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Lamido blasts APC, says Nigeria sick

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Alhaji Sule Lamido has blasted the ruling party, the All Progresses Congress (APC) for poor performance over the past three years.

Speaking in Calabar on Wednesday while paying courtesy visit to Governor Ben Ayade, Alhaji Lamido regretted that Nigeria now had more injuries than before.

“In 1999 we won, we had stable economy, stable development but along the line, some people who said they are more Nigerians than others came around and formed All Progressives Congress (APC),” he said.

“The formation of APC was not based on genuine concern for Nigeria. It was based on lust for power and also to harass Nigerians.

“APC was elected by defaults, blackmail and threat. APC was fraudulent”, he alleged, adding that in the North, “we were seen as infidel. Three years of APC governance, we have not only had Boko Haram problem but hunger Haram, harassment and killing.

“We also had recession. We had more killings in Hausa communities, Benue, Rivers, Zamfara and others under APC government”.

On corruption, he said those who left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join APC were saints while those that remained were considered to be thieves.
On economy, he said for 16 years PDP incurred debt of N9 trillion but in the three years of APC they incurred N20 trillion.

“For 16 years, we incurred debt of N9 trillion but in the three years of APC they incurred N20 trillion.

“This country belongs to all of us, but today Nigeria is sick, Nigeria has been hijacked, Nigeria is ruled with fear, intimidation and blackmail, if you talk, they go after you.

“But thank God, today we are all willing to run away from this kind of governance. I am here to share with you this common concern.

“Are we more united, more serious and are we more prosperous? Are we happier? We are not, that is the simple truth, the trust we have among ourselves is gone.

“APC lacks the capacity to govern Nigeria, there is killing all over, we have to wake up because we are having global embarrassment.

“Today, we have killing, nepotism, high handedness, corruption, so if this trend continues into 2019 and APC remain beyond that, this country will seize to exist,” he said.

The Presidential aspirant told Governor Ben Ayade, “We have to decide on how to restore these past glory, restore our common unity.”

“We have to remove these people, because APC has no idea to rule this country and they are bankrupt. The APC is using our projects to showcase themselves, our airport, our rails our road etc, we have to remove these people, they are liars” he emphasized.

In a remark, Governor Ben Ayade regretted that Federal Government was not treating his people well, stressing “Our state does not benefit from NDDC projects; and we plead with the Federal Government to look into the plight of the people.”

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Jonathan: PDP is coming back in 2019

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is getting stronger and poised to take over power come 2019.
Jonathan said this on Wednesday when he hosted Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, in his house in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital.
Jonathan, who lost to President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2015 is optimistic that his party is now in a better position to regain its ruling status.
“I believe PDP is coming back and getting stronger,” he said.
“Yes, we had some issues in 2015. But as you know politics is a very dynamic business. Even though we are in the opposition with fewer governors, PDP is still the strongest and largest party.”
Abubakar, in a similar manner, also said there is no other party that has the structure and strength like the PDP.
The former number two citizen who lost in the APC primary election that produced Buhari, has since defected to the PDP and he is aspiring to run under the platform in 2019.
“It is actually the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that has the strength and structure to get back to Aso Rock,” he said, adding that “without PDP, APC should not have been in Aso Rock.”
He also expressed his disappointment with the current administration.
“Have we ever had this rate of unemployment and poverty in Nigeria? Have we ever had five sets of exchange rate before in this country? Have we ever had so much insecurity like this before? No! Have we ever been this divided before in this country? No!”

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2019: Atiku meets Goodluck Jonathan in Bayelsa

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As the 2019 election gets closer, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday met with former president, Goodluck Jonathan.
They met in Bayelsa home of the former president.
However, details of their meeting were not disclosed as at the time of filing this report.
Before now, both men have always been on opposite sides politically until Atiku made his move to join PDP last year.
Meanwhile, Atiku is set to compete with two times Senator, Ahmed Makarfi for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, nomination form ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

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Fighting corruption: Probe your 2015 campaign fund, PDP tells Buhari

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Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to show his sincerity in the fight against corruption by probing the source of his campaign fund in 2015 general elections.
President Muhammadu Buhari
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated this at the 2018 Ogidi Day celebration, at Ogidi, Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, claimed it was ironical that the president had allegedly been speaking with both sides of the mouth on issue of fighting corruption.
Ologbondiyan said: “The President’s remark sounded strange to us in the Peoples Democratic Party because we believe as a party that the president has been providing cover for alleged looters around him and we believe that if the president is sincere about the fight against corruption he should make a public disclosure about how his election fund in 2015 was raised.
“He should tell us who contributed what, but, if he refuses to do that, Mr President does not have any moral platform upon which he would stand and accuse any Nigerian of being a thief.
“The PDP is challenging Mr President that he should make a full disclosure of how his election money was raised in 2014 and he should tell us what was the contribution of the people.”
Speaking on the plan by some former members of the party and others to return to PDP, Ologbodiyan said the doors of the PDP were wide open for anybody that was ready to rescue the nation from alleged misrule of All Progressives Congress, APC.

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