Why I am the most qualified for the PDP publicity Secretary job, by Ologbondiyan
From John Akubo, Lokoja
I am the best man for the job of National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a seasoned journalist and former Special Adviser to the Senate president on media, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan has said.
He therefore urged the delegates of the PDP to vote for him massively.
Ologbondiyan spoke Tuesday at the PDP secretariat, Lokoja while addressing party delegates to the forthcoming PDP national convention coming up this Saturday in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan who was one of the editors of This day Newspaper, said having worked as a journalist for over 25 years and served as a Media Aide to the Senate president and a loyal PDP member, he stands shoulder high than any other contestant even as he pleaded with the delegates to cast their votes for him.
He said the PDP has learnt a great lesson having lost the 2015 presidential election expressing the hope that the party is bouncing back stronger.
“For me in our party we want to get it right and so we need a media manager to run the publicity department of our party as at today.
“When APC was in the struggle to take power from us they drafted a journalist and they assembled the best of journalists at the background who did all the propaganda and the lies against our party, who tagged us and gave us all sorts of names.
“Today I am offering myself because I am a journalist, a media active person and I know the roots of media practice, I know the environment which I am going to function and I also know the capacity of my opponents and as such I believe that among the aspirants as they are today there is no body that is better qualified than I am to help our party as it is today.”
According to him the All Progressive Congress, the ruling party has failed Nigerians and is only dishing out lies and half truths to the masses saying the party is now neck deep into all the allegations levelled against the PDP that made them to win the 2015 presidential election.
“For me I believe that PDP is better placed before Nigerians. Yes there are members of our party who have been accused of malfeasance but they have not been convicted.
“There are members of the ruling Government who have been accused of spending millions of Naira to cut grass and they have not been tried or arrested.” He said, all they see is an administrative investigation that brought an administrative report which ended up in the cousin of the person being appointed as the secretary to the government of the Federation.
“What do you call that? Has that happened in the PDP Government? No, in the PDP Government our members were arrested by PDP Government, our members were tried by PDP Government and even convicted by PDP Government.” He said in the present scenario, a Government that prides itself as agent of anti corruption is covering corruption.
He said in the next election the chances of PDP are bright because APC is a party of corruption, the party itself is corruption personified.
“APC has lied to our people, Nigerians have come to understand, they have come to see that this is not a party they can partner with. There is no problem in making mistakes, there is no ability is discovering your mistake and immediately reversing and that is the stage we are today.
“Nigerians have diacovered their mistakes and they are quickly reversing. Take stock of the number of people who are abandoning their brooms now and coming under the umbrella. The umbrella shelters you from rain and sunshine and that is why Nigerians prefer the umbrella symbol of PDP than a broom that will wither away one after the other.”
He said for him he believes that PDP is better placed before Nigerians.
Ologbodiyan indicated that he has no problems with consensus building provided it is going to favour him because he is the best candidate.
However he said any consensus arrangement that is going to bring somebody who does not know how to do media job is bound to fail because he a part of the media.
“If I am the media publicity secretary of PDP today you know the import of it so I urge to let us canvass this position because we cannot continue to be press boys at the age of 60.
“The Nigerian Journalist is eminently qualified to hold any position whether in Government or in party. At 60 you cannot continue to be press boys. That is why I am prepared to come out and speak for the party. I have been speaking for the party. I have the experience, I have the expertise.”
He said he has covered the PDP, the Presidential Villa, the national assembly and was later appointed special adviser for Eight years where he was declared to have discharged his duty creditably well hence he believes that he is ably qualified to stand.
The state PDP chairman, Mr Sam Uhuoto who was represented by his Deputy, Sam Abenemi urged the delegates to vote for Ologbondiyan saying he has made his mark in his chosen profession and has been tested and trusted.
Some delegates who spoke on the occasion also described Ologbondiyan as a man of high integrity who has the intellectual and oratorial capacity to be the spokesman of the party.
APC caucus tackles opposition for tagging Buhari an absentee President
The All Progressive Congress (APC) caucus of the National Assembly (Senate) yesterday berated its counterparts in the opposition for describing President Muhammadu Buhari as an absentee president.
The Opposition Minority Caucus had converged from both chambers to register their grievances against the ruling party over the derailing ship of State.
The caucus said it had also taken note of the fact that the president has been absent from duty.
They said, “We have not seen our president. We have not heard from our president despite the daily killings that have turned Nigeria into a killing field of unimaginable proportions.”
Addressing the Senate press Corps after their own meeting the Senate leader who is also Chairman Senate APC Caucus, Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi said they in the APC Caucus totally reject the many incorrect statement contained in the said press release.
“Furthermore, we take exception to the unfortunate charge that our President has not been seen. This is false and cheap politics.
“The President and service – chiefs are meticulously busy every day and every night in deliberations with a view to addressing the security challenges across the entire country.
“Similarly, Mr. President had always made statement to Nigerians on all major security incidences and assuring Nigerians and indeed the international community that he would continue to do his best in making sure that the security challenges are tackled head-on.”
He assured Nigerians that the President is in charge of government and is discharging his duties conscientiously and patriotically.
“It is a well-known fact that the Federal Government under the PDP refused to invest in the security infrastructure of the country while President under the APC led Government had massively invested in this regard more than any past governments and we are confident that the nation will surmount its current security challenges.
The APC Caucus expressed strong and unreserved supports the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as he continues to work in addressing the economic, health, social, security and other challenges that beset the nation.
“Indeed, we are quite aware of the role of the opposition in any democracy. However, the statement by the PDP Caucus has gone too far given the good working relationship in the 9th Assembly and especially with the Minority Caucus. “
He said, in any democracy, the rights to present criticisms and concerns on the state of the nation’s affairs are unassailable.
However, he said while they respect such rights that come with obligation and responsibility, they are concerned that the statement issued by the Minority Cuscus is capable of over- heating an already charged polity in which men of good conscience and patriotism are expected to act as leaders and Statesmen.
“While we acknowledge the natural disposition of playing politics, we are worried and disturbed that our colleagues are playing with lives.
“The unfortunate state of insecurity; for which the Senate has continuously debated and issued resolutions to support the actions of the executive under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari in the overriding interest of the public, is too delicate to play with.
Unlike the minority Caucus meeting which carried along the House of Representatives members in their fold, only majority caucus of the Senate attended the meeting
Like their Minority Caucus the majority also refused to field questions from the media after their press briefing.
The Minority Caucus had indicated that it was taking note and will continue to take note of the constitutional breaches that are happening at this time by President Muhammadu Buhari.
We are keeping records of constitutional breaches by absentee Buhari-NASS Minority caucus
We keeping records of constitutional breaches by absentee Buhari–NASS Minority Caucus
The Minority Caucus of the National Assembly has indicated that it is taking note and will continue to take note of the constitutional breaches that is happening at this time by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The caucus, after a closed-door emergency meeting on Tuesday, declared President Muhammadu Buhari absent from duty despite the killings and kidnappings across the country.
It said at the appropriate time, it utilize all constitutional methods and measures available after consultations with other colleagues to do the needful to safe the country from collapse.
“The caucus has also taken note of the fact that the president is absent from duty. We have not seen our president. We have not heard from our president despite the daily killings that have turned Nigeria into a killing field of unimaginable proportions.”
It condemned what it called the “ineptitude and inability” of the APC-led federal government to prevent the country from drifting apart.
It said rather than solving the security problems he met on ground as promised, the situation has grown worse under the APC to the extent that every section of the country is now beset with one security challenge or the other.
The caucus leader and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who briefed newsmen after the meeting said,
“We, therefore as a caucus, suggest that immediate steps should be taken by governments at all levels to set up proper security infrastructure whether in the mode of state police and other constitutional reforms to arrest the drift of the nation,” he said.
He urged President Buhari to take charge of his government and take the country out of the current security situation.
Abaribe also urged Nigerians not lose hope in the country, but do everything possible to get rid of APC in 2023.
He said: “The caucus also expresses strong reservations about the economic strategy of the government which has culminated into what is called quantitative easing, which the ordinary man knows as printing money.
“We feel that this strategy has led us to the very high inflation that we have today, devaluation of our Naira to the height that we never expected and has also concomitantly brought out unemployment and has led the government to contemplate, as we see today, to raise the price of fuel, electricity tariff and all manners of charges on the helpless Nigerians.
“We think that the government should reverse itself and should not continue in its mindless borrowing without seeing any benefits that are coming from it.
“We also, as a caucus, want to put on notice to all Nigerians and the international community about the threats to the lives of our members, to those who come out to say things that are true about the state of Nigeria today, and this threats have come in various forms, including threat to life.
“So, we condemn this attempt at holding everybody down and trying to shut us up and make sure that nobody says because they think by doing so, problems of the country will disappear. We say that problems of the country will not disappear.
“This is a time that needs the president to come out and take charge of his government and take us all away from problems we are seeing today.”
Insecurity; There will be no election In 2023- Niger APC Chieftain
Insecurity; There will be no election In 2023- Niger APC Chieftain
*** Says The Country Is Under siege
Former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, in Niger state, Jonathan Vatsa has said that unless the current security situation in the country is addressed, Nigerians should not expected any election in 2023
He however pointed out that if the government decides to go ahead with elections despite the worsening security challenges across the country, such elections can never be credible.
Vatsa in a statement in Minna on Sunday titled “As the nation bleeds, can Nigerians have a credible elections in 2023” expressed worries that the entire country is overwhelmed by one form of insecurity or the other with the attendant lose of lives and the government seems to be without idea.
“No part of this country today is safe, people are being killed like flies. They have abandoned their ancestral home for fear and have no hope of returning soon”.
Vatsa, a former publicity secretary of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state believed that until the security problem is addressed and peace returned to towns and villages, any attempt to conduct election in 2023 under the present situation will amount to deceit.
According to him, “Nigerians will know that such elections will never be credible. It will amount to sitting in one place and writing results and the people will definitely resist such manipulations.
“But the truth is that this government can not afford not to conduct credible elections in 2023 because without free, fair and credible elections APC wouldn’t have been in power today. If for nothing, we must give Nigerians credible election devoid of any deceit and foul play”.
Vatsa who is the Coordinator public affairs to governor Sani Bello, maintained that Niger state is one state that no credible election can be conducted without addressing the issue of Banditry which has brought the state to its kneel, stressing that “right now six or seven out of the 25 local government areas of the state are under siege from bandits.
“So which credible election will you conduct in such local government areas without addressing the security challenges there, it is not possible. Today there are over 20,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP) across these local government areas.
“The state is overwhelmed with this situation and nobody is listening to the governor. So if you want to conduct election in these affected communities where are the voters”, he queried.
He therefore urged President Buhari to act fast “because the masses who voted for him in 2015 and 2019 can no longer sleep in their houses, they can no longer go to their farms. The country is bleeding and the poor people are most affected”, he submitted
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