Okorocha: I’ll Not Leave APC For Anybody |The Republican News



Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha


George Onyejiuwa and Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has vowed not to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC), which he claimed to be one of its founders in the state.

He said when he took the mainstream of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) to join the merger that gave birth to APC, he was not under any pressure to do so, adding that he even made the move at the risk of his second tenure as governor.

Governor Okorocha, who said this in a press statement he issued through his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, added that he became the propeller of APC in the state and the whole of South East by mobilising people for the party in Imo, Ebony, Abia, Enugu, and Anambra states.

He added that he became the rallying point of the party in the overall interest of the South East and APC.
The statement said: “If Governor Okorocha did not take a good percentage of APGA members to APC, the party would not have had the kind of national spread it has today. For that reason, they called him all sorts of derogatory names which Nigerians know, including Alhaji in Government House, Okoro-Hausa and Rochas Buhari.

“When APC came for the campaign in 2015, in Imo and all the states in the South East, he was the point man. Today, APC has become the party to envy. Nobody is talking about Okorocha and Buhari going to use APC to Islamise the Igbo.
“Today, the same people who called him names have begun to market falsehood against him, including the fake story of his leaving APC for APGA. All these show the level of frustration on the side of the 10-man coalition. They are being hunted by their inglorious actions.

“One may also wish to know that while the unfounded story of the governor leaving APC is yet to dry, they have also come up with another one, that the governor is in a coma. These people do not know God and, of course, they are afraid of both the present and the future.”

Okorocha said he won’t allow his detractors to reap where they never sowed and added that their deceit would expire in no distant time.

“No landlord leaves his house for unfaithful tenants. The name Okorocha is the fibre of APC in Imo and the whole of South East. And anybody who says it is not true should tell Nigerians why it is only in Imo you have APC governor, 24 out of the 27 House of Assembly members, three House of Representatives members and one senator, in the whole of South East. Time will tell what happens in APC in Imo and the whole of South East,” the statement said. (The Sun)

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PDP To Buhari: Your Defeat In 2019 Is Inescapable |The Republican News

By Onyekachi Eze, ABUJA



President Muhammadu Buhari


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to be ready to accept defeat in the 2019 presidential election.

The party wants the president to also respond to issues raised by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank in an open letter to him on Sunday.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement noted that given all indices, including those released by the presidency, have shown that Nigerians are ready to vote President Buhari out in 2019.

“Indeed, with the degenerated economic, security and social situations in our nation under his incompetent and anti-people administration, in addition to the spate and weight of direct disapprovals from Nigerians and international bodies, President Buhari knows that he is now swimming against the tide,” the PDP stated.

The party said President Buhari has betrayed the trust of the ordinary people, particularly in the north, especially with scandalous revelations that he is not indeed pro-poor and uncorrupt as they were made to believe in 2015.

It ‎accused the president of aloofness to the plight of citizens and the failure to initiate and implement any development project in any part of the country.

‎”Today, the electorate has come to terms with the fact that the promises by President Buhari and his APC are all a big scam.

“In fact, our investigations have revealed that President Buhari never intended to fulfil any of his promises. This is because, three years down the line, our president cannot even boast of any clear-cut implementation blueprint on his promises.

“Instead, our dear president and his cronies acquired a life of opulence, going on foreign tastes and swimming in an ocean of corruption, while millions of Nigerians who voted him into power are abandoned to languished in poverty and bloodletting occasioned by the APC misrule,” PDP said.

The party noted that‎ the need for President Buhari’s response to Timi Frank’s letter become imperative given the weighty issue of humongous corruption, intimidation of citizens, erosion of freedom, constitutional breaches and persecution of citizens under the guise of fighting against corruption raised by the APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary.

It commended Timi Frank for his boldness and courage and urged other public-spirited persons in the APC to withdraw from the party and rally round other well-meaning Nigerians in the repositioned PDP.

“We implore them to come and join hands with other Democrats, who are daily working on the modality to rescue the soul of our nation from the stranglehold of the APC and the Buhari presidency,” the party added. (New Telegraph)

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APC Congresses: Sign Of Bad Things To Come For 2019 Polls |The Republican News



Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

The ugly incidences playing out since the commencement of the congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) across the length and breadth of the country are sad the confirmation that the ruling party had postponed the evil days too long.

The national secretariat of the party has been practically turned into a theatre of war and seat of justice where the victors and the vanquished seek succour for their faceoff. In fact, the Secretariat has become a political mecca of a sort to protesters, both the aggrieved and the conquerors.

From Port Harcourt, Rivers, Imo and Delta states where ugly incidents of deaths and uncivilized abuse of the justice system were recorded, to most other states where the exercise went awry, the situation was the same.
There were complaints of electoral violence and fraud, intimidation, imposition, kidnapping and/or arrest of Congress committee members, setting party offices ablaze and other undemocratic practices.

The actions and inactions of the APC gladiators are blue confirmation that such behaviours are in the DNA of most Nigerian politicians regardless of party affiliation.
Never in the history of party politics in Nigeria did an insignificant election like a party’s ward congress recorded such level of tension, scheming and flow of blood as seen during the APC’s efforts to elect party officers at the grassroots, Local Governments and states.

Complaints, violence, anger, murder, threats and counter-threats among others had trailed the conduct of the APC congresses. In Kaduna, it was a straight battle between the state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and the National Assembly members from the state.

In Oyo State, it was survival of the smartest between the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu and the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi; while in Rivers, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe took political indifference to a shameful height.

In Anambra State, the exercise almost cost the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, his life during a confrontation with other party chieftains like Hon Tony Nwoye, over an allegation of an attempt to impose wimps and caprices on others.

It was more dramatic and pathetic in Imo State where party chieftains have now triumphantly outsmarted Governor Rochas Okorocha in his plans to impose certain loyalists as officers of the party in the state. In Cross River, the Minister of Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Usani out-manoeuvred Senator Eno John and estranged APC National Working Committee (NWC) member, Hilliard Eta.

Stakeholders, including the Special Assistant to President on Prosecution, Obono Obla, Deputy Chairman, John Ochalla, and other party officials rejected and disowned the congress committee.
Ditto in Enugu where the combined efforts of the state party officials and other chieftains proved to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, that he may be a diplomatic strategist, but still a political neophyte. In Delta State, the battle between embattled Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Great Ogboru, among others, against certain party chieftains even resulted in the death of a candidate.

It was a winner takes all in Edo State where the joint forces of the immediate past governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the incumbent, Godwin Obaseki, forcefully retired the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, by stopping him from even daring to visit the state during the exercises.
In Bauchi State, a faction loyal to the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, had dared Governor

Mohammed Abubakar by conducting parallel congresses.
In fact, one of the leaders of the faction, Senator Nazif Suleiman Gamawa (Bauchi North) had accused the Dr Tony Macfoy-led congresses committee of bias and doing the bidding of the governor. Senator Gamawa had described as ‘big lie’ Macfoy’s declaration of the exercises as free and fair.

For the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Kabiru Marafa, congresses did not hold in Zamfara State, since according to him, the exercise was manipulated in favour of certain persons.
Contrary to the announcement by Governor Abdulaziz Yari, Marafa had insisted that they were not part of the unity list in Zamfara, arguing that the committee deceived the people.

The ill wind also swept through Ebonyi State where former governorship candidate, Senator Julius Ucha, accused members of the Oyegun-led NWC of a plot to destroy the party before quitting. He described the congresses in the state as a sham, insisting that it was a plot by the NWC leadership to stage a comeback during the national convention.
To say the least, the exercises recorded sad tales of failures in every part of the country with the resonation of same ugly stories from the ugly conduct of congresses by the ruling party.

Among other signals, the ill feelings were confirmation that only a tiny rope has been binding the party stakeholders. It was a confirmation that the structure and foundation holding the ruling party was not solid enough to bond the forces at war within the party.

The odds against APC ahead of 2019

Shortly after the tenure extension of the national and state officers was aborted and the handwriting on the wall became bolder that it was the end of the road for the party bosses, the NWC seems to have hatched a new plan to retain as many NWC members as possible.

According to the estranged National Vice Chairman South-South, Hilliard Etta, judging by the manner the congress committees conducted the exercise; it was pretty obvious that they acted the script the national leadership handed down to them. In most states, it was the same incident of committee members absconding with sensitive materials, going into hidings and/or endorsement of the unity lists.

Confirming the conspiracy theory, Hilliard claimed that the composition of the congressional committees was geared towards retaining Oyegun before the pronouncement by President Muhammadu Buhari truncated such arrangement.
“I have told my colleagues in the NWC that we have failed and should leave the stage for others to come in and move the party forward. Let me reveal to those that are not yet in the know that the congress committees were constituted in such a way to favour the re-election bid of the chairman.

“However, there was nothing they could do again when it became obvious that the tide is against him. We have shown over time that we don’t have what it takes to manage the crisis within the party now,” Hilliard submitted.

Although the NWC, through the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, had maintained that the exercise was commendable and relatively peaceful judging by the reports from the congresses committee and Congresses Appeal Panel, the signs are ominous that the fallout of the congresses really widened the cracks in the party.
The ward, local government and state congresses may have taken place, but instead of uniting the party, the exercise has created more divisions and cracks within the party.

The big gamble

In all of these, there must be losers and victors. In the case of Amaechi versus Magnus Abe, there is a high possibility that the presidency will sacrifice Abe for Amaechi, considering what he would bring to the table in the President Buhari’s re-election bid.

However, the situation looks very dicey in a state like Imo, where the presidency would face a herculean task in deciding where to pinch its tent between the chieftains of the party popularly known as the allied forces or coalition and Okorocha.
For the allied forces to whittle down Governor Okorocha’s powers in the state means that the presidency would reappraise the choice of Okorocha, more so as the coalition seems to have all the big names in APC in Imo, leaving Okorocha with a few supporters.

The calculations are the same in most of the states and the ability of the presidency to make the right political calculation the better result it will get for the 2019 Presidential election.

Deepening crisis

With threats of litigations overwhelming the party and the certainty that it may go into the 2019 general elections as a divided house, with the insipid build up, it is gradually becoming obvious that bleak future faces the APC in its determination to retain power beyond 2019.

Rather than the situation getting better, it is rather getting more worrisome. Still smarting from the ill feelings of the congresses, the ugly incidents of threats and counter-threats by the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) in the APC 2014 merger had rocked the party.

An ultimatum from the Kawu Barage-led faction of the nPDP over allegations of witch-hunt and marginalisation had jolted and deepened the graveyard peace in the party, resulting in the springing up of another nPDP faction led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu and Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin to counter and whittle down any potential threat from the other faction.
Again, the recent alarms by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki that the Federal Government wants to rope in the Kwara State governor and himself into the Offa bank robbery incident and panic buttons from other aggrieved party chieftains are obviously having ripple effects on the party towards the 2019 general elections.

To worsen the APC situation, the reconciliation move to settle certain gladiators may have broken down irredeemably perhaps due to the face-off between the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the party’s boss, Oyegun.
Reacting to the situation in a chat with Sunday Sun, embattled former Deputy National Secretary of the party, Comrade Timi Frank, said that the party got what it bargained for.

“I was not surprised with the fallout of the APC congresses and the volume of crises rocking the party now. As a matter of fact, it has vindicated me because, at a time, it was as if I was the only voice crying in the wilderness, warning of the doom that awaits the party.

“I had warned that the national chairman lacks the capacity to organise an election. We saw it manifested during the party primaries in some states. I also warned repeatedly that it might be too late to amend the situation. I had cautioned again that the earlier we tackle the crisis facing the party, the better for us, but they paid no attention and left it too late,” he noted.

Comrade Frank is certainly not alone in this line of thought, as a member of the NWC told Sunday Sun in confidence that the situation portends great danger to the party ahead of 2019.
According to him; “Yes, because party politics is a human organisation and individual interest, the crisis is bound to happen. I must admit that the situation is scary and worrisome because there is this increased desperation for power that will naturally affect our 2019 outing.

“The dangerous scheming by certain persons to impose loyalists on another aggravated the crisis. The scheming is targeted at disrespecting and spiting certain members of the national leadership of the party. It has now become a case of if you have the money, I will prove to you that I have more political sagacity,” the NWC member lamented.

Wriggling out of the logjam

For Comrade Frank, only divine intervention can rescue the party from the mess it plunged itself into now. According to him, “the way forward is to hand over the APC to God to intervene in the crisis facing it ahead of 2019.
“It is only God that can decide the fate of the party now because it has become too late in the day to resolve the issues confronting the party. Doom and disaster await the APC if it goes into the 2019 general election as a divided house,” he warned.

Although the APC seems to have squandered its goodwill with the failure to put its house in order, many, however, still believe that the ruling party can leverage on what many political watchers described as President Buhari’s cult image to turn around the declining fortune of the party.
In that category is the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu. Reacting to the effects of the bad blood created by the congresses on the party’s future, he told Sunday Sun that; “I strongly believe that the party will manage the problems very well.

“However, regardless of the situation, one good thing APC has which no other party has is the personality of our president. The appealing almost cult image of Mr President is what makes the APC different from other parties. Many people, regardless of whether they gained anything or not in this government, will still vote for President Buhari any day.
“So, that symbol of unity President Buhari represents, that symbol of affection and the symbol of appreciation is still there.
Whatever may be the case, APC will still win the 2019 general elections by the grace of God.”   (The Sun)

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Ekiti Last Gubernatorial Poll Marked By ‘Hanky-panky’ -Buhari |The Republican News


President Muhammadu Buhari

Olalekan Adetayo and Kamarudeen Ogundele

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the last governorship election that produced the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, was characterised by “hanky-panky,” describing it as an unfortunate saga.

He, therefore, called on the leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress to do everything possible to ensure that they did not allow any subversion of the will of the people again.

Buhari said this while hosting the members of the APC South-West caucus to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

All aspirants that contested the party ticket in Ekiti State with the winner, Dr Kayode Fayemi, were also present at the dinner.

Buhari said it was not in his character to interfere in the internal workings of the APC because it was the responsibility of the party to conduct primaries for elective positions.

He said now that the party had completed that assignment and a candidate had emerged, the job of party leaders was to build a united front that could propel the party to victory in the election that he described as all important.

Buhari said, “This is crucial because I remember the hanky-panky that attended the last gubernatorial election in Ekiti State in 2014. I recall the firsthand account I received from some of the dramatis personae in that unfortunate saga.

“We must do everything to ensure that we do not allow any subversion of the will of the people this time around.

“Now that the primary is over and we have a candidate, all hands must be on deck to achieve a positive result.”

Buhari expressed delight that Fayemi had started reaching out to his co-contestants with a view to working together.

He appealed to all the aspirants to see the election as a collective mission to rescue Ekiti and promote development, adding that it was important for the APC to win the July 14 election because it would serve as a pointer to subsequent elections in the country.

The President said forthrightness, candour and integrity that hitherto characterised the people of the state appeared to have been lost in the state currently being governed by the Peoples Democratic Party.

He said it was time for the APC to restore those lost values and return the state to the comity of states.

Buhari added, “I know Ekiti fairly well and Ekiti people are well known for their forthrightness, candour and integrity. All of these values seem to have been lost and we must restore these values and return Ekiti to its pride of place in the comity of states.

“As we approach the 2019 elections, the return of Ekiti into the fold of progressive states is important as the election of July 2014 is going to be a key pointer to subsequent elections.

“On my part, let me reassure you that you can count on my support. But charity must begin at home. I urge Ekiti leaders and the leaders from the South-West to take this assignment seriously so that the APC can laugh last in the July election. It is only then that we will all be beneficiaries of victory.

“Let us return to the field to work hard and deliver victory to our great party.”

A former interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, told State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that all party chiefs in the South-West would work for Fayemi’s success.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, were present at the dinner.

Governors at the meeting included Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, who was the chairman of the APC Ekiti Gubernatorial Primary Committee.

Some members of the National Assembly, ministers and stakeholders from the zone also attended the dinner.

Ekiti people will reject APC, PDP replies Buhari

Meanwhile, the Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation has described President Buhari’s statement that the APC must win the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State as “wishful thinking”

KOCO, which is the campaign group of the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State and the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, said Ekiti people would never allow their state to be added to the comity of states already infected with the plague of poor governance by the President and his party.

In a statement issued on Thursday, KOCO Director of Media and Publicity, Lere Olayinka, said “President Muhammadu Buhari should perish the thought of his anointed candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, winning the July 14 election and face the reality of his failed Presidency with a view to making amends before he is sent back to Daura next year.”

Olayinka challenged President Buhari to tell Nigerians what he had done for the state in the last three and half years.

He said, “Even in Isan Ekiti, Fayemi’s hometown, nothing has happened to the Clay Kaolin that is there in large quantity despite that their son is in charge of solid minerals.

“It is funny that the President said Ekiti must return to the fold of progressive states. Is he talking about the same so-called progressive states that are sacking workers in their thousands? Or the APC states where herdsmen are killing people in a gruesome manner on a daily basis is what he wants Ekiti State to join?”  (Punch)

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Oyegun, NWC Sabotaging APC Congresses, Says Okorocha |The Republican News

By Onwuka Nzeshi



Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha


  • Party to gov: Your comments uncharitable

Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has linked the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) over its congresses to a plot by some members of the National Working Committee (NWC) to manipulate the internal electoral process of the party in order to achieve some selfish goals.

Okorocha, who is also the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, pointedly accused the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and the National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, of being less than transparent in the crisis rocking the Imo State chapter of the party, resulting in the disappearance of the result sheets meant for the ward congress in the state.

National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had in an advertorial on Sunday titled: ‘APC congresses: Why We Are Here’, blamed the crises rocking the party’s congresses across the country on “singular pursuit of self-interests” by some individuals. “They tried to scuttle congresses and to anoint themselves that they might retain their various positions beyond the agreed term.

They sought to do this without recourse to the will of party members who first voted them into their positions,” Tinubu said. Parallel congresses had been held in some states by various factions of the party, while deaths and arsons have been recorded in others.

Okorocha, who spoke to newsmen at the weekend in Abuja, insisted that the entire crisis, which has resulted in the burning down of APC secretariat in Owerri, the Imo State capital, parallel congresses and killing in some states, could have been avoided if the party had not allowed Oyegun and other members of the NWC to conduct the congresses.

“I think the mistake that is trailing the whole issue is that we appointed a convention committee chairman who is the governor of Jigawa State and instead of him to conduct the congresses and convention, the national chairman and his team are now the ones conducting the congresses. It is not done that way and that is why we have problems now. “Most members of the NWC have a conflict of interests in this matter.

They are conducting the congresses for themselves. “Like what is happening in Imo State where the national organising secretary (Izunaso) is conducting a congress to raise delegates that will re-elect him to come back as national organising secretary of the party, this is the problem. It is not done this way; that is where the lacuna is and I warned about this danger.

“If we had taken a neutral committee to run the congresses and convention, we will not be having these problems we are having today in Imo, Oyo, Rivers and other states. People have become judges in their own case,” he said.

The embattled governor expressed dismay at the sudden rebellion launched against him and his political structure in Imo State, alleging that it was the handiwork of those who did not like his opposition to the tenure elongation plot hatched by members of the NWC to perpetuate themselves in office.

“Initially, I spoke against tenure elongation and said it was not good for our party. But the national chairman of the party and some other members believed that there should be tenure elongation so that there will be no Congress as provided by the party’s constitution.

“I was a lonely voice on that matter until it became an issue that picked the interest of some party leaders and they supported my position. I told them the danger, that if we do not conduct this congress and we conduct primaries, those people who will elect our candidates would have been illegal. We might win an election and somebody whom we might defeat can go to court and claim our victory because we were elected by illegal delegates.

They disagreed with me, saying that the constitution allows the party to do without congresses because the party is supreme. But I said party supremacy cannot override the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Great minds like the vice president (Prof.Yemi Osinbajo) who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) also concurred with me on that position and that is where we are today.

They were giving the flimsy excuse that holding congress will divide the party, but we told them that the danger of not holding the congress is worse than not having the Congress.

You should do the right thing,” he said. On the controversy trailing the disappearance of electoral materials and party officials sent to conduct the congress in Imo State, Okorocha expressed disappointment that the national headquarters of the party had not been able to give a clear explanation on the development.

“I personally went to the national chairman’s office and when I met with Chief Oyegun, I did a request of him to declare his stand on this congress – whether it has been cancelled or not. He was not categorical with his statement as to whether it was cancelled or not, but he said that he was waiting for the outcome of the appeal panel.

“Shortly after that, the secretary of the appeal panel came to the party secretariat and we asked her about the situation in Imo State and she said that no congress was held in my state on that day as there were no electoral materials to do so,” he said.

The governor further expressed discomfort at what he described as the conflicting statements from Oyegun on the matter. Okorocha explained that Oyegun had earlier assured him that the ward congress will be suspended only for him to report that the results had been received at the national secretariat of the party. “I did ask the national chairman where are the result sheets and he told me categorically that they have received the result sheets.

The questions I asked were: Who submitted it? I am aware that the Police and DSS are looking for the result sheets. If the result sheets have reached the party office, then who submitted it? Anybody that submitted it should be able to tell security agencies how he was able to conduct the elections and brought the result sheets to Abuja.

“However, on Saturday, we are now hearing that the result sheets are not in the party office, but with some unknown persons caught in a hotel. This means that the party lied that it had got the result sheets.

So everything here looks funny; it looks like some kind of mischievous connivance by some people who are trying to make up things and cook up stories about the whole exercise.

“It is unfortunate that men who were elected into offices for their supposed integrity will condescend to lying and cheating, thereby debasing party principles. It is really very unfortunate, all because people want to get to power at all costs,” the governor lamented.

But the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, described the allegations levelled against members of the NWC as unfair and uncharitable.

In a telephone chat with New Telegraph, Abdullahi said Okorocha should be specific on what went wrong and who did what, rather than blaming the entire members of NWC.

“I think Rochas is not being charitable and, which I think is just, because of his particular experience. People like Rochas would not mind setting the entire village on fire because they want to win.

You understand. So, saying that kind of a thing is not right, it is unfair. “If he has any specific thing against anybody, he should say so, but making that kind of wild allegation that the NWC conducted the congresses to favour them is not fair.

“What did the NWC do that they were not supposed to do. There were guidelines for the congresses. Or was it that the guidelines were not followed by the NWC? So, I don’t understand the meaning of what he is saying. If he has problems with anybody, he should go and sort it out, but I think it is wrong for him to cast aspersions on the entire people working for the party.

“I think it is wrong and I take exception to that. If he has any grievances with people, he should say so and if he has anything with the chairman or Osita, he should go and sort it out with them rather than involving the NWC,” Abdullahi said.    (New Telegraph)

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PDP Kicks As APC Sweeps Kaduna LG Polls |The Republican News

By Baba Negedu

  • PDP rejects results, accuses APC stolen mandate

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State has won 15 of the 23 local government chairmanship elections held last Saturday. This was as the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday rejected the outcome of the election, which the party won in three local government areas, saying that the APC had stolen its mandate.

The results were announced by the returning officers at the various local government headquarters. Elections were previously cancelled in two local government areas of Jaba and Kaura due to security concerns. In Kagarko Local Government Area, APC polled 65,226 to defeat the PDP, which got 14,658 votes.

The result was announced by the Returning Officer, Chinedu Richard. It was the same situation in Kaduna North Local Government where the returning officer, Umar Hayatu, declared a winner, having polled APC 168,572 while the PDP polled 12,467. In Zaria Local Government, APC won with 42,859 votes against the PDP’s 16,033 votes.

The results from Kubau also showed that APC got 46,535 votes to defeat PDP, which polled 13,898. In the same vein, APC won in Makarfi Local Government, the home local government of former National Caretaker Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi. Other local governments won by the APC were Jama’a, Soba, Kudan Lere, Ikara, Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Kudan, Igabi and Kajuru local councils. The PDP on its part won Zangon Kataf, Kauru and Sanga Local Government Areas.

The results in Chikun, Kaduna South and Sabon Gari Local Governments were yet to be released at the time of filing this report. Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of electoral fraud.

PDP said APC in collaboration with the State Independent electoral commission (SIECOM) had stolen the mandate given to it by the people of the state in the local government election. Addressing a press conference at the party’s secretariat in Kaduna, PDP state Chairman, Hon. Felix Hassan Hyet said the party would soon release its field results of the polls, alleging that returning officers expected to collate the results had disappeared.

Hyet, a former Minister of Aviation, alleged that his party had been shortchanged in the results announced so far in the 15 local government areas of the state. He said PDP party agents had submitted reports and they would follow legal means to address the injustices meted out on them.  (New Telegraph)

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2019: Nigerians Poorer, Grossly Divided Under Buhari, APC, Says Obasanjo |RN

By Kunle Olayeni


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday said that Nigerians were poorer and more divided under President Mohammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) than ever before.

Obasanjo also announced the adoption of African Democratic Congress (ADC) as the political platform for his Coalition of Nigeria Movement (CNM) to contest the 2019 general elections.

He declared that the ADC, which is among the 68 registered political parties in the country, would bring about desirable change in the nation’s polity, consolidate democracy and stop the re-election bid of Buhari.

Obasanjo, who spoke at a press conference in Abeokuta, Ogun State, warned Nigerians against joining or voting for both the ruling APC and opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP) in forthcoming elections.

He accused the APC of gloating and revelling in unrepentant misgovernance and taking Nigerians for fools while also upbraiding the PDP for merely offering an apology without disciplining those who set the country on a course of ruin.

Flanked by former acting Chief of Staff to late President Umar Yar’Adua, Dr Gbolade Osinowo, and former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Chief Olayiwola Olakojo, the former president said ADC remained the platform to move Nigeria “up and forward.”

He explained that the leadership of CNM, which he founded, agreed to adopt ADC after detailed examination, wide consultation and bearing in mind the orientation, policies and direction of the movement. In his address titled: “My treatise for future of democracy and development in Nigeria,” Obasanjo said though he would not join the party based on his earlier vow not to play partisan politics, he would continue to be “alive and active on Nigerian and African issues and interests” and also offer necessary advice.

The former president, who spoke extensively on the nation’s politics, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure strict control of campaign funding and transparent accounting of all funds utilised by individuals and political parties for campaigns.

Obasanjo accused the Buhari administration of dividing the country by “playing the ethnic and religious game,” adding that the nation had also been more insecure and unsafe for the citizens.

He said: “I will advise others to join this political party platform (ADC) to usher in a new dawn for Nigeria, but I may not be able to advise anybody to join PDP or APC no matter what window-dressing reformation they may claim.

“Although PDP would seem to have realised the mistakes of its immediate past of the last eight years or so, its present evolution would, by itself, not give confidence to well-meaning Nigerians who are interested in a new Nigeria in the hands of God that will have leadership, governance, development and values within our culture as its guiding principles with the attributes of honesty, integrity, patriotism, love, unity, industry, incorruptibility, good neighbourliness, faithfulness, trust, courage and love and fear of God held aloft.

“PDP offered an apology without disciplining those who set Nigeria on a course of ruin and some of them are still holding leadership roles in their party. Nigerians may forgive, but Nigerians should never forget; otherwise, they will be suffering from amnesia and the same ugliness may raise its head again. “APC, as a political party, is still gloating and revelling in its unrepentant misgovernance of Nigeria and taking Nigerians for fools.

There is neither remorse nor appreciation of what they are doing wrong. It is all arrant arrogance and insult upon injury for Nigerians. “Whatever the leadership may personally claim, most Nigerians know that they (Nigerians) are poorer today than when APC came in and Nigeria is more impoverished with our foreign loan jumping from $3.6 billion to over $18 billion to be paid by the present and future generations of Nigerians.

“The country is more divided than ever before because the leadership is playing the ethnic and religious game which is very unfortunate. And the country is more insecure and unsafe for everybody. It is a political party with two classes of membership.”

While acknowledging that good men and women are still within the APC and PDP, Obasanjo noted that “what must be done is to take what is best from all to come together on a new alliance platform that will take us to the promised land.” He said: “It is pertinent to make the point that PDP and APC are not actually made of men and women who are totally evil.

There are sprinkles of good men and women out there and among them. But as political parties and the government they led or they are leading in the last 11 years, they have failed and failure should neither be hoisted for embracement nor reinforced.

“Nigerians must keep their eyes wide open, their ears quite attentive, their minds very clear, their hands very clean and must not remain dumb in the face of atrocities and impunities of the governors against the governed.

“Those who govern us at all levels must be made to realise that it is our collective rights and sovereignty that they hold in trust for us and to be used for the good of all of us and with all of us having interest and having a stake in how we are governed. It is our God-given right and we must not allow the abuse of it.” Also in Abuja, the Leader of CNM, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, at a world press conference, said the decision to move in the ADC was an appreciation of the progressive credentials of the party since its formation and entry into the nation’s politics.

“You will all recall that in January this year, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CNM, was formed by some of us across the country as a political platform to create a new generation of leaders for our country. National Chairman of African Democratic Congress, ADC, Chief Ralph Nwosu, described the fusion as the dawn of great Nigeria project. According to Nwosu, nation building could be a very daunting exercise but with good and committed leaders, the journey could be much easier.

“Today, our great country with 200 million population is in a dysfunctional state. Our biggest resources in human capacity and diversity seem to be weighing us down and tearing us apart.”  (New Telegraph)

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