APC raise three-member committee to unravel Kaduna chapter crisis

By NewsDesk,

A three-member committee has been raised to look internal crisis rocking Kaduna State All Progressive Congress barely 48 hours after factional office of the party in Kaduna was demolished.

It was gathered that the committee have been mandated to identify the remote and immediate causes of the crisis in its Kaduna state chapter.

In a statement issued by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abudullahi, the party said that the decision to probe the crisis was taken at an executive session of the party´s National Working Committee (NWC).

´It said; “the unfolding situation in Kaduna State is deeply regrettable and request all parties in the disagreement to maintain utmost decorum and give opportunity for true reconciliation.

It would recaled that the  secretariat of a faction of the APC in Kaduna state, was demolished by the state government, with claimed that the structure voilated the state’s land use and non-payment of ground rent since 2010.

However, the Kaduna Geographic Information Services (KADGIS) in a statement after the demolishion, explained that the building was demolished for flagrant violation of the land use and non-payment of ground rent since 2010.

As gathered, the Kaduna state chapter of the APC had been factionalised and had been in crisis for close to two years, with allegation for a senator represents Kaduna central, Shehu Sani, that the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, had pocketed the party.

Sani alleged that El-Rufia was exploiting his proximity to President Muhammadu Buahri, to impose his will and unleash terror on APC members in the state.

´´Right now, the party is already divided in Kaduna and it is for the national secretariat to note this and we have said it in clear terms, “ Sani said.

However, the three member committee, led by the APC Deputy National Chairman (South), Segun Oni, would identify the disagreement and the circumstances that led to the demolition of Hunkuyi´s building and it is to report back to the NWC within a week.

Other members of the committee are the APC National Auditor, Mr George Moghalu and its National Woman Leader, Hajia Rahmatu Alliyu.

The party also re-affirmed that Alhaji Haddy Ametuo remained the party´s chairman in Kogi until its appropriate organ decided otherwise in accordance with its constitution.

Former sport minister, supporters dump PDP for APC

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Sea of Nigerians have continue joining All Progressive Congress (APC) including former Minister of Sports and Chieftain of People Democratic Party (PDP), Samaila Sambawa, and his supporters who dumped their former party for the ruling one, 24 hours after 35,000 new members moved to APC in Kogi State.

Sambawa, who served as a Minister of Internal Affairs, Foreign, Sports and Youths Development under PDP administration declared his defected joined APC on Sunday at the Halidu Stadium, Birnin–Kebbi, where he informed his supporters, that he decided to join the ruling party due to quality leadership offered by President Muhammad Buhari and that of the state Governor, Abubakar Bagudu.

He noted that relative peace, security of lives and property being witness across the country resulted from concerted efforts, determination and personal commitment of Buhari.

 

According to him, Buhari’s effort has gone a long way in redirecting the diversification policy of the government towards mass rice production to enable us attain food sufficiency, economic growth and sustainable empowerment of our people.

“You will all agree with me that relative peace, security of lives and property being witness across the country resulted from concerted efforts, determination and personal commitment of Mr. President.

“We also bear witness to the tremendous agricultural revival programme carried out by the Federal Government under the famous Anchor Borrowers programme.

The former minister indicated that he and his supporters were proud of the leadership style of Bagudu and that the state governor’s interesting dimension provided to quest for good governance translated into ability of the state government to facilitate 24 hour electricity supply across the state, massive investment in education, rural development, healthcare delivery and youth empowerment.”

He added that he also decided to join the ruling party to contribute meaningfully to the general well-being and prosperity of the people of the state.

“Let me also affirm that from today myself and teeming number of supporters, friends and well wishers from all the 21 LGAs of the state have formally declared for the APC.

“Therefore, I am calling for smooth and harmonious coexistence among all ranks of the party to enable us contribute meaningfully to the promotion of democracy and good governance in the state,” he said.

The state’s APC Chairman Attahiru Maccido, while welcoming the new members said Sambawa defected with over 100,000 supporters and assured them of equal treatment with older party members.

“You will be treated equally and our doors are open to members of other political parties.”

The governor, who welcomed the ex-minister and his supporters, described the defection as a welcome development.

He urged members of the opposition parties in the state to join the APC.

Nigeria female skeleton athlete makes 20th position at South Korea winter Olympics

By SportDesk,

The Nigeria’s first female skeleton athlete, Simidele Adeagbo, finished in the 20th position after Heats 1 and 2 of her event at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Friday.

Adeagbo was one of 20 athletes in the event, but she is resting bottom of the table after finishing with a total time of 1:48.77 secs in both heats.

The Nigerian, wearing bib number 20, could only manage 54:19 and 54:58 in both heat 1 and 2 respectively.

Meanwhile, Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling clinched top place with a timing of 01:43.86, while Austria’s Janine Flock and Great Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold rest comfortable at second and third positions.

Adeagbo would continue her campaign to possibly reach the medals table when the heats continue in the third and fourth rounds on Saturday.

Skeleton is a sport where individual riders head first on a small sled down an icy run, the lowest total time over four runs wins.

The Games which began on Feb.9 will end on Feb. 25.

Political party demands for Kano local government election cancellation

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The National Rescue Movement (NRM), has demanded for cancellation of local government election recently conducted by Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KNSIEC)

It said that threats to perceived opponents, which forced them to stay away from participating in the elections constituted a major irregularity during the exercise.

The Deputy National Chairman, NRM, Niyi Dada, described the polls as setback and a disgrace to democracy in Nigeria, just as he advised that the Nigerian electoral process should not be allowed to derail its democracy.

Speaking through state statement on Friday in Abuja, Dada said that the exercise was fraught with irregularities, including under-age voting and that NRM believed that a faction of the All Progressives Congress-led government that participated in the election could not have garnered over 2.6 million votes to clinch all the election positions in the 44 local councils.

“It was obvious that the election was not free and fair.

“NRM hereby call on the President to as a matter of urgency, direct security agencies to investigate the circumstances that led to under-age voting in the election as well as prosecute whoever is culpable.

“Notice is hereby given to Kano State Independent Electoral Commission and security agencies to investigate the under-age voting and take necessary action or NRM will be compelled to take appropriate action within the law,’’ he said.

According to Dada, if this is not done, Nigerians might see a repeat of the 2019 elections.

He called on Nigerians to guard the sanctity of the electoral process.

He also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to crosscheck the voter register it gave KNSIEC to ascertain whether it was doctored to accommodate under-age voters or if it was used at all.

Dada said that NRM also wanted the electoral commission to cancel the Saturday council polls and conduct a fresh one that would have semblance of fairness.

He said that the NRM stood for fairness, justice and equal opportunities for all Nigerians “who seek elective positions within the ambit of the law and the Constitution.

APC defector rates Atiku as best candidate for 2019 election

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A former member of All Progressive Congress (APC), Aminu Kusada, who recently defected to People Democratic Party (PDP) has rated former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar as most eligible and credible suitable for 2019 election, basing his conclusion on the former VP’s fast experience in politics and other needful areas.

Kusada, who is Katsina State Coordinator for Atiku Global Support Group (AGSG), volunteer to work toward ensuring victory for Atiku in the 2019 elections.

Speaking to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, the APC defector stated that the former vice president was a seasoned politician that had recognition nationally and internationally, and that he could challenge and defeat any candidate in 2019 elections.

Kusada said that the return of Atiku back to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was a blessing in disguise to all well-meaning Nigerians and that many members of the party were looking forward to having a personality such as the former vice president who could revive the party so that it could regain its lost glory.

According to him, Atiku stands a better chance to clinch the PDP ticket and eventually win the presidential election than anybody in the party because of his pedigree and experience.

However, the the former VP’s group coordinator indicated that he resolved to support and work for Atiku after careful observation that his mandate was the best aspirant among people that had signified interest to contest presidential election in 2019.

” Even when I was in All Progressives Congress (APC), I support and work for Atiku during the primary election because I know he has something to offer Nigerians .

” And now that we have moved to PDP again, I will volunteer my time, resources and energy to work for him so that he will use his rich experience to turn the fortune of our country, ” Kusada said.

Kusada urged leaders in PDP to provide level playing ground for all aspirants in the party to ensure justice and fairness.

“I joined PDP because of his conviction of that the party was the only serious platform for true progressive elements in the country,” he said..

Kusada, who is aspiring for Katsina State Assembly, advised all Nigerians who had not registered to, as a matter of urgency, register and get their PCV before the 2019 elections.

Delta’s Okowa drops two Commissioners after cabinet reshuffle, appoints four others

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The current administration of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has undergone a cabinet reshuffle, leading to sack of two commissioners  while appointing four others.

According to a statement signed by the Secretary to State Government, Ovie Agas, which stated that the two commissioners who were dropped include Commissioners for Health and Tourism, Nicholas Azinge and Dan Okenyi while those re-appointed include Asupa Forteta, formerly of the Directorate of Youths Development, now heads the Urban Renewal Directorate; while Karo Ilolo, formerly of Directorate of Urban Renewal Directorate who now takes charge of the Youths Development Directorate.

Others are Hon. Bright Edejewhro, formerly of Local Government Affairs Directorate now heads Ministry Of Science and Technology and Hon Joyce Overah, of the Ministry of The Science and Technology now moves to Local Government Affairs Directorate.

The statement further said the decision to reshuffle the cabinet is in line with the state government’s desire to re-energise the machinery of government and bring new impetus into service delivery.

It will be recalled that the Mr. Dan Okenyi who was dropped as Commissioner of Culture & Tourism was also removed from the Ministry of Lands and Survey last year following minor cabinet reshuffle.

According to the statement the cabinet reshuffle takes effect from February 8, 2018.

“Deltans are hereby informed that the governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa has effected a minor re-shuffle of the membership of the state executive council which takes effect from today 8th February, 2018.

“In this regard, Dr. Nicholas Azinge and Chief Dan Okenyi are no longer members of the executive council. In line with public service standards, they are to kindly handover all government properties in their possession to the permanent secretaries of  their former ministries as we wish them success in all their future endeavours,” the statement read.

Okowa has since forwarded a nominee, Mordi Ononye, for appointment as commissioner and member of the State Executive Council to the Delta State House of Assembly.

The letter from the Governor conveying the name of the nominee which was read at plenary by the Speaker Sheriff Oborevwori, noted that the governor in the letter sought for the screening and confirmation of the nominee by the house.

APC grows larger after senator, 5,000 supporters decamp in Kano

By Abdulwaheed Usamah,

Despite Nigerians decry and castigating All Progressives Congress (APC) of not properly handling the nation economy, the ruling has received more more members through its Kano State chapter, following defection of a Senator, Basheer Lado, alongside more than 5,000 supporters who followed suit.

Lado decamp and that of his supporters, was welcome development by the state party chapter who gave a grand reception to the new members on Saturday at the Sani Abacha stadium.

The senator, who was accompanied to the venue by party supporters, was received by Deputy National Chairman of APC Mr. Segun Oni on behalf of party’s National Chairman, Mr. John Oyegun.

The new members promised to work for the development of the party not only at the state level but the country as a whole.

“I am very happy to join APC with over 5,000 supporters. Together we are going to work for the party to become stronger and a party to beat in the state and the country in general,” he said.

The former senator said his decision to move to APC was borne out his conviction that APC had done and fulfilled the promises it made to electorate.

Speaking at the event, the Deputy National Chairman of North-West of the party, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, described Lado’s coming as a `boost’ to the APC in the state and the country as a whole.

Earlier, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje said that Lado had brought a lot of development to the state when he was a senator.

He said that the contract of Kano-Katsina road was awarded during the senator’s term in the senate.

Ganduje also added that the senator moved the motion for the construction of a ‎fly-over along Zaria in Kano.

‎The governor also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts in the fight against corruption and insurgency.

He also thanked the President for approving the contract ‎for the construction of rail line from Abuja to Kano and Abuja -Kano road.

Ganduje then appealed to the people of the state to continue to pray for the presidents and for peace, stability and progress in the country.

Dignitaries who graced the occasion included Governor Jibrila Bindow of Adamawa state, Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger state, Senator Kabiru Gaya, Senator Barau Jibrin and some members of House of representatives.

APC Lagos chieftain rates rulling party performance better than PDP government

By Abdulwaheed Usamah,

The All Progressives Congress (APC),  Lagos State chapter Chieftains, Setonji David, has established views that the APC-led Federal Government was better performing compare to People Democratic Party (PDP) 16 years government.

David, representing Badagry Constituency II at the Lagos State House of Assembly, stated that in spite of all the challenges, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government was better.

According to him, Nigeria’s challenges are huge and cannot not be addressed overnight.

“I want to assure that in 2019, APC will still be in power at the national level. We don’t rule out the fact that there are issues just like past governments.

“APC is still far better than PDP in spite of all the challenges. PDP cannot come back. It is not in the interest of this country for such party to come back.

“Allowing PDP to come back to power is like inviting the mechanic who spoilt a car gear box to finally knock the whole engine, ” the lawmaker said.

David, who noted that Nigeria’s economy was picking up, said Nigerians would see miracles if APC was given eight years to rule.

On 2019 politicking, the lawmaker said it must not be a do-or-die affair.

“If you want to serve the people, why don’t you allow the will of the people to prevail. Political office holders and aspirants should have the interest of the people at heart.

“We must not be desperate about any position. Any politician who is desperate, actually, is not out to serve.

“Let’s allow the people to choose the person they want. Many who are desperate are out actually to help themselves,” he added.

According to him, Nigerians should be educated on the need to vote for people they think can serve them right.

“Where we are today is not where we are supposed to be as a people and nation,”.he said.

David, who frowned at people selling their votes, said such people should not blame politicians because they are part and parcel of the rot.

The lawmaker blamed money politics on the nation’s value system, which he said centered on materialism and putting preference on money.

“We worship money here, that is what differentiates us from the developed world. We need to work on our value system.

“We need to have a rethink and work for the best candidates that can make the society better,” he said.

David also frowned at the limited number of centres for the ongoing Continuous Voters Registration (CVR), saying the inadequate centres and facilities had not made the process stress free.

“We had very credible elections in 2015. INEC must work and build on that success to ensure that the commission and people working for it are very independent.

“INEC must live by its name ” independent” . 2019 elections must be very credible so that whoever wins an election will emerge. The 2015 success record should be built on.

On card reader, the lawmaker urged INEC to improve on the machines and ensure adequate training for their handlers.

Ambode adjusts cabinet, appoints new commissioner for information, others

By Adewunmi Abodunrin,

As an indication that governments at all levels are prepared to fast-track development of citizens across Nigeria, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has reshuffled his cabinet with appointment of new executive members including Commissioner for Information and Strategy.

Aside appointment of the governor’s former Special Adviser, Communities and Communication, Kehinde Bamigbetan, as commissioner for Information and Strategy, that of other member of the state’s executive, Ambode also laid off three commissioners who were believed to have under performed in their areas of specialties. 

Through a statement issued on Thursday by Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, the governor listed three affected cabinet members who were Commissioner for Ministry of Physical Planning Urban Development, Anifowoshe Abiola; Commissioner for Ministry of Science and Technology, Femi Odubiyi and Commissioner for Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture, Adebimpe Akinsola.

From the governor’s list, after appointment of Bamigbetan, Segun Banjo was appointed as Special Adviser for Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget,  Olayinka Oladunjoye to be in charge of Ministry of Commerce and Industry; while Hakeem Fahm would serve at Ministry of Science Technology; and Ladi Lawanson, for Ministry of Transportation;.

On same development, the state governor also deployed Rotimi Ogunleye from Commerce and Industry to Physical Planning and Urban Development;  Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf from Ministry of Youth and Social Development to Ministry of Wealth Creation; Agboola Dabiri from Central Business District to Ministry of Youth and Social Development; Steve Ayorinde from Ministry of Information and Strategy to Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture; Babatunde Durosinmi Etti from Ministry of Wealth Creation to Ministry of the Environment.

Others included: “Dr. Samuel Adejare from Ministry of Environment to Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development; Engr. Ade Akinsanya from Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development to Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.

“Benjamin Olabinjo has been moved from Special Adviser, Commerce and Industry to become Special Adviser Civic Engagement, while Kehinde Joseph moved from Special Adviser Civic Engagement to become Special Adviser Housing.

According to the statement, Special Adviser Sports, Deji Tinubu, has been redeployed as Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce and Industry and Anofiu Elegushi moved from Special Adviser Transport to become Special Adviser, Central Business District.

“The new commissioners are expected to be cleared by the State House of Assembly while the other redeployment and postings take immediate effect.

“The new appointments and redeployment are geared towards creating a new vigour and vitality for service delivery which has been the hallmark of the Governor Ambode administration”, it stated.

INEC decries over 657, 267 uncollected voters card in Oyo

By Balogun Alabi,

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Oyo state section, has decried over Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) that were yet to be collected by their owners in the state, adding that the total number of abandoned PVCs was 657, 267.

It implored members of public in the state who were yet to collect theirs, to do so, as the cards were already available.

However, the agency encouraged general public who has attained voting age of 18 years old, to utilize the ongoing continuous voters registration to obtain their PVCs in registered offices.

Asides obtaining voters card, INEC urged Nigerians to participate fully in the electoral process ahead of 2019 elections and vote for candidates of their choice.

While addressing newsmen in an interview on Wednesday in Ibadan capital, the state’s INEC chapter administrative secretary, Surajudeen Junaid, advised politicians against any act that would hinder electoral processes, adding that politicians must follow the norms.

Junaid, stressed that the commission had intensified sensitization across the state, in order to educate electorates on their rights and responsibilities during electoral process.