Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections has reminded everyone of his never-changing commitment to restructuring if he is elected this month.
The politician also vowed to uphold the law.
He said,“If you (masses) elect PDP and Atiku into office; I will restructure Niger Delta and all other parts of the country. We must restructure the country.
“Secondly, after the Obasanjo/Atiku administration started the East West highway project; till today it has not been completed.
“It has not been completed because we did not vote PDP to continue in power in 2015. The project has been haunted till today. We are going to complete it, if voted into power,”
“Every development that the people of South-South, Niger Delta and Rivers have gotten was done by PDP-led governments. The roads, schools, hospitals and water, among others were provided by PDP.
“I assure you that I will protect the constitution, protect separation of powers and will not interfere with the National Assembly and Judiciary because I believe in checks and balances.
“My administration will uphold rule of law and will never allow the rule of law to be trampled by anybody.”
“All of us know that things that had never been happening in this country have been happening since 2015. Nigerians can attest if the country has gone forward, backward or static.
“We cannot as a nation continues to stay where we currently are. We believe the only person out of the candidates who can lead us out if this quagmire is Atiku.
“If your son or daughter is qualified to become Inspector-General of Police and Chief of Army Staff, he or she will be appointed. No one will be discriminated. Atiku will lead Nigeria forward,”
Nigerian Army Threatens To Deal Decisively With Political Thugs In Niger Delta – Lifestylenaija | Breaking Celebrity Gist | Lifestyle | Entertainments
The Nigerian Army has warned that it would deal decisively with any political thugs that disrupt activities at polling centres during Saturday’s rescheduled general elections in the Niger Delta.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Deputy Director Army Public Relations Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, said the warning follows information made available to the headquarters, 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, of a plan to perpetrate crime in some areas in the Niger Delta region.
Iliyasu said, “Credible intelligence available to Headquarters 6 Division Nigerian Army (NA) has uncovered an unholy plan by some political actors within its Area of Responsibility (AOR) to arm and sponsor miscreants in addition to using military-like fatigue dress for deception to cause pandemonium at polling stations for their political gain.”
According to him, “covert efforts are on-going to track the source of the weapons and the agents involved in conjunction with sister security agencies”.
The army spokesperson further stated that anyone found disrupting the electoral process would be dealt with according to the law.
While assuring the people of adequate security for the people of the Niger Delta region during and after the elections, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division, Maj. Gen Jamil Sarham, thanked the people for what he described as their cooperation and assistance to the Division, particularly in the area of information dissemination.
The warning from the army follows President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to security agencies to “deal ruthlessly” with ballot box snatchers during the general elections.
The order which the President on Monday said he gave, has triggered outrage among Nigerians, especially from the leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, which has described the comments as insensitive.
No Commissioner Or Director Was Arrested, Says INEC Boss – Lifestylenaija | Breaking Celebrity Gist | Lifestyle | Entertainments
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has denied the report that one of its national commissioners was arrested by security operatives.
INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, faulted the claim during a briefing on measures put in place by INEC towards conducting credible elections after the polls were shifted.
“No Commissioner of the Commission was picked up by any security agency,” he said in response to a question on the report on Tuesday in Abuja.
“No house of any Commissioner of INEC was raided,” Professor Yakubu added. “No any Commissioner of INEC has been picked up by the security agency.”
The INEC boss disclosed that the commissioner whose name was being circulated in the social media was in his office at the time when he gave the briefing.
He also condemned the report that six directors were picked up by security operatives, stressing that nothing of such happened.
Professor Yakubu further cautioned politicians against speaking in a manner that would overheat the polity and political atmosphere.
Earlier, he offered his regrets over the postponement of the elections and assured Nigerians that the electoral body under his leadership was working towards conducting credible elections.
As part of measures to ensure that the polls were conducted on the rescheduled dates, the INEC boss revealed that all materials including ballot papers and result sheets were already at the expected locations across the country.
He also said Registration Area Centres (RATs) for the elections would be activated by 9:00am on Friday across the nation.
Professor Yakubu, however, warned officials of the commission and ad-hoc staff against going late to their duty posts.
“Personnel and materials should be at the RATs by mid-day on Friday,” he said.
“Personnel and materials must arrive at the polling units latest 7:00am on Saturday 23 February 2019, and the opening of polls nationwide will take place at 8:00 in the morning on Saturday 23 February 2019.”
‘You Have No Role In The Conduct Of Elections’, Atiku Tells Military – Lifestylenaija | Breaking Celebrity Gist | Lifestyle | Entertainments
The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, says the military has no role to play in the conduct of elections.
He said this on Tuesday during the party’s NEC meeting in Abuja, while responding to comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari’s on the snatching of ballot boxes.
Speaking at the APC caucus meeting on Monday, the President had ordered security agencies to “deal ruthlessly” with anyone who attempts to snatch ballot box during the rescheduled general elections.
Atiku, however, believes that the president’s order is a result of his desperation to remain in power.
He, therefore, adviced President Buhari that his ambitions should not be worth the blood of any Nigerian, while also reminding the military that their duty remains to protect the nation.
Atiku said, “You will recall that during the Peace Accord process, I stated in clear terms, quoting form former president Jonathan Goodluck, that my ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.
“That man is a great man.
“Today I call on President Buhari to make that same commitment to the people whose mandate he holds, while also urging all security agencies to uphold our Constitution with an understanding that voting is a civil activity and civic responsibility.
“The Nigerian military is constitutionally responsible for protecting our territorial integrity and national borders and has no role to play in the conduct of elections.”