Governors and different occasion stakeholders within the camp of Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike shunned the official inauguration of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) Presidential Marketing campaign Council (PCC) and Nationwide Marketing campaign Administration Committee (NCMC).
On the occasion the place the presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar provided the olive department to the aggrieved events, Akwa Ibom state Governor Udom Emmanuel, who chairs the PDP PCC described the PDP as a stable rock which no wind can transfer.
Those that stayed away from Worldwide Convention Centre (ICC) Abuja, venue of the inauguration, Wednesday, embody Governors Samuel Ortom (Benue); Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia) and Wike.
Others are former governor of Ekiti, Ayo Fayose, former governor of Plateau state, Jonah David Jang, former governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke, former PDP Deputy Nationwide Chairman (South), Chief Olabode George and former Minister of Data and Nationwide Orientation, Professor Gerry Gana amongst others.
Final week, after an early hour assembly in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital, the Wike-led group pulled out of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku’s marketing campaign council.
They vowed to not play any position in Atiku’s marketing campaign forward of the 2023 basic elections, insisting that the PDP nationwide chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, should resign to create approach for a southerner as his substitute for them to rescind their resolution.
Their grouse is that it’s morally mistaken and unfair for the occasion’s presidential candidate and nationwide chairman to have come from the identical northern area.
Although Senator Jibrin Walid resigned because the PDP BoT chair with former Senate President Adolphus Wabara taking up, the group nonetheless insisted on Ayu’s sack.
Nevertheless, in his remarks on the inauguration of the marketing campaign crew and public presentation of his books, the PDP presidential candidate, former Vice President Abubakar once more prolonged an olive department to all aggrieved members of the occasion.
Atiku harassed the necessity for all occasion leaders and members to work collectively in unity to rescue and rebuild Nigeria.
The previous Vice President mentioned the duty forward was past merely coming collectively to inaugurate a Presidential Marketing campaign Council, noting “our job right this moment is to come back collectively to rescue and rebuild our beloved nation, Nigeria.”
In a veiled attraction to Wike and others, Atiku mentioned:”However, to rescue and rebuild our nation, we should first take over the mantle of management from the occasion that has pushed us into this mess. To do that, we should all be united in goal and are available collectively to combat and win all of the elections slated for subsequent yr.
“Each single one who loves this nation, as I do, is required for the arduous duties that face us forward as a nation, and this consists of each member of the PDP. And it’s my fervent hope and prayer that each man and lady of goodwill will be a part of arms with us to assist rescue, rebuild and reposition our beloved nation.”
He claimed that beneath the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal authorities, Nigeria had witnessed a daunting descent into anarchy, including “our nation is presently within the throes of a multidimensional disaster encompassing insecurity, financial meltdown, disunity and mutual distrust, to say just a few.”
Atiku additionally mentioned “the present authorities has failed on the very essence of what makes a authorities: the safety of lives and property of its residents. Our safety challenges are legion, and I don’t have to bore you by rehashing them right here.
“Our economic system is in shambles, progress has stagnated, and our persons are dealing with huge existential challenges day by day. Starvation is the norm right this moment in our nation.”
He assured that when elected, he would restore Nigeria’s unity by way of fairness, social justice, mutual collaboration, and consensus among the many various individuals.
Atiku pledged to “construct a powerful and efficient democratic authorities the place the security and safety of our individuals and their property is our main and singularly most vital accountability.
“To ascertain a powerful, resilient, inclusive and affluent economic system that generates alternative, jobs and wealth whereas lifting the poor out of poverty.
“To encourage the adoption of a real federal system that gives the place all of the federating items are equal, and has a good and consultant federal authorities that secures our borders, defends our individuals and ensures nationwide unity, while permitting the federating items to develop and develop in line priorities which they’ve set on their very own.”
Udom on PDP
Earlier in his remarks, Chairman PDP PCC, Governor Emmanuel, charged Atiku and different members of the occasion to not thoughts the doomsayers.
The governor assured that the marketing campaign council would carry and publicise the message on the best way to rescue and restore the hope of Nigerians.
“I need to say right here, don’t thoughts the doomsayers, I learn in every single place all these doomsayers saying PDP right here, PDP there, however I need to guarantee you that PDP is a stable Rock and we all know that regardless of the wind it won’t transfer the Rock.
“So, regardless of the wind that you just see across the rock, it won’t transfer the rock. The rock stays as stable as ever. Please don’t thoughts the doomsayers. We need to guarantee you that we’re campaigning to win. Nothing is appropriate to PDP exterior victory,” he mentioned.
Additionally in his remarks, Director Basic PDP NCMC and Sokoto state Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal expressed confidence that victory was assured for the occasion’s presidential candidate.
Tambuwal additionally urged the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) to conduct free, honest and credible elections.
He assured that they have been going to hit the bottom working and work collectively as a household to make sure the occasion’s victory in the course of the subsequent yr’s basic election.
Additionally in a message, Senator Ayu who was represented by the PDP Nationwide Vice Chairman North, Ambassador Umar Ilya Damagun, mentioned the inauguration marked the start of the opposition occasion’s mission to rescue the nation from the APC-led federal authorities.
“Whereas we’re making each effort to unify all aggrieved people or teams arising from the primaries, we all know that PDP is extra centered than now. Women and gentleman, we now have an obligation to rescue this nation from the clutches of those who need to destroy it. Additionally, you will recall that this nation has witnessed a damaging change for the reason that PDP left authorities in 2015,” he acknowledged.
Different governors who attended have been Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state; PDP Vice Presidential candidate and Delta state Governor Ifeayin Okowa, Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state; Edo state Governor Godwin Obaseki and Governor Ahmadu Fintri of Adamawa state.
Additionally in attendance have been former Vice President Arc Nanamdi Sambo, former Presidents of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Anyim Pius Anyim, former Speaker Home of Representatives Gali Umar Na’aba, Home Minority Chief Ndidi Elumelu, and former nationwide chairman of the occasion, Prince Uche Secondus amongst others.
‘Alarm’ to derail marketing campaign
In the meantime, a member of the PDP Nationwide Govt Committee (NEC), Chief Chinemerem Madu, has raised the alarm over alleged plot to scuttle the marketing campaign of the occasion’s presidential candidate.
Addressing newsmen on the venue of the inauguration of the presidential marketing campaign council of the occasion, Wednesday, the NEC member fingered a Nationwide Vice Chairman of the occasion because the mind behind the plot.
He mentioned the alleged Nationwide Vice Chairman confessed to have been closely bankrolled and approaching and providing NEC members sums starting from N25 million to N28 million every to handle a harmful press convention with fabrications aimed toward derailing the occasion’s presidential marketing campaign.
He mentioned: “Members of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) are alerted of furtive strikes by a compromised Nationwide Vice Chairman and a few members of the Nationwide Govt Committee (NEC) to derail our Presidential Marketing campaign and scuttle the deserving victory of our Presidential Candidate, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar on the 2023 basic elections.
“This Nationwide Vice Chairman and his cohorts who confessed to have been closely bankrolled are approaching and providing members of NEC sums starting from N25 million to N28 million every to handle a harmful press convention with fabrications aimed toward derailing the Presidential Marketing campaign.
“The mentioned Nationwide Vice Chairman had approached me personally as a member of NEC to tell me of plots to orchestrate a closely funded Press Convention to be addressed by choose NEC members seemingly calling for the resignation of the Nationwide Chairman, Sen. Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, however truly focused at irritating the Atiku Abubakar Presidential bid.
“He pointedly confessed to me that the calls for and agitation of his group has not been towards the Occasion Chairman, as the general public have been made to consider, however towards Atiku Abubakar.
“He additionally vowed that nothing will assuage the group which is now bent at derailing the PDP Presidential Marketing campaign.”
On when the plot would doubtless be hatched, the NEC member disclosed that it could be carried out quickly after the inauguration of the PDP Presidential Marketing campaign Council and official graduation of campaigns.
“Central to this plot is the timing of the damaging press convention, which has been scheduled to carry quickly after the inauguration of the PDP Presidential Marketing campaign Council and official graduation of campaigns with a view to unsettle the PDP Presidential Marketing campaign and scuttle Atiku Abubakar’s Presidential bid.
“A part of the scheme is to make use of the press convention to throw up closely concocted script which can include unprintable damaging claims, assertions and allusions that can set off confusion throughout the Occasion and sidetrack the Presidential Marketing campaign.
“The mentioned Nationwide Vice Chairman knowledgeable me of how big sums have been paid to sure media homes and social media influencers to isolate and escalate the damaging content material of the press content material and throw up damaging narratives to frustrate the marketing campaign.
“As a loyal and really devoted occasion man, I’m obliged to alert PDP leaders, members, supporters and most people and expose this furtive scheme towards Atiku Abubakar, which is totally towards the nationwide curiosity,” he mentioned.
God, Nigerians, S/east’s stepping stones to presidency, Igbo group tells Atiku
A pan-Igbo socio-political stress group-the South East Revival Group (SERG)-Wednesday instructed former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, that solely God and Nigerian voters can assure the stepping stones for individuals of the South-east to the presidency.
Atiku had in a media report mentioned he would actualise Igbo presidency if elected in 2023.
However in an announcement by its President and Nationwide Coordinator, Chief Willy Ezugwu, the SERG mentioned “the pledge made by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the course of the PDP South East Zonal Stakeholders’ Assembly in Enugu on Tuesday was a mere political assertion.
“Nigerian electorates and the youths of the nation have made their selection of a Presidential candidate and have been talking loud and clear at each given alternative.
“Energy belongs to God and he provides it to whomsoever He chooses by way of the electorates.
“The South East was rejected by the PDP and the All Progressives Congress (APC), even when fairness, justice and reality about Nigerian management since independence favoured the South East.
“In a number of statements, the South East Revival Group had appealed to all registered political events within the nation to zone their respective presidential ticket to the South East however many of the political events didn’t go by the favored want of the Nigerian individuals.
“Credible leaders like Alhaji Balarabe Musa made the identical name to the political events earlier than his dying, insisting that for the sake of fairness and a way of belonging, the South East ought to be given the possibility to provide the following President of Nigeria in 2023.
“As we speak, God has given Nigerians essentially the most credible and higher outfitted chief who has pledged to maneuver the nation from consumption to manufacturing and the individuals have accepted him throughout spiritual, tribal and sophistication divides.
“Due to this fact, Atiku Abubakar’s supply of himself because the stepping stone to Igbo Presidency stands rejected because the Nigerian electorates have, earlier than his supply, fashioned the pillars by way of which a President of Nigeria of South East extraction can emerge in 2023,” the assertion mentioned.
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