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Published On: Fri, Jan 19th, 2018

How PDP’ll return to power in 2019, by Lamido

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  • No vacancy in Aso Rock, says pro- Buhari group

By Musa Adamu and Lateef Ibrahim Abuja

Former Governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will capitalize on the gaffe of the All Progressives (APC) administration to return to power in 2019.
Lamido condemned the APC government for continued “ theorizing” after three years in power, adding that the party could not have succeeded, as it is “ typical” of party formed by “angry desperadoes” solely to grab power.
“We were voted out of power among other because of lies and their
incredible propaganda skill. We were called thieves, Boko Haram and all other negative names but three years after being in power they are still theorizing. What are you theorizing?”
He said it was a lie when the APC led government claimed Boko Haram insurgency had been degraded, saying the media couldn’t report it adequately because they were being intimated by the government.
“Boko Haram has not been degraded. They are still everywhere. Today, Boko Haram has assumed a different dimension. There are killings everywhere in the country today. In the North West, it is between Fulani’s and Hausa. In Rivers state Nigerians are killing each others.
If you go Benue today, traditional friends like Fulani’s and Tivs who had been brothers are killing each other. Everywhere you in Nigeria today there is palpable fear of uncertainty. And this is because government has no commitment and no cohesion among itself.”
He however, he said Nigerians would have another opportunity in 2019 to compare the years of the PDP and that of the APC.
He described the PDP as the only party formed with a vision to salvage Nigeria and ordinary Nigerians on mind, hoping that it was now clear that APC lacked the wherewithal to provide what it promised Nigerians in 2015 since it was a “party of angry, desperate bedfellows.”
He spoke at the 15th Daily Trust Dialogue with the theme: Nigeria and the Challenges of 2019.
Sule Lamido spoke alongside APC National Leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, represented by a former Lagos Commissioner for Finance, Wale Edun, and Nollowood Actress, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal as Guest Speakers.
In his speech earlier, read by his representive, Wale Edun, Chief Tinubu, described 2015 election as a watershed because people jettisoned the political game, rejected wrong political affiliation and superficial loyalty for a chance a substantive change.
He said prejudice that had characterized the way people voted before were cast aside and inducement failed to sway people choice in 2015.
He said the promise of economic recovery, fight against corruption and insecurity upon which this government was voted for were tackled headlong.
He said as a progressive, he believed the nation must be transformed by embarking on impacful reform to jobs and provide social policy initiative and building and infrastructure befitting a leading nation.
He said: “ Social services must become a reality and not a dream lying in a distance.”
He said there was need to reform the current fuel subsidy regime, saying as it is it causes more problems than it cures.
He said bottlenecks of long fuel queues, erratic supplies, resulting economic dislocation for consumers from lack of fuel and a currupt practices of trade insiders undermined the good intention upon which the subsidy was based.
He said government must provide for the heardsmen and encourage them to accept that the days of nomadic way of life was fast becoming obsolete.
“Government must stop the violence but also offer them a viable new way of life by living them towards more modern non nomadic cattle rearing.”
Meanwhile, the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) a Campaign Group under the All Progressives Congress (APC) has kick-started campaigns for the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 presidential election, declaring that there is no vacancy in Aso Rock Villa.
Announcing the commencement of the campaigns on Thursday in Abuja, the national coordinator, Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO), Alhaji Danladi Pasali told the Coordinators that the essence of the meeting was to strategize on the return to power of President Buhari in 2019.
Pasali noted that at a prayer session organised by BCO last year for the recovery and safe return of the President from the London hospital, one of the clergyman who featured in the prayer session had predicted that the president would not only return safely, he would also be reelected in 2019 to continue with his good work.
He stated that the present administration has continued diversify the country’s economy as well ad engendered the growth of foreign reserve to a whooping $40 billion.
Pasali stated that with over 80 per cent of the Nigerian population going back to agriculture is an indication that the Buhari government is working hard to revitalize the economy.
The BCO national coordinator enjoined the members of the organisation across the country to ensure they update their voter registration by participating in the ongoing Civic Registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and also participate in the forthcoming congresses of the party.
Pasali said: “When we were doing the campaign in 2015, BCO was restricted to the South west. Now it is a national organisation. Engr. Anyim Leader of BCO in the Southeast. Guber candidate of Abia state.
He recalled that at a prayer session org by BCO in Abuja, a cleric prophesied that BABA will not only come back, he will contest for 2019.
“He said reason for Baba to come back is the issue of diversification of the economy. We are still saying that in 2019 there is no vacancy in Aso rock.
“In our foreign reserve we have over 40billion dollars. with more than 80% going to back farm, it means that the government is working.
“The APC is planning a Congress cos we are all members if the APC. Our members must come out for the Congresses and to update their voters registration.
“The agenda of the meeting is to strategise in the return of Buhari in 2019. The zonal coordinators will discuss with the state coordinators to discuss the matter.
Also speaking BCO Chairman Board of Trustees, (BOT) Engr Markus Gundiri enjoined the state and zonal coordinators to work assiduously to ensure the return of Buhari to power.
He urged the representatives of the states to synergize with the media to propagate the agenda of the president, pointing out that it is a herculean task ahead of them.
“Though we are an NGO and members of the APC, we are not run by government and we will continue to synergize with the media to propagate the agenda of president. We have a herculean task.
“We have to be ready to work to tell the people of Nigeria that we will take them to the promised land. We have to prepare ourselves to work for the re-election of the president and APC in 2019.
“The state coordinators must work with all diligence. You people should not expect that you are going to get money for all you are doing. Lower your gear or anxiety for money. If we have money we give to you but know that at the right time, you will be paid for your effort”, Gundiri cautioned.
Former Deputy Governor of Plateau State Dame Pauline Tallen who represented the First Lady, commended the the Coordinators for their sacrifices in ensuring the return of Buhari praying that their effort will not be in vain.
Also present at the occasion included the state and zonal coordinators, a erstwhile lawmaker, and classmate of Buhari, Senator Abba Ali representing the President and other classmates.
Others were Senator Timothy Adudu the current chairman, Hadjia Jamaire River Basin Authority, Gubernatorial aspirant in Abia state, Dr Nyerere Anyim, Coordinator BCO Southeast, Senator Julius Ucha, Hon Humphrey Azubike Coordinator for Abia. Hon Anyanwu Okoroafor Commissioner for Transport. Coordinator Imo state, amongst others.

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