APC clears 12 aspirants for Anambra governorship primary
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress has cleared all the 12 aspirants who paid and picked nomination and expression of interest forms to take part in the party’s governorship primary in Anambra State.
Chairman of the screening panel, who is also the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Agboola Ajayi, said on Saturday in Abuja that all the 12 aspirants were eligible to contest the governorship primary.
The primary holds on August 19 in the state.
Ajayi spoke while presenting his committee’s report, adding that all the aspirants did well and were capable of leading the party in the state.
He said all the aspirants complied with the guidelines and that they all signed an undertaking form assuring that they would all support whoever emerges eventually as the candidate of the party.
The National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, who congratulated the aspirants for being competent to stand for the primary, added that the next phase would be that of appeal panel, should there be any need for such.
He also commended the aspirants, saying, “So far, we have not received any report of violence among all the aspirants.
“We urge you to carry on and we are very hopeful that one of you will eventually emerge as the next governor of Anambra State. ”
Speaking with journalists shortly after he received his clearance certificate, Senator Andy Uba assured members of the party that he would stand with APC, whether he eventually wins the party’s ticket or not; adding that the incumbent governor of the state “must pack his load and go because APC must win Anambra.”
Those interested in the dustbin of Nigeria’s history will one day find APC inside the rubble, among the putrefaction, just beside PDP, and bring out her carcass for examination.
Such students of the dustbin of history will likely conclude that APC’s signature contribution to the Nigerian tragedy is not in the empirical failure to deliver on measurable electoral promises in virtually all areas of national life but in the deadening of the Nigerian mind.
A nation’s mind is lost when the capacity for ironic sentience dies. And no group of Nigerians, at any moment in our chequered national history, has contributed more to the assassination of irony than the confederacy of parochial interests in the leadership of APC.
If blindness to irony stopped within the ranks of APC’s leadership, if it was limited to Governors, Senators, Reps, and other political figures within her ranks, I wouldn’t be so worried. It would be their funeral. I am not in the habit of shedding tears for members of Nigeria’s political elite over their intellectual impecuniosity.
My worry lies in how the leadership of APC has democratized blindness to irony, especially among their followers so effectively. If irony hits you like a Dangote truck and you are unable to recognize it as a citizen, you wear that condition of ignorance like a badge of honour and hit social media for celebration in this APC era.
Chief John Odigie Oyegun fired the first bullet to assassinate irony. APC had just won the election. She was still in that period of grace when the people could excuse anything. Euphoria was still in the air. One message of change that APC could send early and effectively in order to write her name in gold was in the retirement of campaign funds.
The notion of retiring campaign funds is a complete stranger in Nigeria. We have at least two adult generations who have never heard of it because it has simply never been practiced. No Nigerian has ever retired campaign funds. After elections, you privatize the leftover funds, campaign vehicles, and other resources. You keep everything for yourself and distribute some to your cronies. This, of course, is a crime routinely committed by every Nigerian who has ever run for public office: there is no separation between their bank accounts and campaign contributions.
President Buhari, especially, most especially, had a moral and ethical obligation to inaugurate a monumental paradigm shift in our polity by being the first politician to ever retire his campaign funds, especially after making such a show of seeking a loan for the nomination form. He lost that golden opportunity to inscribe his name in gold – as he has frittered away every other opportunity since his election. To this day, President Buhari’s campaign funds have not been retired.
Enter Chief Odigie Oyegun with an early press interview. APC, he assured the nation, was not the party that should retire campaign funds. The onus, he continued, was on PDP to retire her campaign funds. I gasped and nearly had a heart attack when I read such ignorant comments from the Chairman of the President’s party. To this day, Chief Oyegun has not explained the sources of his sick political theory of campaign finance retirement to Nigerians.
The irony was supremely lost on Chief Oyegun and APC. They had campaigned on a mantra of change but were telling Nigerians that the change ought to start with the party they had vanquished! Did PDP promise change? This was the beginning of a history of criminal blindness to irony that has led APC to the dustbin of history.
More tragedy was to come from APC. The party promised financial prudence and frugality. President Buhari held on to the most visible evidence of the long history of financial irresponsibility by the Nigerian Presidency – the harem of presidential jets. No change here. The irony was supremely lost on the changers.
President Jonathan was a junketing President. He traveled the world so irresponsibly that Reuben Abati was forced to pen a funny piece on the gains of President Jonathan’s foreign trips. However, Reuben could not possibly have believed the nonsensical claims he was making in that essay.
Did President Buhari change the paradigm of fruitless and irresponsible presidential trips? For where? He doubled down on it, determined to cover in a few months the air miles that Jonathan covered in five years. But for the unfortunate illness that has largely truncated his trips, President Buhari was approaching a point where he could very much have offered to build an airport for a country without an airport in order to be able to visit such a country. No change here. The irony was supremely lost on the changers.
Fast forward. Roll over two years of daily evidence of blindness to irony on the part of APC and you arrive at restructuring. Suddenly, APC has a committee led by my friend, Nasir El Rufai, whose mandate is to help her understand restructuring and frame her position accordingly. APC’s entire electoral manifesto is a promise of restructuring by other names. They called restructuring all sorts of names in various parts of that document but they cannot possibly pretend not to know that restructuring is what they promised. In some places, they called it devolution. In other places they used other names but it all still comes down to the fundamentals of restructuring: empowering the margins, de-centering the centre, putting an end to Nigeria’s obnoxious financial feeding bottleism from the centre.
All of a sudden, nobody in APC has ever heard of restructuring. They now need a committee to study it, help them understand it, and, Allah be praised, the committee just must comprise all the Governors in their ranks who have declared war on restructuring recently one way or the other! No change here. The irony was supremely lost on the changers.
The most difficult part of APC’s tragedy is the part of their manifesto and agendas pertaining to health and health care delivery in Nigeria. Nigeria would become the Dubai of health facilities within five years and progress on the road to Dubai would start to become noticeable within the first two years. You must, of course, read APC’s manifesto on health in tandem with President Buhari’s campaign statements vigorously condemning foreign medical safaris.
All of these promises have led to the sorry and tragic spectacle of APC Governors and the Party Chairman at a medical safari breakfast table in London. During President Buhari’s first stint in London, it had been the entire leadership of the National Assembly. It is painful to see what these leaders are doing to themselves. I take no pleasure in watching their naked dance in the marketplace. At various times, the President of Nigeria, the Senate President of Nigeria, the Speaker, Governors, and the Acting President of Nigeria have all gathered in London. No sense of shame. No trace of the understanding of irony in their demeanor.
I wager that they are doing it because there is a sense that they have so battered and clobbered the people into intellectual submission that the ability to engage and vigorously examine the empty ethical and moral proposition of their actions is no longer available in the land. I wager that they are doing this because their spokespersons, supporters, and foot soldiers have so battered and clobbered the people into submission and silence that nobody is going to even dare to ask: who funded APC’s jamboree to London?
I wager that these Governors are going to say that the London trip is a working visit, hence the deployment of public funds on such a woolly-headed jamboree at a time when, from Lagos to Port Harcourt and everywhere, Nigeria is showing the world a spectacle of flooding and salaries are not paid. If the Governors considered this trip to London a working visit and expended public funds on it – I suspect they did – this would be another tragic nail in the coffin of the changers.
From the same political party, the Acting President made a cameo appearance in London a few weeks ago, assured the nation that the President was in great condition and was primed to return to the country very soon. If we are to believe a Pastor of the Redeemed Church, what could have been so urgent that the APC Governors couldn’t wait for the President’s arrival? Could it be that they did not believe the reassurances of the Acting President?
Whatever be the case, this London trip is a tragedy on so many fronts. On that medical safari breakfast table was assembled those who promised to change the paradigm by putting an end to medical tourism. The supreme irony was lost on them.
Also lost on them is another supreme irony – and this one is a tragedy for Nigeria. Wait for it: the only two instances of leadership by example on the issue of foreign medical trips that we have come to us from the cancerous stables of PDP. Idris Wada is one of Kogi’s worst Governors. He was also very accident prone. He never went beyond Abuja for his medical woes. All the broken bones he sustained from his many convoy accidents were treated in Nigeria. And His Excellency Chief Otunba Dr. Peter Ayodele Fayose (Jerusalem Pilgrim) has been doing a lot of chest beating about his own medicals in Nigeria.
Wada and Fayose as the best examples of the change promised by APC? Nothing makes sense any more. APC has turned Nigeria into a Yeats-ville where:
“The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”
When the best lack all conviction and, blind to irony, fly off to London to waste public funds in defiance of the very principles they swore to uphold, you can see the worst running riot all over the land (Fayose, FFK, etc) with passionate intensity.
Yet, the irony is lost on the changers.
And their followers. And their defenders.
Segun Olugbile , Olusola Fabiyi and Olalekan Adetayo
Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party are among six governors who are scheduled to leave Nigeria today to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in London , The PUNCH learnt in Abuja on Monday night .
It was gathered that the visit was being organised by the office of the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (retd . ) .
It was not clear if the NSA was responsible for the governors who were picked for the trip .
Our correspondent learnt that the six governors were picked from the six geo – political zones of the country.
Listed among the six governors are Udom Emmanuel ( Akwa Ibom ) , Dave Umahi (Ebonyi ) , Abdulaziz Yari ( Zamfara ), and Abiola Ajimobi ( Oyo ) .
The four governors are from the South – South , South – East , North – West and South- West respectively .
Our correspondent could not verify the identities of the two other governors , who are expected to come from the North – East and North -Central .
A governor, who is not among those travelling to see Buhari , said those chosen for the journey were picked outside what he described as the Nigeria Governors ’ Forum .
He added that he was surprised when he heard about the journey from one of his counterparts , stating that if the secretariat and the governors had been contacted , the governors would have picked at least one of the PDP governors that had been critical of the President .
He said , “Our colleagues are going to London to see the President . But I ’ m not happy that someone like the Governor of Ekiti State , Mr . Ayodele Fayose , or his Rivers State counterpart , Mr . Nyesom Wike , is not on the delegation .
“ Though there are PDP governors on the delegation , we know ourselves and also know those we know are truly part of the opposition and those close to the ruling All Progressives Congress .
“ The governors had been directed to be at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport , Abuja , tomorrow (Tuesday ) . From there, they will fly to the United Kingdom . ”
The governors are expected to have lunch with the President before returning to the country on Wednesday .
A governor, who spoke on condition of anonymity with The PUNCH on Monday night , confirmed that some governors mooted the idea, but said he would not want to speak on the planned visit .
“ Yes , they mentioned it ( visit ); some APC governors mooted the idea but I don ’ t want to say anything on that for now , ” the governor stated .
Buhari , who is currently receiving medical treatment in London , the United Kingdom , had, on Sunday , hosted the APC’ s National Chairman , Chief John Odigie- Oyegun , and four state governors inside the Abuja House in the British capital .
The release of the photograph of the meeting , the first of such since the President left the country on May 7 , raised hope that Buhari might soon return to the country.
No date yet for Buhari’ s return
Meanwhile , despite the meeting he held with some APC state governors on Sunday , no date has been fixed for Buhari ’ s return to the country, The PUNCH learnt on Monday .
But investigations by one of our correspondents showed that no date had yet been fixed for the President ’ s return .
Sources, who spoke with one of our correspondents , said although the President ’ s health had improved tremendously , his return date was still in the hands of his doctors .
“ The President made it clear in his letter to the National Assembly that the duration of his stay in London would be determined by his doctor . That has not changed . He must get a clean bill of health before he returns , ” one of the sources said .
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity , Mr . Femi Adesina , confirmed this in an interview with The PUNCH .
When asked to say specifically when Buhari was due back in the country in view of the latest development , Adesina said , “ I am not a doctor and even if I am , it is clear that I am not part of the team that is attending to the President .
“ His date of return will be decided by that medical team. ”
Adesina also confirmed to one of our correspondents that the Sunday meeting was just one among other meetings Buhari would have with individuals before returning to the country.
He said , “More meetings are coming ; there will be broader ones . That Sunday meeting was just the beginning . ”
The presidential spokesman added that the Presidency was not in any way disturbed by the two cases instituted in court seeking to compel the Federal Executive Council to declare Buhari incapacitated and asking Senate President Bukola Saraki to constitute a medical panel on Buhari ’ s health condition .
“ We are in a democracy ; it is their ( plaintiffs’) right . The court will determine the case on its merit , ” Adesina said .
The acrimony in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the last two years, occasioned by the protracted leadership tussle between Senators Ahmed Makarfi and Ali Modu Sheriff had, to a great extent, compelled many optimists and die-hard supporters of the party to give up. However, the recent Supreme Court judgment did not only rekindle hope in the PDP, but gave its handlers the confidence to write-off the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) long before the 2019 election year.
Leaders of the PDP have in the last few days rolled out plans that would help them win in 2019 as evidenced in the confidence they exuded shortly after the Supreme Court judgment that settled their protracted crisis.
They made many collective proclamations and individual statements on how they would recapture power from the APC.
Though the PDP leaders have made public some of the strategies they would adopt to unseat the APC, they nonetheless, for the sake of expediency, kept other tricks very close to their chests.
It was gathered that PDP handlers would between now and election time work tirelessly to revive its comatose structures across the country, bring back key elders, senior officials and members that defected to other parties.
This, it was further learnt, would be achieved by deploying facts and figures in convincing Nigerians that the ruling APC is not actually what it said it was before 2015.
Most importantly, the PDP will weed out elements who were allegedly planted by the ruling APC to cause confusion within its ranks.
Sources within the party said some of the strategies they would use will only be unveiled as the political temperament progresses ahead of 2019, just like what the APC did between 2013 and 2014 ahead of the 2015 elections.
The aggressive manner which the PDP is trying to rediscover itself is evident in the way many of its leaders who hitherto disappeared from the political scene suddenly resurfaced with much confidence. They all regained their voices shortly after the Supreme Court which upheld Senator Makarfi as national chairman.
Already, people like the acclaimed national leader of the party, ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, Senator Makarfi, Chief Olabode George and the chairman of the Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin, have all said a lot to renew hope in the minds of their followers that indeed, there would be another opportunity for the PDP.
They all found relief when the three-man panel of justices at the Supreme Court stated that in the course of the two year dispute, Sheriff had displayed an “infantile desperation to remain in power” which was not legally his.
Sheriff had filed 10 different suits in different courts within one year in his bid to remain in power, an act the Supreme Court said would only gather dust in judicial archives.
On the day the Supreme Court announced the final judgment, many PDP leaders thronged to the court in Abuja. They included former governors of Jigawa and Kano, Sule Lamido and Ibrahim Shekarau; governors Ayo Fayose and Nyesom Wike of Ekiti and Rivers States, deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Olabode Bode George, Emeka Ihedioha Ben Obi and Dayo Adeyeye and Professor Jerry Gana were all at the Supreme Court and later at the PDP secretariat, signifying a new realignment for the party.
Jonathan, who had distanced himself from serious politicking, also said PDP is now back.
What PDP leaders did before the judgment
Sources said Jonathan and other leaders had endless sleepless nights when the PDP case reached the apex court considering the fact that Sheriff, the embattled chairman of the party, had won in many of the cases in High Courts and the Appeal Court.
“He (Jonathan) was really disturbed because he doesn’t want to be made a laughing stock on the grounds that the PDP fell under his watch,” a source in the PDP said.
“Though the ex-president did not directly try to influence the judgment at the Supreme Court in any way, he directed some of the best legal brains working for him to put heads together with Makarfi’s lawyers in order not to have a miscarriage at the apex court,” he said.
“President Jonathan was actually disturbed because Sheriff had cursed and disparaged almost everyone in the PDP. At a time, he walked out on Jonathan and later issued a statement asking anyone not satisfied with his leadership to leave the PDP and form another one. So, we were able to argue our case very well at the Supreme Court and judgment favoured us,” he said.
In several tweets on his Twitter handle a few minutes after the judgment, Jonathan removed the veil on his shoulders to re-launch himself firmly in the PDP by calling on former members of the party that defected over the leadership crisis to return “home.”
“I thank God for this day of Justice and may God bless Nigeria,” he said.
Another apparent advantage for the PDP is that most of its leaders do not see the issue of zoning its presidential candidate as a problem.
At its Port Harcourt convention in 2016 which was contested by Sheriff but upheld by the Supreme Court, the PDP leaders had adopted the report of the Senator Ike Ekweremadu-led committee which zoned the party’s presidential ticket to the North and the national chairmanship position to the South.
And in the last one week, PDP leaders held four major meetings and resolved many contentious issues.
The meetings included the expanded caucus meeting, the caucus meeting, the BoT meeting and the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
At the end of the meetings, leaders of the party resolved to hold a non-elective convention in August this year.
The National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said they would use the special non-elective convention to settle all the constitutional matters.
Sources said there is the likelihood for the tenure of the Makarfi-led caretaker committee to be extended. This, according to the sources, is to enable it organize a convention that will usher in new elected leaders for the party.
Other areas which the PDP leaders harped include discipline and impunity, two areas which pundits said affected the party in 2015 when many of its vibrant followers were frustrated.
The NEC meeting held recently proposed amendments in the party’s constitution that will deal with issues of discipline, internal democracy and administrative bottlenecks.
The Makarfi-led caretaker committee had during one of the meetings announced what it called “amnesty” for the Sheriff group.
In a separate interview, Makarfi, who sounded very serious, said a line had been drawn, meaning that any member who erred again after the Supreme Court judgment would face the wrath of the law.
Political solution may prove tough
While there is evidence of sanity in the PDP, the Makarfi committee would have to contend with recalcitrant members and this would only be resolved through political massaging.
For instance, The South West faction of the PDP loyal to Sheriff has defected to the Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN).
The faction, which has representation in all the six states of the South-west, said the alleged inflammatory statements of the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and removal of the names of some of the leaders of the party in the region at recent meetings held in Abuja, were responsible for their decision to leave the PDP.
The South-west chairman of the faction and former PDP chairman in Ondo State, Hon. Ebenezer Alabi, said they resolved to leave the party for Governor Fayose and his cohorts.
“We believe in the judiciary and we had intention of cooperating with the Makarfi group before they started making inflammatory comments. They said they wanted to give us amnesty as if we were Boko Haram or militants,” he said.
Sheriff also proved defiant in a statement he issued after the various meetings held by the party which he did not attend.
In a statement by his spokesman, Bernard Mikko, Sheriff, who sounded as if he is still the chairman of the party, called on his supporters to remain in the PDP until it was returned to the grass roots.
Bigwigs who quit PDP that must return
Many PDP chieftains have left the party and while some might likely return in the event realignment in the APC did not favour them, others must be cajoled to have soft spot for it even if they would not return.
Prominent politicians that are no longer in the PDP include former president Olusegun Obasanjo, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, former PDP national chairman Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, former governors Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Joshua Dariye (Plateau), Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi) and Saminu Turaki (Jigawa).
Incumbent governor Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) and Samuel Ortom (Benue) were all members of the PDP before they defected to the APC at the height of electioneering.
Others that defected include former Senate President Ken Nnamani, former governor of the old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo, Senator Nelson Effiong (Akwa Ibom South), Senator Andy Uba (Anambra South), former PDP national chairman, Chief Barnabas Gemade, former governor of Edo State Oserheimen Osunbor, former deputy governor of Jigawa State Alhaji Ahmed Mahmud Gumel and Senator Muhammad Baban Beta among many others.
Thousands of PDP followers across the 37 states of the federal have defected and would need to be convinced to return to make it strong ahead of 2019.
But the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, said they are not afraid.
“Makarfi or Ali-Modu Sheriff is no threat to us, we are looking at the institution and not the person. The PDP is a party that institutionalised corruption and failed to handle the security of the nation,” he said.
Culled from Daily Trust
The supreme court has upheld the election of Godwin Obaseki as the governor of Edo, dismissing an appeal filed by Osagie Ize – Iyamu , the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state ’ s 2016 governorship election.
Ize- Iyamu had challenged the decision of the appeal court which affirmed the position of Obaseki as governor .
A seven – man panel of judges led by Walter Onnoghen , chief justice of Nigeria , gave this judgment on Monday .
However , it said it would give reasons for its decision on July 24 .
Source: The Punch
Dr. Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday joined the ranks decampees from Peoples Democratic Party.
In a post on his Facebook page titled, “It is time to say GOODBYE TO PDP,” the medical doctor turned politician said he has to make his resignation from the party public because PDP “no longer exists in my ward as a single unified party; it was when I joined it”
Okupe was also a spokesman for former President Olusegun Obasanjo and a former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State in 2003 said his resignation from PDP is based on periods of long introspection.
He also listed four reasons for his resignation from PDP. The reasons as written by Okupe on his Facebook page are reproduced below:
It is no longer news that the PDP has been embroiled in a fratricidal internal crisis brought upon it by itself. Its current direction is difficult to discern and I am convinced that even when the much expected judgment from the Supreme Court is given, the future of the party is not likely to be significantly affected whichever way the judgment goes.
There seems to be too much deception, selfishness and gross nepotism in our polity nationally. During the NRC and SDP era, there existed true nationalism and brotherhood.
Northern NRC politicians will under no circumstance undermine their party for any parochial reason. Also neither will a Southern NRC politician, under any circumstance betray their party.
Abiola was a Yoruba man, yet those of us who were Yorubas in the NRC never once thought of voting for him.
The commitment in the North was even more profound. Even the Northern SDP rejected a distinguished successful Kano born Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, and voted for a Southern Yoruba muslim candidate. Worse than that, both Abiola and his running mate, Amb. Baba Gana Kingibe were muslims. Yet, it did not matter.
Today, political parties have lost their importance and identities. Once the candidate is Northern, his party is immaterial, all northerners irrespective of their professed party affiliations will vote for him.
This is the major reason why there has been a total absence of opposition in the country in the last two years, and may probably be responsible for the polarization and sharp ethnic divisions we are currently witnessing in the country.
In the east, there is intense anger and loud call for secession, in the south-south, there is absolute indignation and very resolute demand for total control of their resources, while the south-west is bellicose and hell bent on true federalism and restructuring which many prominent Northerners openly oppose for good or for bad.
Under these circumstances, political parties have lost their flavor and relevance. Certainly, a party like my former party, PDP has no future in the evolving Nigerian Political Circus.
This political confusion has percolate to the states, Ogun state being one of the worst hit. The leadership of the party has been irredeemably fictionalized for nearly a decade. Presently it is divided broadly into two major factions. One headed by Hon Ladi Adebutu and the other by Senator Buruji Kashamu.
Unfortunately I do not fit into either group. Hence it becomes extremely difficult for me to operate as a politician under the PDP umbrella in the state. Yet, all politics is local.
The situation in the country may in the nearest future require that matured men of goodwill standby to play a unifying role for political stability of the country. My membership of PDP may directly or indirectly preclude me from gratifying such noble and patriotic desire. Undeniably, I have been one of the major beneficiaries (not financially) of the PDP. But for a fact, the PDP and the APC are political platforms that have now expired or in the process of being so.
Therefore, no matter my commitment and passion for this great party, the PDP, it has become menopausal and can no longer bear fruits.
I have therefore decided to withdraw a bit and study the political situation more critically and thereafter take a decision soonest on my next political move.
I will miss my friends, associates and co-travelers on this tortuous political journey and adventure. However, it is also still possible that our paths cross in the nearest future, which will be a delight.
But in spite of my stated pessimism, I sincerely express my best wishes to the more courageous party faithfuls who I am leaving behind,and I also pray for God’s guidance for them.
For how far I have gone, I remain eternally grateful to Almighty God and Jesus Christ my savior, to whom ALL powers belong. If it is His will that I still play a role in National Politics in future, then most certainly, and by His grace, I WILL BE BACK.
APC expels AbdulMumuni Jibrin
By AbdulSalam Muhammad
KANO – The All Progressives Congress (APC) Bebeji chapter Thursday expelled the embattled federal Mp, AbdulMumuni Jibrin Kofa Bebeji/Kiru federal constituency anti party activities.
The chairman local chapter of the ruling party, Alhaji Sani Kanti Ranka who announced the expulsion during a press conference at NUJ press centre in Kano that the suspended lawmaker was emeshed in anti party activities capable of compromising the party integrity.
AbdulMumuni Jibrin Kofa’s expullsion came on the heel of wildly reported effort by Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to reconcilled the former with the leadership of the House of Representatives.
Kofa was suspended by the leadership of the House of Representative for 180 legislative days in 2016 haven been found wanting by the House committee on ethic for misconduct over allegation of budget padding.
The party noted that the expulsion was sequel to recommendation of a Disciplinary committee set up to investigate and recommend appropriate punishment.
Sani Kanti Ranka in a 4 point resolution read out to reporters in Kano accused the Jibrin of “promoting disunity within its fold”
Ranka accused the suspended federal lawmaker of “showing disrespect to constituted authority more especially, the leadership and persons of President Muhammadu Buhari and Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje”.
The party chairman who was flanked by other members of his executive during the press briefing further accused the suspended member of parliament of “deeply involved in act of betrayal and sabotage of Ganduje led administration in Kano”.
As at the time of going to press, there was no formal response form the embattled lawmaker as effort to reach him was not successful.