Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako said, yesterday, that his defection to All Progressives Congress, APC, was final and that there was nothing the Presidency could do to truncate it.
Speaking through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Mr. Ahmad Sajoh, Nyako accused two aides of President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak and Doyin Okupe of making inflammatory statements against him and warned them to steer clear of the affairs of his state.
Gulak and Okupe were said to have warned the governor of the consequences of defecting to APC and threatened to use the courts to ensure that Nyako was dealt with.
But Nyako said both men displayed a high level of ignorance about the political situation in his state and that it tended to cast aspersion on the highest office in the land because of their unbridled tongues.
“The good thing about Gulak’s statement is that he displayed so much ignorance about Adamawa State in the paucity of his knowledge. When you have an ignorant opponent, you are as good as having no opponent at all.
“How could a person like Gulak, who was mentioning ethnic groups in Adamawa State, claim that Gella my home town and Pakka Wilberforce, Juta’s home town are also ethnic groups in Adamawa State?
“How could such an ill-informed person pose any threat politically? He does not even know the terrain or the people he is talking of.
“The comfort of his political exile in Abuja and the spoils of his office made it difficult for him to appreciate the ethnic composition of his home state. How then does he intend to mobilise them for Jonathan’s 2015 project? Well, we wait to see.
“It is only by the misfortune of a captive Presidency that a man who lost dismally in an election in the FCT, and scored only two votes in the nomination process in his home state will emerge the nation’s adviser on politics.
“What politics does he know if he cannot advise himself to make any political impact?
“Gulak cannot win even his unit in Gulak, Madagali Local Government Area. Yet he is the one planning how a President will emerge in 2015.
“And if he does not know the ethnic configuration of Adamawa his home state, how will he work out the political configuration of Nigeria as a nation?”
Nyako didn’t leave Okupe out, as he said it was unfortunate for Jonathan to engage him as one of his media advisers, since he is not in touch with the current realities in Adamawa and Nigeria.
“Okupe is as empty as his boastful words, totally devoid of any substance or values. It is unfortunate that people like Doyin Okupe could be brought to Abuja from Lagos, where they have lost all relevance, for the sole purpose of insulting others who are seen as enemies of a Presidency that has been blinded from the realities on the political landscape.
“One could easily see the negative impact of the likes of Gulak and Okupe at the corridors of power in Nigeria. In the past they were playing the role of court jesters, who were amusing the President.
“Today, they are playing a more negative and dangerous role of ‘hate mongers’, raining insults on real or imagined enemies, and masking all truth and reality from the President, turning the Presidency into an instrument of tyranny,” Nyako said.
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.”
Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.
This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.
Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.
Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.
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