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Governor Fintiri Killing Adamawa PDP – Senator Grace Bent

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Board of Trustee member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Senator representing Adamawa South Senatorial district, Grace Folashade Bent has declared PDP dead in Adamawa State.

She said the governor of Adamawa State was destroying PDP on one hand, while destroying the State on the other due to lack of good leadership qualities.

The BoT member presided over Adamawa Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders’ meeting in Yola on Wednesday.

She expressed deep fear for the survival of PDP, saying that, there is a lot of political dust and a cloud of crisis forming among the ruling party’s family members in the state.

Speaking with newsmen in Yola on Thursday, the former lawmaker who was at the upper chamber of the National Assembly from 2007 to 2011 lamented that PDP was no longer the party they used to know.

According to her, they were spending their resources andnsacrifing their lives to keep the soul and body of the party together, but the governor was hell-bent on destroying the party.

She said: “Wednesday’s stakeholders’ meeting was criticised by Jackson and Dr. Umar Ardo as a gathering of the Governor’s political appointees and cohorts.

“How can he call for a stakeholders meeting that was attended only by his political appointees?

“Stakeholders are not yes men and women of the Governor, they are not government appointees, they are foundation members, BOT members, Former and Serving Governors, Former and serving Senators.”

“Stakeholders are not commissioners, political appointees are not stakeholders and Fintiri has consciously decided to marginalised us, he want to chase us out of the party. He is doing anything possible to chase me out of that party by all means. Nobody calls me or Dan Suleiman for any stakeholders meeting.

She accused the governor of claiming to retire her out of Adamawa politics, insisting that he can’t do that.

“Fintiri is purposely trying to alienate me, despite the fact that I was part of the system that helped him become Governor.”

Bent claimed to have shaped Ahmadu Fintiri and two other persons occupying lofty positions today in PDP, wondering why the governor she helped would now try to pocket the party.

According to her, Fintiri has left PDP in the hands of two of his most trusted allies, Hamza Madagali and Basi, who are the State Organizing and Financial secretaries, even when she nominated them at the time.

She said, Fintiri received most of the votes in her Demsa Local Government, indicating that she is the most influential stakeholder.

“A stakeholder of my calibre the Governor formed the government we all played a vital role and I was never consulted for suggestion?

“For the sake of our party I spent my money without receiving a dime from him to deliver Demsa. This is not our tradition in PDP.

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“For two years since his inauguration as a Governor he has never called us for any stakeholders meeting.

“Because of the rubbish he organised yesterday, former Governor Boni Haruna didn’t attend the meeting in person and I believe he would not want to be part of such gathering.

“Who are the people at the meeting? Most people have left the party because of him.

“Bala Ngilari has gone, Senator Ishaku Abbo has gone, the party is in disarray because a lot of people have gone. Ardo have said my mind and I stand by what he said because it was not the stakeholders meeting that we use to have or know.”

The Governor has distorted the PDP that we have fought and struggled for over the years. Fintiri had been in ACN and had returned to visit us. Dr Ardo and I mobilized the entire Southern region, including the nine local governments, but Fintiri was nowhere to be found.

”As a BOT member I have laid this complaints to the National chairman, Ardo wrote many petitions to the National officials, Dan Suleiman has repeatedly made so many complaints about how Fintiri is killing the party in Adamawa state.

“Is killing the party with his anti-people actions. If he thinks because of power incumbency is behaving this way, he should go and ask how others were sent out packing as government officials.

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“He has humiliated me, he has alienated me, I must say this that he is an ingrate. You cannot throw away the ladder you used to climb up, in Demsa I was the only stakeholder who stood by him to be the governor, that time Felix Tangwami is in APC as Bindow’s DG campaign but he is now the senior stakeholder when he decamped to PDP.

When asked to react, Governor Ahmadu’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Humwashi Wonosikou, said that all stakeholders were invited, and Boni Haruna sent a representative.

Mrs. Jackson, he said, has a personal issue that she must address in order to remain relevant in the Adamawa political system.

He urged the former Senator to mend fences with her Demsa politicians and avoid innocently criticizing the Governor because he is far removed from her thoughts and is concentrating on serving the citizens of the state who entrusted him with the power to rule.

“This is a person we read over the media that she is decamping to APC, I think she is fighting for baseless reasons since she cannot be more stakeholder than Joel Madaki.

”She should go back to her people to settle her political scores, she should count the Governor out of her political woes.” He said

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2023: ‘Buhari’s successor can come from any part of Nigeria’ – Sheriff

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… says APC must work harder than ever before to gain the confidence of Nigerians in order to retain power beyond 2023.

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, has asked Nigerians to choose a leader with capacity irrespective of where he or she comes from.

The leader, he said, can hail from any part of Nigeria as long as he can bring succour to Nigerians.

He made the statement in Abuja while receiving members of an All Progressives Congress (APC) pressure group, Frontier for Equality Leadership and Good Governance, on Thursday in Abuja.

The group had visited the former governor to ask that he contests for the position of APC National Chairman.

While he asked Nigerians to discard ethnicity and religion when choosing the next president, he said competence should be the main focus of Nigerians in making a choice.

“Unless we believe in ourselves as a nation, and believe all of us are equal and believe that a good leader will emerge from any part of the country, regardless of religion, tribe or where he comes from, we will not succeed in getting the country we dearly love.

“We must put our differences aside and look for leaders from anywhere.

“If the man that will bring succour to Nigeria is coming from a mountain in Ogoja (Cross River), we should go and look for him. If it is in the extreme end of Adamawa, we should go and look for him. If he is coming from the end of Anambra, we should go and look for him. We must do soul-searching and look for a leader,” Mr Sheriff said.

Leadership cross

The former governor also warned Nigerians against criticising their leaders and asked that prayers be made for them.

“When I see people criticise leaders on what they know nothing about, I pray for them because you will only know the challenges of this country when you are saddled with responsibility. When we have leaders we should pray for them that God will intervene, we should not curse our leaders.

“If you must blame any leader you must look at the followers, what have we done? To help our leaders to be strong – and we have to do soul searching.

“Everyday we wake up with a different challenge and these challenges are not only for our leaders, we must understand that, it is for all of us,” he said.

APC’s burden

Mr Sheriff who was once the National Chairman of Nigeria’s main opposition party, PDP, stated that the APC might have lost the trust of Nigerians.

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The party, he said, “must work harder than ever before to gain the confidence of Nigerians in order to retain power beyond 2023”.

He noted that by the end of the tenure of the President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, “the APC would have to work extra-hard to gain a fraction of the 12 million votes which the Buhari administration carried over the years”.

In response to the group’s for him to contest for the national chairmanship of the APC, he said he would only contest “if the position is zoned to the North-east”.

Mr Sheriff’s comments comes amidst uncertainty as to where the presidential ticket for the APC will be zoned to.

Although he is yet to officially declare his intention to run for the position of chairmanship, PREMIUM TIMES had reported him saying his decision to contest is largely dependent on how the position is zoned by the party.

“…Whether I will run for the office or not will be determined by what the caretaker committee takes as a decision on where the leadership of the party will go. Whether it will go to another place or it will remain in our zone.

“If it goes to another zone, I will not contest. But if it stays in our zone, I will contest,” he had said.

He is among other key political players jostling for the position.

Others are former governor of Nasarawa State and serving senator, Tanko Al-Makura; his counterparts from Borno and Gombe, Kashim Shettima and Danjuma Goje, who are also serving senators; former governor of Zamfara, Abdulaziz Yari; a former member of the House of Representatives from Bauchi, Ibrahim Baba; and a former chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria in Abuja, Sunny Moniedafe from Adamawa State.

The party is expected to hold its national elective convention before the end of the year.

It is, however, not clear when Mr Sheriff and other aspirants will publicly declare their intent to contest.

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Zambia’s Hakainde Hichilema sworn in as President in rare victory for an African opposition leader

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Zambia’s newly-elected president, Hakainde Hichilema, has been sworn into office after pulling off a stunning rare victory for an African opposition leader.

Hichilema was inaugurated Tuesday morning at a ceremony attended by leaders such as Tanzania President Samia Suluhu Hassan and Malawi leader Lazarus Chakwera.

Zambia’s second female Vice President Mutale Nalumango was also sworn in during the ceremony.

Hichilema defeated outgoing President Edgar Lungu in a landslide by almost one million votes in his sixth attempt at becoming ruler of Zambia.

It was a stunning turnaround for the politician known as HH — Hichilema spent several months in prison in 2017 for what were widely seen as politically motivated treason charges. The charges were dropped under intense international pressure.

After initially indicating he may challenge the result, Lungu addressed the nation following the elections, saying: “Based on the revelations issued at final results, I will comply with the constitutional provisions for a peaceful transition of power.

Despite conceding defeat early, Lungu was booed by some of the crowd as he made his way to the stage at the packed Heroes stadium in the capital Lusaka to hand over power.

Hichilema called Tuesday “a new dawn in Zambia,” in a tweet ahead of the ceremony. “As I sit here in our vehicle being driven to Heroes Stadium, I see the love, the joy and the jubilation as people line the streets on our way. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. I love you all so much,” he added.

An example for Africa

Opposition leaders from other African countries were also invited to the event.

Nelson Chamisa, opposition leader in Zimbabwe, told CNN: “This is a significant and fantastic for what is possible for the future of Africa. Zambia is an inspiration to stubborn laggards in democracy. Strong institutions are key for effective power transfer and smooth transitions,” he said in a statement when asked about the significance of today’s inauguration.

Chamisa added that Zambia is an excellent example to be emulated on the continent.

“Africa in general and Zimbabwe in particular needs leaders not rulers, strong institutions – not strong men. Leaders must lead and leave, serve and go. Zimbabwe must be free and Democratic. Freedom can be delayed but never denied,” he said when asked what the message for Zimbabwe is.

It is the third time that power has shifted peacefully from a ruling party to the opposition since the southern African country’s independence from Britain in 1964.

There was a huge turnout of mostly young people, some who came dressed in their academic robes to protest lack of employment post graduation.

Joseph Kalimbwe, a youth representative of Hichilema’s UPND party told CNN

Young people gave us the vote. Four million young people between the ages of 18 to 24 registered to vote. It was a huge turnout and it was very personal to them. They want to ensure the mistakes of their parents were corrected. They have voted for our leader on basis he has better policies and ideas and can strengthen our state institutions.”

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Uche Secondus Suspended As PDP National Chairman

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Court suspends Uche Secondus as PDP National Chairman

 

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Uche Secondus

The leadership crisis currently rocking the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, worsened on Monday as a High Court in Rivers State has restrained Uche Secondus from parading himself as the National Chairman of the party.

The order was given by Justice O. Gbasam at the State High Court sitting in Degema local government area of the State on Monday.

The judge who gave the order, also approved the suspension of Secondus as a member of the party pending the hearing and determination of motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.

The order followed a complaint brought before the court by some aggrieved members of the party.

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