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Fayemi, Aregebesola Clinch APC Guber Tickets For Ekiti, Osun Polls

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KAYODE-FAYEMI and RAUF-AREGBESOLAAhead of the forthcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun States, Governors of the two states, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, were on Saturday endorsed as governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in separate primaries.

Their emergence was sequel to congresses held before the governors, who had no co-contestants, were endorsed as the flag bearers of their respective states in the governorship elections.

Ekiti election is slated for June 21 while that of Osun is on August 9.

The primaries that endorsed Fayemi was conducted by a team of national officers of APC led by the party’s National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, while Aregbesola’s was conducted by a committee led by the Interim Deputy National Secretary of the party, Malam Nasir el-Rufai.

Senator Izunaso, before presenting the certificate of return said that only Governor Fayemi obtained the nomination form at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.

He said that the party held the primaries “based on the enormous respect the party has for the constitution and internal democracy within it” and urged the people of the state to cast their votes for Fayemi.

According to Izunaso, Fayemi emerged candidate after polling 192,767 votes of delegates across the 16 councils and 177 wards in the state.

He described the APC as not just a party but “a movement that will change our country from poverty to affluence, from corruption to cleanliness and liberate the people from the misrule of the Peoples Democratic Party”.

In his acceptance speech, Fayemi described APC as a democratic party founded on the ideals of internal democracy.

He added: “If what we got today is what we get on the day of election, then the victory is sealed and delivered. But we have to do more than that. We have to go out and propagate the APC to Nigerians as the best party for our people”.

In Osun, Aregbesola got the endorsement of 269,631 members out of the 355,729 eligible party members to seek reelection.

Presenting the party’s certificate of return to Aregbesola, el-Rufai described his nomination as a confirmation of the sterling performance the governor put in the last three and a half years.

He urged Nigerian and African leaders to take a cue from Aregebsola’s people oriented leadership traits.

“By the special grace of God after APC form the government at the federal level by 2015, we are going to adopt O-Meal, OYES and Opon-Imo across the nation to give better living condition to Nigerians as Aregbesola has done for the people of Osun”, the former FCT minister said.

Aregbesola, in his acceptance speech, thanked party members for their support and pledged that his second term would be the beginning of a new era for the state and the people.

Reacting to the statement credited to the national Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu that reclaiming Osun from the APC was a difficult but very possible task, Aregbesola said, “It is difficult and impossible for the PDP to win Osun”.

Information Nigeria reports that while Fayemi will square up against the duo of ex-governor Ayo Fayose of the PDP and Opeyemi Bamidele of the Labour Party in Ekiti, Aregbesola will have to contend with a former deputy governor of Osun, Senator Iyiola Omisore of the PDP for the Government House.

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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.

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

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.

Also Read: Saraki Reacts To Kidnap, Killing Of Worshippers In Zamfara Mosque

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.

Also Read: APC Governors’ Visit To Jonathan Is An Endorsement Of Our Party – PDP

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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