The Chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC), Professor Shuaib Abdulraheem, Sunday said the defection of the former governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki and the incumbent governor of the state, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Party (APC) would not stop the PDP from winning elections in the state.
The assertion came as Saraki insisted that the move by himself and other members of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (New PDP) to join the APC was geared towards ensuring the well-being of Nigerians.
But Abdulraheem, who fielded questions from journalists in Ilorin at the weekend, after addressing a crowd of PDP members at his Ajikobi Central Ward in Ilorin West Local Government Area, said: “I think it is part of the democratic processes that people will align and realign, merge and disengage".
According to him, "But we say in this country, in a context, it is very beautiful thing for democracy. In fact, I as Chairman, Federal Character Commission applaud it as a welcome decision. As you can see every party has something of the other parts of the country within its own fold.”
“So, the issue and the pillar of the integration of the nation towards national understanding through a dialogue is already taking place. If all Nigerians of all shades and colours are in PDP and go on the other side my uncle is there, your aunty is there, then we are now building a very stable polity.
"We are now practising democracy in the spirit in which the founding fathers of our country have actually envisaged.”
Meanwhile, Saraki, while speaking at a public lecture and dinner organised by a group of Ilorin Emirate indigenes, under the aegis of Klob 27, said: “Those in the struggle were prepared to face ‘some discomfort’. The struggle is for the liberation of the Nigerian people that can come with.”
The former governor, who is also the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, said: “The time has come that we must tell ourselves the truth and change the path of this country.
"This is a great country that has a lot of potentials. We all sit in our rooms and we complain and moan, we moan about corruption, we moan about impunity, we moan about this, we moan about that.”
Sun Award is Reward for Audacity of Vision, Says Ogeah
Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chike Ogeah, has described the naming of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State as The Sun Man of the Year as an apt reward for the audacity of vision.
In its story announcing the choice of Uduaghan by the Board of Editors, The Sun dubbed him “the man who saw tomorrow” following his conceptualisation of “Delta Beyond Oil” initiative with which he had charted a fresh course for the development of the state’s economy.
Noting that leadership is all about vision and laying a roadmap for structured and sustainable development, Ogeah said Uduaghan had created the template for Nigeria to wean itself from the debilitating dependence on oil.
“Rather bemoan the fact that Delta State does not get its due from the oil extracted from the state, Uduaghan moved ahead to show that with planning and development of the human resource, any country or state can grow its economy without relying on an exhaustible resource like oil,” Ogeah said in a statement issued in Asaba.
In naming Uduaghan it 2013 Man of the Year, The Sun highlighted the governor’s achievements in the development of infrastructure, improvement in health care delivery and the growth in state’s economy under the Delta Beyond Oil initiative. “To be sure, it is only a forward-thinking, visionary leader that could have been so instructed,” The Sun stated in announcing Uduaghan’s choice.
As at last year, about 310 inter and intra city and rural road projects, including drainages had been executed under the Uduaghan administration, The Sun noted in its report.
“This particular award is all the more remarkable because Uduaghan has perfected the art of just doing his job without orchestrating a media blitz to showcase his achievements. He prefers to let his works speak for him and success just like a gold fish cannot be bottled and hidden,” Ogeah said.
“On behalf of the good people of Delta State, I congratulate our governor for giving our people a new vision and hope,” the commissioner said yesterday, adding that in the remaining days of his administration, Uduaghan will complete the big projects that will effectively propel Delta State into an industrialised state.
As if on cue, a flurry of recognition is being bestowed on Uduaghan. It is the third such recognition in the past four weeks with the Nigerian Pilot and Leadership newspapers having equally named Uduaghan their Man of the Year 2013.