War! That word alone summarises the situation in Bayelsa State as the governorship election approaches. Bayelsa is at war with itself. To put it more appropriately, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State is on the path of self-destruction. Both the party leadership and the government seem to have found a common enemy within, and they are tackling him with all the arsenals at their disposal. One question bothers me. There are 21 PDP aspirants currently campaigning for the office of the governor. But only one person, Timi Alaibe, has come under consistent attacks either directly by the government of Bayelsa State or by sponsored groups. The focus of this war is the insistence by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson that he must decide who succeeds him in January next year. His fear is that if left alone, Alaibe would be that successor. That scares him. Last week, a certain Alfred Egbegi who heads the state newspaper company, went personal against Alaibe whom he said has not been picking his calls. Imagine that! Findings show that he had gone to Alaibe’s house to protest the same issue only to realise that the man did not have his new phone numbers. Not satisfied, he took to Facebook. He wrote, “I was for Alaibe for 100% for over 10 years. He refused to pick my calls, ignored my person and refused to return (sic) text messages until Dickson my friend appointed me. In public, Alaibe behaves as if he has never met
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar and his party, PDP, have called upon the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to grant all reliefs, including declaring the opposition standard bearer winner of the election as prayed in their petition. The petitioners, in their final address filed on August 14, through their lead counsel, Dr. Levy Uzoukwu (SAN), also said they had proved their claim that President Muhammadu Buhari did not possess the minimum academic qualification of a secondary school certificate to contest for the presidency. INEC had declared Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the election, having scored majority of the lawful votes cast at the poll. But Atiku and PDP challenged the declaration, saying Buhari did not win the election. Atiku and PDP in their petition filed at the tribunal on March 18, 2019, also alleged electoral irregularities allegedly perpetrated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in support of Buhari and APC by the agents of the federal government, including the military. The tribunal had on August 1 adjourned till August 21 for the adoption of final addresses by parties shortly after the respondents closed their defence against the petition of Atiku and PDP. The petitioners had called in 62 witnesses and tendered plethora of documents, including video evidence to prove their claims. While Buhari called in only seven witnesses and tendered few documents in defence of his victory at the poll, INEC and the
The South-west zonal office of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lauded the giant strides seemingly recorded by the Governor of Oyo State, Mr. Seyi Makinde, less than 100 days in office. This is coming as the governor also assured the people of the state of the commitment of his administration to ensure that no zone is marginalised in the state. A statement issued by the South-west spokesman of the party, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, which was made available yesterday to the media community, expressed happiness that the people of Oyo State are indeed in a new lease of life in Makinde’s short period in office so far. The statement said: “This is becoming evidently so in view of the quality of policies, legislations and managerial acumen of the governor,” which it added is manifestly being impressed on the people, thereby indicating that it cannot be business as usual in the state. According to the statement, “We note with sadness a statement credited to the immediate past Governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi, to the effect that the issue of missing government vehicles is a ‘minor issue’ and that such was not ‘worthy’ of the attention of government. “We equally note that his attempt to whimsically dismiss fraudulent and sharp practices of this magnitude clearly underscores the levity with which the state resources were carelessly frittered under his watch. “The Oyo State Government has continued to maintain that many of the cars procured in February 2019 by the Ajimobi administration are
Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, has called for the implementation of the report of the Justice Mohammed Uwais National Electoral Reform Committee (NERC), stating that it is the only way to have credible elections in Nigeria. Atiku also called for the creation of an Election Crimes Commission to try all election offences in the country. In a statement titled, “Towards Credible Elections: The Role of the Judiciary, which he personally signed, Atiku said, “One way of addressing these lapses is to implement the salient recommendations of the National Electoral Reform Committee (NERC) headed by former Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mohammed Lawal Uwais. “The second, is the creation of Electoral Crimes Commission”. According to the former vice president, “One of such recommendations, which will enhance the independence of the supposedly Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is the recommendation that the power to appoint the Chairman and board of the INEC be taken away from the President and given to the Judiciary”. He further said, “Obviously, the 2019 elections were several steps down from the 2015 elections in terms of credibility, and as a democrat, I am challenging that election in the right arena, the courts. However, leadership does not just entail getting justice for the past. A real leader knows that in terms of justice, prevention is better than cure. “I have been pondering on the question, how can Nigeria have credible elections. Our electoral system needs not just to
The Federal Government says it has ‘credible evidence” to back up its outcry that the opposition is planning to “sabotage President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration, generally overheat the polity and make the country ungovernable”. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said this on Saturday at the 2019 edition of his Annual Ramadan Lecture held at his home town Oro, Kwara. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 12th annual Ramadan lecture was attended by Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, political stalwarts, traditional rulers, clergy men, Muslim and Christian faithfuls. “As you are aware, a few days ago we raised the alarm that either by themselves or via their proxies, the PDP and it’s presidential candidate are doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari Administration. “Our interventions are based on credible evidence, and no government with the kind of evidence that we have, of plans to subvert the power of the state, attack the nation’s economic live wire and generally unleash mayhem on the polity, will keep quiet. “The security agencies are all alert to their responsibilities and will not sit by and allow anyone to reverse the gains of our democracy under any guise,” he said. The minister noted that similar alarms had been raised by the police, the military and the DSS. He said the government will neither be distracted nor dissuaded by pseudo and partisan analysts that had teamed up with the opposition to “either exhibit their ignorance or
The Northern Youths Leaders Forum (NYLF) advised the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to review the choice of Obi, if he hopes to earn the North’s support. The group, which prides itself as the apex body of 46 youth organisations in the North, threatened to mobilise its over six million members against the PDP and its presidential candidate, if Atiku failed to take its advice.
Aremo Oladotun Hassan, the President of the Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide group said:
“He (Atiku Abubakar) must be able to summon a greater patriotic will towards building and reviving our dying nation from economic stagnation and social insecurity. He must be able to implement the 26 per cent UN Budgetary standard allocation to the Education sector with a view to postulating and establishing a statutory principle of law by enacting the Education Right Bill into law. He must be able to have a master plan for transportation development from roads network development programmes.”
The Peoples Democratic Party has announced Senate President Bukola Saraki the head of its presidential campaign efforts. Mr Bukola Saraki’s official position as the director-general of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation was disclosed on Tuesday morning by Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s spokesperson. Mr Abubakar was elected the presidential candidate of the main opposition party at its national convention in Port Harcourt earlier this month.