Swear in board members or be expelled from APC, Oshiomhole threatens ministers
23/07/2018 by Daily Hint
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiohmole, says Ministers who fail to inaugurate members of board of parastatals under their supervision risk expulsion from the party.
Some ministers, including Ministers of State Aviation and that of Labour and Employment, Hadi Sirika and Chris Ngige respectively, had refused to inaugurate members of boards recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ngige, had in a letter addressed to the APC National Chairman, explained that his inability to inaugurate the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Funds (NSITF), was due to alleged uncovered fraud by the previous board to the tune of N40billion.
Sirika on the other hand said he could not swear in board members because of the appointment of non-professionals which according to him, is against the Act governing the aviation industry.
“If the minister refuses we will suspend him from the party. You know we must return to internal discipline. For me it is the height of mischief for any minister, you cannot purport to be honourable minister and you act dishonourably and nobody is greater than the party.
“And if the President condones disrespect for his office, I will not condone disrespect for the party. And we will expel the minister.
“We will prevail on the president that he can’t keep in his cabinet, people who have neither respect for his own decisions nor have respect for the party without which they would not have been ministers. There are no independent candidate in our system, nobody, I emphasis no minister is above the party.’’
Oshiohmole said members of board of government agencies and institutions appointed by the president must be inaugurated, noting that some ministers had taken undue advantage of the president’s fatherly disposition.
He said: “Now, it is the same green pen that made them ministers that appointed these board members that they are refusing to swear in.
“And it is absolutely illegal for a minister in a democracy to prey the powers of the board because the laws establishing those institutions are clear, that the boards have procedures to follow.
“So, when a minister sits in his office to appropriate the powers of the board in a democracy, not in a dictatorship and award contract that didn’t go through boards, those are clearly abuse of office for which they are liable.
“I am convinced that what they are doing is not with the endorsement of Mr President. Over the period, they have tried to drop the president’s name but I tell them it is the same authority that appoints these people.
“So, we are informing them that it is either they comply with the president’s instructions or they comply with the party’s position or they go and administer outside the government,’’ he added.
The APC leader also dismissed the insinuation that he had been destabilised over threat of mass defection from the party.
“No, I am not losing sleep. I am sleeping very well. I still hold the view that you can’t vomit in the morning and convert it to lunch in the afternoon if you have honour. And that position still remains the same.
“I have made this point clear that we can distinguish the mercenaries from those who genuinely have complains. Our business as party leaders is to try and manage, listen and find solutions to those who have verifiable complains.
“But those who are permanent mercenaries and are in this business for personal issues, there is not much we can do about that and we are not going to change the core values of the party in order to retain them,’’ he said.
Lone Yobe PDP Legislator Returns Home to APC
Lone Yobe PDP Legislator Returns Home to Apc
By Daily Hint Damaturu
Hon Lawan Sani Inuwa, the only member of the PDP in the Yobe State House of Assembly, has decamped to the APC and was received by H.E Gov. Mai Mala Buni at the Government House, Damaturu today.
Hon. Lawan Sani Inuwa hails from Nguru Local Government and represents the people of Nguru Central at the House of Assembly.
The legislator was accompanied by the State Party Chairman Alh. Adamu Chilariye, party secretary Alhaji Abubakar Bakabe and others at his meeting with the governor.
H.E Governor Buni welcomed the House of Assembly member for returning home, saying he and the member have always maintained contact and communications.
H.E Governor Buni also praised the lawmaker for his decision to move to the APC. He said it’s a decision that reflects the thinking and tendencies of the people of his constituency.
The governor urged political stakeholders in Nguru to embrace Hon. Lawan and all his supporters wholeheartedly, saying the APC family in Yobe is one family sharing common bonds of solidarity and support for one another.
Gov. Buni visits Maiduguri to commensurate with Zulum Over the attack on his convoy
Gov. Buni visits Maiduguri to commensurate with Governor Zulum over the attack on his convoy
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Yobe state Governor, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni was in Msiduguri to commensurate with the Governor, Babagana Zulum of Borno state, the government and people of the state over the recent Boko Haram attack on his convoy that resulted to the killing of over 12 gallant security operatives.
While commensurating with Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government House, Maiduguri on Tuesday, Governor Buni said ” I am here on behalf of myself, the government and good people of Yobe state, I am here to commensurate with you over the recent unfortunate attack on your convoy where many gallant security operatives were killed.”
” We are with you in prayers. I want to assure you that you have the prayers and support of all Nigerians. This is a trail, as a leader one must face such challenges from time to time,. You should not be detected , your efforts in ensuring peace and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs) will surely succeed”, he added.
He urged him not to relent , as Nigerians are with him in support and prayers and that surely the insurgency will soon be a thing of the past.
Governor Buni said ” I believed one thing one cannot take away from you is your commitment to the service of your people. Borno was the epicenter of Boko Haram insurgency at time Borno experienced bomb blast more than two to three times a day but thank God this is over. By the grace of God very soon all these will be thing of the past”.
Responding, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state thanked the governor for the visit, saying that ” I want to use this opportunity to convey our deep appreciation to you, the Executive Governor, of Yobe state for coming to commensurate with us at this trying moment”..
” The relationship between Borno and Yobe state cannot be over emphasized. Any time there is an event or happening in this state you always identify with us. I want to assure you that the government and people of Borno state will always identify with you in what ever you are doing we will support you in whatever you are doing both at state and national levels”, Governor Zulum added.
Gov. Zulum’s Convoy Attack, Borno National Assembly Members Visits Maiduguri to Condole Him
Gov. Zulum’s convoy attack, Borno National Assembly members visits Maiduguri to condole him
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
Borno National Assembly members were in Maiduguri on Monday on a condolence and solidarity visit to commiserate and sympathized with Governor Babagana Zulum over the recent Boko Haram attack on his convoy near Baga where 8 policemen and 3 members of Civilian Joint Taskforce CJTF were killed.
While speaking, at the Government House, Maiduguri on Monday the leader of the delegation who is also a Former Borno state Governor, and Senator representing Borno central, Senator Kashim Shettima said ” we are in Maiduguri to show our solidarity and commiserate with the governor, government and people of the state.”
Senator Shettima said ” I urge the people of Borno state to continue to be resilience and endour these, by the grace of God endouring peace will sure come. I believed the people of Borno have the resilience and the courage to see that enduring peace is enthroned in our father land.”
“Much importantly we urged the people to give the maximum support and cooperation to government and the military establishment to see that peace is established in Borno,” he added..
The Former Governor said ” I have the confident and believe that Governor Zulum’s commitment to ensure enduring peace in the state.”
While responding, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state thanked them for the visit and assured his administration commitment to rerun all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back to their homes safety and dignified manner.
” We have to do something to address the security challenge in the state before it further deteriorates. The situation in the state is very dicey, obnoxious and will not be allowed to remain like that otherwise the insurgents will take over Maiduguri,, the governor stressed
He further said that “there is need for us to stamped our resilience with a view to build peace and stability,” .
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