Atiku Describes Chibok Girls Release As ”Sign Of Things To Come”

Former Vice President and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has described the release of 21 Chibok girls as a sign of things to come and a ray of light on the fight against insurgency in the country.

Similarly, the Buhari Media Support Group said the release of the girls was an attestation of the pragmatism of the Buhari government in resolving issues that had become national challenges for Nigeria and Nigerians.

In a statement from his media office in Abuja, the former Vice President said the news of the release of the 21 girls was a clear indication that hope always wins and prays for the release of the remaining girls who are still in captivity.

While congratulating President Buhari for what he called a monumental achievement and a sign of things to come, Atiku said: “President Buhari assured the country that he would return the Chibok girls to their families, and this is the evidence we all need that he is committed to delivering on his promise.”

He was full of praises for “the role played by the Nigerian military, negotiators, activists and campaigners in ensuring that this milestone was achieved. This just shows how much we can achieve as a people when we stand in unity and faith.”

He challenged the government not to relent in ensuring that the remaining 197 girls are released and reunited with their families.

“If we continue at this positive and commendable rate, the rest of the girls will soon be reunited with their families and Nigerians can close this sad chapter in our nation’s history once and for all.”

Meanwhile, the Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) said the release of the girls is not just cheering news but a clear evidence of President Buhari’s pragmatic approach to resolving national challenges.

In a statement signed by its Chairman, Mallam Muhammad Labo, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, made available to The Nation in Abuja, the group commended the President for the achievement and congratulated the parents of the girls for reuniting with their children after over two years in captivity.

The organisation however said that the President should be appreciated for subjecting the dictates of sovereignty that limit negotiation of any sorts with terrorists, officially, to the empathy of parenthood and the soft emotions of a father.

The statement said further that by this singular act, the President has put a smile on the faces of the Nigerian mass by sacrificing the universal doctrine of no negotiation with terrorists for empathy.

The group also said that the release of the girls has further enhanced the people’s confidence in the President as a man who matches his word with action, adding that under 16 months in government, President Buhari has degraded the once dreaded Boko Haram terrorists off Nigerian territory and reduced the once seeming protracted rebellion into a whimper, treacherously seeking out soft targets to register a diminished presence.

Atiku Backs Tinubu, Chides Oyegun Over Handling Of Ondo Primaries

A former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has intervened in the altercation between the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, charging leaders of the party to promote the rule of law and due process in the conduct of its affairs.

In a statement issued by his Media Office in Abuja on Wednesday, Atiku, who is one of the national leaders of the APC, asserted that “you cannot break your own rules without creating problems”, insisting that the national leadership of the party must live by the rules of internal democracy and respect for democratic consensus.

He spoke against the backdrop of the festering crisis trailing the conduct of the APC gubernatorial primary in Ondo state, and the subsequent submission of the name of Rotimi Akeredolu to INEC as the APC candidate for the forthcoming election in Ondo.

Tinubu’s rumoured anointed candidate for the election, Olusegun Abraham, had opposed the emergence of Akeredolu as candidate, expressing disappointment with Oyegun for allegedly overruling the initial decision of the NWC which ordered the conduct of a fresh primary.

On Sunday, Tinubu demanded the resignation of Odigie-Oyegun , accusing him of favouring an aspirant in the gubernatorial primaries in Ondo State and forcing his choice through using a sleight of hand.

He also stated that the national chairman was perpetrating injustice, said the development showed that there was an evil and regressive force within the APC using Oyegun to derail the party’s democratic and progressive tenets.

Reacting to this development, the former Vice President charged “the APC on the promotion of rule of law and due process in the conduct of its affairs noting that they are germane to the unity and stability of the party.”

He stated that “it is imperative for the national leadership of the party to live by the rules of internal democracy and respect for democratic consensus”, warning that “you cannot break your own rules without creating problems.”

While advising Oyegun to urgently retrace his steps in order to build confidence among aggrieved members, Atiku urged aggrieved members of the APC in the Ondo election “to exercise restraint in seeking redress to the crisis, while also urging the leadership of the party to retrace its steps and do the needful to restore confidence among the conflicting parties in the state for the overall benefit of the ruling party”.

He said the party is supposed to be an impartial entity in the arbitration of crisis among its members in any given election, arguing that “since the APC found veritable reasons to review the outcome of the gubernatorial primary election it conducted in Ondo State, and was able to establish valid grounds to cancel that election and call for a fresh one, the decision to deviate from its own resolution is a negation of due process and an unfashionable hollow in democratic best practices.

“It was wrong for the APC to have set aside a resolution it had reached aimed at resolving the crisis in our party in Ondo State. It is a recipe for acrimony and division,” he stated.

The APC bigwig warned that glossing over such a problem could only worsen the situation, advising the leadership of the party to do a soul-searching and address the issues at stake.

He maintained that the party leadership should always be guided by respect for the rules, fairness, equity, neutrality and respect for democratic consensus, stressing that such were germane to the ruling party’s unity and stability.

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.

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.