Some prominent members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), who defected from the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the wake of the 2015 general election, have declared that the victory of the party in the 2019 general elections is tied to addressing their grievances.
They are the former PDP members who defected to form the APC.
In 2013, some PDP governors and bigwigs fell out with the leadership of the party and demanded the removal of the then national chairman,
Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who had the support of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Former governors Chibuike Amaechi, Rabiu Kwankwanso, Murtala Nyako, Babangida Aliyu, Sule Lamido, of Rivers, Kano and Adamawa, Niger and Jigwa states respectively were the most vocal and staunchest opponents of the Tukur’s leadership and wanted his removal. Jonathan however continued his support for Tukur against the governors’ wishes.
Leader of the group, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, made the declaration to newsmen Wednesday in Abuja after a meeting with the outgoing APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
While showing a letter dated April 27, 2018 and titled: “Request for Redressing Grievances of Former New PDP Bloc within the APC” to journalists, Alhaji Baraje specified that the meeting with the party’s chairman was to discuss the way forward.
Baraje added that the bloc was desirous of strengthening the APC, especially now that it had commenced party congresses across the country and other electoral activities ahead of the 2019 general elections.
He indicated that the desire of members of the group was to see a united, inclusive, cohesive and progressive party, devoid of division, factions, cleavages and tendencies.
Baraje further stated: “We envisioned a political party promoting equal rights for all Nigerians and ensuring rapid and even development across the country.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that the lofty ideas enumerated cannot be attained without ensuring justice for party faithful and citizens.
“It is an undeniable historical fact that the movement of the former new PDP bloc to form the APC contributed immensely to the victory of the APC in the 2015 elections,” he said.
He warned that victory might not be achieved in the party if it failed to address fundamental issues confronting it, especially with the crisis that characterized its recent congresses in parts of the country.
He recalled that most of those in the bloc did not only deliver their states to the APC in 2015, some of the then governors were assigned specific responsibilities to ensure that other states were delivered.
Baraje however revealed that the bloc was concerned that President Muhammadu Buhari had not acknowledged its efforts.
Baraje however stressed that the bloc has issued a seven-day ultimatum, asking the party to address their complaints of marginalization.
Kogi East: PDP Youth Vanguard lauds, queue behind ADC’s Victor Adoji for senate
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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A’Ibom 2019: Plot to tag Gov Udom’s aides as cultists thickens
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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