- Ortom, Lalong, Ahmed, Bello, Al-Makura: It’s a huge joke
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, yesterday, disclosed that his party is in talks with some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors, especially those in the North-Central geopolitical zone, assuring that they are on their way to the party.
He added that he is talking with APC governors in the North-East. Secondus, who spoke in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, while addressing party members, also declared that no PDP governor has any intention of leaving the party.
“I have talked with APC governors in the North Central and they are on their way to PDP,” he said, adding: “All PDP governors are intact and in agreement with the party. No rumours again. Nigerians are in the mission of recovering the country. Even market women know that APC has collapsed.” The six states of the North Central – Benue, Plateau, Kogi, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kwara – were formerly under the control of the PDP until the 2015 elections, when it lost them to the APC. But the six North-Central governors denied Secondus’ claim.
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, said he is “stuck with the APC in a marriage that cannot be put asunder.” His Niger State colleague, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, told New Telegraph that he is not one of those Secondus had spoken with.
On his part, Nasarawa State governor, Tanko Almakura, said he was not contemplating leaving APC while Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, said he cannot abandon the house he helped build for a strange abode. Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, said he already said by bye to PDP, describing Secon-dus’ claim as ‘a grandiose dream’. For Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, this is not time for defection, but that of mourning his people killed by herdsmen. Decrying the state of insecurity across the country, Secondus urged Nigerians to hold the APC responsible for the killing of innocent Nigerians by herdsmen.
“We must blame the APC-led Federal Government for its inability to protect lives and property. All have collapsed, there is no fuel, while herdsmen have been given license to kill,” he said. The PDP National chairman assured party faithful that the PDP is on a rescue mission and will liberate Nigerians from APC’s misrule in the 2019 general elections.
“The PDP is on a rescue mission; APC is divided, they have no mission, they have no vision. They are playing games with hunger, but enough is enough,” Secondus said. He expressed confidence in the government of Okezie Ikpeazu, saying PDP’s elected office holders are working with the fear of God and the support of the people.
But, the governors of Kwara, Benue, Niger, Kogi, Nasarawa and Plateau states, denied holding any discussion with the opposition party. Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Wahab Oba, said: “The governor was not part of such talk. It’s a grandiose dream to expect him to leave a high performing party like the APC for a decimated party that brought Nigeria to this current mess.
“The governor and other stakeholders in the state are comfortable with the APC, which has vigorously pursued the promised change from impunity to the rule of law; from corruption to transparency; from arbitrariness to pragmatism, and from economic stagnation to sustainable development. The APC is the party for today and the future.”
Similarly, Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, said defecting to PDP is not on his plan for now. The governor, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Terver Akase, added that he has suspended all political activities for now as he is confronted with security challenges over ongoing killings of Benue people by suspected herdsmen.
“Governor Ortom has suspended political activities because of the security situation in Benue State. He has not yet lifted that suspension and we have no comment about anything politics for now. “We are talking security; we are talking Benue’s future, so we are not commenting about this (defection to PDP) at all,” Akase said. Niger State governor Abubakar Bello, who also declared that he was not among those spoken to by the PDP national chairman, said he has no issues with the APC. Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mallam Jibrin Ndace, told New Telegraph that his principal is a very consistent member of the APC and cannot be one of those moving to the PDP.
“Governor Abubakar Sani Bello cannot be one of them. He is very clear; he is someone who is very consistent and has a very good relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC both at the national and state levels. “He is so much on ground; there are no issues with the party structure both at national and state levels. So, I do not think that the governor is among those the PDP chairman talked to. “If Secondus has spoken to other governors,certainly Governor Bello can’t be one of them.
It is very clear, he can’t be one of them.” Kogi State governor, Bello, on his part, said there is no reason for him to leave the party he helped in building. Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mrs. Petra Akinti, who spoke with our correspondent, said her principal is busy with preparation to host APC governors to a mega rally in Lokoja, the state capital. “My principal is a loyal party man, a strong believer in President Buhari’s ideology and he will rather woo PDP governors to his party and not the other way round.
“It is very funny to think that someone will abandon the house he contributed in building and perch in a strange house that he doesn’t have a stake in. The governor is not going anywhere; his loyalty to the APC is absolute and unshakable.
The PDP might have talked to some APC North Central governors, but not Alhaji Yahaya Bello,” she said. Nasarawa State governor, Tanko Al-makura, who dismissed Secondus’ claim, said he has no intention whatsoever to defect to the PDP.
His Chief Press Secretary, Musa Elayo, said the governor has never contemplated leaving the APC, not to talk of joining the PDP. “I am not aware of the governor having any discussion with the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, and I am sure that he has no intention whatsoever to defect to PDP,” Elayo said. Also reacting, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State described the PDP chairman’s claim as mere wishful thinking and a figment of his imagination.
The governor, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mark Longyen, said: “The comment credited to the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secundus, is mere wishful thinking. It is a figment of his imagination to think that an incumbent APC governor would contemplate moving away from his party, the ruling party at the national level.
That will be tantamount to nursing a reverse ambition with its attendant reversal of fortunes for any APC governor. “As far as Governor Lalong is concerned, he is stuck with the ruling APC in a marriage that cannot be put asunder, come rain, come shine! The PDP chairman should stop throwing imaginary kites and instead face the arduous task of reinventing his party so as to remain a virile opposition party to the APC in as many foreseeable years to come.”
Saving them from self destruction
Angwan Tivi in Ruga community, a sex den for a good number of men in Abuja, is slowly turning into a HIV-infested den. REGINA OTOKPA reports on a unique case and efforts of a concerned NGO to change the tale of the community
Seventeen-year-old Christiana David (not real name), is five months pregnant and currently infected with the Human Immune Virus (HIV). She is one of the young women engaged in illicit sex trade activities at Angwan Tivi, a settlement within Ruga community in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Growing up like every other child, Christiana never envisaged her life would take this turn until two years ago when her mother, Sarah (not real name), whose husband is late, introduced Christiana and her two sisters into the business of prostitution at the brothel where she has been selling food since 2015.
Showing no remorse her children were involved in such trade, she told Inside Abuja her husband was late and she and her daughters must hustle to survive.
Inside Abuja checks revealed that one of the sisters presently has a child, unsure of whom the father is, while the second recently had an abortion from an unwanted pregnancy.
Meanwhile, Christiana, who still engages in the act with her five-month pregnancy, has not been able to assess antenatal care. It was also observed that men flock in from all parts of Abuja, including Utako, Asokoro, Gwarinpa and the likes, to patronise these ladies. Running free HIV counselling and test for the women engaged in the illicit trade, the Wanda Adu foundation recorded 25 positive cases.
Most of the women and young girls hail from Benue State, but have found their way into the city with the aim of making a living for themselves.
Worried by the developing trend and committed towards changing the tale about Angwan Tivi, founder of the foundation, Wanda Ebe, has commenced a two weeks training and empowerment exercise for 62 girls and women, to equip them with necessary information and materials on chemical classes for liquid soap, Dettol and cream production.
Also, the training would cover bead making, teach the ladies how to tie head scarf(gele), as well as pedicure and manicure .
Ebe, who recently trained 20 women in Mpape, told Inside Abuja that the idea behind making the ladies learn and acquire vocational skills was to assist them become self sustained and to teach them to always believe in themselves by engaging in different types of business rather than relying on the men for their means of survival.
“It is more honourable to have a means of livelihood and grow a business than to rely on the government or individuals to meet their needs on a daily basis.
We are seeking for ways of empower- ing them and making them better individuals. This will give them an opportunity to choose from all the skills they learnt at the end of the training and be able to stand out on one particular skill.”
Committed to ensuring those free from HIV protect themselves from contracting sexually transmitted diseases and other forms of disease affecting females, Ebe took time, advising the ladies on preventive methods.
Taking a step further, sanitary pads, condoms, antiseptic and liquid soaps were distributed to the ladies. “It is very essential to use condom when engaging in sexual activity with your partner.
Do not hesitate or wait till tomorrow as you cannot detect disease with mere eyes. We have provided means of doing voluntary counseling and testing through AIDS healthcare foundation (AHF), which will give you follow up treatment after the diagnosis,” Ebe said.
She urged Nigerians not to judge women who indulge in sex trade from afar, saying that,”we should learn to show love to them and not chastise them, because we don’t know where they are coming from and what they have been through.
Most of these ladies happen to start this kind of life due to being single mothers ” Capitalising on the Valentine
N10bn NHIS scam: APC government stinks corruption – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the alleged N10 billion theft by officials of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is the height of official hypocrisy by President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The party also disputed the claim of Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that Nigerian was in safe hands when the reality on the ground showed that the nation is on autopilot and drifting to the precipice.
In a statement, yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said the Buhari presidency’s incompetence is manifesting on daily basis.
The party said it was shocking that the NHIS money was syphoned through the Federal Government Treasury Single Account (TSA) in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which is under the direct purview of the presidency.
“Nigerians can now see the level of debauchery associated with this administration. It is appalling that a government can be so depraved that it superintended over the stealing of money meant to provide healthcare for the citizens,” the party said.
PDP noted that the only reason for the concealment was because the presidency was complicit, while the stolen fund was being used to service an anti-people cabal brazenly operating in the Buhari-led presidency.
“We challenge the presidency to speak out on this report as well as similarly reported sleazes that has occurred under its watch.
“Who in the presidency authorized the withdrawal of the money from the TSA and who are the beneficiaries thereof?
“What has the presidency to say about revelations that it ordered the reinstatement of the indicted Executive Secretary of the NHIS, Prof. Yusuf Usman, to help conceal these illegal withdrawals and shield members of the presidency cabals involved in the deal?
“Until and unless the presidency clears its name by investigating, exposing and prosecuting those involved, it must directly be held responsible for this wicked act against Nigerians, who daily suffer
hunger, deprivation and death owing to the corruption in the APC government,” the statement added.
The PDP expressed shock that Alhaji Mohammed, could tell Nigerians abroad that the country was in safe hands under Buhari when under the administration, Nigerians were inflicted with economic and security problems.
It said either the minister had lost touch with reality or he was just trying to play with words to please the incompetent Buhari presidency or its crisis-ridden party, the APC.
“If a minister of information who ought to give the correct state of affairs can announce that a government which collapsed the nation’s once robust economy and plagued it with violence, ethnic division and political tension, is indeed a safe hand, then our nation is in much more trouble under the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“How can anybody say that the same presidency whose incompetence and bad policies are directly responsible for the unabated killings, massive unemployment and job losses, a collapse of businesses and even the lingering fuel crisis which has brought untold hardship in the land is indeed a safe hand?
“This is a government under whose watch the nation has become heavily polarized along dangerous fault lines and where citizens now live in fear and mutual suspicion; where citizens are slaughtered by the day by marauders; where hunger and strange diseases ravage the people due to its bad policies.
“The reasonable takeaway from the statement of the information minister is that this government has come to its wits end and has no solution for the troubles it caused the nation,” PDP said.
It added that the minister’s statement has further exposed the fact that this failed administration is not the least remorseful for the pain it has caused the people, which underpins its arrogance and disdain towards Nigerians.
Naked couple found dead in car
A naked couple found dead in a car are believed to have suffocated after turning on the engine to keep warm while allegedly having sex.
The 39-year-old man and 44-year-old woman’s bodies were discovered by police in a locked garage in the city of Bottrop in western Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state.
Investigators said the naked couple, whose names have not been released, appeared to have turned on the car engine to get warm, leading to their suffocation.
Nobody had noticed the car engine had been left running for hours behind the metal gate of the garage which is located behind a commercial building.
Police opened the garage door because the man’s family had reported that he had been missing for days.
Meanwhile, officers in the city had also started an investigation into the woman’s sudden disappearance.
Police said there appeared to be no evidence of a crime but forensic scientists were working hard to establish exactly what happened. Tests are being carried out to ascertain CO levels in the blood of the couple
A police spokesman said, “At the moment all evidence points to an accident.
“To put all doubts to rest, the public prosecutor ordered an autopsy be performed on the bodies.”
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