: APC has failed Nigeria, don’t vote for them – Atiku ON JANUARY 25, 20189:23 AMIN NEWSCOMMENTS …Begins consultations with Fayose, hints about working with Ekiti gov By Rotimi Ojomoyela Ado-Ekiti-Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has advised Nigerians not to vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 presidential election, saying, “APC has failed this country. That party is not the solution to our country’s challenges. ” He made the statement in Ado-Ekiti yesterday during a “consultation visit to governor Ayodele Fayose, ahead of the presidential elections in 2019. Atiku hinted that he would discuss his ambition with governor Fayose whom he described as a force to reckon with in PDP, saying : ” he calls the shots and when he does so, we all take the queue.” Governor who described Atikus ambition as legitimate and a welcome development, though he was expecting the former VP to discuss his presidential ambition with him privately as other aspirants would do, and assured that in spite of his aspiration to rule the nation, party’s interest would be placed above individual aspirations. ” He (Atiku) 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 say 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 which ever way it goes, the interest of our party comes first, it is above our individual aspiration. Whoever the party finally picks as party’s candidate will be supported by others. The former Vice President refused to comment on former President Obasanjo’s condemnation of Buhari’s government, saying that Nigerians are to evaluate OBJ’s letter to the President. The former VP who expressed 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 Governors’ forum, today among the governors, among the party generally he calls the shots and when he does so, we all take the queue. “ 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 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 want a someone to continue his good works, and I hope if you have the opportunity by the grace of Hod you will continue the good works. I am coming back to campaign with you for 2018 polls”, Atiku said. 2019: Atiku begins consultations with Fayose January 24, 2018 ‘Atiku return to PDP an indication that APC has failed to deliver …’ December 5, 2017 Sule Lamido: Fayose warns apc against intimidating presidential aspirants May 3, 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari should heed the admonition of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, drop his re-election bid, and allow a new leader with ‘fresh and progressive ideas’ to take charge, the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has said.
Mr. Sani, a member of the All Progressives Congress, said the president should emulate Nelson Mandela of South Africa, and bow out while the ovation is loudest.
The senator was reacting to a letter by the former head of state critiquing the present administration of Mr. Buhari.
Mr. Obasanjo, in a special press statement entitled, “The Way Out: A Clarion Call for Coalition for Nigeria Movement” said Mr Buhari has performed far below expectation and should honourably “dismount from the horse” to join the league of the country’s former leaders whose “experience, influence, wisdom and outreach can be deployed on the side line for the good of the country.”
“President Buhari is a man of impeccable character and a moral as well as a political leader but he deserves the truth about his grey areas, his weaknesses and his apparent failures,” Mr. Sani noted in a statement on Wednesday.
“President Buhari must free himself from the slippery slates of political choristers and drummers. He should take a dignified bow.
“Those who equate Buhari to Mandela or those who believe and agree that Buhari is our Mandela, then he should be a Mandela.
He added that the president should rather work towards identifying a fitting replacement than seek re-election.
“President Buhari should lead a process of selecting a new leader with fresh and progressive ideas and experience capable of leading our nation to the next level.”
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said Nigeria is in a coma under the current government.
He said only his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was capable of salvaging the country from its current situation.
This is also as former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido declared that he has the capacity to revive the fortunes of the country which he said had declined.
They spoke separately at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday when the Mr Lamido visited to inform Governor Wike of his intention to vie for the position of the President.
Governor Wike said that the APC was a party of strangers with no knowledge of the intricacies of development.
“If you decamp to the APC, you are no longer corrupt. APC is a party of daylight deceit.
“I am happy that one of those who left to bring a messiah, have realised that the so-called messiah they brought is no longer the messiah Nigerians expect. PDP is the only hope for Nigeria”, Governor Wike told Lamido.
The governor noted that though the PDP made mistakes in the past, the Party is the only platform with the commitment and patriotism to take the country out of the current situation.
The governor described Lamido as a committed and consistent PDP member who is courageous and has the capacity to confront the APC.
He, however, urged all presidential aspirants to accept the verdict of the Party at the end of the primary.
Also speaking, Mr. Lamido agreed with Mr. Wike adding that he is presenting himself to take over in 2019 because the nation deserves to move forward.
He said: “I want to run because I feel I can do it. I have the pedigree. We stand to fight for democracy and the restoration of Nigeria”.
The governing All Progressives Congress has released the statement below in response to Tuesday’s wide-ranging rebuke of President Muhammadu Buhari by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Ex-President Obasanjo had on Tuesday released a special statement critical of President Buhari and his government.
The APC, which initially declined comment on the matter on Tuesday, has now responded, cautioning the ex-President against creating the impression “that none of the political parties in the country is good enough for Nigerians and the only solution to the current challenges that we face is a completely new arrangement.”
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January 24, 2018
Re: The Way Out: A Clarion Call For Coalition For Nigeria Movement, By Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
The All Progressives Congress (APC) notes the statement credited to former President Olusegun Obasanjo which has been widely-reported in the media and titled: “The Way out: a clarion call for coalition for Nigeria movement”.
While we do not agree with everything the former president said, especially on his assessment of the government and our party, we note the sundry issues raised by the former president, and we assume these were made in good faith.
As a father of the nation, we understand that the former president would feel obliged to intervene if certain things are not being done or are not being done in a particular way. However, we believe that such interventions should be for the sole purpose of improving the system and encouraging the relevant institutions to work harder in improving certain situations.
It is for this reason that we disagree with the former president in what appears like a wholesale dismissal of the entire political system in the country. We acknowledge our challenges as a new political party, even as we believe that APC remains the best option at this time for all Nigerians who are genuinely committed to the progress and development of the country.
We also note that there are about 72 other registered political parties in the country and the people reserve the right to support any of these. Our democracy itself is young and hence all the parties face sundry challenges, but we have made progress since 1999, with President Obasanjo himself being a major contributor to our progress as a multi-party democracy. It is for this reason that we believe the respected former president should not give the impression that none of the political parties in the country is good enough for Nigerians and the only solution to the current challenges that we face is a completely new arrangement.
The task of building a political party is not done overnight. Even the oldest of our political parties is still very young in comparison with advanced democracies. Our democracy therefore stands a better chance of becoming really strong if we allow the parties to find their identities, even if in the process they make mistakes and appear to be “wobbling”. No political party arrives fully formed.
APC call on all our supporters across the country to remain strong and steadfast. These are challenging times. But we cannot afford to react to public criticism with any form of emotionalism. We are the ruling party. We must take responsibility. Take valuable lessons on board and continue to improve. Regardless of the current challenges, we are confident that brighter future is assured for our party and our country.
Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi
National Publicity Secretary
All Progressives Congress (APC)
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday says he wants immigrants from around the world.
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