Indications have emerged that the North may dump the All Progressives Congress in a bid to produce the President of the country in the 2015 general elections. Though the region has always expressed its desire to rule the country in 2015, the narrowing of options within the ruling Peoples Democratic Party has forced the region to embark on a desperate search for any political platform that would bring about the actualisation of its dream. The ruling PDP has maintained its preference for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid. Since then northern political strategists have been looking towards the All Progressives Congress as a platform to actualise its goal.
A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Prof. Tam David-West,
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday explained how the alleged missing $10.8 unremitted fund was spent, insisting that money was never missing. Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Engr. Andrew Yakubu, stated that the sum in question had been expenditure incurred as part of statutory responsibilities which the corporation executed on behalf of the federal government. Yabuku, who was represented by the Group Executive Director, Finance and Accounts, NNPC, Mr. Bernard Otti, stated that the $10.8 billion was still undergoing through normal process and procedures of accounting reconciliation. The NNPC boss gave the breakdown of the expenditure stating that subsidy claimed was $8.49 billion, pipeline management and repair costs, $1.22 billion, products/Crude oil losses, $0.72 billion and cost of holding strategic stock reserve $.37 billion, adding ‘these are being subject to the normal inter-agency reconciliation exercise.’
Journalist were covering story at party secretariatSome suspected political thugs of a faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ogun State Chapter, on Thursday attacked three journalists at the party’s secretariat at Moshood Abiola Way, Abeokuta.The thugs earlier arrived the party secretariat with an alleged plan to disrupt a scheduled meeting of the harmonisation committee inaugurated by the APC national leadership.The attacked journalists were Kunle Ojo (Galaxy Television) Taofeek Lawal (MITV) and Dupe Sobukola (Radio Nigeria, Paramount F.M). They sustained injuries, and their cameras phones, money and other personal effects were seized by the alleged thugs. They were later taken to hospital and a report on the incident made to the police.The journalists were at the secretariat to cover the political crisis in the party. Other journalists present managed to escape through foot and bush paths.The Ogun APC, just like the ACN before it, is split into two factions: one headed by a former governor, Olusegun Osoba, and the other by Governor Ibikunle Amosun.APC blacklistedAfter the attack on journalists, the chairman of the Ogun State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Wole Shokunbi, said the union would blacklist APC in the state.“The attention of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ogun state Council has been drawn to the dastardly act by some suspected members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and that of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in Ogun State on some members of the Union at the APC secretariat today, Thursday, January 9, 2014. The leadership of the Council, following preliminary report and investigation on the matter, at the interim, has forthwith subsequently blacklisted all activities relating to the party and that of the NURTW in the state,” Mr. Shokunbi declared in a statement.He explained that the affected journalists had visited the APC secretariat to follow up on reports of a free-for-all among APC members.“It is therefore disheartening that journalists who had a legitimate assignment at the venue would be turned to punching bags and scapegoats,” Mr. Shokunbi said.He disclosed that the injured journalist, apart from being assaulted, had collectively lost two cameras, five mobile phones and N18, 000 to the hoodlums.“The union has also formally reported the incident to the police and is demanding for the recovery of these items in the next 24 hours upon which further action, which is not limited to legal action, would be taken on the matter,” Mr. Shokunbi said.The union also advised political parties in the state to play the “game” according to the rules. He said politicials should always remember that journalists would not shy away from discharging their duties with very high ethical standard.In his reaction, hours after the attack, the Interim Party Chairman of the APC, Tajudeen Bello, put the blame on loyalists of Mr. Osoba.Mr. Bello said “it is so unfortunate that such a thing will be happening in the days of progress of Ogun state.”“However, immediately after the attack which was so much unexpected, we learnt that our revered leader, Chief Olusegun Osoba also came with members of the national assembly and bragged that he was spoiling for a fight.“I will not believe that he said so because he happened to be a builder of the party, and what you build, you don’t destroy and as an elder stateman, every expectation was for him to play a mediatory role in any issue whatsoever,” he added.Mr. Bello alleged that while Mr. Osoba was addressing the press, “there were sporadic gunshots” alluding that the gunshots were from Mr. Osoba’s supporters.
Like the sword of Damocles, perception about President Goodluck Jonathan is pushing some of the country’s major political families towards different political polesDr. Iyabo Obasanjo apparently does not care a hoot about what many Nigerians think of President Goodluck Jonathan; whether good or bad.She was clear on that when she wrote a blistering severance letter to her father last December.DIVIDED“This letter is not in support of President Jonathan or APC or any other group or person, but an outpouring from my soul to God,” the former senator wrote in a letter that was partly triggered by her father’s own open letter to Dr. Jonathan.But how President Jonathan stirred the famous break up between father and daughter was given fillip with the denunciation by Iyabo of her father as a hypocrite who would not allow on himself what he was supposedly doing to President Jonathan.“For you to accuse someone else of what you so obviously practiced yourself tells of your narcissistic megalomaniac personality,” Senator Obasanjo wrote in a letter that stirred wild celebration among several political associates of President Jonathan.Given the acidic content of the letter earlier written by President Obasanjo to President Jonathan, many independent stakeholders were tempted to believe that Senator Obasanjo had become a pawn in the fight between the two presidents.But Senator Iyabo Obasanjo whose difficult experience as a senator, especially when she was unduly tried for an offence that was later proved not to be a misdemanour, was quick to disavow political undertones to the issues between her and her father.Iyabo and her father are not the only family members to be separated on the issue of Jonathan. Across the country Dr. Jonathan has also been the cause of rift among some other families in the public eye.The Adamawa State Commissioner for Environment, Mrs. Arziki Sawa and her husband Senator Andrawus Sawa are no less equally divided by the Jonathan phenomenon.Senator Sawa, a former military officer reputed to be at one time a very close friend of Governor Murtala Nyako was allegedly instrumental to the nomination of his wife as commissioner in the cabinet of Nyako.The governor and Senator Sawa served in the military at about the same time. Some claim that the appointment of his wife into the Adamawa cabinet followed the failure of the governor to give his one time friend a federal appointment.But the truth of how the two fell out remains a secret that only the two men will tell one day.Even though Senator Sawa has firmly turned his back on Nyako and become a strong backer of Jonathan, his wife has continued to sojourn in the cabinet.When on Monday, December 16, 2013 the Adamawa State chapter of the PDP held a massive rally to endorse President Jonathan’s leadership of the country, Senator Sawa was very visible.However, two days after that rally when the Adamawa State Executive Council met and unanimously resolved to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC, the absence of Mrs. Arziki Sawa was as conspicuous as the presence of her husband was noticed in the PDP rally supportive of Dr. Jonathan.g5It was as such not difficult for some to speculate that Mrs. Sawa had joined her husband to support Jonathan against the declaration by her colleagues in the State Executive Council to join the APC.A troubled Mrs. Sawa was quick to dissociate herself from the rally and to pledge support for Governor Nyako as she gave reasons for her absence.“I am 100 per cent behind Baba Maimangoro (Governor Nyako) and there is no way that I can abandon him, so I am 100 per cent behind him in APC and wherever he is going, I will go with him,” Mrs. Sawa told Vanguard in a telephone interview. “I don’t know who is behind the reports.”Clarifying her absence at the eventful State Executive Council meeting where the resolution to defect to APC in solidarity with Nyako was taken, she said:“The truth is that I went for an official engagement in Abuja and so maybe because they didn’t see me at the declaration but I cannot point at any person as being behind the reports. If there is anybody spreading the report, that person is telling a lie and he will never see me going the other way and just wants to bring chaos.”
A Successful Revolution Means A Coup d’état-What’s good for Sanusi is good for Jonathan – Peregrino Brimah.
How many of us wish for a revolution in Nigeria? A revolution is a process of people uprising that culminates in a military or civilian coup. So if you want a revolution, what you want is a coup. Between the revolution and the coup is a period of unrest, full or partial truncation of state function plus or minus violence. Finally a state of emergency is declared and the military or a temporary civilian council step in and seize power.Revolting citizens do not typically enter the state house and seize power, it is the army or other legislators that do so when they believe the global community sees they are justified in doing so as supported by the people’s uprising. The revolution is simply a statement; a visible statement, not to be confused with a rebellion.Egypt’s revolutions of 2011 and 2013 both resulted in this predictable fashion—military seizing power on behalf of the masses. Tunisia’s 2010-2011 revolution likewise ended predictably with the president forced to flee and a state of emergency declared.The question to ask is, in a modern technological world, do states need to wait for people to actually physically perambulate the streets and possibly lose their lives, to determine that a revolution is active? Popular people’s uprising can be as equally gauged online as it can be on the ground in this day and age.If indeed there is a people’s massive revolution online as in the case of Nigeria, then the people of Nigeria must view the international community, the military and all legislators who refuse to take action and enact the revolutionary coup culmination as enemies of the masses, wishing more to die as the active revolution yields no response. Is this the case with Nigeria? Does the international community see the popular people’s uprising and fold their arms, caring less and not demanding a leadership step-down as they did in the case of Egypt, or they are watching the revolution and ignoring the deaths?And Nigeria’s legislators and military that ignore the people’s revolution, and continue to fold their arms, accompanying a denuded government; in what regard must they be viewed and treated? Enemies of the masses and the state? Forming mega political parties and waiting for elections to challenge the denounced regime does not constitute the appropriate reaction to a full blown revolution. Tunisia protests continued even after president Ben Ali resigned and fled. The people demanded his party itself be dissolved with all RDC ministers sacked, this was fulfilled by the responsible civilians, the people even pressed and Mohamed Ghannouchi, the interim Prime Minister himself resigned, and he was respectful of the people’s wishes enough to do so.
All Progressives Congress (APC) has advised President Goodluck Jonathan to tread softly on his alleged plan to force Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to resign, because of the impact such will have on the nation’s economy.It cautioned that the President should beware so he does not destroy the country’s…
A group, the Igbo Leaders of Thought, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan would be hailed as the father of New Nigeria if he pursued the proposed national conference to a logical conclusion. The group expressed delight over the excitement and frenzy the proposed national conference had generated across the country, saying that the President proposed the exercise in order to save Nigeria. Stressing that they were proud of the development, the Igbo leaders promised to support Jonathan till 2019. Deputy Secretary of Igbo Leaders of Thought, Evangelist Elliot Uko, who spoke yesterday in Enugu, said that they were congratulating the President on the bold step he took to deliver Nigeria from forces that had held the country down since both the amalgamation in 1914 and Independence in 1960.
The Public Relations Officer of the 7th Infantry Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Col. Timothy Antigha, said in an electronic mail on Thursday that the insurgents were killed by soldiers while attempting to attack the 195 Battalion of the Nigerian Army at Damboa, Borno State. Also, the United States on Thursday said that it would not take any unilateral action against Boko Haram, without consulting the Federal Government. Antigha said that the insurgents also suffered heavy losses in terms of materials, arms and ammunition aside from the death of 38 of the attackers. He said that the insurgents made two attempts to attack the army formation but were overpowered by the troops. Antigha also said that a soldier lost his life in the confrontation with the insurgents.
President Jonathan I’m not anti-North •As North West PDP endorses him Challenges critics to compare his two years
AGAINST the rumbling and defections from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan, on Thursday assured members of the party that they have nothing to worry about as its opponents do not have the wherewithal to dislodge it from power. He spoke at the Presidential Villa on a day leaders of the party in North West zone including Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Zamfara states, led by former acting National Chairman of the party, Dr. Haliru Bello Mohammed, endorsed him for what they said was his outstanding effort at developing the zone. The President cited the media attacks from the opposition directed at him and the federal government, and apparently referring to governors under the All Progressives Congress (APC), he said those who call themselves progressives were not capable of changing anything as experience has shown in the country.