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APC Govs shun inaugural campaign council meetin

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Governors who are to serve as State Coordinators in their respective states for the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council for the 2019 election, are conspicuously absent at the inaugural meeting currently holding at the State House Conference Center, Abuja.

The agenda is to consider and approve the structure and operational modalities of the campaign, President Muhammadu Buhari who is chairman of the Council said at the opening session before the meeting went into closed door.

In attendance were  Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the co-chairman of the campaign council, the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who is the deputy chairman of the council.

 

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, the Director General of the campaign team, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, the Director General (Operations), and Waziri Bulama the Deputy Director General (Coordination) were in attendance.

Also in attendance were the zonal directors for the campaign council, North West: Senator Aliyu M. Wamakko, North East: Senator Muh’d Ali Ndume, North Central: Senator Abdullahi Adamu, South West: Sola Oke, South East: Sharon Ikeazor and  South South: Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Other members of the Presidential Campaign Council present were Sen. George Akume, vice chairman North and Sen. Ken Nnamani, vice chairman South, among others.

 

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2023: PDP is reposition to take back power- Tunde Ogbeha

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Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Plateau State,  Sen. Tunde Ogbeha said the party is repositioned to capture power in Plateau and at the National level in 2023.

He noted that the National Working Committee (NWC) drove them to Plateau to reconcile the warring factions and bring together people with different divergent views with the purpose of returning the party to power in 2023.
Sen. Ogbeha disclosed this on Tuesday during a press briefing at the Plateau State PDP Secretariat in Jos, and vowed to bring on board all former Governors, Deputy Governors and critical stakeholders of the party for the purpose of winning all elections.
“The PDP is always ready to take power, it only when you have two wives that you will know who is better. Nigerians have come to know where to pitch their tent; there is no doubt that there are warring factions like any other party.”
He noted that the party from the top is working hard to bring everybody on board, adding that the process has commenced and expressed optimism that it would be successful.
“We will do our best to achieve our mandate or repositioning the party and report back to the National Working Committee of the party. The logical thing to do with the in-flight is to reconcile various interest in the party that are at war with each other.
“If you look at it, there is no party that does not have in-flight. We can not come here and imposed any decision, everything that would be done will be guided by the interest of the party, the interest of the majority of the stakeholders.”
He noted that the Party is well prepared for the October, 2021 Local Government Elections in the state and admonished the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) to do what it is expected of the Commission to ensure that democracy strive.
Sen. Ogbeha said the party will resist any undemocratic act during the poll but believed that the Commission would do the needful.
He urged the media to expose anything contrary to democratic norms in the during the election in the interest of fairness and Justice.

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APC’s Can Only Survive With Effective Leadership Recruitment Process – Gbajabiamila

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep Femi Gbajabiamila has said for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the progressive movement to survive in Nigeria, there must be a deliberate and effective system of leadership recruitment to identify and prepare people, especially the youth, to occupy the important offices of party and government.

Speaking at the 2021 Progressives Youth Conference of the APC in Abuja on Monday, Gbajabiamila said the party needed to identify competent people both at home and in the Diaspora and bring them on board to be “effective champions of progressivism in the country and in government.”

He said this was the practice all over the world, especially in countries where democracy had developed over the years.

The Speaker also said translating good manifestos into policies by political parties remained the foundation for achievements.

“Political party manifestos are a statement of vision and vision is the foundation of all achievements. For a nation such as ours to succeed, we must first define a common vision that will inspire us, bring us together, and provide the focus that allows us to persevere through the inevitable difficult times,” Gbajabiamila.

He noted further: “Political parties exist to mobilise public support to form a government and to superintend over the affairs of the state. To be successful in this regard, political parties must reflect in their membership, the broad spectrum of the society it seeks to govern.

As is the case with all other contractual documents, the commitments contained in the party manifesto are the basis upon which the party’s record in government will be measured and its leaders will be assessed both in real-time and in the judgment of history. As it has been throughout history, so also will it be for us in the All Progressives Congress (APC) as we too will answer for what we have done with our time in government.”

Gbajabiamila also said the most important factor that determined whether a political party in government would succeed in implementing its manifesto would be the process by which the party arrived at the manifesto in the first instance.

 

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LG Poll: Ogun APC members protests against imposition of candidate

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Some aggrieved members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun on Tuesday staged a protest to express their displeasure over alleged imposition of candidate ahead of the July 24 council polls in the state.

The APC members from Abeokuta-North Local Government Area staged the protest at the premises of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) at Oke-Ilewo in Abeokuta.

The protesters said though they still hold their loyalty to Governor Dapo Abiodun, they were opposed to “the choice of a wrong candidate in our area.”

The members frowned at and rejected the alleged imposition of Abdusalam Ayorinde by the APC leadership as the party’s flagbearer for Abeokuta-North council area at the forthcoming polls.

The leader of the group, Babatunde Olajumoke, who addressed journalists, said that the people’s choice was Tajudeen Ishola, whom he said, had been identifying with the people over the years.

Saidat Akinlade, another APC chieftain in the area, explained that the chances of winning the polls in the area is brighter with the candidature of Ishola.

Mrs Akinlade, who restated the loyalty of the members for Gov. Dapo Abiodun, noted that some “selfish” party leaders might have misguided the governor on the choice.

She called on Mr Abiodun to invite Mr Ishola and other party leaders from the local government area and the state for a dialogue on the matter.

“We want the governor to call us for dialogue and hear our own agitations so that the party would continue to record landslide victories in the polls in the area,” she said.

(NAN)

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