Saturday, April 4, 2015
The National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Adamu Mua’zu, has appealed to members of the party not to be discouraged with the outcome of the presidential election which the party lost to the All Progressives Congress.
He asked them to pick up “the pieces and ensure that we return quickly to our old winning ways,” adding that there should be no room for voter apathy, which he said was a major factor that made the PDP lost the presidential election.
He said, “While our opponents were savouring their famous victory, we should out flank them and corner at least two thirds of the states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“This is not an impossible target if we return to our elements with immediate effect. We have done it before and we can do it again. Nothing will be sweeter than PDP taking Lagos, our own Rivers State and Imo.
“Our candidates in these states are first class materials who have fully penetrated the political structures of those states and are set to win.
“Our target in this remaining election should be to retain our present states and then sink our teeth into the heart of our political opponents and show that their presidential victory is nothing more than a one-off that won’t be repeated in a long while.”
He said he had reminded the party’s governorship candidates that “one thing that won’t happen in this race is the so-called bandwagon effect. The reason is simple. Our party is used to bouncing back whenever we experience a setback.”
The former Governor of Bauchi State added that the PDP in the past 16 years of democracy has maintained fair play consistently, which he said the APC admitted in its response to President Jonathan’s speech conceding to President-elect, General Muhammdu Buhari.
The kidnappers of Mrs. Hamdallah Ettu, the wife of a lecturer in the Department of Biology at the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode, Mr. Gbenga Ettu, have demanded the sum of N20m as ransom.
Mrs Ettu, who traded in foodstuffs, was kidnapped on Friday evening at Ososa, Ogun State, on her way home from her shop.
A family source told our correspondent that the mother of five, who is in her late thirties, was driving home from her shop with her six-month-old son when the incident occurred.
The source said, “Mrs. Ettu was driving home in her Mazda car from the shop where she sells daily needs and foodstuffs before she was kidnapped. The incident occurred around after nine in the evening on Friday.
“The distance between her shop and her house is not more than five minutes. She was in the car with her baby who is just six months old but they only took her and even left her purse and phones in the car.
“But they have called this morning to demand the sum of N20m as ransom for her.”
The source added that Mr. Ettu had made reports at the Idowa Police station.
However, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, told our correspondent in a text message that he was not aware of such incident.
He promised to get back but has yet to do so as of press time.
The Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has congratulated the President -Elect, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on the victory of the APC at the March 28 Presidential election.
In a statement in Abuja on Saturday, Okupe also stated that the Presidency under President Goodluck Jonathan fought a great fight. Okupe was among numerous members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, who vowed that Buhari would never win the election. The Presidential aide had added that there clearly was no way the APC would not scatter earlier to the elections. However in the statement on Saturday, Okupe swallowed all his earlier antagonism against Buhari and his party.
“Let me congratulate Gen. Mohammed Buhari on his success at the 2015 Presidential Polls. I equally congratulate my friend and brother Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, the APC National Leader, and the leaders and members of the APC for this historic success.”
On the good fight he said the Presidency fought, Okupe said, “On our part, we have ran a good race and fought an intense and unrelenting battle from the beginning to the end. Sometimes in the course of defending our Turf the engagements have been Knuckle- breaking and often outrightly vicious.
“The fight and contest for power from time immemorial has always been fierce and intense, it has never been a sport for the Lilly-livered or the faint hearted.”
He said the Presidency was grateful to God that at the end “an outstanding President was finally recognised and accepted by a large number of Nigerians nationwide.”
He stated that despite that a “very good, humble and great man of immense capacity has lost this election,” the Presidency “believes that God must have approved it, hence we accept it as gallant men of faith and as patriotic Nigerians and true democrats.”
“President Goodluck Jonathan has done once again an unprecedented act in Nigeria. As a seating President with immense powers at his disposal, he has respected the voice of the people and willingly and freely surrendered power.
“In a magnanimous manner common only amongst true Democrats, he accepted defeat and congratulated the winner even while the final collations were still on. President Jonathan, by this singular act, stands shoulder taller than most leaders of his generation and even those before his time.”
That President Goodluck Jonathan lost the March 28 presidential race is no more news. In spite of the fact that he has been in the seat for around six years, he has not been driving the nation alone. By excellence of being near to the President, there are men and ladies who have been wielding immense impact on his Presidency.
It is along these lines no disclaiming that Jonathan did not lose this decision alone. These individuals giving orders from their different safe places are additionally failures in their own privilege. Who are these President’s men and ladies?
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Liverpool visit Arsenal for a potentially definitive Premier League encounter on Saturday , as the runners and riders in the race for Champions League qualification embark upon the season’s final lap, AFPreports.
Having had their 13-game unbeaten run ended by Manchester United before the international break, Liverpool find themselves five points below the Champions League spots with only eight games of the season remaining.
Another defeat at the Emirates Stadium could see Liverpool cut adrift, but victory would take them to within three points of their opponents, revitalising their quest for a top-four finish.
“In terms of the objectives going into the game, it’s no different to what it was before Manchester United, but of course we had a disappointing result and performance last time out,” said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
“We really want to make sure we perform and give ourselves a chance to get a positive result.”
Arsenal are seeking to record a seventh league win in succession – a feat they last achieved in March 2012 – and with Manchester City not in action until Monday, victory would lift Arsene Wenger’s side up to second place.
“It’s a big game and an opportunity for us to continue our run, which is what we want to do,” Wenger told his pre-match press conference.
“You know after the international break it’s always important that you come back and straight away you are on it.”
Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby are all back in training for Arsenal after injury, while Wenger said Danny Welbeck had a “little chance” of playing after hurting his knee on England duty.
Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana could both feature for Liverpool despite withdrawing from the England squad through injury, but Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel are suspended.
Raheem Sterling, meanwhile, is likely to find more than a few camera lenses trained on him after he confirmed that he has rejected a new contract offer and described reported interest from Arsenal as “flattering”.
The All Progressives Congress in Rivers State on Thursday alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in the state, Mr. Nyesom Wike, planned to have some of the state’s oil wells ceded to Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Abia states if the PDP wins the April 11 election.
Making the allegation in a statement in Port Harcourt by its Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, APC said Wike planned to pay N1bn monthly to the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, and some yet to be verified amount to 10 other chieftains of the PDP if elected into office.
The statement read, “This planned and unacceptable rape of Rivers State coffers, which was revealed to us by a patriotic Rivers State citizen, has made us even more resolved to prevent the emergence of a PDP-led government in our dear state.
“As a result, the APC has cut short its presidential victory celebration to step up its rescue mission to salvage the state from the misfortune that will befall it should PDP win the April 11 governorship election.”
But the PDP Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, described the APC’s allegation as false, adding that Wike did not need to pay anybody to win the governorship election.
Nwanosike said, “The APC in Rivers State is confused. The party has run out of ideas. The APC should stop dwelling on false allegations and face the task before it.”
The race to get political appointments in the forthcoming Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress government has begun, Saturday PUNCH learnt on Friday.
It was learnt in Abuja that although consultations for cabinet and National Assembly positions are still on-going, the manoeuvre among Buhari’s loyalists for political appointments has begun.
Saturday PUNCH gathered that for now, top on the list of appointments expected to be made by the President-elect, include but not limited to the National Security Adviser and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
Although the APC leaders are currently seeking to consolidate on last week’s victory in the Presidential and National Assembly elections, they are not oblivious of the task ahead.
The position of NSA is usually considered the exclusive preserve of the President and the appointment of a new NSA by the President-elect, himself a retired Army-General, is expected to be swift.
However, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, dismissed what he called “speculations” about appointments.
He said, “We are focused on the governorship and House of Assembly elections and we will not be distracted.”
Saturday PUNCH however gathered that among those being considered for the positions of NSA are: a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Abdurrahman Dambazau (retd) and former Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Commassie.
The former Army Chief is currently the Director in charge of the Security Directorate of the APC Presidential Campaign Council.
Commassie, on the other hand is currently the Chairman of the northern socio-cultural organisation, the Arewa Consultative Forum.
An APC chieftain, who did not want his name mentioned, said, “Although there are about three people being considered for the post of NSA, Gen. Dambazau, is currently topping the list.
“Commassie, who was Gen. Buhari’s schoolmate and one other retired officer of the SSS whose name I cannot remember now are among those being considered.”
For the position of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, there are feelers that the APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, is among those being considered.
It was also learnt that a former Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget in Lagos State, the Anambra State born Ben Akabueze, may also be considered.
Another name said to be under consideration is Ambassador Hakeem Baba Ahmed, a retired Federal Permanent Secretary, who had a stint as the Secretary to the Kaduna State Government under then Col. Hammed Ali (presently Chief of Staff, to the President-elect).
President Goodluck Jonathan and his family members have started moving their personal belongings out of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, few days after the President lost his re-election bid, ooduarere can authoritatively report.
Some buses loaded with travel bags were sighted moving out of the President’s official residence at about midday on Friday.
One of the buses, a white 18-seater Hiace bus marked PF 6244 AL, was still being loaded with bags of different shades and sizes at the time of filing this report.
It was not clear at press time where the buses were heading for.
A source said the early removal of the personal effects of the first family might have been necessitated by the need for the renovation of the residence ahead of the May 29 handover date.
For renovation work to commence on time, the President may have to be operating from outside the residence in the days ahead. A government official, who pleaded anonymity, revealed on Friday that the Presidency was embarrassed by the leaked recording.
While saying that a thorough investigation is underway, the security source said the first step was to ascertain whether the recording was leaked from the Presidency or was made public from the President-elect’s camp.
He said it was only if it was discovered that the recording was leaked from the Presidency that further investigation would be conducted to ascertain those behind it in order to mete out appropriate punishment.
He, however, refused to talk on how long the investigation will take.
“Definitely, unauthorised release of a raw recording of the President’s telephone conversation, if from our (Presidency’s) end is a security breach that cannot go without being investigated,” he said.
The President also promised on Friday to break his silence on his experience in office and other sundry issues at the appropriate time.
He, however, did not give any indication on when the appropriate time will be Jonathan made the promise when State House correspondents approached him for interview at the end of the Good Friday Service organised by the Aso Villa Chapel.
“Don’t worry; I will talk to you at the appropriate time,” the President said amid smile as he made his way from the chapel to his official residence.
All the preachers agreed that the bold step taken by the President at the appropriate time was commendable. They urged him to remain focused because his future is in the hands of God.
“This man (Jonathan) said here that he is the most criticised President and he prophesied that by the time he will be leaving, he will be the most celebrated President. That has come to pass with the way he is being celebrated worldwide for conceding defeat,” one of the clergymen who led intercessory prayers said.
The service also featured renditions of special hymns as well as intercessory prayers for the President, for peace and for the country at large.
The All Progressives Congress has urged Nigerians to come together, aside from the fault lines separating them, for a national rebirth, in the spirit of Easter, being celebrated in the nation and round the world.
In its Easter message, found in a release on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said this year’s Easter celebrations couldn’t come at a better time, hence the lessons mustn’t be lost on Nigerians.
”At the core of Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, are the messages of renewal and rebirth, sacrifice, forgiveness and love. In the culmination of his life of selfless sacrifice, Jesus Christ gave his life for others to live. Let us emulate him, in our private and public lives, by exhibiting those virtues, for which he lived.
”This year’s Easter celebrations have coincided with an ongoing political transition that has so far been widely adjudged a success, and one that also paves the way for us to have a national rebirth.“In doing this, we must show love and eschew bitterness. We must put the acrimony of the long drawn electioneering campaign behind us.”Just like Jesus Christ remains a shining light in a world of gloom, let us be beacons of faith, hope and love as we, irrespective of our political leaning, embark on the onerous task of making our nation great again.”
Kano Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Abdullahi Mukaila who alongside his wife and two daughters died in a strange fire (though police have since said there is no foul play) in their house early today have now been buried.
The funeral prayer was conducted in Dutse central Mosque, and in attendance were the chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Governor of Jigawa State Gov Sule Lamido and Emir of Dutse among others.
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President-elect, Gen. Buhari went to the wedding fathia of Bello El-Rufai and his life partner, Kamilah Haruna in Abuja yesterday
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INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega says he will be leaving office in June not long from now when his tenure as Chairman of the appointive body closes.
In a meeting with BBC Hausa, Professor Jega said regardless of the fact that he is requested to continue in office, he would not.
“I am grateful to God. I was asked to come and contribute my own quota to the national development and I have done my bit to the best of my ability. Whatever assignment one will do for five years, just like this difficult one to me, if one is able to successfully accomplish the task, someone else should be given the opportunity. Because for me I am not interested & if I am requested to serve again, I will not do it, by God’s grace” he said.
Prof. Jega came into office in 2010 after the tenure of predecessor, Prof Maurice Iwu, expired.
Bello in his suit & Kamilah in her customary white wedding outfit. Well done to them.