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ACPN to Deltans: Reject Okowa, PDP cabals in March 9 elections



ACPN to Deltans: Reject Okowa, PDP cabals in March 9 elections

Abuja, Feb.6,2019 Mr Paul Isamade, Delta governorship candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) has called on the electorate to reject incumbent Gov. Dr Ifeanyi Okowa at the poll on Saturday.
He made the call in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, describing Okowa who is also the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and others as “cabals holding the state to ransom”.
He, therefore urged the people of the state to come out massively to vote for him in the governorship election, saying he is the best candidate for the state at the moment.
He said it is a shame that in spite of huge oil revenue that accrued to the state in the last 20 years, it still lacked necessary infrastructure.
“All right thinking and lover of our dear Delta state must reject the people that want to perpetually put us in this mess.
“Delta state is not working after 20 year of democracy. If you look around us, our neighbours who do not receive up to 5 per cent of our revenue have better infrastructure, better road network, and better schools among others.
“It is a shame that in spite of our huge oil revenue for 20 years running we still lacked all of these.
“I urge you all to vote massively for the ACPN, so that collectively we will reclaim the state for the benefit of all and not for any group or the unprogressive cabals,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Isamade has earlier denied reports in some quarters that he endorsed the re-election of Okowa.
He maintained that he remains committed to winning the state governorship election, urging the electorate to disregard the report.

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Delta: ACPN denies endorsing Okowa’s re-election bid






The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) has disregarded reports in some quarters that it endorsed the re-election bid of Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta.

Mr Paul Isamade, ACPN National Secretary in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, insisted that the party remained committed to winning governorship election slated for March 9.

Isamade, therefore, urged the party members to work harder the success of the party in the coming elections in Delta and other states of the federation.

He advised the public to disregard any publication that included the name of the party among those which had endorsed Okowa.

“We wish to inform the general public that ACPN in Delta, has not and will not endorse any other candidate in the forthcoming March 9th Governorship Election in the state, because the party is contesting in the election.

“The general public should disregard any publication that includes the name of the party in respect of the above subject.

“ACPN also warns all its members in the state to work for the success of the party and its candidate only, ” he said.

Isamade said that any member of the party who defied its directives or engaged in anti-party activities in whatever form would be sanctioned. (NNN)


Edited by Edith Bolokot/Julius Toba-Jegede


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Buhari’s Victory: ACPN wants government of national unity




The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to  ensure a government of national unity in his second term.

Alhaji Ganiyu Galadima, National Chairman of the party,made the call in a statement on Friday in Abuja, saying his victory  at the Feb.23 Presidential and National Assembly elections was true reflection of  the will of the majority of Nigerians.

Galadima said government of national unity  would further solidify,unite the country and give stakeholders that had something to offer the nation the opportunity to serve in different capacities.

He also advised President Buhari to intensify efforts at tackling insecurity beyond the North-East and  revamp the nation’s economy.

The ACNP national chairman also said that the country’s social safety net should be improved upon to boost  the living conditions of  Nigerians especially the elderly and the unemployed.

He called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate in the election,Atiku Abubakar, to concede defeat or channel his grievances through appropriate quarters.

The party chairman stressed the need for Atiku and the PDP to steer  clear  of actions  and utterances that would overheat the polity and degenerate into security threat.

He congratulated President Buhari on his victory at the polls which he described as well-deserved considering his popularity, acceptance across board and his performance in the last three and half years.

“We as a party had expressed our support for him even before the election, and we thank God that our support was not in vain.

“We, therefore, urge Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP to see Buhari’s victory as the will of the majority of Nigerians; the people have spoken.

“We expect him as a democrat to concede defeat and move on, bearing in mind that it is God that gives power.

“We also believe that Alhaji Atiku and his party have the rights to challenge the outcome but we advise that such should be done in a peaceful manner without putting the security of Nigeria and Nigerians at risk,” he said.

Galadima commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies, political parties and Nigerians for giving peace a chance before, during and after the announcement of the election results.

He urged Nigerians to be more patriotic by coming out en masse during the remaining elections slated for March 9, in a peaceful manner to exercise their franchise.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that ACPN was one of the political parties that adopted President Buhari as its candidate and rallied support for his re-election.

President Buhari polled 15,191,847 votes, winning in 19 states to defeat Atiku Abubakar who got 11,262,978 votes  to place second.

The president had contested the election with 72 presidential candidates from other political parties.

Ttwo days to the election, 12 presidential candidates had endorsed Buhari as their preferred candidate.(NNN)

Edited by Shittu Obassa and Abdullahi Yusuf

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COVID-19: Pharmacists blame hike in drug on non-implementation of distribution guidelines



The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has attributed indiscriminate hike in cost of drugs, hand sanitisers and other essential commodities to non-implementation of the National Drug Distribution Guidelines by governments.

Mr Samson Adekola, the National Chairman of the association, said this in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Abuja.

Adekola noted that the policy document was supposed to address the chaotic drug distribution channels when implemented, adding that till date, both the Federal and State governments were yet to implement it.

He further noted that the policy document was geared toward elimination of the dominance of unregulated drug markets in major cities of the country

“The consequence of non-implementation of the document is that drugs have continued to be in the open drug market in the hands of businessmen, people who see drugs as article of trade.

“And for them they are free to do anything with it. This is why it is difficult to control price of drugs in Nigeria.

“Today if you go to India, a pack of drugs like Paracetamol for instance has the price tag that it should be sold to the public on it right from the manufacturers.

“So, nobody will put price because there is a control from the manufacturer to the distributor to the final person. So what you can get in one pharmacy for N10 you cannot go to another pharmacy and they will tell you N20 in the developed world,” he noted.

He frowned at the negative perspective of some government agencies against ACPN members and their premises with regard to indiscriminate hike in some commodities like hand gloves, sanitisers and face masks, among others, since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Adekola observed that before Coronavirus outbreak and index case was recorded in Nigeria, the prices of some commodities like hand gloves and sanitisers which were very central to prevention and protection of the public became very high from our suppliers and marketers.

According to him, some of their members at first, decided not to buy these items because we didn’t know what was responsible for the hike in prices.

“For instance, because face mask that we usually buy for N350 for a pack of 50 even as at December,  suddenly rose to N10,000.

“A carton that we buy N10,000 by January became N40,000, which was weird, at that time I didn’t buy even for my family, but some of our members were still buying. We didn’t know that the worse was still to come.

“At the moment, that carton of face mask that we buy for N10,000 in December is sold in the market at N480,000. And some of our members who don’t want to say no to their clients still continued to buy and this is because their clients say they need it.

“We have our standard pricing as pharmacists, the standard is 33.1% but today practice of pharmacy is being bastardised. It is now in the hands of charlatans, people who know next to nothing about pharmacy,” he said.

The chairman regretted that community pharmacists being the frontline in the fight against Coronavirus pandemic were not given due recognition in the country as obtainable in developed world like UK, U.S. and others.

He specifically noted that countries like UK, US, government made  provisions for community pharmacists.

“They purchase masks, personal protective equipment for community pharmacists because they see them as the frontline, they are the first people the public come to when they are sick.

“But in Nigeria nothing. Government has not given us recognition. And effort we are making to support government is seen as something else,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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Pharmacists pursuing trans-generational practice – Chairman



Mr Samuel Adekola, the National Chairman, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), has said that the association is pursuing a trans-generational community pharmacy practice to return the glory of the profession.

Adekola told newsmen on the sideline of the Maiden Business Summit of the Kwara ACPN in Ilorin on Thursday that their practice environment had been very hostile.

”When I came on board as the national chairman, I saw all these challenges and I was prepared to make definitive marks and to make changes to our community pharmacy experience in Nigeria.

”We believe that as an association, we should have an adequate control of many factors that are affecting our practice and be prepared to take hold of our future with all certainty.

”In view of this, we are pursuing vigorously an agenda called Trans-generational Community Pharmacy practice as a platform to return the glory of community pharmacy practice.

”The four cardinal pillars of the Trans-generational Community Pharmacy practice project which are being pursued include getting pharmaceutical sharing rights and standardisation and unique brand for community pharmacy.

“Also, we want to have an IT run practice for effectiveness and profitability as well as shaping our practice for the future,” he said.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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Community Pharmacists task self on mordern businesses



The Kwara Branch of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) on Wednesday held a Business Summit in Ilorin for its members to increase their clinical skills and business acumen.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the summit was sponsored majorly by Jouf Pharmaceuticals Ltd, the major distributor of Topicrem in Nigeria.

The summit has its theme as “Optimising resources in community pharmacy practice in the face of disruptive innovations”.

The ACPN National Chairman, Mr Samuel Adekola, who was represented by Oyo ACPN Chairman, Mr Abiodun Ajibade, said the theme of the summit was not only apt and timely, but a statement of readiness by community pharmacists to cause a change and improvement in their collective outcomes in practice.

“This business summit is one activity I cherish drawing from the various challenges that has bedevilled our practice as community pharmacists for a long time now.

“Our practice environment has been very hostile, the basic infrastructure to support professional services has been inadequate.

“We are faced with regulatory deficits that has made community pharmacists practice a big task and unrewarding to our members across the country.

“As community pharmacists, we must begin to reposition ourselves and practices to meet our goals, so that we can sing a new song in a short time to come,” Adekola said.

Mr Adejuwon Otelaja, the Chairman, Kwara ACPN, said the summit became imperative as community pharmacists now focus more on professional pharmaceutical care and leaving out business angle of the job.

“Most pharmacists focus only on providing the professional pharmaceutical care for their businesses forgetting that it is still a business even though it is meant to be a service.

“They forget the business aspect and a lot of us have not upgraded our skills apart from what was thought in school.

“And the business environment is changing with a lot of disruptive innovations, technology and newer ways of doing business is coming up,” the Kwara ACPN chairman said.

A consultant dermatologist at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Dr Omotoyosi Ilesanmi, warned against the patronage of unregistered cosmetologists to avoid renal failure, cancer or brain damage.

“People should consult registered dermatologists instead of the so called cosmetologists who combine different chemicals.

“At the end of the day, this results in bleached skin, wrinkles, or disposition to develop cancer, renal failure or brain damage.

“Dermatologists are always proactive when treating skin conditions because the skin is delicate,” Ilesanmi said.

On his part, Mr Dipo Marcjob, who delivered a lecture on “Non-verbal Intelligence: Mitigating against deception in community pharmacy practise”, said it was necessary to have non-verbal intelligent skills to easily pick up deception.

“There is the need for everyone to be on top of his game, because a lot of things we miss out, is because we are not aware enough.

“Pharmacy practice is lucrative and it can also crash if you don’t pay attention, this is because the human brain is not wired to pick out every kind of deception that comes.

“So, the only mitigation now is to empower the brain with non-verbal intelligent skill such that it can pick up deception easily,” Macjob said.

Similarly, Pharm. Shina Opanubi, who spoke on “Retail pharmacy business”, said running a business with pharmaceutical knowledge won’t work out for the business.

“This topic is to address how pharmacists can improve their businesses, skills and practice.

“Essentially, it is for them to wake up to the realities of business today and take advantages of business opportunities in Nigeria,” Opanubi said.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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Cannabis: Pharmacists to sponsor bill for legal usage



The  Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) says it will sponsor a bill at the National Assembly for legal use of cann­abis plant for health and economic purposes in Nigeria.

Mr Samuel Adekola, President of the association, stated this on Thursday in Akure during a two-day visit to the state.

“A private bill will originate from us through our members in the National Assembly to make use of cannabis for its pharmaceutical benefit.

“Be expecting a bill very soon after all advocacy campaigns we are putting in place,” he said.

He added that Nigerians would benefit immensely from the plant.

“We feel that it will be better appreciated if we, pharmacists, take it upon ourselves to advocate this rather than coming from a politician.

“As pharmacists who are custodians of drugs, we know that the issue of cannabis has been discussed and so many countries such as USA and Canada have adopted it, and our colleagues are championing this in different fora,” he stated.

According to him, cannabis is a valuable plant that must not be wasting away but be of tremendous benefit to the entire citizenry as it is in some western countries.

Adekola, who commended Gov. Rorimi Akeredolu for his giant strides in developing the state, said his achievements were worthy of emulation.

Edited By: Muftau Adediran/Wale Ojetimi

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Cannabis: Akeredolu tasks community pharmacists on controlled cultivation, use for health benefits



Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has urged community pharmacists to pursue the controlled cultivation and use of cannabis for health benefits in Nigeria.

Akeredolu gave the advice while playing host to the National Executive Council of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) on Wednesday in Akure.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that ACPN was in Ondo State for a two-day familiarisation with members, and visitation of the state government project sites.

The governor explained that cannabis could also be used to boost the economy from its present state.

“The way things are going now, the world is moving ahead of us. It is for us to expand our economy in order to get out of this economic quagmire.

“Cannabis is something we can export to make money from. The important thing is to look at the beneficial use, and work against preventing abuse,” he said.

Earlier, Dr Sam Adekola, President, ACPN, said the association had come to take up the advocacy on the issue of beneficial use of cannabis to people.

He said that it was ignorance or lack of vision that made the people raised objection when the governor suggested the use of cannabis for its health benefits.

“For us, as pharmacists, we have come to take this advocacy seriously and we believe that this project will soon be able to benefit the people of the state and the country in general.

“So many people could be employed through cannabis and the medicinal benefits of this product is too numerous to be mentioned,” he said.

Edited By: Muftau Adediran and Isaac Ukpoju


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INEC deregisters 74 political parties



The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, deregistered 74 political parties out of exiting 92 registered, leaving the country with 18 registered parties.

INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made the disclosure during  press conference at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.

Yakubu said the parties were deregistered for failure to satisfy the requirements of the Fourth Alteration to the 1999 Constitution.

He said the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) vests in INEC, the power to register and regulate activities of political parties.

The INEC boss recalled that in 2018, the constitution was amended; noting that in addition to the extant provision for the registration of political parties, the Fourth Alteration to the Constitution (Section 225A) empowered INEC to deregister political parties.

Yakubu said in order to implement the provision of the fourth alteration to the constitution, the commission carried out an assessment of political parties to determine compliance with the requirements for their registration.

“Similarly, following the conclusion of the 2019 general election, including court-ordered re-run elections arising from litigations, the commission was able to determine the performance of political parties in the elections.

“In addition, they were also assessed on the basis of their performance in the Area Council elections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which coincided with the 2019 general election.

“It should be noted that the FCT is the only part of the country where INEC is empowered by the constitution to conduct Local Government elections,’’ Yakubu said.

He said that consequently, the commission determined that 16 political parties fulfilled the requirements for existence based on Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), while 75 parties did not satisfy the requirements of the fourth alteration to the constitution.

“However, one of the political parties, the Action Peoples Party (APP) filed a suit in court and obtained an order restraining the commission from deregistering it. Consequently, the party remains registered pending the determination of the case by the court.

“The new political party, Boot Party (BP) registered by court order after the 2019 general election will also continue to exist.

“Accordingly, 74 political parties are hereby deregistered. With this development, Nigeria now has 18 registered political parties,” Yakubu said.

The 16 parties that scaled through were: Accord Party (A), Action Alliance (AA) African Action Congress (AAC), African Democratic Congress (ADC), African Democratic Party (ADP), All Progressives Congress (APC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

Other parties which also met the requirement were Labour Party (LP), New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), National Rescue Movement (NRM), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), Young Progressive Party (YPP) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

The deregistered parties were: Advanced Allied Party (AAP), All Blending Party (ABP) Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Allied Congress Party Of Nigeria (ACPN), Alliance for Democracy (AD), Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), and Alliance For New Nigeria (ANN).

Also deregistered were:  Alliance National Party (ANP), Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), African Peoples Alliance (APA), Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP),  Fresh Democratic Party (FRESH), Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Nigeria Community Movement Party (NCMP).

Others include National Unity Party (NUP), Peoples Coalition Party (PCP), Peoples For Democratic Change (PDC), Peoples Trust (PT), Reform and Advancement Party (RAP), United Democratic Party (UDP), Unity Party Of Nigeria (UPN) and United Progressive Party (UPP).

Yakubu recalled that based on this provision, the commission, between 2011 and 2013, deregistered 39 political parties.

“However, several of the parties challenged the power of INEC to deregister them, particularly on the ground that the Electoral Act is inferior to the constitution and that deregistration infringed their fundamental rights under the same constitution.

“Subsequently, the courts ordered the commission to reinstate the parties.

“It was for this reason that the National Assembly amended the Constitution to empower the commission to deregister political parties on certain reasons.

This according to him includes,  breach of any of the requirements for registration as a political party or failure to win at least 25 per cent of the votes cast in one state of the federation in a presidential election or 25 per cent of the votes cast in one Local Government Area of a state in a state election.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju

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Ihedioha’s wife tasks students on drug-free Imo 



The Wife of Gov. Emeka Ihedioha of Imo, Ebere, has admonished secondary school students in the state to support government’s efforts to achieve a drug-free society.

She gave the charge on Wednesday, while addressing students at a conference organized by the Imo chapter of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) in Owerri.

Ihedioha, who was represented by her Special Assistant on Communications and Programmes,  Mr Martin Onyekwado, urged the students to avoid being lured into drug abuse by their peers.

She encouraged them to be bold enough to stand out from the crowd no matter how difficult and build a generation of drug-free Imo citizens.

“The future of every nation is her youth. To build a drug-free Nigeria, we must begin by building a drug-free Imo because charity begins at home.

“One of the biggest challenges young ones face is peer pressure and provided you are bold enough to resist it, then a drug-free generation of Imo citizens is possible,” Ihedioha said.

The ACPN Chairman, Mr Nkem Anaele, pledged the association’s continued commitment to the fight against drug abuse.

Anaele also promised to partner with relevant government agencies to fight the menace.

Also, the Imo Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mr Nse Inam, outlined the negative effects of drug abuse to include cognitive impairment and destruction of social norms.

Inam, who was represented by an officer of the command, Mrs Lucy Nwankpa, assured the students that avoiding drug abuse would keep them free from vices, such as stealing and unimaginable health challenges.

He further advised them not to form friendship with arrogant youths, “who are chronic liars and  unnecessarily secretive and angry,” adding that drug abuse often led to crime.

Nigeria News Agency reports that students that participated in programme were drawn from Government Secondary School, Owerri,  Emmanuel College, Girls’ Secondary School, Ikenegbu  and Young Scientists’ College, Owerri. 

(Edited by Sam Oditah (NAN))

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