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Faleke and Bello will reconcile says Mesoko

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Faleke and Bello will reconcile says Mesoko

By John Akubo

The Chairman of the APC reconcilliation Committee (Kogi West), Hon Duro Meseko, has given assurance that the ongoing peace initiatives to reconcile aggrieved members in the All Progressives Congress (APC) will bring the two main rivals in the party Governor Yahaya Bello and Honorable James Falake on the same page.
Faleke was the running mate to late Prince Abubakar Audu who gave up the ghost while coasting to victory in the 2015 Governorship election in Kogi State.
He however declined to be deputy Governor after the party decided replace late Audu with Yahaya Bello who was runner up in the primary.
Mesoko who was a former member of House of Representatives told reporters in Kabba, yesterday that “The prospect is very high. Faleke is a member of APC, he cannot be a hindrance to the peace process.I can assure you that Hon Faleke will be reconciled with the Governor as Iong as he remains a member of the APC”.

He explained that the reconciliation committee set up by the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kogi State to reconcile aggrieved members of the party in Kogi West is achieving desired results as members who left the party are returning.

The committee, it will be recalled, was, upon inauguration, charged to meet with members, especially those who are aggrieved with the aim of spearheading the restoration of peace, unity and tranquillity among members at ward, local government and state levels, and also to make appropriate recommendations where necessary.

As it were, the move, it was gathered, became imperative as a result of the fallouts from the recently concluded parallel congresses of the APC in the state, where two lists of executives emerged at the various levels.

Reportedly, some aggrieved loyalists of the party, in reaction to the controversial Congresses, had either left the party or were warming up to join other parties. Related intraparty issues such as appointments into state boards and parastatals, also formed parts of the grey areas that caught the eyes of the peace panel members.

A special case was made for members earlier issued with appointment letters and though reported to their duty posts, had their names changed and appointments terminated “without just cause”.

Meseko, leading other members of the peace panel, including Senator Smart Adeyemi, General Paul Okutimo(Rtd) and Dr Toyin Akanle, local government sole administrators and party stalwarts, disclosed that the panel members had a busy week on tour of Yagba West, Yagba East and Mopamuro Local Government Areas, in Yagba Federal Constituency.

He described the tour as rewarding, revealing and successful as aggrieved members turned up in their numbers to voice out their grievances.
According to Meseko, “It has been a wonderful experience. Our task has been made easier by the willingness of party members to cooperate with the committee.
“We went round, although it is still ongoing, we realized there are issues but we have succeeded to a large extent to restore peace among the party faithfuls. So many have now decamped back into the party.

“APC, like any other party is not devoid of internal rancour. It is just that Kogi State has taken the lead in this instance”.

“The committee is doing a great job. And many aggrieved members have been reconciled back into the party. I urge all members to embrace this reconciliation initiative aimed at repositioning our party”.-

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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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APC disowns notice on postponement of  Membership registration exercise

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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