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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Sunday, 21 June, 2020)

Mr. Rotimi Amaechi the Minister of Transportation

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APC crisis: Amaechi, Abe’s factions clash as party replaces Giadom

The leadership crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress worsened on Saturday with two factions of the APC in Rivers State clashing over the proposed replacement of the Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Victor Giadom, by Worgu Boms.

The APC executive committee in Rivers State which is believed to be loyal to a former Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, had recommended Boms, a former Attonery General and Commissioner of Justice of the state, as replacement for Giadom.

However, supporters of the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, and those of Abe clashed on Saturday over the plan to replace Giadom with Boms.

Convene NEC meeting now, Oyegun, Nabena tell Buhari

A former Chairman of the APC, Mr John Odigie-Oyegun, has called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), and the APC governors to urgently convene a National Executive Committee meeting to address the leadership crisis rocking the ruling party. He also asked for the set-up of a caretaker committee.

Also, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, urged the President to convene a NEC meeting to prevent the party from imploding.

In an interview with Punch, Nabena said, “I call on our dear President to accede to the request by the majority of well-meaning party members and leaders and convene an emergency NEC meeting to address the leadership crisis and deliberate on consolidating the APC’s control of Edo and Ondo states ahead of the forthcoming governorship elections.”

You can’t confuse our party like PDP, APC tells Fayose

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State on Saturday accused a former governor of the state and Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, Ayodele Fayose, of making attempts to destabilise the ruling APC as he allegedly did to his party.

The APC State Director of Media, Sam Oluwalana, who alleged that Fayose was hobnobbing with some APC leaders but making  uncomplimentary remarks in public, said his sinister motive of confusing party members would not work.

“He thinks he can cause confusion in the APC as he has done to his party, unknown to him that he is dealing with more mature politicians,” he stated.

Buhari snubs Magu, gets Senate confirmation for 207 appointees

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has been able to get the 9th Senate to confirm at least 207 appointees for him in the last one year of the existence of the current Senate.

The 207 already confirmed include judges, ministers, ambassadors, commissioners and heads of agencies.

However, Buhari has not considered the re-appointment of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

You can’t intimidate us, Katsina protesters tell Buhari

Nine northern youth groups, under the aegis of the Coalition Against Killings in Northern Nigeria, have said they are not intimidated by the arrest of one of their leaders during a peaceful protest against insecurity in the region.

The groups had, on Monday, demanded the immediate removal of the service chiefs, stating in a June 12 message that Nigeria, particularly the North, had the worst set of incompetent leaders in the last five years.

“If the government thinks it is going to use the arrest of the CNG (BoT) chairman to frighten us, then it is joking. I am telling you that nobody is going to be intimidated or frightened by that arrest. We have taken a position and we are conscious of the dangers involved,” spokesperson for CAKIN, Murtala Abubakar, said.

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