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.”

Oyegun Dismisses Rift With Tinubu As ‘Difference Of Opinion’

John-OyegunThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Oyegun, has dismissed the rift between himself and the party’s stalwart, Bola Tinubu, as mere differences in opinion and perception.

He told reporters in Abuja on Tuesday that he had no plans to resign as the party’s chairman and stressed that the procedure was specified in the party constitution.

Mr Oyegun, who had met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, said despite the harsh way in which the statement attributed to Tinubu was expressed, his association and relationship with Tinubu goes way back and could not be out to question.

“Do they know how far back our association goes? Do they know that we were in the trenches together in the NADECO days.

“Why can’t people who have mutual respect for each other have difference of opinion? All we had was a difference of opinion. Yes it was expressed a bit harshly but that doesn’t remove the basic fact that we have worked together and there is no rift,” Mr Oyegun stressed.

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Muhammadu Buhari and John Oyegun at the Presidential Villa

He also denied involvement in the protest by some youths at the party’s headquarters against Tinubu for alleged highhandedness, saying he would investigate the matter to find out who was behind it.

The APC National Chairman further said that the party’s National Executive Council would hold a meeting at the appropriate time over matters arising.

Mr Tinubu had demanded the resignation of the party’s chairman, Chief John Oyegun.

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In a statement released on September 25, 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.

Oyegun Solicits Collective Efforts To Fix Nigeria

John Oyegun, NigeriaThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Oyegun, has called for collective efforts to fix Nigeria.

Mr Oyegun made the appeal at the University of Ibadan in Oyo State, southwest Nigeria after he was conferred with an award as the ‘Alumnus of the Year’ of the institution.

He attributed the existing problems across all sectors in Nigeria to widespread indiscipline which he claimed had crippled every system.

Overhauling The System

The APC Chairman expressed hope that the agony and pains of the current economic mayhem were not lost on the Federal Government.

He lamented that the APC took over power when the economy was in a bad shape, adding that there was need for complete overhauling of the system to initiate the desired change envisaged by the people.

Mr Oyegun explained that President Muhammadu Buhari had been working non-stop to tackle the challenges and improve the standard of living of Nigerians.

Admitting the present harsh state of the nation, he urged the populace to show understanding with the government.

In his goodwill remarks, the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, said that the University of Ibadan was known for excellence, having produced eminent Nigerians, who he said were now shaping the world.

He implored the university authorities to partner with the state government in upgrading the education sector.

Kogi Assembly Crisis: Five Members Sit, Suspend 10

Kogi AssemblyThe crisis rocking the Kogi State assembly deepened on Tuesday as members of the pro-Imam faction of the House suspended ten members of the factional group led by the embattled Speaker, Momoh Jimoh-Lawal.

The group, led by Umar Imam, announced the suspension at the floor of the assembly after a report of a committee set up to look into the crisis.

The five-man committee led by Honorable John Abah, in its findings, said that the crisis caused in the House were unnecessarily heated up by some people with vested interests.

The committee also aligned with the position of the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who is alleged to have said that the sealing up of the Kogi Assembly was not necessary as the crisis had not led to break down of law and order in the state.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has summoned the Attorney-General of the Federation over his alleged comments that the National Assembly was wrong to have taken over the duties of the Kogi State House of Assembly.

In a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Nicholas Ossai and unanimously supported by most lawmakers, the House described the comments of the Attorney-General as a direct attack on the National Assembly.

The Senate agreed with the House of Representatives to take over the legislative functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly after its leadership crisis degenerated into a situation where two persons claimed to be Speaker of the House.

Reps Summon Attorney-General, Police IG Over Kogi Assembly

Attorney GeneralThe House of Representatives has summoned the Attorney-General of the Federation over his alleged comments that the National Assembly was wrong to have taken over the duties of the Kogi State House of Assembly.

In a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Nicholas Ossai and unanimously supported by most lawmakers, the House described the comments of the Attorney-General as a direct attack on the National Assembly.

Rep Nicholas Ossai informed the House of a letter allegedly written by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, directing the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to unseal the Kogi State House of Assembly.

The House has also set up an adhoc committee to investigate the matter and report back to the House in two weeks.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had reportedly told the IG of Police, Solomon Arase, to disregard the National Assembly’s resolution to take over the Kogi State House of Assembly, saying the lawmakers’ resolution was wrong.

The Senate agreed with the House of Representatives to take over the legislative functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly after its leadership crisis degenerated into a situation where two persons claimed to be Speaker of the House.

The Senate also declared that the impeachment proceedings embarked upon by five members of the Kogi assembly is null and void.

The recommendation was made by a delegation mandated by the House of Representatives to look into what it called illegal removal of the Speaker of the State House.

The Senate consequently directed the Inspector General of Police to seal the Kogi State House of Assembly complex until the matter is resolved.

Senate Agrees To Take Over Kogi House Of Assembly

Kogi HouseThe Senate has agreed with the House of Representatives to take over the legislative functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly pending the restoration of normalcy in the assembly.

The Senate has also declared that the impeachment proceedings embarked upon by five members of the state assembly is null and void.

The upper chamber took these decisions after looking at the report from the House of Representatives on the matter.

The Senate consequently directed the Inspector General of Police to seal the Kogi State House of Assembly complex until the matter is resolved.

The House of Representatives had approved a recommendation that the National Assembly should take over the legislative functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly due to its leadership crisis.

The recommendation was made by a delegation mandated by the House of Representatives to look into what it called illegal removal of the Speaker of the State House.

The House of Representatives condemned the actions of the five lawmakers which were said to be in clear violation of Section 92 Sub-section C of the Nigerian Constitution.

The House also condemned the action of the Nigerian Police in subverting the Constitution by allowing the actions of the five lawmakers.

The latest decision by the Senate meets the requirement of Section 11 (4) of the Constitution.

Kogi House Crisis: Reps Approve NASS Take Over Of Legislative Functions

Kogi-house-of-AssemblyThe House of Representatives has approved a recommendation that the National Assembly should take over the legislative functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly due to its leadership crisis.

The recommendation approved on Wednesday was made by a delegation mandated by the House of Representatives to look into what it called illegal removal of the Speaker of the State House.

The House of Representatives condemned the actions of the five lawmakers which were said to be in clear violation of section 92 sub-section C of the Nigerian Constitution.

The House also condemned the action of the Nigerian Police in subverting the Constitution by allowing the actions of the five lawmakers.

The Senate is expected to also pass the resolutions to meet the requirement of the section 11 (4) of the Constitution for the National Assembly to take over the functions of the Kogi State House of Assembly.

 

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly had earlier urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Oyegun, to urgently wade into the crisis rocking the Kogi State House of Assembly before it degenerates into a larger crisis.

Dr. Ali Ahmed wondered how the national leadership of the party and the President could keep silent over the issue.

He noted that no one could stop the House of Representatives from taking over the affairs of the Kogi Assembly since the constitution allowed it.

PDP Congratulates Oyegun, Lai Mohammed, Others

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Olisa Metuh advises APC to put national interest first.

The leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated the new National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Mr John Oyegun, National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lai Mohammed and other newly elected officers for their emergence at their party’s National Convention”.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Saturday also told the new leadership to “ensure an issue based opposition that will purposefully and constructively engage and challenge the PDP with decency and maturity as prescribed by democratic tenets and principles”.

He further stated that Nigerians deserved a vibrant and patriotic opposition driven only by the national interest.

The PDP also urged the new APC leadership to “put the unity and welfare of Nigerians ahead of other considerations and jettison all divisive tendencies including unguarded statements that overheat the polity and pitch Nigerians against one another.

The ruling party, however, asserted its pre-eminent position and widest acceptance among Nigerians across board, insisting that “the new leadership of the APC posed no threat at all.

The ruling party said it remained the only party that had continued to be committed to the national interest, as well as providing level playing ground for all Nigerians to achieve their aspirations irrespective of religious, ethnic and gender considerations.

In his acceptance speech as the chairman of the APC, Mr Oyegun called for members unity, stressing the need for party members to work hand in hand to accomplish the task ahead.

He pledged that in 2015, the APC would provide Nigerians with a visionary, dedicated and people-oriented leadership that would liberate the nation from PDP’s rule of poverty and oppression.

“Under the stewardship of the APC, Nigeria will progress and Nigerians will thrive. This is our sacred pledge to Nigerians tonight,” he said, while addressing the crowd at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Friday.