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Benue APC Chairman Cautions Politicians Against Bitterness

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From David Torough, Makurdi

The Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Benue State Chapter, Comrade Austin Agada has cautioned against politics of bitterness and hatred.

Agada stated this when he led a delegation including members of the state and Local Government Executive Committees as well as critical stakeholders of the party in the state to paid a solidarity visit on one of the Leaders of the party in Benue South, Alhaji Usman Abubakar Dan-Maishanu (Aka, Young Alahaji).

 

The visit was to register the party’s sympathy over the incidence of his burnt edifice a week ago by suspected hoodlums and encouraged him to remain steadfast and unflinching in his humane disposition and political prowess which has become his trademark.

While sympathizing  with the leader of APC Benue South, Alhaji Usman Abubakar, Comrade Agada on behalf of the Leadership of the party in the State, condemned the attack in its entirety, describing unfortunate incidence as ungodly,  maintaining that Young Alhaji who has proven to be a dependable ally to the Leader of the party in the state, Sen.

George Akume and has stood firm in defense of democracy should not be paid such manner.

The Chairman while briefing newsmen shortly after the visit stated that  politics should be played without bitterness and hatred also commended the composure of Young Alhaji after the attack and urged him to remain calm as the party is working with all security operatives to bring the perpetrators to book. 

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 Hon. Andrew Edache, chairman of the APC in  Young Alhaji’s home local government area of Ogbadibo while welcoming the APC State Chairman and his entourage, described Young Alhaji as their brother and leader in Benue South and commended the party leadership for deeming it fit to visit and sympathize with them over the sad incidence that occured at the residence of their leader. 

Speaking on behalf of the elders of the APC from Ogbadibo LGA, a former council chairman in the Area , Hon. Fabian Agada  extolled the virtues of Young Alhaji as a caring Leader and condemned the attack on his house and person,  stating that what happened was against the culture and tradition of their people. 

He committed Young Alhaji to God’s hands and prayed God to use the incidence to reunite people of the area. 

He assured the State Chairman of the unflinching loyalty and  support of the  APC in Ogbadibo LGA to enable him  excel in all his assignments.

Responding,  Alhaji  Abubakar who welcomed the party Leaders also thanked them for sharing in his trying times.

The APC Chieftain regretted that the edifice which was attacked and burnt a week ago was built in 1992 with his business earnings.

He emphasized his commitment to getting to the root cause of the incidence no matter how long it takes and promised to continue with his love and support for the people of Zone C and thanked the party leaders for the solidarity, promising not to disappoint the party but stand with it at all times.

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The solidarity visit ended with a close door meeting between Young Alhaji and some critical stakeholders including the state Chairman, Austin Agada.

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2023: APC Suspends Jigawa Lawmaker over Alleged Anti Party Activity

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Jigawa state has suspended the member of the state House of Assembly representing the Kanya Babba constituency, Hon Usman Haladu Isah, for allegedly sabotaging the party.

This was contained in a press statement jointly signed by the party chairman of Babura Local Government, Isa Ubale, and the party chairman of Kanya Babba Constituency and made available to newsmen.

The statement said the member was accused of undermining the party ahead of the 2023 general election and disrespecting the party’s elders.

The embattled lawmaker also lost his ticket to Ibrahim Hashim Kanya in the APC primary election for the coming 2023 general election.

Ubale said the suspension was unanimously agreed by all the party leaders in the constituency.

The suspension took effect from the 24th of September 2022, pending the conclusion of the investigation for further action.

The statement added that a copy of the suspension document had been sent to the stakeholders of the party in the state.

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Plateau: Kwande Reconciles Warring PDP Groups, Party Ready for Elections

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From Jude Dangwam, Jos

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resolved to work for all candidates of the party beginning from the Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar to the Governorship candidate Caleb Mutfwang, Senatorial candidates, House of Representatives candidates and the State House of Assembly flag bearers of the party in the forthcoming 2023 general elections in the country.

The resolution was reached at a healing meeting called by the former Ambassador to Switzerland Amb. Yahaya Kwande held at his residence with all factions, party leadership and the Governorship candidate arriving at a common ground to work together for the success of the party as official campaign leading to the 2023 elations will kick-started in few days.

The former Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Prof. Shedrach Best while briefing newsmen after the five hours closed door meeting at the residence of the elder statesman Monday in Jos the state capital disclosed that all issues have been resolved and the party is ready to go into electioneering campaigns.

In his words, “There has been a lot of concern on the unity of the party in Plateau state, and there has been discordant statements in regards to the support of the Presidential candidate of the PDP Atiku Abubakar.

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“This meeting addressed all those issues of the need to unite the party, the need to get the people work together because there has been groups that are working across purposes but today by virtue of the Convener who happens to be an elder stateman Yahaya Kwande, he was able to bring together all shade of opinions under one roof.”

He added, “We have been able to discuss the unity of the party so that we get ready for the take off of campaigns, and we are going into this campaign as one house, we are going as one Plateau, one PDP. We have agreed that every persons that bear the flag of the PDP beginning from the Presidential flag bearer Atiku Abubakar, through the Governorship flag bearer Caleb Mutfwang to Senate candidates, House of Representatives candidates and House of Assembly candidates, this party will support them and deliver them.”

Best explained the essence of the meeting, “This is a healing meeting at the residence of this elder statesman who we consider a father figure, we wanted a rallying point and this is the rallying point, we wanted a meeting point and this is the meeting point, If you look at the meeting, the State Working Committee (SWC) is represented, the Jang group and the Huseni group are equally represented, all people from both sides were here.”

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While responding on the Governor Wike’s position on the party and the possible support for the victory of the party in the coming elections he stated, “The Plateau PDP has been around since 1999, and Wike’s support is a recent phenomenon, I believe that this party is good to go. PDP is strong enough because the backbone of the party is the people, and Plateau people are essentially and fundamentally PDP.

“If we get Wike’s support fine, but if we don’t, I believe this party is sustainable; remember that in 2019 when we held elections, Atiku Abubakar won in Plateau state and there was no support from Wike, we are capable of replicating that,” he assured party faithful and Plateau citizens.

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Adjustment of the Time-Table of Activities Earmarked to Commence Campaigns by the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.

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By Jude Opara, Abuja

The crisis that trailed the list of members of the Campaign Council may have forced the All Progressives Congress (APC) to postpone indefinitely its earlier planned Peace Walk and Prayers to flag off it campaigning programme.

In a statement made available to newsmen late on Monday, Chairman of the APC National Campaign Council and governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong said the event would now hold an a later date.

He said the postponement was done to include many other stakeholders who would want to be part of the campaign team.

Lalong wrote; “Recall that we had earlier earmarked a peace walk and prayers for Wednesday, September 28, 2022, to  officially kick-off our campaigns for the 2023 Presidential Elections. We had also announced that the members of the Campaign Council report at the Campaign Headquarters on that day to collect their letters of appointments.

 

“However, due to the expansion of the list to accommodate more stakeholders and interests within the APC family, we have decided to adjust the time-table of these activities in order to ensure everyone is on board before activities officially commence. Consequently, the activities earlier announced for the 28th of September will no longer hold.

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“As the ruling and most attractive party in Nigeria, we understand the sacrifices and understanding of our teeming members who are more than willing to volunteer themselves for this great task ahead. It also shows the enormous love that the party members have for our candidates. 

“A new date and time-table of events will be announced soon”.

Many party stakeholders have been complaining that they were ignored in the composition of the Campaign Council, insisting it was lopsided.  

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