How voting PDP candidates on Saturday can save Nigeria’s democracy — PDP Youth Leader

The Peoples Democratic Party has appealed to Nigerians to elect its governorship and state assemblies elections candidates in Saturday’s elections.

In a statement Thursday, the party’s National Youth Leader, Abdullahi MaiBasira, said by voting PDP candidates, Nigerians would be helping in saving and deepening the country’s democracy.

Mr. MaiBasira said, “In the ensuing transition, the Peoples Democratic Party has a role in it – one of safeguarding and deepening democracy in Nigeria and providing a more credible alternative

“On March 28, Nigerians expressed their preferred choice for the leadership of the country. And for the first time in the history of Nigerian democracy, a sitting President conceded an election and congratulated the incoming President of Nigeria.

“Our party has also done same. We should be proud of this legacy. This is the greatest triumph of democracy that has set the basis for future transitions in Nigeria. History will forever remain kind to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for his efforts and commitment to the transformation of Nigeria and deepening of her democracy.

“Now, on April 11, about 48 hours from today, we shall again line up to exercise our democratic franchise. As youths within the PDP, we have seen and heard of series of defections of our members from across states and regions especially since after March 28. We have observed the changing phase of our democracy, as it relates to our party in the face of an impending transition. We shall not be deterred in our quest, commitment and believe that democracy is all about power to the people and our party believes in it

“Yet, we relish the achievements of our state administrators from Jigawa to Gombe, Akwa Ibom to Katsina.

“As young people, we also see the hope that the aspirations of Umar Nasko in Niger and Ramalan Yero in Kaduna could lead us. Despite our loss on March 28, one of our finest and leading young voices, Tony Nwolu made it in Lagos to the House of Representatives, representing Oshodi / Isolo federal constituency.

“We are fully aware and committed to the aspirations of Ambassador Bala Aboki in Kano and Onofiok Luke in Akwa Ibom amongst several others. These are the great possibilities that our party represents.

“We may have lost the polls some 12 days ago but the future of our party and our role in the nation’s democracy will be ours to rebuild and reorganize. For us to achieve and realize our future, on behalf of all the youth structures of our party, I enjoin us to go out enmasse on April 11 to vote for and mobilize for the PDP.

“We are a generation of people with consistency, party loyalty honour and perseverance. These now will be our hallmarks.

“We shall weather the storm, press home and engage in all efforts aimed towards rebuilding this truly national party post 29th May 2015.”

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  • Omo Eleniyan

    NEXT AGENDA FOR LAGOS: Jimi Agbaje

    To avoid imminent armed struggle in Lagos State the following steps must start,
    to recover all the stolen loot in Lagos state and punish Lagos’ official thieves; viz:

    • A PDP Research Team must be set up today to list the names of ALL persons
    appointed into public office by Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu beginning May 29, 1999.

    • The PDP Research Team must list the names of ALL persons appointed
    into public office by Alhaji Raji Babatunde Fashola beginning May 29, 2007.

    • The comprehensive names so listed must be ready before May 29, 2015, and copied
    in advance to the ICPC, the Police, and, the EFCC.

    • Upon swearing in of your new government on May 29, 2015, all persons so listed
    shall be deemed prima facie as criminal collaborators on the largely missing $40 billion
    of revenues the Lagos state government has earned from 1999 till date without accounts.

    • Omo Eleniyan

      …….(2) NEXT AGENDA FOR LAGOS: Jimi Agbaje

      • All business Contractors, and all persons who held the positions of
      Director or Permanent Secretary in Lagos state; either in the public
      service or the civil service, must be listed alongside for arrest and
      criminal investigation.

      • All Judges nominated and appointed by both Bola Tinubu and Raji Fashola shall be listed as
      potential accomplices in extent that their judicial appointments could provably be criminal masks
      for judicial imprimatur they wore to rubber-stamp the theft of Lagos state treasury under Bola
      Tinubu and Raji Fashola.

      • All persons appointed to head Lagos state corporations and the Directors of the boards
      of those agencies; whether styled as corporation, trust or parastatal, must be listed and
      deemed as criminal accomplices for financial crimes investigation.

      • All persons appointed into the public service or civil service of Lagos state, including all those
      employed in the 57 local governments by Bola Tinubu and Raji Fashola must be listed along
      as partakers or and part-beneficiaries of the financial crimes in Lagos state in extent of their
      non-qualification for the job or and in extent they were hand-picked for civil service jobs
      in violation of legally-prescribed competitive examination.

      • All persons who sat in the Lagos State House of Assembly as Legislators from 1999
      are to be included and deemed as criminal collaborators for financial crimes investigation.

      • nonname

        APC MUST GO ON APRIL 11TH

        There is no point complaining that Alhaji Bola Tinubu and Alhaji Raji Fasola
        have stolen these and those if Lagosians refuse to vote them out to face
        detention and sentencing for theft. The Igbo must join hands with non-Muslim
        Yoruba to save themselves in Lagos and put a stop to the irresponsible
        behaviour of Lagos Muslims; including the Muslim Oba Rilwanu Akiolu and the
        duo of Alhaji Bola Ahmed and Alhaji Raji Fashola. APC party must go on April 11th
        to restore peace to Lagos. Official thefts by the APC officials have now nearly
        destroyed Lagos community by provoking violent robbery in Lagos society by
        their force of example. Violent deaths are daily occurrences in Lagos under the
        Islamist APC party which promotes mass illiteracy as public policy in Lagos state.

        • Ola Alani

          You are a joker and you need a self check. Come Sunday or Monday you will be licking your wound like you did two weeks ago.

          Seems the lame duck Jonathan in Lagos presently, when he should be in his state, but I can assure u that he cant help you imminent defeat. He should be covering his head in shame now because today marks the 1 yr Annivesary of the chibok girls kidnap

    • Ola Alani

      OYO( on ur own o), wishful thinking, imagine when APC open the same can of worms in the centre. Ur so called PDP research team wouldn’t kno what hit them.

    • Olu

      So, you want Bode George to takeover? If Tinubu is appointing people into positions in Lagos, that means Bode George will start his own appointments under Jimi Agbaje governorship. Hope you remember NPA?

  • Olu

    What else would Jonathan have done? To make the election inconclusive? Is that what our constitution says? Jonathan has not done anything outside what the constitution of Nigeria expected him to do by subjecting himself to the will of people in vote casting. He tried to do otherwise but the pressure of Nigerians out of their tiredness of bad government prevented him. Just help him to thank God for not doing otherwise because it would have been so terrible for him. Nobody will ever try those nonsense in Nigeria again and survive it. Power to put people in positions and removing people from position has returned to the hands of common Nigerians people. No greedy individual will come and try nonsense again. Even Buhari we are celebrating today cannot try it, if he does, the masses will revolt against him. Change has come to stay in Nigeria!

  • Moe

    Mallam Maibasira,

    Your job is not the same thing as Nigeria’s democracy.
    Allow the people to vote as their heart directs….that is what Democracy calls for.
    You and your camp asking people to vote PDP in the Gubernatorial is an attempt to save your jobs, not Nigeria’s Democracy.

    Nice try though, I can see how pathetic it will sound if you had told the truth and said “Voting PDP on Saturday will save my Job”

    Look around you and notice all those surfaces. Those surfaces to you are employment opportunities.
    I am certain a man with you ingenuity can find someone to pay him for hitting some of those surfaces with your BIG gavel

    • Ola Alani

      Thank you very much, this pathetic PDP despot are looking for where to gather and re-plan how to relaunch thei evil ways. Not in our precious Lagos. APC all the way, AMBODE for sure.

  • True Nigerian

    Please shurrup, Mr. Maibasira. We will bury the PDP on Saturday! Like Presidency, like governorship. What we did to the PDP at the national level will be repeated at the state level. PDP has insulted and bullied Nigerians for 16 years. I mean, 16 odd years of utterly woeful disrespectful leadership and horrifying level of corruption and arrogance.

    A serving minister commits mindless electoral crimes in Ekiti state, the president dismisses the evidence as a fabrication; you then decide to nominate the criminal as a minister, and the shameless senate controlled by your party does a fraudulent confirmation for such an offensive appointment. Yet you are here telling us to save democracy by voting for your bunch of arrogant f00ls and rogues, such as Godsfool Akpabio, Fayose or Sullivan Chime who wants to borrow 11b for the state in less than 2 months before the expiration of his tenure.

    Nigerians will humiliate the PDP tomorrow and use it as an example to all politicians, including the APC! If you want power, this is not how to treat the people from whom power flows.

  • Majek tunde

    PDP is already dead.It had no right to life having committed suicide