Atiku will make a better PDP candidate than Saraki, kwankwaso-Group

A group called the Atiku Care Foundation Nigeria has stated that the PDP will do well if they allow the former Vice President fly the party’s flag at next year’s election.

Atiku is currently vying for the sole ticket to become the candidate of the PDP in the 2019 presidential election along side other strong contenders such as Senate President, Bukola Saraki, former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwakwanso, current Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal among others.

Speaking to reporters, the North Central Zonal Coordinator of the foundation, Golkuna Gotom, insists that the former Vice President is a much credible, and corrupt free candidate than the rest.

“Atiku Abubakar is a simple and humble person, he has a high pedigree and antecedent that would definitely lead Nigeria to greatness. And now since the party leadership has zoned the presidential candidate to come from the North, it should go to North East and Atiku is the one who deserves to be the PDP’s presidential candidate.

“He has served as vice president for eight years, he has industries in Nigeria, from Adamawa to Port Harcourt, and currently building big hospital in Abuja.

“If he becomes President no single Nigerian should go to England or US for medication again, because he is building big hospital here, he is using his personal money for the betterment of health sector in Nigeria,” Gotom said.

 

Buhari reacts to Saraki’s “Crude” statement says Senate President is desperate and dangerous

In a swift reaction to Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s statement question President Buhari’s capacity to lead Nigeria, the presidency stated that the Kwara State born politician could have done better with his choice of language stressing that his comments were crude and derogatory.

In a statement released by Buhari’s Special Assistant, Garba Shehu, the president called on his supporters to exercise restraint when reacting to Saraki’s comment insisting that the Senator was only in PDP to run for the office of president of Nigeria insisting that Saraki is a desperate and dangerous man who will go to any length to achieve his aim.

The statement reads:

“The Presidency wishes to react to the crude speeches hitting the news from Senator Bukola Saraki, who recently joined the PDP with the sole ambition of running as the president of Nigeria.

“In response to the condemnable and extremely derogatory speeches by the PDP aspirant, we urge all Buhari supporters to display restraint in language and conduct and to always put across their points of view in a decent language.

“Throughout his political career, Senator Saraki has shown that he is a very dangerous person who can go any length to promote his personal interests.

“The language of his campaign is such that cannot be used against a domestic help.

“Does he just know that the President lacked vision? This is someone that the Senator had worked with very closely for more than three years.

“Amazingly, he never said all that he is now saying against him. Rather, his words for and on the President were always respectful and reassuring.

“That’s the man he called ‘My Father,” about him “there is no cause for alarm…a President who is healthy, witty and himself.’ What then changed, all of a sudden?

“Is he saying these blatantly false and crude things against the President because he is running for the same office? Could it be that he is targeting President Buhari because the party he just joined does not have any real issues to highlight?”

Saraki blast Buhari, says President’s methods are outdated and lacks capacity

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the administration of President Buhari, stressing that the current administration of the ruling APC lack the capacity to take the country to the next level.

Speaking in Bayelsa, Saraki who is aspiring to fly the PDP’s flag in the 2019 Presidential Election insists that the Buhari is too old to lead the country properly stating that the president was not in-tune with modern demands of leadership.

He also spoke on the burning issue of restructuring stressing that the question of a United Nigeria needed to be addressed.

“2019 is a very crucial election for this country; we are at the crossroads as we have never been so disunited as we are today.

“Wherever you go, people ask questions: where do you belong? We need to address the issue of unity in this country; it is time for everybody to have a seat on the table, a time for everyone to have a sense of belonging in this country. It is not about me.

“There is a new order in the world today, wherever we go, we see leaders that have a vision, that are ready to develop their countries. A lot of us talked about the Asian tigers, but they did not come by chance, or trial and error, they became tigers because they have visionary leaders. They are leaders that are ready to defend their countries, that have an idea of what they want to do.  As I keep on saying, you cannot give what you don’t have.

“Where we are now, we have a leadership that has no vision for us. We must bring visionary leadership to the presidential level so we can move this country forward.”

Presidential aspirant, Saraki congratulate NFF president Pinnick on re-election

Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Thursday congratulated NFF President, Amaju Pinnick for his re-election as the head of country’s football house for another four years.

Pinnick survived the challenge from three other contestant to score what could best be described as a landslide victory in the election that took place in the north east state of katsina.

The election had representative from both CAF and FIFA present to witness the event.

Saraki who is himself looking to lock-down the nomination ticket of the PDP to contest the 2019 Presidential election sent his congratulations via a tweet, he praised the effort of Pinnick in trying to improve Nigeria’s football fortunes and urge him to double his effort in helping Nigeria to the next level.

Saraki Lambasts Buhari During Osun Governorship Election Rally For Senator Adeleke

Bukola Saraki, the Senate president of Nigeria and PDP presidential hopeful appeared to have criticized President Muhammadu Buhari while he was campaigning for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the Osun State gubernatorial election.

While speaking at the rally in support of the party’s candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke, on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, the senate president said Osun voters cannot vote for continuity of government as the current administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) has failed to perform.

He said, “Yesterday, some people came here and told Osun people to vote for performance, what kind of performance when you cannot pay workers salary for months? Is that performance? No.”

While Saraki did not mention President Buhari by name, the president was in Osogbo, the state capital on Tuesday, September 18, to campaign for the APC’s candidate, Gboyega Oyetola.

During his address, President Buhari had urged voters to vote for Oyetola so that he can build on the achievements of Aregbesola’s tenure in his eight years as governor.

He said, “Nigeria must be free of corrupt and selfish leaders. The children of all Nigerians will get quality infrastructure, education, health care and job opportunities.

“This is why you must all come out and vote for the APC on the 22nd of September, 2018. Osun must remain APC. Osun must continue on the path of progress. Osun must not allow the dark days to return.”

The September 22 election is expected to be closely contested between Oyetola, Adeleke and Senator Iyiola Omisore of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Saraki to battle Atiku, Tambuwal, others for PDP’s ticket

Saraki will hope to face President Buhari in the 2019 presidential election as he’s fighting for the PDP’s presidential ticket. To win the ticket, he has to beat other aspirants including former vice president, Atiku Abubakar; Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal; Gombe State Governor,Ibrahim Dankwambo; and former governors including Sule Lamido, Ahmed Makarfi, Attahiru Bafarawa, Jonah Jang and Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Others are former Senate President, David Mark, former Senator, Baba Datti Ahmed, and former Minister Special Duties Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Tanimu Turaki.

Thunderous Jubilation as Atiku, Saraki Storm PDP Rally In Oshogbo, Orders Osun People To Send APC Packing

Ex-Vice President of Nigeria Abubakar Atiku and the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, were among the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who stormed Osogbo, the Osun State capital to support their party govern-ship aspirant. The two political heavyweights, who are vying for PDP presidential tickets, while speaking at the rally, urged  residents to vote out the All Progressives Congress’ government Saturday.

Both personalities harped on the need for the voters to give the PDP a chance to restore the economy of the state.

Mr Abubakar was concerned about the protection of the votes, as he called on the voters to protect their votes.

“Stay and protect your votes, if you don’t protect your votes, they will steal the votes,” Mr Abubakar said, while addressing the huge crowd.

“They will steal your votes as they did in Ekiti. The PDP is going to win the election on Saturday.”

Also speaking, Mr Saraki said the situation facing Osun State and its workers was enough to vote against the APC.

He said the APC government in the state had refused to pay salaries for several months, adding that the situation in Osun was worse than even states where there is Boko Haram insurgents.

He said Mr Adeleke would ensure that all salaries were paid when he becomes the governor of the state.

“This election is about Osun people. You must send a messenger to all Nigerians. A government that can owe salaries for three years needs to be sent out,” said Mr Saraki.

The chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, said the APC leadership needed to be voted out because it had shown that it was corruption ridden and could not continue to provide the required leadership in the state.

He said the incoming PDP government would bring relief to the people and create the environment for development to thrive.

Mr Adekeke, in his address to the people, noted that he would ensure salaries were cleared when he becomes governor by asking creditors to the state to give the state some time to pay salary arrears.

He noted that he would pursue his six-point agenda and deliver on his campaign promises.

His nephew and popular music artiste, Davido, was also on hand to add tonic to the campaign rally, with a brief on the stage performance.

The presence of the artiste created uproar as the crowd pressed and pushed to get closer to him.

More Trouble For Senate President, Bukola Saraki, As Group Sues Him For Defecting To PDP

A rights group, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), has sued Senate President Bukola Saraki and other lawmakers who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It is praying the Federal High Court in Abuja to declare that they are no longer members of the National Assembly by virtue of their defections from the political parties that sponsored their election.

LEDAP is urging the court to determine whether any lawmaker who defects from the party that sponsored him before the expiration of his term does not automatically lose his seat unless there is a division within the party.

In a supporting affidavit, the plaintiff said there was “no division in any of the political parties the said defendants defected from”.

LEDAP further argued there was “no mergers involving any of the parties the defendants defected from”.

There are 55 defendants in the suit, including Senators Dino Melaye, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Barnabas Gemade, as well as House of Representatives members.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is also named as a defendant in the suit filed by LEDAP National Coordinator Mr Chino Obiagwu.

The plaintiff’s reliefs are based on section 68 (1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

The section provides: “A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if, being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected, provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored.”

LEDAP, in the suit filed on September 14, is praying the court for an order of mandamus compelling the Deputy Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to declare the defectors’ seats vacant.

According to the plaintiff, pursuant to Section 8(2)(d) of the Legislative Houses (Powers And Privileges) Act, it is a criminal offence for any of the defectors to continue sitting in the National Assembly.

LEDAP, a non-profit organisation, said the suit is in furtherance of its core mandate of promoting the rule of law, good governance and accountability in Nigeria.

No date has been fixed for hearing.

Saraki makes demand from Buhari government

The wife of the Senate President, Toyin Saraki, has made a demand for the immediate release of two abducted health workers held hostage by a faction of Boko Haram since March.
Her demand was in reaction to the killing of Saifura Ahmed, who was one of the three humanitarian workers abducted in Rann, Borno State.
The victim was abducted during a raid on a military facility in the area on March 1. In a video that surfaced online, the deceased was wearing a white hijab. She was shot from behind. The insurgents claimed she was killed because they had contacted the government over the captives but did not get any response.
Toyin described Khorsa’s murder as a tragedy for the country Nigeria and for the global community of midwives.
“We mourn her deeply. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, in particular her two children, and her International Red Cross colleagues,” Mrs. Saraki told reporters.
“I now call on all efforts to be made to secure the immediate release and rescue of Hauwa Mohammed Liman and Alice Loksha.”
“Health workers should never be a target; their abduction is an act of unimaginable cruelty.
 
“Liman and Loksha are still captives, and both the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the ICRC have called for their release.
 
“This is a tragic reminder of the threat to life and liberty faced by midwives, nurses and health-care workers who selflessly work for the health and well-being of others.
 
“I stand in solidarity with them and will continue to advocate for their safety in carrying out their life-saving work,” Mrs. Saraki said.
President Muhammadu Buhari had reacted to the killing in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday. He described the killing of aid worker as heinous and despicable.

SHOCKER!!! Saraki Exposes The Aso Rock Cabals Running The Country For President Buhari, Reveals Other Shameful Secrets

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that although Nigerians voted for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, a cabal has been in charge of the country.

Saraki who is one of the Presidential Aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, revealed this when he visited members of the party in Oyo State, to solicit their support, ahead of the primary election.

He stated further that Nigeria lacks the progress it deserves, because voting patterns were determined by religion, language, and ethnicity.

His words: “Over the years, we have made mistakes in electing people based on sentiment. Yes, it is time we corrected it.

“We will correct, it because we are capable. Over the years, we have voted for people based on religion, the language they speak, and where they came from in Nigeria. We need people who have the courage, capacity, ability, and determination.

“I have shown over the years, particularly in the recent years, that one has the opportunity of leadership, that I have the capacity to take Nigeria forward. The countries that have done well, did so not by bringing Leaders by chance, but because they looked for capable Leaders. It is time to pick such a Leader.

“The President we have now, does not understand leadership. We have endured him for more than three years, but it is the same thing. Nigerians voted for him, but a cabal is ruling the country. That is not what democracy means. This time, let us look for who can do it. In Nigeria today, we do not have unity. What we need in the present world, is a digital President.”

Speaking further, Saraki stated that some of the World Leaders who visited Buhari, left after a few hours, because their host did not understand their mission, or contributed to the discussions as expected.

“When your President sits with World Presidents, he should be able to understand what they are saying”, he said, adding that: “That is why Presidents who have visited the country did not stay more than a few hours. But when they know that their host understands them, they will stay longer, and explore investment opportunities in Nigeria.”

2019!!! The Battle For A Consensus Candidate Intensifies, As PDP Sets Date To Thoroughly Screen Saraki, Atiku, Kwankwaso, David Mark, Others

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees, BoT, Panel, set up to discuss the possibility of having a consensus Presidential candidate, will be meeting with all the Aspirants, and also screen them, on Thursday, 18th September, 2018.

The 12-man Panel, which is headed by Senator Walid Jibrin, is expected to first meet in the morning of Thursday, before inviting the Aspirants for the screening, later that day.

Authoritative sources within the PDP Board, revealed that all the 13 Presidential Aspirants had been contacted for the screening.

The Aspirants are former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo; former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso; and former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa.

Others are: President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; former President of the Senate, David Mark; former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Tanimu Turaki (SAN); former Governor of Plateau State, Jona Jang; and former Governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi.

Also expected at the meeting are: former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido; Dr. Datti Baba-Ahmed; and Usifo Stanley.

It was gathered that the Presidential Aspirants would be persuaded to have meetings among themselves, to see if they can agree on a consensus candidate.

Jubril, who will chair the meeting, confirmed that the Board would meet with the Aspirants.

“We will meet them on Thursday, in Abuja, but I will not tell you the location.

“We are talking with the Aspirants, and I have hope that they will all work together for the progress of our party, which will make us win the Presidential election in 2019”, he said.

It was gathered that the Aspirants had however, made up their minds not to drop their personal ambition.

A member of the BoT, noted that the Aspirants “do not want to hear anything about consensus, or stepping down for anybody at all.”

However, another Board member disclosed that the Aspirants could still strike a deal among themselves, before the October 5 and 6 dates for the Presidential Convention.

Meanwhile, investigations showed that the PDP is looking for a Presidential candidate that will be able to deflate the support base of President Muhammadu Buhari in the Northern part of the country.

A member of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party, maintained that the party would prefer a candidate that would break Buhari’s popularity in the North.

He said: “We are praying to have a candidate that will be loved by the entire country; a Nationalist, who will see the entire country as his base.

“We also want a candidate that is loved by the North, where we have zoned the ticket to. We need someone that can break the support base of President Buhari. That is just it.”