We Need Dedication, Hard Work To Win Ondo, Oyegun Tells APC Members

apc-members-at-ondo-rallyThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Oyegun, has 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.

Mr Oyegun told members of the party on Thursday that wrestling power out of the hands of an incumbent government was not an easy task.

“For the APC to win the poll, dedication and hard work are major requirements needed from its members,” he said.

The Chairman of the APC spoke at the flag-off campaign of Mr Akeredolu held on Thursday in Akure, the State’s Capital, which was attended by prominent chieftains of the party from across Nigeria.

Mr Oyegun explained how important the state was to the Federal Government which it is in control of, emphasising that the state must join the mainstream politics.

The APC chairman said they would not allow the state to continue to remain in the hands of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, urging the electorates to give 90 per cent votes to his party.

“Are you happy with the present government in Ondo state? Do you want change? It is not easy to change. It is very easy to change and remove the present government but it requires hard work and dedication. I am convinced that the 26th of this month November is a day for us.

“I assure you that we in Abuja will support you to ensure that the APC takes over power in Ondo. Just as we will not let you down, please, pick your PVC and let it be ready. Tell your friends, family and other relatives, you need to vote for the APC, as this is the only party that can give you the desired change you are yearning for,” he told the crowd of supporters.

On his part, Mr Akeredolu boasted that the APC in the state would not miss the opportunity of joining the mainstream politics.

“We are committed to fighting this course. We should work together to ensure victory at the polls come November 26. We have promised that we will create jobs for the youths, through agriculture, entrepreneurship and Industrialisation.

“Our workers have not received their salaries in a long while but we will ensure that that becomes a thing of the past if we are elected into power.

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Members of the All Progressives Congress and supporters at the campaign in Ondo

“We will not frustrate the people but will bring smile to their faces.

“Twice this party has called me and twice I have answered the call. It is a call to serve the people and liberate the people of Ondo State and I believe that together we will triumph, with your support.

“Look at the calibre of governors, ministers and party members here. Let us vote right and vote for the APC, the winning party,” the APC candidate appealed.

He noted that as long as the APC was ruling in Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ogun and other states in the south-west, the party must take over Ondo State.

Some of the top party members at the rally were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, who represented the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who represented the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun Governors, Plateau, Simon Lalong, Borno, Kashim Shettima, Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun, Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal and Bauchi, Muhammed Abubakar.

Others were, Ministers of Defence, Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali, Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, Communication, Adebayo Shittu, Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Uguru, Niger Delta (state), and Professor Cladius Daramola.

Also at the rally were Senator Joshua Dariye, Senator Olorumbe Mamora, Sola Iji, Pauline Tallen, and Chief Ayo Akinyelure, Segun Oni, Adeniyi Adebayo, Isaac Kekemeke, Ali Olanusi, Tayo Alasoadura and Ade Adetimehin, Osita Izunaso among others.

Impeachment Threat On President Buhari, A Huge Joke – APC

APC, ImpeachmentThe National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has dismissed the purported plan by some senators to impeach President Buhari, describing it as “a huge joke”.

In a press statement by its National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni, the APC said, “This is a huge joke taken too far.”

The party advised the senators in question to “stop the ‘huge joke’ and concentrate on their primary constitutional responsibilities of lawmaking and discharging of their legislative mandates to their constituents at the National Assembly”, urging them not to allow political shenanigans becloud overall national interest.

“The Party will not to join issues on the Senate forgery suit and other court cases concerning some members of the 8th Senate because it will be sub judice.

“We advice the Senators in question to tow the same line and allow judicial processes run it normal and legitimate course.

“Repeated allegations that the court cases are politically-motivated by the President and the APC are baseless.

“The President Muhammadu Buhari administration strictly respects the principle of the Rule of Law and also adheres to the constitutional provisions of Separation of Power between the three arms of government,” the APC stated.

The party urged President Buhari and the entire cabinet to remain focused in its effort to deliver on election promises and to steer the nation to its deserved heights.

There had been media reports of an impeachment plot by some Senators on President Muhammadu Buhari during a closed session of the Senate on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Senate Threatens To Issue Warrant Of Arrest On AGF

Senate, Abubakar Malami, AGFThe Nigerian Senate has threatened to issue a warrant of arrest on the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami.

The threat is coming weeks after the Senate summoned the Minister to explain the rationale behind his action on charging its principal officers to court over forgery.

Mr Malami shunned the call to appear before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Human Rights. Although he sent a representative, the Committee refused to grant him audience.

The lawmakers condemned the Minister’s refusal to honour their invitation.

They said that the same rules of the Senate was used in the administration of its proceedings during the ministerial confirmation process which brought the AGF to office, as well as other top government officials.

Pleaded Not Guilty

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, were arraigned before Justice Yusuf Halilu of the Federal High Court along with a former Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Salisu Maikasuwa and his deputy, Mr Benedict Efeturi.Bukola-Saraki-Ike-Ekweremadu

All four accused persons, who were charged for alleged forgery of the Nigerian Senate Standing Rules, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.

Justice Halilu subsequently granted them bail and adjourned the proceedings till July 11 for commencement of trial.

Although they were present in court on Monday for the commencement of hearing, the Court Registrar informed the parties that the court was on vacation, hence the case would be adjourned.

Violation Of Separation Of Powers

In his reaction, Senator Saraki described the action by the AGF as misguided and alleged that there now exists a government within the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, who “have seized the apparatus of executive powers to pursue their nefarious agenda“.

He reiterated his innocence and that of Senator Ekweremadu of the charges, claiming that the charges represent a violation of the principle of the separation of powers between the executive and the legislature as enshrined in the nation’s constitution.

The Spokesman of the Senate, Aliyu Abdullahi, also noted that contrary to the claim by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir Lawal, neither Dr. Saraki nor Senator Ekweremadu were mentioned by the petitioners, the statements by those interviewed by the Police or even the Police report.

He stated that as regards the facts of the 1999 case, it was obvious that the Senate President and his deputy were not being accused of certificate forgery as it happened in former Speaker Salisu Buhari’s case.

Forgery Case: Senate Insists It Is Under Assault

Senate, AirportsThe Senate is disagreeing with the Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr David Lawal, that the Senate is not on trial in the forgery case instituted by the Attorney General of the Federation against the Senate President and his Deputy.

In a statement by the Senate Spokesman, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, it stated that the Senate maintains its earlier stand that it is the target of the present attempt to intimidate the legislature to force a leadership change in the Senate.

He stated that contrary to the claim by the SGF, neither the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki nor Senator Ike Ekweremadu were mentioned by the petitioners, the statements by those interviewed by the police or even the police report.

He further stated that as regards the facts of the 1999 case, It is obvious that the Senate President and his deputy are not being accused of certificate forgery as it happened in ex-Speaker Salisu Buhari’s case.

“Also, neither Saraki nor Ekweremadu is below the age requirement for their present positions as it was alleged in the Buhari case.

“It stated that Attempts to make the two situations look similar is to present all Nigerians as having no sense of history”, he said.

He also stated that the Senate President and his Deputy were, as at the morning of the June 9, 2015 inauguration of the Senate, mere Senators-elect and could therefore not have been in a position to influence any alteration in the rule book.

Mr Lawal said the trial of the Senate President and his Deputy, is not a trial of the Senate or the National Assembly as a body.

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Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir David Lawal.

Mr Lawal further stressed that the government of President Buhari is in no way out to emasculate the legislature as alleged by the Senate President and his Deputy.

According to the SGF “a case of forgery is usually preferred against individuals. This is not different. As was the case with a former speaker of the House of Representatives, who was accused of certificate forgery, what he did was to resign, honourably.

“The matter did not even go to court”, he said.

He therefore urged both parties to allow justice take its due course.

Buhari To Ministers: You Must Be Agents Of Change

Muhammadu-Buhari-Nigeria_presidentA retreat for ministers-designate has begun at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory.

President Buhari asked the ministers-designate to “count themselves privileged to have been chosen among millions of their compatriots to be the drivers of the change that the ruling party promised Nigerians”.

The President said that the government officials’ determination to succeed must be equal to the nation’s challenges.

While recalling that his election was hinged on his promise to tackle corruption, insecurity and improve the economy, he said that the ministers-designate must be agents of the change promised by his administration.

According to Nigeria’s number one citizen, the diversification of the nation’s economy would be the focus of his government.

The retreat is being attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, all ministers-designate and other presidential aides and top government officials.

The event is being organised by the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Lawal, and it is holding at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had on Tuesday submitted the list of screened and confirmed ministers to President Muhammadu Buhari.

After receiving the document, President Buhari gave the indication that some of the new ministers would have to operate without portfolio.

This is hinged on the fact that the Federal Government, according to Buhari, could not afford to have an elaborate federal cabinet.

“The constitution certainly said there must be one member of the cabinet from all the states. The constitution did not say I must have 36 ministries.

“I will exploit that detail because of the economic imperative to have less ministers,” he told the Senate President.