Buhari’s Minister Adebayo Shittu Disassociate Self From Oyo APC Guber Candidate

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Minister of Communication, Mr Adebayo Shittu, has distanced himself from supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in  Oyo State candidate, Mr Adebayo Adelabu.

Shittu, who spoke to reporters in Abuja, disclosed that his resolve to approach the court to seek justice on his disqualification from contesting the primary election did not amount to indulging in anti-party activities.

It would be recalled that the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led national working committee (NWC) had on the eve of the primaries disqualified Shittu on the pretext that he did not participate in the mandatory national youths service corps (NYSC) scheme.

According to him: “Before you talk of reconciliation you must first talk of restitution. If you violate somebody’s rights, or you seize somebody’s property and you are found out, instead of you to deliver what you had stolen you are now talking of reconciliation. I have is akin o saying that you must have peace even if there is no justice.

“As for me I don’t recognize the candidate of APC, I am in court and I am sure that I would triumph over those who were not as intelligent in foisting a candidate on the party.

“With all sense of humility I have passed the stage where any party would threaten me. I am in court and if the party is sure that it has a better basis for what they have done, I let us go and meet in court. You don’t start threatening I who feel unfairly treated thinking you can get me out of the justice system.”

Shittu expressed optimism that he would triumph over the antics of his adversaries and that it was unfortunate that Adelabu was foisted by Governor Abiola Ajimobi as the governorship candidate of the party barely two months after joining the party.

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Electoral Act Amendment Bill Will Disenfranchise Millions Of Nigerians – Gbajabiamila

Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the Electoral Act Amendment Bill sent to President Muhammadu Buhari was an “imperfect document” and capable of disenfranchising millions of Nigerians in the 2019 general election.

Gbajabiamila, who led other APC members in the lower chamber of the National Assembly into a closed-door meeting applauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to jettison the bill, saying it was in the best interest of the Nigerian electorate.

His words: “Perhaps, a lot of people don’t understand the import and the implications of signing an imperfect document. If the document is imperfect and you can read it or interpret it anyhow, or if count was removed when it should have been there, then you can’t even override that imperfect document. You have to first of all amend that document and start the process all over again, and send it back to Mr. President.

“Mr. President has done well. If you study the constitution very well and if you look at Section 57, it does not oblige him (president) to give any reason for veto. All he has to do is return it and say ‘I am withholding my assent.’ He doesn’t have to give you any reason, but every time he has done that he has brought forward cogent and verifiable reasons why he is not signing it.

“On this particular one, I believe the thrust, spirit and the reason why Mr. President has refused to sign it, which we identify with, is that every vote must count in Nigeria. We have been mouthing this thing and singing this thing for ages. This bill that was sent to Mr. President, and we raised it on the floor at the time of consideration; the effect of it is that you can only accredit voters through the electronic system. It forecloses manual registration.

“When you do that; we were all witnesses to what happened in the last election; even the sitting president could not be accredited. So, what Mr. President has done is to protect everybody in Nigeria.

“Yes, do your electronic accreditation, but make room for the possibility and a very strong possibility too, where such will not work. It is something that happens every day; in the banks; jammers can even be brought in to jam it; millions will be disenfranchised and you and I don’t want that.

“That is a constitutional guarantee that everybody who resides in Nigeria has a right to vote and be voted for. So, we cannot breach the constitution through amendment.

“Let’s talk about the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) protocol that everybody has been talking. That is very germane here. The question we need to ask is: what is the real reason for that protocol? Why was that protocol put there?” Gbajabiamila asked.

He said the position of the APC caucus is that the National Assembly should perfect the document and send it back, adding: “Mr. President will sign it. There is no question about it. That is our position.”

The House Majority Leader emphasised that: “Punctuation, a dot, or a line can change the meaning of a provision in a law. Just a single ‘coma’ can change the meaning and make it ambiguous. We don’t want that.”

Asked if members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) insist on vetoing the document, he said: “Law making is not about insisting. Law making is about numbers. If they are able to muster two-thirds and they want to push it through, there is nothing we can do. But as a party, we are not going to be part.”

But when asked if the APC has the number to prevent such move by the opposition, he boasted, “We have more than the numbers. We don’t just have the numbers; we have more than the numbers.”

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2019: Ogun APC Guber Candidate Vows To Resolve Crisis

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Ogun State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun has expressed optimism that the internal crisis rocking the state chapter of the party would be resolved before the election.
Prince Abiodun also expressed the confidence that the incumbent governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun would also be part of the APC campaign in the state.
The APC governorship candidate who made these known in Iperu Remo during the unveiling of his deputy, Mrs. Noimot Salako Oyedele maintained that Governor Amosun would be part of the APC campaign in the state.
He explained that the state leadership of the party still has days to resolve whatever crisis that is bedeviling the party to approach the election as a united political family.
According to Prince Abiodun, transparency and accountability would form the fulcrum of his administration assuring that he would assist towards restoring the citizens’ confidence and trust in government.
He explained that APC ‘s administration under him would work towards providing 24-hour uninterrupted electricity supply for the state through an Independent Power Project (IPP).
Prince Abiodun said his government would provide an enabling environment for ease of doing businesses in the state.
Others programme highlighted include, development of rural roads, agricultural system that would aim at feeding Ogun and its neighbouring states, as well as a comprehensive and qualitative healthcare system that would licence the traditional health care givers to practice unhindered.
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Kogi Lawmaker Kicks As Speaker Declares Seat Vacant

Hon. Eneche Linus, lawmaker representing Olomaboro constituency in Kogi House of Assembly on Tuesday, reacted to the declaration of his seat vacant, describing it as an act of  recklessness on the part of the state assembly.

Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Matthew Kolawole, had declared the seat of Hon. Eneche vacant for defecting to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Linus is a former member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who defected to the PDP and picked the state assembly ticket for second term.

 The declaration of his seat vacant followed the adoption of a motion moved yesterday by the assembly Majority Leader, Hon. Bello Hassan Abdullahi, calling on the assembly to declare his seat vacant.

Abdullahi in his motion stated that based on his investigation, which was later transmitted to the assembly by the state Chairman of APC, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello, the lawmaker contravened section 109-1 subsection G of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

The motion, which was seconded by Hon. Ahmed Mohammed, resulted in heated argument from PDP members in the assembly because the matter wass already in court.

This was however overruled by the Speaker.

However, the motion was put to voice vote and three members voted in favour while two voted against.

Meanwhile, the embattled lawmaker said declaring his seat vacant was an act of recklessness on the part of the assembly.

While speaking with journalists, Eneche described the lawmakers’ action as null and void especially as he had gone to a Lokoja High court seeking interpretation of section 109 to know if the speaker can declare his seat vacant.

According to Eneche, it was wrong for the state APC Chairman to have written the assembly to declare his seat vacant.

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Oshiomhole Denies Report On Aisha Buhari

National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has denied media report accusing him of misleading statement against the person of the First Lady Hajia Aisha Buhari.

In a press statement signed by Simon Ebegbulem, he stated that the malicious and misleading statement credited to him is the handiwork of mischief makers.

The statement partly reads: “At no fora did the National Chairman makr such uncomplimentary remarks against the person of the First Lady.

“This is part of the fake news from the pit of hell being propagated by highly unscrupulous elements of the PDP and their cohorts, knowing fully well that they have lost the forthcoming general elections.

“We urge the highly discerning people of our great country to disregard the misleading comment currently on the social media as it is not only fake but equally untrue.

“The tiger cannot change its spots, as the saying goes. PDP has chosen to remain the lying party it has always been.”

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Katsina APC Rep Defects To PDP

A member of the House of Representatives from Katsina State, Ibrahim Murtala, has defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Murtala, who is representing Matazu/ Musawa Federal Constituency, announced his defection in a letter read by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, on the floor of the house on Tuesday.

In the letter, Murtala said that he wished to inform the house and the general public that he was no longer a card-carrying member of the APC.

The lawmaker said he would from now pursue his political career under the umbrella of the PDP.

NAN

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SRJ 2019: Determination Remains Unshakable – Media Team

The entire media team of the amiable Dr. Surajudeen Basiru Ajibola, by sobriquet, SRJ, has described him, as diligent, determined, and quite energetic, to represent Osun Central at the senate, come, 2019.

This unarguable proclamation is borne out of the unceasing visitations of Dr. Basiru Ajibola to the local governments within the jurisdiction of Osun Central.

The visitation has commenced from a very long time, and there have been endorsements by party leaders, Party excos, and all recognised and dignitaries from the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Dr. Basiru Ajibola is symbolised with willpower, resoluteness, and resilient. His qualifications; Academically, Constitutionally, Morally, and Intellectually, is second to none in the race.

There have been continuous consultation with constituents, and part of the pacts he has with Osun Central, include, but, not limited to; sponsorship of beneficial bills, establishment of skills and vocational training centres across Osun Central Senatorial District, annual employability/career training/ job fair for graduates in the Senatorial District to ensure that graduates are not just qualified but employable.

Indeed, at this juncture, it is safe to conclude that Dr. Basiru Ajibola’s determination to take Osun Central to an enviable height remains Unshakable!

– Afolabi Abdulmalik O.
For, SRJ MEDIA TEAM.

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2019: Osun Central Senatorial Candidate Ajibola Basiru Visits Bisi Akande, Receives Endorsement

A Former governor of the State of Osun and leader of All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande received in his country home today, the Osun Central Senatorial District flag bearer of APC, Dr Ajibola Basiru.

Dr Basiru who was on a visit to the national chieftain of APC in continuation of his campaign tour of the central senatorial district paid glowing tributes to Baba Akande for the fatherly roles he has been playing in the affairs of the party since its inception in the year 2014.

The immediate past Attorney General and the Commissioner for Justice in the state used the opportunity of the visit to explain his manifesto to Baba Akande.

The Octogenarian-politican lauded Ajibola Basiru for the lofty programs he has for the people of the district.He assured Ajibola of his unwavering support during and after the election.

The former governor of osun state gave insights on how to promote synergy between various organs of the party in order to give it a good outing at the upcoming elections

Others people with Baba Akande at his residence in Ila-Orangun during the visit were Engr. Sola Akinwumi, and Hon Fakaye Olufemi.

Earlier,in continuation of his efforts to reach the nooks and crannies of osun central senatorial district, senatorial candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections Dr. Ajibola Basiru, paid visitations to Baales of communities in Ifedayo local government comprising Alagbede, Ayegun, Oyeadunni, Oyi – Aratumi, Elemo-Ogun, Olotu, Isinmi-Enle, Ajebandele, Olotu and several others.

At the gatherings, Dr. Ajibola Basiru expressed gratitude for the massive supports people of Ifedayo local government gave APC during gubernatorial elections held in the state.

He also unveiled plans to bring significant federal presence to the local government in a bid improve socio- economic activities of the community dwellers.

Speaking on behalf of other Baales, Alhaji Jimoh Adebisi Pidan stated the resolve of people in the villages and communities to vote for Dr. Ajibola Basiru at the upcoming polls. While describing the APC as a truly progressive party, he listed numerous infrastructural projects completed in the local government including access roads which have given farmers in the area quicker access to market thus raising their productivity.

Highlight of the tour was the visitation made to Oke-Ila Government High school in Ifedayo local government where education materials including exercise books and other writing materials were distributed to students of the school.

The Director General of Ajibola Basiru Campaign Organisation ABCO,Hon. Olaide Ajibola, admonished students of the school to exude good behavior and show positive attitudes to learning.

While speaking on behalf of the elated students and staff, the principal of the school expressed profound gratitude to ABCO for the gestures. He lauded the numerous strides in the educational sector recorded by the All Progressives Congress government in the state of Osun.

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Osinbajo To Launch Trader Moni In Akwa Ibom

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), is set to launch the N10,000 collateral-free Trader Moni scheme in Akwa Ibom.

Former governor of the State and Senator, Godswill Akpabio, disclosed this at the weekend while addressing supporters at his campaign kick off and inauguration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) office in Ukana, Essien Udim Local Government.

Akpabio noted that market women in the state would benefit from the scheme with cash grants by the Federal Government.

According to him, Akwa Ibom appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts in infrastructural development, and the appointments the APC administration had offered Akwa Ibom sons and daughters.

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APC Organises Prayers For Late Members In Kwara

The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Isin, Ekiti, Irepodun and Oke-Ero local government areas of Kwara, has organised a special prayer session for its members that lost their lives during a recent road accident.
The prayer which was led by the Chief of Omu-Aran, Alhaji Sodiq Afolayan, took place at the resident of Hon. Tunji Olawuyi, representing Isin, Ekiti, Irepodun and Oke-Ero federal constituency in Omu-Aran, Kwara State on Saturday.
Alhaji Afolayan who prayed fervently for the repose of those who lost their lives in an unfortunate accident while they are traveling to join the victory rally of Hon. Olawuyi, who won the Nov. 17th vacant seat at the green chamber, asked the families to accept the incident as a will of God.
The Islamic scholar, advised Hon. Olawuyi, to ensure that he lay legacies that the people of his constituents will never forget.
Alhaji Afolayan who reminded the people at the prayers what late Funke Adedoyin, did for the Omu-Aran community, prayed that God grant her eternal rest.
Later in his address, Hon. Olawuyi, who described as unfortunate the death of the members, said he ventured into politics to assist the people of the community.
“I give glory to Allah for what he has done for me, I went into politics because I can’t say because I’m comfortable, I don’t care about others.
“We must ensure that our people do not suffer, we will ensure that we give to you what belong to you.
“Let me tell you, all of you will not benefit what you have all worked for at the same time, it will be the turn of some of you now and the turn of others tomorrow.
“I am sure that you all still remember how long I have been in politics before God granted us this victory.
“The victory at the Nov. 17th bye-election is for you, you all worked for it and I pray that you will reap where you have sew” Olawuyi said.
He however, told newsmen after the event that the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) description of the Federal Government’s pet project “TradersMoni” as vote buying as baseless.
“We all agree to do this project before they left our party, why is it now a vote buying.
“This is a project that does not discriminate, party affiliation was not considered while the money was been distributed” Olawuyi added.
He thanked the people of his constituents for their support during the bye-election on Nov. 17 and asked them to double their effort during the 2019 general elections.
Olawuyi announced that his campaign for his reelection will begin officially on Sunday, Dec. 9, in Omu-Aran, the headquarters of Irepodun Local Government area of the state.
It would be recalled that no fewer than two persons lost their lives in an accident that occurred between Eleyin and Oke-onigbin around 6 p.m on Sunday, Nov. 18.
The incident occurred when they were coming to join other party members in Oro for the party’s victory rally but met them on their way back to Omu-Aran, so they had to turn back.
It was a head-on-collition while the incoming vehicle tried to overtake a Trailer .
Those who died include, Arandun Women leader, Segun Adewara, and Femi Olaye.
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20,000 Saraki Followers Dumped PDP For APC In Kwara

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.

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Delta APC Raises Alarm Over Destruction Of Campaign Posters

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.

The Nation

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