Election News Trend May 2018

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Daily Trust OnlineFriday, June 1, 20182019 Election: Reps kick against use of electronic voting The House of Representatives, on Thursday, rejected the use of electronic voting system in the forthcoming 2019 General Elections.
The rejection was sequel to a bill, which seeks to amend the provisions of the Electoral Act, considered by the Committee of the Whole.
The lawmakers, however, approved the use of smart card readers for accreditation before elections are conducted in any polling unit across the country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Bill for an Act to Amend the Provisions of the Electoral Act, No. 6, 2010 to further improve the Electoral Process and for Related Matters has 41 clauses.
The lawmakers, in their submission, removed the amendment in the bill which seeks to introduce the use of electronic voting into the Electoral Act.
They resolved that while an electronic instrument; the card reader, will be used only for accreditation, the voting will be strictly done manually.
During the consideration, Rep Chinda Ogundu (Rivers-PDP) had sought to add a new amendment that the election in any polling unit should be suspended if the card reader malfunctioned until another functional card reader is brought.
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Daily Trust Newspaper/ Daily Trust OnlineFriday, June 1, 2018APC chairmanship not reserved for Oshiomhole alone – AjimobiThe chairman of the publicity sub-committee of the APC National Convention Committee (NCC) and Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, says the position of national chairman of the party is still open to contest despite the endorsement of former Governor Adams Oshiomhole by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ajimobi said this yesterday in Abuja while briefing journalists on the activities of Governor Mohammed Badaru -led convention committee ahead of June 23 national convention, where a new set of national officers would be elected.
“Talking about the President endorsement of Adams Oshiomhole, I believe that, yes, the President has endorsed but it doesn’t preclude other people from declaring to contest. It is a democracy and everybody is open to declare".
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Daily Trust OnlineFriday, June 1, 2018Not Too Young To Run Act: Democratic victory for Nigerian youths-PDPThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the ‘Not Too Young to Run Bill’, signed into law on Thursday by President Muhammadu Buhari as victory for Nigeria youths.
PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday in Abuja, urged youths to immediately take the advantage of the new law.
“The party also commended the sponsor of the bill, Hon. Tony Nwulu (PDP, Lagos) and other legislators who supported the processes to reality.
“We also commend the resilience of the Nigerian youths in getting the initiative through, in line with the vision of the PDP to allow younger Nigerians to actively participate in elective positions in governance at all levels, he said.
Ologbondiyan said that before the passage of the bill, the PDP had since launched its ‘Generation Next Movement.
According to him, the movement has already put younger Nigerians at advantage positions to participate in elective positions ahead of the 2019 general elections
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Daily Trust Newspaper/ Daily Trust OnlineFriday, June 1, 2018Ekiti: APC picks Egbeyemi as Fayemi’s running mateThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has picked a former chairman of Ado-Ekiti Local Government in the State, Chief Adebisi Adegboyega Egbeyemi, a lawyer, as the deputy governorship candidate of the party in the July 14 governorship election.
A statement, yesterday, signed by Wole Olujobi for JKF Campaign Office, said Egbeyemi’s choice came after speculations by the expectant public spread that a certain eminent indigene of the state had been picked to fly the ticket with Fayemi in the poll.
Egbeyemi, an indigene of Ado-Ekiti, was born on May 8, 1944 to the family of the late Egbeyemi Alade and late Madam Tinubu Egbeyemi.
His political experience spans many fields, and between 1991 and 1992, he was Commissioner of Education and between 2001 and 2002, Egbeyemi was a member of the Governing Council of the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna.
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Daily Trust Newspaper/ Daily Trust OnlineFriday, June 1, 2018‘Not Too Young To Run’ not meant to send elders away – Sen NyakoChairman of the Senate committee on Special Duties, Abdul-Aziz Murtala Nyako (APC, Adamawa), said yesterday that the Not Too Young To Run bill is not conceived to send elder politicians away.
Speaking after President Muhammadu Buhari assented to the bill, he said it was conceived to enable young Nigerians participate in governance and learn from the older generation.
Nyako, who sponsored the bill at the Senate, described the signing of the bill by the president as democracy at work.
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Daily Trust Newspaper/ Daily Trust OnlineFriday, June 1, 201848-yr-old Usman Alhaji picks Rescue party presidential formsForty-eight year-old Usman Ibrahim Alhaji, yesterday, declared his 2019 presidential ambition under the banner of the National Rescue Movement (NRM).
The NRM has Senator Saidu Mohammed Dansadau as its national chairman.
Alhaji, born in Makurdi, Benue State but an indigene of Kebbi State is a graduate of Library and Information Science, University of Maiduguri and a professional educationist.
The aspirant, while making the declaration at an event in Abuja, said he belonged to a new generation of “youthful patriots with a burning desire to contribute his evident dynamism, creativity and newer perspectives among other qualities that align with today’s realities and rapidly progressive developments in human and socio-economic endeavours for national transformation”.
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ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, June 1, 2018Ekiti Election: CAN Warns Security Agencies, INEC against RiggingChristians Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ekiti chapter, has appealed to the police and other security agencies, as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), not to subvert the people’s will during the July 14 governorship election in the state.
The body warned that the sanctity of the ballot must be respected for Ekiti to be politically stable, develop and progress in all ramifications.
The religious body also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to devise ways to curtail killings in the North East and North Central Nigeria, describing how Christians were being mowed down by suspected insurgents and killer herdsmen as horrendous and unacceptable to the body.
it said the matter became worse and more frightening with the way these assailants now deployed their arsenals against Christians, by killing worshipers in their places of worship
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ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, June 1, 2018APGA: We Rejected Okorocha Because He’s Worse Than Prodigal SonThe National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Oye, has said his party rejected Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha’s move to rejoin the party because his moves were not sincere.
Oye who spoke to a select journalists yesterday in his country home, Amawbia, Awka South Local Government Area, affirmed that as a Christian who is very familiar with the story of the prodigal son, who returned to his father after squandering his wealth, Okorocha’s case is worse, as he was still unrepentant.
Okorocha, who won his governorship election on the platform of APGA in 2011, dumped the party, leaving with some of its members to the then newly formed All Progressives Congress (APC).
Recently, news of Okorocha’s overture towards APGA surfaced, as he was said to have approached the party leaders with the hope of actualising his dream of crowning his son in-law as governor of the state.
But Oye speaking with journalists denied that any money was collected from Okorocha to bring him back to the party.
He said: “An Igbo proverb says a man who refused to join a ship can not say he was chased away from the ship. Okorocha chased himself away from the APGA ship, and I can tell you that he can never be a member of the party again."
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ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, June 1, 20182019: Female Presidential Aspirant, Elishama Vows to Restructure NigeriaAhead of 2019 presidential election, a female aspirant, Elishama Rosemary Ideh, has said restructuring the country will be her priority if elected.
The aspirant who declared her intention to contest against the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and other presidential aspirants, said Nigeria at this time needs a different model of governance.
To realise her ambition, the presidential aspirant said she would be seeking nomination as the presidential flag-bearer of the Alliance for a New Nigeria (ANN).
While making a formal declaration yesterday in Abuja, Ideh, popularly said Nigeria at this time needs a different model of governance, “a leader who combines integrity with intelligence and a deep and vast understanding of the implications of the 21st global economy and Nigeria’s place in it.”
According to the aspirant, who is also a philanthropist, she has strived to reach for workable solutions to problems and challenges peculiar to the time, adding that her administration will work to put a smile on the faces of the masses.
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TheGuardian NewspaperThursday, May 31, 2018Dino Melaye resumes, relocates to PDP row"The upper legislative chamber witnessed another round of altercations along party lines, yesterday, as embattled Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West) relocated to the row occupied by members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Melaye, who limped into the chamber with the aid of a walking stick and wearing a neck brace, appreciated the solidarity shown by his colleagues and members of his constituency during his ordeal at the hands of the police.
He asked Senate President Bukola Saraki to permit him to relocate from his assigned seat and move to the row of the PDP, precisely close to former Senate President, David Mark."
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Daily Trust NewspaperThursday, May 31, 2018Ekiti guber poll: Mines minister Fayemi resigns"Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, formally resigned from the federal cabinet yesterday.
The ex-minister expressed appreciation on President Muhammadu Buhari’s leadership and prioritization of the mining sector.
Dr Fayemi’s resignation, which was approved by the President, was to enable him contest the July 14, Ekiti State Governorship election for which he is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Minister announced his resignation at his office to staff of the ministry and media.
He also used the occasion to give account of his stewardship in the ministry, which he headed for two and a half years, admitting that the sector has indeed met its set goals of increasing its contribution to the national GDP."
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The Guardian.ngWednesday, May 30, 20182019 will provide a defining moment for Nigeria,says OsobaIt is not possible for us, or Nigeria, to of 100 percent successful in our expectations when the struggle for the restoration for democracy was being fought. When the struggle was on, we did not foresee a situation where the economy of the country would be under this terrible, clinical weather. As an optimist I have a firm hope that we have at least for once, fended off military incursion into the governance of this great nation.
We managed the transition from a civilian-to-civilian government in 2007. Another landmark in which I see as part of the success is that President Goodluck Jonathan conceded victory voluntarily in 2015. That singular act has helped to stabilise our civilian rule. The fact is 2019 is going to be a defining year. My strong advice is that all the elite should re-enact the June 12 1993 scenario. There is a golden opportunity for that to happen because the amendment to the Electoral Act that is now in contention is the strongest weapon ever that is going to make for a clean, clear respected election.
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Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, May 30, 2018I'm optimistic of wining again – Gov. BelloNiger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has said he would contest for second term in office come 2019.
Speaking during an interaction session with journalists in Minna on Tuesday, Gov. Bello expressed optimisim that he will return again. "Yes, we will seek for second term and by God’s grace, we will win again," he said.
The governor appealled to Nigerlites to give him their mandate so that he can finish what his administration started.
He acknowledged that the challenges of administering the state were enormous especially with deteriorating infrastructure and dwindling resources.
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ThisDaylive OnlineThursday, May 31, 2018Abaribe: ‘Vicious, Dangerous’ APC Govt Won’t Accept Poll Defeat in 2019"Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has warned the opposition parties that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has grown so “vicious and dangerous” to the extent that they would find it very hard to accept defeat and relinquish power if they lose the 2019 presidential poll. The senator representing Abia South sounded the note of warning while addressing members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at a rally in Obingwa Local Government Area during the visit of the state working committee, saying: “At this moment, Nigeria is at the crossroads.”
He said the APC-led government at the centre was like a ripe fruit ready for plucking but the efforts of the PDP to return back to power would be viciously resisted by the ruling APC for fear they would be paid back in their own coin if they should lose power."
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ThisDaylive OnlineThursday, May 31, 2018PDP: Debt Remains Only Legacy Fayemi Left for Ekiti People"The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has alleged that the only legacy traceable to former governor Kayode Fayemi and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the July 14governorship election was the humongous and burdensome debt his government left as a burden to the Ekiti populace.
The party alleged that the debt under Fayemi was burdensome to the point that the state would have to be paying as much as N1 billion monthly till 2036, calling on Ekiti people to resist any attempt by Fayemi to stage a comeback and start pillaging the state’s commonwealth.
The PDP also described as senseless the statement made by the APC
castigating former President Goodluck Jonathan for his plaudits for the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, over the construction of the 1.3km flyover in Ado Ekiti.
In a statement by the party’s state Publicity Secretary, Mr Jackson Adebayo, PDP said it was so disheartening that the APC has no credible legacy left during Fayemi’s reign, adding that, that accounted for the derisive defeat he suffered to Fayose in the June 21, 2014 poll.
Adebayo said: “How can the APC members and leaders in Ekiti appreciate good thing since God has deprived them the knowledge, wisdom and understanding to do good?
“It is not only ridiculous, but insensitive on the part of the APC leaders to condemn the construction of legacy projects such as the new Governor’s Office, the flyover, the High court and the King’s Market, among others. If they suffer from dementia, the good people of Ekiti do not and can compare and contrast their years of locust with what
we have now."
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ThisDaylive OnlineThursday, May 31, 2018Babalola: Time to Return to the Basics"I congratulate every Nigerian on the occasion of yet another ‘Democracy Day’, a day set aside to celebrate the return to civil rule after decades under military rule. As is customary, there will be parades across all the states and at the Federal Capital Territory to mark this special day, speeches upon speeches will be made and much effort will also be made to analyse and celebrate the ‘gains’ made since the return to democratic rule. However, while I share in the joy of the day, I am yet forced to recall a statement which I made in 2011 on the occasion of the celebration of the nation’s 51st independence anniversary. At that time I stated as follows:
…it surely cannot be denied that what is required at this time of our National life is indeed deep and sober reflections on the part of those saddled with the administration of the affairs of the country, on the social, political and economic fortunes of our country. The occasion of the 51st anniversary to my mind should be used not to celebrate whatever gains it is felt Nigeria has achieved in the period between 1960 and today but rather should be devoted to a reflection on what could have, but was unfortunately not achieved. As Abraham Lincoln stated, a towering genius does not celebrate the ordinary. Such a person disdains paths already beaten by others. He seeks areas of endeavour yet unexplored and conquers them. The focus should be on what have we missed or got wrong as a Nation?"
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Daily Trust NewspaperThursday, May 31, 2018APC suspends Gombe assembly minority leader"The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe State has announced the suspension of the Minority Leader of the Gombe State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Haruna.
The Zonal Vice Chairman of the party, Mr. Julius Ishaya, disclosed this while addressing newsmen yesterday at the party secretariat.
Our correspondent reports that the lawmaker’s suspension followed a recent failed attempt by four of the eight members of the party in the assembly to impeach him after he granted a press conference denouncing the recent congresses of the party.
Ishaya said the lawmaker was suspended for six months after he was allegedly found guilty of violating the party’s constitution by claiming that the recent congresses of the party were not held.
The party stalwart said they viewed the minority leader’s action as anti-party and embarrassing, which he said had brought the Gombe APC into contempt and ridicule."
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Daily Trust OnlineThursday, May 31, 2018State High Court nullifies APC congresses in Rivers"The Rivers High Court in Port Harcourt has nullified the ward, local government and state congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held on May 19, 20 and 21 respectively.
Justice Chiwendu Nwogu nullified the congresses in his ruling on Wednesday.
Nwogu also stated that the process leading to the emergence of Mr Ojukaye Flag-Amachree as Rivers Chairman of APC was fraudulent.
He said that the APC should return to the status quo of May 11, 2018, pending the determination of the substantive suit and adjourned until June 26 for further hearing."
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Daily Trust NewspaperThursday, May 31, 2018Buhari enthusiast joins race for APC spokesman’s seat"Buhari enthusiast joins race for APC spokesman’s seat
A popular blogger and member of the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), Abubakar Sidiq Usman, yesterday, picked the nomination and expression of interest forms to contest the position of national publicity secretary of the ruling APC.
Usman, who was accompanied by BMO members to the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja, pledged to use fact and figures to challenge what he described as lies being dished out by the PDP and ADP, in the event he emerged APC spokesman at the June 23 national convention of the party.
He also pledged to create a synergy in the management of communication flow between party organs and arms of government at various levels, adding that relevant target-based communication techniques would be employed to extend the political influence of the APC"
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Daily Trust NewspaperThursday, May 31, 20182019: Turaki declares for presidency"A former minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, has declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the PDP.
The ex-minister also announced a former ‎governor of Adamawa State, Boni Haruna, as the director general of his campaign organisation ‎and a former minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Steve Oruh, as deputy director general, South.
Addressing journalists yesterday in Abuja, Turaki said ‎his entry into the presidential race was to win election and rescue Nigeria.
‎Turaki would now slug it out at the PDP primaries with a former governor of Jigawa State Sule Lamido; former vice president, Atiku Abubakar; former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau; former Senate President, David Mark; Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, former governor of Kaduna State, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi and the founder of Baze University, Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed, among others."
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Daily Trust OnlineThursday, May 31, 2018"Falae to aspirants: Don’t hijack SDP structure""The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Olu Falae, has advised politicians aspiring for elective positions to set up their own structure instead of hijacking the party leadership in various states.
Chief Falae gave the advice in Abuja on Wednesday at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party where the SDP’s constitution, manifesto and logo were considered for approval.
The SDP chairman, who voiced happiness over the decision of some state party leaders to honour the directive to welcome new members into their fold, noted that there were misunderstandings in few states, especially where some people attempted to take over the structure of the party."
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ThisDaylive OnlineThursday, May 31, 2018C’River North Elders Demand Second Term for Ayade"As the countdown to the 2019 general election continues, some political leaders in the state operating on the platform of Cross River Northern Consultative Elders Forum (CRNCEF) have thrown their weight behind the second term bid of the Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade.
They are founding their call on the argument that the zoning of the governorship position should not be jettisoned, insisting that Ayade who is from the northern senatorial district should be allowed by the people of other senatorial district to have a second term in office.
The forum comprises senior citizens from the senatorial district, among them General Anthony Ukpo (rtd), who is chairman of the forum; Chief Linus Okom, Joseph Ugbe, Dave Ashang and Mike Aniah, all former Secretaries to the state government; Chief Joseph Ugbe, Dr. Peter Ojie, former council chairmen and other statesmen from Ogoja, Obudu, Obanliku, Bekwarra and Yala local government areas that make up the senatorial district."
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Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, May 30, 2018Faction alerts APC over nPDPThe Chairman of the faction, Hon Bashir Omolaja Bolarinwa, declared onm Tuesday that the divisionary tactics of nPDP members were aimed at bringing down the chances of the APC in the coming elections.
“We have come to the conclusion that fragmenting a ruling political party into fractions at this material time is injurious, self-serving and the promoters should only be seen as agents of destabilization but fifth columnists.
“We may need to refresh ourselves that the antics of the nPDP members is to demonize our great party and make it less in value before Nigerians.
“It is part of their plot to de-market the party while they are seeking alternatives.
“The grievances advanced by these people bent on destroying the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Federal Government can be likened to the proverbial woman seeking to divorce,” he said.
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Daily Trust Newspaper/ Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, May 30, 2018Vote anybody you want in 2019, Buhari tells NigeriansAhead of the 2019 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerians to get their Permanent Voters Card and vote anybody they want.
He was speaking at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday night while breaking Ramadan fast with members of the judiciary led by a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.
Buhari, who said technology aided his election victory in 2015, was responding to a remark by a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Alfa Belgore.
The president said he kept appealing to state governors to embark on voters’ education so that citizens could regard their PVCs as their national card.
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Daily Trust Newspaper/ Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, May 30, 2018Vote anybody you want in 2019, Buhari tells NigeriansAhead of the 2019 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerians to get their Permanent Voters Card and vote anybody they want.
He was speaking at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday night while breaking Ramadan fast with members of the judiciary led by a Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola.
Buhari, who said technology aided his election victory in 2015, was responding to a remark by a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Alfa Belgore.
The president said he kept appealing to state governors to embark on voters’ education so that citizens could regard their PVCs as their national card.
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TheGuardian Newpaper/ The Guardian.ngMonday, May 28, 2018I will contest for Kaduna guber race against El-Rufai in 2019 by SaniHuman rights activist and senator representing Kaduna Central Zone, Shehu Sani, has said that the days of Governor Nasir El-Rufai in office are numbered following his decision to contest against him in the 2019 governorship election. Besides, Sani also said that he would soon officially decamp from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to one of the opposition parties where he will vie for the post to challenge El-Rufai.Kaduna State 2019 Gubernatorial electionPage 5
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Wednesday, May 30, 2018Wednesday, May 30, 2018Disquiet in APC as govs differ over moves to reshuffle national officersAhead of the June 23 national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), some governors and other powerful forces within the party have differed over plans to replace some national officers of the party.
Daily Trust gathered from credible sources that some APC governors and some key stakeholders wanted their “men” elected into some key offices in the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party during next month’s national convention of the party; a development which other governors and notable personalities were said to be not favourably disposed to.
It was gathered that interest groups are now taking the scheming in the APC to the next level, considering that the debate over the fate of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has settled, with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole seen as the national chairman of the party in waiting.
The APC has fixed June 23 for its national convention where various offices would be filled even as interests have heightened in various quarters as to who becomes what. Working hard to install NWC of ruling parties gives unfettered advantages to king makers, analysts say.
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TheGuardian Newpaper/ The Guardian.ngMonday, May 28, 2018Violence, imposition of candidates threaten Gombe APCIf there is any state in the north where the All Progressives Congress (APC) needs to forge unity of purpose and practice inclusive politics, it is Gombe State. The state is not very special for the forthcoming 2019 electoral battle basically because of two issues. In the first place, it is currently the only state in the north that withstood the Buhari Tsunami of 2015. Furthermore, the incumbent Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, has not only been praised for his stellar track record of achievements and good governance, but he is also associated with the 2019 presidential poll. Also, over and above the records of achievements of his administration, Governor Dankwambo has raised Gombe as an oasis of peace, security and development.With those obvious positive indicators, it is therefore worrisome that as the main opposition party in the state, APC had not learnt lessons from its defeat at what appeared a soft contest in 2015, but has continued to gamble with fate. Available indicators and recent reports show that two issues that could pin APC down in the state in the forthcoming general election are recourse to violent tendencies caused by politics of exclusion and obvious attempts at imposition of candidates against the choice of the people. All Progressives Congress (APC) internal crisisPage 14
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Daily Trust Newspaper/ Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, May 30, 2018Lalong decries propaganda ahead of 2019The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong, yesterday, warned against unnecessary bickering and propaganda, stressing that politics and campaigns should be based on issues, not lies, insults and vitriolic sentiments.
Gov. Lalong, in his third year anniversary and Democracy Day speech titled: “Integrity, Accountability and Transparency in Leadership”, said his administration had been preaching ideals of constructive criticism.
“As we approach campaign period, we must strive to avoid unnecessary bickering, false propaganda and conscientious ignorance over issues we are not very sure of.
“Most critical in our effort to propagate ideals of service to humanity, we should strive to inform, not inflame public sensibility. In this way, we will be able to eschew violence and embrace peace in all our dealings; just as the government will continue to ensure that within its constitutional powers it creates the necessary conditions to balance peace with pragmatic development,” he said.
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Daily Trust Newspaper/ Daily Trust OnlineWednesday, May 30, 2018Lalong decries propaganda ahead of 2019The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong, yesterday, warned against unnecessary bickering and propaganda, stressing that politics and campaigns should be based on issues, not lies, insults and vitriolic sentiments.
Gov. Lalong, in his third year anniversary and Democracy Day speech titled: “Integrity, Accountability and Transparency in Leadership”, said his administration had been preaching ideals of constructive criticism.
“As we approach campaign period, we must strive to avoid unnecessary bickering, false propaganda and conscientious ignorance over issues we are not very sure of.
“Most critical in our effort to propagate ideals of service to humanity, we should strive to inform, not inflame public sensibility. In this way, we will be able to eschew violence and embrace peace in all our dealings; just as the government will continue to ensure that within its constitutional powers it creates the necessary conditions to balance peace with pragmatic development,” he said.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineWednesday, May 30, 2018Adeyeye Joins APCFormer Minister of Works and governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Dayo Adeyeye, has formally joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Adeyeye was a minister under President Goodluck Jonathan and recently held the position of the PDP National Publicity Secretary under the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee.
Adeyeye defected from the defunct Action Congress (AC) to the PDP November, 2006 after losing the primary to Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who was the party’s candidate for the April 14, 2007 governorship election in
Ekiti State.
He recently lost another governorship primary to Fayose’s deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola , who polled 1119 to defeat the ex-minister , who
garnered 771 in the keenly contested election.
Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, Adeyeye said he took the action on the premise that he could no longer brook Fayose’s despotic tendencies in PDP, saying leaving the party would afford him the opportunity to get rid of pervasive poverty and corruption as typified by the present government.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineWednesday, May 30, 2018Ashiru: Tired of Playing Second FiddleAfter helping to transform Ogun State into an industrial hub, Bimbo Ashiru, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, is no longer satisfied with being the underdog. Now he wants to be the governor, writes Femi Ogbonnikan
At the inception on May 29, 2011, Sen Ibikunle Amosun, the executive Governor of Ogun State was primarily concerned to change the face of governance from the once-upon-a-time civil servants – driven economy to an industrial hub of the country.
Without wasting time, he raised a kitchen cabinet which comprised of technocrats and seasoned professionals, with core competence and proven track records to draw a master plan to harness the economic potentials of the state.
Notable among members of the kitchen cabinet is Chief Bimbo Ashiru, who was assigned the responsibility to head the Ministry of Commerce and Industry portfolio.
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Daily Trust Newspaper/ Daily Trust OnlineMonday, May 28, 2018Lessons learnt from congresses will further strengthen usThe Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State, Engr. Muhammad Jibril Imam, has said the lessons learnt from the just-concluded congresses will further strengthen the party ahead of the 2019 elections. He said it was apparent that the party needed to do more work than it did in 2015 to come out victorious in 2019.
On the plot to form a coalition of political parties against the APC by 2019, Engineer Imam said no amount of coalition could stop the victory of the APC in 2019.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineFriday May 25, 2018Buhari meets Oshiomhole ahead of APC conventionPresident Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with a former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole.
The closed-door meeting, which lasted about two hours, was held inside the president’s office at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Oshiomhole was accompanied by the chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.
This meeting is coming ahead of the June national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Oshiomhole is seeking to replace the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
President Buhari had recently asked all the APC governors to throw their weight behind their former colleague for the party’s topmost position.
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TheGuardian Newpaper/ The Guardian.ngTuesday May 22, 2018APC debunks Fayose’s claim of plan to rig pollAPC debunks Fayose’s claim of plan to rig pollEkiti State 2018 Gubernatorial Elections. Page 15
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Page 13 https://dailytrust.com.ng/kwankwaso-ll-win-2019-presidency-in-nup-opara-251710.htmlTuesday May 22, 2018INEC urged to remove the dead from voters registerThe Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove names of dead registered voters on the Voters Register.
In a communiqué issued during ISGPP book reading of ‘Against The Run of Play: How an Incumbent was Defeated in Nigeria’ authored by Chairman, Editorial Board, ThisDay Newspapers, Mr. Segun Adeniyi, the group said it is important to remove names of dead registered voters before the 2019 general elections.
The communiqué read: “Since Voters Register is strategic and fundamentally important in any election, it must remain credible and striped of all wrongs. To this end, it must be thoroughly screened and sieved to ensure that all dead registered voters are removed from it
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineFriday May 25, 20182019 Presidency: Moghalu Joins YPPFormer Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and presidential aspirant, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, thursday joined the Young Progressive Party (YPP), with a promise to float N1trillion fund for industrial revolution in the country if elected.
Moghalu who lamented the monumental setback the country has suffered due to years of bad and inept leadership, told his youths-dominated audience that YPP has satisfied what is expected of a political party that can give Nigerians the much desired future.
Making his official declaration yesterday in Abuja, Prof. Moghalu described YPP as “a great party with a tantalising promise and a notice of evacuation to Nigeria’s recycled politicians”.
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Daily Trust Newspaper/ Daily Trust OnlineMonday, May 28, 2018Jigawa INEC distributes 6000 PVCs in 4 daysThe Jigawa State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Mahmuda Isa, says about 6000 voters have collected their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) within the first four days of the commencement of its new distribution. The REC said the development had made Jigawa to be among the leading states in the exercise, adding that the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state had received over 64,000 PVCs under the first and second quarters of the year for distribution.2019 general elections: INECPage 16
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineTuesday May 22, 2018Kwankwaso’ll win 2019 presidency in NUP – OparaThe National Chairman of National Unity Party (NUP), Chief Perry Opara, says a former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, appears more favoured to win the 2019 presidential election if he decides to run on the platform of his party.
Opara, who spoke at the weekend in Abuja, said defeating President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 could be a difficult task but added that it would require the personality and clout of someone like Kwankwaso to accomplish.
The NUP chairman, who said Kwankwaso could be trusted with power, voiced his conviction that the former governor would make a difference if he made the right decision in choosing the party to run on and picking the right vice presidential candidate.
“Buhari has a cult-like followership in the far North while Senator Kwankwaso has the strongest political movement that cuts across the nation. If Kwankwaso decides to run for the presidency in 2019 on the NUP platform, and if he decides to take his vice presidential candidate from the South, particularly a devout Christian, humble, popular and young, he will win the 2019 presidential election.
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ThisDaylive OnlineWednesday, May 23, 20182019: Anyim Endorses Umahi for Second TermA former secretary to the government of the federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, on Tuesday endorsed Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State for a second term.
Anyim pronounced the endorsement at Isiaka, the headquarters of Ivo Local Government Area, Anyim’s country home, during a rally organised in honour of Umahi.
The endorsement has laid to rest the rumours making the rounds that the duo had fallen apart which could threaten Umahi’s chances of reelection in 2019.
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Daily Trust Newspaper/ Daily Trust OnlineMonday, May 28, 2018Tanko, Imhontuniye join presidential raceThe National Chairman of National Conscience Party (NCP), Dr Yunusa Tanko and a chieftain of the party, Comrade Jamaine Amenjay Imhontuniye, have joined the 2019 presidential race. Speaking with newsmen at the weekend in Abuja after obtaining his expression of interest and nomination forms, Imhontuniye said he would like to be minister of power if elected president.Dr Tanko, who also obtained his forms shortly after Imhontuniye, said though he was the national chairman of the party, he would not hijack ‎the primaries but rather provide a level playing field for all aspirants.
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ThisDaylive OnlineThursday, May 24, 2018New A’Ibom APC Boss Receives PDP DefectorsFour days after his inauguration, the new All Progressive Congress (APC) Chairman of Akwa Ibom State, Hon. Ini Okopido, Wednesday performed his first public function by receiving defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into his party.
At a ceremony in Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the state to welcome over 500 former members of the PDP into the APC, the new state APC chairman said the defection was the fruit of his labour having visited Mkpat Enin the previous month to persuade the people of the area to defect to the APC.
He commended Mkpat Enin people for joining the popular statewide movement to change the inept state government, stressing that the new members will be given equal opportunities in the APC as old members.
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Daily Trust online.Monday, May 28, 20182019: Atiku appoints Gbenga Daniel campaign DGFormer Vice President Atiku Abubakar has appointed a former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel as the Director General of his Presidential Campaign Organisation.
The ex-VP is seeking the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to take another shot at the presidency in the 2019 general elections.
Atiku in a statement on Monday, by his Media Office said Daniel's experience both in politics and the private sector would have bearing on his presidential campaign.
"Daniel was a two-term governor of Ogun State from 2003 to 2011 with extensive network within the PDP. Before his election as governor in 2003, OGD as he is better known was the Chief Executive Officer of a leading engineering company in the country," he said.
According to the statement, other appointments into the campaign organisation would be announced in due course.
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ThisDaylive OnlineThursday, May 24, 2018Mahmood Yakubu, Others to Headline Call for Youth Participation in PoliticsThe Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, will lead other speakers on Democracy Day Conference on how to enhance active youth participation in Politics.
Yakubu will be speaking on the second edition of th annual conferenc tagged #FixingNigeria2.0 with its 2018 theme: Promoting Good Governance & Active Youth Participation in Politic
The National Publicity Secretary, Fixing Nigeria Group, Mr. Samuel Arua, in a statement yesterday, said the #FixingNigeria National Youth Conference, which is set to hold on the May 29 democracy day will be anchored by the Convener, Fixing Nigeria Project, Mr. Ernest Nwosu.
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ThisDaylive OnlineWednesday, May 23, 2018ADC: APC Has Failed Nigerians, We’ll Redeem HerThe South-east leaders of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) have declared that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has disappointed Nigerians who believed in her.
The leaders commended former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and the leaders of Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) over the adoption of the party as a vehicle for pursuit of a new Nigeria, saying it is on a mission to reverse Nigeria’s story.
In a comunique issued to THISDAY after a strategic meeting of the leaders of the party in the South-east held in Awka, Anambra State to deliberate on the recent adoption of the party, the party said it has the capacity to wrest power from APC.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineTuesday May 22, 2018Be ready to accept defeat, PDP tells BuhariThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to be prepared to accept defeat in the 2019 general elections, claiming that all indices showed that Nigerians are no longer at home with him. The PDP in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, also claimed that ‎Buhari had not fulfilled his campaign promises, a situation which, he said, led to acute poverty, hunger and starvation in the country.
“This is in addition to his disconcerting aloofness to the plight of citizens, his failure to initiate and implement any development project in any party of the country and the refusal to fulfil the littlest of his 2015 campaign promises.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineWednesday, May 23, 201855 groups give ultimatum to Buhari on age limitA coalition of 55 youth organisations across the country under the auspices of the ‘Not Too Young to Run Movement’ has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the age reduction bill within the next eight days as a democracy gift to Nigerian youths.
One of the conveners and the Executive Director of the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), Samson Itodo, said this yesterday in Abuja when the coalition leaders briefed newsmen on the state of the passage of the bill.
The eventual signing of the bill into law after the amendment passed by the National Assembly and state assemblies reduced the qualifying age of the president from 40 to 35, House of Representatives from 30 to 25, state house of assembly from 30 to 25, while the age for governor and Senate was retained at 35.
According to him, it was imperative for youth inclusion especially as candidates for all elective positions, as it was not a matter for debate but a constitutional imperative for the nation’s democratic development.
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Daily Trust Newspaper/ Daily Trust OnlineMonday, May 28, 2018Bajare: nPDP stalwarts to meet Buhari, Osibanjo todaySome stalwarts of the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) bloc of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will hold a meeting with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo today. The nPDP delegation schedulled to meet with Vice President Osinbajo will then meet President Muhammadu Buhari later in the day to intimate him about the outcome of their meeting.The group subsequently held a meeting last Wednesday attended by Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the House of Representatives and several other federal legislators.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the chairman of the nPDP on the outcome of Wednesday’s meeting, the group announced the constitution of committees on various issues.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineWednesday, May 23, 2018Ondo Assembly Removes Deputy SpeakerThe Ondo State House of Assembly Tuesday removed its Deputy Speaker, Hon Ogundeji Iroju of Odigbo Constituency.
Consequently, a new Deputy Speaker, Hon. Abimbola Fajolu of Ile Oluji/Okeigbo Constituency, was elected.
Iroju was removed on the floor of the house during plenary following the receipt of signatures of 18 members of the house by the Speaker, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun.
The reason for the removal was attributed to high handedness, incompetence, lack of respect for the office of the speaker and lack of accountability as the person in charge of the finances of the house.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineFriday May 25, 2018Bagudu leads 77-member Ekiti gov’ship campaign teamThe ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, inaugurated a 77-member National Campaign Council for the party’s governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, for the July 14 Ekiti State governorship election.
The campaign council, headed by Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, was inaugurated by the APC Deputy National Chairman, North, Sen. Lawal Shuaibu on behalf of the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
The campaign team consists of 14 serving governors, ministers, some members of the party’s National Working Committee, National Assembly members and senior party leaders.
Sen. Shuaibu, who spoke during the inauguration, expressed the preparedness of the APC to reclaim the state.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineTuesday May 22, 20182019: Kogi PDP assures aspirants of fair playThe opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State has assured level playing field for all aspirants seeking to actualise their political ambitions on the party’s platform come 2019.
The state chairman of the party, Engr. Sam Ohuotu, gave the assurance in Lokoja when a governorship aspirant, Chief Sunday Umoru, visited the party’s secretariat to declare his interest to contest the 2019 gubernatorial election in the state on its platform. Ohuotu who was represented at the occasion by the treasurer of the party in the state, Barr. Alfred Bello, dispelled insinuations that a former governor of the state had already anointed a preferred governorship candidate ahead of the election.
He said all those seeking to contest elections on the PDP platform would have to go through transparent party primaries after which the party’s flag bearers would emerge
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineThursday, May 24, 2018Idahosa: Oyegun’s Weak Leadership Responsible for APC CrisisCharles Idahosa, a former political adviser to Adams Oshiomhole, says APC is in tatters today because its national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun lacks the requisite experience to manage the party.All Progressivs Congress (APC) Chairmanship raisePage 18 https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/05/24/idahosa-oyeguns-weak-leadership-responsible-for-apc-crisis/
ThisDaylive OnlineFriday May 25, 2018APC Congress: Court Restrains Oyegun from Recognising Nwoye, Others in EnuguThe crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State assumed a new dimension yesterday as the Federal High Court in the state restrained the party and its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, from recognising Ben Nwoye as the elected Chairman of the party in the state.
In an order of the court yesterday, following relief sought for motion ex parte by three members of the APC in the state, Justice A.M. Liman among other orders, said: “That for reliefs C and D, the respondents are hereby ordered to maintain the status quo pending the hearing of the motion on notice.
“In other words, the respondents are hereby restrained from recognising the second respondent and all persons elected at the Enugu State congress of the APC pending the hearing of motion on notice which is fixed for the 6th June, 2018.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineTuesday May 22, 2018Insecurity marred 2017 voter registration in Borno LGsHe said the commission registered 207,016 eligible voters for the card in 2017, for which only 174,928 cards had been produced.Enduring insecurity determined the number of registrants for the Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) in the 27 local government areas of Borno State in 2017.
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ThisDaylive OnlineThursday, May 24, 2018Ekiti 2018: Fayose Behind Plot to Disqualify Fayemi, Says APCFollowing a suit filed challenging the eligibility of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the party wednesday accused the state Governor, Ayodele Fayose, of masterminding the litigation to pave way for Professor Kolapo Olusola to assume office unopposed.
The party counseled the litigants seeking Fayemi’s disqualification to stop their “wasteful move,” saying the issue had long been settled by the Supreme Court that only a court of law can stop a candidate from contesting.
A judicial panel set up by Fayose had last year recommended that Fayemi be barred from holding public office for 10 years on account of how he allegedly looted the state.
Based on this, a political party, the All People’s Party (APP) had filed a lawsuit praying the court to disqualify Fayemi from contesting the July 14 poll on grounds of his indictment by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by Fayose to probe his administration.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineWednesday, May 23, 2018APC faction in Kwara accuses NWC of frustrating congressesA faction of the APC in Kwara State loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari has accused the National Working Committee (NWC) of conniving with some members and frustrating the congresses held in the state which turned out to be “a butt of joke.”
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin, yesterday, factional chairman of the APC in the state, Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa, said the target of the purported plan was President Muhammadu Buhari who, he said, had done more to expose those that had pilfered the common wealth in recent past.
“We have watched and carefully studied every inch of members of the nPDP, particularly those from Kwara State. They have resolved to destroy the party and remain aloft until their new found homes in PDP and/or SDP are ready,” he said.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineFriday May 25, 20182019: Delta South PDP Plans Mega Rally for Okowa June 9As the 2019 electioneering activities gather momentum, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Delta senatorial district is set to orgainise a mega rally in support of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on June 9.
Addressing a meeting of the party stakeholders on Friday at Patani, the Chairman of PDP, Delta South senatorial district, Chief Emman Amgbaduba, announced that the rally would hold at the Oleh Township Stadium, Oleh in Isoko South Local Government Area.
Amgbaduba noted that the sterling performances of Okowa in the last three years informed the party’s decision to organise the mega rally to drum support for the governor’s re-election in 2019
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Daily Trust Newspaper/ Daily Trust OnlineMonday, May 28, 2018We'll vote against religious bigots, looters- Methodist PrelateThe Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Kalu Uche, has warned that Christians will mobilize and vote against “religious bigots, tribalists, looters and wicked” politicians in 2019.Uche who said he alone can mobilize two million Methodist faithful, said he was already talking to the Pentecostals, Catholics and other Christian faithful to ensure that people with questionable qualities were not elected in 2019. 2019 general electionsPage 7
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TheGuardian Newpaper/ The Guardian.ngTuesday May 22, 2018Group tasks citizens on Aregbesola’s successorAhead of the September 22 governorship election in Osun State, a group, Osun Development Association (ODA) has urged citizens in the state to shun all forms of inducements in the search for a successor to Governor Rauf Aregbesola.
The group also advised political parties to present competent and credible candidates for consideration by the electorate saying the growth of Osun development portfolio should surpass other considerations.
In a statement after its general meeting in Osogbo, the Chairman of the association, Dr. Segun Aina said, “The ODA is a non-partisan body of eminent sons and daughters of Osun set up in 1995 as an intervention group in the affairs of and accelerated development of Osun State.
The ODA, he said, is focused and determined to seek partnership with other stakeholders and collaborate to promote political enlightenment initiatives as part of strategic growth agenda for the state.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineFriday May 25, 2018Audu Katagum, others being considered for Bauchi dep gov seatThe Chief of Staff, Bauchi State Government ‎House, Architect Audu Sule Katagum and other personalities are presently being considered ‎to fill the vacant Bauchi deputy governor’s seat.
This followed the resignation of the former deputy governor, Engineer Nuhu Gidado, on Wednesday.
Sources disclosed to Daily Trust that Architect Katagum may eventually emerge as the new deputy to Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar.
Katagum, a close ally of the governor ‎is seen as a powerful figure in the governor’s inner circle.
According to one of the sources, the Chief of Staff had been penciled down long ago by Governor Abubakar to serve as his running mate for the 2019 election when the possibility of Gidado’s resignation became imminent.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineFriday May 25, 2018Odua youth group backs Dankwambo for presidencyThe Odua Youth Forum (OYF) has expressed support for the presidential aspiration of Governor Hassan Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at the 47th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the forum held in Ogbomoso.
The communiqué, jointly signed by OYF national president, Olaitan Oluwagbeminiyi and national secretary, Olatunji Ahmed, said the endorsement of Dankwambo was because of his youthfulness which would give the PDP an edge in the presidential contest.
The group, which planned to meet Dankwambo in order to persuade him to run in the 2019 presidential race, chronicled his achievements when he served as the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) before he became governor.
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TheGuardian Newpaper/ The Guardian.ngThursday, May 24, 2018Stop chasing shadows, APC tells those seeking Fayemi’s disqualificationThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has asked those seeking to disqualify Kayode Fayemi to stop chasing shadows.This followed a suit by the All People’s Party (APP) at a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking to stop him from contesting the July 14 governorship poll.
The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Taiwo Olatunbosun, told the litigants that it would amount to a wasteful move to approach a lower court to upturn the ruling of the Supreme Court.He explained that similar cases had been settled as precedents in election qualification disputes.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineWednesday, May 23, 2018Outcry over seats of late senators, RepConstituents of members of the National Assembly who died recently have cried out over the failure of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara to declare such seats vacant to pave the way for INEC to conduct by-elections.
The senators who died are, Ali Wakili (APC, Bauchi South), Mustapha Bukar (APC, Daura zone) and a member of the House of Representatives, Buba Jibrin (APC, Lokoja Federal Constituency).
People spoken to urged the leadership of the National Assembly to set politics aside and do the needful, saying it was against the letters of the Nigerian Constitution to be denied representation in national discuss.
INEC could only organize by-elections within 90 days subject to receipt of notice of vacancy from the legislature; and in the event the National Assembly remained silent, the seats could continue to remain vacant.
The Chairman of Daura Emirate Development Association (DEDA), Aliyu Bala Daura, appealed to the Senate to communicate to INEC so that the processes for replacement of Senator Bukar could start.
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ThisDaylive OnlineFriday May 25, 2018Dickson Praises APC Restructuring Panel for Doing ‘a Good Job’Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has praised Governor Nasir El-Rufai All Peoples Congress panel on restructuring for doing a good job.
Dickson stressed that Nigeria was in dire need of devolution or restructuring in order to guarantee stability.
He stressed the need to expand the scope of consultation on the restructuring, saying that all parts of Nigeria needed to be carried along, especially the leadership of Northern Nigeria.
Dickson told journalists on Thursday after he updated President Muhammadu Buhari on security and socio-economic developments in Bayelsa and the Niger Delta region.
Dickson, who held a closed door meeting with the President, said he stressed the need for change in approach to security management in the Niger Delta during the meeting.
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Page 14 https://dailytrust.com.ng/el-rufai-should-be-commended-over-council-poll-jirgi-251716.htmlTuesday May 22, 2018Afenifere hosts Obasanjo, supports change of govt in 2019As the 2019 general elections draw closer, former president Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, paid a surprise visit to the leaders of the pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, in Akure, Ondo State where he said the age-long hostility between him and the group is over.
The former president who simply told journalists that he came to visit his father said the hostility had been amicably resolved.
Obasanjo’s group, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), recently fused into the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
His visit to Afenifere leaders was said to be the first of its kind in 15 years. The closed door meeting which lasted about 30 minutes took place in the home of the leader of the group, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, at about 3:03pm with other chieftains in attendance.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineFriday May 25, 2018Ekiti deputy speaker, chief whip removedThe Deputy Speaker of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Adesegun Adewumi, has been impeached and the Chief Whip, Akinniyi Sunday, also removed from office.
Animasaun Adesina representing Ekiti West Constituency II was elected to replace Adewumi, while Onigiobi Olawale, representing Ekiti South West Constituency I was appointed as the new Chief Whip.
Adewumi’s removal followed a motion moved by the Leader of Business, Akinyele Olatunji and seconded by Olayanju Olanrewaju.
Akinyele had alleged that Adewumi was found to have indulged in activities capable of bringing the dignity and integrity of the House to disrepute.
Other allegations against the impeached deputy speaker were gross misconduct, lack of leadership qualities and acting in a way that could destabilize the state.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineWednesday, May 23, 2018Katsina APC congress c’ttee submits minority reportThree members of the APC Ward and Local Government Congress Committee to Katsina State have written a minority report on the conduct of the congresses in four local government areas (LGAs) in Funtua Zone.
Hon. Sanusi Kunde, Chief Innocent Anike and Engineer Abdulrasheed Ahmad, in a minority report addressed to the National Secretary of the APC, alleged that election materials were diverted in Faskari, Dandume, Musawa and Kankara LGAs.
Part of the report read: “The elections were conducted across the state peacefully. However, for some inexplicable reasons despite all the measures put in place in Funtua Zone during the ward congress, some local governments visited namely Faskari, Dandume, Musawa and Kankara, the elections materials got diverted and election venues were moved away from APC party offices/local government secretariats to secret locations … which is in gross violation of the stipulated guidelines for the conduct of elections.”
They called on the APC national secretary to use his office to ensure that members of the party in Katsina State feel a sense of fairness.
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TheGuardian Newpaper/ The Guardian.ngFriday May 25, 2018APC accuses Fayose of destroying Fayemi’s billboardThe Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Ekiti State chapter has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Director General, Directorate of State Services (DSS), over the wanton destruction of a campaign billboard of its governorship candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi allegedly on the orders of Governor Ayodele Fayose.
Suspected supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday in Oye Ekiti, headquarters of Oye local council, descended on a huge campaign billboard of Fayemi at St Augustine Secondary School and destroyed it, while being cheered by others.
The APC in the petition dated May 23rd, 2018, accused Fayose of being the mastermind of the attack and called for immediate arrest and prosecution of those involved in the act.
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TheGuardian Newpaper/ The Guardian.ngThursday, May 24, 2018Alaafin, other Yoruba leaders demand regionalismSome prominent Yoruba leaders have advised the Federal Government to embrace regional structure of government as practiced in the First Republic otherwise the country might found it difficult, if not impossible, to overcome its current and numerous challenges.
To the leaders, who comprise the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III; Aare Onakankanfo of Yoruba Land, Otunba Gani Adams; Arch-Bishop of Methodist Church, Ayo Ladigbolu (rtd); former Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr. Tunji Alapini; Prof. Wale Fatunde and media practitioner, Otunba ‘Deji Osibogun, the hope of building a virile nation out of the current lopsided system of government, is a mirage.
Speaking at a conference tagged: ‘Protecting Yoruba Land’ organised by a Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Yoruba KO’YA Movement in Oyo town recently, they described the current structure as a mirage of inconvenience that will continue to breed disunity, starvation, under-development and insecurity.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineWednesday, May 23, 2018APC leadership: Oshiomhole, Shuaibu campaign group launchedThe APC Supporters Group (ASG), a movement that is committed to the election of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Senator Lawal Shuaibu as national chairman and deputy national chairman (North) of the APC, was yesterday launched in Abuja.
The ASG National Coordinator, Okeme Emmanuel, who briefed journalists in Abuja, said the movement decided to pitch its tent with Oshiomhole and Shuaibu because the duo had experience and acceptability within the APC and all the geo-political zones of the country.
Emmanuel said they possess the right leadership and negotiating skills, integrity, dignity and ability to consolidate the gains of the party.
“They are completely de-tribalised Nigerians who also understand the dynamics of governing a multi-ethnic and religiously sensitive party like APC.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineTuesday May 22, 2018El-Rufai should be commended over council poll – JirgiA member of the 2015 APC Presidential Campaign Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed Jirgi, has said that Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State should rather be commended for conducting a transparent and best local government election in Nigeria under the present political dispensation.
Jirgi said yesterday in a statement that the recently conducted council election in Kaduna was the only one ever held in the country where opposition parties were politically accommodated.
“There was never a local government election in this country since the rebirth of this democracy but local government selections,” he said.
The APC chieftain observed that El-Rufai was the only governor that conducted a true and credible council’s election and the opposition won in some areas.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineWednesday, May 23, 2018I’m not leaving APC – OkorochaGovernor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has refuted reports that he was planning to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for another party.
The governor said he was not under any pressure or compulsion to leave a house he built for other people to occupy.
Okorocha, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, said, “Aside from the concocted story of his leaving APC for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) trending on the social media, he had also been inundated with calls from media practitioners trying to confirm the authenticity or otherwise of the source-less tale.”
The spokesman said Okorocha was one of the principal founders of APC, adding that when he took the mainstream of APGA to join the merger that gave birth to APC, he was not under any pressure to do so.
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DailyTrust OnlineTuesday May 22, 2018APC’s crisis good for PDP – Sen GyunkThe Senator representing Nasarawa North Senatorial district, Philip Gyunka, has described the complaints trailing the APC congresses as good omen for the opposition PDP.
Speaking in Arochukwu LGA in Abia State during the PDP state executive tour, Sen. Gyunka, who accompanied Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa to the event, said PDP was a political party the world was looking up to to change the change at the centre.
His words, “The change I am referring to here is not the type of change we are experiencing now. The ruling party, APC, is taking us seven steps backwards; they are not the visionary. We are the visionaries.
The Senator representing Nasarawa North Senatorial district, Philip Gyunka, has described the complaints trailing the APC congresses as good omen for the opposition PDP.
Speaking in Arochukwu LGA in Abia State during the PDP state executive tour, Sen. Gyunka, who accompanied Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa to the event, said PDP was a political party the world was looking up to to change the change at the centre.
His words, “The change I am referring to here is not the type of change we are experiencing now. The ruling party, APC, is taking us seven steps backwards; they are not the visionary. We are the visionaries.
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The Guardian.ngFriday May 25, 2018Udom urges Ekiti people to vote Fayose’s deputy, ElekaAkwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has urged all people in Ekiti State to vote for the standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka, so that the good works incumbent Governor Ayodele Fayose is doing could continue.
This was just as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen and Fayose have called for a virile and strong judicial arm for Nigeria’s democracy to grow and deliver on its mandate.
The governors and CJN made the remarks during the inauguration of a ultra modern Ekiti State Judiciary Complex built by Governor Fayose and named after the first Chief Judge of the state and Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti, Oba Ademola Ajakaiye.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineThursday, May 24, 2018Kogi PDP tells Bello to stop blame gameThe PDP in Kogi State has told the Governor Yahaya Bello-led government to stop the blame game and pay the backlog of salaries owed workers in the state.
The party in a statement by its Director of Research and Documentation, Dickson Achadu, issued in Lokoja, yesterday, said it was appalling that the governor and his men had resorted to blaming and maligning past PDP governors as being responsible for their inability to pay workers.
It said the recent attempt by the governor’s spokesman, Kingsley Fanwo, to justify the non-payment of salaries in the state on the excuse of servicing inherited debts “only ended up playing the ostrich.”
The PDP said, “First, it was ghost workers that over bloated the wage bill, then began the longest screening and staff verification exercise in the history of any people and now inherited debts!”
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineThursday, May 24, 2018Group to scrutinize candidates ahead of 2019The New Generation Leadership Development Foundation has said it will x-ray candidates of various political parties ahead of 2019 elections in order to purge the Nigerian political space of those who have credibility problem.
Chairman of the foundation, Dr. Godwin I. Udibe, also called for an ethical commitment by leaders and government to stop recycling people beyond the cumulative eight years, whether in appointive or elective positions to make room for the graduation of youthful leaders in polity as well as governance.
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DailyTrust OnlineFriday May 25, 2018APC petitions IGP, DSS over alleged destruction of Fayemi’s billboardThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Director General, Department of State Service (DSS), over the alleged destruction of the campaign billboard of its gubernatorial candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi in Oye Ekiti on the orders of Governor Ayodele Fayose.
It was gathered from sources in the community that the billboard located at Ayede junction in the town was destroyed on Wednesday by people suspected to be political thugs during a PDP rally held in the area.
The sources also alleged that the billboard was destroyed by hoodlums led by a local government chairman who stormed the place in a Toyota Hummer bus.
The APC in a petition to the Police IG and DG DSS dated May 23 accused Governor Fayose of being the mastermind of the assault.
APC Chairman, Chief Olajide Awe, accused Governor
Fayose of complicity saying “Fayemi’s billboard was vandalized when he (Fayose) led the PDP rally to the town.”
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineWednesday, May 23, 2018Buhari organisation ‘queries’ APC over crisesThe Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) has “queried” the All Progressives Congress (APC) for allowing crises within its fold to fester ‎less than a year to the 2019 general elections.
The BCO also said it had concluded plans to organise a 3-million ‎women and youths rally in Abuja, to showcase the achievements and canvass votes for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.
Addressing executive members of the BCO, Market Men and Women Association of Nigeria yesterday in Abuja, the BCO National Co-ordinator, Alhaji Danladi Pasali, said the organisation would do everything legitimate to return Buhari in 2019.
He claimed that there were several plots to tarnish Buhari’s image and frustrate his government, stating that the issue of killer herdsmen was part of the numerous plots to stop Buhari’s re-election.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineTuesday May 22, 2018Ohaneze seeks 6-year single term for president, governorsOhaneze Ndigbo, a socio-cultural umbrella of Ndigbo, has called for the adoption of a six-year rotational single tenure for the president and governors of 36 states in the country.
It also demanded creation of one additional state in the South-East geo-political zone, scrapping of local government system and resource control for states where natural resources were exploited
These were some highlights of the resolutions tagged, “Ekwueme Square Declaration 2018’’, which members of Ohaneze Ndigbo reached during their one-day summit in Awka on Monday.
Prof. Charles Soludo, the Chairman, Planning and Strategy Committee and Organising Committee, read out the resolutions.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineTuesday May 22, 2018We are remaining in APC – nPDPAlhaji Kawu Baraje, Leader of the new Peoples’ Democratic Party (nPDP) which fused with the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that the group will remain in the ruling party.
He stated this on Monday in Abuja while speaking with newsmen after a closed-door meeting with the members of APC’s National Working Committee (NWC).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Baraje and the group recently submitted a four-page letter of grievances to the APC leadership and gave it seven days to address the issues.
The group alleged that its members had been badly treated, sidelined and persecuted in the APC.
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DailyTrust OnlineFriday May 25, 2018No need to resign under APC constitution to contest election – Osun SSGThe Secretary to Osun State Government (SSG), Alhaji Moshood Olalekan Adeoti who is one of the governorship aspirants for the September 22 gubernatorial election in the state has said that the constitution of the APC did not stipulate that aspirants who are serving in government must resign their appointment.
Adeoti said it only depended on the discretion of the governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola in the case of Osun to decide whether his appointees who joined the race should resign or otherwise.
Daily Trust reports that almost half of the governorship aspirants in Osun are currently holding various political appointment in the Aregbesola's administration and those that are not holding political position among the aspirants are not pleased with the situation.
Speaking at the APC Secretariat in Osogbo, yesterday, Adeoti said he was there to meet leadership of the party in the state to notify them about his intention to contest for the Osun governorship position in September.
Adeoti who was received by the chairman of the party, Prince Gboyega Famodun and Secretary, Alhaji Rasaq Salinsile, expressed optimism that if the party conducted free and fair primary, he would win the APC ticket and also win the main election.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineThursday, May 24, 2018Anger over review of APC convention c’ttee listSome members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention Committee (NCC) yesterday protested the review of the list of membership of the various sub-committees.
The review, which led to the replacement of some members whose names had earlier been published, was said to have affected members of the aggrieved new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The affected members looked disappointed during the inauguration of the sub-committees yesterday by the convention committee.
They claimed that some forces close to the presidency were responsible for the removal of about 50 names which were hitherto published on the convention committee lis
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineThursday, May 24, 2018…Affirms Dabang as Plateau APC chairThe congress appeal committee of the APC sent to Plateau State has jettisoned the only petition challenging the disqualification of Mr Johnson Podar from contesting the state chairmanship position of the party.
The committee also affirmed Letep Dabang as the state chairman of the party.
The chairman of the committee, Mr. Babatunde Monday, who spoke with journalists in Jos, yesterday, said Podar had petitioned that he was unlawfully disqualified from contesting the seat of state chairman of the party despite being a card carrying member of the party.
However, Mr. Monday who led the three-man appeal committee said their findings showed that Podar was not a registered member of the party
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineTuesday May 22, 2018APC shouldn’t be a platform for all comers – OshiomholeThe All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairmanship aspirant, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, says the ruling party should be able to tell any intending member whose values and actions do not conform to the core values of social democracy to go to another party.
Oshiomhole said this in Abuja on Monday when he visited a chieftain of the APC and former Governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu.
He said, “I believe in working along with leaders like you and other leaders of our party to begin the process of building a functional, democratic, masses-based, membership-driven, membership-funded political party that is accountable to its members. That way, Nigerians will begin to see over time the difference between the APC and any other party.
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TheGuardian Newpaper/ The Guardian.ngMonday May 21, 2018Aftermath of APC congress, scores defect to PDP in BayelsaScores of members and supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC) yesterday defected the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State as fallout of the parallel congresses held by the party last Saturday.
Many of those that defected at an elaborate ceremony in Sagbama local government area of the state, cited the growing crisis, lack of leadership and direction as the main reasons for leaving the APC.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineThursday, May 24, 2018Bauchi Deputy Governor resignsThe Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Engr. Nuhu Gidado, has resigned.
This was contained in a letter dated May 16 and which was addressed to the state governor, Mohammed A. Abubakar.
In the letter, the deputy governor explained that his decision was based on his commitment to serve for only a single term as deputy governor of the state.
“Ordinarily, I should have remained up to the end of the tenure, but, with the currently dampened spirit and waning zeal as it relates to my official engagements, my continued stay will not be fair and truthful to you as my brother and leader,” he stated in the letter.
Engr. Gidado also noted that staying on in office will be unfair to the state and his conscience.
He thanked the people of the state and Governor Abubakar for giving him the rare opportunity of serving as his deputy.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineThursday, May 24, 2018Ekiti gov’ship: ‘Unpaid salaries will shore up Fayemi’s chances’A chieftain of the APC in Ekiti State, Mr Makinde Araoye, has said biting poverty in the state occasioned by failure to pay civil servants in the about four years of Governor Ayodele Fayose’s administration will make victory easy for the opposition APC in the July 14 governorship election.
Araoye expressed confidence that the teeming workers in the state would vote massively for the APC candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
He said it was wicked for a governor to be owing workers and pensioners eight months’ arrears “in an environment that is heavily anchored on civil service monolithic economy,” adding that this had further lowered the standard of living of Ekiti people.
He stated this yesterday while addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti where he said the time had come for workers to cast their votes for Fayemi based on his track records and belief in running on worker-friendly policies.
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TheGuardian Newpaper/ The Guardian.ngMonday May 21, 2018US reiterate interest in Ekiti election as envoy visits Fayose againhe American government has again said it expects nothing less than credible and fair exercise in the July 14 governorship poll in Ekiti State, saying it will closely monitor events, before, during and after the poll.
The Political/Economic Chief, United States Consulate, Lagos, Mr Osman Tat, stated this in Ado-Ekiti during a courtesy visit to the governor, Ayodele Fayose.
In a statement by Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the envoy was quoted as saying that the conduct of the poll should set a higher standard in the organisation of elections in the country.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineThursday, May 24, 2018Gada, Yabo to challenge Tambuwal for Sokoto gov’shipA former minister of Culture and Tourism, Senator Bello Jibril Gada, has declared interest for the gubernatorial ticket of the APC in Sokoto State.
Also, a former commissioner of Finance and Local Government, Alhaji Faruk Yabo, has declared for the ticket of the APC ahead of 2019.
The duo joined the race even as the incumbent governor, Aminu Tambuwal, is serving his first tenure on the APC platform.
There were insinuations that Tambuwal might likely vie for the presidency under a different platform, a development that gave other APC faithful opportunity to start scrambling for the party’s ticket.
Addressing his loyalists at his Sokoto residence at the weekend, Sen. Gada said three years was enough for the people of the state to know whether the Tambuwal-led government had performed or not.
According to him, the state was faced with many problems, including acute shortage of potable water among others.
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The Guardian.ngMonday May 21, 2018APC congresses: Six states produce 12 factional chairmenTrue to type, the All Progressive Congress (APC) maintained its chequered image yesterday, with at least half a dozen states holding parallel congresses and electing two factional state chairmen each.However, the widespread violence and needless blood-letting, which characterised the ward and local council congresses in the last two weeks, were toned down as there were no reports of deaths, only violence and intrigues in parts of the country.
The party’s lack of cohesion, passion for imposition of candidates, brazen impunity and lack of team spirit manifested prominently in the South West, where two states, Lagos and Oyo produced four factional chairman, that is two apiece.
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The Guardian.ngMonday May 21, 2018APC will challenge PDP’s LG election victory in court — El RufaiGov. Nasiru El-Rufai says All Progressives Congress (APC) will challenge the victory of PDP in four local government areas in the recently concluded council polls in Kaduna State at the tribunal.
El-Rufai spoke at APC State Congress in Kaduna on Saturday.
“We gave them what they don’t know, we gave them justice. Unfortunately, even with that justice they tried to cheat.
“We are going to challenge the chairmanship they said they won at the tribunal. We already have 14; for the remaining five we want to have 14 plus five.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineMonday May 21, 2018Why Buhari is leading 2018 democracy walk – AkorThe National Democracy Stakeholder’s Group (NDSG) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to lead the 2018 National Democracy Solidarity Walk because the event was not partisan but for national course. The convener and chief executive officer of the group, Kletsaint Akor, told newsmen yesterday in Abuja that the event - the fourth to be held at Eagle Square on May 29 - was to celebrate democracy and the good works of the present administration.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is not the President of a political party but President of Nigeria. As you can see, the 36 state governors would also led similar walks across the country and they are also of different parties. The goal of the 2018 Walk is to mobilise Nigerians to take ownership of the 2019 electoral process through participation, education and enlightenment and to commit to nurture and protect our democracy,” Akor said.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineMonday May 21, 2018Parallel congress holds in AdamawaMajor division persists in the Adamawa State chapter of the APC as two factions conducted parallel congresses.
There has been animosity between the present leadership supported by Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla and another group, Buhari Support Project 2019 led by former governor Murtala Nyako and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawan.
The acting state chairman of the APC, Ibrahim Bilal, was elected substantive chairman during the congress attended by Governor Jibrilla at Ribadu Square in Yola.
Meanwhile, Dimas Ezra emerged as the state chapter chairman of the party in another congress held at Lelewal Hotel in Yola. Senator Abdulaziz Nyako and Bello Tukur participated in the election.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineMonday May 21, 2018Lack of consensus stalls Kebbi congresshe fate of the APC state congress which supposedly took place in Kebbi State on Saturday is yet to be decided as the local government chairmen, the state government and top party members are torn apart over the choice of APC chairman.
While some of the leaders in Senator Adamu Aliero’s camp want the incumbent chairman, Barrister Attahiru Maccido, to continue, those loyal to Governor Atiku Bagudu are bent on Architect Bala Sani Kangiwa.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineMonday May 21, 2018Nana retains seat as Dogara, others boycott Bauchi APC congressThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and other aggrieved APC members boycotted the party’s congress in Bauchi at the weekend.
They shunned the congress as they continued expressing their grievances over the way ward and local government congresses were conducted earlier.
In the congress at the weekend, Alhaji Uba Ahmed Nana retained his seat as the chairman of the party in the state.
Nana was the sole candidate for the position as his opponent‎, Alhaji Sanin Malam, reportedly withdrew in protest days ago.‎
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineMonday May 21, 2018APC, nPDP to meet today – BarajeA chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State and the leader of the nPDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, yesterday denied that the nPDP gave an ultimatum to the leadership of the APC in a letter sent recently.
Baraje, who spoke with journalists in Ilorin, said a meeting between the group and the APC leadership would hold today to address their grievances.
While lamenting the high rate of internal conflicts within the ruling APC that culminated in parallel state congresses, he said the nPDP’s recent letter to the party leadership was to forestall such occurrence.
Baraje, who said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) never experienced the kind of internal wrangling now in the APC, warned that if the party failed to heed the request of the nPDP, the forthcoming national convention might become an avenue to wash its dirty linen openly.
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ThisDaylive OnlineMonday May 21, 2018Monday May 21, 2018Several states saturday returned the officials and executive members of the All Progressives Congress by consensus during the congresses of the ruling party, which took place nationwide.
Among such states were Plateau, Niger, Borno, Bauchi, Abia, Kaduna Akwa Ibom, Edo, Katsina, Nasarawa, Cross River, Ogun and Imo.
In Plateau State, Governor Simon Lalong saturday disclosed that the people have generally endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari as their preferred candidate for the 2019 presidential election and would not change their decision, adding that the state would vote massively for him in the coming election.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineMonday May 21, 2018Fayose’s Dictatorship Will Kill PDP in Ekiti, Says Senator OlujimiScores of members and supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC) yesterday defected the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa State as fallout of the parallel congresses held by the party last Saturday.
As members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) begin to abandon the party over alleged dictatorial tendencies of Governor Ayodele Fayose, the Senate Deputy Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi, has raised the alarm over threat this poses to the party ahead of the July 14 governorship poll.
Olujimi said losing influential members to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mega Party, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and other parties was dangerous to the party’s chances in the impending poll.
Recently, former Deputy Governor Sikiru Lawal defected to Labour Party, ex-Nigeria’s Ambassador to Canada, Dare Bejide decamped to SDP and former Minister of Works, Dayo Adeyeye moved to African Democratic Congress (ADC) with their supporters over irreconcilable differences with the governor.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineMonday May 21, 2018APC Congresses: Several State Excos Return by Consensushe American government has again said it expects nothing less than credible and fair exercise in the July 14 governorship poll in Ekiti State, saying it will closely monitor events, before, during and after the poll.
The Political/Economic Chief, United States Consulate, Lagos, Mr Osman Tat, stated this in Ado-Ekiti during a courtesy visit to the governor, Ayodele Fayose.
The rescheduled local government congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State was peaceful across the state despite the boycott of the exercise by members loyal to Senator Magnus Abe.
Abe’s loyalists had in the wake of the ward congresses sought and obtained an interlocutory injunction from the state High Court stopping the congresses on the grounds that they were unfairly shut out of the process.
Even when the national leadership cancelled the former exercise and ordered fresh congresses in the state, they said it was an exercise in illegality as the court injunction was subsisting and distanced themselves from the rescheduled congresses.
Despite their boycott however, the exercise went on peacefully and smoothly, albeit with heavy police presence, in the areas THISDAY visited.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineMonday May 21, 2018Niger Deputy Governor Hijacks Venue for Moghalu’s Town Hall MeetingThe Deputy Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Mohammed Ketso, yesterday hijacked the venue duly booked for the Minna, Niger State, town hall meeting of the Kingsley Moghalu Support Organisation (KIMSO).
KIMSO had booked the main hall of the Abdulsalam Youth Centre in Tunga, Minna, for its town hall meeting scheduled to hold last Saturday at 11 a.m. and also paid for the booking, which remained confirmed as at 11:00 p.m. on the eve of the event.
However, in the morning of the day of the event, officials of KIMSO, Niger State chapter, were told that the venue was no longer available and that the Deputy Governor, Ketso, had taken over the place for an event of the All Progressive Congress (APC) party in the state. A smaller hall within the complex was then allotted to KIMSO.Reacting to the development, the 2019 presidential aspirant, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, said: “This is an example of the classical Nigerian political impunity. Politicians, who are all about politics and provide little leadership, don’t respect the sanctity of contracts.Olujimi said losing influential members to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mega Party, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and other parties was dangerous to the party’s chances in the impending poll.
Recently, former Deputy Governor Sikiru Lawal defected to Labour Party, ex-Nigeria’s Ambassador to Canada, Dare Bejide decamped to SDP and former Minister of Works, Dayo Adeyeye moved to African Democratic Congress (ADC) with their supporters over irreconcilable differences with the governor.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineMonday May 21, 2018Rivers APC LG Congresses Peaceful amidst Boycott by Abe’s LoyalistsThe rescheduled local government congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State was peaceful across the state despite the boycott of the exercise by members loyal to Senator Magnus Abe.
Abe’s loyalists had in the wake of the ward congresses sought and obtained an interlocutory injunction from the state High Court stopping the congresses on the grounds that they were unfairly shut out of the process.
Even when the national leadership cancelled the former exercise and ordered fresh congresses in the state, they said it was an exercise in illegality as the court injunction was subsisting and distanced themselves from the rescheduled congresses.
Despite their boycott however, the exercise went on peacefully and smoothly, albeit with heavy police presence, in the areas THISDAY visited.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineMonday May 21, 2018Omisore Departs PDP for SDPA former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Omisore, who announced his defection in a statement made available to journalists in Osogbo yesterday, said he intended to contest the September 22 governorship election on the platform of SDP.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineMonday May 21, 2018APC Chieftain, Timi Frank Apologises for Role in Ousting JonathanA chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has lamented the worsening cases of corruption, battered economy, killings, hunger and injustice in the current administration.
While tendering an apology to a former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Frank said Jonathan was largely misunderstood and that his good nature was taken for weakness by those who maligned him and pushed hard to remove him from office.
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Punchng.comWednesday, May 16, 2018Imo APC holds ward congressThe All Progressives Congress on Monday held its ward congress in Imo State.
The congress that was scheduled to hold in the state last Saturday was postponed as a result of the crisis that attended it.
The party in Imo State on Monday concluded the Local Government Congress, described as “hitch-free” by stakeholders
It was gathered that a faction in the party had, on Sunday evening, announced that the congress would not hold, and consequently dissociated itself from it.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineWednesday, May 16, 2018Presidency: Arewa Southern group roots for BafarawaA group of northerners in the 17 States in the South under the aegis of Arewa Initiative for Peaceful Co-existence in Southern Nigeria, yesterday, called on the former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, to come out and declare for the presidency.
Briefing newsmen on behalf of the group, the Lagos State coordinator, Alhaji Kabir Ali Dinar, described Bafarawa as the “ray of hope” that would breathe new life into the nation’s politics.
He said Bafarawa was a detribalised Nigerian, a promise keeper and honest man who had the political and administrative experience to lead Nigeria.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineWednesday, May 16, 2018Our mandate won’t be stolen again in Ekiti -APCThe ruling APC has expressed confidence that its mandate allegedly stolen in 2014 cannot be taken again in the July 14, 2018 governorship election.
The APC National Organising Secretary, Sen. Osita Izunaso, spoke yesterday on the issue when he received the report of the Amb. Fati Balla-led Ekiti State Governorship Primary Election Appeal Committee on behalf of the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
Izunaso who thanked the committee for undertaking the assignment on behalf of the party, said all efforts were currently geared towards winning the July 14 Ekiti governorship election.
He said the party’s national campaign committee would soon be set up.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineWednesday, May 16, 2018PDP receives defectors in PlateauAbout 7,000 defectors from various political parties were on Monday received by the PDP in Kanam Local Government of Plateau State.
Daily Trust gathered that some of the defectors were those that cross carpeted to the APC after the 2015 general elections.
PDP chairman in Plateau State, Damishi Sango, who received them during the commissioning of Kanam PDP office and inauguration of chairmanship campaign committee and appeal fund raising, said the defectors would be accorded the same privileges as other members of the party.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineWednesday, May 16, 2018Alliance Party gets gov’ship candidate for EkitiThe All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP) has elected Steve Oribamise as its gubernatorial candidate for the July 14 gubernatorial election in Ekiti State.
In a statement by the party yesterday, Oribamise in turn picked his co-contender, Sola Oluponmile, as running mate.
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DailyTrust Newspaper/ DailyTrust OnlineWednesday, May 16, 20182019 presidency: PDP shops for serving govThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is considering the option of fielding a serving governor as its presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections.
PDP chieftains who spoke with our correspondent, yesterday, explained that the party needed someone who would be covered by executive immunity till May 29, 2019.
‎A former member of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) who preferred anonymity said the party was exploring several other options as well but that getting a saleable serving governor would reduce a lot of stress.
‎”You can’t rule out the possibility of the PDP fielding a serving governor but we are being painstaking in the process of selecting our presidential candidate,” he said.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineWednesday, May 16, 2018Chairmanship Race: Oshiomhole Reaches Out to APC LawmakersFormer Governor of Edo State and All Progressive Congress (APC) National Chairmanship aspirant, Adams Oshiomhole, on Tuesday met with members of the APC Caucus in the House of Representatives behind closed-doors for over two hours to solicit for their support for the position.
In attendance were the Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara; the Deputy, Hon. Yussuff Lasun, as well as the principal officers led by the House Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, among other members.
Speaking to journalists after the engagement, Oshiomhole said he had come to solicit for their support and proffer lasting solutions to the problems currently bedevilling the APC.
Among other things, he said he would ensure that there’s strong correlation between effort and reward as far as the activities of the party are concerned.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineWednesday, May 16, 2018PDP Meets to Decide Way Forward, May Quit APCAs the ultimatum given by members of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) bloc in the All Progressives Congress (APC) expired yesterday, the group has started meeting to decide a way forward.
THISDAY gathered that the group has scheduled a meeting this week to consider other options before them as APC begins count down to its national convention on June 2.
A reliable source within the group said baring any last minute intervention by the APC leadership, the Kawu Baraje-led nPDP will most likely pull out from the ruling party before the next national convention.
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TheGuardian Newpaper/The Guardian.ngWednesday, May 16, 2018Protests trail Kaduna council poll as El-Rufai pledges to probe allegationsAggrieved youths in some communities in Kaduna have protested against the results of last Saturday’s local council poll in the state.Kaduna Local Government elections 2018.Page 20

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TheGuardian Newpaper/The Guardian.ngWednesday, May 16, 2018Oni threatens to quit APC if his supporters are victimisedFormer Governor of Ekiti State and contestant in the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary, Segun Oni, has threatened to leave the party if his supporters were intimidated.
Oni alleged that his supporters were being harassed with threats that they won’t be recognized in the event that Minister of Mines and Steel
Development, Kayode Fayemi, wins the July 14 poll.
He, however, appreciated Fayemi’s gesture of visiting him almost immediately after the election result was declared, saying unity of purpose and friendliness could only be sustained if Fayemi engages his supporters to engender cohesion within the party.
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TheGuardian Newpaper/The Guardian.ngWednesday, May 16, 2018Minority leader, Ojo emerges speaker of Oyo assemblyThe Minority Leader of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Joshua Olagunju Ojo, yesterday emerged the new speaker of the Assembly.
Ojo, 67 who represents Oriire State Constituency on the platform of the Labour Party (LP) succeeded Mr. Michael Adeyemo, who died on April 27, this year.
He was nominated by Joshua Oyebamiji (APC-Akinyele I) and Gbenga Oyekola (LP-Atiba) after a 20-minute executive session by selected leaders in the assembly.
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Daily Trust News Paper/Daily Trust OnlineTuesday May 15, 2018PDP promises big challenge for APC in KogiLeaders and stalwarts of the opposition PDP in Kogi State have vowed to bounce back to power in the State come 2019.
The leaders, who included past governors, past and serving members of the national/state assemblies and other party bigwigs, spoke in Lokoja at an award presentation organised by the forum of former PDP members of Kogi State House of Assembly.
A two-term governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris said people of the state were already fed up with the APC-led government which he alleged had inflicted hardship and poverty on them, following non-payment of salaries and pensions for several months.
On his part, the immediate past governor of the state, Captain Idris Wada, called on the party to close ranks and ensure the emergence of credible candidates for 2019.
Earlier, the chairman of the forum, Mr Henry Ojuola, said the award was to appreciate the commitment of the recipients to the party despite all odds.
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Daily Trust News Paper/Daily Trust OnlineTuesday May 15, 2018Why APGA not part of ‘third force’ -SpokesmanThe All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has promised positive revolutions that would transform Nigeria without going into any alliance.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Henry Okolie-Aboh, in a statement in Abuja, said with the hindsight of the Nigerian political history and the lacklustre performance of the incumbent administration and its predecessor, APGA was arguably the most credible political platform and best option to emancipate Nigerians from years of political maladministration and economic bondage.
“The party maintains that it will field very qualified and credible candidates for every electoral position in the forthcoming general elections; it will campaign vigorously across the country,” he said.
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Daily Trust News Paper/Daily Trust OnlineTuesday May 15, 2018Cracks in nPDP as faction emergesThe claims by members of the defunct nPDP that they are being marginalized in the ruling APC are lies, a senator and a senior member of the party said yesterday.
Senator Abdullahi Adamu, former governor of Nasarawa State, stated this in reaction to accusation of marginalization made by former acting chairman of the nPDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje.
The nPDP was a breakaway faction of the then ruling party, the PDP, that teamed up with three other parties to form the APC and then went ahead to win the 2015 elections.
Baraje and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola in their petition to the APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, demanded a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari within seven days to address their grievances.
Baraje neither picked his calls nor responded to a text message by Daily Trust.
But Senator Adamu submitted a counter petition yesterday to the APC national chairman and copied to President Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in which he dismissed the claims by Baraje.
The petition was signed by Senator Adamu as chairman of the new group, Chief Theodore Georgewill, deputy chairman and Abdulmumin Jibrin, secretary.
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Daily Trust News Paper/Daily Trust OnlineTuesday May 15, 2018Parallel congresses exercise in futility - APCThe ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the conduct of parallel congresses in some states as an exercise in futility and an attempt to cause confusion in the party.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, who reacted to the issue yesterday after inquiries by the media, restated the party’s position that any member who had any genuine grievances regarding the congresses should channel same through the appeals committee in their respective states.
“The party’s position is that there is no such thing as parallel congress. The only congress recognised by the party is the one conducted in accordance with the party constitution, which was organised by the congress committee charged by the party to organise such congress,” the APC spokesman said.
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Daily Trust News Paper/Daily Trust OnlineTuesday May 15, 2018El-Rufai: Irregularities in Kaduna LG elections will be investigatedGovernor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, yesterday, promised that alleged irregularities in Saturday’s local government election will be investigated.
He said steps would be taken to remedy them while the lessons derived would be used to improve on subsequent elections.
Speaking after the APC local government congress for Kaduna North Local Government Area held at Command Guest House, in Kaduna, the governor expressed happiness with the process of the LG polls.
He said despite “human factor” that affected some aspects of the election, the voting machine worked “perfectly.”
He said, “We have received reports of some electoral officers leaving their positions. The electronic voting machine worked very well but the human factors are always there. They will be investigated and we will learn from it. But what we are happy about is that the electronic voting machines worked perfectly. They also contained vital information that election riggers do not know about. We will investigate everything and we will take every step to remedy them,” he said.
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Daily Trust News Paper/Daily Trust OnlineTuesday May 15, 2018Ologunde, Afikuyomi, others battle for APC chairmanship in LagosThe race to succeed Chief Henry Ajomale as the Lagos State chairman of the APC has reached a peak with high-level politicking, horse-trading and discussions already at fever pitch, Daily Trust can report.
Going by recent declaration, Ajomale who had been chairman of the party for more than eight years, since the days of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), would be stepping down.
The APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had during the party’s stakeholders’ meeting in Lagos on April 24, declared that party officials who had served three or four terms at the ward, local government and state levels should leave.
Though Ajomale had often led the party to victory, it was learnt that names of prospective aspirants were already flying across the state’s political space.
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Daily Trust News Paper/Daily Trust OnlineTuesday May 15, 2018Kano lawmakers insist on removing speakerKano lawmakers insist on removing speaker
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Members of the Kano State House of Assembly have insisted on removing the Speaker, Alhaji Abdullahi Yusuf Ata and other principal officers of the house. The move was truncated yesterday when heavily armed policemen, civil defence and DSS operatives blocked entrances to the assembly complex, thereby making it difficult for members to have access to the facility to perfect the impeachment.
The spokesman of the aggrieved lawmakers, Alhaji Baffa Babba Dan-Agenda, who confirmed the move to Daily Trust, said 21 out of the 40 members in the house had signed in support of the impeachment of the speaker and the entire principal officers of the house.
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Daily Trust NewspaperMonday May 14, 2018APC sweeps Oyo Local Government pollsThe Oyo State Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) on Sunsay declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of 33 Local Governments and 35 Local Government Development Areas Elections held in the state on Saturday May 12, 2018. Declaring the results on Sunday at a press conference at OYSIEC Headquarters, the Chairman of the commission Mr. Jide Ajeigbe commended the people of the State for peaceful conduct of elections.Oyo State Local Government polls. Oyo State.Page 4
DailyTrust OnlineMonday May 14, 2018Senate: Yuguda to vie for Bauchi South seat under NNDPFormer ‎governor Isa Yuguda has officially joined the race for Bauchi South senatorial by-election on the platform of Green Party of Nigeria‎ (GPN).
The seat became vacant following the death of Senator Ali Wakili of the ruling APC.
Yuguda declared his intention to vie for the seat at a meeting of GPN held in Bauchi at the weekend.
Talking with journalists’ ‎after the meeting, Yuguda said he decided to join the race to heed the calls of his supporters when he contested for the seat under the PDP while he was rounding off his tenure as governor in 2015.
He was defeated by Wakili at the time.
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The Guardian Newspaper, TheGuardian.ngMonday May 14, 2018Again, two factions hold poll in Kogi StateLike last week’s ward congresses, parallel factions conducted the All Progressives Congress (APC) local council congresses in Kogi State at the weekend.The factions are the Audu/Faleke faction with Haddy Ametuo as chairman and the Governor Yahaya Bello faction with Ibrahim Ahovi as acting chairman.
The factions have been struggling to outwit each other in their attempts to outdo the other at the end.By last Saturday the Audu/Faleke faction in Lokoja Council, elected a new executive to run the affairs of the party.At the end of the congress, which held at the St. Luke’s Primary School, Adankolo, Usman Mamanlafia and Abubakar Nagogo Maiyaki emerged chairman and secretary in the 27-man executive.
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The Guardian Newspaper, TheGuardian.ngMonday May 14, 2018Police arrest Uzodinma’s aide, others over alleged possession of electoral materialsThe police have announced the arrest of four suspects over unlawful possession of electoral materials meant for Imo State congress.In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, the suspects were picked up at one Faraji hotel in Wuse 2 area in Abuja.Among those arrested were a Special Assistant to Senator Hope Uzodinma on Electoral Matters, Ipanesie Innocent, and Kelechi Alfonne from Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of Abia State.Others were Lawrence Archibong, from Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State, and Joseph Martins, from Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
According to the police, items recovered from them include 68 pieces of APC ward congress result sheets, 130 APC ward delegate forms, and 6 APC local government result sheets.
Moshood said: “During the course of interrogating them, they mentioned one Dr. Mike Njoku, who is the zonal coordinator of Owerri Municipality to Uzodinma.
“The ward congress was supposed to have been held in Imo State on May 5. But it was shifted because this group and their sponsors stole the election materials and hijacked the process to an unknown destination,” he said.He explained that the police had since commenced investigation into the unlawful and criminal act.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineMonday May 14, 2018Congress Turns Bloody in OndoThe All Progressives Congress (APC) local government congress at Irele Local Government Area of Ondo State turned bloody at the weekend leading to injuries on several persons.
The injured included the former lawmaker, representing the area at the House of Assembly, Hon. Afolabi Iwalewa, and the current Caretaker Chairman of the local government area, Prince Gbadebo Odimayo.
Iwalewa in a telephone interview told journalists that trouble started when the leader of the party allegedly led some hoodlums to the venue of the congress.
According to him, members of the party in the local government had assembled at the party secretariat for the exercise, waiting for the officials and party leaders but most of the members were disappointed when they learnt that the congress would not hold.
Iwalewa said some leaders of the party in the local government area, insisted that the current executives of the party at the local government level should continue in that capacity while we wanted a congress to usher in new leaders.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive Online Monday May 14, 2018Party Rejects Congresses in Four Edo CouncilsThe leadership of the All Progressives Congress in Edo State has rejected the list of elected executives from four of the 18 local government areas where parallel or no congresses were held during last Saturday in the state.
The affected local governments are Owan East, Owan West, Akoko-Edo and Ovia North East.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive Online Monday May 14, 2018Okorocha Loses Again, Tackles Oyegun, Izunaso, Others over LG CongressesImo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday took a swipe at the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, accusing the duo and other top hierarchy of the party of conspiracy and engaging in fraudulent activities in the just concluded wards and local government congresses.
Okorocha, who pointedly accused the APC chairman of conniving with his political enemies in Imo State to derail him, promised to go the whole hog in exposing the corruption in the APC under Oyegun.
The governor hinted that the decisions taken under his watch as the Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, where he opposed the tenure elongation of the APC National Working Committee (NWC), might have irked Oyegun, leading to his attempt to frustrate and truncate his political future using the ongoing congresses of the party.
He also lambasted the trio of Izunaso, Senator Hope Uzodimma and Senator Ben Uwajumogu for their alleged nefarious activities in dethroning him as the leader of the party in the state.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineMonday May 14, 2018APC Wins 17, PDP Four in Kaduna Council PollsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State has won 17 of the 23 local government chairmanship and councillor elections which were held last Saturday while the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in four local government areas.
The results were announced yesterday by the returning officers at the various local government area headquarters.
However, elections were suspended in Kaura and Jaba council areas following an attack on the electoral office in the area last Friday night.
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This Day NewspaperThursday, May 10, 2018NPDP wing of APC signals discontent, considers options.With 2019 General Elections looming, the internal wrangling within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) took a new dimension as the faction the party known as the "New PDP" consisting of the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who defected to the APC in 2013 prior to the 2015 General Elections have written to the leadership of the party over percieved bias towards its members. The group led by the former National Chairman of the PDP; Abubakar Kawu Baraje also issued a sevn-day ultimatum to the APC to address issues it had earlier raised in a four-page letter dated April 27, 2018 and signed by Baraje and Olagunsoye Oyinlola.2019 General Elections, All Progressive Congress( APC)Page 1
This Day NewspaperThursday, May 10, 2018S'West APC backs NWC on Fridays Primary for Ekiti StateThe leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the South Western part of Nigeria have expressed support for the decision of theNational Working Committee (NWC) of the party to conduct fresh primaries for the state on Friday, May 10, 2018. In a communique issued yesterday after their meeting, the leaderhip expressed their confidence in the Party to conduct a peaceful and successful Primary as the deadline for conducting primaries and submitting the names of candidates to INEC as prescribed by the commision is close and urged the candidates and delegates alike to refrain from sharp practices that may compromise the success of the said primary election. The communique was jointly signed by the Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, National leader of the party; Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other leaders from thezone. Ekiti State 2018 Gubernatorial Elections, All Progressive Congress (APC) Primaries.Page 12
This Day NewspaperThursday, May 10, 2018We wont support Buhari for Presidency in 2019, says Accord Party.The National Working Committee of the Accord Party (AP) has said yesterday that it will neither support President Muhammadu Buhari nor any other party's candidate in 2019. The National Chairman of the party Mohammad Lawal Nalado, who briefed journalists in Abuja before the party's National Working Committee meeting, said the reason the party had always supported other party's candidates was because the party didn't have enough National coverage to compete, but due to the growth of the party National, they are ready to field a candidate for the 2019 presidency.2019 General Elections, Accord Party (AP)Page 12
This Day NewspaperThursday, May 10, 2018Idagbo: We won't allow APC take over Cross RiverLegor Idagbo, the member representing Obudu/Obanliku/Bekwara/ Federal consistuency in the House of Representatives says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the party to beat in Cross Rivers State. He said " The APC has not performed well as far as Nigerians are concerned. Nigerians were better off under the PDP before 2015. In response to the percieved surge in the popularity of the APC in the state he said " There are two types of politics; there is the politics on the ground with the grassroots people and there is also media politics, social media, print media and the rest of them. So much of what you called APC growing in Cross Rivers State is basically in print and on social media, On the ground actually I don't see that." Cross Rivers Election, PDP, APCPage 19
This Day NewspaperThursday, May 10, 2018Ekiti 2018: I'm ready for any challenge, says PDP candudateThe governorship candidate of the Peoples Democatic Party (PDP) for the July 14, 2018 gubernatorial election of Ekiti, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, has expressed readiness to take on challenges from other candidates in the election. Prof. Olusola, the present Deputy Governor of the State who spoke yesterday after recievinrg his certificate of return from the party's leadership as its candidate for the election. He also expressed his delight at the conduct of the party's primaries and saluted the sportmanship of the candidtaes that lost saying it was evidence of a rebranded party and signifies the love of the party for democracy and its readiness for the elections.Ekiti State 2018 Gubernatorial Elections, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)Primaries.Page 48
This Day NewspaperThursday, May 10, 2018Oshiomole to declare bid today for APC Chairmanship postThe immediate past Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomole, has said he will today formally declare his ambition to run for the National chairmanship position of the All Progressive (Congress APC). Oshiomole due to his endorsement by President Muhammadu Buhari's has been tipped as the likely candidtate to replace the outgoing Chief John Odigie-Oyegun whose tenure expires in June. While speaking to journalists in Benin the State Capital, he said he was joining the chairmanship rise to contribute is own quota to the growth of the party.All Progressive Congress (APC) Chairmanship Election 2018.Page 51
This Day NewspaperThursday, May 10, 2018Governorship aspirant berates APC Appeal Committee.A Governorship Aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State Captain Bala Jibrin has berated the conduct of the Appeal committee set up by the leadership of the party to receive complaints on the outcome of the just concluded ward congress in the State, stating that they have gone into hiding and have been compromised by the Governor of the State whose bidding they do. He further stated that the rule of law and internal democracy must prevail thereby calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in order to avoid internal crisis capable of destabilizing the party ahead of 2019.2018; All Progressive Congress (APC) Bauchi Primaries.Page 52
Daily Trust News PaperThursday, May 10, 20183,969 winners emerge from Zanfara ward congresses3,969 memebers of the All Progressive Congress (APC) have emerged as winners in the 174 wards in 14 Local Govrnments in Zanfara State. The Chairman of the APC ward and Local Government Committee in the State, Ambassador Dauda Danladi stated that the exercise was free, fair and devoid of violence.Nigeria; All Progressives Congress (APC) Ward Congress;ZanfaraPage 14
Daily Trust News PaperThursday, May 10, 2018Opposition behind APC congress Crises -LawmakerA member of the Nassrawa State House of Assembly Honourable Kassim Muhammad Kassim, a member of the All Progressive Congress has said that the crises that trailed the ward congresses organized by the party in different parts of the country is as a result of acts of sabotage by the opposition who are using the ongoing leadership tussle to their advantage and has therefore called on the need for former Governor of Edo State Adams Oshiomole to emerge next National chairman the party.Nigeria; All Progressives Congress (APC) Ward Congresses.Page 14
The Guardian NewspaperThursday, May 10, 2018Civil Society groups worried about 2019 election, growing corruptionEighteen Civil Society Organisations (CSO's) including Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) yesterday in Abuja raised concerns over the trend in the polity leading to the general elections in 2019. The CSOs accused the present government of lack of transparency in several instances and fear that if not checked the integrity of the 2019 polls may be compromised. However, the spokesperson for the Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) Rotimi Oyekanmi assured the CSOs of the commission's readiness to conduct a free and far election come 2019.2019 General Elections; Nigeria.Page 3
Daily Trust News Paper/Daily Trust OnlineFriday, May 11, 2018Adeyeye dumps PDP, says can’t work with FayoseA former Minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who contested the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, yesterday, dumped the party saying he cannot work with Governor Ayodele Fayose.
He contested for the PDP ticket with the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, who emerged victorious.
Adeyeye who was yet to make public his new party, said no fewer than five political parties had contacted him to be their candidate in the July 14 governorship election.
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Daily Trust News Paper/Daily Trust OnlineFriday, May 11, 2018Ojudu withdraws from Ekiti gov’ship raceThe Special Adviser on Political Matters to President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, yesterday, withdrew from the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State.
He accused the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun of having a preferred candidate ahead of the primaries.
Ojudu at a press conference at his residence, however, said he was not stepping down for any of the remaining 32 aspirants jostling for the APC ticket.
He said he would also allow his supporters to vote according to their conscience in the primary slated for Saturday.
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Daily Trust OnlineFriday, May 11, 2018Ekiti guber: MPN female aspirant cautions delegates against moneybag politiciansA female governorship aspirant on the platform of Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN) in Ekiti state, Hon. Bola Adeyina, has urged party delegates and residents of the state to shun moneybag politics.
Adeyina stated this while meeting with women supporters in Ado Ekiti on Thursday
She said, “Money from politicians to buy votes has taken the state nowhere. What we need are leaders that are genuinely committed to the development of the state and betterment of the people’s lives".
She said the party was out to correct the wrongs occasioned by poor leadership in the state and put it on sound footing. She added that her aspiration to govern the state was borne out of the need to get the state out of the woods and set the people free from the economic and development bondage that successive governments had put them.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, May 11, 2018Obasanjo’s CNM Fuses With ADCThe group founded by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Coalition for Nigerian Movement (CNM), has fused with the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
The merger was announced in Abuja Thursday by the ‎co-convener of the CNM, Mr. Olagunsoye Oyinlola, signposting his departure from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Oyinlola, a former governor of Osun State and one of the signatories of the New PDP’s (NPDP) petition to the leadership of the APC, complaining of alleged maltreatment of its members, has also resigned his appointment as the chairman of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
He said the CNM was also ready to work with other political parties and groups to end APC’s reign and forge a new direction for Nigeria.
Elaborating on the decision of the CNM to merge with the ADC, he said: “The decision to move in to African Democratic Congress is in appreciation of the progressive essence of the party and its untainted existence on the terrain of our nation’s politics.
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This Day Newspaper/ ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, May 11, 2018INEC Meets RECs, Ekiti REC Absent at Meeting The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has begun final preparations for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State.
Speaking at a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), the commission’s Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said the gathering was aimed at deliberating on arrangements for the July 12 election in Ekiti, as well as that of Osun State.
He said the meeting would also focus on the ongoing national civic registration, as well as the forthcoming 2019 general election.
The INEC chairman and RECs later entered into a closed door meeting.
However, the REC in charge of Ekiti State, Prof. Abdul-Ganiyu Raji, was absent at the meeting at INEC headquarters in Abuja.
Although part of the deliberations had focused on the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State but during the time for introduction, all the RECs representing the other states introduced themselves but that of Ekiti was conspicuously absent.
The INEC chairman while making his opening remarks, frantically looked for the REC to brief the meeting on updates about the gubernatorial election in the state but to no avail.
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von.gov.ngFriday, May 11, 2018APC re-schedules Ekiti Governorship Primary election for Saturday The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rescheduled the Ekiti governorship primary election for Saturday May 12, 2018.
The party made this in a press statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi.
The APC had earlier scheduled the election for Friday May 11, 2018.
The party said the change of date is as a result of consultation between the APC National Working Committee (NWC), aspirants and other stakeholders.
2019 General Elections, All Progressive Congress( APC)https://www.von.gov.ng/apc-re-schedules-ekiti-governorship-primary-election-for-saturday/
The Guardian.ngThursday, May 17, 2018Ikubese leaves NCP over N7m nomination fee "An aspirant for the 2019 presidential elections on the platform of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Dr. Thomas-Wilson Ikubese, has renounced his membership of the party over what he called undemocratic tendencies of its leadership.
Ikubese who spoke at a press conference in Akure on Monday, said he was quitting NCP because the party had derailed from the vision of its founder, late Gani Fawehinmi. According to him, the National Chairman, Yunusa Tanko and the National Secretary, Ayodele Akele, unilaterally imposed levies on aspirants contrary to the provisions of the party’s constitution alleging that it was aimed at thwarting his aspiration.
Ikubese, who joined the party on September 16, 2017, disclosed that the duo drafted a document mandating presidential aspirants that are less than two years in the party to pay N7.04m.
This, he said was in contravention to the tradition “laid down by Chief Gani Fawehinmi that party members who seek to run for offices should do so at no cost, as a populist party, to encourage the masses to participate actively in politics. "
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The Guardian.ngThursday, May 17, 2018PDP, APDA, LP, others declare for NUP ahead of 2019"The National Unity Party (NUP) has received a massive boost as different political parties and associations have joined its ranks to create a formidable front to unseat the All Progressives Congress (APC) next year.
The Fresh Peoples Democratic Party (Fresh PDP) led by its national chairman, Prince Obi Nwosu; a faction of the Advanced Peoples Democratic Party (APDA), led by factional chairman, Mainasara Illo and the Kwankwasiyya Movement in all 36 states led by its National Chairman, Farouk Kurawa are among the groups.
Others like the Alliance for National Unity (ANU) led by Bolere Elizabeth Ketebu and a Labour Party group led by its former Chairman, Dan Nwanyanwu, have teamed up with the NUP as the platform through which they hope to salvage Nigeria from bad governance.
National Secretary of the factional APDA, Amobi Eugene Nwosu, National Treasurer of APDA, Chinyere Onyemekara, Hassaka El- Abdullahi and National Coordinator of the Kwankwasiyya movement, Abubakar Mohammed Inuwa, attended the meeting."
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DailyTrust OnlineThursday, May 17, 2018Clerics caution politicians against provocation"The Council of Imams and Ulamas in Kaduna State has condemned unguarded utterances by politicians who rain curses on their political opponents, describing such act as un-Islamic.
The social media was last week awash with a video recording in which Governor Nasir el-Rufai rained curses on senators Suleiman Hunkuyi, Shehu Sani and Danjuma Laah.
Addressing newsmen on series of issues in the state and the country at large, the chairman of the council, Sheikh Usman Abubakar Babantine and assistant secretary, Imam Musa Tanimu, who quoted from the Qur’an and Hadith, decried the attitude of some politicians who allegedly deployed all means, including foul language, to intimidate and demean their opponents."
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DailyTrust NewspaperThursday, May 17, 2018Convention: APC youths oppose micro zoning of offices"Youths in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have expressed opposition to alleged plan to micro-zone positions allotted to each geopolitical zone ahead of the forthcoming national convention of the party.
They also flayed the Abubakar Baraje-led new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) in the APC for allegedly plotting to destabilise the ruling party.
The youths, operating under the aegis of Forum of Young APC Stakeholders, addressed journalists, yesterday, in Abuja through their National Field Director, Alwa Hassan.
They claimed that some party leaders and governors were planning to hand-pick individuals who would occupy the various offices assigned to each geo-political zone.
They canvassed that delegates be allowed to freely elect their leaders at the forthcoming national convention."
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DailyTrust NewspaperThursday, May 17, 2018APC addressing grievances from congresses – Mala BuniThe National Secretary of the All Progressives Party (APC), Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, in this interview bares his mind on the on-going congresses of the party, describing the scramble for positions as indication of its acceptance, strength and success. He also spoke on the threat by the nPDP and allayed fears that last Saturday’s state congresses would breed more troublesAll Progressives Congress Ward Congresses.Page 14
ThisDaylive OnlineThursday, May 17, 2018Eta: Why We Endorsed OshiomholeThe National Vice Chairman (South-south) of the APC, Ntufam Gillard Eta, says his party needs a strong leader in the run up to the 2019 elections, and former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole possesses that quality. He spoke with journalists in Benin, Edo State.All Progressive Congress (APC) Chairmanship Election 2018. https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/05/17/eta-why-we-endorsed-oshiomhole/
ThisDaylive OnlineThursday, May 17, 2018Fasuyi, Others Dump PDP"A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Cyril Fasuyi, has finally dumped the party.
Fasuyi, a former House of Representatives candidate and leader of the party in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State, made this known to journalists at a well-attended meeting of prominent leaders and stakeholders of the party last weekend at the Olojudo’s palace in Ido Ekiti."
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ThisDaylive OnlineThursday, May 17, 2018APC Appeal Panel Upholds Imo Congresses Amid Protests"The All Progressives Congress (APC) appeal committee has rectified the ward and local government congresses held in Imo State, effectively putting paid to the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha’s efforts to reverse the outcome of the congresses.
The approval by the committee came just as members of the Imo State House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Hon. Acho Ihim, stormed the APC national secretariat in Abuja last Tuesday along with some party stakeholders from the state to protest against the outcome of the congress.
Okorocha had earlier met President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osibanjo to protest alleged malfeasance during the last two congresses in his state and to demand their cancellation."
Imo State ward congresses. All Progressives Congress APC. https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/05/17/apc-appeal-panel-upholds-imo-congresses-amid-protests/
The Guardian.ngThursday, May 17, 2018Fayemi presented to Buhari as Ekiti guber candidate"Nasarawa State governor and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries in Ekiti State; Tanko Al-Makura has presented Dr. Kayode Fayemi, flag-bearer of the party for the July 14 governorship election to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking after presenting Fayemi to Mr. President before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja yesterday, Al-Makura said he was in Aso Rock to present the Minister of Mines and Steel Development and flag bearer of APC in the coming Ekiti governorship election in line with the party’s tradition. He also expressed optimism that the party would win the governorship election"
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ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, May 18, 2018Rig Ekiti Election, Get Crisis, PDP Warns FG"The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government that there would be crisis if it attempts to rig the Ekiti State governorship elections.
This came as Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, promised the people of the state that the state local government elections scheduled for June 16 would be free and fair
Speaking at the off of the PDP campaigns for the Rivers State local government elections at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt, PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, warned the APC-led federal government to stop killing Nigerians and stop harassing Nigerians through the promotion of impunity."
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ThisDay NewspaperFriday, May 18, 2018Opuala-Charles Moves to Replace Murray-BrruceA former Commissioner for Finance in Bayelsa State, Silva Opuala-Charles has indicated his desire to contest for the Bayelsa East Senatorial District. 2019 general elections, Bayelsa StatePage 18
DailyTrust NewspaperFriday, May 18, 20182019: There’s plot to ‘knockout’ Buhari – Sen MarafaThe chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum, Senator Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara), in this interview raised alarm that plots are on to technically knockout President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 election.2019 general elections.Page 14
DailyTrust OnlineFriday, May 18, 2018No strong opposition to defeat Buhari yet – Adeniyi"The former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Mr Olusegun Adeniyi, said yesterday that he is yet to see a formidable opposition strong enough to defeat President Mohammed Buhari in 2019.
Adeniyi said this at the review of his book entitled: ‘Against the Run of Play’ at the Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP).
Addressing the gathering of academics and other professionals who attended the book reading, Adeniyi identified fragmented opposition as the most important factor that made incumbent candidates win elections all over the world. He recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan lost in the 2015 election because the opposition parties came together to form a strong force against him and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)."
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DailyTrust NewspaperFriday, May 18, 2018Dogara, others ask court to stop Bauchi APC congressesAll Progressives Congress (APC) ward congressesPage 13
DailyTrust OnlineFriday, May 18, 2018Congresses: Protesters want APC organising sec sacked"Placard-carrying protesters yesterday called for the removal of the ruling All Progressives Congress’ (APC) National Organising Secretary, Sen. Osita Izunaso, over the fallout of the ongoing congresses, especially in I
The group, led by a serving House of Assembly lawmaker in Nasarawa State, Kassim Muhammad Kassim, also upbraided Sen. Osita for allegedly indirectly working for PDP to frustrate the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
It requested for fresh ward congresses in crisis-ridden states, alleging that Sen. Izunaso was hell bent on causing confusion in Imo State to frustrate Owelle Rochas Okorocha out of the party. "
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The Guardian.ngFriday, May 18, 2018We’ve made Okorocha politically irrelevant, says Imo APC stakeholders"The All Progressives Congress (APC), Imo stakeholders have said that they have made Gov. Rochas Okorocha politically irrelevant in their determination to rescue the party from imminent collapse in the state.
Dr Theo Ekechi, who spoke to newsmen after a close-door meeting with the APC national leadership on Thursday in Abuja, said the stakeholders had overwhelming evidences against Okorocha."
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The Guardian.ngFriday, May 18, 2018Ambode urges supporters to obtain voters card"Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has urged his supporters particularly members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to boost his second term election.
Ambode, who was represented by the Special Adviser on Religious Matter, Verrals Kolawole at a forum where he was endorsed for reelection, said the solidarity gathering and second term endorsement and continuous praise singing his return in 2019 without necessarily following up by obtaining voter cards, which qualifies individuals to vote in the next election, are not enough."
2019 general elections, Lagos.http://guardian.ng/politics/ambode-urges-supporters-to-obtain-voters-card/
The Guardian.ngFriday, May 18, 2018APC appoints appeal committees’ members ahead of state congresses"Ahead of tomorrow’s All Progressives Congress (APC) states congresses, the John Odigie-Oyegun-led national working committee (NWC) has appointed several chieftains of the party to oversee the affairs of the exercise across the country.
Three-member committees were also inaugurated to entertain complaints and appeals that may arise from the congresses.
Those appointed state congress chairmen are: Pius Odubu (Adamawa); Gen. Danjuma Danbazzau (Taraba); Prince Austin Eweka (Kano); Domingo Obende (Niger); Jonathan Zwingina (Abia); Olugbenga Obadara (Delta); Uche Ekwunife (Lagos); Matthew Omegara (Ondo); Peter Obadan (Ogun) and Abdullahi Gwarzo (Oyo), among others."
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ThisDaylive OnlineFriday, May 18, 2018Official Results of Kaduna LG Polls Show APC Won 14 Councils,..."The Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIEC) thursday officially announced the results of the local government elections held last Saturday, following the controversy and tension they have generated.
The Chairman of KADSIEC, Binta Saratu Dikko, who announced the results at the commission’s headquarters in Kaduna, said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC ) won the chairmanship elections in 14 councils while the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in four councils.
Results in two local governments namely, Chikun and Kaduna South, were inconclusive.
She also announced that fresh elections in three other councils of Jaba, Kaura and Kajuru would hold on June 2, 2018.
According to her the APC won in Giwa, Igabi, Ikara Kaduna North, Kagarko, Kubau and Birnin Gwari.
Other councils won by the APC included Kudan, Lere, Makarfi, Sabon Gari, Sanga, Soba and Zaria.
Dikko said the four councils won by the PDP are Jama’a, Kachia, Kauru and Zangon Kataf.
Kaduna has 23 local governments areas."
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