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APC NWC agrees on direct primaries
Wed, 29 Aug 2018

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has agreed to adopt direct primaries to conduct elections that will produce Presidential, Senate, House of Representatives, Governorship and State House of Assembly’s candidates ahead of 2019 general elections, a reliable party source told Daily Trust last night.
The source, who said that there was no dissenting voice among the NWC members, added that the decision was taken to last night’s meeting of the party’s National Caucus to be attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

“All members of the NWC agree to adopt direct primaries. That is what is taken to the National Caucus. You know that some governors like that of Ogun and Ondo do agree to it. So, it may have to be subjected to voting. You know that it is not all members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) are members of caucus. However, the caucus will decide what will happen at NEC meeting tomorrow (Thursday). But there is no divided opinion among the NWC members,” the source said.
The Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, did not answer his calls when Daily Trust tried to make an enquiry about the outcome of the meeting.
However, it was gathered last night that those opposing the method were still very strong in their decision.
Sources said the opponents were wondering how the party would coordinate an election mode that would involve millions of party members across the country, considering the logistics involved at a time the party was just registering new members.
What Oshiomhole once said about direct primaries.
The APC National Chairman, while justifying the reason for direct primary for Osun State governorship election, said, “Regardless of who wins the primary, we hope that the rest of them will support the person to ensure that we do our best to retain the governance of Osun State. We have decided that in order to ensure popular participation, and to deepen democracy in Osun State, in line with the provision of our party constitution which allows for either direct or indirect primary, we have resolved that the governorship election primary in Osun state will be conducted on the basis of direct primary.
“What that means is that every card-carrying member of our party will participate in the process of nominating the flag bearer of the party. This for us, is the most democratic way to conduct election and is in line with what our critical stakeholders from that part of the country want and we are quite happy to oblige.
“The whole idea is that the more we allow our party members to participate in the process of nominating candidates, we will remove the issue of corruption or monetizing the processes of nominating aging candidates, in addition to the fact that party members will have a sense of ownership of the outcome of the exercise.

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Southwest Accord Party disowns Okupe as leader
Wed, 29 Aug 2018

The Southwest leadership of Accord Party, yesterday, disowned ex-Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, as leader of the party in the region.
The party leaders, at an emergency meeting held in Ibadan, expressed dismay on the recent press conference held by Dr. Okupe in Iperu, Ogun State where he alleged that the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Mohammed Nalado, frustrated moves by the party leaders to be part of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).

At the meeting were the National Chairman (South), Alhaji Dokun Babarinde; BoT chairman, Reverend Isaac Adeniyi; National Secretary, Hon. Adebukola Ajaja; and chairmen of the party from six states of the region except Ekiti that was suspended for anti party activities.
Others are: Alhaji Opawuyi Abdulganiyu (Osun), Alhaji Muda Ogunsola (Oyo), Chief Kehinde Oladeinde (Ogun), Alhaji Nasiru Bolarinwa (Osun), Prince Taiwo Nasiru (Ogun), Ajibola Rotimi (Lagos), Igbinsola Sunday (Oyo) and Ojo Kayode (Ondo).
According to the communique issued at the end of the meeting, the party said the Southwest Accord Party viewed the meeting at Iperu as of no effect and the people at the meeting with no locus standi to speak on behalf of the party.
The national vice chairman (South-west), Alhaji Dokun Babarinde, who read the communique on behalf of other leaders said there was an ongoing effort to identify erring members who attended the meeting. He said that they would be sanctioned if found guilty.
He said Okupe’s clandestine anti-party activities would be reported to the national secretariat for further action.

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IRI launches Young Political Party Leaders Academy in Sokoto
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
International Republican Institute (IRI) has launched the Young Political Party Leaders Academy in Sokoto with 20 participants to be trained on responsive governance.
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2019: Nasarawa workers endorse Agara governorship bid
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
The organized labour in Nasarawa state has endorsed the governorship aspiration of the state deputy governor, Silas Ali Agara, for the 2019 gubernatorial election.
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Why I left APC
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Mr Bode Ayorinde, a member of the House of Representatives representing Owo/Ose constituency in Ondo State, said he left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because of impunity in the party.
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Replicate 2015 performance in 2019 poll, USA tells INEC
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
The United States government has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to replicate its 2015 electoral performance in the country”s general elections billed for next year.
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INEC adjusts 2019 Elections budget to N143bn
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has adjusted its budget for 2019 elections from N189 billion to N143 billion in compliance with directive from the National Assembly.
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2019 guber race: Minister gets presidencys nod to contest
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Mr Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communications, has secured the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the 2019 governorship election in Oyo State.
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How Osun backyard farmer becomes big time tomato grower
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Mr Sikiru Lawal Omotunde, the Chief Executive Officer of Ayoola Farms in Imesi-Ile, Osun State is a successful tomato farmers.
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Over 2m T-Mobile customers hit by data breach
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
T-Mobile has suffered a data breach that saw personal information of more than 2 million US customers stolen by cyber criminals, the mobile carrier confirmed.
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Lobi stars hold Rangers in pre-season friendly
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
The mid-season friendly encounter between NPFL table topping Lobi Stars of Makurdi and seven-time Nigerian league champions, Rangers International FC at the Cathedral, Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu, ended in a 1-1 draw.
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Gullit questions strange Kante role
Wed, 29 Aug 2018
Chelseas decision to move NGolo Kante out of his favoured holding position and into a more advanced midfield berth has been branded strange by Ruud Gullit.
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