Tinubu: PDP On Path Of Self-Destruction

tinubu1A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is no threat despite the emergence of Adamu Mua’zu as the ruling party’s national chairman.

He said change was inevitable in the country since the PDP had embarked on self-destruction even as he called on the Federal Government to stop the growing impunity in Rivers State so as not to encourage people to resort to self-help.

Tinubu made this known while speaking with reporters at the end of the 8th Interim National Executive Committee meeting of the APC in Abuja.

According to the former governor, the nation cannot afford another emergency in Rivers State.

His words: “PDP! Threat? What kind of threat? What is my own with PDP? I want PDP to wreck. Why should I think about them? They have wrecked the country. They are self-destruct”.

He said the NEC meeting went smoothly without any rancour or division.

He said: “The meeting went well and was productive. It addressed various landmines of anti-democratic issues in the country, particularly the case of Rivers, where freedom is being hindered and the respect for human lives is no longer the sanctity of our system and that of respect for the rule of law.

“The National Publicity Secretary of the party will address you and further on this.

“We are still working and praying with those emergencies. We don’t want to create another corridor and we don’t want a government that cannot have due tolerance for opposition at the centre.

“The abuse of power must stop in order not to encourage people to self-help”.

On the rumored emergence of a faction of the party known as new APC, Tinubu said some leaders, who were absent at the session, sent words to the national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande.

He added: “There is nothing like new APC. Oh they are repackaging. Ok there is OMO. Everybody can brand and say new Honda, new KIA and new anything you want to say.

“Anybody can be absent with excuses. There are reasons others personally stated or forwarded to the national chairman.

“There are some intruders and alarm rang and they ran away”.

 

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  • I have come to the point where I can agree with the blogger Mrs. Victoria Ibezim Ohaeri that “President Jonathan Must Be Stopped By All Means Necessary” and I can also agree with the former president and elder statesman, General Olusegun Obasanjo, that Mr. President and “his body language” must be stopped “before it is too late”.
    I agree with the aforementioned both, as well as with some of our power-broker brothers in the north and their southern friends like Dr. Tilde, Dr. Junaid, Sule Lamido, Murtala Nyarko, Kwankwanso, Aliyu, Mallam Okorocha and Alhaji Amaechi, permit my silly humour, who believe that “Jonathan must be stopped at all cost”. I agree with all the above mentioned to the extent to which these fifteen reasons posited in this article applies.
    I have taken out my time, out of patriotic zeal – to country, not necessarily to president – to critically evaluate President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s personality and administration. I have asked myself, “Hey SME! Stop to think for a minute! Why do you think most of the powerful people in Nigeria, both within the ruling and the opposition parties would just be against one man?” They can’t all be wrong at once, can they? I have come to realize that there must be something wrong with that man as everyone cannot be wrong at once, although the case of everyone of the Pharisee’s and Jew’s condemnation opinion of Jesus gives me reason to think that sometimes everyone could be wrong. But what is wrong with President Jonathan? Don’t tell me he is Jesus!
    To answer the above question, I have had to do thorough soul-searching introspection, and evaluation of the facts, the fiction and the faction in searching for the truth. Luckily, I got the answers, which are listed in subsequent paragraphs as the fifteen reasons why Bros Joe must be stopped. In summary, the fifteen reasons why I support VIO’s position that “President Jonathan Must Be Stopped By All Means Necessary” as well as OBJ’s warning that it should be “Before It Is Too Late” will expose the truth why most of the powerful forces in Nigeria have been ganging up against President Jonathan and why formerly sworn enemies and hitherto incompatible politicians have united for a common cause.
    I am sure that after this bizarre article many people will be very disappointed. It is understandable that some would not expect one who had been a vocal sympathizer of the president to apparently do a 360 at this injury time. But there comes a time in the life of a man when he must obey his conscience and do what he believes in. This is such a time. And for those who would be disappointed after reading this article, I apologize in advance but what I have written I have written. I don’t give a damn! I am loyal to the country, not to any individual. And I must obey the dictates of my conscience.
    Below, is a list of the fifteen reasons why we must stop Jonathan before it is too late.
    1. Jonathan does not keep his secret promises to the power cabal but he keeps his electoral promises to Nigerians. He secretly ‘promised’ the born-to-rule feudal lords that he would do only one term in office but he is not keeping that promise whereas he promised the bloody civilians that he would transform Nigeria and he is keeping that silly promise. Is that politically wise? This is the first and major reason why I believe that Jonathan is wrong. So, he must be stopped by all means necessary before it is too late!
    2. They alleged that he is a desperate politician. I think I agree with that. Out of his desperation he became the president that approved the Freedom of Information Bill that gives Nigerians the right to get information from government, which his predecessors forbade. Out of his desperation he ensured that INEC got a competent boss who he did not previously personally know. Out of his desperation he is pursuing the passing of the Petroleum Industry Bill to give justice to the marginalized communities that feed our nation. Out of his desperation he allowed the Judiciary to be free and independent.
    3. The said he is incompetent. I quite agree with them. Good examples of his incompetence are to be found on our federal highways, our railways, our airports, our sea ports and other ports. If he is not incompetent how on earth will a man restore railway services to Nigeria after 40 years? How will a man simultaneously be upgrading most of the airports in Nigeria and building new ones? How will a man be dualizing all federal highways and fixing all the bad roads from north to south? Imagine the Benin-Lagos-Owerri roads! Imagine the Abuja-Lokoja Road! Imagine the Lagos-Ibadan road! Imagine the Lagos –Kano Railway! Imagine the Port Harcourt – Maiduguri Railway! Imagine Enugu having an International Airport, even Onitsha and Warri having Ports. Haba? He is incompetent jor!
    4. They say he has no clue. This is the one I agree with the most. “The man is clueless!” Only a clueless Nigerian president will diversify the economy to make agriculture, housing, manufacturing and commerce to be competing with oil as our chief foreign exchange earner. Is he not clueless? Answer for yourselves. He’s clueless about governance but he was able to select and assemble some of the best available brains and technocrats to man his Techno-Cabinet. Only a clueless man will line up Okonjo-Iweala, Olusegun Aganga, Adewumi, Onolenmenmen, Obanikoro, Nebo, Nnaji, Usman, etc., from time to time. He is clueless about development but he is working on 2nd Niger Bridge, East-West Road, Zungeru Water Project, Power revolution attaining unprecedented generation and distribution capacity, he completed Onitsha Port and Akanu Ibiam International Airport and he is encouraging industrialization in Nigeria that we now have Made in Nigeria Rice, Cars, Choppers, Ships, even Drones. He is so clueless that he is investing three BILLION naira in further developing Nollywood to promote Nigeria’s towering image globally. Only a clueless man can convoke a National Conference for which Enahoro, Adesanya, Fawehinmi, Ige, and all those patriots hoped to see in their life time but didn’t because those who had clue were in charge. The man is indeed clueless!
    5. They said his “body language encourages corruption” and others thoughtlessly regurgitate the tired and tiring cliché “He is not fighting corruption” even though facts and figures show that under his watch those holes and conduits that encourages corruption are systematically being plugged and covered holistically. Nigerians love theatre and whoever gives them theatrics would be their Hero. Ribadu pursued all the thieves around and very few were caught and the treasury thoroughly bled like Syria. But here is Jonathan, rather than pointlessly pursuing thieves in a circus show, removing the conduits and possibilities for stealing and some say he’s not fighting corruption. You want home video? Go to Iweka Road. The biggest corruption in Africa, possibly in the world, was the Fuel Subsidy fraud. Jonathan busted that and saved billions of naira that a thousand Ribadu cannot chase should they have been declared stolen. Oya clap for the clueless one jor! PhD holder and a Primary Seven holder cannot use the same formula to solve any serious problem – and you can always trust that even the stupidity of the Ph.D holder will be smarter than the genius of a Primary Seven holder. The next biggest corruption conduit in Nigeria was the issue of ghost and spiritual workers who received physical and human salaries. Some of the ghost workers also received hazard and travel allowances. No jokes. Joejoe busted that also using biometric technology which he is also preparing to use in our 2016 Census to solve an ancient puzzle of how many and who we really are, and we are saving billions daily. Oya clap hand for Oga at the Top a second time jare!
    6. They said he is vindictive of political opponents but he is the one who recalled his arch opponent, El-Rufai from exile and rehabilitated the gentleman who has quickly forgotten where the rains drenched him. He is so vindictive that when he declared a State of Emergency that was long due in troubled states, opposition states, he refused to take advantage to remove the governors and plant his stooges like his predecessors did. To know how vindictive he is to his opponents go ask Atiku, Gusau, Bakare, even Amaechi. He is really so vindictive.
    7. They said he has not performed. Each time I read anyone make such comment, the first investigation I make is about their age. The first impression I get is that such person might be a teenager who does not fully understand the conversation. The facts on paper and on the ground prove that President Jonathan performance has dwarfed the performances of all his predecessors thus he is among the best three presidents Nigeria has ever had – if not the very best already. For details of the facts, please if you cannot see it in the roads, look at the rails. If you cannot look at the rails, look at the sky at our new national carrier and out airports. If you hate the skies, look at the ports. If you do not want to go far, look in your pot, the rice there is no longer from Thailand but from Ofada, Ebonyi and Ekpoma.
    8. He is said to be clannish but he has only one Ijaw in his cabinet whereas Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani has more than three members each. His native Ijaw is said to be the fourth largest group in Nigeria even though no credible census has ever been conducted in Nigeria to convincingly tell how many and who many we are. Permit my grammar. I come from Igodomigodo State. A man who is clannish is the one who would work on a federal road which starts from Benin City only from his Sagamu to Lagos. Jonathan is clannish he fixed the whole stretch of the road. He is clannish he is courageously tackling the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. He is clannish he is fixing the East-West Road, Abuja-Lokoja Road, Keffi-Lafia Road, Makurdi-Oturkpo Road, Ninth Mile Enugu Dual Road will be completed this year 2014. He is clannish he built 12 news Federal Universities, one in his home state, but none of them had his large highly educated and competent Ijaw person as Vice Chancellor. He is clannish and he’s building a new sea port in Lagos State, his opponent’s state, where one withheld LGA allocation and another cancelled Metro-Rail project. Clannish indeed!
    9. The said he is weak but he has taken on headlong the masterfully organized and well funded terrorist organization that carefully plotted to polarize Nigeria along religious grounds, instigate ethno-religious conflict and then cremate the nation. Only a strong leader could combat Boko Haram the way Jonathan did. Strength is not in noisemaking, but in strategizing. He is weak; he outmanoeuvred Dambazzau and his men. He is weak, he defeated the ‘Northern Consensus’ Atiku. He is weak he made IBB and Gusau to retreat. He is weak he defeated Buhari that the General wept in public. He is weak he withstood dissenting governors and legislators who had the temerity to desert their own party. He is weak he forced a senior letter writer to voluntarily retire from partisan politics. He is weak he sent the oldschool 20 20 Naira Policemen out of our highway where some had erected their own police extortion centre and made them truly mobile and effective patrol men. Weak, ba? You wish!
    10. They said he is wicked but in 2010 he approved a 53% increase in workers’ salary to make workers live a better life and that police to cure. Today, government workers are liked by landlords and no longer rejected when they go in search for accommodation because the landlords now know they can pay.
    11. They said he has done nothing in the power sector but he has totally transformed the power sector, unbundled the corrupt and inefficient PHCN, decentralized distribution networks, increased our generation capacity over 100% and he is simultaneously building TEN power plants across the nation. If that is nothing, then we need more of nothing.
    12. He’s said to not give a damn about education but he is releasing the UBE funds to every state to guarantee free primary and basic education. Before you argue that it is statutory duty, recall that the one who gave a damn seized statutory allocation to even LGA councils. He doesn’t give a dame but he’s built several befitting Almajinrin schools for the hitherto used and dumped across Northern Nigeria to educate the power who should never be tools in the hands of thieves hiding behind religion and ethnicity to deny their own people development and empowerment. He doesn’t give a damn but he has signed the biggest deal with ASUU in 30 years. He doesn’t give a damn he increased funding for existing universities while he founded 12 new well founded and funded universities to give each state in Nigeria, at least, a federal university.
    13. They said he has goodluck only for Jonathan and Pepe but badluck for Nigeria but under his watch Nigeria migrated from Poor and Pariah to Big and BriNcs and from Big and BriNcs now we are called a Marvel and MiNt. Whose good luck is that? Answer for yourselves. As if that is not enough, Super Eagles, Golden Eaglets, and all our athletes have suddenly rediscovered that they are Eagles and not Chickens. This good luck must not be missed, I swear. Me too I am henceforth expecting Jonathan’s goodluck to me. Walahi! Good luck to me, good luck to you, good luck to we all. Goodluck Nigeria!
    14. He is said to be a kindergarten president but since pensioner presidents and ex-convict party leaders failed to be creatively performing in their times as chief executives the kindergarten president has started to manufacture Made-in-Nigeria cars, choppers, war ships, and even drones. Need I repeat Made in Nigeria, not Thailand, Rice? Only expired and discredited ex-convicts would dare call the digital president such thoughtless name. Kindergarten old crook!
    15. He is said to be training snipers, keeping a nebulous long list and intolerant of opposition but no opposition figure has been shot despite the avalanche of his open, semi-open, secret and not-so-secret enemies unlike before in the days of Ige, Dikibo, Williams, etc. A certain Senator who should rather be taking roles in Nollywood, plus a certain misguided son of a once great man in Yorubaland and a certain little man causing big big trouble in Twitter, next to the man who is called Liar, desperately wish themselves in the so called long list, even if it means their having to commit suicide, all in a bid to give credibility to incredulity.
    Therefore, fellow Netizens, the above are the reasons why they say Jonathan must be stopped by all means necessary before it is too late! Pity! I believe that, by now, having considered the foregoing fifteen reasons and supporting evidences on why they want to Stop President Goodluck Jonathan By All Means Necessary, you are convinced beyond all doubt, reasonable and unreasonable ones included, that those who want to stop Jonathan by all means are enemies of Nigeria who must not only be stopped by all means necessary but also be exposed for who they are – enemies, pretenders, bigots, felons! Anyone who wishes to stop this Jonathan of a Goodluck who we have been discussing in this rather lengthy article represents our national demons that we have to exorcise at all cost beginning immediately. They are well funded to lie and deceive many. Many States of the opposition vote incredible portion of their budget to fuel this lying cartel. If you doubt this bold-faced claim, please get a copy of the Lagos State 2014 budget and compare the votes for education and social-media on the scale of relativity and you will come to understand why so many people throng online and have taken up paid jobs in bashing the president and the federal government for every single development action, even when he does what is not only right and laudable but also transformation. All they write is Nay Nay to the ridiculous point that some have turned to gay automatically from the moment President Jonathan signed the ASS (Anti-Same Sex) Marriage Bill into law. They are each working very hard to earn their pay of the largesse budget vote by an opposition party which have neither ideology, discipline nor vision for Nigeria other than the pointless pretext of “PDP is bad” yet they crawl and kneel by day and by night, even in the mud, daily, begging the same PDP members and leaders not only to join them but to navigate for them – directionless directionlessness! Apologies again for my Igodomigodo.
    Fellow Nigerians, on a final note, I urge you all by the mercies of God and for the love of country – not misleading individuals who lie to us that the president is not the country – that the next time that those wicked lying people approach you to hate or oppose your elected president, those people who seek to remove Jonathan who we all see that means well for the Nigeria that we have been praying about, whether they approach you through their military wing that periodically threw cowardly bombs in public places, or their media wing that lie and propagate lies in the media, on the internet or blog their deceptions and sophistry, or their literature wing that write and leak open and closed kiss, refrain and tell letters, or their political wing that treacherously and shamelessly claim that “It is our turn to rule”, I have developed an appropriate phrase to use in responding to them. I hold the patent to this phrase, be warned. Just confront the haters and opponents of the transformation agenda in Nigeria with these words; “2015: End of Discussion, Jonathan Continues!
    Thank you for your special attention.
    Saintmoses Eromosele writes from Germany
    Tel: +49 1 520 210 8432

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