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Matane says meeting of SSGs of APC States will be successful



( NAN) The Secretary to the Niger Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane, has expressed confidence that the ongoing Quarterly meeting of Secretaries to the Governments of All Progressives Congress (APC) controlled States holding in Dutse, Jigawa, will be a success.

Matane said the meeting was focusing on developing common policy framework for APC states in the country.

He made the remark in a statement issued by his Information Officer, Lawal Tanko, in Minna on Thursday.

He also said that the roundtable would review progress recorded in Security Trust Fund, Revenue Collection  and Universal Basic Education, among other areas.

The SSG expressed optimism that the meeting would also provide opportunity for exchange of ideas as well as create synergies for improved and workable solutions to the challenges of the sectors.

He said the forum would also afford the SSGs the opportunity to brainstorm, network and share experience with a view to enhancing oversight and implementation of decisions and policies among the APC led administrations.

Matane described the role of SSGs as pivotal to their respective governments and enjoined his colleagues to ensure the sustenance of the platform.

He said the gathering which was the brain-child of the Progressive Governors Forum had since become a veritable platform to peer review among the APC controlled States.(NAN)


Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf


I’m loyal to APC, not factions, says chieftain in Ibadan



Chief Rotimi Ajanaku, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), in Oyo State has distanced himself from activities of various APC factions in the state.

Ajanaku made the declaration in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Ajanaku, a renowned businessman, was House of Representatives candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), for Ibadan South/West/North-West in the 2019 general election.

Ajanaku said that he was not interested in any act capable of polarising any political, business or social association he belongs to.

He said that he preferred to keep his loyalty with the main body and seek its progress.

“Of course, we all know that disunity led to formation of different groups within our party, but if sincerely addressed, normalcy will definitely return.

“Although, I don’t belong to any faction or group in APC, I am a party man and I will not support any move to factionalise the party,” Ajanaku said.

Ajanaku said that he had not been attending political meetings because he was more focused on empowering the youth through employment creation and training.

He wished all the party chieftains well as they continued to find ways of reconciling aggrieved members and move the party forward.

“I wish the leadership of the party success in its bid to reconcile all weary factions and take the party to the next level of progress,” he prayed.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Donald Ugwu
Source: NAN
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Edo: Ogbeh advises Obaseki to run an all-inclusive govt



Chief Audu Ogbeh, a Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has advised the re-elected Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo to run an all-inclusive government.

Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday, he congratulated Obaseki, urging him to involve the opposition in his government to re-unite the state.

Ogbeh who is one of the founding members of APC, called on the governor to work hard for the people of Edo and Nigeria especially in the area of growing the economy.

“I knew Obaseki was going to win because people have accepted him and he has done well in the state.

“Now, I just want to congratulate him, wish him well and ask him to work hard for the people of Edo State and Nigeria especially in the area of growing the economy.

“Every government must know that when there is this kind of situation, it is the government that should lead the people into economic growth.

“Government must lead the people into economic growth and revival; individuals do not have much capacity especially in creating the rural industries, bringing the youths and women into productive activities.

“We wish him well and ask him to bring everybody along including the opposition so that Edo can be re-united,’’ he said.

Obaseki polled 307, 955 votes to defeat his closest APC contender, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who polled 223,619 votes.
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Lagos bye election: I won’t disappoint if elected, says Abiru



The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Lagos East Senatorial bye election, Mr Tokunbo Abiru, on Tuesday promised not to disappoint the people of the district if elected.

Abiru, a former Managing Director of Polaris Bank, made the pledge during a meeting with party stakeholders, community leaders and residents in Somolu.

He said he was contesting the senatorial election to offer quality representation for the people of the district .

“First of all, let me thank you party members for choosing me as the candidate of the party. I am very grateful and I won’t take your support for granted.

“Let me assure you and and all the good people of Lagos East that I will not disappoint if I am elected.

“I will carry on the legacies of those who had represented the senatorial district in the past by offering quality representation.

“My father, Justice Abiru represented this district at the Senate, then Senator Adefuye, Senator Ogunlewe, Senator Mamora, Senator Ashafa, and Senator Osinowo, May bless God his soul.

“These great men did very well; I can’t afford to do less. I will do my best to the service of the people if elected”, he said.

He said he would bring all the competences acquired in the banking sector for about 30 years and in public sector as former Finance Commissioner to bear on the service of the people if elected.

Abiru said he would work with the other National Assembly members to attract more development to Lagos East and the state.

The ex-Polaris Bank boss said Lagos deserved special status being a former Federal capital, saying he would work with others to secure that for the state.

“Also, I will carry out empowerment programmes to uplift the people and promote the prosperity of the senatorial district”, he said.

He urged the people of Somolu and those of other communities to go out en masse on Oct.31 to vote for him and APC.

Abiru also urged party members mobilise others to make the victory emphatic.

Earlier, Chief Kaoli Olusanya, APC Vice Chairman, Lagos East, described Abiru as a credible and competent candidate.

He said the party had no doubts that Abiru would deliver if elected.

Olusanya said just like Abiru stabilised hitherto distressed Polaris Bank as CEO, he would make great impact if elected as senator.

He expressed regrets that votes for APC in the state had decreased over time and urged residents of the senatorial to come out en masse on Oct.31 to prove their support for the party.

“In the 2019 elections ,the entire votes APC got in Somolu for Gov. Sanwoolu were in the region of 40,000, that is not good enough.

“Bariga alone can give that . So, this time around I urge you to go out and deliver at least 100,000 votes for our candidate”, he said.

He said with massive turn out of party members and residents, APC would win by landslide.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was attended by many party members, community leaders, traders and youths.

Some of the prominent APC chieftains at the meeting include Rep Ademorin Kuye(Somolu); a member of the state House of Assembly, Mr Rotimi Abiru(Somolu 2); and another member, Mr Rotimi Olowo (Somolu 1).

The Chairman of Somolu Local Government Area, Mr Ahmed Salau and Chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area, Mr Kolade Alabi, were among those in attendance.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle
Source: NAN
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Edo 2020: Youth group congratulates Obaseki 



Noble Youths Mass Support Association (NYMSA), a youth group, has congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on his victory at the Governorship election held on Saturday.

Mr Godwin Onmonya, the National Coordinator of the group, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, also congratulated the people of Edo over the peaceful conduct of the election.

“The outcome of Edo election has put an end to the era when electoral contests were executed like a war.

“’We congratulate the people of Edo and commend them for the peaceful conduct of the election.

“We commend INEC, the security agencies and all political parties that took part in the election, for demonstrating unwavering support toward the success of the exercise.

“I also want to thank the civil society groups for doing such an excellent job and making great sacrifices. It is our prayer that every election in the country will be peaceful,” he said.

The coordinator, however, appreciated the efforts of the immediate past National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and other stakeholders, for demonstrating the spirit of sportsmanship before, during and after the election.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Obaseki, the incumbent governor, easily won a second tenure after flooring many challengers including APC’s Pastor Pius Ize-Iyamu, who came second.


Edited By: Yakubu Uba and Ephraims Sheyin
Source: NAN
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