Why El-rufai Ordered My Arrest-PDP Director Media Campaign
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Director of Media and Mouth piece of PDP campaign in Kaduna state, presidential, state house of assembly. Hon. Saidu Adamu, has made startling revelations over his recent arrest and detention by DSS, alleging that the clampdown on him and other PDP topnotch was masterminded by Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna state.
The four times former commissioner of information in Kaduna state made the revelations in an interview with our Kaduna correspondent after he was granted bail with a stringent condition
He revealed that Governor El-rufai ordered that he should be arrested for campaigning against Muslim- Muslim ticket (MMT), of his administration, his anticipated successor, Senator Uba Sani and running mate, Mrs. Hadiza Balarabe of the All Progressive Congress (APC), in the state.
Hon. Adamu who confirmed the allegations also explained that PDP is critical against MMT because Kaduna need peace, also adding that’s nowhere in Holy Kora’an that said that only Muslims should be promoted to be leaders, saying all that God want in leadership is equity, fairness and justice, regardless of whatever religion you belonged.
“Well, I was just sitting in my parlor here in the morning, around 9:30 am, the security drove in with four Hillux vehicle and arrested me. When we went to DSS office, they said Governor Nasir El-rufal ordered that I should be arrested.
“I said for what, that I’m preaching for violence because I’ve been talking about Muslim- Muslim ticket. I say well, of course I’ve been talking about Muslim Muslim ticket, and I’ll never stop talking about it.
“I’m a very good Muslim. I don’t womanize, drinks, I don’t do backstabbing, backsliding, I make sure I observed my five daily prayers. I do whatever is possible”, he said.
He also noted that “Islam has enjoined us to be our neighbours brothers keepers. It’s not talking about brother in Islam alone. And nowhere in the kora’an or in Hadish that God say is going to promote only Muslims to be leaders..Capital No.
“What God want in leadership is equity, fairness and justice regardless of whichever religion you must certainly belong.
“El-rufai maybe lucky that in the last 8 years, has not had any religious crisis in Kaduna. I’m happy for him, and most importantly happy for the citizens and residents of Kaduna state for not experiencing this issues.
“I was four times former commissioner of information in Kaduna state at a stretch. I’m aware of what has happen in the past, most especially the one that happens after the election of president Good luck Jonathan in 2011 in the state.
“There was serious crisis which turnout to be between Muslims and Christians. A lots of people lost their lives and properties, and we started living like Sudan with Muslims and Christians in the North and South of the state”, he said.
According to him, “Kaduna belong to all of us. As long as your a Nigerian, you’ve the right to leave in anywhere you want to stay. Whenever you stay more than certain years, you’ve the right to stand for election.
“That was why, in Kaduna South LGA in Kaduna state in 1990, we had Onuobo Okechukwu Madu was a member, who represented Makera constituency in the state house of assembly, an Igbo man and a Christian.
“I was a member of the House in 2004 and I met him. So for what reason has El-rufai or any other person got to start thinking of polarising us.
“So if anybody has the interest of Nigeria at heart you’ll be silly to even think of floating MMT or Christian-Christian ticket (CCT), in any state of the federation.
“But look at what’s happing in Nigeria, APC became so bigot. Their eyes has already close and they want power by all means, and think that using MMT will take them their.
“Literally, they’re saying the Christian votes didn’t matter to them any more. Islam recognized every individual including the pagans.
“Is only ones behavior can make someone thinking of becoming Muslim or Christian. There are Christians in Saudi Arabian. In Jerusalem or Israel where Christians go to Zion, there are more Muslim Jews than Christian Jews, so if you go there, you realize that the Israelite are even more closer to the Muslims because an Israeli would even prefer to be a Muslim than a Christian. Google it and see”, he said.
Hon. Adamu said, “I was told the security that arrested me came from Abuja according to what they told me, I don’t know if they lied to me. I was about taken my bath to attend radio program in freedom radio to enlighten our people on the dangers of electing APC in Kaduna state because they’ve been neglected, everyone, except their immediate families and friends.
There’s nothing wrong in using MMT ticket as campaign against those fielding it, its constitutional. I’ve the right to solicit support of anybody leaving in Kaduna state for votes irrespective of tribe and religion.
“But a situation of taking advantage as more majority against other minority because they’re whoever they’re is unislamic, unfair, unjust Nigerian and unconstitutional.
“Your personal administrations achievement for the 8 eight years should be able to speak for you. If what you’ve done to Kaduna state people at the end of 8 years could not stand tall and work for you to be reelected, it means you’ve been cheating, lying, disagreeing and disenfranchising them.
On whether the arrest and detention will scare him from continue with the anti MMT? Saidu said “Tomorrow I’ve another program. I’ll not stop. I’m not afraid of anybody. Is about humanity and for the people of Kaduna state. For the past 8 year El-rufai has been dealing with the people negatively.
“For the past 8 years over 60, 000 innocent civil servant were sacked from their legitimate offices, and do you know the funny aspect of it, no gratuity, no pension, nothing. These are people that relied on God for the work they’ve been doing.
“He denied them. Some naturally could turn out to be criminal. That’s why we’ve a lots of criminals in Kaduna state. Because people were rendered jobless, hopeless, useless, school fees of their children increased.
He destroy so many markets. Shops, demolished so many houses in Malali, and build a supermarket that are now ghost house because nobody is there to use it after completion.
“El-rifai as a MMT man, he destroy so many mosque, about 30 in Kaduna. Demolish mosque around KASU and replace it with Billboard of APC political party and built none.
We established KASU and the highest fees was N18000- N30,000, and now he increased now N150, 000 minimum.
The ABU established by Sardauna, in 60s is less than N50,000. Funny enough he has not built any mosque himself.
He was afraid to demolish church and no single church was demolished by him. And now is using the same Mallams he demolished their mosque to come and preach MMT so that his boy Uba Sani will come and continue from where he stop.
“He said it, that if Uba Sani comes, he’ll demolish more that he has done. This is why we’re afraid and have to rise up and make sure APC didn’t come back to Nigeria and Kaduna state, because APC is a course, disaster.
“Mallam said Uba will do worse in terms of demolition. Must we continue to demolish our people’s properties? Why we PDP are critical about MMT is because we need peace. Peace has no face, tribes, origin, peace need everyone for peace, progress and development.
“PDP need peace and the Christian indigenes, and some other tribes like Igbos who were born in Kaduna and don’t know any other place as their home. And everybody has equal right of exercising their civic right and franchise. So, why, as a Governor, will he bring or create division”, he worried.
ANTI PARTY ACTIVITIES: Esan Central APC, Suspends Nine Leaders, Appoints Bello
Nine Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Esan Central LGA have been suspended at an extraordinary meeting held this evening at Irrua, the LGA capital.
The suspended leaders include APC State Vice Chairman, Chief Francis Inegbeniki, Esan Central foremost Party Leader, Prince Willy Shaka Momodu, Ward Leader, Hon Abudu Ugbesia, among six others.
The suspended nine APC leaders are alleged to have held a clandestine meeting at a hotel in Eidenu, Irrua on the eve of the House of Assembly election and resolved to work against their party candidate for the House of Assembly election, Hon Victor Edoror. It is alleged that they were induced by the ruling party and their grand conspiracy to disallow Hon Edoror to get into the House and become the Speaker which might scuttle their agenda for Esan governor candidate from Esan Central LGA.
The meeting which was attended enmass by angry members and party executives of the party across the LGA appointed former LGA Councillior, and House of Assembly election aspirant, Hon. Bello Oyaziwolo, as the acting Leader, to oversee the affairs of the party pending the determination of the investigation into the degree of involvement of each of the suspended leader.
Interestingly, the Deputy Leader of the Party in Esan Central LGA and former Vice Chairman of the LGA, Hon Francis Ubene, was exempted from suspension because preliminary investigation revealed that he was in the meeting allegedly called by Chief Inegbeniki, but he refused to agree with their alleged plan to sabotage the election for Hon Edoror because according to him “I have forgiven him and if I have forgiven him, I cannot work against him or the party”.
Speaking with Hon Bello, after the appointment, the new LGA Leader said he was not interested in Leading the party for selfish reasons but would commit himself to helping the party rid itself of betrayals and inept leaders in the LGA and hopefully allow a free process to produce the next LGA Leader.
Delta: Oborevwori’s Victory, A Turning Point, Says Ebireri
Media Consultant, Henry Ebireri, has urged Delta State governor-elect, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori to embark only on programmes that are genuine, attainable, purposeful, durable and people-oriented.
He also urged him to make a significant impact at improving the lot of the masses.
In a statement in Sapele, the media consultant described the March 18 governorship election in Delta State as ‘’’a turning point, a landmark in the history of the oil rich state’’.
He appealed to Oborevwori to steer Delta State in the needed direction.
‘’There is a very high expectation from the governor-elect by the people. He must direct his energy towards inculcating the spirit of self-reliance among the citizenry through economic and empowerment programmes’’
The media professional listed security, youth and women empowerment, agriculture, health, education, infrastructural development, industrial revolution, cultural and tourism rebirth, communication and sports development as key areas to be addressed by the governor-elect.
The statement underscored the future of Delta youths infrastructure and security challenges.
He urged Oborevwori to be fair to all.
He also urged him to recruit only qualified, competent and meritorious hands to help him develop the oil-rich state.
‘’They should be people of integrity, honesty and trust. The team should comprise only tested, dedicated, loyal, courageous, selfless, focused and visionary men and women’’
Ebireri further commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his immense contribution to the political development of Delta State.
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege Rejects INEC’s Declaration of Oborevwori As Winner of Delta Poll
A while ago, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Delta State announced Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, gubernatorial flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect following the March 18 governorship election.
The declaration was made despite the myriad of infractions and acts of impunity on the part of the PDP in the course of the election. These were brought to the attention of INEC with incontrovertible proof.
The March 18 election was characterized by massive fraud, unprecedented vote buying and voter suppression perpetrated by the PDP in the course of the election.
The fraudulent nature of PDP’s so-called victory are just too damning and daring for it to be acceptable in any decent society. Most of those infractions are on the public domain and known to INEC officials and the security agencies involved in superintending the election.
In the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections, the results pointed to an unequivocal rejection of the PDP. Of the three senatorial zones in the state, APC won two while PDP controversially edged out the Labour Party in the Delta North Senate race.
It was an unadulterated verdict of Deltans on how they have fared under 24 years of governance of their state by PDP.
On the basis of the factors listed and more that will come later, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, governorship candidate of the APC in Delta State as well as the leadership of the party, unequivocally reject the declaration by INEC of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori of the PDP as winner of the March 18 governorship election.
We will challenge this fraudulent result using all legal means.
As a democrat and Deputy President of the Senate, Omo-Agege will explore all lawful avenues to reclaim the mandate freely given to him by the good people of Delta State.
To the numerous supporters of APC and the entire public that share in Omo-Agege’s vision of building a new Delta State, we urge you all to remain calm, peaceful and law abiding.
I can assure all our teeming supporters and all Deltans that the PDP pyrrhic celebration of a stolen mandate will be short-lived.
By the grace of God and the clearly expressed wish of the people, this electoral heist will be reversed and Senator Omo-Agege will be sworn in on May 29, 2023 as the lawfully elected Governor of Delta State.
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy President of the Senate and Governorship Candidate of APC, Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege
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