EFCC Seizes PDP Chairman, Mua’zu’s Mansion In Abuja

The Abuja home of former national Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu has been reportedly taken over by heavily armed operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in Abuja.

According to an eye witness, the anti-graft agency got to the former PDP’s Chairman’s house in Abuja when one of his wives just left the mansion.

The house was ransacked by the EFCC officials. One of Mu-azu’s wives was said to have fled the house.

The ex-PDP chair is allegedly one of those indicted in the $2.1 billion arms procurement fund mismanaged by former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd). The case is getting hot and Nigerians are in for a swell time seeing this drama unfold daily.

PDP Divided Over North-East’s Move To Fill Mu’azu’s Vacancy

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is divided over agitation by top politicians in the North-east to fill the vacancy created by Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, a former national chairman of the party.

Mu’azu resigned on May 20, following pressure that he led the party to a humiliating defeat in the last general elections when his tenure had not expired.

According to the provisions of PDP constitution, he was supposed to be replaced by someone from the North-east.

Addressing newsmen at the end of the 67th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party, PDP national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh said the party leaders had divergent views on the issue, stressing that the NWC would liaise with the party leadership in the North-east to re-consider the issue.

“The NEC did not discuss the issue of Mu’azu’s replacement but there is a kind of subtle understanding that the NWC will work with the North-east in that regard. Some members raised the issue but others did not key into it same way,” he said.

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PDP Governors Set To Replace Mu’azu

Governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party are expected to meet in Abuja on Monday.

The governors during the meeting are expected to discuss how to find a replacement for the former Chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu who resigned on May 20 on health grounds. The party’s Deputy National Chairman, Uche Secondus, has been acting as the National Chairman since Mu’azu’s exit.

Monday’s meeting of the PDP governors is expected to be presided over by the Chairman of the party’s governors’  forum, Governor Olusegun Mimiko.

There are indications that the governors will likely picked a candidate from the  North-East, where the position of national chairman was zoned to.

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Ex-governor Aliyu booed In Niger

Armed military men saved former Niger State Governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, from what would have been an embarrassing situation during Friday’s inauguration of the new governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello.

The military men released several gun shots and tear gas  and ferried Aliyu out of Bako Kontagora Memorial Stadium venue of the inauguration when the crowd showed their displeasure with his appearance at the swearing in ceremony.

The ex-governor was booed and stoned by the angry crowd who called him several names.

Aliyu, whose convoy arrived the inauguration venue at about 10.15am, was booed on arrival by the crowd as he climbed the podium to take the salute of the military guard.

Shouts of “Barawo,”  “Thief,”  “Ole” “Change has come,”  “Your time is past, go,” filled the air at the stadium.

Sensing the tension, the organisers of the ceremony had to drop the ex-governor from making speech as earlier planned on the programme.

The outgoing Secretary to the State government, Seidu Ndako Kpaki, spoke on behalf of the government.

At about 11am when the new governor was taking his oath of office and oath of allegiance, Aliyu who sat beside his estranged deputy, Hon. Ahmed Musa Ibeto, for the first time in the public since the latter dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, was pelted with slippers and a sachet water, forcing his security details to form human shields round him.

“We Deceived Nigerians, There Was Nothing Like SURE-P Fund” – Gov. Aliyu

Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, on Tuesday maintained that fuel subsidy is a major source of corruption in the country.

Aliyu added that funds believed to be coming from SURE-P are actually from the federation account.

The governor said this in Minna at the inauguration of a three-star hotel constructed jointly by the Niger State Development Company Limited and the State SURE-P.

He believed that a total removal of subsidy from petroleum products by the Federal Government remains the best solution to stop the endemic corruption in the system.

Aliyu said, “I have been vindicated. When some years back I took a principled position as one of the few governors who said ‘remove fuel subsidy’. It is a cartel for corruption.

“Many people did not understand that time, some publicists didn’t agree with me. They said ‘don’t remove it, it is the common man that will suffer’, but I said ‘which common man, when already the time you are talking about subsidy, the common man goes to buy it triple the price, that you call subsidy’.

“Earlier, we deceived ourselves that there was SURE-P money, but it was the money from our federation account that they were giving to us as SURE-P fund. But we are happy, at least they have set that aside. For me, you will remember when I said ‘remove fuel subsidy’, they burnt my town. People were imported from outside to burn Minna.

“There is no government out there, you are the government. Anything that is done, is for your welfare, own it, take it and don’t allow somebody to come and reduce you and make you a pauper and then he will go back to his village and start sinking things. Own what is yours. Government is not all about the officials alone.

“Therefore, I ask, subsidy for whom? In the whole of Niger State at that time, even the government’s fuel station were not selling at the subsidised rate. Yes, they were selling lower than the commercial filling stations, but they are also above the subsidised rate.

“Why were we having the problems? It is because those who have been enjoying the subsidy have seen the sign that it may be removed and they are afraid. Subsidy is a cartel for corruption.

“People must know how their resources are being expended. I kept crying that we could not rely on the oil revenue. Now, the truth has come in our own time. I thought we will leave the scene before the crash, but the crash has come.

“The removal of fuel subsidy will also ensure the activities of ‘mafias’ in the oil business are stopped while also guaranteeing regular supply of the product in all parts of the country.”

PDP NWC Members Should Resign – PDP

A former chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Vincent Ogbulafor, has called on the members of its National Working Committee (NWC) to resign voluntarily from the committee.

Speaking in Umuahia on Sunday, Ogbulafor said the members should take the path of honour by bowing out of the committee. He described the resignation of the National Chairman and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party, Alhaji Adamu Muazu and Chief Tony Aninih as a welcome development.

“I feel happy about their resignation because I feel they did so in the interest of the party.

“So, I feel it is better for all the committee members to voluntarily resign if they love the party and want it to survive,” he said.

Ogbulafor urged the committee to accept responsibility for the woeful performance of the PDP in the 2015 general elections and the failure to deliver President Goodluck Jonathan for a second tenure.

“The party played the politics of hate and exclusion,” he said, adding that “past national chairmen were completely excluded and were never invited to offer our own ideas on how to deliver Jonathan.

“When I was the chairman, I controlled 28 states and a majority in the National Assembly and also won additional four states for the party.

“Some of us performed better and have good ideas on how to keep PDP in power for as long as I predicted,’’ he said.
Ogbulafor, who predicted that the party would rule Nigeria for uninterrupted 60 years, said that the feat was possible had the party sustained the line-up.

“I made the prediction in clear conscience and realisation that it was achievable, given that PDP controlled 28 states, majority in the National Assembly and local government administration.

“So, there is nothing that could have stopped PDP if we were able to control the line-up.”

“Since I left office, PDP has changed its chairmen five times. This is a pointer that all is not well with the party.

“This is why I am calling on the NWC members to quit without compulsion to pave the way for fresh blood that will bring vibrancy and help to move the party forward,” he said.

Nobody Forced Mu’azu, Anenih To Resign, Says Acting PDP Chairman

The acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, has dismissed whispers that Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and Chief Tony Anenih were forced to resign their positions. Mu’azu on Wednesday resigned his position as PDP National Chairman while Anenih follow suit as Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT).

Secondus made the clarification on Thursday in Abuja when he led some members of the National Working Committee (NWC) to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa. Fielding questions from state House correspondents the acting national chairman said, “nobody forced them to resign.”

APC To Gov Aliyu: We Won’t Cover Up Your Mismanagement

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Niger State, has told the outgoing government of Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu, to make public, the financial status of the state, saying that the state is groaning under huge debt and that the incoming APC government will not cover him up.

The party, in a statement by the chairman, Mohammad Jibrin Imam recalled that in 2007, Gov Aliyu had told the people of Niger State that he inherited empty treasury so it is only right to ask the chief servant to tell the people of Niger, the nature of the treasury he will be leaving behind by 29th May 2015.

“We expect Governor Aliyu who said the previous government that he took over from was not prudent with the management of resources to be bold enough to tell the people how prudent the management of the resources of the state has been since 2007 to date,” the statement read in part.

He said that in the principle of accountability and transparency, Aliyu ought to have made public, what he got over the years from the federation account, internally generated revenue, capital receipts and other sources.

In view of this, Imam said, “the governor should tell us also the expenditure as it matches with the revenue collected in the eight fiscal years that the government operated. The government we know then claimed that it inherited a lot of liabilities, so in the same vein we are expecting the government to tell Nigerlites the debt profile of the state as he will be handing over by May 29, 2015”.

“Government operates a simple budget flow of revenue receipts and expenditures with four steps of preparation, authorization, execution and audit so in the spirit of transparency, we, in APC, for avoidance of doubt, want the outgoing PDP government to let the people of the state know the financial statement it is leaving behind,” the statement added.

Why Mu’azu, Anenih Resigned- Report

Intense pressure from the presidency forced the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu to resign, Daily Trust learnt yesterday.

A few hours later, Chief Tony Anenih also resigned his position as chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party. Mu’azu is currently abroad seeking medical attention from where he sent in his resignation letter.

The ruling party has been enmeshed in crisis since it lost the general elections with top party members calling on Mu’azu and his executives to resign.

Members of the NWC had resisted the pressure for about a month now until yesterday when the chairman turned in his resignation.

Sources said Mu’azu’s resignation followed advice from his associates and a “gentle push” from NWC fellow members.

The NWC was said to be under pressure to meet and recommend his resignation yesterday, but gave him the hint to resign to stave off the embarrassment that might follow.

President Goodluck Jonathan, who lost his re-election, has not commented in public on the demand for the chairman to resign or be sacked.

However, sources said the strident calls on Mu’azu to resign by people close to the president like Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose and the  Presidential campaign spokesman, Femi Fani-Kayode are pointers to where the thinking in Aso Rock Villa tilts.

Briefing newsmen at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja yesterday, PDP national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh confirmed that Mu’azu has officially resigned.

“For now, because of the interest being generated, I can confirm as the national publicity secretary that the national chairman who has health challenges, stayed down for the primaries, and stayed down for the campaigns of the elections after which he travelled abroad for treatment.

“Upon his treatment and after consultations with his family, he has decided to resign as national chairman. We commend him for the sacrifice that he made during the campaigns and commend him for the love, dedication and commitment he has to this party and we wish him well. We will not forget his services.

“In line with the constitution of the party, the deputy national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, has taken charge as the acting national chairman of the party with immediate effect pending replacement from the North East,” Metuh said.

Metuh did not rule out the possibility of other national officers quitting their offices but said “we will not pre-empt what will happen” and that he would make all events public as they unfold.

Similarly, PDP national secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo confirmed that the NWC yesterday received and accepted the voluntary resignation of the national chairman.

He said the deputy national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus now acts as the national chairman pending a replacement from the North East zone of our great country. He said the NWC has set up a 7-man disciplinary committee headed by Chief Michael Abdul to be inaugurated next Tuesday.

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Fayose Hails Mu’azu For Resigning As PDP Chairman

Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose has commended Mu’azu over his resignation as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party.Fayose who had earlier accused the chairman of working against the PDP by having secret meetings with APC leader Tinubu told Channels

“I want to say that he has done well by accepting to ‘toe the path of honour’.Our call for his resignation was in line with proper practice all over the world.When a leader leads his own people to an election in a manner that the PDP was led, then it is honourable for him to depart peacefully and he has done it, though late, but still welcoming,”

“The PDP is not in a stable state because we fell and for anyone to fall, you need time to get your ass together.Overtime, things will fall in place.
“Adamu Muazu’s departure is normal. It is not out of place, the party will get over this period and we will pick the pieces and move on,” the Ekiti State Governor Stressed.

Mu’azu’s Resignation: North East To Produce New Chairman

The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Adamu Mu’azu, finally succumbed to intense pressure on Wednesday and resigned.

This comes as new national chairman of the party will come from the North East Zone.

Mu’azu, it was gathered, submitted his resignation letter to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party sighting health concerns.

Upon Mu’azu’s resignation, the deputy national secretary, Uche Secondus, assumes leadership of the party, according to the provisions of the party’s constitution.

It was also gathered that the party leadership may summon a National Executive Committee (NEC) next week to empower the new leadership of the party.

Although Mu’azu based his resignation on health grounds, it was gathered that the pressure for him to resign was overwhelming.

The former chairman had been under pressure from governors of the party and other party members who demanded that he should resign following the loss of President Goodluck Jonathan and the resultant electoral misfortunes that befell the party in subsequent elections.

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, had pointedly accuse Mu’azu of working against the interest of the party during the election.

In same vein, media director of PDP’s Presidential campaign, Femi Fani-Kayode, had also disclosed that he had files on two members of the National Working Committee (NWC) who worked against the interest of the party during the elections.

Confirming the resignation of Mu’azu, the national publicity secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh, explained that Mu’azu resigned because of medical issues.

He added that Mu’azu, who travelled out of the country for medical attention, stayed back to treat his health issues even through the party primaries and the campaigns of the elections.

Metuh said “for now, because of the interest being generated, I can confirm as the national publicity secretary that the national chairman who has health challenges, stayed down for the primaries, stayed dawn for the campaigns of the election after which he travelled abroad for treatment.

“Upon his treatment and after consultations with his family, has decided to resign as national chairman. We commend him for the sacrifice that he made during the campaigns and commend him for the love, dedication and commitment he has to this party and we wish him well. We will not forget his services.

“In line with the constitution of the party, the deputy national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, has taken charge as the acting national chairman of the party with immediate effect pending replacement from the North East.”

It was however gathered that more heads are expected to roll within the party, particularly in the Board Of Trustees (BoT) of the party.

Muazu Resigns As PDP Chairman

The crisis rocking the PDP took a turn for the worst as the national chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu has resigned as the national chairman. His resignation took effect immediately.

Also , it was reliably gathered that President Goodluck Jonathan has asked the chairman of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Anthony Anenih to resign his office as the BOT chairman. But it is not  known whether Anenih has accepted to resign or not.


Niger State Lawmakers Abandon Impeachment Plan On Gov. Aliyu After Receiving N17 million Each

According to reports, the impeachment against the Niger State Governor, Aliyu Babangida, may have been dropped as members of the state House of Assembly pushing for the governor’s removal have been allegedly paid N17m each with the additional promise that their other demands would be met as well. The N17m is said to be part of the allowances they were owed since February.
The speaker said he couldn’t confirm this report.
However, one of the lawmakers said, “It was not as if the governor bribed us, it is our legal entitlements and we have a right to ask for it before the expiration of our tenure. We have been paid and calm has returned to the assembly complex.” So because they had been paid, they decided against impeaching the Governor, he said.
It will be recalled that last week, the lawmakers had sacked the leadership of the assembly and elected a new leadership over a series of allegations including non-implementation of house resolutions, poor staff and members’ welfare and non-release of the statutory allocation to the assembly for months. This, it was learnt, was done to pave the way for the removal of the governor.
To frustrate the lawmakers, the governor had headed for the court where he secured an order to restrain the legislators from making any move to impeach him.
The House of Assembly was also occupied by security operatives for so many days to prevent the members from entering into the assembly complex to carry out their legislative duties.
Due to this, Kawu had threatened to institute a legal action against the Niger State Police Commissioner, Mr. Emmanuel Amore, over what he described as the illegal occupation of the state House of Assembly by security operatives.
Calm seems to have returned and all seems to be well.
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APC Blasts Lamido, Mu’azu Over Comments On Buhari

Governors Babangida Aliyu of Niger State and the his counterpart in Jigawa State, Sule Lamido have come under severe attacks from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The party slammed the governors for their comments on how the President-elect, Muhammau Buhari and the party should  the run the country as from May 29.

The party said the two governors were not in a position to offer the incoming government any piece of advice. The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed described the advice as ill-intentioned.

The party noted that the duo were part of those who tried to resist change during the March 28 and April 11 general elections. The governors had, last week, told Buhari to stop making excuses, but be ready to fulfill his campaign promises to Nigerians.

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Babangida Aliyu Slams Mu’azu For Not Resigning As PDP Chairman

Niger State Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu, yesterday, slammed the Adamu Muazu-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), for remaining in power after leading the party to defeat in the last general elections in the country. According to him, the most civilized thing was to throw in the towel.

“How could you lead a party to disastrous outing in an election and you are still in that place, take the blame for the defeat by quitting and if the PDP still wants you they will beg you to stay?” Aliyu wondered. He spoke at the commissioning of the multi -billion Naira Shiroro Bridge linking Niger and Kaduna States.

He warned that if Muazu and his team refused to resign, “the actual change will come in March 2016 when we will elect new leaders at the national convention of our party.”

The governor, however, dispelled rumours of plans to float a new party with his Jigawa State counterpart Sule Lamido. He described the speculations as misleading and as mere fabrications of falsehood.

“We are not creating a new party; we will remain in the PDP and whoever planted the story has made a mistake.

“We had opportunity to defect when the G7 were together but we did not because we believe that defection is not the best way to develop and entrench democracy. Whatever you see today is designed by God as it is not compulsory to be on the winning side always.
Sule Lamido, you are not floating any new party. You and your godson will remain in PDP forever. Whoever planted that story has made a mistake because for us, we had every opportunity to have decamped or defected but we did not because we know in political development, particularly in a democracy, defection is not the best way to develop and entrench democracy in any society,” Aliyu declared.

PDP Begins Search For Party Saboteurs Responsible For Jonathan’s Defeat

The massive defection of some top members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had raised suspicions that such people worked against the party’s success in the past general elections. A committee set up to ascertain this, the post-election assessment committee, yesterday vowed to expose party members who played one role or the other to sabotage the second term ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan as well as the interest of the party in other elections irrespective of how high the persons may be.

The committee headed by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, however, promised to be fair to all.

Addressing Journalists, secretary of the committee, Dr Walid Jubrin, who denied that the committee did not enjoy the blessings of the major stakeholders of the party, stressed that that they got the blessings of President Jonathan, the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, Board of Trustees Chairman, Tony Anenih and the Senate President, David Mark.

Following President Goodluck Jonathan’s loss of the presidential election to opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari, the National Working Committee of the party last week inaugurated the Ekweremadu led 15-member Committee.

The committee was charged with finding out the immediate and remote causes for the failure of the party at the 2015 polls, and also to “ascertain the degree of anti-party activities, compromises and outright sabotage that may have contributed to the misfortunes of our party at the elections.”

The committee was also “to look at the funding of the elections to determine whether or not the funds meant for the campaigns were adequate and whether disbursements were properly done.”

Jubrin described the assignment given to the committee as very important, saying “we will be very fair to all, we will not leave any stone unturned, we will not fear anybody. Anybody who is found wanting we will say so and we will state what we have found.”

The committee was given three weeks to conclude its report, but the party’s leadership said they would be given more time if need be.

Sick Mu’azu Flown Abroad For Medical Attention

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Adamu Mu’azu?,? is sick an??d has been flown abroad?, his office announced Tuesday?.

Mr. Mu’azu? travelled last week for treatment and has remained in an undisclosed hospital abroad, a statement by his media aide, Tony Amadi, said.

“The National Chairman of PDP, Dr. Ahmad Adamu Mu’azu is sick and currently undergoing medical attention abroad and will return to the country as soon as his doctors are satisfied with his medical condition. He left the country last week and hopes to be back soon?,” the statement said.?

“The leader of the party, President Goodluck Jonathan, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party Chief Tony Anenih and Senate President Senator David Mark and members of the National Working Committee of the party are ?all? aware of the Chairman’s medical trip abroad?.?”

The statement on Mr. Mu’azu’s ill-health appears to be in response to comments made on Monday by the governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, accusing the PDP chairman of secretly traveling to Singapore for treatment, during the recent elections, without informing his party’s presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Fayose, who spoke on Channels television, said even when the chairman traveled recently, for treatment for his left hand, he told some people he had “deceived the president”.

Mr. Fayose challenged the PDP chairman to deny his claims.

The Ekiti governor accuses Mr. Mu’azu of betraying the party and Mr. Jonathan, and has demanded his resignation.

Meanwhile, the PDP chief has appealed to party members to be patient, expressing hope that “the travails facing the party will soon wither away and the party will be a united opposition to the incoming All Progressive Congress for the overall good of Nigeria”?.


PDP Picks Replacement For Mu’azu

The crisis rocking the the ousted ruling Peoples Democratic Party took fresh dimension as unconfirmed report suggests that some top leaders of the party have resolved to replace the embattled national chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, the former Bauch State governor.

According to source, the PDP leaders may have concluded plan to replace Mu’azu with the outgoing governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke.

The report stated that the choice of Imoke was concluded on Monday my the party leaders considering his experince as the eldest governor in the south-south region which the party wish it produced the next PDP Chairman.

It was further gathered that the PDP is not willing to sack the embattled chairman but will do everything possible to ensure Mu’azu resigns his position.


Mu’azu Met Tinubu Before Ekiti Gov Poll — Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, says the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, was not totally committed to the party during the elections, claiming that Mu’azu even had a secret meeting with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Fayose said this during a programme on Channels TV titled, View from the Top, on Monday.

He said, “Shortly before my election, he (Mu’azu) was to see me and I waited for him in his house for about five hours and then he came out to say he was sorry and that we should give him space. He said the Yoruba people should give him some space because he was expecting someone who did not
want to see any Yoruba man.

“I left his house but kept a tab on him. His house is like a ring road and I came back to find out who had come to see him and the person was Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. That is the truth. When I returned to his house, he told me that I should not be annoyed that it was Tinubu that came to visit him.

“I was worried because the Ekiti election was just five days away and I almost lost my breath.”

Fayose stressed that Mu’azu was not committed to the party as he was often absent when the party needed him the most.

He noted that the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, won the presidential election because Nigeria wanted a change.

He, however, argued that Buhari garnered a majority of the votes in the North because the people of the North felt it was their turn to rule and President Goodluck Jonathan, who is from the South, should not have been in power because the late President Umaru Yar’Adua did not complete his tenure.

Fayose said despite Buhari’s massive northern support, the PDP should have been able to get more than 10 per cent of the total votes cast in Bauchi State.

He wondered why the PDP failed to get up to 10 per cent of the votes in Bauchi State despite the PDP having a sitting governor, a minister and the national chairman as indigenes of the state.

He said, “The day the presidential election held, the chairman was not in the country. On the day the names of our candidates were to be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, our chairman was in Lagos, on his way to Singapore.

“I was with President Jonathan on that day and I told him to call him. The President did not know that Mu’azu was in Lagos on his way to Singapore. Even when he travelled recently, he said he had a problem with his left hand and wanted to travel abroad for treatment.

“However, he called some people and told them that he had deceived the President. You must be consistent in character. I am saying everything on camera; let him come out to deny these allegations. I don’t want to be in a PDP where we have betrayers of all sorts.”

While reacting to the Ekiti ‘rigging tape’, Fayose said it was his voice that was recorded on the tape but argued that it was edited in such a way that could mislead Nigerians. He also noted that the then Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, was part of the meeting.

Mu’azu, however, denied ever meeting Tinubu. He further advised Fayose to concentrate on governance and leave him alone.

Mu’azu, who considered Fayose as a younger brother, said he was not interested in exchanging words with him on the pages of newspapers.

The PDP national chairman who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media, Tony Amadi, said, “I will advise Fayose to concentrate on raising the Internally Generated Revenue of Ekiti State so that he can pay workers’ salaries and deliver the dividends of democracy instead of dissipating his energy chasing shadows. Tinubu has never been to the chairman’s office. I don’t know where he got that from.

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Mu’azu Begs IBB, Abdusalami To Intervene

The embattled Niger State governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has prevailed on former military President General Ibrahim Babangida and former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar to save him from the threat to impeach him from office.

The governor decided to seek the intervention of the two elder statesmen from the state after attempts to pacify the lawmakers failed.

The governor has equally reached out to the state traditional council led by its chairman, Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar to save him from the imminent disgrace.

The state House of Assembly has issued a notice of impeachment on the governor for not carrying the lawmakers along in the running of the state.

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Fayose Comes For Mu’azu Again

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has justified his call for the resignation of Alhaji Adamu Muazu ,the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party ,saying Muazu should borrow a leaf from the resignation of British Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrats leader, Nick Clegg over their parties defeat at the polls.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka,in Ado Ekiti Friday,Fayose said his position is premised on the issue on ground and that he had no personal score to settle with the PDP National Chairman.

“It is morally wrong for the National Chairman to remain in office after leading the party to its first national electoral loss.”

Three party leaders in Britain, including opposition Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband and Liberal Democrats leader, Nick Clegg had resigned, after their parties loss in the Thursday general election.

“Alhaji Mu’azu should be honourable enough to follow the same path as the British LP and Democrats leaders.

“Mu’azu’s case is even worse than that of the British party leaders, who resigned immediately their party lost because majority of PDP members no longer have confidence in his (Mu’azu) leadership and there is no way a willing leader can be forced on unwilling followers.”

Speaking further, the governor said; “This is not about any personality and I am also not operating here on empty boast because Ekiti State was delivered to the PDP 100 percent.

“Rather, it is about issues. Imagine the PDP not getting up to five percent of the votes in Bauchi State, the National Chairman’s home state and someone is still not being honourable enough to resign.

“Haven’t we now seen what operates in saner climes with the resignation of the British LP and Democrat leaders? Shouldn’t our party National Chairman also take a cue from this and allow for freshbminds to steer the ship of the party at this difficult time?


Mu’azu Challenges Fayose

Embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Mu’azu has again denied working for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded general elections.

Mu’azu was responding to accusations by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State that Mu’azu worked for APC in the elections.Mu’azu took to Twitter handle on Thursday to mock Fayose.

He challenged the governor to produce the evidence that shows he worked for the APC during the polls. He, however, said he hoped the evidence would not the kind of evidence that Fayose once said he had that Buhari was dying.

Babangida Aliyu Drags Niger Assembly Before Court Over Impeachment Threat

Niger State Governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, has dragged the members of the State House of Assembly before the court in a bid to stop the move of the Assembly from impeaching him.

The State High Court in Minna has fixed May 27 for hearing in the case.

This will technically hamper the process of impeaching the governor, who will serve out his second term tenure on May 29.

Details later…

Internal Wrangling Caused By Post Election Trauma – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that post election trauma arising from defeat in the last general election was responsible for the ongoing internal bickering among leaders and key stakeholders in the party.

A statement issued on Wednesday by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, however said the party has overcome the trauma, with the mature and timely intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan.

President Jonathan had, on Tuesday, handed down a directive, ordering all combative parties to sheathe their swords to save the future of the party.

Metuh said: “The National Working Committee will absolutely abide by the counsel and has instructed all the executives of the party at all levels to comply accordingly.

“The leadership of the PDP regrets any embarrassment the avoidable skirmishes may have caused the members of our great party, especially our founding fathers and teeming supporters across the country.

“We are aware that this unfortunate development is a consequence of post election trauma arising from our first ever defeat. We however note with relief that we have now overcome this challenge.

“The National Working Committee assures that in the new spirit of harmony in the PDP family, the reengineering process which began on Tuesday with the inauguration of the Post Election Review Committee will be vigorously sustained to restore the lost glory of our great party.

“We therefore urge all our members to ensure that they henceforth guard their utterances and actions no matter the provocation and distortions in some section of the media while channeling their energies and ideas towards the rebuilding process.

“In this regard, all members who have reports, grievances and suggestions on the way forward should transmit same to the Post-Election Review Committee for an all inclusive roadmap in the overall effort to regain power in 2019.”

Metuh urged members to be wary of the activities of some “mischievous persons” within and outside the PDP family who are bent on frustrating the party’s peace efforts.

PDP Crisis: Bode George Comes For Mu’azu

Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George has joined the growing list of aggrieved party members calling for the sack of the party’s National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu.

George bared his mind during a meeting called by President Goodluck Jonathan to resolve the crisis bedeviling the party.

He stated that the party’s National Working Committee should step aside for an independent group to reshuffle the party.

He noted that Mu’azu does not have any right to be the judge in the case of about him stepping aside as being canvassed by many aggrieved members of the party.

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Mu’azu Sold PDP To APC, I Have Cogent Evidence – Fayose Says

Ekiti state Governor Ayo Fayose says he has evidence to prove that the chairman of PDP, Adamu Muazu sold their party to the opposition, APC before the elections.

In a statement he released through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka today May 5th, Fayose said he wondered why President Jonathan will lose Bauchi state to the APC when the party chairman Adamu Muazu, FCT Mininster and the state Governor Isa Yuguda are from that state. What he said below…

“How do we explain the PDP losing so scandalously in Bauchi State, despite the presence of the National Chairman, Federal Capital Territory Minister and the state governor? I am even more particular about the National chairman because he sold the party to the opposition. I have cogent evidences of his unholy alliance with the opposition before the elections and if they go any further, I will expose all his underhand deals. I want to say it again that I have no apology for calling for the resignation of the NWC members, especially the National Chairman. After all, someone resigned his position as the National Chairman for Alhaji Mu’azu to assume office. Lastly, let me say it categorically that they can only attempt to destroy this party for the moment, not forever. Sooner or later, they will all fade away and PDP will rise again.” the statement read

I Could Not Force Bauchi People To Vote Jonathan- Mu’azu

Former Bauchi State governor and National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, has disclosed that he would have delivered his home state to President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28 election if he had his way. He regretted that he was handicapped as it was not him but the people that voted.

Disclosing this through his Twitter handle, the embattled Chairman accused those blaming him for the poor outing of the party during the election as “being economical with the truth” stressing that he did his best for the PDP.

According to him, “I gave my best and all to the campaign of Mr. President and the party. We went to every state in Nigeria to campaign; those who insinuate that I did not do my best for our great party and Mr. President during election are being economical with the truth.

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No Apology Calling For Mu’azu, Others Sacking- Fayose

Ekiti State Governor has insisted that his call for the dissolution of the Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu-led National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party was in good faith, and in the overall interest of the party, saying, “I have no apology on my position on the NWC because their responsibility as a party does not take away their failure in the last general elections.”

The governor, who also challenged the NWC to provide evidence of money released to him to prosecute the last elections, added that, “only N30m was received for the last two elections and to the glory of the Almighty God and support of Ekiti people, we won all elections outright. I therefore demand for the mode with which money was released to me by the NWC.” In a release issued in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Mr Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose reiterated his commitment to the PDP, pointing out that if it remained only him in the party, he would continue to defend its cause.

“If it remains only me, I will continue to defend the cause of this party because some people are born to stand up at difficult times, and I believe I am one of such people born to stand up for the PDP at this difficult time,” he said.

Reiterating his call for the dissolution of the NWC, Governor Fayose said, “In saner climes, when a war commander leads his troupe to an embarrassing defeat, such commander does not need anyone to tell him that he needs to leave the war front for another commander to take over.”

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PDP National Chairman Jets Out Of The Country

There are reports that the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Muazu, who before now was addressed as “the game changer”, may have jetted out of the country to evade being forced to convene a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, where he may be akin to resign.

Mr Muazu has been under intense pressure to quit his position as the party Chairman following the PDP’s poor showing in the March – April 2015 general election.

The party’s leadership had blamed the state governors elected on the platform of the PDP, and some other leaders, for its electoral failure.

At the moment, it is not clear where the National Chairman has travelled to, but there are indications that he may have informed President Goodluck Jonathan before embarking on the trip.

I Did My Best For Jonathan, Mu’azu Cries Out Amid Party Crisis

The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, has defended his leadership of the party despite the PDP’s recent loss at the polls, saying he did his best to save President Goodluck Jonathan from defeat.
Mr. Mu’azu broke his silence as the ruling party faces a crisis that follows the disastrous election outing, with many senior members of the party blaming him for the loss, and demanding his resignation.

Writing on his Twitter handle Tuesday, Mr. Mu’azu said those accusing him of not doing his best for Mr. Jonathan were “economical with the truth”.

He said he had remained in the PDP since 1999 “as a matter of principle and strong ideology”.

“I gave my best and all to the campaign of Mr. President and the party. We went to every state in Nigeria to campaign.

“In the face of abuse, insult and open ridicule by our friends and brothers we supported our leader President Jonathan faithfully,” Mr. Mu’azu, a former governor of Bauchi State, said.

The PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, had on Monday said the leadership of the party was sidelined during the campaigns for Mr. Jonathan, while overzealous members preached hate and helped raise the popularity of Muhammadu Buhari, the eventual winner of the presidential polls.

There were reports during the electioneering campaigns that Mr. Mu’azu threatened to resign as Chairman if the PDP campaign continued with its hate speech against Mr. Buhari and the north.

Tweeting Tuesday, Mr. Mu’azu said “the perception of President Jonathan and our party in the north was at an all-time low because of the lies they were told by politicians”.

“Those who blame us for not delivering maximum votes to the president in the north seem to have forgotten that it’s the people who vote,” he said.

Mr. Mu’azu said if the opportunity presents itself again, he would support Mr. Jonathan, adding however that, “I have always preached against ethnicity and tribalism and the voting pattern in the election was a concern to me personally. “If I had my way, everyone in my state ‘Bauchi’ would have voted for President Jonathan but it’s the people that vote not me.

“The unity of Nigeria to me is greater than sectional or ethnic interests. I can never regret supporting our leader President Jonathan,” he said.

The PDP Chairman said if the party is to be reformed, solution to its problems should be found. He said those pointing accusing fingers at the leadership of the party are not helping it.

On the allegations that the NWC he heads betrayed Mr. Jonathan during the election, Mr. Mu’azu said “some even ridiculed and insulted us that we betrayed President Jonathan. How can one betray himself?”


Northern PDP Govs Back Out Of Plot To Remove Mu’azu

The seeming crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a new dimension as northern governors elected under the party’s platform have backed out of the plot to remove the party’s chairman, Adamu Mu’azu.

The governors had earlier endorsed the sacking of Mu’azu and other members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

Three of the northern governors leading the ‘NWC must go’ project have reportedly apologized to Mu’azu and some members of the NWC for their role in the removal plot. The governors have pledged their allegiance to him and the party’s NWC.

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PDP Chairman Mu’azu Warns Jonathan’s Men: You Can’t Use And Dump Me

The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Adamu Mu’azu is not ready to play soft with Goodluck Jonathan and his boys, especially some PDP governors loyal to the outgoing president.

Mu’azu knows that Jonathan no longer has power to determine what would happen in the party, hence he has decided to call the bluff of all those in the Presidency and PDP governors forum who are calling for his resignation. He said the party is bigger than all of them and no one can dictate to him again.

The angry PDP chairman, investigations gathered, has threatened to suspend any governor or top member of the party, including those in the outgoing president who fail to abide to party supremacy.

Mu’azu was said to have told those close to him that all those who lost elections, including Jonathan should blame themselves for their failure to deliver to the expectations of the generality of Nigerians.

He said he is not ready to take the fall for anyone and, in fact, he is now the leader of the party.

PDP Chief Asks Mu’azu To Resign

Chieftans of the Peoples Democratic Party have continued in their quest to ask for the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, after the party’s loss in the presidential elections. The latest to join in on the calls for his resignation are Alhaji Yinka Ajia who is a chieftan of the party. He called on Mu’azu to resign with immediate effect.

He accused Mu’azu of failing to mobilise the party in the recently concluded general elections. He added that President Goodluck Jonathan’s defeats in the North-Western states and North-Eastern states proved Mu’azu’s alleged incompetence.

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A Quick Appeal to the Governor-Elect of Niger State By Gimba Kakanda

Dear Malam Abubakar Sani Bello,

I don’t know how you want to be addressed now, either as “Your Excellency” or, in the fashion of the confused visionary you’re elected to replace, as “Chief Servant.” Whichever it is, pardon this first mistake. I’ll take note of any correction that may follow.

This is neither a proposal, nor a prophecyaround the tasks that await you. It’s also not a cataloguing of the problems you’re about to officially inherit. Yet another “celebratory note would be a nuisance you may not appreciate. Malam Bello, you are about to embark on your life’s biggest test shepherding a state that is always ready to pride itself as the largest, in landmass, but never willing to highlight its position on the index of social development where it’s listed at the bottom. I congratulate you, nonetheless, on the historic victory.

Third-world democracy requires a huge investment. It takes a fortune to even have the inspiration to vie for an elective office, and where an aspirant ends up in office, the personal debts are a mountain walling him off from fulfilling electoral promises. Its so in every state of the federation, which is why democracy may be the most expensive of all the systems of government I know. But while it’s predictable that the debts we owe Caesar have to be paid, permit me to say that nothing should make you lose your focus, as had your soon-to-be predecessor, Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, the political showman we all prefer to call “Talba”.

If I were you, I would have a photograph of Talba somewhere in my office. No, that’s not in reverence, nor tribute to his achievements. The aim is to serve as a reminder of the consequences of squandering one’s goodwill. Talba was colourful and eloquent. And that is all there is to say about his eight years in power, expressed through billions of naira used in commissioning projects that exist on the faces of billboardsonly

On May 29, 2007, Talba was praised as the redeemer of Niger, and widely considered so even by the intellectual community. He had the experience, we agreed. He had the brains as well. He was a seasoned bureaucrat, with a PhD in Policy and Strategic Studies from Pittsburgh. These things dazzle Nigerians, and so we celebrated him as a messiah in essays and poetry and songs. Until reality stared us in the face barely two years into his administration. 

On May 29, 2015, Talba will be handing over power to you as a sad man. To this I testify. There was a promise to transform Niger State into an economically developed hub, the third in Nigeria, and here we are without common potable water for the past eight years in my neighbourhood in Minna. He promised to achieve this economic illusion, presented in his Vision 3:2020 development plan, in 20 years, and with 8 years gone without even a foundation for his “vision” in place, you don’t need any more proof to realise that the people of Niger State have been scammed. That supporters of Talba present streetlights as achievements tell you the level of underdevelopment you’re coming to supervise. 

Today, Talba has become a partisan infection, like President Goodluck Jonathan. Both were jeopardies who sabotaged the political aspirations of their party members. Your major contender in the April 11 election, Malam Umar Nasko, was one of the victims of Talba’s squandered goodwill. Nasko was liked for his “humility and good heart” – in the words of a friend. He was praised for his youth. I also celebrated as symbolic victory that implication that age wasn’t a political hindrance after all. I’ve met a lot of people who confessed to liking Nasko but still admitted they wouldn’t support him for fear that he lived too long in the shadow of Talba. Even the ladies, but for the Talba factor, were charmed by Nasko.

Perhaps the highpoint of the hatred of Talba by the people of Niger State was a whisper from the rumour-mill that he was responsible for Senator Dahiru Awaisu’s death. The rumour had it that Talba sought the service of Alhaji Isah Kantigi, a man believed to be a marabout, to eliminate Awaisu, who was likely to be Talba’s main setback in the Niger East Senatorial District which Talba aspired to represent at the Senate. And, as the rumour continued, Kantigi was chosen as Nasko’s running mate in the Guber race as a reward for his spiritual service.

As silly as this is, it was believed even by supposedly enlightened people. This aggregation of sentiments against the man that was once celebrated as an elephant–riding advocate of populism by poets, singers, intellectuals and artisans should serve as your first lesson as you step into that office on May 29.

So, your election wasn’t really against Nasko, it was against Talba. The people are unpacifiably bitter in their accounts of his failings and deceit over these torturous years of eloquent speeches, misidentifications of expectations and misapplications of policies. Not even his valedictory apologies, when he realised that Awaisu wasn’t his main challenger in his bid to represent the people of Niger East at the Senate, have been acknowledged by the disappointed “servants” for whom he declared  himself a Chief.

There are many doubters who still hold that your coming is to turn this unfortunate State into a political enterprise, citing your affluent background to confirm their suspicion of you and yours as being on a mere economic conquest. Your challenge is to prove them wrong, that you are not an entrepreneurial mafioso, and that your ambition was informed by a will to serve. 

The past 16 years in Niger State is a justification that you don’t need just a higher education or long experience in a known profession to manage the affairs of a state. We may be contradicting ourselves now, having experienced Governor Aliyu, and his similarly unimpressive predecessor, Governor Abdulkhadir Abdullahi Kure, who all presented certain credentials of excellence in public service, that a life as bureaucrat or technocrat is a guarantee of responsible political leadership. Governing a people as ours, I’ve learned, only requires a painstaking application of common sense. And for this, all the incoming Sheriff needs to stay politically afloat is a conscience, a conscience that responds to the ruin that is Niger State. Any decision against this appeal from a concerned Nigerlite, but may God intervene, is a step towards the shadows of Governor Aliyu and Kure. May God save us from us! 

By Gimba Kakanda

 @gimbakakanda on Twitter

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

PDP Defectors Will Return With Empty Stomachs, Says Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday predicted that those decamping from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to other parties will return with empty stomach.

He made the remark while receiving the PDP campaign report from its Director General, Ahmadu Ali at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Stressing that PDP is the dominant party despite the loss of the Presidential election, he said that the party will remain strong in subsequent elections if members are committed and hard working.

The Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih noted that the party did not win the presidential election but won peace for the country.

He said: “We didn’t win the elections but we have a leader who made us to win peace. Without peace there cannot be development.”

“There is a lot to be done. We need a very strong and vibrant party to be put in place now. I believe we are on the right path. Let us put behind us those who have betrayed the party and move forward.”

The Chairman of the party, Adamu Muazu was conspicuously absent at the event.

Mu’azu Thrown Out Of PDP Governors’ Meeting, Accused Of Betrayal

The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, yesterday, was sent out of a meeting meant for PDP state governors, the Nigerian Times was reliably told.

Mu’azu, who was  not invited to the meeting which took place at the Akwa Ibom State Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, was shocked when some of the governors began to raise their voices at him accusing him of betraying the party at the just concluded presidential elections.

The angry governors led by a governor from the South-West and another from the South-South screamed at him saying, “what are you doing here after you have betrayed us? Leave here now!”

A surprised Mu’azu who still making efforts to calm frayed nerves was pushed out by the two governors who were too angry to pay him any attention.

Rumours of Mu’azu’s imminent removal, if he fails to resign voluntarily, have been going round media circles for a while now after he led the party to a woeful outing in the just concluded elections.

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Mu’azu In Trouble As Plot To Unseat Him Thickens

Aggrieved stakeholders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have intensified the plot to unseat the party’s National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and members of the National Working Committee (NWC). Spurces said that the game plan was to ensure that Mu’azu and other party leaders who were being blamed for PDP’s routing in the just-concluded general elections were sacked before May 29.

Mu’azu is expected to call for the meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party between now and May 15 and the NWC members will be asked to resign, a source told our corespondent. The source said if Mu’azu failed to call for the NEC meeting, he would be forced to do so as soon as possible.

In fact, multiple sources in the party confided in our correspondent that President Goodluck Jonathan and some influential members of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) had agreed on the need to sack the Mu’azuled NWC. “There is no way the current NWC members will continue to pilot the affairs of the party, given their failure at the last general elections.

“We can only allow them to continue if only we want to kill the PDP. I can assure you that the Mu’azu-led executives will be dissolved in May,” a member of the PDP BoT said on Monday.

It was further learnt that some PDP governors and BoT members were pushing for the exit of the NWC before May 29, insisting that “Mu’azu and other NWC members have to go before May 29 when the Jonathan administration ends. If we allow Mu’azu to stay beyond May 29, it will be difficult to push him out as national chairman.

“So, we will definitely meet and ask them to resign. They have failed the party,” a party leader said.

A former Minister of Transport and member of BoT, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, also agreed that PDP needs to be rebuilt. “We have to reorganise the PDP for future elections. Now, we won’t create anarchy in the party by dissolving the NWC abruptly. But eventually, the Mu’azu-led executives have to go. We need young and experienced hands to reorganise our party,” Babatope said.

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Gov. Aliyu Encourages PDP Members: Don’t Think You Have Failed

Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu who would be leaving office on May 29th, has encouraged PDP party chieftains and members not to think they have failed woefully in the past general elections, assuring them that they are not failures and neither is the party dead. Aliyu says the party will soon call for a meeting from the federal to state level to strategize for 2019.

“Our party is not dead. When all these cools down, we will properly re-organise to bring PDP back to its formidable political strength. Many things have happened and this is not the time for us to apportion blame.

“I therefore hope that when we will have to re-organise our party, we would add ideology to what we have. Let me urge you to stop thinking you have failed. In terms of elections, particularly the time we found ourselves, it went beyond the limits of individual effort,” he said, when the Umar Nasko Campaign Organization visited him today at the Government house in Minna.

Finally, Senate Swears In David Umaru

The Senate yesterday finally swore in David Umaru of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the senator representing Niger East after the Appeal Court granted him victory last month.

Senate president David Mark administered the oath to Umaru after the Senate leader Victor Ndoma-Egba moved a motion that Umaru be allowed into the Upper Chamber.

The seat became vacant last year following the death of Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta, with David Umaru (APC) and Shem Nuhu Zagbayi (PDP) contesting the Niger East senatorial seat.

LEADERSHIP recalls that David Umaru had petitioned the tribunal seeking to be declared as the winner of the by-election having won majority of the lawful votes.

The petitioners, David Umaru and APC, had prayed the tribunal to declare the declaration of Dr. Zagbayi of PDP as winner of the by-election null and void, claiming that the election was characterised by malpractices that affected several polling units and that the first petitioner should be declared winner after counting the lawful votes cast.

On January 31, this year, the National Assembly Election Tribunal sitting in Minna granted a consequential order to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a certificate of return to Barr David Umaru of the APC as the duly elected senator for Niger East Senatorial District, after nullifying the election of Dr Shem Nuhu Zagbayi of the PDP in last year’s Niger East by-election.

Delivering judgement at the Niger State High Court 7 in Minna, chairman of the three-man tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Bako, said the order was given based on the malpractices and non-compliance established by the petitioners (David Umaru and the APC).

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) then appealed the judgement at the Appeal Court.

However, the Court of Appeal in Abuja on March 11 turned down the appeal filed by the Niger State chapter of the PDP and that of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against the verdict of the Election Petition Tribunal that declared Barrister David Umaru of the APC as the authentic winner of the Niger-East Senatorial by-election.

Senator Umaru who has less than two months to stay in the 7th Senate fortunately won the March 28 senatorial elections for Niger East on the platform of the APC and defeated the incumbent Governor Muazu Babangida who contested on the ticket of the PDP.

Nasko Concedes, Congratulates Sani Bello

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Niger State governorship candidate, Umar Nasko has conceded and congratulated All Progressives Congress (APC) governor-elect, Abubakar Sani Bello for his victory at the polls.

In a statement signed by one Yahaya Mohammed Usman on behalf of Nasko, the PDP flag bearer wrote, “I congratulate Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello on his election on his election as the governor of Niger State”.

The statement reads, “For now the people of our dear state have decided and I submit to their decision which though not in my favour but for my co- contestant and brother Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello of the All progressive congress (APC), for I believe he has the interest of the state just like me, at heart.

“My hearty congratulations to him and his team for the success recorded, I urge him to always put the interest of the people and the state first above all”.

He then called on the people of the state to give the incoming government maximum cooperation that will lead it to success, as it is the wish of every government to work hard to better the life of the citizens and the state.

In same vein the Speaker of Niger State House of Assembly, Barrister Adamu Usman said the victory of Bello reflects the wishes of the people of the state and therefore urged him not to disappoint them.

The Speaker noted that the unprecedented support given to the governor-elect was a clean demonstration of the people’s trust and confidence in him adding that he must strive to carry every one along in the scheme of things irrespective of party, religion or tribal affiliation.

Usman expressed the believe that the states wide campaign tour by Bello should have afforded him the opportunity to fully understand and appreciate the needs of the people advising that he should tailor his efforts towards the development of the state.

He stressed that as an entrepreneur, the governor-elect should bring his expertise to bear by providing an industrial blueprint that would revolutionize all sectors of the state economy.

Mu’azu Predicts PDP Will Win Lagos

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Mu’azu, has predicted that his party would win Saturday’s governorship election in Lagos State. His prediction is premised on the party’s performance in the March 28 presidential election in the state.

He stated that the state cannot remain an Island of continuity in a sea of change. He described his party’s governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje has a formidable candidate, who would easily defeat the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Akinwunmi Ambode.

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We Are Humbled By Jonathan’s Defeat- Adamu Muazu

Still trying to recover from the defeat suffered by his party in the Presidential and National Assembly elections last week, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, has admitted that the party was humbled by the loss.

The defeat notwithstanding, Muazu, who is fondly nicknamed ‘the Game Changer’ by his party faithful, has assured Nigerians that the PDP will be reformed to meet the expectations of its members and Nigerians.

According to the chairman, the ruling party has learnt lessons from its defeat and will never again let Nigerians down when it bounces back to power. The chairman’s position was contained in a series of tweets he posted on his twitter handle #AM, and @Muazuaa

In one of the posts, Muazu said, “We are humbled by the 28th of March decision of many Nigerians and promise never again let you down. We will reform our party. “We have learnt some very useful lessons with the March 28th elections and we want to assure Nigerians you will see a new PDP.

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PDP Has Stabilised The Polity, Achieved Significant Milestones In The Last 16-Years, Says Mu’azu

National chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Adamu Mu’azu, has described Presidential Goodluck Jonathan as a true democrat and elder statesman for conceding defeat to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) of the All Progressives Congress.

In a statement, which he personally signed on Wednesday in reaction to the defeat suffered by the PDP in the just concluded presidential and national assembly elections, Mr. Mu’azu went down memory lane, recalling how the ruling party has impacted positively on the lives of Nigerians and strengthened institutions in the last sixteen years at the helm of affairs.

The statement reads:

“Sixteen years ago, Nigerians gave our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the mandate to build, nurture and deepen democracy after three decades of military rule in our country.

“That historic mandate was freely given in recognition of the courageous and patriotic role of the founding fathers of our party whose resilience and doggedness championed the return of democracy and the personal freedom we all enjoy today.

“Within this period, our party worked very hard in rebuilding and strengthening democratic institutions, tenets and norms while lifting our status as the leading democracy in Africa and one of the best in the world.

“It is incontrovertible that under the PDP-led government, our nation moved from a near pariah status to a strong actor in the international democratic arena, a product of various electoral reforms and our iron-cast commitment to transparent, free and fair electoral process at all levels.

“Even in the midst of obvious threats to our democracy, the PDP and the government it sponsored continued to stabilize the polity through strict adherence to rule of law and liberalization of the political and economic space.

“In the last 16 years the PDP-led administration achieved significant milestones in our social and economic lives. We moved Nigeria from a debtor nation to Africa’s largest economy and one of the fastest growing in the world, a feat, which is accompanied with unprecedented expansion of the private sector as well as multi-sectorial infrastructural development, all, great legacies we achieved for our nation.

“Presently, our nation is at the threshold of history and its defining moment for the future. As you are aware, in the early hours of Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) returned the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as winner of the 2015 presidential election.

“However, we have received reports of serious irregularities that characterized the conduct of the election and we shall channel our protests to the appropriate quarters in line with our profound respect for the rule of law and democratic ethos.

“Our party comes with great values and tradition and we will adhere to them and ensure that nothing is done to truncate our democracy, which we have proudly worked so hard to nurture and sustain to maturity.

“Therefore, if the outcome of the election is truly the reflection of the wishes and aspirations of our citizens, the PDP will most willingly respect that wish.

“What is paramount to us is the survival of our democracy, the unity, peace and progress of our dear nation and the happiness of all our people. Nigeria is bigger than any political party, individual or group and her overall interest must be our priority at all times.

“It is in this light that we as a party commend our flag bearer, President Goodluck Jonathan for his heroic act in conceding to the voice of the people, an action that stands him out as a true democrat and a statesman.

“We also congratulate the APC flagbearer, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari for his resilience and victory in this election while wishing him success in the onerous task of leading our nation once again.

“On the same note, we wish to also commend the electorate for the peaceful manner with which they conducted themselves in the course of this election.

“For us in the PDP, we want to state in very clear terms that we are not down. We are only at our redefining moment. Rather than demoralize us, this election has afforded us great lessons and we are now more than ever before reinvigorated for the race ahead.

“As we return to the electorate for the April 11, 2015 governorship and state assembly elections, we go recharged with faith in our heart. We assure all our candidates in the remaining elections that the party will stand with you, campaign with you and work vigourously to ensure your total victory at the polls.

“Finally, we call on our party faithful to remain steadfast in our renewed effort to deliver our flag bearers in the remaining elections”.


Ahmadu, Adamu Mu’azu, CON.

National Chairman

Mu’azu Loses Ward To Buhari

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Mu’azu has failed to deliver his ward to the party’s presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan. The PDP lost in both the presidential and National Assembly elections in Mu’azu’s ward, Kardam B, Boto Ward in Tafawa Balewa council of Bauchi State.

President Jonathan got only 98 votes while the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Muhammadu Buhari, got 2 993 . Despite the lost of his word, Mu’azu said he was optimistic the PDP would still win the elections.

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Niger State Governor, Mua’zu Aliyu Suffers Humiliating Defeat In Senatorial Race

Niger State Governor, Mua’zu Babangida Aliyu has suffered an embarrassing defeat in his bid to represent his district in the Nigerian Senate following his loss to Mr. David Umaru, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s election.

Results of the Niger East Senatorial District poll announced by INEC in Minna, revealed that Mua’zu polled a dismal 46,459 votes versus 149,443 votes polled by the Umaru

Muazu lost in all the wards of the five local government areas where he was defeated. There are 9 local governments in the state.

Mu’azu Reports Buhari, APC To Abdulsalami, Dangote, Others For Insulting Jonathan

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP pleaded with former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar,retd, former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, retd, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah to ask the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC to stop insulting President Goodluck Jonathan.

Speaking yesterday at PDP National Secretariat, Abuja when members of Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee on Election visited him, Muazu told the Committee members that the Presidential candidate of APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, retd and other key stakeholders of the party must stop portraying President Jonathan as a bad product.

Also with Ukiwe during the visit was the Chairman of Dangote group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, among others. Speaking further, Muazu told his visitors that rather than insult and attempt to ridicule President Jonathan, the APC should tell Nigerians what they would do better with their candidate, adding that though it was not the policy of the PDP, but some younger members of the party had no choice than to react in commensurate manner to attacks from the opposition as they were pushed to the wall.

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Most Nigerian Women Will Vote Jonathan, Says Mu’azu

In a statement on Monday, Mr. Mu’azu said the positive role of the women’s wing of the PDP had provided the party with the cutting edge needed to bring it victory in the March 28 gubernatorial and legislative elections.

According to him, the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, wife of the Vice President, Amina Sambo, wife of the Senate President, Helen Mark, along with the PDP Women leader, Kema Chikwe, were already showing the way for the rest of the polity to follow on how to win votes for our party and win the 2015 elections in the process.

“I am proud of our women and their tremendous contribution to our party’s greatness and it is partly because of this that the PDP will be returned to power at all levels. They have given us the cutting edge we need to win this 2015 election and they will be handsomely rewarded with even more part in governance,” he said.

“My message to our women is to keep going for it because victory is in sight and our hands are open to grab it. Nigerians will be glad that they voted for the PDP instead of those who want to change a winning team without providing a better alternative.

“I am therefore delighted and wish to thank our women for the pivotal role they are playing to ensure that we pip the opposition when the last votes are counted in this week’s general elections beginning with the presidential election.”

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Patience Jonathan’s Behavior Seriously Irritates PDP Chairman

Amid the reports that the PDP chairman may be moonlighting for the opposition, speculations are rife as to the reason for this, if there is truth in this suspicion. An associate of the chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, while speaking confidentially to The Cable, said that the PDP chairman is ‘angry’ at the way the President’s wife has been attacking the North in her campaign speeches.

In fact, Mu’azu is not pleased at all with Patience Jonathan’s ‘disrespectful remarks’against Buhari (whom, it will be recalled, she called ‘braindead.’)

Meanwhile, a source in the Buhari camp further told The Cable that “there has been ‘indirect contact’ from Mu’azu whom he said is under “tremendous pressure” from his family back home not to throw his body on the line for Goodluck Jonathan.

Furthermore, the source added, ‘political currents in Bauchi’ have made Mu’azu more inclined to having General Buhari as the next president as against Jonathan.

Governor Babangida Aliyu Wants The North To Vote For Jonathan, See His Reasons

Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, of Niger State has given reasons why the north should vote President Goodluck Jonathan even as he stated that the forthcoming general election will be a success and that Jonathan should be voted for second term to continue his good work in office.

He stated this on Tuesday while exchanging views with one of the Goodluck Campaign Group in his office, in Minna.

Urging them to vote for the president in the forthcoming general elections, he said, “What you may looking for, may not be good for you and what you are running from may be the best thing for you.”

PDP In-House Dirty Fight: The Multimillion Dollars Loot Exposed

With barely two weeks to the general elections, the national chairman of PDP, Dr. Adamu Mu’azu and his deputy, Uche Secondus, are presently engaged in a cold war over the chairman’s alleged refusal to part with some of the cash he received from aspirants in what informed sources described as a huge shakedown scheme allegedly perpetrated by Mu’azu to squeeze cash out of aspirants who wanted to emerge flag bearers of the party at the primaries.

According to REPORTS,  sources close to both men said the cordial relations between the two leaders turned frosty when Mu’azu, who is presently out of favour with President Goodluck Jonathan, allegedly refused to give Secondus anything from the money estimated at about N450 billion.

The bickering over the funds has also fragmented the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) with members’ loyalty divided between both leaders, THEWILL can report.

The huge funds were said to have been received before the December primaries of the party from mostly top governorship and national assembly aspirants as well as their promoters.

It was authoritatively gathered that some governorship aspirants paid out as much as $10million to Mu’azu who in turn allowed them handpick delegates as well as electoral officers for their primaries.

However, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has opened investigations into one of the dealings where Ndudi Elumelu, a governorship aspirant from Delta State, was allegedly made to pay about N750million but eventually failed to clinch the party’s ticket.

THEWILL sources said the corruption in the party has spread to the presidential campaign organisation where members have been stealing funds meant for the campaign organization, a case that has forced President Jonathan to personally supervise his uphill bid for re-election on March 28.

Accept Defeat, Embrace Nasko, PDP Tells Other Aspirants

The publicity secretary of Niger State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Hassan Saba, has asked defeated aspirants in the just concluded PDP governorship primaries to accept their fate, saying they are wrong for saying the conduct of the elections were flawed.


In a statement issued yesterday in Minna, Saba maintained that the conduct of the governorship primaries was flawless and a reflection of the wish of the people.

He said those complaining were crying wolf where none is and therefore urged those who lost the primaries to accept their fate,

adding that they must eschew unnecessary speculation over the conduct of the election.

He said the joint press conference addressed by the contestants has the imprint of a script written in anticipation of failure borne strictly out of their inability to impress the people.

“I am indeed pleased with the outcome of the PDP primaries. I hail the leadership of the party for the smooth process, which characterised the primaries. Let me also thank most of the aspirants for conducting themselves in the best possible way during the exercise, it shows that the next general election in Niger State will be free of violence.

“For those who lost out in the last primaries, I call on you to join hands with the party candidates to ensure PDP win all elective positions in Niger State in 2015. We must not allow selfish interest erode our sense of deductive reasoning as team players and true democrats. For emphasis sake, the process was indeed flawless.”

It would be recalled that Alhaji Umar Nasko recorded victory over other candidates vying for the governorship candidacy of the PDP in the just concluded primaries, a feat which other aspirants told journalists was attained because exercise was not free and fair.

LEAKED: If PDP Wants Me Out, I Am Ready To Throw The Cap Away- Mu’azu

Information available to 247ureports.com obtained from a competent source near the PDP national chairman indicates that the national chairman had announced his resignation to the leadership of the Jonathan presidential campaign team following a heated ‘argument’ over the new campaign strategy adopted by the PDP presidential campaign team – and his unwillingness to play along.

Available information reveals that Muazu was asked to resign from the seat of PDP national chairman because he refused to join “the train of those insulting Buhari”. And, according to our source who spoke to Muazu yesterday, the embattled PDP chairman was willing to walk away from the seat if the PDP insist of having him resign over his unwillingness to be critical of Buhari. “If PDP wants me out, I am ready to throw the cap away”, was quoted to have said.

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Fresh Scandal: Mu’azu Accused of Having Secret Agenda

A group of Concerned Elders and Chieftains of PDP in Bauchi State have accused the National Chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu, of not doing enough to ensure that the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan is successful.

The leaders, who were were reacting to the statement by the PDP national publicity secretary, Olisah Metuh, faulting claims that Mu’azu is not committed to the campaign efforts of the president, noted that Mu’azu has his own secret agenda.

Bibi Dogo, who spoke on behalf of the elders on Wednesday ,advised President Jonathan not to rely on Mu’azu to deliver the mandatory 25 percent of votes in the state to him in the forthcoming presidential election.

He stated that there is nothing concrete on ground to show Mu’azu personal commitment to the Jonathan’s re-election efforts.

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I Pity Fabricators, Mu’azu Says As He Restates Loyalty to Jonathan

PDP National Chiarman, Adamu Mu’azu, has restated his loyalty to President Goodluck Jonathan and the party. This is in response to reports the pair’s relationship was frosty. Mu’ azu expressed “pity” at those allegedly sponsoring the media reports on the rift.

“On the sponsored propaganda and lies, I pity those who fabricated them. I will be here to laugh at them immediately we win the election.  My loyalty to President Jonathan and the party can never be in doubt. I have nothing else to prove. My record from 1998 till date speaks,” he said.

“I have been in my party the PDP from 1998 till date. I have never decamped. It’s my home. Loyalty is my watchword. I am a loyal father, grandfather, countryman, party leader, party chairman and the Game Changer. I fear no one but Allah”.

He added that the PDP, because it is not a regional or ethnic party, represented the entire country.

“We are in the PDP because we believe it represents Nigeria. It’s not a regional, sectional or ethnic party. It’s a national party,” Mu’azu said.

He has been chairman for more than a year, having taken over from Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, whose helm at the ruling party was beset by divisions.

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Jonathan Questions Mu’azu’s Loyalty

President Goodluck Jonathan has placed the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Adamu Mu’azu under close watch. This follows the alleged double-faced activities levelled against Mu’azu by some members of Jonathan’s kitchen cabinet.

Mu’azu, who was a former governor of Bauchi State was accused of not taken steps to sanction his successor, Gov. Isa Yuguda, who many party supporters see has not been fully committed to the second term aspiration of President Jonathan.

Mu’azu is also being accused of not campaigning vigorously for President Jonathan in the North. The thinking in the minds of members of Jonathan’s kitchen cabinet is that Mu’azu is more interested in having a President from his region than President Jonathan returning.

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Presidency Doubts PDP National Chairman’s Loyalty #Report

Indications have emerged that the Presidency may have put the National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, under close watch, The Punch has learnt.

It was learnt that the Presidency was not comfortable with the activities of the chairman of the ruling party as some members of the party were said to have informed President Goodluck Jonathan of the alleged double-faced activities of Mu’azu.

It was learnt that the Presidency took the action following reports against the former Governor of Bauchi State, Mallam Isa Yuguda that he was not fully committed to the second term aspiration of President Jonathan.

Those against him were said to have informed the President and members of his kitchen cabinets that Mu’azu did not take any action following the stoning of the President’s convoy in some states in the North.

Specifically, he was said to have kept quiet over the stoning of the President’s vehicle in his home state.

The sad event in the state was blamed on the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, but the state Governor, Yuguga said that those who stoned the President were sponsored by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Muhammed.

The minister is a member of the ruling party.

The Presidency source said, “You can see that Mu’azu has not been vociferous in his campaign for the President in the North.

“He has never organised any rally on his own and has never attended any other except those organised by the party which were attended by the President.

“He has remained silent on the stoning of the President’s convoy in Taraba, Katsina and Taraba states. We have this unclear notion that he’s more interested in having a President from his region than President Jonathan returning. So, we are watching him.”

The source said the sign that Mu’azu could be up to a sinister motive emerged on the day the President inaugurated the party’s Presidential Campaign Council.

“Instead of speaking on the task ahead of the party and the campaign, Mu’azu in the full glare of the television and invited guests, lambasted the President and the party.”

PDP Will Win General Elections Despite APC’s Propaganda – Muazu Babangida

Gov. Aliyu Babangida of Niger State said on Thursday that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would win the general elections in spite of increased propaganda from opposition parties.

Babangida said this while fielding questions from State House correspondents in Abuja.

According to him, the PDP had no problem winning the elections, both at the gubernatorial and presidential level.

“Believe me, I have no problem. While it may be tougher this time around, because of the confederation, but believe me, PDP will win Niger State without any hesitation, and I have no problem with that.

“I don’t even think twice about it. When people are very good in propaganda, sometime, they even come to believe their own propaganda.

“But believe me, we have no problem in Niger State as far as PDP is concerned.”

The governor, who acknowledged that the PDP made some forgivable mistakes during its primaries, said many of those who defected from the party would come back after the elections.

He said the postponement of the general elections had provided the party an opportunity to reconcile with aggrieved members.

“There are, may be, places where we have a few problems, particularly where people might have felt aggrieved because of the way and manner the primaries were conducted.

“But, believe me, we are doing extremely well particularly, with this time frame that has been extended.

“It has given us an opportunity to reconcile with all those who we can reconcile with. There are some who may be bitter enough, may be until after elections before they decide to come back.

“Many of them who had left, the moment we win back our seats, they will all come back again.’’

On the use of card reader during the general elections, Babangida expressed doubt over the effectiveness of the machine.

Commenting on the friction between him and his deputy, the governor said that the differences had since been reconciled.

Source – Daily POST NG

Lamido’s Plan To Reconcile with OBJ

Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State on Wednesday met the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Adamu Mu’azu, on how to convince former President Olusegun Obasanjo to return to the party.

The meeting was at the instance of Mu’azu, who is worried about the political implications of Obasanjo’s decision to dump the PDP. The meeting took place at the Abuja residence of Mu’azu.

Mu’azu during the meeting sought the opinion of Lamido on how to resolve the issues between Obasanjo and President Goodluck Jonathan.

Lamido, who also met with President Jonathan on Tuesday over the issue, told Mu’azu to warn some members of the party, including a governor from the southern part of the country to stop abusing the former President.

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PDP Knows How To Win The Elections- Muazu

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Muazu, has revealed that the party was negatively affected by “poaching of its best brains” meaning the defection of five of its governors to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). But he also stressed that the worst days were already over. Muazu made his statement on February 2, 2015 in Abuja, Vanguard reports.

It would be recalled that the governors who defected to the APC included Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers; Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano; Aliyu Magatakada Wammako of Sokoto; Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara and ex- Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State respectively.

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10 Things You Need To Know This Morning #NewsBits

Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:

1. The Plateau State Governor, Mr. Jonah Jang, has appointed his son, Yakubu, as the Commissioner for Lands and Urban Planning in the state. Prior to his new appointment, Yakubu was Jang’s Special Adviser on Special Duties. While addressing newsmen on Sunday, Abubakar, said his new appointment was to allow for continuity in government.

2. A new video released by the Islamist Boko Haram sect showed its armed members slaughtering civilians lying face down in an unidentified dormitory which the sect leader claimed was situated in Bama, Borno state. In the video, the sect vowed to continue to kill and destroy as its religious obligation. The video was released on Saturday.

3. The acclaimed Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Dr. Adewale Omirin, has dismissed the alleged order by Governor Ayodele Fayose, that he should be arrest with the other All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the state. In a statement through his Special Adviser on Media, Wole Olujobi, Omirin said that the APC lawmakers acted within the context of the constitution having sat in a public building in the state capital last Friday. He boasted that nobody can arrest them for carrying out their constitutional duty.

4. President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday appealed to all aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party aspirants following the outcome of its primaries across the country to remain in the party as the party was doing everything possible to ensure that their grievances were looked into and resolved immediately.

5. A report has showed that the Federal Government within its first six months of this year withdrew a total sum of N310.05bn from the Excess Crude Account. This information was contained in a document obtained from the Budget Office of the Federation. According to the document, the said amount was used to settle various government’s obligations as it has failed to meet its revenue target.

6. Former Foreign Minister and Deputy Chairman, 2014 National Conference, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, has call on Nigerians to be wary of the dangers that lie ahead of the February 2015 general elections. He said that some people were planning to pull the country towards disintegration. This warning was contained in a letter he addressed separately to both President Goodluck Jonathan and his political rival, Muhammadu Buhari.

7. The Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has expressed optimism that the APC would win the state come 2015. He further declared that no emperor will govern the state as the people will resist any aspirant with such quality.Amaechi, while speaking at the freestyle parade of the Rivers State Cultural Festival known as CARNIRIV in Port Harcourt on Saturday said Rivers people can only vote for individual of great leadership quality.

8. At least, 80 Boko Haram insurgents and two soldiers were killed when Boko Haram insurgents laid ambush for the military along Damboa road in Borno state. Report says gun duel ensued between the militants and the military personnel attached to 7 Division, Nigerian Army while they were on their way to Damboa, the headquarters of Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State. The incident reportedly happened weekend.

9.Ijaw youths have threatened to violently attack supporters of the presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), anywhere they are in the southern part of the country. The youths vowed to retaliate on any attack meted on Jonathan’s supporters in the North.

10. The All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has said that Nigeria would not vote President Goodluck Jonathan again, as voting for him would mean that all that is presently wrong with the country would be sustained. This was contained in a statement posted on Buhari’s facebook wall on Sunday night.

Source – Daily Post Ng

Jonathan & Mua’zu Move to Appease Kalu & Others

Indications have emerged that following some crises that came up after the primaries in some states,President Goodluck Jonathan has concluded plans to reach out to some former governors, leaders, elders and stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP who have been frustrated by serving governors that have taken over the structures of the party.

To achieve this, President Jonathan would be collaborating with PDP National Chairman Alhaji Adamu Muazu and the leadership of the party to ensure that they meet with these former governors, leaders, elders and stakeholders and resolve the problem especially ahead of 2015 general elections.

According to a source, the move is to allow the PDP go into the elections as a united family to confront the opposition, the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The arrangement as gathered would be to pacify some of these personalities who are aggrieved especially as they complained of being schemed out by the governors to put in place their own persons as against the wishes of the people.

Prior and after the primaries in the states where candidates emerged, chieftains of the party who have been disenchanted with the way and manner the governors have appropriated the party structures in state chapters of the party, have protested to the National Secretariat against the conduct of the primaries.

Credit: Vanguard Nigeria

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning #NewsBits

Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:

1. As the strike by Nigerian oil workers gets into its second day, the Federal Government through the Federal Ministries of Labour and Productivity as well as Petroleum Resources will be meeting today with the oil workers to possible end the strike. The meeting has been fixed for 11 am in Abuja.

2 The crisis in the folds of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Oyo State took another dimension yesterday as one of its aggrieved leading governorship aspirants, Seyi Makinde dumped PDP to pick the governorship ticket of the Social Democratic Party, SDP. He alleged lack of free and fair election in the PDP, saying it was the reason for his defection.

3. Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has taken over the case of Ejeh Smith and his wife, Grace, who were allegedly tortured by a policeman, Dada Ogunsanya, an officer attached to the Ikoyi Police Division. According to the Activist, charges would be pressed against the police on behalf of the couple over the abuse of their fundamental human rights.

4. A meeting of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress aiming at picking a running mate for General Muhammadu Buhari ended in the early hours of today with no consensus reached on the matter. The meeting which started at about 10.30pm on Wednesday, ended at about 1.58am on Tuesday without results.
5. Report says some Peoples Democratic Party senators behind the alleged plot to impeach the Senate President, David Mark had a meeting for several hours in Abuja on Monday to strategize on how to kick the Senate President out of power.
Report further revealed that the meeting held in one of the five-star hotels close to the Apo Legislative Quarters.

6. The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose on Monday presented N80.774bn as 2015 budget to the Ekiti State House of Assembly. During the budget presentation, the governor boasted that the opposition All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the state who are attempting to overrun the state would be dealt with by the people.

7. Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, has compared Jonathan with Jesus Christ, saying there is no difference between the responsibility of Jonathan for Nigeria and that of Christ for Christians.

8. Report says about five persons have been killed and several villages destroyed in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State in a fresh attack carried out on the local government by suspected Fulani militia.

9. Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has predicted that the economies of some states would collapse if the decline in the price of crude oil in the global market continues for another three months. While speaking on Monday in Minna during the inauguration of the Niger State chapter executives of the Quintessential Business Women Association, the governor said that some states were already finding it very difficult to pay workers’ salaries.

10. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Senator Bukola Saraki, has denied his involvement in the plot to impeach the senate President, David Mark. He said he was shocked by the said report.

Source – Daily Post Ng

Who’s Afraid of Umar Nasko? By Halima Ibrahim Anaba

In this buildup to the 2015 elections, the polity in Niger State is already tensed with the usual blackmails and propagandas of the losing camps. Typical of such politics of witch-haunts and character assassinations, the subject of hate has always been the personality and aspiration of the the contender who’s shown the potentials of not only emerging as winner but also promotes politics of ideas, instead of personality. Their campaign of calumny, this term, is on Alhaji Umar Mohammed Nasko of the People’s Democratic Party. The question is: why are they losing sleep over the ambition of Nasko?

Their main case against Nasko is the widespread recognition he has earned from not just the political establishment in Niger State but also from the numerous youth and professional groups across the State. This is an understandable reason to be in the spotlight and be so unfairly criticized by those who consider such privileges a sort of a crime.
All over the world, the quests by incumbent leaders to groom successors or facilitate the emergence of candidates they consider loyal to their administration or characteristically competent as successors have been a part of the political culture. While the incumbent promotes the ideals of his preferred candidate, the delegates and even forces outside the party circle also have their rights to move against such decisions. This is the beauty of democracy.
While these bitter agents are condemning Nasko for being “anointed” by the incumbent Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, as though this is an unusual or the first of such endorsements by the establishment, one is made to question such hypocrisy. Was it not in the same Niger State that the then Governor Abdulkhadir Abdullahi Kure abandoned his deputy, Dr. Shem Zagbayi Nuhu, and endorsed the guber ambition of Alhaji Jibrin Bala Guna (now deceased)? The same people now contesting the endorsement of Nasko by Governor Aliyu were not heard crying foul when Governor Kure endorsed the late Guna. The latter would’ve been PDP’s candidate in the main election if it weren’t for the EFCC that waded in and had his aspiration cut short over involvement in declared financial scandals.
The latest of these attacks of the personality of Nasko is a grammatically and logically atrocious piece by a certain Abdullahi S. Marafa, entitled “PDP May Lose 2015 Elections In Niger State” in the Sahara Reporters online media, which sets out to predict the reign of PDP in Niger State and indict Nasko as a bureaucratically incompetent public servant.
In one sentence, Marafa claims that it’s not possible for Governor Aliyu to willingly endorse a person once dismissed from his administration. In another sentence, he wondered why Governor Aliyu wanted to have Nasko as successor. What Marafa didn’t reveal in this attempt to discredit Nasko is that, while it’s true that Nasko left Governor Aliyu’s administration in the heat of a serious scandal, he was called back when the scandal was eventually resolved, having been proven innocent of the allegations of what Marafa considers financial misconduct. I don’t know how Marafa, in his malicious mischief, missed this fact. Or has Marafa not noticed the ongoing phase of the project in question? The proposed 5-star hotel is already a dream in progress, now under construction, and if the hostile critics have bothered to visit the location, they would’ve been sincere in acknowledging that it’s on a budget even higher than the initial five hundred million Naira said to have been misappropriated.
Sadly, the court of Marafa’s public opinion is against the convention of the Nigerian legal system, which says, when charged or accused, one is innocent until proven guilty. Nasko was never proven guilty, let alone convicted of these allegations of financial misconducts. The evidences are there for all to see. And it’s this vindication that resulted in his return to this administration, serving as Commissioner again and then Chief of Staff to Governor Aliyu.
In his declaration speech, Nasko delivered a dazzling and brilliant speech in which he not only pledged to sustain some of Governor Aliyu’s redeeming initiatives, including the intellectual development policy of this administration that recognizes the place of the writers and intellectuals in the society but also promised to run an all-inclusive government, which is a commendable effort in this time of polarising and bitter politics.
What marks Nasko out, and makes him taller than other Guber contenders in Niger State now, is his strict adherence  to the politics of ideas, while others, especially those intimidated by his exemplary strategies and dispositions, are frustrated to go every ridiculous length to discredit him in their mischievous fabrications on his private and public life.
In Marafa’s spurious claims, he wrote that he’s exchanged a letter with the schools Nasko attended in Poland and that there are doubts over Nasko’s schooling at those places. This is not only outrageous, but a pathetically low point of their dirty politics that doesn’t really deserve to be honoured with a response by Nasko’s handlers who’ve been resisting the challenge to play dirty in the fashion of these inconsequential libelists. Let’s even ignore the truth that extracting information on students at an institution in places like Poland, which they ignorantly claimed to have done in a few days, is a slow, difficult and almost impossible mission because of the legal processes involved. But in their hurry to fool the people, they forgot that bit of education on the privacy rights of students at Polish institutions.
The loopholes in their claims to have contacted the schools attended by the subject of their political nightmares are glaring. In one narrative, they wrote that the school answered that it has no details on students who enrolled in the 90’s, in another narrative they misinterpreted this lack of “key information” by the school, even though, again in their tale, the school confirmed that Nasko was in deed at the university, to mean that he wasn’t there at all. This is how low detractors go in bending truths. But they can only bamboozle gullible minds who don’t pause to question obvious fabrications and falsehoods against the person of Nasko.
In a time like this, we all must brace up for the storm of mischief and propagandas coming from enemies both within and outside, known and unknown, and also, awareness of the hacks working for them must be understood. It’s even funnier how the Abdullahi S. Marafa character who’s challenging the educational history of a man of Nasko’s wits and erudition is actually in need of elementary education, considering  his pitiable abuse of basic grammar in all his sentences in that sorry secondary school composition. But it’ll be out of point and a needless distraction to advise the illiterate hack to return to school or pick up an English primer to acquire basic knowledge of grammar and, also importantly, logic.
I must commend the Team Nasko for their refusal to play along the path of disrepute being trodden by detractors. It takes a serious courage, maturity and wisdom to resist dignifying the incoherent rambling of libelous opponents. The Team Nasko has been unwavering in its mobilization and sensitization as it propagates the ideals of their principal who’s very determined to lift Niger State to the higher height. It is, thus, not unusual that those who fail to match the man Nasko’s political machinations are resorting to name-calling and whatnots to draw attention to what are actually their own failures.
By Halima Ibrahim Anaba
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I Hand All Jonathans Critics To God – Muazu

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu yesterday handed over to God those who criticise the Federal Government on the issue of Chibok secondary school girls still in Boko Haram’s captivity.

Muazu who was apparently not happy with critics from the opposition trailing the issue in spite of federal government’s effort to secure the release of the girls abducted by the insurgents in their dormitories on April 14 this year, however accused the opposition of politicising the matter, saying that the PDP will no longer answer critics on the issue.

Meanwhile, the PDP National Chairman has also hailed the nation’s former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, rtd on the occasion of his 80th birthday celebration, saying the Elder statesman is one elder who never takes side when the children are fighting

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