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Turmoil in APC over primaries, nomination fee
Mon, 03 Sep 2018

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Controversies over the mode of primary elections to be adopted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of next year’s general elections and fee for Expression of Interest and nomination forms have widened the chasm in the ruling party resulting in pockets of secret meetings by aggrieved members.
Not comfortable with the rumbling in its fold, the party has threatened to come hard on any of its members conspiring to subvert the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC) to adopt direct mode of primaries into its various elective positions for the 2019 general elections.

While the NWC and the National Executive Council (NEC) have adopted the direct primary, which allows for mass participation of members, and also leaving room for indirect, delegate or consensus elections, where logistics for direct primary elections are difficult, a group within the party is set to lock horns with the leadership over the decision.

But the party in a statement by acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, yesterday, described a meeting purportedly called by unnamed members, apparently to discuss the twin issue, as illegal, warning that it would not hesitate to sanction any party member who flouted the decision of the NWC.

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“The attention of the NWC of the APC has been drawn to an illegal meeting scheduled to hold in Abuja by some members of our party organs, with a view to fault the decisions made by the NWC followed by the National Executive Committee (NEC) as regards the mode of the party’s primary elections.

“We want to state clearly that the meeting is illegal and an attempt to puncture the sincere efforts being made by the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC to reposition our party ahead the 2019 General Elections and to ensure unity, equity and justice in the party.

“The outcome of such meeting which is already known will be a nullity and we admonish our members to disregard such meetings in the interest of the party. It is illegal to call such meetings outside the purview of the constituted authority.

“The identities of those plotting such meetings have been identified and unless they desist from such they will be dealt with in line with the party’s Constitution at the appropriate time. The NWC will resist any attempt to disrupt the current peace and harmony prevailing in our great party after the exit of some members of our party.

“We urge any member who is not satisfied with the decisions of the party to utilise channels provided by the party’s constitution to air their views. We remain focused in delivering good governance to Nigerians and above all ensuring the victory for our party come 2019 and we will not be intimidated by the antics of a few in ensuring success for our party,” Nabena said.

The warning was a reaction to an invitation informing APC aspirants for the 2019 elections of a meeting to kick against the cost of nomination forms, which they said is outrageous.

The letter of invitation read: “As a concerned aspirant, I invite you, my fellow aspirants in the platform of our great party, the APC, to a world press conference to demand immediate slash of the high cost of nomination forms which is even higher than the corrupt PDP which was in power for 16 years.

“This is a direct attack on Mr. President’s and the APC’s credibility. We demand direct primaries for all elections of our great party, the APC at all level. If you are not popular to win in a direct primary, you are not qualified to participate in the general elections.”
There has been a battle of wit between those in favour of direct primary on the one and others who prefer indirect primary. The latter faction is populated by governors.

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Why I chose my son-in-law as successor ‘ Okorocha
Mon, 03 Sep 2018

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has revealed why he is throwing his weight behind his Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu to succeed him as governor of the state in 2019.

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The governor, who made this known through a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, asserted that in a bid to avoid being missed by people of the state on some of his landmark achievements, especially his free and qualitative education programme, he has chosen Nwosu to consolidate on the projects.

Governor Okorocha maintained that the free education programme in the state, which some of his opponents had tried to discredit when it was introduced, has yielded obvious remarkable results.

He maintained that aside the school enrolment in the state snowballing from 381,000 in 2011 to more than One million in 2017, the state has continued to lead in JAMB applications for the seventh time .

Buttressing his choice of Nwosu, Okorocha disclosed that the state has also continued to do well in West African Examination Council (WAEC) exams, emphasising on the 2018 Senior School Certificate Exam (SSCE), which the state came fifth out of the thirty-six states in the country .He also noted that his administration has more than 1,000 verifiable projects to its credit, while challenging his critics to disprove him.
“We have also been claiming and indeed, truthfully, that what Governor Okorocha’s administration has achieved in less than eight years, have gone beyond all that those who had governed the state before him had achieved, when you put them together. Nobody has also challenged us or tried to fault our claims.

“We have equally gone the extra-mile to say that anybody who feels that he has a contrary claim to ours should indicate.

“And the best way to deal with such claim and counter-claim is for those concerned to itemise their claims, publish them for public consumption, while we also publish ours, for comparative analysis.

Meanwhile, a gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Frank Nneji has dismissed rumours in the state that he is being sponsored by Governor Okorocha as not only an insult to him, but the governor does not have the moral capacity to do so.

This was just as he pointed out that Imo is today at the same stage that Anambra was in 2003 where everything had grounded to a halt.

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Hypocrisy of the West cause of democratic challenges in Africa ‘ Don
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
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Kalu: The man and his politics
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
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Barca budgets ‘160m for Salah
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
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FG to lobby banks on 5% lending rate to farmers
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
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Fresh scramble for Africa: How China, migration fears drew Europe, US to Nigeria
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
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2019: Again, Buhari promises free, fair elections
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
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South East govs decry poor state of Enugu airport
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
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Niger Flood: 14 killed in one month ‘ NISEMA
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
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11-year-old worshipper killed, scores injured in collapsed Catholic Church
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
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Theresa May, Nigeria and Africa!
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
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Mon, 03 Sep 2018
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Mon, 03 Sep 2018
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The politics of Saraki’s defection
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
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Lessons from Nnewi political summit
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Re-engineering varsity education
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Cameroon and Biya’s bid for 7th term
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