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COMMUNIQUE issued at the end of its 9th Interim National Executive Committee Meeting in Abuja

The APC Interim National Executive Committee held its 9th meeting today, Tuesday, March 18th 2014. 

The meeting was attended by members of the party’s Interim National leadership led by Chief Bisi Akande, Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State. National leaders of the party where also present in the person of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, General Mohammed Buhari,  Senator Alli Modu Sheriif, Chief  Ogbonnoya  Onu, former  Vice President Atiku Abubakar,  Chief  Olusegun Osoba, Senator  Saraki, Senator Goje and other members of National Interim Executive of the party.

APC Membership Registration Begins Today

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has deployed personnel and materials to all the 36 states of the federation and Abuja for the take off of its membership registration which begins today.

Special Assistant to the interim national secretary of the party,Abdullahi Gashua stated that that the exercise will take place in all INEC designated polling units in the country ,adding that the party has sent a chairman and a secretary to each state and the FCT except Anambra to oversee the exercise.

He however added that depending on the peculiarities of some places and other consideration a more suitable place will be provided for people as an alternative to the designated polling units.

He however informed that, the exercise has already taken place in Anambra state before the election that took place in the state some months ago. He therefore said Anambra has been exempted from the current exercise as a result the registration for the last election.

He said the party is targeting as many members as possible not the 12 million earlier targeted for congresses and conventions as stated by the party before.

The APC membership registration exercise will end on February 10th 2014.

Atiku registers as APC member in Adamawa

Four days after he announced his defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC, a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday registered his membership officially with the party.

He registered in his native Jada Village in Adamawa State.
Mr. Abubakar was until last Sunday a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He was vice president on the platform of the party between 1999 and 2007.

He, however, left the party following his stand-off with his former boss, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. He contested the 2007 presidential election in his new party, the defunct Action Congress, but lost.

Mr. Abubakar returned to the PDP in 2009 and was granted waiver by the party in September of the following year. He therefore contested the party’s presidential primaries, but lost to President Goodluck Jonathan, who eventually flew its flag in the 2011 election.

The Chairman of the APC in Adamawa State and that of Ganye Zone of the state conducted the membership registration where the former vice president was registered.
Mr. Abubakar, who was cheered by supporters who chanted APC in solidarity with him, had arrived at the registration centre at 2.12 p.m. and was handed a form by the zonal chairman, which he filled out along with an attached passport photograph.
At the end of the exercise, the state interim chairman handed Mr. Abubakar a detached slip from the form with No. 02000841, which would serve as a temporary membership card until a permanent and laminated one was issued to him.

Speaking with journalists, Mr. Abubakar, who holds the traditional title of Turaki Adamawa, charged his supporters nationwide to avail themselves of the opportunity by registering as members of the APC, so that together they could bring about the desired change.
“To make good on the change that you are earnestly yearning for, I urge all my supporters no matter where you may be to follow in my footsteps and register as a member of APC,” he said.

Mr. Abubakar had earlier paid a courtesy call on Emir of Ganye, Umar Sanda, who prayed and wished him well in his enterprise.

11 PDP senators defect to APC

The rank of the APC in the Senate swelled Wednesday with the defection of 11 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, senators to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The Senators that defected to the All progressives Congress (APC) party in a letter sent to the Senate President are.
1. Senator Bukola Saraki-Kwara Central
2. Senator Umaru Dahiru-Sokoto South
3. Senator Magnus Ngei Abe -Rivers South-East
4. Senator Wilson Asinobi Ake-Rivers West
5. Sen. Bindawa Muhammed Jibrilla-Adamawa North
6. Sen. Mohammed Danjuma Goje-Gombe central
7. Sen. Aisha Jummai Alhassan-Taraba North
8. Sen. Mohammed Ali Ndume-Borno South
9. Senator Mohammed Shaba Lafiaji-Kwara North
10. Sen. Abdulahi Adamu-Nasarawa West
11. Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir-Sokoto East

The senators communicated their decision to decamp to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate President, David Mark. There are reports that some more senators could decamp in the coming weeks.
The PDP still appears to have the majority in the Senate despite the defections, although official figures are yet to be announced.

The gale of defection had hit the House of Representatives last December when 37 PDP members of the chamber defected to the APC.

Five PDP governors had earlier moved to the opposition party on November 26.
The governors are Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Rabi’u Kwankwaso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara).

Mr. Saraki had told journalists at the weekend that more PDP senators would decamp upon resumption of the upper legislative chamber this week.

APC, PDP AND LP Gubernatorial Candidates Call for Cancellation of Anambra Gubernatorial Polls

The three governorship candidates of PDP, APC and LP, Tony Nwoye, Chris Ngige and Ifeanyi Ubah vowed on Saturday November 16, 2013 night to reject whatever result that would be announced by INEC from Saturday and proposed Sunday gubernatorial elections in Anambra State, Nigeria.

At a joint news conference addressed at 8:00 p.m. at Finotel Hotel, Awka, Senator Ngige presented the official position of the three contestants on the election. The three candidates had earlier in the day expressed their dissatisfaction with the conduct of the election.

Senator Chris Ngige said: “Our stand is that Saturday election was characterized by fraud, malpractices and massive irregularities and we call on INEC to put in place another process to conduct a fresh election to enable the people of Anambra elect their governor that will take over from the present governor on March 17 next year. The irregularities clearly noticed included the omission of the names of many voters in the registers presented for the election in the over 4,000 polling units.”

Continuing, Senator Ngige said: “We were assured that the process will be free and fair during the stake holder’s meeting with the INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, but little did we know that they had planned to disenfranchise many of our supporters by deleting their names from the register everywhere in the local government areas. It was so massive and we hereby reject the voters registers used for this election. We were assured by the INEC chairman that the electoral process would be transparent but we experienced was the contrary.”

INEC Declares Anambra Guber Poll Inconclusive

THE Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) has declared Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State inconclusive. To this end, a supplementary election is to held in the state before a winner is eventually declared.

The Returning Officer , James Okueke, who released results for the 21 councils of the state, said the front runner and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Willy Obiano could not be pronounced outright winner as the margin between him the first runner-up, Tony Nwoye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was less than the total number of registered voters in the areas where voting never took place on Saturday.

According to available results, APGA polled 174,710 votes, PDP has 94,956 votes, APC 92,300 votes and Labour Party 37,446 votes to emerge first, second, third and fourth positions in that order. According to Okueke, a total of 429,554 votes were cast, out of which 113,013 ballots were rejected, noting that the margin between the APGA and PDP candidates was 79,774 votes, thereby making it impossible for anyone to be declared winner at this stage pending when supplementary election holds in the affected wards and units across the state .

Meanwhile, Ubah (LP), Ngige (APC) and Nwoye (PDP) have reiterated calls for the outright cancellation of the entire exercise, alleging gross electoral irregularities and inducement of voters on the election day. They are also asking for the sack of the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Chukwuemeka Onukaogu.

You Do Not Need Court Order to cancel Anambra Polls – APC Tells INEC Chairman Jega

Meanwhile, the Interim National Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, reminded INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, that about 1.3 million of the 1.7 million registered voters in Anambra were unable to exercise their franchise and could not vote because of the late arrival or non-delivery of voting materials. “In announcing the cancellation of the National Assembly election in 2011, INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega said, among others, that it was to ‘maintain the integrity of the elections and retain effective overall control of the process,” Lai Mohammed said. APC said the situation in Anambra last Saturday was even more serious because in addition to the fact that voting materials were either late or not delivered at all, most voters were disenfranchised by an INEC official who apparently tampered with the 2011 voters’ register for the state. Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is therefore wrong to say that only the courts can order the cancellation of last Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State

“Therefore, there are more compelling reasons now to cancel the Anambra governorship election than what led to the cancellation and rescheduling of the National Assembly election in 2011.” It also said since the integrity of the 2011 voters’ register has been compromised by tampering, that register can no longer be relied upon by INEC to organise any election in Nigeria. “The emerging allegations are very serious. First, the voters’ register for Anambra has been allegedly tampered with by an INEC official to disenfranchise a huge number of voters, to such an extent that only 451,826 voters were accredited out of the 1,763,751 registered voters in Anambra State.

“Secondly, the disenfranchisement started from the data capturing stage, when the machine was apparently manipulated not to capture those whose names start with ‘O’ or ‘U’ and that is a whole lot of people. Against this background, it is obvious to all fair-minded people, that INEC ‘s computer data-base must have been fraudulently, irreparably and totally adulterated such that no credible voters’ register can anymore be produced from the 2011 voters’ registration data.” APC therefore calls for not just for the cancellation of the Anambra governorship election, but also insists that a fresh election cannot and must not be conducted on the basis of the 2011 voters’ register.

APC also calls on Prof. Jega not to withhold the names of the main saboteurs in Saturday’s Anambra Gubernatorial poll and to also investigate the level to which the voters’ register has been compromised, fish out all those involved, find out who their sponsors are and make all of them to face justice.

Buhari, Tinubu, Akande beg Amaechi to join APC

Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, November 6, 2013

The leaders of All Progressives Congress – Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, General Muhammadu Buhari, rtd., and the National Chairman of the APC Chief Bisi Akande among others – visited Port-Harcourt Rivers State to invite Governor Rotimi Amaechi to cross over and join APC. Asiwaju Bola TinuR-L Gen Mohamadu Buhari, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Former Governor of Lagos State/APC Leader; Engr Tele Ikuru, Rivers State Deputy Governor and Chief Tom Ikimi, Interim National Vice Chairman, APC South South yesterday during a visit of the APC Leadership to Rivers State. Photo: Nwankpa Chijiokebu said: “We did not come here to campaign but to see and invite. Amaechi has performed well. This country can’t progress on lies.” In his speech, the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande said: “Today, the unstoppable APC train, which has made important stops in Kano, Jigawa and Adamawa, has arrived in Rivers State.”

Chibuike Amaechi, a courageous governor

Bola Tinubu and Governor Amaechi Continuing, Chief Akande said: “This is another important stop, because it allows us, the APC leaders, not only to invite Chibuike Amaechi, the courageous governor of Rivers, to join the growing APC family, but to show our solidarity with a man who has succeeded in battling anti-democratic forces to a standstill…. Our party has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Governor Amaechi since the beginning of his travails. We have been unrelenting in our support because our party stands for justice, fairness and unfettered freedom. We abhor dictatorship clad in fake democratic garments.”
“We believe that the system of government that we operate does not make provision for an imperial presidency, who can neither be criticized nor opposed. That is why we told those who said the APC is crying more than the bereaved on the Rivers State issue, that we are indeed the bereaved anytime the rule of law is supplanted with the rule of the jungle; and we are the bereaved anytime a democratically-elected President thumbs his nose at the Nigerian Constitution. Or how else do we explain a situation in which a duly elected Governor, who is known to the Constitution as the Chief Security Officer of his state, is now being made to run his state side by side with the State Police Commissioner, who has been elevated to the de facto Governor by the presidency?”

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Former Governor of Lagos State/APC Leader and Engr Tele Ikuru, Rivers State Deputy Governor yesterday at the Rivers State Government House during a visit of the APC Leadership to Rivers State. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke“How do we explain a situation in which a state governor is being prevented from accessing his official residence by the police who should take orders from him? Where is it done that a state governor cannot receive visitors, including fellow state governors, without being tear-gassed and humiliated by the police? Or how does one justify a situation in which armed thugs backed by the police attack lawmakers in the hallowed chambers of the State House of Assembly?

Gov. Amaechi has been enduring these and other indignities, without wilting under fire! His plane has been grounded under flimsy, cooked-up excuses! They felt they have clipped his wings, but he is soaring even higher.

In defense of democracy and the Constitution

What is his offence? Standing up for the defence of democracy and the Constitution, leading his fellow Governors under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum to reject creeping dictatorship. But because he provided good leadership, because he has the support of his colleagues in the NGF and because his cause is just, he has prevailed over his adversaries, and he stands taller than his physique.
Because he stands as a bulwark against those who wanted to annihilate democracy and cripple governance, the plan to extend the anarchy in Rivers State to other states of the Federation has failed. That is why we called him an epitome of courage.

Amaechi, an epitome of courage.

It was Maya Angelou, the African-American author and poet, who said courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. Perhaps that was why another American poet, Robert Frost, said that freedom lies in being bold. Thanks to Gov. Amaechi’s courage, Nigeria’s democracy is stronger, and our country is better. We salute your courage under fire, your tenacity under an endless assault and your commitment to unfettered freedom for all citizens. Since the leaking umbrella can no longer protect you from the vagaries of harsh weather, we ask you to jump on the APC train that will take Nigeria to the promised land!
Gov. Amaechi and General Muhammadu Buhari, rtd
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Former Governor of Lagos State/APC Leader; Engr Tele Ikuru, Rivers State Deputy Governor and Chief Tom Ikimi, Interim National Vice Chairman, APC South South yesterday during a visit of the APC Leadership to Rivers State. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke

Resist Acts of Impunity.

Amaechi and Gen. BuhariIn his speech, Governor Amaechi who spoke to the crowd at the Government House Port-Harcourt who came to receive the Interim national leadership of the APC. He sang: “There is nobody greater than God, there is no one greater than Jehovah Lord Divine.” He mentioned that his administration has done its best to construct roads, build health centers and schools and empower the youth of the state. Governor Amaechi further called on the people to resist acts of impunity. “I came down to march with you when I heard that they locked the gate at the airport against you. We walked five kilometres to the airport. We forced the gate open and I walked with you. We must prepare ourselves from now on.” Governor Amaechi referred to his unique position among the G-7 Governors in the new PDP since he came from the same South-South zone with President Goodluck Jonathan. “I am peculiar in the group of the seven governors. The President comes from our zone. I will consult our leaders, the President; I will consult you, I will consult all consultables. I will come back to you. The day we shall take a decision it will be at the new stadium that can take 40,000 persons. If we are staying (in PDP), we shall call the President to the stadium to address us, but if we are going we shall call Tinubu and Buhari to come and address us.” When Bola Tinubu moved a motion calling on the governor to cross over to the APC, it was endorsed by the large crowd in front of the Government House, Port-Harcourt. The occasion was witnessed by representatives of the 23 local governments in the state, 26 loyal State House of Assembly lawmakers (out of 33), led by the Speaker, Hon Otelemaba Amachree and Rivers State members of the National Assembly loyal to Governor Amaechi.