The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed its national convention indefinitely.
In a statement released by its spokesman, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, on January 18 after a National Working Committee meeting, the party had announced that the convention would hold in April.
The reason for the postponement of the convention is said to be due to the inability of the APC National Executive Committee (NEC) to hold its meeting, which according to the structure of the party should naturally take place before a convention.
The APC spokesman told Channels Television that the logistics of the whole arrangement has stalled the much needed meeting of the party’s topmost organ to decide on crucial issues, such as filling the vacancies which emerged due to political appointments, deaths and resignations.
Congresses to fill vacancies in the state party structures across Nigeria may also be affected by the development.
The APC is under intense pressure to find a suitable date early enough, so as not to contravene its own constitution which stipulates that the party’s convention should hold once in two years.
Domestic flights have resumed operations into the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, following the re-opening of the runway to traffic.
Passengers aboard a domestic flight expressed delight at being able to fly directly into the capital city, and applauded the timely rehabilitation of the facility.
They, however, appealed to the Federal Government to urgently consider the construction of a second runway for the airport, in addition to regular maintenance of the newly rehabilitated one.
Speaking to Channels Television, the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, lauded the prompt decision of the government to rehabilitate the airport.
“We must thank the agencies: The Ministries of Transport, Aviation, Works, and other Nigerians who gave the support. The greatest thing is we thank God that we didn’t wait for a disaster to happen in Abuja before we took that decision,” he said.
The spokesman for the All Progressives Congress, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, also said: “The last couple of weeks have been quite challenging for some of us who fly quite frequently, the logistics of having to go to Kaduna and all that; but I think it has been managed quite effectively”.
The leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has intervened in the face-off between the Senate and the Executive, in the bid to put an end to the lingering crisis.
The APC leadership, after its National Working Committee meeting resolved to meet with the Senate caucus on Tuesday, April 4.
The party expressed worry over the rift which it said was worsening by the day, adding that it has held series of consultations with key actors to put an end to the impasse.
In a statement issued on Sunday by the APC spokesman, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, the party said it considers the committee headed by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as a step in the right direction.
“Ahead of the Tuesday meeting with the Senate, the Party expresses its happiness with the committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari to re-examine the Executive relationship with the National Assembly.
“The Party considers the committee headed by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo as a step in the right direction, which demonstrates President Buhari’s recognition of the paramount importance of the legislative institution in a democracy.
“The Party reiterates its commitment to ensuring that the relationship between the two critical arms of government improves further, and commended the National Assembly leadership for its maturity and predisposition to have all the issues resolved as quickly as possible in the interest of the party and the nation as a whole,” the statement said.
The APC, however, warned its members against utterances capable of worsening the situation and threatened to take appropriate action against any member working to jeopardise the peace efforts.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) believes that President Muhammadu Buhari is now well rested and has returned with new vigour.
The party declared in a statement that the President is back with optimism to fix Nigeria’s challenges and fulfill the promises the party made to Nigerians during the 2015 elections.
The statement which was issued on Friday by the APC spokesman, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, also thanked President Buhari for following due process.
“We thank the President for following due process and properly handing over to his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and thereby saving the country the needless controversies and crises that we experienced in the past.
“The party also commend the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, for competently holding fort on behalf of Mr President and for his loyalty and commitment to the Change Agenda of our party.
“We thank Nigerians and all men and women of goodwill who have been praying for the health and safe return of the President and note that the government is fully committed to the party’s manifesto of change, couched on true transformation in every area of national life”.
A Muslim forum has urged the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure good governance that will give all Nigerians access to education and healthcare.
The forum held in Abuja on Saturday was attended by a former Minister of Sports, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi and other Muslim faithful.
The participants further asked President Buhari to also give priority to poverty alleviation in the interest of national development.
Lectures were held at the forum in the spirit of Ramadan to remind the Muslim faithful of how to contribute their quota to national development irrespective of their class in the society.
Men and women gathered to listen to what speakers at the event had to say.
In his message to the congregation, the former Minister of Sports admonished those in authority to provide good governance and basic amenities to their followers and also called on Muslims and non-Muslims to champion the course of development where ever they find themselves.
Speakers after speakers, also appealed for closer interaction between leaders and their followers, noting that everyone must give account of their actions or inaction someday.
Also at the event were representative of the wife of the President, Maryam Ibrahim and Dr Khalid Abubakar, who was the guest lecturer.
Prayers were also offered for the leaders at all levels.
The Executive Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission, Amaju Pinnick, on Friday attributed the success of sacked Sports Minister, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi to President Goodluck Jonathan, maintaining that the President “gave him everything he needed to succeed.”
While on Sunrise Daily, Pinnick, who lauded the sacked minister, Bolaji Abdullahi as an excellent man who had a vision and mission, opined that “Sport is a continuous process and the minister being removed is a case of the devil and the deep blue sea.”
He also maintained that Abdullahi’s record beats those of his predecessors over the past 20 years. “In fact, in the last 20 years, he’s one minister that has been very exceptional in brilliance and putting things together but it goes beyond that.”
He further credited the ex-minister’s success to his easy access and rapport with the President, who gave him everything he needed to succeed.
He said that the success recorded by the former minister were also as a result of the President’s support. “That’s the key element; the Presidency gave him all the support, so you cannot attribute his success to him alone but also to the President.”
Mr Pinnick also credited the Nigerian Football Federation “as well as some state governments including Lagos, Delta, Cross Rivers, Rivers and (maybe) Ondo for giving the former minister a good platform to work on.”
According to Pinnick, “The good news about this whole thing is that he has been able to establish a template” which his successor will benefit from and improve on. So, the success story of Nigerian sports development can continue.
“I think in the historiography of Nigeria, annals of history in Nigeria, his name certainly will be etched in one place.”
On speculations that Abdullahi was sacked for political reasons, Pinnick said “you cannot serve two masters” and so “nobody wants to care whether you are successful.”
He maintained that people should not fault the President’s action as he may have information they are not privy to. Pinnick further advocated a fixed tenure for the position of Sports Minister in order to control how they are removed from office.
The Queens Baton for the 2014 Commonwealth Games is scheduled to arrive in Abuja on Monday, January 6 and would be received by officials of the Nigerian Olympic Committee and members of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Queens Baton Relay Committee.
The Baton is usually taken across all Commonwealth Countries to signify the commencement of preparations of the Commonwealth Games.
The Baton was last received in Ghana and paraded in Accra and Kumasi.
According to the Itinerary released by the organizing Committee, the Director General National Sports Commission Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye will receive the Baton in company of diplomats from Commonwealth countries accredited to Nigeria.
Thereafter the Motorcade will proceed to the Presidential Villa where the Baton will be handed to the Hon. Minister and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi.
He is expected to present the Baton to the President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
The event is expected to climax at the State house with remarks from the President after which he will hand it over to the Hon. Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for a procession through the FCT.
The seven member Queen Baton bearers led by Sharad Rao Commonwealth Games Federation representative will leave Nigeria on Wednesday January 8, 2014.
The first ever International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) certified road race in Nigeria held on Saturday, at Okpekpe, Edo State attracting 700 top athletes from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Nigeria.
The race which covered 10 kilometres over hills and sandy paths was won by Moses Masai of Kenya, Timothy Troitich of Uganda came second and Yusuf Bitwott came third.
Governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole, who also participated in the race came 131st with a time of 59 :3 seconds.
The race also featured the Minister of Sports, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi and other VIPs including top Nollywood actors.
The Governor, against the advise by organisers to compete in the VIP race which covered only 2.5km, ran the whole length of the 10,000 metres.
The Minister for Sports and Chairman National Sports Commission, Bolaji Abdullahi who thanked the Edo State Government for the commitment and vision for the event promised to ensure that that race is made an annual event.
Moses Masai of Kenya with a time of 29:39 seconds won the race while Timothy Troitich of Uganda came second with a time of 29:44 seconds and Yusuf Bitwott came third with a time of 29:50 seconds.
Rono Georgina; a Kenyan emerged first in the female category while Janet Dunbabadu from Nigeria came 6th.
The race was organised by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, has declared that rather being an asset to the nation, the Nigerian youths have become a major source of problem because of the poor level of education given to them.
Speaking at the Emerging Leader’s Forum on the final day of the 18th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, Mr Abdullahi explained that he use to belong to the school of thought that sees the youth as the nation’s asset but that has since changed due to the poor quality of education.
“For the Nigerian youth to be relevant, they have to be educated, have the ability and understanding of issues, and be part of the political mainstream for them to have an impact in the nation’s drive for a new society” he stated.