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Osun: Poll, a sign of thriving democracy – Odigie-Oyegun

The immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has described the inconclusive governorship election in Osun State as a manifestation of a thriving democracy provided by the APC.

Odigie-Oyegun, who disclosed this during an interview with journalists in Benin, Edo State, on Tuesday, also allayed the fears that the outcome of the rerun on Thursday could lead to a crisis in the state as the voters were enlightened enough to make their choices, based on the issues affecting them.

This is just as the member representing Egor/Ikpoba-Okha federal constituency and aspirant of the APC, Ehiozuwa Agbonnayima, expressed optimism that the alliance being sought by the Peoples Democratic Party would not affect the chances of the ruling party in the election.

Agbonnayima, who told journalists that he had received a waiver from the National Chairman of the party, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, to contest the 2019 election, said, “The PDP is worried about the situation in Osun; that is why they are going into an alignment. I believe the APC will be victorious.”

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On his part, the former national chairman explained, “I do not have any such fears (of a crisis). The nation is mature much more than other people think. Voters and the general public are mature much more than a lot of people think.

“The issues in Osun are basically not national. There are lots of local conflicts and antagonism that gave rise to the kind of contestation that has occurred in Osun.

“What is important to the nation is that the APC government allowed democracy to prevail. The APC government allowed the people to freely express their will.

“The APC government ensured that every vote counted. That is what we should be looking at, rather than the negative aspects, which I do not see at all.

“There are lots of positives from the Osun State election. It is my hope that the voters in the remaining wards will reward the APC for the kind of election that it allowed to take place, by giving it a victory on Thursday.”

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Ahead of the 2019 presidential election, he expressed his loyalty for President Muhammadu Buhari, who he said was a representation of the integrity that Nigeria needed at the moment.

“I am still with him (Buhari) and I will continue to be with him because of what he represents as an individual. In a country that lacks heroes, Buhari stands out and we must try to represent the very strongly positive traits in Buhari, which is what the nation needs,” he said.

Speaking further, Odigie-Oyegun dismissed claims that the anti-corruption campaign of the ruling party was targeted at the opposition, arguing that many of those who had been convicted were members of the APC.

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Go And Learn Vulcanizer, We’ll Do Freedom For You – Tinubu Takes Swipe At Agbaje


Influential politician and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has fired shots at Jimi Agbaje, for saying that he wants to free Lagos.

While speaking at the All Progressives Congress stakeholders’ meeting in Ikeja on Monday, Bola Tinubu, took a swipe at the Lagos state governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje, for saying he wants to free Lagos.

Recall that Jimi Agbaje in his campaigns had said he that he will free the state from Alphabeta Consulting, a company which he claims receives a percentage of every dime Lagos earns in taxes and revenues.

In reaction to Jimi Agbaje’s comments, the APC national leader, Tinubu, said: “Those who said they wanted freedom should go and learn tailoring and vulcanising and we will do freedom for them later. They do not have the people.

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“He was in the contest for the first and second times. He is in the contest for the third time. He will fail again.”

Tinubu said Lagos must deliver at least three million votes for the APC during the 2019 polls, adding that it is imperative for the ruling party to hold on to power and that its members “must vote en masse” for President Muhammadu Buhari.

The APC chieftain said: “Here in Lagos, we must maintain a strong outing for APC, a party of progress, development and economy. We must differentiate between a developmental economy and a container economy. We will not accept to get Nigeria corrupt again.

“We suffered 16 years of their failure and fake promises. We have made progress in Lagos We have become the fifth largest economy in Africa. We have six million votes in Lagos.

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“Your target should be half; three million or the entire six million. We must vote en masse for President Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, our governorship candidate, senators, house of representatives and assembly candidates, and later, our chairmen and councillors.”

Tinubu urged the party’s leaders to woo back those who have left the APC, charging the local council chairmen and councillors to hold meetings with those who are aggrieved.

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 Why Buhari must resign as President – Atiku 

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s remark that Nigeria’s economy was in a bad shape.

Abubakar said Buhari should vacate his post over his confession on the bad state of the country’s economy.

Buhari had on Friday made the remark while meeting with governors of the federation.

But, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, on Sunday, the former Vice President said Buhari has continued to exhibit his cluelessness, incapacity and ineptitude in handling the country’s economy

He described Buhari’s confession that the “Nigerian economy has collapsed under his watch as not only a pathetic ploy to attract the sympathy of Nigerians with his false honesty but also, a disguise to get a soft landing from the people he has put under terrible suffering and hardship in the last three and half years.”

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The statement reads, “The result, of course, is this late hour confession of failure on the eve of our general elections, in the hope that millions of Nigerians, whom he has condemned to poverty and hardship, will give him a clap for failing abysmally. I dare say that President Buhari has miscalculated badly on this matter because Nigerians are simply fed up with him.

“The economy has collapsed under his watch and he has by this frank remarks admitted that he has no idea on how to fix it and that is why he summoned the governors to help him. This is really very sad because President Buhari has run out of time and what Nigerians need now is a leadership which has the political will, administrative experience and sound economic acumen to get Nigeria working again.”

The Waziri of Adamawa stated that Buhari’s “confession of the failed economy has continued to exhibit his cluelessness, incapacity and ineptitude in handling the economy by once again invoking the tired mantra of blaming the past administration and 16 years of PDP rule for his own failure.

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“The honourable step to take is for the President to step down from his position. The confession by the President that the economy had gone out of control” was a confirmation of the forecast by the British multinational bank, HSBC “which predicted that re-electing President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 could plunge Nigeria into deeper economic hardship.”

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2019 elections: PDP plotting to operate ‘container economy’ – Tinubu 

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was plotting to operate “container economy” if voted into power in 2019.

Tinubu made the allegation while reacting to the Vice Presidential debate.

Speaking at the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi’s Roundtable entitled: ‘The Imperatives of Building Institutions for Lasting Legacies,’ held at Ibadan, yesterday, Tinubu said the outcome of the debate has shown that the ‘developmental economy’ of APC cannot be compared with the ‘container economy’ of PDP.

The former Governor of Lagos State argued that the developmental economy would take Nigeria to a secured next level of economic prosperity.

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He, however, stated that the container economy would return the country to perpetual slavery and poverty.

The former governor also assured that he would support the APC governorship candidate for the 2019 poll in the state, Chief Adebayo Adelabu.

He said: “I saw the debate yesterday, to crown my remarks. You could see the difference between a developmental economy and a container economy.

“Is Oyo State going APC? Oyo State is APC. It is progressive politics. I said in one place before, our Moses has crossed the Red Sea, no going back to Egypt. Success all the way.”

He stated that he did not feel bad if opposition parties in the State associated him with the process that threw Adelabu up as governorship candidate.

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“If we do indirect primary again, I will still vote for your (Governor Ajimobi) choice of successor, because reforms, re-engineering, reinvigoration of the institutions can only continue beyond us. If the foundation is bad, the house will crumble,” he said.

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