President Muhammadu Buhari says he will adhere strictly to the Constitution by not attempting a third term in office.
Buhari said this on Friday at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Council Meeting (NEC), in Abuja.
“I’m not going to make the mistake of attempting a third term. Beside the age, I swore by the Holy Book that I will go by the Constitution and the Constitution says only two terms are available.
“I know that I’m in my last term and I cant afford to be reckless, I’m not going to ask for anybody’s vote.
The President urged the NEC members to be conversant with Nigerian Constitution to avoid factors that made the party to loss election in some states.
“I want you to read the constitution. I made sure that when the constitution says the election as we did it in the last time will start in 18 months time or 20 months time. It is going to be followed strictly,” he said.
According to the President, anybody who fails to maintain the respect of his constituents and is thrown out is his problem.
“Like the chairman said, all those who left us to the upper house, none of them was voted by his constituents. You want to take our people for granted but they know what they are doing,” he said.
Buhari also urged the members to ensure that they are respected in their constituencies. “Yesterday at the meeting of the caucus, I made some comments which are still relevant here.
“But to me, the most important is that every member of NEC should reposition him or herself to make sure that he has dominated his constituency politically.
“The aim is that, as I mentioned yesterday, history will not be fair to us outrightly, if the APC collapses at the end of this term.
“History will be fair to us, if the APC remain strong and not only holds the center but make gains. People will reflect with nostalgia that once upon a time, the builders of APC made lots of sacrifices, worked very hard.
“The sacrifices are physical, material and moral to make sure that we maintain the leadership politically.
“This is what we should all aim at and ensure that our constituencies understand us and follow us to this great objective,” he said.
Buhari, who described what happened to the party in Imo, Bauchi, Sokoto, Zamfara as unfortunate, urged the NEC members to discharge their responsibilities in line with the Constitution.
“What happened in imo, Bauchi, Sokoto, Zamfara is really unfortunate. I will like you in your constituencies to make sure that you read the Constitution of the party and understand it, and stick to it.
“NEC members must make sure that people elected are responsible from polling units to wards, local governments, states in their respective constituencies.
“This is the only way we can make this party survive, this is the only way history will be kind to us that we have led with absolute concern for the country and for the people.
“If for any other reason, you divide the party, at any constituency and it causes failure, then be prepared that history will not recognise you as a leader at any level at anytime,” he said.
Earlier, the National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who reviewed the party’s performance in the last general elections, attributed its loss to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in some states to internal crises.
“Mr President, I have chosen to amplify where we lost but we also made some gains that quite understanding.
“I’m sure it is glading the heart of every APC member and even APC well wishers that the man who led rebellion against our party, former Senate President that people of Kwara state did not only denied him return to the Senate, they also voted out every element of PDP.
“And today from the governorship, we won, Senate we won and of course the House of Representatives and state House of Assembly.
“I think our victory in Kwara for me was most outstanding. I think we now generally refer to Kwara with pride as the Otooge revolution.
“We also won in Gombe State. I’m sure for our brothers in the North-East, Gombe with an incumbent PDP governor, our people only armed with their bear hands, but obviously with Mr President’s good will, we defeated PDP in Gombe State and today Gombe is governed by APC governor,” he said.
Present at the meeting were: former interim National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege.
Others were Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wade, Senate Leader, Abdullahi Yahaya, Deputy Senate Leader, Prof. Ajayi Borrofice, Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu and Deputy Senate Whip, Sabi Abdullahi.
Also in attendance were governors of Nasarawa, Abdullahi Sule, Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai, Borno, Babagana Zulum, Kogi, Yahaya Bello, Katsina, Aminu Masari, Edo, Godwin Obaseki, Ondo, Rotimi Aksredolu, Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi, Jigawa, Abubakar Badaru and others.
Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa
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Buhari mourns Sen. Osinowo
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of Osinowo and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the death of Sen. Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo, the Senator representing Lagos East senatorial district.
The president’s condolence message was released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday.
President Buhari observed that, as a member of the ninth senate and Chairman of Senate Committee on Industry and member of other committees, Osinowo worked diligently to advance this administration’s objective of building a better and prosperous Nigeria.
He affirmed that the Senator’s commitment to meet the needs of his community as a four-time member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, devotion to national development as well as insightful contributions at the floor of the Senate would be fondly remembered and missed.
The President prayed almighty God to grant the family of Osinowo, friends and well-wishers the fortitude to bear the loss.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
Buhari mourns retired Maj.-Gen. Ortho Obada
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the government and people of Delta State over the passing of former Federal Commissioner for Works, retired Maj.-Gen. Orho Esio Obada.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday Buhari extended sympathies to family and friends of the deceased.
The president commiserated with Agbarho Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Council, and Urhobo Progress Union.
He urged all his associates to draw strength from the legacies that he left behind, most commendably his willingness to serve the country, and humanity.
President Buhari acknowledged that the former acting Chief of Air Staff served in many strategic positions in the military, and his wealth of experience had been helpful to the country for many years after his retirement.
He prayed that the almighty God would accept the soul of the departed, and comfort his family.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
Former Anambra lawmaker commends Buhari for setting up committee against rape
A former member of Anambra State House of Assembly, Mrs Vivian Okadigbo, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up a committee to deal with the spate of rape in the country.
Okadigbo, who gave the commendation in an interview with newsmen in Enugu on Monday, said the measure would go a long way in halting the constant abuse of girls and women.
The two-time former lawmaker, who represented Oyi Constituency, noted that women in the country were not happy with the rising rape cases, which were unfortunately becoming a daily occurrence.
She also expressed displeasure that the female folks had not benefitted much from the current democratic system of governance across the country.
On the politics in Anambra, Okadigbo said that Gov. Willie Obiano had rebranded the state by making it an industrial hub in the South East.
According to her, this has made the state a destination for local and foreign investors.
She noted that the state had recorded unprecedented investment since its present administration came on board in 2014.
Okadigbo also urged the people of the state to observe all precautionary measures stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and Anambra government to avoid contracting COVID-19, as the virus was real.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Sexual Violence: Buhari meets IGP, as Police records 717 rape incidents in 5 months
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, at the State House, Abuja.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the closed door meeting, Adamu said he updated the president on sexual and gender-based violence across the country and the efforts of the Police towards addressing the menace.
The IGP stated that law enforcement agents have been dealing with all reported rape incidents and gender-based violence in the country.
Adamu disclosed that the Police had recorded about 717 rape incidents across the country between Jan. and May 2020.
He revealed that 799 suspects had so far been arrested, 631 cases conclusively investigated and charged to court while 52 cases are still under investigation.
“It has come to the public knowledge now that because of the COVID-19 restrictions, we have surge in cases of rape and gender-based violence.
“These are cases that are now coming up but we want to let members of the public know that, rape and gender based violence has been there.
“The law enforcement agents have been dealing with these cases, in most cases, members of the public are not aware of the actions that the law enforcement agents have been taking,’’ he said.
Adamu urged all Nigerians to speak up against cases of rape or any form of molestation, as the Force would continue to deal decisively with such cases promptly.
He said: “I will call on every Nigerian that comes across any victim of sexual offences, rape or gender-based violence to quickly report to law enforcement agents because keeping quiet without reporting it, will give room for the perpetrators to continue to commit the offences.
“It is a very wicked offence, it is wicked of an individual to engage in rape or defilement and there are a lot of reasons for that, some are doing it for ritual purposes and some are doing it because they sit within the family and they see the victims and have the urge to go into it. Such people should not be allowed to go scot free.’’
According to the Police boss, government is going into partnership with all stakeholders within West Africa, to tackle the menace.
“From now onward, national partnership with every stakeholder is what we are going into now and not only within the country but within the sub-region.
“We have to partner with organizations that are involved in this. We know we have been working seriously with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and other civil society organizations,” he said.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)