Sultan, Obi Of Onitsha, Tinubu, Others Bag Honourary Degrees In ABUAD

Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) on Monday conferred honourary degrees on top individuals including the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar; the Obi of Onitsha Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe; and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

The dignitaries were honoured during the seventh convocation ceremony of the institution in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital.

Sultan of Sokoto and Obi of Onitsha were decorated as Doctor of Letters while Tinubu was decorated as Doctor of Public Administration.

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During the reading of his citation, the Sultan of Sokoto is described as a serial honourary awardee who has received honourary degrees in over 10 universities. He is also the current chancellor of the University of Ibadan.

Tinubu was honoured by the institution for his political acumen and for being a true believer in federalism.

The honourary awardees were subsequently inducted into the alumni association of ABUAD.

Olakunrin’s Murder: It Is Sad, Unacceptable Tinubu Reacts

 

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has described the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin as sad and unacceptable.

He said this when he led a delegation on a condolence visit to the Akure residence of Pa Reuben Fasoranti on the death of his daughter.

Tinubu who spoke to journalists after the visit advised that the incident should unite the Yoruba race and not be allowed to divide the people.

“The incident that affected one member of our family, Mrs Olakunrin is seriously sad and unacceptable, but nobody can return her life, she has answered the call, be it Christian or Muslim, we all accepted that it is certain we are going to die one day, we don’t know which date.

“But we must not use this incident to divide ourselves, we must use it as a cure to the security problem.”

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He stressed the need to strengthen security in the country and also address poverty and unemployment.

“I’m a nationalist, the security concern and the challenge right now must be faced squarely throughout Nigeria.”

Avoid Inflammatory Statements, Tinubu Appeals To Elderly Nigerians

 

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has appealed to elderly Nigerians to avoid ‘inflammatory statements’ that could undermine peaceful co-existence among the nation’s diverse communities.

A statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted Tinubu who spoke after an Iftar dinner meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, urged Nigerians to rally round the Federal Government to solve the challenges and stabilise the polity, owing to the enormous challenges facing the nation.

“The President worked hard and will continue to do so to ensure peace and stability in the country, which are important for the economy to make progress. These are the key pegs of his agenda. Let us all come together to support him.”

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The APC National Leader commended President Buhari for the recognition of June 12th as the nation’s Democracy Day.

Others present at the meeting include; Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar and Emir of Kazaure, Dr. Najib Hussaini Adamu, Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Justice Isa Dodo, Malam Mamman Daura, Isma’ila Isa, Mr Wale Tinubu and Mr Hakeem P. Fahm, the Commissioner of Science and Technology, Lagos State.

Dogara Slams Tinubu, Lists 8th National Assembly’s Achievements

Dogara Slams Tinubu, Lists 8th National Assembly's Achievements

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has defended the performance of the Eighth National Assembly since 2015.

In a statement on Tuesday by his media adviser, Turaki Hassan, the lawmaker listed the achievements of the assembly and how its leadership has supported the executive despite their political differences.

He stated this in reaction to a statement from the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, accusing the assembly of budget padding among other allegations.

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Dogara slammed Tinubu for the making such allegations, saying he has done more to stabilise the present government than the APC leader.

He, however, attributed the delay in budget passage to “persistent refusal or neglect of the Executive” to present it in good time.

He alleged that there was no urgency or plan by the Executive to achieve a January to December budget cycle, in the last four years.

The Speaker explained that the 2016 Budget was submitted on December 22, 2015, while that of 2017 was submitted just 17 days to the end of the year – December 14, 2016.

He added that the 2018 Budget was presented on November 7, 2017, and the 2019 budget was presented 12 days to the end of 2018.

The lawmaker said some ministers and heads of agencies allegedly contributed to the delay by refusing to appear before the National Assembly Standing Committees to defend their budget proposals, in line with the provision of the Law.

Listing some of the achievements of the Eighth Assembly, he noted that the legislature effected an amendment to Section 81(1) of the Constitution to compel the President to present the Budget estimates not later than 90 days to the end of a financial year.

Dogara insisted that the legislature cannot be accused of padding a budget it has unquestionable constitutional power to review.

According to him, it is only the ignorant that say the maker of a document has padded the document that only he can constitutionally make.

Some of the other achievements highlighted by the Speaker are approval of the $1 billion fund for arms purchase “without appropriation”, and helping the government improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

 

Read the full statement below:

We have noted the statement issued on April 21, 2019 by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu wherein he stated his reasons for sponsoring or supporting some aspirants to various leadership positions in the forthcoming 9th Assembly. Ordinarily, this would not have elicited any response from His Excellency, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, as  Asiwaju is entitled to sponsor those he believes will have no choice but  answer to his dog whistles anytime he blows same in his capacity as the self-acclaimed National Leader of his party.

If Asiwaju had confined his intervention to stubborn facts, this response would not have been necessary.

He, however, used the opportunity to manufacture falsehoods and paint a non-existing picture of the stewardship of Mr Speaker and the work of the 8th House of Representatives under his watch. It is, therefore, incumbent on us to set the records straight for posterity.

Asiwaju Tinubu accused the leadership of the National Assembly of stymieing “the APC legislative initiatives while attempting to hoist noxious reactionary and self-interested legislation on the nation”.

He said further: “Just look at the way Saraki and Dogara and their ilk hijacked the Budget Process these past four years. National budgets were delayed and distorted as these actors repeatedly sought to pad budgets with pet projects that would profit them”.

He continued, “Even worse, they cut funds intended to prosper projects that would have benefited the average person. After four years of their antics halting the progress of government, we should do all we can to prevent a repeat of their malign control of the National Assembly”.

He generously used the usual unexplained words like installing a progressive leadership and so on.

We do not expect Asiwaju Tinubu to dwell on brazen mendacity, much less murder facts and decorum in his rabid bid to justify his patently clear fascist agenda of controlling all levers of power in Nigeria.

Asiwaju Tinubu’s nocturnal agenda has no parallel in the history of any democracy and it is more loathsome when he throws caution to the winds and maligns government officials who are doing a yeoman’s job of stabilising the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, even in spite of political differences.

It is on record that the Rt. Hon. Speaker has done more to stabilise this government more than Asiwaju Tinubu and his ilk whose stock in trade is scheming, manipulation and subversion, especially when they feel they cannot be caught.

When the history of Buhari’s administration is written by those who know the truth of what really transpired in the last four years, Asiwaju’s pretentious loyalty to President Buhari will then be exposed. We won’t say more but no matter how long it may last, the truth will one day overtake lies.

Perhaps, Asiwaju is still bitter about the leadership contest for Speakership of the 8th Assembly, even though the actors have moved on culminating in Speaker Dogara magnanimously facilitating the appointment of his opponent in the race and Tinubu’s protege as House Majority leader.

The chief cause of delay in enacting the budget is the persistent refusal or neglect of the Executive to present it in good time.

For the records, in the last four years, there was no urgency or plan by the Executive to achieve a January to December budget cycle. For the avoidance of doubt, we will show the dates the Budget estimates were submitted by the Executive in the last four years below.

–              2016 Budget was submitted on December 22, 2015, exactly nine days to the end of the year.

–              2017 Budget submitted on December 14, 2016, just 17 days to the end of the year.

–              2018 Budget was presented on November 7, 2017, the earliest even though it also fell short of the 90 days stipulated by the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

–              2019 budget was presented on December 19, 2018, exactly 12 days to the end of the year. 

As if the late or delayed submission of budget estimates wasn’t enough, in most cases, Ministers and heads of agencies contributed to the so-called delay by consistently refusing to appear before National Assembly Standing Committees to defend their budget proposals in line with the provision of the Law. 

At some point, the leadership of the National Assembly had to take up the issue with the President who advised his Ministers to honour legislative invitations to defend their budgets. 

What Nigerians don’t know is that the Executive, through the various Ministries, continued to propose additional projects to be included in the 2018 budget even as at April and May of 2018 which further delayed the passage of the 2018 budget.

These were communicated officially and if anyone is in doubt, we will exhibit the letters with the dates they were written and received.

In any case, the National Assembly inserted a clause in the Appropriation Bill consistent with S.318 of the Constitution which allowed the Budget to last for 12 months after Mr President’s Assent. This enabled the Executive to spend more of the capital component of the Budget as it still had 12 months protected by law.

As an activist legislature, the National Assembly effected an amendment to S. 81(1) of the Constitution to compel Mr President to present the Budget estimates not later than 90 days to the end of a financial year in order to solve this problem but unfortunately, very unfortunately, Mr President declined  assent to the bill which was passed by both the National Assembly and over 2/3rds of the State Assemblies.

The National Assembly made a further attempt to make the Budget process much better by improving the institutional capacity of the Parliament to process and pass National budgets by passing the National Assembly Budget and Research Office (NABRO) Establishment Bill into law. It was loosely modelled after the American Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Again, Mr President declined assent to the Bill.

It is important to emphasise that the National Assembly is not a Rubber Stamp Parliament and reserves the right,  working cooperatively with the Executive to interrogate projects unilaterally inserted by the Executive branch without the input of or consultation with Parliament.

The legislature cannot be accused of padding a Budget it has unquestionable constitutional power to review. The Budget is a law and the Executive does not make laws. Therefore, it’s only the ignorant and those who hold dubious academic certificates that say the maker of a document has padded the document that only he can constitutionally make.

In the words of his lordship, Hon Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High court,  in suit No.FHC/ABJ/CS/259/2014 delivered on March 9, 2016, “the National Assembly was not created by drafters of the Constitution and imbued with the powers to receive ‘budget estimates’ which the first defendant is constitutionally empowered to prepare and lay before it, as a rubber stamp parliament. The whole essence of the budget estimates being required to be laid before Parliament is to enable it, being the Assembly of the representatives of the people, to debate the said budget proposals and to make its own well-informed legislative inputs into it.”

The parliamentarians are representatives of the Nigerian people and you don’t expect them to rubber stamp budgets that are heavily skewed and lopsided against most sections of the country. It is their responsibility to ensure equitable and even distribution of capital projects across all the nooks and crannies of the country, if the Executive fails to do so. 

In any case, it is false to state that legislative intervention in the Budget Process is to benefit the legislators and not their constituencies. We challenge Asiwaju Tinubu to prove otherwise. He should also show in what way the 8th Assembly acted differently from other Assemblies of the past to warrant the kind of language used.

In any case, all the aspirants to the Senate Presidency and Speakership he is sponsoring are majority leaders in the 8th Assembly and took part in the Budget Process that he made the chief basis of his crude attack. This proves beyond doubt the hypocrisy of Asiwaju’s stated reasons for supporting his candidates.

He should find better reasons other than the lies being peddled about the Budget and obstructing government business. Asiwaju shouldn’t take better informed Nigerians for fools. Otherwise, when he sought to take control of the 8th Senate and 8th House in 2015, was it because of any Budget Saraki and Dogara had delayed or pet projects they had inserted into any Budget before 2015?

Asiwaju must come clean on this matter. He should let Nigerians know why he wants to install both the Senate President, the Speaker and leadership of the 9th Assembly. He may yet win the support of some of them if he comes clean on this matter.

The 8th National Assembly is on record to have supported Mr President’s requests on critical issues of governance. We backed him by Resolution on the issue of fuel subsidy, we backed him on the National Minimum wage, even though we were more sympathetic to workers’ rights.

In security matters, we never cut any proposal from Mr President save our refusal to rubber stamp a clear constitutional overreach of spending $1 billion in arms purchase without appropriation. We have passed more Bills than any Assembly before us, including Bills that are helping the government improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria, and there were times we passed Bills within 2 legislative days. Is Tinubu genuinely ignorant of all these?

We challenge Asiwaju Tinubu to list out the Bills he claimed were not passed by the National Assembly. The oil and gas or petroleum sector is the most important and critical sector of our economy which accounts for over 70 per cent of our earnings, the Executive didn’t forward a single Bill to the National Assembly to reform and reposition the sector in the last four years even when repeatedly urged to do so by Mr Speaker in his first year in office.

The lawmakers waited in vain and had to take the bold initiative of crafting a Bill – Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PGIB) among others, passed it in record time and transmitted same to Mr President for assent. This Bill was vetoed without an alternative Legal framework proposed by the Executive. Did Asiwaju miss this also?

Asiwaju Tinubu should mention the so-called bills the Executive sent to the National Assembly and were delayed to show he is a man of honour or forever keep his peace.

Could someone also challenge Asiwaju to list all the “noxious reactionary and self-interested legislation on the nation”? Can he name the bills that are reactionary and not in the national interest? Is this how wayward lust for power blinds the reasoning of people we should ordinarily respect? Is it not most unfair, unpatriotic and wicked for Asiwaju Tinubu to have resorted to factoids in promoting his known fascist agenda which he mistakenly thinks he is keeping secret?

Finally, we advise Asiwaju Tinubu to be circumspect in his use of language. In this case, he spoke as a spokesperson of depravity. Our reaction must, therefore, be seen as a provoked counter-punch.

Anyone can descend into the gutter if he so wishes but no one has a monopoly of gutter language. We won’t run an adult day care centre anymore on matters like this.

Turaki Hassan 

Special Adviser (Media & Public Affairs)

April 23, 2019.

NASS Leadership: Why I Am Backing Buhari, APC’s Position – Tinubu

NASS Leadership: Why I Am Backing Buhari, APC’s Position – Tinubu
APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, speaks at an event in Abuja on March 28, 2019. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has explained why he is supporting the President and the party’s position regarding the leadership of the ninth National Assembly.

In a statement from his media office on Sunday, the former governor he had no ulterior motives in doing so ahead of the election of presiding officers of the National Assembly.

According to him, all his mind, heart and efforts are focused on backing the APC and President Buhari in achieving their shared vision of a flourishing economy and a prosperous people.

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The APC leader was responding to reports that he was meddling in the party’s nomination process to position himself for a presidential run in 2023.

He condemned the reports, saying he would have committed a terrible blunder by navigating against the President’s position.

Tinubu alleged that some people were casting aspersions at him, adding that they were, in reality, bucking against the position of the President.

He, therefore, urged those he described as “rumour-mongers” to court greater discipline and wisdom, stressing that there was no action a person can take that constitutes a political guarantee as to what may come in the next four years.

The APC leader also described the claim that having allies in the National Assembly leadership positions would greatly enhance someone’s presidential ambitions as spurious.

He, however, noted that the National Assembly positions were important to the fulfilment of the President’s agenda, saying the party learned a ‘painful lesson’ in the last four years.

The statement entitled, “Tinubu Focusing On The Issues Of Today: Tomorrow Is The Master Of Itself,” was sign by Tunde Rahman.

Part of it read, “We have monitored, with rising incredulity, the rash of news stories claiming Asiwaju Tinubu is manipulating the APC nomination process for the National Assembly leadership. The stories claim this supposed manipulation is the first salvo in Asiwaju’s effort to position himself for a presidential run during the 2023 election cycle.

“Not only are these reports utterly false, based as they are in the febrile imaginations of those persons by whom they are being peddled, they are injurious to President Buhari’s historic quest to reform Nigeria. It is for this latter reason that we find cause to speak out where otherwise we would have continued to watch on in silent amusement.

“Nigeria has barely emerged from President Buhari and the APC’s resounding victory in the last election. The President, with the support of an APC majority in both chambers of our National Assembly, is now preparing to lead the nation forward for the next four years. Instead of covering the President’s exciting Next Level agenda and what it promises in terms of economic and social growth and development, these people want to skip ahead to the next election as if they can cast aside the next four years.

“However, the Nigerian people do not elect politicians to office simply to watch on as they maneuver and jostle for position at the next election. The people elect those who they believe will be the best public servants, committed to the national wellbeing. This is why they re-elected President Buhari while rejecting the horde of political jobbers that constitute the PDP.

“The peddlers of these rumors have arrogated to themselves the preternatural ability to read Asiwaju’s mind more than he himself can know it. They also seem to have acquired the unique gift of bending time so that 2023 appears before we even reach the midway point of 2019. If these people would only enlist their uncanny talents in the service of the nation instead of in the service of political intrigue and gossip mongering our country would be much the better.

“This attempt to caricature Asiwaju as if his words and actions are all aimed at grabbing power will fail because this portrait distorts the plain truth. While the headlines are sensational they are also senseless because they are not grounded in fact. Asiwaju has not run for elected office since 2003. He last held office in 2007. He has never vied to become chairman of the APC nor has he tried to insinuate himself into any major government office.

“If you were asked to name another political figure who has exercised such forbearance, you would be hard pressed to identify another person with a comparable record when it comes to restraint in seeking office. Where others, upon leaving one office, tend to set their eyes immediately upon another, Asiwaju, uniquely in Nigerian politics, has foregone his personal ambitions as his political ideas and policies have flourished in the hands of his allies and mentees.

“This track record does not evince a man obsessed with power and office. While the intrigue-mongers seek to depict Asiwaju as a man hungering for position, his deeds speak of something else. These peddlers of tales do not know the measure of the man nor can they understand what motivates him. Thus, they project their own petty ambitions and designs on to him. The rumors reveal more about the mongers than they say about Asiwaju.

“They merely reveal what these people would do if they were Asiwaju. But they are not him and thankfully he is not motivated by the same selfish designs that fuel such people. Perhaps because these people have nothing to contribute regarding statecraft or providing actual solutions to actual problems, their minds remain forever mired in political machinations.

“What afflicts them does not affect Asiwaju. Since he last held public office, Asiwaju has, with unprecedented success, dedicated himself toward building a political party that would furnish a progressive alternative to the regressive policies of the PDP. Joining forces with President Buhari and others who shared his progressive ideology, he helped form the APC. Since the inception of the APC, Asiwaju’s focus has been to assist President Buhari develop, refine and implement a progressive agenda that would give every Nigerian a fair chance to prosper and provide for his loved ones.

“As he enters his second term, President Buhari has stated that he will give the economy special priority. His goal is to defeat poverty and joblessness while spurring the type of growth and development that will make Nigeria’s a durable and flourishing economy. These goals are laudable and necessary to move Nigeria forward. However, the obstacles before us are vast and complex.

“Asiwaju’s mind, heart and efforts are focused on supporting the President in achieving their shared vision of a flourishing economy and a prosperous people. He is committed to doing what he can to help President Buhari surmount the challenges in order to achieve the economic reform the nation sorely needs. Given that the imperatives of today are sufficiently daunting in and of themselves, Asiwaju is neither inclined, nor sufficiently naive, to take his eye off the present in the futile attempt to peer through the thick fog that is the future.

“It is against this backdrop that Asiwaju’s support of the party position regarding the National Assembly leadership must be interpreted. There is no surprise in him supporting the party and the president’s position regarding the National Assembly positions.  Nor is it wrong that he do so.  As a loyal party member and progressive leader, he would have committed a terrible wrong by navigating against the president and party in these matters.

“That Asiwaju has actively and publicly supported the party and president should not result in such public backbiting. We all know how important these positions are to the fulfilment of the president’s agenda. One need only look to the last four years to see how painfully this lesson has been learned.

“If we are truly committed to optimal governance, then we also must be equally committed to ensuring that the National Assembly leadership be competent and experienced as well as imbued with a progressive mindset and a desire to work in close cooperation with executive. This is all Asiwaju has hoped to achieve. There are no ulterior motives. Everything he has done is in concert with and in furtherance of the wishes of President Buhari and the party.

“Thus, those who cast aspersions at Asiwaju, in reality are bucking against the stated position of the President. This is a democracy and people have the right to oppose whomever they wish to oppose. However, if these mongers oppose the president let them be of sufficient courage to plainly say so. They should not disparage Asiwaju as an indirect way to contend against the President.

“What everyone who cares about Nigeria should now do is rally around the president to give him all possible support in driving to reality his economic policies and objectives. This is how we progress as a nation.

“In the end, the rumor-mongers should court greater discipline and wisdom. As Asiwaju recently said there is no action a person can take that constitutes a political guarantee as to what may come four years from now. Moreover, that having allies in the national assembly leadership positions will greatly enhance someone’s presidential ambitions is a spurious claim.

“Politics requires jockeying and maneuvering for influenceto get the right people in the right positions. To be beneficial, politics must be tied to the greater purpose of governance such as with President Buhari’s goal to reform the national economy for the good of all Nigerians. In supporting the party and the president, Asiwaju has shown his commitment to achieving the President’s goals. Nothing more should be read into it.

“Elections are over. Now is the time for governance to take primacy. Those who have taken to intrigue about 2023 reveal themselves to be lacking in essential concern for the people and the substantive issues that confront us. Our challenges are steep and multiple. Resolving them will occupy all of our time and energy. We do not have the luxury to embark on fantasies about the future. Let the future stay where it is for now. In due time, it shall come and shall decide the shape it is to take regardless of the plans we mortals hold for it.

“As for Asiwaju, he lives in the here and now. His words and deeds are geared toward perfecting progressive governance and resolving the substantive issues of today.  Nothing more, nothing less. Those so enamoured with gossiping about him, would do themselves and the nation well if they would follow his more productive example”.

VAT Increase Can Further Slow Down The Economy, Tinubu Tells FG

VAT Increase Can Further Slow Down The Economy, Tinubu Tells FG
APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, speaks at the 11th Bola Tinubu Colloquium in Abuja on March 28, 2019. Photo: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has advised the Nigerian Government against the planned to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT).

Addressing a gathering at the Bola Tinubu Colloquium on Thursday in Abuja, he warned that such decision was capable of worsening the nation’s economy.

“Consumers’ spending is slipping, and this is where I will stop and appeal to Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President, and his team to put a huge question mark on any increase of VAT, please,” the former governor pleaded.

He added, “If we reduce the purchasing power of the people, we can further slow down the economy.”

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Officials of the Federal Ministry of Finance had defended the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) that VAT be increased by 50 per cent during a presentation in the Senate on Wednesday.

But the government’s decision was greeted by criticism from stakeholders in the business sector, including the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) which said VAT increase would leave the economy in a more vulnerable state.

In its bid to generate more revenue, Tinubu who advised the government to reconsider its decision suggested another way to go about it.

He said, “Let’s widen the tax net. Those who are not paying now, if it is inclusive of Bola Tinubu, let the net get bigger and we take in more taxes and that is what we must do in the country, instead of the additional layer of tax.”

According to him, Nigeria is still in the process of defining itself politically and economically.

The APC leader, however, noted that it was tempting and easy to borrow indiscriminately from the nations that have mastered the act of democratic governance and have achieved economic prosperity.

He said the nation cannot afford to lay back and must work hard not in mindless devotion to the ways of the other nations to achieve any durable progress in the process.

Osinbajo, APC Leaders Attend Bola Tinubu Colloquium In Abuja

Osinbajo, APC Leaders Attend Bola Tinubu Colloquium In Abuja

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are present at the ongoing Bola Tinubu Colloquium.

The annual event, which is the 11th in the series, is ongoing in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Other dignitaries at the event include APC state governors and members of the President’s cabinet, as well as traditional rulers among others.

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PHOTOS: Tinubu, Osinbajo Others Jubilate With Sanwo-olu After Victory

 

A day after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the Lagos State governorship election, supporters have continued to jubilate with him.

The National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, other party chieftains, friends and supporters were seen celebrating with the governor-elect at his home in Lagos.

See photos below.

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Persevere Just A Bit Longer, Tinubu Begs Nigerians As INEC Postpones Elections

Persevere Just A Bit Longer, Tinubu Begs Nigerians As INEC Postpones Elections

 

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, appealed to Nigerians to remain peaceful following the postponement of the general elections.

He made the plea in a statement on Saturday, hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shifted the polls by one week.

Please, persevere just a bit longer to ensure that the elections on February 23 truly reflect the will of the people” the APC leader begged.

He added, “Do not allow this delay to deter you from the expression of your democratic rights. What you had set your mind to do on February 16, keep your mind and heart on for February 23.”

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Tinubu who said the postponement was painful asked all those who came out to vote and those who intended to do so to maintain their commitment.

He noted the challenges encountered by INEC but raised concern that the commission was unable to address the issues within the time allotted.

“We are also perplexed that INEC literally waited so late in the day to make known the obstacles preventing it from keeping faith to the election schedule,” the former Lagos State governor regretted.

He said, “INEC could have and should have given the nation more ample and earlier warning.

This could have perhaps lessened the pervasive disappointment that we all now feel. It also would have helped people better order their steps”.

Tinubu’s quotes read, “We have reports of eager voters rising early to leave their homes to cast their ballots only to be told upon arriving at their appointed polling stations that the election had been postponed.

This should not have happened for it could well discourage people from coming out when the election takes place. Thus, we heartily commend those people for coming out in exercise of their fundamental rights and duties as citizen voters, who vote by vote, seek to build and perfect our democracy.

For each voter is in part an architect and each one of your votes is a brick by which, when lain together, shall construct a strong democracy in such a way that it shall forever stand and endure. Thus, we appeal to all who actually came out to vote and to those who intended to vote today, to maintain your commitment.

Do not allow this delay to deter you from the expression of your democratic rights. What you had set your mind to do on February 16, keep your mind and heart on for February 23.

“INEC has stated the reason for the delay and has expressed regret over the inconveniences it has caused. We must take INEC’s statement at face value and hold to the belief that INEC understands even more than ever the sober and grave responsibility it has to our nation and our democracy.

INEC can only properly discharge that responsibility by conducting free and fair elections. While we cannot go back to repair what did or did not happen to cause this postponement, we all must encourage INEC to do all that is necessary so voting can smoothly proceed on February 23.

Whatever our political affiliation, we must encourage INEC to overcome the difficulties in order to rise to this most important occasion. INEC must commit itself more than ever before to perform to its utmost so that these elections will be remembered as a free and fair exercise consonant with the best of international standards.

“In the end, elections must be held in such a manner that every vote carries the same weight and no vote is minimized because elections took place much earlier or later in one place than in another. Thus, it is better to experience a slight delay to conduct the elections properly rather than to conduct the elections piecemeal and uneven fashion.

No one will absolve INEC if such a fate befalls this all-important election. The electoral body must use the one-week extension to mend its logistics gaps and lapses. This delay has clearly provoked significant anger and disappointment among the people.

The voters were ready and INEC should have been equally as prepared and ready as the voters. Yet, we ask that the people contain their anger and remain calm. Let no one be tempted to breach the peace because of this delay.

“In the greater scheme of things, a one-week delay is not overly burdensome when compared to the importance of conduct of free and just elections in the establishment of representative democracy and good governance in our land.

Please, persevere just a bit longer to ensure that the elections on February 23 truly reflect the will of the people. Whatever obstacles may come, be they large or small, let us show the world the Nigerian people will not be deterred from realizing the democracy for which we have fought and sacrificed so long and so hard to achieve”.

Impeachment Crisis: Conflict Between Ambode And Lagos Assembly Resolved, Says Tinubu

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with National Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (middle); Party chieftain, Prince Tajudeen Olusi (left); APC Governorship Candidate in Lagos, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu (middle behind); Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (left behind) and member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Bayo Osinowo (right behind) during the briefing of the Press shortly after the APC leadership meeting at the Government House, Marina, on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

 

The National leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, says the conflict between the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and the state Assembly has been resolved.

Tinubu said this on Sunday after a peace meeting brokered by the APC leadership in the state to end the rift between the Governor and lawmakers which took place at the Lagos House, Marina.

The APC chieftain told newsmen that there is no longer a question of impeachment of the Lagos State Governor.

He said it was gratifying to note that the conflict between the Governor and the members of the State Assembly had been amicably settled.

Tinubu, who spoke on behalf of all the APC leaders in the State, said the executive and the legislative arms of government in the State had resolved to work together in the interest of the State.

 

 

He said: “We held a meeting on behalf of Lagos, the entire Lagosians, our party – APC leadership. In the last one week, there has been noise about the conflict between the executive and the State Assembly. It is of great concern to all of us and particularly what Lagos represents across the country.

“We have been able to look into the source of various conflicts which is not uncommon in politics; what is the genesis of those problems? We are one big family and as a big family, you will have some rumples, you will have some disagreement. As leaders of the party, we have looked into that; we have looked into areas where we have to compromise, discuss and build the institutions, encourage the institutions to really do what is right.

“We have resolved there is no question of impeachment in Lagos State. Let the two arms of government communicate and continue to respect one another and build consensus and understanding. That is all about politics. Conflict and conflict resolution mechanism is inbuilt in any political system unless leaders are lacking in their responsibilities.”

READ ALSO: Lagos Assembly Summons Ambode, Threatens To Impeach Him

 

 

Tinubu thanked the Governor, his deputy, Dr Idiat Adebule and the leadership of the House for agreeing to the peaceful resolution of the conflict, saying it was evident that consequences of allowing such conflict to fester would have been dire not just for the State, but the entire country.

“We thank the Speaker and the entire members of the House of Assembly leadership. We thank the Governor and the Deputy Governor who had demonstrated firm respect for the party leadership in Lagos State.

“You know when Lagos sneezes, the rest of the political equation catches cold and we are very happy that we are able to resolve amicably. The Deputy Speaker is also here and all of them put together, we are assured that things will start to run smoothly in Lagos both the House and the government,” he said.

Also speaking, a party chieftain, Prince Tajudeen Olusi corroborated Tinubu’s position and expressed optimism that the House would soon meet to resolve other grey areas.

“The National Leader (Tinubu) has spoken and mine is just to confirm the decision. Conflict resolution is an essential ingredient of management. We have looked into the problem and the party has directed the two arms of government – the executive and the legislature to work together and very soon, the House will meet and resolve all grey areas,” Olusi said.

The meeting was attended by both the executive and legislative arms represented by Governor Ambode, Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule; Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa; Deputy Speaker, Wasiu Eshinlokun; Majority Leader, Sinai Agunbiade; Chief Whip, Rotimi Abiru, among other principal officers of the Assembly.

Others in attendance were all the members of the Governors’ Advisory Council (GAC), the highest decision making organ of the party in the State; Governorship candidate of the party in the State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Femi Hamzat, among others.

Buhari Puts Tinubu ‘Fully In Charge’ Of Re-Election Campaign

Buhari Gives Tinubu Full Powers To Oversee Re-Election Campaign
(File) President Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Tinubu

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has given full powers to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, to oversee the campaign for his re-election.

The President announced this on Monday at the inauguration of the APC Presidential Campaign Council held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

READ ALSO: Buhari Vows To Maintain ‘Non-Interference’ Policy In General Elections

He said, “Even though we have only 40 days, this campaign is going to tax us all, because we intend to touch all corners of our great and vast country.”

“But I must also add that, though we will all be deeply involved, I would like to assure the nation that I will do my part without making governance or my work suffer.

“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, my co-chairman, will be fully in charge, and is going to be on 24-hour vigil, the President added.

Ahead of the general elections, President Buhari was confident that the campaign would take the party members to all corners of the country.

He, however, assured Nigerians that his administration remains committed to good governance as the campaigns would not affect their work.

 

The inauguration of the campaign council comes two days after its spokesman, Festus Keyamo, announced the names of the members in a statement.

In the statement issued on Saturday, Tinubu is a co-chairman while Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, are vice chairmen of the council.

A breakdown of other council members is given below;

VICE CHAIRMAN NORTH

Senator George Akume

VICE CHAIRMAN SOUTH

Senator Ken Nnamani

DIRECTOR GENERAL

His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi

DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL (OPERATIONS)

Senator A.O. Mamora

DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL (COORDINATION)

Arch. Waziri Bulama

SECRETARIES

Adamu Adamu

Dele Alake

ZONAL DIRECTORS

North West: Senator Aliyu M. Wamakko

North East: Senator Muh’d Ali Ndume

North Central: Senator Abdullahi Adamu

South West: Sola Oke, SAN

South East: Sharon Ikeazor

South South: Senator Godswill Akpabio

DIRECTORATES

Director, Buhari Support Groups – Dr. Mahmoud Mohammed

Director, Strategic Communications – Festus Keyamo, SAN

Deputy Director- Abike Dabiri- Erewa

Director, Contact & Mobilization – Hadiza Bala Usman

Deputy Director South -Victor Eboigre

Deputy Director North- Senator Bashir Nalado

Director, Election Planning & Monitoring – Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN

Deputy Director I- Baba Kura Abba Jato

Deputy Director II-Chief Emani Ayiri

Director, Logistics – Dr. Pius Odubu

Deputy Director- Senator Umanah Umanah

Deputy Director II- Nasiru Danu

Director, Policy Research & Strategy- Prof Abdulrahman Oba

Deputy Director- Prof. A.K. Usman

Director, Youth Mobilisation- Hon. Tony Nwoye assisted by the APC Youth Leader Sadiq

Deputy Director North- Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed

Deputy Director South – Jasper Azuatalam

Director, Admin- Onari Brown

Deputy Director I- Chris Hassan

Deputy Director II- Abubakar Magaji Gasau

Director, Women Mobilisation- Woman Leader Salamatu Baiwa

Deputy Director North – Binta Mu’azu

Deputy Director South – Adejoke Orelope Adefulire

Director Security – Gen. A. Dambazzau

Deputy Directors – Brigadier General Gambo and Mr. U. Ukoma

Director Legal – Emeka Ngige, SAN

Deputy Director- Prof. Maman Lawan Yusufari

Director Field Operations- Mallam Nuhu Ribadu

Director Finance- Wale Edun

Deputy Director ….Alhaji Adamu Fadan

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Chief Bisi Akande

Chief John Oyegun

Senator Ita Enang

All APC serving Senators

All APC serving and former Governors

All APC Members of the House of Representatives

All members of the National Working Committee of the APC

All Zonal Women Leaders

Gubernatorial Candidates, including all gubernatorial candidates (who would serve as coordinators in non-APC states).