All is not well among the members of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party over their support for the party’s presidential aspirants, The PUNCH learnt on Thursday.
“The Board had, at its meeting last week, directed its members to be neutral and not declare any private or public support for any of the party’s 13 presidential aspirants.”
“The Chairman of the Board, Senator Walid Jibrin said they would be the one to adjudicate on matters brought before the board by any of the aspirants in case there were any grievances before or after the presidential primary slated for October 5 and 6 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.”
“However, at the inauguration of one of the presidential aspirants, who is also a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, in Abuja on Thursday, three members of the BoT were in attendance.
“They were John Nwodo, Vincent Ogbulafor, who was both former National Chairman of the party and a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi.”
When The PUNCH correspondent called Jibrin about the flouting of the board’s directive, he said he would speak on the matter on Friday (today).
Said Jibrin: “We will address it on Friday when I will be briefing you on the outcome of our meeting with the aspirants.”
“Barely a week after Kemi Adeosun resigned her position as Minister of Finance following the discovery of the forgery of her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate, another minister has been found culpable of not having partaken in the NYSC scheme,” Sahara Reporters reports.
“Adebayo Shittu, Oyo State governorshop aspirant and Minister of Communication, has been accused of not serving in the scheme after graduating from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in 1978.”
“The NYSC Law is clear on participation in the scheme, as it is mandatory for all Nigerians who have earned degrees or higher national diplomas from tertiary institutions in Nigeria and abroad (effective 1972/73 session).
“Those who qualify for exemption are those who graduated after their 30th birthday, persons with national honours and those who serve in the Police Force and Nigerian Army for a period of nine months.”
However, Shittu insisted that he deliberately skipped NYSC.
Said Shittu: “The constitution provides for the qualification needed for state assembly members, NYSC is not there. I didn’t need it to become a member of the state assembly, and that is already a service.”
“The Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, has approved the dismissal of six officers of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP),” Sahara Reporters reports.
“One official was sent on compulsory retirement and two others sanctioned for various offences that were inimical to the operations of the agency.”
“A statement from the commission said the agency outlined the offences committed by the officials to include arranging professional sureties for suspects for a fee, providing information about the operations of the agency to outsiders for a fee thereby endangering the lives of officers of the agency, collection of bribe and aiding the escape of suspects.
“Others were making love advances to potential victims of trafficking, as a condition for rendering service to them, absence without official leave (AWOL) from July 2017 to May, 2018 and financial embarrassment among others.
“The offences were categorized under corruption, divided loyalty, sabotage and gross indiscipline contrary to the Civil Service Regulations.”
“There was confusion yesterday among the supporters of three major parties participating in tomorrow’s Osun State governorship election, following the rumour that they had formed an alliance,” The Nation reports.
“The candidates are Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Moshood Adeoti of the African Democratic Party (ADP) and Fatai Akinbade of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).”
“Omisore, who spoke for the three candidates at a briefing in Osogbo the state capital, said Adeoti and Akinbade did not step down for him, adding that what they had was an alliance for a credible election.”
Said Omisore: “APC has been boasting that they will rig election. So, these three parties, in spite of the differences in their names and candidates, still believe that the election must be credible. That’s why we signed the protocol. It is incumbent on these other parties, being leading opposition parties in the state, to publicly ask the people of Osun State to be vigilant as they cast their votes to prevent malpractices. We just want sincerity, credibility and fairness at the poll.”
“The crisis over who becomes the next governor of Lagos State could drive a wedge between the presidency and some state governors on the one hand and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his loyalists on the other,” The Guardian reports.
“Tinubu is believed to have withdrawn support for Ambode’s re-election in favour of a former Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.”
“Sources within the party said Buhari is worried that the trouble in Lagos may affect his second term ambition, if the rift between both men is not resolved.
“They noted that the president is concerned that the southwest region is key to his re-election, following his dwindling popularity in the southeast and south south, and the gale of defections to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the north.
“The sources added that Buhari could invite all parties in the Lagos crisis including the powerful Mandate Group and some southwest APC leaders to Abuja next week, with a view to resolving the matter.
“As at the time of filling this report, members of the Mandate Group maintained that Ambode’s exit is a done deal, stressing that under a democratic setting, a president lacks the powers to dictate who becomes governor in any state.“
Former Governor of Bayelsa State and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Timipre Sylva, Thursday said Buhari has done well in tackling corruption and security challenges.
He said Buhari has remained uncompromising in his landmark anti-graft war and that “the Niger Delta is quieter now.”
He said this while speaking on AIT’s morning show (Kaakaki).
According to Sylva, the government has tackled corruption in a more positive and convincing way. “TSA is possible because of the character and tenacity of the president,” he said.
Sylva stated that some of the very few problems bedeviling the nation was as a result of years of irresponsible governance. “Things dont happen in one day, things happen cummulatively,” he said.
He affirmed his commitment to the APC and assured that President Buhari, who of course is steering Nigeria to all-round progress, will triumph once more in 2019.
“Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, yesterday, boasted that nobody could retire him from partisan politics,” Vanguard reports.
Dogara, who made the remark at an occasion to mark his formal return to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, also submitted the Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms to contest the Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State.
He said he took the difficult decision to return to PDP because the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, failed to fulfil the promises it made to Nigerians in the preparation for the 2015 elections.
“On why he chose to return to PDP, Dogara said: “I have decided to come back to my original root because the truth is that when we went into APC after the general elections, there was never an occasion in which we were not reminded that we did not belong.“
“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of a campaign organization for his re-election in 2019,” The Nation reports.
“According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is the Secretary/Director General of the organization.
“The statement also recalled that Hon. Amaechi was the Director General of the Buhari-Osinbajo Presidential Campaign Committee in 2014-2015 that won the elections and brought the current administration into office.
“The new Director General will announce other appointments into the campaign structure as approved by President Buhari.”
“The governorship candidates of the Social Democratic Party, Senator Iyiola Omisore; African Democratic Congress, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade and Action Democratic Party, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, have signed a protocol on the need to unite to ensure that the Saturday poll is not rigged,” Punch reports.
Omisore at a press conference he addressed in Osogbo, Thursday, said the candidates of these opposition parties would run on their platforms during the poll.
Said Omisore: “We have signed a protocol that this election should be credible. These three parties agreed that in spite of their different ideologies and policy thrusts, this election must be credible.”
Sokoto State Governor and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democractic Party (PDP), Aminu Tambuwal has made a promise to unite Nigeria, tackle insecurity and poverty if elected president.
He said this on Wednesday in Oshogbo, Osun State while consulting with PDP delegates and stakeholders to share with them, the vision of the endless possibilities in Nigeria.
Said Tambuwal: “I made a Promise to unite Nigeria, tackle insecurity and poverty. This is Why I forfeited my second term as a Governor.
“This country is at a cross road. We need leaders that can bring people together and reunite us, bring the country together and secure It.
“We will provide leadership in such a way that every Nigerian will be proud of the country.
The security of this country has never been this bad, we shall also work to ensure that every Nigerian live in peace and harmony. #TheFutureIsNow.”