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The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) John Odiegie Oyegun has asked supporters of the party to ignore those that cast aspersions on the President and the party saying that the Buhari led administration has come to heal their wounds.
Oyegun who spoke in Lokoja Saturday at a mega rally to receive decampees from the PDP to APC was apparently referring to ‎the popular former leaders of the country Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida and their popular letters as well as the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Nigeria candid advice to the President.
The national chairman described President Muhammad Buhari as the messiah that has come to liberate Nigerians.
While Oyegun was receiving some very prominent sons of Kogi State into the APC mostly from the PDP he said, “They say we are quarreling in APC, they say we are fighting but everyday serious people are trouping in to the party; the winning and progressive fold with the change agenda.”
He scored the Government of President Muhammad Buhari high for the courage in diversifying the economy from oil based to agro based economy within two years.
He admitted that though Nigerians have been facing hard times in the country people have also been saying a lot of senseless things about the party and about their leader the President.
“Don’t listen to them. I want to tell you that this nation God sent a messiah, God sent President Buhari to heal the wounds of this nation.
“Today we don’t depend on oil anymore but on Agriculture for the sustenance of this country. We are almost self sufficient in rice production.
“Today we are building a new rail way system that will pass through Lokoja . A totally new rail way system. Today the power in this country has stabilized at 7000Mwtts that is only the beginning of good things that are yet to come.”
According to him the people of Kogi State should be grateful to God for giving them a youthful Governor who is energetic and always organizing saying that he has brought a new down to the State.
“When this young man sits at meeting with us he is always restless, he is always energetic, he is always full of Ideas, he is always organizing.
“Today I am in the first rally since he settled down and I can feel the energy; the new energy in Kogi State. I congratulate you.”
“Let me tell you, he is one of the greatest supporters of our President, he is one of the most loyal supporters of our President.”
He said with the quality of the mammoth crowd he has seen he is convinced that the day Buhari declares interest to contest the 2019 election Kogi State would be one of the major sponsors.

“I want to encourage because what I have seen today I will go and tell the President. This is a wonderful crowd, it is a young and energetic crowd. I have no doubt leaving here that the day President Buhari indicates interest for a second term, Kogi State would be one of the major sponsors.”
Governor Yahaya Bello of the State congratulated the decampees even as he encouraged them to work hard for their new party.

“I am welcoming all PDP members that decamped to APC today when you come in work and work, this is your home, this where you belong. You have decided to sin no more. Those that are still in PDP are the sinners.”
He said at the moment the APC is the only party in Kogi State as all the people that matter in PDP have dumped the party for the APC because of the good works of President Buhari.
“As a matter urgency President Buhari must contest in 2019 and all of us starting from myself, the 24 APC Governors are ready to support you under the able leadership of chief Odigie Oyegun and the current NWC members.”
He also canvassed for Oyegun’s leadership to be given the chance to continue with all the members of the national working committee.
Bello pointed out that the NWC members have shown quality, courageous and fearless leadership.
“We in Kogi State and the entire youths across the country, the women across the country we are supporting the President to run in 2019.
“You can be rest assured that Nigeria and Kogi State would be delivered from the evil of the past.”
The chief of Staff to the Governor Edward Onoja said as part of the political achievement Bello when they came they had only 8 House of Assembly members as minority but at the moment they have 19members as majority.
“APC had about 100, 000 members today we have over 500, 000 members.
Prominent politicians who joined the APC included a former Governorship candidate of PDP Jibrin Isah Echocho, two term senator under PDP Smart Adeyemi, a popular PDP stalwart from the central Yahaya Karaku.
About nine House of Assembly members who crossed over to APC and many others who displayed their brooms in APC colour.
The Confluence Stadium will filled to capacity in the Mega rally which it’s organizers say is a sign of the tsunami to come.
In all the speeches no mention was made of the current leadership struggle for the soul of the party whereby the north central zonal lea‎dership sacked the 3c members of the State executive along with its chairman.
Bello had earlier announced replacement for the sacked leadership barely 24 hours after the National executive debunked the dissolution.

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Monday, said Nigeria that was a shinning star in the 60s is now a shadow of its glorious past, now pushed further into a deep mess with ethnicity as as the supreme order.

Speaking at his official presentation of his autobiography “Made in Aba” in Abuja, the Abia Senator said Nigeria has continually regressed and the citizens were now reclining into their ethnic enclaves.

Abaribe noted that the country has regressed to the level that it would be difficult for any citizen to survive “if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave.”

He said: “I try to say a few things (in the book) that we might have forgotten. Why is it that we had a better life – we had pipe borne water, we had electricity 24 hours – in the 1960s?

“Now it is 50-60 years later, every person has to have borehole in his house. So he becomes his own NEPA generating power for himself; he becomes his own water board. Then I asked, why would life be like this? I tried to caption the reason why we are where we are today.

“I also tried to capture that there was a Nigeria, where it is said, in our former anthem, that though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand.”

He said in his early career life, he secured jobs and got promotions in places outside his southeast region only based on merit without anyone asking where he came from.

“Now, what we have done is that we have a big Nigeria that has continually regressed and now all of us are into our ethnic enclaves.

“And if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave, you won’t be able to survive in Nigeria today.

“In the book, I also look at the possibility of Nigeria that we may have assuming if each and everyone of us is committed to the country.”

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Bauchi/Benue Govs’ feud: Gov Diri to the rescue

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Bauchi/Benue Govs’ feud: Gov Diri to the rescue

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The Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri has waded in to the war of words between the Governors of Bauchi and Benue State as the recent altercations between the Governors have become very disturbing.
He called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to wade in and ensure that the matter is resolved.
He was speaking during a courtesy visit to Governor Bala Muhammed in Bauchi State Government’s House Thursday.
Diri said,
“The raging current issue between two brother Governors of the same party is not good, I seize this opportunity to advise and call on both of you who are members of our great party to please cease further actions and reactions on the burning national security issues.
“May I also use the opportunity to call on our party to immediately intervene and resolve whatever issues that are still yet unresolved amicably as a party and as brothers.”

In his response, Governor Muhammed promised to cooperate and reduce the tension and he gave the assurance that no words would be heard on the matter again. He also seized the opportunity to  apologise to all Governors, the national assembly, his constituents and all Nigerians.
He said, “There is no disharmony between me and my brother and my friend in Benue, we are just having the courage to discourse a burning National issue and I am happy that Nigerians have the opportunity, to discourse the issue and we are going to do everything on my own part to make sure we disedcalate the issue that it will not bring injury to our party and to national unity. I was not doing anything in anyway to insult, or to cause any injury to my brother whom I have worked together with at the cabinet and now as Governors.
“I want to use this opportunity to apologise to my various contituencies; especially the national assembly even though I said the truth but it has injured their sensibilities or it has touched on their privileged as we used to say in parliamentary parlance.
“I was doing it out of nationalism and patriotism. At the same time the Governors if what I said was also injurious to them, I apologise to them and say sorry to them and indeed all Nigerians.
“But certainly as I said, my brother, I have no apology for saying the truth, but certainly sometimes you say the truth and it would be injurious.

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was confirmed after being grilled during Senate plenary.

For more than six years the commission was headed by persons in acting capacity.

For the first time a staff of the commission who is not a police officer is being appointed as chairman.
He rose through the ranks from the academy before being nominated to head the commission.

The Anti graft agency’s chairmanship designate reacted to a plethora of questions posed by Senators on his preparedness for the job, given his age and working in a complex society like Nigeria, at planary

Bawa, addressed most of the concerns of lawmakers, while assuring that he would bring his experience to bear having joined the agency in 2004.

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