Ganduje Dismisses nPDP’s Claim Of Marginalisation Within The APC
The Governor of Kano State, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje has said that the alleged marginalisation by the members of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) is corruption fighting back.
NIGERIA NEWS had on Monday reported that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo met with the leadership of the nPDP at the Akinola Aguda House, the official residence of the Vice President, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Some of those on the delegation of the nPDP included the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Leader of the nPDP, Kawu Baraje; Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso; former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako; a former leader of the PDP, Senator Barnabas Gemade; and former governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje, among others.
But Ganduje while speaking at a news conference to mark the third anniversary of his administration on Monday, dismissed the claims of the nPDP.
He said “I believe there must be something underground, you know Mr President is facing a difficult moment; corruption is fighting back, so you can see where the issue of marginalisation is coming from, it is not an issue of marginalisation, it is an issue of corruption fighting back, Ganduje said.
“I will give you an analysis that will show that they are not being marginalised. First of all, the Senate President is from the defunct nPDP, he is now the Senate President; he controls very important committees in which he singlehandedly approved chairmen of 30 committees – that is not marginalisation.
“You have the governor of Kwara state who is also a member of the nPDP. He has a whole government; how can he say he is marginalised?
“The Governor of Adamawa state is nPDP and he is now a governor. I am from nPDP and I am now a governor. We have most of us from the nPDP who are senators and House of Representatives members.
“You have the speaker of the house of representatives who is a member of the nPDP and a speaker under the banner of APC; how can he say he is being marginalized? He controls lucrative committees. He appoints the chairmen and membership of the committees singlehandedly, without interference from the executive. How can he say he is being marginalised?
“So, if you take this issue one by one, you can see that the issue of marginalisation is not there. Therefore, we the majority of the nPDP are disclaiming the allegation and we believe that we are not being marginalised.”
Ganduje said the threat of the group to defect from the APC will not affect the votes President Muhammadu Buhari will garner in the 2019 elections.
He insisted that Kano will give the president five million votes, even if Rabiu Kwankwaso, his predecessor, leaves the party.
“Well, we are begging Kwankwaso not to move to another party, but if he decides to go, no problem–that is an individual difference; and it cannot affect Buhari’s fortune of getting five million votes from Kano,” he said.
“So it is not the issue of the former governor taking his paraphernalia to another party. It is the issue of our commitment to winning elections. We are not going to say that there will be no obstacle; there will be an obstacle, but we will surmount it; so, Buhari will get five million votes from Kano.”
Atiku sues Lauretta Onochie for N500m as PDP reveals reason
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has been reported to have demanded that , Lauretta Onochie, the Social media aide to Nigerian President, ha President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide c, for an apology and N500 million for slanderous statement she made against him.
NIGERIA NEWS report that, this was in wake of the tweet Onochie tweeted of the 7th of May in which she claimed, Atiku was on the watchlist of the United Arab Emirate (UAE).
Onochie who is reputably known for always taking to twitter to take on the PDP’s presidential candidate was at it as she said, “Atiku on UAE watchlist- Security sources,” she went on further to state that, “Security operatives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are keeping a close tab on a former Nigerian Vice Pres Atiku Abubakar who has been in the Middle East nation for several weeks now What is he doing there?
“Me: Shopping for Terrorists?”
In another tweet, she mocked Atiku over the termination of Intels Pilotage Contract by the Nigeria Port Authority. She said, Nigeria Ports Authority Terminates Intels Pilotage Contract over Failure to Remit $145.84m After about two years of bickering, the NPA has terminated its boats pilotage monitoring and supervision agreement with INTELS Nig. Ltd. (Atikulooted Ltd)
Me: Long overdue? Absolutely.
Meanwhile, Atiku Abubakar in a letter dated May 14 and addressed to Onochie by his lawyer Mike Ozekhome, has threatened to press a charge against her if she did not meet his demands.
Atiku said: “Your odious publication is clearly also aimed at rubbishing our client’s image and reputation,” “It has caused him national and international backlash and embarrassment and done incalculable damage to him.
“Your publication has also caused our client, in the eyes of reasonable members of the public, unspeakable odium, obloquy, hatred, ridicule and psychological trauma.
“He has thereby been subjected to the shame and infamy of being viewed by members of the public as not only corrupt, but as a terrorist and sponsor of terrorism. Numerous telephone calls, emails, visits, letters and private social media chats by his family members, friends, political and business associates, and international statesmen and women in the last few days attest to the alarm and serious concerns generated by your false publication.” the letter read.
How APC hired an Israeli based firm for elections – Frank
Comrade Timi Frank, former assistant National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC), applauded a press release by a U.S based agency – the Digital Forensic Research Laboratory of the Atlantic Council.
The US firm had revealed ‘Archimedes’, a political consultant firm in Isreal role in spreading fake news through the social media about PDP Presidential Candidate – Atiku Abubakar.
Facebook expelled Archimedes from the network on Thursday due to its “coordinated and deceptive behavior”. The popular network also removed dozens of accounts and thousands of facebook pages that are created to disrupt elections in Countries in Africa, with a few sparse exercise in East asia and South America.
In response to the ban, Mr Frank, through a comment on Saturday, said the world would eventually realize all the lies behind Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s proclamation as the victor during the last election.
One of pages removed by Facebook on Thursday, as revealed by Frank, was loaded with viral false news and targeted attacks on Abubakar, Nigeria’s former vice president.
According to Timi Frank, the report reads:
“that on the overall, the misleading accounts had reached some 2.8 million users, and the pages had engaged over 5,000 followers, according to Facebook’s estimates.”
After praising Facebook, He went on further to say:
“Nigerians ought to be worried about how the APC-led government is spending huge amount of money just to discredit the rightful winner of the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar.
“I believe that if a lie goes on for 20 years, truth will definitely catchup with it one day. It will not be long before Nigerians will realise how desperate and fake President Muhammadu Buhari is in his bid to hang onto power.”
The political nationalist called on the rest of the world to acknowledge the press release of the Associated Press as well as the resulting damage accomplished in the last election to Nigeria’s second largest party and its presidential nominee.
“The AP’s report has clearly shown the level of lies sponsored against Atiku during and after the last general election. The campaign of calumny has not stopped but Nigerians should henceforth disregard malicious reports in the social media against the former VP,”
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