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We May Boycott 2019 Elections, Says PDP |The Republican News

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National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party has threatened that it may not participate in the 2019 general elections unless it gets the assurance that what happened in Ekiti State governorship election would not be repeated.

The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, spoke in Abuja on Thursday when he granted audience to a joint delegation of International Republican Institute and National Democratic Institute at the party’s national headquarters.

Secondus accused the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies of being partial during the conduct of the Ekiti governorship election.

He said the main opposition party did not contest against the All Progressives Congress or any other political party in the state but contested against the commission and security agencies.

He said, “Our opinion is that INEC and security agents were directly involved in this manipulation.

“As a matter of fact, we did not contest against the APC; we contested against the security agencies and INEC. Nigerians and the international community are aware of this fact because of what happened in the state.”

Secondus disclosed that the PDP was consulting whether to participate in the 2019 general elections or not, “because you are participating against security agencies and INEC who have colluded to alter the figures even after you have voted. So, we are in a dilemma.”

According to him, if nothing is done to restore the confidence of ordinary Nigerians and other political parties, it may be difficult to accept the results of 2019 general elections, no matter what the outcome may be, noting that such may be a recipe for crisis.

He alleged that the state was militarised before and during the election, alleging that the leaders of the party were harassed and arrested and detained in the state.

He said, “Our members were harassed, arrested and detained overnight.”  (Punch)

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Al-Makura Collected N309,247bn In Six Years Without Anything To Show For It – Nsarawa PDP

Linus Oota, Lafia
Nasarawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) on Wednesday came hard on the government of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura for failing to justify N309, 247, 000,00 billion its government collected in six years.
The state chairman of the party Hon Francis Orogo told journalists yesterday during a press conference, adding that the governor has failed the people of the state and the Alago nation in particular and there is no basis for the governor to proceed to the Senate in 2019.
He expresses disappointment in the governor for ordering the closure of the Alogo tribe programme on the state broadcasting Radio and Television because the programme is promoting the aspirations of his opponents.
He said that the same Alago nation that he is preventing them from promoting the values of their culture on the state-owned media just like any other language in the state, but he wants to represent them at the Senate in 2019.
According to him “from 1999 to December 2016 which is 18 years, Nasarawa State has received the sum of N456,792, 000, 000 billion as both internal and external revenue
“Of this total, from 1999 to 2007, Abdullahi Adamu 8 years received about N60,974,000,00 billion.
“From 2007 to 2010, Aliyu Akwe Doma ‘s four years received about N86, 571, 000,000 billion
“From 2011 to 2016, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura received about N309,247,000,000 billion which is twice of what Abdullahi Adamu and Aliyu Akwe Doma received in 12 years
“Can the government of Umaru Tanko Al-Makura show us just one billion naira project executed in all Alago communities which are located in Doma, Keane and Obi local government areas where he is intending to represent at the Senate in 2019?
“What has the governor done to warrant the perceived plan of his Alago APC support team to organise a congress meeting in Doma calling on him to contest for the senatorial seat of the zone, I challenge any of his aids to come out and tell the people of Alago why the governor should be supported to go to the Senate even when a citizen of Doma is contesting for the same seat with him”
he said Responding, the chief press secretary to the governor Musa Elayo said the PDP  state chairman is leaving in the past as the achievements of the governor are visible in all the Alago communities.
” Right now as I talk to you, roads construction work is ongoing in all the local government areas dominated by the Alagos
“For the first time in the history of the state, roads are constructed within the local government”
He said that the governor will not join issues with any of his opponents as he is eminently qualified to proceeds to the Senate in 2019 having achieved so much for the people of Alago nation.  (The Sun)

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Imo: APC To Hold Fresh Party Congress Weekend As Okorocha Floors Coalition

Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri

The All Progressives Congress (APC) ward, local government and state congresses which could not take place when other states had theirs, will now hold on Friday, Saturday and Monday, respectively.

The ward congress will take place on Friday, while the local government and state congresses will take place on Saturday and Monday, respectively.

Governor Rochas Okorocha, who made the disclosure to party leaders yesterday, through a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, said the coast is now clear for the state to have her own congresses, which could not take place last time.

The court had earlier ruled that there were no congresses in Imo and directed that the congresses should be conducted in line with the provisions of the party’s Constitution and the electoral law.

Meanwhile, Governor Okorocha has lashed back at Senator Victor Umeh, following the latter’s recent attack that “only God can impeach him” in his state.

Okorocha, who reacted through Onwuemeodo, said the Anambra-born senator “is still struggling to be acquainted with the duty of lawmaking at the National Assembly.”

He said rather than concentrate on his duty at the Upper chamber, Umeh chose to attack him in the media to get cheap popularity.

He said: “Umeh has not been able to find his feet in the Senate since he was elected into the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly. He has been staggering, thinking about which leg to put forward first.

“And for this reason, he has not been getting the kind of media attention he was enjoying free of charge when he held sway as the National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA).

“Having been starved of publicity as a result of his abysmal outing in the Senate, he felt the only way he could get the needed attention from the media was by attacking Governor Rochas Okorocha and unwarranted leveraging on the impeachment moves against the Deputy Governor of the state, Prince Eze Madumere, by the House of Assembly.”  (The Sun)

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Impeachment: Carry Your Cross, Okorocha Tells Madumere |RN

CARRY YOUR CROSS - OKOROCHA TO MADUMERE

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has reacted to media publication credited to his deputy, Eze Madumere, alleging how he stood firmly by him in his trying moments, saying he is not duty bound to make him his successor.

Okorocha rather asked him to face his ordeals in the hands of the state Assembly.

The governor, who reacted through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, said: “ It is left for the deputy governor and the motley group cheering him up against his boss, to state whether the governor or governors are duty-bound or under any obligation to make their deputies their successors. Or whether all the past governors in this country had made their deputies their successors. If the answer is in the negative, then, Madumere should count his teeth with his tongue.

“In responding to the accusation of gross misconduct raised against him, by the House of Assembly, Madumere used that opportunity to continue his aspersions on the man who has shown him avowed charity, Okorocha.

“He told the jaundiced stories of how he saved Governor Okorocha from “public disgrace” and also “carried his cross and bore his shame.”

He also talked about how he ‘stooped’ so that Okorocha may be ‘spared of the humiliation’ of getting incarcerated.”

The governor said in all these, Madumere could only talk about the minor fallouts of the 1999 election and, perhaps, the incident that was also part of the 2011 election when he (Okorocha) ran on the ticket of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and defeated the incumbent, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, of the PDP.

“All the same, it is the height of pettiness for the number two citizen of the state to begin to talk about the imaginary inconveniences he claimed he experienced during the political outings of his benefactor, but, carefully skipped mentioning the avalanche of favours, benefits, patronages and enviable upliftment he has enjoyed all these years,” Okorocha said.

Stressing on his kind gestures towards his deputy Okorocha said: “He had returned from America a long time ago, and was in Nigeria all the while. And he should be Christian enough to admit that he has remained under the mentorship and employment of Governor Okorocha.

“He also refused to state in his publication that he has benefitted from the political successes of Governor Okorocha more than any other person.”  (The Sun)

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Ekiti Guber: Police Uncover Illegal Election Material Printing Press, Arrest 2 In Lagos

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… It’s mere specimen – Gov Fayose

Christopher Oji and Wole Balogun, Ekiti

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two persons for allegedly printing electoral materials believed to be for Saturday’s governorship poll in Ekiti, at the Gbagada area of the state.

Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, led detectives to the printing press, O’ Naphtali at 13A and 13B, Oguntona Street, Gbagada, allegedly owned by one Eniola Fayose.

It was also learnt that the owner hails from Ikere, in Ekiti state. He was not around when police stormed the place.

As at yesterday evening, the company’s Admin/Human Resources Manager and Graphic Artist were being quizzed by detectives at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja.

At the end of the raid, Edgal told newsmen that, “on July 8, an intelligence report from a credible source was received by the command; that ballot papers meant for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Ekiti were being printed in a company O’Naphtali Limited located at 13B Oguntona crescent, Gbagada, Lagos.

“The company is owned by one Eniola Fayose. The report further revealed that some of the printed ballot papers were moved to Ekiti in three Hilux vans, on Friday, July 6, while the artworks are still in their graphics computers. Based on the report, I led a contingent of policemen to the location; to verify the information. At the scene, we discovered that the company has two buildings located at number 13A and 13B Oguntona Street, Gbagada Phase 1. It was also discovered that the buildings are being used for general printing/ artwork.”

Edgal said that to ascertain what the houses were being used for, a search warrant was executed on the premises and the following items were recovered: “One HP laptop, one Acer laptop, one Booklet of form EC/ EK 8B Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission (EKSIEC); three EKEC 50 A envelop for miscellaneous materials, two pieces of Ekiti SEC, eight A(1) statement of result, one copy of form Ekiti SEC eight A(1), one income tax clearance certificate of Ekiti state, seven pieces of

Ekiti state Internal revenue motor receipts, one piece of form EC 8A of Ekiti SEC, one piece of Ekiti state Voter’s Card register, Log Book cover for Ado Local Government , one piece of NECO mark/attendance sheet, Ekiti state Ministry of Education Progress Report for secondary school and one colour turn flash drive.”

He added that preliminary enquiry by the detectives led by him revealed that the company is owned by one Eniola and that the company is said to be in a contractual agreement with the Ekiti state Independent Electoral Commission; to print the elections materials found during the search.

Edgar disclosed that the recovered laptops are being scrutinised by police ICT experts; with a view to discovering any incriminating information.

In his reaction to the allegation, Ekiti Governor, Ayodele Fayose said the alleged poll materials were mere ballot paper specimen which his party contracted Eniola to print; so they could be used as voters’ education for illiterates.

“Eniola printed specimen of election materials for voters’ education; for our

people, who are illiterates. The specimen has nothing to show they are authentic INEC materials. APC and INEC printed the same specimen and distributed them publicly.

“We challenge them to show the so-called election materials that they are talking about. They should publish what they have. INEC printed their own specimen and we also printed our own specimen for voters education for our people.

“The specimen is not usable anywhere and not showing anything that appears to be authentic materials. APC did their own specimen for their people and we did that too. This is an attempt to intimidate us. The fact that Eniola bears Fayose does not mean he is my relation.”

Also speaking, Eniola, who showed samples of the ballot paper specimen he was printing for the PDP, said: “I am a registered printer with over 20 years experience.

“These were the samples that I was asked to print for voters education of illiterate electorate. They have no logo or security features on them as they are for mere education for illiterates…”   (The Sun)

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2019 Election: PDP, ADC, R-APC, Others Plan Against Buhari |RN

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Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 38 other political parties to form a grand alliance to unseat the All Progressives Congress (APC) in next year’s presidential poll.

The grand alliance christened Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) would field a single presidential candidate in 2019.

Former minister of External Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi, who read the terms of the MoU, said before it was signed by the national chairmen of the 39 political parties, another MoU on how the presidential candidate would emerge will be signed at a later date.

Speaking at the event, the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, said the grand alliance marked the beginning of concerted efforts by leaders of opposition political parties to rescue the country from the grip of the APC in the 2019 general elections.

Secondus said they were not afraid of whatever the government might do to scare them, noting that their resolve was strong. He urged Nigerians to take their destiny in their own hands and rally round the alliance.

“The grand alliance will be the beginning of efforts to rescue the country. The conquest of APC is known
to Nigeria. We are not afraid. Fear has disappeared. We are ready to go on until salvation is attained. It is time for us to come together. It is time to drop personal interest. My leaders, don’t worry about them, they will fail. Let them come to arrest. History is recording their actions. They have the federal might but we have the almighty God. We want to assure our people that we are coming stronger. We are ready for all elections, except they are not ready,” the PDP leader said.

He called on President Buhari to ensure that the Ekiti State governorship election scheduled for this weekend is free and fair, warning that, “if you rig Ekiti, there would be no election in 2019, I bet you.”

Secondus added that Nigerians were tired of the killings going on in various parts of the country. He urged the President to take actions to end the killings.

The leader of the R-APC, Buba Galadima, who said the MoU would send shivers down the spines of leaders of the ruling party, expressed optimism that leaders of the coalition would do things transparently, rally round one presidential candidate, rescue the country and provide a future for the citizens.

However, he warned that defeating President Buhari would not be an easy task.

“What we are about to do will send shivers not only to those on the other side of the coin but to the whole world. Diplomats keep wondering whether they are men and women of courage to face the monster.

“Since we made a declaration of the formation of the R-APC, we have received unprecedented messages of support all over the world. I am confident that if we do things transparently and bring up one man or woman, we will save this country. We will provide a future for our children and grandchildren.

“This is not going to be a tea party. The man we will be facing is a military general. But we know him. If I were his adviser, I will advise him not to contest. If others know what I know, not only will Buhari lose his election, he would also lose his deposits.

“Since the day we declared R-APC, a lot of people received threats. Some of us are old soldiers. And as history says, old soldiers never die. We are ready to take up this fight, in spite of any deprivation or even torture.

“They can use the big stick. Whatever they choose to do, we are prepared to lay down our lives. They have said so many things. They said we are inconsequential. They say we don’t matter. If we are inconsequential, why are they running helter-skelter?” Chairman of the nPDP,

Kawu Baraje, who led some PDP members, including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; five governors and several members of the National Assembly among others out of the opposition party in 2013 admitted that they went astray.

“I want to thank the PDP for accepting and taking us back,” he declared.

He recalled that when he led members of the nPDP to join other parties to form the APC, former Senate President, David Mark had warned him against the move.

On his part, former Osun State governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who spoke on behalf of the ADC said the MoU was unprecedented in the country. According to him, the alliance is “a watershed to redirect the affairs,” of the country.

Oyinlola added that Nigerians had high hopes in 2015 that the APC will take the country to the “Promised Land,” but the ruling party “failed and failed tragically.”

He appealed to leaders of the coalition to respect the terms of the agreement.

Similarly, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae, who spoke on behalf of the SDP, said the coalition was the only alternative to rescue the country.

The former SGF noted that a lot of Nigerians were distressed because of the terrible state of the country, stating that “we remain poor because of incompetence.”

He urged leaders of the opposition political parties to ensure that individual ambitions did not derail the objective of the group.

Earlier, former PDP National Secretary, Chief Ben Ndi Obi had said the coalition will usher in a Government of National Unity in

2019, that will pull back the country from the brink and put an end to ineptitude and nepotism that have characterized the APC administration.

“Since assuming office, the APC has totally messed up the economy. We are here to reverse that trend. The parties have resolved to elevate public interest against private interest. We are here to send a strong signal to the government that we are set to take over. It is a war between light and darkness. And the light shall prevail for the benefit of all Nigerians,” Obi stated.

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, assured that the coalition would rescue Nigeria and restore her on the path of democratic freedom, joy, security and development.

He said: “For three years, what I see on the faces of Nigerians is frustration and anguish. But for the first time, ItellyouthatIsawjoy.Isaw people laughing and smiling for the first time in three years.

“Those our brothers and sisters, and investors, who left Nigeria in the last three years are also rejoicing with you because, by this time next year, they will all be back.

“Those factories that were closed are going to come back alive by this time next year and Nigerians will rejoice. The people of the South East whom the programmes and practices of this government are forcing them to have a rethink on their membership of this country, today will rejoice and be happy that a new country that will be fair to all is coming; a country that they will be proud to be part of and continue to contribute to her development.”

The 39 parties are Action Alliance (AA), Alliance for Democracy (AD), Africa Democratic Party (ADC), Action Democratic Party (ADP), All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP), Action Peoples Party (APP), Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Better Nigeria Progressive Party, Democratic Alternative (DA), Democratic Peoples Party (DPC), Grand Democratic Party of Nigeria (GDPN), Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), KOWA Party, Labour Party (LP), Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA), Masses Movement of Nigeria (MMN).

Also included are the National Conscience Party (NCP), New Generation Party (NGP), National Unity Party (NUP), Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM), Peoples Alliance for National Development and Liberty (PANDEL), Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), People for Democratic Change (PDC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Providence People’s Congress (PPC), Reformed All Progressive Congress (RAPC), Restoration Party of Nigeria (RPN), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), All Grassroots Alliance (AGA), National Interest Party (NIP), Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP), Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), and Young Democratic Party (YDP). (The Sun)

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2019 Election: R-APC Perfects MoU With PDP |The Republican News

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**We won’t fall for Buhari’s bait again

**We’re ready to welcome them back -PDP

 

Ismail Omipidan

Members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) have concluded plans to move as a group from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Daily Sun has learnt.

Former secretary of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Buba Galadima had last week announced a new faction, the R-APC, in Abuja.

As part of the plans for their eventual exit, the group is already putting the finishing touch to its side of the bargain and it is expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the main opposition party soon.

 

A source close to the group told Daily Sun that the PDP was willing to enter into the MoU.

According to the source, the issue of the MoU arose because of what members of the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) suffered in the APC.

“It is to ensure that what happened to the majority of our members while in the APC does not repeat itself in the PDP. When we moved to the APC in 2013, there were discussions, but mostly there was no collective bargain. For instance, (President of the Senate, Bukola) Saraki had hinted Asiwaju (Bola

Tinubu) about his senate presidency ambition before the election, Asiwaju did not show any sign of opposition to it. However, after winning the election, they began singing a different tune. So, we want to avoid that kind of scenario.

“Good enough, PDP has so far demonstrated sincerity in all our dealings. All that is remaining is to perfect the details of the MoU and we sign it,” the source added.

Asked what constitute details of the MoU, the source said: “I will be unfair to both our group and the PDP to start discussing that in the open. More so, the opposition could turn it against us and may create a fresh crisis

for us and the party we are moving into. The APC will be doing all they can to want to frustrate this marriage. We won’t give them the opportunity and I think they can never succeed because we are far gone now to look back.”

Reacting to the development, the PDP through the spokesman, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, told Daily Sun, yesterday, that “our party is open to all Nigerians. Our party has been rebranded and repositioned to take in as many Nigerians as we can in our bid to rescue the country’s sinking ship under the APC in next year’s election.

“As a party, we have cast our net into the river, waiting to catch the big fish.”

Asked what the details of the MoU would look like, Ologbondiyan said the party’s Contact and Integration Committee has not reported back to the party.

However, Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, said the party was not bothered by what he termed “antics of some of the former members.”

He told newsmen, after a meeting with the House of Representatives caucus, that the APC had opened talks with genuine party leaders and was unbothered about renegades. He also noted that if members of the R-APC choose not to be happy, that was their business

“There is no break-up. 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, I will not lose my sleep over that. We know those who are in the system. Those who are seeking break-up; that is their problem. We are engaging real stakeholders in the Executive and the two arms of the National Assembly.”   (The Sun)

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