Atiku’s supporters set record straight after Unongo’s dropped Fulani attacked allegation

By Abdulwaheed Usamah,

Following a reported allegation by Northern Elders Forum Leader, Paul Unongo, that former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, could be sponsor of Fulani attacks and recently killings in Benue State where scores of lives were lost, a supporting group of the former VP, Turaki Vanguard, has set record straight for Nigerians to know that Atiku was a advocate of politics without bitterness and a detribalized Nigerian.

It clarified the former vice president had condemned reckless killings in Benue and other places in the country and that he had continuously shared his empathy with the victims of the attacks, just as he urged government to bear the full fangs of the state to arrest ugly incidents.

The group raised concerned that instead for Unongo to join Atiku in his move aim collaborating efforts with that of the government and bring the killings to end, the leaders was busy pointing wrong accusing finger at the former vice president.

It claimed that on serial attacks against communities in Benue State, Atiku had shown more solidarity with the victims of the attacks and made severally attempts to speak with relevant authorities to do more than merely condemning the crime.

Reacting through a statement issued on Saturday by the group’s National Chairman, Fabiyi Oladimeji, it described the statement credited to Unongo accusing Atiku of sponsoring Fulani attack on Benue people, as not only unfair but also uncharitable.

It expressed that it was unfortunate that a supposed leader of the Northern Elders Forum could uttered such alleged comment against the former vice president, and that for avoidance of doubts, Atiku’s pedigree in politics presented him as an advocate of politics without bitterness and a detribalized Nigerian.

It is rather unfortunate that since the demise of a highly respected pan Nigerian, quintessential proponent and promoter of a united Nigeria, late Danmassami kano, Amb. Maitama Sule, the reputable Northern Elders forum has been enmeshed in one controversy or the other under the leadership of Unongo to the extent of creating division among the great leaders of the north.

It would have been expected that Unongo acted like a statesman in joining Atiku to find a lasting solution to the herdsmen and farmers crises but chose otherwise.

The group maintained that the forum leader was unfit for the position he currently holds since he decided to play petty blackmail with murder of innocent people from same Northern bloc he’s supposed to lead.

According to it,  for Unongo elects to run a negative commentary against Atiku is a betrayal of his sense of gratitude.

“We want to make it resoundingly clear that Atiku Abubakar wholeheartedly condemns the reckless killings in Benue and other places in the country; he shares his empathy with the victims of these attacks and calls on government to bear the full fangs of the state to arrest the ugly incidents.

“One wonders why a reputable organisation like the Northern Elders forum will bestow such a position of leadership on a charlatan and a tribal jingoist like Unongo who has failed to address such a sensitive national security issues dispassionately and fairly, rather, he chose to politicise it.

“When his kinsmen attacked and massacred Nigerian soldiers sometimes in 2004 and when his kinsmen were murderous culprits against other tribes in Taraba and Nassarawa, the likes of Unongo remains mute. Probably, he was one of the sponsors now that his kinsmen are at the receiving end, he thought others are like him” .

“No blackmail will make Atiku succumb to the one million dollars loan you requested from him sometimes in 2014, which Atiku refused to oblige. Since then Unongo has become relentless in the attack of Atiku’s person and reputation, he assured.


Atiku’s group advises PDP on party, members progression

By Abdulwaheed Usamah,

As part of measure to prepare political parties for 2019 election, particularly oppositions, the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, supporting group, Turaki Vanguard, has advised People Democratic Party (PDP) to be more decisive in its strategy for coming election, just as it urged the party for a level playing field for aspirants at all levels.

It tasked the political party on need for its leadership to ensure that PDP do not return to its pit fall that almost cost complete ruin of entire structure of the opposition, stating that, the party has started its new journey well by embarking on reconciliation of its aggrieved members.

In a statement issued by the group’s National President Oladimeji Fabiyi, to user in 2018 in Abuja yesterday, it commended the party and its members over choice of leaders elected during the PDP’s convention held in December 2017, where Uche Secondus and other members were elected as National Working Committee and National Executive Council of the party.

The Turaki Vanguard congratulated Secondus and other party’s members on their victory at the last convention, just as it charged them that the party must not encourage any form of impunity and other vices that could cause disorganization of the party been witnessed in past years.

It said: “We believe in the competence, experience and capacity of Prince Secondus and array of eminent and distinguished members of the executive of the party.

“The party has started very well by embarking on reconciliation of its aggrieved members. Our advice to the leadership is to ensure level playing field for all aspirants at all levels. The party must not return to it vomit, that almost cost it’s life.

It warned: “The party must resist and refrain from all form of impunity, temptation and intimidation to sideline or disregard internal democracy, the leadership must ensure the unity of the party at all cost.

“Prince Secondus is a man with deep intellect and good sense of judgement, adequate courage and capacity to lead the party back to glory and victory in 2019.

It stated: “We must face the election as a united house and family. The choice of its candidates at all levels most especially the Presidential candidate must be a popular choice among the members of the party and Nigerian citizens if the party must be victorious in 2019.

“We also use this medium to congratulate and welcome His, Excellency Atiku Abubakar GCON back to the party he co founded.. His return and presence in the party no doubt has lifted the image and spirit of the party. The party leaders must however ensure that others still outside should return.


2017 was tough but the worst is over for PDP- Secondus

By Abdulwaheed Usamah,

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has said that worst situation of 2017 was over, just as assured Nigerians that the PDP would play robust and vibrant roles in the nation’s polity in 2018.

Secondus, through new year message issued on Saturday in Abuja, stated that the worst was over for the PDP and that opposition party was ready and re-energised to play its role in the polity to deepen Nigeria’s democracy.

According to him, 2017 was tough but the worst is over and PDP is more than ever determined to take power back in Nigeria since writing on the wall is clear that the ruling party cannot cope.

“We sympathize with Nigerians for the hardship they have been going through in the hand of ruling party but assure them that there is a light at the tunnel.”

Secondus disclosed that having gone through the political furnace, the PDP had learnt its lesson and was now refined and focused to return to power.

He appealed to all critical stakeholders in the nation’s democracy, particularly the media and civil society groups, to stand up to their responsibilities and hold the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration accountable.

“The new year 2018 is strategic and critical in the political life of the nation because activities in the year will determine the success or otherwise of 2019,” he said.

While wishing Nigerians a prosperous 2018, Secondus charged members and leaders of PDP to put all hands on deck in the new year, describing the task ahead as enormous but surmountable.

He urged PDP members in Ekiti and Osun states to brace up for the party’s anticipated victory in the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in the states in 2018 by vigorously mobilising the voters.

Atiku disassociates from alleged statement against PDP’s nations chairman, others

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The former Vice President, Atiku Abiubakar, media office has disassociated the former vice president from an alleged attacked on Peopled Democratic Party National Chairman, Uche Secondus, and other members through a claimed statement which has been going viral on social media.

Through a statement released on Tuesday from the office, it claimed that the linked statement never emanated from the the VP nor from his office and that it must be from political quarter aiming to harm the party.

It said: “It has come to the notice of the Atiku Media Office that there is a statement purportedly attributed to His Excellency Atiku Abubakar currently making the rounds on social media.

“We wish to state for the records that the purported statement aimed at pitching the Waziri Adamawa against the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, PDP NEC, PDP Governors and stakeholders of the PDP party is contrived and baseless.

According to the statement, for the avoidance of doubt, Atiku Abubakar enjoys excellent relationship with Prince Uche Secondus, the Party’s NEC and all serving PDP governors and stakeholders of the party.

Meanwhile, the linked statement alleged Atiku to had said that he rejected offer from the party’s leaders that he should return to PDP until he was finally persuaded by former President, Goodluck Jonathan, and that he he should assist in rebuilding the party ahead of 2019 elections.

The statement claimed that Atiku disclosed that Goodluck also assured him that the leadership of the Party has resolved to endorse and support him as PDP 2019 Presidential candidate, unopposed since it was zone to the North

“I accepted the request due to the respect I have for former President Goodluck Jonathan and my love for Nigeria.

“But I am surprise over what’s happening in PDP today, a governor is now in total control of the entire structure of the party.

“PDP is under the control of a small boy and he does what he likes without respect for the founding fathers of the party” attributed to the former vice president.



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Atiku’s supporting group educates Katsina Gov. on political history

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The former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, support group, Turaki Vanguard, has reset political record for Katsina State Governor,  Aminu Masari, whom the team claimed was a beneficiary of the former VP’s struggles on Nigerian democracy.

However, the groups’ statement was a response to the Masari’s alleged description of the former vice president recent defection, from All Progressive Congress (APC) to People Democratic Party (PDP), as an exercise in futility,

In its claim, Katsina was the political ancestral home to Atiku and that it was unfortunate that the governor was playing to gallery of other APC’s members who have been criticizing the VP’s decision.

Through a statement released on Monday by the group’s National President,  Oladimeji Fabiyi, it claimed that Masari has not only exhibited his worst fear against Atiku’s defection which have pervaded and occupied entire political atmosphere and space, but have also shown little and no experience on political history of katsina and Nigeria.

According to the statement, Masari was a beneficiary of Atiku’s struggle for the sustenance on Nigeria democracy, he has forgotten that Katsina is the political ancestral home to Atiku.

“The governor should should face the challenge of governance of impoverished katsina state people under his administration

Masiri claimed that  that APC allocated 65% of its political appointments to youth and with his own youths falling into the age brackets of 60-70 years, was an indication that he is not familiar with record and situation of the country.

” His administration is a disaster as far as governance of Katsina state is concerned and needs to be encouraged to go take refresher courses in how to manage a state and to focus less on sycophancy.

He should be reminded that until the alliance of the APC of which Atiku’s PDP played a major role, Buhari has never won Katsina in all of his presidential runs.

“Perhaps Masari is jittery over the planned defection of whopping 10,000 APC members in Katsina to PDP because of Atiku rejoining the party.

Meanwhile, the governor was reported to had described the recent defection of the former vice president as an exercise in futility even though members of APC have looked away on the development.

Masari, who allegedly made the statement while speaking to journalist Katsina State on Monday, said that the defection of the former vice president would not in anyway affect the electoral success of the ruling APC, stressing Atiku had just answered his popular name.

He disclosed that the APC was aimed at repositioning the nation by creating leaders that would champion the positive cause of the nation; “about 65 per cent of our political appointments were allocated to the youth”.

Masari explained the era of ‘do or die politics’ was over as individual character and his performance speak for him in a political warfare, not unnecessary pride and display of wealth.

He maintained that his party both in his state and federal levels would not be deterred by elitist tendencies, adding that, APC was set to receive more defectors into the party by next year as many influential members of the opposition would be joining us soon.

He hinted that APC was willing and ready to accept and accommodate any individual who sought to defect into its fold, stressing politics was a game of number.


Metuh okays PDP’s newly elected national leaders

By Abdulwaheed Usamah,

The People Democratic Party (PDP) former National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, has stated party’s newly-elected National Working Committee (NWC) during PDP’s convention, were best set of national leaders party has ever produced and need to steer wheel for 2019 election.

Metuh affirmed confident that the new NWC would lead the party to victory by 2019, just as he stated that all members of the NWC led by Prince Uche Secondus were experienced in party management and politics, and were well prepared to serve the party.

Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, the party’s former head reminded that Secondus has been in party administration and that he had served as state chairman, chairman of G-84, national organising secretary, deputy national chairman, acting national chairman of the party and he has now become the elected one.

According to him, others including National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, was a former editor of a newspaper.

“For the first time we are having a practising journalist as our spokesman. We expect that he will excel. He is going to be one of the best publicity secretaries we have in PDP because he comes well prepared for the office.

“His deputy is also well known and experienced in the practice. I think this is one of the best NWC that we can have. We are happy with the members”.

“Unarguably, this is one of the best NWC that we can have. The election worked very well, and we now have people who are equipped and ready to work for the interest of our party,’’ Metuh said.

Assessing the process of the convention, Metuh commended chairman of the convention and Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, and his team for “good preparation, planning and execution’’.

He also commended the enthusiasm and excitement shown by party members, especially chairmanship aspirants who campaigned round the country.

Metuh said what the aspirants did was to arouse the passion and interest of Nigerians to again yearn for PDP.

“They went a lot of way to sensitise Nigerians. So, we must commend them.’’

On the outcome of the convention, Metuh said it was quite expected, being a delegates election, and unlike what the public was made to believe.

He declared that the process and outcome of the election were pure as there was nothing unlawful and illegal with the convention.

The former national publicity secretary explained that during delegates elections,  target of aspirants should have been the delegates, as those eligible could only voted for those they thought had institutional memory and proven record in party administration.

“That is what convinced them to vote for Secondus.’’

On the issue of zoning, Metuh clearified that while the party recognised and recommended it in principle, zoning was never sacrificed on the altar of competence and merit.

He maintained that the election was not conducted against the principle of zoning as no zone was actually denied anything.

“There would have been a need and quest for the South West to have the national chairmanship. It has never had it. Also, the South South only acted, it has never had it.

“What we looked for this time around is party administrator and that is what is needed in the party.’’

Metuh urged all party members and leaders to join the Secondus-led NWC in the collective task of rebuilding PDP and ensuring success in the quest to regain lost glory.

PDP begins campaign for 2019, prioritize fight against corruption, poverty reduction

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Hour after People Democratic Party (PDP) concluded its selection of national leaders and for other key posts, the party has began campaign for 2019 election with assurance that, if it returns to power come the year, it would fight corruption and at same time, reduce poverty in the country.

Amid crisis and other vices confronting the party, expressed that it was the only party in the country, which had provided and drove Nigeria towards development enjoying in the country currently.

The Niger State former Governor, Babangida Aliyu, on behalf of PDP and its members, stated that come 2019, the party would ensure that agriculture was given the kind of subsidy required, and as well do more on diversification of the nation’s economy, to combat rate of poverty, just as he added that the party was prepared to fight corruption.

Speaking during a goodwill message at the PDP National Convention in Abuja on Saturday, disclosed that the party would ensure that agriculture becomes commercialized and mechanized, a move he considered better measure to reduce poverty in the country.

According to him, since Naira has depreciated; importing any food into Nigeria will be a waste because there cannot be any profit to make.

“Our importers are not importing food and therefore we must understand that it was not a deliberate plan; it was a plan by devaluation.”

Aliyu commended the National Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, for holding forth during the party’s trying moments.

“We will live more united, stronger and ready to take over in 2019, PDP governors have done beautifully well and there is no alternative to the PDP,” he said.

Enugu PDP throws support behind Dokpesi’s party chairmanship assipiration

By Abdulwaheed Usamah, 

The Enugu State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has thrown its support behind one of the party’s chairmanship asspirant,  Raymond Dokpesi, as its candidate for the national chairman to be elected at Saturday’s National Convention.

It claimed that the Dokpesi was its preferred candidate and best at moment for the position of chairmanship of the party.

The Chairman, PDP Enugu, Austine Nnamani, described Dokpesi as a man of reputable character needed to bring the needed change in the PDP.

Speaking after Dokpesi’s endorsement during his visit to the state on Tuesday, Nnamani stated that the chairman of DAAR Communication had demonstrated quality of leader and that the state chapter of the party had not made mistake in picking the Edo State man.

He said the party had trust in Dokpesi and that he has degree of integrity which was significant to quality of a ruler who stands to govern society.

“We believe he is a man that has serious degree of integrity. All of us believe that if a man of serious character is elected at Saturday convention, the level of the party will change. Having seen your colleagues, we have seen those qualities we are looking for in you.

“Now that we have found that kind of person we are looking for, a man that we think when if elected the political atmosphere in PDP will change, I want to assure you that we are for you.

“Like other speakers have said, we are known for our sincerity; so, count Enugu delegates as one of the states that are for you,” Nnamani said.

He advised Dokpesi to look into the problems of the PDP in South-East as well as ensure that he made wide consultations with members when taking decisions, especially on election-related matters, if elected.

Addressing the party members earlier, Dokpesi had attributed the problem of unrest in the South-East and Niger Delta to injustice and unfairness.

“We must make sure that the injustice created by the All Progressive Congress is corrected and we are determined to do it.

“To do this, we must win the 2019 election first,” Dokpesi said.

He added that his driving force to be national chairman of the party was to win 2019 was to ensure justice and fairness for all.

The aspirant urged the delegates to vote for him, saying that he was ready to work with each state’s chapter to reposition the party.

In his remarks, former chairman of the party in Anambra, Chief Dan Ulasi, said that if PDP must be revived, it must not re-elect those who destroyed it.

“What we need is new face, new experience and new philosophy, and that is what is expected from Enugu state delegates,” Ulasi said.

He urged them to see Dokpesi as the new face needed to re-brand PDP for 2019 general elections.

Marwa ticks Buhari for 2019 election By Abdulwaheed Usamah,

Following announcement of return of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, back to People Democratic Party (PDP), the Lagos State former Military Governor,  Gen. Buba Marwa, has affirmed that there was no better candidate for 2019 election than President Muhammadu Buhari.

Marwa, who is a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), explained that after his analysis of all aspirants Buhari still remained best candidate, endorsing

In Yola after a meeting of stakeholders organised by Buba Marwa organisation on Tuesday, the former military governor officially endorsed Buhari for re-election in 2019, basin his conclusion on the president’s performance since his assumption of office two and half years ago.

Marwa maintained that Buhari’s administration within past two years, had recorded achievements in the area of security, anti-corruption, improved electricity supply and diversification of the economy through agriculture and solid minerals.

“We are happy with the measures the government is taking in the diversification of the economy, which are already paying off, especially in the agricultural and mining sectors; the improvement has manifested in the recent exit from recession”.

On the exit of the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the APC, he said although the move was a big loss to the party, it would not affect the chances of APC in Adamawa and even at the national level.

“No political party would like to lose someone like the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; we assure that his departure will, however, not affect the fortunes of the party at any level.

PDP justifies Atiku latest decision, presidency differs

By Abdulwaheed Usamah 

Following former Vice President’s, Atiku Abubakar, latest decision that he would be returning to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after tendering his resignation to All Progressive Congress (APC) recently, his new party has justified the VP’s action by explaining that his return to the part was in good faith and benefit to Nigerians.

The party said that there was no better way Atiku could have expressed his dissatisfaction over the APC non performance and failure to deliver its promises before Nigeria threw support behind the party during 2015 election than to exit from the party.

Although the party’s submission was contrary to presidency position against the former VP’s rejoining the abandoned PDP, a ground President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide claimed was feeble and tantamount to ambition appetite.

A member of the PDP, Olademaji Fabiyi, stated that Atiku has only carried out his constitutional right and that his defection has only been between two parties, that of the PDP and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), which merged with other political parties that formed APC.

Speaking during a televised interview in Abuja on Tuesday, Fabiyi juxtaposed the former VP’s return to PDP with that of Buhari’s defections from other parties before APC.

He kicked against members of APC describing Atiku as series defectors, just as he submitted that the former VP tendering of resignation at his former party recently was a result of the APC renege on the party’s promise made before assuming office in 2015.

Fabiyi, who also returned to PDP alongside Atiku, noted that APC had failed on its agenda promised Nigerians during campaign, which includes restructuring of government, three million jobs integration among others, but contrary was the result after two years in office.

He affirmed that the former VP president was pro-Nigerian who has created jobs in the country than any other Nigerian, adding that, Atiku was a bridge between old and young citizen of Nigeria due to his passion for the nation’s progression.

“Atiku has created over 500, 000 direct jobs and three million indirect ones and he had been passionate about youth, succession plan and good governance in Nigeria.”

When asked if Atiku would run Nigerian presidential seat come 2019, the PDP returned member optimistically confirmed the former VP’s readiness for the race even though he was yet to personally announce his decision.

“Atiku is more qualified to contest for post of president by 2019, it is a constitutional right and it is also there in the party’s constitution.”

Clearing air over his return to PDP, Fabiyi maintained that his decision was that of personal interest and that it was for good of Nigerians particularly youth.

But for president Special Adviser on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojodu, Atiku has not provided enough reason for his return to PDP after thee years in APC beyond the stated excuses during a live stream over the weekend.

He said that presidency and APC were not surprised about Atiku defection and that the party and its members had seen it coming before its arrival.