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Breaking: Atiku Abubakar quits APC [Full letter]

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Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has resigned from the All Progressives Congress.
Abubakar confirmed this in a statement he personally signed on Friday.

He also gave reasons for quitting the party.

However, he did not state which party he intends to join, but said he is pondering on his political future.

The statement, titled: “Statement of resignation of His Excellency Atiku Abubakar (Waziri Adamawa) Vice President of Nigeria, 1999-2007 from the All Progressives Congress,” reads in full…

“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”.

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Kogi East: PDP Youth Vanguard lauds, queue behind ADC’s Victor Adoji for senate

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The PDP National Youth Vanguard in Kogi East Senatorial Zone has lauded the mobilization and reconciliation efforts of Victor A. Adoji, the ADC senatorial candidate for Kogi East Senatorial Zone in the zone.

Rising from a consultative parley with stakeholders in the zone and selected media organizations in Lokoja,Coordinator of the group in Kogi State, Comrade (Barr.) Ibrahim Ocheja described the ambition of Victor A. Adoji as God sent and in the interest of the global Igala nation which has suffered the enormous consequences of bad leadership especially between 2015 and now.

Barr. Ibrahim who had initially spoken as a guest on the early morning breakfast political show hosted on the network service of Radio Nigeria listed the 9 LGA’s in Kogi East as the most disadvantaged in the North Central Zone and Northern Nigeria as a whole.

In His words, Barr. Ibrahim said “what we lack in Kogi East is leadership and 2019 for us is a moment of correction because we as a people have resolved to stand up to and break away from individuals who consider themselves demi-gods and have held our people under a gluttonous grip.”

“We have a ranking lawmaker as what should ordinarily be a senator in the person of Atai Aidoko Ali but His experience, clout and everything He is worth has revolved only around Him as a person, His multi billionaire Abuja residence and His office in the National Assembly. What we have been forced to live with is an individual who is aloof, bereft of humanity and lacking in emotional intelligence. We will not continue with such a figure in 2019 because we are determined to catch up with the rest of the world on terms of advancement.”

Speaking at the same event, Kogi East coordinator of the PDP National Youth Vanguard, Nurudeen Okpanachi who noted that the group has adopted the #Correction2019 slogan lamented that whereas Sen. Aidoko who by virtue of  being a senator in the last 4 years has earned at least N700 million in running cost, allowances, constituency project funds and other benefits held on trust for the people of Kogi East, he has failed to positively impact his zone in any known way.

According to Nurudeen, “it is only for the records that I must say that the biggest single divisive factor in Kogi East senatorial zone as at today is Sen. Atai Aidoko Ali. I also want to state plainly that the largest organized scam in Igala land happened under the supervision of Senator Aidoko right inside His national assembly office.

“Hundreds of Igala citizens were reached out to and asked to submit details of their companies to be shortlisted as vendors for government contracts via the office of sustainable development goals SDG’s. This process was coordinated by our own senator. Religious leaders, traditional rulers, leaders of thought, youth leaders and various other persons took part. Till date, not one of those individuals have received any positive feedback despite the fact that their counterparts elsewhere have either been long mobilized to site or paid for job completed. To which direction did the share of Kogi East people go?”

Addressing newsmen during a press briefing marking the end of the parley, Publicity Secretary of the group in Kogi East Esther Ele Ojogbane noted that the PDP National Youth Vanguard has taken a position which is already in the public domain.

Ojogbane said that “the PDPNYV has a custom of identifying with individuals whose ideals align with our core aims. In this case, Victor Alewo Adoji is that individual. We will not bend our rules to accommodate paper weights like Sen. Aidoko. We will not erode our values to advance the candidacy of people we cannot trust to be responsible and accountable.”

“We note that Sen. Aidoko has shown sufficient disrespect and disregard for the Igala nation. We acknowledge that He has exploited the kindness of the Igala people for over a decade. Now is the time to put an end to this anomaly. We encourage Him to donate more antiquated cars to His yes men. We urge Him to stay put in His Abuja mansion and dole out cash to His lapdogs but at the right time, we will make Him understand that the core values, the ethos and the fundamental attributes of the Igala people cannot be bought with money.”

Sen. Atai Aidoko Ali is a ranking congressman who lately benefitted from an automatic return ticket offer made to rAPC federal lawmakers who defected to the PDP and lately some PDP lawmakers; a measure used to stabilize the party during a round of defections and counter defections which rocked the National Assembly in 2018.

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Ogun Guber: You’re APC’s agent, impostor, PDP tells Buruji

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…Insists Adebutu is its Candidate  
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has exposed the senator representing Ogun East,  Senator Kashamu Buruji as a desperate paid agent of anti-democratic forces working to cause confusion, trigger violence and bloodletting in the 2019 general election and derail our hard-earned democracy.
The party says Senator Buruji is an interloper and impostor, who would soon face prosecution for printing and selling fake PDP nomination forms to members of the public, in violation of the provisions of the Electoral Act and the PDP constitution, which vest such powers only on the party’s National Working Committee.
Senator Buruji would also face the law for conducting phony governorship primary in Ogun state, with the name and colors of the PDP, an activity which only the National Working Committee has the powers to conduct and which it had done after which it submitted the name of our Ogun governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the stipulated time.
It is instructive to note that under the Electoral Act and the PDP constitution, only the National Working Committee, and no other organ of the party at the national or state level, is empowered to submit a governorship candidate to INEC.
This function has been duly carried out by the PDP national leadership, under the Chairmanship of Prince Uche Secondus, upon which strength he handed Ladi Adebutu, our party’s official flag.
Apparently in the desperation to pacify his paymasters and benefactors, Senator Buruji, in violation of the law, has been going around, causing confusion, parading himself as the candidate of our party, even when he did not stand for our primaries, and threatening our leaders, particularly, Prince Uche Secondus, with violence, as he even alluded in his press statement of December 9, 2018, for giving our flag to our candidate, Ladi Adebutu.
The PDP has received reports from very high quarters that Senator Buruji has been under pressure from his benefactors at the Buhari Presidency, who reportedly reached a pact with him to destabilize and distract our party with a promise to let him off the hook on his pending fraud case, for which he is risking imminent extradition from Nigeria.
Senator Buruji has lost all electoral value and cannot be a march for our governorship candidate, in popularity and acceptance by the people, as darkness has no comparison to the light.
The PDP, therefore, urges all security agencies and Nigerians in general to note that Senator Buruji is the aggressor and directly hold him responsible for any breakdown of law and order, since he has given a hint into such inclination by his violent outbursts and threats.
For us in the PDP, our candidate, Ladi Adebutu, is already coasting to victory with the people and there is nothing the Buhari Presidency can do to stop him.
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A’Ibom 2019: Plot to tag Gov Udom’s aides as cultists thickens

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As the buildup to the 2019 general elections gathers momentum, a thickening plot to implicate the key aides of Akwa Ibom State governor, Dr. Udom Emmanuel with trumped-up accusations of being involved in cult activities has been uncovered.

It is alleged to be spearheaded by a top-ranking former chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who recently cross-carpeted to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Akwa Ibom State has turned into a theatre of war, no thanks to the activities of key opposition politicians in the state led by a senator who has not hidden his determination to retake control of the political machinery in the state and ensure power swings to his new party at the polls come 2019.

The once peaceful state has been engulfed in an intractable crisis since the defection of the top party man to the extent that the centre can no longer hold. Everything has allegedly been done by the Senator and his cohorts in the last few weeks to make the state ungovernable. It is perceived to be a ploy to humiliate the governor of the state, Udom Emmanuel, who has been locked in a battle for the soul of the state since the beginning of the crisis.

It got to a stage that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was deployed in the humiliation process. In the process, Gov. Emmanuel was indicted by officers of the anti-graft agency for purportedly withdrawing the sum of N1.7 billion from the state treasury, an accusation which the government has since denied.

The senator representing Uyo Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Bassey Albert Akpan; the Assembly speaker, Hon Onofiok Luke; and Hon Ekong Samson, Commissioner for Economic Development, Labour and Manpower Planning are among Governor Udom’s aides penciled down to be labeled cultists in the latest onslaught. Others include Transition Committee ex-chairman, Hon Victor Umondak as well as Hon Kenneth Okon and Hon Eno-Obong Uwah, the Senior Special Assistant on Local Government and Youth Groups to the governor and Executive Chairman, Uyo Capital City Development Authority, UCCDA, respectively.

More names included in the hit list include that of Barrister Emmanuel Eno-Idem, PDP National Legal Adviser, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem, Hon Kelly Okon and Dr Charles Mbong, among others.

The strategy is to use the law enforcement officers including the police and DSS to harangue the top aides of the governor.

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