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Lawmakers To APC: Saraki Not Cause Of Your Failure To Fulfil Promises|RN

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“They have devised another propaganda stunt to start heaping the blames of their failure to bring positive change to Nigeria on Saraki.”

Chairmen, Senate Committee on Navy and the Committee on Banking, Finance and Other Financial Institutions, Isah Hamma Misau and Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim, respectively, have advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its leaders to desist from looking for scapegoats for the failure to fulfil their promises to the electorate.

Misau and Rafiu in a statement stated that the APC leaders have continued to whine about what Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki did or did not do to ensure the Buhari government failed without caring whether it was reasonable to believe that one single individual who had been continuously assailed by the government would at the same time be in a position to ground the government.

“APC leaders are being clever by half. They have spent most of the last 38 months harassing Saraki and sponsoring media attacks against him. Now that the man has been vindicated by the courts and he has decided to leave their party, they have devised another propaganda stunt to start heaping the blames of their failure to bring positive change to Nigeria on Saraki.

 

“For three years of the APC administration, former president Goodluck Jonathan was the scapegoat they blamed. Now that it dawned on them that nobody is listening to that tale by moonlight again, their propaganda machinery has shifted focus to Saraki as the new man to blame. These are characters who cannot take responsibility for their inability to provide good governance as they promised.

“Must these people blame somebody all the time?

 

“Were they elected to bring in positive change or to shift blames? It is irresponsible for people invested with a popular mandate to always look for somebody to be held responsible for their failure to fulfil their promises and give expression to the mandate they were given.

“Instead of concentrating on how to use the next six months before the general elections to hasten the completion of infrastructure projects, enunciation of policies and initiation of programmes which can improve the standard of living of the people and ameliorate the consistent failure of the last three years, the APC is now led by demagogues who seem not to care if they bring the entire country down.

“The new leadership of the APC have continued to advertise the inability of the party to manage a victory, their penchant for violence as a way of saving their faces and their lack of the much-needed temperament to wield together a country with diverse culture, ethnicity and religion like Nigeria.

 

“When they continue to blame Saraki for their failure, was the man responsible for their failure to appoint ministers for the first five months of the administration when the economy was just straying without direction? Is he responsible for the constant demarketing of the economy in international circles by the President of the country? Is Saraki responsible for the refusal of the government to prosecute its members indicted of corrupt practices, thereby destroying its anti-corruption campaign?”   (The Sun)

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252 Aides To Tambuwal Resign From His Cabinet |The Republican News

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Two hundred and fifty-two Special Advisers and Special Assistants appointed under Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s administration have resigned their positions.

The affected aides said their resignations were informed by the recent decision of the Sokoto State Governor to dump the All Progressives Congress, the party which they are bona fide members of in the state.

They stated that their resolve to remain in APC will not allow them to function in their respective positions under Tambuwal’s government.

Addressing journalists on Sunday in Sokoto, the spokesman of the SAs, Hon. Dasuki Haske, also said their decisions were hinged on their loyalty to the party.

“We deem it fit state categorically that we are not ready to join Governor Tambuwal in his new party. That was what informed our decision. We will remain in APC and there is no going back.

“We are members of APC before taking up our appointments as SAs and it was based on the membership values that we were given such positions. Now, we have resigned because the governor has not performed well since inception to justify our support for him.

“We want to assure that we will work for the success of APC in the state come 2019 general election. We will work for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and our state party leader, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko,” Haske said.

Another speaker, Abdullahi Ahmad Sokoto, said all the ex-aides will work for the success of APC in the state.

He added that the party remained the one to beat in any election.

Also speaking, a former Special Assistant, Hajia Rabi Tudunwada, alleged that she and other aides of the governor were called and compelled to swear with Holy Qur’an to secure their promise to defect from APC before they could be paid their August salary.

Hajia Tudunwada disclosed that some of them had refused to be part of the oath, which informed their decision to resign from their respective positions.

She posited that both PDP and Governor Tambuwal will be rejected in the forthcoming general elections by the electorate.

Responding, the state APC chairman, Hon. Isah Achida thanked the affected Special Advisers and Assistants for their loyalty to the party.

He also promised them rewards for their “steadfastness and commitment to the party.”

“We thank you for being loyal to the party and we are assuring you of equal treatment as loyal party members.

“We have taken cognizance of your loyalty and commitment,” Achida state (Punch)

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BREAKING: Saraki Meets National Chairmen Of 45 Political Parties |RN

Senate President Bukola Saraki is meeting with chairmen of 45 political parties in his office at the Senate.

This was contained in a message on his verified Twitter handle, Bukola Saraki @bukolasaraki.

He had tweeted: “I am now meeting with the National Chairmen of 45 political parties at my office in the Senate.”

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Report Of Fayose’s Impeachment: We’re Solidly Behind Him – Ekiti Assembly

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Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti

Twenty-three members of Ekiti State House of Assembly, on Friday, passed a vote of confidence on Governor Ayodele Fayose and dissociated themselves from an alleged plot to impeach the governor.

Armed policemen allegedly caused a stir when they laid siege on the Assembly premises, on Wednesday night, to pave way for the three lawmakers of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to reconvene the plenary, a week after the members had gone on recess.

The move was condemned by Speaker Kolawole Oluwawole at a press briefing, on Friday, when he alleged that the Assembly’s Clerk’s signature was forged in a letter purportedly written to request for police cover.

But the chairman, House Committee on information, Samuel Omotoso, who spoke with newsmen on behalf of the 23 members at Government House, said they came on a solidarity visit to Governor Fayose.

He also expressed displeasure at the siege on the Assembly by the security agents, saying that the members are solidly behind the Governor.

Omotoso said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers were fully in support of the move by the party to retrieve Olusola’s mandate which was allegedly stolen from him.

He said, “We are here on a solidarity visit to the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Ayodele Fayose and to show our displeasure to the stealing of the mandate freely given to Prof Kolapo Olusola.

“We also want to use this medium to register our displeasure to the illegality being perpetrated by security agencies threatening to make the state ungovernable.

“As you can see, we are 23 members and 21 is present here. Mrs Titi Owolabi is not here because she is bereaved, and one of us travelled overseas.

“We are 26 members; three are on the other side. We are united and irrevocably committed to the cause of Fayose.

“We are solidly behind him and our party the PDP. We support the decision of the party to go to court to retrieve the stolen mandate and also to tell the whole world that if 23 members are on the same page, we want to see how they want to use three members to perpetuate illegality in the state.

“The tenure of this governor runs out on October 16 and by the grace of God, he will complete his tenure. We are elected members of our constituents and we will do all the needful to make sure that the interest of our people will be protected.

“We are very loyal to the cause of our Governor. We are solidly behind him and he will triumph over all his enemies,” he said.  (The Sun)

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No Man Of Honour Will Return To PDP – Oshiomhole |The Republican News

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The National Chairman of the  All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday said there was no man of honour, who left the Peoples Democratic Party because of its alleged crimes against the nation, that would want to return to the opposition party.

He insisted that he was not losing sleep over the emergence of a faction of the party called Reformed-APC.

Oshiomhole, who spoke in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, commented on the alleged plan by the R-APC members to leave the APC on Thursday.

He said no matter their irritations in the ruling party, no aggrieved member should be thinking of returning to the PDP.

He said, “No, I am not losing sleep. I am sleeping very well. I still maintain that I don’t see any man of honour who with his eyes open left the PDP on the account of their gross mismanagement, abuse of the treasury and all of the crimes that the PDP committed;  I don’t see them,  whatever their irritations, that can be justifications,  to return to that house.

“All we need to do is to play back their own tape about what the PDP represents and why they left. I still hold the view that you cannot vomit in the morning and convert it to lunch in the afternoon if you have honour. That position still remains the same.”

Despite his position, Oshiomhole explained that the party could distinguish between those who had genuine complaints and those he described as mercenaries.

He said the party would try and listen to those with genuine grievances but would not change its core values to accommodate the mercenaries who he said were after personal issues.

He said he would not lose his sleep because of people who he claimed could not deliver their unit during elections.

He, however, did not disclose those who fall under the two categories of mercenaries and those with genuine complaints.

Oshiomhole said, “I have made this point clear that we can distinguish the mercenaries from those who genuinely have complaints. Our business as party leaders is to try and manage, listen and find solutions to those who have verifiable complaints.

“But those who are permanent mercenaries and are in this business for personal issues, there is not much we can do about that and we are not going to change the core values of the party in order to retain them.

“So, let me reinstate, we remain committed and I have said so in my acceptance speech when I was elected, that we acknowledge the fact that there are people with genuine complaints. For such people, we are ready to listen and act on the basis of justice, fairness, no arrogance and exclusion. I remain committed to those.

“However, on principle, I do not deal with political mercenaries, that remains my position. I will not miss my sleep because a lot of these guys cannot on a good day deliver their units.

“We have the records that tell us who won elections where. I am a tested fighter. I fought them from Edo from zero-zero and I overcame their most powerful godfathers.

“So, I know what I am talking about. I speak from experience and I will talk, negotiate and persuade but there are core principles that are not negotiable.”

Begging R-APC, not an act of cowardice — National chairman

Also in Abuja on Thursday, Oshiomhole explained why he had been begging members of the R-APC not to leave the APC. He said that his action was not an act of cowardice.

Oshiomhole, while speaking at the launch of a book by Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim (APC, Yobe-East), pointed out that the appeal is made to the aggrieved members was all about restoring peace and getting justice for those who deserved it.

He stated that it was not a result of being jittery.

Oshiomhole said, “Throughout the weekend and up till today (Monday), many of the national dailies reported different stories with the impression that I have not been sleeping within the last one week as a result of alleged midnight meetings with aggrieved party members, who they say I have been begging not to leave the party.

“In some of the reports, the insinuations even went as far as saying that I made juicy offers to the aggrieved party members in stopping them from defecting. While I will not be too direct in reacting to such reports here, I will only say though I have been meeting aggrieved party members over whatever injustices they felt the party or some chieftains of the party had done to them. I have not been having sleepless nights as being reported, and also I am not in any way jittery.

“Rapprochement move, as far as I am concerned, is not an act of cowardice but a desirous endeavour in making peace since you can’t decree peace but only work for it. So, in a nutshell, I am not ashamed of doing that as chairman of a great party. To those who the rapprochement moves are being directed to, we want them to appreciate that we are more or less trying to prevent them from making a blunder of dumping palm wine for kain kain (local gin).”

Oshiomhole is fake, says PDP

In its response, the PDP described the former governor of Edo State as fake.

It said that while he boasted during the day, he would visit aggrieved members of the APC at night, begging them not to leave the ruling party.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, who spoke with one of our correspondents, said that both Oshiomhole and the national leadership of the APC had become jittery over the planned defection.

He said, “We will rather forget and ignore him. He is a drowning man and his party will soon become the opposition party in Nigeria. That is why he’s busy running his mouth.

“In the daytime, he goes out shouting, calling people names but at night, as from 2am,  he goes about visiting and begging people he had abused,  asking them not to leave and offering them positions and tickets.

“We should rather ignore him. We understand his predicament.  So, we won’t waste our time talking to or responding to a fake man who is heading a faction of the APC.”

We won’t welcome Ortom to Benue PDP – 13 gov aspirants

Also on Monday, 13 PDP governorship aspirants described the Benue  State Governor,  Samuel Ortom, as a liability to any political party.

They, therefore, said that they would not welcome him to the party if he decided to leave the APC.

Though they said that his defection from the ruling party ought to be a plus to the PDP, they nevertheless said that Ortom’s case would be an exception because of his alleged baggage.

They listed the baggage to include non-payment of salaries for more than a year and his inability to complete a single project since he assumed office more than three years ago.

The aspirants, who spoke at a press briefing in Abuja, insisted that Ortom’s negative values outweighed the positive ones.

Speaking under the auspices of Forum of Governorship Aspirants, they vowed to resist any attempt to truncate the internal democratic process that had characterised the Benue chapter of the party in the past few years.

They added that if the PDP “wants to take the state from the APC, efforts must be intensified to nip in the bud, the plot to shortchange the party’s executive in the state.”

One of the aspirants, Mr John Tondu, said, “The governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, as of today, is a liability, not an asset. He is not welcome into our party, the PDP.  Because of the love we have for the people of Benue State, anything that will cripple our plan to take over the state should not be tolerated.”

The PDP governorship candidate in the state in 2015, Dr Terhemen Tarzoor,  alleged that Ortom’s credibility had reached an all-time low, adding that he had been shown the ‘red card’ by the APC.

He said if the governor was an asset to the ruling party, he would not be asked to leave or be shown the ‘red card’ in APC.

Another aspirant, who is the Chairman of the forum, Prof. David Ker, called on the state leadership of the party to organise a free and fair governorship primary.

I don’t need to consult any aspirants – Ortom

But Ortom dismissed the aspirants, saying he did not need to consult them before joining the PDP.

He also said that he would declare his party preference before the end of this week.

The governor, who spoke on Monday through his Special Adviser on Media and the Information and Communication Technology, Tahav Agerzua, noted that he had yet to declare his next political move.

The special adviser asked,  “Must the governor seek their permission before joining the PDP? And l don’t think the governor has announced that he is going into the PDP, I don’t think.

“When the appropriate time comes, such an issue would be addressed. As for now, he is saying that the national leadership of the APC called him to a meeting on Thursday in Abuja and that he would make his final announcement after the meeting on Thursday.

“So, l don’t know where those people got their information from, but the issue of the party is an issue of interest. Maybe the aspirants feel that their interest is threatened, but surely l don’t think they have the controlling powers of the structure of the PDP.

“Maybe, if you talk about the PDP, l know prominent people within the PDP that have asked Ortom to come to the party. So, if you juxtapose the position, you will know where and who have more powers to admit or keep Ortom out.”

Saraki no longer politically relevant – Kwara APC faction

In Kwara State, an APC faction loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday opposed the alleged automatic tickets offered serving aggrieved senators and members of the House of Representatives.

The Deputy Chairman of the Kwara State APC faction, Alhaji Abdullahi Samari, during a media briefing in Ilorin stated that such an offer was undemocratic.

He said, “On the issue of automatic tickets for the serving senators, representatives and others as requested by the over-ambitious politicians, this is an attempt to annihilate credible candidates and stifle participatory democracy.

“President Muhammadu Buhari and our national Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who are products of effective and functional democracy, should not be part of this undemocratic and devilish move.”

Samari also alleged that Saraki had lost political relevance. He stated that the recent welcome by a mammoth crowd for him during his first visit to Kwara State after his legal victory at the Supreme Court was stage managed.

He said more chieftaincy titles and staged managed visits by governors and other top politicians to Saraki would still happen just to shore up the alleged dwindling political fortune of the Senate President.

Faction’s claim laughable-Saraki backed faction

But the Publicity Secretary of Saraki-backed APC in the state, Alhaji Sulyman Buhari,  said it was laughable for anyone to suggest that Saraki was no longer politically relevant, adding that such an opinion was from ‘disgruntled’ politicians.

He said the negotiation between Buhari and Saraki was an indication of the political relevance of the Senate President.

Buhari said, “It is laughable for anyone to say that Saraki is not a political heavyweight. The media briefing is just a gathering of disgruntled politicians. Even those who are telling Bukola Saraki not to dump the APC know his value politically even beyond Kwara. If they say he is not relevant, I think they are not politically aware.”  (Punch)

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

 

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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

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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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