Coup Comment: Kaduna APC Chieftain Calls For Ekweremadu’s Arrest |RN


Deputy Senate President, dr Ike Ekweremadu

By Baba Negedu, KADUNA


A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Kaduna State, Alhaji Salisu Tanko Wusono yesterday called for the arrest of Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu.

Wusono the Acting publicity Secretary of Kaduna APC chapter said the call has become imperative following the comments by Ike Ekweremadu that democracy is under threat and coup is possible in Nigeria.

Wusono said just because there is what he called intraparty wrangling within some states is not enough to say a coup is possible.

Wusono then condemned the postulation of Senator Ekweremmadu and called for his immediate arrest by security agencies because his advice is sarcastic in nature and could open a door for a plethora of calls for military take-over in the country.

Wusono, however, urged Nigerians to ignore senator Ekweremmadu, saying he was not surprised by the position of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) chieftain because the party is no longer in power. (New Telegraph)

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BREAKING: APC Increases John Oyegun’s Tenure By A Year |The Republican News

By New Telegraph


APC National Chairman, John Odigie Oyegun

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has extended the tenure of the national working committee (NWC) of the party led by John Oyegun by 12 months.

The decision was taken at the national executive council (NEC) meeting on Tuesday.

Speaking at the end of the NEC meeting, Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, said the extension would take effect from June 30.

“The NEC met today and major decisions in line with the constitution of the party. We all aware that the tenure of current NWC and the executive members of this party both elected and appointed come to an end June this year,” he said.

“Considering the time left for the party to conduct all the congresses and conventions and considering that our leader Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been charged with the responsibility of reconciling all aggrieved members of our party, we cannot afford to approach the general election with more disputes and crises adding that party have decided on line with article 13 which empowers the NEC to carry out the functions of its convention and the NEC has decided to extend the tenure of current NWC other executive committees at various levels for another 12months starting from June 30th.” (New Telegraph)

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BREAKING: Soldiers, Police Occupy APC Secretariat Ahead Of Party’s NEC Meeting

Truckloads of armed soldiers and policemen have set up security checkpoints at the entrance and exit of Blantyre Street where the APC Secretariat is situated.

This is in preparation for the National Executive Committee meeting of the party.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the 24 governors on the APC platform are expected to attend the meeting which is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am.    (New Telegraph)

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2019: Tinubu Begs Saraki, Tambuwal, Kwankwaso |The Republican News

By Felix Nwaneri

  • Sani: APC doomed if Tinubu’s reconciliation fails
  • Kaduna faction suspends el-Rufai for 6 months


There are indications that the presidency and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have finally opted to beg chieftains and major stakeholders of the ruling party, who are threatening to dump the platform ahead of the 2019 general elections. New Telegraph exclusively learnt from party sources at the weekend that the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is reaching out to the aggrieved party members and doing everything possible to convince them to shelve their plan. In the past few days, Tinubu has been meeting and begging aggrieved party stakeholders.

It was particularly gathered that Tinubu, who heads the party’s National Reconciliation Committee, is not only appealing to the APC stalwarts to stay, but to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and the ruling party in the 2019 general elections.

Buhari had charged Tinubu to resolve disagreements among party members, party leadership and political office holders in some states of the federation. So far, Tinubu has met separately with the members of the APC National Working Committee (NWC); Senate President, Bukola Saraki; former Governors Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano). He also met with the immediate past governor of Sokoto State, Senator Aliyu Wamakko and his predecessor, Aminu Tambuwal, at the weekend.

Though details of some of the meetings were not made public, multiple sources said Tinubu is using the opportunity to appeal to the APC chieftains to stay in the party and support Buhari’s government. The party leaders lamented that Buhari alienated them from the government they sacrificed to enthrone.

“Tinubu is appealing that they should stay; not just to stay, but to support the President’s second term bid. He is also begging them to cease fire, come closer and that whatever it is, especially the issue of 2019, would be negotiated,” he said. When asked what have been the responses of those the APC national leader has so far met, the source said: “Most of those he has met welcomed him, but that doesn’t mean that the issues at stake have been resolved. Body language would be smile and ‘we are still with you,’ but don’t take that to the bank.”

He added: “Nobody will come out to basically tell you what his or her grievances are, but reconciliation is not a one-day thing. It cannot be at the first meeting and it is beyond meeting with state excos of the party. It requires oneon- one meetings with those involved. So, we are expecting that more meetings would be fixed, and where there are issues, would be discussed at length.”

On the conditions the aggrieved party chieftains gave for their continued stay in the APC, the source said they are open to negotiations, but that the last straw would be if the party leadership insists that there won’t be a convention to elect a presidential candidate for the 2019 elections. His words: “If Buhari says he will not run in 2019, they will stay in the APC and support whoever wins the presidential primaries. If he says that he will run and wants the party to endorse him as the sole candidate, they will move out.

If he says he will run and that the party will have primaries; they will stay and fight him at the primaries and that is what he is afraid of. You know that anything is possible in a primary election.” Expressing the fear that the Tinubu committee may run into hitches, another source said a lot of things have gone wrong within the ruling party and that most chieftains have made up their minds on the President before now.

His word: “Too many things have gone wrong and reconciliation, less than one year to the elections, is likely not to yield the desired result because people made up their minds about Buhari a year ago and it is difficult to heal the wound of three years.

“Those with the President are practically unmarketable. The expectation was high at the inauguration of this government, but the President has underperformed. So, I think Tinubu is just playing along because he was the first victim. He knows that the damage has been done.

“Tinubu also knows that he was sidelined and there is no guarantee that things will improve if the President comes back. So, except he (Tinubu) extracts something really big, he would just be doing a paper work. And I must tell you that he would have his Plan B. “How do you reconcile the various factions?

There are so many aggrieved people and how do you recruit them for the next elections? Even if you succeed in recruiting them, the tendency is that they will work half-heartedly.” Buhari, on his part, is said to have realised that a lot of party chieftains are not happy with him and has also resorted to appeal for their support. “Tinubu is begging aggrieved party chieftains who are not happy with the president and APC. These people sacrificed a lot to build the party and they cannot because of one man, who got it wrong, allow it to go down. But, now that he (Buhari) has realised his mistakes, the belief now is let’s rebuild the party for him to come back,” one of the sources said. (New Telegraph)

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Buhari, Ganduje Unable To Stop Kwankwaso – Johnson |The Republican News


Mr. Ladipo Johnson, a lawyer and politician is the Lagos State Coordinator of Kwankwasiyya Movement. In this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, he speaks on the political tussle between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, and his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, among other issues. Excerpts…


What is your take on the political face-off between former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and his successor, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje?
The problem in Kano State is basically the fact that a serving senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing Kano Central, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, had not been able to go into his senatorial district for almost two years now base on the fact that he keep been told that it is not safe for him to go back to Kano and that the mammoth crowd that normally support him whenever he is in Kano will turn to bloodshed and riot. That some people might hijack his visit and use it for breakdown of law and order. He was scheduled to visit Kano on January 30 but the Kano State Commissioner of Police, Rabiu Yusuf, wrote to him, advising him not to come.

The presidency later intervened and he had to postpone his going back to Kano.
The question begging for answer is; why would a Nigerian not be allowed to go to his home? Why would a serving senator not be allowed to go into his senatorial district? If in truth the police has an intelligence, which they claim to have that certain miscreants wanted to hijack his going back and cause trouble, why will police not apprehended those people? That should have been the normal thing.

They should have put necessary things in place to make sure that thing was peaceful in the state. They keep telling the man not to come. So, when will it be alright for him to go to his senatorial district? Surely as we move nearer to election time, the atmosphere will be more tensed and the problem is that incumbent Governor Ganduje and Senator Kwankwaso are not on the same page politically at the moment.

Why are they no longer in good term politically, considering that they were political allies for many years?
It is best known to the governor. Ganduje was the only deputy governor that got the support of his principal; who supported him, campaigned for him and ensured that he became governor. He was deputy governor to his principal for eight years. He was special assistant to Senator Kwankwaso when he was Minister of Defence. But within three months of getting into government, Governor Ganduje turned against his benefactor. But that is neither here nor there; people can disagree and be on different platforms but democracy has to be practised in civilise way. People has right to make their own choices as to who to support and what to do as whether you want to contest or not.

Don’t you think the tussle between the two political gladiators is about 2019?
I keep saying that if going to Kano by Kwankwaso has nothing to do with 2019; his being stopped definitely has to do with 2019. It is disturbing that a sitting governor will use the Commissioner of Police in that state to come up with spurious excuses as to why a state is not safe for one citizen to go to his senatorial district. It just doesn’t make sense. What he should have done if he has that intelligence report is to arrest those he feels want to hijack or cause trouble in the state. These are the issues that must be look at and you cannot blame people for feeling that it must be political.

Do you agree that the political drama in Kano State is a ploy to frustrate Kwankwaso’s presidential ambition?
The first question is; why is Ganduje afraid of Kwankwaso? The second question is; who else is afraid of Kwankwaso on a national level? It is clear that 2019 is around the corner and politicians have begun to jostle and I am one of the staunch supporters and believers in Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso. I believe he is dynamic and he has the capacity to move us forward as a country. So, stopping him from going to Kano is only temporary. He has to be allowed back into his house and back to his senatorial district. And if he chooses to move from being a senator to contesting for the office of President of Nigeria, they will find out that Kano State or incumbent governor of Kano will not be in a position to stop what would be a natural flow of support.

Don’t you think the disagreement between Kwankwaso and Ganduje will affect the chances of the APC in Kano State?
I bet to disagree. Two elephants are not fighting. Ganduje is by no means politically comparable to Kwankwaso. The grass may suffer if there is a breakdown of law and order and that is why Senator Kwankwaso agreed to postponed his visit to Kano. But it is frightening that in this present day, a senator is being prevented from going back to his senatorial district. It is unbelievable when people heard that Kwankwaso has not been to his senatorial district for over two years. Anytime he wants to go, they will tell him that it is not safe because of the crowd. It is not his fault that mammoth crowd do troop out to welcome him anytime he visited Kano having served the people of Kano.

Kwankwaso is believed to be among those interested in running for presidency in 2019…
Naturally for a man who campaigned for only 40 days in 2014 and came second in the APC presidential primaries to the current president; it would be assume that even if he doesn’t have the interest, quite a lot of people would want to ask him to consider throwing his hat in the ring for the presidential election. If you go through his profile, he has always been a man who has served his country in various offices from being Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives to Minister of Defence, representative to Sudan and Darfur, member of the board of the NDDC, governor for eight years and now a serving senator. It is reasonable to believe that he may be interested and like I said earlier even if not interested, people would tell him to throw his hat into the ring to move this country forward.
Personally, myself and millions of Kwankwasiyya Movement members across the country believe that this is a man that can push and move Nigeria forward. He has the capacity and passion for this country. The beauty about him is that those who like Kwankwaso and those who detest him have one thing in common; they will tell you he is a performer. And for me as a young person thinking about my family and future generations, we need someone that can move us forward drastically as a country. So, for me, I don’t know when he is going to throw his hat into the ring but I am personally one of those who will keep pushing him and tell him to come and serve Nigeria.

There is probability that President Muhammadu Buhari will seek for re-election in 2019? Don’t you see him as stumbling block to Kwankwaso’s aspiration in APC?
No, I have never seen Buhari as a stumbling block to Kwankwaso. What happened the last time as far as I am concerned is the fact that we possibly made our move from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to APC slightly late. And by the time we got there, the party structures had gone and we didn’t have access to the delegates.

I don’t see Buhari as a stumbling block, I am confident that if Kwankwaso and Buhari are presented to the people of Nigeria, I don’t think the choice would be difficult.
It will be left to Senator Kwankwaso and his advisers to determine how they will pursue the primaries of the APC. A lot of things may still happen.

What I know is that the two men whether presented within the party or outside the party from different parties; if presented to the people of this country, I am very confidence that the generation of younger Nigerians will cast their votes for a more virile, passionate, reliable and renowned performer who has a passion for the masses of this country.

There is speculation that Kwankwaso is being lured by the PDP and that he may soon defect to the opposition party to realise his presidential aspiration if the coast is not clear for him in APC…
I wouldn’t know whether he will be going to the PDP or why he should consider the PDP. I understand that the PDP is looking and shopping for presidential candidates that they believe can defeat or match the president in the North. I know for certain that with the work that has been done and the support base that Senator Kwankwaso have, especially in the North, the PDP may want to tap into that or may decide not to.

That is left to them. All I know at the moment is that we in the Kwankwasiyya Movement have been talking to people and working with people at the grassroots level because there are millions of Nigerians who are not happy with the state of the economy and who are not happy at the pace that of lack of development in the country. We hope and realise that 2019 is the time when we can make our votes count and bring about what we want in this country.  (New Telegraph)

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APC Kaduna Queries Gov. El-Rufai, Suspends 3 Of His Allies |The Republican News


Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai

•They’re disgruntled elements- Acting Secretary

 Noah Ebije, Kaduna

The Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi-led faction of the Kaduna chapter of the All Progresive Congress (APC), has issued a query and warning letter to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, on alleged anti-party activities in the state.

In a swift reaction, however, acting chairman of the El-Rufai-led group of the party, Yahaya Baba Pate, described the Hunkuyi group are disgruntled elements and saidthey will soon be punished for their actions.

“We will soon issue a disclaimer on them; they are disgruntled elements, and disciplinary action will be taken against them for misleading the public. We want to assure all members of the party that APC is one in Kaduna,” Pate said.

Also, El-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan described the alleged suspension as “a sham and laughable.”

In a statement signed by Aruwan, El-Rufai called the action ‘rascally’ and described Hunkuyi as the brain behind the action.

He also listed some of his achievements in office.

“The APC government of Kaduna state has boldly lived up to its manifesto and principles to the people. In this work, it continues to enjoy the firm support of the APC state executive, which is united and committed to the hardwork of bringing sustainable change.

“The government appreciates the support it has received from the party in executing policies which stand up for the right of ordinary people to equal opportunity. That support was vividly demonstrated as the government took drastic action to ensure only qualified teachers teach the children of the poor.

“Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai is proud of his record in achieving unprecedented levels of capital spending in the state, direct job creation, doubling school enrolment and doubling internally-generated revenue. The governor is not in doubt that the people of Kaduna state have seen who is committed to building schools, roads and hospitals, and bringing investors and make the right choice in their own interest.

“The political traders are also aware of the people who stand up for them.”

Regardless, the political adviser to the governor, Uba Sani, has been suspended for 18 months and advised to desist from participating in party affairs or face prosecution.

Also suspended for 18 months are Commissioner of Finance, Suleiman Audu Kwari and Alhaji Yahaya Baba Pate, acting state secretary of the party.

According to the letters signed by the Hunkuyi group, State APC Acting Chairman, S.I Danladi Wada, and copies made available to newsmen at a press conference, yesterday, suspension of the said members was with immediate effect, while the governor was expected to respond to the query within 48 hours or face further disciplinary measures.

He said the State secretariat of the party has been relocated to No.11B Sambo road, Kaduna

According to the Acting State  Chairman, “the decision to relocate, as approved by the majority members of the state Executive Committee, becomes necessary so as to create a harmonious working environment for the leadership of APC in the state, considering the unprecedented manner which some politicians have permanently deployed thugs to invade the former address and harrass and intimidate other innocent officers and members of the party perceived as political threats and, therefore, prevented from attending or taking part in any activity of the party at the former address.

“The State Working Committee (SWC),  after due consultation with stakeholders and elders of the party, has decided to issue notice of suspension from APC to Mallam Uba Sani for 18 months.

“The acting state secretary is also suspended for 18 months and Alhaji Audu Kwaru, commissioner of finance is also suspended for anti party activities for 18 months.His Excellency, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai has been queried and we expect him to answer the query within 48 hours. Failure to do that, the SWC will seat down and deliberate.

“We queried Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai for his anti party and anti human activities. The letters would be delivered to these personalities today” he stressed.

The suspension and query letters were copied the APC National Chairman, APC Deputy National Chairman, APC Vice Chairman, North Local west, Headquarters INEC, Abuja, REC INEC Kaduna State. KADSIECOM, ALL LGQ Chairmen of APC, Kaduna State, CNPP, IPAC, Commissioner of Police Kaduna State Command, Director of SSS Kaduna and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the media.

Also, in a press statement he personally signed, Hunkiyi said he had aligned himself and his followership to the decision of the national party which recognises S.I Danladi Wada as the acting chairman of the APC in Kaduna state, as known to the party records.        (The Sun)

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2019: Buhari Has Performed Above Average, Obasanjo Cannot Stop Him – Okoye

Barrister Abumchukwu Okoye

Dickson Okafor

Abumchukuwu Okoye, a lawyer, in this interview described as mere threat the letter to President Muhammadu Buhari by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo warming him not to re-contest in 2019.

He said the letter is belated saying Buhari has performed above average within three years especially in the anti-graft war.

Recently, leaders of South-East APC endorsed Buhari for a second-term, are you confident that Nigerians will vote for Buhari again considering the level of hardship in the land?

President Muhammadu Buhari has shown capacity and capability to lead the country. Buhari is enjoying international accolade in the fight against economic and financial crime, this is why for the first time in the 54-years history of African Union (AU) anti-corruption will be made a theme of the gathering of regional leaders.

In July 4, 2017 during the 29th session of AU, the leaders unanimously endorsed President Buhari to champion the fight against corruption on the continent. What Buhari needs is our support and not criticism. Before now, there were many untouchables who did all kinds of things and got away with them, but today it is no more business as usual. In the area of security he has also tried to the extent that Boko Haram is now history. Nigeria is not a country where fight against corruption can be won overnight. In fact, in 2018 the rate of crime will increase especially violence crime because it is election year but I’m confident that Buhari is equal to the task. So, come 2019, there must handshake across the Niger.

South-East decision to vote for Buhari is premised on the Igbo 2023 presidency project, is it realisable?

It is time for political action by Igbo and what that means is political action. We must arm ourselves with our Personal Voter Card (PVC). We must recognize that we are talking about president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not president of Igbo land. The handshake must not only be across the Niger, it must be across the mountain and rocks because we must genuinely unite. How do we forge ahead? How do we get inside and not being outside? We must realise that it is not a matter of standing out and barking but a matter of being an insider so that we can come together and share power. But if Igbo decide to be outside because of sentiment and hope to grab the presidency, I’m sorry the presidency is not for sale. Igbo can get the presidency by negotiation and dialogue with other regions.

But you were against Buhari presidency, why did you suddenly become pro-Buhari?

I was not only against Buhari but past Presidents and Heads of State who directly or indirectly participated in coup. Yes, I was against Buhari because he was the one that carried out coup in 1983 that truncated a democratically elected government. To me, whoever participated in a coup is not my friend because constitutional democracy requires everybody’s effort. But I’m happy now because Buhari has repented at least, that made him to understand that the nation’s problem is economic crime and official fraud.

What would you say about the letter by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo warning Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019? 

The letter was belated because it would have made sense if the letter had come earlier. Obasanjo wanted to use the letter to seek relevance and not for the best interest of the country. 

So, you are in support of the reply by former governor of Abia State that Obasanjo short-changed the south-east in terms of infrastructural development during his eight years reign?

Former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu captured the response of and mood of Ndigbo to Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari. Buhari is a friend of Igbo and not Obasanjo. I agree with Kalu that Obasanjo lacks moral right to criticise Buhari because Buhari is trying to clear the 16years economic mess which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) plunged the nation into, which Obasanjo was part of.

Igbo have benefited from the present government as infrastructural development is going on in the south-east with commencement of work on the second Niger Bridge. A project Obasanjo and PDP could not do for 16 years they were in power. There are three express roads Obasanjo refused to build when he was President which Buhari is doing now, this include Port Harcourt, Okigwe,Umuahia, Enugu expressway. Enugu, Awka, Onitsha expressway. Another road Obasanjo refused to build that Buhari is doing is the Onitsha, Owerri and Aba expressway. Like Kalu asked, between Obasanjo and Buhari who should Igbo call their friend in real terms? Buhari is a friend of Ndigbo.          

From the look of things, do you think the APC government has kept its campaign promises to Nigerians?

No doubt people are getting employed or engaged in farming. There are a lot of qualified Nigerians looking for opportunities and they are getting it. Unfortunately, many Nigerians are unemployable. Therefore, what Nigeria needs now is technological and scientific advancement. We also need leisure and that is why a dancer may earn more money than a graduate of any other course. That is why you can pay somebody that makes you laugh more than your mechanic because he made you happy. So, I still maintain that President Buhari is capable and he has shown capacity. A complex problem requires complex solution. However, what went wrong must be corrected and that is economic fraud, injustice and unwarranted denial, that is the reason people are complaining. I’m yet to see anyone who can fight financial crime like Buhari and until I see a person with such capacity to fight corruption, Buhari may continue beyond 2019. There is no more white-collar job and Nigerians are getting involved in farming to earn a living. We were used to easy money but now we are in the stage of hard earned money and most people don’t want to earn a living through hard work.  (The Sun)

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