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Gombe APC stakeholders adopt consensus for state congress

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After a long session of a stakeholders meeting which ran into the early hours of Saturday on the conduct of the State Congress of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe state, the stakeholders unanimously reaffirmed their earlier resolve to go by consensus method in electing the state party officials.

The enlarged stakeholders meeting was convened by the State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya to discuss on how best to arrive at a peaceful, rancor-free and all-inclusive exercise to ensure that the party retained power in the 2023 General elections.

While addressing the party stakeholders at the new banquet hall of the Government House, Inuwa Yahaya expressed gratitude to all APC members, particularly its stalwarts for staying true and contributing their quota to the successes so far recorded by the ruling party starting from its membership registration to wards and Local Government Congresses.

The Governor said that, “If not for the transparency adopted by the APC in carrying everyone along in the scheme of things, I am sure by now the hues and cries within the ranks of the party could have been louder and possibly created rancor in the party but we chose to consult and bring everyone on board in the interest of fairplay”.

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He however assured members of the All Progressives Congress in Gombe State that as the leader of the party, he will continue to provide leadership devoid of ill-will or personal interest.

Inuwa Yahaya appealed to members of the APC in Gombe State to maintain the spirit of cooperation and understanding they displayed during the ward and Local Government Congresses.

According to him, “For this reason, I equally enjoin all of us that the State Congress slated for Saturday should also be conducted according to the APC guidelines and by the grace of God we shall do just that because until we are able to produce competent leaders only then we can be hopeful to consolidate on the party’s successes”.

He also maintained that the congresses so far conducted and the State Congress slated to be conducted Saturday were made possible through a wide consultation of party stakeholders to ensure the emergence of best candidates that can run the affairs of the party in the State.

He said that, “To this end, we shall ensure that all Local Government Areas in the State are fairly represented in the state working committee of the party in the spirit of equity and Justice”.

The Governor told the stakeholders of the APC in Gombe State that the party may not have satisfied the yearnings and aspirations of all but that in its policy of constant consultation, APC has by and large performed credibly well in carrying everyone along.

Inuwa Yahaya said that, “It is not possible to satisfy everyone at the same time so anyone who is not lucky to be selected as a leader should exercise patience hence the party is aware of him so also is the Government”.

The Committee Chairman for the Conduct of Congresses in Gombe State, Dr. Danjuma Dabo expressed optimism that the State Congress will take the form and pattern of the ward and local government congresses conducted under the atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

He also said that his committee will conduct a rigorous screening exercise to ensure that those who eventually emerge as leaders of the party at the State level are of proven integrity.

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Dark horses trying to destroy APC, says Patriotic Association

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A group, Zamfara State Patriotic Association, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and elders of the All progressives Congress (APC) to save the party from the hands of some dark horses.

On Wednesday, the chairman of the group, Ibrahim Nabature, made the call while addressing a press conference in Gusau, Zamfara.

“There are some dark horses trying to destroy the party before the 2023 general elections if things do not go their way,” said Mr Nabature.

He further stated that the group had observed with dismay that some governors were bent on destroying APC, citing the crisis rocking the party in several states after their congresses as attempts to destroy the party.

The group’s chairman appealed to Mr Buhari and party elders to intervene and rescue the party.

“Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, a foundation member of the APC, had at no time ever discussed or thought of leaving the party without the knowledge of his true supporters across the country,” he said.

Mr Nabature explained that Mr Yari’s faction of the APC was in court challenging the dissolution of the Lawal M. Liman-led caretaker committee in Zamfara.

“Therefore, he cannot abandon the party he helped to build for newcomers. It is the handwork of some forces who were his friends now turned enemies,” he added. “Yari had done so much for Zamfara and the APC in the state and at the national level.”

He fingered some governors, who he described as agents of destruction working to strangulate the party before the 2023 elections due to their selfish reasons.

The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee had dissolved the party executives shortly after Governor Bello Matawalle defected to the APC on June 29. 

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BREAKING: Once again, Court shifts IPOB leader, Kanu’s, trial to Jan 18, 2022

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Against speculations that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu may be granted bail today, or removed from the custody of the DSS, his trial has again been shifted to January 18, 2022.

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Retire us in 2023 if you are tired of our faces — Lawan tells Nigerians

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He said scrapping the Senate would be a huge mistake.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has warned that there could be anarchy if the Senate is scrapped as being clamoured by some Nigerians.

Rather, he challenged those who are not comfortable with the senators in the current 9 th Senate to vote them out in 2023 if they don’ t like their faces.


Lawan stated this on Friday while declaring open, a retreat for top management staff of the National Assembly and National Assembly Service Commission in Abuja.

He described the Senate as a leveler which ensured that all parts of the country are equally represented unlike the House of Representatives where states with higher populations produce the highest number of lawmakers.

The Senate President also faulted the argument of those clamouring for the scrapping of the Senate because of the perceived jumbo pay being earned by the senators.

He said the annual budget of the National Assembly is less than one per cent of the nation’s 2021 budget.


Meanwhile, Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said Nigeria’s house of assembly is full of rubbers who lack the courage to discharge its “constitutional checks and balance role over the executive arm of government.”

Wike who made the statement during the occasion of the 61st Independence Anniversary of Nigeria in Port Harcourt on Friday, said for the past six years, the country’s democracy was being weakened and put to enormous stress and jeopardy with the continuous violation of the constitution by the Federal Government and other public institutions.

The governor said: “With democracy, Nigerians expected strong national institutions, the bureaucracy, the security institutions and the Independent National Electoral Commission to be loyal only to the constitution, the law and the people.

“But today, after 61 years of independence and 22 years of unbroken democracy, it only seems there’s not much to be excited about Nigeria except our national sense of independence and unity that had endured this long in the face of sustained fartricidal assaults to its existence.

“Let us make a candid assessment of the situation of our country, especially in the last six years, and tell ourselves some hard, undiluted truths. First of all, we cannot deny that most of the countries that started with us 61 years ago are far more advanced and developed with superlative standards of living for their people than Nigeria.

“Our democracy is being weakened and put to enormous stress and jeopardy with the continuous violation of our constitution by the Federal Government and other public institutions.

“The National Assembly has literarily abandoned its constitutional checks and balance role over the executive arm of government and become a slavish appendage to the Federal Government as rubber stamp Assembly.

“Neither is the situation and postures of the nation’s judiciary any better, where only a few judicial officers can stand the test of judicial courage, integrity and commitment to substantial justice in the performance of their constitutional responsibilities, while the entire judiciary, especially at the national level, has been bullied to nervousness to the detriment of our democracy, the rule of law and social justice.”

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