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APC Chieftain In Adamawa, Gundiri Finally Defects To PDP

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MARKUS GUNDIRIThe rank of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Adamawa State, was depleted on Monday when a former gubernatorial candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the state, Mr Markus Gundiri, formally defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Gundiri, who announced his defection yesterday in Yola, the state capital, said his decision to dump APC was informed by the undemocratic posture of the leadership of the party in the state.

Since Governor Murtala Nyako’s defection from PDP to the opposition party, there has been uneasy calm in the state chapter of the APC with some leaders of the legacy parties that came together to form APC, including Gundiri, kicking against the directive by the national leadership that the five defected PDP governors should automatically become party leaders in their respective states.

The former gubernatorial candidate added that his decision to dump the party was also sequel to consultations with his supporters, who endorsed the move as they realised that they may not be treated with justice and fair play in APC.

He said, “The state interim management committee was constituted without due recognition and respect for the interest of the senior partners in the coalition (ACN).

“The leadership of the party was conceded to the chief executive of the state against the will of members of the legacy parties at the state level but was dictated by the national executive committee of the APC which was dictatorial and undemocratic”.

He also alleged that trained registration supervisors were not allowed to handle the recently concluded nationwide membership registration of the party in some local government areas of the state as demanded by law, adding that the exercise was cancelled in some areas.

Gundiri, therefore, enjoined his supporters and the electorate in the state to support the PDP to move the state forward in 2015.

He also said that arrangements were on to receive him and his supporters into the PDP.

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

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The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel

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 Saraki Leads PDP’s National Reconciliation Panel

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.

The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.

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This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.

 

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Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023

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    Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.

Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.

The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.

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He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.

The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.

He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.

“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”

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