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APC Crisis: Former PGF DG, Lukman Breaks Silence, Reveals Why He Resigned

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The former Director-General of Progressive Governors’ Forum, Dr. Salihu Lukman has said that his decision to resign was as a result of the tyrannic posture of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said following the announcement that the national convention of the party will hold on February 26, party leaders must ensure the new leadership of the party that will emerge at the Convention will be tolerant to criticism and be democratic.

Lukman, in a statement issued on Wednesday, said since the news filtered out on Monday about his resignation, many party leaders, friends, family members and well-wishers have reached out to him with words of support and encouragement.

He said, “I can confirm that it is true I have given my resignation to Forum Chairman, His Excellency Abubakar Atiku Bagudu. I restrained myself from making any public statement on the matter because I am still awaiting acceptance.

“It is true that my decision to resign from the position is to enable me to continue with the campaign to return APC to its founding vision, which is to build a party that is not only democratic but oriented based on social democratic principles.”

The party chieftain revealed that the national leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu has urged him to continue his campaign to return APC to its founding vision.

He said following the news of his resignation, many party leaders and members called to express their worries, adding that one of the party leaders who honoured him with an invitation to meet him late on Tuesday was Tinubu.

He noted that Tinubu commended him for championing the campaigns to reform the party and expressed shock that some members of the Forum were intolerant to criticism.

Lukman said Tinubu argued that any party leader who would not accommodate critical opinion on fundamental issue such as respecting decisions and especially a matter as sensitive as organising the National Convention, which is the highest organ of the party, such a person is not a democrat and shouldn’t be associated with a party envisioned to be progressive, such as the APC.

“With these words, he encouraged me to continue with my campaign, which is what the party needs,” he said.

Lukman stressed that Tinubu declared his support to all decisions of President Buhari to ensure that the APC Convention is held in February 2022.

He added: “Since the buildup to the 2019 elections, internal contests in the APC began to degenerate, while some leaders became intolerant and conducted themselves almost as tyrants.”

Lukman pointed out that some party leaders in the bid to emerge as candidates of the party for offices became hostile, while the party campaign drifted to almost war situations in many instances.

He stressed that every campaign to get the leadership of the party to commence the process of internal reform was resisted.

Lukman added that organs of the party stopped meetings as required by the constitution, while views of party leaders became decisions of the party.

He, however, noted that President Muhammadu Buhari disagreed with what was going on in the party and supported the campaign for reform.

Lukman said without going into all the details, the inspiration to set up the current Caretaker Committee came from Buhari based on the expectation of ensuring that the drift in the party was arrested.

He stressed that this was expected to produce a new leadership, which should emerge at the party’s National Convention.

Lukman added, “Once the Caretaker Committee began to show signs of reluctance to organise the Convention, it should be a source of concern to all party members desirous of reform.”

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2023: PDP NWC To Meet Presidential Aspirants Today

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The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party will meet with presidential aspirants under the party, The PUNCH has learnt.

The meeting comes ahead of the party’s primary, which is set to commence on Saturday, May 28, 2022.

A presidential aspirant under the PDP disclosed this to our correspondent under the condition of anonymity.

Though the purpose of the meeting is not known yet, our correspondent learnt that it was an emergency meeting.

“We have an emergency meeting with the NWC. We won’t take long. I think they just want us to know some things. I will, however, brief you on the outcome of the meeting.”

Recall that following the exit of one of contenders for the office of the president under the PDP, Peter Obi, the number of candidates reduced to 14.

They are Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike; former Senate President Bukola Saraki; Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal; and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim.

Others are Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed; Akwa Ibom governor, Emmanuel Udom; former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose; and publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu.

Others include: former president, Manufacturing Association of Nigeria, Sam Ohuabunwa; investment banker, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen; lawyer and entrepreneur, Charles Ugwu; former Abia State House of Assembly Speaker, Chikwendu Kalu; and Tareila Diana, the only female aspirant.

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Development Initiative For Ogun West

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Elders, leaders, residents of Ogun State, ladies and gentlemen of the press.


Development Initiative for Ogun West is a non-partisan think-tank of deeply vested individuals in the development of Ogun West Senatorial District and Ogun State at large.


We believe very strongly that Ogun State has all it takes to be the next largest economy in West Africa, after Lagos, productivity wise.


Sadly, the state currently ranks in a shadow of itself, falling short in many metrics of good governance and socioeconomic development.


As strong believers in the notion that politics trumps everything, we have watched, read and observed with grave concerns the ongoing in the politics of our dear Ogun West, particularly as regards the contest for the Ogun West Senatorial seat.

The extent of the escalation and potential fallout has prompted our intervention this time.


A pertinent caveat at this juncture is that our intervention is of no political leaning or motivation but for a most productive and impactful long term outcome for the people of Ogun West.

Also, our intervention is based on the knowledge of the fact that the APC is the party in government in Ogun State and therefore the party’s candidates would have an advantage in the outcome of forthcoming elections.

Practically, leading political parties are the ones that win elections; the facts and numbers from the last two cycles of elections speak to this.

Meanwhile, a serious issue capable of stalling the development of the entire Ogun West Senatorial District in all fronts and already casting our leaders and elders in very bad light with a potential to unleash unprecedented violence has ensued.

The following notions which were hitherto rumoured have come to bare as real and imminent;


1. That a serving Lagos West Senator; Olamilekan Adeola pseudo named “Yayi” is vying for the office of Ogun West senate.


2. That on the one hand, Senator Adeola (Yayi) is being accused of not being native to Ilaro in Yewa South L/G. And on the other hand the senator insists he is from Pahayi- Ilaro.


3. That there is a need to forestall tendencies (political thugs) who may take advantage of the potentially volatile situation to unleash unprecedented violence on Yewaland.

In view of the above, and in order to avoid ugly situations that would send Ogun West many years backwards in socio-political and economic development and also in order to resolve the above volatile and contentious issues into harmony; we are calling on all leaders of thought, elders and citizens of Ogun State home and abroad to consider the followings:


A. That a review committee be set up to interrogate the situation. We propose that the committee be made up of at least two prominent members of Yewa Think Tank, At least two nonpartisan Ogun West Citizens , two prominent personalities from the other two senatorial districts, and two representatives from reputable CSOs, and two skillful qualified dispute resolution/mediation experts.

B. A one page position paper by members of the public from Ogun West be forwarded to [email protected]

C. Without prejudice to the actions or constitutions of the political parties which the aspirants belong, the committee should make their findings known to:
1. The Government of Ogun State
2. Yewa Traditional Council
3. Ogun State Traditional Council
4. All political parties
5. The general public.


The above matters require urgent actions to help forestall breaches of peace, violence and other offensive behaviours capable of bringing the whole district into disrepute thereby stunting Ogun West development.

The DI Team

SIGNED:


Pst. Oyero Olurin

Engr. Prince Bodurin Oduntan

Deji Kosebinu

Hassan Taiwo

B.O Ajibose

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Alonso Tips Real Madrid To Beat Liverpool In Champions League Final

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Former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder, Xabi Alonso, has given his verdict on both sides’ upcoming Champions League final.

Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28 in Paris.

The Premier League giants eliminated Villarreal in the Champions League semi-final stage, while Real Madrid knocked Manchester City out of the competition.

However, Alonso wants people to enjoy the spectacle between Real Madrid and Liverpool in the Champions League final.

The former Spain international also recalls seeing both sides in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev.

Speaking to BT Sport ahead of this year’s final, Xabi Alonso said: “It was beautiful to see such a beautiful show or game or whatever. I was in Kiev a few years ago and it was great to enjoy it with two of my teams there and it’s not about the final.

“It’s as well to reach the final and to enjoy with the crowds. I was there with friends from Madrid, from Liverpool and I am kind of in the middle of both teams so I will win whatever happens.”

He added: “Both great teams, they both deserve it. So I will feel for one not to get it. But whatever happens, Madrid, they will win and Liverpool will win in the future. We will see. It’s the Champions League final. Just enjoy it.”

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