APGA-And-PDP-300x160No fewer than 1,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday defected to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra.

The members took the action at the swearing-in of the newly elected members of APGA state executive committee in Awka.

One of the defectors Mr Uchenna Umerie, a former lawmaker in the state, said he decided to dump the PDP for APGA because the administration of Gov. Willie Obiano was doing well.

He said that he could no longer cope with the protracted crisis in state chapter of the PDP.

Mr Tokas Ohazuluike a PDP lawmaker in the state representing Ihiala constituency, said he and his supporters had no option than join hands with the APGA led administration to build the state.

Dr Victor Oye, APGA National chairman welcomed the defectors and promised a level playing ground for everybody.

He said that the formal swearing-in of the new leadership of the party was to give them legal backing to perform their function as contained in the party’s constitution.

In his remark Gov. Willie Obiano described the event as ‘Pentecost’ and urged the new leadership to perform their duties with `boldness and conviction.’

He urged them to spread the message of unity and love to all members of the party and assured them of his support.

The governor said the `good work’ of his government would make the next election a walkover for APGA in Anambra. (NAN) – Leadership

Labaran-Maku newThe All Peoples Grand Alliance, APGA, has picked its new leaders at an election on Saturday.

The party elected Victor Oye as chairman, and former Information Minister, Labaran Maku, as National Secretary.

Ifeatu Okoye was elected National Publicity Secretary while Chuks Nwoga was named the Youth Leader.

Obiagu Ezinne was elected the National Women Leader.

pdp-apc-apgaAsk Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, chairman, People’s Democratic Party, PDP, his opinion on the average Nigerian politician and get to hear a low assessment of men who make the country’s political firmament tick. “We do not have politicians with vision.

Majority of politicians in Nigeria don’t represent anything other than their own personal interest. I can say that there is no particular interest that is self enlightening that the majority of politicians in Nigeria represent,” he tells anybody who cares to listen in his characteristically frank manner. He may well have reasons to be this embittered about his fellow politicians.

In 2013, his party lost the governorship, senate and House of Reps seats to the All Progressives Congress, APC, by what he perceives as a mindless defection. This brought to an abrupt end, 12 years of PDP dominance in the state. To add insult to injury, he has the onerous task of unseating a seating governor in the state and winning other political seats in the National Assembly now firmly under APC control.

“Our politicians don’t have commitment to parties in Nigeria. If you have commitment to your party, you will believe that your party has a manifesto, it has an agenda and a programme. If you believe in all those things that your party represent, then you will be too reluctant to leave that platform,” Oyedepo explained.

But Alhaji Ishola Balogun Fulani, Oyedepo’s opposite number in APC tends to think that the thoughts of the PDP chairman in Kwara can be attributed to sour grapes after his party lost all the elective offices without even going to the polls.

As the APC chairman puts it, Oyedepo’s homilies on party and politicians integrity is a case of the kettle calling pot black. “Oyedepo should speak for himself and his party,” griped Fulani. He added that the PDP chairman is a fitting match of the class of politicians without scruples he described.

In more ways than these politicians snapping at each other may have reaveled, they epitomise the character of Nigerian politicians just as they in way say how the average political party in Nigeria functions. Before being made the PDP chairman, Oyedepo was in All Nigerian People’s Party, ANPP. He defected to Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, both of them are legacy parties that fused into APC. Oyedepo moved from ACN to PDP after a wave of defection brought in Bukola Saraki, Senator and political leader in Kwara and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed from PDP. Fulani on the other hand was the PDP chairman in Kwara before defecting to APC.

The question that really agitates the mind given this mishmash of political characters is: how do political parties maintain the integrity of its manifesto, vision and mission given the rate at which politicians defect from party to party.

Even more, couldn’t this lack of clarity, as some readily estimate, a reason why most political campaigns so far by parties and their standard bearers seem to be lacking in content. Some also aver that party visions and manifestos sound much the same. Political parties as platform for canvassing and winning power in democratic clime must have a clear cut manifesto.

A party’s manifesto, by some political scientist, is the like the brain box. It contains the overall submission of the vision and mission of the party, its ideology and innovation. It is the compass that guides the activities of an elected political party and also a yardstick for which its failure or triumph will be appraised.

Though the country has about 50 parties, like the American system, only two, PDP and APC, are dominant at the moment. In the US, the Democrats and the Republicans have clear cut political agendas which often informs policies and pronouncements of their office holders. For instance, the Democrats are known for their liberal ideologies and tendencies toward formulating policies to better welfare.

The Republicans are conservatives, clinging to traditions and norms in the formulation of their policies. In Nigeria, PDP, the ruling party going by what it has as its manifestos and recent tendencies makes out to be conservative. This is apparent in the recent passing of anti-gay law. Most political analyst will call it a center-right party in its ideology in that it favours gradual withdrawal of government in playing a major role in the economy. APC on the other hand is socialy democratic in its leanings, favouring welfares of the citizens.

It makes our as a progressive party, placing emphasis on the need to build infrastructures to better the lot of the common man. But the preponderant view among nonpartisan players is that the parties often operate like they do not have manifestoes, in agreement with Akogun’s view. In fact, for a political scientist like Adekoya Boladale, party politics in the country has operated more without a any clear cut political manifesto.

“Going by what we have witnessed under various democratic dispensations in Nigeria, it is right to say that hardly has any government operated within its party’s set manifesto,” begins Boladale. Between 1999 and 2007, for instance, there were no clear cut party ideology driving government policies and action.

“It was during the time of Late Umaru Musa Yar’adua that started hearing the Seven points agenda and so on. This shows clearly that the issue of manifestos to the Nigeria political parties isn’t that of desire but because the law stipulates that it must be presented. Left to them, they don’t care.

So when such political party gets into power little recourse is given to the manifesto, decisions are made based on heartbeats and cacophony of influences from aides,” added Boladale. PDP in Kwara, for instance accuse Saraki, a former governor of the state and former party member of going outside its party manifesto in the choice of policy and projects he executed while in office.

For instance, Oyedepo, the state party chairman claimed that projects such as the state’s football academy was never part of the PDP manifesto, so also the establishment of an aviation school in the state. This, according to him, has to do with Kwara’s rural economy which makes such projects non-viable. But, quickly punching a hole into PDP’s assertion on Saraki now an APC chieftain, Fulani, the APC state chairman, stated that Oyedepo is not in the position to comment on these issues. “As a matter of fact, this person, Akogun (Oyedepo), at the time Saraki was in PDP was not a member of the party.

He couldn’t know. We were in PDP and I Was the party chairman then, so I am in the position to tell you what we did,” said an exasperated Fulani. So exactly how did Saraki follow the party manifesto in his policy implementation? “I want to tell you that in Kwara State, if by then we did not adhere to the constitution of the party, there will not be development in the state.

So when we looked at the manifesto and saw what suits the state, that is infrastructure wise, economically and the educational policy and so on, that is what we followed even though other PDP governors don’t follow the manifesto. “So we followed the manifesto to the later that is why we have this kind of development in Kwara State. Saying that Bukola Saraki did not follow the manifesto is a big lie,” explained Fulani.

Apparently, politicians may have a different interpretation of their party manifesto or maybe the manifestos are so similar that in their defection from one party to the other, the differences tend to blur completely. In any case, Femi Gbajabiamila, Minority Leader, House of Representatives and APC member admits that there are similarities in both leading party’s manifestos.

He however pointed out that the difference is the way to achieve their goals. Gbajabiamila, at the time of making this assertion, was addressing the European Political Counsellors’ Working Group about his party’s manifesto and its argument for change, last year. Gbajabiamila who spoke at the session attended by political counsellors from Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, Hungary, Netherlands and Belgium, said that the concern that Nigerians see the difference between APC and PDP manifestos like six and a half dozen is quite well founded.

“Similarities if any in the two manifestos is just on paper. We differ in our roadmap to achieving the manifestos. PDP may talk about free education but this same party produced a sitting president who was once a lecturer but now attach little importance to education.” Gbajabiamila in his address, also, said that the approach of APC in its manifesto on power was different and believes that power generation should be removed from the exclusive list of the federal government. “Under the APC government, states would be allowed to generate and distribute power according to the growing economic needs of their states,” he said.

This may well be so for APC. PDP, also beats its chest, too, claiming to have found its own rhythm as far as party manifesto is concerned. Joju Fadairo, PDP chieftain insists that since Yar, Adua’s administration, there has been a consistent effort at promoting PDP’s manifesto with his Seven Point Agenda. This has also been followed by President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda. “Jonathan is the current President.

We rolled out our manifestoes and he is still working on that manifestoes, where adjustment has to be made, he would make it. He came out before 2011 telling Nigerians what and what he would be doing. That is manifestoes and he’s still doing it in terms of Agriculture, in terms of education, infrastructure and so on and he will continue to do it” Fadairo said. -NationalMirror

inec_chairman_jegaThe Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday released the list of candidates contesting the 2015 Presidential election.

The Commission also released the names of the running mates of the candidates in the election.

Out of the 26 registered political parties, only 11 have submitted names of candidates to run for the presidency.

The presidential candidates are President Goodluck Jonathan (Peoples Democratic Party, PDP), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (All Progressives Congress, APC), Prof. Comfort Oluremi Sonaiya (Kowa Party), Ambrose Albert (Hope Democratic Party) and Ganiyu Galadima (Allied Congress Party of Nigeria).

Others are Rafiu Salau (Alliance for Democracy), Godson Okoye (United Democratic Party), Dr. Nani Ibrahim Ahmad (African Democratic Congress), Martin Onovo (National Conscience Party), Tunde Anifowoshe-Kelani (Action Alliance) and Chekwas Okorie (United Progressive Party).

Their running mates are Vice-President Namadi Sambo (PDP); Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (APC); Haruna Shaba (Hope Democratic Party); Balarabe Ahmed (ACPN); Prof. Clinton Cliff Akuchie (AD); Haruna Adamu (United Democratic Party); Obianuju Murphy- Uzohue (African Democratic Congress) and Ibrahim Mohammed (NCP); Others are Saidu Bobboi (Kowa Party); Comrade Paul Ishaka Ofomile (Action Alliance) and Bello Umar (United Progressive Party).

The submission of the names to INEC closed on December 26 as the deadline was extended by 24 hours. Nigerians have seven days to raise any objection on the particulars of the candidates, according to INEC.

“The personal particulars are displayed in all the state and local government offices of the commission in the constituencies of the candidates.

“Any person who has reasonable grounds to believe that any information given by any candidate is false or that the candidate is not qualified or is disqualified from contesting the elections should notify the commission in writing within seven days of this publication,” INEC said.

There are 11 conditions under which any of the presidential candidates or other candidates can be disqualified.

A person is disqualified if he or she:

(i) has declared allegiance to another country;

(ii) has been elected to the office of President or Governor at any two previous elections;

(iii) adjudged to be a lunatic or declared to be of unsound mind;

(iv) is under a sentence of death or is under a sentence of imprisonment or fine for an offence involving dishonesty or fraud Also, a person is disqualified if he or she

(v) has in the last 10 years been convicted and sentenced for an offence involving dishonesty

(vi) has been found guilty of a contravention of the code of conduct;

(vii) is an undischarged bankrupt;

(viii) is employed in the public service and does not resign, withdraw or retire at least 30 days to the election;

(ix) is a member of a secret society;

(x) has been indicted for embezzlement or fraud by a Judicial Committee of Inquiry or an Administrative Panel of Inquiry or a Tribunal and which indictment has been accepted by the Federal or State Government;

(xi) has presented a forged certificate to INEC”.

INEC has also announced the redeployment of all its 37 Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs in the states.

Although, the commission did not give clear reasons for its decision, our correspondent recalls that this is in line with the usual tradition to reshuffle the RECs ahead of any general election.

The commission, however, said that the redeployment forms part of its preparations for the February 14 polls.

The redeployment was announced in the Commission’s daily bulletin, Volume 1, No. 704, which was issued in Abuja yesterday and obtained by our correspondent. It said the development had earlier been communicated to the RECs in a letter dated December 24, 2014 and signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Mrs. Augusta Ogakwu.

The RECs were directed to conclude all handing and taking over formalities by tomorrow. In the redeployment, the affected RECs were taken closer to their states of origin. Prof. O.E. Onukaogu, a native of Abia state was taken to Enugu; Prof. Tukur Sa’ad of Adamawa State, to Bauchi; Ahmed Makama, a native of Bauchi, now redeployed in Taraba, while Mike Igini, a native of Delta was taken to Edo.

Others are Selina Omaha Oko from Ebonyi to Abia; Edwin Offor Nwatarali from Enugu to Anambra; Sadiq Abubakar Musa from Kaduna to Sokoto; Jibrin Ibrahim Zarewa from Kano to Kebbi; Hussaini Ahmed Mahuta from Katsina to Kaduna and Abubakar Umar Garba Wara fromKebbi to Zamfara.

Also, Emmanuel Onucheyo, a native of Kogi was taken to Kwara; Rufus O. Akeju from Lagos to Oyo; Abdullahi Umar Danyaya from Niger to Nasarawa; Timothy A. Ibitoye fromOsun to Ogun; A.L. Ogunmola from Oyo to Osun; Barito Lenusikpugi Kphagih from Rivers to Bayelsa; Haliru A. Tambuwal from Sokoto to Jigawa; Kassim Gana Geidam fromYobe to Gombe; Ibrahim Bagobiri Marafa from Zamfara to Katsina and Aniedi Ikoiwak from Akwa-Ibom to Delta.

The other redeployments as shown on the chart are Habu Zarma from Gombe to Yobe; Akin Orebiyi from Ogun to Lagos; Hussaini Halilu Pai from FCT to Kogi; Kwanga Godwin Mbatsavbee from Benue to Plateau; Sylvester Okey Ezeani from Anambra to Cross River; Minkaila Abdullahi from Jigawa to Kano; Lawrence Azubuike from Imo to Ebonyi; Sam Olugbadebo Olumekun from Ondo to Ekiti; Istifanus Ishaku Dafwang- Plateau to Benue; Gesila Khan from Bayelsa to Rivers; Samuel Madaki from Taraba to Borno; Gabriel Ada from Cross River to Imo; Jacob Shekwonudu Jatau from Nasarawa to FCT; Baba Abba Yusuf from Borno to Adamawa; Segun Agbaje- Ekiti to Ondo; Nasir Ayilara from Kwara to Niger and Austine Okojie from Edo to Akwa-Ibom.

Meanwhile, the protest against the redeployment of Mr. Rufus Akeju as the new Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, for Oyo State yesterday continued as hundreds of people believed to be members of the PDP, Accord, Labour Party (LP) and Social Democratic Party, SDP, staged a peaceful protest to the headquarters of INEC in the state rejecting his posting.

The inscriptions on some of the placards carried by the protesters included, ‘Akeju must go’, ‘Don’t bring back the old wild wild west’, ‘Oyo rejects Akeju’, ‘Akeju is not fit to conduct election in Nigeria’, ‘Oyo wants credible elections’, ‘Akeju is an APC man’, ‘We reject him’, ‘Akeju will destroy Oyo election.’

A former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Moruf Akinwande, who represented Oyo Federal Constituency, said a Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo had ruled that Akeju was a partisan man, adding that the chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, should transfer him to the national headquarters of the commission in Abuja instead of Oyo State.

Also, Alhaji Rasheed Rufai, who introduced himself as a member of the Accord Party in Ibadan North-East; Mrs. Mojisola Soyooye, from Labour Party; Mr. Adisa Jelili from the SDP in Oluyole Local Government Area; Mr. Adeniran Adekola from the Youth for Better Society and Mrs. Funke Ale from LP, while speaking with journalists, said they wanted another person as the REC in the state.

But while speaking in a telephone interview with journalists yesterday, Akeju said the protesters have rights to demonstrate but they could not stop him from resuming as the new REC in the state.

He urged them to go to court to press their demands further, stating “they can demonstrate. That is their right. They have no right to say I cannot resume my work. It is as simple as that.”

On the allegation that he’s a card carrying member of APC, he said “they should go to court and prove it. They have been saying that all over. It is the same people.” Responding to the allegation by the protesters that a court of law had ruled that he could not conduct election in any state in connection with the August 9, 2014 governorship poll in Osun State, Akeju said “that is not true.”

The outgoing REC in the state, Alhaji Ayilara, who described the deployment of RECs as a normal administrative routing in the commission, however, appealed to the people of the state not to think that the incoming REC would be partial or do anything that would undermine the process.

He said: “He (Akeju) is a man of integrity and I believe by the time he resumes, he would want to sustain the quality and conduct the exercise in a manner that will accord him the existing respect he has earned within the community.

“I was not around when the protesters came but it was well handled by the officers they met on ground. “Unfortunately for the protesters, they were not organised. There was no letter to really back the protest, meaning that we are not really sure of the groups that were even protesting.

“So, it was not a true gathering that has genuine intentions to really say their views to Nigerians. With that, we regarded them as hoodlums that wanted to disrupt our activities here.

That was why we called the security agents to protect lives and property here. “If there is a court ruling that says he is not competent to be a REC, I know the chairman of INEC would not go ahead and post him.

I believe there is no ruling that restrains him from conducting any election in this country.

“I know the right thing has been done. The people of Oyo State should allow him to do his job in a manner that will be favourable to all of us. It is a national service; one can be posted to any state, except your state of origin.” -NationalMirrow

APGA-enuguThousands of PDP and APC support­ers in Igbo-Etiti West, yesterday decamped to the All Pro­gressives Grand Alliance (APGA) during the for­mal acceptance of Barr. Ken Ikeh to fly APGA flag for the 2015 House of Assembly elections. The event, which held at the Civic Centre, Aku at­tracted stakeholders and opinion leaders in the constituency.

One of the decampees, Mr. Genesis Ezike, said the youths of the area were dis­satisfied over lack of internal democracy in both parties in the area, which led to the imposition of unpopular can­didates by the parties’ hierar­chy.

They expressed utmost confidence in APGA and the candidature of Bar. Ikeh. Ikeh averred that he represents the strong patriotic commitment of the youths to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of Igbo-Etiti West evenly and to build a lasting system of distribution of our common wealth.

While unveiling a six-point legislative agenda, which is the core of his legis­lative pact with the constitu­ency, Ikeh resolved to remain in service to the people and committed to the restora­tion of the peoples hopes in politics. He swore to remain faithful to the collective in­terests of the constituency, making them equal stake­holders in Igbo-Etiti West project and never to bow to special interests or be gagged by special stakeholders in the performance of his legisla­tive duties. He also stressed that the people of Igbo-Etiti West will never again remain spectators in the affairs that govern them.

In his Statement of Sup­port to the Barr. Ken Ikeh Campaign Organisation APGA Chairman, Igbo-Etiti LGA, Barr. Christopher Didigu, aligned with Barr. Ikeh’s commitment towards making the people equal stakeholders in the constitu­ency. The party chieftain ex­pressed utmost confidence in Ikeh and assured the people that the candidate has the party behind him in order to deliver the people from the shackles of special interest politics called, ‘stakeholders’ whose interests and views were inimical to the interest of the people and the overall progress of the constituency. -SunNews

apga-igbo-political-party-nigeriaWidow of late Ikemba of Nnewi, Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu and Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, yesterday lambasted Igbo politicians who used Ojukwu’s name to win elections only to abandon him and his party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA for selfish reason.

Speaking during the 3rd Memorial ceremony of her late husband at Ojukwu Memorial Convention Centre, Owerri, she pointed out that politicians in Igbo land only remember Ojukwu when seeking elective position using APGA platform, but when they ascend the political office, they abandon the party saying that Ojukwu is dead.

“A lot of people have been using Ojukwu’s name to make money and even build companies. Some people visit Ojukwu’s burial ground to weep because they want political power and tonnes of handkerchiefs, which they used to wipe their tears to attract sympathy, litter everywhere. They do this to deceive people they are members of APGA; but when they get their desires they will say APGA is an empty shell and that Ojukwu is dead,” she said.

She added: “Even the man in Imo State who came crying to Ojukwu pleading when every party rejected him, has today gone to APC claiming that APGA today is an ethnic party.”

Bianca admonished Ndigbo to be wary of the politicians using Ojukwu’s posters to campaign in order to further deceive the people again for the 2015 elections, adding that none of the politicians had ever published advertorial or erected any structure in his memorial except Chief Ralph Uwazuruike who she said built a library in remembrance of Ojukwu.

“I want to challenge them to show me what they have built in the name of my husband, but they have used his name to establish beer companies,” she stated. -NationalMirrow

apgaAs the preparation for the 2015 general election hots up, Anambra State chapter of the Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, yesterday, conducted its primaries for the selection of its House of Assembly candidates with a former commissioner, Lady Henrrietta Agbata and seven other aspirants losing in Awka Constituency One.

The House of Assembly primaries, conducted with delegates drawn from wards officers and the three-man delegates earlier elected from the applicable wards were held in designated venues in the thirty constituencies for the State House of Assembly.

Already, the House of Assembly Election Committee led by Professor Bernard Odoh, which supervised the exercise across the state, had in Awka, denied the allegation that the delegates lists that were used for the exercise were doctored.

‘’Although there were reports of some alleged lapses that trailed the exercise in some areas like the Aguata and Anaocha, the exercise was generally peaceful in the entire state,’’ the committee said.

The programme in the Awka Constituency One, took place at the BarnHill Resort and Park, Awka, the state capital, where delegates drawn from the applicable nine wards voted for their preferred candidates at about three o’clock in the afternoon at the end of which Dr Nnamdi Nnamdi Okafor was declared winner with 30 votes.

Other aspirants who took part in the contest for the ticket of the Awka South Constituency One include Obiora Okafor, Mr Onyema Okey, Mrs Chukwuogor, Mr Nwobu Gozie and Lady Henrietta Agbata.

Addressing journalists on the import of their assignment at the premises of BarnHill Resort and Park, the Election Committee Chairman, Professor Odoh flanked by other members, said allegation that the delegates lists were manipulated in favour of some candidates was baseless and false.

Odoh stated that they were in the state to conduct free, fair and credible primaries that would be accepted by the interested parties.

He gave insight into the details of what they would do in Anambra, saying,” We arrived yesterday and today we have met the various returning officers who are to work on this project, what we are doing now is to go round the various constituencies and monitor the voting”. -NationalMirror

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Former President of the Senate in the truncated Third Republic, Senator Ameh Ebute, has called on the northern region to allow President Goodluck Jonathan complete his tenure before power rotates back to the region.

He declared that the North Central geo-political zone was not part of the agitation for a return of power to the North in 2015.

Ameh Ebute vacated political scene for legal profession after military coup interrupted their dispensation. During his short reign, he made tremendous impact in the National Assembly by challenging certain executive excesses and inadequacies.

While fielding questions from newsmen in Lagos recently, the former Senator declared that the North Central wants President Goodluck Jonathan to complete his second term before power could moved to another zone.

Ebute called on the north to exercise patience till Jonathan completes his second tenure in office.

He said, “My advice to them is that they should wait until President Goodluck Jonathan completes his second term since by divine providence, the zoning has automatically fallen on the South-South.

“So the North, whose definition I am not too sure includes the Middle Belt, should wait until the person God has given the presidency completes his second term and as soon as he completes his second term, one can now argue that the turn should now come to the North and that North, should include all the zones in the North, not only the North-West.

He said, “Why should the north be disenchanted? I am part of the north and that is why I ask whether we are all part of the north they are speaking about.

We started this presidential system in 1979 when President Shehu Shagari was the president for four years, he entered the second term when the military took over from him. The head of the military that took over from him (Buhari) was from the north, then almost one year (one and a half) into office, another northerner, IBB took over from Buhari and was in office for nine years. “Then from IBB, you had Abacha who was in office for five years and Abacha died and Abdulsalami was in office for another one year and yet, nobody complained. The people who were at the helm for 16 years were all northerners and there was no Boko Haram and nobody organized anything to distabilise the polity.

“So why should the north be bitter for the eight years that President Goodluck Jonathan is going to be in office?

“It will soon be the turn of the north and they should be patient enough. If Nigerians could be patient when these people I have mentioned were in office, then why shouldn’t they be patient when other persons are in office? Does that mean that the presidency belong to them? Nigerians say no, the presidency does not belong to any particular zone.

The former number three citizen, while reacting to Ango’s statement, he said, “I am not a member of the Arewa Consultative Forum or the Northern Elders Forum. Whether he is speaking for Arewa Consultative Forum or Arewa Elders Forum, it is left to Ango Abdullahi. I don’t know anything that is happening within those organizations. But I assure you that apart from the members of the Arewa Elders Forum and Arewa Consultative Forum, there are millions of other northerners that believe in the administration of Goodluck Jonathan.

“So when one person representing a few people being funded by the governors and holding press conferences virtually everyday, he is putting up his own ideas. You cannot say that the ideas are supported by everybody within that zone.

“I agree that he must be speaking for some people, but they are not the majority in that zone.”