Peace Ambassadors of the Niger Delta (PAND), a group of former militants, on Wednesday endorsed the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.
At a press conference in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, the ex-agitators said they have witnessed the great commitment of the Buhari administration to the development region.
Ebikabowei Victor Ben, Convener of PAND, lauded the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government for not scrapping the Presidential Amnesty Programme for Niger Delta despite pressure from some quarters.
Ben said: “In spite of promises by several administrations, this government under the leadership of the now United Nations Deputy Secretary, Amina Mohammed, put the framework for the remediation and cleanup of Ogoniland, which is the largest of such effort in the world and expected to cost $1billion.
“As we speak, contractors have been mobilised for the first phase of the exercise. Also, the Bodo City/Bonny Road, which was abandoned for more three decades have been awarded and construction is ongoing.
“Also, the Niger Delta is not left out of this government’s commitment to investing in infrastructure which is one of its biggest spending priorities. The long-abandoned East-West road is finally receiving funding and attention.
“All of these achievements find expression in a 20-point plan for the Niger Delta, which was presented to us by the Petroleum Minister, Ibe Kachikwu. The plan also covers the need for government and oil companies working in our region to create at least 100,000 jobs yearly. The plan for the Niger Delta is what we need now for a more sustainable future.
“As witnesses to the commitment of this government to these issues that we have presented over the years through various fora, and tangible achievements we have seen as it concerns our region over the last four years, we have decided to endorse the government to continue beyond 2019.”
The PAND Convener stated that ex-agitators and the people of the Niger Delta region have seen a deep-seated commitment of the current administration in addressing the issues faced by the people of the region.
Atiku attends PDP NEC meeting over Elections, Buhari
The special National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has started its emergency meeting to make a review of the postponement of the 2019 elections by the Independent National Electoarl Commission (INEC).
In attendance at the meeting, holding at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, and presided over by the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, are the party’s leaders, including Atiku Abubakar, its presidential candidate, and Bukola Saraki, the Senate President.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) held a similar meeting on Monday, during which President Muhammadu Buhari controversially said: “So I’m going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs to snatch boxes or to disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life.”
Buhari’s expense-of-your-life comment is one of the leading agenda at the NEC meeting.
2019: Atiku has conceded defeat to Buhari before elections on Sartuday – Oshiomhole
Oshiomhole said this while reacting to Atiku’s claim that two geopolitical zones, South South and South East were his strongholds.
Reacting to Atiku’s claim, Oshiomhole said the former Vice President has unwittingly revealed that he has lost out in four out of the six geopolitical zones in the country.
According to Tribune, Oshiomhole said: “PDP has conceded defeat, Atiku claimed to have control of South south. That isn’t true. I come from Edo state and it is under the control of APC. By saying he has 2 out of 6 zones, it means he has lost.
“Atiku knows he can’t win. In 2015, he lost his ward, he procured his senatorial zone for Senator Jubril Aminu, he did same for Senator Jonathan Zwingina! Let him deny it, I am ready to meet him in court.
“Atiku is afraid of defeat, we are ready for the election and by Saturday Atiku would remain a permanent candidate that he has always been. ”
Kalaman Buhari a kan satar kuri’a ta tayar da kura
‘Yan Najeriya na ci gaba da yin muhawara a game da gargadin da shugaban kasar ya yi cewa duk dan siyasar da ya yi yunkurin satar kuri`a a manya zabukan kasar da ke tafe, to ya yi ne a bakin ransa.
Tuni dai babbar jam’iyyar adawa ta PDP ta soki wadannan kalaman na shugaban kasar a cikin wata sanarwa da ta fitar.
PDP ta ce tana fatan wannan kiran da shugaban ya yi ba wata makarkashiya ba ce ta bai wa wadanda ta kira sojojin bogi da jam’iyyar ta tattara damar harbe ‘yan Najeriya su kuma kwace akwatunan zabe su yi aringizon kuri’u a ranar zaben.
Abdullahi Umar, wani dan Najeriya ne da ke cewa shi a ra’ayinsa tun da Najeriya kasa ce da dokoki ya kamata a bi doka wajen yanke hukunci a kan kowanne irin laifi.
Abdullahi ya ce yin karan tsaye da tsallake abin da kundin tsarin mulki ya tanadar ka iya jefa rayukan ‘yan kasa cikin hadari kasancewa ba a taru an zama daya ba.
Shi ma ana sa ra’ayin Ahmed Usman, ya ce wannan ra’ayi ne irin na shugaban kasa domin akwai hanyoyi da dama da za a iya bi wajen dakile satar kuri’a ba sai ta hanyar harbi ko barazana ga rai ba.
Sai dai kwamitin kamfe na Shugaba Buhari a ta bakin Honourable Faruk Adamu Aliyu, ya ce an yi wa kalaman shugaban mummunar fahimta.
A ranar 16 ga watan Fabrairun 2019 ne hukumar zaben Najeriya ta dage babban zabenta sa’o’i kalilan kafin fara zaben.
Hakan ya jawo ce-ce-ku-ce daga wasu daga cikin ‘yan kasar da ma jam’iyyun siyasa bisa dage wannan zabe sa’oi kadan kafin a fara gudanar da shi.
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