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Ministerial Appointment: Buhari Generous to South East Despite 5% Vote – Oshiomhole

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APC Chairman, Adam Oshiomohole
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  • Says Saraki, Nigeria’s Smartest Politician

By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole on Monday, said that President Muhammadu Bihari was magnanimous with the South Eastern part of the country especially Anambra state where he got only five percent of vote in the general election yet appointed two ministers from there making it six ministerial appointees from the region  in his second term administration.

The APC National Chairman said this on Monday while speaking with State House correspondents after a closed doors meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He was reacting to critics who have thrown jab at the choice of Buhari’s cabinet members, Oshiomhole described the President as being too generous. 

He said that for Buhari to appoint some Ministers from the South East which gave him less than five percent vote cast in the last general elections was a reflection of the generosity of the President.

Oshiomhole added that if it were the opposition party, the case would have been different.

He said: “How credible are some of those who are talking? The point is that I don’t know if there is a Nigerian who knows every Nigerian. 

“Even as I can say that I have worked for Nigerian people at all levels, as a worker in a factory, as President of the NLC, as governor of a state and now as a national chairman of a party, there are too many Nigerians I will never be able to know.

“The screening process is meant to enable those watching, it is not for nothing that it is televised, it is to enable Nigerians see who these people are. But you will find that people started dismissing the list even before they saw it, just like some other things that Nigerians dismiss without knowing the meaning. 

“So, what you and I should insist on is that in the president’s second term, in this next level, our party, our government at the center, state and local government level must deliver. That is the entry point for every Nigerian.

“And when you talk of patronage, should we appoint…have you heard of Americans pointing Russians because they are experts to go and preside over their MDAs? Even in your newspapers do you invite me as APC chairman to come and write your editorial? 

“Patronage can be positive or negative but if there is one man who has shown the capacity to patronize all including where he did not win election, it is President Muhammadu Buhari. 

“Otherwise, where we got less than five percent, I saw two ministers coming from that state, inspite of the fact that he got less than five percent there. That speaks volumes about a large heart, to accommodate, appreciate and to have an all inclusive government.”

The APC Chairman also described former Senate President, Bukola Saraki as one of the smartest  politician in Nigeria, saying it took the ruling party painstaking efforts to break his political structure.

Oshiomhole said that when it became clear that Saraki was proving too difficult to conquer at the seat of power, the party had to resort to Kwara state where he was eventually deflated through “otoge.”

He said today, Sakari cannot boast of having any grip either the Senatorial, Representative or ward levels in his home state.

Oshiomhole who described himself as a maverick, said the ruling party was better off under his leadership, as he has always ensured that the party ideas outweighed personal sentiments any member of the APC had.

On what he is doing to address the crisis in the ruling party said: “I am very proud to say that under my Chairmanship, our party has made tremendous progress. I am not at the mercy of fake or even disgruntled analysts. 

“I write my own testimonials by my self in terms of what l do, how I do it and what the unbiased people say. Irrespective of all the speculations, for example, it was said that 17 governors were going to remove Oshiomhole, what happened? At the end , we provided leadership and had more votes. 

“In the 2015 election, the difference between our candidate and President Jonathan then, was slightly less than three million, but this time around, we had slightly less than four million. I am a National Chairman, not a zonal or state chairman. So, my responsibilities include to get the APC at the national level going , including relating with the President, the ways we expect the State chapter chairmen to relate with their Governors and the local council chapter chairmen with their Local government Council chairmen. 

“That is the way it works and I believe that Nigerians under my leadership appreciated APC better under my Chairmanship, as evidenced by the fact that we had more Senators, House of Representatives members this year, than before. 

“For the first time since 1999, the letter of APC under my signature was read on the floors of both Chambers of the National Assembly, announcing the Principal Officers of the Party, as determined through consensus by the leadership of the party, which is why unlike 2015 where APC as a party had no say whatsoever as to who emerged as the Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Principal Officers of both Chambers. This time around, we got six out of six. Can I do better than that, can I score more than 100%. You talk about turmoil, if this is how to be in turmoil, I want to live there.”

The APC National Chairman expressed optimism that the new cabinet ministers, the party, the executive which the ministers belong and the National Assembly, the APC had what it takes to take Nigeria to the “next level”.

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APC Group Advises Ganduje to Resign

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The Forum of Stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has advised the embattled National Chairman of the Party, Abdullahi Ganduje, to resign from the position.

Alhaji Saleh Zazzaga, the North-Central Chairman of the forum, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday, in Jos.

Zazzaga said the calls from different quarters for the removal of Ganduje from office, and his insistence on retaining his position spelt doom for the party.

He querried the decision of party’s stakeholders from the North-West, who passed a vote of confidence on Ganduje, insisting that such decisions would only throw the party into serious confusion.

”There have been several votes of no confidence passed on Ganduje; from his Kano Ward, as well as other protests, litigations, among other agitations against him.

”But his insistence to remain in office will only take the APC backward and tear the party apart.

”Ganduje already has a lot of issues surrounding him, and the best thing for him is to quit so that he doesn’t cause any harm or constitute a legal liability for the party,” Zazzaga stressed.

According to him, the position of the national chairman of the party should naturally go to the north-central region, and called on the party to consider zoning it to the region.

”Based on party arrangements, someone from north-central should have replaced the former national chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, not Ganduje who is from the north west.

“In the spirit of fairness and equity, the chairmanship position should be occupied by someone from the north-central region.

”We are also part of the ruling party and have played a key role in the emergence of President Bola Tinubu,” he maintained.

Reports says that Zazzaga was a member of the APC Presidential Campaign Council in the last general election. (NAN)

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APC North-West Stakeholders Brainstorm on Challenges, Plans for 2027

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APC stakeholders from North-West on Sunday, in Kaduna  brainstormed on some challenges and plans for future electoral victories especially 2027.

The National Chairman of the party, Dr  Abdullahi Ganduje, emphasized the imperative for unity and proactive engagement among the stakeholders to propel Nigeria towards prosperity under President Bola Tinubu’s leadership.

Ganduje also underscored Tinubu’s unwavering commitment to national advancement and urged the party members to rally behind his visionary leadership.

He called for sensitization efforts to educate Nigerians about  Tinubu’s transformative agenda and his decisive actions since assuming office.

The national chairman highlighted the importance of political harmony and unity to achieve success in all endeavors, stressing that progress cannot thrive amidst discord.

He emphasized the need for robust collaborations as well as consultations to address the challenges and harness opportunities for the benefit of all Nigerians.

Ganduje proposed innovative solutions to address security challenges, including the establishment of specialized forest response teams equipped with technology to combat banditry and kidnapping.

He advocated the implementation of technology-driven initiatives such as E-registration to enhance party organization and planning for future elections.

The Chairman of the North West Governors’ Forum, Gov. Dikko Radda of Katsina State reechoed Ganduje’s call for unity and pledged full support for Tinubu’s development agenda.

Radda commended the National Assembly members for their efforts in championing the North-West Development Commission and assured continued support from them and all APC faithful.

He said, ”With unity of purpose and proactive measures, APC will usher in a new era of progress and prosperity for all Nigerians.”

In his Keynote, Gov. Uba Sani of Kaduna State,said the meeting was to address key issues facing the party,

 commending the stakeholders for their contributions to the party’s growth.

Sani stressed the strategic importance of the North-West Zone within the party while advocating a consensus approach to issues resolution and adherence to internal party democracy.

He extolled Tinubu’s efforts in tackling Nigeria’s security and developmental challenges and acknowledged the positive impact of his Development Agenda on the North -West Zone.

Sani further solicited for continued support and cooperation with Tinubu’s administration.

Earlier in his welcome ,the APC National Vice Chairman, North-West, Garba Datti,stressed the need to address the obnoxious trend of suspensions within the party, particularly at the ward levels.

He identified instigators within the party who are working against its interests while emphasizing on the importance of adhering to due process and the party’s amended Constitution regarding suspensions.

Datti further called for creative and innovative ideas to prepare the party for future challenges.

He explained that the stakeholders meeting served as a platform for open dialogue and strategic planning to address internal challenges and reposition the APC North-West Zone for future electoral victories.

On her part ,Hajiya Hadiza Bala-Usman, Special Adviser on Policy Coordination to the President, emphasized the importance of bringing rights and resources to the zone.

She expressed gratitude to Tinubu for his continuous support to the zone, urging all the members to work together for the party’s advancement.

Speaking also at the event  ,the Speaker, House of Representatives, TAbbas Tajudeen, called on Ganduje to constitute reconciliation committees at various levels to mend rifts within the party.

He also spoke of the need for peaceful coexistence among party members, encouraged forgiveness and collaborations for future successes.

The speaker also urged the party leaders to provide continuous support to the party structures beyond election cycles.

He highlighted the importance of ensuring competent members’ return to the National Assembly in 2027 and commended Tinubu for key appointments in the North-West.

Abbas emphasized the importance of the ongoing constitution amendment, particularly focusing on critical areas such as state Police and women’s inclusion in governance.

He proposed empowering Senators and members of the House of Representatives to engage with their constituents to gather inputs for the constitutional review process.(NAN)

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Ogun APC Chides Gbenga Daniel for Criticizing Agro-Cargo Airport, others

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Kunle Idowu, Abeokuta

Ogun State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has knocked the former Governor of the State and Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, over his recent interview on some of the projects going on in the State.

Daniel, in a recent interview said he initiated some important projects which were under reported due to ‘bad press’,  including the iconic Gateway Agro-Cargo Airport started by the administration of Prince Dapo Abiodun about three years ago and nearly completed with the longest runway and largest apron in Nigeria and West Africa corridor.

Reacting to Daniel’s statement on Sunday, Tunde Oladunjoye, the Publicity Secretary of APC in the State, said the statement credited to Daniel was nothing but a product of hallucination by a serial failure.

He insisted that the lawmaker did nothing to suggest seriousness of his administration to build any airport in the State, adding that the former governor in his usual character merely announced the proposed airport and the intending location as mere political statement for immediate gains.

According to Oladunjoye, the area proposed for the airport by Daniel’s administration remained a thick forest while billions of naira were siphoned under the guise of consultancy for the implementation of the project.

“Unlike the deceptive 8-year administration of Daniel, that was characterized with high level of fraud, political assassination and widespread brigandage,  Abiodun came on board with integrity, and purposeful leadership skill, which is practically responsible for the remarkable success his administration had recorded in the last five years, and the reason for the present headache of his hitherto traducers, including Gbenga Daniel.

“Setting the record straight, like many other failed Governors of Daniel type, who merely made political statements about projects to manipulate people’s emotions and deceive them for political gains, the Agro-Cargo Airport situated at Ilisan-Iperu axis of the State was just one of the many areas where Otunba Gbenga Daniel failed the people of Ogun State very woefully.

“Gbenga Daniel,  after announcing construction of an Airport in the year 2006, the area earmarked for the project remained a tick forest till 2019 when Prince Dapo Abiodun came into the saddle. Daniel’s successor, Ibikunle Amosun based on the nature of his personality and pattern of reasoning did not even open the file of the proposed Airport throughout his eight years in office, the same way Daniel abandoned all the projects left behind by his predecessor, Aremo Olusegun Osoba.

“The recent interview of having the grand or master plan for what Governor Dapo Abiodun has been accomplishing is not only self-ridiculing, it is simply a sheer hallucination of a serial failure and shameful acceptance of failure on the part of Mr. Gbenga Daniel. His interview and comment on Governor Dapo Abiodun reek of deep envy and insensitive lack of modesty,” Oladunjoye averred.

The Ogun APC Publicity Secretary further took a swipe on the former Governor,  asserting that his ineptitude, deceptive tendency, and maladministration were responsible for his unpopular administration and not bad press as he claimed.

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