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APC meeting: Fayemi explains absence, backs ranching, state police
Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has explained his absence from a meeting of leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the South-West region on Sunday.
APC chieftains including Bola Tinubu, Bisi Akande, and Olusegun Osoba; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, amongst others, had met on Sunday in Lagos to discuss topical national issues. The leaders had backed Southern governors’ open grazing ban, call for restructuring, state police, as well as rejected calls by separatists for Yoruba nation, amongst others.
However, Fayemi and his Ondo State counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, were conspicuously absent from the meeting. Reacting in a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, on Monday, Fayemi said he “wholeheartedly supports” the stance of APC leaders despite his absence from the meeting.
I support Tinubu, other APC leaders’ decision on Yoruba nation, ranching – Akeredolu
The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has given reasons he could not attend the meeting of the South-West leaders of the All Progressives Congress, held in Lagos State, on Sunday.
The governor said lack of “timeous communication aside mix up, was largely responsible for his inability to attend the meeting.”
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olabode Olatunde, on Monday, the governor said he had thrown his weight behind the outcome of the meeting. The resolutions reached by the revered leaders at the Lagos meeting are quite commendable and timely; the issues discussed are germane, and are clear indications that men of goodwill are working together to solve the nation’s current challenges. As one of the leaders of the APC in the South-West, and more so that, he presided over the Asaba meeting of the Southern Governors, nothing could be more spirit-lifting than the outcome of the Lagos meeting on Sunday. “He, therefore, endorses all the resolutions reached by the leaders who attended the meeting.”
Cross River PDP intact despite Ayade’s exit, says Imoke
Former Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke has said the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party remains intact despite the exit of the Governor of the State, Ben Ayade.
He said the governor made a mistake to opt for the All Progressives Congress which he said was already collapsing. Imoke said this at the stakeholders’ meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party, held at Transcorp Hotel, Calabar, on Sunday.
He said, “APC is a party that is collapsing. It is not a place to go for Cross River. We will revive the glory of Cross River. I took risks to see the emergence of this government. They even accused me of collecting money. It is an insult. I have been a governor and I served my people diligently. Now, we have seen a different approach to governance. It is not democratic. Our politics is sweet. We don’t play politics of harassment and intimidation.”
Buhari, stakeholders to determine convention date, says APC
The National Secretary of the Caretaker/ Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress, Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, has said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), and other stakeholders will determine the date for the convention.
He said this while addressing newsmen after an emergency meeting of the committee, at the APC National Secretariat, Abuja, on Monday.
Akpanudoedehe said, “ The convention can be done in June and congresses can start and end in June, but it all depends on what the leaders of this party agreed upon. This committee is honest and we have never lied to Nigerians. We can always fight and resolve at family level. I can tell you that we are looking into so many things. And I can tell you that we have to consult extensively before we will do anything. We have major stakeholders like Mr. President, Vice President, Governors among others.”
Ex-Niger gov blackmailer, chronic liar, serial betrayer – Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has described the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Ex-Governors Forum, Babangida Aliyu, as a liar, betrayer and liability to the party.
Wike said this during an interactive session with journalists, in Port Harcourt, on Monday. He was responding to a veiled reference made to his person by the former Niger State Governor, in an interview, published on Sunday.
Aliyu had alleged that a certain “dictator in Rivers State” was behind the travails of the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, because of a personal ambition to either become Vice President or a political godfather.
Asaba declaration: Governors disagree as Presidency backs Malami on open grazing ban
The Presidency on Monday faulted the Southern Governors Forum’s recent decision to ban open grazing and other resolutions reached at their meeting, dubbing them “acts of politicking intended by its signatories to demonstrate power.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the Presidency’s position in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari okays deep rooted solutions to herdsmen attacks, clears way for ranching and revival of forest reserves.’ The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, in an interview with Channels Television on Thursday described the ban as unconstitutional.
“But the citizens of the southern states – indeed citizens of all states of Nigeria – have a right to expect their elected leaders and representatives to find answers to challenges of governance and rights, and not to wash their hands off hard choices by, instead, issuing bans that say: ‘not in my state. It is equally true that their announcement is of questionable legality, given the constitutional right of all Nigerians to enjoy the same rights and freedoms within every one of our 36 states (and FCT)-regardless of the state of their birth or residence.
Mr. Joseph Simeon is an Editor/Content Creator at Naija Buzz News. He is an experienced content creator. He currently leads a small group of talented writers at Naija Buzz News. He previously served as the Relationship Editor at 1Push.Ng. He studied Public Administration at the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State, before proceeding to Kaduna Polytechnic Kaduna for his Advance Studies in Public Administration. Simeon loves and enjoys playing football.