The Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday described the comments of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, on the ruling of the Supreme Court on the Bayelsa State governorship election as an “empty and inconsequential ranting”.
According to Oshiomhole, no one can be sworn in in Bayelsa tomorrow (Friday) as no one met the constitutional requirement to be sworn in.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement warned Oshiomhole to steer clear of Bayelsa State as his apparent plots to allegedly trigger violence in the state had failed.
Ologbondiyan said, “The people of Bayelsa State knows as a fact that the Independent National Electoral Commission under our laws, cannot take instructions from any individual, let alone a factional national chairman of a political party like the APC.
“The PDP, as a law-abiding party, counsels Oshiomhole to rein in himself and desist from all designs against Bayelsa State, her people and government.
“The PDP also calls on the people of Bayelsa State to remain calm as their mandate has been restored and cannot be taken away by any individual.”
APC Now A Funny Organization Under Oshiomhole — Ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal
Babachir Lawal, the former secretary to the government of the Federation (SGF) has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a “funny organisation” under the leadership of Adams Oshiomole as the National Chairman of the party.
While addressing newsmen over the weekend, Babachir Lawal alleged that the north has lost its priviledge in the APC following the suspension of Lawal Shaibu and Inuwa Abdulkadir who are the national Vice-Chairmen of the party in the north and north-west respectively.
He said: “This APC is funny, as we speak, the chairman and his loyalists have suspended the deputy national chairman (north), the whole north, the chairman, national vice-chairman (north-west) which is the largest geographical zone with seven states has been suspended, he is no longer attending national working committee meeting.
“The national secretary of the party who is from the north, from Yobe, has left to become governor of Yobe state as we speak, there is no firm decision to his replacement.
“For more than one year or so. A very substantial part of the country is not represented in the decision making.”
Babachir further alleged that Oshiomhole does not involve prominent members of the party in decision-making.
He said: “I’m quite close to members of the NWC, they always complain about not being carried along so the chairman of a party is not an executive president where whatever you say is, you need to carry everyone along.
“That is the essence, a national vice-chairman north-east for example, he is for north-east and there are things unique to the area which he is aware of, which his own exco has brought to him for processing at the national secretariat. If he does not get the proper hearing and opportunity to present those things they are disenfranchised.”
Reacting on the reconciliation panel that was composed to resolve differences among warring members, the former SGF wondered what the panel led by Bisi Akande will achieve as he insisted that it is better for politicians to cut their losses and nurse their wounds rather than be reconciled.
Babachir Lawal said, “In politics, sometimes it is better not to reconcile, somebody must lose out.
“First of all there has to be confidence restored in the NWC that they capacity to be impartial and fair in the decisions they take on behalf of party members. As I speak I don’t think there is any APC member that can confidently tell you that he expects the NWC to be fair and just in some of the cases because we lost election on account of this.”
Bayelsa: Keyamo Hails Supreme Court Verdict, Blames APC For Lyon’s Loss
Festus Keyamo, the minister of state for labour and employment, has blamed the All Progressives Congress (APC) for losing to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa state.
Recall that the Supreme Court on Thursday sacked David Lyon and Sen. Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, as the governor and deputy elect in the Nov. 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
Keyamo who made this known on Thursday, February 14, while reacting to the apex court judgment on the election in the state, commended the court for being firm and resolute.
“The S/Court has been firm & resolute so far regarding pre-election cases & Election Petitions. I commend their lordship.
“As a party, we have to look at our own internal mechanisms that make us give our victories needlessly away to the opposition & take appropriate actions,” Keyamo wrote on Twitter.
Bayelsa: Buhari’s Aide, Lauretta Onochie Blames APC, Reveals Secret About Lyon’s Loss
President Muhammadu Buhari’s special assistant on social media, Lauretta Onochie, on Friday, February 14, revealed secrets behind the Supreme Court’s judgement that sacked the former governor-elect of the Bayelsa state, David Lyon.
Onochie in a statement posted on her Facebook page said the screening organ of the ruling All Progressives Congressive (APC) should be blamed for the loss the party suffered in Bayelsa state.
She made this known in a statement titled, ‘Beauty from ashes’, that it is not the time to flex muscle, adding that the party leadership should reflect on how its screening organ failed Lyon and the people of the state.
The statement read: “This is not the Time to flex muscles. It’s time to reflect on how the APC screening organ, failed David Lyon and the people of Bayelsa.”
“It was heart-wrenching to see the photos of David Lyon rehearsing for a day that will not be. How is he, his family and his supporters ever going to get over this? APC Failed him.
“It’s indefensible. No excuse Can cover this one. We can’t be sentimental like PDP. We can’t stand on PDP antecedents.
“We can’t be unfair like PDP. We can’t be irresponsible like PDP. We can’t make excuses like PDP. We can’t be Tacky like PDP. We can’t be Lawless like PDP.
“For those who are still arguing blindly or postulating, read on: Law versus sentiments: Pocket lawyers like me: Total vote cast: EKEREMO: 41429 APC- 21489 or 51.9%, PDP- 18344 or 44.3% “What the Supreme Court ruled: EKEREMO: Total vote cast: 19934, PDP- 18344 or 92%, APC- 0%.
“Work it out for the other seven local government areas. Justice is not about how many states a political party has, it’s about what the law says.
“We must begin, as agents of change, to imbibe the culture of legality, consulting our laws in all we do and have absolute respect for our judiciary, especially the Supreme Court.”