APGA Holds First NEC Meeting To Strengthen Party Democracy

apga-2The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has made resolutions to ensure the strengthening of the internal democracy and maintenance of discipline in the party.

Other issues relating to the development of the nation, were equally discussed during the party’s first National Executive Committee meeting at the Professor Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka, the Anambra state capital.

In a massively attended meeting by almost all the members of the National Working committee, the board of trustee members, and members of the National Executive Committee, the National Chairman, Victor Oye, outlined in his address, that the progress APGA had made as a party, the challenges it faced and the way forward for a stronger and united party, were key aspects of the meeting.

The National Secretary, Mr Labaran Maku, briefing newsmen on the proceedings of the party, stated that the meeting touched on so many issues such as:

“Expansion of party membership base through registration in all the states, reconciliation efforts made in Lagos and Imo states, strengthening the internal democracy of the party through enforcement of discipline with the suspension of seven members of the NWC including Mr Campbell Umenzekwe and Ozo Nwabueze from the party.”

Other issues included: the funding of the party for stability, the need for support for Governor Willie Obiano ahead of the 2017 governorship election, the appeal to the judiciary to end the lingering litigations, which has been withholding the representation of Anambra Central Senatorial zone in the senate, as well as passing a vote of confidence on Mr Oye.

According to Mr Maku, “the meeting exhaustively discussed very important issues relating to the development of our country and the progress of the All Progressives Grand Alliance and we took quite a number of decisions which will define the motion of our party in the coming months and years.

“We also discussed extensively the transformation of Anambra state under the able leadership of our National Party leader, Governor Obiano, since inception in March, 2014.

“We discussed the revolutionary programme of development in Anambra state which cuts across different sectors of the state’s economy and social life, he added.

Furthermore, Maku stated that “the NEC rose with unanimous confidence that going forward, APGA remains the most visionary option for the country in terms of its policies, in terms of its vision, in terms of its programme and its slogan to be our brothers and sisters keepers at this time in our country”.

Bayelsa Leaders Pay Tributes To Diepreye Alamieyeseigha

AlamieyeseighaElders and leaders of the Ijaw extraction On Friday payed glowing tributes to the first civilian Governor of the state, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.

The late former Governor, who died on October 10, 2015, is slated to be committed to mother earth on Saturday, April 9 in his hometown, Amassoma.

Immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience, who were direct beneficiaries of the late alamieyeseigha’s benevolence were at the event.

They called for unity amongst Niger Deltans and indeed all Nigerians and support for the nation’s leadership.

Governor Seriake Dickson lauded the leadership virtues of late Alamieyeseigha, describing him as a true leader in deeds and words.

One of the other persons who spoke, Comrade Udengs Eradiri, also recounted the late former Governor’s contributions to the struggle for fiscal federalism in Nigeria and development of the Niger delta.

Other persons at the event were late Alamieyeseigha’s wife, Margaret, wife of the State Governor, Dr. Rachel Dickson, National and State Assembly members including Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, former Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku.

Alamieyeseigha reportedly died of cardiac arrest at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, after slipping into coma two days before his death and was placed on life support.

The Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information, Esueme Dan-Kikili, who confirmed the death to Channels Television, said that the death of the former governor was a great loss to the Ijaw ethnic group.

There were reports before his death that the British Government was determined to resurrect an outstanding case of money laundering against the former governor and had requested for his extradition to London.

Election Tribunal: Al-Makura Urges Supporters To Celebrate Victory With Humility

al-makuraNasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura has urged his supporters to celebrate his victory at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal with humility and allow his government prove the opposition wrong.

Governor Al-Makura made the call on Wednesday immediately after the tribunal delivered its judgement, dismissing the petition filed by Mr Labaran Maku, challenging the election of the Governor.

Mr Maku, who was represented at the tribunal by his running mate, Ibrahim Abu,  said that he would challenge the judgement which dismissed the petition on technical grounds.

Lafia, the state capital, went agog in celebration when the Governor’s election was upheld by the tribunal, prompting security apparatus to mobilize for both terrestrial and air surveillance to keep the peace.

Maku Tenders INEC’s Sensitive Materials Before Tribunal

Labaran-MakuThe Nassarawa State All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate in the April 11 governorship election, Mr Labaran Maku, has tendered the Independent National Electoral Commission’s sensitive materials before the tribunal, challenging the election of Governor Tanko Al-makura.

Mr Maku, through his counsel, Joe Gadzama (SAN), questioned the outcome of the election, alleging massive vote rigging and claiming that he won the April 14 governorship election with over 17,000 votes.

Governor Al-Makura, in his defence, through Mr Yusuf Ali (SAN) said that the allegation of rigging was misplaced as the total votes cast tally with votes collated from the polling units and the voting points as empowered by the electoral laws.

Governor Tanko Al-makura of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared winner of the April 11 governorship election in Nasarawa State with 309,746 votes.

Mr Al-makura emerged victorious, winning in 12 out of the 13 Local Government Areas, leaving Mr Labaran Maku of APGA in second place with 178,983 votes.

We’ll Continue To Count On Prayers And Support Of Patriotic Nigerians – Jonathan

JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has said that he would continue to count on the support, goodwill and prayers of patriotic Nigerians as he strives to give the best possible leadership towards the positive transformation of the country.

In a letter to a young Nigerian who sent a donation of 10,000 Naira as a humble contribution to the President’s re-election, President Jonathan said that he was deeply touched and encouraged by the immense support his administration continues to receive from young Nigerians from all parts of the country.

Your gracious gesture is particularly gratifying, coming as it does from one of our nation’s vibrant and gifted youth who are our successor generation and for whom our administration is unequivocally committed to providing the requisite environment to optimally realize their tremendous creative and productive potentials.

As I carry on with the task of positively transforming our country for its God-ordained greatness and prosperity, I will continue to count on the goodwill as well as the practical and prayerful support of committed patriots like you,” President Jonathan wrote to the young Nigerian, Ezemagu Sunday Nnamdi who is currently serving in the National Youth Service Corps.

Thanking the youth corps member for the donation which was sent before the Peoples’ Democratic Party adopted the President as its sole candidate for the 2015 presidential elections, President Jonathan also welcomed his expression of faith in the Federal Government’s ongoing efforts to reposition Nigeria for sustained growth and development.

The President assured Sunday and other young Nigerians that he would continue to do his best in the service of the nation in keeping with their trust and expectations.

In the letter forwarding his donation, Sunday assured President Jonathan of the continued support of patriotic Nigerians and urged him to seek re-election in 2015.

Nigerians are behind you. We see your good works in power, transportation, education, housing, ICT, sports, electoral reforms, observation of the principle of federal character and the creation of investment opportunities.

The insurgents who are trying to destabilize your Administration are enemies of peace and progress. You will surely defeat them,” the youth corps member wrote.

Jonathan Reaffirms Commitment To Fighting Insurgency

Labaran-MakuThe Federal Government of Nigeria has reaffirmed its determination to end insurgency and reverse the attendant economic depression facing the north-east.

The Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, quoted President Goodluck Jonathan, as giving the assurance when a delegation of the northern traditional rulers’ council visited him in Abuja late Thursday night.

The President told the visitors, led by the Chairman of the Council and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, about measures already put in place to end the insurgency in the region.

The visit was sequel to an emergency meeting of the traditional rulers on Wednesday in Kaduna where they discussed the security situation in their domains.

Briefing reporters after the Kaduna meeting, the Sultan said that the council would visit the President and table its observations and concerns before him.

Maku described the meeting with Jonathan as fruitful, saying that it underlined the country’s unity and the imminent defeat of insurgency and terrorism.

A total of 13 traditional rulers were at the meeting, also attended by Vice President Namadi Sambo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senetor Ayim Pius Ayim.

Maku Leads Protest Against Threats On Nasarawa PDP Lawmakers’ Lives

PDP vs APCThe members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State have staged a protest against the government of the state, demanding for an end to attacks of its members in the State House of Assembly and others across the state.

The protesters, led by the Information Minister, Mr Labaran Maku, claim that the lives of the 20 PDP lawmakers pushing for the impeachment of the governor of the state, Tanko Al-makura, have been under threat.

Members of the the PDP matched from the party’s secretariat along Jos road through Government House on Shendam road and ended at the State Assembly complex.

Also, among the protesters in their thousands is the chairman of the party, Yunana Iliya and other top party leaders like former governor Akwe Doma and his deputy.

From Jos road all the way through Government House gate located on Shendam road to the State Assembly complex, the PDP supporters say the lawmakers must be allowed to do their job.

Mr Labaran, who address the crowd of supporters at the Assembly complex said the All Progressives Congress (APC) government is to blame in the impeachment crisis with attacks on his party men.

The party chairman, in company of Senator Solomon Ewuga, said they were at the Assembly to submit a solidarity later in support of the lawmakers and urged the APC to allow the lawmakers perform their constitutional mandate.

There is growing concern among residents of Nasarawa State, as both the PDP and APC have been dragged into the Legislative and Executive feud.The situation requires immediate containment before the state experiences a full blown crisis, analysts have said.

Twenty lawmakers of the PDP in the state House of Assembly had started the impeachment process of Governor Al-makura, but a panel set up to investigate allegations of financial misappropriation dismissed the 16-count charge against Al-makura.

After the Chief Judge of the State had set up the probe panel, the PDP lawmakers requested that the panel should be disbanded, saying it has no confidence in the panel.

Nasarawa APC Accuses Maku, Akwe Doma Of Al-makura’s Impeachment

Governor-Umaru-Tanko-AlmakuraThe All Progressive Congress(APC) in Nasarawa State has lashed out on the Peoples Democracy Party (PDP) dominated State House of Assembly and some PDP leaders for attempting to derail Governor Al-makura’s development effort through impeachment.

The party accused the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku and former Governor, Akwe Doma of fueling the political crisis, after failing woefully in the last general elections.

The APC Chairman in the State, Mr Philip Shekwo, at a briefing in Lafia, decries the plot by the 20 lawmakers and their sponsors to destabilise the state ahead of the 2015 general election, having failed the state in the 12 years of their mal-administrations.

The party further pointed out that governor Al-makura is innocent of all the allegations levied against him by the lawmakers, but assured the lawmakers that he would appear before the panel to clear his name.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly on 14 July, directed the Clerk to serve Al-Makura a notice of impeachment for ‘gross misconduct’. The lawmakers have also set up a panel to look into the allegations against the governor. A date for the planned probe was not revealed.

FEC Approves Launch Of Victims’ Support Fund

Nigeria-FECThe Federal Executive Council has appealed to Nigerians no matter where they come from to donate their widows’ mite to the Victims Support Fund scheduled to be launched on Thursday at the Banquet Hall in the Presidential Villa.

Briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the council meeting, the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, said that the private sector, international foundations, funding agencies and all Nigerians must partake in the fund raising ceremony to cushion the effects of terror in the country.

“You will recall that about two weeks ago, the President formally inaugurated the committee which will be managing this fund and which is chaired by our most respected General TY Danjuma.

“This fundraising tomorrow will enable all Nigerians to contribute to help our less fortunate citizens, who have unfortunately fallen victim to the activities of insurgents and terrorists particularly in the northern part of the country”, he said.

The Federal Executive Council is confident that the Chairman of the Fund Rising Committee, General Danjuma and his members would unveil the different methods through which they will reach every Nigerian to contribute to the fund raising.

Jibril Aminu Advises Media Practitioners On Developmental Journalism

Jubril AminuFormer Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Jibril Aminu, has advised journalists to refrain from writing and publishing inciting reports capable of destabilizing the unity of Nigeria.

Speaking at an event organised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Abuja, Senator Aminu said that partisan and inciting positions by media practitioners would not help the cause of the Nigerian nation.

With an advice to media practitioners to embrace developmental journalism, he stressed the need for journalists to play a positive role in uniting and developing the nation.

The Nigerian Guild of Editors had met in Abuja to raise funds for the building of its secretariat and this drew a gathering of politicians and big wigs in the media industry.

While the governors of Edo and Delta State, were of the view that promoting the unity and well-being of Nigeria as a nation should be the priority of every Nigerian, especially media practitioners, a doyen of journalism and former Governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, in his keynote address canvassed for the devolution of powers.

The Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, however, applauded the role of the media in promoting democratic ideals.

The event is the first of its kind since 1962 when the Nigerian Guild of Editors came into being.

Nigeria Proposes Bills To Transform Transport Sector

FECNigeria’s Federal Executive Council is to forward to the National Assembly four bills aimed at reforming the transport sector.

The resolution to submit the bill was reached at the end of Wednesday’s meeting of the council in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Discussions on the needed transformation in the transport sector dominated talks at the meeting, which also looked at the participation of the private sector in achieving the needed transformation.

The bills include the National Transport Commission Bill 2014, the Nigerian Railway Bill 2014, the Nigerian Ports and Harbour Bill 2014 and the National Inner Waterways Authority Bill.

At the end of the meeting, the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, told reporters  that the bills, when passed, would aid in the movement of goods within the country, saying it would boost the nation’s economy.

He  said that at the meeting, the council members decried a situation where infrastructure in the public transportation system had been funded largely by the government, a situation they said had created bottlenecks in the sector over the years.

“The initiative would open up the the transport sector for competition and rapid development of the sector,” Mr Maku explained.

Mr Maku pointed out that the past three years had shown that the private sector had the capacity to transform the country, citing examples of the reforms in the telecoms and power sector.

The Council has set up a committee, headed by the Attorney General of the Federation, to further work out the bills before it would be forwarded to the National Assembly in two weeks’ time.

Maku Names Replacement Of Sacked Ministers

Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, has explained the circumstances surrounding the sacking of four ministers in the cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan, saying they were sacked in order to pursue other goals.

Mr Maku announced the names of serving ministers to take charge of the ministries of the sacked ministers, stating that the Minister of State for Trade and Investments, Mr Samuel Ortom, will take charge of the Ministry of Aviation pending the appointment of a new minister, while Mr Darius Isiaku takes over as the Minister of Niger Delta Affiars.

The Minister of State for the FCT, Missus Olajumoke Akinjide, will now oversee the Ministry of Police Affairs vacated by Capt. Caleb Olubolade (Rtd).

Briefing State House correspondents after the council meeting, Mr Maku said: “The ministers had indicated their interest to pursue other goals in the country and so President Goodluck Jonathan asked them to go”.

The ministers include the Minister of State for Finance, Dr Yerima Ngama, Minister of Police Affairs, Captain Caleb Olubolade (Rtd), the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Godsday Orubebe, and the Minister of Aviation, Ms Stella Oduah.

The president was said to have thanked them for the job they have done in assisting the government to realise the transformation Agenda.

Maku also said that the former Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Mike Oghiadome, contrary to the reports in the social media, resigned to go and pursue his interest in politics.

He said the former Chief of Staff has nothing to do with the investigations going on in the NNPC.