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Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by nairavsdollars(f): 6:14am On Dec 22, 2017
Chief Sunny Onuesoke, a public affairs analyst, is a former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State during the 2007 election. He is currently the Special Projects Director to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State. In this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI, he spoke on the recent defection of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to the PDP and other issues of national importance. Excerpts:

You once appealed to former Vice- President Atiku Abubakar to return to his original home which is PDP. How do you feel now that he is back?

I am very much at home now that he has returned. However I am still waiting for others like Bukola Saraki, Florence Ita-giwa, Yakubu Dogara, and even nothing is wrong seeing the president declaring for PDP. I believe that a big fish like Bola Tinubu is expected to declare for PDP soon than later. Do not forget that PDP remains the largest party in the continent of Africa. What I know very well is that the return of Atiku has made me proud and vindicated me as the first Nigerian and first PDP member in the country to clamour for the return of the great Waziri of Africa. I am very happy with his return and I believe he will add great value to our party.

Are you not surprised that nobody in APC has defected to APC with Atiku?

That is not true. In a very few moment from now, not less than eight governors, twenty two senators and sixty six House of Representatives members of APC stocks will be declaring and returning to PDP before the end of February 2018. It is a concluded issue for now. And for your information, it will shock you to note that two APC governors are among the eight expected governors who has concluded their declaration and return to the party. Do not be surprised that 35 percent of the Federal exco members are already prepared to declare for PDP.

If Atiku gets the PDP ticket, do you see him securing victory for PDP in 2019?

As for now, we are not talking of securing the ticket or not. What we are doing now in Wadata Plaza is to fix the party back to the foundation days. PDP is undergoing massive re-organisation and putting things in the right direction and reconciliation are ongoing to make sure we do not repeat our mistakes. Atiku is a household name in PDP and beyond. Atiku is one among the prospective presidential aspirants in PDP who can look at Buhari eyeball to eyeball and tell him that what you are doing is wrong and I think you should now quit for development to come to Nigeria. Atiku contributed 35 percent to Buhari’s victory in 2015.

Looking at Atiku and his desire to become president, do you see a man who is passionate about making Nigeria better or somebody out on selfish agenda?

Sure he is passionate about making Nigeria better. He has the knowhow of how to make Nigeria work. He is an industrialist of a known reckoning. From those who have indicated interest so far, if we are looking for a president with a broad mind, I think Atiku is number one among the lot. From all indications, Atiku if given the mandate will make a truly national president.

A chairmanship aspirant of your party, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja has dragged your party to court following the outcome of the party’s recently held convention. Do you think this will augur well for the party?

Adedoja has the right to protest if he knew he won the chairmanship or he was cheated by the convention committee. But as for me, for us not to repeat our past mistake of 2015 then we must call for a truce committee to be headed by party members of high regard that will command national respect. It is better to jaw-jaw than war-war and we cannot afford to be having legal battles now that election is around the corner.

Your recent comment that President Buhari can’t dictate to state governors on how to spend Paris Club refund drew backlash from some Nigerians. Do you still stand by that comment?

I stood by my comments on that. Nigerians should not forget that the Paris Club refund is the constitutional right of the governors. The federal government does not have any control over them on how to dispense the fund. Even the Accountant General of the Federation cannot order or demand obligatorily from any tier of government, including the 36 states’ information on how to spend the Paris Club refunds. On the issue of salaries payment, it is not all the states that owe workers salaries. Delta for example does not owe workers salaries, so while the blanket order without verification. Thus, such holistic instruction from the President may not go well with some governor most especially when they have different pressing issues in their various states. I would have equally expected the President to instruct the governors to channel the fund to other area of development in their states instead of payment of salaries alone. The president should advice governors and including the presidency as a matter of urgency to concentrate with Paris fund in areas of parastatal investments, but not mostly workers salaries. Is Nigeria a civil service investment concern or it should industrial investment concern?

But do you think the governors should be monitored on how the funds are utilised?

Yes, they could be monitored so as to ensure accountability but not to dictate to them on how to use the funds .

Coming to Delta state, do you think Governor Okowa has done enough to justify reelection in 2019?

Of course! With the support Governor Okowa is getting on a daily basis from the PDP family in Urhoboland and the entire good people of Delta state, I believe his reelection in 2019 is guaranteed. I can confidently tell you that 87 percent of Urhobo in PDP are solidly behind him and this is the same story everywhere you go in Delta state.

https://independent.ng/eight-apc-governors-will-soon-join-atiku-in-pdp-onuesoke/

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by chinjo(m): 6:42am On Dec 22, 2017
This mass exodus of APC members back to PDP can be likened to Nigerians that left this country to seek greener pasture abroad. On getting to Libya (APC), they discovered that there is no place like home (PDP). They are now coming back in their thousands. On behalf of myself and all well meaning Nigerians I say welcome, Ekaabo, sanu da zuwa, wa bokhian.

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by gameboyo: 6:43am On Dec 22, 2017
That's certain na

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by sarrki(m): 6:48am On Dec 22, 2017
Lol

Lol

Enemies are scampering for safety
Name them nah

I thought they said its going to be Tsunami

Why are still holding back ?

Why February ?

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by gocac(m): 6:56am On Dec 22, 2017
Anybody from the north is perfect, Buhari is not an option in 2019.
Atikulate.....Atikulate....Atikulated.

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by agwom(m): 6:59am On Dec 22, 2017
Up PDP! better days are ahead...

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by aolawale025: 7:12am On Dec 22, 2017
Wise politicians don't show their hands early in the game. There would certainly be defections

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by NCP: 7:22am On Dec 22, 2017
Nigeria's Largest Regional Party, Pro-Biafra, PDP.

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by Ehiscotch(m): 7:30am On Dec 22, 2017
It seems the PDP are solely and constantly relying on massive defection from the APC for them to stand a chance in 2019.

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by wristbangle(m): 7:32am On Dec 22, 2017
I stopped reading where he mentioned bola tinubu may defect to pdp...

If these guys continue in this manner, this time around their defeat will be massive.

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by merit455(m): 8:13am On Dec 22, 2017
NCP:
Nigeria's Largest Regional Party, Pro-Biafra, PDP.
Who did this to you

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by NCP: 8:22am On Dec 22, 2017
merit455:
Who did this to you

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by wingmanII: 9:23am On Dec 22, 2017
Ehiscotch:
It seems the PDP are solely and constantly relying on massive defection from the APC for them to stand a chance in 2019.
No not at all, they are talking about PDP members who defected to APC but are still PDP at heart. Example : Saraki.

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by lonelydora: 9:56am On Dec 22, 2017
We already know there will be massive decamping in 2019 from APC, but will PDP give Atiku ticket? Just a matter of time we shall know.

It's pains me all we are able to get for 2019 is Buhari and Atiku.

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by dukie25: 9:57am On Dec 22, 2017
In a very few moment from now, not less than eight governors, twenty two senators and sixty six House of Representatives members of APC stocks will be declaring and returning to PDP before the end of February 2018
I expect more than the above.

Anyway Kwankwaso is next.

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by NwaAmaikpe: 9:57am On Dec 22, 2017
shocked


This is a disastrous news.


Meaning 2019 won't be any better,
We will just have the same wine but in a different jar.

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by edlion57(m): 9:58am On Dec 22, 2017
We the youths are more populated ..why don't we take over from these old men... they can't sacrifice anything for our seek but we always die during election

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by Ayopredict: 9:59am On Dec 22, 2017
PDP IS A JOKER.... cheesy

PDP - PEOPLÈ DECEIVING PEOPLÈ

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by princechurchill(m): 9:59am On Dec 22, 2017
Corrupt leaders cross carpeting which way my people

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by ABIOLAXYZ(m): 10:00am On Dec 22, 2017
let sent that old man back to daura

power to the people

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by jericco1(m): 10:01am On Dec 22, 2017
match fixing
Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by deafeyez: 10:01am On Dec 22, 2017
As PDP are repositioning to take back power come 2019, I am seeing a greater and a more prosperous Nigeria come 2019.

God indeed go smile on my hustle. grin

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by Nobody: 10:01am On Dec 22, 2017
Why are they exposing this to the public? APC will now send EFCC against those governors; threaten them not to join Atiku or else, risk arrest and prosecution.

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by divicoded: 10:02am On Dec 22, 2017
Someone should wake this guy up, it is day break

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by BeijinDossier: 10:03am On Dec 22, 2017
#ATIKU is winning big. cheesy

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by Adminisher: 10:04am On Dec 22, 2017
IPOD kids will latch on to this and deceive themselves for another few months... then disillusionment again. They are serial mugus and sadly they don't have a choice. It is sad to be a SE Youth these days.

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by ednut1(m): 10:04am On Dec 22, 2017
Only revolution can save nigeria

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by bedspread: 10:05am On Dec 22, 2017
They are Welcome

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by BruncleZuma: 10:05am On Dec 22, 2017
Fuel is 300 Naira can we talk about that?...all these political flip-flopping is make me thursty?

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Re: Eight APC Governors Will Join Atiku By February 2018– PDP Chieftain by giftedhands14(m): 10:05am On Dec 22, 2017
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