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Nigeria Is Already A Failed State By David Lanre Lijadu.


By David Lanre Lijadu

The President of Nigeria just confirmed to all Nigerians that Nigeria is a failed state through the letter he wrote to Mr. Obasanjo severally referred to as “Baba.”

First, Mr. President said he was obligated to write Mr. Obasanjo because he doesn’t want to be seen as “ignoring a former President.”  However, the eighth, ninth and tenth reasons the President gave for replying Mr. Obasanjo were serious alerts that his life is in danger and that he believed that the former President is attempting to take over his government by violence: Mr. President stated:

The eighth reason is that it appears that your letter was designed to incite Nigerians from other geopolitical zones against me and also calculated to promote ethnic disharmony. Worse still, your letter was designed to instigate members of our Party, the PDP, against me. The ninth reason is that your letter conveys to me the feeling that land mines have been laid for me. Therefore, Nigerians need to have my response to the issues raised before the mines explode. The tenth and final reason why my reply is inevitable is that you have written similar letters and made public comments in reference to all former Presidents and Heads of Government starting from Alhaji Shehu Shagari and these have instigated different actions and reactions. The purpose and direction of your letter is distinctly ominous, and before it is too late, my clarifications on the issues need to be placed on record.  ~ FrontierNews  HYPERLINK “http://www.frontiersnews.com/index.php/news/6984-breaking-news-jonathans-response-to-objs-letter#.UrdFrDQsqGM.facebook”http://www.frontiersnews.com/index.php/news/6984-breaking-news-jonathans…

The above are serious accusations by the President that a leader of his party who is a former President has “instigated” members of the PDP against him and therefore, he feels that “land mines have been “laid” for him and is ready to “explode.”  Furthermore, the President referred to past letter writing precedents that had led to the take over of government by force and believed that this letter was meant to serve similar purpose.

The summary of these three reasons which President Jonathan offered in his letter is that Mr. Obasanjo is attempting to use members of the PDP and others to take over the government of Nigeria by force and possibly with the intent to assassinate him.

To corroborate his accusation, the Present chronicled similar attempts on his life during Mr. Obasanjo’s administration without any investigation carried out by same.

In the final analysis, one wonders if this President is so fearful that he had to account for his stewardship to a former President rather than Nigerians. I thought that the office of the President is above all other in the country except the people who elected him.  However, the woeful accountability by Mr. Jonathan to a particular “Baba” and the latest meeting of the APC leaders to Mr. Obasanjo asking him to be the “navigator” of the “ship” to “rescue” Nigeria worries me and I think it should worry every Nigerian who believes in democracy, the rule of law and the power of the Constitution.

By not holding a Press conference, the notice that the President gave to all Nigerians is that he is accountable to Mr. Obasanjo and the fragmented PDP first, and Nigerians second.  The implication of this is that he is incapable of using the power given to him by all Nigerians as the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces to stand against any internal or external aggression, but rather, would succumb to them.

A World Press conference as practiced in every civilized country governed by democratically elected President would have been the right thing to do so that Mr. Jonathan would be seen as addressing the issues and accounting to Nigerians who elected him into office and are collectively his boss; not Obasanjo.  He would also have given the media the opportunity to ask pertinent questions that most Nigerians and the whole world are anxious to ask and have been asking for couple of weeks since Mr. Obasanjo made his letter public and respond to them officially.  Mr. Jonathan deliberately shattered the hope of Nigerians to hear from their President.  Instead, he validated Obasanjo’s claim that he “handpicked” his successors and they dare not challenge his authority.  This is now a matter of “He, who pays the piper, dictates the tune.”

Downgrading the office of the President to that of letter writing and stating various and  serious charges of criminal activities by past and present politicians in power and other bureaucrats and individuals in the country without stating what the next action would be officially is laughable and absolutely shameful to say the least.

A sitting President cannot afford to make such serious accusations and allegations in a letter to another past leader publicly without telling the country what action his administration would take to make sure that the Nigerian people are not taken for a ride.  Is Nigeria not a country of law?  What has happened to the entire systems of enforcement, investigation, detection, prosecution and judgment in accordance with the rule of law in the country?  Is the Constitution not guiding the operation of government in Nigeria anymore?

The issues are about the Nigerian state and as the President of Nigeria; he should be addressing Nigerians officially at a World Press Conference.  By his letter, the President presented Nigeria as the property of Obasanjo and the fragmented PDP and himself as an employee for the former President who is answering a query from the boss.

Also, addressing Mr. Obasanjo as “Baba” is unfortunate to say the least. It is unbelievable and monumental insult to Nigerians.  I think the President is the 1st person in any civilized country!  Is Mr. Obasanjo the “Baba” of President Jonathan?  The Yorubas say, “Ibi ti a ba ape lori, a ki fii tele” (Whatever is designated as the head cannot be used to stump the ground.)  Even in most Nigerian cultures, when has it become customary for a King to prostrate to any of his subjects – young or old?  Would Barack Obama refer to former President Clinton as “Father” in a public letter of such significance?

The world saw former President Clinton during the 2012 Democratic convention bow down for President Barack Obama.  Here in Nigeria, a sitting President is calling a former President “Baba.”  So, is “Baba” above the law?  Does he have absolute power in Nigeria today?  Is this shameful show of idiocy playing out to the world that Nigerians desire to command respect?

The question that Nigerians should ask their President is: Where do we go from here?  Are you strong enough to defend Nigeria from internal and/or external aggressors or should we quickly look for another “before it’s too late?”  Are these allegations of corruption, murders, assassination attempts, plutocratic practices and terrorism just going to be a matter of writing to Mr. Obasanjo?  Can Nigerians now assume that their country is already a failed state because their President alerted them that his life is in danger but cannot do anything about it?  Nigerians need answers now, or they shall take their country back before it’s too late!

David Lanre Lijadu is a former Chairman Campaign for Democracy, Ogun State Branch

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

Don’t turn Nigeria to Syria – Senator Uzodinma.


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Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has warned Nigerians against making unguarded statements capable of derailing the nation’s democracy and precipitating ethnic backlash that could turn the country into another Syria.
Speaking at the weekend, Uzodinma, who represents Imo West Senatorial District in th Senate, regretted that highly placed Nigerians have lately resorted to making provocative statements against the leadership of the country aimed at inciting the public against the government.
He reminded those behind what he described as “explosive, wild and baseless allegations” to be mindful of the fact that such ungodly utterances could precipitate an ethnic backlash that can create another Syria in the country.
According to him, the impression many are beginning to have is that there are a set of ethnocentric leaders in the country who are yet to come to terms with the fact of a minority presidency in the country and the prospect of another four years of minority presidency.
The senator said such ethnic bigots have become so obsessed with their disdain for a president from a minority ethnic extraction that they have lost all civility and decorum.
“I suspect that these people are simply obsessed that a minority is President of Nigeria and are also paranoid about the prospect of another four years of a minority Presidency. It appears that this obsession has made them lose calm and maturity so much so that they have become like a loose canon mindlessly churning out warped logic and baseless allegations against the government,” he declared.
Uzodinma said it was interesting to observe that even those who were released from prison and made president with a promise to do only one term but ended up doing two terms and wanting a third, are now in the forefront of trying to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from doing a second term.
He wondered when it became unethical for the President, as leader of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to be interested in who becomes the National Chairman of PDP or when it became the tradition that other party leaders will force a National Chairman down the throat of a President.
Said he: “I know it for certain that presidents, as leaders of PDP, have also influenced, if not determined who the National Chairman of our party is. In fact, in some cases, some presidents even forced a chairman to resign at gun-point for having the courage to have a different view. So, why is it now that this president must be forced to have a chairman and must jettison  the one he approves?”
The senator said it was clear to him that the hidden agenda behind the mindless allegations and plots against President Jonathan was simply because those who believe they own Nigeria are truly embarrassed by the fact that the hand of God threw up somebody from outside their cabal to be president and that he may be there for another tenure
The statement added: “I think the cabal that has controlled the leadership of this country since independence is thoroughly embarrassed that a stranger found his way into the Presidency. They are finding it difficult to live with this and they appear desperate enough to want to do anything to stop this.”
He argued that the issue at stake is not about Jonathan’s performance, adding that even the president’s critics know he has done well and insist that the real issue is about protecting the interest of a cabal that is feeling increasingly insecure.
The senator said the danger in what is happening is that the spate of unguarded statements against Jonathan by this cabal and their cohorts is that it was throwing up unsavory ethnic sentiments that can backfire against the country.
“With the security situation in the country, I am surprised that these leaders are not mindful of the fact that the type of provocative statements they make is capable of precipitating ethnic crisis in the country. I urge them to thread softly and to remember that the interest of Nigeria is always bigger than an individual or group’s interest,” Uzodinma said.

By WILLY EYA

Source: Radio Biafra.

Obasanjo Says He Will Not Comment On Jonathan’s Letter.


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
By Saharareporters, New York

Following yesterday’s publication of President Goodluck Jonathan’s response to his letter, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said today he will be making no further comment on the matter.

A statement signed by his media aide, Tunde Oladunjoye, acknowledged receiving President Jonathan’s response, followed by several requests from local and international media for his reaction.

“Baba, as he already indicated in his December 2, 2013,  does not wish to make further comments beyond the contents of his last letter to Mr. President or react to the said letter/response from Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,” the statement said.

It quoted from page 14 of Obasanjo’s original letter to buttress that position.  The former president wrote, “I will maintain my serenity, because by this letter I have done my duty to you as I have always done, to your government, to the party, PDP, and to our country, Nigeria.”

In his response to Obasanjo, President Jonathan said he had directed the security agencies and requested the National Human Rights Commission to carry out a thorough investigation of the criminal allegations made by the former president, and to make their findings public.

It is unclear if Obasanjo intends to cooperate with that investigation and whether he has yet been contacted to testify, or what Mr. Jonathan intends to do should he refuse.

In Jonathan’s 14-page response to Obasanjo’s 18 pages, he said he only had time to respond to the most serious of the charges which question his sincerity, personal honour, and commitment to his oath of office.   Obasanjo, he said, did him grave injustice by accusing him of “deceit, deception, dishonesty, incompetence, clannishness, divisiveness and insincerity,” among others.

Mr. Jonathan described Obasanjo’s allegation that he may be training snipers to assassinate political opponents as “particularly incomprehensible.”   Denying that he has ever been associated with any form of political violence since his days as a Deputy Governor about eight years ago, he challenged Obasanjo to name the 1000 people he claimed to be on a political watch list.

In a press statement issued on December 16 by his spokesman, Reuben Abati, the president called Obasanjo greedy and indecent for making that allegation, asserting that he needs no snipers as 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.”

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 members.by: 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.


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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.


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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.”

Tukur
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.

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