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Rivers APC, national office lock horns as Aguma claims being chairman

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A former member of the House of Representatives, Igo Aguma, says he remains Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s caretaker committee in Rivers State

Aguma in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Livingstone Wechie, said the dissolution of all structures of the APC by the National Caretaker Committee had no effect on the Rivers chapter because of pending cases in courts.

He dismissed as nullity the inauguration of Isaac Ogbobula as the caretaker committee chairman and his swearing in of caretaker committees in local government areas and ward levels.

He described Ogbobula and others involved in the ceremonies as impostors and members of Rotimi Amaechi Political Group.

He said Rivers APC had no structures apart from the state’s caretaker committee consisting of statutory members of the party and led by Aguma as declared by the court.

He said, “The so-called inauguration on December 13 of local government chapters of Amaechi Political Group (APG) by an impostor Mr. Isaac Ogbobula has nothing to do with the All Progressives Congress APC in Rivers State.

“For emphasis, the inauguration is that of an aggrieved set of people within the APC in Rivers state consisting followers of His Excellency Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation.

“The National Executive Committee of the APC during the last NEC meeting announced the dissolution of all existing structures of the Party from Wards, Local Government, State, Zonal and National levels and directed that all existing structures should now function as Caretaker Committees.

“It is on record that the APC has no existing structures in Rivers state at all levels apart from the State Caretaker Committee led by Rt. Hon. Igo Aguma made up of statutory members whose Chairmanship as declared and the Court and still subsisting.”

Wechie said there were pending appeals up to the Supreme Court on the leadership of the party in Rivers and none of the cases had upturned the subsisting judgement of the court that declared Aguma as the acting caretaker committee chairman of the APC in Rivers.

He said, “It is important to note that the desperate actions of Isaac Ogbobula and the Amaechi Political group is only aimed at misleading the unsuspecting Public and a section of the APC who are not well informed on the true position of things.

“Isaac Ogbobula knows that he lacks the political pedigree and legitimacy to be the Chairman of APC in Rivers state. His actions best qualify him as a stooge and appendage of the godfather of APC Rivers, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi whose glory is done away with, now living in that same past glory that can only out to destroy our Party.

“At best, the charade was a gathering of renegades left in the expired Amaechi Political Group.

“For the records, the purported resolution by NEC has no binding effect on Rivers State because APC already had a legitimate caretaker committee chaired by Rt. Hon. Igo Aguma as declared by the Court and so there was nothing to convert since there was no elected structure in place.

“The purported resolution by NEC was that the existing elected structures of the Party be converted to Caretaker Committees and this was already in place in Rivers State APC.

“It is also pertinent to remind everyone that this was the same route that that party took at the dictates of the godfather of the state chapter, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, making it impossible for our dear party to field candidates for elective offices in the party in our dear state during the 2019 General Election which dashed the hopes of the candidates and party faithful towards the realization of his vow to destroy APC in the state.”

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Why I dumped APC, Kano party chieftain, Doguwa

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Why I dumped APC, Kano party chieftain, Doguwa

A former Senator representing Kano South senatorial zone, Senator Mas’ud El-Jibril Doguwa, on Friday, said he is dumping the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC because the party’s policies were anti-people oriented.

Doguwa in a statement made available to newsmen in Kano, said he resolved to dump the party alongside his supporters because the party’s policies do not align with their political ideology.

The former Senator said the party prioritize policies that cause more harm than good to the ordinary citizens of this country.

The close ally of the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, however, announced their return to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

According to him, “we have discovered, after careful appraisal of the activities of the APC governments, that many of their policies are anti peoples oriented, which do not align with our political ideology. They prioritize policies that cause more harm than good to the ordinary citizens of this country.

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“Based on the foregoing therefore, we heed to the instruction of our elders and the advice of our political associates, to hereby announce that, we as a group have taken the bold decision to return to our political base, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to continue as full pledged members.

“We have taken this decision without any prejudice or malice to any individual or groups of persons.

“This decision is consequent upon a series of wide-range consultations with our people who believe that APC, at all levels, does not take advantage of our long-standing experience in politics and governance. As members of the APC, we feel we are being grossly underutilized, as we are rarely involved in any forum to discuss and share our experiences for the development of the Party, the State or the Nation.

“An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. We believe that, in politics, as in other fields of human endeavour, activity ranks paramount. If you make players in any given field redundant, they are bound to struggle to create activities for themselves, somewhere outside the party. Experienced politicians do not want to stay idle.

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Factional NNPP dissolves NWC, affirms Kwankwaso’s expulsion

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Governor Abbah Yusuf and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso

Factional NNPP dissolves NWC, affirms Kwankwaso’s expulsion

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) recently made significant decisions during its meeting on May 27, 2024.

Among the resolutions announced, the NEC dissolved the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Mr. Ajuji Ahmed and Mr. Dipo Olayokun, appointing Dr. Agbo Gilbert Major as the new National Chairman and Comrade Oginni Olaposi Sunday as National Secretary.

The NEC also upheld the six-month suspension of Governor Abbah Yusuf of Kano State and confirmed the expulsion of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso from the party.

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These actions were taken following the party’s adherence to its constitution and the findings of its Fact Finding Committee (FFC) and Conflict Resolution Committee (CRC).

Additionally, the party emphasized its commitment to transparency and legal compliance, particularly in supporting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with relevant information on alleged financial improprieties involving party members.

Furthermore, the NNPP reiterated the sanctity of its 2022 amended constitution and reaffirmed the leadership at its national headquarters in Abuja, located at Willands Plaza, Wuse Zone 4. The party emphasized that no other parallel offices would be recognized as the National Headquarters.

The communique, jointly signed by Umar Jibril and Omolara Johnson, underscored the party’s commitment to electoral transparency, calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to update its records to reflect the new leadership under Dr. Agbo Gilbert Major and Comrade Oginni Olaposi Sunday.

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Factional NNPP NEC insists Kano gov remains suspended for six months

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Factional NNPP NEC insists Kano gov remains suspended for six months

The suspension placed on Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State as a member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has not been lifted, the party has said.

According to the NNPP, the suspension of the governor from the party will remain till December.

The party made the disclosure in a statement by the Party’s National Secretary, Mr Oginni Olaposi Sunday in Abuja.

Sunday disclosed that the party would be holding a strategic stakeholders meeting in Abuja later this month to address pressing internal matters affecting the party, adding that all party leaders and elders across the country are expected to attend.

Sunday explained that critical issues affecting the 23 years old political party would be discussed and strong decisions taken to further reinforce the expulsion of its Presidential Candidate in the 2023 general election, Rabiu Kwankwaso; Elder Buba Galadima and the entire national working committee led by Dr Ahmed Ajuji.

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He further stated that the stakeholders meeting is very important to the leadership of NNPP for the advancement of democracy and development of the party ahead of the 2027 general elections.

“The personal commitment of all stakeholders and elders in terms of capacity and participation shall be of great advantage to the success of the meeting.

“All members, most especially those holding very sensitive positions of great responsibilities are compulsorily mandated to attend this coming meeting.

“All elected members on the platform of NNPP should equally understand the consequences of anti-party activities ahead of the 2027 general election if they boycott the meeting.

“And for the record, Kwankwaso, Galadima and the entire members of the Former National Working Committee led by Dr Ahmed Ajuji remain expelled from the NNPP.

“Also the Governor of Kano State, Abbah Yusuf remains suspended till December,” he stated.

According to the national secretary, the NNPP’s constitution is supreme for all members without prejudices to the grand norm of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“It is our hope that INEC would take responsibility to respect the essence of internal democracy and inherent objectives for growth and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria,” he added.

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