PDP: APC should stop reeling out promises at New Year

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has advised the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party not to issue any New Year message to Nigerians since they have not met any of their previous promises to Nigerians.

This was mentioned in a statement signed by Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, on Friday, December 29, 2017.

The party described the ruling party’s promises as ‘litany of woes’ and explained that Nigerians were tired of the hardship imposed on them by the administration over the past two years, report says.

It said APC has been issuing out messages that are full of hope to Nigerians every New Year without any intention of fulfilling them.

The party also said that what is the purpose of the message when it would be full of lies.

PDP noted that the ruling party had promised massive employments only to leave increasing number of Nigerians jobless or underemployed between 2016 and September 2017.

The statement released by PDP read:

‘Nigerians have become overstretched by litany of woes visited on them in the last two years by the APC government, it would be the height of callousness for the party and its government to spew another round of propaganda and false hope in the name of New Year messages.

What else would they tell Nigerians apart from inventing new lies and propaganda as they have always done, particularly at the turn of each New Year.

Every New Year since 2016, the APC and its Federal Government have been reeling out heaps of promises which they have no intentions to fulfill.

Now, they are warming up to reel out fresh ones in January 2018.

What is the need of a New Year message from APC government when it would be replete with propaganda?

What is the need of their yearly assurances when the only thing we see is an arrogant and incompetent government plunging the nation into economic recession and visiting the citizens with the worst forms of untold hardship.

What seriousness should any Nigerian attach to a government that takes governance for granted, puts off Federal Executive meetings at the slightest whims and blame imaginary invasion of its offices by rats for the inability to meet required statutory functions?

What else should Nigerians expect from a government that promised massive employments, only to render 7.74 million Nigerians jobless between 2016 and September 2017; with combined unemployment and underemployment rate hitting 40.0 per cent as declared by the National Bureau of Statistics?’

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Atiku Media Office kicks against inciteful false statement

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – The media office of former Vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar has reacted to a false statement which it says is intended to pitch the former vice president against Prince Uche Secondus, the national chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), PDP national executive committee (NEC), PDP governors and stakeholders of PDP.

This reaction was expressed in response to a tweet by Mr. Abubakar Sidiq Usman, a Nigerian blogger tweeting with the handle @MrAbuSidiq.

Sidiq’s tweet on Monday, December 18, 2017, read:

Atiku’s desperation may harm our chance of winning 2019 election. – Gov. Wike

Copied as seen.

@MrAbuSidiq attributed the tweet to a source on Facebook, whereas the source did not include any link in the original post that can be used to attribute the statement to Governor Wike.

Atiku Media Office, tweeting with the handle @AtikuOrg, said in a series of tweets that:

‘It has come to the notice of the Atiku Media Office that there is a statement purportedly attributed to His Excellency @atiku Abubakar currently making the rounds on social media.

We wish to state for the records that the purported statement aimed at pitching the Waziri Adamawa against the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, PDP NEC, PDP Governors and stakeholders of the PDP party is contrived and baseless.

For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku Abubakar enjoys excellent relationship with Prince Uche Secondus, the Party’s NEC and all serving PDP Governors and stakeholders of the party.’

When confronted on Twitter by the media office of the former vice president for distributing false statements, Sidiq responded in a tweet saying:

‘… Again leave it to Wike to deny. The statement was attributed to Wike, not Atiku.’

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Ekweremadu scores APC-led government low

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy president of the Senate, has scored the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) low.

The deputy senate president said the party has performed poorly on security, economy, job creation and national unity, report says.

Ekweremadu also assured that those who left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are eager to return back to the party.

He made these statements at the national convention of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that held in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Ekweremadu described the 16 years in which the administration of the country was under the leadership of the PDP as ‘glorious years for the country’.

He said the current administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari under the All Progressives Congress (APC) has brought many catastrophes to the different sectors of the country.

He argued that the current administration has accumulated more debt than any other any administration in the history of Nigeria. He claimed that during the era of PDP, the party was able to find a way to pay up the debts of the country.

He explained further that, before, Nigeria’s economy was the fastest growing economy in Africa but now the story has changed because millions of people have lost their jobs in the last two years.

‘Good men and women who left PDP for the APC are eager to return to join us to build a better Nigeria,’ he stated.

Ekweremadu also said:

‘The PDP worked out Nigeria’s debt forgiveness and paid up our remaining debts, but today, we are getting indebted more than any other time in the history of Nigeria.

We bequeathed the fastest growing economy as well as the largest economy in Africa. The story is different today. Millions of our people lost their jobs in the last two years.

There are those who struggled through higher institutions of learning to receive education but could not find jobs in the last two years. These people believe that when the PDP returns, there will be hope for them.’

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Prambe: Atiku’s return to PDP will boost the party

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Following his exit from the All Progressives Congress (APC) party, latest report reveals that Nigeria’s former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has been having series of meetings with leaders of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the northeast region of the country which consists of six states.

He has met the executives of PDP at all levels in Adamawa.

On Friday, November 24, 2017, the former vice president dropped his membership of the All Progressives Congress party (APC).

Speaking with journalists, Abdullahi Prambe, state secretary of PDP in Adamawa, said the meetings have been fruitful. He says he is optimistic that Atiku will return to PDP and described Atiku’s return as a boost to the party.

Prambe said:

‘Our meeting with him has been fruitful and from his body language he will soon return to PDP.

With Atiku, the party will carry more weight and more people will also troop in.’

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Ganduje: I will not be surprised if Atiku shuns PDP

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the governor of Kano, has wished the former vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, good luck in his political career following the recent report that he has resigned from the APC party.

He made this statement in response to the resignation statement circulating in the media since Friday.

The statement was personally signed by Atiku and it stated that he his no longer a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) party, report says.

In his resignation letter, he said he his no longer comfortable with the way APC party is running the affairs of the country hence he tenders his resignation. Atiku has not stated which party he his joining next. He is still pondering on his political career.

Ganduje said it will not be a surprise to him if the former vice president shuns the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and joins another party. He said we are in democracy era where everybody has the freedom to choose where they want to be.

Ganduje’s statement reads:

‘Atiku has his own freedom to choose whichever political party he wants to belong. He defected to the PDP. He was in the PDP before and another party, too. So, it is not surprising if he decided to go to another party.

I think in a democracy, it is like that, as people can choose where they want to be and we are not committing any crime by choosing where we want to be.’

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Sango: Fayose’s presidential declaration is a wake up call to northern politicians

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Damishi Sango, the chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Plateau State chapter, has described Governor Ayodele Fayose’s declaration of his ambition to run for 2019 presidential election as a ‘wake up call’ to northern politicians, report says.

Sango made this known to journalists in Jos, the capital of Plateau, yesterday, Tuesday, October 10, 2018.

He said:

‘The governor wants political activities to kick off; winning the presidency requires long time planning and the governor appears disappointed with the silence in the PDP camp.

‘That is why he has offered himself for the job.’

Fayose disclosed his presidential ambition to the public last month in a letter to the leader of the People’s Democratic Party.

Sango urged politicians to start preparing for the 2019 general election.

He said winning election required long and adequate planning that calls for massive efforts over a long period of time.

Ekiti 2018: Fayose calls for free and fair election

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, on Friday, October 6, 2017, charged the federal government (FG) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free and fair election ahead of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in 2018.

Fayose express his confidence that the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will emerge as the winner of the pool.

According to report, Fayose urged the Federal Government and INEC to conduct a free and fair election such as the 2014 election which was rated high by the local and international observers.

He made this statement in reaction to the announcement by INEC that the state gubernatorial election had been fixed to hold on July 14, 2018.

The governor said:

‘We are happy, prepared and expectant of the date for the election and it has come. I only want to appeal to INEC to live to the expectation of Nigerians by conducting a poll that is not manipulated. It must be credible, free and fair. The one we had in 2014 was rated high by local and international observers.

‘In fact, the United States Government commended it and said it should be a benchmark for other elections in the country. I am aware of plans being hatched by some failed politicians that they would use INEC and federal might to take over Ekiti.

‘We are on ground and nobody can use any foul means to take over Ekiti State. If they have been doing that elsewhere, it won’t work here. We are on ground and we want to let them know that we will resist any attempt to manipulate anything here

‘Already, part of their plans is to cripple the state financially and they have started that by the illegal arrest and detention of our people, but the power of the people will prevail in the end.

‘They are also planning to begin electronic transfer of election results with Ekiti State. No one can use us as a guinea pig for one useless experiment. The voters and the people of the state must decide who they want to govern them.’

When asked whether he feels his party might loose the election, he claimed if the election was held today, his party and candidate would win hands down.

He also said:

‘I am the voice of the opposition in Nigeria and nobody can muzzle me. We cannot all head in the same direction. We need a virile opposition for our country to reap good and great dividends of democracy.

‘Some All Progressives Congress leaders are boasting that they had input in the appointments of some INEC top shots, who would do their bidding, but that won’t work. The choice of the people and their voice must prevail and be heard.’

Fayose to officially declare ambition for 2019 presidential election

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – According to report, Governor of Ekiti, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, will officially declare his ambition to contest for president in the forthcoming election under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In a letter addressed to leaders of the party, Fayose confirmed that he will officially declare his intention to contest for 2019 presidential election under PDP. The governor boasted of becoming the next president of Nigeria.

Report says the event is billed for the Golden Hall, Chelsea Hotel, Abuja at 11am tomorrow, Thursday, September 28, 2017.

Lere Olayinka, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, said that Fayose assured in the letter that his presidential ambition was without prejudice to the party’s position, but in the overall interest of the party and Nigeria.

The letter read:

‘It is with deep sense of responsibility that I write to inform you of my intention to seek the ticket/mandate of our party to contest the 2019 Presidential election, considering your support
and commitment towards our great party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) it becomes imperative to keep you informed and seek your support.

‘This ambition however is without prejudice to our party’s position, but in the overall interest of the party and our country.

‘I urge that all hands should be on deck to ensure victory at the 2019 presidential election.

‘Accept the assurances of my highest regards as a determined presidential hopeful.’

On his chances, if given the mandate by PDP, Governor Fayose claimed:

‘I have penchant for taking powers; that one in Buhari’s hand, I will take it. I’m going straight to that Villa. I’m the next president.’

See copy of letter in the photo below:

Supreme court endorses Ahmed Makarfi as PDP National Chairman

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Today, in Abuja, Justice Bode-Rhodes Vivour of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (SCN) declared Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), according to report.

The ruling resolves the leadership crisis rocking the opposition party.

Report says many members of the party including former governors and incumbent lawmakers had decamped from the party owing to the division in its leadership.

The Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the party was dissolved at the party’s national convention on May 21, 2016. But Ali Modu Sheriff and his supporters had refused to accept the resolution made by the party members at the convention.

The court acknowledged that the PDP national convention conducted on May 21 was not illegal. Justice Vivour said, ‘The national convention did not violate any court orders.’

Vivour explained that the national convention should not have been disregarded by the appeal court.

The supreme court also accused Sheriff of ‘forum shopping’. Justice Vivour said Sheriff ‘displayed infantile desperation to cling to office at all cost’, another report confirms.