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Birma Dauda, a former minister of education in the Abacha regime, who also is a two-time presidential aspirant, has said that Nigerians must appreciate security agents who hazard their lives in the fight against various forms of insurgencies in the country rather than speak ill of them. He also spoke to ZEBULON AGOMUO, Editor, on his expectations from President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term, the development in Kano, and that he has no high hopes on whatever the incoming administration in his home state of Adamawa would do since he is not a member of the party (PDP) that won the governorship election there. Excerpts:
What are your expectations from the newly elected governor in your state from May 29?
To be quite honest with you; the party that won in my state is the PDP, which is going to form a new government in my state. I am a member of the APC; I have worked for it; I have put a lot into it and I did not expect APC was going to lose; it has lost; I have not invested any hope in what the PDP is going to do; therefore; really; it would be very early for me to say this is what I expect they will do; or they will not do. What I believe I should do is to cross my fingers and wait; when they are inaugurated– I know who the elected governor is, then I will know who the crew members are. Eventually, when the crew members emerge; and I see the people they put in; I will then draw my conclusions. But again, you should know that they are people from Adamawa State, they are not from the outer space. And since I have been in … Read More...
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Moyosore Ogunlewe, candidate of the main opposition the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the Lagos State House of Assembly for Kosofe constituency 1 in the 2019 general elections, Thursday formally defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State.
Moyosore, a lawyer, is the son of a former Minister of Works, during the Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, Adeseye Ogunlewe.
He had informed the PDP chairman in Lagos State shortly after losing the election to the State Assembly in March about his resignation from the party.
In 2015, he also lost the state Assembly election in the constituency to Bayo Osinowo of the APC.
However, speaking at an elaborate ceremony to welcome him to the party held at his ward in Ogudu High School, Kosofe, GRA, he said his decision to join the APC was because he realised that it was the only party popular among the people.
Moyosore promised to mobilised his supporters and contribute positively towards the APC’s victory in the constituency in the 2023 general elections.
“I thank the party for the opportunity. The grassroots is where I have always been, i would be adding more to the vote of APC in this constituency.
“I have large youth supporters, because we are bringing young people into politics and majority of the State Assembly members are youths,” he said.
He said APC would win in 2023 under the APC, and promised to add value to the party in the coming years.
“My supporters are not members of the PDP; they have always been with me. I am moving with several people who were in PDP and who contested with me in the last election,” Moyosore said.
Speaking at the event, a member of the state House of Assembly, Tunde Buraimoh, said APC was … Read More...
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement that anger, frustration and disenchantment among the youths are responsible for the escalation of kidnapping, abduction and other crimes in the country, is a direct admission of his failure in governance.
PDP also stated that this explanation confirms that President Buhari is aware that Nigerian youths did not vote for him in the February 23 Presidential election.
A statement on Tuesday by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, said the remarks by the President is equally an admission that he has no solution to the rising insecurity in most parts of the country.
According to the statement, the situation would continue if its ‘stolen Presidential mandate’ is not retrieved in the law courts.
“Is it not appalling that at a time when other world leaders are leading their youths to constructive and productive ventures and developing their nations, Nigerian youths are being pushed into situations of anger, frustration and recourse to criminality?
“Under President Buhari, our national economy has continued to slide; over 30 millions Nigerians have lost their jobs and basic means of livelihood; businesses have continued to shut down; cost of essential goods and services have persistently soared, while purchasing power of citizens worsen.
“It is more disheartening that instead of finding solutions, Mr. President resorted to rhetoric and begging the question to the extent of describing criminality as a “new occupation and a business”.
“Moreover, Nigerians were shocked at President Buhari’s insensitivity to the victims of the bloodlettings, kidnapping, banditry and other acts of violence in the country when he trivialized and made a joke of the insecurity in the land by stating that losing weight is a sign that the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, was effectively tackling the security issues.… Read More...
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to end his ‘private visit’ abroad and immediately return home to face the rising security challenges in the country.
The Party described as completely unacceptable for President Buhari to abandon his responsibilities as the Commander-In-Chief to pursue unexplained private matters in foreign lands, while bandits, marauders and insurgents seize our nation; maim, kidnap and kill Nigerian citizens with reckless abandon.
A statement by Kola Ologbodiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, on Thursday, said the President’s inattention has emboldened insurgents to over-run the country.
It lamented that Buhari has stood aloof while bandits unleash mayhem in Borno, Zamfara, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe Taraba, Kaduna, Benue, Kogi as well as the President’s home state of Katsina.
“While President Buhari wanders abroad, bandits are having a field day, pillaging communities in Katsina state; killing several persons and abducting the District Head of his hometown, Daura, Musa Umar; the father in-law of Mr. President’s security aide.
“Within this period, marauders invaded communities in Adamawa and killed no fewer that 26 innocent Nigerians; many more have been killed in Borno, Taraba, Benue and Zamfara states, where bandits also reportedly attacked Government Girls Secondary School Moriki, and kidnapped some school girls.
“While the Buhari administration remains virtually nonchalant, kidnappers have taken over many of our major highways, with hundreds of compatriots held in captivity in forests along Kaduna-Abuja, Taraba-Katsina-Ala and other highways in the country.
“It is clear that President Buhari has not demonstrated required capacity to control the security situation and now resorts to cheap escapism, particularly in the face of allegations in the public space that certain individuals around his administration are benefitting from the situation.
“This is in addition to allegations that some of the bandits arrested, in states such … Read More...