The All Progressives Congress (APC) has extended the tenure of the national working committee (NWC) of the party led by John Oyegun by 12 months.
The decision was taken at the national executive council (NEC) meeting on Tuesday.
Speaking at the end of the NEC meeting, Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi state, said the extension would take effect from June 30.
“The NEC met today and major decisions in line with the constitution of the party. We all aware that the tenure of current NWC and the executive members of this party both elected and appointed come to an end June this year,” he said.
“Considering the time left for the party to conduct all the congresses and conventions and considering that our leader Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been charged with the responsibility of reconciling all aggrieved members of our party, we cannot afford to approach the general election with more disputes and crises adding that party have decided on line with article 13 which empowers the NEC to carry out the functions of its convention and the NEC has decided to extend the tenure of current NWC other executive committees at various levels for another 12months starting from June 30th.”
TheCable had reported pro-Buhari governors impressed it on the president that it was better to elongate Oyegun’s tenure than risk a new convention that could further fracture the party.
Bola Tinubu, national leader of the ruling party, had accused the chairman of sabotaging his efforts to reconcile aggrieved members of the APC.
But speaking at the presidential villa in Abuja on Friday, Bello said governors and many members of the ruling party have confidence in Oyegun .
Aishat Abimbola: Nollywood mourns ‘Omoge Campus’
The Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, on Wednesday reacted to the death of actress, Aishat Abimbola, popularly known as Omoge Campus.
The association described her death as a great loss to the motion picture industry, globaly known as Nollywood.
The actress was reported to have died from breast cancer.
The President of AGN, Mr. Emeka Rollas, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that her loss would be greatly felt in the movie industry.
He said, “I extend my condolences to her family and her fans all over the world.
“Her death came at a time when the movie industry was beginning to make great impact on the society.
“It is so sad to see such a budding talent go to waste at a time she could have positively touched many lives through her acting skills.
“It is time we began to take our health seriously.
“It is not possible to totally guide against death, but the scheme will serve as a platform to prepare members from being caught unawares by the cold hands of death,” he said.
Also, Vice President, AGN, South West chapter, Mr. Tope Babayemi, mounred with Abimbola’s family and the entire Nollywood community over the incident.
“This is another sad loss to the movie industry and it is high time we began to take our health seriously.
“God gives and God takes. She was a great actress and her fans will miss her greatly,” he said.
Babayemi said that the current leadership of the AGN had put in place a health insurance scheme for its members to reduce loss of life to a minimum.
In the same vein, Mr. Pedro Aganbi, Chairman of Lagos Chapter of AGN, said that Abimbola’s death was tragic, describing her as a blossoming actress whose potential had just started to come to limelight.
Fayemi faces Fayose’s man: Battle of the eggheads
Dr. Kayode Fayemi who last Saturday emerged as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the July 14 governorship candidate was quick to make profuse apologies to the people of the state over perceived errors committed during his first term. Dr. Fayemi’s apology was in the wake of perceptions that he could be on a vengeance mission if he wins the election and becomes governor. The outgoing governor of the state, Mr. Ayodele Fayose is, however, taking joy in the emergence of Fayemi as the candidate of the APC affirming that Fayemi is a known commodity for him. Even though Fayose is not a candidate in the election, his name, image and person is going to reign supreme in the forthcoming election. Prof. Kolapo Eleka who days earlier emerged as the candidate of Fayose’s Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was the anointed candidate of the governor. It is thus not surprising that the election is being seen as a duel between the outgoing governor, Fayose, and his predecessor. Fayose has boasted that it is going to be a repeat of the 16-0 slap he handed on Fayemi in 2014. However, only few would forget that Fayemi was during that election under some restraints including the weight of the military and police that were reportedly deployed to the advantage of Fayose. Now those circumstances have changed.
Fayose Olusola’ major strength lies in Fayose, and it is noteworthy that his loyalty to his principal, earned him the ticket. Fayose has been single-minded about his support for his deputy, and this has made him lose many of his political allies who were not happy about his decision. Diligence Apart from age being on the side of Olusola, he is known to be very diligent, hardworking and principled. As an epitome of humility, he radiates love and affection towards people around him. Loyalty Again, his unflinching loyalty to his boss, the Executive Governor of Ekiti State is notable and has made both the young and old people of Ekiti adjudge him as “Stabilizing Factor,” which has also earned him the anointed status as the next governor. Record in Governance Olusola is also coming into the contest with the alluring credential of having successfully coordinated the state’s significant jump in the educational sector. His impact was visible as the state moved from 34th position under the preceding regime to 11th position in the WASC examinations in 2016. The state also came 1st in the National Examination Council, NECO examination for secondary schools in 2017. Under his supervision, the state also came top in the JETS (Junior Engineers, Technologists, and Scientists) Interstate Quiz Competition in 2017. The state also was first in the STAN (Science Teachers Association of Nigeria) organized Science written and quiz competitions. WEAKNESSES Divided Party Eleka is entering the election with his party divided following the assertions from some that Fayose imposed him. Prince Dayo Adeyeye despite his assertions of a free and fair primary conducted by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has been unforgiving of the governor. Political neophyte Olusola is seen by many in the state as a political liability, a neophyte, and greenhorn whose administration as governor of the state would be remotely controlled from the Afao-Ekiti country home of Fayose. Political watchers and analysts told Vanguard that his learning period of state’s craft would be too long that by the time he’s learning to have a grasp, his tenure would have expired. Elitist He is also seen as too much of an elitist. An example of this was how he relocated his aged father from Ikere-Ekiti to Government House, over complains of people coming to seek help from his old man.
OAU VC speaks on closure of institution by govt
The Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof Eyitope Ogunnbodede, has assured the university community that the issue of tax debt will be resolved with the state government without delay.
Ogunbodede said this in a statement he signed on Friday in Ile-Ife, Osun State, even as he described the claims that the university was owing N1.84 billion of tax and has refused to negotiate with the government as false.
He further explained that the university had never failed at any point in time to remit PAYE deducted from staff salaries to the tax authorities.
He added that it was a case of under-deduction and not of non-remittance of tax.
According to him, the anomaly has since been corrected and the university employees have been paying correct tax rates since January, 2017.
“Members of the university and other stakeholders no doubt are embarrassed by the event of Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018, when the Osun State Government sealed off the main Gate of the University and the University Secretariat due to an alleged tax default by the University.
” It has become necessary to react to the claims of the state government and misinformation/total falsehoods making the rounds in the community in the aftermath of that unfortunate incident.
“In particular, the university authorities note the claim that the university was owing N1.84 billion of tax and has refused to negotiate with the government as false, malicious and total misrepresentation of the truth on this matter.
“The past tax liability, which represented the sum the IRS claimed that the university under-deducted from staff salaries for the period 2015 and 2016 for Pay As You Earn (PAYE), had been a subject of negotiations between the university and the IRS.
“The university administration “vehemently” disputed the figure of N1.844 billion submitted by the IRS and insisted that if there had been under-deduction at all, only the sum of N287 million was the amount by which PAYE was under-deducted from staff salaries.
He , however, stressed that the matter had been referred to the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, following a letter personally signed by the Governor to the President of the Federation.
“Both the Osun State Government tax authorities and the university officers had attended the PICA session where the matter was resolved.”
According to him, the Accountant General of the Federation, after examining the claim of the Osun IRS and that of the university, by a letter reference number INV/0089/844/II dated Jan. 19, 2018, concluded that university’s outstanding tax liabilities was N384 million only, being the under-deducted PAYE from staff salaries.
“Parties agreed to this conclusion, and the recommendation that this sum could be paid in monthly instalment of N5 million.
“It is, therefore, with total shock that the university community woke up on Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018 to find the university main gate as well the university secretariat sealed up by the Osun State Government.”
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