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APC Strike a deal with PDP to support Femi gbaja.

The All Progressive People’s party (APC) in the house of representatives have offered the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers several positions in exchange of their support for Femi Gbajabiamila for Speakership.

This was made known by Abdulmumin Jibrin, director-general of the Femi Gbajabiamila /Ahmed Wase Campaign Organisation, in an interview with journalists in Abuja on Saturday.

APC strikes a deal with PDP to support femi gbaja  by offering PDP the chairmanship and deputy chairmanship of 60 committees and more.

Abdulmumin jubrin’s statement 

He said that PDP members have accepted the offer and are now working to make sure Gbajabiamila emerges.

“Before Femi’s endorsement by the party, the president, the governors and others, majority of us the lawmakers have agreed that he is the speaker that we want. It was after that decision that other endorsements came,” he said.

As it is today, he has massive supports across party lines. In 2015, the APC was just only guiding its votes because we believed then that we had the number to win the election. We didn’t bother about anything, but the PDP was concentrating on how to poach the APC members and that was how the election was won.

“But this time around the APC is more comfortable because we have more numbers with our 223. But even at that, our campaign is more aggressive towards poaching the PDP members than the aggression of the PDP members trying to poach our members.

“The reality of the matter is that the PDP has been split into two factions. We have been open in negotiating with both factions. We have sealed a deal with one of the factions and we are still talking with the other faction.

The reason for this action 

“We are only doing that as a safety net. We do not need the whole of the PDP members to win the election. In fact, we may not even need a vote from the PDP because we are guiding our 223 votes religiously

“If not that the party has been broken into two factions, it is what we would have offered to all of them, but since we have concluded with one faction, we have given them that offer and they have accepted it.

“ 60 of them has been selected and they are going to have 60 offices. It means that every one of them will have a particular position to hold in the next house.”

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar petition to challenge the presidential poll result which saw All Progressive Party (APC)‘s Muhammadu Buhari as the President has began hearing at the tribunal today.

Reports states that a 5 man panel headed by the president of the appeal court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, has started hearing the case which began by 9 am today.

Confirming the development on Tuesday, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), a member of the petitioners’ legal team, said the tribunal is on but refused to give details.

The election body, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Buhari winner of the February 23 elections but the petitioners in their 139-page petition claim Atiku won by 1.6 million votes as originally shown on INEC’s servers.

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Nollywood Actress Ibinabo Fiberisma has made her choice to fully support All Progressive Party (APC), she wrote;

No sacrifice is to be considered too enormous for the growth and sustainable development of my nation. This has always been my watchword in all I do, where I go and in all that I profess. There is also a deeper passion which is the survival and welfare of my immediate race and that preserve underlines a key aspect of every decision I take. Without apologies.

By 3am the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) in a press briefing announced the postponement of the 2019 elections stating it was logistics problem. The 2019 Elections are now to hold on 23rd February 2019 for Presidential and National Assembly while the Governorship, State House of Assembly and the FCT Area Council Elections is to hold on 9th March 2019.

After this the People Democratic party in a statement by party chairman Uche Secondus stated;

The Peoples Democratic Party, rejects shift in election date. The postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections by INEC is an agenda by President Buhari to cling to power. I hereby call on INEC Chairman to resign immediately.

The shoddy arrangement for this election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC is a deliberate predetermined agenda of President Buhari to cling on to power even when it’s obvious to him that Nigerians want him out.

The postponement which is part of a grand design by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to thwart the will of Nigerians at all cost, clearly exposes INEC as a failure and I call on the Chairman of the Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu to resign immediately.

I want to warn that the party, PDP, will not accept anything short of a well organized electoral process devoid of manipulation, harassment and intimidation of voters and the opposition particularly members of the PDP. Having failed in all their nefarious options to enable them cling on to power, the APC and the INEC came up with the idea of shifting election, an action that is dangerous to our democracy and unacceptable.

The APC in connivance with the INEC have been trying all options including but not limited to burning down INEC offices in some states and destroying of electoral materials to create artificial problems upon which to stand for their dubious act. The party is privy to all the pressures from the APC and the federal government to arm twist the INEC to dance to their new strategy after their earlier ones failed.

With several of their rigging options failing, they have to force INEC to agree to a shift in the election or a staggered election with flimsy excuses pre-manufactured for the purpose. For the avoidance of doubt the PDP sees this action as wicked and we are also aware of other dubious designs like the deployment of hooded security operatives who would be ruthless on the people ostensibly to scare them away

By this action of President Buhari. he has further demonstrated his insensitivity costing the huge cost after Nigerians including those who came home from abroad have all mobilized to their various constituencies. The PDP had earlier alerted Nigerians that the APC was coming up with lined up rigging strategies including burning down of INEC offices and engineering crisis in PDP strong hold areas to scare away the people.

Also Festus Keyamo, the spokesperson for the APC Presidential Campaign council said in a statement that the party “received with great disappointment and disillusionment the announcement” about the postponement.
He said;
“We do hope that INEC will remain neutral and impartial in this process as the rumor mill is agog with the suggestion that this postponement has been orchestrated in collusion with the main opposition, the PDP, that was NEVER ready for this election,” 

We condemn and deprecate this tardiness of the electoral umpire in the strongest terms possible. President Muhammadu Buhari had since cooperated fully with INEC by ensuring EVERYTHING it demanded to conduct free and fair elections were promptly made available to it. This news is therefore a huge disappointment to us and to our teeming supporters nationwide and around the world, many of whom have come into the country to exercise their franchise.

We do hope that INEC will remain neutral and impartial in this process as the rumor mill is agog with the suggestion that this postponement has been orchestrated in collusion with the main opposition, the PDP, that was NEVER ready for this election. We note that all the major credible demographic projections have predicted a defeat of the PDP and it seriously needed this breather to orchestrate more devious strategies to try and halt President Buhari’s momentum. It did the same as the ruling Party in 2015, when it realized the game was up, by orchestrating the postponement of the 2015 elections by six weeks. Now, it may be up to its old trick again.

We have earlier raised the alarm that the PDP is bent on discrediting this process the moment it realized it cannot make up the numbers to win this election. We are only urging INEC not collude with the PDP on this. We are truly worried because as early as Friday morning, some known PDP Social Media influencers unwittingly announced this postponement, but quickly deleted the message and apologized to the public that it was fake news. We do not want to be forced to a situation of announcing our total loss of confidence in INEC, because we know where that would leave our democracy.

It is in the light of the above that we wish to appeal to Nigerians and our supporters to be patient, calm and resolute despite this temporary setback. Let us not give anyone, especially the PDP, the opportunity to plunge this nation into a crises, which is what they earnestly desire. Its imminent defeat is just a few days away.

Lastly, we wish to draw the attention of INEC and the world to observe that the PDP has clearly and openly said it plans to announce parallel results through some funny device it has procured or developed. We wish to re-iterate that it is ONLY INEC that is legally and constitutionally empowered to declare results and it constitutes an offence for anyone to do so. We urge INEC to SPEAK UP NOW and warn the PDP to desist from this ignoble act that is capable of plunging the nation into a crises of immeasurable proportions.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has insisted that it will take party in the forthcoming general elections in the state despite a Supreme Court ruling reportedly barring the party from contesting in the elections.

In a statement on Thursday, February 14, argued that there was no judgement from the Supreme Court or any other court preventing it from being included on the ballot paper for the Rivers elections, according to Premium Times.

The APC said from the rulings on the case so far, INEC has an obligation to include the party’s name on the ballot papers. “After a meeting of the State Working Committee of our party in the State today in which we meticulously deliberated on the recent court rulings of various courts especially the decision of the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt yesterday to further re-affirm two earlier orders that stayed the execution of the judgments of the lower court, our conclusion is that the APC and it’s candidates will now, most certainly, be on the ballot this Saturday.

“No order or judgment given since, including orders given by the Supreme Court on both jurisdiction and representation have said otherwise,” the party said in the statement signed by Chris Finebone, the party’s spokesperson in the state.

And President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the exclusion of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state from the forthcoming elections, saying he is disturbed by the development.

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