Not less than 20,000 political followers of Senate President Bukola Saraki, on Friday, dumped the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital.
The decampees were led by a former Commissioner for Youth and Sports development in the state, and ex-leader of the PDP in Kwara South senatorial district, Barr. Kayode Towoju.
The group made their decision known to the public and were received by the Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo during a town hall meeting organised by the Kwara APC Youth Stakeholders led by Mohammed Brimah the SA to the President on IDPs (Social Investment)
The leader of the decampees expressed their gratitude to the President Muhamadu Buhari Administration for the unprecedented attention given to Social Investments and infrastructure by the Federal Government in Kwara and other neighboring States which has had direct impact in the economy of the State, they also expressed their readiness to mobilize other people to rescue the State from political slavery and return it to the fold of Progressives, come 2019.
While receiving the decampees, the Vice President Osinbajo urged Kwarans to support the President Buhari administration to do more for the people of Kwara, and desist from a system that gives so much to few individuals and nothing for the people. He said the time has come to unite all progressives in the State to ensure victory for the APC in the 2019 general election.
In an interview with Mr Brimah after the event, he mentioned that while the APC in the State may have faced a few challenges of recent, the resolve of the party members and stakeholders to put the collective goal of Kwara State’s liberation above personal interests is glaring and undoubtedly one of the main reasons attracting the PDP and Saraki followers who have been living in fear to decamp, as they can now see for the first time the seriousness and sincerity of purpose of the party to achieve this liberation in the State. He also thanked the several youth groups and general public who turned out enmass for their rousing welcome for His Excellency the Vice President to the State of Harmony.
Abia State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm over the destruction and defacing of campaign posters of President Muhammadu Buhari and the governorship candidate of the party in the state, Dr. Uche Ogah within Umuahia, the state capital.
In a telephone interview with the Publicity Secretary of the party, Comrade Benedict Godson, on Wednesday, the party accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of being behind the defacing and destruction of President Buhari and Ogah’s campaign posters.
APC while warning that the party would no longer watch the ruling party in the state using hoodlums to destroy campaign posters of the President, its gover norship candidate in the state and any other candidate of the party said that henceforth, anybody caught engaging in the wicked act would be dealt with according to the law. According to Godson, the defacing of its candidates’ campaign posters is a sign that the ruling party is defeated already.
He stated that what the party is concerned about at the moment is how to sell ideas of their candidates to the people of the state and ensuring that President Buhari gets maximum votes in Abia State. Godson, while enjoining members of the party and Abians to get their PVCs and be ready to vote out bad government from office come 2019, assured that the party would ensure that the votes of the people counted.
“I want to advice our brothers in the opposition party that this is not the way that democracy is being played. I believe that they have seen that we have come to take over the state and I want to plead with them to gently hand over the mantle of leadership of Abia State to Dr. Sampson Uche Ogah who has come to liberate Abia from bondage come 2019.
“Destruction of billboards and posters Mr. President, Uche Ogah and other candidates of the party is undemocratic and that cannot stop us from returning Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari who has done so well in terms of good roads, constant light, better life for Nigerians and Uche Ogah as both Presi dent and governor of the country and Abia State respectively.
“It is important to say that the PDP government that we have in Abia State has failed Abians in all ramifications. They owe teachers from primary to tertiary. The roads that they claim that they have built have caved in and they cannot justify the amount of money they claimed to have spent on such roads. “The little that we are seeing in the state is being built by the Federal Government through the NDDC.
“We want to assure them that nobody has monopoly of violence and destruction of posters. We are warning the PDP to stop the destruction of our candidates’ campaign posters with immediate effect,” said Godson.
Hon. Victor Akande, lawmaker representing Ojo Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid was not threatened by the candidature of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and others in the 2019 presidential election.
Akande, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said the only opposition APC has is the one against itself.
Akande, who recently defected from PDP to APC on the floor of the House, said that Buhari had nothing to fear.
“We cannot be talking about the people who ruled Nigeria for 16 years and have nothing to show for it. We are talking about somebody who has only ruled for three years and is performing.
“Should we be afraid of those who looted the economy. There is nothing to fear about the judgment is for the masses.
“We cannot be fighting corruption and some people will be complaining.
“Things were spoiled for 16 years and another government now came to revive them,we will have to sacrifice and give them time.”
While carpeting those blaming APC for the harsh economy in the country, he said that the party did not cause the current poverty in the land.
He said APC had its manifestos, agenda, and blueprints, saying that these had to be followed gradually, adding that they could not be done overnight.
“We are not magicians. The United States of America did not get to where they are today overnight. Economy that has been bad for 16 years, we cannot perform magic in four years.
“We had to find the root of the problem and that is what President Muhammadu Buhari has done, that is what APC has done.
“They have tried to get to the root cause of the problem and they found a heavy corruption.
“The whole thing fall in the hands of the bourgeoisie and who now came up with propaganda to run down the government.
“The coming together of unscrupulous elements cannot bring down a working government.”
On the conduct of 2019 general elections, Akande advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) do the needful so that the people would not doubt its integrity.
Akande, who urged the politicians to desist from anything capable of jeorpadising the country’s democracy, advised voters to vote according to their conscience.
National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomole, has assured party supporters that the ruling party will win all elective positions in Imo and Ogun State.
Oshiomole stated this while receiving APC women leaders from Edo State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), at his office in Abuja.
Oshiomhole was, however, confident that the APC remains stronger in Imo and Ogun states, despite the grievances of their governors as a result of the outcome of the party’s primaries where their preferred candidates lost.
He said: “The real headline today is that we will win in Ogun State and we will deliver Hope Uzodinma in Imo State. Our popularity in Imo today is increasing. What we don’t know and Nigerians always make this mistake that once you are a governor, you have electoral value.
“Yes, we have overwhelming majority of APC governors who have electoral values and we also have some few electoral liabilities. I can tell that in Imo State today we will have more votes.
“Politics is about numbers and I am looking at the average Imo voters because on that the governor will have one vote and his son-in-law will also have one vote. Those market women, artisans, mechanics and farmers will also have their vote.
“Those who think our political future is tied to them; they are poor students of their own political history. Some of these people who talk as if they are invincible, they have forgotten that they have run elections in the past and lost until they abandoned their parties and joined us. So if they return back, history will repeat itself.
“In Imo State today, APC will win more votes. My focus is on ordinary Imo voters because on that day, the governor would have only one vote, his son-in-law would have only one vote while his Commissioner for Happiness would have only one vote.
“But artisans, traders, teachers and workers whose salaries are not being paid have the same weight of vote and they are excited about the renewed possibility of a new government coming with fresh ideas free of all the encumbrances of the present system. So, in Imo I’m very confident.
“Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is from Ogun State. The state is one of the most enlightened states in Nigeria. They have a huge history; they are not in a political kingdom headed by one person.
“If they were looking for true reconciliation, they wouldn’t have done what they did (defection of aides). That is not how democracy works. Nigeria must grow beyond this syndrome – ‘I’m the governor, I will decide.’ You have only one vote. With due respect, I was once a governor. Overall, APC is much stronger now.”
Recall that the primaries in Imo and Ogun states had pitted Governors Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha of Ogun and Imo State respectively against the National Chairman as their anointed governorship choices failed to secure the party’s gubernatorial ticket.
While both governors have promised to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid, they also vowed that they would stop at nothing to ensure the victories of their choice candidates in other parties.
Okorocha’s supporters have defected to the Action Alliance (AA). Amosun’s have joined the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, has reacted to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) claims that President Muhammadu Buhari executed anti-people policies.
Recall that the PDP’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, while addressing party supporters in Sokoto State, stated that: “I am a politician, I am a businessman, I am into many things, I am also a farmer and knows exactly what the problem of Nigerians are. I have more than 1,000 cows in my farm. Please, we should not allow someone whose cows have not grown from 150, year in, year out, to come and tell us lies and propaganda again.”
But, Onilu, in a swift response, stated that the opposition party is aggrieved because the system is very difficult to compromise.
His words: “Funny enough, we sympathise with the PDP for saying so. It has become obvious that their anger is because people can no longer steal money the way they did; under 16 years of PDP rule. Is it because Atiku does not have access to compromise the system the way he has been doing that made him the richest Africa on the planet earth without any visible, practical business?
“He is embittered that this government has deprived him of those privileges he has been enjoying. Their position is understandable because the people Atiku and co referred to as people are the elite who are less than zero percent of the population that took all the money to buy and enjoy private jets, which they cannot afford now. It is really a pity for them.
“Which of the policies do they describe as anti people? Is it the several social investment programmes, is it the conditional cash transfer, the road projects that are ongoing that are anti-people policy?”
A socio-political group, Dapo Abiodun Youth Vanguard which is statewide and has its Structure across all the 20 Local Goverment and 37 LCDA of ogun state has commenced campaign for the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari and APC Governoship Candididate, Prince Dapo Abiodun in 2019.
The agenda of the group is to propagate, canvass, enlighten and educate people at the grassroots on the programmes and policies of Prince Dapo Abiodun especially the Blue Print of our incoming Governor.
DA Youth Vangusrd is a support group that is geared towards the development of youth and for lovers of the progress of youth in our dear state.
The State Secretary of the group, Com. Olamide Lawal while addressing the members of the group at their solidarity rally, urged them to take the campaign to every doorsteps within the nooks and crannies of the State.
The group also disclosed that one of the reasons they are prepared to follow Prince Dapo Abiodun is that he is synonymous with excellence, “He is not only a hard worker but a master planner who has excel in Business world..
According to him, DA youth Vanguard will intensify its campaign towards ensuring that Both Prince Dapo Abiodun and President Buhari are elected in 2019.
“From these polling units, sensitisation of the government programmes will continually be made on best democratic practices.
“Through this group, we are making conscious effort to train future leaders and to establish those youth economically.
The DA Youth Vanguard is at the forefront of asking the youth to key into Prince Dapo Abiodun’s policies and programmes.
“When we sensitise and showcase the good work of Mr President to the people, then we’ll be certain that Buhari will return in 2019.” he added.
Other State executives of the group are Barr. Femi Idris who is the coordinator ; Com. Timothy Odedina as the publicity secretary among other notable youths in the State.
Gov. Mohammed Bindow of Adamawa on Monday said that President Muhammadu Buhari remained an unbeatable candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
Bindow made the declaration at the inauguration of the 2019 APC campaign team for Yola North Local Government Area.
He said that the provision of infrastructure nationwide by the Buhari-led Government from which the state had benefited, had given the president more popularity to get re-elected in the coming elections.
He mentioned five Federal roads projects ongoing in the state, which he described as unprecedented. The governor urged the people of the state to vote APC candidates from the President down to the least office in the contest.
He said that the election of APC across board would give the party the impetus to actualise the party ‘s agenda of re-writing the Nigerian history.
He commended the APC leadership and supporters in Yola North local government area, stating that the area produced the largest votes for the party in 2015. Bindow urged them to repeat the same feat in the coming elections.
He assured them that he would double his performance to ensure that Yola was developed to compete with other state capitals in the world.
Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has refuted claims made by the the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje, that Lagosians are in bondage.
Sanwo-Olu stated this yesterday at the Palace of Akran of Badagry Aholu De Wheno Menu Toyi 1 during a consultative visit to the traditional rulers in the Badagry Division.
The APC guber candidate stressed that Lagosians are free citizens and not enslaved under the APC-led administration.
He said: “Some have started talking about freedom and insinuated that Lagos is in bondage. Unfortunately, we cannot begin to talk about freedom in the 21st century. This is insulting to humanity and the people of Lagos, especially because slavery and bondage were abolished in Badagry several decades ago. When they talk about freedom, we ask them freedom from what? We have had our freedom and everyone in Lagos is free. We have since moved away from the era of slavery, to era of prosperity with deep-seated aspiration for greater Lagos.
“We are aware of the challenges facing the people of Badagry on the rehabilitation of the expressway and we are promising that our administration would immediately hit the ground running and ensure the completion of that important road immediately we assume office by your votes.”
Sanwo-Olu reminded the royal fathers of the economic importance of tourism to the GDP of the state, maintaining that he would ensure a speedy completion of all projects that will improve the quality of lives of the people.
“It is no brainer that once we fix infrastructure, it will automatically jump-start development in the area.
The Kaduna State APC has released the list of members of its Campaign Council and Directorates. Ben Kure, who was Director-General of the campaign in 2015, returns to the role at the head of the 1,342 persons who constitute the 14 Directorates of the campaign.
The inclusive list has many heavyweight politicians and distinguished professionals as Directors, campaign officials and members. The Director of Organisation is Dr Muhammad Sani Bello (Mainan Zazzau), Alhaji Umar Gana is in charge of Contact and Mobilisation, where he will be assisted by the likes of Sadiq Mamman Lagos and Comrade Cecilia Musa. Veteran journalist Shuaibu Lili is Director of Strategic Communications, while General Mohammed Sani Saleh leads the Security Directorate.
Samuel Aruwan, who was campaign spokesman in 2015, retains the role as Director, Media and Publicity. The Youth Directorate will be led by Aminu Anti, with Sabo Douglas and Joy Akut as Secretary and Assistant Secretary, respectively.
Hajiya Zainab Shehu leads the Women’s Directorate. The Support Groups for the Campaign will be coordinated by Ali Bature and Lawal Samaila Abdullahi (Yakawada). Mohammed Jamal is head of the Social Media Directorate. Alhaji Idris Othman is in charge of Fund Raising. Suleiman Garba Gora is the Director of Stakeholders while Prof. Kabir Mato leads Election Planning and Monitoring.
At the apex of the campaign is the Campaign Council, which includes all the campaign directors and several special members. The Campaign Council will supervise and guide the work of the directorates as the APC campaigns for the 2019 general elections.
The Campaign Council is chaired by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, the party’s candidate for the governorship election, with his running mate Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe as deputy chairman. The vice-chairmen are the party’s three senatorial candidates: Deputy Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala (South), Uba Sani (Central) and Suleiman Abdu Kwari (North).
Other members include the state party chairman Air Commodore Emmanuel Jekada, Finance Minister Hajiya Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Deputy National Organising Secretary of the APC Mohammed Sani Ibrahim, and former SSG Charles Bonat. Other members include serving members of the National Assembly and the State House of Assembly, party candidates, commissioners and other officials of the government. Party secretary Muhammed Shuaib is the secretary of the Campaign Council.
The Campaign Council and Directorates will be inaugurated at 11am on Tuesday, 4th December 2018 at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Hall, Kaduna.
Kaduna State APC Campaign Council
|1||His Excellency, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufa’i||Chairman|
|2||Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe||Deputy Chairman|
|3||His Excellency, Architect Barnabas Yusuf Bala||Vice Chairman – South|
|4||Uba Sani||Vice Chairman – Central|
|5||Suleiman Abdu Kwari||Vice Chairman – South|
|6||Ben Kure||Director – General|
|7||Air Cdre Emmanuel Jekada (rtd.)||Deputy Secretary|
|8||Zainab Shamsuna Ahmad||Secretary|
|11||Arc. Hadiza Isma El-Rufai|
|12||Balarabe Abbas Lawal|
|13||Mohammad Bashir Saidu|
|14||Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali|
|15||Ambassador Deborah Iliyah|
|16||Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli (Magajin Garin Zazzau)|
|17||Hon. Nuhu Goroh Shadalafiya|
|18||Hon. Haruna Inuwa|
|19||Hon. Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani|
|20||Prof. A. K. Usman|
|21||Mrs. Ruth G. Alkali|
|22||Hafsat Muhammad Baba|
|24||Hamza Musa Makarfi|
|26||Hon. Hassan Adamu Shekarau|
|27||Dr. Muhammad Abdullahi Mukhtar|
|30||Hon. Muhammad Garba Datti|
|31||Hon. Tajuddeen Abbas|
|32||Hon. Mukhtar Ahmed Monrovia|
|33||Dr. Abdulkadir Muazu Mayere|
|34||Dr. Ishaku Shekarau|
|36||Dr. Yushau Ango|
|37||Hajiya Halima Idris|
|40||Hadiza Usman Muazu|
|41||Dr. Nasirdeen Usman, mni.|
|42||Prof. Salisu Dadari|
|43||Engr. Yusuf Matashi|
|47||Hon. Muhammed Sani Ibrahim|
|48||Musa Tugga Karam|
|52||Dr. Muhammad Sani Bello|
|56||Muhammad Sani Abdullahi|
|57||Prof. Kabir Mato|
|58||Gen Sani Saleh|
|59||Barr. Suleiman Shuaibu|
|62||Ali Bature (Wazirin Gusau)|
|65||Yahaya Baba Pate||Deputy Secretary|
|66||Muhammad Bello Shuaibu||Secretary|
Muhammed B. Shuaib
2nd December 2018
A member of the House of Representatives, and preferred governorship candidate of Governor Ibikunle Amosun in Ogun State, Mr. Adekunle Akinlade, on Thursday formally dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akinlade, who lost the APC gubernatorial ticket to Prince Dapo Abiodun, announced his defection to the Allied People’s Movement (APM) on the floor of the House.
He is billed to contest the 2019 governorship election on the platform of his new party.
In the same vein, the Majority Leader of Ogun State House of Assembly, Yinka Mafe, and the Chief Whip, Idowu Olowofuja, as well as two state legislators defected from the APC to APM.
The other two lawmakers are Tunde Sanusi, representing Obafemi-Owode state constituency, and Ganiyu Oyedeji, representing Ifo II state constituency.
The defection confirmed the exclusive report by New Telegraph on Tuesday that loyalists of Governor Ibikunle Amosun in the Ogun APC will defect this week.
The governor is expected to stay back “tactically” in the APC to work for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The exit of Amosun’s loyalists was as a result of the alleged refusal of the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC to uphold the candidacy of Akinlade for 2019 governorship election.
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has insisted the crisis rocking the state’s chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may be irreconcilable considering various steps he had taken to address the situation.
Recall that Chairman of the reconciliatory committee the APC set up to look into the grievances in Imo State, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, had assured that the first task of their mission, which is to ensure Governor Okorocha remained in the party had been completed, emphasising that the second phase of discussion which he said would be indoors would be favourable to APC members in the state.
However, Okorocha, in his response, said: “There shouldn’t have been crisis in the party because of the affinity of the members, we are like one big family. When we came in 2011, it was a miracle, the who is who in Imo politics were against us but we won that election. We moved from APGA to APC because of the name of President Muhammadu Buhari, which is synonymous with integrity. I am a foundation member of the APC. I suggested the name APC.
“When we started, we were called names, we were made to look like aliens in our state, this is the only state you have elected office holders that are of the APC extraction. Those Oshiomole gave the tickets were not APC members, the worst political injustice in the history of Nigeria happened in Imo.
“The only reason these people are here is because of Buhari, not because they have benefitted. The issue we have is with Adams Oshiomole, he stole the mandate of the people and gave it away for reasons best known to him. The people here are concerned because the name of the person on APC ticket is not the candidate of their choice. The situation at hand has gone beyond what we can manage.”