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COVER THE LIES OF NIGERIA OR GET FIRED; Why I Sacked Odimegwu by Jonathan.

Abuja — PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan  explained, yesterday, that the former chairman of the National  Population Commission, NPC, Chief Festus Odimegwu was relieved of his  appointment because of certain statements he made, which brought  credibility problem to the commission.
The president, who disclosed this while swearing in the chairman and  two commissioners of the National Population Commission; a member of the  ICPC as well as two Advisers at the Presidential Villa, charged public  officials to be mindful of their utterances in order not to erode the  confidence of the people in the work of their agencies.
He said: “When we have a country that the population is growing than  the way our economy is growing, then we must know our population  figures, so that government at federal, state and local levels will be  able to plan.
“The population commission is critical and you also have to be  mindful about the statements you make and that is not limited to the  national population commission alone, but to all of us who are holding  offices.
“You must be very mindful and not make statements that will create problem for the society.”
Addressing the new chairman, the President said: “I dropped your predecessor because of certain statements he made.
“He is a fine gentleman, everybody knows him, very cerebral. But an  institution like the National Population Commission must be one that  people will believe in whatever you do.
“And if you make pronouncements that will create credibility problem  to that institution, the best thing is for you to step aside for some  other person to step in because the credibility of that institution is  critical.
“Perception in most cases are stronger than real, no matter what you  do if the perception is wrong then society will not follow you,” the  president charged.
Odimegwu’s comments raised a quantum of dust in the polity with the  presidency firing him a query. He also received an avalanche of attacks  from many northerners especially, Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa  Kwankwaso.
Going by the 2006 headcount, Kano is the most populous state in the country.
During a visit to President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential  Villa, Abuja, Kwankwaso called for Odimegwu’s sack over his denigration  of the 2006 Nigeria census, saying: “We are not happy about that  appointment and think that it was a mistake. Festus shouldn’t be there  in the first place… because he cannot be the chairman of NPC and at  the same time be attacking what his predecessor had done.”
Odumegwu’s comments belie Nigeria’s topsy-turvy experience with  population census. Acclaimed as the most populous nation in Africa, the  true number of Nigerians has always remained a matter of estimates.  Currently, Nigeria’s population is between 160 – 167 million based on  projections from the 2006 census that put the nation’s population at 140  million with the North accounting for 73.6 million and the South having  64.9 million.
Population figures had always been a subject of mudslinging between  Southern and Northern politicians. For Southerners, the belief is that  the population of the North has been “over-counted”.
They argue that going by simple demographic distribution pattern  across the globe, population increases as one moves from the hinterland  (desert or Savannah regions) to the coast. They wondered why in the case  of Nigeria, the North which lies more in the arid zone, is more  populous than the coastal South.
For Northerners, their extensive landmass and population must not be  taken for granted, facts, said argued that several head counts had  confirmed.

Source: Radio Biafra.

2015: Jonathan deserves NO re-election, says Kwankwaso.


As President Goodluck Jonathan prepares for his re-election next year,  Kano State Governor, Dr. Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso has warned that Jonathan  is not qualified to contest for presidency in 2015.
According to the governor, any attempt by Jonathan to run in the next  poll will amount to a third term in office, which is not acceptable to  most Nigerians.
Kwankwaso, who spoke to journalists in Abuja, yesterday, advised  President Jonathan to take urgent steps to solve the raging insecurity  challenges in the North-East and stabilise the Nigerian economy and take  a  bow from governance in 2015, when he would have attained the  eight-year maximum limit stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution.
The governor argued that contrary to the President’s position that  his tenure started in 2011, the true position remains that he actually  started serving as Nigeria’s President in 2007 and would have completed  his eight years in 2015.
Describing any third term bid as a taboo, Kwankwaso pointed out that  Jonathan and those urging him to run in 2015 could never justify such a  move, which runs contrary to the clear provisions of the law.
The governor said: “Jonathan is not qualified to contest election  again in 2015 going by the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution.  Third term is not acceptable to any part of Nigeria and the time limit  stipulated must be respected by all Nigerians.
“I am sure Nigerians will kick against a third term whether by Jonathan or by any other person in this country.
Mr. President would have completed his eight years in office by 2015.  He served as Vice President for two years, Acting President for two  years and is doing another four years, which will terminate in 2015.
“But those advising the President are pretending that his tenure  started in 2011. I saw them on television the other day trying to argue  in that direction, but they can never be correct. I am not a lawyer, but  I know that two plus four plus six can never be eight.

Source: Radio Biafra.

The Gutless Eunuch And The Lion King By Femi Fani-Kayode.

By Femi Fani-Kayode

On 26th September 2011 in an article titled, ”On Goodluck Jonathan, David and Goliath” I wrote the following-

”A few days ago President Jonathan proclaimed as follows- ‘I am not David, I am not a general, I am not a lion- I will defeat the Goliaths in our land’. These are deep and instructive words yet I do wonder whether Mr. President understands the spiritual and practical implications of what he is saying.

I say this because if he says that he is not a David how can he then possibly slay the Goliaths in the land? If he says that he is not a general how can he be an effective Commander-in-Chief who commands the respect and confidence of his army and his officers? If he says that he is not a lion how can he overwhelm the animals in our jungle that seek to destroy and ravage our land?

Every king worth his salt must have the spirit of the lion and the warrior in him to a certain extent. It is a fundamental pre-qualification for good quality and inspirational leadership and that is what distinguishes the pretender and the usurper from a real king. May the spirit and weakness of the biblical King Ahab not be our President’s portion even though his words seem to have ensnared him. History proves that weak kings and weak leaders always end up pulling down and destroying their own empires and kingdoms simply because they are incapable of providing strong and decisive leadership. Always remember, whether you are a king or a subject, that courage is the greatest of all the virtues. This is wisdom. Would someone please tell our President?”

With the shooting of opposition leaders like Senator Magnus Abe and the killing of some APC youths by policemen in Port Harcourt on January 12th 2014, the attempted murder of the father of Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and the cold blooded slaughter of some people that were with him in Kano on January 7th 2014 by people that are suspected to be agents of the Federal Government, the killing of twenty four people in Borno state by Boko Haram insurgents on January 8th 2014, the  shooting and hacking to death of 30 villagers and the burning of 40 houses by fulani gunmen in Shonong village, Plateau state on January 6th 2014, the bombing of a High Court in Port Harcourt by unknown persons a few days ago, the killing of 91 children by Boko Haram in Damatru a few months ago, the slaughter of 200 Nigerian troops by Boko Haram in Borno state a few weeks back, the massacre of 41 school children in Borno state by Boko Haram four months ago, the burning to the ground of 53 churches in Borno state by Boko Haram in 2013, the mass murder of no less than 7000 thousand Nigerians by Boko Haram in the last 3 years, the burning to the ground of an army barracks with it’s attendant slaughter of the family members of army officers and military personnel in Bama in December 2013 and the raging war that is going on in the north-eastern part of our country between Boko Haram and our military today those words and that counsel that was offered two years ago seem even more relevant now than they were even then.

I believe that the carnage that we are witnessing in our country today has come as a direct result of the manifestation of weakness at the top. When a President tells the world that Boko Haram are his ”siblings” whom he ”cannot move against”, as he did earlier this year, he is asking for trouble. When a President keeps offering Boko Haram amnesty even when they kept rejecting it and whilst they were murdering his people, as he has been doing for the last three years, he is asking for trouble. When a President installs and supports a party National Chairman, by the name of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who describes Boko Haram as ”freedom fighters”, as he did earlier this year, he is asking for trouble.

When a President announces to the world that he is ”not a lion or a David”, as he did approximately two years ago, no-one should be surprised when his people are killed like flies before his very eyes. May God bring us a real leader that can save our nation and may He take away this one who feels no pain and has no empathy when Nigerian blood, nay even the blood of innocent children, is shed with impunity. Under the tenure of our ”lamb” President more innocent Nigerians have been slaughtered by terrorists than at any other time in the history of our country except during the civil war.

What a mess and what a record. I continue to ponder about one thing though- would the President have been so unperturbed and detached from the whole thing if the children that were killed in their school just a few weeks ago had been from his Niger Delta area. It appears to me that simply because those kids were northerners this President just ”doesn’t give a damn”. What a tragedy. Whether christian or muslim, northern or southern these are only children and they are NIGERIAN children each of whom is entitled to the full protection of the Nigerian state. I have said it before and I shall say it again, Nigeria has become an abattoir of human flesh and blood under the tenure of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and all those who support him should bury their heads in shame. The blood of all those innocent people is on his hands because he swore to an oath before God and the Nigerian people to protect them from such evil.

Permit me to make a painful observation here. I was thoroughly appalled about the fact that when our President was asked about the latest round of killings during his live ”Presidential Media Chat” programme a few months ago he not only told a lie to the world by claiming that only ”21 or 22 students were killed” at a time when the BBC and CNN had confirmed that at least 45 bodies had been found (almost 100 were to be discovered later) but he also failed to express his condolences to the families of those that had lost their loved ones. He made the same omission when he failed to commiserate with or express his condolences to the families of the 200 soldiers that were killed in Borno state a few weeks back whilst fighting Boko Haram simply because they ran out of bullets during the course of the battle.

By way of contrast not only was he quick to offer his condolences to the government and people of Kenya for the terrible carnage that was inflicted on them by Al Shabab just one day before when 68 people were killed at a Nairobi shopping mall but he was also quick to offer the Kenyan government military assistance.  I guess that to him Nigerian blood is not as expensive or as important as foreign blood.

If President Uhuru Kenyatta ever decides to accept his offer let us hope that our President will provide enough bullets and ammunition to the soldiers that he will send. Our boys are deeply courageous fighters and they certainly deserve that much. They also deserve to have a Commander in Chief that inspires them, that watches their back, that truly cares and that gives them the very best.

The question must be asked – does our President have any balls? And if he does just how big are they? Is he really a man? Does he have what it takes to fight a war against terror or is it that there is more to this than meets the eye? Is there a sinister plan to ensure that elections do not hold in some parts of the north-east in 2015 given the fact that those areas are very hostile to the suggestion that Jonathan should return to power that year? Is this whole thing planned and contrived or is it a case of chronic incompetence, ineptitude and weakness? Does Jonathan believe that it is in his interest for the north to burn and for northern blood to be spilt? Is the mindset of those that are pulling the strings of the view that since the problem has been (to use the President’s own words in his last media chat) ”localised” and ”contained in a certain area” the government can sit back and watch the locals slaughter themselves whilst they continue to drink champagne and kai-kai in the Villa? If that is the case has it not occurred to them that their fellow Nigerians live in those areas where the problem has supposedly been ”localised” and is the blood of those fellow Nigerians not red as well? Are they less Nigerian because of where they were born and who they are? Are the people that live in the villages and countryside not as important as those who live in the towns and cities?

Whatever is really going on God sees all and anything that is not of Him will surely fail. If it is nothing but weakness and incompetence that has resulted in this unprecedented carnage the President will answer before God for violating his solemn oath to protect the Nigerian people from enemies within and from enemies without. If it is a conspiracy to encourage and create turmoil and chaos in the north just to ensure that they are excluded from the vote in 2015, both Jonathan himself and Nigeria as a whole will reap the consequences. It is worth noting that that is precisely what happened in Mali in the elections that took place before the north was taken over by the islamists and it led to a full scale civil war.

Any attempt to exclude any part of this country from participating in the elections in 2015 under the guise of lack of security or Boko Haram will result in the same thing with catastrophic consequences for Nigeria. Yet as Napolean Bonaparte once said, ”we must never account to conspiracy what can easily be explained away by incompetence”. It is more likely than not that the situation that is unfolding in the north-east and the feeble fight that our government is putting up against Boko Haram over there is down to Jonathan’s weakness and nothing more. So when asked the question is our President capable of fighting the war against terror my answer would be that I am afraid that I doubt it very much. He just doesn’t have it in him. As the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair once said about John Major, his predecessor in office, he is just ”weak, weak, weak”.

I am a great believer in strong government and I am one of those that has always believed that President Olusegun Obasanjo was one of the most effective leaders that we have ever had in this country. Love him or hate him one thing is clear- not under Obasanjo’s watch would 7000 thousand innocent Nigerians be massacred at will in the space of just two years by a bunch of murderous and heartless terrorists. He would have known exactly what to do and how to do it to put a stop to such callous lawlessness and anarchy right from the start. Equally significant is the fact that such was his love for Nigeria that regardless of the region, ethnic group or religious faith that the victims came from, espoused or belonged to, his response to the terrorists would have been swift, decisive and utterly ruthless. He would have had Boko Haram in ”shock and awe” and the whole world would have marveled at it. This is because in Obasanjo we had a President who not only had balls but who also had the courage, heart and guts to match them.

The greatest error that we as a people ever made and the worst tragedy and misfortune that has ever befallen us as a nation is the fact that a lamb ended up taking a throne that was designed and prepared for a lion. The unfortunate consequences of that tragic error and misfortune are there for all to see. The shedding of the blood of even the youngest, the most innocent and the most vulnerable in our society by Boko Haram on a daily basis is an eloquent testimony to that unsavoury fact.

The fact of the matter is that Nigeria is in dire need of a real ”Asiwaju” to lead her. She needs a man with the spirit of the ”Jagaban”- a ”last man standing” who has an iron will and who knows no fear. She needs an ”Ebora” and a ”Balogun” all rolled into one who is ready to confront evil, defend our nation, protect our people and crush the enemy. Sadly we do not have that today. Instead what we have is what the Yoruba describe as an ”olori oko tio lepon”. Roughly translated that means ”a President without balls”. May the Lord take the leadership of this nation away from the gutless eunuch and give it to a lion king.


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

Jonathan chronically incompetent to lead Nigeria – Kwankwaso.



Jonathan chronically incompetent to lead Nigeria – Kwankwaso
THE PUNCH – Kano State Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso has said President Goodluck Jonathan is leading Nigeria towards disaster because he lacks courage and the competence to properly manage Nigeria’s affairs.
The governor said this during a meeting with the leadership of the Northern Elders Forum, at the Government House in Kano, on Tuesday night.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Director of Press and Public Affairs, Baba Dantiye, which was made available to The PUNCH on Wednesday.
He quoted Kwankwaso as saying that despite advice and observations made by respected leaders from within and outside the country on how to put Nigeria on the right track, the Presidency had remained insensitive.
Kwankwaso said, “When we met with the President, as Northern governors, he told us that the former US Secretary of State, Lady Clinton, told him that as President he had to look at the issue of the North very critically.
“She noted that there was an imbalance in terms of patronage, appointments and sharing of resources.
“He assured that he was looking at those comments and that was why he was delaying appointments into boards and so on.
“Since that meeting, we have not seen anything or changes so it is my conclusion that the President lacks the capacity and courage to do the right thing.”
The governor also accused the Jonathan administration of injustice for proposing N2bn for projects in the North-East as against the N111bn proposed for projects in the South-South and the South-East geo-political zones.
He said it was sad that the federal budget was heavily tilted in favour of one section of the country while the other parts were wallowing in illiteracy, underdevelopment and misery.
Kwankwaso noted that “We have had enough crises in this country and it is not right to plant seeds of crisis in the future.
“Look at the North-East that was allocated N2bn in the current budget, N2bn is what Mr. President allocated to non-APC states for supporting him, while N111bn was allocated to the South-East and South-South. This is not close to fairness.”
He explained that his position on current national issues was not premised on religion, ethnicity or sectionalism but stemmed from the desire to see that every Nigerian was treated without discrimination.
The governor charged the National Assembly to oppose injustice especially as was currently being perpetrated by the government.
Earlier, in separate remarks, the chairman of the forum, Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule, Danmasanin Kano, and his deputy, Paul Unongo, explained that they were not satisfied with the current political developments in the country, especially as they affected the North.
They explained that the visit to Kwankwaso was to identify with his achievements and sterling leadership qualities as well as to look at several issues that would bring about responsible governance, unity and even development of the country.
When contacted, the Presidency said the statement credited to Kwankwaso only showed that the governor was in need of psychiatric help.
Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulag, said this in an interview with one of our correspondents.
Gulak said it would only take a mentally imbalanced person to say that Jonathan lacked competence and guts to manage the affairs of the country appropriately.
He described the governor as a politically drowning man.
“That is a statement of a man that is drowning politically. He is mentally imbalanced. He needs a psychiatric help. It is only a man that is not balanced mentally that can be describing the President in that manner. Nigerians know what is being done by the President,” he said.
Published by Biafra Galaxy

Okorocha and Amaechi discounted as Buhari, Kwankwaso, Ribadu in Quiet Battle for APC Ticket.



Former VP Atiku Abubakar also in consideration
Membership registration this month, convention holds in MarchEmmanuel Bello and  Onyebuchi Ezigbo
A silent but potent war in a bid to emerge the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the 2015 presidential election may have begun.
In the quiet moves to position themselves for the ticket are former Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar who though is yet to formally join APC.
The thinking in APC, THISDAY learnt at the weekend, is to throw the race wide open so that nobody feels left out or thinks the ticket is his birthright.
Meanwhile, the opposition party is also planning to organise its first national convention to elect a substantive leadership by March.
APC has been running with interim national executives since inception last year.
Party sources told THISDAY that the party had decided that it would commence membership registration this month, before conducting congresses at the ward, local government and state levels to pick its executives at those levels, culminating in the holding of a national convention by March and presidential primaries later this year.
Although Buhari has not declared an ambition yet, many watchers said he has not foreclosed contesting for the presidency again.
Buhari recently denied anointing anyone as presidential candidate for the APC. Analysts believe he is still the candidate to beat in the party.
If his body language is anything to go by, indications are that the three-time presidential candidate may still yield to pressure from his numerous supporters who are urging him to join the fray.
Recently an ideological support group aiming to propagate the ideals and values of the former head of state said it planned to launch its operations in January.
The national coordinator of the support group and APC chieftain, Alhaji Mustapha Habib, in an interview with THISDAY, said the objective of the organisation was to educate the youth about Buhari’s ideology and moral values so that they can understand it and use it to enhance national development.
Former EFCC chairman Ribadu is also yet to openly declare for the race but he is said to be bidding his time as well.
Ribadu had contested the 2011 presidential election on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, which was won by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Kwankwaso is one of the five aggrieved PDP governors who recently defected to APC. The Kano governor is said to be performing in his state and he is seen as one of those being looked upon by some Northern turks to fly the APC banner.
Atiku’s name is also making the rounds as a likely presidential aspirant in the party.
Though Atiku has not joined APC the party’s national leaders have visited him, asking him to embrace the party.
Atiku told them he would consult with his associates and give the APC leaders a feedback.
But some APC chieftains led by former Borno State Governor Modu Ali Sheriff are said to be urging him to join the party and enter the presidential fray.
A segment of the APC is also said to be secretly working for the emergence of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal. Tambuwal is currently in the ruling PDP but analysts say it is only a matter of time before he declares for the APC.
The party’s Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, who spoke with THISDAY yesterday on telephone, maintained that the party had not officially taken any step to narrow its choice of flagbearer.
“At the moment, the party has not considered the issue of who its presidential candidate would be. Until we get to that stage, we will not bar anyone from expressing interest or aspiring for the presidential candidacy. The party is not going to stop anyone from expressing his views, especially when it has to do with legitimate ambition.
“All I say is that everything will be done according to the rules, there will be party primaries to elect candidates for elective offices in the land, from the local, states to the national levels, ” he said.
Mohammed said for now the matter had not been officially tabled at the party’s top hierarchy as a major priority because the APC was busy with its national recruitment drive.
Despite the official position of APC, THISDAY checks revealed that prominent members were already contemplating who would carry the party’s flag in the 2015 presidential poll.
This, according to a source, is because of the preponderance of presidential materials within the party.
Besides, he added, the APC would have to find a “candidate who would compete favourably with President Jonathan in the coming election since it is obvious Jonathan would run. The APC candidate must be someone who would be accepted across all the divides in the country.”
Other sources, who spoke to THISDAY, noted that the issue was a herculean one capable of threatening the cohesion of the party since varied interests were now in the party. Principally, the entrance into the party of major PDP politicians is said to pose a problem as the search for a presidential candidate begins.
One of the sources said, “We now have many people who want to be presidents. They may be qualified but only one person can be the flag bearer. I hope this would not tear us apart.” Thisday.

Source: Radio Biafra.

by: The Citizen

FG, PDP, Presidency Have Become Reckless, Dishonest And Out Of Touch With Reality – APC Govs.


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Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday berated the Federal Government, Presidency and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, describing them as dishonest and completely insensitive to the basic requirement of protecting the lives and property of Nigerians.The governors, who made this known in their Christmas message to Nigerians under the aegis of Progressives Governors’ Forum, PGF, said there was enough evidence to prove that the Federal Government and the ruling party were out of touch with Nigerians and should no longer be trusted.The statement which was issued in Abuja by the Director-General of the PGF, Salihu Lukman, was signed by Governors Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Adams Oshiomhole (Edo).Others were Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Tanko Al-makura (Nasarawa) Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe) and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara).The governors noted that 2013 was coming to an end with its attendant problems, which they said the Federal Government could not grapple with and called on Nigerians to be ready to seize and shape their destiny in 2014.Their statement said, “Against the background of today’s Federal Government that steers the affairs of the nation based on convenience rather than constitutionality, Nigerians have been reduced to helpless observers of a presidency that is only efficient in weakening its moral authority, making it difficult to relate with other levels and tiers of government in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended.“The hard and incomprehensible reality is that the Presidency, federal government and ruling PDP have become reckless, dishonest and completely insensitive to minimum requirement of protecting the lives and property of Nigerians.“Government, as far as the conduct of the federal government shows, is all about the political aspirations of functionaries of government, notably Mr. President”.

Source: Radio Biafra.

by: daniel

EFCC Arrests Speaker of Kano House of Assembly, 11 Others.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today arrested the Speaker and 10 other Principal officers of the Kano House of Assembly on yet undisclosed charges.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwajaren, confirmed that those in custody include the Speaker, Gambo Sallau; the Majority Leader, Hamisu Ibrahim; and the Clerk of the House, Lawan Badamasi Gezawa and nine others.

He said the arrests have no political undertone, but simply followed a petition by a stakeholder in the state who alleged that Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s supplementary budget was meant to cover-up a dubious transaction.

The governor had sent a budget review request to the State Assembly to the value of 24billion Naira, but he suddenly withdrew that request and replaced it with an even larger one of 28billion Naira.

Financial experts raised an alarm over such a stupendous budget review at a time that the financial year has almost ended, describing it as most unusual in the country.

When a team of journalists visited the EFCC Kano State office, they saw the Clerk of the House, Mallam Lawan Badamasi Gezawa, being escorted into the premises, trailed by heavily armed mobile policemen.

Immediately after that, two three EFCC Coaster buses filled up with the legislators cruised out toward the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport enroute Abuja, escorted by EFCC officials and other armed security operatives.

Eyewitness revealed that as early as 7am, heavily armed police vehicles were stationed in the House of Assembly premises along with over 20 policemen in uniform and mufti in readiness for the arrests when the members of the House arrived for legislative business.

Mr. Uwujaren said the Commission was performing its statutory role as enshrined in the Constitution after receiving the petition.


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.

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.

PHOTONEWS: Kano State Government Organizes Mass Wedding.

By SaharaReporters, New York

Kano state today fulfilled its obligation to organize mass weddings for indigenes of the state who otherwise could not afford it. Gov. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso presided over the ceremony.

Photo credit:  Muhammad Giginyu

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