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APC, PDP bicker over governance in Osun

APC, PDP bicker over governance in Osun

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THE opposition Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress in Osun State on Tuesday engaged in a war of words over the governance of the state. The state Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Sunday Bisi, accused the APC of treating the state as “a mere political shopping mall, where they trade and elope to their bases.” Bisi said this while addressing party members shortly after he was sworn in at the state party secretariat in Osogbo. He said, “They (APC) are too disconnected and preoccupied with serving the ruinous interest of their god of mammon rather than serving the state and saving it from economic deprivation. “They cannot help it because Osun, to them, is purely a political shopping mall, where they trade and elope to their base. In response, the state APC spoke...
Edo Reps tackle Obaseki, demand 14 Assembly members’ inauguration

Edo Reps tackle Obaseki, demand 14 Assembly members’ inauguration

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Members of the House of Representatives from Edo State, has criticised Governor Godwin Obaseki’s role in the continued delay in inaugurating 14 members of the state House of Assembly. The Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Peter Akpatason, along with other All Progressives Congress members from the state, hosted principal officers of the Edo State House of Assembly in Abuja on Tuesday. The visiting lawmakers included Marcus Onobun (Speaker), Roland Asoro (Deputy Speaker), Henry Okhuarobo (Majority Leader), Emma Okoduwa (Chief Whip), Sunny Ojiezele (Deputy Leader), Ephraim Aluebhosele (Deputy Whip) and Frank Okiye (former Speaker). Akpatason said, “We are 360 members  in this place. We represent the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory. We work as i...
Tinubu hails protesters, carpets hoodlums, pleads for cessation

Tinubu hails protesters, carpets hoodlums, pleads for cessation

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said there is no one who is committed to the rule of law and good governance that would be opposed to the ongoing #EndSARS protests by the Nigerian youths. Tinubu, in a statement on Monday, said the protests, which had gone on for 12 days, were justified, given gross human rights violations and impunity by the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force. He also commended Nigerian youths for the level of organisation that went into the protests, saying it showed a new level of consciousness that could strengthen Nigeria’s democracy. He said the ongoing resistance by the youths against police brutality was reminiscent of the emancipation struggle against the colonial rule and mi...
2023: Ohanaeze youths urge South-East govs to immediately join APC

2023: Ohanaeze youths urge South-East govs to immediately join APC

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The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, has urged governors of the South-East to join the ruling All Progressives Congress. The group said it was apparent that the Peoples Democratic Party did not have the region’s best interests at heart, and as such, there was no need for leaders of the zone to continue to work  with the main opposition party. The zonal Secretary General of the group, Mr. Nnabuike Okwu, said this after a virtual meeting with leaders and other critical stakeholders of the region, on Monday. This call came barely 48 hours after speculations that the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, had concluded plans to dump the PDP and take up membership of the APC. Okwu said “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, after their consultative virtual meeting, with Igbo lea...
Umahi, Ebonyi LG bosses may defect to APC this week

Umahi, Ebonyi LG bosses may defect to APC this week

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Speculations that the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party for the ruling All Progressives Congress may likely be confirmed this week. On Saturday, speculations were rife that Umahi had moved to the APC even though he and his media aide denied the move. The member representing the Ezza South/Ikwo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Chinedu Ogah, on Saturday, confirmed to our correspondent that Umahi had joined the APC and charged anyone doubting the information to quote him anywhere and at anytime. He had said, “Yes, Governor Umahi’s defection to our great party, the APC, is a step in the right direction. We cannot afford to remain in opposition. We must join the ruling party to continue to reap the dividends of democracy. ...

Bye-election: Fresh crisis rocks Zamfara APC

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A fresh crisis has engulfed the Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressive Congress barely two weeks to the bye-election into the vacant Bakura constituency seat in the state House of Assembly. A faction of the APC loyal to the immediate past governor of the state, Abdulaziz Yari, named Bello Gamji as its candidate for the contest, a move which has since been opposed by party members loyal to Senator Kabiru Marafa. Addressing journalists in Gusau on Sunday, the Publicity Secretary of the Marafa-led faction, Alhaji Bello Bakyasuwa, while faulting the decision by the Yari-led faction to field a candidate, said, “Zamfara State APC is still in court; as such, it has no constitutional rights to present a candidate to contest the election.” Bakyasuwa rejected claims by the Yari-led f...
2023: Fayemi, Ojudu in supremacy battle for Ekiti APC’s soul

2023: Fayemi, Ojudu in supremacy battle for Ekiti APC’s soul

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These are not the best of times for the Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress. The crisis of confidence amongst major players within the ruling party in the state has attracted the attention of the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja. The party has since set up a five-man reconciliation committee under the chairmanship of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai. Although opinions are divided about the root cause of the crisis, there appears to be a consensus that the battle for the control of the party’s structure ahead of the 2022 governorship and 2023 general elections, cannot be ruled out as the reason for the protracted problem. At the centre of the dispute are Governor Kayode Fayemi and his loyalists on one hand and the Special Adviser to the President on Politic...
Onochie: Your members are INEC commissioners, APC replies PDP

Onochie: Your members are INEC commissioners, APC replies PDP

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The All Progressives Congress has tackled the Peoples Democratic Party for faulting the nomination of a presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, as a commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission. The ruling party alleged that “some members and brazen apologists” of the PDP are also commissioners of INEC. This was contained in a statement by the Yekini Nabena, APC deputy spokesman, on Friday. The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had nominated Onochie along with three others as National Commissioners of INEC on Tuesday. Onochie was announced as a nominee to represent Delta State, while Profesor Mohammed Sani, Professor Kunle Ajayi, and Seidu Ahmed, will represent Katsina, Ekiti, and Jigawa states, respectively. APC claimed that Johnson Alalibo w...
INEC gives date for 2023 presidential election

INEC gives date for 2023 presidential election

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has said the next presidential election will hold on the second Saturday of February 2023. It also called for laws to allow electronic voting, stricter punishment and special court for electoral offences ahead of 2023. The Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the announcement in Abuja on Thursday at the inauguration of the Special Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution at the House of Representatives. Yakubu, in his goodwill message, said Nigeria was 855 days away from the 2023 presidential election, urging the National Assembly to speed up the amendment of the Constitution and electoral reforms. Yakubu said, “This is what happens in Ghana; every Ghanaian knows that every December 7 is Election Day. Every American...
‘Police must be accountable to Nigerians’

‘Police must be accountable to Nigerians’

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Presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust in the 2019 election, Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim on Thursday, made a case for an efficient police service run by well-trained officers and women. He said such officers must be motivated, and well paid consistent with acceptable standard operating procedures and made accountable to the protection of citizens fundamental human rights. Olawepo-Hashim, who was a civil rights leader, and a 1989 Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience stressed in a reaction to the ongoing #EndSARS protest across Nigeria. He said “I condemn the excessive use of force to handle what is otherwise a peaceful protest and commend the protesters for breaking a two-and-a-half-decade long silence in the face of myriad injustices in the land. Olawepo-Hashim also ac...