Bolaji Abdullahi, publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says the party set up a restructuring committee so it could emerge victorious in the 2019 election.
Speaking during an interview on The Osasu Show, Abdullahi said since restructuring was part of the party’s manifesto in the electioneering campaign of 2015, it will not be able to ask Nigerians to re-elect it if it failed to fulfil its promise to restructure the country.
Asked why the APC decided to consider the idea of restructuring after many of its members, including President Muhammadu Buhari, had said no to it, Abdullahi said individual opinions should not be substituted for that of the party.
Osasu Igbinedion, the anchor, had asked: “But isn’t it very opportunistic of the APC government to propose this 13 point agenda less than a year to the 2019 election? Are you doing this because you want to win re-election in 2019?”
Abdullahi responded: “Yes, of course, yes… if you promise people something, the only way you can go back to them and say vote for us again is that you get it done.
“The whole idea on restructuring is anchored on the desire to have more efficient government and to bring governance closer to the people and put people in control of their lives.
“These individual positions don’t reflect the position of the party. What determines the position of the party is what is contained in the party’s manifesto.
“The government is produced by the party, therefore, the party takes responsibility for everything the government does.”
Asked why Nasir-el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, who is “not an advocate of restructuring” was made to head the committee, Abdullahi jocularly said maybe it was a plan to convert him.
He said el-Rufai never said he did not believe in restructuring, adding that the governor did not enforce his opinion on the committee, in the course of discharging his duties.
“Maybe the plan was to convert him. There is nowhere Nasir el-Rufai said he doesn’t believe in restructuring,” he said.
“What he said is that all those people talking about restructuring today don’t even know what it means and that these people were merely opportunistic. And that they were just trying to exploit the public sentiments for restructuring to promote their political agenda.
“And I must say to his credit that he never in anyway at any point in the course of our work impose his sentiment, opinion or idea on the committee.”
2019: PDP Names Sambo, Nine Others To Screen Atiku, Turaki, Saraki, Tambuwal
The Peoples Democratic Party has named a former Vice President, Namadi Sambo, as head of a 10-man committee to screen its presidential aspirants ahead of the emergence of a candidate.
The party named the committee members on Thursday night.
Other members of the committee include the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; a former President of the Senate, Iyorcha Ayu; Chief Tom Ikimi; Chief Okwesikizie Nwodo; and Hajia Ina Ciroma.
Others are Kema Chikwe; Dr. Haliru Bello; Chief Ebenezer Babatope; and the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel.
Those to be screened include a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; a former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki (SAN); Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo; a former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; a former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa; and a former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido.
Others are President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki; a former President of the Senate, David Mark; a former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jona Jang; a former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi; Dr. Datti Baba-Ahmed; and Usifo Stanley.
The party also named a 25-member appeal panel in the case of a disagreement on the screening by any of the aspirants.
The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, is the head of the appeal panel.
Ambode Does Not Deserve The Sympathy Of Lagosians, Sanwo-Olu Should Be Rejected —- SPN
The Socialist Party of Nigeria on Thursday prayed that the fight between Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and National Leader, Asiwaju Tinubu should worsen.
The opposition party in a statement on Thursday jointly signed by its Chairman, Rufus Olusesan and Publicity Secretary, Shoyombo M.K, urged Nigerians not to support Tinubu’s alleged quest to replace Ambode but to seize the opportunity to disrupt “the typical bourgeois politics wherein a tiny organised mafia is dictating the affairs and looting of collective resources.”
According to them, neither Ambode nor Tinubu deserved the sympathy of Lagos residents.
SPN urged Lagosians to reject Sanwo-Olu and Ambode and seize the opportunity to vote for its candidates to liberate Lagos from ‘moneybags.
“The Socialist Party of Nigeria states clearly that neither Sanwo-Olu nor Ambode represents a future that will make Lagos work for the mass of its poor working people, given the fact that they both represent the wishes and aspiration of big business and the moneybags.
“The struggle between the Mandate Movement loyal to Tinubu and Ambode is about business and profit interests of the contending forces of the ruling elite in Lagos.
“The disagreement between them should be used as an opportunity to free Lagos from “self-succession in power and installation of cronies as governors,” the statement said.
I Will Accept Outcome Of PDP Presidential Primary – Aminu Tambuwal
Sokoto State governor and PDP presidential aspirant, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, said on Tuesday that he would accept the outcome of the party’s presidential primary scheduled for between October 5 and October 6 in Port Harcourt.
Tambuwal stated this in Birnin Kebbi when he met stakeholders of the party as part of his familiarisation visit ahead of the primary.
He said: “I deem it appropriate to start the visit with Kebbi State being my home as Sokoto and Zamfara.
“Our party is still consulting the stakeholders on who to present to contest for the presidential position.
‘‘If the consultation fails, we will do the primary and I will accept the outcome and support whoever emerges as our candidate.
“I had left PDP for APC in view of the situation we found ourselves under PDP in the last government and joined APC for our conviction and presumption that the party would do the expected.”
He promised to address the security challenges in Zamfara, Birnin Gwari in Kaduna, Benue, Taraba as well as Kebbi if elected the president.
Earlier, the Deputy State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Musa Argungu, assured Tambuwal that party members would support his aspiration.
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