APC Bars Two Ministers From Contesting Governorship Primaries

The ruling All Progressives Congress has disqualified two serving ministers from contesting governorship elections in their states.
The minister for communication and information technology Adebayo Shittu and that of women affairs Aisha Alhassan were not cleared by the party’s screening committees.
Three other ministers Usani Uguru Usani of the ministry of Niger Delta, Mansur Ali, who heads the Ministry of Defence and Mustapha Shehu, Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing were cleared to contest.
The primaries are scheduled to hold on Sunday, September 30.
Although the reason for not clearing Alhassan was not stated in a statement released by the party on Thursday evening, it stated that Shittu was disqualified because he did not undergo the compulsory one year National Youth Service Corps.
Shittu has defended his decision not to enrol in the Corps when he was supposed to. He said his election into the Oyo State House of Assembly immediately after graduation in 1979 replaced the mandatory service. An NYSC spokesperson, however, insisted that Shittu’s defence was not tenable.
Alhassan’s disqualification may not be unconnected with her open affinity for former Nigeria’s vice president Atiku Abubakar, who dumped the ruling party in 2017. Abubakar is currently seeking the presidential ticket of the People’s Democratic Party.
A total of seven aspirants from different states were disqualified by the party’s National Working Committee. They included Siobe Eric Okotie (Delta), Ejikeme Ugwu (Enugu) and Ibrahim Mohammed Mera (Kebbi). The other two were Danladi Envulu-Anza Halilu (Nasarawa) and Abubakar Mamma Jiya Maaji (Niger).

President Buhari Congratulates APC, Oyetola

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday congratulated the All Progressives Congress and the Governor-elect of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, for winning the state governorship election which he described as keenly contested.

He said the people of the state had shown that they are supporting his administration’s good governance agenda by voting for the ruling party.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President also congratulated the state and national campaign teams that worked to ensure the victory.

He also commended the outgoing Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, for eight years of steadfastness and service to his people.

“Thank you Osun State for supporting our good governance agenda by re-electing the APC.

“I assure you that we will continue to work for the progress and prosperity of the state and the nation,” he said.

The President urged the governor-elect to always remember that the electorate expects unreserved commitment to delivering results that directly impact their lives and families

Federal Government Declares Monday As Public Holiday

Monday is public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Monday, October 1 , 2018 as public holiday to commemorate Nigeria’s 58th Independence Anniversary.
The federal government made the declaration in a statement issued by the Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Thursday in Abuja.
The statement was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr Mohammed Umar.
Dambazau, who congratulated Nigerians on the anniversary, urged them to sustain President Muhammadu Buhari Administration’s efforts at maintaining and strengthening the unity and peace of the country.
He emphasized government’s commitment to promoting national unity, economic growth, social and political development based on democratic principles.
The minister added that in the past 58 years, Nigeria had made a lot of progress and positive impact not only on the lives of its citizens but also on infrastructure development as well as international relations.

Compromise And Be Sacked, Oshiomhole Warns State APC Chairmen

Primaries: Compromised And Be Sacked, Oshiomhole Warns State APC Chairmen

The APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has warned the state party chairmen against actions that would expose them as working for the emergence of preferred candidates ahead of primary elections that start tomorrow with presidential primary.

Oshiomhole, who gave the warning when he handed over membership registers to all state chairmen, including that of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for onward distribution to wards, said erring party officials could be sacked for mismanagement of the process.

He said the party chairmen could be sacked or sanctioned individually and collectively for open endorsement of aspirants, mutilation of membership registers, and hoarding of membership cards to favour certain aspirants, among other breache

There Will Be Consequences If The PDP National Convention Venue Is Changed – Nyesom Wike

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that there will be consequences if the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) succumbs to pressures from planted PDP presidential aspirants to move the party’s National Convention away from Port Harcourt.

He further declared that the state will not support any desperate PDP presidential aspirant who is sabotaging the economy of the state by fighting the hosting of the party’s presidential primary in Port Harcourt.

Mr Wike warned that Rivers People will teach the party a bitter lesson if it allows planted desperate presidential aspirants to scuttle the hosting of the presidential primary in Port Harcourt as agreed by all leaders of the party.

Osun Re-Run 2018 Situation Report


Voting process has commenced on a peaceful note in Oshogbo and the turn out of voters is impressive.

Voters are patiently on queue waiting to get accredited and vote.

Security arrangement is perfect and there has not been any incident of security breach so far.

We will keep you posted as events unfold.

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My Interest Is In Good Governance – Omisore

Rerun: My interest is in good governance of Osun State, Omisore says

After over 72 hours of pressure on him by both the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has said that what is paramount to him is the practice of true democracy in Osun State.

Omisore firmly states that he will never renege on his promise of good governance, accountability and human dignity in Osun state.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Omisore said “Osun state has always been a stellar example of democracy where the people have consistently and freely expressed their franchise to determine who governs them. This should remain so. Osun people have shown that it is not business as usual. It is a positive deviation from what was hitherto the norm.

I am telling my people that they should go with any political party that believes in what we in the SDP stand for; good governance, social justice and accountability. I have already detailed how we planned to restore Osun to the path of good governance through the five thematic pillars in the manifesto I shared during the electioneering. I will not negotiate for personal gains and abandon my people.

“My alliance is with the people of Osun state irrespective of the political party they belong. I want my people to be treated with the dignity they deserve. I desire that they have a government that will be accountable to them. I want them to experience the good governance the founding fathers of this state envisaged. I have told the parties that have solicited for my support to approach the electorates and ask for their mandate as I have assured them that I will not coerce them for political or social power. It is because I have kept my promise that has made me enjoyed their unalloyed support all these years.

As highlighted in SDP manifestos, the five thematic pillars the SDP had hoped to implement to improve governance, eliminate financial reckless and reposition the economy of Osun state include: Economic management and accountability; Professionalism and performance; Equity in access to service; Local content and innovation and Security. To this end, he has said to all Nigerians that this is the centre point of his campaign and “democracy we both fought for and believe in. It is the right and democratic freedom of people to choose by their own free will. Their votes should not be coerced by money, vote buying, intimidation in form of militarisation, political and social power.

“Their voices of demand for good governance, accountability and human dignity should continue to be heard as well as salaries paid. All these are what I stand for and which the SDP had promised the people all through our electioneering campaigns. They are still paramount to me as we collectively chart the way forward for the governorship elections rerun in Osun state.”

Senator Omisore assured his followers and admirers that he will not abandon his campaign promises even as he engaged all stakeholders on the way forward to ensure the progress of Osun state is achieved.

Jide Fakorede
Media Aide, Senator Iyiola Omisore
26th, September 2018