The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Affairs, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, says the defected Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors are “prodigal sons” who will soon return to the fold, begging for forgiveness.
The North America Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gulak stated this as a special guest at a dinner organised by the “Goodluck Support Group (GSG)” in New York on Wednesday.
The event was well attended by Nigerian-Americans, congressmen and the business community.
The night also witnessed formal inauguration of zonal coordinators of GSG with a presentation of a documentary on “See what President Goodluck Jonathan Has Done in 2 Years”.
“Some of these governors are so unpopular; they cannot win elections in their states, no political analysis can show that Rotimi Amaechi can take Rivers State to APC.
“It is simply impossible that Amaechi’s APC will take the votes away from the PDP whether at the governorship or presidential levels and other levels for that matter.
“Some of these ‘brief case’ political parties fielded Olu Falae in 1998 in an AD/ANPP coalition and lost to PDP; in 2003, they ganged with Buhari, carrying the ANPP banner while the ACN gave the ticket to Atiku Abubakar who abandoned the PDP.
“Of course they were roundly defeated at the polls while in 2007 the same Buhari, running on the ticket of the ANPP, ran against the President and was roundly defeated by the PDP.
“In 2011, Buhari contested on the platform of the party he formed, the CPC while ACN fielded Ribadu and they were again defeated; I assure you that we will always defeat them and come tops,” Gulak said.
He, however, noted that no Nigerian leader had been so qualified to lead Nigeria as Jonathan.
“He (Jonathan) passed through all the relevant stages of political tutelage. This President will take us to the Promised Land. He has ideas to move Nigeria forward. Join him to make this happen”, the special adviser added.
He said the president gave a score-card of his performance in two years.
Gulak stated that the evidence on ground showed that the president’s transformation agenda was real.
He said the Nigerian Railways, which was long buried and forgotten, was now functional, as well as the Abuja-Lokoja, Kano- Maiduguri, Lagos-Ibadan, East-West expressways and Niger-Bridge were 70 per cent ready.
Gulak also said that the Mambila Hydro Power, Zungeru/Geregou/Ogun Power plants were completed prior to privatisation, a feat completed by Jonathan’s administration.
On education, Gulak said that administration had excelled in the Almajiri School system which he noted was catering for over 10 million children.
He explained that the administration’s summit on how to move the sports sector forward gave birth to the country winning the African Nations cup, the Under 17 World Cup tournament and qualified for the Brazil world Cup tournament holding in 2014.
“Yet some few vocal individuals paint a black picture of Nigeria, giving the impression there is a crisis.
“This is a game of politics just like what is happening here in the U.S. where the opposition shut down the government.
“They called the president all manner of names and insisted on budget cuts. Those who jumped ship will come back again.
“Atiku left PDP for ACN and returned to the fold with profuse apology.
“He was welcomed back like a prodigal son; we will welcome back our prodigal sons because out there, it is nothing but empty shelves full of mediocre”, he said.
Gulak said the constitution provided for a president in his first term to contest for a second term if he so wished, stressing that some persons were asking him not to re-contest.
“Among those making this round of clamour are governors and senators.
“The issue of insecurity has become a global problem spreading to the U.S., the Middle East, North Africa, Libya and Syria. Our’s is part of a larger picture of this global challenge.
“Boko Haram has links with Al Queda and Al Shabaab, and government is working hard to stop Boko Haram’s infiltration and importation of small arms as well as its sources of funds”. (NAN)
I Received Vision That I Would Be Governor – Oyetola
Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola has stated that God revealed to him in a dream that he would be Governor of the State long before he joined the race.
He revealed this while speaking at a service held to commemorate the second anniversary of his administration at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Osun Province 1 Headquarters, Osogbo, on Sunday.
Oyetola said, “I am ordinarily not one who sees visions but on two occasions, I had a strange encounter. Imagine the son of an Imam, receiving a Christian song in a dream. That was my encounter.
“All I could remember on both occasions was the last line of the song which says ‘IleriOluwa ni lati se’. Outside of that dream, I had never heard the song before. When the impression was heavy on my heart, I called one of my friends to ask him about the song, and he told me the song was the Track 2 of Timi Oshikoya’s album.
“He went out and got me the album and immediately I started listening to the track, my consciousness was restored and then I had an understanding of what God was saying to me. That revelation has continued to give me confidence of victory each time I am faced with legal and political battles since becoming governor.”
Anyim Backed Out Of Defection Over Visit to Buhari – Umahi
Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi has claimed that a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari stopped former Senate President, Pius Anyim and National Assembly members from the state from defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He made the claim on Sunday while speaking during an APC stakeholders’ meeting at the Bouquet Lodge, Old Government House, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.
Umahi claimed that Anyim who served as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and others refused to defect because he outsmarted them all.
“They were planning to ambush me, but it is difficult to catch the air,” he said.
The governor insisted that he consulted all the National Assembly members and the elders from the state about his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), adding that they all agreed to the defection arrangement.
“Let me tell you, I’m not afraid of anybody but I respect everybody. But I have said that if God sent me, this will be the last fight in this state,” he said.
Umahi added: “All these people that came together to fight me, they collect contracts, they collect monthly pay, they collect vehicles. And when they are asked to bring people that worked for us, they will bring their wives, children and relations.
“Now, they are dressing words for us. We are in chapter one, in Chapter two, I will publish all that I have done for the leaders of this state.”
Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism
This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.
Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.
He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.
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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.
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