PDP has not left old ways, says Aurelius Adejoh who returned to APC
By John Akubo
A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant for the House of ,representatives, Ankpa/Olamaboro/Omala federal constituency Deputy commissioner of Police(rtd) Aurelius Yusuf Adejoh has indicated that the impunity and imposition which was the hallmark of the party that made that cost it 2015 Governorship election in Kogi State has been upgraded in the build up to the 2019 election.
Speaking recently at his official declaration to return to the All Progressives Congress (APC) along with over 2,000 supporters in his country home of Adeh in Olamaboro local government area of Kogi state, Adejoh said just like the “leopard does not change its spot”, the party has perfected its rascality in trampling on the will of the people.
He said he was moved to return to PDP which he was one of the founding members when they promised to jettison their old ways of impunity, imposition of candidates for participatory democracy where the choice of the people would be respected.
He said having worked for late APC candidate in the State, Prince Abubakar Audu, in rhe 2015 governorship election, who later gave up the ghost at the verge of his being declared winner the party was in disarray.
According to him, they thought naturally Faleke should been allowed to inherit the votes but the party thought otherwise by nominating the second runner up who is now the incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello.
However, he oberved that the supreme court verdict on 16th November, 2015 settled all the wrangling as the court confirmed Bello as the Governor.
However, he said based on principle he remained with the ideals of Audu/Faleke group as the party could not reconcile aggrieved members even after the prince Tony Momoh committee submitted their report on Kogi APC.
“In fairness to Governor Bello, he made efforts to reach out to the Audu political family in terms of overtures which was not taken.”
Hence he said they were at a crossroad as Faleke had returned to Ikeja Federal Constituency in Lagos through which he went to the House of Representatives twice.
Again, he said the first son of late Audu had gone to PDP, so the rest of them who were followers of Audu had no option but to return to PDP.
According to him the impunity exhibited by the PDP in the primaries has made him to have a rethink as he can not blindly remain in a place where his interest is not protected.
He said the PDP that he joined is not a party that accommodates his interest hence he has no reason not to return to where I belong which is the APC.
“After the national convention of PDP on 9th September, 2017, the chairman that emerged, Uche Secondus apologized on National Television that they were renouncing the havoc they caused by their vindictive politics of imposition and impunity, that they will not go back to their old ways.
He said they believed that they were sincere so they returned to the party.
“So with the unresolved crises in the APC then between Bello and the Faleke group we say let us give them a trial. Unfortunately when the primaries of the party came up, instead of improving, it became worse than before.”
“Nobody can deny the fact that I contributed to the success of APC and I
believe that there is no fundamental difference between Audu and Governor Bello as the ticket of APC was an indivisible ticket that we worked hard for”.
He said when the primaries of PDP came up, instead of improving, it became worse than before 2015 when the PDP senatorial primaries took place in Idah and the senator representing Kogi East Attai Aidoko destroyed the ballot papers declared himself winner.
“The battle was fought up to the Supreme Court where it was alleged that Isaac Alfa was the winner but as we talk he has remained outside the hallowed chambers of the senate while Aidoko is still there in the National Assembly.
“The same Aidoko who has never won election 2011, who has perpetually installed himself with the help of the courts is still there.
“The last primaries tbat was to take place on the 2nd October, 2018, no electoral material were brought to Idah but by fiat Uche Secondus declared Aidoko as the senatorial candidate after selling the nomination form of N2.5m to over 10 aspirants.”
He said the PDP national chairman declared openly that over his dead body would any other person outside Aidoko get the ticket.
“So if you are talking of paricitapatory democracy that peoples votes will count, that the peoples voice would be considered in arriving at results then that is not the right place I should belong.”
According to him, there was no personal issue between him and the Governor Yahaya Bello group, rather he said it was based on principle.
“That done I did not need to search further to know where to go, where the interest of my people would be taken care of and that is why I have taken this decision.
“For now based on what is on ground the difference between APC and PDP in Kogi State is more than seven up. There is nothing to ponder when it comes to rational decision and rascality of the highest order.”
PSC suspends DCP Abba Kyari, asks IGP to keep Commission updated on findings
Following the recommendation of the Inspector General of police, the Police Service Commission has suspended Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force from the exercise of the Powers and functions of his office.
Abba Kyari’s suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31st 2021 and would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States .
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, had written a letter to the Police Service Commission recommending for the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari.
The Commission thereafter, also directed the Inspector General of Police to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action.
The Commission’s decision which was conveyed in a letter with reference, PSC/POL/D/153/vol/V/138 to the Inspector General of Police today, Sunday, August 1st, 2021, was signed by Hon. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Honourable Commissioner 1 in the Commission for the Commission’s Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police who is currently on leave.
Major crisis looms in the health sector as Nigerian doctors down tools
A major crises in the health sector is about to happen as the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD), have concluded plans to embark on an indefinite strike starting from Monday.
This is happening at a very critical period when the nation is currently experiencing a rise in COVID-19 infections amid the third wave of the pandemic.
The doctors after their National Executive Council (NEC) meeting attended by over 50 members across the country announced the decision
They explained that the Federal Government have reneged on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it signed with them after over 100 days.
President of the NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, who gave the indication in a statement at the weekend, demanded immediate withdrawal of the circular removing House Officers from the scheme of service, which was not implemented.
The statement reads in part, “We are embarking on a total and indefinite strike on August 2, 2021 [Monday]. You can recall we had a memorandum of action on March 31, 2021, and had an addendum to it on April 9, and since then, we still have had irregularities in the payment of salaries to the house officers.
“We had issues with them being non-regular payment and as part of the memorandum of action, it was said that they should be captured back into the IPPS platform.”
Kaigama says high cost of foodstuff also taking its toll on his home
**Advises Nigerians not to abandon grandparents, elderly cos of COVID – 19
***Condemns lavish funerals by Nigerians
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Ignatius Kaigama has said that the escalation in the prices of foodstuff was also biting hard in his home.
He also called on Nigerians not to distance themselves from grandparents and the elderly due to social distancing over COVID – 19 because they are a source of wisdom.
The cleric also described as sad the fact that Nigerians throw “lavish funerals organised for departed ones after they were allowed to live a life of loneliness, misery and neglect.”
Kaigama stated these in his Homily delivered at St. Luke’s Parish, Kubwa in honour of grandparents and the elderly with readings taken from the Old Testament including 2 Kings 4:42-44 and John 6:1-15.
According to him, the N12.3 billion agricultural subsidy from the Federal Government meant form2.2 million farmers should not be diverted like other interventions or palliative measures.
He said, “The escalation in the prices of foodstuff today has made it difficult for the poor among us to feed. My cook, Sunday Emola, showed me some current food prices from Garki market in Abuja: one measure each of garri costs N500, beans – N1,000, rice – N1,000, 1 bag (10kg) of semovita – N5,500, one bottle of groundnut oil – N1,600, one bottle of palm oil – N1,300, one tuber of yam – N1,300, a medium basket of tomatoes – N3,500, 1 gallon of kerosene – N2,000, Alebo – N500, etc.
“The problem in Nigeria is not whether we have resources to share, but the willingness to share them fairly, honestly and charitably. Both first reading and the gospel emphasised the fact that the power to end the hunger and suffering of other people lies in our ability to share the little we have.
“We often forget how far-reaching the little we each possess shared generously can satisfy the needs of other people. Often, we assume that it is the task for the government or the United Nations or NGOs.
“But a lot can be done with our little if we focus on the person in need and the intention rather than the quantity of what is available. I understand that 2.2 million farmers will soon receive N12.3 billion as agricultural subsidy from the Federal Government.
“We hope that the money of this laudable initiative will get directly into the hands of the farmers and not to be diverted like other interventions or palliative measures.
“The elderly are assured of the abiding presence of God who continues to accompany them on the journey of life, despite the difficulties and challenges associated with old age. They are reminded to tenaciously hold on to the faith and to pass it on to the young.
“Grandparents and the elderly are a source of wisdom. By passing on their knowledge, morals and values, they play a great role in the formation of a decent society. They are a strong link between the past, the present and the future.
“We must respect them and pray always for those of them who are sick and weak or suffering conditions associated with aging. Our practice of social distancing due to COVID – 19 should not distance us from them. It is sad today to see lavish funerals organized for departed ones after they were allowed to live a life of loneliness, misery and neglect.
“In these times of moral and social decay, grandparents and the elderly can teach us how to heal our wounded humanity; the spirit of sharing, in a nation where selfishness, corruption and the spate of crime and insecurity deprive many of the basic necessities of life; a nation that continues to take mind boggling financial loans without any corresponding impact on our quality of life; only to leave a fragile and perilous future for generations of our youths.
“As grandparents and the elderly continue their earthly pilgrimage, we expect the government to provide good social security for them even as we entrust them to the intercession of Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and grandparents of Jesus.”
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