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Oshiomhole, Odigie-Oyegun reconciled at Edo APC meeting



Two former national chairmen of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and Adams Oshiomhole, have agreed to bury their differences and work together for the progress of the party.

The accord was struck at a stakeholders’ meeting of the party attended by other APC leaders in Benin, Edo State.

They also hailed the Edo State Caretaker Committee of the party led by Col. David Imuse (retd.) for the success of the just-concluded membership registration across the 18 local government areas of the South-South states.

Odigie-Oyegun said, “Let us put the past behind and let us look at the future. I belong to APC, body and soul.

“Every member of the party, including the party’s leaders, has contributions to make for the improvement and success of the party. No individual can be greater than the party.”

Odigie-Oyegun, who is also the Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Ibadan (UI), urged the APC members to always speak with one voice.

Oshiomhole also called on the APC members in Edo State to close ranks and work harmoniously with the leadership of the party in the state and other levels in the overall interest of the party.

Imuse lauded all APC members in Edo State for the success of the just-concluded membership registration, stressing that the turnout of Edo residents who joined the party was quite impressive, despite being the main opposition party in the state.

The Edo caretaker chairman of APC said, “Right now, APC has a very credible and reliable data base of its members in every unit across the entire country. Our party is now a stronger and more united party as a result of the exceptional membership registration.

“The implication of this healthy development is that in subsequent free and fair elections, our party is confident of undisputable victory.

“But this does not mean that we should rest on our oars. We must stay focused, awake, and be alert to the whiles of our opponents.

“We must keep working as one, united and indivisible members of the APC so that we can stop them (political opponents) very early in their nefarious tracks.”

The stakeholders meeting had in attendance a member of the Board of Trustees of APC, Prince Malik Afegbua; a former governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimhen Osunbor, and his then deputy, Chief Lucky Imasuen.

Also in attendance were former Edo State deputy governor, Dr. Pius Odubu; some members of the National Assembly, including Senator Francis Alimikhena, Dennis Idahosa, Patrick Aisowieren and members of the state’s caretaker committee, among other stakeholders.


Aggrieved Kwara APC members dump party, form ‘Third Force’



Thousands of aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State have dumped the party and formed a new political group, Kwara Third Force.
This followed years of irreconcilable crisis that has polarised the party that won last general elections, including the governorship poll, on a sweeping ‘O to ge’ movement.
A faction loyal to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq had been at loggerhead with that of the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, and other splinter groups, over the control of the party, leading to the replacement of Bashir Bolarinwa with Sanmari Abdullahi as the state chairman of the party.
The aggrieved APC members, who included senatorial chairman, ward chairmen, local government chairmen, women leaders, youth leaders, as well as APC party stalwarts across all the 16 local government areas, among others, in IIorin accused the national leadership of the party of supporting the political agenda of the governor.
They also accused the state governor and his loyalists in the party of alleged disenfranchisement in the recent membership registration and revalidation exercise.
The people tore their APC membership cards and burnt the party symbol of brooms.
He said, “As you are all aware, Kwara APC has been enmeshed in one crisis or the other almost immediately after the party’s primary, stretching into the campaign period and lingering up to date.
“The crisis has got to its peak with the recent concluded APC membership revalidation and registration exercise in the state that was flawed with deliberate policies and grand orchestration to deregister and disenfranchise selected members of the party.
“The success of a political party is anchored on its popularity, intra party membership cohesion, integrity and sincere commitment to the service of the masses. All these are glaringly diminishing in Kwara APC as it is now.”
He also said, “A grand design that denied majority of party members the opportunity to register and revalidate their membership across the state is a 2023 permutation agenda. We can never cross our fingers and watch the game from the sideline.

“The deliberate inaction to address the lingering crisis in Kwara APC has become obvious to all discerning minds that the agenda to deregister and refusal to revalidate thousands of members across the state was a grand plot that has the backing of the National Caretaker Committee of the party.
“From the highlighted points above, we the over 20,000 card-carrying members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which includes Senatorial chairman Kwara Central, local government party chairmen, local government women leaders, youth leaders, ward chairmen, as well as APC party stalwarts across all the sixteen local government areas in the state hereby denounce APC and form a Kwara Third Force for the yearning and betterment of Kwarans at large
“We are, therefore, calling on all well-meaning Kwarans to shun violence, unnecessary struggle and agitation on account of desperation to belong to a party that has thrown away a large chunk of its members.”

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Guterres appoints Amina Mohammed as UN deputy secretary-general for second term



António Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), has asked Amina Mohammed to serve as deputy secretary-general for a second term.

On Friday, Guterres was re-appointed as the secretary-general of the UN for a second term by the general assembly.

His second term starts on January 1, 2022, and will run for a period of five years.

Guterres succeeded Ban Ki-moon in January 2017 as the ninth secretary-general.

Speaking with journalists after taking the oath of office for a second term, Guterres said he had extended an offer to Mohammed to continue in office.

“After being elected, I have the pleasure to invite the deputy secretary-general to remain in my second mandate and I hope she will accept,” he said.

Mohammed, who was standing behind Guterres at the press briefing, responded with the comment “absolute honour”.

Before her appointment in 2017, she was Nigeria’s minister of environment under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

She had also served as the special adviser to Ban Ki-moon on post-2015 development planning, which focused on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development goals.

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It’s Enugu East’s turn to produce governor, Speaker, Nwobodo, others tell Ugwuanyi



The people of Enugu East Senatorial District of Enugu State comprising leaders of political, religious and traditional institutions, on Thursday, converged on the popular Michael Okpara Square, Enugu, for a mega rally, requesting Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to uphold the long established rotational template with regards to the office of the governor of the state by lending his support for the district to produce his successor in 2023.

Speaking at the well-attended rally, themed “Oganiru Enugu East Senatorial District”, the Convener and Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi,  said that the only agenda of the gathering was to demand for the governorship seat of the state in 2023 in the spirit of equity, fairness and justice, stressing that it is the turn of Enugu East Senatorial District going by the long established rotational template in the state.

“Your Excellency, your own will not be different. We are waiting for you to make a decision on your choice of your successor from any of the six local government areas of Enugu East Senatorial District and we will support the person overwhelmingly,” Rt. Hon. Ubosi said.

Aligning with the Speaker’s speech, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye announced that the party has zoned its governorship position in 2023 to Enugu East Senatorial District.

Nwoye eulogized Ugwuanyi for his uncommon leadership qualities as a peaceful, humble and development-oriented governor, saying: “When you have peace you have order; when you have peace you have development, you (Ugwuanyi) are a peaceful governor and you have brought peace to our people.”

In his speech, the former governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo, expressed optimism that Ugwuanyi would  endorse his successor from the zone, pointing out that “Gburugburu is a peace-maker.”

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