- Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Former Senate President, David Mark has explained why the Peoples Democratic Party was defeated in the 2015 general elections.
He attributed the reason for the defeat to imposition of candidates.
According to his spokesperson, Paul Mumeh, he spoke on Monday in Otukpo, his Benue State country home, where he held a meeting with PDP faithful.
Speaking ahead of the party’s congresses and convention, Mark “canvassed strongly for the repositioning of the Party (PDP) if it must return to power in the next general election.”
“We must come to terms with reality that PDP lost the last general election because of over bearing tendencies of some leaders who imposed candidates on the people.
“It is inevitable that we must change from the old ways and allow the will of the people prevail. Unfolding events clearly show that the PDP is the party for the people. But we must not take them for granted by forcing unpopular candidates on the people.
“The coast is clear that the PDP has the road map for peace, unity and development of Nigeria. Nigerians now know the difference,” he said.
Mark, therefore, counselled that popular candidates be put forward to “drive the ship of the party ahead of the next general elections.”
He stressed that the PDP had bright chances of returning to power if all party faithful agreed to work together in one accord.
To achieve such, he stated that people must learn to sacrifice their individual or personal interest for the larger interests.
- Friday, 08 April 2016
Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, has stated that the Federal Government lost N7.7 billion from 2014 to 2016 due to strikes by government workers.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Minister on Thursday, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
According to the statement, the Federal Government, from April 28 to May 2014, lost N576 million due to the strike by Benin Electricity Distribution Company staff union.
It stated that government on June 11, 2014 lost N66 million due to NLC strike that resulted to the sealing-off of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company office over sack of 134 workers inherited from PHCN.
It stated that government also lost N144 million due to strike by NLC from Feb. 8 to 10, 2015 in Benin DISCO.
It added that from May 7 to 9, 2015, the strike by Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) led to government losing N65 million.
It also listed other losses incurred by the Federal Government due to incessant strikes in the energy sector, to include the strike by Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on May 22, 2015 which cost the government N2 billion.
The statement urged the workers to unite with their employers and see themselves as part of the government.
It added that the employees could not have become union members if first they were not employed by the government.
It added that government could not improve the welfare of its workers if it continued to loose much of its revenues to strikes.Read more
- Tuesday, 08 March 2016
National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Oye, has called on Ndigbo to embrace the party, stressing that APGA remains the only hope for the political emancipation of Ndigbo in Nigeria.
He reminded Ndigbo that they have been relegated to the background in the politics of Nigeria and called on the people to speak with one accord as well as take decisions which would improve the fortunes of the South East in the nation’s political equation.
Oye who stated this while addressing party faithful in Aba, said APGA offers the best political option for Ndigbo to actualize her dream of producing a Nigerian President than other political parties. He said, “Ndigbo should know that charity begins at home.
If all Igbo people are APGA, how will anybody steal our votes? We don’t vote in one direction, that why there is confusion. If all of us vote APGA, it will be difficult for anybody to rig elections in the South East.
APGA is the party for Ndigbo. Unless we start from home and win the five South East states for APGA, we won’t make any progress. Every Igbo man should know that Ndigbo are nowhere in Nigeria’s political equation.
“Ndigbo should have produced the Senate President, but we failed to put our acts together and the position went to the minority. Ndigbo should shine their eyes. Unless Ndigbo wins the five South East state for APGA, it would be difficult for an Igbo to emerge Nigerian President. 2019 is another election year. We must get things right.”
The National Chairman maintained that APGA has continued to wax stronger in all nooks and crannies of the country and vowed that the party would control the South East zone in 2019.
“We came to office in June 2015 and since then; APGA has spread to every nook and cranny of the country. In Bayelsa state, we have two State House of Assembly seats. In Taraba, we have one Assembly seat and one House of Representatives seat. In Anambra, we have 28 out of 30 seats. In Abia state, it should have been 24 out of 24, but they stole it and left 11 for APGA. In Niger state, we have seven elected councilors. In 2019, all the states in the South East will be controlled by APGA.”Read more
- Thursday, 29 January 2015
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