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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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Atiku Endorsement: Dogara, others on their own – Middle Belt Leaders

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A group of northern leaders under the aegis of The Southern and Middle – Belt Alliance (SaMBA) has described a purported endorsement of the Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by former Speaker of House Representative, Yakubu Dogara’s group as self serving.

In a statement released today, SAMBA said the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum (NLCF) is on a self serving and selfish mission.

The statement signed by SaMBA Spokesman, Prince Rwang Pam Jnr in response to the reported endorsement of Atiku Abubakar by “a toothless platform” said that the group was manipulated by some politicians who had benefited and still benefiting from the old order from the Presidential candidate of PDP.

The middle belt group wondered how millions of Middlebelt and northern Christian voters benefitted from Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who in recent history deleted his tweet condemning the killing of Deborah Yakubu in Sokoto by alleged Islamic extremist. SAMBA noted that the former Vice President is yet to condole with the affected family, six months after.

The statement reads, “Our attention have been drawn to the purported endorsement of the Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar by a toothless Northern Leaders Consultative Forum (NLCF), coordinated by former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who by this action has lost favour amongst his MiddleBelt family.”

“We want to state categorically that the Communique by Rt. Hon. Dogara’s group is self serving and does not remotely or substantially represent the interest of Middlebelters who occupied approximately 300,000 Sq km of the Northern region that is about 50%”

“Also, it is on record that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who declined to speak publicly against the gruesome murdered of Deborah Yakubu in Sokoto will not defend the interest of Middlebelters and Christians living in the north. Atiku who had been vice president between 1999-2007 belongs to the old order. He will not be able to restructure Nigeria to satisfy the yearning of Nigerians.

“Therefore, the endorsement of the Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by this group cannot stand and will not stand. Their lame excuse that the Presidential candidate of Labour Party , Mr Peter Obi does not have a structure is false. Progressive Nigerians are the structures and Dogara’s Middlebelters remained solidly in support of Mr Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed”

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Hundreds of APC Members Defect to PDP in Kogi

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Over 130 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party in Abejukolo Ward 11, in Omala Local Government Area of Kogi State.

The defection ceremony took place at Echa/Ogoh Nursery and Primary School, Abejukolo on Sunday.

Hon. Johnson Ataboh Ebeto, a former councilor on the platform of the PDP who had defected to the APC during 2015 election, said the ceremony was a homecoming for him and his supporters to ensure that PDP wins the forthcoming general elections.

Hon Ebeto, expressing regrets on his earlier defection from the PDP, described his experience in the All Progressives Congress(APC) as harrowing.

He said, “Now is the right time to discard such habits and choose PDP as the only option for liberation”.

Honourable Salisu Akpa, who is the Ward 11 PDP chairman and other PDP stakeholders, urged them not to see themselves as joiners but bonafide members of the party.

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2023: I Stand With the Youths,The Old Ones Should Fade Away – Abdulsalami Abubakar

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Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has expressed reservations about the continued domination of political activities by the older people, saying it is time to create space for the younger generation.

“I think the right thing for the country is that old ones should fade away gracefully and allow young people to take over,”

“What we can do as former leaders is to mentor and tutor them in whatever way we can in order for them to lead the country.

“As a matter of fact, this is the time Nigerians should begin to support young, vibrant, and visionary leaders that would steer the country on the path of glory”

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