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Ekwueme, A Strong Pillar In National Development – Yakasai



tanko yakasai

An elder statesman in Kano, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, has described the late former Vice-President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, as a very meticulous and hard working person who contributed a lot toward the development of the country.

Yakasai made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Tuesday.

Ekwueme died on Nov. 19, 2017, at a London Hospital after a brief illess and he will be buried on Friday.

Yakasai, who was a Special Adviser to President Shehu Shagari on National Assembly Matters, said the late Ekwueme was also a committed politician who believed in the unity of Nigeria.

“The late elder statesman was a principled and very intelligent person, who bagged five degrees in different fields.”


According to him, Ekwueme spearheaded the campaign for a number of issues, including zoning and rotation during the National Constitutional Conference held between 1994 and 1995.

“So, zoning and rotation was originally part of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) Programme as it was the party (NPN) that introduced the idea of zoning and rotation.

“During the conference, he (Ekwueme) articulated a number of issues which the conference eventually adopted.”

He said that Ekwueme’s connection with the NPN, gave him the opportunity to be adopted as the Chairman of G34, a group of Nigerians who eventually formed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He said he was very close to late Ekwueme even when they were in Kirikiri Prison together after the military coup of 1983.

“I and the late former governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Lawal Kaita, kept him (Ekwueme) company in the prison. He even requested me to teach him Hausa language.”

He said there was good understanding between them when they were in government as they used to visit each other’s families.

“We used to disagree on certain issues but we lived peacefully when we were in government,” Yakasai said.

On the state of political parties, he said disloyalty was the bane of Nigeria’s democracy, noting further that governors had hijacked their political parties in their respective states.

He, therefore, urged politicians to change the trend by being loyal to their parties in order to strengthen democracy in the country.

“Disloyalty to political parties is the bane of Nigeria’s democracy and this is a major challenge threatening the system, Yakasai said.



  1. Jay Nnamdi Amaechi

    January 31, 2018 at 4:28 am

    When fool’s talk you’ll know them

  2. Steve Chigozie

    January 30, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Medicine after death, when last did you call or visit him in his life time,

  3. Ekene Udensi

    January 30, 2018 at 4:52 pm


  4. Ogboa Peters

    January 30, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Thus we wii be remembered by the seed we sowed when we are alive. He had passed on. He was humuliated by putting him in prison while serving his Father land. We wept and cry. Humliated again when he forgive and forgot the past, sake of trying to make an impact, for the good of all. It was PDP I think, still he make peace when there is crisis in PDP. I LOVE HIM. He is not a noisy man. A gentle man, no comment or reply for insults and criticism against him. Today we speak with one acord, singing praises unto God for the LIFE and TIMES of Dr. Alex Ekweme. Match on, Move on to the TEMPLE of GOD Amen.

  5. Onyemaechi Tony

    January 30, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Politicians & stupidity, When Ekwueme was alive, comparatively he was nothing….. But a good man when BREATHLESS & ordinarily a CLAY.

  6. Willfred O Osiwu

    January 30, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    The fulani generation of hypocrites, a people whose destined for doom, children of darkness.
    Your regards to him now is bitter, and your lip gratitude to him now is irrelevant.
    No one man from all the hausa fulani generation dead or alive is as prominent or as distinguished as our beloved father and leader, late sir Alex Ekweme.
    Wih all due respect,
    May your precious soul RIP.

  7. Amarachi Obialor

    January 30, 2018 at 1:34 pm

  8. Ademuyiwa Adeyemi Isaac

    January 30, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Was That The Reason Your Brother Put The Driver Who Caused The Accident(Shagari)Under House Arrest While Putting The Conductor(Ekwueme)Inside Jail?Honestly We Don’t Have Any Reason We Should Be One Nigeria.

  9. Tochukwu Osedum

    January 30, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Is he a strong pillar in the national dev how come buhari placed him under house arrest

  10. Davids Mactony

    January 30, 2018 at 1:22 pm you know all these and you didn’t give him change to build the nation? Mad people.

  11. Biafra Bueze

    January 30, 2018 at 1:21 pm


  12. Ifeanyi Nweke

    January 30, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    medicine after death… can talk that thing again….. You talk all this because of he is not alive

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Nothing To Attract Fayose To ‘Confused’ APC — Ex-Gov’s Aide




Lere Olayinka, media aide to former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has said that there is nothing that can attract any right thinking politician to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) let alone his principal.

Olayinka said this in a statement on Friday in reaction to a statement by the APC in Ekiti State, that Fayose was not qualified to join the party.

Olayinka said “it is funny that the APC in Ekiti State lied and went further to react to its own lies.”

He added; “As I write, Fayose is presently in a meeting of major stakeholders of the PDP in Ekiti State in the house of Senator Clement Awoyelu.”

He admonished the ruling party to focus its attention on its non-performing government.


He described the report of Fayose’s threat to join APC should his adopted candidate for the State chairmanship of the PDP, Hon Bisi Kolawole, fails in the forthcoming State Congress as figment of the imagination of those peddling it.

“The story of Fayose’s threat to leave PDP for the APC is one of the lies from the APC factory of lies and it is even more childish that the party in Ekiti State went ahead to react to its own lies,” he said.

While saying there was nothing to attract any right thinking politician to the APC, Olayinka asked; “is it the killings and kidnappings going on across the country?

“Is it the pariah State that Nigeria has become such that USA had to place the country on visa restrictions? Is it the huge debt the country has been plunged into? Or is it the directionless state of the country?

“Is it the sacking of over 3,000 workers by the non-performing APC government in Ekiti State?

“Most importantly, is it the confused state of the APC, which has made even the State Chairman of the party in Ekiti State, Mr. Paul Omotoso, to join others in calling for the removal of the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole?

“What is there in the APC to attract someone like Fayose, who is known for his stand in support of the masses of Nigeria that are being made to suffer more hardship by the APC government?

“They can continue to hallucinate about everything Ayodele Fayose, while he continues with his task of to rebuild the PDP in Ekiti State with a view to returning to power in 2022.”

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UPP Merges With APC



Chekwa Okorie

The United Progressive Party (UPP), on Friday, said it had merged with the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Consequently, it said that it would not take the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court over its deregistration.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that UPP was recently deregistered by INEC alongside 73 other political parties.

Dr Chekwas Okorie, a former National Chairman of UPP, in a statement in Abuja, said that the decision was reached by all stakeholders in the party.

“The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Board of Trustees (BOT) and other stakeholders of UPP met on Feb. 20 at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja.


“We reviewed the action of INEC in deregistering UPP along with 73 other political parties and we resolved not to challenge INEC in the court of law.

“ We, however, commend the parties that have headed for the court, knowing that it is within their constitutional right to approach the courts for judicial intervention,’’ Okorie said.

He hinted that the party reviewed a number of options available to it, including the hands of fellowship extended to our party by some of the political parties that survived the INEC deregistration.

Okorie said that on Aug. 17, 2018, the party’s NEC opted to support President Muhammadu Buhari for his second term, during which its members were directed to campaign for APC.

He said that the directive was carried out without any dissenting voice from the party nationwide.

“In view of our present circumstances, our party resolved unanimously that the most logical follow-up to our earlier chosen political trajectory would be to collapse all our structures from the ward to the national level into APC.

“We have, therefore, directed our members at all levels to proceed to register as members of APC at their various wards of origin or those where they are resident.

“Before arriving at this final decision, we consulted widely, not only among ourselves but with the leaders and stakeholders of APC where we have been assured of a warm welcome and equal opportunities for all bona fide members of the ruling party,’’ he said.

Okorie, who recalled that UPP was registered on Oct. 22, 2012 and existed for almost eight years, noted that the party exhibited the highest level of internal party democracy, discipline and cohesion within the period of its existence.

He also said that within the period, UPP never experienced any division at any level of the party’s administration and structure.

He, therefore, urged UPP members to exhibit this commendable character in the APC so that they would stand out as disciplined members of the APC and contribute their own quota to the growth of the party.

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You’re Not Qualified To Join Us — APC Tells Fayose




The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has advised a former governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose, to perish the thought of defecting to the APC.

The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Ade Ajayi, said this in Ado Ekiti, on Thursday.

He said the party was not a dumping ground “for failed politicians,” adding that Fayose was not wanted in the party because of his antecedents.

This was contained in a statement he signed. Ajayi described the APC as “a disciplined, refined and integrity-inclined type which would not tolerate people like Fayose,” adding that “Fayose is not qualified to be a member of the APC in the state.”

The party, which was reacting to a statement allegedly credited to Fayose to the effect that he would defect to the APC if his ordained Peoples Democratic Party state chairmanship aspirant failed in his bid for the job.


To this, Ajayi said, “We will not welcome him to the great and decent family in the state.

“It is better he stays back in his PDP to get it more destroyed instead of coming to a principled, disciplined, transparent, law-abiding and organised party like the APC.

“The Ekiti APC members know the people behind the masquerade and thereby warn people like Fayose not to turn the APC to a dumping ground where they can defect to.”

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