Osun Guber Race: OAPYF Coordinator Promises To Integrate Warring Members

The Coordinator, Osun All Progressives Youth Forum (OAPYF) Comrade Olateju Olorungbebe Adunni has affirmed that the forum will bridge the gap between political appointees and warring youths within the party.

Comrade Adunni gave the affirmation in Ilesa at a town hall meeting organized by the forum and aimed at resolving perceived differences within the party and pacify any aggrieved member

Adunni who said the party is ready to listen to all grievances from the youths also assured the party that measures have been put in place to make the programme a huge success.

Adunni explained that necessary mechanisms are in place to make the programme a huge success and bring members to an amicable stance.

According to him, “this town hall meeting is an opportunity for all the Osun APC Youths to interact intimately with political appointees and party leaders elected on the platform of APC in our locality, to assemble and discuss our basic interests”.

“We are also exploring the interactions to proffer solution to internal tensions threatening our cohesion and bond irrespective of political interests, and swing into actions to solidify our political family the more as a vibrant segment of the party”.

“It is pertinent for us to take the present challenges confronting our party as opportunity to make a difference and work hard as good ambassadors of this party to sustain and promote the good will of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola”, he stressed.

Also speaking, Leader, Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola on water project his administration embarked upon in Ilesa.

He said that Governor knows that health is wealth and that is the reason why Aregbesola embarked on the Ilesa water project which he said has been abandoned since 1981.

According to him, “It is clear that the over seven years experience of dynamic leadership of APC in the state has exposed the corruption-ridden administration of opposition party in the past, hence, the need to prevent them from coming back to the saddle.

Hon. Owoeye urged the youths to be persistent in their resolve to take the present challenges confronting the party as opportunity to make a difference and work hard as good ambassadors of the party in other to sustain and promote the good will of Governor Aregbesola.

Meanwhile, the Osun State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Kolapo Alimi in his remarks charged the youths to reintegrate the unstable members of the party.

Alimi urged the youths to visit their compounds and polling units before the election and give help to the needy so as to promote good governance as institutionalised by Aregbesola’s style of administration.

Corroborating Hon Alimi, the Commissioner for Science, Innovation and Technology, Hon. Remi Omowaiye appealed to the youths to let go of their grievances and embrace peace.

He thereafter urged all members of the party to work together as a team in the forthcoming election in the state.

El-Rufai Demolishes Factional APC Office In Kaduna

The secretariat of the APC faction that suspended Governor Nasir El-Rufai two days ago has been demolished. It is alleged that some soldiers were on ground to supervise the demolition of the secretariat situated along number 11 B Sambo in the state capital this morning Tuesday February 20th.

The Secretariat belongs to the faction loyal to the suspended senators representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani and that of Kaduna North zone, Suleiman Hunkuyi. It was opened last week as a parallel State APC office due to the inability of the group to reconcile with the State party organ. The one storey duplex is owned by Senator Hunkuyi before it was converted to a State Party Secretariat last week.

APC faction office in Kaduna demolished after suspending El Rufai

APC faction office in Kaduna demolished after suspending El Rufai

APC faction office in Kaduna demolished after suspending El Rufai

 

Just In: Kaduna APC Faction Invalidates El-Rufai’s Suspension

The All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State, loyal to Governor  Nasir el-Rufai, on Monday overturned the six-month suspension order slammed on him by a faction of the party.

Two factions of the party — the ‘Akida APC’ and the ‘Restoration APC’ — had, after a stakeholders’ meeting on Sunday, announced the suspension of the governor for six months over what they described as “anti-party activities.”

Those who attended that meeting include an aspirant during the party’s governorship primaries in 2015, Isa Ashiru; Chief of Staff to Senate President, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed; owner of Kaduna-based Liberty FM radio, Dr. Tijjani Ramalan; Senator representing Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sani; and his counterpart from the Northern Senatorial District, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, among others.

Shortly after the stakeholders’ meeting, the party chieftains drove to the parallel office of the party on 11B Road in Kaduna, where the factional Acting Chairman of the party, Danladi Wada, announced the governor’s suspension.

However, on Monday, the Acting Secretary of the party in the state (recognised by the state government), Yahaya Baba-Pate, while addressing journalists at a press conference, said the faction that suspended the governor has no such power.

Baba-Pate said their faction was duly recognised by the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun, and that the suspension of the governor would not hold.

According to the chieftain, it is only a legitimate organ of the party that can suspend any member of the party or the governor.

He consequently declared the governor’s suspension “null and void and of no effect.”

 

We Are Against State Police – Arewa

The pan-Northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum, on Monday expressed its opposition to the creation of state police.

The 36 state governors had endorsed the creation of state police to, according to them, address rising insecurity in the country.

The governors’ endorsement was a follow-up after Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo supported its creation.

However, the ACF noted that the creation of state police, as endorsed by the 36 state governors and Osinbajo, was a recipe for more crises.

The ACF’s Secretary General, Anthony Sani, in an interview with our correspondent in Kaduna, said if created, the various state governors would abuse it the way the state electoral commissions were being “bastardised.”

According to the ACF, sitting governors will use state police to torment perceived political enemies.

“Given the experiences where state governments use state electoral commissions and kill democracy at local government levels where no opposition party wins a seat in the local government council, there is the high possibility of state governments abusing state police with dire consequences, especially in states with many ethnic groups and religions,” the ACF scribe said.

The ACF, he said, was opposed to state police because the Forum sees the problems of police to lie in the lack of training, lack of equipment and also due to insufficient number of personnel.

He argued further that given the paucity of resources, it would not be good judgement to saddle states with additional responsibilities of state police.

He said the northern body believes that these problems could not be solved through the multiplication of security agencies.

Osun 2018: APC Youth Forum Implore Youths To Register With INEC, Get PVC

By Nofisat Marindoti
A group within the All Progressives Congress (APC), State of Osun chapter-Osun All Progressives Youth Forum (OAPYF) led by Comrade Olateju Olorungbebe on Sunday, implored the youths of the State, especially those who have not registered, to ensure they register with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and secure their Permanent Voters’ Cards which would enable them exercise their franchise in the coming governorship election.
The Coordinator, while speaking at the phase 2 of the programme at Irewole, Isokan and Ayedaade Federal Constituencies in the state, explained that the PVC is the only weapon with which the youths can claim their rights.
According to him, “Voters card is the weapon that could be used by the electorate to choose candidates of their choice.”
The Commissioner for Commerce, Cooperative and Industries, Hon. Alagbada Jayeoba, who was at the event, commended Aregbesola for giving youths the privilege to participate in the newly parliamentary system of government.
The commissioner for Science,  Innovation and Technology, Hon. Remi Omowaye also praised Aregbesola on infrastructural developments across the state.
Omowaye said the Chief Bisi Akande Trumpet Bridge in Gbongan Ibadan road will save lives and reduce accidents.
He however charged youths to be active in the party, adding that there are lot of chances for them to be leaders in the future.

PDP Loses 42,000 Members To APC In Adamawa

About 42,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Leading the decampees who cover from 21 Local Government Areas of the state, is the former Presidential Adviser on Legal Matters to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Bar. Ali Gulak, other stakeholders of the PDP.

Bar. Gulak explained that the government has achieved success in the war against terrorism in the northeast, which alone is enough to decamp to the party.

He also added that the party (APC) gives opportunity for those eyeing certain positions in the party to get a chance.

They were received by the Vice Chairman of the APC, Northeast, Comrade Salihu Mahmud and other members of the party’s working committee.

In his remark, Comrade Mahmud, the northeast zonal vice chairman says this event is historic because of its magnitude

The highlight of the event was the lowering of the PDP flags and the hoisting of the APC flags at the secretariat.

In an interview with journalists after the event, the northeast zonal vice chairman of APC Comrade Mahmud says the party in the zone is endorsing President Buhari to contest the 2019 presidential elections.

According to the organisers of this event, it is only symbolic as a rally will be organised soon where all their 42,000 decampees will be formally received by the party in the state.

In a similar development, the state is expecting President Muhammadu Buhari to pay an official visit.

Tinubu Capable Of Reconciling APC – Kalu

Former Abia governor, Dr. Orji Kalu has called on the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to accelerate efforts toward reconciling aggrieved members of the ruling party.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kalu made the call on Sunday night while speaking with newsmen at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.

He said the task given by President Muhammadu Buhari to Tinubu was very apt because there was an urgent need to reconcile feuding members of the party.

According to him, the situation whereby a serving governor and a minister who belong to APC are engaged in bickering at a time concerted efforts are needed to return the party to victory in 2019 is not good.

Kalu said, “I have reported this to the highest authority of the party that it is not proper for a governor and minister in Ibadan to go two parallel ways.

“It is not to the benefit of the president and neither is it to the benefit of the party, it is not the benefit of Nigerians; the synergy needed to accelerate cohesion in the ruling party will not be there.

“We need to thank Mr. President for his wisdom in giving the mandate to the national leader of APC the opportunity to reconcile members of the party.

“I am very excited that such a thing is happening. I am confident it will be a good beginning for my brother and friend, Tinubu to execute the reconciliation task very well.

“I am confident Tinubu will be blunt to settle feuding members of the APC.”

He noted that Buhari had the constitutional right to seek for re-election, adding that the only reason the president might not run in 2019 would be solely on health grounds.

According to him, Buhari is an honest man and will let Nigerians know whether he will contest or not at the appropriate time.

“Buhari is an honest man. If he is interested in running, he will tell Nigerians that he will run. We pray that his health gets better and that his doctors give him a clean bill of health.

“You know Buhari is also a man of conscience; if he feels his health will not allow him to seek re-election he will not go ahead, but if he feels he is capable of running, he will seek re-election.

“It is his decision, it his right, he is entitled to the second term,” he said.

(NAN)

I Was Right To Endorse Buhari In 2015 – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in an interview with German publisher, DW explained why he wrote the open letter to President Buhari in January advising him not to seek a second term in office.

 

He was also asked if he regrets endoring Buhari back in 2015 and he said,

‘Yes, it was the right decision. With the benefit of hindsight, you will agree with me, if you know what has happened and what has been revealed about the government of Jonathan and those who are with him, in terms of sordid corruption and you will agree that this was the right decision. I believe it that was a decision that was good at that time for our country and our democracy. Because we were able to transition from one party to another party. As a result of that we are consolidating democratic process. It is also the right decision now, for us to see that the man who is taking over from Jonathan has not met the expectation of Nigerians, that’s what democracy is all about. Democracy is about change. But if you think that is not the right decision, then you are not a democrat. But I am a democrat and tomorrow if I take a decision and things don’t work out the way we expect them to work out in a democracy, then you make a change’.

See excerpts from the interview below….

One of the biggest promises of President Buhari was to fight corruption. That is his flagship topic. You are now saying that he turns a blind eye on corrupt people in his inner circle. Has Buhari’s corruption fight failed already?

I won’t quite put it that way. I would say he was probably looking outside, he wasn’t looking inside, because if you are fighting corruption [and] corruption is becoming rife then you also have to turn your attention inward.

What would you do differently if you were him in fighting corruption?

I would do what I exactly did before. I set up the two mayor institutions that are being used to fight corruption. I would make sure that the people who are in charge of these two institutions are men or women of integrity and I would look outside and inside because there is no point in fighting corruption beyond you while you have corruption (in front of) your nose.

Would you say is that you were more successful in fighting corruption?

I won’t judge myself. I will leave that to other people.

President Buhari is widely regarded as a man of integrity among most Nigerians. Is he lacking seriousness?

I don’t know which Nigerians you are talking about. Maybe Nigerians of four years ago. Talk to Nigerians today.

In your letter, you wrote that Buhari has a poor understanding of the dynamics of internal politics. You also said that he is weak in understanding and playing in the foreign affairs sector. Your critics are saying that they have the impression that you [feel you] are a moral authority and that you are the only person who understands how to run this country. What do you say to that?

I won’t answer them. I will reserve it as my right as a Nigerian.

You said in the past that you would pull out of politics. How does that go together with the new coalition movement?

A movement is a movement. It’s not a political organization. It’s a social, economic organization. And I have said that if that movement turns political, I will withdraw from it.

But you write that the two biggest parties in the country are unfit to run Nigeria. Do you hope to provide an alternative?

No, I would not stand in the way of that movement. If it decides to become a candidate sponsoring organization then it will become political and I will withdraw from it.

It is not yet clear who the members will be. And the names that got a lot of attention were the names people already know former governors, members of the [opposition] PDP (People’s Democratic Party). Some people have the feeling that it is not going to be a new innovative movement but think that it’s old people in new clothes.

If that is what you hear then you are hearing it wrongly. There are thousands of Nigerians inside Nigeria and outside Nigeria who have never been in politics and are members of this movement. It’s not old wine in a new bottle. It’s new wine in a new bottle.

 

The interview was conducted by DW’s Africa correspondent Adrian Kriesch.

“APC Not Aware Of El-Rufai’s Suspension”

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says the National Working Committee will state its position on the suspension of Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai in due course.

APC national publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, said this in a chat with newsmen on Monday morning.

He explained that response to the development cannot be rushed as the national secretariat was yet to really know what happened.

“I have no details of the matter yet. You know it (suspension) occurred during the weekend”, Abdullahi said.

“Also, I was out of town. Before I can comment, I will need to study what actually happened. So, I can’t give the official reaction now”.

Asked if he would issue the party’s position in form of a statement, the spokesman replied: “It depends, what we find out will determine how we’ll react”.

APC party faction led by the Senator representing Kaduna North Central, Suleiman Hunkuyi, had accused El-Rufai of “anti- party activities and anti-human activities.

The Senator said if El-Rufai did not respond to the query within 48 hours, “the state working committee will sit down and deliberate.”

But in a statement on Sunday, the faction said the governor refused to honour the invitation to defend himself over the allegations levelled against him.

It resolved to suspend him for six months with immediate effect.

The statement said, “Sequel to the 48 hours ultimatum issued to the Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir Ahmad Elrufa’i by the Kaduna state working committee of the APC to give explanations and defence on the allegations labelled against him, the SWC under chairmanship of S.I.

“Danladi Wada on Saturday 17th February 2018 convened, resolved and do consider and ratified the findings and recommendations of the Disciplinary and Fact Finding Committee put before it in accordance with Article 21 (B) (iii) of the APC Constitution, to the effect that having the governor failed to respond accordingly, he stands suspended for a period of 6 months from the APC with immediate effect.”

34,826 Decamp To APC In Niger

 

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, on Saturday received 34,826 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger, who moved to APC.

Among the defectors were the state Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Aminu Yusuf, former Speaker of the state Assembly, Alhaji Adamu Usman, a former Attorney General, Alhaji Abdullahi Wuse among others.

Oyegun said in Minna at a rally to receive the defectors that Nigerians must shun sentiment and support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to set the nation on a new path of growth and progress.

He said that the country requires “people of principle” to help fight for the success of the programmes of the APC.

“APC needs sincere soldiers as leaders, people who are ready to join the fight, because God entrusted Buhari to us to salvage the nation and its economy,” he said.

He therefore urged the new APC members to support President Buhari in the efforts to restore the economy through the revitalisation of agriculture and solid minerals sectors.

Oyegun noted that already, government support to agriculture had helped to drastically bring down rice importation.

The APC national chairman stressed that the Buhari administration had also raised power generation to 7,000 megawatts and that the figure would go up by 50 percent after the completion of the Mambila hydro power project.

He noted that the increase in power supply would help boost industrialisation and job creation in the country.

Alhaji Aminu Yusuf, PDP state Deputy Chairman, said they joined the APC to assist in developing the state.

“By the time elections are over, you don’t talk about parties anymore, instead you talk about development of the state.

“The party approached me to come and join them and assist the government build the state. We are coming with our skills and experience to assist the government in developing the state,” he said. (NAN)

Osun APC Youth Forum Begins Town Hall Meetings, To Tour Federal Constituencies

By Nofisat Marindoti

A group within the State of Osun chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-Osun All Progressives Youth Forum (OAPYF) led by Comrade Olateju Olorungbebe  on Saturday began town Hall meetings in all the eleven Federal constituencies  across the state.

The meetings have been scheduled to hold between February 17 and March 3, 2018, and kick started from  Igbonibi Town Hall, Ila-Orangun, Osun Central Senatorial district.

Olorungbebe noted that the programme was specifically conceived to ameliorate perceiving differences  within the party and parcify any aggrieved member.

The coordinator explained that necessary mechanism are in place to make the programme a huge success and bring members to an amicable stance.

“This town hall meeting is an opportunity for all the  Osun APC Youth to interact intimately with political appointees and party leaders elected on the platform of APC in our locality, to assemble and discuss our basic interests.

“We are also exploring the interactions to proffer solution to internal tension threatening our cohesion and bond  irrespective of political interests , and swing into actions to solidify our political family the more as a vibrant segment of the party.

“It is pertinent for us to take the present challenges confronting our party as opportunity to make a difference and work hard as good ambassadors of this party to sustain and promote the good will of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

“It is clear that the over seven years experience of dynamic leadership of APC in the state has exposed the corruption -riddeen administration of opposition party in the past,  hence,  the need to prevent them from coming back to the saddle.

Meanwhile, the  Osun State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Kolapo Alimi in his remarks charged youth on good conduct and exhibit habits that will further promote good governance as institutionalised by Aregbesola’s style of administration.

Alimi said, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has performed excellently well on education which has yielded positive result on West African Exmanation Council WAEC in the State.

According to him “students’ performance in West Africa Examination Council in 2006 indicated that 37,428 candidates sat for WASCE examination, 4,085 passed with five credits including Mathematics and English Language. He went down memory lane stating that in 2007, 36,171 sat for the examination, only 2,483 passed. In 2008, 37, 715 sat for the examination, only 3,813 passed.

He said further that in “2010, 43, 216 that sat for the examination, 6, 777 passed including Mathematics and English Language, in (2011) 53, 293 and 11, 672 passed,  in (2012), 51, 463 sat while 11,431 passed,  in (2013) 47, 009 sat for the examination and 9,654 passed, in (2014) 47, 686 sat while 8, 844 passed”.

He added that 12, 171  accident victims had been rescued by the state emergency ambulance service known as O’Ambulance, in the last  four years among other achievements.

Also, a parliamentarian in one of the local governments in the state,   Hon Rasheed Raji Ropo enunciated  that the PYF embarked on the constructive consultations of all  disgruntled but progressive leaders in the state towards a smooth transition in 2018.

Ropo further said that the forum plays a Mediative role to all existing and feuding political groups in the state towards a progressive transition of the present government.

“Other cardinal roles of PYF is reconciliation of all individuals and groups who are yet to confirm with ethos and principles of progressive tendencies.

“Our mandate includes the strategic formulation of  a best possible approach to sustain the present legacy of Governor Aregbesola in the coming gubernatorial election slated  for September 2018”.

Earlier, His Royal Highness, Oba Abdulwahab Adedotun Bibiire, Orangun of Ila, during a courtesy visit by the group to his palace  urged the youth to promote peace and harmony in the state.

He called all the party members to continue to support Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on his efforts to transform the state to make it a cynosure of all eyes.