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Whether Atiku Holds Meetings In Dubai Or Jungle, We Are Not Afraid —- Tinubu Boasts

Gbemileke Ajayi

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The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said he and other chieftains of the party are not afraid of where the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, holds his meetings ahead of the 2019 elections.

Tinubu said this when he spoke with State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

He said: “We don’t fear, whether he (Atiku) is meeting in the jungle, in Dubai or in Abu Dhabi.

“People are free to meet and strategise in any way they feel, but we are not going back to the illusion of the PDP.

“It is not possible.

“Nigerians will not do that.

“They say slow and steady wins the race.

“We inherited that from our forefathers and knowledgeable people.

“We can’t go back to the pit that we inherited for 16 years.

“They can strategise from anywhere, but a leopard cannot change its skin.”

Tinubu also dismissed the call for the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiohmole, saying party supremacy must be respected.

According to the APC National Leader, Oshiohmole has so far not violated APC\s constitution or engaged in any anti-party activity that will warrant his resignation or removal from office.

He said: “We all have to respect the party supremacy.

“You were all here when we had the Congress, we elected the new executives, we had the convention, the NEC was formed and we surrendered to avoid conflict, to avoid domination, to avoid abuses of power, we surrendered our rights, all rights to the National Working Committee headed by Adams Oshiomohole.

“That the National Working Committee should set up electoral bodies to supervise various state congresses and elections.

“We signed off for it.

“So, if it is not in our individual favour, so be it.

“We gave three options: consensus, where there is no consensus because if you are more than two or three and you cannot agree to one candidate, you go to the next level.

“The next level is the stakeholders’ delegates (system) and you have to be supervised by the National Working Committee of the party, national election committee of the party.

“That shows party supremacy or the freest option, the less cumbersome is to open direct primary, line up and count the number 1,2,3.

“If you win, you win and if you fail, go home.”

Tinubu further explained that an appeal committee was set up by the party to look into grievances arising from the conduct of the party’s primaries.

He said the committee, which served as internal mechanism for conflict resolution, had performed its duties diligently.

He said: “It was there (appeal committee), you cannot turn round against that, and you cannot turn against all of that.

“No.

“Party is supreme, party must be respected, abuses will not do it and anger will not do it.

“It is party politics.

“Somebody will win and somebody will lose.

“Too bad.”

It would be recalled that Oshiohmole had on October 21 in a statement by his press secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, alleged that conservatives within the party are ganging up to pass a vote of no-confidence on him.

He said in the statement that his sin was his refusal to allow continued impunity and circumvention of due process being perpetuated in some states.

The APC chairman added that he was not surprised by the gang up as he never had the illusion that the process of reforming the party was going to be an easy one.

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Oshiomhole Is An Expert In Falsehood, Manipulation — Okorocha

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Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has taken on the National Chairman the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, over the bribery allegation leveled against him, describing the chairman as an expert in falsehood and manipulation.

Okorocha, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwemeodo, said that he was not surprised at the allegation as a member of the party, Ahmed Gulak, had made the same allegation.

He said, “In giving account of his encounter with the DSS, the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole once again took on Governor Rochas Okorocha, talking about how the governor offered him bribe and he refused and repeated his claim that he wants to stop the governor from building family dynasty.”

“Alhaji Ahmed Gulak had one month after his kidnap tale also made the same allegation of two million dollars bribe which he said he also rejected. Our worry is that Comrade Oshiomhole and Gulak have decided to impugn on the intelligence of Nigerians with all these their latest accounts.”

“On the side of Oshiomhole he has been telling the world that he wants to stop Okorocha from building a dynasty in Imo. And he only needed to be questioned by the DSS Personnel to remember that the governor offered him a bribe and he refused. Do Gulak and Oshiomhole think that Nigerians are not intelligent enough to detach the truth from falsehood. These are partners in falsehood and they are on a media campaign to cover up the mess they put themselves in Imo.”

To say the least, Adams Oshiomhole is the “father – father”of family dynasty or nepotism or “familiocracy”. Uche Nwosu is from Nkwerre Local Government, while Rochas Okorocha is from Ideato South LGA. They have no relationship aside the inlaw issue. The only relation of Governor Okorocha who is in his government is Ogechi Ololo from Owerri North. She does not answer Ogechi Okorocha. There is no other direct or indirect relation of Okorocha in his government. So, as it stands now, Rochas is the only Okorocha running election.”

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INEC Finally Publishes Name Of Imo APC Governorship Candidate

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has finally published the name of Senator Hope Uzodimma as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo State.

The Senator’s name was pasted at the INEC office along Port Harcourt road in Owerri, with Akaolisa Cyprian Okechukwu, as his running mate.

Uzodimma’s name was displayed at about 07:52 as the authentic governorship flag-bearer of the APC.

This is coming about after 10 hours after INEC had pasted 67 other governorship names of various political parties, excluding that of APC.

PorscheClassy News had earlier reported that INEC did not add the name of the governorship candidate of APC, in Imo state on the list of governorship candidates it published on Friday.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Emeka Ihedioha and 66 others were on the list, while that of the APC was seen missing.

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Imo APC Governorship Candidate Missing As INEC Publishes List

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The Independent National Electoral Commission on Friday released the list of governorship candidates in Imo State missing out the name of the candidate representing the ruling All Progressives Congress.

The electoral umpire published 67 governorship candidates and their respective running mates at its office in Owerri, the state capital.

Our correspondent who visited INEC’s office in the state saw the candidates’ names and that of their running mates displayed alongside their credentials and personal information.

Among the top names who made the INEC lists are a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ike Ibe of the Independent Party and a former Senator, Ifeanyi Araraume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.

Others are Michael Ikoku of the Young Democratic Party, Linus Okorie of the Young Progressives Party and Alloysius Osuji of Mass Action Joint Alliance.

Three women emerged as governorship candidates. They are, Omeogu Chidiebere of the African Action Congress, Joy Udodiri of MMN and Adaku Ibe of the Democratic Peoples Party.

A source at the INEC office told our correspondent that there were court orders stopping the Commission from publishing the name of the APC governorship candidate.

Uche Nwosu and Senator Hope Uzodinma have been battling both in court and within the party for who should be its candidate.

While Nwosu was declared the winner of the October 6 APC governorship primary, Uzodinma was pronounced winner of the October 1 primary, which allegedly did not hold in the state.

The PUNCH.

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