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APC Panels Begin Aspirants Screening for Concurrent Legislative By-Elections




Ahead of the October 31 concurrent legislative by-elections scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress (APC) will tomorrow, Wednesday August 26th, 2020 begin screening of party aspirants for the elections.

Legislative by-elections will be conducted across eight (8) States of the federation which includes Bayelsa Central Senatorial District Election, Bayelsa State, Bayelsa West Senatorial District Election, Bayelsa State, Nganzai State Constituency Borno, Borno State, Bayo State Constituency, Borno State, Cross River North Senatorial District, Cross River State, Obudu State Constituency, Cross River State, Imo North Senatorial District, Imo State, Lagos East Senatorial District, Lagos State, Kosofe II State Constituency, Lagos State, Plateau South Senatorial District, Plateau State, Bakura State Constituency, Zamfara State and Ibaji State Constituency, Kogi State

In a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC, Yekini Nabena, the party will begin screening of aspirants Wednesday August 26th, 2020 – Thursday August 27th, 2020 while the publication of claims and objections will take place on Friday 28th August, 2020

The statement noted that the APC screening appeal committee will seat on Tuesday 1st, September, 2020 while primary electionand election appeal are scheduled to take place on Thursday 3rd, September, 2020 and Saturday 5th, September, 2020 respectively.

Meanwhile the party has released the list of screening and appeal committees to include the following:

For Imo North senatorial district screening panel, Dr. Lawrence Chukwu is to serve as Chairman, Engr. Uduakobong Okpoho as Secretary, Jonathan Modi as Member, Hon. Zakari Angulu Dobi as Member, Michael Jegede as Member, Isioma Theodara Ndah as Member and Barr. Ibrahim Bello as Member

The Appeal Committee for Imo North senatorial district comprises of Prof. Etok Ekanem as Chairman, Barr. Femi Victor Motojesi as Secretary, Hon. Garba Usman Funtua as Member, Bolaji Omonori Victor as Member and Alhaji Adams Yakubu as Member

The screening committee for Borno state Nganzai state constituency includes Alh. Abubakar Mallam as Chairman, Hon. Ahmed Mohammed as Secretary, Hon. Ibrahim Umar Dawakiji as Member, Omobolaji Motunrayo – Member, Musa Shelleng as Member, Nasir Umar Garba as Member and Prince (Engr.) Dare Joseph as Member.

The Appeal Committee for Borno state Nganzai state constituency includes: Engr. Suleiman Rabiu Bichi as Chairman, Barr. Yakubu Bashir as Secretary, Barr. Yakubu A. H. Ruba as member, Barr. Dallas Ebeli as Member, Muhammed Hassan Jigirya as member.

Other states by-elections screening and appeal committees are as follow:

(Screening Committee)
1. Hon. Adamu Usman – *Chairman*
2. Alh. Sule Alao – *Secretary*
3. Dr. Zakeri Muhammad – Member
4. Amb. Fidel M. Anyegu – Member
5. Chief Samuel Ogbuku – Member
6. Dr. Kamel Isa Olu – Member
7. Husseini Momoh – Member

(Screening Appeal Committee)
1. Solomon Nyaze – *Chairman*
2. Hon. Adelowo Adebiyi – *Secretary*
3. Alh. Abdulmunaf Muhammed – Member
4. Hon. Sunday J. Chukwu – Member
5. Safiya Bala – Member

(Screening Committee)
1. Salisu Muktari – *Chairman*
2. Obianuju Brenda Oji – *Secretary*
3. Adie Ferdinard Aisu – Member
4. Dada Olusegun – Member
5. Bolaji Afeez Repete – Member
6. Rt. (Hon.) Eugene Odo – Member
7. Auwalu Abdulmalik – Member

(Screening Appeal Committee)
1. Trever Aginde – *Chairman*
2. Abdullahi Haruna – *Secretary*
3. Fatima Zarah Umar – Member
4. Barr. Iliyasu Runka – Member
5. Opaluwa Omera – Member

(Screening Committee)
1. Dr. Ibrahim Mara – *Chairman*
2. Amb. Ahmed Malam Madori – *Secretary*
3. Barr. Bashir Maidugu – Member
4. Mrs. Helen Bendega – Member
5. Danlami Zuru – Member
6. Aliyu Bature – Member
7. Kunle Busari – Member

(Screening Appeal Committee)
1. Bala Mohammed Gwagwarwa – *Chairman*
2. Abdulrahman Baffa Yola – *Secretary*
3. Idris Bah Madu – Member
4. Zuwaira S. Bakori – Member
5. Mamman Isa Azare – Member

(Screening Committee)
1. Ohikere Gogo Asmail – *Chairman*
2. Sen. John Danboyi – *Secretary*
3. Okomoda Raphael – Member
4. Hajiya Fatima Audu – Member
5. Shettima Abaji – Member
6. Kiyenna J. Mizim – Member
7. Hon. Maikudi Bature – Member

(Screening Appeal Committee)
1. Hon. Ibrahim Umar Dawakiji – *Chairman*
2. Nasiha Hassan – *Secretary*
3. Febian Ekpo – Member
4. Yahaya Suleiman – Member
5. Barr. Hassan Abubakar II – Member

(Screening Committee)
1. Prof. Steven Oseni – *Chairman*
2. Engr. R.S. Bichi – *Secretary*
3. Barr. Kunle Sulaiman – Member
4. Chief Cosmas Maduba – Member
5. Ife Adebayo – Member
6. Kolade Lawal – Member
7. Hajiya Yahanasu Buba – Member

(Screening Appeal Committee)
1. Mall. Ahmed Sajoh – *Chairman*
2. Hon. Engr. Garba M. Gulma – *Secretary*
3. Chief (Mrs.) Betty Efekoda – Member
4. David ThankGod – Member
5. Hon. Motunrayo Akintomide – Member

(Screening Committee)
1. Asipa Kaoli Olusanya – *Chairman*
2. Nike Omoworare – *Secretary*
3. Hon. Maduka N. Anun – Member
4. Afolabi Aseyomi O. – Member
5. Hon. Musa B. Kamale – Member
6. Muhammed Ali Mashi – Member
7. Dr. (Mrs.) Rachael Akpabio – Member

(Screening Appeal Committee)
1. Abubakar Isa Funtua – *Chairman*
2. Chief Ben Eche – *Secretary*
3. Chief Funsho O. – Member
4. Muhammed Sani Ibrahim – Member
5. Alh. Attah M. Rangem – Member

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Alh. Yahaya Bello One of the Best Performing Governor in Nigeria – Group




The Convener Got Your Back Nigeria ,Prof Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr ,has called on Nigerians to rise above sentiment and fake news as it regards to kogi state governor.

Prof Chris in a press statement he personally signed said Yahaya Bello has continue to do well in transforming kogi state.

The statement reads:

“Is the young man that superintend the State of Kogi from the Lugard House in Lokoja one of the best performing Governors in Nigeria, today? The answer is YES in caps. Is his watch over Kogi uneventful and mediocre? The answer is a NO in caps. So you wonder why he courts the flak of political opponents like ants and honey. Don’t bother too much, they criticize him, they oppose him, and they lie against him and the State of Kogi because he doesn’t belong to the cult of egocentric and self serving political operators. He has done, and is yet doing great things in Kogi”.

“Have you wondered why lately there is an uncanny desperation to de-robe Kogi State of her deserving feat as the safest State in the North and the second safest State in the whole of Nigeria? It is about the politics of 2023. It is about the wickedness of selfish politicians and the ungodly quest for power by all means devious, foul, impish and impious. But do not despair just yet because the Security agencies in Kogi are compiling the names of the agent provocateurs and their sponsors, and shall as always bring them to book. Yahaya Bello has kept that promise several times over, and regarding the contrived jailbreak a few days ago, tell the rumour mill that almost all the fleeing convicts are back in custody. And tell them that we are watching”.

“If they are not contriving violence, they are sponsoring falsehood in the media. If they are not procuring and sponsoring violence, they are lying and paying the media to build mountains out of mole hills. And if they are not lying about salaries that have since been cleared, they are sponsoring mendacity in the media about corruption and monies allegedly fixed in Banks, tales most unfounded and demonic. How more confused and wicked can they be? But their lies, won’t stick”.

“Against Kogi State and Yahaya Bello is a growing hoard of soulless lie mongering, rumour churning, falsehood growing, deceit cultivating, blackmail dishing and tale feasting political hirelings, their brief is satanic and wicked. But then again their lies won’t stick because we are ready, willing and able to puncture their devious script with the bludgeoning fervency of TRUTH”.

“The truth is that Kogi State under the watch of the 46years old Technocrat in Lugard House fondly called GYB, Governor Yahaya Bello is the safest State in the North, and the second safest State in Nigeria, and adjudged so by all available Security Index locally and internationally”.

“The truth is that Kogi State is the most gender sensitive State in Nigeria, with the longest serving female Secretary to State Government in Nigeria, with mind blowing minimums like females as Local Government Council Deputies in all the Local Governments where men serve as Chairmen, with females as Speakers of all the Local Government Council Legislatures, with the only Female ADC to a Governor in Nigeria, and the highest number of women in any State Government (cabinet) in Nigeria. Kogi State surely stands out as a manifest example of what governance and leadership must be”.

“The truth is that Kogi State tops the chart in the servicing and cutting down of local debts. The Accountant and Auditor cum Governor of Kogi State Yahaya Bello has clearly excelled in the management of the States resources such that beyond the effective running of the State, he has been able to service and also reduce the local debts of the State. So tell the liars and the peddlers of falsehood against GYB that their lies won’t stick, and that the truth shall always prevail over falsehood”.

“The truth is that Kogi is not owing her workers, and Kogi State is not owing Medical Doctors and Health worker at all. We shall therefore consistently debunk the perfidy and the chicanery of political jobbers and their pay masters, yes their lies won’t stick, as Kogi will consistently remain a question mark on their conscience, nay on our collective conscience”.

“The truth is that Lokoja the capital of Kogi State is presently one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. Do your research and avoid the blinding deceit of blackmailers and haters who wonder at the capacity and the competency cum magic of the magician called Governor Yahaya Bello GYB”.

“The truth is that in Kogi State under GYB’s watch is one of the most functional Rice mills in Nigeria. In Kogi State is the biggest health facility in West Africa over 60% done. In Kogi State today is one of the most effective Skill Acquisition programs in Nigeria, and that Kogi State is one of the best agriculture friendly State in today’s Nigeria. So when you hear the lies of the conscienceless political operators out there, confront them with the unequivocal truths that we put before you”.

“We shall continue to point out the lies that they trade against GYB whilst putting the records straight. And we shall not relent in meeting their falsehood with the unwavering and redemptive force of TRUTH”.

“We shall continue to drum up and consistently raise the phenomenal Youth called GYB as the bastion of the new deal for Nigeria come 2023. And we shall relentlessly call our nation to the politics of ideas and policy rather than falsehood and mudslinging. God Bless Nigeria”. He Said

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JUST IN | Led by the ‘Spirit of God’, Fani-Kayode Joins APC, Poses for Photographs with President Buhari




Former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode, has officially defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The former PDP chieftain was introduced to President Muhammadu Buhari as the newest member of the ruling party on Thursday during a visit to the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He was led to the meeting with the President by the APC National Caretaker Committee Chairman and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, as well as Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State.

The Secretary to the Government of Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, was also present at the meeting to introduce Fani-Kayode.

Shortly after meeting with President Buhari, the new APC member had a session with State House correspondents where he claimed the spirit of God led him to the decision he also responsibility for the defection of three PDP governors who joined the ruling party – Governor Matawalle, as well as Governor David Umahi (Ebonyi) and Governor Ben Ayade (Cross River).

Fani-Kayode, a former spokesman for the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, said he was instrumental in the events that led to the defection of the three governors.

He told State House correspondents that he had been a founding member of the APC and simply returned to the ruling party for the unity of the country.

The former minister revealed that he was equally wooing three more governors in the main opposition party to join the ruling party.

He listed them to include Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, and Governor Ifeanyi Uguanyi of Enugu State.

He said whatever opinion anyone may have about his credibility, as a result of his constant change of parties, was up to them.

Fani-Kayode, a lawyer, used to be a strong critic of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

He was the Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Olusegun Obasanjo between 2003 and 2006.

Also in 2006, the new APC member served as the Minister of Culture and Tourism for a few months before he was later appointed as the Minister of Aviation later that year.

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First Lady, Aisha Buhari Reveals Reason for Posting Pantami’s Sermon




The First Lady, Aisha Buhari has shed light on why she posted a video of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Pantami giving a sermon, where he cried.

She had captioned her first post, “A Reminder. Achire tsoro ayi abinda ya dace,” in Hausa language, meaning, ‘Be courageous to do the right thing’.

In her latest post, Mrs Buhari said, “Tafsir na Malam kan tsoron Allah ba tsoron mutum ba!

“Da aka cire tsoro da son Kai aka shiga Jihar Zamfara, abubuwa sun fara kyau. Sai a dage a shigo sauran wurare da ke bukatan haka.”

This is translated from the Hausa language to loosely mean, “Mallam (Pantami) is preaching about the fear of God and not of man. As fear and selfishness have been removed in the case of Zamfara State, positive results have started to show. It is left for the those in charge to take control in other states in need of intervention.”

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