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If Magnus Abe likes, He can go to Buhari, But He won’t be Governor – Amaechi

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The power tussle between former governor, and Transportation Minis­ter, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe, over who controls the mainstream machinery of Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), deepened, last Friday, as the former announced removal of his for­mer Chief of Staff, Chief Tony Okocha, and three others as leaders of the party’s caucus in their various local government areas.

Others affected by the lead­ership crisis in the state are Amaechi’s former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Worgu Boms, who lost his seat as leader of the party’s caucus in Port Har­court City Local Government Area, and member represent­ing Ikwerre/Emohua Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon Chidi Wihioka, who was replaced as leader of the party’s caucus in Ikwerre Local Government Area.

Also removed by Amaechi as leader of the party’s caucus in Etche Local Government Area is Hon Allwell Onyesoh.

Speaking at the various stakeholders’ meetings, the Minister of Transportation and the Leader of the All Progres­sives Congress in Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, vowed that nobody, not even President Muhammadu Bu­hari, could make him shift his ground on Senator Magnus Abe and endorse his guberna­torial ambition in the state.

At a stakeholders meet­ing at the residence of former chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Chief Nnamdi Wokekoro, at the Ru­mukalagbo axis of Port Har­court, Amaechi said that the gubernatorial ticket of the APC in the state was his prerogative.

During the meeting, which began around 11.35.am, Amae­chi suspended Worgu Boms, as the leader of the APC caucus in Port Harcourt Local Govern­ment Area (PHALGA), and replaced him with Wokekoro.
The minister later met with stakeholders of the party from Obio/Akpor Local Govern­ment Area, at 2.pm, during which he suspended Okocha as the leader of the APC caucus.

The minister also held an­other meeting at the residence of the APC Chairman of Etche Local Government Area, Barr. Reginald Ukwuoma, during which he met with top brass of the party from Etche Local Government Area.

At the meeting, Amaechi ratified the suspension of Chief Allwell Onyesoh, as the leader of the APC caucus in Etche. Onyesoh’s suspension, early last week, by a former member of the House of Representa­tives, Ogbonna Nwuke, had sparked a whirlpool of discon­tent among top players of the party in Etche.

Amaechi allegedly said at the meeting, “I have foreclosed Abe’s governorship ambition as far as the Rivers APC is con­cerned. If he likes, let him run to President Buhari; that will not change anything. If he likes, let him go to the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, nothing will change.”

He stressed: “In my capac­ity as the leader of the APC in Rivers State, Abe cannot be the governorship candidate of the party in Rivers State in 2019. Abe has no character. I hear the executives of about 15 local government areas are already working for him. I will see how far they can go.

“I am the only one that can determine who gets the party’s ticket in 2019. Suddenly, Abe has become something else in the party because he won his senatorial election. Was I not governor for eight years? Was I not speaker for eight years?” he asked.
Amaechi warned that he would suspend any party lead­er that was supporting Abe’s candidature for 2019.

“I remain the leader of the APC in Rivers State. Even if the 23 LGA chairmen of the party support him, that will not change anything,” he boasted.

He recalled: “As the speaker of the House of Assembly, I submitted his name to former Governor Peter Odili for ap­pointment as Secretary to the State Government (SSG). But Odili turned down my request. Odili rather made him com­missioner for information.

“I appointed him as SSG in my first term as governor because I wanted to fulfill my promise to him. I recom­mended that he should move to the Senate in my second tenure. Because I now operate from Abuja, Abe has expanded his tentacles all over the place. Just imagine people who are not even politicians are now telling me that it is only Abe that can win the governorship seat for the APC in 2019.

“I am waiting to see how they will make him the gov­ernorship candidate of Rivers APC in 2019. We have the National Working Committee (NWC).

We also have the National Executive Committee (NEC), of the party. But no one will deny that I have made enor­mous sacrifices for the party to get to where it is today,” he said.

He branded Abe as a “treacherous politician who is now fraternizing fulltime with my political enemies in Riv­ers and Lagos States, includ­ing Abuja politicians who are always willing to flaunt their new found political titles and connections.”

The minister of transporta­tion fumed: “I know Abe is a senator. But I also know that he is fraternising with my po­litical enemies like the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki. If Abe likes, let him come to Riv­ers State with the leadership of the National Assembly or that of the APC. I, Amaechi, will not support him for governor in 2019.”

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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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