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Presidency clears air on APC NEC meeting

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Days after the NEC meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the Presidency has said that no one can dictate to President Muhammadu Buhari on where to hold meetings.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that the meeting which is said to have held at the council chambers was criticized by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The opposition party had claimed that it was unconstitutional for such to hold at the council chambers.

In response, Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, issued a statement saying no one can dictate to the president where he should hold meetings.

He said: “It is necessary that we put records in their correct perspective concerning the recent meeting held by the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, which has, unfortunately, drawn criticism due to lack of understanding.

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“The stubborn opinion held by the critics of the administration is that President Muhammadu Buhari had called a political meeting in the “hallowed” chamber of the Federal Executive Council, as if there is a law that says the President is barred from holding meetings in certain sections of the vast Presidential Villa.

“Since the President lives in the Villa, no one can, legally speaking, choose or dictate to him where he can sit to hold meetings. So, what is wrong in the President presenting himself before a camera and a TV screen in a digital conference at a given location within the Villa?

“Just for the sake of the argument, this meeting, we say emphatically, was not convened at the Council Chamber. It was virtual, not a physical meeting.

“Why was it a virtual meeting? The idea was to observe social distancing in view of health concerns. Knowing how small the conference hall of the party is, social distancing would only have been observed in the breach.”


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Buhari should not attend Giadom’s hosted NEC meeting – Sagay

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The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has advised President Buhari not to attend the meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, holding today.

Victor Giadom who lays claim to the position of the acting national chairman of the party had called for the meeting.

His call was backed by Buhari who also agreed to attend the meeting by revealing that Giadom’s claim is backed by the law.

In reaction, Sagay stated that Giadom lacked the power to summon such a meeting because his original position of deputy national chairman is not in the line of succession to the national chairman.

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Sagay told NRM: “I’m stunned by this turn of events. How can a deputy national secretary have the ambition to be the chairman of a party when you have deputy chairmen and vice-chairmen?

“That is why it is absurd. It does not make sense. His position makes it impossible for him to be the acting national chairman.

“The legal advice the President got is mischievous in the extreme because there is no court order to extend since it does not exist.

“So I would advise the President to step back from this matter and not participate in it.”


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Rising Story: Ajimobi-led NWC to boycott NEC meeting

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The crisis rocking Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may have reached a crisis head as the Ajimobi-led National Working Committee (NWC) has turned down a National Executive Council Meeting (NEC) called by a breakaway faction led by Victor Giadom and backed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The NEC meeting, which was called by the embattled former Deputy National Secretary of the party, has been endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari, who also recognised him as the authentic acting National Chairman of the party.

The Ajimobi-led NWC however rejected the invitation, stating, that the president was supporting illegality by his action.

The factional NWC made their position known in a statement jointly signed by the National Vice Chairman (South South), Hilliard Eta, and the acting National Secretary, Waziri Bulama, in Abuja, on Wednesday.

According to them, the President was wrongly advised and blackmailed into agreeing to lend his weight to illegality.

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The statement read: “We wish to unequivocally state that members of the National Working Committee believe that the President was offered wrong advice or blackmailed into lending his weighty office to the illegality of the National Executive Committee meeting purportedly convened by one Victor Giadom on 25th June, 2020.

“We hereby respectfully implore Mr. President to kindly avail himself with facts of the matter regarding the impasse presently experienced by the party so as to guide him in his assessment of the matter because we are sure that the President if properly advised, would come to the conclusion that the meeting convened by Chief Victor Giadom bothers on illegality and criminality.

“The National Working Committee regrets to turn down the invitation to the illegal and unconstitutional national executive committee convened by Chief Victor Giadom.

“We believe that attending such a meeting will amount to embracing illegalities and turning a blind eye to the infractions on the constitution of our great party.“


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APC, House of Riot – Will NEC sack Oshiomhole? – By Timothy Enietan-Matthews

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The leadership crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) appears to have come to a head with the reported recognition of Chief Victor Giadom as the authentic acting National Chairman of the party by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.

The crisis, which has been long running, assumed a more pronounced proportion last week when the Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, upheld the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who had, before the judgment of the court, engaged in a running battle with several elements in the party, including governors and key members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), but on several occasions, survived the onslaughts against him like a cat with nine lives.

His bitter struggle with his former ally and successor in office, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, for the soul of the Edo chapter of the party, leading to his suspension by his ward, however, set the stage for his current travails.

As the leader of the party, Buhari’s recognition of Giadom, whose position as Deputy National Secretary of the party, had earlier been declared vacant on the ground that he resigned shortly before the 2019 general elections to contest for the office of Deputy Governor of Rivers State, has no doubt tactically put the air out of efforts at salvaging whatever may remain of Oshiomhole’s survival strategies as the Chairman of the party.

In a Twitter post on Wednesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said: “The President has received very convincing advice on the position of the law as far as the situation in the party is concerned and has determined that the law is on the side of Victor Giadom as Acting National Chairman.

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“Because he will always act in accordance with the law, the President will be attending the virtual meeting Giadom called for tomorrow afternoon.

“We urge the media to stop promoting manufactured controversies and to not give any further room for mischievous interpretations of the law on this matter.

“In addition to the President, the Giadom meeting will, hopefully, be attended by our governors and the leaders of the National Assembly.”

With this, Giadom, who no doubt has the support of several elements in the party that are opposed to the reign of Oshiomhole and his style, may have dealt a fatal blow to the ego of the former labour leader and clipped his wings.

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The present scenario may, however, have its rippling effect on the party, negatively and positively, depending on what divide major players in the APC power game belong.

The convening of a virtual/physical meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party by Giadom, which had been endorsed by President Buhari, may no doubt turn out to be a master stroke by him and his backers. Oshiomhole had stubbornly avoided convening NEC meetings, to among other things, give legal backing to many of his actions through ratification as provided for by the party’s Constitution.

The refusal by Oshiomhole to convene the NEC, has been one of the issues used by his traducers to attack him, labeling him autocratic. It is expected that the meeting will provide the needed encouragement for anti-Oshiomhole forces in the party to finally go for the kill. Will that happen?

The unfolding scenario does not just point to a bad omen for Oshiomhole and his hold on the party, it also potentially stands as a fatally disruptive development for a number of projections and actions taken before now, while at the same time, holding out the chance to advance some other interests in the party.

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Will the unfolding scenario have any major impact on the outcome of the Edo State Governorship Election Screening Committee? This is one major question many Nigerians and supporters of the APC will be asking as the party’s NEC holds today.

Recall that Governor Obaseki was stopped from contesting the primary of the APC by the screening committee of the party, allegedly on the order of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who had tacitly given his support to Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, and who eventually was declared winner of the exercise. Giadom, however, overruled the decision of the screening committee to stop Obaseki immediately he declared himself the acting National Chairman of the party.

It is also believed that both Giadom and Obaseki are staunch allies of the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, while Ize-Iyamu belongs to the camp of the embattled Oshiomhole, making Ize-Iyamu’s position in the new scheme of things, if it stands, a bit shaky. It is however not certain if the party will be willing to take another risk that may lead to another Rivers or Zamfara scenario.

Is Oshiomhole finally biting the dust?

Giving the barrage of opposition to Oshiomhole’s leadership of the party, especially from members of the influential Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), will it be safe to say that the former Edo State Governor’s reign as the National Chairman of the party has come to an end?

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Will the NEC meeting bar him from approaching the Supreme Court to seek redress? Will NEC members turn their back on him, as some already did?

Judging from what has been happening in the party overtime, these are, no doubt, high possibilities. And with the possible boycott of today’s NEC meeting by pro-Oshiomhole members of the NWC, his fate may just have been sealed.

The pro-Oshiomhole NWC said in a statement signed by Hillard Etta, the National Vice Chairman (South-South) and Waziri Bulama, the acting National Secretary on Wednesday night: The statement read, “We wish to unequivocally state that members of the National Working Committee believe that the President was offered wrong advice or blackmailed into lending his weighty office to the illegality of the National Executive Committee meeting purportedly convened by one Victor Giadom on 25th June, 2020.

“We hereby respectfully implore Mr. President to kindly avail himself with facts of the matter regarding the impasse presently experienced by the party so as to guide him in his assessment of the matter because we are sure that the President if properly advised, would come to the conclusion that the meeting convened by Chief Victor Giadom bothers on illegality and criminality.

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“The National Working Committee regrets to turn down the invitation to the illegal and unconstitutional national executive committee convened by Chief Victor Giadom.

“We believe that attending such a meeting will amount to embracing illegalities and turning a blind eye to the infractions on the constitution of our great party. “

For informed and keen followers of happenings in APC, the recent curious silence of the governors elected on the platform of the party, especially in the last one week, speaks volume. It must also be noted that the governors had made efforts to save Obaseki, who was one of them before he dumped the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), without success.

For many of the governors, Oshiomhole has been overbearing and excessive in the handling of the party’s affairs, and had made several efforts at ousting him from office.

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The outspoken disposition of the Director General of the PGF, Salisu Lukman, is believed in many quarters to bear the seal of approval of the governors and as such they are most likely to use this opportunity to finally nail Oshiomhole’s coffin.

Lukman said shortly after the Obaseki was disqualified: “It is clear that, APC leadership as currently constituted under the leadership of Comrade Oshiomhole is imprudent and cannot be entrusted with the task of leading the party.

“Comrade Oshiomhole’s NWC has hawked the soul of the party to political buccaneers whose narrow interest is just about unfairly winning elections.

“APC does not belong to anybody. It is a product of sacrifice by leaders and members of our old legacy parties.

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“Nobody should contemplate leaving the party on account of the rascality going on in the party under Comrade Oshiomhole’s leadership. All members of the party and lovers of democracy in Nigeria must rise against what is going on in APC. It is a struggle for the soul of APC.”

Like Oshiomhole, like Giadom

APC NWC tackles Giadom over NEC meeting

Though President Muhammadu Buhari has recognized Victor Giadom as the authentic acting National Chairman of the APC and has endorsed the NEC meeting called by him, the victory celebration may be short lived if pro-Oshiomhole forces in the party decide to go after him.

Giadom’s recognition may most likely throw a new leadership crisis in the party, as Oshiomhole supporters will not fold their hands and allow a member who, aside his purported resignation from the NWC, has been suspended by his state chapter of the party.

A faction of the APC in Rivers State led by Senator Magnus Abe had recently suspended Giadom from the party, and immediately nominating a replacement for him at the NWC in the person of a former Attorney General in the state, Worgu Boms.

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Aside his suspension by the Magnus Abe led faction, two High Courts in Rivers State had also sealed his suspension, making his leadership of the APC a shaky one and akin to that of Oshiomhole. Will Giadom also suffer the fate of Oshiomhole, thereby continuing the recent instabilities in the party? Only time can tell!

Also left to be seen is how the President Buhari-backed acting National Chairman of the APC hopes to relate and carry along those who have openly opposed him and worked against his emergence.

Will Giadom follow in the footsteps of Oshiomhole and embark on a regime of vengeance and high handedness? What becomes of the 17 members of the NWC loyal to Oshiomhole? How would he work with them, especially Hilliard Etta, Waziri Bulama, Lanre Issa-Onilu amongst others?

More importantly, what will be Giadom’s disposition towards ‘enemies from home’ as represented by Magnus Abe and Iko Aguma, who suspended him from the party and named a replacement for him?

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Can the emergence of Giadom put to an end the protracted crisis in the Rivers State chapter of the APC, or will it further fuel it, especially with the unrelenting and adamant vigour with which the opposing camps have been pursuing their different positions. Questions and more questions only the players and their actions on the coming days can answer.

Rotimi Amaechi, the new kingmaker?

Those in PDP are rich men, we in APC are poor people –Amaechi

The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi must be a happy man at the moment for successfully enthroning one of his close allies at the helm of affairs of the ruling party.

Giadom belongs to the Amaechi led faction of the party in Rivers and had actually picked him as the deputy governorship candidate of the party in the state before the intra-party crisis in the state chapter robbed it of participation in the 2019 governorship election.

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For many, Amaechi had been the unseen hand propping Giadom on in his many bitter battles with other members of the APC NWC, and his efforts seem to have paid off handsomely.

Amaechi’s active involvement in the crisis came to the fore immediately the NWC declared Giadom’s office vacant, as his faction in Rivers came out smoking, declaring that Giadom is not just the Deputy National Secretary of the party but also the acting National Chairman of the party. They also declared the state chapter chairman of the party, Iko Aguma, removed from office and replaced.

Shortly after that, a video emerged online with some youths spoiling for war, with a threat to burn down Rivers State if anything is done against the minister. It became curious why the threat, because as at that time, nothing much had been associated with Amaechi actively in the national leadership crisis.

As it stands, Amaechi may be having the last laugh, and enjoying the moment, even if it is temporary!

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Will Oshiomhole give up trying?

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is a known fighter; a man who never gives up trying!

Right from his labour activism days, he has been known to be a long distance runner when it comes to struggles, and that has been his staying power since he became the National Chairman of the APC, fighting battles on different fronts and surviving. Will this be different?

Though the Court of Appeal has spoken, Oshiomhole still has another legal window, the Supreme Court, and as expected, he may approach the apex court for a final adjudication. If he wins at the Supreme Court, the stage would now be set for a final onslaught against the ‘renegades’ in the party. Time, only time will tell!

2023 in focus?

The consensus among many Nigerians is that the leadership crisis rocking the ruling party is closely related to the 2023 presidential elections and the attempt by several of the top players in the party to properly put themselves in pole position for advantage.

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According to analysts, the current efforts at dislodging the Oshiomhole-led leadership of the party may not be unconnected with powers that be to weaken the support base of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is believed to be eyeing the presidency come 2023.

Oshiomhole is a know ally of Tinubu, who has enjoyed his support right from his struggle to become Edo State Governor, and Tinubu is believed to have played a prominent role in his emergence and stay as National Chairman. For many, successfully edging out Oshiomhole from office will put some spanners in the works for Tinubu’s ambition, a possibility that may not be far from the truth.

How the acclaimed National Leader of the APC responds to the current crisis is yet to be seen, as he has maintained his now famous silence in the face of all the intrigues playing out.

As it stands, Nigerians will be waiting with baited breath for the outcome of today’s NEC meeting of the ruling party to know if the APC will finally nail the coffin of its garrulous chairman.


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Giadom lead NEC meeting as APC crisis deepen

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The former Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Victor Giadom, on Tuesday, summoned a virtual National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party.

Giadom, who is one of the National Working Committee (NWC) members of the APC laying claim to the party’s national chairmanship position following the suspension of its substantive national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, was suspended by the Rivers State chapter of the party over alleged gross infractions of the party’s constitution on Monday.

The embattled party chieftain said in a statement the meeting would take place at the State House, Abuja, June 25.

Giadom said he was convening the meeting with the consent of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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The statement read:

“I, Chief Victor Giadom, having been duly authorized by a court order to act as National Chairman of our great party and to preside over all meetings of the NWC and NEC hereby and with the consent of the President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR (who is the leader of our party) reconvene the NEC meeting that was earlier billed to hold on the 17th of March, 2020, but was postponed.

“The reconvened meeting shall hold on Thursday, June 25th, 2020. Venue shall be the State House, Abuja.

“However, in keeping strictly to the COVID-19 Guidelines, the postponed NEC shall proceed by virtual means. The codes would be sent by text to the phone numbers of all NEC members. Those to be physically present at the State House, Abuja, would also be communicated.”


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Hilliard Eta reveal why NEC meeting can’t hold

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The acting national chairman of the APC, Hilliard ETA has said that the party won’t be conducting an emergency national executive committee, NEC, meeting.

This comes amid a call from some party members including Deputy Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, who want a NEC meeting to end the crisis rocking the party since Adams Oshiomhole got suspended from the position of national chairman.

In reaction, ETA stated that a NEC meeting which will have about 120 people will violate the COVID-19 restrictions in the country.

“I do not believe there is anybody afraid or scared of convening NEC meeting. For those who want to build this party, who want this party to outlast this present government, they are such in number that there is no fear of convening NEC meeting,” he said.

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“What has been militating against constituting NEC meeting in the recent past is, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic that has stopped everybody from gathering more than a certain number of persons.

“As you are all aware, we have over 120 members of NEC and it would amount to breaking the COVID-19 protocol as established by the Nigerian authorities prohibiting gathering of more than 50 people at a time. It will take our breaking that protocol for us to have a NEC meeting,” he said.

He added that nobody is afraid of a NEC meeting, and that if the party gets a waiver, such will hold.

“There is no way the ruling party will voluntarily disobey or break rules it is part of making,” he insisted.


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COVID-19: Nigeria economy vulnerable – NEC.


The National Economic Council (NEC) on Thursday received the report of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) on the impacts of Coronavirus disease on the Nigeria’s economy.

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State revealed this to State House correspondents at the end of the monthly meeting of NEC which was presided by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the State House, Abuja.


He said that the report indicated that before the outbreak of the coronavirus, the economic condition of Nigeria was fragile, vulnerable and deteriorating with:

“Output growth, though rising, remains weak and fragile -being outstripped by population growth; almost a quarter of the economy was shrinking/contracting.’’


“The beginning of a new cycle of faster increase in prices and inflation ended the year at 11.98% impaired with 11.44% in 2018.

“Rising deficit and debt service payment increasing funded from ‘ways and means’ borrowing which leads to money supply growth. This poses a threat to inflation and the exchange rate.’’


According to him, the report also shows how external influences drive the Nigerian economy – Trade, Capital inflows, policy diaspora transfers.

He said the report indicated that the impact of coronavirus on the Nigeria Economy would affect oil sector while stressing that both price and quantity are expected to fall.


“Both import and export will fall but it is likely that import will fall by less than export.

“Fall in import will be expected to adversely affect production input leading to fall in output and rising unemployment – this will worsen the fate of the manufacturing sector.


“While rising unemployment will weaken demand, import disruptions are also likely to raise cost and inflation.

“At a time of wide-spread uncertainty and capital flight towards safety, Nigeria should not expect the premium derived from keeping interest rates high will be adequate to keep Foreign Portfolio Investors from considering safety,’’ he added.

The governor further disclosed that the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning updated the Council on the balance of the Excess Crude Account as at March 17, 2020, stood at $17,220, 756; the Stabilization Account was N35, 806, 389, 699. 67 while the Natural Resources Development Fund Account was N109,360, 903,475.60 as at March 17, 2020.

He also disclosed that the Council received an update on the ownership review and the analysis of the DisCos, saying final report on the electricity reform would be circulated later.


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Edo: APC frowns at Obaseki for rejecting Peace committee

…they could not now be adjudicators

The the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State has reacted to Governor Godwin Obaseki’s rejection of the newly-constituted National Reconciliation Committee set up to address the problems bedeviling the party in some states.

Recall that Governor Obaseki in a statement jointly issued by the state Commissioner ‎for Information and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu and his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, had rejected Committee because it is allegedly populated by persons with vested interests in the crisis rocking the Edo APC.

The statement sp‎ecifically accused two members of the Committee, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and Deputy.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase of meddling in the altercation between the Edo State Government and the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, saying they could not now be adjudicators on the matter.

But in a statement in Benin City yesterday, the party said it welcome the setting up of the Committee, which was one of the decisions at the last National Executive Committee its (NEC) meeting which had President Muhammadu Buhari in attendance.

The statement signed by Col. David Imuse (rtd.) and Lawrence Okah, Acting Chairman and State Secretary of the APC in Edo State, “dissociates itself from the decision of the governor and his cohorts who no longer see anything good in our great party.

“For quite sometime now, we have cried to the world that Governor Obaseki is the problem the APC has in Edo State but some persons whom he unfortunately brainwashed listen to his lies. However, Edo people, who are the voters, know the truth about Obaseki.

“It will interest President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of our party that this is the fourth time Governor Obaseki would reject trouble-shooting Committees on Edo State and decisions made by respected institutions in this country.

“First was the decision of the House of Representatives, calling on the governor to issue a fresh proclamation letter after he criminally inaugurated 9 out of 24 members of the State House of Assembly at 9:30pm.

“Governor Obaseki bluntly rejected that decision and accused the respected members of the Green Chambers of carrying out the bidding of Comrade Adam’s Oshiomhole.

“The second was the senate resolution, which also advised the governor to do the right things as earlier directed by the House of Representatives. Again, Governor Obaseki flouted the resolution and went further to get an injunction restraining the NASS from interfering in the crisis situation in the state House of Assembly. Rather than embrace peace like the Governor of Bauchi did, which led to the peace being enjoyed today in the Bauchi state Assembly, Governor Obaseki ‘s ego did not allow him do that. Today, he and his cohorts have dragged the NWC, NASS and the State APC through the courts.

“He had further gone ahead to declare vacant the seats of our 14 House of Assembly members who went to court in total disregard to the pendency of these issues before the court.

“Thirdly, the NWC decided to set up a peace committee headed by the governor of Kano State. Again, Governor Obaseki and his clique went to court to restrain that committee from carrying out its functions. That matter is still before the law court.

“Just a few days ago, our teeming supporters across the nation celebrated the setting up of a National Reconciliation Committee, which was the idea of our party leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari, at the last NEC meeting. Governor Obaseki has, again, condemned the constitution of the Committee, which is ably led by our respected Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan.

“We are, indeed, aware that this committee was not only set up to look into the crisis in Edo APC but also in other states where we have issues such as Rivers, Ondo, Zamfara, etc. Remarkably, none of the leaders in these states have condemned the Committee but Obaseki who is always speaking from both sides of the mouth about the search for peace in Edo APC.

“We don’t think that former Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo and former Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State defied these reputable institutions, including the party, before they were suspended by the party. It is clear we have a tyrant in Edo as governor.

According to col.imuse and Okah, the actions of Governor Obaseki was not a surprise to the APC in Edo State because the governor and his cohorts have allegedly left the APC in the spirit but are creating confusion to destroy the party in the state and blame their despicable action on Comrade Oshiomhole.

They alleged that “at the moment, Edo State Government House is now venue for meetings of PDP leaders in the state. But we are not worried about that because Governor Obaseki who failed to win his ward and unit during the Presidential election has no electoral prowess to upset the APC in the forthcoming gover election.

“The APC in Edo State expresses its gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up the National Reconciliation Committee. Edo APC looks forward to the Committee’s deliberation in Edo State.
“As a party, we want peace in our state. Therefore, we urge the Committee to disregard the position of the governor on this matter because Obaseki is not the owner of APC in Edo State.

“It is clear that even if our Lord Jesus Christ comes down from heaven to head the Committee, Governor Obaseki will still complain because his soul has left APC. All he wants now is to destroy the APC. But we will resist him no matter how much of the state’s funds he is throwing around in his desperation for a second term.

“Finally, we want to state categorically that, at no time, was our National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, suspended from his ward. It is laughable that Governor Obaseki who does not understand the constitution of the APC will gather his SAs and Commissioners to Government House to announce that they have suspended our leaders, including Comrade Oshiomhole. How can a Governor who lost his ward,

LGA and senatorial district in the last general election, say he has suspended people who won their areas for the APC?

That is laughable.

“Prior to the general election, he made a pronouncement that any government appointee that lost his unit or ward during the election should resign. After the elections, we expected he would be a man of honour to resign after he lost his unit and ward, but he has remained as governor and has been tormenting leaders who won their areas for President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We appeal to our President and other leaders of the party to call Governor Obaseki to order as he is pushing Edo State to a state of anarchy. APC members are being hounded, beaten and maimed in any of their gatherings on the orders of Governor Obaseki. If he intends to leave the party as he had already perfected his plot, he should do so quietly so we can move on.

“We have implicit confidence in our National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and we believe that he will lead Edo State to victory again in 2020”, the statement said.

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Don’t return to Daura when your tenure is up – Akpabio tells Buhari.

…ensure that the votes are retained

President Muhammadu Buhari stirred curiousity at a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on November 22 when he charged the leaders of the party to ensure that it does not die after his tenure.

It has now emerged that the President’s statement was not made in a vacuum. It was actually impelled by an appeal the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio had made to the President during a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting a few days earlier.

At the said NEC meeting, Akpabio was said to have stood up in his hilarious manner and told President Buhari that there are three major political parties in Nigeria, namely the APC, the PDP and the President himself as a custodian of 12 million votes.

Akpabio then pleaded with the President that when his tenure is up, he should not return to Daura with his 12 million votes but ensure that the votes are retained for the survival and progress of APC.

There and then, the President pledged his determination to see that APC survives beyond his tenure.

#Newsworthy…

Just in – Osinbajo presides over last NEC meeting.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday presided over the meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting would be the last NEC meeting for the year 2019.

Nigeria’s constitution provided that the vice president should be the Chairman of NEC.

NEC meeting, held monthly, deliberates on economic planning efforts and programmes of the various levels of government in the country.

NEC comprises the 36 state governors, the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), minister of finance, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and some other government officials.

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N307.5Mn: FEC approves sum for vehicle operations by NAFDAC.

…meant to improve mobility.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N307.5 million for the purchase of operational vehicles for the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Minister of State for Health, Adeleke Mamora, briefed State House correspondents after FEC meeting, presided by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said that the vehicles were needed for effective execution of the agency’s mandate.

“These 15 vehicles are meant to improve mobility.

“You recall that NAFDAC is a regulatory agency and has a lot to do in terms of field work.

“ In order to improve mobility and enhance operational efficiency; regulation—checking so many things; claims in terms of products, drugs, food items, water production; they need to move around and confirm claims and certify.

“So, that is the need for these operational vehicles and these are Hilux vehicles, 15 in number,’’ he said.

Mamora said that the 15 Hilux vehicles would cost N307.562 million.

He said that Hilux vehicles had stood the test of time in terms of durability and ability to perform on Nigerian roads.

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NEC Committes Frustrated And Insisted On Oshiomhole’s Resignation..

There may not be respite for the embattled All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole,yet as members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and State chairmen of the party have insisted on the resignation of the party boss. Addressing newsmen shortly after the NEC meeting, which ended abruptly, the aggrieved party members, numbering over 50, expressed disappointment how the former Edo governor tried to sideline them during the meeting.

Reading a prepared statement, one of them, Lawal Liman said: “The APC was founded as a platform of the progressives in Nigeria in 2014, with change as the slogan of the party. The party was positively embraced by the citizens of Nigeria, culminating in record breaking victory of President Muhanunadu Buhari, as the first opposition leader to defeat an incumbent President.

“Most of the goodwill acquired by the party, by reasons of its religious adherence to the provisions of its constitution and the tenets of internal democratic practices has taken a downturn, principally due to dictatorial and despotic tendencies of the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who has usurped the powers of the NEC of the party.

“This may have been responsible for the admonition of Mr. President who insisted that the party organs, at the State, LGA and Ward levels, must be strengthened and accorded due respect with regard to the powers and responsibilities conferred on them by the Constitution of the Party. Most unfortunately, the facade conducted by the National Chairman, today, November 22, 2019, at a NEC meeting, leaves much to be desired.

“He completely ignored Mr. President advice and rather defied all known rules for meetings by precluding contribution from members and ending the meeting abruptly, without achieving anything.

“This is most unfortunate and undesirable. Arising from the foregoing and having regards to the huge responsibilities bestowed on us as officers of the party and in the overriding interest of our members, we are left with no option but to demand that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole resign his position as National Chairman, in order to stem the slide and provide an enabling environment for genuine healing, reconciliation and the practice of true democracy, within the party across the country,” they demanded.

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APC: Protesters Raid NEC Meeting, Demands Oshiomhole’s Sack…

The headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was a battleground, yesterday, as protesters grounded activities, demanding the sack of the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, ahead of its national caucus meeting and National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.

The protesters, which conducted themselves in a peaceful manner, claimed that the national chairman, expected to uphold the sanctity of the constitution, has allegedly worked against it, stressing that it has led to division in the party, especially in Edo state.

They, however, urged President Muhammadu Buhari, former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and other national leaders of of the party to prevail on Oshiomhole to “honourably resign” his position as the national chairman.

Displaying banners with various inscriptions including: ‘Oshiomhole is a dictatorship,” “Oshiomhole has killed APC,” “Oshiomhole must go,” the protesters claimed that the former Edo governor has factionalised the party.

One of the leaders of the angry protesters, Iyoha Toni Osakbovo, said the protest is about saving the soul of the APC as a national party.

“We have come to save our party; the person we gave the mantle to uphold our constitution is the person attacking the constitution.

“He swore to protect our great party but so far what we have seen is not what is working. He is the person attacking the constitution, he has factionalised the party in our state (Edo). As I speak, he has created a faction in the party.

“We are begging Mr. President to please save this party because Adams Oshiomhole came to meet this party, there was a national chairman before he became chairman. We do not see reason why Adams Oshiomhole will destroy this party.

“We’re begging the president to come to our aid because the person that is supposed to uphold the constitution is now the person destroying the constitution. Our constitution is very clear, the National Working Committee (NWC) has no disciplinary power, but under Oshiomhole, the NWC is usurping the power of NEC.

“There is nowhere in the constitution that says NWC has disciplinary power, but how come under Oshiomhole the issues are now different? So, we are begging the president, it’s time for us to start healing, enough of fighting,” the protesters demanded.

Meanwhile, the Edo caucus in the National Assembly has pledged support for Oshiomhole in the feud between him and Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The caucus at a press briefing in Abuja, yesterday, blamed Obaseki for the crisis rocking the state chapter of the APC.

Deputy Leader, House of Representatives, Peter Akpatason, who read a statement on behalf of the caucus traced the crisis to the manner the governor proclaimed the Assembly.

“We advise Governor Obaseki and his management to appreciate the damage they are doing to the state and party with their undemocratic and unorthodox political actions and to retrace their steps.

“The governor should issue another proclamation as stipulated in the Constitution and have all the 24 elected members properly inaugurated so they can duly represent their constituents and make invaluable contributions to the growth and development of the state.

“To stop forthwith all forms of intimidation and harassment of elected officials, appointees and perceived enemies. Allow peace to reign in Edo State and work to enhance democratic practices by opening up political spaces.”

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I’m not under pressure – Adams Oshiomhole..

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Thursday night said he was not under any pressure over convening the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the ruling party.

The NEC meeting is scheduled to hold in Abuja today, Friday by 3pm.

Speaking with State House Correspondents at the end of the APC National Caucus meeting at 11.30pm at the Presidential Villa.

Oshiomhole who disclosed that the NEC meeting was fixed about two months ago said “There is no pressure. NEC meeting was scheduled like two months ago. We are just waiting for the day to come. It was fixed two months ago. And it is taking place tomorrow (today). Are you not aware of that?

“You are talking of what Mr Salihu Lukman said. That is his opinion. Even before he said that, this meeting has been fixed. It is normal to hold a meeting.

“We have a NEC meeting to look at our financial statements for previous year, budget for next year, issues that arose during and after the elections, and current outcomes of various cases that went to court; the one we won and the one we lost.

“Going forward; issues in some states where we have disagreements and how to resolve the disagreements. I think that is it. And it went very well. And you can see the President sat all through the meeting.”

On the outcome of the Caucus meeting, he said “You know it’s a meeting of National Caucus. Basically, it is just to review the performance in the last elections, current issues, next year’s budget, and disciplinary issues. You know caucus is like an elders’ council to speak on a lot of things that we will discuss at NEC tomorrow (today).”

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NEC assigned panel to review the ownership of Power distribution companies in Nigeria..

The National Economic Council on Thursday resolved to review the status of the ownership structure of power distribution companies in the country.

The NEC meeting was presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The review will be done by an ad hoc committee chaired by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai.

Governors representing the six geopolitical zones on the Board of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company will serve on the review committee.

The Governor of Imo State, Mr. Eemeka Ihedioha, who spoke on the resolutions of NEC, added that the National Council on Privatisation and Bureau of Public Procurement would serve on the committee.

Ihedioha also said NEC was briefed on the status of balances in the Excess Crude Account and three other accounts by the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris.

He said the balance in the ECA was $324.5m as of November 20, while the Natural Resource Development Fund Account had a balance of N79.7bn.

The governor added that the Stabilisation Account had a balance of N29.7bn as of November 20.

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, Mr. Uche Oji, also gave progress report to NEC on the operations of the body.

He said the NSIA Group made a profit of N44.3bn in 2018, while the NSIA alone made a profit of N41.8bn.

He added that the group’s profit for January to June this year was N24bn.

NEC resolved to invest additional $250m in the NSIA.

It also approved a panel to look into the investment of a portion of the pensions fund in the NSIA, “with possible implementation of PenCom.

“The committee will include the finance minister, the CBN governor and the NSIA MD.”

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APC, Ads Oshiomhole Fix NEC Meeting, Bows For pressure…

The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his National Working Committee (NWC) have finally bowed to pressure by fixing the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting for Friday, November 22.

Miffed by the crisis rocking the party, the APC Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), had recently, issued ultimatum the to the ruling party’s boss to urgently convene a NEC meeting or resign his position.
In a statement signed by the Director General of the Forum, Salihu Moh. Lukman, the governors had lamented that; “somehow, unfortunately, the NEC of the party, which is the organ vested with the statutory responsibility of responding to the challenges appear to be suspended.
“The last time it met was August 2018.

In its place, the NWC, which is an administrative organ with the responsibility of implementing decisions of NEC and other higher organs seems to have usurped the powers of NEC.

“Why is it impossible to convene a NEC or even National Caucus meetings, which are supposed to hold every quarter to resolve all these issues? Why should the NWC under Comrade Oshiomhole continue to imagine that it can conduct affairs of the party without mandatory meetings of party organs?

“In the current circumstance, nothing short of a NEC or National Caucus meeting of the party can resolve all our increasing organisational challenges as a party. It is either Comrade Oshiomhole respect the provision of party constitution and convene superior organ meeting to deliberate on all our challenges, or he should just accept his inability to manage the party and simply resign.

“Our national leaders must rise to the challenge facing us as a party and take all necessary measures to convene superior organ meetings to begin to resolve all our challenges as a party. The current public disgrace must end!” the governors warned.

However, in what apparently appeared like hackening to the threat from the governors, the NWC has concluded arrangements to hold NEC meeting on Friday after Caucus meeting on Thursday at the State House.

While confirming the meeting, a member of the NWC told Daily Sun in confidence that several issues ranging from suspension clamped on two immediate past governors few of Imo and Ogun states, Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun, other members of the national leadership, to the replacement of national officers that have left the party in addition to review of the 2019 general elections and the recently concluded Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.

“There are thousand and one issues to be discussed. Don’t forget that the NWC has lost many members either on accounts of appointment into government or controversial suspension. Some of them include, Otumba Niyi Adebayo, Deputy National Chairman (South) who is mow a Minister and Lawal Shuaibu, Deputy National Chairman (North) who is allegedly suspended. Others include Inuwa Abdulkadir, National Vice Chairman (North West) also similarly suspended.

“Don’talso forget that in June 2019, the NWC allegedly queried Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. During the 2019 general elections, on accounts of the roles of former Governors Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun played against the candidates of the party, they were suspended,” he said.

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