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We Have Spent 2years Cleaning Up The Mess We Met – Buhari Declares

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President Muhammadu Buhari says the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government has been salvaging Nigeria from her challenges since he assumed office.

The President said this on Tuesday while addressing a meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He urged leaders and members of the APC at the meeting, as well as Nigerians, to support the security agencies in tackling insecurity in the country.

Ahead of the forthcoming elections, President Buhari declared the APC as the party of the Nigerian people and asked its leaders and members to join forces towards achieving victory in the 2019 polls.

He further asked them to remind Nigerians of the past and thank them for supporting the APC in spite of the recent challenges in the country.

The President also appealed to the party faithful not to relax and support the presidential committee led by former governor Bola Tinubu, to reconcile all aggrieved members of the APC.

Read the President’s full remarks below:

I welcome all of you dear party members to this year’s NEC meeting.

Let me first record my appreciation to the party leadership in Abuja and the states for their stewardship of the party affairs. In particular, may I commend our Chairman, His Excellency Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, for steering the party from success to success.

From our resounding victory in 2015, to gubernatorial elections in Kogi, Edo and Ondo as well as much improved showing in Anambra Elections. APC is the party of government and now the party of the Nigerian people.

Mr Chairman, Members of NEC, great credit is due to our APC State Governors for stabilizing the country and to our Armed Forces, Police and other Security Agencies for stopping Boko Haram in its tracks and driving them from their bases. No country, however well secured, can prevent isolated acts of terror as we have seen in America, Europe, Asia and here in Africa.

We must support our Security Agencies to safeguard our country so that the job of development as outlined in our Manifesto can proceed without too much interruption.

Mr Chairman, Members of the National Executive Committee, we cannot afford to fail to remind Nigerians where we came from in 2015. I am happy to report that slowly and steadily we have managed to stabilise the country and re-direct the ship of the State.

We have restored prudence to the management of public finances. Confidence in Nigeria has been restored. On February 23rd, Nigeria issued 12-year and 20-year Eurobond on the international market, which were both oversubscribed. The 12-year bond was within days subscribed by 332%. The 20-year bond was subscribed by 372%.

We have stabilised the Naira, increased our foreign reserves from US$20 billion to US$40 billion. Inflation rate is down. With considerably less resources available to the country, we have improved all indices towards a stronger economy.

Above all, we must pay tribute to the Nigerian people. They still massively support the government in spite of distractions from exponents of “business-as-usual”.

Nevertheless, I am not asking us to relax and take things easy. As we all know, elections are looming on the horizon, we must, therefore, get our act together. Accordingly, I implore all members of the Party to give the Asiwaju Committee full cooperation to resolve differences existing amongst our members in the States affected. It is perhaps inevitable that there would be differences of opinion within the Party. If we didn’t have differences we wouldn’t be a genuinely democratic Party.

But we must not lose sight of our common purpose as a new Party to break the mould of Nigerian politics and take the country to new heights. Therefore, we have asked our respected Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead this process of restoring order to the ranks, manage differences and strengthen the Party.

Mr Chairman, members of the National Executive Committee, I must acknowledge that the pace of government has not met the expectations of many within our Party. But few of us knew or appreciated the depth of the hole when we took office. Thus we spent the last two years digging the country out of the mess we met.

Furthermore, the stand-off between the Executive and the National Assembly slowed the process of government. We are working hard to resolve the differences so that the country can move forward.

Soon, primaries for; wards, local governments, state and centre will be due.

I urge all members to take account of the fact that APC has a history of conducting free and fair primaries whenever consensus about any position is not reached. Regardless of thcomes of the primary processes, it is imperative that we all work together to ensure victory for our party.

Thank you

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Tinubu to Obasanjo: You have spent your own time… leave Buhari alone

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Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has asked ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo to leave President Muhammadu Buhari alone.

Tinubu said this while addressing party members at a stakeholders meeting in Lagos state on Tuesday.

The APC leader condemned “frequent attacks” on the current administration by the former president.

He said the criticisms of Obasanjo were in bad faith, adding that he (Obasanjo) could not stop Nigerians from reelecting Buhari.

“Our president, President Muhammadu Buhari has done well, he deserves another term, and we will support him to win because he is our man,” he said.

“Forget about Obasanjo’s letter and his frequent attacks on our president, he cannot stop the president because Nigerians would re-elect him.

“Obasanjo has spent his own time; he should leave Buhari alone and face his business because he cannot tell us who to vote for.

“He is part of some of the challenges we are facing in the country today, because he did not lay the right foundation when he was president.”

Tinubu added that the exit of some members of the APC would also not stop the reelection of Buhari, saying the party was unshaken by the defections and was on course to recording victories in the 2019 election.

He said the results of the bye-elections in Kogi, Katsina and Bauchi states, in which the APC was victorious, were a “precursor to the pattern of the general election”.

“I congratulate the winners in the election and their victory is proof that our party is getting more popular by the day,” he said.

“Those who want to defect can defect, that is their problem. APC remains unshaken and these people will know the reality in the elections.”

Credit: TheCable

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JUST IN: 2019: Obasanjo in closed-door meeting with another PDP presidential aspirant

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 Obasanjo in closed-door meeting with another PDP presidential aspirant

The Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dakwambo, is currently in a closed door meeting with the former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Mr Dakwambo, a presidential aspirant under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) arrived his host’s private residence located inside the premises of Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta and shortly entered into the meeting.

The meeting comes less than 24 hours after Senate President Bukola Saraki also met with Mr Obasanjo. None of the officials spoke about the details of their meeting which held few days after Mr Saraki also met with ex-military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida.

BREAKING: Saraki, IBB in closed-door meeting at Minna

Mr Obasanjo also recently played host to another PDP presidential aspirant, Kabiru Turaki, and visited ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

The meetings are believed to be in preparation for the 2019 elections with Mr Obasanjo pledging to spearhead a coalition to oust incumbent President Muhammadu BUhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Obasanjo supported Mr Buhari’s election in 2015 but has since fell out with the president.

Details later…

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See full list of ’57 APC Senators’ as of August 13, 2018

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See full list of ’57 APC Senators’ as of August 13, 2018

There are currently 54 APC senators, and 49 PDP senators. There are other two; one each from the All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

However, there are two vacant seats from Katsina, Kogi and Bauchi states, which had been won by APC candidates in the Saturday’s by-elections conducted in the two states, but the winners are yet to be sworn in.

It would also be recalled that one APC senator from Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, was recently sentenced to prison. Although he was said to have appealed the judgment, he has been out of the Senate ever since.

When the three new Senators are eventually sworn in, that would bring total number of APC Senators to 57, but if you discount Dariye, that would be 56.

List of APC Senators:

1. Adamu Aliero (Kebbi),

2. Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi),

3. Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi),

4. Aliyu Wammako (Sokoto),

5. Ibrahim Gobir (Sokoto),

6. Ahmed Yerima (Zamfara),

7. Kabir Marafa (Zamfara),

8. Tijjani Kaura(Zamfara),

9. Abu Ibrahim (Katsina),

10. Umar Kurfi (Katsina),

11. Kabir Gaya (Kano),

12.Barau Jibrin (Kano),

13. Abdulkadir Gumel (Jigawa),

14. Sabo Mohammed (Jigawa),

15. Sani Shehu. (Kaduna)

16. Ahmed Lawan (Yobe),

17.Bukar Abba Ibrahim (Yobe),

18. Ali Ndume (Borno),

19.Abu Kyari (Borno),

20. Baba Kaka Garbai (Borno),

21. Sabi Abdullahi (Niger),

22. David Umar (Niger),

23. Mustapha Muhammed (Niger),

24. Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa),

25. George Akume (Benue),

26. Joshua Dariye (Plateau),

27. Francis Alimikhena (Edo),

28. Andrew Uchendu (Rivers),

29. Magnus Abe (Rivers),

30. Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta),

31. John Enoh (Cross River),

32. Nelson Effiong (Akwa Ibom),

33. Andy Uba (Anambra),

34. onni Ogbuoji (Ebonyi),

35. Hope Uzodinma (Imo),

36 Ben Uwajimogu (Imo),

37. Danjuma Goje (Gombe),

38. Binta Masi Garba (Adamawa),

39. Ahmed Abubakar (Adamawa),

40. Yusuf A. Yusuf (Taraba).

41. Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos),

42. Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos),

43. Solomon Adeola (Lagos),

44. Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo),

45 Gbolahan Dada (Ogun),

46. Soji Akanbi (Oyo),

47. Ajayi Boroffice (Ondo),

48. Yele Omogunwa (Ondo),

49. Abdulfatai Buhari (Oyo),

50. Babajide Omoworare (Osun),

51. Sola Adeyeye (Osun),

52. Fatimat Raji-Rasaki (Ekiti).

53. Godswill Akpabio (Akwa-Ibom)

54. Philip Aduda (FCT)

55. Lanre Tejuoso (Ogun)

56.Ahmad baba kaita (katsina)

57. Lawal Yahaya Gumau (Bauchi)

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