President Buhari In Deep Thought As Group Challenge Him To Be Bolder

Following the directive of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC on Sunday September 30th to all workers nationwide to go back to work thereby putting an end to the strike action which the union had started on Thursday September 27th, a group called SERAP has come out to provide President Buhari with a solution to solve the minimum wage issue.

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to raise the tough decisions on stolen funds to fund the new minimum wage proposed by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

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SERAP said that the minimum wage of N18,000 for Nigerian workers stands in sharp contrast with the outrageous salaries and allowances of high-ranking public officials . Timothy Adewale, who is the deputy director of SERAP, begged President Buhari to provide bold leadership to improve conditions for the working poor and ordinary Nigerians.

Timothy Adewale, the deputy director of SERAP, said this in a statement he released on Sunday, September 30, in Lagos, The statement went thus, “The minimum wage of N18, 000 for Nigerian workers stands in sharp contrast with outrageous and sometimes illegal salaries and allowances of high-ranking public officials who continue to enjoy lavish lifestyles with impunity. Vulnerable Nigerian workers are left in a precarious situation, unable to ensure a decent standard of living for themselves and their families, with access to water, health, and education seriously undermined.”

Adewale also urged President Buhari to provide bold leadership to improve conditions for the ‘working poor’ and ordinary Nigerians by openly supporting a reasonable salary to enable them to live a decent life. The organization said the federal government could make this a reality by intensifying efforts to recover assets and other illegal wealth which was stolen by public officials and institutions since the return of democracy in 1999.

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He said: “The government can begin to take tangible steps like proposing legislation to cut security votes of around N241 billion yearly. The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) should take legal action to seek refund of N13.5 million monthly ‘running cost’ for each senator and N10 million for each member of the House of Representatives.

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“The RMAFC has already declared the allowances illegal and contrary to the law on salaries and allowances of public office holders, namely ‘Certain Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders (Salaries and Allowances, etc.) (Amendments) Act, 2008.”

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The organization also urged President Buhari to stop former governors from receiving double pay and life pensions as serving senators and ministers. SERAP said the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice should seek refund of over N40 billion public funds received by ex-governors now serving in appointive or elective positions, leveraging the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended).

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SERAP urged the government to swiftly end the strike by reaching an agreement with organised labour and push for the harmonisation of the proposed minimum wage across the states of the federation.

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In relation to this message, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its other affiliate organisations on Sunday, September 30, announced they have decided to call of their warning strike that had partially grounded economic activities in the country.

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The president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, made the announcement, according to Channels Television. Wabba reportedly said the strike is being called off as a result of the firm assurance of the federal government to reconvene the tripartite committee on the new minimum wage.

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Nigerian Army Discovers Damning Evidence Concerning The Killing Of Missing General Idris Alkali (Photos Inside)

There have been cases of people who have gone missing over the years but be sure that when it involves an Army officer, it sure will be an ‘all-in’ situation. Following the Major-General Alkali story, the Army has made more progress regarding the case.

The Nigerian army has found and retrieved some personal belongings of the missing Major-General Idris Alkali. You will recall that his vehicle was recovered in a pond in Jos, Plateau state. In a Facebook post by one Idris Ahmed Ahmed, it was reported that the clothes and shoes of the retired major general were recovered on Saturday, September 29. Although his body has not been found yet, there is just cause to believe that Major-General Alkali was killed before his vehicle and other belongings were thrown into the pond.

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He wrote: “Fellow compatriots, we update you on the brutal murder of Major General Idris Alkali. Following today’s recovery of his Toyota car from a pond in Jos, below are some personal belongings of the late Major General, retrieved from the car. His body is yet to be recovered. We will keep you posted with progress. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Ameen.”

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It had been reported that the search for Idris Alkali, a missing retired major-general looks to be almost over as the Nigerian Army had disclosed that his vehicle had been found inside a pond in Plateau state. Alkali,who was the former chief of Administration, Army headquarters, Abuja, was declared missing on September 3. He was on his way to Bauchi after leaving Abuja in the morning.

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The Army revealed this in a news flash on its Facebook handle on Saturday, September 29. It wrote, “Joint Task Force constituted by COAS Lt Gen TY Buratai comprising officers and soldiers from 3 Division Quick Response Team, Operation Safe Haven, Nigeria Police Force, Vehicle Inspection Office, Fire Service, as well as local divers have found the vehicle belonging to Maj Gen Alkali RTD at a pond in Paddock in Lafendeg Du Plateau state.”

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The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Texas Chukwu, on Thursday, had given an update on the unfortunate disappearance of Gen. Alkali, debating the allegations by Dr Idris Ahmed of CUPS that the Army was not concerned. Chukwu’s statement read: “That Maj Gen IM Alkali (N/8353) retired from service after 35 years, one month and 3 days of meritorious service to his fatherland. His terminal leave commenced on June 13, 2018.

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Chukwu further stated that on receiving the report from his wife, the NA attached an intelligence officer to the family to act as a liaison officer. The statement further noted: “The officer was also to obtain as much details from the family to aid investigation. That Telephone Service Providers were immediately contacted to furnish the NA with the missing senior officer phone call records.

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“That in the course of the search for the missing senior retired military officer, sources informed that he may have been killed and his body and car dumped into a deep mining pit around Du District of Jos South Local Government Area. That since receiving the report of the missing retired senior NA officer, the COAS has directed that no stone should be left unturned to locate and rescue the officer.

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“That despite several attempts to distract the NA from continuing the search either through the sponsorship of protest by women, preventing the delivery of logistics equipment by the locals as well as through biased and outright false reportage by so called ‘freedom fighters’ like Idris Ahmed, the NA has not relented in its resolve to make sure the retired senior officer is found and perpetrators brought to book.

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More trouble for Ambode as House of Reps members declare support for Sanwo-Olu

It doesn’t rain, it pours if you are Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. On Sunday, Ambode’s second term Ambition further dwindles after members representing Lagos State in the Federal House of Representative pledged their support for the governorship aspiration of Jide Sanwo-Olu.

Reports has it that 16 members of the house of representatives from Lagos, led by Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, were in attendance at a briefing called to endorse the aspirant. Speaking on behalf of the lawmakers, Gbajabiamila urged party members to vote for Sanwo-Olu in the primary election.

“Sanwo-olu has rich pedigree, intimidating credentials. We have sat down and decided on Sanwo-Olu. We have given him our support for tomorrow because he has the best potential to take Lagos to higher levels.

“Members of the house look at things dispassionately, deliberate and take decisions.

“We endorsed Ambode in the past when he was the sole aspirant and was performing well. But politics is dynamic.

“Today, we believe in Sanwo-Olu and we encourage our members to vote for him,” Gbajabiamila said.

He, further urged party members to remain united, no matter the outcome of the primary. In his response, Sanwo-Olu urged APC members in Lagos to come out and vote.

“A vote for me will be a vote to taking Lagos to a higher level. We will bring back the glory to Lagos,” he said.

On allegations of arrest in America levelled against him by Gov. Akinwumi Ambode at a briefing earlier in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu said he would not respond to that.

“The party will handle that. I am focused on my campaign and not joining issues with anyone,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu, Ambode’s challenger in the primary, had earlier received endorsement of the party’s Governor’s Advisory Council in the state.

He had also been endorsed by 36 of the 40 members of the state House of Assembly. A third aspirant, Dr Femi Hamzat, a former commissioner in the state had also stepped down to support Sanwo-Olu.

It is official!! Tinubu formally dumps Ambode, endorse Sanwo-Olu, ask APC members to reject governor

National leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu officially declared his support for Jide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday marking yet another chapter in the succession saga that has bedevilled the ruling party in Lagos State in the last few weeks.

In a statement made available to reporters on Sunday, Tinubu urged Lagosians and indeed APC members to vote overwhelmingly for Sanwo-Olu during the state primaries on Monday.

The statement comes shortly after Mr Ambode used a televised press conference to launch a barrage of personal attacks against Mr Sanwo-Olu, ridiculing him as an alleged criminal and mental health patient before proclaiming him unfit for governor on those grounds.

He has emerged as the front-runner for the APC governorship ticket since he purchased his party nomination form about two weeks ago. He candidacy, which had long been rumoured as the handiwork of Mr Tinubu, was propelled by the endorsement of 36 out of 40 House of Assembly members and all the 57 local council chairpersons.

The Statement reads:

GOVERNORSHIP PRIMARY STATEMENT

30th September, 2018

Tomorrow, our party and the people of Lagos will have an encounter with destiny. We shall hold our governorship primary.

With the holding of direct primaries to elect governorship candidates in Lagos and other states, the APC takes a groundbreaking step toward greater internal democracy and progressive governance for the benefit of all people.

While our party is young, it has grown fast and has travelled far in a short time. This speaks well of the character of you, the party’s rank-and-file members.

What, in other nations, has taken political parties generations to achieve, we have done in a few brief years. No other party in Nigeria dare attempt what we have already dedicated ourselves to do.

I thank and commend all APC members and all Lagosians who have lent their support to this historic and humane mission upon which our party has embarked.

We are democrats in the truest sense of the word. As such, we forever search for what is good and right for the people. With this ideal as our guide, tomorrow’s primary cannot be shaded by selfish ambition or the perceived personal grievance between this or that person. Something much greater waits in the balance. What is at stake is nothing less than the future of the people of this state and how we can best maximise our collective destiny.

By resort to direct primaries, the party places the people’s future soundly in their hands. As democracy would have it, you shall be the authors of the party’s nomination and hopefully our next state government.

I trust in the wisdom of the people and will abide it. However, as a leader of the party and as a former governor of our beloved and excellent Lagos, I would be remiss if I did not make a few observations regarding the primary.

My goal is and shall always be a better Lagos. To this objective, I have dedicated the greater part of my public life. Roughly 20 years ago, a corps of dedicated and patriotic Lagosians, put aside personal interests and rivalries, to put their minds and best ideas together for the good of the state. Out of this collaborative effort, was born a master plan for economic development that would improve the daily lives of our people.

Bestowed on me was the honour of a lifetime when I was elected to be your governor in 1999. My administration faithfully implemented that plan. The government of my immediate successor, Tunde Fashola, also honoured this enlightened plan.

Where state government remained true to that blueprint, positive things happened. During my tenure and Governor Fashola’s, Lagos state recorded improvements in all aspects of our collective existence, from public health to public sanitation, from education to social services, from the administration of justice to the cleaning of storm and sewage drains. Businesses, large and small, invested, hired millions of workers and thrived.

All Lagosians were to fully participate and justly benefit from the social dividends and improvements wrought by this plan. From the common labourer, to business leaders, to professionals and our industrious civil service. We all were to be partners in a monumental but joint enterprise. None was to be alienated. None was to be left out. And none were to be pushed aside.

This is especially true for those who contributed so much to our development, whether as a business leader who has invested heavily in Lagos, the homeowner who struggles to pay his fair share of taxes or as someone employed in the hard work of keeping our streets and byways clean so that others may go about their daily tasks unimpeded.

I make no pretence that the master plan is perfect. It can always be fine-tuned. However, whenever a government departed from this plan without compelling reason, the state and its people have borne the painful consequence of the improper departure.

To ignore this blueprint for progress in order to replace it with ad-hoc schemes of a materially inferior quality contravenes the spirit of progressive governance and of our party. Such narrowness of perspective does not bring us closer to our appointed destination; it takes us farther from that destiny.

For reasons unknown to me and most Lagosians, we have experienced such deviations from enlightened governance recently.

 

This trend is that which most concerns me as the primary nears. We must arrest this trend before irreparable harm is committed against the people and their future. For the record, let it be known that I shall vote in this primary because I see it as one of extreme import to our state and our party. Just as I shall vote, I equally urge all party members to do so.

We must vote in a manner that returns Lagos to its better path, the one that promises a just chance for all to enjoy the fruits of our prosperity. We must always pursue our goal of a Lagos energised by creative dynamism, tolerance of others, and guided by a leadership capable of extending a collegial hand to all stakeholders, far and wide.

I am encouraged by the emergence of a candidate in this primary who has served the state in senior positions in my administration, the Fashola administration and even in the current one. While possessing a wealth of experience and exposure, he is a young man endowed with superlative vision and commitment.

Most importantly, he understands the importance of the blueprint for development. He esteems it as a reliable and well-conceived vehicle for the future development of the state.

He also knows the value of reaching out and working with others in order to maximize development and provide people the best leadership possible.With people like him at the helm, the state will write the proper history for itself.

When the final word is given let it be said that we want all Lagosians to look to the future with the hope and optimism that our best days remain before us and not behind us.

We walk into this primary strong and confidently believing in the right course we are to take. We shall emerge from this primary even stronger and more confident that we have taken that course by returning Lagos and our party to their finest path.

Signed:
Aswiaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Kaduna People Jubilate As Criminal Mastermind Impersonating Army Colonel Was Caught

The Nigerian Army has been dedicated to promote peace and stability in the country but there has been reports of some people who impersonate army officials and that has been destroying the image of the Force. In the light of this development, tge Nigerian Army has arrested an Army impersonator in Kaduna.

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Ibrahim Abubakar Nagwari, the chairman of the Birnin Gwari vanguards for security and good governance, has accused a suspected impersonator of secretly working with criminals in Kaduna state. The imposter, who had been parading himself as a senior military officer with the rank of colonel was arrested in Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna state by security officials.

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The chairman of the Birnin Gwari vanguards for security and good governance, Ibrahim Abubakar Nagwari, said the suspect had been parading himself as a colonel for over two years according to reports. Nagwari also revealed that the suspect, thought to be secretly working with the criminals who have been terrorizing Birnin-Gwari and motorists, was caught by Captain Buhari Adamu.

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Nagwari saidThe fake military officer was arrested at the operational base of the military at Kada Motels Birnin-Gwari, adjacent Bagoma Dam where he has been staying for over two years. He has since been handed to Major Muhammad Gana, who is the Field Commanding Officer in-charge of the area and is suspected of working secretly with the bandits terrorizing Birnin-Gwari and motorists.

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Nagwari went on to call on the military authorities to arrest other criminal masterminds who were hellbent on destroying the image of the army . The chairman called on the military authorities to intensify their efforts in making sure that such people were  brought to book. Nagwari said the armed bandits had totally taken over two major highways of Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna and Birnin-Gwari-Funtua. He urged military and other security personnel to be alert over the activities of bandits on these routes.

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Still on the matter of the Nigerian Armed Forces, there seems to be progress on the case of the missing Major General. Nearly 4 weeks after Major Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd) went missing, the Joint Task Force which was led by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has found the car belonging to the late general who was declared missing since September 3rd, 2018. This was revealed on Saturday in the Nigerian Army official tweet @HQNigerianArmy.

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The Nigerian Army had previously expressed frustration over the attempt by the locals to disrupt the efforts by the Task Force and a Chinese company to drain the pond. But the persistence of the Army has helped to uncover the car, which could give a clue to what happened to Alkali. It was said that the car was discovered at a pond in Lafendeg Du, Plateau State with the assistance of the local divers.

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The tweet read, “Joint Task Force constituted by COAS Lt Gen TY Buratai comprising officers & soldiers from 3 Div Quick Response Team, Op Safe Haven, @PoliceNG #VIO @Fedfireng, as well as local divers have found the vehicle belonging to Maj Gen Alkali RTD at a pond in Lafendeg Du Plateau State.”

5 Things We Learned From Ambode During The World Press Conference

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, addressed a world press conference on Sunday afternoon at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, where he touched on a couple of topics ahead of the primaries slated for October 1st.
Here are five of them:
 
1. He Wants A Free and Fair Primary Process:
Ambode during the press conference said that since the party had agreed to adopt direct primaries for the governorship candidate to emerge, it behooves on them to follow due process to ensure that every aspirant gets a fair chance to contest for the ticket in a credible democratic process.
“The party constitution allows us to do direct and indirect primaries. The Lagos State APC has agreed to go with direct primaries and in that wise it is open to all contestants and so it is very clear that during direct primaries, I am also eligible to participate in the primaries. What we want is a very clean board to allow everybody to partake in it.
We believe that it is in the greater interest of the party to allow reason to prevail and allow every contestant to come out and show their strength. I believe strongly that it is in the interest of the country that our party should activate as much as possible all the democratic values that our party has always been known for and that is what I stand for,” he said.
 
2. Worry Over Lack Of Membership Cards:
Governor Ambode said he was concerned that with less than 24 hours to the primaries, membership cards was yet to be distributed, while even as an aspirant, he was yet to be given guidelines for the election, adding that it would be injustice to deny newly registered members of the party the opportunity to exercise their franchise.
I believe strongly also that the preparations are still ongoing but there are some few things that we still need to iron out and I believe strongly that the chairman of our great party, Comrade Oshiomhole will be able to correct some of these things that we have noticed.
“We are committed progressives; we are committed to the outcome of the primaries; we are committed to the tenets and principles of our great party but what we would not want to accept is to disenfranchise all the millions of people that we have been able to bring into the APC fold just by our performance and so what we heard is that there is a register that is being brought into the state which only includes those who have registered since 2014. What about all the millions of members of APC that we have gotten in from 2015 till date?
“I carry my own membership slip anywhere I go and now they say this is the membership slip that I have, I don’t have a membership card and so the question is are they saying me as a governor I would not be entitled to vote tomorrow? So, the national headquarters and the electoral committee need to make immediate adjustment to this.
“All the people that have registered as members of APC should be entitled to vote in the direct primaries; that is how we entrench the democratic values that we are all preaching. So, if someone like me can be disenfranchised because I don’t have a card, what happens to ordinary members of APC? We believe strongly that this can be corrected and we allow everybody to come out and exercise their civic duty and civic right to choose who will represent them as the gubernatorial candidate for APC. So, I plead with the NWC, I plead with our party chairman and even all the people that are interested in this whole process that we should do the right thing; we should make the process credible and I believe with God on our side, we would come out triumphant,” Governor Ambode said.
 
3. He Reaffirmed his Loyalty to the APC:
Reaffirming that he was a bonafide member of the APC who believes in the tenets and democratic values of the party, the governor said his administration’s strides in the last three and half years has won more members into the fold.
While welcoming the challenge from other aspirants, Governor Ambode said he was confident that his administration has set a pace since inception and any course to alter the process could have dire consequences on the party’s chances in the 2019 general elections.
As to the other aspirant, of course, we welcome competition and yes it is an open space but we will not take something that is of good assurance to allow us to fretter away the opportunity that our party has to win the 2019 governorship. Beyond this, we would be jeopardizing the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket of which I am hundred per cent standing for by promoting another aspirant who would not be able to sell the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket.
4. Ambode Is Losing It:
During the address, the governor who is characteristically calm flipped a switch and had a tirade about his closest challenger, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. He claimed Sanwo-Olu does not possess the requisite experience and psychological know how to govern the State.
“Now the truth is this, in the last two of three weeks, they have been putting a lot of campaign of calumny in the social media and also disparaging our personalities and character but we have been extremely humble; we have never responded; we have never abused anybody because we believe that there is always a reason for us to come together as a family. We are one family in APC but now the truth is this, the aspirant they are putting up to compete against us is not a fit and proper person to take this position and they know the fact; this is the truth!
“Party leaders and even party members have been misled to understand that this is a better candidate than myself. I have done everything in the last three and half years to serve the people selflessly and to serve the poor and that is why you see that most of the projects you have seen is to alleviate the sufferings of the poor and the only way out for us is to continue to do that in the next four years.
“This particular aspirant as we all know, you can go and check it, the records are there. This is somebody that has been arrested for spending fake American dollars in a night club and he has been detained for months. He is also known that he does not have the competence to do what he is being propelled to do, the records are there in Gbagada General Hospital, the records are there; this is somebody that has gone for rehabilitation before.
“We don’t want to go too far; we don’t want to talk about all the things that we know but what we want is for our leadership to have a rethink because the truth is this, I will not stand here on the mandate of Lagosians and then allow our great party APC to fretter away that opportunity to put in somebody that the opposition will easily take out because of lack of credibility.
“We plead with all our leaders. They should have a rethink; this is not about me but about the greater opportunities that APC stands to better the progress of Lagos and Nigeria,” he said.
5. He Accused The Opposition Of Employing Thugs While Subtly Denies Ties To Them:
There were claims that a GAC meeting on Saturday was dispersed by thugs working for Ambode. Ambode seized the press conference to subtly deny this by express concern on the heated political situation in the state, saying that the government would not fold its arms and watch political thugs disrupt the peace the state has enjoyed in the last three and half years.
He disclosed that security reports available to the state government indicate that there was an ongoing recruitment and arming of political thugs to disrupt the tranquil atmosphere of Lagos State, in the guise of holding primary elections.
“It has become imperative to put every stakeholder on notice, especially the Federal Government and Security Agencies, to take more than a passing interest in the development in this state that has hitherto been adjudged as the safest city in Africa.
Consequently, the state government will do all within its powers in collaboration with relevant security agencies to protect our citizens and insulate them from any condition that may breed insecurity or the breakdown of law and order in the State throughout the Primaries campaign and election periods,” Governor Ambode said.
While assuring Lagosians to be calm and go about their normal businesses, Governor Ambode warned criminal elements planning to cause trouble in the name of politics or under any guise that those caught in the act would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“Without being immodest, after three and half years of remarkable performance in bringing growth and development to our dear State, I have humbly expressed my intention to seek re-election in order to consolidate on the giant strides that we have recorded for our dear State and our great party, APC. This is why I once again seek the support of every party member in tomorrow’s primary election. We shall overcome,” he said.

APC Lagos Primaries: Ambode demands free and fair process

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Sunday tasked the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure that the governorship primaries scheduled to hold on Monday, October 1 in the state is free, fair and credible.
Governor Ambode, who gave the charge while addressing a world press conference at the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, said that since the party had agreed to adopt direct primaries for the governorship candidate to emerge, it behooves on them to follow due process to ensure that every aspirant gets a fair chance to contest for the ticket in a credible democratic process.
“The party constitution allows us to do direct and indirect primaries. The Lagos State APC has agreed to go with direct primaries and in that wise it is open to all contestants and so it is very clear that during direct primaries, I am also eligible to participate in the primaries. What we want is a very clean board to allow everybody to partake in it.
We believe that it is in the greater interest of the party to allow reason to prevail and allow every contestant to come out and show their strength. I believe strongly that it is in the interest of the country that our party should activate as much as possible all the democratic values that our party has always been known for and that is what I stand for,” he said.
Governor Ambode said he was concerned that with less than 24 hours to the primaries, membership cards was yet to be distributed, while even as an aspirant, he was yet to be given guidelines for the election, adding that it would be injustice to deny newly registered members of the party the opportunity to exercise their franchise.
I believe strongly also that the preparations are still ongoing but there are some few things that we still need to iron out and I believe strongly that the chairman of our great party, Comrade Oshiomhole will be able to correct some of these things that we have noticed.
“We are committed progressives; we are committed to the outcome of the primaries; we are committed to the tenets and principles of our great party but what we would not want to accept is to disenfranchise all the millions of people that we have been able to bring into the APC fold just by our performance and so what we heard is that there is a register that is being brought into the state which only includes those who have registered since 2014. What about all the millions of members of APC that we have gotten in from 2015 till date?
“I carry my own membership slip anywhere I go and now they say this is the membership slip that I have, I don’t have a membership card and so the question is are they saying me as a governor I would not be entitled to vote tomorrow? So, the national headquarters and the electoral committee need to make immediate adjustment to this.
“All the people that have registered as members of APC should be entitled to vote in the direct primaries; that is how we entrench the democratic values that we are all preaching. So, if someone like me can be disenfranchised because I don’t have a card, what happens to ordinary members of APC? We believe strongly that this can be corrected and we allow everybody to come out and exercise their civic duty and civic right to choose who will represent them as the gubernatorial candidate for APC. So, I plead with the NWC, I plead with our party chairman and even all the people that are interested in this whole process that we should do the right thing; we should make the process credible and I believe with God on our side, we would come out triumphant,” Governor Ambode said.

Breaking: Buhari accepts Aisha Alhassan’s resignation

President Muhammadu Buhari, Sunday accepted the resignation letter of the former minister of women affairs, Aisha Alhassan aka Mama Taraba.
Alhassan who resigned her appointment yesterday equally dumped All Progressives Congress, APC and picked the nomination and interest form of United Democratic Party, UDP to vie for governorship office in Taraba state.
Recall that Alhassan was disqualified by her former party, APC, because of her alleged anti party activities. The National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, had said that the former minister was APC in the day and PDP at night.
Alhassan had in a video that surfaced online on September 5, 2017, backed Atiku Abubakar to take over the presidency from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
In the video, she referred to the former Vice President as “next president come 2019.” As part of a delegation that paid a courtesy visit to Atiku, Alhassan, who was the gubernatorial candidate of the APC in Taraba State in 2015, had said in Hausa language: “Your Excellency, our father the next president come 2019, God willing. In your presence are your people, your supporters who will continue supporting you till forever.
“The people of Taraba State came to give their felicitations for the Sallah celebration and to rejoice with you on the achievement God has given you. For sure, God has already blessed you; this is like a reminder.”
In her resignation letter to the President dated September 29, 2018, the former minister thanked Buhari for the opportunity to serve.
She stated that from the onset up to collection of nomination form and mobilisation of her supporters for the presidential and gubernatorial primaries, she kept the President in the know. She said she was however taken aback when she was disqualified by the party from contesting the primary election, adding that she was more troubled when no reason was given.
According to her, it would be out of place for her to remain as a minister in the government when the party that formed the government does not find her qualified to be a governor, hence her decision to resign her post. Alhassan also resigned her membership of the APC, saying she took the decision because of her disqualification from contesting the governorship primary in her state with no tangible reason by the leadership of the party. She also said she felt betrayed and let down by the party.

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has said that the party cannot continue to preach discipline and harbour people who conduct themselves in a way that suggest that they do not have those core values that should bind the political party together.

Oshiomhole who spoke while inaugurating the committees for the various states governorship primaries challenged members of the various committees conducting the governorship primaries not to yield to pressure from any quarter, but to do their best to help the party improve internal democracy in the country.

He also announced that the governorship primaries in Lagos and Imo will not go ahead on Sunday due to logistics reasons, adding that the party has shifted to primaries in the two states to Monday, October 1.

He said “We have decided to postpone the election in Lagos to Monday even though it is public holiday, there is nothing in the law that says we cannot conduct our party affairs on the day of public holidays. So, Lagos and Imo States for now, the exercise will take place on Monday.

“We are sure that we will be able to rectify logistic challenges between now and end of tomorrow. For those going to those States, please take note, otherwise… The secretariat will get to the committees through the chairmen, the documents and all the materials you need – be it ballot papers, result sheets that you will use for the election”.

Oshiomhole who also explained the disqualification of two serving Ministers said that the time has come when the country must move away from paper qualifications in terms of who is eligible to contest political offices on the platform of the party

He said: “If we must sustain this tradition, obviously we must begin to look beyond paper qualifications in terms of who is eligible to be fielded on the platform of our party.

“It is in view of this and several other reasons that we found ourselves unable to clear otherwise two very eminent Nigerians who are members of our party, one a lady, one a man, which shows that we are balanced and sensitive because there are issues that might even be right in the eyes of the law but they are immoral and they are indecent in the eyes and in the minds of very ordinary, decent human beings.

APC Lagos Primaries: Osinbajo Denies Picking Sanwo-olu Over Ambode

The Vice-President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has distanced himself from reports emanating from social media that he endorsed Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a Lagos Sate governorship aspirant contesting on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A picture of Sanwo-Olu and the vice-president had surfaced on social media with claims that he had endorsed the governorship aspirant as the APC candidate.
However, in a statement from the office of the vice-president on Sunday, the claim was denied with the assurance of support for any of the aspirants who emerged as the party’s candidate after the primary.
Osinbajo had attended the meeting of the General Advisory Council (GAC) on Saturday, and took pictures with the APC governorship aspirant just before the meeting started.
Osinbajo also met with the Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the party’s national leader, Bola Tinubu.
Shortly after the meeting, pictures of Sanwo-Olu and Osinbajo emerged on social media with some claims that the vice-president had endorsed the former.
According to the statement, Osinbajo called for a level-playing ground for all aspirants in the Lagos State governorship primary, scheduled for October 1, 2018.
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode had a ‘World Press Conference’ where he viciously attacked his rival in the October 1st All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries, Babajide Sanwoolu. He called Sanwoolu a criminal who spends fake dollars at the club as well as declaring him mentally unfit to rule Lagos.
The briefing came amidst immense pressure on the governor to step down in the contest for the All Progressives Congress’ governorship ticket in Lagos. Already, a potential successor has surfaced in the person of Jide Sanwo-Olu, who rose to prominence after being endorsed by all the state’s 57 local government chairpersons about two weeks ago.
Ambode had boldly declared war against his estranged godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the Bourdillon, Ikoyi home of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, when he said that he will not step down for their preferred candidate, in the 2019 Governorship race in the State.
The National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, disclosed the shift in the date of the Lagos primaries in Abuja, while inaugurating the panel that will oversee the election in 29 states, explained that the shift was due to logistics reason. Also shifted to Monday, is the primary election in Imo State.
Before the postponement, the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) and other major stakeholders of the party were to converge on the party secretariat on Acme Road, Lagos where they were to endorse Sanwo-Olu as their choice candidate. But the meeting was hurriedly dispersed by the crowd of Ambode’s thugs, who thronged the venue.
However, a member of the GAC, Senator Anthony Afuye, told the gathering that there were consultations with relevant stakeholders of the party, which had in attendance Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and was chaired by the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
While confirming the shift announced earlier by Oshiomhole, Afuye said: “The gubernatorial primary has been shifted to Monday, October 1st, and Dr. Obafemi Hamzat has stepped down, and endorsed Sanwo-Olu. The GAC and other major stakeholders have also endorsed Sanwo-Olu.”
As at yesterday morning, spirited attempts were made to save the incumbent from losing the primary, but in spite of all entreaties, and last minutes intervention by stakeholders, all parties involved in the face-off between the governor and Tinubu held onto their positions.
In another unfortunate scenario for the incumbent, 36 out of the 40 members of the State House of Assembly allegedly pledged their support for Sanwo-Olu at a meeting, yesterday.
In throwing their weight behind Sanwo-Olu, the lawmakers in a statement by the chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Princess Adefunmilayo Tejuoso said they were in agreement with Tinubu and the GAC, which had earlier endorsed Sanwo-olu for the governorship ticket.

Rivers APC crisis deepens as Amaechi and Magnus Abe disagree on mode of primaries

The crisis brewing across the country regarding the APC primaries has now spread to Rivers State has two political gladiators square up for a battle of supremacy.
The actors involved in this epic battle are Senator Magnus Abe, a governorship aspirant in the state and a serving senator; the other is the honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who is also a former governor of the state and a powerful member of the party and the Buhari carbinet.
The issue of contention between these powerful individuals is the mode of primaries that will be adopted in the precess of electing the APC candidate for the governorship election in the state.
While the Rotimi Amaechi group of the APC in Rivers State had said that it would adopt the indirect primary to choose its candidate, the Abe group is embracing the direct primary.
Also, another governorship aspirant of the APC in the state, Dumo Lulu-Briggs, has called on the national executive of the APC to postpone the exercise in order to ensure transparency of the process.
Lulu-Briggs alleged that he had been schemed out of the process, adding that delegates had already been handpicked by the leader of the party in the state, Rotimi Amaechi, with the aim of choosing a particular person as governorship candidate.