Presidency: N100m APC fees to scare youths, we’ll buy it — Felix

Dr Nicholas Felix, a 40 -year old U.S based APC presidential aspirant, says the N100m Expression of Interest and Nomination forms will not stop him from pursuing his ambition.

Felix, who said this on Saturday in Lagos while formally declaring his aspiration to contest the 2023 presidential election said: “I didn’t expect it to be this expensive, but I later got different views about it. If the purpose of the high cost of the form is to scare the youth, I will not be scared.

“In fact, by next week I will purchase the form. It is time for a youth to come on board and do something differently. Nigerians have been yearning for a young leader and the time is now.”

The cleric, who came third in the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Coalition Party (PCP) said that the youth would still buy the form to create a better society.

According to the youthful American-based cleric, what Nigeria needs now is a vibrant youth as President, someone who will bring in fresh ideas into governance of the country.

He said that as the youngest aspirant currently in the party, he was not scared by big-wigs in the party.

He said Nigerians would wake up to a big shock on how the 2023 general elections would come out.

He said Nigerian youths must wake to be the generation that would end insecurity, create jobs, tackle health crisis and capital flight associated with it.

“To achieve the Nigeria of our dreams,. Nigeria needs someone with my pedigree, required knowledge, vibrance and skill.

“I am in the race to change the Nigerian narrative through the support of the not-too-young-to-run law, promising to bring more young professionals home and abroad together to contribute to the development of our great nation.”

Reeling out his seven-point agenda, Felix said: “Rescuing Nigeria and Nigerians from perennial insecurity by strengthening and equipping of our military formation and the police force.

“More men and better equipment are desperately needed! Improving power generation by revisiting and correcting loopholes in the privatisation process and also delving into alternative energy sources.

“Providing quality and affordable healthcare for the people. Infrastructural management and development. Eradicating corruption in all forms and blocking all sources of financial leakages in the system·

“Improving the standards of education in Nigeria· Agricultural mechanisation· Socio-economic development (youth empowerment, poverty alleviation, HIV/AIDS eradication, child welfare improvement, and protection of vulnerable groups.”

Felix promised not to betray Nigerians if elected.

“Mark my words compatriots, we will never betray your trust and the social contract that will exist between us, and in the first 100 days, we will fight insecurity with every force and might.

“We will strengthen the confidence and glory of our men in uniform who pay the ultimate price to keep us safe.

“We will revamp the educational system and overhaul its philosophy to solve societal problems through adequate research and proper implementation.

“We will empower our talented youths by investing more in information technology, science, engineering, and humanities as well as encourage start-ups and support other micro-businesses.

“In collaboration with the private sector, we will create jobs by providing enabling environment for citizens to thrive.”

According to him, his administration intends to turn away from our culture of consumerism to becoming a producing and self-sufficient nation.

Felix, who promised to continue with the diversification of the nation’s economy, pledged to develop the solid mineral sector and invest massively in agriculture, to put Nigeria on the map, as a major food belt in Africa.

“We will tackle our electricity problem head-on, from generation to transmission and distribution, as we intend to explore other sources of energy without relying on our hydrothermal and gas potential alone.

“Most importantly, on the front burner of our policies, I will champion the cause of peace and unity of our dear country,” he added.

According to him, since good governance precedes development, it has become imperative for him to surround himself with the most qualified and experienced professionals to help pilot the affairs of this great country- Nigeria, in the right direction.

He said that through his array of initiatives, as one who has lived, worked, and employed professionals abroad, particularly in the U.S., he would work with professionals at home and in diaspora to strengthen the nation’s economy.

The New York based Edo born presidential hopeful is the President/Founder of Miracle Center International and Chief Executive Officer of Zoe Homecare Agency and Victory Security Company, Fresh Cleaning Services.

Felix holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies (BBS) Major Concentration in Ministry Leadership & Minor Concentration Pastoral Ministry from Ames Christian University in Florida, USA.

He also holds a Doctorate Degree in Divinity (DD) from CICA International University & Seminary in New York City and currently studying to earn Another Doctorate Degree in Ministry from CICA International University & Seminary in New York City.


PDP lawmaker in Kano State, Ahmad-Gwangwazo defects to APC

The lawmaker representing Kano Municipal Council in the state’s House of Assembly, Salisu Ahmad-Gwangwazo, defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday.

The lawmaker announced his decision in a letter sent to the Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Alhaji Hamisu Chidari in Kano.

The speaker’s spokesman, Malam Uba Abdullahi, said in a statement that Ahmad-Gwangwazo sited fractionalisation in the leadership of the PDP at the state and national levels as reason for his defection.

He stated that in the lawmaker’s letter to the speaker entitled: “Notification of my defection from PDP to APC’’, he submitted that the fractionalisation had made it impracticable for party activities to flourish.

Abdullahi added that Chidari congratulated Ahmad-Gwangwazo for joining the APC and assured him that the party would carry him and his supporters along in all matters.

The speaker further assured that the party runs an all-inclusive system, adding that all party members had stakes in the development of the state.

Abdullahi also quoted the speaker as saying that there were indications that the ruling APC would retain power in the state at the 2023 general elections.

Following Ahmad-Gwangwazo’s defection, the House now has 20 APC lawmakers and 11 for the PDP.


Saraki: APC failed in impeaching me as Senate President becasue…

Former President of the Senate, Sen. Bukola Saraki, has opened up on why the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC government failed in it’s attempt to remove him from office.

Saraki who spoke in Calabar on Tuesday during a consultative forum with the People’s Democratic party,PDP, delegates as well as other party faithfuls said he has capacity to hold people together and this made it impossible for the APC to remove him from office because to him, everyone mattered.

He also explained that there was no office he held that he didn’t leave better than he met it adding that Nigeria needs a seasoned Nigerian who has capacity, experience who can look above sentiment in solving the challenges bedeviling the country.

The ex governor of Kwara state who came to canvas support from PDP delegates ahead of the presidential primaries scheduled for May 2022 assured Nigerian that he was prepared and capable to lead the country into a better future if given the opportunity to lead.

His words:” I will lead Nigeria into a better future if given the opportunity to serve, never in the history of our great country have we seen the level of Insecurity, disunity like this.

“We are inching into a failing state, cost of living has skyrocketed, unemployment is high, we don’t have the luxury to let emotion define who leads us today. We don’t have the luxury of saying I will vote for him because we speak thesame language or we practice thesame religion, Nigeria needs a president who is a team player.

“I have all round experience having served in the executive as governor and in the legislature bas a Senator and rise to become the Senate President leading over 100 Senators , I have also succeed in the private sector , economically I am sound and I have what it takes to lead the country .

“I will leave Nigeria a better country than I met it, if given the opportunity to serve. As we speak, Nigeria spends 80 percent of its revenue to service debt , there is no way we can develop as a country with this kind of indices.

“Nigeria has a bright future , Nigerians must go for the best , we must set aside all sentiment, our challenge are biting us hard without minding our religion or ethnicity I will lead from the front.

I have held people together before in the Senate ,the reason their ploy to remove failed I related very well with my colleagues, people I worked with even in such a hostile environment, I stood my ground they wanted to borrow, we need a president who can afford to hold everyone together as well as stand his ground on the right policies that will move us forward.

“Also, I will increase gas production in Nigeria and bring my wealth of experience in business and private sector to bear especially in agriculture and other sectors of the economy, to create wealth, you must have the knowledge, certificate for skill acquisition and entrepreneurship .I can assure you that we must include young people as ministers in our government,” he said,” he said.


N100m APC Nomination Form: Buhari’s minister reveals plan to raise fund

Following heavy criticism from Nigerians about the expensive price of the APC nomination forms, a member of President Muhammadu Buhari cabinet has disclosed how to sort out himself.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said he had planned to spend N50 million on the presidential nomination forms ahead of the 2023 general elections.

His plans were, no doubt, disrupted after the All Progressives Congress (APC) pegged the price for presidential forms at N100 million. He, however, said his ‘supporters’ will raise the money.

The party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) had on Wednesday, fixed the cost of its interest form at N30 million and the nomination form at N70 million.

A 50 per cent discount was, however, approved for candidates less than 40 years and free tickets for women and persons living with disabilities.

While many Nigerians have condemned the party for the “outrageous” prices, the party defended its decision and said Nigerians make enough money to afford it.

Mr Ngige, who joined the presidential race two days ago, said he will not “crucify” his party for putting the price for presidential nomination forms at N100 million.

He said this during an interview Channels TV on Thursday night.

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“It does not matter whether I am happy with the price or not. That is what my party NEC fixed, I won’t crucify them,” he said.

The presidential hopeful also attempted to justify the party’s decision regarding the price of forms.

The price, he said, was placed so because, after elections, many candidates fail to contribute to the party. This is even as he commended the party for providing ‘discounts’ for the youth.

When asked by the anchor of the programme, Seun Okinbaloye, if he is willing to raise N100 million and purchase the form, Mr Nigige bragged about having supporters who would willingly do so.

“…I was budgeting N50 million…I have supporters, don’t worry about me. They will contribute.”

While he admitted that the race for the party’s presidential ticket will be a tough one, the minister was convinced that “the best man will win.”

On his ambition, Mr Ngige assured that if elected, he would approve state police.

He aims to achieve this by bringing policing to “every hamlet” and “every local government.”

Although President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nationa Assembly had rejected state police in the recent Constitution amendment, Mr Ngige said “he likes it and it will work.”

The APC has announced that the sale of forms will commence on April 23.

So far, about 10 aspirants have declared interest to be the flag bearer of the party for the 2023 general elections.

They include ex-Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Mr Ngige.

Others are Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, his counterpart in Ebonyi, Dave Umahi, former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and others.


APC high cost of nomination forms will disenfranchise Nigerians- PDP, NNPP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the All Progressives Congress (APC) high cost for nomination and expression of interest forms for elective positions for 2023 has disenfranchised many Nigerians.

The PDP National Chairman, Sen. Iyorchia Ayu stated this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja

The APC has pegged its nomination fees for president for N100 million, Governor for 50 million, Senate-N20 million, House of Representatives- N10 million, and State House of Assembly – two million naira.

Ayu in a statement by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Simon Imobo-Tswam, said such price did not take into factor the economy situation and the suffering of Nigerians.

Ayu added that the price did not also reflect APC’s preaching for “Equal Opportunity”.

“This has disenfranchised thousands of Nigeria youths, and dashed the hopes of millions of Nigerian youths, who applauded signing of the Not Too Young To Run Bill into law in 2018.

“It is most insensitive, and mind-boggling. In fact, all those buying the N100m and N50m nomination forms should be investigated for suspected fraud.

“We, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are different. We are a mass movement for the Nigerian people. This is why our nomination fees are soft and democratic,” Ayu said.

Similarly, the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Agbo Major, has described the APC nomination forms fees for 2023 general elections as outrageous.

Major said that the fees were unfair, unjust, despicable and insensitive to the plights of Nigerians

He said selling forms to the highest bidder, would encourage godfatherism.

“It will shut out patriotic and resourceful aspirants particularly women, youth and those with disability to continue its infamous recycling of retired and tired party stalwarts with no agenda for a better Nigeria.

He also called on anti-graft agencies of the country to thoroughly investigate the source of income of any person who purchases the party nomination form.

“ This is the only way the nation’s electoral process will be sanitised of money politics that has imposed clueless leaders on the populace.

“The consequence is the lingering political upheavals, insecurity, economic depression, moral decadence, religious disharmony and ethnic division across the country.”

Agbo called on Nigerians to rally support for NNPP in the 2023 general elections


Nomination forms: APC fixes presidential for N100m, governorship N50m

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has fixed N100 million as the price for its expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for the 2023 presidential election.

The decision was taken during the recent emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja today April 20.

The party pegged the price of nomination forms for Governorship, Senate, and House of Representatives positions at N50 million, N20 million, and N10 million, respectively.

The party announced that the sale of forms starts on Saturday, April 23rd.

Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, the national publicity secretary, Felix Morka, said the party’s nomination form would go for N70 million while expression of interest forms would go for N30 million.

Opposing an earlier announcement by the party’s national women leader, Betta Edu, that the women will get free forms, Morka said women are entitled to free nomination forms but will pay for their expression of interest forms.


2023: Again, Buhari cautions APC leadership against imposing unpopular candidates

President Muhammadu Buhari has again cautioned leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at both national and state levels against imposing unpopular candidates as the 2023 general election approaches.

The president gave the warning at the 11th meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday in Abuja.

He also enjoined the leadership to always follow due process in all the party processes as well as to develop more mechanisms against corruption.

“I enjoin you all to follow due process in all the party processes and more importantly to develop more mechanisms against corruption.

“I call on all party members to abide by all extant laws, rules, and regulations and to leaders of our party to avoid imposition of candidates that cannot win popular elections.

“This dictatorial behavior cost us many strategic seats in the past. In the recent past this led to some of our strong members unfortunately opting to go elsewhere because of unfairly oppressive behavior of party leaders at state level.

“I must caution strongly against any tendency towards developing cliques, in–fighting within the party.

“We want to win well not succumb to factions on account of personal acerbities and desire to retain control at all costs. That surely is not the road to win,’’ he said.

The president also told new members of the National Working Committee (NWC), which had been delegated powers of NEC for a period, to work towards keeping the party together by creating more room for discussions.

“There’s no time to develop differences among ourselves. We have no time for that,’’ he added

Buhari also warned of tougher security measures in restive parts of the country, review of operations and strategy, reassuring Nigerians that the efforts that resulted in relative peace in South-South, and rescuing of North-East from the hold of terrorists would be ramped up.

According to him, the major security challenges have remained in the North Central and North West, saying, “We are going to be very tough.’’

He added: “I will like us to reflect on what the situation was before we came in. How many Local Government Areas were under the control of terrorists in the North-East?

“In the South-South, we all know what the situation was; now we have relative peace. With the resources at our disposal, we have done very well.

“People are very forgetful. Our main problem now is in the North West and North Central. People are killing one another in these places, what for? We are going to be very tough.’’

On forthcoming general elections in 2023, Buhari urged party members to be more mindful of the pitfalls that led to the ouster of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.

“The PDP thought that only time could remove them, and the time actually came. They thought it was impossible to lose elections,’’ he added.

He said the APC was formed by a merger of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), some members from All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the new PDP, which was a faction of the then ruling party.

“We put together a committee with clear terms of reference on how to remove the PDP from power. The PDP thought it wasn’t going to be possible. But it happened,’’ he said.

The president commended the Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) for offering themselves to serve the party at a critical moment in utmost satisfaction despite all the attendant challenges and for organising the National Convention that produced the NWC.

“I must also sincerely thank all the aspirants for their desire to serve but had to withdraw their aspirations for the over-all interest of our Party. I consider it an honour to my person and an unwavering sacrifice for the unity of our great party as we approach the coming elections.

“I plead with all aspirants who were not elected to put in efforts in support of the leaderships of the Party to achieve our goal of success in the forthcoming elections.

“Furthermore I am pleading with all litigants to withdraw cases against the Party and put faith in party mechanisms.’’

Buhari also congratulated the new National Chairman of APC, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, and the entire NWC members.

“You came in at a critical time and the entire party has a high expectation from you.

“The critical task ahead of you remains to continue to forge the unity of purpose among party members and to keep securing needful compromises in the interest of our great party,’’ he noted.

The president felicitated with party leaders and members for successfully conducting the Ward, Local Government, State Congresses, and the National Convention, in compliance with the Party Constitution.

“I enjoin you all to recognize the place of due process in all our tasks as managers of the party.

“We must develop party in-built mechanisms against corruption. Our success in 2023 will depend more on our capacity to respect our own extant rules, and regulations.

“Now that NEC has vested its powers in NWC for the time being, as requested, and in compliance with the Party Constitution in the overall interest of the Party, I want to assure Mr. Chairman and the entire NWC members of my full support,’’ he said.

In his remark, the APC Chairman appreciated President Buhari for always working for the unity and survival of the party, assuring that the NWC will further unite the party, and ensure victory at the polls.

“We must succeed, failure is not an option,’’ the APC Chairman said.

The NEC meeting was attended by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, other principal officers of the National Assembly, APC governors and state party chairmen.


APC told what to do before June 18 governorship election in Ekiti

A socio-political group, Ado-Ekiti Frontiers, has called on all stakeholders in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to close ranks to ensure the party’s victory at the June 18 governorship election.

The group made the call on Tuesday in an open letter issued in Ado-Ekiti and entitled: “A letter to leaders of APC in Ekiti: Enough is Enough’’, signed by its Coordinator, Sikiru Salami.

The letter addressed to the Gov. Kayode Fayemi, his deputy, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, Speaker, House of Assembly, Hon. Funminiyi Afuye and state Chairman of the party, Mr Paul Omotoso.

It urged the APC not to leave any stone unturned to ensure that the party formed the next government in the state.

The group said progressives were tired of the usual “one-term-in, one-term-out’’ for APC governors in Ekiti since Nigeria returned to democracy.

Salami stressed in the letter that the party should end the trend where the opposition usually took over power from it after only one term of office.

He added that APC must ensure the consolidation of the Gov. Kayode Fayemi-led administration.

“We, members of Ado-Ekiti Frontiers admonish our leaders to step up campaigns to secure victory for our party at the June 18 governorship election.

“We, progressive politicians are tired of the ‘one-term-in, one-term-out’ which has characterised our system since 1999.

“Gov. Fayemi-led administration should break this vicious cycle to sustain the current level of growth and development in the state,’’ Salami charged.

The group noted that due to its closeness to the grassroots, particularly in the Ado-Ekiti metropolis, it had access to certain privileged information from the electorates.

It added that going by the feelers it had received, APC needed to step up its strategy to win the hearts of voters, if it must retain power in 2022 and beyond.

“Our closeness to the grassroots gives us the opportunity to know what the people are saying about our government; we have to do something urgently to change the impression to improve our chances on June 18.

“It has become part of our experience that votes in Ado-Ekiti always determine the winning party in Ekiti since 1999,’’ Salami stated.

He noted that the strategic location of Ado-Ekiti had put the town in a better pedestal to be the determine victory in electoral contests.

“There is, therefore, the need to improve the popularity of our party in Ado-Ekiti, since most of the opinion leaders reside in the capital city,’’ he added.

He noted that in 2003, former Gov. Ayo Fayose used the Ado-Ekiti advantage to dislodge the then Gov. Adeniyi Adebayo.

Fayose used the Ado-Ekiti strategy again to dislodge Gov. Fayemi in 2014, he added.

“Another election is around the corner and the APC should put everything in place to guarantee victory for the party and its candidate, Mr Biodun Oyebanji,’’ he stressed.

Salami suggested that APC must embark on aggressive house-to-house and door-to-door campaign and provide needed infrastructure in Ado-Ekiti to entice voters.

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APC should be ashamed of damage done to Nigeria – Dele Momodu

A presidential hopeful, Dele Momodu, has stated that members of the ruling All Progressives Congress should be ashamed of the damage they have done to the country.

He stated that they can’t be rescued from the judgment of God for plunging the country and its people into unprecedented misery and penury.

He lamented the gross incompetence and ineptitude of the current administration which he said was exceptionally high on promises but abysmally low on deliverables and performances.

Urging the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party, to make him the party’s flagbearer in the 2023 presidential election, Momodu stated that what Nigeria needs is a fresh leader without all the baggage, misadventure, mishaps and failures of the past.

He said this in a statement issued on Tuesday, titled ‘Dele Momodu Asks APC To Apologise To Nigerians.’

The statement read in part, “Nigeria is at crossroads and things can no longer continue as business as usual. No God-fearing citizen can excuse and readily dismiss the gross incompetence and ineptitude of a ruling government that was exceptionally high on promises but abysmally low on deliverables and performances.

“Nigeria deserves massive apologies from the APC apparatchiks who should be ashamed of the magnitude of damage they have wreaked on our long-suffering nation. No amount of fanciful diction, deceptive sophistry, pedantic casuistry or mendacious demagoguery can rescue them from the judgment of God for plunging our country and its people into unprecedented misery and penury.

“I’m working hard and praying that our esteemed Party, PDP, and its members, most especially our super delegates, would resist all temptations from highest bidders and put country above pecuniary expectations, and deem it fit to give me the ticket to represent our Party at the forthcoming 2023 General Elections.

“We must demonstrate to Nigerians, and the world at large, that we are ready to offer our people a fresh beginning in a new world order propelled by education and knowledge.”

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Gospel singer and Ekwueme crooner, Osinachi Nwachukwu, dies at 42

Popular gospel singer, Sister Osinachi Nwachukwu, has died after battling an undisclosed ailment.

The Ekwueme singer who has been on life support for the past two months died in an Abuja-based hospital on Friday April 8.

Sister Sinach who is known for her angelic voice is popular for the track, Ekwueme.

She was 42 years old. She is survived by her husband and four children.

May her soul rest in peace, Amen.


Buni presents new APC Chairman to Buhari

Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe and immediate past interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has formally presented the new National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu, to President Muhammadu Buhari.

FELLOW PRESS reports that Adamu, who emerged as the new Chairman of the APC at the 2022 National Convention of the party, was officially introduced to the president since his election on March 26.

Adamu emerged as the consensus candidate of the party after six other aspirants stepped down.

Buhari had on March 27 congratulated the Abdullahi Adamu-led 79-member National Executive Committee of the APC that emerged at the March 26 national convention of the party.

According to the president, the unity of members at the convention puts the party on a firmer footing for victory at the 2023 general elections.


Focus energy on governorship election for now, chairman tells APC members in Ekiti

Mr Paul Omotosho, chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti, has appealed to members to campaign solely for the June 18 gubernatorial election in the state rather than jostling for other elective positions.

Omotosho said that winning the governorship election would serve as the pedestal to win other elective positions in the state.

“Mr Biodun Oyebanji is our governorship candidate and we must ensure victory for him at the election. It is important that we all come together and work for him.

“Any member aspiring for any other elective position must first work for the victory of our flag bearer at the governorship poll since that is the only way the party can attain other heights in Ekiti politics,’’ the chairman said.

He was addressing a stakeholders’ meeting held in Ado-Ekiti to review the outcome of the March 26 national convention of the party.

Members from the 16 local government areas of the state attended the meeting where the chairman lauded them for their commitment to party activities.

His charge was made known on Wednesday at Ado-Ekiti in a statement issued by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Segun Dipe.

Omotosho enjoined members to be more determined to ensure that the party emerged victorious at the June 18 election.

He also charged members, especially political appointees, to return to their wards and be actively involved in the campaign by providing both moral and financial support for canvassers.

Speaking at the meeting, Gov. Kayode Fayemi observed that members had more than enough issues to campaign with, considering the number of projects executed by his administration.

Fayemi said that the party’s continuity agenda was sustainable and should be the bedrock of the coming campaign.

Dipe stated that other matters discussed at the meeting were the flag-off of the governorship campaign, and how to embark on “house-to-house’’ canvassing for votes that would begin soon.

Sixteen out of the 18 recognised political parties will contest the election according to a list released in March by INEC.


APC Ghana seeks establishment of diaspora office at party’s national secretariat

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Ghana chapter, has urged the Sen. Abdullahi Adamu-led new leadership of the party to establish a diaspora office at APC national headquarters in Abuja.

The Chairman of the party in Ghana, Mr Oghenosa Micheleti said on Sunday that the new office should be headed by a National Executive Committee (NEC) approved Diaspora Chapter Chairman.

Micheleti, Treasurer of APC Diaspora Chairmen Committee and member of the APC National Convention Sub Committee on Diplomats, Diaspora Members, Observers, Volunteers & Essential Personnel (DDOVE), said the diaspora office would ensure cohesion and regularisation of members of the party in the diaspora.

He lauded the APC for a successful convention, pointing out that the rancour free convention was a huge plus for Nigeria’s image abroad.

“We rejoice in the diaspora because against all odds, the March 26 APC national convention was a huge success.

“As a ruling party, the APC convention was monitored by international powers and organisations and shows that Nigeria’s democracy has come to stay.

” Some people thought that with the subtle disagreements in the build up to the convention that it will be marred by violence. But it ended in peace.’

The APC Ghana chairman reiterated the loyalty of the chapter to the party, its leadership and to the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.

“We laud President Buhari for the role he played in ensuring that the convention was smooth without violence.

” While we congratulate the new leadership of the APC , we wish to also commend the Gov. Mai Mala Buni led caretaker committee for the success of the convention.

“We also wish to laud Rep. Ahmed Idris Wase, Deputy Speaker and chairman, the DDOVE sub committee, and the Executive Director of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) Dr Abike Dabiri -Erewa for the love she showered on the committee to make their job smooth and successful.”

Micheleti, however, urged all members of the APC in Nigeria and diaspora to close ranks and support the leadership to work for the success of the party in the build up to the 2023 general elections.

“We in Ghana are fully ready to support our party.”


National Convention: Buhari hosts APC Chairmanship aspirants

President Muhammadu Buhari has met behind closed door with all All Progressives Congress Chairmanship aspirants of the party during its forthcoming National Convention on March 26.

Mr Sunday Aghaeze, the Personal Assistant to the President (Photography), confirmed this development in pictorial reports late Wednesday evening.

The aspirants were led by the Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Committee (CECC), Mai Mala Buni.

Affected aspirants included Sen. George Akume, Sen. Tanko Al-makura, Sen. Sani Musa, Se. Abdullahi Adamu, Mohammed Saidu-Estu, Abdulaziz Yari and Ali Modu.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and the Chief of staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari also attended the meeting of the president with the aspirants.

The president had earlier met behind closed doors with governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the forthcoming National Convention of the party, slated for March 26.

The governors were led to the meeting by the Chairman of the Interim Committee of the party and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

However, the Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, who is also the Governor of Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu, spoke to State House correspondents at the end of tge meeting.

According to Bagudu, the governors have resolved to support whoever the president supports at the convention.

Bagudu also disclosed that the governors agreed to support any process that would lead to a consensus.

Buhari had last month said he was in favour of the consensus mode for selecting candidates for the party’s national positions.

He had urged the governors to explore the option of consensus.


Consensus Arrangement: APC vice chairmanship aspirant vows never to step down

Mr Yusuf Elaigwu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) vice chairmanship aspirant, North Central, has vowed never to step down for any other aspirants irrespective of any consensus arrangement.

Elaigwu made the vow while speaking with newsmen after purchasing the N5 million expression of interest form on Monday in Abuja.

He said that he had made enough sacrifices for the party before now, especially by stepping down for other aspirants as a way of loyalty to the party.

He however said that this time around, he would not toe that path, adding that he would want the party to also support his quest to serve the APC.

“I have been a loyal member of the party and I have done that before by stepping down and I think this time around the party should give me that consideration.

“The party should also ask others to step down for me because this time there is no stepping down,” he said.

The vice chairmanship aspirant said that the position needed someone “that is vibrant, young and with energy bearing in mind the crisis rocking the party.’’

He said that with his youthful energy, effort and resources as young person, he would be able to remedy and salvage the current crisis in the party.

He said that as a young aspirant in his 40s, he would be able to interact with elderly ones, adding that it was high time the young ones were considered for critical roles in party politics.

“We need to look at electioneering year; it is about youths and women, so when a young person is in a position, I can assure you that we will mobilise and remobilise for the party.’’

Elaigwu said that he had no doubt that the APC would be more disposed to a younger candidate, adding that the party needed more mobilisation, unity and more membership.

He said he would ensure that the party coasted home to victory in 2023.

“If I emerge as the vice chairman, I will go into serious consultation and reconciliation to ensure the party is victorious in every nooks and cranny of the region.’’

He promised to ensure that all aggrieved members had the opportunity to be heard even if their problem could not be solved, they would be given a listening ear.

He said that one of the problems bedeviling “is that the people are not being given listening ear by the party.

NAN reports that the National Convention of APC will hold on March 26, in Abuja.


I’ll be APC transformational leader – Sen. Musa

An APC National Chairmanship aspirant, Sen. Sani Musa, has declared his readiness to be a transformational leader if elected at the party’s forthcoming national convention on March 26.

A statement from his Media Aide, Nasir Mohammed, said in Abuja on Saturday that Musa made the assertion while submitting his completed nomination and expression of interest forms at the headquarters of the party in Abuja, on Friday.

Musa, one of the aspirants for the top party job is the incumbent senator representing Niger East Senatorial District.

Answering questions from reporters at the event, the frontline chairmanship aspirant espoused the need for a generational shift in the leadership trajectory of the party, as well as in key areas of governance .

He said the larger section of the leadership ecosystem requires injection of a new vision, new ideas and new strategies.

“Nigeria is at crossroads of delayed progress in our race to greatness as a nation because there are yawning gaps in areas needing transformation,” Musa said.

According to Mohammed, the aspirant spoke with conviction and confidence that he will become the next APC chair.

“Sen. Sani Musa believes that providing APC transformational leadership, if elected, will enhance the chances of the nation benefiting from such proposition and such an opportunity,” the media aide, pointed out.

It could be recalled that Musa is among the three aspirants who had submitted their forms for the March 26 convention.

Mohammed added that the huge crowd that accompanied Musa to submit his forms showed the optimism of the younger generation.

“They seemed to overwhelmingly support a young , intelligent and upwardly mobile aspirant and it would not be unusual to say the senator from Niger has the momentum in his favour,” he added.

“I am requesting for the endorsement of the 80 per cent youths that make up the 42 million registered members of the party.

“This is because you know I am one of you and will represent you well,” the aspirant appealed to the party members nationwide.


APC Convention: Committee inspect venue, assures delegates of security

The committee on the venue, decorations and site servicing for the All Progressive Congress (APC) forthcoming convention, has visited the proposed venue, Eagle Square, Abuja, as part of preparations for the event.

The chairman of the commitee, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau speaking after inspecting the venue on Friday in Abuja, said it would begin erecting of structures for the convention.

“We are preparing the venue for the convention. There was science and technology exhibition which was concluded today, by tomorrow we will start putting our structures.

“We want to ensure that the security inspect the place and to guarantee that there is adequate security for all delegates and everybody that is coming here,” he said .

He said his committee had engaged with relevant stakeholders and organisations to ensure that the venue and associated services were put in place for delegates and officials during the convention.

Lalong said the committee was working in synergy with the committees on security, and election to ensure proper cordination of delegates and the electoral processes .

The APC convention is scheduled for March 26.


Court vacates order stopping APC National Convention

An FCT High Court in Kubwa on Friday vacated an interlocutory injunction earlier granted stopping the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention from holding.

Malam Salisu Umoru dragged APC, the Chairman Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Gov. Mai Mala Buni and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the court to challenge the planned convention.

Justice Bello Kawu vacated the interlocutory order made on Nov. 18, following the defence counsel, Shuaibu Aruwa, SAN’s application for the court to set it aside.

Kawu vacated the order relying on the recent Supreme Court decision which held that a party member does not have the right to take the party to court.

He however adjourned the case until March 30 for hearing of the substantive suit.

Aruwa had moved a motion seeking the setting aside of the interlocutory order and striking out the suit on want of jurisdiction.

He said the application was supported by a five paragraph affidavit and a written address and adopted all the processes, praying the court to grant them in the interest of justice.

The defence counsel added that the claimant counsel, Mike Enaharo-Ebah did not file any process to counter his application.

In response, Enaharo-Ebah said Aruwa served him on March 11 and his seven days had not relapsed adding that his right to respond in line with the rules of the court had been shut out.

He however asked the court to reconsider an application to adjourn in other for him to file counter affidavits.

Aruwa in response said he served the claimant since March 9 through the former claimant counsel, F.O. Ekpa adding that the seven days elapsed on March 16.

Earlier, Enaharo-Ebah moved a motion dated March 10 pursuant to order 43 rule 1 of the rules of the court, seeking an order of the court setting aside the hearing notices of parties of this suit seeking abridgement of time of March 15 against March 30 for hearing.

” The second prayer is an order of the court setting aside every step taken by the APC and Buni for the fixing of March 26 for its convention.

” Third is setting aside every committee inaugurated by the APC and the report of such committees including any notice of purported notice of INEC.

“The application is supported by a five paragraph affidavit and one exhibit attached, which is the order of the court made on Nov. 18, 2021 restraining APC from proceeding with its convention pending the determination of the suit, ” he said.

Enaharo-Ebah said he filed a written address dated March 10 and rely on it as his argument, urging the court to grant his application.

In response Aruwa said he filed a five paragraph counter affidavit and relied on all the paragraphs attached is a letter written by APC and Buni, communicating the former claimant counsel and himself.

He said they agreed that their application would be taken either on March 14 or March 15 and was endorsed by the former counsel.

” The application for review of date is not strange it was agreed between me and the former counsel, ” Aruwa said.

The counsel to INEC, Alhassan Umar, SAN,aligned himself to aruwa’s submission and referred the court to order 43 rule 8 of the rules of the court adding that the change of date was based on terms agreed by parties.

The convention is scheduled to hold on March 26, 2022.


Bello briefs Buni on APC Convention

Governor Mohammed Bello of Niger on Friday visited his Yobe counterpart, Mai Mala Buni and Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).

In a statement by Buni’s Director General, Press and Media Affairs, Alhaji Mamman Mohammed in Damaturu, said that Bello led other CECPC members to welcome Buni from his medical trip in United Arab Emirates.

Bello, who was the Acting Chairman, CECPC, during Buni’s absence, said the committee visited Buni to brief him on affairs of the party while he (Buni) was away.

He said based on the transmission of power to him by Buni, the committee had commenced the process of the March 26 convention in earnest.

Responding, Buni commended Members of the committee for the support and cooperation extended to Bello while he (Buni) was away.

He assured that the March 26 convention date remained sacrosanct and solicited for support from all party members for a successful convention.

Buni commended members of the committee for their commitment to the ideals of the party and spirit of teamwork for the success of the party come 2023 general elections.


Al Makura solicits Reps’ support on APC chairmanship

Sen. Tanko Al Makura, one of the Chairmanship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has solicited for the support of the party’s caucus at the House of Representatives toward actualising his dream.

Al Makura said this when he visited the caucus on Thursday in Abuja.

“I will ensure internal party democracy and equity, justice and fairness. I will promote gender and youth aspiration. My leadership will be inclusive,” he said.

He promised to pay special attention to the vulnerable and people living with disabilities.

Al Makura said that he was privileged to be a member of the merger committee that led to the formation of APC from the Congress of Political Change (CPC).

“I have seen a lot of alliances, but never in the history of merger have we seen one like that of the legacy parties that formed the APC,” he said.

He said that the legacy parties were all focused and determined to succeed, adding that the unity and commitment that led to the merger must be sustained.

Deputy Speaker Ahmed Wase, said that the visit showed that Almakura was willing to deepen democracy, saying that the lawmakers would pray for him and wish him well.

He said that Almakura has the quality and capacity to move the APC forward if elected as its chairman.

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Breaking: Buni lauds Gov. Bello for managing APC

Governor Mai Buni of Yobe and Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretake and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), has lauded Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger for effectively managing the party’s affairs in his absence.

Buni, while speaking with newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, said activities at the party’s national secretariat did not stop in his absence because Bello was fully in charge.
He spoke at the end of a closed-door meeting with Bello and some stakeholders of the party at the Yobe Governor’s Lodge.

Buni, who just returned from medical treatment in Dubai, in an earlier statement said he duly transferred leadership of the APC CECPC to the Niger governor before traveling.

“Therefore, all actions and measures taken by the committee under his leadership as Acting Chairman remain effective,’’ he had said.

He called for support and understanding of the party’s members to move it forward to a successful National Convention slated for March 26.

“You know that since I travelled the party has not stopped. His Excellency Gov. Abubakar Bello has done very well in managing the affairs of the party.

“We discuss the issues going forward, we are now at the finishing line in the preparations for our national convention.

“We are putting heads together to achieve this task ahead. I want to emphasise that the March 26 National Convention date is sacrosanct,” Buni said.

On the absence of Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, Secretary of the APC CECPC at the meeting, Buni said it was an informal meeting not a meeting of the committee.

“You know that this is not a formal meeting of the committee, these members of the CECPC just came to welcome me back to the country and wish me well after returning from a medical trip outside the country.

“So, it is not a formal meeting that one will ask whether the secretary is here or not, however, he was in my house earlier today,” Buni said.

On his part, Bello said he had been acting as chairman of CECPC in the last one week, saying that a lot of progress was made towards the party’s forthcoming National Convention within the period.

This, he said, included the inauguration of the party’s State Chairmen, adoption of some of the zoning formula, and some other decisions of the CECPC taken before Buni travelled out of the country.

“I can tell you for free that in the last one week, we have ensured that we are good to go for convention,” Bello stressed.

FELLOW PRESS reports that new national executives were expected to be elected at the party’s national convention to manage its affairs currently being managed by the CECPC.


5 escape as kidnappers abduct 8 in Kwara

No fewer than eight people have been kidnapped between Araromi Opin and Obbo Ile in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara.

A relative of one of the victims, Mr Adekunle Oluwole said on Thursday in Ilorin the incident took place on Wednesday evening.

He also said that five of the eight people involved escaped from the kidnappers.

According to him, the people were returning from the inauguration of Kwara All Progressives Congress (APC) State Executive Committee from Ilorin.

He listed those involved as Mr Daniel Adewuyi, the Isapa Ward Chairman in Ekiti local government area of the state; the Eruku ward Chairman; Women Leader Eruku; Women Leader Obbo Ile, and Chairman Obbo Ile Ward as well as Women Leader Koro ward, and Women Leader Isapa ward, among others.

Oluwole added that the member representing Ekiti Constituency at the state House of Assembly, Mr Ganiyu Abolarin, and the Ekiti local government APC chairman, Mr Wale Awelewa, were at the hospital where some of the victims were rushed after they escaped on Wednesday.

He said some of those attacked by the kidnappers have been released from the hospital after receiving treatment and medical expenses setyled by Abolarin.

He also confirmed that four Hilux vehicles fully loaded with members of the Nigerian Army had been deployed to the area to arrest the kidnappers.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Kwara Command, SP Ajayi Okasanmi, told NAN that he was yet to be briefed about the matter.

Okasanmi however promised to keep the public abreast of developments, which he has not done since afternoon.


BREAKING: Buni reconciles with Bello following Buhari’s order on APC crisis

Governor Mai Buni of Yobe State and his Niger State counterpart, Governor Sani Bello, have reconciled.

This is just as the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says it is working hard to ensure a successful nation convention.

The event will be held on March 26 after postponements and accusations that the leadership was buying time to remain in office.

President Muhammadu Buhari was forced to issue a statement banning further divisive actions and utterances.

As part of peace efforts and reconciliation, Buni and Bello met Thursday night in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

At the Yobe Government Lodge, Buni applauded the CECPC members on the level of preparations towards the convention.

“Since I travelled, the party has not stopped. His Excellency (Bello) has done very well in managing the affairs.

“We are here to discuss the issues going forward. We are now at the finishing line in the preparations for our convention

“We are putting heads together to achieve this task ahead. I want to emphasise that the March 26 (convection date) is sacrosanct.”

Buni, however, clarified that the visit was not a formal meeting of the CECPC.

“CECPC members just came to welcome me back to the country and wish me well after returning from a medical trip”, he clarified.

In his remark, Bello said he had acted as party chairman and that we made lots of progress towards the convention.

He mentioned the inauguration of State Chairmen, adoption of zoning formula for the convention and actions on some decisions CECPC took before Buni left Nigeria.

“I can tell you for free that in the last one week, we have ensured that we are good to go for the national convention”, Bello added.


Court orders INEC to return Stephen Ntukekpo-led Akwa Ibom APC EXCO

A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to return Stephen Ntukekpo as state chairman of Akwa Ibom chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a judgment delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, the court sacked the Augustine Ekanem-led Executive Committee Officers (EXCO) of APC, directing INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to them.

Justice Taiwo held that the inauguration of the Augustine Ekanem-led state EXCO of the party was an act of illegality.

The judge equally ordered the electoral body to issue a Certificate of Return to Uduakobong Peter Udoh and Uko Obonodo Ini as the state’s secretary and woman leader of the party respectively.

He made the declaratory orders while delivering judgment in the suit brought against the party, members of the National Caretaker Committee and INEC.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/635/2021 was filed by Stephen Ntukepo, Uduakobong Udoh and Uko Obonodo Ini.

They listed the APC, Governor Mai Mala Buni (National Chairman Caretaker/Extra ordinary Convention Planning Committee of APC); Sen. John Akpanudoedehe (Secretary caretaker/Extra ordinary conventional planning committee of the APC) and the INEC as 1st to 4th defendants respectively.

Taiwo declared the plaintiffs as the dully and democratically elected State Executive Committee Officers (EXCO) of the party in Akwa Ibom.

The court agreed with the submission of counsel to the plaintiffs, Umeh Kalu, SAN.

Citing the provisions of Section 223(1) (a) of the 1999 Constitution, Section 85 (3) of the Electoral Act 2010, Article 20 of the APC Constitution and the guidelines for the conduct of the APC state, he said, the defendants cannot refuse to recognise the plaintiffs who were dully elected at the APC Akwa-Ibom congress which held in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state on Oct. 16, 2021, as members of the state’s Executive Committee of the APC.

He held that the act of the defendants to replace the plaintiffs who were dully and democratically elected at the party’s state congress, with unelected persons was null and void.

“That the purported substitution of the plaintiffs as members of the Akwa-Ibom State Executive Committee of the APC, with unelected persons chosen by the 1st to 3rd defendants, and, who did not participate at the state congress of the party held on Oct.16, 2021 is unlawful and illegal,” he said.

Taiwo ordered the INEC to deal with only the plaintiffs and no other persons in any form or guise as the dully and democratically elected members of the Akwa-Ibom EXCO of the APC.

He also made “an order restraining the 1st to 3rd defendants or whosoever, however, named from interfering with the functions of the plaintiffs as members of the state EXCO of the APC.”

The judge said that “for our democracy to grow, our constitution must serve as a red card to anyone who wants to derail it to satisfy his personal interest.”

He said that a political party cannot be allowed to act or conduct itself against its own constitution.


Umahi’s sack order: You can’t get certificate of return, Ebonyi APC tells PDP

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot get the certificate of return for the governor from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The state Chairman of APC, Chief Stanley Okoro-Emegha, said this on Wednesday while briefing newsmen on the party’s position on the political impasse in the state.

FELLOW PRESS recalls that the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on March 8 ordered David Umahi to vacate office as governor for defecting from PDP to APC.

The court, presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo, ruled that PDP should submit the names of its governorship and deputy governorship candidates to INEC or that the body should conduct another governorship election in the state.

But Okoro-Emegha described the PDP’s agitation for the certificate as “funny”, saying the names they submitted never participated in the election.

“Section 285 (13) of the Constitution and the amended Electoral Laws of 2010 and 2022, including all known cases of the Appeal and Supreme Courts’ decision are apt on this issue.

“They made it clear that one cannot benefit, sue or be sued for an election he or she did not participate in as candidate.

“It is childish for the PDP to be requesting for the certificate of return from INEC without regard to the Abakaliki Court order on the issue,” Okoro-Emegha said.

He urged the public not to be deceived, saying that APC had appealed against Ekwo’s judgment and notice of the appeal and stay of execution served on PDP.

“Ebonyi government is stable and all projects and programmes are ongoing and will never stop.

“Ebonyi people are requested to be calm and vigilant and are assured that justice is already at hand,” the party chieftain said.

Reacting to APC’s position, the PDP state chairman told NAN that PDP was right to demand the gubernatorial certificate of return from INEC.

“A court of competent jurisdiction ordered that the certificate of return be given to us and this was not an interlocutory injunction,” he said.


Purported APC NEC Meeting cancelled

The planned National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been cancelled.
Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) made the disclosure on Wednesday in Abuja.

“As directed by the National Chairman of APC CECPC and Gov. of Yobe, Mai Mala Buni, a purported emergency meeting of the party’s NEC slated for Thursday, March 17, 2022 is hereby cancelled,” he said.

Buni was reported to have been in a meeting with President Muhammad Buhari in London where the president called for unity among the party’s members and governors whom he asked to support the Buni-led APC CECPC.

Buhari had also called on APC governors to stop further utterances that could lead to disunity in the party ahead of its March 26 National Convention.

A statement by the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, quoted a letter personally signed by the president and addressed to Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi who is also the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF).

The letter was also copied to the Acting Chairman of the APC CECPC Gov. Abubakar Bello, the Director General of the DSS as well as the Inspector General of Police.

In the letter, the president said the multiplicity of cases currently rocking the party had the prospect of invalidating the activities and actions of the party by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)


APC, trusted vehicle to keep victory of 2019 – AbdulRazaq

Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara says the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) remains the trusted vehicle to keep the victory of 2019.

AbdulRazaq also said on Wednesday in Ilorin that no patriot will leave the party.

The governor spoke at the inauguration of Mr Sunday Fagbemi-led APC State Executive Committee at the Banquet Hall of the Government House.

AbdulRazaq told the mammoth crowd that the people of the state had “resolved not to ever hand the reins of government to wandering wolves and their allies”.

FELLOW PRESS reports that the inauguration was attended by the crème de la crème of the ruling APC, including Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi.

Other dignitaries were the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr Yakubu Salihu; state and National Assembly members; cabinet members; members of statutory commissions and other critical stakeholders of the party.

The governor said no true progressive would leave the party under which Kwara was fast regaining its lost glory, adding that whatever disagreements among brothers can always be resolved if those involved are committed to the growth of the state.

“Today represents a new beginning for our party in Kwara State. I congratulate all members of the new state executive committee. Let me remind you that this position is a trust.

“You now carry the mandate of over 400,000 members of APC in Kwara State to lead us to another victory,” Abdulrazaq said, drawing applause from the huge crowd.

“You are coming on board at a crucial moment. No genuine progressive, whatever the disagreements, will sabotage the collective resolve of the people of Kwara state to solidify the victory of 2019 in 2023.

“From basic education, healthcare delivery, provision of water, infrastructural development and access to the rural areas, prudent management of resources, gender inclusion and youths empowerment, safety net for the poor and welfare of workers, the Otoge administration can only beat its own excellent record. We can do more.

“What is certain is that Kwara people will never again hand the reins of government to the wandering wolves and their allies.

“So, together with the government, you have a duty to mobilise the people of Kwara on this just struggle to keep the till from those who perpetrated mindless pilfering of public properties and brought the state on its kneel.

“We will continue to work on our aggrieved brothers to see beyond personal ambitions and sheath their swords. They are always welcome to the house we built together.

“Our differences are not irreconcilable, if it is all about the development of Kwara state.”

The Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi congratulated the new party officials for standing by the administration of AbdulRazaq.

He also urged them to work in unison for the development of the party and the state.

On his part, the Speaker commended the unity and massive turnout at the event.

Salihu enjoined the new officials to go back to their respective wards and local governments to unite and encourage them to obtain permanent voters card ahead of the 2023 poll.

Sen. Lola Ashiru also congratulated the new leadership of the party and party men and women for their support.

He said the massive turnout explained the turnaround of different sectors by the administration of AbdulRazaq in just two years.

Inaugurating the officials, the state APC Chairman, Mr Sunday Fagbemi, charged party faithfuls to make discipline their watchword, and ensure that they work for unity and victory of the party in the coming general elections.

He also enjoined those aspiring for political offices to pursue their ambition with all sense of decorum and sportsmanship, adding that the party will continue to reconcile the aggrieved members and work as a team.

“In view of these positive developments in the state, all that is left is for us to put our house in order,” he said, after reeling out sector-by-sector achievements of the APC administration in the state.

“Putting our house in order cannot happen without discipline within the party. We will therefore begin by ensuring that there is discipline within the party.

“The party shall also embark on genuine reconciliation to win back our aggrieved members into the party. We shall not relent in our effort to unite the party and match collectively to 2023 to deliver victory for APC.”

Fagbemi noted that the government was doing a lot in preparing the youths for a better future and also giving them responsibilities and empowerment to achieve that goal.

He said AbdulRazaq had achieved much in the areas of school infrastructure, healthcare service, road network and human capital development, commending the transparent manner the government conducted the recent TESCOM/SUBEB teachers’ recruitment.

“We will disagree to agree, fight and mend fences, sometimes spit in our respective faces; then help each other clean it up again.

“This is the nature of human interactions and we went through all these processes before God finally crowned our efforts through our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019,” he added.

The new chairman therefore called on the aggrieved party members to unite and be one another’s brothers.


APC woos aggrieved members in Kwara

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara has embarked on a reconciliation strategy to woo back all aggrieved members of the party.

The state Chairman of the party, Mr Sunday Fagbemi, said this on Wednesday at the inauguration of the new APC state executives in Ilorin.

Fagbemi assured members of the party of his readiness to reconcile all the aggrieved members of the party.

According to him, efforts are ongoing to woo the aggrieved members for a team work and party progress.

“We are a big family as a party. We will not relent in our efforts to unite the party. No room for division.

“We will instill discipline within the party and put our house in order to avoid any crack before the 2023 elections.

“We want to deliver victory for APC across board and not only in Kwara,” he said.

The chairman advised party aspirants to embark on their ambition with sense of decorum and sportsmanship.

“Let us play politics with maturity and as well shun do-or-die politicking. Don’t castigate anybody all in the name of campaign.

“Learn how to accept the outcome and play politics with sense of responsibility,” he said.

Fagbemi also advised aspirants and the new officials to emulate the leadership qualities of Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

He described the governor as a humble and mature leader, who always focus on work and not to play politics with the life of his people.

Fagbemi added that Kwara has witnessed tremendous change and transformation in all sectors since the assumption of AbdulRazaq in 2019.

He pointed out the level of development in the areas of infrastructures and education sector where the state has become the envy of the world.

“Gov. AbdulRazaq has changed the story of Kwara for good. We can see road projects, schools renovation, health sectors and the economy boom in the state.

“Gov. AbdulRazaq is committed to better the life of the masses. He is planning to do more and will never get tired,” he said.

FELLOW PRESS reports that the new party executives were sworn in by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Joseph Ashaolu.

Political bigwigs and APC chieftains in the state were present at the inauguration programme.


APC chairmanship: Forum endorses Abudulahi Adamu as candidate

The All Progressives Congress (APC) New Generation Forum has endorsed Sen. Abudulahi Adamu as its candidate for the party’s next national chairmanship position ahead of its national convention slated for March 26.

Mr Charles Ibiang, the forum’s National Co-ordinator made this known at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.

Ibiang said that the choice of Adamu was the best option for the party at the moment because of his outstanding qualities and experience.

“It is in this disposition that we recommend Sen. Abdullahi Adamu to President Muhammadu Buhari for endorsement as the next national chairman of APC.

“We do same for all the respected and highly revered leaders of our great party; and all party members across the federation.

“As a loyal pressure group within the party, we shall not relent in our nationwide campaign, consultation and advocacy till this lofty objective is actualised,” Ibiang said.

He expressed optimism that the emergence of Adamu as APC next national chairman would enhance stability within the party and reposition it for resounding victories at all levels, come 2023 general elections.

“As we gradually move towards the 2023 general elections, the APC needs to assemble the best of minds under the most competent and experienced national chairman.’’

Ibiang expressed happiness that many good and highly capable personalities had shown interest to shoulder the burden of the office of the party’s national chairman.

“It is therefore not surprising that reaching a decision as to who to choose is somewhat difficult for many party members.

“However, it is now a matter of the best amongst equals or best of the best.

“For us at the APC New Generation Forum, we have been tirelessly analysing the pedigree of each of the contestants.

“However, the matter became automatically settled and the riddle solved immediately the one they call the bridge – Sen. Abudulahi Adamu emerged on the scene,” he said.

According to Ibiang, Sen. Adamu stands out among other aspirants in the race.

He said this was because of his impeccable character, an enigmatic personality and philosophical leader, “who possesses vast experience spanning across the three arms of government’’.

He said as a lawyer, Adamu was very knowledgeable in legal matters and law pertaining to electoral jurisprudence, adding that he had been in politics since his student days as an activist.

Ibiang said Adamu, who was a former governor of Nasarawa state, was considered as the choice of the young leaders in the APC.

He said this was because he was one of the few political leaders in the country that had actively participated in the politics of the youth and student constituencies.

“In spite of where he is today, he has deliberately refused to disconnect from the root, like most politicians do when are elevated in statute by providence.

“Adamu, the Turakin Keffi, has an observable track record of achievements with the Midas touch, as everything he engages in or associates with becomes productive, profitable and progressive.

“In business, politics or family testimony of successes abounds around him,” Ibiang said.

He recalled that at the commencement of the 4th Republic, Adamu successfully conducted the affairs of Nasarawa state as its first civilian governor for eight years.

According to him, Adamu’s record as governor in terms of development of the state remained unmatched.

“Presently, he is a two-term ranking Senator and the longest serving chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, this is an outstanding pedigree to bring to the office of the national chairman of the APC,” Ibiang.

The APC national convention had been slated for March 26, to elect new national executives to manage the party’s affairs is presently being managed by its Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee.

The party’s chairmanship position had been zoned to the North Central by its leadership where Adamu hails from.


Let’s reconcile, unite – Plateau APC chief to party members

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau, Mr Rufus Bature, has urged members of the party to reconcile with one another and unite for the party to remain in power in 2023.

Bature stated this on Monday in Jos at the formal inauguration of the State Executive Committee of the party.
The State Executive Committee of the party was elected through consensus on the 16th of Oct. 16, 2021 but has yet to be officially inaugurated.

The chairman who was earlier sworn-in at APC National Secretariat, noted that there were challenges bedeviling the party.

“If you know you have wrong any member of our party, please go and make amend with that person, ensure such members are back to us.

“If we don’t reconcile and unite, we are sitting on a keg of gun powder and if we are allow it to explode, we will all loose.

“In the next election, we must reconcile, unite and fight as if we are not incumbent, if we must remain in power,” he emphasised.

He charged members of the committee to work hard to win the vacant seat at the Plateau State House of Assembly.
Bature said that the seat became vacant after the member representing state constituency won the Jos North Bassa Federal Constituency by-election.

“We must work very hard to clinch the forthcoming Irigwe/Rukuba State Constituency by-election into our fold,” he said.

The Oath Commissioner, Mr Stephen Abaa, warned the members of APC committee against working contrary to APC by-laws and the 1999 Constitution.

The State Publicity Secretary of APC in Plateau, Mr Slyvanus Namang, appreciated members of the party supporting and standing by the leadership of the party in the state.

Namang said that the official inauguration of the committee ended the rumours making the rounds that the committee is illegal.


Oyedepo declares interest in Kwara South senatorial seat

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, has declared interest to contest for the Kwara South senatorial seat in 2023.

Oyedepo, a lawyer, made his intention known on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin.

“I want to pick the Senate seat of the Kwara South senatorial district. I want to displace people who are there now, especially, the one from the south, Sen. Lola Ashiru.

“I want him to start to pack his load. By the grace of God, I shall win. I am prepared for the contest, fully prepared,” Oyedepo said.

The party chieftain said he was interested in the senate seat to do things better than those that have gone there.

“I have antecedent that I can rely on. I am more qualified than any of them that have been there before,” he said.

Oyedepo, who is also the Chairman of the Governing Council of Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, declared that he has the qualification and experience to serve as a senator.

“I operated in the executive as a commissioner in the state in 1992; I have been a party stalwart and party chairman in two political parties.

“I was the chairman of the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN), and I made a lot of impact, tremendous impact in that party. Later, I became the chairman of PDP.

“What I use the PDP to achieve is what made people be in the Senate and House of Representatives now.

“If there is anybody that is qualified more than any of them, I am the person.

“Apart from that, I have been in the legislature. I was a member of Kwara House of Assembly from 1999 to 2003; my records are there which I will bring out when the contest begins,” he added.

“I am sure that if you tell them that I am going to the senate, they know that I will do it better than all of them that have gone there from the south.

“Is it knowledge, or how to do things in the senate that they can do better than me?

“I am a lawyer, apart from being in the legislature, from being in the party structure, or being in the executive, I understand the judiciary as a lawyer, I have traversed all other areas.

“Who amongst them that had gone before me or are there now that can boast of such credentials? So, I am going to the senate by the grace of God,” he added.

Oyedepo said that he was one of the few that fought day and night to defeat the Saraki dynasty in Kwara.

“I did not ask for any position, other than to go on working day and night to ensure victory for our party, for the success of the party.

“Today, majority of those in power, either at the senate or at the state level reaped from our efforts. We worked and they reap from our efforts.

“Many of them didn’t do any work other than saying they are part of the party and they won, some of them even said they became senators within 30 days,” he said.

Oyedepo declared that some of them in the party have been working for 18 years to ensure success for the party and freedom for the Kwara people.

He added that before he became the chairman of PDP, he has been attacking the establishment in form of written articles, books, and petitioning the EFCC and ICPC.

“When I became the chairman of PDP, I am the first person to institute radio political broadcast in this state,” he said.

Oyedepo added that radio political broadcast was his initiative which he used to sensitise and mobilise the people of the state to vote out PDP in 2019.

“The radio political broadcast worked and that is why many of them are in the senate now, in the House of Representatives, they are in the executive in Kwara, they are in the legislature in Kwara,” he said.

Oyedepo added that he would roll out his plan as soon as INEC give the go-ahead for the political campaigns.


APC youth leadership aspirant lauds FG on empowerment schemes

An All Progressive Congress (APC) youth leadership aspirant, Mr Yusuf Sani, has commended the Federal Government for its sustained empowerment schemes.

Sani gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Wednesday.

He said if elected as the party youth leader, he would collaborate with other stakeholders to facilitate the promotion of empowerment schemes that would benefit the people.

According to him, the National Social Investment Programme, N-Power and various agricultural programmes have impacted positively on the lives of Nigerians.

“The government might not be able to give everyone job always but with the intervention programmes millions of people, especially the youth, will be empowered,” he said.

Sani said that he decided to vie for the office of APC National Youth Leader in order to contribute to youth development.

He expressed readiness to harness the vibrancy and strength in youths toward nation building.

“The Federal Government is doing well in the N-Power programme where youths are the principal beneficiaries.

“When elected as the youth leader of our great party, I will initiate more benefitting ideas for onward implementation by the government.

“I want to assure Nigerian youths that the Not too young to run policy will be brought to the front burner. I will make my party to see reasons and concede certain offices to the youth,” he said.

Sani dismissed any apprehension on the outcome of the zoning arrangements being work out by the party hierarchy.

“I am optimistic that the office of the youth leader will be zoned to the north due to its massive followers.

“With the support I am enjoying from the state and zonal youths, in addition to the networking all over the country, I am optimistic that I will emerge victorious,” he stated.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for recognising the youth and giving them appointments in government.


APC lauds Matawalle on Zamfara’s new deputy governor

APC lauds Matawalle on Zamfara’s new deputy governor The All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara for appointing Sen. Hassan Nasiha as his new deputy.

This is contained in a statement by the state APC Publicity Secretary, Mr Yusuf Idris in Gusau on Thursday.

“On behalf of the state APC Chairman, Alhaji Tukur Danfulani and entire APC members in the state, I congratulate Sen. Hassan Nasiha on his inauguration as the new deputy governor of the state.

“Danfulani is confident in the abilities of the new deputy to support Matawalle in his drive to move the state forward.

“Nasiha is unquestionably a loyal and experienced politician who stands out to be recognised at anytime,” Idris said.

According to him, the APC is determined to work closely with the state executive and legislature to ensure development of the state.

“The APC strongly believes and appreciates Matawalle’s leadership strategy in rebuilding the state.

“No amount of pressure or destructive tendencies will stop him from doing the right thing in order to move the state to the Promised Land.

“APC leadership in the state has confidence in the ability of Matawalle to change the narration of political sector of the state,” Idris said.


Aregbesola’s candidate floored by Oyetola in Osun APC primary

Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola emerged the winner of the All Progressives Congress, APC, primary election conducted on Saturday.

Oyetola was announced the candidate of the party in the coming July 16 governorship election in Osun State.

Three aspirants contested alongside Oyetola. They included former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuff and a former Secretary to the State Government, Moshood Adeoti.

Announcing the result in the early hours of Sunday at the State’s APC secretariat in Osogbo, Osun APC Primary Election Committee, led by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq of Kwara State said accredited voters were 247,207, while the total votes cast was 235,550.

Oyetola beat the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola’s candidate, Adeoti with a wide margin of 222,169 votes to 12921, respectively while Lasun polled 460 votes.

Speaking, the chairman of the party in Osun State, Prince Gboyega Famodun thanked the Primary Election Committee for, according to him, conducting credible polls.

The results below:

Atakunmosa East LG

Registered vote: 8628

Accredited: 2917

Oyetola: 2637

Adeoti: 165


Atakunmosa West LG

Reg: 8964

Acc: 5055

Oyetola: 4655

Adeoti: 305

Lasun: 07

Ayedaade LG

Reg: 15185

Acc: 4371

Oyetola: 3615

Adeoti: 540



Reg: 6763

Acc: 3664

Oyetola: 3204

Adeoti: 279

Lasun: 03


Reg: 9422

Acc: 6527

Oyetola: 6399

Adeoti: 62



Reg: 18410

Acc: 15531

Oyetola: 15034

Adeoti: 05


Ede North

Reg: 11908

Acc: 0834

Oyetola: 0110

Adeoti: 311

Lasun: 02

Ede south

Total no of voters — 7372

Accredited voters — 3525

Gboyega Oyetola — 2664

Yusuf Lasun — 0

Moshood Adeoti — 628


Reg: 10089

Acc: 6334

Oyetola: 5500

Adeoti: 420



Reg: 12579

Acc: 8367

Oyetola: 8007

Adeoti: 360


Ife Central

Reg: 14331

Acc: 11881

Oyetola: 10843

Adeoti: 334

Lasun: 01

Ifedayo LGA

Total no of voters — 6586

Accredited voters — 4678

Gboyega Oyetola — 4214

Yusuf Lasun — 0

Moshood Adeoti — 141

Ife East

Total no of voters — 15922

Accredited voters — 12529

Gboyega Oyetola — 12030

Yusuf Lasun — 0

Moshood Adeoti — 326


Reg: 16789

Acc: 12971

Oyetola: 11873

Adeoti: 631

Lasun: 27

Ife North

Reg: 9329

Acc: 3795

Oyetola: 3377

Adeoti: 242

Lasun: 05

Ife South LGA

Total no of voters — 11435

Accredited voters — 8673

Gboyega Oyetola — 8268

Yusuf Lasun — 0

Moshood Adeoti — 043


Reg: 11359

Acc: 9223

Oyetola: 8834

Adeoti: 47


Ilesa East

Reg: 11132

Acc: 5846

Oyetola: 4857

Adeoti: 483

Lasun: 1

Ilesa West

Reg: 11552

Acc: 4660

Oyetola: 3877

Adeoti: 446



Reg: 20563

Acc: 9692

Oyetola: 7928

Adeoti: 732

Lasun: 294


Reg: 14085

Acc: 8432

Oyetola: 7560

Adeoti: 537



Reg: 14366

Acc: 6899

Oyetola: 6468

Adeoti: 279

Lasun: 13


Reg: 24543

Acc: 14690

Oyetola: 9432

Adeoti: 2543

Lasun: 01


Reg: 13048

Acc: 5910

Oyetola: 5245

Adeoti: 527

Lasun: 02


Reg: 14304

Acc: 8119

Oyetola: 7735

Adeoti: 384



Reg: 8747

Acc: 4134

Oyetola: 3771

Adeoti: 363



Reg: 18402

Acc: 8087

Oyetola: 7103

Adeoti: 555

Lasun: 01


Reg: 16186

Acc: 11384

Oyetola: 10935

Adeoti: 438

Lasun: 11


Reg: 8927

Acc: 7768

Oyetola: 6652

Adeoti: 130



Reg: 37771

Acc: 23711

Oyetola: 22265

Adeoti: 655

Lasun: 170

Total: 408697

Acc: 247207

Cast: 235550

Oyetola: 222169

Lasun: 460

Adeoti: 12921


Business activities, movements uninterrupted as APC Osun State holds primary election

Commercial activities, vehicular and human movement went uninterrupted on Saturday in Osogbo as the governorship primary election of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) went underway.

Police spokesperson in Osun State, SP Yemisi Opalola, had stated on Thursday that restrictions on movement during the election would be determined by observed security situation.

Prior to Saturday’s election, the two APC factions in the state had traded accusations and counter-accusations about plans to engage thugs and hoodlums to disrupt the exercise.

They also made counter-allegations about threats to lives and plans to kit thugs with fake paramilitary uniforms to truncate the process.

One of the factions, The Osun Progressives is loyal to the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Raufu Aregbesola, while the other, Ileri Oluwa, is loyal to Gov. Gboyega Oyetola, a contender in Saturday’s primary election.

The atmosphere in Osogbo was peaceful on Saturday, however, as businesses and other commercial activities went on unhindered.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there was heavy presence of security operatives at Ward 4, Union Baptist Primary School, Osogbo, where accreditation of delegates was holding.

Police operatives and those of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps were spotted all over the venue.

At Ward 3, Olutimehin Grammar School, also in Osogbo, accreditation was yet to start as APC officials were erecting tents and working to put other arrangements in place, with party members milling around.


APC Convention:  Group vows to resist imposition of candidates


The Progressive Youth Movement (PYM), said that it would resist the imposition candidates on the party at upcoming national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This is contained in a statement signed by the leader of PYM, Alhaji Mustapha Audu, on Saturday in Abuja.

The News agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Gov. Mai Mala Buni led-Caretaker extraordinary convention planning committee has fixed Feb. 26 for the APC national convention.

“We implore the committee not to bring any aged individual with a clear disconnect from the majority of members within the party.

“We will resist imposition of any candidate that is simply too old for the job of the chairman of the party,“ he said.

Audu said that as the party goes into an election year, it was imperative that it has an individual capable of withstanding the vigors of campaign.

“We also implore our leaders to ensure that there are positions reserved for young stakeholders within the party,“ he said.

Audu also implored the committee to involve all stakeholders in the selection process to avoid rancor in the party.

“As the majority stakeholders in the party, we expect that the committee will take certain factors into consideration if it decides to select a consensus candidate,“ he said.

Audu urged the committee to keep to its promise to hold the convention on the fixed date as stakeholders had waited patiently.

“We believe that holding the convention on that date will exhibit the sincerity and integrity of the Buni led-committee.

“We believe in the APC and her capacity to conduct a peaceful and free convention where majority of her members will be  happy with the outcome,“ he said.

He said that the group would continue to support and be loyal to the party to restore its original values which won the hearts of Nigerians in 2015.

Audu advised the committee to be transparent in order to ensure the success of the party in the 2023 general elections.

FELLOW PRESS reports that PYM is political group within the APC.


APC screens Oyetola, 2 others for Osun governorship

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Screening Committee on Thursday in Abuja, screened Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun and two other governorship aspirants ahead of its Feb. 19 governorship primary election in the state.

The other two aspirants screened by the committee are: a former Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuff and former Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti.

Adeoti recently defected from the Action Democratic Party (ADP) to join the APC, and Oyetola, the incumbent Governor, is seeking re-election.

Speaking with newsmen after the screening, Oyetola said his performance in office was enough to ensure his electoral victory, both at the party’s primary and the state’s governorship election on July 16.

“Let me say this, my performance in office in all areas of endeavour, as I speak today, is enough for me to win the party’s primary and the state’s governorship election.

“By every standard, we have done so well within the last three and half years, and I have been able to justify the confidence reposed in me by the people.

“I have been very much involved in the party; I’m not a novice when it comes to the issue of party administration,” he said.

Oyetola said he was prepared for the election, adding that he had gone round to 18 of the 34 local government areas of the state to campaign on why he should be re-elected.

The governor said he would not be intimidated by anyone in the race.

According to him, my team would continue with the strategic engagements and would not leave anything for granted.

Oyetola, however, said he would need the endorsement of the party’s critical stakeholders in the state to be able to fly its flag.

“I have been going around to ask for the support of members of the party in all the local government areas of the state, so I am prepared,” Oyetola said.


APC chieftains call for prayers to end deaths in Oyo

Some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State have called for fervent prayers to an end to the spate of deaths in the state.

They made the calls in separate statements on Friday in Ibadan following the sudden death in the UK of Angela, wife of Sen. Teslim Folarin, APC-Oyo Central.

In a statement he personally signed, Chief Sharafadeen Alli, an APC chieftain, expressed shock over the death and described the deceased as a woman of virtue, who supported her husband in his political and humanitarian endeavours.

He called for prayers over the death of prominent people in Nigeria and Oyo State in particular.

The senior Ibadan chief and former Secretary to the State Government condoled with the immediate family of Angela, particularly her husband and the entire Ibadanland.

He said that Angela, a lawyer, died at a time her husband needed her support and urged the widower to consider and accept her death as the will of God.

“Madam Angela was a great wife of Ibadanland. Her death came at a time her husband needs her support.

“I know her to be a good wife of Ibadanland in spite her background as a non-Yoruba.

`I call on the teeming indigenes of Ibadanland and Oyo State as a whole to devote time for prayers for the state,” he said.

Alli recalled the recent deaths of prominent people across the state, which included, Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi, the Soun of Ogbomoso, Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Olubadan of Ibadanland.

“I condole with my friend and brother, Sen. Teslim Kolawole Folarin on the demise of his wife. I pray God in His infinite mercies to comfort him and the family of the late wife,” he said.

Also, Dr Olusola Ayandele, a renowned businessman and APC Chieftain, commiserated with Sen. Folarin over the wife’s death.

Ayandele in a statement, said he received the news of Angela’s death as a rude shock, describing it as sad and devastating.

He said that the deceased was a virtuous woman and great pillar of support for her husband, saying her death was a huge loss.

The Ibarapa-born politician said the death of prominent people across the state in recent times called for fervent prayers.

“What we are witnessing at this period calls for fervent prayer from all. Truly, death is inevitable, but these losses are too huge to bear.

“Within a space of two months, we lost three prominent traditional rulers, a former governor and some other illustrious Indigenes.

“Today again, we lost the wife of our Senator, Angela Folarin. All these are too huge to bear. We need to pray fervently to God over these losses,” he said.

Ayandele commiserated with Sen. Folarin and Angela’s family and prayed that God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

He also prayed that Almighty God grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest.


Oyo APC, NUJ condole with Sen. Folarin over wife’s death

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Oyo State Chapter, and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, have condoled with the senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, Alhaji Teslim Folarin, on the death of his wife, Angela.

This condolences are contained in separate statements they made available to newsmen on Friday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Angela, a lawyer, died on Friday afternoon in the UK.

The APC, in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Dr AbdulAzeez Olatunde, described the death of Folarin’s wife as another sad one for the party.

It described the late Angela as a respectful and amiable personality, saying her demise was a rude shock to the party.

“Her death is devastating to Oyo APC because we appreciate the wonderful support she gave to her husband, Sen. Teslim Folarin.

“We know that her death has created a vacuum that would be difficult to fill in the life of our distinguished Sen. Folarin.”

It expressed sadness, praying that Almighty God grant the deceased eternal rest and strengthen the family she left behind.

“On behalf of the Caretaker Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, the State Caretaker Executive Committee and APC members in the state, we send our condolences to the distinguished Senator Teslim Folarin’s family,” it said.

Also, the NUJ in a statement signed by its Secretary, Sola Oladapo, expressed sadness over the death of Angela Folarin.

The statement quoted the chairman, Mr Ademola Babalola, as saying “Angela’s death was shocking and one death too much to bear.

Oladapo stated that Babalola had since called Folarin, who was on his way to catch flight to the UK around 4pm Friday, minutes after the unfortunate news of his wife’s death was broken.

“Babalola, in the brief chat on phone with Folarin, said Angela’s death was shocking and one death too much to bear.

“Distinguished Senator, this is sad and devastating. May Allah comfort you, the children and all the family members of the deceased,” the NUJ statement said.


Ekiti 2022: Group cautions APC, PDP against disrupting political process

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations, Ekiti Democratic Movement (EDM), has advised political gladiators in the state to desist from any act that could truncate the democratic process.

The Convener, Mr Akinola Busuyi, told newsmen in Ado-Ekiti that the call became necessary due to the violence that followed the conduct of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries.

Busuyi said, aside the violence that characterised the gubernatorial primary of the PDP on Wednesday, the APC governorship primary of Thursday also failed to comply with the democratic norms.

“It has been reported that certain people had bought over the Governorship Primary Electoral Committee led by Gov. Abubakar Baderu of Jigawa and also used top government functionaries to hijack the exercise,” he said.

The Secretary to the Committee, Mr Victor Olabimtan, however, described the allegations as not only untrue, but figment of the imagination of the group.

Busuyi also said some aggrieved APC Governorship aspirants alleged that top government functionaries and appointees were used as returning officers for the election in the 16 local government areas and 177 Wards across the state.

The group convener decried the ways and manners the process was characterised with politics of bitterness and acrimony.

He said: “We condemn the violence brigandage, unlawful abduction of perceived opponents and undue harassment of innocent party members.

“Heating up of the political atmosphere in the desperation to get the governorship ticket of the party by the gladiators is condemnable.

“We make bold to say that these activities are critically threatening the sustainability of democracy in Nigeria, to the extent that the gains of the nation’s democracy may be eroded, if proper care is not taken.”

Busuyi, therefore, called on the leadership of both APC and PDP to ensure that the electoral process was peaceful, transparent, fair and devoid of manipulation.

He urged the major dorminant parties to prevail on their supporters to shun any act of violence before, during and after the election in the state.

The convener, however, commended the APC National leadership for the adoption of direct mode of primary for the governorship primary in Ekiti.