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APC Crisis: Oshiomhole Should Step Aside, Banire Insists

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APC Crisis: Oshiomhole Should Step Aside, Banire Insists

…Says Crisis May Consume Party

By Augustine Akhilomen

Former All Progressives Congress, APC, Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire has called on the National Chairman of the All progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole to step aside in order to save the dwindling fortune of the party.

Banire spoke from his base in London on Friday during an interview on Arise Television monitored by Thepledge.

The former chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) insisted that Oshiomhole should first respect the petition laid before him by some members of the party in a bid to clear himself of all allegations.

He also advised the former Edo State Governor to adhere to the principles of the party constitution and not act as a judge on his own case.

“If you ask me from my own personal perspective, honestly speaking I have said so a few weeks ago, is that the party chairman should honourable step aside if it means to save the party and I will explain why. The reality of the matter is that where there are alligations here and there and your legitimacy is been challenged here and there, the honourable thing to do is for you to step aside and it is not new.

“Allegations were not made against me by EFCC on the social media, I volunteered to step aside and equally approached the EFCC myself and nobody asked me to go to say this is my case. So if the ward, for example, is saying that he has committed grievous misconduct against the party constitution and some other allegations. And they are petitions all the way through the local government to the state and national body, it takes the fear and the proper thing to do for him to do is to step aside, particularly in the hearing of those petitions.

“But where, for example, that you prevented or concluded on your own volition that such petition is not worth be considered, then you already infringe not only the right of fair hearing of the petition itself but equally, you have been a judge in your own case. So for me, where you now have the two conflicting decisions right now. Besides, I have not read the content of the Kano Federal High Court. I will be particularly shocked if it’s aware that a similar order has been made, then I will be extremely very shocked. But if the second one exists along what has been purported to convey, then it implies the two are extant. So it is like choosing one or the other now. And the implication is that the police will now be in the middle, in one respect, there is an order saying police should prevent him and the other saying police should allow him. So is now a free-for-all market and that for me is an invitation to anarchy.

Besides, Banire also warned that the party must fix their internal crisis which has affected them in previous elections in some states.

“Well, it is interesting that the chairman can purport to be stating the position of the law and wanting his applicability. As far as I am concerned, that is why I said as a lawyer I regard it as a subjudice, so I might not be able to say much. The allegation that he’s making right now is what he himself has been perpetrating in the office as the chairman. I will give you a good example. Recently I read on social media that some appointments were made of national officers, of course, that is inconsistent. It can never be correct. If you look at the article 20 of the party constitution, he talks about the fact that all national officers must be democratically elected via the convention after nomination under article 31.

“What is been done now is an infraction of the party constitutional provision. The same manner again you will realize that a few months ago, this same chairman presided over National Working Committee (NWC) purported to have suspended two governors as members of the party, I think the deputy national chairman and one other person. These are complete constitutional aberration. So, if you are chosen to continuously violate the constitution, it does not lie morally in your mouth to start complaining about somebody else violating the constitution.

“Of course, if the interpretation of the Edo people is that you register with us, so we can deregister you or suspend you. Well, the court will determine the stand of that argument. The reality is that being a national officer truly is quite distinct from being a member of the party. They are two different things. But when you look at our article 31 of the constitution, it tells you that for you to be a national officer or to be an officer of the party at all, you must first be a member of the party. The question is if for instance you are suspended as a member, can you continue in the light of that to be a national chairman, that is an issue for the determination of the court. If the situation failed to be fixed, it might bring an end to the party,” Banire posited.

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Breaking: 2023: Hayatu-Deen Withdraws From PDP Presidential Race

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…Says Primary “Obscenely Monetised”

A former Managing Director and Chief Executive of FSB International Bank, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen has withdrawn from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential race.

PDP National Convention to elect a 2023 Presidential candidate out of the 15 aspirants is slated for today, in Abuja.

The foremost Economist and Banker, in a letter addressed to the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, said interacting with Nigerians from all walks of life had reinforced his resolve that Nigeria must be saved, otherwise the future is doomed.

He lamented that for years he observed with great concern and sorrow the recent rapid deterioration of all aspects of Nigeria’s national life characterised by increasing poverty, religious intolerance, banditry and kidnapping, monumental oil theft, corruption, mismanagement of national assets, communal and religious strifes and near collapse of public services and public institutions.

Hayatu-Deen said he planned to ensure that the great potential that had become the hallmark of Nigeria’s development paradigm should be actualized during his presidency.

He alleged that the primary had been “obscenely monetised”.

The renowned economist said he planned to make Nigeria the continental economic powerhouse, which would guarantee high quality of life to most Nigerians.

The foremost Banker said his ambition was driven by passion and commitment to rescue Nigeria which is on the verge of collapse.

He said “My exposure locally and internationally and contributions to the nation’s economic and political well being positioned me to take up the challenges facing our dear nation and the courage to participate in this gruelling exercise which most of our elites have shunned away from. Regrettably, the political system has proved to be acrimonious, corrupt and self-serving.

“I joined the contest as a democrat, with an open mind to keenly contest and accept the result of a process that is fair, credible and transparent

“We have endeavoured to forge a consensus which would have facilitated a seamless emergence of a candidate which unfortunately could not be achieved.

“I wish to reiterate that I did not join party politics and to contest for the presidency because of personal gains and inordinate ambition, but to serve our country.

“It is, therefore, based on personal principles and with great humility that I have decided after wide consultations to withdraw from this contest which has been obscenely monetized”.

Hayatu-Deen assured that as a very loyal party member and believer in the democratic process, he’ll continue to avail himself and his teeming supporters at all times to ensure the victory of the PDP.

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2023: Peter Obi Blows Hot, Insists He’s Not Desperate To Be President

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…I’m Not A Saint, But Go And Check My Records, Ex-Anambra Gov Blasts Wike Over Integrity ‘Attack’

 

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, on Friday said he is not desperate to be President.

Mr Obi made the comment while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

According to Mr Obi, he left the Peoples Democratic Party for the Labour Party because the former did no longer align with his political values.

“I’m not desperate to be President or anything,” he said. “I’m desperate to see Nigeria work. Especially for the youths of this country.

“I’ve moved to where I think the process might allow me.

He also retorted that no one can question his integrity over management of public funds/office as he did his best and the records show it.

Obi in a statement on Friday submitted that leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) does not bring his integrity into question or disrepute in any form.

Obi made the submission as a response to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike who had earlier on Thursday during a TV interview stated that Obi’s decision to dump the PDP a few days to the presidential primaries shows a lack of character and integrity.

But replying Wike’s statement, Obi during an interview on Channels Television Politics Today on Friday said his only offence while in office was refusing to mismanage public funds, hence no one can call him out for lack of integrity.

Obi added that even when has was offered some ‘juicy packages’ while in office, he rejected them and opted to live within his means.

According to him, the politics of sharing money has never been a part of him.

“Wike talks about the issue of integrity. He said my leaving the PDP questioned my integrity, I don’t know how that came about. When we talk about integrity, we talk about it in the management of public assets.

“That is what we should be talking about in this country and when such things are mentioned about me, I feel maybe there is something missing somehow. Go and check my record as a governor, I was impeached for three reasons, one, my office had an approved budget for renovation for N298m and I renovated everything with N43,2m.

“My lodge, to renovate where I live, I got a budget of N486m, I did everything with N81m. Number three is that I was saving money without the approval of the House. From day one I said we must save money, for 8 years I was governor, go and ask any contractor that sat with me whether I inflated any contract,” Obi declared.

He added that the evidence of his integrity and character in managing public funds is the N75 billion he left behind when he left office after eight years as Governor.

“When I left office, I left N75bn as at that time because it is public money and I am managing it on public trust. For me when you talk about integrity, it questions your management of public funds and resources.

“Go to Anambra State today, I have no land given to me by the Anambra State Government, My managing director of my housing authority, Mike Nwafor, is still alive, he gave me land and two houses and I rejected them. Nobody has ever seen me in my political life sharing money at any time. I am not saying I am a saint, but I did things which I believe were right,” Obi added.

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Presidential Primaries: APC Afraid PDP Will Pick Northerner As Candidate – Adeyanju

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Deji Adeyanju, an Abuja-based rights activist, has suggested why the All Progressives Congress, APC, is yet to conduct the screening of its presidential candidates 48 hours to the party’s primaries.

Adeyanju said APC is waiting for the outcome of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP primaries.

He alleged that the APC is afraid that the PDP may pick a Northerner as its presidential candidate; hence the delay.

In a post on Facebook, Adeyanju wrote: “48hrs to APC primaries, no screening of candidates or any single direction because they are so afraid PDP may pick a Northern candidate.

“That’s why they are waiting and going round and round. They are just waiting for the outcome of PDP primaries then in hours they will act.”

APC convention for the presidential primary will be held as scheduled from Sunday, 29th to Monday, 30th of May, 2022.

The PDP presidential primary will be held at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja on May 28 and 29.

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