A presidential Aspirant on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Prince Adewale Adebayo has described fuel subsidy as the greatest scam of the century that has continued to put Nigerians under pressure.
He mocked the President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress for sustaining what they said was a fraud
He spoke Monday at the SDP secretariat in Abuja when he submitted his letter of intent to contest the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the party.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari himself in 2015 said so when he was still campaigning to be elected.
“Remember there is a gentleman, I dont know if you know his name, he said in 2015 that anybody who is talking about government giving subsidy he should be arrested, that person is President Muhammadu Buhari in the Villa now. “Let me tell you what is happening to us is not governance, it is criminality and we need to put an end to it.
“What is happening is that a large chunk of our crude oil being sold is being stolen by the government and its friends, that is why you can see that oil price went from $34 to $104 but the Naira does not improve there is no witchcraft as active as that where your main product is rising in price but your currency is falling, why is that because the money is outrightly being stolen.
“They are stealing money from the crude, therefore the money they ought to use to put the refineries in place or build more refineries are being diverted overseas. “Secondly they have a committee of friends who need money for election now, so because they need money for election they committed two crimes, one, they brought adulterated fuel into the country to come and knock our engines so that you don’t run your Uber and take your children to school, secondly they are holding all the depots and putting them under so much tension.”
He said the fuel crises is so that by the time they come with surplus supply of fuel it will be like benevolence, ‘we will give you fuel now but you have to pay more’
“This is the antics of kidnappers and the bandits that the government is employing so there is no way they can claim that they are giving us subsidy.
According to him, the solution to insecurity is the same solution to fuel scarcity and unemployment which he said can only be achieved with a competent Government that is determined to solve the problems.
“It is because the insecurity has been turned to a business that it is difficult to nip Bokoharam and insecurity in the bud.
“I have confidence in the Nigerian armed forces and Nigeria security to be so strong and sufficient to secure the country
“We have refineries which supposed to give us about 75% of what we need they killed the refineries.
On what he was going to do differently he said
“I am in this race not to make it but for Nigeria to make it and SDP is a party I examined that has had problems because they don’t believe in cutting corners and is a party that is just ripe for people like us who are connected to the people of Nigeria who are not money bags who want to do what Abiola did in 1993 which is using SDP to galvanize Nigerians together.
He said it is not a political party that wins election, but the people of Nigeria that make the party to win.
“What SPD is working with us to galvanize the Nigerian people so that the power which is to be won can be freely expressed in a free and fair election and when that is expressed Government will express the dividend of democracy on the people.
He said there is combined alliance with other parties to be able to get the people of Nigeria, taking advantage of the electoral act that has been passed, we are going to win the election not just by saying so but by working very hard in each of the 186000 plus polling units.
“The new thing we are bringing to the table is our newness, we are coming with fresh people, fresh minds, there is an abiding understanding of the problems.
“The problem of Nigeria is not economy, it is not finance, it is not infrastructure the problem is character, the leadership character has been missing and people are not doing justice in office because they appropriate these offices to themselves, appropriate the resources of the office and all the privilege of governance is appropriated to themselves, family and their friends.
“The things that made politicians to succeed in the first and second republic was leadership character, patriotism and justice
“We cannot look at the faces of those ruling us today and say which of them is displaying character, patriotism and justice? None
“So if we install these principles which money cannot buy and you make them to work in this country, everything will work.
On what he has in stock for the women, he said,
“For the women they are half of the country, they are the mothers of the country and I have brought my own mother here and my wife, my daughter
“The way to solve women’s problem in Nigeria is not to make women symbols of campaign it is to tackle problems that women cry about, if you go to the churches and mosques, you could see that women cry about insecurity, unemployment and immorality
“If you have a country doing well it is the children of the women that are doing well and they themselves would be free to explore the quality that God has given them.
“You can not run Government without involving the women because they know the issues, they may not know the politics but they know the issues
I was raised by women, I lost my father when I was very young.
“I was raised by my mother and my grand mother and I know that I am who I am today by virtue of the fact that I was raised by strong women.
On Education and power, he said the problem with electricity is not witchcraft, it can easily be generated even in the homes.
“You can buy a small generator or solar panel somehow electricity work in your house that does not work in government because money voted in the name of power or energy is spent for politics.
“So you will find out that despite all the money
Close to 8years the present administration has generated negative energy even though they spent billions.
“You will see that if money meant for energy is not diverted and if money meant to distribute power utilized is and they apply the technology the same way generator will work in your house electricity will work in Nigeria.
He said it is the same with education, “I was in the university in 1998 in the university of Ife, I spent two and a half years extra because of ASUU strike and our ministers at that time Jibrilu Aminu and Fafunwa, the argument they gave was that there was not enough money to fund the university, then ASUU with government came with the idea of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, (TETFund)
“Now we have too much money yet ASUU is on strike because as soon as the money accumulated the people in politics took over the ministry of education and started sharing the money so there is too much money
“What I am going to bring is to ensure that TETFund is managed by those in the academia and government would not have any role to play in it.”-
SDP hopeful as Kogi petition tribunal moves away from violence prone Lokoja
***insists on reclaiming mandate to develop Kogi
The national leadership of the Social Democratic Party, (SDP) has reacted to the reports that the Kogi Election Petition Tribunal has now shifted its venue to Abuja as it will no longer sit in Lokoja.
The National secretary of the party, Dr Olu Agunloye, in a statement on Thursday said the Nigeria Police had publicly disclosed that the Secretary of the Election Petition Tribunal, Mr. David Mike Umar was reported to have been robbed of the vital documents and petitions on Monday, 4 December 2023 by gunmen in broad daylight in Lokoja.
He explained saying, gunmen and hoodlums, in a false flag operation, as grimly stated by the Tribunal Secretary, attacked the Tribunal and carted away “all the documents including Petitions filed by four Parties.
The four Political Parties namely Action Alliance (AA), Action People’s Party (APP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and Social Democratic Party (SDP)”, against the declaration of APC’s Alhaji Usman Ododo as Governor-Elect is purely a criminal activity which the law enforcement agents must tackle.
“That the locations of INEC and its officials in Kogi have been attacked by thugs and arsonists is another criminal act that should be investigated and tackled. “Also, that videos of persons thumbprinting ballot papers in Kogi State days after the election are flying around is yet another criminal act staring at the face of law enforcement agencies.
“Although these criminal acts are not out of character or unexpected, they go a long way to support the strong views that the mandate of Alh Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, which was indeed stolen, is set to be retrieved and claimed by Muri and the good people of Kogi State.
He reiterated the position that none of the criminal acts will stop the Tribunal which is now set to sit at the Federal Capital in Abuja. “Even when the Tribunal had lost all its documents and Petitions to gunmen, who appeared sympathetic with declared Governor-elect Usman Ododo, the tribunal will still sit.
“All that will be required is that the respective parties would be called upon to deliver copies of their Petitions to the Tribunal along with the payment receipts.
“The SDP is ready with theirs.”
According to him, “Now that the Tribunal has been relocated to Abuja, hope is again restored that all will be well.
“Nigerians expect that justice will be served without any or much criminal interferences, and Alhaji Muritala Ajaka will claim his mandate back.
“The goodness of this, is that for vast majority of Kogi people, mostly disenfranchised or deprived over the years, a new era of creating and spreading wealth instead of violence will soon commence under Alhaji Muritala Ajaka.
“Muri and the people of Kogi will then take over and start to chart new paths for the Kogi development agenda for youths’ employment and empowerment, women emancipation, and technological and industrial transformation with no time or space for witch-hunting, retaliations, or false flag operations.
“Indeed, a new era of development is beckoning in Kogi State.”
Akpabio brags about South South capacity to deliver for Tinubu in 2027
***Says, Akwa Ibom votes for APC in 2023 surpassed all that of 5 south East States
The President of the Senate Godswill Akpabio has boasted that the entire South South States will resoundingly deliver victory for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2027 to return President Bola Tinubu for second term.
Speaking in Abuja on Friday when the zonal Leadership of the South South APC ked by the National Vice Chairman Victor Giadom Paul him a courtesy call
He said the party in Akwa Ibom made it possible for Tinubu to secure the 25% requirement to win.
He said Akwa Ibom alone devered more than 800000 votes for APC which he said was more than the votes the five South East States gave to the APC
“You will be surprised that the votes from Akwa Ibom alone for the APC in the Presidential election was more.l than the total votes from the five states of the South East
“What it really mean is that recall when David Leon contested in Bayelsa State, he won resoundingly but he was not sworn in, that happened a day before swearing in and even this last one that Timipre Sylva contested we also did very well and we are now in court so I cannot comment of that. “That shows you the strength of the APC in the region and even when the PDP is the ruling party in Rivers State where the Chairman Victor Giadom comes from, we were able to win the presidential election Rivers State, I am talking based on data which can not lie.
“I want to say that with that giant step now that we have a senate President, I don’t see any reason why the entirety of the South South Region will not become APC. “The only way we can pay back the National leaders of our party, the only way we can show the President for standing by us in the South South to produce a sente President After 45 years is for us to make sure that in 2027 we will give him and the entire APC resounding victory in the 6 States of the South South region.
“We are steadily moving on, Cross Rivers State is 100% APC. Here and there some people will emerge either in the Senate or the House of reps and the House of Assembly but in the governorship and government of the State is totally APC.
“Akwa Ibom has the Senate President, so for you to have members of the House of Representatives it shows that things are about to happen.
“For you to have won the presidential election in Rivers State where the Zonal chairman comes from, means things are beginning to happen.
He said in 2019 APC won in Bayelsa State except for technical issues in the court.
“That shows clearly that APC has come to stay in the entire South South,
“Edo State the APC governor took government house into another party and so election is coming next year, we expect the chairman to double his effort with all of us to be included in the campaign and ensure we get back what belongs to us. “Your visit is timely and I believe strongly that working together with you, APC can only be stronger in the South South Region
“On our part, we are working across party lines to support President Tinubu, all the senators of the South South are determine to give Tinubu the support so that he can succeed irrespective of party affiliation and that is a good sign
Nasarawa govt berates PDP over protest against Appeal Court judgment
From Daniel Abel, Lafia
The Nasarawa State Government has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state against blackmailing the judiciary over Nasarawa governorship tussle.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr, Peter Ahemba, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Gov. Abdullahi Sule on Public Affairs and made available to newsmen on Monday in Lafia.
The reaction followed the recent protest in Lafia against the Appeal Court governorship election judgment by a group purported to be coalition of indigenous people of Nasarawa State.
The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday, November 23 had set aside the judgment of the tribunal of Oct. 2nd and declared Sule as the winner of the election.
The governorship elections petition tribunal on Oct. 2, annulled the election of Gov. Abdullahi Sule of All Progressives Congress (APC) and declared David Ombugadu of PDP as the winner of March 18 election.
The governor’s aide described the protest as the shameful step against the judgment of the Appeal Court by a group hired by the PDP.
Ahemba added that the decision of the Appeal Court was a true reflection of the popular mandate freely given to the governor by the electorates on March 18.
He explained that the government has confidence in the judiciary and believed that justice would be served at the Supreme Court.
He further explained that when the PDP was declared at the tribunal nobody protested, rather, the governor challenged the decision at the appeal court.
He advised PDP and its candidate to also challenge the outcome of the appeal court as they cannot takeover power through the backdoor.
“The same party that was crying of external interference on the governorship dispute in the state is now calling on President Bola Tinubu and international communities to interfere,” he added.
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