14 years of PDP rule in Nigeria worse than slave trade, Borno Governor says

Borno APC Leaders

The Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, on Saturday lambasted the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led federal government saying the 14 years of its rule in Nigeria is worse than the terrible experiences Africans passed through during the slave trade.

The governor emphasised that only the All Progressives Congress (APC), a party he described as “an idea that has come, which nobody can do anything about”, can salvage Nigeria from “political slavery.”

Mr. Shettima made this statement shortly after the inauguration of the state’s Interim Executive Council of the APC.

“Apart from colonialism and slave trade, nothing so terrible has befallen Nigerians in the last 14 years more than the emergence of PDP rule at the national level,” Mr. Shettima said.

“It is so sad that in the last 14 years Nigeria had at hand billions of dollars that is unprecedented in the contemporary history of this country; but this is a government that cannot boast of tarring more than 5000 kilometres of road across the country; a government that cannot boast of generating 5000 mega watts of electricity; and this is a government that cannot boast of creating 5000 jobs for millions of our jobless youths. For God’s sake, this party called PDP, in the first instance, has no business being in government of this country. We owe it a duty to generations yet unborn to the right thing.

“APC is bringing a wind of change that will put Nigeria, for the first time, on the path of growth and development,” he added.

The governor said for the APC to realise its dreams ahead of 2015, it must put its house in order and resolve all intrigues and internal wrangling.

Mr. Shettima, who is having a running battle of supremacy with his ex-political godfather and predecessor, Ali Modu Sheriff, was all through the event hailed as the leader of the APC by his supporters.

The governor, who appeared pleased with his ability to organise the inauguration, however cautioned his supporters that “there is no winner, no vanquish in today’s occasion; we are all one; and we should be seen to work together as one”.

Mr. Shettima also said he is very confident of victory in 2015 partly because of the calibre of personalities he has been able to lure into his party.

“Today we have people like Hon Mustapha Baba Shehuri, a former governorship candidate of the CPC in the state in our midst; we have the ACN flag bearer, Engineer Ibrahim Ali, I have the three PDP members in the state Assembly now with us; I have the former PDP flag bearer during the 2011 elections, Alhaji Muhammed Goni, now on the same page with me; I have five Reps members of the National Assembly now with me.

“You can see that as far as Borno state is concerned there is no single opposition except the ones we may have within. Please let us put our heads together and work for the common good of the people of Borno State,” he said.

The APC Interim National Secretary, Tijjani Tumsa, also called for unity in the party. He said by his position as the state governor, Mr. Shettima is the party’s leader.

He added that Mr. Shettima is not only a leader of APC in the state, but a national leader who had contributed to the formation of the party.

“The first communique that brokered the formation of APC was read by no other person but Governor Kashim Shettima. I urge all to cooperate with him in unity and cohesion so that our party can bring change in Nigeria and Borno state particularly,” he said.

Kaka Yale, the Interim State Chairman of the APC, said in his acceptance speech that he would preside as a fair leader who would give a level playing field to party members.

He commended Mr. Shettima for steering the state towards development despite the security situation there.

“However, the effort to bring back peace in Borno State can be much easier and faster if we can all work together…the path of peace cannot be achieved in the state and if we all remain at dagger drawn with one another. We should know that no man is an island, just like late MKO Abiola has said that ‘no one can clap with one hand,” Mr. Yale said.

A former member of the House of Representatives, Joshua Shara, also claimed the governor only had problems from a particular part of Borno.

“We in the Southern Borno and the Northern Borno have no problem; so let the Central put its house together so that we would not have problems as we move towards 2015, when we would by God’s grace elect Kashim Shettima as our governor,” Mr. Shara, now a Borno commissioner, said.

The drama of the event was when a political thug, before the arrival of the governor and the APC national officers to the venue, stood up and ordered the state’s commissioner of education, Musa Kubo, to get out of the hall; as the assemblage was not for supporters of Mr. Sheriff, the former governor.

It took the intervention of party officials and politicians to beg the thug to let the commissioner be.


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  • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

    Mr. Sahara thanks. I want to assure you that we (Borno indigenes born outside the state) will be throwing our weights towards you to see that our most humble governor return to government house in 2015 and continue with his good works.

    God willing the dark days of SAS has gone forever.

    • Mark Critical alal

      Hope all this your support will not end outside Borno? Try go home and vote.

  • Afam

    When they talk of this 14 years of PDP as if some of them have not been part of it since 1999,Brono have been in the hands of APP to ANPP and now to APC so what have they used over N4trillion allocated to them since 1999 to do?It is easy to accuse PDP at any slight rally of APC but many of them have forgotten they have been the part of democracy and sharing at various levels from federal,states to local governments since 1999 by the various parties..clowns..

  • Mohammed

    Carry go his excellency Kashim Shettima, we are proud of you and will continue to be with you forever. You started as a humble man, and you will by the grace of Almighty God complete 2019 as a humble man. We as youth of Borno state are strongly behind you. No room for Ali Sherriff and his thief father. Ali Sherrif put Borno, and Nigeria in this mess. He was the first person that brought military in Borno when it was a home of peace. They beat, and killed several youths just because of helmet, today where is the helmet. Ali Sherrif is the one that introduced ECOMOG, Which later metamorphosed into boko haram. Ali Sherriff bribed Doctors in general hospital Maiduguri, just to tarnish the image of Ba’Mala, without thinking of how many lives would be lost. Ali Sherrif looted our money, left the state, despite their riches him or his father has never send a condolence or any support to the people of the state. Now that election is fast approaching, he packed his pot belly thinking that the business is usual. We will resist the imposition of any person related to Ali Sherrif in the state. May God protect us from their evil act.

    • redeem

      See how certain Nigerians behave-chop clean mouth like fowl -Was the present governor not installed by Ali Sherrif? U just bite the same fingers that once fed u-the only thing that some of these brainless governors can say to the crowd is to blame the present government at the centre-beyonf shuch talks they are empty upstairs-Dont we know that the said 14 yrs also included the 8 yrs that obj, the present beautiful bride of tinubu, ruled 9ja? But now the darling of APC-sadly Nigeria is over 54 yrs old–so what have we been doing with the awuf oil revenue from the SS–no wonder them hardly ever talk about resource control or fiscal federalism

  • paul preston

    when you listen to some of this apc people you wonder what they take Nigerians for. for 14 yrs ANPP,ACN etc have ruled and ruinede Borno and one of those Gov Shettima will not remove the beam on his eyes he rather wants to remove speck from the eye of PDP.apc is a party formed in deceit,sustained by deceit and populated by liars was sas a PDP man when he used bokko haram to win elections in Borno.What we have witness in this country and we have to resist it is people creates problemsw and dumb it on the head of others

  • Dr. Peter Ejirika,CPA

    Mr. Ola Audu you are naive as to what Slave trade means and the problems it created and continues to create for the black race. Please keep your misguided thoughts to your self otherwise a Black American would send you to your grave before you have an opportunity to be educated in western civilization. Also, I would like to speak for Southern Nigeria that we do not share such dumb sentiments.

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    This is an excellent truth. PDP must change to APC come 2015