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p14 for page planning Nigeria under siege-Labour Party By Abbas Jimoh The Labour Party (LP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of putting the…

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Nigeria under siege-Labour Party

By Abbas Jimoh

The Labour Party (LP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of putting the nation under siege.

National chairman of the party, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, said yesterday in Abuja that the last 10 months of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration had not brought ‘joy’ to the land, but fears as well as political and economic siege.

He said in a statement that the mentality of the present administration had created a nation without coherent practice of ethics, values and processes, but excessive action, taxes and laws that prevent growth, while government’s intervention in the economy remained controversial.

According to the statement, “APC’s ‘change’ has only been successful in the furtherance of the siege mentality, whereby Nigerians are being oppressed, isolated and manipulated in the face of the negative maneuvering of the ruling party.

“The APC government despite purposeful intervention by well-meaning Nigerians, the Labour Party, civil societies and the NBA, has created a corridor of consistent flouting of the ethics of good governance, participatory democracy along sacred laws of the land in the pursuit of perceived and contrived idealism, thereby making effective opposition low, and multi-lateral thinking deficient.”

Abdulsalam said what was glaring was the efficacy of government’s propaganda, which had consistently given excuses to cover up economic misfortune. He said President Buhari must be reminded that there is no fuel, electricity, gas, food and peace in the land.

We may’ve disagreements in APC but not division-Sen. Nafada

By Muideen Olaniyi

Senator Usman Bayero Nafada (APC, Gombe North) has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) remains cohesive despite the insinuations being peddled about the presence of disunity in the party.

Senator Nafada, who said this yesterday while fielding questions from journalists at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, stated that a mega-party like the APC might experience disagreements among its members.

He said, “I don’t want to believe that there is no coherence because there is no election at the moment. If there is election, I believe all the party members would put their heads together. If you have a Mega Party like the APC, definitely, some people may not like what others are doing. This is not only in political parties, but also in religions.

“There is no problem in this party and the party would deliver its campaign promises. All these rumours that are going on about the party, there is no established division in the party.”

Reacting to a question on the attack on a National Assembly member from Gombe state, Senator Nafada said the party elders had intervened by telling the youth to exercise patience with their legislators.

He said, “I believe you know that Gombe is not an APC-controlled state. It is a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-controlled state. But we have many supporters in Gombe. I can even say, without doubt, that the APC has more membership in Gombe than the PDP.

PDP suffering from acute Tinubu phobia – Lagos APC

From Nurudeen Oyewole, Lagos?

?The Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the call by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the re-opening of Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) as the manifestation of “acute Tinubu-phobia?” which the opposition suffers from.

In a statement by its ?publicity secretary in Lagos State, Joe Igbokwe, the APC said the call by the Lagos PDP can best be described as “silly rants of frustrated losers, desperately splashing mud to tar others, when they are facing weighty corruption cases.” ??

According to the statement, the “Lagos PDP and indeed (members of) the entire PDP are suffering from acute Tinubu-phobia, borne out of the fact that Asiwaju Tinubu constitutes the greatest nightmare for PDP rank and file, given his prosecution of the defeat of the PDP last year.”

…PDP hits back at APC leaders over fuel comments

By Saawua Terzungwe

?The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop shifting blames over their inability to tackle the challenges in the petroleum sector after eleven months in office.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday, held the PDPs 16-year reign responsible for the nation’s prevailing economic woes, stating that the former ruling party had failed to save for the rainy day.

?The APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, had also told newsmen in Lagos Sunday, that Nigerians should hold the PDP responsible for the fuel crisis.

But while inaugurating various committees ahead of the May 21 national convention of the PDP to be held in Port Harcourt, the party’s national chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, said the APC had spent a year in office and should stop blaming the PDP? for challenges in the petroleum sector.

He said the APC should stop blaming the PDP, pointing out that they are now in the opposition and repositioning their party.

?Sheriff also accused APC governors ?of a plot to ‘rig’ the Saturday’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Council polls, warning that the PDP would resist any rigging.

‘No vacancy in Katsina PDP’

From Habibu Umar Aminu, Katsina

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Katsina State has condemned the call by a group within the party which is calling for election of new leaders for the party.

The state publicity secretary of the party, Salisu Sukuntuni, said there was no vacant post for occupation as the tenure of the present exco will expire in 2018.

According to him, “we were elected two years ago, to serve four year tenure, and we are just half way.”

He said the activities of the purported committee were illegal and called on the people of Katsina to disregard speculations about state congresses.

He said the party was only planning to elect three delegates for the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt.