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People Who decamp from APC Mercenaries- Oshiomhole

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By Abdullahi Mohammed

The  National Chairman,All Progressive Congress (APC)   Adams Oshiomhole, has described some members who decamp from the party  as mercenaries.

Mr Oshimhole made this  position known  when he inaugurated the elected National Executives of the 39-member Non-National Working Committee (NWC) on Wednesday at the party’s national secretariat.

According to the nationalchairman,   the decampees having failed to secured their personal gain which was their reason of joining the APC are now leaving on realisation that their aim is not going to be achieved under its platform.

“For the mercenaries, who mistakenly joined the party because of what they can gain personally, not for the good of the country, not for the good of the party. They came in purely for greener pastures and they have found that they have had to work hard to plant the grass, to wet it, nourish it for it to become green and they cannot wait.

“They want to run, not because we have wronged them but because we just cannot satisfy a mercenary. For those ones, we will not only open the door, we are ready to open even the windows.

“But I am ready to go to any length to persuade and appeal to genuine people who are aggrieved, but like I have said, I am not intimidated; I am not frightened, I am not impaired and I want to urge everyone of you individually and collectively that we cannot be intimidated.

Speaking on the coalition formed by 38 parties, he said the event was a collection of old coaches searching frantically for new ideas.

He said the coalition only proves each of those parties cannot stand alone to face the APC and he believes they would fail, even as a team.

He said the message they have simply passed is “we want to capture power even though we are different, but for the purpose of capturing power, we will unite’, and I do not think Nigerians need any further explanation that enough of this opportunistic politicking”.

“The more they search, the more they get old players, not even the best of them, but the worst of old players and I do not think Nigerians can be fooled by a coalition of that. If you harness the energy of one million snails and transform it into one snail to run, it cannot catch up with an antelope.

“It was a clear admission that as things stand today, neither the one we defeated before, the PDP, nor the new one that claim they have formed a new party but populated by the same old tired legs, or the mushroom parties that were formed for the purpose of getting handouts from INEC but that they agreed that none of them has what it takes,” he said.

He also blamed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) whose personnel still control government agencies for the slow growth in its change project, stating that they must be removed as they do not hold the same change ideology with the APC.

“We are aware that even as at today, we still have a lot of PDP people occupying very important positions in federal agencies. We will do everything possible to purge these elements out of the system because we are a party of change. They are the conservative right-wing party. We cannot entrust to conservative forces, an agenda for change.

“Government is not in the Villa. Villa is the head of government. Government is in the agencies – what they do, how they do it, the quality of service delivery and the style of that service delivery. That is how the ordinary man interfaces with power.

“If these agencies are in the hands of those who do not believe in our change agenda, then we cannot expect miracles from them. And for those who are aggrieved as to how certain things are done, those who question that they do not seem to see the difference because substantially, PDP is still managing these agencies. So, we have a duty to convince the federal executive that we have no business, this government has no business with any PDP in sensitive federal agencies and using their old tactics in service delivery. That, I believe is a task that all of us must pursue.

He therefore called on all to work consciously to ensure these “sinners” are replaced with “believers”.

“Believers are those who are card-carrying members of our party and before we go outside the party family, we must convince ourselves that the persons we are taking, we are taking him because we do not have that particular expertise within the family, but even so, he must first take the card and demonstrate loyalty because if you do not believe in a process, you cannot be entrusted with the management of that process.

He said their removal is necessary not because they are hungry to let their people have the jobs, but because he has no confidence that PDP appointees can drive the changes that APC promised.

“APC promises must be kept by APC activists at managerial level, at board level and at political level. That, we must all work to achieve but while we are working on that, I will ask you to have patience because some people give up too much early in life.

 

“I think the most fundamental purpose that brought the APC into being was to save Nigerians from the misrule of the PDP. That has been achieved but the second challenge is now to take advantage of our being in office to work hard to deliver to Nigerians, first, before ourselves.”

On corruption, he said corrupt individuals were fighting back and frustrating government’s effort.

Speaking on Ekiti and the party’s rally which held on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti, he said it was a success despite what he described as the “crude misuse of limited state power which Governor Fayose chose to do, but our superior commitment to progress and to overcome challenges explains the huge crowd that you saw”.

Condemning the action of the governor where he paid off all the taxi drivers, bus drivers and Okada riders which according to him was to demobilise the movement facility, he said, “you can demobilise all of those but what you cannot demobilise is the will of the people to do what they believe in.”

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Harassment of opposition members: Frank urges US, UK, EU, UN, others to call President Buhari to order

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Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has appealed to the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, United Nations, and other members of the international community to urgently call President Muhammadu Buhari to order over his incessant intimidation and harassment of opposition figures in the country ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Frank specifically condemned in strong terms the plot to arrest the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo, over frivolous charges simply because of the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Peter Obi, was a former chairman of the bank.

He also said apart from the indiscriminate arrest and freezing of bank accounts of many opposition figures, some businessmen suspected to be supporting the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, are also being harassed by agencies of government on the orders of the presidency.

In a statement in Abuja on Thursday, Frank called on the international power blocs to come to the aid of Nigeria to prevent a revolt against the government by citizens who are now being pushed to the wall.

According to Frank, from all indications the current government is not ready for the general elections in 2019 as evident on its refusal to assent to the Electoral Act amendment bill meant to correct past lapses and ensure free, fair, credible and transparent elections.

He added that since electoral body lifted embargo on open rally, the APC and its presidential candidate have failed to organize political rallies to sell their programmes, hence their resort to intimidate and frustrate opposition members.

The former APC spokesman, who condemned the arrest of Doyin Okupe, the search of Atiku’s son’s residence in Abuja, unlawful freezing of the accounts of some PDP members, arrest of activists and Journalists among others, stated that such anti-people actions were reminiscent of past military dictatorship in the country.

He urged the international community to save Nigeria’s democracy, and said: “The APC’s government should not be allowed to create another monster. If nothing is done to halt this ongoing harassment, it will get to a state where people will begin to defend themselves and by that time the current Boko Haram insurgency will be child’s play.

“In a democracy, how can a President treat his country men and women as less than human? The APC’s government is using state apparatus like the Police and EFCC to intimidate innocent Nigerians, unlawfully. Nigerians are living in fear. Freedom of Speech has been put on hold under President Buhari’s government. Critics of the administration are increasingly being hurled into jail.

“Despite signing the Peace Accord, we believe that President Buhari will not abide by its tenets based on his antecedents. Unless the friends of Nigeria come to its aid, unless this government is put to check, it is not only the 2019 election that is endangered. The continued existence of the country is also in jeopardy.

“So, I urge the international community and all the lovers of democracy all over the world to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop all forms of intimidation and harassment of Nigerian citizens over spurious allegations,” Frank stated.

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Bauchi monthly IGR now N1 billion – Official

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‎The Chairman of the Bauchi Board of Internal Revenue Mr Aliyu Jibo, on Wednesday said that the state’s N1 billion monthly internally-generated revenue was too low to enhance development of the state.

Jibo, also the new Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Bauchi State Chapter, expressed the dissatisfaction at the inauguration of new executives of the CITN in Bauchi.

According to him, the state government budgets about N167 billion annually but generates N1 billion monthly.

“This is a serious problem,” he said.

He urged CITN members to remain professionals to improve tax collection in the state which, he said, was faced with dwindling federal allocations because of the nation’s economic challenges.

“The challenges need swift and concrete measures to cushion the effects and enable Bauchi State Government to meet its financial obligations and provide basic amenities and interventions.

“The state government has introduced tax reforms and measures to help in augmenting the revenue flow,” he said.

Jibo also urged CITN members to be committed to improving thier profession and the citizens.

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2019 Elections: APC Statement on PDP, Atiku’s Failed Attempt to Evade National Peace Accord

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The All Progressive Congress(APC) has slammed the People Democratic Party, (PDP) and her presidential candidate on their boycott to the peace accord. the ruling party said that ,it is obvious that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alh. Atiku Abubakar tried to avoid signing the national peace accord ahead of the country’s 2019 General Elections.

In as statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu noted that to all discerning Nigerians, the PDP and Atiku’s dubious claim of a “communication lapse” as reason for their no-show at Tuesday’s formal signing ceremony is hogwash, as the peace committee duly and formally invited the PDP and Atiku like other candidates and political parties contesting the 2019 Elections.

Lanre said Atiku’s eventual decision to sign the peace deal is clearly a face-saving move following widespread condemnation that greeted his initial refusal to agree to the peace deal. We, however, must not lose sight of the dangerous and ominous signs the PDP and Atiku have inadvertently shown Nigerians in the leadup to the elections.

“Again, this brings to the fore, PDP’s open declaration in August this year that the Party will deploy all “means, schemes, shenanigans in all ramification and magnitude” to manipulate the 2019 election” he added.

The APC reiterated that security and other relevant agencies must be on high alert to check this dangerous threat posed by the PDP’s planned actions for the general elections. In 2019 and beyond, the votes of the electorate must count and the will of the electorate must prevail. We must stand against and resist plans by retrogressive elements who are now nested in the PDP and their agents to disrupt elections through violence and other undemocratic practices.

” For signing the 2019 election national peace accord, the Party affirms the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC government to a free and fair electoral process. The APC government has an abiding pledge towards a participatory, peaceful, credible and transparent elections” the spokeperson said.

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