jonathan-sambo-pdpFormer national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed has described the Goodluck Jonathan/Namadi Sambo presidential ticket as a most credible, workable and formidable one.

Responding to commendations and messages of solidarity by political leaders, groups and organisations over the successful conduct of the 2014 PDP national convention, Haliru said the success of the party’s recent national convention was made possible by the huge sacrifice, commitment and support of all delegates, members and supporters of the party.

Haliru, who was the chairman of the party’s convention planning committee, described the votes for President Jonathan as a stamp of approval for the continued unity, stability and indivisibility of the country.

“President Goodluck Jonathan has always communicated his message of peace, unity and stability as a necessary foundation for the rapid and complete transformation of our dear country. This is a statesman’s message. We are delighted that Nigerians who desire peace have made up their minds to vote for him in 2015 because he is a man of peace.

“Our message at the national convention was very clear about the absolute saleability of Mr. President and his running mate, Vice President Namadi Sambo. We have absolute confidence in their ability to steer the ship of this nation for the next four years. We believe they are the real change agents of the transformation which our country needs now more than ever,” he said. -DailyTrust

Bola_Ahmed_TinubuThe national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Saturday said his relationship with the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) was intact.

This he said following media reports on Lagos politics and the imposition of candidates by both Tinubu and Fashola.

In a statement on Saturday, Asiwaju Tinubu described such reports as either concerted, unsubstantiated, pure conjectures or outright falsehood.

He said, “There is no doubt political charlatans and enemies are at work fueling unnecessary rumour and insinuations and seeking to drive a wedge in an otherwise cordial and respectful political relationship. My relationship with Governor Fashola remains cordial both at the personal level and at the level of commitment to ensuring Lagos State remains on the path of political stability, growth and development.

“Whether Governor Fashola had a specific candidate or not isn’t the issue here. What is important is to have a transparent process in the spirit of democracy to which we both subscribe. We often debate, agree or disagree. But when it comes to concluding on the interest of Lagos State, we are on the same page,” he said.

The APC leader said, “The current situation and issues around the Lagos Gubernatorial primary are being overblown. What we have done is ensure that no one is denied his or her rights to participate and compete for any elective position. Such a disposition should not translate into anger and divisiveness of the party as it is being peddled. Conflicts and disagreements is part of every political process. The capacity to solve these conflicts in-house and not on the pages of newspaper is a tradition in Lagos.

“We warn the people of Lagos state against speculative, self-serving stories aimed at destabilizing the party and its leadership. The media must be weary of accepting or publishing stories that seek to pursue a narrow political agenda.

“Rather, they should make their paper a platform for proper news dissemination and constructive analysis such that can help our country tackle the current security problem, create jobs.

“While we appreciate, recognize and respect the right of every media house to publish any story, it is important not to be part of the feeding frenzy and not to mislead the unsuspecting public.”

Continuing, he said, “At my age and with my level of political experience, I am expected to seek for solutions, work for reconciliations and find a common ground where disagreements exist. That is what I have dedicated myself to in the larger interest of Lagos State and Nigeria at large. That is what Governor Babatunde Fashola and myself are about. That is what Lagos state deserves as Nigeria’s pacesetter in terms of democracy and development.” -DailyTimes