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2019: PDP declares war on Buhari



2019: PDP declares war on Buhari


Secondus said the PDP has chosen a credible and experienced presidential candidate and his running mate, Peter Obi, to lead the rescue mission.

Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto and Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) practically took the verbal war in the 2019 presidential campaign to President Muhammadu Buhari’s strongest support base, the North West, yesterday, when the opposition party launched its presidential campaign in Sokoto State.

READ ALSO: Thousands of PDP supporters arrive Sokoto for Atiku rally

The party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, urged Nigerians not to fall for Buhari’s deceptions and that of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC); in their quest to seek a second term.

Atiku described president Buhari as a ‘failed’ farmer who could only boast of 150 cows, in his livestock business and that his policies have not lifted Nigerians out of poverty.

The former vice president spoke in Sokoto, yesterday, when he addressed party supporters who attended the flag-off of his zonal campaign rally and presentation of the party presidential flag.

2019: PDP declares war on Buhari

He was accompanied to Sokoto by his running mate, Mr. Peter Obi, and the party apparatchik, led by the immediate past President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, his deputy, Namadi Sambo, former governors, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Gbenga Daniel (Ogun) and Babangida Aliyu (Niger).

Also, Doyin Okupe, Tanimu Turaki, Mukhtar Shagari, BoT chairman, Senator Jubril Wali, Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, among other party stalwarts were at the rally.

There, Atiku said despite failing Nigerians on their campaign promises, the APC-led government has continued to deceive Nigerians in their bid to secure a second coming.

“I am a politician, I am a businessman, I am into many things, I am also a farmer and knows exactly what the problem of Nigerians are. I have more than 1,000 cows in my farm. Please, we should not allow someone whose cows have not grown from 150, year in, year out, to come and tell us lies and propaganda again.”

He promised that if elected as president, his priorities include job creation and bringing peace into country.

Atiku also said his bid for presidential contest was not borne out of a contest between him and his main challenger, President Muhammadu Buhari.

He noted that nigerians should see the 2019 presidential election as a choice “between forging ahead for better and remain in deficiting governance.”

Atiku eulogised the political value of the North West.

“The Northwest has been the foundation and pillar of PDP where we have the people and support,” and dispelled insinuations that PDP supporters in the northern states have dwindled; ahead of 2019.

Earlier, the National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said the party’s mission to rescue Nigerian began in Sokoto State, yesterday

Addressing a mammoth crowd of jubilant supporters drawn from Sokoto Katsina, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kano, Jigawa and Kaduna; the seven states that make up the North West, at the Shehu Kangiwa Square, Sokoto, Secondus said Buhari has failed the people woefully.

Secondus said the PDP has chosen a credible and experienced presidential candidate and his running mate, Peter Obi, to lead the rescue mission.

“Atiku has what it takes to turn the economy around, create jobs for our teeming youths and unite the country,” he said, and warned that Nigerians have turned their back on the APC and president Buhari as could be seen by the people of Sokoto and the North West states.

The highpoint of the rally was the presentation of the party flag to Atiku, Obi and the Sokoto state governorship candidate, who is also the state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said Nigeria should be grateful to democracy for providing the opportunity for the people to make changes when things are not going well.

Dogara said he and some other Nigerians fought for change in 2015 but have since realised that the change was not forthcoming, hence, the decision to dump the APC for the PDP.

On his part, Director General of the campaign council as well as Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki urged the North West to lead the way in the huge mission of rescuing the country.

“As the DG of the campaign, when we said we wanted to come to the North West, they said it is a no-go area for PDP but, today (yesterday), the North West is PDP! Today, North West is speaking for PDP, because they told us it was a no go area. Alhamdulillah Robilalamin (Glory be to God) that today, you have shown you are ready to go PDP.

“And, for years, the North West led the country and today (yesterday), North West says is time to vote for PDP.”

Saraki assured Atiku would be voted for because he understands how to make the country better.

“The man that can bring food to the table, the man that can fight security, the man that can unite Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar! It is about food, security and we will vote Atiku Abubakar because he understands it, he knows how to make good choice, he knows how to make things work, he knows how to unite Nigerians, that’s why we will vote him.

“We have tried this one (Buhari), but he has failed. North West has spoken and the entire Nigerians will speak,” Saraki said.

The high points of the zonal rally was the unique prayer offered by Atiku, at the grave side of the father of the Caliphate, Mallam Uthman Dan Fodio.

The prayer was symbolic as the tomb is hardly accessible; even to incumbent presidents.

Regardless, the APC dismissed PDP’s claims that president Buhari executed anti-people policies.

APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, told Daily Sun that the opposition party is aggrieved because the system is very difficult to compromise.

“Funny enough, we sympathise with the PDP for saying so. It has become obvious that their anger is because people can no longer steal money the way they did; under 16 years of PDP rule. Is it because Atiku does not have access to compromise the system the way he has been doing that made him the richest Africa on the planet earth without any visible, practical business?

“He is embittered that this government has deprived him of those privileges he has been enjoying. Their position is understandable because the people Atiku and co referred to as people are the elite who are less than zero percent of the population that took all the money to buy and enjoy private jets, which they cannot afford now. It is really a pity for them.

“Which of the policies do they describe as anti people? Is it the several social investment programmes, is it the conditional cash transfer, the road projects that are ongoing that are anti-people policy?”

READ ALSO: Ogun 2019: OWCOF is fraudulent, anti-people – Akinlade

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes



Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump - CAN fumes

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers



CAMA: Bishop blasts Christian lawmakers

The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike



Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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