120 Atiku support groups’ dump APC for PDP

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

A total of 120 support groups of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday defected from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party.

They dumped the APC for the ruling PDP at an elaborate ceremony held at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.

However, in a swift reaction, Turaki Vanguard, the umbrella group of Mr. Atiku’s supporters said members of the 120 groups are not supporters of the former vice president.

Mr. Atiku, the Turakin Adamawa, was a member of the PDP before decamping to the APC in 2014. He however failed to pick the presidential ticket of the party, losing to Muhammadu Buhari, who is flying the party’s ticket in the March 28 presidential election.

Peter Ogar, national coordinator of Renaissance for Socio-political Transformation of Nigeria, who spoke on behalf of the groups, said they decided to return to the PDP that there was no alternative to President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said after critically analysing the president’s development programmes, the groups came to the conclusion that they surpassed all those executed by previous governments in the country.

“We have understood the event of December 10, 2014, wherein our able leader, the Turakin Adamawa, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, was, through a gang up, denied us and indeed Nigerians the chance to have a true option in the forthcoming presidential election,” Mr. Ogar said.

“Accordingly, we had to take time to analyse the inner workings of the current administration under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and came to the conclusion that outside the Turaki, there is no better candidate within any opposition political party, hence the need for a rethink and strategic political repositioning for the sake of our great country, Nigeria.”

Receiving the defectors, the National Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, assured them that they were now in the right party.

“Today, you have decided to return, you have equal rights with any other member of the party who have been there for a long time,” Mr. Secondus said. “You are free to engage in any party activities especially at this time when we are campaigning and election coming on the 28th.

“There would have been no better time for you to show and to declare your support for the party and our candidate, Jonathan. The rally point today is Jonathan; he is the symbol of Nigerian unity.”

Mr. Secondus accused the APC of planning to churn out false information against Mr. Jonathan and the PDP as the elections approach.

He said, “Let me give you this alert – the opposition especially the APC, in the coming days and weeks towards the March 28 have deliberately packaged well misinformed and propaganda that they are ready to be dishing out to the public.

“These propagandas are aimed at blackmailing with the president, the party or people in government. It is good for us to alert you on this so that by the time you see all sorts of headlines….I saw a headline in the newspaper today saying that the Federal Government had contracted an Israeli company to jam the card readers. Can you imagine?”

Also speaking at the event, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, said the APC was already divided against itself and that its members were always in conflict.

He said Mr. Jonathan had performed well since he assumed office. According to him, under the Jonathan administration, Nigeria had become the largest economy in Africa while other infrastructures are now working in the country.

The Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Ahmed Alkali, described members of the APC as “desperate politicians” who should not be identified with.

He said the opposition regrettably did not want the elections postponed even though they knew the Independent National Electoral Commission was not ready for the polls.

Mr. Alkali said by their defection, the 120 groups had become part of the over 5000 groups supporting Mr. Jonathan.

The presidential aide said Mr. Atiku was on vacation from the PDP and would return to the ruling party like his supporters soon.

However, Mr. Atiku’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, could not be reached for comments as he did not pick telephone calls to his mobile telephone.

The National Publicity Secretary of Turaki Vanguard, Soji Bamidele, told PREMIUM TIMES that the defectors were not Mr. Atiku’s loyalists as they claimed.

“They are faceless groups, we don’t know them,” he said.

Mr. Bamidele, who confirmed that Mr. Atiku was being wooed back into the party, said the former vice president “is not shifting ground and will never go back to the PDP”.


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  • Curseless

    No surprises at all. Jonathan, Okupe, Patience Jonathan, Allison Madueke , Mimiko and Fayose paid Atiku a secret visit to lure him into becoming the head of an interim government and return to PDP. He probably have ordered his followers to shift back to PDP. This is what Nigeria is up against, because the cabals have seen the hand writing on the wall and have sworn that is is anyone but Buhari. The common man is in trouble big time, your oppressors don’t want to give it up

    • Freethinker

      @Curseless:

      But i smell rat. It is just 48 hours to the opening of the Federal court
      on March 19th to hear the thirteen (13) separate cases filed against
      Muhammadu Buhari on on his un-explained WASC/Cambridge document,
      to decide if Buhari should be dis-qualified from the 2015 presidential election.
      Could it be Atiku allies already know the answer to this almighty question; viz:

      • Tanko

        Lol!
        But wait o; what if the court declares the ‘kastina WASC result’ released recently cannot be admitted as a ‘legal tender’ since the name on it is ‘Mohamed Buhari’ while we all know him as ‘Muhammadu Buhari’???
        What if the court asks him a very simple question; SHOW US YOUR ORIGINAL WASC RESULTS?
        DID THE GENERAL REMEMBER TO STOP OVER AT CAMBRIDGE WHILE HOLED UP FOR SEVERAL DAYS IN THE UK???
        Wahala dey ooo!

        • Isi Agwo

          Katsina certificate or certipicate, whether real or fake was not attached to Bokohari’s nomination form as required by law, thereby making the nomination form incomplete and invalid. The crime committed by attaching a false affidavit (perjury) is just another nail in the coffin.

          • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

            Gbam!!! Gbam!!! Gbam!!!

      • Nubianlady

        LOl, An old man who should go and take care of his ill health is busy answering questions on WAEC certificate. What a shame for per Buhari! His great grand children should be the ones in WAEC scandal not him yet he wants to rule a country with million PhD holders… Nigeria is moving forward ‘jare’!

  • richkid

    This is the truth that APC is trying to hide. But thank GOD some poeple who had been blind folded are beginning to see. Apc just bought the press and use it to creat tension every where with fake stories. GEJ all the way

    • Nubianlady

      Nigerians know the truth even amidst numerous propaganda by APC. They know that GEJ has performed far above other past presidents but refuse to see it. Nigerians have eyes!

  • Arrest warrant

    Money talks,no one like GMB TO stand for the poor and god will help him…ATIKU OBJ HAS TELL ALL WE NEED TO.KNOW ABOUT YOU….With you or without you change has come to stay..

    • samuel

      What is change? Is bringing back a military dictator whose ousting in 1984 was widely celebrated by Nigerians at home and in diaspora, is what u call change? Don’t be a tribalism or follow follow or were u paid to do this? Better think about the future and vote a healthy president. Vote GEJ

  • Omababa

    They are going where dollars rain is falling to fetch their own. One known truth is that people are wiser now than ever, so money can’t speak for a non performing president like Jonothin.

  • B.Messi

    Not one(1), NOT twelve(12), BUT A HUNDRED AND TWENTY(120) GROUPS??
    Chai!!
    The Hand of Esau..BUT the voice of JACOB!

    • Concerned

      With 1 member per group !

  • Yusuf

    members of this group are not any different from Gali Naabba, just ordinary noise makers

    • musa

      You mean history makers that have seen the light and have discovered that their grandpa has nothing to offer Nigerians and decided to do the right thing. Welcome back my honest brothers, let us support what is good for the sake of our children and don’t aloow people like Tinubu and Amaechi take over government for their own selfish interest.

  • samuel

    I pray that all these belligerent northerners will see the light just like these atiku support group. The PDP is a big umbrella and is big enough to contain everybody. Let’s retire the general for life.. vote a healthy man for Good representation, vote GEJ

  • richkid

    This is encouraging. An addition to excess. We want flawless victory. GeJ winning polls

  • Acosta

    Very soon, all of APC will be begging to join PDP

    • Otile

      They all are PDP members, after the elections they will be back, Atiku himself included. What we need is a strong Party composed of educated youths only who can move the country forward. Any old cargo aspiring to join will be to to table his advise/good ideas to the youths.

  • Acosta

    People are now realizing there is nothing good in APC and making the best decisions of their lives. APC will soon implode

    • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

      What are you saying. A small group who received dollars to sale their conscious, what of the thousands leaving the PDP to APC, why didn’t you comment on that?

      • fab

        U are sounding like dis bcos u are an aboki.

      • longben

        And you, What did you receive to support the MUMMY? An almajiri begging bowl?

  • Atiku is indeed a political force to reckon with in Nigeria

  • favourtalk

    Atiku is nit going anywhere, he was in a meeting with APC leaders at Sheraton hotel yesterday. PDP should find more other excuses, they have failed this time

  • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

    Suddenly you don’t see Kay expired, Ku4failure and the rest. Their connection running out on account of this.

  • Concerned

    120 groups my foot – they much each be comprised of 1 member.

    Otherwise how come Atiku has not been able to win one election since the Obj era?

  • TRUTH MASTER

    If Atiku was so popular, how come he finished third in his party’s primaries? He had better be careful. Any wrong move this time will seal his political career. No one wants a leader who is inconsistent.

  • samson john

    5 Surprising Facts About Nigeria’s Economy
    1. The Nigerian manufacturing sector is the fastest growing in the world.

    After a decade of flat growth, new policies to promote manufacturing have lead to an explosive increase in the last three years.

    Source: World Bank

    2. There are more mobile phone users in Nigeria than there are people in Japan.

    Nigeria is the largest mobile market in Africa with 127,000,000 subscribers. More than half of them use their phone to access the internet.

    Source: World Bank

    3. Nigeria is a natural gas powerhouse, with the largest proven reserves in Africa and the 9th largest in the world.

    Natural gas production has been steadily increasing in recent years, powering Nigeria’s impressive industrial growth and providing reliable electricity for consumers.

    Source: World Bank

    4. Enough new national highways have been paved in recent years to circle half-way around the Earth.

    Just a few years ago, Nigeria had 5,000 km of national highways. Thanks to major new infrastructure investments, that number has increased to 25,000 km today.

    Source: Nigerian Government

    5. Nollywood – Nigeria’s film industry – is the second largest in the world – producing more movies than the US and Japan, combined.

    Nigeria’s film industry produces more than 50 movies every week! Even more impressive, it employs more than a million people, making it the largest single employer in the country after agriculture.

    • Nubianlady

      Samson John, I can assure you that they all know that Nigeria has moved positively from where it was 10years ago but pretend not to see it due to propaganda and politics! They forget that figures and facts can’t lie. The world bank cannot be compromised! The reports are in black and white on world bank website!

  • ibrahim

    All of the apc’s will still come bck to the ruling party pdp….let the rest be there and be deceiving them selves…..

    • Zirem

      Those are just sharp Nigerians who just found a way to partake in the billions of naira the PDP are sharing. GEJ don become MAGA o. The wind of strong is stronger than ever. #change2015.

  • Mr. Abdin

    Atiku Abubakar has said it that he will never return to the PDP as the party is beyond redemption and it has become a party of those who took Nigeria for granted and hopefully they will allow him to rest all what we are looking for is change and it has come. Nigeria needs change.

    • Nubianlady

      Change has been here in our rail, automobiles, youth empowerment, female participation, the economy and lots more. Nigeria needs continuity! GEJ all the way!

  • begy

    Political Jobbers with cash as their only ideology.

  • pinky minaj

    GEJ wins again….

    “Obama congratulates GEJ”! GUARDIAN.

    “Jega declares Goodluck Jonathan elected with 26.4 million votes! APC rejects result”!
    VANGUARD.

    “Jonathan declared winner!”. “This is the worst election in Nigeria’s history” (Lai Mohammed)
    PUNCH.

    “PDP in a historic victory, as Amaechi flees to Ghana and begs for forgiveness”!
    PM NEWS.

    Tinubu says, “this is the most rigged election in the world, Jega must be arrested and imprisoned immediately. We are heading to court”
    THE NATION.

    “North boils as INEC declares Jonathan winner. Sultan urges restraints and peace”
    DAILY TRUST.

    “PDP wins Aso Rock again, 70 senate seats and 65% of House of Reps. We are studying the results (Oshiomhole)” – SUN NEWSPAPER.

    “How Jega rigged the polls for Jonathan . . .” &
    “I have forgiven Buhari and associates, President Jonathan calls APC to help Nigeria progress”
    SAHARA REPORTERS.

    “Mr President did it in 2011, Mr President did it in 2015 again”
    LINDA IKEJI.

    “As Jonathan wins the presidential election, Buhari Pullover becomes number one hit in Nigeria” nairaland….

  • pinky minaj

    The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, now confronted with the reality of failure in the 2015 general elections, has intensified its frenzied deployment of false alarms aimed at throwing the polity into chaos and wreck the electoral process.
    The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Monday said, “Having been exposed in its hypocrisy, lies and empty promises, the APC in obvious frustration is now engaged in dangerous mind game using wild allegations in a bid to cause panic, balkanize the nation and create the way for a reign of anarchy in the country.
    “For the APC, it has become a matter of ‘if we can’t have it, then let’s destroy it’. In the last couple of weeks, this opposition party and its leaders have engaged in dishing out dangerous false alarms in a bid to discredit the electoral process, heighten tension, create fear in the minds of the people and push the polity to the brinks.
    “For instance, how else would one explain the false alarm by the leader of the opposition, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Thursday, March 12, 2015 alleging that there were plots to assassinate him, a phantom claim which was followed on Sunday, March 15 by the APC in a statement that there were plans to kill their Presidential flagbearer, General Muhammadu Buhari.
    “Also, on the same March 15, the APC in a yet another statement falsely claimed that the Federal Government paid N9 billion to ethnic militias to foment trouble, before, during and after the general elections. This was immediately followed by a release on Monday, March 16, in which the opposition, in their unrelenting effort to further discredit the process, alleged that the Federal Government has hired an Israeli expert, Gyora Berger to sabotage card readers on Election Day.
    “In the same vein, on March 4, 2015, the APC released a false alarm claiming that there were plots by the Federal Government to frame its leaders and sensitive INEC officials and manipulate the electoral process. This is in addition to another statement on March 9 in which it alleged of plots to harass its financiers and cripple its operations ahead of elections.
    “We are aware that the APC has lined up many of such false allegations and nuisance alarms, which would be methodologically released to the public to swell the tension as the elections draw nearer.
    “APC’s history of lies has become legendary. Nigerians may recall that this party in their penchant for deceit had in June 2014 alleged that a plane carrying Kano state Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso to attend a rally in Ekiti to support Governor Kayode Fayemi’s re-election bid was denied landing permission in Akure, only for Kwankwaso’s Director of Press Affairs, Baba Dantiye to announce that his boss was at another event in Kano and had no plans to travel to Ekiti state.
    “It is indeed clear that the APC has no positive agenda for Nigeria but on a mission to grab power at all cost, failing which it has perfected plots to unleash mayhem and destabilize the nation.
    “We therefore alert the entire nation, especially security agencies, electoral officials and our members to be vigilant as these allegations could indeed be a subterfuge by the APC to cover a grand plot to unbridle violence on innocent citizens”, the party said.
    The PDP also charged its members to remain focused on the campaigns and not allow themselves be distracted, especially seeing that it is enjoying the support and confidence of majority of Nigerians.
    The party restated its commitment to issue driven campaign, leveraging on the enviable achievements of the standard bearer, President Goodluck Jonathan, for which Nigerians are determined to give him a deserving second chance, while berating the APC for dwelling on lies and insults without articulating any positive programme for Nigerians.
    “Our final advice to the APC is that rather than plunge our dear nation into chaos in the pursuit of their selfish interests, they should be humble enough to face reality, acknowledge their electoral inferiority to the PDP and surrender to the will of the Nigerian people,” the PDP said.

  • pinky minaj

    A Pharoah will take us back to the land of Egypt, where we will become slaves again (apart from the few who will be his associates and collaborators), whilst all others will be whipped into order, slammed into jails without due process and will have to bow down to the Pharaoh. 

    The Pharaoh’s tribe and religion will be super-imposed upon all, as the born to rule superiority complex will override all other tribes and religion/s.

    Some slaves may want to go back to Egypt again, to be slave masters, as they see gains lording it over other slaves, but the majority of the other slaves want their own freedom and will rather take their destiny into their own hands, serving their own living GOD.

    A Moses is no Saint and has his faults, but like Moses, he is leading the slaves to cross the red sea and then take the slaves into their promised land, a desert, flowing with milk and honey.

    To be able to get to the promised land, the slaves have to first cross the red sea, and need Moses.

    However, we are at a cross road and need to decide between a Pharaoh who will take us back as slaves into the land of Egypt, or a Moses who will help the slaves cross the red sea, into the promised land.

    Spiritually, we all have to decide if we want Pharaoh and to go back as slaves to the land of Egypt, or we can chose Moses, who has his faults, but who is already taking us to cross the red sea and is trying to help us cross into the promised land.

    Spiritually, the battle is on, either back to Egypt as slaves and bowing to Pharaoh, or choosing Moses with his faults, then, crossing the red sea into the promised land.
    Vote wisely… vote for GEJ…for a bright future

  • pinky minaj

    I watched with keen interest the APC town hall meeting of Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th March, 2015. Various questions were asked on how APC intends to tackle such matters as Security, Job creation, Power generation, women empowerment, The exchange rate amongst others issues.

    In their response to the issues or questions asked, Buhari and his fellow APC stalwarts at the town hall meetings sounded like semi-illiterates when giving responses to this crucial matters of importance. Before we draw conclusions let us go back in history to how our economy used to be like before Buhari ceased power by force through a coup de ta in 1983.

    As a young lad I can remember vividly that this was how Nigeria was before Buhari ceased power by force
    1. When it came to exchange rate it was $1.00 exchanging for 0.60 kobo (yes if you didn’t know that), the British Pound Sterling was £1.00 exchanging for N2.00.
    2. We didn’t require visa’s to travel abroad. Now interestingly while you only needed to board a plane with your blank passport, your visa would be stamped at the point of entry in almost all nations of the world including the United Kingdom (UK). America was begging us Nigerians to come and visit (so we could spend our money there) they even offered free scholarships to most Nigerian students to study up to masters level, and when they finished their studies there were mouth watering offers of jobs and accommodation waiting for their picking should they decide to stay. Some Nigerians even had special luxury treatments given to them right from the airports at America.
    3. In most shops in the UK they would close their shops to other customers once they learnt that you were a Nigerian and intend to shop there. This treatment is only now meeted out to Arab sheiks.
    4. It was automatic citizenship for any Nigerian baby born in the UK, with immediate allowances for both baby and mother.
    5. Our International Trade fairs used to be a big issue, with every notable company from all nations in the world fighting to ensure their participation. These companies even released their products to Nigerians with only a promise to pay.
    6. The economy was bouyant and merriment was always in the air, every family had one reason to celebrate. People like Fela that were hooked on candies could afford to travel to the UK just to buy candies from his favourite shop. I could afford to buy my big dip for 50k.
    7. Nigerians were driving only brand new cars. You were considered poor if you happen to drive a car that was more than 3 years old talkless of buying a ‘tokubo’ vehicle (ie. Second hand vehicle). The major automobile plants were working a Volkswagen beetle was N3,000, a Peugeot 504 was N7,000.
    8. Prices of essential commodities were affordable, a can of liquid milk was 25k, a bottle of coca cola was 15k, a bag of rice was N15, a loaf of bread (family size) was 50k.
    There are more happenings I can reel out, however this is enough for our youths to digest as they never new how Nigeria was before Buhari came in is usual manner of brute force with no economic knowledge and destroyed everything.

    When Buhari ceased power in 1983.
    1. Buhari immediately introduced import license when he ceased power. This policy favoured only his cronies as they were the only one who had access to import license. They only obtained the licenses and sold it for a price without importing anything. Some would use such license to import sand from Saudi Arabia, expired tires from Europe, empty containers etc. They did this just to pocket the exchange dollar. The resultant effect was the shambles this caused by increasing black maketeering, increasing smuggling, creating a scramble for foreign currency and hence devaluing the naira. For those who do not know it was in Buhari’s regime that the dollar started to appreciate over the naira from what was 0.60kobo to $1.00.
    2. Buhari’s singular act of importing a human being in a crate (Umaru Dikko) from the UK resulted in the UK removing all those privileges that we enjoyed. From then on you can only come into the UK with a visa, and not anymore as a citizen of the common wealth. The United States also followed suit from this.
    3. His regime introduced Price control. This lack of elementary understanding of Pricing and the forces of Demand and Supply caused a lot of hardship for Nigerians as you had long queues for such ‘essential commodities’ as bread, milk, tea, sugar etc. Of course traders hoarded their wares as you couldn’t force them to sell at a loss thereby creating a sky rocketing inflation.
    4. The overblown stance of corruption and Nigeria being a drug nation dealt a big blow on our image internationally as most nations started viewing Nigerians with suspicion, to them every Nigerian is either corrupt or a drug dealer. The killing of Bartholome Owho and two others without a convincing trial made other countries view us as babaric. They were no longer comfortable in having business dealings with Nigerians based purely on trust. This we are seeing Buhari repeat yet again.

    Buhari’s current clamour after 32 years
    The chanting is yet to change after 32 years, the so called ‘change’ agent is still to change from his old ways.
    1. On security: as usual he continues to blow it out of proportion hence scaring intended foreign investors whose Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) would having given a boost to the economy and helped in creating jobs. Agreed the current security situation is not perfect, however only until this week did he acknowledge the efforts of our gallant soldiers. His utterances in the past has caused a lot of security breeches that had costs lives and properties of Nigerians. These statements he made had helped increased both followers and symphatisers of boko haram.
    2. On Economy: “I would create two million jobs in one year”. Free Education, free lunch, free monthly allowances/stipends for jobless youths, he wants to build four refineries in less than four years, his claims of single handedly increasing the price of crude oil and so on just goes to show that he still is clueless on the economy and how it operates. For instance how does he intend to increase the price of crude oil when he cannot control it’s demand and OPEC has limited control to its supply as a means of price increase instruments. They clamour oil theft (even though he would not tell you that it started way back in the 70’s when he was Petroleum Minister). For those who care to know the US being the largest consuming nation of crude oil is using Fracking and other new technologies to explore for crude as a result demand for global oil is low and the price has to fall because supply is constantly increasing due to oil theft not only from Nigeria but from all ISIS controlled nations and Libya inclusive.
    The clear difference between United Party of Nigeria (UPN) led by Awolowo and APC led by Tinubu is very simple. Awolowo would tell you that he would create jobs, industries, roads, free education and so on. Awo doesn’t stop at that he would break down the economy for you and show you where and how he would raise the money to perform and fulfil all his promises. That is why the till today the western region is still living off Awo’s legacies. Please someone ask Tinubu/Buhari (no pun intended as this is the ticket) to show us how they intend to raise the capital for their promises. They are only building castles in the sky.
    NIGERIAN BE WISE AND DONT BE FOOLED – VOTE WISELY

  • Mosope Oni

    No matter how loud the APC shouts it will win, the movement is Nigeria pro GEJ. His many achievements (lower electricity prices, better roads, the railroad reform, anti corruption campaigns, and his recent quelling of Boko Haram) are proof enough he is the man Nigeria needs.

  • pinky minaj

    I watched with keen interest the APC town hall meeting of Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th March, 2015. Various questions were asked on how APC intends to tackle such matters as Security, Job creation, Power generation, women empowerment, The exchange rate amongst others issues.

    In their response to the issues or questions asked, Buhari and his fellow APC stalwarts at the town hall meetings sounded like semi-illiterates when giving responses to this crucial matters of importance. Before we draw conclusions let us go back in history to how our economy used to be like before Buhari ceased power by force through a coup de ta in 1983.

    As a young lad I can remember vividly that this was how Nigeria was before Buhari ceased power by force
    1. When it came to exchange rate it was $1.00 exchanging for 0.60 kobo (yes if you didn’t know that), the British Pound Sterling was £1.00 exchanging for N2.00.
    2. We didn’t require visa’s to travel abroad. Now interestingly while you only needed to board a plane with your blank passport, your visa would be stamped at the point of entry in almost all nations of the world including the United Kingdom (UK). America was begging us Nigerians to come and visit (so we could spend our money there) they even offered free scholarships to most Nigerian students to study up to masters level, and when they finished their studies there were mouth watering offers of jobs and accommodation waiting for their picking should they decide to stay. Some Nigerians even had special luxury treatments given to them right from the airports at America.
    3. In most shops in the UK they would close their shops to other customers once they learnt that you were a Nigerian and intend to shop there. This treatment is only now meeted out to Arab sheiks.
    4. It was automatic citizenship for any Nigerian baby born in the UK, with immediate allowances for both baby and mother.
    5. Our International Trade fairs used to be a big issue, with every notable company from all nations in the world fighting to ensure their participation. These companies even released their products to Nigerians with only a promise to pay.
    6. The economy was bouyant and merriment was always in the air, every family had one reason to celebrate. People like Fela that were hooked on candies could afford to travel to the UK just to buy candies from his favourite shop. I could afford to buy my big dip for 50k.
    7. Nigerians were driving only brand new cars. You were considered poor if you happen to drive a car that was more than 3 years old talkless of buying a ‘tokubo’ vehicle (ie. Second hand vehicle). The major automobile plants were working a Volkswagen beetle was N3,000, a Peugeot 504 was N7,000.
    8. Prices of essential commodities were affordable, a can of liquid milk was 25k, a bottle of coca cola was 15k, a bag of rice was N15, a loaf of bread (family size) was 50k.
    There are more happenings I can reel out, however this is enough for our youths to digest as they never new how Nigeria was before Buhari came in is usual manner of brute force with no economic knowledge and destroyed everything.

    When Buhari ceased power in 1983.
    1. Buhari immediately introduced import license when he ceased power. This policy favoured only his cronies as they were the only one who had access to import license. They only obtained the licenses and sold it for a price without importing anything. Some would use such license to import sand from Saudi Arabia, expired tires from Europe, empty containers etc. They did this just to pocket the exchange dollar. The resultant effect was the shambles this caused by increasing black maketeering, increasing smuggling, creating a scramble for foreign currency and hence devaluing the naira. For those who do not know it was in Buhari’s regime that the dollar started to appreciate over the naira from what was 0.60kobo to $1.00.
    2. Buhari’s singular act of importing a human being in a crate (Umaru Dikko) from the UK resulted in the UK removing all those privileges that we enjoyed. From then on you can only come into the UK with a visa, and not anymore as a citizen of the common wealth. The United States also followed suit from this.
    3. His regime introduced Price control. This lack of elementary understanding of Pricing and the forces of Demand and Supply caused a lot of hardship for Nigerians as you had long queues for such ‘essential commodities’ as bread, milk, tea, sugar etc. Of course traders hoarded their wares as you couldn’t force them to sell at a loss thereby creating a sky rocketing inflation.
    4. The overblown stance of corruption and Nigeria being a drug nation dealt a big blow on our image internationally as most nations started viewing Nigerians with suspicion, to them every Nigerian is either corrupt or a drug dealer. The killing of Bartholome Owho and two others without a convincing trial made other countries view us as babaric. They were no longer comfortable in having business dealings with Nigerians based purely on trust. This we are seeing Buhari repeat yet again.

    Buhari’s current clamour after 32 years
    The chanting is yet to change after 32 years, the so called ‘change’ agent is still to change from his old ways.
    1. On security: as usual he continues to blow it out of proportion hence scaring intended foreign investors whose Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) would having given a boost to the economy and helped in creating jobs. Agreed the current security situation is not perfect, however only until this week did he acknowledge the efforts of our gallant soldiers. His utterances in the past has caused a lot of security breeches that had costs lives and properties of Nigerians. These statements he made had helped increased both followers and symphatisers of boko haram.
    2. On Economy: “I would create two million jobs in one year”. Free Education, free lunch, free monthly allowances/stipends for jobless youths, he wants to build four refineries in less than four years, his claims of single handedly increasing the price of crude oil and so on just goes to show that he still is clueless on the economy and how it operates. For instance how does he intend to increase the price of crude oil when he cannot control it’s demand and OPEC has limited control to its supply as a means of price increase instruments. They clamour oil theft (even though he would not tell you that it started way back in the 70’s when he was Petroleum Minister). For those who care to know the US being the largest consuming nation of crude oil is using Fracking and other new technologies to explore for crude as a result demand for global oil is low and the price has to fall because supply is constantly increasing due to oil theft not only from Nigeria but from all ISIS controlled nations and Libya inclusive.
    The clear difference between United Party of Nigeria (UPN) led by Awolowo and APC led by Tinubu is very simple. Awolowo would tell you that he would create jobs, industries, roads, free education and so on. Awo doesn’t stop at that he would break down the economy for you and show you where and how he would raise the money to perform and fulfil all his promises. That is why the till today the western region is still living off Awo’s legacies. Please someone ask Tinubu/Buhari (no pun intended as this is the ticket) to show us how they intend to raise the capital for their promises. They are only building castles in the sky.
    NIGERIAN BE WISE AND DONT BE FOOLED – VOTE WISELY

  • Victor Okonkwo

    GEJ all the way o

  • pinky minaj

    With the polls closed in Israel, international election observers now turn their attention to the Nigerian elections on March 28. The choice for the leader of Africa’s most populous country pits Goodluck Jonathan from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against Mohammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The decision by the roughly 73 million registered Nigerian voters could have a profound impact on the future of Africa.

    But Western foreign policy observers pre-occupied with the rise of ISIS in the Middle East should wake up to the reality unfolding in Nigeria. Opposition candidate General Buhari wants Sharia law throughout Nigeria. In fact, he wants it everywhere.

    “I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria,” Mr. Buhari said. “God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country.”

    Agitation? Is this an indication that Mr. Buhari supports violence because the end goal of the terrorist attacks throughout Nigeria and Africa is an Islamic state? It is a legitimate question that should be asked by leaders of the Obama administration.

    Boko Haram has pledged its allegiance and support to ISIS. The Northern Nigerian based Islamic terrorist group wants Sharia law throughout Nigeria and beyond. They are also actively terrorizing Chad, Niger and Cameroon with their goal of an Islamic state.

    Mr. Buhari has also spoken sympathetically about members of the terrorist group Boko Haram, has cautioned against a rush to judgement on its members and has personally been selected by the terrorist group to lead its negotiations with the Government of Nigeria.  Mr. Buhari’s election as Nigeria’s head of state would be a disaster for Africa. It would also signal trouble for the West’s fight against ISIS and terrorism throughout the Middle East.

  • pinky minaj

    Some of the people blind folded by the APC toga of ‘change’ do not clearly understand what they are getting into, while I agree that you have some decent elements in the party APC. Yes decent human beings that are better respected and even I regard as great mentors of society and generations to come. This class of people are well liked and highly respected individuals that you may not compare them with some rascals and truants that you may find in other parties. I often wonder why the APC is a party filled with ‘strange bed fellows’, if you check the composition of the APC you would discover that it is a party filled predominantly of desperate and disgruntled politicians from the PDP and other parties.

    As a young boy my dad often warned me not to have any form of dealings with a desperate individual and that by so doing I would have my fingers burnt and regret it afterwards. As he would say “a desperate man can kill”, this frightening words have never left my mind since I was a boy. A lot of young people do not understand what dangers these desperate men you currently have in the APC portends to the security, peace and unity of Nigeria as a country that’s why I call on the decent few I have earlier described that are still within their rank and file, and also young boys and girls who never knew the antecedents of these desperate characters to please ‘shine your eyes’. Pastor Tunde Bakare even said it better “I trust Buhari but I don’t trust the environment that he is in”. Get this right Buhari is not a demon, nor is he demented but matter of fact is that as the saying goes “The evil that men do lives with them”.
    Buhari’s and his many sins
    1. Human rights: Because of Buhari and Babaginda, Fela Anikulapo Kuti composed several songs like ‘Overtake don overtake overtake’, ‘Animal in human skin’, ‘Animal can’t dash us human rights’. Fela may have been a ‘prophet’ of his time. I agree with him though in some of his words, if you have abused the rights of others you can’t turn around now and pretend to ‘dash’ us human rights under the pretence of Change. A leopard cannot change its spots. Buhari ceased power in 1983 and systematically abused Nigerians of their rights of justice and fair hearing. Politicians were accused of bogus crimes of corruption and tried under kangaroo courts, while there may have been a few who were corrupt, the innocent were not spared. They were given heavy sentencing some as much as 323 years. The trauma such people as Ambrose Ali faced in prison was what killed him afterwards. Like Ahmadu Bello, Ambrose Ali after massively developing Bendel state had to his credit only one small bungalow in his home town.
    2. Decree 4 and Decree 2: He was infamous for his constant harassment of the Press and Civil rights groups as a means of concealing the truth from ordinary Nigerians. At will he threw people into jail without any form of charge and such journalist as Nduka Irabor would tell you of their experiences. Some were tortured and are still traumatised till today, some even lost their lives in the process.
    3. Ghana must go: As a child growing up our economy was booming and as such we had a lot of foreigners living around us. We had Asians especially Indians and Pakistanis, Eastern Europeans and of course Africans all running from economic hardships in their countries. Some were professionals and experts in their fields and we also had artisans and others who did menial labour, we had some Africans who were professionals but most were involved in menial work. Interestingly of all these sets of people that were in Nigeria Buhari singled out Ghanians and sent them packing without any form of compensation and compassion. If you must note during the civil war a lot of Nigerians ran to Ghana to take cover even Nnamdi Azikiwe schooled in Ghana. Some of these Nigerians that escaped the civil war married their Ghanian girl friends and boy friends and returned to Nigeria after the war was over. To be sent packing in such a manner was indeed callous, and painfully some were forced to leave with just only a bag irrespective of the wealth or properties that they had accumulated from decent hard work. So young people as you go out to the shops to buy that ‘Ghana must go’ bag without knowing truly why they call those bags with such a name, now you know.
    4. Economic policies: I don’t need again to explain to you that Buhari is bereft of ideas when it comes to economic issues and the handling of the economy. Start with the reprinting of the naira when he ceased power. As a boy we were jubilant that we were seeing the new face of the naira, what we didn’t understand then was the economic impact and the implications. His excuse for doing so was that corrupt politicians who had stolen funds hidden under their beds may not be able to exchange their cash for the new currency. The impact of this together with his import license policy helped to devalue the naira and rubbish it’s exchange power. Before he ceased power the naira had a strong exchange value against major currencies for decades the naira had been exchanging for £1.00/N2.00 and $1.00/0.60 kobo. For the first time ever it was during Buhari’s regime that the naira started to depreciate in value. It’s laughable when now he is the same person shouting that naira is exchanging at $1.00/N220.00. Even with this all is not lost as the Chinese and Japanese constantly and intentionally devalue their currency as a means to curbing dumping of products and hence boosting local production. Now the desperate politicians are encouraging him to make promises like building four refineries, free education, free lunch, monthly stipends and allowances for jobless youths and so on without proper economic planning and drafting.
    5. Irresponsible utterances: His irresponsible utterances especially with disregard to its security implications have cost some Nigerians their lives and properties. He had said “The baboons and monkeys would be soaked in their blood” who are these baboons and monkeys? His utterances during and after the elections of 2011 were not helpful either. How do you place your self interest above the lives of the innocent and even the nation? Al Gore knew he won the elections but he allowed the interest of America to over shadow his personal interest. Even my dearly beloved Baba Obasanjo allowed the general interest of Nigeria to subdue his personal interest and agenda of running for office as President for a third term. To me that’s being a true statesman.
    6. Irresponsible actions and inactions: When people were being killed in 2011 under the guise of defending their votes as encouraged by Buhari. He did not come out to make an immediate statement or plea for these miscreants to stop forthwith.
    7. The costs of crating Umaru Dikko: Before he parcelled Umaru Dikko in a crate Nigerians had easy access into the United Kingdom (UK) and USA. With a return ticket costing only N500 and just your passport you can travel into these countries without a visa, but his brute approach cost us dearly, the UK came down heavily on Nigerians and withdrew the privileges of travelling under a common wealth of nations. They went further and started denying citizenship to Nigerians born in the UK.
    8. Total disregard to women: Initially when contacted on his opinion of the office of the first lady, he had said that he would scrap this office as it had no meaning nor place in his administration. However, having faced a lot of backlash and criticism from Nigerians and international organisations he is forced to go against his will of incorporating women in his government should he win. Now you may find a repackaged Aisha Buhari frying akara (bean cake) in Abuja. Even if APC do not agree with it, GEJ has remained the only government in Nigeria that has worked for the cause of fully incorporating and representing women in government.
    9. Islamic agenda: His penchant for fighting the cause and fully supporting sharia is not hidden to many. As such the christian north are wary of supporting him. The fear generally in the minds of people is that this unrepentant supporter of sharia may well be the trump card or joker for Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) or maybe ISIS currently on a jihaddist campaign, if you would recall boko haram that pledged allegiance to ISIS had nominated Buhari as it’s spokesman.
    Please truth be told, Nigerians be wary of desperate politicians who are serving their own interest, again I repeat Buhari is a good man and his intentions may have been good but his sins are living with him. The environment that he currently finds himself is one of suspicion and not to be trusted as Chinua Achebe describes it ‘Things fall apart and the center cannot hold’ that is what the APC stands for.

  • pinky minaj

    2015, Nigerians will be making a choice between a man who, through his actions, resembles a hater of education and enlightenment than anything else, and another man who will go down in history as the first to consider the plight of the millions of uneducated street urchins parading street corners in the north, and who actually began to do something to change their story by building 150 Almajiri Schools for them, even though primary education is not really the responsibility of the federal government.

    In 2015, Nigerians will be making a choice between a man that violently stopped the September 1985 National Conference of the National Association of Nigerian Students, attacked a press conference of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, ASUU, and even banned the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, and another man that has opened the floodgates of freedom of association and whose government has no political prisoners.

    In 2015, Nigerians will be making a choice between a man that did not build a single institution (tertiary, secondary, or primary) throughout the time he was Head of State, and another man who loves education and loves to see others educated so much that he has given evidence for this by building 14 federal universities in just 4 years – an unprecedented record in Nigeria’s history…