Ade Akanbi, Akure
An appointee of former President Goodluck Jonathan from Ondo State, Mr. Oluremi Akinbobola, and some other members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Idanre Local Government Area of the state, have defected to the All Progressives Congress.
This came barely one week after the former senator that represented Ondo Central Senatorial District, Mr. Ayo Akinyelure, and the Director of the Technical Aids Corps, Dr. Pius Osunyikanmi, also defected to the APC.
At the event which took place in Idanre town, Akinbobola, who was appointed by the former President as a Federal Commissioner in the National Population Commission, said he and other former members of the PDP decided to defect in order to join President Muhammadu Buhari in moving the country forward. Read More →
By Benjamin Tokede
The recent ruling of the appeal court with respect to the April 11 governorship election in Akwa Ibom State did not come to many people as a surprise. It may have surprised some who ignorantly believe the law court is the last hope of the proverbial common man, but not discerning Nigerians who have been following events from the time the people of Akwa Ibom chose Udom Emmanuel, a former banker, as their governor .
Certainly, the ruling could not have come as a surprise to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that has, since the election, explored every means at its disposal – conventional and unconventional, orthodox and unorthodox – to secure through the back door what it could not achieve through the main and infact front door. If anything, the ruling of the appellate court fell in line with the expectations of the ruling party that has boasted every step of the way that Akwa Ibom State would, at the end of the day, be grabbed to its kitty, regardless of what people of the state say or vote. It makes you wonder if the courts have not been acting a script written by the party in power. Read More →
FROM EMMANUEL ADEYEMI, Lokoja
A group under the aegis of Kogi Central Patriotic Citizens Forum has applauded the decision of the All Progressive Congress(APC) in nominating Alh Yahaya Bello as replacement to late Abubakar Audu.
In a press statement signed by the chairman of the forum, Alh Ahmed Musa-Ododo and made available to news men in Lokoja, the group applauded the demonstration of justice, fairness,equity and transparency in which the party nominated Bello and said it was the best option for the party.
While commending president Buhari for not dabbling into the party issue, the statement expressed satisfaction that the APC will clear the supplementary election coming up this Saturday.
The forum described Yahaya Bello’s governorship ticket as ‘ the peoples ticket’ and urged all Kogites to support him saying Bello does not have any ill feeling with any part of the state.
The statement also advised Chief James Faleke not to give in to the antics of an ethnic group in the state who it said are pushing him into destruction so that they could hold on to power ” which has evident slipped off from their hands, because they are afraid of power shift” it added. Read More →
The Taraba State Coalition for True and Grassroots Democracy has declared support for the tribunal ruling that removed Governor Darius Ishaku and declared Senator Aisha Alhassan as governor of the state.
Secretary General of the organisation Abdulmumin Sangari, said in a statement that Taraba State cannot continue to be governed by “unpopular candidates”.
“We need a governor who can take vibrant and independent decisions that will have direct bearing on the people. Therefore the tribunal judgment was a democratic proof of change and a lesson to impunity. From day one, we knew Hajiya Aisha would come back as the state governor. We have had various discussions with the people of the state at all levels and everybody is for ‘Maman Taraba’,” Sangari said. Read More →
Ahead of Saturday governorship election in Bayelsa state, the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum, (PDPGF) has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress was plotting to rig the poll using cloned Permanent Voter Cards, (PVCs) and fake security agents.
The PDP Governors Forum in a statement issued in Abuja by its Director General, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, said it was aware that the ruling party had brought in Information Technology experts of Indian nationality to effect the PVCs’ cloning in order to circumvent the electoral process in Bayelsa state. Read More →
Battle for the Kogi State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket thickens, as supporters of the gladiators, James Faleke and Yahaya Bello clash at the party’s secretariat in Abuja on Monday.
As at the time of reporting, the party’s National Working Committee members, reporters and Read More →
By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja, Gboyega Akinsanmi in Lagos and Atabor Julius in Lokoja
• Says he’ll not be Bello’s running mate
• Audu’s death a new chapter in our constitution, says Wada
As the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) meets today to take a final decision on who it shall field to replace the late Alhaji Abubakar Audu who died before the conclusion of the Kogi State governorship election, his running mate, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke, has rejected his nomination as the probable running mate to the party’s purported choice to replace Audu, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for the supplementary election slated for Saturday.
Faleke, in his second letter to the APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, dated November 27, 2015, restated that he should be considered the governor-elect following Audu’s death.
THISDAY learnt that though the APC leadership may have settled for Bello, who polled the second highest number of votes after Audu during the party’s primary before the governorship Read More →