Border Closure: There Is Organised Pressure To Blackmail FG – Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, speaks when visiting the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali (retired) at the service headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, says there is an organized pressure to blackmail the Federal Government following the closure of the nation’s borders.

Oshiomhole stated this on Thursday when he visited the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali (retired) at the service headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“I see that there is also some organize pressure to blackmail the administration to review. We therefore felt that we should stand by the government, stand by you to sustain this policy,” he said.

He however explained that the nation is benefiting immensely from the closure of the border by the Federal Government.

While assuring the Customs boss of his party’s support of the policy, he added: “The closure of the border, I think we are beginning to count the benefits accruing from that.”

Reacting to the implications of the border on the nation’s economy, the APC Chairman explained that the Federal Government cannot endanger the lives of Nigerians through the importation of poisonous food items at affordable cost.

“People have pointed at the fact that prices are going up, particularly food. Our national policy cannot be formed by gaining cheap food through smuggling of poisonous food,” he said.

On his part, the Customs boss said the level of crime rates ranging from banditry and importation of arms has reduced.

“The rate of banditry has come down drastically. The import of arms and ammunition has now been curtailed. So even if the bandits are within Nigeria, they don’t have ammunition to anymore to operate. Therefore, with a bunch of rifle,  they can only do more harm at a time,” he said.

Buhari Will Defeat Atiku At ‘World Court’, Says Oshiomhole

 

 

Adams Oshiomhole                                    Muhammadu Buhari                                      Atiku Abubakar

 

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has reacted to the judgement of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

Oshiomhole, who commended the Tribunal’s ruling which upheld President Muhammadu Buhari’s election, stated that the President would always defeat former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

He said this at a briefing with State House correspondents after he met with the President along with some women leaders of the ruling party on Thursday in Abuja.

Following the victory at the Tribunal, the APC chairman also expressed confidence that the President would defeat his closest rival in the February 23 poll and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Supreme Court.

 

According to him, even if Atiku and the opposition party go to the World Court if permissible by law, the APC is ready to meet them there.

Oshiomhole, however, criticised the PDP presidential candidate and asked Nigerians to resist western prescriptions capable of ruining the country.

The Tribunal & Petitions

President Buhari defeated former Vice President Atiku in the keenly contested presidential election on February 23.

Dissatisfied with the outcomes of the poll, the PDP and its candidate took to the Tribunal to challenge the re-election of the President.

They filed a joint petition on March 18, 2019, specifically asking the Tribunal to disqualify Buhari on the grounds that he did not possess the requisite academic qualification to contest for the office of President.

The PDP and Atiku also alleged irregularities in the conduct of the poll, deployment of electronic voting, over-voting, substantial non-compliance with the electoral law, as well as the use of security agencies to rig the election in favour of the President.

Meanwhile, Hope Democratic Party (HDP) and its candidate also filed a separate petition, seeking to be declared the winner of the election but the Tribunal dismissed the suit.

After months of proceedings and presentation of witnesses and a series of evidence at the Tribunal, a five-man panel of judges led by Justice Mohammed Garba dismissed the petition by the PDP and Atiku in its entirety.

In a unanimous judgement, the Tribunal held that the parties were to bear their respective cost.

Justice Garba affirmed that President Buhari was the winner of the presidential election.

Other members of the Tribunal included Justice Peter Olabisi-Ige, Justice Abdul Aboki, Justice Joseph Ikyegh, and Justice Samuel Oseji, who all agreed with the lead judgement.

Oshiomhole: Don’t Join Issues With ‘Hostile Comments’, Obaseki Tells Aides

 

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has instructed all state actors within his government to desist from making comments or reacting to what he described as “hostile comments and discussions” credited to the National Chairman and former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole.

Mr Obaseki, in a statement jointly signed by the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu and his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, described the comments as an onslaught against the government of the state.

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Mr Oshiomhole, in an exclusive interview with Channels TV, claimed that the Governor had abandoned major projects by his administration, especially the hospital and the waterworks projects, and had also refused to pursue the continuity agenda they promised the people of the state.

But the governor said that he has chosen to pursue the path of peace and reconciliation in dealing with the issues.

”The Edo State Government observed over the weekend, leading to this week, very hostile statements credited to our revered National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, across the various media platforms, including radio, television, newspapers and the social media.

“This onslaught against the governor and government of Edo State, widely publicised, has also been trailed by enquiries about the state government’s response to these attacks, from various stakeholders, both within and outside the country.

“Consequently, the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, has instructed that no state actor, within Edo State Government, should make any comment whatsoever or join issues on the ensuing hostile comments and discussions.”

Second Term: What Will I Gain If Godwin Does Not Run – Oshiomhole

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has reacted to the series of allegations against him since the reports of the rift between him and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State came to light.

He clarified the reported dispute between him and the governor during an exclusive interview with Channels Television.

It is perhaps the first time the APC national chairman would publicly speak about the disagreement between him and his successor.

 

According to Oshiomhole, his differences with Governor Obaseki are not about monetary gains from his administration, nor about him blocking the governor’s second term bid.

He added that at a meeting both politicians held with four governors, Obaseki confirmed that the APC chairman nominated only one out of over 20 commissioners into his cabinet.

The former governor noted that Obaseki later removed the commissioner he nominated along with seven others but he didn’t take any offence because he was out of government.

He, however, said the contention was all about issues relating to governance and carrying political players and leaders in the party along.

Oshiomhole also denied not wanting to support Governor Obaseki to run for a second term, saying he has nothing to gain in doing so.

Xenophobia: Oshiomhole Asks FG To Nationalise South African-Owned Businesses

 

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has called on the Federal Government to nationalise South African businesses in Nigeria.

He made the call at the end of an emergency National Working Committee (NWC) meeting of the ruling party in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“In order to send a very strong message to South African authorities and the South African people, it is worth it for the Nigerian government to take steps to take over the remaining shares of MTN that are owned by South Africans so that MTN becomes fully Nigeria-owned.

“If Nigeria decides at least for the next 30 days to stop using MTN, they would have sent a clear message,” the party chairman said.

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The APC leaders met on Thursday to discuss the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals living in South Africa.

Oshiomhole, who presided over the meeting held at the party’s secretariat, stressed that there was a need for the Nigerian government to send a strong warning to South African authorities over the attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners.

As part of measures to be taken, he proposed a complete takeover of businesses owned by South Africans in Nigeria.

APC National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, addressing a press conference in Abuja on September 5, 2019.

 

 

The APC chairman also asked the government to revoke the licenses granted to banks owned by the South Africans in the country.

He said, “We should no longer sacrifice our own national interest just because we want to be the big brother of a people that does not recognise the role, the enormous and the huge sacrifices that our country has made over the years to protect and defend the interest of the African continent.

“While South African government is envious of the small businesses which Nigerians are involved in South Africa, South African companies are making billions of dollars from the Nigerian economy year in year out and repatriating same out of Nigeria,” Oshiomhole added.

His demands came on the heels of widespread outrage spurred by the attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa.

In his bid to address the issue, President Buhari ordered the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, to engage the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Bobby Moroe.

During a meeting with the minister, Moroe denied the reports of xenophobia in his country, although he admitted that there was violence in South Africa.

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the attacks while President Buhari sent a special envoy to meet with the authorities on the killing of Nigerians living in the country.

The attacks also caught the attention of some prominent Nigerians, as well as various groups including Amnesty International.

The human rights group accused the South African authorities of “fuelling xenophobia in their desperate attempt to win political support.”

It, however, asked them to build a country rooted in respect for human rights and the rule of law that protects everyone.

‘Nothing Unusual About Meeting With My Brother’, Oshiomhole Says About Obaseki

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole says there is no rift between himself and his successor Governor Godwin Obaseki and there is nothing unusual about them holding a meeting.

Oshiomhole, who described Obaseki as his brother said the alleged rift between them is the creation of people with personal interest.

He disclosed this on Monday night while receiving Governor Obaseki, who led members of his cabinet to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir Festival, at his residence in Estako West Local Government Area of the state.

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After the closed-door meeting which lasted for about an hour, Oshiomhole said the meeting was not unusual and they are in constant communication.

“What is unusual that my brother and I have met. Many people here are not new faces.

“I think you media people, you like to invent things. You create factions in your own image,” Oshiomhole said.

Obaseki also told journalists that the visit to his predecessor was not unusual.

He said that he decided to celebrate Sallah with his former boss and celebrate Edo leaders.

“You heard from him, there is nothing unusual about this meeting. Today is Sallah. We just finished celebrating the former national chairman in Benin.

“We decided to come here and also visit with him. So there is nothing unusual,” Obaseki said.

Oshiomhole And Obaseki Shake Hands, Laugh Together

Oshiomhole And Obaseki Shake Hands, Laugh Together

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, shook hands on Wednesday.

Both men also laughed to together as they took a picture at the Presidential Policy Dialogue which took place at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Before the retreat began, they were asked by some photojournalists to shake hands and pose for snapshots.

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The APC chairman and the governor complied and took pictures together with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, Kayode Fayemi.

In his reaction, Governor Fayemi told the journalists, “We are not quarrelling here”

Oshiomhole and Obaseki had been at loggerheads over the inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly.

Comments By Frank Okiye Are Figments Of His Imaginations, Says Oshiomhole

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

 

Adams Oshiomhiole has described comments by Honourable Frank Okiye as untrue and a figment of the lawmaker’s imagination.

In a swift reaction to the comments by the speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the National Assembly lawmakers have the duty to intervene on issues such as the “gestapo manner” of which the Edo assembly was inaugurated.

Oshiomhole stated this in a communique on Wednesday, shortly after the House of Representatives took a decision in Abuja asking the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, to shut down the Edo State House of Assembly.

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The Lower Chamber’s request followed the adoption of a report of the House ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the crisis rocking the state Assembly on Wednesday.

However, Frank Okiye rejected the move by the House of Representatives to shut down the Edo State House of Assembly.

Okiye said a competent court had already retained the security agencies from taking such an action. He insisted that the rule of law was prevailing in the State Assembly.

He further stated that the recommendation of the Reps Ad-Hoc committee does not come to him as a surprise.

“For example, the chattered plane marked 5N FCT, which brought the committee members to Benin City, was paid for by the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who is a major party in the disagreement.

Also, the younger brother to the National Chairman, Seid Oshiomhole, in a recent leaked audio conversation, revealed the underhand dealings in Abuja regarding the matter,” Okiye said.

Reacting to Okiye’s comments, Oshiomhole in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, the APC chairman explained that this will not be the first time the national assembly will be intervening in matters of this nature and that the speaker should desist from making frivolous allegations.

He maintained that no amount of blackmail and threat from lawmakers can smear mister oshiomhole’s name.

APC Says Oyegun’s Tenure ‘Accommodated Impunity’

Your Regime Accommodated Impunity, APC Slams Oyegun
A file photo of former APC National Chairman, John Oyegun.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has criticised its former national chairman, John Oyegun, over alleged comments that the party is failing under the leadership of Mr Adams Oshiomhole.

In a statement on Tuesday by its Assistant Director of Publicity, Edegbe Odemwingie, the APC said Oyegun who was the party’s chairman during the 2015 elections until June 2018 accommodated impunity as certain members appeared to be superior to the party.

“Let me agree that the NWC that led the party into the 2015 general elections and continued till June 2018 did nothing different from what you would find in PDP,” Odemwingie claimed.

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He added, “It was a period the party was seen as a mere vehicle to attain political office.

“The system accommodated impunity as certain members appeared to be superior to the party.

“Their interests were far more important than the collective interests of the APC, even when most times such interests are at variance with the ideals the party stand for.”

Odemwingie explained the events that led to the leadership of the 8th Assembly, and how it ‘ridiculed’ the APC.

He said, “You would recall that it was under that leadership that some impudent members of APC called the bluff of the party by imposing themselves on the National Assembly as leaders contrary to the position of the party.

“Where was the party? Where was the discipline when this happened?” he questioned.

Mr Oyegun has said that Mr Oshiomhole offended party members and tried to justify failings of the party under his leadership as chairman.

‘A Man Of Conviction’, Buhari Praises Oshiomhole At 67

President Buhari with APC National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole at the conclusion of the APC National Convention at the Eagles Square in Abuja on June 24, 2018.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has described Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, as a man of conviction who stands resolutely by whatever he believes in.

The President eulogised Oshiomhole in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on the occasion of his 67th birthday.

He congratulated the APC Chairman for providing purposeful, courageous, and tenacious leadership.

President Buhari affirmed that the former Edo State governor brought a new dynamism into the collective effort to make democracy and development more inclusive in the country.

“After many years of serving as a labour leader, he brought a new dynamism into the collective effort to make democracy and development more inclusive in the country, recognising his vibrant relationship with Nigerian workers and ordinary people,” the statement read.

The President said the strides recorded by the APC in the last elections spoke volume to Oshiomhole’s visionary and vibrant leadership.

He commended the party chairman’s effort at building a strong and unified party leadership which he said focused on strengthening internal democracy and developing the country.

President Buhari also congratulated the family members, friends and political associates of the APC Chairman.

APC Not Supporting Any Political Party In Rivers, Says Oshiomhole

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, says the ruling party is not supporting any political party in Rivers State.

He stated this during his appearance on the latest edition of Channels Television’s Hard Copy which aired on Friday.

The APC chairman said he was not aware of an endorsement of any governorship candidate in the state since his party did not participate in the exercise.

“APC has no governorship candidate in Rivers State. That is not a secret I am disclosing to you. The court has already denied us that,” he noted.

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Oshiomhole added, “I am the Chairman of the APC, I have never spoken, and I am capable of speaking my mind. I have never spoken at any fora that we have now aligned or misaligned with anyone. There is only one party – APC.

“And if there is going to be any alignment, I will know. I can’t know something and choose not to know it. That has never been discussed with me or with any of the members of the National Working Committee at any level.”

His statement followed reports that a faction of the APC in Rivers adopted and supported Mr Awara Biokpomabo, the governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in Rivers.

The adoption was a result of the Supreme Court ruling which upheld the nullification of the APC primaries in Rivers, thereby preventing the party from participating in the elections.

2019 Elections: INEC Was Grossly Biased Against APC, Oshiomhole Claims

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole has said that INEC was grossly biased against the APC in the just concluded general elections. 

In an interview with Maupe Ogun-Yusuf on Channels Television’s Hard Copy, Oshiomhole claimed that the INEC conducted the elections in a manner that put the ruling party at a disadvantage.

“I have huge reservations about the way INEC conducted this election. INEC bias against APC is so clear.

“INEC was biased even in the way it dealt with our primaries, INEC was biased in the way in which it selectively used the card readers or the non-use of card readers in some states where it suits them.”

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He claimed that there were several instances on paper where INEC contradicted itself as to the way the elections were conducted.

Laying emphasis on the non-use of card readers in some areas, Oshiomhole claimed that in some states were the APC clearly won, the electoral umpire used the non-use of card readers to rig the party out.

Oshiomhole said he will never be in a position to defend INEC as to say that they were fair in executing the duty for which they were set up, with regards to the last general elections.