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95% of APC govs with me, no gang-up to remove me – Oshiomhole

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiohmole, on Monday dismissed as untrue the reported gang-up by APC governors against his leadership of the party.

Oshiomhole had on Sunday in a statement by his press secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, alleged that conservatives within the party are ganging up to pass a vote of no-confidence in him.

He said in the statement that his sin was his refusal to allow continued impunity and circumvention of due process being perpetuated in some states.

He added that he was not surprised by the gang up, as he never had the illusion that the process of reforming the party was going to be an easy one.

But, Oshiohmole, who fielded questions from State House correspondents in Abuja, said only one or two out of the 23 state governors under the platform of the APC were vehemently opposed to his leadership style.

He said: “Maybe there is one or two governors who have issues and those issues can only be resolved democratically within the spirit, the letter and all the relevant positions of the APC constitution, the APC Election guidelines and of course the Electoral Act.

“The Electoral Act is completely blind and our party’s rules also are completely blind to power but it’s sensitive to procedures; it is sensitive processes.

“The good news is that overwhelming majority (of the governors), we have about 23 governors, I think maybe one or two may have some situations they would like to see differently.

“But that is the way the world is, but we should uphold the rules. But, it is not correct to suggest that there is a move to remove me.

“Yes, one governor has publicly said he would ensure that I’m removed – that is fine. The beauty of democracy is anyone or two could say something but the majority is what matters.

“But even those two when they have deeper reflection would recognize that what I have done is to stubbornly insist that the rules are obeyed, nothing more nothing less.’’

Oshiohmole, who described the ongoing political outcry in some quarters as his finest moment, said he would continue to support the interest of the ordinary members of the party against those of the powerful elements or political bigwigs.

He said he was very encouraged by the level of participation of members of the party in the political processes including the just concluded party’s primaries across the country.

Oshiohmole however declined comment on the Monday’s Supreme Court ruling which set aside an interim order of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, which gave the APC, the go ahead to conduct its Ward, Local Government and State Congresses in Rivers State.

He said he needed lawyers’ interpretation of the ruling before passing any comment.

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Oshiomhole fumes, says PDP’s Duoyo Diri can’t be sworn in as Bayelsa gov

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Oshiomhole fumes, says PDP’s Duoyo Diri can’t be sworn in as Bayelsa gov

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No one will be sworn in as Bayelsa governor – Oshiomhole

National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has faulted the judgement of the Supreme Court nullifying the election of David Lyon as governor of Bayelsa.

Speaking at a media briefing on Thursday in Abuja, Mr Oshiomhole said the apex court’s verdict lacked the fruit of justice.

He explained that by the judgment, no one would be sworn in as governor in Bayelsa on Friday, alleging that no other candidate has the constitutional spread to be sworn in as governor.“In this case nobody apart from David Lyon meet desire spread as expressed by the Supreme Court.

“The next candidate who happens to be a PDP candidate does not have one quarter of the votes cast in that election.”

Oshiomhole also said the party’s lawyers were studying the judgement to take necessary legal action.

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How Nigerian lawmaker, Ignatius Longjan died in Turkey

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How Nigerian lawmaker, Ignatius Longjan died in Turkey

Details have emerged on how Nigerian lawmaker died in Turkey.

Senator Ignatius Longjan reportedly gave in the ghost on Monday at aged 75.

The Witnessngr understands that Longjan represented Plateau South Senatorial District of Plateau State in the Nigerian Senate before his death.

Confirming the news, his former chief of staff John Dafa’an said: “It is true, our father and distinguished Senator representing Plateau South is death, baba died after battling with illness for a long time in Turkey.”

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2023 Presidency: PDP BoT Chair, Jibrin cries out over threat to life

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The Chairman, Board of Trustees of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Walid Jibrin has raised alarm over threats to his life and petitioned the Director General of DSS and Inspector General of Police, following his comments that the party will not zone its presidential ticket come 2023.

Sen. Jibrin recently stated that the party will give room for interested aspirants from all parts of the country to contest for the presidential primaries for the 2023 elections, which elicited various reaction including threats of demonstration against him and harassment.

According to him, “I have received call from some people threatening my life over my coming out not to mention that the presidency of this country be zoned to the Northeast. They were saying that I am a traitor, that I should have come out to say that it is only Atiku Abubakar, that because I said that Atiku was already overthrown by the Supreme Court. They said for that, I should say Atiku is the man.

“That I won’t do because I am a leader. I have to make a lots of consultations, the National Working Committee have to make a lots of consultations, our Governors have to make a lots of consultations, then the NEC had to take decision. And they should not forget the party has a Constitution and a guideline which says that there must be primary for whoever wants to contest.

“We have not even discussed about zoning so why are some people so concerned about the presidential ticket being zoned to a particular zone.

“About three people went to Wadata Plaza and demanded to see the Chief Security Officer, Munir Yerima. When they were there, Yerima rang me asking where am i and I said I’m in Kaduna, then he said some people want to talk to me and I said let me talk to them on phone, he said they are intermediary between me and some party people that they said i have gone astray and if I don’t recant they would hold a major demonstration against me and thew would arrange bandits to deal with me wherever I go.

“So I told the man to go and do whatever he wants to do that I’m equal to the task. Then I realise its not only a major demonstration but they may be planning to assassinate me.

“I have written to the DG DSS and the police IG to ensure that the matter is seriously handled as people can’t stand on their own. I’m an elder statesman in the party and in Northern Nigeria. I’m a Fulani herdsman who have tried to stop the threats of militant Fulani in my local government and in my state.

“I’m a very religious person who cannot even kill a rat or an ant, yet people are trying to harass me, to assassinate me. I want the police to give me protection and stop this harassment. They said the people are from Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kaduna, Zamfara, Kebbi and Jigawa states.

“Its a gang from these Northern states who are planning against me. Let’s see if the security agencies would allow this to happen. I would do all expected of me, I’m not shaken.

“Our party has not finished arrangements towards 2023, all we are doing now is reconciliation to ensure that our party are together, we have concluded arrangements to hold congresses. Soon the NWC would convene a NEC meeting and convention to ratify the arrangements.”

He said as the BOT chairman of the party he is leader of members from every part of the country, wondering that, “If the Igbos ask me about the party’s choice for president in 2023, how do I explain to them? There are people agitating for the Southwest, so we have to bring people together to agree on what people want, so they should leave me alone”.

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