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Senate Presidency: 70 Senators Backing Akpabio- Ndume

The senator representing Borno south district, Ali Ndume has revealed that 70 senators-elect have thrown their weight behind Godswill Akpabio in his bid to become the president of the 10th senate.

Godswill Akpabio, a former minister of Niger Delta affairs, and Barau Jibrin, senator representing Kano central, were recommended by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the leadership of the senate.

Speaking on Tuesday in an interview with Arise Television, Ndume said he is supporting Akpabio because he has the experience needed for the position and also for the sake of stability in the country.

“He (Akpabio) was a minority leader. He knows what to do from Day 1. And then he needs the acceptability of the senators-elect who are going to vote on that day,” Ndume said.

“And so far, Alhamdulillah! We have 70 people that have signed or endorsed the candidature of Akpabio. First on the list is myself and the last on the list is from Bayelsa.

“I’m the one leading the campaign for Akpabio. It is based on the need to have stability, equity, justice and fairness in the country considering the heightened concerns on some issues especially the zoning, the religion and whatever.

“The stability group which I lead is not about money but about stability in the country by ensuring there is justice, fairness and equity in terms of who now leads and becomes the number 3 citizen, bearing in mind that the number one and two are all Muslims and also bearing in mind also that the south-south where Akpabio comes from has never since 1999 had a shot of the senate presidency or speakership.

“Having Akpabio, with the experience that he has being one time the minority leader in the senate, and one time minister, governor, commissioner.

“With that kind of experience and the fact that I think that he is the most ranking from south-south from the senators we have, especially of the APC faction, I had no problem with my conscience, throwing my weight behind him.”

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APC ward executives in Zamfara reject Rep member, Jaji’s suspension

The All Progressives Congress, APC executives of Birnin Magaji ward in Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara have rejected the suspension of Rep. Aminu Jaji by the state chapter of the party.

Jaji represents the Kaura-Namoda/Birnin-Magaji Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives on the platform of APC.

The State APC chapter on Friday announced his suspension over some alleged anti-party activities.

Speaking at a press briefing in Birnin-Magaji on Friday, the APC Organizing Secretary of Birnin Magaji ward, Abba Mamuda, said the party executives from Jaji’s ward were not aware of his suspension.

“On behalf of the 23 APC executive members of this ward, we totally reject the suspension of Aminu Jaji from APC.

“We have no hand in writing any petition or suspension letter to the state against Jaji.

“We have no complaints or grudges against Aminu Jaji considering his service to the party and the entire people of Kaura-Namoda/Birnin-Magaji constituency and Zamfara State,” he said.

Madua, therefore, called on the state APC leadership to review Jaji’s suspension ‘with immediate effect.’

He said, “We are highly disappointed with the action taken against Aminu Jaji by Zamfara APC leadership.

“We have no confidence in the current APC leadership in the state and Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area.

“The state party leadership is violating the party’s constitutional provisions and guidelines.”.

Also speaking, the Vice Chairman of APC in the ward, Isuhu Masko, described Jaji as a ‘father of APC in Birnin-Magaji and Zamfara state.

“As a lawmaker, Jaji is a true democrat, a grassroots representative, therefore, the APC leadership should be proud of him and not think of giving him a suspension.

“We are totally not in support of the suspension of Jaji from the APC.

“We are in solidarity behind Hon. Aminu Jaji as our leader in APC,” Masko averred.

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APC suspends Rep member, Jaji over alleged anti-party activities

The Zamfara Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has suspended Rep. Aminu Jaji over some alleged anti-party activities and the factionalisation of the party’s organs, among other irregularities.

The State APC Publicity Secretary, Malam Yusuf Idris, announced the suspension at a press briefing in Gusau on Friday.

Jaji represents the Kaura-Namoda/Birnin-Magaji Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives on the platform of the APC.

Idris said other allegations against Jaji include the engagement in dishonest practices and habitual absenteeism from the party’s meetings and other activities.

He said the sanction was sequel to the notice of confirmation of suspension of Jaji from the Birnin-Magaji ward APC executives over the alleged anti-party activities, among other irregularities.

Idris said, “The suspension notice was forwarded to the state APC headquarters by the APC executive committee of Birnin Magaji Local Government.

“The state executive committee of the APC held an emergency meeting at the State Party Secretariat, Gusau today, Friday 17th May 2024, where Jaji’s suspension matter was tabled to the state executive members.

“The state APC executive committee resolved and approved the suspension of Aminu Jaji from the party.

”This is based on the recommendations of the State disciplinary committee in line with his earlier suspension by the APC Birnin Magaji Ward Executive Committee and affirmed by APC Birnin Magaji LG Executive Committee.”

Reacting to his suspension, Jaji told NAN in a telephone interview that all the allegations against him were baseless and untrue.

Jaji said the state APC leadership has not followed the constitutional provisions of the party.

He said, “This is a clear indication that the party in the state has no focus and leadership.”

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Akwa Ibom PDP begins registration, targets 6.9m new members

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Akwa Ibom State said it has begun registration of new members and a reassessment campaign in the state.

In a statement by the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Borono Bassey on Thursday, the party said the exercise which started on Thursday, May 16, is expected to get at least (6.9M) six million, nine hundred thousand Akwa Ibom people as members.

He said the State Chairman of PDP, Elder Aniekan Akpan while flagging off the Membership Registration and Reassessment Campaign at an emergency expanded Exco meeting of the Party said the exercise, apart from being a directive of the National body, was a way of opening their doors for new members and updating the membership status of old members.

According to him, “Every week, thousands of Akwa Ibom people continue to reach out to members of our party across the different strata, expressing their genuine desire to register as bona fide members of the PDP. Also, every day, we have people who turn 18 and want to belong to our party.

So we have distributed Membership Registers and Cards which will be in the Custody of the Ward Chairmen across the 369 Wards in Akwa Ibom State with the Directive that the Ward Chairmen should register new members and reassess and update the membership status of old members at no cost to anyone.

His Excellency, the Governor of our State and Leader of the PDP in Akwa Ibom has cautioned that no Chairman should demand a dime from anyone as a condition for registration and reassessment of membership, and I am sure that the Ward Chairmen in their usual manner will heed this directive”

The State PDP Chairman also re-echoed the call to the remaining members of other political parties to use the opportunity offered by this exercise to return to the PDP fold.

Other Officers of the Party who spoke at the meeting expressed optimism that the exercise would be hugely successful as it received the total support and commitment from existing members of the Party.

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