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2015: Northern govs meet Shagari, Ekwueme, others

…Blast Okupe


The second phase of the mission to rescue the country’s democracy, which began last Saturday, will continue next week, with five northern governors visiting former President Shehu Shagari and ex-vice president, Alex Ekwueme.

Also, the governors will meet with former Senate presidents and Speakers of the House of Representatives as well as former national chairmen of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The visit, Daily Sun learnt, is a follow up to the ones made to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, last Saturday and to two former military heads of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Ibrahim Babangida during the week.

Confirming the development, Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State said that contrary to insinuations in some quarters, the governors were billed to visit “former Defence Minister, General TY Danjuma, Ekwueme, all former PDP chairmen, former Senate presidents and former Speakers of House Representatives ,” adding that those insinuating that their mission was only targeted at PDP leaders were only trying to take the wind out of our sail.

He further said: “Nigeria is bigger than any individual. Our mission is to salvage the current situation and save our nascent democracy from imminent collapse. We are people with rich political history.

We know where we are coming from, as such, we will do everything to ensure that democracy survives in this country. We struggled to come about this democracy. In fact, some of us almost paid with our lives. Therefore, we must rise up to the challenge.”

On the attack on him and his colleagues, by the Presidency, through its Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, Lamido simply said: “Okupe is trying to earn a living and so he is trying to justify his pay and he is working dearly for it.

But let me say that as party men, we won’t join issues with our President on the pages of the papers. However, where was Okupe and his like when, as a party, we were struggling to make Jonathan, first as the party’s candidate and later as Nigeria’s President?

Where were they? If the PDP governors had not stood their ground, will those making noise today on behalf of our president have had anything to hold on to? “When we talk, we should do so with decorum and some sense of responsibility.

We should stop behaving as if we own today and that tomorrow will never come. We should always remember that there was yesterday. If those talking now have forgotten what happened yesterday, those listening to them today, know exactly what transpired yesterday.

“Therefore, we should stop behaving as if we own ourselves. We may have our plans, but we should always remember that God, our creator, is the best of all planners,” Lamido declared.

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  1. Ify July 26, 2013 at 9:55 am

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  2. okon July 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Thank God that only Lamido,Wamako, Kwakwanso,Nyako and Babangida Aliyu are patriotic enough to save Nigeria’s democracy. Can these selfish Hausa/Fulani crooks deceive the rest of Nigeria ? If Lamido recognises that tomorrow will always come, why cant Lamido first accept today ? Today means that Nigeria is not the same again. The people of the Guinea Savannah [ Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Nassarawa, Kogi,etc ] cannot be used again. This means that the so called North is not the same again. And this is the today Lamido must accept. When tomorrow comes, Lamido will be shocked that GEJ remains Nigeria’s president in 2015

    • MR.GREEN July 26, 2013 at 11:38 am


      • Ejike, New York July 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm


      • Chairman July 27, 2013 at 11:07 am

        Mr green, You did not tell us why okon will not be at your eagle squire at the said time, why not tell yourself the truth that these 5 gov. are not patriotic as they want you to believe, they are trying too hard to confuse the ppl but they can only confuse little minds and I don’t want to believe that you are one.

    • peter omelazu July 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      @ Okon .I salute your words of wisdom and insight.It is not bought in any market.rather it is divinely given by the most High God who in his finite wisdom had decreed that today Nigeria should be in the hands of President GEJ as his earthly representative and when tomorrow which is also in hands comes, our Divine father to who also determines who amongst these people will be alive to witness GEJ second coming to complete his divine assignment with Nigeria.To God be the Glory.

    • Ahiara John July 27, 2013 at 7:06 am

      Good Talk

  3. H July 26, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Lamido is a thief,and son criminals,these idoit have not done any good thing in their state,they are only intrested in calling GEJ names because the think they have this country,god has rescued us from Buhari-Tinibu,no way for APC

  4. Godwin July 26, 2013 at 11:38 am

    One thing that pains most is that GEJ have not yet descended on them all. Why? Because all of them are the same. In a sane society who among them can stand? Not even GEJ or Rotimi. They are junketing all over the places in search of peace. One may be tempted to say that is good. But on a second look, what has those past presidents got to do with the current crisis on ground. The crisis that arose during their tenures were they able to proffer good and permanent solutions. God save Nigeria from the hands of these hawks.

  5. kabir maikano July 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

    With the hot responses coming from the members of this forum and general public as well,this shows that those 4 govs are strong force to reckon with,as such u become confused and aprehensive

  6. chibueze July 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    nobody is confused or apprehensive of these govs. We knw them n their pedigree. Secnd base jare

  7. goldensonn July 26, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    This so called 5 northern govs who really sent them. Their activities are very much suspicious. Why only them from the north. Who choosed them? By the end of the day what they will be looking for is their selfish interest. The truth is that they have no work to do in their various govt houses. They left the issue of governing their people and going about for selfish interest. They should STOP deceiving nigerian masses,anyway they are just deceiving their minority supporters in the north.

  8. cj July 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Don’t MR green , he is still sleeping and he may wakeup in yr 2027.

  9. joseph gardner July 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    NOBODY nows tomorrow and nobody nows what will happen tomorrow so pls go back to GOD and pray for the peace of nigeria.

  10. Jibril July 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    No body from the south can deceive the middle belt again, Buhari a northern muslim awarded the contract for the dreging of river niger to Lokoja in order to open up the middle belt to the world, Obasanjo a southern christian stops it, Yar,adua another Northern muslim reawarded with full payment to be completed in just a year, work was at 90% before his death. Jona a sourthern christian now abondoned it. Middle belters shine your eyes.

  11. Kaycee Ndi Oji July 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    My concern on this matter is where were the five governors when the Boko Haram boys were bombing school children and others innocent souls. Did they for once make any move to pacify/console the Governors their Boko Haram members killed. Thank God they are campaigning for peaceful co-existence of the nation Nigeria which they had already destroyed through the backdoor.

    • george July 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks my brother that’s my annoyance

  12. tina July 26, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Governor sule lamido,So now you call prsident GEJ our president water don pass gari for you,i have never seen you adress him our president all i hear from you is insulting GEJ,,you people gave amaechi power not to obey him,God is not sleeping.NOW IS OUR PRESIDENT.

    • Ejike, New York July 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm


    • Owerri July 27, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Tina , God will Bless you , with your courageousness in this forum your kind of woman will attend a greater hight in this nation. Pls, don’t ever be discouraged by this American modern slave in this forum that faked his name ejike. You are the first lady in the house. The REAL DEMOCRATS congratulated you for your die hard efforts to enthrone and deepened our democracy. More grease to your elbows.

  13. francis cole July 26, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Hahahahaha the gang of liers,Bako harams, deceivers, manipulators. Now, they have started preaching of their FAKE unity and one Nigeria. Theres no way power will go back to the north. It must remain in South wheather they like it or Not. Bunch of hypocrites and blood suckers. Where were all these evil doers when their untamed mad dogs killing innocent people.

  14. Okey July 26, 2013 at 6:40 pm


  15. Anthony I Efobi July 26, 2013 at 8:34 pm


    Yes, I’d started my summer holiday to help my fellow comrades to put record straight. As soon as I wake up in the morning, I’ll relax with my breakfast and my lap top or Ipad punching buttons to educate the lost sheep and feeble minds like fake named Ejike, New York.
    We all can see that Lamido who lied that his political enemy posted/pasted his presidential posters are out for it. He lied. Is it his political enemy that pushed and walked him round the country for the past 2 weeks? It’s clear to Lamido’s people and the citizens of the 5 Lost Governor’s States that they had abandoned them. All 5 Fool Govs are now so ill-responsible and selfish meeting Mr A and Mrs B. They were all elected by their people, but look at where they are. This Lamido is the one that is causing trouble in River State. He set fire, stay back on safe distance and come close to inspect the extent of each set of damage done. Lamido has had friutless empty dream all along without knowing. He’s lost. If they foolish 5 brought themselves out, men we must finish them, bcos they lead states where Christians and our brothers and sisters were killed.
    Lamido is not different from all his area military dictators that ruined Nigeria for over 50 yrs.. They so much believe in power. All they think is power. Once they don’t have it, they remain in coma until they have it.
    Look at 5 Governors that boil and smoke down their states to show how poor GEJ’s govt is doing? They have left their states flying like lost bird.
    Foolish 5 Far-Northern Governors whose has not impacted positively to the lives and well being of their peope whom most of them are living in abject poverty, hand-to-mouth, roaming street naked or begging for arms, uneducated. Now, they want Nigerians to promote them. To Presidency from their woeful failed Governorship status. Why must it be the far North always? What did they take Nigerians for? Never can they achieve all their aim come 2015. We cannot allow somebody from NW, NE and SW to lead Nigeria soon. They should excecise patience, have undertanding and give in. Any attempt to force themseves in shall meet with fierce resistance from SE, SS and NC. We must be careless with parley-parddy of Niger State Governor bcos it has no stand nor position in Middle Belt. We SE and SS cannot even allow any Northerner to be President b4 Middle Belt. All these 5 fools are dreaming and shall realise in 2016.
    We are still for GEJ for 2015 and in the event that GEJ fail to put himself forward, SE SHALL present a credible candidate that will transform and liberate Nigeria.
    We warn all the desperate politicians from NE and NW not to do anything that will divide the merged nation nor truncate this fragile democracy. Heating polity to the boiling degree in 2013 for an election that will come up 2015 is nonsense and unpatrotic. This they started by killing NYSC members mainly from Southern Nigeria. Gen. Buhari the Coupist know it too well then and now. We thought that it will soon stop, but they keep killing till date. All is Islamic journey to Aso Rock. Never. Nkiti Nkiti. People who sponsored killing and bombing to make mess of someones govt now want to govern the survivors. Never.

  16. ohakpu July 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    But, why are they obsessed and why do they think that they are God sent to save Nigeria.Let them first save the North.

  17. OPN July 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Fellow Nigerians,please do not listen or have anything to do with these three fools. On what ground are they junketing about and talking about today,tomorrow or their yesterday? Men who organize and sponsor boko haram in other to destabilize today’s government want to rule the same Nigeria tomorrow,are they mad? or do they think that Nigerians are mad like them? Look at what is happening in the their so called North,what have they done about it? Have you ever seen them come together to find a solution to the destruction and killing of innocent souls in the north? have they done anything about the poverty,hunger,diseases and backwardness that has paveded the north? They thought they could desterblize GEJ’S government,but when the guy played a master card by declaring all the state of emergency,their backs were broken,and now they have found another method by junketing up and down when the problem in the north have not been solved. The man(GEJ) they think is stupid will come up with another master card for them. Where did his son stole the money he was taking to middle east,where? Thieves!

  18. frank ibeh July 26, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I observed of recent that the North likes using wise men to play politics.the last time it was nine wise men to decide who is their candidate and now is another five wise men who happens to be governors and they want to save Nigerian’s democracy but they are not wise enough to stop the boko haram insurgency in the North or is it part of the their democracy dividends.The truth is that wise men always come from the East,the governors should solve the insecurity problem in their region before talking about democracy.

    • okon July 26, 2013 at 11:53 pm

      It is really hypocritical that govs who have plenty of poverty, disease, lack of education and insecurity in their hands are looking for peace in Rivers state and shouting that they want to save democracy . Really laughable. Now that Amechi has lost his house of assembly, lost membership of PDP, what next ? Final plunge. . . into abbys

  19. favour 30 July 26, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Why disturbing the old men who are resting?few ????? to this 5 guys.have you wake up from sleep?did yr guys voted for GEJ or Atiku during the last PDP Presidential primary election?have you ever believed that Ekwueme being an Igbo Man deserve to rule Nigeria only but for one day? between GEJ&Buhari who did your guys voted for in the last election?how many times have you traveled to SE,SS,SW to commiserate with them as a result of BokoHaram killings?ifGEJ is to be a Northerner will any of you work against his aspiration of 2nd term?
    Where were U guys when IBB,ABACHA,was ruling?
    when they were being confronted by NADACO,Olisa Agbakoba,Ubani,Blessed Gani Fawemi,Abraham Adesoya,Ndubuisi Kanu,etc?how have U guys become champion of democracy?to the Kano state Governor,
    what did you do when the Igbos were slaughtered in yr
    State?have you stopped fighting against creation of one
    state in the SE to balance the equation?this democracy born twice governors,how many textile industries have U
    guys resuscitated or built new in the north? how good and transparent have the local govt election conducted in your states have being?can we know your salary,how
    many of you declared your assets publicly?
    Any way i will not blame you guys.had it being GEJ is doing what people expected him to do all this rubbish by the so called 5 guys that represent un foreseen forces will not being doing what they are doing today.if GEJ had take fighting corruption seriously,stop wastage by public
    officers,jail those who are stealing public funds,tackle Bokoharam head on as Yaraduah did from the on set,
    remove sycophants,praise singers from his govt, deal issues as it suppose to be dealt with,empower the masses,build refineries,stop importation of petrol,equip our hospitals at least one in each state,that both he (GEJ)&others will be treated at home as Mandela is being treated at South Africa instead of flying abroad ,make roads good and motor able,make train services available,connect SW with SE,revive agriculture that can
    engage millions on work.equip our Universities and make it compete with GEJ build 400 alamajiri schools in the north,in SS millions are not going to school,they live in shanties,SE,no roads,2nd Niger bridge a joke,no single power plant build or awarded in the whole of SE,1 billion dollar Zungeri power plant contract awarded in Niger state,still the governor of Niger State can’t allow GEJ to rest.Peter Obi,T.Orji are following him up and down with out asking and bringing any thing to their Igbo people.All fed roads in Lagos and SW not working.SW gave GEJ more than 60% votes still i guess they are not getting any big project like the north.for SE nothing to show for their support.if GEJ had started to do most of this thing mentioned believe me Nigerian People will be clamouring for GEJ to continue to rule them.Fashola during his 1st tenure as a Governor,when it was rumored that Tinubu wanedt to replace him people were ready to protest and vote against any person other
    than Fashola.if GEJ can’t fix things right in Nigeria bring
    1000 Edwin Clark,Bamanga Tuku,Aninih,Akpabio,T Orji
    Peter Obi,Jonah Jang and all the political Jobbers,even if he succeeded in winning PDP primary,it is very unlikely
    and quite uncertain if he may win the Presidential election come 2015.there must be protest votes and many will not vote,rigging may be very extreme difficult.though i give GEJ kudos for the way he conducted 2011 election.GEJ did his best by making 2011 election free from rigging and should equally try to do the same come 2015.his name will not be forgotten as a 1st sitting President of Nigeria that conducted free and fair election in election that he participated.

  20. THE NOON July 27, 2013 at 4:37 am

    The mentalities of many Nigerians towards leadership was very poor by been judgemental of the motive of leaders without proof only relied on imaginary fact that often resulted to controversy which presented us to the world as uncivilised upon our so called education. The 2015 election is important to President Jonathan as a democratic Leader to ensure peaceful transition of governance through credible and fair election, with fact that He has the constitutional right to contest in the 2015 presidential election which He has not declare His ambition yet, whether He is interested or not 2015 election is important to Him than anybody. It is habitual to bussybody society called Nigeria where its people are judgemental unwisely, Former President ObasanjO was accused of tenure elongation, how could constitutional amendment committee chaired by the then deputy senate President Ibrahim Mantu only repeal tenure matter in the 1999 constitution and discredited other vital section that required redress?. As a democratic Leader, President Jonathan has constitutional responsibilities that is not questionable towards 2015 election in many constitutional capacities so why judgemental of his motives?. The former Presidential Head of State, Emperor I.B.B conducted the freest and most credible (June 12 1993) election in the political history of Nigeria and still He was unwisely accused for His un-appealable annulment of the election without considered the socio-economy and political circumstances of the era which made Emperor I.B.B to remained in the hearts and lips of young Nigerians as The Legend of (June 12-1993) election with Philosophical Step-Aside.

  21. Ahiara John July 27, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Hon Dr. Alex Ekwueme the former Vice President travelled all over the North begging their leaders to support his presidential ambition. But after promising him full support, the result at the PDP Primaries was, Obasanjo, Obasanjo, Obasanjo, Obasanjo, Obasanjo, Obasanjo, Ekwueme, Obasanjo, Obasanjo, Obasanjo, Obasanjo, Ekwueme and Obasanjo. Today, you want to see Ekwueme. Well he is not as foolish and naive as you think.

  22. Ochendo July 27, 2013 at 8:59 am

    When I reflect on certain issues and actions/inactions of some people I feel appauled by the depth of ignorance displayed or knowledge sacrificed and buried by self serving motives.what is the real motive of this Group 5.I wonder why this hype coincided with the suppression of the termite bokoharamists.perhaps this Group 5 is the Hisexellencies bokoharamist trying in executive ways to make Nigeria ‘ungovernable’ unless the Islamic North unseats the incumbent or gets a guaranty from the rest of us they will produce the next president.the islamic north have unwittingly proclaimed that nigerian presidency is not for national development but regional and religious interest.this psyche actually dictated the conduct of the so-called heads of states/presidents from their stock.most of the national institutions(military and paramilitary;research;service and democratic;etc) were established in their zones.infrastructure development was skewed in favour of the desert.national public offices were also in their favour worst without merit and we are still paying the price of their is not in doubt unqualified northerners dominated our public life.our constitution is coloured with islamic sentiment.islamic judicial institutions are enshrined in the constitution and payrolled from the center in a secular state.they need a presidency that would be remotely surbordinate to the sultanate.perhaps these primordial values and equations are driving this Group 5.until then ………….

  23. Owerri July 27, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Okon , God will continue to straighten you in this forum. Your wide knowledge about Nigeria political structure is second to non. You have exhibited candour , steadfastness and bravery to the amazement of other youths of this great nation. What else will I add , you have said it all. More grease to your elbows my man. We are the best among equals.
    In you , the REAL DEMOCRATS can pride themselves with their shoulders to high Heavens. I also salute our able leader CHIEF HERO , ISREAL , JULIUS , ANTHONY.I.EFOBI, OWERRI , UCHEBEST , BONNEY LONDON ETC. Happy weekend to you all.

  24. BONNY July 27, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Okon,Okey,Francsis,Efobi&Kaycee i love u all for distinguishing urselves in this forum,our views on issues will alway be the same @Jibril,if a man in sokoto,katsina,maidugur,bauchi etc could survive without river niger,what need have middle beltans got with the dredging of it, when the rivers benue &niger met each at kogi(middle).Due to ur myopic reasoning,don’t u know that the dredging would collapse niger at onitsha/asaba end.

  25. BONNY July 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I mean collapsing of niger bridge at onitsha/asaba

  26. ajomson emmanuel July 27, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    the 5 governors are the greatest fools of dis modern generation, the boko haram, have been killing innocent young and old citizens of this nation, and at that period this northern killers never for one day had it in mind, togather support frm meaningful nigerians in other to prevent their illiterate brothers frm killing innocent nigerians, for ur information northern animals, or should i address u people as cows, dogs, goat, pigs etc.. All ur past leaders the likes of ibb, shagari, abdulsalami, buhari, never made any impact in the life of any citizen of this great nation, they should burry their faces in shame, u the five governors shld tink on how to address the various sickness or deseases that are affecting ur brothers and sisters in ur various state, u guys are not even ashame when u know dat u have the highest numbers of beggars in ur variious state. Shame on u, shame huasa fools. Gej will win his re election and handover to the ibo, the israelite of nigeria. So be it.

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