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APC must do everything to win Ekiti, Osun elections – Oyegun

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The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has said that the party will do everything possible to win the governorship elections this year in Ekiti and Osun states.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the party’s National Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday at its national secretariat, Mr. Oyegun said it was important for the party to win the elections in those states as they will be an indicator of the outcome of the 2019 general elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed the elections of new governors in Ekiti and Osun states for July 14 and September 22 respectively.

“I want to also extend my warm thanks to my colleagues, chairmen/leaders of the party in the state for being too supportive all these many months despite the challenges and difficulties we encountered,” the chairman said.

“My colleagues from the NWC (National Working Committee), we have a voice raised on our behalf during the caucus meeting and I want to assure you that as quickly as possible we will have a welfare package before the next NEC meeting so that our welfare can be better catered for.

“We obviously have a very tough year ahead of us. It is a year of challenges, multiplicity of activities beginning from the month of April when the processes for replacing officers of the party whose tenure will expire by June, the process of conducting challenging elections in Ekiti in July, in Osun in September.

“These elections are precursors of the national elections. It is therefore necessary that we treat them with great seriousness because they are elections we should do everything to win.”

“They are signals and signposts, indicators of what is to come in 2019. Preparations are also well underway for those elections.”

Mr. Oyegun who noted that contests at whatever level always present challenges, pleaded that everything should be done to minimise disputes that may stress the party.

“In an atmosphere like that, contests whether at party level or primaries to select candidates for all positions from the House of Assembly members to the exalted position of Mr. President always present challenges.

“I want to make a passionate appeal that everything be done to minimize the stresses within the party. We must do everything to minimize the disputations within the party and do everything to ensure that we are in fighting shape come 2019.

“For that reason, I want to say once more that we are fully behind and in support of the initiative taken by Mr. President in setting up a team headed by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to effect such a reconciliation that are necessary within the party.”

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Osun APC primary manipulated to favour Tinubu’s cousin, Aspirant alleges

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The Secretary to the Osun State Government, Moshood Adeoti, has accused his party, the APC, of manipulating its primary to elect a candidate for the September governorship election.
He has, therefore, withdrawn from the primary being held today.
Mr. Adeoti alleged that the primary is a mere endorsement of Isiaka Oyetola, whom he said is a cousin of APC national leader, Bola Tinubu.
“The primaries was arranged, skewed and designed to favour Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Otedola, the cousin of the National Leader of our party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” Mr Adeoti’s campaign organisation said in a statement.
Mr. Adeoti said there is no credible register of members with which a free, fair and transparent ‘direct primaries’ could be conducted.
Since the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, announced the use of the direct primaries system , it has faced stiff criticisms from aspirants.
Twelve of the 17 governorship aspirants criticised the move, saying there was no comprehensive register of APC members across Osun State.
The direct primary means all card-carrying members of the APC are eligible to vote.
This is the first time the APC is using the system in primary elections. That of Ekiti and previous primaries were done through voting by delegates, mostly party officials and government appointees.
Mr Adeoti also alleged that a “cooked-up register comprising handpicked persons loyal to the emergence of Oyetola was computed, and printed in a firm owned by Oyetola in Lagos.”
Mr Oyetola is the current chief of staff to outgoing governor, Rauf Aregbesola.
When contacted, the Director of Media and Publicity of Moshood Adeoti Campaign Organisation, Kayode Agbaje, said: “Yes, it is true, we have withdrawn.”
Mr. Adeoti’s campaign said the entire facilities of government in Osun State were used in favour of Mr Oyetola.
Governor Aregbesola gave clear instructions to exclude other contenders from the race, the statement said.
This newspaper earlier reported the withdrawal of another aspirant and current senator, Babajide Omoworare.
“This development is with the ultimate view of ensuring party cohesion and for All Progressives Congress to secure victory at the September 22nd governorship election in the state,” an aide to Mr Omoworare’s said.

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Ishaku: I’m one of the seven governors Buhari is plotting to stop in 2019

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Darius Ishaku, governor of Taraba state, has alleged that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is plotting to stop seven governors, including him, from seeking re-election in 2019.
According to The Nation , he said this when former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar visited him in Jalingo, the state capital, on Thursday.
Ishaku said he has told those seeking to remove him that only the wish of God would be done.
“I have been told on good authority that seven of us (governors) have been enlisted to be stopped from coming back in 2019,” he said.
“That all arsenals, whether airplanes, guns and whatever means shall be used to wrestle power from us by hook or crook.
“I told them they are not God. It was God’s willing that I am in the saddle as governor today.
“Everyone desires that Nigeria should be one. We must continue to keep the country united.”
Commenting on the killings in the state, Ishaku said: “I am the governor and chief security officer of my state, but in reality, I am helpless in terms of security. I am handicapped, I am a toothless bulldog.”
He dismissed the anti-graft crusade of the current administration, saying “corruption is not all about money.”
“Corruption is not all about funds. If someone steals N100 million and you jail him for 100 days and another person kills 100 innocent people with AK47 and you allow him to go free, it is the worst form of corruption.”

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Sources: Buhari met Saraki over APC crisis

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President Muhammadu Buhari met with Senate President Bukola Saraki and four All Progressives Congress (APC) governors on Thursday in a bid to resolve the crisis rocking the party.
The governors who attended the meeting are Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Aminu Masari (Katsina), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara) and Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun).
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo also attended the meeting that took place at Aso Rock.
On their way out, the politicians declined to speak with reporters.
But a presidential source told TheCable that the governors had met with Saraki on Wednesday night and later convinced Buhari to discuss with him.
The source said the president would hold a similar meeting with Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives.
“Last night, some APC governors came to see the senate president as part of ways to reconcile the various groups in the APC. They were the ones who then went to tell the president that he must see Saraki,” the source said.
“Today, the senate president met with the president, the vice-president and some of the governors. Issues around the crisis in the party were deliberated on during the meeting.
“More meetings will still hold. The president will soon invite Dogara and others. The governors were mandated to continue with further meetings and brief the president.”
Saraki and Dogara belong to the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) bloc of the APC. The group played a significant role in the victory of the ruling party in the 2015 elections.
The group had demanded to meet the president over some grievances but the president called their bluff and asked its leadership to meet Osinbajo.
Some nPDP members have teamed up with other aggrieved APC members to form R-APC, a faction which signed an alliance with 38 political parties, including PDP, to dislodge Buhari.
There are reports that Saraki and Dogara would leave the APC soon. Saraki and three APC governors held secret talks with PDP leaders on Wednesday.
Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, is doing his best to resolve the crisis in the party.
He met with Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, on Thursday, and vowed that the governor who had earlier announced that he was considering joining a new party, would not leave APC.
Ortom was among the three APC governors who met PDP leaders on Wednesday.

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