APC in disarray as key leaders leave in droves

APC Leaders

Unless it does something drastic, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Nigeria’s main opposition party, may implode before the 2015 general elections, which are only six months away, PREMIUM TIMES’ extensive analysis of the situation within the party has shown.

The party, which is barely one year old, has found it extremely difficult to halt the exit of key members in rapid succession to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and also to resolve internal disputes within its state chapters, which have festered for months.

PREMIUM TIMES checks showed that in the last eight months, no fewer than seven key members of the Joint Inter-Merger Committee, JIMC, the central body that supervised the fusion of some hitherto opposition parties, have left the party, either due to irreconcilable differences with fellow leaders or to pursue other political ambitions.

The APC was formed last year following the successful merger talks between the Action Congress of Nigeria [ACN], Congress for Progressives Change [CPC], All Nigeria Peoples Party [ANPP], and a section of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, registered the party on July 1, 2013.

In the run-up to its formation, the party had described itself as “Noah’s Ark which Nigerians who are tired of the endless drift of Nigeria must enter,” in reference to the biblical vessel God directed Noah to build to save himself, family and all the world’s animals from flood.

Shortly after the birth of the party, five governors and some prominent members of the PDP joined the fold. Also, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, 11 senators, 37 members of the House of Representatives and members of some State Houses of Assembly and leaders of local government councils also crossed to the party from the PDP.

However, the party soon descended into crisis across the country leading to the departure of some of its influential leaders. Those who have left so far are former Governors Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano), Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto), Ali Modu Sheriff (Borno), and Achike Udenwa (Imo).

Others are a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC], Nuhu Ribadu, a former Foreign Affairs Minister, Tom Ikimi, a former senator, Annie Okonkwo and a prominent political leader in Edo State, Osagie Ise-Iyamu.

A former governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba is believed to be so deeply aggrieved that he might quit the APC as the party’s leadership appeared unable to resolve the rift between him and Governor Ibikunle Amosun over the battle for the soul of the party in Ogun state.

Similarly, a National Secretary aspirant at the party’s last convention, Kashim Imam, who played a key role in convincing the five former PDP governors last October to join the APC, is also believed to be considering quitting the party.

The development, analysts say, does not only seem to have belittled the entry of a former Vice President Atiku, the governors and other former top members of the PDP into the APC, but also raises concern about the ability of the leadership of the opposition party to resolve disputes.

Mr. Shekarau, a two-time governor of Kano State, who led the ANPP to the merger talks and participated actively in all the meetings, was the first to quit the APC last January. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Shekarau, the presidential candidate of the ANPP in the 2011 presidential election, took up appointment with the PDP-led federal administration as Minister of Education.

Mr. Shekarau’s major grouse was the alleged shoddy process that led to the admission of his successor, Governor Kwankwaso to the APC last year. He felt deeply disrespected that an APC delegation, consisting top leaders of the fold, visited the Government House, Kano, to woo the governor into the party without consulting him or at least give him a heads up.

On his part, former Governor Bafarawa, who was a member of the Constitution sub-committee of the JIMC, allegedly felt uncomfortable with the admission of his political rival, Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State to the APC. He defected to the PDP in January. He also complained that he was left out of the arrangements that culminated in the admission of Mr. Wamakko to the party.

Mr. Sheriff also left the party last month for the PDP. Although he was not a member of any of the sub-committees of JIMC, the former senator featured in virtually all the meetings of the leaders of the ANPP where negotiations were made.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that Mr. Sheriff was disturbed by the manner he was perceived by some of the APC leaders who had suspicious of his closeness to the PDP as well as his alleged role in the birth of the Boko Haram sect when he was governor.

It was also learnt that the former governor was also concerned that the leaders took sides with Governor Kashim Shettima in the face-off between him and the governor.

A few months ago, Mr. Sheriff almost came to blows with a leader of the party and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu.

Mr. Udenwa, who is also a former Minister of Commerce, served in the Manifesto Committee (which also considered the APC Motto, Slogan and Message) of the JIMC. But he suddenly dumped the party earlier in the year although he gave no reason for his exit. He has since returned to the PDP on whose platform he was governor between 1999 and 2003.

Mr. Okonkwo left the party following his inability to secure the governorship ticket of the party in Anambra State for the November 2013 election and his subsequent disagreement with Chris Ngige, who picked the ticket.

Mr. Ize-Iyamu, who functioned as the ACN Chairman in Edo State was a member of INEC-Legal and Constitution Compliance Committee during the merger. He however fell out with Governor Adams Oshiomhole who he accused of exhibiting “anti-democratic posture.”

On his part, Mr. Ribadu, whose exit from the APC on August 16 appeared the most shocking of all. After he joined the PDP, he obtained the PDP nomination form to contest the vacant seat of the governor of Adamawa State. He has since withdrawn from the race.

Although, the ACN presidential candidate in 2011 did not serve in any of the merger subcommittees, he attended some of the meetings of the leaders and also accompanied them to woo prominent politicians into the APC.

Mr. Ikimi, who dumped the APC late August, did not only lead the ACN to the merger talks, he hosted the meetings of the merger committee in his Abuja home.

His main grouse for leaving the party was because he was blocked by some leaders of the party, notably Mr. Tinubu and the governors from contesting the position of the national chairman during the June convention of the party.

He had issued a statement shortly after the convention accusing the governors of the party and Mr. Tinubu of manipulating the process to pick Mr. Oyegun as national chairman.

In an advertorial on Tuesday, the former minister, who was the founding national chairman of the defunct National Republican Convention, NRC, again blamed the defections of some chieftains of the party on Mr. Tinubu.

“It is not a coincidence to me that the prominent members of APC targeted by Bola Tinubu such as Alhaji Bafarawa, Sen Ali Modu Sheriff and myself are former NRC members or those perceived as Conservatives,” Mr. Ikimi alleged. Mr. Ikimi is already on his way to his former party, the PDP.

Mr. Osoba, a two-time governor of Ogun State who served in the Constitution sub-committee of the JIMC. The former Ogun governor, those close to him say, has commenced discussions with his loyalists on the possibility of floating another party or joining an existing one.

Internal Wrangling in States

Many state chapters of the APC are also bedevilled by internal wrangling, which pundits believe might lead to implosion in the party if not carefully handled.

We present a snapshot of the crises in some of the states below.

Katsina: In this northwestern state from where a leader of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari, hails from, the opposition party is swimming in trouble waters. The main characters in the leadership crisis are a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Masari; a former Senate Chief Whip, Kanti Bello; Abu Ibrahim, also a former senator; Abdullahi Aminchi; a former member of the House of Representatives, Usman Bugaje; Abdulazeez Yar’ Adua, a retired colonel and younger brother of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua; Ismaila Isa and Sada Ilu. All the combatants are nursing governorship ambition. The source of the crisis was the outcome of the membership registration and ward congresses organized by the party, which produced Mustapha Inuwa, a crony of Mr. Masari as state chairman.

Adamawa: The impeachment of former Governor Murtala Nyako may have reduced the power tussle in the APC. Mr. Nyako was among the five PDP governors that defected to the APC last October. His entry generated heat as the original members of the party, including Buba Marwa and Marcus Ginduri, both CPC and ACN governorship candidates in the 2001 election, kicked against it. Their main grouse was that the APC structure was handed over to the former governor who was believed to have come alone into the party from the PDP.

Kwara: It was the first state that showed signs of crisis when the five PDP governors, including Abdulfatah Ahmed left PDP for APC. The ACN governorship candidate in the 2011 election, Dele Belgore faulted the national leadership for accepting to admit the governor and the handing over of the party structure to the PDP. The coming of Bukola Saraki, seen as the godfather of Kwara politics, worsened the situation. Before long, Mr. Belgore dumped the party for the PDP.

Plateau: In Plateau, the APC crisis has been enmeshed in crisis over the outcome of its state congress, especially the chairmanship position, won by Latep Dabang, a former aide to former Governor, Joshua Dariye. It was however aggravated by the procedure adopted for picking members of the Board of Trustees, BoT. The crisis generated to some aggrieved members of the opposition party locking out some of their leaders during a meeting. A former senator, John Shagaya and Amos Gombi, contested for the position.

Abia: The crisis is also traceable to the congress. A faction of the APC in the state, which styled itself ‘Integrity Group’ warned after a meeting in Aba that the party would be doomed in the state if the party did not keep its promise to its members in the state.

Bayelsa: In Bayelsa, the APC chairman, Tiwei Orunimighe, was at the receiving end when aggrieved members under the aegis of Third Force descended on him, accusing him of high-handedness, and disrespectful cum autocratic conducts. They also accused the chairman of squandering N7.2 million given for the inauguration of State Executive Council (SEC) without the approval of the executive committee members. The group also lampooned a leader of the APC and former governor of the state, Timipre Sylva of leading the party from leading it from outside the state using his cronies. The matter has not been resolved.

Ekiti: The party was thrown into crisis when the leader of its caucus in the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele declared his interest in the June governorship election in the state. However, the governor, Kayode Fayemi saw the move as being one against his plan to return for a second term in office. Mr. Bamidele was believed to have shown interest in the governorship seat based on a purported agreement that the governor would spend one term in office. The crisis snowballed into a situation where the lawmaker was booted out as caucus leader. While the crisis raged, the party held all-inclusive meeting in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital. In attendance were the then interim National Chairman, Bisi Akande, Ekiti APC Chairman, Olajide Awe, former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, APC South West zonal Chairman, Niyi Adebayo, Tony Adeniyi, Dele Alake, Senators Femi Ojudu and Olu Adetunmbi.

The meeting could not however resolve the crisis, but instead endorsed Mr. Fayemi for a second term. The decision infuriated Mr. Bamidele who angrily defected to the Labour Party, where he was handed over the party’s ticket. Both Messrs. Fayemi and Bamidele lost the election to the PDP candidate, Ayo Fayose.

Oyo: The crisis in the Oyo State chapter of the party reached its apogee when the senator representing the Central Senatorial District, Ayo Adeseun about a month ago dumped the party for the PDP and declared his intention to take Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s job come 2015. The senator, who was originally a member of the PDP, said he left because there is more internal democracy in the PDP than the APC. Only on Tuesday, the second APC senator, Olufemi Lanlehi dumped the party for the Accord Party, a development that could jeopardise the chances of Mr. Ajimobi in next year’s election.

Edo: Sometime in April, long before John Oyegun, a former governor of Edo State became the APC national chairman, some of the party leaders in the state allegedly held a secret meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan and the Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, of the PDP, Chief Tony Anenih in Abuja.

They afterwards gave the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole a seven-day ultimatum to cancel what they referred to as “fraudulent membership” registration exercise and ward and local government congress, or face the consequence. When the governor did not yield to the pressure, the aggrieved members made good their threat by defecting to the PDP.

Predictions of implosion

Before and after its registration, some politicians had predicted that the APC would collapse because it was the coming together of strange bedfellows.

The Presidency, which spoke through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, had said the APC was destined to implode.

He said, “The APC boat is destined for the Red Sea and in fact, I remember that when we went to Israel, we prayed to God to remove all the people troubling Nigeria. So, by what is happening now, I believe that God is working quietly to gather these people. By the time Jonathan defeats those giants, God will take all the glory and people will know that the APC is heading for failure.”

The chairman of the PDP, Lagos State, Tunji Shelle said, “From what I can see in the merger and registration of APC, all of them are strange bedfellows. They will start fighting one another over positions, opportunities and party structures. At the end of the day, sharing of offices will polarize them and ideological differences will divide them. And if the centre cannot hold, everybody will go back to his own tent. That is what I see happening to APC between now and 2014, not even 2015.”

The immediate past National Chairman of the PDP, Bamanga Tukur, had dismissed the APC as an unserious party. “There is a desperate political coalition in the country now known as the APC; whose stock in trade is insults, attacks and lack of decorum because the party and her members have nothing to offer the people of Nigeria except only a desperate plan to take over power at all costs.”

Hope in the horizon

Mr. Oyegun assured the party would resolve all the misunderstandings and crises currently bedevilling the party, especially those that arose from the conduct of the congresses.

“A committee is working on that,” he told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview.

A member of the defunct merger committee, Osita Okechukwu said the APC was highly concerned about the defections and the crisis.

He, however, said the consolation was that those who defected did not leave with their supporters.

“Between the PDP and APC, their memberships do not make up to 10 per cent of the Nigerian electorate. We are concerned more about the electorate,” Mr. Okechukwu told PREMIUM TIMES.

“Is the Nigerian electorate aware that APC is a change agent? It is not about those who defected or who did not defect. These are ingredients of any election in liberal democracy. PDP had boasted that they are master poachers and so what we pray for is that INEC remains transparent.”

The APC chieftain dismissed allegations made against Mr. Tinubu by Mr. Ikimi.

According to him, two days before the JIMC concluded its meeting, a former governor of Zamfara State, Sani Yarima moved a motion that Messrs. Ikimi and Shekarau be adopted as interim national chairman and national secretary of the APC, respectively.

Mr. Yarima, he said, also said a former deputy governor of Bauchi State be made the deputy national chairman.

Mr. Okechukwu said it was he (Okechukwu) who moved a counter motion saying there was no such provision in the merger documents that says its committee members be nominated into those positions.

On the crisis in the states, he said they were not unexpected because three or four groups were coming together and so there would be agitations.

The Chairman, Partnership for Electoral Reforms, Ezenwa Nwagwu, said he was not surprised by the defection of politicians from APC.

“The movements have been meteoric. But If you proceed from the assumption that there is a difference between the PDP and APC, then you will be surprise at the what they are doing,” he said.

Mr. Nwagwu, a member of the just-concluded National Conference said the nation’s political institutions would not develop if the parties are simply vote-catching machines.

He expressed concern that Nigerian voters are more concerned with individuals than parties.


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  • Wähala

    A chameleon does not desist from being an animal because it changes colors, Nigerians know Atiku is Atiku regardless his political badge. From terrorist sponsor Ali Modu Sheriff to drug addict, Fani Kayode… all across to Tom Ikimi and Achike Udenwa, I do not see any credible persons leaving in droves, I recognize only greedy personal ambitions driving Nigerian politicians. That said, in this lengthy epistle by Premium Times, only Osita Okechukwu makes sense by his assertion that only 10% of Nigerians belong to these political parties… so, discerning Nigerians will vote for any credible, people-oriented candidate who can bring the change that is urgently needed at the top. Dumbo is not the messiah to lead us into promised land, we’re caught in quicksand. After 15yrs and $500trillion in revenue wasted by successive PDP governments… the choice is easy for Nigerians. Me-ma, dey look in from Switzerland waiting for retirement to show up in 3rd World!

  • Suralab

    Some bad heads that are used to the devilish ways of pdp will surely leave the party, as rightly said in this right up APC is just like the Noah’s ark that will take Nigerians to the promise land. We still have worthy leaders in this party that won’t compromise, though APC might be facing some challenges which is normal but that won’t stop them from holding firm the tentacles of the party. The problem and challenges the opposition party pdp is going through is more than that of APC and whether they like it or not the burning and looming smoke will still blow out no matter how hard they try to cover it. Fellow Nigerians don’t be carried away with the storm, though it might be thunderous but the cloud will soon settle and everything will be clear. Change is what we demand and we will not shiver until we have it.

    • Wähala

      If this is not a hack job to divert attention, I really think it’s a dirty laundry of aggrieved clowns whose departures have no effects on the change Nigerians demand after donkey years of PDP waste… It’s not about the political party, it’s about the person and his/her antecedents. No one expected the meager to work, so leave the lily-livered to keep worshipping the PDP. It’s either they drop Dumbo for decisive leadership or Nigerians will drop them all into the soakaway in 2015… this is just a poor chronicle of miscreants who have left to seek greener pastures. The authors are definitely no political scientists, just clowns!

  • Andybest

    This is not analyst, Apc has gain more than pdp. Can u compare electoral value of Kwakwaso to Shekarau, can u compare electoral value of Wamako to Bafarawa, u may even forget to mention Sekibo in River, can u compare his value to Ameichi? The only place I know Apc loose is Adamawa, coz Nyako is more a liability to Apc. Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi, pls give us a balance analyst, don’t coz ur Oga Ribadu who sold premium time to u ve went to pdp. Apc is not in disarray pls, may b Nuhu Ribadu ur Oga.

    • Wähala

      Shoddy analysis indeed. Shekarau that lost every LGA to Kwankwaso has no real value. The problem with this analysis is the authors failed to articulate why those who left did and the effects of their defection on the APC. Most like the former Govs. Udenwa, Shekarau and the Sokoto clown, wanted the Party structure in their states put in their hands, against the norm and an insult to the incumbent… fringe fellows like Fani Kayode, Tom Ikimi and Ribadu, are simply after their “Daily Bread” – stuffing their sokoto!

  • Nuga A

    Nonsense Headline and baseless analyst.Who gain most ? PDP that lost Key State to APC or APC that lost few leader’s with little or no Political value in there Ward.

    • Wähala

      A mere chronicle of disgruntled elements is no analysis…
      Nigerian journalists really have miles to go. The clowns who wrote this didn’t even bother to state why each of their supposed Big Wig left, just a list of worthless clowns whose departure have not affected the political fortunes od the APC.

  • Gideon Orkar

    Good to see the Janjaweeds in disarray!

    • Wähala

      You and those clowns who wrote this chronicle of disgruntled elements do not know the meaning of ‘disarray’ and need some education in diction… choice of words! A few thugs leaving bcos their personal ambitions were not accommodated does not put a Party in disarray, it solidifies the bonds between the cream of the crop, chump.

      • Gideon Orkar

        Yes I remember now…you said same thing when the Govs defected from PDP….

        • Wähala

          If the PDP are bold and certain the opposition is in disarray, ask them to withdraw their lawsuits threatening the seats of defected lawmakers… wait until after Dumbo declares, that’s when you fo*ls will see ‘disarray’ in the PDP. Olodo!

          • Ken

            Just accept it, APC is dead…if you like continue to deceive yourself, the politicians that know what’s up are already plotting their return to PDP

          • Wähala

            Wait for Dumbo to declare then come back for a head count…
            Just stay tuned! No rush in life, wait!

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Brilliant argument, Wahala!

  • True Nigerian

    The truth is that if Buhari, Oyegun, Aregbesola, Senator Ojudu and Senator Ayo, are removed from the APC, what is left would be another PDP or something worse than it. Nigeria has no opposition party that is worthy of the name “credible opposition”. Is it Atiku (Halliburton and Jefferson accomplice), Tinubu (Forged certificate, corruption Plc), Fashola (Chief agent of Dangote’s forcible land grab and leader of “Drive-poor-people-away-from-Lagos” policy) or Bukola Saraki (Societe General’s bankrupter-in-chief)? Who is it?

    People who know Lagos state very well can tell you with the highest possible confidence that the state is fleeced more than the Federal government is fleeced by Jonathan. Fashola probably does not like it, but remember he was nearly removed or replaced before his 2nd term election. And if he was such a man of principle, why would he allow himself to be used as a facade for a thief hiding behind the curtain? He is a man under chain. And if there is any doubt about the mindless looting of Lagos state, that doubt is immediately resolved when the achievements on ground so far are compared to the humongous revenues accruing to Lagos. It is just like people who often cite Godswill Akpabio as a performing governor. Ridiculous! As soon as the figures paid to Akwa Ibom on monthly federal allocation (N22 billion) is laid bare, governor Akpabio’s so-called achievement immediately looks like a silly joke and reveals a mindless rape on the coffers of the Akwa Ibom people.

    This country is messed up big time. If Buhari runs again and wins, maybe – just maybe – he will create the transparent electoral system that will open the door for younger and brilliant, sincere, visionary Nigerians to start making progress in the politics of this damaged country. If things were normal in Nigeria, Buhari would not be the man that Nigerians are hoping for his help. But as it stands today, it is difficult to see any other light of hope that can save Nigeria from the horror of a single-party state in which the ruling party is a den of devilish and demonic greed, irresponsibility, mindless corruption, insecurity, waste and conscienceless lies. At least, I know Buhari will not disappear N20b. It doesn’t matter how the PDP and mumu Nigerians try to twist the truth; the truth is that when it comes to contentment, character, firmness, and probity, Buhari is just several miles ahead of his peers in the politics of this God-forsaken country.

    2015 will be our last chance to save Nigeria from unspeakable disaster! Believe it or not, it will be so!

    • Lanre

      Interesting analysis and spot-on. I am not as sold on Buhari though (PTF and antecedents 1984/85). Name recognition could be the only reason for his acceptability. However, I still believe many analysts are diagnosing this problem wrong. The Presidency is not the problem, the structure of Nigeria is.

  • True Nigerian

    The only thing I dislike about this article is that the writer appears to be suggesting that the departure of lunatics and useless fellows like Femi Fani-Kayode, Ali Modu Sheriff and Ikimi are such a big loss. That is quite ridiculous. I will even be happy if Atiku also decamps. Just imagine that Sheriff were still in APC now that oga Davis has outed him as Osama. APC would be dissipating so much energy in trying to extricate themselves from what he represents – a cancerous cell. Now, that cancer is a PDP cancer and yet the writer thinks it is a loss to APC. If that is the case, then it must mean that Nigerian electorate is sick in the head. Is it Fani-Kayode that any right thinking organisation would call his departure a loss? If I form a political party in Nigeria today or even set up a company that needs a brilliant lawyer, would I be happy if FFK says he wants to join me as a chieftain or the face of my organisation? Never! Even with his Cambridge certificate and his foreign accent, he is still a deadly cancerous burden on any organisation that considers credibility a value – and I mean both intellectual burden and moral burdens. He is both, despite having studied in an elite institution. Academic grades have very little to do with intelligence and has absolutely nothing to do with character, sincerity, or wisdom.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Good response. Nothing more to add!

    • Wähala

      “… outed him as Osama” – Hahahaa chai!
      Great take, this is a hack job. Useless analysis, watery article for crumbs. Nothing academic in it at all.

      • the truth

        Lol one unbiased article from apc premium times is disregarded by u.2015 is behind the corner hope u are ready to lose

        • Wähala

          May God keep you alive till then. Me-ma, I’m apolitical like I keep telling you… no dog in the race, just the best for the nation matters. If the PDP fields any credible leader like Tambuwal, I’m all for him if his opponent is Buhari, for example. Happy?

    • Mosaku 147

      Really nothing to add.you said it all. I think PT just wants to be seen as been unbiased, if not, their editors should know that all the mentioned names of those who have left the party were liability to the party when they were there especially FFK,SAS and Ikimi.

    • Lanre

      Very well written, True Nigerian. Femi Fani Kayode, Tom Ikimi, Nuhu Ribadu have no electoral value. As I wrote when Nuhu Ribadu decamped, many of these people have no ideological grounding. Add poverty and greed and you have a combustible combination. Nonetheless, based on the peculiarities of Nigeria, unless and until the country is restructured along the natural linguistic and ethnic configurations, democracy will remain a pipe dream. This same article from Premium Times was written about the NPN in 1983. Except I am underestimating the level of poverty and disenfranchisement in Nigeria, will PDP continue to win elections.

    • Braun

      Oga Davis? What a slave mentality! Because the man is white, he is now your master? Na wa o. Inferiority complex at its highest.

      • True Nigerian

        Mate, are you a Nigerian at all? You need to have some sense of humour! In Nigeria, we call everybody oga, even people we don’t like and people we have never met.
        By the way, your inclination comes across as racist, if I must be honest with you. I am not a racist, even as a black person. Like I said, oga is a generic word used by Nigerians for almost anybody. I have people who often call me oga. On the streets of Manchester and New York, people (white folks) have jovially and congenially referred to me (a blackman) as “boss”. Boss is a common colloquial used in congenial deference to people if you want to use it.
        Apparently, you would have been happy if I said oga Jegede, oga Shekarau or oga Olisa or oga Akpos, but simply because Davis is white, using that same generic term in reference to him suddenly means “slave mentality”. Well, to me, the fact that you have such thought pattern is slave mentality because it indicates a complex, a perpetual fear of or hatred for anything that is called White. That mentality is not freedom, it is slavish in nature.

    • Enemona

      Academic grades? FFK graduated with poor grades from Cambridge! Fact!

  • BlackieUmukoro

    APC is doomed

  • Guttersense

    It is #OUR $20bn at work. For most of these people leaving APC, they have never had the interest of Nigeria at heart. They were being driven by Stomach Infrastructure. With the banditry, mayhem and looting that has been unleashed on Nigeria since 1999, nobody who is a patriotic citizen would want to identify with those who have perpetrated these terrible crimes against Nigerians. First of all it is in their interest that Nigeria becomes a stable and prosperous nation so that part of their loot domiciled in this country is safe! Secondly if our votes will count their departure means nothing as they are a small fraction of the voting population. Nigerians want a change from the status-quo and APC is the Mass Movement ordinary nigerians had been yearning for and it has come to stay. All conscientious nigerians have latched unto the APC train as the only Vehicle of Hope for peaceful change. Those who want can go join the gravy train. But in 2015 our votes must count. Rig and Roast. Enough is Enough!

    • hope

      My friend change from what. These people in APC just fall from heaven abey. Since 1999 all governors in country were in PDP abey. Tinubu; Atiku and co made their money legitimately not so; or buhari that serve in Abacha govt never new Abacha was corrupt rite? Or were u not in this country when he said Abacha was not corrupt. Who are the agent of change; the navigator APC met to navigate them or where u not aware they met obj to navigate them. My friend we know how thing were bf now; that Nigerians knew better; we can see light at end of the tunnel. When apc tell nyako; kwankwaso; bukola saraki;Adamu abullahi’ tinubu; Atiku’ danjuma goje; etc to return the money they stole from nigerians ; then we can begin to take 2nd look at them.

  • TRUTH MASTER

    PDP, underrate the APC at your own peril!

  • Gbo_lee

    We all know the truth. The APC can not accomoddate every Tom,Dick, and Harry that comes in. Many of those who câme to merge did so just because of selfish desires and ulterior motives to destabilise the party. They found out later that the APC is a party that means business solely about the people,and then jump ship because they are not made chairman,or they ré not made a gubernatorial aspirant or something else. It is welcoming news for the APC that the bad eggs are being dropped out and the party continues to look more like the change that our democracy needs. It is APC or nothing come 2015

  • Ken

    APC = DOD (dead on arrival)

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    I have my reservations about the authenticity of this writer’s perceptions. Apart from Nuhu Ribadu who was virtually tricked out as unfolding events are already vindicating, there is no other known man of principle among all the listed defectors. The slogan of CHANGE by the APC would have become questionable and suspect if the purification we are seeing now did not happen. There will be more defections and there would also be more admission of those who truly want to bring about a change in this richly endowed but mismanaged country. Those who are more concerned with their personality and what they can get from a system cannot be agents of change for the betterment of the larger society no matter from which angle you look at it. If we had true agents of change in the helm of affairs today, we would not be debating coming elections at a time unwarranted insurgency has taken the lives of over 3000 Nigerians and consuming a whole geo-political zone of the country.

    • Lorddaniels

      Stop deluding your self. If truly you want to purify the apc then the first person to kick out of the party is Amoda Ogunlere aka Bola Tinubu the super corrupt maestro and his side kick in corruption Atiku.

      • Mosaku 147

        You seem to know him well enough to kick him out yourself like polio.olosi ole. O fe le eleru kuro ni di eru e.abi?

        • Lorddaniels

          Apoda thanks for confirming that apc is criminal Thiefnubu private property. We don’t want that thief near our national till. Your apc is dead on arrival

      • Andybest

        He is not as corrupt like Jonathan. Can u mention one offence against him without resulting to blackmail. I stand by my word,base on anticident, principle, courage, discipline, vision, no leader in pdp can stand Asiwaju.

    • the truth

      So who is the man of principle in apc as we speak,tinubu? Buhari, atiku or timipri sylva

    • redeem

      RIBADU U MEAN HAS NO BRAIN OF HIS OWN ABI–THAT IS WHY HE WAS TRICKED BY TINUBU ALSO MAY BE

  • adetolure Taiwo

    Those who have travelled so far to unstable party are welcome to our mega party. (PDP)

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    Aside from Nuhu Ribadu, the rest have no electoral value. They are people that want place to pitch their tent for greener pasture. These people cannot even win their polling unit let alone win their ward. Political nonsense!

    • Waju

      True

  • Mosaku 147

    APC in disarray,yes. Jona should declare today then most of those talking garbage now will know the true meaning of a party in disarray.

    • Waju

      Please tell the pdp sponsored cynics on this page.

  • Glover33

    Of course this is expected to happen. By the time 2015 comes around, many more members will have left and only those that have nothing for them at PDP will remain in APC. They have no ideology other than their ambitions for political office and their hatred of Jonathan. Not that Jonathan has much to offer in the first place. I personally see them all as members of the same leprous hand whether they call themselves PDP, APC or whatever.

    • Shaibu Ocheme

      Excellent comment. This is just the plain and undiluted truth.

  • Lanre

    This same analysis from Premium Times was written about the NPN in 1983 and the collapse of the Progressives (UPN, NPP, GNPP,PRP).
    Nigerian Democracy is bound to fail as long as we refuse to recognize the linguistic and ethnic differences inherent. That used to be the critical variables marking our peculiarities. Now the North has added religion with the introduction of Sharia. I know not all Nigerians are fools. And not everyone will be in PDP. The problem with APC is leadership. Tinubu, as brilliant as he is, does not and unfortunately cannot command the kind of following Chief Awolowo did. Hence, the South West that used to be the bastion of the ACN (APC) seems to be falling apart, leaving Aregbesola, the certified renegade as the only commander of troops left. The Yorubas need a real rallying point. A true leader with unquestionable moral character, integrity, discipline, etiquette and disposition. Simply because we (Yorubas) present the best in vibrant, democratic engagement.
    Whatever the situation, unless and until we restructure Nigeria into the natural linguistic and ethnic constituents (following the 1963 constitution), democracy will remain a pipe dream.

    • Mamman

      @lanre,the dynamics have changed. In as much as the Northerners won’t mind leaving, especially the younger and more vibrant generation, a cursory glance through the thread of discussions here,so far, suggests that people are gradually moving away from their primitive enclaves of religion,tribe and section to a more centric, Nigeria first approach as against your Yoruba centric approach. This is 2014 not 1963 or 1983 Nigeria. Be a Nigerian.

      • Lanre

        Good try, Mamman. Mu ke so, Sai Baba (depending on your predilection, Babagana Kingibe or Babangida 🙂 ).
        I have done my deep analysis on the Nigerian Question. We may continue this patch-patch approach or face the situation headlong, head-on and be honest. Just a question for you. Is Ibrahim Babangida (Nigeria’s former military head of state) what you would consider a patriotic Nigerian?

    • redeem

      TINUBU IS EMPTY UPSTAIRS———-THAT IS THE TROUBLE–WITH HIM–HE HAS DEFINED APC AS A YORUBA PARTY———-DONE NOTHING SERIOUS–TO PRESENT APC AS A NATIONAL PARTY–APC IS SEEN BY NIGERIANS AS PARTY CREATED BY FULANS WHO ARE DESPERATE FOR POWER————–KWANKASO ATIKU——- BUHARI –ELRUFAI—-YERIMA———-JUST NAME THEM ALL ARE FULANIS—ARE THE FULANIS IN APC–THE ONLY ETHNIC GROUP IN THE NORTH—–LET THEM GO SOLVE THE BOKO HARAM ISSUE THEY CREATED TO DESTROY NIGERIA—B4 2015————ELSE ITS GOING TO BE A LANSLSIDE FOR PDPD—-TINUBU DOES NOT WANT TO BE IN ASO ROCK——————-HE JUST NEEDS A PARTY THAT WILL PROTECT HIS THIEVERIES PERIOD

  • Mamman

    This is cool. Really cool. Now that Ribadu has left PT is now making negative analysis of the dynamics in APC,shei?…. There’s still one more person we are waiting for to pack and go – Ahmed Sani(Yariman Bakura)… Any right thinking political operative knows deep down inside of his or her gut,that these characters are less than noble,though it can be argued successfully too, that most politicians are all dubious. However, the departure of these men are conspicuous showers of blessings to the opposition and to the electorate at large. A man without simple principles is no man at all. So,tell. Which of these persons mentioned is principled? Just check their bio data,you’ll know what am talking about. So,good riddance to bad rubbish. PT,all eyes on you.

  • Mohstone

    This is one of the most useless analysis I have seen in recent times. All the names mentioned were actually doing insider jobs for PDP. When they realized they could not achieve their aim and time is not on their side they quickly return to their paymasters so that they can collect their rewards before the end of PDP come 2015. Even the so-called Ribadu has no value in Northern Nigeria and I can bet my life on that. Its only the southerners that are seeing him as a hero. We in the North knew that Ribadu had sold out himself a longtime ago. Nothing will happen to APC, infact APC would have been weaker if these criminals remained in it. But their departure makes the party more appealing to the masses. Let them go, its good omen for APC.

    • Alcindo Satori

      Weaker??!!! APC has been dead on arrival. Only crackheads like you fail to acknowledge facts. And that’s the problem with Nigeria by the way.

    • emmanuel

      Including Ribadu? Atiku would run away the third time

      • redeem

        TO CAMEROON————MOUNTAINS NEAR ADAMAWA STATE- WHERE HE HAILS FROM

    • the truth

      Lol over to you lie lie Mohammed.a party without internal democracy is bound to fail

    • Sopulu

      Another Brain-dead follow-follow

      • redeem

        FROM THE CAMP OF THE JANJAWEEDS IN APC—ABI

      • Waju

        At least his brain works well enough for him to know that the article and comments like yours are pdp sponsored janjaweeds.

  • tankoma

    How many of them has electoral value? Who cares!

  • Newsday

    “There is a desperate political coalition in the country now
    known as the APC; whose stock in trade is insults, attacks and lack of decorum
    because the party and her members have nothing to offer the people of Nigeria
    except only a desperate plan to take over power at all costs.”

    …………….Bamanga Tukur

    “It would come as no great surprise if Bola Tinubu’s
    boasted great wealth did not derive from any stupendous inheritance – ancient
    or modern. I have also become aware that he too is a beneficiary of most of the
    lucrative contracts in all the (Yoruba) ACN states without exception”.

    …………Chief Tom Ikimi

    [August 26th, 2014]

    • ola

      Except in name only there is no difference between the AC/APC Islamic government in Yorubaland, and, Boko Haram. They are both joined in the hip on the same ideology of excluding Christians from command levels of government. When Yoruba Christians wake up from slumber they will realize they are surrounded by the most virulent and militant Muslims. I pity Yoruba Christians because they are un-armed and defenceless even though in trouble.

      They assume that Boko Haram is just a Hausa/Fulani murder machine. They do not fully understand the concept of global jihad underway. Yoruba Christians do not connect the dots that since Yoruba Muslims are active cells in Al Qaeda, those cells are invariably allied to Boko Haram – whose stated aim is the ‘mass killings of all Christians’.

      Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu injected virulent Islam into Yoruba politics in 2003 by building the Action Congress (AC) party on the foundation of a coalition of Muslims. More extreme, Bola Ahmed Tinubu warned election opponents ahead of this Ekiti state governorship election that, “We are prepared NOT to go to court but to drive you out. It is going to be rig and roast.”

      Reacting to Bola Tinubu’s blood-chilling type of politics, America’s Consul General in Nigeria, Jeff Hawkins said, “We were deeply troubled by the threat of ‘rig and roast’ issued multiple times by a major political figure (Bola Ahmed Tinubu) in recent weeks. Who benefits from that type of violent rhetoric, we wondered? And why would any ordinary Nigerian accept such provocative language, especially considering the history of post-election violence in Nigeria, and the truly horrific carnage that this country has been suffering at the hands of Boko Haram?”

      • redeem

        AND AFTER TINUBU ATI BUHARI ISSUES THESE BLOOOD CHILLING STATEMENTS AND SECURITY PERSONNEL ARE SENT TO SUPERVISE ELECTIONS———————-APC———–WILL USE FALANA———-TO CRY FOUL–BUHARI AND THE BABOON ATI DOG–SOUL DEPRESSING COMMENT–APART FROM HIS ORDER TO THE ELECTORATES TO LYNCH–ANY THAT VOTES FOR–JONATHAN WHICH RESULTED IN THE MURDER OF OVER 1,000 9JAS–ATI 11 YOUTH CORPERS

  • Mahmoud Lawal

    Chai!

    • No Comment

      APC FIRST (1st) NATIONAL EXECUTIVES SUBMITTED TO INEC

      1] Party Leader – North, Gen Muhammadu Buhari……(Muslim)

      2] Party Leader – South, Bola Ahmed Tinubu ……… (Muslim)

      3] National Chairman: Abdulkareem Bisi Akande…….(Muslim)

      4] Deputy National Chairman: Aminu Bello Masari… (Muslim)

      5] National Secretary: Tijjani Musa Tumsah……………(Muslim)

      6] Deputy National Secretary: Nasir El-Rufai…………(Muslim)

      7] National Publicity Secretary.: Lai Muhammed……(Muslim)

      8] National Treasurer: Sadiya Umar Faruq………………(Muslim)

      9] Financial Secretary: Alhaji Shaibu Musa…………… (Muslim)

      10] National Youth Leader: Abubakar Lado………………(Muslim)

      11] National Legal Adviser: Muiz Banire ………………… (Muslim)

      12] National Deputy Auditor: Bala Jibrin………………….(Muslim)

      13] National Women Leader: Sharia Ikeazor……………(Muslim Convert)

      14] Ex-Officio Member: Muniru Muse………………………..(Muslim)

      15] Ex-Officio Member: Alhaji Yemi Sanusi ………….…(Muslim)

      • The APC National Treasurer protested this entirely Islamic leadership of
      APC and resigned forthwith.

      16] Alhaji Raji Fashola (Governor, Lagos)……………………….(Muslim)
      17] Alhaji Ade Ipaye (Attorney-General, Lagos state)………(Muslim)
      18] Alhaji Ikuforiji (Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly)………(Muslim)

      • redeem

        ARWEWA PEOPLES CONGRESS——————APC————-MEANING————JANJAWEEDS JIHADIST ISLAMIC PARTY OF NIGERIA–JJIPN———————-ISIS————–OF AFRICA——–GIVE THEM POWER AND U HAND OVER YR FUTURE TO BOKO HARAM–THEY BELIEVE IN THE ISLAMIC CREED OF BOKO HARAM—NOT THE NIGERIAN CONSTITUTION–GO ASJ YERMAH WHO INTRODUCED SHARIA LAW IN NIGERIA IS HE NOT WITH APC—BUHARI WHO ACCUSED GOVERNMENT OF DELIBERATELY TARGETTING AND KILLING BOKO HARAM FIGHTERS? IBEGI

      • Philip Anani

        Dear Editor:

        It is wrong to preach that Christians lie down peacefully and be slaughtered.
        There is no verse in the Holy Bible in support of suicide. Christian leaders
        fail to counsel their followers that prevention is better than cure. As Muslims
        arm themselves to fight the national army, Christians hang only onto hope.

        Christianity then begins to look like stupidity because Christian leaders cannot

        provide the right type of leadership at a time of genocide. This useless rump of
        Christian pastors and bishops in Nigeria may be the first to be slaughtered,
        deservedly, if this Boko Haram Islamic Jihad spreads and escalates, i believe.

  • the truth

    Apc is the only party that wins elections at the back of newspapers.there is also perceived rumors that buhari would be denied the presidential ticket.if so when he leaves that would be the nail in the coffin for apc

    • redeem

      APC is a party that is based on newspaper—–stands————–and the web—-led by sharia reporters——————ati Punch

  • Dr. Anibaba

    APC HAS NEVER FIELDED A CHRISTIAN IN YORUBALAND FOR GOVERNORSHIP

    Facts speak louder than words. APC has never fielded a Christian candidate for governorship in any of the Yoruba states.
    APC is an Islamist Party. Anyone who is deceived by it is not wise. APC is a clear and present danger to the Yoruba. APC’s sole purpose is the forceful enthronement of Islamic rule in Nigeria. Islamism is the sole common interest which holds APC’s disparate Muslim members together. Anyone thinking otherwise is either daft or silly. APC is the political equivalent of Boko Haram.

    Firstly, the Action Congress of Nigeria [ACN] which last year morphed as APC, has NEVER presented a Christian as its governorship candidate in Yorubaland. So, to the question is, why did APC never do so? Alhaji Lai Mohammed – the APC Spokesman – said it is because APC chooses its candidates ‘on merits’.

    So, what does Lai Mohammed’s explanation mean? Very simple, it means as far as APC is concerned, Yoruba Christians have no merits to hold top posts in government, simply for being Christians, unless they they are tolerated as either
    assistants to Muslim bosses or, as Commissioners taking instructions from a Muslim governor.

    Fact two: APC was formed with 100% Muslim national executives and registered with the National Electoral
    Commission [INEC] as such. What does this second fact mean? Very simple, it means morning shows the day. Not only does APC consider Yoruba Christians useless, APC also by starting out with 100% Muslims as interim national executives,
    invariably deems all Christians in Nigeria as worthless.

    In the light of these two clear facts the next logical question is this “What is an Islamist Party?” Very simple – again.

    An Islamist Party is an association registered as a political party but which internally decides the question of ‘merits’ for its members based solely on Islam – by pre-judging every non-Muslim; and in particular a Christian, as un-qualified for top government position on its party platform. Therefore, is APC an Islamic Party? The answer is, yes!

    • Faks

      Truth should reflect in your argument even if you dislike the subject . John Fayemi of Ekiti is not a Muslim . Adams Oshiomole is a catholic . Pl be sensensible and fair in your judgment of your enemy , that is what makes you a man .

      • iCubed

        And who told you Adams Oshiomole is a Yoruba Governor? For your information, Edo state has never and will never be a Yoruba state. We have our own distinct identity and history which is one of the oldest and most unique in Nigeria.

        • Borode

          APC IS AN ISLAMIC JIHAD

          An Islamist party has no chance of success in Nigeria today.
          I am really shocked to read these bad disclosures about APC.
          Before now i had thought APC would be a progressive party.
          I did not know that APC is just an acronym for an Islamic Jihad.
          Thank you Premium Times for opening my eyes to these things.

        • redeem

          but u migrated from Ife–in the South west according to history—did u meet any human when u arrived Edo

          • sharp shape

            Please I have always respected your views but you erred badly by suggesting the edo people came from yoroba its the other way round

      • Deremi Ogunbambi

        @ Faks:

        Can you read and write at all? I doubt it. You should read it all over.
        Dr. Anibaba wrote only on ACN/APC Muslim-only politics in Yorubaland’.
        You are referring to Edo land. Can’t you understand what you read?
        Is Edo state Yorubaland or are you a Togolese dabbling in this matter?
        Forget the ruse of ‘John’ in Alhaji Kayode Fayemi’s name. He’s Muslim.
        He was confronted and he admitted he’s Muslim but said the name John
        was his baptismal name at birth, not that the name indicates anything else.

        • Chief Aladeyemo (Ado-Ekiti)

          Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state is a self-confessed Muslim. Stop making silly arguments to an enlightened audience here, please. If you have any other argument feel free to raise it but don’t tell lies here to deceive the general public. The fact remains that ACN/APC party in Yorubaland indeed NEVER presented a Chrstian candidate in Yorubaland at any governorship election since 2002. If you can explain that fanatical Islamic bent of the party, please do so now or shut up forever if you have no defence to tender to the general public.

          • the truth

            He is a f**l

        • Tonnero

          You are an id!ot. If a party is an islamic party, why would they field Christians anywhere at all? So it makes sense to a dullard like you that a party can be islamic in one part of the country but Christian in other parts? Your parents wasted a lot of money in sending you to school. They should ask for a refund. Ode.

          • Felix Angu

            I think you may be the dullard on this point because Islamist ideology permits the fielding of Christians only where there are no Muslims. That is the point you missed. Islamism does not say that an Islamist party should boycott governorship elections in Christian-dominated regions. So, where will APC get Alhaji Oknonkwo Chukwumerije to field in Igboland? APC has no choice but to go along with a Christian candidate in Igboland, at least until Igboland can be conquered by Islamic Jihad.

          • the truth

            U are definitely a f**l.I just told u those governors came from other political parties

      • Tonnero

        Don’t forget to add Rotimi Amaechi, Rochas Okorocha and Ngige, all Christians. The fact is that the PDP is very good at playing ethnic and religious politics and f00ls like the man above fall easily for it while supporting the slow but gradual destruction of their country.

        • the truth

          Did apc nominate amaechi or was he a pdp governor,okorocha won through apga and was not nominated by Islamic apc,Adams oshiomole is a Muslim.u always lie,stop posting lies in this site

          • Waju

            Your lie is worse than the devil himself. Stop arguing for pdp because you only look clueless when you do. What does religion have to do with governance? What religion is Kayode Fayemi? How about the Chairman of the party, Oyegun, of what religion is he? It is easy for you to blab because Premium Times have given you that unfortunate opportunity.

          • the truth

            U must be a stubborn f**

  • Ette

    This analysis holds no water and is doing the bidding of the wicked PDP which had ruined our country and turned it into a laughing stock. All the people mentioned here do not have any performance value nor credibility. Infact the party is better without them. Let us wait till the incompetent and wickedly corrupt GEJ declare, then we will see the wonders that will take place in the opposition to take over power from the wicked PDP. My prayer is that the opposition fields a competent and performing candidate like Oshomiole who will send GEJ back to Otuoke. If the intention is to catch the heart of Nigerians and counter the power of incumbency, Oshiomole is the answer. Go for Oshiomole to beat wicked PDP hand down. May God treat PDP members and their supporters the way they are treating Nigerians. We will overcome.

    • redeem

      Yesterday u could have marketed Adams——-for us to buy–but today he is a dead–horse since the discovery that he like Tinubu forged his school certificate——————is that the type of people u want to put in Aso rock to give us light–water—good roads–better rail-lines—–to serve the needs of the masses————the answer is no———–Adams of Edo state ati Tinubu belong to the same class of gra gra unthinking set of liars- –in 9ja—Is it an APC led tinubu–who will abuse the president on the pages of our newspapers in the morning—then sneak into aso rock at night to beg for 1.7b oïl contracts’–i begi

      • concerned9ja

        You are a wicked and incurable liar, Redeem or what do you call yourself. If your claims are correct about Tinubu, you these devious people would have used them to beat Tinubu to line. That is what you did to SAS, FFK and others to queue behind the clueless and brainless Jona.

        • redeem

          IF HE WAS CLUELESS AS U CLAIM Jonathan WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ATTRACT SUCH BRAINS INOT THE PARTY–THEY WOULD NOT HAVE ABANDONED THIEVES LIKE TINUBU AND HIS GHETTO IDEAS IN APC

      • Ide4u

        If Jonah can perform in Nigeria the way Adams performed in Edo State, you wouldn’t be here wasting your energy trying to whitewash a donkey

        • redeem

          AT LEAST JONAH HAS OUT-PERFORMED ALL THE PRESIDENTS NIGERIAN HAS EVER HAD——AGAIN OUR CONCERN HERE IS ABOUT THE CERTIFICATES ADAMS FORGED LIKE TINUBU–APART FROM THAT EDO STATE IS FILLED WITH THUGS—————JUST DRIVE AROUND THE STATE AND ATTEMPT TO MOVE CLOSE TO THE ROUND ABOUT–NEAR THE HOSPITAL——–U WILL BE ATTACKED BY THUGS ADAMS TRAINED TO HELP HIM RIG THE ELECTION-

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Festus Owete the writer of this piece must be working for his payment for hatchet job to destroy the only viable opposition
    against PDP domination of Nigeria political and economic scene for the past fifteen years which nearly turned Nigeria to a one-party-state nation which is the opposite of democratic nation.
    How can a Festus Owete be capable of giving a comprehensive profile of opposition APC,with the extent of ethnic/tribal/religious sentiment virus pervading Nigeria political space under PDP president Ebele Jonathan’s South-South widespread bigotry?
    APC will soon conduct its internal primary to pick a presidential aspirant who would contront the autocratic-massively corrupt-ridden,artificial-statistic and cooked-up rebase of GDP negative impactful growth economy foister-president Ebele Jonaathan in the 2015 presidential/general elections.
    Under democratic dispensation any member who is disatisfy with a political party’s policy may defect to the other political party that suit his taste either PDP or APC and should not be seen as strange as Democratic party members does defect to Republic party while Republican party members does often defect to Democratic party in USA.It is normal in democracy.

    • K.K

      No, APC is not a desirable alternative to PDP’s messiness – it is in fact a worse option.
      Whichever way it is cut or diced the Yoruba APC party is private property of Bola Tinubu.
      A political party must never be anyone’s private property lest it becomes just another
      Investment House of Bola Tinubu & sons. Nigerians may be unwise on the aggregate,
      yes, but they are not so daft not to know the folly of jumping from frying pan to fire.
      PDP is utter shambles, agreed, but it can be reformed. APC is a Jihad that cannot be reformed.

      • emmanuel

        For your information, the PDP started its reform some while ago, hence the likes of Saraki and co felt sidelined because there was no more space for thin gods.

        Kolawole the native doctor who does not have a single advice for Tinubu to reform his political tactics so as to remain relevant. The imposition of his daughter as Iyaloja of Lagos actually destroyed his political dynasty, but he would not realise the damage that singular act dealt on him

  • Weydem

    “Everybody in Yoruba land is looking for a way to liberate themselves from these (APC) pretenders

    who claim to be progressives but are the opposite of anything progressive. They say they are
    ‘progressives’ – but they admit all the corrupt people from the PDP and bring them together to form the
    All Progressives Congress [APC]. What is progressive about ex-Governor Murtala Nyako, for example?

    Now that the Yoruba people have known that the APC is worse than PDP – in corruption, impunity, and,

    lack of internal democracy – we have to vote against APC”.

    …………………Senator Femi Okurounmu
    (Yoruba Afenifere Leader and Co-orodinator
    of on-going National Conference)
    [July 26th, 2014]

  • W.D

    “Everybody in Yoruba land is looking for a way to liberate themselves from these (APC) pretenders

    who claim to be progressives but are the opposite of anything progressive. They say they are ‘progressives’ –

    but they admit all the corrupt people from the PDP and bring them together to form the APC –

    All Progressives Congress. What is progressive about ex-Governor Murtala Nyako, for example?

    Now that the Yoruba people have known that the APC is worse than PDP – in corruption, impunity,
    and, lack of internal democracy – we have to vote against APC”.

    …………………Senator Femi Okurounmu
    (Yoruba Afenifere Leader and
    Co-orodinator of on-going National Conference)
    [July 26th, 2014]

    • No Comment

      “The APC recently paid the price of impunity in Ekiti. And come 2015, Lagosians must ensure
      they vote out this anti-people party called APC. Lagos citizens must remember that this party, APC,

      used and dumped commercial motorcycle operators popularly known as okada rider after harnessing

      their support and services in the elections of 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.”

      “During campaigns for those polls, APC politicians even donated to okada riders branded helmets,

      motorcycles and reflective jackets. But no sooner did the Action Congress of Nigeria (now a part of the APC)

      come into power than they turned around to bite the finger that fed them, by banning okada all over Lagos State.”

      ………………Dr. Frederick Fasheun (Founder O’odua
      Peoples Congress, OPC)
      (21st July, 2014)

      • Bade Onimode

        In my own view, Nigeria’s 2015 election is nothing to look forward to.

        It is simply an intra-party contest disguised as a general election.
        It is a choice between the Hausa PDP, and, the non-Hausa PDP.

        That’s all. Anyone reasoning the actual facts will reach this conclusion,

        that APC is more or less a faction of PDP. Nothing more than that, actually.

        Therefore, just two factions of PDP shall be contesting next year’s so-called

        general election. Labour Party and APGA have both endorsed the Abuja PDP,
        – with President Jonathan as its candidate. All that’s left is to see who the PDP Kano
        – otherwise called APC – will nominate as its own presidential candidate. The choice

        before Nigerians next year is wretched and nothing inspiring. I am not interested in it.

    • Demola Daniel

      W.D:

      I think i agree with the Yoruba Leader, Senator Femi Okurounmu.
      To be progressive is to be fair, honest and thoughtful al at once.
      A coalition of criminals can’t be progressive – it follows logically.
      APC has no moral compass and that’s why it’s now falling apart.
      The party has no force of example to show in the states it won.

      • Pearce

        APC is the first Islamic party in Nigerian history and it is bound to cause serious
        concern amid a shooting war by Boko Haram Islamic militias advancing toward Abuja.

        • Tonnero

          No prizes for guessing where you come from correctly.

      • Tonnero

        95% of the people leaving are from PDP. They left PDP for various reasons including being excluded from the power equation. Now that they find they cannot get power or money in APC, they are heading back to where they came from. They are welcome to leave. It is called ideological purification. You can also join PDP and continue the rape of our country that you guys are so good at.

  • Al

    Apart from 1999 genaral election, pdp has never won election. It is all rigging, now that it is not buhari alone rigging will be difficult for pdp

  • Tonnero

    This is not new. Are we no longer in Nigeria where stomach infrastructure and hunger for power are the most important things? Most Nigerians will sell their conscience for a mess of pottage. APC’s strategy should be to clearly define itself ideologically, defend its turf stoutly by resisting rigging and deliver the goods to the people. They must tackle Tinubu’s poor image. With the bungling and stealing going on in the PDP, one day the people themselves will get fed up. However, APC cannot count on politicians to be in its corner as they will decamp the minute they smell money or are offered power both of which PDP has in abundance.

  • Tonnero

    Nigeria will never make progress with the quality of people who are called Nigerians. No wonder smaller African countries are dusting Nigeria in all development indices including those that just came out of war. Sad country.

    • emmanuel

      Development indicies? Are you so unlearned? Developmental strides reflect in the peoples standard of living. Na Ghanaians standard of living beta pass Nigeria?

      Na wa for you!

      Car Assembly, improved Agriculture, Rail lines, stable airways, improved electrcity, stronger capital market, preferred foreign direct investment destination, stable communication industry, thriving entertainment industry, improved roads, exploding construction industry etc. Yet smaller African nations have overtaken us. May be na for your village only.

      My village sef don see life. Functiona Solar street lights, good roads, effective in town transport, federal in states agencies and many more

  • the truth

    You all ask yourself a question.why didn’t apc field any Christian candidate for the governorship in the west,y is that there initial positions submitted to inec all 18 members were all Muslim,even the treasurer had to resign protesting this Islamic agenda.apc is the political wing of boko haram

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  • Tommy

    For the avoidance of doubt the ACN/APC party has never accepted to
    present a Yoruba Christian for governorship in any state in Yorubaland

    right from the party’s formation by Alhaji Ahmed Bola Tinubu in the year 2002.

    • Chima

      YORUBA PEOPLE NEVER MAKE SENSE TO ME

      Chei, chei. And what were Yoruba Christians doing since 2002?
      Just following Jihadists all over the place with their eyes closed or what?
      But the same Yoruba Christians say they don’t want an Islamic state.
      So, if they don’t want an Islamic state why do they vote for Islamic party?

      Yoruba people never make sense to me, anyway. They never do.
      In 1993 they said they stood for ‘June 12’. Then they stood ‘by’ June 12.
      After sometime they said ‘June 12 was not about M.K.O Abiola’ who won.
      Then, they said they only stood ‘on the principle of June 12’. Yeye people!
      Their nonsense statements made it easy to kill Abiola and June 12 together.

      • Tunsj

        Are you now an expert on Yoruba tribe? Mind your own business.

        • John Adueme

          My brother,

          Let’s be honest with ourselves. The June 12 struggle was mis-handled by Yoruba people with dubious rhetoric. The Igbo people can afford to laugh at it because the June 12 was not led by much good thinking. It is true that the Yoruba were mis-led by their rabble-rouser elites to lose a sense of their whereabouts in that struggle. At a point the rabble-rouser elite leadership asked the Yoruba to ‘stand on’ June 12. At another point they asked the people not to stand on June 12 again but to ‘stand by’ June 12.

          And then the rabble-rouser elite leadership came with a 360 degree turn by asking the Yoruba not to stand on or by June 12 again because June 12 is not about M.K.O Abiola – the clear winner of that June 12 election. The Yoruba people were instead asked to rather stand ‘on the principles of June 12′. It was all so confusing the Yoruba people did not know where to stand anymore. It was simply impossible to divorce the winner of an election from a struggle to validate the election by divorcing the winner from it all and attempting “to stand on the principles’ alone.

    • wode

      All of you preaching religious politics, being sponsored by the president and his party, would realize your folly after Jonathan’s tenure – either a term or 2nd tenure. A Northerner, (and most likely a Muslim) would become the candidate of PDP. By that time, we shall see what you would preach. Sectional or Religious politics is quite ephemeral and destructive. You are being brained-washed and it’s so worrisome how you all fail to see beyond 2015. A word is enough for the wise.

    • Spoken word

      Wrong.please get your facts right, akeredolu(ondo),fayemi(ekiti),dipo dina(ogun state),also note that bisi akande and osoba are Christians.besides yoruba’s are not obsessed by religion.there is no Yoruba family that does not have the mix of both religions.

      • Diran

        Facts are stubborn. They don’t allow wiggle room. Try as hard as you can, facts stick.
        ACN/APC has never presented a Christian as governorship candidate in Yorubaland.
        This is a categorical fact which your wild guesses cannot controvert by your say-so.
        Kayode Fayemi is a Muslim. Akeredolu is a Muslim. Dipo Dina was a Muslim too.

        • Spoken word

          Now I know that you are plain dumb for not researching your facts.unfortunately we have jokers like you actually in key positions in this country and we can see the result.ignorance blessed with arrogance.SMH

  • Psalm 35

    Is PT only just realizing what we predicted last year that this party will be humiliated in February and then go into oblivion post 2015

  • Mani_Kay

    Just look at the picture above and imagine it …….. Buhari standing between Tinubu and Atiku ……. what a shame that Buhari’s name should be associated with these pathological and endemic dubious duo !!!

    • Ranti Kanyi

      @ Mani_Kay:

      I don’t think General Muhammadu Buhari is quite a misfit in APC.
      He’s rather at home with the prevailing morality in the illicit APC organization.
      I just read an excerpt below of the position of Senator Femi Okurounmu on APC.
      He correctly exhorts the Yoruba to vote en masse against APC for dubiousness.
      But why General Buhari feels at home in such tawdry APC company is what baffles me.

      Otherwise Buhari is at home in a rabidly Islamist party which APC represents.
      For me i think the Yoruba will still have a lot of repairs to do after APC is booted out,
      The Yoruba need to quickly erect a firewall against toxic Islam burning southwards.
      The amount of money said to have been stolen by ACN/APC officials in their states
      is another problem, in fact it is the major reason Yorubaland has failed to improve
      but instead regresses. I am glad that the newly elected governor of Ekiti state – Ayo Fayose –
      has announced his own intention to take the correct step and probe the outgoing APC government
      of Kayode Fayemi over his alleged last minute financial deals in collusion with several banks.

  • Almost Anonymous

    APC AND ITS SCAM EXAMPLE IN LAGOS STATE

    Lagos state has earned $40 billion in revenues between 1999 and now.
    The money – less salary and running expenses – was partly shared between Bola Tinubu

    and Raji Fashola under corporate guise in the worst scam ever in Yoruba history.

    Lagos state recently floated a loan bond of about 80billion Naira and got public investors

    to subscribe for repayment with interest but once the bond was fully subscribed, Raji Fashola took

    40% of that money – about 35 billion Naira or so – and handed it over in cash to Bola Tinubu,
    via a bogus corporate front.

    This patently corrupt deal was ostensibly to buy back Lagos state ‘concession rights’

    on the Lekki tolled Expressway, according to Raji Fashola. But what the corrupt and clever by half
    Raji Fashola did not say is that the land at issue belongs to Lagos state and was never sold to

    Bola Tinubu’s company in the first place. Or did Bola Tinubu’s company invest 35 billion Naira

    developing the road. In other words, by sheer fraud, Raji Fashola paid Bola Tinubu 25 years profit upfront

    without any further work.

    A lien was then imposed on Lagos state allocation of federal revenue for the next three [3] years

    to pay for this 80 billion Naira debt by all Lagos residents. This transaction must count as the worst fraud

    ever in Yoruba history since Nigeria became independent on October 1, 1960. In fact, On May 21st, 2014,

    the Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Ayodeji Gbeleyi,confirmed that Lagos state debts, as at May 2014,

    stood at N435 billion – including N275 billion in bonds – equivalent to 2.7 billion United States dollars.

    Now, discounting monthly interest rates on the commercial portion of this debt, the gross Lagos’ government

    debt is now equal to all of the expected federal revenue allocation to Lagos state in the next two and half years.

    • sharp shape

      Thanks very informative piece !

    • Public Tribune

      “If we have a kind of Jehu revolution – where the worshippers of Baal

      and the worshippers of the altar of greed were all dealt with, as it also
      happened in Ghana – there may be some hope there.”

      …………Pastor Tunde Bakare
      [January 20, 2013]

      • The Revolutionary

        APC is part of the problem with Nigeria. APC is not a solution.
        Only a bloody revolution can save Nigeria. Any other talk is idle.

    • Denrele

      @ Almost Anonymous:

      Lagos state has been robbed to death by these charlatan Alhajis who are all thievish.
      A Panel of Inquiry into Lagos state finances since 1999 now becomes an imperative.
      There is no other word in a dictionary for the scam you listed above than thievery.
      Alhaji Raji Fashola and his boss; Alhaji Ahmed Bola Tinubu have milked Lagos dry.
      A popular revolt may be in the offing but mass seizure of stolen assets may stem it.
      Alhaji Raji Fashola must face trial for financial crimes and moneylaundering in 2015.

    • aisha ani

      Don’t forget the metrorail, it is still not functioning. Fashola tried to get another loan but the federal put a stop to it, because the two loans he got previously was more than enough to finish the project.

  • wode

    PT, nice summary. It’s up to APC to manage its internal crisis very well. The exit of some of the leaders/members is not unexpected anyway. By default, there are some people that cannot work together or being in the same party as a result of leadership tussle. It’s known, even by the leadership of APC, that with the defection of 5 PDP Governors, some of the existing members would leave the party. It’s all about self-interest – either who controls the party or where each of them can realize their ambition.

    I guess that we are still going to see more dramas at both sides as we move closer to 2015.

  • Dr Patrick Kolawole Awosan

    All these ethnic bigots and president Ebele Joinathan, paid internet strollers like redeemer,K.K etc Souith-Southerners and Easterners who are attacking APC and abusing Yoruba people in this forum shall live to bite the poisonous tongues at the end.2015 presidential poll is around the corner and Ebele Jonathan, never had a pair of shoes would not cut it this time around.South-South/East votes would re-elect clueless,ineffective,ineptitude and apostle of corruption and wasteful of public tax payers governance,mr Ebele Jonathan and his ethnic based economic team in 2015.

    • emmanuel

      You never get sense before poki poki doctor

    • the truth

      Please I can direct you to the nearest phcn high tension wire.u are a tribalist.come 2015 he would win in landslide.u can take your Islamic party to sambisa forest cos I heard shekau wants nomination form to be apc board of trustees chairman,but I wonder if tinubu would impose Lie lie mohammed

    • redeem

      I will rather cast my votes for Jonathan than waste my time with Tinubu who goes about abusing the president then sneaks into aso rock at night to beg for oil contract———————Jonathan is clueless———–but those who claim to be the wise men and women from the south west-are the ones who owing banks left right centre—–lagos alone is in debt to the tune of over 600b—Is that the kind of person u want me to vote for—-Fashola could not even pay nurses who sacrificed their lives to take care of the ebola patience———-in spite of the FGN giving him over 200m

  • Ijeuwa

    PREMIUM TIMES IN DISARRAY. IMPLOSION IMMINENT IF IT CONTINUES TO PUBLISH THINGS LIKE THIS HOGWASH. Between a party that lost FIVE SITTING GOVS and another that has a wider and widening national spread, which one is in disarray?

    • Efe1

      Just look at the names of the people that left, it is like a blessing that they left.

    • Omo Oodua

      When Premium Times write against Jonathan and PDP, you praise them and call them credible. But now that reverse is the, you are uncomfortable with their story. Take it or leave it, APC is DEAD on arrival punk!

      • Es3

        Don’t mind them!

        Let them continue to live in their fools paradise!!!

      • Ijeuwa

        Everyday people are leaving PDP for APC and some leaving APC for PDP. So how come it’s only the APC that is in disarray? Do the roll call of those who recently left PDP for APC and you’d see where the momentum lies.
        This PT’s article is just thrash. They’re talking of poeple who left the APC almost a year ago as if it happened last night….

  • Spoken word

    Silly write up,any body with an interest in Nigerian politics will know that Ikimi,sheriff and Ribadu were never key leaders of APC.premium times don’t start losing your credibility now with the election approaching.

    • Omo Oodua

      Silly you, So if Ikimi, Sheriff and Ribadu were not key leaders of APC, who were the key leaders? Remember the merger was done at the residence of Tom Ikimi in Abuja. Also Sheriff was never a member of PDP before merging with APC, so he couldnt have been a mole in APC. Ribadu also contested the 2011 Presidential election under the platform of ACN, which was a key party in the emergence of APC, so try to wake up fully from your slumber before opening your stinking mouth on this forum. APC has lost it totally , though i ain’t surprised about their downfall because they were never meant to exist in the first place.

      • Spoken word

        hope you have vented your spleen. now go back and keep suffering and smiling. I can see this is the Nigeria of your dreams.Good for you.

        • the truth

          when you are confronted with facts you run away hiding. if you have balls and you are a man confront the issues he raised and stop been a b*tch and sissy

          • Spoken word

            Very classy indeed. Typical nigerian.With people like you there is very little hope in this country.

          • the truth

            Don’t run from the points he made,address those points.waiting for your response to the points he raised

          • Spoken word

            KMBA

          • the truth

            U still ain’t man enough,u keep insulting me,address his point.from the look of things you are a sissy.still waiting for u to address his point

          • Spoken word

            Really.

  • PEOPLE

    APC IS DEAD

  • TopeLamas

    Crisis is normal when diff pple frim diff background comes togeda to make a decision bt d ability to solve dis crisis is what is called good pple, and am sure d crisis in apc will solve amiccably, it makes dem stronger nd more effective.

  • john micheals

    The people that are crying foul are bigots, The PT have always been a critic of the ruling party, this article is only a confirmation of what people know, Internal wranglings have long been associated with the APC once the merger was completed and any one that thinks otherwise is not knowledgeable enough to be on this platform, they are group of high handed politicians and it will always be difficult to form a successful merger, Anyways competition is good for Nigerian politics, lets see how it pans out from now till Feb 14, If they still have any credible candidate left to contest in the general elections.

  • josh

    Ds s purely pdp write up, jus to deceive Nigerians dt apc is sinking.
    How do we know dt a party is sinking, is it not by election?
    All those mention-decampees, where were dey when obj was sweeping out all AC govs then in d southwest except Lagos state, even Osoba? Where were dey when Jagaban reclaimed southwest back from pdp? Osoba was voted out of power, he never in d first place accepted Amosun into their midst but Amosun proved them wrong.
    Ds s a fact, known of d so called decampees can become a stumbling block to APC, dey r politically irrelevant. Kwankwaso came back to defeat shekarau’s candidate in 2011.

    • Es3

      You better open your eyes and see that this “write-up” is on Premium Times… a pro-APC online publication?!!!

    • the truth

      lol accusing an apc paper of pdp write up. who doesn’t know premium times is pro apc.

  • Raymond (Journalist)

    APC OR WHAT YOU WILL…….

    APC is out- and-out an Islamic Jihad. Anyone mistaking it otherwise is un-wise.
    The APC party started out with 100% Muslims as its national executives.
    APC has never put up a Christian candidate for governorship in Yorubaland.
    Raji Fashola in Lagos made clear he’ll never render public accounts to Lagosians.
    But over $40billion was earned by Lagos government since 1999 without accounts.
    The ex-APC governor in Adamawa state has fled through the borders to Europe.
    That APC governor – Admiral Nyako – has since been declared wanted for stealing.
    Is this the good record APC wants to rely on and be credited as saviours of Nigeria?
    Does a thinking person need further evidence that APC is a gang of thieves?

  • By popular demand

    …HOW APC ROBBED LAGOS TREASURY

    Lagos state has earned $40 billion in revenues between 1999 and now.
    The money – less salary and running expenses – was partly shared between Bola Tinubu
    and Raji Fashola under corporate guise in the worst scam ever in Yoruba history.
    Lagos state recently floated a loan bond of about 80billion Naira and got public investors
    to subscribe for repayment with interest but once the bond was fully subscribed, Raji Fashola took
    40% of that money – about 35 billion Naira or so – and handed it over in cash to Bola Tinubu,
    via a bogus corporate front.

    This patently corrupt deal was ostensibly to buy back Lagos state ‘concession rights’
    on the Lekki tolled Expressway, according to Raji Fashola. But what the corrupt and clever by half
    Raji Fashola did not say is that the land at issue belongs to Lagos state and was never sold to
    Bola Tinubu’s company in the first place. Or did Bola Tinubu’s company invest 35 billion Naira
    developing the road. In other words, by sheer fraud, Raji Fashola paid Bola Tinubu 25 years profit upfront
    without any further work.

    A lien was then imposed on Lagos state allocation of federal revenue for the next three [3] years
    to pay for this 80 billion Naira debt by all Lagos residents. This transaction must count as the worst fraud
    ever in Yoruba history since Nigeria became independent on October 1, 1960. In fact, On May 21st, 2014,
    the Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Ayodeji Gbeleyi,confirmed that Lagos state debts, as at May 2014,
    stood at N435 billion – including N275 billion in bonds – equivalent to 2.7 billion United States dollars.
    Now, discounting monthly interest rates on the commercial portion of this debt, the gross Lagos’ government
    debt is now equal to all of the expected federal revenue allocation to Lagos state in the next two and half years.

    • Denrele

      @ By Popular Demand:

      Alhaji Raji Fashola must face trial for financial crimes and moneylaundering in 2015.
      Lagos state has been robbed to death by these charlatan Alhajis who are all thievish.
      A Panel of Inquiry into Lagos state finances since 1999 now becomes an imperative.
      There is no other word in a dictionary for the scam you listed above than thievery.
      Alhaji Raji Fashola and his boss; Alhaji Ahmed Bola Tinubu have milked Lagos dry.
      A popular revolt may be in the offing but mass seizure of stolen assets may stem it.

      • Tommy

        But Nigerians do not yet show they belong to humanity by overlooking
        life-ruining thefts, including the $600 billion the World Bank said was stolen
        from Nigeria and lodged into the overseas private accounts of Nigeria’s
        government officials and their criminal business partners.

        The day Nigerians rise in fury and thrust their official thieves into bonfires,
        the international community will take notice, that at last, thinking human
        beings have evolved in Nigeria with a resolve to fulfil the laws against thefts
        they enacted for their country. But for so long as thieves and criminals are
        free, rich and honoured, Nigerians shall be treated by the rest of the world as
        the scum of the earth.

    • Es3

      I always tell people once the secret cult APC government in any state is overthrown through elections, the corruption and rot in such a state will stink to high heavens…especially in those that Tinubu holds an overiding sway over

      • The Revolutionary

        “What is about to happen in Nigeria is going to be like a film show.
        Something greater than Justice Oputa panel will soon be set up to

        try these corrupt politicians. God will use this Boko Haram violent crisis

        to raise up a leader who will cleanse the society. The person will have the heart

        of a lion, like Jehu in the Bible. Most of these politicians, if they are not dead,
        will end up in prison. This is what God is saying”

        …….…….Primate Olabayo

        (Head of the Evangelical Church of Yaweh)
        (April 29, 2013)

        • Desmond Mekwueye

          It is actually un-civilized for a country to accept to live with thieves in the neighbourhood.
          No other country in the world accepts it, except Nigeria. The 774 local governments in Nigeria

          are dens of robbers. Nigerians watch in horror as Council Chairmen and Councillors share out people’s taxes and levies received amongst themselves as personal funds to be spent at leisure.

          The 36 State governors are worse in the ascendant order of rogues. They simply pillage.

          This is atrocious. This is evil. This civilization of thieves in Nigeria must not stand.

          This official stealing is not the meaning of “democracy” – this is plain financial treason.

      • N.Dee

        @ ES3

        LAGOS STATE IS NOW BROKE – VANGUARD

        The Vanguard newspaper reports today at page 40 of its September 9, 2014 edition
        that Alhaji Raji Fashola’s government in Lagos state is now completely broke.
        With 2.7 billion dollars in debts, as at today, and without a viable project completed,
        not even the BRT bus project which has all but collapsed, the Lagos state
        tragedy has now come to the fore at last. The Raji Fashola received no less than 18 billion U.S dollars
        as revenue since 2007 which was partly blown, and partly officially stolen,
        and now hanging Lagosians out to dry.

        “..The Lagos government agency handling the reconstruction of the Ejigbo-Ikotun road
        – Lagos State Public Works Corporation – LSPWC, has stopped work,”
        Vanguard newspaper reports. “The LSPWC is waiting for allocation of
        not less than 100 million Naira from the cash-strapped (Lagos state) government
        to move back to site”. As a result of this abandoned project, Vanguard further
        reports, “..a journey from Isolo to Cele Bus stop which before now took
        15 to 20 minutes to Ikotun..now takes hours depending on the time of the day.”

    • Ol’boy

      “Corrupt Nigerian officials; elected or appointed, who have stolen government funds;
      or, who demand bribes to award government contracts, cannot be allowed to enjoy
      the proceeds of their corruption.”

      ……Ambassador Terence McCulley
      (United States Ambassador to
      Nigeria) [December 4, 2012]

  • lawal Gummi

    Thank you for analyzing the crises of APC, but in other direction what up PDP does not have any crises?

    • Es3

      It means that you are not observant that PDP, on the other hand, has been resolving the various crises that cost them dearly during the last general elections?!

  • Newsday

    “Before it can qualify to reform the polity, the APC needs first to transform itself.
    The tide of South-West politics is moving inexorably against the APC.
    Many Lagosians are increasingly fed up with the APC. Babatunde Raji Fashola’s
    marauding brigadiers have become a terror to the people. They seem to be maliciously
    intent on squeezing the life out of the man-in-the-street. The APC government in Lagos state
    is likely to be swept away by the same politics of “stomach infrastructure” that it
    derides to its cost in Ekiti. “

    ………..Femi Aribisala
    (Essay on Yoruba politics)
    (July 15th, 2014)

  • Weydem

    WHY I LEFT APC – IBRAHIM SHEKAHU

    “The soul of the APC is lost. It cannot be touched or seen.
    Some people want to pocket the party and that is why its constitution

    is yet to see the light of day. The APC make-up itself is political fraud.

    There is no management at any level of APC.”

    “We cannot see ourselves belonging to a platform where we are to be in the pocket of others.

    After six months, there is still no APC structure found anywhere. We cannot belong to such a party

    where a caricature of management is all there is. We challenge the leadership of APC to tell us
    why the Constitution and manifestos of the party are not found on the streets of Nigeria.”

    ………………….Ibrahim Shekarau, (ex Governor of Kano state and APC
    Founding Leader) February 10th, 2014

    • Seemeseetrouble

      APC will like to flag Raji Fashola as poster boy; but he’s the worst example of mis-governance.
      Between June 2007 and now Raji Fashola has received about seven [7] billion U.S dollars

      in federal revenue allocation. He’s also received another 11 billion U.S dollars
      in internally generated revenue in the same period; totalling 18 billion dollars.

      All this money without functioning public schools or running city transport to show
      for it, as the state’s BRT has all but collapsed with barely 15% of the BRT bus fleet left,

      as a result of thefts, all within three years of BRT operation.

      Raji Fashola sank Lagos state by his financially un-accountable governance.

      Despite the 18 billion dollars he’s received from 2007 till date, and without making
      Lagos state public accounts available to the people, Alhaji Raji Fashola said
      he’s incurred a whopping 2.7 billion dollars in debts on behalf of all
      Lagosians as at today. What a terrible legacy to leave behind for posterity!

      • Garry

        My friend, there’s no point flogging a dead horse. Raji Fashola cannot give what he does not have.
        He hasn’t the requisite knowledge to think or govern and all he did was limit himself to what he could
        cope with; which is re-surfacing existing roads. If he scammed Lagosians for doing that routine duty of
        government, the supine Lagosians have themselves to blame for failing to note that vigilance is democracy.
        Raji Fashola is not and has not been a deep thinker. He does not have that ability. If Lagos schools have
        collapsed under his watch it is only to be expected from a man who leaps before he thinks.

      • the truth

        y didnt u add the research made by punch which shows lagos state owes 33% of all nigeria’s debt owed by states. the rest 35 states share 77%.is this the dividends of democracy apc

  • the truth

    i have tried posting links on the interview stephen davies gave vanguard
    and abc on how he wasn’t hired by the nigerian government as a
    negotiator, and how he was tricked by bbc, arise , and sahara reporters.
    please everyone google it yourself and see how our news media have been
    misleading us . everyone try to google it yourself. the link is
    refusing to post as it is not been approved by premium times. i am
    guessing they don’t allow links

    • redeem

      man don tire for sharia reporters and her agents in APC

      • yusif

        redeem.Why are you insult someone religion.Don’t you think others may insult yours.PDP Apc does not belongs to islam neither the Christianity their constitution does not derived from Quaran or Bible. Leaders of nowadays are always decieving us by cross carpeting to the party that can suit their selfish interest.Let’s us wake up and stand by the truth wherever it comes.

  • the truth

    this is the interview stephen davis gave few hours ago denying reports that he was hired by the nigerian government

    Australian hostage negotiator, Stephen Davis, has been embroiled in
    controversy over his allegations about Boko Haram’s sponsorship, their
    source of funding and if he was actually contracted by the FG to
    negotiate on its behalf.

    Davis has repeatedly stated that he was in Nigeria for four months,
    acting as a Boko Haram hostage negotiator to help free the Chibok girls.
    It was during the said negotiations that he claimed to have discovered
    that the terrorist group was being funded by prominent Nigerian
    politicians including, Ali Modu Sheriff. He also alleged that funds were
    being transferred through CBN.

    The federal government via a statement last week, denied hiring Davis as a Boko Haram hostage negotiator.

    And now, Vanguard has published an interview that Soni Daniel allegedly had with Davis.

    Read excerpts:

    What do you have to show that you were engaged by the Nigerian government to negotiate with Boko Haram?

    I was not engaged by the Federal Government of Nigeria, any state
    government or any other party. I went to Nigeria in late April in an
    effort to facilitate a handover of the Chibok captives after discussing
    such a possibility with former commanders of JAS (Jama’atu Ahlul Sunnah
    Lih Da’awa wal Jihad otherwise known as JAS) and others close to Boko
    Haram.

    Why did you release the report of your assignment to the media instead of sending it to government?

    I did not construct a report of my efforts in
    Nigeria. As I said earlier, I was not engaged by any party and
    therefore had no obligation to report to anyone.

    Some Nigerians find it curious that you
    decided to give your report only to Arise TV, owned by a Nigerian,
    Nduka Obiagbena, who also owns Thisday Newspapers and may be
    sympathetic to some politicians in Nigeria.

    I gave a radio interview to the ABC in
    Australia which subsequently told me that after the transcript was
    posted to their online site, it had been picked up in the UK and Sky
    News requested an interview. In the hope of bringing attention to the
    many other girls and boys kidnapped by Boko Haram, I agreed to a
    television interview. That interview took place in Channel 7 studios in
    Australia and it was at that point that I was told it was an interview
    with Arise TV. I had not heard of Arise TV and did not know it was owned
    by a Nigerian or indeed that it had any association with Nigeria. At
    the time of giving the TV interview, I was of the understanding that it
    would be broadcast by Sky News in the UK.

    On Mr Obiagbena, I have not met him or ever been contacted by him.

    Many Nigerians find it extremely
    difficult to understand how the former Chief of the Army Staff, Lt. Gen.
    Ihejirika, who actually fought Boko Haram elements and was accused of
    genocide could be linked with sponsoring the violent group.

    It is much easier to understand Mr Sheriff’s
    alleged association with Boko Haram than any association of Mr
    Ihejirika. Mr Sheriff was said to have a long history of promoting
    groups to assist in his past efforts to win the governorship of Borno
    State. On 29 July 2009, there was a confrontation with security
    officers at Mamudo Village, along Potiskum/Damaturu Road, Yobe. 33 JAS
    members were killed. Later that night, there was a long battle with
    combined security operatives at Railway Terminus, Maiduguri, Borno
    State. Scores were killed and the JAS operational base was destroyed.
    Yusuf was subsequently captured by the military and handed over to the
    police. The JAS alleged that it was on Sheriff’s orders that Yusuf was
    executed in Maiduguri on 30 July 2009. Shekau was presumed killed in the
    same battle and a corpse was identified as that of Shekau. Thus the
    remaining JAS leaders made it clear their intention was to kill Sheriff
    and so it is right that Sheriff claims he is a victim of JAS. The Boko
    Haram we see today is not the JAS that was operational under Yusuf.
    Shekau emerged in mid-2010 and publicly claimed the leadership of a
    reinvigorated JAS.

    Shekau formed Ansaru which he used for
    kidnapping and beheading victims. This behaviour was a major departure
    from the original mandate of the JAS which was to purify Islam and
    return it to the behaviour example in the life of the Prophet. Many
    among the JAS leadership are no longer active and others have been
    killed. This has allowed Shekau to take the JAS to more extreme action
    and expanded the kidnapping, bombing and slaughtering. The Boko Haram we
    have today is a much expanded Ansaru. What we see now is not the
    Yusufiya which wanted very much to settle scores with Sheriff. It is
    Boko Haram as a partner to ISIS and Al Shabaab.

    Now I will offer an opinion as to the motives
    of the sponsors of Boko Haram. The political sponsors of Boko Haram
    seem to think that they can use Boko Haram to terrorise Nigeria to
    demonstrate that the current government cannot ensure the security of
    Nigerian citizens both Muslim and Christian. Therein the sponsors assume
    they can undermine any efforts of the current government to be
    re-elected in 2015. Herein lies the flaw for the conflict and
    instability currently being fanned suits the aims of Al Qa’eda and the
    architects of terrorism. Should the sponsors of Boko Haram win
    government in 2015, they will likely find that they cannot turn Boko
    Haram off or that Boko Haram will demand control of at least Borno State
    in return for reducing their attacks. Borno State may be just the
    beginning of an expanding caliphate.

    Several Boko Haram commanders and other
    persons close to and respected by Boko Haram have told me the names of
    some of the sponsors of Boko Haram. They have also described how some
    funds are transferred and arms made available. I have made public some
    of that information. I have also been told by some commanders that if
    one of the sponsors is arrested, they will surrender, release the girls
    and give information on the sponsors. Not all Boko Haram commanders
    will follow this lead but it may be a firm step towards dismantling or
    at least isolating Boko Haram.

  • Alkali

    GENERAL BUHARI AND THE THEFTS IN APC

    General Muhammadu Buhari un-ravels in the public domain whenever Fulani tribal matters
    arise because he has no consistent principles at such times. General Buhari will readily renounce

    everything else good that he’s once stood for whenever Fulani supremacy is at stake.
    His fame all along rests on a supposed zero-tolerance for corruption but not here in APC,

    where stealing is becoming an article of faith and a religion to be followed by party members.

    It is a shame that General Muhammadu Buhari does not see the intertwined corruption in APC.
    Rather, General Buhari sees APC as the sure path to the presidency for himself, and, the Fulani.
    He does not see the outstanding corruption in APC that should have paused him to reconsider his stance.
    General Muhammadu Buhari does not condemn the flight and escape of ex-Governor Nyako from theft charges.
    What a sad story of a man who should have been more prudent in choosing his political bed-fellows.

  • By popular demand

    WHY I LEFT APC – IBRAHIM SHEKAHU

    “The soul of the APC is lost. It cannot be touched or seen.
    Some people want to pocket the party and that is why its constitution
    is yet to see the light of day. The APC make-up itself is political fraud.
    There is no management at any level of APC.”

    “We cannot see ourselves belonging to a platform where we are to be in the pocket of others.
    After six months, there is still no APC structure found anywhere. We cannot belong to such a party
    where a caricature of management is all there is. We challenge the leadership of APC to tell us
    why the Constitution and manifestos of the party are not found on the streets of Nigeria.”

    ………………….Ibrahim Shekarau, (ex Governor of Kano state and APC
    Founding Leader) February 10th, 2014

    • Sola Philips

      Dear Editor,

      Please allow me space to express my agreement with the points made by Ibrahim Shekahu.
      I support Ibrahim Shekahu on this issue. A political party must have a binding constitution.
      All members, including the party Chairman must be governed by that party constitution.
      Nobody in a political party must be above the party constitution or have veto power over it.
      Whereas, Bola Tinubu has veto power over the choice of party candidates in Yoruba APC.
      That means APC is not a political party but a private enterprise of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

  • Okoye Okoye

    APC is Alibaba and band of thieves ,Bola Tinubu is the second greediest Nigerian alive after Obasanjo while IBB and Atiku are third and forth respectively , Nigerians are now waking up to face the reality ..I think the euphoria has faded then comes the reality but those of us who were steadfast and focused , who refused to be hoodwinked by the hausa magani and Yoruba juju illusions has been saying from day one that APC is not only a fraud and band of chronic criminals but a Nigerian version of Muslim brotherhood with a destructive violent Islamic ideological agenda that will finally saw the monumental and catastrophic demise of the geographical expression called Nigeria , though the violent disintegration of Nigeria would have been the best APC legacy but the human and material cost would have been an enormous loss of a superlative proportion , APC is a highway to permanent and irreversible doom while the military wing of APC aka Boko Haram is trying their best to leave an indelible scars on every strata of Nigerian life
    Having said all these PDP is neither the Ark nor Jonathan the savior , PDP is den of robbers and confluence of treasury looters and the embodiment of everything that ails Nigeria, while APC is not marketable , PDP is not defensible either, therefore Nigeria is in “catch 22″ and the only solution will be to outsource the leadership of Nigeria to tested and trusted political mercenaries to fix all that needed to be fix and lay a strong unshakable political and economic foundation in which ” made-in-Nigeria” politicians could build upon just like South Africa .

    • the truth

      god blessyou sir for this true and vivid portrayal of apc, i would suspect any political party that on its inception forwarded 18 names to inec as its executive commitee members that consisted of 16 core muslims, one convert to islam and a christian. they may be deceiving the gullible few but we in the majority know apc is boko and boko is apc, lie lie mohammed is the spokesman for shekau and tinubu is the godfather to boko haram, with his history of imposition maybe he imposed shekau on boko haram after the death of yusuf

  • the truth

    i would
    suspect any political party that on its inception forwarded 18 names to
    inec as its executive commitee members that consisted of 16 core
    muslims, one convert to islam and a christian. they may be deceiving the
    gullible few but we in the majority know apc is boko and boko is apc,
    lie lie mohammed is the spokesman for shekau and tinubu is the godfather
    to boko haram, with his history of imposition maybe he imposed shekau
    on boko haram after the death of yusuf

  • Macko

    Nigerians are getting worse and degrading mentally to a point they no longer have a sense of outrage.
    Nigeria is the only country in the world where government officials disregard the laws of the country with

    absolute contempt and without any consequence whatsoever. That is no longer a country but a jungle.

    Stealing is not part of the meaning of politics anywhere in the world but in Nigeria,

    it is the major activity occurring between one election and another. It is better to put

    a swift end to this organized crime – by violence; if necessary – because the country is

    just being stolen away under the ruse of a non-existent ‘democracy’ without enforced laws.

    • Jojo

      @ Macko:

      Well said. Good point. That’s all there is to say. Nigeria is a jungle.
      Stealing is what the naive Nigerians misterm as ‘nascent democracy.
      They even say stealing must not be disturbed since it is a ‘nascent democracy’.
      In effect, official stealing rose and spread into an epidemic in the country like plague.
      Whether it is APC or PDP, it does not matter, for there’s no difference at all.
      Stealing unites Nigeria’s empty-headed politicians like akin criminals in piracy.
      A Ghana-type revolution is now very urgent to save the country from utter ruins.

  • Dr. Anuoluwa

    GENERAL BUHARI, APC & SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI

    I totally lost interest in General Muhammadu Buhari and wrote him
    off once he kept quiet and refused to as much as demand due process
    investigation into the series, actually litany, of financial outrages at the
    Nigeria’s Central Bank, between 2009 and 2014, as exposed by the
    media, and as later on fleshed out by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria.

    All the news-reports finger-pointed Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as central
    to those financial shenanigans running into 600 billion Naira, including the
    234 billion Naira which the Nigerian Miniting Corporation has not said till
    today it received from Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, rendering that amount missing in
    accounting terms insofar as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi said he gave it to the Minting
    Corporation.

    To make clear on where he stood on corruption matters affecting his Fulani tribesmen,
    General Buhari not only kept quiet on the sore fact that Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was
    actively evading criminal investigation and procuring a bogus injunction not to be investigated
    on the missing 600 billion Naira forever, General Buhari took an affirmative step to pay
    a personal solidarity visit to Sanusi Lamido Sanusi in Kano to clear all my doubts
    on whether he (Buhari) truly has zero-tolerance for corruption where a Fulani man is the
    accused criminal.

    • LET THE TRUTH BE TOLD

      @Dr you lost interest in GMB but you pick up interest in GEJ. Who among this duo is the most corrupt? A primary school student will tell you its GEJ. However, your line of argument gives you away as someone that is naive or paid to post comments on this forum – a literal mercenary sort of. The other day I read that 100 ex-militants are to be trained for ICT. If this is what they are using you for – literal mercenary, then you guys are doomed.

      Back to the substance of your post. I have not said GMB is not corrupt because no regime has been probed in Nigeria, not even Abacha’s regime. But tell me, is Sanusi the only corrupt government official, and how many corrupt official has GEJ prosecuted? Even during OBJ corrupt officials are not so daring, going to court like Allison Madueke to seek injunction stopping NASS from their oversight function.

      Where did you get your records on 600 billion? There was no 600 billion missing in the CBN for which anyone will want Sanusi to account for. We only have 20 billion dollars missing (un-remitted) in the NNPC. I don’t believe anybody should be above the law so let there be no sacred cows. EFCC can handle Sanusi not FRCN. All corrupt officials even down to 1960 if possible you be probed. May be by that impunity will decline and financiers of BH will be unmasked. So disabuse your mind about hausa-fulani and focus on the criminals looting this nation. You will find then among the Yorubas, Ijaws, Igbos, Hausa, Fulani etc.

      • Vandu

        @ Truth be Told:

        You are so funny. I won’t be surprised if Dr. Anuoluwa goes after you with venom.
        You called Dr. Anuoluwa, a doctor of political science, an ex-militant, ha, ha, haba!
        But i see your main point on the issue of thefts cutting across all tribes in Nigeria.
        There is actually no Fulani thief without a counterpart Igbo thief in the country.
        That is true, but i think Dr. Anuoluwa was expressing his dis-appointment with Buhari.
        If truly Buhari hates corruption, as he wants us to believe, why is he quiet on Sanusi Lamido?

  • Newsday

    “LAGOS STATE IS NOW BROKE” – SAYS VANGUARD NEWSPAPER

    The Vanguard newspaper reports today at page 40 of its September 9, 2014 edition
    that Alhaji Raji Fashola’s government in Lagos state is now completely broke.
    With 2.7 billion dollars in debts, as at today, and without a viable project completed,
    not even the BRT bus project which has all but collapsed, the Lagos state
    tragedy has now come to the fore at last. The Raji Fashola received no less than 18 billion U.S dollars

    as revenue since 2007 which was partly blown, and partly officially stolen,

    and now hanging Lagosians out to dry.

    “..The Lagos government agency handling the reconstruction of the Ejigbo-Ikotun road
    – Lagos State Public Works Corporation – LSPWC, has stopped work,”

    Vanguard newspaper reports. “The LSPWC is waiting for allocation of

    not less than 100 million Naira from the cash-strapped (Lagos state) government
    to move back to site”. As a result of this abandoned project, Vanguard further
    reports, “..a journey from Isolo to Cele Bus stop which before now took
    15 to 20 minutes to Ikotun..now takes hours depending on the time of the day.”

    • Ms. Mosun

      Ha, ha, ha! This is very funny O, and i like the phrase: “…the Lagos state
      tragedy has now come to the fore at last.” Very apt summary.
      So, Lagosians now take several hours for a-15 minute journey!
      Ha, ha, ha. That’s well-deserved punishment for people lacking in awareness.
      What did Lagosians expect should happen if they never asked for official accounts?
      Why should mentally incurious Lagosians not suffer now and forever more for their stupidity?
      Let them keep walking for several hours from Cele bus stop to Ikotun. They deserve the pain.

      • Mary Laja-Payne (England)

        @ Newsday:

        With more revenues coming in, Lagos state deteriorates further and further, all because of
        Raji Fashola’s inept governance. Lagos is being governed by a cabinet of look-alikes in ignorance.
        With good thinking and cognate knowledge, more finances should NEVER be inversely proportional
        to improvements in theory or practice. Whenever more resources worsen a people’s state of affairs,
        ignorant people are at the helms of affairs.

        What is to be done? Well, the first thing to do is to compel accounts by force from all Lagos state Commissioners and recover all stolen money, plus all stolen lands, shares, and all other overseas assets. The second step is to haul these malefactors into jail-houses in their own interest, lest they be brought to mob justice by the people. The third step is to enact a law in Lagos state forbidding the example of Raji Fashola, by making it a criminal offence for any Governor of Lagos state to refuse to render public accounts.

        • Public Tribune

          “Nigeria is in a season of sorrow and mourning posed by decades of
          neglect of a sizeable segment of our society and now our people are
          dying in thousands in needless battles and conflicts. There cannot be
          peace and harmony where there is wide disparity between the few rich and
          multitude of the poor.”

          “Our society and economy are in tatters
          in a highly competitive world; our children are missing out in getting
          qualitative and functional education; the masses of our people are
          chained down in dehumanizing and grinding poverty while we continue to
          maintain a few islands of false prosperity in a turbulent ocean of
          penury and squalor.”

          …………………General T.Y Danjuma
          (May 24th, 2014)

      • Pelumi

        “It is no secret now that Nigerians hate their rulers; but when Nigerian “prayer
        warrior” masses now start to curse and pray for the death of their rulers, then
        there is a crisis. There is always euphoria and jubilation whenever a member of
        the Nigerian “thiefocratic class”; i.e.; President, Governor, Senator, House of Rep member,

        Minister or local government chairman, dies”.

        “When the plane of Governor Danbaba Suntai’s of Taraba State crashed, i placed a call
        to several friends i consider somewhat “God-fearing” and decent. The first
        response i got from each and every one of them is ‘make them all die, we are
        praying for the next one to die’. Surely there is justifiable un-precedented
        hatred for the ruling class like never before in the history of the country.”

        …………………Paul Omoruyi
        (December 30, 2012)

        • ola

          “Nothing is working; the worst corruption is in Nigeria. There has never been corruption as
          worse as this. The name of Nigeria is now corruption. We are sitting on a keg of gunpowder. Something worse than Boko Haram is about to happen. We are looking at total darkness in the nation. There’s going to be a revolution. The poor will overtake the rich. You’ve not seen anything yet. You’ve not seen the real Boko Haram. A worse Boko Haram is about to happen”.

          ..…Primate Olabayo
          (June 30, 2013)

          • J.J

            Addle-heads in Nigeria political parties coyly exclude mentioning stealing
            in public discourse and they then get the sheepish journalists in the country
            to also look elsewhere for the reasons values have eroded in society; and,
            why state institutions corruptly fail to perform their functions. But stealing is the
            first cause of Nigeria now cascading into a failed state. That’s why Boko Haram is
            a wrong-headed revolt. Nigeria is not falling for not having more Islam – not at all.
            Nigeria is instead falling apart because of stealing. I surmise that the greater revolution
            Primate Olabayo predicts (above) will be led by clarity of thought and aimed at the
            rump of official thieves in all the 36 states, whose physical presence, alone,
            sends a wrong signal to all of society, that stealing pays.

  • umunnem

    And Christ said to the sower to allow the weed and the wheat to grow together and at harvest time, the weed will be winnowed and removed from the wheat. I guess this is “harvest time” for APC. The weed is separating from the wheat and at the end, only the real deal will be left. You think it is easy playing opposition politics in Nigeria where stomach infrastructure is the order of the day? I doff my Gele for the persistent and consistent Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT), Chris Nwabueze Ngige, (CNN) Ogbonnaya Onu, (OO) General Muhammed Buhari (GMB) Nasiru El Rufai (NE) and the rest of the steadfast brethren. Odiro easy at all atall.

    • Tire

      Lagos state government of Raji Fashola fails the equivalents of English and Mathematics

      at a WASC examination – by failing to run the state public schools and for running the state public
      transport aground. So, having failed in education, and failed to run sensible public transportation,
      the shambolic, dubious and suspicious Raji Fashola government is deemed to have failed overall.

      Or, what else is any state government majorly supposed to do – foreign policy?

      • F. Doherty

        Correct argument, Sir:

        A state government that can’t run a good school system is a mess.

        A government that can’t run a city transport system is a tragedy,

        Those are the two vital duties of any state government in Nigeria.
        A state government that fails in education and fails in public transport has
        failed overall, just like a student who fails English and Maths at WAEC exams.

  • Davies

    @ Umunnem:

    Please, do us a favour. Could you shut up if you really have nothing sensible to say?
    Folks here are bewailing massive stealing of the treasury and the consequences.
    Sensible commentators are railing against policy failures causing society to degrade –
    especially the evidence of 70% WASC failure in APC-controlled states for 14 years running.
    You now put out your snout to ask for exoneration of these crimes to humanity as just ‘opposition politics’.

  • Deremi Thanni

    BOLA AHMED TINUBU IS THE PROBLEM WITH APC

    Bola Tinubu is academically a write-off and a bane on Yorubaland.

    He hasn’t the mental sagacity to lead. He can’t articulate any set of political or
    economic thought with coherence. His personal survival is only in a coalition
    of Muslims. That is why he injected Islam into Yoruba politics.

    Before he showed up to betray the Christian trust, Yoruba people conducted
    public affairs with regard to merits but without losing sight of religious
    sensitivities. Bola Ahmed Tinubu exploited that liberalism to invidiously
    create 100% Muslim-led government in Lagos state by stealth.

    He now rather stupidly says religion does not matter, but he himself made
    Islam the issue. Today, the only acceptable path to governorship seat in the
    Action Congress party is Islam. Ditto, attorney-general. It is un-acceptable,
    and, that is why discrimination on the basis of religion in APC must be stopped
    in Yorubaland.

    • Newsday

      “It would come as no great surprise if Bola Tinubu’s boasted great wealth did not derive from any
      stupendous inheritance – ancient or modern. I have also become aware that he too is a beneficiary
      of most of the lucrative contracts in all the (Yoruba) ACN states without exception”.

      …………Chief Tom Ikimi
      [August 26th, 2014]

      • Mr. Wale Cauldrick

        Well, if he’s scamming and has been riding roughshod over the Yoruba people,
        the fault can’t be with Bola Tinubu in person, to the extent he’s been allowed to do so.
        I think the Yoruba people themselves are at fault here for acquiescing to breed a dictator.
        The whole purpose of being educated is to oppose autocracy in any guise whatsoever.
        These charlatan politicians in APC have the most blame to carry because they conspire –
        They badly conspire to bring themselves under one-man rule like sheerly un-thinking robots.
        In doing so, the APC politicians in Yorubaland destroy Yoruba society by inaugurating autocracy.

  • Dr Patrick Kolawole Awosan

    There are lots of PDP paid internet strollers and agents who posted some idiotic-stupid comments with regard to the topic in this forum but those haters of APC who are suffering from ethnic/tribal/religious sentimental virus like Derri Orbukar and his ilk are posting comments to satisfy their pay-master,clueless,non-focus,incompetent,ineffective and massively corrupt-ridden.Ebele Jonathan has spent over five years ruling Nigeria but no visible structure he could point out and base his 2015-re-election campaign on.
    If Ebele Jonathan wants re-election in 2015,let him show Nigerian public the achievement he accomplished in security of lives and properties for Nigerians?Where is the regular power supply as his power minister,prof Nebo promises Nigerians regular power by october,2014 and president Ebele Jonathan came out yesterday promising two years.President Jonathan is not capable,incompetent and noise-maker without any visible positive result.

    • Deoye

      Dr K. Awosan:

      It is actually possible for you to discuss the All Progressives Congress party [APC]
      without making reference to any other registered political party in Nigeria today.
      The PDP party or even the APGA need not be good for APC to be bad or vice versa.

      APC violates violates democracy and its own constitution by imposing one man’s dictates.
      Bola Tinubu handpicks all APC candidates, without regard to the APC party constitution
      Tellingly, 99% of those he selects since 2003 are Muslims. That disturbs the peace in the land.

      Lagos churches reacted and issued a statement that Christians shall not vote a Muslim candidate in 2015.
      Worse than that, PDP in Lagos announced yesterday that Bola Tinubu and Raji Fashola shall face probe.
      A combined sum of $40 billion was actually earned in official revenue by Lagos state under both men.
      Nobody in Lagos state can see or say he or she has got value to the tune of 40 billion dollars in Lagos.
      So, the question today on everyone’s lips is: “Where is Lagos state’s $40billion?” – a legitimate one to probe.

  • No Comment

    BREAKING NEWS: LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT DEBT IS NOW ₦595 BILLION

    The cash-strapped Lagos state government of Alhaji Raji Fashola has gone a-borrowing yet again.
    On top of the ₦435 billion it owes un-paid as at May 21st this year, Raji Fashola has borrowed more.
    Raji Fashola just finalized a loan agreement for another ₦160billion – which is equal to a whole year of
    Lagos state’s federal allocation from the Federation Account. When added to the existing un-repaid debt of
    ₦435 billion, the gross Lagos state government’s debt shoots up to a whopping ₦595 billion; which is equal to
    $3.7 billion United States dollars, representing 37% of the debts owed by the federal government of Nigeria.

    • P.Sodeke

      @ No Comment:

      Oh, my God, this is a scandal. Nigeria as a country owes just $10.4 billion in external debts.
      But Lagos states, alone, now owes $3.7 billion in debt – almost 40% of Nigeria’s external debt
      Wow, who is now going to be taxed in Lagos by the reckless Lagos government to pay this debt?
      The Raji Fashola fellow doing this imprudent and reckless thing has only 9 months left in office.
      He will be leaving behind 595 billion Naira in debt for the incoming government to finance by taxes.
      Lagosians must rise in self-defence against Raji Fashola’s profligacy by demanding public accounts now!
      He’d got a whopping $17 billion U.S dollars in revenues between 2007 and now but without tendering accounts.
      Like a drunken mariner he’s instead piled up more debts, and interest, for Lagosians to pay in the next 20 years.

      • Dr. McCkay

        HOW ALHAJI RAJI FASHOLA DESTROYED LAGOS

        Look folks, you don’t need to be professional economists to reason this out.
        What would you call yourself if, say, you presently owe 8 years of your future salary?
        Of course, there are only two words for it. You are either insolvent or bankrupt.
        With 600 billion in debt, Lagos state is now in exactly that same situation today.
        Lagos will face either bankruptcy or insolvency in the medium run, for sure.

        Any long tenure of these debts will still be immediately offeset by interest payment.
        And offset by a rising population with increasing needs that will force repayment default,
        or force re-financing at compound interest on the commercial portion of this 600billion debt.

        Raji Fashola may not just have scammed the people by not tendering accounts of the $18b
        earned by Lagos state government since 2007 – which has been allegedly blown and stolen.
        He may have destroyed any good future for Lagos state which has no enduring project
        on the ground – completed and running – and thus pressing the next government to restart.

        • Philip Anani

          Dear Editor:

          Reading these informed comments here i am surprised Nigerian journalists at home
          may have been long bribed into criminal silence on these financial crimes in Lagos.
          If not for Premium Times, how would we know Raji Fashola’s shenanigans in Lagos?
          Quite obviously, Raji Fashola has all by himself walked into the criminal justice system.

          Raji Fashola must be brought to justice in a court of law for these atrocious crimes against humanity.
          It takes a certain fatal bent of mind to blow away $18billion of trust money without any accounts.
          A law school student knows better than Raji Fashola that trust property must be fully accounted.
          He instead adds insult to injury by heaping this huge debt of 600 billion Naira on all Lagosians.
          Raji Fashola is an affront to democracy; a violator of rule of law, and, a suspected financial criminal.

      • The Revolutionary

        “In Nigeria, the pauperised many have sent a memo to the criminally-rich few:
        “We will not allow you to enjoy your ill-gotten gains in peace. We will hound you
        and pursue you everywhere you go. When you buy your Hummers, we will snatch them.
        When you send your children to expensive schools, we will kidnap them.
        When you retreat to your billion-naira homes, you will have to sleep with one eye open.
        With every knock, you will panic and tremble fearing it could be nemesis at the door.”

        “In Nigeria, corrupt public-officials have murdered sleep. They live the barricaded
        life. Their walls are concrete and electrocuted. Their bodyguards are armed
        to the teeth. Their cars are smoke-screened. Their agbadas are bullet-proofed.
        Their children are home-schooled for fear of kidnappers.
        Even their mothers and grandmothers are under lock-and-key in the villages.”

        …………Femi Aribisala
        August 28, 2013
        (Vanguard Newspaper)

      • Berebe

        Mr Sodeke:

        It is not profligacy. Stop being deceitful. Call a spade a spade. This is fraud.
        If you give your money to somebody and he does not give you an account,
        but tells you the whole money is gone and that you are now owing 5 times
        of your money, will you call that ‘profligacy’? Will you say the person who did
        that to you was merely ‘profligate’? Look, let me tell you, Nigeria is not going
        anywhere with your type of lies-telling. Is fraud difficult for you to spell or what?
        As far as i am concerned Raji Fashola is a worse offender than James Ibori
        as far as public treasury is concerned. He should be promptly arrested, at the
        earliest opportunity, to face criminal investigation and trial for fraudulent theft.

        • Figaro

          Theft has created a crass elite structure in Nigeria having no sensible member a Nigerian youth can look up to as innovative and morally upright role model amongst the treasury thieves pracing around in criminal garb disguised as politicians.

    • By popular demand

      “It takes a certain fatal bent of mind to blow away $18billion of trust money without any accounts.
      A law school student knows better than Raji Fashola that trust property must be fully accounted.
      He instead adds insult to injury by heaping another huge debt of 600 billion Naira on all Lagosians.
      Raji Fashola is an affront to democracy; a violator of rule of law, and, a suspected financial criminal”.

      ………..Philip Anani
      (September 12, 2014)

      • By Popular Demand

        “Ebele Jonathan has spent over five years ruling Nigeria but no visible structure
        he could point out and base his 2015-re-election campaign on. If Ebele Jonathan
        wants re-election in 2015, let him show Nigerian public the achievement he accomplished
        in security of lives and properties for Nigerians? President Jonathan is not capable;
        incompetent and noise-maker, without any visible positive result.

        ………………..Dr. Patrick Kolawole Awosan
        (September 10, 2014)

      • Gogome

        Without a doubt, Raji Fashola disgraces the middle-age generation of Nigerians by
        treating Lagos state treasury as his personal property in a crude and un-educated way –
        just like Lamidi Adedibu and Barkin Zuwo (both now late). In fact, Raji Fashola had a chance
        to make a difference and show himself up as morally prim than old state officials before him.
        But greed, recklessness, and, the instinct of self-enrichment confused him into a total mess.
        That is not to say he alone epitomises all of the Nigerian tragedy. Not at all; Goodluck Ebele Jonathan –
        the country’s fumbling president himself does not show personal good example of trusteeship of
        the treasury to reach any civilized standard of accountability applying in all other true democracies.

  • A.K.SAMSON

    I POSE THIS QUESTION : ‘ WHO PAYS THE SALARIES OF THESE POLITICIANS IN OPPOSITION’?

    IS THERE ANY LEGISLATION IN PLACE TO COMPEL POLITICAL PARTIES TO SUBMIT AUDITED ACCOUNTS EVERY YEAR?.

  • Rapheal

    Personally I critic any lone ranger Imposing or Disillusioning Nigeria as a whole, but I will not join a pack
    of Hyaenas in Lambasting great minds in the field game of politics, Lets not get carried away by who
    Governs Lagos state come 2015 or what is Owed in debt by Lagos state…. rather what can be done to checkmate
    these lapses in Government, I have never seen or heard that washing your hands in mud leaves it spotless…….
    Food for thought where were you when Lagos was been ruled by puppets and the puppeteer canvasses the affairs of the
    State….you are your own voice but note Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu did what no man could do in Lagos state as at that time which came at a price and now he has earned his stripes in the Field of politics now turned Gorilla.

    Vent your opinions but I assure you when the plain field is leveled people would say the same about you regardless of your
    efforts. A mathematician can not to solve this Equation know thyself.

    ‘Sukumus claris claritus’

    Jigs

  • Truth

    Bola Tinubu is sick, he get the liver run for elections at this time. Or is he going to be substituted in the future??????

  • SurveyConcepts Online

    When Jonathan was been maligned and insubordinated, intimidated with violence of BH and all manners of moles even in Aso, it was party time. The ghost of Jonathan is pursuing APC and they will always be hunted and meted the same measure which they did to the immediate past president. That is the first law of karma!

  • akin philip akintoye

    Thank you Frisky for this insightful analysis.The President has turned up to be deeply naive in a democratic terrain so far.He needs a crash course in how to be a democratic leader that requires a lot of deep thinking and far farsightedness than what is required being a military ruler.Some of us who are independents that supported are already regretting that all our patriotic expectations are approaching a state of paralysis because of his actions and thoughtless speeches.All those nonsense populist speeches are for the uninitiated and naive.If he does not sit up now and show leadership and control,history will never be kind to him.The same sharks he promised to clip their their wings in the affairs of Nigeria are about to swallow him.If he thinks Nigerian politic is children’s stuff,he had better pack his belongings out of his present abode back to his farm in Katsina State.A Nicodemus trip to Ota farm will do him a lot of good.I agree with you.There is an axis of evil that Saraki and Atiku represent in APC. Regrettably, they only understand the language of dark arts for them to know that they are weightless Ala OBJ.We are watching where this beginning will end.

  • Dandaman

    Frisky I think you misunderstand the point of democracy and freedom.
    The point of democracy and freedom is to produce and accommodate situations like this, when you try to control everything eventually it blows in your face.
    So Saraki may not have been Buhari’s choice but this is democracy and he outfoxed them!!! simple, I dislike Saraki but this is it
    I find it interesting that a lot of Nigerians still expect our Presidents to act like military head of state

  • i-priest

    Lieber Frisky, Ich weis es auch nicht, was tut bei uns in Nigeria passiert mit unser PMB. Allerdings, Höfnung gibt es nicht mehr, weil der Mann so langsam ist. Vieleicht voor hin liegt daß sogenannte Fulani-Hausasprogram? Was denkst du, mit Bukola Saraki als Senatpräsident, kann er, gegen Korruption in Nigeria noch kämpfen? Wir an Gott doch glauben!

    • Benin2Lagos

      If i understood you very well,you simply mean that this entire write up is a tale in the moon light full of sound and fury but lacks in substance: Thisis the interpretation of this German language

      • i-priest

        U’re very funny, @Benin2Lagos. No, not all the meaning.

  • lukman

    In the last few weeks of president Buhari inauguration,he has failed in two aspects; he looked on while the immediate past Ekiti APC lawmakers suffered hardship in the hand of Ayo Fayose,and he also looked on and even promised to work with the democratic ‘coup plotter’ saraki,now senate president.

    If president Buhari truly invited the APC senators to a meeting when the voting was to take place at the national assembly,then it could be inferred that Buhari conspired with saraki and others to sabotage party interest by deceptively taking out APC senators to make his preferred candidate saraki become the senate president,in order to humiliate Tinubu and a few others in the party. Buhari appears guilty in the matter,though he is not charged.

  • muazu wali

    There is a cultural difference in style between the different ethnic groups in Nigeria. While a southerner to a Northerner is always in a hurry, a northerner especially the Fulanis appear to be slow and indecisive. However underneath things are happening. He is after results the strategy to achieve results is his business. Nigerians want to know the steps taken or will be taken to get there. They cannot get this with Buhari. He will keep his steps to himself.

  • agbobu

    YET MKO WAS A VICTIM OF HIS OWN DESIGN. IT IS A PITY BABANGIDA HAS KEPT QUITE ALL THIS LONG. IBB NEEDS TO TALK AND EXPLAIN WHAT REALLY HAPPENED, VIS A VIS HOW ABIOLA ENTERED THE POLITICAL SCENE AND THE SECRET AGENDA BEHIND THE WHOLE SHENANIGAN REALLY YOU CAN NOT BE SERIOUS AS HE WAS THE CANDIDATE OF IBB BY EXTENSION THE MILITARY. THERE WAS A VERY HIDDEN AGENDA. IBB WILL MAKE SURE ABIOLA WINS AND THE NORTHERN ELEMENTS WILL SAY NO, THEN IBB WILL STEP IN AND SAY THAT CIVILIANS HAVE NOT LEARNT THEIR LESSONS AND AS SUCH HE WILL CONTINUE WITH HIS MILITARY RULE. THIS ACCORDING TO IBB’S GROUP WILL SILENCE THOSE AGITATING FOR A RETURN TO CIVILIAN RULE.