Ignore PDP’s Apology-Tinubu tells Nigerians

Don’t Accept PDP’s Apology, Tinubu Tells

Nigerians

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has taken a swipe at the previous Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – led administration calling on Nigerians not to accept the apology of the party.

Tinubu said this on Thursday, in Lagos during a colloquium organised to mark his 66th birthday celebration. The APC leader accused PDP of looting and wasting Nigeria’s resources.

The PDP had, on Monday, tendered an apology to Nigerians for what it described as mistakes made while the party was in power prior to the 2015 general elections. Tinubu, however, said APC is on the voyage of redirecting Nigeria, and therefore PDP’s apology should be ignored.

“The voyage of hope that we are reclaiming, reinventing, and redirecting Nigeria is on. Dear Nigerians, don’t take their (PDP) apology. They lied, they falsified, for 16 years, they made fake promises. There’s a difference between us and them. Night and day.

“I am happy the President can change the course of the ship of this country that was heading in the wrong direction. It was necessary to steer the ship back before the final crash, it was necessary,” Tinubu said.

 

The National Chairman of PDP, Mr Uche Secondus, who tendered the apology to Nigerians, during an event organised by the party in Abuja, admitted that although the party did its best while in government, it was not void of mistakes.

Tinubu, however, said the Buhari-led administration will not keep quiet about the mistakes of PDP-led administration but will continue to expose it to Nigerians.

“We have to report to millions of Nigerians who voted for us, that this is what we found and we are not going to take it off the ground, no matter how twisting the mind of PDP and their supporters may be, we will keep talking about it.

“You looted! You wasted our resources! You did not do what you promised!, he said, pointing accusing fingers at the PDP.

According to Tinubu, Nigeria’s market, during the previous administration was at its peak but was mismanaged.

“The market gave you the maximum. The production level was at the maximum,” he said.

‘I Have Gotten The Most Beautiful Birthday Present’ 

After lambasting the previous administration, Tinubu took time out to appreciate Nigerians for supporting the APC-administration.

“Thank you, Nigerians, for being patient with us,” he said.

Tinubu, who addressed the crowd without reading from his prepared speech, lauded Buhari-led administration and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for not encouraging corruption.

Tinubu said this on Thursday, in Lagos during a colloquium organised to mark his 66th birthday celebration. The APC leader accused PDP of looting and wasting Nigeria’s resources.

The PDP had, on Monday, tendered an apology to Nigerians for what it described as mistakes made while the party was in power prior to the 2015 general elections. Tinubu, however, said APC is on the voyage of redirecting Nigeria, and therefore PDP’s apology should be ignored.

“The voyage of hope that we are reclaiming, reinventing, and redirecting Nigeria is on. Dear Nigerians, don’t take their (PDP) apology. They lied, they falsified, for 16 years, they made fake promises. There’s a difference between us and them. Night and day.

“I am happy the President can change the course of the ship of this country that was heading in the wrong direction. It was necessary to steer the ship back before the final crash, it was necessary,” Tinubu said.

 

The National Chairman of PDP, Mr Uche Secondus, who tendered the apology to Nigerians, during an event organised by the party in Abuja, admitted that although the party did its best while in government, it was not void of mistakes

Tinubu, however, said the Buhari-led administration will not keep quiet about the mistakes of PDP-led administration but will continue to expose it to Nigerians.

“We have to report to millions of Nigerians who voted for us, that this is what we found and we are not going to take it off the ground, no matter how twisting the mind of PDP and their supporters may be, we will keep talking about it.

“You looted! You wasted our resources! You did not do what you promised!, he said, pointing accusing fingers at the PDP.

According to Tinubu, Nigeria’s market, during the previous administration was at its peak but was mismanaged.

“The market gave you the maximum. The production level was at the maximum,” he said.

‘I Have Gotten The Most Beautiful Birthday Present’

 

After lambasting the previous administration, Tinubu took time out to appreciate Nigerians for supporting the APC-administration.

“Thank you, Nigerians, for being patient with us,” he said. Tinubu, who addressed the crowd without reading from his prepared speech, lauded Buhari-led administration and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for not encouraging corruption.

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We are sorry for our mistakes-PDP begs Nigerians

We’ve Learnt From Our Mistakes, PDP Apologises To Nigerians

 

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Uche Secondus, has apologised to Nigerians for what he described as mistakes made while the party was in power prior to the 2015 general elections.

Giving a keynote speech on Monday, at an event in Abuja with the theme: Nation-building: Resetting The Agenda, he admitted that although the Party did its best while in government, it was not void of mistakes.

According to Secondus, the ability to admit one’s mistakes is key to moving forward especially as the Party has learnt from them.

He, therefore, appealed to Nigerians to put all the party’s wrongs behind and support it in the coming elections.

He said: “I hereby admit that the People’s Democratic Party made many mistakes and it is human, we are not spirits. The ability to admit is a key for moving forward, it is a key for learning. We admit that we have made several mistakes. We also admit that by the grace of God, we have passed through all our challenges, with experience that no other party can boast of.

“Consequently, we were roundly sanctioned by Nigerians, occasioning our loss at the polls in 2015.

“Let me seize this opportunity to apologise for our past mistakes, we have learnt from our mistakes unlike the APC government,” he said.

Speaking further, the PDP National Chairman criticized the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) saying that the nation has never been more divided than it is now, under the present government.

He, therefore, stressed the importance of nation-building especially at a time like this.

“There are certain circumstances that make nation-building top priority

“Our economy has been under immense pressure especially in the last 34 months of governance by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). not even during the civil war has this country been so divided along ethnic and religious fault lines.

“When a country is in such precarious situations, nation-building becomes absolutely inevitable.”

While criticizing the APC for its failure to deliver on its key campaign promises which include fighting corruption, improving national security and boosting the economy, Secondus noted that his party was the only one among several others, that is truly rooted in “strong democratic principles and ideals”.

He, therefore, asked Nigerians to support its cause.

“Realizing the importance of free, credible elections in the life of any democracy, the PDP embarked on massive electoral reforms that ensured the conduct of free, fair credible elections and saw a ruling party lose in an election successfully transcended power top the opposition, it is the first time it is happening in our country and even an example for the entire continent.

“Even though sad about our loss, we as a party are immensely proud of what we consider our most significant achievement of willingly transferring power to opposition when the time came, thus giving a lie to all predictions that Nigeria will break up in 2015.

“Let me alert the current ruling party that no less is expected of them and we hope that they will heed to that advise.

“Only a party like ours, truly founded on strong democratic principles and ideals, ultimately drawing its inspiration from the people hence its motto, ‘PowerTo The People’, could have submitted to the superior will of the people and we did just that in 2015.

“We must humble ourselves before God who created us and tell the truth. We can’t continue as a nation of lies – what are we going to give to our children?

“On behalf of my colleagues and members of this party, we apologize to Nigerians that we have made our mistakes and we are ready to correct them and to build on a new note, on a new agenda because experience is the best teacher and no other Party has it,” Secondus said.

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Since Mantu was so good at rigging elections, why was he defeated in 2007 Senatorial election

Since Mantu was so good at

rigging elections, why was he

defeated in 2007 Senatorial

election, what happened to his

rigging machinery – PDP replies

Senator Mantu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed all the claims by Senator Ibrahim Mantu, who said that he helped the PDP rig elections in past and the advice by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that it should learn from the former deputy senate president.

 

In the response by the PDP issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday, the opposition party said that the claims by its former stakeholder were personal to him and has nothing to do with the PDP.

According to the PDP, the party has never directed any member of the party to rig elections on its behalf.

“The PDP has never directed or had any pact with him (Mr Mantu) to rig election on its behalf. Never,” Mr Ologbondiyan said on Sunday.

“Individuals run their elections on the platform of political parties once they emerge as candidates. In the PDP, candidates are issued with the party’s Code of Conduct containing the basic rules of electioneering engagements.

“There is nowhere in the rules of engagement where candidates or party members are directed to rig elections on behalf of the party.

“If any member’s conduct transgressed these basic rules of engagement, that individual did not act on behalf of the PDP, and as such the party cannot be vicariously held responsible.

“It will therefore be misplaced for anybody, including the APC to surmise that Senator Mantu, in the said confession of rigging, acted on behalf of the PDP.”

“After all, in 2007, Senator Mantu lost his own senatorial election. What, then, happened to his rigging machinery, if he could not deliver himself.”

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Nigeria Looters’ list

NIGERIA LOOTERS’ LIST- APC

was not sincere, the list

contains only names of PDP

members.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government has released more names of alleged looters of the nation’s treasury during the administration of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

The new list containing 23 names was released today by the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed.

At the press conference where the list was released, I did say it
was a tip of the iceberg. Apparently, this does not mean anything to
people whose style is to comment on issues they barely understand, or
just to shoot down anything coming from the government,” 
he said“ What was the PDP expecting when it challenged the FG to name the
looters of the public treasury under the party’s watch? Did the PDP
actually believe that the massive looting under its watch was a joke?
Did they think it is April Fool?”
 he queried.

“The hysterical and panicky reaction from the PDP has shown that the
party is not at all sincere about its choreographed apology. Were it
not the case, the party would have followed in the footsteps of one of
its leaders, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, who simply owned up to his role in
the party’s rigging in the past elections and said he had turned a new
leaf.

“It is said that a true confession is done in humility with an
attitude of repentance. It is clear that the PDP does not know this,
hence its resort to hubris instead of humility and genuine
penitence,”
 he said.

Read the full statement issued by the federal government regarding PDP members who looted in previous PDP led government.

SECOND BATCH OF ALLEGED LOOTERS AND THE AMOUNT ALLEGEDLY EMBEZZLED

  1. Former NSA Sambo Dasuki: Based on EFCC investigations and findings
    alone (this is beside the ongoing $2.1 billion military equipment
    scandal), a total of N126 billion, over $1.5 billion and 5.5 million
    British Pounds was embezzled through his office. A good number of
    these monies were simply shared to persons and companies without any
    formal contract awards.
  2. Former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke: In
    just one of the cases the EFCC is investigating involving her, about
    N23 billion is alleged to have been embezzled. She is also involved in
    the Strategic Alliance Contracts of the NNPC, where the firms of Jide
    Omokore and Kola Aluko got oil blocks but never paid government taxes
    and royalty. About $3 billion was involved. The Federal Government is
    charging Omokore and Aluko and will use all legal instruments local
    and international to ensure justice.
  3. Rtd. Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah: N13.9 billion. N4.8 billion
    recovered by EFCC in cash and property
  4. Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika: N4.5 billion. N29m recovered by the EFCC so far.
  5. Alex Barde, former Chief of Defence Staff: N8 billion, and EFCC
    recovered almost N4 billion in cash and property already.
  6. Inde Dikko: former CG Customs: N40 billion, and N1.1 billion in
    cash recovered in cash and choice properties.
  7. Air Marshal Adesola Amosun: N21.4 billion. N2.8 billion recovered
    in cash. 28 properties and 3 vehicles also recovered.
  8. Senator Bala Abdulkadir, former FCT Minister: N5 billion. Interim
    forfeiture order on some property secured.
  9. Senator Stella Oduah: N9.8 billion. Interim forfeiture order on
    some property secured.
  10. Former Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu: N1.6 billion – from NSA.
  11. Senator Jonah Jang, former Plateau State Governor: N12.5 billion.
  12. Bashir Yuguda, former Minister of State for Finance: N1.5 billion.
    $829,800 recovered.
  13. Senator Peter Nwaboshi: N1.5 billion
  14. Aliyu Usman: Former NSA Dasuki’s aide: N512 million
  15. Ahmad Idris: Former NSA Dasuki’s PA: N1.5 billion
  16. Rasheed Ladoja: Former Oyo Governor: N500 million
  17. Tom Ikimi: N300 million
  18. Femi Fani-Kayode: N866 million
  19. Hassan Tukur, former PPS to President Goodluck: $1.7 million
  20. Nenadi Usman: N1.5 billion
  21. Benedicta Iroha: N1.7 billion
  22. Aliyu Usman Jawaz: Close ally of former NSA Dasuki: N882 million
  23. Jonah Jang, former Plateau State Governor: N12.5 billion
  24. 24 Godknows Igali: Over N7 billion

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Mantu Confessed to rigging elections for PDP

During an interview on Channels Television, Mr Mantu, a former member of the PDP’s Board of Trustees, said he was actively involved in compromising election officials, security officers and even agents of rival parties to either assist in rigging candidates of the PDP to victory or look the other way in cases of obvious rigging.

“Yes, yes, I did. But I am now confessing the truth. What do I mean? I didn’t have to go and change election but you provide money. You give money to INEC boys to help; that is, they see any chance they should try and favour you. You provide money for the security. All our elections in the past, I’ve been in the game for about 20 years.Ibrahim Mantu

And I tell you each time it is not necessarily when I am contesting an election but when my party sponsors a candidate I would like that candidate to win the election. What we used to do before, we make provision for INEC, we make provision for security, we make provision for even agents of other parties so that they would not raise any objection to what we are able to get. Whether I rig myself or not, but when I provide those resources to the officials, I am rigging election.

“I believe so because if people are born again like me and refuse to do it. We the players, unless we give before somebody will take. Don’t give so you will not get a taker,” he said.

The interview has sparked outrage with people calling on the authorities to arrest and prosecute him for electoral fraud.

But Mr Mantu explained during the same interview that he decided to confess to election rigging because he was tired of the negative perception Nigerians have abroad.

“You didn’t even ask me why am I thinking this way,?” he asked the interviewer.

“I am tired of being seen as a criminal on the street of the world because you are a Nigerian. You assume that everybody is an innocent human being until being proven otherwise but whilst you are outside this country with a green passport and they see that you are a Nigerian, even if you are a pastor or an imam they will assume that you are criminally minded or you have criminal tendencies just because of where you come from. That must change,” he said.

He said he confessed because he was tired of the abundance of poverty in the country. He said he hopes that his confession will result in good governance by the election of credible people, who would prudently manage the resources of the country and ensure equitable wealth for everyone, into public office.

“I am tired of living in poverty in the midst of plenty. Even how much you have, you see people coming to you every day, my wife has given birth my relation is in the hospital. Every day. But if everybody has enough to take care of his or herself, they won’t come bordering you saying give me this, give me that.

“We have the resources that people can live decent lives without being beggars to those who have. Just because we haven’t gotten our own governance system right. So, we need good governance, good governance can only be provided by good people, good people who are truly repentant, who are actually there to serve the people, who are concerned about the well-being of the people being the primary concern. If we have such leaders, then I can tell you they would judiciously and prudently use our resources for the common good of everybody.”

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