Thank You For Your Loyalty- APC to Osun People

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun has praised the people of the state, including the civil servants for ‘their loyalty and understanding in the difficult period of massive economic recession that Nigeria has been living through since 2014’.

In particular, the APC said that the party was ‘proud of the people’s resilience and determination to forge ahead with progressive ideas in spite of the difficulties that 2017 has presented’.

These compliments were contained in the end of the year message from the party’s chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun, issued to the media in Osogbo on Sunday.

According to the party, ‘regardless that the state is one of the least resourced in the Nigerian Federation, it has demonstrated perhaps the most innovative capabilities in effecting the changes and developments necessary for economic growth in unprecedented circumstances.

‘We have seen one of the most destructive opposition yet in Osun over the last seven years and the most evil campaign is in the making to lay to waste all that Aregbesola-led APC government has done since 2010.

‘But you, the people of Osun have seen it all; you have experienced the difference between light and darkness, evil and good and you are in the best position to make a choice.

‘In 2014, amid a vicious PDP campaign, which drew blood and tears from the people, Osun stood firm behind the good, and they threw evil into the garbage heap.

‘Yet, for the second time in four years, the good people of Osun will again be required to decide whether they will reject the evil as they did in 2014. That momentous year starts this January.

‘In 2003, Osun made a terrible mistake to give the PDP a chance. It was such horrible experience that in 2007, they had to vote that party out of office. Their choice was violated until 2010 when justice was served.

‘However, evil continued to fight to steal the soul of Osun, but in spite of all the then Federal might and force of violence, the people of Osun stood their grounds and the PDP was again rejected.

‘This year, they will be pitching up a battle royale in the unlikely event of attempting to capture Osun and avenge 2007 and 2014. And like wounded lions, they will ravage the state by discontinuing every policy of the APC (God forbid) that had brought joy to the people of Osun’, the APC warned.

‘Let it be stated in very clear terms; the APC has confidence and trust in the people of Osun that they will vote to continue with the progress so far made by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. That means they will decide to retain APC in power.
It takes a united people to decide to sustain progressive government. We therefore urge the people that in the interest of their children and grandchildren, nothing should be allowed to truncate the progress made in education, in infrastructure, in agriculture and in social welfare as well as in the economy of Osun.

‘We are in the dawn of a new era when Osun will ranked further amongst the leading states of the Federation. And CONTINUITY will be the gateway into that era’, the APC declared.

PDP Loses More Members As Former Kebbi Governor, Others Defects To APC

A former Kebbi governor, Alhaji Sa’idu Dakingari and his deputy, Alhaji Ibrahim Aliyu, on Friday defected to All Progressive Congress (APC) from PDP.

According to reports other top PDP members that defected to the APC included the former Secretary to the state government, Alhaji Rabiu Kamba, former member House of Representatives, Alhaji Sani Kalgo, Abdullahi Dan-Alkali, Alhaji Haruna Hassan and Halima Tukur.

Speaking to newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Friday, Gov Abubakar Bagudu, described the defection as a welcome development for the growth of the state.

“We are very much delighted as we are now more united than we were.

“The essence of our union is nothing more than to move our state and the country forward, ” he said.

Also speaking, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, said their defection to APC was timely.

“We want all and sundry in the state to rally round the governor in order to assist him to record unprecedented success in moving our state forward.

” The Federal Government has been doing its best in social, economic and security aspects as many roads construction have been going, electricity has improved and security situation in the country has also improved ,” he said.

He called on the defectors to put in their years of experience by contributing in all areas they could in order to move the state and country forward.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, the former deputy governor, said they dumped the PDP to APC in order to move the state forward.

“This nation needs peace and this state needs development, we came to APC to unite our people under one fold and that fold is APC,” he said.

 

1,500 PDP Members Defect To APC In Lagos

About 1,500 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area of Lagos State have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The defectors were reportedly received by Mr. Olusola Sokunle, representing Oshodi-Isolo Constituency I at the Lagos State House of Assembly, and the APC Chairman in the local government area, Alhaji Olamide Kasali.

Sokunle, while receiving the new defectors said, “The APC is a party to belong to; (it’s a party) where our political aspirations can be met. So, endeavour to frequently attend political meetings in your wards.

“Let us thank Governor Ambode for giving Oshodi a facelift. More projects are still on the way. The door is still open for other interested PDP members to join us.”

Sokunle was elected into the House of Assembly on the platform of the PDP but had in February, along with six other lawmakers, defected to the APC.

Also welcoming the defectors, Kasali assured them that the APC would ensure their interests were protected.

The party chairman said that the party would soon begin its membership registration in the wards. He urged all new and old members to go to their various wards for registration upon the commencement of the exercise.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Mosaku said, “We dumped the PDP for the APC because of the performance of Sokunle.

“We are also motivated by the performance of the APC-led government in Lagos; we will not do a U-turn and return to the PDP.”

BREAKING: Another Rep Joins APC From PDP

Another member of the Peoples Democratic Party has just defected to the All Progressives Congress in the House of Representatives.

He is Mr. Johnson Agbonayinma from Edo State.

Agbonayinma, was a member of the Ali Modu Sheriff faction before the Supreme Court recognised the then Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction as the authentic leadership of the party.

Only on Tuesday, a member of the PDP from Imo State, Mr. Raphael Igbokwe, had defected to the APC.

Agbonayinma claimed, “The PDP has shut the door against me.”

Edo State Deputy Governor, Mr. Phillip Shuaibu, witnessed the defection.

Shuaibu was a member of the House.

The Primary Job Of Government Is The Development And Welfare Of The Majority – APC

By Nofisat Adeoye

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned mischievous politicians especially those in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop deceiving Osun workers by spreading the false idea that the primary obligation of government is to pay workers’ salaries.

“This dubious idea is not in the interest of government workers themselves, because it is capable of inciting the majority of the people against the workers and creating chaos in the society,” the APC warned.

The assertions were contained in a statement signed by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi.

According to the party, “Government has enormous responsibilities to the entire population of Osun and all of these responsibilities are as important as paying salaries to workers.

“The difference between a failed and irresponsible government and a successful and responsible one is the ability to manage available or limited resources to satisfy the needs of the greatest possible number of the people from who the government derives its authority and legitimacy to govern”’ the APC argued.

The party stated that, “it has become necessary to put a stop to the ungodly falsehood being circulated by few impressionable people who the PDP has deceived into believing the senseless idea that government exist only to pay workers’ salaries. Nothing could be farther from the truth”, the APC said.

The APC praised government workers’ perseverance and urged them to understand the important position they occupy within the establishment.

According to the release “Civil servants are managers of the permanent infrastructure of government while politicians are the variable executive and legislative aspects that are continually elected by the masses of the people to represent and protect their interests in government.

“Government workers are mostly professionals, trained to keep the engine of government running. And together with the politicians, they are constitutionally responsible for creating, providing and maintaining the economic, social and environmental infrastructure to enable continuous activities of the masses that promote justice, peace and prosperity in society.

“Therefore, any political party like the PDP, that attempts to distract or misdirect the civil servants from this fundamental responsibility is an enemy of the people and the state, such political party must be rejected and prevented from participating in governance in the State of Osun.”

The APC, however, drew attention of government workers to the fact that Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who some misguided politicians were scandalizing all over the place, actually always praised and acknowledged the workers’ importance and valued their contributions to the success of his government.

While the party shared the opinion of the governor about workers in the state, it also urged its leadership echelon to restrain the handful of people in its rank and file from their overt partisan activities of turning themselves into megaphones for PDP’s evil propaganda against the Governor and the APC government.

The party added that, “No political group or state government in the history of Osun has paid as much money to workers as the Aregbesola-led APC government has done in the last seven years.

“The governor and his government therefore deserve to be acknowledged, not scandalized as some negative people are openly doing in public places.

“They did it with awful consequences in 2003. It certainly won’t happen again in 2018 because Osun has changed beyond the imagination of the PDP and its cohort of hate-filled people”.

Just In: Another PDP Rep Joins APC

A member of the House of Representatives from Imo State, Nnanna Igbokwe, has dumped the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

In a letter read by Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, at plenary on Tuesday, Mr. Igbokwe who
represents Ahiazu Mbaise/Ezinihitte, cited division in his former party as his reason for defection.

He said he joined the APC in January 2017 before the Supreme Court decided on the leadership tussle between the then caretaker committee chairman, Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu-Sheriff.

Mr. Igbokwe said he stopped attending PDP functions both in his home state and the National Assembly since January when he registered with the APC.

Present in the chamber to receive him was the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.

In a swift reaction, the deputy minority whip, Binta Bello, objected, saying there was no division in the PDP since the Supreme Court had decided on the leadership tussle.

She urged the speaker to declare his seat vacant.

Ossai Ossai also brought the attention of the House of the Supreme Court ruling that solved the crisis of the PDP.

He cited section 68(1)g where a member would vacate his seat when he decides to leave the party which sponsored him without any division.

But Speaker Dogara in his ruling said he can only declare a seat vacant when the majority of the House agrees.

There were reports that three more members of the PDP were likely ditching the party for the APC.

The three members include Nnanna Igbokwe who just defected, Johnson Agbonayinma, and Ben Nwankwo who had already declared for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Anambra State.

PDP had lost five of its lawmakers in the House to other political parties in 2017 alone.

The defection of Mr. Igbokwe brings the total number to six.

The earlier defectors were Edward Pwajok (Plateau), Adamu Kamale (Adamawa), Hassan Sale (Benue), Zephaniah Jisalo (FCT) and Yusuf Tijjani (Kogi).

Source: PREMIUM TIMES

Boko Haram Is Defeated But Winning The Peace Is Critical- APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has fired back at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for accusing it of attempting to “fritter away our national savings” through the $1 billion approved for the Boko Haram war.

Meanwhile state governors had last week agreed to take out the sum from the excess crude account for the fight against insurgency. Subsequently, the PDP had criticised the move and accused the APC of misleading Nigerians that Boko Haram was defeated.

Reacting in a statement on Monday, Bolaji Abdullahi, the national publicity secretary of the APC, said the PDP’s allegation that the $1bn was meant for the 2019 election is baseless.

“We can understand why it is easy for the PDP to arrive at its ludicrous allegation. A similar approval in excess of $2bn was granted to the PDP government when they were in power,” he said.

“They knew what they did with the money. It is a classic case of a serial killer who sees even a table knife as a murder weapon.

“The PDP presided over a government that made it possible for money meant for weapons to be diverted into paying marabouts and all manner of political jobbers ahead of the 2015 elections.

“Therefore, the PDP thinks the same thing is about to happen. They have not realised that it is a new day and President Muhammadu Buhari will not play politics with money meant to protect the lives of innocent Nigerians or allow anyone to engage in such brigandage that Nigerians suffered under the PDP.”

The APC said although Boko Haram is technically defeated, “more weapons and training” are required for the military to win the peace.

“Winning the peace remains a critical phase of warfare. The PDP does not understand that winning the peace is as important as winning the war,” Abdullahi said.

“There is therefore no contradiction in saying that Boko Haram is technically defeated and saying that more weapons and training are needed for our military and the military of neighbouring countries whose cooperation is necessary to finally rid our countries of the menace of Boko Haram.”

 

PDP’s Opposition To $1bn Boko Haram Fund Baseless, Ridiculous – APC

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has tagged the opposition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the $1 billion approved for the Federal Government from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) for the prosecution of war against terror as baseless and ridiculous.

“We also note the preposterous allegation by the PDP that the real purpose of the said $1 billion was to fund our Party’s presidential activities, ahead of 2019. We find this allegation baseless and ridiculous to say the least,”

APC said this in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi on Monday.

According to the statement, “The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) that granted the approval has eleven (11) PDP Governors as its members. This means that more than one-third of NGF is made up of members of other Parties other than the APC. We wonder how the Governors who are not members of our Party would support the decision to approve funds that was ostensibly meant to fund another Party. In essence, the PDP is by this allegation accusing their Governors of disloyalty or suggesting that they were bewitched into supporting the decision. It is that ridiculous!

“However, we can understand why it is easy for PDP to arrive at its ludicrous allegation. A similar approval in excess of $2 Billion was granted to the PDP government when they were in power. They knew what they did with the money.

“It is a classic case of a serial killer who sees even a table knife as a murder weapon. The PDP presided over a government that made it possible for money meant for weapons to be diverted into paying marabouts and all manner of political jobbers ahead of the 2015 election.

“Therefore, the PDP thinks the same thing is about to happen. They have not realised that it is a new day and President Muhammadu Buhari will not play politics with money meant to protect the lives of innocent Nigerians or allow anyone to engage in such brigandage that Nigerians suffered under the PDP.

“Another reason that PDP has given for opposing the approval was that the Federal Government has claimed that Boko Haram has been technically defeated. The military authorities have done enough to explain the need for the money, we therefore find no need to repeat the arguments. It appears however that the PDP does not understand that winning the peace is as important as winning the war.

“There is therefore no contradiction in saying that Boko Haram is technically defeated and saying that more weapons and trainings are needed for our military and the military of neighbouring countries whose co-operation is necessary to finally rid our countries of the menace of Boko Haram.

“We conclude by saying that we understand the pressure that the PDP is facing to justify its role as an opposition party, but they need to be reminded that opposition is not the same as opposing everything, including those things that are critical to national interest.

“We welcome PDP to play its part in ensuring that the money or any public money at all is used for the purpose for which it is intended. In this case, they can simply ensure that their eleven governors demand accountability for the money that they have joined in approving.

“The twin principle of accountability and probity are fundamental to APC. If the PDP in their latest reincarnation now consider these principles important, we are happy for them and we welcome them. It appears however that PDP’s interpretation of its role is to oppose everything even before they had the opportunity to understand it.

“They have remained embittered over what they thought APC did to them as an opposition party and are therefore seized by an obsession to revenge. In essence, they are primarily driven by vendetta rather than considered national interest.”

PHOTONEWS: Tinubu, Ajimobi, Aregbesola, Akeredolu Welcome Akala, Folarin To APC

Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Saturday joined Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Abiola Ajimobi and Governor Akeredolu in Ibadan to celebrate Chief Alao Akala and others as they officially decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Here are photos from the Grand APC Rally that attracted thousands of supporters at the Ancient Mapo Hall in Ibadan captured by Dolapo Julius.

APC Jittery Over Our Successful National Convention – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has posited that the All Progressives Congress, APC, has become jittery over the success of the party’s recently done National Convention.

In a release signed by the party national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party stated that the APC’s attempt to plant seeds of discord among its members in the South west merely betrays their fears of losing control of the region.

“We have noticed the feverish moves by the All Progressive Congress (APC) to create disaffection among our members, distract our great party, and divert the attention of Nigerians from the colossal failure of its government.

“Having woefully failed to stop the PDP elective National Convention, a desperate APC has again failed in another bid to plant seeds of discord within the ranks of our members in the Southwest, particularly on issues relating to the outcome of our hugely successful National Convention.

“The people of the South West have, however, seen through the antics of the APC propaganda machine and would not allow themselves be deceived.

“The South West leaders who contested for the PDP National Chairmanship position are all men of quality and credibility; the fallout of the convention cannot, in any way, diminish their standing as core nationalists and statesmen whose interests, particularly in the PDP, and the nation, are not driven by personal or ethnic considerations.

“What essentially drives the individual and collective aspirations of the Southwest leaders in the PDP remains in tandem with the vision of other leaders of our party across the country, which is to rescue our dear nation from the directionless administration of the APC with its attendant economic hardship on Nigerians.

“In fretting, the APC does not seem to realize that people in the Southwest are as much victims of its misrule as other Nigerians. Those in the Southwest suffer from the current chaotic state of the economy which the APC administration has inflicted on the nation; they groan from the APC’s negative policies on foreign exchange as well as the heavy taxations that are killing industries and businesses; they suffer the misery in the land resulting from the spiral rate of inflation, decline in the stock market and decayed infrastructure.

“The southwest is too sophisticated to fall for the gimmicks of the APC. They cannot be distracted or deceived by baseless propaganda and cheap resort to ethnic politics. The Southwest will not fail to join other despairing Nigerians in voting out the APC in the 2019 election.

“The truth is that the APC administration, having wrecked the country, is resorting to shadow boxing to stay afloat; Nigerians are however, impatient to kick them out.

“The APC must note that their exit has become inevitable. They must note that the more they fight the PDP, the more united we become and the more Nigerians see through their deception and emptiness. Today, many are leaving their ranks in droves. Very soon their party will be empty and its collapse will be loud.

“For the PDP, we remain one big family committed to credible processes that guarantee internal democracy in our party. Our leaders have since revved our internal conflict resolution mechanisms and consultations in this direction are yielding tremendously positive results.” the release reads in part.

The PDP thereby urged all Nigerians not to despair as the party has repositioned to provide direction and return the nation back to the path of unity and prosperity.

APC Chair Bemoans Party Chieftain Over Comment On Osun West Election

Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of Osun, Prince Gboyega Famodun has declared that an APC chieftain in the state, Alhaji Fatai Oyedele Diekola has compromised his own integrity by admitting to be instrumental to APC losing Osun West Senatorial seat to the PDP.

The party chairman, in a statement said, “Diekola had boasted on a radio programme in Osogbo on Monday that he was committed to helping the Adeleke brother (Ademola), who had jumped ship to PDP because (he) Diekola and others he did not mention, wanted to secure the late Adeleke’s legacy. So, he had to work against his own party to make the opposition win”.

“If that is not betrayal arising from deep seated disloyalty, what is it?’, Prince Famodun queried.

According to the APC chairman, “Diekola in that radio programme, exposed himself and his co-travellers that their inability to influence the governor’s decision to favour their own ambitions was why he sabotaged the APC.

“Once you have openly admitted to sabotaging your own party, you cannot, in good conscience, still claim to be a member of that same party.

“In the circumstance, it will be patently dishonourable for Diekola to continue to claim that he is still in APC. He doesn’t need the party to tell him to fall out”, the APC Chairman told Diekola.

Prince Famodun further stated that, the party was aware that the question of succession was the basis for a few over-ambitious party men insistent on having one of their own succeed Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

“In the process, desperation has set in for some who are prepared to sabotage the party, even if it resorted in them cutting their nose to spite their face.

“It is a pity that some politicians who one would have thought were matured enough to know better, still exhibit culpable ignorance on this question of succession”, stating that it would be a grave mistake for anybody to think that he could force the governor not to be interested in who succeed him.

“That’s the grave mistake these saboteurs are making’, the APC chairman concluded.