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Odigie-Oyegun Says – Why I withdrew from APC Chairmanship Race

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National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has explained why he withdrew from contesting afresh the party’s national chairmanship position in the forthcoming National Convention slated for June 23. He said his decision was “in the party’s interest.”

He stated this on Friday night in Abuja while speaking with newsmen, adding that he arrived at the decision after wide consultation with close political associates and family members and not because of intimidation.

He said that the tenure extension that the party’s National Executive Committee had agreed to suffer a setback following President Muhammadu Buhari’s opposition.

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According to him, the tenure extension would have helped to stabilize the party in the face of some of its challenges and might have prevented the crisis that followed its recent congresses in some states of the federation.

He said that some of the party leaders ought to have considered the tenure extension to be in the best interest of the party.

This, he said, would have ensured that the party enters the 2019 elections as a united fighting force, rather than one that is potentially weakened by internal conflicts arising from competitive congresses and convention.

Odigie-Oyegun urged party leaders to close ranks and to make the party a strong fighting force ahead of the 2019 general elections.

“Now that the Convention Committee has invited interested aspirants to obtain forms to contest various national positions in our party, it has become necessary for me to state my position.

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“I have consulted widely with my family, friends, and associates, even though I had the desire to re-contest as the national chairman of the party.

“I have decided that it is ultimately in the best interest of the party for me to withdraw from the race.

“I believe that the party faces difficult days ahead, and all critical stakeholders in its leadership would be required to bind together for a common purpose,” he said.

He advised that a less-contentious convention would be better for the party, adding that he had always sought to be a part of solving the party’s problems.

“I do not intend to be part of the problems for APC to solve. It is for this reason that I hereby declare that I will not be seeking re-election as the national chairman.

“However, I will continue to perform my functions as the national chairman of the party till my tenure officially ends on Monday, June 25, when a new set of party executive will be inaugurated,” Odigie-Oyegun said.

Source: The Punch

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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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National Assembly release official statement saying no date for resumption has been picked

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Read the official statement released this morning below.

The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, have directed that we inform all Senators, Honorable Members and the public that a date has not been set for the reconvening of the Senate and the House of Representatives to consider the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 2019 elections budget request forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari onJuly 17, 2018.

The leadership of the two chambers had met and agreed to reconvene to consider the proposal this week before which a meeting between the Joint Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Electoral Matters and officials of the INEC must have held on or before Monday August 13, 2018.

The joint committees were also expected to meet with the joint Senate and House Committees on Appropriations, Loans and Debts on the Eurobond loan request after which two reports would have been ready for presentation in the two chambers.

However, no such meeting had taken place yet as a result of which both Senate and House of Representatives cannot reconvene as there is no report to consider.

Until the Committees have a ready report for the consideration of the two chambers, it will be most irresponsible to recall members from recess especially those that may have travelled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj.

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1. Yusuph Olaniyonu
Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to Senate President

2. Turaki Hassan
Special Adviser (Media and Public Affairs) to Speaker, House of Representatives

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”We have uncovered fresh plots by APC to arrest Saraki, Ekweremadu” – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it has uncovered fresh plots by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidency to use compromised security agencies and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to invite, arrest and detain Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu. The party made this allegation in a statement released by its spokespernson, Kola Ologbondiyan.

 

The party in the statement, says it has also unraveled fresh facts confirming that the pressure by the Presidency for the reconvening of the Senate is out of a sinister motive and not for any emergency in the approval of the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2019 election.

The fresh plot to detain the two presiding officers is part of renewed design to keep them out of circulation, ahead of Senate resumption, so as to enable the heavily induced APC senators, who are now in the minority, to throw up two of their members as Senate President and Deputy Senate President respectively on the excuse that Saraki and Ekweremadu failed to show up for proceedings in the Senate.

 

The party said that the new plot to cage Saraki and Ekweremadu, in devilish rehash of the Tuesday July 24, 2018 hostage-taking and invasion of their official residences by security agencies is coming after the August 7, 2018 failed attempt to use security forces to take control of the leadership of the Senate.

 

Apart from plots to arrest and detain Saraki and Ekweremadu, the PDP in its statement, says it has also been made aware of plans to use the EFCC and security forces to clamp down on their family members, including their wives and siblings as well as close associate, all in the effort to weaken their resolve.

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Moreover, investigations by the PDP further confirm that the insistence of the APC-led Federal Government on the emergency reconvening of the National Assembly, ostensibly to consider INEC’s budget for the 2019 election, is part of APC’s thicker plot to execute their premeditated ‘coup’ on the leadership of the Senate.

PDP was further informed that contrary to claims by the APC and the Presidency, INEC actually submitted the budget to the presidency since February 2018, only for the Presidency to submit it to the National Assembly in July when the legislature was already going on recess; with a view to enmesh it in a needless controversy.

Furthermore, the PDP counsels Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to stop acting saint, as Nigerians are aware that he is part and parcel of the actors behind the sordid developments playing out in the National Assembly.

The PDP invites Nigerians and the international community to note the activities of the APC and the Buhari Presidency, which have continued to put the unity and stability of our nation as well as our hard-earned democracy under serious stress.

In all, the PDP cautions the APC and power mongers at the Presidency to know that Nigerians have seen through their evil intentions and will continue to firmly resist them by standing for democracy and the unity of our nation at all times.” the statement read

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