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LG congress: APC group denies irregularities in Benue chapter

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A group of patriotic APC members in Ado, Okpokwu and Ogbadibo Federal Constituency Benue state on the aiges of Likeminds, has frowned at a report published by an online alleging irregularities in the last Local Government Area congress in the state

The report, which quoted unknown sources, had claimed that the consensus APC Chairman for Ado Local Government Area Hon. Ikese Echo Benjamin is of no political value to the party.

The report also accused wife of the Minister of Special Duties, Chief Mrs Regina Akume through her aide, Anna Itodo and some members of the Ibrahim Mashi-led committee of turning the exercise into a money-making venture.

However, in a statement signed Friday in Abuja, by the Coordinator of the group, Hon. Ogbu Obande, said, Ikese, who has won elections in his Akpoge Ogblolo Ward of Agila district right from the time of ACN can not be of less political advantage to the Party.

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The group described the allegation as baseless and untrue.

According to Obande, “To set the record straight, Chief Mrs Regina Akume is the mother of Benue and all APC faithfuls are her children. She does not indulge in illicit act none her aides as canvassed by the unknown author.”

He said the report was a deliberate attempt to smear the image of APC leader, George Akume.

LG congress: APC group denies irregularities in Benue chapter

The statement added, “Though, we have uncovered the authors from Ado and Otukpo Local Government Areas, we want them to desist from tarnishing the image of our leader and the Party platform through which they are seeking political offices.

“We never wanted to respond to the fake report because it was attributed to a ghost, but to set the record straight and avoid some elements against misleading the good people of Ado, Okpokwu and Ogbadibo Federal Constituency.

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“This group views these allegations as smear campaign against the former Deputy Governor of Benue State, Chief Steve Lawani, Mrs. Regina Akume, Miss Anna Itodo, a governorship aspirant, Dr. Mathias Byuan and other party stakeholders from Ado, Okpokwu and Ogbadibo Federal Constituency.

“We want to state it categorically that at no point did Miss Itodo receive any money from Chief Steven Lawani, Sunny Oche or Dr. Matthias Byuan to edit the congress lists for Ado, Okpokwu and Ogbadibo local government areas.

“The sponsored article is a clear voice of Jacob but hand of Essau, he the failure of the said source to reveal his/her identity.

“Surprisingly, the mendacious report has been making the rounds claimed Anna Itodo said any aspirants who fails to settle her will not make it to the 2023 general elections is wicked and will kill the party in Idomaland.

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“We can say this without fear or favour that the exercise in Ado and the entire Enone was peaceful without any rancour.

“It is unfortunate Sahara Reporters, member of the fourth estate of the realm failed to balance its report by reaching out to Miss Itodo and party stakeholders for comment before publishing.

“We want to make it clear that the report should be discarded in entirety as it is laced with hatred and clear attempt to pitch leaders and members of the APC in Enone against each other.

“We urge members of the APC on the constituency to remain resolute and supportive to the new leadership in our quest to regain power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which has obviously failed the people of Benue state.”

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Senate spokesman says 2023 elections is between APC, PDP

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The Chairman of the Senate Committee of Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru, on Wednesday, ruled out any third political force, noting that the 2023 elections will be a contest between the ruling All Progressives Congress and the leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party.

The Senator representing Osun Central Senatorial District in the 9th National Assembly spoke on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ current affairs programme monitored by The PUNCH.

Specifically, Basiru said the Rescue Nigeria Project unveiled on Tuesday by ex-Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega; foremost Nigerian Professor of Political Economy, Pat Utomi, alongside several politicians, would fail.

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According to him, an “assemblage of failed politicians” cannot say they want to rescue Nigerians or give a third force to the country in 2023.

“The so-called Special Rescue Project is a special purpose vehicle which is bound to fail and it would fail definitely,” he stated.

Senate spokesman says 2023 elections is between APC, PDP

Continuing, Basiru said, “As far as I am concerned, you can mark today’s date, nothing serious would come out of the so-called effort that is put in place.”

“In this country, setting up political parties have become business and for some people, they set up political parties to have opportunities of speaking on national television, some opportunities to also relate with other politicians and get something or the other but they are not really serious politicians.

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“As far as I am concerned today, if electoral contest is anything to go about today, you can only mention political parties like APC, PDP, APGA –may be in a particular state, and some splinter parties.

“The truth is that the 2023 election is going to be about a choice between the APC, my political party and the party of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the PDP. The other people, the third force, there was a time some people even named their own political party, Mega Political Party, at the end of the day, Mega Political Party never had a councillor not to talk of a chairman.

“I want to say with all sense of responsibility that it is wrong to say that the APC should be thrown away. My party, the APC has brought quantum development in all aspects,” the Senator stated.

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“We are the best that has ever happened to the country since 1999 and we are going to continue to provide leadership to the country beyond 2023. I am very confident about that,” he stated.

But reacting on the television programme, Yunusa Tanko, a member of the National Consultative Front, which floated the Rescue Nigeria Project, lambasted the Senator for his “grandstanding”.

Tanko insisted that his group would provide better alternatives for Nigerians who are tired of the failure of the ruling APC.

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has stated his position on the defection of former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

El-Rufai said only APC leaders who brought Fani-Kayode back into the party could explain why they allowed him.

He stated his position while responding to journalists who asked for his response on Fani-Kayode’s defection at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to El-Rufai: “I don’t comment on the decisions and actions of the leaders of the party. They have the job of running the party and they have to make the judgment on who to bring into the party.

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“And you know politics is a game of addition. So you want to add and add. And they have taken that decision. But I don’t comment on that because they are the ones running the party.

Only APC Leaders Know Why They Allowed Kayode Into APC – El-Rufai

“If I bring someone to Kaduna and you asked the Kaduna State Government to explain, I will explain. I don’t know how to run the party.

“I was deputy national Secretary for a short while and it was the only experience I had in party management. So I won’t comment on that.”

The former Aviation Minister had last week defected to the APC, after u ars of criticizing the ruling party.

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Fani-Kayode’s defection was made public when he was officially presented to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He was presented to the president by APC acting National Chairman, Mai Mala-Buni.

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If you are not sponsoring Boko Haram then expose sponsors – PDP dares Buhari

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the refusal of the Buhari Presidency to expose the names of sponsors Boko Haram and other terror groups in Nigeria.

The opposition said Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) government are giving the impression of “official cover for terrorists and bandits pillaging the nation”.

In a statement on Tuesday, PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan lambasted the government for saying it would not expose the identity of terror masterminds.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) had revealed the names of six Nigerians funding Boko Haram in a list of more than 50 individuals and entities.

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“The decision of the APC-led government to cover the identities of sponsors of mindless mass killings, maiming, rapping, kidnapping of our compatriots as well as the endless violent marauding of our communities under the APC watch, validates our stand that such individuals have connections with the APC.

“This unpatriotic stance by the Buhari Presidency raises serious national anxieties of high-level complicity in the administration and further explains the reported compromising of our security system in the escalated killings and acts of terrorism in our country in the last six years under the APC.

If you are not sponsoring Boko Haram then expose sponsors – PDP dares Buhari

“Nigerians can see why the APC-led administration has failed to take decisive steps to tackle terrorism, why it prefers to negotiate with terrorists and even makes case for them, instead apprehending and prosecuting them, as witnessed in the beheading of rice farmers in Borno state.

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“The PDP had always alerted of a connection between the APC and terrorists ravaging various parts of our nation and how the APC, as a party, had always failed to forcefully condemn acts of terrorism in our country.

“Nigerians can recall how the APC vehemently defended and still habours the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, a self-confessed terrorism apologist, despite national outcry and demand for his sack.”

The PDP added that the APC has failed to account for bandits, thugs and hoodlums imported from neighboring countries to unleash violence on Nigerians and muscle the 2019 elections.

The party said if the APC and its administration have nothing to cover, they should publish the names of terror backers “instead of this vexatious desperation to provide official cover for them”.

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