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APC crisis deepens as Adamu, Omisore resign

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…Kyari, Fuanter take over helm of leadership

…Caucus, NEC meetings postponed indefinitely

…No provision for Acting Chairman in APC constitution — Fmr APC National Legal Adviser

By Joel Oladele, Abuja

The crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) continues to deepen as the National Chairman and National Secretary of the party have tendered their resignation.

Nigerian NewsDirect gathered that Adamu resigned on Sunday night on the orders of  President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Adamu had in recent times being faced with oppositions within the party following his initial defiance to the ambition of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other zoning arrangements within the party.

Adamu publicly supported the former Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and also threatened to punish Tinubu over his statement in Ogun State where the latter claimed that “but for his support, Buhari would not have become President.”

This has since created bad blood between them as Adamu was said not to fully back Tinubu’s Presidential bid even after securing the party’s ticket in a landslide victory against other aspirants.

Following the electoral victory of President Tinubu, party stakeholders had since called for his resignation and that of the National secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore.

Sources within the party revealed that since the inception of the administration of President Bola Tinubu, some leaders within the party have been calling for his resignation as the President seems not comfortable enough to work with him.

Consequently, there were indications that the initially scheduled National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting was initiated basically to pass a vote of no confidence on him and the National Secretary and remove them from office.

Recall that the APC had scheduled NWC, Caucus and NEC meetings for last week but had to move it to July 17, 18 and 19 respectively owing to internal disagreements and intra-party politics.

It was also gathered  that all members of the NWC “are on the same page” regarding the compulsory resignation of the National Chairman and his Secretary.

The NWC members are  also said to be upset by alleged lack of transparency in the party’s 2022 Account audit, which they said was “surreptitiously  secured and submitted without any of the members signing it.”

Omisore’s resignation happened just as the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC prepared to commence its critical meeting scheduled for 12 noon on Monday.

He was earlier sighted at the meeting at the APC headquarters around 11:20 am yesterday but left the premises shortly after.

Following the resignation of the duo, the caucus and NEC meetings which were initially fixed for July 10 and 11 but were postponed to Tuesday and Wednesday this week have now been suspended indefinitely since the purpose has been achieved prior to the date.

Following the resignation, the Deputy National Chairman (North) of the Party, Senator Abubakar Kyari, took over as Acting Chairman while Barr. Festus Fuanter became National Secretary in acting capacity.

Briefing journalists at the National Secretariat of the Party on Monday, Kyari who presided over the NWC meeting confirmed the resignation of Adamu and the indefinite postponement of the caucus and NEC meetings earlier scheduled for July 18, and July 19, 2023

Earlier on Monday at 10:40am, Kyari’s car was sighted parked in the slot reserved for the National Chairman and led a team of seven other members of the NWC to a meeting in his office.

The new APC Chairman came in with the Deputy National Chairman (South) Emma Enukwu; National Vice Chairman (North West) Salihu Lukman; National Vice Chairman (North East) Salihu Mustapha; National Vice Chairman (North Central) Muazu Bawa; National Vice Chairman (South West) Isaac Kekemeke; National Vice Chairman (South East) Ejoroma Arodiogu, the Deputy National Secretary, Barrister Festus Fuanter, National Leader, PWDs, Tolu Bankole and National Youth Leader, Dayo Israel.

No provision for Acting Chairman in APC constitution — Fmr APC National Legal Adviser

Mr Muiz Banire, former National Legal Adviser of the APC reacting to the resignation of Adamu and Omisore said the APC constitution has no provision for an Acting Chairman.

In a interview on Channels TV monitored by Nigerian NewsDirect, Mr Banire said, “It is not ordinary, there must be few tricks behind it which remain unknown but I am sure the National Executive Council will know.

“Issues of maladministration of funds is not an unlikely issue as issues like this usually come up.

“There is nothing the President will gain by getting rid of him. The President is usually the leader of the party and there is nothing that he (Adamu) could have said that can discredit the President.

“There is nothing he could do without the Presidential directive and that remains the same situation within the APC Constitution.

“I have always said that some people who found their way to the political party are not competent enough to lead a political party like the APC.

“The APC constitution itself never contemplated resignation. At the time I was leaving office we were making plans for an amendment which I was believing will be implemented during the 2022 convention.

“The only provision you can have is where the Chairman is incapacitated and unable to perform his duties so a Deputy Chairman can step in but that’s not the situation now. There is no situation for resignation in the APC constitution.

“If you want to go strictly by zoning, then the Acting Chairman must come from the zone. There must be an emergency convention to address the issue of zoning through which the party will elect a new Natiinal Chairman from a different zone,” Banire added.

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Aggrieved APC Governorship aspirant vows to take legal action against APC

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By Elvis Omoregie, Benin

One of the aggrieved governorship aspirants in the just concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election in Edo State, Hon. Dennis Idahosa has vowed to take legal action against the party.

Idahosa made this known while partaking in a demonstration at the party’s headquarters in Abuja, calling for “fairness” in the just concluded APC primary election in Edo state.

Idahosa, who was earlier announced as the winner of the primary election by the former chairman of the APC primary election Committee and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has also stated that he will take legal action against the party if fairness is not upheld.

He said, “I am not here to make trouble, I am a lawmaker but one thing that we want is justice. Today, I might be a young man but it might be the children of NWC members tomorrow. We have to do the right thing. If we continue to do what is wrong as a country, we are not going to move forward.

“So I am calling on Mr. President to call NWC to order. Elections were held on the 17th of February. What they did on the 22nd was just selection.”

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Edo 2024: LP Chieftain Dr. Okundaye kicks against parallel primaries, says not healthy for democracy 

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By Elvis Omoregie, Benin

A Chieftain of the Labour Party in Edo State, Dr Kingsley Okundaye has described  the purported parallel primary of the Lamidi Apapa faction as unnecessary  saying the unity of the party at this point in time is more sacrosanct than attempting to destroy the party.

The Dr Okundaye who congratulated the former (NBA) National President, Olumide Akpata, as the party’s candidate said his coming will be changing the narrative of the party which the obedient movement had always wanted and will give the party an edge in winning the governorship  election slated for September 21, 2024.

In a chat with journalists in Benin City, Dr Okundaye said that competence and capacity stands out the party’s candidate to win the election.

He said that the party has in the last few years concerned itself with deepening democracy by emphasizing competency and capacity over rotation and other considerations

According to him, “Akpata has come to realise that the election is about people and the people must drive the process and the process will go a long way to re-establish  LP’s commitment to democracy.

“Akpata has come to change the old order; Akpata will be a game changer in the election; he has built enough trust among the people by identifying with the dreams and aspirations of the people.”

Dr Okundaye disclosed that the ‘Obedient’ Movement would continue to be a force in ensuring that LP wins elections in the state

He said that the Labour Party Patriotic Members Congress (LPPMC) has commenced the process of exploring all avenues to address the internal wranglings in the party.

LPPMC is a congregation of stakeholders of LP, including elected party men and women in government at the state and national levels, members of the Obedient Support Group from across the 36 of the federation and Abuja who are committed to strengthening LP’s stronghold and enlarging its support base.

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They are threatening to impeach me — Shaibu raises alarm

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By Elvis Omoregie, Benin

Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, has raised the alarm about a new scheme to impeach him from office after being elected as a factional candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the forthcoming governorship election slated for September 21, 2024.

He said, “Even as we speak, my team has been calling me that, ‘Look at what these people are doing. They are saying they are going to impeach you; that you have gotten too far.’ They are threatening to impeach me.

“And I said, well, if fighting for my rights and all of us collectively fighting for my rights as in the constitution that triggers impeachment, so be it, because fighting for my rights and saying I must contest the election is my constitutional rights and cannot be taken by anybody.

“So if the constitutional right is why they will now trigger impeachment, the courts are there; they will interpret it.”

Recall Comrade Philip Shuaibu had a parallel PDP Primaries against all odds in Edo state at the new deputy governor lounge at Aiguobasimwin GRA Benin to emerge as factional candidate ahead of the election same day Dr Asuen Ighodalo Governor Obaseki preferred candidate also clinched the party ticket at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium both in Benin City.

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