APC flagged off its campaign ahead of the Governorship election in Edo state on September 19.
The event took place at the University of Benin’s Sports Complex, Benin-city.
Dignitaries who were present include the Yobe State Governor and Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee, Mr. Mai Mala-Buni, Governors of Kano, Imo, Kaduna, Osun, and former Chairman of the party, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, as well as some Ministers.
Before the campaign flag-off, the APC Governorship Candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his guests paid a courtesy visit to the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II to seek his blessings.
On Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari had endorsed Ize-Iyamu who is set to square off against incumbent and PDP candidate, Godwin Obaseki in the polls.
At the flag-off, Kano state governor and chairman of APC national campaign, Abdullahi Ganduje, said the party is confident of victory and will perform better than the current administration in the state.
The APC’s flag-off comes on the heels of dramatic events in the state’s House of Assembly.
On Thursday, some men damaged the roof and mace of the state’s House of Assembly as police sealed the building.
“We are here to win and not to fight,” Mr. Mala-Buni, the APC chief, said at the flag-off. “But we must ensure that every vote counts.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Edo State to avoid the experiences of Rivers, Bayelsa and Zamfara States.
The President stated this when he received the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the APC and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.
Others he received were the Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, and APC Campaign Chairman for Edo State elections and Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje. at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The President, in a statement through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, urged the party leaders and campaign team to do all that is necessary, following legal and constitutional means, to win the election.
President Muhammadu Buhari presents the symbolic APC flag to the party’s governorship candidate in Edo State, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, in Abuja on August 7, 2020.
He charged the party leaders to avoid the pitfalls that affected the party’s victory in Rivers, Zamfara and Bayelsa States in the 2019 elections, pointing out that with the resolution of the “acute crisis’’ in the party in Edo State.
The President said he was optimistic that the party will regain its pride of place in winning elections, and serving the people, thereby asking party leaders at the national and state levels to follow the electoral process in an open and transparent manner.
“What I want is a transparent process so that the confidence of the people will be strengthened.’’
The President congratulated Pastor Ize-Iyamu on his emergence as the party’s candidate in Edo State after a “turbulent process’’, assuring him of full support.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, who presented the candidate, told the President: “Pastor Ize- Iyamu is a seasoned grassroots politician who is loved by his people’’, noting President Buhari’s blessings on the candidate further validates the party’s confidence.
The Chairman of the APC Edo State gubernatorial campaign, Governor Ganduje, said in line with the principles of the party the APC will lead a clean campaign, devoid of acrimony, hatred, and violence.
Governor Ganduje said the campaign had started on a good and happy note, with the APC already taking over the state legislature with a majority of 17 out of 24.
In his response, Pastor Ize-Iyamu assured the President of his commitment to ensuring good governance in the state if elected in September elections, recalling that he served as Deputy Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee of the APC at its formation.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu said he was glad to return to the APC, describing his initial exit like that of a “prodigal son’’.
The APC candidate thanked the President for the warm and fatherly reception, saying he was honoured to receive the party’s flag from the President.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu told State House Press Corps that he was fully in charge of his campaign as a popular candidate who served the State as Chief of Staff and Secretary to State Government in previous administrations.
He also said former APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, had already explained that his initial unfriendly comments during the 2016 campaigns were purely political aimed at giving another candidate an edge in the elections.
The Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum said all the APC governors were fully behind the candidature of Pastor Ize-Iyamu.
The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, and the APC Governorship candidate in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Friday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The meeting is connected to the crisis in Edo, ahead of the election slated to hold on September 19.
Also in attendance at the meeting were the Governors of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, and Kebbi State Atiku Bagudu.
Police Take Over Edo Assembly The meeting comes barely 24 hours after the Police took over the Edo State House of Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital.
Dozens of the security officials stormed the complex on Thursday while patrol vehicles were stationed there.
Noble Reporters Media gathered that the police took the action following a reported threat of an attack on the facility.
The police officers were led to the Assembly by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Ayoola Ajala.
Those at the Assembly include operatives attached to the Police Mobile Force and Operation Thunderstorm.
Shortly after the police were deployed at the facility, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) also arrived at the complex.
Barely a day before the security operatives took over the facility, members of the Assembly impeached the Deputy Speaker of the House, Yekini Idiaye.
Idiaye was impeached during plenary on Wednesday and replaced with Roland Asoro, the lawmaker representing Orhionmwon II Constituency.
His impeachment came a few days after Idiaye and four other lawmakers declared their support for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The candidate of the Labour Party in the September 19, 2020, gubernatorial election in Edo State, Dr. Isaiah Osifo, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rein in the sacked national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comr. Adams Oshiomhole and stop the leadership of the party in Edo State from plunging the state into anarchy.
Addressing a press conference in Benin City, following the failed invasion of the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA) by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad on the orders of leaders of the APC, Osifo urged Oshiomhole and his violent conspirators to approach the judiciary for a peaceful resolution if they have a case with the Assembly.
Osifo said Oshiomhole must accept the failure of his leadership and discontinue his ambition of sponsoring violence as a path for the realisation of his desire to convert Edo into his personal property.
Osifo said: “We have come together and united as major stakeholders in the Edo State political system to call on President Buhari and all lovers of peace and democracy in Nigeria to admonish and stop the ambition of APC leadership from plunging Edo State into political violence.
“The crisis in Edo State is not a case of two political parties fighting; it is a sad situation of the inordinate desire of the former national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole to forcefully convert Edo State into his personal property.
“The people of Edo State are all aware of the internal crisis in the Edo State chapter of APC and we know that the APC internal crisis has its root with the refusal of Oshiomhole to accept the fact that no state in Nigeria can have two sitting governors.
“Oshiomhole’s response to the APC crisis in Edo State was to create two parallel APC secretariats and attempted to create two parallel Edo State legislative arms of government. Adams Oshiomhole should accept the failure of his leadership and discontinue his ambition of sponsoring violence as a path for the realisation of his desire to convert Edo State into his personal property.”
The guber candidate urged: “The president and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, the governor and the Chief Security Officer of Edo State, security agencies and all lovers of peace in Nigeria should understand the facts of the political crisis and respond quickly to guaranty and sustain peace and security in Edo State. The recent interview and threat of violence by Oshiomhole against the people of Edo State on ‘Arise TV medium’ is enough ground to call Oshiomhole to order.
“We are aware that some of the issues that are associated with the dispute in the Edo State House of Assembly have been adjudicated by the judicial arm of government and some are pending for judgment. In a democracy, disputes in the political system or between persons are resolved by the Judiciary. If Oshiomhole and his violent conspirators have a case with Edo State House of Assembly, they should approach the Judiciary for a peaceful resolution.
“We jointly condemn any act that will lead Edo State into violence. Oshiomhole should note that the governorship contest is between him and all the people of Edo State, and all the political parties that are interested in a peaceful, free and fair election,” he added.
The takeover of the Edo State House of Assembly complex by security operatives has sparked an exchange of blame between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
While the PDP blamed the opposition party in the state for the incident, the APC denied the allegation that it brought police personnel from Abuja to block the Assembly complex.
In a statement on Thursday, Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council in Edo, John Mayaki, explained that as a political party, the APC does not control the police.
He, however, accused the Edo State government of carrying out several onslaughts against the constitutional independence of the legislative arm of government by attacking its members-elect and denying them representation.
Mayaki alleged that the governor was responsible for a number of sieges on the Assembly complex, adding that he was in the best position to explain who sponsored the blockade of the Assembly.
“It is a known fact that the outgoing governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has treated the House of Assembly, an independent and co-equal branch of government, as a mere extension of his office through the brutalisation of members-elect and the denial of representation to the majority of members,” he claimed.
The campaign council spokesman added, “In Gestapo style, the outgoing governor hijacked a tiny minority and purportedly inaugurated them in the dead of the night.
“The sham inauguration was condemned and set aside by both arms of the National Assembly after their separate investigations revealed that the members, and indeed the Clerk, were forced to participate in the illegality under threat to life.”
Noble Reporters Media earlier reported that security operatives from the Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) laid a siege on the Assembly following a reported threat of an attack on the facility.
Responding to the allegations that the former National Chairman of the APC sponsored the blockade, Mayaki distanced Adams Oshiomhole and his party from the incident.
He stressed that if Oshiomhole had the power to control the police, he would not be locked out of the APC’s national secretariat in Abuja after a court suspended him.
Instead, the campaign council spokesman called on the state government to explain what was going on to the people of Edo.
He alleged that a branch of government meant to carry out oversight functions and check the excesses of the executive arm had been holding plenary inside the Government House for months over a supposed fumigation and renovation exercise at the Assembly complex.
“If indeed he (Oshiomhole) has any control over the police, wouldn’t he have instructed them to leave and grant him entry (into the APC national secretariat)?” Mayaki questioned.
Former Vice President and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to apologise to Nigerians over what he described as reckless borrowing by the administration and how the terms of such loans could compromise the future of the country.
In a statement on Sunday, the former vice president said that some managers of the party and even the government had denied the allegations that he raised as well as the warning for caution.
But according to him, just last week, a cabinet minister confirmed the allegations.
“Now, we all are aware that Nigeria’s sovereignty may have been traded for foreign loans and God forbids our inability to service those loans, the lender country would take ownership of choice infrastructure on the Nigerian soil. No negotiation could be weaker than that!
“Nigeria had a total foreign debt stock of $7.02 billion on May 29, 2015. Today, our foreign debt is $23 billion and rapidly rising. Debt, by itself, is not a bad thing. But debt budgeted for such unproductive ventures, like the proposed $500 million upgrade of the Nigerian Television Authority and other sundry bogus contracts, is debt that leads to death. To trade Nigeria’s sovereignty for this type of profligacy is the height of irresponsibility!,” the statement read in part.
Atiku said he has long advocated for a more robust engagement of the private sector and promotion of foreign direct investment as sustainable alternatives through which government could fund infrastructure development.
But on the contrary, according to him, the Nigerian government under the banner of the All Progressives Congress threaded the direction of looking for cheap foreign loans in exchange for the sovereignty for Nigeria.
“Recall that former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration initiated a National Privatization Programme with the sole objective of ensuring that the private sector took some measure of influence in social investment portfolio and, in some instances, provided funding for infrastructure development.
“There was nothing in that plan that traded Nigeria’s sovereignty for some cheap loans which, in the light of unfolding revelations of sleaze in some departments of government, would have ended in private pockets,”.
He, therefore, stated that the government and the APC must apologize to Nigerians and make an admittance of guilt for taking the country through the throes of subjugation to another country.
The National Women’s leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mrs. Stella Okotete, said on Friday the party would rule Nigeria beyond 2023.
Okotete, who is a member of the APC Caretaker Committee, stated this when she led a delegation to donate food items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Karamajji in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari will complete his second term of four years in 2023.
Okotete said: “Our repositioning efforts of APC are clear for everyone to see. We are having new members and old members are coming back. We have repositioned the party for high grounds and continued governance of the country beyond 2023.
“I can tell you that non APC states will be APC states by 2023. I can assure you that we are taking Edo state back from the PDP.
“We are going to maintain APC in Ondo State, we are taking Anambra and definitely, we are going to maintain the status quo. Definitely it is going to be APC.”
She said the APC caretaker committee led by Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has transformed the party in the last one month.
President Muhammadu Buhari has met with governors of the All Progressives Congress at the villa and he says he is pleased with the work of the party’s caretaker committee, especially its efforts at coordinating and strengthening the party.
Following the suspension of the National Chairman and the National Working Committee of the APC in June, the National Executive Committee of the party chose the Yobe State governor Mai Mala Buni and others as the Chairman and members of the Caretaker Committee as well as of the extraordinary National Convention Committee respectively.
The meeting which was held virtually had in attendance, the chairman of the progressives governors forum, Atiku Bagudu physically present at the Villa.
Others in attendance included the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha and the Chief of Staff to the president, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
Speaking at the meeting, President Buhari commended the Chairman, as well as the governors over the success of the party’s governorship primaries in Edo and Ondo State.
“I am pleased with the Chairman and the work of the committee. He is highly mobile in the efforts to coordinate and strengthen the party. I am happy with his personal efforts,” President Buhari said.
“I am happy that they knew their responsibilities as Governors and had identified the right priorities.”
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, the Governor of Kebbi State and Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Senator Atiku Bagudu, thanked President Buhari for taking the right steps to resolve the crisis in the party.
The APC Governors also commended the President for his handling of security issues and the economy, noting in particular, the success recorded in pulling the country out of the 2016 economic recession as well as the ongoing management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are proud of your leadership and achievements,” the Governors told President Buhari.
The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the defection of the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
In a statement on Monday, the party’s BoT Chairman, Senator Walid Jubril, said the lawmaker may have left the PDP because of his underground plans to run for the office of the Vice President in 2023.
He added that Dogara did not explore all the available dispute resolution mechanisms within the PDP before defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Jubril, however, urged members of the party to remain united, stressing that the PDP doors were open for all Nigerians who want to be a member.
His reaction came a day after the former speaker revealed the reasons why he left the opposition party and return to the ruling party.
Among the reasons included what he described as the breakdown of governance in Bauchi State under the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed whom he “helped install” as a governor in the 2019 general elections.
Dogara raised concerns about issues relating to the alleged failure of governance in the state, adding that there was no way he would successfully ask questions without being accused of disloyalty if he were to remain in the PDP.
President Muhammadu Buhari with APC Caretaker Committee Chairman and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, and Mr Yakubu Dogara at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on July 24, 2020.
Read the statement from the PDP BoT Chairman below:
I have read with mixed feelings the reason given by former speaker House of Representatives Mr. Yakubu Dogara for decamping to APC.
I am equally sorry for Dogara for not adhering to all avenues available in the party constitution for settlement of disputes or complaints by a member of the party.
I became more disturbed when the reasons given by Mr Dogara for his decamping considering his position as a former speaker.
In his position as a member of BoT, Mr Dogara has never laid any complaints to me as the Chairman of BoT which is the highest advisory organ of the party and remained the conscious of the party.
Considering seriously reasons given by Dogara for his decamping, one is compelled to say that Mr Dogara has other strong reasons for leaving PDP. I am beginning to suspect that the former speaker has underground motives for joining APC.
I begin to suspect that Mr Dogara has a plan of becoming President or Vice President in 2023 which he knows he will never archive in PDP.
I want to assure the former speaker that PDP shall continue to be very strong and united and its doors remain open to all Nigerians therefore PDP will never accept any plan from anybody to destroy the party.
As Chairman of BoT, I urge all members of the party to remain calm and strong as the BoT will continue to play its role as the conscience of the party as contained in its constitution.
Similarly, BoT is in total support of Godwin Obaseki in becoming the new Governor of Edo State. BOT is making its arrangements to visit Edo in order to ensure the success of Obaseki.
BoT will also visit our PDP Governors and party hierarchy in the states. No shaking at all, victory is ours.
The incident at the palace of the Oba Of Benin in Edo State has continued to generate mixed reactions from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
While the PDP accused the opposition party in the state of sponsoring the attack on its leaders who were at the palace to visit the traditional ruler, the APC insisted that the ruling party in Edo should be held responsible.
Mr Patrick Obahiagbon, who is the Vice Chairman of the Media and Communications Committee for the APC National Campaign Council in Edo, spoke on behalf of the party.
Addressing reporters on Sunday in Benin City, the state capital, he explained that some members of the APC were holding a peaceful protest on Saturday before the incident.
The campaign council spokesman also claimed that his party has uncovered a plot by the Edo State government to arrest and intimidate its leaders on the eve of the election scheduled for September 19.
He, therefore, asked the law enforcement agencies to investigate the attack on APC leaders and supporters in order to ensure a violent-free election in the state.
PDP Reacts Elsewhere, Chairman of the PDP Campaign Council in Edo and National Vice Chairman (South-South), Dan Osi Orbih, blamed the APC for the incident.
He told reporters at the party’s campaign office in the state capital that the opposition party in the state was allegedly plotting to wipe out the PDP hierarchy, including its National Chairman, Uche Secondus, and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State who were among those who visited the Oba’s palace.
Orbih also claimed that the attack carried out on the PDP convoy could lead to a serious conflict involving states which had their governors in attendance.
“The APC organised attack at the palace is in our view, a political mutiny against constituted authority, capable of causing interstate conflict and war between Edo state and the affected states of the governors that were marked down for elimination.
“There have been several videos in cyberspace where these thugs have been instructed, directed, and motivated to intimidate and cause chaos and mayhem in the state,” the PDP chieftain alleged.
He insisted that the APC had no official engagement at the palace and also called on the security agencies to ensure those found culpable were made to face the law.
“I want to place it on record that there was no official APC event in the palace or anywhere in Benin that was so communicated in accordance with INEC guidelines.
“There was no official communication to the security agencies and the palace that APC was also going to have an event at the palace,” Orbih said.
• PDP accueses APC of assassination attempt •
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress, (APC) of plotting to wipe out the party’s hierarchy including the national chairman, Uche Secondus, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State during a courtesy visit to the Oba of Benin’s Palace.
Addressing journalists in Benin City, the Edo state capital, chairman of Obaseki/Shaibu campaign council, Mr. Dan Orbih alleged that the attack carried out on the PDP convoy could lead to a serious conflict involving states which had their governors in attendance.
The immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has explained why he left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and returned to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He gave the explanation in his letter of resignation dated July 24, 2020, and addressed to the Bogoro ‘C’ Ward Chairman of the PDP in Bauchi, his home-state.
Dogara revealed that one of the reasons for his exit from the PDP was what he described as the breakdown of governance in the state.
He decried that such was happening under the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed whom he “helped install” as a governor in the 2019 general elections.
The former speaker also raised questions on issues relating to the alleged failure of governance in Bauchi.
He, however, stressed that he cannot successfully ask questions about those issues without being accused of disloyalty if he were to remain in the PDP.
Dogara noted that he had taken up the responsibility of telling the truth to power in Bauchi under the administrations of former Governors Isa Yuguda and Mohammed Abubakar
He believes abdicating the same duty under the present administration will make him become the most irresponsible and unprincipled politician in the state.
NASS Return, But Not As Speaker The former speaker announced his return to the APC about a year and six months after he joined the PDP for reasons he did not disclose as of the time.
He made the announcement while presiding over a plenary on January 29, 2019, at the lower chamber of the National Assembly.
Following his exit from the APC, Dogara went ahead to contest for re-election as the lawmaker representing Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency on the platform of the PDP in the last elections.
Although he succeeded in his bid to return to the National Assembly, he was replaced by the former Leader of the House, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, as the Speaker of the 9th Assembly.
About a year and half later, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the APC and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, said Dogara had returned to the APC following a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday last week.
The former speaker confirmed the statement of the Yobe State governor in the letter below:
People’s Democratic Party,
Bogoro ‘C’ Ward,
LETTER OF RESIGNATION OF MY MEMBERSHIP OF THE PDP
Above subject matter refers.
I write to intimate you of my decision to resign my membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This became necessary because the same reasons why we fought hard in 2019 to effect changes in the Governance of our dear state are festering now.
I intend to bring these issues to the front burners once again as the fight to install decent and egalitarian government in our dear state continues.
Specifically, I intend to ask questions about the following:
a) What has happened to LGA allocations since May 2019?
b) What happened to our campaign promise to conduct LGA elections within six months of the PDP government?
c) What happened to the N4.6 billion loan taken from a bank and paid directly into a private company’s account?
d) Why are we segmenting salaries and why is payment of salaries of state workers outsourced to a private firm as consultants?
e) Why are contracts inflated, awarded and payment of mobilisation done in violation of extant rules on procurement?
f) Why are our highly revered Traditional Rulers and Elders treated with odium contrary to the guarantee we gave during the campaign that such will not happen under a PDP government?
Mr Chairman, you will agree with me that I cannot raise these issues and many more questions without a charge of disloyalty levelled against me if I were to remain a member of the PDP.
I cannot also fail to raise these questions now, having raised similar ones during the administrations of Governors Isa Yuguda and Mohammed A. Abubakar. If I abdicate this responsibility on the altar of partisan loyalty, I will be the most irresponsible and unprincipled politician in Bauchi State.
Thus, by this letter, I have resigned my membership of the PDP to enable me keep faith with my principle of fighting for good governance in our Dear State.
Lagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) said it has not selected any candidate to replace the late Senator Bayo Osinowo, who represented Lagos East zone until his death last month.
In a statement on Saturday, the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Seye Oladejo said Lagos APC’S attention has been drawn to the various speculations as regards the emergence of a candidate for the yet to be scheduled Lagos East senatorial by-election.
The party’s reaction was based on a social media report, which claimed that it has elected a former Lagos Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Dele Alake to replace Osinowo.
“Lagos APC will like to state emphatically that the process of selecting a candidate is yet to commence for a number of reasons,” Oladejo said.
“First, we are still mourning the demise of Osinowo whose sudden departure sent shock waves through the fabrics of the party. The Independent National Electoral Commission (NEC) is yet to officially notify the party of the scheduled time for the by-election.”
Oladejo added that the constitution of the party is explicit about the process for the emergence of candidates for elections. He said, “We are irrevocably committed to abiding by this. The nomination is either by consensus or a primary among the aspirants.”
“The party acknowledges the interest the by-election may generate as the ruling party, but we want to urge all and sundry to play by the rules. We wish to reiterate our commitment to provide, at the appointed time, a level playing field for all the aspirants to engender internal democracy.
The Progressives Front (PF), a group within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, says the proposed N100 billion bond being sought by Gov. Seyi Makinde is inimical to the state’s development.
The group said this in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Olugbenga Olayemi, and Secretary, Wale Murphy,on Saturday in Ibadan.
It also backed the Akin Oke-led executives of the party in the state.
” For Makinde’s administration to take such a gargantuan loan whose details were opaque is akin to laying the foundation for financial enslavement of the state that unborn generations would suffer for.
“When did we come to this sorry pass in Oyo State?
” We had thought with all his pre-election promises, Gov. Makinde had creative ways of generating revenue for the state.
” Makinde had promised to export maize to Botswana to increase revenue for the state.
” He also said that within six months, the state under his watch would no longer go cap in hand to Abuja to beg for federal allocation.
“Obviously, all these were mere rhetoric to hoodwink our people to submit their mandate; a year and two months after, he is plunging the state into a debt burden,” it said.
The group said that the governor needed to do a lot more, adding that there was nothing on the ground to indicate governance in the state.
“If Gov. Makinde had condemned the past administration for incurring a debt of about N90billion in eight years, within his 14 months sojourn, he is about incurring a debt of about N150billion.
“What would happen after his tenure? It stands to reason that Oyo State would be in a debt hole it would find it difficult to get out of.
” The government should have a rethink,” it said.
It also expressed confidence in the Oke-led State Executive Council of the APC, advising those behind calls for vote of no confidence on it to desist.
“Our late leader, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi had already established a template for bringing all aggrieved members together by instituting a Peace and Reconciliation Committee.
“We should therefore respect his memory and not embark on actions capable of further causing disunity.
“We should all embrace peace and forge a strong front to take back the state from the misadventure of the present administration,” the group said.
The group acknowledged the support of the APC from Ogbomoso North for the Oke leadership but advised the executives to reach out beyond their immediate locality.
“Oke is the State Chairman. We however commend those who have shown their solidarity to him and his executives.
The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki has said that lawlessness on the part of some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) informed his decision to dump the party.
Obaseki had in June, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he secured the party’s ticket to prosecute his reelection.
The governor, who spoke on Saturday in Benin City, the state capital during the flag-off of his campaign, said he would not return to the lawless ways of the APC, no matter the provocation.
Addressing a crowd of supporters at the campaign venue, the governor said, “We left them because of their lawlessness. We will not, no matter how provoked, resort to the same lawlessness. I want to thank you and assure you that God has given us the victory”.
In his address, which was monitored by our correspondent on the African Independent Television (AIT), Obaseki promised to transform Edo State, adding that such transformation would lead to the transformation of the country.
The governor said the PDP considered him worthy of the governorship ticket as reward for his record of performance in the past four years.
According to him, his decision to put the people first, above any other interests, cost him the governorship ticket of the APC, saying that his getting the PDP ticket to run the race was a miracle.
“This mandate that has been given to us is simple. What you (PDP) are saying as a party is, we like what you have done in the last four years, please go back and continue and improve on what you have done.
“In the last four years, we put our people first. Nothing else matters more than our people even though that put us in trouble. But we didn’t care because the voice of our people is the voice of God.
“Because we were working for our people, God Almighty has supported us. That is why we are here today because what has happened to us in the politics of this country can best be described as miraculous.
“We stood up, courageous, believing in God and believing in our people, believing in ourselves. We fought and God searched our hearts and saw that all we were doing was for Him and the people of Edo, so He stood by us.”
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, is said to have officially decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The acting Chairman of the party, Mai Mala Buni, who is also the Governor of Yobe State, disclosed this to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) on Friday, after he and Dogara met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the villa.
He said the president has welcomed Mr Dogara into the fold as well as other former aggrieved members of the party.
According to Mr Buni the reasons why Dogara left the APC do not exist anymore and this visit to President Buhari is in continuation of efforts to rebuild the party.
The former Speaker said he would address the press on a later date.
In January 2019, Dogara announced his defection from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Reconciliation Committee, Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger, on Friday met with the party’s governorship aspirants with a view to reconciling their differences ahead of July 20 primary election.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the meeting, Bello said the main objective of the committee in the state was to reconcile party members and all APC faithful.
Noble Reporters Media learnt that Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, who is the Chairman of Election Committee for Ondo State, had on Friday in Abuja said that the Monday primary would be conducted through indirect mode.
However, one of the governorship aspirants, Chief Olusola Oke, who came late said that he managed to come and see the chairman because he did not get the notice on time.
Oke, therefore, frowned at the adoption of indirect mode of primary and the committee’s visit, saying that he might likely challenge the decision if the committee stuck to its gun
He described the committee’s visit as a wasted effort because there was nothing new the meeting could bring.
He promised that he would not boycott the primary election on Monday, so that he could have locus standi to challenge it.
“I don’t boycott any election. It is not in my character and is not advisable.
“Under the electoral law if you boycott or you don’t participate, you cannot challenge,” he said.
The National Rescue Movement (NRM) prayed a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to disqualify Osagie Ize – Iyamu as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for the Edo governorship election.
NRM and its candidate for the forthcoming Edo governorship, Stevie Ozono, filed the suit and named Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All Progressives Congress, Osagie Ize – Iyamu and Gani Audu as the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants respectively.
The plaintiffs averred that by Section 177(c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), Sections 31 and 153 of the Electoral Act and the Guidelines for the submission of candidates of political parties issued by INEC, it is only the political party’s National Chairman and the National Secretary who sign a letter forwarding names of the party’s candidate to INEC.
They contended that it was Gov. MaiMala Buni of Yobe and John Akpan Udoedeghe, the National Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra – Ordinary Convention Committee and the National Secretary of the Caretaker/Extra – Ordinary Convention Committee who signed the letter conveying the names of Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Gani Audu to the INEC as the APC governorship candidate and running mate respectively for the forthcoming Edo State governorship election.
The Movement and Ozono asked the court to determine whether after due consultation of Sections 183, 222a and 223 of the 1999 Constitution INEC can lawfully deem that the list of candidates of the APC for the Edo State gubernatorial elections to be held on Sept. 19, 2020, has been submitted to it by the letter dated June 29, signed by Udoedeghe and Buni.
They asked the court to declare that APC has no candidates for the Edo State gubernatorial elections to be held on Sept. 19, by the non – submission of her list of candidates before the deadline on June 29.
They also urged the court to make an Order voiding the decision of INEC to include APC, Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Gani Audu as candidates in the gubernatorial elections about Edo to be held on Sept. 19, 2020.
The plaintiffs attached a 30-paragraph of affidavit deposed to by Chinedu Obi, the National Publicity Secretary of the National Rescue Movement, to their suit.
The case has been assigned to Justice A.R. Muhammed.
Samuel Olorunwa Ajayi, the Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ese- Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State, on Friday July 10, resigned as the party Chairman, and joined the Peoples Democratic Party.
This comes less than two weeks to the APC’s governorship primary election in Ondo state.
Ajayi who tendered his resignation letter at the party’s secretariat, also revealed that he has decamped to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Ajayi is a close ally of the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, who recently dumped APC for PDP. Ajayi was the one who received the resignation letter of the Deputy Governor when he dumped the APC last month.
Agboola Ajayi is at loggerheads with the governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu and has indicated interest to run against him in October.