Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) has said opposition parties were portraying the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari in bad light in spite of their achievements. Members of the PGF are all the APC governors.
In a statement he issued yesterday in Abuja, PGF director-general, Dr Salihu Lukman, said the opposition parties were taking advantage of passive official communication by the APC and the federal government to achieve their negative objectives.
He said, “A major gap being exploited by the opposition against the APC and the federal government is that official communication both by the APC and the federal government are passive and reactive.
“Consequently, the opposition is succeeding in taking advantage of this reality to unfairly portray both the APC and President Buhari in bad light,” Lukman said.
He continued, “Efforts to engage Nigerians to secure ownership of policy initiatives are quite low, but quite some significant progresses have been achieved.’’
Lukman said since 2015, the federal government had rolled out several initiatives to deliver on APC’s campaign promises targeted at strengthening Nigeria’s public service institutions.
“The false narratives against APC and President Buhari are being promoted by the opposition to suggest that criminal activities of banditry started only when APC took control of the federal government in 2015,” he said.
Lukman stated further that the APC was being portrayed to have failed in ending Boko Haram insurgency, whereas objective analysts would recall that the activities of the insurgents predated the APC administration.
The PGF boss said as at 2015, apart from controlling most parts of the Northeast, Boko Haram had spread to parts of Northwest and North Central, notably, Kano, Kaduna, Niger, Kogi and Nasarawa states.
“In both the Northwest and North Central, the problems of cattle rustling were rampant. Kidnapping was also there in many parts of the South-South and Southeast. To worsen matters, there was the 2014 corruption case of $2.1 billion meant for arms procurement, which was diverted by People’s Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“It is true that the problem of cattle rustling in the Northwest and North Central has graduated to banditry and it is assuming a war situation. However, it should be recognised also that the fight against Boko Haram has made significant progress. Unlike before 2015 when most parts of the Northeast were under the control of insurgents, this is no longer the case,’’ he stated.
While acknowledging that there were still challenges in fighting banditry and insurgency, Lukman said the APC-led government was responding creditably.
He said for the APC to achieve the goal of producing a new Nigeria, it must be a party with a united leadership, disciplined and respectful, adding that the process of re-organising APC’s structures must make the party active in facilitating negotiations between leaders at all levels, saying that all agreements reached must be respected by all the parties.
“It is respect for agreements reached by all that can produce a new Nigeria,’’ Lukman declared.
He appealed to the Yobe State Governor Mai-Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee to conclude its assignment to amend the party’s constitution speedily.
Lukman said the APC should strengthen and prioritise the processes of disciplinary hearing and enforcement of decisions.
He also suggested that the capacity of the party to regulate the conduct of members and leaders should be strengthened.
Lukman said since the party desired to bring about change, regulating the conduct of members and leaders would be an important catalysing factor to change Nigerian politics and produce the new Nigeria of APC’s dream.”
Anambra Guber: IPOB declares sit-at-home on election day
Anambra state governorship election may suffer serious setback as the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has declared total lockdown in all states in south East from November 5 to November 10, to compel the federal government to release its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has fixed the Anambra gubernatorial election for November 6, 2021.
But in a statement issued by its media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB said, “Following the adjournment of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s court case to 10th of November 2021, by the Federal High Court Abuja, it demanded all lovers of Biafra and Biafrans to sit at home from 5 to 10 November to ensure that their leader is released.
“We the great movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), wish to inform Biafrans, friends of Biafra and lovers of freedom that IPOB will lock down Biafra land from 5th of November to 10th of November except Sunday, November 7th, a day our people worship the Almighty God, Chukwu Okike Abiama, if the Nigeria Government fails to release our leader unconditionally before 4th of November 2021” he stated.
IPOB said its leader Nnamdi Kanu must be released unconditionally on or before November 4, 2021 “because he has not committed any offense known to any law.
According to the group, “failure to release Nnamdi KANU on or before November 4, 2021 there will be one week Sit-At-Home beginning on November 5, 2021 till November 10.”
Daily Trust reports that Kanu was arraigned at the Federal High Court, Abuja on treasonable felony and terrorism charges.
The fresh seven-count charges against Kanu followed his arrest and extradition from Kenya after he jumped bail.
Kanu, however, pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
2023 presidency: Tinubu support group launched in Abuja
A support group for the 2023 presidential campaign of Bola Tinubu has inaugurated states’ steering committee in Abuja.
It also unveiled the “Asiwaju legacies” at the national secretariat of the TSG in Maitama, Abuja.
Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is aspiring to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari when the latter’s tenure expires in 2023.
The Abuja event is coming two weeks after the APC national leader spent over three months in London, where he was said to have undergone surgery.
All groups supporting Tinubu in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were present with a large crowd at the launch.
A member of the House of Representatives, Hon James Abiodun Faleke, who delivered a keynote address, said the APC must prepare grounds for an orderly transition of power to another APC government in 2023 by fielding Tinubu as a presidential candidate.
He said, “Our party and government must snap victory from the jaws of these challenges. It is not the time to experiment with inexperienced experts. It is not the season for those who can talk but have no history of walking their talk.
“To secure the votes of the majority in 2023, we must present a candidate that knows where the shoe pinches the average Nigerian, not just because he has been but because, as the governor of the most difficult, most complex state in Nigeria, he put smiles on the faces of the poor by convincing the rich to join the government to chase poverty from the streets.”
Faleke also said, “That man is Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Asiwaju of Lagos, Lagos State. Our party is therefore lucky that it does not need to go on a wild goose chase for the man to fly our party’s flag in these challenging times; a time when the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria must go to the person who can continue to end banditry, to crush kidnappers and engage separatists so that our people can live in peace and prosperity.
“We have discovered a man who is ready to sacrifice all he has for his fatherland. It is now clear that the meeting of minds between him and President Buhari is grounded in their circumstances.
“Just like President Buhari left power in august 1985 but continued to mark the higher standards of the progressive military in government, the image and relevance of our man of the moment soared in public consciousness despite his unofficial status.”
16 APC Governors backing Tinubu for 2023 presidency – Adeyeye
Former Minister of Works and National Chairman, South West Agenda for Tinubu, Senator Dayo Adeyeye, has said 16 governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress are solidly supporting the presidential aspiration of former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Adeyeye disclosed this when he inaugurated the parallel APC ward and local executives in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The former Senate spokesman, who spoke on Thursday, said the Governors have a keen interest in the actualisation of Tinubu’s presidential bid.
He explained they were queuing behind the APC stalwart because of his administrative acumen, mental capacity, rare leadership quality and unequalled political structures which cut across the six geo-political zones.
The former Minister noted that the Office ofthe President was too important to be given to a political Lilliputian without structure, adding that Tinubu is perfectly suitable for the plum position by all standards
He said: “Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will be the next President of this country and one of us will become the Governor in Ekiti State.
“I am happy that the new executives have passion for this group and this will lead to action and eventually victory for all of us.
“APC leaders and members across board are using their personal money to fund SWAGA. Members are not after money.
“Let me tell you this: 16 governors are now backing Tinubu for president and they are no longer afraid after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State openly supported us when we did the flag off in Lagos.”
Speaking on the parallel executives, the APC chieftain said its congresses were authentic, describing the Paul Omotoso-led executives elected by a group loyal to Governor Kayode Fayemi on Saturday as mere impostors.
He said: “Those that were inaugurated today are the authentic APC executives in Ekiti.
“The party at the national level brought out a guideline that people should come out and queue to vote for the ward and local government congresses but their people didn’t come out.
“They were inside a room concocting names under the guise of consensus.
“But SWAGA members filed out.
“We have the video clip that we will present.
“What they did on Saturday, October 16 was a nullity and a complete waste of time.
“We knew what we did for Fayemi to win in 2018.
“He couldn’t have won on his own because he has no popularity.
“I know that they can’t buy you with money, you are for SWAGA.
“This government has finished, don’t let them deceive you with positions.
“Only the Fayemi’s Tokantokan group is enjoying the dividends of what we did, others are sidelined.
“It is now shop alone, die alone.
“Even many of those with appointments are aggrieved.
“Many will shock them during the governorship primary.
“We are now using direct primary.
“They can no longer sleep because the party now wants direct primary, owing to the fact that they are not popular.”
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