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APC names Sanwo-Olu, Ganduje heads of Osun Gov’ship campaign council

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed Lagos State governor , Babajide Sanwo-Olu,and his Kano counterpart, Umar Ganduje heads of the Osun State governorship campaign council.

The APC in a tweet posted to its verified Twitter page, @OfficialAPCNg, announced this on Tuesday night.

The council  comprises 86 members.

The campaign council will be inaugurated at 2:00pm at the party’s National Headquarters in Abuja.

“NOTICE: The inauguration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Campaign Council for the Osun State Governorship Election will be held on Thursday, 23rd of June, 2022 by 2:00pm at the APC National Headquarters, Abuja,” the party tweeted.

Below is the full list of members of the campaign council as contained in a document signed by the party’s National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and National Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore, and posted to the party’s Twitter page:

1. H.E. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Chairman

2. H.E. Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, Co-Chairman

3. H.E. Abubakar Sani Bello, Deputy Chairman

4. H.E. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Vice Chairman

5. H.E. Senator Atiku Bagudu, Vice Chairman

6. H.E. Alhaji Abubakar Badaru, Vice Chairman

7. H.E. Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Vice Chairman

8. H.E. Prof. Babagana Umaru Zulum, Vice Chairman

9. H.E. Mallam Inuwa Yahaya, Vice Chairman

10. H.E. Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, Vice Chairman

11. H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, Vice Chairman

12. H.E. Engr. Abdullahi Sule, Vice Chairman

13. H.E. Arakurrin Rotimi Akeredolu, Vice Chairman

14. H.E. Prince Dapo Abiodun, Vice Chairman

15. H.E. Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong, Vice Chairman

16. H.E. Hon. Mai Mala Buni, Vice Chairman

17. H.E. Engr. Dave Umahi, Vice Chairman

18. H.E. Senator Hope Uzodinma, Vice Chairman

19. H.E. Rt. Hon. Bello Matawalle, Vice Chairman

20. H.E. Prof. Sen. Ben Ayade, Vice Chairman

21. Hon. Mohammed Bello Vice Chairman

22. H.E. Dr. Yahaya Bello, Vice Chairman

23. H.E. Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Vice Chairman

24. H.E. Dr. Ahmed Lawan, Vice Chairman

25. H.E. Senator Godwswill Akpabio, Member

26. H.E. Rt. Hon. Chibuke Rotimi Amaechi, Member

27. Rt. Hon. Emeka Nwajiuba, Member

28. H.E. Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Member

29. Senator Gbenisola Saraki, Member

30. H.E. Babatunde Fashola, Member

31. Dr. Sunday Dare, Member

32. Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, Member

33. Air Marshall Sadique (Retd.), Member

34. Air Wing Marshal Petinrin (Retd.), Member

35. Lt. Gen. H. Buraitai (Retd.), Member

36. H.E. Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Member

37. Abubakar Malami, SAN, Member

38. Senator Hadi Sirika, Member

39 Prof. Ali Isa Pantami, Member

40. H.E. Timipre Sylva, Member

41. Alhaji Adamu Adamu, Member

42. Prince Ademola Adegoroye, Member

43 Chief Gbenga Familoni, Member

44. Dr. Ronke Bello, Member

45 Gen. Lawrence Onoja, Member

46. H.E. Mrs. Titiloye Tomori-Ponnle, Member

47. Rt. Hon. Patricia Etteh, Member

48 Hon. Chief Kayode Alufa, Member

49. Major Gen. A.A. Jubrin, Member

50. Hon. Seun Osamaye, Member

51. Hon. Anjor Obande, Member

52. Hon. Lucy Edu, Member

53. Hon. Charity Jabengo, Member

54. Hon. Aisha Adamu, Member

55. Hon. Terlum Ikya, Member

56. Hon. Bukie Okangbe, Member

57. Arc. Tunde Imolehin, Member

58. Chief Henry Ikechukwudi, Member

59. Mr. Tunde Rufai, Member

60. Mr. Jubril Gawat, Member

61. Qudus Babatunde, Member

62. Abubakar Babatsoho Abubakar, Member

63. Gbenga Saka, Member

64. Ismaila Omipidan, Member

65. Hon. Zainab A. Ibrahim, Member

66. Sadiq Bello, Member

67. Yomin Moddibo, Member

68. Alhaji Umar Kaila, Member

69. Binta Mu’azu, Member

70. Dr. Niyi Akinjisiju, Member

71. Barr. Smart Iheasor, Member

72. Hon. Bakura Lawan, Member

73. Princess Ada Ogbu, Member

74. Alhaji Umar Kaila, Member

75 Hon. Haruna Sultan, Member

76. Mrs. Yejide Ogundipe, Member

77. Adegbeyepa Adedipe, Member

78. Hon. Princess Mariam Onuoha, Member

79. Sen. Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi, Member

80. Sen. Bello Mandiya, Member

81. Sen. Peter Nwaoboshi, Member

82. Sen. Kola Balogun, Member

83 Sen. Frank Ibezim, Member

84. Sen. Ishaku Abbo, Member

85. Mallam Aliyu Ahmed, Secretary

86. Prince Tona Famodera, Assistant Secretary

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Those plotting PDP’s downfall fueling Atiku, Wike feud—Group

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Supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) under the aegis of PDP Frontiers, have accused some party leaders of being the brains behind the seemingly unending political feud between the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike.

The group cautioned Atiku against yielding to pressures by the fifth columnists to isolate Wike who had proved through words and actions that he is an unrepentant party loyalist.

President of the PDPF, Hussein Mohammed, its Secretary, Moses Abidemi and Publicity Secretary, Dan Okafor, in a joint statement in Abuja yesterday noted that it is now clear that those who wished to truncate the party’s march towards victory in the 2023 elections were working hand in gloves with the ruling party.

The PDP Frontliners alleged that “a medley group of losers and political lilliputians in the Rivers State chapter of our party now drop daily tons of lies and propaganda towards further driving a wedge between Atiku and Wike, in the hopes that such a method would increase their chances for ministerial appointment in an Atiku Presidency.

“The listening ears being given by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to fantasy groups like the South-South Ward-to-Ward Group, a mere group of jolly friends who visited him in Abuja, on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, along with potential political expiry products, who still nurse wounds from a failed governorship bid in Rivers state, churns out baseless perspectives capable of misleading Atiku.

“There are mischief-makers in Rivers State who are actively working with mischievous anti-Wike party elements in Abuja; daily, you hear fabricated ‘news’ that Wike has pulled down all PDP flags in Rivers State or that he has kicked out party elders in the state but these are largely the machinations of disgruntled souls from the geo-political zone.

“It is astounding that hours after circulating false reports that Governor Wike had ordered the removal of PDP flags in Rivers State Government House, further lies and propaganda got circulated across many media platforms on Friday morning, claiming that Governor Wike filed suit seeking the removal of Atiku as presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party.

‘’It came at a time every lawyer and knowledgeable Nigerians know that the constitutional deadline for such has been exceeded.

“The ruling APC’s mind-numbing cluelessness in the management of Nigeria’s economy and the blood-curdling woefulness of insecurity caused by their lack of political will as well as a litany of dangerous intra-party indicators readily ensure APC’s loss in the coming elections but PDP needs to put its house in order if we really want to win.

“Sadly, someone like Governor Nyesom Wike who has sacrificed a lot to keep the party together and forge a way forward through moments of grave uncertainties is now being ridiculed and somewhat alienated by few party leaders who never ventured to make a tiny fraction of such personal sacrifices; sadly, some even abandoned PDP to romance another party and returned only when the likes of Governor Wike had done much rebuilding.

“Where was our chairman, Ayu when PDP was going through a major turbulence which Governor Wike and others addressed headlong but his foxy leadership, hasty and not well thought out decisions fosters divisiveness?’’

The group enjoined the party and its presidential candidate to engage in serious fend mending efforts and avoid encouraging divisive remarks which had become the stock in trade of some party elders, if the PDP must win the forthcoming elections.

According to the PDP Frontliners, the PDP’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar needs to stop listening to those who worked with the opposition to frustrate PDP’s victory in 2019 but have today sneaked into the party to finish off what they started.

“Our presidential candidate and the party leadership must ensure unity and address party loyalists’ anxieties by giving an ear to voices of criticism, even when what they say appears harsh and unfriendly.

‘’In 2019, we won four states in the North and thirteen in the South, so there is just no reason the South, including Governor Wike, should be given the impression that they now matter less,’’ the group said.

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PDP crisis: Party govs move to reconcile Atiku, Wike

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Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) party have decided to intervene in the rift between Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and the party’s presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Governor Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State visited Governor Wike in Port Harcourt, Rivers State last Thursday as a way of placating the latter.

Fintiri, who is chairman of the reconciliation committee, had said the committee will achieve the desired result for the success of the party, ahead of the 2023 elections.

He also disclosed that Nigerians will not forgive PDP if it failed to produce the next President, considering what he described as the rudderless nature of the Nigerian state under APC.

A source, privy to the meeting, noted that the PDP governors will meet this week in Adamawa State to resolve the protracted rift between Atiku and Wike.

“I am aware the governors are talking among themselves and as you know, they hold their meetings from one state to another. Fintiri has not hosted and this is his turn to host and I can tell you authoritatively that the governors are talking among themselves about the need to hold that meeting urgently. Since the convention, no meeting has been held.

“Some of the PDP governors believe that if Fintiri is hosting the meeting, he is seen as a neutral person that can pull all the sides together.”

Wike not against reconciliation

Asked whether Wike is not disposed to a peace parley, the source, a former member of the National Working Committee, NWC, said: “Wike is disposed to peace. If you look at his position, he has said that the problem is not Atiku but the people around Atiku. Whether that is true or false, that is his position.”

Ex-northern gov, ex-military brass frustrating peace moves — PDP Source

Also, indications emerged yesterday how a former northern governor and an ex-military top brass are frustrating moves to reconcile Governor Wike and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

This is on the heels of the claim by a Board of Trustees, BoT, member of the party, Professor Jerry Gana, that some forces within and outside PDP were frustrating reconciliation efforts.

Multiple sources within the PDP stated that while the Wike camp insists on Ayu stepping down, the Atiku camp, backed by these forces, may not want Ayu to be shown the way out.

But countering the anti-Ayu forces, a former Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Chris Ekpenyong, yesterday, faulted those calling for the removal of Ayu, noting that it is too late to change Ayu as elections are around the corner.

But a source familiar with the crisis, said these forces warned that they “will continue to thwart the reconciliation move if it does not favour them.”

The source said: “The powerful forces frustrating the peace moves are a former northern governor and former military general from the north. They do not want the arranged winning formula to change.

“Ayu too is adamant. Wike has given his condition and one of the conditions is what will the South be given to campaign with? Another condition is that Ayu must resign and the position of national chairman must come to the South.

“Ayu also gave his condition that he will not be the only one to go, and that all members of the National Working Committee, NWC, must resign. In as much as you have an internal set-up that will thwart the reconciliation move, the party is not ready.

“For Wike, he has given his conditions and if the party is not ready to meet those conditions, he will sit on the fence.”

It’s insult to give S-West DG position

Asked his position on the proposed plan to pick the Director-General of the campaign council from the South-West as a way of placating the region, the source said: “Is D-G a position? It is not a position in any way, it is nothing. The D-G is like an appointee of the candidate, it is even an insult. We are not talking about the D-G but the South having something tangible.

“In fact, it is an insult to the South. They are looking for someone from the South-West that can boost their campaign but nobody will answer them. That is the problem the Atiku camp will have.

“They can as well pick a D-G from the north. This is simple. If Atiku wants to win and he does not want any problem, he must do the needful but, as I said, some powerful forces are on his neck too.

“These forces are preventing reconciliation.  The day Atiku forms his campaign council and is presented, that may be the end of the PDP. They can’t form the council now because they are anticipating that the crisis will be resolved soon but the condition has not been met.”

It’s risky for Ayu to go few months to polls — Ekpenyong

Speaking on the crisis in the party, a former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Chris Ekpenyong, urged all feuding parties to sheathe their swords, adding that those calling for Ayu’s resignation “should understand that it is too late into the election for that to occur.”

While he warned that propaganda could destroy the party, the PDP leader said:  “The goal should be to unify Nigeria first and every other thing will follow thereafter.

“I’m appealing again to Mr Project, my brother, Governor Wike, to remember his words at the convention ground where he said he will support whoever emerged as the presidential candidate of the party. “He also promised the PDP National Assembly members during his consultation that he won’t leave the party, no matter the outcome of the convention. He is known as a man who keeps to his words. He shouldn’t disappoint those who believe in him.

“Also, those calling for the resignation of the party chairman, especially our time-tested leader and former National Vice Chairman, South-West, Chief Bode George, should understand that it’s too late into the election for that to occur.

“It will cause a lot of confusion that may hurt the party during the election. Such issues should be left till after the general election, as the party stood by other zones to produce presidents, even the South-West during their turn.

“We should all reciprocate and stand by the North-East to also produce a president.

“We should all bear in mind that in politics, you win some, you lose some. I appeal to all sides to sheathe their swords. The election is close by. PDP must convince Nigerians that it can manage the resources of the country in the best interest of the people.

“We should avoid arrogance and name-calling, propaganda that can destroy the party. The Board of Trustees must rise to the occasion and the warring chieftains should calm down.

There have been mistakes, which will be amended after the general election when we win.

“For now, the major goal should be how to rescue the nation from collapsing as the heroes of the party come together to defend this nation. We should also come together as party men and women to defend our nation from the hands of this failed government.

“Let the sacrifices of our party heroes, those who have gone and those still with us not be in vain.”

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Senate ticket: APC justifies expulsion of Umahi’s rival

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APC expels Ann Agom-Eze

The All Progressives Congress (APC), Ebonyi State Chapter, has said it expelled a factional senatorial candidate of the party for Ebonyi South, Mrs. Ann Agom-Eze, due to alleged gross misconduct.

The state party chairman, Chief Stanley Okoro-Emegha, stated this while briefing journalists in Abakaliki on Sunday.

Okoro-Emegha said, “Mrs. Agom-Eze has recklessly disparaged herself too by eating back her words in an effort to satisfy her paymasters.

“How can a woman who voluntarily wrote, signed and submitted her letter of withdrawal from the senatorial primary that gave the Federal High Court, Abakakili the impetus to order for a fresh election still denies it in a broad daylight?

“Do you know that she also sworn an affidavit to that effect and all these documents are substantially available, including at the national secretariat?”

He added, “Since her expulsion from the party started in her Umudomi ward in Onicha Local Government Area of the state, even as your state party chairman, I cannot interfere with the decision because politics is a grassroots engagement.”

Meanwhile, a group, Ebonyi South Concerned Citizens, has kicked against Agom-Eze’s expulsion.

The group alleged that the state government, through its agents, coerced the Vice Chairman of Umudomi Ward, Mr Nwitte John-Eze, to sign a letter expelling Agom-Eze on Saturday.

According to the group, the same letter was, on Wednesday, rejected by the Ward Chairman, Ogbonnaya Ogboji.

The leader of the group, Ugochukwu Orji, stated this, on Sunday, in statement, titled, “Suspension saga about Princess Ann Agom-Eze: A mere fallacy, move that increases Umahi’s desperation.”

Agom-Eze came second in the APC senatorial primary for Ebonyi South zone held on June 28, 2022 and was joined in a matter challenging the state governor, David Umahi’s supposed qualification to still contest the ticket, after participating and losing the party’s presidential primary.

The matter, our correspondent gathered, is still pending at the Court of Appeal, Abuja.

The Special Assistant on Media and Strategy to Governor Umahi, Mr Chooks Okoh, described as baseless and unfounded, the allegation that some people were offered N1million to sign Agom-Eze’s suspension letter, adding that she should approach the party leadership and sort herself out.

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