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After weeks of fierce political battle to retain his position, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday resumed normal official duties at the party’s national secretariat

Wooing his opponents and other aggrieved members of the party with a call for truce, Oshiomhole pointed out that the scuffle for his office was needless and diversionary at a time the party was expected to engage the government to deliver on its promise.

And to convince his political foes that he was indeed extending the olive branch, he announced the reinstatement of suspended deputy national chairman (North), Senator Lawan Shuaibu and national vice chairman (North West), Mallam Inua Abdulkadir.

Oshiomhole called for cooler-heads to prevail, saying he has great respect for governors and other senior leaders of the party, even as he observed that there should be no suspicion among all factions and blocs that emerged during the crisis.

The Oshiomhole-led NWC also resolved to withdraw all pending cases in the court of law instituted by some national officers.

Oshiomhole also announced the party’s intension to summon the minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, to brief it on the measures put in place to check the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic and why the country has continued to allow flights from foreign countries into Nigeria.

He said, ”Our responsibility as a party now is to engage the government on what to do differently to this reality so that the government elected on our platform delivers our promises to Nigeria people. These are the kinds of things we should spend more time doing; the Nigeria project not becoming chairman. If I am chairman and cannot walk the streets of Nigeria with pride because my party has not done what is expected I cannot be a happy chairman and I don’t think any of you will be a happy member.

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“I ask us, in addition to putting what has happened behind us, to find time to have objective conversation on how we can generate ideas to support the government. I want to spend time on something that concerns the Nigerian people. I didn’t come just to be a chairman; I wasn’t unemployed and none of you here was unemployed. What brought us here is the fact that we have a party that we have formed, not to create divisions.

”I want to appreciate our governors elected on the platform of our party who, regardless of whatever anybody feels, I have absolute respect for each and every one of them and I have personal relationships with each and every one of them. But I also recognise that the fact of having personal relationships is not enough not to have personal differences and even suspicion”.

Pointing out that the weapon against suspicion is more dialogue, Oshiomhole said people probably needed to be reassured that he is not capable of being biased by the very background that he comes from.

Noting that one tree can never make a forest, the APC chairman said, “I am a believer in conversation. I am a believer in contestation and I am also a believer in conflict resolution. I believed God will give us the grace over our meeting today as he has presided over the affairs of our party over the years. And those who are thinking we are coming here to box, I wear no boxing gloves. I wanted to wear complete white to send a message of peace. And, I think everybody came here with a good heart and may God see us through this moment. We are going to bounce back stronger and better.

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”So, today we have come here to remind people, members nationwide, that this NWC is not divided. It is true we have had arguments. It is true some tempers may have been high. It is true some people may have been provoked to try to approach the court, but it is also true that deep in our hearts no one of us wants to destroy our party. No any of us who spends three hours nonstop and even those who are not here that we call midnight by 2am to say ‘tomorrow we are sending you to so, so state’, please don’t say no.

“Let me also say that I am the first to admit that I am not the best chairman in the world and I will never be. But no one can fault the sincerity of my purpose. My style can only be my style. But, I recognise that I must reconcile my style to others so that we can meet in the middle of the road.

“It is the hallmark of democracy. The capacity to transform our divergent views and even you might say conflicting orientation sometimes but no conflicting interest, mission and ambition. So, I want to thank all my colleagues who are here and those who are not.

“I want to appreciate our president. With all the challenges he faces, he has time to listen to those who approach him with a view to ensuring that our party remains on course.”

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Edo APC Faction Backs Suspension of NEC Meeting

Meanwhile, Edo state faction of the APC loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki yesterday backed the indefinite suspension of the National Executive Committee meeting earlier slated for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by the national leadership of the party.

The state working committee, in a statement signed by the factional state publicity secretary, Pastor Joseph Osagiede, also urged the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole to put his house in order.

The party said the step to suspend the national executive committee meeting was the right thing to do considering the fact that the party was heading towards a possible implosion in view of the conflicting positions of the various interest groups within the party.

The statement noted: ”We express the gratitude of the Edo state chapter of the APC to the President Muhammadu Buhari and the progressive governor’s forum for this initiatives and we hope that all those saddled with the responsibility to resolve the issues confronting the party will do so in a manner that will guarantee justice to all the aggrieved parties such that fray nerves will be calm.

”We also urge the national chairman to take this final opportunity to put his house in order because the problem confronting that party across the Country remains real and visible.

”They will require the right attitude and appropriate disposition on dealing with them such that all parties involved will be put in proper frame of mind to accept the outcome on good faith”.

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

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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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