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Jonathan campaigns for Lamido

By News Desk,

In a rare campaign, Nigeria’s ex- President Goodluck Jonathan has described Sule Lamido, former Jigawa governor, “as somebody that is highly courageous, zealous, committed and experienced’’ and capable of uniting Nigeria.

Jonathan said the presidential aspirant of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was an experienced leader, capable of uniting the country if given the mandate next year.

Sule Lamido National Campaign Council visited Jonathan at his Yenagoa residence in Bayelsa State, on Saturday.

Jonathan said that the next president of Nigeria would come from PDP in 2019.

Turning to Lamido, Jonathan said: “You can perform wonderfully well, and I believe the next president that will take over from Buhari, God willing, will be from PDP and the task for him is to unify the country because Nigeria is now divided more than ever

“In 2011, it was too difficult for a northern governor to speak about Buhari, but Sule you made a lot of meaningful political statements that really captured the minds of Nigerians and PDP supporters and you really sold the party to the people.

“I am always happy to listen to you, because you know the history of Nigeria’s politics. When I was Vice President and later President, I went round Jigawa State to commission a lot of developmental projects. Jigawa witnessed a lot of wonders under your administration.

“I know you are somebody who believes in the unity and sanctity of one Nigeria and your political history, philosophy and ideology are all about leftist and humanism not capitalist, I wish you well in all your consultations and campaign, ” he said.

Lamido thanked Jonathan for the reception accorded him and his team.

He said: “I am here to formally inform you that I am running for the presidency in 2019 on the platform of our great party, the PDP.

“Sir, I am from the old generation, but I also relate with the new generation. I was a former member of House of Representatives in 1979, but I was also a governor from 2007 to 2015.

“So, I am the bridge between the old and the new generation. I have been through a lot of political participation, we must think and see how we can give back to Nigeria even for once, because Nigeria has been there for us. Nigeria has dignified and honoured us.

“I know your commitment, because you have a large heart, you have been demonised, blackmailed and called names, but you remain silent, resolute and forging ahead in all your activities.

“Sir, I have gone round 35 states and consulted with the party officials, stakeholders, BoT, NWC and our national leaders, including you.

“But as a giant of Africa and leader of the black race, we must rescue Nigeria, this is why I am offering my myself for that role, ” Lamido said.

Ambode picks governorship re-election form

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The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has picked 2019 governorship re-election form of his party, All Progressive Congress (APC), the action of which would enable him contest for retaining of his present office come 2019, should he scale through the APC direct primary.

As learnt from a source close to the governor, Ambode picked his office at APC’s secretariats in Abuja in Monday and he would be making it public once he return to Lagos.

Details later.

Saraki to run for president

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Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki said on Thursday he will run for president in 2019, making him the highest profile contender to incumbent Muhammadu Buhari announced so far.

Saraki, Nigeria’s third most senior political official, made the announcement at a political event in the capital Abuja.

The Senate President listed several challenges which he believes have clogged the wheels of progress in the nation.

He highlighted extreme poverty, hunger, lack of education and mass unemployment as some of the things that have paved way for more crime and insecurity in the nation, adding that it is now time for Nigerians to rebuild the nation with new leadership.

Also, he stated that the economy is broken while the nation has now, more than ever, witnessed division along regional, religious and ethnic lines, a situation he believes should be addressed urgently in order for the nation to grow.

He said, “​It is with all these in mind and taking account of the challenges that I have outlined, that I have decided to answer the call of teeming youth who have asked me to run for President.

“Accordingly, I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming General Elections in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). I do so with the firm conviction that I have what it takes to secure inclusive growth for Nigeria and Nigerians.”

I won’t leave PDP even if I lose primaries- Sule Lamido

By News Desk,

Sule Lamido, a former Governor of Jigawa and Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said he will not leave the party even if he loses primaries for the presidential race.

Lamido said this in an interview with newsmen at the residence of Gen. Jeremiah Useni, during a solidarity visit in Jos on Wednesday.

He had earlier paid a visit to the Plateau PDP secretariat where he declared his intention to run for presidency in 2019.

“All of us vying for Presidency in PDP are equal and are capable of ruling Nigeria as President.

“2019 Presidency is not just about me, we are all working for a just and a common goal to salvage the country. So if I’m not made candidate of our great party, I will support whoever emerges as flag bearer for PDP.”

The Presidential aspirant assured that the party would reclaim its mandate.

Lamido debunked rumours making rounds that he was being sponsored for the Presidential race by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

He said that he did not have any godfather in politics and was on his own and was vying for the number one seat in the country.

“I was in PDP before former President Olusegun Obasanjo became president, I do not have a godfather, but I respect everyone in our party; we have the same aspiration as PDP members,” he said.

The presidential aspirant said if voted into power, his administration would tackle security issues head on and try to find a lasting solution to the herders/farmers clashes being experienced in some parts of the country.

Earlier, the party’s state Chairman, Damishi Sango, promised the aspirant of the state party’s support while urging him to strive towards making a difference if he emerged as the party’s candidate.

APC clears LG polls across Nasarawa

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The Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) has declared All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate as winners of yesterday  local government election across the state, the election of which was held among three parties including APC, Social Democratic Party (SDP), and Advanced Democratic Party (ADP)

It said that three political parties including APC, SDP and ADP fielded candidates for the chairmanship election across the 13 local government areas, while 21 political parties contested for the 147 councillorship positions in the state, with the APC winning all.

The Chairman, INEC, Henry Omaku, who announced the results of the polls on Sunday at the commission’s headquarters in Lafia, said that the APC chairmanship candidate for Awe local government, Umar Abubakar polled 56, 598 votes to emerge winner, with Mr. Samuel Meshi emerging victorious for Akwanga local government having polled 50, 149 votes.

Others winners include: Mohammed Iyimoga for Obi local government polling 88, 019 votes, Idris Danlami for Nasarawa Eggon with 79, 789 votes and Mohammed Sani scoring 98, 515 votes to win chairmanship seat for Nasarawa local government area.

Also elected were: Aminu Maitafa for Lafia local government with 172, 717 votes, Saidu Kazi for Kokona with 69, 043 votes and Adamu Giza for Keana with 13, 658 votes garnered at the polls.

Abubakar Abass emerged victorious in Wamba local government with 27, 108 votes, Rabo Sani got 77, 003 votes to clinch the chairmanship for Doma, while Samuel Akala and Abdulrahman Sani polled 80, 934 and 14, 817 to emerge winners for Karu and Keffi local government areas respectively.

Omaku noted that although, the election witnessed low voters’ turnout, it was smooth an rancour-free.

He explained that the restriction of movement could not be implemented during the election because of the ongoing Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination. (UTME).

He thanked security operatives, political parties and observers for their contribution towards the peaceful conduct of the elections.

He advised political parties against boycotting subsequent elections in the state as doing so was capable of denying the people quality leadership at the local level.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that opposition parties in Nasarawa state including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) boycotted the May 26 election citing lack of confidence in the electoral body.

The opposition parties had alleged that the chairman of NASIEC, Mr Henry Omakwu is a card-carrying member of the APC, therefore, not qualified to head the commission.

My re-election bid is borne out of passion to serve Nigerians – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari, has claimed that his driving force for seeking public office was to serve people, improve lives and not for frivolity or personal ambition.

Buhari, through a a statement signed on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, maintained that the passion to serve and see real changes in the lives of Nigerians informed his choice to join partisan politics in the first place.

He informed that it was same zeal that inspired him to contest elections in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 andthat his decision to seek a second term in office was borne out of a deep passion to serve Nigerians, and not for personal gains.

He noted that his administration had already started the process of ensuring fairness, justice and equity, in spite of challenges, and would work hard to consolidate on the gains.

“I am not in politics for fun, frivolity or to amass wealth, I have always been driven by a deep sense of commitment to make a difference to lives of our people.

“After my retirement from the army, or forceful retirement, I sat back and watched as events unfolded on the political turf, and realised the country needed an intervention for fairness, justice and inclusion of Nigerians in the issues that affect their lives,’’ he added.

The President called for patience, maturity and orderliness as the 2019 elections’ calendar begins to unfold.

He urged political parties, candidates and the electorate to put the country first and always remember that “victory ultimately belongs to God.’’

He said: “After going to the court so many times to challenge results of elections in 2003, 2007 and 2011, and going up to the Supreme Court, I concluded that ultimately it is God who determines who will win elections, and in 2015 I got here.’’

In his remarks, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari said, the process of electing the leaders of the party at the ward level was hitch-free, orderly and based on the constitution of the APC.

“What we have here are our leaders that were chosen based on consensus and we are happy that it reflects the will of the people and the APC constitution.

“We followed the process to also ensure that there is affirmation,’’ he said.

The Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Ward Congress, who is also the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Ahmad Usman El-Marzuq urged the party leaders to remain loyal and live up to expectations

Abdulsalam sues for peace ahead 2019 general elections

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The Nigerian Former Head of State, Retired General, Abdulsalam Abubakar, has advised Nigerians and entire registered political parties to promote peace as the country prepares for 2019 general elections.

Abubakar, who advised a delegation of the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA) who paid him a visit in his Abuja home on Saturday, said that peace was paramount, saying: “If there is no peace, there is no nation; if there is no peace, there won’t be any politicking.

“So, it is absolutely necessary for each and everyone of us to put hands on deck to ensure that there is peace in the country.

“All these senseless killings, senseless criminality that is going on won’t serve any purpose. Please, let’s join hands and make sure that we give peace a chance.’’

Abubakar said, that once citizens make peace, they can always solve their problems.

On his advice to government towards solving the problem of killings in the country, the former head of state told newsmen that everyone had a role to play in addressing the issue of insecurity.

“I wonder at people when they start asking these questions. You, I and every Nigerian have a role to play to bring peace to this country.

“Government is not only in the Villa, we are. Everybody being represented is part and parcel of this government.

“These criminals, are they Nigerians or they are foreigners? If they are foreigners, have we reported that they are coming into the country? Are we giving intelligence?

“And if they are Nigerians, are they not our brothers and sisters? Don’t we know them? Have we exposed them? So each and every one of us has a role to play.’’

Abdulsalami advised Nigerians to keep praying for God’s intervention and mercy on Nigeria for criminality to stop and for peace to reign.

The NLSA Chairman, Tanko Yakasai, revealed that the visit was to inform the former heads of state about the assembly and solicit their support.

Yakasai said, the assembly is non-partisan but would be involved in political discussion about the future and fate of the country.

However, he said the assembly had nothing to do with 2019 general elections.

“Every member is free to support candidates of his choice and join any political party,’’ Yakassai said.

A member of the NLSA and former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Inna Ciroma, also said the delegation’s visit to former presidents and heads of state of Northern extraction was to seek their support and blessings.

Ciroma disclosed that Abdusalami had agreed to be one of the group’s patrons.

“All the leaders that we have visited have advised that all the Northern groups must unite. There is no need to have different northern groups.

“They have all asked that we unite and ensure that all the groups are united,” she said.

Ciroma said the assembly was not about 2019, but about the unity and progress of the north

Ekiti APC’s guber aspirant celebrates 1,350 delegates during Easter fest

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As part of effort towards appreciating political parties, particularly members, the Ekiti State All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Femi Bamisile, has hosted no fewer than 1,350 delegates across 177 wards of the party within the state, another edition of the gesture created to celebrate members of APC in Ekiti.

At length, the gesture was aimed at demonstrating’s Bamisile recognition of the part’s members’ contribution and dedication to unity of APC in Ekiti aside way of showing his appreciation towards delegates struggle after the party lost to opposition four years ago in the state.

The aspirant, who is the State house of Assembly former Speaker, on Thursday during celebration of the state party’s ward’s 1,350 members tagged ‘Delegates Easter Fest, on Thursday in Ekiti State, said that celebrating people that have stood behind the party unity several years was synonymous to growth of the APC in Ekiti and that foremost to him, was to have the dedicated members, who have thrown in all hopes to have the party stay, celebrated.

Bamisile assured crowd of members from the political party in the state that he would remain committed to what APC stands for if eventually emerged as governor of Ekiti state in coming months, just as he tasked delegates to clinch onto unity of the party which they have been fighting for, several years ago.

He explained that his celebration of the delegates was born at of passion to ensure the members have smiles on their faces and that was reason invitations were extended to his campaign teams both within and outside the state, so as to give the fest robust celebration.

Bamisile disclosed that plans and arrangements to have the party’s members well treated was put in place in order to have  the 2018 edition of the event different from that of previous years.

According to him, the 2017 edition of the event and that of the previous other ones were no doubted still lingering in memories of the entire people of Ekiti and the celebration of the season with the entire people of the state has become a tradition of some sort, and 2018 version was not be an exception.

“From feedback, the previous year event was indeed a season that brought the state to a stand still,with delegates and friends of Bamisile been hosted in a bid to show my appreciation for all the supports he has been enjoying from both party men and non partisan citizens.

“The event, no doubt, has also strengthened the APC Unity that was already existing in the state, with dignitaries, from party excos, to delegates from across the 177 wards, friends, both home and abroad in attendance.

“I, hosting all APC leaders in my own home is an indication that I care about my people and party,as a leader who is fearless, bold, unique and courageous.

“Without any shadow of doubt,the celebration of the delegates put together by me and my team is far better than what we had last year and next year will surely at the Government house”, he indicated.

Meanwhile,  sources at event confided who The Guild, disclosed that Bamisile had also used the avenue to declared his ambition and reminded members of him aim to run for the governorship election on platform of APC and that from indication, the former speaker has potential of emerging as the party right candidate for the race, due number of delegates that were on his side.

APC disagrees with LG election declared results

By Abdulwaheed Usamah

The Akwa Ibom State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has disagreed with result of Local Government election conducted December 2nd, which was declared by state Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC).

Before the the APC rejection, AKISIEC had in a statement yesterday declared that PDP won all 31 chairmanship seats and 329 councillorship positions in the poll.

However, the APC, through a statement signed by the part’s Secretary and Chairman,  Akwa Ibom, Dr Amadu Attai, Dr Efiong Etuk and Atuekong Don Etiebet respectively, alleged that AKISIEC did not conduct the elections in line with the laws establishing it.

It called on its members in the state to reject any result declared or announced without compliance with the procedures stipulated by the electoral act.

“To this end, All Progressives Congress (APC) wishes to inform the general public that there was no election at all according to the provision of Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).

“Moreover, in their quest to rig and announce spurious results, all sensitive materials including result sheet were nowhere to be found.

“The party wishes to inform the security agencies, Government of Akwa Ibom State, the Federal Government and the public that it rejects in its entirety any concocted result that AKISIEC may wish to announce.”