Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Buba Galadima, has hit out at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying it will enter the Guinness Book of R|ecords for organising the worst election in history.
This is at the heels of Galadima’s challenge to chieftains of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari to boldly swear before the Holy Quran and Bible that they didn’t rig the recently concluded presidential election.
In an interview with The Tide source, Galadima said: “INEC was only independent in name during the elections as it surrendered its mandate to the whims and caprices of Buhari and APC. With the way it conducted the election, INEC will enter the Guinness Book of Records as having organised the worst election in Nigeria’s history.
“The election was a national embarrassment. It was far from being free and fair. Not only that, it was clear to everybody that INEC, the military, and the police all colluded to work for APC.
“What all these clearly show again is that Buhari is not fighting corruption. Corruption is not only about stealing money. There are other things that you do that amount to corruption. Rigging election is another form of corruption.
“All APC leaders, including Buhari, their hands are not clean over these elections. Then if you know that somebody is corrupt and you protect such a person that means that you are also corrupt”, Galadima said.
He continued: “The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, won the presidential election but INEC chose to declare President Muhammadu Buhari the winner. The whole world knows that Atiku defeated Buhari hands down but the election was heavily rigged in Buhari’s favour.
“I boldly challenge Buhari and other APC leaders to swear with the Holy Quran, and the Bible if they were sure that Buhari won that election. If they are sure that Buhari defeated Atiku, Buhari, APC leaders should take up my challenge. I’m throwing this challenge openly, I’m making it public, and I’m waiting for any of them who is bold and sure of himself to take up this challenge.
In what can be described as a once upon a time relationship, Galadima revealed that he can “never” work with President Buhari in the future: “He (Buhari) doesn’t know anything about governance. He has become part of Nigeria’s problem and the solution is to vote him out of power with his party. These people are impostors.
“I can never work with Buhari. I can never work with him or any of these APC people including, Oshiomhole. How can I work with Buhari? Is Nigeria making progress under him? No, Nigeria is going back to the stone age under Buhari.”
CDC Chairman Lauds Wike Over Road Projects
A chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and chairman, Community Development Committee (CDC) of Rumuagholu, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Comrade Henry Amadi has lauded Governor Nyesom Wike for the construction of the roads in the community.
Amadi who made the commendation during an exclusive chat with The Tide at Rumuagholu said the Governor came to their rescue when the road in the area was in a very deplorable state.
According to him, “I have to be grateful to Governor Wike’s led administration; he actually came to our rescue when Rumuagholu Community road was in total disarray.
“People were pulling out their businesses because of bad road, and when he came on board during his electioneering campaign he promised constructing the road for us and after the election, Rumuagholu road was the first he attended to within six months in the office”.
Comrade Amadi further thanked the Governor for constructing the road leading to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), even as he solicited the intervention of the State Government and security agencies to check security issues in the area.
While promising to offer good leadership and accountability during his two years of service, he called on the State Government and security agencies to intervene so as to check some security challenges in the area.
He said: “Some of the legacies I want to leave behind to be remembered for at the end of my tenure is good leadership. Good leadership in the sense of been upright as a leader, look at things that are happening around you, speak out and follow the right step irrespective of who is involved, I give my judgment based on facts and not sentiments, because these are some of the things that kill leadership system.
“Another legacy is accountability. I would want to be accountable to my people, that in every six months in office, I will like to gather my youths and elders and give them break down of what I have been able to do in this community at the end of every six months,” he stated.
While noting that he has a lot to do after he emerged as the CDC Chairman of Rumuagholu Community, assuring that he will carry everybody along; just as he disclosed plans to assist indigent children to access quality education.
According to him, “I am equally looking out how to help some children in the community. That is the less privileged ones in terms of education. If you look around the community, you will find out that there are a lot of private schools in the community.
“We want to liaise or talk with owners of the schools to see if they can give scholarship even if it is two or three chances to enroll our children there, especially those parents that cannot fund their children primary and post primary education in this community,” the CDC chairman said.
By: Azenye Nworgu
Bayelsa: Shock, Disappointment Envelop APC National Secretariat
Shock and disappointment were the expressions on the faces of officials and members of staff of the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress following the Supreme Court Judgement which annulled the victory of the party’s Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon.
When correspondent visited the party headquarters after the judgment, yesterday, staffers of the secretariat were sighted standing in groups discussing the issue.
National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, who arrived the party secretariat, went up to his office with some members of the party’s National Working Committee.
National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Isa- Onilu, in a telephone interview with our correspondent said, “The party will soon make its position (on the judgement) known.”
Senate Scrutinises NDDC ‘ s N346bn 2020 Budget
The Niger Delta Development Commission’s (NDDC) Interim Management Committee (IMC) led by Dr Joy Nunieh has finally got the Senate’s formal recognition as the senate committee sat for the commission’s 2020 budget.
The IMC members in response to the Senate’s invitation for the defence of the commission’s N346billion 2020 budget proposal, appeared before the committee, last Wednesday.
The senate committee also threw its weight behind ongoing forensic auditing being carried out on accounts of the agency by the Executive which stopped the 15-member board of the commission screened and approved by the Senate in November last year.
Senate Nwaoboshi, in his remarks at the budget defence session said: ”We are here to consider and approve the agency’s budget proposals for 2019 as forwarded to the Senate by President Muhamnadu Buhari in December, last year.
“However, in doing that we shall be guided by policy thrust of the government on budget proposals, implementation and performance”, he said.
According to him, in line with submissions made by the President on the 8th of October, 2019 during presentation of the 2020 budget estimates, performance status of projects in previous years will be strictly considered in giving appropriation to any proposal.
The agency, however, ran into troubled waters when the committee demanded for documents on all its emergency projects which could not be provided by the acting managing director.
The committee consequently directed Nunieh to make the documents available unfailingly by next Tuesday, failure of which will lead to organisation of public hearing on them.
By: Nneka Amaechi-Nnadi, Abuja
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