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Elder statesman Ayo Adebanjo has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as a failure. Obasanjo had on Monday reiterated that President Muhammadu Buhari had failed Nigerians and as such should not be re-elected for a second term. But in his autobiography titled Telling it as it is, which was presented in Lagos on Tuesday as part of activities to mark his 90th birthday, Adebanjo described Obasanjo’s presidency between 1999 and 2007 as a “tragedy” and a calamity.

“The man who carried on as if he was all-in-all failed woefully on all counts as President. His eight-year tenure (1999-2007) was a tragedy. His scorecard is nothing to write home about. What did he do in eight years? Before he came, we were buying fuel (petrol) for N20 per litre, and crude oil was $23 per barrel. In 2007, under his regime, we were buying fuel at N75 per litre, and crude oil was between $65 and $75 per barrel. In the worst days of Abacha, one dollar was over N120,” Adebanjo wrote.

He also accused Obasanjo of causing the collapse of the AD by picking the late Chief Bola Ige, a member of the AD, as a minister in 1999 against the wish of the party. As far as I am concerned, the moment Bola Ige joined Obasanjo’s government, following his (Bola Ige) loss of AD’s presidential primaries where he polled six votes against Chief Olu Falae’s 17, marked the beginning of the end for the party. In my opinion, these are the scenarios which led to the collapse of the AD,” he wrote.

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2019: PDP Names Sambo, Nine Others To Screen Atiku, Turaki, Saraki, Tambuwal

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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.

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Ambode Does Not Deserve The Sympathy Of Lagosians, Sanwo-Olu Should Be Rejected —- SPN

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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.

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I Will Accept Outcome Of PDP Presidential Primary – Aminu Tambuwal

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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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