APC Is Resting On A Shaky Foundation – Okupe

 A former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is resting on a shaky foundation.

He made this known on Tuesday during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

He said, “The APC and the government are resting on a very shaking foundation right now. Promises have not been kept people are disappointed either for good or for bad,” he said.

Okupe’s comments come five days after a new faction of the APC emerged in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The new faction named Reformed-APC (R-APC) with Buba Galadima appointed as the Chairman is made up of aggrieved members of the APC, mostly from the National Assembly.

But Okupe said the breakup was not unexpected after the merger of some political party into APC in 2014.

He added, “APC is a caricature.  The amalgamation I saw, I knew that these were immiscible elements and it is a matter of time (they will part ways).”

Following the emergence of the new faction, National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, says the party under his watch would not be distracted by the exit of aggrieved party members.

As far as the former Edo State Governor is concerned those behind the faction – Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) were sponsored and had hoped that the APC national convention – held on June 23 – would fail.

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“You have people who are being sponsored by those who thought that our convention would be a failure were expecting an implosion; if you review the headlines, there were stories of people walking out (of the convention).

“If after two weeks of wrangling in pains, they have been disappointed, you find machinery of people who are willing to be hired for a purpose. It is their right to be so hired but it will not cause any distraction.”

This however did not go down well with Okupe who criticised Oshiomhole for making such a comment despite his wealth of experience.

He wants APC’s Chairman to learn from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in handling the grievances of party members.

He stated further: “Adams Oshiomhole is matured and experienced. I am surprised he is saying what he is saying.

“Filibustering or grandstanding for a national chairman is not it. If I was the APC National Chairman and that question was asked of me, I will say ‘well these are notable politicians among us. It is a pity they are taking this stand but we are still working on it. We are going to find a way and do something’.

“Then I will go behind and call my people and say look this is a serious matter, what are the threats here? How do we handle it?”.

Buhari Meets With Service Chiefs Before Leaving On Vacation

Buhari Meets With Service Chiefs Before Leaving On VacationNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday held a meeting with his service chiefs behind closed doors at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport.

This was before proceeding on his ten-day vacation.

On his official Twitter handle, the President tweeted: “Before leaving I met with the Security Chiefs. We will continue to work to fulfill our promise to confront all security challenges head-on.”

The Chief of Defense Staff, General Abayomi Olanishakin, who spoke to journalists, said that the meeting was to give the President an update on the movement of a stand-by troop to The Gambia.

The president has been a mediator in the political crisis in the West African country and the briefing lasted for about one hour.

Also speaking, presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, gave the assurance that there is nothing to worry about the President’s routine medical checkup while on his vacation.

The President himself also made it clear that there is nothing wrong with going on vacation, just before stepping into the presidential jet.

The President is expected to resume work on February 6, 2017.

While away, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, will perform the functions of the Office of the President.

BBOG Urges FG To Be More Proactive On Missing Chibok Girls

Chibok GirlsA member of the Bring Back Our Girls group, Mrs Aisha Yesufu has condemned the non-involvement of the parents of the abducted Chibok girls in the identification of a teenage girl suspected to be a suicide bomber in Cameroon.

She says the Federal government’s approach in handling the matter is unacceptable.

Speaking with Channels Television in Abuja on Tuesday, Mrs Yesufu said that a proper identification of the girl may give a hint on the whereabouts of over 200 girls abducted two years ago.

She expressed worries over the way the federal government is responding to the matter.

“When this whole story was reported, it took 24 hours before the government responded and that was after a statement from the Bring back Our Girls movement.

“When the government responded, they indeed said that the Minister of Women Affairs was working together with the High Commissioner to Cameroon and the two parents whose names were given were set to go to Cameroon.

“I tell you as we speak right now, the parents have not been contacted by anybody from the Federal Government. Throughout yesterday they were so anxious, calling us,” she said.

Suspected Bomber With Claims To Chibok Receives Treatment

ChibokIt is not yet clear if the arrested suicide bomber being held by the Cameroonian government is one of the 219 missing Chibok girls.

According to a statement issued by the Presidential Spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, Cameroonian health and security officials are making efforts to rouse the suspected bomber, who was found to be heavily drugged, and is also receiving treatment for multiple injuries.

The presidential aide added that pictures of the arrested girl obtained by Nigerian officials indicate that the girl in question is a minor between nine and 12 years.

The statement also says the pictures of the girl have been forwarded to the Murtala Mohammed Foundation for verification by interested Chibok community stakeholders.

Mr Shehu added that the Ministry of Women Affairs, the Nigerian High Commission in Cameroon and other agencies of government will continue to work together with other stakeholders to verify all the issues.

The suspected suicide bomber was reportedly intercepted in northern Cameroon before she could blow herself up.

She was said to have claimed to be one of the 219 Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from Borno State in 2014.

Author Of Book On Boko Haram Advocates Collective Approach

Boko-Haram-terrorists-in-north-east-NigeriaA former Director of National and Military Strategy at the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Darlington Abdullahi, who authored a book on the Boko Haram phenomenon in Nigeria’s northeast is advocating a collective effort in the‎ fight against insurgency and all forms of terrorism.

Speaking at a public presentation of the book entitled, “the Boko Haram Phenomenon and Terrorism in Nigeria”, Rear Admiral Abdullahi said the nation’s armed forces could achieve total victory against Boko Haram with the cooperation of the public.

He, however, admits that achieving a complete annihilation of Boko Haram insurgents may take a little while.

Gathered at the ‎auditorium of the National Defence College were security experts from the various arms of the nation’s armed forces to witness the public presentation of the book.

The chairman of the occasion, Rear Admiral Peter Agba, called for a holistic approach to the fight against insurgency.

The book was review by a former presidential spokesman, Segun Adeniyi, who also spoke on the essence of the book and the fight against terrorism.

It chronicles the origin of terrorism in Nigeria and some parts of the world proffered solutions on how to reduce the activities of terrorists to the barest minimum.

Don’t Distract Us With Frivolous Complaint, Presidency Tells PDP

shehu-presidencyNigeria’s Presidency has advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop distracting the President with frivolous and unfounded allegations of selectivity in the war against corruption.

Reacting to an allegation of the opposition party, published by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said that contrary to the PDP’s allegations, President Buhari did not shield any All Progressives Congress (APC) government official from facing prosecution for corruption.

The President’s spokesman explained that since President Buhari resumed office, he had never told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) not to probe any APC Governor because they were party members.

‘Malicious And Unfounded’ 

According to Mr Shehu, it was convenient for the PDP to remember the cases of Sule Lamido, but it pretended not to notice the fact that former Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, who is an APC member, was also arrested and arraigned simultaneously.

The Presidency in the statement, asked Mr Metuh to produce any evidence or instance when President Buhari interfered in the activities of the EFCC by telling them who to prosecute and who to shield from prosecution.

President Buhari’s spokesman also described as ‘malicious and unfounded’ the allegation by Metuh that “funds from the Excess Crude Account are being depleted by the Buhari’s administration to allegedly pay back APC Governors that contributed to his presidential campaign”.

He advised Mr Metuh to either come forward with evidence, or apologise to Nigerians for willfully propagating falsehoods in order to gain cheap publicity or public sympathy.

The Media aide said it was the responsibility of the former PDP administration to prosecute APC and PDP Governors whose alleged cases of corruption were brought to its attention.

He said if the unseated PDP administration had facts against APC governors, it was within its powers to prosecute them.

Following the allegation that the Buhari administration was secretly planning to award oil refining licenses to its cronies, the Presidency described the accusation as absurd and ridiculous. It stressed that the adherence to transparency and due process would always be President Buhari’s philosophy on doing things.

The Presidential statement reiterated that the Buhari-led administration was passionately committed to fighting corruption in all its ramifications and that no amount of blackmail, distraction and false allegation would deflect the President from this course, in line with his campaign promises.

Buhari Approves Appointment of New Provost For FCE

BuhariThe Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the appointment of Professor Kamoru Olayiwola Usman, as Provost of the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo.

According to a statement by a spokesman for the President, Femi Adesina, the appointment of the 51-year-old Oyo-born Professor is for an initial term of four years.

His academic qualifications includes a Bachelors Degree in Science Education, a Masters Degree in Education (Mathematics) and a Doctorate Degree in Education (Mathematics).

Until his new appointment, Professor Usman was the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Lagos Elections: Lai Mohammed Accuses Jonathan Of Plot To Rig

Lagos ElectionsOn the eve of elections, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has made very strong allegations of rigging against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The Spokesperson of the APC, Lai Mohammed, alleged that the reason why the President was in Lagos on Thursday was to put finishing touches to the rigging plot.

“The plan is to use thugs and militants who have also been imported into the state to intimidate voters, snatch ballot boxes and provide cover for the PDP to announce false results.

“Fake ballot papers as well as result sheets are already being issued to the PDP.

“As we said in our press statement earlier today, the President flew into Lagos on Thursday expressly to oversee the PDP’s rigging plans. He met with his point men; Musiliu Obanikoro, Jimi Agbaje and Gani Adams, apparently to hand over the war chest to them,” Mohammed said.

Lai Mohammed Is Wrong – Abati

However, the Presidency has swiftly condemned the claims by Mr Lai Mohammed.

The Presidency described as false
hood and rude, the statement by the APC Spokesman, Mr Lai Mohammed that the President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan was in Lagos on Thursday to rig the governorship and state assembly elections.

Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati said that there was nothing unusual with the visit on Thursday than the usual homage to the leader of the PDP.

He said the President did not meet with INEC officials, the Police or polling officials or anyone involved in organising the elections.Abati

“So to say the President went to Lagos to supervise rigging of the election is most uncharitable and cruel,” he said.

He added that President Jonathan is “a man of honour who has left a worthy legacy that should not be dented by Lai Mohammed” and that at this point in time “the President should be left alone”.

The Presidency advised that the All Progressives Congress (APC) should look for another target and not the President.