“It is time for you the people of Lagos to liberate yourself from a family government to a people’s government. If you elect me as your president, I said and I promised, by the grace of God, I am going to set aside $10billion, so that we can empower our young men and women in small/medium enterprises”-
Atiku Abubakar, PDP Presidential Candidate, speaking to the people of Lagos and indeed all Nigerians.
Today, I joined our Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in paying homage to the Ooni of Ife, HIM, Oba, Dr. Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja, II; the Owa Obokun Adimula of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran and the Ataoja of Osogbo, His Royal Majesty Oba Jimoh Oyetunji at their palaces in Osun State.
This afternoon, I signed the bill upgrading the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo to a degree awarding university into law. This is one way we are increasing access to university education for students in Oyo State and other states seeking quality university education.
With the signing of this bill into law and the expected pronouncement of the National Universities Commission, the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education will soon be known as the Emmanuel Alayande University of Education, Oyo which will offer degree awarding courses.
Lagos is the center of Nigeria’s economic activity. This is why, as we continue our engagements with the people of the South-West, it was a great opportunity to speak about how the PDP intends to #RecoverNigeria, lift people out of poverty, and fix our economy.
The Church has enjoyed wonderful relationship with Gov. Ugwuanyi – Bishops
…Hail governor’s good works, leadership qualities
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Most Rev. Dr. Callistus Onaga, has expressed gratitude to God for the cooperation that exists between the Church and the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in Enugu State, describing it as “wonderful”.
Bishop Onaga who spoke at this year’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carol, held at the Holy Ghost Cathedral, Ogui, Enugu, yesterday, stressed that the Catholic Diocese of Enugu has enjoyed a harmonious relationship with Governor Ugwuanyi’s administration.
The Bishop prayed for “a very wonderful conclusion of this very administration,” and further implored God to grant Governor Ugwuanyi and his team the spirit of fortitude to uphold to the end.
Appreciating the positive impact of Governor Ugwuanyi’s administration since its inception in spite of the numerous nation’s challenges, Bishop Onaga said: “We know they are moving higher; Lord let them go higher. We know they are spending sleepless nights because of the situation; Lord if you do not keep watch over the city, in vain do the watchmen keep vigil. Keep watch with them. Heal the wounds that are there. And above all, bless them for the good works they have done these years of service.”
In his sermon which centred on Christ Jesus as a kingdom that has no end, and the need for mankind to live a worthy life and accept God’s kingdom in their hearts to reign with Him forever, the Auxiliary Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Most Rev. Dr. Ernest Obodo, used the opportunity to applaud Governor Ugwuanyi for his commitment and dedication to the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carol in the diocese since he assumed office in 2015.
Bishop Obodo disclosed that the governor has participated constantly in the annual event and has exhibited high sense of leadership qualities as a peaceful, visionary and people-oriented leader in the discharge of his responsibilities, saying: “Your Excellency, we thank you; you are a man of peace and a man who finds himself in his people. You go wherever your people are; when they are rejoicing you rejoice with them; when they are sorrowing, you sorrow with them.”
Speaking further on Governor Ugwuanyi’s exemplary leadership qualities, the Diocesan Secretary and Chancellor of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Wilfred Agubuchie, revealed that the governor has two unique qualities of “being able to combine civil life with your catholic faith and your capacity to live out; live by the principle of subsidiarity that says what individuals can accomplish by their own initiative and effort should not be taken away from them by a higher authority.”
The priest thanked Governor Ugwuanyi for his untiring efforts to make Enugu State better against all odds as well as his presence at the religious event, stressing that the diocese cherishes them.
“Your Excellency, in many areas, some tasks are beyond the Church and immediately, you will always come in to intervene, that is the principle of subsidiarity and you are living by it. Thank you very much and may God continue to bless you,” he said.
Dignitaries at the event include the Deputy Governor of the State, Hon. Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo; the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Uchenna Ubosi; the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya; the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Enugu State Chapter, Rev. Emmanuel Edeh; the Chairman, Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Igwe Amb. Lawrence Agubuzu; former Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Priscilla Ngozi Emehelu; wife of the late Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Amb. Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu; Chief Evarest Nnaji (Odengene), among others.
Text of Press Conference by the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Debo Ologunagba, Today, Friday, December 2, 2022 on the On-going Clampdown of PDP Leaders in Zamfara State.
Gentlemen of the Press, our Democracy and the 2023 General Elections are Under Attack.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), being disoriented by increasing popularity of the PDP and our Candidates ahead of the 2023 general elections has scaled up its vicious assault and clampdown on PDP candidates and other patriotic Nigerians in an attempt to silence PDP leaders and halt the overwhelming daily acceptance of our Party’s message of hope to Nigerians.
As we address you today, the Governor Bello Matawalle-led APC administration in Zamfara State has reportedly set up a killer squad in connivance with some elements in the Police which has commenced a brutal crackdown, arrest and detention of notable PDP leaders in Zamfara State based on unfounded allegations as part of APC’s plot to harass our leaders and other dissenting voices in the State.
The PDP has information of how the PDP Senatorial Candidate and Director-General of the PDP Governorship Campaign Council in Zamfara State, Ikra Aliyu Bilbis, Captain Bala Mai Riga and other notable members of the PDP were hounded, arrested and illegally held in dehumanizing detention facilities by the Police reportedly on the orders of Governor Matawalle.
Our Party has also been made aware of plots by the Gov. Matawalle-led APC administration to arrest and detain the PDP Governorship Candidate in Zamfara State, Dr. Dauda Lawal.
We alert Nigerians that the security operatives attached to Dr. Dauda Lawal have been withdrawn reportedly on the orders of Governor Matawalle.
Our Party believes that this action by the APC is a deliberate design to expose our Governorship candidate to harm’s way and undermine his ability to campaign and engage the good people of Zamfara State on his security and economic agenda for the State in line with the PDP’s mission to Rescue and Rebuild our country.
Also marked for arrest and detention are Zamfara State PDP Acting Chairman, Mukhtar Lugga, serving members of the National Assembly; Hon. Suleman Gummi, Hon. Shehu Fulbe and other leaders such as Col. Bala Mande, Salisu Maibuhu Gummi and Ahmed Garban Yandi in a heinous plot to put them out of circulation ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Other notable PDP leaders reportedly listed for arrest include Farouk Rijiya, Abubakar Rawayya, Zangina Abdullahi, Mugira Yusuf, Usman Danmasani Nahuche, Yarbachaka Haruna, Bashir Shehu, Usman Mafara, Ahmed Mairiga, Col. Yandoto, Nagambo Anka, Comr. Sale Maradun, Abba Oando, Suleiman Bukuyum, Rabiu Ilili Bakura, Mani Kotorkoshi, Maryam Buba, Abdulmajid Anka, Zayyanu Gusau among others who are now being hounded by APC agents.
The scheme of the APC is to torture, brutalize and keep these PDP leaders in detention so as to pave way for the APC’s militia to terrorize the people and scare them away from participating in the electoral process, having realized that the APC has been rejected in Zamfara State.
The PDP condemns in the strongest term, the action of the Gov. Matawalle-led APC administration which has become a clear and present danger to national security as well as a huge threat to our democratic process and corporate existence as a nation.
The PDP and the people of Zamfara State cannot be intimidated. Governor Matawalle and the APC in Zamfara State are sternly cautioned not to mistake the peace-loving and law-abiding disposition of PDP members and the people of Zamfara State as a sign of weakness.
Governor Matawalle and the APC in Zamfara State must realize that Zamfara State is home to the PDP, that Dr. Dauda Lawal has the full support of the people and is coasting to victory as the next Governor of Zamfara State.
Any attack on the PDP in Zamfara State is a direct assault on the generality of the people; it amounts to pushing the people of Zamfara State to the wall and the consequences could be dire.
The APC should note that its days in office in Zamfara State are numbered. The PDP will democratically take over office in Zamfara State on May 29, 2023 and no amount of harassment, arrest, detention and violence can change the Will of the people.
The PDP therefore demands for the immediate and unconditional release of Ikra Aliyu Bilbis, Captain Bala Mai Riga and other members of the PDP who were illegally arrested and detained reportedly on the orders of Governor Matawalle.
The PDP also charges the Inspector General of Police to immediately restore the withdrawn security details attached to the PDP Governorship Candidate in Zamfara State and take urgent steps to ensure the provision of adequate security for PDP members in the State in line with the Constitutional duty of the Police to the Nigerian people.
Our Party demands that the Inspector General commence the immediately investigation of the reported partisanship of certain top police personnel in Zamfara State which facilitated the vicious clampdown, illegal arrest and detention of PDP members in the State.
We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately call Governor Matawalle to order, rein-in his APC members and counsel them to accept the fact that the people of Zamfara State and Nigerians in general have the right to decide their political preference which they have amply expressed in their massive support for the PDP ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Thank you for listening
Hon. Debo Ologunagba
National Publicity Secretary
Today, our Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, met with leaders of the business community in Lagos. In my remarks, I reiterated the importance of having a President that will engage with Nigerians and be open to valid critiques and criticisms.
For the past 8 years, Nigerians have endured a master-servant relationship under the APC-led administration which has contributed to the resentment, mistrust and dissatisfaction that many feel towards the current government.
However, I am optimistic that with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at the helm of our nation’s affairs, he will galvanize leaders of the private sector into action to fix Nigeria’s economy, create jobs for our people, and reduce inflation.
2022 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN :
INAUGURATION OF THE PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITY PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN COUNCIL(PLWD)
This is to cordially invite all our Governors, NWC, BOT, NASS, NEC Members, former Governors, NASS Members, Former Ministers and all other Stakeholders to the Inauguration ceremony of the PLWD Presidential Campaign Council.
DATE: SATURDAY 3rd DECEMBER, 2022.
VENUE: LADI KWALI BANQUET HALL, ABUJA CONTINENTAL HOTEL (FORMER SHERATON HOTEL), WUSE ZONE 4, FCT, ABUJA
Please endeavor to participate as we join hands with our Presidential Candidate, H.E. Atiku Abubakar, GCON (Waziri Adamawa) to rescue Nigeria.
H.E. Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, OFR