The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos State Chapter, Joe Igbokwe, has said the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar will not be president and that no candidate or party in Nigeria can defeat the ruling party in the 2019 election.
Igbokwe, who is also the Chairman of the Lagos State Wharf Landing Fees Collecting Authority, stated that Nigeria can never be free of corruption, as political office holders in the country feed on corruption.
Speaking with online medium, SaharaReporters, Igbokwe said the ruling APC is unchallengeable and will retain power as long as the party wants.
He also took a swipe at the opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and those criticising the Buhari-led administration, tagging them as “wailers.”
“Is there any contest? Which party is going to challenge this party in 2019? They are not in power; we know what we are seeing.
“Noise cannot help anybody. What will help is the statistics on the table. We will not listen to them because we will fix our eyes on the work.
“People must open their eyes to see what is going on; all the rot they left behind in 16 years is being tackled left and right. Let the wailers continue and let them not forget the messes they left this country in 2015,” he said.
Stating why the party would not support the “Not Too Young To Run” campaign, Igbokwe questioned the young ones who are aiming for political offices and asserted that experience is required to hold a political post in Nigeria. He also insisted that the youth should wait until they are old enough to hold political posts in the country.
“When a young person is coming in, experience matters. The young person who is going to come, we want to know his pedigree – where are you coming from, what are you capable of doing. If you pick a young person and make a governor, when he gets to that seat, he won’t know where to start from because you don’t have the experience and have not done that kind of job before.
“The young person cannot teach the old traditions; they should go and learn the trade because you can’t give what you don’t have. I will tell young people to be patient and not sound like a wailer. They don’t understand this country; the young ones are not seeing anything because they don’t want to see it,” he said.
Commenting on the cost of corruption in the country, the Lagos APC Publicity Secretary opined that corruption emanated from ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. He averred that corruption cannot be eradicated from politics in Nigeria.
“Some of the things we are facing now were inherited from Jonathan’s administration. Nigeria was looted beyond repairs and the wrath of 16 years cannot be cleared overnight.
“What we are going through now is a price we must pay to get out of what we are facing now. I will not speak about Babachir Lawal’s grass-cutting scandal. You will still see pockets of corruption; corruption will not go completely out of this nation because people feed on corruption,” he stated.
…son released after few hours in custody
A magistrate court sitting at the Tinubu area of Lagos Island has ordered the release of Aminu, son of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.
The judge had earlier ruled that Aminu should be remanded in a cell for disobeying an order of the court.
On October 11, the court asked Aminu produce the boy pending the hearing of the case.
When the matter came up yesterday, Aminu’s lawyer informed the magistrate that the parties were making plans to settle the matter out of court.
But Ethel Okoh, counsel to the estranged wife, denied knowledge of any out of court settlement.
After this, Kikelomo Ayeye, the magistrate, directed that the son of the top politician be detained pending the production of his six-year-old son who he allegedly kept away from his estranged wife, Fatimo Bolori.
The court, however, released him after the boy was produced while Fatimo was granted custody of the minor for 10 days.
Ayeye adjourned till November 1 for the determination of the full custody of the two children.
Fatimo and Aminu were divorced in 2011. Their union produced two children, who were staying with their mother after the marriage crashed.
Aminu, however, during one of the school holidays in 2013 requested that they should be released to him for a vacation after which he refused to let the kids return to their mother.