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Tinubu, Other APC Leaders Have Lost Focus – Presidency

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APCFollowing his allegation that Nigeria is gradually slipping in to fascism under the watch of President Goodluck Jonathan, while reacting to Tuesday’s impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, the Presidency yesterday tongue-lashed a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying he has lost focus.

According to the Presidency, it was least expected of a leader in the person of Asiwaju Tinubu, a former governor and one of the pro-democracy activists, who confronted Nigeria’s then military dictators, to denigrate the office of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, adding that the tenets of democracy is the ability of actors to accept defeat when they lose a contest.

Sunday Vanguard reports that the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, made this known yesterday in a chat.

Alkali urged the ex-Lagos governor to respect the office of the President, an office he observed, leaders of the APC were also aspiring to occupy.

Tinubu, after the events which led to the impeachment of  former Governor Nyako from office by the State’s House of Assembly, had described the development as a setback for Nigeria’s democracy, adding that under the Mr. Jonathan Nigeria was fast becoming a fascist nation.

But Alkali said, “It is very strange for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, someone who has led government before, someone who has been in the forefront of advancing democracy for many years, to descend so low as to cast aspersions on the President of this country on issues he cannot prove. It appears to me that since the Ekiti election, which PDP decisively won, Tinubu and APC leaders have lost their focus. This is democracy, it gives everybody the right to speak; but in doing so, you should not undermine institutions of governance, the same institution you are aspiring to take over and manage.

“Recently, the Adamawa State House of Assembly impeached their governor and even as that happened, the APC was up in arms, that it was Mr. President that impeached the governor of Adamawa State.  Why should he do that and how can he do that? Are you saying the 24 or 25 members of the House of Assembly are not in control of their constituencies, that there are no leaders or stakeholders in Adamawa State who worked for or with former Governor Nyako who could have stopped any of these practices.

“PDP has lost a lot to opposition political parties.  I have said this repeatedly either at the court or more recently through defection, yet PDP stood firm and said let us continue to build on what we have and move forward.

“After losing Ekiti, the story has changed.  It is time for them to tell one another the home truth.  If they are prepared to govern this country, then they must be prepared also to accept the principle of popular democracy that the people of this country would want to choose who should lead them and if they don’t, can’t or fail to convince people, they must also be ready to admit failure”, the presidential said.

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  1. Deboye Deola

    July 20, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    APC indeed have lost focus in politicaL arena.

  2. Peter Akintunde

    July 20, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I am not a member of any political party but there is not special in politics that we can call black white to people. Alikali although a professor is a disappointment to the academic world. Democracy although a game of number does not necessarily mean the majority are right. It is no longer a democracy if it is not taken in fairness. Democracy does not mean lack of fair play or disrespect to statory laws. Democracy does not mean bitter politics. If the other party feels cheated, it does not mean acceptance of unfair play and rubbing electorates their mandatory rights.
    The pronouncement of the acting governor of Taraba State at the PDP Secretariat has no other implication than the fact that PDP as a party tailored the impeachment. He said he had finally taken the stolen mandate and returned the state back to the party.
    The public is no fool, no amount of manipulated speech can change the true interpretation of this statement. What masses want is respect for democracy and fair play.
    What matter most to us electorates is concern for welfare of masses in place of impunity corruption and economic recklessness of politicians. Almost all our politicians are disappointment and political apologies. They are into politics to steal and not to bring positive changes to the lives of masses or develope the society. You are all failures.

  3. Peter Akintunde

    July 20, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I am not a member of any political party but there is nothing special in politics that we can call black white to people. Alikali although a professor is a disappointment to the academic world. Democracy although a game of number does not necessarily mean the majority are right. It is no longer a democracy if it is not taken in fairness. Democracy does not mean lack of fair play or disrespect to statory laws. Democracy does not mean bitter politics. If the other party feels cheated, it does not mean acceptance of unfair play and rubbing electorates their mandatory rights.
    The pronouncement of the acting governor of Taraba State at the PDP Secretariat has no other implication than the fact that PDP as a party tailored the impeachment. He said he had finally taken the stolen mandate and returned the state back to the party.
    The public is no fool, no amount of manipulated speech can change the true interpretation of this statement. What masses want is respect for democracy and fair play.
    What matter most to us electorates is concern for welfare of masses in place of impunity corruption and economic recklessness of politicians. Almost all our politicians are disappointment and political apologies. They are into politics to steal and not to bring positive changes to the lives of masses or develope the society. You are all failures.

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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.

Also Read: No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu

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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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

Dave Umahi

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

Also Read: Oyetola Bans Sales Of School Uniforms

“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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