APC National Chairman Assures Citizens Of Stable Leadership

APC, PetroleumThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr John Oyegun, says Nigeria is still under a stable leadership under the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, as he believes strongly in both what the president and the party stands for in terms of effective leadership.

Mr Oyegun was speaking when a delegation of the national leadership of the party paid a condolence visit to Okwuosa family in Oraifite, Anambra state on Saturday.

He, further assured Nigerians that the temporary absence of the president did not affect the conduct of government business.

According to him, the president had already built a firm foundation for national leadership and everything was still in perfect shape for the good of the entire nation, even as citizens look forward for his return in good health.

He said, “Well the president is there, he may not be physically with us right now. the nation is on course, no question about that because we are lucky. We have a very cerebral acting president and vice president.

“We have a man who believes strongly in what the president stands for and what the party stands for and we have an administration that is strong, firm on the ground and very much in charge.

“The temporary absence of Mr President does not affect the conduct of government business.

“Of course we will like to have him here, of course we will love to have him in good shape, strong, as the leader of the team, but we thank God he has built a very strong and firm foundation of national leadership, we miss him but business is going on.”

Ondo Elections: Akeredolu Promises To Focus On Road Rehabilitation

Ondo elections, Akeredolu, Road RehabilitationThe All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, has promised to focus on rehabilitating roads in rural areas, if he is elected.

While visiting some communities including Ajegunle, Laje, Orisumbare, Satiday, Ajebambo in Ondo West one and two, on the second day of his campaign, Mr Akeredolu assured the people of better living conditions.

He also promised to create more local government areas to bring development closer to the people.

Akeredolu has in previous times expressed confidence that irrespective of the current challenges of the party, the APC would form the next government in the state.

The APC governorship candidate had also made a mockery of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying he would defeat the party’s factional candidates if put together in the polls.

Also, the National Chairman of the APC, Mr John Oyegun, had asked members of his party in Ondo State to mobilise for the governorship candidate of the party, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, in the November 26 election in Ondo State.

He had opined that wrestling power out of the hand of the current government was not an easy task.

He then urged supporters saying: “for the APC to win the poll, dedication and hard work are major requirements needed from its members”.

Ondo Election: INEC Raises Alarm Over Security

Ondo Governorship Election, Ondo Governorship PollThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised security concern over the attitude of politicians in Ondo State ahead of the forthcoming governorship election.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Olusegun Agbaje, says the actions of some aggrieved politicians in the state since the political parties conducted their primaries is capable of undermining the security of the state.

“The mindset of the political class, especially the politicians that belong to the leading political party on what it takes to win elections usually involve violence and malpractices among their followers.

“There is an urgent need for the political class to change its do or die attitude to good conduct in politics and a political caution of violence has to be done away with in our political parties.

“Our political parties must imbibe the culture of sincere eternal party democracy in the interest of the nation’s democracy,” he said.

Mr Agbaje made the remarks on Thursday at a meeting with members of the civil society groups in Abuja, to assess INEC’s preparation for the elections.

‘I Will Resign’

On the sideline of the event, the senior INEC official also explained why the electoral umpire published the name of Mr

Recession, Jimoh Ibrahim, Ondo PDP
INEC-Recognised Ondo PDP Governorship Candidate, Jimoh Ibrahim

Jimoh Ibrahim as the Peoples Democratic Part (PDP) candidate for the polls.

 

The decision has led to massive protest in Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.

“It is the court judgement of that day that forced us to say it is this person and that means if another higher court comes with a judgement to say it is Eyitayo Jegede, (we will obey),” he noted.

Agbaje further revealed that he had made a commitment that INEC would obey the ruling of the Appeal Court if the ruling favours Jegede.

“If the Appeal Court says it is Eyitayo, the commission cannot say no, but if it does, I will resign my appointment as a commissioner,” he stated.

Ondo PDP, Eyitayo Jegede, Ahmed Makarfi
Mr Eyitayo Jegede

Meanwhile Mr Clement Nwakwo, who is a member of one of the civil groups, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre, had a different view about the procedure of selecting candidates.

He advised the politicians to address issues of candidacy in-house, instead of approaching various courts for such decisions.

“I do not think that INEC has any major role to play in deciding who the candidates are (and) that’s why they have taken the decision.

“It is really for the political parties to sort out their mess for the court to really not become a theatre of deciding who candidates are, but the political party themselves making those decisions in line with their own process and the rule of law,” he recommended.

PDP Crisis Deepens

At least 1.6 million registered voters are expected to participate in the Saturday, November 26 governorship polls in Ondo State.

There has been crisis over the authenticity of candidates in some of the parties in the polls including the PDP, All Progressives Congress (APC) and Alliance for Democracy (AD).

Olusola Oke, AD, Ondo Election
AD declares Olusola Oke as its candidate

While the APC and AD finally adopted Mr Rotimi Akeredolu and Mr Olusola Oke as their respective candidates, the controversy has deepened in the PDP.

Both factions of the party have continued to lay claim to having produced the authentic candidate of the party, although the Ali Modu Sheriff faction is backed by the court ruling which favoured Jimoh Ibrahim and which INEC has obeyed.

The PDP faction led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has equally been optimistic that “justice would be served” and called on all PDP faithful across Nigeria as well as the general public to remain calm and continue to support them.

In a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, the Caretaker Committee has reiterated its support for Jegede as the party’s sole flag-bearer.

President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu
President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu

On his part, APC candidate, Mr Akeredolu has made a mockery of the PDP, saying he would defeat both Ibrahim and Jegede if put together in the polls.

Briefing reporters after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, he boasted that he would emerge victorious at the poll.

Ondo Polls: I Will Defeat Both Candidates Of PDP Factions, Akeredolu Boasts

Ondo APC, Rotimi Akeredolu, Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon LalongThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, made a mockery of the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday, saying he will defeat the party’s factional candidates if put together in the polls.

Mr Akeredolu made the statement after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

He was led to the Presidential Villa on Monday by the Governor of Plateau State and Chairman of the APC governorship campaign in Ondo State, Mr Solomon Lalong.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Akeredolu boasted that if the two factional candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimoh Ibrahim and Eyitayo Jegede, combine forces and contest against him, he would emerge victorious at the poll.

President Buhari’s visitors were confident of APC’s victory in the forthcoming election.

President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu
President Buhari having a chat with Governor Lalong and Mr Akeredolu

Form The Next Government

The APC governorship candidate in Ondo State had appealed to his co-aspirants in the primaries to come together and work for the success of the party at the November polls.

Addressing his supporters at the party’s secretariat in Akure, Mr Akeredolu said that his concern was to only relate with the people of the state and no other person or group, with the aim of bringing change into their lives.

He was of the belief that irrespective of the current challenge of the party, the APC would form the next government in the state.

The visit to the Presidential Villa follows a list of candidates for the Ondo governorship poll published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

INEC selected Akeredolu as the APC flag bearer while Ibrahim was chosen over Jegede to represent the PDP in the election.

The list also revealed Mr Olusola Oke as the candidate for the Alliance for Democracy (AD).

The choice of Mr Ibrahim triggered a protest staged by supporters of Mr Jegede, who claimed he was the legitimate candidate of the PDP.

Akeredolu Asks For Aspirants’ Support To Win Ondo Election

Akeredolu, Ondo Election, Ondo APCThe APC governorship candidate in Ondo State, Mr Olurotimi Akeredolu, has appealed to his co-aspirants in the primaries to come together and work for the success of the APC in the November 2016 election.

Mr Akeredolu made the appeal while addressing his supporters at the party’s secretariat in Akure, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

He said that his concern was to only relate with the people of the state and no other person or group, with the aim of bringing change into their lives.

Akeredolu expressed belief that irrespective of the current challenge of the party, the APC would form the next government in the state.

He insisted that there was no going back on the primaries, urging the aggrieved aspirants to put the issue of a new primary election behind them and be united towards winning the governorship election.

Speaking to Channels Television, the APC Publicity Secretary in Ondo State, Abayomi Adesanya, appealed to the leaders of the party in the state to come together as one family in the interest of the party and the people of the state.

Anti-democratic Forces

A former Governor of Lagos State and national leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu, had accused the National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun of sabotaging the will of democracy in Ondo state by overriding the decision of the appeal panel that asked for a fresh governorship primary following investigations that showed that the delegates’ list used had been tampered with.

He went on to say that Oyegun’s action in allegedly subverting the will of the people must have been under the influence of a “powerful and sinister arm at work”.

The former Lagos state governor also alleged that the APC was now under threat of being suffocated by anti-democratic forces pretending to be progressives.

The full statement by the media office of Senator Bola Tinubu, demanding Chief Oyegun’s resignation is published on Channels TV website.

The allegation got further attention when the APC’s acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Timi Frank, also called for the immediate resignation of the National Chairman.

Speaking at a press briefing on Monday in Abuja, Mr Frank noted that the current crisis within the party is capable of crumbling the APC if the leaders of the party refuse to act on time.

He urged leaders of the party to compel Mr Oyegun to convene a National Executive Council meeting to resolve the allegations of corruption raised by a former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu.

APC Crisis: Calls For Oyegun’s Resignation Deepen

John Oyegun, APCThe leadership crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may have taken a new dimension as its acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Timi Frank, has also called for the immediate resignation of the National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun.

Speaking at a press briefing on Monday in Abuja, Mr Frank noted that the current crisis within the party is capable of crumbling the APC if the leaders of the party refuse to act on time.

He urged leaders of the party to compel Mr Oyegun to convene a National Executive Council meeting to resolve the allegations of corruption raised by a former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu.

The party’s spokesperson also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and save the party from collapse.

Anti-democratic Forces

tinubu, John Oyegun, APC, Bola Tinubu, OyegunIn a statement released on Sunday, Senator Tinubu accused Oyegun of sabotaging the will of democracy in Ondo state by overriding the decision of the appeal panel that asked for a fresh governorship primary following investigations that showed that the delegates’ list used had been tampered with.

He went on to say that Oyegun’s action in allegedly subverting the will of the people must have been under the influence of a “powerful and sinister arm at work”.

The former Lagos state governor also alleged that the APC was now under threat of being suffocated by anti-democratic forces pretending to be progressives.

The full statement by the media office of Senator Bola Tinubu, demanding Chief Oyegun’s resignation is published on Channels TV website.

No Going Back

Meanwhile, the APC governorship candidate in Ondo State, Mr Olurotimi Akeredolu, has appealed to his co-aspirants in the primaries to come together and work for the success of the APC in the November 2016 election.

Mr Akeredolu made the appeal while addressing his supporters at the party’s secretariat in Akure, the state’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

AkeredoluHe said that his concern was to only relate with the people of the state and no other person or group, with the aim of bringing change into their lives.

Akeredolu expressed belief that irrespective of the current challenge of the party, the APC would form the next government in the state.

He insisted that there was no going back on the primaries, urging the aggrieved aspirants to put the issue of a new primary election behind them and be united towards winning the governorship election.

Speaking to Channels Television, the APC Publicity Secretary in Ondo State, Abayomi Adesanya, appealed to the leaders of the party in the state to come together as one family in the interest of the party and the people of the state.

Dogara, Others Meet APC Leadership Over Bauchi Bailouts

bauchi govMembers of the National Assembly and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State have taken their case against the State Governor, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, to the national leadership of the party.

The delegation, led by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, comprised of federal lawmakers; the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and leaders of the APC in Bauchi State, northeast Nigeria.

The delegation had a closed-door meeting with the National Chairman of the party, Mr John Oyegun, at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, the Senator representing Bauchi-South, Ali Wakili, said the delegation discussed the non-payment of workers’ salaries, non-utilisation of bailouts from the Federal Government among others.

His counterpart from Bauchi North, Senator Suleiman Nazif, also said that they came to brief the party on the developments in the state.

APC Vows To Resist Rigging In Benue South Election Re-run

APCThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Oyegun, and the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, have said that the APC will not allow the will of the people of Benue South to be subverted in the February re-run election.

The APC leaders disclosed this in Otukpo while receiving into its fold, the immediate past Deputy Governor of Benue State and two former ministers in the last administration, during the official flag-off of it candidate, Daniel Onjeh’s campaign.

Governor Ortom, who warned against any attempt to subvert the will of Benue South voters in the re-run election, added that the defection of Stephen Lawani and Sam Odeh would earn Daniel Onjeh victory against his opponent and former Senate President, David Mark.

The candidate of APC in the Benue South re-run elections, urged the people to vote for change and transformation of the Idoma land.

Take Advantage Of APC Crack, PDP BOT Chairman Urges Members

PDP BOT Chairman, Mr Haliru Bello, has appealed to the members of the PDP to take advantage of the visible cracks in the APC to reconcile its membersThe acting Chairman, Board Of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Haliru Bello, has appealed to the members of the PDP to take advantage of what he described as visible cracks in the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to reconcile PDP faithful who had joined the ruling party.

Mr Bello made the statement on Monday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital while receiving members of the party from Kebbi State.

The “visible cracks”’, according to the PDP BOT Chairman was as a result of the June 6 straw poll which produced Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as the APC candidate for the House of Reps Speaker, against Honourable Yakubu Dogara of the same party.

Senator Ahmed Lawan was also picked for the position of the Senate President.

The lawmakers supporting another Senator gunning for the Senate President position at that time, Senator Bukola Saraki and those supporting Honourable Dogara for the position of House of Representatives Speaker, boycotted the elections.

Subsequently, Senator Saraki and Honourable Dogara both emerged the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives of the 8th National Assembly respectively.

The Senators, under the platform of the ‘Unity Forum’, said the process, which saw Senator Saraki’s emergence, was unconstitutional and could not confer legitimacy to the Senate President.

In an attempt to address the crisis, the APC National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun, declared the party’s support for both Senator Saraki and Mr Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.

The PDP BOT Chairman, however, admitted that the party had made several mistakes in the past and that the principles for which the party was established remained. According to Mr Bello, it was those principles that would be used to rebuild the party.

He urged the PDP members to keep faith with the party, as it works to emerge from its failure, adding that they should go back to their states and constituency to reconcile party members.

Saraki’s Leadership: APC Members Displeased With Party’s Endorsement

APC on Saraki's Senate LeadershipSome Governors and lawmakers elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have expressed dissatisfaction with the party’s decision to forgive and allow the Senator Bukola Saraki-led leadership of the National Assembly to stand.

The National Chairman of the party, Mr John Oyegun, had earlier declared the party’s support for both Senator Saraki and Mr Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.

In an interview with Channels Television on Saturday, one of the pro-Lawan Senators, Abdullahi Adamu, said that his faction, the Unity Forum, would take a position on the party’s endorsement of Senator Saraki’s leadership.

Senator Adamu made the declaration in Lafia, the Nasarawa State’s capital in north-central Nigeria during the wedding of Governor Tanko Al-makura’s daughter.

Also addressing reporters at the wedding ceremony, Governor Al-makura believed that, in spite of the APC lawmakers differences, the party was harmonising all interest to help it move forward with its programmes of uplifting the country, as promised in their campaigns.

Al-makura further noted that the decision demonstrated that the APC had the capacity to withstand pressure, hopeful that the party would come out stronger after a meeting of the stakeholders aimed at dousing the tension.

APC Confident Of Winning 2015 Presidential Election

John_OyegunThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria is confident of winning the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in the February 2015 presidential election.

In statements that sounded more like a challenge to the ruling party on Friday in the Edo State capital, Benin City, some leaders of the party expressed optimism that the party had what was needed to occupy the Aso Rock come 2015.

The party members gathered in honour of the party’s National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun, who clocked 75 years on Friday. They also insisted that the elections must be free and fair.

No member of the party had officially declared interest to be the flag bearer of the party in the presidential election.

However, as the party members gathered in the Edo State capital, some potential gladiators in the political contest appear to have started mapping out strategies announcing their presence and interest.

Posters of General Muhammadu Buhari are now dotting parts of the city, signalling that he may become one of the contenders in the coming election

General Buhari, who contested on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change in the 2011 presidential election had said it was his last attempt, but the Edo APC chairman thinks the APC platform could give him a better chance, though he had not officially notified the party.

The APC had participated in two governorship elections so far this year. They lost Ekiti State to the PDP, won in Osun State and Adamawa State election would soon hold.

A former PDP National Chairman, Audu Ogbeh, who joined the APC, still thinks that the electoral process leaves a lot to be desired.

Despite the concerns over the observed anomalies, the APC national chairman is confident that the party would emerge victorious in the elections.

It is not yet clear the zone that the APC may have zoned its presidential slot to, what is most important at the end of the day is that the party lives up to its promise of providing candidates that will be acceptable to the electorate.

Exit Of Tom Ikimi And His Likes Was Prayed For – APC

Lai_MohammedThe All Progressives Congress (APC) says the exit of Tom Ikimi and others like him was what the party had prayed and fasted for.

The spokesman for the opposition party, Mr Lai Mohammed, said on Sunday that every member of the party was celebrating their exit.

“I don’t know why there is so much noise about his exit,” Mr Mohammed said, describing  as “absolute bunkum”claims that Mr Ikimi had played a vital role in the merger of the political parties that formed the APC.

Mr Lia Mohammed insisted that Mr Ikimi was not a power block in the party and that his reasons for leaving the APC were baseless.

He said that the issue Mr Ikimi raised concerning how the chairman of the party, Mr John Oyegun, emerged was not correct, insisting that Mr Oyegun emerged because he was smarter.

Mr Ikimi, who was made the Coordinating Chairman of the Merger Talks before the merger of the parties, resigned his membership of the party giving a detail statement on reasons he left the party.

The letter reads in part: “I would rather trust the informed whispers in the inner circles of the APC which have it that having positioned himself as perceived leader in the most lucrative income sources of the party, he is recipient and dispenser of bags and bags of party funds. I am also aware that he is, too, a beneficiary of most of the lucrative contracts in all the states controlled by the defunct ACN, without exception. To further bolster his image, it was also frequently said that Tinubu has control of all the votes from South Western Nigeria which, as has been currently touted, when added to the votes of North Western Nigeria would guarantee victory for the APC in the upcoming presidential election.

“This reckless and arrogant self-aggrandizement paved the way for the imposition of a strange leadership on the APC in July 2013 when the party obtained registration from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Those of us who had worked so hard towards the successful merger and creation of the APC were manipulated out of the scheme of things. In the bizarre struggle to seize control of the party, we were even openly accused by the self-proclaimed owners of the party, of wanting to steal ‘their’ party. Many of us in the party as well as keen observers outside frowned at the skewed leadership image of the party that was being paraded.

“An image that blatantly ignored national sensitivities. The draft constitution prepared by the Merger Committee included an exit clause, which provides a time limit of six months for the Interim Management of the Party. That clause mysteriously disappeared from the version of the constitution that was smuggled into INEC records. Chief Bisi Akande’s national chairmanship was therefore primed to stay on in power ad infinitum!  Tinubu frantically constituted a group of friends and cronies which he proclaimed to be the APC leadership. The press, led by The Nation newspaper, was made to propagate the aberration. And so, rather than allow the construction of a sound base for the party, conducive to free admission of members nationwide, these self proclaimed leaders embarked on a national travel spree all in a blaze of publicity, criss-crossing the country in private aircraft, visiting PDP state governors to offer them the state branches of the APC if they would join the party.
“While they obviously, but ridiculously, assumed that the crisis then in the PDP would last forever, the details of the agreements they reached with PDP break-away governors were never revealed to the authentic party leadership but they were such that they ignited the explosion of irreconcilable crisis in some states, particularly Kano, Sokoto and Adamawa, resulting in the instant loss of some valuable key members.

” Major decisions said to be party decisions now started emerging from this select group whose ad hoc membership varied from time to time. They usually congregated at Tinubu’s private parlour in his Asokoro, Abuja residence. Those who wanted to belong had to find or force their way into that parlour. Once initiated, your independence or capacity to challenge the plots that emerged from that cult venue became seriously curtailed. Rather than freely open up critical issues to free debate at the Interim Executive Council for democratic decisions to emerge, positions plotted at the notorious Asokoro parlour were being desperately foisted on the party for execution.”

On claims of imposition of candidates on members of the party, Mr Mohammed said that the party had never imposed any candidate on the party members.

Mr Lia Mohammed, further stated that Mr Ikimi’s claims were not true and that his exit would not have any negative impact on the party, as the party had prayed for the exit of Mr Ikimi and his likes.