The national leadership of the All Progressives Party (APC) has handed over control of the party’s structure in Kwara State to the erstwhile governor of the state, Senator Bukola Saraki.
The move, it was learnt, was in line with the demand made by the state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed when APC leaders came to Ilorin, the state capital to woo him and members of the new PDP into their party.
The governor had reportedly told his visitors that Kwara had a winning political machinery in place which in the past four decades had dictated the political direction of the state and that Saraki was the state’s political leader.
Rev. Bunmi Olusona, who is the interim chairman of APC in the state, stated this in Ilorin on Sunday at a news conference.
“Although we are yet to confirm or be fully briefed by the national headquarters of our party that Senator Saraki has been given a lifeline by handing over the APC structure in Kwara to him, but to this effect we have already written an official letter to the national headquarters of our party detailing our position on the issue”, he stated.
Olusona, however, lamented the confirmation of the development by the APC’s Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
He quoted the APC spokesperson to have told the party’s fact finding delegation that “already the party structure which we laboured hard to build had been ceded to Saraki and his group and that there was nothing anybody could do except what Saraki wishes for our people”.
He added that any member, who felt uncomfortable with the arrangement, had a choice of either leaving the party or staying put.
The state APC chairman said that it was in a bid to ensure the advancement of the party that an eight man Interim Executive Committee was appointed last weekend to oversee its affairs.
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death
Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.
The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.
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Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:
“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”
I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama's soul rest eternally. pic.twitter.com/EaFIlq3Uv3
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 15, 2020
INEC Announces Date for 2023 Presidential Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the 2023 presidential election will hold on February 18, 2023.
The Chairman of the Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Thursday while delivering his goodwill message at the inauguration of the special adhoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution.
Yakubu told members of the House of Representatives there were about 855 days left before the next general election.
Also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, urged the committee to pick things they can get over with and avoid the ones that will stall the process and destabilize the system.
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