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BREAKING: Akpabio Dissociates Self From Rerun In Essien Udim

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Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Senator Godswill Akpabio has dissociated himself from any happenings at the rerun election in Essien Udim local government area.

Akpabio said his decision and that of his party, the All Progressives Congress(APC) to stay away from the supplementary election was sacrosanct, and therefore should not be linked to the exercise in any way.

The minister was responding to insinuations in the social media linking him to pockets of violence and irregularities at the rerun in his area.

A statement issued to journalists by his Chief Press Secretary, Anietie Ekong, said, “The news flying about linking Senator Godswill Akpabio to any rerun election in Essien Udim Local Government Area is fake.

“It is well known that because of higher national responsibilities as Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Akpabio had withdrawn his candidature from the said election. He was replaced by the APC with Obongemem Ekperikpe Ekpo.

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“The other candidates who were scheduled for the elections, Rt Hon Nse Ntuen and Rt. Hon Emmanuel Akpan have written to announce their withdrawal from the elections.

“And just yesterday, the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Hon Ini Okopido at a widely publicized press conference announced that the APC will not participate in the rerun elections.

“So on what basis would any sane human being link Senator Akpabio to whatever is happening in Essien Udim Local Government Area.

“As I write Senator Akpabio is not even in Essien Udim. He’s in Uyo. He has no interest whatsoever in what is going on there and had advised his supporters to heed the call of the State APC and boycott the elections”, he said.

Ekong in the statement said reliable information indicates that there is a plot by the PDP to use it’s thugs to cause mayhem and link it to Akpabio, who is not even at Essien Udim.

“We have however gathered that PDP some sponsored thugs were planning to carry out a sinister plot during the rerun elections and link it to Senator Akpabio. Security agencies should be on the watch out for miscreants and sponsored thugs, apprehend them and visit the full weight of the law on them.

“We urge the general public to ignore infantile propaganda linking Senator Akpabio to anything that is going on in Essien Udim LGA in the name of rerun elections”, he maintained.

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APC Now A Funny Organization Under Oshiomhole ⁠— Ex-SGF, Babachir Lawal

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Babachir Lawal, the former secretary to the government of the Federation (SGF) has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a “funny organisation” under the leadership of Adams Oshiomole as the National Chairman of the party.

While addressing newsmen over the weekend, Babachir Lawal alleged that the north has lost its priviledge in the APC following the suspension of Lawal Shaibu and Inuwa Abdulkadir who are the national Vice-Chairmen of the party in the north and north-west respectively.

He said: “This APC is funny, as we speak, the chairman and his loyalists have suspended the deputy national chairman (north), the whole north, the chairman, national vice-chairman (north-west) which is the largest geographical zone with seven states has been suspended, he is no longer attending national working committee meeting.

“The national secretary of the party who is from the north, from Yobe, has left to become governor of Yobe state as we speak, there is no firm decision to his replacement.

“For more than one year or so. A very substantial part of the country is not represented in the decision making.”

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Babachir further alleged that Oshiomhole does not involve prominent members of the party in decision-making.

He said: “I’m quite close to members of the NWC, they always complain about not being carried along so the chairman of a party is not an executive president where whatever you say is, you need to carry everyone along.

“That is the essence, a national vice-chairman north-east for example, he is for north-east and there are things unique to the area which he is aware of, which his own exco has brought to him for processing at the national secretariat. If he does not get the proper hearing and opportunity to present those things they are disenfranchised.”

Reacting on the reconciliation panel that was composed to resolve differences among warring members, the former SGF wondered what the panel led by Bisi Akande will achieve as he insisted that it is better for politicians to cut their losses and nurse their wounds rather than be reconciled.

Babachir Lawal said, “In politics, sometimes it is better not to reconcile, somebody must lose out.

“First of all there has to be confidence restored in the NWC that they capacity to be impartial and fair in the decisions they take on behalf of party members. As I speak I don’t think there is any APC member that can confidently tell you that he expects the NWC to be fair and just in some of the cases because we lost election on account of this.”

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Bayelsa: Keyamo Hails Supreme Court Verdict, Blames APC For Lyon’s Loss

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Festus Keyamo, the minister of state for labour and employment, has blamed the All Progressives Congress (APC) for losing to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bayelsa state.

Recall that the Supreme Court on Thursday sacked David Lyon and Sen. Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, as the governor and deputy elect in the Nov. 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.

Keyamo who made this known on Thursday, February 14, while reacting to the apex court judgment on the election in the state, commended the court for being firm and resolute.

“The S/Court has been firm & resolute so far regarding pre-election cases & Election Petitions. I commend their lordship.

“As a party, we have to look at our own internal mechanisms that make us give our victories needlessly away to the opposition & take appropriate actions,” Keyamo wrote on Twitter.

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Bayelsa: Buhari’s Aide, Lauretta Onochie Blames APC, Reveals Secret About Lyon’s Loss

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s special assistant on social media, Lauretta Onochie, on Friday, February 14, revealed secrets behind the Supreme Court’s judgement that sacked the former governor-elect of the Bayelsa state, David Lyon.

Onochie in a statement posted on her Facebook page said the screening organ of the ruling All Progressives Congressive (APC) should be blamed for the loss the party suffered in Bayelsa state.

She made this known in a statement titled, ‘Beauty from ashes’, that it is not the time to flex muscle, adding that the party leadership should reflect on how its screening organ failed Lyon and the people of the state.

The statement read: “This is not the Time to flex muscles. It’s time to reflect on how the APC screening organ, failed David Lyon and the people of Bayelsa.”

“It was heart-wrenching to see the photos of David Lyon rehearsing for a day that will not be. How is he, his family and his supporters ever going to get over this? APC Failed him.

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“It’s indefensible. No excuse Can cover this one. We can’t be sentimental like PDP. We can’t stand on PDP antecedents.

“We can’t be unfair like PDP. We can’t be irresponsible like PDP. We can’t make excuses like PDP. We can’t be Tacky like PDP. We can’t be Lawless like PDP.

“For those who are still arguing blindly or postulating, read on: Law versus sentiments: Pocket lawyers like me: Total vote cast: EKEREMO: 41429 APC- 21489 or 51.9%, PDP- 18344 or 44.3% “What the Supreme Court ruled: EKEREMO: Total vote cast: 19934, PDP- 18344 or 92%, APC- 0%.

“Work it out for the other seven local government areas. Justice is not about how many states a political party has, it’s about what the law says.

“We must begin, as agents of change, to imbibe the culture of legality, consulting our laws in all we do and have absolute respect for our judiciary, especially the Supreme Court.” 

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