Buhari Explains Travel, Other Decisions To APC NEC

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to members of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress, to continue to make sacrifices as his administration seeks to revive the nation’s economy.

Buhari said this while addressing members of the party’s NEC, at its formal NÉC meeting since the party assumed office on May 29, 2015.

According to the President, he was aware that a lot of them are under pressure from Nigerians especially with regards to the difficult economic situation.

He said, many Nigerians probably do not “Know that 27 out of our (36) states cannot pay basic salaries.”

The President expressed sadness that successive Peoples Democratic Party administrations since 1999, failed to make provisions for times like these considering the volatility of oil prices .

Buhari said his Foriegn travels were necessitated by the need to give a personal touch to making a case for the APC-led administration’s economic and other policies. “You need to present your economic policies personally to your partners and your neighbours personally.” He said.

On security, the President gave his administration a pass mark saying that the changes carried out by the administration especially the choice of new service chiefs, the procurement of soft and hardware and the boosting of the morale of troops has given the military a new sense of purpose.

Earlier, National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun in his address of welcome, urged all members of the party to come together and support the President and the party to deliver on its promises to Nigerians.

Buhari Explains Travel, Other Decisions To APC NEC

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to members of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress, to continue to make sacrifices as his administration seeks to revive the nation’s economy.

Buhari said this while addressing members of the party’s NEC, at its formal NÉC meeting since the party assumed office on May 29, 2015.

According to the President, he was aware that a lot of them are under pressure from Nigerians especially with regards to the difficult economic situation.

He said, many Nigerians probably do not “Know that 27 out of our (36) states cannot pay basic salaries.”

The President expressed sadness that successive Peoples Democratic Party administrations since 1999, failed to make provisions for times like these considering the volatility of oil prices .

Buhari said his Foriegn travels were necessitated by the need to give a personal touch to making a case for the APC-led administration’s economic and other policies. “You need to present your economic policies personally to your partners and your neighbours personally.” He said.

On security, the President gave his administration a pass mark saying that the changes carried out by the administration especially the choice of new service chiefs, the procurement of soft and hardware and the boosting of the morale of troops has given the military a new sense of purpose.

Earlier, National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun in his address of welcome, urged all members of the party to come together and support the President and the party to deliver on its promises to Nigerians.

Buhari Charges North-West Governors To Settle Kwankwaso/Ganduje Rift

President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have intervened in the crisis between Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

At the instance of the President, six governors of the APC from the North-west held a meeting on Monday, with Kwankwaso and Ganduje at the former’s residence in Abuja, Daily Trust reports.

Led by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, other governors in attendance were, Nasir el-Rufa’i (Kaduna), Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Aminu Masari (Katsina) and Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi).

The meeting, which started around 9pm, lasted till around 3am, when Governor Yari announced that the two politicians from Kano had agreed to work together.

Buhari, it was gathered, was concerned that the crisis may spread to other places and put the APC into trouble.

Kwankwaso’s Chief of Staff, Aminu Abdulsalam, told the newspaper that based on intervention by relevant stakeholders, his principal had agreed to work with Ganduje.

Also, Ganduje’s Director-General on Media and Communications, Malam Baba Halilu Dantiye, said the duo had brushed aside their differences.

APC Holds National Caucus Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday night hosted a high-powered meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the new Banquet hall of the presidential villa, Abuja.

The meeting had APC National Caucus as earlier scheduled.

In attendance were APC national leader, Bola Tinubu and many serving governors of the party.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara also attended, while the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar reportedly arrived the venue of the meeting after it started.

Embattled former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso was present.

The meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC), which is the party’s highest decision making organ, will hold on Thursday, March 24, 2016.

The APC had postponed its Board of Trustees (BoT) meeting by one week.

The is expected to elect Chairman and Secretary of the Board.

Oyegun Warns Against Implosion In Kano APC, As National Leadership Intervene

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, has cautioned the warring parties in the Kano state chapter of the party against creating a problem that might lead to a volatile situation in the state.

His caution came just as the rift that pitched the state governor, Abdullhi Umar Ganduje, against his former boss, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, seems far from receding as 36 state lawmakers and the state executives of the party insisted on Tuesday on the suspension of former state chairman of the party, Umar Haruna Doguwa and the Organising Secretary, Sanusi Sirajo Kwankwaso.
Addressing a delegation of the party’s stakeholders from Kano at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, Oyegun said that allowing crisis to rock a state as sensitive and as volatile as Kano will spell doom for governance in the state.

“So it is in all our interest, your interest and certainly our interest in the national secretariat to ensure that the differences between two of our very very prominent leaders in Kano must not go any further and does not become yet another issue so that we will be feeding the press.
“Let me warn that the greatest disservice you can do to ourselves now is to be having internal wars within the party, internal war in a state as critical to us as Kano state. Kano is an important and critical state to the APC.

“The nation through no fault our is going through more difficult time. We took over in a situation that was worst than we expected. So all of us, all the party, the totality of the party must unite behind our chief executives, the President and the governors.
Oyegun said said the party has already appointed team of three led by a Deputy National Chairman (north), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, the party’s
National Secretary, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, and the National Organising Secretary, Osita Izunaso, to mediate in the crisis.
“I am also aware that the governors have also welded in. Lastly I am aware that traditional rulers in Kano State have also welded into this issue. It is a situation that we must not as a party allow to blossom. We must nip it in the bud because it is a most unnecessary, a most distracting a most capable of causing problem in a state as sensitive and to some extent as volatile as Kano State.

While making their position known to the national chairman of APC yesterday at the national Secretariat of the party, the Chief Whip, House of Representative, Hon. Ado Doguwa, who led a large delegation, made it clear that they decided to stand behind the state governor as the leader of the party in the state, “not because we hold anybody in suspect, but to respect the establishment.”

He said that the decision to relieve the chairman of APC in Kano state, Umar Haruna Doguwa and Organising Secretary, Sanusi Sirajo Kwankwaso still subsists, adding that Hon. Abdullahi Abbas has been appointed as caretaker chairman while Ahmed Muhammed as acting Organising Secretary.

The delegation included 36 members of the Kano state House of Assembly, members of the Kano elders committee, former members of the House of Representatives, 38 local government chairmen, 36 local government chapter of APC executives and 19 members of the House of Representatives.

IGP Rubbishes Allegations Of Police Favoring APC In Rivers Re-run Polls

Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase Tuesday debunked allegations that the favored the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) during last weekend’s National and State Assembly re-run elections in Rivers state.

The IGP who exonerated the police in the violence that greeted the Rivers re-run maintained that the Police discharged its duties professionally.

He spoke to reporters in Abakaliki during his one day working visit to Ebonyi state police command.

He said: “It is not the police that ignite violence; it is the political class that ignites violence. All we do is to ensure we secure a conducive environment that can allow law abiding citizens to cast their votes in any election.

‘’The situation in Rivers has nothing to do with the Police; it has something to do with the political class.

‘So, the police was neutral in the Rivers re-run and nobody can accuse us of bias or complicity or conniving with politicians or political party to frustrate the election’’, he said.

He called on police officers to be thorough in their investigation and make friends with members of the public for effective community policing.

He maintained his stand on dismantling of road blocks and warned policemen to avoid negative acts that can portray the police in bad light.

On the Ebonyi/Benue/Cross River boundary disputes that have claimed many lives, Arase noted that efforts are being made to restore normalcy in the disputed areas.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Police, Peace Ibekwe Abdallah the state has witnessed a reduction in criminal activities since She assumed office in September last year.

She attributed the development to the overhauling and strengthening of the crime prevention strategies of the command.

“Whereas a total of eleven kidnap cases were recorded in 2015(Jan-Sept), the three cases of kidnap recorded in the command from September 2015 till date were successfully investigated. The kidnap suspects were arrested and victims rescued without payment of ransom,” CP Abdallah said.

Senator Adeola Empowers Constituents

Senator representing Lagos West senatorial district, Solomon Adeola , recently fetes his constituents with massive empowerment to justify his representative function at the Red Chambers of the National Assembly at a town Hall meeting in Ikeja, Lagos State.

Among the empowerment items distributed to constituents are five 18 -Seat Toyota Buses for Council of Lagos West Obas, League of Iman, Community Development Committee, League of Baales and CAN, 10 500KVA transformers, 20 Welding machines, 40 Vulcanizing Machines, 5 Block Molding Machines, 380 Sewing Machines and 300 Grinding machines.

Other items distributed among the 10 Local Government Area that constitutes this humongous district are 28 boreholes, 56 tertiary institution scholarships at the rate of N50,000 for 4 years, 100 Deep freezers, 500 Lifejackets, 120 Hair Dryers,250 Hand Hair Dryers and 10 Tricyles among other sundry items like motor cycles helmet, 2KVA Generator and barbing clippers.

Speaking the event Senator Adeola said the town hall meeting and empowerment is in fulfilment of his campaign promises to his constituents as well as a brief on what is going on at the national legislature where they had sent him to as their representative.

“I am fully representing you at the Red Chamber of the National Assembly in spite of the leadership challenges that slowed down our legislative work. I have successfully get justice for one of us, Sgt. Amos Olaniyan, who was verbally suspended from The Nigerian Police Force 21 years ago for an offence he did not commit. Today he has been reinstated and is processing his salary payment for 19 years following my petition and senate resolution” Adeola stated.

The governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode who was represented by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Steve Ayorinde said that Senator Adeola is truly representing the people of Lagos State as he is at the fore front of pursuing the interest of the state and therefore complimenting the programmes of the state government.

The chairman of APC in the state Mr. Oladele Ajomale in his address state that as a legislator , Senator Adeola has not disappointed the people starting from his days as a stale legislator for 8 years and again as a legislator at the House of Representatives adding that what he is doing today is unprecedented in the annals of representation in Lagos State.

Among those present were several commissioners in Lagos State Government, member of the National and State Assemblies, traditional rulers and leaders of professional groups.

UK, US, Condemn Violence In Rivers Elections

The United States, U.S and the British governments on Tuesday expressed disappointment and sadness over reports of violence, particularly against electoral officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as well as irregularities in the March 19 rerun election in Rivers state.

A statement issued by the Press & Public Affairs Officer of the British High Commission in Nigeria, Joe Abuku reports that UK observers in the state “saw irregularities around the voting and noted the low turn-out of voters at polling units which was in part a consequence of fear of violence.”

The British High Commission called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to encourage their supporters in Rivers to behave peacefully.

It further advised those still dissatisfied with the outcome of the election “to pursue resolution of their grievances through the courts in accordance with the rule of law.”

In the same view, the US Embassy in Nigeria in a terse statement also on Tuesday said the violence that marred the Rivers rerun was unfortunate.

“We call upon the leadership of Nigeria’s political parties to urge their supporters to conduct themselves peacefully throughout the electoral process,” it advised.

“We call on those dissatisfied to pursue a resolution of their grievances peacefully in accordance with the rule of law.”

It would be recalled that INEC last Sunday suspended all electoral processes regarding the re-run.

Pay Your Taxes, Osun APC Begs Residents

A call has gone out to citizens of the State of Osun, who are eligible, to pay their taxes as a commitment to their responsibility for social and economic development of the state.

This call was contained in a statement from the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), made available to the media on Monday, 21st March, 2016, and signed by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barr Kunle Oyatomi.

In the statement, the party also called on all public-spirited men and women to contribute ideas to solving the economic crisis ravaging the country and the state, rather than indulging in ‘self-defeatist criticism’ of the Rauf Aregbesola-led APC government of the state.

According to the party, the current economic crisis was avoidable, but for massive corruption of the PDP-led Federal government that squandered the country’s resources within a period of 16 years from 1999 – 2015.

“Matters were complicated by the crash of oil price from over 120 dollars per barrel to 27 dollars‎ as at January 2016.

“This was a catastrophe that affected the state of Osun terribly, for we were perhaps the most relatively ambitious in the country to accelerate human, economic, environmental and social development within our state,” the APC claimed.

According to the party, “external forces (both local and international), which were not apparent at the time of planning and execution of the Osun Development Plan combined to put a violent halt to the exceptional progress being made”.

“This crisis is existential’, the APC declared‎, stressing that, “it is not a time for people to play the blame game, but for sensible ones amongst us to seek a solution.

“Those who do not have sensible contributions to make should stop muddying the waters with uninformed and irresponsible criticisms’, the party declared.

‘One of the ways out, at least, to keep the state afloat, is to ramp up internally generated funds through taxation, which is what the government is doing.

“It is on the strength‎ of this that we are urging all those who are eligible to pay their taxes so that the state can manage its affairs until this national economic crisis is resolved”.

Rivers APC Calls For Fresh Elections

ALL Progressives Congress, APC has called for cancellation of last Saturday rerun election in the 23 local government areas of the state, saying it was characterized by violence.

State Chairman of the party, Dr Davies Ikanya who spoke Monday evening, at the state secretariat of the party in Port Harcourt alleged that the Police connived with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to manipulate the exercise,

Dr Ikanya who was flanked by the running mate to Dr Dakuku Peterside in the last governorship election, Mr Honourable Asita and other state executives of the party said the election was a sham.

Continuing, he denied allegation by governor Nyesom Wike that notable members of the APC had stormed Mile 1 Police station on Sunday to influence the result of PHALGA, stressing that it was the PDP that allegedly made effort to tinker with the result.

The party Chairman, Dr Ikanya again traded words with governor Wike over the incident at UTC junction on Azikiwe road in Port Harcourt, saying it was clear a attempt to assassinate the governorship candidate of his party, Dr Peterside.

He confirmed that he was in the vehicle, stressing that the Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Emeka Woke and his team allegedly opened fire on their vehicle with alleged intention to assassinate them.

According to him, the Chief of Staff, Mr Woke and his team trailed their vehicle to UTC , opening fire on them.

Meantime, Governor Wike maintained in a statement by his media aide, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu that Dakuku and his team shot at his Chief of Staff, Mr Woke.

The governor explained that the APC leadership attempted to hijack the spread sheet of the rerun election results in Ikwerre local area.

APC Postpones BOT Meeting

The All Progressives Congress (APC), has postponed its Board of Trustees (BoT) meeting by one week.

The APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, confirmed the development to Daily Trust.

It was gathered that the meeting was shifted to enable President Muhammadu Buhari participate in the process.

At the meeting, members are expected to elect the Chairman and the Secretary of the Board.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed, Tinubu said to be gunning for the chairmanship position.

Meanwhile, APC National Caucus will meet on Tuesday March 22, 2016 as earlier announced by the APC National Chairman at the Presidential Villa, while the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC), which is the party’s highest decision making organ, will hold on Thursday, March 24, 2016.

On July 3, 2015, the APC NEC had ratified the completion of the composition of membership of the party’s BoT last July.