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2019: APC’s re-election will be easy -Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the 2019 re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government will be very easy.
The minister stated this on Tuesday in Oyo while inspecting the 52-kilometre dualised Oyo-Ogbomosho road project under construction by Reynold Construction Company.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the N47.5 billion project is the section two of the entire Ibadan-Ilorin road dualisation construction project.

Section one of the road construction project,  which is Ibadan-Oyo,  as well as section three which is  Ogbomoso-Ilorin, had been completed.

Addressing newsmen at the construction site, Mohammed said the administration “is so confident of its re-election in 2019 because of what are being delivered in terms of infrastructure and social welfare.

Mohammed said: “The proper and easy ways you can get the electorate to vote for you are by keeping your promises to them, delivering on your promises and embarking on projects which touch their lives.

“Either in term of infrastructure or social interventions, we are working everyday for the people. We are working for the common man in this country.

“As of today, we feed 8.2 million children in public primary schools all over Nigeria.
“In the process, we engaged 7000 cooks and the feeding programme in about 24 states covered 62,000 Primary schools.

“These are what we are doing and that is why we are so confident that our re-election will be easy.”

The minister said the administration would not engage in banters with critics but will continue to showcase its achievements for people to see and make conclusions.
On the road project which the contractor said was 52 per cent completed,  the minister gave an assurance  that funding would no longer be the constraint  to its timely completion.
Mohammed said: “Funding will no longer be a challenge to many of our critical road projects.

“This is because the N191 billion presidential intervention fund has been put in place and critical roads like this will benefit from the funding.”

Mohammed said people were not able to see and appreciate the level of work done on the Oyo-Ogbomosho road project because it was been constructed along Oyo town by-pass
He said: “You need to come here to see the amount of work that is going on.
“I am happy that it is not a paper project; we have been told by the contractor that it is 52 per cent completed.
“I am very confident that we are not going to encounter any funding challenge.”
He said the project was being financed from the N100 billion Sukuk loan secured by the Federal Government
He said: “We took the Sukuk loan of N100billion which was divided into six equal parts each for the geopolitical zones.
“We decided in the south-west zone that the Oyo-Ogbomosho road should benefit from our own part of Sukuk.
“That is why we are able to get the contractor back on site to complete the project.”
Omotayo Awosanya, the Federal Controller of Works in Oyo State, who conducted the minister round the project,  said the road contract was awarded in June 2010.
Awosanya said: “The initial completion period was for 40 months. It was supposed to have been completed by October 2013.
“When it was initially awarded by the previous administration, there was  no proper funding which caused the delay.
“Since the present regime of President Buhari, funding has improved and the project is going on well.
“We are also lucky that this project is benefitting from the Sukuk fund in addition to what the budget can provide.”
Awosanya said the government had so far paid the contractor about N26 billion from the N47.5 billion total contract cost.

On the significance of the road, Awosanya said, “it is a corridor of the extension of Lagos- Ibadan that will accommodate traffic generated in Ibadan and Oyo going towards the North”.
On his part, the Project Manager, Harel Vaknin, who spoke on behalf of Reynolds Construction Company,  said it is the main highway linking the Western and Northern parts  of the country.
He said the four-lane highway consists of 7.30 metre wide roadway in each direction with two interchange bridge construction.

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CUPP appoints ex-APC Publicity Secretary, Abdullahi, new spokesman

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The immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has been appointed spokesman of the newly formed Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) seeking to wrestle power from the APC in 2019.

Abdulllahi, who recently resigned from his position as the spokesperson of the ruling party, was announced as the head of the Media and Publicity committee, which includes Kazeem Afegbua and Kola Ologbondiyan .

Abdullahi’s committee was among the several subcommittees inaugurated Monday in Abuja by the steering committee of CUPP.

Source: THISDAY

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Kwara APC exco: Court restrains Oshiomhole, NWC, Bolarinwa, others

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An Ilorin, Kwara State High Court on Thursday restrained members of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress or any person or officers of the party from dissolving or taking any action towards dissolving Kwara State Executive Committee of the party.

The court granted the application after hearing the submission of Abdulwahab Bamidele, counsel to Isola Balogun-Fulani (Chairman of Kwara State APC), Chief Christopher Tunji Ayeni (Secretary, Kwara State APC), who are claimants/applicants in the suit number KWS /292/218, filed before the court of Justice T. S. Umar.

Balogun-Fulani and Ayeni had dragged the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and five others before the court on the purported dissolution of the Kwara State APC executive committee by the NWC of the party.

Other defendants/respondents in the suit include Mallam Mai Mala Binu, National Secretary of APC, the party, APC NWC, INEC and Hon. Bashiru Bolarinwa (for himself and on behalf of members of the so-called or purported caretaker committee of Kwara State chapter of APC).

The reliefs granted the applicants by the court include: “This honourable court restrains the members of the NWC of the third defendant or any person or officers of the third defendant purporting to act for the third defendant from dissolving or taking any action towards dissolving Kwara state executive committee of the third defendant represented by the chairman/applicant who are duly elected to office as members of the executive committee of the third defendant in Kwara state on May 19, 2018, in accordance with the constitution of the third defendant pending the hearing and determination of the claimants/applicants motion on notice.

“That this honourable court restrains the sixth defendant and other members of the so called or purported caretaker committee of Kwara state chapter of the APC from showing off or parading themselves or performing any function or duty specified for members of the executive committee of the third defendant either individualy or collectively as members of the executive committee of members of caretaker committee of the third defendant in Kwara state pending the hearing and determination of the claimants claimants applicants /applicant motion on notice.

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Senator Abdullahi Adamu is a Mischievous Liar – Saraki

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Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has described the Senator representing Nasarawa West, Abdullahi Adamu, as a compulsive liar and an unreliable man who will do or say anything to suit his situation at any point in time.

Saraki was reacting to the claim by Adamu that the Senate President once referred to Senator Dino Melaye as ” clown” in a private chat with him.

The Senate President stated that the Senator from Nasarawa State has been peddling insults and lies about him but he has ignored him out of respect for his age.

In a statement signed on his behalf by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki stated that: “I have deliberately ignored the antics of Senator Abdullahi Adamu, especially his constant media attack on me and the Senate since the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) dusted his file on alleged case of corruption and also went ahead to arraign his son in court. So far, I had refrained from responding in kind out of respect for his age. However, it seems he has misread my maturity and respect for docility. He feels the best way to play his self-survival game and ingratiate himself to the government in order to save his skin is for him to be seen to be fighting Saraki, even if that would require him to tell brazen lies and peddle mischief in his old age.

“However, I feel his latest statement in an interview with a national newspaper deserves a reaction from me. First, I could not have referred to my colleague, Senator Dino Melaye as a clown, knowing that from available records, Senator Melaye has so far outshined and has performed better than Senator Abdullahi in terms of the number of bills sponsored, motion raised and contributions to debate on the floor. Clearly, Adamu’s seven years cannot be compared to Senator Melaye’s three years. Senator Adamu is free to challenge this assertion by showing his records.

“Again, I restate that Senator Adamu is a deceptive, manipulative and desperate liar. He only says what suits him as the occasion demands. I urge people to check his contributions on the floor before the EFCC moved against him and his son and they will see that this is a latter day, selfish supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari. We know what he was saying about the President and his administration and what should happen in 2019 before then during discussions with our colleagues, particularly the former Governors in the Senate. I specifically recall some statements he made on the President and his administration during an official trip we made together to Morocco in March last year. At the appropriate time, we will give more details.

“Senator Abdullahi’s statements should not be relied upon. He is a deceitful fellow who says what suits the situation that he finds himself. So, it is now he knows the Senate has a bad leadership after three years?

“Well, since Senator Abdullahi Adamu became the attack dog of the executive in the Senate, using language unbecoming of a man of his age against me and other colleagues who he perceived he needs to disparage to reassure his handlers in the Presidency, I have realized that he simply deserve our sympathies. I am sure those he thinks he is working for know he is a man who is only useful for the present moment”, he stated.

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