NASS Leadership: ‘What Oshiomole Is Breeding Is No Longer Democracy’, Suleiman Hunkuyi

Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

 

Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the call by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to install an all-APC leadership in the National Assembly is ‘no longer democracy’.

Hunkuyi who was a guest on Channels TV Sunday Politics urged the party leadership to respect the sanctity of the national assembly by saying that minority members don’t have a say.

“Adams Oshiomole is entitled to his opinion but certainly I think what he is bringing on the table is no longer democracy. It is beyond reason for any National Chairman of a party to go beyond his own takes by thinking he can have the powers to bring on board and install anybody in the name of the leadership of the Senate or the House of Representatives.”

“If you listen to each of the aspirants, either for speakership or Senate president, they are talking of campaigning, cajoling and drawing the attention of their fellow members or senators to elect them into that office, that is civility, democracy and that is what we expect, especially in 2019 today.”

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The lawmaker raised concerns over the actions of the APC in addressing the leadership issue, with respect to other political parties represented in the national assembly.

“I find it very funny, this is not labour democracy, textile house democracy, Oshiomole should understand this is the national assembly; you cannot decide that leadership at all levels, other parties or members don’t have a say.”

“The fact is that from the angle the leadership of the APC has started, they have started on a very wrong footing for themselves, for me as an opposition, I would say kudos.”

 

Oshiomhole Tells APC Elected Lawmakers To Support Buhari’s Economic Policies

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole, addressing elected APC House of Representatives members in Abuja.

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has called on elected members of the House of Representatives under the party, to use the ‘overwhelming’ numerical strength to support the economic agendas of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Oshiomhole made the charge during a meeting between the party leadership and the elected, re-elected lawmakers at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja on Monday.

According to Oshiomhole, President Buhari would need strong support from the National Assembly to rebuild Nigeria’s economy.

“The APC agenda and manifesto during the campaign, our re-elected President, Buhari, reminded us that the three critical issues on the basis of which he has canvassed for votes in 2015 are still valid in 2019; to turn the economy around and work towards an all-inclusive growth.

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“We must work hard to rebuild the economy, strengthen the private sector, create jobs, and make Nigeria more investment-friendly both local and foreign. If Nigeria produces what we consume, our economy will grow in double digit and that growth will reflect in the quality of lives of our people.”

Oshiomhole who made references to rice and tyre imports in Nigeria stressed that the drive to change things will need legislative interventions.

“Nigeria has spent billions importing rice over the years we were over-dependent on imported rice. Today, we are proud to say that if a Nigerian is eating rice today. We would need to deepen, sustain these commitments by producing enough to export.

“I am sure some aspect of it would require legislative intervention; we would need to reinvent the manufacturing sector. I would like to have all our garments produced locally if we have sensible policies in place, with appropriate legislative backing to give people the confidence of policy stability because they are backed up by law”, he added.

He stated that a working synergy between the Presidency and National Assembly is apt, considering the time spent during the campaign period.

“All of these would require a collaborative and imaginative National Assembly; we will need to pursue sensible policies. This time around, we would ensure that we have a leader of the National Assembly that shares the vision of the executive; although we speak about separation of powers; but there is only one government. Unless the various arms pursue the same agenda, it will be difficult for the executive to fulfill its promise without legislative backing.

2019: Ogun APC Aspirants Demand Recognition By National Leadership

2019: Ogun APC Aspirants Demand Recognition By National Leadership

 

Ogun State House of Assembly aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have demanded that the national leadership of the party recognise them as candidates eligible to contest the state assembly election in 2019.

The 26 APC members made the demand on Monday at a press briefing held in Abeokuta, the state capital.

They urged Nigerians to prevail on the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, to recognise them as the party’s flagbearers in the polls, having won the primaries conducted on October 7 in the state.

One of the aspirants, Mr Segun Idowu, told reporters on behalf of the aspiring lawmakers that they fear that their names may have been substituted.

According to him, this is because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Form CF001 has not been presented to them, even after the expiration of the deadline for submission of names and particulars of candidates.

Idowu stated that the aspirants have demanded that the mandates given to them by their constituents be restored if their guess was right.

He, however, said the aspiring lawmakers have pledged their loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He added that they would work for the re-election of the President in the build-up to the general elections in 2019.

Oshiomhole Meets With Buhari In Abuja

File Photo: President Buhari with APC National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomole.

 

The  National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomole, on Tuesday, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Oshiohmole said he was at the villa to update the President on the developments within the party and discuss issues surrounding the primaries.

He ruled out the possibility of recognizing results from parallel primaries across states.

“There is no parallel. We are a structured organization and we are governed by rules, and these are rules that represent the contract among and between members of the All Progressives Congress,” he said.

He also faulted the party’s primary in Imo State, saying that the results were fake and the exercise would have to be repeated.

“In Imo, not too good news for today and it’s not surprising. They have to learn to begin to comply with rules. They have two fake results and we are dumping both fake results – none of them is genuine and we will conduct, disband and appoint a fresh committee, electoral panel that would conduct a transparent direct primaries that reflects the will of the members of APC in Imo State, regardless of the interests and the powers that are behind any of the groups,” Oshiomhole said.

We Cannot Fix In Three Years What PDP Failed To Do In 16 Years – Oshiomole

Adams Oshiomhole,
Adams Oshiomole

 

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole says the party will not stop blaming past administration for its failure during its 16 years of governance in Nigeria.

Oshiomole, who was one of the speakers at the APC South East Mega rally for Buhari in Owerri, Imo State capital on Tuesday, blamed the PDP for failing in establishing projects in the South East during their administration.

“Those who are writing letters now. Those who have become unelected advisers. They governed as absolute rulers for almost three years. They came back eight years, what did they do about second Niger bridge? And then he wanted to take us to Mugabe where there is no end of tenure.

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“Those who have spoken before me have spoken concerning all the initiatives and infrastructural projects that are going on in this part of the country. This is not to say everything is now fine. It is a journey. We cannot fix in three years, what PDP didn’t do in sixteen years.

“What they didn’t fix in 16 years, they said we should have fixed it in three years. And then they said we should stop the blame game.”

The former Edo governor also canvassed for support for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential elections noting that the President will sustain his developmental projects if re-elected in 2019.

He said, “If President Buhari is doing what he is doing in the South-East right now, he will certainly do more in 2019.’

This is the first outing by the newly elected National Chairman of the APC.

Oshiomole was sworn in on Sunday, June 24 by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.

This was after he was affirmed as the National Chairman of the party unopposed on Saturday, June 23.

President Buhari Advised Against Foreign Loans

President Buhari Advised Against Foreign LoansThe World Vice President of Global Industrial Union who is also the former National Vice President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Issa Aremu has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to heed late Fidel Castro’s advice on the danger of indiscriminate foreign loans and credits.

Fidel Castro, is the iconic Cuban revolutionary leader who presided over the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008.

He died on Friday November 25, 2016 in Havana, Cuba at the age of 90.

Aremu made the call in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital during a press conference on the death of the former Cuban leader and the need for Nigerian leaders to emulate his exemplary leadership style.

“His death is a shock coming just few months after the global progressive forces including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Industrial Global Union marked his 90th birthday.

“Fidel Castro had long in his decade-long battle of developmental ideas made a case for self-reliance. He had compared the debt burden to that torment in Greek mythology in which a man is doomed to push a large stone uphill for all eternity, a stone that always rolls down again before reaching the top. Debtors, he maintained ‘don’t need new loans’.

“Fidel has since been proven right that most debts were unpayable and uncollectible.

“We must credit the series of debt cancellation of the two decades to audacious alternative views of Fidel Castro, not the astuteness of “negotiators” and so called altruism of creditors.

“President Buhari should emulate the selfless leadership of Fidel Castro because no country can develop through loans and credit. He must work his talk, if he is truly paying tribute to Castro and must withdraw his application for loan to the National Assembly.

“Buhari should not take us back to indebtedness and should be selfless. Buhari and his cabinet members should set example by using the state house hospital,” Aremu said.

The labour leader also berated what he called the western media’s posthumous distortion of history which presented Fidel as a rebel and strong man who with iron hands muzzled the people of Cuban Island.

He called on African leaders to ‎know their history and remember Castro’s contribution to Africa.

‎He also called on Nigerian leaders from federal to state level to emulated Castro’s selfless nature, especially the two-termed state governors, to stop collecting outrageous pensions allocated to them by the state house of assembly.

‎According to him, “the outrageous pension given to two-term governors call for concern because they are under-developing states.

“Comrade Adams Oshiomole as a comrade governor, with his remarkable achievements having beaten other governors, should not join them because the money is unnecessary.

“If he does so, it will amount to the saying that ‘if you can’t beat them, you join them’ but he has beaten them with his achievements as governor.

“State houses of assembly should make laws for public good not for executive benefit‎. The danger of the pension law is that it is now getting addictive and spreading like wild fire to other states of the federation and to me it is pure legal robbing.”

Okowa Responds To Claims He Plans To Disrupt Edo Elections

okowa, oshiomhole, edo electionsThe Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has refuted claims allegedly made by his Edo State counterpart, that he planned to deploy militants to Edo State to disrupt the now postponed governorship election.

The electoral body had shifted the election which was initially scheduled to hold on September 10 to September 28.

In a statement issued by the governor’s office, he described the allegation as baseless, unfounded, spurious and tendentious.

“We vehemently reject this accusation as alarmist, reckless and false in facts,” the Governor stated.

The statement pointed out the Governor Okowa was a peace-loving Nigerian who had never and would not engage in any activity inimical to law and order.

It further noted that he had committed himself to raising the standard of governance in all ramifications.

The Governor’s office further highlighted that the exalted office of the Governor, was one that demanded decorum and maturity, emphasising that “those who are privileged to occupy such offices need to exercise restraint in their public conduct and utterances”.

Nigerians Should Change Their Consumption Pattern – Oshiomhole

 Economic Recession, Nigerians, Change, Consumption Pattern, OshiomoleAs part of the measures to get out of the current economic recession, Governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole says, Nigerians may have to change their consumption pattern.

Mr Adams Oshiomhole who is of the opinion that the current difficulties the country is facing is self-inflicted, says the only way to address this challenge is the adoption of policies that will enhance local production and reduce pressure on the nation’s reserves.

He said this while on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

He also expressed that Nigerians cannot expect change within a short time, when there has been a back log of problems long before the current administration.

“There has to be a time lapse between when you formulate policies on the basis of what you found on ground, and when the benefits of those policies begin to manifest, If it takes 60 years to get to this terrible state we are in, why would anybody think that under 15 months of a new government, we will fix it?”, he added.

The Governor addressing Nigerians, said we must all identify the issues in the system, as everyone had contributed to the current state of rural poverty.

He said “the nation’s consumption pattern has been so distorted by the few who have access to stolen money” such that everywhere you go in the country, we have imported foods.

He reiterates what the government has said that “Nigerians would have to go through a re-orientation, such that we don’t learn to perfect the act of consuming what we don’t produce, particularly those things that we can actually produce”

Oshiomhole further stated that the whole essence of moving the economy from state involvement, towards private sector involvement is so that the private sector could be structured in such a way that they do not have to import all the things they currently do.

According to him, If we are going to move from being a nation that consumes what it doesn’t produce, but is capable of producing, then the government must redirect investors properly to the agriculture sector.

Nigerian Governors Hold Meeting On Developmental Issues

adams oshiomole at governors forumGovernors from the 36 states of the federation under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum have met on how to find lasting solutions to some developmental issues that are calling for attention in their domain.

The meeting, which was held at the old banquet hall in the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, was said to have been initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari to keep the governors abreast of the goings on in the government departments and agencies, including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, said that the briefings were designed to encourage synergy.

“The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, has given us a very interesting presentation of the reforms that are going on in the NNPC.

” We all have renewed confidence that we would have a national corporation that is run like a business outfit with good corporate governance and transparency that people can see through its operations.

“Having listened to all the presentations, we are very excited that the President is providing the right leadership and the GMD is at home with the issues and he’s dealing with all the impurities and the result is already manifesting,” Oshiomhole said .

Giving his view about the outcome of the meeting, Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, said, “I think for the first time in the history of me being a Governor, this is a very commendable effort. We discovered that many states can now partner with NNPC in the area of dam stream, business activities, distribution activities and refining activities.”

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, added, “We’ve learnt a lot of things today and I think everybody will go back to his state, more informed and more aware of what is presently happening and how we can move forward.”

Edo Government Reacts To IDP Relocation

IDPS-in-Edo-StateEdo State Government says it was its intervention that ended the attempted forceful relocation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Public Affairs, Kassim Afegbua, told Channels Television that those who attempted the relocation did so without informing the State Government.

He advised against politicising the issue that concerns the safety and future of Nigerians, a subject which he said the State Governor, Adams Oshiomole, takes very seriously.

Earlier, the IDPs had rejected a government plan to relocate them to Kano and Jigawa.

They said that the Federal Government should bring the help it intended to render to them to Benin City, as they were not willing to move.

NLC Holds Re-Scheduled Elections

nlcThe Nigeria Labour Congress have reconvened in Abuja to hold last month’s elections which ended in a deadlock following allegation of bias against officials of the election committee.

This time around, former officials of the union, who are now politicians, were on hand to supervise the rescheduled elections

As the time of this report, voting exercise was peaceful while members of the union who protested against the procedure in February were satisfied with the process.

The election of a new national executive of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in February, had ended in chaos in Abuja on February 12.

Aggrieved delegates were caught on Channels Television camera smashing and emptying ballot boxes with ballot papers flying on the floor of the International Conference Centre.

The workers alleged that the ballot papers were designed to favour one of the candidates vying for the President of the union.

Candidates in the failed elections of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) accused the union’s credentials committee of compromise and lack of diligence, which they said led to the irregularities that botched the elections.

The NLC leadership later re-scheduled the election for March 12 after meeting behind closed doors for about 10 hours six days after the aborted exercise.

The meeting was mediated by former labour leaders, including Hassan Sunmunu, Ali Ciroma and Governor Adams Oshiomole of Edo State.

NLC Fixes New Election Date

nlcThe leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, has finally re-scheduled the aborted election meant to elect new National Executives for March 12. 

The union picked the date after meeting behind closed doors for about 10 hours.

The meeting was mediated by former labour leaders, including Hassan Sunmunu, Ali Ciroma and Governor Adams Oshiomole of Edo State.

According to governor Oshiomhole, the irregularities in the ballot papers, which led to last week’s inconclusive election, was never an attempt by any candidate to manipulate the polls.

The meeting also agreed that the union’s National Executive Council will remain in acting capacity.

On the other hand, the election organised by the credentials committee of the NLC was disrupted, as candidates had accused the committee of compromising the process, citing lack of diligence, which they said led to the irregularities that botched the elections.

Comrade Joe Ajaero, who was also an aspirant in the elections, said that the elections committee had to be more vigilant ahead of a rescheduled elections.

The Vice President of the Congress, Mr Issa Aremu, also alleged that there were plans by some forces within and outside the union to manipulate the list of screened candidates seeking positions as national officers of the union.