Fashola outlines priority road projects, apologises to National Assembly

Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola
Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola

Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Friday reiterated the federal government’s established plans to build road and bridge network across the country.

Mr. Fashola also highlighted the order of priorities in which the roads would be built through a revolving plan put around three years, between 2017 and 2019.

The minister explained that the intention was to connect states, drive economy, move fuel, food and import and export of goods.

He spoke at the sitting of the House of Representatives’ Investigative Committee on Breach of Privilege, Violation of Appropriation Act and Incitement of the Nigerian Public.

The committee had invited the minister over the statement credited to him with regards to the alterations in the ministry’s 2017 budget.

But the minister said he never attacked the National Assembly as a body, saying his response was specifically to the spokesperson of the House who accused him of being “untruthful” in a press statement.

“Let me say once again that my response hopefully has shed some light on the way matters have transpired about what led to what. As I have said here, it was not my intention to disparage the parliament.

“It was my intention to speak about development as a continuing matter and if my statement had caused any discomfort beyond what I intended, I certainly apologize for that. And I’ve made that very clear before that I’m not fighting the parliament,” he said.

The minister had in the course of the proceedings responded to issues slated for clarification like the status of reconstruction work and budgetary provision for Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Abuja-Kano Expressway in 2016 and 2017.

He said in addition to the plan for 44 federal highways construction contained in the 2017 Budget, government has also identified 63 roads in the first quarter of the year that were identified and prepared for emergency intervention across the country ahead of the rainy season.

This, he said, would give relief to Nigerians, while adding that the 63 roads were identified and prepared for intervention during the inspection tour of roads in 34 states.

He said for the purpose of effective implementation, the federal government has classified the roads into critical economic routes and agricultural routes to include all roads traversing geo-political zones, advancing trade and commerce across the states and leading to the ports as well as those passing through agricultural areas across the country.

Noting that the road projects are spread out in such a way that no zone has been left out, Mr. Fashola listed the proposed priority highway projects slated in the 2017 Budget to include Kano-Katsina Road; Ilorin-Kabba-Obajana Road (Sections 1&11); Ibadan-Ilorin Road, Section11 (Oyo-Ogbomosho); Lagos-Shagamu-Ibadan Dual Carriageway, Sections 1&11; and Lagos-Otta Road.

Also included are Apapa/Tincan Port, NNPC Depot (Atlas Cove) to Mile 2 Accessd Road, Apapa-Oshodi Road, Third Mainland Bridge, Apapa/Tincan Island Port-NNPC Depot Access Road, Benin-Ofosu-Ore Ajebandele-Shagamu Road, Obajana Junction-Benin Road Phase 2: (Sections i-iv), Sapele-Ewu Road Sections 1&11, Second Niger Bridge, Onitsha-Enugu Expressway (Amansea-Enugu State Border), Yenegoa Road Junction-Kolo-Otueke-Bayelsa Palm and Bodo-Bonny Road with Bridge.

Others are Odukpani-Itu-(Spur Ididep-Itam)-Ikot Ekpene Federal Highway Sections 1&11, Ikom Bridge, Enugu-Port Harcourt Dual Carriageway Sections i-iv, Calabar-Ugep-Katsina Ala Road, Vandeikya-Obudu-Obudu Cattle Ranch Road, Oshegbudu-Oweto Road, Oju/Loko-Oweto Bridge with approach roads, Nassarawa-Loko Road, Abuja-Lokoja Road Sections i&iv, Suleja-Minna Road Section 11. Kaduna Eastern Bypass, Kano-Maiduguri Road Section 1-1V, Hadejia-Nguru-Gashua-Bayamari Road and Kano Western Bypass.

Also in the list are Onitsha-Enugu Road (Section 1&11), Enugu-Port Harcourt Road (Sections i-iv), Calabar-Odukpani-Itu Road (Section1), Calabar-Ugep-Katsina Ala Road (Sections 1&11), Alesi-Ugup (Iyamoyung-Ugup) Road, Ogoja(Mbok Junction) Abuochichie Road, Otukpo Township Road, Kano-Maiduguri Road(Sections i-v), Kaduna-Zaria Road and Kaduna-Katsina Road, among others.

The minister also noted that the Federal Character Commission through its Acting Chairman, Shettima Abba, had acknowledged that the priority given to projects across the country “are federal character compliant and of benefit to all Nigerians”.

Mr. Fashola, however, expressed regrets that budgetary constraints would have a negative impact on such priority projects.

According to him, the two principal contractors working on sections of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Julius Berger and Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) (Nig.) Limited, have given notice of suspension of work on the site due to delay in the payment of agreed contract fees on work already done.


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  • Delnerd

    same old stories?

    • Patriotism

      By the old guys. This is a good one

      • Manny

        @disqus_P6H4CtCIeu:disqus

        In specifics, Raji Fashola left Lagos state with a whopping debt
        of 238 billion Naira owed to foreign banks and creditors PLUS another
        278.8 billion Naira owed to local contractors – totaling 512 billion Naira;
        according to the Debt Management Office. What further evidence does
        EFCC need to draw that simple, commonsense conclusion of corruption,
        or even theft, if there is no single functioning school to show for these
        oodles of money?

        Here was a governor, RAJI FASHOLA, who
        could not run the Lagos city BRT transport (which collapsed in just three [3]
        years under his incompetent watch) and who also failed to run schools to pass
        Wasc examinations. Is that not the meaning of INCOMPETENCE, to start with –
        besides roguery? Or, what else is a state governor to do, majorly, other than
        run sensible school system and a state bus system in an orderly environment?

  • George

    Man of little faith in themselves always render quick apologies.

    Yeye Fashola where is the light now its roads connection. God will punish your entire household.

  • Watch man

    Hope the amount voted under guise of “road construction” will be enough to kick-start 2019 election campaign by next year? Selfish, covetous, wicked and greedy crooks!

  • emmanuel

    Liar Fashola, you called all of them ignorant people live. I watched you and you also made clarification on Lagos/Ibadan fund release and Second Niger Bridge (which you conspired with Kemi not to release for ethnic sentiments). Meanwhile, that same Lagos Ibadan, which was a PPP project has now been surreptitiously converted to a wholly funded Federal Government project between you, Osinbajo and Kem – corruptioni.
    Yet you talk about corruption. When Jonathan said corruption was not only stealing, you abused him

    • Patriotism

      GEJ said stealing is not corruption! When will some of you start reasoning in civilised way. You don’t look at issues objectively without sentiment and immaturity. I pity your senselessness!!!

      • dami

        Don’t waste your time Emmanuel is just here to be negative….with no point whatsoever

        • emmanuel

          I am not negative, i stand on the path of equity and just Nigeria. DO UNTO OTHERS WHAT YOU WISH OTHERS DO UNTO YOU.
          You people are too crafty. when herdsmen kill others, it is no crime and no one is arrested. But when the people condemn such with harsh comments, it is hate. killings, rape, destruction of farmlands and homes, sending people away from their ancestral land is not crime, let Liar Mohammed work against harsh comments and celebrate violence.
          If Kemi refused to release funds for SECOND NIGER BRIDGE AND YOU DID NOT QUERY HER, BUT QUERRY ME FOR EXPOSING IT, THEN YOU ARE MORE DIVISIVE THAN KEMI. The one who took the Lagos Ibadan Expressway from your Obasanjo and got it running is not Yoruba, so why would the Yorubas in the saddle of leadership not reciprocate that with other people? Hypocrite!
          I am not Igbo and hardly need second Niger Bridge, but fair is fair.

          • Mikail Umar

            If you really stand on the path of just and equity then you start blaming the past administration for deceiving Nigerians when they award the contract and failed to release the fund for its execution but rather channelled the funds to campaign for election.
            I think this is a trend or call it precedence set by PDP. Let’s try and be objective Pls.

  • emmanuel

    No one should believe Fashola with all those roads he listed. Just watch, they would set up kangaroo bids, award the contracts to Arabian crooks with fake bonds, steal all the monies and save some for APC 2019 election which has failed from 2015. Nothing dey happen, criminals in high places.
    I hope they returned Oke’s $286 million to FG Treasury. CBN should tell us something. Afterall, when Ribadu declared Ibori $15 million bribe, it was moved to the CBN and was published.
    Unfortunately, every money recovered in APC days have been re-stolen, so they cannot give Nigerians any figure of recovered loot. Useless people and useless party

  • Justice Equity

    He said in addition to the plan for 44 federal highways construction contained in the 2017 Budget, government has also identified 63 roads in the first quarter of the year that were identified and prepared for emergency intervention across the country ahead of the rainy season…..
    For how long will buhari government take pride in lying to Nigeria, this is the most fraudulent government to ever come to Nigeria. Shame on this integrity deficit government.

    • Musbau Hamzat

      What is your points? are these mentioned road are in good condition? U need to buttress your point to be meaningful

  • OBSERVATION

    When you look at Babatunde’s dark lips and his miserable missing teeth, you cannot but agree that indeed Benson & Hedges together with BAT have been impacting lives in Nigeria for a very very very long time.

    • De’ Roy

      @disqus_vNgNHRex1N:disqus ;

      Alhaji Raji Fashola and the Islamist Jihad in Lagos state

      THE CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA urgently
      needs the Holy Spirit to see that barbarians are at the gates. The
      Christians were kneeling and singing the hymns when Raji Fashola used
      ISLAMIST “Taqiyya” deception on Lagos Christians to create a case and
      controversy for a court of law to have jurisdiction by pretending to ban the
      Hijab in Lagos public schools, just so that the Muslims can go to the Lagos
      High court; studded by Muslim judges, and get a legal right to wear the Hijab
      in schools, without making it look as if Raji Fashola himself authorized the
      Hijab in all Lagos public schools. This childish and clever by half plan has
      worked so far.

      A robotic court decision; more or less
      dictated from Bourdillon Road, was then issued; not just to override the
      school uniform rule inside the Lagos public school at issue, but more
      expansively to authorize Hijab in all public schools in Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi,
      Cross Rivers, Rivers and all states. Court of Appeal rubber-stamped this daft
      decision. Now, the case is pending hearing at the Supreme Court.

      If the Christian Association of
      Nigeria has any sense it should file to appear amicus curiae – as a friend of
      the court and file a separate argument. Lagos state governor Akin Ambode is a
      poodle of his Muslim masters. He should not be relied on to make any sense at
      the Supreme Court. The point that was never argued till now is this: since a
      public school is not a religious place or institution, freedom of religion
      cannot legally apply in a public school to warrant imposing the Hijab to
      override the prescribed school uniform, anymore than freedom of religion can
      apply inside a crowded cinema hall when the lights are off. That is the central
      point Raji Fashola’s daft lawyers did not canvass at all because it did not fit
      into Raji Fashola’s hideous plan to foster Islamism in Lagos public schools by
      stealth.

  • Frank Bassey

    Over-rated; Under-performing.

  • FreeNigeria

    Fashola the super failure.

    • Ebun. E. Cole

      @disqus_vNgNHRex1N:disqus

      It is actually an insult for a rogue who’s also a mental midget to aspire to lead public opinion.

      Nigerians need high sense of irritation to swat off crooked swarthy creatures like Raji Fashola.

      It is an insult to his betters for such local Muslim in thieves’ clothing to sound off in public space.

      • Eko don spoil

        @disqus_vNgNHRex1N:disqus

        Fashola submitted forged handover note in May 2015 saying he received 2.34 trillion Naira total
        revenue in his fraudulent 8-year tenure. That handover note was utterly false and fabricated.
        Later on, his Commissioner for Planning, Ben Akhabueze, told Punch newspaper that not
        less than ₦400 billion was received as gross revenue in each of those (8) eight years,
        meaning that gross revenue should be ₦3.2 trillion – and not the ₦2.3 trillion that
        Raji Fashola fraudulently understated, to cover up the missing and therefore
        stolen sum of ₦800 billion from the Lagos treasury under his rogue regime.

        The anti-corruption agency (ICPC) then declared Raji Fashola wanted.
        Raji Fashola was declared wanted on 3rd September 2015 by ICPC.
        President Buhari then coyly named Raji Fashola a Minister on the
        30th September to impede a criminal proceeding; now pending.

  • Bunkaya Gana

    I can tell you that by the end of the tenor of this fraud called APC government, the so-called identified roads will still be if not in their worse state.
    It is obvious to me that some regions are seriously disadvantaged compared to others. For me, no sane Government would have overlooked roads like:-Kumo- Numan- Yola Road in Gombe/Adamawa axis: Numan -Jalingo Road in Adamawa/Taraba axis: Ibi-Yelwa Road in the Taraba/Plateau axis and Yola- Mubi Road in Adamawa state.

    • Ajayi Ifayemi

      Hello, go and check on Lagos-Shagamu-Ibadan express road. It has already changed tremendously. If things continue at that rate, I do not have any reason to doubt what Fashola just stated.

  • abodes_124

    So Jonathan is still owing Julius Berger and Reynolds construction company. Since they have blocked his wife’s accounts, how is he going to pay the contractors.

  • Olu-Lion

    People seems to mistook budget for reality. Budget is a plan, estimated plan at that. He could have plans to construct 500 roads but dont blame him if fund is not made available to do the work? for instance JB and RCC just down tool on site last week. We should also remember that when Crude Dollar was rainy like torrents non of the money was put into serious work on our roads. Its my prayer that this government succeed, their success is Nigerian success,while their failure is Nigeria 4 years lost again, how are we sure the new guys we are rooting for will even do better? God bless Nigeria

  • NwaIgbo

    So for 16 years, these roads were not completed even though there was budget for them every year. Nigeria, we steal too much. Here is how I think it works in Nigeria;
    1. Get budget for infrastructure, inflate it 50%, so that you can pocket 30% for your self.
    2. Give 10% mobilization fee to compromised contractors who will not get paid for another 2 years. The contractor sets up billboard, does 1% of the job and takes off because he is owned money. Do tell me how much has been budgeted for the second Nigeria bridge since 1999 and how come it is not completed till date -ditto for other major projects in Nigeria.
    3. Next budget cycle, previous projects get inflated again by 100% with 80% pilfered by government officials and agents.
    Sad thing is that by the time our projects are completed it takes 7-10 years and over 500% over initial estimate. What we get from all these, check out and compare our completed projects with the standard and cost of other similar projects in other parts of the world. If the all the money stolen in Nigeria were actually plowed into what they were intended for, Dubai and China will be somersaulting to catch up with us. Sadly, that is not the case. It is budget, budget, and budget but minuscule delivery.
    Where did all all our money go, check that out on the glistering streets of Dubai, Los Angeles , London,and Canary Islands.

    By the way, what happens to Port Harcourt- Owerri road, Port-Harcourt-Aba road, Owerri- Aba road and Owerri – Umuahia roads. Hope these Federal roads are included in the current action items. By the way, is Julius Berger and China the only contractors we can use in Nigeria? My company is available too and we can do the jobs in less than 3 years and 60% cheaper- no bribery!

    • Senator D

      *WHO DESTROYED NIGERIA, PDP, APC, … OR PEOPLE?”*

      So, the narrative in recent times especially from those who support the present regime, is that “PDP destroyed” our country and it will take time to rebuild it. Read below and be the Judge–

      1. *Sen. Pres. Bukola Saraki. PDP Governor for 8yrs and PDP Senator for over 3 yrs.* Joined APC in 2014. He is the Senate President.

      2. *Speaker Yakubu Dogara. Two-term PDP House of Rep member.* Joined APC in 2014 and was elected for a third time in 2015. He is the Speaker.

      3. *VP Atiku Abubakar. Nigeria’s PDP Vice-President for 8yrs* and presently an APC Elderstatesman after jumping from one party to the other since 2007.

      4. *Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba. PDP Senator for 12yrs.* Decamped to APC about two months ago. He is the serving Chairman, NDDC Board.

      5. *Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri. Two-term PDP Senator from Bayelsa State.* Decamped to APC after the 2015 elections. He is a serving Minister of the Republic.

      6. *Sen. Ita Enang. Two-term PDP Senator from Akwa-Ibom.* Joined APC before the 2015 elections. Presently the SSA to the President on NASS.

      7. *Gov. Samuel Ortom. Long-serving Benue State Secretary of the PDP. Former National Auditor of the PDP and former Minister under Pres. Jonathan.* Joined APC in December 2014. He is the Governor of Benue State.

      8. *Sen. Barnabas Gemade. Founding father of the PDP, former National Chairman of the party and Senator from 2011.* Joined APC in December 2014. He is a serving Senator.

      9. *Gov. Atiku Bagudu. A two-term PDP Senator from Kebbi.* Joined the APC at some point. He is the serving Governor of Kebbi State.

      10. *Gov. Aminu Tambuwal. Former PDP Speaker of the House of Representatives.* Joined APC in 2014. He is the serving Governor of Sokoto State.

      11. *Sen. Abdullahi Adamu. Two-term PDP Governor of Nasarawa and Senator in 2011.* Joined APC in 2014. Still a serving Senator.

      12. *Sen. Danjuma Goje. Two-term PDP Governor of Gombe State and Senator in 2011.* Joined APC in 2014. Still a serving Senator.

      13. *Hon. Dakuku Peterside. Was a PDP Rep member from Rivers State.* Joined APC along with Gov. Amaechi. He is the DG of NIMASA.

      14. *Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso. Two-term PDP Governor of Kano State and former Minister of Defence under Pres. Obasanjo.* Joined APC in late 2013. He is a serving Senator.

      15. *Hon. Rotimi Amaechi. Former PDP Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly. Two-term PDP Governor of Rivers.* Joined APC in late 2013. He is a serving Minister of the Republic.

      16. *Gov. Rochas Okorocha. Was a Special Adviser to PDP’s Pres. Obasanjo. Became the Governor of Imo on APGA’s platform.* Joined APC in February 2013. He is the Governor of Imo State.

      17. *Sen. George Akume. Two-term PDP Governor of Benue State and Senator in 2007.* Left the party in December 2010. Still a serving APC Senator.

      18. *Gov. Nasir El-Rufai. Former FCT Minister under Pres. Obasanjo.* Left the PDP in 2010 and joined CPC. He is the serving APC Governor of Kaduna State.

      19. *Gov. Bello Masari. PDP Speaker of the House of Reps in 2003.* Joined the CPC in 2010. He is the serving APC Governor of Katsina State.

      20. *Sen. Adamu Aliero. Two-term PDP Governor of Kebbi State and Senator in 2007. Later became FCT Minister under Pres. Yar’Adua.* Joined APC at some point. He is a serving Senator.

      21. *Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma. Two-term PDP Senator from Akwa-Ibom State.* I don’t even know if he ever decamped to APC. He is the serving Minister of Budget & National Planning.

      Now, *save for Atiku who is a serial Presidential aspirant waiting for another election year to continue with his impossible dream of becoming Nigeria’s President,* all the above are holding offices in this regime. *They all played a part in the 16yrs of “PDP destruction”* but somehow are members of the APC that want to “rebuild”. Wow!

      My submission therefore is that *PDP did NOT destroy Nigeria. PDP is just a name/acronym.* The Nigerian people destroyed Nigeria.

      • NwaIgbo

        PDP or APC -same thing, same people, same mindless looters.
        Our leaders, politicians killing Nigeria softly while we the people are asleep and powerless.

  • NwaIgbo

    The primary ambition of most Nigeria politicians is not to work for the people but to be in positions to get contracts.

  • Senator D

    The only solution to the present political uncertainty in the country is for the National Assembly to set machineries in motion for the impeachment of ailing President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.”
    – Muhammadu Buhari (March 10, 2010, Sun Newspapers)

    “A serious government will fix power problem in six months.”
    – Babatunde Raji Fashola (November 12, 2014)

    “Stone us [APC] if we do not perform after two years.” – Tony Momoh ( April 3, 2016, The Guardian)

    “The only way to have stable electricity is to vote out PDP.”
    – Babatunde Raji Fashola (July 12, 2014, The Nation)

    “We seriously frown at President Goodluck Jonathan, over the unceremonious removal of the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr Andrew Yakubu.”
    (APC, August 4, 2014, Channels TV)

    “Jonathan is leading a visionless government.”
    – Yemi Osinbajo (December 22, 2014, Thisday & tweet@ProfOsinbajo)

    “Jonathan should resign if he has no solution to the violence being unleashed on some parts of the country.”
    – Nasiru El-Rufai (August 2012)

    “Why is the nation’s currency, the Naira, now trading for N180 per Dollar, while the South African Rand is trading at R11 to one United States Dollar?”
    – Babatunde Raji Fashola (Dec 26, 2014, The Nation)

    “Give Nigerians a daily update on the health of President Umaru Yar’Adua to stem the growing rumours surrounding his state of health.”
    – Lai Mohammed (December 21, 2009, The Nation)

    “Amaechi is not only clean but a tool to free Nigeria from the corruption imposed on us by those who hate our nation.”
    – APC (October 24, 2016, Vanguard)

    “The recent proscription of Boko Haram and Ansaru violates the Constitution.”
    – Lai Mohammed (June 10, 2013, The Nation)

    “I have decided, as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I will never do it again.”
    – Aisha Buhari (October 14, 2016, BBC)

    “People are now appointed to top posts because of the influence a “few people” wield. Some people are sitting down in their homes folding their arms only for them to be called to come and head an agency or a ministerial position.”
    – Aisha Buhari (October 14, 2016, BBC)

    “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room.”
    – Muhammadu Buhari (October 14, 2016, BBC/Punch)

    “Buhari is giving cabals billions through forex subsidy.”
    – Emir Sanusi of Kano (August 26, 2016, Daily Trust)

    “I can sit in my garden, make billions through forex without sweat.”
    – Emir Sanusi of Kano (August 25, 2016)

    “The funds spended were properly spended.”
    – Solomon Dalung, Sports Minister (December 19, 2016, Punch/YouTube)

    “Athletes don’t need training to win medals.”
    – Solomon Dalung, Sports Minister (September 12, 2016)

    “I and my ministers must declare our assets.”

    – Muhammadu Buhari, President-elect (April 13, 2015, NigerianEye)

  • Senator D

    NIGERIA FIRST SEMESTER EXAMINATION: 2015/2016 ACADEMIC SESSION.

    COURSE TITLE: Introduction to APC Government
    COURSE CODE: APC 101
    TIME ALLOWED: 45 Mins
    INSTRUCTION: Attempt All Questions

    1. Discuss the probability of APC blaming GEJ for the next 3years for
    (i.) Dollar increase.
    (ii.)Fuel Price increase
    (iii.) Power Failure
    (iv.) Unemployment
    (v. )Fulani Herdsmen Killings

    2. If APC = All Promises Cancelled, where PMB is a constant, discuss the speed at which:
    ( i.) N5k promise is cancelled
    (ii.) Feeding of school pupil is cancelled
    (iii.) NYSC allowance is reduced
    iv. Fuel pump prices are increased

    3. Define the term, ”Budget padding”.

    4. Mention 3 types of APC propaganda you know, and how they can be used in 21st century politics.

    5. Mention 5 IDP you know that feeds with N14000 everyday.

    6. Mention the next 3 countries PMB will travel to and the disgrace he will receive.

    7. If PMB is silent when herdsmen kill people and buys jet fighter when Biafra is mentioned, what is the probability that PMB is not a terrorist?

    8. Write short notes on these mad phrases;
    (i). masquerade dressing,
    (ii.) importation of grass
    (iii). fantastically corrupt.

    9. If x is change and y is lies/ propaganda, solve the equation, 2x + 5y = ?

    10. If you used to be corrupt, but now fantastically corrupt, explain the effect of gravitational force on you.

    11. with a labeled diagram, describe the famous losses ever witnessed in recent time:
    (i)– loss of budget.
    (II)– loss of WAEC certificate.
    (iii)- loss of the moon.
    (iv)- loss of ear drum.

    12. If President Buhari @ 73yrs received his 1953 secondary school classmates, with relevant logic, explain how old PMB was when he finished secondary school considering the fact that from 1953-2016 is 63 years.

    13. Write a short Essay on why Hajiya Aisha Buhari “visited” USA but did not go to say ‘Hi’ to Mrs. Mitchell Obama.

    Your Time Starts Now!!!

  • Senator D

    Worth Sharing

    *WHO DESTROYED NIGERIA, PDP, APC, … OR PEOPLE?”*

    So, the narrative in recent times especially from those who support the present regime, is that “PDP destroyed” our country and it will take time to rebuild it. Read below and be the Judge–

    1. *Sen. Pres. Bukola Saraki. PDP Governor for 8yrs and PDP Senator for over 3 yrs.* Joined APC in 2014. He is the Senate President.

    2. *Speaker Yakubu Dogara. Two-term PDP House of Rep member.* Joined APC in 2014 and was elected for a third time in 2015. He is the Speaker.

    3. *VP Atiku Abubakar. Nigeria’s PDP Vice-President for 8yrs* and presently an APC Elderstatesman after jumping from one party to the other since 2007.

    4. *Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba. PDP Senator for 12yrs.* Decamped to APC about two months ago. He is the serving Chairman, NDDC Board.

    5. *Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri. Two-term PDP Senator from Bayelsa State.* Decamped to APC after the 2015 elections. He is a serving Minister of the Republic.

    6. *Sen. Ita Enang. Two-term PDP Senator from Akwa-Ibom.* Joined APC before the 2015 elections. Presently the SSA to the President on NASS.

    7. *Gov. Samuel Ortom. Long-serving Benue State Secretary of the PDP. Former National Auditor of the PDP and former Minister under Pres. Jonathan.* Joined APC in December 2014. He is the Governor of Benue State.

    8. *Sen. Barnabas Gemade. Founding father of the PDP, former National Chairman of the party and Senator from 2011.* Joined APC in December 2014. He is a serving Senator.

    9. *Gov. Atiku Bagudu. A two-term PDP Senator from Kebbi.* Joined the APC at some point. He is the serving Governor of Kebbi State.

    10. *Gov. Aminu Tambuwal. Former PDP Speaker of the House of Representatives.* Joined APC in 2014. He is the serving Governor of Sokoto State.

    11. *Sen. Abdullahi Adamu. Two-term PDP Governor of Nasarawa and Senator in 2011.* Joined APC in 2014. Still a serving Senator.

    12. *Sen. Danjuma Goje. Two-term PDP Governor of Gombe State and Senator in 2011.* Joined APC in 2014. Still a serving Senator.

    13. *Hon. Dakuku Peterside. Was a PDP Rep member from Rivers State.* Joined APC along with Gov. Amaechi. He is the DG of NIMASA.

    14. *Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso. Two-term PDP Governor of Kano State and former Minister of Defence under Pres. Obasanjo.* Joined APC in late 2013. He is a serving Senator.

    15. *Hon. Rotimi Amaechi. Former PDP Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly. Two-term PDP Governor of Rivers.* Joined APC in late 2013. He is a serving Minister of the Republic.

    16. *Gov. Rochas Okorocha. Was a Special Adviser to PDP’s Pres. Obasanjo. Became the Governor of Imo on APGA’s platform.* Joined APC in February 2013. He is the Governor of Imo State.

    17. *Sen. George Akume. Two-term PDP Governor of Benue State and Senator in 2007.* Left the party in December 2010. Still a serving APC Senator.

    18. *Gov. Nasir El-Rufai. Former FCT Minister under Pres. Obasanjo.* Left the PDP in 2010 and joined CPC. He is the serving APC Governor of Kaduna State.

    19. *Gov. Bello Masari. PDP Speaker of the House of Reps in 2003.* Joined the CPC in 2010. He is the serving APC Governor of Katsina State.

    20. *Sen. Adamu Aliero. Two-term PDP Governor of Kebbi State and Senator in 2007. Later became FCT Minister under Pres. Yar’Adua.* Joined APC at some point. He is a serving Senator.

    21. *Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma. Two-term PDP Senator from Akwa-Ibom State.* I don’t even know if he ever decamped to APC. He is the serving Minister of Budget & National Planning.

    Now, *save for Atiku who is a serial Presidential aspirant waiting for another election year to continue with his impossible dream of becoming Nigeria’s President,* all the above are holding offices in this regime. *They all played a part in the 16yrs of “PDP destruction”* but somehow are members of the APC that want to “rebuild”. Wow!