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PDP Set To Self-Destruct, Reawakens Impunity, By Isah Odaudu

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The Uche Secondus led PDP NWC and the PDP caucus of National Assembly held meeting at the Transcorp Hilton today at which very far-reaching decisions were made.

Chief among the decisions is the resolution to grant automatic tickets to serving members of the National Assembly in States where the Party is not holding sway while allowing the Governors in PDP controlled States decide their preferred candidates.

This is clearly a return to the days of impunity which led to the ouster of the Party from Power in 2015.

Quite expectedly, a number of Party faithful are waiting for the formal announcements to ditch the party which is just recovering from the haemorrhage it experienced a few years ago.

Coming at a time when the ruling APC is opting for an all-inclusive Democratic process, it is clear that the APC will be the net-gainer in the end.

In Kogi State, the PDP will fail woefully in the event that it goes against its guidelines and constitutional provisions for party primaries as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution.

The present occupant of some of the political offices especially Sen. Atai Aidoko Ali will not be allowed to return.

The people of Kogi East Senatorial District are tired and fed up with Aidoko’s kindergarten representation.

Elsewhere in the West, an aspirant had already issued a statement thus:

If the PDP National working committee will not conduct a free, transparent and credible primaries as laid down in the guidelines of the party and imposes Dino Melaye on us as a candidate in Kogi west senatorial district, as they now planned, l Will not sit and watch anyone destroy the excellent work we have laboured to do along with others in Kogi state to be sacrificed for his personal ambition. I will not hesitate with my massive supporters to pull out of PDP before the entire building collapse in the state. I came into the House of Representatives initially in 2011, through ACN which was a non-existing brand in my constituency, am prepared to start a new journey.

The above is not just a mere threat but a wake up call to the party hierarchy and its leadership to rescind from this unpopular decisions as it is capable of truncating the effort made so far to redeem the party’s image.

Imposition and all forms of impunity must be jettisoned by the NWC if we must make progress as a party as we cannot afford to repeat the failure of the general election in 2015 that ousted the party from the grip of the national government.

The grim reality is that we are drifting off the radar of political renaissance for a possible return to power with this political gangsterism and imposition.

We must make hay while the sun shines

Odaudu writes from Lokoja, Kogi State

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2019 Elections: Collect Bribe, It’s Your Money —- Fashola Tells Voters

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has advised Nigerians to collect the bribes offered by politicians during the 2019 general elections.

He said the money had been stolen from them and that voters should not reject such offer.

NAN reports that Fashola spoke during the continuation of his neighborhood consultations/campaign for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 to two wards in Surulere Local Government of Lagos on Sunday.

Speaking on vote buying, he said, “they would want to bribe you, if they bring the money collect it because it is your money that they stashed away, but, don’t sell your conscience.

“You must make a sensible choice in the interest of yourselves and your children.”

At his own ward G3, Fashola reeled out the achievements of Buhari which included improved power supply.

He said that 108 metering companies have been given licenses to supply meters to address problem of discriminatory and arbitrary billing in the electricity sector.

“It is the solution of our government by the President to intervene in the metering gaps, people were licensed as Gencos and Discos.

“Discos have the contract to supply meters and we hear the concerns of citizens now saying that they want meters because their bills are going up.

“So the President and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the proposal for us supported by the law, the Electric Power Sector Reform, with that, we can license new operators within a licensed area.

“So this time, we are going to create new businesses for meter suppliers under a Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme. That policy has been approved.

“Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has made the regulations around which it will work; 108 companies, small businesses that will also create employments because those companies are now going to be the suppliers of meters.

“They are going to employ people to install the meters, they are going to buy meters, they are going to make meters,’’ he said.

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Presidential Debate: Buhari, Atiku Boycotted The Event Because Of Their Arrogance —- Moghalu

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The Presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, Moghalu Kingsley on Saturday highlighted reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar boycotted the presidential debate.

Abubakar, who arrived the venue of the debate in Abuja, had worked out of the event after Buhari failed to attend.

However, Moghalu insisted that both presidential candidates boycotted the event due to arrogance.

Speaking during the debate, the former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, deputy governor said both candidates can’t answer questions to be asked.

According to Moghalu: “Arrogance: They believe Nigerians will always come to them.

“They have a sense of entitlement but not a record of service to the people of Nigeria.

They cannot answer the questions to be asked tonight.”

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APC Reacts To Atiku’s Visit To US, Says ”A Thief Remains A Thief Anywhere”

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The US chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the recent visit of former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar to Washington DC.

Atiku, who is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), visited the US after 13 years, and for the first time since he left office as Nigeria’s vice-president.

But the party in a statement issued by Adeshegun Labinjo, chairman, US chapter of APC said the visit does not absolve Atiku of the purported corruption allegations against him and he should still be held accountable.

The statement read: “the questionable character of the individual does not evaporate because he has stepped on the soil of America

“A thief remains a thief no matter where he or she visits. Obviously, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku has every reason to have kept off the USA given the cloak of corruption he is wearing,” the statement read.

“After a long spell of noticeable absence and factual concerns about Alhaji Abubakur Atiku’s antecedents in the USA arising from his dealings with former Congressman William Jefferson of Louisiana, who was convicted and served a jail term on account of bribery resulting from a telecommunication transaction in Nigeria, Atiku is now here again in the US.

“Congressional records point to the fact that Atiku engaged in money laundering through his wife who was then resident in the USA.

“We see Atiku, who is the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of Nigeria, as a self-centered corrupt Vice President under President Obasanjo’s regime.

“Certainly, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku‘s entry and presence in the USA is a mockery of President Bush Presidential Proclamation 7750 which affirms the denial of US visa to foreign officials involved with corruption and other supporting legislations by the congress. APC-USA believes that Alhaji Abubakar Atiku should be held accountable for his involvement in money laundering.”

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