APC Governors Absent At Buhari Campaign Council Meeting |RN

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council for the 2019 election, who double as coordinators in their respective states, were conspicuously absent at the inaugural meeting which held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja, yesterday.

The agenda was to consider and approve the structure and operational modalities of the campaign, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is chairman of the council, said this at the opening ceremony before the meeting went into a closed door session.

In attendance were the co-chairman of the campaign council, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who is deputy chairman of the council.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who is the director general of the campaign team, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, the director general (Opera- tions) and Waziri Bulama, the deputy director general (Coordination) also attend- ed the meeting.

Also in attendance were the zonal directors (North West), Senator Aliyu Wamakko, (North East) Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, (North Central), Senator Abdullahi Adamu, (South West), Sola Oke, (South East), Sharon Ikeazor, and (South South), Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Other members of the council present included Senator George Akume, vice chairman (North) and Senator Ken Nnamani, vice chairman (South); among others.

Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari, expressed confidence that he’ll win the February 16 presidential election.

This was even as Oshiomhole explained to State House Correspondents why APC governors were absent at the inaugural meeting.

Speaking at the opening ceremony before the closed door session, Buhari said: “I would like to appeal to you to dedicate and commit yourself once again to the task at hand. There is no doubt that victory is with us: it is ours, but that shouldn’t mean we should rest even for a moment.

“Even though we are confident of winning, I urge you to work as hard as you can so that we can maximise the scale and extent of our victory.”

He charged council members to ensure they deliver success to the party.

“I urge you to rise to the challenge of the great expectations this party and Nigerians have for you – and the confidence that I personally have in the ability of all of you to deliver.

“Needless to add, your selection was not easy, because in forming this council, the party settled only for the best. You are the cream of the party and I assure you that with the unity of purpose and effective harmony

and communication, there is no political opponent you cannot overcome,” the president said.

On the governors’ absence, Oshiomhol said: “Because they are governors, they are governing their states. Don’t forget that elections are not defined in Abuja, it will take place in the 36 states and I’m sure there are APC members who are campaigning for the House of Assembly, various federal house and senate constituencies, governorship constituencies. So, it will not be helpful to bring them to Abuja. Here, it is about policies, it will consummated and translated to practice across the 36 states, 774 local governments and ward.”

He reiterated that the elections will be on the difference between 16 years misrule and three and half years of change.

In his remarks, the former Senate minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, said the ruling party is poised to win the presidential election.  (The Sun)

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Defection: Your Intervention Too Late, R-APC Tells Buhari |RN

Niyi Odebode, John Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi and Femi Makinde

The Reformed-All Progressives Congress on Sunday said it was too late for President Muhammadu Buhari to start dangling juicy carrots before its members in order to stop their defection from the ruling APC.

The R-APC, which stated this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kassim Afegbua, took a swipe at the President and the APC.

The APC faction stated that the Buhari government was not a promise keeper because it had not fulfilled what it promised Nigerians during the electioneering in 2014 and 2015.

In the last one week, Buhari and the APC had intensified efforts to prevent the defection of the R-APC members.

Sunday PUNCH had exclusively reported that the APC had in a last-ditch effort to stop the defection of the R-APC senators and members of the House of Representatives, offered the lawmakers automatic tickets to contest the 2019 elections.

According to the report, R-APC lawmakers will defect on Thursday, if the APC does not put the promise of the automatic tickets they are being offered in writing.

Also last Thursday, Buhari met with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Presidential Villa, where he was reported to have pleaded with Saraki not to leave the APC.

The ruling party was reported to promise Saraki that he would retain the Senate presidency in 2019.

The R-APC, in its statement, said despite the initial arrogance of the APC leaders they had been pleading with its leaders not to defect.

It stated, “We, members of the R-APC, find it very amusing that those who boasted that they won’t lose sleep over our altruistic action, have been hopping from door to door pleading with our members not to leave by dangling juicy carrots and promising them heaven and earth.

“Such level of double standard is the reason why the R-APC was birthed in the first place because the leadership is not one that keeps promises and it’s the reason why no one should take the APC seriously.”

The APC faction said that it was surprising that the President had been holding meetings with Saraki, “reportedly promising mouth-watering offers; the same leader who was ridiculed, scandalised, demonised, criminalised and called all sorts of names by agents of the Presidency just to give the Senate President a bad name in order to hang him.”

It added, “As soon as the Supreme Court gave a resounding verdict on the trumped up and frivolous charges against the Senate President, Mr President suddenly felt a need to praise the judiciary for standing on its own. Power as they truly say must be a crazy aphrodisiac.”

The R-APC noted that never had the number three citizen of Nigeria been so dehumanised, criminalised and disgraced while  those who just started reconciliation  “kept conspiratorial silence, waiting for the sledgehammer to fall on the Senate President.”

It said that the government tried all tricks, mounted all manner of pressures, raised all dubious allegations, just to nail the Senate President.

The R-APC stated, “They were short of calling him a promoter of armed robbery. They linked his name to the Offa Robbery and improvised all bile to rubbish the institution of the legislature.

“They stripped him naked in the marketplace and now desperately trying to bath him with ornaments in the inner fortress of Aso Rock.”

The group alleged that the Code of Conduct tribunal displayed magisterial arrogance in prosecuting the Senate President, but the Supreme Court, in a landmark judgment gave Saraki a clean bill of health.

The R-APC stated, “All the political conspirators in the APC swoop into dubious reconciliation assignment, hopping from door to door at the thick of the night to strike deals of reconciliation. Those who said they won’t lose sleep over the R-APC have become sleepless in the last two weeks.

“Does anyone need to be reminded that caveat emptor should be the operative word? Those who pleaded in the past, short of kneeling before their subordinates, ended up in the political belly of their benefactors when the re-election was concluded. It is an albatross that some people are still carrying till date.”

APC govt, not a promise keeper – R-APC

Berating the Buhari administration, it stated,  “This government is never a promise keeper and some of the promises contained in the manifestos of the APC have been jettisoned.

“The President, who has held himself in the inner sanctuary of the Presidential Villa is all of a sudden, opening his doors to one meeting or the other all in the name of re-election.

“Just to make the point that it is too late in the day; the train has left the station. Leopards cannot change their spots no matter how much one tries to tame them.”

The R-APC urged its members to remain steadfast and resolute in defending their rights and taking the appropriate action in defence of democracy.

It stated, “This democracy must survive on ethical grounds and not on lawlessness and exclusion. It must provide a level playing field for all participants. Those who prevented some persons from visiting their states in the name of politics have suddenly realised that they need the services and support of those persons.

“They are now pleading; ready to submit to all demands. Who does not know that won’t work because examples have shown that political agreements are often observed in the breach.”

The group told its   members nationwide that it was still maintaining its stand against the APC “and no amount of carrots, intimidation and harassment can dissuade us in our shared commitment to rescue this democracy.”

However, there were indications that the APC on Sunday met with the leaders of the R-APC, including Alhaji Buba Galadima.

A top member of the APC, who confided in one of our correspondents in Abuja, said the APC delegates led by the National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, met Galadima at the residence of a former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, very early on Sunday.

The aggrieved members of the APC had after the national convention of the party formed a faction they called R-APC. They had alleged marginalisation and injustice by the APC against them.

But Oshiomhole had in an interview with journalists said there was no faction in the APC.

He had said, “There is no breakup in our party.  If one Galadima is not happy, that is fine. He has a right not to be happy.

“If he chooses to call himself whatever he wants to call himself,  that is not the issue. I will not lose my sleep over that. We know those who are in the system.”

An R-APC source, who confirmed the meeting,   stated, “Yes, it is true they met. They (Oshiomhole and Buba Galadima) met in Kwankwaso’s house.”

The source added. “The man that said he was not going to lose sleep over us went to meet our chairman at 2am.

‘You said you were not going to lose sleep over us, it is 2am, are you not supposed to be sleeping? That is what Buba (Galadima) told him.”

Attempts to get a reaction from  Galadima were unsuccessful. Calls to his mobile telephone number were neither picked nor returned.

A response to a text message sent to him on the subject was still being expected as of the time of filing this report at 7.30 pm.

Also, efforts to get a response from Oshiomhole were unsuccessful.

His Media Aide, Mr Simon Ebegbulem said, “I will get back to you after I must have reached him.”

He had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report at 7.49 pm.

When contacted, the spokesperson for Kwankwaso, Binta Spikin, said she was not aware of the meeting.

Asked if the meeting took place in her principal’s house and if he was in attendance, Spikin said, “I don’t know.”

APC justifies meetings with R-APC

But the APC, in a statement by its spokesman,  Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, justified the meetings being held by  Buhari and Oshiomhole with the aggrieved party members.

He said the meetings which were being held to persuade aggrieved party members showed that the APC was a responsible party.

Abdullahi said, “What President Muhammadu Buhari and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of our party are doing, persuading every aggrieved member not to leave the party, is what responsible and sensible party leaders would do.

“Party politics is a game of number. And that game is an addition. If the PDP had the same presence of mind in 2015, perhaps the calamity that befell them would have been averted.

“After three years in the wilderness, the Peoples Democratic Party is understandably excited with the possibility of hiding its irredeemably bad image under the heap of a new coalition.

“Like the vulture, the PDP sees every altercation as a potential opportunity for a feast.”

I will make my intention is known soon – Saraki

The APC stated this just as Saraki said he would make known his next political move very soon.

Saraki, who has been rumoured to be planning to defect from the APC ahead of the 2019 general elections,  said this in an interview with journalists in Ede, Osun State.

The Senate President was the guest lecturer at the fourth convocation and conferment of honorary doctorates on some prominent persons by the Adeleke University, Ede.

Saraki said, “ Like I said last week, I will tell Nigerians where and what my intentions are. I would do that very soon.”

The Senate President, who is a friend of the Adeleke family, also congratulated Senator Ademola Adeleke, on his emergence as the governorship candidate of the PDP.

He said he was happy about the performance of Adeleke, who replaced his late brother, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, as the senator representing the Osun West Senatorial District at the Senate in July 2017.

He said, “I congratulate him apart from being a member of the PDP, don’t forget. He ( Adeleke) is a colleague of mine in the Senate. I am happy to see that he’s done very well. It means that he is popular and well accepted. It is good to see that our member of the Senate is well accepted. I wish him all the best in the election ahead.”

But the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who was also at the convocation, warned Nigerian leaders and political actors against making utterances and taking steps capable of destabilising the country.

Oshiomhole, Buhari jittery,  says PDP

On its part, the PDP said  Oshiomhole had become jittery over the mega-coalition between it and 38 other political interests. This, it said, had led the APC chairman to resort to hauling of misdirected insults and abuses at the PDP.

The PDP said Oshiomhole’s resort to insults betrayed the confusion of what it described as a depressed politician seeking to cover his personal vacuity and inner fears of the inevitable defeat awaiting Buhari and his APC in 2019.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, that the former ruling party held nothing but pity for Oshiomhole,

He said the APC chairman was licking his own vomit by going around cap in hand and begging the same compatriots whom he had earlier called names like ‘inconsequential,’ ‘hungry birds’ and ‘tired feet,’ not to leave his sinking party.

He stated,  “Unfortunately for Oshiomhole and his presidential sponsor, events of the weeks ahead will clear all doubts that the APC is dead and that Oshiomhole is just an undertaker, whose job is to cremate the derelict contraption by oppressors, who are falsely hailing themselves as messiahs.

“What Oshiomhole and President Buhari, in their fantasy trip, fail to understand is that those they seek to draw into the cave are already aware of the story of the sick lion and that all animals that went visiting never returned. They know that the tiger does not offer his back for a ride without a price.

“Very soon, Oshiomhole and President Buhari would find themselves alone in the cursed ‘Black Pearl’ that the APC has irredeemably become.

“While we understand Oshiomhole’s frustration over his inability to stop the coalition, the fact remains that he and President Buhari are fighting a losing battle in trying to destroy it.”

He said that Nigerians had already reached a consensus to coalesce and vote out President Buhari come 2019 and replace him with a more competent, pan-Nigerian President.

He added that no amount of intimidation, threats, violence or even enticement of any kind could change this iron-cast resolve.

Nigerians don’t need your voter education, PDP tells Buhari

In another development, the PDP told the President not to waste his energy on any cosmetic campaign for collection of Permanent Voter Cards. It alleged that the failure of his administration had provided enough stimuli for Nigerians to fully participate in the 2019 elections.

Ologbondiyan said in a statement in Abuja on Sunday that Buhari declared his interest to run again some months back without engaging in voter education.

He wondered what had made the President to suddenly realise the importance of PVCs.

Ologbondiyan said, “This is a leader who declared interest to contest, months ago, without talking about PVCs or engaging in any form of voter education, only for him to suddenly wake up to the reality of the mass wave of PVC collection by Nigerians, which signposts the inevitable electoral humiliation that awaits him and his party in 2019.

“The sad issue is that President Buhari has refused to come to terms with the fact that Nigerians have since moved ahead of him. He does not need to urge them to get their PVCs.”

A member of the R-APC, Mr Timi Frank, said attempts to woo members and leaders of the R-APC with promises of oil wells and automatic tickets were destined to fail.

He said the plan by members of the R-APC to move out of the APC in their numbers was just a few days away from actualisation.

Frank said this in a statement he signed in Abuja, on Sunday.

He expressed surprise that “The leadership of the APC and the Presidency can resort to begging and making promises of juicy positions, automatic tickets, including oil wells to some of our leaders.”

No political party can hold our democracy to ransom – Oshiomhole

But the APC has also dismissed the PDP’s threat to boycott the 2019 elections, saying no political party could hold Nigeria’s democracy to ransom.

Oshiomhole said this while receiving the report of the Governor Abdulaziz Yari-led panel on the Osun State Governorship primaries, late on Saturday.

The APC national chairman said his party had refused to be intimidated by the opposition PDP because it was obvious that the party was throwing tantrums because its rigging machinery had been dismantled.

He also said the PDP was being haunted by its past and that no one should take the party’s threats seriously because its “do or die” approach to elections had since lost its appeal.

According to him, Nigerians have demonstrated their acceptance of democracy by the sheer number of people that turn up during political activities and for elections.

Oshiomhole said, “Let me tell them (PDP), nobody can threaten democracy, Nigerians have accepted it, they bought into it, they have shown their belief in it by the sheer number of people that voted in the last time and the campaigns you have seen.

“This has shown that beyond political parties, Nigerians are committed to the sustenance of democracy.

“This democracy is not at the mercy of any particular political party. We will not be intimidated and we are committed to one man, one vote, we will sustain it. That is the way to go.”

He likened the threat issued by the PDP to that of “a rabbit jumping out of a hole in the afternoon because a hunter has come to put fire to smoke it out.” (Punch)

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JUST IN: Buhari In Close-door Meeting With El-Rufai, Yahaya Bello, Other APC Governors

By New Telegraph


President Buhari and APC governors in a closed-door meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with governors of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governors in attendance include Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano.

Others are Kashim Shetima of Borno, Abubakar Bello of Niger, Tanko Almakura of Nassarawa, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, are also in attendance.  (NewTelegraph)

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2019: Give Me More Time To Decide, Buhari Tells APC Governors |The Republican News


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Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday evening told state governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress to give him more time to decide whether or not he would seek re-election in 2019.

He told the governors this at a meeting they had with him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting held behind closed doors.

Okorocha said the President promised them that he would soon address the nation and the caucus of the party on the matter.

The governor said, “We discussed so many issues that affect the nation, our party and Mr President’s ambition to run for the 2019 presidential election.

“It is the desire of the governors that Mr President should run for this exalted office given his performance in the last two years.  We believe that if he continues, Nigeria will be better for it.

“Anyhow, Mr President, in his usual manner, has requested that we give him time and that he will address the nation and the caucus of the party very soon.

“So, we should be full of expectations that Mr President will make officially known to Nigerians his intentions but we hope that his response will be in line with what the governors are thinking.”

That was the second time Buhari would be meeting the APC governors in the last one week.

The governors had last Friday met with him in his country home in Daura, Katsina State.

Although it was believed that the meeting had to do with the politics of 2019, Okorocha had told reporters that the governors visited Buhari to commiserate with him on the death of two members of his extended family.

The APC governors who met with Buhari had earlier in the day joined other governors from other political parties and former Presidents and Heads of Government for a meeting of the Council of State.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida, among other political and religious leaders had asked Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019. (Punch)

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Photos of APC Governors, Leaders With Buhari Old, Fake, Femi-Kayode Alleges

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The purported photographs of President Muhammadu Buhari dining with some Governors, in London, last Sunday, are fake, according to former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani Kayode.

Fani Kayode, in a statement, on Monday, also pooh-poohed the accompanying report of the purported trip attributed to Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha.

In the statement posted on his Facebook wall, entitled: “Breakfast in London with Citizen Buhari,” Fani-Kayode that Okorocha is incapable of telling any truth.

He analysed the photographs that accompanied the report, concluding that it is yet another hoax by the ruling government. He expressed fears that the ruling party is deliberately deceiving Nigerians on the actual state of health of the President whose whereabouts have been unknown since he was said to have travelled to the United Kingdom for further medical treatment almost 80 days ago.

The statement reads:

“The picture of a handful of APC Governors and President Muhammadu Buhari, which was purportedly taken in London yesterday, is old and fake.

I have been reliably informed that they were taken during Ramadan in Abuja some time back and not yesterday in London.

Quite apart from that even though the picture was meant to have been taken in London curiously all the drinks on the table are Nigerian products and Nigerian-made.

Did the Governors take all those drinks along with them to London when they went to see the President?

Is Buhari not coming home again anytime soon? Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and some government officials recently told us that he would be back on the 28th of July which is just a few days away.

Why the need for the APC Governors to “visit” him in far away from London if he will be back in Nigeria in a few days?

What were the purpose and point of this fake photo shoot and this strange breakfast meeting? What was the purpose and objective of this monumental fraud and deceit?

Whatever the answers may be to these questions the curtain must be brought down on what can only be described as a puerile and nauseating conspiracy.

This crazy and noxious charade just have to stop. We do not wish the President dead but we have a right to know the truth. As a matter of fact, we demand to know that truth because, as he once said himself, he “belongs to us all”.

For those who still believe that the meeting actually took place there are some nagging questions that need to be answered.

For example, why were the Nigerian and foreign media not allowed to cover the proceedings and participate in this celebrated photo-soot (sic) and merry London feast?

Why did the Villa press corps not take one of their own camera men to London and make a short video of this “historic” event?

Why were the whole proceedings shrouded in so much secrecy? Why is it that only one picture was taken? Why were more pictures not shot? Why was Buhari not put on audio tape and interviewed whilst he was with his celebrated and important guests?

Why did he not offer a few words of hope and encouragement to the Nigerian people to ease the tension that has been generated in the land by his prolonged absence?

How can they expect us to take Governor Rochas Okorocha’s word for anything without any solid proof or evidence to back those words up or give them a measure of veracity or credibility?

I for one would not believe a word that a man like Rochas tells me. If he told me that it was day outside I would have to assume that it was night. It is that bad.

Again why did Buhari not shake anyone’s hands during the photo-shoot? Why did he not get up from his chair, say “cheese” and give us a big Daura smile?

Why was he just sitting there like a stuffed mannequin who really did not know where he was and who he was interacting with?

Is it not obvious that he can no longer function properly? Why all the tall tales that he is getting much better?

Is it not clear that he is simply being stuffed with and pumped up by a dangerous cocktail of steroids (sic)? Is it not obvious that he is suffering from an extreme form of dementia?

Is it not clear that even if he were to be brought back to Nigeria tomorrow he could no longer function properly and lead the nation?

Is it not obvious that he is barely lucid and that he is little better than a zombie?

Where is the shame in admitting these truths and prevailing on him to resign in order for him to be able to go home to Daura and take care of his health?

Better still he could resign and be taken to Prophet T.B. Joshua’s Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos for prayer, deliverance and healing. I assure you that it works.

Those who truly love Mr President and care for him ought to advise him to take one of these two options. Yet sadly few will do so.

The bitter truth is that we have become the laughing stock of the entire civilised world since this shameless charade began.

A nation of 180 million people whose President has gone missing and who have no idea where he is, what is wrong with him or what the prognosis for his condition is. The situation is shameful and bizarre.

Worse still we have a media that is so fawning in its attitude when it comes to the Federal Government and that is so easily intimidated that they simply refuse to ask the right questions about this matter or undertake to carry out the necessary investigations with a view to establishing the truth.


This is the greatest tragedy of all and it results in total impunity on the part of the government because the media is not prepared to keep them on their toes.

Yet it doesn’t stop there. We have a Senate with 109 distinguished (sic) and able Senators and a House of Representatives with over 300 honourable legislators and yet not one of them has the fortitude or guts to call for the resignation of this ailing man who is clearly no longer well enough to lead our nation.

The following questions must be answered: are the Nigerian people under a blinding and binding spell? Is this the unholy work of voodoo-merchants, witch-doctors and necromancers?

Have our people been bound up and charmed by these broom-loving APC wizards and witches?

The truth is that God is watching this charade and He is not mocked. No matter what anyone says or does His will shall be done, His counsel shall stand, His purpose shall be established and His name shall be glorified in this situation and in our nation.

Nigeria is too important, too big and too good to be subjected to such malevolent indignities and infantile rubbish.

She is too blessed and advanced a nation to be manipulated by a faceless little cabal of power-hungry, godless, self-seeking, evil, callous and bloodthirsty men.

We as a people deserve far better than that and we ought to demand much more. Buhari is not a King with divine rights and neither is he, God.

He is a human being like you and I and, just like us, blood runs through his veins. He is not immortal and he is not infallible.

He is mortal and he is fallible. He is not indispensable. Like all human beings, he is dispensable. With or without him Nigeria shall go on and our nation shall survive.

In any case, whether he comes back alive or not is not the point and neither are it the relevant question.

The relevant point and question is whether he can continue to function as President if and when he does come back and, based on the information at my disposal, it is very clear to me that he will not be able to do so.

The truth is that if and when he does come back, he will come back as a shell of his former self. This is sad, pitiful and tragic but the sooner we come to terms with it the better it is for us all.

This is a man that I have been reliably informed has lost his memory, his powers of speech, his recollection of events and his ability to perform even the most basic mental and physical functions. A man in such a condition can hardly be described as being fit to rule this great nation.

The morbid obsession with retaining power at all costs which has afflicted those in the Presidency that Mrs Aisha Buhari has graphically described as the “hyenas and jackals” coupled with their insidious attempt to institutionalise what I have described elsewhere as “corpocracy” (the rulership of the living by the dead) in the body politic of our nation must cease forthwith.

Nigerians are gracious, kind, long-suffering, resilient, loving, patient and compassionate people who wish the best for their President but that does not mean that they should be taken for granted, taken for a ride or treated like fools. They are not children and they are not stupid.

It is time for this horrendous madness and the hideous nightmare to stop!

It is time for Buhari’s seat to be declared vacant and it is time for Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to fully take over and be sworn in as the new and substantive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. (MorningMail)

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APC Governors Fault Weak Governance On Ethnic Agitations, Seek National Consultations



…Seek national consultations

From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja and Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto

Governors elected on the ticket of the All ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have blamed the spate of agitations by various ethnic nationalities on weak governance.

To stem the tide of ethnic tensions, the governors under the aegis of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) called for structured processes of national consultations and negotiations.

In a statement signed by the Forum’s Director General, Salihu Lukman yesterday in Abuja, the governors urged all Nigerians, especially regional leaders to speak up against the upsurge of elements they described as irredentist movements.

     Barely 24 hours earlier, governors of the 36 states had after a meeting convened by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, as part of ongoing consultations to resolve ethnic tensions in parts of the country, declared that Nigeria’s unity was sacrosanct, noting that Nigerians had more to gain being together.

The acting president had also challenged the governors, to speak more forcefully to counter divisive speech or any kind of war mongering.  He said failure to do so could be disastrous.

“If the leaders do not speak up forcefully enough, if for any reason matters are allowed to degenerate, not only does leadership lose their legitimacy, they run the risk of things going completely out control,” he said

In view of the admonition, the APC governors pledged to work with party leaders, Federal Government and all Nigerians who are committed to democratic development to ensure the unencumbered protection of lives of all citizens in every part of the nation.

They insisted that regardless of diverse identities and differences, the country must thrive.

“Acknowledging the richly diverse heritage of Nigeria as a country, the PGF particularly note that the resurgence of desperate youth groups promoting ethno-regional identities and extremist positions from the different geo-political zones across the nation as currently experienced is a reflection of prevalent weak governance, poor economy and law enforcement system in Nigeria.

“PGF, therefore, called for the rise of all decent voices across this country to speak up against the upsurge of some desperate irredentist movements across all ethnic groups and support the emergence of a stronger and virile unified Nigeria for us all. The Forum insisted that, regardless of the nation’s diverse identities and differences, Nigeria has to thrive.

“While acknowledging that as a nation, we do have challenges, PGF believes that the resolution of those challenges rests with the development of our democracy and with it, the ascendency of structured processes of national consultations, negotiations and invariably agreements.

“Some of the challenges are highlighted in the accompanying PGF position – ‘There has to be a nation first.’ As governors elected under APC, we will work with our party leaders, the Federal Government and all Nigerians who are committed to democratic development in all parts of the country to ensure the unencumbered protection of lives of all citizens in every part of the territorial boundary of our nation,” the forum noted.

The PGF said the challenge before Nigerians were to commit to the unity of the country.

“We must create, by all means necessary, a country that we can collectively call our home, irrespective of tongues and localities.

“This is a vision the APC as a party, is committed to and for which the PGF is unapologetically and intrinsically loyal to. These threats to national unity must cease totally and be put away into history,” the Forum declared.

Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar has said intensive dialogue remained the only plausible panacea to Nigeria’s multiple challenges.

Abubakar who spoke when he hosted some religious groups, residential communities and members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), to a Ramadan dinner, maintained that there was no problem in the world that dialogue cannot solve.

“We should sit down, discuss issues and problems, as well as see where we have gone wrong and what went wrong. We should see where we have derailed and retrace our steps, then move forward as a single, indivisible country.

“There is no problem without a solution and there is no padlock made without keys to open it. It remains for us to see how to open it,” he said.

Abubakar lamented the low level of patriotism in the country and admonished Nigerians to develop their country as nobody would do it for them.

The monarch also said Nigerians were eager to live in peace and unity with one another, irrespective of any religious, political and ethnic colouration.  (The Sun)

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