Two lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Edo State House of Assembly have dumped the party for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday.
Reports say that the two lawmakers who cited internal crisis within the party as their reason for decamping are the former Deputy Speaker of the House, Yekini Idaiye (Akoko-Edo 1) and Nosayaba Okunbor (Orhionmwon East).
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Marcus Onobun, during the house sitting on Monday read their letters of resignation from APC on the floor of the house.
Yekini Idaiye’s letter reads, “May I use this medium to inform you of my resignation as a member of APC.”
“I took this decision because of internal crisis in the party from my ward to the local government level which led to the factions in the party for some time now.”
“It is on this note that I have decided to resign my membership of the APC and officially defect to the PDP.”
Hon Nosayaba Okunbor ‘s letter reads, ” this is to formally inform you of my decision to resign my membership of APC.”
“This decision is sequel to the division within the party which has become intractable.”
“I have made strenuous efforts to ensure that this division within the party is reconciled in line with the provision of the party’s constitution, but to no avail as the leadership of the party has simply refused to allow the issues involved to be adjudicated upon.”
“Consequently, I have no other option than to resign my membership as a lean Liberty they say is better than fat slavery.”
Meanwhile, Onobun welcomed the lawmakers to the PDP and commended their desire to work with the state Governor in making Edo great again.
Farmers-Herders Conflict: FG Can’t Grab Land From States, Says Osinbajo
Farmers-Herders Conflict: FG Can’t Grab Land From States, Says Osinbajo
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the federal government cannot grab land from states in its quest to end the crisis between farmers and herders.
In his opening remark at the International Conference on “Patriotism, Security, Governance and National Development” organised by the Global Patriot Newspaper in collaboration with the Nigerian Consulate in New York, Osinbajo said the government is committed to the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP).
NLTP was developed by consensus of governors under the auspices of the National Economic Council (NEC) which encourages ranching.
The Vice President Professor Osinbajo said “the NLTP is a comprehensive strategy for addressing farmer/herder conflict essentially by encouraging interested states to establish cattle ranches.”
“The crucial point here is that no community or State is compelled in any shape or form to give land for ranching. Ranching is essentially a business. NLTP is not a land grab in any way. Every state is completely responsible for its land. The Federal Government cannot go to any state and take any land.
“Already 22 States have indicated interest and pilots, with the support of the Netherlands government, are ongoing in 4 states of Adamawa, Nasarawa, Plateau and Gombe. If we are able to execute the NLPT, we will be able to see an end to the farmer-herder conflict because the goal is to make livestock breeders more sedentary and derive more financial benefits,” he said.
The Vice President added that steps are being taken to address the perennial crisis between farmers and herders.
He said the task of building a society desired by all Nigerians was not only exerting but also requiring the contribution of all Nigerians as the challenge for everyone is “to build, not to destroy, to add to, not to take away”.
Professor Osinbajo, while speaking on the need for citizens to unite in building a better society, said “the task of nation-building is exerting and may even appear messy as the process continues, especially in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation like Nigeria. It challenges all values, patience and tolerance of citizens, it may even be costly. It is a challenge thrown to everyone, to build, not to destroy, to add to, not to take away.”
Among other participants at the meeting were Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof. Tijjani Bande; President of NIDO, Dr Kazeem Bello; and Femi Falana, SAN.
2023 : Nigerians Will Vote Out APC – Gov Wike Boasts
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says the inability of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to tackle insurgency, banditry and corruption will compel Nigerians to vote out the party in 2023.
Governor Wike noted with the current economic woe of the country and escalating banditry, it was obvious that Nigerians have realised they made a terrible mistake to have voted for the APC.
The Rivers State governor stated this on Thursday shortly after inspecting the Greater Interchange and Underpass being constructed by Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State in Yola.
Governor Wike, who was impressed with the developmental stride of the Adamawa State governor, was emphatic that it was gladdening to note that similar feat were being replicated in the States governed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors.
The governor declared that Nigerians were apparently unhappy with the way the APC led government has mismanaged the affairs of the country.
“Are Nigerians happy? The answer is no. If Nigerians are not happy, what is the expected result that you intend to get? Obviously, Nigerians would want APC government not to govern them in 2023.”
He stated that with the overwhelming infrastructural development taking place in all the PDP States which Nigerians can attest to, it will be impossible for the PDP not to win the 2023 general elections.
“I believe that Nigerians are now knowing that they have made a mistake and they want to correct the mistake by voting for PDP and no longer APC”
Governor Wike said the latest ranking of Nigeria as 146th most corrupt country in the world based on recently published Transparency International Corruption Index report, was indicative that the APC administration claim of fighting corruption has been misleading.
“What you see is vindictiveness. Today, if I want to leave PDP and go to APC, I will no longer be corrupt. The moment I remain in PDP, I’m corrupt. So corruption is based on the party you belong to. That is their definition of corruption and that is why everybody is disappointed.”
Governor Wike maintained that the country has never been divided and insecure the way it has been under APC leadership.
The Rivers State governor explained that he was in Adamawa State to thank Governor Fintiri for honouring the invitation of Rivers people to commission some projects recently and to use the opportunity to see what his counterpart is doing in Adamawa State.
“I am shocked, overwhelmed with what I have seen. I was asking him where he was getting the money from. The kind of construction going on is as if Nigeria economic problem does not affect Adamawa State. And that is what we have always said, whatever opportunity you have, whatever privilege you have, you try to make your people happy by providing them the basic infrastructure.”
Governor Wike urged the Adamawa State governor to remain focused on the delivery of dividends of democracy to his people and not be bothered by the antics of the opposition.
“Don’t be distracted, don’t be bothered with what people will say. Continue to focus on infrastructural development because that is what can drive the economy of Adamawa State.”
APC Splinter Group Emerges In Katsina
A splinter group among the ranks of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Katsina State called APC Pressure Group emerges, Katsina Post learnt.
The group, Katsina Post learnt, conducted its first meeting at Ahmad Musa Sport Center in Kano State on Sunday, 31st January, 2021.
A viral video of a cross section of the group’s meeting attendees contain APC members from across the state including some political appointees of the Katsina State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Bello Masari.
Also in another video clip the Senior Special Assistant, SSA to Governor Masari on Restoration Agenda, Alhaji Sabo Musa was recorded calling on the Governor to salvage the party in the state from derailing from its core values.
“We will not break any of the party’s constitution, but we will continue to put pressure on the party until the right thing is done.
“We are calling on Governor Masari to ensure that the right thing is done in the party and not the selfish interest of some few”, he said.