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Iyorchia Ayu: It was good PDP lost the Presidency in 2015



The newly elected National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Iyorchia Ayu, says the former ruling party would have become dictatorial if it did not lose power in 2015.

President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had defeated ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, who was seeking reelection.

Buhari made history by becoming the first opposition candidate to defeat a sitting president in Nigeria.

Speaking with select journalist in Abuja on Saturday, Ayu said the PDP could have become complacent if it didn’t lose power in 2015.

He also said the 2023 elections will re-energise the PDP to take back power and control more than 20 States.

Ayu said Nigerians would be ready to defend their votes in 2023 having experienced what the ruling party could offer in the last six years.

He said: “My priority is for the party to take power. Political parties priorities is always to win. Therefore, I reviewed the reasons why we lost power in 2015 and going to work to unite the party, to sharpen the programmes of the party, market the party to the Nigerian electorate in a way that they will be prepared to vote for us.

“In a democracy, it’s normal for political parties to lose power. If we didn’t lose power, may be, we would have become a dictatorship or become complacent.

“To believe in democracy…there must have been something we were doing wrong or must have done wrong that the Nigerian electorate shifted. But today, if we didn’t lose power, they won’t experience the policies and programmes of the other party. They would think there is something better than us. Thank God, we lost power. Today, Nigerian people know better.

“And I believe we will re-energize the party and take over power again, not only at the centre, but in Nigeria, there is a lot of attention taking power at the federal level. There was time PDP was controlling about 20 states. That has been reduced to 13.

“We hope and pray and we will work very hard to increase that number from 13 to control over 20 states, possibly, we will win the federal government. So, that is really my vision for this party. We will unite the party as I have said and I believe that very soon, we will have a very united, a very focused political party.”

He said the decision to separate the zoning of party offices from those of executive and legislative offices was “very tactical”.

On intra-party crises, Ayu said necessary reconciliatory processes would be undertaken to reconcile party members and resolve issues in various states by working on the report of Bukola Saraki-led committee after its submission.

He said the return of former governors Olusegun Mimiko and Rashidi Ladoja was the beginning of high profile defections to be witnessed soon after the party had surprised the critics who thought it would disintegrate after the convention.



Yekini Nabena Caution APC Presidential Aspirants Over Hate Speech



Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Yekini Nabena, has cautioned supporters of various presidential aspirants to avoid hate speech and slurs demarketing whoever emerges as the party’s flagbearer.


This is as he urged party members to embrace issue-based campaigns rather than attack each other saying “it is too early to be unnecessarily emotive.”


Nabena’s warning is contained in a statement he signed on Monday where he noted that negative comments pelted at party members could be weaponised by the opposition.


He said aspirants and their various supporters should see themselves as one and play up the advantages of the APC.


“My appeal is for all our members to embrace issues-based campaign strategies in selling whoever they feel should succeed our dear President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. There is no need to be unnecessarily emotive about it.


“I believe that all our presidential aspirants are well qualified to pick the ticket. It is a fact that participatory democracy gives room for choices even within the same political party as it is a practice in the APC.


“We should therefore engage constructively without demonising ourselves bearing in mind that whatever we say against each other now will later be capitalized on by other political parties during the general elections,” he said.


According to him, whoever emerges as the party presidential candidate during the primaries must extend the olive branch to others because the party cannot be divided if it must win an election.


Nabena also expressed the belief that the party would give a level-playing field to all aspirants during the primary and support whoever emerges as the candidate of the party.


He tasked party members who were already attacking aspirants against their principals to embrace civility.


“It is also important not to distract both the party and some of our aspirants who are still holding one position of responsibility or the other. We should not deny Nigerians dividends of democracy we promised by unnecessarily heating up the polity,” he said.

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Just In: PGF Director-General Resigns Over Convention Controversy



The director-general of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, has resigned from his position.


It was gathered that his resignation is coming on the heels of the controversy surrounding the planned convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC).


Some of the governors of the ruling party had called for his resignation during a meeting at the federal capital territory (FCT) on Sunday night.


Details shortly….

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Electoral Bill: Governors not against direct primaries ― Gov Sule



The Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, Sunday, said the 36 State Governors are not afraid of direct primaries as being alleged by some Nigerians.


Sule stated this during a panel discussion at a town hall meeting being organized by Yiaga Africa on the passage of the Electoral Bill.


He also pointed that the governors are not afraid of direct primaries as being alleged.


o, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega, said the Electoral Bill if passed into law will add value to the electoral process.


However, Jega accused governors of manipulating indirect primaries as they have been doing and might do same with direct primaries.


He also called on NASS to give INEC the law to operate 2023 elections.


According to him, INEC made 31 recommendations to the amend the 2010 Electoral Act to conduct credible elections, but NASS only approved 25 of the recommendations.


He maintained that governors will still manipulate the electoral process even if direct primaries are conducted.



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