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APC awaits president’s nod to fix convention date

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President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to approve the date for the All Progressives Congress (APC) national convention, it was learnt on Thursday.

Already, a proposal on the national convention has been submitted to the Commander-in-Chief by the Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (ECPC) head by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni.

Last week, the Caretaker Committee Secretary Senator James Akpanudoedehe, had hinted that the President, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, APC governors and other stakeholders will determine the date for the convention.

APC Governors’ Forum Chairman, Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu said the timetable for the Congresses and the National Convention were before President Buhari.

Bagudu said: “There is a proposal before Mr. President and once he approves it, the National Caretaker Committee will announce the date.

He told reporters in Abuja that the forum considered the timetable proposed by the Committee and made some inputs into it, so that the exercise will comply with Electoral Law and the constitution of the party.

Bagudu added: “We considered the timetable and we have made some inputs particularly to comply with the Electoral Law and the party’s constitution. Remember we governors are just one organ of the party (though a very important organ).”

Asked if the meeting agreed on a specific date for the Convention, Bagudu said: “There is a proposal before Mr. President and once he approves it, the National Caretaker Committee will announce the date.”

He, however, added that the Forum advised the Caretaker Committee “to ensure that they consult with all, so that at the end of the day, the final output will be such that all party members will be happy.”

Bagudu said that the Forum passed vote of confidence on the Gov. Buni-led National Caretaker Committee for the progress recorded by the party under its leadership.

He added: “We took report from the National Chairman of the Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni, Governor of Yobe State and we commended the Caretaker Committee under his able leadership for all the successes recorded by the party, particularly that on daily bases people are joining the party.

“Even in the last few months, we had former Gov. Gbenga Daniel, the governors of Eboyin State and Cross River State, former Speaker, members of the National and State Assemblies, many illustrious citizens of Nigeria and we are still counting.

“This is a testament to the fact that APC is Nigeria’s preffered party. It is the party Nigerians will continue to aspire and continue to be proud of. We also appreciate the successes recorded despite the constraints of limited economy.”

Last week Akpanduoehehe told reporters that the Committee had approved the timetable and schedule of activities for the party’s Congresses from ward to zonal level. But, he was silenced on the national convention.

However a week after directing the party’s Director of Organization, Prof. Al-Mustspha Ussiju Medaner to release the the timetable, the party is still keeping to it to its chest.

December 8, last year emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party after granting six months tenure extension to the Caretaker Committee, the NEC directed the Committee to ensure the completion of it’s assignment and ensure that a new National Working Committee (NWC).

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APC sweeps Ogun LG poll

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won 17 of the 20 chairmanship seats announced so far in Saturday’s Local Government election held in Ogun State.

The results were announced Sunday morning by Mr Babatunde Osibodu, the Chairman of the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGISIEC) at the commission’s head office in Abeokuta.

Osibodu said that pending results from Odeda, Ado-Odo/Ota and Abeokuta-South Local Government areas would be announced as soon as they were received from the collation centres.

He said that results of the elections into all the 236 councillorship positions in the state would also be announced when they were ready.

The OGISIEC chairman assured that all the results would be announced on Sunday.

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Ogun LG polls: Govt restricts movement on Saturday

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The Ogun State government has announced the restriction of movement of persons and goods between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 24.

The restriction would enable voters in the 20 local government areas of the state to participate freely in the local government elections.

onsequent upon this, the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, TRACE, vowed to enforce the restriction order on vehicular movement, in collaboration with other security agencies.

According to a release from the office of the TRACE Corps Commander/Chief Executive, Cdr. ‘Seni Ogunyemi, “all Area Commanders, Divisional Commanders, Unit Commanders and Head of Squads, have been put on red alert to synergize with other services in the scope of their command structure to ensure orderliness during and after the election period.”

The TRACE officials were asked to scan, track and locate suspicious movement and provide adequate information on same, as witnessed on locations and on roads.

They are also to place on standby, rescue equipment, for quick response to emergency traffic challenges before, during and after the election.

It is also the duty of the traffic officials to ensure that vehicles with voting materials get to their locations at the right time without hindrance.

TRACE urged the general public, particularly the voting public, to respect and uphold the rules and regulations guiding their movement and restricting vehicular movement to guarantee a hitch free and credible Local Government Election in the State.

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APC suspends Commissioner Salihu Alizaga

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nassarawa State has suspended the Commissioner for Land and Survey, Dr Salihu Alizaga, over alleged insubordination to the party leadership.

Mr Malle Moses, the Chairman of, Caretaker Committee, announced the suspension while inaugurating a 7-man committee to investigate the allegation level against the commissioner by the APC officials in the area.

He said that the suspension of Alizaga was to pave way for a thorough investigation into his alleged insubordination to the party leadership in his ward.

“As you can see, we have received a formal complaint/petition against Hon. (Dr) Ahmed Salihu Alizaga from the APC leadership of Nassarawa Eggon/Alizaga ward is his ward.

“We have decided to constitute a seven-man committee to investigate the allegation levelled against the commissioner by the party leadership of his ward.

“It is because of this that we (the leadership of the party) at the local government level decided to suspend the commissioner pending the outcome of the investigation on his alleged insubordination,” he said.

Moses urged the committee to do a thorough job in the interest of the party and for the overall development of the country.
He urged stakeholders of the party in the area to work in unity to take the party to a greater height.

Earlier, Mr Umar Dahiru, the Secretary, APC, Nassarawa Eggon local government, while reading the formal complaint/petition against the commissioner, alleged that Alizaga has been interfering in the affairs of the party in his ward without the permission of the party.

The petition read thus: “Sir, it is on record that we severally invited Dr Salihu Ahmed Alizaga, the Hon. Commissioner for Land and Survey, for party meetings at ward level (Nassarawa Eggon/Alizaga ward) and he never attended one of our invitations.

“When we approached him for not coming to the party meeting, he will always say ‘as far I am concerned, I am the leader of the party from ward to the local government level being the Hon. Commissioner representing the good people of Nassarawa Eggon LGA’.

“The last incident that happened which necessitated us to write this complaint is within your knowledge.

“On Saturday, the 17th day of July 2021, the critical stakeholders of our great party (APC) at the Local Government level summoned a meeting in Nassarawa Eggon under your leadership to see how to agree on a consensus candidate at the forthcoming local government election.

“The Hon. Commissioner whom he claimed to be party leader in Nassarawa Eggon Local Government with other stakeholders he mentioned in media were also invited to the meeting, but they refused to attend the meeting.

“We, therefore, humbly wish to place on record that the conduct/ actions of the Hon. Commissioner is not only wrong but illegal, unconstitutional for our great party and it is therefore unacceptable.”

Responding, Mr Bala Moses, the Secretary of the investigative committee, promised to discharge their assignment without fear or favour.

However, Moses urged members of the party to avail the committee with useful information that would enable them to do a thorough job.

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