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Lagos APC kicks against tenure elongation for Odigie-Oyegun, others

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The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has kicked against the elongation of tenure of the party’s national and state executives, saying it is against the country’s and party’s constitutions.
This runs contrary to the position initially adopted by the State Chapter when its Chairman, Chief Henry Ajomale, joined 30 other State Chairmen to endorse tenure elongation for the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and others at the State and LG levels.
The decision was taken a day before the last NEC meeting, where Odigie-Oyegun and others were given 12 more months in office.
President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the NEC meeting.
Rising from a Consultative Forum held at the State House in Marina, Lagos and attended by party elders from across the state, the leaders said the extension of the tenure of Odigie-Oyegun and his executives by one year was against the spirit of the country’s and APC’s constitutions.
Section 223 of the 1999 Constitution as amended provides for periodical election on a democratic basis for principal officers and members of the executive committee of political parties.
According to the constitution, election of the officers or members of the executive committee of a political party will be deemed to be periodical if done at regular intervals not exceeding four years.
Article 17 of the party’s constitution also provides for a four-year tenure for its national and state executives, which is renewable for another four years.
The Lagos State Central Senatorial District Leader of the party, Chief Tajudeen Olusi, spoke with journalists after the consultative forum.
Olusi said: “We have taken reports of the state APC chairman in respect of the NEC meeting held in Abuja.
“We have also had the privilege of receiving great reports from our leader from the reconciliation committee.
“We have considered the issue of extension of tenure and we are of the firm belief that the decision is a breach of the constitution of our party and of the country.
“We are against the elongation of tenure.
“We shall continue to make our decision known to the party and to the president”.
The tenure of Odigie-Oyegun and his executives is due to expire in June this year.
Section 223 of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution, as amended, specifically states: (1)The Constitution and rules of a political party shall
(a) provide for the periodical election on a democratic basis of the principal officers and members of the executive committee or other governing body of the political party; and
(b) ensure that the members of the executive committee or other governing body of the political party reflect the federal character of Nigeria
(2) For the purposes of this section –
(a) the election of the officers or members of the executive committee of a political party shall be deemed to be periodical only if it is made at regular intervals not exceeding four years; and…”
In extending the tenure, the APC National Executive Committee had relied on Article 13.3 (ii) of its constitution, which states that the NEC can discharge the functions of the convention in a period of emergency.
Article 13.3 (ii) of APC Constitution specifically states that the NEC of the party is empowered to:
“Discharge all functions of the National Conventions as constituted in between Conventions.”
But the provision in Article 13.3 (ii) is not limitless and open-ended. It is a responsibility restricted by the same constitution, which provides exclusively under Article 30 (i) that: “This Constitution and Schedules hereto can be amended only by the National Convention of the Party.”
The party’s constitution provides the processes for constitution amendment.
Article 30: “(ii) Notice of any proposed amendment by any member or organ of the Party shall be given to the National Secretary at least twenty-one (21) days before the date of the National Convention. The notice, which shall be in writing, shall contain a clear statement of the proposed amendment and reasons thereof.
(iii) Notice of proposed amendment(s) shall be served on the members of the National Convention at least fourteen (14) days before the date of the meeting at which the proposed amendment is to be considered. Publication of the notice of the proposed amendments in a National Newspaper shall be deemed to be sufficient Notice.
(iv)The Constitution or any part thereof shall stand amended if a proposed amendment is supported by at least two thirds of the delegates present and voting.
(v) Where new positions and Offices are created as a result of the amendment of this Constitution, the relevant Executive Committee shall until the next Convention or Congress fill such positions and office in an interim capacity.”

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Atiku to make broadcast on Twitter, Facebook 9am today

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Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the PDP will be making a broadcast on Twitter and Facebook at 9am tomorrow.

The PDP presidential candidate is expected to bare his mind on Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.

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Kogi East Senate: UPP endorses ADC’s Victor Adoji

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The United Political Parties, Kogi State Chapter, said it has endorsed the candidature of Dr Victor Alewo Adoji, of the Action Democratic Congress (ADC), for the Kogi East Senatorial seat in the rescheduled National Assembly election slated for 23rd February 2019.

In a statement signed by Hon Ibrahim Itodo, state leader and Hon Mohammed Lawal, Secretary Kogi UPP respectively, said without sentiments, the decision to support Adoji was taken after a careful assessment of his manifestos and carriage which makes him outstanding among 30 others running for the Kogi East Senatorial seat.

The statement which reads in part said “Having keenly followed the campaign and activities of Dr Victor Alewo Adoji’s sensitization and campaign manifestos to his senatorial district, without any iota of doubt or sentiment has proven that he has the competence, capacity and the character to be supported by the United Political parties into the Senate come 23rd February 2019 general elections

“In view of the above assertion therefore, the United Political Parties on this day 20th February, 2019 endorsed the candidate of ADC, Dr Victor Alewo Adoji as our conscientious candidate for the Senate to represent the good people of Igala/Bassa Kingdom.

“This endorsement is as a result of critical review of the past Representatives in the Red chamber and their non-performance non- participatory democracy in carrying the Constituents along in a democratic Manner.

The UPP said it was not surprised therefore that, the East/Bassa Elders political forum after careful interaction with the candidates also declared Dr Victor Alewo Adoji of ADC as the most acceptable and credible candidate for the election to represent Igala/Bassa Kingdom at the Red chambers of the National Assembly.

They maintained that “Dr Victor Alewo Adoji has proven beyond reasonable doubt by his theory of a Social contract principle and a bottom to up style of governance canvassed during his campaign and therefore clearly distinguished himself among others that he is more prepared to face the business of law making in the National Assembly.

“We are urging the good people of Igala/Bassa land to proudly support the candidate of the ADC, Dr Victor Alewo Adoji for Senate on Saturday 23rd February, 2019.

The group noted that the UPP is present in all the three senatorial districts of Kogi state and made up 26 political parties, saying that the endorsement is to prove to the people that the UPP has carried out an assessment of all the candidates contesting elective positions in the state.

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Kogi Gov. Chief of Staff allegedly arrests, hounds ADC senatorial candidate’s supporters

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Supporters of Kogi East Senatorial District candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Victor Adoji, are having it very tough ahead of the postponed general election.
Information filtering in has it that ADC candidate’s supporters are being hounded out of town ahead of the February 23, 2019 poll.
“They are being arrested and attacked under different facades,” a source stated.
Details available alleged Edward Onoja, the Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, as masterminding the intimidation of Adoji’s supporters.  Adoji confirmed the information.
He disclosed that his supporters are currently moving out of town to avoid attacks and related intimidation tactics being deployed by the Governor’s Chief of Staff.
Bello, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, had boasted to President Muhammadu Buhari that he would deliver Kogi state “100%” to the APC and the President.
It is believed that Onoja is acting out a part of the script to help the Governor deliver on the promise with the hounding of Adoji’s supporters.
The election for the President, Senator and House of Representatives members hold on the same day.
Adoji had stirred up a whirlwind of support that has thrown up intimidating popularity ahead of the election.
The ADC senatorial candidate’s formidable political presence had attracted the attention of the ruling party chieftains, especially Governor Bello.
This development reportedly resulted in an alleged consistent attack which Adoji kept reporting on his Facebook page, Dr. Victor ALEWO Adoji 2019 – with pictures – including the recent burning of the house of a passionate supporter.
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