Government officials who were used to having easy access to funds which had hitherto encouraged looting under the previous administrations no longer have such opportunities under the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari. This has made it impossible, according to the Director General of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
“I was in the PDP, the slogan was sharing the money. But here, we are not sharing money. And because we are not sharing the money they are saying vote buying. Because they ran an election with government money, eating, buying cars with government money and nobody cared. This is a government and a party that cares and in another four years when Nigerians see public funds they will work pass.
Amaechi who was speaking at the inauguration of the PCC by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the International Conference Center, Abuja on Monday, said stealing has ceased since Buhari came on board, stressing that this was not so under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP, led administration.
“We are no longer stealing money. PDP stole the money meant to feed Nigerians and until they return it, they will not have peace.
Amaechi who disclosed that the APC campaign will be issues based added that “ PDP has nothing to say to Nigerians, as we are determined to save Nigerians.
“The President said he will fight corruption that, he is doing.
The promised to create employment, improve the economy in continuous adding that “ We met a tattered economy that if we did nothing, Nigeria will be at a mess but today the economy has been growing.
“In fixing the economy we promised infrastructural development. When I took over as minister of transportation, GE approached me and said we have approached different governments for 11 years to allow us to take over the rail with our own money but nobody agreed, this government agreed. Before March we will sign a formal agreement of concession to a consortium that will take over the entire narrow gauge and run it.
Amaechi called on Nigerians to give the current regime more time as “ the change that we promise we cannot complete in four years. Anybody that says we can do so in four years must be a magician. What we are pleading with Nigerians for is another four years to consolidate on what we have started.
He assured that Nigeria, by the end of the next four years it will be different from the kind of 16 years of PDP rule.
“I appeal to Nigerians don’t give one vote to the PDP, they are hungry, they can’t stand poverty, they can’t stand not touching government money. Where money is given for prayers in Nigeria, I can pray in my church nobody is giving me money to go and pray.
“So as a team we must pass this message of the things we have done in government and the result is there for all to see and that is why I personally supervise the rail project in my ministry because we want to take a ride before the elections.
“So we must pass that message that we are not only talking about corruption but we are talking about what we have done that is different from PDP. What makes us different from the PDP is that we are not stealing public funds and the moment you pass this message one, we will win the elections.”
Oyo: APC Reformer urges FG against granting Ajimobi ministerial position
A faction of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, known as the APC Reformers, has described the vote of confidence passed on Governor Abiola Ajimobi by some members of the party as self-deceit.
The group, made up of former political appointees and leaders on the platform of the party in Oyo State, said the vote of confidence on the governor was absurd going by lacklustre performance of the party in the state during the just concluded 2019 general elections.
In a statement signed and issued by its Secretary, Sulemon Ramoni, the APC Reformers admonished the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and President Muhammadu Buhari not to recognize Ajimobi for any sorts of appointment in the interest of the party.
The statement reads: “After spending almost eight years in office, the people of Oyo State have passed a vote of no confidence in Ajimobi by ensuring that he lost his unit, ward, local government and the state in the last election.
“Of what benefit would the decision of his self-appointed leaders and handpicked executive be for the party, democracy and the good people of the state?
“Mr. President and the national leadership of the party, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu should not be misled by the charlatans to consider Ajimobi for a ministerial or any federal appointment which is their motive.
“Any federal appointment for him will worsen the situation of the party in the state, make reconciliation impossible and lead to more loses in future elections.
“The party lost the presidential election in Oyo state because it held on the same day with Ajimobi’s senatorial election. The State elections were lost because of his influence and interference.
“After the 2015 general election, Ajimobi scolded the party chairman, Chief Akin Oke for losing his unit and ward, as a matter of fact he advised him to resign.
“Some local government caretaker chairmen were also removed by him for losing their constituencies. Now that he has lost woefully, he deserves no reprieve.
“The APC Reformers advised the national leadership of the party to immediately dissolve the APC executive in the state from the wards to the state and constitute a caretaker committee to rebuild the party.
“The president was also advised to opt for young, vibrant and progressive minded people from Oyo state for ministerial and other federal appointments instead of the completely rejected Ajimobi and his ilk.”
There is no reason to dump PDP – Jimi Agbaje
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in Lagos state, Jimi Agbaje, has debunked reports that he has left the party.
According to the three-time governorhip candidate of the party, no one can force him to leave PDP.
His position was made known in a statement by Felix Oboagwina, his Director of Media and Publicity.
“I have never discussed with anyone any plan to dump PDP, neither has such a prospect crossed my mind…“There is no reason for it. It is uncalled for,” he said.
According to Agbaje, rumour mongers who want to tarnish his reputation, are responsible for the claims. He also made it clear that he wouldn’t leave the party, despite his disagreement with some party leaders.
“For a party that has twice accorded me the honour of running on its platform, I should be regarded as uncharitable to say I am abandoning PDP now,” he added.
“Suffice to say that Chief Layi Ogunbambi’s claim of being denied funds as Director-General of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council in Lagos State amounted to attempting to build something on nothing. For starters, the position he lays claim gives him no locus standi as no such formal position existed in the entire campaign structure of PDP in Lagos or any of the other 35 states.
On campaign funds disbursement, and allegations of pilfering funds, Agbaje said:
“I, as the gubernatorial candidate of the party in Lagos, was Chairman of the PDP Presidential Campaign in Lagos. Mr. Leke Osikoya was the State Campaign Director. The national body recognised and related with us accordingly. The title of Director General was reserved for the national campaign council. If there was an Atiku/Obi Presidential Campaign it would have, at best, been a Support Group.
“Dr. Ogunbanmbi also went to the extent of stating his contributions financially and policy wise to my campaign. This is news to me. May be he should tell the world his financial contributions to my campaigns. There is no time I have ever sat with Dr. Ogunbanmbi to discuss policy issues.”
“I was not given one kobo by the party or the PDP Presidential Candidate for the gubernatorial elections. We ran our campaign from beginning to end on a shoe-string budget. You cannot steal or divert what is not given.”
Presidential Election: Atiku vows to reclaim mandate
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has vowed to reclaim his stolen mandate.
Atiku had approached the Electoral Tribunal, claiming he won the Presidential Election.
The PDP Presidential candidate, who spoke in Abuja during a visit to the leaders of the Southern and Middle Belt regions, said the struggle to reclaim the mandate would be achievable with support of the elders.
He was optimistic that justice will be done eventually.
He thanked the various leaders for their support before, during and after the election.
Meanwhile, the South-Sourh leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has assured Atiku of the support of the group in the struggle to reclaim his mandate.
Gbenga Daniel resigns from politics, says he will “take on some new challenges”
A former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party.
Daniel, in his letter to the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, dated March 14, 2019, also announced his resignation from partisan politics.
He said the decision to quit partisan politics was personal to him.
Daniel was the Director-General of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organization before the former Vice President emerged as the presidential candidate of the PDP in the election conducted a few weeks ago.
“This is to inform you of my intention to resign from active and partisan politics with effect from today, the 14th day of March, 2019.
“My decision in this regard is entirely personal to me and having served in various capacities, including as Governor of Ogun State, I have resolved to immerse myself in some other vocations and take on some new challenges,” he said in the letter.
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