Kogi guber polls: Governor Bello’s opponents get upper hand

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Opponents of Governor Yahaya Bello in the contest for the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship ticket in Kogi State may get upper hand as the party’s leadership considers their petition against indirect primaries.

While Bello preferred indirect primaries, his opponents numbering 20 have opted for direct primaries, alleging that the governor would hijack the process by making local government chairmen, State House of Assembly Members loyal to him and his Aides delegates, if the indirect primary is allowed.

The aspirants in a petition to the APC National Working Committee, NWC argued that, “it is instructive to note that nearly all the 21 local governments Chairmen are Governor Yahaya Bello’s coordinators. To subject other aspirants to this hostile political mechanism in the name of indirect primary amounts to a clear case of political ambush, gross injustice and trust betrayed,” they argued.

“Arising from these cogent observations, we categorically reject the indirect primary adopted by our party for Kogi State,” they noted.

APC NWC had approved indirect primaries for Kogi but following the petitions, it has agreed to look at the merit of the petitions in line with the party’s constitution and come out with a position in due course.

Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, in statement in Abuja acknowledged that the party  had received petitions from some stakeholders in Kogi State in reaction to indirect primaries adopted for the election of APC candidate for November 16 governorship polls in the state.

According to him, the NWC thanked the aggrieved APC stakeholders in Kogi State for the peaceful manner in which they have conducted themselves so far and their trust in the NWC to do the right thing.

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Presidential election tribunal: PDP witness alleges party defeated APC in Katsina

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A People’s Democratic Party (PDP) witness, Tuesday, alleged that his party won elections in the 2019 presidential polls in Katsina State, with 33,000 votes. The witness, Sallisu Yusuf, who claimed to be the state chairman of the PDP, was speaking during his cross examination by APC lawyers at the Presidential Tribunal on Tuesday. The witness…

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IPAC chair advises APC to manage victory for people’s benefit, congratulates Okiye

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Edo State chapter of the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) has expressed displeasure over the disagreement concerning the inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly, urging the All Progressives Congress (APC) to put its house in order in the interest of the people.

Chairman, IPAC, Kelly Ogbaloi, said this at IPAC’s second general meeting at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) annex office in Benin City.

Ogbaloi conveyed the displeasure of the council over the rancour among the APC-led government in relation to the inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly.

He said, “We advise the APC to manage its success for the benefit of the society. We hope that Governor Godwin Obaseki and Comrade Adams Oshiomhole would be on top of the issue to ensure no further issues arise. We applaud the government for being able to inaugurate the Assembly as we congratulate the Speaker, Hon. Frank Okiye.”

He noted that the state government had recorded impressive feats in critical sectors of the state, notably in the economy, road construction and rehabilitation as well as the completion of abandoned projects initiated by previous governments.

“The policies driven by Governor Godwin Obaseki are laudable. He is civil and novel in his approach. Compared to what we saw in the past from political leaders, he is a breath of fresh air. There are cases where vital projects were abandoned or discontinued, but his government is outstandingly different,” he said.

He praised Governor Obaseki for making land management and property development seamless in the state, noting, “Thugs, touts and thieves have been told by the governor to keep a distance. You can now own lands and houses without molestation from any quarter in Edo State.”

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APC debunks reports of crisis over NASS principal officers

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The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has debunked reports of crisis rocking the party over appointment of Principal Officers of the 9th National Assembly.

There were reports of face-off among Members of the National Working Committee, NWC of APC over who emerged Majority Leader of the House of Representatives ahead of the Tuesday resumption date of the House.

According to the report, there is crisis brewing in the APC leadership as Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s National Chairman is perfecting plans to impose Aminu Sulaiman (APC, Kano) as the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives against the wishes of other NWC Members who are supporting Ado Doguwa (APC, Kano) for the same position.

But Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary in a statement made available to journalists Sunday night said the report is false and should be disregarded.

Issa-Onilu stated that consultations are ongoing and in APC typical style, the party will come out to formally announce the its decision on the appointments.

He noted that, in arriving at party decisions and in all its activities, APC has always been transparent, ensuring the best democratic principles are adhered to in whatever steps the party takes.

“Our attention has been drawn to a report in circulation purporting the appointment of the remaining principal officers of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 9th National Assembly.

“With the prevalence of fake news, we urge the media to always wait for and rely on official statements from the party other than unofficial sources. The media should please take due note of this on future issues that involve our party”, Issa-Onilu warned.

 

James Kwen, Abuja

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Bauchi Assembly crisis: APC runs to Buhari, IG for help

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Disturbed by the emergence of Abubakar Suleiman (APC, Ningi) who is loyal to Governor Bala Mohammed as the Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, the All Progressives Congress, APC has ran to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu for help.

There was drama last Thursday when 11 out of the 31 Members of the Bauchi State House of Assembly believed to be loyal to the Governor elected on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP were sworn-in and they elected Suleiman as the Speaker.

Also, 18 Members loyal to the APC accosted the House mace as Suleiman’s group tried exit the Assembly complex but they came short of getting the mace after security agents present at the Assembly intervened.

However, the immediate past Speaker, Shehu Damina from Darrazo constituency who was also contesting for Speakership of the House organized his group of 18 Members and held a parallel inauguration and was ‘sworn in’ as Speaker.

Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman at a meeting with the Damina group and other party chieftains from Bauchi in Abuja said, he has briefed the the President on the development.

Oshiohomhole also disclosed that the APC National Working Committee, NWC has met with the Inspector-General of Police after deliberating on the issues and prevailed on him to ensure that police does not provide security for an illegal act.

“The people of Bauchi in their wisdom have chosen to entrust the leadership of the Bauchi State House of Assembly in the hands of the APC by voting for 21 of you while they allow PDP only 10. That is that APC should control the legislature.

“There is nothing anybody can do in a democracy to change the fact. The earlier the Governor of Bauchi comes … Read More...