Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain, Dr. Doyin Okupe has declared that the All Progressive Congress(APC) does not have a presidential candidate for the 2019 elections.
Making the declaration in Abuja on Tuesday.
Okupe condemned the refusal of President Buhari to sign the electoral act which has since been passed by the National Assembly, submitting also, that it is impossible for the APC to win the 2019 presidential election without rigging.
Okupe registered that President Buhari refused to sign the electoral act in order to make way for his party’s rigging plans whereas, the act was intended by the National Assembly to sanitize the electoral process, and reduce the possibilities of rigging to the barest minimum.
The PDP chieftain said “APC is only using their stooge Prof Mahmood Yakubu, the chairman of INEC, and the representative of the Villa in INEC, Amina Zakari, who is a blood relation of the president, to compromise the institution and corrupt the electoral process with impunity” He added that it is for this reason that Professor Mahmood Yakubu has failed woefully in his duty to inform the APC and his sponsors in the Villa, that before the law, they have no presidential candidate validly nominated for the 2019 elections.
The former presidential spokesman further said, “I wish to declare without any mental reservation or equivocation, that the nomination of President Buhari for the 2019 elections is invalid. And it is a flagrant and shameful infraction of the electoral act.
“Firstly, the act stipulates that a candidate for the presidency must be a Nigerian. Unfortunately in recent times, this has become a subject of both national and international controversy. Many Nigerians, including strong supporters of President Buhari are perplexed and apprehensive of the possibility of voting a Sudanese as the president of the country in 2019.”
Okupe also added that the electoral law requires that a candidate provides evidence of their educational qualification. A minimum of which must be WASSC or its equivalent.
“As of today, the form submitted by Buhari to INEC does not contain a certificate. Instead, what he submitted is an affidavit with a false claim that his certificate is with Secretary of the Army. Sadly that institution had issued a public statement denying categorically that it ever had in its custody General Buhari’s certificate. This is undeniably an act of perjury. And it is clearly stated even on the nomination form that any form of perjury by the candidate is a ground for disqualification of the candidate by INEC.”
Further, Okupe said “If the INEC chairman were to be a man of integrity and a committed patriot, President Buhari ought to have been outrightly disqualified by INEC instead of behaving like an ostrich; pretending not to know what is right or wrong.”
For the avoidance of doubt, he continued, “President Buhari has lost this election even before it is conducted.
“However the law is the law and it must be obeyed, irrespective of the calibre of persons involved. It is because the INEC insisted on strict adherence to electoral laws that APC Zamfara state will not be taking part in the governorship elections in 2019.
“Therefore, what is good for the geese is also good for the gander. If INEC stands by the provisions of the electoral laws in Zamfara state, it must also apply the same considerations to the presidential elections.
“Therefore, I am restating that president Buhari is not a candidate in the presidential elections in 2019. The facts speak for themselves.”
Okupe who described Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP as the luckiest candidate in Nigerian history submitted that “whether he wins, or Buhari wins, God forbid, Atiku will still be president in 2019. Because the invalid nomination of Buhari will fall to pieces in the face of the law, and Atiku will be declared winner, irrespective of the outcome of the election.”
The former presidential spokesman said he challenged INEC Chairman to disprove what he had said that the affidavit submitted to the Commission by Buhari was false, and “by this act, the candidate has become a willfully perjured individual.”
Dr Okupe therefore called on INEC to “act swiftly and apply the law to the letters and do what is right and what is just, otherwise, head and tail, Atiku wins”
Aregbesola Camp Kicks As Osun APC Endorses Oyetola For Second Term
The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Osun State has endorsed Governor Gboyega Oyetola for another term.
The party also adopted consensus model for the ward congress of Saturday.
The Chairman of the Congress Electoral Panel, Senator Gbenga Elegbeleye, at a meeting with party leadership in Osogbo, the state capital, on Friday evening said due process would be followed during the exercise.
Senator Sunday Fajinmi from Iwo, Ayedire and Ola-Oluwa Federal Constituency moved motion for the adoption of the incumbent state Chairman of the party, Prince Adegboyega Famodun, and the endorsement of Oyetola for second term.
The motion was seconded by Hon. George Jolaoye, a former House of Representatives member.
Oyetola and top party faithful in the state including former Deputy Governor, Mrs Titilaoye Laoye Ponle, Senator Iyiola Omisore and Sooko Adeleke Adewoyin who were at the meeting confirmed the adoption of consensus model.
Also, the Senator representing Osun Certral, Dr Basiru Ajibola, and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, while speaking on behalf of all legislators in the state, also confirmed the adoption of consensus model for the exercise.
Oyetola said the adoption of consensus was to prevent rancour and appealed to members of the party in the state to conduct themselves peacefully during the process.
The governor said necessary security arrangements have been put in place to ensure safety of lives and property across the state before, during and after the Congress.
But the camp of the former governor of the state and Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, said the consensus arrangement was designed to edge out he and his followers from the control of the party structure in the state.
The Secretary of the party, Mr Rasaq Salinsile, and the former Chairman of the party who are in Aregbesola’s camp, said they were not aware of the consensus arrangement.
Also, some APC women and youths staged peaceful protest claiming that Senator Gbenga Elegbeleye Congress Electoral Panel did not carry them along.
The protesters led by Mr Rasheed Raji alleged that Oyetola and Famodun camped the Congress Electoral Panel.
They also claimed that party members did not have access to the panel and Congress materials.
APC Congresses: Ajibulu Wants Oshiomole’s Recall, Backs Southern Governor in Ekiti
Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC), congresses scheduled to hold across the country on Saturday, party stalwart, Chief Segun Ajibulu has called on leaders to exercise restraint before dabbling into what may result into a collosal electoral doom for the party in coming polls.
Ajibulu dropped the hint against the lingering controversies trailing the credibility of the Governor Buni led national caretaker committee of the APC, to conduct foolproof elections.
He also expressed worry on the APC leadership arrangements in Ekiti state, rooting that the next governor should come from the Southern part.
Demands for the dissolution of the current national caretaker committee, peaked with the narrow margined victory of the Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu at the Supreme court yesterday.
The 4 to 3 decision of the judges at the apex court had exposed the legal implications of the Buni led caretaker committee, in conducting unchallengeable elections.
Reacting, Ajibulu advised that the APC, through its leadership tow the safe track by calling back the Adams Oshiomole leadership to midwife pending congresses and elections to lend needed legal teeth to the exercises.
According to him; ” time is of essence and the only way to move with time is to return to status quo. We need to avoid every vindictive strategy that may turn our victory to waste at the electoral tribunals. And to achieve this, we all must be ready to bury the past, discard with ego and work our party to assured victory,” he said.
Ajibulu, who bemoaned the polarisation of the APC in Ekiti state, also called on every warring parties to shielth swords and come together in unity to see APC to victory in the state.
He prevailed on party hierarchy in the state to begin the peace process by zoning the next governorship slot to the South.
According to him, the fact that the southern Ekiti has not produced governor since the creation of the state, is a silent war that no amount of justifications can win.
“If we see ourselves as brothers, if we see ourselves as one, morality demands that we should cede governorship to the South in the coming elections. The governorship has gone round the north and the central sections of Ekiti and it is just fair to now consider the South.
“I also want to call on our politicians from the South to work together and narrow down on one or two persons to represent them and avoid multiple aspirations which result may be counterproductive.
“I believe the southern Ekiti is not in short of credible and knowledgeable politicians who can represent them and lead the state satisfactorily,” he said
2023 Presidency: Tinubu Chases Fayemi Out Of Kano
As Southwest presidential hopefuls begin to seek support across the country, the Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has experienced a shock treatment in Kano.
The Ekiti state governor’s hope of a support base in the populous Northern Nigeria state has been dashed by his political godfather, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, himself a Presidential aspirational.
ThePageNews reliably gathered that, in the bid to erect a political base in the state, Fayemi raised a strategic campaign cum lobby group,to penetrate Kano state and establish a noticeable presence, as foundation for a potential massive political platform to work for the actualization of the alleged presidential ambition of the former Minister.
According to ThePageNews source, Fayemi’s men were told in Kano that they should look elsewhere for support for their principal, as major relevant political groups in the state have pledged support for the aspiration of Tinubu.
It was further gathered that, the Fayemi team which refused to give up hope easily, intensified on their lobby, but couldn’t find a headway,as they were told by every group in the state about their allegiance to Tinubu’s presidential ambition.
Our source mentioned that, the Kano area has been locked down politically by the APC leader, Asiwaju, to sustain his presidential ambition of 2023.
It was further gathered that, the move to secure Kano ahead of the 2023 political game, especially as it affects Tinubu’s ambition was strategic.
ThePageNews was told that, because of the population relevance of the state to presidential elections, Tinubu who is a friend to the Kano state governor, Abdulahi Ganduje, has used the influence of the governor to secure,what our source described as a cult followership for Tinubu in the pursuit of his presidential ambition.
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