Dr Mohammed Santuraki, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State, has said whether the ruling party admits it or not, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is a “formidable opponent”.
He also urged the APC to put its house in order to emerge victorious in the 2019 general election.
He stated this when he spoke with NAN in Suleja, Niger State on Saturday.
Santuraki also urged the party to address the issues related to the primaries to ensure that the APC remains united.
His words: “Whether we would like to admit or not, the presidential candidate that the main opposition party, the PDP, settled for is a formidable opponent, even if not a credible one.
“Within a week of emerging as the presidential flag bearer, he appointed his campaign team and named his running mate. This to me indicates a much needed sense of urgency. We, in APC must respond in like manner. The clock is ticking. We must push the button.”
Speaking on the disagreements within the party, he highlighted the steps taken to address them and commended the party’s leadership for its efforts.
He said: “I am happy to note that 10 long days after the October 2 primary elections in Niger, better judgement eventually prevailed. Agreed, it was a choice between a rock and a hard place, but it shouldn’t have been a difficult choice.
“While the election results were adjudged incomplete, flawed and inconclusive in Zone A, and the results also contested in the other zones, a greater level of injustice would have been perpetrated if the tickets were auto-awarded to the incumbents.
“It is commendable that the national chairman finally accepted a more logical reasoning by awarding the victory to the presumed winners of the elections.
“I congratulate and thank Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, the senatorial aspirants, the elders and other APC stakeholders for their resolute stand on the side of our people, for fairness throughout this process. I firmly believe that a flawed democratic process is better than outright dictatorship.”
No More APC, What Is Left Is Just Respect For Buhari –Okorocha
A founding member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, has said that only respect for President Muhammadu Buhari is all that is left of the APC and that the crisis rocking the party was part of consequences for relegating the founding members.
The Fidelinfo gathered that Okorocha who addressed some journalists on Sunday in Abuja said that there is no more APC.
In the address, he Said:
“Permit me to give you the inside of APC, this word APC was formed by four major political parties that had governors, one was the CPC led by President Muhammadu Buhari, ACN led by Ahmed Tinubu, ANPP led by Ogbonnaya Onu who all brought their structure, APGA led by me brought in our structure. Every other person fell into this structure. The PDP group came in and joined us. I gave the name APC. I designed that logo and that was the beginning of the party and we had understanding.
“That is the party you call APC and unless we go back to where it all started, APC can never see the light of the day and that was how we started and that was what brought President Muhammadu Buhari to office.
“You cannot rule out the role of these four key people, then CPC has only one governor in Nasarawa, APGA had only one governor, ACN came with the chunk of the governors and ANPP had a few. And we shared the first positions equally among these four parties. Now the founding fathers of the part are relegated to the backgrounds and people are coming with different interests making us play the same kind of politics that PDP played,” Okorocha said.
He added, “There is no more APC, what we have is the respect for President Muhammadu Buhari, that is what is keeping us together. What we have is our respect for the person of President Buhari and we still believe that something can be done.
“That trust and respect is what we still call APC, outside that, respect for President Buhari and the trust and belief that he could wake up one day and correct all these injustices and make it fine. That is the only thing that is keeping the APC, if not that, I don’t think there is anything like APC because people are beginning to get fed up. Again, PDP is not even better, the party has its own challenges.
Edo Decides: They’re Rigging Me Out In My Strongholds -Gov Obaseki
The incumbent Governor of Edo State and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the ongoing Gubernatorial elections has through Crusoe Osagie, his Special Adviser, has cried out that “there is an ongoing deliberate election manipulation in areas where he has strongholds.
The Fidelinfo gathered that this revelation was in a statement made available to the press by Osagie his press secretary, he said:
“Suddenly, card readers are not working in areas where Governor Godwin Obaseki is very popular.
“Voters are being disenfranchised and we are constrained to say that this is sabotage,”
“Specifically, in Oredo Ward 1, Unit 20 and other places where the Governor is clearly popular, the card readers are not working.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should prove to Edo voters that it can conduct a credible election in Edo State.”
JUST IN: Akeredolu’s Political Adviser Resigns
The senior special assistant to the executive governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu on Political matters has resigned.
Andrew who is from Ondo South senatorial districts, Hon. Andrew Ogunsakin has resigned his Appointment.
Andrew according to The Fidelinfo source was a close Political associate of former governor Olusegun Mimiko and the Zenith Labour Party candidate for Okitipupa/Irele Federal constituency in the last general election before he joined the All Progressive Congress.
In a letter made available to The Fidelinfo reads in parts: “The call of my constituents on me to join the train to actualize a common aspiration different from what is offered by your government and party stands as the root of my decision to quit at this point.”
He then thanked Akeredolu for the opportunity afforded him to serve the good peopie of Ondo State as political adviser.
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