The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Adams Oshiomhole has revealed his power to forgive sins of politicians who join the ruling party, APC. According to him, 'sins are forgiven when politicians join the ruling party'.
He made this statement on Thursday while welcoming new members to the party, at the APC presidential campaign in Benin.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has come under serious attack from Nigerians for describing the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, during their live interview on NTA last night, as “amazing.”
The former Labour leader was fervently attacked by Twitter users after he posted
“Amazing performance from both Mr. President Buhari and VP Osinbajo. The team we trust to take us to the #NextLevel. #NgTheCandidates.”
President Buhari and Osinbajo’s performance at the interview aired on NTA had received a wide range of criticism and some Twitter users wondered why the former Edo State Governor would think otherwise.
Here are some reactions:
@_DeCommissioner, "This town hall meeting has identified
@MBuhari as authentic dull. Not to talk of Nigeria, Buhari is not good enough to be a class monitor, unless if the students are Amaechi, lie Muhammed, Oshiomhole, Ganduje or Ibrahim Idris oga transmission"- @B_a_f_a_r
@Goddyiro, “With due respect, check that response on why the President said he wanted another 4 years. Just because the party nominated him and not cos he loves Nigeria or has a second term agenda. This calls for sober reflection, not blind support.”
@Jiokeoyeka, “My simple response to pres. Buhari’s response is that he is not in charge, & he doesn't give orders as d CIC. Cabals have taken over d running of the country.”
@Ikorahl, “You Evil A.p.C allowed the Vice presidential debate to hold and denying 180million Nigerians to watch the debate of presidential aspirants…when a man Marr ys with wives then, he knows the good one…A.P.C is a bad wife 180million Nigerians Married…No good Objective s…noting.”
@davoe005, “Amazing indeed.Amazing kee u there Osho Baba. They both debated against Thin Air and their prepaid audience, struggled and failed. If this is Amazing to Osho Baba, I dare say NO to Mediocrity, sycophancy in this failed Leadership. We can always get better beyond this present team as a Nation.”
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has promised to solve the issue of trailers in Lagos. He also vowed to solve the traffic gridlock in Apapa in the first 100 days of his administration if elected governor of the state in March.
He made this known on Sunday during a governorship debate organized by ‘The Platform’ and broadcast live on Channels TV.
What will I do in my first 100 days as Governor of Lagos?
From the removal of trailers from our roads to fixing of potholes to driving enrollment in the Lagos Health Insurance Scheme to teacher training needs assesments.
Some Twitter users may have seen this as a promising opportunity to tell the governorship candidate exactly what he may need to add to his 100 days bucket list.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has once again come down hard on President Muhammadu Buhari. He accused the President and All Progressives Congress, APC, of flagrant violations of the Constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 through the unbridled deployment of state resources and apparatuses for this year’s presidential campaign.
Atiku also, yesterday, distanced himself from what he described as a video he claimed was concocted by the Buhari campaign to the effect that he planned to hand over a portion of Borno State to Boko Haram in a peace deal. In a statement issued on his behalf by his media adviser, Mr. Paul Ibe, Atiku recalled injunctions against the use of state resources for political campaigns as given by the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu. In the statement, he said:
“We wish to remind President Buhari and the APC that the use of state videos released by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture is illegal under the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
“The media is awash with advertisements with the hashtag #PMBDIDIT and signed by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and referencing so-called achievements of the APC administration in the states of Abia, Kwara, Lagos, Ebonyi, Delta, and Kano, among others.
‘’These are without doubt 2019 presidential campaign materials produced by the Ministry of Information and Culture using state resources and apparatuses to benefit President Buhari.
“This appalling conduct, which is clearly in violation of Section 100 of the Electoral Act, is even more shocking when it is recalled that the state resources being used to the illegal advantage of President Buhari are being drawn from agencies, which, for over three years prior to this election, failed to perform their duties to the benefit of Nigerian citizens. The Ministry of Information and Culture must stop this illegality immediately.
“We demand that INEC issues an immediate cease and desist order to both the Ministry of Information and Culture and to the broadcast channels running it.
“We also insist that INEC register the media spend behind it as part of the APC’s total N1 billion campaign spend limit".
Meanwhile, the PDP has called for an urgent meeting with INEC to discuss issues arising from reports on PVC buying.
In its reaction, INEC said it does not have the power to compel any federal agency to stop the production of campaign jingles for any political party.
Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Oyekanmi who was responding to concerns raised to that effect by Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, told Vanguard, yesterday night, that it was within the constitutional rights of parties aggrieved in the circumstance to approach the relevant authorities for remedial actions. The commission also welcomed the interest of PDP in advocating a stakeholders’ meeting towards finding a practical solution to the menace of trading of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs
Irem Ibom who vehemently opposed the action of the party described his suspension as a `desperate misadventure and failed odyssey’.
Ibom, in a press statement he personally signed and issued to newsmen on Thursday in Abakaliki, said that the purported suspension was `laughable and an exercise in futility’.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the National Vice Chairman of PDP South-East, Chief Austine Umahi reportedly announced the suspension of Ibom on January 6 over a purported anti-party activity.
The embattled pioneer state secretary in a reaction dismissed the purported suspension saying that the alleged action was an exercise in illegality.
Ibom alleged that the national vice chairman, who is the elder brother to the state governor, Chief Dave Umahi, had accused him of not supporting the reelection bid of his brother.
He alleged that the zonal vice chairman said that was a mole in PDP adding that he was indulging in anti-party activities.
Ibom explained that Umahi accused him of betrayal and proceeded to threaten him and headed ‘all manner’ of insults on him for allegedly not supporting Umahi’s second term bid.
According to him, the PDP national vice chairman warned party stakeholders in Afikpo South local government area (Edda) which is his council area not to associate with me.
The statement read in part: Following widespread concern and apprehension by my supporters, associates, well-wishers and a cross-section of the general public over my purported suspension from PDP, I have elected to put the record straight.
“My purported suspension from PDP is a desperate misadventure which has no basis in the constitution and tradition of the party.
“Umahi demonstrated acute ignorance of extant party rules of engagement by purporting to perform the function of award officer.
“The national vice chairman is neither qualified to suspend me nor does he have the moral authority to do so as my membership of the PDP predates him having regard to my status as the founding and pioneer state secretary of the party in Ebonyi.
“I wish to state in clear and unmistakable terms that as a loyal PDP member and leader, I will campaign for the party candidates who want me to campaign for them in good faith.
“This, however, does not stop me from exercising my constitutional right of freedom of choice under a democracy.
“I, therefore, urge all my supporters, associates, well-wishers and the general public not to lose sleep over the misguided and ill-fated antics of the South-East national vice chairman and his cohorts.
“I sincerely appreciate the show of love and concern of all persons of goodwill both within and outside the country who has taken the pains to reach me on this matter and I thank them for their solidarity,”.
When contacted for comments, Umahi denied announcing the suspension of Ibom noting that the power to suspend party members was vested in the ward chairman.
He, however, accused Ibom of anti-party activities and described him as a mole in PDP.
The Taraba Governorship Candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), United Democratic Party (UDP) and the All Progressives Party (APC) failed to show up at the peace accord signing ceremony.
The candidates are Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba (PDP), Sen. Aisha Alhassan, the immediate past Minister of Women Affairs (UDP), and Alhaji Sani Danladi (APC).
The signing of the peace accord took place on Thursday at the Police Command headquarters of Taraba in Jalingo.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 14 other candidates, including Mr. Kefas Sule of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), who is contesting on the platform of the All Blended Party (ABP) signed the peace pact.
Mr. David Akinremi, the Commissioner of Police in the state, who presided over the signing of the accord, said the aim was to commit the governorship candidates to peaceful conduct of the election.
“We cannot as a nation move forward if we fail to promote peace. I want to appeal to you stakeholders to shun violence.
“If contesting election is for the sake of service, then there will be no need for violence before, during and after the election,” he said.
Akinremi pledged that the Police and other security agencies would be neutral and will give all parties equal protection before, during and after the election.
Alhaji Baba Yusuf, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, pledged to ensure a level playing ground for all candidates.
Responding on behalf of the candidates, Sule thanked the security agencies for the initiative and pledged the resolution of the candidates to stand by the agreement.
He called on those absent to make efforts to sign the accord with a view to having a peaceful election in the state.
NAN reports that representatives of Ishaku and Alhassan were turned down, as the peace accord officials insisted on signing in person, while Danladi was not represented.Read More
Nigerians are not having it this 2019 elections. No more can they sit back and watch failure disguised as 'change' come in and drag Nigeria through the mud a second time.
There was chaos on Tuesday during the induction of the campaign of the All Progressives Congress at the Sky Power Ground, Oba Akinjobi Road, Ikeja, Lagos, as armed thugs invaded the venue and engaged in a supremacy battle.
The thugs, who were suspected to be supporters of MC Oluomo and Mustapha Adekunle, aka Seigo, another union leader, invaded the arena with guns, daggers, cutlasses, and other weapons, leading to a free-for-all.
Among those who reportedly sustained gunshot injuries during the clash were the Group Political Editor of The Nation, Emmanuel Oladesu; a correspondent with New Telegraph, Temitope Ogunbanke; and a cameraman with Ibile Television, Abiodun Yusuf.
A leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, was also stabbed during the clash.
The rally which started around 1230pm came to an end as supporters and political personnel sought safety.
Continuous gunshots could be heard as the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, delivered his speech and called for support for the flag bearers of the party in the elections.
Amidst the noise, Ambode told the crowd that the police were in control of the situation.
However, things degenerated as the gunshots continued. The governor was later escorted out of the venue and was joined by the Deputy Governor, Idiat Adebule, and the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Unfortunately, Sanwo-Olu was unable to present his speech. He hurriedly gave the closing remarks.
It was gathered that policemen later engaged the thugs in a gun battle, as people ran helter-skelter.
A reporter with the News Agency of Nigeria(NANS) said some people got robbed of their phones, money and other valuables by pickpockets.
A large number of party faithful were also reported to have trekked to their various homes due to road traffic which was caused by the chaos.
Workers with the Lagos State Ambulance Services reportedly conveyed no fewer than eight stabbed victims to a hospital.
The police spokesperson, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed the incident.
He said, “Two suspects have been arrested.”
He noted that the clash was started by Seigo, who had been declared wanted by the command.
Oti said MC Oluomo was rushed to the EKO Hospital, Ikeja, where he is recuperating.
It's almost obvious that this 2019 presidential election will experience unfair and certainly not a free election; starting with Buhari appointing his niece as the announcer of the presidential results.
In other news, the 2019 Presidential election is 38 days away, how ready are you?Read More
Rally- No fewer than 3,252 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi West Senatorial District defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The defectors included two former Kogi Commisioners; that of Water Resources, Mr Tunji Oshanusi and Agriculture, Mr Femi Abolarinwa.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC Zonal Chairman, Mr Ropo Asagun, received the decampees at the township stadium in Kabba during the official flag-off of APC Zonal Rally.
Asagun lauded the decampees decision to join the ruling party, saying it was a clear indication that the APC administration had performed credibly well, both at federal and state levels.
“This defection is an indication that APC is generally accepted in Kogi west, and the state at large, which is an assurance of our party’s victory in the 2019 general elections.
“The party will not discriminate against any member whether old or new,” asagun said.
In his remarks, the Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Chief Matthew Kolawole, urged the people to get their PVC and vote for APC.
“APC is the only party that can save us from the hands of looters; do not sell your conscience, your PVC is your power.
“In the last three and half years, President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice have done very well. Our achievements will speak for us,” Kolawole said.
Mr Ishaq Ajibola, a former Managing Director of Daily Trust Newspaper, said Yagba people had benefited immensely from the state government in the areas of political appointments and execution of projects.
He enjoined the people of the district to support and vote for all the APC candidates in order to enjoy more dividends of democracy.
In his vote of thanks, Sen. Smart Adeyemi, APC Kogi West Senatorial candidate, pledged to lead by example if given the opportunity to serve the people.
Adeyemi reiterated that the President was doing everything possible to make sure that the Ajaokuta Iron and Steel Complex commenced operations to its full capacity in earnest.
Adeyemi added that the Buhari administration was committed to the development of Kogi as a rail line had been designed to pass through the state covering major parts of Kogi West.
He urged the people to continue to support Gov. Yahaya Bello and Buhari, saying the governor had been fair and just to Kogi West senatorial zone.
A major political setback has hit the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Kano state, as several party big guns switched to the ruling All Progressives Party.
Professor Hafiz Abubakar, former deputy governor of Kano state, who resigned recently to join Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, is one of the politicians who made his way back to the APC.
Abubakar was among the staunch allies of Kwankwaso, members of his Kwankwassiya Movement, who have retraced their steps to the APC and who met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night in Abuja.
In welcoming the party leaders back to the APC, President Buhari said the house was large enough to accommodate everyone and promised to speak to the leadership of the party and government in Kano to accommodate and work with the returnees.
He also appealed to stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress (APC) across the country to work for genuine reconciliation “for the benefit of our people and our nation.”
Other returnees at the meeting include a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Aminu Dabo; the immediate past National Treasurer, Bala Mohammed Gwagwarwa; Security Adviser to Kwankwaso, retired Gen. Danjuma Dambazau; Eng. Mu’azu Magaji, all of them staunch members of Kwankwasiyya, as well as Sen. Isa Zarewa who left in protest against the last primaries.
The returnees were led to the President by the Governor of Jigawa State, Abubakar Badaru.
Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje was also at the meeting with the President.
Responding to the Presidential directive, Gov. Ganduje welcomed the return of the party stalwarts and assured the President that he was ready to work with everyone to record yet another historic victory in the general elections.