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Benue APC conducts gov’ship primary rerun Thursday across 11 LGAs



The national leadership of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) has constituted, the Benue State Governorship Rerun Primary Elections Committee to conduct the governorship re-run of the party in 11 local government areas of the state.

The party also constituted the Rerun Primary Election Appeal Panel to handle any contentious issues that may arise during the election.

Chairman of the Appeal Panel is Umar Kolo, while Dr. Kabir Habib and Engr Umar Ibrahim will serve as member and secretary respectively.

Nigerian NEWSDIRECT reports that the Five-man Committee for the election is headed by Senator Basheer Lado; its members of the Committee are Baba Liman, Yakubu Adamu and Ahmed Attah, while Margaret Duru is to serve as Secretary of the Committee.

Meanwhile, the APC in Benue State said twelve aspirants are featured for the governorship re-run billed to be held in 137 council wards of the 11 Local Government Areas of the state in which the re-run is to hold on Thursday.

The APC Benue State Organising Secretary, James Orenuga disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen in Makurdi shortly after receiving the Chairman and members of the rerun primary elections Committee at the APC secretariat on Thursday.

He explained that initially, 13 aspirants contested during the primary election proper, adding that one of the aspirants has defected to the Labour Party.

Austin Agada, the State Chairman of APC in Benue who corroborated the report of the Organising Secretary explained that some of the aspirants have declared their intentions to withdraw from the contest and support Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia.

He however pointed out that even though the national secretariat of the party had accepted their decision, it requested the affected aspirants to declare their intentions to withdraw from the race in writing.

Earlier, Senator Basheer Lado, Chairman of the Five-man, Committee saddled with the responsibility of conducting the re-run primaries in the state said elections would be conducted in 137 wards of the 11 LGAs of the state.

Lado who was represented by a member of the Committee, Baba Liman noted that the elections would be by direct primaries.

The Committee Chairman prayed God to help the party in the conduct of the election as He has always done, so that they would complete their task in the shortest possible time.

He expressed hope that the Committee would announce the results of the election by midnight on Thursday.

Austin Agada, the State APC Chairman appreciated members of the party for

keeping faith with the APC.

He assured APC members in the affected LGAs that he was in touch with all the stakeholders for the election, adding that adequate security has been provided by the relevant security agencies and the electoral body.

The rerun delegation addressing stakeholders in Makurdi


We are overhauling our internal democracy against 2027 — Bauchi LP



By Rauf Oyewole, Bauchi

The Acting Chairman, Bauchi State chapter of the Labour Party (LP), Alhaji Mohammed Sabitu Aliyu has said that the party is poised at overhauling its internal democracy for a formidable outing in 2027.

Sabitu said this in Bauchi on Monday while addressing some supporters, support groups, aspirants who contested for various positions in the 2023 polls and other stakeholders of the party from across the local government areas of the state who gathered for Sallah/Easter get together organised at the party’s secretariat.

He said that, “We are working tirelessly not only to ensure that the Labour Party is united but to brighten its chances in future elections in Bauchi state and in the country in general. LP is a party with so much promise and that is the more reason we are assiduously working to bring everyone on board towards a successful outing come 2027.”

The LP chairman also enjoined all the aggrieved party stakeholders to think of the party above all other interests.

While explaining why he believed the Labour Party is more popular than other political parties in the country, he said the party’s popularity stems from the frustration of Nigerians with other political parties, including the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

According to him, “The future of the Labour Party is bright. Nigerians have tried PDP and APC and are now more aware, informed and more experienced, and they now know better that the only hope of the common man is the Labour Party.

“I’m assuring Nigerians,we know the problems, challenges and they have been identified, and the modalities and mechanisms are on ground to tackle them if given the opportunity to govern the country.”

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Ignore Ganduje’s purported suspension – Kano APC



The All Progressives Congress (APC), Kano State chapter, has urged the public to ignore the purported suspension of the national chairman of the party, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.

The secretary of the party in the state, Alhaji Zakari Sarina, told the newsmen on Monday in Kano that the supposed suspension of Ganduje by any group of individuals was null and void.

He said the suspension, which was announced on Sunday by a faction of the party, came from non-members of the party.

“It is impracticable for non-members to slam a national officer with suspension without recourse to laid down procedures as enshrined in the party’s constitution.

“I must make it clear, that we are undeterred by the activities of these impostors because.

Their style lacks finesse and sophistication and has further exposed their political naivety where Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is an acclaimed master.

“From available records, those behind the latest oddity are political jobbers who have offered themselves for pecuniary benefits at behest of dignity“, Sarina alleged.

According to him, they don’t belong to progressive because a good thing party member will not work towards destroying a legitimate member who was governor for 8 years and rose to become a national chairman.

“It is because they are outsiders, they are simply not aware of the internal workings, or ground rules of the APC on disciplinary actions, hence they resort to poor strategy that cannot stand logic, and reasons.

“We from ward, local government level and state are solidly behind our leader who has contribute positively towards the political growth of our party’’, he told NAN.

Sarina alleged that leader of the group who announced the purported Ganduje’s suspension was a member of New Nigeria People’s Party who contested but lost the counselorship election in Ganduje ward.

He advised the media to be cautious of those who seek to use their platforms to promote falsehood.

“The media should, as a matter of fact, scrutinise issues that are of paramount to the growth of democracy by being the driver of democracy’’, he said.

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Thugs attack Edo APC meeting, former lawmaker, woman leader, husband injured



By Elvis Omoregie, Benin

A meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, yesterday ended in violence as thugs allegedly loyal to one of the leaders attacked a former federal lawmaker, Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, woman leader, husband and injured many others.

The attack was said to have been carried out by the thugs at the installation ceremony of a former federal lawmaker as the ‘Apex Leader’ of the APC in the Local Government.

Hardly had the meeting started when the suspected hoodlums and political thugs struck, inflicting injuries on those present, with the woman leader of the local government and her husband currently hospitalised.

They also damaged vehicles and chairs and carted drinks and other items away from the venue of the meeting, which took place on Dumez Road in Benin, the Edo State capital.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the attack, Agbonayinma said, “The APC local government chairman, Sunny Ogbewe, called me that the leaders of Ikpoba-Okha were coming to meet with me to rub minds with me on the way forward for the party in the local government area.

“However, it was a sad story. People who are close to me led many others to the venue, destroyed, and beat up the woman leader and her husband. Both of them are in the hospital as I speak.

“They also vandalised vehicles, broke chairs and tables and carted away drinks. This is not how politics should be played. Going violent and beating up elderly persons?

“For some time, the people of the local government have been appealing to me to come and take a leadership position. But I have not shown interest because of what I have gone through. I lost my son and I am still going through trauma.

“They came here to appeal to me to be the apex leader of Ikpoba-Okha.”

Agbonayima, while addressing the meeting after security was beefed up at the venue, vowed that those who carried out the attack “will pay dearly for all they have destroyed,” even as he disclosed that the attackers also left with a generating set brought to power equipment for the meeting.

He said it was tough for him to accept the honour the APC members of the local government bestowed on him to be their “Apex Leader.”

“This opportunity is given to me, I will not take it for granted. I will not disappoint you,” he said, adding that he would consult before making decisions, urging party members to respect their leaders at all levels.

Participants at the meeting condemned the attackers and called for severe sanctions to serve as a deterrent to others who might want to take such action in the future.

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