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APC Congress: Ojudu accuses Fayemi of hijacking nomination form

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Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters Babafemi Ojudu has accused Ekiti Governor Kayode Fayemi and his loyalists of hijacking the process of electing officials of the party in next Saturday’s ward congress.

Ojudu alleged the Governor, in cohort with the Bar. Paul Omotoso-led Caretaker Committee had hijacked the nomination form in favour of their interest to the detriment of all other APC members in the State.

The Presidential aide spoke in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Saturday, saying the development was part of the game plan to edge out APC members who do not belong to Fayemi’s camp from vying for positions in the ward congress.

He alleged the panel from the National Secretariat left the State without doing anything after the Governor’s camp reached out to the

Ojudu said: “The mandate was that they should stay and sell the form for every party member interested.

“Governors had come to Abuja to demand for the form but the committee managing the party said no.

“They invited all chairmen of the State branches and briefed them on the need to allow all members interested in contesting access to the form.

” When the folks from Abuja arrived Ado-Ekiti yesterday(Friday) they went straight to the party Secretariat, negotiated with the chairman, got paid and handed over the form to him and returned immediately to Abuja.

“If the forms were meant for the state chairmen it would have been handed over to them last week when they were invited to Abuja.”

Ojudu noted members of the party who had paid money into the party’s coffer via a bank account were being denied access to the forms by the party’s leadership in the state.

He called on the Governor Mala Buni-led caretaker committee to caution Fayemi to allow conduct of the congresses be guided by transparency, fairness and the principle of internal democracy.

He warned any attempt to endorse consensus arrangement for the congress would be resisted by leaders, adding that the system if used would spell doom for the party ahead of the 2022 governorship election.

He said party leaders will not accept any attempt to browbeat APC members into adopting an unpopular consensus arrangements, warning that the chapter risks implosion if the irregularities being perpetrated ahead of the congresses were not addressed.

However, APC caretaker Publicity Secretary, Ade Ajayi denied all the allegations, describing them as concocted lies without any modicum of truth.

He maintained those raising alarm about the next Saturday’s congress are strangers who have no idea of workings within the party, assuring members that interests would be given a level playing ground.

He said that the congress committee set up by the State are working round and meeting stakeholders within the party towards ensuring a free, fair and credible congress.

 

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Edo Guber Poll: Uzodinma Heads APC Primary Election Committee 

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Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) Hope Uzodinma is to head the seven-man All Progressives Congress (APC) Edo Gubernatorial Primary Election Committee.

A statement late Tuesday night in Abuja announcing the names of various committee members by the party’s National Organising Secretary (NOS), Sulaiman Muhammad Arugungu showed that the committee will be inaugurated on Thursday by the National Chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje by 4 pm.

His committee is to conduct the party’s shadow election on Saturday, February 17 in the 193 wards of Edo State to determine APC gubernatorial flag bearer in the September 21 governorship election.

Cross River Governor Bassey Otu will serve as Deputy Chairman of the committee while Alh. Rabiu Suleiman is appointed as Secretary.

Other members are former Osun Deputy Gov Mrs Titilayo Laoye-Tomori; Plateau 2023 APC governorship candidate, Dr. Nentanwe Yilwatda Goshwe, Hon. Umar Hassan and Lawan Garba.

The party also announced Barr. C. C Udenwa as Chairman of the five-man Election Appeal Committee while Alhaji Yunusa Mohammed will serve as Secretary.

The APC cleared all the 12 aspirants jostling for its ticket to contest the September Edo governorship election.

The 12 aspirants are: Prince Clem Agba; Senator Monday Okpebholo; Lucky Imasuen, Hon. Anamero Sunday Dekeri; Pastor Osagie Andrew Ize-Iyamu; Engr. Gideon Ikhine; Col. David Imuse (Rtd.); Gen. Charles Ehigie Airhiavbere (Rtd.); Prof. (Sen.) Oserheimen Osunbor; Blessing Agbomhere, Hon Dennis Idahosa and Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe.

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Fresh Crisis Hits Labour Party  Over N3.5bn

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A fresh crisis is brewing in the Labour Party (LP) over the 2023 general election finances.

The National Treasurer, Mrs. Oluchi Oparah, has demanded accountability from the National Chairman, Julius Abure, over N3.5 billion realized from sales of forms and other donations to the party.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday, February 12, 2024, Opara said that LP has been plagued with financial mismanagement and corruption.

She alleged that Abure owns several houses and property.

Oparah said: “I stand before you today with a heavy heart and a sense of duty to the principles of transparency, accountability, and justice. With great reluctance and deep concern, I am compelled to publicly address the media regarding the egregious financial mismanagement and corruption that have plagued our beloved party under the leadership of Mr Julius Abure, the current National Chairman.

“As national treasurer, I am constrained to come before you and the public today because the internal mechanisms of our party have failed woefully to bring Mr. Abure to account for his brazen abuse of office and misappropriation of party funds.

“His appetite for power has grown unchecked, and he has deliberately undermined my duties and authority as stipulated in the party’s constitution.”

Meanwhile, the party has dismissed the allegations.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, said: “With the exception of the National Treasurer whose tenure is about to end in few weeks’ time, and who has served for 8 years as National Treasurer without a single record of party accounts, no other member of the national working committee has raised any issue of embezzlement against our National Chairman who made a pledge on assumption that the party has to be revamped.

Evidence is our proactive outing in the 2023 general election as the party presented for the first time a very good presidential candidate.

“Let it be said that the Labour Party has not earned N3.5 billion as claimed and that the National Chairman has not embezzled any money that belongs to the party as alleged.

 The records are there, except that Ms Oluchi Opara don’t even understand simple accounting even as a treasurer. An External Auditor is engaged by the party and our account is under constant scrutiny of INEC or other regulatory bodies.

“Abure does not own several houses and property as spuriously alleged by our estranged National Treasurer, even though no law prohibits him from owning properties.”

 

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2023 Election Surprise: Buhari Unveils Reasons Behind Tinubu’s Unexpected Loss To Atiku In Katsina

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The immediate past President Muhammadu Buhari has Unveils Reasons Behind Tinubu’s Unexpected Loss To Atiku In Katsina

In a memoir titled “Working with Buhari: Reflections of a Special Adviser, Media and Publicity (2015 – 2023),” former Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed the reasons behind the defeat of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in his home state of Katsina during the 2023 general elections……..

Buhari acknowledged that the APC might have underestimated the electoral challenge in Katsina, assuming an easy victory due to the state being his home turf. Reflecting on the outcome, he emphasized the significance of not taking voters for granted.

In his own words, Buhari stated, “My state, Katsina, showed the beauty of the whole system. In the Presidential poll, APC lost, but they came back to win the governorship. Maybe they took things for granted earlier because it was my state, and they thought they would win easily. People do not like being taken for granted.”

It is noteworthy that the APC’s candidate, Bola Tinubu, faced defeat in Katsina against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Despite this setback, Tinubu ultimately emerged victorious in the overall presidential election, triumphing over Atiku and Peter Obi of the Labour Party. The memoir, penned by former Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, provides insights into the dynamics of the electoral process and the lessons learned from the experience in Katsina.

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