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APC suspends planned congress in Rivers

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The Rivers chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) says it has suspended the planned Ward, Local Government and State congresses in the state due to development in the judiciary.

Mr Isaac Ogbobula, the state’s caretaker committee chairman of the party, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen at the party’s secretariat in Port Harcourt on Monday.

“The planned congresses of APC in Rivers has been put on hold as directed by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party in view of the development in the Judiciary.

“The NWC is responsible for necessary reconciliation process,” he said.

The Acting Chairman assured party faithful that all other party activities would go on unhindered in the state.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that supporters of a former lawmaker, Sen. Magnus Abe had threatened to boycott the Congresses for not being consulted.

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Edited by Yakubu Uba/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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Edo Guber: Ex-lawmaker advocates direct primary election for APC

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Ahead of the Governorship Election in Edo. former Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Mr Pally Iriase, has recommended direct primary election for the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

In a statement in Abuja, Iriase said that the direct primary election would be more effective and would conform more with COVID-19 guidelines.

According to him, a study of the processes involved in indirect primaries’ as contained in the APC Constitution, shows that the indirect method remains the safest way to protect voters during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Iriase said that Article 20 (iv) (a), provided that indirect primaries should be conducted at a designated venue by an electoral college of delegates.

He said the constitution provided that delegates shall be democratically elected by members of the party at their various Ward Congresses.

The APC chieftain however, noted that there were no permanent elected delegates under the party’s constitution for the exercise.

He explained that only Statutory Delegates, as defined in the constitution under Article 20 (iv) (c) should join elected delegates to constitute the electoral college for indirect primaries.

“After the direct election of delegates in the foregoing paragraph, all members of the electoral college, that is, elected delegates plus statutory delegates, will move to the designated venue for the indirect primaries.

“It is therefore clear that we will have to do direct election of delegates first in order to have proper indirect primaries.

“I submit that you cannot circumvent this process in Edo presently, without dire consequences. 

“The atmosphere is charged, and anything outside the provisions of the party’s constitution will not work,” he said.

“You cannot use the badly factionalised party executives as surrogates in place of elected delegates, because there is no constitutional backing for that at all,” he added.

Iriase explained that direct primaries required that all party members in each ward, who would have voted for delegates, would rather vote for aspirants.

He said that they would easily turnout in their units within the wards, observe social distancing, wearing facemasks and vote for the aspirant of their choice.

According to him, direct primary election is better than the indirect method which requires two tedious stages with huge but avoidable health challenges.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

 

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Edo APC: Former Speaker seeks Buhari intervention

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo, Alhaji Kabiru Adjoto, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to step into the party’s crisis in the state.

Adjoto, who was a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, made the appeal on Monday in Benin while receiving the party leaders from Edo north.

The APC chieftain said that the president’s intervention would ensure the victory of the party in the September governorship election in the state.

Adjoto, noted that the crisis rocking the party in the state was becoming increasingly embarrassing.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed the primaries for the Edo governorship election for June 22, while the gubernatorial election will hold on Sept. 19.

The development has stoked the battle of supremacy between the two factions of the APC in the state.

Adjoto, however, said that “the resolution of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party empowers state chapters to choose a mode of primaries based on peculiarities.

Edo state APC stakeholders have met and agreed on an indirect mode of primaries as the most suitable in the face of COVID-19 and for the fact that the state chapter lacks a comprehensive register of members,’’ he said.

He urged the president and other stakeholders to dialogue with the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, to avert the party being defeated in the September election.

“Obaseki’s victory is certain and he is constant as the Northern star. All those opposing him within and outside the party will eventually bow and vote for him.

“My advice to the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC is to play by the rules to avoid plunging Edo into crisis,’’ Adjoto said.


Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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APC primary: Steer clear of Ondo politics, group tells Gov. Fayemi

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A group, Ondo State Progressives Network, has urged Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti to steer clear of the July 20 All Progressives Congress (APC) primary in the state.

The Coordinator of the group, Mr Tunde Ajayi, made the call in a statement on Monday in Akure.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there had been calls for  Direct Primary to Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu by opposing camps within the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Ajayi said that there have been pressure on the leadership of the APC to impose indirect mode of primary against the wishes of majority of the party member in the state.

“The attention of the Ondo State Progressives Network has been drawn to series of moves to lure some national leaders of the APC and some governors to mount pressure on the national working committee to announce an indirect primaries for the election.

“The Network, therefore, advise that  leaders of the party in Ondo State and at the national level should be allowed to act appropriately.

“The group also condemn any move which will thwart the unity of the party in the state,” he said.

The coordinator advised Akeredolu to adopt the party’s leadership process rather than seeking to get an indirect primary process.

“We further appeal to the leadership of the party and members of the national working committee not to be intimidated.

“Only a direct primary process in the party’s guber primary can restore the hope of APC faithful in the state and move the party to the next level,” Ajayi said.

Meanwhile, Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, earlier in a statement, said that the governor was not afraid of direct primary.

“First and foremost, we have not come out as a government that we are opposed to direct primary; neither had the governor expressed aversion to  same.

“We’re not afraid of any mode of primary. I will want the public to know that the call for direct primary is to put out narrative that the governor is opposed to direct primary. In fact, we’ll even prefer a direct primary.

“For those who clamour for direct primary, the message to them is that Akeredolu is more prepared for any mode of primary than those who clamour for it,” Ojogo said.



Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Bandits kill Batsari LGA APC Chairman in Katsina State — Police

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The Police Command in Katsina State said that bandits have killed Alhaji Abdulhamid Sani, Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Batsari Local Government Area of the state.

The Police Spokesman, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Katsina.

Today, 31/05/2020, at about 1:35 p.m., bandits in their numbers, attacked Sabon-garin Dumburawa in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State.

“The bandits begun shooting sporadically with sophisticated weapons, and killed a 55-year-old APC Chairman in Batsari local Government Area, Abdulhamid Sani, when he resisted to be kidnapped by the hoodlums,” he said.

Isah said that Operation Puff Adder and Sharan Daji have responded, and now searching the forest with a view to arresting the hoodlums.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Edo primary: APC Chieftain urges members against causing disaffection

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Dr Ibrahim Empkpaire, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has advised its leaders against causing disaffection among members in Edo ahead of the state governorship primary.

Empkpaire, a former chairmanship aspirant of the APC, gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja.

He said that the party’s chieftains in Edo should have waded into the crisis in the state Assembly instead of pitching tents with particular camp.

The APC chieftain noted that one of the hallmarks of a good leader was to harness all avenues to give leadership in times of crisis.

Empkpaire supported the direct primary in Edo as proposed by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), adding that all members should work towards its success.

He, however, added that Mr Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman did not contrive the crisis in the party’s Edo chapter and should therefore be left to do the job he was elected for.

”A lot of things are happening in the party before Oshiomhole assumed office which almost made the party lose the 2019 general election,” Empkpaire said.

He said that recent outbursts of some party’s chieftains, especially from Edo, was unnecessary as the APC NWC had taken stand on modalities of the governorship primary election in the state.

Empkpaire said he was not against those canvassing at the party’s wards, local and state levels for Gov. Godwin Obaseki, but mentioning President Buhari in the matter was surprising.
“We are surprised that our former chairman is making claim that Buhari had assented to Obaseki’s second term by fiat,” he said.

NAN reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed Sept. 19 as date for Edo governorship election.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Oyo APC Parliamentary Caucus meets, forges new direction for party

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The Oyo State All Progressives Congress (APC) Parliamentary Caucus met in Ibadan on Friday to strategize on ways of strengthening the party.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting, hosted by the party’s Deputy National Chairman (South), former Gov. Abiola Ajimobi,

was presided over by the State APC Chairman, Chief Akin Oke.

The meeting was attended by elected legislatures led by its National Assembly Caucus Leader, Sen. Teslim Folarin (Oyo Central).

NAN recalls that the party had on Thursday inaugurated its reconciliation committee led by a former governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, to reconcile aggrieved members of the party.

Oke expressed appreciation to members of the caucus led by Folarin for their roles in ensuring the party was strengthened.

He emphasised the supremacy of the party, urging them to represent the state and the electorate well.

The chairman advised the lawmakers to continue to carry the party along in whatever they were doing for their constituencies.

Folarin in his remarks, also underscored the supremacy of the party, calling for better coordination as well as unity between them and the party.

“We should all work collectively like a broom. It is only this way that we can achieve more,” he said.

He commended the party for initiating a reconciliation process to further strengthen the party, urging members and all aggrieved party loyalists to embrace it.

Rep. Segun Odebunmi (Surulere/Ogo Oluwa), in stressing the importance of the meeting, said it was imperative for members to work collectively for the progress of the party.

Among others present at the meeting were Reps. Tolu Akande–Sadipe (Oluyole), Akeem Adeyemi (Oyo), Musiliu Akinremi (Ibadan North) and Shina Peller (Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa).

Others were Reps Akin Alabi (Egbeda/Ona–Ara) and Olumide Ojerinde Orelope /Olorunsogo /Irepo).

The State Assembly members present were Asimiyu Alarape (Atiba), Wunmi Ladeji (Ogbomoso North), Oyeleke Adegbola (Ogo-Oluwa/Surulere), Kazeem Tunde Isiaka (Oyo East/West),  Bamigboye Abidoye (Oriire) and Seyi Adisa (Afijio).

Others in attendance APC State Secretary, Mojeed Olaoya, Oyo South Senatorial Chairman, Prince Adefisoye Adekanye, and Alhaji Rasaq Arikewuyo.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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APC accuses Bauchi State Govt of starving Assembly of funds 

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), has accused the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) led Bauchi State Government of starving the State House Assembly of funds thereby hindering its operations.
Alhaji Sabo Mohammed the spokesman for the party in the state said this at a news briefing on Friday in Bauchi.
Mohammed said that the house had been financially strangulated by the executive.
“Why is the house financially strangulated against effective legislative functions and its leadership always under threat?
“The honourable house deserves every support to function effectively for the good for the state,” he said.
Mohammed also appealed to the lawmakers to block the ongoing attempt by the state government to privatise some public property in the state adding that the property were put in place by successive governments and patriotically sustained.
The PDP led administration is making efforts to hijack the property and we will not agree to that,” he said.
He also urged the lawmakers not to support the administration’s plan to secure 200 million dollars foreign loan.
“Although, already APC has instructed its lawyers to reach the courts to stop both corruption infested privatisation and loan issue,” he said.
Responding, the state PDP Chairman Alhaj Hamza Akuyam said the accusations were baseless and unfounded.
He said that 21 out of the 31 members of the house were from the APC.
“How can the executive manipulate things under this circumstance, it is not possible, ” he said.
Mohammed said the party was only acting on a script of other people to distract the lawmakers from doing their job effectively.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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APC to boycott Benue councils poll

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The All Progressive Congress (APC) says it will not participate in the May 30 local government councils election in Benue.
Mr James Orngunga the state acting APC Publicity Secretary said this in a statement in Makurdi on Friday.
“This is to inform the general public that the APC is not party to the kangaroo local government election which is already programmed to handpick and declare all PDP candidates winners.
“Our party was prepared for the election and submitted a list of validly nominated candidates but unfortunately, the Benue State Independent Electoral Commission(BSIEC) acting the script of the State Government declared all our candidates as not properly nominated hence, disqualified.
“The matter is still in court but we have been excluded and APC shall not feature on the ballot tomorrow for any position,” he said.
He further called on party supporters in the state not to waste their time going to vote because the process lacked credibility.

“We also urge all APC candidates who were illegally disqualified not to express any regret as those who won chairmanship and councillorship elections in the state since 2017 are still owed various shades of allowances till date.
“Our party is regrouping and strategising for victory in 2023 and shall not be deterred by every ill- treatment accorded us this moment,” he said.
The last council poll in the  state was held in 2017 and the two year tenure  of the elected  officials expired in June 2019.

Edited By: Benson Iziama/ Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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APC lauds Gov. Abiodun’s achievements in Ogun

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has lauded the achievements of Gov. Dapo Abiodun led administration in Ogun in the areas of education, health, agriculture, social services and infrastructure in the last one year.
APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday while felicitating with the governor on his 60th birthday.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) joins other progressives across the nation, well wishers and the good people of Ogun to felicitate with Abiodun on his 60th birthday.
“On this momentous occasion, our great party is particularly delighted that the governor has been walking his talk and fulfilling his electoral promises to the people of Ogun in spite of lean resources.
“From the records of his performance in the last one year, the governor has made remarkable strides in the education, health, agriculture, social services and infrastructural sectors of the state without much funfare,” he said.
He expressed hope that the governor would redouble his efforts at leaving lasting legacies after his stewardship in office for the benefit of the present and future generations in the state.
“We wish the governor many more years of exemplary leadership and services to Ogun in particular and Nigeria in general,” Issa-Onilu said.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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