Some former governors and governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday said it would be against natural justice to deny President Goodluck Jonathan a second term in 2015 just as they vowed to unveil a pet project to support the realization of his reelection bid.
The group of politicians under the aegis of G13 Candidates/Former PDP Governors’ Forum also said the failures of previous administrations should not be blamed on the Goodluck/Sambo administration.
The convener of the Forum and former PDP candidate in the 2012 Edo governorship elections, Major-General Charles Arhiavbere, who spoke to newsmen after their meeting in Abuja, said:
“The constitution provides for eight years for every office and I believe that going by natural justice, if there is a tenant in a house and it is going for sale the first opportunity of refusal should go to the occupant.
“And I believe that based on the midterm report of president, we believe that he should be given a second term in office to finish his project. President Jonathan has the right. It has not been published anywhere that he signed an agreement that he signed an agreement to run for one term. He should be given support and peaceful environment to implement his projects to completion.”
Mr Arhiavbere noted that the Forum’s support for Mr. Jonathan’s reelection as president come 2015 stems from the achievements he had recorded in the last two years.
“The achievements recorded within the space of two years in office are highly commendable and the need to effortlessly support Mr. President to continue the good work through national consensus becomes imperative,” he said.
“To this end, we salute Mr. President for the resolute leadership demonstrated in the face of adversity to put Nigeria on the part of greatness. Who else, if not Jonathan Goodluck Ebele Jonathan?
“Once again, the group is ready to support Mr. President uncommon Transformation Agenda through the unveiling of a pet project to this effect. Goodluck to Goodluck is possible come 2015, that is to say Goodluck must handover to Goodluck.”
He, therefore, asked all well-meaning PDP members to embrace peace and return to the mainstream of the party under the leadership of Bamanga Tukur.
His words, “We studied the political impasse, horse trading and war of attrition and belligerence in recent times within and outside the context of our great party, PDP, the intra party conflict classified as family affair must be resolved within the party conflict resolution mechanism of the PDP Round Table Dialogue Initiative, put in place for the reconciliation and all well meaning PDP members should embrace peace and avail themselves of the opportunity given to return back to the mainstream under the leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as one indivisible PDP.”
The meeting was attended by former Ministers of Sports, Damishi Sango and Col. Abdulmumini Aminu (rtd); Fidelis Seri; former Adamawa State governor, Boni Haruna; former deputy governor of Ogun State, Alhaja Salmat Badru; PDP governorship candidate in Ondo State and former national legal adviser, Olusola Oke; former Education Minister, Alhaji Dauda Birmah; Col. John David Dongi (rtd) and AIG Donald Iroha.
Former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Mahmud Umar Shinkafi, who was not present at the meeting, is also a member.
Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador
Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.
The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.
He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.
The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.
The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.
Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel
Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.
The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.
This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
— Kola Ologbondiyan (@officialKolaO) November 23, 2020
Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.
Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.
Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.
The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.
He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.
The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.
He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.
“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”
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