APC fixes May 15 as party’s congress

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that National Convention to elect officers for a new term in the party’s leadership would be holding on May 14, in Abuja.

A schedule of activities released on Wednesday by the Organising Secretary, Osita Izunaso, signified that the party’s Ward Congresses would be conducted May 2, while appeal that may arise from the conduct would be entertained on May 3.

The schedule showed that local government area congresses would hold on May 5, with appeal arising from the exercise fixed for May 7.

It indicated that May 9 is the date for congress at states’ level to elect executive committees of the party in all states in the country.

It fixed May 10 for hearing of appeal that may arise from the conduct of the state congresses.

Kogi PDP member submits aspiration letter for state assembly

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The Kogi State People Democratic People (PDP) member, Samuel Aledare, has declared his intention to contest for Kabba-Bunu constituency in the Kogi state House of Assembly under the platform of the PDP.

Aledare, who has formally presented his letter of intent to the Kabba-Bunu PDP local government secretariat, said that he was best candidate to represent his people of the consistency.

Speaking after submitting his letter of intent on Friday in the state, Aledare commended the executives of the party for giving him opportunity to be part of the loyal party’s members, just as he praised entire party for loyalty and remaining steadfast even while the party went through its turbulent crisis.

He assured the executives as well as members of the constituency that he would not disappoint them, stressing that he would work more tirelessly to deliver on the dividends of democracy.

He pledged to make Kabba/Bunu constituency great again, adding that he would revisit the issue of legislative oversight functions.

He promised to focus on education, empowerment and other constituency project, adding that he will never decamp to any other party.

On his part, the Youth Leader of the party in the local government, Kayode Eseyin promised to support the cabdidature of Aledare while calling on other party members to do same.

The Chairman, Kabba-Bunu Local Government, Johnson Abejirin, commended the young politician for the bold step taken to run for the position, just as he expressed satisfaction with the ability of Aledare to run for the office, said that he would have presented the aspirant himself but for the position he holds in the party.

He said that the aspirant was a known loyal party member whose antecedents spoke very well for him.

APC’s former councilors elect development working executives

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All Progressives Congress (APC) former Councillors have elected national executives who would shoulder responsibility of piloting affairs of members across the country.

As gathered after the decision, the new executives were elected at the forum’s national convention held in Abuja on Tuesday, where they unanimously agree to picking those that would take the responsibility.

The Patron of the forum, Danladi Etsu Zhin, stated that the new body would help in setting up structures that would bring development closer to rural dwellers.

Zhin, a former Chairman of Kuje Area Council in the FCT, who served as councillor between 1991 and 1993.noted that councillors were closer to the grassroots and should be provided with a platform to always contribute towards effective development of their people.

He described the forum as “political mobiliser” that needed full attention to boost development across the 774 local governments in the country.

Zhin said the idea of the forum was initiated as a means of connecting government to the people at the local level, as well as ensuring APC’s victory at the forthcoming elections.

In their separate acceptance speeches, the forum’s Chairman, Egop Igah, from Rivers State, and Secretary, Hajiya Aisha Yakubu, pledged their commitment to connect political office holders together.

APC’s groups go against Buhari’s order, back Oyegun, NWC tenure elongation

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Barely a week after President Muhamadu Buhari reversed tenure extension of All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) of the party led by John Odigie-Oyegun, various groups from the ruling party have gone against decision of the president by throwing supports behind tenure elongation of the chairman and that of entire NWC.

The groups, through a paper made available to newsmen on Monday in Abuja on Monday, stated that the the group had watched with keen interest developments that followed 5th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting and that of sudden change of stance by Buhari.

The paper was co-signed by Convener, APC Youth Solidarity Network, Danisi Momoh, Coordinator Grassroots Mobilisation for Buhari -Osinbajo 2019, Japhet Echegwo, South-South Youth Movement for Change, Kede Michael, Director-General, Buhari Supporters for Change, Tega Okokoyoko, APC North Central Buhari-Osinbajo Support Group, Ibrahim Yusman,

Others included Oduduwa for Change movement, Lanre Jimiloyi,  APC Ambassadors for Continuity, Dipreye Victor, Director-General, APC Advocacy for Transparency and Good Governance, Champion Eyigie ,an Chairperson, Women for Change network, Elizabeth Omokoro,

It would be recalled that Buhari recently directed that tenure elongation of Odigie-Oyegun and that of other officers of the party be reversed, describing the action unconstitutional.

Buhari had told the NEC meeting of the party that he had reflected on the elongation and also sought advice and had come to the conclusion that it was unconstitutional.

However, the coalition said that it was worried over Buhari’s sudden opposition to the 12-months tenure extension for party executives voted on and approved by NEC–104 in support and four against.

“Hence, we are of the firm position that although the president is entitled to take a personal position as a member of NEC, the president’s decision is ill-advised and politically counter-productive.

“Following NEC’s decision to setup a technical committee to advise the party on the President’s decision, we call on the committee to note the logistical and political exigencies that informed NEC’s decision to extend the tenure of Party Executives by 12 months and also be guided by the following facts before arriving at its decisions.

“Coupled with the crisis the Party is battling with in many states and many important activities of the Party this year and the available time, NEC found it unwise to embark on a wholesale replacement of the executive cadre of the Party at all levels at a time so close to the general election.

“ For clarity, NEC, unarguably the second most powerful party organ is a hybrid of senior party leaders composed of the President, Vice President, Governors, National Assembly leadership, National Working Committee, State Chairmen and ex-officio members from the six geo-political zones of the country.’’

The coalition said that procedurally, a move to reverse NEC’s decision could only be done if NEC reversed itself or the Party’s convention voted to nullify it.

The coalition said that a reversal could not be effected by a personal position taken by the president or any other NEC member, as being suggested in some quarters particularly the media.

The groups appealed to Buhari to look at the issues critically and prevent further crisis by not pleasing any powerful individual or group that might want to hijack the party’s hierarchy.

Ekiti APC’s guber aspirant celebrates 1,350 delegates during Easter fest

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As part of effort towards appreciating political parties, particularly members, the Ekiti State All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Femi Bamisile, has hosted no fewer than 1,350 delegates across 177 wards of the party within the state, another edition of the gesture created to celebrate members of APC in Ekiti.

At length, the gesture was aimed at demonstrating’s Bamisile recognition of the part’s members’ contribution and dedication to unity of APC in Ekiti aside way of showing his appreciation towards delegates struggle after the party lost to opposition four years ago in the state.

The aspirant, who is the State house of Assembly former Speaker, on Thursday during celebration of the state party’s ward’s 1,350 members tagged ‘Delegates Easter Fest, on Thursday in Ekiti State, said that celebrating people that have stood behind the party unity several years was synonymous to growth of the APC in Ekiti and that foremost to him, was to have the dedicated members, who have thrown in all hopes to have the party stay, celebrated.

Bamisile assured crowd of members from the political party in the state that he would remain committed to what APC stands for if eventually emerged as governor of Ekiti state in coming months, just as he tasked delegates to clinch onto unity of the party which they have been fighting for, several years ago.

He explained that his celebration of the delegates was born at of passion to ensure the members have smiles on their faces and that was reason invitations were extended to his campaign teams both within and outside the state, so as to give the fest robust celebration.

Bamisile disclosed that plans and arrangements to have the party’s members well treated was put in place in order to have  the 2018 edition of the event different from that of previous years.

According to him, the 2017 edition of the event and that of the previous other ones were no doubted still lingering in memories of the entire people of Ekiti and the celebration of the season with the entire people of the state has become a tradition of some sort, and 2018 version was not be an exception.

“From feedback, the previous year event was indeed a season that brought the state to a stand still,with delegates and friends of Bamisile been hosted in a bid to show my appreciation for all the supports he has been enjoying from both party men and non partisan citizens.

“The event, no doubt, has also strengthened the APC Unity that was already existing in the state, with dignitaries, from party excos, to delegates from across the 177 wards, friends, both home and abroad in attendance.

“I, hosting all APC leaders in my own home is an indication that I care about my people and party,as a leader who is fearless, bold, unique and courageous.

“Without any shadow of doubt,the celebration of the delegates put together by me and my team is far better than what we had last year and next year will surely at the Government house”, he indicated.

Meanwhile,  sources at event confided who The Guild, disclosed that Bamisile had also used the avenue to declared his ambition and reminded members of him aim to run for the governorship election on platform of APC and that from indication, the former speaker has potential of emerging as the party right candidate for the race, due number of delegates that were on his side.

President aide, Ojodu, declares governorship aspiration in Ekiti

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President Mohammadu Buhari Special Adviser on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, has threatened to go after Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, administration if he gets elected during the state forth coming election.

Ojudo affirmed that he would probe Fayose and his government once he assume office after July 2018 election and that he was on course to ensure trenchancy in his administration.

Speaking at a rally held in the state on Friday, the president’s aide declared formally his interest in the state’s governorship race and that he would be contesting on  All Progressives Congress (APC) party.

While declaring his intention, Ojudu revealed his plans for the state and the residents, with assurance that his administration would give priority to education, health, infrastructure and agriculture.

“Today, I declare my desire to be the next governor of our state. Today, I ask you to join me in bringing sense back to our Government House. Today, I ask you to join me in bringing better jobs to the state. I call on you indigenes and residents to join me aboard our train of progress. If you want a better life for your children, join us and let us make our state a pacesetter state. I know that the journey cannot be easy because we will have to climb mountains but our work will not be in vain”.

“With the resources that this state is endowed with, why are we so poor? Why are we this broke and have become a laughing stock? Why has our land become a land of grief and pains? Can we continue like this? No, we cannot. This is the reason why I am telling you that the time has come to rescue our state from the oppressors and the time has come for the voices of our people to be heard.”

Ojudu stated that it was time to vote out corrupt leadership in the state and that during his tenure if elected, he would not demolish houses, but respect the traditional rulers,and pay workers’ salary, as well as pay pensioners’ allowances, and make life better for the people.

He further cautioned the sitting governor against any act of hooliganism, assuring that he would do anything to protect his supporters.

Ojudu, born 27 March 1961, is a Nigerian journalist who was elected Senator for the Ekiti Central constituency of Ekiti State, Nigeria, in the April 2011 national elections. He ran on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.

He attended Ado Grammar School in Ado-Ekiti, between 1973 and 1977 after which he proceeded to to the University of Ife, Ile-Ife to study English. He also attended the University of Lagos between 1985 and 1986, where he studied for a Master’s degree in Political Science.

Before venturing into the murky water of politics, he worked at Guardian Newspaper and Concord Newspapers where he rose from a reporter to the position of assistant editor.

He later joined his professional friends to establish Independent Communications Network Limited, ICNL, parent body of many reputable titles in Nigeria including: The News Magazine, and PM News.

Lawmaker backs APC crisis resolution in Kaduna

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The Kaduna State Central Senatorial representative at National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has declared his support for effort that could have crisis in Kaduna state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Sani, who gave the assurance on Sunday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen after meeting with leader of the party’s fact-finding committee, Segun Oni, said that he was summoned by Oni as his faction of the party could not meet with members of the committee when they visited Kaduna.

The senator indicated his readiness to support of effort that would restore peace, unity and stability within the party in the state and the country.

He, however, added that it was in the interest of the party not to defer its problems and crises, but to solve them.

According to him, there is no problem in the APC that cannot be solved, so long as the contending parties are ready for settlement.

“If one person is ready and the other person is not ready, certainly we are not going to make any headway.

“So, I very much identify myself with any effort that is aimed at bringing peace.

“Our position is this, if the governor of Kaduna state is for peace, we are for peace. If he’s for war, we are also for war and a bigger war,’’ he said.

The lawmaker, however, said that it was the desire of everyone to come together and work to heal wounds.

This, he said, was critical to restore confidence and hope in the minds of millions of Nigerians that voted for the APC in 2015.

He added that a situation where some people within the party were treated as outcasts would not augur well for it.

Sani also said that it was wrong for some people to be categorized as pro-Buhari and others as anti-Buhari within the party.

He said that everyone who is in the APC was pro-Buhari, explaining that the difference was that while some were not sycophants, others were.

He, however, pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to personally intervene in the crisis in the party in Kaduna, saying that Buhari “is the glue that binds the members”.

“I still see President Muhammadu Buhari as the glue of APC; if we don’t have Buhari in the APC, everyone will find his way to his home.

“So, as he remains the glue, he must also be up and doing in addressing these crises,’’ Sani said.

According to him, the president`s philosophy of being for everybody and for nobody has led the party to nowhere.

He said that addressing the crisis in Kaduna chapter was critical to avert the tragedy that may befall the party in upcoming elections.

“As far as I am concerned, the success of this party in the upcoming elections is dependent on how it would be able to manage the crisis and solve the problems.

“The Segun Oni committee came to Kaduna and requested that we should all sheath our sword and bury our hatchet. For now, we only covered our hatchet with leaves,“ the lawmaker said.

He said the crisis in the party in Kaduna was allowed to fester and had reached a crescendo “where the broom automatically transformed to a machete“.

He, however, said that aggrieved members of the party were waiting for the president, the party`s leadership and the Sen. Bola Tinubu’s Reconciliation Team to reconcile members.

“We have provided the facts and we are waiting for Tinubu to act on it; as far as I am concerned, I believe that Oni is working with Tinubu. There is no conflict of responsibilities,“ he said.

Sani expressed optimism that the party`s future could be bright if its members were treated with equity, justice and fairness.

He advised the party`s leadership to avoid the symptoms of crisis that destroyed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), cautioning that, if crisis in Kaduna defied peaceful moves, members may have to take the next step.

“And as far as I am concerned everyone has plan B; even for me, I have plan B, C and D.

“If anyone felt that this party belongs to him and doesn’t belong to me and that I am not needed in the party, there is no way I can continue to remain in the party. After all, it is a free world,’’ Sani said.

Enugu APC okays Buhari for second term

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While Nigeria still remain in division on whether President Muhammdadu Buhari should rule the nation for another four year at expense on the current situation of economy, the Enugu State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) Enugu State Chapter, has endorsed the president for another term as 2019 general elections draws near.

The state’s chapter of the party equally passed a vote of confidence on the president and Chairman, APC, the state chapter, Dr Ben Nwoye, led executive committee of the party in the state.

However, a unanimous decisions were taken during the state’s APC’s enlarged State Executive Council and stakeholders meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Enugu.

Addressing the executive members and stakeholders, Nwoye, said that the party would field candidates in all elective positions in 2019.

According to Nwoye, the Lion Building (Enugu Government House) is our target, and in doing that, we must also make ensure that President Buhari gets the highest votes that will be cast in the state.

“We have the power and all it takes to confront the PDP in 2019. If there is anybody here who will support the election of a PDP candidate, this is not the place for you, you should leave us; what we want is purely candidates of APC extraction.

“We must drop our egos and focus on winning elections in the interest of the party,’’ he said.

Cautioning against sabotaging plans of the party by aggrieved members, the chairman appeal for peace in the party and apologized to party faithful whom he might have offended during the crisis in the state.

“I tender unreserved apology to those I may have offended by my words and actions.

“By the same token, I have forgiven those who offended me through their conducts. These include those who filed false cases against me in the DSS, EFCC, courts, among others,’’ he said.

In his remarks, the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, (VON), Chief Osita Okechukwu, called on the party in the state and South East to support President Buhari for a second term in office.

“We need to vote for President Buhari in 2019 because it is the closest possible gateway to Igbo presidency in 2023,’’ he said.

“What the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership could not do for the South-East throughout its 16-year leadership was now being done by the APC government.

“Ndigbo have hope in APC, if we support President Buhari to complete a two-tenure in 2023; Ndigbo will have golden opportunity to produce the president because equity and justice will be on our side,’’ he noted.

The immediate past Governor of Enugu State, Mr Sullivan Chime, stressed the need for members to embrace peace; saying: “APC does not have the luxury of crisis’’.

Chime applauded the decision of the APC NEC to extend the tenure of its national leaders noting that it would have been the opportunity for enemies to scatter the party.

“As things are now, what is before us is more important,’’ he said.

On the choice of the party’s governorship candidate, the former governor said it was necessary to choose credible candidates that would deliver.

“I pray that we won’t have difficulty in choosing who will be our governorship candidate in 2019,’’ he said.

LG election holds in Edo, PDP stays away from poll

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The  Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIC has held Local Government elections in the state which was claimed to be peacefully conducted even though main opposition, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), refused to participate in the election.

It was reported that on All Progressive Congress (APC) participated during the election and that the PDP reason for refusing  to partake in the process, was yet to be expressed.

The State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who voted at 19 polling unit in Ward 4, Oredo, expressed satisfaction for the peaceful conduct, just as he  commended EDSIC for putting in place adequate logistics for the exercise, with claim that the election was peacefully conducted.

After the election on Saturday, the government  expressed satisfaction with turnout of voters in his unit and ward, noting that the Councillor and chairmanship candidates did well in mobilizing voters to participate in the election.

Obaseki said the boycott of the exercise by PDP did not affected voter-turnout.

“We can confidently say the opposition party is not in existence in the state. Every politician aspires from the units and if you do not give them the platform, they will seek it outside.”

On expectations in 2019 elections, the governor said: “The council election has been peaceful and this is a precursor to 2019 elections; Edo is an APC state, maybe the contest will be outside the state.”

Meanwhile, ten political parties were cleared by EDSIEC to participate in the elections and they include APC, Democratic Alternative (DA), Democratic People’s Party (DPP), Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), Progressive People Alliance (PPA), Acton Democratic Party (ADP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Labour Party (LP), National Conscience Party (NCP) and People for Democratic Change (PDC).

On part of EDSIEC, the Chairman, Prof. Stanley Orobator, commended the state Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo, and other security agencies for providing effective security during the elections.

Orobator claimed that the commission experienced smooth and efficient security arrangement which contributed to the hitch-free process, indicating that, presence of security personnel made build-up to the elections less stressful, and that no challenge was experienced.

He said that some staff of the commission even had to sleep in the office to ensure protection of materials and early delivery of election materials across the state.

Earlier, Kokumo said that his presence in the commission was for on-the-spot assessment of activities and conduct of personnel deployed for the elections.

He said security agencies were constitutionally empowered to protect the lives of citizens and also provide security in such cases as during elections.

The police boss, who had earlier visited some polling units in Benin, said he was impressed with conduct of voters.

He said no report of arrest of any person for any electoral offence had been received from any of the 18 local government areas in the state.

Sixteen thousand security personnel, including 7, 000 policemen, 5, 000 Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel and 1,500 personnel from the Nigerian Army were deployed for the elections.

Northern senators’ sacked chairman promises support for Buhari

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The Northern Senetors’ Forum former Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, representing Nasarawa West at National Assembly, barely a week aftter he was sacked over misappropriation of the forum N70 million,  has affirmed that he would continue to defend President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration, irrespective of humiliation from colleagues and opposition within and outside the assembly.

Adamu, during a meeting of All Progressives Congress’ stakeholders in Nasarawa State on Monday, promised to pursue development issues that would better the lives of Nigerians.

The senator was only last week removed as the chairman of the NSF over allegationsof misappropriating N70 million belonging to the forum. He was replaced with Sen. Aliyu Wamakko.

The lawmaker who was responding to a vote of confidence passed on him by the Nasarawa State APC, assured them of his continued stand in defence of truth, his party and the Buhari administration.

Earlier, APC stakeholders made up of federal and state legislators among others, expressed their confidence on the leadership qualities of Sen. Adamu.

The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Abdullahi, moved the motion for the vote of confidence which was seconded by Rep. Mohammed Ibrahim (APC-Nasarawa/Toto), at the meeting.

Abdullahi told newsmen at the end of the meeting that the confidence vote was passed on Adamu after assessing his positive contributions at the Senate in the last six years as well as his role in the development of humanity.

“We the lawmakers, both at the federal and state levels, under APC from Nasarawa West including the state party executives led by the Chairman, Mr Philip Shekwo, and critical stakeholders are here to discuss on some vital national issues that affect our party and the present administration in general.

“We are loyal and in total support of what our distinguished Sen. Abduallhi Adamu is doing in defence of truth, in defence of our party and in defence of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, and we urged him to stand firm on that.

“We told him to continue to stand firm in defence of truth and we are solidly behind him and President Buhari beyond 2019,” he said.

The speaker called on the people to continue to pray and give their maximum support to Adamu and Buhari to enable them succeed in the tasks ahead of them.

He noted that Adamu, who was a two time governor of the state, had performed credibly well in office, hence the need for the people of the senatorial district to support his re-election come 2019.

The Nasarawa state number three citizen also called on APC faithful to remain united and work for the progress of the party at all levels beyond 2019.

Besides, Abdullahi called on Nigerians to continue to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliation for the overall development of the country.

After Adamu’s suspension, it was alleged by Sen. Shehu Sani that the unaccounted sum may have been taken by monkeys that invaded the senators farm house.