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APC Primaries: Aisha Buhari Slams Oshiomhole, Says Impunity Reigns Under Him

             Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari

• President wife’s brother loses Adamawa gov ticket

Olalekan Adetayo, Kamarudeen Ogundele, Peter Dada and Hindi Livinus

Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, on Sunday, faulted the manner in which some of the primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress were conducted.

She particularly took a swipe at the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who she accused of allowing impunity under his watch.

Mrs Buhari made her position known in a series of tweets she posted on her verified Twitter handle, @aishambuhari, on Sunday.

She regretted that Oshiomhole, despite his activism background, could allow such a conduct under his leadership.

She said the conduct negated the principle of change that the APC stood for.

The President’s wife, whose brother contested the governorship primary in Adamawa State and lost to the incumbent, however, did not mention the specific cases she was referring to.

She, however, called on Nigerians to rise against impunity and for voters to demand from aspirants to be committed to the provision of basic amenities.

Mrs Buhari said, “It is disheartening to note that some aspirants used their hard-earned money to purchase nomination forms, got screened, cleared and campaigned vigorously yet found their names omitted on election day. These forms were bought at exorbitant prices.

“Many others contested and yet had their result delayed, fully knowing that automatic tickets had been given to other people.

“The All Progressives Congress, being a party whose cardinal principle is change and headed by a comrade/ activist whose main concern is for the common man, yet, such impunity could take place under his watch.

“It is important for the populace to rise against impunity and for voters to demand from aspirants to be committed to the provision of basic amenities such as potable water, basic health care (Primary Health Care centres)

“Given this development, one will not hesitate than dissociate from such unfairness, be neutral and speak for the voiceless.

“Education within conducive and appropriate learning environments. Let us vote wisely! Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

When contacted, the acting National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, said he had not seen Aisha’s tweets and as such could not respond.

He said, “I have not seen it (tweets). I cannot react to something I have not seen.”

Though a screen grab of the tweet was sent to him, a response was still being awaited from him as of 5: 53 pm when this report was filed.

Governor Bundow of Adamawa State emerged the winner of the disputed governorship primary in the state.

Bindow polled 193,656 votes in the direct primary to defeat Mahmood Halilu, Aisha Buhari’s younger brother and Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, who polled 15,498 and 7,705 votes respectively.

The results, declared by the chairman of the 25-member electoral panel, Jibrin Ahmed, came amidst controversy, following calls for the cancellation of the primary by Ribadu and Mahmood earlier on.

Both Ribadu and Mahmood, who stated their rejection of the outcome of the primary election, attributed their decision to the irregularities which they said marred the exercise.

Mahmood,  who addressed journalists on Saturday, dismissed the primary as a charade, saying “even if I am declared the winner,  my conscience will not allow me to accept it.”

He stated, “It is surprising that the guidelines were flouted with impunity to the extent that an electoral officer,  Mr Peter Nwadozie,  who supervised the exercise in the Mubi North Local Government Area,  announced the result of the election and declared one of the aspirants as the winner in camera.

“Even before the commencement of the exercise and arrival of materials, government officials were on social media posting outcome of the election that did not take place.

“I will not accept this result, even if it favours me because the whole process has been compromised.”

Primary: Ekiti senatorial aspirant demands cancellation

In Ekiti State, an APC senatorial aspirant for Ekiti North Senatorial District, Chief Kayode Otitoju, demanded cancellation of the results, if he would not be declared the winner.

Otitoju, who alleged that the primary was fraught with fraud and irregularities, urged the National Working Committee of the party to consider his demand in the interest of the party to avoid a legal action.

A former member of the Senate, Olubunmi Adetumbi, had been returned as the winner in the primary.

Adetumbi was said to have polled 21,763 in the direct primary conducted by the Dr Ibrahim Sule-led APC Senatorial Primary Committee in the state, on Friday.

Registering his protest at the APC Secretariat in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, the former state’s Commissioner for Information claimed that no election was held in the five local governments that constituted the district.

He said, “There are two options left for the party under this circumstance; it is either they order a rerun of the primary by not recognising Senator Adetumbi or declare me the winner on personal recognition.”

We have no candidate yet in Ondo, say aspirants

Some House of Representatives and House of Assembly aspirants on the platform of the APC in Ondo State have called on the national leadership of the party to conduct a fresh primary for Akoko North-East/ Akoko North-West Federal Constituency of the state.

The aspirants, who are 13 in number, condemned the statement credited to the state chairman of the party, Mr Ade Adetimehin,  that a peaceful election was held in the federal constituency and the candidate had emerged, last week.

In a statement jointly signed by the aggrieved aspirants on Sunday, they demanded a fresh election for the real candidate of the party to emerge.  (Punch)

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Gov. Ishaku Supporters Give Oshiomhole Seven Day Ultimatum |The Republican News

Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo

 

A group, Taraba Network for Peace and Development on Wednesday asked the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, to retract his verbal attack on Governor Darius Ishaku or face court action.

At a press briefing in Jalingo, Chairman of the group, Alhaji Haruna Musa, who was flanked by the Secretary, Yusuf Illiya, said Governor Darius Ishaku was duly elected by the generality of the Taraba people and affirmed by the Supreme Court and wondered why Oshiomhole kept saying his election in 2015 was not by popular votes.

Oshiomhole had on Monday, while inaugurating Tukur El-Sudi as the APC chairman in Taraba, accused Governor Darius Ishaku of running a non-resident administration and promised to give the people of Taraba in 2019 a resident governor.

The group called on the APC national chairman to retract what they described as ‘reckless statements’ against Governor Darius Ishaku within seven days or risk lawsuit.

“We can no longer sit back and watch Oshiomhole make wild and false allegations and cast aspersions on the integrity of the nation’s judicial verdicts which upheld the election of Governor Darius Ishaku.

“Oshiomhole benefited from judicial verdict when the Supreme Court installed him as the Governor of Edo State and for him to turn today and make unsubstantiated claims against Gov Ishaku and the court is uncalled for.

“We reject falsehood as weapon of political opposition and advise Oshiomhole to retract his statements and apologise to Governor Darius Ishaku and the people of Taraba State for this act of political blackmail.”  (Punch)

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Oshiomhole Under Pressure, Working For Floundering Government – Jonathan |RN

              Former President, Dr Goodluck Ebelechukwu Jonathan

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

 

A former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan,  has said there are indications that the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, is under stress.

He explained that the stress could be as a result of workload and that he (Oshiomhole) was also working for what he called a floundering government.

Jonathan said these in a statement in Abuja, on Wednesday, while reacting to a claim by Oshiomhole that vote-buying started under the former president.

The former president, whose statement was signed by his media aide, Mr Ikechukwu Eze, also described Oshiomhole as a man of double identity.

The statement was titled, “Oshiomhole: The burden of blame game and tumultuous leadership.”

Oshiomhole, while being featured on a Channels Television programme, Roadmap, was quoted to have said, “President Jonathan started this massive vote buying in Nigeria and the media must play back and do a proper interview and proper investigation to discover the origin of vote- buying.”

Jonathan said he did not know why Oshiomhole decided to engage in what he described as misleading falsehood.

But he said the former governor could be under pressure.

He said, “We can only guess that Mr Oshiomhole, who is currently operating under tremendous stress in the bid to steady the already floundering ship of his administration as the new leader of his party, may have got himself entangled in a voyage of tactless desperation.

“His recent flip-flops where he praised Governor Samuel Ortom and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso one day only to denounce them the very next day, is enough evidence of his fragile psychological state.

“Not only is he content on squabbling with members of the opposition, we note the self-destructive tendencies of Oshiomhole, who is locked in a feud with members of his own party, including the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, and a host of APC governors.

“It appears that Mr Oshiomhole’s psychological strain may have reached boiling point.”

The statement noted that vote-buying became known during the 2016 governorship election, more than a year after Jonathan left office.

According to the statement, “On the vexatious issue of ‘vote-buying’, which has unfortunately found its way into our election lexicon, this is what we know: It is obvious that the shameful development in our democratic experience became very glaring during the 2016 governorship election in Edo State; an exercise that took place more than one year after President Jonathan had left office.

“It is, therefore, disingenuous for any politician or group to link the former president with the anomaly, no matter how they want to stretch the now-failing blame game.

“While in office as president between 2010 and 2015, Jonathan conducted many elections including the 2011 and 2015 general elections, and many off-season governorship and parliamentary elections in some states like Anambra, Ekiti, Ondo and Edo; and not for once did the issue of vote-buying come up in the assessment of those elections.

“It is instructive that in each case, the former President was given a clean bill, with both local and international observers commending him for having supervised a credible and transparent process.”

Eze said one of those who gave the former President a clean bill of health was Oshiomhole.

According to him,  Oshiomhole was quoted to have said on July 16, 2012, that “What the Edo election has confirmed is that when the President and Commander-in-Chief puts the country first and he conducts himself as a statesman not just as a party leader, credible elections are possible.”

He said when the above statement is juxtaposed with Oshiomhole’s current statement, “it becomes obvious that the APC chairman is suffering from multiple personality syndrome and has Jekyll and Hyde schizophrenia.”

Eze added that the wave of commendation for Jonathan’s electoral conduct had continued, long after he had left office.

For example, he said in November 2017, a United Nations delegation led by Ambassador Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, and Chairman of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, had commended Jonathan for the positive outcome of the electoral reforms he initiated during his tenure, and prayed that the institutions he had built and the high standards he had set in organising credible and peaceful elections were maintained and sustained by his successors.  (Punch)

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You Can’t Decide Senate’s Leadership, PDP Tells Oshiomhole

   National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole

The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday, asked the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, to stop his continued calls for the change of the leadership of the Senate, saying such was completely out of his decision.

The party urged Oshiomhole to also stop “his childish tantrums and get educated” on the fact that the positions of the Senate President and that of deputy Senate President did not belong to political parties but to Nigerians, who elected persons into the seats through their representatives in the Senate.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said Oshiomhole should also stop exposing his alleged ignorance in thinking that the Senate leadership could be changed by his “inconsequential orders as a factional chairman of a political party, when the law is settled that such power is vested only in the two-thirds votes, representing 73 of the 109 senators.”

Ologbondiyan added that Oshiomhole should know that the pressure allegedly being mounted by him on the issue would not yield any positive result.

He said, “We know that Oshiomhole is under intense pressure from the Presidency to overheat the polity, distract the National Assembly members and make as much effort to cause a constitutional crisis in the country, having realised that they cannot win the 2019 general elections.

“However, the PDP strongly cautions these desperate power grabbers to note that their actions have unlimited capacity to destroy our democracy.

“Nigerians have noted that since his imposition as the chairman of the APC, Mr Oshiomhole has done nothing but spewing hate speech and officially introducing a thug mentality into the polity, while causing confusion in every sector of our national life, including the Federal Executive Council, the security system, our legislature as well as in his dysfunctional APC, which as an undertaker, he is finally set to bury.

“Since Oshiomhole assumed office, the nation has witnessed various unimaginable constitutional infractions, including the invasion of the Benue State House of Assembly and the Ekiti State Government House by the APC-controlled federal security agencies, the escalated harassment of federal legislators and persons perceived to be averse to the APC’s re-election bid; the siege to the residences of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, by security agencies as well as the recent invasion of the National Assembly by security operatives.”

While calling on Nigerians and the international community to note the activities of Oshiomhole, as allegedly being directed by the Presidency, he said the PDP believed firmly the APC and the Presidency were fighting what he called a losing battle.

He added that they could not cow Nigerians into changing their resolve to end the nation’s nightmare by voting the APC out and returning the nation to the path of peace, national cohesion and economic prosperity. (Punch)

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Defection: APC Slams Saraki Again, Calls Him A Traitor, Betrayer |RN

 National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole

John Alechenu and Olaleye Aluko

 

The All Progressives Congress on Thursday launched a tirade against the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, calling him a traitor, betrayer and a man unfit to hold a public office.

The party’s renewed attack on Saraki was contained in a statement by the acting National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Yekini Nabena, in Abuja.

According to the ruling party, the position of the Senate President is one of the highest political offices one can attain in every democratic country and it is a position usually reserved for the best, experienced and exemplary politicians who by their character and conduct in public offices, serve as role models for the younger generation.

The statement reads,  “In terms of exemplary personage, the reverse is the case in respect of the current Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, who has been a dismal failure and has been involved in one controversy or the other: budget padding, filibustering, legislative rascality, sabotage of matters of national interest, among other criminalities too numerous to mention.

“Having suffered under the 16-year misrule of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr Saraki will go down in our country’s history as the worst Senate President Nigeria has had the misfortune to have.

“Since his usurpation of the coveted seat, achieved through a wicked conspiracy with members of the opposition PDP, it has been from one controversy to another: the code of conduct trial for false declaration of assets; conspiracy with his deputy to fraudulently alter the rules of the Senate; and links to the deadly armed robbers who wasted many lives in the Offa robbery attack. It is alleged that some of the robbery suspects were his political thugs used to rig elections. A common adage says, “Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are.”

The party argued that all over the world, the leadership of the legislature was provided by the political party with the majority members but Saraki took advantage of the absence of many members of his former party – the All Progressives Congress – to conspire with members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to emerge Senate President and, in the process, traded off the position of the deputy Senate President to the opposition.

The APC described the alleged trade-off as “a political betrayal and treachery even the devil would be envious of.”

The party decried Saraki’s continued occupation of the position of Senate President even after he had dumped the majority party to join the minority.

It said it was not surprised at what it called the Senate President’s greed, selfishness, treachery, disregard for protocol and constituted authority.

The statement further read, “A traitor will always be a traitor, however the time and place. The Senate must do everything possible to put Dr Saraki where he rightly belongs – the back seat. He is definitely not a fit and proper person to preside over the country’s upper and revered legislative house.

“A man who betrayed his father, sister (many times), his party the PDP in 2014, the APC in 2015 by conspiring with the opposition PDP senators to emerge Senate President, APC administration by sabotaging the executive and defecting to the PDP in 2018 has no character, principles, values and integrity.”

It said Saraki would dump the PDP a second time if his interest was not served, alleging that such a man was not interested in the Nigeria of our dreams.

APC hasn’t recovered from failure to subvert democracy –Saraki

When contacted, the Special Adviser (Media) to the Senate President, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said, “We can’t descend into the gutter with these characters. Apparently, they have not recovered from the shock of their Tuesday’s failed attempt to subvert democracy.”

Meanwhile, national chairmen and other leaders of 45 opposition political parties on Thursday raised the alarm over an alleged plot by a government agency to freeze the bank accounts of the Senate and Saraki.

The parties raised the alarm during a solidarity visit to the Senate President in the Senate building in Abuja on Thursday.

The National Chairman of the National Unity Party, Chief Perry Okpara, who led the delegation and spoke on behalf of the group, said they were aware of the plot and warned against it.

Okpara, who did not name the government agency that was behind the plot, said, “We have it on good authority that there are moles in the Senate and there are moves to freeze the accounts of the Senate, Senate President and governors.”

The moves, he said, was aimed at crippling the parliament and forcing a leadership change in the National Assembly.

Okpara said, “We wish to alert Nigerians to a new plot by the same people, whose first shameful attempt to unlawfully overthrow the leadership of the National Assembly failed; an attempt, which brought Nigeria to the bad international limelight.

“We have it on good authority that a fresh plot is being hatched to make another attempt to cripple the parliament in the guise of impeachment, even when they know that there is not the constitutional majority to achieve the sinister move.

“We wish to state that we, the chairmen and leaders of political parties, will not support or standby to watch any unconstitutional impeachment of the leadership of the National Assembly.”

Okpara, who didn’t name the agency, warned that political parties would not sit by and watch the country slide into anarchy, where life had become short, brutish and lawless.

He added, “Nigeria is gradually turning into a failed state and all the institutions of state have been compromised and desecrated. This is the time to rise in defence of democratic values and nationhood.”

The parties condemned the use of the police, Department of State Services and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to clamp down on the opposition, the leadership of the National Assembly and also to lay siege to state assemblies.

“Today, our country is facing the challenges of pervasive insecurity, massive joblessness and unemployment, ethnic irredentism and disunity. We enjoin the National Assembly to use its constitutionally guaranteed powers to legislate to arrest the slide; to give the country a new direction and create hope for our countrymen and women,” he pleaded.

Okpara also disassociated the 45 parties from what he called an attempt by the Accord Party to undermine the constitutional powers of the National Assembly.

He said, “We note that the courts have rejected attempts by the Accord Party to undermine the constitutional powers of the National Assembly to undermine the sequence of elections. We, the majority of the political parties, disassociate ourselves from that inglorious attempt.”

In his response, Saraki expressed the hope that those behind the plot to destabilise the National Assembly by forcing an illegitimate leadership change have learnt their lesson from the resistance put up by Nigerians during the invasion of the National Assembly by officials of the DSS.

He said, “I hope that the anti-democratic forces have learnt their lesson in the past few days. We in the National Assembly will continue to follow due process and the rule of law.”

The political parties that attended the meeting were the United Democratic Party; Rebuild Nigeria Party, People for Democratic Change, Peoples Party of Nigeria, Progressives Peoples Party, Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria, Alliance for Democracy, and Young Democratic Party, among others.

No plot to impeach Buhari, senator replies Tinubu

Also on Thursday, The Senator representing (PDP, Bauchi) Isah Misau, debunked claims by the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju  Bola Tinubu, that the National Assembly was planning to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.

Misau made the rebuttal in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. He urged Nigerians to disregard what he described as an empty talk by the APC chieftain.

The senator spoke in response to a claim by Tinubu at Wednesday’s APC rally in Uyo that there was a plot by some senators to impeach Buhari. Tinubu had described what was going on in the nation as “a war between progressives and the conservatives.”

He noted that the comment made by the politician was “mere partisan rhetoric aimed at catching the attention of the crowd” at the rally planned for the declaration of Senator Godswill Akpabio for the party.

Misau said, “I am surprised that a politician of Tinubu’s calibre will be playing politics with a serious issue like the impeachment of the President of the country just because he wanted to catch the attention of a crowd. Politicians at his level should not be engaging in unnecessary sabre-rattling and empty speculation.

“We, members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Senate, have no plan to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari. There is no need for that process and we are not contemplating it.

“Our focus right now is to defend democracy and its institutions, fight for the enthronement of the rule of law, independence of the legislature and the judiciary and ensure good governance.”

He added, “If Tinubu has any concrete, reliable and verifiable evidence to the contrary, he should come forward and prove it. A man like him should not be getting carried away by the crowd and making claims that have no basis.

“We, therefore, urge all Nigerians and members of the international community to ignore that claim. There is no basis for anybody to make such a claim. It is a mere fabrication and a stunt pulled to please the partisan crowd to which it was uttered.”

EU condemns NASS invasion by DSS operatives

Still, on Thursday, the European Union said the 2019 general elections in Nigeria were vital to ensuring stability and prosperity. It demanded that Nigerians must decide the outcome of the elections.

The EU said all stakeholders in Nigeria must play their part so that “voters can make their decision through a free, fair, credible and peaceful election process.”

The union, in a statement, also condemned the siege laid to the National Assembly complex by the operatives of the DSS, noting that law enforcement agencies must remain neutral in the political process.

The EU said the security agencies must ensure that independent institutions such as the National Assembly operated in line with their “constitutional mandates, free from interference and intimidation.”

The union said, “The EU Heads of Missions have noted with concern interference in the democratic process by law enforcement services, the most recent case being the barring of access to the National Assembly on August 7. The EU is fully committed to supporting democracy in Nigeria and it commends the Federal Government’s swift action to protect the independence of the National Assembly as a critical pillar of democracy.

“The EU reiterates the importance of all law enforcement services staying neutral and ensuring that independent institutions can operate in line with their constitutional mandates, free from interference and intimidation.

“The upcoming general elections in 2019 are vital in ensuring national stability, peace and prosperity for all Nigerians. It is for the Nigerian people to decide the outcome of the elections, and the EU calls upon all stakeholders in Nigeria to play their part so that voters can make their decision through a free, fair, credible and peaceful election process.” (Punch)

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Support Buhari, APC To Stop Looters, Oshiomhole Urges Nigerians

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National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole

Tony Osauzo, Benin

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday, called on Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC to remove thieves and looters who believe it is their birthright to continue to loot the‎ country.

He made the call while addressing party supporters who came to welcome him at the Benin Airport on his way to Delta State.

Oshiomhole stated that working with the President, he would ensure that government focuses on the people; that government will not focus on the welfare of the few at the expense of the majority and that government must do everything possible to ensure that those who work have something to show for their labour.

“We must support the President and the APC to remove all those thieves, all those looters who believe it is their birthright to continue to loot; those who say that their purpose in government is for juicy not for the welfare of the people.‎‎”

The APC National Chairman who expressed his gratitude to the people promised that he would represent their feelings, their aspirations and meet their expectations as far as the running of the party was concerned.

He continued, “At this point, I am very clear, we will have to fight odds on the basis of our conviction and we will adjust our style; we will not borrow other peoples style.

“I am very proud of my working-class background and we will bring those values into the leadership and management of the All Progressives Congress”, he said.

In an apparent response to youths and party faithful clamouring for attention from the state government, Oshiomhole said: “I assure you that I will work together with our governor and ensure that any error, any concern that you have that they are addressed satisfactorily.

“And I want to assure you that the tradition of carrying our people along will be sustained; you represent what I call our infantry division. You are the ones on election day who ensure that our voters come out. You are the ones who ensure that the PDP rigging machine was defeated.

“We must keep you as a standing force. Together we will match on and will ensure that everyone who works is looked after.

“I know there are people with all kinds of stories but let me assure you that after the storm the weather will settle.

“Trust me, as you have not abandoned me, I will never abandon you and to our youths, I want to particularly appeal to you; don’t lose faith.

“There will be work, there will be participating; there will be involvement, there will be crucifix we will not throw away anybody.

“Nobody will be used and dumped. If yesterday has come beautiful, tomorrow will be better”, the APC National Chairman said.

Earlier in an interview, he spoke on unfolding political scenario in the country and said the interest of Nigeria was greater than the sum total of the political parties.

Oshiomhole continued, “We must engage and engage and pro-attack whether they call me attack-dog. I will rather be an attack-dog than be a mushroom eater.

“I asked you to understand that what is at stake is beyond the APC and the PDP. Nigeria is much more than the sum total of all the political parties.

“We will see who is who next year February. In Edo, they made this argument that politics is different from labour, we used labour tactics to humble them and they became converted.

“Exactly the same way we used it in Edo, we will use it either in Kwara, Benue or Sokoto or anywhere.

“Be fair in your reportage, this is not about me, it is not about them, it is about the Nigeria people. For those questioning my choice of style.

“I will not adopt the ruling class tactics to deal with a cankerworm of disease. I offer different style in order to get a different outcome”, he said.  (The Sun)

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NSITF Board: Oshiomhole Threatens To Suspend Ngige From APC

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APC National chairman, Adams Oshiomhole

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The National Chairman of the ruling Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday, threatened to suspend the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, from the party if he failed to inaugurate the board members of federal agencies and parastatals under his ministry.

Oshiomhole handed down the threat in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the APC under his leadership would not continue to tolerate ministers who abuse their office and disrespect President Muhammadu Buhari by refusing to carry out his orders.

Ngige had defaulted on the constitution and inauguration of the board members of federal agencies and parastatals under his ministry.

The APC chairman, in a letter, had given the labour minister one week within which to constitute the board of the parastatals and agencies under his ministry.

The parastatals and agencies are the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, National Directorate of Employment, National Productivity Centre, and Michael Imoudu Institute for Labour Studies.

But, Ngige, in his reply, explained why he would not constitute the Board of NSITF within the one-week ultimatum given by Oshiuomhole.

He expressed disbelief that such a letter could emanate from the APC chairman. (Punch)

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