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Buhari’s speech, depressing, failed empathy test – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed disappointment with President Muhammadu Buhari’s address to the nation on Thursday evening, saying it was completely disconnected from the realities of the tragic events in the country in the last two weeks.

This reaction is contained in a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The PDP, however, appealed to Nigerians to remain calm and allow a return to normal life.

“Our party and, indeed, all lovers of peace in our country, were shocked that Mr. President glossed over the immediate trigger of violent protests – the widely condemned killing at the Lekki Toll Gate by security operatives. A situation which created a global concern and drew the attention of the world to the abuse of human rights going on in our country under his watch,” it read in part.

The opposition party also criticized Buhari for his silence on the demand for investigation into the military’s involvement in the shootings.

It added, “Nigerians had expected that Mr. President would provide the lead for the much-needed overhauling of our security architecture to meet the demands of professionalism and respect for rules of engagement.”

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SDP sure of victory in 2023, gives Tinubu, others conditions to join

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The Social Democratic Party (SDP) says its chances are  very high in the forthcoming elections based on the poor performance of both ruling All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party in their over 20 years of leadership.

The SDP also gave conditions to admit the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. and chieftains of other political parties who might lose out in their primary elections and want to use its platform for the main elections.
Acting National Chairman of the SDP, Chief Supo Shonibare, stated this in an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of the party’s congress held in Lagos.
There have been speculations that some aspirants of the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may dump their party for an alternative platform if they fail to secure the tickets.
One of the presidential aspirants who has been rumoured to be considering an alternative platform like SDP is Tinubu.
Some supporters of Tinubu had advised him to activate a Plan B in case he fails to secure the APC ticket to actualise his presidential ambition.
The SDP being strongly considered as an alternative platform however stated that the party would not be available to just any aspirant.
Shonibare said, “We welcome people from other political parties who feel that they have been unjustly treated in their present party, but we will not be a vehicle for opportunistic individuals who in our own judgement think have been part of the problem of Nigeria.
“The SDP cannot be a clone of the PDP or the APC, in that case why are we offering ourselves as alternatives.
The chairman admitted that there are aspirants with high integrity in the APC and the PDP and they are the ones the party would welcome.
He said, “We won’t welcome people who have been convicted even if they say they are appealing against the conviction, we won’t welcome people with pending cases even if the case has not been determined.
“If, prima facie, we look at their matter and we see that there are allegations against them that are waiting, because we have a committee consisting of lawyers, if they look at the allegations, particularly when the charge has been proffered, and the person has not been convicted, we will not wish to push people like that as our flag bearers in the face of indictment.”
Shonibare alleged that there were forces that had infiltrated the SDP because of the stance it has while trying to hijack it from the founding fathers.
He stated that the party is relying on pending court cases to help it overcome that challenge.

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Nigeria on edge as Buhari, govs decide party presidential flag bearer; Tinubu, Osinbajo, Fayemi, Nwajiuba favoured

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Tinubu, Osinbajo and Fayemi

The race for the 2023 presidential ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC was this weekend entering the final stretch with the presidency and the party’s governors engaged in a battle of wits with one another in the battle to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s potential successor.

Also in close contest for the ticket are the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Despite the fact that 25 aspirants collected and returned the expression of interest and nomination forms, the race was this weekend narrowing down to four aspirants with Tinubu and Osinbajo prominent among the quartet.

The other two still walking in the shadows are the choices of the governors’ camp and that of the president. The identity of these two were beginning to emerge and are bound to crystalise in the days ahead.

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Support Third Force to Rescue Nigeria, Utomi Tells Nigerians

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Chairman and Leader NCFront, Prof. Pat Utomi

The Chairman and Leader NCFront, Prof. Pat Utomi yesterday challenged Nigerians to support the coalition of political parties working together to form a third force that would end the reign of bad leadership in 2023.

Utomi, a professor of political economy, explained that a shift of mindset would be required to facilitate a new order of good governance, value for money choices and commitment to the dignity of the human person in Nigeria.

He gave the advice during a virtual conference of concerned professionals and members of New Fabian Society at the weekend.

He warned the professionals that they would take part of the blame for the state capture that brought Nigeria to the brink of State failure.

Encouraging them to support the third force, Utomi said the third force fulfills popular aspiration for the end of the current regime of dissatisfactory leadership in Nigeria.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to support a third force that would fulfill the popular aspiration for an end to the regime of dissatisfactory leadership in Nigeria

He added that admitting guilt “is part of the mea culpa we must make. Peers that allowed accountants to participate in looting state treasury evidenced in the accusation of the Accountant General by the EFCC of N80 billion fraud, and health care professionals in reducing the health sector to a man-made disaster have become vicariously culpable.”

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He, therefore, said all should dirty their hands to prepare for a third force government that would focus on the people and not the need and greed of politicians.

Utomi assured the concerned professionals on the call that the painstaking effort to build a strategic alliance for the 2023 elections, beginning with the fusion of NCFront with the Labour Party and build on the fusion an election alliance with other parties which include the ADC, PRP, NNPP, NMR, SDP, APM and several others was bearing fruit.

Utomi, who said he had opened discussions with APGA before recent Supreme Court judgments regarding that party was much hopeful for progress.

He paid tribute to the Rescue Nigeria Project Coordinator, Dr Usman Bugaje, PRPs Halilu Bello and Prof. Attahiru Jega, as well as ADC Chairman, Ralph Nwosu for their untiring work in the construction of the third force.

He said the new Nigeria, which beckons from 2023, would profit from lessons drawn from the errors of the last 20 years.

He explained that the error had resulted in failure to fix the electric power problem and neglect of the need to move orientation away from revenues and revenue sharing to production, which has resulted in unprecedented unemployment.

The political economist added that the error has been feedstock for the current bazaar of violence and insecurity in the country.

He said it was time for Nigeria to be born again and begin afresh, saying professionals should propagate the values and programmes of the big tent partners which reflect the spirit of the founding fathers of Nigeria.

He assured them that Nigeria would rise up again, saying the big tent would employ the collegial leadership approach and announce before the end of next week the members of the presidential college that would collectively account to the Nigerian people for governance performance even though only one person will be called President.

Utomi urged Nigerians to reject the old way, which has led to lost glory and favour big ideas instead of big men, pointing out that to continue to follow a failed approach and hope for a different, preferable outcome is a good definition of insanity.

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