Don’t vote leaders who preach terror, says Atiku
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, on Monday called on Nigerians not to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and other Nigerian leaders who preach terror.
Atiku, who condemned Buhari’s remarks at the weekend in Zamfara State that the people should eat well so as to be strong enough for trouble, said he was ready for the poll.
The former vice-president, who spoke at the PDP’s presidential campaign rally in Port Harcourt, called for peace in the country.
Addressing a large crowd of party supporters at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Atiku said victory for him and his party would guarantee “a restructured Nigeria”.
He promised not to interfere with the functions of the legislature and judiciary because he believed in the separation of powers.
He said, “When the President visited Zamfara, he said, let the people pray for rainfall, let the people pray for food so that they can eat well and make trouble. Is that what a President is supposed to say?
“Buhari was preaching violence and this is not the first time he has done so.
“We are not going to allow any person to make us fight; we want peace, development, prosperity and jobs in this country. Nigerians are going to vote a bad government out with their PVCs.
“If you elect me, I will restructure this country; if you vote for the PDP, we will complete the Onne seaport as well as the East-West road because it was the PDP government that initiated these projects, but the APC government has abandoned them.”
Atiku commended the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, for the development of the state.He said, “Wike is courageous and fearless; I want to commend him for his work. He has done so much in terms of infrastructure. We can now go to the places we used to go on boats by road; he deserves to be re-elected.”
Former President Goodluck Jonathan urged the people of the state to vote for Atiku, saying the APC administration had set the country backwards.
Jonathan said, “I asked Nigerians in 2015 to choose between going forward and going backward. All the indices of development are not in existent in this government. We are not making any progress as a country under this government.
“That is why Nigerians must come out on Saturday and vote for Atiku Abubakar as President and all PDP candidates.
“Atiku Abubakar will not discriminate against any section of Nigeria.”
The National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, warned against alleged moves by the APC to rig the elections.
He said, “We were in Daura, the President’s hometown, the governor of Sokoto State here can confirm to you that the North-West is now fully Aticulated.”
How we’ll assess Nigerian general elections – Commonwealth group
The Commonwealth Observer Group has listed three yardsticks it will use to assess the outcome of the general elections in Nigeria.
The yardsticks, the group said, would be whether the elections were conducted according to national, regional and international standards.
Apart from these, it also said that it would consider the pre-election period, polling day itself, as well as the post-election period.
Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group, who is also a former President of Tanzania, Dr Jakaya Kikwete, stated these in a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Monday.
Kikwete said his team was constituted following the invitation sent to the Commonwealth by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
He said, “I am greatly honoured to have been asked by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland QC, to lead the Commonwealth Observer Group for Nigeria’s general elections, scheduled for February 16, 2019.
“Nigeria is a key member of the Commonwealth family. The Commonwealth has had a long tradition of supporting the nation’s democratic development through election observation over the past 20 years.
“In fact, this will be the sixth time a Commonwealth Observer Group will be observing elections in Nigeria since 1999.
“Our group was constituted following an invitation from the Independent National Election Commission, drawing together 18 eminent persons from across the regions of the Commonwealth, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
“We come in our own individual capacities, bringing a wide range of expertise in the areas of election administration, political development, law, human rights, civil society, gender, youth, as well as media.“As a group, we are here to observe the organisation and conduct of the election process as a whole, and will form an impartial and independent assessment of its credibility.
Ogun rally: Please don’t disgrace me before Buhari, Amosun begs angry party members
“The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday, begged angry party members not to disgrace him before President Muhammadu Buhari
Amosun made the appeal during the Ogun State All Progressives Congress presidential rally in Abeokuta.
The rally, which started immediately after President Buhari arrived at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta venue of the event at about 3.00pm, was suspended for some minutes following the violence that broke out.
Violence erupted when Oshiomhole was invited to the podium for his speech. As he began to speak, suspected hoodlums started throwing stones at him and one of the stones flew in the direction of the President.
He was saved by one of the security operatives who was hit by one of the stones thrown in the direction of the APC chairman.
Appealing to the angry crowd, Amosun said, “I beg you in the name of God. This is what they want to happen. Please don’t disgrace me here,” he said in Yoruba.
“Our father is here, please don’t disgrace me. I beg you in the name of God, please don’t disgrace me before our father… We have laboured this hard. I am appealing to you. Please leave. I beg you in the name of God, please leave. I beg you. I am begging.”
Despite the breakdown of law and order at the rally, Oshiomhole hurriedly presented the party flag to Abiodun.
Earlier in his welcome address, Amosun had eulogised Buhari’s virtues and highlighted the reasons Ogun people should vote for him.
Amosun said, “ We have accepted President Muhammadu Buhari as our father. In the interest of love and the respect we have for Mr President, let us swallow our pride and subdue our anger. Don’t let them go back with an erroneous impression that we are not for Buhari.
“We are not just supporting Buhari because he is our father, but, because of his performance. Look at what he has done for the entire nation, he is someone with integrity. He said he would fix all our roads and infrastructure. He has done a lot for us. He has kept all his promises. They are looters and that is why they are against Buhari. This is about all of us”.
Amosun, however, attacked Afenifere, urging the President not to lose sleep over the group’s endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
He said, “We have seen the wonderful work Buhari is doing is for all of us. Yoruba are not two in the country. We are the Afenifere.
“We are the people that will use our PVCs to defeat those that call themselves Afenifere. Who else is Afenifere if we are not Afenifere ?. Tinubu, Akande, and other Yoruba leaders are here.
“They are not your friends, they are our enemies. We are going to fight them with our votes. We will show the true opinion poll on Saturday.”
The governor, however, provoked Oshiomhole and other party leaders when he urged his supporters to vote Buhari on February 16 while he stylishly supported Adekunle Akinlade of the Allied Peoples Movement.
LSSTF trains security agents ahead of elections
The Lagos State Security Trust Fund has reiterated its commitment to the creation of a sustainable security architecture in the state.
This, it said, would be achieved through timely investment in capacity building for security agents in the state ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Speaking on the successful completion of the training sessions on pre and post-election security in Lagos State, the Executive Secretary and CEO of the LSSTF, Dr Abdurrazaq Balogun, expressed happiness over the positive feedback received from participants.
He said, “I am happy seeing officers of the Lagos State statutory safety and security agencies learning new skills and modern intelligence in managing the security of people and their environment. Nothing beats knowledge at this time when the security landscape is changing.
“The Lagos State Security Trust Fund will continue to carry out training to enhance the operational capacities of officers working day and night for the good of Lagos State.”
Balogun advised the officials to take advantage of the training in managing issues during the coming elections.
The Group Managing Director, Halogen Group, Mr Wale Olaoye, commended the state government for its investment in the security of lives and property, while also commending the leadership of LSSTF for being proactive in developing the capacity of Lagos security and safety officials in intelligence gathering and surveillance.
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