Akeredolu Welcomes Oke Back To APC

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has formally welcomed the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy in the last governorship election in the state Olusola Oke back to the Ruling APC.

At the event held in Akure, the state capital, Governor Akeredolu hailed the decision of Oke to return to the progressives party alongside other Governorship candidates.

He assured that the party’s door is always open to everyone willing to be part of a political party with the interest of the people at heart

Earlier, Olusola Oke had told Akeredolu of his readiness to be of support to his administration towards having a successful tenure and the development of the state.

He said the only thing he and other members defecting from the AD seek,is respect and will in return give their loyalty and unalloyed support.

The Acting Chairman of the APC in the state Ade Adetimehin advised all defectors to go to their various wards and obtain membership card so as to authenticate their membership.

Osun LG Election: APC To Embark On 5-Day Campaign In Ile Ife

 

By Sodiq Lawal

The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ife Central and Ife Central West  has disclosed that the party will embark on 5-day campaign for the upcoming local government elections in the State of Osun.

 

The Secretary of APC in  Ife Central Local Government, Hon Olufemi Francis who spoke to our correspondent on Thursday said the party in Ife Central and Ife Central West will jointly commence a 5-days rally for all candidates from the grassroots to the state level.

 

He added that the campaign will begin on Saturday and end on Wednesday.

 

The Secretary however urged party members and Ife sons and daughters to turn out in folds for the campaign.

LG Poll: Osun APC Aspirant Promises Adequate Representation, Developmental Programmes If Voted

By Nofisat Marindoti

An All Progressive Congress (APC) aspirant in the January 27 Local Government election in the State of Osun, Comrade Rasheed Raji-Ropo, has promised the people of his ward in Odo-Otin Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of proper and adequate representation if voted.

 

Ropo made the promise while addressing supporters at a rally in Oyan town on Thursday.

 

Vowing to supervise Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s integral action plans if given the chance to serve, The Oyan born politician said he would do everything within his capacity to complement the efforts of the Governor in his bid to move the state to a greater height.

 

Ropo also promised people oriented people programmes in line with the party’s manifesto.

 

He thereby urged the electorate in the LCDA to come out en-mass to vote for him, with a promise that he would serve diligently.

 

 

 

Cross Carpeting: PDP Senators Turns Senate Plenary Into Rowdy Session

The Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday was turned into a mad house as it was about to record the first official cross-carpeting for the year 2018.

Senator Sonni Ogbuoji ( Ebonyi South) had come under order 43 of the rules of the Senate to announce his official defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Members of the PDP and APC did not allow Ogbuoji to finish when the plenary was thrown into rowdiness, with the APC Senators dragging the new defector to their wing while PDP lawmakers scampered to rescue him to their wing.

Having brought the floor to decorum, Senator Ogbuoji, in a twist of events, announced that he was withdrawing his earlier announcement.

“I came under order 43 with the intention that I needed to make some declarations this morning. But my party, the PDP felt I had not consulted with them enough.

“So, because of the love they had shown to me in the past, I’m stepping down my decision to decamp”, Ogbuoji declared.

Responding, the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki who presided over the plenary, did not object to the withdrawal of statement of defection.

He said “In line with our rules, we cannot debate on this. But, Senator Sonni, I’m going to keep the whole day for you, in case you wish to come under order 43 again and perfect your defection,” Saraki said jokingly.”

Senate Plenary Turns Rowdy Over Cross-Carpeting

The Nigerian Senate, on Wednesday was thrown into a rowdy session as it was about recording the first official cross-carpeting for the year 2018.

Senator Sonni Ogbuoji ( Ebonyi South) had come under order 43 of the rules of the Senate to announce his official defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Members of the PDP and APC didn’t allow Ogbuoji to finish when the floor was thrown into rowdiness, with the APC Senators dragging the new defector to their wing while PDP lawmakers scampered to rescue him to their wing.

Having brought the floor to decorum, Senator Ogbuoji, in a twist of event, announced that he was withdrawing his earlier announcement.

“I came under order 43 with the intention that I needed to make some declarations this morning. But my party, the PDP felt I had not consulted with them enough.

“So, because of the love they had shown to me in the past, I’m stepping down my decision to decamp”, Ogbuoji declared.

Responding, the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki who presided over the plenary, did not object to the withdrawal of statement of defection.

He said, in line with our rules, we cannot debate on this. But, Senator Sonni, I’m going to keep the whole day for you, in case you wish to come under order 43 again and perfect your defection,” Saraki said jokingly.

APC Youths Want Private Schools Banned

The National Youths Caucus of All Progressive Congress (APC), Northwest Zone, on Friday in Kaduna canvassed for total ban on the operations of private schools in the country.

The caucus which held a rally in support of ongoing reforms in the education sector in Kaduna State said the measure was necessary to save public schools from total collapse.

Malam Isiyaku Sarkin Pawa, Secretary of the caucus, said Nigeria must take steps to salvage the education sector from its present poor state in order to build a prosperous and stable nation.

“In the past, everyone attend public schools irrespective of their parents’ status in the society, but because of the establishment of private schools, all public schools have been neglected.’’

He added that public schools which used to be for all classes of people have now become only for the poor, thus encouraging segregation in access to educational opportunities between children of the rich and poor.

“Public schools performance is not too good, that is why we are supporting the governor’s reforms in the education sector,” the secretary added.

Jafaru Sani, the state Commissioner for Local government and Chieftaincy Affairs, who received the group on behalf of Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai, explained that the reform was not politically motivated but for the benefit of the future generation.

“The state government has done a lot towards improving the education sector, there is no going back on the disengagement of unqualified teachers, instead we will improve on the quality of teachers and education in general,” he said.

He assured that the government would continue to do the right thing in spite of the challenges being faced.

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Aregbesola Calls Omisore Lair, Tax Evader

Governor Rauf Aregbesola has described the former deputy governor of the state, Iyiola Omisore, as a shameless liar who cannot be entrusted with position of authorities.

He was reacting, weekend, to some criticisms raised by Omisore of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against his administration.

Aregbesola, who spoke during a colloquium organised by Progressives e-group, a youth group, at Atlantis Hotel, Osogbo, said Omisore as chairman of Senate Committee for Appropriation for eight years had no single record of achievement to point at in the state and in particular his home town, Ile-Ife.

The governor said Omisore and his political party (PDP) were not morally qualified to criticise his government because they had been tested and failed the people of the state.

He also referred to Omisore, who was the PDP candidate in the 2014 governorship election in the state, as a tax defaulter who only paid N25,000 in 2013 as tax and had since failed to file his tax returns.

Omisore had in a statement issued by Jide Fatokun, his media aide, alleged that Aregbesola’s administration plunged the people of the state into a huge debt to the tune of N416 billion and that the 2018 budget recently presented to the House of Assembly was a product of bankruptcy and paucity of knowledge in public finance by the administration.

Omisore also queried why the Aregbesola-led administration would continue to blame the previous administrations for socio-economic challenges of the state, describing it as a reflection of administrative incompetence, adding that
Aregbesola was owing salaries and allowances of workers to the tune of N119 billion.

According to the governor, Omisore, who could not execute a single project for the state and his community throughout his eight years in the Senate, even as chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, has no moral justification to rubbish his achievements.

He noted that Esinmirin river in Ile-Ife, which caused death of hundreds of people, was dredged and expanded by his government to save lives, adding that Omisore only paid lip service to the several projects done when he was in office and nothing was done to complete them.

Aregbesola further revealed that the Ifewara road project awarded to Omisore by the Federal Government was abandoned and the huge sum of money paid not returned to government coffers.

He stressed that before Omisore could have the moral justification to criticise his administration, he should first of all refund all the money he was alleged to have looted in office by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Aregbesola cautioned Omisore to stop misleading the people of the state with falsehood about his government

His words: “Omisore is not qualified to rubbish my administration. For the eight years he spent in the Senate and in spite of his position, Omisore did not do anything for our people even the people of Ile-Ife where he hails from.

“Before Omisore could be entitled to condemn my government, he should go to the EFCC and complete the refund of money that he looted from the national treasury.”

Delta LG Polls: Electoral Officer Slumps, Dies

An electoral officer, simply identified as Ufuoma, has mysteriously slumped and died during the local council elections in Delta State.

Ufuoma, was said to have arrived the election venue at Unit 9, Ifeyinwa Primary School, Onicha Ugbo with other officials, when he suddenly slumped.

One of the voters, Dibie Justin said that the death came as a rude shock.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu delivered his ward in his community to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

APC’s victory in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-dominated community has sent shivers to the spines of the state government ahead of the 2019 general elections.

APC National Chairman Declaims Party Involvement In Appointment Of Dead Men In Parastatals

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), has declaimed the party from the appointment of dead persons as chairmen and members of boards of government parastatals and agencies.

Odigie-Oyegun told newsmen on Saturday in Abuja that the party’s leadership was not involved in the final compilation of the list.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, had in defence of the error, explained that President Muhammadu Buhari had requested for the submission of 50 names each by the state chapters of the APC in 2015.

Some of the dead persons whose names appeared on the list recently released by the presidency included Sen. Francis Okpozo, who passed on at 81 in 2016; Donald Ugbaja, and Rev. Fr. Christopher Utov, among others.

Reacting to the development, Odigie-Oyegun said that the embarrassment would have been avoided if the party was involved in the final compilation.

“It is pretty obvious that the party was not involved in the final stages of the compilation of that list.

“Yes, we sent names at the initial stage and I am talking of a period of two years ago, we demanded for every state to make 50 nominations which were sent to the committee in charge of the list for the purpose.

“They completed the initial exercise but since then, a lot has happened.

“People have changed parties, people had died, we have three new governors that were not there when the list was compiled,’’ he said.

This, the chairman said, was enough reason for the party’s leadership to look at the final outcome of the exercise.

“But we are not fortunate to participate on that final stage otherwise such would not have occurred.

“It is my sincere hope that we will be fully involved in the review that has to now take place and any other exercise, moving forward from this date,’’ Odigie-Oyegun said.

He added that considering the fact that this year would be a build-up to the 2019 general election, the party would hit the ground running.

“I will resume on Monday and we are going to hit ground running, we all know that this year is obviously going to be an active year for elections,’’ he said.

He assured Nigerians that the President Buhari-led APC Federal Government was making concrete efforts to make the country self-sufficient in all areas.

The chairman maintained that the government was aware of the challenges Nigerians were going through, assuring that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

APC Blasts Omisore’s Aide For Saying Aregbesola Never Won Free, Fair Election

By Nofisat Marindoti

The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun, has blasted the Media Adviser to Senator Iyiola Omisore, Dr. Jide Fatokun, for saying it is on record Governor Rauf Aregbesola never won a free and fair election, describing the claim as factually inaccurate and politically nonsensical.

Fatokun had accused the governing APC for ineptitude and maladministration, alleging that the Aregbesola-led administration has taken the state 25 years backward as a result of huge loans incurred.

In a statement signed by the party’s spokesperson in the state, Barr Kunle Oyatomi, said the claim, aside being untrue and baseless, is also totally undignified.

“The claim by the said Doctor that no single project has been completed since 2010′, by the Aregbesola-led APC government is intellectual dishonesty bordering on fraud.

“Perhaps, Dr Fatokun needs a third and fourth eyes for enhanced vision to see all the completed roads and bridges, schools, parks and other environment projects that have changed the Osun landscape.

“Dr Fatokun would have been ravaged by some weird form of delusion to have said that it is on record that Aregbesola never won free and fair election in Osun.

“Whose record was the so-called Dr. Fatokun referring to, could he be referring to courts’ records or INEC’s records or the phantom records of his delusional mind.

“If Fatokun and his PDP masters of whatever faction in Osun cannot get empirical evidence so obviously ubiquitous all over the State right, the so called doctor would be incapable of making political statement that could be respected in any way,” the statement opined.

The statement, however called on the people of Osun to ignore such claim, describing it as mere “rantings”.

“In the face of the five constructed bridges, the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, and the state of the art schools amongst numerous others; for anybody to make that kind of sweeping st

APC Mourns Ex-Kaduna Gov, Lawal Kaita

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed sadness over the death of respected elder statesman and former governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Lawal Kaita.

According to the party’s publicity secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, the party expresses condolence to the families of the deceased and the Kaduna state government.

His contributions at the 1994–1995 Constitutional Conference among others. The statement reads:

“Our great Party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) mourns the death of elder statesman and former Governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Lawal Kaita who died at the age of 85.

“We express our deep condolences to his family, government, Katsina Emirate and people of his home state of Katsina and Kaduna state where he governed under the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN).

“The late Alhaji Lawal Kaita was a courageous and principled leader who stood firm and fearlessly canvassed causes he believed in.

“The Party fondly recalls his outstanding tenure and service as member of the 1994–1995 Constitutional Conference; leader of Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) which largely metamorphosed to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) when the fourth republic was birthed and one of the founding members of the Action Congress (AC) in 2006.

“Indeed, the country has lost one of its first-rate and influential politicians who made solid contributions to the politics, political party and democratic development of the country.

“We pray the Almighty Allah grant the late Alhaji Lawal Kaita eternal rest.” the statement concluded.