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How I was robbed of victory by APC NWC – Rahmon

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How I was robbed of victory by APC NWC – Rahmon

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Bimbola Oyesola

Rotimi Rahmon contested to represent Ado-Odo/Ota Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He claims he won the primary election held on October 7, 2018, but his name was allegedly substituted and another person’s name, forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He speaks on all that transpired.

READ ALSO: INEC displays 1.9m provisional voters register for verification in Sokoto
Can you let us into what brought about the political imbroglio in the APC in Ogun State?

The political impasse in the APC in Ogun State basically was caused by some members of the party who would not want the wishes of the people prevail especially, the national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Initially, he instructed that the national and state assembly primary elections should be conducted on the 7th of October, 2018, the elections were held across all the 236 wards in Ogun State, in which Ado-Odo/Ota Federal constituency participated and I happened to be one of the four contestants for the ticket. Others are: Nurudeen Akinpelu, Kassim Aina and Sesan Fagbayi. The primary election held in all the 16 wards of Ado-Odo/ Ota Federal constituency. At the end of the day, the representatives of the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Colonel Ciroma A.A, and assisted by Alexander B.
as the secretary, declared me as the winner of the primary election with a total score of 16,410 votes representing 80.17percent of the total votes cast, Mr. Sesan Fagbayi followed with 3,713 votes and, Mr. Kassim Aina scored 195 votes while Nurudeen Akinpelu scored 150 votes.

Surprisingly, the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole refuse to forward my name as the winner of the direct primary election to INEC, rather, he forwarded the name of one, Jimoh Olusola Ojugbele to INEC as the candidate, the same man who contested on the same date for a seat in the senate alongside chief Tolu Odebiyi, who won the contest, and Ojugbele lost.

The question I am putting to Comrade Oshiomhole is this: did Jimoh Ojugbele contest for a seat in the senate and a seat in the House of Representatives on the same date, 7th October, 2018? It is absurd for a person who did not obtain nomination form for the House of Representatives, to have his name submitted to INEC, as candidate.

Can a man stand in two places at the same time in the same constituency on the platform of the same party on the same day?This is the absurdity Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is playing out to everyone of us in Ado-Odo/Ota Federal constituency, thereby taking everyone of us for a ride.

It is obvious that Comrade Oshiomhole has been playing on our intelligence from the outset. His actions have shown us that he already had a script that he is now acting because if this wasn’t so, why did
the party ask each prospective candidate to pay a whopping sum of N3, 850,000 for the nomination and expression of interest forms?, Did screening for us for two nights and three days in Abuja and now upturn the results of the primary election which was conducted according to its instructions, set guidelines and under the close supervision of its representatives.

Up till today, no reason has been put forward for the unconstitutional substitution of my name with that of someone who contested for a different position. Yet, they say the party is supreme. Does this supremacy of the party condone illegality and injustice?

Why did it take you this long to open up?

I did not want to say anything before now because I have been waiting to see if the party would rescind its decision and do the right thing. However, what infuriated me was the interview Comrade Oshiomhole granted the press on Wednesday 31st October, 2018 as he was coming out of the presidential villa, which was aired on several TV stations, where he said that he had been fair to all and he has been acting according to his conscience but some governors have misconstrued his good intentions. This amuses me. Where is his conscience and fair play in the case of Ado-Odo/ Ota Federal constituency primary election? He even said that it is only in Nigeria that nine people will contest for an election and one person will be declared the winner and the other eight contestants will be crying foul. I put it to our Comrade Chairman that it is only in Nigeria under his watch that a winner will emerge in a fair and just election and the person who did not even contest at all will be declared as the winner. Can he see the contradiction in his own words and actions? Of course, this will never happen in a saner clime. If this is done in a developed democracy, it wouldn’t have been funny. By now, the perpetrators would have landed themselves in trouble waters.

Did this substitution of names happen in other local governments/ Federal constituencies?

Yes, it happened in other three Federal constituencies. Namely: Ifo/Ewekoro, Imeko Afon/Yewa North and Abeokuta North/Obafemi Owode/Odeda Federal constituencies.

How do you think this crisis can be resolved?

Oh! That is simple. The lingering crisis can only be better resolved if the national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole respects the wishes of the people who voted for us unreservedly on the 2nd and 7th of October, 2018 respectively, as the candidates to vie for different offices in the state.

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike

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Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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