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  • List of all Registered Political Parties, their Headquarters addresses and Principal Officers

    List of all Registered Political Parties, their Headquarters addresses and Principal Officers


    1. A Accord
    National Chairman: Hon. Mohammad Lawal Nalado
    National Secretary: Hon. Nurudeen O. Adisa
    National Treasurer: Mr. Micheal O. Lerama
    National Financial Secretary: Hon. Joseph E. Ijeh
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Maxwell Ngbudem
    Address: Plot 488 , 7 Yauri Street, Area 3, Garki Abuja
    Phone Number: 08037038325
    Accord” was never registered as “Accord PARTY”, AP. It is simply and just “Accord, A.

    2. AA Action Alliance
    National Chairman: Barr. Udeze Kenneth
    National Secretary: James A. Vernimbe
    National Treasurer: Ekong Effiom
    National Financial Secretary: Chief Eze Nwoke
    National Legal Adviser: Esq. Anaukyaa Mnenge Peter
    Address: Plot 1977 Orlu Street, Area 3, Garki, Abuja.
    Email: [email protected] com
    Phone Number: 07067277005 / 08036351061

    3. ABP All Blending Party
    National Chairman: Hon. Moses Godia Shipi
    National Secretary: Uzong George Moses
    National Treasurer: Alheri Moses
    National Financial Secretary: Mrs. Eyiomo Josephine Eyeremi
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Chikadibia Princewill Senior Maduka
    Address: Plot 614, Zone B, Apo Resettlement, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08171902205; 07036438020

    4. ACD Advanced Congress Of Democrats
    National Chairman: Ag. Peter Blavo
    National Secretary: Ag. Rev. Onwuruya Breakforth
    National Treasurer: Alh. M. Adamu Takai
    National Financial Secretary: Hon. Anthony Amuka
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Pwarigon William
    Address: Suite C7, Patsy Plaza, After RCC Building, Along Jabi Road, Jabi-Abuja
    Phone Number: 07035821690

    5. ACPN Allied Congress Party of Nigeria
    National Chairman: Alh. Ganiyu O. Galadima
    National Secretary: Mr Paul Isamade
    National Treasurer: Chief Angus Uzoamaka
    National Financial Secretary: ?
    National Legal Adviser: Bar, Jide Ayenibiowo
    Address: Suite D402, Global Plaza, Plot 366, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Jabi Upstairs, Jabi – Abuja
    Phone Number: 08038313424

    6. AD Alliance For Democracy
    National Chairman: Chief Joseph Avazi
    National Secretary: Mr. Fasogbon P. Akinboye
    National Treasurer: Mr. Ubong Johnson
    National Financial Secretary:
    National Legal Adviser: Mr. Kehinde Aworele
    Address: 4 Aba Close, Area 8, Garki, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08164495673 and 07065850881

    7. ADC African Democratic Congress
    National Chairman: Chief Ralph Okey Nwosu
    National Secretary: Alh. Sa’id Baba Abdullahi
    National Treasurer: Mr. Cavin Alagoa
    National Financial Secretary: Mrs. Ifeyinwa Ntima
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Ujunwa L. Onwuasoeze
    Address: No. 1 Capital Plaza, Nyanyan-Kuru Road, Abuja.
    Phone Number: 08059969415

    8. ADP Action Democratic Party
    National Chairman: Engr. Yabayi V. Sani
    National Secretary: Dr. James Okoroma
    National Treasurer: Chief Hon. Declan J. Ogar
    National Financial Secretary: Salami Akeem Temitope
    National Legal Adviser: Bichi Obadiah Joseph
    Address: Plot 3379A, Mungo Park CLose, Off Jesse Jackson Asokoro New Extension-Abuja
    Phone Number: 08033001274

    9. AGA All Grassroots Alliance
    National Chairman: Hon. Dr. Olukayode Oshiariyo
    National Secretary: Prince Julius Ikenna Joseph Otiji
    National Treasurer: Rev. Dr. Mrs. Amuzie James Helen Ngozi
    National Financial Secretary: Hajia Zainab
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Emmanuel Agbaye
    Address: Suites 23A-25A Kaitta Mafayas Office Complex, Zone 4, Gwagwalada, FCT. Abuja
    Phone Number: 08037870421; 08063844816

    10. AGAP All Grand Alliance Party
    National Chairman: Engr. Okey Chikwendu
    National Secretary: Idu Agbo Emmanuel
    National Treasurer: Abdulsalam Abdu
    National Financial Secretary: Durojaiye Abdulazeez A.
    National Legal Adviser: Ojobor Ndubuisi V.
    Address: Plot 586, David Jemibewon Crescent, Gudu District-Abuja
    Phone Number: 08033802712

    11. ANN Alliance for New Nigeria
    National Chairman: Dr. Jay Osi Samuel
    National Secretary: Daura Abdulnasser
    National Treasurer: ?
    National Financial Secretary: Oladipo Akande
    National Legal Adviser: Benjamin Nwaokenye
    Address: 20, Durban Street, Wuse 11, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08038092478; 08037867880

    12. ANRP Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party
    National Chairman: Tope Kolade Fasua
    National Secretary: Eberechukwu Christian Okonkwo
    National Treasurer: Jafeda Wabac (Ms)
    National Financial Secretary: Abdul Mumuryi Azi
    National Legal Adviser: Dennis Emamope Omopojor
    Address: Plot 1483, Km 27, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Carriage way, Airport Road Lugbe Ext., Abuja
    Phone Number: 08033110760; 08067766877

    13. APA African Peoples Alliance
    Ag. National Chairman: Emmanuel Urhuarhovie
    National Secretary: Samaila Umar Sifawa
    National Treasurer: Engr. Usman Aliyu Girei
    National Financial Secretary: Alh. Abdulrazak Bello
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Samuel Abidan
    Address: 7 Yauri Street, Area 3, Garki, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08033493571

    14. APC All Progressives Congress
    National Chairman: Chief John Odigie-Oyegun
    National Secretary: Mai Mala Buni
    National Treasurer: Mohammed Gwargwawa
    National Financial Secretary: Alh. Tajudeen Bello
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Muiz Banire
    Address: No. 40 Blantyre Street, Wuse II, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08033345691

    15. APDA Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance
    National Chairman: Mohammed Shittu Kabiru
    National Secretary: Dr. Emeka F. Okengwu
    National Treasurer: Chief Mrs Olasinmi A.
    National Financial Secretary: Margaret Seember Mchivga
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. (Mrs) Augusta Eradiri
    Address: No. 10 Fandriana Close, Off Oda Crescent, Off Daaresalam St, Behind Glo office, Wuse II-Abuja
    Phone Number: 08095900111

    16. APGA All Progressives Grand Alliance
    National Chairman: Dr. Victor Ikechukwu Oye
    National Secretary: Mr. Labaran Maku
    National Treasurer: Hon. Damian Ozurumba
    National Financial Secretary: Alh. Garba Ibrahim Carefor
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Ifeanyi Mbaeri
    Address: 41b Libreville Crescent , Opp. Tulip Press, Aminu Kano Crescent , Wuse 11, Abuja .
    Phone Number: 08035897127

    17. APP African Peoples Party
    National Chairman: Ikeagwuomu Onyinye
    National Secretary: Abu Ibrahim Sossan
    National Treasurer: Shehu Bewa Joja
    National Financial Secretary: Abdullahi Usman
    National Legal Adviser: Ozuruonye Nnenna Cordelia
    Address: ?
    Phone Number: 08034913080

    18. BNPP Better Nigeria Progressive Party
    National Chairman: Prof. Godswill Iheanyi chukwu Nnaji
    National Secretary: Alh. Iliyasu Abdu Barde
    National Treasurer: Ejimozor Obinna John
    National Financial Secretary: Babatunde Omolosho Tayo
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Ngozi Nwodo Ibekwe
    Address: Block 5, Lokoja Street Area 8 Garki Abuja
    Phone Number: 08037881988, 07066451244

    19. C4C Coalition for Change
    National Chairman: Rt. Hon. Dr. Geff Chizee Ojinika
    National Secretary: Peter Ogbaje Paul
    National Treasurer: Oludolapo Mercy Adeyanju
    National Financial Secretary: Alome Dominic Oluwa
    National Legal Adviser: Onyekuru Alex Ikechukwu
    Address: Block 3, No. 49 Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08033273950; 08077855110

    20. DA Democratic Alternative
    National Chairman: Prince frank Ukonga
    National Secretary: Hon. Aishat Abdulsalam
    National Treasurer: Pastor Rueben Igboji
    National Financial Secretary: Rev Peter Adebiyi
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Simon Imoisi & Co
    Address: Suite 2/031 Area 1 Shopping Complex, Area 1, Garki Abuja
    Phone Number: 08023423470

    21. DPC Democratic Peoples Congress
    National Chairman: Rev. Olusegun Peters
    National Secretary: Alh Mohammed Lawal
    National Treasurer: Alh Musa Zunairu Dikko
    National Financial Secretary: ?
    National Legal Adviser: ?
    Address: Global Plaza, Plot 366, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Jabi-Abuja
    Phone Number: 08038308479

    22. DPP Democratic Peoples Party
    National Chairman: Chief Benson Gershon
    National Secretary: Abdullah D. Mohammed
    National Treasurer: ?
    Ag. National Financial Secretary: Aliyu Usman
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Lanre Falola
    Address: No. 1 Nouakchott Street Zone 1, Wuse, Abuja FCT
    Phone Number: 08033381764, 08126850151

    23. FJP Freedom and Justice Party
    National Chairman: Dr. Onwubuya John Abraham
    National Secretary: Aisha Amina Mohammed Eleyo
    National Treasurer: Chioma Obot
    National Financial Secretary: Dawodu Adetunji Success (JP)
    National Legal Adviser: Omar Musa
    Address: Glass House 3 & 4 Anon Plaza Gudu District, FCT, Abuja
    Phone Number: 09054546328; 08037003214

    24. FRESH Fresh Democratic Party
    National Chairman: Rev. Chris Okotie
    National Secretary: Mr Fela Binutu
    National Treasurer: ?
    National Financial Secretary: ?
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Kola Dopamu
    Address: No. 4 Parhe Close, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja.
    Phone Number: 08033651678

    25. GDPN Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria
    National Chairman: Amb. Odion Cedrack Okpebholo
    National Secretary: Ismaila Shauzaza
    National Treasurer: Ojo Abiola Helen (Mrs.)
    National Financial Secretary: Hon. James Rugu
    National Legal Adviser: Barrister Stephen Jube Zira
    Address: Nino House, No. 1, Engr. Linus Okpebholo Street, Off Bwari Dutse, FCT
    Phone Number: 07039889441; 08052281862

    26. GPN Green Party of Nigeria
    National Chairman: Chief Sam Eke
    National Secretary: Hajara Ishaku
    National Treasurer: Mrs. Adebesin Bosede
    National Financial Secretary: Hadiza Mali
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Olenka Udenze
    Address: No, 5 Church Avenue, Old School Bus Stop, Orozo-Karshi Road, FCT Abuja.
    Phone Number: 08065933765 and 08027142078

    27. HDP Hope Democratic Party
    National Chairman: Chief Ambrose A. Owuru
    National Secretary: ?
    National Treasurer: ?
    National Financial Secretary: ?
    National Legal Adviser: ?
    Address: Plot 43 Gwarinpa Estate, Abuja.
    Phone Number: 080511776052, 08033122272

    28. ID Independent Democrats
    National Chairman: Edozie Madu
    National Secretary: Tobi Adeniyi
    National Treasurer: Ahanmisi Izegwuma Abigail
    National Financial Secretary: Whetode Desire
    National Legal Adviser: Charles Ibeh
    Address: 1385C Gurara Street, Off IBB Way, Maitama, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08065800000

    29. JMPP Justice Must Prevail Party
    National Chairman: Dr. Sarah Nnadzwa Jubril (Mrs.)
    National Secretary: Kola Kazeem Saliu
    National Treasurer: Dr. Okereke Ejikeme E.
    National Financial Secretary: Mohammed S. B Yahaya
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Charles Ogboli
    Address: No. 2 Calabar Street, Opp. Naval Headquarters, Area 7, Garki, Abuja.
    Phone Number: 09071837163; 08023729503

    30. KP Kowa Party
    National Chairman: Alhaji Saidu Bobboi
    National Secretary: Mark Adebayo
    National Treasurer: Abdullahi Dahiru Bala
    National Financial Secretary: Chinyere Egbo Anni
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Dan Onyeonagu
    Address: 129 Corner Shop, Beside Total Filling Station, Fed. Housing Est., Lugbe, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08033354443

    31. LP Labour Party
    **National Chairman Alh. Abdulkadir Abdulsalam (Baraden Paiko) now Dr Mike Omotoso though not yet reflected on INEC website.
    National Secretary Julius Aburi (Acting)
    National Treasurer Mrs. Oluchi Operah
    National Financial Secretary Hajiya Hadiza Kishimi
    National Legal Adviser Barr. Akingbade Oyelekan
    Address: Dabo Shopping Mall, 2nd Floor, Plot 73 Ladoke Akintola Boulevard, Garki, Abuja .
    Phone Number: 08033005810, 08033154349

    32. LPN Legacy Party of Nigeria
    National Chairman: Ahmed Mustpha Wushishi
    National Secretary: Onwuchelwa Onwuchelwa
    National Treasurer: Usman Musa
    National Financial Secretary: Awojobi Akuladi Waheem
    National Legal Adviser: Hussaini Omar Garba
    Address: Flat 4, No 47 Yaounde Street, Zone 6, Wuse, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08132825108; 08038932775

    33. MAJA Mass Action Joint Alliance
    National Chairman: Chief Mrs. Chika Ibeneme
    National Secretary: Prince Gordon Attai
    National Treasurer: Otunba Femi Soluade
    National Financial Secretary: Hon. Guwo Lawan Abba
    National Legal Adviser: Mrs. Chizim Chinda Glory
    Address: House No. 24, Road 15, Efab City Estate, Life Camp, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08033264278; 08032350671

    34. MDP Modern Democratic Party
    National Chairman: Adebukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi
    National Secretary: Adetoro Adetoun Fowoshere
    National Treasurer: Abayomi Olofinwa
    National Financial Secretary: Ibrahim Khahil Ahmed
    National Legal Adviser: Ogunpe Olatunji
    Address: Suite B19 Discovery Mall Adeola Adetokunbo Wuse 11, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08093894841; 08080805809

    35. MMN Masses Movement of Nigeria
    National Chairman: ?
    National Secretary: ?
    National Treasurer: ?
    National Financial Secretary: ?
    National Legal Adviser: ?
    Address: ?
    Phone Number: ?

    36. MPPP Mega Progressive Peoples Party
    National Chairman: Ag. Hon. Hamisu Santuraki
    National Secretary Ag, Mohammed S. Kanze
    National Treasurer J.P Ishaku Dallo
    National Financial Secretary Sanni A. Kanlari
    National Legal Adviser Barr. Oguntimering Adelaja
    Address 1st Avenue, House 53, FHA, Lugbe, Abuja.
    Phone Number 07030147731

    37. NAC National Action Council
    National Chairman: Dr. Olapade Agoro
    National Secretary Mr. Joshua Shitta
    National Treasurer: ?
    National Financial Secretary: ?
    National Legal Adviser: ?
    Address: ?
    Phone Number: ?

    38. NCP National Conscience Party
    National Chairman: Yunusa Tanko
    National Secretary: Ayodele Akele
    National Treasurer: V.C. Odumejemba Esq
    National Financial Secretary: Amina Mohammed
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Jonathan Edehbru
    Address: 1, Younde Street, Wuse Zone 6, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08033144131

    39. NDCP Nigeria Democratic Congress Party
    National Chairman: Charles Idehen
    National Secretary: Abdulkareem Salisu Matori
    National Treasurer: Esther Nkese Nya Effiom
    National Financial Secretary: Peacock Ise Ogbebor
    National Legal Adviser: Oluwaseto Oluseto Franklin
    Address: 28 Tunis Street Wuse Zone 6
    Phone Number: 09025288682, 08137855974

    40. NDLP National Democratic Liberty Party
    National Chairman: Alh. Umar Mohammed Maizabura
    National Secretary: Chief Agomoyo
    National Treasurer:
    National Financial Secretary:
    National Legal Adviser:
    Address:
    Phone Number:

    41. NEPP Nigeria Elements Progressive Party
    National Chairman: ?
    National Secretary: ?
    National Treasurer: ?
    National Financial Secretary:
    National Legal Adviser
    Address
    Phone Number

    42. NGP New Generation Party of Nigeria
    National Chairman: Dr. Yakubu Shendam
    National Secretary: Alh. Mohammed Abdu
    National Treasurer: Alexander Naalong Danjuma
    National Financial Secretary: Alh. Shettima Naramai
    National Legal Adviser: Gbehe Cornelius Aondowase
    Address: No 9B, 61/63 Road, Aliko Dangote Crescent, Gwarinpa-Abuja
    Phone Number: 08184995001, 08060519785

    43. NIP National Interest Party
    National Chairman: Atuedide Eunice Uche Julian
    National Secretary: Oluwafikayo Seun Adeyemi
    National Treasurer: Hadiza Hussien Abdullahi
    National Financial Secretary: Abdulkadir Bello Ahmed
    National Legal Adviser: Sani Abass
    Address: Suite 101, NCWS Building, Area 11, Garki, FCT, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08144246272; 08034888493

    44. NNPP New Nigeria Peoples Party
    National Chairman: Dr. B.O Aniebonam
    National Secretary: Major Gilbert Agbo
    National Treasurer: Nasir A. Abubakar
    National Financial Secretary: Eugene Nweke
    National Legal Adviser: Bar. Nura Abdullahi
    Address: Plot MF 01, SDP Layout City, Centre Plaza, Suit G.F.01, Cadastral Area, Behind Noble Height Academy , Karu FCT, Abuja.
    Phone Number: 08037133594

    45. NPC Nigeria Peoples Congress
    National Chairman: Barr. Suleiman Ahmed Akasawua
    National Secretary: Abdulmalik Abdulrahman
    National Treasurer: Olayinka Olajide
    National Financial Secretary: Nelson Samuel
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Timothy Kyuga
    Address: Peace Park Suite D4/5 Plot 749, Utako Abuja
    Phone Number: 08035963971

    46. NPM New Progressive Movement
    National Chairman: Mustapha Bala Getso
    National Secretary: Umma Abdullahi
    National Treasurer: Eze Charles Chinedu
    National Financial Secretary: Gift Yusuf Shallangwa
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Folorunsho Olufemi
    Address: Hillside Plaza, 2nd Floor, Room A202 AYA Junction, Asokoro, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08033668262; 07037477315

    47. NRM National Rescue Movement
    National Chairman: Sen. Saidu Muhammed Dansadau
    National Secretary: Barr. Chinedum Odenyi
    National Treasurer: Umar Mustapha
    National Financial Secretary: Aliyu Safiyanu
    National Legal Adviser: Olayinka Adebola Abiose
    Address: Plot 188 American International School Rd, Off Oladipo Diva Express way by Games Village, Durumi District, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08033117340; 08037038721

    48. NUP National Unity Party
    National Chairman: Chief Perry Opara
    National Secretary: ?
    National Treasurer: ?
    National Financial Secretary
    National Legal Adviser
    Address
    Phone Number: ?

    49. PANDEL People’s Alliance for National Development & Liberty
    National Chairman: Amb. Abah Lewis Elaigwu
    National Secretary: Elder Mike Omohimua
    National Treasurer: Kantiok Peter Luke
    National Financial Secretary: Effiong Akpan Okoro
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Joe Kekong
    Address: 9 Abdou Diof Off Kwame Nkruma St, Asokoro, Abuja, Nigeria
    Phone Number: 08176558660, 08023500479

    50. PDC People For Democratic Change
    National Chairman: Alhaji Mudi M. Waziri
    National Secretary: Barr. Benjamin Emeka Igwe
    National Treasurer: Chief Udo Uduak Asuquo
    National Financial Secretary: Charles Okoroafor
    National Legal Adviser Barr. Ayo Omoleupon
    Address: 2 Bitou Street, off parakou strrt, off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja
    Phone Number; 08023645376

    51. PDM Peoples Democratic Movement
    National Chairman: Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim
    National Secretary: Dr. Joseph O. Akinwumi
    National Treasurer: Gagogo Emmanuel
    National Financial Secretary: Aku Cecilia Betzom
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Kabiru Umaru Dodo
    Address: 72 Mississippi Street, Maitama – Abuja
    Phone Number: 08082678233

    52. PDP Peoples Democratic Party
    National Chairman: Prince Uche Secondus
    National Secretary:
    National Treasurer:
    National Financial Secretary:
    National Legal Adviser:
    Address Wadata Plaza , Michael Okpara Way , Zone 5, Wuse, Abuja
    Phone Number

    53. PPA Progressive Peoples Alliance
    National Chairman: Chief Peter Ameh
    National Secretary: Kehinde Edun
    National Treasurer: Mrs. Akpa Elizabeth
    National Financial Secretary: Lawrence Ade
    National Legal Adviser: Otanwa John
    Address: Warri Street, off Emeka Anyoku Street, Area 11, Garki, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08023137834, 08094472176

    54. PPC Providence People’s Congress
    National Chairman: Benson Adeton
    National Secretary: Sanjo Hamzat
    National Treasurer: Okpala Emeka Kenneth
    National Financial Secretary: Olokode Adenike
    National Legal Adviser: ?
    Address: ?
    Phone Number: 08037141200; 08035854586

    55. PPN Peoples Party of Nigeria
    National Chairman: Hon. Razak Eyiowuawi
    National Secretary: Alh. Garba Ibrahim Yakasai
    National Treasurer: Engr. Eno Enang
    National Financial Secretary: Alh. Saidu Bello Abubakar
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Adamu Kana
    Address: House 43, 6th Avenue, Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja Model City.
    Phone Number: 07037674661/ 08062471148

    56. PPP Peoples Progressive Party
    National Chairman: Dr. Damian Uzoma Ogbonna
    National Secretary: Mrs. Vera Oseni
    National Treasurer: Hon. Richard Benson Echigbue
    National Financial Secretary: Abubakar Aliyu Ibrahim
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Chibuzor C. Ezike
    Address: Block D, Suite 20 Efab Plaza Extension Area 11 Garki Abuja
    Phone Number: 08034213272, 07033777573

    57. PRP Peoples Redemption Party
    National Chairman: Alhaji Balarabe Musa
    National Secretary: ?
    National Treasurer
    National Financial Secretary
    National Legal Adviser
    Address
    Phone Number

    58. PT People’s Trust
    National Chairman: Ahmed Muh. Sani
    National Secretary: Umar Khalifa Mohammed
    National Treasurer: Aliyu Abubakar
    National Financial Secretary: Manir Tukur
    National Legal Adviser: Dayo Godwin
    Address: ?
    Phone Number: 07037126716, 08166814254

    59. RBNP Re-build Nigeria Party
    National Chairman: Chief Japhet Anyanwu
    National Secretary: Hon. Musa Abutu
    National Treasurer Silifat Usman Oyiza
    National Financial Secretary: Hon. Larry Badmus
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Nweke Chukwudi
    Address: House No. 26 Ficus Benjamin Street, Gaduwa Estate, Abuja, FCT
    Phone Number: 08033410691; 08033921880

    60. RP Restoration Party of Nigeria
    National Chairman: Nsehe Nseobong
    National Secretary: Zino Aliru
    National Treasurer: Abubakar Jaafar Dabawa
    National Financial Secretary: Joy Joseph Omor
    National Legal Adviser: F. O. Wainwei
    Address: 5 Jerusalem Street, Old Kutunku Gwagwalada, Abuja, Nigeria
    Phone Number: 09035598566; 08036977730

    61. SDP Social Democratic Party
    National Chairman: Chief. Olu Falae
    National Secretary: Dr. Sadiq Umar Abubakar
    National Treasurer: Chief. Clarkson Nnaji
    National Financial Secretary: Alh. Lawan Kassim Funtua
    National Legal Adviser: Chief. Dr. Robson Momoh
    Address: Plot 2105 Herbert Macaulay Way, Opp. Sky Memorial Plaza, Block B3, Wuse zone 6, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08036203435/ 08089367398

    62. SNP Sustainable National Party
    National Chairman: Kayode Arimoro Michael
    National Secretary: Yusuf Ibrahim
    National Treasurer: Jummai Yewande Maha
    National Financial Secretary: Yau Isah
    National Legal Adviser: Ifunanya Anemalechi
    Address: No 1 K 2nd Avenue Kado Mbinko, Gwarinpa, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08065308089; 08065977831

    63. SPN Socialist Party of Nigeria
    National Chairman: Mrs. Segun Sango
    National Secretary: Mr. Chinedu Bosah
    National Treasurer: Basir Razaq Tanko
    National Financial Secretary:
    National Legal Adviser: ?
    Address: No. 42 Adetokunbo Ademola Street Wuse II Abuja.
    Phone Number: 08023180522

    64. UDP United Democratic Party
    National Chairman: ?
    National Secretary: Barr. Godson Okoye
    National Treasurer: ?
    National Financial Secretary: ?
    National Financial Secretary:
    National Legal Adviser: Tony Ogbulafor
    Address: 6 Gnassingbe Eyedema Street, Asokoro District, Abuja
    Phone Number: 08033113639/ 08055302788

    65. UPN Unity Party of Nigeria
    National Chairman: Prof. Bankole Okuwa
    National Secretary: Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi Sokoto
    National Treasurer: Engr. Okey Nwaneri
    National Financial Secretary: ?
    National Legal Adviser:
    Address: Block 10, Flat 1, Amasuma Close, Area 2, Section 1, Garki – Abuja
    Phone Number: 08022179684/ 0703559449

    66. UPP United Progressive Party
    National Chairman: Chief Chekwas Okorie
    National Secretary: Barr. Bello Umar
    National Treasurer: Prince O.N.C. Akanagbu
    National Financial Secretary: Alh. Ibrahim Sulaiman
    National Legal Adviser: Barr. Agbo Agbo
    Address: The Dome N-Glory Centre, Plot 412, Cadestral Zone, CBD, Abuja
    Phone Number: 07030521292

    67. YDP Young Democratic Party
    National Chairman: Barr. Georgina Dakpokpo
    National Secretary: Hon. Bolaji Oni
    National Treasurer: Hon. Adex Adetula
    National Financial Secretary: Hon. Ahmad Kawu
    National Legal Adviser: Bar. Ugo Nwofor
    Address: No. 12 ubiaja Crescent, Garki 2, Abuja.
    Phone Number: 09098432977

    68. YPP Young Progressive Party
    National Chairman: Comrade Bishop Amakiri
    National Secretary: Barr. Vidiyeno Bamaiyi
    National Treasurer: Usman Haruna
    National Financial Secretary: Amechi Chidi Charles
    National Legal Adviser: Lagi Innocent
    Address: Block 10, Flat No. 1 Benue Crescent, Area 1, Garki Abuja
    Phone Number: 08100005566, 07050505010

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  • Looters blackmailing Buhari on Benue killings, others – Shehu, presidential spokesperson

    Looters blackmailing Buhari on Benue killings, others – Shehu, presidential spokesperson


    The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in this interview with OLALEKAN ADETAYO, talks about the recent killings in Benue and Taraba states, among others

    The governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, said he alerted President Muhammadu Buhari to the imminent attack in Benue State before it later happened on January 1. Can you confirm the receipt of that intelligence?

    This is not true. In any case, the Office of the Vice-President has already shown that there is no truth to the claims made by the governor.

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    This notwithstanding, it is noteworthy that the police had before now put Benue State on red alert. The Army had mobilised to Benue and for some time, a lot of attacks had been averted. When this attack you mentioned happened, there was a prompt response from the security services and arrests were made. The promptness of the response has been acknowledged by the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, and the state governor did not dispute what the Tor Tiv said when the President met with Benue leaders on Monday.

    Before now, the President had issued prompt directives to security agencies on the security situation in the country.  He made this clear in his August 21, 2017 broadcast to the nation. In that broadcast, the President asked security agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last months be a reason for them to relax. He said terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of Nigerians could live in peace and safety. He went further to say that apart from the fight against Boko Haram, this administration will tackle kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes, in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. So the President’s stand on the matter is clear.

    Gov Ortom specifically said he wrote to inform the then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that he had information that some herdsmen were planning to attack Benue and that he also told President Buhari after his return from his medical vacation in the United Kingdom, but nothing was done. Why did the President Buhari-led government ignore the warnings?

    I have just told you that the Office of the Vice-President issued a statement debunking this claim. You may which to refer to that press release on the issue.

    The governor also said he informed the National Security Adviser and the Department of State Services about the imminent attack but that there was no response. How do you relate that with President Buhari’s claims that he is committed to protecting all Nigerians?

    We cannot speak for the NSA or the DSS.  Nonetheless, President Buhari’s avowed commitment to protecting Nigerians remains unshaken and is not in doubt.

    Some Nigerians are wondering why the President has not visited Benue and Taraba states since the killings. Does he think it is not important?

    No. The most important thing is to act and not play politics with the unfortunate and despicable incidents. If he wanted to play politics, the President would have caught a plane and gone there. We are dealing with security issues that require tact, strategy and decisiveness.  That is how to deal with them and that is what the President is doing. The problems cannot be solved with newspaper headlines and Facebook posts.

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    Many people are also of the view that deploying the Inspector-General of Police in Benue State may not be all that is needed because the attack has spread to other states like Taraba. What happened to intelligence gathering and being proactive in this country?

    The escalation of the herdsmen and farmers’ clashes can be traced back to the last decade. The conflict has been there since the existence of the country. The difference here is that this is the first time someone has openly put coffins on display in articulated vehicles, accompanied by weeping women and children and conducted the funeral at the IBB Square, Makurdi.  The President is opposed to the drama around the loss of precious human lives.

    Why was it easy for the government to have Operation Python Dance in the South-East but failed to have a major exercise like that in the Middle Belt to fish out killer herdsmen?

    The python dance was a military training exercise. It was not to suppress the Indigenous People of Biafra. The operation was one of six military exercises – one for each of the geo-political zones budgeted for by the military and appropriated by the National Assembly for the fiscal year. It was a mere coincidence that there was an escalation of IPOB activities about the same time.

    Some Nigerians have described the recent attacks as a conspiracy by the Fulani to take over the country and have their way. How would you react to Nigerians who say the attitude of this government to killer-herdsmen confirms such a conspiracy?

    It is a mistaken belief. We issued a statement on January 9 to address this. In that press release, we mentioned that while there are many Nigerians who see the conflict between the nomadic herdsmen and peasant farmers as an ethnic problem, others point to religious differences and agenda.  We then made it clear that the President does not subscribe to such simplistic reductionism. We said that President Buhari holds the view, as do many experts, that these conflicts are more often than not, as a result of major demographic changes in Nigeria.  We cited an example that when Nigeria attained independence, the population of the country was estimated at about 63,000,000.  Today, the population is estimated at close to 200,000,000; while the land size has not changed and will not change.  Urban sprawl and development have simply reduced land area, both for peasant farming and cattle grazing.

    We then said it was both unfair and unkind, for anyone to keep insinuating that the President was condoning the spate of killings in Benue and other neighbouring states. We stand by that our statement.

    If you say there is no conspiracy, how then do you explain that the heads of the Army, Police, DSS, Immigration, Customs, NIA, the National Security Adviser, Minister of Defence, Minister of Interior, head of prisons, Air Force chief are all northerners?

    Every northerner is not Fulani, herdsman, Muslim or Christian. Don’t mix apples with oranges. The appointment of Service Chiefs is like something revolving, swinging in favour of one region and another. In all situations, the most important consideration is the ability to retain the confidence of the Commander-in-Chief and carry out missions assigned successfully.

    Now that the government is proposing cattle colonies, what would happen in states like Benue and Ekiti where the governors have kicked against the move?

    The policy is still a proposal. Nothing is settled. The President’s avowed position is that Nigerians should be accommodating of one another. He will not permit ethnic cleansing. Nobody will be expelled from Nigeria on the basis of ethnicity, religion or region. Nigeria has always had crop and animal agriculture and it will continue to do so. The President is determined to find a permanent solution to the problem.

    Is there a way the Federal Government would pacify such states or would it push the National Assembly to tinker with the Land Use Act that vests the ownership of all lands in the state?

    The Federal Ministry of Agriculture has promised that it will table before the Federal Executive Council a new policy on agriculture and Agric-infrastructure. Let us wait for it.

    The argument of some people who have opposed the creation of cattle colonies is that herdsmen are businessmen and so they should sort themselves out the way other business persons do. Is the government giving concession to herdsmen because the President is their leader?

    Change will come. How soon or quickly can we bring these changes without disrupting peace in the country?  As a long-term goal, cattle ranches are the ideal and more profitable. But we need a roadmap that does not alienate (anyone) but carries everyone along.

    Some notable Nigerians have said that the happenings in the country, especially the wanton killings by herdsmen, could lead to another civil war if not handled properly. Do you honestly think the President has handled the matter in a way that is satisfactory to the victims and the states affected by the attacks?

    The President has handled security issues in the country as best as anyone can handle them. He is being blackmailed on security issues by the beneficiaries of a rotten old order, who are the real losers in an environment in which corruption, impunity and theft are being fought. Those who stole N2tn from oil subsidies every year; those who stole crude oil, sold it abroad and pocketed the proceedings, powerful men and women who stole N200bn from the federal pensions and salaries; these are the enemies of the people. They are just blackmailing the President. Their pain is that they have been deprived of what they are used to. The message they are sending is ‘we are already starving, how can we survive four more years of Buhari’s government?’ Nigeria is not in danger of a civil war. It is in the throes of the larceny and the insatiable greed of political elite that has fed on a previous economy that rewarded laziness and theft.

    Seven governors met with the President behind closed doors last Friday and after the meeting, the governors were talking about supporting Buhari for 2019. Some Nigerians saw that as highly insensitive at a time when the country was mourning. How would you react to that?

    Nobody is happy that we lost lives and the President is still in grief. But when you put this question to those who are arguing to replace him, what do they say to you? Is anyone thinking of banning the freedom of expression? Not this government.

    Despite his age and alleged ineptitude, is it fair for people to ask him to recontest?

    The President is back and in good health. He is fit and strong enough to continue his good work as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The President cannot be adjudged to be incompetent by any measure. This government has recovered billions of naira and millions of US dollars in the fight against corruption. The assets recovery at home and abroad is unprecedented. This government has stopped Boko Haram from bombing major cities and expelled them from the so-called Islamic caliphate. (There is) the diversification of the economy from its over-reliance on oil to other sources of revenue leading to food security in just two years. President Buhari’s vision has unleashed infrastructure revolution aimed at redressing cumulative years of neglect. The President is very competent.

    There was a newspaper report that showed when the President said he only needed one term. Did the President ever say that?

    Not to my knowledge. The Constitution of the country, which allows two terms for an elected President, rises above any such permutations or concessions, even if anyone made them. In any case, we heard from the All Progressives Congress in Kano and the South-East and some state chapters will go to the extent of suing the President, should he decline to take a second-term ticket.

    Now that the SIndependent National Electoral Commission has released the guidelines for next year’s election, when will the President make known his decision whether to contest or not?

    Whatever will come will be in accordance with INEC timetable.

    This government recently appointed some dead persons into boards of some agencies, whose fault was it?

    We had a problem, we are solving it. A few days from now, ministers will start inaugurating the new boards.

    The Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, said the President would carry out restructuring in his second term. Is that the plan?

    The APC manifesto makes it clear that the government in power will undertake devolution of power. If that is what restructuring means, the President will abide by it.

    A northerner in the person of Mr. Boss Mustapha was appointed to replace the sacked SGF, Babachir Lawal, who is also a northerner. Nigerians felt it was okay. But many people are unhappy that a northerner, Ahmed Abubakar, was appointed to replace the sacked National Intelligence Agency Director-General, Ayo Oke, who is from the South-West. They say the President makes it so obvious that he is a sectional leader. How would you respond to that?

    The NIA Director-General is not a ‘political position’ per se. It is a highly professional and technical office. The day this country starts appointing heads of security agencies on the basis of ethnicity, religion or region, will be the end of those organisations. NIA is not a tribal organisation. It is an intelligence agency. Only those who are prepared for the job are appointed. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar is a perfect fit, who is most qualified for the job. He has occupied various top public offices in the agency in the course of which he received several awards. He left voluntarily to go to the United Nations as a Director. When he retired, he was appointed as a senior adviser in the Multinational Joint Task Force regional coalition of countries for the fight against Boko Haram and other trans-border security threats in the region. There is no doubt at all as to Mr. Abubakar’s qualifications for the job and that is what is most important. Until Mr. Abubakar’s appointment at the NIA, he worked directly with President Buhari as a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs/International Relations. He travelled with the President and sat at his meetings with foreign leaders for more than two years. In my layman’s view, advising the President on the important subject of international relations is a far more challenging responsibility than being a DG. But I believe that the President, having worked closely with him, may have used his own assessment of the officer’s competence and personal integrity to choose him above several others to go and undertake this new assignment. Allegations of his dual nationality are false and malicious. It is not true that he is married to a foreigner. His wife is a Nigerian, and this can be verified by simply going to his house. Considering the sensitive nature of the NIA DG’s appointment, President Buhari could not but appoint someone with whom he felt comfortable. Every President should be comfortable with his security chiefs. I think that Nigerians should not read any untoward meaning into President Buhari’s appointment of Mr. Abubakar and disregard the agitations in the media emanating from sources with ulterior motives and vested interests.

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  • Edo agog as APC receives PDP Reps member, ex-PDP Guber aspirant, followers

    Edo agog as APC receives PDP Reps member, ex-PDP Guber aspirant, followers


    The Edo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) dealt a big blow to the camp of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state on Friday, with the decamping of major PDP heavyweights, including Member representing Egor/Ikpoba Okha Federal Constituency, Honourable Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma and former gubernatorial aspirant of the PDP, Matthew Iduoriyekemwen.

    Edo State Chairman, All Progressives Congress

    The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki led the party leadership to receive Hon. Agbonayinma and Hon. Iduoriyekemwen and their followers at its Mega Rally, which hosted party chieftains and members across the state, at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

    Governor Obaseki, who welcomed the new members of the party, said that they have further swelled the ranks of the party to become an indomitable force in the state, adding that they would enjoy all due benefits as party members.

    He maintained that the infrastructural development witnessed in the state is the result of the solid foundation laid by his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

    According to him, “Edo is working today, because Oshiomhole laid the foundation. Edo people have not seen anything yet. We will continue to demonstrate efforts in sustaining good governance.

    “I am making effort to attract investors to the state as this administration is committed to building the biggest industrial park in Nigeria. On our promise to facilitate job opportunities and engage 200, 000 youths, we will achieve that before the year 2020.”

    He assured that a modular refinery will be built in the state as part of the outcome for his recent visit to China, promising to replicate development in every local government in the state.

    On his part, Oshiomhole said that the action of the decampees to Edo APC reinforces the total clearing and cleansing of the opposition in the state, who, according to him, balkanised the state almost beyond repair.

    He stressed that the APC is running on the principle of social democracy, making a case for the state chapter of the party to reclaim Delta State from the PDP, to extend the developmental strides to their brothers and sisters with whom they formed the old Bendel State.

    He said, “Our aim in APC is to transfer power to the people as we have successfully taken power from the few who claimed to be godfathers and impoverished the masses.

    On the charge for the state APC to advance into Delta State, he said, “Together, we will sweep whatever is left out of Edo State and Delta. Comrades, we have secured Edo State, now we must advance to Delta.

    In the spirit of Bendel, which was governed by the late Samuel Ogbemudia, we must carry more brooms to Asaba and sweep all the way to Warri and install an APC governor in Asaba, so that the resources of Asaba can be used for the benefit of Deltans.”

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  • INEC registers 74 million voters

    INEC registers 74 million voters


    The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, says the commission has 74 million voters in its register by the second week of January.

    The INEC Director of Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, made the fact known in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

    Osaze-Uzzi quoted Yakubu as making the fact known at the 15th edition of the Daily Trust Dialogue, where he was represented by INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Solomon Soyebi.

    The chairman said the figure was expected to reach between 80 and 85 million by 2019 because of the on-going nationwide Continuous Voter Registration.

    He assured Nigerians that only their votes would determine the 2019 general elections and beyond.

    Yakubu noted that there had been a lot of improvement in the electoral process since the current commission came on board.

    He said the commission was not unmindful of the enormous responsibility of conducting elections in a democracy.

    He said INEC would continue to engage all stakeholders to ensure an all-inclusive process.

    The INEC chairman stressed the commission’s resolve to adhere strictly to the timelines provided in the recently released Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 general elections.

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  • Oredo LG poll: Former Chairman, Ohaneze Ndigbo, endorse Tom

    Oredo LG poll: Former Chairman, Ohaneze Ndigbo, endorse Tom


    BENIN-CITY—FORMER Chairman of Oredo Local Government Area, Mr Osaro Obaze, the Oredo Local Government Area chapter of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria, Edo State chapter, have endorsed Dr Tom Obaseki for chairman of Oredo Local Government Area in the forthcoming March 3, 2018 Local Government election.

    INEC PVCs

    It would be recalled that Obaseki had Wednesday picked his expression of interest form and nomination form for the chairmanship election in Oredo and assured of his readiness to key into the ongoing reforms in the Local Government Areas embarked upon by governor Godwin Obaseki.

    Speaking to Vanguard, Obaze asserted that “Looking at the people who intends to contest, Tom is one of the most qualified. He has been a constant factor in the Local Government, he is very creative and very vast in the area of generating income. As a matter of fact, now that the economic situation is tough, we need somebody like that to lead Oredo.

    In a letter endorsing Obaseki, the Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria, said they will mobilize their supporters across the entire wards in Oredo to ensure victory for Obaseki, whom they described as one of the most credible aspirants in the race.

    “His antecedents speaks for him and that is why we want him. Oredo is the hub of Benin City and the biggest Local Government Area in the state, therefore we need a man with the requisite credentials, the experience and the academic prowess to lead the council. We are happy with the reforms Governor Obaseki embarked upon in the councils and it is our believe that Tom Obaseki will consolidate on that and expand the scope to the betterment of the people of Oredo” it stated.

    Ohaneze Ndigbo in a statement, signed by Eze Luke Abbas, said: “we have known Tom Obaseki for many years now and he has excelled in everything he laid his hands on.

     

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  • [ICYMI] Herdsmen killings: Buhari lacks power to remove Ortom, says SAN

    [ICYMI] Herdsmen killings: Buhari lacks power to remove Ortom, says SAN


    Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

    A Senior Advocate of Nigeria and legal books author, Mr. Sebastine Hon, has said the speculation for a likely declaration of a state of emergency in Benue State following the killings by Fulani herdsmen was baseless.

    Hon, a citizen of Benue State, said, in a statement, that the speculation that President Muhammadu Buhari could remove the Governor of Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom, to enforce the declaration of the state of emergency, lacked constitutional backing.

    The statement titled, ‘A capital ‘NO’ to a state of emergency in Benue State’, read in part, “The social media is agog with speculations that the Presidency will soon declare a state of emergency in Benue State. Some of the media postings are suggestive of the ‘power’ of the President to overthrow the governmental structures in that state and to replace same with a Sole Administrator.

    “Such speculation, though social media blogs, cannot be dismissed with a wave of the hand, in view, especially, of the orchestrated violent demonstrations in Makurdi on Saturday by the Hausa-Fulani, two days after the burial of the victims of the New Year massacre.

    “The power to proclaim a state of emergency by the Presidency is provided for by Section 305 of the 1999 Constitution; and there is nothing in that provision, clear or latent, which imbues the President, or any authority for that matter, with any scintilla of power to remove or overthrow elected or appointed state officials. There being no such enabling provision, therefore, such arbitrary power cannot be implied; and if exercised, will be clearly illegal and unlawful.”

    Hon explained that Section 1(2) of the Constitution provides in clear terms that “The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed, nor shall any person or group of persons take control of the government of Nigeria or any part thereof, except in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.”

    He argued, “The phrases ‘any person or group of persons’ and ‘any part thereof’ above mean that no authority or group of persons shall, under any guise whatsoever, take control of, in this case, Benue State, except as provided for in the Constitution itself.

    “And of course, the only way a state governor can be removed from office or can vacate his office is by impeachment, death, sickness of such a magnitude as to impair him from performing the functions of his office, or by resignation.

    “A state House of Assembly also has its constitutional lifespan, which cannot be trammeled or tempered with by any person or authority.

    “Under our constitutional jurisprudence, therefore, both the appointer and the appointee to the office or position of Sole Administrator of a state will be acting in flagrant breach Section 1(2) and other relevant provisions of the Constitution.”

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  • HANDSHAKE ACROSS THE NIGER: Igbo, Yoruba can do much for Nigeria — Chris Anyanwu

    HANDSHAKE ACROSS THE NIGER: Igbo, Yoruba can do much for Nigeria — Chris Anyanwu


    AWARD winning broadcast journalist turned media entrepreneur and politician, Senator Chris Anyanwu was at last Thursday’s summit of Yoruba and Igbo leaders in Enugu, themed, Handshake Across The Niger.
    In this interview she reviews the meeting and asserts the need for more of such collaborations for Nigeria to realise its potentials. Excerpts:

    *Anyanwu

    By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor

    Did the meeting realise its objective?

    Yes, it surpassed its objectives. I didn’t expect to have the kind of level of attendance, the quality of attendance and also as one that has observed Nigeria for a while; I saw something very refreshing. It was like the opening of the heart, people who came there came with an open heart. It looked like people were genuine in their handshake, in their attempt to reach out to the other.

    Some saw it as an ethnic gang-up.

    That is pessimism. There are people who will always see something negative in everything that people do, always looking at motives and all that. I don’t care about motives, I don’t read people’s hearts, what I concentrate on is desire, if these two people who had not been really having genuine talks, had not been relating well and because of that it has not been well for Nigeria, if relationships could be ironed out and they can relate genuinely and honestly; then people can live and let live, then people can come together to do positive things, it will benefit Nigeria. Why would Nigeria not benefit?

    What is the purpose of ethnic gang-up? To do what? That is looking at it from the destructive view point, but I am looking at the positive side of it.

    Why did you choose the Yoruba and not the Hausa-Fulani?

    Our governors have been talking, but the Igbo and the Yoruba have not had any formal talks. And I think it is time for the people themselves to talk and that is what happened, to bring the people from both sides to sit down and talk because this had never happened before because of history and misunderstandings. A lot of things that happened in the past and all that. Even the Aguiyi-Ironis – Fajuyi incident, people did not understand it in the correct sense, did not see the heroism and patriotism of Fajuyi; all that was misunderstood, and because of that it did shape the kind of relationship between the two.

    So, we think that it is time to begin to talk and begin to see ways the two can work together for the good of the nation. If these two formidable blocs should come together and work for the good of this nation, Nigeria will be better for it. Other groups and minorities are looking for leadership.

    As for the North; yes we have talked with the South-South, we have talked with the Southwest, and later, maybe we will go and talk with the North. If we encourage all parts of the country, all blocs to talk with their neighbours, if there were better conversations happening between let’s say the Middle Belt and their neighbours, maybe we would not be having the bloodbath that is going on now.

    It is a positive example that others should take up and run with.

    The Northwest should talk with Northeast, and if they feel like talking with people in the South, they should do so and on and on it goes.

    No nation can survive with unending trouble. Look at how they are doing. Human life has been devalued in Nigeria; life doesn’t mean a thing. I think this will help if people begin to talk and try to understand each other instead of sitting down in one corner and building suspicion and building all kinds of imaginations and reasons why people did this or did that.

    So what positive things have you taken away from this meeting?

    Do you know that there are a lot of people in the Southwest who had never stepped in the Southeast? The people of the Southeast had their fears as well. We are beginning to break down those fears, those fears that cause distrust and bad relations and to begin to feel that those things that hold us together are far more than the things that put us apart.

    Now people are coming up with all sorts of studies and that there are some connections between the Yoruba and the Igbo. We don’t know how far it will go and maybe people they will say we are from the same gene pool and we have been killing each other these many years! This is the beginning of what can be.

    The president of Ohanaeze has opened the door and said look, ‘my brothers come and invest here in the Southeast.’

    Who says that they don’t let anybody in? The doors are wide open, you are welcome, come and invest here just as we invest in your part of the country.

    Some of these ideas years back were unthinkable, but we are joined in one long chain of humanity, and we can work together. You can go there. Fajuyi’s daughter went and visited the place where she was born. It is the beginning of something positive. There are a lot of positive things that can come from it.

    There was a conspicuous absence of political office holders especially governors.

    This was not planned as a political event. What I saw was a fantastically well coordinated, well-attended event. It was a people’s event, and it was meant to reach the people, ordinary people. The political class was just to dignify the event.

    If the governor of Ebonyi who is the leader of the Southeast governors decided to boycott it, he had his reasons because he was quickly involved. A delegation was sent to him earlier on what it was about, he requested for some information and later when they gave it to him, he now resorted to excuses that it was late and all that.

    I still don’t think that was the way to approach it. Our governors must know that they are elected by the people. I think that they should be more circumspect in how they respond to this situation.

    This is the second time that they are doing things like this and I don’t think that it augurs well.

    I know that there must have been some pressures from somewhere, but then we understand that political survival is important especially in an election year.

    We understand that, and we don’t hold it against them as such, but I didn’t think that it was necessary to make a big splash about it in the media. It is unnecessary. The others sent their deputy governors, and that was acceptable.

    So, how do you think such collaborations would help in addressing the national question?

    It is going to help break down the resistance, the ossified negative feeling between groups and groups.

    In recent years, everybody has been pulling back to their villages; it is my village versus your village, my town versus your town, your tribe versus my tribe.

    That is retrogression; we are not making progress, we are going back, we are disgracing our founding fathers. By now, we should have taken Nigeria light years ahead; the world is moving fast, leaving us behind, into our tribes. It is disgraceful; such discussions will help breakdown the negative feelings and begin to melt down those feelings and begin the journey towards moulding a nation.

    But if we continue the way we are and the insularity is leading to a point where we don’t even feel that our neighbours should have their lives…it is not going to lead us anywhere. The only way out is for people to begin to sit down in small networks and keep talking and ironing out their differences, that is the way to go.

    Are you likely to approach the government in Abuja on the issues raised from your meeting?

    Well, I can’t say because truly I am not the flag bearer of the project. They will meet and talk about how to take it forward, but I am sure of that at some point.

    Where is the handshake going on from here?

    There are many handshakes that are going to be taking place on different levels.

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  • Buhari to lead Nigerian delegation to AU summit

    Buhari to lead Nigerian delegation to AU summit


    President Muhammadu Buhari would lead Nigerian delegation to the 30th Ordinary Session of Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government summit in Addis Ababa next week.

    The Spokesman, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Tiwatope Elias-Fatile, made this known on Wednesday in Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen.

    He said the ordinary session would hold between Jan. 28 and Jan. 29.

    Elias-Fatile added that the President would bring the issue of anti-corruption to the fore at the Summit.

    He explained that the 2017 Ordinary Session on Anti-Corruption endorsed Buhari to champion AU anti-corruption for 2018 with the theme “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”

    According to him, the endorsement by AU is as a result of the giant strides made by the present administration in the fight against corruption.

    He noted that “it is going to be very engaging and a defining moment for Nigeria as Africa and the global community will be looking up to Nigeria to provide a commitment and the needed leadership.

    “This is to surmount one of the major obstacles that is hindering Africa’s transformation and economic development which is corruption.”

    The spokesman added that programmes had been lined up to galvanize support for the fight against corruption during the summit.

    He said “this followed the realisation that countries in Africa lose billions of dollars each year through corruption.

    “So, the continent is widely considered among corrupt places, a factor seen as contributing to distorted development and impoverishment of many African states.”

    He announced that President Buhari would also deliver a brief declaration, followed by the official unveiling of the logo of “Project 2018.”

    He said that on the sideline of the event, there would be a meeting of Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS and Joint African Union Commission Roll Back Malaria High Level Briefing, among others.

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  • Killings: Buhari should’ve visited Benue, not elders coming to Aso Villa – Shehu Sani

    Killings: Buhari should’ve visited Benue, not elders coming to Aso Villa – Shehu Sani


    By Anthony Ogbonna

    Senator representing Kaduna Central under the All Progressives Congress (APC) party, Senator Shehu Sani, has said that Benue state elders shouldn’t have visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa over the recent killings of their indigenes by Fulani herdsmen. He said instead, it as the president that ought to have visited them in their state to sympathise with them.

    Shehu Sanni

    Senator Sani gave the comment when he spoke on Channels TV on Wednesday.

    According to him, it has always been an African tradition that when a man is bereaved, it is people that come visiting to condole with him and not the other way round.

    The Senator however maintained that President Buhari should send a special delegation to Benue state to condole with them if he cannot go there in person to condole with them.

    “I believe in our African tradition, when you are bereaved, it is people that visit you, you don’t go visiting people. The Benue elders need to stay at home and the villa should go to Benue and not Benue coming to the villa.

    “When we have a crisis is some parts of the country, it is symbolic to see the leadership of the country moving to that very spotlight, giving the people hope, confidence and assurance. My position is that there is still the need for a special delegation if the President cannot make it, to go to Benue and commiserate with the people,” he said.

    “We are faced with a serious crisis, a national tragedy and a national emergency, one in which hundreds of lives have been lost in different parts of the country. And it is very clear to us that if this issue is not contained or curtailed, it will expand into a national crisis.

    The senator also said the solution to the crisis lies in the court of the president.

    “I believe that if there is any person that the attention is very much needed now, it is the President and the political class, particularly those in the ruling establishment. They have the duty to support and advise, to see how we can bring this to an end.”

    “I have seen this crisis being looked at from a different perspective. Some are seeing it from the sectional, religious and ethnic perspective and that colour the problem. My position is that the Federal Government has the duty to work with the state government and see that this is resolved.”

    “It is very clear to us that what is in the mind, focus and the priority of the political class is the 2019 general elections and people are dying. My call is that the President should put a stop to this; Governors leaving their duty post, coming to the villa every day endorsing the President while the states are burning.

    “So, my position is that the President is the person who should lead the campaign to end this problem.”

     

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  • Nigeria is running a difficult govt – Akande

    Nigeria is running a difficult govt – Akande


    A former Interim National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, says the Presidential System of Government can no longer sustain Nigeria’s growth and success.

    Akande made the remark while addressing a news conference in his country home, Ila, Osun state as part of activities to mark his 79th birthday.

    He said that multi-party parliamentary democracy was the best form of government for Nigeria if it wanted to catch up with the rest of the civilised world.

    Akande, a former governor, said that the American democratic system was too complicated and costly for a country of poor people with large illiteracy rate like Nigeria.

    According to him, the Nigerian nation is currently running a difficult government under an unworkable setup.

    “President Buhari is my friend and I want him to succeed but he is running a difficult system of government.

    “Nigeria’s democracy is a military democracy of sharing and if we continue like this, there is no how we can succeed.

    “Up to this present age, evidence-based analyses has proven parliamentary democracy to be the most accountable transparent form of government in the whole world,’’ he said.

    He said that parliamentary democracy had helped countries like the United Kingdom become rich, stable and respectable globally and also made the very young Israel very strong economically and militarily.

    “It is also transforming India from acute poverty and hunger into self-sufficiency and reliability virtually in all fields.

    “Apart from being transparent and accountable, parliamentary democracy is absolutely inclusive.

    “It appears to be the best form of governmental structure for Nigeria now,’’ he said.

    Akande, a former governor of Osun state maintained that anything less accountable and transparent would not help the development of the country.

    (NAN)

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