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APC Reps Have Endorsed Adams Oshiomhole for National Chairman

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The Caucus of the All Progressives Congress at the House of Representatives on Tuesday endorsed a former Edo State governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, as the next national chairman of the party.

Oshiomhole and the lawmakers had met behind closed doors at the National Assembly for over three hours, where he solicited their support.

In attendance were the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara; Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun; Majority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, among other leaders and caucus members.

After the meeting, Gbajabiamila spoke with reporters in company with Oshiomhole and Dogara, where the APC leader announced the decision of the caucus.

Gbajabiamila stated that the members discussed freely with Oshiomhole before arriving at the conclusion that he had the qualities to replace Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

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Gbajabiamila added, “We sat down for over two hours and had a heart-to-heart discussion and we are all on the same page.

“Like he (Oshiomhole) said, he came to solicit support to be the party’s next chairman.

“As a result of that solicitation, we as the APC caucus in the House of Representatives believe in him.

“We have more or less, endorsed him.”

Before the meeting went behind closed doors, Oshiomhole had addressed the lawmakers, expressing concern over the current crisis shaking the APC.

He promised to ensure that all the members of the party remained within its fold if he was elected the chairman.

Oshiomhole also said he would expand the membership of the party.

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The former governor added, “I am contesting this position not because there is a vacuum but because I have been an active member and I am convinced that we need to do some things differently to make our party stronger.

“A lot of things are happening now in our party. The problems in some states would have been checked if we had an effective party administration. Though we are having issues because we are a progressive party, with a proactive leadership, all the issues will be resolved.

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“They will be resolved in a win-win situation. Everybody must get something.

“I am saying this because even as a governor, I have never asked party member: Who are you? Because if I do that, on the day of an election, I will be in my village and that person will be in his area and he might punish me.

“I am convinced that working with the leaders of our party, I believe we can build a party that is founded on inclusiveness and not exclusion.

“A party must argue and resolve amicably no matter the issues. There is no problem that cannot be resolved and we must resolve all our problems as party men and women.

“Our party, the APC, will remain strong and we will win the 2019 general elections, God willing.”

Dogara, who responded on behalf of the members, thanked Oshiomhole for the visit.

Those on Oshiomhole’s entourage included the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr. Philip Shaibu; a former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Patrick Obahiagbon; and Senator Domingo Obende.

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Tinubu, APC Mount Pressure On Ambode To Step Down, Endorse Sanwo-Olu​

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A source said, “Ambode was told to step down and forget his second term ambition. He was told to publicly endorse Sanwo-Olu as his successor. He was promised a ministerial appointment after the APC might have won the presidential election. He was even told to pick a ministry of his choice.


The battle on who gets the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State continued on Wednesday with the party leadership mounting pressure on the incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, to drop his second term bid and endorse his opponent, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Sanwo-Olu came into reckoning in Lagos politics after he obtained the state governorship form last Tuesday and immediately got the backing of the Mandate Movement in the Lagos APC.

The Mandate Movement is led by the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was Ambode’s political godfather.

The chairmen of the 57 councils had also declared support for Sanwo-Olu.

The governor and Tinubu have been in the news in the past few days because of an alleged rift over the second term bid of Ambode.

Tinubu had refused to back Ambode’s second term ambition despite pleas by notable people in the state and the country.

Sanwo-Olu, a former commissioner in the state, on Sunday formally declared his intention to vie for the Lagos State governorship ticket of the APC, promising to restore the glory of the state when he was voted in as the governor.

Notable APC leaders in the state, who were either allies of Tinubu or his followers, were at the declaration.

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On Monday, Ambode’s wife, Bolanle had tried to save her husband’s job when she met with Tinubu in Osun State and tried to pacify him to change his mind. The meeting did not yield positive result.

Our correspondent learnt that both the state and national leaders of the party met on Wednesday and mounted pressure on the Lagos governor to accept the decision of the state party leaders.

It was gathered that Ambode, however, told them that he would prefer to go ahead with the direct primary option of the party in the state.

A source said, “Ambode was told to step down and forget his second term ambition. He was told to publicly endorse Sanwo-Olu as his successor. He was promised a ministerial appointment after the APC might have won the presidential election. He was even told to pick a ministry of his choice.

“But Ambode seemed not to be pleased with the directives of the leaders as he declined the ministerial dangle. He also told them to allow the APC primary process to continue as planned. For now, the meeting is still continuing and there is no compromise in sight.”

Our correspondent also learnt on Wednesday that Ambode had instructed his camp not to speak to any journalist and wait for the electoral process to pan out.

“We told him that he might likely lose if he decided not to fight back, but he just smiled,” another source said.

However, it was gathered that the state APC leaders were still insisting that Ambode must go as of Wednesday evening.

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Also, it was gathered that the meeting of the Governor’s Advisory Council, the APC’s highest advisory political organ, which held in Lagos, did not discuss Ambode’s issue.

It was gathered that the body was supposed to advise the party on the choice between Ambode and Sanwo-Olu and its implication for the party.

There had been reports that the verdict of the body would seal the fate of both Ambode and Sanwo-Olu.

A source said the meeting merely took briefing on the three aspirants – Ambode, Sanwo-Olu and Dr Femi Hamzat – and later discussed Osun State governorship election.

The body was also said to have advised the party to shift the primary to September 29, 2018, instead of the September 25 it planned to hold the primary.

The source said, “Asiwaju, the governor, as well as the two other aspirants, were not present at the meeting. A briefing on the profile of the aspirants was taken and advice was given that the primary be shifted to September 29.

“The body will meet again on Saturday when members will discuss more on the aspirants.”

Pro-Ambode demonstration holds in Lagos

Meanwhile, some residents of Lagos State took to the street on Wednesday to protest against Tinubu’s refusal to back Ambode

The protesters, who stormed the secretariat of the Ikeja Local Government Area in Ikeja, said the incumbent governor deserved automatic ticket.

One of the protesters, Mr Charles Akube, said Ambode’s infrastructural development projects were enough to earn him a second term.

He said, “Tinubu should not use politics to spoil the development going on in Lagos. Ambode has done enough to get a second term.”

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‘One Of The Most Emotional Days Of My Political Career’ — Atiku Weeps As Supporters Buy Him N12m PDP Presidential Nomination Form

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“Today has turned out to be one of the most emotional days in decades of my political career. “The event today is historic because this is the only time in my political career that young men and women in this country have come together, without my knowledge to contribute their own hard-earned money to buy this nomination form and expression of interest form,” Atiku stated.

Atiku Abubakar, presidential aspirant contesting on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shed a few tears, on Friday, at a programme organised by his supporters to present him the PDP expression of interest form and the presidential nomination form.

Atiku broke down as one of his supporters lamented, what she described as the current situation of the country.

The supporters, under the aegis of the Atiku Support Group (ASG), thereafter, presented him with the forms, stating that it was another way of showing support for his candidacy.

The form cost N12 million.

Responding to the gesture, Atiku said: “Today has turned out to be one of the most emotional days in decades of my political career.

“The event today is significant, historic because this is the only time in my political career that young men and women in this country have come together, without my knowledge to contribute their own hard-earned money to buy this nomination form and expression of interest form.”

He thanked the ASG for the effort and restated his commitment to work towards developing the country, in line with his campaign promises.

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FFK commends Osinbajo for overhauling SARS, demands justice for IPOB members and Nnamdi Kanu

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Former Aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has commended vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, for ordering the overhauling of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS.

 

Posting via his twitter handle, FFK called on the acting president to also bring to justice, those that have in the last three years, ”killed IPOB members and abducted its leader, Nnamdi Kanu”. See his tweets below.

 

FFK commends Osinbajo for overhauling SARS, demands justice for IPOB members and Nnamdi Kanu

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