President Muhammadu Buhari has dumped the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Presidential Reconciliation Committee he set up on February 6, 2018, to return cohesion to the All Progressives Congress.
The President made his position known on Monday in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
Rather, President Buhari declared his support for the reconciliation committee set up by the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and inaugurated on November 21, 2018.
President Buhari had set up the Asiwaju Tinubu-led committee via a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
This was in the heat of the crisis that hit the APC in the early week of 2018.
The two paragraph statement setting up the committee said: “As part of on-going efforts to improve cohesion within the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari has designated Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence building efforts.
“The assignment will involve resolving disagreements among party members, party leadership and political office holders in some states of the Federation.”
But on Monday in the statement by Adesina, President Buhari said the setting up of such a committee was the duty of the party.
He thus said party members should relate with the committee set up by Oshiomhole.
In the statement issued on Monday, Adesina said: “In a related development, President Buhari has also advised members to work with the reconciliation committees impaneled for the six geopolitical zones by the APC, and not a purported Presidential Committee on Reconciliation, stressing that the Party is the only body authorised to constitute such committees.”
APC Seeks Buhari’s Approval For Party Convention
The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Caretaker/Extraordinary Committee has submitted a proposal to President Muhammadu Buhari, seeking approval to conduct the party’s congresses and convention.
The Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), a forum of governors elected on the platform of the party, confirmed this yesterday, saying the committee has submitted the proposal to the president.
Rising from a meeting of the 22 APC governors in Abuja on Wednesday night, the Chairman of the forum and the Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Atiku Bagudu, said once the president approved the proposal, the committee would announce the date.
Buhari, in an interview with ARISE NEWS Channel, aired last Thursday, had said that he gave the party’s caretaker committee up till the end of June to submit its report on the convention.
“We should allow the party to decide (on his successor), I have just told you that we have started from bottom-up and I gave the acting chairman the end of June to submit a report on the convention we are going to conduct and then arrange the general election, all elections till 2023. We have started this from the bottom up so that members of the party will feel they are involved in decision making,” Buhari had said.
The meeting of the APC governors’ forum was attended by 22 of its members, while the Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ivara Esu, represented Governor Ben Ayade.
Bagudu said the governors started the meeting by commending the committee it assigned to oversee talks on the autonomy for the legislature and judiciary.
He stated that the governors considered the timetable for the congresses and convention of the party and also made recommendations, particularly on the need to comply with the electoral law and the party’s constitution.
Bagudu said: “Remember we (PGF) are just one organ of the party, though a very important organ, but we advised the caretaker committee to ensure that they consult with all. So that at the end of the day, the final output will be such that all party members will be happy.
“The PGF met this evening and reviewed a number of issues relating to the assignments given to committee members, which participated in party affairs, national security, and economy.
“There is a proposal before Mr. President and once he approves it, the National Caretaker Committee will announce the date.”
He added that the governors commended the leadership of the party on the achievements recorded and recent defections of high-profile politicians to the party.
He stated that in the last few months, former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel; the Governor of Ebonyi, Chief Dave Umahi, and Ayade, among others, have joined the ruling party.
Bagudu said this was a testament to the fact that APC had become Nigeria’s preferred party.
According to him, the forum also acknowledged the constraints of the economy and the successes that have been achieved.
FG Orders Arrest, Prosecution of Nigerians Using Twitter Via VPN
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Saturday, directed the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation to begin immediate prosecution of those who violate the Federal Government’s order suspending Twitter operations in Nigeria.
Malami’s spokesman, Umar Gwandu, disclosed this in a statement titled, ‘Twitter ban: Malami orders prosecution of offenders.’
The Federal Government had on Friday ordered all internet service providers to suspend Twitter. However, many Nigerians have been using Virtual Private Networks to circumvent the ban.
“Malami directed the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation at the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to swing into action and commence in earnest the process of prosecution of violators of the Federal Government De-activation of operations of Twitter in Nigeria.
“Malami directed the DPPF to liaise with the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, Nigerian Communications Commission and other relevant government agencies to ensure the speedy prosecution of offenders without any further delay.”
No Primaries In Apapa, As Hon Adele Calls For Calm
Following series of violence put up by cultists and thugs across Apapa Local Government Area during All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos Chapter council primaries, the youths, party leaders, and other members have unanimously said that there was no evidence the chairmanship and councilorship primaries were held in any of the wards.
They said that the harassment and other shenanigans experienced during the exercise which disenfranchised genuine members of the party from performing their rights further indicated that there were no primaries held across the councils.
According to them, there are Visual pieces of evidence to show that the 5 wards in Apapa didnt have any Election because former state Chairman Tunde Balogun had tried to use the 2014 party register to deny members from voting but this was rejected.
Aside from violence that enveloped the entire process forcing many to flee from the venues after cultists and thugs, who were touring the entire wards to scare away Genuine party members, they stressed that the modalities set by the party leadership earlier before the exercise were not followed and that many adjustments were made that did not conform with the exercise before the thugs disrupted it.
The primaries, designed constitutionally to select flagbearers for the next council election on Saturday were disrupted, in a related development Apapa council chairman Hon Elijah Adele has asked party members to remain calm as the Party has been notified of the abnormalities in the primaries