A socio-political group, the Northern Youth Forum, has called on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to sack Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State ahead of the 2015 election for “attacking” President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Jigawa chapter of the group faulted the governor over his recent comments criticising the Northwest zone of the PDP for endorsing Jonathan for a second term.
It would be recalled that the Northwest zone of the party had held a meeting in Kaduna Saturday after which it issued a communique endorsing Jonathan as its flag bearer for the 2015 presidential poll.
But speaking through his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Mahmoud, Monday, in Dutse, Lamido, who is reportedly eyeing the PDP presidential ticket, said the endorsement is “undemocratic and totally wrong”.
According to the governor, Jigawa State did not benefit from its endorsement of Mr. Jonathan ahead of the 2011 election despite the backlash it faced from the entire northern region.
“The endorsement of Jonathan as the party’s presidential flag bearer is wrong and we hereby disassociate the government, and the people of the state from such undemocratic act”, he said.
“We, in Jigawa, were not part of the decision taken by the PDP to endorse President Jonathan as its presidential flag bearer in 2015, and this has clearly embarrassed us as PDP members as well as people of the state”, Mr. Mahmoud added.
However, in a statement Friday, signed by its spokesperson, Sani Auyo, the Northern Youth Forum, Jigawa chapter, said it was disturbed by the “ranting of Sule Lamido which has no value, character and it is rather indicating that the governor has no respect for leaders”.
“Our attention has been drawn to the recent unguarded utterances of Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido, which is designed to score cheap publicity, but the governor is well known for his political antics of open disobedience to his political mentors like Aminu Kano, Rimi etc”, it said.
The group said Mr. Lamido was becoming “uncomfortable” with the growing number of Nigerians asking Mr. Jonathan to contest in 2015.
“Whether the governor is driven by envy or for cheap publicity, we are calling on Nigerians to ignore the ranting of Lamido and maintain their support and solidarity to the Transformation Agenda”, the group 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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