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Atiku’s Endorsement By Ethnic Leaders deceitful, Says APC Campaign Council


The Presidential Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has delineated  the endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples political party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, by some socio-cultural organisations and ethnic teams as deceitful.

Leaders of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PADEF) once a summit yesterday, supported Atiku for the Gregorian calendar month sixteen presidential race.

But, in a very swift reaction, the director of Strategic Communications of the APC Campaign Council, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), aforesaid that some people had within the past used the teams supposedly to represent their individuals and intrinsically enjoyed large government patronage.

Keyamo, in a very press statement he issued last night, noted that these same teams supported the PDP presidential candidate within the 2015 elections, that President Buhari won.

The feat, in step with Keyamo, was potential as a result of Buhari worked his ways in which on to the mind of Nigerians.



He expressed the arrogance that Nigerians would once more place the PDP within the garbage can of history throughout the 2019 elections.

Keyamo said: “In the past, it wont to be that a number of these people have used the names of those teams and platforms to purport to represent their individuals and intrinsically enjoyed large government patronage. The take of this patronage haven't trickled all the way down to their individuals they purport to represent however over up in their pockets and benefitted solely their immediate families. this is often in good tune with the campaign promise of Atiku Abubakar to complement solely his friends. Therefore, like bees and honey, these individuals and Atiku Abubakar ar drawn to themselves.

“Unfortunately for them, President Muhammadu Buhari has managed to navigate his method on to the lots, United Nations agency they purport to represent, and is guaranteeing that the dividends of democracy reach the individuals directly. Their annoyance is that they need been eliminated as middlemen. that's why the bond between the lots and President Buhari continues to grow on a routine,” Keyamo declared.



Keyamo declared that it had been deceitful to project that Atiku is in a very tight race with Buhari, noting that such projections were meant to rubbish the electoral method.

He said: “It is additionally deceitful to project the reduction within the advantage the president has continuously enjoyed in his ancient base, however fail to ascertain the large inroads the president has conjointly created into the standard bases of the PDP. These and plenty of alternative funny ANd deceitful projections ar what recognize|we all know} the PDP is victimisation to organize the bottom to rubbish the electoral method that its leaders know is an insurmountable mountain for them to climb. They are, therefore, going for stony-broke.

“We wish to alert Nigerians to be firm and unwavering within their resolve to not return to the vomit that they spewed forth in the form of PDP in 2015. Nigerians have seen through the PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (who has been delineated  by his former leader within the most dishonorable  language ever found on print) and Nigerians will now not be deceived,” he added.

Keyamo declared that there was no larger fraud than what some celebrated members and sympathisers of the PDP delineated  as endorsements.

“There isn't any fraud larger than that of celebrated PDP members and/or hardened PDP sympathisers sporting the attire of socio-cultural teams, purporting to represent entire regions and endorsing their own organisation. The questionable PDP-induced ‘endorsement’ of its candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, by some people claiming, albeit incorrectly, to represent their several regions. These ar PANDEF, Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a little faction of Afenifere and Middle Belt Forum.



“Certain projections by a locality of the press that offer the impression that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is in some reasonably a decent race with President Muhammadu Buhari in respect of the 2019 presidential election. As regards the endorsements by the above-mentioned socio-cultural teams, the impression given through these endorsements that PDP is increasing its support base is additionally a trial to deceive Nigerians as a result of these ar teams that supported the PDP in 2015 and lost the election at the side of PDP.

“Therefore, their excuse that they're supporting Alhaji Atiku Abubakar attributable to the bogey known as ‘restructuring’ is nothing however a misrepresentation. In any case, Ohanaeze had aforesaid in its earlier unharness that the primary reason they're endorsing Atiku Abubakar is that his campaigner is AN Ibo man.

“The curious question we tend to raise is that, wherever were these social-cultural teams of these years once the PDP lost our resources and didn't develop important infrastructure in their several regions? ar they speech communication that they're glad with the amount of development of infrastructure in their several regions throughout the sixteen years of PDP rule? wherever is that the outrage of those socio-cultural teams because the Buhari administration has up to now recovered from PDP members and their allies a complete of nearly N800billion, 407 mansions, 259 vehicles, farmlands, filling stations, etc – all happiness to the Nigerian individuals? wherever is their outrage? Instead they're endorsing these same set of individuals United Nations agency perpetrated this evil against the Nigerian people.



“Second, on the voodoo percentages allotted to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in some voodoo projections by some media homes (which ought to have since modified their crests to the umbrella – the image of the PDP), it's laughable to ascertain them project a decent race between President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. as an example, we tend to note with amusement the clear lead given to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar within the South East, simply because his campaigner is from the region, however fail to ascertain that very same clear advantage given to President Buhari within the South West from wherever the vice chairman comes,” he said.



Ango Abdullahi On His Own – Capt Sodangi

There were but cracks within the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) on Atiku’s endorsement by the cluster.



A member of NEF, Capt Bashir Sodangi unconnected the forum from the endorsement demand that NEF caller, prof Ango Abdullahi, United Nations agency was at the ethnic leaders’ meeting wherever the endorsement materialized, acted alone.

Speaking to LEADERSHIP last night, Captain Sodangi aforesaid that the forum ne'er met to deliberate on the endorsement of Atiku, noting “we haven't supported Atiku and that we don't seem to be planning to endorse him”.

He insisted that almost all of the forum’s members don't seem to be with professor.  Abdullahi whom he suspect of breaking removed from majority of the members.



Sodangi listed alternative members of NEF, United Nations agency ar hostile the endorsement as info. Paul Tarfa, Sani Zangon Daura, Prof. Auwalu Yadudu, Ambassador Usman Baraya and Hon. Bala Kaoje.  He aforesaid that “very presently, {we will|we'll|we ar planning to} tell the globe United Nations agency we tend to are going to support within the election.”



NEF, Ohanaeze, Others group Against PMB can Fail – Presidency

Also yesterday, the presidency declared that the endorsement of Atiku by leaders and elders of the socio-cultural organisations would fail.

LEADERSHIP remembers that the leader of NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, his Ohanaeze Ndigbo counterpart, Nnia John Nwodo, Afenifere’s Ayo Adebanjo,  Chief Edwin Clark of PANDEF and Middle Belt Forum’s  Betrus Pogu, and others, like Alhaji Tanko Yakassai also as Buba Galadima supported Atiku for the presidency.



But, presidential voice, Garba Shehu, aforesaid that the present situation resembles efforts to prevent Buhari in 2015 by identical leaders, speech communication the group would still fail.

He declared that Nigerians would decide United Nations agency they need as their president on Gregorian calendar month sixteen.

Shehu said: “The PDP is concealing within the bunker of quality to avoid its inevitable defeat, however that won’t amendment something.



“The current situation resembles efforts to prevent Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 by identical characters. it's a shot to repeat the previous experiment that unsuccessful in 2015. They didn't stop him from coming back to power in 2015 and that they can fail once more on Gregorian calendar month sixteen.

“If of these teams ar ganging up against one person, that's President Buhari, it tells you United Nations agency is that the formidable candidate within the election. This group they solid, an extra time, can amendment nothing. it's for the individuals to make your mind up,” he declared.



NEF, Afenifere, Ohaneze, PANDEF Defend Action

Defending their action, Abdullahi, Adebanjo, Clark,  Nwodo, Pogu, Yakassai, and Galadima aforesaid that the Buhari administration had not lived up to the expectations of Nigerians United Nations agency voted for it within the last presidential, They alleged that the president  had unsuccessful the state, thence their support for Atiku.



Speaking one once the opposite at a 3rd summit of Nigerian leaders and elders in national capital, they delineated  Buhari as not fit  lean another likelihood to control the country.

The leaders aforesaid that African country isn't solely in bother currently however there's a constitutional crisis beneath the APC.

“I be a part of the Ohanaze, the Afenifere, the Northern Elders Forum and on behalf of the Niger Delta individuals, Atiku is our presidential candidate,” Clark declared at the event.



Presenting a write up at the tip of the summit, the leaders averred that: “The Forum, having all over a radical analysis of all candidates aiming to lead our nation through its current challenges and engineer real national rebirth, has determined to note: that many of the younger candidates United Nations agency bestowed themselves for the presidential election, incontestable  nice capability and promise to guide this country respectably and make sure that it engenders correct social and economic development to its individuals.

“However, most of those qualified younger candidates don't, at present, have the machinery and structures to win a presidential election in African country.

“Therefore, we tend to adopt the candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP because the accord candidate for the workplace of president of the Federal Republic of African country as he has incontestable  the deep understanding of the important wants of the country at this point and possesses the capability to proffer clear solutions in this respect.

“We invoke all Nigerians, no matter spiritual or ethnic background to face in unison and vote for Atiku Abubakar on the sixteenth Gregorian calendar month, 2019 and make sure that they defend their votes.”

On the state of the state, the elders “noted the continued  drift of the country within the direction of insecurity, deep divisions, tyranny as shown within the recent unilateral sacking of the judge of the country against all globally celebrated democratic ethos”, thence the support for AN Atiku presidency.





PMB, APC Have Lost All Influences – PDP

Meanwhile, the opposition PDP has declared that Buhari and therefore the APC have lost all the influences on that they rode to power in 2015.

PDP national subject matter secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, declared this at a news conference in national capital yesterday.

He warned against plans to rig the 2019 general elections, stressing that African country is larger than President Buhari and APC.

Ologbondiyan aforesaid that Nigeria’s history as a nation has amply shown that “no individual leader, notwithstanding the authority wielded, has ever succeeded, at any purpose in time, in subduing the spirit of our nation or place our individuals beneath a encirclement and not even this strange recourse to importation of mercenaries into our country will amendment that reality.

“The world will recall however bound leaders within the past tried to subvert our constitutional democracy, arrogate excessive powers to themselves and the way they unsuccessful within the face of the Nigerian spirit.

“Today, that Nigerian spirit, with that we tend to won our democracy and nurtured it to the current stage, is being assailed by the APC and therefore the Buhari  Presidency with their unrelenting constitutional breaches, attacks on our democratic establishments, violation of human rights, encirclement on our voting system and gap of our territorial borders to mercenaries, beat the bid to subdue our people and accomplish a self-succession set up, having accomplished that there's no method they will win in a very free, truthful and peaceful election.

“There may be a violent decide to exclude our liberty as nation. there's total limitation, arrest and detention of dissentient voices; invasion of media homes, manhandling and illegitimate detention of journalists by state forces became the order of the day; however of these won't break the Nigerian spirit.

“Our nation can ne'er succumb to the Buhari Presidency’s assault on our  National Assembly, the attack on our judiciary and beleaguering of the freelance National Electoral Commission (INEC) wherever President Buhari’s relation is being foisted because the head of the collation centre,” the PDP aforesaid.

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