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ADP’s offering in Nigeria’s 2019 presidential race

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“Join me in the effort to rebuild our country,” Engineer Sani’s sharply-focused candidature is ADP’s offering to Nigerians in the 2019 presidential election

Sufuyan Ojeifo

When the regime of former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, decreed the formation of two political parties in furtherance of his political transition programme in the ill-fated Third Republic, to wit: the National Republican Convention (NRC) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), his essential consideration was to construct a two-party system that would simplify and predetermine political consciousness and ideologies in Nigeria.

READ ALSO: Pruning the number of political parties

The Babangida experimentation was novel against the background of the multi-party political system that had historically evolved through the praxis of previous regimes and administrations. And after the collapse of the Babangida’s transition, successive military regimes under the late General Sani Abacha and General Abdulsalami Abubakar promoted a multi-party political system in order to encourage plurality of political ideologies, ideas and views.

The mediation by the Babangida regime, via its unfortunate and bogus programme of transition from military to democratic rule, created a community of political partisans that were either dressed in the garbs of democrats or republicans. The ideological construction was dependent upon, and circumscribed by membership of the two officially-recognized parties. It did not matter if they were indeed truly ideologically baptised or pretentiously celebrated.

Remarkably, there was no space for political neutrality or independence of ideological platform. Anyone who was interested in political participation must belong to either the SDP or the NRC. The two-party system scorned centrism as an alien in the vortex of political engagements. Political partisans and the dimensions of their frenzy must be located within the ambit of the two parties. In a deliberate gambit to asphyxiate and rubbish any claims to the centre, one of the parties was therefore a little to the right and the other a little to the left of the centre.

The essence of the preamble supra is to properly situate and appreciate the importance of options or alternatives as a compelling factor that undergirds plurality of political views, ideas, choices and decisions in a democracy and/or a democratic milieu. And, this metaphor of alternatives vastly finds anchorage in the multi-party political system that has been incrementally reinforced by successive military regimes and civilian administration after the Babangida diarchy.

With a multi-party political system in place since the advent of the Fourth Republic democratic rule starting with three parties in

1998/99, Nigeria presently boasts of ninety-one political parties, even though the governing party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are predominant by virtue of their sizes, occasioned by the buy-ins of Nigerians, overtime. The freedom of choice of political parties to belong is exercisable by Nigerians.

But sixteen years of the PDP in the saddle of power at the centre as well as its dislodgement in 2015 by the APC has shattered the myth of incumbency factor in Nigeria’s presidential power politics. The narrative now is that it is possible to defeat a party in power. The APC provided a credible alternative in the 2014/2015 electioneering and more Nigerians voted for its candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, in the 2015 general election.

The significance of that development is the encouragement and evolvement of more credible alternative platforms, trustworthy presidential candidates and more exciting narratives about leadership ideals and ideas that can take Nigeria to the next level. Interestingly, Buhari’s APC promises to take Nigeria to the next level while the main opposition party, the PDP, with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as its standard bearer, promises to get Nigeria working again.

Whereas both campaign slogans, much as they are laden with their unique selling points, are fraught with arguable flaws; there are, fortunately, so many other emerging strong platforms with credible presidential candidates who are manifestly committed to reposition Nigeria and rebuild her economy. One of them is the Action Democratic Party (ADP) that is fielding its foundation national chairman, Engineer Yabagi Yusuf Sani, as its presidential candidate in the February 16, 2019 election.

The ADP, which is committed to the actualisation of one destiny for the Nigerian people through progressive forward actions, is rapidly expanding its frontiers in terms of membership strength. The quality of its growing membership is enhanced by the magnitude of its political aims and objectives as well as its core values on good governance, servant leadership, transparency and accountability in aspects of governance and conduct.

It is worth mentioning that a good number of prominent Nigerians are jostling for elective positions on the ADP platform in 2019. The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole is the party’s governorship candidate in Ogun State. Babatunde Gbadamosi is the governorship candidate in Lagos. Dr. Ese Owie, the son of Senator Roland Owie, who is a leaders of the party, is the candidate for Edo South Senatorial seat. There are many more.

But the most significant electoral exertion is the party’s interest in the presidential election through its candidate, Engineer Sani, who is a well grounded businessman and player in the oil and gas sector of the economy. He has also been a fine politician. His decision to offer himself for presidential service, according to him, is essentially to change leadership and governance narratives in Nigeria.

In specific terms, his presidency on the ADP platform would pursue the compelling desire to forge Nigeria into a united, progressive and egalitarian society. This mission is understandable against the backdrop of the divisive politics and leadership that currently afflicts Nigeria. Engineer Sani is of the view that Nigeria has never had it so bad. He therefore said he would commit to changing the narrative.

Sani would also commit to change the narrative of irresponsible retardation in such critical sectors as education, health, infrastructure, security and economy. According to him, “power sector has collapsed resulting in backwardness in industrialization.” He observed that that no industry countrywide is working at its installed full capacity. The presidential hopeful did not have to go on a historical voyage to lay the blame at the doorsteps of the Buhari government, which, though, he slammed for being clueless, inept and ineffective. But not given to harping on problems without proffering solutions, Engineer Sani, said his manifesto contained the right solutions and appropriate trajectory for Nigeria to exit poverty and hunger to become a nation of plenty.

His assurance: “I will join hands with other patriots to give Nigeria hope. My dream is to build a new Nigeria with equal opportunities for all our citizens irrespective of differences in religion, ethnicity, and political affiliations. We will pursue private sector-driven economy with all the prerequisites for job creation, infrastructure development, power and security, which will appreciably attract Direct Foreign Investments.”

In the effort to reposition Nigeria in line with the dreams of the nation’s founding fathers, there is a passionate call by Engineer Sani to teeming well-meaning Nigerians: “join me in the effort to rebuild and reposition our country.” Engineer Sani’s sharply-focused candidature is ADP’s offering to Nigerians in the 2019 presidential election.

Now that electioneering has begun, Engineer Sani has the opportunity to present a refreshingly different narrative to Nigerians. It is hoped he would be able to inspire the trust and belief by Nigerians in his capacity to act in substantiation of the claim of “action” in Action Democratic Party. Time will tell.

READ ALSO: It’ll be difficult for APC, PDP to win 2019 presidency – Sani, ADP chair

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Ojeifo, editor-in-chief of The Congress Watch magazine, wrote via ojwonderngr@yahoo.com

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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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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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

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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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