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Oshiomhole’s Fate Hangs As Buhari’s Indifference Strengthens APC Govs

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s apathy towards the challenges being faced the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, is giving the Comrade leader goose pimples and sleepless nights.

Sunday Independent gathered that efforts at resolving the festering crisis of confidence between majority governors of the ruling APC and Oshiomhole appear to have hit the rocks.

Reliable sources had it President Buhari has remained non-committal to both warring sides even as the APC governors led by a governor from the North West have remained unwavering in their demand for the resignation of Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the party.   

The APC governors are bitter that Oshiomhole is running the affairs of the party with his personal aides from his private residence rather than the national headquarters.  This development came as fresh facts emerged that the Ondo State deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, is allegedly, largely responsible for the frosty relationship between Oshiomhole and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

It was gathered that President Buhari’s indifference in the tango between the APC governors and Oshiomhole made the National Chairman to embark on the lobby trip he made to Jos, the Plateau State capital where the Progressive Governors’ Forum held a one-day retreat last week. – Advertisement –

Buhari who was expected at the retreat was however, represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, just as Oshiomhole was said to have made a surprise appearance at the event. Advertisement

Strangely, only five of the APC governors and about four deputies attended the retreat. It could not be independently confirmed; but a Presidency source said Oshiomhole’s trip to Jos was at the behest of an advice by a close ally of the president who encouraged him to go to Jos to lobby the governors.

“They are trying hard to suppress the crisis but it appears to be defying all efforts because of the hard stance of the governors. Not only that, no one knows the thinking of the president as regards the crisis between the governors and Comrade,” said a source.

According to the source, “when it became clear that as usual, Baba (Buhari) was unlikely to intervene and rein in the governors, a concerned elder advised the National Chairman to undertake the trip to Jos to placate the governors but most of those with hard posture did not go for the retreat; maybe they were trying to avoid being lobbied, no one knows.

“From what has been observed, most of the governors are not happy that the National Chairman is running the affairs of the party from his private residence rather than the office; the most painful as they have expressed is the fact that Comrade runs the show with his boys without recourse to most of us in the NWC.”

According to Sunday Independent investigations, one of the conditions the governors are likely to table is that the National Chairman should hands off the screening of governorship aspirants. Advertisement

This fear, the source said, was expressed by all the governors because it was felt that the National Chairman is likely to use the powers as chairman of governorship screening to disqualify perceived enemies

“The fact that the National Chairman presides over the screening of governorship aspirants means that he has a game plan to disqualify some persons. That practice is unknown to our constitution and governors are apprehensive that once he succeeds in doing that in Edo as planned, he would be emboldened to proceed further in illegality.

“So the governors are all together; forget the media churns of split because some of them are either running within his tenure or are likely to prop successors, so they are not ready to take chances.

“The fear is more in the south where his targets are Edo and Ondo and the governors are ready for him; for those of us in the NWC, we can’t say much because it is a dicey game going on right now.

According to the NWC member who was among those that visited Governor Akeredolu in Abuja about three weeks ago, apart from the frosty relationship between Oshiomhole and the Ondo State Governor arising from the intrigues that forced Odigie Oyegun out of office, the National Chairman is hyping the crisis that arose from the choice of candidates for the last National Assembly election.

Governor Akeredolu was alleged to have sponsored some candidates for the National Assembly election on the platform of the Action Alliance (AA) after the national headquarters rejected some of his preferred candidates for the poll. The governor has however, denied the allegation which borders on anti-party.

“For instance, while Akeredolu wanted constitutional lawyer, Tunji Abayomi to replace Senator Ajayi Boroffice as candidate, the national leadership went for the senator for Ondo North. In the South senatorial district, an unpopular incumbent then, Yele Omogunwa was to be replaced by one Lucky Ayedatiwa who was the governor’s choice. But that did not receive the blessing of the deputy governor who happens to hail from that zone.

“Even in the two Akoko federal constituencies, the governor’s choices were dropped. So, unknowingly, the governor who appears to be carefree about political intrigues relied on his deputy as a liaison between him and the national headquarters; that was the opportunity the deputy used to nail the governor by advising him to be rebellious so as to pit him against the national leadership and discredit him.

“We just discovered that while the governor relied on his deputy, the man had a game plan to sell an unpopular and dangerous option to him. Initially, the national leadership was only interested in returning Senators Boroffice and Alasoadura; it was the deputy governor that insisted on a particular candidate other than Ayedatiwa; and when that failed, he brought in the idea of AA because he knew the governor had already fallen into the trap in the North senatorial district.

Efforts to speak with Oshiomhole, Akeredolu and Ajayi, failed as at press time

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Despite AGF’s Directive, DSS Interrogated Sowore For 4 Hours – Falana Raises Alarm

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Legal luminary and lawyer to convener of RevolutionNow movement and publisher of Saharareporters, Femi Falana (SAN), has alleged that Department of State Services (DSS) is looking for evidence to ‘nail’ Sowore despite AGF’s directive.

DAMMYLINK recalls that Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami had in a letter sent to Yusuf Bichi, Director-General of the Department of State Service(DSS), directed the security agency to promptly forward the case file to his office.

Reacting to the directive, Falana said the development was not a take over because it was the AGF that initially filed a case against Sowore before it was transferred to Hassan Liman, the prosecuting counsel,

The human rights lawyer disclosed that the DSS was aware that it has no solid case against Sowore. Having been advised that Sowore cannot be convicted on the basis of the proof of evidence filed in court, the sss has refused to make the statements of the prosecution witnesess available to the defendants as ordered by the trial court.

“Hence, hearing in the case has been adjourned to February 20, 2020 at the instance of the Prosecution. “Convinced that the pending case would collapse like a pack of cards, the SSS (also called DSS) is currently fishing for evidence to nail Sowore.

In spite of the directive of the AGF to take over the case the SSS subjected Sowore to a 4-hour interrogation yesterday (12/12/19). “The entire interrogation pertained to Sowore’s alleged links with the proscribed Boko Haram sect, IPOB, and IMN which he vehemently denied.

At Sowore’s instance a member of the legal defence team, Abubakar Marshal witnessed the marathon interrogation. “In view of the foregoing we urge the AGF to file a nolle prosequi motion without any further delay to end the macabre dance which has exposed the country to avoidable embarrassment,” Falana said.

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APC Rally: Steer Clear Of Edo, Group Warns Oshiomhole

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Edo Youth Vanguard, An APC factional group, has warned the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole to steer clear of Edo State on the illegally planned rally scheduled for Friday, December 13, 2019 in the state capital, Benin

It urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to order over his support for a rally that has the potential of creating crises and breaching the fragile peace in the state.

A faction of the party in the state which has the backing of Oshiomhole has fixed Friday for a rally to receive defectors into the party without the knowledge of the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and the party’s state chairman, Mr Anselm Ojezua.

Governor Obaseki travelled on Tuesday with President Buhari to Egypt on national assignment and they are expected to return on today.

In a statement issued in Benin by its president, Nosakhare Oseghale and Secreatry General, Edward Ikhide, the EYV questioned the rationale behind the proposed rally, stating that the timing and approach are not only wide off the mark but has sinister motives of eventually fomenting trouble to create an impression of anarchy in the state.

According to Oseghale and Ikhide, issues of public safety are hanging in the balance if the purported rally is allowed to take place, adding that available security reports clearly give credence to the apprehension that the political rally has sinister motives.

He said: “We are amused that some politicians are planning an ill-conceived political rally for Friday and it’s being done without the knowledge of the state’s Chief Security Officer, Governor Godwin Obaseki, who is on a national assignment with President Muhammadu Buhari.

“More curious in the ill-timed proposed rally was the complete and deliberate neglect of the party’s state executive led by its chairman, Mr Anslem Ojezua. So, the question begging for answer is who is the Abuja team organizing the rally for?

“This is the yuletide season and there are already movements within and outside the state, why the desperation to pull down the fragile peace in our state just to prove that a deteriorating influence is still potent?

“For all intents and purposes, this planned rally is provocative and highly susceptible to violence. How can you guarantee the safety of Edo people in a rally where neither the state governor, who is the leader of the APC in Edo State, nor other leaders of the party is aware of the purported declaration rally?”

He urged President Buhari to put a check on the activities of Comrade Oshiomhole, adding that, ‘Edo State is greater than any man or interest.

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N362m Trial: Court Jails 2 Men, Orders IGP To Produce Diezani Allison-Madueke

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A High Court sitting in Yola, Adamawa State, has sentenced two men to prison over N362m allegedly disbursed by former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke.  

Justice Nathan Musa of High Court 1 on Thursday, December 12th in Yola also ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to produce the 3rd defendant, Allison-Madueke before his court.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had charged Ibrahim Mohammed Umar (1st defendant), Sahabo Iya Hamman (2nd defendant) and Allison-Madueke (3rd defendant) to court for allegedly laundering the said N362m.

He said, “The 3rd defendant in her desire to influence election in favour of then President, Goodluck Jonathan, authorised the release of N362m public money through Fidelity bank to the 1st and 2nd defendants to corrupt election officials.”

Considering the evidences as provided by both the prosecuting and defence counsels, Justice Nathan convicted Umar and Hamman on three-count charges. He therefore, sentenced them to seven years on each of the charges.

The judge however, considered a plea of allocotus from the defence counsel and ordered that the sentences will run concurrently

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