Obasanjo’s membership card had expired, says PDP

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THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Tuesday said that the membership card torn by former President Olusegun Obasanjo recently was an expired card that no longer qualified him as a member of the party.

   The party also stated it’s readiness to capture the South We‎st geo-political zone and win the March 28 presidential election convincingly.

   PDP National Secretary, Wale Oladipo, while receiving a delegation of students mobilization group for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election, stated that Obasanjo’s membership card was among the expired cards the PDP leadership had already isolated for destruction.‎

   Oladipo said: “Baba is over 80 and my mother is around Obasanjo’s age and when you reach that age, you do things that only you can explain. Secondly, you will see that Baba did not tear our card. He asked somebody ostensibly to do the tearing and I am assuring you that the card that was torn was not the current PDP card. The current PDP card is signed by Mu’azu and Prof. Wale Oladipo. So the card he tore was the one signed by the former PDP Acting National Chairman, Kawu Baraje, which we were going to destroy anyway.”

   And expressing confidence that Jonathan would record a convincing victory‎, PDP National Deputy Chairman, Uche Secondus, said the party would shock the opposition in the South West by achieving an unimaginable level of victory in that zone.

   “‎If you look well, the projects commissioned by President Jonathan in the last few weeks were in the South West including two power projects.” 

   He mentioned the Lagos-Ibadan expressway as one of those projects in the South West that could sway votes in favour of the President.

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How polygamy makes wise men unwise

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You must have seen many families torn apart over inheritance issue. The embarrassing news that emanates from such families sometimes makes you feel ashamed on their behalf. The culprit is usually polygamy or a second marriage.

Polygamy was fashionable and profitable in the days of yore when the conditions were right. Might was right then; therefore, a polygamous man had many children, especially sons, that would serve as an army in times of intimidation or aggression. Farming was the major occupation, and many children translated to a higher yield and wealth. Women were meant to be seen and not heard. So, a man could do as he wished and the wives dared not complain.

Today, all that has changed. Any man who goes into polygamy today because of religion, tradition, or wealth-creation may be creating a family he will be ashamed to behold from the land of the death, if dead men could see the happenings in the world.

Today, the only “good” thing about polygamy is that it offers men the opportunity to have a variety of sex partners. The more the wife of their youth gets older, the more such men go for younger women with fresher body and firmer breasts. Even in their 60s and 70s, many men still long for girls in their teens and 20s. Who will blame them? After all, our laws still permit that.

Sadly, while men are free to marry as many wives as they like, women are not given that liberty. Many of our societies even frown at the idea of widows remarrying, let alone marrying younger men, so as to also have access to fresh blood like their male counterparts. One thought there was some truth in the saying: What is sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander. But we live in a society where different laws apply to men and women. Talk of the animal farm where all animals are equal but some are more equal than the others!

But beyond the non-modern features of polygamy, it has made many of our great men to create chaos in their homes while they are alive or after their death. In spite of the traditional or religious laws that govern inheritance in polygamous families, other extraneous matters usually set those laws aside and create an unjust scenario that leads to contention and bitter rivalry among siblings and co-wives that sometimes last for decades or generations and even lead to bloodshed.

But there are men who are not polygamous but still end up creating a family that is torn apart by rivalry over inheritance or injustice. Most times, these men are divorcees or widowers. When such a man remarries, he usually goes for a young wife that bears children for him. Try as much as he can, he cannot stop the young wife from turning his heart away from the children of the divorced or deceased wife. The young wife gives the man companionship, food, care and sex. And because the wife is usually much younger than the man, he goes the extra mile to prove to her that he is a better lover and is better in bed and care than any young man she could have married. The woman takes advantage of that and continues to manipulate the man to focus all attention on her and her children. Gradually, he begins to pay little or no attention to the children of the first wife. The children of the first wife naturally feel angry, and a gulf develops between them and their father.

When it is time to write his Will, the woman close to him at that period is the new wife. Directly or indirectly, she exacts pressure on him that makes him Will most things to the young wife and her children. He either cuts the children of the first wife off or gives them only the basics to fulfil all righteousness. And immediately after the man is buried, the Will is read. Enmity starts, followed by litigation.

Even though men see this ugly scenario in other households, some still drag their families into it. The thinking of every man is that he is smarter than the man who got into trouble. Men never learn from history because they believe that they are smarter and that their case will be different.

My belief is that when a man gets divorced or loses his wife, he should not just focus on what will make him happy but also on what will make the children happy and safe. It is unjust to father children and not take care of them adequately, no matter what problems a man has or had with their mother.

I know some thoughtful men who lost their wives and decided to marry their wife’s sister, so that the new wife would not treat their children of the first wife like strangers or enemies. But they did not succeed. It is inborn in women to treat their children better than other children. It is pure natural instinct. She may be considerate and caring, but try as hard as a woman can, she will most likely not treat her children and even her sister’s equally. There must be times she will take her own children into the inner room (behind closed doors) to give them a delicacy that other children will not be given.

There are men who got widowed and decided not to remarry until their last child got admitted into a university. That is great sacrifice. Their thinking is that they don’t want to have a young wife that will distract them from paying attention to their children in their formative years. But they still run the risk of having their young wife influence their Will unfairly.

No man should bank on his wisdom. Women have enormous powers. They can make men who have led countries and conquered nations look foolish. Ask wise man Solomon. Ask Antony of Rome what Cleopatra caused him. You know other names.

The solution is to bury one’s desires and think of the good of the children. When a man loses his wife, especially after they have had their desired number of children, he should focus on raising the children first. And whenever he decides to remarry, he should not be thinking of pointed breasts and figure eight in his next wife. It is better if he gets a woman who has passed her child-bearing age, a woman who sees the man’s children as hers. Both of them can jointly raise the children as theirs. A companion is better than a sweet sixteen. Just like people adopt children whose parents they don’t know, let the new wife adopt the children as her own and treat them truly as hers. They can call her Mummy, if she treats them like her children. Peace will reign in the home while the man is alive and after he is gone.

I will consider myself a failure if I create a rancorous home in which my children become mortal enemies because of the injustice I have left behind.

Even though nobody loves to be treated unfairly, adults must also learn to create their own wealth instead of fighting over the wealth their parents created. It is good that parents bequeath children with inheritance but it is not a right. A man can decide to Will his property to charity and leave a little for his children.

But no matter a man’s attainment in world affairs, creating enmity in his family over inheritance is not a sign of wisdom. Every man must strive from the morning of his marriage to leave a peaceful home behind.

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Lamido justifies decision to remain in PDP

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I never planned to leave party, says Niger gov

JIGAWA State ‎Governor, Suleiman Lamido, declared Tuesday that his refusal to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) along with governors Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso of Kano, Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State and three other governors was guided by his commitment to fight for the national interest.

   Speaking with journalists shortly after a meeting with the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday, Lamido also denied reports that his meeting with Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State recently was to prepare for his defection to APC.

   Kwankwaso had said on Monday that Lamido betrayed the G7 group by refusing to defect to the APC as agreed.

   But Lamido in response to Kwankwaso’s remark said: “I am a betrayer, confirmed. I betrayed them. I did, yes. I am aligning myself to what he (Kwankwaso) said. I am aligning my answer to what he said. Go and find out from him. I betrayed them in national interest.”

   On his meeting with Amaechi, Lamido said: “You see, me and Amaechi are very good friends, PDP or no PDP, we are Nigerians how can I go to APC.”

   Kwankwaso had accused Lamido of betraying the group of five PDP governors who left the party following their disagreement with the party.‎‎

   He said: “Everyone knows that Governor Lamido was part of us, he was the leader of the group. He took us to a certain height before choosing otherwise and we were all surprised by his final decision.

   “But, if there is anybody who would criticize our exit, it shouldn’t be Lamido and the Niger State governor. After all, our judgment would decide the outcome of the general elections.

   “However, we know that PDP is no longer the monster it used to be, and I tell you they are ready to do anything to have someone like me who was considered as an irritant back in their fold,” Kwankwaso declared.

No plans to dump PDP   

Meanwhile, Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has debunked claims that he planned to dump the PDP for the APC, saying that at the time he led the G-7 group, the objective was to resolve leadership problem in his party and not to leave the party.

   A press statement in Minna on Tuesday signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Israel A. Ebije, insisted that at no time did he contemplate dumping his party for APC.

   The governor was responding to a report credited to Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano claiming that he was privy to the G-7 decision to decamp to APC.

   Although he said he would always respect members of the G-7 for their position against impunity in the party at that trying period, he, however, maintained that the decision to leave PDP for APC was not on the agenda of the group except individual decision of members.

   Aliyu however said he has no regrets in leading a group that brought sanity to the PDP at a time the party was passing through difficulties, adding that their effort was indeed nationalistic and a reflection of maturity of Nigerian democracy.

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Groups endorsing Jonathan, Buhari not sincere—Ikedife

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Awka—FORMER president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, has described groups endorsing President Goodluck Jonathan of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) of All Progressives Congress, APC, for the forthcoming presidential election as not being sincere.

Ikedife, who was particularly worried about the action of some Igbo groups competing for the endorsement, told reporters at Nnewi, Anambra State, that politics was all about interests and wondered what the groups stood to gain by not considering their group interests first before making the endorsement public.

He said: “We are dwelling on things that do not matter. Endorsement is done by these groups because of what they are given and these endorsements are purchasable.

“Endorsement or not, Nigerians are becoming more analytical and, therefore, know who to vote for during the election.

“In the politics of Nigeria, Igbo should always think of their group interest and then national interest. Many people have been wondering what will be the Igbo interest after the elections.

“For instance, if there is trouble in the North, the Niger Delta or in any part of the country after the elections, how will it affect Igbo?

“Our people have to consider where their interests is best suited and religion should not be the issue in choosing a leader.”

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Seamless movement: Lagos pursues road, rail, water multi-modal linkages

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TO further boost intra-city transportation the Lagos State Government has added 100 new air-conditioned buses to the existing fleet through the partnership of LAGBUS Asset Management Limited and a franchise operator, Metro Bus.

An elated Governor Babatunde Fashola formally flagged off the operation of the new buses at the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Yard, Oshodi, before a large crowd, last week.

Unveiling the new buses, with WIFI internet connection on board, Fashola reiterated his administration’s commitment to building a reliable and sustainable multi-modal transport system that is driven by the private sector.

The governor explained that the ultimate goal of the initiative is prosperity for the generality of the people, which could only be delivered in a structured partnership with the private sector.

He added that it is only by creating opportunity for private sector to take ownership, employ people and provide services that government can really deliver the prosperity of its dreams.

Transportation projects status

Governor Fashola aboard one of the 100 air-conditioned Wifi buses

Reinforcing the multi-modal objective of the state government that is boosted with the increased bus fleet, Fashola gave a status update on the various transport related projects, informing that the jetties and the terminals in Mile 2, Badore, Osborne, Ipakodo, Ibeshe are nearing completion.

He stated that from just 150,000 passengers per month in 2007, the state is moving over 1.6 million people every month with about 200 ferries already licensed and owned by the private sector.

“So what we are doing on land today is already taking place on water and what we expect to see when all the jetties are commissioned is extension, bigger capacity ferries financed by banks and owned by individuals and small companies and then our job really would have been done.

“For now, there are a lot of water taxis carrying 16 to 24 passengers and there are almost 200 of them and everywhere you look on our waterways up to Ijegun-Egba you would see them. People are moving on a daily basis and a lot of employment is going on there,” he said.

Meanwhile, the state government had approved the concession of the fuel supply system to all terminals following advertised bids for which winners were later short-listed.

The ferry terminals, according to the government would be destination points for passengers with banking halls and all other facilities. Fashola assured that the same facilities that would be seen at the ferry terminals when they are opened would also be seen at the rail terminals, four of which have already been completed.

He continued: “We have completed Mile 2, Orile, Alaba and Costain stations for the rail. We are heading to the fifth station in Marina and if you are driving on the Marina you would see that we are driving pillar by pillar, we are on our way, so that you can come by water, join a bus and continue your journey from Marina and may be into Victoria Island when that one starts.

“There are seven lines for the whole of Lagos so the Master plan is ready and one by one we would connect this together. That is what is in the 2012-2025 Development Plan that we have just unveiled”.

He explained that the Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, system is all about empowering private sector and that the first partners were the road transport unions who owned the old buses on Lagos roads, adding that the government convinced them that if they could change their buses the face of transportation in Lagos would be changed.

“They agreed and bought the first set of buses. They took loans, paid off the loans, recapitalized but the environment in which they invested then has changed substantially”.

Tracing the origin of the first set of BRT buses, Fashola said it was the positive spin-off of a partnership with the private sector.

“Government did not own the BRT buses, it was private sector that owned them. Our job was to build the roads, bus shelters to maintain and manage them while they run their buses but that environment at the time they were borrowing money at $1 at N118 and interest rate at 10 percent has changed completely”, he added.

Rickety buses

Fashola explained that when people see ageing buses that are not being replaced on the roads, it is not because government is not efficient but because the private sector is being incapacitated by financial regulations and economic policies of the Federal Government that are not helping them to grow.

“That is the reality because we expect them to now borrow money at N210 to $1 at 25 percent and we expect them to buy buses and keep them at the same prices. What kind of economy is that?”

“The Federal Government has also announced that it will increase tariff for the buses, so this is the environment in which the bus operators do business. And it is an environment we must begin to pay attention to if we must see growth in this industry”, he emphasized.

Bus franchise

He explained that the administration in Lagos also felt that it had a role to play and that role was in setting up a government owned company, LAGBUS whose role is to provide support in the less commercially viable routes because government did not want to compete with its investors so that people who live in those areas will have some kind of support as private sector is in business for profit.

He said as a government that was always reviewing strategies, it thought the LAGBUS company itself was going to grind to a halt if all that it did was to run on unviable routes.

“So we expanded its width and this is where the bus franchising model came to life. And we said instead of you operating this now, sell all of these routes under franchises to private investors who would bring their buses but they would brand them in your colours, put their names on it and this is the model that has thrived in many parts of the world”.

“So we would see Metro Bus which is a franchise of LAGBUS and we would see a Diamond Bus and so many others under one franchise operating on minimum standards below which the bus system should not fall. It is a minimum of 20 buses to get a franchise because we didn’t want one bus owners. The Metro buses have come now with 100 buses and they say they would do more”, he explained.

Fashola saluted the courage of the investors for venturing to dare in spite of the difficulties of the market, adding that the new investment will offer 1500 new jobs as well as provision of WIFI internet connection on board the air-conditioned buses.

Maintenance facility

In terms of facilities for maintaining the buses, the state government currently has a maintenance yard at Cappa and Bolade with consideration of entering a structured partnership towards building a bigger maintenance yard that can service everybody’s investment and provide an opportunity for all.

Speaking earlier, the State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Kayode Opeifa, described the launch of the new high capacity buses as another firm demonstration of the readiness of the present administration to implement the multi- modal transportation system.

Pilot routes

Speaking at the event, the Managing Director of the LAGBUS Asset Management Limited, Mr Babatunde Disu said the buses will start operation soon, servicing main routes namely Sango-Oshodi-Obalende- Ikorodu-Island –Epe.

There are1800 buses servicing 47 routes. Ridership, it was learnt has risen by 31 per cent as 64.5 million passengers have been moved by LAGBUS between 2012 and December 2015.

Also speaking, the Managing Director of the Metro Bus, Mr Niyi Oguntoyinbo said parts of the innovative facilities available on the buses are access through preloaded cards that would generate 5000 jobs for mobile agents for the pre-loaded cards.

Bus facilities

One of the innovative status of the initiative is that passengers can also send SMS to a number to know when the bus will arrive at their bus stop because it was realized that a lot of people wait at bus stops in vain and that the buses have been equipped with facilities that will enable the operators see the buses in real time and switch buses from one route to another to gain efficiency.

There is security camera on board to ensure safety of passengers. The live feeds from the cameras will be made available to security agencies to be able to track any mishap. Customers can also use WIFI on the buses as well as enjoy videos and music on the go.

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Jonathan’s visit: Beware of Greek gift, S-West APC tells Yoruba monarchs

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IBADAN—FOLLOWING President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit by to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and other monarchs in the South West to garner support for his re-election in the March 28 presidential election, the opposition, All Progressives Congress, APC, has advised the rulers to be be conscious of the implications of “Greek gift.”

The South-West APC, in a statement by its Director of Publicity, Mr. Ayo Afolabi, advised the monarchs who he described as the bastion of democratic justice and good governance, should vote true to their cultural identity that loathes tyranny, corruption and nepotism.

Fighting hard to realise his second term ambition, President Jonathan had visited the South-West monarchs in quick succession.

The visits, according to the APC has no redemptive electoral value in South-West because “it is devoid of strategic assessment.”

The party asked how many of such desperate and impromptu meetings were needed before Yoruba people voted for him in 2011? “How much did President Jonathan spend to get Yoruba votes in 2011 and why should he think money will save him now?

Except the Yoruba, the zonal APC maintained that all other regions extracted several promises from President Jonathan in the race to 2011 elections.

He noted further that the zone voted based on their firm convictions and commitment to justice and good governance

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Nigeria FirstBank seizes Seawolf’s rigs over N25bn debt

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LAGOS— Sequel to our exclusive story earlier this month about abandoned oil rigs at the outer Marina in Lagos, Vanguard learnt that the rigs may have been seized by FirstBank of Nigeria Plc for alleged debts of about N25 billion owed by Seawolf Oil Services Limited, owners of the rigs.

As a result, the two rigs – Onome and Oritsetimeyin, may not have been abandoned after all, but kept under watch by FirstBank.

This is happening as more than 450 workers of the company demand payment of N3 billion allegedly owed them since August, 2013.

The DPR claim

The unfolding scenario is contrary to the claim by the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, the industry regulator, that the two rigs were undergoing repairs.

Vanguard’s Sweetcrude in its February edition had reported the unusual presence of the two rigs at the Marina, but the DPR had dismissed it as not ‘being out of place.’

Even now, the industry regulator has not the faintest idea why the rigs are at the Marina, because when contacted, a top official of the agency, who preferred anonymity insisted that the rigs were not abandoned.

“What we are saying is that as long as the rigs have no issue, they are not abandoned,” he argued.

But curiosity about the presence of the rigs at the Marina was borne out of the fact that rigs are usually found in oil producing areas.

But on further investigation, Vanguard discovered that the two rigs were seized because of mismanagement of funds by Seawolf.

Rigs were working for Total, Addax

It was learnt that while the rig named Oritsetimeyin was working for Total E&P Nigeria, Onome was working for Addax Petroleum Development Company, with each generating $130,000 daily.

Things started to fall apart when the directors of Seawolf were alleged to have been diverting the company’s funds for personal use. First was the $11 million given by Total meant to train the staff and buy equipment for the rig, which could not be accounted for, which led to cancellation of the contract. Also, the company refused to service the N25 billion loan it took from FirstBank.

These led to the gradual grinding of operations of the once flourishing oil servicing company wholly owned by Nigerians.

When the company could no longer function, it terminated the employment of its more than 450 workers in August 2013, without paying their entitlements.

AMCON takes over

Consequently, the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON, was compelled to take over Seawolf and the two rigs involved. However, the workers are asking for their salary arrears, terminal benefits and other entitlements as enshrined in the Collective Bargaining agreement, CBA, they signed with Seawolf.

Some of the workers’ claims include: non-payment of outstanding salaries till date; end of contract bonus; non-payment of overtime; public holiday and weekend bonuses; non-provision of medical services which led to the alleged death of one Patrick Akpan.

Others are an unremitted pension deduction not remitted; non-payment of leave allowances and leave not spent; and non-payment of 3.5 percent yearly increment.

AMCON fails to honour agreements

In pursuit of their entitlements, the workers approached the Ministry of Petroleum Resources for intervention and to facilitate their payment.

In one of the meetings said to have held on November 10, 2014, at the NNPC towers in Abuja, it was resolved that Seawolf receiver manager (AMCON) should verify claims of the workers and effect payment.

Attendants at the meeting included officials of the Ministries of Petroleum Resources, Labour and Productivity, AMCON, and joint representatives of junior and senior workers unions— NUPENG and PENGASSAN national branches.

However, Vanguard learnt that this was not effected in the letter. In another meeting held on January 26, 2015, at the conference room of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, it was resolved that under three weeks, AMCON should verify workers’ claims, make payment and report back to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. The resolution was also ignored.

Thereafter, the workers have become agitated and are set to mobilise to compel AMCON to pay them as agreed by the parties involved in the negotiations.

Contacted, a source in FirstBank, who chose to remain anonymous, said although the bank gave such a loan to Seawolf, due process was followed.

He said: “Loan to Seawolf is long standing. Due process was followed. Two years ago, it was reported in the annual general meeting of the bank. Right now, it is no longer FirstBank’s loan. It is an AMCON issue. AMCON has taken over and every other enquiry about it should be forwarded to AMCON. It is now an AMCON business.”

AMCON offers no defence        

When Vanguard sought the reaction from the spokesman of AMCON, Mr. Kayode Lambo, he said he was busy and offered to call back in about 10 minutes time.

When Vanguard called back later after waiting for his call for more than 30 minutes, he did not take his call and neither did he respond to a text message sent to him in that regard.

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Campaign with religion, pay N1m fine, INEC warns political parties

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Bauchi—The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Bauchi State has warned that any political party or politician who used religious sentiments for their campaigns would be made to pay N1 million fine or face 12 months of imprisonment.

The warning by INEC is coming on the heels of allegations that some politicians who were threatening some PDP supporters in Darazo Local Government based on their choice of presidential candidate.

The State INEC Administrative Secretary, Emmanuel Umenger who spoke yesterday during an interactive session with stakeholders in the local government including traditional leaders, security agents, NYSC members and party leaders in continuation of the commission’s familiarization tour of the 20 local government areas in the state.

He said that the aim of the familiarization tourwas to enlighten stakeholders at the local governments on the level of preparedness of the commission towards the polls and canvass for the support of the electorates in ensuring a successful process.

According to the secretary, the commission was against electioneering campaigns based on religious sentiments adding that any political party that was caught in the act will be prosecuted.

Umenger said, “Section 102 of the electoral act as amended frowns against campaigns based on religious sentiments. Campaigns by political parties should be issue- based rather than along religious lines.

“The commission is equally against political parties intimidating the electorate based on their choice of candidates. Electorates are always at liberty to vote for any candidate they chose and should not be threatened because of their choices.”

In his response at the interactive session, the new state INEC Commissioner, Professor   Hamman Tukur Sa’ad condemned the intimidation of electorates, saying that any threat to life or property should be reported to security agencies.

He warned against the politics of violence and urged local government authorities not to interfere in the electoral process.

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PDP members protest imposition of unfit candidate in Onitsha

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Nnewi—Aggrieved members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Onitsha North and South federal constituency yesterday in Onitsha protested against what they described as imposition of incapacitated and medically unfit candidate on them.

Spokesman of the protesters and former Minority Leader, Anambra State House of Assembly, Ifeanyi Ibegbu alleged that the party was imposing a medically unfit candidate on them.

He said they were shocked and surprise that the party was imposing one Emeka Idu on them, despite failing in the primaries.

“We are worried about the imposition of candidates; we want to tell the party that we say no to imposition of candidates on us.

“We want the people that will represent us, especially in the House of Representatives, to be very rich in knowledge, somebody that is capable and medically fit.

“We cannot accept somebody that is medically unfit to represent the good people of Onitsha North and South Federal Constituency, how can the party impose a candidate who has spinal cord problem on us, if he gets there how can he cope with the stressful activities of lawmaking,” Ibegbu said

He said they had made appeals and representation to the national leadership of P.D.P to address their complains but regretted that the party ignored them,

“We have Lynda Ikpeazu who once represented us, we have Princess Ifeyinwa Anazonwu, a Maritime expert, and Cyril Egwuatu who is the incumbent lawmaker representing the federal constituency but all of a sudden, they are presenting one Emeka Idu to come and represent us, the party is contemplating failure in the election,” he said.

However, when Vanguard contacted Emeka Idu, he said he is medically fit and had been engaging in campaigns in all the wards in his federal constituency.

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Army must remain loyal to nation rather than individual’s tenure —Oshiomhole

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BENIN—Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has said that the Nigerian Army must remain loyal to the nation rather than be reduced to defending the tenure of an individual, adding that presidents and governors will come and go but the Nigerian nation will remain.

Speaking while receiving the General Officer Commanding, (GOC), 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Ibadan, Major General Sanusi Muazu, Oshiomhole said no political office holder should get so desperate and try to use the military to boost personal ambition.

According to him, “The reason this has become an issue is because of the nature of our politics and the way political actors have put their personal interests over and above national interest. Presidents and governors would come and go, whether they are good or bad. Even the Armed Forces commander would come and go but the institution of the Nigeria Armed Forces will remain. Once we can distinguish between the person and the office, the institutions and the player, we may not have crisis.

“I believe that the forthcoming elections with all the tension that people are raising, the speculation that Nigeria will have crisis, to me I have seen all these before and the God that created this country will ensure that after all the fog, the weather will be clear. Nigeria will remain.

“It is the peace and security of the part that determine the character of peace and security of the whole. The Armed Forces must see themselves as the Nigerian Armed Forces and not the Armed Forces of the Commander in Chief, or of the governor. The Commander in Chief is to be elected by very ordinary people.

“The right of the people to vote for who will be president is a right that must be defended and upheld. Once the process is clean, the outcome does not matter. In a democracy, the people deserve the kind of president they want. He is a product of election and not an imposition.

“So, I ask you to do all you can to keep that confidence, that the army understands that its mandate is to defend the territorial integrity of the Nigerian nation and not the tenure of any political office holder regardless of the level.”

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