APC Government Is Not Against Restructuring – Omo-Agege

Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege,

 

 

The call for restructuring of the country has gained more support and this time, from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This is coming from the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, on the sideline of the Electoral Reform Conference which held on Monday in Abuja.

He stressed that the ruling party was not opposed to restructuring the country while the matter was being taken more seriously.

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“This government, the APC led government is not against restructuring,” Senator Omo-Agege told Channels Television.

He added, “A couple of days ago, I believe I read the release from the Villa; that release represents the view of the APC.”

 

The lawmaker insisted that his party was not opposed to restructuring, stressing that the Committee on Constitution Amendment would be considering the report of the committee led by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.

He noted that the amendment to the Electoral Act was the major task before the National Assembly and the lawmakers would expedite action on it and base its recommendations majorly on the submissions of the El-Rufai led committee set up by the APC.

“The APC supports restructuring and indeed, the restructuring committee that was put in place headed by Governor El-Rufai came up with some very significant recommendations.

“Those recommendations represent the views of the party. We are going to be taking that into account as we proceed with the exercise,” Senator Omo-Agege stated.

Earlier, he informed the conference that the bill seeking to amend the Electoral Act, which he co-sponsored, might be passed by February 2020.

The event put together by the Civil Society Elections Situation Room was attended by top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), representative of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), and members of the civil society.

The office of the AGF made a commitment that it would work with INEC while the electoral umpire promised to work with the National Assembly to ensure the early passage of the bill.

APC Clears All Chairmanship Seats In Ekiti Council Poll, PDP Calls For Cancellation

 

 

The All progressives congress APC has cleared all the 16 chairmanship seats in Saturday’s Local Government election in Ekiti State.

Returning officers across the sixteen local governments presented the results today at the head office of the State Independent Electoral Commission.

The election, peaceful to a large extent however recorded violence in ward 8, unit 2, Ikere Ekiti where the process was disrupted by thugs who attacked a building while scattering and mutilating ballot papers.

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A violent clash reported at another voting point in the town led to the death of a young man.

Reacting, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has kicked against the result, describing the election as one compromised by the party in power.

The opposition party called for the cancellation of the poll and prosecution of everyone culpable in the killing recorded.

Buhari To ‘Take Personal Interest’ In APC State Chairmen Elections

President Muhammadu Buhari with APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and state chairmen of the party at the State House in Abuja on December 6, 2019.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari says he would pay special attention to the elections of the state chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this during a meeting with state chairmen of the party led by the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday at the State House in Abuja.

“I want you to revisit the Constitution of the party sooner than later,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

He added, “Your election will soon hold, and I am going to take personal interest to make sure that the bottom-to-top is maintained and people are elected by their immediate and subsequent constituencies.”

President Buhari told the state chairmen that only members with a solid base from the grassroots to national level would represent the party in elective positions.

He, therefore, urged them to serve the party with all their might and see their “chairmanship” as part of national service.

The President explained that the ‘bottom-to-top approach’ would ensure that only popular party men and women represent the party’s interest at the national level.

He stressed, “In my own opinion, this is necessary so that Nigerians will know and understand that whoever sits in your states has the support of your respective constituencies from the state, to the local government, wards and polling units.

“In Abuja, we want to deal with people who have a solid base from where they come.”

In his remarks, Mr Oshiomhole said the National Working Committee of the party had decided to extend support on a monthly basis to all state chairmen to enable them run their respective offices effectively.

“Whatever support we (NWC) are giving them is a small token in relation to the huge responsibilities entrusted to them,” he noted.

The APC chairman thanked the President on his recent directive on board appointments, noting that party members were looking forward to filling some existing vacancies in government and contribute their quota to the vision of the ‘Next Level Government’.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the 36 State Party Chairmen of APC, Ali Bukar, congratulated the President on his victory in the February 23 presidential election which was also reaffirmed by the Supreme Court.

Bukar said the success of the Buhari administration in the economy, security and governance sectors must be sustained to ensure Nigerians enjoy the dividends of democracy.

Ekiti LG Polls: Seven Serving Council Chairmen Dump PDP For APC

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The camp of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has witnessed depletion barely 10 days to local government elections in the state.

This comes as seven serving local council chairmen of the PDP defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday in Ado Ekiti.

The vice-chairmen and councillors in the seven councils also defected along with their leaders.

They were received by the Chairman of the APC in the state, Mr Paul Omotosho, and the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who was represented at an event at the Fajuyi Park Pavilion in the state capital.

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The state chairman of the party described the development as a major blow to the PDP and a boost for the APC.

He said, “Let that right-thinking member from the opposition party come over now and tell me these are inconsequential people. The soul of PDP is here with us today.”

Omotosho added that the APC can now heave a sigh of relief with possible obstacles to electoral victories now crossing to its side.

Governor Fayemi, on his part, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Biodun Omoleye, assured the defectors of a good deal.

“We assure you that during this period that you are coming over, you will never regret.

“We also give you the honour that in as much as you represent leading lights in your previous party, you will be elevated to similar levels in our party,” APC chairman assured.

The defectors justified their decision while expressing confidence that their weights were heavy enough to give the APC a boost and swing victory to its side in the December 7 polls.

Court Dismisses APC, Ex-Bauchi Gov’s Appeal, Affirms Bala Mohammed’s Election

Bauchi Governor Congratulates PDP’s Bala Mohammed
Mohammed Abubakar                                                                                                    Mohammed Bala

 

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Jos has affirmed the election of Bala Mohammed as the governor of Bauchi State.

A five-man panel of justices of the court gave the judgement during a sitting on Friday in the Plateau State capital.

Justice Adumein Otisi delivered the lead judgement and the other four justices concurred with the verdict that Governor Mohammed won the March 9 governorship poll in the state.

He held that there was no merit in the appeal filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, and his party.

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However, all issues raised by the appellants were resolved in favour of Governor Mohammed and his party – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The appellate court also affirmed the decision of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal and awarded a cost of N200,000 in favour of the governor and his party.

Reacting to the judgement, Governor Mohammed said he has forfeited the fine awarded by the court against the appellants – the former governor and the APC.

He extended the olive branch to the opposition and appealed to them to join him in providing good governance for the people of Bauchi State.

The governor noted that he waited for the judgement in apprehension, saying the news of his triumph was a huge relief.

Purported Legal Action Seeking Third Term For President Buhari Is Illegal – APC

APC Replies Secondus, Says PDP Seeking Relevance After Election Loss
APC spokesman, Mr Lanre Issa-Onilu.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has read in the media about a purported legal action taken by a self-proclaimed member of the Party, Charles Enya, seeking an amendment of the constitution to allow President Muhammadu Buhari run for a third term in office.

The Party had initially chosen to ignore him, however, it has become important to send a clear message to him and such other agent provocateurs.

At the last National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Party, President Buhari didn’t mince words and he is not the type that talks tongue in cheek.

He pointedly said he would abide by the constitution and uphold the oath of office he took, swearing by the holy book he believes in.

This he said was beside his advanced age which made such an idea beyond his contemplation.

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The NEC meeting highlights released to the media by the party equally quoted the President admonishing APC members, leaders and elected officials to reposition themselves in their respective constituencies so as to sustain the administration’s landmark legacies beyond 2023 when the President’s constitutionally permitted terms end.

The president said history would not be fair to members of the APC collapses after his second term. What better proof is required of the President’s resolve to abide by the constitution on term limit?

The Party is, however, by this statement sending a strong signal to such other busybodies like Charles Enya who may be contemplating testing the resolve of our government on our mission to work for the best for our country to be ready to face the law.

We would follow this new enemy of our country, who is most likely being sponsored by the desperate and misguided opposition, every step of the way, using all legal means to thwart his devilish efforts to create chaos in our country.

As a party, we would not take kindly to anyone or group causing an unnecessary distraction for this administration through anti-democratic actions. As a country, we are several years behind where we ought to be.

The President Buhari-led administration is focused on the onerous responsibility of delivering good governance. We are focused on revamping our moribund infrastructure, growing the economy, fighting corruption, creating the right environment for our teeming youths to deploy their creative energies, and providing adequate security for all of our people.

We have tried to find out the status of this character claiming to be a member of our party. If he turns out to be our member, we would ensure the party organ that has the responsibility to act on this matter promptly commence the process of expelling him. We are a progressive party and we do not have space for anti-democratic forces and charlatans.

‘It’s Benue Peoples Victory,’ Ortom Lauds Appeal Court Verdict

Ortom Condoles With APC Over Benue LG Chairman's Death
(File) Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom

 

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has commended the judgment of the Court of Appeal with affirmed his re-election.

The court had in a unanimous judgement on Thursday dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the poll, Mr Emmauel Jime, for lacking in merit.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, Governor Ortom described the judgment as victory for the people of the state who gave him a second term mandate.

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The Governor stated that the appellate court’s verdict has not only validated the earlier judgment of the Governorship Election Tribunal but also confirmed the choice of Benue voters in the 2019 polls.

He thanked God for giving him the opportunity to lead the state for another term and appreciated the leadership and members of the PDP in the state, as well as the people of the state.

Governor Ortom specially commended his legal team for its outstanding performance at the Tribunal and the Court of Appeal and stressed that the task of building the state was the responsibility of all the people.

He, therefore, called on the APC candidate and other contestants in the last election to join hands with him to develop Benue State.

The governor emphasised the willingness of his administration to collaborate with sons and daughters of the state irrespective of political differences, ethnicity, religion and place of origin, for a greater Benue.

Kogi West: PDP’s Reported Boycott Of Supplement Poll, A Silly Joke – APC

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the purported plan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to boycott the supplementary election in Kogi West senatorial district as ‘a silly joke’.

APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said this in a statement on Sunday ahead of the November 30 date fixed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the poll.
“Why should the supplementary election be cancelled as being demanded by the PDP? Is it because the PDP has already lost the election?” it questioned.

The party insisted that the PDP candidate, Senator Dino Melaye, did not win the February 23 poll and that was affirmed by the Court of Appeal.

It added that the electorate in the senatorial district resisted and frustrated the purported plan to rig the November 16 rerun election.

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APC stressed that no level of propaganda would change the fact that the supplementary election would hold on November 30 while the opposition party threatened to boycott the poll.

“Who is fooling who? Nobody is fooled by the PDP’s statement boycotting the supplementary election. The All Progressives Congress (APC) will not drop its guard in our quest to get a clear majority of the remaining votes in the affected units,” it said.

In a swift reaction, Senator Melaye denied and faulted the claims that the PDP planned to boycott the election.

He insisted that he won the November 16 election, saying “Smart Adeyemi, in his good conscience, knows that I won that election.”

The embattled lawmaker described the APC’s statement as a misrepresentation of the fact presented by the spokesperson for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan.

According to him, Ologbondiyan never said the PDP will boycott that election but that is the imagination of the APC

Melaye explained, “He (Ologbondiyan) said the party rejects the results of that election and the figures that are giving birth to the supplementary elections.

“The PDP is a people’s party, the PDP is a party that respects the constitutionalism of democracy and will never shy away from political participation and elections, and the PDP will never say they are boycotting and election, although we all know that they are not credible.

“Those figures that you see there are all concocted figures,” he added.

Alleged Vote-Buying: ‘What Are You Waiting For? Sue Me’, Dino Melaye Dares APC

 

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Kogi West senatorial election, Dino Melaye, has challenged the All Progressives Congress (ACP) to sue him.

He said this in reaction to an allegation that he was caught on camera sharing money to some voters while on queue to cast their ballot in the election.

Senator Melaye and Mr Mohammed Onogwu, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, both appeared as guests on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

In his comments, the governor’s aide accused Senator Melaye of engaging in vote-buying, saying the APC has some video evidence to back the claim.

He said, “We have clips evidence where he (Melaye) was distributing money (voters) on the line where they were voting.”

While Onogwu was speaking, the PDP candidate interrupted in laughter and said, “What are you waiting for? Sue me.”

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A file photo of Senator Dino Melaye.

 

 

Instead, Senator Melaye accused the APC of being responsible for the violence which he said claimed 16 lives, alleging that a helicopter was deployed to attack voters.

He insisted that his party has evidence to prove their allegation against the APC and faulted the election, stressing that results were not cancelled in places where violence was recorded.

In his reaction, Onogwu said the allegation linking Governor Bello, who was the APC governorship candidate, to the violence in Lokoja during the elections was far from the truth.

According to him, the governor was at Agasa in Okene LGA with his convoy where he cast his vote and ensured that the exercise was peaceful and could not have been in Lokoja at the same time.

“The governor was not in Lokoja on the day of the election and he does not have a dual existence. He cannot be in Okene and at the same time be in Lokoja.

“These are fallacious statements that they are making to discredit the entire electoral processes, to discredit the entire institutions that were involved in the conduct of the election,” the governor’s aide stated.

Senator Adeyemi Will Reclaim His ‘Stolen Mandate’ In Kogi West Supplementary Election – APC

Senator Smart Adeyemi arrives at his polling unit to cast his vote.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has kicked against reported calls by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Senator Dino Melaye in the Kogi West Senatorial rerun election to cancel the poll due to cases of violence.

The APC, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, stressed that the November 30 supplementary election scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will hold, irrespective of calls.

“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 30 for the Senatorial supplementary election in Kogi West district. The PDP has predictably gone to town with the usual lamentations on the forthcoming supplementary election. The PDP has even threatened to boycott the election. Who is fooling who?

“Nobody is fooled by the PDP’s statement boycotting the supplementary election. The All Progressives Congress (APC) will not drop its guard in our quest to get a clear majority of the remaining votes in the affected units.”

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The party added that Senator Smart Adeyemi’s victory will spell doomsday for the PDP while charging security agencies and the INEC to ensure that the supplementary election is free from violence and rigging.

“As the wide margin of valid votes from the November 16 exercise show, it is clear that Dino Melaye and the PDP have lost the election. PDP’s doomsday will surely not be postponed a second time. Come November 30, the APC candidate, Senator Smart Adeyemi will reclaim his earlier stolen mandate.

“How many times does the PDP need to be reminded that APC has not and will not copy the PDP’s inglorious tactics of using state institutions, particularly INEC, the judiciary and security agencies to manipulate the electioneering process?

“We call on INEC and relevant security agencies to ensure that everything needed to make the November 30 senatorial supplementary election in Kogi transparent, free, credible and safe is put in place,” the statement added.

Buhari To Constitute National Reconciliation Committee, Says APC NEC

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is to constitute a National Reconciliation Committee for the All Progressives Congress (APC), who will address grievances and conflicts amongst party members.

The disclosure was made by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party on Friday, stating said that, the decision of the national caucus to appoint President Buhari is in line with him being the party leader.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai explained that “the Standing Committee will be empowered to address grievances of party members and resolve existing conflicts, all with a view to fostering unity and oneness within the party.”

“The party also decided to set up a National Committee on Reconciliation that will go round the country and look at every organ and branch of the party, talk to all the aggrieved persons and try to reconcile them.

“This is a national committee; It will be set up at the instance of the leader of the party, President Buhari in his capacity as leader of the party and not as President.”

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The decision was one of the highlights of the APC NEC meeting held on Friday at the Party’s National Secretariat.

During the meeting, President Buhari charged all APC members, leaders and elected officials to reposition themselves in their respective constituencies so as to sustain the administration’s landmark legacies beyond 2023.

“History would not be fair to members if the APC collapses after his second term, history will be fair to the APC if the Party remains strong and not only hold the centre but make gains.”

President Buhari further tasked the nation’s elite to search their conscience whether they have been fair to the people, having watched in silence the wasting of the country’s resources in the last 16 years.

Court Upholds Ojezua As APC Edo Chairman

 

An Edo State High Court has directed that a status quo be maintained, pending the hearing of an interlocutory application over the chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The court granted an order of interim injunction as at 10th of November, 2019, confirming Anslem Ojezua as the chairman of the APC in Edo state.

Ojezua was removed from office last week after eleven out of the 16 member State Working Committee signed a removal notice on him as state chairman of the party, confirming

Justice O Oviawe who presided over the case filed by Anselm Ojezua, Kenneth Asekhomhe and Dr Aisosa Amadasun after hearing the submission, said the court was satisfied with the fact that there is a substantial issue to be heard and a status quo be maintained, pending the hearing of an interlocutory application.

“I have carefully considered this application, the affidavit evidence before the court and the legal submissions of the applicants, together with the authorities cited and I have come to a determination that this application of an order of interim injunction finds merit.

“I am satisfied that there is a substantial issue to be tried at the hearing. An order of interim injunction which is granted upon an ex-parte application is always granted for a short and limited period depending on the gravity and urgency of the situation, in order to essentially preserve the res or the status quo pending the hearing of an interlocutory application in the same matter.”

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Justice Oviawe continued, “In line with the authorities, and being satisfied as to the urgency of this application, and being satisfied as to the urgency of this application, the application is hereby granted as prayed.

Accordingly, an order of interim injunction is hereby granted directing that the status quo as at 10/11/19 with regards to the chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Edo State Chapter, be maintained pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice praying for an order of Interlocutory Injunction.”

He adjourned till Thursday, December 5th, 2019 for hearing and determination of the motion for interlocutory injunction.