I have been vindicated – Etiebet

A member of the Board of Trustees, Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Don Etiebet, said he has been vindicated by the defeat of the PDP to the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 presidential election.

He stated that when he discovered a crack in the party structure, he tried to get access to President Goodluck Jonathan but the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Godswill Akpabio, did not allow him or any other persons from the state access to the president.

Etiebet added that what happened on Tuesday’s elections announcement was as a result of rebellion against the PDP.

He added that half of the votes from the PDP controlled-states propelled the APC to victory.

The former petroleum minister stated that by the president’s actions in congratulating Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.) on the victory, saying it was a new beginning for the country’s politics.

According to him, the result is exciting, adding that it was historic for the incumbent president in Nigeria to lose in an election.

Etiebet said, “I will also like to say that it was not APC winning, it was not PDP losing. Do you know that from the analysis, the total number of votes lost by PDP controlled-states was more than half of the total number of APC winning votes?

“You can analyse what happened by yourself. You will discover that somebody was misled somewhere, somehow; attention was not paid by the PDP hierarchy and the people had to rebel.

“This is a rebellion against the party, including myself. I did everything to let them know that they were on a wrong course, but my Governor (Akpabio) tried to bring a local politics to national level; that he will not allow anybody else access to the president and to the leadership of the party.

“And by God’s grace, I have been vindicated today. It is the PDP that lost the election.”

Etiebet stated that governorship elections in April 11 will follow the suit.

The APC governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Umana Umana, said he was happy that his party won the presidential election.

He said, “I am happy that my party, APC, is behind the wind of change blowing across Nigeria.

“With Buhari, the era of impunity has finally come to an end. The moment is historic for Nigeria. Buhari has character; he has what is required to turn Nigeria round, politically and economically.”

APC member and House of Representatives candidate for Uyo Federal Constituency, Mrs. Dora Ebong, said she was happy about the outcome of the presidential election.

She stated that she did not have confidence in the electoral process because of the way a single man hijacked the process in Akwa Ibom State.

She added, “In the just concluded presidential election, I went round the 42 wards in my Federal Constituency and I told my people that even if Akpabio succeeds in stealing all the votes from Akwa Ibom State for Jonathan and he did not win the vote in Kano, Borno or Sokoto, it will be sheer nonsense.”

Former Commissioner for Information, Mr. Ita Awak, said thousands of PDP members had defected to the APC overnight.

He stated that with what had happened, the state was ready to vote in “the peoples governor”, Mr. Umana Umana, on April 11.


Buhari thanks Nigerians, calls for sober reflection

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 election, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has expressed gratitude to Nigerians for voting him and his party to steer the ship of state for the next four years.

Buhari said this in an interim message of thanks and gratitude to Nigerians in Abuja on Tuesday.

This was contained in a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, Malam Garba Shehu.

In the message, Buhari thanked Nigerians “for choosing him and his party over and above the PDP and their candidate, the incumbent President, Dr Jonathan Goodluck.”

The APC statement said it “Declared victory after Dr. Jonathan called General Buhari at 5.15pm to make a concession and congratulate the winner.

Shehu quoted Buhari as saying the mood of the country as well as its current state, did not warrant the type of wild celebrations reportedly going on in some cities across the country.

“Buhari said anybody happy with the victory of the APC in the presidential election will not be involved in the molestation of opponents or the destruction of their property.

“He or she is not with me, whoever does that,” Buhari curtly said.

He is expected to make a major acceptance speech as soon as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission declares the final results in which Buhari is expected to be declared winner.

Workers, security operatives desert PDP head office

The national headquarters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party wore a mournful look on Tuesday following the defeat of its presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.).

Signs that the party was not favoured to win the elections had earlier emerged on Monday when most of the employees of the party failed to turn up for duty.

Its Staff Park, located close to the national secretariat at Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, which was usually full of cars by its employees, was devoid of the usual vehicular traffic.

Also, only a handful of the  majority of the security guards, who are made up of policemen, civil defence corps and private guards, were at their duty posts.

On Tuesday, as the results were being announced by the Chairman of the Independent National Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, employees of the party gathered to discuss its possible outcome.

“We have squandered our goodwill,” one of the members of the National Working Committee of the party told our correspondent in confidence.

It was however not clear if the party would call an emergency NWC meeting to discuss its defeat by the APC.

Efforts made to speak with the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, were unsuccessful. succeed.

APC will make a difference in governance of Nigeria – Amaechi

Rivers State governor and Director-General of the All Progressives Congress Presidential campaign Organization, APCPCO, Mr. Chibuike Ameachi has said that the APC would make a difference in the political governance of Nigeria.

He added that where the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP has failed, APC would succeed having learnt from the outside.
This was even as the national publicity secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said that the integrity of the presidential candidate, General Mohammad Buhari won the vote for APC.
Both men spoke with Journalists at the national secretariat of APC amid excitement of an anticipated victory Buhari.

He said: “We will be magnanimous in victory because the challenges are much. It is not only about celebration of victory, it is about seriousness of governance and we must show the different between us and the current government. If we say there was incompetence, we must show competence.
“If we say there was corruption, we must show that we will not be corrupt. If we say that people were denied of their basic right, we must protect their rights. If we say there was impunity, we must govern by the rule of law, and once we show that Nigerians will see the different between us and the current government.”

When asked to explain what the victory meant to him, Ameachi said: “Quiet a lot. As the Director-General of the campaign, it is good to me.
I will begin to tell my children that for the first time in the history of Nigeria, the opposition party was able to root out the government in power and the party in power by presenting a different picture of what life looks like for giving the people the courage to confront the current government and confront what was going on.

“Confront corruption, confront the reality of the fact that Nigerians are hungry, that they don’t go to market as Nigerians do, they have the kind of fund and can eat the kind of food they want and Nigerians are hungry, to let Nigerians know that Boko Haram was not about religion alone but there was poverty and hunger and we have to deal with education and the issue of unemployment in the North and also in the south, and to also make people realise that religion is not an issue in Nigeria.

Also speaking, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said “Buhari’s strong personality, character and integrity, his anti-corruption stance for which he has been known for so many years now, helped to make this victory easier for us.
“We would have lost woefully. Buhari made our victory very easy. He is a major factor in the land mark victory. It has never happened that an incumbent is defeated in a national election”.

Jonathan congratulates Buhari, Tinubu

It has been reported that President Goodluck Jonathan has called his major challenger and the likely-winner of the 2015 presidential election, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC to congratulate him.

According to a source, the president spoke with Muhammadu Buhari on the phone and will address the country after rounding off his meeting with his cabinet.
He also spoke with the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.