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NPDP Members Can't Stop Buhari From Winning 2019 Election - El-Rufai

16 May 2018

The Adamu group further noted that some of the key offices being held by the nPDP include the Senate President, Speaker of the House, Senator Abdullahi Adamu - Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Adamu Aliero - Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Senator Magatakarda Wamako - Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso - Chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning, Senator Danjuma Goje - Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Abdulaziz Nyako - Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, Senator Uchendu - Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, Aminu Tambuwal - Governor of Sokoto State, Abdullahi Ganduje - Governor of Kano State, Abdulfatah Ahmed - Governor of Kwara State, Senator Jibrilla Bindow - Governor of Adamawa State, Senator A. Bagudu - Governor of Kebbi State, and Alhaji Kawu Baraje - Board Chairman.

He however agreed that some of the grievances of the party chiefs were legitimate and should be looked into. This is Kwara, Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, Rivers but I don't think Amaechi is part of them. "So let's take these four states, go back to 2003 and check", he said. Buhari then under the ANPP won in all these four states.

The group said in sharing of the spoil after helping Buhari to win the election in 2015, the APC has turned back on them. Even when (Ibrahim) Shakarau was running as a presidential candidate in 2011, Buhari defeated him in Kano. Kano is already in the bag, I mean if you saw the crowd that welcome the president without the former governor Kwanasho, Kano has always been the president's base.

" I think those the letters were addressed to ought to study it and look into what is reasonably possible to accommodate them because politics as I said is a game of addition".

He said the only thing that was wrong was their threat to leave the party.

Speaking on behalf of the group last week, Kawu Baraje had alleged that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was not carrying those who joined the APC from the PDP along.

According to him, the authentic members of the nPDP bloc were not surprised about the antics of the former Nasarawa State governor.

He, however, said that the APC, would not want to lose any of its members.

In a letter signed by Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Kawu Baraje, leaders of the group, nPDP requested to meet the president within seven days. But as it stands, we've not got any response yet from them.

"Mr. Chairman, for the goal of correcting the misleading contents of the letter and setting the records straight, it is pertinent that we provide some facts on some of the issues raised in the letter", the group said.

"We remain resolute in our loyalty and support for our party and this government in the effort to deliver service to the Nigerian state and our people", they stated. It is not just a mere threat, it is not just a mere ultimatum.

The nPDP spokesman further explained that history appeared to be repeating itself because this was the same way the then ruling PDP ignored calls by some of them to address certain issues. We told them why we were aggrieved.

In response to a question on what the next step would be should the APC continue to ignore the bloc, he said, "We believe we are going to take a decision that will benefit the Nigerian people because we believe that democracy should be all inclusive". How can you explain that one of the two signatories to the letter, Olagunsoye Oyinlola has since left the APC for the African Democratic Congress (ADP) after going on AWOL to the Obasanjo Coalition for Nigeria.

He debunked Senator Adamu's claims that the APC had been fair to the nPDP bloc.

The Nation reports that the Kaduna governor spoke after he met with the president on Tuesday, May 15.

While noting that the council election cost the state N4 billion to pull off, he said it saved N1.7 billion from not printing ballot papers because of the use of electronic voting machines, 300 of which he said, were deployed for the exercise.

"So, in my view, the current Electoral Act has provision for the electoral voting".

The governor assured that electronic voting will give credibility to elections and will encourage voters to come out to vote because they are sure their votes will counts.

"I recommend it highly to everyone".

He expressed the readiness of the Kaduna state government to give out the machines on mutually acceptable terms to those state governments that were yet to conduct local government elections in their states. "And, these machines can be used for three or four more elections because they can last for 10 years, all we need is to upgrade the software to add more parties and so on". Although it is possible for INEC to do it, it will be logistically hard.

Frank said: "I want to use this opportunity to remind my party that this is same way we were trying to correct the wrongs of the Jonathan's government while in the PDP, but they never listened to us".

"But, you need some months to go round and do some advocacy, to show people how to use it".

"I am hoping, I have spoken to him again, that for the bye-elections, the two local governments and the other wards, we are going to get the card reader so that the human link that is subject to abuse would be eliminated and then you can not change anything".

NPDP Members Can't Stop Buhari From Winning 2019 Election - El-Rufai