Gbenga Daniel, former director-general of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, has said that will never abandon former Vice President and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar .
Daniel in a statement on Tuesday, said: ‘I have not, will not and will never abandon Atiku’. Daniel said: “I have not, will not and will never abandon Atiku. Atiku is different from PDP. I have resigned from PDP and lost interest in partisan politics having put in about 20 years of my life in a thankless process,”
“I will commit my God-given resources to help less privileged through my Foundation and will contribute sharing the body of knowledge through our not for profit Political Academy. That will be a thankful process. “I will continue to support the political process in a non partisan manner. I am clear with my position, without any ambiguity.
There is no need to insinuate, speculate, extrapolate, anticipate or draw conclusions on my behalf. “I did not expect such a simple personal decision can generate such national discourse and for that I remain grateful to God. I am however most grateful to all my friends and well wishers. The phones have not stopped ringing. All the advice are well taken. My very deep appreciation.”
Buhari just returned to Abuja after participating in Saturday’s Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with seven state governors of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting came barely an hour after the president returned to Abuja after participating in Saturday’s Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State.
The Governors at the meeting included Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abdulaziz Yari, Zamfara State and Kassim Shetima of Borno.
Buhari arriving Abuja from Katsina
NAN reports that the agenda of the meeting was not made public and the governors declined comment on the outcome of the meeting. NAN, however, reliably gathered that the meeting might have discussed the aftermaths of the March 9 governorship and state assembly elections held in 29 states of the federation on March 9.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared six governorship elections in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Plateau, Kano and Sokoto inconclusive while all electoral processes were suspended in Rivers by the commission. INEC had since announced new dates for the conduct of the re-run elections in the affected states.
The APC serving governors whose elections were declared inconclusive include Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi state, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state and Jibrila Bindo of Adamawa state. The affected governors also used the opportunity of the meeting with the president to congratulate him on his re-election for a fresh four-term.
Ahead of this Saturday governorship election in the country, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma has appealed to security agents to ensure that the votes of Imo people counts, alleging that governor Rochas Okorocha has perfected plans to unleash mayhem on APC members during the exercise.
According to him, “the governor has imported thugs across the 27 Local Government Areas of the state while he has also armed members of the Imo State Security out fit. He has been spending the resources of the state to rig in his son in-law Uche Nwosu, wasting the resources of Imo people due to his selfish desire to plant his son-law as governor.
Uzodinma stated this when 53 different groups including the Kowa Party, Market women across the 27 Local Government areas of the state endorsed him for governor. He said: “ While we have been busy campaigning across the nook and cranny of the state, Okorocha who is now suffering from gonorrhea of the mouth is threatening every body that he will use thugs to chase us away.
That he will not allow our people to come and vote because they will vote against Uche Nwosu. “I am proud that I delivered my polling unit, ward and Local Government to President Buhari. But Rochas son in-law Uche Nwosu who boasted that himself and his boss will give the President one million votes lost his unit, ward and Local Government to PDP. “His boss Okorocha was battling to win senatorial election and you saw howit went. He is also planning to rig again but we are waiting for him. And I am glad that people are joining us without conditions. The election of Saturday is between Imo people and Rochas Okorocha. APC is the ruling party and we must retain the state for the party.
“Okorocha should stop using the money of Imo people to blackmail them. He should use the money to pay salaries, pensioners and build hospitals. The governor is busy camping thugs every where but I can tell you one with God is majority. But on Saturday he will know that Imo people are ready.
When he clinched the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket to vie for the Kwara central senatorial election, many waved his ambition aside. The people of Kwara state have seen him lose the same contest in the past but that didn’t deter him. Ibrahim Oloriegbe vowed he would retire Senate President Bukola Saraki and true to his words, he did exactly that on Sunday, at least for now.
He polled 123,808 votes to defeat Saraki who had 68,994 votes. What a landslide victory! A margin of 54,814
Wondering why his victory is spectacular? For one, he defeated not just any senator but the senate president. And secondly, his rival’s family has been literally running the affairs of Kwara for decades. Saraki’s father, Olusola, was a prominent politician in the second republic, his sister, though not in the same political camp, was a senator. On his part, the senate president left office as the governor of Kwara state and saw to the emergence of Abdulfatah Ahmed, one of his staunch loyalists, as successor.
Back to Oloriegbe, the man of the moment. A graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the APC candidate is not a new face in the politics of Kwara. In 1999, he was elected a member of the Kwara house of assembly under the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). He held sway as majority leader till he left in 2003.
HIS FIRST BATTLE WITH SARAKI
Oloriegbe contested for the senate under the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011, against Saraki, then of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Saraki’s victory was believed to have been influenced by his incumbency power as then governor. He was announced to have polled a total of 78,799 votes to defeat Oloriegbe who polled 53,058 votes.
Oloriegbe emerged the APC candidate for Kwara central senatorial district after he polled a total of 12,816 votes to beat his other two rivals, Yinka Aluko who scored 9,577 votes and Musbau Esinrogunjo who scored 6,382 votes. With his emergence, he went to work with APC leaders in the state including Lai Mohammed, minister of information, to ensure that the party coasts to victory not just in the district but in the state.
REASON FOR RUNNING AGAINST SARAKI
At a press conference in Lagos earlier this year, the APC candidate vowed that he would defeat the senate president and “retire” him in the election. He had lamented that Kwara was not well represented at the national assembly and that this, among reasons, informed his decision to vie for a seat at the legislative chamber.
According to him, “in the past 16 years, our society has been in the grip of people who do not share our common values and heritage. They are dealers whose concerns are at variance with the people’s aspirations. They are leaders with inordinate appetite for wealth acquisition.
“They are political voyagers and power merchants. They don’t share our Islamic values and culture of leadership. Our communities and indeed, Kwara state have been poorly represented at the federal level; poor representation and advocacy has deprived us of legitimate human, fiscal, economic and developmental entitlements.”
‘I WAS ROBBED OF MY FIRST MANDATE’
In an interview with Daily Trust, the APC candidate spoke of how he was denied his mandate after his constituents voted “massively” for him in 2011.
According to him, “In 2011, I was the senatorial candidate of the ACN and people of Ilorin voted for me massively and I won the election; but I was not declared the winner and I went to court to challenge it because during that period, the vote from within the urban area was about 40 per cent but only 20 per cent were said to have turned out in rural areas which could not be justified with the reality on ground. I have always been a progressive and I have been consistent.”
‘I DON’T HAVE MONEY FOR POLITICS’
The senator-elect had said although he has no “money for politics, his goodwill will get him to where he wants. Great courage for someone running against an incumbent senate president and former governor.
While speaking at an interactive forum organised for political parties and candidates, he had also talked about leaving his comfort zone to save the constituents.
His words: “This is a discomfort because I worked for an international organization and I was being paid like an expatriate. I don’t have money for politics but what I have is goodwill, and goodwill is more than money. By contesting senatorial as candidate between 2011, 2015 and now, it is based on that goodwill. It is the people that believe in me that have kept me going.”
And truly, his goodwill just took him to the senate; displacing the nation’s number three citizen.