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How Buhari moved to safe Oshiomhole from A P C Crisis

The crisis is threatening the position of the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who was restrained by a court order on Wednesday to stop parading himself as APC chairman, following an ex parte motion filed in court by a group opposed to him. President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the leader of the party, has raised a three-man team to liaise with those who have an axe to grind with Oshiomhole. There were indications also last night that the President might ask the National Caucus of the party to wade into the crisis.  But it was learnt that APC governors may shun the emergency meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee slated for Tuesday, March 17, because it was ‘illegally convened’ by the Deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom. Although Giadom summoned the meeting as Acting Secretary, his authority is no longer tenable following the appointment of Arc. Waziri Bulama as substantive National Secretary.Besides, the APC constitution stipulates that a 14-day notice must be issued ahead of a NEC meeting and a seven-day notice for an emergency NEC meeting.It was gathered that none of the conditions for holding a NEC meeting was fulfilled at press time. A reliable source, who spoke in confidence, said the President and his kitchen cabinet are unhappy that his administration is being distracted by the crisis over the fate of the national chairman. The source said: “The President has raised a three-man compact team to reach out to the governors to allow peace to reign by sheathing their swords. He also asked the team to give assurance that he will try to reconcile all. “The team has been engaging some of the aggrieved governors and party leaders on the way forward. “It pains the President that his administration is being distracted at a time he had rolled out plans to make a difference in his second term. He could not understand why APC has to be embroiled in an unnecessary crisis.” “The President is contemplating convening a National Caucus meeting to resolve all grey areas and issues. “We are hopeful that our leaders can resolve the issue at hand because the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is about to capitalize on our differences.

ANN members angry over INEC deregistered party

Alliance for New Nigeria has attacked Independent National Electoral Commission over disqualifying some parties in Nigeria.

Fujiipop reporters have it that the announcement of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deregistered 74 duly registered political parties and the Alliance for New Nigeria captured on same list can be best described as hasty and unconstitutional.

The national chairman of  Alliance for New Nigeria , Emmanuel Dania reacted that the announcement of INEC is borne of the consideration for the principles of justice, fair play and respect for the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Nigerian constitution is bigger than any organ or arm or agency of government and the provisions are to be upheld and respected by all including INEC.
The constitutional position is clear on how and when political parties can be deregistered and that position is yet to be attained. This position in contained in the press statement of Thursday, February 6, 2020 of The Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, IPAC which clearly highlighted that the constitutional provisions are clear as sated in section 229 defines a political party to include association whose activities shall include canvassing for votes in support of a candidate for election into a Local Government Council and this provision has not been fully and completed exhausted as a political party because we have candidates in Local Government Areas whose elections are coming up soon.
We are therefore station that INEC as an institution ought to have been responsible enough to have waited until elections are held in all 774 LGAs and 8,809 Electoral Wards in Nigeria before the hasty announcement of Thursday, February 6, 2020 was made. We are therefore not deterred by this announcement and we are in alignment with the position of IPAC that a matter that is already before a competent court of law and yet to be decided cannot be subjected to the whiles and caprices of INEC.
It is important to reemphasize the fact that 33 political parties, who are members of the Council, moved a motion in Court 3, at the Federal High Court in Abuja for an Order of interlocutory injunction restraining INEC from deregistering the concerned political Parties, pending the
determination of the Suit. The court adjourned for Ruling on February 17th, 2020 but the
Independent National Electoral Commission proceeded in error to foist a state of helplessness on the court. We therefor say that this is an affront on the judiciary and such act must be
discouraged for it is a disregard for the rule of law and a contempt of court.
However, from the perspective of Alliance for New Nigeria, we consider the Chairman of INEC
Prof Mahmood Yakub a noble and respected Nigerian, and for this reasons and the fact that
the office of the National Chairman or any of its secretariat has not been served by INEC of
any notice of deregistration or anything of that and that the only communication we have
received from INEC after the last verification exercise at the National Headquarters was that
the State Chapters of the party would equally be verified.
For the above reasons we consider the news making the rounds as fake news or rumour or some form of misrepresentation of INEC. We have taken this position because a professional institution such as INEC that has related with all political parties and ANN through formal communication would not announce that the same political party has been deregistered on the pages of some newspapers with due process of notification. And should this be, then we can see that INEC is truly hasty for something that Nigerians and every young person in this country needs to be wary of.
Let’s not be quick to forget that the voice of the Nigerian youth in the political arena today is Alliance for New Nigeria and if INEC takes a position that is not constitution against such a voice then we must see this beyond the news and ask questions. Why is INEC not waiting for the outcome of the court verdict? Why is INEC not allowing all the elections in the 774 LGA to happen before this position? Why deregister in 2020 when the next presidential election is in 2023?

We must ask INEC questions.
For all our teeming party faithful and lover and believers in the New Nigeria movement we would like to say to them it is not over, we all must stay focused and be undeterred by these distractions. We are obviously going to be riding this wave to re-bound and come through stronger as one indivisible entity and our collective voice of over 40 million Nigerian youths shall be heard from all corners of Nigeria no matter what they may do or say.
Kindly accept my sincere appreciation for attending this international media conference at avery short notice and also for always giving us the reportage that help to further the call for a New Nigeria.

Victor Adoji eyes governorship race under P D P

Victor AdojiIt has been revealed that barring any last-minute changes, top banker, Dr. Victor Adoji, is expected to declare his intention to contest the November 16, 2019 governorship election in Kogi State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Adoji, the candidate of the African Democratic Congress for the Kogi East Senatorial District in the 2019 general election, has been adjudged as the best chance of the PDP in the quest to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state.
Those who hold the position say Adoji’s campaign structure during the last election was one which can partner with the formidable PDP platform in the state to win the election against the incumbent, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
Adoji had returned to the PDP family on April 21, 2019 with his teeming supporters.
Asked whether Adoji can overcome other big players in the party primaries, including Senator Dino Melaye and Rear Admiral Baba Jibrin, the stakeholders insisted that his engagement style will easily win him the PDP ticket and as well see him defeat others at the election in November.
The stakeholders say that Dr. Adoji despite being in a relatively unknown party introduced innovative and pace-setting political strategies and innovation that swept the electorate off their feet across Kogi East Senatorial District.
This, they say, can grab the seat for the party if properly deployed across the state.
During the just concluded senatorial election, Adoji was said to have met all stakeholders that needed to be met.
These included youth groups, farmers, teachers, traders, widows, persons with disabilities, road transport workers, okada association, Christian Association of Nigeria, Bishops, Imams, students, traditional rulers, the Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa communities, women groups and many associations.
He also attended 418 town hall meetings, 702 closed door meetings and 87 private meetings.
The Adoji campaign train is also recorded to have sent the most innovative bulk SMS, done Robocalls, made personal calls and put up blimps and banner boards (first of its kind in Kogi State) as well as run the best issue-based campaign built on a social contract with the people.

Fresh: Lawan emerges Senate President

Image result for Senator Ahmed LawanFresh news has it that Yobe North lawmaker, Senator Ahmed Lawan, has emerged the President of the ninth Senate with 80 votes defeating Ali Ndume of Borno-South senatorial district who polled less than 30 votes.

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan is a Nigerian senator who represents the All Progressive Congress in the Yobe North Constituency of Yobe State.

How Pregnant woman, nine others injured during stampede at Ihedioha’s inauguration

Related imageIt has been reported that at least 10 people, including a pregnant woman, were injured in a stampede during the inauguration of Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha’s on Wednesday in Owerri.

A member of the medical team for the inauguration, Dr Francis Igwe, confirmed the figure to the News Agency of Nigeria in Owerri.

The stampede resulted from a huge crowd which besieged the  Dan Anyiam Stadium, venue of the  inauguration, Igwe said, however, that the victims were revived.

He told NAN that the medical team led by Dr Vin Udokwu were proactive to handle the situation.

“When we saw the crowd, we suspected that there may be an emergency situation; we quickly put our personnel and equipment together just to get ready,” he said.

Members of the Red Cross Society were also seen assisting in rescue operations during the stampede.

Before the inauguration, a woman had fainted and was carried away from the field by the medical personnel on a stretcher.

Igwe said that all situations were controlled.

Bandits killed six members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in Zamfara

Image result for Alhaji Sani GaladimaReports have it that the Vice-Chairman of Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Alhaji Sani Galadima, on Monday said bandits killed six members of the Civilian Joint Task Force in the area, adding that the council pays the hoodlums ransoms daily.

Galadima said this when he received the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdurrahman Dambazau, who was in the state to assess the security threat being posed by banditry and listen to the challenges facing the people.

Dambazau also visited the Emir of Bungudu, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, in his palace where stakeholders expressed their travails at the hands of bandits operating in the state to the minister.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Galadima after highlighting the challenges being faced by the people of his local government area as a result of banditry said every day “we pay ransom to bandits.”

He said, “Six members of the Civilian JTF were attacked and killed on Sunday by the bandits after receiving their pay from Shinkafi town and were on their way back to their villages.

“Even yesterday (Sunday), these bandits sent a letter to the district head of Shinkafi town (saying) that they were coming to attack the town.

“This ugly situation is very disheartening; every day we pay millions of naira in ransom to these bandits. We really need government’s urgent support to end this problem.

“Our women also suffer a lot (because) the bandits attack communities and abduct ladies from their parents’ homes. People no longer sleep with their two eyes closed in the night in Shinkafi LGA.

Tribute to Oba Olatunji Hamzat, father to Lagos newly elected deputy governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat

Image may contain: 2 people, hatDeath sneaked into the Lagos state All Progressives Congress (APC) Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) on Sunday, snatching Oba Olatunji Hamzat. He passed away on Sunday evening, following a brief illness, 17 days to the inauguration of his son, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, as deputy governor.

Oba Hamzat, the octogenarian Olu of Afowora Sogade, Ogun state, was the leader of the famous APC caucus, Justice Forum, and father of Ganiyu Hamzat Oladunjoye Hamzat, former member of the House of Representatives.

His last public outing was the conferment of a honorary doctorate degree on him by a foreign university. The event took place at the University of Lagos, Akoka. His death trailed the demise of prominent progressive actors and members of GAC, including Chief Mumuni Adio Badmus, Chief Wenu Hundeyin, Hon. Odunsi from Surulere and Pa Suarau from Ojo.

A successful banker, Hamzat joined politics in the First Republic, serving as a ward executive in old Mushin local government area.
In the Second Republic, he joined the Committee of Friends, which metamorphosed into the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria, led by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

In 1979, he was elected into the Lagos state House of Assembly on the platform of the UPN. His godfather was Pa Rafiu Solomon, state party treasurer, close associate of Alhaji Lateef Jakande and father of Senator Ganiyu Solomon.

In later years, he wrote his memoir where he expressed displeasure in the behaviours of the son of his mentor. Hamzat wanted to be Speaker. But Hon. Osinowo beat him during the election of principal officers. His colleagues in the House of Assembly included Chief Busura Alebiosu from Kosofe, Oladimeji Longe, Longe Oyediran from Somolu, Clement Awoyelu from Amuwo Odofin, Oluwole Awolowo from Apapa, Hon. Ariyoh from Oshodi, and Hon. Odunsi from Surulere.

However, his membership of the House was shortlived. Following consultations with Pa Solomon, Hamzat was appointed as Commissioner for Transportation. Immediately he was appointed, he ran to the University of Lagos to brainstorm with experts in related fields of Transportation Geography to keep himself abreast of the technical requirements.

Indeed, Hamzat’s ministry pioneered the introduction of the light rail in Lagos, a project of the Jakande administration approved and launched by former President Shehu Shagari. The project was the first casualty of the military intervention in 1983.

Hamzat’s compatriots in Jakande’s cabinet were Olorunfunmi Basorun (Secretary to the State Government), Olawale Idris (Commissioner for Education), Ganiyu Dawodu (Local Government and Chietaincy Affairs Commissioner), Afolabi Ege, Hundeyin, P. O Fagbeyiro, Alhaji Masha, Hon. Sobowale and Prof. Femi Agbalajobi, who later became Secretary to the State Government.

Hamzat was subjected to harassment after the 1983 coup by the military. But, the coup did not draw the curtains on his political career. He returned to his private business. Also, he enrolled for a writing course at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba.

In the Third Republic, he bounced back as a chieftain of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP). The Lagos chapter split into two, following the struggle for the ticket between Dapo Sarumi and Agbalajobi, both from Epe.
While Jakande and his group supported Agbalajobi, Primose, which was made up of other progressives – Oluyole Olusi, Shitta-Bay, Oladele Ajomale, Bola Tinubu, Tola Kasali and Basorun, supported Sarumi. Hamzat was part of the latter group.

However, Sarumi and Agbalajobi were disqualified by military President Ibrahim Babangida. Therefore, the Jakande camp nominated Abiodun Ogunleye for the rescheduled primary. Sarumi’s group supported Yomi Edu. Although Edu won the ticket, he lost the governorship election to Michael Otedola of the defunct National Republican Party (NRC).

Hamzat was one of the supporters of Chief Moshood Abiola, presidential candidate of the SDP. When the historic June 12 poll won by him was annulled, the group demanded for its de-annullment. In fact, Hamzat, Olusi, Tinubu and others had to leave Sarumi’s group when he accepted to serve as minister (secretary) in the Interim Government headed by Chief Ernest Shonekan. Later, the Third Republic went with the wind.

In 1999, Hamzat became a founding member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Lagos state. He had wanted to serve as commissioner in Tibubu’s cabinet. But, the former governor objected, saying that he could not order an old man around. Therefore, Hamzat recommended the young and promising University of Lagos teacher, Dr. Muiz Banire, for a cabinet position. Although Tinubu never met Banire before, he made him a special adviser, and later, commissioner.

Although Hamzat’s two children won the House of Representatives tickets at Mushin and Ifako Ijaye, the family had to make a sacrifice by surrendering the Ifako Ijaye ticket.
Hamzat succeeded Pa Ayo Fasanmi as National Vice Chairman of the AD (Southwest).
Until his demise, he was an outstanding party leader, held in esteem by members.

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