​Nigeria has become nation of sorrow under Buhari – PDP


The Peoples Democratic Party has stated that Nigerians are suffering under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.

The Vice-Chairman of the party in the North-East, Emmanuel Njiwah, made this observation in Yola, on Wednesday.

According to him, Nigeria had become a nation of sorrow under the All Progressives Congress.

Njiwah belongs to the Senator Modu Sheriff faction of the party, which is locked in a bitter leadership struggle with the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction.

The factional vice-chairman, who spoke while inaugurating the Adamawa State executive committee of the PDP led by Abdulrahman Bobboi, said the APC had devastated the economy.

He said, “Anybody with a plan for Nigeria cannot come into power and within the spate of a year, plunge the largest economy on the continent into recession.

“They have actually devastated the economy of Nigeria but they kept blaming the PDP. But the fact remains that as of May 29, 2015, Nigeria was the largest economy in Africa and as of May 2016, we have become a nation of sorrow.”

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While presenting the 28-member Adamawa State chapter of the party with their certificates of return, Njiwah reiterated the determination of the PDP to reclaim power in 2019.

He said, “The PDP needs to come back. Is there anybody who is not suffering here? Those who voted them in and even we that didn’t vote them are suffering too. Our markets are not different. Our filling stations are not different. We are buying from the same markets.

“We want to buy a bag of rice for N7,000. We want to buy fuel at N87 per litre.”

A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Ali Gulak, who was chairman on the occasion, deplored the poor state of the economy under the APC-led Federal Government.

Earlier in June, Vice President,Yemi Osinbajo also admitted that there’s suffering in the land.

According to him, his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari meant well for the people of the country and thus needed the support and cooperation of Nigerians to bring the desired change.

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​Americans bought into our change by electing Trump – APC


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated Americans for buying into the “change mantra’’ by electing Republican candidate, Mr Donald Trump, who canvassed change in U.S. polity.

The National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said in Abuja on Wednesday that Americans had spoken by voting Trump, adding that APC could do nothing than to congratulate him for the victory.

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​Buhari should seek help outside APC – Okwesilieze Nwodo

Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo was born on July 28 1950 in Nsukka, Enugu State. He is a Medical Doctor, a Surgeon, an Administrator, a politician. The Medicine and Surgery graduate of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, was elected governor of Enugu State in 1992 under the platform of the defunct National Republican Convention, NRC during the third Republic.

Nwodo, as a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was twice elected the National Secretary of the party and in 2010, he became the National Chairman of the party following the forced resignation of former National Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor. Nwodo was later forced to resign as National Chairman because his policies for the party e- registration of members and his fight against imposition of candidates did not go well with the Governors.

In this exclusive interview with Vanguard, Nwodo speaks on issues in the country, Restructuring, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration, the 2014 National Conference, the PDP, among others.

Excerpts:

By HENRY UMORU, ASSISTANT POLITICAL EDITOR

You have been quiet for some time, what is happening to you sir?

Well I have been enjoying my retirement, but I won’t call it sabbatical holiday. I am enjoying my golf, I am enjoying my family. It had been a long time I have had the opportunity to spend time with my family.

When you look at the situation in the country now, will you say it is the kind of country that our fore fathers envisaged?

Well, I want to be very blunt; I don’t believe that anybody ever contemplated, wished, hoped or imagined that the situation in our country would be as bad as it is today. When we had an economy that depended basically on agriculture, our founding fathers were able to do a lot when it came to development of this country. With the cocoa in the West they were able to build the first television in Africa.

With the palm produce in the East we were able to build the first indigenous Nigerian university and up North also the first generation universities were also established. Water wasn’t in bad supply, electricity wasn’t in bad supply and education was strong.

Most importantly we haven’t planned our economy to absorb the increasing population. We are producing many graduates, who are not getting jobs. We haven’t prepared for their employment, we haven’t trained them to be self employed so that with the education they have acquired, the confidence they have acquired, the entrepreneurship that they have acquired in school, they can become employers of labour. We haven’t done that.

Look at the problem of electricity; can you believe how many megawatts South Africa is producing and how many megawatts Nigeria is producing? And our population is almost 10 times the population of South Africa.

We never planned to meet the needs of this population as far as the power industry is concerned and the same thing goes for every other aspect of our life; we didn’t plan for the health care of this population, we didn’t plan for the educational care of this population, a lot of things were taken for granted and today we are suffering all of this. The infrastructure of our country is very weak and that is why the economy is very difficult to turn around.

This is 17 years of unbroken democracy in which we have our ups and downs. In your candid view, do you think the present government has the capacity to lead us out of this present economic crisis that we are facing?

To be honest with you we have all prayed for democracy in our country and as you have said we are enjoying 17 years of unbroken democracy. We have put a lot of blame on military intervention in our governance and that is also true but then with the advent of democracy and the lessons that politicians are supposed to have learnt about the truncation of democracy by the military, one would have expected that we would organise ourselves better.

When we formed PDP, one of the cardinal things that we said which we believed in was that no Nigerian should go to bed hungry. This country had the capacity to make sure that this didn’t happen because our country is a rich country, but what has happened is that the people who managed our affairs in these 17 years haven’t been as frugal as those who managed it in the first republic and even in the second republic.

It is easy to look at the personal wealth of people like Aminu Kano, Amadu Bello, Tafawa Balewa, Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe, M.I. Okpara, look at what they left behind in terms of material possession and look at what state governors, senators and people who are just in the periphery of power in our country now have. You look at the amount of wealth that is going through their fingers and you look at what they are doing for the people in terms of services.

Now coming specifically to the present government, this government came in with a lot of high hopes, Nigerians had a lot of high hopes and I think their biggest problem also is that they were responsible also for raising the hopes of Nigerians;  so the people felt that all the problems of Nigerians were going to be solved in day one. But at the time they came the price of crude oil came crashing down.

Secondly, the bombing of gas and oil pipelines have made it difficult for them to meet their targets. So the price of oil is down and the quantity you are selling is down and we are a mono economy nation after so many years of saying that we are going to diversify our economy.

You can imagine the problem the government has in its hands. What is disturbing Nigerians is not that the government has this problem because other governments have come at a worst period; when Obasanjo came, crude oil was selling at 30 and he still managed the economy very well, he was able to get a debt relief from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank which gave us a window and he was able to grow the economy.

Therefore it is a question of do you have a strategy that will work? Now in the past one year, we have been watching the government and we have been co-operating with every strategy that they have brought but things are getting harder and harder for our people.

Secondly, when the price of petrol has gone so high, almost double of what they met now even the farmer in the rural area who has to transport his farm products to the city is paying more for transport. We are therefore paying more for the things we are cultivating in our land. The biggest problem is that people are not having more income; the minimum wage hasn’t changed, the sources of income have not changed and then there is high inflation. This is why out there, people are hungry, people are angry, people are saying when is government going to solve this problem and they are impatient .

So I think that what the government needs more than anything else at this time is a very strong economic team. We need an economist in the Ministry of Finance, we need an economist in the Central Bank, we need economist in Budget and Planning and we need economic advisers. There have to be a strong economic team and Nigeria has this man power, it is there, it is a question of government appreciating the need to bring them together to help government to solve the economic situation and I think the government should do that.

Even if it means going outside the party?

It doesn’t matter! In a presidential system, the president can source manpower from anywhere, it doesn’t have to be party men. This particular problem of the economy isn’t calling on party members, it is calling for the best brains in Nigeria, the hunger doesn’t believe in party.

Secondly, government has done well in targeting agriculture, but there is also another which I think government needs to do more and that is skills acquisition.

I believe that all over Nigeria, you should have skill acquisition centres because lots of our young people have gone to university, they have gone to tertiary institutions, but they have no skills and they need to add skills to whatever they have qualified for and also educate them along the line of entrepreneurship so that they can begin as resource people and fend for themselves. People who make tyre and POP come from West African countries and those who paint houses come from West African countries.

We need to do a lot of skill acquisition and entrepreneurship training and we need to build industrial centres where these kids could have access to take off from day one. In agriculture, government is making a lot of emphasis on increased production and I think that government should also spend time to think about what happens to these farm produce when they are all over the place, so we have to begin to think about converting the farm produce and adding value to them and this is where agric industrialization comes in.

So we need to build small scale industries around. If you go to Malaysia everything that comes out of the palm tree is money, but here we have our palm tree and we don’t do anything with what comes out of the palm trees. The same thing if you have mechanized agriculture and agro based industries by the side you will find out that nothing that you produce in the farm will go to waste.

The debate over restructuring has resurfaced and gaining momentum, is it an inevitable proposition and how do you think this government should approach it against the backdrop that the  South wants it, while the North appears to be opposed to it?

Well let me make a categorical statement; Nigeria will find it extremely difficult like we have found in the past 100 years to move ahead politically without restructuring. The structure we are operating today isn’t known anywhere in the world. There is no country in the world that is a federation and still operates a unitary system.

It is only in a military regime that it works where the Commander in Chief gives orders to its military governors and down the line, but in a federating unit, there is a lot of autonomy and because this autonomy has been largely removed, they are all depending on the centre to feed them. But in a true federalism in the 1st and 2nd republics, the federating units were moving; the West was moving, the East was moving and the central government wasn’t starved of funds to do what it was supposed to do.

Now the discovery of oil in Nigeria is what has brought about this unitary system. It has also removed all incentives for the federating units to produce their own economy. Everybody waits at the end of the month for the money from crude oil to be shared around and they spend it. We don’t use it to grow money because we know at the end of next month, more money will come.

Now if the federating units are too small and not viable, we should be courageous  enough to merge them to viable units. If you look at the raw materials across Nigeria and if you look at the human resources across Nigeria, I don’t know why you are afraid to have true federalism because I don’t see any of the six geo political zones of Nigeria that can’t survive even as a country today if they look inward. Maybe we have to wait until the crude oil completely finishes then it would become attractive for people to say ‘ok let us restructure’ for true federalism. It is something that we will have to do to survive as a country.

This may have explained why former president Goodluck Jonathan set up the 2014 National Conference and one of the issues raised was true federalism and there are arguments now that the report of the confab should be jettisoned. Do you agree with that?

You know Nigerians each time they have had a constitutional conference, they agree perfectly well on what they want to do, but somewhere between submitting the report and implementation, people tamper with these things and that is why we are where we are. You know when General Abacha did his conference, we had a beautiful document even the 2020 document, these things were master pieces, but when they gave us the constitution they tampered with it.

The same thing also happened in Babangida’s time and now the people of Nigeria spoke again only a year plus ago and some people believe that they know more than all the people gathered together to form this document. They think they have superior intellect than all the brains that Nigerians have produced that sat down there for a couple of weeks and produced those documents.

Any president who implements this would be remembered in history as a man who freed Nigeria because we are holding ourselves in bondage as long as you don’t implement those cardinal decisions that you arrived at during the conference we are just holding ourselves down in chains. So someone should have the courage to free us and implement that document.

Sir, if agitation in the Niger Delta is sustained, the Biafra struggle is sustained and the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East is not stopped, how will Nigeria survive?

The government is just making governance more and more difficult for themselves. There is a limit to which you can continue to use military power and violence to control this uprising. First and foremost, I don’t rule out military intervention when there are flash points of violence in the country, the security agencies must move in, but they haven’t solved the problem. Until government begins to listen and dialogue, then you get to the root cause of the problem and then you solve it.

When Babangida was here, he brought these Niger Delta boys to Abuja, spoke with them and made peace with them and he was selling his crude oil and his economy was good. When Yar’Adua  was there, he made the most dramatic reconciliation between the federal government and the militants and Jonathan enjoyed it because we had uninterrupted produce from the Niger Delta. Now I don’t know why this government believes that the use of force would have been the first.

The same thing with the Independent People of Biafra, sending troops after these young men will not stop anything. Even I as an Igbo leader, I can’t tell them to stop and they will stop. This was how we ignored Boko Haram at the beginning because we didn’t take it seriously or we thought that it was something that would soon be over, but look at it today, look at how many people have been killed, how many people have been displaced, what about property? What about the economy in the North East?

These things should teach us that our country is a country where we have too many nationalities and we have come to a point where everyone is aware and nobody can take what belongs to every other person. So I believe that the government should reache out and tries to carry everybody along, tries to dialogue and most importantly think about restructuring so that people can go and fend for themselves, federal government can no longer fend for this kind of population with a mono economy, it isn’t possible.

Every part of Nigeria should be able to produce what can sustain them, they have the capacity to do so and they have the natural resources to do so.

President Buhari appears unwilling to give the Igbo nation a significant presence in his government. As an Igbo leader what do you think the people of the South a east should do to survive this?

The President himself is not a politician, his entire training has been in the military so he doesn’t see things the way we politicians see them. If I lose an election in any part of my constituency my strategy is to make sure that next time around I would win in that constituency and that is by reaching out to the people and convincing them that they were wrong for not voting me and that I can take care of them more than anybody else.

That doesn’t mean that I will ignore those that voted for me but I need to get those people who didn’t vote for me more in order to convince them to vote for me the next time, so I think that is the basic problem we have in this scenario. The President hasn’t been able to let go that he didn’t harvest votes from South East and South South and that being the case he has more or less marginalised them from his government. I believe that government needs to change its strategy completely and its approach to issues affecting South East and South South.

The President has to understand that if you win an election, you become the President of everybody and not just those that voted you.

To what extent can the Igbo nation endure Nigeria without presidency?

That is again another hot question because when you push someone to the wall and there is no other way to go the next thing is to turn back and fight. The Igbos have survived a civil war in this country, they have survived all sorts of marginalization. The safety vamp in all of this is that the Igbos are completely entrepreneurial people. Their entrepreneurship has been their sustaining will and nothing else.

In the South East, there are no roads, you can’t move from the capital of one South east state to another. In the South East there is no federal presence, we don’t have industries, we have to create all the infrastructure we need to survive. I went a few days ago to Nnewi and I visited a factory, Tom Tom, they have been producing Noodles and Pasta for the past 10 years on generator for 24 hours every day. Now if they had power in that factory, they will take over the whole West Africa and the African market, so we don’t have government presence in terms of road, power, water, and meeting all the enabling environment.

The Igbos especially the younger ones believe that if they had a country of their own called Biafra that they would be able to provide all these for the people and the country would be viable, but many of us who have gone through the Biafra war have questioned them because the independence of Biafra is really attractive if it is negotiated, but if you have to sit back and watch another cycle of problems, mass killing of our people, mass displacement of our people from their homes, I don’t think that they would like to go through such a trauma a second time within their history.

But that doesn’t mean the federal government should take our situation for granted, they need to meet the needs of the South East and we as elders will also be able to control the agitation of our people if the federal government is doing what they are supposed to do.

Sir are you still in PDP?

Yes!

As a member and founding father of PDP, you have seen it all in PDP as a National Secretary and as former National Chairman. What was the dream of the founding fathers in PDP?

I will tell you three things that were driving us when we formed PDP; first, we believed that the resources of Nigeria weren’t properly managed and like I said before if you manage the resources of this country properly no Nigerian should remain hungry. Secondly, we believe that the military had not done too well in the management of the affairs of Nigeria and we wanted a lasting democracy so we went out not to form a progressive party or a conservative  party.

We had the progressives like Rimi and others, we had the conservatives  like Ekwueme and others; we brought everybody together believing that the problems of Nigeria were not problems of the progressiveness or conservativeness, it was a problem of solving Nigeria’s problems and everybody should bring their idea to solve this problem.

The third thing is that our country hasn’t been futuristic. We don’t plan for the future. Nigerians wait till the last minute and they want miracle to happen. So we believe that we should have short term, medium term and long term plans for our country and follow it religiously to make sure the mistakes of the past are not repeated. Now it hasn’t worked out that way.

I think the first major mistake that happened to PDP is that those who planned PDP were not the people who brought it into power when the election was won. President Obasanjo in spite of all the good things he has done was also the biggest problem that PDP had because his military background made it very difficult for him to understand democracy. He was constantly at loggerheads with the parliament. Money was being  dumped on the table of the speaker to bribe, it was said that this money was being used to bribe the parliament to accept the demands of the executive.

In the party, the presidency was influencing the change of the party leadership in such a frequency that it was difficult to build the party. The institutions that are critical for democracy were being muscled by a strong president from a military background and therefore as we speak today, the democratic institutions in the country are still very weak whether it is in the parliament or the party structure or the judiciary.

All the institutions that strengthen the democracy of the country 16 years down the line are still weak and that wasn’t what we wanted and because Obasanjo came at the beginning all of this he had influenced the dramatic personnel that have succeeded in all of this democratic institutions more or less for hind sight if it wasn’t for selfish issues, it was for wrong judgement.

So today, in the position of authority in Nigeria two things are important; money and godfather rather than the quality of the person as decided through an internal democracy by the people.

So the way the democracy has been managed has weakened the democratic institutions and it affected PDP tremendously. We were able to patch it up for the 16 years we were in power using the robust power of the presidency and majority of the state governors and majority of the parliament and as soon as we lost the presidency, all our parts came tumbling down. Some of us saw it coming before the last election, but unfortunately all the alarms we raised were ignored until it happened and now to have the presidency and put the party together has become very difficult.

You said some of you saw it coming?

Yes!

Did you see the choice of former President Jonathan and the printing of one nomination form as part of it and was your idea of having e-registration which was frustrated part of it?

All the things I wanted to do for PDP as chairman if they had allowed me to do them the party would not have lost the election. He who pays the piper dictates the tune and I wanted PDP to be financially independent. Using e-registration, the party would have a revenue of not less than 11 billion every year which was sufficient to fund the party structure from the national down to the ward level. Now people who wanted to control or dictate the tune never wanted the party to be financially independent so that they will continue to dictate what happens in the party. That was one problem.

Secondly these same people wanted to have complete monopoly of who is a party member and they disenfranchised those they didn’t want to be party members. So in order to have 100 percent control of the party structure, they didn’t want e-registration because in e-registration you can stay in any part of the world and fill your e-membership registration online and you become a member of the party and your name would immediately enter your ward register and no one can stop you.

So these two things that would have done with e-registration would have brought membership to the party, it would have guaranteed financial independence to the party. The third thing, I tried to do for the party was to bring back internal democracy. When we went to Jos we had about seven presidential aspirants and by the end of the primaries when they saw transparency, they conceded victory to General Obasanjo and all of them went with him round the country to campaign because they accepted defeat seeing that everything was transparent.

When you impose a candidate you have to buy votes for him because the people who refused him at the primaries will not come out of their homes to vote and campaign for him. So internal democracy was critical. By the time I left PDP they had 11 billion in fixed account and 800 million in current account. These were all monies we made from sales of nomination form and expression of interest. Now this could be sustained for membership good and the whole thing was planned in a situation that the party wasn’t spending 10 kobo.

The participating banks and our consultants agreed on percentage that they will take from how much we are making every month. We give them what is their percentage then we have a percentage for the 6 zonal offices in the country. We have a percentage for the 36 states and the FCT. We had a percentage for the structures in the Senatorial zones.

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​Crude oil money buried in septic tanks under PDP – APC Woman leader

ALL Progressives Congress, APC, Woman Leader in Delta State, Dr. (Mrs.) Janet Oyubu, has urged Nigerians to allow President Muhammadu Buhari to work, saying the country did not make any reasonable achievement in the past 17 years because government officials secreted excess money realized from crude oil sales in septic tanks and private pockets.

Dr Oyubu, who spoke to Saturday Vanguard in an interview, said: “These are the things the present government is trying to correct and you do not solve problems by creating more problems.”

“The way President Buhari is steering the nation, tackling official corruption and all that, I see hope. Nigeria has a bright future under his watch, the America we see today is over 200 years old. You cannot compare someone running 55 to somebody running 500 years and above.

“I repeat the rate at which we are going shows that we are going to do better than the nations presently ahead of us. The developed countries also had their shortcomings before they got to where they are today. We are growing at a fast rate and looking for alternative means for dividends overnight. Remember we are the eyes of the black nation and we cannot do less,” she stated.

PDP responsible for renewed militancy in N-Delta

Dr. Oyubu opined that one of the immediate problems of PDP misrule, which the Presidency was doing everything to manage, was renewed militancy in Niger Delta region. Her words: “In actual fact, it is the problem of PDP we have been suffering from, these were part of the things that aggravated militants; it is a fact that the people from the region are not benefitting anything. We have feelings as mothers and the PDP- led government in the state should listen to voice of reason.”

She explained: “The most recognized militant group now is the Avengers and more are springing up from the three major ethnic groups, Ijaw, Itsekiri and Urhobo in Delta state. The last two ethnic groups are saying if it is mainly dialogue, those of us, who are not talking will be left behind, maintaining that they all must be carried along.”

“However, do not forget that the militants are those agitating for the benefit of the region. Some are politically motivated and they want to benefit from what they are agitating, but some criminals also joined in perpetrating the act of criminality.

“Nevertheless, whether criminally minded or politically minded, they are agitating for the good of the region. We are all suffering shortage of income from the federal government, especially with the non-payment of salary, absence of infrastructure development like what is going on now.

Appeal to militants

“I therefore say that APC led government is trying to reclaim their campaign of palliatives to cushion the already created problems by the past government of the PDP,” she added.

Her words: “For instance, in Delta State, most of the palliative structures came from the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbanjo’s office and they passed them through the state government, you can now see the PDP people jumping about President Buhari’s programme that it is their own making, whereas, they have nothing to offer from their PDP- led government. They are now hijacking the palliatives from APC in Delta state and claiming that they are cushioning the sufferings created by the APC- led government.”

“The militants should know that we are losing because you cannot destroy your own property. We should all come to a round table, down our tools so that Nigeria and the region can gain as well as cushioning the hardship we are going through.

“This is my appeal to the militants and I give kudos to the military because they have tried and they are still trying and willing to try the more. I do know that the military knows what is going on in the region and they do not want to add more hardship to what is going on in the region because the citizens are their relations, they are their people, and hence the military is treading softly,” she stated.

Dogara/Jibrin controversy

Commenting on the budget padding controversy involving the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, she said: “Really, it is not an offence in the context of accusation because budget has to go through several processes taking into account the laws of our land”

“However, the multi-million question now is how did an angel become a demon overnight? Hon. Abdulmumini Jibrin was the Head of Appropriation Committee at the House. All these accusations and counter accusations bring to light a malicious act in governance. President Muhammadu Buhari has ears to the ground, especially when he suspects a foul play. The same Hon Jibrin came on air to say there was nothing like that,” she added.

The political activist asserted: “Overnight, he is the same person, who cried loudest that there was padding all because of questions of who got what. Perhaps, Hon Dogara tried to assert his position as the leader of the House and questioning some acts that are not too transparent. Because of this, somebody is taking an offence and pointing finger.”

“That is why I asked that question; how Hon. Dogara, regarded an angel, yesterday, had suddenly become a demon today. It is the act of democratization and it means that APC is doing well; we are meticulous and the glory goes to God. They blew it open that the budget Mr. President signed is not the one under criticism; therefore, we believe in the president, we believe in our programme in APC and we believe that all is well.

Alleged Mrs. Buhari partisanship in Edo

Dr Oyubu said it was preposterous to say that the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, was meddling in the Edo state governorship election, adding: “I do not also see why she cannot throw her weight behind the man Oshiomhole has groomed to take over from him. There is nothing wrong if we display and support our own.”

Other govs should emulate Oshiomhole

“His supporters have not even been touched, he does not believe in emotion and sentiment; he believes in who can do the work better. Take the Edo State we are talking about for instance, I tell you that Governor Adams Oshiomhole has every reason to hold his head high because all the work he did are known to the common man, even the blind can feel it because the blind man can also feel bumps if he is going on the road.

“But, there are no longer bumps throughout Benin City and these and many others show that Governor Oshiomhole has worked. PDP was there before, unfortunately, we could not record anything they did. Edo state General hospital by Ring Road is like five- star hotel. Take for instance Uselu axis; where flood used to carry people, you do not even know now that you are driving through such a dangerous road, which used to be death trap in the past.

In fact, Oshiomhole has worked throughout the length and breadth of Edo State. It is not a question of President identifying with him, but he (Oshiomhole) has executed several projects all over the state. He increased workers’ salary; he does also not owe salary. Truly, he has indeed tried and we should commend his effort. He has also done well in the palliative programme, which all state governors should emulate,” she said.

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​Economic Recession: Nigerians have realised electing APC was a costly mistake- Usman


Chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and one of the aspirants for the position of the National Publicity Secretary, NPS, in the party’s botched National Convention, held in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, last Wednesday, Barr. Kabir Usman, has carpeted President Muhammadu Buhari and his party the All Progressives Congress, saying they have failed in all aspects of managing the country’s economy and that Nigerians have realised that electing the APC in 2015 was a costly mistake.

Usman in a statement, yesterday, said since assuming the reins of power, President Buhari and his party, the APC have not only failed to meet their various campaign promises, but have also crippled Nigeria, that many have come to see it as least economically viable since 1999.

The statement read: “Since assuming the reins of power, President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressive Congress have not only failed to meet their various campaign promises, but are also presiding over a Nigeria that many have come to see as least economically viable since 1999.

“Looking at poverty, unemployment, inequality, insecurity, inflation, decay in infrastructures, suffocating symptoms of underdevelopment, judicial rascality, electoral inadequacies, market failure, among others, it appears Nigerians are in for worst situations with President Buhari and his APC led administration.

“The inflation rate rose from 8% in May 2015 to 16.50% in June 2016, as reflected in the high cost of goods and services. Unemployment rate that has risen to a whopping 12.8%.

“Nigeria only few days ago lost her place as the biggest economy in Africa to South Africa due to poor leadership on the part of Mr President and his team. Even the early euphoria that greeted Buhari’s coming has turned sour in the mouth of all Nigerians.

“Insecurity situation has gone from bad to worse, with Boko Haram transmuting to herdsmen terrorizing peaceful Nigerians in Benue, Kogi, Kaduna and some other states in the south.

“Indeed, this is the most trying period for our country and it’s citizens. The President has hugely disappointed everyone, the only thing left for him is to desist from continuing blame of the past administration, identify technocrats that can help him salvage a saggiing economy, and save the country from further shame.

“My heartfelt sympathy is with Nigerians that are further put into misery by this administration. Everybody is aware of the reality that since the inception of the APC Government every elections has ended inconclusive. From Kogi state Assembly and Senate elections to Bayelsa state gubernatorial election which was like war, so many innocent lives were lost, Abuja Area Council elections also exposed the unpreparedness and unreadiness of the APC and Buhari administration. Now we are hearing that APC supporters are being recruited as Adhoc staff ahead of the Edo Gubernatorial election.

“War against corruption is selective. We have a situation where petitions against some people within Buhari administration have not been investigatedby the EFCC. War against corruption is a very good one and a welcome development in Nigeria but it must be holistic and all inclusive and it must be within the ambit of our laws and fundamental human rights.

“The situation where people are condemned even before trials by the court of law is questionable and amounts to arbitrariness and impunity.”

“PDP has learned from its shortcomings and Nigerians from all walks of life can attest to the fact that the decision to elect Buhari and the APC in 2015 was a costly mistake.

“There is a limit to what propaganda, mischief and deceit can accomplish. Therefore, the President and his team must brace up for leadership challenges instead of their usual name calling and blame game,” the statement added.

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​Ekiti PDP raises questions over Aisha Buhari’s US trip, slams APC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has described the comments by the State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), on the visit of the Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari to the United States of America (USA), as a function of total ignorance and

mischief, saying, “Even the Presidency has not told anyone that wife of the President travelled to the USA and in official communications, only ignorant and mischief makers in the APC will belief that a trip to the USA will be made by Mrs Buhari and Nigerians will only get to know about it through online media.”

The PDP, which said it would have ignored the APC and allowed those in the party to continue to wallop in their self-deceit, added that “it is only in the world of the APC that wife of the President of Nigeria, the most populous black nation in the world would travel to the USA, ostensibly to debunk her involvement in a major scam and no television station will report her departure and arrival. The question is, did she travel to USA or Qatar?”

In a statement issued on Monday by the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Jackson Adebayo, the party said, “If the Presidency has not been bold enough to tell Nigerians that Mrs Aisha Buhari travelled to the USA on official visit, only a party of scammers like the APC will go on the rooftops to celebrate photoshoped pictures as evidence of visit to USA.”

The party said “it is strange that wife of the President of Nigeria could travel to the USA and purportedly attended events there without international television stations like CNN, Al jazeera, BBC, Sky News etc and local stations like Channels TV, NTA, AIT and others reporting it. Or are they still ‘editing’ the video clips?”

While casting doubt at the purported trip, the PDP said: “Even if Mrs Aisha Buhari actually travelled to the USA, does that erase the fact that in the judgment delivered by the United State District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, USA, in criminal No

1: 07CR209, that indicted the USA Congressman, Williams Jefferson, it was mentioned that $170,000 was transferred from account in Nigeria in the name of Aisha Buhari to an account in the name of The ANJ Group, LLC, identifying William Jefferson as beneficiary?”

The statement read further; “As a party of responsible and discerning minds, the PDP in Ekiti State would have elected to ignore the APC and allow the party the freedom to advertise it idiocy. This is more so that the matter is now a subject of litigation and the no one has denied the existence of the judgment that indicted Williams Jefferson and featured conspicuously at page 22, the name of Aisha Buhari as having transferred $170,000 from account in Nigeria to William Jefferson.

“Most importantly, Nigerians have witnessed more heinous forgeries from the APC, one of them being pictorial claim that President Buhari (as APC presidential candidate then) had an interview with Kemi Fadojutimi on ‘All Eyes on Africa’ TV show in London, whereas the

interview was held in Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

“However, it is important to point out that from all evidences, the pictures circulated as arrival of President Buhari’s wife at Dulles International Airport, Washington DC could have been taken at the Doha International Airport, Qatar. Even on the official website of George

Mason University and US Institute of Peace, USA where the president’s was said to have attended events, there is nothing to show that she attended any event in the two institutions.

“We have seen pictures of Wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki with President Barrack Obama’s wife, Michelle. We also saw pictures of Mrs Patience Jonathan with Michelle Obama when she visited the USA.

“Where are Aisha Buhari’s pictures with the First Lady of USA and major government officials from the country? Or could she have arrived and departed from the USA like a spirit?

“It is even more important that nothing official has been said about the purported trip. Not from the President’s spokespersons,” argued the Ekiti PDP.

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​Pete Edochie gets warning for attacking APC


Veteran actor, Pete Edochie, has been warned by some Nigerians to stay out of politics and face his acting career.

Pete Edochie has called for APC governors seeking the removal of the deputy Senate president should tender their resignation letters and handover notes.

The warning to Edochie comes after the actor slammed the President Muhaummadu Buhari-led government and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for plotting to remove Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the deputy Senate president.

The actor who queried if Ekweremadu’s removal will help stabilize the economy, create jobs, or curtail Fulani Herdsmen from killing of helpless Nigerians among others, said the deputy Senate president should be recalled if his removal will bring solution to the problems in the country.

Edochie however stated that if Ekweremadu’s removal will not proffer solutions to the challenges facing the country, then all the APC governors seeking the removal of the deputy Senate president should tender their resignation letters and handover notes.

The actor’s statement has generated mixed reactions from a section of Nigerians with some suggesting that his comments could get him into trouble.

But others have hailed him for speaking out on burning issues affecting the country.

See reaction below:

Emakpo Yenrie Austin: “Come Nor Be Juju Thing Or Occultic Film Wen U Dey Art,commot Ur Mouth 4rm Pdp And Apc Wahala.”

Shedrach Da Monarch: “Some fools here is lambasting Mr Pete to remove his mouth from politics and focus on his acting career but am here to ask those fools , please can you tell me when did democracy turn strictly to the government of politicians that masses cannot interfere because the ain’t into politics?”

Chijioke Dimkpa: “Sir God bless ur age we have always wanted to hear from well meaning Nigerians like you not like some of ur colleagues who have sold themselves into praise singing of this mess called APC administration.”

Josephat Eze: “You no go leave them alone this one no be acting na real life something, oga clear oo hmm.”

Ephraim Chukwuedo: “U spoke like a real Nigerian father, God bless u my chief, all APC chiefs are brainless house fly.”

Tolulope Yemisi: “ See ,people one thing about Nigeria is we’ll just stay here to talk we can do nothing.Rather,let’s pray that things will go well in the NASS because anything can happen it is in the same country that senate president was removed what did we do nothing.”

Don Chimex: “ur old age is never to b toil with really u made a clear proverb is left for them to choose in between d options listed. Nonsense!! Pete may ur.”

Yusuf Babatunde Adeniyi: “Old man,pls leave the politicians to play their game.where were you under GEJ.”

Chidi Ezeilo: “D few nigerians who can say d truth nd challenge d govt. Nw cos EFCC cn’t probe him.”

Abxyo Zira: “Na snuff de talk but the man don collect Ghana most go sef.”

Chinyere Gift Chukwunyerem: “He make a claer nd truth post mey God bless u, ur real son of igbo.”

Dreamlord King: “Old fool how much dem pay u modern slave.”

Okon Akpan: “May be with his removal he will be able to form economic team and Naira will gain it value prices of food items will come down.”

King Isaac Chukwunonye Ezeh: “P edochie close ur dirty mouth and face ur film acting. May be ike ekweremadu use to give u money dats y u want him to remain dere and still money for u. Respect ur old age and enter ur house before politics consume ur head. Dnt toil wit governors.”

Jovita Light Azubuike: “Only a brainless animal will misunderstood ur well knowledgeable words God Bless u sir and ur family.”

What is you suggestion, do you think it was right for Pete Edochie to have called for the resignation of the APC governors?

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