The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ), Prince Uche Secondus has said that Nigerians never bargained for the hardship they are currently going through with the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
Accusing the administration of practicing “nuclear nepotism” in the running of the government, the party chair said that all hands must be on deck to save the country from what he described as a “monumental disaster” that the administration has become.
A statement on Wednesday by Ike Abonyi, media adviser to the party’s chairman, said this was part of the conclusions reached at a meeting the leadership of the PDP had with members of the party’s National Assembly caucus on Tuesday.
Secondus was quoted to describe the legislature as the centre of national politics, adding that only the PDP could save the country from implosion in the months ahead.
Lamenting the rate at which people are being killed on a daily basis, the party chair was also quoted to have criticised the lop-sided appointments in critical sectors at the federal level.
“Nuclear nepotism is in vogue, you have to come from Daura to be appointed into a federal position”
“This is the time for all to stand up to save this country and all eyes are on the PDP to lead the way. I am ready and determined, even to be arrested for us to regain our liberty in this land.
“What we have ruling Nigeria today at the Villa is a broken party and a broken government. Spiritually, the APC has already left the villa, what we must fine tune is the physical accomplishment”, Secondus was quoted as saying.
The party chairman was said to have charged PDP members at the National Assembly to brace up to the challenges ahead, stressing that they are the leaders of the party at the grassroots.
He was also quoted to have assured them that the PDP leadership under his watch determined to take the appropriate and right the decisions while consolidating the party at the grassroots.
Primary Elections: APC gives Ganduje, Aregbesola, Shettima new appointments
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has set up six reconciliation committees to heal the wounds inflicted on the party in the recent primary elections.
Each committee, set up on geopolitical basis, will have seven members, including the Governors elected on the platform of the party, except the three aggrieved Governors.
Governors Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara) are all not happy, that their preferred candidates did not pick the governorship tickets of their states for the 2019 general election.
Although the committees to be headed by two-term governors will seek to reconcile the aggrieved party members, they do not have the power to make any changes to the party’s candidates’ list for the elections.
All the other 19 APC governors are members of the committees, which consist of other prominent members of the party.
The committees will be inaugurated on Wednesday.
THE FULL LIST
1. Abdullahi Ganduje (chairman)
2. Samuel Lalong
3. Kayode Fayemi
4. Godswill Akpabio
5. Umaru Dembo
6. Nasiru Aliko Koki
7. Ify Ugo Okoye
1. Ibrahim Geidam (chairman)
2. Godwin Obaseki
3. Rotimi Akeredolu
4. Jibrilla Bindow
5. Pius Akinyelure
6. Vivian Chukwuani
7. Audu Ogbe
1. Kashim Shettima (chairman)
2. Nasir el-Rufai
3. Akinwumi Ambode
4. Modupe Adelabu
5. Dakuku Peterside
6. Ken Nnamani
7. Seida Bugaje
1. Abiola Ajimobi (chairman)
2. Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar
3. Yahaya Bello
4. Adamu Aliero
5. Danjuma Goje
6. Jim Nwobodo
7. Fati Balla
1. Rauf Aregbesola (chairman)
2. Atiku Bagudu
3. Abubakar Sani Bello
4. Gbemisola Saraki
5. Emeka Wogu
6. Sullivan Chime
7. Aleluchi Cookey-Gam
1. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (chairman)
2. Aminu Masari
3. Abubakar Badaru
4. Jumoke Anifowoshe
5. Matthew Omegara
6. Hafsat Mohammed Baba
7. Abdullahi Aboki
NGO Advocates for Good Governace In Nigeria
By Augustine Aminu
A Non-Governmental Organisation Awakening The Sleeping Giant Leadership Initiative, has canvassed for good governance in Nigeria even as electioneering campaigns towards 2019 general elections is gathering momentum.
President of the group, Olisa Uzoewulu (Wulus), who made this call in Abuja, said the group will throw its weight behind any candidate (s), who would convince Nigerians beyond reasonable doubt of his commitment to bring out the country out of woods.
He said ASGLI has been on ground reseaching on modalities for good and accountable government, adding that the group only supports individual or candidate that has intention for good governance.
Uzoewulu said ” The various competition to the leadership lacked democratic process. The lies, the secrecy of governance are very discouraging and the ability of every Nigerian to describe the Nigeria problems eloquently and become a historical expert is enomous”.
” We tried to understand the capacity endowment of our great nation now described as the poverty capital of the world and ranked at the lowest level in all social, political, economic competition in Africa and the world”.
Uzoewulu noted that it is worrisome that with all the human and natural endowment of Nigeria, yet poor leadership quality has draged the nation backward.
” It is unacceptable and we must accept failure of our leaders. We need to do better, we must have the hangover of continuous and persistent non productive leadership pool which drastically is pulling the nation backward”.
” It is not disrespectful to accept failure or pretend to claim the goodness of lack of performance. Such a position does not produce cure to sickness and kills idea pool. We bare tied of the concept of here we are again- a cycle of repeating promises and failures” he added.
2019 Elections: Only competent hands must be elected – Aledare
A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), House of Assembly aspirant, Mr Akinwale Samuel Aledare, has said that only competent hands would be elected in the 2019 General Elections.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Monday, Aledare said that Nigerians had become aware of the importance of voting in competent people to occupy positions in the country.
The former aspirants stressed that having monitored the primary election and its processes, the PDP conducted better primary election and fielded the most competent candidates.
To this end, the young politician said that he would be backing all the candidates of the PDP to ensure that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was defeated.
He urged Nigerians to be very careful in choosing their leaders and to ensure that that they were not swayed by sentiments or unfounded allegations but they should rather focus on issues and solutions.
“As a loyal party man, I stand by the choice of the party. I will support His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar for president, Senator Dino Melaye for senate Kogi West, Hon Teejay Yusuf for House of Representatives Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency and Hon Alfred Bello for Kogi House of Assembly Kabba/Bunu,” he said.
He said that the youths of Kabba/Bunu had made the party proud stressing that they would continue to be loyal to the party and ensure that the PDP votes were protected from “hawks”.
“We in Kabba/Bunu local government of Kogi state have made PDP proud in previous elections and we shall continue to perform even beyond the expectation of the party.
“We have a great decision before us in few months’ time and we must put in our best at ensuring we get it right,” he said.
He also called on the leadership of the party as well as its members and supporters to stay united and work for the victory of all the party’s candidates in the 2019 election.
With specific reference to the Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency, Aledare assured that the elections would be duly monitored and right decisions taken.
He reminded the people of the untold hardship they have suffered in the last couple of years due to poor electoral choices and urged them not to repeat such mistakes in 2019.
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