Your President is Working Hard- John Oyegun

The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, commends President Muhammadu Buhari for his hardwork in making things better. He also urges all Nigerians to give the needed support.
Oyegun spoke in Uyo on Saturday while flagging off the APC local government election campaign in Akwa Ibom, slated for Dec. 2.

“Your president is working hard to turn things around for better. APC needs people of vision, people with passion to bring about a new Nigeria,” he said.

Oyegun said that the APC was poised to reposition Nigeria on the path of progress by sweeping away corruption and the evil of the past.

He said that he was overwhelmed by the crowd at the rally ground, describing it as an indication that the Akwa Ibom people were ready to embrace change.

Oyegun, who received formally some defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Sen. Nelson Effiong, representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District, said that APC was proud of the state.

He described Sen. Effiong as a gentleman; a man of vision and integrity, who could look into the future.

The national chairman commended the defectors for seeing the new Nigeria which APC had promised to deliver to all Nigerians.

Speaking on behalf of the new entrants into APC, Sen. Effiong, said that he had the vision of change 10 months ago and took the decision to join the party.

Effiong commended President Buahri for taking Nigeria to the promised land and assured the APC National Chairman that the party would win the forthcoming council election convincingly.

“I assure you sir, that we are here in the party with open mind and we will take the state to the main fold of Nigerian politics in 2019,” Effiong said.

In his welcome address on the occasion, the APC State Chairman, Dr Amadu Attai, said that the Akwa Ibom people were committed to supporting President Buhari because of his sincerity.

Attai, who applauded the Social Investment Scheme of the Federal Government, also thanked the APC-led government for taking Nigeria out of recession.

He commended the quality and purposeful leadership of the party at the national level and promised that APC would work hard to win the local council election in Akwa Ibom.

In his goodwill message, the chairman of APC Governors’ Forum, Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, commended APC in Akwa Ibom for presenting a very strong opposition in the state.

Okorocha said APC was the way to follow in Nigeria because the party was the antidote to corruption in Nigeria.

APC To Sagay: You Are Arrogant, Rogue Elephant

The national leadership of the governing All Progressives Congress has issued the statement below, launching a blistering attack on the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay (SAN).

In the statement, the party described Mr. Sagay as arrogant and a rogue elephant who has no respect for even President Muhammadu Buhari.

The APC says it is responding to an interview Mr. Sagay granted The Nation’s newspaper where he criticized the leadership of the fold as “running riot and destroying the party.”

Read the APC full statement below.

TO SAGAY: YOU ARE THE ROGUE ELEPHANT

Our attention has been brought to an interview published on pages 46-47 of The Nation Newspaper of Sunday, September 24, 2017, granted by the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay (SAN).

In the said interview, Sagay described the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as “the most unprincipled group of people” who are “encouraging and accepting rogues” in the party. He said: “When I say ‘rogues’, I don’t mean stealing. In literature, when you say someone is a rogue elephant, it means people who are running riot and destroying the party.”

The Webster dictionary defines ‘rogue elephant’ as “one whose behaviour resembles that of a rogue elephant in being aberrant or independent.” Clearly if we have today, anyone in our government or, by extension, the party who feels accountable only to his own ego; who does not feel the need to bridle his tongue for the sake of anything that is higher than himself; who feels independent of everyone and every institution; that person is Professor Sagay.

Asked by the interviewer if he would stop speaking if the President asks him to stop speaking, he said: “Yes, he is my employer. If he tells me to stop talking, I’ll stop talking. But I have certain rights too that I can exercise in addition to that, because I’m not going to be in a position where I am impotent. So, I must obey him, but I can go beyond that and obey myself too. That’s it.” Framed in another way, what Sagay is saying here is that, no matter what is at stake, he would rather resign than obey the President if the President tries to restrain him. This is the quintessential rogue elephant behaviour.

In his sheer arrogance, he forgets that it is impossible for him to call out the leadership of the party as “weak” and “unprincipled” without indicting the President, who is the leader of the party and has the fundamental responsibility to build the party. If Sagay had any iota of respect for the man who dug him back from inevitable oblivion and puts him in a position in which he now feels superior to everyone, he would channel his opinions and advice to the President on how to make the party stronger and more principled. It appears however that Sagay does not have anything constructive to say about anything. He only knows how to tear down and assault everyone and everything.

We want to remind Sagay and all other appointees of our government that the only reason they occupy their current position today is because the APC won the election. There is, therefore, a matter of honour to show decorum and respect for the party and its leadership. You cannot love the fruit and hate the tree that produced it.

SIGNED:

Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi

National Publicity Secretary

All Progressives Congress (APC)

Anambra 2017: APC Posepones Primaries

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed its party primary billed for this weekend to elect a flagbearer for the November 18 Anambra State governorship election, citing logistic as reason for the postponement.

The ruling party had fixed the primary for August 19 but had to postpone it due to what the party described as logistic reason and certain unforeseen circumstances.

Confirming the postponement, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, told newsmen on telephone that the new date for the conduct of the party primary is August 26.

We Need Senator Hussain- APC National Chairman Declares as Osun Votes

The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun says the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government will not disappoint Nigerians despite the current economic crisis.

Odigie-Oyegun said this as he led the leadership of the party on a campaign train to Iwo town ahead of Saturday’s bye-election for Osun West Senatorial District.

The seat became vacant following the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke on April 23.

The Chairman reaffirmed Government’s commitment to finding solutions to socio-economic and political challenges in the country.

He stressed that the prevailing economic situation was not the creation of the ruling party, APC, but that the Government was working round the clock to solve the problem.

“APC will not disappoint Nigeria, and I want you all in the Senatorial District to troop out and vote for our candidate, Mudasiru Husain,’

“I hope in the next four days I will be able to tell President Muhammad Buhari that Aregbesola has delivered once again and Husain is back in the Senate.”

Odigie-Oyegun noted that since APC’s victory at the 2014 governorship election in Osun, it had not lost any major election in Nigeria and commended the courage of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, saying Osun was a major ground from where the APC launched itself to the federal level.

“Osun is strategic to the party in all ramifications. I want you to know how important this election is to us, and that is why you can see me and all other party members here.

“As challenging as the situation in Borno is, the Governor, Kashim Shettima and the Kebbi Governor, Abdullahi Bagudu, came here to support us all.

“We need Mudasiru Hussain in the Senate; he is a high ranking man. He won’t sit at the back when he gets there. Osun will be represented well.

In a remark, Governor Shettima appealed to the people of the senatorial district to respect Aregbesola by voting overwhelming for the APC. Shettima said Aregbesola had performed very well to deserve being honoured by voting in APC’s candidate.

In the same vein, Governor Bagudu held that the performance of Aregbesola’s administration was enough to win any election in the state and urged the electorates to come out on Saturday and vote massively for Senator Husain.

Voice of Nigeria recalls that Senator Hussain had represented the District at the Senate between 2011 and 2015. He was prevailed upon by the party leadership to step down in 2015 to honour Senator Isiaka Adeleke who decamped from the opposition party.