Joe Igbokwe, spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, says anyone who claims President Muhammadu Buhari is not doing well is a liar from hell.
Speaking when he featured on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, Igbokwe blamed the nation’s woes on the previous administrations since 1999.
“The PDP was there for 16 years and we didn’t see anything. In the midst of plenty, I cannot lay my hands on anything,” he said.
“Support your leader, don’t be a distraction. Anybody who tells you Buhari is not doing well is a liar from the pit of hell, given where we are coming from.”
Although Igbokwe admitted the nation is faced with myriads of challenges, he, however, said they cannot be fixed in a single day.
“If the president can solve all the problems of Nigeria in one day, they would have done it in the 60s. It’s a continuum,” he said.
“As the population is growing, the problem will continue to grow. As Nigeria is growing, the problem will continue to grow. So problems will never disappear from the face of the earth.”
But Ken Olugbo, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who was also on the programme, tackled Igbokwe over Buhari’s performance in office.
Okolugbo said the current administration has not fared well in its cardinal promises, lamenting the economic situation.
“I can’t condemn entirely everything that President Muhammadu Buhari has done. I have said it and I have tried to always be objective,” he said.
“But Igbokwe must admit that we are hungry. Nigerians are hungry. The economy is bad. We need to move to a next level (of economic prosperity).”
Olugbo compared previous PDP administrations with the APC government and admitted that his party made some mistakes.
He said despite that, the PDP performed better in office than the current administration.
“I am not saying we had a perfect government, let us stop that blame game. We have passed that era of the blame game,” he said.
“We have always said it that PDP’s government isn’t perfect. In fact, Secondus apologised to Nigerians. For somebody to apologise, does that not tell you that we didn’t do well in a lot of areas?
“But we are looking at it. When you marry two wives, you compare the two wives. You have married the PDP, now you are married to the APC. Now Nigerians can see for themselves. We did better than what we are currently seeing.”
Fayemi defrays N31bn inherited debt
The Kayode Fayemi led administration in Ekiti State said it had completely offset the 31 billion naira inherited debts since assumption of office.
Governor Fayemi while making the state of the state address at the state House of Assembly as part of activities marking the first year in office also assured the civil servants in the state that salary arrears owed them by the last administration will be paid.
According to him, “Our focus now is how to gradually offset the remaining backlogs of salaries, pensions, subvention arrears and contractual debts. To the civil servants, I want to restate again that your arrears are not bad debts”.
The governor maintained that critics have been proved wrong with the administration’s job creation drive as against the rumours that he was coming back to sack workers.
The Ekiti state governor highlights milestones recorded in his first year in office in the areas of agricultural development, international partnerships and industrial growth which will see the state dairy farm produce nine thousand litres of milk daily.
“Our moribund Ikun dairy farm is coming back to life with plans to produce nine thousand litres of milk daily over the next two years. Over the next one year we expect that there will be at least two major cassava processing plants and two major rice mills assembled in Ekiti ” Fayemi disclosed.
PHOTOS: Adelabu Moves To Reconcile Aggrieved Oyo APC Members
Seven months after the conduct of the March 9 Governorship Election in Oyo state, the Candidate of All Progressives Congress, Chief Adebayo Adelabu on Tuesday pledged to champion and support the state executive of the party in reuniting aggrieved members back to the progressive fold
Adelabu made this pledge during the thank you visit to the people of Ibarapa land for their commitment and support given to him earlier, during and after the poll.
The APC guber nominee said despite the result announced by the electoral body, he felt Ibarapa zone remains one of the political stronghold quarter of the progressive in Oyo state hence the need to appreciate the party members and entire people of Ibarapa for their unflinching support.
According to him, “I believe I am the best candidate for the APC in the last general election and we are committed to general wellbeing of the people of Oyo state but somehow our mandate was diverted.
“We believe our mandate can be restored by the judiciary which is the hope of the masses hence the need to challenge the election results announced by INEC from the election petition tribunal to the Appeal court”.
On the reconciliation of aggrieved APC members, Adelabu averred that this is the high time committed members should put their individual differences aside and work collectively for the interest of the party.
The ex- deputy governor, operations of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)/maintained that he believed in Party Supremacy and Ideology which should be strictly adhere to by all members for the advancement of the party.
“I am ready to champion and work harmoniously with state executive for the reconciliation of the aggrieved members in the interest of peace and progress of the party”
He also affirmed the proposed mega empowerment programmes across the state to the members in Ibarapa, saying empowerment of the people would continue to be his utmost priority.
He said the newly commissioned Adelabu political headquarters will served as administrative and liaison office while efforts are on going to establish 14 liaison offices to cater for the three Senatorial Districts and 14 federal constituency in Oyo State.
Oyo APC chieftains from Ibarapa Zone who spoke on behalf of others include Apostle Aderonmu, Alhaji Jinadu and Elder Aderenle appreciated the visit of Adelabu to Ibarapa land in this time of need.
They both claimed that his visit was a clear demonstration of the love he has for the people of Ibarapa land.
The meeting had in attendance, Former Commissioner in the last administration, Alhaji M.O Laide Abass, Hon Ojerinde , Alhaji Fatai Adesina,Demola Ojo aka Ijaya, Former Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Iyiola Ambali, Alhaji Mufu Adisa and Alhaji Laide Akande,
Other chieftains of APC present include, Elder Dayo Adeola,Chief Babalola,Alhaji Isiaka Asiwaju,Alhaji Tafa SA,Evangelist Olu Abiola,Chief Jimi Agbaje, Samson Dare,Comrade Ojediran Segun,Alhaji Tajudeen,Hon Leke Asela,Hon Olufemi Jacob and former Chairman Ibadan North west Alhaji Adewolu Oluokun among others..
Oyo: Crossfire as Adeduntan, Adelabu groups spit fire over 2019 APC loss to PDP
A political group, the Adelabu Solidarity Group (ASG) has fired back at Dr Azeez Adeduntan, the immediate past Commissioner for Health in Oyo state, following a recent statement credited to him, calling the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 9 election, Oloye Adebayo Adelabu, a wrong Candidate.
The group, loyal to Adelabu has described the statement credited to Dr. Adeduntan as senseless and not expected from any reasonable person who had benefited from the party when APC was in control of the state.
Contained in a statement signed by Comrade Femi Awogboro on behalf of the group, he said Oloye Adelabu will not like to join issues with a political jobber like the former Commissioner for Health, saying it is pertinent for Adelabu Solidarity Group to respond to some of the remarks attributed to Dr. Adeduntan.
“If not for people like Dr Azeez Adeduntan who worked against the APC at the 2019 poll ,despite the hands of love extended to him and Some betrayers by Bayo Adelabu ,the party won’t have temporarily lost the seat of power in Oyo state.
“The former commissioner was quoted as saying, he facilitated one billion naira for Adeoyo Ring Road Hospital out of fifty billion naira which was expected and the self styled “World class Surgeon” bragged with impunity
“Oloye Adelabu who is a silent philanthropist that has contributed a lot to the pace setter state .The Technical University Ibadan, Oyo state ,Security Trust Fund, numerous scholarship awards among countless among others are what chief Adelabu has been shouldering without making needless noise”, the statement added.
Comrade Awogboro who is the Publicity Secretary of APC in Ibadan South East, also urged Dr Adeduntan to be mindful of his utterances in the public , especially on issues relating to the party and should apologise immediately for his misguided and malicious invectives against the respected Chief .
“What ought to be paramount in the mind of any committed member now is to work harmoniously through prayers and commitment to the party towards ensuring the victory of APC at the Appeal court, not making unnecessary and baseless remarks about the party and its leadership”.
Awogboro asked Dr Adeduntan to learn about APC’s ideology and stop tarnishing the image of the party and its real stalwarts, saying “his type of attitude and arrogance displayed by him (Dr Adeduntan) necessitated the then Labour Party to substitute his name prior to the 2011 Governorship elections”.
But, the Adeduntan Support Group (ASG) in a statement issued in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Monday described former Deputy Governor of Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN) and the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebayo Adelabu as a toddler who needs to enroll at the school of Oyo politics for him to excel in his future political endeavour.
The ASG in its reaction to a statement credited to Abiodun Awogboro of Adelabu Solidarity Group also said “the woeful outing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State during the 2019 general elections was due to the inability to unite and work with his major opponents who jostled with him for the party’s governorship ticket.”
“Adebayo Adelabu, the defeated candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
in the Oyo State governorship election started carrying himself like a governor-in-waiting from the moment he was imposed by Ajimobi as the governorship candidate at a kangaroo primary organized by Ajimobi on September 30th 2018
“Adelabu even after he lost the election passed several insults on the leaders of the party, blaming them for his loss in the election, and how he was involved in fisticuffs with an aide of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, his main allies who is also a Personal Assistant to the former governor at the Governor’s Oluyole residence.”
The group further advised Adelabu to place his failed ambition in the right perspective, saying the real reason for his thrashing is his aloofness to the party, it’s leaders, co- contestants, and his arrogance.
“On some of the issues raised by Awogboro in his statement, the group disclosed that one of the factors that caused the defeat of APC in the election was also some of the people used during the campaign who have no wherewithal to lead such sensitive and serious business just like Awogboro.
“Awogboro according to our findings is from Ekiti State, as a matter of fact chairman, of recently dissolved Yoruba Youth Council, Ekiti State chapter. In the past eight years with no serious means of survival except politics. He was formerly with Chief Femi Olaore, also a senatorial aspirant of APC and left when the latter can no longer trust him.”
“The said Awogboro who cannot be described as a professional journalist despite his Diploma certificate in Journalism from Institute of Journalism, Iyaganku, Ibadan due to his inability to be engaged by any media outfit can not be taken serious for whatever reason and his not qualified at all in any issues especially politics in Oyo state”.
The statement, however cautioned Adelabu and his team to engage only professionals in the pursuit of his political career and always warn his sympathisers in getting their facts right to avoid been sued in the court of law for libellous statements.
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