APC women from Ogun State have vowed to storm Abuja naked in protest of the governorship primary of the party in the state.
Several women from the three senatorial districts had taken to major streets of Abeokuta metropolis on Thursday, to protest the alleged imposition of candidates in the state.
They said, they will also occupy the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, naked, on Friday, if the National Working Committee, NWC, and the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, failed to announce the consensus candidate of the party, Adekunle Akinlade as the substantive governorship candidate.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Yetunde Onanuga, while addressing the protesters, said she was ready to follow them to occupy Abuja.
The protesters, armed with placards with various inscriptions, also stormed the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, and accused the NWC of announcing an aspirant “who is not popular” as the party’s governorship candidate.
Addressing newsmen, APC Women Leader, Shade Giwa, claimed the party voted for Akinlade during the primary election on October 2, and he emerged as the winner, but the electoral committee announced Dapo Abiodun as the winner.
“The electoral committee should be warned, Oshiomhole should be warned, he should release our mandate, we give him till Friday to announce the result or else, by Saturday, we will meet him in Abuja.
“We want Nigerians to know that we, in Ogun State, are of Ogun standard and we cannot take anything apart from that.
In the party primary recently conducted in Ogun, we voted for Akinlade, we don’t know Dapo.
“Akinlade is the one who all APC women voted for and anything apart from Akinlade is a no to us.
“We are warning the NWC, led by Oshiomhole, because women are going to take action if they fail to announce Akinlade as the party candidate before Friday. We are going to storm Abuja to express our displeasure and we will go naked,” Giwa said.
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, will turn around the country’s economy wrecked by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government through creation of qualitative employment for the youths, if elected in the 2019 elections.
But the All Progressive Congress, APC, in a swift reaction by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said: “Whatever the PDP is saying is inconsequential to the issues on ground. It’s like a black man calling himself white or vice versa.
“We have been in power for just over three years and what we are doing is to tell the people what we have achieved in these few years and not responding to what the PDP is saying. It is inconsequential and we won’t stoop to their level.”
However, PDP in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Atiku would also implement “political and economic restructuring of our nation in a manner that will engender unity, inclusiveness in governance and upliftment in the general standard of living for all our people.”
The party added that on election into office, “its presidential candidate will immediately commence the marketing of Nigeria to the international business community, as well as providing a conducive environment for businesses to thrive in our nation.
“Atiku will open a system-wide fight against corruption as soon as he is elected into office by strengthening the institutions empowered by our laws to do their jobs, while he concentrates on the onerous duty of governance and rescuing our people from hunger, starvation, bloodlettings and wanton killings.
“The rebranded PDP assures that all those looting the national treasury, including those now enjoying by President Buhari’s official cover, will definitely face the wrath of the law and go to jail, because the Atiku Abubakar administration will not only fight poverty but will also uncompromisingly fight corruption.”
It added a combination of Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi, “known internationally for their forthrightness, hard work, ingenuity and managerial competencies, guarantees a prudent and result-oriented administration that will liberate our nation from the economic shackles that President Buhari’s wasteful, notoriously incompetent, and deceptive administration has plunged us into.
“Atiku comes with the Nigerian resilient entrepreneurial spirit to once again open up our economy, attract investments, create jobs and unite our citizenry for a more productive nation.
“Already, our candidate, as a successful entrepreneur, has perfected an economic template that will reduce the cost of governance, plug wastages, tackle corruption, free our national resources currently being squandered by the Buhari administration and channel them for the welfare of the people.
NMA demands improved enrollment in NHIS “What Nigerians earnestly desire now is a resourceful President, not an incompetent leader who lacks the capacity to run a complex economy; who stays aloof and completely insensitive to the plights of citizens, while providing official cover for his officials to fritter away trillions of naira from our beleaguered national treasury. “Our youths are earnestly seeking for an in-charge President, not one who rules by proxy.
They look forward to a President who will give hope in the face of a consuming despair and one, whose words resonate with their aspirations in life.
“Nigerians seek a President who will not watch helplessly while marauders and insurgents kill our brothers and sisters in their numbers; whose only achievement is plunging our nation into economic recession, collecting foreign loans and accumulating debts with nothing to show.
“PDP holds that President Buhari has failed on all fronts. He has failed on the economy, on security and on the fight against corruption. “This 2019 election is therefore, a direct referendum on these failures and the determination of Nigerians to choose a new leader who will rescue our nation from the throes of hunger and starvation.
The ways of politicians are beyond understanding, their values when they exist, are very different from those of the rest of us, to them it is always a game.
I don’t mean that in a complimentary way. I know that politicians and indeed, anybody in public life must have a large heart and a thick skin. I know there are no permanent friends in politics; only permanent interests.
But that should not mean the absence of honour, of integrity, of values. I learnt very early from my father—God bless his dear departed soul—that a man’s worth is not in his possessions however great. A man’s worth is intrinsic.
It is in the things he puts values on and holds dear like character, honour, integrity, punctuality…. I also learnt from Martin Luther King Jr, one of my favourite persons, that the means we use must be as pure as the end we seek.
I received a call last week from a close friend of mine who had careered into politics and found himself in the National Assembly at a time.
Although the call was not on politics, it came on the eve of the now famous Ota reconciliation, so I asked his opinion on it. His answer made me wonder what politics had done to my friend. He told me it was humble of Atiku to apologise and it was magnanimous of Obasanjo to forgive.
It was incumbent on good Christians who seek forgiveness to learn how to forgive; he went on and on. I could almost hear the enactments of Jesus,’ ‘Sermon on the mountain’ as my friend virtually preached the virtues of peace-making to me.
I reminded him that the impression we were given in copious written and oral statements by Obasanjo was that what he had against Atiku was nothing personal. Obasanjo had stressed that they sent representatives and presents to the weddings of each other’s children. So the ‘sins’ to be atoned for were not against Obasanjo or any person for that matter. It was therefore not up to one man, any man, to say ‘all is forgiven. Go and sin no more.’
Atiku’s crimes according to Obasanjo, were crimes against the state. Worse, they were crimes caused by a default in his character as analysed by his accuser. Which meant he couldn’t help himself even if he wanted to. Obasanjo even went as low as to allude to Atiku’s parentage. I refuse to quote the words Obasanjo used to describe Atiku in his many statements because I believe they are unworthy of a statesman.
Nobody should fight that dirty; least of all a former head of state. I also believe, as a former Editor, that some of the words are actionable and I will not want to repeat libel. The summary of the accusations are that Atiku is deficit in trust and character, and therefore unworthy of any responsible position.
And that in Obasanjo’s books, he is definitely unworthy of being the President of Nigeria. But my politician friend still believed that whatever misdeeds that were committed had been atoned for and it was time for everyone to forget the past and move forward. It took all my self-restraint not to cut the phone abruptly. What my friend failed to see is that a character flaw if true, cannot be swept under the carpet. In the end, the man whom Obasanjo said God would not forgive him if he foisted him on Nigeria knowing what he knows has just been foisted on Nigeria and with the blessings of the clergy to boot.
The only analogy I can give is that of a man who has been shortlisted for employment. The new employer as a responsible company, seeks reference from his old employer. The head of his former company then writes a scathing character reference describing him as dubious, amoral and of an inherently shifty character.
The new employer is still reading the devastating letter with his mouth agape and wondering how such a man rose to such a height in paid employment when this head of former company calls the new company to say the man in question had come to him personally to apologise and all is now forgiven. What does this say about the character of the boss who treats alleged character flaws with such levity?
What does it say about the man himself who goes to apologise instead of fighting in righteous indignation for his name? And what will it say of the new company if on reading the scathing reference and watching the ensuing drama still employs this man knowing his apology could be an attestation of some truth?
In my book, the man whose character has been slurred, whose honour has been stolen, whose name has been tainted is not the one to apologise unless there is some truth in the allegations. Otherwise, he should seek to reclaim his name and honour by forcibly refuting the allegations and forcing an apology.
I hate to say this, but the manner of his capitulation bothers me. It is like he does not put too much stock on his name and honour and puts everything down to politics.
The manner of his emergence as a Presidential candidate also bothers me; especially the role money played and the role the generals allegedly played during the primaries.
These are tools of the status quo. The role of these generals in the current state of the nation has not been enviable and to defer to them is to denounce change. These guys are the bastions of the status quo. The champions of the rent seeking elites. Remember, the means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek…. In fact, there is nothing, except Atiku’s inclination towards restructuring that suggests a departure from the status quo.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, has obtained a court order from a Federal High court in Abuja to keep the immediate past governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose, for two weeks.
Fayose whose tenure ended on October 16th, arrived the commission’s office in Abuja on same day to answer questions on some allegations of fraud.
Fayose is being investigated for his alleged role in the $2.1 billion arms procurement fraud. He is alleged to have received N1.3 billion from the Former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, which was used to allegedly rig the 2014 state governorship election in his favor.
A source in the commission, says the court order for his continous detention was obtained yesterday October 17th.
Meanwhile, the agency has released photos of some properties the former governor allegedly acquired while he as still in office.
After the election of Osun State which put many questions in the mind of Nigerians, Senator Adeleke is to appear in court over exam scandal.
Senator Ademola Adeleke, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the recently concluded election in Osun will be arraigned at a Federal High Court Abuja on 31 October for alleged examination malpractice.
According to the police statement, the senator and four others have been “advised in their own interest to report to the Special Investigation Panel, Force Headquarters, Abuja immediately for arraignment in court”.
They will face a four-count charge for personation and registering as students of Ojo-Aro Community Grammar School, Ojo-Aro Osun State to enable him sit for the National Examination Council (NECO) examination of June/July 2017. Charged with Adeleke are: Sikiru Adeleke, Alhaji Aregbesola Mufutau, principal of the school, Gbadamosi Thomas Ojo, school Registrar and Dare Samuel Olutope, a teacher. They will be arraigned before Justice I. E. Ekwo.
Recall that the police had previously declared senator Ademola wanted over the offence and had asked him to report in the office of the Special Investigation Panel for prosecution, few days to the governorship election on 22 September, 2018.