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Wike in APC’s snare over derogatory remarks on Govs – APC


The governor said he had not disappointed Rivers people, who gave him their mandate to improve the quality of living, infrastructure and guarantee the security of life and property.

All Progressives Congress (APC) governors got a bitter pill from Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike on Wednesday. They were told to accept they are failures.

According to him, nobody would be proud to be called an APC member.


Flaying the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Wike said insecurity had worsened and the economy has collapsed under the watch of ruling party.

A statement by Wike’s Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said the governor spoke when he led his Oyo State counterpart, Oluseyi Makinde, to open the Woji and Obagi roads in GRA Phase 2, Obio Akpor Local Government Area.


Wike said it was ironic for the APC governors to keep admitting worsening insecurity without accepting the failure of their party.

According to him, the Federal Government under APC promised to offer better governance but has failed woefully on all indices.

To him, even APC members must be ashamed of the party.


The governor said: “I hear the Progressives Governors Forum saying that there is insecurity. Who is responsible? They should come out openly and say that the party in power has failed.

“Nigerians gave a mandate to APC at the Federal Government level and therefore, they must own up that they have failed Nigerians.

“Everything has collapsed in the country. Security has collapsed. The economy has collapsed. Nothing is working in the country. Today, all over Nigeria, there is insecurity everywhere.

“The other day, in Katsina State, they took about 400. The next day, they said they took 84. Now again they said they’ve taken a village head, the wife and 14 people in Katsina State.


“When there was a problem in this state, about the level of kidnapping, I shouted but nobody listened to us. They said it was politics and that we were killing APC people.

“I said when you introduce politics to security the consequences will be great.


“Now, it is everywhere. Until they come to apologise to Rivers State for what they have done to us, then God will not forgive all of them.”

He said he was not tired serving the state, adding after his tenure he would walk freely on the streets.

Makinde said with the evidence of Wike’s performance, it would be difficult to convince Rivers people to abandon PDP for another party.


He said: “Indeed, all right-minded people like to identify with progress irrespective of their personal feeling towards the initiator.

“Development is a big part of our democracy and every project counts towards the overall progress of the nation.

“We are blessed to be leaders at this point of Nigeria’s history where there seems to be a reawakening of political consciousness, especially among the young people.

“True, we have a unique privilege of grooming a new crop of people who will see governance as service.


“We have remained too long in where people see public coffers as an extension of their accounts.

“At the next circle of election in 2023, Nigerians will show that they have learnt something from the event of 2020 and that electoral decisions have consequences.”



Six Strong men dumps PDP as crisis looms


The defectors were received on Wednesday by the party leader in Oyibo, Gift Okere, and caretaker committee Chairman Chamberlain Okorie.

Six chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyibo Local Government Area of Rivers State have joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This is despite the deepening crisis in the party, characterised by suspensions and counter suspensions.

The defectors – Adolphus Nweke, Onyema Ihenna, Ibekwe Okere, among others – said the PDP is no better party.


They hoped the party structure would become stronger after this crisis period. “We would rather be active members of the APC and partake in the dividend of the work, than answer big name and die in hardship”, they said.

Okorie noted that the PDP in Oyibo Ward 2 has crashed following the defection of key executives to the APC. He urged the new members to work for APC’s victory in the next elections.

He admonished them on the need for unity, cooperation and hard work to ensure victory for the party, even as he assured them of huge benefit under the leadership of Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi.

Okorie alleged the absence of government projects in the council despite the defectors’ hard work and commitment in the PDP.


He said: “PDP administration has done Oyibo people more harm than good. There is no Wike project in the council. When Rotimi Amaechi was governor, Oyibo council recorded key projects and human development programmes that posterity will be proud of.

“Your decision to join APC is a good one and you will soon confirm it. Amaechi has nothing to give you, but I assure you he will continue to fight for the entrenchment of true democracy.”



PGF Boss, Lukman calls for APC internal democracy


This is the critical success factor for enduring reform that should come with commitment to democratic values and rule of law, which is not limited to preservation of power.

The Director General of the progressive governors forum (PGF), Dr Salihu Lukman, has maintained that the entrenchment of internal democracy is required to ensure victory of the party in the 2023 general election.

The PGF boss said there is the need to take every step necessary to ensure the success of the ongoing reform in the APC to strengthen internal democracy within the party.

Lukman in a statement titled “Seductiveness of Conventional Politics and the Challenges facing APC” dedicated to the publisher of the Leadership newspapers, he argued that this would avert the problem associated with the imposition of candidates that had dogged party politics in the country over the years.


“Ultimately, the reform should be able to guarantee that all negotiations for appointments by governments produced by the party should be mainstreamed as part of the operational activities of the party,” Lukman said.

“The goal of reform therefore is to ensure that the party is fortified as the bearer of democratic values and progressive politics.

“This will require that all activities of membership registration/revalidation, congresses and national convention are carefully planned. To achieve this will require that members of His Excellency Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Committee are taking the necessary steps to strengthen the capacity of the APC National Secretariat to implement all decisions.

“This is largely about taking responsibility and communicating decisions to party members and the public. Although, considerable progress has been achieved, it is important to appeal for more consultations, coordination and better communications of initiatives and all the internal reform process.


“Poor consultations, coordination and communication makes party members to be contemptuous of every decision taken, which strengthens the confidence of those opposed to internal party reform. The solution to all these lies in the ability of the 13-member Caretaker Committee to work harmoniously with the required professional competence. The Secretary of the Caretaker Committee should be able to facilitate the process of planning and one of the 13 members should be able to lead the process of members’ and public mobilisation.

“Our leaders, especially the Caretaker Committee should bear in mind constantly the message of Obama in his Memoir, that “It was the nature of democracies to swing between periods of progressive changes and conservative retrenchment. The swing to conservativism may be produced from within the party.”



David Umahi, other new APC members can contest for 2023 election


The gathering told the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop “politicizing” insecurity in Nigeria.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved waivers for new members.


This would allow them contest party primaries ahead of the 2023 elections without waiting for two years as required hitherto.

On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the APC NEC meeting held at the State House, Abuja.

The APC body urged the opposition and all stakeholders to join hands with the federal government to end the challenge.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila; Chairman, Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni; governors and some party officials attended the parley.


However, all party structures at states, polling units, wards, local governments, and zones have been dissolved.

Also, the tenure of the Buni-led Caretaker Committee has been extended by six months.



Plateau Bye-election: APC’s Nora Daduut wins senatorial seat


According to him, the valid votes were 155, 659 while 2,144 votes were rejected.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Prof. Nora Daduut of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the Plateau South senatorial by-election held on Dec. 5.

The bye-election was conducted to fill the vacuum created by the death of Sen. Ignatius Longjan which occurred on Feb. 9.


INEC’s Returning Officer, Prof. Idris Amali, announced that Daduut polled 83,151 votes to defeat her closest challenger, Mr George Daika, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 70,838 votes; a margin of 12,313 votes.

“Daduut, having scored the highest number of votes cast and fulfilled the requirements of the law is hereby returned elected,” Amali said.

He said that the total number of accredited voters for the election was 159,191, while votes cast were 157, 803.


A breakdown of the results according to local governments as announced by the returning officer indicated that in Langtang North, the APC got 12, 241 votes, while PDP scored 16, 841 votes.

In Langtang South the APC polled 9,321 against PDP’s 12, 439 votes.

In Mikang Local Government where the PDP candidate hails from, the APC scored 8, 425 votes, while PDP got 7, 887 votes.

In Shendam, the APC got 18, 542 votes, while PDP got 10, 223 votes; in Wase, APC got 21, 838 votes, while PDP scored 12,807 votes.


The result of Quan Pan, the home local government of the APC candidate, indicated that APC scored 12,784 votes, while PDP got 10, 641 votes.

NoRM reports that apart from the APC and the PDP, eight other political parties also participated in the election.



Lagos Bye-election: APC’s Tokunbo Abiru wins Lagos East


Abiru defeated his opponent by a wide margin in all the five local government areas in the senatorial district.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Tokunbo Abiru as the winner of Lagos east senatorial bye-election.

According to the results announced by INEC, Abiru polled a total of 89,204 votes while his major contender Babatunde Gbadamosi, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), secured 11,257 votes.

Below are the results in all LGAs:

APC: 17,728

PDP: 2,067

APC: 22,213

PDP: 1,826

Ibeju Lekki
APC: 16,336

PDP: 937

APC: 19,204

PDP: 3,766

APC: 13,723

PDP: 2,661



Borno Senator, Shettima reveal who will solve APC zoning issues


Senator Shettima also stated that the ruling APC will disintegrate over its presidential ticket contrary to insinuation that the party was on the verge of collapse.

Senator Kashim Shettima (APC-Borno Central) has said President Muhammadu Buhari, the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu and others will resolve the issue of zoning in the All Progressives Congress (APC).


Speaking at a two-day mid-term retreat held in Ado-Ekiti, Shettima, the immediate past governor of Borno State, stated that it was too early to talk about zoning ahead of the 2023 election.

He warned politicians to stop heating up the polity about which section of the country will secure the party’s presidential slot in 2023.

He said: “Don’t forget that our party still controls the Presidency. We have a leader and other competent leaders that can manage every crisis situation.

“At the appropriate time, our leaders will sit and take the most apt decision that will resolve the issue.


“APC is a party that is united and nothing can break us. I am confident that we will win the 2023 presidential election. APC still remains the party to beat because of the unity of purpose and togetherness as well as desire to deliver for Nigerians.

“So, I am confident and no cause for alarm, what you called controversy will be resolved in the fullest of time.”



2023: APC Chieftain reveals Buhari’s stand on GEJ presidency


The opposition party made this known in a statement on Sunday,November 22, through its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan.

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Julius Ihonvbere has said President Muhammadu Buhari at the moment has not shown any sign indicating that he is backing the prospects of Dr Goodluck Jonathan taking another shot at the presidency.

Recalls reports have claimed that All Progressives Congress (APC) is trying to convince Jonathan, a former president, to run for the presidency on its platform in 2023.

The reports were heightened after some governors on the platform of the APC visited Jonathan to felicitate with him on his 63 birthday anniversary.


However, Ihonvbere, who represents Owan West/East Federal constituency of Edo in the House of Representatives told Vanguard that he does not think president Buhari is considering presenting Jonathan as a successor.

He said:

“If it is the same president Buhari that we have seen so far, those who are reading his body language, I don’t know how they read it, I have not seen the body language saying that it is Jonathan he is going to present.

But Jonathan should also remember that under his administration, there were so many contradictions that he didn’t address.”


The lawmaker advised the former president not to make any hasty decision regarding the 2023 presidency so that he does not lose the respect he attained after he conceded defeat in 2015.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that a recent visit by governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to former President Goodluck Jonathan has further affirmed that Nigeria is better under the governance of the opposition.

NoRM gathered that the PDP stated this in reaction to the governors’ visit on Friday, November 20, describing it as an endorsement of the PDP’s administration.

According to Ologbondiyan, the opposition receives the visit by APC governors as an apology by the ruling party to the PDP and Nigerians over the lies and other allegations deployed to grab power.


Ologbondiyan went on to warn Nigerians to be careful of the APC’s antics, adding that the party will not allow the failedparty and its pranksters to mislead them once again.

He said:

“This visit to Jonathan by the APC governors is a direct acceptance of the successes recorded by our party in building a strong nation with a virile economy that was rated as one of the fastest-growing economies of the world.”



I cannot continue in PDP, Umahi is lucky to have left – Matawalle


According to the governor, the extent of bad blood in the PDP is partly responsible for Mr Umahi’s defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, saying “everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable”.

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is becoming hostile for its members, lamenting over his recent experience with his governor colleagues from the South-South region of the country.

Mr Matawalle, who made the lamentation in a statement on Friday by his media aide, Zailani Bappa, commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State “for his bold decision” to leave the party.


He said: “If this trend of generating bad blood amongst us continues unabated, our great party will increasingly be on the receiving end as we move towards the election year, 2023.”

Speaking further, Mr Matawalle said: “I am having a very bad experience of recent from some of my PDP governor colleagues which I still find very puzzling.


“For instance, the South-South governors [who had been] accusing me in the media are PDP Governors.

“They are also the same people who brewed controversy over the so-called Zamfara gold, [which was] premised on deliberate misinformation and outright lies.


“Surprisingly, it is the APC Federal Government which has all the correct records on the gold mining issue that came out to defend me in this saga.

“As PDP colleagues, I expected the governors to contact me first and find out my own side of the story before unleashing their venom in the media,” Mr Matawalle posited.


“As the brouhaha lasted, I commended President Muhammadu Buhari for being supportive of our efforts to organise the economic sector in the state to avoid using the mineral deposits to promote insecurity in our dear state”

“Today, the Federal Government is issuing licences to deserving companies to operate in the mining sector in the state. The biggest company with an investment of billions of naira is owned by a Nigerian from Anambra state.


“And I wonder where the idea of Zamfara state owning the gold mines emanated from. As at now, the state Government does not have a hand in any of the mining activity in the state because the constitution does not empower us to do so,” Mr Matawalle noted.

The governor, therefore, called on the South-South governors “to eschew intellectual idleness and support its people to operate modular refineries as provided by the law and lift their people out of fear rather than sit behind and start chasing shadows rather than substance.”



Just in: APC Assembly speaker impeach Ondo deputy speaker


This removal of Ogundeji follows the attempt by some lawmakers to impeach the deputy governor of the state, Mr Agboola Ajayi.

The Deputy Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr Iroju Ogundeji, has been impeached.

Noble Reporters Media reports that Ogundeji was removed during Tuesday plenary by the members of the Assembly for alleged gross misconduct and abuse of office.


The lawmakers have immediately elected Mr Samuel Aderoboye from Odigbo Constituency 2 as the new Deputy Speaker.

Ogundeji was among the nine lawmakers who did not sign the impeachment notice against the embattled deputy governor.

He was suspended indefinitely by the House for unruly behavior and later reinstated by a Federal High Court in Akure, the state capital.



Update: Nasarawa APC Chairman ‘found dead’ hours after kidnap


The State’s Commissioner of Police, Dele Longe, confirmed his kidnap on Sunday morning.

The kidnapped chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwo, has been found dead.

Shekwo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in the late hours of Saturday at his residence in Lafia, Nasarawa State.


Nasarawa: Armed Gunmen abduct APC Chieftain


The Commissioner, Nasarawa State Police Command, Bola Longe, has confirmed the development.

Gunmen have abducted the Nasarawa State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Philip Shekwor.

Mr Philip Shekwor was abducted in his home along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

He said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

Longe said operatives had been deployed to rescue Shekwor.


2023: APC leaders, govs ‘curry favour with’ Jonathan


The Northern Governors’ Forum also congratulated Jonathan on his birthday.

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress may have begun moves to pull former President Goodluck Jonathan into the race, Noble Reporters Media has learnt.

NoRM gathered that some APC governors and party leaders on Friday night in Abuja held a meeting with Jonathan where the subject of their discussions centred on issues not unconnected with the 2023 presidential election.


Our correspondent, however, gathered from sources privy to the meeting that the APC governors and leaders mounted pressure on the former president to prepare to take another shot at the nation’s number one seat in 2023 since he’s still constitutionally allowed to lead the country for another term of four years.

The APC governors who met with Jonathan, it was gathered were led by the Governor of Kebbi State, who also doubles as the Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Atiku Bagudu. The others were Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru and the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, who just defected to the ruling party a few days ago.

Also at the meeting were some APC leaders, including former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, said to have visited Jonathan in commemoration of his 63rd birthday.


But NoRM learnt they were part of those who held a private meeting with ex-President Jonathan during their visit.

However, no member of the Peoples Democratic Party attended the meeting, sources said.

Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, had commended Jonathan for continuing to serve Nigeria with zeal and commitment.


Lalong also described the former president as a true democrat whose “passion for the growth of democracy is reflected not only in his records while in office but also of his current engagements where he has travelled round the world to monitor elections and also engage with stakeholders”.

The Plateau governor further praised Jonathan’s patriotism and dedication to the unity, peace and development of Nigeria as well as his good counsel on various issues.

Lalong urged the former president to remain focused on his life of service which has brought honour and goodwill to Nigeria.

On his part, President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier congratulated Jonathan on his birthday, describing him as a leader who has brought honour to his country.


The former president had lost his bid for a second term in office in 2015 to Buhari in 2015, but the duo have remained close since then with Jonathan representing the country in quite a number of international events.

Also, a year ago in his Otuoke, Bayelsa country home, Jonathan had hosted both Badaru and Bagudu when the governors paid him a thank you visit following the victory of the APC governorship candidate in the 2019 governorship election in the state, David Lyon.

But Lyon was later sacked by the Supreme Court which declared PDP’s Douye Diri the winner of the election.

Political watchers say the North and the APC are warming up to Jonathan with a view to queuing behind him for the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the party.


APC has done no good for South East, Nigeria – Abaribe claims


The lawmaker also berated Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State for claiming that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has been unfair to the Southeast.

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP – Abia South), has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has done nothing for the South-east region.

Speaking in an interview on NoRM‘s known Media TV on Friday, the Abia Senator disclosed that the APC has been unfair to the region adding that all the region wants is ‘justice and equity’. He opined that if the Presidency is leaving from the north and coming to the south, then the South-East must be given a chance.


He also condemned the Muhammadu Buhari-led government for clamping down on #EndSARS protesters and labelling them terrorists. He asked the federal government to own up to its mistakes during the protests which led to widespread violence and destruction of lives and properties.

Abaribe noted that the #EndSARS protests showed the failure of the APC government and how it could not handle such a delicate matter. He said the present government is mired in the past and has no connection to the 21st century and the information age.

Eyinnaya accused the the current administration of using propaganda to get to power and now blocking Nigerians from speaking through its agencies.


Abaribe opined that the governor has another agenda for defecting to the APC and not because of the alleged injustice meted out to the Igbos.

“The governor is free to leave for any party but he should stop blackmailing the PDP and its leadership”.

He noted that the governor does not have the support of the members of the National Assembly from the state who are the true representatives of the people.

He further revealed that Umahi’s defection will be gauged in the 2023 general elections, urging Nigerians not to place value on the movement of the governor to the APC.


News+: Primate Ayodele reveals what will happen to Umahi amid defection to APC


In the same vein, he issued a strong warning to the Governors, Aminu Tambuwal, Ben Ayade, and others against leaving the PDP for APC.

The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has spoken on the defection of the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He said that Umahi had begun a journey that will lead to the end of his political career, adding that APC will crack soon, and the reason behind him joining the party will not be achieved.

Ayodele explained that if the governors cross to APC, they will lose their political grounds completely.


“The governor of Ebonyi, David Umahi, has set out on a journey that will see the end of his political career. He will lose his political credence,” he said in a statement to newsmen on Thursday.

“Also, to the governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal, the governor of Cross rivers State, Ben Ayade, and the Governor of Abia State. If they decamp to APC, They will lose their political grounds completely.

“I foresee that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will crack and if the Governors cross to the party, their aim will never be achieved.”


Storyline: Buhari reacts to Umahi’s defection to APC


I know people might call him names, but that is the price men of principles have to pay for acting according to their conscience and convictions” President Buhari added.

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the defection of Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, to the All Progressives Congress (APC), describing it “as a bold move driven purely by principle rather than opportunistic motives.”

Reacting to the defection, President Buhari said: “I am proud of Governor David Umahi for taking this bold decision in accordance with his conscience and principles rather than any external influence or coercion.”


According to the President, “Good governance is very important to us in the APC, and I’m glad that the governor has cited this as a major factor in his decision to join us. I urge our citizens to pay less emphasis on identity politics if we want our democracy to make a positive impact on our country.”

He noted that “with men like Umahi, I foresee a brighter future for our democracy because the voters will be more motivated by performance records of parties and their candidates.”

“Let me once again; commend the boldness of Governor Umahi for taking this courageous decision in a country where principles are in short supply among many.