PDP Bent On Scuttling Anti-Corruption War

The Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Joe Igbokwe, has urged Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.

He said corruption must not be allowed to defeat the President.

In an article entitled, “Wanted: Real men and women to help Nigeria,” on Wednesday, Igbokwe said leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party who stole from the national treasury were bent on frustrating the anti-graft war.

He said, “President Buhari needs our help to build a new Nigeria. I want committed, decent, honest men and women of deep character to stand up for Nigeria. I know millions of Nigerians out there are silently praying for this President to succeed.

“I want this men and women to rise up for a change. Leaders of the PDP and their cronies have amassed enough wealth in the past 16 years and they can use this to bring down the system if we permit it. We sleep all the time but the looters are awake every hour.

“They need to be defeated and crushed. They are fighting in our various courts, they are fighting in the National Assembly, they are fighting in the local governments and the markets. Corruption must not defeat President Buhari. He loves Nigeria. He is honest and has integrity.”
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The APC chieftain said it was unfortunate that those who allegedly diverted the $2.1bn arms fund showed no remorse for their actions.

While describing the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party as heartless, Igbokwe said the looting of state funds was also responsible for the inability of the government to pay workers’ salaries.

He said there were no serious road projects in Nigeria in the 16 years that the PDP ruled the country.

He added, “After nine months, my eyes have seen a lot and my ears have heard enough to believe that leaders of the PDP have no conscience. It was a big scramble for the leaders of PDP to take everything within their reach. They stole dollars and naira in billions and trillions.

“No wonder nothing is left to even pay the salaries of workers. I did not see any road project in Nigeria in 16 years. There was no serious investment in modern infrastructure – good roads, bridges, resorts and high-speed rail projects. There was no serious investment in security, education, health, agriculture, transportation, human resources etc. It has been a case of looters take it all.”

Kano Assembly Impeaches Chief Whip For Ties To Kwankwaso

The Kano State House of Assembly on Thursday impeached its chief whip, Zubairu Mamuda, for recognizing the former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, as the state leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mamuda represents Madobi constituency, the country home of Kwankwaso.

The impeachment followed a motion moved by a member representing Nassarawa Local Government Area, Ibrahim Gama, on the floor of the house.

Gama, otherwise known as Lugard, stressed that Mamuda’s removal became necessary due to his disloyalty to the governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

The house unanimously adopted the motion and immediately removed Mr. Mamuda.

The members then replaced Mamuda with Labaran Madari, a member representing Warawa constituency.

Photonews: Ondo APC Lawmakers Visit Lagos Speaker

Human rights lawyer and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Tunji Abayomi on Wednesday led members of the APC lawmakers in the Ondo State House of Assembly on a courtesy visit to the Speaker of the Lagos State house of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa in his office at the Assembly Complex Alausa, Ikeja.
Find photos from the visit below:
L-R: Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Ondo State APC Chieftain, Dr Tunji Abayomi; and Minority Leader, Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Mukaila Musa when Dr Abayomi led APC members in the Ondo State House of Assembly on a courtesy visit to Obasa in his office in Lagos on Wednesday.
L-R: Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Ondo State APC Chieftain, Dr Tunji Abayomi; and Minority Leader, Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Mukaila Musa when Dr Abayomi led APC members in the Ondo State House of Assembly on a courtesy visit to Obasa in his office in Lagos on Wednesday.
L-R: The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (2nd left) presenting gift to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Ondo State, Dr Tunji Abayomi (middle) when Dr Abayomi led APC members in the Ondo State House of Assembly on a visit to the Speaker on Wednesday. Watching are: Deputy Speaker, Lagos Assembly, Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun (left); Lagos Assembly Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade (right); and the Minority Leader, Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Mukaila Musa.
L-R: The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (2nd left) presenting gift to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Ondo State, Dr Tunji Abayomi (middle) when Dr Abayomi led APC members in the Ondo State House of Assembly on a visit to the Speaker on Wednesday. Watching are: Deputy Speaker, Lagos Assembly, Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun (left); Lagos Assembly Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade (right); and the Minority Leader, Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Mukaila Musa.

Army Major, Three Other Soldiers Killed In Rivers – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm over the alleged killing of a Major in the Nigerian Army and three others.

The party said the four soldiers were killed on Thursday in Rivers State.

A terse statement by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Chris Finebone, said the soldiers were killed in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of the state on Thursday afternoon by unknown gunmen.
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Finebone said the details of the killing remained sketchy at the time of the report.

He promised that the Rivers State chapter of the APC will make the details public as soon as they are available to it.

The report is coming ahead of Saturday rerun polls in the state.

Kano APC Crisis: 36 Of 40 Lawmakers Pledge Allegiance To Ganduje

The speaker of Kano State House of Assembly, Kabiru Rurum, on Tuesday led 36 of the 40 members of the Kano State House of Assembly to pledge allegiance to the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

PREMIUM TIMES observed that none of the legislators wore the red cap, symbolising disloyalty to the former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso

Crisis broke in the ruling All Progressive Congress in the state when the party chairman, Umar Doguwa, announced a decision to penalise Mr. Kwankwaso for organising a “violent rally”.

Although Mr. Doguwa withdrew his statement three days after, citing coercion by the state government, the party leaders insisted the former governor must be disciplined for his action.

Pledging allegiance to the governor on Tuesday, the legislators expressed their loyalty to the governor as leader of APC in the state.

The speaker also urged the governor to abandon the red cap tradition, which signified loyalty to Mr. Kwankwaso.

He said there was no point donning the red cap when Mr. Kwankwaso and his supporters look down upon the incumbent governor.

The speaker said the entire state assembly is behind the governor, reaffirming that as the sitting governor, Mr. Ganduje is the leader of the party in the state.

In his response, Mr. Ganduje, who appeared in red cap, pacified the lawmakers and urged them to continue using the colour.

He however expressed happiness that the house had identified with him and had shown maturity by identifying with the established line of authority.

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Ganduje/Kwankwaso Rift Intensifies As Ganduje Supporters Vow To Collapse Kwankwaso Structure

The rivalry between Kano State Governor, Umar Abdullahi Ganduje and his predecessor and political benefactor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso took another dimension yesterday when loyalists of the former vowed to dismantle whatever remains of the latter’s structure.

While threatening to smash the political structure of Kwankwaso known as Kwankwasiyya Amana, the Governor’s loyalists said they will replace it with Gandujiyya Akida. They maintained that this is to allow Ganduje reign supreme as leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kano, following what they termed, “undue interference’’ in the affairs of the state by Kwankwaso.

Disclosing this on Monday, Special Adviser to Governor Ganduje on Print Media, Alhaji Bala Salihu Dawakin Kudu said plans have been concluded to do away with anything connected to the Kwankwasiyya ideology.

According to him, “Governor Ganduje and his political followers have decided to be on their own. Enough is enough. There is no way you can have two captains in a ship without the ship sinking. As far as we are concerned, soon, you will not hear anything about Kwankwasiyya in Kano.

“Even the red cap will go with it. We are definitely going to dump it because it has no political benefit, as that era is gone. We are now talking about the Gandujiyya Akida ideology, which we are entrenching.”

The Governor’s aide gave the meaning of the new political ideology, Akida, as: “Unshakable belief in certain issues that will be beneficial to the common man and the people of Kano State. It is a political ideology that has direct bearing on the people, their needs and aspirations as far as governance and distribution of democratic dividends are concerned.”

While tracing the root of the frosty relationship between the two camps that were hitherto united, Kudu said: “The main problem is that Kwankwaso wants to be totally in-charge. He does not want to come to terms with realities on ground that he is now a senator and not the governor of Kano State.

“He wants to be dictating for Governor Ganduje from Abuja and this is unacceptable; it does not conform with the constitution of the APC. He wants to be the Alfa and Omega of APC in Kano. This is the dummy his sycophants are selling to him, but every right thinking person knows this kind of game cannot work in Kano today.”

The spokesman, while expressing disappointment at the attitude of the immediate past governor, recalled that, “for 16 years, Ganduje has been loyal and dedicated to (by) Kwankwaso, whom he served two terms as deputy governor.

‘’He helped him in his political assignments. So, one wonders why Senator Kwankwaso will forget so soon, turning this long-rewarding relationship into a frosty one.

“When somebody loses someone, it calls for sympathy. Friends and well- wishers of the bereaved will come around and console him. Now, we ask and we want to know why Senator Kwankwaso will bring people to Ganduje town to insult him. You have been the Governor for about eight years. Now that Ganduje is here, why can’t you encourage him, instead you are stabbing him in the back.”

APC Leaders Come Under Gun Attack In Rivers

National and Rivers State leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), top politicians and reporters yesterday came under gun attack from suspected thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party in a near ambush in Rivers State.

But the heavy presence of security forced the assailants to take to their heels.

The attack came between Omoku, the headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers state and Big Elele, on the way to the Port Harcourt International Airport Road.

Rivers State PDP Chairman Felix Obuah, hails from the local government.

The National leaders of the APC, lead by Deputy National Chairman (South) Chief Segun Oni, who represented National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and state leaders led by the deputy governorship candidate during the April 11 last year’s election, Asita Honourable, were in Omoku to sympathise with the victims of the politically-motivated killings and beheadings. Most of them are members of the APC.

With Oni from Abuja were the National Women Leader Ramatu Tijani and National Youth Leader Ibrahim Jalo, among others.

The sympathy meeting took place at the APC’s local government secretariat in Omoku, a town now deserted for fear of attacks ahead of Saturday’s run off elections.

The trip started from the party’s state secretariat in Port Harcourt, around 8 a.m when party leaders, headed for the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, to receive the visitors from where they all moved to Omoku.

Travelling to Omoku in a long convoy, the normal speed of about 100 kilometres per hour was observed, but the return journey witnessed a snail speed of 20 kilometres per hour.

While at Omoku, the APC leaders got information from undisclosed persons that suspected PDP thugs had laid ambush on the route they took to Omoku, to attack them. They were told to consider taking another route to Port Harcourt.

The APC deputy national chairman, however, called the bluff of the rampaging gunmen and insisted that the return journey must be through the same route (Big Elele to Port Harcourt International Airport). Security was immediately beefed up.

Rather than speeding during the return journey, the convoy drivers opted for slow movement, with many fully-armed and battle-ready soldiers, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and riot policemen on hand to protect the convoy

But the assailants remained in the bush from where they were shooting sporadically. They could not move to the busy highway, and instead ran into the bush.

The NWC members were received by APC’s National Vice Chairman, Southsouth, Hilliard Eta, and the party’s Assistant National Secretary, Oji Ngofa, who is a former Chairman of Eleme Local Government of Rivers State, among other chieftains of the party.

Speaking in Omoku, the National Chairman of the APC described the situation in Omoku and other parts of Rivers state as genocide and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take immediate action to halt the madness.

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and the Rivers Chairman of the PDP, were directly accused of being behind the politically-motivated killings across the 23 Local Governments of the state, which the PDP leaders described as supremacy battle among cult groups.

The APC leader said: “I am surprised that innocent people are being killed, beheaded, maimed and annihilated on a daily basis, while Wike is describing it as a cult war. The killings are politically-motivated, not cult war. I feel very sad, angry and ashamed that people are being gruesomely murdered and beheaded in Rivers State.

“This is the height of barbarism, wickedness, criminality, debasement and bestiality. I never thought Nigeria would degenerate to this level. We must not allow the killings to go on. We will speak for you (relatives of the victims) and we will not abandon you. Public inquiry must be put in place.”

Asita, who was weeping while speaking at Omoku, stated that the victims were killed for being members of the APC, declaring that heavens would not fall, if President Buhari took drastic action to halt the killings of political opponents and others in Rivers State, to show the presence of government.

The Rivers deputy governorship candidate of the APC wondered for how long the members of the party would be paying with their blood, their loyalty to the APC, declaring that they would prefer to be members of the party and still be alive.

Asita noted that when the Supreme Court, on January 27 pronounced Wike as the duly-elected governor of Rivers, the APC members thought that would be the end of the killings in the state, but said they were wrong.

Welcoming members of the NWC of APC to Omoku, a former Rivers Commissioner for Power, Augustine Wokocha, said killing of APC members had been a daily occurrence in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government and other parts of the state.

Wokocha stated that the Federal Government must rise up to the security challenge in Rivers State, describing the killings as the height of criminality, a deliberate attack on the members of the APC and an attempt by Rivers PDP chairman to deliver Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA to the PDP, in spite of Obuah’s unpopularity in the area.

Addressing the teeming members of the APC at The Arena in Port Harcourt, the deputy national chairman urged them to come out en masse on Saturday and vote for only the candidates of the APC, to restore sanity to Rivers.

Oni noted at the meeting, which was also attended by a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the APC, Chief Sam Sam Jaja, that the horrendous bloodletting must stop forthwith.

Former governorship candidate Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, the newly-appointed Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said: “Wike’s government is reckless. When you have a government that is foisted on you, what you (NWC members) saw in Omoku would be what would be experienced. The violence was foisted on Rivers people. We sought redress at the tribunal and in court, but the Supreme Court said the current government was validly elected.

“We accepted the verdict of the Supreme Court. We thought it would bring an end to the madness in Rivers State. Quite unfortunately, Rivers people are now being subjected to a lunatic government. Our people are being slaughtered on a daily basis.

“The irresponsible government that we have in Rivers State cannot defend the people of the state. The Federal Government should rise up and defend Rivers people, who want to cast their votes for their preferred candidates for the first time in five years. In free and fair election, APC candidates will win 80 per cent in Rivers State’s 309 wards.”

No fewer than 100 members of the APC were gruesomely murdered by thugs working for the PDP, before, during and after the 2015 general elections, across the 23 LGAs of the state.

PDP leaders in Rivers also claimed that many members of the party were killed by rampaging gunmen, who they alleged were members of the APC.

Most pathetic among the APC members killed before last year’s general elections was the case of a former Chairman of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Council of Rivers state, Chief Christopher Adube, who was assassinated in his Obrikom home in the LGA on April 3, 2015.

Chief Adube, who was buried on December 12 last year, was assassinated along with three of his biological children: Lucky, Joy and John, as well as a family friend, Mr. Iyke Ogarabe, and the Adubes’ driver, Samuel Chukwunonye.

Two of the children of Chief Adube: Paul and Ogechi, who survived the gunshots, and their mother, Patience, were among the persons at yeaterday’s meeting in Omoku.

Paul, who was still in a wheel chair yesterday, because of spinal cord injury, caused by the assassins’ bullets, could not defecate by himself, while someone must assist him to pack the faeces, with iron rods used to support the legs of Ogechi.

In the same Omoku on February 12 this year, no fewer than 24 APC members were again killed and mostly beheaded, with their heads taken away by the gunmen.

At 9 p.m. on March 5, masked gunmen shot dead and beheaded a chieftain of the APC, Franklin Obi, and also killed his wife and 18-year-old son, Bestman, at his residence on Rutachi Street, Omoku.

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10 Months Not Enough For APC To Clear PDP’s Mess Of 16 Years – Gov Abubakar

The Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar has told Nigerians to reduce their high expectations of the All Progressives Congress’ led administration, stressing that there is no magician in the party.

He opined that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had used 16 years to create the mess the APC is trying to clean up.

Abubakar, in an interview with The Punch in Abuja, explained that it would be wrong to pass judgment on the APC-led government which has spent less than 10 months in power.

He said, “It is unfair for the APC government to be judged. People have forgotten that the PDP held sway for 16 years. Therefore, people should not expect magic from the APC. We are committed. You can see from the time we took over that even oil, which price has been dwindling, has started to rise due to the efforts of Mr. President.

“So, people should not be impatient. People should give us at least 16 years and see if we would not remove the rot that the PDP had caused. It is unfair for Nigerians to judge us in eight or nine months. I am assuring Nigerians that the APC government at the centre is on course and all the APC governments in the states will deliver Insha Allah.”

The governor further disclosed that he was forced to investigate the immediate past administration in his state in order to recover public property looted by those who betrayed public trust.

He revealed that the investigations so far carried out by a high-powered committee he set up, has recovered looted public property, and also uncover 19,000 ghost workers.

He pointed out that the people of the state deserved to know how their affairs were being managed.

He added, “We are probing the last administration and a lot of revelations have so far been made. Right now, I have a high-powered committee that is investigating all contracts from 2007 to 2015.

“This is after I set up a public property recovery committee under (the chairmanship of) a retired Air Commodore that has succeeded in recovering a lot of property that were earlier carted away.”

He said the ghost workers were discovered after his administration insisted on the use of the Bank Verification Numbers to authenticate those on its payroll.

Abubakar maintained that he had stopped the use of cash to pay salaries.

He said that as from February, all public servants at the state and local government levels should receive their salaries through allocated banks.

He pointed out that his administration would use the findings of its investigating committee as a basis to call in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute the indicted persons and recover the public property in the hands of some individuals.

Replacing Lai Mohammed A Difficult Task, APC Admits

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it is difficult to get a replacement that can match the outstanding performance of its former party spokesperson, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

The APC Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said this on Monday at a briefing with newsmen at the party secretariat in Abuja.
According to him, the party had a problem getting a spokesperson to fit into Mohammed’s shoes.

He, however, said that the issue was being resolved and the party would have a spokesperson soon.
It would be recalled that Mohammed, now, Minister of Information and Culture, held sway as the party spokesperson during its years as opposition until the party emerged winner in last presidential elections.

“I think arrangements have been completed to hold the necessary congresses to nominate a spokesperson.
“I think that should be done very shortly. In fact the issue is getting somebody that can be as close as possible to the outstanding performance of the present minister of information, Lai Mohammed,’’ he said.

The Chairman, who just resumed from a ten-day working leave, said he was glad to be back to work.
“I told you I was going on a break because I needed it. I’ve had a good break, I’ve had a bit of rest and I’m back to the office,’’ he said.
He assured that all party activities would hold as planned in the month.

“All the scheduled meetings of the party will run as planned, the caucus will meet on the 21st, the BOT on the 22nd and NEC on the 24th.
“Everything will go as planned,’’ he said

Ekiti 2014 Poll: Bamidele Urges APC To Learn Lessons, Denies Causing Fayemi’s Loss

A Legal Practitioner and member of the seventh House of
Representatives, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, has urged the All
Progressives Congress to learn a lesson from the colossal loss
suffered by the party during the June 2014 governorship poll in Ekiti
State .

Bamidele reiterated that the main take away for all members of the
party should be that there is need to build a strong internal
democracy and foster unity among all members, saying no individual can
unilaterally win an election without the contributions of others.
Governor Ayodele Fayose defeated the then incumbent, Dr Kayode Fayemi
in the poll, winning in all the 16 local government areas of the
state.

He said this in Ekiti at the weekend while addressing party
supporters during a reunification rally, formalizing his return to the

APC with his teeming supporters, where he was received by the Acting
State Chairman of the party, Mrs Kemi Olaleye and the State Working
Committee .
Bamidele praised the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola
Tinubu , former Governors, Niyi Adebayo Segun Oni and Fayemi, over
their roles at ensuring that the party bounce back to reckoning in the
future elections.

He said his defection to Labour Party to realise his ambition was only
constitutional and borne out of the necessity created by the
circumstances of that time.

The former federal lawmaker was emphatic that this should not be
mischievously misinterpreted to mean that he was out to play a
spoiler’s role against his friend, Fayemi.

“I pray that God will return all our losses and this could only happen
when we are one and united. APC has lost elections persistently
because we are divided. Whoever knows me well will realize that I am
not a desperado , nor a traitor. I have always believe strongly in the
will of God.

“There was nothing the then President Goodluck Jonathan didn’t do to
ensure that I stepped down for Governor Fayose before the governorship
election, but I stood my ground as a progressive. That was why I
didn’t defect to PDP in the first place, because I was conscious of my
background in politics.

“But I want to apologize to whoever I must have offended by my
defection to LP to contest at that time .In politics, differences can
come in diverse ways. It has come for us in APC and we lost an
election, so what should be paramount to us now is reconciliation and
how to restructure our party”, he stated.

The State Acting Chairman, warned the old member against
discrimination , assuring that “both the old and the new will enjoy
the same privileges. We are not like other parties that usually
stipulate number of years before you can contest. You enjoy full
privileges the moment you are accepted.

“I want to tell all our members that the storm is over. Ex-governors
Oni and Fayemi fought for so many years, but they are now best of
friends. Whatever happens has become history and we have to forge
ahead”, Olaleye said.

APC Sweeps Sokoto Local Government Polls

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has won all the chairmanship and councillorship seat in the Local Government elections conducted on Saturday in Sokoto State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the results were declared in Sokoto on Sunday by Usman Abubakar, the Chairman, State Independent Electoral Commission, SIEC.

Mr. Abubakar, who announced that APC won all the 22 Chairmanship seat and 234 Councillorship seat, described the poll as `free, fair and credible.’

The chairman had on Saturday announced the suspension of the election in Gudu local government council.

He said that the election was suspended as a result of repetition of the logos of some political parties while those of other parties were missing due to a “printer’s devil.”

He said that a new date for the conduct of fresh poll in the local government would be fixed at a later date.