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How PDP Can Win 2019 Presidential Election – Primate Ayodele |The Republican News

The Spiritual Leader of INRI Evangelical Church, Lagos State, Primate Elijah Ayodele has said that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar will find it difficult to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 2019 polls. He said PDP would not be able to stop Buhari from winning the 2019 election because the party refused to do the right thing. According to Ayodele, he had warned the PDP to give the presidential ticket to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. In this interview conducted by VERA WISDOM-BASSEY, Ayodele still maintains that it’s only Saraki that can unseat Buhari, while pointing out how Atiku can win among other national issues.

What is the hope of the common man in Nigeria?

The government has nothing for the common man in Nigeria, that is what I see, the common man is just nothing before them. I call on the leaders to be closer to God; to be sustained and survive.

Shouldn’t the big churches come to the rescue of the people?

All those big churches are supposed to have hospitals where they should treat Nigerians free, but it seems their own market is more expensive than the government’s. The churches are making life difficult for the people, especially the big churches, in the sense that they request for money from their members, and these members cannot afford two square meal.

How can the government improve the economy?

Why not put the right people to plan the economy. It should be planned for the common man. As it stands now, if any state pays N30,000 as minimum wage, the economy will shut down. One of the things affecting the economy is the oil wells, why is the oil-rig given to the individual? Why not let each state manage it and if they don’t manage it well then, they are on their own. There are talks about recovered looted funds, where is the recovered looted fund? What are they using it for? Let the recovered looted funds be used appropriately, all these are not happening. They may say it’s given to state governors, who are the state governors? What of the monthly allowances they collect?

Are we still going to see an anointed leader emerge in February?

I am still saying it, there is nobody that God cannot use, and the person I am still saying is Saraki. The election is going to bring more problems. If Buhari wins, there is going to be more problems, not APC or PDP or any political association is our problem now. At the moment, we are in problem, they are all confused on what to do.

After the election, there is still going to be more problems, after Buhari’s government, what will happen next is a serious agitation for break up, there will be too many people to contend with. There will be an argument on zones, this one will say this is our zone and that is our zone, the world is watching on what has been threatening the unity of Nigeria, Nigeria’s unity is under threat.

Amnesty International was asked to move out of Nigeria by the military as a result of a report they gave, do you think this is right for us as a country?

Let us not trouble ourselves on Amnesty International because there is still going to be another body that will still fight Buhari’s government. And there is still going to be trouble in IDP camps as a result of the outbreak of disease that will ravage the people there.

Do you think the election will be free and fair?

There will be a free and fair election.

What is the future for Nigeria?

God is the future of Nigeria.

Buhari said this year will be tougher than last year, what will happen to an average Nigerian?

Even if it’s not Buhari that will win, any other person that enters there will still find it tough. That is why we have to set aside January 14 for prayers.  (The Sun)

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2019: Niger State PDP Receive 4,500 APC, PDM Defectors |The Republican News

 

John Adams, Minna

 

The People Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger State on Friday received a big boost ahead of next month’s general election as it received 1,500 members of the People Democratic Movement (PDM

) from Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state.

The entire structure of the party in 11 wards in Chanchaga collapsed into the PDP with it 1,500 members.

The defectors were led by the local government chairman of the party, Hon. Suleiman Alhassan and were received by the PDP chairman in the local government, Hon. Jamilu Saidu in a ceremony in Minna on Friday at the party local government secretariat.

This is coming barely one week after the PDP chairman in the state, Alhaji Tanko Beji, received no fewer than 3,000 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from Edati local government who defected into the party.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, the chairman of PDM in Chanchaga local government, Hon. Suleiman Saidu, said their decision to pitched their tent with the PDP was borne out of their conviction that the party was the only one that had the capacity to bring all Nigerians together for peace and development irrespective of their ethnic and religious differences.

Hon. Saidu said the four years APC government had taken the country ten years backward in all aspects of human development, pointing out the country was more divided along ethnic and religious lines than ever.

“This government has succeeded in causing sharp division among Nigerians along ethnic and religious lines. It has also failed to handle the security challenges in the country today.”

According to him, the peaceful conduct of PDP primaries across the country and the confusion that greeted other parties after their primaries, was a clear indication that PDP remained the largest and with the capacity to take the country to the promise land.

“PDP is the only party that can guarantee peaceful co-existence of all Nigerians, regardless of ethnic and religious differences.

“It is the only party that has the interest of the masses at heart, that can reduce the current unemployment and hardship in the country, and that is why we decided to join the party.”

He assured the party that he and his co-defectors would work assiduously to ensure total victory for PDP candidates at all levels in the forthcoming elections.

Receiving the defectors amidst cheers and jubilations at the party secretariat, the Hon. Saidu assured them that the party would carry them along, stressing that “our umbrella is big enough to accommodate everybody whether new members or old members.”

He reminded them that PDP would go into the election fully prepared and would protect their votes from the polling units to the final collation centres.

“We will protect our votes with our last blood from the polling units to the final collation centre; we will resist any attempt to manipulate people’s mandates because the only thing left for them now is to rig the election.    (The Sun)

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Oshiomhole Spits Fire: God Will Not Allow PDP Come Back To Power In 2019 |RN

Linus Oota , Lafia

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said come out smoking, declaring that God will not allow PDP to return to power in 2019 after looting the country dry for 16 years.

He further declared that only President Muhammadu Buhari could salvage the country and bring back her fortunes. He, therefore, urged the people of Nasarawa State to vote massively for Mr President and other APC candidates in the 2019 general elections.

Oshiomhole said that the damage done by the PDP could not be fixed in three years, adding that the president needed another four years to clear the damage done by the PDP.

Oshiomhole was in Lafia to flag off the 2019 campaign of the APC in the state and to present the party’s flag to the governorship candidate of the APC, Mr Abdullahi Sule.

He explained that God healed the president from sickness to shame the PDP who wished him death, predicting that Buhari would win the 2019 general election landslide.

He urged the people of the state not to listen to the lies and propaganda of the PDP as they failed to develope the country when they had the opportunity to do so.

He praised the giant stride of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura in the state and his policy of inclusiveness and urged the APC governorship candidate to follow his footsteps when elected.

He explained that he had painstakingly follow the developmental achievements of the Governor Al-Makura in all sectors of the state and appealed to the people of Nasarawa South to reward him by voting him to represent them at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in 2019.

Speaking earlier, Governor Al-Makura urged the people of the state to return President Buhari to power in 2019 and all other APC candidates in the state.

He said that the president had done a lot for the state by providing 33kva electricity and award of contract for the dualisation of Keffi-Makurdi-Abuja road among many other achievements.

He thanks all the governorship aspirants of the party in the state for agreeing to work tirelessly for the victory of the party in the state.

Mr Sule assured the people that he would use his experience in the private sector to bring development to the state.

He noted that he would continue from where Governor Al-Makura stopped and take the state to the next level, adding that he would hit the ground running immediately he took over from him because he had already set the template.

Other speakers at the event included former governor of the state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu;, chairman if the campaign council, Mr Ahmed Wadada and APC state party chairman, Mr Philip Schekwo.  (The Sun)

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2019: Yakasai Implicitly Endorses Atiku For President |The Republican News

 

Okwe Obi, Abuja 

A founding member of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and elder statesman, Tanko Yakasai, has tacitly endorsed the candidature of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Mr Peter Obi, ahead of 2091 presidential election.

The 92-year-old politician spoke in Abuja, at the launch of a book entitled ‘The Coming Revolution: A Manifesto for National Greatness,” authored by Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher.

Yakasai, who did not mention Atiku and Obi names, said it would be an opportunity for the North East and South East to have a taste of the proverbial national cake.

“2019 would be a very important election in our history. It would afford a very good section of the country an opportunity to have its own share of the national cake. I’m talking about our brethren from the south eastern part of Nigeria.

“There is also a section in the North that has never produced a president; that is the North East. It has produced a prime minister once. That was under a different constitution. The South East and North East have never produced a president for Nigeria.

“If it happens that the running mate of Buhari is able to win the election after him, and if God grants him the wish of ruling for eight years, it may likely come back to the North East. If you add it up it would come to 20 years.

“And it would go back to the South and anybody can win because it would be open to South East, South West and South-South. If by whatever reason power stays in the North, after the South West has ruled for eight years it would be 20.

“It would go to the South and stay there for 8 years. If it is the wish of God for the South East to get it, that is how long they will wait for it,” he added.

He lamented the constant change of political parties by politicians connotes the lack of integrity.   (The Sun)

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Mass Defection From APC To PDP Hits Akwa Ibom |The Republican News

 

Patrick Odey, Uyo

 

About 20,000 former members of the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State on Monday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party.

Those who left the APC included units, wards and chapters’ officers from the 31 local government areas of the state.

They were received into the PDP at a ceremony held in Uyo, the state capital.

The state governor, Udom Emmanuel, commended the new members for joining the PDP which he described as the only grass roots party in the country.

While describing the new members’ decision as being about the soul of state, the governor urged them to always stand in defence of the state.

He said, “This is unprecedented in the history of our state.

“What you are doing today is not about me, it is not about the party chairman, or any other person. It is about the soul of Akwa Ibom State.”

The governor said he was not losing sleep over the threat by the opposition to take over the state.

He described such threats as coming from “empty vessels that make the loudest noise.”

Earlier, the state chairman of the PDP, Mr Paul Ekpo, had described the number of new members as unprecedented in the history of the PDP in the state.

He said, “It has never happened in the history of Akwa Ibom State that people in their thousands and on their own would decide and say we should come and receive them into the Peoples Democratic Party.

“We have been preaching industrialisation, peace and stability and workability but little did we know that our preaching has touched the minds of so many people in the state.” (Punch)

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APC Primaries: Two Reps Dump Party For PDP, Condemn Ruling Party |RN

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Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

 

Two members of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, announced their resignation from the ruling All Progressives Congress.

They are Babatunde Kolawole representing Akoko South-West and South-East in Ondo State, and Mukaila Kazzim representing Abeokuta North/Obafemi-Owode/Odeda Federal Constituency in Ogun State.

Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, read letters from the lawmakers announcing their resignations from APC at the plenary.

While Kolawole joined the Peoples Democratic Party, Kazeem did not name his new party in his letter.

Both lawmakers, however, blamed their resignations on the APC over how the party managed its primaries and fielded its candidates.

Kolawole said the APC had derailed from its change mantra, alleging that there were imposition of candidates, zoning arrangements and ‘godfatherism,’ among others, during the primaries held by the party in Ondo.

Kazzim also said he left the APC due to irreconcilable differences following the House of Representatives’ primary held on October 7, 2018, by the APC chapter in Ogun.

A member, Mr. Aminu Suleiman from Kano, however, urged Dogara to declare their seats vacant, alleging that the defections were not in accordance with the provisions of Section 68(1) of the Constitution.

Dogara, however, ruled Suleiman out of order.

The gale of defections had hit both chambers of the National Assembly since July 2018, with President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and Dogara defecting from the APC to the PDP.

Former Majority Leader of the Senate, Bukola Godswill Akpabio, had also dumped the PDP for the APC.

Several other lawmakers had also dumped the APC for the African Democratic Congress, People’s Redemption Party, among others.   (Punch)

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Some PDP Governors Worked Against Me In 2015, Says Jonathan|The Republican News

Olusola Fabiyi and Ade Adesomoju, Abuja
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said some governors elected under the banner of the PDP worked against him in 2015.
Jonathan in his new book, ‘My Transition Hour’ which he publicly presented in Abuja on Tuesday, also said he was confident of winning the election based on his achievements.
“We were confident that victory was ours. We were sure of the states where we would certainly have a clear lead. We knew the states which we had a 50-50 chance and finally the states we would have the required 25 per cent to satisfy the provisions of law,” he said in the book.
He added, “Obviously and with the benefit of hindsight,  I have come to be aware of the intrigue that played a significant role in costing my party and I the election.
“For instance, there were governors elected under the banner of my party, the Peoples Democratic Party, who did not wholeheartedly campaign for me and adamantly refused to allow campaign posters with my picture and theirs to be printed and circulated.
“In fact, a particular first-term governor in the North had openly said his ideal scenario was to have him re-elected and my opponent elected President.
“This same governor told his aides that I would be removed in a coup. Unfortunately for him, his wishes did not come to pass and he ended up not being elected.”
Jonathan also said that there was a tremendous measure of religious pressure on members of the party in the north.
While saying it was not a fresh factor, he, however, warned that “it is one militating against entrenching the ethos of democracy. For as long as people could be persuaded or harassed into falling in line by deploying religious as an instrument of politics, our goals for promoting democracy pull prove difficult.”   (Punch)

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