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APC governors swoop on Jonathan ahead of 2023 elections

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Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held a private meeting with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on Friday evening.

No single member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was present.

David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi who recently defected to the APC from the PDP; Atiku Bagudu, governor of Kebbi and chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum; and Abubakar Badaru, governor of Jigawa, were at the meeting.

It is unclear what the focus of their discussion was but an insider told TheCable “2023 permutations are taking shape”.

Jonathan was elected president in 2011 and lost to Buhari in 2015, but he is still qualified to run having only spent one term of four years in office.

Coincidentally, Jonathan hosted the duo of Badaru and Bagudu at his Otuoke residence in Bayelsa a year ago.

The governors had visited Jonathan to thank him for his support in the victory of David Lyon, the APC candidate in the 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa.

Lyon was eventually sacked by the supreme court while Douye Diri of the PDP was declared winner of the election.

On Friday, APC leaders, including Ken Nnamani, a former senate president, visited Jonathan in commemoration of his 63rd birthday.

They held a private meeting with the ex-president during the visit which held after the Northern Governors’ Forum congratulated Jonathan on his birthday.

The Northern Governors Forum had sent warm felicitations to Jonathan on his birthday.

In a statement, Simon Lalong, chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau, said the former president has continued to serve the country with zeal and commitment.

He described Jonathan as a true democrat whose “passion for the growth of democracy is reflected not only in his records while in office but also of his current engagements where he has travelled round the world to monitor elections and also engage with stakeholders”.

Lalong also saluted the former president’s patriotism and dedication to the unity, peace and development of Nigeria as well as offering counsel on various issues.

He asked him to remain focused on his life of service that has brought honour and goodwill to Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier felicitated with Jonathan, saying he has brought honour to Nigeria.

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Ex-Deputy Governor Of Zamfara Dumps APC For PDP

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Zamfara State Former Deputy governor, Ibrahim Wakkala, has decamped from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Wakkala made the declaration on Wednesday while briefing journalists in Gusau, Zamfara State capital.

He was deputy governor under the administration of Former Governor Abdulaziz Yari.

While explaining the reason for his carpet crossing, Wakkala said since the APC lost in 2019 elections, he has been considered irrelevant as a result of not been consulted for any party activities in the state.

He noted that since the inception of the current administration of Governor Bello Matawalle, he has been playing an advisory role, especially in addressing the security challenges facing the state.

He also noted that he has formally sent a written notice to inform his former principal Abdulaziz Yari on his resolve to dump the APC.


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FLASHBACK: In 2015, Osinbajo said president’s failure to secure citizens is impeachable offence

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Amid the recent violent attacks across the country, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is now being referred to his 2015 statement where he said it is an impeachable offence if the president cannot secure the lives and property of citizens.

At the time, about a month to the 2015 presidential election, Osinbajo, running mate to Muhammadu Buhari under the All Progressives Congress (APC), seemed to be sending a note to Goodluck Jonathan, the incumbent who was also seeking reelection under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Just a year before, in 2014, more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted in their hostel in Chibok, Borno state.

The incident sparked off an outrage both locally and internationally, scaring the Jonathan government. Hundreds of residents in the north-east were also displaced by Boko Haram attacks.

A fundamental issue in the Buhari/Osinbajo campaign to unseat Jonathan was security, especially in the north-east.

Osinbajo, on February 8, 2015, took to Twitter to imply that Jonathan be removed because he appeared incapable of tackling the security challenges.

“If the president says I’ve lost the capacity to guarantee the security of lives and property, it’s certainly an impeachable offence,” he tweeted.

Pundits have argued that one of the reasons Jonathan lost the election to Buhari in 2015 was his seeming inability to end the incessant attacks.

Fast forward five years after under Buhari, security still remains the biggest challenge.

Last Saturday, Boko Haram insurgents killed 45 farmers in Zabarmari in Jere local government area of Borno, in an attack the United Nations described as “the most violent attack” targeted at civilians in 2020.

There have also been reports of killings, kidnapping and banditry in the north-west region.

While Buhari has not said he lacks the capability to tackle insecurity, Nigerians are now linking Osinbajo’s 2015 tweet with the failure of the Buhari government to mitigate the security challenges.

Below are some of the recent reactions on Osinabjo’s 2015 tweet:

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Nigeria Politicians Even Worst Than Bandits – Former Health Insurance Boss

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BANDITS HAVE DIRECT LINES OF NORTHERN GOVERNORS – PROFESSOR USMAN YUSUF, FORMER HEALTH INSURANCE BOSS CLAIMS.

A former executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme on Wednesday said bandits terrorising northern Nigeria have the direct lines of the governors in the region.

He described politicians in the country as being worst than bandits who loot the country and provide guns for northern youths to rig elections and dump them afterward.

According to Professor Yusuf, negotiations between state governors and bandits are “the governors of the states importing from the bandits and a sign of failure in governance.”

Mr. Yusuf said who appeared on ARISE News said in some instances, governors of the states buy cattle for the bandits and even give them money as ways of pacifying them.

“Many of these bandits have direct lines to these governors, calling them. I know Nasir el-Rufai refused to negotiate with them. The governors negotiate with them, they buy them cattle, they buy them birds, it is all signs of failure of governance from the centre to the states.

“We are negotiating with bandits and giving them the money of the people they are killing,” the Professor of haematology-oncology and bone marrow transplantation said.

He added, “you know there are two or three types of bandits, there are bandits in the forest that carry arms and we have a lot of bandits in government.

“All those people that loot people’s money are worse than bandits. All those politicians that loot the people money are worse than bandits and they winning elections.”

Mr. Yusuf said the insecurity being experienced in the country is a result of the enmeshed corruption and bad governance.

“It is politicians that imported tramadol to these kids to make them their political thugs. They give them arms all across the country, politicians give thugs arms and when they are done with them, they dump them.

“These kids have the guns, they become bandits and thugs and cultists and armed robbers, so yes there are bandits stealing our money and there are bandits getting our money ransomed,” he said.


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