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Osun SSG resigns, dumps APC for ADP

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The Secretary to the Osun State Government (SSG), Mr Moshood Adeoti, has resigned his position and defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He announced his resignation on Monday in Osogbo, days after he pulled out of the governorship primary election of the APC in the state.

Adeoti consequently declared his defection to the Action Democratic Party (ADP) at a ceremony attended by a crowd of supporters in the state capital.

He also used the occasion to pick the party’s ticket as its candidate in the September 22 governorship election.

Amid cheers and chants of “Shehu” by his numerous supporters at the ADP Secretariat along Ikirun Road, the former SSG said he was determined to contest the poll.

He had been Secretary to the State Government since the first term of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and was the state chairman of the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) before his appointment as the SSG.

Adeoti left the APC with some members of the Osun State Executive Committee, as well as local government and ward officials and party members.

The defection was a fallout of his displeasure with the APC primary which was conducted on Friday last week using the direct voting system, otherwise known as ‘Option A4’.

The SSG, who faulted the system adopted by the Adams Oshiomole led APC national leadership, had aspired to contest the election on the platform of the ruling party as well as consulted and campaigned vigorously among the party leadership and members in the state.

He later withdrew from the race alongside Senator Babajide Omoworare and Peter Babalola, the Chairman of Local Government Service Commission, before the primary started.

The new ADP governorship aspirant claimed the direct system was a “constitutional breach skewed to favour the aspirant that eventually emerged as the party’s candidate.

He would battle with the APC candidate and Governor Aregbesola’s Chief of Staff, Adegboyega Oyetola, and Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as well as candidates of other political party participating in the September poll.

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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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