APC Sweeps Oyo Local Government Polls

The Oyo State Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) has declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of 33 local governments and 35 local government development areas held on Saturday in the state.

Declaring the results at a press conference at OYSIEC Headquarters on Sunday, the Chairman of the commission Mr. Jide Ajeigbe commended the people of the state for peaceful conduct of election.

He also commended the contestants for organising a violence-free electioneering campaign, urging them to continue demonstrating high level of maturity in the subsequent elections in the state.

Ajeigbe described the election which was conducted in 610 wards and 4,783 polling units among 12 political parties as free, fair and credible.

“It is needful to appreciate the good people of Oyo State for conducting themselves orderly and peacefully through the period of the exercise. Kudos needs to be given to contestants for organising a violence-free electioneering campaign. Your conduct showed the kind of political maturity that Oyo state is known for.

“It is therefore hoped that this kind of maturity exhibited before, during and after the conduct of the will be sustained now that the election is over so that good democratic values be further achieved at the grassroots.”

The Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had on Thursday announced its withdrawal from participating in the LG polls in the state, said that OYSIEC had failed integrity test.

APC Wins 10 LGs in Kaduna

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won the Chairmanship and Councillorship election in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The Returning Officer for the election, Mr Danjuma Baye-Luka, announced the results on Sunday morning in Zonkwa.
He said that Mr Elias Maza of the PDP scored 55,643 votes to defeat APC’s John Hassan who polled 31,514 votes.

The All Progressives Congress however won Soba, Zaria, Lere, Ikara, Makarfi, Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Kagarko, Kudan, Igabi and Kajuru local councils.

The results in other councils are still being awaited.

Soba is the local council of Senator Sule Hunkuyi, who is at loggerheads with Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

Makarfi is the council of former PDP chairman and governor, Ahmad Makarfi. Governor El-Rufai’s candidates also won handily in Senator Shehu Sani’s constituency of Kajuru LG.The council elections were conducted using electronic voting machines in the area.

In Zaria, APC polled 42859 votes, while PDP got 16033. In Soba, APC got 40903, while PDP scored 13835.

This is the first time a state has adopted the use of electronic machines to conduct elections in Nigeria.

‘APC Must Unite To Bury PDP In Osun’

By Kehinde Ayantunji

Governor, State of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has urged members of All Progressive Congress (APC) to fuse and end the existence of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming 2018 Governorship Election to ensure the continuity of sustainable development and good governance. 

Aregbesola described PDP as a “disaster” for the Yoruba race, saying “the only befitting fate for the party is extinction with a view to placing the state on the track of accelerated progress and development”.

The governor said this while addressing mammoth crowd at the last round of his federal constituencies’ goodwill tour to Osogbo/Olorunda/Irepodun/Orolu Federal Constituency held at Osogbo City Stadium on Wednesday.

Aregbesola said the goodwill tour was among others to remind the people of the development feats that Osun has achieved in the last seven and half years and the necessity for APC members to unite in ensuring continuity of APC-led administration to make life more abundant for the people.

He said PDP from time immemorial was never a prosperous party for the Yoruba race and must never be allowed to taste power again so as not to impoverish the people and derail the current pace of development across the state.

According to the governor, in the history of the state, no party has provided leadership in making life better for people than APC that is committed and passionate about eradicating poverty, provide quality education, and protect  lives and property.

He said, “Make no mistake, APC is the party of Obafemi Awolowo, Abraham Adesanya, Bola Ige and Bisi Akande that is committed to the welfare of the people.  In Yoruba history, PDP in whatever disguise and identity has been a disaster, they only seek and seize power without responsibility; that is why you must not allow them to taste power if we are desire to secure a befitting prosperous future for Yoruba race, Nigeria and African at large.

“We must not forget so soon that when we assumed office, what we met were flood in the state capital, mushroom schools, insecurity and abject poverty boldly written in the faces of our people, but glory be to God, we have changed that story, we now have ambulances in every part of the state that does not carry corpse but rescue accident  victims on emergencies, many never believe that such is possible in Nigeria, but today, we have done it and it will continue.

“Our roads are standard that can endure for years, we now have trumpet highways and constructed roads across the state even to the surprise of the people in villages who never imagine that they can have stoned-based asphalt roads. All these are not by accident, it is the philosophy and mandate of our party APC. PDP at no point in history never believed or demonstrated the will to do such “.

“There is no time PDP will rule us in Yoruba land that they will not harm us, they are associated with disaster, that is why we must unite for the people to ensure victory of APC in September 22, 2018 election”, the governor said.

He explained that the only two issues that PDP are stretching all the time is the challenges of modulated salary which was never the making of his administration and debt profile of the state, assured the people that his administration will pay all the outstanding civil servants’ salaries.

The governor said the prospects of the debts are visible in the state for everyone to see, saying the state is not in debt for frivolity but to provide modern infrastructure and education that will expand the state economy and create wealth.

Aregbesola assured the party members of transparent primary and warn against misconduct that can cause division in the party.

Speaking earlier, the APC State Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun appreciated the support of the people of the Osogbo federal constituency for the party, saying the party has not lost any election in the last 10 years in the four local governments.

He said the party will not disappoint them in providing leadership and solicit their support in the coming election.

Deputy Speaker, State Of Osun House of Assembly, Hon Akintunde Adegboye assured the governor and the party leaders that Osogbo Federal Constituency still remains the strong hold of APC, saying the people of the constituency will continue to reward Governor Aregbesola for the massive development in the area.

Dignitaries at the rally includes, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola; the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justices, Dr Ajibola Bashir; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr Kolapo Alimi among others.

Ekiti: Oni, Ojudu Attack Fayemi, APC Wants Primary Concluded And Other Newspaper Headlines Today

The All Progressives Congress has ordered that the process of electing its standard-bearer in the forthcoming Ekiti State governorship election must be concluded before its National Working Committee takes the next step. This was even as the party leadership held that the conduct of the party’s ward congresses across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory was largely peaceful. According to THE PUNCH, The APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, who spoke to The PUNCH on the telephone on Sunday, said the issues regarding the Ekiti governorship primary had been resolved.

THE NATION reveals that bandits kill 45 in Kaduna. Barely three days after Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris visited Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State over the spate of killngs, bandits at the weekend killed 45 people, including women and children. Condemning the attack, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said the Federal Government’s plan to establish an Army battalion in Birnin-Gwari would soon be implemented. During his visit, the IG ordered immediate deployment of additional 200 policemen in the area.

Moving to APC’s congress NIGERIAN TRIBUNE discloses that despite violence, APC claims ward congresses successful.  Violence and protests characterized the conduct of the ward congresses (APC) in many states of the federation, at the weekend, though the party insisted on Sunday that the exercise was a success and commended delegates for their peaceful conduct.

Finally on the economy sector, BUSINESS DAY reports that benefits of lower yields eluding bulk of small businesses. Commercial bank lending rates – to which millions of small businesses in Africa’s largest economy are exposed- isn’t letting up to the extent at which yields on domestic government bonds and Treasury bills have over the past one year.
A change of tack by the Federal government- wherein cheaper dollar denominated loans are making way for expensive domestic loans- has cut government debt supply and sent yields to as low as 12 percent this year from some 22 percent in 2017. The new tack is helping the federal government manage ballooning domestic debt servicing costs, while it is tipped to free up bank credit to the private sector and help companies raise debt capital at a lesser rate through commercial papers. For a large corporate or a publicly listed company, perhaps bank credit will flow better and debt capital can be raised at a lower rate. Small businesses outside of those two categories are not as optimistic of raising capital at cheaper rates and may rightly feel hard done by.




APC Hail Ambode

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday said Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode had performed remarkably well to deserve another term in office.
The Assistant Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mr Abiodun Salami, spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He said the governor had made great strides in infrastructure development, health, education, sports, entertainment and other critical sectors.

Salami said the gale of endorsements for the governor to seek another term was proof of his impact in governance.

He dismissed the claim by some opposition parties that they were working together in a coalition to stop Ambode in 2019.

NAN reports that the state Chairman of Alliance for Democracy, Mr Kola Ajayi who also chaired the coalition “Star Alliance” had said that 14 opposition parties made the decision to give residents a better deal.

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Ajayi claimed that the state government had failed to meet the expectations of most residents.

Salami said no coalition could stop the governor from re-election as the “coalition of good people of Lagos” were behind Ambode because of his achievements.

“These parties in the so-called coalition are either ignorant of the great achievements of Gov. Ambode or they have refused to acknowledge the strides of his administration.

“These parties are not known to Lagosians and obviously they are looking for relevance at all costs with the so-called alliance.

“Lagosians are genuine progressives, they always appreciate the good work that Governor Ambode has been doing in the last three years of being in the saddle,” he said.

Salami said that the APC received so many defectors from opposition parties owing to the strides of the governor.

He said the APC remained the only party with the policies and programmes to take the state to the next level.

On the forthcoming congresses of the party in the state, Salami said arrangements were in top gear.

“We are putting everything in shape for our congresses. We will supply the details as soon as we are done,” he said.

7000 PDP Members Default To APC

Yobe State PDP chapter has gone into serious panic as about 7000 members defaulted to the All Progressive Congress, APC.

According to reports, this happened on Monday in Potiskum Local Government Area of the state. The defectors said the resolution to join the APC was due to months of intractable divisions, crisis and lack of direction bedevilling the PDP.

Their leader, Alhaji Saleh Jauro, told reporters that the PDP was divided against itself with irreconcilable differences as the two factions in the PDP chapter of the Local Government had threatened to field parallel candidates to contest 2019 general election.

Alhaji Ibrahim Bomai, a chieftain of the APC, who facilitated their defection, said the ruling party was willing to accommodate more people that would work for its success in zone B and Yobe state at large.

“APC is very happy that you have now realized the truth and renounced your membership of the PDP by transferring your loyalty to the APC. I assure you that your coming is an indication and testimony to the good things Governor Gaidam has been doing to the people of Yobe State,” he said.

Receiving the defectors, the state chairman of All Progressive Congress, Alhaji Adamu Chilariye, said, “APC has been waxing stronger and has become more united. More people will soon join the party and we will collectively work to ensure its success at all levels during the forthcoming general election.”


Northern APC Govs Back Off Tenure Elongation Support for John Odigie-Oyegun

There are strong indications that northern governors in the All Progressives Congress have withdrawn their support for the elongation of the tenure of the party’s National Working Committee.

It was gathered on Saturday that the party’s stakeholders were looking beyond the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to lead the party.

One of our correspondents gathered that key supporters of the party’s National Chairman, especially northern governors, had shelved their earlier decision to sink or sail with the chairman.

A highly-placed party leader, revealed on anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media on the issue, the President’s move during last Tuesday’s National Executive Council meeting was akin to a “checkmate in a game of chess.”

The party leader said, “President Muhammadu Buhari is the main reason why Chief (Odigie-) Oyegun lasted this long as chairman, many may not know or simply choose to disagree with this fact.

“Some of our governors, who felt comfortable with Oyegun’s leadership style, aligned with certain interests at the Villa to convince the President on the need to allow Odigie-Oyegun to complete his term despite resistance from people like Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu.

“The argument then was that we should not behave like the Peoples Democratic Party where party chairmen were changed almost every year.

“They further argued that removing Odigie-Oyegun at that time, no matter his perceived indiscretions, would create some sort of instability within our party.

“It is not easy to convince President Buhari, but once he is convinced about something, he supports it wholeheartedly.

“Being the leader that he is and a person who swore to uphold the constitution, when his attention was drawn to the adverse consequences of this constitutional breach, he sought a legal opinion.

“His legal team, including the Vice-President, convinced him and he chose to err on the side of caution.”

The party leader also said, “Most of our northern governors are aware of the President’s principles on such matters and have since fallen in line.

“What is before us now is the setting up of the various congress and convention committees and agreeing on who the next chairman is.”

A highly-placed member of the party’s NWC, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity so as not to “ruffle feathers”, explained that the issue at hand went beyond the person of the party’s National Chairman.

On the contenders for the APC top job, he said, “For now, our choice is limited to Edo State. And like you may know, when you mention Edo, Adams Oshiomhole cannot be far away.”

The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, was not immediately available for comments as he was said to have travelled outside the country. Calls to his mobile indicated that it was switched off.

But when contacted, the Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Yakubu Dati, said, “As a former speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Governor Simon Lalong believes in the rule of law. He believes the party’s internal mechanism will resolve this matter amicably.”

However, it was gathered that some southern governors and ministers had started a campaign in support of tenure elongation for Odigie-Oyegun and others.

Investigations revealed that the address by the President did not go down well with the southern governors and ministers, who were already enjoying a smooth working relationship with the Odigie-Oyegun-led national executives of the party.

Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, could not be reached for his comments on the issue but the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Dayo Adeneye, directed one of our correspondents to the leadership of the party in the state.

The Publicity Secretary of the state chapter of the APC, Mr. Sola Lawal, who spoke on behalf of the party, said the NEC remained the supreme body of the party, while the president is the leader.

He said, “The President only has a voice, the NEC is supreme.”

“In this case, I do not see the NEC reversing itself on tenure elongation for Oyegun and others because 20 out of the 24 APC governors voted in favour of tenure elongation.

Lawal added, “It is not possible for an individual to foist a new candidate on the NEC without carrying everyone along.”

Source: PUNCH

PDP Planning To Deceive Nigerians Again With Their Apology – Omowaiye

By Ismail Kolapo

The Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology in the State of Osun, Engr. Remi Omowaiye has told the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, not to deceive Nigerians with their apologies.

Omowaiye said PDP apologized to Nigerians because they want to seek for re-election in the forthcoming general elections in 2019.

Omowaye made the disclosure while featuring on a Rave FM programme tagged Frank talk monitored by our correspondent in Osogbo on Thursday.

He added that, the opposition party is planning to mislead Nigerians to gain their votes in the forthcoming election after their misrule of 16 years that led Nigeria to economy crisis.

The APC Chieftain urged Nigeria citizens not to allow PDP rule again because of their illicit practices in corruption, misuse of national resources, boko haram killings, and kidnapping.

He added that the opposition party left numerous awarded projects untouched when they were in government that could have helped to improve Nigeria industries, infrastructure development, power supply and build road across the country.

The commissioner further said that, when the opposition party was in government, they failed to contribute to the lives of the citizens.

Osun 2018: APC, PDP, Others In Dilemma?

By Shina Abubakar

With barely four months to the conduct of party primaries ahead of the 2018 governorship election in the state of Osun, political activities among parties in the state is still at its lowest ebb contrary to the expectation of the general public.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had attempted to lift ban on political activities in the party about two weeks ago thereby creating excitement among members of the party and supporters of potential aspirants, but the excited public were disappointed as the party is yet to lift the ban, making it about the second time to be unsuccessful in its attempt to make the political space lively.

Similarly, the ostensible internal crisis rocking the main opposition party has become an hydra-headed nemesis which is sapping party gladiators of their energy and attention away from the preparation for the guber poll and with no hope of going away any moment soon.

The party has not been able to reach compromise regarding the way to go on the conclusion of its congress as it has failed to bring warring factions to the round table thereby failing to meet the expectations of the people, who rely on them to provide alternatives.

It was gathered that one of the opposition gladiators, Senator Iyiola Omisore holds the party by the jugular because of his political ambition against the resolve of the entire party machinery in the state because he has the ears of the party’s national secretariat.

The popular parlance among members of the PDP in recent times has been “It is Osun PDP vs Omisore”, which seems to be a reflection of the position of the majority of the party members, particularly in the Osun central and west senatorial district with a section of the Ijesa Federal Constituency in support, while Ife Federal Constituency appeared to be solidly behind the former senator.

This stems from a public reaction of a member of House of Representative from Ife, Dr Albert Adeogun that Ife zone is yet to produce a governor since the birth of the state over two decades ago.

However, the ruling APC seems to be the most troubled as party hierarchy is yet to have a common ground over the time it would lift ban on political activities, a position that is not suitable to some prospective aspirants and their supporters.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the decision not to lift the ban was not unconnected with the party’s inability to finalise over which district to zone its governorship ticket, as many members of the party favour zoning the ticket to the West Senatorial district.

Information at the medium’s disposal revealed that the voice of the party’s hierarchy is not united on the matter as different chieftains of the party had different stances about it. A former Governor of the State and a chieftain of the APC, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola had at a public function disclosed that it is the turn of the West senatorial district to produce the next governor of the state.

Checks further revealed that the APC is battling with convincing majority of its members to buy into the idea of returning the ticket to Osun central with a view to convincing the electorates to vote for the party later in the year.

Similarly, even while gladiators in the PDP have refused to sheath their swords, the party is also divided on the choice of the district to zone the ticket. The Adagunodo faction, according to reports, has settled for the west senatorial district, but Omisore is said to be hell-bent on having another shot at the ticket.

It was gathered that both parties were confused as to the choice of candidate that would be acceptable to the general public in the poll, this, investigation revealed has hindered both parties from going ahead with political activities so it could curtail fallout of its decisions before the primaries.

Meanwhile, other political parties too seem to have refused to grow out of the shadow of the APC, PDP and their political activities appeared to be dictated by the action of the two major political parties in the state.

Labour Party, Accord Party and NCP seems to have been at lost with regards to political realities in the state as none of the parties is showing any readiness to give the two dominant parties a fight for the guber poll later in the year.


APC-NEC And Tenure Elongation

For a party that rode onto office on the promise of change, we find the decision by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress to extend the tenure of the John Odigie-Oyegun-led national executive body beyond the terminal date of June as both disconcerting and unfortunate. Aside undermining the principles that the party claims to stand for, it lays the party to a fair charge by critics of hypocrisy, impunity and complete disdain for rules as one would expect of a disciplined organisation.

Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, had at the end of the party’s NEC meeting announced that the body, in accordance with its constitutional powers, decided to extend the tenure of its Chief Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC) as well as the party’s state executives by one year, purportedly on the strength of Article 13.3 (ii) of the party’s constitution, which empowers the NEC to “Discharge all functions of the National Convention as constituted in between elections”.

Said Bello: “Considering the time left for the party to conduct all the congresses and conventions and considering that our leader, Senator Tinubu has been charged with the responsibility of reconciling all aggrieved members of our party, we cannot afford to approach the general elections with more dispute and crises. Let me tell you that this will not stop the convention of the party, but to go into elective congresses is what we are trying to avoid, relying on the constitution of our party.”

That a political party would seem to act in flagrant disdain for process must be seen as something beyond the pale. Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, certainly did well to put things in correct perspective: “What was done today is only an expression of a desire to extend the tenure of Chief Oyegun-led national executives. The power of the convention to extend tenure is exercised only by way of a constitutional amendment. The power of the National Executive Committee of our party cannot go beyond doing so by way of constitution amendment”.

We couldn’t agree more with him. The decision, to be legal and constitutional, can only be done by the National Convention of the party by way of a constitutional amendment. To be sure, only the tardiness of the current leadership and their failure to provide disciplined leadership can resort to arbitrariness. Article 17 (i) of the APC constitution would seem clear enough: “Except as otherwise provided in this constitution, all officers of the party elected or appointed into the party’s organs shall serve in such organs for a period of four (4) years and shall be eligible for re-election or re-appointment for another period of four years only…”

This is further reinforced by Section 223(2a) of the 1999 constitution (as amended): “the election of the officers or members of the executive committee of a political party shall be deemed to be periodical only if it is made at regular intervals not exceeding four years…”

The suggestion that the power delegated to NEC vitiates these fundamental provisions can only be borne out of mischief and this can create a dangerous precedent that can only spell doom for the party.

We expect that the four-year tenure of the current team will be allowed to run out in June. In the circumstance, any contrary decision can only be taken legally by the National Convention. As to the fear of another cycle of democratic contestation imperiling the party, such fears are not only ludicrous but utterly self-serving.

APC Group, Others Rejoice With Adeoti At 65

Members and executives of the Osun New Era Group (ONE-G), an affiliation of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun have started showering encomiums on the current Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Olalekan Adeoti, on the occasion of his 65th birthday.

This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the State Coordinator of the group, Mr Jamiu Ibrahim and made available to Journalists in the state capital.

According to the group, Alhaji Adeoti has consistently been an embodiment of what progressive politics should be not just within the Southwest geo-political zone but the entire country at large.

According to the APC group, the man, Adeoti has paid his dues as a leader as reflected in all his actions while he was the party chairman in the state during the most turbulent period in the political history of the state.

The group reflected on the period preceding and following the 2007 governorship election when members of the opposition party were being arrested and clamped into detention on trumped-up charges ranging from arson and bomb explosion.

“Throughout the period mentioned above, Adeoti and some others remained committed to the progressive ideals of the party.

“Throughout the period of his incarceration, he remained unperturbed and never for once betrayed the course of his progressive politics despite numerous overtures extended to him by the then PDP-led administration in the state.

“As a group, all we can do to celebrate this political icon of our time is to jointly continue to pray that Almighty Allah spares his life to continue to be a shining light to the younger progressive elements within the APC fold in the state and even beyond,” the group prayed.

In the same vein, another political and civil society group, the People’s Welfare League (PWL) also added to the numerous congratulatory messages by wishing him success in all his future political endeavours.

According to the State Coordinator of the group, Comrade Abiodun Agboola, the celebrant has become a role model to most of the group members.

He therefore wished Alhaji Adeoti more celebration of the day in good health and prosperity.

In his own congratulatory message, a frontline APC member and current Leader of the House in Iwo Local Government Council, Mr Tunde Akinlawon, praised the celebrant for his style of politics and doggedness in his struggle to ensure a better Osun and prayed for his long life.