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APC move to reconcile Abiodun, Abiodun ends in stalemate

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The move by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to reconcile the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, and his predecessor, Ibikunle Amosun, ended in a stalemate on Friday.

The duo met separately with the APC Reconciliation Committee led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu in Abeokuta, the state capital, on Friday.

Amosun and Abiodun have been at a loggerhead after the party’s state congress held on October 16, 2021.

Two factions loyal to the two men held two parallel congresses in 236 wards in Ogun and produced two separate executive committees thereby throwing the state chapter of the party into a crisis.

In a bid to resolve the dispute ahead of the 2023 general elections, the party’s National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee set up an eight-man committee to meet the two leaders in Ogun State.

After meeting the governor at the state’s presidential lodge, the committee proceeded to another part of Abeokuta to meet Amosun.

Adamu, who addressed journalists after the meeting with the two men, said the meeting ended in a deadlock.

READ ALSO: Amosun an impostor, his faction’s congress in Ogun a charade – APC

Asked if there is a sharing formula to appease Abiodun and Amosun, he said: “There is no sharing formula.”

He, however, added that the committee now has a clear understanding of the cause of the feud between the two APC chieftains.

Adamu said: “What to take home in the name of God and most sincerely is that we got here around 11:00 a.m., we have been to the Government House to greet His Excellency and to announce formally that we are in Ogun State on the mandate of our committee.

“It is a practice we have adopted to always talk first so that we can have the cracks of the issues raised, something to explain to us what was raised in their petition. We have just accomplished that.”

He expressed optimism that the party would resolve the crisis.

By: Oluwatobi Odeyinka

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Fuel Subsidy Removal: Labour vows to continually resist govt oppression

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has on Tuesday vowed to continue to resist any form of oppression on the masses by the Federal Government.

This was stated by Chairman of the Ogun State chapter of the NLC, Comrade Emmanuel Bankole, while speaking with journalists in Abeokuta.

Bankole also disclosed that the organized labour has suspended its planned protest over the proposed removal of fuel subsidy by the Nigerian government.

The Labour chief said the suspension of the protest was informed by the federal government’s decision to abort the proposed increment in the price of petrol.

Ripples Nigeria on Monday reported that the government was putting on hold its initial plan of removing subsidy on petroleum products by June 2022, and this was after the labour unions and student unions threatened to hit the streets to protest.

The labour congress had fixed February 1, 2022 for a nationwide protest to resist the government’s decision, but arising from an emergency NEC meeting of the Congress, Bankole said after considering many factors, the NLC has decided to shelve the proposed protest.

Bankole said, “We have only one task before us and that is to resist government oppression in any form. We have passed through this path before and here we are again.

READ ALSO: Buhari moves to dump decision on fuel subsidy removal for next govt

“We had a NEC meeting in December when we started having insinuations that they are going to hike petroleum products come February. We had a meeting and NEC took a decision that any day we hear that any kobo has been added to it, we should not even wait for any directive, we should just shutdown the country.

“We had the directive to mobilise and sensitise our people that never again shall we allow any subsidy removal, never again shall we allow them to deceive us.

“Yesterday (Monday) there was a formal publication from the government to the leadership of the congress that government putting the fuel subsidy removal on hold”.

“So, arising from that, we had an emergency NEC meeting and we deliberated and the consensus of opinion is that since the proposed demonstration protest on the plan to hike the price of petroleum and since they have rescinded their decision that we should also shelve our proposed action.”

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Udom Emmanuel to chair Ekiti PDP primary election committee

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The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel has been selected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to serve as Chairman of the Ekiti State electoral committee to conduct a ‘special congress’ for the governorship election in the state.

The nomination of Emmanuel was announced on Tuesday in Abuja by the National Organising Secretary of the party, Umar Bature, who disclosed that the committee was saddled with the task of electing a credible governorship candidate for the June 18 gubernatorial election in the state.

READ ALSO: PDP will resist any attempt to rig Ekiti guber election – Segun Oni

Bature also announced other members of the committee as approved by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) to include Toby Okechukwu who will be the Secretary of the committee, as Olusola Obada, Michael Mku, and Ibrahim Khalid, will serve as members.

According to Bature, the Ekiti State congress is scheduled for Wednesday, January 26, in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

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Hislop condemns ‘depressing’ conduct of MPs in spiky committee session

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Ian Hislop says standards in British public life are “very depressing”, as he denounced the lobbying culture of MPs in a standards committee session this afternoon.

Asked by the standards committee chair, Chris Bryant, how MPs were doing on standards in British public life, Hislop complained they were “not good”.

The editor of Private Eye added the Owen Paterson lobbying scandal was proof the “system failed.”

In a tense exchange with liaison committee chair Sir Bernard Jenkin, Hislop was pressed on whether better dialogue was needed around understanding rules on lobbying.

Hislop complained: “Why do you have to explain to a new MP why he shouldn’t lobby for a company that’s taking government contracts?

“Why isn’t that blatantly obvious?”

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