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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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1.6m Votes’ Claim: PDP, Atiku Have Slipped Into Post-Election Depression, Hallucination

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Following the outcome of the Presidential Election, during which a vast majority of Nigerians reaffirmed their unshaken belief in President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to steer the affairs of the country for another four years, we have watched in disbelief and utter amusement how the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, have engaged in series of circus shows to cheer up their crestfallen and disillusioned members. This was contained in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary All Progressives Congress (APC),Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu on Wednesday.

Onilu said while the APC is not oblivious of the PDP’s antics to discredit the credible presidential electoral process, acknowledged by local and international observers, we sympathise with Atiku for the crushing defeat handed him by President Buhari through the votes of Nigerians.

He noted that , Judging by Atiku and PDP’s recent utterances and actions, it is now clear that they have slipped into severe depression and post-defeat hallucination that have left many Nigerians questioning their current state of mind.

Onilu stated that after weeks of dilly-dallying, the PDP has woken up to the stark reality of its electoral defeat and decided to follow the constitutional path of filing a petition at the Election Tribunal. However, of all the prayers of Atiku before the Election Tribunal, which are at best hollow, the most ridiculous is his claim that the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) indicated he ‘won’ the Presidential Election by 1.6million votes.

He said further that a few questions would suffice: Is this phantom figure of 1.6million votes Dubai-invented? Was the result sold to Atiku by his numerous marabouts, who we understand, had assured him that the last election was a done deal for him?

“Most importantly, we note Atiku’s consistent reference to the “INEC server” as if he is the custodian of that platform. Indeed, Atiku’s constant reference to the INEC server should raise concerns as it is becoming apparent that he and the PDP are up for some dastard activities that are targeted at jeopardizing the INEC database and internal storage system. We recall the widespread reported cases of several programmed card readers that were retrieved from some PDP agents and their failed attempt to hack the INEC database in the leadup to the then postponed presidential election” he said.

Onilu reminded the Atiku and PDP that Nigerians saw through the devious schemes aimed at thwarting their will. Consequently, majority of the voters handed them a harsh verdict — that verdict remains sacrosanct.

And called on the INEC and the security agencies to be on red alert to ensure that Atiku and the other desperate characters in the PDP are not able to execute their evil plans.

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Bauchi PDP tasks INEC on justice and fairness

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bauchi State, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to respect the Laws of the land to be fairn and just to all political parties.

Alhaji Hamza Akuyam, the State Chairman of the PDP made the call while reacting to a Court Order on collation of election results in Bauchi on Tuesday.

He said INEC should be seen to be a body that respected the laws of the land.

“The decision of INEC to jettison resumption of collation of the gubernatorial election results from Tafawa-Balewa LGA is very unfortunate and uncalled for despite the court order.

“Considering the provisions of section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, no court can stop INEC from performing its function in relation to electoral processes,” he said

Akuyam pointed out that if the court would refuse to grant the request to stop INEC in Adamawa State on the issue of election, he saw no reason why that of Bauchi state should be different.

“Are we having a different law to determine the same issue in every state?” he queried.

He added that he PDP would not allow the matter to just go like that.

He however urged PDP supporters in the state to remain law abiding and orderly, assuring that no one could take away the mandate given to the party by the teeming people of the state.

He expressed optimism that no matter how long it took for the party to pursue the case, it would do so.

“The point is that we won the election in the state, results have been collated and all that remains to be done is to declare and announce the result. All we are waiting for is the completion of the process .

“They can only prolong the process but it cannot stop it because we won the election and it is very glaring.

“The vehicles of the thugs who disrupted the collation process in Zwall were handed over to the police, yet nothing has been done about them,” akuyam said.

Our correspondent recalled that a Federal High Court in Abuja stopped INEC from going on with the collation of the gubernatorial election results from the Tafawa-Balewa LGA, Bauchi, earlier scheduled to be re-collated on Tuesday.

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Nabena exposes fresh plot to hijack 9th NASS leadership by Saraki, PDP

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…Urges APC to rollout zoning arrangements

As the political scheming for the leadership of the incoming National Assembly heightens, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Yekini Nabena has alleged a fresh move by the outgoing Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the minority Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus to decide the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives.

The plans, according to Nabena is also in tandem with what he called “Otta farm”, warning his ruling party to urgently rollout the zoning arrangements to avoid the repeat of what happened in 2015.

Both incumbent Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara emerged Senate President and Speaker against the party’s wish in the outgoing 8th National Assembly.

Speaking with newsmen Tuesday in Abuja, Nabena alleged that the outgoing Senate President and his party (PDP) have devised plans to ensure that there loyalists take control of the legislative arm of government.

Nabena said: “The outgoing Senate President and the PDP caucus have begun surreptitious move to lure some new APC lawmakers with juicy committee position in return for their support for the PDP choice for the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives.

“Already, Saraki’s henchman, Dino Melaye and some other returning PDP federal lawmakers have scheduled meetings with some APC lawmakers from Wednesday to Sunday in a yet-to-be announced venue.”

While calling for urgent intervention by the APC leadership, the Deputy spokesman stated that “It is important that the APC leadership meet and urgently rollout a fair zoning arrangement to ensure that we produce our preferred candidates for all leadership positions in the incoming National Assembly.

“Since Saraki lost his bid to return to the Senate and control of his home state, Kwara, he has devised a plan to ensure that he influences the choice of the incoming National Assembly Leadership. This is Saraki’s last-ditch effort to remain politically relevant.”

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