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Press Statement: Buhari Not Preparing for Election, Interested Only in Rigging – PDP

December 16, 2018

Press Statement

Buhari Not Preparing for Election, Interested Only in Rigging – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to constitute his campaign council or developed a clear-cut campaign blueprint, 61 days to the February Presidential election, is an indication that he is not preparing to stand elections.

The party says Mr. President and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) have failed to set up a campaign structure because they are banking on their plots with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to manipulate the electoral process and rig for them.

It is clear that President Buhari has been overwhelmed over his rejection by a vast majority of Nigerians, who are bearing the brunt of his incompetent and corrupt administration; that is why he cannot articulate any campaign message after the failed launch of his copied and widely spurned “Next Level” mantra.

All over the world, patriotic and obligated leaders, who are seeking (re-) elections, go to the electorate to canvass for votes with their messages and solutions. But our President and the APC have been busy procuring phony endorsements, harassing and intimidating opposition leaders, compromising the electoral body to create illegal voting centers, delaying election budgets and holding the process to ransom by refusing to sign amendments to the Electoral Act that eliminate avenues for rigging.

President Buhari, who is already reputed to have wrecked our once robust economy, crippled our critical sectors, entrenched corruption at the high places, and whose administration has dangerously divided our nation with escalated violence and daily bloodletting, is seeking re-election with no solution to offer on any critical sector of our economy.

Mr. President has nothing to offer on security; he has no message on education, agriculture, health, energy, power, employment, manufacturing and other key sectors, which he wrecked in the last three and half years.

Instead of seeking ways to make amends, President Buhari, ostensibly out of frustration over his rejection and imminent electoral defeat in 2019, has arrogantly told Nigerians to be ready to face more suffering and hardship in the remaining part of his tenure.

On our own part, our party and Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, are working hard, campaigning across the country and offering solutions, for which we have continued to receive overwhelming support from majority of Nigerians, ahead of the 2019 general elections.

It is instructive for President Buhari and APC to note that they cannot have their way, as Nigerians are determined in their resolve to resist any attempt by the APC to rig in this election.

 

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary

Tackling insecurity a Bone of Contention between PDP and APC

During the inaugural session of the Nigerian Political Parties Discussion Series (NPPDS) organized by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in conjunction with OSIFA in Abuja yesterday,

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) disagreed with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on how to maintain law and order in the polity.

The APC spokesman, Malam Lanre Issa -Onilu maintained that the strategies put in place by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to keep the peace would surely achieve the desired result, his PDP counterpart, Mr. Osita Chidoka insisted that the entre security apparatus of the country needed to be redesigned to effectively tackle the security challenges in the country.

Issa-Onilu, who warned the opposition against politicisation of security matters, argued that the APC-led administration has made tremendous inroads into tackling the Boko Haram insurgency, activities of militants in the Niger Delta region, the farmers-herders clashes and other violent crimes in the polity since 2015.

Lanre Issa -Onilu, advised the media to exercise restraint in the reportage of security issues, cited the clean up in Ogoni land and the exploratory activities of oil companies in the Niger Delta region, leading to a boost in foreign exchange, as evidence of the gains recorded during the period under review.

He alleged that PDP inflicted poverty on Nigerians during its 16 years of administration and also blamed the opposition for the activities of bandits and kidnappers in the north west political zone. He said Buhari’s resolve to reequip and retrain security personnel were aimed at tackling insecurity in the country.

The APC spokesman said that ongoing police recruitment and increase in their salaries as well as various social intervention programmes like trader money, N-Power and U -win collect as other strategies aimed at empowering indigent Nigerians who may be tempted to take to crime.

In an argument, Chidoka said that the issue of security goes beyond enforcement, insisting that much more needed to be done in the aspect of intelligence gathering, adjudication, enforcement and putting in place corrective measures for culprits.

He assured that under the Atiku Abubakar-led administration, the country’s security apparatus would be restructured in such a manner that there would be community policing where the states would play active role in the funding of the security outfits in the country.

The PDP spokesman assured Nigerians of strict adherence to the principle of federal character in the recruitment process of security personnel, saying merit and competence would not be sacrificed on the alter of nepotism and parochial interests which has dampened morale of officers and men of the armed forces.

The PDP promised improved funding and deployment of modern gadgets to security outfits if Atiku, the PDP presidential candidate, is voted into power in the 2019 making reference to the poor budgetary provisions to security outfits over the years by the APC lead administration.

Stop Playing Politics-: HURIWA TO SERVICE CHIEFS

A prominent civil society organization – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has charged the Military authority to spend more time working and implementing effective combat measures against the resurging armed terrorists rather than seek to divert attention by hiring phantom groups to attack Amnesty international and using productive time chasing shadows.

The Rights group has also called for adequate funding and transparent use of the public fund to procure better fighting weapons to check the sudden resurgence of boko haram terrorists and the killings of many soldiers and civilians in the North East of Nigeria.

In a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA condemned the participation by service chiefs of the inaugural political campaign by the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The group said their presence smacks of partisanship and may significant lead to erosion of trust regarding the integrity of the electoral process. HURIWA why military chiefs who ought to be thoroughly professional have decided to play divisive politics at the detriment of the statutory place of the military. 

The Rights group rejected as infantile and laughable the explanation offered by the presidency for the gaffe by the service chiefs that they unknowingly attended the event just as the Rights group said if the excuse by the presidency is correct and anything to go by, it then portends danger because it means that our national security is endangered if service chiefs in their entirety without exception can saunter into an event without prior invitation or prior intelligence. HURIWA stated that the excuse is the surest reason to immediately sack them and appoint professionally competent service chiefs who would have effective intelligence at their beck and call and would not operate casually like jobless people looking for a venue to unwind. 

“How do we rely on such Generals to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria effectively and efficiently if they lack simple intelligence about the nature of a meeting that they attended in the same venue that they often visit to brief the commander-in-chief? This lie is undone and not adequately cooked by those who fabricated it at the state house in Abuja which is the same place they told Nigerians that some invading rodents chased President Muhammadu Buhari from his office.”

“The action of the serving military officers heading sensitive constitutional offices attending a political campaign of one of the candidates amongst over 70 others, is unpardonable and is capable of  and indeed has affected the credibility, impartiality and integrity of those institutions under their leadership especially as Nigeria prepares for the make or mar national election in only about few weeks time.”

 HURIWA relatedly lamented that the security chiefs are spending resources and time attacking credible local and international bodies such as Amnesty International, just as HURIWA has also tasked the military chiefs to change their combat strategies since the counter terror war is not producing meaningful results.

The Rights group said it was regrettable that whilst the Defence headquarters sits back comfortably in the air-conditioned office complex in Abuja attacking Amnesty International over reports of human rights violations by soldiers, the combatants who are reportedly not well equipped and motivated are been reportedly and mercilessly slaughtered by armed Islamists in the North East.

HURIWA said every right thinking patriot in Nigeria should be worried that Boko Haram has killed 44 soldiers and nine farmers in three days of attacks on some villages in Borno State as reported by AFP.

HURIWA said it has become necessary for a change of tactics since according to the report, which quoted security sources, the Islamic State West Africa Province, a Boko Haram splinter group, killed at least 44 soldiers in attacks on three military bases at the weekend.

” We read with consternation that that out of the 44 soldiers, no fewer than 43 were killed on Sunday in Metele, a remote village near the Nigerian border with Niger, according to a military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.”

HURIWA recalled that a military officer stated, “Our troops were completely routed and the terrorists captured the base after heavy fighting,” adding that the base commander and three officers were among the dead.

HURIWA faulted the  press conference in which  the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier-General John Agim, alleged that the Amnesty International had designed counter-productive plans to frustrate the war by recycling old reports even as the Defence spokesman claimed: “If you read reports of Amnesty International, the one they have started publishing this year is what happened in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and they recycle it every month. So, when you will see their reports, you will think the security agents have done something new. But if you take time to profile the reports, you will discover that they are repeating the same thing.”

HURIWA tasked the military to face their duties and welcome constructive criticism with open minds and make amends so as to become a thoroughly respected military institution in Africa and a reference point in the World.

We can’t arrest Ekiti vote buyers, INEC tells SERAP

The Independent National Electoral Commission has said it is unable to investigate and arrest politicians who allegedly engaged in vote-buying during the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State.

INEC said this in an August 20 letter it wrote in response to a July 17 by an anti-corruption group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, which had demanded that the commission should immediately arrest and prosecute Ekiti vote buyers or be ready to face litigation.

But in the response by its acting Secretary, Okechukwu Ndech, INEC pointed out that while it had power to prosecute electoral offenders, it was not empowered to investigate election malpractices and make arrest of offenders.

It stressed that for it to be able to prosecute electoral offenders, relevant law enforcement agencies must arrest the offenders and hand over to it.

The letter read, “We refer to your letter dated 17th July, 2018, wherein you requested that the commission investigate and prosecute alleged vote-buying in the recently concluded governorship election in Ekiti State.

“The commission wishes to inform SERAP of the constraints posed by extant statutory provisions against your well-intended request.

“You may also wish to note that it is not part of the constitutional duties of the commission to arrest and investigate suspects found to have contravened provisions of the Electoral Act or any other law for the time being in force.

“Section 150(2) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) only confers powers on legal officers of the commission or any other legal practitioner appointed by it to undertake prosecution of offences disclosed under the Act.

“We wish to assure you that the commission will continue to partner with relevant security agencies to prosecute electoral offenders.”

However, responding to INEC’s reply, SERAP, in a statement by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, vowed that it would proceed to court to seek an injunction to compel relevant agencies to arrest the perpetrators of the alleged vote-buying, so that they could be prosecuted.

“We note the response by INEC. We will be in court this Friday to seek orders to compel the commission to work with other agencies to ensure the immediate arrest, investigation and prosecution of all suspects allegedly involved in vote-buying in Ekiti State, Anambra State, Edo State and Ondo State,” SERAP said.

The anti-corruption group is contending that vote-buying amounts to undue influence and improper electoral influence.

Kwankwaso voice out on poor infrastructure, says Buhari can’t improve economy

A former Kano State governor and a presidential aspirant on the Peoples Democratic Party platform, Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Monday flayed President Muhammadu Buhari’s approach towards boosting the nation’s economy.

He also decried the level of infrastructural deficit in the South-East and called for a change of government at the centre in 2019.

Addressing the PDP members in Owerri, the Imo State capital on his consultation visit to the state, Kwankwaso said those who left the PDP in 2014 to support Buhari to emerge as President were disappointed with the current state of the country and its economy.

He expressed optimism that his political party, the PDP, would form government at the centre and in many states of the federation, next year.

According to him, most Nigerians are fed up with the ruling All Progressives Congress and would be happy seeing PDP return to power.

He said, “I have been in the South-East in the last few days and I want to say that the state of infrastructure in this region is poor. It is either that the government lacks the capacity to improve the economy or something.

Electricity is important in this country. The people need a government that will be just and provide jobs for teeming young Nigerians.

“PDP will win elections in 2019. Infrastructure in the South-East is poor. The roads are bad. We will work for the development of this country if Nigerians give us the opportunity.”

An elder statesman and Board of Trustees member of the PDP, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, described Kwankwaso as a good material for the office of the President.

He urged Nigerians to join the PDP to vote out a government that had failed the country.

The Imo State Chairman of the PDP, Charles Ezekwem, who was represented by his deputy, Martin Ejiogu, said the Igbo would only vote for a presidential candidate that would restructure the country and create an additional state in the region.

Osun 2018: We’ll run robust, peaceful, people-oriented campaign ― PDP

THE Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Sunday, said it would run a robust, peaceful and people-oriented campaign to canvass for the electorate’s votes ahead of September 22 governorship poll in the state.

 

In a statement signed by the head of media and public communication of the Ademola Adeleke campaign organisation, Mr Bamidele Salam, which was forwarded to the Tribune Online in Osogbo, the PDP hinted that its electioneering campaign would begin on Tuesday with an inter-faith and inter-denominational prayers at the party secretariat, located around Biket area, in Osogbo.

 

According to the statement, “Osun state chapter of the PDP is ready to run a robust, peaceful and people-oriented campaign ahead of the September governorship poll.”

 

The statement reads, “there would be public presentation of the PDP governorship candidate, Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke and his deputy, Hon Albert Abiodun Adeogun at a world press conference to be addressed by the state chairman of the party, Hon Soji Adagunodo.

“On Wednesday 29th August, the state chairman will also lead the governorship candidate and his running mate, the Director-General of the campaign organisation, Mr Lere Oyewunmi and other party stalwarts to commence a 3-day campaign visit to the three senatorial districts of Osun state where thousands of decampees from the All Progressives Congress (APC) the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and other political parties will be received into the PDP in the 9 federal constituencies.”

“The campaign tour kicks off on Wednesday with a visit to Ikire, Iwo and Ede Federal constituencies while it will be the turn of Ila, Ikirun and Osogbo federal constituencies on Thursday.”

“On Friday 31st August, the Osun East Senatorial District will play host to the PDP candidate and party leaders as the party receive new decampees in Ile-Ife, Ilesa and Ijebu-Jesa,” the statement concluded.

You can leave PDP, Fayose tells Adeyeye, others

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said he will not apologise for adopting his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate for the 2018 governorship election.

He also told the former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, and other aggrieved PDP aspirants that they were free to leave the PDP for other parties.

Fayose spoke at a declaration of ambition (tagged ‘baby declaration’) by Olusola  in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday.

Adeyeye, a former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Dare Bejide; a former Commissioner for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi; and a Senator representing Ekiti-South, Mrs. Abiodun Olujimi, had kicked against the adoption of Olusola by Fayose as his candidate.

They described the adoption of Olusola as arrogant and anti-democratic.

But Fayose at the rally said, “The PDP has taken a position; I say we have taken a position and we have no apologies for that and the position is that Olusola should take over after me as the governor of Ekiti.

“It doesn’t matter to us how many people that are abusing us by our action. They are even free to join our adversaries, but we will defeat them as God liveth.”

The governor described the declaration as a show of strength to warn the APC, saying, “We are here, we have what it takes to win an election. They say they want to rig election; that will not happen here in Ekiti; they should look elsewhere.

“They must know that politics is not played in the other room; it is played in the living room. We are going to play politics of the living room and not the other room.”

Fayose said the date of the main declaration would be announced later.

No plan to leave APC, Oni affirms

A former Governor of Ekiti State and now Deputy National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Segun Oni, has dismissed reports that he is planning to defect from the party to another.

He was reacting to an online news report which claimed he was on his way out of APC to form a coalition being put together by a former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, to oust President Muhammadu Buhari.

Oni, in a statement signed by his media aide, Mr. Steve Alabi, described the report as the imagination of the writer, who he said must be thinking from the soul, rather than his brain.
(daily trust)

PDP to know fate on Kano LG polls tomorrow

A High Court presided over by the Acting Chief Judge of Kano State, Justice Nura Sagir, is to deliver judgement tomorrow in a case between  the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) over the conduct of local government elections in the state slated for next month.

The major opposition political party, PDP, rushed to the court asking it to stop KANSIEC from conducting local government elections in the state on February 10, and as well compel it to reduce charges for forms and other stringent measures on tax clearance.

KANSIEC had earlier said each candidate contesting for chairmanship would pay N250, 000 and N150 as charges for forms and tax clearance, while councillorship candidates would pay N150, 000 and N110 for similar charges.

PDP Chairman in the state, Senator Mas’ud El-Jibril Doguwa, said the party challenged the electoral body in court because the charges were high and that many candidates could not afford to pay.

He said, “By our calculations, if we are to go by this arrangement, PDP is expected to spend at least N450, 000 on each chairmanship candidate and his vice and N300, 000 on each councillor. We have 44 local government areas in the state. Therefore, we are expected to pay KANSIEC N39.6m for our 88 members vying for chairmanship.

“Again, the party will spend not less than N300, 000 on each councillor; and we have 484 wards across the state. Therefore, we are expected to pay the electoral body the sum of N145.2m for our councillorship candidates. In total, PDP is to pay KANSIEC N184.8m to allow its candidates contest in the forthcoming polls,” he concluded.

 

(daily trust)

‘Atiku only presidential hopeful APC fears’

A chieftain of the PDP, Mrs. Chichi Obi, has said a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, remains the best alternative for the 2019 presidency.

She said Atiku was the only presidential hopeful the APC was afraid of, saying without him, the ruling party would simply go to bed because 2019 would be a no-contest.

Obi, who is the National Coordinator of Atiku House to House (AH2H) group, told newsmen in Lagos yesterday that she knew Atiku since 1980’s and was convinced that he (Atiku) had the solutions to the myriad of the country’s challenges.

 

(daily trust)