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Senator Adamu Tells APC Aggrieved Members To Put Their Grievances In Writing

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The Aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have been told to put their grievances in writing formally and forward to the national reconciliation committee.

The Chairman of the committee, Senator Abdullahi Adamu disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja after a meeting, urging those who have dragged the party to court to also withdraw such cases.

Senator Adamu stated that the committee is committed to finding solutions to all grievances either before or after the congress.

“We don’t want to go to the convention as a divided house”.

“We are not going to assume. We have to formalize it; party issues are not a one man issue. It is a body of institutions comprising of members of the party.

“Where there are complaints, we want to have them in writing, put it on record on what complaint and coming from where and from whom. We would arrange after compiling the complaints; we will arrange to have interaction directly with the sources of these complaints.

“Who are the principal persons behind the complaints; then we will have a meeting with them. Then round of with the leaders of the party, so that we will also tap from their experiences and fair knowledge of what is happening to our party.

“By the time we do that, we will have a complete package of the solutions that were provided. We will do our best to see that this assignment succeeds.

“Generally anybody that is aggrieved will petition; they will formally submit what is their grievances, what is offending them. We will not work on speculations, we want to have a formal presentation on the areas of conflicts and on the basis of that, we see how to approach our solution and efforts to reconcile the disagreeing parties.

“We don’t want to work with speculations. Anyone who is aggrieved should write formally to us, the committee,” he said.

“We also find means to encourage those who have dragged the party to court to withdraw their court cases. You know the party has advised members against instituting legal action. We don’t want to go to convention as a divided house. We will address the grievances before the convention

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Yekini Nabena Caution APC Presidential Aspirants Over Hate Speech

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Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Yekini Nabena, has cautioned supporters of various presidential aspirants to avoid hate speech and slurs demarketing whoever emerges as the party’s flagbearer.

 

This is as he urged party members to embrace issue-based campaigns rather than attack each other saying “it is too early to be unnecessarily emotive.”

 

Nabena’s warning is contained in a statement he signed on Monday where he noted that negative comments pelted at party members could be weaponised by the opposition.

 

He said aspirants and their various supporters should see themselves as one and play up the advantages of the APC.

 

“My appeal is for all our members to embrace issues-based campaign strategies in selling whoever they feel should succeed our dear President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. There is no need to be unnecessarily emotive about it.

 

“I believe that all our presidential aspirants are well qualified to pick the ticket. It is a fact that participatory democracy gives room for choices even within the same political party as it is a practice in the APC.

 

“We should therefore engage constructively without demonising ourselves bearing in mind that whatever we say against each other now will later be capitalized on by other political parties during the general elections,” he said.

 

According to him, whoever emerges as the party presidential candidate during the primaries must extend the olive branch to others because the party cannot be divided if it must win an election.

 

Nabena also expressed the belief that the party would give a level-playing field to all aspirants during the primary and support whoever emerges as the candidate of the party.

 

He tasked party members who were already attacking aspirants against their principals to embrace civility.

 

“It is also important not to distract both the party and some of our aspirants who are still holding one position of responsibility or the other. We should not deny Nigerians dividends of democracy we promised by unnecessarily heating up the polity,” he said.

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Just In: PGF Director-General Resigns Over Convention Controversy

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The director-general of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, has resigned from his position.

 

It was gathered that his resignation is coming on the heels of the controversy surrounding the planned convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

Some of the governors of the ruling party had called for his resignation during a meeting at the federal capital territory (FCT) on Sunday night.

 

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Electoral Bill: Governors not against direct primaries ― Gov Sule

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The Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, Sunday, said the 36 State Governors are not afraid of direct primaries as being alleged by some Nigerians.

 

Sule stated this during a panel discussion at a town hall meeting being organized by Yiaga Africa on the passage of the Electoral Bill.

 

He also pointed that the governors are not afraid of direct primaries as being alleged.

 

o, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega, said the Electoral Bill if passed into law will add value to the electoral process.

 

However, Jega accused governors of manipulating indirect primaries as they have been doing and might do same with direct primaries.

 

He also called on NASS to give INEC the law to operate 2023 elections.

 

According to him, INEC made 31 recommendations to the amend the 2010 Electoral Act to conduct credible elections, but NASS only approved 25 of the recommendations.

 

He maintained that governors will still manipulate the electoral process even if direct primaries are conducted.

 

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