The South-east caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the National Assembly on Monday, passed a vote of confidence on the interim leadership of the party led by Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe.
Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu who is the leader of the caucus, made the declaration when he led other lawmakers from the party to the APC secretariat.
Kalu extolled the leadership qualities of the Buni-led committee , saying “his leadership will bring about required unity among the various members and chapters of the party.”
According to him, peace has been restored in the party under the leadership of Buni.
He, however, on behalf of the caucus, admonished the Buni-led national leadership to instill transparency, fairness and justice across all strata of the party before emergence of substantive executives at the national level .
“We need more openness in the party, in order to promote transparency within the party because once the party has transparency in operating in all their activities, things will be easier.
“It is easier to win election with popular candidates. It is difficult to win elections when people are imposed. We should avoid imposition of candidates.
“You are a very experienced party administrator and governor of the state and you are also very experienced in handling party matters.
“The caucus of the South-east APC want to congratulate you; to enjoin other party members and to reassure you that we are going to work with you and infact, pass vote of confidence on this working national executives,” he said.
He assured the national leadership of the party of better electoral performances in subsequent elections from the South eastern geo- political zone.
” I want to specially congratulate and to tell you that we are solidly behind you and we shall support you in your quest to do everything transparently,” he said.
Also speaking, Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Hon. Nkeiru Onyejeohca advocated encouragement and inclusion of women in the party’s activities and elective positions.
“We are going to embark on constitutional review and I want you to use your office to ensure that you carry everyone along because there is no way we can continue living the way we are living.
“Women are helpmates to the men and in politics if we don’t have enough women coming up on board, that means we are not doing what God says,” she said.
Buni who thereafter reaffirmed the committee’s willingness to work with the south-east caucus, extolled Kalu’s efforts and contributions to the party’s growth and urged him to continue his good work for the party .
He also called on women to take up the responsibility of contesting in elections rather than waiting to be given such positions on a platter of gold .
” I disagree because most times our sisters will come from the position of weakness.
“In APC there was a time we decided to give free nomination forms to women, we did that but there was a very superior argument that came up.
“Which said that the women should come from the position of strength, because you can pay for the forms just the way a man can also pay.
“When we are talking about democracy, democracy is about contests. You have to contest; there are more women that I know that perform more than men, even in the national assembly, you can attest to that,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza
APC congratulates Gov. Obaseki on his re-election as Edo State Governor
Edo election should present a new watershed.
We will work hard to win the Ondo election. Having reaffirmed our commitment to free and fair elections, it is our expectation that all opposition parties in the country will also commit themselves to free and fair contests.
We will therefore accordingly expect congratulatory message from all parties just as we similarly guarantee that once we are defeated in a fair contest, we will congratulate the winner.
May God continue to bless our democracy, our nation and our people!
His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni
Chairman, APC Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committeehttps://nnn.ng/apc-congratulates-gov-obaseki-on-his-re-election-as-edo-state-governor/
Tinubu hails wife at 60
Sen. Bola Tinubu, National Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC), has felicitated with his wife, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, as she clocks 60.
Tinubu, in a tribute on Monday in Lagos, praised the Sen. representing Lagos Central Senatorial District for her perseverance, endurance and independent character.
He appreciated her commitment, humanitarian care for both young, the elderly and the needy, especially for the people of her senatorial district.
The APC leader described Sen. Tinubu as her greatest friend, ally and supporter even at mostly difficult times.
“We are a living symbol of love, care, perseverance and commitment. There are so many moments, twists and turns in our lives.
“During the dark days when democracy was assaulted in this country, we suffered a lot, the family suffered and as a result of that, she was in America while I was criss-crossing Europe.
“It was a very trying period for every one of us as my wife single handedly raised our children.
“We endured and got through all the turbulence and today we are still in positions to serve our nation and serve our people,” he said
The former governor of Lagos who expressed happiness as his wife attained 60, thanked God for sparing their lives and preserving their love together.
“This moment when Nigeria is 60, my wife is also 60. It is a wonderful thing.
“We mark the day with soberness. Soberness because many people pray to live to see today but they could not.
“The pandemic has taken away some of our friends, those close to us.
“Today, some people are still lying critically ill in the hospital. Some children have become orphans as a result of what is happening around the country.
“So, it is a sombre celebration on the occasion of her 60th.
“For Nigeria, turning 60 is also a moment for reflection about all that we have been through and where we are,” he said
Tinubu added that he wished his wife to live longer and for her legacy to be great.
“My wish is for her to live longer, for her legacy to be great, be in good health and continue to enjoy the fruit of her labour.
“I pray she enjoys her children, grandchildren and for all of us to live in good health,” he said.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
No directive to constitute disciplinary c’tee against us — Ojudu, others
Sen. Babafemi Ojudu and 10 others have said that there was no directive from the National Caretaker Committee of All Progressives Congress (APC), mandating the Ekiti chapter of the party to constitute disciplinary committee against them.
Besides Ojudu, Ekiti APC affected members are, Oyetunde Ojo, a former governorship aspirant of the party, Dr Wole Oluyede, Ayo Ajibade, Femi Adeleye and Bunmi Ogunleye.
The rest are, Akin Akomolafe, Bamigboye Adegoroye, Olusoga Owoeye, Dele Afolabi, Toyin Oluwasola, and Ben Oguntuase.
NAN recalls that Mr Sam Oluwalana, Ekiti APC’s Director of Media and Publicity and a member of the committee, had on Sept. 15, said that the party had constituted a nine-man committee to query some party members.
He said that it was over alleged violation of NEC directive by the party members.
The 11 aggrieved members noted that the decision of the Ekiti APC to impose disciplinary measures against them and subsequent invitation were clear violation of their fundamental human rights to seek redress in court when aggrieved.
The affected members stated this in a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee by their counsel, Chief Ademuyiwa Adeniyi, and a copy made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti.
The aggrieved APC chieftains explained that they would not be attending the committee’s invitation.
The aggrieved APC members, through their councel said “it is sub-judice in law with consequences, saying they would not get fair hearing considering comments from members of the committee and leaders of the party.
“The information at the disposal of our clients is contrary to your claim that the National Caretaker Committee of the APC directed the Ekiti chapter to set up Disciplinary committee to try them.
“Sir, looking at the composition of your committee, especially the position of one of your members, the Ekiti APC Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Sam Oluwalana, has already written the report of your committee while addressing newsmen on Tuesday, Sept.,15.
“He went to the extent of calling our clients recalcitrant. You will agree with us that we can not guarantee the impartiality of your Committee.
“Still on the issue of independence and impartiality of your Committee, our Clients have raised serious objection to the venue of your meeting.
“That the composition of your Committee is against the principles of Nemo Judex in causa Sual, that is, no one is judge in his own cause.
“This is one of the cardinal rules of Natural Justice that no person can judge a case in which they have an interest.
“Mr Paul Omotosho that constituted your Committee and to whom all your findings shall be reported to is a party to Suit No. /446/2020.
Adeniyi, however, said clients were ready for the progress, unity of the APC and genuine reconciliation toward putting an end to the crisis in the party.
Edited By: Donald Ugwu
COVID-19: NCDC says Nigeria not testing adequately
Ihekweazu said that the country recorded a 36 per cent decline nationally in August, compared to July, while the positivity ratio dropped from 20 per cent in June to 7 per cent in July.
“You might think that that is good news and we should be celebrating; unfortunately, we cannot celebrate this until we test sufficient numbers in every state in the country.
“One critical issue is the number of tests being done and yes the number of tests have actually declined, but another important indicator that we look at is the test positivity ratio nationally,’’ he said.
According to him, the only states that can confidently celebrate a decline in cases are Lagos and Kano, as well as the FCT, because they have tested high numbers, but the same cannot be said at the National level because some states are not testing.
He decried that the NCDC could not make any interpretation on the data in Taraba Adamawa, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger, Kebbi, Zamfara, Jigawa and Yobe States.
“We do not have enough data coming out of these states to ascertain if we are improving or not or where exactly we are.
“So we have to work together, in summary; it is way too early to make any interpretation whether we are flattening the curve or not, some interpretation can be made in Lagos, FCT, because they are testing enough, but we can’t do this on a national level.’’
The NCDC boss noted that countries that seem to have seen a decline were seeing a resurgence of cases.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NCDC and the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) have launched COVID-19 household Sero-prevalence surveys in selected states in Nigeria, to better understand the burden of the virus in the country.
The surveillance will be carried out in Gombe, Enugu, Nasarawa and Lagos States.
Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo