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APC chieftain calls for ban on food importation

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“Any community that cannot feed itself cannot stand up to be counted in a meeting of nations. Food security is same as national security. Any country that cannot feed itself is not safe.’’

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Edo Guber primaries: APC generates N135m from sale of forms

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has so far realised N135 million from the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms to six Edo governorship aspirants participating in the party’s primaries slated for June 22.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the party placed N22.5 million fee on governorship aspirants form in Edo and Ondo States.

The APC National Organising Secretary, Mr Emma Ibediro, had on May 20 issued the timetable for the party’s primaries in the two states.

According to him, this includes N2.5 million for Expression of Interest Form and N20 million for the Nomination Form.

“The sale of forms to Edo governorship aspirants will begin from May 20 to June 2, while the submission ends on June 3,” Ibediro said.

The party’s national organising scribe also released the list of Edo governorship aspirants who have so far purchased and submitted the forms.

He listed the aspirants as Gov. Godwin Obaseki, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Mr Osaro Obaz, Dr Pius Odubu, Mr Matthew Iduoriyekemwe and Mr Chris Ogiemwonyi.


Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Ajimobi, APC hail Alao-Akala at 70

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The immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, has described his predecessor, Chief  Adebayo Alao-Akala, as a quintessential politician, who  has contributed immensely to the fortunes of the state and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a congratulatory message to Alao-Akala, who clocked 70, Ajimobi, the  Deputy National Chairman of the APC  (South), said that Alao-Akala  was a pillar in the party and the state.

 According to Ajimobi, Alao-Akala left indelible footprints as governor of  the state.

“On behalf of my family, I felicitate with my dear brother, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, a former governor and a pillar of our great party, (APC) in Oyo State, on the joyous occasion of his 70th birthday celebration.

“As a former governor of our dear state, you have contributed immensely to the growth of the pacesetter state, and as a politician, your advice and contributions to the party have been invaluable.

As an indigene of Oyo State, your actions have shown deep love for the people of the state in your words and deeds.

“As you join the elders club,  here is wishing you many more years of sound health and greater contributions to Oyo State and the country,” Ajimobi said.

Also, the state chapter of the APC congratulated the former governor on attaining the age of 70.

In a statement signed by its Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, the state chapter said that Alao-Akala had  contributed immensely to the state.

It described the former governor as a rallying point for numerous party members.

The All Progressives Congress, Oyo State Chapter, heartily congratulates Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, a pillar of support and Chairman of the Reconciliation Committee of the All Progressives Congress, Oyo State.

“As a former governor,  you have contributed immensely to the progress of Oyo State. You have also been a rallying point for our numerous party faithful.

“As you celebrate this landmark birthday, we can only wish you more vigour in the service of our party, our state and the country,” it said.


Edited By: Buhari Bolaji (NAN)Ijeoma Popoola

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Police Command in Niger “in talks” with top APC official over party funds

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The Police Command in Niger on Tuesday said it had invited a top official of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state, over alleged financial misappropriation.

According to the Commissioner, Adamu Usman, the APC official is specifically accused of misusing party finances “since he assumed office in 2015”.

Usman told the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna that a petition against the APC official had accused him of misusing funds realised from the sale of Expression of Interest forms to members that contested elective positions.

He said that the petitioners accused the party chief of spending the funds “unilaterally and without due process”.

According to him, the petition was written by some members of the executive council of the party who also accused the official of abuse of office.

“We are investigating the matter and shall get to the root of it. We want to find out if there is any substance in the claims of the petitioners.

The Nigerian Police has the responsibility to investigate any form of criminal complaint from any citizen of the state. That is what we are doing.

“We are handling the matter professionally to ensure that justice is done to all sides,” he said.

Efforts to speak with the affected party official did not yield fruits as he was said to be “in deep discussions” with  personnel of the Criminal Investigation Division.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)

 

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APC in Niger still united – Chairman

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Alhaji Mohammed Imam, Chairman,  All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger, says the party is still united despite recent petition alleging misappropriation of funds by some members of the state executive.

Imam stated this on Tuesday in Minna after an extended meeting with members of the party at the state and local government levels.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the state Financial Secretary of the APC, Malam Idris Gbongon, had recently petitioned the police alleging that the chairman and other executive members misappropriated funds accruing to the party.

The APC has set out mechanisms to re-strategise and ensure that the party remain united.

“We will not allow factions in  the APC in Niger or to be subdued by anyone, no matter the position the person holds, as the party remains a supreme body,” he said.

Imam said that party had properly  documented all the monies it had  spent.

“No money is lost. We have been running the system in the most transparent manner, in fact, we run it as if it is a Ministry. We have been prudent in resource management.

“The party has three signatories and the financial secretary who wrote that petition is one of the signatories and he has been the one writing the cheques,” he said.

He added that the financial secretary had never been sidelined any anyway as he had always participated in all meetings and party activities.

He pointed out that the financial secretary was being mischievous, saying that a five-man committee has been set up by the party to give  fair hearing to all parties involved  and submit their report in one week.

“This is an internal issue and we have internal mechanisms for conflict resolution which have been employed.

“A committee has been set up to give everyone  fair hearing and they will submit their report in a week time,” he said.

On the party’s relationship with the executive in the state, Imam said that it was cordial, “but the party should be consulted on some issues that affect it.”


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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Kwara Assembly swears-in new APC member

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Ahmed Rufai, the newly elected member of the Kwara House of Assembly representing Patigi State Constituency,  was on Tuesday sworn-in by the Speaker, Yakubu Danladi.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ahmed Rufai is the younger brother of the late member, Saidud, who died in December 2019.

Rufai was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) following the bye- election in Patigi Constituency in March 2020.

The Assembly, however, had yet to swear-in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Jimoh Raheem-Agboola, who was directed by the State Election Tribunal to take over the seat of the APC member for Ilorin South Constituency, AbdulAzeez Elewu- Oluwanilo.

Raheem-Agboola, in company with scores of PDP supporters in the state, had on three occasions stormed the House for the implementation of the court judgment without success.

But addressing journalists on Tuesday on why the PDP candidate was not sworn-in, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr Olumide Awolola, said Raheem-Agboola as plaintiff did not join the present occupant of the seat, Abdulazeez Elewu-Oluwanilo,  in the suit he filed.

He said Elewu-Oluwanilo had also approached the Court of Appeal to seek interpretation and implication of not being joined in the suit.

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APC has done well for South East, says Igbokwe

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr Joe Igbokwe, on Tuesday said the South East had benefited immensely under the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He made the statement in Ikeja while speaking with newsmen during the inauguration of new executives of Ndigbo APC in Lagos State.

Igbokwe, who is the leader of the group, said the South East had gotten more projects under the APC government than any other government since 1999.

He said the APC government would soon deliver the Second Niger Bridge after several failed promises by previous governments.

Igbokwe, also the Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Drainage and Water Resources, urged more people from the South East to join the APC as the party meant well for the region and the country in general.

“I want more of our people to join the APC given what is happening in the South East now in terms of development.

“I do not think there is any project bigger than the Second Niger Bridge in Nigeria now; the bridge is getting to completion.

“I know that by next year, the government would have finished the bridge. The same bridge that was used to dupe our people for 22 years will soon be completed,” he said.

Igbokwe said the inauguration of the executives was to further strengthen Ndigbo in APC Lagos to take the party to greater heights both in the state and at the national level.

He added that the group had the mandate to mobilise Ndigbo for the APC to ensure the party’s continued foothold in Lagos and the nation.

Igbokwe charged the new executives to discharge their duties without let or hinderance and ensure the growth of the party “from strength to strength”.

He dismissed reports in some quarters that there was division in Ndigbo APC in Lagos State.

The governor’s aide said that whoever was parading himself as apex leader of Ndigbo in Lagos APC outside of the group was an imposter as the group was not factionalized.

Igbokwe said he was the face of Ndigbo in Lagos APC as he had done a lot for the party and that he was recognised as leader by all Igbo political stakeholders in APC.

He called for support for Gov. Sanwoolu, saying the governor was doing his best to take the state to greater heights.

Speaking on behalf of the newly inaugurated executives, the Coordinator, Chief Uche Dimgba,  thanked all members of the group, particularly Igbokwe, for the confidence reposed in them.

He also thanked the National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for giving all members of the party a sense of belonging.

Dimgba promised that he and other executive members of the Ndigbo in Lagos APC would do their best to move the party forward.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports the 15-member executive include Chief Chris Ekwulo(Deputy Coordinator);Princess Oby Onu(Women Leader);Chief Uche Babatata(Organising Secretary);and Mr Leo Obasi(Assistant Youth Leader).


Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Ondo 2020: Group endorses Kekemeke for APC governorship primaries

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Liberal Movement, a political group within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, has endorsed Isaacs Kekemeke as its candidate in the July 20 governorship primaries of the party.

The Chairman of the Group, Mr Demola Ijabiyi, made this known on Tuesday at a news conference in Akure.

Ijabiyi said the group reached the unanimous agreement to adopt Kekemeke as its candidate for APC in the coming primary election after a critical assessment of all the aspirants.

“It took us sometime to zero in on Kekemeke; we carried out a painstaking assessment of each of them.

“At the end of it all, we have no difficulty at all in arriving at the conclusion that Kekemeke is the best,” the group said.

According to him, Liberal Movement comprises of highly placed and upwardly mobile personalities across political parties and the professions in and outside Ondo State.

The group said that “Ondo State needs a person who is experienced in governance and in party politics and Kekemeke is that person.

“Kekemeke was a member of the House óf Assembly, chairman of a major national parastatal, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Commissioner for Works, Lands, Housing and Transport as well as Secretary to the State Government.

“At party level, he was pioneer State Secretary of the PDP, pioneer State Chairman of APC.

“Kekemeke is, therefore, an experienced government man and party chieftain. No other aspirant has this kind of intimidating pre-election credential,” the group said.

Ijabiyi described Kekemeke as “a man of great competence with ability to combine pragmatism with intellectualism to plan, execute and deliver.

“A man imbued with clear-headedness, deep thinking, creative mind, a moral and spiritual icon, a no-nonsence disciplinarian and dogged fighter, calculating and methodical. That man is Isaac Kekemeke.”

The group said that Ondo State has a long tradition and understanding of geopolitical rotation, adding that Kekemeke from Southern Senatorial District would win the October 10 governorship poll for APC.

“Our direct opponent is PDP. To defeat the party, we must field our best man, a man that carries no public liabilities or controversies, a man that can attract the votes of the people and that man is Kekemeke,” the group said.

Ijabiyi said that the group would agressively work for Kekemeke’s victory at the primary election and spare nothing to see him through at the October 10 governorship poll.


Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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APC NWC approves direct primaries for Edo election

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The National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, says the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) has approved direct primaries for the June 22, Edo governorship poll.
Oshiomhole said this on Monday at a news conference shorty after meeting with APC Governors Forum led by Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
He added that the party’s NWC was yet to discuss and decide on the mode of primaries for Ondo Governorship election slated for July 20.
“We have since published our time table because under the law, we are required to give Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) at least 21 days notice to monitor our primaries.
“And to state the mode of our primaries and of course NWC had approved direct primaries for Edo.
“That of Ondo has not been discussed because that will come much later, because Edo will come about three weeks before Ondo,” the party chairman said.
He said that the party had begun the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms, adding that other processes had also been going fine.
“We have commenced the sale of forms, I think as of last Friday to my knowledge three people had picked the forms.
“I think by today more people have picked the forms. So, we are selling forms to all those who wish to buy based on the guidelines.
“And of course as the Chairman of the Progressives Governors rightly said, we have ensured in our letter to INEC and even this morning we had a virtual meeting with INEC leadership.
“We will conduct primaries taking into account the protocols on Covid-19 by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and Nigeria Commission for Disease Control (NCDC). I think everything has been going fine,” he said.
According to him, governors are assets to our party and once a candidate emerged, we all work and ensure that we do our best to persuade the people in the respective states to favour us with their votes.
“I am sure that by the special grace of God, the Ondo Governor is here, he did well and electorate are more sophisticated now, so we have no fear about that.

“Obaseki is not here but issues of primaries are well spelt out in our constitution and we are following it as strictly as possible. So nothing to worry about at all,” Oshiomhole said.

Earlier, Bagudu said the purpose of the meeting was to discuss issues between the Governor’s Forum and party leadership that would lead to the progress of the APC.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

 

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Edo APC Primaries: Obaseki visits Aso Villa, seeks Buhari’s blessing

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed door with Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports the meeting which was at the instance of the governor, came ahead of the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC), scheduled for June, 2020.

Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Obaseki said he was in the Presidential Villa to formally intimate the president of his intention to seek re-election as governor of Edo on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The governor, who is believed to be at loggerhead with the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiohmole, over his second term ambition, presented his Expression of Interest form to the president for blessing.

“I came to see Mr President to formally inform him of my desire and intention to seek re-election as governor of Edo State on the platform of the APC in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.

“As a father of the country, as our president I should not just assume or take things for granted – I have to come to inform him and solicit his support in my gubernatorial bid, and the president was quiet warm and quiet welcoming.

“When I showed him my Expression of Interest form, he looked through it and teased me that he would not have to go through this again and wished me good luck and assured me of his support,’’ he said.

On the political tussle in Edo, the governor stated that the crisis was being instigated from outside the state.

Obaseki also described the political misunderstanding between him and Oshiohmole as very unfortunate, saying however that he was ready to reach a truce with all aggrieved members of the APC.

“It is unfortunate that he (Oshiohmole) is taking the position he has taken. I believe that he was not properly guided.

“I am his Governor and it is my responsibility to seek peace for my State and with all my citizens.

“I will continue to strive for peace, I will continue to pursue peace, seek the interest of our people and I am open, that we should talk about how to move things forward.

“The relationship is still frosty but I am doing all I can to try and make it warm just for the sake of Edo people. I am committed to whatever it will take to have peace and not to lose lives in Edo, within the law, whatever I can do that is constitutional, I will do,’’ he stated.

According to the governor, he has the full support of his counterparts, all the governors elected on the platform of the APC, in line with the principles of the party, which encourages continuity.

On the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor revealed that about 300,000 out of the targeted 500,000 indigenes of the state had so far been screened for Coronavirus disease.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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