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2019: Yar’Adua’s associates revive political structure

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Political associates of late Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters, Major General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua said it is ready to resuscitate his political structure to play a role in next year’s general elections. The late Yar’Adua, the elder brother of late President Umaru Yar’Adua, founded the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM). He contested the 1991 presidential election on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). The associates, who are now in different political parties, met yesterday in Abuja and agreed to come together and align forces towards making impact in the elections.

They met under the aegis of Shehu YarAdua Political Family (SYPF). SYPF National Coordinator, Bode Ajewole, after the meeting, said the group is mobilising to move en masse to a political party of their choice. “Since we have been unable to come together as we originally started in one party, that has not helped our course. This time around, for us to be relevant in 2019, we have resolved to encourage our members, irrespective of party lines to collapse into one party.

We are working on that,” he said. Ajewole, who is now a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), listed former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih and former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as loyalists of late Yar’Adua. He noted that the group had not been able to reunite as a political bloc since 1999, but said prevailing events in the country has necessitated the reunion. In a communiqué after the meeting, the group agreed to set up two committees on politics and finance.

The communiqué which was jointly signed by the National Coordinator, Ajewole, National Secretary, Dr. Bala Ahmed and Director of Operations, Engr. Godie Ikechi, stated that: “The political committee is to study, analyse and make recommendations on the political situation in the country, while the finance committee is to make contacts and recommendations on the funding of the political family’s programmes.

“The meeting reiterated its commitment to the political ideology of the funding father, the late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua of no North, no South, but one Nigeria. “The two committees are to present their reports in the next national meeting of the political family in April, while the National Body ceded some powers to the Zonal Committees and approved the appointment of six Zonal Secretaries.

“The meeting resolved that all family members across the 36 states and FCT should endeavour to come together politically, instead of dividing themselves along party lines, with a view to enhancing its relevance, recog-nition and championing a common course in the interest of Nigerians and democracy. ”

The meeting equally resolved that the ongoing membership drive should be vigorously pursued with a view to ensuring that come April/ May, 2018 our membership strength reaches at least three million as against current membership of a little above two million.”

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