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Jonathan Debunks Report Of Joining APC

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Ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan has denied joining the All Progressives Congress, APC.

On Wednesday, a report went viral on social media that the former president has indicated interest to join the ruling party and dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The report fuelled rumours that the former leader may have plans of contesting for the Nation’s top seat again in 2023.

This newspaper reached out to Jonathan’s spokesperson, Ikechukwu Eze, and he described the report as ‘Fake News’.

“The report is Fake News, if he defects it would be announced through the proper Channels.”

He maintained that his boss has not moved or considered moving to the ruling party.

“This is a man that’s very busy with other things”, he said.

Meanwhile, Reno Omokri, a former aide to one-time President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has described as “ridiculous”, reports that the former Bayelsa state Governor has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a YouTube video he made on Wednesday, diaspora-based Omokri said that he has been inundated with calls from Nigeria from persons trying to confirm the authenticity of the news of Jonathan dumping the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling APC.

According to him, if ‘GEJ’, as Jonathan is fondly called, is decamping, he would have directed his spokespersons to announce the news.

He noted that Jonathan is a colossal figure in Africa, thus, any decision he will take will not be ‘underground’.

“If such a person was to join a political party, like the APC, is it going to be on one person’s obscure Twitter, confirming it?

“I mean, he has an official spokesman. He has me, he has other loyalists. God gave us brains. Why don’t we use it?

“This man is 63 years old. In all his life, he has only been a member of one political party (the PDP).”

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Don’t Return Rivers To Dark Days Of Fear, Intimidation, Abe Tells Wike

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The 2023 governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Abe, has urged the state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike not to return the state to the dark era of fear and intimidation in the forthcoming general elections.

He also asked other politicians in the state to eschew politics of bitterness and antagonism that would portray the state in a bad light.

Abe made these declarations when members of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Forum and Middle Belt Forum who are residents in the state paid him a solidarity visit in PortHarcourt, Rivers State capital.

But the former lawmaker’s reaction followed Wike’s state broadcast last weekend where he expressed fears and reservations about politicians allegedly meeting cultists in Hotels, bars, resorts and other entertainment centres to wreak havoc in the state.

In his words, “I was particularly disturbed when I saw the name of my party the Social Democratic Party- (SDP) mentioned in that broadcast.

“My own concern and prayer is that this election cannot return Rivers State to the old place of fear, to the old place of challenges and crisis that we used to have in previous elections.

“I want to appeal to His Excellency, that he is our Governor, whether we are members of SDP, APC, PDP or whatever political parties we belong to; we are all Rivers men and women and our objective is to choose a leader for our people that will carry us forward, not to bring cultists and fight one another.”

However, Abe suggested a security summit, where all political leaders would be invited to share their ideas on how to have peaceful elections before, during and after the 2023 elections in the state.

“If there are genuine concerns about security in the state, I will expect the governor as a friend and father of the State, to call all of us to sit down together and share ideas on how to go forward into this election in a peaceful, convivial atmosphere in which everybody will be free to participate.

“Whether the governor likes it or not, it is the responsibility of the governor to provide a peaceful and conducive atmosphere for all for all of us and I will plead that we come together and talk to one another”.

“I will appeal to my fellow politicians, the governor has expressed his security concerns, let us not begin to attack one another on the basis of that, instead let us sit down and look for solutions that will enable us cross these challenges without hitches.

“Our state will be peaceful. I believed that Rivers people know that without peace there can be no progress, without peace, there can be no prosperity, without peace, there is no future”.

But Leader of the group, Samuel Adamu said they came to pledge their support to Senator Abe and to assure him that they would galvanize the support of all their members for him in the 2023 general elections.

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It’s Impossible For FG To Borrow N1.1trn To Meet ASUU’s Demand, Says Umahi

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Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State says the Nigerian government cannot borrow N1.1 trillion to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) who have been on strike for over five months.

The Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum said this on Wednesday when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Police Trust Fund led by Dr. Ben Akabueze, in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi capital.

“There is no way Nigeria will go and borrow N1.1tn to meet ASUU’s demand, it’s quite unreasonable. Are their demands genuine? Yes. But we can start little by little,” the governor said.

“There must be a commitment on the side of both parties that look, ‘ASUU is not asking for this to take to their houses’ so to say. It’s asking for it for our children, to better the infrastructure, to better the lecturers and the students. Yes, but we can start with a fraction of that and then have a programme that will run on the platform of sincerity to address all the lots.”

He also called on varsities lecturers to show some level of understanding so the strike can end.

“So, it is important for ASUU to show some understanding and for those who are negotiating on the side of government to also show some understanding,” he added.

“Let’s meet ourselves halfway and then open the schools to save the fate of our children.”

The governor, who equally faulted the poor maintenance culture in the country, added that there is a need to work on it.

“But let me also say that most of the time, our people have a low appetite for maintenance of public works,” Umahi said.

“No matter how much you deploy to these universities unless the users and the industry regulators begin to treat public infrastructure as their own in the various universities, it will continue to go bad.

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Osun APC Crisis: We’re Ready For Reconciliation, Says Aregbesola Camp

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Members of the All Progressives Congress in Osun State loyal to the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, have said they are ready for reconciliation to end the crisis rocking the party in the state.

APC lost the recently concluded governorship election in the state to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a defeat many attributed to the internal crisis rocking the party in the state.

The PDP governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke scored 403,371 votes to defeat the APC candidate, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, who polled 375,027 votes.

The factional Chairman of the party, Alhaji Rasaq Salinsile, said Aregbesola met the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu, for reconciliation before the July 16 election but Oyetola delayed it untill the party lost the election.

He said Aregbesola’s supporters under the auspices of The Osun Progressives (TOP) voted for Oyetola in the election as against the claim that they aided Adeleke’s victory.

Salinsile said Oyetola and the party chairman in the state, Prince Gboyega Famodun, cheaply delivered victory to the PDP in the July 16 governorship election.

According to Salinsile, Oyetola and Famodun’s responsiveness and impunity on party issues led to total collapse of the APC’s winning structures and the eventual loss of the poll.

He said, “Let me quickly note that they are up at harms to finish Osun APC with an instruction to ward chairmen to start suspension of members of TOP from the APC

“Towards 2022 election, the party got divided into two with the former and incumbent governors leading the two caucuses. Famodun felt so comfortable to side with one of them and make the enemy of the other because of lucre-immediate gain.

“Then we went to the election and lost scandalously, even in our traditional safe constituencies and he started looking for a scapegoat. Famodun is to be told that he is an original failure.

“The TOP which Famodun is trying to blame had offered to help him in resolving the matters that is affecting the party but his penchant for avarice, greed and corruption will not allow him to see reason.

“May we ask Famodun, is it the TOP leaders and members who he described as rebels, insignificant, not popular at home, not core politicians, etc that suddenly, in his warped thinking, become strong enough to win an election against him and his almighty government?

“It is only a warped and a heretical thinking that has brought Famodun to that inebriated conclusion. Was it TOP that made Famodun and other cabinet members lose in their various wards and local governments?

“We take Boluwaduro local government for particular example, with very small voters registration but with Famodun, three cabinet members and head of a powerful agency in town, the APC lost. Could that be the work of TOP? For those who operate a bad system, they will never see anything wrong in it until it crashes.

“Putting a lie to Famodun’s allegation are tones of abuses and curses that are placed on the leadership of Governor Oyetola and kitchen cabinet by members of the Ileri-Oluwa camp who felt let down by the outcome of the election and the flippant manners their advice to resolve the obvious crisis in the party were treated.

“The contents of those voice notes should be more than enough for modest and reasonable person to bury their heads in shame.”

Salinsile said both Oyetola and Famodun are responsible for the defeat suffered by the APC in the governorship election.

“The duo of Governor Oyetola and Prince Famodun have definitely fulfilled their wishful mission to bring APC down in Osun.

“The National Secretariat has a duty not to wait any longer. The wall of Jericho has fallen with Famodun’s confession and Osun APC should undergo immediate re-organisation, rebooting, re-energising for greater future performances,” said Salinsile.

But Famodun said Aregbesola and his supporters lacked moral ground to still consider themselves as APC members.

He added that committees had been set up at ward level to investigate their action and discipline them accordingly.

He lamented that Aregbesola and his supporters scuttled the chance of APC in the election because of their anti-party activities, saying that they worked for PDP candidate against Oyetola.

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