Mr Oladotun Ogunleye, AAC Chairman in U.S., expressed confidence in Sowore’s leadership in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria from his U.S. base.
Ogunleye said that the American Directorate of AAC condemned the purported suspension of Sowore as the party’s national chairman.
“The leadership and entire members of AAC, U.S.A. condemn in no uncertain terms the purported suspension of our party’s national chairman by some disgruntled elements led by expelled former national secretary, Dr Leonard Nzenwa.
“Nzenwa should henceforth desist from parading himself as the acting chairman of our great party.
“We can only have one chairman; that person is the convener of our movement and founder of our party, Comrade Sowore.
“AAC is an ideological party that is committed to bringing hope and restoring the pride of the people of Nigeria.
“All attempts by Nwanze and his co-sponsors to distract the good people of Nigeria, who are subscribing to the ideas of our great party on daily basis, are bound to fail,” he said.
Ogunleye said the chapter expressed its confidence in the leadership of Sowore as the authentic national chairman, and his determination in bringing about a new Nigeria built on justice and fairness.
Also, Lanre Balogun, Secretary-General, AAC, U.S.A., said that the chapter’s confidence in Sowore was hinged upon his providing conscientious and positive leadership direction for the party.
“We reaffirm our unwavering support for the leadership of Sowore because of his people-oriented programmes and leadership style, that have direct impact on members.
“He has zero tolerance for corruption; and his interest in the progress and development of Nigeria is foremost in his heart,” he said.
NAN reports that crisis rocked the AAC on May 13 when the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party announced the suspension of Sowore as the National Chairman of the party.
Sowore, according to the NEC, is being suspended for alleged anti-party activities, failure to convene NEC meeting and financial misappropriation.
Leonard Nzenwa, former national secretary, AAC, was immediately sworn-in as the new acting national chairman.
In a swift reaction, Sowore, in a statement, announced the suspension of Ezenwa, the former party secretary, for anti-party activities.
He said that Nzenwa was suspended for financial impropriety, anti-party activities, and working against the core beliefs of AAC.
I’m in governorship race to transform Kogi – Audu
Audu, younger brother to a former governor of the state, the late Abubakar Audu, said this on Tuesday shortly after submitting his expression of interest and nomination forms at the APC National Secretariat on Tuesday in Abuja.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the ruling party ended the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms on Aug. 20, while submission will close on Aug. 21.
NAN also reports that the party has scheduled its primaries to select the standard bearer for Aug. 29.
“We are starting the train of liberation and I’m calling on all ‘Kogites’ to follow this train which is going to bring a lot of transformation into the state.
“The obvious reason is that I spent 38 years in Europe. I was a bank manager in London. This means that I know what it means to rule the state successfully,” Audu said.
The aspirant promised to provide free education and healthcare, if given the opportunity to serve.
“I can assure you that my administration will take good care of the people of Kogi, particularly women in the state,” he said.
In a related development, Mr Hassan Abdullahi, a member of House of Representatives, has joined the list of governorship aspirants in the state by picking expression of interest and nomination forms at the party secretariat in Abuja.
Edited by Tayo Ikujuni and ‘Wale Sadeeq
INEC begins distribution of 219,935 uncollected PVCs in Bayelsa, Kogi on Sept. 2
He said that there would be two teams of Distribution Officers per local goverment, adding that the officers would rotate the distribution of the PVCs in the RAs or from community to community, based on a schedule agreed upon by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) and the stakeholders.
“The Resident Electoral Commissioners will provide contacts and telephone numbers where registered voters that have not collected their PVCs can call and make inquiries relating to the collection.
“The commission will send bulk short messages to the registered voters in the two states that have yet to collect their PVCs.
“The commission will also display the list of registered voters that have yet to collect their PVCs at the respective state and local government offices of the commission and at other designated public places,” he said.
Okoye added that the commission woild engage faith-based, professional, civil society and community-based organisations to create increased awareness for the collection of PVCs.
“A detailed breakdown of collected and uncollected PVCs for the states will be published at the end of the exercise,” he explained.
This, according to him, is in view of the fact that the commission now conducts nationwide Continuous Voter Registration(CVR) and the tight timelines and schedule for the conduct of activities relating to the state governorship elections.
“The commission appeals to all registered voters who have yet to collect their PVCs to avail themselves of the opportunity to do so during this window to enable them vote at the elections.
“This critical as INEC does not intend to entertain any extensions due to the tight statutory timelines that it is bound to adhere to,” he said.
He reminded political parties that in accordance with the revised Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election issued on May 16, the last day for the conduct of primaries and resolution of all matters or disputes arising therefrom is Sept 5.
He also said that the last day for the submission of lists of candidates and their Personal Particulars (INEC Forms CF001 and CF002) is Monday Sept. 9 at 6 pm at INEC Headquarters, Abuja.
“Parties are enjoined to ensure compliance with these timelines as no extension or late submission will be entertained,” he said.
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Kano to convert 5 forests to herdsmen settlements – Ganduje
Kano State Government says it is planing to convert five forests to grazing reserves for herdsmen in the state.
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State announced this on Tuesday while speaking with journalists in Abuja.
Ganduje said that his administration had inaugurated a technical committee on farm settlements for herdsmen in the state.
He said further that the proposed settlement would assist in boosting socio-economic ventures in the state.
“We will provide social amenities such as hospital, veterinary clinic, market, security post and schools, so that herdsmen will enjoy facilities just like other Nigerians,” Ganduje said.
According to him, herders settlement should not be a national issue, it should be state issue because they live and flourish in every state.
He said that his administration would redouble efforts to ensure that farmers enjoy more intervention programmes and projects to boost agriculture in the state.
Sanwo-Olu swears in 35 commissioners, special advisers, assigns portfolios
The newly sworn-in commissioners and their portfolios are: Mr Tunji Bello (Water Resources and Environment), Mr Gbolahan Lawal (Agriculture), Dr Wale Ahmed (Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations) and Mrs Lola Akande (Commerce and Industry).
Other commissioners are: Prof. Akin Abayomi (Health), Mrs Folasade Adefisayo (Education), Mrs Aramide Adeyoye (Works and Infrastructure), Mr Moruf Akinderu-Fatia (Housing), Mrs Yetunde Arobieke (Local Government), and Mrs Shulamite Adebolu (Tourism, Arts and Culture).
Others on the list are: Mrs Bolaji Dada (Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation), Mr Segun Dawodu (Youths and Social Development), Mr Samuel Egube (Economic Planning and Budget) and Mr Hakeem Fahm (Science and Technology).
Also on the list are: Mr Olalere Odusote (Energy and Mineral Resources), Dr Frederic Oladeinde (Transportation), Dr Rabiu Olowo (Finance), Mr Gbenga Omotoso (Information and Strategy), Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN (Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice).
The remaining commissioners are: Dr Idris Salako (Physical Planning and Urban Develeopment), Mrs Uzamat Akingbile-Yusuf (Home Affairs) and Mrs Ajibola Ponnle (Establishment, Training and Pensions).
The newly sworn-in Special Advisers (SA) to the Governor and their portfolios are: Mr Joe Igbokwe (Drainage and Water Resources), Mrs Aderemi Adebowale-Owoeye (Office of Civic Engagement) and Mr Oladele Ajayi (Commerce and Industry).
Others are: Mrs Adetoke Benson-Awoyinka (Housing), Mr Olatunbosun Alaka (Innovation and Technology), Mr Kabiru Abdullahi (Urban Development), Mr Afolabi Ayantayo (Political and Legislative Affairs), and Prince Anofi Elegushi (Central Business District).
The rest are: Mr Oluwatoyin Fayinka (Transportation), Mrs Solape Hammond (Sustainable Development Goals), Ms Ruth Olusanya (Agriculture), Mr Solomon Bonu (Arts and Culture) and Mr Tokunbo Wahab (Education).
In his address, Sanwo-Olu urged the newly sworn-in members of the state Executive Council to fervently and ultimately assist him in serving the people of Lagos state.
“The Blueprint for a new Lagos and the Development Plan (2012 to 2025) are still relevant as strategic reference materials for a systematic implementation of medium and long-term policies, in line with the overall vision for our state.
“However, in this administration, our task must be to accelerate the trajectory of growth and development of Lagos State, embarked upon by the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and built upon by successive administrations.
“Today, providence has entrusted us with the great responsibility of ensuring that the vision of the blueprint and the Development Plan comes to pass wholly and completely,” Sanwo-Olu said.
The governor, who noted that the cabinet could not afford to disappoint the people of Lagos State, urged members to brace up for challenges and embrace transparency, accountability, fairness and value for money.
“Let me remind you that your appointment is a unique privilege and a call to service. It must not be seen as opportunity for self-service.
“While discharging the responsibility that will be assigned to you, you must imbibe our culture of transparency, accountability, fairness and value for money.
“I therefore implore you to earnestly commit yourselves to the agenda and vision of this administration.
“I charge you to show commitment, diligence and exemplary leadership, as the necessary virtues needed to achieve the greatness we desire for our state and to deliver the prosperity our people deserve, ” he added.
One of the newly sworn-in commissioners, Mr Tunji Bello, who delivered a vote of assurance on behalf of others, promised that the new cabinet members would serve the state and support the governor’s campaign promises.
Earlier in her welcome address, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folasahde Jaji, said that the inauguration was significant because it underlined the will and determination of the governor, to improve governance and well being of residents.
“Today’s inauguration is an important fulfillment of the constitutional requirements, as enshrined in Section 192 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as members, “Jaji said.
The event was witnessed by government functionaries, members of the Governor’s Advisory Council, members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, stalwarts of APC, and traditional rulers among others.
Lagos assembly confirms Alogba as state’s 17th Chief Judge
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday confirmed Justice Kazeem Alogba as the substantive Chief Judge of the state.
His appointment followed the retirement of Justice Opeyemi Oke.
Meanwhile, the assembly confirmed Alogba’s appointment after a voice vote conducted by the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, during plenary.
Prior to his appointment, Justice Alogba was the most senior of the 58 honourable justices in the state judiciary next to the out-going chief judge.
He chaired the Committee on Review of High Court Civil Procedure Rules, which culminated in the new High Court of Lagos (Civil Procedure).
Alogba, who was called to the bar in 1981, joined the State High Court in 1996 where he rose to become the Acting Chief Judge.
The legal luminary was born on 23rd April, 1960 in Ikorodu and he attended Holy Trinity Primary School between 1966-1970.
His secondary school education was in Ikorodu High School 1971-1975.
Alogba got his HSC from British Academy 1975-1977 and later got his LL B. at the University of Lagos in 1980.