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Ex-Speaker carpets APC leadership for diversionary antics over Kogi crises

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Ex-Speaker carpets APC leadership for diversionary antics over Kogi crises

The former speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly Abdullahi Bello has described the second reconciliation committee set up by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to reconcile the warring factions of the party in Kogi State as a waste of the party’s resources and efforts.
According to him it smacks of lack of transparency and sincerity on the part of the leadership of the party who he said knows the root cause of the crises and yet is beating about the bush.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun had on Monday inaugurated a top-level seven-member reconciliation committee for the Party’s Kogi State Chapter at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
This was coming after a similar committee headed by Chief Tony Momoh completed its findings the report of which is yet to be acted upon.
However Bello indicated that the aggrieved party members in the State were not in conflict with Governor Yahaya Bello even as he insisted that the crises in the party is between the national secretariat, the presidency and the aggrieved members alienated in the State after working for the success of the party at all levels.
“To me there is no conflict in Kogi State. Our team has never reported the Governor of Kogi State to the National secretariat for any misconduct or any issue at all. If the Governor chose the way he wants to manage Kogi State that is his own choice it can not amount to conflict because democracy is all about choice.
It is going to be a wasteful effort on the part of the national headquarters as I can not waste my time again to appear before any committee over this matter.”
The former speaker who said he was erring his own opinion for said they have done a lot to make APC solid in Kogi State by winning most of the positions in the general election including the Presidency, the three senatorial seats and 80% of the House of representatives and State assembly seats.
“At the time of the Gubernatorial election we all joined forces together to defeat PDP and send them out of power. If what we are facing today the national secretariat and the Presidency think is our reward so be it.
“Who does not know the solution to the crises in Kogi? Is it the national secretariat that is not aware that we worked and some other persons are reaping from where we laboured, what is the committee coming to say now? That we are guilty for working for APC?”
He said with the comprehensive work done by the Tony Momoh led committee the party should have implemented their reports.
‘I don’t think there was any need for a second committee.’

He said they worked very hard for the party but the national body of the party up to the Presidency abandoned them at the auspicious moment however he said they have their own way of reacting.
“As far as I am concerned there is no conflict in Kogi State APC they have taken their choice and have done what they wanted to do. I will not appear before any other committee for the reconciliation of Kogi APC.
“If the party knows that they have interest to protect in Kogi State they should recognize those of us that worked for the party and give us positions.”
He said he has no problem with Governor Bello who only came to inherit what they worked for.
According to him everything about the Governor’s emergence was done by the headquarters adding they are the ones that should know how to make amendments not Governor Yahaya Bello.

“Yahaya Bello’s choice as to how he wants to carry out his daily activities in Kogi is his own discretion we don’t have any conflict with Yahaya Bello.
“If there is any conflict, if there should be any reconciliation they should set up committee to reconcile us and the national secretariat of the party and the Presidency who denied us the fruits of our labour.”

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Osakwe asks Buhari to embrace Dialogue over South-West Crisis

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Osakwe asks Buhari to embrace Dialogue over South-West Crisis

The Federal Government must embrace dialogue as a means to end ongoing crisis in the South-West Nigeria, former Presidential candidate of the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), in the 2019 general elections, Ambassador Felix Johnsom Osakwe has said.

While expressing concerns over the state of affairs in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday, he urged President Muhammedu Buhari to seek for amicable ways to resolve the crisis rather than using any aggressive confrontation that could make things worse.

He stressed that since the country has been effected by COVID -19 pandemic, security challenges and economic downturn at this time, there was a need for the federal government and President Muhammadu Buhari to take responsibility to ensuring that the stabiltiy of the country was not compromised.

He noted that as an Ambassador for Peace with the Universal Peace Federation, he was worried about the deteriorating situation and the Federal government’s confrontational stance about the matter especially with regards to the Pro-Yoruba activist and agitator, Sunday Igboho.

” I am strongly of the opinion that what Mr. President needs to do now is to embrace peaceful dialogue and be the father of the entire nation. He should push for peace and call the agitating parties to a parley and get them to resolve the issues. There is already a lot of tension in the air and considering how tenuous 2020 was for us all, it is only appropriate that as we get on about building back better and rebuilding our economy, we don’t tear down what small wins we have recorded by inciting and perpetuating more conflicts, either explicitly or by complicity,” he said.

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AESID hails Ebonyi CP, warns against intimidation of judges by state govt

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The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has warned the state government to stop intimidating Judges in the cause of their duties, even as it commended the new Commissioner of Police for being professional.

The Ebonyi indigenes said the agents of state government were trying to manipulate the judiciary into causing trouble in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

In a statement released by its President, Amb. Paschal Oluchukwu, on Sunday in Abuja, the association said the goal is to continue to cause division in the PDP by having the Nwebonyi group parade as a factional State Exco of the PDP through Suit No: HAB/161/2020 with Roy Umahi as the lead counsel to the Plaintiffs.

“We condemn, whole and entire the desperate attempts to use the Judiciary to achieve the threat of being in APC and sponsoring crises and divisions in the PDP.”

While commending the Ebonyi Judiciary for remaining firm as the last hope of the common man, the statement charges it to remain steadfast and unwavering.

“Already, we have read in the media through the former Assistant Financial Secretary of the Nwebonyi group who recently dumped the camp, Linus Ogazi how Governor Umahi divided the Excos in order to create a parallel faction of the party.

“AESID is also aware of the threats and intimidations that the young man has been receiving since he made the disclosures and wishes to call on Security agencies to call the Governor, his brothers and the Speaker of the State’s House of Assembly who have been dishing out threats to him to order. They should be held responsible for whatever happens to Mr. Ogazi.”

On the activities of the new Commissioner of Police, CP Aliyu Garba, the group thanked the police for their professional role in ensuring that those who staged a protest recently at the state High Court were dispelled peacefully.

“We, however wish to counsel the new CP to remain as professional and apolitical as his erstwhile colleague, CP Philip Maku who has been transferred from the state.

“AESID also calls on security agencies and INEC to obey the order of Justice I. E. Ekwo of the Abuja Federal High Court in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/1609/2020 restraining David Umahi’s faction of the PDP in Ebonyi State led by the gadfly, Nwebonyi and his cohorts from parading themselves as officers of the Party. They should therefore provide security and accord protection to the Udeogu-led Exco to legitimately takeover the State Secretariat of the Party for the interest of justice, peace and unity of the opposition party.

“AESID lastly commends the Udeogu-led Excos and indeed, the teeming members of PDP for their calmness, steadfastness and resoluteness amidst attacks and wanton provocations by Governor Umahi and his surrogates. For in the end, it shall indeed, be proven to all that Ebonyi is PDP and PDP is Ebonyi State and Umahi is only a solo naked dance in his new political voyage!”

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APC disowns notice on postponement of Membership registration exercise

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The All progressives Congress (APC) has disclaimed “Notice” in circulation and ascribed to the APC CECPC National Secretary, Sen. John J. Akpan Udoedeghe Ph.D.

The party describes the notice as fake and highly mischievous.

This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja, Saturday by its National Secretary
Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Sen. John J. Akpan Udoedeghe.

The Statement reads, “The APC membership registration, revalidation and update exercise remains on course and commences as scheduled in the attached timetable.

“As earlier announced, the CECPC has approved the constitution of State Membership Registration Committees for the Party’s nationwide membership registration, revalidation and update exercise. This will be followed by a train-the-trainer workshop.”

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