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APC will fall like PDP ahead of 2023, Oshiomhole’s supporters warn

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Loyalists of the embattled national chairman of the ruling APC, Adams Oshiomhole have warned that the party will fall and fail ahead of the 2023 general elections if he is disgraced out of office. One of them, a former Edo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Hon. Henry Idahagbon gave reasons why Oshiomhole is the right man to lead the party into the 2023 general elections.

Reacting to the clamour for his removal as the national chairman of the party, Idahagbon said those fighting Oshiomhole are doing so because they are not happy with the discipline he has brought into the party and his emphasis on party supremacy.

“For me, Oshiomhole revived the dwindling fortunes of the party. But for him, it would have been difficult for APC to win the last general elections. Before he came in, the party was like a laiser-fair, where governors were demi-gods and party members did what they liked without check. But Oshiomhole brought a lot of dynamism, a lot of verve into the party.

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“He has brought a lot of discipline and emphasized party supremacy and those fighting him don’t like that. If the party must be relevant in the 2023 elections, Oshiomhole is the right man to lead the party into that election”.

Idahagbon predicted that history will repeat itself and APC will go the way of PDP if Oshiomhole is removed. So, I urge Mr. President to make a categorical statement in support of the party and Comrade Oshiomhole”, Idahagbon said.

Speaking in the same vein, former minority whip in the House of Representatives, Samson Osagie noted that “the ongoing battle to oust the National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is nothing but an attempt to throw spanner in the wheels of the progress of the party.

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Oshiomhole did not only bring dynamism into party administration, he stood firmly to ensure that party internal democracy is strengthened and this is what brought him in conflict with some governors who are now calling for his head.

The successes and inroads the party made in hitherto PDP strongholds is a testimony to his capacity to break new grounds. As with all human endeavors, you cannot win always but despite some avoidable losses in some areas he wasn’t responsible for those losses.

“Oshiomhole remains a complimentary party leader to government who has infinite capacity to defend and promote government policies in defence of programmes and manifestoes of the party. He has been a party man through and through, committed to building a viable progressive political party and system for our country.

These shenanigans are only reminiscent of the signs of descent into catastrophe, which parties that have held power fell into when some tendencies feel that there’s nothing that can happen regardless of their acts of impunity. Under the prevailing circumstances, the resort to unconstitutional tactics to muscle out a validly elected party Chairman who has performed very well is unacceptable.

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“Oshiomhole brought life and verve into party administration, scoring many points for party successes. He needs to sustain the tempo and take the party forward even as the government implements its Next Level agenda.

At this point it is incumbent on the President who is the party Leader and other leaders to rise up to the challenge of protecting the party against this assault and restore sanity in its administration by supporting a dogged political fighter who is the fear of the opposition otherwise it will appear that he is being used and dumped. At the end, reason and legality should prevail.”

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2023: Even If Jonathan Joins APC, No Automatic Presidential Ticket – APC

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2023: Even If Jonathan Joins APC, No Automatic Presidential Ticket – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says former president, Goodluck Jonathan, will not be handed an automatic ticket to contest in 2023 if he joins the party.

The former president has been rumoured once again this week to be close to joining the party that defeated him in the 2015 presidential election.

He has denied the rumours of his possible defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but the APC has fueled speculations by throwing him an open invitation to join, with a promise to waive restrictions on his qualification to instantly run for office.

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The party’s spokesperson, John Akpanudoedehe, further clarified the party’s position in a statement on Friday, September 17, 2021 that the offer does not include an automatic ticket for Jonathan or other new members.

2023: Even If Jonathan Joins APC, No Automatic Presidential Ticket – APC

“Coming into the party gives no one special status of being an automatic party candidate in any election.

“All aspirants must undergo the nomination processes outlined by the APC constitution,” he said.

Jonathan was elected vice president in 2007, and later became president in 2010 following the death of President Musa Yar’Adua.

He won the 2011 election for his first proper term in office, but failed in his bid for a second term in 2015, losing to President Muhammadu Buhari who went on to win his own second term in 2019.

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With the incumbent president set to leave in 2023, there have been constant rumours that Jonathan is being tapped to replace him.

The PDP has lost three serving governors and numerous lawmakers and officials to the APC since last November, handing the ruling party momentum ahead of what’s expected to be keenly-contested 2023 elections.

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God Directed Me To Join APC – Fani-kayode

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Fani-Kayode once vowed that over his dead body, until Jesus comes, he would never join the APC.

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, who once said he’d rather die than join the All Progressives Congress (APC), says God has led him back to the political party he once labelled Almajiri Peoples Congress.

“A lot has changed over the last six years and it is important that we make the right choices and the right decisions at the right time, precisely if we feel as if we are being led by God to make those choices,” Fani-Kayode said, moments after his unveiling as an APC signing by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

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Fani-Kayode once described the APC as a “filthy, rat-infested sinking ship” and a “bloodthirsty, blood-lusting, accursed political association of Boko Haramists and Fulani herdsmen, genocidal maniacs, ethnic cleansers and mass murderers.”

God Directed Me To Join APC – Fani-kayode

He had also said: “The PDP is my party, I would never leave the party. Until Kingdom comes, until Jesus returns, I will never join the APC.”

In recent times, Fani-Kayode had also gone on air to heavily criticize Buhari and call the president unprintable names.

Buhari, Fani-Kayode had said, “locked people up, he crated people, he killed people, carried people from the streets of London, turned Nigeria into a pariah nation…a man that looted PTF (Petroleum Trust Fund)…Buhari is very corrupt, he is a man that committed so many atrocities. This man destroyed the lives of so many people.”

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On what he now thinks of President Buhari and the APC after his defection on Thursday, Fani-Kayode said: “I spoke against Buhari from the outside, now I know him from the inside. I am not saying he is an angel or a demon.

“The APC I was talking about that time is not same today. Let’s focus on unity, peace and togetherness.

“There is a time to condemn and criticize people. There is also a time to come together, work together to achieve unity.”

Responding to a question on his remark that he would rather die than join the APC, the lawyer said: “Joining APC now is the away forward, despite what people may think about it.

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“APC is a liberal party. A lot has happened in APC over the years. The party has changed and the president has accommodated the change. Had the APC leadership not changed I wouldn’t have joined them.

“I am doing the right thing based on conviction and understanding. This is the right decision for me, love me or hate me, it will not take anything away from me.”

Fani-Kayode, who was the spokesperson of the PDP presidential campaign council in 2015, was led into the president’s office by the Caretaker Chairman of the APC and Governor of Yobe, Mai-Mala Buni, as well as Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara.

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Anambra Guber: IPOB sit-at-home disrupting poll preparations – REC

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The Independent National Electoral Commission has expressed concern over the sit-at-home order given by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra.

It noted that the development was adversely affecting its preparations for the Anambra State governorship election slated for November 6.

The Anambra State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nwachukwu Orji, said this during the commissions ‘s Monitoring and Support Centre EMBER Zone Implementer Workshop, held in Awka, on Thursday.

He said, “Our preparations are on course, even with all the challenges we are facing, such as the attack on our state office on May 23rd and the sit-at-home which are eating into our preparation time, but we are doing our best.

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“Ad hoc staff are already being recruited online and we are interacting with the stakeholders and we are happy with where we are now and we are confident that come November 6, we will have a successful election.”

He said the commission would recruit no fewer than 25,000 ad hoc workers for the poll.

He insisted that sensitive materials for the election would be brought in from Owerri, Imo State, because of the destruction of the Awka office of INEC

Anambra Guber: IPOB sit-at-home disrupting poll preparations – REC

Stakeholders had expressed reservations over INEC’s plan to import electoral materials from Owerri for the simple reason that the chairman of the All Progressives Congress National Campaign Council for the election is Governor Hope Uzodinma.

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In response, the REC said, “You know that the Anambra State INEC office was attacked on May 23rd and that led to the destruction of our store. Since that incident, we had to fall back on the INEC zonal store.

“INEC has zonal offices and for the South East, the zonal office is in Owerri and that is where we have been trying to remobilise for the election.”

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