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2019: Atiku Had Another Great Rally Day In Rivers, Buhari Stoned In Ogun State [Video]|RN

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PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at Rivers state party rally

By Ike A. Offor

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had another great crowd in his party presidential campaign rally in the stadium in Rivers state. Like his rally in Kano state yesterday, he had a jam-packed stadium and the crowd was entertained by the music superstar, Davido.

His campaign yesterday in Kano state, in which Kwankwasiya was the blaring slogan screamed by everyone in the jam-packed stadium, sent shock waves to the ruling party. The crowd prompted the national chairman of the ruling party, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to allege that the crowd was paid for by Alhaji Kwakwaso.

Oshiomhole reportedly alleged that Kwakwaso bought 700,000 persons who were imported into Nigeria to Kano from Cameroon. An allegation many have seen as a moaning of a dying man.

But many analysts said that if Oshiomhole made such statement, it means that the party is indeed worried by the size of the crowd in Kano state and wanted a way to wish it away by smearing it with such unfounded allegation.

Meanwhile, the outing by the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari was nothing but very shambolic one in Ogun state today. For the very first time since his presidency, Buhari was booed, pelted with water bottles and stones.

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Angry looking President Buhari after being booed and stoned at APC rally in Ogun

Buhari was not allowed to finish his part of the ceremony of raising the hand of the gubernatorial candidate of Ogun before he was pelted with water bottles, stones and other items the irate youths found worthy of throwing at him and other Chieftains of APC.

Oshiomhole, Amosun and others were booed, stoned and water bottles were thrown at them. At some point, the DSS agents had to stand between irate youths who were armed with pellets and the president and other APC chieftains.

President Buhari was later taken away by the DSS officers to avoid him sustaining any injury.

PDP presidential candidate, Atiku was rather having some good time in Rivers state where the music star Davido gave a very exciting performance to the crowd.

 

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Dogara, 2 Others Defect To PDP, As Reps Adjourn Sitting |The Republican News

 

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday adjourned its plenary session until Feb. 19.

The adjournment was sequel to a motion moved by the Deputy House Leader, Rep. Idriss Wase (APC-Plateau), at the plenary session presided over by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, in Abuja.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the lawmakers on Jan. 16 resumed for the 2019 legislative duty after the Christmas and New Year break.

Moving the motion, Wase, who represents Wase Federal Constituency of Plateau, said that the adjournment became imperative because of preparations toward the forthcoming general elections.

He said that the postponement of plenary sittings would allow members vying for one position or the other to focus on electioneering and other political activities of their political parties.

The Speaker, therefore, put the motion to vote and it was unanimously supported by the members.

NAN reports that the legislators after passing the Minimum Wage Bill did not deliberate on the 2019 Appropriation Bill, which still before the House, before moving for the adjournment.

Earlier at the plenary, Speaker Dogara, Reps Ahmed Yerima and Edward Pwajok formally announced their defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

While Pwajok represents Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency of Plateau in the House, Yerima represents Missau/Dambam Federal Constituency of Bauchi State.

The legislators announced their resignations from APC in separate letters to the House of Representatives, which were read on the floor of the House by the speaker.

Dogara, who represents Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State, said that they resigned their membership of the APC due to irreconcilable differences.

The legislators said that they defected to the PDP after due consultations with their constituents.

NAN reports that a gale of defections has continued to affect the lower chamber in the aftermath of the party primaries, in which several members failed to secure their parties’ tickets for the 2019 elections.    (The Sun)

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2019: Niger State PDP Receive 4,500 APC, PDM Defectors |The Republican News

 

John Adams, Minna

 

The People Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger State on Friday received a big boost ahead of next month’s general election as it received 1,500 members of the People Democratic Movement (PDM

) from Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state.

The entire structure of the party in 11 wards in Chanchaga collapsed into the PDP with it 1,500 members.

The defectors were led by the local government chairman of the party, Hon. Suleiman Alhassan and were received by the PDP chairman in the local government, Hon. Jamilu Saidu in a ceremony in Minna on Friday at the party local government secretariat.

This is coming barely one week after the PDP chairman in the state, Alhaji Tanko Beji, received no fewer than 3,000 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from Edati local government who defected into the party.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, the chairman of PDM in Chanchaga local government, Hon. Suleiman Saidu, said their decision to pitched their tent with the PDP was borne out of their conviction that the party was the only one that had the capacity to bring all Nigerians together for peace and development irrespective of their ethnic and religious differences.

Hon. Saidu said the four years APC government had taken the country ten years backward in all aspects of human development, pointing out the country was more divided along ethnic and religious lines than ever.

“This government has succeeded in causing sharp division among Nigerians along ethnic and religious lines. It has also failed to handle the security challenges in the country today.”

According to him, the peaceful conduct of PDP primaries across the country and the confusion that greeted other parties after their primaries, was a clear indication that PDP remained the largest and with the capacity to take the country to the promise land.

“PDP is the only party that can guarantee peaceful co-existence of all Nigerians, regardless of ethnic and religious differences.

“It is the only party that has the interest of the masses at heart, that can reduce the current unemployment and hardship in the country, and that is why we decided to join the party.”

He assured the party that he and his co-defectors would work assiduously to ensure total victory for PDP candidates at all levels in the forthcoming elections.

Receiving the defectors amidst cheers and jubilations at the party secretariat, the Hon. Saidu assured them that the party would carry them along, stressing that “our umbrella is big enough to accommodate everybody whether new members or old members.”

He reminded them that PDP would go into the election fully prepared and would protect their votes from the polling units to the final collation centres.

“We will protect our votes with our last blood from the polling units to the final collation centre; we will resist any attempt to manipulate people’s mandates because the only thing left for them now is to rig the election.    (The Sun)

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Mass Defection From APC To PDP Hits Akwa Ibom |The Republican News

 

Patrick Odey, Uyo

 

About 20,000 former members of the All Progressives Congress in Akwa Ibom State on Monday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party.

Those who left the APC included units, wards and chapters’ officers from the 31 local government areas of the state.

They were received into the PDP at a ceremony held in Uyo, the state capital.

The state governor, Udom Emmanuel, commended the new members for joining the PDP which he described as the only grass roots party in the country.

While describing the new members’ decision as being about the soul of state, the governor urged them to always stand in defence of the state.

He said, “This is unprecedented in the history of our state.

“What you are doing today is not about me, it is not about the party chairman, or any other person. It is about the soul of Akwa Ibom State.”

The governor said he was not losing sleep over the threat by the opposition to take over the state.

He described such threats as coming from “empty vessels that make the loudest noise.”

Earlier, the state chairman of the PDP, Mr Paul Ekpo, had described the number of new members as unprecedented in the history of the PDP in the state.

He said, “It has never happened in the history of Akwa Ibom State that people in their thousands and on their own would decide and say we should come and receive them into the Peoples Democratic Party.

“We have been preaching industrialisation, peace and stability and workability but little did we know that our preaching has touched the minds of so many people in the state.” (Punch)

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PDP Berates Buhari, APC Of Posting Fake Presidential Primary Results |RN

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

 

The Peoples Democratic Party has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress of posting what it called fictitious figures as votes secured by the President at the APC Presidential primary.

It said the plan behind the huge figure was to hoodwink Nigerians and create an impression of massive support for President Buhari ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

The PDP said the alleged resort to the allocation of figures had shown that Buhari and the APC had lost hope of winning genuine votes in the 2019 general elections and want to rely on the allocation of fake votes to attempt to rig the main election.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, claimed in a statement on Sunday, that the Presidency forced the direct primary on the APC because of its determination to conjure figures ahead of the general elections.

He said, “Nigerians will recall that the PDP had alerted of intelligence reports that the Presidency forced a direct presidential primary on the APC so as to ‘eliminate delegates accreditation and pave the way for the allocation of millions of conjured votes, which they intend to use as a basis to authenticate the fictitious votes they intend to declare for President Buhari at the general elections.’

“The PDP had also alerted of how ‘very senior officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission including a blood relation of the President, who is in charge of the commission’s data centre, masterminded and pushed the plot.

“It is, therefore, ludicrous that 29 days after our statement, the Presidency and the APC staged a circus show in their party’s state secretariats, in the name of Presidential primary and came up with fictitious figures as votes secured by President Buhari.

“Nigerians were thoroughly amused as they see through the lies in APC’s allocation of fictitious 2.9 million votes in Kano, 1.9 million in Lagos, 802,819 in Katsina, in addition to other conjured figures in other states.”

Ologbondiyan added that what the APC and the Presidency failed to note was that Nigerians were already aware that no ballot allegedly took place and that such figures could not be tallied through mere voice vote involving few members of a derelict and disorganised party.

According to him, what counts in a general election is the participation of registered voters with Permanent Voter Cards and not fictitious figures from a padded party register or party members, many of who do not exist or hold PVCs.

Moreover,  he said that the APC did not have the number of members it was posting as having participated in the “circus”.

“We want the APC and INEC to know that our party is already privy to the polling centres in certain states which they are planning to use to allocate fake votes for President Buhari in the 2019 general elections and that we have also devised legitimate strategies of exposing and dismantling such plans ahead of the elections, just as the PDP did in Osun State,” he added.  (Punch)

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Guber Tickets: APC NWC Okays Direct Primaries For Ogun, Lagos, Kano, Imo Akwa Ibom

      National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole

Niyi Odebode, John Alechenu, Chukwudi Akasike, Sam Awoyinfa, Godwin Isenyo and Chidiebube Okeoma

 

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress on Tuesday released its approved mode of primaries for 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory for Saturday’s governorship primaries.

According to the list, the direct method, which involves all registered card carrying members of the party; and the indirect mode where elected and statutory delegates take part, will be used.

The APC NWC released the list of approved methods in a statement by the party’s acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja.

The states that are to elect their governorship candidates via the direct method are Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Cross River, Edo, Ekiti, Imo and Kano.

Others are Lagos, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Taraba, Zamfara and the Federal Capital Territory.

States that got the nod to pick candidates using the indirect mode are Adamawa, Benue, Borno, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina and Kebbi.

Others are Nasarawa, Oyo, Kogi, Kwara, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto and Yobe.

Before the Tuesday directive of the APC NWC, some state chapters of the party, including Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Imo and Bauchi, had adopted indirect primaries

The Ogun State chapter of the APC had, at a meeting attended by the state executive of the party, leaders and lawmakers on Thursday, opted for indirect primaries.

In Imo, Governor Rochas Okorocha-backed state executive had said it preferred the indirect primaries despite the opposition of stakeholders, including Senator Hope Uzodima.

The requests of state chapters of the party in Adamawa, Kaduna, Oyo and Rivers for indirect primaries were, however, approved by the NWC.

The PUNCH gathered that the NWC, after weighing options available to it, decided to change the methods in some states.

It was further learnt that such was the case in Imo State where the Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha hails from, as the NWC opted for direct primaries.

A highly placed member of the party, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to journalists on the issue, said the decision had to be taken to save the party from implosion.

The source said, “The case of Imo, especially, had to be handled carefully because it is currently our stronghold in the South-East. We decided that we must take a position which will encourage members to remain in the fold. We went for direct primary for two reasons.

“One, we have cases in court arising from the last state congresses. We have learnt a thing or two from the legal tussle between the former National Chairman of the PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and the Chairman of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

“If we go for the indirect method and the court nullifies the actions of the faction of the state executive in charge of the process, we will have a problem but if we have the direct method where all card carrying members of the party participate we will be safer, it is that simple.

“Secondly, the direct method is more difficult if not impossible to manipulate and the outcome is likely to generate less acrimony.”

Recall that Article 20 of the APC Constitution (October 2014, as Amended), stipulates how primaries for nomination of candidates for election from the local government chairmen to those vying for the position of president should be conducted.

Article 20 (iii) reads, “Nomination of candidates for governor shall be through direct or indirect primary election to be conducted at the appropriate level.

“(iv) a. Further to Article 20 (iii) of this constitution, indirect primaries for the purpose of nominating a candidate shall be done at a designated venue for that purpose, by an electoral college of delegates democratically elected by members of party from the various wards contained in the particular constituency at congresses.”

Stakeholders reject indirect primaries in Kaduna

Some stakeholders in Kaduna on Tuesday reacted negatively to the NWC announcement.

The stakeholders under the aegis of Kaduna State Aspirants and Stakeholders Forum described the adoption of the indirect primary for the state as a sham.

The state chapter of the APC, led by Air Commodore Emmanuel Jekada (retd), said to be loyalists of the Kaduna State Governor; Nasir El-Rufai, had adopted indirect primary.

Jekada had said the direct primary was not applicable to Kaduna because of the absence of a comprehensive register of party members, which could lead to chaos.

However, the stakeholders’ forum at a press conference in Kaduna on Tuesday faulted the APC chairman.

Spokesman for the aspirants and stakeholders, Alhaji Hassan Sandi, an aspirant for the House of Representatives seat, said the indirect mode was designed to ease vote buying.

Sandi said, “We remain resolutely committed to direct primaries as the most efficacious mode of determining our best candidates for the governorship and legislative positions in Kaduna State.

“We are convinced that adopting direct primaries will not only diminish the corruptive influence of vote-buying, it will give party members a voice and promote the growth of a strong, virile and people-rooted APC.”

Ogun aspirants hail APC NWC

Two governorship aspirants in Ogun State, Senator Adegbenga Kaka and Dapo Abiodun, hailed the decision of the NWC.

Kaka said it was what the NWC earlier prescribed, and what the stakeholders agreed upon in the meeting of September 5, 2018.

Kaka said, “It is in consonance with the communiqué issued at the end of the party’s stakeholders meeting held on September 5, 2018, in Abeokuta, the state capital. Whether they like it or not, the decision of NWC supersedes that of the state executive committee.

“Since the proponents of consensus openly admitted its failure, they should also admit the failure of indirect primaries by embracing direct primaries as directed by the NWC.”

Abiodun, who spoke through one of his media aides, Olamide Lawal, said, “It is a good development that the NWC did not dance to the tune of the state executive committee. The NWC has refused to be intimidated.”

When contacted, the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Wole Elegbede, said, “I will get back to you, I need to consult with the party hierarchy.”

It is a welcome development – Imo APC

The Imo State chapter of the APC said that it was at home with the direct primaries.

The party state Publicity Secretary, Jones Onwuasoanya, said APC in the state was expecting no fewer than 1,000,000 party members to vote.

He said the method would allow members of the party the opportunity of choosing the people who would represent it during the general elections.

Onwuasoanya said, “We are confident that this (direct primaries) will afford Imolites and the world the opportunity to appreciate how popular our great party is in the state as we are expecting more than 1,000,000 registered party members to participate in the process across the state.”

“This landmark decision is a good step towards resolving all claims of popularity by some aspirants and we urge them to intensify efforts at mobilising party members to vote for them.”

Rivers APC, Abe disagree on decision

But the governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Abe, said the decision of the NWC to adopt indirect primaries for Rivers State should not override the earlier decision of the party’s National Executive Committee.

Abe stated that the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, had during the party’s last NEC meeting, listed Rivers State as one of the states where direct primaries would be held.

Abe said NEC had earlier decided to adopt direct primaries in Rivers State because of the many legal issues facing the party in the state.

“But the decision of the NWC to hold indirect primaries in Rivers State goes against the grain of reason.

“First, because direct primaries were ordered in other states, including Imo State that has similar issues we have in Rivers State. Also, the National Chairman of the party at the last NEC meeting of the party had himself listed Rivers State as one of the states where direct primaries would be held because of many legal issues that we are facing.”

But the Rivers State Chapter of APC described the approval of indirect primary option for the state by the NWC as a welcome development.

A statement by the State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Chris Finebone, read in part, “This decision is in line with the resolution of the expanded State Executive Committee taken at its meeting of Thursday, September 6, 2018, as directed by the NEC of our party.

“In the said meeting, the direct, indirect and consensus options were critically examined and the majority of members overwhelmingly voted to adopt the indirect mode of primaries.

“Therefore, it is satisfying that all the reasons given for adopting the indirect mode of primaries were found to be convincing, hence the acceptance of the option for Rivers State by the NWC.”   (Punch)

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BREAKING: Dogara, Lasun Absent From APC NEC Meeting |RN

John Alechenu, Abuja

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; and his deputy, Suleiman Lasun are conspicuously absent from the on-going National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress.

The two are currently the highest ranking members of the party in the legislature following the decision of the Senate President Bukola Saraki to dump the party to join the opposition. Saraki’s deputy, Ike Ekweremadu is a member of the PDP.

Although the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole offered their apologies party watchers note that Dogara and Lasun are among top party leaders who have at one point or another voiced their displeasure over happenings within the party.

Lasun was particularly unhappy with the adoption of the direct method adopted for the Osun Governorship primary which he participated in and lost. The APC NEC is expected to announce a decision as to whether this system will be adopted for subsequent primaries.    (Punch)

 

Details later……..

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