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Loyalty And Power: Jonathan Shares His Experience

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan says it is difficult to find an ally after leaving seat of power.

Jonathan made this known in Bauchi, while inaugurating the 6.25Km Sabon Kaura-Jos by-pass road constructed by the Bauchi state government.

”There are people who act like they can’t eat without you when you’re in a position of power. But once you’re no longer in that position, they move on and act like you no longer exist.

”It is a very big day for me and you know why? Because it’s not easy for somebody to work with you in Nigeria then after leaving office, that person still continues with that kind of strong fraternal relationship with you.

”I have been in government for a reasonable time and I’ve served at quite a number of levels starting from deputy governor.

“Most of my experience is that after leaving office, some people just forget that you even exists.

”However, Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi is a good brother and I’m quite pleased that he invited me to commission the first major project that he has completed, that’s a big honour,” he said.

He appreciated the people of Bauchi state for voting Mohammed as their governor and commended his good strides and total commitment in changing the face of the state.

Earlier, Mohammed said that the project was among the first set of legacy projects embarked upon within his first 100 days in office.

He aid that the project was awarded to an indigenous company, Habib Engineering Limited at the cost of N2.2billion and was completed within six months.

”We embraced good governance as a deliberate policy for the development of the state and in order to create the desired positive impact on the lives of the people of Bauchi state.

“Your excellency, you know very well, I did not know this culture, you taught me how to do this in your cabinet,” he said.

Mohammed, who revealed that the state government had constructed over 100kms of both urban and district roads across the Geo-political spread of the state, named the commissioned road after the former President Jonathan.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the road we are about to commission today is an example of a road in need and a road indeed and I’m glad that no one else but you, your excellency, would perform the first commissioning ceremony since I assumed office as a governor.

“Furthermore sir, I humbly seek your kind consent to recognise your indelible contribution to the progress and development of our dear nation, Bauchi state and indeed myself, to name this very road after your good name as Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan drive,” he said.

(NAN)

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Jerry Gana, Others Readmitted Into PDP

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Former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, has been formally readmitted into the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) alongside four other prominent former members of the party who earlier wandered away from the North Central Zone.

Gana had left the PDP to join the Social Democratic Party (SDP) toward the build-up of the last general election in 2018 where he contested for the presidential race.

The four others also readmitted on Saturday at the zonal congress of the PDP which held in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, include, Barrister Humphrey Abah, Esther Audu, Adakole Ijogi and Bagudu Hillson.

The ex-minister in his speech on behalf of the others readmitted hailed the leaders of the party for readmitting them back into the PDP fold.

“We are happy to be back,” he said.

Gana said Nigerians rely on the PDP to rescue the country from the doom it is headed for.

“Nigerians expect you to take over the governance of this country for good governance to ensure the peace and security of this country. I, therefore, urge the PDP to mobilise together and be united to rescue Nigeria and restore good governance, ensure security of lives and property and instill confidence in the minds of all Nigerians,” he added.

Gana further recalled that before 2015, the PDP was in power in five out of the six states of the North Central before but that as at today, only Benue is remaining and stressed the need to reclaim all the other five states back into the PDP fold.

“Now that we are back, we will do our best to remobilise, rebuild and reunite the party to take up the mantle of leadership come 2023,” the former minister posited.

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Expectations Vs Reality: If You Must Give Lagos The Credit Then You Can As Well Give Tinubu The Credit

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Since we have established the fact that the 2023 General elections are the major subjects we have at hand then we can as well discuss the expectations and reality as we march towards 2023.

Whatever that is threatening us as a Nation, be it food security, housing, insecurity, banditry, insurgency, name it the solution lies only in a near-perfect government in place.

For me, the only way we can be able to benefit from the desired changes we seek still remains in the kind of leadership we put in charge of our resources.

One major election that is of interest to everybody irrespective of location, religion and nationality is the 2023 presidential election.

Would Nigeria get it right this time around? What have we learnt and how can we make amends?

The 2023 presidential election is not expected to generate much furore like the way it does today because apparently, politicians that seek electoral offices ought to have a record of performance as a template to be evaluated.

Again the performance is not really concentrated on the party alone but majorly on the individual, governance is 80 % on the integrity and reputation of the leader you vote in.

Political parties especially the major ones we have today(the APC and PDP) are practically one and the same.

As a matter of fact, 70 % of APC governors, senators, reps members and ministers we have today were once in PDP.

Nigerians fail to always distinguish between expectations and reality. What we expect might be what gladdens our heart but the reality might very well be the opposite. And fortunately or unfortunately reality is what counts.

I have been a very strong advocate of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and daily I give my reasons for my support.

Least I forget the youths are totally out of the equation as we approach the 2023 PRESIDENTIAL elections, now the time frame has knocked them out of contention, so in reality, I won’t waste my precious time discussing what is fruitless.

Although I am happy that lots of youths are participating in other elections that involve other political offices.

So who does the cap fit? Good question, first and foremost the reality proves that the likely contestants for the 2023 presidency are either past governors or serving governors, only Atiku and Osinbajo seems not to have fallen in this category of never serving as a Governor.

Anytime I make a post I see confused fellows that don’t even have a presidential choice yet shouting, Tinubu can not be president he has Lagos in his pockets. They keep shouting that Tinubu has enslaved Lagos bla bla bla.

Yesterday I listened to a confused friend who argued all day how Tinubu has Lagos under his firm grip.

When he finished his sermon I asked him why are you vilifying Tinubu when it comes to Lagos economy and yet refuse to give him the credit that Lagos is among the fastest-growing city in the world with one of the best economies in Africa.

I keep saying the heart of some people are desperately wicked, you hate someone over a State you give credit to as the only State in Nigeria where everything works.

You claim Tinubu is killing Lagos yet you don’t give credit to Tinubu for the GREATNESS of LAGOS,  just see how pessimistic and dangerously wicked you are. Who does that?

Hypocrites, if Tinubu is that bad why is Lagos better than the rest?

They will tell you don’t compare Lagos with Edo State bla bla bla, Lagos has a seaport, Lagos has this Lagos has that, and I ask what stops your government from not having theirs? Lagos is not the highest earners of federal allocation.

Now let us retrace our steps and ask ourselves what led to the struggle that Lagos is today an INSTITUTION that works? For over three years, Obasanjo denied Lagos its Federal allocation over the creation of LCDAs by Tinubu.

You see when I point out such fact,” BODY GO JUST DEY PEPPER’ these detractors and THEY BEGIN TO throw tantrums at my personality, they won’t look at the message but rush to attack the messenger.

Can Edo, Delta State, Kwara or any other State survive six months without allocation? I am asking for my late father.

Tinubu challenged the “gods” then (PDP) and looked inwards, more like when they say I AM AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN.

I was listening to Destiny Child’s “Survivor” and I have decided to share some of the lyrics here.

“Now that you’re outta my life, I’m so much better…You thought that I’d be weak without ya, but I’m stronger..You thought that I’d be broke without ya, but I’m richer…You thought that I’d be sad without ya, I love harder…You thought I wouldn’t grow without ya, now I’m wiser!
You thought that I’d be helpless without ya but I’m smarter……

I’m a survivor (what), I’m not gon’ give up (what), I’m not gon’ stop (what), I’m gon’ work harder (what)”

Google the lyrics survivor by Destiny’s Child and you would be thrilled.

They said it all… PDP wanted to teach Lagos a lesson and wanted it to be weaker but they came out stronger, they wanted them to be poorer but they came out richer……

Tinubu was the one who laid the foundation for a strong and independent Lagos and you claim he is evil.

Name your former or serving governor that can survive without federal allocation and come out richer?

Tinubu is way ahead of the game, Tinubu would take Nigeria to a state of independence from the fraudulent colonist that perpetually keeps Nigeria under bondage, the heartless bandits and insurgents etc.

If you must give LAGOS the credit then you must give TINUBU THE CREDIT.

Tell us what your governor did with your State that you choose him ahead of Tinubu? Lagos is great, Lagos is the home of the hardworking, Lagos is bla bla bla and yet you say Tinubu is wicked and same time holding Lagos to bondage and yet the Lagos that you say is in bondage is among the fastest-growing cities in the world.

These detractors come from a State, they should tell us what progress their State made when their hero was a Governor?

They keep masturbating on Tinubu while he turns into a national movement and a rallying point for the progressives.

Name any likely aspirant that seeks the 2023 presidential election and tell me who amongst them has an enviable record of performance like Tinubu? Lagos is built on continuity hence the foundation is growing stronger.

Go to Lagos on a tour today and go back a year later you will be marvelled. Can that be said of so many other states?

Some after 6 months the road you passed to visit the city may not be available again, then the government would blame the past governor for the decay even when the governor has spent above 6 years in office.

When there was no allocation to Lagos for years did you hear Tinubu shouting that there was no money to pay salaries and pensions?

But today some governors will pay salaries and take to social media in celebration. Look at the kind of projects that local government executives in Lagos execute and compare them to some State projects?

Make dem clear road for Jagaban jor, in terms of sense for head Jagaban no get mate. Haters will never want to face reality.

Osigwe Omo-Ikirodah writes in from Abuja.

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See The Condition PDP Governors Gave To Avert War In Nigeria

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Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Friday, said Nigeria may become a failed state under the All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

The governors reaffirmed that urgent devolution of powers and restructuring had become imperative, warning that “Nigeria cannot afford another civil war”.

After a meeting in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, their communiqué said the country was drifting due to insecurity and deteriorating relationship between various groups.

The governors observed that differences were being stretched to the limit “by a government that clearly lacks the capacity to govern”.

The meeting agreed that this has given rise to ethnic and tribal tensions, religious divisions, and various forms of social and political cleavages. The governors insisted that Nigeria is in dire need of leadership, “to avert the looming disaster”.

The PDP chieftains protested that their “hands are tied behind” because the entire “coercive authority in the country” is monopolized by the APC government.

They said time has come to take advantage of the ongoing Constitution Amendment process to decentralize Nigeria’s security architecture and adequately involve States and Local Governments.

The communique urged the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission to send a new Allocation Formula that allocates more resources to States and Local Governments to the President for National Assembly’s action.

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