Tinubu Visits Buhari, Rejects Calls For Oshiomhole’s Removal

 

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Bola Ahmed Tinubu, says he is not in support of the calls for the removal of the Party’s Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

He said this on Wednesday while addressing journalists after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Tinubu, therefore, appealed to aggrieved members to respect the party’s supremacy and channel their grievances through its appeal committee.

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He said, “We all have to respect the party’s supremacy. “You were all here when we had the Congress and we elected the new executives. We had the convention.

“We surrendered to avoid conflict, to avoid domination and abuse of power.

“We surrendered our rights, all rights, to the National Working Committee headed by Adams Oshiomohole, that the NWC will set up electoral bodies to supervise various state congresses and elections. We signed up for it.

“So, if it is not in our individual favour, so be it. We gave three options: Consensus. Where there is no consensus because you are more than two or three and you cannot agree to one candidate, you go to the next level.

“The next level is the stakeholders’ delegate and you have to be supervised by the National Working Committee of the party, the National Election Committee of the party. That shows party supremacy.

“Or the freest option, the less cumbersome is direct primary – you line up and count… 1,2,3.  If you win, you win and if you fail, go home.

“Then appeal committee was set up to listen to all appeals – internal mechanism for conflict resolution. It was there, you cannot turn against that. You cannot turn against all of that”.

The former Governor of Lagos State further stated that the party is not threatened by any move or meeting by the opposition party as he believes Nigeria will not go back to her past.

APC Celebrates Tinubu At 66

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has celebrated a former Governor of Lagos State, Mr Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, ahead of his 66th birthday on Thursday (March 29).

In a statement signed Wednesday, by the Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, the APC praised his efforts towards nation-building and described him as a frontline politician, who has built lasting political bridges across divides in the country.

The statement read: “We attest to Tinubu’s progressive and patriotic contributions towards efforts to deepen democracy and ensure good governance in the country. As a frontline politician, he has built lasting political bridges and alliances across divides in the country.”

Furthermore, the party assured him of its support in the task of reconciling all its aggrieved members and wished him more years in good health.

“As a National Leader of our great Party, APC, we particularly reference his contributions to the growth and our electoral successes. As he carries out the presidential task of reconciling members of our great Party, we once more assure him of our support in ensuring the success of this important task.

“The APC family wishes him many more fulfilled and healthy years of service to our great Party and Nation,” APC said.

Ondo APC Group Rejects State’s Ambassadorial Nominee

Ondo APC Group Rejects State's Ambassadorial NomineeThe nomination of Mr Igbekele Daudu as non-career ambassador from Ondo State has been rejected by a group within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The group, Movement Against Imposition (MAI) alleged that Igbekele Daudu worked for the Alliance for Democracy in the last governorship election.

The Coordinator of the group in the State, Austin Pelemo, while addressing a press briefing in Akure, the state capital said President Mohammadu Buhari, party leader, Bola Tinubu and other leaders of the party must intervene in the issue.

Pelemo said: “A man that is known across the state to be a member of Alliance for Democracy can never be allowed to take a position that is meant for members of the APC.

“It is an act that must be resisted by all members of the APC in the state.

“A name came up yesterday as an ambassadorial designate from Ondo state, Jacobs Daudu. We later got to know that he is the same Igbekele Daudu, as we speak , Mr. Igbekele Daudu is not a member of the APC in the state” Pelemo said.

A leader of the group, Saka Yusuf Ogunleye alleged that Igbekele was involved in anti–party activities during the last governorship election in the state.

Yusuf said: “I am a member of the State Executive Committee of this party, Jacobs Daudu joined our great party one week to the presidential election, after serving six years in Governor Olusegun Mimiko administration.

“After the party primary, the man left for the AD, when President Buhari came here to canvass for vote for our governor–elect, Igbekele Daudu was with Olusola Oke canvassing for votes for him.

“We realized that there must be discipline in our party and that Jacob Daudu must be disciplined for anti-party activities and not that he should be compensated.

“In APC, we want to demonstrate to the whole world that we have discipline and that is why we will not allow this Igbekele’s nomination to stand.

“We are now appealing to the President, a man of discipline and high integrity, a leader of the party Muhammadu Buhari. We are also appealing to the National Chairman of our party, John Odigie Oyegun, National Leader of our party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and the three Senators from Ondo State not to encourage indiscipline in our party”.

Massive Crowd Throng Out For Arisekola’s Burial

alaoCommercial activities were grounded for several hours in the ancient city of Ibadan as it literally stood still in honour of the Aare Musulumi of Yoruba land, Abdul Azeez Arisekola – Alao as his remains were buried amidst wailing and crying.

The main bowl of the Lekan Salami Sports Complex where prayers were held for the late Islamic leader was thronged by eminent personalities from across the country, representatives of the Federal Government, politicians, religious leaders, community leaders, artisans and many others.

The body of the late business mogul and philanthropist, which was flown in to the country from the United Kingdom, was received at the Ibadan end of the Lagos-Ibadan toll gate by Governor Abiola Ajimobi, his wife, Florence and other dignitaries.

The late mogul’s children, some of his associates and religious leaders including the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Kola Daisi, Mr. Oba Otudeko, Chief Ebenezer Obey, Justice Bola Babalakin, Gen. David Jemibewon, Gen. Raji Rasaki, Chief Yekini Adeojo, Senator Teslim Folarin, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu were also present to receive the body, after which it was taken to the Lekan Salami Sports Complex.

A Presidential envoy was led by the Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Abdul Jeleel Adesiyan, the Minister Of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

Clerics from all the states in the South-West led by the President-General, League of Imams and Alfas in the Yoruba speaking states, were also at the stadium.

Some of the people who thronged the stadium to pay their last respect to the late Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, could not hold back their tears, as his corpse arrived the sports complex at exactly 10.05 A.M.

In his sermon during Islamic rites, the Chief Missioner Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Sheikh Abdur- Rahman Ahmad enjoined all present to emulate the rare virtues embodied by the late Arisekola even as he described the vacuum created by his death as monumental.

Shortly after prayers were said, Arisekola’s corpse was moved to his Oluwo Kekere residence at Bashorun Area of Ibadan with a select group of mourners where it was interred.

Speaking at the occasion, Governor Abiola Ajimobi extolled the virtues of the late religious leader, describing him as a philanthropist of philanthropists, who served the poor and also helped the rich during his lifetime.

According to him, “Aare was to the Nigerian masses what the late President Nelson Mandela was to South Africans. He served the poor and helped the rich. He came to serve humanity and served them to his very last”.

“He was accommodating, spiritual, religious and intelligent. He had been serving the poor from the age of 19. He was the greatest philanthropist of our time. Aare gave everything he had for the benefit of the people,’’ he remarked.

The secretary of ALGON in the state, Prince Abass – Alesinloye who spoke on behalf of the 33 local government transition chairmen in the state also described Arisekola as a rare giver who was blunt and accommodating.

 


 

Bills Are Made For The Nation Not Political Parties, Enang Tells Tinubu

Senator_Ita_EnangThe Chairman Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, has responded to allegations made by Senator Remi Tinubu that the Senate was divided and the PDP majority in the Senate actively tries to sink the bills initiated by APC lawmakers.

Senator Enang, in an interview with Channels Television, said that it was uncharitable for any Senator to allege partisanship on the floor of the Senate.

He said that the leadership of the Senate allows lawmakers from both the majority and minority parties to contribute to debates on motions and bills on the floor of the Senate.

Senator Enang also stressed that PDP lawmakers were aware that bills and laws are not made for the party but for the nation.

The former Lagos State First Lady had said that she was not entirely interested in extending her term at the National Assembly. She accused the PDP Senators of frustrating genuine bills their counterparts from APC sponsored in the House.

Tinubu revealed how the PDP “cabal” at the Senate allegedly scuttled her bill on social security. She made the allegations in Lagos while addressing journalists on her achievement since she was voted in as a Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial district.

Tinubu, in her speech titled, “Making A Mark: Three Years Of People-Focused Representation”, gave an account of her stewardship in the Senate since her election three years ago.

PDP, Tinubu Architects Of My Downfall- Bode George

The former Deputy National Chairman, , south west, of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Bode George has blamed his party and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos state, Bola Ahmed Tinubu of spearheading the alleged political witch hunt that landed him in jail.

Speaking to Channels Television’s Political Correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, Mr George blamed “people within my party” who “were part of it, to make sure that Bode George was out of their equation”.

He further noted that his party members collaborated with their “greatest political enemy, Bola Tinubu” to achieve their aim.

Speaking further, Mr George noted that the political events showed that the south west region of the country is the “greatest hell” adding that he had “always told people” how “this fellow in Lagos state” has “plundered the finances of Lagos; how he has completely mismanaged the assets that have been given to us by those who built Lagos state”.

He noted that being on different political divides, it was impossible for “his (Tinubu’s cohorts) to try him” adding that “when we started (the fraud case), he (Justice Oyewole) looked fair”.

Vindicating himself of any wrong doing, Mr George insisted that the memo was not written by him revealing that “the experts went to the market and did their survey” before it was “looked at by the management and then presented to the board”.

He also denied any operational knowledge of the companies that benefited from the contract adding that now that “I am vindicated, I am ready to help rescue my party from the crisis, especially in the south west region”, dismissing any form of threats from the opposition APC may pose ahead of the election next year.

Mr George and other board members of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), were convicted and sentenced to two years imprisonment by Justice Oyewole of a Lagos High Court for contract splitting.

However, more than three years after serving a two-year jail term in Kirikiri Maximum Prison, the Supreme Court in Abuja reversed the conviction of Mr George.

The judges of the apex court, headed by Afolabi Fabiyi, in their judgment, ruled that the charges of contract splitting, on which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned and secured his conviction was unknown to the law of the land.

Buhari, Tinubu, Akande Lead APC Protest TO INEC Headquarters

Former Head of State, General Mohammadu Buhari, former Lagos State governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Interim National Chairman, Bisi Akande of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday led other party members on a protest march to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja.

The march, according to the organisers, was to call for the cancellation of the governorship elections conducted by INEC in Anambra state on November 16th.

The protesters had a confrontation with security officers which had stationed themselves before the national headquarters of the commission.

Speaking to journalists outside the commission, some of the party’s leaders accused the electoral commission of being compromised and called for an end to the rigging of elections in the country.

Meanwhile, the chairman of INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega has reiterated the commission’s resolve to conduct the supplementary elections on November 30th as planned. He insisted that there is no sufficient evidence to justify the cancellation of the elections.

He however promised to fish out those responsible for the flaws in the original poll, which held on November 16th

 

Tinubu Is A National Distraction- Lagos PDP

The Lagos State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday alleged to have “unravelled the real reason why the National Leader of  All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Lagos State has now come up with warped, chauvinistic and unpatriotic criticism” of the proposed National Dialogue.

The Party stated that the comments of the former Governor is in “bad faith, diversionary and indeed a serpent-like attack on the person of Dr. Femi Okurounmu” and not actually the dialogue.

This was contained in a statement by the publicity secretary of the Lagos chapter of the party, Taofik Gani.

According to Lagos PDP, contrary to the Public display, the former governor’s outburst is because “he still sees Dr Femi Okurounmu as a political enemy ever since the latter exposed the former as never a student of Government College, Ibadan (GCI)”.

The statement further noted that “Dr Femi okurounmu is a well known ex-student of Government College, Ibadan” insisting that “Tinubu ought to accord comradeship to Dr Okunrounmu If indeed he ever attended GCI like Dr Okuorunmu did, but indeed Tinubu has remained haunted by the revelation that he never attended GCI”

The Party also “challenged Tinubu to risk a live debate with Dr Femi Okurounmu on the propriety of the National dialogue at this time of our Nationhood”.

In the opinion of the party “Tinubu has now confirmed himself as a pseudo Progressive and enemy of Nigeria having condemned a popular wish of Nigerians, home and abroad” alleging that “Tinubu is now more of a National distraction than a National attraction”

The statement then “recalled that late Chief Gani Fawehinmi took Tinubu to court for falsification of information in order to contest the Lagos state governorship election in 1999. One of such falsified information remains the true secondary School Tinubu attended”.

“This has remained one of the numerous moral burdens hanging on the former Governor and which ought to preclude him from enjoying any form of leadership in the country”

The Lagos State PDP restates its unequivocal support and confidence in the chairmanship of Dr Femi Okurounmu and the eventual Success of the National dialogue.

Resign Or Be Recalled, PDP To Remi Tinubu

The Lagos State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked that Senator Oluremi Tinubu be recalled owning to her comments to the opposition members of the Senate, who she said are playing with the lives of the Nigerian people.

The senator had on Saturday asserted this view during a meeting with journalists where she gave a report of her stay in the Senate and denounced rumours that she is interested in the Governorship of the State in 2015.

Mrs Tinubu, currently representing Lagos State in the Senate, accused lawmakers belonging to the People’s Democratic Party of sidelining bills proposed by the opposition.

In a counter response, the Lagos state PDP, in a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, described her comments as “the long awaited evidence needed to commence the recall of the confused Senator”.

The statement further called on “registered voters in the Lagos central Senatorial district to immediately commence the recall process of the Senator without further delay”.

The party accused Senator Tinubu of performing below expectation on the floor of the Senate adding that “she has indeed not initiated any successful bill to justify her membership of the senate”.

The party regards as dishonourable her chastisements on senators not going home to their people because “they are so comfortable in Abuja”.

“She has also misapplied the privilege of being the senator representing the most strategic senatorial district in the state, even though she is non-Lagosian.”

The party has now asked the Senator to “resign honourably or face imminent recall”.

I was invited by the Democratic Party-Tinubu

Former governor of Lagos state and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) chieftain, senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has  spoke on his attendance of the Democratic Party Convention in the United States of America.

Controversy had trailed his attendance, as allegations had been that he bought the invitation to attend the convention.

The former governor spoke to journalists upon arrival in Lagos on the issue and the coming elections in Ondo state, one in which his party, the ACN, is keenly interested.

Tinubu said “I was invited properly… and as an honoured guest position”

He queried why the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) will ask him to prove that he was invited “ Who are they that I have need to prove anything to them.., I was there and what is their business”.

The PDP had in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh said “The usual desperation of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Party to court attention at all cost has taken an international dimension. This time, Senator Tinubu who prides himself as the National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has been basking in a delusory frenzy of being ‘specially invited’ to the just concluded Democratic National Convention which held in Charllotte, North Carolina in the United States of America.”

The statement further  said “While Tinubu and his co-travelers are still humouring themselves on being recognized in the international circle as leaders of opposition for attending the convention, it has since been revealed that the man actually laboured vigorously to purchase his invitation.”

Justice Salami: PDP says Tinubu is a hypocrite looking for lost relevance

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday reacted to the statement by the leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the issue of the reinstatement of the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami.

Mr Tinubu had in a press statement over the weekend said that President Goodluck Jonathan’s “tardiness in” acceding to the National Judicial Council’s (NJC’s) request for Justice Salami’s reinstatement is a brutal attack on the golden principles of the rule of law and just existence in a democratic society.

He had said that the President’s action has confirmed the popular belief that Justice Salami’s case is more political than legal. He had described the president’s action as a coup against the rule of law.

Reacting to Mr Tinubu’s comments, the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement called the ACN leader “a hypocrite in a desperate agenda to re-shape facts.”

“The desperation of the Action Congress of Nigeria which peaked today with an unreflecting statement from its leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu amounts to a frontal attack on both the President and our great Party and is further confirmation that ACN has a different agenda in the Justice Salami saga than its touted role as an evangelist of the rule of law,” Mr Metuh said.

“For Tinubu to describe as a coup on the rule of law, the engagement of due process in the resolution of Justice Salami’s re-instatement, sketches a graphic effigy of a hypocrite in a desperate agenda to re-shape facts.

“This level of desperation raises a gigantic question mark on the sincerity of the ACN and the integrity of its leadership especially in the background of insinuations that four states were delivered to the Party via judgments that were ‘more political than legal’ to use Tinubu’s very words. We therefore insist that it is high time Tinubu told Nigerians his political relationship with Justice Salami that has driven him and his party to cry more than the bereaved.”

The PDP insisted that “the Salami case is purely a legal issue which Tinubu is least qualified to delve into.”

“Justice Salami can only be reinstated when all pending cases relevant to the matter are fully resolved, and therefore we expect a measure of decorum from all parties, except for those bent on attacking the President to score cheap political goals or politicizing the issue in order to demonize the ruling party”.

“When Tinubu harps on the rule of law, one is quick to ask why he was slumbering away while the Lagos ACN government state threw the law to the dogs in disengaging the striking Lagos doctors; an issue that is threatening to boil over to other states. Is Tinubu playing Nero?

“Can Tinubu recall how many Nigerians were brutalized and maimed by the security agents brought out by the Lagos state Government to quell the Lekki Toll Gate protest? Was that the rule of law?”

Mr Metuh said that “it is obvious that Tinubu and his Party are running out of campaign ideas thus, the reason for the unsubstantiated allegations and outright fabrications. We challenge them to improve on their manifesto and concentrate on selling their programme to the electorate.”