The People Democratic Party (PDP), has called on the United States of America and the international community to advise President Muhamadu Buhari and the ruling party to observe the tenets of democracy.
The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, made the call during visits to US’ National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute in Abuja on Thursday.
Metuh said PDP, haven ruled Nigeria for 16 years, expected that respect for separation of power and other democratic agencies would continue.
Metuh said he was at the institutes to express PDP’s worries over some of the issues happening to the Nigeria democracy within the last two months.
“We are worried about attempt by our government to harass and influence the detention of the Senate’s Deputy President, Ike Ekweremadu,’’ Metuh said.
The PDP spokesman the President of sidelining other political parties in his governance; saying he has chosen to be travelling abroad with only his party members contrary to previous practice.
“The reason these issues are being raised now is that in less than one week, our President will be visiting USA.
“It will be necessary at this point for it to be stressed to him that he should observe the tenets of democracy in Nigeria’’, Metuh said.
Metuh also said PDP would not accept the outcome of any election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), if Mrs Amina Zakari, remained its head.
“PDP will find it difficult to accept outcome of any election if it loses any election under Zakari’’, Metuh added.
He said this was due to her close relationship to Buhari.
Metuh commended the institutes’ contributions to Nigeria’s democratic development, and called for their partnership of PDP in opposition.
Mr Jasper Veen, Resident Country Director, NDI, who described political parties as fundamental building blocks of any nation, urged political parties to strengthen their internal democracy.
“If you get right parties internal democracy, other democratic issues will be addressed’’, Veen said.
He added that for any country’s democracy to function well, its political parties and civil society organisations must interact effectively.
Mr Sentell Barnes, the Resident Programme Officer, Nigeria, said the institute and the US had been involved in series of programmes to promote credible elections in Nigeria.
Barnes said US government and IRI were interested in promoting democratic tenets and independence of electoral institutes in Nigeria.
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs was created by the US to deepen democratic culture and to channel grants for furthering democracy in developing nations.
The International Republican Institute is a United Nations-partner organisation that conducts international political and institutional programmes.
‘With what I have done, my re-election will be easy’- Sanwo-Olu
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said he is confident that citizens of the state will re-elect him during the 2023 election based on his experience of governance.
Sanwo-Olu stated this during the Sunday Politics programme aired on Channels Television on Sunday
In response to the question about the viability of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Dr. Olajide Adediran, and his running mate, Funke Akindele, the governor noted that the politics of Lagos State is not a circus and requires competent hands in order to steer the ship of the state.
He said, “If you have an emergency at 3 am, who would you call, what are your chances? Will you call a man that has the experience that has gone through the trenches before, that lives with it, that understands what the issues are and that appreciates what challenge you have even at that 3am? Or will you leave your chance to a man who does not know where the dial is and does not know what the issue of governance is?
“This is Lagos, this is an informed audience. This is not a tea party. We are talking of real governance and the lives of over 20 million Nigerians bigger than the economy of Ghana or Kenya which is in itself a country. It is not a circus, it is a real thing and I don’t want to spite anyone because I have respect for all of the candidates that have emerged and the candidate of the particular party you are talking about.
“But how do you begin to start, what about his pedigree? You can’t run a business of 100 people but you want to run an economy. The governance of Lagos is not a trial and error, you need to hit the ground running. Lagosians have seen the experience and they will vote for a man that will roll up his sleeves to keep the city safe, the biggest and safest city, that provides opportunities for people, and that is Babajide Sanwo-Olu.”
Sanwo-Olu also explained that the state has psychologically recovered from the effects of the #EndSARS protests, but the infrastructural recovery would take a much longer time.
He added, “I can say that we have recovered psychologically, but we are still working out the infrastructural recovery because infrastructure is not something that you can finish in one day, so the infrastructural renewal is still an ongoing budgetary allocation. For example, regarding the major court in Lagos, the Igbosere High Court, we are planning a 15-storey edifice that will take about 60 courts at once. It will be an imposing structure we are bringing back and this will take time.
“However, in terms of the psychology of the people, I believe that the city and myself have learned and understood our lessons because it was collateral damage that ought to have had nothing to do with it. In the last two years, people are more discerning and they can indeed see the reality of a one-day perception and a two-year perception.
“We are not taking anybody or anything for granted and conversations are going and what they want is not about what has happened but what this government is doing to improve each and every one of us, and what opportunities the government is providing for young people.”
Buhari’s nephew dumps APC after reportedly meeting Atiku
Fatuhu Muhammad, a member representing Daura/Sandamu/Maiadua Federal Constituency, has dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Muhammad, who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, announced his resignation in a letter addressed to APC Chairman of Sarkin Yara’ A’ Ward, Daura.
He dumped the party after losing during the Party’s primary election to Aminu Jamu.
Muhammad’s decision followed a meeting with Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate.
The letter reads: “This is to notify you that I have resigned my membership from the All Progressives Congress with immediate effect.
“Attached herewith is my Party Membership Registration slip with slip No. KT/DRA/10/00002.
“While I thank you and the Party for the opportunity given to me to serve the interest of the people of Daura/ Sandamu/ Mai ‘Adua Federal Constituency while working with the Party, accept my best wishes.”
APC considers Badaru, Umahi, Akeredolu, five other Govs as Presidential Campaign Directors
Indications emerged last night that Governors Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State may emerge as the Presidential Campaign Directors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign for the 2023 general election.
Other governors being considered include Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Sani Bello of Niger State, Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.
It was gathered that while Badaru has been pencilled down as the head of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Presidential Campaign in the North, Umahi will take charge of the South.
The investigation also revealed that the ruling party has also created Zonal Directorates for the six geopolitical zones.
Each of the six zonal directorates, it was learnt, would be headed by a serving governor.
Multiple sources confirmed that barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Imo State Governor, Uzodimma will oversee the Tinubu presidential campaign in the South-east. The sources also disclosed that Governor Ayade of Cross River State will head the South-south.
According to the sources, Akeredolu will head the campaign in South-west states consisting of Lagos, while Kano State Governor, Dr Ganduje, and Niger State Governor, Bello, will head the North-west and North Central campaign teams, respectively.
Similarly, the Gombe State, Yahaya, has been proposed to head the North-east.
However, the proposal is subject to ratification by the NWC and approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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