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

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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.

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“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.

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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. 

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“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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NNPP Denies Alliance with PDP

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By Solomon Okoliko, Abuja 

The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has dissociated itself from the story making the rounds and credited to the Secretary of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Engr. Buba Galadima that the party may go into alliance with  the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general election.

The NNPP in a press statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Dr. Agbo Major said there is no iota of truth in the statement because the party is not thinking of going into any alliance with any other political party.

The statement adds; “There is no such arrangement on the ground as our presidential candidate is in this race to win and provide purposeful leadership in line with our party programmes and manifesto. He is determined to go all the way due to his passion to serve Nigerians.”

The statement which was also made available to DAILY ASSET added; “As a mass movement, the NNPP welcomes electoral alliances from like-minded political parties in our quest to rescue our great country but insists that any such arrangement must be the one that would see them joining us to deliver our presidential candidate Engr.

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and never the other way round.”

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The statement also reads; “That the said report is a figment of the imagination of those who engineered it and we see it as antics of mischief makers and propagandists due to the towering profile of our candidate after the series of town hall meetings held so far.” 

“The party roundly dismissed this mischievous report that has created unease amongst our teeming members and followers.”

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Plateau PDP Candidates Clean of Litigations – Mutfwang

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From Jude Dangwam, Jos

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Plateau State, Barrister Caleb Mutfwang has said candidates of the party in the state are free of any forms of litigations ahead of the 2023 general elections unlike the other political parties who are yet to know their fate.

He accused the ruling APC of being behind the dismissed suit which was the only legal stumbling block for the party “orchestrated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State to frustrate the PDP from presenting candidates in the forthcoming elections.

Mutfwang stated this during the inauguration of Atiku-Okowa/Mutfwang-Piyo/ Gotom campaign Council for Plateau Central Senatorial zone held at Pankshin in Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau State.

“The party became free of litigations following the dismissal of suit No.

FHC/J/C5/64/2022 at the Federal High Court Jos, filed by Augustine Timkuk Dandam, an aspirant for Langtang North-North State Constituency, against the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and others,” the governorship flagbearer.

The State Legal Adviser of PDP Plateau State Chapter, Binchen Jantur Esq disclosed that the claimant earlier prayed the Court among others for the disqualification of all the Party’s candidates from Gubernatorial down to State Assemblies in the 2023 general elections but was thrown away for lack of merit among others.

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“The Federal High Court sitting in Jos has dismissed the suit filed by one Augustine Timkuk challenging the nomination of Hon. Nannim Joseph Langyi as candidate for State Assembly member representing Langtang North/North Constituency.

“In his prayers among others is seeking for the disqualification of all the Party’s candidates from Gubernatorial down to State Assemblies.

“The Claimant’s suit was dismissed at the preliminary objections stage without the Originating Simmons heard. The court in dismissing the suit held among others that it lacks jurisdiction to entertain the suit,” Jantur explained.

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APC Members Should Improve Action and Less Noise to Win the General Elections – Fashola

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From Ibraheem Hamza Muhammad

Members of the All Progressives Congress, ( APC ) have been enjoined to increase their actions and reduce unnecessary noise to attract move voters to vote for the victory of candidates of the party at the general elections.

Minister of Works and Housing and Director of Contact and Mobilization Directorate of Tinubu/Shettima Grassroots Independent Campaign Council, APC-ICC, Babatunde Raji Fsshola made the statement at the inauguration of the committee in Abuja.

He was represented by the Minister of Environment, who is also the Assistant Director of the Directorate, Barr Mohammed Hassan Abdullahi who said, “The members of this Directorate belong to a very important team that is poised to campaign for the success of our Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima Mustapha.

” We should focus on the real, individual voters especially at the grassroots to know the legacies of Tinubu when he was the of Lagos and Shettima also when he was the Governor of Borno despite numerous challenges they encountered.

” I call on Members of this committee to work tirelessly at the grassroots and tell the electorates that Nigeria will continue experiencing growth and development if they vote for Asiwaju/Shettima and APC candidates.” Said Barr Mohammed Hassan Abdullahi.

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In his remarks, former chairman of People Democratic Party and now a chieftain of APC, Senator Barnabas Gemade said ” Election is local and not for urban dwellers, I charge all members of this great party, APC to arrive harder by campaigning for votes in grassroots.”

The National Coordinator of APC-ICC, Hon Ali Silas Agara said, ” We are working in ICC to complement the work of the Presidential Campaign Council, APC-PCC. 

” The former conduct rallies in the cities and the latter campaign on door to door basis.”

A military man turn Politician and former military Governor of Katsina State, Colonel ( Senator ) Joseph Akaagerger (rtd), ” I am calling on APC members to conduct the campaign within the ambit of the law and not with unnecessary and unlawful acts by other political parties and their members for the victory of the party.” He said.

The inauguration was attended by members from across the country.

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