APC Southwest Leaders Hold Talks In Oyo State

apc-leaders-reconciliationLeaders of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) governors, and federal ministers of south west extraction are holding a meeting in Ibadan the Oyo State capital.

The meeting is considered a reconciliation move by the leaders of the party.

The APC leader and former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Osun State, Mr Bisi Akande, governors of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, ,Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun and Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, Federal Ministers in the Buhari’s cabinet and some Federal Lawmakers are among those in attendance.

Sources within the Southwest caucus said the meeting was aimed at unifying members within the region and help foster a common front in most political decisions of interest to the Southwest.

There have been reports of division within the Southwest APC leadership which some members say resulted to the party’s split in Ondo State, ahead of the state governorship election.

Amaechi Hosts APC Rally, Akande, Tinubu, Buhari Present

Nigeria’s main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has continued its nationwide campaign for more members with a rally in Rivers State, Nigeria’s South-South region.

Top APC members like the interim national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, and former Lagos State Governor, Chief Bola Tinubu, joined the host, Governor Chibuike Amaechi at a rally in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The APC leaders were thankful of the support of the Rivers people, and asked them to continue to throw their weight behind the party in its quest to entrench democratic principles in the polity.

The APC leaders took turns to express their joy about the decision of the state governor to join the party, referring to their previous visit during which they formally invited him to join the party.

Speaking to the large crowd of supporters, former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu said that the APC was determined to save Nigeria from the high level of corruption, intimidation and “oppression of liars”. He said: “If a president is just still writing about the evaluation of basic necessity of water project for Rivers State people, tell him shame.”

General Buhari assured the people that the APC was about securing the country and managing it properly and the way they intend to achieve this is by getting a stronger representation in the states and at the National Assembly.

The host and governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amechi took to the stage after the presentations by the APC leaders. He said that ahead of the 2015 elections, the people must be ready to defend their votes, and that he will be at the fore-front, as sacrifices will have to be made.

APC Appoints Bisi Akande As Interim National Chairman

The All Progressive Congress (APC) has appointed Bisi Akande as the interim chairman of the new merger party.

Addressing a news conference at the end of a closed door meeting in Abuja, the former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff said the appointment is part of the requirement for the registration of the new party.

He said the appointment of Mr Akande is a consensus decision among the merging parties.

The National Secretary of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Tijani Tumsa was appointed interim national secretary.

The meeting was held at the Lagos state governors lodge and attended by governors and chieftains of major political parties.

The meeting was held behind closed door for over three hours. The governors dismissed reports of disagreement among members of the opposition, insisting that significant progress has been made towards the realisation of the merger.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had directed the merging parties to put in place a national executive as part of the registration procedure. Now that this has been done, it expected to give energy to the fight by the opposition to wrestle power from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

ACN Confirms Merger Talks

The national chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Chief Bisi Akande has confirmed an on-going plan for a possible merger between the political party, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Chief Akande revealed this to journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital during a visit by the party’s leadership to the palace of Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III to commiserate with him over the fire that gutted a section of his palace.

He said various committees have been set-up to work out modalities for the merger, which would put the opposition in a better stand to contest the elections with the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.

Abeokuta Gets First Flyover Bridge

The first flyover bridge in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, was on Thursday commissioned by the state governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun.

This will be the first bridge to be constructed in the entire state since its creation in 1976.

The four-lane overhead bridge begins at the end of Lalubu road and opens into the newly expanded lane Ibara-Totoro road.

Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Amosun said the massive investment in infrastructure was in fulfillment of his electoral promises to the people of Ogun State.

He noted that the new bridge would aid movement of goods and services, ease flow of traffic, reduce manpower-time wasted on the road, thereby improving the productive time of every individual plying the road.

“Our goal is to put our state in the league of advanced economies and make it investors’ destination of choice not only in Nigeria but sub-Saharan Africa.”

“To achieve this, we will continue to rehabilitate existing infrastructure and construct not just modern but high-tech infrastructure that will enhance the magnificence of our environment and act as a catalyst for our socio-economic development,” he said.

While expressing gratitude to residents, “especially those whose properties gave way to these beautiful edifices that we are constructing across the state”, the Governor urged them to exercise more patience and continue to support the administration in its mission to rebuild Ogun State.

He also called on the private sector to take advantage of the enabling environment being provided and partner with the state government to create wealth and achieve good returns on investment.

In his welcome address, the state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Lekan Adegbite, said the flyover bridge was a product of the vision of Governor Amosun to transform the state.

He explained that every project in the state “complies with the Ogun Standard, which sets benchmarks for others.”

In their separate goodwill messages, Head of Interim National Government, Chief Earnest Shonekan, National Chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Chief Bisi Akande, National Leader of ACN, Chief Bola Tinubu and Leader of Ogun ACN, Chief Segun Osoba, all lauded the achievements of the state government in the area of urban renewal.

According to the national leader of ACN, “Amosun is an actualizer of our dream and vision” as he referred to the policies of the party.

The Alake of Egba land, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, likened the unveiling of the first ultra-modern flyover bridge to the day “electricity, pipe borne water and railway first came to Abeokuta.

“Amosun has changed the city from the status of 19th century to the 21st century” the monarch stated.