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Why Tinubu Didn’t Intervene In Ganduje’s Troubles – APC Leaders

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Following weeks of aborted moves and protests to remove the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, concerned chieftains of the party have explained the reason President Bola Tinubu steered clear of the drama.

The embattled chairman was purportedly suspended by the APC executive of Ganduje ward in the Dawakin Tofa Local Government of Kano State on April 15, a move that was quickly thwarted by the state chapters of the party, which suspended the ward executive.

The development resulted in legal tussles with the Kano State High Court granting an ex parte order restraining him from parading himself as a member of the party, leading to Ganduje securing a counter ex parte order from the Federal High Court in Kano presided over by Justice A. M. Liman, who ruled out the purported suspension.

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A few days after the legal fireworks, scores of demonstrators stormed the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja to demand his resignation and allow the seat of the leadership, previously occupied by Abdullahi Adamu, to return to the North Central.

READ ALSO: JUST IN: Protesters Storm APC Secretariat, Demand Ganduje’s Resignation

However, supporters of the APC national chairman have expressed shock over the deafening silence of the president, who political observers believed was his ally and close friend.

Reacting in an interview with our correspondent, the APC Publicity Secretary for North-West, Musa Mada, pointed out that there was nothing suspicious about President Tinubu’s silence.

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He said, “The whole thing (Ganduje’s purported suspension) is just speculation. If we look at it from 1999 to date, no president has proven to be more of a party man than Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

“His silence does not mean that he is not interested in the party. But he understands that the entire hullabaloo is more of a party affair. One thing people should know is that the moment you find a party so quiet, that party is insignificant.

READ ALSO: BREAKING: Court Orders Ganduje To Stop Parading Himself As APC Member 

“But where you find people agitating or fomenting trouble at a party, they are striving to get attention or seek some form of recognition. Tinubu is now the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, even though he is still a card-carrying member and leader of the APC. It is not everything he must react to because he doesn’t have the time. He has more important things to do.”

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The APC chief also slammed the National Leader of the New Nigeria People’s Party, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso for allowing his feud with the embattled chairman to degenerate into political blackmail and backbiting among Kano party faithful.

Mada claimed that he was aware that the only thing standing between Kwankwaso and his alleged desire to defect to the ruling APC was the presence of Ganduje as the leader of the party.

“Those fomenting trouble in Kano are of two factions. There are those of the APC extraction and others from the camp of Kwankwaso. If you have been following what is happening in the so-called Ganduje’s Ward, even we in the North know it was the handiwork of Kwankwaso in Kano.

READ ALSO: [JUST IN] Ganduje: Kano APC Sacks Ward Leaders

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“They are using that avenue to create propaganda. I believe Kwankwaso, as a statesman, should have done better because both of them have been together for about 40 years.”

But another APC chieftain, Sylvester Monidafe, did not share his sentiment.

He stated, “My concern is not about Ganduje himself, but the party and Tinubu’s legacy. I have known Tinubu since 2006 in the ACN days when I returned to active politics.

“We all saw how he stood up to President Olusegun Obasanjo when he tried to undermine the South West states. Basically all the governors except Tinubu fell for his tricks. He stood up to the man and said ‘No way’ before he formed the AD.

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“I have been with this man for that long. We used to call him ‘the last man standing.’ He is politically astute and I don’t think he will allow Ganduje or anybody to soil his name.

“On the talks that the president may be attempting to throw him under the bus for Kwankwaso, I have no idea. But I know Tinubu would like to do the right thing. You may want to ask what the right thing is.”

 

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Edo Guber: PDP Crisis Takes Twist As Aziegbemi Dumps Party

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The gale of defection in the Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) continues on Thursday as another chieftain, a younger brother to state chairman of the party, Clem Aziegbemi resigned from the party.

Aziegbemi, a former spokesperson to Dr. Asue Ighodalo, PDP governorship candidate in the forthcoming election, may not be unconnected to the protracted crisis rocking the party in the state.

In a letter addressed to his ward chairman, PDP Ward 5, Esan South East Local Government Area, Aziegbemi said he resigned because of the crisis and other sundry issues which, according to him, “both the governor and the party’s candidate have failed to address these issues, begging for attention ”

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Aziegbemi’s resignation letter reads: “The cause of this massive defection of members from the PDP is largely due to the conquest attitude of the Partly Leadership that lacks inclusivity of members into appointments in the state that the party loyalists worked for, yet they were abandoned for new entrants.

“The old PDP members, to whom I belong, have suffered a great deal at the hands of the party leadership and those in government.

“If this ugly development continues, it will be extremely difficult for the party to win any local government seats in Edo State’s September 21, 2024, governorship election.

“Another disturbing issue is the seeming hijack of the PDP governorship candidate by a gang of political jobbers, as against those of us who laboured for him to emerge as candidate of the Party.

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“Kindly consider this as my resignation from every party responsibility, including my position as one of the spokepersons to the governorship candidate.

“Also, this serves as a formal resignation as a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Edo State, His Excellency Godwin Obaseki.”

 

 

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LP Names Ngogbehai, Elumelu, Ismaila, Others To Oversee ‘OBIDIENTs’

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Labour Party has named a ten-member directorate to oversee the activities of members of the Obidient Movement into the party’s mainstream.

In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, in Abuja, on Thursday, the party said the decision to set up the Directorate for “Obidient Affairs” was part of the party’s effort to integrate millions of youths who are members of the movement.

He said, “As part of the repositioning efforts of the Labour Party towards integrating millions of our youths and particularly, the OBIDIENT family into the larger family of the Labour Party, the following OBIDIENT members have been appointed to pilot the affairs of the OBIDIENT Directorate.”

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Those appointed include: Mr. Marcel Ngogbehei – Director, Mr. Ajiu Elumelu – Deputy Director, (Diaspora), Mrs. Mariam Ismaila – Deputy Director, Mr. Chukwuemeka Gerald Okafor – Deputy Director, Mrs. Angel Innocent – Deputy Director and Mr. Tony Ashekomeh Jnr – Deputy Director.

Others are: Mr. Emeka Ezechi – Deputy Director, Mr. Josiah Omenuwoma – Deputy Director, Mr. Emmanuel Odusote – Deputy Director and Mr. Adeyeye tosin – Deputy Director.

That Directorate was given the following terms of reference: To Coordinate the registration of all members of the OBIDIENT community and integrate them fully into the structure of the party, Ease Diaspora participation in the affairs of the party, receive complaints and deal with same and where they are unable to deal with same, refer such complaints to the leadership of the party.

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Other terms of reference include: Coordinate collection of dues and donations to the party and to ensure that all OBIDIENTS are financial members of the party., Work closely with the National Youth Leader, National Women Leader, and National Organizing Secretary in order to create programs that will fully and effectively assimilate all members of the OBIDIENT family to the party.

According to the statement, the inauguration of the Directorate will hold on Thursday June 6, 2024 at the NEC Hall, National Secretariat, Utako, Abuja by 10am prompt.

 

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Edo Guber: APC Candidate, Okpebholo, Lacks Cognitive Experience To Govern – Tenebe

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A stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, Chief Henry Tenebe, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Senator Monday Okpebholo lacks the cognitive experience to govern the state.

Tenebe, who made the assertion while x-raying major political parties governorship candidates in the forthcoming election in the state, noted that when it comes to managerial experience, Asue Ighodalo of the PDP is more experience and competent than the opposition APC candidate, Sen. Okpebholo, whom he dismissed as a non-starter.

According to him, it is unfair to compare Ighodalo with Okpebholo, highlighting that the APC governorship candidate lacks the exposure and experiences that Ighodalo has acquired in both his private and public sector careers.

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He noted that these experiences make Ighodalo the best-suited candidate for the job in Edo.

Tenebe expressed his dissatisfaction with how the APC has managed the national economy in the past few years.

He insisted that the party lacks the moral right to even field a candidate for the Edo Guber election.

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“If not for the law that allows parties to stand for election irrespective of performance, the APC is not supposed to field a candidate, let alone canvass for support.

“The party is synonymous with hunger, deprivation, kidnapping, terrorism, crude theft, energy blackout, and countless other vices.

“The indices are quite gloomy and they tell the story of a party in utter disarray. In a sane climate, voters would revolt and ensure they used their votes to send them packing”, Tenebe said.

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