A former governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, yesterday, tackled former Vice President Atiku Abubakar over his claim on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Atiku, who was the 2019 presidential candidate of the PDP, had on his Twitter handle yesterday said, “The PDP has been an example of the order and constitutionality needed to sustain genuine democracy in Nigeria.
“I pray that the order, discipline and constitutionality, which we, as a party have exemplified, should guide institutions of our democracy, especially other political parties. Without law and order, a party cannot provide law and order to Nigeria,” he said.
Atiku stated this shortly after the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) dissolved its National Working Committee (NWC) over lingering crises rocking the ruling party.
The former vice president had battled for the presidential ticket of the APC with President Muhammadu Buhari in 2014. At the primary held in Lagos, Atiku came third after a former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, who was next to Buhari.
In December 2017, Atiku returned to the PDP where he contested the presidency in 2019.
Responding, Sule Lamido punctured the claim of the former vice president saying, “I think PDP has lost the moral authority to make this claim.” Lamido added, “We only need to reflect on our individual roles to discover how hallow this claim is. Self-interrogation can bring out the character in us.”
In 2018, Atiku defeated 11 other presidential aspirants, including Lamido, at the presidential election primary of the PDP held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Daily Trust reports that the two are among the top shots of the PDP nursing presidential ambition, come 2023.
PDP defeats APC to win Kaduna Assembly bye-election
Alhaji Usman Baba (Ubale) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared winner of the bye-election for the Sabon Gari State Constituency seat in Kaduna State House of Assembly.
Declaring the results, the returning officer (RO), Dr Mohammed-Nuruddin Musa, announced that Usman Baba was duly elected having satisfied the requirements of the law and polled the highest valid votes cast of 9,113.
He defeated his closest contender from the All Progressives Congress (APC), Malam Musa A. Musa, who polled 7,404 votes.
The returning officer also announced that Anas Abdullahi of the ADC polled 62 votes, Chindo Ibrahim of ADP polled 61 votes and Musa Halilu of PRP polled 305 votes.
Alhough there was low turnout of eligible voters during the election, voters, however, conducted themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner throughout the election.
The Sabon Gari seat initially occupied by the former Speaker of the House, Hon. Aminu Shagali of the APC, was declared vacant in April, after he was alleged to have absconded from activities of the Assembly for more than 360 days following his removal as the Speaker of the House.
Thousands dump APC in Kwara , burn brooms
Thousands of aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Saturday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, dumped the party to form what they described as a “Third Force”.
This is coming just as political activities for the 2023 election gained momentum in the state.
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The MM Event centre venue of the decamping exercise along Offa Road was full to capacity as thousands of APC card-carrying members burnt scores of brooms, which is the symbol of the party.
The Kwara Central Senatorial Chairman, Alhaji Abdulfatai Abdulrahman – flanked by other notables leaders – who addressed the gathering, said their “New party will soon be unveiled in due course”.
However, many of their supporters donned the paraphernalia of the Young Peoples Party (YPP) believed to be sponsored by a former gubernatorial aspirant, Yakubu Gobir.
A cross-section of the decampees
According to the senatorial chairman, “It is, however, disheartening, shameful and preposterous that Kwara APC cannot manage its success even at half time of its tenure in the saddle of governance in the state.
“The intra-party crisis has been on for long and unabated.
“The struggle for the soul of the party, which cannot be divorced from the 2023 political ambitions, has been the root cause of the lingering internal squabbles.
“The hopes and expectation of party members to reap the fruits of their collective labour have been dashed due to the self-inflicted and unwarranted crisis. This was not what Kwarans bargained for”, he added.
He accused the Senator John Danboi-led team and National Secretariat of the party of doing nothing to address the “perfidious and glaring aberration process” of the registration/revalidation exercise, describing it as flawed with deliberate policies and grand orchestration to deregister and disenfranchise selected members of the party.
“The deliberate inaction to address the lingering crisis in Kwara APC has become obvious to all discerning minds that the agenda to deregister and refusal to revalidate thousands of members across the state was a grand plot that has the backing of the National Caretaker Committee.
“There is also evidence that the incumbent governor has concluded every arrangement to ensure all the elective positions from the wards to the state level work in his favour to ease his re-election bid as governorship flagbearer of the party”, he said.
Abdulrahman, who put the figures of the new decampees at twenty thousand, listed other members to include local government party chairmen, local government women leaders, youth leaders, wards chairmen as well as APC party stalwarts across the sixteen local government areas in the state.
YPP clears Ubah for Anambra governorship election
The Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Ifeanyi Ubah, was on Thursday cleared to fly the flag of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) during the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State.
The national leadership of YPP presented Ubah with a certificate of clearance during its meeting in Abuja.
Speaking with reporters after collecting the certificate, Ubah insisted that the ongoing security situation in the South East would not affect the conduct of the Governorship poll already fixed for November this year by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He expressed optimism that the YPP would emerge victorious, saying that other political parties do not have the interest of Anambra State at heart. The Anambra South lawmaker also debunked rumours that the YPP is allegedly behind the crisis bedevilling the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Grand Alliance in the state.
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