PDP Pays Visit To Founding Father, IBB

In less than three weeks after ex-military ruler Ibrahim Babangida ‘s controversial statement vilifying President Muhammadu Buhari, his Minna hill top home became haven to his party’s henchmen.

The members of the National Working Committee of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) visited Babandiga, one of the founding fathers of the party.

The National Chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus, led the committee on the courtesy visit to the former military president on Saturday.

Babangida, a retired Nigerian Army General, who was President of Nigeria from 27 August 1985 to 26 August 1993, also welcomed the party leaders.

Meanwhile, as Babangida was receiving the PDP leaders, Chief John Oyegun, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday received 34,826 members of PDP in Niger, who defected.

Among the defectors are the state Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Aminu Yusuf, former Speaker of the state Assembly, Alhaji Adamu Usman, a former Attorney General, Alhaji Abdullahi Wuse among others.

Oyegun said in Minna at a rally to receive the defectors that Nigerians must shun sentiment and support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to set the nation on a new path of growth and progress.

He said that the country require “people of principle’’ to help fight for the success of the programmes of the APC.

“APC needs sincere soldiers as leaders, people who are ready to join the fight, because God entrusted Buhari to us to salvage the nation and its economy,” he said.

He therefore urged the new APC members to support President Buhari in the efforts to restore the economy through the revitalisation of agriculture and solid minerals sectors.

Oyegun noted that already, government support to agriculture had helped to drastically bring down rice importation.

The APC national chairman stressed that the Buhari administration had also raised power generation to 7,000 megawatts and that the figure would go up by 50 percent after the completion of the Mambila hydro power project.

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He noted that the increase in power supply would help boost industrialisation and job creation in the country.

Alhaji Aminu Yusuf, PDP state Deputy Chairman, said they joined the APC to assist in developing the state.

“By the time elections are over, you don’t talk about parties anymore, instead you talk about development of the state.

“The party approached me to come and join them and assist the government build the state. We are coming with our skills and experience to assist the government in developing the state,” he said.

PDP Declared The Face Of Corruption

The Presidency on Wednesday described the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the face of corruption in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who said Africa’s bid to stem widespread corruption, took a decisive turn on Sunday in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, when the African Union (AU) placed on President Buhari the task of championing the war throughout the continent.

He noted that the choice was not for nothing as the opposition PDP back at home claimed in their deeply disappointing reaction to the inauguration of President Buhari as the continental anti-corruption champion for the year 2018.

“He said, “As a matter of fact, a section of politicians and some economists have been quick to pronounce the war against corruption in Nigeria a failure because those people are the greatest losers wherever the ordinary citizens make a gain.

“The PDP in particular has come to signify the face of corruption in Nigeria and they have not hidden their efforts to shrink the achievements of the Buhari Administration. They are bent, as it clearly seems, on crushing all hopes of ridding this country of the scourge of corruption.

“As the president keeps saying, in sixteen years that the party held sway, we solely relied on oil, the price of which was as high as US$140 per barrel. Government simply squandered oil revenue through personal spending by corrupt leaders, wasteful expenses and salaries.

“This was done rather than growing the economy through capital investment in assets like seaports, airports, power plants, railways, roads and housing as this administration is currently doing. Nigeria did not record a single major infrastructural project in the 10 years preceding the Buhari administration.

“In short, the money was mismanaged, spent largely on what was not needed and no savings were made. They compounded the problem by borrowing heavily and failed woefully to pay contractors and international oil companies”.

Shehu said the last two years of this administration have revealed the massive and unrivalled level of corruption in which the PDP and its leaders at the highest level thrived, adding that it mustn’t surprise anyone that they have chosen their obstructionist role rather than lending a helping hand in the fight against corruption.

The presidential spokesman observed that, by a rough estimate, the amount of money, including the value of estates recovered (or in the process of being recovered) from a single woman (Madam), by virtue of being close to power can pay for the construction and equipping a cancer treatment hospital for each of the six geopolitical zones of the ederation and still counting.

“So, if you have noticed, the barbs came out in the last few weeks ostensibly to cast a pall on this continental honour to President Buhari and to Nigeria, which in terms of added significance had the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Anthony Gutierrez at hand giving full support”, he added.

 

 

Aregbesola’s Performance Attracted Us To APC – Ex PDP Members

By Kehinde Ayantunji

Hundreds of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in Boripe North Local Government Development Area (LCDA), State of Osun last Sunday joined the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

The defectors were received by the APC State Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun, State Secretary, Hon Rasaq Salinsile, and Osun Central Senatorial Leader Hon Adeoye Adelakun during the party local government general meeting held at Salem Primary School, Iree, headquarters of Boripe North LCDA.

Former PDP members led by Alhaji Liad Olaifa, a former Supervising Councillor in the council area said they dumped the PDP as a result of noticeable development in their community and the state at large in the last seven years.

According to Olaifa, the state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Argbesola has demonstrated uncommon
leadership in the state with massive infrastructural development and provision of social services in the state.

He said: “our philosophy of politics is development and we have found that in the capacity of governor Aregbesola and APC leadership in the state, the social and infrastructural developments are unprecedented in the history of the state”.

“In our local government here, the achievements are visible, we can see global standard schools, good roads while many of our youths were empowered, all these giant strides attracted us to the APC to support the governor and the party leadership.

While receiving the defectors, Famodun said the present government in Nigeria and state will continue to do its best to make life better for the citizens of the state and the country at large.

Famodun said: “our party covenant with the people is to eradicate poverty, create job, enhance security of lives and property to make life more abundant for our people, we are not going to relent on the promises, I can assure, you we are going to deliver”.

Deputy Leader, State House of Assembly, Hon Bello Osuolale in his remarks congratulated the defectors for joining APC and assured them that they will have equal rights and privileges in the party.

Osuolale who is the Chairman APC Elders Forum in the council area announced that the general meeting of the party would be rotating monthly in the four towns that comprises the LCDA and urged the members to rally support for the governor.

State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Eng Kazeem Salami said the priority of the governor at the moment is the completion of all the ongoing projects in the state saying no effort will be spared in ensuring that the present administration delivers on its promises.

Ali Modu Sherif Group In Edo Dumps PDP or F

Edo PDP governorship candidate in the 2016 governorship elections, Matthew Iduoriyekenmwen, the member representing Ikpoba Okha/Egor in the House of Representatives, Johnson Agbonayinma, former member of the State House of Assembly, Blessing Agbebaku have led several others have defected to the APC, saying they left PDP for its impunity.

Iduoriyekenmwen who commended former governor Adams Oshiomole of the APC said “You all know that I resigned from the PDP since September 2017 and I decided to watch and see. I wanted to be governor of the state and if you have somebody that is doing what will do and even doing it better, you have to join him. We believe that our children must have education, government must make life meaningful for the people, I see sincerity in this government, I see sincerity in Governor Obaseki, I see that he doesn’t need distraction, we think that all we can do is to join him ion developing the state. Those of us that will have opposed him, we said we will join him to make the state better so whether you like it or not, Edo state is now a one party state, I want to thank Oshiomhole for providing the leadership”.

The serving Governor Godwin Obaseki welcomed them, “We don’t have new joiners; they are part of us; no difference no demarcation, new comer, everybody is the same.”

PDP Shamed As Aregbesola Vindicated – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the more the People’s Democratic Party struggle to demonise, scandalise and repudiate the person, the policy and the government run by the APC leader in the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the more acknowledgement, praise and recognition he gets from home and abroad.

This was contained through a statement by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi.

The party said the irony was that Aregbesola is being singled out for those things he has done which the PDP and other critics vehemently deny its existence.

It added that the constant and consistent refrain of the opposition elements in the state is, on the one hand, that Aregbesola has done nothing whatsoever to improve lives, and on the other hand, they shamelessly threaten to either stop, demolish or suspend every project which is supposedly too “sophisticated” for the people of Osun.

“In their hopelessly flawed judgement and pathetic ignorance, they claimed that the State of Osun has been in its “worst” form since the Aregbesola-led APC government came to power in the state seven years ago.

“However, only last Thursday, Yoruba professionals, home and abroad, declared that in their professional judgement, and with the facts on ground available to them for assessment, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was the “best” performing governor (within the Yoruba area, presumably) for the year 2017.

“This should make the PDP bury its head in shame because the group of people, who are talking, are not simpletons like most of Aregbesola’s critics, but professionals with stable minds, depth of scholarship and a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to adjudge a governor the “best” amongst his colleagues”, the APC said.

The Party said it was not surprised that the PDP has been quiet since this Award was made public because it (PDP) knew what further damage their negative comment would do to their already rotten image as liars, falsifiers of data and people in denial of what stares at them glaringly in the face.

According to the Party, “those who so irrationally condemn Aregbesola may not simply be ignorant, they may actually be intellectually impaired; which is why their situation appears pathetic.

“Anybody who has not read the reasons the Yoruba Professionals gave for awarding the “Best Governor of Year 2017” to Aregbesola will do himself or herself a lot of good to do so and those who already have,  may take a second look at it.

“It was not a sentimental exercise” the APC claimed, arguing that, “the group had a goal in mind to award excellence to who its due, after vigorous assessment of the empirical evidence on ground. As professionals, they acted professionally.

“But critics and opponents of the Osun governor are mainly opposition politicians acting in a politically irresponsible way, without regards for facts and the demonstrable evidence on ground.

“Part of their profession is to deceive, falsify and condemn in order to gain political advantage. For the most part, they are not agents of truth,” the APC declared.

“It will be interesting to read or hear (or both) from the PDP what demonstrable evidence they will advance against the judgement of the Yoruba Professionals.”

“One thing is for sure though; the professionals’ judgement among others,  will certainly lead the debate in the run-up to the governorship election in September,” the APC concluded.

Cross Carpeting: PDP Senators Turns Senate Plenary Into Rowdy Session

The Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday was turned into a mad house as it was about to record the first official cross-carpeting for the year 2018.

Senator Sonni Ogbuoji ( Ebonyi South) had come under order 43 of the rules of the Senate to announce his official defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Members of the PDP and APC did not allow Ogbuoji to finish when the plenary was thrown into rowdiness, with the APC Senators dragging the new defector to their wing while PDP lawmakers scampered to rescue him to their wing.

Having brought the floor to decorum, Senator Ogbuoji, in a twist of events, announced that he was withdrawing his earlier announcement.

“I came under order 43 with the intention that I needed to make some declarations this morning. But my party, the PDP felt I had not consulted with them enough.

“So, because of the love they had shown to me in the past, I’m stepping down my decision to decamp”, Ogbuoji declared.

Responding, the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki who presided over the plenary, did not object to the withdrawal of statement of defection.

He said “In line with our rules, we cannot debate on this. But, Senator Sonni, I’m going to keep the whole day for you, in case you wish to come under order 43 again and perfect your defection,” Saraki said jokingly.”

Senate Plenary Turns Rowdy Over Cross-Carpeting

The Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday was thrown into a rowdy session as it was about recording the first official cross-carpeting for the year 2018.

Senator Sonni Ogbuoji ( Ebonyi South) had come under order 43 of the rules of the Senate to announce his official defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Members of the PDP and APC didn’t allow Ogbuoji to finish when the floor was thrown into rowdiness, with the APC Senators dragging the new defector to their wing while PDP lawmakers scampered to rescue him to their wing.

Having brought the floor to decorum, Senator Ogbuoji, in a twist of event, announced that he was withdrawing his earlier announcement.

“I came under order 43 with the intention that I needed to make some declarations this morning. But my party, the PDP felt I had not consulted with them enough.

“So, because of the love they had shown to me in the past, I’m stepping down my decision to decamp”, Ogbuoji declared.

Responding, the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki who presided over the plenary, did not object to the withdrawal of statement of defection.

He said, in line with our rules, we cannot debate on this. But, Senator Sonni, I’m going to keep the whole day for you, in case you wish to come under order 43 again and perfect your defection,” Saraki said jokingly.

PDP And Her Meeting Point With Thugs In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

Fellow Brethren, I have surfaced again. I hope I could spare you this ordeal but something in me retorted. I have not been in perpetual silence for nothing. I have been brushing aside the temptation to write these days for many reasons. On top of it is the advice I received from elders and colleagues whom I respect so much that I should tarry a while. Trial it may, I overtly obliged and retired permanently to observations. At least they say, time is healing.

I have observed for a million times about the relationship between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the thugs at Iremo road in Ile-Ife, they have turned Olatakale compound as their secular home for meetings.

Over ten years, they have been using the Olatakale compound for many social miscreants. Thugs restiveness in the ancient city is dangerously accelerating. They have become the order of the day which unleash irreparable material loss, anguish, hatred, revenge, pain and moral degradation on youth, families and society at large.

Often time, critics contend that we only write to attack without proffering solution. It is not true. Contrary to what some are circulating that if you don’t speak for PDP, you are speaking for the APC. It is baseless. It doesn’t take special training to know our brothers are going nowhere. Let me tell them that everyone I know, including me, loves and wants them to succeed. The reason is simple. They are youths. They should not be used by politicians. The society is looking up to them. They represent the time to come.

The issue of the PDP meeting with the street boys continue to raise many questions.
For example, are they not the one used to distort elections?, could it be that the boys are facing cultural dilemma in the ancient city? Or, are parents and guardians miserably failing in their duty of providing the needed support to the youth? Perhaps, the society is not caring enough! In whichever direction one points the “accusing finger” I think the problem of street youths in Ile Ife deserves our attention. The future of our community is seriously threatened by this phenomenon.

My personal philosophy as an educator is based on the fact that the greatest aim of education is not knowledge, but action. Though it is good to have knowledge about or in something that knowledge fails to ‘serve’ society if it is not put into action.

Action brings results. Results bring improvement and progress for the benefit of the community. Knowledge becomes creative and open when it leads to action! Africans have an adage: “It takes the whole community to bring up a child.” Undoubtedly, children are our heritage and it is the responsibility of
us as adults to identify, talk about and take action on any factors that put our children youth “at-risk”.

The use of thugs in Nigerian politics has not only led to waste of human resources, but it has also resulted in the dearth of able- bodied men who may be useful in the future of Nigeria, and low participation of women in politics.

Without doubt, Nigerian politics has since independence, been characterized by thuggery and violence. Little wonder, politics is conceived as a dirty game and exclusive right of thugs and hooligans in Nigeria.

Consequently, Nigeria politics manifest in acrimony, assault, assassination, intimidation, harassment, maiming and killing.

This trend is not a phenomenon of recency; thuggery, brutality and violence political behaviour have been with us for the past four decades. Immediately after independence the politicians, in an attempt to capture, exercise, and retain power within their regional settings involved themselves in various acts that were politically immature, unwise and disastrous.

They adopted a style that was antithetical to democratic tenets and good governance. They recruited, trained and empowered thugs to harass, intimidate and victimize perceived political opponents and opposing views against their political ambition. This culture of thuggery has not only been imbibed and sustained as part of the country’s political behaviour since independence to the present moment, it has been one of the potent causes of the low participation of women in politics.

Re: PDP Borrowed To Pay Salaries – Semiu Okanlawon

The Special Adviser to the State Government of Osun on Information Strategy, Hon. Semiu Okanlawon, has revealed that the past administration by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, also borrowed money to pay workers salaries.

This is in response to the criticism against Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration borrowing money to sponsor some developmental projects.

During a radio programme monitored by Osun Defender, Okanlawon said that the Oyinlola Olagunsoye’s administration borrowed 1bn every month to pay salary.

The Legal Adviser to the PDP who was also on the programme however, said the present administration has not completed any road project including the proposed airport among others in the state.

In a swift response, Okanlawon stated that the projects are ongoing, adding that while some has been completed, others are under construction.

“The projects are going on, construction work is taking place, most of the roads are completed while the Gbongan bridge is under construction. An aircraft can actually land in the present condition of the airport and those who know it worth has came to sign an MOU with the state government. It  is just that PDP and its loyalists are gifted not to see good things, Aregbesola deserves kudos because he has used unprecedented means to catalyse Osun economy.”

“We inherited all loans granted Osun since its creation and even at that, Osun didn’t owe such mischievous loan as being accused by the opposition neither is it embarking on grandeurs projects.

“If PDP is accusing us of grandeurs projects, ask its members what they do while in Government for 16 years in Nigeria with 7 and a half years in Osun.”

“Osun people now knows better. We didn’t borrow such gargantuan funds as being alleged, the State Government is only borrowing as occasion demanded for the welfare of the people. PDP can never fool the collective psyches of Osun people.” Okanlawon added.

 

I’m Still In Race For Presidency- Fayose

Despite the fact that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party has zoned the presidential ticket foe Elections 2019 to the North, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said that he is still in the race for the 2019 presidential election.

Speaking during an interactive session with teachers in public primary and secondary schools at the Government House in Ado Ekiti, Fayose said, “I am still in the presidential race. I am only waiting for the time the Ekiti governorship election will hold so I can have the time.

“Though I am making contacts and I am reaching out to the people that matter across the country, I have no role to play, only the NWC will present the delegates’ lists for them to elect the candidate. So, I won’t interfere despite my support for Prof. Kolapo Olusola.

“I have no regret supporting Olusola. If it were those people I had supported, they won’t be abusing me. But they remain our brothers and sisters and we are going to put our house in order at the right time so that we can be on the same page.”

Fayose appealed to the teachers to support Olusola the way they supported him in the June 21, 2014 governorship election, where he defeated Fayemi.

On the agitations of some aggrieved PDP aspirants that Fayose should be prevented from interfering with the primary, the governor gave an assurance that the state had no role to play in the primary election, saying it was the prerogative of the Chief Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee.

Some aggrieved PDP aspirants such as a former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye; Senator Biodun Olujimi, Owoseeni Ajayi and Amb Dare Bejide, had at a joint press conference on Monday advised Secondus to stop Fayose from playing any role in the primary.

The PDP has battled a series of internal fightings which political analysts suggest has weakened the party’s impact as a worth opposition and also dimmed its chances at the next polls.

Osun LG Polls: PDP Suffers Technical Knock Out

•OSIEC, Political Parties Set For Poll

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun might have suffered technical knockout from the coming local government elections scheduled to hold on January 27 as the party failed to submit the candidate lists before the expiration of stipulated date by the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC).

According to information obtained by OSUN DEFENDER from OSIEC, other political parties have validly documented the nomination of their candidates for the election except PDP despite signifying intention to participate in the election.

The party is relying on two pending cases, one instituted before a Federal High Court in Abuja by Three PDP members, Chief Kolawole Osunkemitan, Chief Douglas Adeyinka and Prince Aderemi Adelowo and another one before Osun State High Court Ilesa by Barister Kanmi Ajibola.

Aside court cases, Osun PDP appeared not to have come over almost two years leadership tussle which is largely responsible for the party inability to select candidates for the poll with no local government and state elected leadership of the party till date.

A top hierarchy in OSIEC told our reporter that it is only a court declaration that can allow PDP to participate in the election with the expiration of the time frame given, saying the commission is not aware of such request before any court.

He said, “all I know is that as at the last day stipulated by the commission for the candidates nominations, we did not received PDP nominations, and to the best of my knowledge there is no pending case in any court of jurisdiction asking OSIEC to accept nominations outside the given date allowed by law and the pending cases in court which we have contested that our commission was never served nor properly joined as a party has nothing to do about the nomination date.”

“At the beginning, we held meeting with all political parties including PDP, to agree on the election date among others and we all agreed on January 27 before issuing 90 days mandatory notice, political parties that are interested in the election have validly nominated their candidates and whatever happen to PDP should be considered as the internal problem of PDP. As a commission, we have discharged our responsibilities in accordance with enabling laws”

Meanwhile, OSIEC is intensifying efforts to ensure the smooth conduct of the poll in January 27, 2018 as agreed by political parties. Local government offices of the commission are now opening for administrative and logistics planning.

Members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has commenced campaign in the 378 wards for the coming election.

Osun West APC Youth Leader, Imran Adekunle told OSUN DEFENDER that the party leaders and candidates have embarked on massive house to house campaign to sell the programmes of the party to the people and ensure that the party comes out victoriously.

Adekunle said the party is not in any way distracted by the PDP’s move to stop the election and urged party members to focus on mobilisation and sensitisation of the electorates towards the election.

In a reaction by the APC Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, the ruling party gave assurances that the party remains ‘firm in control of the situation and (that) nothing would derail the calculated and irrevocable drive towards conducting a successful local government poll, and also winning the governorship election scheduled for September 2018.

“The idea of the PDP that council election would not be held is in vain, and the attempt to legally stop the disbursement of local government money by the Federal Government is a pathetic exercise in futility,” the APC said.

“Osun people should be rest assured that the only reason the PDP intends to frustrate the election is that the party understand that it would be beaten silly in the coming local government election.

“If it had the slightest chance in the world that it could win, the PDP will not be wasting its time and resources in the court. It would rather be strong on the campaign trail” Oyatomi said.