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9th NASS leadership: No room for oppositions – Oshiomhole

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Mr Adams Oshiomhole, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, says President Muhammadu Buhari can only deliver on his campaign promises with necessary legislative policies and backing.

Oshiomhole stated this on Monday in Abuja at a meeting with the party`s national leadership and its newly-elected and returning House of Representative members, stressing that in unity, they could achieve much more.

He thanked God and Nigerians for electing the representatives, adding that the meeting was to acquaint the first timers in particular, with the antics of the opposition.

He stressed that the 164 newly-elected representatives had a huge responsibility ahead of them, and could not afford to disappoint Nigerians who elected them.

The APC national chairman expressed optimism that the representatives though may be new, had the sophistication, knowledge and commitment required to excel in the house.

“You have been elected at a very challenging time to provide legislative backing for APC agenda and manifestos.

“We must admit that there is still a lot to be done to make Nigeria safer in terms of security, investors don’t go to war front, even the poor value their security, people want to feel safe and secure.

“Whatever additional legislative measure to back the executive commitment in the area of security, we believe that as people who share this commitment, you will provide this support.

“There is a lot to be done to take Nigeria to the next level and to give everyone a sense of pride and dignity and to ensure that we have a country whose citizens are respected by state institutions wherever they are, “ Oshiomhole said.

He said to move Nigeria to the next level of economic and infrastructure development, the APC would not leave the leadership of the National Assembly and key committee chairmanship positions in the hands of the opposition.

He said the APC would not share power in the House of Representatives with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He added that with 222 elected members of the House of Representatives, critical committees that drive government must be chaired by APC members, except the Public Account Committee that was statutorily reserved for the opposition.

“If Nigerians wanted the opposition to chair committees, they would have voted for them, “ the national chairman said.

He also said that the APC-led Federal Government could not afford to have the kind of executive and legislative crisis it had in the 8th Assembly.

He said that in the 8th Assembly, some APC members became “distant spectators“ in the management of committees, while PDP members had strategic positions in the management of committees in the house.

This, the APC national chairman stressed would not happen in the 9th Assembly.

“I will expect that you all bear in mind that we are one family bounded together as shown in the broom symbol of our party, with a shared commitment to bail Nigeria out of the condition we found it in 2015.

“You have the numbers, and we will use those numbers to ensure that we have a leadership that commands the thrust and the respect of members of the House of Representatives.

“There will be contestation, that is why we are in a democracy, but after the contestation and debate, there has to be agreement, and once we have agreed, we move forward.

“We have the numbers to produce the Speaker, and we will produce the speaker, who must be a member of the APC.

“We have the number and we will use it to produce the Deputy speaker, House Leader, Chief Whip and Deputy Whip, who must all be members of the APC.

“The only position we are not interested in, is that of the Minority Leader, let it remain in the hands of the minors and in the opposition,“ Oshiomhole said.

He added that the APC was, however, aware that the opposition PDP was already sponsoring some of its members to contest key committee positions, with a view to getting some chairmanship seats in return.

He advised the elected representative not to do business with PDP members, but to see them as partners in progress.

“The PDP and other minorities can have their say, but working together, APC must have its way in the legislative agenda and in the leadership of the National Assembly and the leadership of its committees.

“Please don’t allow anybody to divide you, we will carry out extensive consultations with President Muhammadu Buhari and all the leaders of our party, “ he said.

He added that the consultations would reflect the reality of the nation’a politics as reflected in the Constitution which recognises the country`s geo-political zones.

Oshiomhole said the party`s leadership would work out a “sensible zoning formula“ that would carry everybody along and give them chances to demonstrate their capacities and capabilities.

This, he said, was critical to ensure that the party had a leadership without rancour.

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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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Edo 2020: CAN backs Obaseki for second term, asks Oshiomhole to do same

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The Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) has asked National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to support the second term bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki for the development and advancement of the state.

It said Edo people are very well pleased with and have reposed confidence in Obaseki.

The Christian body urged Oshiomhole not to allow some few individuals soil the good name and legacy he has enshrined on the chronicles of achievers and builders of Edo land.

Chairman of CAN in Edo State, Bishop Oyonude Kure, who spoke at a press briefing in Bénin City, urged Oshiomhole to put the APC machinery together for its unity in the interest of the peace of the state to ensure continuity of the administration of Obaseki.

Kure disclosed that the Christian body met separately with Oshiomhole and Obaseki on October 31st and November 3rd respectively with a view to resolving the impasse between both men.

Kure listed identified the issues between Obaseki and Oshiomhole to include opening of Edo Specialist hospital, constitution of dissolved Boards and Parastatal, politics of exclusion, award of contracts to foreigners, inauguration of the Edo State House of Assembly, attack on Oshiomhole, attack on Obaseki and the Oba of Lagos and severance allowance to Dr. Pius Odubu.

He urged Governor Obaseki and Oshiomhole to shield their sword as well as restore the trust and confidence that once existed between them to achieve the desired progress in Edo.

Bishop Kure said Oshiomhole and Obaseki should focus on the vision they had from the beginning and not the division.

According to him: “We urged His Excellency not to relent in his effort towards the good governance of the state and to pursue the issue of inclusion by resolving the issue with aggrieved party members within the ambit of the rule of law so as to join forces together to ensure continuity in the art of governance of the state.

“Following the uncommon developmental strides made thus far by the administration of Obaseki, the Edo people are convinced that his choice was not misplaced and are therefore grateful.”

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Ex-Delta Gov. Uduaghan reacts to Appeal Court judgement, Says ‘home enemies are the most dangerous’

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The appellate court in a judgement on Monday quashed the decision of the Delta State Election Petitions Tribunal which nullified the election of Manager as the senator representing the area.

The tribunal had nullified the Delta South election and declared that a fresh election be held in the district within 90 days of the judgement in a petition filed by former Governor Uduaghan that the election was marred by irregularities.

Uduaghan had told the tribunal that the exercise was not marred by irregularities but the election did not also complied with the electoral guidelines.

But in a unanimous decision by the Justice A Jauro-led appeal panel on Monday upturned the decision of the tribunal and affirmed that Senator Manager of the PDP won the election.

However, Uduaghan, who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election, took to his Facebook to thank everyone who supported his senatorial ambition all through the electioneering period to the appeal court.

According to him, in every battle, “home enemies are the most dangerous.”

The Itsekiri-born medical doctor, however, congratulated Senator Manager on the appeal judgement upholding his election.

“Thanks to ALL who were in the trenches with me. Home enemies are the most dangerous in any struggle!Congrats Sen J. E. Manager”, Uduaghan said in the post.

 

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THE JOURNEY WAS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE OUTCOME

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing ~Vince Lombardi

It is no longer news that the outcome of today’s Appeal Court judgement did not go in my favour as the judgement of the Election Petitions Tribunal in Asaba was set aside by the Appellate Court sitting in Benin City.

I want to first appreciate everyone who were in the trenches with me throughout this journey. Please do not despair. There is no winning or losing, but rather the value is in the experience of imagining yourself as a character in whatever genre you’re involved in, whether it is politics or any other endeavor. I cherish the input of everyone -family, friends, political party, supporters and the good people of Delta South Senatorial District.

I am happy that throughout the elections and the tribunals, our peaceful process as a Senatorial District was tested. Recall I withdrew from the race in 2014 as a result of the threat to peace. In 2019 however, an itsekiri man could campaign freely in Ijaw area and an Ijaw man could campaign freely in itsekiri area. Itsekiris voted for Ijaws, and Ijaws voted for Itsekiris. There was no case of violence anywhere. For me this is a big victory for peace in our Senatorial District.

The loss at the Appeal Court today, was as a result of a pre-election matter that the court entertained. This was a matter that was not addressed at the lower tribunal, which ought to be the first place that any prayer whatsoever relating to election matters should have been introduced. Well, the judiciary has had their say and I have accepted the outcome in good faith.

I must put it on record that; for me, this was a period of experiencing the “enemy within ” at another level.

I have formally called my brother, Sen James Manager to congratulate him.

My brother, Sen James E. Manager, congratulations once more on your victory. I wish you well as you represent our people at the hollowed Chamber again.

The contest is over now, it is in the past. I urge my supporters to put this behind them and focus on the future which holds a lot in store for all of us.

God bless you!
God bless Delta South!!
God bless Nigeria!!!

Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, CON.
Immediate Past Governor of Delta State.

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