Saraki Can Only Avoid Impeachment If He Resigns – Oshiomhole

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has again called for the impeachment of Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Oshiomhole made the call during a meeting with Senators and members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of APC, in Abuja, on Tuesday.

He claimed that Saraki, after his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is now a member of the minority in the Senate.

BREAKING: Oshiomhole Asks APC Senators To Impeach Saraki
File photo of APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole

“The only way he can avoid impeachment is to either resign or return to the majority party; even then we will not accept him, he should remain where he is,” Oshiomhole said.

“We will impeach Saraki legally and democratically.”

He added that, out of the 360 members of the House of Representatives, APC had the majority with 196 members

Before the meeting, Oshiomhole told journalists that it was aimed at reflecting on issues affecting the country with the aim of delivering good governance to Nigerians.

Oshiomhole Calls For Saraki’s Resignation After Meeting Buhari

APC Lived Up To Expectation, Nobody Promised Miracle – Oshiomhole
File photo of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and President Muhammadu Buhari

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Wednesday, called for the resignation of Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Oshiomhole told State House correspondents in Abuja at the end of a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari that the Senate President should as “a matter of honour leave the crown in the house that the crown belongs.”

Some senators elected on the platform of the APC led by the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan were also at the meeting held with the President Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

“But whatever is the reason, we can decamp from the party but we can’t decamp from Nigeria. The only thing is that there are other consequential issues that every man or woman of honour, who had taken such decisions would be expected to follow through.

“I mean you should not collect a crown that belongs to a family and wear it on behalf of the family if for your personal reasons which he has enumerated that he has gone to another family. It is just a matter of honour to leave the crown in the house that the crown belongs to,” Oshiomhole said.

President Muhammadu Buhari, APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, Senate Leader Senator Lawal Ahmad, Senator Danjuma Goje, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and APC Senators at a meeting, in Abuja on Wednesday.

 

Reacting further to Saraki’s defection, Oshiomhole said there are consequential issues arising from it. He maintains that the ruling party still has the largest party in the Senate.

“As it stands even now, APC is still the largest party in the Senate, we have 53 senators, that is much more than PDP has, or APGA has.

“I have been consistent with that during the campaign, I have been consistent since I was sworn in. I have made the points in my acceptance speech, I have emphasised this when I met with the Senate caucus and speech.

I have emphasised this when I met with the House of Representatives caucus, that we are ready to do justice to anyone who is genuinely aggrieved and whose grievances are such that we can deal with them provided we enthrone justice, fairness and all sides purge themselves of any arrogance.

“To the best of my knowledge, all senators, house of reps members were happy, the ones that are not negotiable, there is nothing we can do about it.”

Oshiomhole also claimed that the defection is not surprising. According to him, the defectors had previously given clear signs before now.

“Nobody in the APC will be surprised about the development, in fact, they have stayed a little bit longer than we thought. Last week the Kwara has State Governor was alluded to have said he was leaving but he didn’t say when.

“So, we are not surprised at all.”

Mr Saraki announced his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday. he noted that his decision was necessary so that he could enjoy a greater sense of belonging and the interests of the greatest number of our Nigerians would be best served.

Many of his supporters, including Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, and Governor Aminu Tambuwal, APC Spokesperson Bolaji Abdullahi have since joined the PDP.

Oyegun Withdraws From APC Chairmanship Race

Oyegun Withdraws From APC Chairmanship Race
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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Oyegun, has officially announced his withdrawal from chairmanship race of the party.

Mr Oyegun announced his decision on Friday in Abuja at an interactive forum with journalists covering the activities of the party.

Ahead of the APC National Convention scheduled to take place on June 23, he explained that his intention not to contest for a second tenure was in the interest of the party.

The APC chairman added that contesting for a second tenure may throw up contentious issues in the party, says such would not augur well for the party in 2019.

He, however, admitted that the party is faced with difficult challenges ahead of the general elections.

With the withdrawal of Mr Oyegun from the APC chairmanship race, former governor of Edo State Adams Oshiomhole remains the only candidate for the office.

House APC Caucus Pledges Timely Passage Of 2017 Budget

House APC Caucus Pledges Timely Passage Of 2017 BudgetMembers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives have assured the leadership of the party of their commitment to the timely passage of the 2017 budget.

The lawmakers made the pledge during a meeting with members of the APC National Working Committee led by the party’s National Chairman, John Oyegun.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Oyegun said the leadership of the party is impressed with the performance of the lawmakers.

He told reporters that the visit was made to appreciate the House of Representatives for a job well done.

The meeting took place on Friday at the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Plateau: PDP Reconciles Mantu, Jang As APC Receives Defectors

Ibrahim Mantu, Jonah Jang, PDP, APC, Plateau
Ibrahim Mantu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State seem to be achieving success with efforts to rebuild its structure in the state.

This is because the state’s former governor, Jonah Jang and a former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu have settled their lingering feud and agreed to work together for the good of the party.

The PDP reconciliation committee set up to end the dispute was able to reconcile the duo and their teeming followers during a stakeholders meeting held in Jos, the state capital in north-central Nigeria.

Jonah Jang
Jonah Jang

Meanwhile, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has also received many defectors from other political parties into its fold.

The APC, through its National Chairman, John Oyegun, formally received former governor, Joshua Dariye and some members of the PDP into the ruling party.

APC, Petroleum

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, and other chieftains were also present to receive the new members into the party.

The PDP and APC have been putting their various houses in order and strategising for the forthcoming local government elections in Plateau State.

Political activities are on the increase with the two major political parties engaging in high level politicking towards gaining the confidence and respect of voters in the state.

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.

Akeredolu Asks For Aspirants’ Support To Win Ondo Election

Akeredolu, Ondo Election, Ondo APCThe APC governorship candidate in Ondo State, Mr Olurotimi Akeredolu, has appealed to his co-aspirants in the primaries to come together and work for the success of the APC in the November 2016 election.

Mr Akeredolu made the appeal while addressing his supporters at the party’s secretariat in Akure, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

He 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.

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

He insisted that there was no going back on the primaries, urging the aggrieved aspirants to put the issue of a new primary election behind them and be united towards winning the governorship election.

Speaking to Channels Television, the APC Publicity Secretary in Ondo State, Abayomi Adesanya, appealed to the leaders of the party in the state to come together as one family in the interest of the party and the people of the state.

Anti-democratic Forces

A former Governor of Lagos State and national leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu, had accused the National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun of sabotaging the will of democracy in Ondo state by overriding the decision of the appeal panel that asked for a fresh governorship primary following investigations that showed that the delegates’ list used had been tampered with.

He went on to say that Oyegun’s action in allegedly subverting the will of the people must have been under the influence of a “powerful and sinister arm at work”.

The former Lagos state governor also alleged that the APC was now under threat of being suffocated by anti-democratic forces pretending to be progressives.

The full statement by the media office of Senator Bola Tinubu, demanding Chief Oyegun’s resignation is published on Channels TV website.

The allegation got further attention when the APC’s acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Timi Frank, also called for the immediate resignation of the National Chairman.

Speaking at a press briefing on Monday in Abuja, Mr Frank noted that the current crisis within the party is capable of crumbling the APC if the leaders of the party refuse to act on time.

He urged leaders of the party to compel Mr Oyegun to convene a National Executive Council meeting to resolve the allegations of corruption raised by a former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu.

APC Crisis: Calls For Oyegun’s Resignation Deepen

John Oyegun, APCThe leadership crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may have taken a new dimension as its acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Timi Frank, has also called for the immediate resignation of the National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun.

Speaking at a press briefing on Monday in Abuja, Mr Frank noted that the current crisis within the party is capable of crumbling the APC if the leaders of the party refuse to act on time.

He urged leaders of the party to compel Mr Oyegun to convene a National Executive Council meeting to resolve the allegations of corruption raised by a former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu.

The party’s spokesperson also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and save the party from collapse.

Anti-democratic Forces

tinubu, John Oyegun, APC, Bola Tinubu, OyegunIn a statement released on Sunday, Senator Tinubu accused Oyegun of sabotaging the will of democracy in Ondo state by overriding the decision of the appeal panel that asked for a fresh governorship primary following investigations that showed that the delegates’ list used had been tampered with.

He went on to say that Oyegun’s action in allegedly subverting the will of the people must have been under the influence of a “powerful and sinister arm at work”.

The former Lagos state governor also alleged that the APC was now under threat of being suffocated by anti-democratic forces pretending to be progressives.

The full statement by the media office of Senator Bola Tinubu, demanding Chief Oyegun’s resignation is published on Channels TV website.

No Going Back

Meanwhile, the APC governorship candidate in Ondo State, Mr Olurotimi Akeredolu, has appealed to his co-aspirants in the primaries to come together and work for the success of the APC in the November 2016 election.

Mr Akeredolu made the appeal while addressing his supporters at the party’s secretariat in Akure, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

AkeredoluHe 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.

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

He insisted that there was no going back on the primaries, urging the aggrieved aspirants to put the issue of a new primary election behind them and be united towards winning the governorship election.

Speaking to Channels Television, the APC Publicity Secretary in Ondo State, Abayomi Adesanya, appealed to the leaders of the party in the state to come together as one family in the interest of the party and the people of the state.

APC Promises Free And Fair Primaries In Ondo

APC OndoThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has assured aspirants for the Ondo State governorship election that there will be no preferential treatment for any of them ahead of the August 27 primaries.

The National Chairman of the APC, Mr John Oyegun, made the pledge when he met with the aspirants at the national secretariat in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The governorship aspirants had accused the party chairman in Ondo State, Mr Isaac Kekemeke, of adopting and endorsing an aspirant, as well as tampering with the delegates’ list.

They had locked up the party’s state secretariat few days back in protest of the alleged doctoring of the list.

The peace meeting which took place on Saturday was convened to settle all disputes and allay the fears of a preferred candidate by the APC.

Mr Oyegun promised to present the delegates’ list that would be used for the primaries to the aspirants on Wednesday, August 24.

Only 24 aspirants were at the party secretariat for the peace meeting.

Dogara, Others Meet APC Leadership Over Bauchi Bailouts

bauchi govMembers of the National Assembly and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State have taken their case against the State Governor, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, to the national leadership of the party.

The delegation, led by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, comprised of federal lawmakers; the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and leaders of the APC in Bauchi State, northeast Nigeria.

The delegation had a closed-door meeting with the National Chairman of the party, Mr John Oyegun, at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, the Senator representing Bauchi-South, Ali Wakili, said the delegation discussed the non-payment of workers’ salaries, non-utilisation of bailouts from the Federal Government among others.

His counterpart from Bauchi North, Senator Suleiman Nazif, also said that they came to brief the party on the developments in the state.

APC Presents Edo Governorship Candidate, Flags Off Campaign

Godwin Obaseki, Edo, APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has presented its flag-bearer, Mr Godwin Obaseki, while officially flagging off its governorship campaign ahead of the race for the Edo State seat of power.

This comes after the now APC flag-bearer; Mr Obaseki beat 11 other candidates during primaries to pick the ticket ahead of the September 10 governorship election in Edo State.

The National Chairman of the APC, ‎Mr John Oyegun, presented Godwin Obaseki to the people of Edo State at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the state capital in south-south Nigeria, where the APC Edo governorship campaign flag-off held.

He asked the people of the state to vote for continuity of the good deeds of the outgoing State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Obaseki promised to prioritise job creation and make the state’s economy less dependent on oil.

APC-Edo-Obaseki

Dignitaries present at the event were APC chieftains namely, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum and Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, the governors of Bauchi, Kano and Plateau states among others.