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Ondo APC Begs Olusola Oke Not To Leave

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Olusola Oke, Ondo APC Aspirant The crisis-ridden All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has begged Olusola Oke, a chieftain of the party, to reconsider his threat of dumping the party. Last week, many supporters of Oke had showed their grievances with the way the governing party was being run like an "occult group". The supporters, who converged for a meeting at the residence of Oke at Ijapo Estate of Akure, expressed preparedness to leave the party for a new platform.  At the meeting, Oke also aired his own grievances, noting that he had been rejected, marginalized and humiliated by leaders of the party since his defection to APC.   But a statement on Wednessday by Alex Kalejaye, Publicity Secretary of the APC in Ondo State, denied all the claims of rejection ...

BREAKING: ‘20,000 APC Members’ From Akpabio’s Home Defect To PDP

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Twenty thousand members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Essien Udim, the home of Godswil Akpabio, former Governor of the state, on Tuesday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the ruling party has said. But the occasion was marred by an attack by hired thugs, with Moses Ekpo, Deputy Governor of the state, among party stakeholders and government officials to escape by the skin of their teeth. The highlight of the reception for the new members, held at the Unity Hall of Essien Udim Local Government Council headquarters, was a massive declaration of support for Governor Udom Emmanuel by former and serving chapter and ward executive council members of the APC. Prince Ukpong Akpabio, younger brother and former aide of the immediate past Senate Minority Leader, as well as...

Shettima Swears In 21 Commissioners Seven Months Before End Of His Tenure

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Kashim Shettima, Governor of Borno state, has sworn in 21 newly appointed commissioners to serve as members of the State Executive Council. This comes seven months before the end of the governorship tenure of Shettima, who was first sworn in as Governor in 2011 and will quit the post on May 29, 2019. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Government House, Maiduguri, on Monday and was administered by the acting Chief Judge of Borno State, Justice Fadawu Umoru. The event was held amidst tight security, and attended by an unprecedented crowd, including supporters from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. The Governor had dissolved the former cabinet a week before the election of APC candidates to allow some of the aspirants, who were commissioners, participate...

Lagos APC Presents Hamzat As Sanwo-Olu’s Running Mate

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The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has officially presented Dr Femi Hamzat as the deputy governorship candidate for the state. The announcement was made at the party secretariat on Sunday. At the event, which was attended by party executives in the state, Hamzat was officially declared the running mate to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the APC governorship candidate. Hamzat was born in 1964 in Lagos and holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering and M.Sc. in Crop Processing Engineering, both from the University of Ibadan. He also has a doctorate degree in System Process Engineering from Cranfield University, England. He was appointed Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in Lagos State in 2011. Elections Politics News AddThis :  Featured Image :&n...

Rancour In APC Deepens As Amosun Rips Into ‘Offshore Rigger’ Oshiomhole

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Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun State, has berated Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), accusing him of not submitting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Party Candidate Form (CF001) to any of the 26 candidates that won the primaries for the tickets to contest for the Ogun State House of Assembly. According to the Governor, "Oshiomhole, who became the APC Chairman barely three months ago, is already threatening to write the epitaph of the party in his 100 days of ignominy." He stated this in response to the comments credited to Oshiomhole on the controversy trailing the primaries held in the state. A statement signed by Adedayo Adeneye, the Ogun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, on Saturday, noted tha...

‘He’s Not Qualified To Run The Economy — Ezekwesili Punctures Atiku’s ‘So-Called’ Business Acumen

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Oby Ezekesili, presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), says the People Democratic Party’s (PDP) recent statement on fuel price shows that its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar is ignorant about the economy. PDP had said on Thursday that Atiku had already “worked out a pricing template that will immediately crash the pump price of fuel in the country, since the Buhari-led APC administration, in its insensitivity, has failed to do the needful in the last 3 years”.  “Our party is talking with top international players in the oil and gas industry, and this engagement has shown that the appropriate pump price of fuel in the Nigerian market, under the current subsidy regimes of the Buhari Presidency, should be within the borders of N87 to N90,” it said.

Aggrieved Kaduna APC Aspirants Vow To Work Against The Party

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A group of aggrieved aspirants who participated in the just-concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries in Kaduna State, have vowed to work against the party in the 2019 general election. A source close to the aspirants revealed that the showdown is inevitable and cuts across local, state and federal governments, noting that some of those who won the election but had their names substituted with preferred candidates of Governor Nasir el-Rufai, decided to remain with the party to enable them take their own 'pound of flesh'. He cited how a candidate for Kawo North Constituency of State House of Assembly, Yusuf Salisu, who polled 99 votes ahead of his rival who came second with 44 votes, was replaced with one Ali Shakkis during the primaries. He also cited the case of on...

BREAKING: ‘US Officials’ Have Signalled Atiku To Come For Visa, Says Gbenga Daniel

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Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has received “signals from American officials” to apply for visa and it would be granted, Gbenga Daniel, Director-General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Orgsanisation (APCO), has said. Atiku is widely believed to be wanted for alleged corruption in the US, and this is usually identofied as the reason he has not stepped on American soil for several years. However, Daniel, a former Governor of Ogun State, said on Wednesday that the corruption perception about Atiku “appears to have been flogged”, as “there have been signals from the American officials that he should indeed come forward; they want him to come so that they would grant him visa”. "This issue of corruption perception appears to have been overflogg

JUST IN: Governors Announce N22,500 As New Minimum Wage

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The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) on Tuesday night announced that it has settled for N22,500 as the new minimum wage for government workers in the country.  The announcement came hours after national leaders of organised labour mobilized public workers for rallies and insisted the November 6 nationwide strike will go on as planned. Labour has been demanding for N30,000 as new minimum wage while the federal government has declared intention to pay N24,000. But in a communiqué issued at the end of second emergency meeting of the NGF in Abuja, the governors explained that the salaried workers constitute not more than five percent of the total working population. They also noted that the interest of the larger population was taken into consideration before arriving at the N22,500 new na

Garba Shehu Warns Nigerians About PDP: No Matter Their Sweet Words, Don’t Believe Them

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Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of "murdering opponents of government". He also accused the opposition party of "abusing the judicial system" by going to court to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari's West African Examination Council (WAEC) certificate. He stated this on Monday, via his Twitter handle, where he warned Nigerians thus: "No matter their sweet words, don't believe them". His post read: "We have read that the failed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is going to court to challenge the President’s West African School Certificate (WASC). This is a waste of time because we have the record of this and of higher qualifications obtained by hard work and truly merited by Mr President. Th