Soldiers removed our posters, replaced them with PDP’s, APC claims

The APC said it has evidence of the action

Soliders, in the late hours of Monday in Adamawa, removed posters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and replaced them with those of Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the opposition party has claimed.

The Interim National Vice Chairman of the APC for the North East Zone, Umar Duhu, told PREMIUM TIMES that soldiers of the 23rd armoured brigade carried out the action ahead of the visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to the state on Tuesday.

The APC had on Monday inaugurated the state’s interim committee. Mr. Duhu said prior to the event, the party had cause to put up is posters, billboards and fliers across all strategic locations in Yola, the Adamawa capital.

“However, later in the night; immediately after the curfew period has set in, we visibly saw military men with their guns hanging on their necks, busy removing our posters and replacing them with that of the PDP and President Jonathan 2015,” Mr. Duhu said.

Mr. Duhu said his party had evidence of the allegation describing it as “very unbecoming of the military that was supposed to be non-partisan”’

The APC leader advised the military to stay out of politics. He said the military should know that they are being paid with tax payers’ money to protect the integrity of Nigeria, and they are not supposed to be partisan.

We will resist impunity

Mr. Duhu also accused the ruling PDP of trying to intimidate the opposition using the military. He said the APC is ready to face the challenges.

“All this draconian method of ensuring that the president is returned by hook or crook ; we will make sure we resist it, even if it means we will lose our lives, we are ready to lose it to make sure that democracy in Nigeria survives. So we will not allow that,” he said.

He also restated the position expressed by the APC in the past that the PDP had decided to merge with security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

“All we are telling Nigerians is that we are determined to challenge them head on. If you look at all revolutions around the world, the military will continue to shoot the people until they get tired and also drop their guns and join the crowd.

“So we are ready to upturn the system we have today to ensure that probity and rule of law hold supreme in Nigeria and we are ready to do that even if it means we lose our lives in the process,” he said.

Jonathan shields corrupt elements

Mr. Duhu also accused President Jonathan of shielding corrupt elements in his government. He said there was massive corruption involved in the construction of the secondary school built by the Nigerian Air force, which Mr. Jonathan had gone to Adamawa to commission.

Mr. Duhu cited the reported incident of the harassment of journalists by Air force officers just to stop them from witnessing the event and reporting what they saw.

“What happened with the harassment of journalists during the president’s visit is unfortunate. The President said the CDS was appointed because he was prudent with resources, then why were they preventing journalists from taking inventory of the materials there.

“What the president said about the CDS is not correct and that is why people say he is shielding corruption. Anything Jonathan tells Nigerians about corruption is just lies; Nigerians should begin to say no to impunity. Impunity is what is keeping the PDP alive and we are not going to allow it to thrive in Nigeria,” he said.

There were reports that some journalists working for various media houses were stoned by Air force personnel at the venue of the project commissioning.

According to the Guardian Newspaper, the reporters were stoned out of the venue by men of the Air force on an order from an officer suspected to be the head of the school Mr. Jonathan visited to commission.

The paper said trouble started for the journalists at the venue when the Public Relations Officer of 75 Strike Force, Yola, Ishaku Abdullahi, a Flying Officer, asked journalists to wait in one of the classrooms for their accreditation.

It said later on an officer with a nametag A.A. Dogo, suspected to be the head of the school slated for commissioning, came and asked who directed the reporters to sit inside the classroom. But after an explanation from the chairman of the correspondents’ chapel, Umar Dankano, of the Peoples Daily Newspapers, the aggressive officer left without a word.

A few minutes after, another man dressed in a rough suit with a name tag SPA Emmanuel C. Anita, arrived and ordered the reporters who were waiting to be accredited to get out of the venue, saying that their presence was not needed. Before Mr. Dankano could offer some explanations, some men of the Air force started throwing stones at the reporters.

It took the intervention of some military officers from the 23 Amoured Brigade, Yola, to rescue the journalists out of the venue

PREMIUM TIMES tried unsuccessfully to speak to the spokesperson of the 23rd Brigade, Nuhu Jafaru, throughout Wednesday. Several calls to his cell phone failed to connect, and he also did not respond to an SMS sent to him.


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  • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

    Impunity in Adamawa.

    PDP goes to only those states where they try.

    Let them try it in Kano or Sokoto.

    • Hateme

      PDP will even try it in front of your father’s house or even in front of your illiterate god Boko Buhari’s house, notthing will happen.. parasitic idiotic smelly mallam!

      • PureNigerian

        Why the hate?
        Don’t call people names just for the fun of it

      • Hausafulani

        When someone is in short of facts,reasoning,proofs and decorum he resort to abuse and name calling.All u are exhibit is illiteracy and hate and these are diseases that makes someone grow older so take note and desist from it,seek for knowledge because is a powerful weapon that uplift and change man for a better life

      • Issei

        Ogogoro head,taking kain kain,24/7

      • Jika

        That is the kind of response you get when you are confronted by superior argument.Your response only goes to confirm your level of exposure,training,and,upbringing l

      • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

        Unfortunately for you and the PDP, my father is now late.

        Where else can they try?

    • paul preston

      the president will visit any state he wants to,just wait and see,Kano belongs to PDP shekarau is now inPDP and he said there is no democracy in apc that party apc belongs to gangsters

      • Issei

        Kano is not bayelsa for your info,as for shekarau he knows Kano and kanawa,we are waiting for him

      • Jika

        The last time I checked,Kwankwaso is the Governor of Kano after resoundingly defeating an ANPP candidate that was picked,annointed and sponsored by Shekarau.So much for ownership of Kano!!!!

  • Akaeru Igwe

    You’ve seen nothing yet! The President is coming to Adamawa to commission a federal project and all your Boko Haram do-nothing mis-Governor can do is to put up APC barners. He has failed as chief of naval staff, mis-governor as a military man and as a civilian, has nothing to his name and he cannot be matured enough to keep his jaundiced judgement out of what is supposed to be an honour to his state. Jonathan needn’t reminding Nyako decamped but Nyako’s Boko Haram ideology is based on childish, chicken brain.

  • Bazamfare

    APC complains too much.

    • wissy

      They should, the essence of multi part is for check and balances. if not we wont be informed of the happenings, especially sheilding corruption, impunity in the system

    • Jika

      Yeah just as much as the level of impunity of the PDP.

  • redeem

    The Media aide to General Ibrahim Babangida and Special Adviser, Media and Public Affairs to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, Prince Kassim Afegbua, has debunked a news story credited to him by some online medium (SAHAHRA REPORTERS and co)..In a statement issued in Benin City on Wednesday and made available to journalists, Afegbua maintained that the publication entitled, “Your aides are misleading you, IBB warns Jonathan,” was an outright blackmail and a sad commentary on journalism practice,” adding that “I did not issue the said statement that is flying around the social media on behalf of IBB by (El Rufai).” Yet APC mouth piece SR went ahead to publish the lies cooked by El Rufai for us to swallow-and the police rather than arrest El Rufai and charge d cow to court for forgery, are keeping quiet over the whole issue-

  • Mani_Kay

    Part 2 …….. January 30, 2014


    Counting from independence in 1960, Nigeria is 53years and a few months old. And from independence in 1960, the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani and the Yorubas have together ruled Nigeria for over 50 consecutive years from independence.

    At the end of their over 50 consecutive years rule of Nigeria we have no electricity supply country-wide.

    One of the so called competent rulers from the Yoruba stock recently spent a whopping $16billion on electricity without impact of any sort. Yet they say they are competent. What manner of competence is this?

    The other one who resides in Minna of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani stock spent over $70Billion Gulf Oil windfall purchasing colour TV sets for Aso Rock and did not think it fit to consider electricity supply related projects as beneficiary of the huge Gulf Oil windfall earnings. Yet they say they are competent. What manner of competence is this?

    At the end of their over 50 consecutive years rule of Nigeria most Nigerians use candles to meet their daily power supply needs in the 21st century while others depend on imported generators. It is on record that Nigeria ranks No.1 as the country that imports the highest number of generators in the world.

    If this situation is not a manifestation of the incompetence of the Yorubas and the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani after their over 50years consecutive rule starting from independence in 1960….. what else is?

    Yet it is this same Yorubas and the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani that have the effrontery to lie that President Jonathan who came in just about 3 years ago and who is working tirelessly to clear the mess they left behind is incompetent.

    May be competence to the Yorubas and the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani means that Nigerians will forever use and depend on candles to meet their power supply needs in the 21st Century. What a shame!!!

    The Yorubas and the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani have ruined Nigeria for 50 consecutive
    years. They must allow the South-South, South-East and the Middle Belt/Christian North a period of 50 consecutive years to fix Nigeria.

    Enough is enough!!!

    • debbeljo

      … one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes –Psalm 101:7

    • debbeljo

      No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes –Psalm 101:7

    • Hausafulani

      When someone is in short of facts,reasoning,proofs and decorum he resort to abuse and name calling.All u are exhibit is illiteracy and hate and these are diseases that makes someone grow older so take note and desist from it,seek for knowledge because is a powerful weapon that uplift and change man for a better life.We will keep on advising you so that u can stay long enough to witness change of President(mama Brandy’s child) to a patriotic Nigerian citizen who will really transform Nigeria to achieve great height

    • AAA

      Hausa Fulani’s and Yoruba’s would forever remain your masters and you would as their slave.

    • AAA

      Hausa Fulani’s and Yoruba’s would forever remain your masters and you would as their slave.

      • JI

        The cattle rearer’s? The world has left you behind.

        It is in the USA, UK, Brazil, Taiwan and those who are too full about themselves on national leadership are in the back seat worldwide.

        Liberate your mind and your multiplying slaves/the poorest in Nigeria(your people)

    • Rico

      Eeejit, propagandist, the propaganda of your leaders past has never worked on Nigeria and it can never work, why did you also follow the footsteps of your failed role models with cheap propaganda? if you are not happy with Nigeria, just get out! and let those of us that wants to live in peace without hatred and sentiment stay and stop corrupting the minds of young people just as you loser mind has been corrupted by your loser elders, why should a young or middle aged person go into such blatant lies and go so crude in imagination? you are a disappointment, you have failed! to those of us who are non partisan and sentiment neutral, you are an enemy and we will run you down without a trace, just like a truck passes on an ant that you are, Mani_kay – you are a fraud, a liar, your likes have no important part to take in the future of our country, you are already relegated to the bottom of the league among us, people of your caliber are a setback to our dear country, and the country is bigger than you, you are not fit to belong to our generation, you are fighting a war you cannot win, if you ever believe in God, you will know God doesn’t approve of the attitude of your likes, you have already been conquered.

    • Issei

      Job less man,you better start counting the days left for your pay master in government,the day is 29 may 2015,departure time 1.00pm,to otuake.

  • Favnat John

    Please be careful about what you saying towards Nigeria Military.1st You guys ask for blockage of thier Ogas and now Poster.Please stay out of Military way

    • Jika

      I think you need to direct your advice to the appropriate quarters;the Military high command.

  • Uturu Mgbagbu

    It’s beyond childish trying to politicize the visit of the President, especially when he was coming to commission federal/military projects located in your state. The President needed no reminding that mis-Governor Nyako, with nothing to his name as chief of naval staff, military and civilian mis-governor, had decamped to APC (or is it paracetamol). It’s just childish B-Har-am mentality. Watch out for more ACTION.

  • umar ardo

    Soldiers did not remove APC posters and replace them with PDP posters – I did! Everybody in Adamawa knows this fact; Duhu himself knows. I replaced the APC posters with that of the President and mine. I did that for good reason.

    • Hausafulani

      How manage u did it yourself alone considering the fact that curfew is still in place in Yola..You can only succeed in deceiving ur self only and not us.Definitely some group of people must have assisted you carried out that evil act soldiers or any other unpatriotic uniform men.

    • Issei

      Lier that is what your are.

    • Jika

      Yeah with the aid of the military since we all know that there is curfew in place in Yola.I have news for you;you have lost before,you will loose again and you you will be an eternal loser because you and your ilk don’t mean well for Adamawa.May be you need to have a rethink perchance you may avoid hypertension which is staring you in the face.

  • Okey

    Premium Times, please, this is the height of reckless partisanship. I earnestly plead that you put a stop to politicization of the military. Many Nigeria families have lost precious ones in the army who died in the course of arresting the Boko Haram menace in the North. Directing APC propaganda arsenal against the the army is the height insensitivity and wicked mischief in the memory of these grieving families.

    • Issei

      Then tell them to remain neuteral

  • paul preston

    that man said they are willing to die for democracy,he should have said they are willing to die just to get power which will give aceess to loot Nigeria,there is no democracy in apc all they know is godfathercracy(impositions of sons, daughters,wives etc) we can never surrender our destiny to such men

    • Jika

      You have already surrendered your destiny to PDP and you are reaping the Benefits’.Sorry you don’t have any destiny left.

  • Malam

    @mani Kay. Advise dumbo the mumu to ensure that all his ministers, service chiefs, and other appointees be from ijaw aborigines since you feel very inferior and afraid of the superior hausa Fulani your masters. Forever the hausa Fulani will remain your masters….hahaha

  • Contact Point

    So it was just a secondary school block GEJ went to Adamawa to commission? This man is really really idle even with the glaring mountainous of issues of national importance to handle. PDPig is really not the party to take Nigeria/Nigerians near that promise land, let alone taken us there.

    • JI

      na people like you dey say Jonathan has never visited the Nort East, He is in charge and can choose anything activity as a means to visit a state.

      Low brain like you.

      He visited Adamawa and soldiers prevented your possible shoe throwing journalists from coming near him. Must a fool be called one to know?

      The SSS are smarter, let the APC journalist complain to high heavens, the man don visit and return home

  • Uzoma

    These people–the APC–never gets tired of complaining. If that is how opposition works in a democracy, then we don’t need one in this country. I hope they are not now going to refuse funding to the army as they are doing to the police.

  • JI

    Absolute nonsense!

    If they prevented some Journalist, did you see the video in some Television station?

    Is it time to paste posters yet? why lie about everything?

    Make una nor worry, Those who called in the military in the past either ran into exile or got killed by them.

    The APC is a representation of lies. They are like the typical Nigerian 419 who converts every new government policy as an instrument to generate a new scam model.

    There are parties like APGA and Labour party to call opposition.