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APC Convention: Oshiomhole boasts – I’ll defeat heavyweight opponents

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All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship aspirants and former governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has boasted that he has solid support based across the country to defeat the three other ‘heavyweights’ contesting against him at the party’s June 23 national convention.

Other aspirants in the race with Comrade Oshiomhole included his predecessor Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, former Cross River governor, Clement Ebri, and Chief Ibrahim Emokpaire.

Fielding questions from newsmen after commissioning his campaign office, in Abuja, on Sunday, Oshiomhole revealed that one-time Minority Leader House of Representatives, Hon. Faruk Adamu Aliyu has graciously accepted to be his Campaign Director.

Oshiomhole equally expressed confidence that many governors, National Assembly members, and other party stakeholders will support his aspiration.

“In a boxing match, you do not ask a featherweight to go into the ring with a heavyweight. It is going to be a very interesting convention. I think for all of us who believe in democracy, this is to be expected,” he said.

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On whether he is scared that some governors would not support him, he said, “I want to talk about my own state that many people at various levels including governors, senators past and present and our current governor, I am very hopeful that they will be in my support.”

Asked to comment on President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration on June 12, Oshiomhole said:”I think we should salute the president for is statemanship. There are many things he has done over the past three years that are outstanding in terms of finding the political will and demonstrating statesmanship. That his decision, which is a bold decision to acknowledge that June 12 cannot be wished away as a non-event, I think he deserves commendation across party divides because, for those who voted, it was just an urge shock and pain that about 14 million people that voted, the cancellation was like an April Fools Day.

“So, for him to acknowledge Abiola in the manner that he did and confer on him posthumously an award meant for people who are president’s mean that he has settled the question. The only ting he would have wished to do which he cannot do was to bring Abiola back to life which is beyond human.

“The second thing is the outstanding contribution of Chief Gani Faweinmi because a lot of Nigerians would ask you, what does it take to serve the people? For President Buhari to come out and honour Gani Fawehinmi, means there were many activists but Fawehinmi could easily be seen as the foremost among them.

“Not only did every successive government sent him to prison not on account of fighting for his father’s parcel of land but on account of his stubborn insistence that government should deliver to the people,” he said.

Meanwhile, chairman of the APC Convention Screening sub-Committee and Kastina state governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has revealed that no fewer than  179 members of the ruling party have obtained nomination forms to contest for various positions.

Masari, who assured that his panel will ensure equity and FairPlay said: “The total numbers of aspirant nationwide about 179, though specifically I cannot immediately tell you their geographic spread.”

On whether his committee will disqualify any aspirant, Masari said: “It is premature for me to say. I think the report will be presented by Tuesday.”

He insisted that the party was still maintaining the zoning formula, stressing: “You can only contest for any position zoned to your zone. So far those who applied for positions from the North-west are from the North-west, nobody from the North-east or elsewhere applied for the positions zoned to the North-west.”

Source: The Sun

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Emir of Daura Says – Nigerians will beg President Buhari for 3rd term

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The Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar, has urged politicians currently jostling for the presidency in 2019 to shelve their ambition, arguing that they are on a wild goose chase as President Muhammadu Buhari already has the mandate of the people to continue in office.

“Buhari will shock Nigerians by the time he begins his second term in office in 2019 because he is poised to transform the country beyond their expectations,” the Emir said on Friday in his palace.
The Emir spoke when a former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, led a team from his National Movement for the up re-election of Buhari to visit Daura, Buhari’s hometown.

According to the Emir, “Nigerians will eventually beg Buhari to do a third term by the time they begin to see his performance from 2019. Anybody opposing Buhari’s second term is wasting his time because the people have already taken the decision for him to continue in office. Buhari will come out with his real colour in 2019 and that is when Nigerians will see a new Nigeria that they have always desired.”

He urged Kalu to sustain the re-election Buhari campaign noting further that, “with God’s help, he will deliver us.” The former governor had earlier told the Emir that he was at the palace in continuation of his visit to traditional rulers across the country, to solicit their support in the campaign for Buhari to get re-elected in 2019.

According to him, “we know that President Muhammadu Buhari is the son of the soil but we want you to advise the people and even beyond Daura, to vote him again in 2019. We want to make sure that our 4+4 is realised because those who are against Buhari’s return want an opportunity to loot the treasury.”

Kalu had earlier visited the Katsina Government House on Thursday evening where Governor Aminu Bello Masari, described Buhari as being ready to pay the supreme price, if need be, in a determined effort to return Nigeria to the path of sustainable development.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has staked his life for Nigeria and he is ready to pay the supreme price to put the country on the right track,” Masari said.

He explained that Buhari’s journey to the presidency in 2015 was because “he could not fold his hands when things were going badly for Nigeria.”

According to Masari, the seemingly slow pace of progress by the Buhari administration since 2015 may not be unconnected with what he described as “the mess created by the 16 years of the immediate past PDP government.”

Source: The Sun

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Ogun State Government Has declared Tuesday June 12 as work-free day

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The Ogun State government has declared Tuesday, 12th June 2018 work free to enable residents and other stakeholders to mark the Democracy Day.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa made available to PUNCH on Saturday.

According to the statement, the day would also be used to celebrate the recent conferment of a posthumous national honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic on the acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12, 1993, Presidential election, Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola.

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The Federal Government had on Wednesday, 6th June 2018 conferred this highest national honour on the illustrious son of the state and declared every 12th of June as the country’s Democracy Day.

It will be recalled that in the last seven years, the Amosun-led administration had consistently declared June 12 work free and commemorated it with various activities.

The statement partly read, “This year will be no exception as befitting events including a Democracy Walk to be led by the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun have been lined up for the celebration.

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“The walk scheduled to take off from the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta at 7 am will take participants through major roads in the state capital to the Abiola’s family house at Oke-Ido, Gbagura where prayers will be offered for the martyr.

“All government functionaries, activists, civil society organizations, democracy volunteers, civil servants, labour/trade unions, students, market women/men and other stakeholders are invited to participate.”

Source: The Punch

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