nigeria generate a lot of anxiety and uncertainty far more than it should. And the reason for this is known to all-too much power at the centre.

By itself, over concentration of power at the centre is not a problem. It only becomes a problem where the society to which it is applied inherently defies or it is antagonistic to the logic of centralisation.
By all accounts, Nigeria is a prescribed federalism. The corollary here is that the country is antithetical and not amenable to a unitary constitution-under which (unfortunately) the country has laboured in one form or another since 1966.
In this recognition, the contest for power at the centre approximates the culture of quarrying for booty and the spoils of victory in a conquered territory. Shorn of all pretention and hypocrisy it is no less the case now-that much explains the ferocity and desperation with which political players contemplate the election.
It is a platitude to suggest that the present political configuration-with specific regards to the South-west zone, is a culmination of the haphazard progression of the Fourth republic. At the onset of the renewal of its Presidential mandate in 2011, the PDP was in complete disorderly retreat in the zone and the formula for winning Presidential election therein had been effectively reduced to periodic ad hoc bargaining with the regional bound opposition party.
The subsequent formation of the APC made the sustenance of this formula a little less likely (as 2015 looms in the horizon) and the necessity of the formula was positively called to question by the PDP breakthrough in Ekiti state-which popped up virtually from nowhere. The trend accelerated with the final acquiescence of the Labour Party to the long standing overtures of the PDP.
The outcome of the governorship election in Osun State did not quite follow suit but the robust performance of its candidate indicates that the PDP has not lost the wind in its sail. And more than ever before, there is now a real chance that Oyo and Ogun states may go the way of Ekiti while the APC in Lagos state may implode under the stress of its own internal contradictions.
Going by the measure of the benign neglect the zone had endured under this dispensation, I think the PDP and its Presidential contender have been lucky with the less than hostile reception it is getting in the South-west.

I do not know to what logic we can attribute the seeming political apathy of President Jonathan towards the zone other than the resignation to the now untenable assumption that the zone is captive to the opposition party.
The element of luck is that despite this baggage, the PDP has re-emerged as a formidable contender in the zone. This extenuating circumstance for Jonathan in the culpability for setting the zone on the path of political relegation and marginalisation is the subversive role of the House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and his cohorts.
If any individual can be credited with unspeakable cruelty and insensitivity towards the PDP, Tambuwal has no contender. He started by subverting both the party and the South-West zone (by robbing the zoning arrangement); and has ended up following the vintage precedent of his biblical role model-and duly fulfilled the grand role of betrayal to which he was foreordained.
Yet, all who would not now find their voice notably went hysterical with fusillades of hyperbole in convicting and castigating Nuhu Ribadu for an incomparable lapse.

Those of us who believe in the notion that providence has a way of balancing scores can partly extrapolate the setback of APC in the South-West to the vicious kick in the groin dealt the zone by the likes of Tambuwal.
As the South-West becomes a disappearing act in the projected victory party of the APC, the need to go back to the drawing board becomes commensurately compelling.

In seeming response, General Buhari has come out openly to own the possibility of fielding a Muslim-Muslim Presidential ticket-to which no less a personality than President Olusegun Obasanjo has responded with alarm and condemnation.
In emphatic indication of one who has been thoroughly schooled in propagating this platform, Buhari went to town as follows:
“In 2003, whom did I chose as my running mate? Chuba Okadigbo. He was brought up by Zik. And he was senate president and was a serving senator when he accepted to be my running mate. He was a Roman Catholic. He was an Igbo. In 2007, whom did I pick? Edwin Ume-Ezeoke. He was a Roman Catholic. He was an Igbo. And in 2010, I even chose a pastor. Pastor Tunde Bakare.  Honestly, what do Nigerians want me to do? If they don’t believe I’m not a fundamentalist, what also can I do? This new phenomenon of religion is another blackmail political confusionists in Nigeria are bringing to the fore. What kind of people are we? Nigerians will always bring something to cause confusion while we are trying to stabilise the system… I have not absolutely closed my mind to picking a Christian or Muslim as running mate if I get the ticket”.
In the first place, it amounts to abject over-simplification (or feigned ignorance) to reduce the critique of Muslim-Muslim or Christian-Christian Presidential ticket to the person of Buhari or the predilection of any individual. Nobody is criticising this idea because of Buhari. It is simply a bad idea whose contemplation is made worse by the association of such a polarising figure.

Secondly how does the observance of political correctness (as the running mate choice of Okadigbo, Ume-Ezeoke and Tunde Bakare indicates) become justification and extenuation for a future political misdemeanour?
And then in the most brazen contrivance of self-righteousness imaginable, Buhari was actually blaming Nigerians for a sin he has the singular honour of being the foremost proponent.

In what manner should Nigerians view a politician who goes around urging Muslims to vote for only those who would protect their faith?; a former head of state who chose the precise moment of Sharia inspired national turmoil to proclaim “I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria, God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country,”
In the same interview, Buhari sought further justification in the Abiola-Kingibe precedent “Why did Nigerians line up and elect Abiola and Kingibe?” Well the short answer to that poser is that Nigerians did that because prior to 1993, top Nigerian public figures did not go around canvassing fellow Nigerians to vote only those who would protect their faith. If Abiola or Kingibe had behaved similarly, there would have been no precedent to misappropriate for the cause of a patently divisive agenda in 2014.

Furthermore, in 1993, Nigeria was a long way to Boko-Haram and the credible suspicion of political usage it has spawned; and the world was light years away from the 9/11 turning point.
Not yet done Buhari contended “I will tell you something. Tinubu’s wife is a Christian, Governor Fashola’s wife is a Christian, Governor Amosun’s wife is a Christian, Bisi Akande’s wife is a Christian, Governor Ajimobi’s wife is a Christian. For goodness sake, the children of these political leaders in Nigeria were bred and brought up by Christian mothers.

You think those people, wherever they participate, they will bring a religious issue?”
Without prejudice to the religious liberalism of the personalities cited, we would do well to remind ourselves that the most rabid racist in America’s contemporary history, Strom Thurmond, had a child with an African-American consort; and Adolf Hitler was a descendant of Jews and Africans.
Beyond these gratuitous evasions, my fear is that I hope the South-West is not being targeted in an insidious manner.

The logic behind the composition of presidential tickets is no rocket science. It is predicated on the principle of complementarity-you either aspire to reinforce what you consider the strength of your ticket or seek to neutralise and diffuse a negative perception. A good example of the latter is Buhari’s own previous presidential tickets.
If Buhari or any Muslim religion denominated winner of APC Presidential primaries now goes ahead and nominate a fellow Muslim running mate then the ticket will be an illustration of seeking to reinforce an identity-considered to be the selling point of the candidature. The unique identity being reinforced here is the Muslim identity-since it is implausible to find any other attribute that is particular to such a ticket.
Further implication will be found in the fact that the region from which the Muslim running mate will be sourced is the South-West-where there is a sizable population of Muslims. Is it logical to presume that a surreptitious appeal is thereby being made to Muslim voters in the zone? What signal would this send to Boko-Haram and similarly misguided potential political jihadists? What is the possibility that the materialisation of such a ticket will provoke and precipitate a counter religious mobilisation of Christians? Would this ticket be deemed nationally inclusive or exclusive?

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Op-ed pieces and contributions are the opinions of the writers only and do not represent the opinions of Y!/YNaija.

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THE 2015 TRACKLIST: GEJ pulls off Tambuwal’s security details | Akinjide says Ladoja is a no-no for PDP | Wike battles enemies within | More stories

As you count down to the February General Elections, we show you what to read and what to skip today.

Jonathan pulls off Tambuwal’s security details.

Leadership

Speaker gets support from colleagues.

Nation

Ladoja is a no-no for PDP, says Akinjide.

Nation

Women demand 35% affirmative action implementation.

Punch

PDP says the APC is unprepared for governance.

Nation

GEJ is still on Tambuwal’s case.

Nation

APC ready to restore hope to Nigerians, says Odigie-Oyegun.

Nation

NHRC chief is scared.

Nation

PDP extends sale of forms to aspirants.

Punch

Wike battles more enemies within.

Punch

 

Play the track list with us every week, Monday to Saturday.

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SPOTTED: @APCNigeria leader, @AsiwajuTinubu returns from UK trip

by Akan Ido

Bola Tinubu, the leader of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has returned to the country after a trip to the United Kingdom.

The former Lagos State Governor who has been rumoured to be nursing a debilitating illness reportedly arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja today.

Tinubu, who was spotted with his aides, looked quite sprightly.

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Opinion: Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s defection and the possibility of a hung parliament

by Abdul Ajia

With Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s defection from the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party on the 28th of October, 2014 to the opposition All Progressive Congress, the fourth republic has entered an unchartered territory. The possibility of a hung House of Representatives is looming and if both sides do not move, there are implications for the economy.

When the House reconvenes on the 3rd of December, 2014, it will be interesting to see Tambuwal resume his duties as the leader of the House of Representatives. This action if it occurs will be a global first. Nigeria would have set a precedent of having a minority party member lead the majority in a participative democracy with well-defined political parties.

As it stands today, the Peoples’ Democratic Party has 188 members, the All Progressive Congress has 160 and the other smaller parties (who are usual coalition partners with the PDP) has 12. The prediction of a hung parliament on the 3rd of December, 2014 when the House of Representatives reconvenes is therefore factually grounded. Neither of the two large parties has a sufficiently fireproof share of members that will confer an overall majority on one.

Nigeria’s fourth republic is patterned after the United States presidential system and in modern presidential system practice across the world from USA, Mexico, Philippines, and Turkey, the Speaker is chosen by the majority party from among its senior leaders either when a vacancy in the office arrives or when the majority party changes.

Unlike some Westminster system parliaments; i. e. the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand in which the office of Speaker is considered non-partisan, in the United States and in much of the other presidential systems, the Speaker of the House is a leadership position and the office-holder actively works to set the majority party’s legislative agenda.

Because the Peoples’ Democratic Party maintains a majoritarian mindset and the All Progressive Congress prefers to behave as a majority party in the House of Representatives even when they are not the clear majority, the stage has been set for a dysfunctional House of Representatives. The do little House of Representatives will therefore become the do nothing House.

The dilemma that the Peoples’ Democratic Party found itself in the interim started since 2011 when it could not get the majority of its members to vote for the PDP candidate for Speaker; Hon. Mulikat Adeola Akande. Because it is expected that PDP members of the House will vote for their party’s candidate, those who violated their party’s agreed upon arrangement ought to have face serious consequences. We all remember that none of this happened in 2011.

So what are the options? The best case scenario will be for the Peoples’ Democratic Party and the All Progressive Congress to strike a deal in the House of Representatives. Since losing an absolute majority, the Peoples’ Democratic Party can no longer have a winner takes all mentality. A power sharing arrangement in the House of Representatives has to be forged. The likely scenario that should play out in order to forestall a breakdown of government will be for Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to relinquish his office voluntarily and a ranking member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party installed as Speaker while the deputy speakership position goes to the APC. The same scenario will have to be replicated across the other major offices.

The APC has brandished section 50 (b) of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution that says there shall be “a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives who shall be elected by the members of that House from among themselves” to claim that the speaker does not necessarily have to be a member of the majority party. This is a mischievous reading of the constitution; it goes without saying that the constitution never envisaged a situation where a member of the minority party will lead the majority in a presidential system of government. Since the Nigerian presidential system is patterned after that of the United States, the Speakership of the House is a leadership position and the office-holder actively works to set the majority party’s legislative agenda.

Invariably what this means is that the House of Representatives is not a social club where members take decisions based on whims, the speakership position of the House of Representatives is undeniably that of the majority PDP until such a time when the minority APC is able to get more members of the ruling PDP to defect to its rank and thus tilt the majority to its side.

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Op-ed pieces and contributions are the opinions of the writers only and do not represent the opinions of Y!/YNaija.
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For the record: Full text of Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal’s speech at the APC Special Convention in Abuja

The work may appear tedious and the road ahead may appear long and hard, but our party is amply endowed with all the key ingredients of success.

It is an honour and privilege to join you all today at this Special Convention of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). I am really glad to be part of the APC family. Indeed, I have been overwhelmed by the massive outpouring of goodwill and welcome that I have received from the members of our great party and other well meaning Nigerians since the formal notification of my membership of APC. From the depth of my heart, I say, thank you.

And in appreciation of your warm hand of fellowship, I hereby rededicate myself to the task of building and growing our Party, and helping our party achieve its mission of lifting Nigeria to glorious heights and restoring hope to the citizens of our great country. In this regard, I hereby call on all other like minded Nigerians to join this movement to deliver on the promise of a new Nigeria.

The APC is the party where the progressive ideals of good governance to which I subscribe are wholeheartedly embraced and applied for the betterment of Nigeria.

I have embraced the APC platform as a veritable instrument for genuine change and enduring national development. We must constantly remind ourselves that Nigerians yearn for true change and APC represents the hope for this change, and a promise of a brighter tomorrow.

The Programmes of the APC are very attractive and will bring about radical changes in the way we do business in Nigeria. The kind of change Nigeria truly needs.

The work may appear tedious and the road ahead may appear long and hard, but our party is amply endowed with all the key ingredients of success. We need unity and solidarity in our ranks in order to face the challenges ahead.

In the weeks ahead, we will engage party men and women and Nigerians on the future direction of our nation and means of rescuing her from the malaise of youth unemployment, insecurity, institutionalized corruption, poverty, socio-economic decline and infrastructural decay.

May Almighty God guide our deliberations at this Special Convention, guide our path, bless our great Party, the All Progressives Congress. And may He bless and protect the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Being the text of Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s speech at the All Progressives Congress Special Convention in Abuja on October 29, 2014.

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Today’s Daily Brief: Tambuwal says PDP ‘cabal’ will be chased out, LP gives Mimiko 21 day ultimatum to resign, Bipi wants Amaechi called to order, and more

We deliver your news brief for Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

 

The National Working Committee (NWC) Wednesday advised Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko to respect Labour Party (LP) constitution and resign from office.

Mimiko who was elected into office as LP candidate dumped the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

LP NWC took the decision after a meeting in Abuja.

According to a statement issued by the LP National Publicity Secretary, Ikpe Etokudo: “The NWC came to the inevitable conclusion that the constitution of the republic and provision of relevant section of the electoral laws must be respected by Dr. Olusegun Mimiko and his new party – the PDP.

 

Nation

 

Still basking in the euphoria of his defection from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the opposition All Progressives Congress, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, on Wednesday, vowed that his new party will chase out the “cabal” currently running the country in the 2015 presidential election.

Apparently referring to the PDP-led federal government, the Speaker said the APC was the only party that could give Nigerians hope and urged its members to unite in order to achieve the task.

Mr. Tambuwal spoke at the APC’s extraordinary non-elective national convention held at the Old Parade Ground, Abuja Wednesday.

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Members of the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party have taken a position on the zoning of governorship position in Akwa Ibom State.

In a surprise move aimed at silencing opponents of Governor Godswill Akpabio, the party said only candidates from Eket Senatorial Zone would be allowed to vie for the party’s governorship seat in the state.

With this, the party has pitched its tent with Akpabio against others, who had opposed the resolve of the governor on the zoning formular.

A former Governor of the state, Chief Victor Attah, has been the leader of a group of PDP stakeholders among whom is a former Minister of Petroleum, Chief Don Etiebet, asking that qualified aspirants be allowed to contest, the party’s ticket in the state, regardless of their zone.

Punch

 

Eight Peoples Democratic Party aspirants that obtained nomination forms for the botched October 11 governorship election in Adamawa State stormed the Abuja secretariat of the party on Wednesday, asking the leadership to respect a subsisting agreement.

They had stepped down for the former Acting Governor of the state, Umar Fintiri, before a Federal High Court in Abuja halted the by-election and installed the former Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari, as governor.

Upon stepping down for Fintiri, in the botched by-election, the PDP had assured the aspirants that their nomination forms would still be valid for the governorship election proper.

Nation

 

The leader of the six anti-Governor Rotimi Amaechi lawmakers in the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr. Evans Bipi, has called on the governors kinsmen to tell their son to desist from the verbal attacks against President Goodluck Jonathan.

Bipi, who describes himself as the speaker of the State House of Assembly, also warned that the state would be made ungovernable for Amaechi should he continue in to attack the President.

Speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Bipi expressed the need for the governor’s kinsmen to call him to order so that he (Amaechi) could conclude the remaining months of his tenure.

Punch

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@AliModuSheriff accused of being a PDP spy

by Ibrahim Panshak

A political advocacy group, Borno Coalition for Good Governance, has accused the former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Mordu Sheriff, of being a mole of the Peoples Democratic Party, planted in the opposition party to scuttle the presidential ambition of former Head of State, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).

The Borno-based non-governmental organisation described Modu Sherrif’s exit from the All Progressives Congress as a timely relief.

Represented by its project manager, Modu Wulgo, and Secretary, John Ndi Bula, the NGO said, “We are in possession of incontrovertible evidence that since 2003 Sheriff has been used by the PDP to destabilise the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) on whose platform he was elected governor twice.

“The leadership crisis which rocked the party for almost five years was actually caused by Sheriff in order to ensure the ANPP presidential flag bearer, Muhammadu Buhari, did not find a breathing space in the party.”

The group further alleged that in 2003, 2007 and 2011, Sheriff voted against Buhari in the presidential elections despite being a major beneficiary of the General’s tremendous goodwill from Borno masses.

“This was why his party men then referred him as ‘ANPP in body and PDP in spirit’. This hypocrisy is partly responsible for the pathetic situation the country has found itself today – no thanks to the inept administration of Goodluck Jonathan.”

“As a non-governmental organisation that believes in the promotion of good governance and entrenchment of democratic values, we see the exit of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff from the All Progressives Congress (APC) as ‘good riddance to bad rubbish’. This is because Sheriff and his cohorts were actually moles planted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to destabilise the APC.”

“This was why throughout his stay in the party he struggled desperately to gain control of the party machinery, but when he discovered that one of the leaders of the party in the person of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu had discovered his antics, Sheriff resorted to cheap blackmail against the former Lagos State governor and throwing tantrums at the party.”

On the basis of this, the group charged the people of Borno State not to be deceived anymore by the “self -seeking politician”, saying his claim of joining the PDP to rescue the state is a cheap propaganda and playing to the gallery.

According to the group, “the fact remains that his (Sheriff’s) exit from office in 2011 has denied him the opportunity of milking the state resources which he used to enrich himself and his father who never completed any contract awarded to him by the Borno State government since 1999.”

“The late Governor Mala Kachallah, out of frustration, had to hire another contractor to complete the roofing of the 202 housing estate as the senior Sheriff was paid for the job, but absconded with the money.”

The Borno Coalition for Good Governance declared that it would oppose any attempt to reelect Modu Sheriff to power by any means possible.

“This is because it will amount to returning the State to the inglorious eight-year reign where life for an average Borno man was ‘brutish’ because of the economic hardship instilled by his irresponsible administration.”

Furthermore, they claimed that while in office, Sheriff abandoned the Late Shehu of Borno, Mustapha Ibn Umar El-Kanemi, without adequate care, despite his deteriorating health until he died in 2009,

“Keen followers of Borno politics will recall that the late Shehu was known for his love for peaceful co-existence among the people and residents of Borno regardless of whatever social differences.”

The group said Sheriff left the late Shehu abandoned because he frowned at the increasing influence of political thugs known as ECOMOG whom Sheriff used to terrorise the State and his political opponents for eight years.

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THE 2015 TRACKLIST: PDP has eyes only for GEJ | …Kwankwaso says APC can stop him | Atiku says he’s here to stay | More stories

As you count down to the February General Elections, we show you what to read and what to skip today.

PDP has eyes only for GEJ.

Leadership

…Kwankwaso says APC can stop him.

Leadership

Jonathan wants no violence though.

Leadership

As Patience Jonathan interferes in Oyo poltics.

Punch

Atiku says he ain’t going nowhere.

Leadership

Things fall apart for Anambra PDP.

Nation

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@PDPNigeria has something to say to Tambuwal

by Anike Jacobs

The Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has been urged by The National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP to do the needful as his new party, APC, was in the minority.

Olisa Metuh, the PDP’s spokesman said, “After a thorough consideration of the matter, the NWC came to a conclusion that the speaker, as a responsible elected officer, knows full well what is needful and honourable of him since his new party is in the minority.”

Metuh added that the PDP was mindful of the fact that Tambuwal became speaker on its platform as the political party with the majority of seats in the House of Representatives. This, he said, was an incontrovertible fact and had not changed.

Also reacting, Akwa Ibom state’s governor, Godswill Akpabio, said the PDP had also suspected such action from him.

“We had always suspected that the speaker of the house is in name a PDP member, but in action, an opposition party member.

“What has happened today is a culmination of what we had also suspected all along and I expect that as a man of integrity, he knows the right thing to do.

“That he was elected on the platform of the PDP and today, he has defected to the opposition and there is no crisis or division in PDP, so the law and the constitution is very clear,” Akpabio said.

He, however, wished the speaker well in his new party and urged him to do the needful, which according to him, is obeying the rule of law.