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Okorocha Laments Atiku’s Departure, Blames Tinubu On Buhari’s Ticket |RN

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Peter Dada, Akure

The Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has said the exit of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar from the ruling All Progressives Congress is not a good development for the party.

Atiku, a former Vice-President, defected recently from the ruling party to the Peoples Democratic Party.

Okorocha spoke with journalists after he received an honorary doctorate degree at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State on Saturday. He described Abubakar as a heavyweight politician.

He said, “I have taken a holistic view of our party, it (Atiku’s exit) is not the best because no matter how anybody thinks, Atiku carries some political weight. His leaving our party is not the best.”

The Imo State Governor, however, noted that since Atiku had decided to move on politically by going to another political party, the APC would make amends and his (Atiku) place would be filled up accordingly.

Reacting to the recent statement credited to the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, which said there would be no automatic ticket for President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 presidential election, against the position of the APC governors, Okorocha maintained that he would support Buhari for a second term.

The chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum had earlier said all the governors would support the sole candidacy of President Buhari in the 2019 election but Tinubu disagreed insisting that the APC’s presidential candidate must emerge through a primary.

Okorocha said, “The (Tinubu’s) statement came to me as a surprise; come to think of it, I never referred to him. I referred to the governors of Nigeria, including the PDP governors and I said only one or two of them had not joined yet.

“Since I made the statement, no governor has said something contrary to what I said. I am surprised that Asiwaju will now be speaking for the governors. He looks like somebody crying more than the bereaved. I did not see reason for the statement actually. But he commands my respect and I don’t want to take issue with the national leader of my party.

“What I mentioned was for the governors and secondly what I said is support. The word I use is support that does not mean there will not be a primary. Governors can only contribute 37 votes; we still have over 5,000 votes up there. What I was talking about was about governors. I was not talking about other party members. Governors alone do not determine the standard bearer of a party.”   (Punch)

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Buhari Doesn’t Understand How To Run Government, Says Agbakoba |RN

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                              President Buhari and Olisa Agbakoba

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A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is bereft of the understanding of how a government should be run.

He also described the federal cabinet put together by Buhari as incompetent, saying the President is “sleeping on the job.”

“Government’s work is misunderstood even by the President. He doesn’t understand the nature of how to run a government,” Agbakoba told reporters in  Lagos.

According to him, Buhari’s government is performing poorly because a number of his ministers do not have the required competence to handle the portfolios assigned to them.

Examples of such ministers, he said, are Geoffrey Onyeama, a lawyer, appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Kayode Fayemi, the Minister of Solid Minerals Development.

He said though Fayemi and Enyeama were brilliant men, they were round pegs in square holes.

“He (Buhari) needs to sack his entire cabinet because they have failed,” Agbakoba said.

The lawyer also highlighted the objectives of the National Intervention Movement, which was recently floated by him and others.

Agbakoba explained that since the floating of the movement was reported in the media last week, people had inundated him with phone calls, asking him whether it was a new political party and how they could join.

He, however, clarified that “NIM is not a political party but a pressure group to put the government on its toes.”

“Our objective is to mobilise Nigerians to hold government accountable at all levels. We want to grow by inspiring and supporting people to start small groups across the country,” he said.

Agbakoba said the activities of the group would involve active use of the social media to sensitise Nigerians and sometimes hold rallies when necessary.

“It is going to be membership-based and we are going to have friends of the movement.  We are not going to depend on anybody to fund us, we are going to ask Nigerians to fund us; send your N100, send your N200, because it will require a lot of resources. So, in one way, we want Nigerians to claim ownership of the movement. That’s the structure,” he said.

Agbakoba said like Buhari, the state governors had not fared better, describing Lagos State, for instance, as a broken city.

“Governor Ambode of Lagos State says that he runs either the third or fifth largest economy in Africa, but you are all in Lagos. This is a broken city, it is a completely broken city and in the index of the harshest cities to live in the world, Lagos is third from the last,” Agbakoba said.

He added, “Ambode is fixing federal roads when Lagos State roads are deplorable.

“Okorocha is erecting statues of all kinds of people when Imo State owes pensioners.

“Wike is using Rivers State money to buy SUVs for members of the National Assembly.”

Agbakoba said the high recurrent expenditure in the nation’s budget exemplified Buhari’s misunderstanding of how government should be run as well as lack of will power.

“The current budget is about N8tn; 70 per cent is for recurrent expenditure, that means salaries.

“Now, only three million people in Nigeria, working with the Federal Government, ‘chop’ all that money to the exclusion of the 180 million people. So, where’s the fairness? Three million people and 70 per cent, and the remainder 30 per cent for 180 million people.” (Punch)

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Destruction Of Mankind Via Nuclear Weapon ‘One Tantrum Away’, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Warns

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 The destruction of humankind is one “impulsive tantrum away”, the Australian-founded winner of the Nobel peace prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, warned overnight on Sunday as the United States and North Korea exchange threats over Pyongyang’s nuclear testing regime.
“Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us?” the Ican head, Beatrice Fihn, said in Oslo after receiving the peace prize on behalf of the anti-nuclear group.“The only rational course of action is to cease living under the conditions where our mutual destruction is only one impulsive tantrum away,” Fihn said. “[Nuclear weapons] are a madman’s gun held permanently to our temple.”

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have escalated as Pyongyang has ramped up its missile and nuclear tests, and the accompanying political rhetoric has grown increasingly bombastic: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un taunted Donald Trump as a “dotard”, while the US president dubbed his rival “Little Rocket Man” and a “sick puppy”.

Leader of the Nobel committee Berit Reiss-Andersen, left, presents the award to Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow and Beatrice Fihn, leader of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in Oslo.© AP Leader of the Nobel committee Berit Reiss-Andersen, left, presents the award to Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow and Beatrice Fihn, leader of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in Oslo.

 

Ican led the campaign for a global treaty banning nuclear weapons that resulted in a UN treaty being adopted in July this year, under which states committed to never “develop, test, produce, manufacture, otherwise acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons”.

One hundred and twenty-three countries voted for the treaty at the UN general assembly in July. So far, 56 countries have signed up to it and three have ratified it. The ban treaty will come into force when 50 countries have signed and ratified it.

Ican was established in Melbourne in 2007. Its founding chair, Dr Tilman Ruff, associate professor at the Nossal institute for global health at the University of Melbourne, said in Oslo the Nobel was recognition for the millions of campaigners who had worked over decades for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

“That particularly includes the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – the hibakusha – and victims of nuclear test explosions, including in Australia and the Pacific, whose painful personal testimonies have played such a crucial role.”

Australia has not supported nor signed the treaty.

But Ruff – who was also a member of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War when that organisation won the peace prize in 1985 for its work highlighting the catastrophic health consequences of atomic war – urged Australia to follow the lead of New Zealand, Indonesia and other countries in the Asia-Pacific and sign and ratify the accord.

“Nuclear weapons pose an existential threat in any hands and the risks of nuclear war are as high now as they have ever been.

“Yet the current Australian government has done all it can to get in the way of efforts to end this existential threat to humanity.”

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Australian government has maintained a longstanding opposition to a nuclear weapons ban treaty.

As a key plank of its foreign policy, Australia has consistently maintained that, as long as nuclear weapons exist, it must rely on the protection of the extended deterrent effect of the US’s nuclear arsenal, the second largest in the world.

Australia was a key agitator in preliminary meetings in trying to get the resolution establishing treaty negotiations defeated.

But the push for a treaty won massive global support, with 123 nations voting in favour, 38 opposing and 16 abstaining.

Australia joined the nuclear weapons states Russia, the US, Israel, France and the UK to vote against the resolution. China abstained.

The treaty will not offer a practical path to effective disarmament or enhanced security, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman told the Guardian during negotiations.

“Australia regards the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons as the cornerstone of global non-proliferation and disarmament efforts.”

But the nuclear ban treaty has widespread community – and growing political – support.

A September poll by ReachTel found 73% of Australians support the ban on nuclear weapons and believe nuclear weapons pose a threat to global security.

Seventy-three parliamentarians – including 60 members of the Labor party, eight Greens, one Liberal and one National – have signed Ican’s global parliamentary pledge, which commits parliamentarians “to work for the signature and ratification of this landmark treaty by our respective countries”.

“We consider the abolition of nuclear weapons to be a global public good of the highest order and an essential step to promote the security and well-being of all peoples,” the pledge says.

The nuclear ban treaty is supported by the majority of the nations on earth but it has no backing from the nine known nuclear states – the US, China, France, Britain, Russia, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea – which include the veto-wielding permanent five members of the security council.

Critics argue that a treaty cannot succeed without the participation of the states that possess nuclear weapons.

But proponents say a nuclear weapons ban will create moral suasion – in the vein of the cluster weapons ban and landmine conventions – for nuclear weapons states to disarm and establish an international norm prohibiting the development, possession and use of nuclear weapons.

Non-nuclear states have expressed increasing frustration with the sclerotic movement towards disarmament.

With nuclear weapons states modernising and in some cases increasing their arsenals, instead of discarding them, more states are becoming disenchanted with the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and lending their support for an outright ban.  (The Guardian)

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Lagos Baale Crushes Wife To Death With Jeep |The Republican News

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Afeez Hanafi

A traditional ruler in Ise Town, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State, Taibu Ogunbanjo, is currently cooling his heels in police custody for allegedly crushing his wife to death.

The baale runs a block-moulding factory at Folu, a community in Ibeju Lekki.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Taibu and his wife, Rotimi Ogunbanjo, got married three years ago, but the marriage had been fraught with misunderstanding and fights.

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, the couple reportedly had a disagreement. After the altercation, Rotimi was said to have gone to the baale’s factory and damaged some blocks on the premises.

Taibu reportedly entered his Toyota Highlander, and was driving out of the premises in anger when he knocked down his wife.

A community leader, who identified himself simply as Akinsipe, said the wife died on the spot, adding that the corpse had been deposited at the Epe General Hospital.

He said, “He (Taibu) is the baale of the community. He and his wife had been having issues since they got married. I did not know what actually happened between them on that day, but I learnt that they had a disagreement in the morning.

“She went to his block factory and destroyed some blocks arranged on the premises. He entered his vehicle angrily and as he was driving out of the premises, the wife tried to stop him. He hit her and she died on the spot.”

Akinsipe stated that the matter was reported at the Akodo Police Station, adding that the baale had been arrested.

A police source told our correspondent that the suspect’s family reported at the police station that the death resulted from an accident.

The source said, “The baale and the woman got married three years ago without a child and they had been having disagreements. On that particular day, she destroyed some blocks at the industry. The man became angry and as he was driving out, he crushed her with his vehicle on the factory premises.

“The relations of the suspect have said that it was a case of an accident. But looking at the circumstances surrounding the incident, the accident claim is untenable.

“He could not have lost control of the vehicle on the premises as a result of speeding. There is a limit to the speed the car can go on the premises.”

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, who confirmed Rotimi’s death, said the command would investigate the matter to unravel the motive behind the baale’s action.

He said, “We are investigating the matter to find out what transpired between the man and his wife before the incident happened. They were having family issues, which led the woman to the block industry to destroy things.

“We want to know whether what the man did was a reaction to what his wife did. We believe there is more to the ‘accident’ than meets the eye because there was an altercation between them before the incident occured.”

The PPRO added that the case had been transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.  (Punch)

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Terror Attack Alert: Security Agencies On Red Alert, Ban Fireworks In Abuja |RN

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From Fred Itua, Abuja

Following travel alerts issued by some foreign diplomatic institutions to their citizens, about an imminent terrorist attack in Abuja, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello, has ordered security agencies to comb hotels and worship centres.

He specifically revealed, yesterday, that security agencies have commenced security audit of hotels, especially those patronised in the FCT, to ascertain their security preparedness. 

The minister said the audit became ncessary, in order to to assist them on security as well as assure tourists and investors that hotels in Abuja are safe.

Bello also reiterated that ban on fireworks in Abuja is still in force and cautioned against them this season.

The minister’s actions is against the backdrop of  an emergency security meeting with heads of various security agencies domiciled within Abuja.

He appealed to residents to take seriously, issues of security in their neighbourhoods, work and worship places.

He added that the warning  become imperative, especially during the festive season.

The minister assured residents that the Police and other security agencies have been placed on red alert, to combat crime and ensure effective surveillance in the territory. 

He said the police and other security outfits have stepped up patrol of reported crime flashpoints as well as enhanced surveillance on supermarkets, malls and gardens, among others.

Bello called on churches and mosques to galvanise their faithful for increased security alert. The minister expressed concern over reports of increase in the use of drugs in the territory. 

He called on community and religious leaders, as well as the public, to be very watchful over the traffic and use of illicit drugs around them and report such to security agencies.

The Nigerian Army, on the occasion, released a quick response number of 193, to the public, as well as the Federal Road Safety Corps, which released number 122, for traffic control calls.

The army disclosed that the number, 193, can be used to alert the army’s call centre and give locations on crime, insurgency, fire, drug or even of any soldier molesting a civilian.

The number, the army representatives noted, is available on all Nigerian networks.

FCT Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Bello, reinforced the assurances given by the minister and added that the police is working with other security agencies, to ensure visible policing, intelligence gathering and sharing as well as joint patrols.   (The Sun)

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2019: PDP Shop For Strong Presidential Candidate |The Republican News

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* Woos 44 aggrieved APC senators

* Jonahtan, Wike Congratulate PDP new leaders

* Elections credible, says Wike

By Ismail Omipidan

Strong indications emerged, yesterday that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not leaving anything to chance in plot against the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

As part of strategies to dislodge the APC, the PDP, after its Saturday’s national convention, which produced Prince Uche Secondus, has begun shopping for aspirants that could give Buhari a good fight.

In the chairmanship election, at the just concluded national convention, Secondus, with the strong backing of PDP governors, polled over 2,000 votes to beat his closest rival, Prof. Tunde  Adeniran ,who had 230 votes. Raymond Dokpesi came third with 66 votes, while Taoheed Adedoja got no vote.

Other contenders, including Gbenga Daniel, Jimi Agbaje, Bode George and Rasheed Ladoja pulled out of the race at the eleventh hour.  A source, who incidentally is of the APC, but who is also desirous of leaving the party in the first quarter of next year, disclosed that one of the presidential aspirants in the PDP already has about five retired army generals backing him.  One of the names being touted is that of a man who Daily Sun is aware has been backing President Muhammadu Buhari’s bid financially since 2003. He was, however, quick to add that the man, like the four other generals, were already “disenchanted with Buhari, and as such want him out.”

Two of the retired army generals, Daily Sun gathered, were part of those who plotted Buhari’s ouster as a military Head of State in 1985.

The source believed that Buhari is also losing it, even with the masses in the north.

The source said: “The masses in the North supported Buhari because they believed he will come and lock up the big men. You know an average Talakawa sees a big man as a thief; so they believed Buhari would come and help them deal with the ‘thieves.’ But today, what do we have? The masses are hungry and Buhari himself is surrounded by people the masses believe are dirty. So, if the PDP gets its right, and field a strong candidate that will break Kano and Kaduna votes, Buhari will be defeated hands down.

“I can tell you that about 44 senators are aggrieved over the way the APC governors sat down in the comfort of their offices to write names of persons during the July congress election to elect delegates. And the national leadership of the party is not showing any serious sign at addressing the issues. I will not be surprised if these 44 senators leave the party.”

Speaking on the plots to sack the APC in 2019, a member of the PDP’s Board of Trustees (BoT) told Daily Sun that apart from working on the aggrieved lawmakers from the APC, some of the party stakeholders from the North are already trying to see if they could get a “neutral” person other than the already known names that have since indicated interest to run against Buhari.

He said: “So far, we have secured commitment from 10 out of the 44 aggrieved senators from the APC. There are also some from the House of Representatives, but I am not too sure of the number now.  We are still working on the remaining 34 senators.

“But apart from that, we are also looking at how we can source for a neutral presidential candidate outside the ones you and I already know. We are working on a number of persons and at the appropriate time, we will unveil our choice. What I want our people to focus on is how to send these APC people packing. Therefore, we must be united on that.”

Jonathan, Wike congratulate PDP new leaders

• Elections credible, says Rivers governor

From Tony John, Port Harcourt

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the newly-elected national officers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and urged them to seek to carry everyone along and reposition the party.

In a statement by his spokesperson, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, yesterday, the former president also urged members of the party to make sacrifices, and added that the only way to achieve the party’s goals and aspirations is to unite as members of one political family.

“I congratulate the newly-elected members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of our great party, led by Prince Uche Secondus and wish them a successful tenure as they seek to reposition our great party.

“I reiterate that the only way to prove that this is victory for the PDP and all our members is for the new leaders to be magnanimous and aim to carry everybody along, for we cannot achieve our mission and aspirations, unless we unite as a family.

“To the rest of us, let us make sacrifices, put our differences behind us and accept this as a new dawn that will take our party to greater heights.”

In a related development, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has  congratulated  Secondus and NWC members  on a well-deserved victory.

Wike assured the party would be re-positioned  for greater service to the country.  He said Secondus emerged through a credible process which would further strengthen the bonds  of unity in the party.

The governor  noted that Secondus came into leadership with a track record of service and loyalty to the party, pointing out that the new party chairman and his executive committee would rebuild  the PDP. 

Wike described last Saturday’s convention as transparent, with a credible voting process.

He said PDP has been repositioned to serve as credible opposition  against  the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

“This election has been quite credible.  It has been very transparent, done in the full glare of the world. We are prepared  to be an opposition, as expected to the ruling party come 2019.”

On those who are still criticising the process, Wike expressed  surprise  that anyone would fault the process which created room for the exhibition of true democracy. 

“If you have not done your homework well, you come forward to cry foul. It is surprising that even an election  as organised as this, somebody will still cry.

“You have an examination and you don’t prepare but you expect to win,” Wike said. 

Meanwhile, former governor of the state, Dr. Peter Odili and Wike led delegates from Rivers to vote in the hitch-free elections at the weekend, at the Eagle Square, in Abuja.

Rivers’ delegates included former ministers, members of the National Assembly, House of Assembly as well as  national delegates.  (The Sun)

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2019: PDP Battle-ready To Knockout APC – Secondus |The Republican News

• PDP, APC trade words

From Ismail Omipidan and Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja

 

Newly elected national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has said the party was battle-ready to take back power in 2019. He told President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to start preparing their handover notes.

In his acceptance speech after taking his oath of office, Secondus said the immediate task confronting the PDP was to save the country from the “clueless and rudderless” leadership of the APC, starting from the presidency.

“It is crystal clear to all Nigerians that APC is not a political party, but a body hurriedly assembled to seize power without a clear-cut plan for governance,” Secondus said.

He declared that the newly constituted National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP had a clear and  and unambiguous mandate to return the party to power in 2019, noting, however, that though it may seem Herculean, the mandate was achievable.

“Let me assure you, great members and leaders of our party, that by the grace of God and with all hands on deck, the brief tenancy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Aso Rock Villa expires on May 28, 2019. By this, we serve them a quit notice,” he stated as he extended a hand of fellowship to all those who contested against him.

Responding to Secondus’ comments, the APC, through a statement signed by its national spokesman, Bolaji Abdullahi, mocked the PDP, saying the party’s convention was flawed and full of irregularities.

Abdullahi said the convention, which produced Secondus and other members of the new NWC, has further showed the PDP as a party rooted in corruption.

He said: “In reacting to revelations of how money-for-votes and systematic rigging was brazenly perpetuated during the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) is mindful of the popular axiom: ‘A leopard cannot change its spot.’

“The abnormalities that trailed the PDP National Convention have further exposed the PDP as a party not ready and willing to change. Indeed, the PDP has once again displayed itself to the generality of Nigerians that it is a party with corruption deeply rooted in its DNA.

“Again, it is tragic that the PDP which used to pride itself as “the biggest political party in Africa” has now been reduced to a regional party.

“By frustrating South West chairmanship candidates, it is unfortunate that the PDP has decided to punish the South West for not voting for the party in 2015.

“We urge members of the PDP that can pass the integrity test to join the APC so that we can together bring about the much-needed Change the country deserves.”

Hitting back at APC, the PDP said it was laughable that the ruling party, which has failed in managing both the country and its own internal affairs, would be criticising the conduct of the opposition party’s convention.

In the statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said the APC, which has flagrantly violated its constitution repeatedly, has gone into a panic mood, following the successful outcome of the opposition party convention.

Said he: “We were very much aware of the plots by the APC to scuttle the convention and failing. It has resorted to a failed attempt to discredit an elective convention that has been adjudged as creditable, novel and laudable by political stakeholders and lovers of democracy across the nation.

“This unwarranted attack is only symptomatic of a party that has lost control and only clutching on straws for survival having been outrightly rejected by Nigerians.

“Is it not disgusting, reprehensible and embarrassing that the APC that has repeatedly failed to hold meetings, congresses and convention in the last three years and has flagrantly continued to violate its own constitution is questioning our party’s rights to perform her legitimate and constitutional obligation?

“Perhaps, APC leaders have never read Article 25 (A)(i) of their party’s Constitution, which stipulates: ‘the National Convention of the party (APC) shall be held once in two years at a date, venue and time to be recommended by the National Working Committee (NWC) and approved by the National Executive Committee (NEC) subject to the giving of the statutory notices to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and at least 14 days notice given to members eligible to attend.’

“Which impunity could be higher than APC violating its constitution?  It is strange that APC could be moralising on the principles of social justice whereas its actions against Nigerians are a complete departure from the norms.

“It is important for this spokesman of a failed party and his pack of incompetent members to reminisce on the needless pains and suffering they have inflicted on Nigerians rather than being jittery over the successful outcome of the PDP’s elective national convention.

“Nigerians have come to discover that APC is a fraud, an organisation of deceitful characters who have failed to keep a single of its countless promises made to the citizens.

“It is no longer news that the nation is drifting under APC and the PDP has come to the rescue. We must, therefore, remind the APC that the era of deceit, trickery and scaremongering, which has been the hallmarks of their government, is gone and Nigerians are just waiting to kick them out come 2019.”

Dokpesi, Fani-Kayode congratulate new PDP chair

Meanwhile, Chief Raymond Dokpesi who came third in the PDP chairmanship election, has congratulated Secondus.

In a short statement, in which he said PDP was the ultimate winner in the convention, Dokpesi expressed his appreciation to all the delegates that participated in the exercise.

He said: “I write to thank you most wholeheartedly for voting at the just concluded Elective National Convention in Abuja. The delegates have spoken. I congratulate the newly elected Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee. You will recall that I said that the PDP must be the ultimate winner at the end of the contest. God bless the Peoples Democratic Party. Congratulations PDP as I wish all our members the best of luck.”

In the same vein, former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, congratulated Secondus and other newly elected party officials.

The former minister commended and congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan, former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and others for their “profound and inspiring speeches at the convention.”

He added: “We must now all set aside our differences and prepare to face the monumental challenge that lay ahead. We must be ready and prepared to fight for a greater cause and to stand against a vicious, corrupt, deceitful, relentless and rapacious enemy that has divided our country, that has destroyed our economy and that has persecuted, marginalised, humiliated, demonised, massacred and pauperised our people. Together we shall “change the change” and “burn the brooms” in 2019. Together we shall raise the PDP flag in every part of this nation and send Buhari and his evil APC government back to hell where they came from.”   (The Sun)

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