Confess your sins like Mantu, APC tells PDP

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to follow the example of one its leaders and former Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ibrahim Mantu.
Mantu in a recent TV programme confessed the he took part in rigging elections for the PDP.
Now the APC wants the PDP to borrow this example and confess to their sins against the country instead of indulging in name calling.
Apparently burdened by guilty conscience, the PDP National Chairman had last week apologised to the nation for the years of misrule that his party had brought to the country.
The APC noted this apology but asked the PDP to go a step further and confess to their sins before restitution could be considered.
Instead of taking this path to redemption, PDP has engaged in fruitless “you too” accusations and name calling.
“This is further evidence that PDP is not ready for repentance and only offered the apology with the hope that Nigerians will grant them amnesty and a short-cut back to power”, said APC’s publicity secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi.
“However, now that Senator Mantu has belled the cat, by confessing to how he has helped the PDP to rig elections in the past, we hope that PDP will follow the bold example of the former Senator and confess to their other sins against Nigeria,” Abdullahi said.

Source: NAN

How I compromised elections for PDP – Mantu

A former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate, Ibrahim Mantu, has offered a vivid description of how he had in the past helped to compromise elections in favour of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Mantu, who was a guest on a Channels Television interview programme, Hard Copy, aired on Friday, said he was making the revelations to ‘confess the truth’.
The modus operandi, according to him, was to make money available for electoral officials, security agents and party officials assigned to monitor the elections, and let them be aware of what your interests are.
“I don’t have to go and change election (results) but when you provide money, you give money to INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) boys that if they see any chance they should favour you, you provide money to the security (personnel); I tell you it’s not necessarily when I am contesting election but when my party sponsors a candidate, I will like that candidate to win election,” he explained.
The PDP stalwart, who professed to be a born again politician in 2017, added that apart from ‘settling’ designated government officials at the election scene, he also gave out money to representatives of other political parties monitoring the elections to ensure that all loose ends were tightened up in case of any legal implications for the dastardly act.
He, however, opined that the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria could be free of fraud if people of his kind would decide to be ‘born again’ like him and be ready to shun election malpractices.
“We need good governance and good governance can only be provided by good people; good people who are truly repentant, who are concerned about the well-being of the people,” he said as he urged Nigerians to ensure they voted wisely in 2019 and support leaders who would make the welfare of the people a top priority of their administration.

APC is Nigeria, PDP’s enemy, says Atiku


Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has asked for unity amongst members of the Peoples Democratic Party following the conclusion of election of the party’s executive at its National Convention on Saturday.
A press statement by the media office of the former Vice President congratulating Prince Uche Secondus as the new national chairman of the PDP and other elected officials of the exco, says that the immediate challenge before the newly elected national officials of the PDP is to run an all-inclusive administration where the various interests within the party can find accommodation.
Atiku reminded that Nigerians are looking up to the Peoples Democratic Party for unity in the party, “because it takes a united and coherent PDP to sack the APC government in 2019″.
The statement reads: “Our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party is, again, at the threshold of an historical moment. Just as we mobilized to put an end to prolonged military rule in 1999, the people of Nigeria at this moment look up to us to rescue the country from the mis-government of the APC.
“Arising from our elective congress, there should be no victor and no vanquished. Our paramount attention should be focused at sacking a government that deceived the people of Nigeria into power by promising our youths three million jobs annually, only to deliver three million job lodses annually; a government that is repeatedly living in denial of its commitment to restructuring. We must be united to take power back to where it belongs: the Nigerian people.
“As members of the PDP, we must take pride in being able to hold a national convention and in so doing live up to the bill of being a truly democratic political party. Our major opponent has not been able to achieve this feat and I join millions of our party members to congratulate the Ahmed Makarfi-led national caretaker committee.
“I understand that there are complaints and grievances from many of the co-contestants in the congress. I am aware that the PDP has a mechanism for addressing such complaints and it is important that such avenues of redress are made available for members to explore without let or hindrance Meantime, I call on ALL our leaders and members to rally the new executive for the sake of our party, Nigeria and the good of our people.

Lagos PDP endorses George for party national chairman


The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has endorsed the former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Olabode George, for national chairmanship slot in its forthcoming national convention.

This was disclosed on Sunday by the PDP state chairman, Dr. Moshood Salvador, after a meeting between George and the leadership at the party secretariat, Ikeja.

George is contesting the seat with eight other candidates hoping to emerge at the December 9 convention of the party.

“On behalf of Lagos PDP, we must vote for Chief Bode George come Dec. 9; the South west is the rightful region to have the chairman of our great party.

“In the last dispensation, Ekiti produced the Vice- Chairman while Osun and Oyo states took the highest office. It is only Lagos that is left and what we want is the chairman.

“The South-east and the South-south have produced a chairman before that is why it is our turn to have the chairman of PDP,’’ Salvador said while announcing the party position.

In his acceptance of the endorsement, George assured of re-establishing the culture and tradition of the party if given the opportunity to serve.

“If I am given the opportunity, I will not be new to the management of this party because the party’s constitution is not going to be new to me; I know its provisions as I know the back of my hand.

“We grew up with the party and the founding fathers handed over the culture of the party to us and that is what we would re-establish.

“I will not compromise on things that are not right and are not in the constitution.

“I will do things the way they should be done and everybody will be happy. That was how our founding fathers were moving the party forward ,’’ George said.

Other contestants are the former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel; former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran; former Minister of Youth Development, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja and former Lagos State PDP governorship candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje, Prince Uche Secondus, a former acting National Chairman of PDP, and Chief Raymond Dokpesi.