APC Govs Shun Inauguration of Party NEC
All but one out of the 16 governors of the All Progressives Congress attended the inauguration of the Chief John Oyegun-led national executive of the party in Abuja on Wednesday.
Only the Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamako, who chaired the convention committee, was present alongside other party leaders such as Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Bisi Akande, and Senator Chris Ngige among others.
There were insinuations that the absence of the governors was a sign of discontent but party officials who spoke off the record, argued that state matters and the Ekiti State election were responsible for the absence of most of the governors.
When contacted, the Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, who spoke through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Ahmad Sajo, said he was on his way to Abuja when the federal authorities closed the Yola Airport.
“They closed the Yola Airport this morning for no reason. His Excellency, who was on his way to Abuja, was forced to go by road to Gombe to board an aircraft to Abuja, he did not shun the meeting.”
Sajo’s Borno State counterpart, Mallam Isa Gusau, said the Borno State Governor, Kasim Shettima, was playing host to the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and foreign dignitaries who were in Borno State to inaugurate the Safe School initiative.
“He did not shun the event,” Gusau said. Add a comment
Protesting youths Wednesday took over the venue of the inauguration of the newly elected national executives officers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja for more than 30 minutes protesting against the choice of the youth leader.
This was as one of the contestants for the office of the chairmanship of the party, Chief Tom Ikimi and a former governor of Borno state, Senator Modu Sheriff were absent during the ceremony.
Just before the ceremony was to kick-off, protesting youths stormed the Sheraton Hotel, venue of the event in their numbers wearing a T-shirt carrying his photograph of the controversial youth leader, . Mr. Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo.
For more than 30 minutes the national leaders of the party, including General Mohammadu Buhari were held hostage while the inauguration programme was partially disrupted as two different group of youths suspected to be supporters of the national youth leader clashed with supporters of another youth group who were opposed to his election.
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2,000 APC Members Defect to PDP in Kwara
Ahead of the 2015 general election, no fewer than 2,000 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State at the weekend defected from the party to the Peoples Democractic Party (PDP).
Media checks revealed that the affected party members are believed to be from Ilorin West Local Government Area of the state.
But in swift reaction, the state Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Buhari Suleiman, denied that the members were from the APC, alleging that it was a political ploy by the PDP to create a false impression.
According to him, "Nobody left our party to the best of my knowledge because what we have which is a reality is that members are trooping to APC on daily basis because the PDP is too fragmented in Kwara to attract anyone."
He said: “PDP is a party without control unlike APC that is taking care of its members. The so-called decamp was a political arrangement by the PDP to create false impression that did not exist and they have failed. APC is Kwara and Kwara is APC."Add a comment
Oyegun Emerges APC National Chairman
Delegates at the first national convention of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday night in Abuja elected former governor of Edo State, Chief John Odigie Oyegun as the first substantive National Chairman of the party. Oyegun emerged by consensus, despite initial stiff opposition from his kinsman, Tom Ikimi who was not seen at the venue of the convention. This was after two other aspirants for the chairmanship position, Chief Sam Jaja and Timipire Sylva agreed to back down, thus leaving Oyegun and Ikimi to do the contest.
Sylva while announcing his withdrawal from the contest, said he took the decision in order to maintain party unity, adding that he will throw his weight behind the party's choice, Oyegun.
Other officers who also emerged through the same process were Deputy Chairman, South, Segun Adebayo Oni; Deputy Chairman, North, Lawal Shuaibu; National Secretary, Alhaji Mai Mala Goni and National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Muhammed.
However, at about 1.40am, heavy rain and wind disrupted the voting process for the ouststanding party offices for which voting was in process. Ballot boxes were scattered by the heavy wind, canopy and the public addres system were destroyed by the rain sending everybody scampering for shelter.
Earlier, Senator Chris Ngige announced that the APC would in November this year hold another national convention to elect its presidential candidate.
Also yesterday, former head of state, retired General Muhammadu Buhari described the 2015 general election as the watershed for the country. Also, former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, said the general election would bring to end the era of impunity that had allegedly characterized the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. Add a comment
Ezekwesili to Jonathan Govt "You Are Heathens"!
One of the organisers of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, yesterday went for the jugular of those seemingly opposing the group’s efforts.
This is coming on the heels of the recent twitter clash between her and the presidential Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, when the latter chided Ezekwesili over her inability to accept the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s sublime supremacy over her.
Tweeting from her twitter handle @obyezeks, the former Minister of Education replied those who strongly suggested that she was an opportunist who simply loved being in the limelight.
She said: “I had to offload my fury on those who should consolidate efforts at rescuing our #ChibokGirls but are rather directing energy at the wrong targets. Heathens who proudly work evil thinking that the creator of eyes and ears can neither see nor hear. Hear me well, God is not mocked.
“Heathens who seeing public office as a spoil can never understand we who passed through same office and spat on those ignoble and accursed wealth. If even the parents of the girls abducted them, would we as a sane nation not do everything to rescue them? What then is the irritation about?
“Heathens wish that we should feel guilt for standing for the cause of the vulnerable children of our nation. We shall stand on. Heathens wish to embed a culture of wickedness as the spirit of our shared humanity? No. It cannot be, keep on raging. We'll keep demanding.
“These heathen just cannot get it. How can they? Heartless, they make double victims of #ChibokGirls who were already victims. Heartless lot!”
Condemning claims that they were paid by the opposition, she said: “These heathens imagine vain things by lying to themselves that our empathy is opposition inspired, money or power induced. Heartless lot. We who will not stop demanding for our #ChibokGirls, take joy in persisting. No matter how loud the heathens rage and imagine vain things. Add a comment
USA Condemns Tinubu Over ‘Rig and Roast’ Threat
The United States of America has faulted threat comments by top Nigerian politicians, including the leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, ahead of the forthcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun States.
While the governorship election in Ekiti State is expected to hold on June 21, that of Osun is scheduled to hold on August 9.
It would be recalled that Tinubu had during his investiture as Chancellor of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, threatened that riggers in the elections would be roasted.
The ex-governor of Lagos State had said, “No government that wants people’s votes will be doing what they are doing. They are already planning to rig the elections but be ready to protect your votes; nobody serves you freedom a la carte. It is going to be rig and roast.
“We are prepared not to go to court but to drive you out. We will not take it anymore. If you mess up in Ekiti and Osun states, you will see our reactions. For every action, there must be a reaction.”
But, the US in a statement entitled, ‘Countering the crisis of credibility’, by its Consul General, Jeff Hawkins, wondered why politicians keep making elections incredible in Nigeria. Add a comment
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