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APC wins majority seats in Gombe State legislature



APC wins majority seats in Gombe State legislature


Gombe, March 11, 2019 The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe State has won 19 out of 24 seats in the state House of Assembly poll held on Saturday.

This is contained in the results made available by Mr Umar Ibrahim, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 253 candidates from 34 political parties contested for the 24-legislative seats in the state.

Out of the 253 candidates, 18 or 7.12 per cent were female and out of the 18 females that contested the election only two emerged victorious.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which presently holds the majority seats in the house with 16 members as against APC’s eight clinched the five remaining seats.

The APC won in eight local government areas including parts of Shongom Local Government Area while the PDP netted Billiri, Nafada and parts of Shongom.

The LGAs won by APC included Akko, Gombe, Yamaltu-Deba, Funakaye, Balanga, Dukku, Kaltungo and Kwami.


Dissolution of Zamfara LG councils unconstititional – APC 



The Zamfara Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the dissolution of the 14 Local Government administrations by the  state government, describing it as unconstitutional.

The state APC Chairman, Alhaji Lawal Liman, made the condemnation in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Gusau on Friday.

NAN reports that the state house of assembly had on Thursday recommended the immediate dissolution of all the councils for alleged negligence on security and financial recklessness.

Gov. Bello Matawalle, after approving the recommendation of the house, appointed caretaker chairmen to pilot the affairs of the 14 councils.

Nine of the chairmen who had defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were among those appointed as caretaker chairmen of the LGAs.

Liman described the dissolution as a violation of Constitution, saying the APC as a law abiding  political party would not accept it.

He said the party would follow due process to challenge the government on the matter.

“The matter of tenure of local government chairmen is before the court, therefore, we will follow the Constitutional means to challenge the government over the issue.

“This is very unfortunate, the way PDP led government is violating constitution to protect its political interest.”

He also said that the dissolution was a “political blackmail” against the five LG council chairmen who refused to decamp to PDP.

Liman called on APC supporters in the state to remain calm, saying  the party was working to protect their interests.

Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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APC NWC endorses Ochala-led APC C/River executive – Official



The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says it recognises and endorses the Cross River executive led by Mr John Ochala.

The APC National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lanre Issa-Onilu, said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Issa-Onilu said that the party’s position followed a Court of Appeal judgment delivered on April 23, which recognised the John Ochala-led Cross River Executive as authentic and legitimate.

The party’s spokesman recalled that Ochala, who was the party’s former Deputy Chairman in the state, succeeded the state executive led by the late chairman, Dr Mathew Achigbe, who died in a ghastly car crash in November 2018.

The APC NWC affirms the Cross River Executive led by the late Chairman, Dr Mathew Achigbe, who died in a ghastly car crash in November 2018.

“Achigbe was succeeded by his then Deputy, Sir John Ochala, who has been holding the position in acting capacity.

“The party’s position is affirmed by a Court of Appeal judgment delivered on April 23, which recognises the Sir John Ochala-led Cross River Executive as authentic and legitimate,” he said.

Issa-Onilu said that the party upheld a unanimous judgment delivered by Court of Appeal Justices affirming Ochala-led APC Cross River Executive as the authentic and recognised executive in the state.

They are Justices Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, Adamu Jauro and Peter Olabisi Ige.

“The Appeal of Court also nullified an earlier ruling by an Abuja High Court for lacking territorial jurisdiction to entertain the suit brought by a supposed factional APC executive in the state.

The APC NWC, therefore, warns impostors parading as factional party executives in Cross River to desist or face legal charges for impersonation,” he warned.  

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Nobody defected from APC to PDP in Kwara–Spokesman




The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara has dismissed a report that 10, 000 members of the party defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

APC State Publicity Secretary in Kwara, Alhaji Tajudeen Aro, said in a statement on Friday in Ilorin that ” the recent garrulous and spurious rumour of 10,000 defectors from the APC to PDP is nothing but a mirage.”

This claim by the PDP is of doubtful success, laughable and a terrible absurdity as it would have been impossible to assemble 10, 000 people in any location at this period of the coronavirus pandemic without the attention of the public.

“More importantly, the leader of the supposed decamped members is too insignificant to cause any discomfort for the APC or buoy the image of the PDP,” Aro added.

According to Aro, PDP is resorting to a psychological campaign in the state because of its poor image.

The PDP can go on dreaming for the next seven years and there is nothing anybody can do about that.

The APC– led government in Kwara State is taking democratic dividends to the door steps of Kwara people with the giant strides in strategic infrastructural development.

“We recognise the people as our primary constituency and we are prepared to build a greater and prosperous Kwara State.

“We advise the public to discard the antics of the opposition which is determined to take advantage of the internecine crisis in the APC to paint a false image of its acceptability,” he said.

Edited By: Mufutau Ojo (NAN)


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Ekiti APC mourns ex-Governor Olumilua



The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti has described the death of the former Governor of old Ondo State, Bamidele Olumilua, as a colossal loss to the people of Ekiti and Ondo States.

The party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Ade Ajayi, made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Thursday.

The party said Olumilua, who marked his 80th birthday at his country home, Ikere-Ekiti recently, died on Thursday morning, according to a family source.

Ajayi noted that the advisory role played by the late former governor to the present administration was immense and purposeful.

The APC spokesman also described Olumilua, a retired Diplomat as an astute politician.

He said the late Olomilua would forever be remembered for his roles and determination in the fight against the annulment of June 12, 1993 Presidential election won by the late MKO Abiola.

Ajayi said Olumilua was a quiet achiever and always steadfast in any course he believed in, saying that his adventure into politics benefitted the lots of the masses in old Ondo State.

He, therefore, commiserated with the state Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Muyiwa Olumilua and the entire Olumilua family over the death of the former governor.

In a similar vein, the Ekiti House of Assembly has expressed its condolences to the family of Olumilua, Ikere-Ekiti community and the state government.

The state Assembly’s condolence message was contained in a statement by its Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Yemisi Ayokunle and made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti.

Ayokunle commiserated with the family of the elder statesman for the loss of their Patriarch, whom she said served mankind selflessly.

She described Pa Olumulua as a leader, who made valuable contributions to the development of Ondo State during his tenure as governor and to Ekiti where he served in different capacities.

The Assembly equally commiserated with the commissioner for information and civic orientation, son of the late politician.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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Edo Assembly condoles with APC Youth Leader over father’s death



The Edo House of Assembly, on Thursday, condoled with the All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth Leader in the state, Valentine Asuen, over the death of his father, Chief Scotty Asuen.
The Speaker, Francis Okiye
, who led members of the Assembly to the residence of the youth leader in Benin, described the late Asuen as a great leader.
“On behalf of members and staff of the Edo house of assembly, I wish to express my sincere condolence to you on the passage of your father.
“Our consolation is that your father lived a good life worthy of emulation. He was a father and beacon of hope to many people,” Okiye said.
He said that the deceased left legacies that would see his children through life.
In his response, the youth leader thanked the speaker and other members of the Assembly for the visit.
“On behalf of myself and my family, I thank you for your visit. I am honoured.
Mr Emma Asuen, an elder brother to the youth leader and APC chieftain, who spoke on behalf of the Asuen family, also thanked the lawmakers for their visit.
“My speaker, as a fellow party member, I am satisfied with your leadership style. You have shown yourself to be a man of integrity.
“We feel very proud of our father, because he lived a good life. He died in April at the age of 78,” Asuen said.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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It’s up to states to choose type of guber primary to adopt, says Edo APC Chairman



The Chairman of the APC in Edo, Chief Anselem Ojezua, affirmed on Thursday that the State Executive Council (SEC) of the party has the responsibility to determine the option to follow in the primaries to choose a governorship candidate.

Ojezua gave the clarification in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin, amid the raging tussle between the two factions of the APC in Edo.

The two factions have been at odds on the type of process to be adopted on the Edo governorship primaries, coming up later this month.

Ojezua said it was up to various state chapters of the party to decide which option was acceptable to them, based on peculiarities in their states.

According to him, the Constitution of the APC, however, recognizes both the direct and indirect form of primaries.

He explained that it was based on this that the National Working Committee of the party came out with a time-table that made SEC to meet with critical stakeholders to take a decision to adopt  indirect primaries, based on peculiarities in Edo.

Ojezua noted that this was so because of the measures, protocols and rules put in place by both the federal and state governments, regarding crowding, social distancing and other measures to deal with COVID-19.

“The need to protect the health and safety of our members as well as those who would be exposed as they travel back and forth the 192 wards and later converging in the state capital would make all the gains and restraints in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 a wasted effort if direct primaries was adopted.

“So we felt it would be better to go to one location that is large enough to accommodate the total number of delegates while preserving the requirements for social distancing.

Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium was suggested because it has a sitting capacity of 15,000, whereas the total delegates are not more than 3,600. So social distancing is assured and transparency too.”

Ojezua recalled that that the last governorship primaries was held at the same venue, using the same indirect method.

“Why change it now? The event was peaceful and transparent that time. There was no issue.

“Now, there is hostility and suspicion.’’

Ojezua said that what was important was that the decision on what form of primary to adopt was best for the states to make and that what the SEC in Edo had done was in compliance with that decision.

The APC chief expressed his optimism on the chances of incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki clinching the ticket of the party in the primaries, slated for June 22.

He said that the governor had performed well to be rewarded with another term in office.

“Obaseki has brought civility, decency and development to the state in his administration.

In 2016, we had 14 aspirants and 11 took forms and he defeated them. The result of this one won’t be different,” said Ojezua.

Five aspirants have so far obtained the party’s expression of interest form, to contest the primaries, a check by NAN correspondent showed.

Edited By: Silas Nwoha (NAN)






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Edo: Court fixes June 17 for hearing of suit to bar Ize-Iyamu from APC screening 



A Benin High Court has fixed June 17, to hear the suit seeking to disqualify a governorship aspirant, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, from participating in the All Progressives Congress (APC) screening of aspirants for its primary election.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ruling party has scheduled the primaries for the governorship ticket in Edo for June 22.

The presiding judge, Justice Emmanuel Ahamioje, announced the date on Thursday, while adjourning the case instituted by Mr Benjamin Oghumu, the Chairman of APC in Ohrionmwon Local Government Area of Edo.

Oghumu is praying the court to stop the screening of Ize-Iyamu on the grounds that he was not a registered member of APC in the local government.

NAN recalls that the suit was initially lodged at the Abudu High Court but later transferred to the state High Court in Benin.

The case was transferred sequel to a petition that Justice Vestie Eboreime of the Abudu High Court had been induced to secretly issue an ex-parte order, restraining APC from screening Ize-Iyamu.

NAN reports that there was heavy presence of security personnel around the High Court premises following the tension generated by the case.

The security operatives, together with the state Traffic Management Agency, barricaded the major roads and restricted both human and vehicular movements in the area.

Some journalists, who arrived late for coverage, were barred from going into the court, until the intervention of the Court Registrar, Mr Idemudia Aziegbemhin.

Edited By: Sam Oditah/Donald Ugwu (NAN)






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Edo Guber primaries: APC generates N135m from sale of forms



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



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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