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Timi Frank, the immediate past Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that the party’s National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomohle, deceived President Muhammadu Buhari to depart for London after promising him (Buhari) that he (Oshiomhole) will remove the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, within 10 days.

Frank was reacting to yesterday’s invasion of the National Assembly by men of the Department for State Service, DSS.

The former APC chieftain berated Oshiomhole for denying allegedly having anything to do with blockage of the National Assembly and the attempt to impeach Saraki.

Part of Frank’s statement said, “Why is Oshiomhole lying when every Nigerian knows that he is the one out to foist a new leadership on the Senate at all cost even when he knows that the APC lawmakers lack the two-third constitutionally stipulated number of Senators to legally remove Saraki and Ekweremadu?

“Nigerians must not be deceived, Oshiomhole is a dictator. He does not like anything democratic. He only mouths democracy when he has something to gain but when his interest is at stake like it is right now, he is usually forced to show the dictatorial stuff he is made of.

“Besides, having deceived President Buhari to leave for London and give him 10 days to remove Saraki, he is now quick to wash his hands off the dirty plot now that he seems to have failed to deliver on his evil promises.

“Thankfully, a friend just sent me a Whatsapp photo of Buhari purportedly watching Oshiomhole’s instigated malfeasance at the National Assembly gate. If that photograph is true, I want Buhari to know that he has been deceived by Oshiomhole. Nigerians want the rule of law and due process to be followed in order to deepen our democracy, not crude tactics now being employed by Oshiomhole.

“Besides, any resort to self-help will never fly with Nigerians because they know the price those who fought for democracy in the country had had to pay to bring us to where we are today.

“Once again I call on Nigerians and members of the international community who are now rightly horrified by this coup against democracy in Nigeria to hold Oshiomhole responsible for any breakdown of law and order capable of truncating democracy in the country,” he stated.

Frank also urged Nigerians not to accord the statement credited to the Acting President, Yemi Osibanjo purportedly condemning the invasion of the National Assembly with any modicum of believability.

“They are acting a script. They want to frustrate the National Assembly and by extension destroy democracy for selfish reasons,” he said.

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REVEALED: Real Reason Ambode’s Commissioner Dumped APC For PDP

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the resignation of f the erstwhile Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo in Lagos State.

The party alleged that Oluwo already had in him traits of opportunism, disloyalty and vaulting desperation for power.

Read the full statement below:

The attention of the All Progressives Congress, Lagos State has been drawn to the letter of resignation of the erstwhile Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo.

The APC wishes him well.

The APC salutes the vigilance of the party apparatus and leadership which have put Oluwo on the watch on account of his antecedents in party politics and succeeded in checkmating his rabid opportunism.

It is on record that Oluwo first made an attempt to reap from the challenges of internal party democracy in our progressive movement when he teamed up with one of the losers in the 2007 primaries of the Action Congress to stop Babatunde Fashola’s sure victory at the polls. The unfortunate political adventurism failed woefully.

However, in the conventional demonstration of mercy and forgiveness, Oluwo’s principal, Sen. Tokunbo Afikuyomi was accommodated in the second term cabinet of Governor Babatunde Fashola as the Commissioner for Tourism.

A similar milk of mercy and kindness led to the consideration Of Oluwo as a member of the Lagos State Executive Council under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the hope that he has purged himself of opportunism, disloyalty and vaulting desperation for power.

Oluwo had hardly resumed as the Commissioner when he began his plot to use that office to advance his quest for political fiefdom. The object of his ambition was the positioning of his wife as the chairman of a local government.
However, alert party men and women raised alarm about his anti-party antecedents wondering why someone who recently joined the party would want to use his position as commissioner to impose his wife on the constituency.
The party rank and file aborted this abuse of power and reckless peddling of influence and everybody thought the lesson had been learnt. He, apparently, had not.

As soon as the procedures for the general elections began, Oluwo once again became the only commissioner to seek his wife as the member of House of Assembly for Eti- Osa. By now the pattern of his ambition had become clear. The intrigue that enabled him to make his wife the first- term commissioner’s wife to become the chairperson of the committee which organised the annual National Women Conference became clear. It was meant to achieve undeserved visibility. This obnoxious attempt to deceive party members was again foiled and it is the aggravated frustration that has led to this defection.

It has been necessary to put this in true context so as to dismiss the false and capricious insinuation that his resignation was in principled objection to the party’s last primaries. Far from it. He was only playing true to type, seeking as he had done in 2007 to reap from the primaries.

He has further showed that he has been a mole of the PDP and has been working to undermine the APC. His exit is a signal to other like minds who may wish to follow his trail.

The party machinery knows everyone and their inclination. We encourage all genuine APC members to remain firm and committed to loftier and greater ideals of taking Lagos to a higher level of excellence.

The party remains unshaken.

Joe Igbokwe
Lagos APC Pub Sec

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Action Alliance Rejects Okorocha’s Son-In-Law As Imo Governorship Candidate

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The National Chairman of the Action Alliance, Dr. Tunde Anifowose-Kelani, has kicked against Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, as the ‎gubernatorial candidate of the party in Imo State.

The National Chairman of the party disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

Anifowose-Kelani said Nwosu has not become a registered member of the party and therefore cannot be recognized as the party’s governorship candidate for the 2019 polls.

He said: “Uche Nwosu is not yet a member of our party and cannot come through the back door to be a gubernatorial candidate of the party in Imo state.”

The National Chairman said the party has rules and regulations guiding its operation, adding that in order to become a registered member, there are due processes to be followed.

Anifowoshe-Kelani, therefore, advised Nwosu that if he really wants to be a registered member of the party, he should do the needful.

He said: “People of such pedigree should know better than junk politicking which would not help towards 2019.”

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Imo Speaker, 18 APC, PDP Lawmakers Defect To AA To Back Okorocha’s Son-In-Law

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Nineteen out of the 27 lawmakers of the Imo State House of Assembly on the platforms of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party have joined Action Alliance in their bid to back the governorship ambition of Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of Governor Rochas Okorocha.

Nwosu had last week emerged the candidate of AA after failing to secure the ticket of the APC.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Acho Ihim, read the notice of defection signed by the lawmakers during plenary on Thursday evening.

Ihim said the defection notice was dated November 7.

The former PDP who defected to the AA are Ken Agbim, Bruno Ukoha and Mike Iheanatu.

Apart from the Speaker, the APC lawmakers who joined AA are Ikechukwu Amuka, Authur Egwim, Uju Onwudiwe, Uche Ejiogu, Ngozi Obiefule, Lugard Osuji, Lloyd Chukwuemeka, Victor Onyewuchi, Chinedu Offor, Kennedy Ibe, Lawman Duruji, Max Odunze, Henry Ezediaro and Obinna Egu.

Amuka, who spoke after the notice of defection had been read, accused the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, of “collaborating with some people to hijack APC in Imo State.”

This was also the position of Osuji, the Majority Leader.

Osuji said Oshiomhole “meted grave injustice” to them during the controversial APC primaries in the state.

He said he felt ashamed that he ever associated with APC.

Osuji said they will team up with Nwosu to win the governorship election and also ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari gets reelected.

Ihim said: “What Oshiomhole did in Imo State was injustice and against the tenets of ideal democracy.”

He said the lawmakers would work for the electoral success of Buhari and Nwosu.

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