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All you need to know about APC Ekiti governorship candidate

Image result for APCEkit state gubernatorial election is getting more attention as the date of the election is getting close day by day.

There have been lots of controversies to agree on the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC).

However m there are reports that leaders in the Southwest yesterday intervened in the controversial shadow election to pick the party’s candidate for the July 14 Ekiti State governorship election.

Last Saturday’s election was disrupted. After reviewing the report of the Electoral Committee led by Nasarawa State Governor Tanko Al-Makura, the party leadership yesterday cancelled the Saturday exercise and fixed Friday for a fresh primary.

However, a meeting of Southwest leaders of the party with the aspirants in Abuja is likely to propose direct primary to pick the candidate. The meeting, it was learnt, was at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was said to have been embarrassed by the the disruption of the shadow poll.

Yesterday’s meeting was attended by party stalwart Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Interim National Chairman Chief Bisi Akande, former Ogun State Governor Olusegun Osoba,  former Ekiti State Governor Adeniyi Adebayo and Vice Chairman (SouthWest) Pius Akinyelure. Of the 33 aspirants are in the race, 26 attended the meeting.

At the meeting were Minister of Mines and Steel Development Kayode Fayemi, former Governor Segun Oni, former House of Representatives member Opeyemi Bamidele, presidential adviser Babafemi Ojudu, Senator Ayo Arise and former House of Representatives member Bamidele Faparusi.

After the break, chairman of the primary panel Governor Tanko Al-Makura came in and was part of the second round of the meeting.

The meeting proposed direct primary to be held across the 177 wards for the selection of the stardard bearer.

It was learnt that after debating the proposal, the aspirants at the meeting went into division and majority –  17 aspirants voted for direct primary, which will allow all card- carrying members of the party to participate in picking the candidate at their wards.

Six of the aspirants voted for the delegate system, which was used in the disrupted primary. Three voted for a consensus candidate arrangement.

It was learnt that the leaders will take the proposal for direct primary to the national leadership of the party for consideration today.

The leaders cautioned the aspirants against inflammatory remarks that could bring the party into disrepute.

Those who agreed to step down are to  get a refund of the fees they paid for the nomination form, it was also learnt. This is a way to prune the number of aspirants down from 33.

Chief Akande, who did not reveal the decisions, told reporters after the meeting that a decision had been taken on the way forward  and it would be communicated to the party’s leadership today.

He said the meeting took a decision it felt would be in the general interest of the party and the nation.

He said: “We will convey our resolution to the party and the party will be able to tell you.

“We took a decision on what will be the best advantage to our party and the country. Consensus is written in our constitution and it is an option. Also primary election is in our constitution. But what we want is the general happiness of the leaders of the party, the contestants and our party.”

On whether the aspirants agreed to step down for one of them, he said “that option is given to them, but it requires them going back, thinking about it and informing us”.

On the fresh primary, Akande  said: “We are going to talk to the party about what the aspirants have said and what we all thought was best and we know that the party will take the right decision.

“The party chose the old date, chose the modalities and the method of doing it and when it was aborted, the party cancelled it. Who am I to say I disagree? I was not part of that process. I am now going to be part of the new process so that we don’t have the kind of problems we had.”

Fayemi left the venue at about 6.32pm when the meeting went on break. He declined to speak with reporters.

Former Deputy National Chairman Oni dismissed claims that one of the aspirants walked out, saying: “Nobody walked out of the meeting. We are on break and will reconvene.”

He also dismissed the option of going for a consensus. “We are not considering that. We are going for election,” Oni said. The same position was echoed by Senator Ayo Arise.

Governor Al-Makura arrived at the venue at about 7.05pm and went into a meeting with the leaders

Photos: Yusuf Buhari returns to Nigeria after accident

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President Muhammadu Buhari son, Yusuf Buhari has returned to Nigeria after a long treatment abroad. It would be recalled that his father jetted him out of the country to receive treatment after a fatal bike accident.

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Executive, legislative feud slows down govt, says Buhari

Image result for Muhammadu BuhariThe feud between Executive and the National Assembly  is gathering momentum.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the misunderstanding is slowing down governance.

The President, who spoke at the National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), however, said the government was working hard to resolve the differences between the Executive and the National Assembly so that the country can move forward.

Buhari acknowledged that the government had not met the expectations of many members of the party, but was quick to add that a few Nigerians, however, appreciate the depth of the rot in the country when the APC took over the government.

He said: “I must acknowledge that the face of government has not met the expectations of many within our party. But few of us know or appreciate the depth of the rot when we took office and that we spent the last two years bringing the country out of the mess we met it.

“Furthermore, the stand-off between the executive and the National Assembly slowed down the process of government. We are working hard to resolve the differences so that the country can move forward.”

The President paid tribute to Nigerians for massively supporting the government in spite of what he called distractions from proponents of business as usual.

He said: “Nevertheless, I am not asking us to relax and take things easy. We all know that elections are looming in the horizon. We must therefore get our acts together. Accordingly, I implore all members of the party to give the Asiwaju Committee full cooperation to resolve existing differences among our members in the states affected.

“It is perhaps inevitable that there will be differences of opinion within the party. If we resolve them, then we can build a genuinely democratic party. But we must not lose sight of our common purpose as a party to break the mule of Nigerian politics and take the country to new heights. Therefore, we have asked Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead this process of restoring order, manage differences and strengthen the party.”

While expressing appreciation to the leadership at all levels for service to the party, President Buhari said: “In particular, I commend the National Chairman for steering the party from success to success. From our resounding election victory in 2015, we have won elections in Edo, Kogi and Ondo as well as the much improved performance in Anambra elections and the party has moved from the party in government to the party of the Nigerian people.

“Much credit is due for our APC state chairmen for stabilising the country and to our Armed forces and the police and other security agencies for stopping Boko Haram in the country and driving them from their bases. No country, no matter how well secured, can isolate acts of terror as we have seen in the United States, Europe, Asia and here in Africa.

“We must support our security agencies to safeguard our country so that the job of development as outlined in our manifesto can proceed without too much interruption. We cannot afford to fail in reminding Nigerians where we came from in 2015.

“I am happy to report that slowly and steadily, we have managed to stabilise the country and redirect the ship of state. We have restored prudence to the management of resources and confidence in Nigeria has been restored.

“On February 23, Nigeria floated a 12-year and 20-year Eurobond in the international market, which were both oversubscribed. The 12-year bond was, within days, oversubscribed by 332 percent while the 20-year bond was oversubscribed by 372 percent.

“We have stabilised the naira and increased our foreign reserve from 20 billion dollars to 40 billion dollars. Inflation rate is down. With considerably less resources available to the country, we have improved all the indices towards a stronger economy.

“Soon, primaries at the wards, local governments, states and the centre will soon be due. I urge all members to take account of the fact that APC has a history of conducting free and fair primaries whenever consensus about any position is not reached. Regardless of the outcome of the primary processes which is imperative, we should all work together to ensure victory for our party.”

National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said the party had a tough year ahead of it, with the general election as well as governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.

He pleaded that party members do everything possible to minimise disputations within the party and ensure that the party is in a fighting shape in 2019.

“We obviously have a very tough year ahead of us. It is year of challenges, multiplicity of activities beginning from the month of April when the processes for replacing officers of the party whose tenure will expire by June, the process of conducting challenging elections in Ekiti in July, in Osun in September.

“These elections are precursors of the national elections. It is therefore necessary that we treat them with great seriousness because they are elections we should do everything to win. They are signals and signposts, indicators of what is to come in 2019. Preparations are also well underway for those elections.

“In an atmosphere like that, contests whether at party level or primaries to select candidates for all positions from the House of Assembly members to the exulted position of Mr President always present challenges.

“I want to make a passionate appeal that everything be done to minimise the stresses within the party. We must do everything to minimise the disputations within the party and do everything to ensure that we are in fighting shape come 2019.

“For that reason, I want to say once more that we are fully behind and in support of the initiative taken by Mr President in setting up a team headed by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to effect such a reconciliation that are necessary within the party.

“We have had challenges, we have had storms and weathered the storms. We have a government that took over at a very difficult circumstances but today, we can proudly say that the basic foundation of a new Nigeria economy is finally in place.

“We are not talking now of a foundation that is based on easy money, not a foundation based on crude which for a long time sent all of us to sleep but an economic foundation built on the sweat and labour, resources,  material and otherwise, of the Nigerian people. That is the foundation that lasts. The economic indices tell a clear story.”

Trending Photos: Presidency shares photos of the crowd that welcomed President Buhari in Adamawa State

Presidency shares photos of the mammoth crowd that welcomed President Buhari in Adamawa State yesterday

Pesident Buhari paid a working visit to Adamawa State where he delivered a keynote address at the state’s first anti corruption summit.


Shortly after, the Presidency shared some ‘second term’ inspring photos of the huge crowd that welcomed the president in the state, the mammoth crowd lined up by the roadside from airport to Lamido’s Palace singing ‘Jabbama Baba’.Presidency shares photos of the mammoth crowd that welcomed President Buhari in Adamawa State yesterday

Buhari supports El-Rufai to sack incompetent teachers

Image result for Nasir el-RufaiIn order to restore dignity into government owned schools,  President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday has supported the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai’s planned to sack 21,780 teachers who recently failed the competency test conducted by the state government.

Buhari made his position known at a special retreat of the Federal Executive Council on the challenges facing the education sector in Nigeria most especially government owned schools.

NNPC Appointment: Ohanaeze set for showdown with Buhari

The apex socio political Organization of Ndigbo, the Ohanaeze has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari following the announcement last week by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC of major restructuring in its operations with the appointment and redeployment of 55 key executives in its refineries and services subsidiaries.   Against the marginalization of people from the South East in the major shakeup, the the Ohanaeze has urged President Buhari to as a matter of urgency, revisit the reorganization process in the interest of peace, unity and good governance According to Ohanaeze, this is exactly why youths in the region are no longer comfortable being called Nigerians. The Ohaneze’s position was part of a statement signed by its President General, Chief John Nwodo in Abuja on Sunday. Nwodo said, “Ohaneze is appalled at the consistent and unrepentant disposition of disdain for the South-East by Buhari administration as copiously displayed in the recent reorganisation at the NNPC. “Ohaneze had thought that after the President’s declaration in a broadcast recently that Nigeria unity had been settled and not negotiable, that he would take all necessary actions in his governance to achieve it, but the recent NNPC shake-up has not shown that the administration is walking its talk. “Buhari administration, has shown in the new managers just announced tilting clearly in favour of the North, with the South-East totally ignored, as has always been the case since Buhari administration came to office. “This brazen disregard, marginalization and non-compliance with the Federal character provisions in our constitution are the causes of lack of confidence which our youths have in our present governance structure. “As long as President Buhari continues to live out his speech abroad that his government will favour those who voted 97 per cent for him against those who voted 5 % for him so long will the dissatisfaction and unrest in our polity subsist.”

Implement Nat’l Confab recommendations, Jonathan urges Buhari

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the recommendations of his  national conference conducted in 2014, stressing that it has the capacity to  resolve several issues at the root of the problem plaguing the country.

Jonathan spoke, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at the Golden Jubilee lecture to mark the 50th  anniversary of  the state, saying that the recommendations of the conference emanated from consensus  by the various nationalities that participated.

The former president, who got an ovation when he arrived the Obi  Wali venue of the lecture, expressed confidence in  fiscal federalism  as an enduring solution to some key challenges facing the country, adding that it would provide opportunity for all sections of the country to develop  where they have comparative advantages.

His words: “One of the reasons I insisted on the National Conference, the guest lecturer (Prof Godini Darah), made reference to was the interest of Nigerians. Yes,  in many areas as a nation,  we are doing well.  But, there are still other areas that agitate the minds of our people and as a government,  you need to address them.

“I remember in August  2013,  Professor Ben Nwabueze led the patriots and met me,  and one of the issues they raised was the National Conference.  Others schemed for other conferences,  but I insisted on the National Conference that would look at these gray areas that affect our people,  those areas that retard our development and fine tune it for the good of our children and grandchildren.

“I always believe that when you are in government,  when you are making laws, or coming up with policies,  don’t consider your position  because that your position is very temporal.

“I was quite pleased with the outcome of the conference. There was nothing like voting.  Every decision was by consensus. And I believe sincerely,  that if government is able to implement most of those recommendations,  some of the things that agitate our minds today,  some of the social issues we have, including insecurity and otherwise,  would be addressed.”




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