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Oshiomhole blasts Atiku, says he is a political rolling stone

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Oshiomhole blast Atiku, says he is a political rolling stone

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Mr Adams Oshiomhole,the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman has said that Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president candidate in the Feb. 23, Presidential National Assembly election is a political rolling stone not destined to be Nigeria’s president.

He stated this on Thursday in Abuja at a news conference while reacting to allegations made by Atiku and the PDP that the elections was not credible.

Oshiomhole added the Nigerian electorate have spoken, as such Atiku would certainly not rule Nigeria in spite of his desperation.

He added that those waiting for an Atiku free market regime had missed it, as Nigeria does not need such investors.

The APC national chairman stressed that what the country needed at the moment were genuine investors with long term interest and ready to invest in real production and labour intensive industries.

Oshiomhole expressed optimism that genuine investors who had genuine businesses and ideas and knew the market potentials of the Nigerian economy would remain in spite of what the opposition thought.

The APC national chairman said such investors would come in to take advantage of the country’s huge market.

He chided Atiku for assuming that the country’s future was tied to his presidency.

“Leadership is about character, Atiku’s desperation is so obvious, he is so desperate, and it is on record that he challenged his own boss, former President Olusegun Obasanjo not to do a second term,” Oshiomhole recalled.

He noted that Atiku fought his former boss, left their party and joined another where he got its ticket to contest the presidency then, but lost.

He said it would be difficult to count how many time Atiku had defected from one political party to another, saying that:”he is a political rolling stone.

“He is such a political rolling stone, does he think Nigerians are so insane: Atiku is a man who is not stable, and has no conviction,” Oshiomhole added.

He stressed that Atiku’s interest was all about himself, following his confession during his campaigns that he was going to sell off some of the country’s national assets and enrich his friends, if he became president.

The APC national chairman maintained that Atiku would “certainly not be the country’s president at a time like this.”

He wondered what gave the former Vice President and PDP presidential candidate the sense of entitlement that he must be the country’s president.

Oshiomhole noted that the APC would not deny anyone the right to dispute the outcome of an election in court.

He however maintained that resorting to violence was not the way out, saying that even as Edo State Governor, he had to go to court to reclaim his electoral mandate when he was cheated out.

“I did not resort to violence, and I did not call out workers to go on strike to defend my mandate.

“All I did was to submit to the laws of Nigeria which says if you doubt the outcome of an election, and you have course to dispute it, the only lawful way open to you is to go to court.

“So we are looking forward to meeting Atiku Abubakar in court,” Oshiomhole said.

He added that the APC may also petition the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) especially with regards to states where it felt it was shot changed in the elections.

He explained that the large turn out of voters in Borno and the North East which Atiku querried was made possible because of improved security in the area made possible by the APC-led Federal Government.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that Buhari polled 15,191,847 votes, winning in 19 states to defeat Atiku Abubakar, the PDP candidate who polled 11,262,978 votes in the election to come second.

Buhari had contested the election with over 60 presidential candidates from other political parties.

Twelve presidential candidates had two days to the election, withdrawn from the race and endorsed Buhari as their preferred candidate.(NNN)
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Cabinet nominees: APC women leader hails Sanwo-Olu over inclusion of 12 women

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Mrs Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, has commended Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for including 12 women in his 38 cabinet nominees.

She spoke with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Saturday following Friday’s completion of the screening of the nominees by the 16-man ad hoc committee of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Okoya-Thomas, a former member of the House of Representatives, said that the state would be better with the gesture.

“I am happy the leadership of the party has at least identified the quality ones among us. With 12 women out of 38 screened nominees, we are moving up.

“Lagos is a city of excellence; we set the pace for others to follow.

“So, if Lagos is putting 12 women of 38 cabinet nominees, I think the government has done very well.

“Also, there are other positions that are envisaged will be given to some more women that worked hard during the campaigns that put our governor in place,” she said.

According to the women leader, names of women are coming out much more than it used to be.

Okoya-Thomas said that the governor had fulfilled his promise to give the position of the Secretary to the State Government to women.

“With all these appointments coming up for women, the governor is true to his words. He is one person that one should believe in and trust,’’ she said.

On the capability of women to deliver and affect the system positively, Okoya-Thomas said that women were better trusted with positions of authority.

“You will be surprised about what these nominees will do. We are not leaving them.

“We are going to be interfacing with them regularly to ensure that they are only to do what they have been appointed to do.

“So, this particular set of women are not going to let the state down by creating problems. You will be amazed what they will do,’’ the former lawmaker said.

She also commended the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the party for believing in women and their empowerment.

“So, we have leaders that are gender-sensitive and that is what I will say about Tinubu. He has recognised the efforts of women in the society,’’ Okoya-Thomas said.

NAN reports that the Commissioner and Special Adviser nominees, comprising of 12 women and 26 men, were screened in two batches by the committee, headed by Mr Rotimi Abiru, the Chief Whip of the House.

The 12 women nominees are Mrs Yetunde Arobieke, Mrs Lola Akande, Mrs Solape Hammond, Mrs Shulamite Adebolu, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka, Princess Aderemi Adebowale and Ms Adekemi Ajayi-Bembe.

Others are Mrs Bolaji Dada, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, Mrs Ponnle Ajibola, and Ms Ruth Olusanya.

 

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PDP salutes Gen. Babangida at 78

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has congratulated former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, on the occasion of his 78th birthday.

The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Saturday in Abuja said, “the PDP holds Babangida in great esteem.”

He described the former military head of state as a patriotic, fearless

and detribalised leader, who has dedicated his life to the unity,

stability and development of the nation.

“Babangida is celebrated for his many legacies while in office as

well as his steadfastness and exceptional commitment towards national cohesion, tolerance and peaceful coexistence in our country.

“Indeed, from this great Nigerian flows an enduring lesson in selfless

service.

“His life epitomizes the true virtue of statesmanship and the

fact that one can indeed climb to the very top and yet remain humble and accessible.

“The PDP, therefore, joins family members, friends, associates and

well-wishers in rolling out the drums in celebration of this outstanding

leader,” he said.

Ologbondiyan prayed God to continue to bless Babangida with many more years of good health and sound mind so that the nation would continue to benefit from his wealth of experience for the good of all.

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Ekweremadu confirms attack on him by IPOB members in Germany

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The immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Enweremadu has confirmed a physical assault on him

by some members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday.

Enweremadu confirmed the attack in a statement released by his Media Assistant, Uche Anichukwu in Abuja.

The News Agency o Nigeria reports that a 64-second video about the attack had gone viral on the social media earlier on Saturday.

NAN further reports that there were initial speculations on the veracity of the video where the senator was attacked with eggs by the irate IPOB members.

The Senator who also gave account of the event on his social media handle, @iamekweremdu, however, assured that he was safe.

He condemned the attack and said he had immediately reported it to the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Mr Yusuf Tuggar.

He said: “I attended the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nurnberg today where I was billed to give a keynote address along with the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who, however could not make it eventually.

“I was given a resounding welcome by Ndigbo in Germany and everything went smoothly until some men, who identified themselves as IPOB members stormed the venue and began to complain about the killings in the South East, stressing that there would be no Igbo event at the venue.

“I tried to engage them, but when they became unruly, I had to leave the venue. The organisers also invited the police and I was accompanied out of the venue.

“Much as I am disappointed in their conduct, especially as I am one of the persons, who have spoken up on justice for Ndigbo, the Python Dance, judicial killings in Igbo land and elsewhere both on the floor of the Senate and in my written and personal engagements with the Presidency and the media as well as rallied the South East Senate Caucus to secure Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s release with Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe taking him on bail to douse tension in the South East, I nevertheless do not hold this to heart against them, for they know not what they do.

“I have received thousands of solidarity calls and messages from well meaning Ndigbo. I want to assure them that I am hail and hearty. I have also spoken with the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar.”

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Lagos SDP gets acting Chairman, Publicity Secretary

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  The Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Lagos State has appointed Mr Olufemi Olaniyi, popularly known as Ferrari, as its acting Chairman.

The party’s state Publicity Secretary, Lekan Adebiyi, said in a statement issued on Friday in Lagos that the appointment was sequel to the suspension of the chairman, Chief Tunde Onakoya, for alleged anti-party activities.

He said that Olaniyi’s appointment was ratified at an appraisal meeting held by the new executive members, party leaders and elders from the South-West, local government chairmen and other party faithful.

Adebiyi said that the party also appointed him as the new publicity secretary at the meeting held at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

He said that the acting chairman, in his remarks, charged all party leaders to contribute their quota towards rebuilding the party in the state.

He quoted Olaniyi as pledging to ensure reconciliation between leaders and aggrieved members and that members should stop the blame game and accept the challenge of rebranding the party.

“The party will improve on the existing structures and generate new ideas to improve efficiency and effectiveness. We shall work in synergy with our national leaders to ensure that the party attain greater heights,” he further quoted him as saying.

Edited by Chioma Ugboma and ‘Wale Sadeeq

 

 

 

 
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PDM suspends 3 national executive members for alleged anti-party activities, fraud

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The Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) has suspended three of its national executive members for alleged anti-party activities and forging of party documents.

The officials are former National Secretary, Mr Gwada Abubarkar, the National Financial Secretary, Mr Habu Aminchin, who was the Presidential flag-bearer of the party and the National Youth leader, Mr Eke Ken.

Briefing newsmen in Abuja on Friday after its extraordinary NEC meeting, the Chairman of the party, Chief Frank Igwebuike said there was no faction in the party, adding that the party remained united.

Igwebuike said that the decision was a bi-product of the disciplinary committee set up by the party and was ratified by the NEC in the presence of INEC official.

“The national chairman has equally been given additional powers as the chief executive of the party, and no decision of the party will be executed without the approval of the party chairman, which must be put in writing.

“The party has also taken a decision that all those who have left the party because of accident or any other reasons, their positions will be filled immediately.

“It was a robust meeting and relationship was cordial throughout the NEC meeting.

I wish all those who came from far and near including INEC safe trip back.

“This is the first time INEC has attended and monitored our extraordinary congress meeting.

“There is no faction in the party, you can see that INEC is here and this shows that this party doesn’t have two leaders. If you go to INEC office, the only name you will find there is Chief Frank Igwebuike as the national chairman,’’ he said.

The PDM chairman said the petition before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal was withdrawn by the suspended party members with advise from other party members.

He said it was necessary to withdraw the petition because the document used in filling the petition were all forged, adding that they could not stand the test of time.

“The allegation that I don’t carry other members along in running of the party is baseless with no iota of truth.

“There are different types of leadership style. if I don’t carry people along, you will not see members from different states for the NEC meeting. People from different states are all here.

“It’s better to remove persons that will destroy the party; we cannot allow our party to be labelled party of forgers, insubordination and misappropriation of party funds.

“I will not take that, if that is what makes people think I am autocratic, that is what I term discipline.

“What we are here to do is to build a very strong party, where people are disciplined and show absolute loyalty,” he said.

He assured that the party would come out stronger in 2023 with the new orientation and mobilisation with good party manifesto.

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