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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LIVE VIDEO: Ekiti PDP Elects Governorship Candidate |The Republican News

By New Telegraph

The process to elect a governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State is currently ongoing.

It is expected to be a straight fight between the deputy governor, Kolapo Olusola, the candidate of Governor Ayo Fayose, and a former Minister of Works, Dayo Adeyeye.

A total of  1,966 delegates were accredited for the exercise.

Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta state, is the chairman of the electoral committee.

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The Senate Deputy Minority Whip, Biodun Olujimi, has stepped down from the governorship race for former Minister of Works, Dayo Adeyeye.

“For the benefit of our party, I offer myself and I transfer my structure to Prince Adeyeye.” Olujimi steps down for Adeyeye,” she said.

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Voting has commenced at Eagle Hall, Ado Ekiti, venue of the primary election.


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PDP To Buhari: Your Second Tenure Will Be Disastrous |The Republican News

By Onyekachi Eze


…says President’s ambition’ll impoverish Nigerians


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told President Muhammadu Buhari that his second term in office if it succeeds, would further divide and impoverish Nigerians. The party, while reacting to the reason offered by the president for seeking a second term in office, during last Saturday’s All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congress in Daura, Katsina State, noted that Buhari’s first term was characterised by anti-people policies and failure to serve the good of the ordinary citizens.

In a statement, yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP described as unfortunate that the same president, who, in an interview with Voice of America (VOA) last week, could not present any agenda to justify his re-election bid, is attempting to sway Nigerians with cosmetic patriotism.

“What President Buhari’s handlers fail to understand is that Nigerians, being direct victims of his misrule, are aware that the harsh and reckless policies of his incompetent administration, coupled with his body language, are expressly responsible for the untold economic hardship, ethnic division and daily bloodletting currently ravaging our nation,” the party said.

It noted that if, indeed, the president was out to serve, as he claimed, he should show Nigerians, any of his 2015 campaign promises he has fulfilled or any development project initiated and implemented to the benefit of the people in the last three years. “President Buhari’s second term agenda is directly a quest to continue to enrich the presidency cabal, promote nepotism and protect cronies and corrupt members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the long arms of the law.

“President Buhari’s second term is also a quest to continue to ignore and destroy democratic principles; to continue trampling on the rights of citizens and persecution of opposition and perceived political opponents; to continue the derailing of democracy with manifest disdain for constitutional order; to continue with the intimidation and harassment of the legislature and the judiciary; perpetuation of mediocrity in governance; de-marketing Nigeria at international fora and to blame everyone else but himself for manifest incapacity to govern.

“Nigerians know that the agenda is being pushed by members of the presidency cabal, who are desperate to protect huge economic empires and to cover their atrocities in government.

“Nigerians do not need clairvoyants and psychics to know that another term for the president will lead to the decimation of the middle class, over-taxation of the poor, the complete erosion of freedom and secret fight against free enterprise. “It will surely lead to the complete destruction of our economy, our democracy and most importantly the unity of our nation,” PDP added.   (New Telegraph)

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JUST IN: Buhari In Close-door Meeting With El-Rufai, Yahaya Bello, Other APC Governors

By New Telegraph


President Buhari and APC governors in a closed-door meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with governors of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governors in attendance include Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, Rochas Okorocha of Imo and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano.

Others are Kashim Shetima of Borno, Abubakar Bello of Niger, Tanko Almakura of Nassarawa, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, are also in attendance.  (NewTelegraph)

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Tinubu, Osinbajo Must Leave APC, Says Adebanjo |The Republican News

By Correspondents



Biyi Adegoroye

Elder statesman and Afenifere Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has challenged the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the All Progressives Congress (APC), National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to pull out of the APC having been “used and dumped” by the party and President Muhammadu Buhari, whom they helped into power.

In an exclusive interview with Sunday Telegraph, Adebanjo said since President Buhari has failed to fulfil all his pre-election promises to the South-West, who were moved to vote for the APC and the President, the most auspicious thing to do for Tinubu was to pull out from the government.
“What can we say other than for the same Tinubu, who took us there to take us out? Has he asked the Vice President to resign? I don’ look favourably at Tinubu for still keeping the ACN into the APC. What have we got out of it? The fact that he is sidelined is known. What could be keeping him there? A party which he helped to put into office is now doing things against its own people- what a world?”

Asked whether Tinubu was misled into the merger that culminated in the emergence of APC, he said: “No. No. No. I won’t agree with that. Tinubu knew so much and we told him enough. He only thought he could teach his grandfather to suck-egg. Don’t say he was ignorant at all.
“I believe Tinubu has an interest that is not known to us at all, to think that Buhari can help which he will never do. That is why I quarrelled with Tinubu that he should open his eyes and put our liberty in the hands of Buhari.”

Asked his thoughts on the 2019 elections, Adebanjo said: “I’m not looking forward to 2019, under this arrangement. I am a lone ranger in this regard; even within my party, they know me. They have their reasons, but my own reason is that the government of the day will rig elections if they are still there. If they promise they are going to change things, the moment they get there, it is zero as we have heard in the past.”

He said the President does not keep his words. “Look at President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been promising restructuring since 2007. If you will recollect, Afenifere supported Buhari in 2007 on the premise that he was going to restructure the country. In 2014, he came with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and made the same promise but the moment he got the presidency, he has changed. I am too old now to be lured into an election under the premise that you will do a restructuring. If you believe in it, do it now,” he said.     (New Telegraph)

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Tenure Elongation: APC Northern Governors Align With Buhari, Reject Oyegun

        National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun



There are strong indications that northern governors in the All Progressives Congress have withdrawn their support for the elongation of the tenure of the party’s National Working Committee.

SUNDAY PUNCH gathered on Saturday that the party’s stakeholders were looking beyond the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to lead the party.

One of our correspondents gathered that key supporters of the party’s National Chairman,  especially northern governors,  had shelved their earlier decision to sink or sail with the chairman.

A highly-placed party leader, who spoke to SUNDAY PUNCHon condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media on the issue, said the President’s move during last Tuesday’s National Executive Council meeting was akin to a “checkmate in a game of chess.”

The party leader said, “President Muhammadu Buhari is the main reason why Chief (Odigie-) Oyegun lasted this long as chairman, many may not know or simply choose to disagree with this fact.

“Some of our governors, who felt comfortable with Oyegun’s leadership style, aligned with certain interests at the Villa to convince the President on the need to allow Odigie-Oyegun to complete his term despite resistance from people like Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu.

“The argument then was that we should not behave like the Peoples Democratic Party where party chairmen were changed almost every year.

“They further argued that removing Odigie-Oyegun at that time, no matter his perceived indiscretions, would create some sort of instability within our party.

“It is not easy to convince President Buhari, but once he is convinced about something, he supports it wholeheartedly.

“Being the leader that he is and a person who swore to uphold the constitution, when his attention was drawn to the adverse consequences of this constitutional breach, he sought a legal opinion.

“His legal team, including the Vice-President, convinced him and he chose to err on the side of caution.”

The party leader also said, “Most of our northern governors are aware of the President’s principles on such matters and have since fallen in line.

“What is before us now is the setting up of the various congress and convention committees and agreeing on who the next chairman is.”

A highly-placed member of the party’s NWC, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity so as not to “ruffle feathers”, explained that the issue at hand went beyond the person of the party’s National Chairman.

On the contenders for the APC top job, he said, “For now, our choice is limited to Edo State. And like you may know, when you mention Edo, Adams Oshiomhole cannot be far away.”

The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, was not immediately available for comments as he was said to have travelled outside the country. Calls to his mobile indicated that it was switched off.

But when contacted, the Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati, said, “As a former speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Governor Simon Lalong believes in the rule of law. He believes the party’s internal mechanism will resolve this matter amicably.”

However, it was gathered that some southern governors and ministers had started a campaign in support of tenure elongation for Odigie-Oyegun and others.

Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH revealed that the address by the President did not go down well with the southern governors and ministers, who were already enjoying a smooth working relationship with the Odigie-Oyegun-led national executives of the party.

Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, could not be reached for his comments on the issue but the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dayo Adeneye, directed one of our correspondents to the leadership of the party in the state.

The Publicity Secretary of the state chapter of the APC, Mr Sola Lawal, who spoke on behalf of the party, said the NEC remained the supreme body of the party, while the president is the leader.

He said, “The President only has a voice, the NEC is supreme.”

“In this case, I do not see the NEC reversing itself on tenure elongation for Oyegun and others because 20 out of the 24 APC governors voted in favour of tenure elongation.

Lawal added, “It is not possible for an individual to foist a new candidate on the NEC without carrying everyone along.”   (Punch)

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Buhari Going To Benue, Yobe, Others Not To Show Sympathy But For Votes – Fayose

By Editor

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s eventual decision to visit Benue, Yobe and other states with records of different forms of killings and attacks this year as an afterthought.

He said that Buhari’s final decision to visit the affected states he abandoned during their times of trouble, was nothing but a plot to seek for votes and not to sympathize with the people of the states on their losses.

Fayose was responding to the statement released by the Presidency on Monday announcing that President Buhari will from March 5, begin to visit the states of Benue, Taraba, Zamfara, Yobe and Rivers, which have recorded different forms of killings and kidnappings this year.

He said in a statement issued on Monday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, that “obviously, the president is more concerned about his reelection in 2019 and his visit to those states that he abandoned during their times of trouble is to seek for votes, not to sympathize with the people of the states on their loses.”

The governor likened President Buhari to a selfish king who went on merrymaking while his people were in agony only to show up when the people had already buried their loved ones that were gruesomely murdered, gotten over their anguish and moved on with their lives.

“It was the height of cruelty that the same President Buhari, who promised to lead from the front in the fight against Boko Haram could not visit Dapchi, Yobe State, where 110 school girls were abducted by the insurgents, but choose to go on merrymaking in Kano.

“On January 9 and 12, this year, 88 victims of herdsmen attacks were given mass burial in Taraba State. Also on January 11, 2018, another 73 persons killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Benue State were buried in a mass grave in Makurdi, the state capital.

“Meaning that in Taraba and Benue States alone, 161 Nigerians were given mass burial within three days! This never caught the attention of our President. Rather, it was a visit to Nasarawa, a neighbouring State to Benue that was important to him.

“To further demonstrate his lack of compassion for Nigerians, while the entire nation, especially parents of the 110 abducted school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State are still in anguish, President Buhari went to Kano last Saturday to attend a social function, thus sparking negative reactions from Nigerians.

“Apparently, it was the negative reactions of Nigerians, especially on Social Media and the effects on the President’s reelection bid that necessitated his hurried visit to Taraba State today, and planned visits to Benue, Zamfara, Yobe and Rivers States.

“I am sure the people of Taraba State won’t be hoodwinked by the President’s cosmetic sympathy, a show of concern and crocodile tears, which he never bordered to shed when hundreds of indigenes of the State were being killed by suspected herdsmen,” Fayose said.

While declaring the visits as belated and afterthought, Governo Fayose added, “Nigerians can no longer be deceived by a President who never cared for them when they needed him most. Therefore, no amount of hurriedly organized campaign visits will sway the people, who never saw the President to protect them from being killed and console them when they lost their dear ones.”  (Ripples Nigeria)

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