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Atiku begins nationwide consultations ahead of 2015.


Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday started his nationwide consultation ahead of the 2015 presidential election from the North-West geo-political zone of the country.

It was gathered that many of the stakeholders at the consultative meeting urged him to contest the 2015 presidential election under the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

A statement from his office said that the zonal consultative meeting, which took place in Kaduna on Sunday, had delegates from Kaduna, Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states in attendance.


The former vice-president, while addressing the delegates was said to have noted that he was very appreciative of the “enormous support he enjoys from the North-West geo-political zone, especially during the 2011 presidential contest.” He added that the idea of instituting a nationwide consultative meetings among his supporters from various political parties became necessary in order for him to respond to certain developments within the polity.

He said, “You are quite aware that recently, I was a host to the leadership of the APC urging me to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party and join the APC in its drive to bring about tangible leadership and national development to our country.

“You are also aware that I am yet to give a response to that call from the APC leadership, until I table the issue before you, my supporters.

“So, the purpose of this meeting is two-pronged. First, I want to formally inform you about the invitation from the APC, and secondly, I want you to speak out your minds over the subject-matter.

“I have decided to split the meeting with North-West stakeholders into two because of the size of the region. My next visit to the region will, by the grace of God, address stakeholders from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states. I implore you to be frank and very dispassionate as much as you can.”

Several speakers at the meeting were said to have spoken variously of the invitation by the APC leadership, with a vast majority of them urging Atiku to honour the invitation.

An unnamed delegate from Kano State particularly noted that Atiku had always been a victim of Nigeria’s dirty politics, saying that “the wise thing for him to do is to follow the wind of change sweeping across the country because the PDP is blind, deaf and dumb.”

At the end of the meeting, the stakeholders were said to have been prompted to cast a ballot on whether or not Atiku should contest the 2015 presidential election, and under the platform of which political party.

An overwhelming majority of the stakeholders believed that Atiku should contest the election – 28 people voted in favour of the APC, five people voted in favour of the Peoples Democratic Movement, three people voted in favour of the PDP while one person abstained.

The statement said that the next consultative meeting of the stakeholders was expected to take place in Lagos and Ibadan on Wednesday and Thursday respectively for the South-West geo-political zone.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Jonathan To Complete Plateau – Bauchi Railway In February, while none whatsoever exists in his Homeland Biafra.


Bauchi railway

The rehabilitation of the railway line from Kuru station in Plateau State to Bauchi station would be completed at the end of February, 2014, Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar has said.Umar said this yesterday during the inspection tour of the rehabilitation of the rail lines in Kafanchan District of Nigerian Railway, which covers some parts of Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa and Benue States.According to him, the inspection visit was to see the progress of work on the rehabilitation of rail tracks, to identify areas of challenges and interact with contractors on the achievement of milestones within the stipulated time.“We have the commitment of the contractors that between now and end February the track between Kuru and Bauchi will be ready,” he added.The minister stated that the federal government was assiduously working on the Port Harcourt – Maiduguri line to ensure that the entire line is completed by the middle of this year.According to him, the railway from Apapa port in Lagos to Kaduna, and to Kano, was already operational as people and freight were being conveyed on daily basis. He expressed government’s desire to replicate such feat in all parts of the country.During the visit, the minister gave directive for a survey to be carried out from Heipang Railway Station to the Inland Container Depot at near Heipang town, for a possible construction of a spur to link the depot.He said the idea was to ensure that when constructed, goods could be transported through the rail to the depot and from the depot to through rail to other parts of the country.Speaking further the minister disclosed that seven standard gauge rail lines were being constructed across the country in order to boost rail transportation.He stated that the federal government was committed to reviving the railway system as it was in the past even one of best means of transportation.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Suspicious Moves: Sultan, northern rulers in a closed door talk with National-Security Adviser (NSA).


DAILY NEWSWATCH – As part of ongoing efforts to harmonise a common front before the 2015 general elections and also end the crippling insecurity in the region, members of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), National Security Adviser (NSA) and Northern Traditional Rulers Council were yesterday locked in a closed door meeting in Kaduna for hours.Daily Newswatch gathered that NEF, which has been championing the battle to return presidency to the North, is set to woo traditional rulers, while NSA, Sambo Dasuki, is expected to collaborate with traditional institutions to end the endemic insecurity in the region.Speaking at the opening ceremony before the closed door session, Chairman, Northern Traditional Rulers and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, indicted northern governors for not doing enough in developing the region.According to the Sultan, “In our quest to develop the North, because we are Northern leaders first, we always try to reach out to our political leaders. I want to put it on record here that even last year, we presented a position paper to the Northern Governors’ Forum on the way forward to reduce the suffering of our people on lack of education, insecurity and all sort of things.“The paper has been given to them and I want to draw the attention of the Northern Governors’ Forum that we are yet to hear anything on that paper we gave them. They should reach out to us to brief us, so that we can continue to contribute on how to really sustain peace and development of the north,” he said.Speaking at the gathering, Governor Ramallan Yero of Kaduna, called on the “royal fathers not to relent in your efforts at evolving workable conflict resolution models. The time has come for us to work as partners towards reuniting our people for the purpose of facing the massive developmental hurdles bedeviling our progress as a people.”Yero said, “As government, we are ready and our doors are open to suggestions that will help actualise our objectives of building lasting peace and security in Kaduna State and the entire nation.”On his part, Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger, represented by his deputy, Ahmed Musa Ibeto, said Nigeria was passing through one of the most difficult times in its post-independent experience, adding “when political and electoral tension, social and economic insecurity, communal conflicts and civil unrest have reached unprecedented levels, they require the collective dedication of all.”

Side effects of greed or anti-Jonathan: VP Sambo walks on the tightrope as Hausa elders compile ‘sins’ for him.


VP sambo

LEADERS of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the North-West geopolitical zone are said have prepared a list of the ‘sins’ of Vice-President Namadi Sambo which they will soon present to President Goodluck Jonathan.
Indications to this emerged following the anger among stakeholders in the zone in the aftermath of the visit to President Jonathan on Thursday.
Sources hinted Sunday Tribune that the leaders are of the view that Sambo was more of “a liability than a blessing to Jonathan” in his quest to get support in the North-West.
Although, the spokesman of North-West PDP leaders, former Acting National Chairman, Dr. Haliru Mohammed, had told President Jonathan during the solidarity visit, it was gathered that stakeholders in the zone gathered after the meeting and resolved to present a list of Sambo’s sins to the president to enable him get to the roots of the crisis in the zone.
One of the sins of the vice-president is what the leaders called his failure to carry the North along in the government. He is also being accused of staying aloof on the issue of Boko Haram and making it look like a Jonathan problem.
Another sin is what was called failure to be an active vice-president, thus, making the North go with the impression that the administration has left the zone behind.
“The vice-president has not played an active role in the Boko Hara crisis. It is unfortunate that he allowed the whole thing to look as if it is a Jonathan problem. His handlers allowed him to be aloof while the zone is yearning for leadership.
“He appeared unconcerned and he might not have raised a finger, if not that the crisis hit Kaduna State,” a source with insights into the document prepared by the party leaders said.
Another source, however, stated that the leaders are not only seeking Sambo’s ouster, but also insisting that President Jonathan gets an independent assessment of the situation in the North-West.
“The North-West seems left to wander and our people are of the view that if we have an active vice-president, the problems of insurgency would have been isolated. We want the president to find out the true situation. We want him to get to the root of the matter and we are already working on how to see him and give him a true picture of the North-West,” a source in the party said.

by  Taiwo Adisa – Abuja

Side effects of greed or anti-Jonathan: VP Sambo walks on the tightrope as Hausa elders compile ‘sins’ forhim.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Breaking News: Chief Of Jere Attacked In Southern Kaduna.


By SaharaReporters, New York

The Chief of Jere, a Hausa settlement in Southern Kaduna region of Kaduna state, Dr. Sa’ad Usman and husband of Senator Nenadi Usman is said to have been attacked this afternoon. A credible source in Kagarko local government area confirmed the attack.

The source said at first there was belief that the Chief may have been killed, however it was later confirmed that he is alive but had sustained injuries.

Although actual information of the attack is still sketchy, a source in the headquarters of the State Security Service (SSS) in Abuja said the attack is connected to certain crises brewing in Jere town and environs over land allegedly being forcefully claimed by the Fulani traditional ruler in a Koro and Gbagyi stronghold.

The SSS source said, “There are several security reports at our disposal that serious crisis is brewing in the area, the Gbagyi people wrote us that their ancestral lands are being seized by the Fulani Chief and that nothing is being done to address the crisis. And so it is possible this is part of the problem or it could be a case of gunmen attacking. Our Command in Kaduna has been alerted to make a preliminary investigation.”

As at the time of publishing this report, armed soldiers and police have been deployed to the area, while medical personnel are attending to the injured traditional chief.

APC Reps set to take over House leadership.



The  All Progressives Congress in the House of Representatives has shared out the leadership positions

in the House to its members as part of plans to assume full control of the legislature in the New Year.

The APC, formerly in the minority, outgrew the majority strength of the Peoples Democratic Party after 37 PDP lawmakers defected to it on December 18.

The development gave the country’s main opposition party a slim majority advantage of 172 members over PDP’s 171 in the House that has 360 legislators.

Findings indicated on Tuesday that with about 40 more PDP lawmakers expected to join the APC before the end of this month (January), the opposition party would be in a comfortable majority (212) to assume the leadership of the House.

“The only principal officer whose seat is guaranteed for now is the Speaker, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal,” said a reliable House source in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to the source, the APC members collectively resolved that Tambuwal would continue to lead the House.

He said, “We have long resolved that Tambuwal will remain the speaker even in an APC dominated House until he decides to dump the PDP for the APC. For the other positions, we are taking over. We are electing a new deputy speaker also.”

Investigations showed that until now, the APC caucus had resolved that its Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, would become the Majority Leader.

The current majority leader, Mrs. Mulikat Akande-Adeola, a PDP member, is expected to relinquish her seat.

However, The PUNCH gathered that of late, Gbajabiamila had come under pressure to “step up and become the deputy speaker instead of being the majority leader.”

The lawmaker from Lagos State was said to be resisting the pressure and had urged members to allow the current Deputy Speaker, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, retain his seat like Tambuwal.

“The confusion now is that Gbajabiamila is caught between being the majority leader and the deputy speaker”, another source in the House informed The PUNCH.

It was learnt that in the event he succumbed to pressure to become the deputy speaker, the post of majority leader might be assigned to one of the 37 PDP defectors.

“That is the thinking of the caucus; the idea is to give the ex-PDP members a sense of belonging.

“They should have something to benefit from supporting the APC”, the source added.

Other positions the APC had decided on are Majority Whip, Mr. Samson Osagie (Edo State); Deputy Majority Leader, Mr. Sumaila Kawu (Kano State); and Deputy Majority Whip, Mr. Garba Datti (Kaduna State).

The PUNCH gathered that in a bid to save Ihedioha, Tambuwal had reportedly intensified lobbying his colleagues to extend the same gesture of retaining him to Ihedioha.

Another source in the House said, “The speaker has been talking to members to consider his appeal. Many of them are bent on asking Ihedioha to go because they claim not to be comfortable with his leadership style.

“There are those who are giving him the option of joining the APC to remain the deputy speaker.

“This latter group is certain that Tambuwal too has little choice but to join the APC by the end of this month.”

But, Ihedioha, has stated categorically that he will not abandon the PDP, a party he said did so much for him by returning him to the National Assembly for the third time.

When contacted, Gbajabiamila said there were “unresolved issues being discussed by members.”

Asked whether one of the issues was his being tipped for the position of the deputy speaker, he said that “members are the ones discussing to take decisions.”

When our correspondent probed further, Gbajabiamila said he would have wished to be majority leader.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Letter Writing Politics Reaches Kaduna, Associate Writes Sambo Over Crumbling PDP.

By SaharaReporters, New York

The letter writing politics has reached Northern Nigeria as a strong member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the region Engr. Umar Gana wrote Vice President Namadi Sambo an open letter cautioning him to wake up from slumber and save crumbling PDP in the North. And also tackle serious issues as the region slips away to rival All Progressive Congress (APC).

SaharaReporters obtained a copy of the letter dated 9th December, 2013, from a prominent member who chairs a leading Federal Government agency in Abuja.

The letter was addressed to Sambo was copied to National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Chief Tony Anenih chair PDP Board of Trustees and President Goodluck Jonathan through his Chief of Staff.

Gana in the letter publicly tell Sambo that he is incapable of addressing the creeping collapse of the PDP in the North West Zone and Kaduna State, which he draws immediate attention of Jonathan in view of its being the largest and most populated zone in the country with 28% to 30% of entire voters in the country going by 2011 figures.

He was also quoted in the open letter as saying that, Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna state has skewed misunderstanding of the dangers ahead in their home state of Kaduna, saying, “To me, there is a crucial need for collective concerted efforts to salvage the situation. Otherwise, giving our past ugly experience, we have no alternative than either to join the APC or flee for our dear lives, including the lives of the members of our immediate and extended families.”

Almost 500 PDP Chieftains In Sambo’s LGA Decamps To APC.


By SaharaReporters, New York

In a move to further confirm his political irrelevance in the North, about 500 chieftains of ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Vice President Namadi Sambo’s home base local government in Kaduna State will on Wednesday morning finally decamp to All Progressive Congress (APC).

A competent source in the Presidency confirmed to SaharaReporters, that Sambo who hailed from Kaduna North local government have been going through hard political moment recently, and was tip of the move on arriving Kaduna this evening.

A pro-President Goodluck Jonathan organization, Youth for Change Initiative had on Sunday appealed his ousted as Jonathan’s running mate in 2015 election due to what they described as ‘weaknesses and failed Vice President’ from the North who has failed to form a political base.

The source said, “We got tips and it is true, about 500 chieftains of our party in Sambo’s own local government, Kaduna North local government area of Kaduna State will join APC, it is unfortunate that his relevance keeps diminishing astronomically.”

The source added that in the same local government, all elected representatives are members of APC, he explained, “The LGA chairman is APC, all members in the State and National Assemblies are APC. The Senator too, and it is a bad omen for a sitting Vice President to be left in such a political cold.”

It would be recall that Sambo lost all elections in his own polling unit situated at Camp Road, Kaduna during 2011 elections that later turned out to be bloody.

As at the time of publishing this report, Sambo’s office is yet to respond to the development. But another source in Kaduna said he will be in the town for four days, following crucial issues related to PDP abysmal failure and crisis emanating from an open letter addressed to him by his associate, one Engr. Umar Gana who exposed his political weaknesses in the state and North-West Zone.

Hired Youths Attempted To Attack Sheik Zakzaky’s Home, Nigerian Shiites Say.

By SaharaReporters, New York

Members of Nigeria’s Shiite Islamic sect, which is led by Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky, have claimed that some hired youths attempted to attack their leader’s residence in Zaria, a town near Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna State. The sect claimed that the attack left three of their members with serious cuts inflicted with machetes.

The alleged attack on Mr. Zakzaky’s home followed a reported clash on Thursday between Shiites and some youths in the area where the Shiite leader resides.

A source in Zaria named Mohammed Garba told our correspondent that, but for the quick deployment of armed security operatives, the situation would have degenerated into serious widespread violence in the Gyallesu section of Zaria. Mr. Zakzaky resides in the area, which has also served as the location of the headquarters of his Islamic Movement for over 30 years.

In a statement issued by Ibrahim Musa, editor of its Hausa weekly newspaper, Almizan, the Shiites noted: “On Thursday a group of youths staged an attack on Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub Zakzaky’s house in Zaria, though [they were] repelled by some Muslim Brothers of the Islamic Movement. The clash started on Wednesday when a Muslim sister driving her car found out that the Banadeen Street in Gyallesu Quarters, Zaria she was about to [take] had been blocked with big stones, and when a brother was trying to pave [a] way for her, some youths attacked him.

“In…response to the attack…members of the Islamic Movement came out to clear the impediments on the street [and] were attacked by some hired youths. During the fracas that ensued, three members of the Islamic Movement suffered machete cuts.”

Bello Aliyu, one of the traditional rulers in Gyallesu, did not return calls made from our New York office. A police source told SaharaReporters that security operatives were still patrolling the area to prevent any more outbreaks of violence.

Kaduna APC Receives PDP Big Wigs, Vows To Sack Yero In 2015.

The Kaduna chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC)today received in its fold some pioneer members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Yaro Rigachikun.

At the ceremony where two former state commissioners and other members of the PDP disclosed their defection to the opposition group, the APC vowed to defeat Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero in the 2015 governorship election and also to ensure the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The APC’s temporary chairman in Kaduna State, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, received the former PDP members. “This is a clear message to those stealing from and cheating the people of Kaduna State and Nigeria at large,” said Mr. Baba-Ahmed.

He added: “By the next election we will sack the governor of Kaduna State and [achieve] the same feat at the national level. You are welcome to our party. We are one and no one will oppress you here.” Speaking further, the APC’s interim leader in Kaduna stated, “We will redeem our people from the slavery and squalor of this PDP government. Your coming has affirmed our commitment to change. The change will spring to all parts of Nigeria. Those mismanaging our resources should start parking out. No one should contemplate rigging or manipulating our fate.”

Speaking on behalf of the former PDP members, Mr. Rigachikun said, “We are here for nothing but change. Revolution has started today in the politics of Kaduna state.” He added: “Nobody can take the people of Kaduna State and Nigeria for granted. We are here now and we know the terrain and you will all see.”

Mr. Rigachikun boasted that his group was the back bone of thePDP’s success in the state, adding that they were now determined to officiate over the PDP’s funeral in 2015.

The leadership of the PDP in Kaduna State had yet to react to the development at the time of filing this report.


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