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Igbo leaders happy as Buhari’s govt plans to dialogue with IPOB

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo has hailed the federal government for contemplating a political solution for the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the Yoruba successionist activist, Sunday Igboho.

Recall that the Nigerian government had indicated that it is open to all kinds of solutions, including a political solution to resolve the crisis surrounding separatist agitations in the southeast and southwest parts of the country.

Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, had given the hint in a chat with some journalists on Wednesday, in Abuja.

Reacting, the George Obiozor-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alex Ogbonnia, counselled the federal government to learn a lesson from history by not fighting an unwinnable war against nationalism but seek possible peaceful options that are the only solution that guarantees national unity and peaceful co-existence.

The apex Igbo ethnic body said, “a diverse multiethnic society such as Nigeria, issues of alienation, marginalization, agitations and inter-ethnic conflicts must of necessity arise.

“It is very appropriate that dialogue and other forms of conflict resolution mechanisms are spontaneously activated to address such issues as they arise.

“The Malami enthusiasm on the option of a political solution to the security challenges in Nigeria reflects the views of Ohanaeze Ndigbo that the Igbo nation is not at war with Nigeria and has nothing pending before any institutional authority that demands a separate existence from Nigeria.

“The common Igbo refrain is equity and justice. Therefore, it is hoped that political solution to the current security challenges will be a long way in sustaining the corporate existence of Nigeria”.

Ohanaeze commended Malami for the anticipated courage, insight and deep reflection and maintained that the ability to resolve the current security challenges in the country will place President Buhari on the right side of history.

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Defection of factional group will not change PDP misfortune in Lagos – APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos said on Sunday the defection of members of the Lagos4Lagos movement to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would not change the main opposition party’s misfortune in the state.

Members of the group led by one Olajide Adediran aka Jandon completed their defection to the PDP at a forum attended by former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in the state.

The APC spokesman in Lagos, Seye Oladejo, who reacted to the development during a chat with journalists, said PDP would still lose in the state despite the move by Lagos4Lagos group.

He said: “There is nothing that is going to happen that will change the fortune of the PDP. They have always lost, it is in their DNA. So, they will lose again.

“So, they are moving to nothing, we will meet at the polls. I can assure you they would not even win a single ward in the state.

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“The defectors have always been in the opposition anyway. We have always believed that they were acting a script. There is a limit to hypocrisy that is not sustainable.

“No one plays opposition within the ruling party and hopes to sustain that. So, it is a good thing that they have finally moved on.

“We are happy that in some of their interviews, they promised to resurrect a dead party. I believe resurrection is left for Almighty God.

“It is good they are mixing and fraternising with the dead now, which is a good thing for them. For us, we are not going to miss them.”

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We are not losing sleep over members defection to PDP, says Lagos APC

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APC members burning brooms. File photo used for illustration purposes. 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos says the defection of the Lagos4Lagos movement to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot change the main opposition’s misfortune in the state.

The splinter group defected on Saturday during an event attended by Bukola Saraki, former senate president.

Reacting to the defection in an interview with NAN, Seye Oladejo, APC spokesman in Lagos, said PDP would still lose in Lagos despite the move.

“There is nothing that is going to happen that will change the fortune of the PDP. They have always lost, it is in their DNA. So, they will lose again,” he said.

“So, they are moving to nothing, we will meet at the polls. I can assure you they would not even win a single ward in the state.”

Oladejo said the aggrieved members’ movement to the PDP underscores their political naivety “for them to think they can bring any special fortune that is unknown and alien to our state”.

He added that the Lagos4Lagos movement has just formalised its membership of the opposition party and that the ruling party would not miss the group.

“They have always been in the opposition anyway. We have always believed that they were acting a script. There is a limit to hypocrisy which is not sustainable,” he said.

“No one plays opposition within the ruling party and hope to sustain that. So, it is a good thing that they have finally moved on.

“We are happy that in some of their interviews, they promised to resurrect a dead party. I believe resurrection is left for Almighty God.

“It is good they are mixing and fraternising with the dead now, which is a good thing for them. For us, we are not going to miss them.

“Hopefully, someday, they will see the light and know that Lagos has always been a progressive state and remains one. They can return.

“So, if they want to come back in the future, why not? Our doors remain permanently open to those who are ready to repent and see the light.”

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Taraba APC threatens to burn brooms, collapse party structure for another party over disappointment in Buhari

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The crisis rocking the Taraba State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have taken a nosedive as some critical stakeholders of the party are threatening to collapse the entire party structure into another political party, following what they called negligence of the chapter of the party by the national leadership.

A stakeholder who spoke to The SUN on Sunday , said that the party has done very well in ensuring that President Muhammadu Buhari gets overwhelming support in the state since 2015 but was disappointed that the President has never reciprocated the gesture to the party.

He said that the failure of the President to appoint another Minister for Taraba several months after he dropped the then Minister of Power Saleh Mamman has shown clearly that the President may not have the interest of the party at heart especially now that the party is warming up for another general election.

“In 2015, the APC gave the President overwhelming support in Taraba. Infact, you will remember that the crowd that came out to welcome him was so much that it led to a stampede and the death of several persons. The only thing we got was the minister of Women Affairs who later left the party ahead of the 2019 elections. We went into that election almost naked. Even at that, we still have him landslide in Taraba.

“Now again, after the 2019 elections, the President appointed someone who was little known in the party and he could not galvanize the party. But at least he was there. Sadly, we are facing the next general elections and there is no clear plan for the party. Several months after the President sacked the minister, Taraba state has remained with a minister and no serious national appointee. This is detrimental for the party.

“We had hoped that the President will look at the records and see those that actually worked for the party over the years and appoint someone who has the track record of bringing the people together so that all the issues bothering the party could be addressed and yet nothing is been done. So what is the point staying in the party? As it is, the party needs a leader apart from the state officials who can bring all the stakeholders together to sort out our issues and prepare ahead of 2023.

“I can tell you in confidence that already consultation is underway to move the party structure in Taraba to another party. What is the point staying when we are not appreciated and have been abandoned by our leaders? What is the motivation here when hard work and absolute loyalty counts as nothing? It is this same action that cost the party Taraba state governorship in 2019. We can not sit back and watch that happen again.

“To further worsen the situation, we learnt that some people in government are lobbying for some persons who are either not party members at all or are, at best, Fairweather members, to get tickets and appointments. What message are they trying to send to those that have worked faithfully and tirelessly for the party? So don’t be surprised if you wake up tomorrow to witness the death of the APC and birth of a new party in the state”.

The APC has been through some challenging times in the state with some attributing it to a lack of clearly acceptable leader of the party at the state level who can bring all the stakeholders to a round table and sort out their differences in a manner that will be tolerable by all parties involved.

Another member of the party Alhaji Sani Umar noted that the reward system of the party seems to work well everywhere else except in Taraba state.

Umar said that “the APC does not consider Taraba chapter of the party for anything at all. As a state where the President won election back to back even though the PDP is the ruling party in the state, it is sad that we are not considered for appointments and other good things that come with been in leadership.

“Even the ministerial slot we should enjoy constitutionally has been vacant for several months now. How do we progress as a party without support from our leaders at the national level? How do you convince the people to work for the party wholeheartedly when there is no reward system for them? I think the party may be heading for a major crisis if this is not urgently addressed and corrected”.

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