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The National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has held a closed-door meeting with the Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, Minister for Interior, Rauf Aregbesola and former National Chairman of the ruling party, Chief Bisi Akande.

The meeting held at the residence of Chief Akande in Ila Orangun, Osun State is to broker peace between Oyetola and his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola.

Speaking with journalists after the meeting,  Akande’s media aide and former Osun State Commissioner for Information, Lani Baderinwa, explained that Aregbesola was in Osun to see the former governor as part of the civic engagement directed by President Mohammadu Buhari.

He said, “Aregbesola was here as part of civic engagements as directed by the President not too long ago. He could not have done it alone; he has to come with the sitting governor.

“Whatever is the core of their discussion is not open to me, but I know they are inside. Incidentally, Asiwaju as usual who comes around randomly without anybody knowing was around too. That is what happened today.

“We joined them at the meeting and I believe that as the national leader of the party, he has a stake in the whole scenario. Therefore, there was nothing unusual about the meeting.

“I’m not aware of any problem between Aregbesola and Oyetola. It has always been speculations in the media that they are at loggerheads with each other.”

Aregbesola posted on his Twitter handle that he arrived in Osun State with an entourage from the Ministry of Interior to commence stakeholders’ engagement as directed by President Buhari.

He stated, “Our entourage paid a courtesy visit to our leader and father, Baba Bisi Akande, alongside Governor of Osun State, Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola, in Ila Orangun. Baba advised us on #EndSARS, insecurity amongst other issues.”

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Power tussle as Kano APC nullifies Ganduje’s suspension by his ward 

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Power tussle as Kano APC nullifies Ganduje’s suspension by his ward 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has nullified the suspension of Abdullahi Ganduje, national chairman of the party, by the ward leadership of the party.

The APC executives in the Dawakin Ward under the Tofa Local Government Area of Kano earlier on Monday suspended Ganduje over allegations of corruption levelled against him.

Halliru Gwanzo, legal adviser of the ward, said the suspension would subsist until Ganduje, a former Kano governor, is cleared of the allegations.

But some hours later, the state working committee of the party upturned the suspension order.

Abdullahi Abbas, chairman of the APC in Kano, claimed the ward executives who suspended Ganduje were working with the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

Abbas also announced the suspension of the ward executives for six months.

“We have evidence of meetings between the state government officials and those that suspended the national chairman, and the state working committee has agreed to sanction them for six months and they stand suspended,” the chairman told journalists.

Last week, a Kano High Court ruled that Ganduje should appear before it on April 17 on charges of bribery, diversion and misappropriation of public funds.

He will be arraigned alongside his wife and son.

In 2018, Daily Nigerian, an online newspaper, published a video of Ganduje allegedly receiving bundles of dollars from contractors, which he stuffed into his “babanriga”, a traditional outfit.

The newspaper said Ganduje demanded $5 million as bribe from the contractors who recorded the video.

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BREAKING: Kano ward exco suspends APC national chairman, Ganduje

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National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje

BREAKING: Kano ward exco suspends APC national chairman, Ganduje

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje, has been suspended by members of his ward, the Ganduje Ward in the Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State.

The Executive Council of Ganduje Ward led by Haruna Gwanjo disclosed this during a press briefing in Kano on Monday.

Gwanjo said that the former governor has to clear his name of corruption allegations regarding his long-standing dollar case.

A viral video had captured Ganduje allegedly receiving bundles of dollar notes as a bribe from a man said to be a contractor and stuffing them in the pockets of his flowing gown.

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The video, which garnered widespread attention in 2017, has been the subject of intense scrutiny.

Ganduje had denied the content of the video when it first surfaced and maintained his innocence but years after, the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP)’s administration of Governor Abba Yusuf revisited the case, vowing the prosecute the ex-governor.

The Kano High Court would arraign Ganduje on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 on charges bordering on allegations of bribery, diversion, and misappropriation of funds, including the purported acceptance of $413,000 and N1.38bn in bribes.

The Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Haruna Dederi, had said Ganduje would be arraigned alongside his wife and six others.

The Yusuf administration, which initiated the criminal suit against the eight respondents, had declared its readiness to present 15 witnesses to testify before Justice Usman Na’aba of State High Court.

BREAKING: Kano ward exco suspends APC national chairman, Ganduje

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Soldiers could have fired at Yoruba Nation agitators – Bode George

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Soldiers could have fired at Yoruba Nation agitators – Bode George

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bode George, has said the invasion of the Oyo State House of Assembly complex by the Yoruba Nation agitators is an act of treason.

Indeed, he said if soldiers were the first set of security operatives invited to quel thé situation, they could fire at them for taking up arms against the government.

George stated this on Monday during an interview on Arise Television.

He said what the agitators did amounted to taking up arms against the government.

He said, “You don’t just go and take up arms against your government, it’s treason. That they called Amotekun and the police is something; if it were people from my old profession, they would have seen them as enemies and fired at them.

“I was completely very angry because that is not the way you talk to your government. What could have driven them into that? My conclusion is that they might not be educated. You don’t take up arms against your nation.

“It’s unimaginable; you brought guns and charms. Were they dreaming? It’s unacceptable, it’s the highest breaking of the law of the land. You have your freedom of speech which is the most sensible way to approach this problem. The problem is that this thing never leaked to the intelligence of this nation.

“Agitators carried their weapons in military uniforms, and nobody stopped them on the road.

“You now see the urgent need for state police because they could not have been meeting somewhere if we are well organized like the state police.”

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