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INEC tells PDP, We can’t declare Reps seats vacant.

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Pressure mounted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the seats of the 37 Reps who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has met with rebuff from the commission.The electoral body has told the ruling party that it is not within its powers to take such an action.Speaking to The Nation on the matter, the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of INEC, Kayode Idowu, said that in the first place the commission was yet to receive any letter from the PDP on the defected lawmakers.He also explained that it is not the duty of the commission to declare the seats of lawmakers vacant in whatever circumstance.“Honestly, I am not aware of any such letter. I sincerely don’t know anything about it. But let me also add that it is not the job of INEC to take such a decision. INEC is not the one to declare seats of elected public office holders vacant. That is not what the law says and I can tell you that INEC is not going to do that,” he said.Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, had been quoted in a newspaper interview that the PDP had written to INEC and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to declare the seats of the 37 Reps vacant.Details of the letter dated December 19, 2013 emerged yesterday.The embattled National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the National Secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo, and the National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwon, who signed it asked INEC to immediately conduct elections into the affected constituencies following the defection of its members to the APC.The PDP, they claimed, has no factions and consequently the defectors argument that they left on account of factionalism holds no water.They said: “the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in section 68 (i) (g) clearly spell out the consequences of cross carpeting when there is no division in any party. We wish to re-emphasize here that the

Courts have pronounced, and INEC has concurred that there are no factions in the PDP.”Section 68 (1) of the 1999 Constitution provides thus: “A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if -(a) he becomes a member of another legislative house.(b) any other circumstances arise that, if he were not a member of the Senate or the House of Representatives, would cause him to be disqualified for election as a member;(c) he ceases to be a citizen of Nigeria;(d) he becomes President, Vice-President, Governor, Deputy Governor or a Minister of the Government of the Federation or a Commissioner of the Government of a State or a Special Adviser.(e) save as otherwise prescribed by this Constitution, he becomes a member of a commission or other body established by this Constitution or by any other law.(f) without just cause he is absent from meetings of the House of which he is a member for a period amounting in the aggregate to more than one-third of the total number of days during which the House meets in any one year;(g) being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected;Provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored; or(h) the President of the Senate or, as the case may be, the Speaker of the House of Representatives receives a certificate under the hand of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission stating that the provisions of section 69 of this Constitution have been complied with in respect of the recall of that member.(2) The President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the case may be, shall give effect to the provisions of subsection (1) of this section, so however that the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives or a member shall first present evidence satisfactory to the House concerned that any of the provisions of that subsection has become applicable in respect of that member.The federal legislators dumped the PDP on Wednesday and formally joined the APC.Their joining the opposition party increased the number of APC legislators in the House from 135 to 172 and left the PDP in the minority with 171 Dare Odufowokan.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Tambuwal Rejects Plea By Tukur, PDP Governors To Declare Seats Of Defectors Vacant.

By SaharaReporters, New York

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, in the early hours of Friday brushed aside pleas by the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well as the party’s governors to declare the seats of 37 PDP lawmakers who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) vacant.

The speaker’s resistance came at the meeting the PDP’s national chairman, Bamanga Tukur, and members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) had with several top lawmakers at the Hilton Hotel in Abuja. The meeting started Thursday evening (Nigerian time) and ended in the early hours of Friday.

Mr. Tukur, who arrived at the venue of the meeting with some members of the party’s NWC, set the ball rolling by telling the lawmakers that the meeting would be frank. Before journalists were asked to leave the venue of the meeting, the PDP chairman stated that the meeting was a family affair. Speaking in a similar vein, the House Leader, Ms. Mulikat Akande, said the meeting would create a synergy between the legislators and the leadership of the party.

Two sources who attended the meeting told SaharaReporters that atmosphere became tense when Mr. Tukur demanded that the seats of the defected lawmakers should be declared vacant. “A majority of the lawmakers shouted him down,” said one source.

Exasperated, the national chairman placed a telephone call to Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State. Our sources said the governor rushed to the venue of the meeting with his counterparts from Bauchi (Isa Yuguda), Katsina (Ibrahim Shema) and Cross River (Liyel Imoke). Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa also joined the meeting later.

The atmosphere at the meeting was so charged that neither Speaker Tambuwal nor Governor Akpabio was enthusiastic to speak to the media at the end of the parley.

Mr. Tukur’s media aide, Oliver Okpala, did not allow most of the gathered journalists to ask Mr. Tukur any questions at the end of the meeting. Mr. Okpala only allowed a reporter from the government-owned National Television Authority (NTA) to ask Mr. Tukur two inconsequential questions.

Approached by reporters, Governor Dickson stated that Mr. Akpabio was the person to speak. However, Governor Akpabio ran from one exit door to another in order to avoid reporters.

SaharaReporters learned that, prior to meeting with the legislators, Mr. Tukur had met behind closed doors with the party’s governors at the Akwa Ibom Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja. A source at the meeting told SaharaReporters that many of the governors were not happy with Mr. Tukur’s management of the political crisis that has torn the party apart.

However, after the meeting, one of Mr. Tukur’s aides, Cairo Ojugboh, told some reporters that the governors had passed a vote of confidence in Mr. Tukur. “What Cairo Ojugboh told the media is a fabrication of what happened at the national chairman’s meeting with the executive governors,” one source said.

PDP governor: our party has finally collapsed.


IT was a grim verdict yesterday on the fate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by one of its governors.

The ruling party is dead, waiting to be buried, declared Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido.

Lamido, one of the founding fathers of the PDP in 1998, was one of the Group of Seven (G7) aggrieved governors who challenged the leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and joined the Kawu Baraje-led New PDP.

Five of the governors – Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Abdultfatah Ahmed (Kwara) – have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Lamido and Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu stayed back in the PDP.

Lamido said he would not leave PDP because doing so is like leaving a house he built.

But yesterday, Lamido reviewed the latest development in the troubled party especially the defection on Wednesday of 37 House of Representatives members to the APC and declared the PDP dead.

“We are today witnessing the de-construction of what appears to be the final collapse of our dear party, the PDP, under the inept and imbecile National Working Committee (NWC) led by Bamanga Tukur,” he said, adding: “I am short of words to express my pain. It is agonising to see the party built in every home, in every village, town and cities all over Nigeria with lots of sacrifice being destroyed.”

Urging President Goodluck to take action, Lamido said: “Is it too late for the ‘leader’ of the party to intervene and save our party?”

He, however, warned that “Nigeria’s democracy must not be truncated”.

But Tukur insisted yesterday that he would not step down as demanded by the governors elected on the platform of the party because the process being adopted is illegal.

Tukur, who spoke at a breakfast session with reporters in Abuja, said those after his sack were trying to ambush the process.

He said: “I was lawfully elected into the position by the party; so why should I be removed through an illegal process. That is why I challenge them to allow the rules prevail.

“Yes, I have also heard that the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting has not held for a long time, but I will also remind the public and the party that even at the state levels, there are executive councils and they have not also held meetings in the past years, even in the states of those that hold against me the NEC meeting issue.

“The NEC does not exist on its own; it derives from the states and the states should be in order before we put the national body and level in working order.”

Tukur said the party, after the defection in the National Assembly, would begin another round of reconciliation.

He added: “There is never a time any party would rule out the importance of reconciliation, and that is what I have been doing and many of the people you hear kick against the leadership of the party still visit me here and hold meetings with me.

“But when one is bent on something, I have seen that some of them who engineer this problem don’t relent in inciting others against the party.

“But I promise you and I am sure the final move we have commenced will bring an end to the problems and most, if not all, the members that left would be back.

“What the public doesn’t also know is that new members and blocs have not ceased to join the PDP.

“However, I promise the aggrieved members that I am not the problem of the party and they should feel free to tell me what I have done wrong and, as a family, we would sit down and find a way out of it.”

He went on: “In a situation where people have a mindset on an issue, it is difficult to reconcile with such persons and that is what is playing out. I cannot tell you I am not disturbed by the development in the party. It hasn’t been a healthy one because much as we believe that the party still enjoys good standing among the electorate, we know the strength of a party is in the membership it commands.

“I have viewed the issues in the party and I know for sure that it is not getting better but I can assure you that I can take any lawful condition the aggrieved members come up with to make sure peace reigns in the party. I have heard it many times from outside and the media that I am the problem of the party, but I challenge you to have audience with the aggrieved members of the party and ask them if I have not had private audiences with them.

“Whenever they are with me, I ask them from a sincere mind what exactly I have done to be the problem of the party, and I can swear to you that none of them ever told me what the problem I constitute is.”

In Tukur’s view, the problem may be that he disagrees with situations where governors impose candidates on the electorate. “Some governors do not like that. My agenda is to reform the party and stop the attitude of handpicking candidates and imposing them on the people,” he said.

Explaining that the crisis was being misunderstood by the public, Tukur said his prolonged battle with governors started with his insistence that a governor and state party chairman must not come from the same area in accordance with the stipulations of the party’s constitution.

“Why should a sitting governor decide who should succeed him at the end of his tenure without any form of consultation with the people whose votes must count at the elections?

“It was the effort to change the negative status quo ante that created the protest, which led to the existing crisis,” Tukur said.

Source: Radio Biafra.

President Jonathan ‘ll win northern votes in 2015, Tukur declares.


The Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, is set to clash with the leadership of his party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following the party’s request, yesterday, that he declare the seats of all 37 House members that defected from the party to the All Progressives Congress, APC, vacant.

Meanwhile, the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who is fighting moves by the party’s governors and some stakeholders to shove him aside fought back yesterday, saying his antagonists were inspired by their determination to stop the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, a plan he said, was bound to fail.

His assertion nonetheless, Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State in a terse statement, yesterday, called on President Jonathan to intervene in PDP affairs before the party is destroyed by what he described as an inept leadership under Tukur.

PDP, in a statement, said the claim of the defectors that they had obtained a court injunction stopping the Speaker and Senate President from declaring their seats vacant was false.

The statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said: “We have, after a careful review, discovered that this claim is false. For the avoidance of doubt, the order of the court clearly says that status quo be maintained, which means the affected members shall remain members of the PDP.

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Section 68 (i) (g) clearly spells out the consequences of cross carpeting when there is no division in any party.

“We wish to re-emphasise here that the courts have pronounced, and INEC has concurred that there are no factions in PDP.
“Since the affected members have renounced their membership of PDP, we call on the Presiding Officer in the House of Representatives to declare the 37 seats vacant without any further delay.
“This action shall be in adherence to our grand norm, which is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).”

Speaker’s situation
There were, however, indications yesterday that Speaker would ignore the call, putting him on a collision course with the party leadership.

A source close to the Speaker told Vanguard yesterday: “There is no way that the Speaker can act on the call or are you not aware of the court injunction obtained by the 57 members stopping the Speaker from declaring their seats vacant?”

Told of the PDP’s argument that the court injunction required all parties to maintain the status quo, the source said “Yes. Maintain status quo depends on the interpretation of who it favours.”

Besides, the movement of 10 of the 11 members of the House from Sokoto State, it was learnt, may have also tied the hands of the Speaker given his close relationship with the 10 members who are from his home state.
With the defection, Tambuwal is the only member of the Sokoto State delegation to the House still on the PDP ticket.

Jigawa gov’s appeal
Meanwhile, Governor Sule Lamido of of Jigawa State called on President Jonathan to save the party.
In a statement entitled Is it Too Late to Intervene, issued by the Jigawa State Director of Press, Alhaji Umar Kyari said: “I am short of words to express my pain. It is agonising to see the party built in every home, in every village, town and city all over Nigeria with lots of sweat and sacrifice being destroyed.

“Is it too late for the leader of the party to intervene and save our party? Nigerian democracy must not be truncated.”

Meanwhile, Tukur has said the PDP crises were due to blind ambitions to stop Jonathan from re-election in 2015.
He said: “The crises we are witnessing in PDP are about 2015. The promoters are members who wanted to be President at all costs; they are those who wanted to be Vice President at all costs and those who wanted to seek re-election as governors.”

He spoke, yesterday, when a delegation of PDP youths from 19 northern states led by Mr. Galadima Yahya, paid him a solidarity visit at his Wuse 2 residence in Abuja.

Tukur said: “The electorate in the North will elect Jonathan. If you go to them, they will tell you ‘when those who are forming various parties were in power, what did they do for us?'”

Source: Radio Biafra.

PDP Working Underground To Woo Shekarau Following Clash With Kwankwaso Over APC.

Former ANPP presidential candidate
By SaharaReporters, New York

A competent source in the know of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) survival strategy to redeem its dwindling fortunes has confirmed that the party is working underground to woo into its fold the immediate past governor of Kano State, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau.

The PDP’s emissaries, according to the source, have been meeting with Shekarau’s close associates.

Shekarau is presently in a power struggle over the soul of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kano State with Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.  Aside from their recent feud over gratuity, Shekarau alleged Kwankwaso stopped him from benefiting adequate retirement gratuity.

On the possibility to woo Shekarau to the PDP, our source said it was the only thing that would balance the politics of Kano, adding that Vice President Namadi Sambo was leading the move.

“Mind you we have people from Kano like Ghali Umar Na’abba, Abba Dabo, Akilu Indabawa and others who are with us,” he said.  “Now if we have Shekarau it will give the APC a good fight and [we will] eventually triumph over them, in view of [the] confusion that will [encircle] them. Just wait and see.”

He did not say what would be the outcome should Shekarau, who expressed a lot of progressive positions during the 2011 presidential contest, refuse to join the PDP, stressing that Kwankwaso and Shekarau could not possibly work harmoniously in Kano APC.

“There are wounds and scars beyond what you can imagine. Even yesterday Shekarau protested to the national leadership of APC, because it is Kwankwaso that has taken over [the] machinery and not him.  Kwankwaso’s power is real and there is no place to accommodate Shekarau and his camp,” he said.

PDP Begs Tambuwal To Sack 37 Defecting House Of Reps Members.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal
By SaharaReporters, New York

The Peoples Democratic Party has appealed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to help sack the 37 members of the House who defected from the ruling party to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PDP argued that the affected lawmakers should vacate their seats immediately having left the party that brought them to the legislature.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the PDP remained silent on the issue of those who had in the past defected from other political parties to the PDP.

Before the recent jumbo defection from the PDP, the ruling party had benefited from the defection of numerous politicians and office holders from opposition parties to the PDP.

The last few weeks have witnessed a reversal of the former trend. The ruling party took a big political hit when five of its governors left it and defected to the APC. This was followed a few days ago by the decision of 37 PDP federal lawmakers to defect. A top source within a splinter group in the PDP told SaharaReporters that more defections from the ruling party were in the offing.

Mr. Metuh’s statement said that the attention of his party was drawn to “claims by 37 defecting members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of the PDP to the APC that they obtained an injunction restraining the leadership of the National Assembly and the Party from declaring their seats vacant in line with provisions of the Constitution.” He added: “We have, after a careful review, discovered that this claim is false. For the avoidance of doubt, the order of the Court clearly says that ‘status quo’ be maintained which means the affected members shall remain members of the PDP.

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in section 68 (i) (g) clearly spells out the consequences of cross carpeting when there is no division in any Party. We wish to re-emphasize here that the courts have pronounced, and INEC has concurred that there are no factions in the PDP.

“Since the affected members have renounced their membership of the PDP, we call on the Presiding Officer in the House of Representatives to declare the 37 seats vacant without any further delay. This action shall be in adherence to our grand norm, which is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).”

Bleeding PDP Warns That Defection Of Members Is ‘Betrayal’.

PDP chair, Bamanga Tukur
By SaharaReporters, New York

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described Wednesday’s defection of 37 of its members in the House of Representatives, as ‘betrayal,’ warning that those members should know the implication of their actions.

The declaration is contained in a statement issued by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, at the end of a meeting of the National Woking Committee of the party in Abuja.

“The PDP condemns what is fast unfolding as a desperate attempt by selfish politicians to cause confusion in our body polity,” he said. “We wish to assure all our members and supporters nationwide that the PDP remains unshaken by the departure of Fifth Columnists. We shall undoubtedly emerge stronger and more cohesive after these events.”

He said that if the defection was confirmed to be true, it was “treacherous and a huge betrayal” not only of the PDP but of voters who worked hard for the election of the defectors on the platform of the PDP.

Quoting Section 68 (1) (g) of the constitution, Metuh stressed that the courts have declared that the PDP is ONE and is not bedeviled by any factions.

“Any member of the National or State Assemblies who therefore renounces his membership of a UNITED PDP must be ready to face the consequences of defection in line with provisions of the Constitution,” he said.

Despite the purported defection of some members, he noted that the party still maintains a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives, and urged members “to utilize their majority to strengthen the support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda and the only recognized National Leadership of the Party.”

Nigeria president Jonathan loses parliament majority after 37 MPs defect.


Abuja (AFP) – Nigeria‘s President Goodluck Jonathan lost his majority in parliament on Wednesday after 37 lawmakers bolted his party for a new opposition coalition, the latest political blow to hit the embattled leader.

In a letter presented to the speaker of the lower house, the lawmakers elected under Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) declared that they had joined the All Progressives Congress, stripping the PDP of its majority in 360-seat chamber.

They listed “divisions in the political party (PDP) that sponsored our election” as the reason for the move.

The PDP had controlled the lower house in Africa‘s most populous nation and top oil producer since the end of military rule in 1999, but was left with just 171 lawmakers after Wednesday’s announcement.

Jonathan has been haemorrhaging support in recent weeks, including the defection of five powerful state governors to the APC last month.

Publicly, the president’s rivals have said his political troubles are tied to poor job performance, including galloping corruption and a failure to improve woeful electricity supply.

But analysts argue the real divisions are linked to Nigeria’s 2015 polls.

Jonathan has so far refused to declare his plans but is widely expected to seek re-election, even as he has faced mounting calls to stand aside.

He has been accused of breaking an unwritten rule in the PDP which calls for the presidency to rotate between Christians from the south, like Jonathan, and Muslims from the north.

Jonathan, an ex-vice president, took the top job in 2010 after the sudden death of his predecessor Umar Musa Yar’Adua, a northern Muslim who served less than three years.

The practical impacts of the power shift in the house were not immediately clear as Nigeria has not had a divided federal government in decades.

Lagos State University professor Dapo Thomas said the developments will hurt the PDPs image as Nigeria’s natural ruling party.

“The defection will shake the root and foundation of the PDP,” the political science lecturer said.

Laja Oduka, a political scientist at the University of Lagos, told AFP that the opposition will use the lower house “to torment the PDP”, including the possibility of moving forward on impeachment hearings.

“We will certainly see a shift in the balance of power,” on the national stage he said.

While Jonathan’s allies still hold 74 seats of 109-member upper house, Thomas said a threat to the PDP majority there could force Jonathan to make major concessions.

In past statements, the PDP has branded supporters who defect as “agents of distraction” and cast doubt on the credibility of the APC.

Since independence in 1960, Nigeria has not had a democratic change in government, with power shifting from a ruling party to the opposition.

Source: Radio Biafra.

GEJ and OBJ: Of Presidential Pots And Kettles By Adebola Falana.

By Adebola Falana

“First of all, Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo is a hypocrite. He bears full responsibility for the situation in which we find ourselves today. And I don’t take him seriously and that’s all I want to say about him…”  – Wole Soyinka (2010)
Soyinka’s words from 2010 are a good place to start when considering the letter General Olusegun Obasanjo wrote to President Goodluck Jonathan recently. We cannot ignore the role Obasanjo played in Jonathan’s ascension to power, neither can we ignore Obasanjo’s refusal to accept his fair share of the blame.

The former president admits in his letter that Jonathan lists him third, after his parents and God, as the human who has impacted most on his life and helped him to ascend to the presidency, and he admits that he believed it was in Nigeria’s political interest that a minority become president. Yet Obasanjo believes he is in the best position to cry wolf now?

Of all democratically elected leaders, Obasanjo has ruled this country for the longest time: with his military rule from 1976 to 1979 and his democratic rule from 1999 to 2007, he has had 11 years, more than a fifth of the period for which we have been an independent country, to change things. He set the nation on a course of decline.

One must ask: what other measures Obasanjo had taken before going this route — that is, besides the other four unacknowledged letters he says he has written to Jonathan over the past two years. As not just a PDP stalwart but also a former president, and one who occupied the seat not too long ago, one would think that Obasanjo had other mediums of reaching the president and passing his message across.

But that is not his style, is it? His penchant for attacking in an un-presidential manner is well known.

Obasanjo had no respect for that office while he occupied it, and it is not surprising that he has no respect for it now that he is no longer occupying it.

History is definitely not on his side in this situation. Nigerians remember the letter he wrote to Babangida in 1992, which of course also ‘leaked’; we also remember that when he became president, he did nothing different besides being ‘democratically elected’.

Fast forward to 2004 when Audu Ogbeh, a PDP stalwart and party leader, wrote a similar letter to Obasanjo when he was president. He ensured the political ruin of the former. Obasanjo’s apathy to criticism of his person or actions is well known, and his response to Ogbeh at the time was not dissimilar to the President’s spokesman, Reuben Abati’s to him.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Is it not absurd that Obasanjo, who reportedly tried to push for a third-term agenda, is holding Jonathan to a one-term promise the latter purportedly made in 2011?

One cannot help but conclude that Obasanjo must suffer from selective amnesia as he refuses to remember that he is guilty of the things he accused Jonathan of, and when he had the chance, he did things no differently from the other presidents Nigeria has had.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

Jonathan Replies Yoruba Ex-convict Obasanjo Via Abati, Says OBJ Is ‘Spineless Coward’; APC His Cahoots.

OBJ  under arrest

President Jonathan is running a people’s government,” the statement said.  “He does not need any snipers. His legitimacy comes from the people. Those who are alleging the existence of snipers should step forward and provide the evidence or shut up forever and go down in history as spineless cowards, driven by sheer greed and indecency.”
Towards the APC, the statement dismissed the call for impeachment as as opportunistic, partisan and ill-motivated, and specifically trained its sights on its National Publicity Secretary Lai Mohammed. “Ordinarily, we would not have dignified Alhaji Lai Mohammed’s latest vituperations in the service of his paymasters with a response, but we thought it necessary to warn that the Federal Government will not standby idly and let the nation be plunged into unnecessary crises and political instability because of the desperation and apparent readiness of the APC spokesman and his gang of power-seeking desperadoes to sacrifice the well-being of the country on the altar of their selfish personal ambitions.”Apparently rattled by the APC’s impeachment call, the presidency described the opposition party as having moved further beyond the bounds of honourable and acceptable political conduct, saying Mr. Jonathan continues to devote himself to the discharge of a “sacred” mandate freely given by Nigerians.“The APC, which remains a minority party with doubtful credentials in the National Assembly, knows fully well that its attempt to hector and blackmail a Parliament dominated by loyal members of the President’s party, the PDP, into an impeachment process, will come to nothing.”
It called the strategy an “outrageous gambit, with scant regard for peace, order, security and political stability in the country, in furtherance of [the APC’s] dastardly and heinous strategy of over-heating the polity and working to cause public disaffection against the Jonathan Presidency  with lies, false accusations and unjustifiable indictments  ahead of the 2015 general elections.”
The statement also called the APC statement as lacking “a single clearly defined charge” on the basis of which any plausible impeachment proceedings can be initiated.
“Alhaji Mohammed’s unscrupulous effort to drag the nation’s judiciary into its murky political warfare and his readiness to intimidate and blackmail  embers of the bench so as to secure a favourable outcome for his party in the pending case clearly shows that nothing is beyond the pale for him and the APC in pursuit of their quest for power,” the statement said, adding that the administration does not need Mohammed or the APC to remind it of its constitutional responsibility for the security and well-being of Nigerians.
It further asserted that Mr. Jonathan will continue to do his utmost best to achieve positive national transformation in all areas in spite of efforts by the opposition to thwart or disparage the work of his administration.Noting what it called the undisguised threat by the APC to foster public insurrection against the Federal Government if pending legal cases go against it, it urged Nigerians to take special note of “this boastful indication” of an intention to resort to lawlessness.
It threatened members of the APC and others “who make themselves its willing tools for the breach of public order and safety” with the full sanctions of the law, and warned those threatening fire and brimstone to be ready for “consequences of treasonable action.”
On APC’s reference’s reference to Obasanjo’s allegation concerning the training of snipers, the presidency called it a “false copy-cat allegation,” adding that it clearly shows that they are now in cahoots with some other elements that are bent on discrediting his administration and inciting the public against it.“We call on patriots to make the necessary distinction between such reckless violations of civic duty and the urgent need to protect the integrity of the Nigerian nation against those who for selfish reasons have declared their readiness to stop at nothing,” the statement said.
Mr. Jonathan has announced he will respond directly to Obasanjo’s 18-page letter, dated December 2, directly, asking his aides not to do so.  He has yet to do so.The two chambers of the National Assembly have also joined other Nigerians in demanding the president’s full response to the wholesale charges contained in the letter.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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