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Chief Olusegun Obasanjo addressing a world press conference on his endorsement of PDP Presidential Candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo addressing a world press conference on his endorsement of PDP Presidential Candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

REMARKS BY CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO ON THE VISIT OF PDP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, ATIKU ABUBAKAR, TO ABEOKUTA, OCTOBER 11, 2018.

I am happy to welcome the distinguished leaders of goodwill who have led the PDP Presidential Candidate and my former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, to my humble abode and I welcome the Presidential Candidate himself.

Let me start by congratulating President-to-be, Atiku Abubakar, for his success at the recent PDP Primary and I took note of his gracious remarks in his acceptance speech that it all started here.

Yes, when it started, it was meant for Atiku to succeed Obasanjo. In the presence of these distinguished leaders of goodwill today, let me say it openly that we have reviewed what went wrong on the side of Atiku.

And in all honesty, my former Vice-President has re-discovered and re-positioned himself.

As I have repeatedly said, it is not so much what you did against me that was the issue but what you did against the Party, the Government and the country.

I took the stand I had taken based on the character and attributes you exhibited in the position you found yourself. I strongly believe that I was right. It was in the overall interest of everyone and everything to take such a position.

From what transpired in the last couple of hours or so, you have shown remorse; you have asked for forgiveness and you have indicated that you have learnt some good lessons and you will mend fences and make amends as necessary and as desirable.

Whenever or wherever you might have offended me, as a Christian who asks for God’s forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on daily basis, I forgive and I sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do what is right and it will be well with you.

Obviously, you have mended fences with the Party and fully reconciled with the Party. That’s why today, you are the Presidential Candidate of the Party.

In addition to appreciating all that the Party has done for you, may I advise you to work together with all those who contested for the Party’s flag with you as a team for your campaign.

There are still areas, nationally and internationally, where you have to mend fences and make amends.

You will know how to handle what is already out and what may yet be put out by the opposition.

But, I am convinced that if you continue with the attitude that brought you here with these distinguished leaders of goodwill, with remorse and contrite heart, the rest of the coast within and outside the country can be cleared.

And if there is anything I can do and you want me to do in that respect, I will do.

I am sure with the right attitude for change where necessary, and by putting lessons learned by you to work, you will get the understanding, cooperation, support and mandate – all at the national level.

With Nigerians voting for you, it will mean that you secure their forgiveness and regain their confidence. It will be with the hope or assurance of a Paul on the road to Damascus Conversion. After all, change and conversion are of man. I believe that with a contrite heart, change is possible in everybody’s life and situation.

For me, relatively and of all the aspirants in the PDP, you have the widest and greatest exposure, experience, outreach and possibly the best machinery and preparation for seeing the tough and likely dirty campaign ahead through.

From what I personally know of you, you have capacity to perform better than the incumbent.

You surely understand the economy better; you have business experience, which can make your administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs.

You have better outreach nationally and internationally and that can translate to better management of foreign affairs. You are more accessible and less inflexible and more open to all parts of the country in many ways. As Pastor Bakare, one-time running mate of the incumbent President said, “You are a wazobia man.” And that should help you in confronting the confrontable and shunning nepotism.

As you know, along the road to where you are today, many leaders and ordinary people cooperated and overtly and covertly worked hard. On your behalf, I thank them all.

May their coast continue to be expanded. And when you become Nigerian President which, insha-Allah, you will be, remember what we did together in government – we ran an administration by Nigerians for all Nigerians where merit and performance count more than blood relationship, friendship or kith and kin.

Although some time and ground have been lost, you should endeavour to start from where we stopped and recover some lost ground, if not time.

Please uphold truth, integrity, principles, morality and fight corruption, crimes and insurgency. The fundamental law of the land, our constitution must be scrupulously defended.

I make one demand and one demand on you today, I need you to say before God and man that you will always remain irrevocably committed to upholding ALL the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the whole country will remain your single indivisible constituency.

Constitutionalism, popular participation and inclusiveness are pre-conditions for reversing the deficits of the past three and half years. They will ensure abiding faith in our indivisibility, oneness and faith in the survival of all against none.

The fundamentals for our development, economic growth and progress are hard and soft infrastructure. Remember to always give adequate places in your administration to our youth and women.

All the authorities involved with the preparation, all processes and conduct of the election must ensure that the election is free, fair and credible.

Once again, congratulations and I wish you well. My distinguished brothers and leaders of goodwill, thank you for making this happen. I will now count on you to encourage all hands to be on the deck to take Nigeria to the level God has created it to be – autopilot level.

God bless you all and God bless Nigeria.

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2019: Doyin Okupe releases 43 achievements of PDP, challenges APC

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Doyin Okupe, a former aide to ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan, has listed the achievements of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, administration for 16 years.

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has widely criticised and blamed PDP for problems experienced in the country.

Recently Garba Shehu, while speaking when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a programme of Channels Television, said the refusal of Jonathan’s government to cooperate with the transition committee led to delay in appointments.

But reacting, Jonathan, in a statement by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, said the former president should not be blamed for the failure of Buhari to appoint ministers early enough in the life of his government.

Reacting to supposed blame game by APC, Okupe took to his Twitter page to release forty-three (43) achievements of the PDP administration.

He further urged APC administration to list its achievements and make a comparison.

His post read: “They said in 16years PDP did nothing, here is a quick reminder of some of the achievements of PDP from 1999 to 2015: If you like, include #BokoHaram if it’s what you continue with.
1. N18k Minimum wage
2. EFCC.
3. ICPC.
4. NHIS
5. NSCDC
6. Card Reader.
7. TSA.
8. New National ID Card.
9. New Drivers Licence.
10. BVN.
11. New pension scheme
12. Abuja to Kaduna Rail.
13. Abuja Light Rail.
14. GSM
15. PTDF
16. 14 New Federal Universities.
17. Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.
18. KASU & a host of other states universities.
19. Alot of private universities were granted licence.
20. Debt settlement and cancellation.
21. Fastest growing economy in Africa.
22. Third fastest growing economy in the world.
23. Exchange rate: N160/$1.
24. Fuel: N87.
25. General low prices of commodities compared to now.
26. New Kaduna Central Market
First Nigerian Drone Launched
27. First Nigerian Satellite launched
28. NDA moved to its permanent site after about 25yrs attempts.
29. NDA admitted its first female combatant cadets.
30. AFIT, NN school of Armaments Tech, Nigerian Police Academy were established.
31. Nigerian Legislative Institute was established.
32. Relative peace.
33. Freedom of speech and communication,
34. Naval Base, Lokoja
35. International Market, Lokoja
36. 80% of the Airports in the country
37.Bag of foreign rice 8000 etc.
38.Creation of many Federal Universities in the country
39.National Stadium Abuja
40. 25billion naira capital base bank reforms
41. Remodeling of 22 airports to international standard across the nation
42.NAFDAC
43.Dangote as the richest African and Blackman in the world

“Please List APCs achievements under PMB and Campaign with it. Let’s change strategy from abuse and accusations to policies.”

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2019: Don’t be deceived, APC has failed – ADC candidate, Olatubosun tells Oyo voters

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The African Democratic Congress (ADC) candidate for Ibadan North West/Ibadan South West Federal Constituency, Dr. Wasiu Adewale Olatubosun, on Monday, declared that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed the people of the state.

Olatubosun, while addressing journalists, warned people of the state against being deceived by the ruling APC to renew their mandate to its candidates in the 2019 general elections.

The former Chairman, Caretaker Committee in Ibadan North West Local Government Area, said that the APC has failed by making education from primary to tertiary, a money-making venture, thereby subjecting poverty-ridden public to untold hardship by commercializing all sectors and levels of education.

He said that the party by making education a money-making venture has contradicted free education programme which formed the fulcrum of APC campaign programmes.

Olatubosun added that with the non-payment of 12-26 months salaries of workers in tertiary institutions in the state, increment of LAUTECH school fees to N250,000 and introduction of education levies in secondary schools in the state, the APC has failed and should be voted out in the 2019 general elections.

He said, “Beware of APC failed continuity agenda, don’t be deceived by the ruling All Progressives Congress APC to renew their mandate to its all candidates in the coming electioneering.”

Olatubosun advised the people against falling for an attempt to hoodwink the people to fall prey to APC’s deceit as epitomised by Gov Abiola Ajimobi-led administration which failed to fulfil all electoral promises made to the people prior to the 2015 election.

According to him, what excuse would APC give for making education from primary to tertiary a money-making venture for its cronies and friends?

He said, “How best could one describe the high level of insensitivity of Ajimobi-led government for introducing education fees for pupils and students in primary and secondary schools in the state. Fees in the primary schools had hitherto been cancelled during the colonial era while that of the secondary schools students have been enjoying free tuition fees since the beginning of this Fourth Republic. The reintroduction of fees at both levels negates the ideas of progressivism as propagated and pioneered by Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Also, APC led government is the most insensitive and education-unfriendly government in the anal of history of Oyo state.

“The state never had it so bad that all workers of state-owned higher institutions are being owned between 12 to 26 months salaries. While the students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECh) who were used to pay less than eighty thousand naira (N80,000) are now being compelled to pay as much as N250,000 putting it at per with private institutions thereby making it difficult for students from poor homes to have access to public tertiary education.”

Olatubosun chided the Governor Abiola Ajimobi government for allegedly impoverishing the poor by subjecting the poor people to unwarranted security levies apart from high levies collected from banks and all companies in the state.

“In its bid to continue subjecting the people of the state to untold hardships, arrangements have been concluded to increase and introduce more levies if people allow APC to continue in 2019,” he said.

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My Minister of Youth will be under 30 —Atiku

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The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has said that if elected president, he would appoint a minister of youth who will not be more than 30 years old.

The PDP presidential flag-bearer made the pledge at a Town Hall meeting with youths in Lagos on Monday.

The former Vice President further remarked during the question and answer session at the event that if elected as president he would give top priority to education investment, saying that “President Buhari has confessed that the economy is in bad shape under his watch and it is clear that the President is short of ideas about how to fix the broken economy. There is no single economist in his administration and that is why we are in this mess.

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