2019: Nigerians 'll vote massively for Buhari -APC *He won't get single vote -Benue leader

By Editor on 10/01/2018

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National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John-Odigie Oyegun has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari is doing all he could to make Nigeria better and that Nigerians would vote him back to power in the next election.

Oyegun said Buhari is always thinking about how he can improve the economy and the lives of Nigerians, adding that the people want him to continue in office.

The APC chairman also declared that ​the party​ has proven that it was better than the ousted PDP administration as the country has been restored to “the path of economic growth”.

Oyegun spoke on Tuesday at the Umuahia Township Stadium during a mega rally organized to welcome defectors from other parties​.

He noted that Buhari had delivered dividends of democracy to Nigerians despite criticisms from the opposition.

“There is no question we have some hardship in the land but every minute Buhari is working to rebuild the foundation of Nigeria,” Oyegun said.

Oyegun expressed joy that the president “has changed the narrative with the massive standard gauge railway system being built to connect other parts of the country”.

He further said that the administration had made a quantum leap on power generation, saying that with the current 7000 megawatts, the country would soon begin to enjoy stable power.

On agriculture, the APC chairman expressed delight that Nigeria had become self-sufficient in rice production due to Federal Government’s pragmatic policy on rice.

“So the message I am giving you is that the bad days are coming to an end. The good days are beginning by the end of this year,” he said.

He promised to relay to the president the message from the people of Abia State urging him (Buhari) to run for a second term.

Among politicians who ​joined the ruling party were former governor of Abia, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, ​ex-Speaker​, ​Abia House of Assembly, Chief Martins Azubuike (PDP) (Isialangwa north constituency), former Deputy Gov. Chris Akomas (Progressive Peoples Alliance), former PDP governorship aspirant, Chief Uche Ogah, and retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Chief Azubuko Udah.

Others defectors were four members of the state house of assembly​ -​ Chief Ikedi Ezekwesiri (APGA) (Umunneochi constituency), Minority Leader, Chief Solomon Okogbuo (APGA) (Bende south constituency) and Chief Theophelus Ugboajah (APGA) (Ikwuano constituency).

Meanwhile, Tiv Area Traditional Council (TATC) has said it had concluded plans to report to the global community and International Criminal Court, the atrocities of Fulani herdsmen, including the recent killing of natives in Benue State.

The pan-Tiv traditional institution predicted that President Buhari would not score any vote if he seeks re-election in 2019, except “he loves his political future” and tackles the menace of Fulani herdsmen in Benue State “and bring a solution once and for all.”

“Of course, Buhari is a Fulani man, he has cattles. If he loves his political future, he should tackle this matter and bring a solution once and for all because Benue state voted massively for him (in 2015); now, if he contests again (in 2019) and vote is cast, he will get zero vote from Benue State”, TATC said.

The Tiv Area Traditional Council (TATC) also rejected the decision by the Federal Government to designate cattle colonies in different parts of the country and demanded a definition of it.

The Legal Adviser of TATC, Chief Edward Ashiekaa (SAN), stated these facts in an interview.

According to him, the position of Benue State House of Assembly on anti-Open Grazing Bill enacted the law, was very clear.

He said, “The law has come into being, it has prohibited open-grazing and every citizen must obey this law. The law has also protected cattle owners by prohibiting cattle rustling and providing stiff penalties. The cattle herders are bent on disobeying these laws.

“The international community has to come into it. We are going to the Embassies, United Nations and even the International Criminal Court to ventilate our grievances. We are taking bold steps to inform the world that we are law abiding citizens. We have no capacity to fight the Fulani herdsmen; knowing the type of sophisticated weapons they have, our rural people cannot fight them. We want to win this war at the battle front, we don’t have the capacity to do that. We will win it at the international level and at the federal level.”

Ashiekaa challenged the Federal Government to explain what it meant by “cattle colonies”, when, for instance, the Benue state government has enacted laws prohibiting open grazing, which was resisted by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association with serious threats.

He said, “The Federal Government has no right to enact the law nullifying the law which has been enacted by the Benue state government. Under the constitution, they don’t have the right. As of now the Benue state government has enacted laws prohibiting open grazing. If you bring the aspect of cattle colony and it fits into our definition of ranching, we will accept it. But as of now there is no definition of cattle colony.

“Miyetti Allah has come out severally to say they will disobey the law; they don’t recognise the law, the law is against their interest, so they will not obey it. Have you ever heard of such a thing in this country? The issue is whether or not the Benue State House of Assembly as a legislature has a right to enact the law that it did.”

The Tiv Area Traditional Council (TATC) also expressed displeasure over the position of the Inspector-General of Police, that the recent killing in Benue State was caused by a communal clash.



Posted on January, 10 2018

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