Former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar have been advised to bury their perceived presidential ambitions in order to widen the chances of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winning the 2015 presidential elections.
The advice was given by the interim chairman of APC in Kaduna State, Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed at a public lecture organised by the Faculty of Arts, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
The former INEC scribe, who delivered a lecture titled “The Role of the Citizenry in Ensuring Free and Fair General Elections in 2015 in Nigeria and its Implications for National Cohesion”, said APC’s capacity to participate in the general elections would be tested in its ability to provide a level playing field for its aspirants.
Baba-Ahmed noted that since there is the general belief that APC cannot lose in a credible election, the best chances for success for the opposition party lies in the manner it comes to terms with its own internal challenges, and the way it manages sensitive issues such as the ambitions of some of its leaders.
His words: “The chances of the APC in replacing the PDP will be intimately linked to the manner it allows intra-party democracy and the choices it makes in terms of who flies its flags. If APC picks General Muhammadu Buhari to contest as its candidate, it is certain that President (Goodluck) Jonathan will run against him.
“This will ultimately create a very bitter and dangerous campaign, electioneering and the possibility of a hotly-contested electoral outcome, and may even result in post-election violence. If neither of them are candidates, and the APC does not field Atiku or any of the other ex-PDP titans presently in its fold, the nation may have an opportunity to vote for candidates with lighter baggage from their past”.
The APC chieftain, however, warned his party members that President Jonathan would be an asset to his ambitions and the PDP if the opposition fields a candidate whose weak points would be exploited by faith, ethnic and geo-political sentiments.
Painting what looks like a gloomy picture, Baba-Ahmed said between some of President Jonathan’s kinsmen, who say win or lose he must be president until 2019, and many of Buhari and APC’s supporters, who think the former military ruler and his party are now unbeatable, the nation is confronted with a frightening future.
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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