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2019: Atiku begins consultations, hints of working with Fayose

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, may reach a pact ahead of the presidential elections in 2019.
Remarks by both parties showed that they would discuss possible alliance and make this known very soon.
While fielding questions from newsmen on Wednesday during a visit/consultation with members of the Peoples Democratic Party on 2019, Abubakar hinted that he would discuss his ambition with Governor Fayose whom he described as a force to reckon with in PDP.
He said: “He calls the shots and when he does so, we all take the queue.”
Responding, Fayose, who described Abubakar’s ambition as legitimate and a welcome development, said though he was expecting the former VP to discuss his presidential ambition with him privately as other aspirants would do, he nonetheless assured him that in spite of his aspiration to rule the nation, the party’s interest would be placed above individual aspirations.
He said: “He (Abubakar) has not spoken to me privately about it and may be he would do that in our private meeting, but his body language obviously shows he has an ambition, which is legitimate.
“We will all examine everybody and we will play a level playing ground.
“As he has come, others will still come.
“On the issue of being Vice President, like I said in the Book of Ezekiel 37:33, the Bible says God asks that can this bone live?
“And the Prophet answers and says Thou Knoweth.
“All these questions are questions for God and He has answer for them.
“Man has no answer.
“You may wish anything for me, but God’s wish is supreme.
“I deserve to serve this country as president.
“I have paid my due.
“I am not a hidden voice.
“I have all it takes to lead this country, but whichever way it goes, the interest of our party comes first.
“It is above our individual aspiration.
“Whoever the party finally picks as the party’s candidate will be supported by others.”
Abubakar, who refused to comment on former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s condemnation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, said Nigerians are to evaluate the letter he wrote.
He, however, advised the electorate not to vote the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 presidential election.
He said: “APC has failed this country.
“That party is not the solution to our country’s challenges.”
The former VP, who lauded Fayose’s warm reception and described the governor’s reception of him at Akure Airport as regard for him, said: “Since my return home to PDP, this is the first state I am visiting for consultations with party leaders.
“This is not surprising as Fayose and I had struck a good relationship since his first tenure as governor and I was VP.
“He is blunt and straightforward, a sharpshooter in politics and I respect him for that this.
“But above all, he is also the chairman of our party’s Governors Forum.
“Today among the governors, among the party members generally, he calls the shots and when he does so, we all take the cue.
“I have visited this state severally with other governors in the saddle.
“What I have observed has been a monumental development in terms of infrastructure in the state and the quality of life of the people, but as a politician, anywhere we were driving along the road, from Akure, he was receiving cheers all through, while the road from Akure to Ekiti was bad that from Ekiti into the state is splendid.
“I have seen what you have achieved and your footprints are all over the state capital.
“I commend you for that and for your leadership.
“I believe you have quite a lot to offer for our country.
“Another unique thing the governor has done is telling me that his deputy is being supported as the party’s candidate in the next election.
“This is a very rare feat in the democratic system of our country.
“How many deputy governors have succeeded their governors?
“It means he has foresight and wants someone to continue his good works and I hope if you have the opportunity by the grace of God, you will continue the good works.
“I am coming back to campaign with you for 2018 polls.”
Responding to the former VP’s remarks, Fayose, said: “I thank God for your life, your resilience and tolerance and patience in your walk through life.
“It only takes resilience to follow life.
“Most times, you only get bouts instead of encouragement.
“I welcome you to the state because you were quite supportive when I wanted to come at first time.
“While others were not, you supported us.
“We only celebrate the bad things men do to us, we don’t celebrate good works.
“It would have been better if we celebrate good works.
“Today, we don’t celebrate good works, we reward it with celebrating supplanters.”
Assuring Abubakar that his return to PDP would yield fruits, Fayoe said: “I want to assure you that we only have leadership in Abuja, real party is in the states and at the local government level.
“We have done it before, we will do it again.
“I won the last election because it was not the people who wanted me to go away, but it was Obasanjo that sent me away.
“That was why they voted for me overwhelmingly in 2014.
“Let us keep forging ahead.
“Frustrations could make a man to look stupid.
“I was frustrated out of PDP but I returned victoriously.”
Taking a critical swipe at Buhari’s government and Obasanjo’s Tuesday outburst, Fayose said: “I am not disappointed because I never voted for Buhari and I will never stop being against him.
“I was not too young when Buhari came first time and we knew the hell he took us through.
“At his first time, he was putting people in jail and he was not in charge.
“It was his deputies that were in charge.
“The man is dark in the mind.
“We have seen Buhari, we have seen failure.
“Nigerians wanted a man that would whip them and he came and gave them bulala and they continue to manage him.
“Now the message has come from Obasanjo, who was Buhari’s greatest promoter and navigator, telling him to go home.
“The end has come to the APC, our suppressors and oppressors.
“You can only rule a country as diverse as Nigeria if you are truly a leader.
“Currently, there is 45 per cent reduction in economic situation.
“I can tame herdsmen effectively if I am the president of this nation.
“Tell everyone, if you vote APC, it is second and final suffering you are inviting.”

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CUPP appoints ex-APC Publicity Secretary, Abdullahi, new spokesman

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The immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has been appointed spokesman of the newly formed Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) seeking to wrestle power from the APC in 2019.

Abdulllahi, who recently resigned from his position as the spokesperson of the ruling party, was announced as the head of the Media and Publicity committee, which includes Kazeem Afegbua and Kola Ologbondiyan .

Abdullahi’s committee was among the several subcommittees inaugurated Monday in Abuja by the steering committee of CUPP.

Source: THISDAY

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Kwara APC exco: Court restrains Oshiomhole, NWC, Bolarinwa, others

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An Ilorin, Kwara State High Court on Thursday restrained members of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress or any person or officers of the party from dissolving or taking any action towards dissolving Kwara State Executive Committee of the party.

The court granted the application after hearing the submission of Abdulwahab Bamidele, counsel to Isola Balogun-Fulani (Chairman of Kwara State APC), Chief Christopher Tunji Ayeni (Secretary, Kwara State APC), who are claimants/applicants in the suit number KWS /292/218, filed before the court of Justice T. S. Umar.

Balogun-Fulani and Ayeni had dragged the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and five others before the court on the purported dissolution of the Kwara State APC executive committee by the NWC of the party.

Other defendants/respondents in the suit include Mallam Mai Mala Binu, National Secretary of APC, the party, APC NWC, INEC and Hon. Bashiru Bolarinwa (for himself and on behalf of members of the so-called or purported caretaker committee of Kwara State chapter of APC).

The reliefs granted the applicants by the court include: “This honourable court restrains the members of the NWC of the third defendant or any person or officers of the third defendant purporting to act for the third defendant from dissolving or taking any action towards dissolving Kwara state executive committee of the third defendant represented by the chairman/applicant who are duly elected to office as members of the executive committee of the third defendant in Kwara state on May 19, 2018, in accordance with the constitution of the third defendant pending the hearing and determination of the claimants/applicants motion on notice.

“That this honourable court restrains the sixth defendant and other members of the so called or purported caretaker committee of Kwara state chapter of the APC from showing off or parading themselves or performing any function or duty specified for members of the executive committee of the third defendant either individualy or collectively as members of the executive committee of members of caretaker committee of the third defendant in Kwara state pending the hearing and determination of the claimants claimants applicants /applicant motion on notice.

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Senator Abdullahi Adamu is a Mischievous Liar – Saraki

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Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has described the Senator representing Nasarawa West, Abdullahi Adamu, as a compulsive liar and an unreliable man who will do or say anything to suit his situation at any point in time.

Saraki was reacting to the claim by Adamu that the Senate President once referred to Senator Dino Melaye as ” clown” in a private chat with him.

The Senate President stated that the Senator from Nasarawa State has been peddling insults and lies about him but he has ignored him out of respect for his age.

In a statement signed on his behalf by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki stated that: “I have deliberately ignored the antics of Senator Abdullahi Adamu, especially his constant media attack on me and the Senate since the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) dusted his file on alleged case of corruption and also went ahead to arraign his son in court. So far, I had refrained from responding in kind out of respect for his age. However, it seems he has misread my maturity and respect for docility. He feels the best way to play his self-survival game and ingratiate himself to the government in order to save his skin is for him to be seen to be fighting Saraki, even if that would require him to tell brazen lies and peddle mischief in his old age.

“However, I feel his latest statement in an interview with a national newspaper deserves a reaction from me. First, I could not have referred to my colleague, Senator Dino Melaye as a clown, knowing that from available records, Senator Melaye has so far outshined and has performed better than Senator Abdullahi in terms of the number of bills sponsored, motion raised and contributions to debate on the floor. Clearly, Adamu’s seven years cannot be compared to Senator Melaye’s three years. Senator Adamu is free to challenge this assertion by showing his records.

“Again, I restate that Senator Adamu is a deceptive, manipulative and desperate liar. He only says what suits him as the occasion demands. I urge people to check his contributions on the floor before the EFCC moved against him and his son and they will see that this is a latter day, selfish supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari. We know what he was saying about the President and his administration and what should happen in 2019 before then during discussions with our colleagues, particularly the former Governors in the Senate. I specifically recall some statements he made on the President and his administration during an official trip we made together to Morocco in March last year. At the appropriate time, we will give more details.

“Senator Abdullahi’s statements should not be relied upon. He is a deceitful fellow who says what suits the situation that he finds himself. So, it is now he knows the Senate has a bad leadership after three years?

“Well, since Senator Abdullahi Adamu became the attack dog of the executive in the Senate, using language unbecoming of a man of his age against me and other colleagues who he perceived he needs to disparage to reassure his handlers in the Presidency, I have realized that he simply deserve our sympathies. I am sure those he thinks he is working for know he is a man who is only useful for the present moment”, he stated.

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