Money, Cries Bamanga Tukur At PDP NEC Meeting, Give Me Money!

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Money, Cries Bamanga Tukur At PDP NEC Meeting, Give Me Money!
June 24, 2013

By SaharaReporters, New York

Moments after he formally survived the hurricane that threatened to sweep him away earlier in the week, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today burst into tears, metaphorically, saying he was being starved of funds to run the party.
Following a similar personal appeal to President Goodluck Jonathan last year, the President urged PDP governors to attend the launch of Tukur’s biography in Abuja.  They dipped their hands into the coffers of their poor states and instantly enriched the party chairman personally by billions of Naira.
Today, Tukur, who was described as having run the PDP into the ground by a panel set up by Jonathan to investigate its ongoing crisis, suggested at the National Executive Committee (NEC) that a dearth of funds was responsible for the chaos, therefore hitting the ping pong ball back to Mr. Jonathan.
He appealed to the leaders of the party, including Mr. Jonathan, Vice-President Namadi Sambo, Senate President David Mark, Speaker of the House Aminu Tambuwal and the party’s 18 state governors, to come to the aide of the beleaguered party.
“We cannot afford running this party with severe under-funding dilemma. Democracy is a serious business but easily broken; it is a small commodity of exceptional value reserve,” he begged. “Some philosophers describe it as a Parachute where the operator, practitioner and beneficiary need a safe landing place because nobody had ever lived to tell a story of parachute failure.”
Admitting the lack of respect being openly shown to President Jonathan by disaffected members of the party, Tukur expressed sadness, saying it was not the case in other countries, pleading the case of the man who spared his neck just 48 hours before.
“Ample evidence within the territory of democracy have shown that democratically elected Presidents are symbol of every nation. Here in Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan is our symbol.”
While calling for the national leader to be treated with dignity, observers said he did not do Jonathan any favour by annoying his critics by saying he was being undermined “for no just reasons.”
He praised the almost-forgotten “Transformation Agenda” as a building block for national unity and development.
“To complement this programme successfully, PDP should be in the forefront – ensuring that we are all accountable to this nation,” he said.
“When he said that, I thought he was going to be brave and ask the President to declare his assets, about which he said last year he did not give a damn,” an analyst told SaharaReporters. “But Tukur was obviously only trying to ensure that Jonathan puts billions of Naira in his hands to spend.  You cannot talk of accountability when Jonathan will not declare his assets or permit a true assault on corruption in this country.”
While preaching reconciliation among the disgruntled members of the party, Tukur said that mechanisms had been put in place to achieve unity at all levels of the party.
One of the decisions implemented at today’s NEC meeting was the acceptance of the resignation of 20 officials of the party, eight of whom were powerful members of the National Working Committee.  Last April, the Independent National Electoral Commission said that their election had violated established guidelines.  It was the first time the electoral body had challenged the PDP about its serial violation of the law.
The party also set up a Special Convention Planning Committee, headed by Prof. Jerry Gana, and announced the composition of an interim National Executive Committee pending next month’s convention.
Alhaji Tukur’s plea for funds brings up the question of public finances in Nigeria.  Efforts by SaharaReporters today to find a statement concerning the PDP’s accounts proved abortive. Section54. (1) of the party’s constitution says, “For the purpose of ensuring transparency and accountability and transparency in the management of finances of the party, The National Executive Committee shall design Standard Financial regulations to govern the management of party’s finances at all levels.”

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Jonathan Drags Tambuwal Before Cameras

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Jonathan Drags Tambuwal Before Cameras

ARTICLE | JUNE 19, 2013 | BY ELIZABETH EMBU

A mild drama occurred in the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Tuesday night, as President Goodluck Jonathan dragged Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, to appear before television cameras, shortly before the commencement of the closed door meeting of the National Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The President’s decision was in an obvious attempt to get the Speaker to dispel widespread speculation that he was now hub-nobbing with the opposition. He has recently been severally photographed with members of the opposition on many occasions .

While walking into the Hall, the President alongside the Vice President Namadi Sambo, Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih, National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Senator Ayim Pius Ayim, they were confronted with an array of cameras.

Realizing that the Speaker was trying to shy away from the spot light, the President stylishly dragged him, telling him to show his face to the cameras as he asked him: “why are you hiding? They want to see you face.”

Amidst laughter, Tambuwal replied that that he was not hiding adding that he was the property of the President.

“I am not hiding. I am your property,”  he said as they proceeded to the venue of the meeting which started at about 9.00pm.

The Speaker has in recent times caused discomfort in the Presidency and within the leadership of the party as he has been seen to be hobnobbing with opposition party members. This had prompted speculations that he was bent on dumping the PDP for the fledgling All Peoples Congress (APC).

He has also recently absented himself from major federal government-organized events while showing up in those organized by the opposition.

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Tukur Survives Removal Plot As PDP NEC Passes Vote Of Confidence On Jonathan

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Tukur Survives Removal Plot As PDP NEC Passes Vote Of Confidence On Jonathan
Posted by: daniel on June 20, 2013

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Thursday survived the plot to remove him from office as a crucial meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) passed a vote of confidence in him as well as President Goodluck Jonathan.
At the meeting, several officials tendered their resignation while new ones were appointed with former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Chibudom Nwuche, replacing Sam Jaja as the party’s deputy national chairman and Tony Okereke taking the place of Olisa Metuh as National Publicity Secretary.
Also, former Aviation Minister and national women leader for the party, Kema Chikwe was replaced with with Oyibo Nwaneri.
The appointees are all in acting capacity.
A special convention of the party is slated for July 15 where proper elections will be conducted to fill in the more than 16 vacant positions.
The convention committee is headed by former information minister, Prof. Jerry Gana, who is to be assisted by Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state with deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu as the secretary.

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Obasanjo Was A Clueless War Commander —Gen Alabi-Isama  

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Obasanjo Was A Clueless War Commander —Gen Alabi-Isama  
Published on June 20, 2013
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A retired Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff, 3rd Marine Commando, during the Nigeria civil war, Godwin Alabi-Isama, has disclosed that former President Olusegun Obasanjo was not only clueless during the war, but acted as a weakling in many instances.
According to General Alabi-Isama, Chief Obasanjo exhibited a lot of weaknesses that did not portray him as a gallant soldier throughout the period he served the army during the war.
In an interview published in the current edition of TheNEWS magazine, our sister publication, the retired General punctured a lot of claims in My Command, a book written by the former President chronicling his experience in the war.
According to him, Obasanjo never wanted to be part of the war. He was so scared of death that he evaded every opportunity to go to the battle front.
He disclosed that retired General Alani Akinrinade picked Obasanjo to lead the troop after Benjamin Adekunle was dropped as the commander following an alleged unethical conduct.
“Gowon was not sure that Obasanjo would want the job of replacing Adekunle because he was an engineer…Gowon said we should contact him.
“When we met Obasanjo, we told him our mission and gave him a comprehensive briefing on the situation at the war front. We went with maps and explained to him the defects of Adekunle’s plan to attack the Igbo heartland.
“We aso told him about Operations Pincer 1, 2 and 3 and explained that if Pincer 2 was adopted, the war would end in 30 days.
“We spoke for three hours without food or drink. Obasanjo simply listened.
“And when he spoke, he said he was an engineer and he was not going to the war front. He also said we wanted to have him killed by nominating him for a spot at the war front,” the retired soldier said, adding that this comment got him angry and that he reacted instantly by reprimanding Obasanjo.
He said he reminded Obasanjo at the venue of their meeting how he and his engineering corps were unable to blow up the bridge in Ore when the Biafran army were advancing to Lagos and how the situation was salvaged by Mr. Akinde of the Public Works Department at Ibadan, assisted by men of the Ministry of Works.
“I was so incensed that I continued to pour venom on him,” he added.
Alabi-Isama said as against Obasanjo’s claim that he ordered the bridge to be blown up, the idea actually came from the wife of then Governor Adeyinka Adebayo. He explained that she was the one who suggested to Obasanjo that the action be carried out.
When Obasanjo eventually took over as the Commander of the 3rd Marine Commando, Alabi-Isama said he and Akinrinade gave him a comprehensive briefing, but that he refused to listen because of the grudge he haboured from his first encounter with Alabi-Isama.
As a result of this, his first battle experience, according to Alabi-Isama, was a disaster.
Emphasising Obasnajo’s cluelessness, he said the first decision he made when he took up the leadership of the troop was to start paying the soldiers on the battle field by allotment.
“He ordered an attack on Ohoba, some 40 kilometres from Owerri, just four days after taking over from Adekunle. He did not even know that we had to plan,” Alabi-Isama explained, adding that Obasanjo lost 1, 400 men in the attack, something that never happened before he took over, because he refused to listen to advice.
In another incident, the retired General said Obasanjo ran away from the scene of an attack claiming he was heading to Port Harcourt, an eight hour journey, to get ammunition for the same battle when he could ordinarily radio the army headquarters.
He described Obasanjo as completely incompetent and inefficient, saying the former President never went to battle even as a commander during the war.
“For instance, he went to inspect Colonel Iluyomade, but when he got there, there was shooting. He quickly got into his jeep and ran away.
“He was shot in the buttocks while running. A general will be shot in the chest, and not in the buttocks,” said the army general, who is set to launch a book titled The Tragedy of Victory: On-The-Spot Account of The Nigeria-Biafra War In The Atlantic Theatre, his own version of the war experience aimed to counter some of the ‘lies’ by Chief Obasanjo.
The book will be presented to the public in Lagos on Thursday, 18 July, 2013
—Eromosele Ebhomele

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Mimiko in trouble with NLC over role in Governors Forum debacle

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Mimiko in trouble with NLC over role in Governors Forum debacle

The coach and the player condemned to failure
The honeymoon between the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko appears to be over as the NLC on Tuesday accused the governor of associating with those it called “anti-democratic forces” in the country.
The congress said Mimiko’s role in the unending impasse at the Nigerian Governors Forum is shameful noting that his conducts show that the governor now identifies more with agents of destabilization.
NLC Vice President Comrade Issa Aremu, in a statement on Tuesday, said the founders of the Labour Party had been terribly embarrassed by Mimiko’s role in the recent chairmanship election of the Nigeria Governors Forum chairman and the eventual factions that emerged.
The statement read, “Labour Party members are therefore shocked that Governor Mimiko who just emerged from a similar free and fair election based on secret ballot would be party to an unacceptable disputation of a simple majority election by 36 governors. Labour Party’s Governor of Ondo State, Governor Olusegun Mimiko must urgently refill his democratic account which has suffered huge deficit by his uncritical association with governors who have no respect for simple majority outcomes.
“The NEC of the Labour Party held on the 11th of April. One of the key resolutions of the NEC was commitment to ideologically driven politics, unity and indivisibility of Nigeria. NGF is a pan-Nigerian forum. Any attempt to undermine the Forum through anti-democratic posturing further stresses the Federation at this critical period of national security challenges.
“Labour Party cannot and should not be enlisted on the side of reactionary personality conflict that unnecessarily itomises the nation. LP is expected as a progressive party to constructively encourage President Goodluck Jonathan to act at all times as a statesman who should be above partisanship, look at the bigger picture of the nation and not marginal preoccupation of some partisan governors. The President came in through pan-Nigerian mandate, he should not be pushed to the politics of the margins”.
“We should encourage the President along this path of respect for democratic outcomes and not diminish the President from statesmanship to crude partisanship. Certainly an LP governor should not be party to anything less than democracy and statesmanship. It is never late for Governor Mimiko to redeem himself and the LP. At best he must respect the outcome of the NGF election just as the world respected the outcomes of our party’s election in Ondo state.”
Source: NIGERIA POLITICS ONLINE

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Why they’re after Amaechi, by David-West

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Why they’re after Amaechi, by David-West

Former Petroleum Minister, Prof. Tam David-West, says the only reason Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State is being assailed by some political forces is his refusal to be anybody’s ‘Yes man’.
Prof. David-West, speaking on a radio programme in Port Harcourt, also asked President Goodluck Jonathan to be wary of the Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark and leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF). He said neither of them is capable of making him win the 2015 election.
He showered praises on General Muhammadu Buhari, who he said towers over and above President Jonathan in terms of achievement as Nigeria’s leader.
Amaechi, according to him, has had to fight alleged injustice of ceding oil wells belonging to Rivers State in the Kalabari axis to President Jonathan’s Bayelsa State.
This, he said has not gone down well with some people.
He added: “I am not a politician. No amount of money in the world can make me to change my mind. I support causes, not persons. What has Amaechi done wrong? He has not done anything wrong. Professional praise singers are making millions of naira through the crisis.
“Those who said Amaechi has received N2.4 trillion since he became Rivers governor, without commensurate projects on the ground, are talking rubbish. The Kalabari people fighting Amaechi are not serious. They are not more Kalabari than me. Amaechi has not disappointed Kalabari people.”
Asked to assess President Jonathan’s achievements, he said: “I am an unapologetic critic of President Jonathan. I do not support you because you are an Ijaw person, from the South South zone or a Niger Deltan. I support performers. Twenty four per cent of Jonathan’s votes came from the South South.
“It is completely illogical to say Jonathan must be re-elected in 2015, because he is a South South man. Jonathan is not a South South President, but the President of Nigeria.
“Clark, Dokubo-Asari and others cannot save Jonathan in 2015. In an interview in a national newspaper on June 15, 2012, Dokubo-Asari declared that Jonathan would not go beyond 2015 as President. Why is he speaking from both sides of his mouth?
“You cannot compare one hundred Jonathans to one Buhari. I will always give my support to Buhari. He is the finest man I have ever known. Negative things that they say about him are not factual. I will continue to work for Buhari.
“Corruption is the bane of Nigeria. Buhari is against corruption. Buhari is not corrupt. He is very clean and disciplined. Election rigging is worse than armed robbery. Buhari wants free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria.”
Source: The Nation

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