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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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Exit Rumour: APC Refutes Ortom’s Exit Rumour

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By Abdullahi Mohammed

 

In a reaction to the report about an exit of one of its state executives, the All Progressive Congress (APC) has denied the exit of Benue state  Governor, Samuel Ortom, saying that it was  a mere  rumour.

Meanwhile , earlier on Monday, Mr Ortom  announced his exit from the APC. The governor said he was chased out hence his decision to leave.

He also hinted of decamping to any party that woos him.

Reacting, the APC who did not believe reports of the governor’s action said Ortom, known for his integrity, could not have dumped the party without first notifying it.

The National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, stated this while addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC),

“The party will not comment on the basis of rumour,” Oshiomhole said.

“I am sure that eventually we will find out the facts of the matter and we will now act.

“Governor Ortom is a respected, prominent member of the APC and he has said repeatedly to me that he will not leave the APC unless he was pushed out,” he added.

Governor Ortom, on Monday, while swearing in a newly appointed Special Adviser on Local Government and Cheftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe, at the banquet hall of the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, noted that the APC gave him a red card.

“As for party, I’ve been given the red card and I’m now outside the pitch. So, if I have been given the red card and I’m standing outside, that means I’m a free man,” said Ortom.

“I don’t know what will happen next but I’m waiting. If others approach me, then I will tell the Benue people that I’m joining another football club,” he said.

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Fayose Attacks Shehu, Reacts to Ekiti Election, Fayemi’s Victory

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In what was termed as undemocratic process, the outgoing Governor, Ayodele Fayose attacked  presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu as he  finally reacted to the victory of Kayode Fayemi.

It may interest Nigerians that the governor-elect who contested on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) defeated Kolapo Olusola, Fayose’s deputy and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).

Fayose who reacted on Monday said President Muhammadu Buhari demonstrated truly that “he is not a democrat, but a dictator and fascist per excellence.”

“It is only Buhari that will pride himself with the security shooting sporadically at polling centres , scaring people to pave the way for the APC thugs to snatch ballot boxes,” he said in a tweet via his twitter account.

He also lambasted presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, describing him as a fair weather fellow. The latter had mocked the governor in an article he published after Fayemi was declared winner of the election.

Shehu had described Fayose as a deceiver.

“The President should bury his head in shame for using the police, army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and INEC to snatch the mandate given to Olusola and deliver it to Fayemi “whom Ekiti people rejected.

“What Buhari won as referendum from Ekiti people , Nigerians, and international community is shame, big shame.

“If APC truly won, why was it that there was no jubilation in Ekiti ? That victory of Kayode Fayemi is pyrrhic, we will reclaim the stolen mandate in the court by the power of God.

“As for me, I am Peter Ayodele Fayose , I hold with my head high. I can never be suppressed. I don’t lose battles and I will not lose this. By the power of God, I will laugh last.

“The President should note what the Bible says which applies to him: “He that wears the armour should not boast as he that removes it.

“May God rescue our country,” he added.

On Shehu, Fayose said: “that fellow is not to be accorded any attention. Being a fair weather friend, he would soon desert his current pay masters.

“Garba Shehu was in the Presidency courtesy Atiku Abubakar for eight years and came back for this current dispensation still courtesy Abubakar. Now, he has abandoned the person who brought him to the limelight.”

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Fayemi Explains Why He was Re-elected as Ekiti Governor

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In a confident mood, the Governor-elect of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has explained  why the people of the state got him re-elected.

Mr Fayemi who had governed the state earlier was sent packing from the government house in 2014 when the incumbent and outgoing governor, Ayodele Fayose, won his own re-election.

It is not new  that, Mr Fayose who did his first term earlier before Fayemi was oust through Impeachment on allegation of embezzlement.

However, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are set to resume investigation into the suspended allegation.

While Fayose is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the former governor belongs to the All Progressive Congress (APC). Both men are not in good terms politically.

Kolapo Olusola, Fayose’s deputy and candidate of the PDP in the governorship election which held on Saturday was Fayemi’s major challenger.

Fayemi who took ministerial post after his first tenure emerged victorious in the election on the platform of the APC.

Featuring on Channels Television’s News At 10, the former minister said his return to the seat of power as Ekiti State governor is to continue developmental projects in the state from where he stopped and for this he was re-elected.

“This victory means, at the Ekiti State level, a determination by our people to really have governance on a serious level back in Ekiti State. That’s why the people have shown fate, by returning us to power,” Fayemi said.

“On a national level, this victory means that the propaganda out there about our party (APC) being a party of trialists and people who are just interested in a section of the country is not selling to ordinary Nigerian,” he said.

The former minister who said “there is unfinished business” in the Ekiti government house, added that: “I already explained that there is unfinished business. The clock of progress and development in Ekiti stopped in October 2014. (My) coming back is to restart the clock and get it back to the developmental trajectory. What we have witnessed in Ekiti in the last four years is arrested development.

“When I say reclaiming the land, it is not just about the physical reclamation of any land, it is about the reclamation and restoration of the values of our people.

“It is a return to decency, decorum and dignity. A return to a sense of self-worth and self-respect. A return to respect for our elders and traditional institution. It is a return to seriousness in government,” he said.

Responding to questions on his position to the PDP disagreement to the election outcome and threat to challenge his victory in court, Fayemi said he is not afraid of tribunals.

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