Hon. Ahmed Suleiman Wambai, the immediate past national vice-chairman (North-Central) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says Adams Oshiomhole, suspended chairman of the party gave N1 billion to any state they desired to win.
Wambai described Oshiomhole as a leader who wanted the best for the party. But he said some APC governors ganged up to frustrate him out of office.
In an interview with The Sun, Wambai said Oshiomhole as chairman did not collect money from governors to run the party, instead he helped the party generate its own income.
“In the history of political parties, Oshiomhole remains the only chairman that governors did not contribute money to the party purse under him. No governor contributed to the running of the party under Oshiomhole. We did that so that the party could be independent,” he said.
“We never go cap in hand to any ministry for contract or patronages for the survival of the party. Oshiomhole was the only person that gave N20 million and N10 million contributions to all the senators and house of representatives candidates during the election.
“He was the only person that gave some governorship candidates of some states we desired to win like Imo, Kwara, Gombe and Zamfara N1 billion each, Benue, about N700 million. We did all these from the purse of the party. In the history of political parties, no one has done that. Ask me the source of the money, it was through the sale of our nomination forms. We deliberately raised the price of governorship nomination form to N22 million to reduce controversy, conflict and unnecessary competition.
“We wanted to stop some unserious persons from picking the form. We even refunded the money of those that lost the primaries. Oshiomhole has never been dictated to by Mr President, the governors or the Ministers. That is the ideal way a party should run as enshrined in the constitution of the party.”
Wambai said some APC governors are against the suspended chairman because of the 2023 election — as some of them are nursing ambition to run for president.
He said it was because of their ambition that they deceived President Muhammadu Buhari about Oshiomhole.
“On several instances, they had wanted the Oshiomhole-led NWC to be dissolved but Mr President refused. But they used everything at their disposal in their desperation to sack us. We have left the party, let them run it, let them produce the president in 2023,” he said.
He added that there would be problems if these same people come against Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the party, rumoured to be planning to contest for president.
Wambai is also the former Executive Chairman of Lafia LGC in Nasarawa State.
‘We won’t Accept Extension For Buni’s Caretaker Committee’ – Kaduna Based APC Chieftaincy
An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Kaduna State, Yusuf Ali, has cautioned Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni, who is the party’s Chairman, Caretaker/Extra-ordinary Convention Committee , against extending the six-month tenure prescribed for the committee to hold an extraordinary convention to elect new leadership.
Ali, who made the call while speaking with reporters in Kaduna yesterday, said the report making the round that the Buni-led committee might seek an extension to reform the party, would be counter-productive.
“Majority of the party members indeed welcome the Buni-led caretaker committee with open arms and the committee also enjoyed widespread support across the party especially when it began the reconciliation of aggrieved party members and leaders.
“We are aware that the committee has a six-month tenure to reconcile members.”
“However, four months down the line, there are speculations in the media on alleged moves by the Buni-led committee to seek an extension. I am appealing to them not to follow that trajectory even though the committee hasn’t refuted the media report.”
APC Hopeful Councilor Aspirant Pledges Quality Representatives, Better Deal For Ugya Ward, Lauds Speaker Balarabe For His Leadership
Yahaya Idris, Toto.
A councilor aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress Congress, APC, for Ugya Ward, Toto Local Government Council of Nasarawa State, Hon Umar Muhammed Ozimama who is currently seeking to contest for election has commenced consultations among the party’s stakeholders in his Ugya electoral ward.
Ozimama, officially commenced dialogue with some leaders of the APC in Ugya, among which were women groups, youth organisations, artisans and others.
Addressing party executives and members from various units in Ugya ward, He stressed that Nigerians are now aware of the importance of quality representation, which he promised to offer if given the chance in the next election.
According to him, “Having consulted widely, I considered myself as the best candidate to represent Ugya ward in 2021.”
Ozimama also promised to restore dignity to Ugya politics if elected, adding that the calibers and personality of councilors, who represents the ward in the council matters a lot.
He said Ugya ward has been seriously shortchanged and the area could no longer continue to be relegated. “We need quality representation and Ugya people must watch whom we send to the council to represent us in 2021.
“Let me further tell you that as far as this contest is concerned, I have no rival. I know I am eminently qualified and positioned to emerge victorious by your support, endorsement and active role in the process,” he said.
He appreciated the present councilor of the ward for his effort, promised to continue from where he stop.
Ozimama commended the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Abdullahi Balarabe (Wali Opanda) for his pragmatic leadership style and his capability and ability to attract meaningful development to his constituency.
He described Balarabe as his political leader who is more please with and urging him to go ahead to do more more for his people.
INEC: President Buhari Nominates Prof Mahmood Yakubu For Reappointment As Chairman
President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Prof. Mahmood Yakubu for reappointment as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The reappointment is, however, subject to a Senate confirmation.
Mr Yakubu was first appointed INEC chairman in November 2015 and his first tenure of five years would expire on November 9.
Mr Yakubu supervised the 2019 general election and off-cycle elections in states such as Kogi, Edo and Ondo.
His nomination for reappointment was contained in a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan by President Buhari.
The letter reads ” in accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second and final term
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