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Buhari approves extra 6 months for APC’s caretaker committee



President Approves Extra 6 Months for APC’s Caretaker Committee

President Muhammadu Buhari has granted another six months tenure extension to the Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The President gave the approval on Friday after a closed-door meeting with members of the Committee at the State House, Abuja.

Sources said the Buni-led committee requested for another six months tenure extension after doing 12 months, to enable them “put the party in very good shape and conduct a seamless elective National Convention.”
The Caretaker Chairman and Governor of Yobe State, Buni presented a summary of the Committee’s progress report to the President at the meeting.

The Chairman was accompanied to the meeting with the President by other members of the committee – Governor Isiaka Oyetola of Osun State, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State, Ken Nnamani, Abubakar Yusuf, Akinyemi Olaide, Mrs. Stella Oketete, Dr. James Lulu, Chief David Lyon, Abba Ali, Prof. Tahir Mamman, Ismail Ahmed and the committee’s Secretary, John Akpanudoedehe.

Akpanudoedehe, in a statement after the meeting, said the President approved the tenure extension after a detailed consideration of the progress report, the schedule of outstanding activities with regards to congresses, the National Convention and the forthcoming Anambra State Governorship election.

He said by virtue of the extension, the tenure of the caretaker committees at each level from wards, local governments, states and national, would end immediately elections were held at their respective levels with officers immediately take oath of office, terminating with the National Convention.

The secretary recalled that at its last meeting, the National Executive Committee (NEC) conferred on the Committee, the power of the National Convention, “which is in line with powers provided in Article 13.3 of the party’s constitution.”
Akpanudoedehe stated: “President Buhari on Friday approved the review of the timelines available to the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).

“The President also approved the timetable for APC Ward, Local Government and State Congresses. Ward Congresses will hold 24th July, 2021 followed by Local Government Congresses on 14th August, 2021 and State Congresses on 18th September, 2021.”

Akpanudoedehe noted that Buni informed the President that the Committee had during the period under review, led the party to contest in several elections and bye-elections, with an overall success rate of 95 per cent.
On the peace and reconciliation efforts, he said the Chairman informed the President that the committee commenced its assignment with the desire to foster genuine reconciliation on solid foundation, by giving all issues and every aggrieved member fair hearing and objectively placing party interests above individual interests.
“I am pleased to state that the party is now more peaceful, more accommodating, and more united with greater prospects than when we came on board,” Akpanudoedehe quoted Buni as telling Buhari.

On the Anambra governorship election, the secretary stressed that the chairman notified the President that 14 aspirants indicated interest to contest the election through purchase of expression of interest and nomination forms, and that all of them had been cleared by the Screening Committee as eligible to contest.

He added: “Among other achievements in the CECPC’s administration of the party, the National Chairman informed the President that “the CECPC inherited liability of unpaid legal fee to the tune of N340 million, but successfully negotiated and brought down the fees to N179 million which is now fully paid.”

The secretary added that the Chairman informed the President that the Committee had been very cautious and meticulous in making arrangements to conduct credible, transparent, flawless and generally acceptable congresses and convention for the party to produce a strong leadership that will enjoy the support, trust and confidence of all members.
“At all times, we have enjoyed the confidence of Mr. President and enjoyed your leadership. In developing the timetable for the congresses and convention, the support to conduct a credible election cannot be over-emphasised; this will also justify the successes recorded and the status of the new APC that we have all dreamt of,” Akpanudoedehe quoted Buni as telling the President.

During the meeting at the State House, President Buhari took a holistic look at the activities of the APC in recent times and concluded that the party, which was crisis ridden, had been revived and now fully back to life.
He, therefore, congratulated the Mala Buni-led committee for its task to return the party from a comatose state to proper reorganisation at all levels.
The President said the APC had been revived, energised and repositioned for its forthcoming national convention and future elections.

According to him, the fortunes of the party had been brightened by the re-organisation and reconciliation of members across the party, saying “with the work done by the committee the party has bounced back to life.
“I have listened with great interest to the remarkable job you have done so far. We are all witnesses to the crisis that engulfed the party leading to litigations and presented a picture of selfishness and division,” said the President.

President Buhari said the party’s structure was disturbed by the conflicts that preceded and followed various elections, noting that the secretariat had been witnessing a beehive of peaceful activities after the reconciliation.
The President said: “It is gratifying to note that with the coming of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and its effective management of the affairs of the party and the pursuit of its mandate, the party has bounced back to life and the National Secretariat of our party has once again become a beehive of activities, as it used to be in the good old days before the crisis.”

The President told members of the committee that they would continue to enjoy the support of all party stalwarts and members to complete their assignment with the actualisation of the convention and leave an “indelible footprint’’.
He said: “I wish to assure you that your committee will continue to enjoy my support and that of other stakeholders to ensure that the conduct and outcome of the congresses and National Convention are done in a manner that conforms with our desire to leave indelible footprints of all-round development and a lasting legacy for future generations.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of APC Caretaker Committee said they approached their duty with commitment and dedication to rescue the party from imminent collapse.

The Yobe State Governor noted that all issues and members were given a fair hearing, and an open-door policy was created to accommodate all those that were aggrieved, leading to withdrawal of cases in court and peaceful settlements.
“We are currently witnessing high powered decamping to our party, including governors from the PDP. The party is now more peaceful, orderly and accommodating than what we met on the ground. Although there was initial fear, the mobilisation and sensitisation was able to allay the fears of members,” Buni said.

The Yobe State governor said the registration and revalidation of members across the country recorded more than 40 million members, and an appeal committee was also set up to hear all matters related to the process so that no member gets disenfranchised.

“We have observed that youth and women constitute huge population of the voting group. We had a youth and women committee, and also people with disability,” he added.
According to him, a Contact and Strategy Team had been set up in every state to come up with an acceptable template that would ensure transparency, credibility and acceptability of the internal electoral processes.

Buni also said the committee had instituted a process to review the party’s constitution and look into loopholes that usually fan conflict and litigations among members, with more than 500 memoranda already received.
He told the President and other party members that 14 party members had indicated their interest to contest for the Anambra State elections, assuring that the primary elections will be free, fair and transparent.

The Yobe State governor said huge legal fees were inherited, and the committee had worked with members to settle all the outstanding, after scaling them down, noting that payment for the APC National Secretariat had been completed.
“The party members have agreed to name the secretariat, Muhammadu Buhari House,” he added.
While thanking the President for his support and insight, Buni noted that a National Conference for the Youths was organised recently as part of the bottom-up approach to strengthening the party and ensuring relevance of all stakeholders.

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List of Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari’s loyalists declared winners of APC party congress in Adamawa



Various contestants endorsed by Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari have all won in the just concluded state congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa.

A unity list said to have been endorsed by Aisha Buhari saw all the names listed, winning various State Working Committee (SWC) offices contested.

Others said to have also endorsed the list are former Governor Murtala Nyako, former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha.

By the end of the congress, which took over 30 hours, all loyalists of the First Lady had won the offices they contested for.

However, the outcome has been fiercely rejected by a group backed by former SGF, Babachir Lawal and sex toy-loving senator, Elisha Abbo.

Spokesperson for the group, Barr. Shagna Pwamaddi, told journalists that “the purported state congress was a sham”.

“The exercise was marred by irregularities, including over-voting.

“We would not hesitate to explore the internal mechanism for resolving disputes, failure of which we’ll challenge the outcome in a law Court,” he said.

The list seen by SaharaReporters has Ibrahim Bilal returned as State Chairman.

The list of other exco members is as follows:

  1. State Chairman – Ibrahim Bilal
  2. State Deputy Chairman – Samaila Tadawus
  3. State Secretary – Dr. Raymond Dauda Chidma
  4. State Asst. Secretary – Mohammed Raji Suleiman
  5. State Zonal Vice Chairman I – Isa Bagalchi
  6. State Zonal Vice Chairman II – Wilfred Huam
  7. State Zonal Vice Chairman III – Ahmed Bako
  8. State Legal Adviser – Idris Shuaibu
  9. State Asst. Legal Adviser – Muawiya Mohammed
  10. State Treasurer – Yahaya Hamajulde
  11. State Asst. Treasurer – Gambo Bakari Shelleng
  12. State Financial Secretary – Ibrahim Abdullahi Wali
  13. State Asst. Financial Secretary – Medan Kaigama
  14. State Organising Secretary – Mustapha Atiku Ribadu
  15. State Asst. Organising Secretary – Stephen Helma Semete
  16. State Publicity Secretary – Mohammed Abdullahi
  17. State Asst. Publicity Secretary – Adamu A. S. Magaji
  18. State Welfare Secretary – Audi Monday
  19. State Asst. Welfare Secretary – Shehu Ahmed Iya
  20. State Auditor – Obed Shadrach
  21. State Asst. Auditor – Mark Dauda
  22. State Women Leader – Hauwa Hammajalo
  23. State Asst. Women Leader – Salamatu Hassan
  24. State Youths Leader -Abubakar Abubakar
  25. State Asst. Youths Leader – Idris Abubakar
  26. State Special Physically Challenged Leader – Ibrahim Alhassan
  27. State Senatorial Youths Leader I – Stephen Gerison
  28. State Senatorial Youths Leader II – Idris Buba Malabu
  29. State Senatorial Youths Leader III – Usman Hamalai
  30. State Senatorial Women Leader I – Rose John
  31. State Senatorial Women Leader II – Melody Musa
  32. State Senatorial Women Leader III – Aisha Adamu Namtari
  33. State Ex-Officio I – Jamilu Abubakar
  34. Ex-Officio II – Saidu Maitalata Naira
  35. Ex-Officio III – Bello Baballo
  36. Ex-Officio IV – Gloria Makson

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PDP gets 2 factional chairmen in Oyo after parallel congresses



The duo of Hon. Michael Okunlade and Mr. Dayo Ogungbenro have emerged as factional chairmen of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State.

The duo emerged as a result of the parallel state congresses held by the party.

The parallel congresses were held simultaneously on Saturday.

Our correspondent gathered that two camps have been having a running battle over who takes control the party in the state.

The factions are the one loyal to the state Governor, Seyi Makinde and the other one led by some aggrieved members of the party.

Makinde’s camp had its congress at Lekan Salami stadium in Adamasingba, while the aggrieved members had their own congress at Jogor centre.

Okunlade, a former member of the State House of Assembly emerged as Chairman at the Jogor centre congress.

Other state officers that were elected unopposed at the Jogor centre congress were Hon Matthew Abioye (Deputy Chairman), Mr Abiodun Oyesola (State Secretary), Pa Olawuwo (Vice-Chairman Oyo South), Akeem Ariola (Financial Secretary), Mogaji Bola Akinyemi (Publicity Secretary) and Adekola Adeoye (Youth leader).

Ogungbenro emerged as Chairman at the one held at Adamasingba stadium. Hon. Wasiu Adeleke was also returned as State Secretary at the Adamasingba stadium’s congress.

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Lagos APC: Lagos4Lagos releases parallel lists of nominees for congress




Ahead of the Saturday All Progressives Congress, APC, congress, Lagos, a group within the party, Lagos4Lagos, has announced the names of nominees for party for executive council members slated for Saturday, with Prince Sunday Ajayi, as chairman.

Lagos4Lagos group is led by Olajide Adediran, popularly called “Jandor.”

Earlier, APC, Lagos, led by out-going Tunde Balogun, in few hours to the state Congress, also released a list of the consensus executive council members, with former House of Representatives member and ex-Chairman of Ojo Local Government, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, emerging the Chairman-designate.

In the release on Friday, ex-Lawmaker, Sumi Odesanya, is the Secretary-designate; former Commissioner for Special Duties in the state, Seye Oladejo as the Publicity Secretary-designate, while former Chairman of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, Comrade Ayodele Adewale is the Organising Secretary-designate.

While Balogun led group is scheduled to hold it’s congress at Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Jandor led group is billed to hold it’s congress at Airport Hotel, Ikeja at 10 am simultaneously.

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