Don’t Sell Your PVCs, APC Counsels Voters

As elections draw closer and aspirants court voters through diverse means, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State has counselled voters not to sell their permanent voters cards for money or promised employment.

Mr Eze Nwachukwu, the State Chairman of APC in Ebonyi, voiced this counsel on Saturday in Isiaka while inaugurating an 8-man Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) mobilisation committee for Ivo local government area of the State.

He said “We hear that some people are going round, allegedly collecting Permanent Voters Cards from unsuspecting owners, in exchange for employment in the state civil service, or to give them government sponsored empowerment.

“Please do not exchange, sell or give out your PVC for any reason because that is the only power and right available to you as a citizen, to freely participate in choosing your leaders.

“Selling and buying of voter cards is a crime; if you give up your PVC; you have surrendered the power, right and privileges conferred on you by the constitution to exercise your franchise…

“We want make sure that no one is left unregistered, hence the mandate of this committee is to move round the wards, communities and villages in the council and mobilise people to register for their PVC.

“You are to report to the state secretariat on daily basis, the number of registered voters per polling booth, as well as number of voters registered at the ward level.

“You should report to us any action that will undermine effective registration of prospective voters in any part of the Council, for prompt action.

“We are very passionate about the success of the exercise because our victory in 2019 elections is tied to number of registered voters who are our members” Nwachukwu said.

Fayose’s Commissioners May Spend Holiday in EFCC Custody

The Ekiti State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Toyin Ojo, and the Accountant General, Mrs. Yemisi Owolabi, may spend the prolonged holiday in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as a result of an alleged involvement in the diversion of N7bn, a part of the N11bn bailout fund which the Ekiti State government got from the Federal government.

Governor Fayose, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, said it was obvious that “the hawks around President Muhammadu Buhari” were afraid of the governor’s declaration for the 2019 presidential election.

“The EFCC is obviously living up to its status as the attack dog of the All Progressives Congress government, but the Ekiti State Government, under Governor Ayodele Fayose, cannot be intimidated.”

Olayinka said the arrest was carried out with a view to embarking on another round of media trial against the governor and his government.

Opposition Parties Planning Civilian Coup – APC

The Isiaka Ajumobi-led All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has stated that plans of opposition parties in the state to subvert the wish of the electorate in the 2019 governorship election would fail.

The Punch reports that the ruling party said in a statement that “The leadership of some opposition political parties have, in recent times, been involved in talks with a view to dislodging the ruling APC in 2019, using the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. Notable among the parties are Accord Party, Social Democratic Party and Labour Party.

“What they are planning is a civilian coup against the electorate. But it will not see the light of day. Most characters involved in the gang-up have had opportunities in the past to impact positively on the lives of the people but they failed,” the APC Public Relations Officer, Olawale Sadare, said in a statement issued on Saturday.

“Among Rashidi Ladoja’s co-travellers is Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, who has a penchant for sneaking into Ibadan from his Lagos abode to cause political mischief, like he did at the Olubadan’s palace few days ago. Or, are we to talk about a politically naive big spender, and some troubled ‘guests’ of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as capable of dislodging the APC in 2019?

“Nigerians will not support any alignment, re-alignment or gang-up by the PDP and similar elements in future elections. All those planning to benefit from such scheme should realise that it will end in futility.”

Amosun Tells Minister to Resign

Following the outburst and open ‘campaign’ for former vice-president Atiku Abubakar for presidency in 2019 by serving minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Jummai Aisha Alhassan, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state has called on her to resign.

Amosun said that while Alhassan was entitled to her opinion, he would have saluted her if she had honourably resigned her appointment because no one could blow both hot and cold at the same time.

He said “I would have saluted her if she had resigned but falling short of resigning has taken everything away from what she had said. Well, I am not Mr President and I know that at the appropriate time he will review things.

“For somebody to have come out and say such thing means she might be working against the government and she will not want that government to succeed.

“That is my own belief. Although I may be wrong, if I am in her shoes she should have done that and resigned.’’

“On this 2019, the only thing that can probably prevent Mr. president from contesting is on health ground,” he said.

Amosun who commended Buhari for the great positive changes he had effected in Nigeria, said he was the appropriate person the nation needed when he took over the reins of power.

“If not for this administration of President Muhammad Buhari, only God knows where Nigeria would have been by now.

“Again I am saying it, the only thing that can stop Mr President is on health ground but as we can see today, Mr President is back rejuvenating and very soon it would be clear for everybody to see that Mr president is so well now.

” I commend the President for his performance on the three cardinal programmes of his administration because he has performed better in the areas of security, economy and the fight against corruption,” he said

I’m Not PDP’s Presidential Candidate – Dangote

Africa’s richest man and global business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has defused rumours claiming that he had his eyes on the presidency in 2019 through the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

In an interview with Daily Times, Dangote said “I am an entrepreneur. My passion is to create jobs for Nigerians and not otherwise. I am not interested in politics and this is authoritative. No member of any think tank committee has contacted me. People should stop dropping my name for the 2019 presidency.

“This whole thing is an attempt by people who do not like me. They are doing all these with a view to putting me on a collision course with President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party. They are people who are jealous of the successes I have so far recorded in business.

“My passion is for business development, provision of jobs and wealth creation, not politics. I have never shown interest in politics. I’m not interested in politics. I am not a politician. My passion has always been business and business.

“Buhari is like a father to me. Nobody should try to set me on a collision course with President Buhari. That will not work. I have high regard and respect for the President.

“For emphasis once again, I am not a politician. I can’t and won’t confront President Buhari. They should leave me out of any high wire politics and horse trading.

“I also seize this opportunity to warn name droppers to desist from their infamous act. They should stop using my name for politics. They should not set me on collision course with President Buhari and the government in power.

“By the time the ongoing Dangote refinery in Lagos and the sugar projects come on stream fully, there will be a great positive development and thousands of jobs created that will change the narrative in the country. That is my passion.”