Kano APC Suspends Jibrin For Alleged Anti-Party Activities

Reps Probe Jibrin For Comments Over National Assembly’s Resolutions
File photo: Abdulmumin Jibrin

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has suspended Abdulmumin Jibrin, a member of House of Representatives for alleged anti-party activities.

Jibrin, who is representing Bebeji Local Government Area of Kano State at the House of Representative is suspended by the party for the next 12 months.

According to a statement signed on Wednesday by the chairman of the APC in Bebeji, Suleiman Gwarmai, the suspension takes effect immediately.

The decision according to Gwarmai follows a petition received by the APC executive committee of Bebeji Local Government and an investigation by a seven-man committee.

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“Upon a petition received by the APC executive committee of Bebeji Local Government, a seven-man committee was inaugurated to investigate all the issues raised by the petitioner, the statement read in part.

“After a thorough investigation, the committee submitted its report and recommendations to the Local Government executive which subsequently met and adopt as follows:

“That having confirmed various anti-party activities by Hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin Kofa which was found contrary to some provisions of the party’s constitution, ranging from article 21, paragraph A (ii) (V) and (Vii) the executive committee adopted the report and hereby suspended Hon. Kofa with immediate effect for 12 months.

“That the executive committee also adopted the committee’s recommendation urging the state Executive committee to recommend to the national executive the immediate expulsion of Hon. Abdulmuminu Jibrin Kofa from the party for various offenses which was also found to be contrary to article 21, paragraph A (ii) and (xi) of the party constitution.

The local government committee, therefore, urged all APC members to remain calm and committed to the party.

APC Leadership Crisis Deepens In Delta As Faction Takes To Street In Protest

The crisis rocking the All Progressive Congress (APC), in Delta State, on Sunday took another turn as one of the groups held a solidarity street rally in support of their executives.

The factions had previously held a parallel congress. The Senator Ovie Omo-Agege-led faction produced Jones Erue as its Chairman while the Ortega-led faction produced Cyril Ogodo also as its Chairman.

The disagreement of the factions lingers as they remain at loggerheads over what group should be recognised by the national body. Both factions maintain their stands urging the APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole to intervene.

Some members of the APC in Uvwie rallied through the major roads in Effurun, Delta State on Sunday in support of Ortega and Cyril Ogodo-led faction of the party insisting the Cyril Ogodo remains the only recognised Chairman of the party in the state.

The factional APC Chairman, Delta Central, Egbewa Egbedafe during the rally told Channels Television that, “Chief Cyril Ogodo who leads the state working committee is the one we are standing for. We are solidly behind him.”

Delta State APC Chieftain, Ovie Omo Agege, however, noted that there are some issues that must be resolved before the matter can be addressed.

“It is imperative that certain issues be cleared. The biggest one is the embarrassment that was caused by the other side, at Eagles Square when Mr President was giving his speech. We felt very embarrassed and that such behaviour is very unbecoming,” Omo Agege said.

The crisis deepens as Jones Erue was sworn in recently by the new National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole. This occurred weeks after the Ogodo factional executive was sworn in by the immediate past national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

However, security operatives have taken over the secretariat as there are speculations that two factions claiming leadership of the party may clash at the Secretariat.

Senator Shehu Sani, Hunkuyi’s Faction Dumps APC

Kaduna APC Suspends Senator Shehu Sani Indefinitely
Senator Shehu Sani

 

A splinter group within the Kaduna State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) loyal to Senators Shehu Sani and Othman Hunkuyi have announced their exit from the ruling party.

The groups – APC Restoration group and APC Akida said their decision was based on lack of internal democracy within the party and failure of governance.

The leader of APC Restoration group, Tom Maiyashi, told journalists in Kaduna on Friday that the group decided to leave the APC because the party has failed to meet up with the expectations of Nigerians who voted them into power.

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Although they did not state the political party which they will be joining, Maiyashi said consultations are ongoing with other political parties with a view to identifying the party where they will pitch their tents.

“Members of our two groups have decided to leave the APC because it is incapable of accommodating and responding to well-meaning dissent, criticism, and demands for inclusiveness and internal democracy.

“It has not lived up to the expectations of the millions of people who laboured to put in power, as well as Nigerian who expected that it will usher in genuine change.

“We are hereby advising all our teeming members to formalize their withdrawal from the APC. We are engaged in serious discussions with parties which share our value and principles toward political collaboration that best suits our interests,” Maiyashi said

Explaining the reasons why the two Senators – Sani and Hunkuyi did not attend the press conference, the faction leader said this was due to security concerns. He noted that the Senators were attacked by thugs during their last two press conferences which they addressed in the state capital.

The Chief of Staff to Senate President Bukola Saraki, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who is also a member of the Akida group, dumped APC weeks ago citing underperformance of the APC as one of the reasons for his action.

Saraki’s Chief Of Staff Dumps APC

Photo combination of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his Chief of Staff, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.

 

The former interim chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed has resigned from the party.

Baba-Ahmed, who is currently the Chief of Staff to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in a statement issued in Kaduna on Monday, said the APC has under-performed, hence his decision to exit the party.

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“This has been a very difficult decision, to leave a party I helped form and made my humble contributions to put in power. After three years, however, I need to say that the APC has grossly underperformed, and has forfeited any claim to my loyalty and continued membership.

“I do not believe, in all conscience, that it should be trusted and encouraged to continue to govern our great country beyond 2019”.

He, however, added that his resignation from the APC has nothing to with the Senate President, but a decision he took after due consultations with the Akida Group, a pressure group within Kaduna state APC, which he is a critical member.

Although he noted that he will not join any other political party for now, Baba-Ahmed says he will remain active in politics, as this is the main avenue for salvaging the nation from rising insecurity, poverty, and bitter divisions.

Six Kogi PDP Lawmakers Defect To APC

Six Kogi PDP Lawmakers Defect To APCSix Kogi State House of Assembly members from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The lawmakers cited disputes that have bedevilled the PDP in the recent time as their reasons for quitting the party for the APC.

In a letter sent and read at the plenary by the Speaker of the House, Honourable Umar Iman, the defectors formally notified the House of their decision to quit the party for the APC, the ruling party in Kogi State.

Meanwhile, security operatives were stationed at the complex, as there were rumours that the defection might lead to a change of leadership in the House.

After a closed door executive meeting which lasted several hours, the sitting started with Speaker Umar reading the letter written and signed by the six defectors.

“We the undersigned honourable members of the Kogi State House of Assembly elected on the platform of the PDP, wish to formerly notify you of our decision to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Our action and decisions predicted on the factionalisation squabbles both at the national and state level, basically with the party having two National Chairmen, in persons of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

“Instructively, the existence of such divisive factions within the party for over 10 months has left us uncomfortable politically and subsequently, rendered us neophyte for effective and people driven representation of our various constituents.

”In view of the unfortunate diversion and the accompanying negative implications, we have no option than to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC), for us to be able to accomplish our campaign promises of bringing government closer to our people,” one of the defectors said.

Greatest Disappointment

However, the message did not go down well with the PDP members in the House as a member from Ogori-Magongo constituency, Godwin Osiyi, bade the six decamping members goodbye.

”These are people who are elected under the Peoples Democratic Party defecting, this is the greatest disappointment. We are in an executive meeting – Mr Speaker I expected that this letter you just read, copies would have been provided for members.

”These are overgrown adults who want to leave a party for party because of some squabbles they claim we have. I congratulate the APC for having more members but remember that anytime you have a problem, they will leave you.

“These are men of very low valour, so gird your loin very properly. Those of us remaining in the PDP are still very resilient”, Honourable Osiyi said.

Also reacting to the action, a PDP lawmaker, Friday Sanni, said the PDP will challenge there defection, noting that the members have to lose their seat.

”I know as a fact that the Peoples Democratic Party will take all necessary action against this abnormality because in the face of the law right now, there is no crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party in Kogi State.

“We don’t have any faction in the party, we have no faction in the PDP State Executive Committee. So describing State Executive Committee as divided, or national, I think it is an erroneous affection.

“Because in the face of the law right now, there is a National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party and as I speak to you, Ali Modu Sheriff operates from the National Party Secretariat of the PDP, you are all aware,” he said.

Affordable Housing: Suleja Partners With Northern Home Limited

Suleja, Northern Home Limited, HousingThe Suleja Local Government Area (LGA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding in partnership with Northern Home Limited, to provide good and affordable houses for its citizens in Niger State.

In a brief ceremony witnessed by leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and members of staff of Suleja LGA among others, the Chairman of the council, Honourable Abdullahi Maje, expressed his gratitude to God for a successful transaction.

Honourable Maje said the project when completed would help tackle the challenges faced by the LGA in meeting up with the inflow of people into the local government.

Speaking to reporters, the developer, Mohammed Abdulkadir, noted that the bold step taken by the Suleja LGA Chairman was a welcome development, stressing that the people had longed for it before now.

According to the agreement, the local government is expected to provide the developer with 30 hectres of land while the developer would produce 345 plots, water channels, electricity, police outpost, market and medical care unit from the project which is expected to last for a period of one year.

Similarly at the event, Honourable Maje received some relief materials and presented them to victims of a recent fire disaster.

In his words of sympathy, he said no amount of items given to them can replace the ones lost and urged them to take heart.

Items presented to the fire victims include bags of rice, salt and mattresses among others.

Abia Politics: APC Rejects LG Election, Calls It A Scam

APC Will Challenge Wike's Commission Of Inquiry- Senator AbeThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State has described as ‘laughable’ the emergence of the 17 Local government chairmen, their deputies and councilors, all of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) claiming that the exercise was a scam.

The rejection of the election results was made on Wednesday by the chairman of the APC in Abia State, Mr Donatus Nwankpa.

He insists that the election should be rescheduled.

Mr Nwamkpa told reporters in Umuahia that the election results were written and do not represent the interest of most electorates in Abia State, whom he claimed were disenfranchised on the election day. he also indicted the security agencies.

“The drama started a day before the election with a lot of discrepancies in the election materials but my party was assured by the state electoral umpire of a level playing ground.

“I want to let you know that the promise was not kept because the entire exercise became laughable and intriguing when election materials were not inspected by the party agent while some were missing.

“I want to let the world know that the local election never took place in Abia and the security did not help matter either, as they connived with the ruling party.

“Therefore, we are calling on the state electoral commission to reschedule the election or be ready to face legal actions,” he stated.

However, the commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp, Walter Chika, who was on ground during the election, said the allegation was not true, insisting that 70 per cent security was provided,

“I was on ground on the election day with some of my personnel and I want to let you know that except for little skirmishes at Bende and Arochukwu LGA, which was quickly controlled.

“The electorates went about their normal duties without any molestation and incident of ballot snatching, political thugs and electoral violence was not visible,” he added

Meanwhile, the Abia State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Onuigbo Johnson, has called on the opposition to lose gallantly and support government efforts to ensure good governance in the state.

“It is expected. Nobody can lose election and be happy about it because it is a Nigeria factor to blame someone.

“I want to tell you that our party campaigned vigorously before the election and that is why we are celebrating the victory and efforts today.

“And I want to tell the opposition to lose gallantly and support those who have been elected by the people,” he added.

Amosun Denies Anointing Candidate For 2019 Governorship Election

Amosun, 2019 Governorship ElectionThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has denied rumors making the rounds over his alleged anointing of a candidate for the 2019 governorship election in the state, saying this was far from the truth.

He made the clarification in Abeokuta, the state capital at a meeting with members of the state executive of the All Progressive Congress (APC), members of the state executive council and members of state and national assemblies.

Amosun, while assuring residents of the state of more development, also denied any rift with a national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu.

“Let me say this, for us in Ogun state, at the appropriate time, we will gather our people together and say this is your son or daughter and whosoever it is will be the governor.

“This is Ogun state, we are not God, we are human but who is going to be the governor will be acceptable to all”.

“Imagine somebody writing that I said that Asiwaju will soon be finished politically in Lagos.

“They told me; I have not even read it – they do not know what they are saying. I am from Ogun state, whatever happens in other states I do not know, I don’t talk about what I don’t know”.

“I say it all the time that the Asiwaju you see, he didn’t give me any money but he was there when I needed him, I have said it times without number that my daddy would say: “won ki fi oju olore gbole o” I talk to him despite all these things you may want to say” the governor stressed.

Members of the party in the state and one of the national officers of the party also seized the occasion to pledge their unalloyed support, while expressing confidence over policies and programmes of the administration in the state.

“I will want us to give the governor all our loyalty because a lot has been happening among us, particularly among the party leaders in Ogun state.

“Our governor needs our loyalty at this time, I think we should as much as possible give our support to show appreciation.

“Nobody is leaving the APC, rather many people want to join the party, whatever you hear around are all rumours, our party is strong and will continue to be stronger” he concluded.

While asking party members not to be distracted by the antics of the opposition in the state, the governor however assured residents of the state of more development, saying that his performances so far, remains the selling point for the party in the state.

Ex-Nasarawa Rep Wadada Dumps PDP For APC

Ex-Nasarawa Rep Wadada Dumps PDP For APCA former lawmaker who represented Keffi/Kokona Federal Constituency in Nasarawa state, Aliyu Ahmed Wadada, has formerly registered as member of the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC). 

This was followed by a reception in his honor at his residence at Tudun Kofa in Keffi Local Government Area.

Addressing Loyalists of the party, Wadada debunked rumours making the rounds that his defection to the APC is primarily to seek political position under the party’s platform.

The former lawmaker insisted his decision to dump the PDP to join the APC is due to lack of cohesion of the PDP and his quest to serve his people under a better and convenient platform.

”What made me to leave the PDP is concern for my people, that is my first reason, my second reason for leaving the PDP is concern for my people and as well as my third reason is concern for my people” He said.

Mr Wadada said he had fully supported the former G7 governors of the PDP who dumped the party to form the APC during the merger.

He pledged loyalty to the APC and promised to work hand in hand with the leadership of the party in the state to take it to enviable heights.

While presenting APC registration card to Wadada, the party’s Chairman in Tudun Kofa electoral ward, Tanko Sodangi, assured both old and new members of a level playing ground.

In their goodwill messages, members representing Keffi West Constituency at the Nasarawa state House of Assembly, Ibrahim Bala, a former member of the House of Assembly, Usman Bala both described Wadada’s defection to the ruling party as a boost, especially in Nasarawa senatorial zone.

The formal registering brought together APC stalwarts and supporters from Keffi and its environs.

Ondo Election: INEC Raises Alarm Over Security

Ondo Governorship Election, Ondo Governorship PollThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised security concern over the attitude of politicians in Ondo State ahead of the forthcoming governorship election.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, says the actions of some aggrieved politicians in the state since the political parties conducted their primaries is capable of undermining the security of the state.

“The mindset of the political class, especially the politicians that belong to the leading political party on what it takes to win elections usually involve violence and malpractices among their followers.

“There is an urgent need for the political class to change its do or die attitude to good conduct in politics and a political caution of violence has to be done away with in our political parties.

“Our political parties must imbibe the culture of sincere eternal party democracy in the interest of the nation’s democracy,” he said.

Mr Agbaje made the remarks on Thursday at a meeting with members of the civil society groups in Abuja, to assess INEC’s preparation for the elections.

‘I Will Resign’

On the sideline of the event, the senior INEC official also explained why the electoral umpire published the name of Mr

Recession, Jimoh Ibrahim, Ondo PDP
INEC-Recognised Ondo PDP Governorship Candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim

Jimoh Ibrahim as the Peoples Democratic Part (PDP) candidate for the polls.

 

The decision has led to massive protest in Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.

“It is the court judgement of that day that forced us to say it is this person and that means if another higher court comes with a judgement to say it is Eyitayo Jegede, (we will obey),” he noted.

Agbaje further revealed that he had made a commitment that INEC would obey the ruling of the Appeal Court if the ruling favours Jegede.

“If the Appeal Court says it is Eyitayo, the commission cannot say no, but if it does, I will resign my appointment as a commissioner,” he stated.

Ondo PDP, Eyitayo Jegede, Ahmed Makarfi
Mr Eyitayo Jegede

Meanwhile Mr Clement Nwakwo, who is a member of one of the civil groups, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, had a different view about the procedure of selecting candidates.

He advised the politicians to address issues of candidacy in-house, instead of approaching various courts for such decisions.

“I do not think that INEC has any major role to play in deciding who the candidates are (and) that’s why they have taken the decision.

“It is really for the political parties to sort out their mess for the court to really not become a theatre of deciding who candidates are, but the political party themselves making those decisions in line with their own process and the rule of law,” he recommended.

PDP Crisis Deepens

At least 1.6 million registered voters are expected to participate in the Saturday, November 26 governorship polls in Ondo State.

There has been crisis over the authenticity of candidates in some of the parties in the polls including the PDP, All Progressives Congress (APC) and Alliance for Democracy (AD).

Olusola Oke, AD, Ondo Election
AD declares Olusola Oke as its candidate

While the APC and AD finally adopted Mr Rotimi Akeredolu and Mr Olusola Oke as their respective candidates, the controversy has deepened in the PDP.

Both factions of the party have continued to lay claim to having produced the authentic candidate of the party, although the Ali Modu Sheriff faction is backed by the court ruling which favoured Jimoh Ibrahim and which INEC has obeyed.

The PDP faction led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has equally been optimistic that “justice would be served” and called on all PDP faithful across Nigeria as well as the general public to remain calm and continue to support them.

In a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, the Caretaker Committee has reiterated its support for Jegede as the party’s sole flag-bearer.

President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu
President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu

On his part, APC candidate, Mr Akeredolu has made a mockery of the PDP, saying he would defeat both Ibrahim and Jegede if put together in the polls.

Briefing reporters after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, he boasted that he would emerge victorious at the poll.

Ondo Polls: I Will Defeat Both Candidates Of PDP Factions, Akeredolu Boasts

Ondo APC, Rotimi Akeredolu, Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon LalongThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, made a mockery of the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday, saying he will defeat the party’s factional candidates if put together in the polls.

Mr Akeredolu made the statement after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

He was led to the Presidential Villa on Monday by the Governor of Plateau State and Chairman of the APC governorship campaign in Ondo State, Mr Solomon Lalong.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Akeredolu boasted that if the two factional candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimoh Ibrahim and Eyitayo Jegede, combine forces and contest against him, he would emerge victorious at the poll.

President Buhari’s visitors were confident of APC’s victory in the forthcoming election.

President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu
President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu

Form The Next Government

The APC governorship candidate in Ondo State had appealed to his co-aspirants in the primaries to come together and work for the success of the party at the November polls.

Addressing his supporters at the party’s secretariat in Akure, Mr Akeredolu said that his concern was to only relate with the people of the state and no other person or group, with the aim of bringing change into their lives.

He was of the belief that irrespective of the current challenge of the party, the APC would form the next government in the state.

The visit to the Presidential Villa follows a list of candidates for the Ondo governorship poll published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

INEC selected Akeredolu as the APC flag bearer while Ibrahim was chosen over Jegede to represent the PDP in the election.

The list also revealed Mr Olusola Oke as the candidate for the Alliance for Democracy (AD).

The choice of Mr Ibrahim triggered a protest staged by supporters of Mr Jegede, who claimed he was the legitimate candidate of the PDP.

Edo Governorship Election: PDP Claims Oshiomhole, INEC Plan To Rig At Collation Centre

PDP, INEC, Police, DSS, CourtThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State claims there is a plan by the electoral body and Governor Adams Oshiomhole to rig the election at the collation centre.

The opposition party said that the delay by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to begin ward results announcement at the collation centre was a sign of the plan.

Governor Oshiomhole is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

A statement by the spokesman for the party in Edo State, Chris Nehikhare, pointed out that voting stopped at 2:00pm and votes were counted immediately at the unit levels.

A NO-NO

“From results made available to us we are in a very comfortable lead.

“We are however shocked that till now no ward result has been declared.

“We are aware that the APC and INEC plan to change the result at the collation centre and we wish to warn that any change to the result we are already aware of will be met with stiff resistance,” the opposition party said.

It further urged the INEC to tell Governor Oshiomhole that the changing and swapping of results at the collation centre was a no-no.

“Even worse is the attempt to prevent our agents into the collation centres.

“We, however, advise our supporters and members to remain calm. In a few more hours, the liberation of Edo will be official,” the statement further read.

Earlier, the candidate of the PDP, Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, said there were attempts to smuggle in results at the ward and the LGA collation.

He told reporters that the party was confident that the plan would not work.

The Statement by the PDP came after the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Osaro Onaiwu, called for total cancellation of the election, saying there were irregularities.

The election wa said to be peaceful, but there were cases of ballot box snatching.