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APC to Okorocha: This is your last warning, stop attacking Oyegun, others

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned Governor  Rochas Okorocha of Imo State to stop attacking the party leadership.

“We shall not tolerate his constant assault on the party, either directly or through proxies”.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, gave the warning in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
He noted that the governor had been making libellous attacks on the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

“Hardly a day passes without Governor Okorocha verbally assaulting our National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and other party leaders over the recently-concluded congresses in Imo,” he said.

Abdullahi noted that in a recent advertorial entitled “Let Truth Speak for Itself”, a number of false claims were made against the party.

According to Abudullahi, the advertorial was signed by a known associate of Okorocha, Mr Ireagwu Obioma, who parades himself as Acting Secretary of APC in Imo State.

“The import of the allegations was that the party was aware of a court order preventing it from conducting the Imo Congress following receipt of a copy of so-called injunction, which directed it to maintain status quo.

“But nothing can be further from the truth; even the published documents in the advertorial do not support this position and in fact, gave a lie to the governor’s version of events,” he said.
He stated that Okorocha’s position was that the party was duly served with the court papers and prevented from going ahead with the Congress in the state.

The APC spokesman explained that published report revealed that the party was served the court rulings on May 18, whereas Ward and Local Government Congresses in the state were held on May 5 and May 14, respectively.

According to him, this was four days before the court ruling was issued.
He stressed that the court ruling being paraded as injunction did not serve Okorocha’s interest because at the time of the ruling, a new set of party executive had been validly elected.

“Consequently, the court ruling directing that the status quo be maintained actually means that no one should interfere with the newly elected APC party executives in the state,” Abudullahi said.

He added that in the advertorial, an internal party memo was published, which purportedly showed that the party’s leadership was aware of the pendency of legal issues involving the congresses in Imo and Abia.

He maintained that the published memo by the agents of the governor was fake and replete with inconsistencies, adding that no such memo was generated by the party’s leadership.

He said one of the consistencies was that the published advertorial was generated by the Chief of Staff to the APC National Chairman, Edwin Ikhinmwin, but was signed by the party’s Legal Adviser, Dr Muiz Banire.

According to Abdullahi, the APC National Legal Adviser and the Chief of Staff have since denounced the document as fake, that they neither originated nor signed such memo.

“This is therefore, a clear case of forgery borne out of desperation; we are currently seeking legal advice on how to proceed with the matter to ensure that those culpable are identified and duly punished.

“The sensible thing to do when you find yourself in a ditch is to stop digging.
“We therefore, once again, urge Governor Okorocha to tread the path of caution and reconciliation and to work with the duly elected party executives in the state for the good of the party.

“We shall, however, not tolerate his constant assault on the party, either directly or through proxies,” he said.
Okorocha has been in a running battle with APC stakeholders in Imo State, who accused him of mismanaging the state’s resources and high-handedness.

Lagos, Oyo out as Oyegun inaugurates APC chairmen

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on Monday inaugurated chairmen of the party in states on Monday, leaving out Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states.

Those sworn in emerged at the May 19 congress of the ruling party.

Oyegun cited the crisis in the states as reason for not administering oath of office on chairmen of the states, calling for urgent reconciliation.

He also listed Rivers and Taraba among states where the party should focus on reconciliation.

He told chairmen from the affected states not to inaugurate their executive committees until the crisis that trailed the congresses were resolved.
“I am going to set up a committee to be headed by the deputy national chairman, north, to study the situation in those states for possible actions,” he said.

“There will be concessions and harmonisation after the exercise within this week.”

Oyegun told those who took the oath of office to shun grievances and work towards President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in 2019.

“You have the onerous task of nurturing APC; you have to work hard to return the party to its lost glory, and also make sure you work hard for the re-election of our president,” he said.

“We are aware of conflicts, disaffection and bad blood in the party; put all these aside and work for the victory of our party at the 2019 general election.

“Go and tell the people of the great achievements recorded by the APC government, your government is on the right course.”

He added that in spite of lean resources, the APC-led federal government had laid firm foundation for the development of Nigeria.

Oyegun urged the chairmen to get acquainted with the party’s achievements in the last three years, especially in infrastructural development, agriculture and electricity generation “and tell Nigerians about same”.

nPDP cancels dialogue with Osinbajo, protests withdrawal of Saraki, Dogara security aides

Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) have pulled out of the planned meeting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo over the crisis rocking the ruling party.

Kawu Baraje, leader of the nPDP faction, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday.

Accusing the government of President Muhammadu Buhari of being insincere, Baraje protested the withdrawal of some operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) from Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, the speaker.

TheNewsmatrics had reported that half of the DSS operatives attached to Saraki and Dogara were withdrawn “without any reason”.

Saraki and Dogara are members of nPDP, the faction that broke away from the PDP in 2013 to team up with APC for the 2015 elections.

Baraje also cited the allegations levelled against Abdulfatah Ahmed, governor of Kwara state, also a member of the faction, and Saraki.

Some of the suspects who participated at the robbery in five commercial banks in Offa, Kwara, in April, were said to have alleged that they were thugs of Saraki and Ahmed.

But Baraje described this as a blackmail, wondering why the police made the matter public instead of consulting its members privately.

He said while members of the faction were committed to “achieving reconciliation, harmony, truce and cohesion” in the APC, it appeared that the presidency might have been negotiating in bad faith.

“The public may recall that there have been ongoing talks between members of the former Npdp, the APC and the presidency in recent days,” the statement read.

“Nigerians may further recall that a team from the former nPDP led by Speaker of the House of Representatives, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara and four others, were to meet with the Vice President, His Excellency Prof Yemi Osinbajo today.

“We were alarmed that immediately after our meeting with the Vice President last week, the presidency misrepresented what transpired at the meeting by trying to blackmail some of the principal actors involved in the discussions in a national daily.”

Baraje added that despite the grievances listed by some members of the faction who participated in last month’s congresses of the APC, the leadership of the ruling party went ahead to ratify all the congresses from ward, local governments and states.

He said the negotiations would continue if the government show sincerity.

“The persecution of our members using state security apparatus have continued unabated.
We recognise the powers of the police to conduct criminal investigations but by rushing to the public with the issue even when they have unfettered access to the leadership of the national assembly suggests an attempt to undermine, caricature and humiliate the institution of the legislature.

“It appears that there is a fouled and toxic atmosphere and environment of intimidation and threat to life in which we now find ourselves which may no longer be conducive for members of the former nPDP to continue with the talks. Given the unfolding events in the last 24 hours, where the President of the Senate, His Excellency, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and His Excellency, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, the Executive Governor of Kwara State , both of whom attended the meeting with the Vice President on Monday 28 May, 2018, have suddenly been accused of sponsoring armed robbery by the Police under the directives of the presidency.

“Similarly, on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, the Department of State of Services (DSS) also suddenly withdrew more than half of all the security details attached to the presiding officers of the national assembly under questionable circumstances.

“The nPDP leadership has decided to brief our members on the unfortunate development and get a fresh mandate if good faith returns to the discussions.”

APC Reps member formally defects to PD

A member of the House of Representatives who represents Kachia/Kagarko federal constituency, Adams Jagaba, has formally defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The Kaduna lawmaker in a letter read on the floor of the House by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, cited injustice and continued suspension from the APC as his reason for defecting to the PDP.

Mr. Jagaba had dumped the APC after the party announced his suspension. He also described the APC as a sinking ship.

Mr. Jagaba is the first defector in recent times that has favoured the PDP in the House of Representatives. All others have mostly defected to the APC.

More details later…

Infighting deepens as parallel APC congresses hold nationwide

The state congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was marred by irregularities on Saturday.

From violence to factional disputes, the exercise plunged the ruling party into a deeper crisis.

Various factions staged their own congresses in Lagos, Delta, Kogi, Kwara, Ondo and Oyo.

Imo congress held despite court order against it

In Imo state, the congress took place at an undisclosed venue, despite a court injunction against it.

TheCable learnt that the congress was organised by a faction of the party loyal to Hillary Eke, the party chairman in the state.

Among the officials elected at the congress — which was reportedly witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are Eke (chairman), Ugochukwu Nzekwe (vice chairman), and Patrick Eze, secretary.

Omo-Agege led the pack in a parallel congress in Delta

The APC congress in Delta held despite the postponement of the exercise by the party’s national working committee.

The NWC had in a letter addressed to the chairman INEC and signed by Mai Buni, APC’s national secretary, confirmed the postponement of the exercise till Monday.

Saraki and Abdullahi

In a letter dated May 18, 2018, the party’s NWC had informed INEC that the state congress had been postponed till Monday.

Unconfirmed reports had it that the reason was as a result of unresolved disputes within leaders of the party in the state.

The postponement, nonetheless, some of the stakeholders were said to have attended the congress which held in Okpanam. Among those in attendance were Ovie Omo-Agege, senator representing Delta central senatorial district.

‘Anti-Tinubu’ faction held parallel congress in Lagos

In Lagos, two different factions of the APC held parallel congress. While one of the factions — loyal to Bola Tinubu, national leader of the party — had its at the party secretariat in Ikeja, the other faction led by Fouad Oki held its at the Lagos Airport Hotel, also in Ikeja.

In February, Oki had led other aggrieved members of the party in the state to form a group — the Broom United Movement. Delegates from various wards and local government areas in the state attended the congress organised by Oki’s faction.

Geofrey Onyema, minister of foreign affairs; and Juliet Ibekaku, special adviser to the president on justice reforms,addressing reporters

Thugs chased delegates away at parallel congress in Ondo

Suspected thugs invaded the venue of a parallel congress of the party in Ondo state, destroying congress materials and also injuring some of the participants.

The thugs who invaded the venue of the congress — BTO Hall, Akure — chased away the delegates and others in attendance. Some party leaders at loggerhead with Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of the state, organised the congress.

Among those injured in the violence were Bamidele Baderinwa, a member of the house of representatives, from the state, as well journalists covering the exercise.

A separate congress by loyalists of Akeredolu held at the International Event Centre, Akure. There was no violence reported at the venue.

Delegates at the parallel congress in Oyo

In Kwara, two parallel state congresses took place, both in Ilorin.

According to NAN, while the faction loyal to the Senate President Bukola Saraki, held its congress at the Banquet Hall opposite the government house, another congress by a faction loyal to Lai Mohammed, minister of information, took place at Arca Santa Event Hall.

Abdulfatah Ahmed, governor of the state, Bolaji Abdullahi, APC spokesman; lawmakers representing Kwara at the national assembly and state assembly were present at the congress.

Saraki, while speaking at the congress commended members of the party for the peaceful conduct of the ward and local government congresses.

A member of APC, Moji Adeyemi; Munsurat Sumonu, Senator representing, Oyo central ,Senatorial district; and Shittu

He said most of the executive members at the wards and local government level were youths, adding that this was a sign of good things to come in 2019.

The congress held at Arca Santa Hall had Moshood Mustapha, a former special assistant to the senate president in attendance. Raheem Adedoyin, a former commissioner in the state; and Ganiyu Olododo, a former secretary to the state government, also witnessed it.

Executive members of the two factions emerged through consensus arrangement.

In Edo, John Oyegun, national chairman of the party was absent at the congress which held at at Imaguero College Hall, on Sapele Road in Benin City.

Anslem Ojezua was affirmed the state chairman. Ojezua was among the Edo APC Exco who were returned to office in a congress that was widely described as free and fair.

“The party is well organised. You can see that for yourself. Don’t you think this sort of experience should be taken to the federal level? Edo is the light; we want to show the light to Nigerians on how things should be done and how political parties should be organised,” Godwin Obaseki, the governor, said.

Okey Onyejekwe, chairman of the congress committee, commended the 1, 265 delegates drawn from the 18 local government area of the state for their conduct during the exercise.

In Katsina and Jigawa, all the officials of the party were returned through a consensus arrangement.

But in Oyo, there was a repeat of the May 13 parallel local government congress. Two factions held the exercise in two locations in Ibadan, the state capital.

While Abiola Ajimobi, the governor attended the congress held at the Lekan Salami Stadium, the unity forum led by Adebayo Shittus, minister of communications, held its own at the Liberty Stadium.

Present at the Lekan Salami Stadium were Adebayo Alao-Akala, a former governor; Abdulfatai Buhari, senator representing Oyo north; Olagunju Ojo, speaker, Oyo state house of assembly and Teslim Folarin, a former senate leader.

Ajimobi, Alao-Akala and Folarin, addressing the crowd

Akin Oke, the APC chairman in the state, and several others were returned through consensus.

But at the congress of the unity forum Shittu, said members must check the impunity that had characterised the running of the party’s affairs in the state.

He expressed concern over what he called the dictatorial attitude of a few persons running the party without any consideration for those that had worked for its success.

“It is in the course of our efforts to liberate the party from these individuals that we have brought this congress and we will continue to do the wishes of the people so as to bring sanity into the system,’’ he said.
In Enugu, suspected thugs broke into Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu and disrupted the exercise.

I’ll resign as minister next week, says Fayemi

Kayode Fayemi, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state, says he will resign his appointment as minister of mines and steel development, next week.

Fayemi disclosed this to state house correspondents on Wednesday.

He said he is on a rescue mission to Ekiti, adding that he crossed a “critical hurdle” to emerge flag bearer of the APC in the election.

He said there is a lot of work to do and he and his co-contestants in the APC primary are seeing the coming election as a collective rescue mission.

“I am the minister of the federal republic for at least one week. So, for the next one week, I am the minister of mines and steel,” he said.

“I am also the candidate of our party… The important thing is to see this as a collective rescue mission and I am glad that my co-contestants have seen it in that light. I have met with all the co-contestants, I have broken fast with them, I have shared ideas with them, I have also extended an olive branch to them to be part of the candidate advisory council for this election, and they have all graciously agreed to do that.

“We are confident that the APC will carry the day but there are still a lot of work to do.”

Asked to react to the claim of Ayodele Fayose, governor of the state, that he would fail woefully, Fayemi said: “Well, as far as I am aware, Fayose is not on this ballot. We will deal with the candidate on this ballot and the track record that we have in Ekiti is what that will sell us.”

One killed in Lagos APC congress violence

One person was reportedly shot dead on Saturday as the All Progressives Congress (APC) congress in Lagos state turned violent.

It was learned that the exercise was going on smoothly at Central School, Dopemu, until suspected thugs invaded the area, shooting sporadically into the air.

The shootings had resulted in chaos in the area as participants in the congress scurried to safety.

The thugs were said to have killed one Nurudeen Olanose while an unconfirmed number of persons were injured.

The police say three persons have been arrested over their alleged involvement in the killing.

Chike Oti, spokesman of the command, said the suspects have been taken to the criminal investigation department, Panti, for interrogation.

He said: “We confirmed that one person was killed on Saturday at Central Primary School, Oniwaya Agege. Three persons allegedly involved in the killing have been arrested.

“The suspects have been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti for interrogations. The victim was killed outside the venue of the APC ward election.

“The victims and those arrested had nothing to do with the election as they were not accredited.”

In a similar development, the congress in Ifako-Ijaiye local government area was brought to an abrupt end as a mild violence erupted over the choice of candidates.

Trouble started when the electoral officers announced some names as elected executive members after which some party members immediately protested in opposition.

The intervention of security personnel on ground prevented a breakdown of law and order.

The electoral officers in charge of the process were whisked away by security officials after some persons attempted to attack them.

Fayemi clinches Ekiti APC governorship ticket by landslide (Full.Results)

Dr Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Solid Minerals, has emerged winner of the rescheduled governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State.

After securing majority of votes cast on Saturday, the former Governor is set to stake a claim to regain the governorship position he lost to Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2014.

Segun Oni, another former Governor of the state, polled 481 votes to place a distant second.

Kayode Ojo, an engineer, came third with 281 votes.

Therefore, Fayemi will go against Kolapo Olushola, a professor and Fayose’s Deputy Governor who clinched the PDP ticket four days ago, at the governorship election proper billed for July 14, 2018.

Full results below :

APC PRIMARIES ELECTIONS RESULTS:
Adeyanju Bodunde 3
Ajayi Adebowale Oluranti 1
Akerele oluyinka 11
Alabi Kolawole Oladipupo 14
Aloba Adebisi 7
Aluko Daniel Olugbenga 86
Arise Ayodele 2
Bamidele Opeyemi 8
Femi Bamisile 179
Olumuiwa Coker 2
Bimbo Daramola 28
Eledunmare Ogunkoya 1
Esan Adekunle Patrick 0
Faparusi Bamidele 23
Fatoba Joseph 43
Fayemi John kayode 941
Kolade Victor Olumuiwa 16
Elizabeth Taye 1
Ojudu Babafemi 10
Okeya Dele 13
Ajayi olatunji Olowo 2
Olatunji olofunluyi 14
Kayode Ojo 281
Oluleye Oluyede Oluwole Bamidele 6
Muyiwa Olumuiwa 2
Oluwole Oluyede 121
Segun Oni 481
Orire Andrew 3
Owolabi Makanjuola 5
Yahaya Kolade Mojisola 4
Invalid votes 11

Oyinlola dumps APC — a day after nPDP issued ultimatum to Oyegun

Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun, says he is leaving the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He has also resigned his appointment as chairman of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

Abubakar Kawu Baraje, former national chairman  of nPDP and Oyinlola, its former national secretary had listed several grievances and demanded an emergency meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Oyinlola, in a resignation letter dated May 9, and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, said he resigned his appointment to “chart a new course in my politics outside the ruling party”.

The letter was signed by Oyinlola in Osogbo on Thursday.

It reads: “Sir, I write to resign my appointment as the chairman of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) with effect from today, 9th May, 2018.

“Your Excellency, I must put on record my very deep sense of appreciation for the special privilege and consideration you gave me to serve our fatherland in that capacity.

“As I stated in my appreciation letter to you shortly after the appointment, the offer was a clear call to service.

“I gave the job the dedication it deserved and would have loved to continue but I regret to inform Your Excellency that I have a new, greater political engagement that will make that difficult and even impolitic.

“Sir, as one of my bosses in the army, I believe you would understand my stand given recent political developments.

“The training I got as a decorated officer and gentleman precluded me from engaging in any act that could amount to disloyalty and conflict of interest.

“I am moving on to chart a new course in my politics outside the ruling party and this thus, demands my dropping the NIMC chairmanship.

“I thank you, sir, once again for the great honour and confidence reposed in me. However, there is time to take a job and another time to leave it and move on.

“For me, the time to work on something else in the interest and service of our people is now. I wish Your Excellency goodluck while praying that you will finish well and strong in the service of our country.”

Oyinlola was appointed as NIMC Chairman by President Buhari in September 2017.

Oshiomhole declares bid to contest APC chairmanship

Former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole has declared his intention to contest the position of national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Oshiomhole made the declaration on Thursday at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.

The ruling party’s elective convention is scheduled for June.

Speaking at the event, the former labour leader said he will not be used by anybody.

He also expressed gratitude to John Oyegun, current national chairman of APC, for leading the party to victory in 2015.

“It is right to appreciate the efforts of the sitting chairman, my own brother, my own elder but also my predecessor the first governor of Edo state John Odigie-Oyegun,” Oshiomhole said.

“I want to place on record my gratitude and my appreciation of the leadership he has provided. Whatever anybody wants to say I believe he chaired the party to victory in the 2015 election and history will record that in his favour along with other laudable things he has done to keep our party afloat up to this moment.

“I am seeking to contest for the same office based on the principle that in the 21st century, in the past the conservative notion was if it is not broken you don’t mend it but in the digital world anything and everything can be better.

“I am contesting not because I think it is a leadership failure, I am contesting because I think as it is expected in our constitution of our party and even of our country, democracy work better when from time to time new blood new ideas are allowed.”

Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo, described Oshiomhole as a dogged fighter who would strengthen the party if elected.

The governor said the party needs “great minds” like Oshiomhole who would help the APC address its challenges.

“I decided to sneak in here to hear him and to see what is happening. I have no doubt that in my mind that Oshiomhole when elected will show the way. Oshiomhole’s coming in as national chairman of APC is bad news to other political parties,” Okorocha said.

“In 2014, I recall vividly how we formed this party, then he was a governor and we all sat down thinking of how to take power from the incumbent and it was not an easy task but I daresay to all of you that Adams Oshiomhole is a dogged fighter, a man who can face challenges and I have no doubt that he will strengthen APC when elected.

“Today our party is going through some challenges but I must commend those who held forth before this time, they have done well, but the challenges are greater and we need great minds like Adams Oshiomhole. Adams will help to strengthen APC in the south-south and south-east.

“As I speak to you today I am the only governor from the south-east who is in APC just like my brother Obaseki(Godwin) is from the south-south from APC.”