The FCT chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday elected 156 party officials across the six Area Councils during its ward congress in the territory.
The Chairman, Congress Committee of the FCT, Alhaji Abubakar Wurno, made this known in an interview on Wednesday in Abuja.
“Twenty-six candidates emerged winners in each ward across the six area councils during the just concluded ward APC ward congress in FCT.
“Those elected were the ward Chairmen, Deputy Chairmen, Assistant Deputy Chairmen, Secretaries, Organising Secretaries, Legal Advisers, Women Leaders and five delegates to the Local Government congress among others”.
He said that the congress committee provided a level playing ground for all aspirants before and during the election to ensure free, fair and credible election.
Wurno added that in each ward, election was conducted in the presence of security agencies, INEC officials and agents of all the contestants, in line with the party’s guideline.
He, however, said that election was not conducted in Kabusa and Wuse wards due to lack of agreement between aspirants in the areas.
“Therefore, the congress committee will conduct election in these two wards on April 10 to ensure justice and fair play”, he said.
He commended the APC members in the FCT for their peaceful conduct before, during and after the exercise, adding “this gives me impression that come 2015 the party will win elections in FCT”.
The chairman expressed optimism that APC nationwide local and state government congresses, scheduled for April 12 and 23 respectively, would be hitch-free.
“As I speak with you, nomination forms and electoral materials for the nationwide local and state government congresses are already being deployed across the 36 states of the federation”.
Wurno reiterated the determination of APC to respect democratic principles, promote internal party democracy, uphold rule of law, transparency and accountability in governance.
He advised other political parties to adopt solid values and ideology to strengthen the democratic process, stressing that they must be consistent, based on principle and philosophy guiding their operations. (NAN)
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
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This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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