National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu,says nobody will remove him from his position.
Ayu spoke on Friday while addressing his supporters in Gboko, Benue state.
The PDP national chairman has come under pressure of late, with demands for his resignation coming from different quarters.
Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, and his allies — including Samuel Ortom, Benue governor — have vowed not to participate in the PDP presidential campaign until Ayu steps down from his position.
Ayu hails from the Tiv-speaking part of Benue as Ortom, and there have been mixed reactions from residents that the governor supports the demand for the resignation of his kinsman.
Speaking on the call for his resignation, Ayu assured his supporters that he will remain in office until God permits he leaves.
“Nothing should worry you, my people. Since I started politics more than 30 years ago, you have never rejected me; you are always supporting me,” he said.
“They say a prophet has no respect in his home but my case is different. I am overwhelmed by this great show of love.
“The PDP is one and not divided. I am trying my best not to disappoint the Benue people and Nigerians in general.
“So, if you hear that they want to chase Ayu out as national chairman, don’t be worried. Nobody is going to sack me as national chairman of our party. I will leave the seat on a day that God permits.
“It is God that enthrones leadership — he uses people to enthrone a person over others and protects that person.
“I want to assure you that all these days, God has been protecting me, even when I went on sick leave abroad. God is still protecting me.”
‘I COULD HAVE STOPPED THOSE DEMANDING MY REMOVAL’
Ayu added that as national chairman, he could have stopped the political ambitions of those calling for his resignation.
Some party members demanding Ayu’s resignation are seeking elective offices in the 2023 general election.
Ortom; Okezie Ikpeazu, governor of Abia; and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu governor, will complete their tenures in 2023 — the trio won PDP senatorial tickets to contest in the 2023 elections.
Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo, is also seeking re-election on the PDP platform.
Speaking further, the PDP national chairman said he didn’t work against those demanding his resignation because he wanted peace in the party.
“I have been silent over all the things you are hearing against me because I don’t want any crack in the party I belong to in my state,” he said.
“I have the powers to say ‘you and you will not go anywhere’, because I will insist that I must sign before you go anywhere.
“But I have signed for all candidates produced by the PDP to go ahead in their dreams — whether I like it or not, I signed.
“So, I was doing that believing that I cannot shoot myself in the leg. I want Benue to come first by winning all elections so that Nigerians will say that the national chairman has delivered his state to PDP, with alhaji Atiku Abubakar winning 90 percent of the votes and Titus Uba as governor in 2023.
“The Tiv people have suffered so much in this country. We are yet to get our share of the national cake. So, my charge to you is not to relent in prayers so that this time around come 2023, God will give us a president who will work closely with the governor of our state to wipe out our tears.
“So, nobody should try to bring any troubles to you. I am telling you today. PDP is one party.
“A party that has divisions does not win elections. No matter the strength of any party, if it does not have unity, it will lose elections.”
I will end your misery, Tinubu assures Bayelsa people
The standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the 2023 presidential election, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has promised to end the misery of Bayelsa people if he is elected into office in 2023 by ensuring that the state regains its lost glory and compete favourably with others across the country.
Tinubu said this while speaking at the party’s presidential rally on Thursday at Oxbow Lake Pavilion Swalli in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.
He accused those who have governed the state in the times past of stealing away the future of her citizens while under-developing them.
The presidential candidate noted that Bayelsa holds an important position in Nigeria, being one of the major suppliers of the nation’s wealth in addition to its notable individuals.
Tinubu said: “This state is home to proud and vibrant people. Although this is a small land mass, Bayelsa has been blessed with abundant human and natural resources.
“With that blessing, your state has been asked to carry a great and long national duty. You all have given so much to the development of this nation. Nigeria would not be Nigeria without your human and material contribution.
“On behalf of the entire nation, may I say thank you Bayelsa for all that you have done for Nigeria.
“You have played a critical and leading role in the development of our national economy.
“Now, I am a man of fair play. I believe a person, a state and even a nation should be repaid for the good and positive things they have done.
“It is high time that Bayelsa is duly acknowledged for its role in national development and even more fairly paid back in kind for that positive role.
“The entire world knows that Bayelsa is rich in oil and is among Nigeria’s largest producing states. The revenue from these things have been the backbone of government income and foreign exchange earnings.
“But what the world often forgets is that Bayelsa is more than just pipelines and oil installations. It is a community of decent and good people, proud of the culture and traditions, yet hopeful of what the future holds.
“You are fishermen and boat operators of great skill and reputation. You are farmers, businessmen, market woman, teachers, students and professionals in all fields.
“To be frank, those who have governed the state have not done as they should. In fiscal rankings of all the States, Bayelsa ranked 36th in 2020 and 2021. You have been sold short by those not interested in your welfare,” Tinubu said.
The former Governor of Lagos State promised that the misery of Bayelsa people will end with his administration because he will focus to ensure that the state regains its lost glory and compete favourably with others across the country.
“If you vote for me and my team, that unfair day will surely end. Today, I am here to tell you that renewed hope is also here. I am not here to steal or eat your future but to help you realise it. Development and opportunity are here. Education is here. Good health is here. Security is here.
“We will reconstruct and maintain vital federal roadways such as the Mbiama-Yenegoa-Nembe-Brass highway. We will work with willing and capable private sector partners to build a comprehensive network of swamp bridges that connect swamp settlements with upland areas and the wider world.
“My government will make the safety and security of the people of this state its highest priority. We will take the necessary measures to address security challenges in the waterways by winning the fight against kidnapping, oil theft and piracy in the Niger Delta region.
“No innocent person should have to live in fear simply because they work hard and earn a little money. You should be able to enjoy our life and labour as you wish. No one has the right to steal that from you.
“We will deploy new technologies to protect the safety and security of law-abiding Bayelsans as well as the critical infrastructure in the state.
The effects of environmental degradation and oil spillage will not be ignored,” Tinubu said.
He again used the occasion to list his plans for the entire country from the beginning of his administration in May 2023.
“My vision is for Nigeria and Bayelsa are the same — to be a peaceful, prosperous and compassionate society.
“My government will focus on developing the young people of this country because they represent the future. And the future is today.
“We will establish new skills development and capacity building programs. Industrial hubs and dry ports will focus investment on labour intensive manufacturing.
“We will innovate and use modern technology to create jobs and provide first generation goods and services. Our goal is to expand our industrial base such that Nigeria becomes a global leader.”
The former Lagos State governor also praised former President Goodluck Jonathan, an indigine of Bayelsa for allowing for the smooth transition of power in 2015 after he lost the presidential election and his efforts to foster peace and democracy in West Africa.
Minister of State for Petroleum Sylva said Tinubu is a friend of the Niger Delta people and “the only serious candidate in the presidential race.”
On arrival in Yenagoa, Tinubu and his entourage first paid a courtesy call on the Ibenanaowei of Ikpetiama Kingdom and Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers in the state, HRM King Bubaraye Dakolo Agada 1V.
The traditional ruler reeled out a lot of demands his people would love Tinubu to meet if elected including the construction of major roads linking the state capital, revamping of Peeremabiri Rice Farm, of Aggeii Deep Sea Port and Brass LNG.
The APC presidential candidate promised to work to uplift the state as a major oil producer.
But he told the royal fathers present at the palace to urge their people to try voting APC for a difference in the state, while alluding to a Yoruba proverb that literally translates: “a woman that has not experienced a second husband will not know the difference between the two.”
Tinubu was accompanied to the rally by House of Representatives Speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Presidential Running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, Deputy National Chairman, South, Barrister Emma Enekwu representing the party’s National Chairman, Director-General of the Tinubu/Shettima campaigns and Plateau State Governor, Hon. Simon Bako Lalong, and former governor of the state and Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timiprey Sylva.
Others at the rally were the former governor of Edo State and Deputy Director-General of the campaign, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, former governor-elect of Bayelsa State, Mr. David Lyon, members of the party’s National Working Committee and National Assembly members.
2023: Tinubu to speak on manifesto at Chatham House December 5
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), will speak on his agenda for Nigeria at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, also known as Chatham House, on December 5.
Tinubu, according to Chatham House, will, during the occasion, have the opportunity to “discuss his vision and recently unveiled a manifesto for ‘renewing hope’ in Nigeria, including his policy proposals for economic reform and revival, and how to deliver secure and inclusive job opportunities for Nigerian citizens.”
Though it’s not yet clear who among the remaining presidential candidates will, next, get an invitation to come and speak on their agenda for the country, Chatham House said in a statement that hosting Tinubu is “part of a series examining Nigeria’s 2023 elections and political developments, including with a cross-section of political figures, presidential candidates and policymakers.”
Tinubu, who has been the subject of various speculations about his health, just like President Muhammadu Buhari was in 2015 when he was the APC presidential candidate, will, probably, be hoping that history is on his side.
Buhari spoke on his manifesto at the same Chatham House, ahead of the election that brought him to power in his first tenure.
Use your voter’s cards to retire Atiku permanently, Tinubu tells Lagos crowd
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has urged voters to retire his Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) counterpart Atiku Abubakar permanently in 2023.
Tinubu made the call on Saturday in Lagos at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere venue of APC Presidential Campaign’s mega rally.
The former Lagos Governor, who spoke partly in Yoruba, took a swipe at Atiku, describing him as a veteran aspirant who should go home and rest.
“Atiku contested in SDP, he contested in PDP; he contested in ACN when we rescued him from Obasanjo. Now he is contesting again in PDP. He should go home and rest,” adding that Nigerians should never allow him and his party near the country’s commonwealth.
“Atiku has been running. Use your PVC to vote him and his party out. Use your votes to retire him permanently this time. We must never again allow the rapacious and visionless gang of Peoples Destroying People to come near our commonwealth again.
“They were in government for 16 years, they didn’t remember Badagry Expressway, they didn’t remember East-West Road, they didn’t remember 2nd Niger Bridge.”
To underscore his support across the country, Tinubu noted Governors of Kano, Kastina, Kaduna, Kwara, Kebbi and other APC Governors were with him unlike his opponent who could not hold his party together.
The APC Presidential candidate said his party’s campaign is a broom revolution and invoking the spirit of his late mother, Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji, the Iyaloja-General, he followed up with a folksong, singing in Yoruba, “Dagunro o se je, Tinubu o se pa,” meaning literally that he can not be killed.
Tinubu said he would continue with progressive government where Nigerians will not be forgotten in education, healthcare and employment generation.
Tinubu thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to the development of Nigeria and Lagos State.
“I specially thank President Muhammadu Buhari for the unprecedented Federal support and commitment to Lagos State. We have come a long way from Presidents whose sole obsession was to capture or conquer Lagos in do-or-die fashion, to a President who loves the state greatly and is keen to see it do very well.
“Lagos has benefited tremendously in terms of infrastructure development, whether it is the Lagos-Ibadan Railway line, or the Apapa-Oshodi-Oworonsoki Expressway, the revamped National Theatre, the new International Airport Terminal or the support that has made the Lekki Deep Sea Port possible and the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical Plant, as well as the Red Line of the Lagos Metro, which is sharing part of the Federal corridor,” he said.
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