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Respect Party’s Wish On Sharing Of Remaining NASS Positions – APC Govs Tell Warring Senators

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BUHARI-APC GOVSAll Progressives Congress State Governors have urged Senators and House of Representatives members of the party to always follow the dictates of the party.

It has been days of turbulence and uneasy calm in the governing party over filling of the remaining key leadership positions of the 8th Senate and House of Representatives.

A letter written to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, by the APC national Chairman, Chief John Oyegun on Tuesday, forwarded the names of principal officers approved by the party for his “necessary action”.

The names are Senator Ahmed Lawan (Majority Leader) – North-East; Prof. Sola Adeyeye (Chief Whip) – South-West; Sen. George Akume (Deputy Majority Leader) – North-Central; and Sen. Abu Ibrahim (Deputy Chief Whip) – North-West.

For the green chamber, Mr. Oyegun told Speaker Yakubu Dogara to also take “necessary action” on the names of principal officers approved by the party after “extensive consultations”.

They are as follows:  Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila (House Leader) South-West; Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa (Deputy House Leader) – North-West; Hon. M. T. Monguno (Chief Whip) – North-East; and Hon. Pally Iriase (Deputy Chief Whip) – South-South.

Senator Saraki and Hon. Dogara emerged as Senate President and Speaker of the House respectively against the wish of the party.

The list sent by the party has been prescribed as panacea to rebuild trust between the party hierarchy and the Bukola and Dogara camps but there are reports the duo are again set to go against the party’s wish.

It was in apparent recognition of this trend by the lawmakers to flagrantly disobey party directives that made 16 out of the 22 governors elected on the platform of APC to hold a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday night.

Emerging from the meeting, which held at the State House Abuja in the early hours of Wednesday morning, the governors insisted on the supremacy of the party’s position, stressing that they have never gone against the wish of the party as governors.

Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, told State House Correspondents that he and his colleagues were worried by the development in the National Assembly and decided to rub minds with the President on the matter.

He said, “With all these achievements and progress we are making, we are worried by the pockets of disagreements going on at the National Assembly.

“We have resolved that we came from a party and our party’s views should be respected.

“So, we feel that there is the need for us to invite our senators and look more into the matter and see how we can all make peace.

“We believe that everyone should respect our party from which we all came from and for that reason, we have decided that we are going to invite our senators and rub minds with them.

“We are saying that there should not be a winner-takes-it-all; that we should carry everybody along and accommodate others as suggested by the party”.

Speaking in the same vein, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State said all they agreed on was that senators should adopt the position of the party.

“We were all elected on the platform of the party. We are not just a collection of individuals, we are a political party and when the party has spoken we must listen, otherwise if it was a game of individuals like golf then individuals can go their way.

“I think it is very clear at this point that the party has the responsibility to keep the system going, so we as progressive governors, we have listened to the President and we have discussed extensively and we are clear that the party’s position should be supported by the senators.

“This is the way it should be and we should start on a note of working closely. We as governors, we listen to the party, we expect our senators to also listen to the party.

“We are going to call them and tell them this is it and explain our reasons, it is about party supremacy”.

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

Also Read: 2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

Bode George, Tinubu

Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against supporting Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 Presidency.

Bode George made this remark in a statement titled, “The jamboree visit to the Villa: My Birthday Offering.”

The former National Port Authority boss warned Buhari against falling to the antics of those who would ignore the issues of Lagos State to engage in a needless scheming in partisan engagement.

Bode-George also condemned the recent visit of some APC chieftains, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the State House, Abuja.

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

The PDP chieftain said: “The visit of Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the seat of power in Abuja is needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalised desperation.

“It is easy to discern that the visit is stripped of any patriotic progression, lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision. The very absence of Bola Tinubu from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion.

“I will advise Baba Akande who governed Osun State with principled, incorruptible leadership to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Orangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe-dream about governing Nigeria. He should pay restitution for the egregious stripping of the Lagosian coffers.”

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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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