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How APC will unseat PDP in Ekiti – Ex-Gov Oni

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A former governor of Ekiti, Segun Oni, has said that All Progressives Congress (APC) has “tremendous’’ goodwill in Ekiti to win the July 14 governorship election in the state.
He stated this on Monday in Abuja while speaking with journalists at the APC National Headquarters after picking Expression of Interest Form and Nomination forms to contest the election.
Mr Oni, who was the deputy national chairman (South) of the party until he resigned recently to contest the election, expressed confidence that the party would emerge victorious at the election.
“We have tremendous goodwill out there in Ekiti; the goodwill for this party is there, it is over-flowing and I can tell you that we will win the state,” he said.
The former governor said that his interest to re-contest for the position was not personal, but that of a team which wanted him to govern the state again.
He said that the “stomach infrastructure’’ programme of the current administration in the state was a farce and a “coinage to say something and probably arouse the people’’.
According to him, the programme has no meaning, especially as there is no established kitchen where people are served food freely; nobody receives food rations in Ekiti.
Oni said that if elected, his administration would ensure radical change in the lives of the people while improving their well-being.
“Forget about stomach infrastructure; we are more than that,’’ he said, adding that his administration would give priority to agriculture and bring innovation to governance.
He dispelled insinuations the he was the anointed candidate of the presidency and the APC leadership, saying “I belong to the camp of God, not to anybody´s camp.”
Mr Oni also debunked the allegation in Tanko Yakassai’s statement at the weekend that the APC rigged its way to power in 2015, using the card reader.
“I want to say that it is not true, card reader cannot rig election; it is only human beings that can rig elections, not card readers.
“I must say that when people are looking for ways to justify their inadequacies, they will look for failures, they will look for faults; the truth is that Nigerians voted overwhelmingly for Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari,” Mr Oni said.
Another aspirant, Muyiwa Olumilua, who also collected forms on Monday, said if elected, he would address issues of rural urban drift in Ekiti by industrialising its rural communities.
Mr Olumilua, son of a former governor of the state, Bamidele Olumilua, said that there was need for good governance in Ekiti, adding that though the state was blessed with great potential, it was one of the poorest in the country.
He added that with good governance and the right persons in government, Ekiti would become the envy of other states in terms of development.
The APC Nomination form is sold to aspirants at N5 million while the Expression of Interest form costs N500, 000.
No fewer than 20 aspirants have so far picked the forms for the Ekiti governorship race.
They include the state´s immediate past governor, Kayode Fayemi, a Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, Babafemi Ojudu, Makajuola Akindele, Opeyemi Bamidele, Victor Kolade, Sunday Adebomi and Yaya Kolade.
According to a time-table earlier issued by the party, screening of aspirants would run from April 23 to April 25, while the screening appeal committee would sit from April 26 to April 27.
The primary election is scheduled for May 5, while the appeals that might emanate from the exercise would be heard between May 7 and May 9.

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FULL LIST: ‘Direct primary in Lagos, indirect in Kaduna’ — mode of APC primaries in 36 states

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The national working committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved different modes of primary across the 36 states of the federation.

While indirect primary was adopted in states where some governors have tough opponents, direct was approved in other states.

Direct primary involves all card-carrying members of the party electing candidates while indirect primary involves use of delegates to elect candidates.

Indirect primary was adopted in Kaduna where Nasir el-Rufai is seeking reelection and Katsina where Bello Masari is standing for another election but same could not be said of Lagos where Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor, has tough opponents.

Rochas Okorocha, governor of Imo state, Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) and Kashim Shettima (Borno) who are not seeking reelection but have preferred candidates had direct primary approved in their states.

Since it held its national executive committee (NEC) meeting in August, the party has been

announcing different modes of primary .

It initially adopted direct primary but changed it to indirect after intense pressure. The party later said state executive committee members were free to choose the kind of primary that they prefer.

But on Tuesday, the party released the list of the mode of primaries to be conducted in all the 36 states.

The election will hold on Saturday in all chapters of the party.

Below is the list:

S/No. STATE RESOLUTION ON MODE OF PRIMARIES TO BE ADOPTED

1. ABIA DIRECT PRIMARIES

2. ADAMAWA INDIRECT PRIMARIES

3. AKWA IBOM DIRECT PRIMARIES

4. ANAMBRA DIRECT PRIMARIES

5. BAUCHI DIRECT PRIMARIES

6. BAYELSA DIRECT PRIMARIES

7. BENUE INDIRECT PRIMARIES

8. BORNO INDIRECT PRIMARIES

9. CROSS RIVER DIRECT PRIMARIES

10. DELTA INDIRECT PRIMARIES

11. EBONYI INDIRECT PRIMARIES

12. ENUGU INDIRECT PRIMARIES

13. EDO DIRECT PRIMARIES

14. EKITI DIRECT PRIMARIES

15. GOMBE INDIRECT PRIMARIES

16. IMO DIRECT PRIMARIES

17. JIGAWA INDIRECT PRIMARIES

18. KADUNA INDIRECT PRIMARIES

19. KANO DIRECT PRIMARIES

20. KASTINA INDIRECT PRIMARIES

21. KEBBI INDIRECT PRIMARIES

22. KOGI INDIRECT PRIMARIES

23. KWARA INDIRECT PRIMARIES

24. LAGOS DIRECT PRIMARIES

25. NASARAWA INDIRECT PRIMARIES

26. NIGER DIRECT PRIMARIES

27. OGUN DIRECT PRIMARIES

28. ONDO DIRECT PRIMARIES

29. OSUN DIRECT PRIMARIES

30. OYO INDIRECT PRIMARIES

31. PLATEAU INDIRECT PRIMARIES

32. RIVERS INDIRECT PRIMARIES

33. SOKOTO INDIRECT PRIMARIES

34. TARABA DIRECT PRIMARIES

35. YOBE INDIRECT PRIMARIES

36. ZAMFARA DIRECT PRIMARIES

37. FCT DIRECT PRIMARIES

The NWC, however, said Adamawa state working committee has been banned from participating either as delegates or superintendents over the primary election holding in the state due to the fact that it was “prejudiced in favour of a governorship aspirant”.

 

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I’ll fire every general in the Army if elected President – Sowore

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Aspirant for the 2019 presidential election, Omoyele Sowore » , has vowed to sack every general in the Nigerian Army if he’s elected President at next year’s polls.

In a recent interview he posted on his official Facebook page on Monday, September 24, 2018, the Sahara Reporters publisher said the generals are responsible for the country’s prolonged war against terrorism, alleging that they don’t want it to end.

He said, “With regards to security, there needs to be an overhaul of our security system. I’m going in there firing every damn general in the Army who’s involved in fighting terrorism in this country. They’re thieves and I know them. I’ve done that as an investigative reporter.

“These guys don’t want the war to end and I know that if you’re hearing this from me, you’ll probably be feeling pity for me saying, ‘The generals will never allow this guy to become president.’ No. We should not be at the merrcy of the generals. The generals should be at the mercy of the country and because we’re the ones paying them.”

Sowore, the national chairman of the Africa Action Congress (AAC) , said he’ll also increase the membership of Nigerian Army after firing the generals.

“I’ll fire every one of them and then I’ll increase the officer cadre of the Nigerian security system. There are only 5,000 officers within the Nigerian Army of about 200-something thousand members and these people are not enough and the generals don’t promote people because if they promote, then it shows they’ll be on their way out,” he said.

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APC postpones presidential primary twice within 24 hours

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has yet again rescheduled its presidential primary election to hold on September 28.

Yekini Nabena, APC national publicity secretary, announced this in a statement on Monday.

This is the third time the party would be postponing its presidential primary.

The latest postponement comes barely 24 hours after Nabena announced the

rescheduling of the election form from September 25 to September 27.

Nabena said the recent shift was to avoid a clash with the Osun governorship rerun election fixed for September 27 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The party had last week shifted the election from September 20 to September 25.

“In view of the Osun governorship re-run election which has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, by INEC, the APC has now rescheduled the presidential primary election to Sept. 28.,” Nabena said.

“This is to avoid a clash in dates with the Osun governorship re-run election and to enable all registered party members in all 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) participate in the exercise.”

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